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Living and Learning Not Meeting Expectations
Kostka Hall (above) and Jogues Hall (below) were suite style living and dorm living options for sophomores up until this year. By Charlotte Adinolfi to the nine years of success of the Ignatian Residential ColContributing writer lege, located in Loyola Hall. Joe DeFeo, director of living and learning, began working with other members of Fairfield Freshman year was ending and housing for the coming University faculty to create other residential college proyear began to approach. Daryll Fay ’13, was “looking forward to finally being able to choose my roommate and be rid of the grams. “Fairfield wanted to provide a way to help students betcommunal bathrooms.” Fay was headed for the “suite” life. ter engage in what type of person they want to be when they Fairfield University had other plans for her. With the leave Fairfield and beyond,” DeFeo said. “It is not just supplyimplementation of three new residential colleges and two ing an education to get a job.” that were already established, Fay felt that her only chance The three new residential colleges were to be the Crefor good housing would be if she chose one of the sophomore ative Life Residential College, the Environmental Residenresidential colleges. tial College and the Leadership in the Ignatian Tradition “The whole process worked out for me in the end, but Residential College. Two previously established programs I know other people aren’t as happy,” said Fay, who lives in include the Ignatian Residential College as well as the Service the Environmental Residential College in Kostka. “Many of for Justice Residential College. my friends are unhappy with the dorm or program they were DeFeo said that each residential college shares the overplaced in, but stayed in it so that they wouldn’t end up not arching goal and question of vocation from its particular lens. knowing where they were living until August.” Each would provide a mentoring community, dinner series, The sophomore living plan was launched, in part, due
community nights, retreats and a course with other residents; students would also partake in other activities to foster the idea of community and look at the three questions pertaining to their residential college. “What started nine years ago [with the Ignatian Residential College] is now still continuing,” DeFeo said. “Sophomores are asking the big question of the meaning of life and what kind of life they want to lead.” But many students, including Deidre Forrest ‘13, and a resident in the Service for Justice Residential College, said she did not feel this residential college plan was a successful idea. “It is not amazing that 700 students in the class of 2013 applied to residential colleges,” said Forrest, who lives in the Service for Justice Residential College in Jogues. “It’s amazing that a large percentage of 2013 students are living in dorms they don’t want to live in, in programs they are not interested in.” Many students did not apply to a specific program for what it stood for but rather applied to where they wanted to live, she said. “There are Fairfield students who are genuinely interested in the programs they are involved in, but there are students who really don’t care,” Forrest said. “For a college that requires students to live on campus, there has got to be a
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line drawn on what is going to be forced on the students.” Forrest’s fellow resident, Julia Sill, member of the class of 2013, is also a resident in the Service for Justice Residential College. She said that she does not like that she is a part of
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Terror Alert Issued In Europe: Concern for Stags Abroad By Alexandria Hein News Editor
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The United States has issued a travel alert for Americans in Europe, warning about the possibility of an Al Qaeda attack. Possible targets include the Eiffel Tower, a hotel near Berlinís Brandenburg Gate and others in capital cities such as London, Paris and Berlin. Fairfield University has study abroad programs in each of these areas. Fairfield has sent the students currently abroad in European nations the following email: ìThere has been a travel alert issued by the Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs. We would like to inform you of the latest travel alert, and take extra precaution when traveling to and within Europe. The warning is in effect till the end of January 2011.î A link is then provided to the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs. The statement by the Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the ìpotential for terrorists to attack public transportation systems and other
tourist infrastructure,î but does not get more specific than that. Christopher Johnson, Director of International Programs at Fairfield said, ìThe safety and well-being of our students is paramount for us and the guidance of the U.S. State Department is an important part of our protocols. Because the alert is general in nature we are not giving guidance to avoid particular locations at this time.î President Obama reportedly met with his national security team members on Friday and Saturday before issuing the alert, apparently following the mantra that a vague alert is better than no alert. Nicholas Shapiero, White House spokesman, said that it was the State Department that decided to issue the alert, but only after President Obama insisted that they ìdo everything possible to disrupt this plot and protect the American people.î Fairfield has taken more precaution regarding this alert than other schools with students abroad. Carolyn Spallutoí11 is currently studying abroad Rome, through the Trinity College program. She was emailed the same warning as the Fairfield students from Trinity and they added, ìto
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Obama to Push For More Transparency On Web By Peter Caty Editor in Chief Facebook. Skype. Smart phones. Most Fairfield students have one or all of the three, but might not realize that soon the government could be looking into your text messages, wall posts, photos and other daily conversations. President Obama plans to submit a bill to congress next year that will force Internet providers, including smart phones and social networking sites to allow government more access to online communication. With smart phones and social networking sites becoming two of the most popular means of communication, and telephones becoming almost obsolete, the United States
government sees the Internet as a new national security threat. For some, like the general counsel for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Valerie Caproni, the national security oversight of Internet providers should have happened years ago. Caproni believes that adding an Internet wiretap is not expanding authority, but rather maintaining an authority that has existed ever since the 1994 Communications Assistance to Law Enforcement Act. The law gave the government rights to wiretap phones during the advancement from landline phones to digital cell phones. Meghan Cox ‘14 also agrees that wiretapping Internet communication devices is not infringing on any existing laws.
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“I don’t have a problem with the government wiretapping the Internet. I don’t have anything to hide so if it will help keep Americans safe, I think they have the right to do that,” she said. Others, however, believe that Caproni is wrong and that wiretapping corporate-owned companies like Facebook, Apple, Research in Motion and Skype have been wrongly targeted. Fairfield University Communications professor David Gudelunas claims that allowing access to corporate technologies goes both ways. While U.S. intelligence agencies may be able to use the “holes” to spy on suspected terrorists, terrorists can just as easily access the “holes” and cause harm. Gudelunas said, “Unlike other communication technologies that are already subject to wiretap laws, the new communication technologies, including the Internet, are decentralized raising all sorts of complex technological and ethical questions as to how, when and by whom our individual and private communication can be breached. Once you open up these networks, it can become a scary situation that can cause more harm than good.” Additionally, Fairfield University Journalism professor Tommy Xie said, “I believe that she [Caproni] failed to recognize the enormous differences between cellular networks, which are domestic and completely corporateowned, and the wild Internet where individual intelligence at the global scale serves as the very foundation of its innovative energy.” Xie also remarked that government surveillance almost always lags behind technology and wiretapping corporateowned communication software targets average citizens rather than terrorists.
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Marijuana Legalization on California Ballot By Annie Rooney Executive Editor
The popular but illegal Cannabis, also known as marijuana, has a high chance of becoming a legal recreational substance in California with the upcoming November elections. Consequently, speculation has arisen of a possible domino effect granting the substance legal stature in any of the other 49 states. However the consensus of Proposition 19 at Fairfield University appears impassive. Current polls state that there is over 50% majority vote in California for Proposition 19. Medical marijuana was first legalized in California in 1996, and now with a majority vote the drug could become legal for recreational usage and distribution. According to the Los Angeles Times, Proposition 19 would legally allow anyone 21 or older to possess, share or transport up to an ounce of marijuana for personal use and to grow up to 25 square feet per residence or parcel. A pro-movement website, yeson19.com, says it is “a common sense approach to control and tax cannabis like alcohol.” Shut out shutout shutout Rolling Stone wrote, “Proposition 19 — the Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010 — treats pot much like alcohol after the repeal of Prohibition, allowing each city and county to decide whether it wants to approve and tax commercial sales of the drug.” The teenage hobby of smoking pot has become a lot more popular with its easy access and high availability. The Black Market of cannabis consumption doesn’t ask for identification upon purchase whereas a liquor store clerk would. Proposition 19 will not only control the drug in a similar fashion to alcohol, it will also prioritize police obligations to protect and serve communities better. San Diego Union Tribune reports that in 2008 almost 60,000 violent crimes went unsolved in California while 61,000 Californians were arrested for misdemeanor marijuana possession in the same year. Another goal Proposition 19 seeks is to stimulate billions of dollars in revenue for the Golden State with a tax on the legalized substance. Fairfield Economics Professor, Dr. Philip Lane said, “Currently, marijuana is produced and distributed in the ‘underground’ economy, which means there is a degree of monopoly power on the supply side of the market.” The majority of supply comes from across the border in Mexican territory. According to the White House, Mexican drug cartels generate more than 60 percent of their revenue from illegal marijuana sales. The money has gone straight to their violent endeavors. As San Diego Union Tribune said, the cartels have murdered more than 7,700 people in Mexico this year. With the legalization of marijuana Lane said “both the consumer and the government could be made better off while the players in the underground economy would lose their monopoly power.” Critics claim that the legalization of the drug will cause more problems than it will
solve. With a stoned society there is fear of a “burnout turnout.” According to Rolling Stone, many California Democrats are in fact against the proposition. California gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown has tried to stay as far away from the initiative. “We’ve got to compete with China,” he said. “And if everybody’s stoned, how the hell are we going to make it?” Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger opposes the legalization of marijuana for recreational use but has approved legislation that will issue an infraction for possession of an ounce or less instead of the current and heftier misdemeanor ticketed offense. “In this time of drastic budget cuts, prosecutors, defense attorneys, law enforcement and the courts cannot afford to expend limited resources prosecuting a crime that carries the same punishment as a traffic ticket,” Schwarzenegger said in a statement after he signed the legislation, SB 1449. The law will begin to take effect Jan. 1. Schwarzenegger is said to believe this law will take away the necessity for Proposition 19 to pass on the November ballot, according to the Los Angeles Times. Fairfield University Politics Professor Donald Greenberg agrees with the promotion of Proposition 19 as it is already widely available in most states for medical reasons and creates less of a problem than those of alcohol. “I find the arguments against legalization as bogus as the arguments of not allowing gays to serve openly in the military,” he said. Greenberg ceases consideration of a possible negative societal outcome. As its legalization for medical purposes has been in effect for 14 years, “there is little evidence that it has made a bunch of people pot heads,” he said. “Alcohol is a much bigger problem than pot will ever be and causes way more tragedies.” Fairfield’s campus has experienced its fair share of punishable drug activity but it is not the main debacle Public Safety is concerned with. “I could not tell you how much time we spend on enforcing marijuana laws on campus,” said Assistant Director of Public Safety John Ritchie. “Although it seems we have our share of incidents, we certainly spend more time doing other things for the community,” Ritchie said. If the hobby was legally brought to Fairfield’s small New England campus, students aren’t sure whether it would be a good decision or a bad one. “I don’t think much would change except that the people who smoke now would just be happier,” said Alex Fylypovych ’14. Contributed Photo Other students, like Patrick Shields ’11 believe that legal weed on campus would make no difference “because it flows here like the Niagara,” he said. Brendan Dibble ’14 is openly for the legalization. “Marijuana should be legal because, to be honest, people smoke pot,” he said. “And if it were legal it would eliminate the drugs dealers and bring easier and safer access.” “Great debates shall arise over this issue,” said Sgt. Ritchie and from the way things look there will be no final answer until the November 2 polls are counted.
