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THE MIRROR Student newspaper

Week of April 9, 2014 @fairfieldmirror The Fairfield Mirror

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Clam Jam called to discussion Mirror Staff Report Student beach residents gathered in Gonzaga Auditorium last Thursday to discuss the injunction for Clam Jam that limits the amount of people who can legally gather at Lantern Point. Fairfield Police Captain Joshua Zabin reminded students that the injunction is in place as a consideration to Fairfield residents who live at the beach year-round. He said that because Clam Jam is an “alcohol-fueled event,” it can lead to a breach in the neighborhood’s safety. “We recognize that you’re going to have a large group event; we aren’t ignorant to that and you have a right to gather,” said Zabin. “But we need to keep it to a point where it doesn’t encroach the neighborhood with disorderly conduct.” In an effort to keep disorderly conduct to a minimum, a courtordered injunction was issued in 2001. The injunction mandates that no more than 250 people can be on the Point at any one time, a rule that is enforced by the practice of using wristbands to identify students who don’t live at the beach. In past years, Fairfield and Bridgeport police have had a strong presence at the event in order to ensure the safety of both students and Fairfield town residents. “We’re not here to hurt anybody, but if it gets to the point where he have to shut it down, the truth is, we’re gonna shut it down,” said Zabin. He also warned students about any activity concerning drugs, underage drinking or a violation of the injunction, as these can all lead to student arrests at the event. Vice President of Student Affairs Thomas Pellegrino spoke with the students about how Clam Jam could be managed within the boundaries of the court ordered injunction, instead of shutting it down, which happened last year. He mentioned issues like trespassing on private property and serving alcohol to underage students. “I get paid through your tuition dollars to make sure students are healthy and safe and the best way I can do it is to make [Clam Jam] not happen at all, but I understand that it will happen,” READ FAIRFIELD ON PAGE 3

Relay For Life shatters goal Colin Bell / The Mirror

By Meaghan Kirby Coffee Break Editor Students and members of the Fairfield community rallied to fight cancer at the 2014 Relay For Life of Fairfield University, bypassing their goal for this year by over $12,000. “I was only a baby, a mere 10 and a half months old, when my parents were told that I had a cancerous tumor,” freshman Morgan Walton told the audience at the 2014 Relay For Life opening ceremonies in the Michael Birkenstock field house of the Leslie C. Quick Jr. Recreation Complex. Friday night marked the eighth time Fairfield University has participated in Relay For Life, a national fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Taking

place on April 4-5 from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., the event drew more than 500 students and members of the Fairfield community together, raising a total of $62,128.21, bypassing their goal of $50,000. The event was chaired by juniors Brian Alexander, Kyle Douglas and Kyle Scherer and Cassie Foxx ‘16, who spent the past seven months preparing for the event. “We do a lot going up to the event but no matter how much work goes into it, it’s all worth it,” said Alexander. As Walton, a Relay For Life committee member, shared her experience with cancer, recounting radiation and chemotherapy treatments, she admitted that she

doesn’t have any recollection of the event. To kick off the entertainment portion of the event, committee members and various team captains took part in a flash mob. The committee had no problem finding providing entertainment as many bands and organizations sought them out and asked to participate. Alexander said, “Since last year was so successful, people have been asking us to perform. It’s great for the clubs and us.” Throughout the night various student groups, including Sweet Harmony, the Bensonians, the Dance Ensemble and the Martial Arts Club, performed. Alexander noted that entertainment is an important part in making Relay For

Life so successful as it helps keep participants awake throughout the night. Last year, Relay For Life moved to the RecPlex, having previously been held outdoors. With that move, a record $52,000 was raised, a number that beat the previous record by more than $20,000. Relay For Life’s motto, “Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back.,” was incorporated into the event. The “celebrate” portion began with a speech from a survivor, chosen by the committee. Walton was surprised to be asked to be the survivor speaker for the opening ceremonies. She said, “As a freshman, I never expected to be READ RELAY ON PAGE 4

Daniel Trust talks genocide, LGBT advocacy By Christina Mowry Assistant News Editor The last memory Daniel Trust has of his mother is seeing her beaten to death. “She was crying, she was screaming, blood was coming out of her mouth. And I didn’t know what to do,” said Trust. At 5 years old, Trust experienced the 1994 Rwandan Genocide firsthand. Today, he is a motivational speaker who talks about his life and LGBT advocacy. In 2005, Trust immigrated to America where he began a new life and soon founded The Daniel Trust Foundation, Inc. On April 2, almost exactly the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide, Trust came to Fairfield and shared his story with a group of students, teachers and visitors. The event was sponsored by The Center for Faith and Public Life; Jesuit Universities Humanitarian Action Network; International Studies; Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies; Student Diversity Programs; Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies; Catholic Studies and the Connecticut Writ-

ing Project. Trust began by describing how the genocide affected him, particularly, how he lost both of his parents. According to Trust, the support he has had from friends, teachers and siblings never could fill the void.

I had to work hard ... I had to push myself ... I didn’t want my story to define the path I was going to take. - Daniel Trust “I wish I got to know them … The love of a family is … you just can’t beat that,” said Trust. Without his parents to raise him, he moved in with his older brother. His brother physically abused him for making mistakes, such as answering a math problem incorrectly or accidentally breaking a kitchen plate. The bullying continued at school as well,

where Trust was taunted for being friends with girls. Faced by both abuse and bullying, Trust started going to church. “I developed some sort of hope and faith that God saved me for a reason ... I developed hope that one day God would send somebody to take me away from this abusive home,” said Trust. In 2005, Trust’s prayers were answered and he received his visa, which allowed him to immigrate to America. He moved in with his sister and began attending Bassick High School in Bridgeport, Conn. Despite a history of poor academic progress, Trust excelled as a student at Bassick. “I had to work hard ... I had to push myself ... I didn’t want my story to define the path I was going to take,” said Trust. After graduating from Bassick, Trust continued his education at Southern Connecticut State University where he graduated last May with a degree in business management. “It’s just such a blessing that I actually graduated READ FORCE ON PAGE 3

-Walking for a good cause, pg 7 -Female leaders shouldn’t Ban Bossy, pg 5 -Intramural basketball names champions, pg 14

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Living at the JCC is environmentally friendly

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By Robert Joyce News Editor Fairfield’s Jesuit Community Center has existed on campus for almost five years. The 20,000 square foot residence for 12 of Fairfield’s Jesuits is often admired by students, faculty and community members from afar, however The Mirror was able to attain an inside look into the ecologically friendly and stunningly contemporary building. The building was designed by Gray Organschi Architecture to replace the former Jesuit residence at 42 Bellarmine Road with a smaller, central and more inviting community center for the fewer number of Jesuits at Fairfield. It was completed in 2009, and has received numerous awards for its design and has been recognized by institutions such as The New York Times. According to Fr. Paul Holland, S.J., it was designed and built with the intention to exemplify some of the values important to the Society of Jesus, specifically environmental responsibility and simplicity. Fr. Mark Scalese, S.J. explained: “We had a de-

sire that our building could be a kind of model on campus.” The building features offices, common areas and private quarters for its residents, each comparable to the size of a college dorm room. The building uses a geothermal heating and cooling system instead of fossil fuels, and also has a green roof which draws heat from the building during the warm months, and helps insulate heat during the winter. There is a chapel that hosts a daily mass service, and students and faculty are often invited for lunch or dinner, which is cooked by a dedicated chef. The residence cost $12.5 million to design and build. The project was funded by the university, and the Jesuit community received some criticism about the cost. According to Scalese, who was a member of the committee that planned the building, said, “It is expensive to be exemplary.” “It could have been made for a lot cheaper, but it was made to last, it was made with the idea that the Jesuits wouldn’t live here forever,” said Scalese.

