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Gender Ratios By School Reflect Public Perception By Connor O’Rourke Assistant News Editor When one thinks of majors, it is very easy to come to the conclusion that some majors or fields of study are predominantly male or female, however, the statistics behind it must be looked into to prove whether the preconceived notions are true. Majors have certain stereotypical assumptions, such as that nursing is predominantly female, while others, such as engineering, would be predominantly male in composition. According to the University’s Office of Institutional Research, for the Fall 2016 semester, the Colleges of Arts & Sciences as a whole consisted of 425 male undergraduate students and 1,162 female undergraduate students. This is in contrast to the Dolan School of Business, where the margin between male and female undergraduate students is much smaller, yet there are roughly 200 more males than females there as of Fall 2016. The School of Engineering had a significant population of male students, coming in at 191 in total, as opposed to the 58 female students enrolled. The Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies, by far, had the highest margin between male and female students, with 26 male students compared to 429 female students enrolled in the school. Percentage-wise, the College of Arts and Sciences is 73 percent female and 27 percent male, while the Dolan School of Business is 44 percent female and 56 percent male. The School of Nursing has a significant female population, coming in at 94 percent of its enrolled students, while the School

of Engineering largely consists of male students, coming in at 77 percent. One male nursing student, Justin Corbitt ‘19, stated that, “The male to female ratio is very drastic. In all of my classes it is either just me, or myself and one other guy. It is clearly a predominantly female profession. I have also yet to have a male as a teacher or instructor yet in the nursing school, nor do I even know if there are any.” Corbitt added that, “Being a male nursing student I personally believe that more men should consider the profession of nursing. It has this stigma with it being a female job, but there should be no stigma for a profession where your goal is to preserve and nurture human life. There is a lot to offer in the nursing field and can range anywhere from working in a physician’s office, responding to emergencies in a helicopter, or going to a third world country and provide the best medical practice you can offer.” As for the majority male engineering school, Julia Nojeim ‘19, Co-President of the Society of Women Engineers, felt that, “The gender ratio is prevalent in the School of Engineering but is closing which I think is very exciting. It’s great to see an increasing amount of both female engineering students and also prominent female engineering faculty, which is inspirational and motivational to see how they have succeeded in this field.” In terms of the specific gender breakdown of the majors offered at the University, in the College of Arts & Sciences, the Vice President for Enrollment Management, Karen Pellegrino, noted

that, “Applicants to the College of Arts and Sciences [from this past year] are approximately 30 percent male, and although there are slight differences in the gender breakdown across majors in the College of Arts and Sciences, the overall breakdown generally applies to individual majors in the college.” Junior Lauren Sugantino, a student in the Dolan School of Business, felt as though, “The gender ratio in DSB is rather equal. In the majority of business classes I was in, there was a good mix of female and male. Sometimes more male or female depending on the class.” Sugantino added, “I still think DSB should be more even in terms of gender. Most of the professors that teach business classes are majority all male. I only had two female professors when I took an intro to marketing class back in my sophomore year and in my freshman year for microeconomics.” According to the University’s factbook from the Fall 2014 semester, the majors of students enrolled in full-time undergraduate programs in the CAS reflected that a large majority of students chose to study communication, psychology and English. As for the University as a whole, percentage-wise, 60 percent of the total student population is made up of females, which is a 10 percent majority over the male student population. In the Dolan School of Business, according to Pellegrino, “Applicants [from the past year] … are approximately 60 percent male.” For the Fall 2016 semester, according to the institutional research factbook, the Dolan School of Business has exactly 853 male students compared with 659 female students.

Siblings weekend Offers FUn For all By Marc Stacey Contributing Writer

Siblings Weekend was an opportunity for siblings of all ages to experience what life is like in Stag country for a weekend and spend time with their brother or sister. The Fairfield University Student Association organized the events all over campus the weekend of Friday, Feb. 9 that siblings seemed to love. “They are already excited to come back next year for siblings weekend,” Elle Butner said of her siblings’ experience at this year’s event. The weekend was jam packed with events all over campus. It started with a celebration of National Pizza Day on Friday, as students and siblings had the opportunity to make their own pizza in the Tully. Events went throughout the night, as Friday night ended with a crafts and game night in the lower level of the Barone Campus Center. Juliana Sansonetti/The Mirror Fairfield sports were in action this week as well, giving siblings the chance to watch The men’s rowing team recreated Taylor Swift’s video “Look What You Made Me Do” for the talent both the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams on Saturday afternoon as they opened up show, receiving first place. their season at Conway Field at Rafferty Stadium. An event that seemed to keep siblings on the edge of their seats was BINGO in the BCC Saturday afternoon. Stags and their siblings gathered around tables in the LLBCC as they waited for the numbers to be called. Numerous prizes were handed out to winners, including Fairfield gear, gift cards, blankets, hats, and much more. Marc Stacey/The Mirror Students and their siblings engage in a game of bingo during the Siblings Weekend festivities. Read Events on Page 

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Islamophobia Expert Deepa Kumar Speaks on Terrorism By Deanna Carbone Co-News Editor

Since 9/11, 95 Americans have been killed in the United States by Jihadists. Deepa Kumar, the author of “Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire” and professor in Middle Eastern studies at Rutgers University, shared this fact and others at Fairfield University to debunk stereotypes surrounding the Muslim religion and Islamophobia on Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the lower level of the Barone Campus Center. “Less than one percent of Muslims turn to this kind of violence … a tiny part of a large religion is be-

I think the student’s reception of her was great. Quite frankly, the fact that students were able to respectfully disagree with her, and have a dialogue with other attendees to unpack her points while being respectful of their differing viewpoints shows me that the event was successful.

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ing generalized,” said Kumar. She spoke on the stereotypes surrounding the word “terrorists” and how it’s never used to describe white men who commit acts of terror. “When you google the word ‘terrorist,’ you will see pictures of bearded men, brown men holding guns. You will never see a picture of any white male shooter,” said Kumar. Kumar discussed how racism has been present in the U.S. since its very inception, starting with the portrayal of Native Americans as “savage” when Christo-

Juliana Sansonetti/The Mirror Deepa Kumar speaks to students in the lower level of the Barone Campus Center about the global historical trends of Islamophobia.

pher Columbus first came to America. She showed the history of racism throughout the country and how stereotypes of other minority groups have been perpetuated, eventually affecting the way the government acts. One controversial point she discussed was that government spending should be cut from the War on Terror and instead used to fund a universal health care system for the country. Kumar showed statistics of those dying due to Muslim-related terrorist incidents compared to health issues, such as heart attacks because of their lack of funding. Program Coordinator for the Office of Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs Jasmine Raghunandan ‘17, who helped organize the event felt the reception from students was positive. “I think the student’s reception of her was great,”

said Raghunadan. “Quite frankly, the fact that students were able to respectfully disagree with her, and have a dialogue with other attendees to unpack her points while being respectful of their differing viewpoints shows me that the event was successful.” Students were able to engage in a dialogue with Kumar once her talk was over. “The talk strengthened my belief that continuing this conversation is good for the University community,” Jessica Castillo ’21. Kumar concluded the evening by responding to how to combat racism, even when it seems impossible. “You have to look at history to people who have fought with this [racism], people resisting, building protest, that sparks a national conversation and makes people wonder why are we doing this? I think patiently explaining, not reacting with the same level of anger will allow people to educate themselves,” said Kumar.

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First-year Elle Butner loved having her two younger sisters here for the weekend. It gave her a chance to tie her college and home lives together. “My two younger sisters, Sophie and Abby are here with me. It’s a great experience because they were able to see what my life at college is like. It was fun being able to bring my home life and college life together for the weekend.” The emoji pillow creation event in Faber Dining Hall attracted the younger crowd, as they had the chance to stuff their own emoji pillow to bring home with them. At this event, Olivia McEvoy, associate director of programming for FUSA, spoke about the siblings weekend tradition as well as some of the events that were featured this year. “We’ve had a bunch of events that FUSA and Fairfield at Night coordinated. We had two movie nights, as well as both active events and creative events for siblings to enjoy. We mainly had 6-7 year olds here this weekend, so they loved the creative events.” Despite the attendance of younger children at the siblings weekend events, according to the Assistant Director of Student Engagement, Colleen Wilson, out of 112 total siblings who had registered for the weekend, 63 siblings were ages 14 and over. Siblings weekend concluded on Sunday, Feb. 11 with a mass in the Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola. Mass was the opportunity for siblings to reflect on their enjoyable weekend here at Fairfield, and for students to say goodbye to their siblings. McEvoy believed the weekend to be a huge success. Smiles on the faces of siblings at events all over campus, as well as feedback from stags seemed to prove this too. “We’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback so far. There’s a bunch of different stuff for siblings to do. We’ve been doing this for the past few years, and it’s turning into a tradition here at Fairfield,” McEvoy mentioned.

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Marc Stacey/The Mirror A student and her sibling claim their prizes during a game of bingo. Other activities during Siblings Weekend included pizza making, inflatables and showings of movies.

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The Mirror Reflects on this Week in Social Media Compiled by Juliana Sansonetti Information contributed by the Department of Public Safety. Wednesday 2/7 10 p.m.- A resident of Gonzaga Hall was found in possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. The student was documented by the University. Friday 2/9 6 a.m.- A men’s trek bicycle was reported stolen from the bike rack in front of Dolan Hall. The bike is white and red with no seat. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact DPS. There are no suspects at this time. Saturday 2/10 12:44 a.m.- A male resident along with a male visitor and two female students in Claver were found to be smoking marijuana and were found to be in possession of alcohol while underage. The students were documented with the University. 6:36 p.m.- A female student reported being assaulted by a male student by Townhouse 5 block. All parties have been identified. No police action has been requested. The male student has been documented with the University. He claimed the assault to be accidental. 8:41 p.m.- Several male students were found smoking liquid marijuana in Gonzaga Hall. They were also found to be in possession of alcohol while underage. The students were documented with the University. 10:37 p.m.- A small fire broke out in an apartment in Dolan Hall after the residents left a pizza box on top of a hot stove. The stove’s fire suppression system did its job and extinguished the fire with minor damage. The fire department was called to the scene. 11:39 p.m.- Residence Life reported that a male had been assaulted by Townhouse 15 block by several other males. The victim refused to provide information or cooperate with the investigation.

