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$300,000 +

Where FUSA Spends Your Student Activity Fees By Annie Rooney Executive Editor

$95 x every full time undergraduate student = FUSA’s Budget. The 2010-2011 FUSA budget was projected in the Spring of 2010 at $296,875 from an expected 3,125 undergraduate student enrollment. As anticipated, more students enrolled which granted FUSA a rounded $9,000 surplus, according to Secretary of Treasury, Aaron Chan ’12. The main driver behind budget spending is FUSA President Eddie Muniz ‘11. In internal FUSA documents, Muniz listed his 2010-2011 school year goals to include an increase in school spirit, marketing FUSA initiatives, enhancing Multi-Cultural Monday Programming and building the FUSA team. The goals are acknowledged throughout every decision made regarding the budget plan. When asked if on a whole most students get there $95 worth, Muniz replied “I’d say freshman and sophomore year definitely because [they are] a lot of students that come to our late night programming, which is the most of what we do and of what you see. I’d say for the most part students are getting their money worth.” Chan responded, “not as many as I would like.”

The Independent Student Newspaper of Fairfield University The Reflection of Fairfield

Senate Executive Cabinet $1,385 $28,040 Class Council $26,000 General Services Election Committee $8,560 $2,900 Marketing $15,700 Athletics $35,000

Leadership Development $27,690

Programming: 186,600 Paid by 1,964 students This is the big one. Under this budget, FUSA pays for athletic events, concerts, cultural celebrations, featured speakers, late night programming and special events. Working together with many other campus groups, FUSA aims to fulfill many of their goals. $25,000 is given to multiple athletic events like Late Night at the Stag, Stags UnInside: leashed Week Check Out The and those Mets and Mirror Editorial Nets games that give On The FUSA students cheap tickets and transportation to. Budget p. 7 The Concert Committee receives $35,000 to pay for expensive popular bands and in almost every case, uses ticket revenue cover the excessive bills from in-demand artists. Cultural Celebrations are covered with $14,000 from this category. The money

Special Events $25,000

Concerts $35,000

Late Night Programing $70,000

Cultural Celebrations $13,600 Featured Speakers $18,000 Dan Leitao/ Mirror Illustration

doesn’t just go toward Multicultural Mondays, but also towards Octoberfest and Mini Epcot in Barone and St. Patty’s Day at the Levee. Featured Speakers receive payments from the $18,000 allocated for this budget category to welcome guests like last year’s

Buried Life in the lower level BCC. Late Night Programming puts their $70,000 share toward Friday and Saturday night programs, mall shuttles, Broadway and bowling series, hypnotists, magicians

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A New Party in Town By Carly Sutherland Contributing Writer

Where Did All The Boys Go? Call Of Duty Black Ops Taking Over Campus

By Dan Leitao & Amber Nowak Managing Editor & Asoc. News Editor “When they first got it, my boyfriend literally shouted ‘Yes!’ and told me ‘I’ll see you in a week.” Call of Duty Black Ops has been affecting Gabrielle Arens’ ’12 social life since its launch November 9, 2010. In the first 24 hours of its debut, the game sold 5.6 million copies in the US and the UK. This launch was the largest output in video game history, topping last year’s release of Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2. Arens discussed the ramifications of this game on her relationship since its re-

lease, “I have seen less of him since Monday, but he’s not as bad as a lot of other guys.” She continued, “There is a consistent male gathering in one of the rooms, just watching it and talking about how big their guns are and things like that.” Arens is not the only one wondering where her significant other has gone since the release of Black Ops. “Most people ignore their girlfriends for a week because they’re playing the game,” said Grant Arzumanov ’12. But his housemate Jared Buckley ’12 asserts that when it comes to

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Thirsty Thursday. Sunday Fun Day. And now… Flipside Wednesday? The popular Downtown Fairfield burger and bar joint is introducing a new night for college students to party. But there’s another list… Al’s Place. The Snickering Squirrel Saloon. And most recently… Bravo. Bars in the past that have hosted Fairfield college students, but have also dealt with raids and charges due to underage drinking and the use of fake IDs. Will Flipside learn from the problems of its predecessors as it chases a collegeage clientele – facing the realization that perhaps 80 percent of Fairfield students are underage and could jeopardize its liquor license if served? Just over a year has gone by since Fairfield University students were found on a Tuesday night at Bravo Restaurant and Bar (now The Old Post Tavern) by liquor license commissioners and Fairfield Police Department. To those who missed the incident, or somehow haven’t heard the many stories that have been featured in papers across the nation on the news or by word of mouth, undercover personnel had been present throughout the night as students filtered in. Over 100 IDs were confiscated, according to The Mirror last fall, and students’ real information was taken down.

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Flipside Burger and Bar is the new place for students to go on Wednesday nights.

Later, the school issued fines and community service hours, and eventually sent warrants for the arrests of the students involved. Finally, court appearances were made, charges were distributed and licenses were suspended. While students now seem to be done dealing with the many repercussions of the Bravo raid, Flipside’s announcement of “College Wednesdays” has some worried about another repeat in Fairfield. “Fake IDs are always a concern, but we’re doing all we can do,” said Mike Baffa, owner of Flipside Burger and Barn, “We worry, but we have bouncers at the door

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60 Trees Cut Down for Vacancy

Story and Photos by Peter Caty Editor-In-Chief

1. The new parking lot across the street from the Quick Center is a result of cutting down 60 trees, months of construction and has received no major use by students, faculty, staff or visitors. According to Fairfield University economics professor Dina Franceschi, “by the time the faculty and students learned about the plans to build the parking lot, the University was uninviting to discuss alternative plans, and by the time the lot was built, the need they cried for a parking lot was not there.” 2. According to Mark C. Reed, the V.P. of Administration and Student Affairs, “the south end of campus, which includes the business school, Quick Center, and the Village residential area, had been perhaps the tightest and most challenging parking area on campus. The expansion of the lot across the street from the Quick Center was intended to ease the situation.” 3. Reed also said, “The target audience for the lot is primarily Quick Center patrons and visitors to campus. In addition, faculty and staff can park there during the day.”


4. At 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 13, 2010 during “New Orleans Nights” with Allan Toussaint, Nicholas Payton and the Joe Krown Trio at the Quick Center, there is a small overflow into the new parking lot, but the lot is not at full capacity. 5. The original parking lot across from the Quick Center is seen full to capacity during the “New Orleans Nights” on Friday night. 6. At 1:30 p.m. on November 15, 2010, the old parking lot across from the Quick Center is sparsely filled and the new parking lot is completely empty. Since professors, including Brian Walker, used the trees for research and during classes where the new parking lot now stands, cutting down the trees, says Franceschi, “is like bulldozing down a classroom building.”





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Where Did All The Boys Go In Colleges? This Time It Is Not ‘Call of Duty’s’ Fault

By Alison Walsh Contributing Writer As Spenser Allaway’12 was sitting in her business class, bored of equations and the monotone of her teacher’s voice, she looked around the classroom hoping for something else to catch her eye. As in most classes, she was faced with only a few male students to choose from and nothing worthy of distraction. Fairfield University is just one of the many schools that enroll significantly more females than males. In fact, according to an NBC report, 57 percent of the nation’s college students are females. According to the profile of the class of 2013, 57 percent of the student body is female, while men make up 43 percent. “I don’t think it’s a decision someone came up with,” said Jim Fitzpatrick, Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs at Fairfield University and alumni of the class of 1970, “The reality is that the women applicants are a little bit more qualified than male applicants.” The higher profile of women can be Commentary: seen in other ways. The women’s sports programs are much stronger due to Title Check out T he Story “Guys IX, Women’s Studies being offered as a major and three women holding Vice Getting in Girls President jobs is something that would G etting Gypped ” never be dreamt of when Fairfield began. p. 8 Judith M. Dubai, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, said Fairfield’s specific offerings help attract more women. “There is a range of academic programs that appeal to women in the arts and sciences college, nursing school and the business school,” she said. It’s a big change since the establishment of Fairfield University as an all male school. It wasn’t long ago, in the all male era, that the rules of Fairfield were strict, with only one female visit per month from 2 to 4 p.m., according to Fitzpatrick. It left the student body heading for New York, with its

many women’s colleges and then-lower drinking age. While male students had to work hard 40 years ago to find a mate, the surplus of women makes it easier now. “It’s awesome. It’s one of the main reasons I’m here,” said Jonathan Raj ‘13. Professors say females often seem to dominate the classrooms, in numbers at least. In introductory journalism classes last year, women held 89 percent of the seats. The trend can be seen outside of the classrooms as well. At The Mirror, five of the six section editors are women. Dr. David P. Schmidt, the associate professor of business ethics at Fairfield University, reported that his classes tend to consist of more females than males. Furthermore, “While we do have excellent male students, almost always the very best students are women,” Schmidt said. Schmidt recognized the potential for gender bias in classrooms if he calls on men more often than women. To avoid this natural tendency, he resorts to writing the names of each of his students on a note card and randomly draws from the pile for participation. Other schools struggle with the issue as well. One writer for the University of Central Florida’s newspaper said, “if the trend continues and girls consistently perform better than their male counterparts, gender balance could be an issue that plagues all schools, even the largest universities, forcing them to choose between a primarily female student body or having different admissions standards for men and women.” From 2000 to 2009, Boston College, another Jesuit school, accepted 429 more females than males, according the BC fact book. Gender bias can exist in other areas. A study done by Rutgers University found severe bias in the hiring process. It consisted of a collection of video clips of different interviews with personalities of women and men looking to be hired. “I had no idea that there was such a negative response to women with stronger, more assertive personalities,” said Anthony Younes, a student in the Graduate School of Education. “You would think employers would be grateful to have

The FUSA Budget Break Down

comedians and extreme sporting events like Laser Tag. Easily the most well received type of programming by FUSA, Chan believes this amount is appropriate.