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‘Force of nature’ visits Fairfield Cont’d. from page 1 college based on where I came from and everything that I went through as a child … I’m just so thankful,” said Trust. After graduating college, Trust discussed his transition into the real world, holding his first job at TD Bank. It was while at TD that Trust continued experiencing challenges, one of which was coming out. He shared his experiences with his sexuality and LGBT advocacy with the audience. In 2009, Trust came out as gay, despite fears of being rejected by his family and friends. He received mixed responses, one of which was from his sister, who didn’t support him. However, the positive responses motivated him to incorporate LGBT advocacy into his motivational speaking. He is now a full-time motivational speaker, as well as executive director of The Daniel Trust Foundation, Inc. The foundation gives scholarships to students who give back to their community, as well as a scholarship for teachers

who go “above and beyond.” After Trust shared his story, the audience asked questions and took pictures with him. As the audience left, students, teachers and visitors alike all had positive words to say about Trust. Tiana Krause, a freshman at Fairchild Wheeler School, said she will be taking Trust’s wisdom and advice back to her Alliance club at school. “I think [it was good to hear] how to support teens who are struggling, not with the same thing, but with struggling with coming out ... It’s good for me to [be able to] share that with teens from my school and [teach them] how to stay positive,” she said. Director of JUHAN Julie Mughal was also impressed by Trust. “I think that he’s such an amazing inspiration … For a child of 5 to have lived through that and to have accomplished what he’s accomplished is just amazing,” said Mughal. “I think he’s just a force of nature … he’s just such an inspiration.”

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Blue lights shine to advocate for autism awareness By Jesse Erickson Assistant Sports Editor Like the Empire State Building and Times Square, the Barone Campus Center was just one of the many areas illuminated blue as part of the “Light It Up Blue” project, which spreads awareness about autism on World Autism Day. This world awareness day is especially important to those at Fairfield because it was started by two Fairfield residents who made it their mission to raise support of the disease after their grandson was born with autism in 2005. Bob and Suzanne Wright cofounded Autism Speaks, a leading organization in autism science and advocacy for the disorder. According to their website, Autism Speaks is “dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.” Autism is a complex neurological development disorder that is said by the U.S. Centers for Dis-

ease Control and Prevention to affect one in 68 children and one in 42 boys. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, autism is “characterized by social impairments, communication difficulties, and restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior.” Autism, the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States, is still often pushed aside, which is why there are many efforts to continue to raise awareness. “Anytime I’ve ever really had a discussion about autism, it’s often overlooked,” said Fairfield University Student Association Vice President Alex Cucchi ‘15. “A lot of people don’t really realize how common it is and it’s something where the awareness needs to continue to grow.” Since 2005 when Autism Speaks was founded, there has been an increasingly large focus on the disorder. This organization has made great strides in raising awareness about the disorder and continuing global health efforts to improve the situation which they

see as a “global health crisis.” At Fairfield, both the students and staff made great efforts to raise awareness about autism in support of both the organization and the day. Across campus, students wore blue to commemorate

I’ve gotten the chance to volunteer and work with a lot of autistic kids and it’s crazy how similar, yet how different they all are and they’re just awesome, awesome kids.” - Alex Cucchi, FUSA Vice President the disorder. Freshman Aileen O’Brien was one of many who wore blue in support of autism. “I think it’s important to spread awareness of autism because many people have it,” O’Brien said. Barone decked the dining hall in blue with posters about the

disorder, as well as blue balloons. FUSA also demonstrated its support through a tweet which read, “Although we love our red, please remember to wear blue on this day in support of Autism Awareness! #StandTogetherFairfield.” Alpha Sigma Nu representatives distributed wrist bands and information packets in the BCC to educate the student body about autism and Autism Speaks. The front of the campus center was bathed in blue lights as well, which shone beautifully on campus all night. Some students at Fairfield have made huge efforts to raise awareness about the disorder, like Cucchi who has a 19-year-old brother who suffers from autism. “My younger brother is autistic and it’s something I’ve been around my entire life. He’s had a major influence on me and how I look at life in general,” said Cucchi. “I’ve gotten the chance to volunteer and work with a lot of autistic kids and it’s crazy how similar, yet how different they all are and they’re just awesome, awesome kids.”

Cucchi has participated in autism awareness at Fairfield since freshman year, and next year, he hopes to spread even more awareness to the school. “Next year, I’ve talked to another couple of my classmates who also have siblings who have autism and I’ve talked to my parents as well and I’d love to have some parents speak. I’d love to speak and just have some things going on during the day,” stated Cucchi. “I want to make it a day where people just really learn a lot and realize how important autism is.” He hopes to move the information table from the BCC to the Mezzanine. From there, Cucchi would like to stimulate conversation about the disorder by answering questions and handing out bracelets and T-shirts. Although World Autism Day only happens once a year, both the Autism Speaks foundation and students at Fairfield continue to support those affected by autism throughout the year. The efforts made on this day are just one of the many ways the world continues to raise awareness about autism.

Fairfield tradition challenges court injunction Cont’d. from page 1 Pellegrino said. Dean of Students Karen Donoghue ‘03 spoke to students about the consequences they could receive by attending Clam Jam. According to Donoghue, students off-campus are still bound by the code of conduct. “Every year I’ve had a student sit in front of me as I tell them because of their behavior at Clam Jam, they are not participating in Senior Week … but worse, I’m telling them they cannot participate in

graduation,” said Donoghue. As the meeting came to a close, the administrators and Zabin left the auditorium, giving students the chance to field an open discussion about Clam Jam. Many students, including Maggie DeMoura ‘14, appreciated the opportunity for conversation. “It was nice to see that the administration was trusting student leaders from the class of 2014 to have a voice in the process,” said DeMoura. Senior Dominic Paolino left the

meeting with an understanding of what both the university and the town expect from Fairfield students. “Ultimately, the mutual goals of both the police and the beach students are to promote a safe event that causes no disturbance to the neighborhood and honors the tradition of Clam Jam,” he said. Even though neither the injunction nor the wristbands are anything new to Fairfield students who have attended Clam Jam in the past, some student beach residents still view them as a necessary evil.

“I understand the sentiment behind the wristbands, but I’m not sure they’ll work,” said Grace Leonnig ‘14. Senior Andrew Kringas echoed the sentiment by adding that Clam Jam, as a Fairfield tradition, is here to stay: “No matter what they do [Clam Jam is] going to happen, especially now that we live in these houses,” he said. “[It’s] much different than being underclassmen; we actually belong there.”

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Crime Beat


Compiled by Patrick Kiernan Information contributed by the Department of Public Safety.

Friday, 4/4 2:31 p.m. A disorderly conduct report was issued by a female in the Jogues Hall parking lot. An unknown man in a gray Volkswagen was yelling inappropriate comments to her. Investigation is to be continued. 4:46 p.m. An automotive accident on Loyola Drive was reported to the Fairfield Police Department. DPS was called by them to investigate the accident between a gray Chevrolet Suburban and a gold Honda CR-V. There were no injuries reported. Saturday, 4/5 4:40 p.m. Four students in the Townhouses 9 block were found in possession of six 30-packs of beer and 10 bottles of liquor. All alcohol was discarded and students were referred to the student conduct board.

Relay celebrates, remembers, fights back Cont’d. from page 1 asked to have that responsibility, but I’m really glad I did it.” Following her speech, Walton and other survivors participating in the event walked around the makeshift track as part of the Survivors’ Lap to the legendary song “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor. Walton’s favorite part of the event was the Survivors’ Lap, saying, “[I love] all the support and love you feel when doing the Survivors’ Lap.” The “remember” section of the event also featured a speech by Campus Minister for Retreats Gregory Vigliotta, who recalled his battle with stage three nonHodgkin lymphoma at age four. He said, “While other kids my age were getting up in the morning to watch ‘Sesame Street’ or play Legos, I was driving back and forth to Queens for treatment.” Vigliotta shared with the audience

that the treatment he received for the cancer was as detrimental to his health as the cancer itself: “My body could only take so much.”

While other kids my age were getting up in the morning to watch ‘Sesame Street’ or play Legos, I was driving back and forth to Queens for treatment.” - Gregory Vigliotta, Campus Minister for Retreats Ultimately, Vigliotta beat his battle with the cancer, saying, “I have no explanation for how my health improved

from this point.” Vigliotta added that he has been cancer free since completing his treatment in 1991. Following his speech, luminaria bags decorated in memory or in honor of those impacted by cancer were lit, and all participants walked around the track as names of those who lost their battle were read. The last part of the event was the “fight back” section, which meant to inspire participants to take action against the disease, featured comedian and magician Daniel Martin, and two Zumba lessons from Erin Gallagher ‘17, as well as many on-campus bands. Although the crowd slowly thinned out throughout the night, many participants stayed until the 6 a.m. ending ceremonies. As Alexander announced to the crowd during the opening ceremonies, “Cancer never sleeps and tonight, neither will we.”