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Thursday, September 30 2:52 p.m. A nonstudent was asked to leave campus after disruptive behavior at the Career Fair 11:00 p.m. Two students were arrested for possession of marijuana and other paraphernalia. Students referred to Student Conduct Friday, October 1 2:38 a.m. Fairfield Police reported that freshman was found unconscious at the intersection of Mill Plain and Unqouwa Rd. DPS suspect alcohol as a cause 8:00 p.m. to 12.00 a.m. Eight students from Presidential Ball were transported to hospital for alcohol intoxication A black iPhone was reported stolen from a purse at Presidential Ball. Contact DPS if you
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Campus Construction: Progress or Obstruction? By Thomas Shea Contributing Writer Construction on campus has interfered with parking, walking, driving and living for students of every year. For those living in residence halls that were projected to be more disturbed, earplugs were distributed on move-in day in an effort to help students deal with the noise while studying or sleeping. Most students on campus can identify at least one instance in which earplugs were not an adequate solution. A new residence hall is currently being built in between Campion and Jogues halls, much to the chagrin of the two halls’ residents. “It’s not so nice to wake up to the sound of jackhammers,” says Mary Briggs ’14, a resident of Jogues, “and we can hear the workers’ conversations going on right outside our window at seven in the morning.” When asked what the worst part of the construction was for Brigges, the answer was clear. “The trucks that come and go during all parts of the day and having to hear the loud beeps the trucks make when they reverse is the worst. It’s so loud and annoying,” she said. The quad is not the only place on campus where the construction is causing problems. FUSA representatives Greg Burke ’12 and Lauren Johnson ’11 have received the most com-
West Nile Virus of Little Concern for FU Students By Salvatore Trifilio Contributing Writer
It was first identified in nearby Greenwich, Conn. in 1999. Since then, the nation has seen more than 30,000 human cases, with more than 1,000 deaths. Three fatalities and 71 of these infections are from the state of Connecticut, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. West Nile Virus (WNV) can have a deadly impact on those who contract it, but campus health officials say the chances of a Fairfield student contracting the disease are low. Judith Weindling, the director of the Health Center here at Fairfield, assures WNV is not something to fear. For starters, WNV is not contagious, and if a mosquito carrying the disease bites you, you are not guaranteed to contract it. Weindling explained that WNV is an infection with symptoms barely noticeable to the average person. You might feel a little bit uncomfortable for a day or two but nothing different from how you would feel if you caught a head cold. She also explained that the students here at Fairfield are not at risk having any complications with WNV since the students here are young, fit and have strong immune systems. The infection is only dangerous to those with poor immune systems, the elderly and young children, or those with underlying medical conditions, which may lower one’s immune system and therefore heighten risk of illness due to WNV, she said. But what is WNV? Simply put, it’s a disease that people can contract after being bitten by a mosquito that is carrying the virus. The infection has the chance to cause Easter Equine Encephalitis (EEE), which can result in enlargement of the brain. Dr. Theodore G. Andredis, chief entomologist at the state’s Agricultural
Experiment Station in New Haven told the New Canaan Patch, an online news site, that mosquitos in Connecticut could carry seven virus species, WNV and EEE being the most prevalent. EEE is a rare disease; only a few cases are reported each year. Although people who have EEE will experience mild symptoms such as those who contract WNV, in rare cases enlargement of the brain can lead to death. So how do we keep from becoming infected? According to Weindling, mosquitos tend to bite during dusk, the time when most students are getting ready to leave for the night or heading to the BCC for dinner. Weindling said prevention for Fairfield students is simple: Wear clothing that can cover you up: jeans, sweatpants, sweatshirts, long sleeve shirts, etc. Use insect repellent with DEET, an ingredient that has been tested to repel mosquitos specifically. Stay away from standing water. This means puddles, buckets of water that have been lying around and birdbaths; any of these can attract mosquitos in bunches. Be aware of what time you are going outside. If it’s around the time when mosquitoes are at high levels, stay in or take the necessary precautions. With so much happening around campus on a daily basis, it’s easy to have something like this slip your mind. No one likes getting bug bites in the first place, and when WNV and EEE are involved, it makes it that much more important to cover up. So next time you are leaving your room remember: grab your key, your Stag Card – and DEET.
plaints from residents of the apartments who have cars. “I’ve heard that students have to park in other spots far away,” said Johnson. “One person said she has to park behind Regis Hall and walk to the apartments from there,” she added. The construction in the Quad will allow for all first-year students to be together in one place, and also aims to eliminate the forced triples that some people have come to despise. T he new dorm residence is part of the construction initiative that will create 232 additional beds for fulltime students. Upperclassmen benefit from the construction as well, as the projects currently underway at the Village and Dolan Hall will create more apartment style rooms, available to juniors and seniors. Students can take comfort in already seeing the benefits from one new project, as the construcPhotos By Nikki Elibero/ The Mirror tion at 42 Bellarmine Road is mostly completed. Students have already begun enjoying the new suite-style rooming while being a part of the Creative Life Residential College.
Commencement Nominations 2011 By Alexandria Hein News Editor Seniors were reminded once again that this is their final fall semester at Fairfield when the University sent out a message regarding Honorary Degree Nomination Forms. They were even kind enough to include the daunting date, May 22, 2011. The message, sent by Father Allen, asked that when nominating a candidate, students consider, “candidates from a variety of walks of life (for example: the fine arts, education, science, engineering, technology, business, nursing, medicine, law, and social work and service to the church, the University and the local community).” Criteria guidelines include but are not limited to, a relationship to Fairfield, a “distinguished academic, scholar or public intellectual, especially in an area of interest to us given our identity as a Jesuit, Catholic University,” a person whose service to the community or public life is an example to students, and that the nominee being considered is not being considered based on fame, rather someone who “represents the values we stand for as an institution and whom we want our students to emulate.” A look back at Fairfield’s past honorary degree recipients may help to guide seniors this
year as they get ready to complete the forms by the November 1 deadline. The overwhelming number of alumnus honored at the undergraduate ceremony year after year is inspiring, but may be getting repetitive for some. The Class of 2010 honored Fairfield graduate Dr. Katherine Lapp’78, now the executive vice president of Harvard University. Class of ’09 also chose to honor alum, Dr. Peter Pronovost’87, the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant.” Class of ’08 chose the University’s own president, Fr. von Arx. In 1991 graduates were graced with the presence of Billy Joel; the University
liberal agenda, it would be refreshing for Fairfield University to show efforts of bipartisanship. I know, personally, I would be disappointed to find out my $160,000+ went to funding yet another 50 minute liberal rant,” she said. When choosing a candidate this year, Stags should be reminded that the guidelines are not concrete. They should also be reminded that in 2010, down the street at Yale, Bill Clinton delivered the Commencement address; across the way at Western Connecticut State University, Wyclef Jean spoke to the graduates; and in 2007, Sacred Heart found a way to honor Vincent Kennedy
President Father von Arx delivers Commencement speech in 2009 has also honored Bruce Springsteen in the past. Referring to a 2009 Mirror article, the then Class President Liz Grimm’09 spoke out against Fairfield’s trend of choosing speakers with a liberal agenda. “After four years of a
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Hot, Hot Laptop! By Devon Porrino Features Editor Overpriced, fancy computer cases often include a vent on the bottom so that heat from a laptop can escape, which in return helps stop the computer from over heating and crashing. But could these cases come in use for something much more serious? According to an article by the Associated Press, there have been cases of “toasted skin syndrome,” a unique -looking skin condition caused by “long-term heat exposure,” such as heat from a laptop.
