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On Sept. 6, an email from the Dean of Students Karen Donoghue informed students of updates on University Policy. Though you may not check your student handbook regularly, several important changes to University policy have been introduced in the 2012-13 school year. Changes apply to “sexual misconduct, class attendance, and damage policies,� according to the email. In addition to the email, faculty forums were held on Sept. 12 and 19 in Alumni House concerning the class attendance and sexual misconduct policies, respectively. Sexual Harassment Vice President of Student Affairs Thomas Pellegrino, who led the faculty discussion on September 19, explained the exact changes in university policy to The Mirror. “Many colleges and universities responding to what happened

at Penn State took a look at what their policies said about those things,� Pellegrino said. “So, we took a look at that and did that.� Pellegrino was referencing the occurrences involving Penn State football coaches Jerry Sandusky and Joe Paterno in late 2011. Paterno was alleged to have purposefully not reported Sandusky’s serial molestation of underage boys on university property, according to the Associated Press. “We wanted to take what’s required under federal law and also adapt it to make a University policy that expands the requirements basically to all employees,� continued Pellegrino. “To have sort of like a baseline requirement that if you’re made aware of a crime, particularly a crime of sexual assault, you need to do something with it.� In the old policy, the responsibility of faculty members and students to report these crimes was derived from their role, according to statutes such as Title IX and the Jeanne Clery Act. The policy now reads: “While a University employee may advise

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The new 2012-13 Student Handbook features updated policies on sexual harassment and attendance. the victim of sexual misconduct that any conversation they have with the victim will be private ... they may not tell a victim that the conversation will be confidential unless that employee is subject to privilege by law to maintain confidentiality of an adult victim.� Pellegrino went on to explain

how the policy also expands upon the scenario of “if the person making the complaint is a minor.� He explained, “We have to remember that we have anywhere from 2500 to 3000 children on our campus using our facilities during the summer months.� Pellegrino said that “if the

claim is about a minor, the confidentiality rules [of certain employees under statutes] essentially go out the window. If you’re presented with a claim by a minor, the confidentiality rules don’t apply.�



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Many Fairfield students feel pressured at some point during their college years to decide what they’ll be doing for a career. But for CBS’ “60 Minutes� reporter Lesley Stahl, she decided she wanted to become a reporter at age 30. Stahl spoke at the Open Visions Forum held at the Quick Center last Wednesday night. She talked about the current transition America is undergoing. Becoming an American television journalist at a late age, Stahl has seen many changes occur throughout her career. Before “60 Minutes,� Stahl worked at “Face the Nation� as a moderator and “America Tonight� as an anchor. She has now been working as a reporter at CBS for 21 years and has seen the way sharing the news to the public has changed throughout the 40 years that she has worked in the journalism industry.

Stahl compared the new age of technology that people live in today to what she had grown up with. Stahl said, “Television brought this country together, but then cable and Internet broke us apart.â€? Using a humorous conversation to engage the audience in the subject, Stahl said, “You know who watches 60 Minutes? ‌ No. ‌ Old people and their parents.â€? The Quick Center audience laughed, but there was a feeling of truth to her words. According to Stahl, technology has changed everything. She added that the pace of new technology is rapidly quickening, and that “no one can keep up.â€? However, Stahl gave positive advice to the students in the audience who will be entering the working field of this new technological age. “No matter how bad it gets, you can always bounce back,â€? said Stahl. “The message is this: don’t forget to call your mother.â€?



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Public Safety officers patrol the campus day and night, protecting the students, staff and visitors in order to keep Fairfield University safe. The white security vans pull up, a dark boot steps out of the car, the blue uniform is revealed, and when the full body emerges from the car the face is of a female. In total, there are twenty public safety officers with Briana Jara being the only female. While there have been female public safety officers in the past, the last female was here about four years ago, making Jara the first female officer this student body has seen. Jara has been working for private security companies since she was eighteen years old, however, she did not know from the beginning that this was her passion. “When I was younger I wanted to be a dentist, but then I realized I wanted to interact and talk with people instead of working on their teeth,” she explained. Before coming to Fairfield she worked as a public safety officer at Norwalk Community College, where she patrolled two of the school’s buildings. “When I came to Fairfield there were multiple dorms, buildings and the large campus to patrol. It was clear that I would be taking on more responsibilities.” Before Jara was actually patrolling Fairfield’s campus. she worked for dispatch for two and half years. While on dispatch she

worked with three males, taking calls from the students, staff and parents. After working conscientiously, this past June, Jara entered the work force as public safety officer. Jara is surrounded by males all day long but says they have be-