Leadership Development: $27,690 Paid by 291 students A little over of 10 percent of FUSA’s total budget goes directly toward Leadership Development where members are given the opportunity to participate in multiple conferences, trainings and community builders. A total of 12 different events are financed through the $27,690 of resources. The National Jesuit Student Leadership Conference (NJSLC) is the biggest of the attended FUSA events. Executive members can apply and pay a $450 early bird fee to learn leadership lessons to brought back to Fairfield, according to Chan. The other conference, National Association for Campus Activities (NACA), was added to the leadership development itinerary this year to accommodate executive FUSA programmers. Camp Jewell is the highest attended FUSA leadership event where almost all 90 members attend the overnight summer camp with hopeful aspirations to leave as a stronger team. While not all members partake in the camp, the budget plans to accommodate all members making it the most expensive. Community builders on campus include all FUSA Senate and Stags Working All Together (SWAT) members, an estimated total of 130 students, to partake in community builders and other welcoming orientations. Marketing: $15,700 Paid by 165 students This budget covers marketing costs for Orientation, Summer & Winter Mailings programming, Move-In/Welcome Week and Creative Marketing Strategies, like the Harry Potter inspired owls presently seen on the counter of Jazzmans. The Mirror receives $5,000 per year for advertisements displayed in each issue. Secre-

tary of Marketing and Public Relations Chrissy Perez ’11 is solely in charge of this budget.

General Services: $8,560 Paid by 90 students This covers printing, phones, office supplies, mailing and shipping, computer software and maintenance, apparel and uniform, nameplates and name tags. Most importantly, this budget subsidizes the large and colorful poster paper and markers that lend to the campus center’s main décor. Executive Cabinet: $28,040 Paid by 295 students

“Birthday cards are a feel good, warm and fuzzy thing we send to FUSA members when it’s their birthday” - Aaron Chang ‘12 This money goes to multiple executive board initiatives, including Multi-Cultural Monday, Campus Heroes, Fairfield Friday Giveaways and the Peer Advising Fair. “Global citizenship, the theme at this school,” according to Chan, is fulfilled through these FUSA sponsored initiatives. This also covers tuition costs for two summer classes so Muniz is able to buffer schoolwork with FUSA responsibilities as President during the school year. A salary is also provided for Muniz and Vice President Lauren Johnson ’11 as they clock in by the hour for time spent in the office. Chan did not disclose the two executive salaries FUSA Birthday Cards are also paid for through this category. “Birthday cards are a feel good warm and fuzzy thing we send to FUSA members when it’s their birthday, just how Tom Pellegrino will send you a letter on your birthday,” he says. However the feature was cut

such great applicants.” Younes’ quote was featured in the February 2009 issue of University Wire in the article “Rutgers Study Reveals Gender Bias in Hiring Process.” The prejudice in the hiring process could potentially be linked to why there are such high numbers of women attending universities, but not getting jobs after graduation. “There are so few women in leadership roles, but so many more women in organizational roles,” added Dobai. While the gender imbalance produces problems, officials say it is difficult to say that any changes will be made in the near future. “The bottom line is that we want smart, engaged students, whether they are male or female,” Schmidt said. “If women are in fact the best students, as a guy, you should be happy to be around people like that.”

Gender Breakdown at Fairfield By School: College of Arts and Sciences: Percentage of Women – 63.5% Percentage of Men – 36.5% Dolan School of Business: Percentage of Women – 41.5% Percentage of Men – 58.5% School of Nursing: Percentage of Women – 95% Percentage of Men – 5% School of Engineering: Percentage of Women – 22% Percentage of Men – 78%

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this year due to a plentiful stock of cards in the office. Senate: $1,385 Paid by 15 students The Senate receives the least notable amount through the FUSA budget. Chan says their lack of programming is the main reason for the small stipend. Elections Committee: $2,900 Paid by 31 students More marketing, work orders, sponsored debates, the voting machine and the election after-party at the Levee cover the budget amount in this category. Chan says that the majority of this money actually goes to the voting machines stationed in the lower level BCC each election day, as the technician leaves FUSA a hefty bill. He believes they will look into lesser costing options for the future. Class Council: $26,000 Paid by 274 students Each class council receives a different amount through this budget to accommodate the signature event and individual cause they decide to sponsor. The sophomore class, this year’s class of 2013, received the highest amount of $10,000 to pay for the Halfway There Cruise. Chan says the common denominator for every Jesuit institution is tradition. By sponsoring a consistent and well-attended event, the sophomore grade aims to give Fairfield students this sense of tradition. FUSA advisor and Assistant Director of University Activities, Elissa Carroll, claims to be FUSA’s devil’s advocate when it comes to the budget. “Our role is to say if you’re going to put x amount of money to this, where is it coming from, what is it taking away from.” Carroll is a strong supporter of the FUSA budget and how it functions as it aims to fulfill government goals. She also notes that leftover money is rolled over to next year’s budget; however it is typically all spent by the end of the year.

Call of Duty Hits Campus

Continued from page 1 playing Black Ops, “we’re not addicted to it,” he said. “What we’ll do is we’ll be sitting up here doing some work and we’ll have just played a game. The game lasts five minutes and then we’ll go back to doing whatever we were doing.” The game touts higher customizability, as well as a new way of purchasing upgrades, compared to previous versions of the games. This means that the game has an entire new life in multiplayer mode and gives users more control. Black Ops also saw the return of fan favorite Zombie mode.

One Town House Five guys Since Monday Time played: 17 hrs 15m 29s

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4:31 p.m. A StagCard was reported to have unauthorized purchaes made. Thursday, November 11th

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Where in the World is Jason Downer? By Elizabeth Koubek Contributing Writer

He was once the feared Associate Director of Residence Life, battling with students over lottery placement, supervising area coordinators, and handling problems with housing at the beach. He plays that role no more, as Jason Downer has left his post at Fairfield University to pursue the life of a Jesuit. “I decided to leave Fairfield because I wanted to explore a new path in my life,” said Downer. “So after a couple of years of discernment I applied and, by the grace of God, was accepted in the Jesuits.” Students and fellow administrators alike have been feeling his absence on campus. Former colleague Karen Donoghue, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life, worked with Downer for four years and was sad to see him go. “He was hard working, passionate about his job and hoped to impact the students in a positive way.” Donoghue said she remembers his fashionable bow ties and how he once painted his entire face green for IRHA’s New England Day. Tara Rupp, Assistant Director of Residence Life, started out as one of the area coordinators Downer supervised. “He told me to listen to one Christmas song every month, because he loves Christmas that much. I thought it was great because I love Christmas, too,” Rupp said.

Once known to students as the “go to man” for housing, Downer’s journey has taken many turns along the way. After spending his undergraduate and graduate years at Canisuis College, Downer found himself accepting his first job at Fairfield. He was an area coordinator and a few years later he was promoted to Associate Director of Residential Life. Creating a happy living environment for all students was not always an easy feat. “It was very hard for me to see students get so distraught over not getting their first choice of housing or not getting to live with whom they wanted,” he said. “Housing is such an important part of a student’s college life,” he said. “Students want to be comfortable with who they are living with and where they are living.” Handling housing issues for students was not the only aspect of Downer’s life here at Fairfield. Faced by daily meetings and the daunting task of office work, Downer did not have much free time. But when he did, Downer used it to explore the life as a Jesuit closely. While working with the Jesuits at Fairfield on housing issues, Downer established personal relationships with them and found many mentors. Rev. Jim Bowler, S.J. said, “Religious vocation is God’s invitation, we can say yes or no to it, but it’s responding to who we are in God’s eyes, which will make the best of what our life should be. I think the reason Jason did what

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Jason Downer is the former Director of Residence Life at Fairfield University

he did was to respond to who he is and God’s invitation.” Downer said all students should ponder their role on the Earth, and encouraged them to continue searching, even after their four years at Fairfield. “Fairfield talks a lot about the question of “vocation” and I really suggest each student to seriously think about that. It might not be something you’ll have an answer to on graduation day. And that’s okay,” said Downer. The life path of a Jesuit, although commendable, is for some, not an easy choice to make. When asked about the idea of never being married, Downer said that it was a part of the decision making process. “I am serving with my whole heart in a way that I could not do if I was married and had a family,” Downer said. While not quite certain of what path he is going to take after these next two years of training, he knows that he wants to be wherever the need to for him turns out to be.