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Terror Abroad stay away from areas in Rome that are attractions for American tourists,î yet she has not heard from her home school, Amherst College. She said that any other warnings that she has heard have been through word of mouth, for example ìthe boyfriend of one of my friends on this program is flying out to Italy this weekend, and apparently he
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One study consisted of a 12-year-old boy who noticed this skin condition on his left thigh after playing games on a computer only a few hours a day for several months. “He recognized that the laptop got hot on the left side; however, regardless of that, he did not change its position,” Swiss researchers reported in an article published in the Journal of Pediatrics, according to the Associated Press. A Virginia law student also contracted this condition after noticing a discoloration on her leg. She soon realized that she spent six hours a day with her laptop on her legs. The laptop temperature reached up to 125 degrees. These two cases are “one of 10 lap-top related cases reported in medical journals in the past six years” according to Associated Press. Heating pads, and other sources whose heat is not strong enough to cause burns, can also cause the “toasted skin syndrome.” In extremely rare cases, it can cause some skin damage, which could potentially lead to skin cancer. Although there is no record of laptop use causing skin cancer, physicians suggest that “to be safe, placing a carrying case or other heat shield under the laptop if you have to hold it in your lap,” according to Swiss researches, Drs. Andreas Arnold and Peter Itin from the University Hospital Basel. “That’s just really shocking. I always put it on my lap and don’t think twice about it,” said Alicia Masecci ’13. According to Dr. Kimberly Salkey, an assistant dermatology professor at Eastern Virginia Medical School, “under the microscope, the affected skin resembles skin damaged by long-term sun exposure.” Although “toasted skin syndrome” usually occurs with people whose profession is closely related with high temperatures of heat such as glass blowers and bakers, it is now being connected to the heat of laptops. While the syndrome may put damaged skin cells at a risk for w cell skin cancer, it is not likely that laptop use would lead to cancer since it is easy to avoid skin contact with your laptop for hours at a time, according to Dr. Anthony J. Mancini, dermatology chief at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago. “It gets hot after about an hour, then I usually put it on a desk. It’s a habit that it’s on my lap. It’s more comfortable,” said Peter Barbieri ’14. “I’ve never seen it happen or known someone who has dealt with it but I have heard people say that it does hurt to leave it on your lap,” he added.
got a call or email from the U.S. Embassy in Rome not to speak English in high-tourist areas or wear clothes with English writing.î The United States is not the only country issuing the alert, as the British government also increased the threat of terrorism to ìhighî from their usual ìgeneral,î for their citizens abroad in France and Germany. Security for the Royal Family has also been heightened. Japan and Sweden issued warnings for their citizens traveling in Europe as well, and as early as Monday, travelers noticed the heightened security. Sniffer dogs reportedly patrolled subways in Britain, paramilitary troops were seen patrolling the Eiffel Tower and mounted police were guarding famous churches in Paris. FoxNews.com reports that Undersecretary of Management Patrick Kennedy says that ìWe are not, repeat not, advising Americans not to go to Europe.î It also reports that State Department spokeswoman
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Nicole Thomas said that the department is, ìarming Americans with information,î should they choose to travel abroad, leaving some Americans even more puzzled. NYTimes.com reports that the information of alleged attacks first came from a German citizen of Afghan origin, Ahmed Sidiqi who was captured in July. Sidiqi told investigators he met with a high-level Al Qaeda operative in Pakistan, who told him Osama bin Laden wanted to attack Europe. Officials also said that British residents of Pakistani background that were detained in Islamabad and Lahore in Pakistan had the same information. NYTimes.com also reported that an official who did not wish to be identified said a stronger warning that would discourage Americans from traveling in Europe is not being considered at this time. The alert extends into January 31st, 2011; just days after the Spring Semester Abroad students take off for their destinations. Kaitlyn Deviliní12 is heading to Germany for the spring semester, ìI hope this hype settles down,î she said. ìAnd as for my parents, weíll see if theyíll take more dramatic precautions as the time nears for me to leave,î she added. ìIn our pre-departure orientation we stress the need to students to be vigilant about their surroundings, to monitor the US embassy and consulate websites for their countries, and to avoid crowds and large gatherings. For now we continue to monitor the information and will take action as the circumstances dictate,î said Johnson. The Political Science Department and the International Studies Department did not have department statements to make on this matter, nor were individual comments made before deadline.
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“It’s hard to imagine any terrorists, however unsophisticated they might be, using corporation-made communication software while knowing that they are being wiretapped. Many other options, such as open-source messaging programs (developed by programmers worldwide) that use impossible-to-crack encryption, will make the new law obsolete the moment it rolls out. Therefore, average citizens, rather than terrorists, will end up being the fish under the cast of such surveillance,” said Xie. The open-source messaging programs Xie mentions are also known as peer-to-peer networks, and pose a similar threat to U.S. national security as social networking sites and smart phones since not only terrorists but also government employees use them. Peer-to-peer networks are a network of computers configured to allow certain files and folders to be shared with every connected computer or with selected users, according to PC Magazine. A basic example of a peer-to-peer network is LimeWire. Terrorist organizations like Al-Qaeda use similar peer-to-peer systems to store information in databases and to circulate instructions pertaining to the unconventional style of war they wage. Technologically, Al-Qaeda uses surprisingly basic techniques to organize its members. Its leaders make an effort to avoid such popular lines of communication like social networking sites and cell phones for fear of being easy targets of U.S. intelligence, according to Wired.com. On the whole, U.S. intelligence has always been on the defensive in terms of cyber terrorism. By creating more defensive strategies through wiretapping Internet communication devices, it may be missing the goal of cyber warfare. In the end, the government must decide whether it is worth it to spend tax payer’s money to spy on social networking sites and smart phones or channel resources to the labyrinth of peer-to-peer networks where terrorists hide.
Commencement Cancer for College, US Campaign for Burma, UNICEF and others. Also on the list is funnyman Steve Carell; his use of film screenings to spread awareness of diseases makes him a prime candidate. The Staff also suggests Stephen Colbert. His joke of a bracelet “WristStrong,” which raised $171,525, was donated to the Yellow Ribbon Fund, a charity that assists injured service members and their families. The women on the lists included, Chelsea
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Handler who made an appearance at the NYPD/NYFD 9/11 Rescue Workers fundraiser. Tina Fey also made the list for her work with Autism Speaks, Love Our Children USA, Worldwide Orphans Foundation and Light the Night Walk. While all of the above may not have direct relations to the University community, they do practice the Jesuit ideals of charity and giving back to the world, and therefore have a legitimate chance to be considered.
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a community she is not passionate about. Sill applied for the Leadership in the Ignatian Tradition as her first choice, Environmental as her second, Creative Life as her third. The result: she was placed in her last choice in the Service for Justice Residential College. “I was interested in all three of the residential colleges, but I found nothing appealing about Service for Justice,” Sill said. After a recent retreat, Sill’s community was told how money was wasted on the retreat as 40 out of the 150 residents did not attend. “They wondered why other residential colleges attended but not Jogues,” Sill said. “Well, for Kostka and Bellarmine, if they didn’t attend their retreat, then consequently they would be moved to Jogues.” Sill said her friends in other residential colleges felt manipulated into joining. Faculty members associated with the new residential colleges said it is hard to generate programming because they don’t know how many students are actually committed to the ideals and will be active. Given the first-year problems typical to any new program, DeFeo said that so far the programs have been going well. The Ignatian Residential College has been established for nine years now, and DeFeo said the new communities would have growing pains. But the Ignatian Residential College serves as a stepping point and example to follow. “It won’t take them eight years to establish as the Ignatian Residential College did,” DeFeo said. “We don’t have to recreate the wheel.” Aspects of the new residential colleges will have to be adjusted and modified, he said. Student feedback will be listened to and modifications to communities could be made. “It is no set number of residential colleges,” DeFeo said. “It is how well we can serve the interest of the students.” Some students, such as Fay, were able to find residential colleges they enjoyed. Others, like Forrest, say that the residential colleges need to reorganize their missions. “There should be an option to a certain degree,” she said of the sophomore living plan. “But dominating all dorms has been an absolute failure.”
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The Golden Rule Never Hurt Anyone In this day and age it seems that privacy is no longer sacred. Everything we do on a Friday night is plastered up Facebook by Sunday afternoon. Yet there are some things about privacy that everyone should respect. In light of last week’s suicide incident at Rutgers University, we believe that there are two important things to take not of. First, privacy matters. With the Internet providing an openly accessible medium for anyone in the world to access, content exposed on the Internet without the subject’s permission undoubtedly violates that person’s privacy. From Facebook photos to YouTube videos, keep in mind that if they contain persons, words or behaviors that are not of your own, aim to consider the other person’s human right of privacy before exposing them to the outside world. Privacy is an instinctual human desire that deserves respect and should not be thrown to the side of the street for the trash pickers to pick up. Second, as far as we come as a society we are often still cruel to those we feel are different. As humans, we need to constantly remind ourselves of the Golden Rule; treat others as you would like to be treated. If you hope to never have embarrassing associations published for friends, employers and family to see, remember that your “not-so-great” of a friend wishes for the same. Rumors are rumors, and before social networking and text messaging existed people still spread rumors. Have you heard of the grapevine? Remember the telephone game you played as a child and how you learned the simple truth could easily be twisted into a lie. Whether fact or fiction, hurtful stories about others can cause unwanted and unnecessary harm. In October 2006, 13-year-old Megan Meier committed suicide after receiving threatening messages on MySpace from a boy named “Josh,” who was actually Meier’s 47-year-old neighbor. Events like these prove how easy it is to cause damage with a click of the mouse. As students at Fairfield University we are exposed and are conditioned to the Jesuit ideals and values. Our website states, “In the Jesuit tradition, that desire is born of an academic rigor that includes embracing difference, incorporating the best of “the new,” examining social systems critically, and becoming directly involved with those who are underprivileged and underserved.” Live up to this Jesuit tradition not only to best represent your place of higher education but also to thrive as a prosperous and contributing person in today’s society. Recent news only shows that it’s needed.