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Dow Drops Record-Breaking Number of Points By Juliana Sansonetti Co-News Editor On Thursday, Feb. 8, students opened their phones to find news notifications informing them that the Dow Jones Industrial Average had majorly dropped for the second time that week. According to CNN, the Dow plunged 1,033 points on Thursday, which was the second-worst point drop in history. It was second only to the point drop on Monday, Feb. 5, when the Dow plunged 1,175 ponts. However, according to TIME, the Dow has been slowly recovering from this major drop. As of Monday, Feb. 12, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained more than 400 points. Professor of Economics Dina Franceschi defined the Dow as “an index of stocks and equities that track the movement of capital in and out of major firms.” Professor of Economics Mark Leclair explained that this drop was foreseen by many and that it was simply a correction in response to the Dow steadily rising over the past year or so. Leclair believes that the effects these drops will have on the University are negligible. “The University has a very conservative portfolio, so harm to the University is minimal,” Leclair commented. Leclair also described the University’s portfolio as “diversified.” “The University takes very good care of students’ money,” Leclair continued. “They’re very careful. They manage a very large endowment that goes into student aid and running University programs.” Leclair, who has previously served on the University’s budget committee, further explained that the University does not get involved with high-risk stocks. He believes that the budget committee will have a conversation about the change in the

stock market; however, that is the extent of the effect. “The University has enjoyed a huge run up in stocks in recent years,” he said. “We’ll have to take out the expectations that the market will keep running up.” Franceschi also commented on this topic. “Fairfield University is an institution that looks beyond immediate or short-term responses,” Franceschi said. “We’ve seen a lot of strong, consistent growth in these indices in equity shares in the last year, in the last five years. The Dow was at its all-time highest. It had doubled in value in the last 10-15 years. The gains have been tremendous, so it wasn’t all that shocking to me.” Leclair contrasted the recent dip in the Dow to the percentage drops that took place during the Great Recession between 2008 and 2009. The latter had an actual impact on the University. The University was unable to raise tuition, had to let go of multiple employees and had to delay hiring and increasing salaries. During the Great Recession, the percentage drops were much larger than the recent ones, due to the market being much larger now. Associate Professor of Economics Philip Lane used an analogy to compare last week’s Dow point drops to the drops in 2008 and 2009. “What happened last week was the equivalent of getting a dusting of snow versus the blizzard of ‘78 when the whole state of Connecticut was shut down for a week,” said Lane. Lane expounded on some of the effects of the Great Recession. Read Dow on Page 

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What’s Going on in the United States and Around the World U.S. News

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New York, NY: According to BBC News, on Tuesday, Feb. 13, Afghan-born U.S citizen Ahmad Khan Rahimi, the perpetrator for setting off pressure cooker bombs in New York and New Jersey in 2016, has been sentenced to life in prison. Federal prosecutors noted that the 30-year-old has no remorse for his actions and has frequently made efforts to radicalize others in prison to join and support the Islamic State. New York State: Sky News reported that on Monday, Feb. 12, following an investigation regarding alleged sexual misconduct, Harvey Weinstein has been sued by the state of New York. The lawsuit was filed by the attorney general of the state, Eric Schneiderman, who claims that Weinstein was “hostile” toward female employees. Washington, D.C.: According to NBC, on Tuesday, Feb. 13, another U.S. judge has blocked President Donald Trump and his administration from ending the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis in Brooklyn, N.Y. stated that the program cannot end in March as previously planned. Honolulu, Hawaii: According to CNN, a United Airlines flight on Tuesday, Feb. 13 made an emergency landing in Honolulu after a piece of the cover came off the right engine. The Boeing 777 was flying from San Francisco to Honolulu and was described as a “big metallic bang” by one of the passengers on the flight. Mount Hood, Ore.: On Tuesday, Feb. 13, a climber died after falling 700 to 1,000 feet on Mount Hood in Oregon, while others are still stranded on the mountain, according to CNN.

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Jerusalem: On Tuesday, Feb. 13, according to The Guardian, the Israeli police recommended that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu be indicted after a police investigation. This investigation concerned charges of bribery and breach of trust on the part of the Prime Minister. Seoul, South Korea: The New York Times reported on Friday, Feb. 9, that North Korea’s supreme leader, Kim Jong-un, invited the South Korean leader, President Moon Jae-in, to the north for a summit meeting. Kim sent the invitation to the South via his only sister, Kim Yo-jong, who relayed the message herself since she is currently attending the Winter Olympics with the North Korean team. Syria: According to the BBC, at least two Russian fighters were killed in U.S. air strikes in Syria last week. It has been said that the fighters were hired by private military firms who were backing pro-Syrian government groups. Johannesburg, South Africa: The Huffington Post reported that on Tuesday, Feb. 13, the ANC (African National Congress) made the decision to remove South African President Jacob Zuma from power. This decision came after 13 hours of deliberations between Zuma, who has had a scandal-filled presidency, and his presumed successor, the current deputy president of the country, Cyril Ramaphosa. Moscow, Russia: ABC News reported that following Sunday’s plane crash that killed 71 people just after takeoff, it may be the case that human error is the blame because the pilots failed to turn on the heating unit for measuring equipment in-flight, according to investigators. Wikimedia/Creative Commons

Students Prepare for FUSA Election By Connor O’Rourke Assistant News Editor The Fairfield University Student Association Presidential election is fast approaching and students are beginning to express their interest in running for the position in order to provide a voice for the student community and effectively make a difference. The election itself will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 27. However, there was a preliminary information session regarding the position of both president and vice president on Feb. 7, which outlined what the respective positions entail. Senior Anthony Szymonik, the acting election commissioner for this FUSA election, stated that in regards to voting, “students will be able to visit OrgSync on Tuesday, Feb. 27 and vote through the FUSA portal. There will also be election booths available near the old info desk in the Barone Campus Center.” He added that in regards to the importance of the office, “it is a great opportunity to demonstrate how students can lead their peers.” According to Szymonik, “As the FUSA Constitution states, the president serves as the official spokesperson for FUSA and must act as a liaison between the student body, the Board of Trustees and the community. It holds many responsibilities and expectations.” This position, he added, is a great way for students to show leadership among their peers, but one must keep in mind the importance of this role. In terms of what the next FUSA president should do, Brendan McMahon ‘20, felt that, “I think the next FUSA president should try taking more student ideas for parties and events so that they can get a better idea of what events the student body would actually attend.” One pair that has declared their intention to run for the respective offices of FUSA president and vice president are the current Director of the Programming Board Danielle Rice ‘19 and Chief Justice of the FUSA court Matthew Marshall ‘19. Marshall commented that, “if elected, we are looking to continue the tradition of FUSA president and vice president, serving as an advocate and voice for all of the undergraduate student body.” As for their goals if elected, Marshall added, “We can only hope that conversations are started, prompting action and change for not only the year to come, but leaving forth a legacy both of us are proud of.” When asked about the election, Aidan Danaher ‘20 said that, “I feel as though they should be advertising these elections to the general student body more effective-

ly. Moving forward, I would like to see some effective change being made on campus.” Marshall noted that the main strive for office, if elected, would be that, “We want to make sure all students’ opinions are being heard. Over the course of the election process, we are trying to meet with as many students as we can from first-year transfer students, second semester seniors and everyone else in between.” In terms of why the pair decided to announce their intention for running, Marshall stated that their love for Fairfield University and their dedication for FUSA over the years were both the main drives as to why they chose to seek office. Another pair that intends to run for the presidency and vice presidency are current FUSA class of 2019 senators Nicholas Lanni ‘19 and Katherine Santo ‘19. In terms of what they aim to accomplish if elected, Santo stated, “One of our main goals is to increase school spirit on campus. We find that many times students are not interested in staying on campus during the weekends, but instead plan on going to the beach.” Santo added that they are in correspondence with the Senior Associate Athletics Director Zach Dayton with the intention of getting more student attendance at athletic games on campus and encouraging the hosting of more student tailgating events. First-year student Mateen Khawaja stated that, “I think the new FUSA president should try to get students more involved with the community by putting on better events that appeal to more people.” Another student, Yann Konan ‘20 noted that, “I think they should definitely include students that don’t come out as much because they’re shy, or those from different cultures.” In terms of why Santo believes she is qualified to run for the presidency, she noted that, “Being on the Executive Board, I have become familiar with the dayto-day operations of each board and branch of FUSA, which I believe is crucial knowledge to have when serving in the role of FUSA President. I believe my past experience and personal passion for making Fairfield University the best school it can be is what has prepared me to take on the role of FUSA President.” In regards to why it is important to vote, Santo added that, “I believe it is important to voice your opinion, in a respectful manner, and show support for your classmates while doing it. Attending events such as the Meet the Candidates night will help students gain a better insight of the tickets who are running and hopefully spark some interest to encourage them to vote.”

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“Faculty and staff got almost no pay raises for two years and a lot of capital projects were either postponed or cancelled,” said Lane. “The amount of financial aid the University was able to give was reduced and we had a challenge in terms of the number of students because tuition was rising and that also made it harder for students to come. So a lot of students in the pool actually postponed going to college.” Leclair’s advice for investors during times when the market drops is to sit tight and not panic. Franceschi agreed with this sentiment. A non-reaction to all of this Wall Street excitement is probably the most appropriate reaction. “Don’t do anything hasty because of these corrections or crazy volatility at the present,” commented Franceschi. “You really have to look at a longer time horizon than just a week or a day or a month for these types of investment instruments.” Business major Laura Mason ‘20 commented on why she believes that it is important for students to be knowledgeable about topics like this one. “I think it’s important for students to be well-rounded and well-diverse when they work in the real world with other professionals,” said Mason. “I think it’s important to know everything that’s going on with the stock market and be knowledgeable about economics because then they can apply that to their jobs.” Mason also pointed out the fact that students should care particularly about economic matters because, typically, they are concerned about paying tuition fees.