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and security inside.” “I’m even attending a class on Tuesday morning [at 9 a.m.] on Fake IDs to ensure legality,” Baffa said. He claims that thus far, attendees are carded, of legal age and are “good kids.” Although the constant concern of underage drinking presses, Baffa announced Wednesdays as College Night, where domestic beers are 50 percent off and a live DJ lights up the dance floor, to offer college students a place to go and just have fun. The restaurant that opened late summer of 2009 has just started heavier advertising for college attendees. The Facebook event page “College Wednesday” has been brought to the attention of over two hundred students. The page informs its members of the “fifty percent off all domestic beer bottle” specials, with only a $5 cover charge between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. Students say that some nights are busier than others, but that it’s nice to finally have somewhere to go since the closing of Bravo. “I usually go out on Tuesdays or Thursdays, and haven’t gone [to Flipside Wednesday] yet, but I have heard its lots of fun and a lot of my friends go,” said Kasey Leuffer ’12. “I went as soon as I turned 21,” Tyler Del Mauro’12 said, “and it was so nice being able to celebrate off-campus, but still close-by like Bravo was.” Baffa is pleased with the turnout, which has been good and continues to get better as more and more Fairfield and Sacred Heart students hear about College Night. The College Night hosts DJ Rob Cali until 1 a.m. each week. “I love going. It’s so much fun breaking it down on the dance floor every once in a while, especially with the Sacred Heart boys,” Lucia Gesualdo’12 said. Baffa said Monday, November 22 there would be a special College Night instead of on Wednesday, due to the Thanksgiving Holiday and the dispersion of college students from the area. The advertised “Flipside Wednesday” has also hit Fairfield locals as a fun party scene instead of the usual burger joint or the old standby, the Sea Grape bar at the Beach. “Over the past few years, Fairfield has added several new restaurants that have made it a much more chic, pleasant town,” Kelsey Johnston’12, a Fairfield commuter said. “Flipside is one of those places, as a family-friendly restaurant with great food, but now also as a great night scene for the older college student crowd in the area,” she added.

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The Truth About Housing By Caroline Holleran Contributing Writer

As new dorm and apartment housing goes up, Fairfield students are becoming increasingly worried that the University will use all these empty new rooms as an excuse to shut down student housing at the Beach for good. But Fairfield administrators insist such a move will not happen. “The Beach is here to stay,” Director of Residence Life Charlie Sousa said last week. “We are taking what we have on campus and making it better,” said Sousa. Dolan will be apartment style for juniors, the new dorms will be completed and Townhouses will be 4 and 6 students, he said. These changes, however, do not upset the number of students living off-campus. “The Beach is not something that’s ever going away,” said Sousa. Sousa said this rumor comes from Mirror articles written in the past with little evidence to back them up. The number of students living off-campus fluctuates each year because of numbers - not because administration is trying to stop students from living at the beach. In the class of 2011, only 75 students did not get released off campus through the off-campus lottery. The number of people living at the Beach “de-

pends on on-campus occupancy,” he said, noting there must be 100% occupancy on campus before seniors can be let off campus. Because Fairfield is a not-for-profit organization, there must be a balanced budget every year. “Each bed must be filled,” Sousa said, and this depends on three factors: incoming freshman class size, the number of study abroad students and transfer rates. These three factors determine the number of students let off-campus for the year. Contributed Photo Last year, he said, the off-campus lottery As new buildings go up, so do Stags concerns about off campus. took place in the fall semester. There were then two other releases later in the year. However, this year it will take place in February so the university is aware of the freshman class size. There will also be off-campus lottery and the decreased number of students only one lottery. living on the beach. The risk that students take year after year signing their In 2009, a writer in The Mirror wrote an article about lease, a legal document, and paying their deposits, which the end of the beach living and stated that the class of 2010 range anywhere from about $8,000 - $18,000 is something would be the last class to live at Fairfield Beach. Obviously that they are willing to do to ensure their pick for senior year. that is not true for the class of 2011 and, according to Sousa, “My roommates and I signed our lease first seit is false for years to come. mester of sophomore year. You have to do it early if you Fairfield students have been living on the beach since want to get a good house,” said Elizabeth Mainiero’11. the 60s. At that time, most of the juniors and seniors lived Emily Ryan’11 explained, “I didn’t think it was a there. In recent years, the University and the town of Fairbig deal at the time but my parents were extremely apfield have made an agreement that only a certain number of prehensive. I knew most of the upperclassmen got off students can live off campus. before us, so I wasn’t worried.” Incoming freshmen at Fairfield are required to sign a KC Boyd’12 said, “even with all of the rumors of contract that says they will live on campus all four years. The the decreasing number of students living on the Beach, only way to get out of this contract is through the off-campus I didn’t want to loose my house so my roommates and lottery or through going abroad. I signed our lease last year.” Boyd explained that most Rising seniors have the opportunity to apply for the of her friends did the same thing. “If we don’t get off off-campus lottery. Although tweaks are made to the lottery campus right away, we’ll figure it out,” she said. process every year, the lottery will be around for a long time. Caleigh Tansey’12, who plans to live at the beach Stags of all ages look forward to the exciting beach life next year, agreed. “We have one of the best houses on filled with senior traditions that are never forgotten. Evan the Beach so it’s worth the chance.” Ganley’14 said “I came to Fairfield excited to live on the This topic is not a new discussion for Fairfield. Year Beach senior year just like my older brother did.” Contributed Photo after year students write about, talk about or complain about the numerous rumors that come up about the


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FUSA, aka Student Programming As we put the finishing touches on our FUSA Budget article last night, else where in the BCC, FUSA members gathered together and began a constitutional convention that looked at restructuring FUSA. To that, we say thank you. After reading the front-page headline you know FUSA has a $300,000 budget by receiving $95 from each full-time undergraduate student. In comparison, The Mirror, in form of a subscription check from Fairfield University, receives approximately $10 for each full-time undergraduate student. The Mirror happily sides with those groups of FUSA members who met for the constitutional convention that said, “no part of the constitution is off limits,” as they look to change the way FUSA runs. We at the editorial board do not often attend many of FUSA’s late night programming events or even feel that we truly reap the benefits of the large FUSA budget. We also believe that stands true for most students on campus. While some will attend a handful of FUSA programs, for the most part, with the exception of Extreme Bowling, we are hard pressed to see why so much money is spent in providing programs that so few students attend. Here’s what we know. FUSA is given $187,000 from the total budget for yearly programming. The Executive Cabinet receives $28,040, where many of the same initiatives are again acknowledged through more programming. We get it, you like to do a lot of programming. However the important question here is do your fellow students like your programming? Attendance records might show that they do not. Yes, cheap trips to Broadway and free t-shirts on Fairfield Fridays are awesome, but the consistent low turnouts to Multicultural Mondays from 12-2 p.m. in the lower level BCC might be a waste of your money. (We observe the sparsely populated event during Monday afternoon meetings. Yes, we do have meetings). Now this is not an attack on the individuals who work in FUSA. We are aware that FUSA is “Student Driven” not “Student Run” and that is not by your choosing. If administration is standing in your way, you should look into simulating a He-Said-esque event promoting the Walk of Shame. After that the school will want you to be independent. But really, look at your student body. If engagement between students and a focus on multi-cultural activities is your main goal then think outside the box. FUSA in the past has not been able to accomplish that, so the hand-me-down itineraries and plans you receive from previous FUSA members are not going to accomplish anything fresh either. FUSA over spends on events few attend. Yet BCC 212 wants them to have more programs, which means even less people. We don’t need two or three events each week if we don’t want to attend any of them. Let’s try to have some of the late night programming apply to all students. There is at least $70,000 to go around.

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Let the Legacy Live On

To the Editor:

Throughout my three years at Fairfield University, I have never expressed my views or opinions in such a way as I am about to do so. Never have I written for The Mirror and never have I spoken out to such a degree. This all may be based on a hunch, but I felt that there was something incredibly inaccurate with last week’s edition of The Mirror. Last week while reading The Mirror, I found a typographical error so blatant that I skipped the $5 dollar reward and pulled out my laptop. Was it a typo at all? I found the ‘typo’ while reading the headline for a beautifully written article commemorating a man who contributed his life to bettering Fairfield University’s community. His name is William Lucas, a man whose legacy will live on through his administrative achievements and philanthropic efforts. The article did a great job in highlighting the accomplishments of such a prominent man in our community, however the headline did him no justice at all. The headline read: “Lucas’ Memory Lives on Through Campus Center Elk and More.” The phrase ‘Campus Center Elk’ confused me greatly. Whose decision was it to use the word ‘Elk’

Senior Casino Trip This past weekend the Senior Stags took over Mohegan Sun Casino for the basketball game and other festivities. While the managers of Ultra 88 Night Club may not have foreseen the wave that was the senior class, we definitely showed them how to party like a Stag.