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We’ve Got Spirit, Why Don’t You? By Thomas Shea Contributing Writer Turn on any college football game this time of year, and the first thing you may notice is the overall atmosphere of the stadium. The stands are full of screaming, cheering students and fans alike, who have taken time out of their day in order to come support the university’s athletes. For most students at colleges across the country, the decision whether or not to attend a game is not a hard one, as most jump at the opportunity to see their fellow students in action. So what’s going wrong here at Fairfield? Attendance at sporting events of any nature has been down this fall season, and I am struggling to find a reason why. The teams are not bad, as both the men’s and women’s cross country teams are having solid starts, and the girls’ volleyball team is off to a hot start in MAAC matches. It can’t be the cost, as all the events have been free so far. There is no lack of knowledge of events, as the schedules for some of the teams are posted in the dorms, and a schedule of the day’s events is run on TVs in the BCC. And don’t even try to blame it on the weather. A perfect case in point is the soccer games played right here on campus. The men’s team - which has been nationally ranked - played a very good game against the thirteenth ranked team in the country, Boston College,
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resulting in a tie. But if you were to look at the stands, you might think it was just an intramural game. To be fair, at times this year the stands have been full and there has been energy in the crowd. However, once the machine to swipe for FYE credit comes out, 60-70 percent of the crowd leaves—even during a tie game heading for overtime. True, it is not fair to compare Fairfield with schools we see on TV, like Notre Dame, at least on the athletic level— when Fairfield was graduating its first class, Notre Dame already had seven national championships in football. But the lack of spirit at athletic events is a little troubling nonetheless. The Stags in the Stands group is doing its part to cheer on our athletes, who must feel somewhat abandoned by their classmates. In fact, outside of the athletes’ parents, the members of Stags in the Stands seem to be the only other spectators present at some events. I suppose there is one excuse: the lack of a football team does hurt. Admittedly, it is easier to get pumped up and excited for a football game than a soccer game for most Americans, not to mention the joys of tailgating that go along with it. Fairfield students are getting very excited for the men’s basketball team to begin their season in the quest of a MAAC championship, especially after last year’s great season. So perhaps after a few games at Alumni Hall, where the stands are full of our own screaming, cheering fans, we’ll forget about this lackluster start in school spirit.
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Womens' Field Hockey
The Lady Stags 'played for a cure' on Sunday and raised over $2500 for breast cancer at a kickoff event in which junior teams from Fairfield also participated in. Friends and family members affected by cancer were honored at the game. T-shirts are still available for $10. Ask any member of the field hockey team for information on how to buy one and help support the cause.
It seems everyone on this campus is sick. From stomach bugs to strep throat, to professors cancelling office hours and classes, there's definitely at least one ailment going around. At least there's a long weekend coming up for everyone to recover.
Technology: Friend or Foe? Celeste Tallarico Contributing Writer
In today’s society we have so many means of communication that sometimes we end up sending mixed messages. Has society made it so easy for us to communicate that we have completely lost the concept of shutting down? Between texting, drunk texting (yes there is a difference), phone calls, Skyping and of course Facebook (just a hint…if you need to apologize to someone do not drop a line via Facebook) it is easy for wires to cross. Most of the time, we end up saying things that we do not mean, or worse, we end up saying things we actually do mean. This past week I took notice of how many times my friends and I tried to figure out exactly what guys are trying to say in their texts. Not everyone knows what “solo-dolo” means, or when you tell us you will “hit us up” if that means today…tomorrow…or never. Or what exactly is the difference between “hey” with one “y” or two? Are two too much? Also, please tell us why it is that when we seem to be completely uninterested in a guy that is when they text us non-stop. I seriously doubt you think I care that you lost your favorite belt this past summer. If you want to talk to me a simple ‘hey’ will suffice. A guy friend of mine told me that what he texts to a girl is exactly what he means; guys do not send us hidden messages. If he says he is hanging out with his friends that is not code for “I do not like you.” It usually means exactly what it says - it is guys night and he will text you tomorrow. So chill if he says he will text you… he will. However, the worst is when you text a guy and he does not respond. You are left with a pit in your stomach and your brain starts working on overdrive picking apart your text messages. Even if it is as simple as seeing if he is okay after getting three root canals, every girl deserves an answer. Seriously - to the guy that had three teeth knocked out after face-planting in front of the girl he was with…text her back. She did put your teeth in milk after all. At times it seems as though our relationships rely heavily on how many times he texts us that day or if he even texts us. A friend told me that he used to text his girlfriend every morning not because he wanted to talk to her but because it would get him out of trouble. When did sending a text message become a substitute for face-time? When did face-time turn into an iPhone feature? Have we completely lost the concept of what a relationship actually is or has technology made it so easy for us that we tend to skip over the hard parts?
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The Rutgers Tragedy Hits Home By David Weis Contributing Writer “Jumping off the gw bridge sorry” – the last known words of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi were set as his Facebook status for all to see, and for all to get an in-depth and horrifying glimpse into the causes of his suicide. In a year rife with college campus tragedy across the country, and just days after the shootings at Seton Hall, Tyler Clementi, 18, of Ridgewood, NJ, and a former freshman at Rutgers University, took his own life around 9 p.m. on September 22 by jumping off the George Washington Bridge into the icy depths of the Hudson River. The apparent cause of Clementi’s inner turmoil came from Clementi’s roommate, Dharun Ravi, 18, and Ravi’s friend, Molly Wei, 18. The pair secretly used Ravi’s webcam to stream live pictures and videos of Clementi engaging in relations with another male. Although Rutgers and Fairfield are different in almost every respect, aside from having “University” in the name, I somehow feel a sense of attachment to the college community. Every time a tragedy happens like this, I cringe and ponder the possibility that maybe next time it could be closer to home. And now, with the suicide of Tyler, the closeness is a reality. He lived less than a mile from my own home, went to school with many of my good friends, and went to college where many of my friends go. I cannot imagine what was going through Ravi and Wei’s minds when they broadcast a young man’s personal moments on the Internet. It is truly a crime that they felt the need to make a joke out of Tyler’s sexual orientation, and hopefully now they see the consequences of this; they two alone are responsible for the torment and suicide of a shy, caring and talented young man. The most unsettling aspect for me as a Stag would be the fact that just several weeks ago, it was reported that Fairfield was ranked in the top-20 least gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender (LGBT) friendly schools in the country. This means that we, as a community, are portrayed as intolerant and closed-minded, and are much more susceptible to a tragedy similar to Tyler’s. But hearing the reaction to the news around campus, I would have to disagree with that ranking. “It’s hard to imagine that we were ranked that low. Nobody is that intolerant, and I don’t think [an incident similar to that at Rutgers] would happen at Fairfield. As a whole, we’re a tolerant and accepting community,” said Kath-
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If you're feeling depressed or want to talk to someone please take advantage of the Health Center's Counseling Services. leen McKenna ‘10. While I would say we’re definitely not a GWU or a UC-Berkeley in terms of the openness and number of gays on campus, I would definitely not place us in the same category as West Point, Brigham Young University, Texas Christian University, Baylor University and other major conservative schools. Walking through the lower level of the BCC, I saw a type of mural about the progress of homosexual rights and lawmaking. How can we be labeled so closed-minded and biased against gays if we have a thirty-foot rainbow mural displayed, listing the highlights of the struggle of gays across the past sixty years in American history? The answer is misunderstanding. Fairfield is certainly not a gayhating or intolerant community. We are a Jesuit university, one that is open, understanding and tolerant of other people and their views, beliefs and lives. We Stags are a proud, open and caring community, and with that in mind, it is my sincerest hope that a tragedy like this will not happen at Fairfield. Rest in Peace, Tyler Clementi.