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Getting Opinionated with The Mirror Woody Allen Isn't an Artist - He's a Pedophile tutor witnessed inappropriate behavior, a Connecticut state attorney said at that time he had probable cause to try Allen, One of the things I cannot understand and a judge awarded custody to Faris why people - mostly men, mostly oldrow’s mother, Mia Farrow, because of er - have decided to become evangelists the danger Allen posed. for actor and director Woody Allen. FaStephens also glossed over Allen’s mous for producing artistic movies like marriage to his stepdaughter. As re“Annie Hall” and “Midnight in Paris,” ported by PageSix, Allen married stepAllen has been lauded for his ostensibly daughter Soon-Yi Previn in 1997. They original, ostensibly talented movies. allegedly began a relationship in the late To be frank: I don’t care about Allen’s 1980s. It’s odd that people continually, movies. Here’s why. perpetually try to overwrite Allen’s hisIn 2014, the New York Times pubtory of being inappropriate with young lished an open letter by Allen’s daughwomen and girls when there is a literal ter, Dylan Farrow. In the letter, Farrow marriage certificate as evidence detailed her sexual assault by Allen. That’s not even where the evidence This assault has been an open story for of Allen’s inappropriate attractions ends. decades; at the time, Farrow was seven Recently, the Washington Post reported years old. on Allen’s private notes. Inside were In the face of Time’s Up, she tweeted reams of creepy notes describing the her disappointment that Allen is apparattractiveness of teenage girls, such as a ently an exception to Time’s Up for so 16-year-old character who is described many in Hollywood. Farrow wrote, “No as “a flashy sexy blonde in a flaming red predator should be spared by virtue of Creative Commons/Flickr low cut evening gown with a long slit up Pictured are Soon-Yi Previn (left) and Woody Allen, her stepfather and husband. their ‘talent’ or ‘creativity’ or ‘genius.’” the side.” On Feb. 9, New York Times columAllen molested his daughter, married nist Bret Stephens published a defense of his stepdaughter, and has an extensive history of creepiness toward underage girls. Yet HolWoody Allen alleging that Farrow is at best delusional and at worst lying. According to Jezebel, Farrow lywood still forgives him. responded by tweeting, “To presume I invented this story & convinced myself of it is no less insulting than Actors like Justin Timberlake and Kate Winslet, who still support Allen, want to support Time’s Up, but calling me a liar. I’ve consistently stated the truth for 25 years, I won’t stop now. It’s Stephens’ right to doubt only when it’s convenient. Not when standing with a woman who experienced horrifying sexual assault at me if he so chooses but his incredulity doesn’t change what happened that day.” a very young age means losing the artistic “genius” of her abuser and father. There is a breadth of evidence that Allen molested Farrow. Jezebel reported that Farrow’s babysitters and It’s long past time to stop supporting Woody Allen.

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Lady Doritos are a Sexist Concept By Katherine Klima Contributing Writer First we get Reba McEntire changing the food industry forever by becoming the first female Colonel Sanders of KFC and now we get gendered corn chips. What a time to be alive in the junk food industry, am I right ladies? The concept of “Lady Doritos” began on the Jan. 31 podcast episode of “Freakonomics Radio” which interviewed Indra Nooyi, the chief executive of PepsiCo, better known as the company that owns Frito-Lay, the manufacturer of Doritos. According to an article by the New York Times, Nooyi told interviewers that men and women don’t eat Doritos the same way. She was then asked if they were planning to make a “male and female version of the chips;” to which Nooyi responded with the fact that it isn’t about the gender, it’s about creating products for women that can be “designed and packaged different.” Nooyi said the company is planning to look into this more and is also planning to release a new product soon. Specifically for women, it would be about getting the Doritos to be a softer, less flavorful, less sticky version of this high-in-fat corn chip to carry quietly in one’s purse. So, if it’s not about the gender, then why make a chip, clearly intended to be designed for women, that’s much daintier than a

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normal chip? Then say it’s not about gender, but then say it is? As a woman, I’m annoyed. The concept is blatantly sexist and absolutely absurd, but more so, I’m confused. Really confused. When I first heard about this, I thought it was outright ridiculous and just something someone started on Twitter as a joke. However, after a few Google searches, I was surprised to find legitimate articles by real news sites discussing the topic. To begin, I agree it’s not a bad idea to release Doritos that are softer and less messy. Let’s be real, Doritos have had their fair share of dangerous fails. They are number one on a Buzzfeed list of “18 Foods that Cut Up Your Mouth But You Eat Anyway.” Then there is also a scarring story my oddball seventh grade science teacher told us about a man he knew who swallowed a Dorito whole and ended up slicing open his esophagus. Clearly, Doritos should possibly consider making their product safer for everyone to eat. If so, why do these new and improved chips need to be “Lady” Doritos? Why not consider something less offensive like “Soft” Doritos or “Easy-to-Chew” Doritos? Who decided that crunchy chips were masculine? Aren’t all chips supposed to be crunchy? What about Pringles or Tostitos? They’re crunchy, yet no one’s said anything about giving them a gender. Overall, this whole claim is based on the ductility of a na-

Eyes around the globe have been glued to their TV sets as the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games have been underway since Friday, Feb. 9 to much hurrah. However, tabloids have been filled with not the outstanding accomplishments of athletes, but rather, the newfound admiration of North Korea Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un’s sister Kim Yo-jong, who has been turning heads for her defiant attitude. Between attempting to amend relations with South Korea government personnel to giving a “side-eye” to United States Vice President Mike Pence, according to CNN, Yo-jung has earned a reputation in the Olympic Games that has earned her more prominence than many of the competing athletes. Dig a little deeper though and you’ll find that Yo-jung is one of the top political aides to her brother’s regime and in fact, serves as the director of the propaganda and agitation department of the Workers’ Party of

cho cheese corn chip. I understand they’re messy, and, if this were the 1950s, I’m sure people would be all over this because the crumbs are too hard for our “fragile” female hands to clean up, but this is 2018. It’s a time where the agonizing process of cleaning up the carnage left after a night of ransacking a bag of Doritos is shared by women and men. Along with the mess, I know plenty of men who hate licking the cheese dust off their finger tips. I also know plenty of women who have no qualms being the most disgusting creatures alive and licking the cheese powder off like a heathen. Our divided stance on this cheese epidemic has nothing to do with gender. It has to do with those of us who have hygiene and those without it. Doritos released a statement on Twitter saying that the chips are genderless, and it’s also been mentioned by a variety of sources, such as the Washington Post, that the company is pulling back any sort of plan to release the lady chips. My only question left is, why was this a thing in the first place? All women want is respect and equal rights. Yet, we still find ourselves being graced with the wonderful gifts of female power tools, Q-Tips, glue, and now, Doritos. No one’s asking for change overnight, but what we can ask of society is to stop whatever this is and focus on changing actual crises in a move toward equality.

Korea. Breaking that down, this title essentially means that Yo-jung is in charge of propagandizing Un’s repressive regime and in short, promotes the public execution of North Koreans as a way of empowering the regime and stressing loyalty to their Supreme Leader. What this issue ultimately comes down to is the media discovering minor positive qualities in an individual and blowing them out of proportion in an attempt to generate positive support for a political figure many of us had little to know knowledge of before the 2018 Olympic Winter Games began. Regardless of the media’s intentions in focusing on a few minor promising qualities of Yo-jong, such as her attempts to amend relations with South Korea’s government, as consumers of the media, we must all be wary of assuming that certain emphasized positive traits of an individual determine that that individual is ultimately a

“good” person. Any individual is bound to have at least a few positive qualities, even if their negative qualities ultimately outweigh their positive ones. Thus, just because the media has uncovered some promising attributes of Yo-jung, doesn’t mean that we should dedicate our time toward admiring her as much as we have begun to do since the games began. Rather, we should be smart consumers of the media, do our own research, and come to conclusions about Yo-jung based on her political affiliations as a whole, because ultimately, these are the activities that determine who she is as a person and what her political intentions are. Above all, during the Olympic Games, our focus should not be on the worthiness of certain political leaders of our praise and admiration, but rather on the athletes themselves who have dedicated years of hard work and energy toward getting to the Olympics.

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Ives' Transphobia Originates in Trump By Ariana Puzzo Online Editor-in-Chief

Ever since the 2016 presidential election, it is increasingly difficult to listen as people express shock when political issues morph into personal attacks. Rep. Jeanne Ives, a Republican candidate for the Illinois gubernatorial race, received backlash after an ad was posted on an Illinois political blog Capitol Fax on Feb. 2. According to Slate, the ad mockingly depicted a deep-voiced man in a dress, who “thanked” current Gov. Bruce Rauner for “signing legislation that lets me use the girls’ bathroom.” The ad targeted other groups, including women, teachers and immigrants, most of whom have a history of being targets of President Donald Trump. Although Slate reported that many Democrats and Republicans denounced the ad, the precedent was already set by our nation’s leader, and words are not as powerful as actions. The Chicago Tribune published a column, “Ives' poisonous commercial rips a page from the Trump playbook” on Feb. 6 where Eric Zorn compares the tone of the ad to Trump’s history attacking many of the same groups. Zorn acknowledged that General Assembly members, including Rep. David McSweeney, R-Barrington Hills, and Rep. Peter Breen, RLombard, have called for Ives to remove the ad, despite being her primary backers. Zorn said, “But why should she? Did Donald Trump apologize … when criticized for his foul attacks on Mexicans, the disabled, Gold Star families, John McCain’s war record, Muslims and so on? No.” Zorn also noted that Trump’s continues to be lauded for his candidness and “lack of delicacy.” These are the same values that Ives counts on to win the March 20 primary. Next month, it is the decision of Illinoisians as to whether they will expect better of the person who is in the role of governor. In response to the backlash, the Chicago Tribune reported that Ives stated on Feb. 5 that the ad’s purpose was to “properly and truthfully characterize the extreme issue positions Rauner took and their implications.” Additionally, she asserted that the ad’s intention was not to attack people. The ad referenced House Bill 1785 as the legislation Rauner signed, implicating that the bill allows transgender women to “use the girls’ bathroom.” According to the Illinois General Assembly website, HB1785 “Changes provisions concerning the issuance of new birth certificates for individuals that have undergone gender transition treatment.” Further, it requires that as part of the process of changing one’s sex on a birth certificate, “a licensed healthcare professional or licensed mental health professional must make a declaration concerning the treatment.” So, Ives’ ad does not truthfully represent the nature of the bill, which does not mention the issue of who uses which public restroom. To her point that the ad is not an attack, Zorn raised the significant point that “outside of