5:38 p.m. Criminal mischief was reported at 51 McInnes Road. Windows in one room were covered in duct tape and DPS officers forced the residents to take it down. They were referred to the student conduct board. Sunday, 4/6 5:19 p.m. Two residents from the Townhouses 1 block reported that a MacBook and MacBook Pro had been stolen from their residence. Fairfield Police Department was called to investigate, but there were no signs of forced entry. Monday, 4/7 7:49 p.m. DPS performed a search in the Townhouses 1 block and found multiple narcotics and paraphernalia. The specific amount found is not yet known and a ticket was issued to the residents.

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FBI Agent explains nonverbal cues By Rachel Lawlor Contributing Writer The only sound in the classroom was the clock ticking as FBI Special Agent Gregory Coleman observed the students. Some laughed nervously, while others stared right back. After exactly 60 seconds, Coleman spoke. “Lesson number one: your actions can cause a reaction,” said Coleman. Coleman spoke to Professor Antilla’s news writing class Thursday on how people communicate in ways other than spoken language. Working for the FBI since 1989, Coleman has practice in dissecting a person’s reactions. “Ninety percent of the things I now know I learned from the streets of New York,” said Coleman. Coleman has been in the media in recent months for his six-year investigation of Jordan Belfort, a Wall Street broker convicted of fraud whose memoir, “The Wolf of Wall Street,” inspired the recent movie of the same name. In many of his investigations, Coleman believes that “influence is the key.” By remaining silent for a minute, Coleman influenced the students by making them nervous. “If I could do it by doing nothing, imagine what I could do by doing something,” he said. One form of silent communication that Coleman discussed was body language. “Body language is a response to thoughts and feelings; you can’t control it,” said Coleman. He described a subject he once interviewed who was answering questions with ease. Coleman noticed that the subject’s body language was showing nervousness; bending paper clips, playing with rubber bands and scratching part of his hand so

hard that it began to bleed. His nervousness wasn’t showing through his words, but through his actions. Coleman said nonverbal communication is different from body language because it is intentional and controllable. Coleman was able to get a student to the front of the room and in a chair by simply pulling out the chair and gesturing to the student. He further explained how nonverbal communication is important when it comes to interrogating a subject. Coleman convinced a subject to sit down through nonverbal communication, allowing other agents to remain standing and in control. Coleman says these forms of nonverbal communication can be used in job interviews, dates and other situations outside of an interrogation room. Body language and nonverbal communication are important parts of how we as humans communicate, but Coleman says that listening to others is just as important. “If you have to develop any skill to be successful, you have to know how to listen,” said Coleman. He practices this skill on airplane flights, finding out as much as he can about another passenger without telling them about himself. “This develops my listening skills, but it also shuts my mouth,” he said. Coleman says this once led to him being offered a ride to New Jersey by someone Coleman knew a lot about by listening, but also someone who knew very little about Coleman. Many people are “hearing people”; they learn best when they hear someone talk. Coleman demonstrated that while hearing is an important part of understanding and communicating with others, sometimes actions really do speak louder than words.



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Female leaders shouldn't Ban Bossy By Lisa Fischer Contributing Writer Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg has become somewhat of a feminist pioneer with the release of her book “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead,” which details what it is like to be a woman in the workplace and describes the lengths females must go to in order to succeed in business. More recently, she has spearheaded a campaign to ban the word “bossy.” Thus far, the campaign Ban Bossy has received support from other notable women including Beyoncé and former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Unfortunately, as a fellow feminist, I cannot fully support Sandberg’s intent to completely eliminate a word from the English language. It is no secret that women in positions of power are often viewed through a different, more critical lens than men who may inhabit the same position. Women are statistically referred to as “bossy” or “bitchy” more often than men,

Editorial Board Bossy Shauna Mitchell Editor-in-Chief Jennifer Calhoun Executive Editor Enxhi Myslymi Managing Editor

who are instead described as “leaders” and identified with other positive terminology. Though the issue that Sandberg is addressing through this campaign is a clear reality for the working woman, her proposed solution has largely been met with resentment and denial. The problem with the Ban Bossy campaign is that it coincides with a feminist outlook that calls upon the idea of the woman as a victim and directly targets the perpetrator as a word that is often used by men to describe women in power. Subsequently, men are offended by these accusations and society is left at a stalemate. Rather, a more productive path toward gender equality acknowledges the potential of both women and men to be great leaders in their chosen field. By attempting to limit the use of a common word, Sandberg’s campaign is seen as an attack on personal freedom. In effect, Sandberg reinforces the stereotypes that she is attempting to dismiss from the public’s view of women. When you search the word “bossy” on the built-in Dictionary on a Mac, this is the example sentence provided: “She was headlong, bossy, scared of nobody, and full of vinegar.” On, out of the 18 example sentences using the word “bossy,” eight of them explicitly refer to a woman, while the rest are ambiguous. Bossy has become a word that has both a negative connotation to it and is used most often when referring to women. There isn’t really a male equivalent to the word. It seems as though only women can be seen negatively when they rise to power. People respect female leaders and strong female characters. People don’t look at Brienne from

Part of what Sandberg is trying to highlight with Ban Bossy is that there is a difference between being “bossy” and being a leader. Though I agree that “bossy” is often misappropriated to define women in power, it is quite possible that there are men and women in positions of power who really are rude and exhibiting unfair employee expectations. Therefore, it becomes important to stress the

difference between being a trailblazer who inspires others and being “bossy.” As more women continue to make significant strides in areas such as art, science, technology, politics and the corporate world, it will become harder for our peers to ignore the noteworthy impact that these women have on society. As Tina Fey declared while discussing Hillary Clinton during her fabulous reign as lead anchor on “Saturday

Night Live,” “Bitches get stuff done.” Fey and her co-anchor Amy Poehler embraced the inherently offensive title as confirmation that they were doing something right in the male-dominated field of comedy and consequentially, were a force to be reckoned with. In the case of women’s rights, the best defense really is a good offense.

RecPlex demands to be remodeled By Michelle Russomano Contributing Writer At the beginning of this year, I learned that Fairfield was rebuilding the lacrosse field. I was also under the impression that Fairfield lacrosse alumni were donating the entire renovation. From my understanding, the alumni donations have not reached their goal yet, but construction is still proceeding. I am not a Fairfield athlete, but I do go to the “Game of Thrones,” arguably one of the strongest female characters on television, and think, “Wow, she’s so bossy.” She’s a woman who has a job, does it and does it well. Maggie from “The Walking Dead” is also a leader and a strong female character, but we don’t look at her and call her bossy. She’s strong and accomplished. The fact that we look at these characters for how unique they are shows that there is a divide. There is something about these women that makes them stand out. They are atypical. For every woman that is portrayed on television like Brienne and Maggie, there are so many others who are bossy or bitchy. Miranda Priestly from “The Devil Wears Prada” is one of the most

Leslie C. Quick Jr. Recreation Complex almost every day. The RecPlex is in terrible condition. The cardio machines are usually out of order for weeks on end, the weight room machines have broken cables and overall have passed their expiration date and the weight room free weights are also old, broken and ready to be replaced. The RecPlex building itself is also old. Fitness centers should not have carpets because germs collect in the carpet and then form bacteria. iconically ill-portrayed characters in film or television. She is a female leader who is shown as not just stepping over the line of bossy, but practically jumping over it and running a mile away. There’s also Coach Sylvester on “Glee,” who, although can have a kind heart, is generally seen pushing kids down the stairs and bullying her students into doing what she wants. It’s not a good example for children to see how these women act when they have power. Instead, girls need to see real world examples. Dean of Students Karen Donoghue '03 is a woman of power at Fairfield and she is not seen as bossy. She is a woman who does her job well and earns every bit of respect this school gives her. There

Ventilation is poor throughout the building, and even the locker rooms aren’t in great shape. Working out is definitely important to a college student’s life, but who really wants to go to the rundown RecPlex to work out? Probably not many. Not only is the RecPlex used as a fitness facility, but it is also used as a place to hold career fairs, where companies from the tri-state READ


are female student leaders across campus. There are women in the film department who are learning to become cinematographers and grips in a field that is arguably one of the most male-dominated. There are female engineers nominated for state awards in another major that is generally overwhelmed by men. There are three females leading The Mirror, when this is only the second time in eight years that The Mirror has had an all-female Editorial Board. There are female leaders to see everywhere. Many are not seen as bossy, but women who excel in their jobs, just like their male counterparts. That is what needs to be focused on and an end to the negative connotation with “bossy.”