Letter to the Editor: A Call for Hope and Change Dear Editor, College is a time for the growth of minds and ideas, but sometimes it seems that students become consumed with the bubble that is their college campus. The midterm election of 2010 seems to be an anomaly compared to the fiery student activism of 2008. Although the names may be different, the issues remain the same. Fairfield University is located in a hotbed for Connecticut political activity,
as the state is in heated Gubernatorial, Senate and US Representative races. Sadly, it appears that none of the political excitement is on campus; there are no bumper stickers, political T-shirts or leaflets floating around. This lack of interest is disconcerting because the person who is elected can vastly affect Fairfield University as a whole. For example, on the federal level, colleges could receive less allocated funds for financial aid assistance. Also, the construction on campus was financed through bonds from the
state. These two issues in particular should be close to students’ hearts as they could directly impact them. We should not just partake in the political process when it is ‘cool’ to do so or when it is easiest for us. Rather, we should speak up and make our voices heard because our participation today will be essential to our future and the future of our nation. Sincerely, Jordan J. Freeman ‘13
Respect Your Peers, Put Your Headphones In Your Ears By Courtney Todd Contributing Writer You’re trying to focus on schoolwork when suddenly you start to hear the thumping of beats and lyrics coming from someone else’s laptop. You wonder, is that really necessary? This happens all too often and the simplest way to describe it is annoying. Many students might agree it is difficult to find a place on campus where they can focus and get some peace and quiet without the disturbance of others and their music. The obvious answer is the library, but some people may not want to trek all the way over there. That may seem ridiculous, but it is a valid reason. I have yet to make it to the Nikki Elibero/The Mirror library as a place to work or study simply because I am too Students studying at Jazzman's usually listen to their music lazy to walk, but some students may really just not prefer with their headphones on, but unfortunately not everyone is the library, and that should be okay. It shouldn’t be the only as respectful. answer. If someone is sitting in a public place and they would They might enjoy hunkering down in more relaxing localike to listen to music, they should listen all they want but tions such as Jazzman’s, The Stag or the lower level of Barone through headphones or ear buds! instead. Everyone has his or her own ideal workspace and othIt is common courtesy, even if the other people around ers should respect that workspace. Students should be able to aren’t doing work. It can still be irritating to listen to music focus in several locations on campus without being interrupted that isn’t exactly your type. Not everyone likes the new Lady by other people’s need to play their music for everyone to hear. Gaga single or the band Vampire Weekend, so keep that in
mind. Students should be more conscious of the fact that someone around them might be trying to get some schoolwork done and this consciousness should be more widely practiced around campus. Keep it to yourself by plugging in headphones and instantly you are no longer annoying to the people around you. It’s that easy, so why don’t more people do it? Now students might ask where else on campus they can go to get their homework done. Their dorm is a good assumption, but wrong again. It can be very difficult to focus on that calculus problem when the person down the hall has their music blasting with the door open. Why is the assumption made that everyone in the wing wants to hear your favorite song? What is the point? Does it really need to be that loud? Probably not. Either they are trying to call attention to themselves or they are just being plain obnoxious. Turn it down or close the door. It’s not hard. So the solution here is not that a student should be exiled to the library in order to get all of his or her work done that is exactly what should not happen. Students should be able to focus anywhere on campus that they please, without the burden of fellow students’ music in their ears. So what has to be done? Headphones, headphones, headphones please!
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Our Favorite Gay Musicians
1. Ricky Martin This Puerto Rican popstar first started out in the boy band “Menudo” before going solo and taking the world by storm with his hit song, “The Cup Of Life,” which became the anthem for the 1998 Soccer World Cup in France. Since then he’s been “Livin’ la Vida Loca” as a multi-platinum selling artist winning several awards including, a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Lo Nuestro Awards in Miami, Fla., a Latin Recording Academy Person of the year award by the Latin Recording Academy, as well as a Hollywood Walk of Fame Star. Ricky Martin has two children and in March 29, 2010 come out on his website stating “I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man.” 2. Clay Aiken The multi-platinum selling artist got his start on the show “American Idol” where he placed second but needless to say went on to an extremely successful career in music. His debut album “Measure of a Man” went multi-platinum and has released three other albums since then. He made his Broadway debut in January 2008 in Monty Python’s “Spamalot.” In a September 2008 interview with People magazine Aiken disclosed that he was a homosexual man. 3. Michael Stipe Best known as the leader singer of the band R.E.M., Stipe has never officially declared himself a homosexual man but chosen instead to label himself a “queer artist” believing that this titled encompasses more of the gray areas. However, in May 2001 Stipe told Time magazine that he had been in a relationship with a man for three years. His band’s hits include “Losing My Religion,” “Everybody Hurts,” “End Of The World As We Know It,” and “Shiny Happy People.” The band has been regarded as the defining point between post-punk and alternative-rock. In 2007, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 4. Neil Patrick Harris Starting his career as a child actor, he’s probably better known now as the womanizer Barney Stinson in the TV show “How I Met Your Mother.” Aside from acting, Harris has appeared often in Broadway musicals including: “Sweeney Todd,” “Proof,” “Cabaret,” and “Assasins,” Harris has that he is “...quite proud to say that I am a very content gay man living my life to the fullest.” 5. Kele Okereke The lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the British alternative-rock band Bloc Party, Okereke came out as gay in Butt
Magazine article and was later named Sexiest Out Gay Male in 2010 by music website LP33. 6. Rob Halford Arguably one of the biggest influences in heavy metal rock, Halford is known as the lead singer of Judas Priest. His band has sold 35 million albums worldwide and won a Grammy award for Best Metal Performance. One of their best known songs is the rock classic “Breaking The Law.” Halbert came out as gay in 1998 in an interview on MTV News. 7. Tegan and Sara These identical twins are both lesbians and both write amazing music. Their best known songs probably are “Walking With A Ghost” and “Back In Your Head.” The duo has had their music featured on such shows as 90210, Grey’s Anatomy, The Hills, One Tree Hill, Vampire Diaries, and Veronica Mars and have won several awards in their native country of Canada. 8. Melissa Etheridge A famous musician and gay rights activist, Etheridge has been married twice and recently divorced her second wife Tammy Lynn Michaels. After Proposition 8 passed in California, Etheridge announced that she would not pay her state taxes as an act of civil disobedience. Etheridge has won two Grammys for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a female artist and has been nominated 13 other times. 9. Rufus Wainwright This is a gay man who has a an entire Wikipedia page dedicated to list the awards and nominations he has received. Wainwright plays piano and guitar and has a rich and warm tenor voice that can go from poppy to downright operatic. Our favorite songs by him include “Instant Pleasure” and his cover of “Hallelujah.” 10. Joan Jett What did you think she meant by not giving a damn about her “Bad Reputation”? Although she hasn’t officially come out of the closet, Jett has had sexual relations with women and has never revealed which team she plays for. Despite this, we’d like to salute her as one of the first female rock goddesses and an inspiration to those who are told that they can’t accomplish something because of either their sex or sexual preference or to those who simply just “love rock and roll.” 11. t.A.T.u. Although the lesbian act was only a gimmick, this Russian duo managed to put an openly lesbian love song on main-
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stream radios and for that we salute them. “All The Things She Said” and “Not Gonna Get Us” have become lesbian love anthems for the teenage masses and we think this is a good thing. “All the Things She Said” has sold more than two million copies around the world despite their lesbian relationship being a fake, the affect they had was real. 12. Freddie Mercury You kind of have to smile at the irony when one of the most famous sport anthems “We Will Rock You,” which is frequently chanted during times of great machismo, was made famous by a gay man. Mercury had an amazing four-octave and was the singer and front man for one of the greatest rock bands of all time, Queen (also ironic). His talent and charisma made fans of homos, homophobes and homo friendlies alike and for this he deserves his status as a rock god. 13. Adam Lambert Another gay artist who’s career started as an American Idol runner-up, Lambert has become, according to The Times “the first openly gay mainstream pop artist to launch a career on a major label in the United States.” We’d like to believe that Lambert is a symbol of hope that America is becoming more accepting of homosexuals and that someday sexual orientation won’t even be an issue. 14. George Michael He originally hid his homosexuality because he was afraid of what his mother might think. This mega star has sold over 100 million records worldwide and is one of the most successful openly gay musicians. Not to mention “Last Christmas” is one of our favorite Christmas songs. 15. Lance Bass In July 2006, the former member of ‘N Sync revealed that he is gay in a cover story for People magazine. Bass is not only a great vocalist and businessman but he was actually certified by the NASA and the Russian Space Program to go up in space, although this dream never materialized due to lack of financial backing. 16. Chely Wright As a country artist Wright has released seven studio albums, and has charted more than 15 singles on the country charts. She’s also written songs for Brad Paisley, Richard Marx, Mindy Smith and Clay Walke. According to Newsweek, Wright “is now the first openly gay performer in country music.” She came out May 5, 2010. Special Note- Elton John was not listed because we felt that we would give more lesser known homosexual artists a chance to fit on this list, instead of one of the greatest ever.
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The Mirror likes this. By Annie Rooney Executive Editor On September 30, Daily Show host Jon Stewart interviewed Justin Timberlake, a day prior to the release of the much anticipated Facebook movie: “The Social Network.” Timberlake, an influential character in the Facebook story, admits his lack of skills with a computer but more importantly mentions that the guys of Facebook probably aren’t too psyched about the story of their past being unearthed to the world on the big screen. But what a great story it is. Mark Zuckerberg, appropriately played by Jesse Eisenberg, is the socially struggling and fast-talking undergraduate at Harvard with quite the personality. He also defines the laziest of all college wardrobes as he tromps around the Cambridge, Mass. campus in white tube socks and Adidas Lakanossage Sandals through rain, snow or shine (and at Harvard, it’s mostly snow). The movie begins in a nameless college bar with Zuckerberg getting furiously dumped by his Boston University girlfriend. Confused and enraged, he goes straight to his online blog, and vents about his current single status, only to foreshadow
what is to come. Banter about comparing the attractiveness of campus females turned into the online program “FaceMash” that Zuckerberg created as one of the first steps toward Facebook. When “FaceMash” crashed the Harvard network in less than 24 hours, Zuckerberg and roommates grasped the potential power they had through their laptops. With a detailed algorithm drunkenly spelled out on his dorm room window by co-founder and friend
Eduardo Saverin, Facebook was born. Speculation that Zuckerberg stole the idea from the waspy Winklevi, Harvard’s set of triumphant senior crew team twins, gives the film a back and forth screenplay from the development of the site at Harvard in the past to the present day courtroom discussions. As numbers increase and relationships form, the true sides of these Facebook creators are portrayed in the limelight. Zuckerberg becomes friendly with the powerful and conniving creator of Napster, Sean Parker (played by Justin Timberlake). There is no doubt Zuckerberg is embarrassed of the ultimate character he is depicted as, by the time the end credits come rolling. The irony of the story is almost as captivating as the website itself. The guy “wired in” throughout his Harvard career and life in Palo Alto, was your stereotypical geek, disconnected from the social world. But today, he has created the coolest thing of our generation. Facebook allows the world to connect anyone and everyone, at the same time. This movie will unquestionably be just as addicting as your Facebook news feed. 10,109 people “like” The Social Network on Facebook.