Google Down For the entire weekend the school's network accidentally blocked google and subsequently, our school emails, which are connected to Gmail. Just like when we lose our cell phones, many of us felt helpess and lost, not knowing how to 'Bing,' and reiterated the fact that without technology, many of us cannot function.

in a headline honoring the passing of great man known for his inspiration of our very mascot, Lucas the Stag? I am not sure who is in charge of writing headlines at The Mirror, but misrepresenting our community and such an influential man by using the word ‘Elk’ instead of Stag was a poor choice at best. However, I did research and found an ongoing debate concerning the Stag head mounted in the lower level of the BCC. The concern is if whether it is an actual Stag or Elk that overlooks our bustling campus center. Be it Stag or Elk, it truthfully does not matter. It’s not what you call it, it’s what the symbol stands for, which is the valorous and triumphant spirit here at Fairfield University. Perfectly explained by Shakespeare, reads the quote, “What’s in a name?” Call it what you want, but for the sake of William Lucas, give him the justice he deserves and respectfully use accurate recognition when paying homage to a passed loved one. Sincerely, Christopher Morris '11

Notable and Quotable “The Beach is not something that’s ever going away." - Director of Residence Life, Charlie Sousa, on rumors that the school is trying to prevent students from living at the beach in the future. (Read more about it on page 3)

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Guys Getting In, Girls Getting Gypped By Amber Nowak Assoc. News Editor

As female applicants flood college admissions offices each year, the old notion of college as an exclusively male domain is fading fast. Male college applicants are becoming an endangered species as women dominate the applicant pool. For the class of 2014, Fairfield University received a total of 8, 419 applications, said Director of Undergraduate Admissions Karen Pellegrino. Of these applicants, 3,403 were men and 5, 016 were women. Fairfield admitted 2,355 (69.2 percent) of the men who applied 3,621 (72.2 percent) of the women. Fairfield is not alone in this phenomenon. According to an article in the Yale Daily News, the gap between male and female acceptance rates has grown from a 12 percent to a 30 percent difference since 2002 making it “the greatest gender disparity among applicants in decades.” Yet for the class of 2012, Yale admitted 68 more men than women even though 2,281 more women than men applied. Competition for women in the sphere of higher education has been historically stiff. Women often have had to work twice as hard as their male peers in order to even be granted the same consideration as their male competitors. Today however, highly qualified women are clamoring at the doors of these once male-dominated institutions in such numbers that some of the most qualified are being turned down. A proficient young woman applying to college today has to compete with not only other women equally accomplished as herself, but also men just as qualified who are rapidly becoming rare valuables in college admissions offices. To forge gender balance when choosing from highly disproportionate pools, many schools are actually lowering their standards for male applicants., a website devoted to providing information to prospective college

Tie Your Towel Tight, It's Another Firedrill By Danica Ceballos Contributing Writer

Mid-shower on a cold day, an alarm blares and flashing lights race across the room. These are the infamous fire drills that are supposed to catch students off guard. It had been said that RAs write students up if they do not automatically leave, but I needed to get the soap off my body, and I refused to go out in the rainy weather with my awful cold. I quickly finished my shower and threw on some clothes, hoping that the drill would stop and I would not need to leave my heated room. To my dismay, the drill continued. My ears were ringing and I could not see straight because of the blinding lights. At this point, the drill had been occurring for over five minutes. I began to panic. What if this is a real fire? Being on the fourth floor, would I be able to get down in time? While dressing, I peeked out the window in search of fire trucks or smoke. I rushed downstairs and literally ran into a fireman. Embarrassed and nervous, I rushed down the next flight of stairs to escape the building. It was obvious that I was the only one left inside. Of course, with my luck, as soon as I was outside of the building, the alarm stopped. It was only a drill that continued for an extremely long time. I was lucky that my stubbornness did not cost me my life, but what about students that did lose their lives due to fires? On Jan. 19, 2000, three students died and over 50 were injured at Seton Hall University in New Jersey when two students were involved in a prank that started a fire in a freshmen dorm. The local Fire Department claimed that it is a “difficult expectation placed on the small department to cover both the town and Seton Hall University.” While Fairfield students dread the unexpected fire drills, I would much rather have to jump out of the shower than never be prepared. The case of the Seton Hall fire confirms

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answering the questions.” Anne Naman, Director of College Counseling at the John Cooper School, stated in the Yale Daily News that, “More qualified girls are applying to these highly selective colleges.” She said, “[Colleges] want to keep some kind of gender balance in their student body, so it’s going to be less competitive for guys, even if they’re taking equally qualified boys and girls.” But is gender balance even necessary? At Fairfield, “We do struggle to keep some sort of gender balance in our class, because we believe it is healthy for a coed institution to have that balance,” said Pellegrino, “However, as you can see by our statistics, we are not Illustration by Tebben Lopez/The Mirror doing so at the expense of the quality of the students, reported that “some schools are admitting male students we are admitting.” applicants over women who have higher test scores, higher According to, experts say that although GPAs, or more extracurricular achievements.” the gender imbalance can have an effect on students’ social That’s right, we have actually reached the point of Affirlives it does not make an impression on their academic expemative Action for men. But if a school does accept men based riences. The article further reported that research at UCLA on lower standards than those set for women (and given discovered that “on campuses with a majority of female the numbers applying, how could they not?) what does this students, the grades of both men and women were higher.” mean for students socially and academically? So what exactly is wrong with having an overwhelming Sarah Krikorian ’14 reflected that, "It’s almost like majority of women in colleges if it is a reflection of the truth? a safety net for [guys] that there’s this unbalanced ratio. If the most qualified students happen to be women, why They kind of come in with this attitude that they can alshould we, for the sake of “gender equality,” offer excuses to ways do what they want.” men who, having had the same opportunities as female apAnd how does this relate in terms of classroom dynamplicants, are still not as qualified? ics? Colleges should choose their applicants without factor“I feel like a lot of guys think ‘Oh, I don’t have to work as ing in gender. Perhaps it would give males the incentive to hard, I don’t have to put as much effort into this’,” Krikorian work harder in order to be considered as qualified as their continued. “I walk into my class and maybe one guy will say female competitors. something. For the most part it’s girls raising their hands and

WWSD: What Would Stags Do? By Lindsay Maida Contributing Writer

For quite some time, illegal music downloading websites such as LimeWire have been the perfect way to escape paying Illustration by Vin Ferrer/The Mirror for music. Many people argue over whether or not stealing music is moral. With the rethat fire drills are necessary and cent closing of LimeWire, Fairfield students beneficial; however, many stu- find themselves struggling to download the dents assume that the annoying latest Rihanna tune because they simply siren and flashing lights indicate a simple drill don’t want to pay for an overpriced song. and are not the cause of an actual fire. As Allie Flannery ’14 says, “It makes me Should drills and legitimate fires be angry at how much music costs these days. differentiated? Based on my experience and Songs are now two dollars on iTunes and lack of urgency on the drill, I assume that a I just find myself missing the days where differentiation would be extremely helpful to songs were 99 a number of students. cents.” This is the While it is understandable that fire drills greatest reason are to be unexpected so as to simulate an why websites actual fire, a general warning would aid stusuch as LimeWire dents in recognizing the difference between a and Dirpy were serious fire and a drill. so popular before These warnings could entail simple signs being closed around a dorm stating, “Watch out for a fire down by the Federal Court. drill in the next week!” It is understandable that artists deserve One could argue that a sign such as money for the music that they produce. But, this would negate the urgency of a legitihow far is too far? mate fire coincidentally occurring someExpecting people to pay an excessive time during that week; however, while it is amount for a single song is just plain ridicuunderstandable that drills are necessary lous. In my iTunes library, I have close to and should be taken seriously, to a certain 3,000 songs. If I had purchased every one of degree, drills should be somewhat different those songs, I would have spent just about from an actual fire. $6,000. For songs that people really only These differences could be extremely listen to a few times before something new subtle. They could be as simple as a fiveis released, this is a waste of money. minute time limit on a drill as opposed If you can listen to music over the radio to the 15-minute drill I experienced. In for free, why not make it free everywhere addition, RAs could parade the halls a few else? There is no real difference between minutes before, warning that there will be a listening to Eminem in a club and in your drill and if students do not cooperate, they own dorm room. Music was created for will be written up. people to enjoy, and now a heavy price tag These differences seem fair while still has been placed on it. maintaining the importance of practicing for On the Fairfield campus, LimeWire an actual fire drill. was actually blocked prior to the court shutMost students can agree that Fairfield ting down the website. It was thought that Public Safety and the Fire Marshall are actthis would prevent students from stealing ing in the best interest of the students. As a music. But most students would just write student, I am grateful that a tragedy like Seton down a list of songs that they wanted and Hall is being avoided in all possible ways at waited until they went home to download Fairfield University; however, a simple warn- for free. In the meantime, listening to music ing for fire drills would make campus life a on YouTube is an acceptable substitute. little bit easier and alleviate some stress. While Dirpy, the website that con-

verted Youtube videos to MP3 files, was not technically illegal itself, it created a gray area between legal and illegal activity. This website was highly used among Fairfield students because of the simplicity in copying and pasting a URL. The conversion of copyrighted material to a person’s iTunes raises a large issue and is seen as illegal. If a person is able to listen to Youtube videos for free, however, why is it illegal to hear these videos through iTunes? It is an identical audio that has been pinpointed as being illegal. As a result, Dirpy was also retired due to illegal downloading of music. Not only did LimeWire offer free music, it had a wider search range for songs. There are many times when certain songs are not available on Photo Illustration/The Mirror iTunes whether they are popular or not. Through the use of LimeWire, however, virtually every song was available for fast and easy download straight into a person’s iTunes library. Songs that have been leaked to the Internet were present in the LimeWire search. Because downloading music from LimeWire was already illegal, it didn’t make a difference whether or not the music itself was illegally leaked. As music is not a tangible item, is it really considered stealing? Stealing an album from Target is very different from downloading one song for free. People do not look at music as something they have to pay for because it is placed right on the Internet. So what do Fairfield students think about the closing of websites such as LimeWire and Dirpy? Esther Kum ’14 says, “I can’t see the closing of LimeWire really being effective. There will always be another source to illegally download music from.” Kum makes a very good point because it’s true that if students want to download music for free, they will find a way. So this raises the question: how far will the government go to ban the inevitable, illegal downloading of music?