elementary schools, does anyone use the term ‘girls’ bathroom’?” From his point, it is not difficult to connect that Ives’ campaign is relying on the transphobic belief that transgender women are men who prey on young girls. Simply put, Ives’ campaign likely sought publicity, especially since as of Jan. 16, The Washington Post reported that We Ask America found nearly 65 percent of Illinoisians would vote for Rauner in the GOP primary, and only approximately 21 percent would vote in favor of Ives. Likewise, the poll revealed that of the 1,026 likely voters who completed the survey, over 68 percent said that they never heard of Ives. Considering how the primary was then barely over two months away, an ad that made Ives recognizable would not necessarily harm her campaign, which was reported as trailing by more than 40 percentage points. Those who idly watch as Trump continues to unapologetically proselytize that to “Make America Great Again” we must “build a wall” to keep illegal immigrants outside of the U.S. are the reason that Ives and others like her feel empowered. He set the standard for how politicians discuss political issues and as a result, hateful rhetoric is interchangeable with articulating political perspectives. More so, although Ives was harshly criticized, castigating the ad or her campaign is not enough to shift the tone. Instead, we must recognize that the only way politicians will stop mixing rhetoric with political views is if everyone who is eligible to vote exercises their constitutional right and votes against the candidate perpetuating prejudice and bigotry. Creative Commons/Wikimedia Commons Rep. Jeanne Ives

Condoms Don't Belong Here It seems the beast will not die. I wrote a column about this topic last year, but the movement to cudgel a Catholic school into violating its religious conscience for the momentary sexual appetites of its students has continued with similar veracity. Now, I suppose, is as good a time as ever to reiterate what is at stake in the debate over whether Fairfield University ought to sell prophylactics and other forms of contraception on campus. Fairfield University is a Catholic school, and its status as such is expressly designated in its mission. Catholic and non-Catholic students alike are invited to participate in that mission, to the degrees to which they voluntarily choose to do so. They are not forced to subscribe in their individual lives to the various mores and moral prescriptions of the Roman Catholic Church, but are inherently bound to acknowledge the school’s obligation to implement policies that are subservient to its explicitly Catholic mission. If this obligation intrudes on an individual’s comfort or perception of safety so profoundly that they feel the need to challenge a millennia old teaching of the church, it stands to reason that such individuals will heed the option of voluntarily choosing to attend another university that is not openly and expressly adherent to church dogma. The school’s nominal Catholicism as such is not made secret to prospective students, and is eminently clear in the school’s branding efforts, promotional paraphernalia and rhetorical devices. Prospective students face no compulsion in their choice of school, nor do any other external actors coerce prospective students to attend Fairfield under threat of force. The voluntary choice to attend a Catholic school is a tacit acknowledgement that one recognizes the school’s sovereignty in propagating its moral mission, irrespective of one’s own personal feelings on the matter. It is indeed the case that popular opinion at Fairfield may be in favor of bringing contraception on campus, and even profoundly so, but the status of Fairfield as a Catholic university is principally immutable; its status as such is no more up for democratic vote than its yearly tuition. If students feel as though the Catholic Church’s millennia old teaching on contraception is an affront to their own values, and are disquieted by an expressly Catholic institution’s willingness to subscribe to said

teaching, they are welcome to either order contraception of their own or reevaluate their choice of institution. If individuals sense themselves mature enough to engage in sexual activity, it stands to reason that such individuals ought to take responsibility for the procuration of whatever prophylactics or contraceptive measures they deem appropriate for such acts. Surely it is not the faculty or facility of an expressly Catholic school to hold the hand of students choosing to engage in extramarital sexual activities, as much as it is not the school’s responsibility to ensure that other violations of Church teaching are done with the utmost ease and convenience. Just as there are no external forces mandating one attend a Catholic school, there are no third-party actors who coerce students to engage in consensual sexual activity, as if sexual activity were akin to a disease or spasmodic tic that one was utterly incapable of controlling. In the absence of such corruptive or coercive forces, it seems perfectly reasonable, temperate, and most of all, legitimate for a Catholic school to be allowed to implement policies that defer to the strictures of the Roman Catholic Church. There is a particular arrogance in the presumption that one has an entitlement to define the moral frame of an institution that has existed long before one ever stepped foot on its campus. Fairfield places no obligation on any student to attend the school, and the voluntary payment of tuition monies at least implicitly acknowledges that one is willing to accept that they are attending a university with clearly defined moral boundaries that exist beyond the waywardness of undergraduate outrage. Using the Creative Commons/U.S. Army euphemisms like “health” and “justice” to describe the forced abrogation of an institution’s religious conscience is sophistry at best, and a sort of rhetorical sleight of hand at worst. Unlike most debates, where multiple sides can be argued reasonably and rationally, this discussion indeed has a “right” answer: the Roman Catholic Church has a 2,000-year old teaching against the use of contraception, Fairfield University is an expressly Catholic institution to which students attend of their own volition; by simple deduction, it is starkly clear that the school has no ethereal obligation to violate its religious conscience on the basis of the dissent from those who do not share the Church’s moral positions.

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Valentine’s Day. It comes around every year, lasts for 24 hours, then completely fades into the background for another 364 days. Despite this, Feb. 14 is viewed in a multitude of different ways. For some it is a day of love between romantic partners, friends, family members, or a combination thereof. For others, it’s better known as “National Singles Awareness Day” and used as an excuse to fine dine with some friends, overindulge in alcohol and complain about love. Then there are those who view the day as “just a Hallmark Holiday” and ignore it all together. With all of these different opinions, it’s hard to get people to agree on anything for Valentine’s Day - except that there are some pretty great movies to watch when celebrating/ignoring/or despairing over the 14th day of February. This year, we asked what your favorite Valentine’s Day movies were and received some very interesting answers covering multiple genres. These includes: Garry Marshall’s “Valentine’s Day,” a romantic comedy; George Mihalka’s “My Bloody Valentine,” a slasher horror film; and Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho,” a horror-slasher film where the post-prominent romantic pairing involves an Oedipus Complex. As you can see, there was good reason for making this poll anonymous. Fairfield’s Top 5 Valentine’s Day Movies 1.Garry Marshall's "Valentine's Day" (Romance/ Comedy) “Valentine’s Day” was released on Valentine’s Day of 2010 and starred numerous celebrities including, but not limited to, Taylor Swift, Patrick Dempsey, Queen Latifah, Ashton Kutcher and Anne Hathaway. The film consisted of several vaguely connected storylines which show different relationships in a variety of different stages. These stages include first meetings (Jessica Biel and Jamie Fox), engagements (Ashton Kutcher and Jessica Alba), learning what love is in an elementary school classroom (Bryce Robinson), and the sunset years of an elderly couple’s life (Hector Elizondo and Shirley MacLaine). Not all of these stories have happy endings, and few of them go exactly as the viewer expects. One storyline is made up entirely of an Army Captain (Julia Roberts) spending the majority of her single day of leave (Valentine’s Day, of course) traveling to see her love - knowing that she will only have a chance for a brief reunion before returning to her deployment, others end in the destruction of the relationship, and others don’t seem to have any romantic relationships involved until the last seconds of the film. 2. Bill Melendez "A Charlie Brown Valentine" (Animated/Family) The only film on this list that is friendly for the en-

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tirety of the family, “A Charlie Brown Valentine” is based on the “Peanuts” cartoons of Charles M. Schulz and features the ever-popular cartoon character Charlie Brown, his dog, Snoopy, and his best friend, Linus. In this film, Charlie Brown is struggling to gather the courage to pursue the love of his life, the ever elusive “Red Haired Girl” who does not even know he exists. Throughout the animated feature, viewers encounter all of their favorite Charlie Brown characters who are having their own difficulties including Lucy, Marcie and Peppermint Patty. 3. Robert Schwentke "The Time Traveler's Wife" (Fantasy/Drama) “The Time Traveler’s Wife” is a movie based on the debut novel of Audrey Niffenegger and requires a bit of thought. In this film, librarian Henry De Tamble (Eric Bana) has a genetic disorder that causes him to be pulled back and forward through time at random intervals. Due to this, when he first meets the love of his life, Claire (Rachel McAdams), he has no idea who she is, but she knows everything about him. They continue through life and we see their love story develop from Henry’s point of view as he goes from a date with Claire to the first time she meets him as a child. Later in the film, the story only grows more convoluted as Claire becomes pregnant with a past version of him. It’s a love story, but this is not a flick to watch with a valentine unless you both are 100 percent dedicated to watching the film instead of each other. 4. Howard Deutch's "Pretty in Pink" (Drama/Comedy) “Pretty in Pink” was released in 1986 and features misfit teenager Andie Walsh (Molly Ringwald), considered an “oddball” by her peers due to her father’s terminally unemployed status compared to their inherited wealth. Despite her “oddball” status, Andie is asked out by one of her wealthy peers, Blaine (Andrew McCarthy), and the two maneuver through each of the school’s cliques where they are continuously ridiculed for dating one another. All the while, Andie’s best friend, Duckie (Jon Cryer), is in love with her and has wrecked numerous of her past relationships because of his feelings. Like any classic teenage romance, this film’s plot resolves itself on prom night. 5. Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho"(Slasher/Thriller) One of the most popular slasher/thriller movies in existence, “Psycho” revolves around the investigation around the mysterious disappearance of Marion Crane (Janet Leigh). In what is known as the famous shower scene, Marion dies in the first quarter of the film while staying at the Bates Motel (which is also the name of the Netflix series based on this film), but her her sister (Vera Miles) and boyfriend (John Gavin) have no idea and team up to find her. The results of this search involve the murdering motel owner, Norman (Anthony Perkins), his deceased mother and an Oedipus Complex. Enjoy.