By Nicholas O’Connell Contributing Writer Easily one of the most ascetically pleasing restaurants on Post Road is a Japanese place called Kiraku. I chose to go on a night with nice weather because there is a garage door on the street side and the owners tend to open it to let their customers get a pleasant breeze. All along the bar there are neon blue lights that make the talented sushi rollers look like DJs. Photos by Nicholas O’Connell The word “talented” is an understatement when it comes to these masters of the art. The tight rolling can be compared to Cuban cigar rollers, except these guys speak English and are experienced in the culinary field. The service was phenomenal and one of the owners, Joe, came over to our table to check on us. When I heard Deadmau5 come on the radio I began to scarf down my rolls with an accelerated tempo. My family is in the liquor business and I recognized a few delicious wines on the list, as well as the wide selection of hard alcohol. One of the coolest things I saw was a saki-heater that warms = the saki to a great temperature for a smooth saki bomb. The generous Japanese culture made me feel right at home at Kiraku and I would give it four out of five stars.
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Review:“Spilling The Contents”
Acclaimed choreographer, Doug Varone, premiers thrilling performance By Jesus Nunez Contributing Writer Compelling. Intimate. Provocative. The performance this past Friday by Varone and the Company was an almost cinematic representation of conversations and quotes put to life. After a week long residency at Fairfield University, the critically acclaimed choreographer, Doug Varone, presented the world premiere of “Chapters from a Broken Novel”, a collection of 21 short dance performances in Fairfield’s very own Quick Center for the Arts. Doug Varone is a multi-talented choreographer and director, applauded in many venues including theatre, opera, film, fashion, and television. The New York based Doug Varone and Dancers has been an international success for more than twenty years, performing in stages that include the Lincoln Center, London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, and Moscow’s Stanislavsky Theatre. When beginning “Chapters from a Broken Novel” more than one and half years ago, Varone was inspired by the notion of placing text in a dance performance without actually putting it in there. He began extracting quotes from books, newspapers, television and more notably, random strangers while eavesdropping on their conversations. From this, he condenses his collec-
tion to about 50 phrases and adds music to “filter out what I see in front of me.” He explains that music creates worlds for his performances and it is easier to imagine a piece in this state of mind. This effect, the creation of worlds through music, is evident throughout the entire play. The first chapter seems to be a very suspenseful thriller, teaming with fluid yet violent movements in a claustrophobic space. Entitled “Spilling the Contents”, this first chapter certainly made one expect a suspenseful mood throughout the performance. In a chapter that follows entitled “The Ghosts of Insects”, that mood becomes somber and is present throughout. The stage seemed moonlit, chilling ballerina music
played, giving one an uncanny feeling that someone was going to die at some point. The chapter aptly named, “Tile Riot,” portrays a dramatization of what occurs in the bathroom. What begins as a woman entering a quiet place to do her business becomes a dance frenzy. Apparently, a bathroom is an excellent area where one can apply makeup, dance with their fingers, and smoke a cigarette – all to the tune of what I can only describe as music that would come out of an old James Bond film. The performer, Erin Owen, did an excellent job producing all of the necessary comedic movements and facial expressions to get a lot of laughter from the audience. In the clearly provocative chapter, “Men”, two men are
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dancing slowly with each other in dim lighting and romantic music. Was the audience supposed to laugh to this sight, or idea? Probably not, although they did. More into the story, another character enters to cut in and begin dancing with Men dancing. Homesexuality. Should people be laughing? The way Varone chose to portray the dancing, their gender is irrelevant. They are just dancing like normal people. Long time traditional dancer, Katie Piccininni ’11 said the performance was “entirely different” – struggling to even categorize it in any genre. She goes on to say that she was very intrigued that even though there are 21 chapters, there didn’t seem to be any distinct beginning or end. “It all flows,” she said. Ellyse Quitadamo’11, Felt the performance was suspenseful and captivating. She believed the dancing was the main focus and the music set the mood, noting the simple attire which Doug Varone later clarified was purposeful to establish what begins as a “nonplace” and ends as a thrilling tale. “We must believe who they are in the dance”, explains Varone. For more information on Doug Varone and the Company and a schedule of performances, visit http://www.dougvaroneanddancers.org/
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I’ve had my eye on a junior in the block next to me. We have a class together, but he sits on the other side of the room. I always see him out at parties, but don’t know how to approach him without sounding like a total creep! Should I try to start up a conversation or ask him for his notes after class one day? Since this is my last year in college, I really want to make the best of it! Please help me! -Last Chance at Stag Romance
Dear Last Chance at Stag Romance, Just reading this, I got excited! It’s always exciting to have a crush but sometimes it can be a little nerve-wracking too. It’s completely normal to be afraid to put yourself out there and make it known that you are interested, but sometimes that’s really all it takes. From what my guy friends have ever said to me, guys are pretty simple. All it may take is for you to simply walk up to him and say, “hey, my name is X, and I was wondering if you were interested in hanging out.” Regardless, this is SO much easier said than done, which is why we take different routes to show someone we like them. Having a class with him is key. This opens the door to a conversation or even a chance to study together. If you can, I would definitely start by asking for his notes one day, or even going as far as asking him to study with you before a test. Facebook can help out a lot with this too. You can always start by friending him if you aren’t friends with him already and shoot him a message saying you noticed he was in your class and was wondering if he wanted to form a study group for a test coming up.
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If you happen to see him at a party, introduce yourself! Parties are good settings because it’s a friendly atmosphere (and a little liquid courage doesn’t hurt either, key word being ‘little’). When you introduce yourself, mention you are in a class together. It is a great conversation starter and from there you can see how the conversation goes. The face-to-face conversation may feel intimidating, but it also gives you the chance to see what kind of person he is. If the conversation goes well, you can drop a hint to hang out or meet up at a party. One thing to take into consideration though is the time and setting. Make sure to only ask those questions if it is a one to one chat and not in front of 20 other people. You don’t want either of you to feel pressured. The hardest step is the first one, but it’s also the most crucial. If you put yourself out there and introduce yourself and this guy is a jerk or acts weirded out, then he wasn’t the nice guy he seemed like. I promise that by simply introducing yourself and starting a conversation you will NOT come off as a creep! If anything, you come off as a strong, confident girl and if he doesn’t see that, then it’s his loss anyway and it’s a good thing you found that out now instead of wasting more time on him. It may not work out, but if you don’t attempt you’ll never know! Carpe Diem. And good luck!
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Party Access 101 By Dan Leitao Might As Well Be Justin Long The most important thing you will ever learn at Fairfield University is “it is not what you know, but who you know.” Networking is the name of the game. Fairfield is known for having a good Business School after all. From freshman year it becomes very clear that you better start making connections if you want to have any semblance of a social life. There is nothing worse then come Friday night having no idea where you are heading as you begin to pregame. Which means you need to find a way to be invited or get in without being invited. Freshman year is spent trying to find connections for yourself or by friends who have them. People from the same high school as you, older brothers/sisters and cousins, or whatever other random connection you can find to someone who has a Beach or Town House should be kept as recent contacts. This is the easiest way to find yourself in a Beach House or in a Town House instead of roaming around Reef Road or attempting to navigate the Town Houses. For those of you who are unable to find connections, better find a club that has upperclassmen in them. (That is the only reason that Alex ever joined The Mirror) Everybody knows that if you are going to a guys’ house it never hurts to have a few extra girls then guys to balance out the ratio. Very rarely will you walk into a party and not know anyone, so always look for a friend who is already at the party and begin to converse with them so you look like
you belong at the party. Also, it is very hard to be kicked out of a house when you are on the beirut table so it is always a good thing to get your name on the list. It takes a lot for somebody to kick you out of there house mid-game. Once you are inside a party, always find out who lives at the house and talk to them. Chances are if they like you and they are throwing a party again they will invite you back (which means you better give them a way to invite you back). Don’t invite a crowd. If you manage to get into the party don’t invite all of your friends and their mothers. Down at The Beach the neighbors are already a big enough pain in the ass. All your friends flocking to the party you managed to get into will surely attract attention, which means the cops. Now because of great new enforcement polices, noise violations for one of the party throwers who was nice enough to give you free booze means an arrest. Also the entire Facebook party invite is tricky. If the person is not in your recent texts or calls, it’s a bit trickier to be able to tell if you should go. Rule of thumb: if they simply invite everybody they are friends with, the party will be broken up by 11:30 p.m. and it is not worth the trip to The Beach. Lastly, there is nothing worse then somebody who sits in the corner all night BBMing their friends in one hand and weakly fist pumping in the other, its like you’re trying to party but not really interested in the people there.