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Revolutionary. Kindle Killer. Giant iPod Touch. The iPad is known by many names and the question since its announcement has been: Is it a viable device for the everyday user? The answer is a most definite yes. In Apple's last quarter alone they sold 4.19 million iPads. The business realm has surprisingly become one of the largest proponents of the iPad. It has been the topic of human interests stories in the news for disabled children and it has been showing up everywhere else, including on multiple TV shows. Since April 3 of last year, I have personally been using the iPad in some capacity, along with my laptop and iPhone. As a student, I have found the iPad to be an amazing tool both in and out of the classroom and believe it should be the device students are asking for in the future.

It Is Not A Giant iPod Touch Yes, it might look like an oversized iPod Touch or iPhone and even run iOS (the operating system shared by iPod Touches, iPhones and iPads), but it is certainly more thae A Giant iPod Touch. As a student, I have used it to write articles and essays, do research for papers, study for tests, download power points sent to me from teachers, oh, and watch TV shows, movies and other more important things than school work. It is not meant to be a standalone device, which means that it syncs and backs-up to a laptop or desktop through iTunes. This means that you should have a computer if you own an iPad as a student. One of the current limitations that the iPad has is that it is not able to print. Apple has, however, announced AirPrint, Apple's technology which will allow the iPad to print with printers connected to a computer, which they have said will be released in iOS 4.2, a software update coming this November.

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In The Classroom Note Taking Fairfield University is not a laptop school--very rarely do you see more then two students in class using a laptop. It is a bizarre thing that I have never understood, but the iPad is actually great for a school in which laptops are not often found in the classroom. I have found in my use over the past seven months that the iPad actually creates a less distracting environment to work on, which results in me being more focused on the class I am taking notes in or the paper I am writing. This is because of the screen size; it's pretty difficult for me to fill half it with a word document and the other half with Classrooms on campus are wireless, so the iPad is connected to the Internet. Your text books can be on the iPad, you can be taking your class notes and you can even keep your calendar and "to do" list on the iPad, which in theory means the iPad all you would need to bring to class.

Text Books? For some students, the concept of a digital text book just seems too far fetched. They miss the ability to flip through pages or don't like reading off of a screen for long periods of time. However, I have found that there are many benefits to textbooks on the iPad. Personally, I use the Amazon Kindle App for most of my text book purchases because not only can I access them on my iPad, but also on a computer and even my iPhone. Any highlights or notes I leave on the digital pages transfers from device to device every time I open the book. Price wise it is often cheaper than what the Campus Bookstore would buy the book back for. Some books I have even been able to get for free, such as Shakespeare and other older works due to Project Gutenberg, which takes post-copyrighted works and

provides free digital copies. Only for my Morality of Marriage class was I unable to purchase the books digitally and had to resort to hard copies.

iPad or New Computer. I Already Have A Computer. Why Do I need an iPad? The debate that everybody has is “do I really need an iPad?” Need is tough to justify, but the real question is does it make life easier? As I said earlier, it is not a standalone device so when the debate is, “My computer works but is old and slow” the iPad makes complete sense. It is ultra portable and can help save money on textbooks. It will become your primary device for checking email, surfing the web and reading newspapers and magazines. An iPad will do almost everything, but I still suggest getting a laptop or a desktop if you’re computer is no longer working because there are some things that the iPad still can’t do. I don’t do indepth research in databases on my iPad and I don’t ever see myself doing so. It is meant for portability and everyday use, not intense research. Bottom line is that if you are looking to get another device that is easy to transport and want to start leaving your laptop at home, the iPad is the right choice for you. For college students, this is the model to get: 16 GB WIFI MODEL $499 (NO MONTHLY FEE) Accessories: $69.00 Apple Wireless Keyboard $39.00 Apple iPad Case Apps: Free Kindle (Text Books) $10 Pages (Word Processing)


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Brew Master: Japanese "Tallboys"

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Kirin Ichiban Wins Blind Taste Test for Japanese Beers

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Americans do bourbon and burgers. Jamaicans do rum and meat patties. The French do wine and cheese. And the Japanese do sake and giant yellow fin tuna. Few people, however, would associate brewing with the Japanese. There’s Japanese beer out there that rivals many of the inexpensive beers that can be bought in the “tallboy” or “bomber” size. Those readily available in town are Kirin Ichiban, Sapporo and Asahi. As I did last week, I painstakingly sampled all three to determine which is best. After several hours of research, I determined that Kirin Ichiban wins best taste, body and aroma. The soft aroma is pleasant, but difficult to point out. It smells a bit creamy and sweet. The barley is slightly noticeable, but I couldn’t put my finger on the exact smell. I did a bit of research and found that Kirin Ichiban uses a process they call “Premium First Press.” Ok, now it’s time for some nerd jargon. The only way I could explain this is that they don’t sparge their wort. This means that, after they boil the barley (mash) they filter out the sugary water (wort). Many recipes call for about 50 percent more water to be filtered through the mash in order to completely remove all of the sugars from the grain and increase yield. This process is known as “sparging.” Kirin apparently doesn’t do this and, according to them, it results in a more flavorful beer. Although sparging is an important step in many fine breweries, it is also

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done to cut alcohol content (gravity) and increase yield. So many bad, watery beers take this step too far. My second choice was Sapporo. You’ve certainly tried this one if you’re a fan of the Fin Sake Bombs in town. There’s not too much to say about this one except for, “Sweet can!” It’s shaped like a Guinness “tulip” pint glass. A+ to the packaging and marketing people. Other than that, it’s just beer. Not bad beer, but nothing different or


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spectacular. It’s certainly better than most other inexpensive tall boys though. Last and definitely least is Asahi. The bottle says, “Super dry” and, “The beer for all seasons.” I’m not too sure about the second claim, although I do agree that it is extremely dry. The taste is gone as soon as you’re done with your sip. I like to savor my beer, not struggle to remember what it tastes like. This beer is great with delicate-tasting food. I had this one with a thick yellow fin tuna steak. I cooked it rare and rubbed it with sesame seeds and pepper corns. It didn’t overpower the fish, so I was happy. Interestingly enough, Kirin is owned by AnheuserBusch and brewed in California. Sapporo is brewed in Ontario so they can deceivingly label it as an import. Asahi is owned by Molson and is brewed in Toronto. This, however, is not uncommon amongst many “imports.” Just to name one, the Becks we buy here is brewed in the States. All in all, these beers are not a bad choice when it comes to tallboys. The price is right, the size is ample, and the taste isn’t bad. Why not try something different next time you grab something from the singles and 40s fridge at the liquor store?

The Beach Side Deli: Just As Good As Never Never Land

Deli Owner Yanni Taxiltaridis Opens Up About Clam Jam, Customers and Being a Big Kid By Drew Fauser Contributing Writer