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Religion is a fact of life. This is plain and simple; so why are critics suddenly opposed to how movies based on religious texts are depicted? This all comes down to how scripture is interpreted. I believe that movies based on scripture don’t need to follow the text exactly. Just as historical fiction takes creative license with historical events, movie makers should be able to take creative license with scripture. Certain movies are meant to depict life and act as a microcosm for the societies they represent. One of the greatest aspects of movies is that they are able to retell historic events for the education and enjoyment of audiences. However, many people feel that directors in Hollywood are more interested in making films for strictly entertainment value, rather than to be truthful to the Bible or to the original story. On March 28, the movie “Noah� was released in theaters nationwide and it got a great deal of backlash from viewers. Viewers felt that the film was far too fictional and that Hollywood exploited the religious

The Mirror welcomes the opinions and contributions of its readers: Letters to the editor must be timely and submitted by email to or Box AA. All letters to the editor that are appropriate will be published either in print or online. The Mirror reserves the right to edit letters and articles for content, length and grammatical error. Letters should be free of obscenities and personal attacks and should contain correct and factual information not exceeding 500 words.

The image of the RecPlex and Alumni Hall does not fit the image of Fairfield. A renovation of the RecPlex would benefit everyone on campus including students, student-athletes and alumni, so no one would no longer be embarrassed if their company comes to our career fair. I think Fairfield should hold off the renovation of the lacrosse field until it is fully donated and start thinking of spending money on a project that would benefit the whole Fairfield community.

Spring ... into the library By Meaghan Conlon Opinion Editor

The sun is finally peeking out from behind the clouds, the temperature has risen (slowly, rŃŽ  FSF IBWF CFFO UISFF TVJDJEFT at George Washington University but surely) and the summer in the past three months. season is in sight. There’s only a month of classes left before that r"NPOUIPMECBCZJO1BLJTUBO dreaded obstacle before summer has been charged with attempted — finals. murder. Is there any word that can make you cringe more? All those times you doodled in the margins instead of paying attention, dozed off in class or didn’t even bother showing up; there’s less than four weeks to salvage what’s left of the semester. Start small — open the book or go to class. If you have already been sitting at your desk, try paying attention or raise your hand. Resist the temptation to give into utter despair and take text. “Hollywood has an agenda a nap right there in the middle and that’s to sell films and make it of Spanish. Even though you know exciting, not necessarily to convey historical accuracy nor to convey theological values,â€? says Rabbi Steven Weil, executive vice president of the Orthodox Union. Artistic license was taken by director Darren Aronofsky, and as religious scholar Reza Aslan said, “If you wanted to make a biblically based Noah story it would be 10 minutes long ‌ if you’re going to approach this topic, you have no choice but to expand on it, to make things up, to create a narrative out of it.â€? I agree completely with Aslan. The director of “Noahâ€? did not change the story and did not include false events, so what is the harm in adding a few details to make the movie more appealing to an audience? Directors in Hollywood want to get reactions and discussions from their films. Hollywood cannot be a land of solely romantic comedies. Movies of historic events, religious texts and controversial topics are vital to Hollywood and in order to make those movies appealing to the audience, artistic license must be taken and details must be added.

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area gather to meet future interns or employees. Most of these visitors from companies are alumni and I’m sure they would love to see the RecPlex renovated. I think we should have a decent looking building to welcome these companies in, and the RecPlex is far from decent. Unfortunately, there is no other place on campus big enough to hold an event such as the career fair or even prospective student open houses.

Also, the RecPlex could be used for the senior graduation if the weather is not beautiful and sunny. Who would want graduation pictures taken in Alumni Hall or near the treadmills? Another question: Why does the men’s basketball team not play on campus? If it is because Alumni Hall is not up to the men’s basketball standards, then let’s remodel all of the RecPlex and Alumni Hall and bring the team closer to home so there is a chance to have higher student attendance at the games.

nothing, at least pick up a phrase or two that will be helpful should you ever go abroad. Trudge onto your next class, and take a bolder step. Scribble down some illegible notes, listen to at least half of what the teacher says and crack the spine of the book you were required to buy. Make your way down to the Dolan School of Business, even though it’s raining and the temptation to skip is overwhelming. Draw in the margins as the wave of mutual fund information washes over you and the rest of the class. Don’t worry about not focusing — the entire class was asleep anyway. The dreary weather put them in a stupor. When the spring days come, bring your homework outside. I can guarantee that you’ll get so much done. The bright light and warmth of the sun will get your motivation going ‌ right after

you take a trip to the beach or work on your tan. If you aren’t as productive as you wanted to be before Easter weekend, there is still hope for you. Fight for a spot at the library upon your return with everyone else who has put off a semester's load of work until the last week. The sun and warmth will be taunting you, but that English paper demands to be written. Make the tough decision to salvage the study session or make a deal with the devil in order to pass your rapidly approaching finals. So now that Easter weekend and summer are right around the corner and you want to save yourself the stress and trouble, it’s probably a good time to finally crack open that history book and read. Or, you could marathon “House of Cards� on Netflix. There’s still a month left, after all.

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This past Saturday, people walked for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society around Sherwood Island State Park in Westport, Conn., raising more than $120,000.

By Robert Joyce News Editor

John Falzone remembers his first Walk for Multiple Sclerosis. He remembers pulling along his then 4-year-old son Michael in a small red wagon. During the walk, Michael leaned forward and asked, “Why are we walking?” At that age, Michael was mostly naïve about his father’s condition, but he somehow understood enough to get out of the wagon and say, “I’m walking because Daddy’s walking, and I want to help Daddy.” John, 57, started working as a carpenter for Fairfield 31 years ago. Three years later, he was diagnosed at age 29 with multiple sclerosis, an incurable autoimmune disease that affects the body’s central nervous system. Throughout his career at Fairfield, there have been very few times when John had to pick up the phone and call in to say he could not come to work because of his disease. On the cold, windy morning of Saturday, April 5, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society hosted Fairfield county’s annual Walk for MS at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport, Conn. John attended for support, but was unable to walk. However, this was fortunately not because of MS, but rather because of a sore back. “Watching that walk for the second time in my life, and not walking in the walk on that beautiful day in that wind and that breeze … I would have walked five or six miles,”

he said. According to Michael Branda, development manager of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Connecticut chapter, this year’s MS Walk in Westport had more than 600 pre-registered walkers and raised an estimated $120,000. John was one of the first people to bring the MS Walk to Fairfield County. In the 28 years since his diagnosis, he has advocated for MS awareness and enjoys speaking publicly about living with his condition. His first encounter with MS was when his uncle was diagnosed in the early ‘50s and confined to a wheelchair. At this time, very little was known about the disease. “The second time I heard about it was when I was having trouble with my eyes,” he recalls. “I was having trouble with my walking, I was having trouble with fatigue and I was having trouble with the heat

of the summer. For seven months, I was going back and forth to doctors, the year my wife was pregnant with our only son, Michael.” John knew something was wrong. “I was exhausted. I would wake up from eight hours of sleep and be exhausted. I would push myself to go to work, and finally, after seven months, my son being 6 months old, I find out while holding him that I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.” John continues: “I felt very alone, I felt very afraid, but my first question was about my son.” To his relief, he was told that although Michael has a larger chance of being diagnosed with MS than the average person, his chances are not significantly larger. John remembers the first week he was diagnosed, he ran to the Trumbull Library to find out more about MS. At the time, all he knew about MS was that it put people in wheelchairs. “So I went to the library and opened up a book and it said ‘Multiple sclerosis is a chronic disorder of the central nervous system and autoimmune disease, which leads to death.’ I read that, closed the book, went back to the house and said, ‘This doesn’t look good,’” John said. “MS causes paralysis, even at the end it takes everything … the only thing it doesn’t take is your heart and it doesn’t take your will. You choose

“MS causes paralysis, even at the end it takes everything … the only thing it doesn’t take is your heart and it doesn’t take your will. You choose to give that up if you want to, but I’ve met a lot of people who battle this to the very end.” - John Falzone

to give that up if you want to, but I’ve met a lot of people who battle this to the very end.” “It is very difficult to live with someone who isn’t who they used to be. In fact, I remember having a conversation with my wife, telling her, ‘If you wanted to leave me now, I would not be upset with you.’” John says he did not have medicine for his condition until his 13th year with the disease. Instead, he says he always had strong family and friends who did not leave him. In 2001, John’s younger brother Charlie Falzone was diagnosed with MS. According to John, Charlie struggled greatly with drug problems throughout his life; he was divorced twice and despite John’s best efforts, he was homeless during a portion of his battle with MS. John would administer shots to his brother to fight the advancement and progression of the disease, but the treatment was not helping his brother. John remembers begging the doctors to take Charlie off the shots, which result in painful symptoms and are not always effective in MS patients. After a while, the doctors agreed. In 2010, multiple sclerosis took Charlie’s life. John says that because of MS, his brother lost everything. “To watch him die was probably one of the toughest things I ever had to do because he didn’t have the will to live like I do, and didn’t have the support like I did,” John says. By seeing the disease in his brother, John gained a new understanding of how relentless it could be. “God thought he had suffered enough, and it was time to come home and not suffer anymore,” John says. “He is not suffering anymore where he is; I believe that, but it’s tough to watch though. For him to cry without tears, for him to want to talk and not talk, for him to scream