By Alex Hein Still Can't Hear You Now Gone are the days where you could score a play-date by having your Mom call up and make arrangements, or promising to bring over the latest Mortal Combat game. These days it’s not the play-date you’re after, it’s securing that invite to the “80’s Retro” party, or “Anything But A Cup,” party, or even the “Corporate Ho..” oh you know where I was going with that one. How to get that Facebook invite is tricky sometimes. Now with rumors flying about potential party crashers and the cops cracking down on noise violations, hosts are getting picky about sending out the invite to their entire friend list. As a host myself, here are some things we look for in potential party candidates. You’ve got to have spunk, you’ve got to be a little cocky, but respectful all in the same, you’ve got to know how to dance, you should definitely know your limit and you have to come armed to win at least one drinking game. Sure your iPhone will be able to tell you the most popular drinking game around, but will the Powers that Be aid you in deciding which game fits the scene? Don’t be that kid who tries to teach a houseful of inebriated people how to play something as complicated as Boxing, or the one who boos the token Backstreet Boys song of the night. So, just how can you get that invite if you are still living on campus and are out of the senior scene? Well, if an underclassman in one of my study groups shares a laugh with me or they seem witty enough to appreciate the satire in the party title, they will probably get the invite. If an underclassman in my work group
happens to believe he or she is the coolest hipster since Justin Long or Drew Barrymore, sorry maybe next Saturday. Networking is huge down at The Beach, to come with a friend of ours almost guarantees you a night full of Kings and Chandeliers courtesy of our own drunken selves trying to make you feel at home. You’ve got to make the right friends (upperclassmen are always a plus to have on the list) and you certainly have to be comfortable around these friends. (Dan, isn’t Senior Year a little late to first join the Rugby Team for those parties?) When you do secure the invite, don’t be a herb. Don’t stand in the corner and awkwardly hold your cup texting the whole night. You made it, you might as well act like you belong here and mingle a little. You want the invite back? For starters, don’t be that drunken kid that runs through my screen door. Yes, the last time this happened it was my own housemate, but still that is a sure way to have to pay $8 for a replacement and never be invited back. Second, don’t creep through the upstairs, if we tell you that the bathroom is downstairs, it’s downstairs. I don’t want to find someone I don’t know but “oh I came with Betty,” who I also don’t know, coming down from the second level. Third, trust me, we want you down at The Beach we really do, but we don’t want you sleeping over. It’s no secret; Fairfield Cab sucks when it comes to picking you up. Secure a ride before or prepare to walk. If I don’t know you I probably won’t be offering to make you breakfast Saturday morning when I find you passed out on my couch. See you this weekend!
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The Mirror | Week of Oct. 6, 2010
The Mirror | Week of Oct. 6, 2010
The Mirror | Week of Oct. 6, 2010
This Week in Sports The week that was in Fairfield Athletics
By Tyler Wosleger Staff Writer
Stag Sports Round-UP Women’s Soccer played Iona to a 0-0 draw in their conference opener. Goalie Kelly Boudreau posted her sixth shutout of the season and the 21st of her career. The Stags are now 4-5-2 overall and 0-0-1 in MAAC play. Men’s Soccer battled Rhode Island to a 1-1 tie October 2nd in its final non-conference matchup of the season. Jon Clements scored for the Stags for his first goal of the season. The Stags are now 1-3-5 overall as they open MAAC play in Buffalo this weekend. Women’s Volleyball went 1-1 this week, defeating Marist before falling on the road to Iona. In the Stags 3-0 win over Marist, sophomore Brianna Dixion led the way with 10 kills. Freshman Hayley Moyer tallied a career high six blocks in the victory. In the Stags 3-1 loss at Iona, junior Haililani Pokipala posted a double-double with 10 kills and 12 digs. The Stags travel to Buffalo this weekend for MAAC matches with Canisius and Niagara. Men’s Cross Country finished 10th overall in the Paul Short Run hosted by Lehigh University. Sophomore Kyle Short led the Stags (52nd overall) and he was followed by Matt Brunelle and Ben Heslin. Women’s Cross Country finished 30th overall in the meet and was led by sophomore Meghan Sullivan (93rd overall). She was followed by sophomore Samantha Goodnow and juniors Kristen Golen and Caroline Riley. Field Hockey went 1-1 this week, falling to Albany and knocking off St. Joseph’s. In the 4-1 win over St. Joe’s, Marit Westenberg scored 3 goals and added an assist. For her efforts, she was named America East Player of the Week. The Stags travel to Boston University before hosting Georgetown University this weekend.
Rachel Romansky Women's Volleyball
« The Bio: Romansky, a freshman who is undecided on a major, is from Denver, Colorado. She was ranked among the top 100 seniors in the country by prepvolleyball.com coming out of high school. She was a four-year letter winner at Wheat Ridge High School where she was the Jefferson County Most Valuable Player in 2009. «The Props: Romansky was named MAAC Rookie of the Week during the Stags 1-1 week. In the Stags win over Marist on October 2nd, Romansky tallied 31 assists and had three kills. In a loss at Iona on October 3rd, Romansky had 36 assists, eight kills, and two blocks. She has played in all 17 matches for the Stags, who are currently tied for first in the MAAC at 5-1 in conference. « The Outlook: Romansky leads the Stags into another tough MAAC weekend as they travel to Buffalo, NY to take on Canisius and Niagara.
What to Watch for Women’s soccer begins MAAC play this week as they host Manhattan and St. Peter’s. Head out to Lessing Field Friday at 7 p.m. for the Manhattan game and Sunday at 1 p.m. for the matchup with St. Peter’s.
The Mirror | Week of Oct. 6, 2010
Tom Fitzpatrick Sports Columnist
It's Sasha's birthday today, what are you getting her?
If I could be any athlete it would be...
Another set of 3x5 answers...The gift that keeps on giving.
My presence at her birthday party.
A brand new pair of rollerblades.
Jared Allen. His patriotism goes unparalleled.
Tommy Polise Delivery Boy
Jack Meagher Sunday Night Contributor
Your 2010-2011 3x5 Columnists: Tom Fitzpatrick, Tommy Polise and Jack Meagher.
Best coach of all time
World Series predictions
Former New York Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy.
Twins over Phillies...but will anyone watch?
Isiah Thomas. Single handedly devastated a great franchise. That's impressive.
Not the Red Sox.
It doesn't matter. We'll win either way.
Reds vs. Rangers, Rangers in 5. I will not be watching regardless.
We we're going to beat Siena this year, even if they still had Fran McCaffery.
I'm reserving this space for Rex Ryan for when it's all said and done.
Sports: According to Fitz
New coach at Siena for men's basketball... good or bad for Fairfield?
We now have the most talented team and the best coach in the MAAC. NCAA tournament or bust this year.
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Previewing the Stags Basketball Season
By Tom Fitzpatrick Sports Columnist Stags should be dancing this year. As the Men’s MAAC basketball season draws closer and closer, our very own Fairfield Stags will be picked by numerous national analysts and experts to represent the conference in March’s NCAA basketball tournament. We could be fortunate enough to hear the voices of Dick Vitale and Jay Bilas predict the likes of Hawkins, Edney and Needham cutting down the nets on our home court come March. Fairfield has not made the tournament since 1997, when an upstart Stags squad led top-seeded North Carolina by 7 at the half. While a similar Cinderella story could be in the mix this year, it is still a long way off. In studying the rest of the conference foes this year, it appears to be a three-team battle for the top spot. The likes of Marist, Canisius and Loyola appear to be headed for long, rebuilding seasons. The Greyhounds, once a
yearly rival of ours, appear to be heading in the wrong direction under controversial head coach Jimmy Patsos. The middle tier of teams in the conference will feature Manhattan, Rider, Niagara and St. Peter’s. Each of these teams returns varying amounts of talent and experience, but they all have limitations on the roster or coaching staff. Granted, any team can catch one of the top three on a given night, but at the end of the season expect Fairfield, Siena and Iona to be looking down on the rest of the conference in the standings. Iona had a solid season last year but lost its head coach Kevin Willard to Seton Hall of the Big East. The Gaels return much of their nucleus with the likes of Scott Machado, Jermel Jenkins and Alejo Rodriguez. New Head Coach Tim Cluess has a remarkable track record with Division II powerhouse C.W. Post. He compiled a 79-12 record over the last three seasons, and his first recruiting class has been highly rated within the conference. One school that all Stag basketball enthusiasts and fans love to hate is Siena. The Saints have won the MAAC conference each of
the last three seasons and appear to have a strong team seeking a four-peat. However, this is the most vulnerable Siena squad of the last 4 seasons. Four starts have graduated, and Head Coach Fran McCaffrey has moved on to coach the Iowa Hawkeyes of the Big Ten. Siena still returns some talented players, including Center Ryan Rossiter, but many questions remain. How will the team gel under new coach Mitch Buonaguoro? Buonaguoro had been McCaffrey’s right hand man since 2005 and takes over the program this year. Fairfield should be picked as the preseason favorite this year, but it will be far from an easy road to the Big Dance. Losing senior big men Anthony Johnson and Mike Evanovich will be tough, but a wealth of talent returns along with the new best coach in the MAAC, Ed Cooley. Check back in a few weeks for the full season preview on our team, along with the Women’s team as well. Both will have expectations of cutting down the nets in March and taking college basketball’s biggest stage next spring.