back then. The police were a lot cooler too. They would just stand there and watch, not like today.” Hungry after a long day of partying in the sun, Yanni and his friends Located on Fairfield Beach Road, Beachside Deli and would walk across the street and grab a quick sandwich at Pizza is very popular among Fairfield University students. what is now his own Beach Side. It doesn’t look like anything special, not too big, no fancy “I always knew I wanted to own this deli.” sign outside to attract a crowd. It’s just a little awning covFor him it's not about the money, it's all about the ering a small porch with one table and about five chairs relationships he makes. And Yanni really does know his sitting outside providing a view of the Grape. What is it customers. then that attracts so many people to this deli? The loca“You, what’s goin’ on, what can I get for you Mr. Stetion may be close to the beach houses, a convenience for vens?” the seniors, but they’re not the only Beach Side goers. “Not much, just a bacon egg and cheese today.” On a Wednesday morning the place is empty, but “You want the egg whites and extra bacon?” Yanni Taxiltaridis is sweating while rushing around beNow in his thirties, Yanni works by himself in the hind the counter. His muscular tanned arm opens one of mornings while his cashier, Jeanine, is taking classes at the large silver pizza Sacred Heart. She’s from Fairfield ovens and a waft of too and familiar with many of steam and scent of the people in town, including the “I enjoy when the kids come in garlic hits the air “townie” bouncer at the Grape, who revealing a bubjokingly accuses one of his here. It keeps me young. That’s what Yanni bling tray of lasagna. young customers of making out with Unsatisfied, Yanni this weekend. It’s around eleven, her I am, a big kid.” closes the door and blonde hair up in a bun on the top of takes a second to wipe her head and Doughnut Inn coffee his face with his shirt in hand. exposing a tattooed “You might have to make some torso. Yanni has a deliveries for me today" Yanni strong, tough looking breaks the news, “that bozo won’t body with a friendly face shadowed by a Yankee hat. answer his phone but you might need some help.” His tough exterior may be owed to his four years of “Its fine Mike will do it with me, I gotta grab him from UConn football, in which he received a full scholarship his house though.” four years ago. As a student he was forced into becoming Jeanine is going off to deliver the lasagna Yanni a sociology major but knew he wasn’t going anywhere had been cooking earlier in the morning, along with with that. He took some business classes and minored in another couple of steaming trays. These are all part of history. the lunches he delivers every day to a pharmaceutical As a kid, Yanni grew up in Fairfield. His father owned company in town. a diner where Yanni’s nine- year-old hands would scrub Unlike many Fairfield residents who resent the rowdy dishes in a small, loud kitchen for no pay. He would watch Fairfield University students, they’re Yanni’s favorite part his very Greek father with a broken accent talk to cusof the job. His big body bobs a little when he laughs about tomers, sometimes for hours. His father was a very hard last year’s Clam Jam incident. A very drunk girl wobbled worker and didn’t understand the whole going to college into the deli demanding a tuna melt. Yanni informed her and playing football deal Yanni was into. the grill was already turned off and the belligerent girl Starting when he was seventeen, every spring when started yelling he was a bad businessman. Fairfield Beach point is filled with college students, kegs “I didn’t care, I told her to get out,” he said while laughand red solo cups, Yanni could be spotted sharing a drink ing. with Fairfield University students. Clam Jam was an event. The next thing he knew the girl had thrown a beer can Yanni and his friends would count down the days until right at him. Clam Jam. “It was bigger than you would ever imagine Yanni’s favorite part of the job is spending time with

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Yanni Taxiltaridis at the Beach Side Deli.

the students and the freedom he’s allowed to have. He visited Las Vegas during Halloween weekend. Football was a large part of his life in college, but it wasn’t what he ever planned on doing for the rest of his life. Rather than morning football practice and running sprints, Yanni stays active by going to Jujutsu class. He leaves work every Wednesday at 11:45 a.m. and goes down the street to a gym owned by his friend. Since graduating college, Yanni has always been somewhat free. He packed up his bags and flew to Greece where he spent six months. He didn’t have a job or any responsibility here. When his pockets were feeling a little light, he’d pick up the phone and call his Grandpa for some money. As he busily fills orders, he talks about the great times he’s had and plans on continuing to have. He’s happy to go on deliveries and share a beer with customers, or really friends. He plays Beruit and even makes plans to meet graduates from two years ago in the city. “I enjoy when the kids come in here. It keeps me young. That’s what I am, a big kid.”

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Fists of Fashion Fight Cancer By Drusilla Ollennu Contributing Writer

Fifteen of Fairfield University’s own students spent their Thursday evening fightingagainst cancer that is. Held in the Oak Room on Nov. 11, 2010, the 6th annual fashion show hosted by Colleges Against Cancer featured five male and ten female models rocking the latest fashions. Among these styles were FU logoed pajama pants, winter hats and hooded sweaters from the bookstore. Apart from this, a majority of the trendy outfits were purchased from local boutiques such as Winged Monkey, Cargo Bay, Swim ‘N Surf and LF. Before the fashion show began, I was able to get a peek backstage to see the models in action. While they were scurrying through racks of clothing and making final touches to hair and makeup, I had the opportunity to meet the heads of Colleges Against Cancer. Samantha Bacque ‘12, the president of the organization, works alongside with secretary, Jackie Cestaro. Both, who are upperclassmen of Fairfield University, took a brief moment to explain the purpose of the show. As you may have already figured out, Colleges Against Cancer created this extravaganza with the objective of raising money for cancer research. The proceeds gained during the event will be used towards Relay for Life, an annual event that will be hosted again on campus on April 30, 2011. The profit that will be made from Relay for Life will then go to The

American Cancer Society, better known as ACS. One of the most interesting and very important parts of the fashion show was the speech that a senior at Fairfield University, Brianna Kouri, presented. Being a former victim of skin cancer, she was able to share her experience with melanoma, which is a dangerous form of skin disease. Before studying abroad, Brianna came across an unfamiliar mole on her foot. After a visit to the dermatologist, she was told that this was a sign of melanoma. Finding it early, Brianna was able to have surgery in order to remove the mole. After returning from oversees, she spotted yet another unrecognizable mole on her skin. Once again, it was surgically removed. After this reoccurrence, Brianna was constantly aware of any changes on her skin. The overall message that I found most essential is to constantly examine your skin and be on the lookout for anything that is unusual. Fortunately, Brianna mentioned the importance of treating your skin well, meaning that those excessive hours in the tanning booth is not the best way to care for your body, although it might make you look good! If you are a person who loves to spend hours outside in the sun, take precaution by wearing hats and putting sun-block on to avoid the intensity of the sun. If you happen to find something irregular on your body, do not ignore it and allow it to get worse. Instead, set up an appointment with your primary doctor or dermatologist who can accurately determine if the abnormality is a sign of greater disease and needs to be treated. As Brianna’s story proves, the earlier something is noticed and checked, the better.

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App of the Week:

By Sean Bannon 1. Trey Palms - In Your Eyes feat. Timeflies Trey Palms is an up and coming rapper out of Loyola University. He has been making noise across the country. On “In Your Eyes” he teams up with Timeflies from Tufts to release an awesome track. This release from the trio illustrates how girls begin to act towards you when you start getting a little fame going. 2. Michael Jackson - Hold My Hand (Feat. Akon) Music is going to keep on coming from Jackson for years to come. “Hold My Hand” is the official first single from his posthumous album. The mid-tempo uplifting track is classic M.J. In the song, a duet with Akon, he pleas for peace and unity behind a Caribbean-pop beat 3. KAM Royal - Fire (Prod. Alex Goose) KAM Royal is a 19-year old rapper from Washington D.C. and currently a sophomore at Tulane University. This is one of the tracks off his mixtape “Business As Usual” KAM has a smooth 90’s sounding flow and “Fire” illustrates his talents as a rapper over a dope beat. 4. New Linen – By Your Side New Linen consists of three kids from West Chester, PA and have been working together since their junior year of high school. “By Your Side” is an awesome jam that samples Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car.” 5. Brenton Duvall - Mean Planes & Taylor Gangs (Wiz Khalifa and Taylor Swift) Brenton’s an up and coming producer with a knack for clean melodies and creative combos. For this track Brenton mixed the vocals from This Plane (by Wiz Khalifa) and Mean (by Taylor Swift) and threw it all over his own original production. By not mashing up his music fully his style can be classified as truly unique. 6. Mike Stud - College Humor Mike Stud is an emerging rapper from Georgetown and is originally from Rhode Island. Mike stud provides a flow that you can kick back and listen to. “College Humor” is a track any college kid can relate to. This song is very catchy and provides many references to sports, like Wale. 7. Ke$ha – Blow Ke$ha provides another single off her EP Cannibal. This track is definitely one the ladies will want to have. “Blow” has a catchy chorus, as well as a dope beat. This will get your party started. 8. Lloyd Banks – Any Girl The second single off of Lloyd Banks’ upcoming album Hunger For More 2. “Any Girl” is a smooth listen due to Banks’ ability to ride the uptempo beat and Lloyd’s smooth vocals. Lloydsquared join forces to create a decent club song for all the ladies 9. Jay Sean – Back Break “Back Break” is the second single off his album “Freeze Time.” This is a club pounding jam. This is definitely going to be a radio hit in the coming weeks. His new album is in stores November 2nd. Jay Sean keeps providing songs that will get your weekend started. 10. J. Cole – Before I’m Gone This was the first leak off of J. Cole’s mixtape “Friday Night Lights.” The record is an aggressive narration of how the young Carolina boy made it in through the trenches of his hometown. Awesome beat and a smooth flow from J. Cole.

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KIK Brings BBM To All! By Dan Leitao Contributing Writer iPhone and Andorid users no longer need to feel left out that they can’t ask people for their pins, but will need to change their lingo to username. Thanks to a new App KIK, which the company claims brings “Free Real-Time Texting For All”. KIK is universal, which means it is cross platform. This means one can be messaging friends on a Blackberry, Android and an iPhone all at once. It pushes the notifications to you just like a standard text message or BBM. It also displays when the text has been sent, delivered and read, something very familiar for Blackberry users. To get started, just download the app onto your device and it will ask you for your first and last name, a username and to optionally enter your phone number. This is something you

should do, this way KIK will tell people with your phone number that you now have KIK, automatically. It will also tell you those who are in your phonebook who already have KIK. Now for Blackberry users looking to join in, the app has been so highly downloaded that they have had to suspend Blackberry downloads and they will be opening it up to new Blackberry users as soon as possible. This is not surprising as the small company went from 0 users to 1 million users in just 15 days. Now for BlackBerry users that will say this is not BBM, KIK’s CEO points out that “For all of us that know and love BBM, we know that between BlackBerrys nothing will ever compare to BBM. But when you want that experience with your iPhone and Android friends as well, the new KIK Messenger should be your go to.”