What to Wear for your Valentine's Day Date

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By Sabrina Musto Fashion Columnist

With Valentine’s Day upon us, many of you ladies might be wondering what the perfect Valentine’s Day look is, so this article offers insights on a head-to-toe look to make you look perfect for any date. Deciding what to wear on a date can be an impossible decision, and can involve changing outfits a million times and not knowing how to style your hair. Ultimately, I will go back to what I always say about making sure you’re comfortable wearing whatever it is you want because if you wear something or style yourself in a way that you are not comfortable with, this can tend to take up more of your mind than the actual date. It also depends on the kind of date you go on because you want to make sure you’re just the right mix of casual and dressed up. Most of the dates college kids go on will not require extremely fancy attire, so I would say the perfect look would be some combination of jeans and a nice sweater or blouse. I personally love black jeans because they go well with almost any top, whereas blue jeans sometimes come across as more casual than you may want. Sweaters are the perfect item if you’re unsure about the level of fanciness. A sweater can be dressed up by wearing a fancier shirt underneath, something like a tight long sleeve or bodysuit, or can be made more casual by wearing a simple distressed tee. Another aspect that girls get caught up on is hair. Curly, straight, half up, half down and braids are just some of the many options we have when deciding on a hairstyle, which makes it all the more complicated. For a date, I would suggest loose, beachy waves because they look very pretty while also looking effortless. I have the Bombay

32mm Clamp Curling Iron, which leaves me with the best beachy waves of any curling iron I have ever tried. Loose waves are just casual enough and will not pick up frizz the same way straight hairstyles do. Finally comes makeup, which is definitely an important aspect of the look because ultimately your date will be looking at your face. My biggest piece of advice would be to not overdo it because I have found that guys appreciate natural beauty and tend to get slightly taken aback when girls show up wearing a face full of caked-on makeup. I

would say light on the highlight and eyeshadow because too much glow and too much dark shadow comes off as excessive. My advice would be to keep it simple and fresh. Some of my favorite makeup products that provide a very natural look include: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer Urban Decay Naked3 Palette Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick Urban Decay Perversion Mascara Mini NARS Blush As always, make sure you’re having fun with your look and if you’re feeling adventurous, don’t be afraid to try something you never have before. Make sure that whatever look you end up deciding on, that you will be comfortable and confident, and Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Drove my Chevy to the (New and Improved) Levee By Alicia Phaneuf Vine Editor

ology class. I rewarded myself by ordering a plate of Penne Caprese, which was penne pasta cooked with mozzarella cheese, tomato and basil. The pasta wasn’t under cooked, and the flavor had a perfect hint of basil. The best part is that I only spent $10, and didn’t have to leave campus. Here are some comments from the rest of The Mirror staff, as they explain their overall experience: “I got pesto pasta due to my love for pesto post-abroad (thanks, Italy). The portion was so big I wound up eating a decent amount and still had enough for a whole meal after,” said our Editor-in-Chief, Allison White ‘18. “But let’s be real, folks, I know you saw the Happy Hour plug and are skipping ahead to see what the deal is. All I have to say is: Bud Light for $2.50. You can’t go wrong.”

the wrap held all the chicken, lettuce and caesar dressing together - I always see the major downfall with wraps as their tendency to literally crumble in my hands,” said managing editor Catherine Veschi ‘18. “Aside from that, I felt like the wrap could have used some more caesar dressing (maybe that’s just because I’m obsessed with caesar dressing), but it was definitely a great meal option for a very reasonable price.”

Last Tuesday, Jan. 30, your favorite staff on campus, The Mirror, took a field trip to the Levee to see whether switching ownership at the beginning of the year was worth the effort. It was. With a menu including entrees ranging from burgers to wraps, pasta and chicken dishes, the Levee has been revamped into a kickin’ place for Stags to “The new Levee is a vast improvement from previous iterations, eat non-Sodexo meals at cheap prices. With dim lighting and a DJ but there is still a reasonable way to go,” said Executive Editor, Andrew playing some background jams, the Levee provided a perfect Tuesday Darosa ‘18. “My chicken parmesan grinder was very good, however, night escape. there was a bone in a chicken, so that killed my positive impressions As stated in our preview article, the Levee is now run by John’s thus far. I also felt that it took awhile to prep the food as the kitchen Best Pizza, overseen by Italian immigrant was understaffed.” Claudio Francesco. Now, I’ll be the first to admit that after eating actual Italian “I got the chicken caesar wrap and “Because I have no self-control I ordered mozzarella sticks and pasta, of course the Levee isn’t going to was definitely impressed with how well chicken tenders,” said Co-News Editor Deanna Carbone ‘19. “The live up to that standard; however, it far mozzarella sticks were OK, but exceeds the taste of Sodexo’s version of they definitely could have been marinara sauce and cold pasta that has hotter for a more impressive been sitting out for hours. Plus, students cheese pull. The chicken tenders 21 or over may order any of the wine or were the perfect combination of beer options to accompany their meal buttery and crispy.” of choice -- what more could you ask for? Instead of heading into town for "The Levee's burger and Happy Hour, check out the deals right fries are amazing,” said Assistant on campus at The Levee. News Editor, Connor O’Rourke With a variety of staff members, ‘20. “Plus, the price is quite reaall of us at The Mirror have a pretty disonable for such great food. verse taste pallet, which is good for you, Overall, I was very impressed so that you’ll be able to see a range of with the new Levee and I'm defifood reviews. As for me, I was having nitely considering going there a bit of a stressful week and wanted to more often.” Catherine Veschi's Chicken Ceasar Wrap with a Connor O'Rourke's cheeseburger with fries, purchased at the Levee. prepare myself for my 6:30 Marine Biside of fries.

Writers Guild Awards Project Oscar Winners By Katherine Klima Contributing Writer

Last week the 70th Annual Writers Guild of America Awards honored outstanding writing in the film, television, radio and video game industries. Hosted by Patton Oswalt, the Writers Guild of America Awards delivered some exciting wins and big predictions for the upcoming Academy Awards. One of the biggest wins of the night and the most talked about went to Jordan Peele’s horror-comedy “Get Out” for Best Original Screenplay. “Get Out” won against its other Oscar nominees, including “The Big Sick,” “Lady Bird,”and “Shape of Water.” The film has also been nominated for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor, bringing it to a total of four Oscar nominations and making it an upcoming Oscar favorite.

Interestingly enough, “Lady Bird” had beat “Get Out” for Best Motion Picture for a Musical or Comedy at the Golden Globes while “Shape of Water,” although not up against “Get Out,” won two Golden Globes. “Get Out” had been nominated for two and came out with nothing. Another front runner for the Academy Awards is James Ivory’s adapted screenplay “Call Me By Your Name” based on the novel by André Aciman. “Call Me By Your Name” went home with Best Original Adapted Screenplay, which has four nominations for an Oscar this year. Essentially, these winnings could mean good news for “Get Out” and “Call Me By Your Name” if they have the same luck as “Saturday Night Live,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and “Big Little Lies.” For television, it was no surprise when the three series that dominated the 69th

Emmys took home the major wins at the Writers Guilds Awards. “Handmaid’s Tale” would sweep with its double win in Best Drama and New Series while “Big Little Lies” won Best Long Form Adapted. As for “SNL,” which had won the most Emmys, it would take home Best Comedy/Variety Sketch Series. SNL’s win was also one of many for NBC. The network would win three awards in total, including “Will & Grace” for Episode Comedy and “Hollywood Game Night” for Quiz and Audience. Another big win for television was “Veep” for Best Comedy Series. “Veep” is HBO’s hit comedy series starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus which has won 17 Emmys, two Critics’ Choice Television Awards and has even been nominated

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James Ivory giving his acceptance speech for, "Call me by your Name."

for seven Golden Globes. Other wins of the night would include “Jane” for Documentary Screenplay, “Flint” for Long Form Original, “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” for Comedy/Variety Talk Series, the “39th Annual Kennedy Center Honors” for Comedy/Variety Specials, “American Girl- Ivy & Julia” for Children’s, “BoJack Horseman” for Animation, and AMC’s hit show “Better Call Saul” for Episodic Drama. The Writers Guild Awards is a time of the year bringing sole attention to the geniuses behind the writing of these various platforms of media. However, it’s also brought on a great deal of curiosity for the upcoming Oscars as to who will be sweeping the biggest night in film.

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Dustin Lance Black showing off his Valentine Davies Award.

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Female Thor This week's Art Corner Spotlight is Sophia Palmieri '20. Her drawing of female Thor is perfect for all the ladies out there on this Valentine's Day, remember you are strong and worthy of wielding Mjolnir.


Cara's Cuisine: Heart Shaped Sugar Cookies By Cara Lee Assistant Vine Editor Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to treat yourself, your friends, and your loved ones - whether you think it’s the best day of the year or just a “Hallmark Holiday.” It’s a reminder to take a few moments from your busy schedule to really appreciate your loved ones, as well as an excuse to splurge a little if you so choose. But Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be a dinner at a fancy restaurant, or buying an overpriced bouquet of flowers. It doesn’t even have to be celebrated on Feb. 14 when restaurant prices are going to shoot up and reservations need to be made months in advance. Valentine’s Day could be something as easy as calling someone who means a lot to you just to say “I love you,” it could be playing a stupid game with the little person in your life (be it a younger sibling, cousin or a short friend) because they love it, or it could be making some cookies to hand out to your friends, just to make their day a little sweeter. Here’s my favorite sugar cookie. Shape to your heart’s content. The recipe guides you to make little hearts, but if Feb. 14 translates to “Singles Awareness Day” for you, there are some great tutorials of how to make skulls, broken hearts, or - my personal favorite - very accurate medieval weaponry. Enjoy something sweet and stress relieving on this special day, or, if like me you have some conflicts because of Ash Wednesday, just pick a day over the weekend to celebrate with the ones you care about the most! Happy Valentine’s Day! Sugar Cookies Preheat Oven: 375’ Makes: 40 2-inch cookies Ingredients: ¾ cup + 2 tbsp butter ¼ cup granulated sugar 1 egg 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 tsp red sprinkles 1. Lightly grease pan. 2. Cream together butter and sugar - about three minutes. 3. Beat in egg, add vanilla 4. In a separate bowl mix flour, baking powder and sprinkles 5. Merge bowls, stir until dough forms 6. Roll out the dough and use a cookie cutter (or do it yourself with either a knife or by taking a rounded tablespoon of dough and shaping it by hand) to make a heart. 7. Place on cookie tray and bake for 8-10 minutes.