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University carpenter and advocate for multiple sclerosis. when things hurt him and nothing came out – that was more than I could take. But sitting here now, my will to want to see an end to this and find a cure is stronger than it ever was. I go on for people like my brother, I go on for people I have met in the MS society. I go on for them.” According to John, “The challenge of everyday is doing the things you did for years, and now you do them slower. I thank God I can do them slower – at least I can do them.” John adds: “When I work, I am in pain, but I work because I can still work. I have always loved walking. Walking has kept me in shape for the past 29 years. It gave me a purpose to beat MS. It gave me the reason. Every day I can I get up and walk.” When John speaks to people who have been recently diagnosed with MS, he tells them: “Don’t quit, ever. Don’t give up on yourself, ever. Battle this disease, and stay strong for you and your family.” “I’m not going to let this get me,” says John. “You always want to battle it. Life is too good. No matter what happens to me, I want to continue living life.”

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Told ByDrudoll When it comes to style & fashion, Drudoll tells all. By Drusilla Ollennu Fashion Columnist

Pull your collars out Whether you’re into pink, blue or white collars, collared shirts of all kinds are everywhere in fashion. They can create a variety of looks, from preppy and professional to classy and hobo chic. Here are some ways you can wear a collared shirt.

Button it up all the way to the collar.

Try this to bring street style to your ensemble.

Wear it underneath clothing.

Collared shirts can be worn under tops like crewnecks, other sweaters and certain dresses. This is a go-to preppy look.

Double up your collars.

When doing this, avoid layering two collared shirts that clash. It’s best to stick with a combination of a patterned shirt and a plain shirt.

WVOF What to listen to next By Jana Novak WVOF Music Director

S. Carey “Range of Light” In “Range of Light,” Sean Carey, drummer and vocalist for Bon Iver, uses his classical percussion education and finely tuned musicianship to emphasize the instrumentation. The result, inspired by the nature and landscapes of the west, is a quiet, precisely crafted work in the same soft style that brought him to fame. Justin Vernon, frontman of Bon Iver, also provides backing vocals on many of the songs.

Wear it as an overcoat.

You can achieve this appearance by wearing oversized collared shirts, especially with denim and plaid styles.

Mac DeMarc “Salad Days” The Canadian singer-songwriter’s reputation for ridiculous onstage antics and carefree slacker attitude make the maturity of his latest full-length album come as a surprise. The breezy indie rock songs are accompanied by earnest lyrics of love and loss, along with his distinct guitar lines. In this album, it is clear that DeMarco has been refining his style and progressing as an artist.

Cloud Nothings "Here and Nowhere Else” Cloud Nothings’ third album is one of well-crafted chaos and intensely catchy melodies. Their sound is driven by gritty instrumentation and fast-paced riffs, with chugging rhythm guitars and doubletime drumming. The high energy punk vibe is just what you’d expect from Cloud Nothings, with frontman Dylan Baldi’s urgent vocals leading the pack.

Her Campus to raise money for suicide prevention By Christina Mowry Assistant News Editor Her Campus Fairfield is hosting its first charity event on Friday, April 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Alex and Ani in Westport, with proceeds benefitting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Her Campus is an online magazine written by and for college females, with chapters at more than 230 colleges in the United States. Fairfield juniors Danielle Tullo and Amanda McKelvey teamed together to launch a Her Campus chapter at Fairfield in February. Since the launch, the co-founders have amassed a team of 50 females who write stories, plan events and raise awareness. In the past, Her Campus has supported causes such as World Autism Awareness Day and National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. At Friday’s event, 15 percent of the profits of every bracelet purchased both in the Westport store and over the phone from 5 to 7 p.m. will be donated to AFSP.

Her Campus Event Coordinator Morgan Tacopina ‘15 stated, “Unfortunately suicide is becoming more and more common amongst college kids due to the extreme pressures that they face in almost every aspect of their lives. “It is especially important [that we support AFSP] since within the past year many Fairfield U students have known someone who has taken their own life,” she stated. Tacopina added that Friday’s event will not be the only charity event hosted by Her Campus Fairfield. “Her Campus plans to do many more charity events in the future since there are so many causes that are worth supporting, especially causes that are more common amongst college kids,” said Tacopina. Tacopina explained that the Her Campus Fairfield team will be socializing with customers and Fairfield students as they purchase bracelets. She added that Alex and Ani will be providing snacks and drinks at the event as well, and is hoping students will attend.

'Game of Thrones' winds up By Leigh Tauss Opinion Editor Emeritus BEWARE OF SPOILERS Sex, dragons, blood and gore: You know what that means. “Game of Thrones” premiered its fourth season Sunday night to a record high 6.6 million viewers, crashing their streaming site, HBO GO, and leaving countless poor souls fanatically refreshing their browsers as a gray pinwheel of death circled endlessly on their screens. While a lot happened in this episode, I think the major theme hinged on death and

the end of family lines. The opening scene showed Tywin Lannister callously melting down Ned Stark’s great sword to forge a new blade from its precious metals. Nothing is sacred, and no relics remain once a family line has been extinguished. In one wrenching scene, a knight turned drunken fool gives Sansa his family jewels, the last remaining relic of his once great name, soon to vanish forever. Sansa knows all too well the tragedy of a broken family; in the aftermath of last season, the Starks are all READ


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Go Stags! Go Green! The Campus Sustainability Committee is pleased to present for review to the Fairfield University community the final draft version of the Fairfield University Campus Sustainability Plan and Survey.

This draft, which has been in preparation for over two years, provides the University community with an overview of the current environmental/sustainability state of affairs on campus, as well as presents current and future goals, standards, and ideals for the rest of the decade. Your participation in the review of this document and survey is essential if the Campus Sustainability Committee is to achieve its goal of total campus participation in sustainability/environmental efforts.

After reviewing, please direct all comments to Professor Jim Biardi at • We also ask that you take 10 minutes to fill out the survey which will assist the Campus Sustainability Committee in addressing specific areas of concern regarding sustainability and environmental issues on the Fairfield University campus. Take the survey at:

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GoT promises surprises

Season finale revives 'Shameless'

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By Shauna Mitchell Editor-in-Chief SPOILER ALERT: After four full seasons of the unabashedly uncomfortable situations in “Shameless,” you wouldn’t think much could surprise us viewers. But it seems the writers are shamelessly ambitious. Season four’s finale aired last Sunday, and it was a bit of a doozy. For one thing, Frank is back, and in a story arc that is reflective of their similarities, so is Fiona. Frank regains his consciousness after having a successful liver transplant and Carl busts him out of the hospital, while Fiona gets out of prison on a technicality and receives some tough love from her parole officer. By the end, Fiona has reclaimed her role as den mother to the Gallagher clan and Frank is back to reacquainting his liver with a poisonous amount of alcohol. Frank’s relapse was a real disappointment to me. This season we got to see Frank more vulnerable than ever before, and I really thought he would end up making some sort of change to his life – any change at all, I’m not picky. Instead, he’s passing on his degenerate tendencies to his already arguably sociopathic son, Carl. These aren’t the only family connections. After the triumph of Mickey’s coming-out brawl, his relationship with Ian is put under new stress when Ian starts displaying symptoms of bipolar disorder, a mental illness that also afflicts his mother, Monica. When the family realizes that Ian is manic depressive, it prompts Fiona and Lip to have a candid heart-to-heart that reinforces the recurring theme of this season: family. Lip explains that, just because they’re related to Frank and Monica, that doesn’t mean they will someday become Frank and Monica. Fiona then immediately proves Lip right by doing something Frank has never done: taking responsibility for her mistakes. While it’s all well and good for Fiona that she’s maybe finally getting her life back on track, I have a feeling that the writers have something a little more sinister in store for next season. There was a scene at the end of the episode that kind of flies in the face of believable story arcs by reintroducing Jimmy/Steve/Jack(?) in the last 10 seconds of the episode. For those of you who don’t remember, Jimmy/Steve was the guy who got into it with some Brazilian drug lord, and we were all led to believe that he was lured onto the drug lord’s boat, shot, chopped up into little pieces and dumped into the Great Lakes. Well guess what: That didn’t happen. Even after John Wells, the executive producer of the show, promised everyone that Jimmy/ Steve was definitely dead, he makes a “surprise” appearance, and I’m thinking we can expect him to cast a shadow over Fiona’s glimmer of hope in season five.