Review: Zeitgeist The Movie By Andoni Flores Arts & Entertainment Editor

This is a film that every American, nay, every member of the human race should see. Written and directed by Peter Joseph Zeitgeist, the film originally began as a personal project and gradually evolved into a global awareness movement. Released in 2007, some aspects of the film may seem dated, but the majority of the film tackles issues that we’ve been dealing with for a hundred or more years. For example, when speaking about the Federal Reserve, Joseph pulls an eerie quote from one of the founding fathers. “I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous than standing armies... If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of currency... The banks and the corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of their property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered” - Thomas Jefferson (1743-1828) Prophetic, isn’t it? A warning to viewers, your blood may begin to boil with rage as the truth about the society and culture we live in gets brought to light in a simple yet devastating manner. Nothing is left untouched, Joseph attacks religion, economics, politics and even 9/11 not with his own political and religious views, but with carefully thought out and researched facts. Skeptics may question the validity of his sources but believe me, when he says that according to a BBC article four of the 9/11 hijackers have turned up alive it’s because it’s true. The article written on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2001 is called “Hijack ‘suspects’ alive and well” and it reads: “Another of the men named by the FBI as a hijacker in the suicide attacks on Washington and New York has turned up alive and well.

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The identities of four of the 19 suspects accused of having carried out the attacks are now in doubt.” Is this film controversial? Yes. Will it make you question everything you’ve ever known? Definitely. Let me make this clear, I am not advocating that you take everything that Joseph says as the divine truth because I believe that we too often believe what people say without researching the claims ourselves and this has greatly lead to some egregious errors in not only recent history (the war in Iraq and Afghanistan) but in human history (China’s “Cultural Revolution,” the Spanish Inquisition, etc.). I, as well as the filmmaker, urge you to question and research everything you are told because “None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.” -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Getting Down & Dirty On The Dance Floor

Dancing and fist pumping with one hand and BBMing with the other is never to be considered dancing, no matter what Blackberry girl tells you. Before any of you turn to her as an authority of dancing I’ll let you in on a secret that those of us unfortunate enough to spend time at The Grape only know, that she has yet to master the preppy guido routine, and it shows on the dance floor. That being said, lets get down to the fact at hand: Dancing Whether at a dance, a Town House party, a Beach House or the Grape. There is going to be Taio Cruz’s ”Dynamite” playing and girls are going to be dancing in a group together. Don’t ask me why, but it’s what girls do they clump together and dance so suggestively that the group of guys standing around the dance floor can’t help but watch. Breaking into that pack of girls dancing can be more difficult than walking up to a girl and asking her to go on a date with you. So while you are waiting for a viable opening to approach you have two options. One is to dance or the other is to stand in the middle of the dance floor with a group of your bros and hope she comes close enough so that you don’t have to move. Honestly, guys have it tough besides fist pumping or breaking it down they can’t really do anything without a partner. So we are kind of left to stand and wait for somebody to dance with. Grinding. I don’t know when it really

began, but I believe it was sometime after Happy Days and probably was what Reverend Moore was so afraid of, (that is the guy in Footloose that says dancing leads to sex) it really can only be performed when one has been binge drinking, had massive amount of caffeine, or both (Four Loko). For those of you who are willing to simulate sex on the dance floor sober, I commend you. Also girls for next halloween if you plan on dancing with guys, I suggest you rethink the whole tale part of the costume, it is just weird for the guy. The only time when you should be jumping up and down is when SHOUT comes on. Sadly, it has been banned from The Sea Grape, but it is still good at any other bar. When SHOUT comes on, you really have to not care about anything else except SHOUTING and JUMPING. If you spill your drinks who cares; there is a reason bars like the Grape banned the song from playing. Lastly I’ll leave you with this: My freshman year it was all about Souljaboy “Crank That,” and now it is “Teach Me How to Dougie,” Personally, can we stop Dougieing every hour-and-a-half because it just looks stupid. Then again, I’m just mad because I can’t dougie and only know how to do the Jitter Bug, which really helps with rap music playing.

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This week’s topic is something that iPhone boy and I love to debate about in the office. He caught me, as I am sure the other patrons of the Grape have on numerous occasions, in the middle of my full on signature move: The Fist Pump. I don’t do the Jersey “sub” I’m not trying to deck out my dancing partner keeping it level either, I go full on two hands straight into the air. I fully utilize the “white man’s overbite,” and using my left arm as a guide punch at the air with my right as though my life depended on it. Does this turn off the guys? Depends on the crowd. If “Stereo Love” is pumpin’ and the beat is hittin’ then the crowd will most likely react positively. In fact, I usually get a few imitators or some cheers from a neighboring circle. If it’s any Sean Kingston song then it will be deemed unnecessary and the strange looks will come my way. Well that’s my own fault and I will take responsibility but for the haters in the crowd, green has never been your color. When a guy gets his fist pump going at the Grape, and his inner guido busts through his Vineyard Vines get up, nothing screams “home” at me quiet like it. Coming originally from Long Island my guy friends at back at home have the move perfected. You will never see a failed fist go up, a beat missed or a hair out of place, and that’s how I love it. There’s probably an app on the iPhone that will show you how to

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properly execute the move, but not only is that amateur, it’s also pretty weak. If you’re born with it, you’ve got it for life. There’s a time and place for everything and you’ve got to know when to go for it and when to just shake your head and let the song pass. In those situations there are other moves to go for, like the sideways shoulder shrug, the sexy rockstar whipping of the hair, just make sure you’re feeling the beat. To the guys who have the nerve to stand there and give his buddy the no-go head shake while watching a girl dance, really bro, let me tell you you’re such an expert at thrusting your hips at the air. Guys you’ve got to have more respect for us out on the dance floor, I can’t stand how you surround the dance floor and look at us like pieces of meat. There is nothing more degrading for a girl than that, join us or focus on the sports game that’s on. And to the bros who still think it’s cool to jump around like “Chumbawumba” is on the radio, relax, it’s enough. Nobody wants you and your equally stupid buddies knocking into them while you pretend you’re the life of the crowd. Not only do we have heels on that will leave a pretty steep mark through you’re sneakers, but we’ve also got the drinks the other guys just brought us that would probably suck to be covered in. Sent from My Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

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Dear Dee,

I like this girl who just broke up with her boyfriend and I used to date a friend of hers. Can I ask her out? Do I have any chance? I read your column regularly and like the way you think. I look forward to your thoughts. Thank you,

Friend Without Benefits

Dear Friend Without Benefits, You pose an interesting question and one that the answer will greatly depend on your history with this girl, and more importantly with her friend. For simplicity, let’s call the girl you like, Lindsey, and her friend, Beth. Now, if you dated Beth and the relationship ended badly because of your actions, then you are in a very bad starting place. Lindsey and Beth will right now be sharing notes about lousy boyfriends and you are on the wrong side of that list. If, however, you and Beth only casually dated, or ended on good terms, then Lindsey may be open to seeing you. My suggestion would be for right now to be her friend and keep it light. If she is just getting over her boyfriend, give her some space to let that relationship end or you may just end up being a rebound. Ask her to go get coffee or maybe to attend a basketball or hockey game and develop a good friendship with Lindsey. You will know as you

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spend time together when it is right to move to the next level. If and when it does evolve to the next level, try to lightly bring up in conversation how she feels about dating you and if she thinks her friend will mind. She’ll definitely be honest and upfront with you and she’ll appreciate and respect the fact that you care. Make sure she knows your aim is not to cause trouble or hurt anyone, but that you just really like her and would like to make things work. A little respect goes a long way and hopefully with time you’ll become more than friends...with some benefits :) good luck!


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Stags Stomp George Mason By Ivey Speight Staff Writer

The head coach admits that the team is still looking for their biggest strength but is impressed by their inside play. The Fairfield women’s basketball team improved “They have risen to the occasion,” he said. With their record to a perfect 2-0 after cruising past the George the graduation of two presences in the paint with Tara Mason Pioneers 54-37. Flaherty and Stephanie Geehan, who are both playing The 489 fans who swarmed professionally overseas, the size Alumni Hall witnessed a perforof the team was a question mark mance that became a sight to see. when the season tipped off. Stags sophomore guard “Sometimes it will be post Katelyn Linney scored a career players by committee,” Frager high 30 points and tied the said. So far the Stags have “risen school single game record with 7 to the occasion,” as they have outthree pointers. rebounded their opponents by 13. The crowd grew louder as Although it is only the second each straight shot caressed the game of the season, the victory bottom of the net. against George Mason can be It was the first time a something that the team can build Peter Caty/The Mirror on. “It was a great win for us and women’s basketball player tallied more than 30 points in a game Katelyn Linney '13 scored a career for the conference,” Linney said. since Stephanie Geehan recorded high of 30 points against the George During her career game she only 33 against the same Pioneers. Mason Pioneers on Monday. missed three shots the entire night. Fourth year coach, Joe Frager She went 10-12 from the floor said, “She had a phenomenal, phenomenal game. I was including an astonishing 7-8 from three. impressed the most by her defense." It was the first time that the Stags have beaten the The New Jersey native is returning from an impresPatriots since 1996. sive rookie campaign where she enjoyed one of the best Linney’s historic night could be compared to the last seasons by a Stags freshmen. time a Fairfield team took on George Mason. Last year it Linney won six MAAC Rookie of the Week Awards was Mike Evanovich who drained a school record for three averaging 10.2 points per game and swishing 67 pointers in a game during the men’s magical comeback. three pointers, the third most in a single season in The women’s team will try to continue what they Fairfield history. hope could turn into a great season as they finish up “I feel more comfortable this year,” Linney said after their four game home stand this week. the win, “the freshmen nerves are gone and I’ve grown a The Stags will take on Cornell and the University of year.” Frager said that she played a “complete game.” Rhode Island at Alumni Hall. Last year, Fairfield started If the Stags want to prove their preseason rankthe campaign 3-0. Katelyn Linney will try to keep up her ing to finish fourth wrong, they are going to have hot shooting but all she is trying to do is “looking to go to look for Linney and the rest of the Stags to play out there and win.” “complete games.” Frager said, “We need to execute on offense.”