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The MirrorAbroad: Lexi's London Life By Lexi Thimble Abroad Columnist

London is a great city to spend your weekend in, to learn the ins-and-outs of and to explore all the hidden, tucked away places. But, in the spirit of all those Jane Austen-era stories about seeking refuge from the big city in the countryside, last weekend I found myself exploring Stonehenge out in Somerset, Bath and Oxford. The day we travelled to Bath and Stonehenge was on a formal tour, and honestly, half the fun of taking tours in England are the guides; our guide was a very friendly man named John, and let’s just say if you took a shot every time he called the group of us “chaps” we would’ve been long gone before we even got out of the city. On the way to Stonehenge, the group of friends I was with all reached a general consensus: this iconic landmark is overrated and underrated at the same time. By all accounts it’s overrated; the fact is, some people don’t think it’s worth driving two hours out of London in most likely rainy weather to see a bunch of rocks in the middle of nowhere. But that, we agreed, is what makes Stonehenge so underrated: we did get to the middle of nowhere very early in the morning after a very long night out, and it was rainy and foggy and cold and slightly miserable. But this was my second time to Stonehenge, and it was truly just as cool as the first time. The fog adds this mystical quality to the place, and the more you learn about the potential spirituality of these stones that are assembled, and the more you look at the vast fields that have seemingly no end in every direction, the whole setting becomes very fitting. Stonehenge, then, is only overrated to those who have never been, because if you have, you’d know what a seriously impressive site it truly is. That same day we left Stonehenge and drove another hour west to get to Bath, famous for its early start by the Romans hundreds of years ago and the Roman Baths that were created there around their natural hot springs. It also was once the home of Jane Austen, so it seemed our countryside retreat was more fitting than we realized. Now going into it, I had no idea what to expect from Bath. When I pictured it, I thought it would be a small, quaint, centralized English town with a general square near a church where our tour group would meet,

with maybe some shops and restaurants to explore. With these admittedly low expectations, I was enamored with Bath before we even made it fully into the city. That’s also what partially surprised me, because it really is a city, a sprawling city that’s partially built into a hillside and along a river. It looks like a slightly Anglicanized Italian city, reminding me forcibly of when I visited Assisi four years ago, with its own distinct area and the fact that it’s incredibly old but very, very beautiful. We got an hour to ourselves, wherein we stopped to eat and had possibly the best sandwiches ever (would highly recommend The Crystal Palace in Bath if you’re ever in the neighborhood), took another hour with John for a walking tour around the main parts of the city, and another hour exploring the absolutely gorgeous and fascinating Roman baths. Despite the museum workers’ warning that “it may not be, like, the best idea to touch the water” due to the lead lining of the pool, we knew we all had to, and we did, and we definitely don’t regret it. Bath was a really special city, and is somewhere I will most definitely be returning to before my time is done here. The very next day we were up bright and early again to go to Oxford, the famous college town about an hour train ride from London. There is a temptation to compare Oxford and Bath, but they’re both so different it would be unfair to either to try and say which one was “better.” Oxford is ancient and traditional in that very English way, with imposing stone churches and museums and university buildings everywhere. It was the coldest I’ve been during the time I’ve been here so I probably could have appreciated it more, but we definitely made the most of our day. Our guided tour toward the end was especially interesting and entertaining; in between the older, historical facts we were given, our tour guide Kate threw in Harry Potter facts for people like myself who were fans, showing us various locations that were used in the filming of several of the movies, which only increased my love for this place. Visiting these places made me realize just how much exploring I have left to do, that it’s not only London that’s worth the discovery but the off-the-beatenpath locations of England as well. It made me excited going forward to see where I could visit next, and made me feel like I’m truly making myself at home here.

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Bellinger's Valentine's Day Single

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By Alicia Phaneuf Vine Editor Would you be Eric Bellinger’s valentine? He really wants to know, as his new hit single asks the listener every other line if they would be his valentine. Bellinger always comes out with these groovy singles and I guess this season he had his heart set on dropping a Valentine’s Day single. O vershadowing his other release of an e-mix of Drake’s, “God’s Plan,” Bellinger released “Valentine” less than 24 hours later, on Feb. 12. This softrock single is a classic Bellinger tune and is perfect to share with your special loved one. Lines about sex and love encapsulate Bellinger’s single. One line reads, “Come with me and share my vibration/But not just for the night/more like 365, more like 3 kids/When we vibe you feel the wave/ Between your legs it’s a dinner plate.” Bellinger isn’t shy about his word choice and sings about licking “her thighs” and “her toes.” However, we know this song isn’t necessarily lustful, as Bellinger sings he doesn’t want a relationship just for one night. On this Valentine’s Day he wants to stress the relationship of love, and I think by expressing his emotions through his soft rock, R&B vibe, he’s able to successfully do so.


Even though he went a little overkill on the lyrics asking for listeners to be his valentine, the lyrics as a whole express Bellinger’s passion for love. Although I wouldn’t consider this the best work of a Grammy awardwinning songwriter, it still provides a lighthearted, feelgood single to a groovy playlist. And who knows, maybe listening to it with your loved one will get you both in that Valentine’s Day mood. Ac c o r d i n g to This is RNB, Bellinger said during an interview, “They [people] need it. Women need it. Men need it. The world needs it. It’s crazy because I’ve been seeing and hearing a lot of releases this year, and a lot of hearts have gone cold. Such a negative vibe around this time … I’m just glad I’ve been blessed with the ability to articulate love in a way that only I can.” Overall, I give this hallmark holiday song 4/5 stars.

Inkwell Spotlight Blended

By Bronwyn Kelly Contributing Writer at The Inkwell By blending the lines between illusion and reality, I realize the only guarantee is that manipulation will be a dying art form as others lost the gift of sight in the eye of the storm. I stumble along a stretching dirt path so familiar to me that winds along next to the stinging pounding sea where my tired mind wanders a step behind so my heart can be analyzed: knotted and intertwined. These gold keys that fit the lock of my soul are only mine to mend although I can forge copies in the fire to hesitantly lend; I close the floodgates in my mind so I am able to bloom in exchange for the fresh cut mums in my room. The smell of the sea is as strong and alluring as the lilac petals are enduring. These thoughts circulate in my mind far above the clouds as I am able to take my final bow.


Heard It Through The GrapeVINE

By Alle Scanlon Contributing Writer

Junior Maggie Sullivan is a nursing major here at Fairfield. She loves to shop and spend time with her friends and family, but her passion doesn’t stop at the mall. If you ever need to find Maggie, chances are she is in the corner of a party DJ’ing. Playing music is easily one of her favorite pastimes. Sullivan’s greeting to every Uber driver she has ever encountered is, “Hello sir, do you have an aux cord?” Because she plays music so frequently, she’s usually in desperate need of a phone charger, as well as the aux. She loves to make playlists on Spotify and find new music to listen to. Being a nursing major is definitely rewarding, but it also requires a lot of work. Music is definitely an outlet for Sullivan after a long day at clinical and it preps her in the morning, as well. Sullivan listens to all different genres of music and is really great at finding top hits before they become popular. She has a knack for finding artists that are more low-key. In particular, Sullivan has always listened to pop and country, and they are her favorite genres. She loves to perform karaoke to any song under these categories, whether she is asked to or not. Here’s a list of Sullivan’s current favorite songs. 1. “8TEEN” – Khalid “This song is really laid back and I love listening to it when I’m driving. I also really like ‘Show Down’ and ‘American Teen’ by Khalid.”

2. “Friend of Mine” – Avicii (ft. Vargas & Lagola) “I always listen to this song at the gym. It’s so uplifting, they’re really nice lyrics about friendship.” 3. “From Eden” – Hozier “This song is on my playlist that I usually listen to before bed. It’s really soothing and probably one of Hozier’s lesser known songs.” 4. “Kill the Lights” – Jess Glynne (ft. Nile Rodgers) Audien Remix “‘Kill the Lights’ is also something I listen to while I workout because it’s a really fun, fast-paced song. I like all of Jess Glynne’s music.” 5. “September Song” – JP Cooper “I’ve been listening to this song since sophomore year and it still hasn’t gotten old. I usually play it when I’m hanging out with my roommates and friends. It’s easy to sing along to but it’s also nice background music when you’re lounging around.” 6. “Hurt Somebody” – Noah Kahan (ft. Julia Michaels) “This collaboration was really good. I also usually listen to this song in my house when my friends are over. The music and lyrics are really pretty.”

Contributed by Alle Scanlon

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Coffee Break

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COFFEE BREAK Editor: Claire Monahan

Valentines for Your Deer-ly Beloved The Coffee Break team

To: Thanks to you I’ll never go stag again


From: To: I love you with all of my hart

You’re someone worth fawning over


From: To:

Damn girl you are cervine looks today

To: I like you more than you doe


Hot and Not: Valentine’s Day Date Locations



The pond by DSB – nothing says I love you like pond scum and cold weather Roof of Bannow – stargaze before DPS comes and removes you Double check your plans for tonight and The Stag – spend some money on make sure you won’t your boo end up disappointing The Mirror – what is more romantic than high quality student journalism? your date.