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either scattered or slaughtered. The Lannisters too share the loss of hope of the continuation of a family line in this episode. Although Joffrey continues his reign of terror over King’s Landing following his blubbering defeat of Stannis, Jaime’s maimed return brings doubt to the future of the family. Tywin wonders what use he will be as a fighter missing his dominant hand and is fixated on his sister, who now snuffs his advances. Even little Tyrion is revealed to be impotent, as he rejects the advances of his mistress. Daenerys played with her giant CGI dragons and flirted with some dude who will probably become more important later on. He’s quite possibly the cutest guy since Khal to come into her life and Jorah’s pained frowns are teetering on comical at this point. Also, I’m pretty sure Daeny was wearing jeans at one point under a dress, and I didn’t know they had those in Westeros. Arya probably had the most bloody plot line this episode —

kicking butt with The Hound, avenging her friend’s murder and scoring a pony. As for the other stuff that happened, I’m sure if it’s important later on they will show it to us in the preview for next week. There’s a lot of long-winded conversations that seem to take up this show, and I tend to zone out and gloss over all of the scenes that don’t involve prostitutes or sword fights. If season three concluded with jaw dropping carnage, season four seems to be easing in like a panther, with maliciously calculated and eerily quiet steps. Some of us still haven’t recovered from the Red Wedding, so maybe it’s a good thing we're easing into this season. However, even when nothing goes down, this show sets a foreshadowing, catastrophic tone, so there is never a lack of tension, even when the action is slow. Even if pacing itself slowly at first, I think we are in store for a promising season, and it will be interesting to see whose names get written in blood this season.






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COFFEE BREAK Editor: Meaghan Kirby

Point/Counterpoint: Jesuit Values Are the Jesuits visible enough on campus? Contributing Writer

Christine Angell Before coming to Fairfield, all of my education was through the public school system. I was a little worried coming to Fairfield about being at a Jesuit institution, where many of my peers would already be familiar with a private or Catholic education. However, I have found all those worries to be unnecessary because of the way the resident Jesuits are incorporated into the dynamic of the school. The Jesuits at Fairfield maintain a perfect balance of being visible and accessible, without being overbearing. Students are fully aware of the names of the Jesuits on campus and where they live or can be found in the event a student needs to meet with them. I feel that this is the role that the Jesuits should play. Their current visibility reflects the balance that is encouraged through the teachings of the Jesuit values that are emphasized here at Fairfield. The Jesuit values that I’m sure we can all recall from First Year Experience emphasize the importance of balance between body, mind and spirit and the accessible, but noninvasive role of the resident Jesuits corresponds with this. The Jesuits are approachable as well. Fr. Michael Doody, S.J. can often be found having lunch with students in Barone or chatting

Salvatore Trifilio

Over the course of my four years at in the Barone Campus Center. The Fairfield University, the one thing that Jesuits who reside in residence does not come to mind when I think halls are active within the living about this Jesuit institution are the community and visible through their Jesuits themselves. presence in the student community. I hadn’t ever really given They can also be found at speaking this much thought: the lack of events and other activities on campus visibility of these religious and throughout the year. spiritual leaders on campus. But I know that I would hate where exactly are all the Jesuits? attending a Catholic school where While I was raised religion played a central role, but I a Roman Catholic, I lost have never felt this way at Fairfield. my faith in any particular I think that the Jesuits religion years ago, so while and administrators have I have no way of knowing found a perfect balance for certain, I suppose they of having religious can be found at Egan Chapel. activities available But where are they the for those who want other six days out of the week? the opportunity, but I have rarely run into them at not forcing these traditions the cafeteria, in the BCC or on those who do not want to just walking around campus. partake. If someone were to Yes, there is talk about the come up to me and ask me to Jesuit values and an extensive name five Jesuits on campus I focus on religious studies and can confidently say I could not philosophy in the core. do so with ease. But, I think the main goal of In fact, at this very this curriculum is to create wellPhoto by Colin Bell/The Mirror moment only three come to rounded people and Fairfield, Father Mark Scalese, S.J. is one of mind: Fr. Michael Doody, S.J., in conjunction with the resident many Jesuit faculty members on Fr. Charles Allen, S.J. and Fr. Jesuits, has done an excellent job campus Jeffery P. von Arx, S.J. in implementing this focus on Furthermore, I only personal philosophy and growth. know one personally, as Doody was

Editor’s note:

News Editor Emeritus my resident Jesuit and lived on my floor freshman year in Gonzaga. Allen only comes to mind because I see his name on his door every time I go to do laundry in Dolan Hall. And, let’s be honest, von Arx sightings seem to be as rare as Bigfoot or the Abominable Snowman. As a Jesuit institution, we focus on community very heavily, a community I have come to love and appreciate. But it seems as some of our Jesuits have selfsegregated from the student body. Their Jesuit Community Center seems to be physical and symbolic reminder of this separate community, one that is different and apart from the rest of the university. However, for any student who has built a relationship with a Jesuit, they know how unique and special the bond is. They become figures you look up to, that you admire and that keep you in check during your transition from a cocky high school senior into the adult you’ve become at the end of your four years. These Jesuits, who eat with the students, speak with the students and spend time with the students in more than just keeping with appearances, should serve an example to them all. They should be the rule and not the exception.

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Notable Quotes Kelly Camardo| Sophomore 1. Father von Arx 2. Father Doody 3. Father Bowler

Josue Jorge| Freshman 1. Father von Arx

Can you name five Resident Jesuits?

Dom Guarneri| Freshman

Kaneez Anwar | Junior 1. Rev. Ryscavage 2. Father Holland 3. Father Collins 4. Father Bowler 5. Father Allen

1. Father Doody 2. Father von Arx

Cindy Cook Junior 1. Father Manglaviti 2. Father Doody


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Weekly 4x5

Because they like to talk ... Jennifer Calhoun Executive Editor

Luigi DiMeglio Managing Editor Emeritus

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Connor Kelley The Hammer

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Men's lacrosse has won seven Thoughts on the new "Game straight games now. How do you of Thrones" episode this past think they will finish the season? Sunday?

Any fantasy baseball suggestions for the readers out there?

What movie are you most excited for throughout the rest of 2014?

Did you see LeBron James rocking the Pharrell hat last week? What's with this fashion trend?

Hopefully by winning out. That'd be something, huh?

I'm still at a loss for words over it being back. I mean, so many different meanings just of what "Two Swords" means. And all the Tyrion and the Jamie and the Brienne and the Arya...

Pick up Pablo Sanchez.

"X-Men: Days of Future Past." You've got Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Ian McKellen, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Patrick Stewart in one movie. Simply epic.

I want to know what Pharrell hides under that hat.

We're all very proud of men's lacrosse and I'm confident they won't disappoint.

What? Why? Get a life, I don't watch soap operas.

Yangervis Solarte. The kid just hasn't disappointed early on ... but leave it to Sandro to pick him up late just to put him on the bench.

After watching firsthand the celebrations of UConn after they won the NCAA Tournament for basketball, I'm hoping that maybe we get to do the same after the Stags win a NCAA title of our own. Can't wait to have a riot in the Townhouses.

Yeah, I'm with the other guys in not watching it. There were certain Olympic games I was still recovering from to care about anything else in the world outside of the pain in my head ... and body in general.

I'm hoping they can finish out strong and snag an NCAA tournament berth because they can hang with anyone in the country.

I can't watch "Game of Thrones" ever since that last season of "South Park."

"The Hobbit" movies are less epic than the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, so I can't say I'm super excited about that finishing this year, but I'll see it anyway. Still just waiting for "Star Wars: Episode VII" in 2015!

Nice try Kiernan, you're not getting any help out of me. Sheahem is gonna rock your Patty Ice Ice Baby nonsense next week.