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Quote of the Week

"We believe that it really doesn’t matter or mean a whole lot at all, we are all about proving those polls wrong, it’s great motivation for us.” -Captain, Desiree Pina '12 On the Stag's as the #4 pick in the MAAC


The Week That Was in Fairfield Sports By Tyler Wosleger Staff Writer

Women’s Basketball opened the season with a 65-48 victory over in-state rival Quinnipiac. Senior Joelle Nawrocki tied her career-high with 15 points to pace the Stags. It is the fourth consecutive victory in a season opener for Fairfield and head coach Joe Frager. Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving swept Manhattan College on Saturday at the RecPlex. For the men, Paul Bimmler '13 won a pair of individual events and Anthony Caserta, Brian Friedlander '12, and Andrew Hiss '13 also recorded victories in individual events. For the women, Emily Pedrick '14 won a pair of events and Moe Osmulski '14 broke a program record, winning the 200 meter individual medley. Osmulski was also named MAAC Swimmer of the Week. Women’s Volleyball concluded the regular season with a pair of losses to Marist and St. Peter’s. The Stags fell 3-1 to Marist and were led by Lauren Hughes’ 12 kills. In a 3-1 loss to St. Peter’s, Haililani Pokipala and Rachel Romansky each recorded double-doubles.

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Captains Plan on Making a Blind Pass to the Top of The MAAC By Kristen Golen Sports Editor

of her hips. Romano has appeared in 19 games during her Fairfield career. When the three captains were asked about what they thought of their #4 preseason ranking they laughed it off with confidence. Pina said, “We believe that it really doesn’t matter or mean a whole lot at all, we are all about proving those polls wrong, it’s great motivation for us.”

Akech’s 6’9” uncle, Luol Deng, currently plays for the Chicago Bulls of the NBA. It is apparent that the promising freshman has big shoes Four freshmen. Three sophomores. Three juniors. Two to fill. Katie Cizynski ’14 is another freshman with big shoes seniors. The Fairfield women’s basketball team may be young, to fill since her father is the only baseball player in Fairfield but they are more confident than ever. history to throw a nine-inning no-hitter. Although the women’s basketball team has graduated The Connecticut native is said by the captains to be a their two star players, Tara very strong player that can shoot on Flaherty ‘10 and Stephanie the outside, which is key. Paulus said Geehan ’10, there is still that Alexys Vazquez ‘14 is very good plenty of reason to “Fear the three point shooter. The young Sarah Paulus, Kelly Ramano and Desiree Pina are not only stand-out players for Fairfield, but Deer.” freshman from Berlin, CT said, “I they will be representing the women's basketball team as a whole for this season as Captains. The three veteran can’t wait for our season to start and captains Sarah Paulus ’12, I can’t wait to experience college Desiree Pina ’12 and Kelly basketball at the Division I level for Romano ’11 had nothing but the very first time , playing together optimistic feedback to give as a team should bring us a very about their team. successful year. “ Paulus is very excited for The captains believe that all the season because she is reof the preparation and conditionturning for her third year, but ing that they went through with with three seasons of athletic Strength and Conditioning Coach eligibility remaining after a Mark Spellman provided them devastating ACL injury. with what it will take to have an Paulus has played Sarah Paulus '12 Kelly Romano '11 Desiree Pina '12 incredible season. It is simply what 34 games as a Stag, with it will take if they want vengeance four starts. She enters the on teams such as Manhattan, who campaign with 46 points, 38 beat them last year, as well as their rebounds and 27 assists. Paulus added to Romano’s comment, “Last year we ongoing rivalry with Marist College. Pina is the Stags top returning scorer and she is one of were ranked sixth, and then we were in the finals, if that’s The captains claim that they were able to move from the the most enthusiastic players on the team. She enters her not proof, I don’t know what is. This shows that absolutely bottom to the top of the MAAC last season because they were junior year with 683 career points, a 10.5 per game average anything can happen in our conference.” able “establish their identity,” which is a common theme in over her 65 appearances, 64 of which have been at the start Although it's obvious that it will be hard without their Coach Frager’s advice to his young team. of the game. two star players from last year, they are confident with what The final and most crucial element to the overall sucHer 271 points as a rookie were the seventh most of any the four freshmen have to bring to the court. cess of the team is in the hands of the Fairfield Stags and Stags player during a freshman season at the Division I level. Romano, Paulus and Pina agree that Christelle Akontheir ability to create school spirit. Paulus said, “Fairfield Romano who represents one out of the two seniors Akech ‘14 from Lyon, France is very versatile and has the lacks school spirit, yet they have so much Red Sox, Mets on the women’s team has two years of eligibility remaining ability to play multiple positions on the court. and Yankees spirit, so if they could bring that energy to the after missing the 2008-09 season following surgery on both Overall, she is simply very good with the ball. Akonbasketball games it would be incredible.”

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You Win Some...You Lose Some Stags Shine at Mohegan Sun By Jack Meagher Staff Writer

The 2010-11 men’s basketball season started in a proper fashion Saturday afternoon at the Mohegan Sun Arena. The Stags defeated cross-town rival Sacred Heart 62-45. The game kicked off the Connecticut 6 Classic, a tripleheader featuring six Division I teams hailing from Connecticut. Sophomores Derek Needham and Colin Nickerson led the way for Fairfield with 13 and 11 points, respectively. After falling behind by six just 1:30 into the half, Fairfield rebounded nicely, starting with a Needham jumper to get Fairfield on the board. The Stags especially hit their stride midway through the half, culminating with an 11 minute, 22-5 run that brought the crowd to their feet with just over three minutes left to play in the first half. Nickerson put on quite a show during the run, adding two layups within 30


seconds of another, and finishing with three steals. From there, it was smooth sailing as Ryan Olander '12 pulled down eight rebounds, rejected three shots and added a thunderous alley-oop dunk in the second half from Needham. All the while, the Stags did a great job containing the Pioneer offensive attack limiting them to just 31.5 percent shooting. Pioneer point guard, Jerrell Thompson, was frustrated throughout the entire evening because of foul trouble, while Needham finished with 13 points on 5-13 shooting. Although it deemed a neutral site, the Stags felt right at home, going ahead by as much as 20 points with 1:51 to play. Fairfield never trailed from 14:21 on left in the first half. A loyal fan of the men's basketball team David Brancati '11 said, “I can’t wait to watch this team on our home court.” The Stags play their first home game at the Arena at Harbor Yard against St. Joesph's University on Nov 23.

Dropping the Ball Against Rutgers By Tom Fitzpatrick Sports Columnist

After taking down rival Sacred Heart in the season opener, the Stags looked to continue their winning ways on the road against Rutgers in New Brunswick, NJ on Monday night. The Scarlet Knights were coming off an opening day overtime loss to Princeton. Playing in front of 3,800 fans at the Louis Brown Athletic Center, the Stags went toeto-toe with their Big East opponents for the better part of the first half. Senior forward Warren Edney came out firing with the first six points for the Stags. He finished with eleven points in the first half, unfortunately Rutgers took a 35-27 advantage into the break. Rutgers came out with an 8-2 run to open the second half. Sophomore guard, Colin Nickerson, answered with a pair of three point shots, however Fairfield was not able to get enough stops to make a real run at what would have been an impressive road victory. The Stags tried to mount several rallies

throughout the final twenty minutes, but fell short by a final tally of 68-53. Sophomore guard, Derek Needham, led the Stags with fourteen points, while Edney finished his contest with twelve. Nickerson and senior Yorel Hawkins each chipped in with six points. Rutgers was led by a comparable balanced attack. Jonathan Mitchell had a teamhigh of fifteen points, with Mike Coburn and Dane Miller contributing fourteen and twelve points. The victory was the first under the tutelage of first-year head coach Mike Rice for the Scarlet Knights. While head coach Ed Cooley and the rest of the Stags came up short on this occasion, the early season road test against a Big East foe can only help in the long run. Fairfield faces similar demanding match-ups on the road as they visit the likes of Penn State University and the University of Florida in the near future. The Stags will look to push their record over .500 when they visit the Nittany Lions of Penn State this Friday, Nov 19. Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m.

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