Not The library – bad vibes only Donnarumma – dusty building The Tully – it’s not just your usual 6:15 dinner, it’s Valentine’s Day – nothing cute about governmental bureaucracy



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In Case You

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This Week in Sports:

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MAAC's Weekly Stag Award

Missed It:

Thursday, Febraury 8th

-Women's Basketball defeats Iona, 78- 68 Friday, Febraury 9th -Men's Tennis defeats Sacred Heart, 7-0 Saturday, February 10th -Men's Lacrosse loses to Vermont, 12-5 -Women's Lacrosse defeats Holy Cross, 14-5 -Women's Basketball loses at Manhattan, 55-44 -Men's Basketball loses to Niagara, 95-83 Sunday, February 11th -Women's Tennis loses to Bryant, 7-0 Monday, February 12th -Men's Basketball defeated by Canisius, 81-63

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It was announced on Monday, Feb. 12 that Samantha Cooper ‘18 was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Week for the first time in this 2017-18 season and the third overall in her collegiate career. Cooper dominated the court this past week starting this past Thursday, Feb. 8 when the Stags traveled to New Rochelle to take on Iona where Cooper recorded a career high 29 points as she shot 11-16 from the field, leading the Stags to a 78-68 road win. In a conference matchup against Manhattan, Cooper once again played exceptionally well, posting a double double with 19 and 10 boards in the Stags’ 55-44 loss. For the week, Cooper averaged 24 points with 11 rebounds on a .581 shooting percentage. Cooper will look to carry the momentum when the Stags host Marist at Alumni Hall on Valentine’s Day.

Upcoming This Week: Wednesday, February 14th-17th -Swimming at MAAC Championships in Buffalo, NY. Wednesday, February 14th -Women's Lacrosse at UConn, 3 p.m. -Women's Basketball vs Marist, 7 p.m.

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The Fairfield University Women’s Lacrosse team opened up the season with a 14-5 win over Holy Cross this past Saturday, Feb. 10. After dominating Holy Cross, the Stags also picked up another victory in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference weekly awards as three different Stags earned recognition following their play. Junior Kathleen Hulseman was named MAAC Offensive Player of the Week while Paulina DiFatta ‘20 earned MAAC Defensive Player of the Week and Kelly Horning ‘21 was selected as MAAC Rookie of the Week. Hulseman led the Stags with a career high six points, netting three goals and assisting on three while also finishing with four ground balls. DiFatta made her collegiate debut in style as she registered eight saves. Horning registered her first career goal while also picking up four ground balls. These players will look to lead the Stags to another victory as they hit the road for their next matchup on Wednesday, Feb. 14 against UConn.

Thursday, February 15th -Men's Basketball vs. Marist, 7 p.m. Friday, February 16th -Softball at USC Upstate, 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. Saturday, February 17th -Men's Basketball vs. Quinnipiac, 1 p.m.

In this week's issue... - NBA Trade Deadline: The New Look Cavaliers (Page 14)

- Catamounts Surge Past Stags 12-5 in Lax Opener (Page15)

- Rounding The Bases With Patrick Getz (Page 15)

- Women's Lacrosse Cruises Past Holy Cross 14-5 (Page 16)


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NBA Trade Deadline: The New Look Cavaliers

Contributed By Cavs/Twitter Larry Nance Jr., Rodney Hood, George Hill and Jordan Clarkson (left to right) were recently acquired by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the hope to help LeBron James reach his seventh straight Finals,

By Trey Liburd Contributing Writer The NBA trade deadline was this past Thursday, Feb. 8. There have been many trades that have gone through so far, with the biggest being the Blake Griffin trade that went down last week that sent him to the Detroit Pistons. Then came this past Thursday, the day of the deadline. There were so many trades made on this day made before the 3 p.m. mark, the biggest being the trades involving the Cleveland Cavaliers. The first big trade that went down was the trade that sent Isaiah Thomas out West to the Los Angeles Lakers, his third team in six months. The Lakers got Thomas, Channing Frye and the Cavs’ 2018 first round pick. The Cavaliers received Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. who were role players for the Lakers. The Lakers won this individual trade; they not only freed up major cap space along with a first round pick, but also they now have two skilled star guards in Lonzo Ball and Thomas. Ball needed another guard alongside him and they definitely got this in Thomas. In Cleveland, Thomas wasn’t in a good role under LeBron James’ shadow but now he can return to star form like he was in Boston on this young Lakers team. The next trade the Cavaliers made was sending Dwyane Wade back to Miami. This trade was definitely a happy one because I have begun to notice that Wade doesn’t belong in Cleveland. He didn’t belong in Chicago either, but instead he’s meant to be back in Miami where he spent all of his career besides the past few seasons. Wade had a diminished role in Cleveland and he’ll definitely be put to better use to finish off his career with the Heat.

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Pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training. What are your thoughts?

Will a Johnny Manziel comeback be successful?

Jimmy Garrapolo got paid $137.5 million recently. Money well spent?

Now that football season is over, what are you looking forward to most?

I'm thinking that everyone should avoid Fairfield Beach Road and it's giant craters that blew up my tire.

If I came back after losing in Beer Olympics, anyone can make it.

Hand it over!!

Can we mention that it's still hockey season?

Yes, that AAA truck was for me.

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Wade also mentioned he wanted to end his career in Miami and now he gets to do exactly this. Good move for both the Cavs and Heat. This next trade was a big one. This trade was between the Cavs, Sacramento Kings and the Utah Jazz. The Cavs received Rodney Hood and George Hill, the Kings received Joe Johnson and Iman Shumpert, and the Jazz received Jae Crowder and Derrick Rose. The Cavs shipped off three key players in exchange for Rodney Hood and George Hill. The winner of this trade here is the Cavs; all of the players in this trade that they shipped off didn’t really contribute much to the Cavs this season. Hood and Hill can definitely make some noise for the Cavaliers and help LeBron out a little better and from their style of play, they look like they can fit into the Cavs’ system well. Crowder and Rose can definitely produce for the Jazz; unfortunately for Rose, he was waived off and is currently seeking a team to sign him. It’s harder to produce in a Cavaliers system because you have a certain role playing under LeBron - a different role than you would have on any other team in the NBA. All in all, the Cavs traded half of their roster away for some quality options for LeBron James to work with. The winners of the trade period were definitely the Lakers and Cavs. The Cavs are trying to reform their whole roster due to the fact that they realized they couldn’t make an NBA Finals run with the current team that they had. If I had to pick one team that won outright, I would say the Lakers because now in the offseason, they are financially able to pursue Paul George and/or LeBron James. This could be the start of a real post-Kobe dynasty for the Lakers.

Team 'Merica had a real good run though (hi, Tor!).

The New Cleveland Cavaliers! Feel bad for I.T. though, the poor lil guy doesn't get a break. But the Cavs looking good, I mean did you see that game against Boston? Clarkson, Larry, Hill & Hood.

About time! I've been waiting since Game 7 of the ALCS to see the Yanks back in action and after the new additions, I'll think we'll do just fine this season.


Good for Jimmy G, I respect his game and he's definitely learned a trick or two from Brady. But that's a lot of money, sheeesh I'll take a rack or two please.

NBA All Day!

They had a fire sale, trading everyone but maybe things will trend upward. Anything was an improvement from before.

*deep inhale* *deep exhale* ahhhhh spring baseball is here and Im certainly excited!

He will sell tickets and merchandise but no he won't be successful. He does not possess the work ethic.

That's a lot of money for a guy who only started five games this past year! But hey, if the 49ers think they have a franchsie QB then it should work out.

Baseball season is my favorite so I'll be looking out for my Mets this season.

Planning on making a few games of Red Sox spring training when I go to visit the fam for Spring break so I am really pumped for Baseball season to be back in full swing.

I think Manziel needs to retire. His behavior and overall demeanor has been monsterous to the already disastrous Browns organization. Bet he won't last the whole year if he comes back for 2018/2019.

I luckily just read this week's arAndrew DaRosa ticle on the trades but all I can say Executive Editor is damn, my boys from Boston have some competition coming their way.

Speaking as a Pats fan, I am beyond impressed with Jimmy NHL is hot hot hot right now but of course, G's work ethic and I believe that I miss the summer nights of watching baseball. #LetsgoSox this investment in a franchise quarterback will be worth it in a few years time. Hell, I expect the 49ers making a playoff run this year.


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Catamounts Surge Past Stags 12-5 in Lax Opener during the second half, but it’s frustrating on so many levels. This group has done everything we asked them to do. They’ve done everything right and they deserve better,” said the head coach. Senior Joe Rodrigues is entering the season as a focal attacker for the Stags and he was also frustrated with the loss. “There’s a lot to learn from this game. I think we could have come out and played a little better and stronger,” said the attacker. However, the 10th year head coach knows how to turn his team around after a game like this. “Losing is a part of college athletics but you just have to handle it the right way so we’re looking to put all of our focus on learning from this experience, responding the right way and turning the page come Monday,” said Copelan. Aside from moving on from the opening day loss, coach Copelan is aware the team must make adjustments internally going forward. “I think the emphasis needs to be on fixing us right now and not focusing on who the next opponent is. Honestly, in this case we just need to fix us. But us at our best can be very dangerous which I really believe,” he said. Rodrigues echoed Copelan’s point so he knows how to direct this team after this defeat. “We just have to worry about ourselves, not worrying about the other team. We just have to come out firing from the first whistle and play 60 minutes of good lacrosse instead of just one half,” said the senior. Even though Rodrigues scored two goals in his season debut, he was not satisfied, as he wants his team to succeed. “I think the loss pretty much speaks for itself simply,” said the atContributed By Sports Information Desk tackman. Senior Joe Rodrigues finished Saturday's contest with a total of two goals leading the Stags' attack. Both teams had just about the same amount of shots as Fairfield finished with 33, and Vermont finished with 32. Fairfield and Vermont had the same amount of shots on goal as they By Patrick Getz finished with 21 for both so the opportunities were there for the Stags and Catamounts. Both Assistant Sports Editor teams had an existent offense on Saturday. The decisive factor was the goalkeeping play, since The 2018 Fairfield Men’s Lacrosse season officially kicked off this past Saturday, Feb. 10, Vermont had seven more saves than Fairfield as Vermont finished with 16 while Fairfield and a lot of excitement swirled around the campus and the team for the season’s start. How- finished with nine. The Catamounts pounced on that poor goalkeeping play which decided ever, head coach Andy Copelan and the Stags did not perform like they expected to start the this matchup. season, losing 12-5 to Vermont. The Stags never set the tone in the game which led to them This game against Vermont at Rafferty Stadium was not what the Stags expected to start being behind the entire game. Fairfield fought until the final horn Saturday afternoon which off the season. Coach Andy Copelan will have a chance to assess his team and turn his and cannot be overlooked or forgotten. his teams’ eyes toward the next game. Even though it was a disappointing loss, it is only the Head coach Andy Copelan was the first one to give his team credit for the relentless effort first contest of the young season and the team will have an opportunity to bounce back next against the Catamounts. “I hate starting the season 0-1. I’m proud of how the guys battled Saturday, Feb. 17 when the Stags travel to Philadelphia to face Saint Joseph’s.