All the movies of the riots at UConn Monday night that'll come out over the next few days. And a heads up for you, mom, if you see a video with a chubby bearded guy near a light pole that went through a building's window in Storrs, I swear it wasn't me.

Don't give up on guys not producing until May. I would really love to drop that bum Chris Carter right now, but I know as soon as I do, he'll have a three dinger day. My sleeper for this year is Justin Morneau.

"The Expendables 3," of course! I really enjoy the mystery of figuring out if Sylvester Stallone is speaking English or if he just has indigestion.

He just needs to cover that receding hairline or something. I don't know. Insert something witty.

I'm pretty sure it was just there to cover up his receding hairfline, but I can no longer make fun of him for that. #baldingproblems #theregoesmyswag #whatswag? Way too many hashtags there. Sorry, I just lost control. I'm a fan of the mountie hat, particularly considering my house will be Canada up at the Townhouses this Saturday, so I'll be stealing the look. Never thought I'd be thanking LeBron for anything, but I guess it's the Canadian way. Thanks, ey!

Stag Spotlight: Riley Hellstein '17 and Erinn Hogan '14 Women's Lacrosse


When did you first find an interest in lacrosse? Hellstein: I started playing when I was in third grade, but I just love the sport because it's so fast. Hogan: I started my freshman year of high school, so a little later than everyone else.

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Do you have a favorite lacrosse moment in life? Hellstein: Probably just being recruited and knowing that I was able to go here.

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Hogan: Not really, I don’t know. I just really want to make the MAAC [Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference] tournament.

What are your thoughts on this lacrosse season? Hellstein: So far, it's been good. The only games we've really lost have been by one, so it's been really close. Hogan: It’s pretty good so far. We have lost some key games, but only by one. We’ve had some players go down, but I think we’ve rallied together despite those downfalls.

Who's your favorite professional athlete and why? Hellstein: Cristiano Ronaldo, just because I like him. Hogan: My brother. He plays in the NFL, so it's nice to look up to him. He plays for the Buffalo Bills: Chris Hogan.

How have you enjoyed your time with the lacrosse team thus far? Hellstein: I've loved it. All the girls are so nice.

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Intramural basketball championships attempt to increase attendance By Alex Fylypovych Contributing Writer

The intermittent blaring of music drowned out squeaking sneakers and the dribbling echoes of basketballs in Alumni Hall on Sunday evening. Three intramural basketball leagues consecutively competed in their intramural basketball championship games. Because regular season intramural games are played in the field house of the Leslie C. Quick Jr. Recreation Complex, Ian Diaz, graduate assistant of recreation, thought Alumni Hall increased the competitive and spirited atmosphere. “We want the championships to be as close to a Division 1 game as possible,” Diaz said. Players were excited about the overhead scoreboard and were energized by the booming music and buzzers. The majority also commented on the noticeable contrast in court conditions. “We love this court,” J.R. Gallery ‘15 said, praising Alumni Hall’s hoops. Senior Nate Tulloch commented on the less adequate RecPlex conditions saying, “The hoops aren’t that good and the floor is old and bad for your knees.” Of 17 co-ed intramural teams, Ball for More and The Family took to the floor of Alumni Hall’s court first. Ball for More led for the entirety of the first 20-minute period and held the lead for the rest of the game, winning 61-57 and becoming the first team of the evening to victoriously sport

the deep purple 2014 intramural championship tank tops. Next, The Fathers, defending B League champs and undefeated this season, expected a 2014 win, according to captain Michael Blank ’14. But opposing team captain Jake Ruskan ’15 coached the B League Basics to a 56-50 victory, and awarded Gerry McMullin ’16 as the team’s MVP of the game. “We’ll be back to defend the championship next year,” Ruskan said, noting that the only improvement they currently need is a new team name. By halftime of the A League game, the scoreboard read 39-24 with the Purple Swag Dragons leading against Shaq-FU, defending

champs. “We knew they could shoot lights out, but we didn’t see this coming,” Shaq-FU team member Joe Kos ’14 said. The Purple Swag Dragons’ team captain Gallery had commentators, spectators and players in awe with his three-point shots. Their 60-50 win concluded the intramural championships. However, the event was meant to do more than wrap up the intramural basketball season. “If we pack Alumni Hall for intramurals, it will send a message to the administration,” Diaz explained. For him, hosting the intramural basketball championships in Alumni Hall was reminiscent of

when Fairfield’s Division 1 men’s basketball team played within the gymnasium’s worn, white cement walls. Though during Diaz’s time as an undergraduate, the team only scrimmaged in Alumni Hall during his freshman year. Five years later, he can still recall the energy and student attendance. “We packed Alumni Hall,” he said. In an effort to recreate that liveliness, Diaz collaborated with Her Campus Fairfield to advertise the intramural championships and fill the wooden bleachers with an energetic student crowd. Her Campus ran a raffle with gift cards to Starbucks, The Grilled Cheese Eatery and Pronto Chop

Shop & Pizzeria. Other prizes included an autographed jersey and Juicy J tickets. Approximately 130 students, including accepted students visiting campus, filtered in and out of Alumni Hall throughout the event. Diaz thinks the scarce turnout was correlated with the event being held on a Sunday night. According to him, students were likely starting homework while their peers warmed up for their intramural championships. However, he holds firm that the basketball team should return to Alumni Hall. “I think the turnout would be greater than at Harbor Yard and it would benefit both the school and the players,” Diaz said.

Alex Fylypovych/ Contributing Writer The B League Basics donned their championship pinnies after defeating The Fathers on Sunday. The only adjustment they need to make for next year: changing their team name.

Schneider selects MLB teams to watch this season By Matthew Schneider Assistant Sports Editor The MLB season has recently begun, and with its commencement comes many questions. Will the New York Yankees, who missed the playoffs last season for just the second time in 19 years, be able to regain the success that they have enjoyed for many years? Will the New York Mets, the perennial cellar-dwellers of the National League East division, be able to have a winning season? Will the Boston Red Sox, the defending World Series champions, be able to have a repeat year? And will the big players in free agency, namely the Seattle Mariners and the Yankees, see their investments pay off? Only time will tell. When the Yankees missed the playoffs last year, I, along with most people, was in shock. How could a team that has a solid core and that constantly scoops up the most talented free agents not make it into the postseason? It would seem that a combination of subpar pitching and old age were large factors in the Yankees’ disappointing season, though injuries to key players and the lack of run support could also have been factors. Now with some of their aging veterans (Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera) retired, the

Yankees will need to rebound in a big way to have a successful 2014 season. They decided to shore up their hitting, signing former Mets star Carlos Beltran to a deal, which should help give their pitchers more run support and make for a more successful season. They also snagged Jacoby Ellsbury, a dynamic base-stealing outfielder from the Boston Red Sox. Their final big addition via free agency was Masahiro Tanaka, the highly sought-after Japanese pitcher. He should give the Yankees more room to work with, assuming he pitches as well in the U.S. as he did in Japan. Considering they lost one of their best players, Robinson Cano, to free agency, the Yankees have done an admirable job of rebuilding their roster and have given themselves a good chance to do well this season. The Mets made a splash this offseason, signing former Yankee Curtis Granderson to a deal, in an attempt to show that they will not be pushovers this year. In an era when Mets’ owner, Fred Wilpon, had much of his money taken in a Ponzi scheme involving the notorious Bernie Madoff, it has been difficult for the Mets to sign any major players due to a lack of funds. They came through this time though, signing

a player who found a decent level of success in the Bronx with career bests in runs scored (136) and runs batted in (119) in 2011. Granderson missed most of last season with a fractured forearm and pinkie, but the Mets are banking on him returning to form and becoming their best player. If the Mets want to get out of the bottom of the NL East, they will need contributions from all of their best players such as Granderson and David Wright, the all-star third baseman and captain. They are a young team on the rise that would be a lot better with Matt Harvey playing, but can still turn some heads if they play well enough. Another disappointing season would not be surprising to the legions of long-suffering Mets fans, but there is a shot that they can find some magic this year. The Red Sox made some head scratching moves prior to last season, trading Adrian Gonzalez to the Los Angeles Dodgers, as well as Nick Punto, Carl Crawford and underperforming Josh Beckett in exchange for a few decent players. The move was made to dump salary (the Red Sox cleared $262.5 million in payroll), which would allow the team to rebuild from the bottom up. For everyone who was convinced that the Red Sox would