The Mirror | Week of Oct. 6, 2010
Doris Named 2010 Division I Athletic Director By Matthew Palmer Staff Writer Athletic Directors are often the unsung heroes of intercollegiate sports. We don’t often think about the work that goes in to providing a well-rounded athletic program for a university. Athletic Directors are expected to create and manage a responsible budget, supervise athletic facilities and fields, craft schedules, line up officials, order equipment and secure transportation for games and tournaments. Much of this work is done behind the scenes and is often overlooked by athletes and spectators. But Fairfield’s own Athletic Director, Gene Doris, has been recognized for his work in crafting the athletic program as we know it today. When Gene Doris came to Fairfield in 1994, he could have never imagined he would be receiving the 2010 Division I Northeast Athletic Director of the Year Award. However, he also could have never imagined what the athletic program would look like in 2010. When Doris arrived, the Walsh Athletic Center did not exist. Fairfield did not have a softball field, there were no bleachers on Lessing Field, and the turf field had not yet been anticipated. The Stags’ athletic funding was limited to scholarships for the basketball team and Fairfield was barely meeting the criteria required by the NCAA to be a Division I member. Visiting teams were told to come dressed in their uniforms because there was not a locker room for them to use. In fact, there were not even locker rooms for most teams on campus. Most coaching jobs at Fairfield were part time and only two coaches had office space. Doris’ office was the size of a cubicle located in the RecPlex, where he had to manage the entire Fairfield Athletic Program. In his sixteen years at Fairfield, Doris, with what he describes as “the most dedicated staff I could have asked for,” has managed to completely change almost everything about the Fairfield University Athletics Program, which is why the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics felt he deserved this prestigious award.
“It’s always great that other people think you’re doing a good job,” Doris remarked when asked about his recognition, “you know in your heart of hearts if you are doing a good job, but it’s always nice to have affirmation from an outsider.”
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Gene Doris stands in the Walsh Athletic Center.
Doris was honored in a celebration this past summer in Anaheim, California, which he described as a “powerful moment in your life that you will always remember.” At the same time Doris was receiving his honor, John Wooden, UCLA’s prolific basketball coach, was receiving a posthumous award. This was something he described as “very powerful,” in reference to being recognized at the same venue as this basketball legend. This is an extraordinary award, given to only 29 Athletic Directors from around the country annually. Doris considers this his biggest accomplishment at Fairfield because as he put it, “this is my first award on the national level which is why this is such a big deal.” Doris was, without a doubt, deserving of this recognition. According to The Fairfield Current, the criteria for this award required service as a successful Athletic Director for a minimum of five academic years; demonstration of commit-
ment to higher education and student-athletes; continuous teamwork, loyalty, and excellence; and the ability to inspire individuals or groups to high levels of accomplishments. During his time at Fairfield, Gene Doris has met these criteria tenfold. Receiving this award is not only a tribute to his work, but also to the current standing of the University’s athletics program. On top of the personal aspects of the criteria, each AD's institution must pass a compliance check through its appropriate governing body, in this case NCAA. The institution must not have been on probation or cited for a lack of institutional control within the last five years during the tenure of the current athletics director. Doris has experienced an outpouring of support from the Fairfield community after he won this award. “I’m still getting congratulations emails from alumni,” he chuckled. Doris’ humble nature was apparent in saying that without his entire team he could never have received this award. “I know this sounds corny but when anyone at an institution gets an award, it’s truly on everyone’s behalf.” Doris was quick to point out that his dedicated staff and coaches were crucial in getting the Fairfield program to where it is today. There is no doubt that our current athletes, and those who came before them, are deeply indebted to Gene Doris and his staff. Fairfield has greatly benefited from his vision and, more importantly, his ability to make that vision a reality. The current athletic program at Fairfield is literally the product of Doris’ work, but he isn’t done yet. The improvements made by Doris in the Stags’ programs have allowed some teams to start competing on the national level. Doris cites the recent successes of Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Women’s Tennis, and Lacrosse as huge milestones for the University. “We’re definitely getting there.” Doris said, but his goal now is to keep the Stags on the national stage by getting the coaches and athletes the things they need to continue to do their jobs on a higher level. Isn’t that the mark of every champion?
Clean Sweep of the Red Foxes Volleyball Upsets Marist with a 3-0 Shutout By Bryan Houlihan Staff Writer The Fairfield University volleyball team went 1-1 over the weekend dropping a 3-1 decision to Iona College on the road Sunday. It was their first conference loss of the season and snapped their 10 game winning streak against MAAC foes. Entering the game, Fairfield had won 10 of their last 11 games against the Gaels The Stags enjoyed some success during the weekend, however, as they had a reunion with rival Marist College, and gave their home crowd something to rally around - enjoying their most lopsided win of the season, sweeping the Marist Red Foxes 3-0 at Alumni Hall on Saturday afternoon. Fortunes were turned on this day as the team laughed and smiled during the closing stages of the match, leaping in delight after their fifth straight conference win. The cheerful atmosphere around the team was the exact opposite sensation the players experienced the last time they battled Marist. It was right after last year’s MAAC Semifinals and their stunning loss to the Red Foxes. The Stags entered the tournament as the number one seed for the sixth consecutive year. They found themselves against the fourth seeded Marist Red Foxes, a team that Fairfield was 24-3 against in their program history and had not lost to in 6 years. It was supposed to be a magical special season. The rise of Brianna Dixion, who became the MAAC Rookie of the Year. The story of senior Katie Mann, one of the best players in program history, in her quest to win her first MAAC Championship. The chemistry and excitement that the team brought to every game. Fairfield Volleyball was in a buzz as the team seemed destined to win their first title since 2001. All of that thrilling promise came crashing down on a court in Buffalo, New York as Brianna Dixion’s spike slammed off the legs of the referee. “It was sad. We shouldn’t have lost
to a team like that,” now-senior Lauren Hughes said. “After a loss like that you’re definitely crushed anytime,” coach Alija Pittenger said. The head coach, who is now in her third year, was given the difficult task to move the program forward without dwelling on the past.
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Outside-hitter Lauren Hughes ranks third on the team in kills and has 790 over her four years at Fairfield.
Out with the 2009 Fairfield Stags Volleyball Team, in with 2010 FUVB. This is a new team with an old goal, “to win the MAAC Championship,” Lauren Hughes said. They are determined to leave the past in the rear view mirror and be driven by the motivation to win.
Despite playing the same team that knocked them out of the tournament and killed their chances at a MAAC title, this team did not see that as anymore incentive to get some revenge. “It’s funny. We actually asked them if playing Marist had anything to do with it. They said no, not really. So I think they’ve just been working hard and they had a fun time today,” Pittenger said after the win. They have put the loss behind them and do not dwell on it this year. It would be hard for any team trying to forget about the heartbreaking end of the prior season and the loss of the key player and undeniable leader of the group. But if they want to accomplish what they set out to do, Fairfield would have to do just that. They would have to find a new leader. Someone who can lead by example on and off the court. They might have found that in senior outside-hitter Lauren Hughes. The California native ranks third on the team in kills and has amassed 790 in her four year career. She finished the Marist win with six kills. Sophomore Brianna Dixion led the team with 10 on a career high .600 hitting percentage. Being one of the few seniors on the squad, Hughes will have to help the team learn from her experiences. Hughes has great expectations for the team and the confidence that they can succeed, “I think we’re coming together and playing how we should be playing and we’re just going to beat every team out there.” Fairfield will play at the Koessler Athletic Center, the same court that saw their 2009 season end traveling to Canisius College on Saturday. The new attitude of the team will not allow for the old memories of the arena haunt them in pursuit of winning another MAAC game and defeat the Golden Griffins.
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Flaherty Shows"Pro"tential For Croatia By Bryan Houlihan Staff Writer The Fairfield women’s basketball program has just produced its second professional athlete this year. Fairfield alumna Tara Flaherty ‘10 has just joined former teammate Stephanie Geehan’10 in her pursuit of a career in professional basketball. Flaherty recently signed a contract to play professionally with Basketball Club “ZKK Pula” out of Croatia’s first division. At the time the press release was issued one week ago, the former Stag was scheduled to leave within a few days and was hoping to see some playing time in the next week. When asked about her new career Flaherty expressed her enthusiasm, “I am super-excited to be continuing my basketball career and I appreciate the opportunity that I have been presented with. Croatia is a beautiful place and I am looking forward to the experience.”
Over her four-year career with the Stags Flaherty started in 44 of the 117 games she appeared in. Her stint with the Stags ended with 449 points and 383 rebounds while posting a 47.6% field goal percentage. Flaherty proved to be an all around player also finishing with 81 assists, 57 steals and 42 blocked shots. Flaherty is certainly no stranger to playing her beloved sport overseas either. In the summer of 2009 Flaherty was part of a ten person USA Athlete’s International Organization team that spent ten days playing in various cities across Europe. The team played in England, Paris and Holland playing against a variety of local club, college and professional teams. The team posted a 4-2 record over the trip with Flaherty having her best game against a professional team in Amsterdam, in which she scored 25 points and brought in seven rebounds. “This was a great experience,” said Flaherty. “I am glad that I had the opportunity to travel, play ball and get a taste of playing at the professional level.”
“I am very happy for Tara,” said Fairfield University’s fourth year head coach Joe Frager. “This is something she has really wanted, and I could not be more pleased that she is getting her shot at pro ball. Tara showed great determination and patience through the process and it paid off for her. I’m confident that Tara will be successful in Croatia.” Frager’s tenure as head coach of the Stags has been a wonderful success. Under Frager the Stags have won 60 games and have advanced to at least the semi conference championship game in each season. The 2009-2010 Stags’ record of 20-12 was their second 20-win season in three years leading to their first appearance in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championship game since 2001. The Stags also hosted their first-ever postseason game in the Women’s Basketball Invitational, defeating #4 seeded Towson, before losing to the eventual tournament champion Appalachian State, in the quarterfinals. As the November 12th opener against Quinnipiac approaches Stag fans can look forward to seeing the next outstanding player that the team produces.
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3x5 Sports Columnists p. 21 . Athletic Director Named 2010 Division I Northeast AD of The Year p. 22