Rounding The Bases With Patrick Getz

MLB Hot Stove

Contributed By Sports Information Desk Junior Courtney Hankins was named to the preseason All-MAAC team after batting .331 just last season.

Fairfield Softball Preview The 2018 Softball season is finally here and head coach Julie Brzezinski cannot wait to get the season started. Coach Brzezinski is heading into her 20th season as the head coach for Stags softball but she is just as enthusiastic as her first season. Her excitement is simply palpable, and her team is following suit. Coming off a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship and a National Collegiate Athletic Association bid in 2017, coach Brzezinski is sure that great things will only keep coming in 2018. Making an improbable run and capturing the MAAC title last season, coach Brzezinski emphasized the point of persevering and furthermore, how important persevering is with teammates. “It does not matter about any of the situations. You just have to keep persevering because last year we did not have an amazing season. We had an average season but we got hot at the right time. We jumped on Destinee Pallotto’s back and she guided us through on the pitching mound,” said the coach. In the MAAC Preseason Poll, the Stags were chosen number one and they were chosen to repeat as MAAC Champions. Coach Brzezinski is excited but she’s wary of becoming overconfident. “I think it’s exciting and I think it shows that the opposition has a lot of respect for us. But it is just a poll and it doesn’t get us into the MAAC tournament. We still have to work hard and prove that we want to be the number one team,” said Brzezinski. There is extra excitement around the Stags since they will be traveling to South Carolina to start the season so coach Brzezinski has those games circled on her calendar along with the conference games. “I think, besides the MAAC conference games, I am really excited to go down Opening Weekend. Anytime you can open up the season in warmer weather like South Carolina, then going to North Carolina, then California, and we have a lot of West Coast kids on our team so I try to make sure they travel to California once,” said the head coach. Coach Brzezinski is well aware of what her team is capable of for the 2018 season, which includes similar success to last year. “We have experience on the mound, we have experience offensively as well as defensively. We lost a couple very good players but I think we have enough players to come in and fill their spots. We just have to play with confidence,” said the skipper. The Fairfield Stags Softball team heads into this season with a lot of expectations and a lot of excitement. Coach Brzezinski is leading this team into the 2018 season with a lot of positivity along with maintaining the perseverance. Fairfield hopes to start the season off right when they travel to South Carolina to face Furman University on Thursday, Feb. 15.

The 2018 MLB season is upon us. It’s a great time when pitchers and catchers are reporting this week, and teams are still assessing their roster. Teams like the Yankees and Mets are always in the spotlight in the offseason since the New York market is so demanding. Around the winter meetings, the Marlins and Yankees made a blockbuster trade acquiring slugger Giancarlos Stanton while the Mets more recently picked up a slugger of their own, by the name of Todd Frazier. The Cubs are also a team always on the prowl, making many moves such as the signing of Yu Darvish with earnings over $100 million. Something not to be forgotten are the notable free agents still on the market, including Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas and others. MLB Hot Stove is certainly a time where teams address needs and wants as Spring Training approaches. Early in the offseason, the Marlins started their fire sale by dealing the National League Most Valuable Player to the Bronx Bombers for Starlin Castro and some other pieces. This bolsters an already potent lineup, which now features two of the leaders in home runs from a season ago. This move puts the Yankees right back in contention for 2018 and it seems that the Red Sox did not answer with any moves this offseason so far. On the other side of town, the New York Mets made some moves by adding reliever Anthony Swarzak and more notably, Todd Frazier. Being a New Jersey native, Frazier always wanted to play for New York and he is getting his shot. This is the kind of move Mets fans wanted so they can now finally turn the page on David Wright. The former Yankee gives substantial pop as a third baseman and he gets on base as well. He will gel well with his new teammates. The Cubs are always busy, especially in the offseason. Lately, they invested all their chips in the Yu Darvish sweepstakes by giving him a six-year, $126 million deal. Darvish joins a rotation packed with Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks, Jose Quintana and Tyler Chatwood, which is expected to be star-studded. On the contrary, it is a bit shocking to see the Osaka, Japan native receive such a large amount of money while struggling mightily in the Fall Classic. Simply, he failed to get an out in the second inning in both of his starts and also, reports of him tipping pitches surfaced. In Los Angeles, he was a bit of a letdown, considering the Dodgers gave up four top prospects for Darvish. The 31-year-old looks to bounce back from a very forgettable World Series in 2018. Not to be forgotten are those players still on the free market such as Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, J.D Martinez and Jake Arrieta, among others. Hosmer and Moustakas are both from the Kansas City Royals, being keys to the Royals championship in 2015. The Royals certainly had a tough time departing with the two faces of their franchise. The 28-year-old slugger Hosmer is demanding more than $147 million and the only suitors at the moment, the San Diego Padres and the Royals. Moose has been linked to many teams like the Cardinals and the Yankees but no concrete deal has been made yet for either free agent. J.D Martinez came off a career season where he tallied 45 home runs and 104 runs batted in. Teams may be a little skeptical to pay J.D so he may have to duplicate his efforts with a prove-it deal in 2018. Jake Arrieta is not getting any younger at the age of 31 so teams are a little hesitant to sign him long-term because his velocity is fluctuating so front offices want younger arms. The signing of Yu Darvish may mean the end of the run of Arrieta with the Cubs. The best case for all these free agents simply is to settle for a short-term deal. The 2018 MLB Hot Stove has certainly disappointed players with the lack of big transactions. However, front offices are gearing more toward homegrown talent rather than overpaying for free agents who are declining very soon. Also, the 2019 free agent class, which includes Bryce Harper, Clayton Kershaw and Manny Machado just to name a few, is stacked so teams are gearing up for that class of talent. Front offices are making more team-friendly deals so they can afford big name players who knowingly can produce and win a title.

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Women's Lacrosse Cruises Past Holy Cross 14-5

Contributed By Sports Information Desk Junior Kathleen Hulseman finished Saturday's contest with a career high six points as she registered three goals and three assists to help lead the Stags to their first victory of the season against Holy Cross.

By Alfredo Torres Sports Editor The Fairfield University Women’s Lacrosse team opened up the 2018 regular season this past Saturday, Feb. 10 in great fashion by cruising by Holy Cross to the tune of a 14-5 victory. “It sets the tone. I think we really wanted to come into the season on a good note, we wanted to execute our game plan, all of that combined to give us the win and it was a good feeling for sure,” said head coach Laura Field of the season’s first win. Junior Kathleen Hulseman lead the way for the Stags in the victory over the Crusaders as she finished the game with a career high six points as she registered three goals and three assists. When asked about the junior’s performance in the home opener, Field said, “she is becoming a very good leader for us on the field. Absent from the goals and the assists, which are hugely important to our success, it’s more of her persona and how she takes the field. She certainly is buffeted by a really good group around her of leaders of seniors all the way down to freshmen but it was nice to hear her voice, to see her get out there. The goals and assists don’t hurt in terms of her performance.” Holy Cross got things going early by scoring the game’s first goal just three minutes into the start of the game. Unfortunately for Holy Cross, that would be the only goal they would score in the first half of play as the Stags would go on to dominate for the remainder of the game. Fairfield would go on to score six consecutive goals in the first half off the hands of four different Stags. Senior Brooke Gallagher scored the first goal for the Stags to tie the game at one. Hulseman would follow up by scoring her first of three goals on the game to give the Stags the slim 2-1 lead. Following her goal, Hulseman would assist on the next goal as she dished off a pass that found its way to the stick of Lily Crager ‘19 who converted her first goal of the season to push the Fairfield lead to two. The next two goals would come off the stick of captain Olivia Russell ‘18, assisted by Crager and Brenna Connolly ‘18, respectively. After already scoring one goal in the half, Crager would add another goal for her second in the period to end the half, giving the Stags the 6-1 advantage heading into the half.

Once again, to start the half, Holy Cross would strike first registering their second goal of the game only to be answered back by another goal off the stick of Hulseman, her second on the game, to give them a 7-2 advantage. In a 10-minute span, the Crusaders would tally three more goals to give them five goals on the game. That would be all the scoring the Stags would give up as the Fairfield defense forced Holy Cross to struggle for the remainder of the game. The Stags would go on to score seven more goals in the half off the sticks of seven different Stags, including Kelly Horning ‘21, Diana DeVita ’21, Mary Smyth ‘18, Taylor Mitchell ‘19, Gallagher, Connolly and another goal from Hulseman to give her a game high three goals. The Stags’ defense would be too much for Holy Cross as they would struggle to get another goal as Fairfield would close out the game with a 14-5 season opening victory. “We saw a lot of kids step up, we’ve had one or two main scoring threats in the past couple years, we had nine goal scorers on Saturday. That’s something that we were looking, our defense executed the game plan, our goalie played well in her first collegiate win, so those were all things that we are checking off the list,” said Field of the win. Although Hulseman lead the herd offensively, it was goalkeeper Paulina Difatta ‘20 who helped limit the Holy Cross offense in her first collegiate start at the cage as she turned away eight shots. “She had a great game, she’s been off for a year rehabbing her ACL so we weren’t really sure but she played well across the board. She made good decisions on her clears, she made good clean saves, it was a complete performance that we really needed from her,” said Field. The Stags will be back on the field Wednesday, Feb. 14, as they travel to take on in-state foe UConn for a 3 p.m. matchup. “UConn is a very strong team, they are very fast. There’s a nice little in-state rivalry going, to get this game I think we do have to clean up a little bit of our mistakes. We have to make sure we play a whole 60 minutes, giving up a run in the second half like we did against Holy Cross will be tough for us but I think they’re all pieces of the pie that we can put together. It’s early for both of us, I think both of us are a bit untested, so we’re going into it focusing on ourselves, focusing on our game plans and making sure we do what we need to do,” said Field as the Stags prepare for their Valentine's Day matchup.

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