take years to become contenders again, the end of last season definitively proved them wrong. Not only did the Red Sox return to relevance, they went 97-65 and brought Beantown its eighth World Series championship, ending the year on the highest note possible. The team has retained much of its roster from last year, with the only major losses being Ellsbury and veteran catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. With such a strong core intact from a World Series-winning season, are the Red Sox primed to win back-to-back championships? Boston will need another brilliant year from slugger David Ortiz and some excellent work from their pitching staff to have a shot at repeating, but I would not be surprised if they did. With a good, young team like the Red Sox have put onto the field, the sky's the limit. The other big winner of free agency, the Seattle Mariners, acquired a big time player in Cano, though he came with a big time price tag to match his skills. The five-time all-star second baseman came at the exorbitant price of $240 million for 10 years, which many were quick to criticize. They felt that giving one player such a large sum of money would cripple the team for years

and prevent them from signing any other big free agents in years to come. If the Mariners win a World Series championship, everyone will forget how expensive Cano was to bring in and how lazy he seems to be. The Mariners have one other bona fide star in pitcher Felix Hernandez, a Cy Young winner and four-time all-star. He has single-handedly gotten the team out of tight spots in years past, so he should be happy to have a star of Cano’s caliber at his side. However, once these two players are named, the rest of the Mariners’ roster drops off. They don’t have many other impact players, which could cause big problems for the team this year. Signing Cano was a step in the right direction, but it will take a supporting cast before the Mariners become a true threat in the American League West division. This season should be a good one, full of excitement and exhilarating games. All of the above questions should be answered as the season goes on; and, who knows, maybe the aforementioned teams will turn heads for the right (or wrong) reasons. With a schedule featuring 162 games, it is hard to make perfect predictions, but we will see how everything turns out.


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An inside look at rowing's Sacred Heart Invitational

This week in sports: Wednesday, April 9 Men's Tennis at Monmouth, 3 p.m. Softball vs. Sacred Heart, 3:30 p.m. Baseball at Yale, 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 10 Women's Tennis vs. Manhattan, 3 p.m. Softball at UConn, 3:30 p.m.

Contributed by Christian Tucci '17 The men's and women's rowing teams experienced relative success as they competed in the two-day Sacred

Saturday, April 12 Men's and Women's Rowing at Rider Invitational Men's Cross Coutnry at Yale Spring Invitational Men's and Women's Tennis at Siena, 12 p.m. Baseball at Niagara, 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. Softball vs. Rider, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Women's Lacrosse vs. Siena, 1 p.m. Men's Lacrosse at Air Force, 2 p.m.

Sunday, April 13 Women's Golf at Navy Spring Classic Baseball at Niagara, 12 p.m. Softball vs. Monmouth, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Monday, April 14 Women's Golf at Navy Spring Classic Women's Tennis at Sacred Heart, 3 p.m.

Tuesday, April 15 Softball at Providence, 3 p.m. Men's Tennis at Sacred Heart, 3 p.m. Baseball vs. UConn, 3:30 p.m. Men's Lacrosse at Quinnipiac, 4 p.m.

Four pitchers combine for shutout of Stony Brook CONT'D. FROM PAGE 16 attempted to stop Capra from advancing to third base on the hit, giving Fairfield the opportunity to score. However, she was able to make it to third base and would not be called out by the time the ball got there. With a runner in scoring position now, Kristen Filicia ‘14 hit a single to left field that allowed Capra to go home and put the first run on the board for the Stags. Next, Sammy Ruffolo ‘15 prepared to sacrifice bunt to advance the runners further into scoring position. She connected on a successful bunt that advanced Filicia and Kinhofer to second and third base,

respectively. Senior Lauren Liseth then hit a single to send Kinhofer home after another error from Stony Brook. At the end of the inning, Fairfield led Stony Brook 2-0. “Kristen Filicia and Lauren Liseth did a great job offensively,” said Brzezinski about what generated the offense in the third inning. For the remaining innings, Fairfield’s defense was able to keep them ahead. Because Fairfield was switching their pitcher often, Stony Brook failed to score any runs for their team. “I thought our pitchers did an excellent job. They threw a shutout,” said Brzezinski. “Stony Brook is a very good offensive team and any time you can keep a good offensive team down, it’s key.”

Falkanger pitched three innings for the Stags, striking out one and allowing Stony Brook two hits. Senior Rae Ball spent the third and fourth innings for the Stags on the mound and gave up one hit. Freshman Nicole Gardon struck out one and allowed one hit in the fifth inning. Senior Rebecca Trott closed out the game, walking two and striking out one. Failing to score any runs by the sixth inning, the mercy rule came into effect for Stony Brook. After six innings, Fairfield was able to get their third straight win, putting them at 3-1 in conference play. The Stags play again Thursday, April 10 at the University of Connecticut.

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Baseball beats Canisius and takes series

By Salvatore Trifilio News Editor Emeritus Fairfield men’s baseball (12-12) took the final game of a three-game series 4-3 on Sunday afternoon against the Canisius Golden Griffins (19-10), and did it playing small ball. Freshman Eric Fajardo came in to pinch run in the bottom of the eighth with no outs for the Stags. After stealing third on a ball that scooted away from Canisius’s catcher Chris Conley, Fairfield’s Sal Ciccone ‘15 laid down a sacrifice bunt, allowing Fajardo to score to complete the safety squeeze. “I had a feeling I was going to get in today, but I wasn’t sure if I would get into the right situation, if the team would get into the right situation,” said Fajardo of what he believes to be the biggest moment of his freshman career thus far. Ciccone, now in his third year with the Stags, said his focus was on getting the bunt down during the pressure situation.

“I’ve done it a ton of times in the past, as a freshman I had some trouble … but I was confident today, and I got it down … it was exciting,” said Ciccone. The Stags scored early, but were held off the scoreboard for most of the game, in the back-andforth affair that went nine. “We didn’t hit a lot until a little bit later … but our pitching held us in there,” said Head Coach Bill Currier. Junior EJ Ashworth was two outs away from a quality start, but was pulled after 5 1/3 innings, allowing just four hits and two runs in that span. Juniors Tucker Panciera and Jeremy Soule came in relief of Ashworth, picking up three strikeouts and the save, respectively. Fairfield was patient at the plate Sunday, getting their leadoff man aboard in each of the first four innings, but “failed sacrifice attempts” allowed Canisius to stay in the game, according to Currier. The Stags went down a run in the top of the seventh after a wild

pitch allowed Canisius second baseman Anthony Massicci to reach third after being walked to start the inning. An infield single by Canisius third baseman Connor Panas plated the go-ahead run for the Griffins, a seemingly insurmountable lead at that point. Down to their final six outs, Fairfield opened up the eighth hot with back-to-back doubles; the first was by left-fielder Jack Giannini ‘13 and the second was off the bat of second baseman Rob LoPinto ‘14. LoPinto’s runs batted in double tied the game late. “With a guy on second and no outs, I was just looking to go the other way and get the man over,” said LoPinto, “I just happened to find the hole.” With the win Sunday, Fairfield handed the 2013 MAAC champions their first conference series loss of the season. “To take a series out of [Canisius], I think certainly sends a good shock to the league,” said Currier. “Jesus, Fairfield’s gotten a lot better.”

Softball shuts out Stony Brook Seawolves By Jesse Erickson Assistant Sports Editor

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After sweeping Quinnipiac University last week, Fairfield was determined to continue their winning streak following a difficult start to the season. Taking on Stony Brook University on April 3, the Stags were able to defeat the Seawolves 2-0, getting their third straight win of the season. Going into the game, the Fairfield softball team had posted five wins and 14 losses, while Stony Brook went into the game with a 12-13 record. The Stags knew that they were going to have to change up the game in order to continue

their winning streak. “We knew we were going to throw off four different pitchers today and that usually keeps some offense off balance,” said Head Coach Julie Brzezinski. Starting off on the mound for Fairfield was Lauren Falkanger ‘16. She struggled to start off the game strong when Stony Brook’s first two batters were hit by wild pitches and forced to take their bases. At this point, Stony Brook had the opportunity to send some runners home, but Fairfield was able to get the next three outs and retire the inning. After two innings, the game

remained scoreless. Stony Brook led Fairfield with two hits, but the Seawolves were not able to execute plays and send any runners home. Fairfield was able to find their offense early and in the third inning, the Stags posted two runs on the board. After Stony Brook made an error from the left side of the diamond, Nicole Capra ‘16 of Fairfield was able to advance to second base after her single. Continuing this streak, Gianna Kinhofer ‘17 hit another to the mound. On this play, Stony Brook


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