“Even though I am the only female we are all on the same playing field. There is nothing different the guys do that I can’t do.” -Briana Jara come like fathers and brothers to her, as they went to great lengths to make sure she was comfortable. “Even though I am the only female we are all on the same playing field. There is nothing different the guys do that I can’t do,” Jara explained. On a daily basis public safety has four different shifts. Assignments depend on what shift is being worked. “This month I work the day shift so all day long we answer medical calls, transport people to and from the health center, unlock classrooms for the teachers and also give out parking tickets.” In short, whether a staff member is locked out of a classroom, a student too ill to walk to

the health center or a campus visitor in an uncomfortable situation, public safety is there to assist. In the course of completing all this work, Jara also learned valuable life lessons. “I learned how to talk with people because I work with students, staff and parents all the time. Communication is key in my job,” Jara emphasized. Amongst all her work, Jara mentioned her favorite part of the job is working with students every day and meeting new people. “We are very excited to have Briana as part of our Public Safety Team,” said Director of Public Safety Todd Pelazza. “We know she will serve our community and particularly our students well. Having female officers on our staff is a critical component. We strive to recruit more female officers when openings occur.” In addition to the faculty and staff’s approving remarks, students are becoming more aware of Jara’s presence. “In certain situations that public safety has to be present, it might make the girls feel more comfortable to have a female come to the scene,” said Shamel Gzman ’16. Additionally, Ali Famigletti ‘16 commented: “I think it’s great to have a female public safety officer. I don’t see why didn’t have more females officers before.” In Jara’s short time as a public safety officer at Fairfield University she has made quite an impact. Jara hopes that “students see us as a good presence on campus and to come to us for anything.”

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Lesley Stahl inspired students at the Open VISIONS forum last week.


Stahl continued to tell the “young people who don’t know what they want to do” that they should continue to have hope. One of the judges on the panel that asked Stahl questions was James Simon, a professor and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Fairfield University. Being an experienced journalist himself, Simon understood the message Stahl was relaying to the students. “Try to find something that you’re passionate about, which might occur in your college years or when you’re 30 years old, as it was in her case,” said Simon. “Not to get discouraged if you don’t already know what your major is going to be or what your career path is going to be.” After the Open VISIONS Forum discussion, students and other audience members were

able to have a question and answer portion with Stahl. As the night ended, students had positive points to say about Lesley Stahl’s talk. “She was an incredible speaker, and I think you could see real passion for her job,” said Aidan Wildes ’14. “She really kept me on the edge of my seat.” “The technology point was very interesting, and that it’s important to maintain multiple channels of news when ideology restricts yourself,” said Luke Record ’14. “If you read liberty newspapers, maybe you should look at a more conservative side.” Despite the changes occurring in the world, Stahl encourages students to pursue their passion. Whether they’re just out of college or turning 30, Stahl gives comfort to students that they will end up where they’re supposed to be.

4DIPPMDIBOHFTQPMJDJFTUPQSFQBSFTUVEFOUTGPSGVUVSF CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Attendance Policy Donoghue explained the second main policy change that involves the concerns of rules about attendance and excused absences to The Mirror. The attendance policy now says, “Attendance requirements, as well as the impact of attendance on grading, are determined by the faculty member and specified in the syllabus for each course.” Donoghue said, “The only person that can really excuse a student from missing class or any work is the faculty member, so that’s why we always told the student to contact the faculty member about missed work or missed

class first.” She went on to explain that although the office of the Dean of Students can “send a courtesy note … saying that this information has come up and this person has gone home for however many days”, the faculty member still has the final call in excusing the absence. “I think the whole policy is really built on a good working relationship between students and their faculty members,” Donoghue continued. “If we can get anything out to students, it’s to build this relationship now, and it needs to be built on trust.” Donoghue went on to explain how notes from medical personnel play into this new policy: “If for some reason a faculty member needs a note from

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“If we can get anything out to students, it’s to build this relationsip now, and it needs to be built on trust.” -Karen Donoghue, Dean of Students the faculty member to contact someone, whether it’s the health service or outside medical provider.”

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Pellegrino added his understanding of the policies move away from medical slip, saying, “It’s recognizing that information you get from a third party to verify it, you don’t necessarily want it.” He further explained how this should prepare students for post-graduation life: “When you get out of here and go get a job, it’s unlikely your employer will ask you for an excuse. You’ll get fired.” Pellegrino also interjected to note one overall exception to the policy: “In our policy … under the term under released time ... if you’re a student athlete or you’rew doing something for the university … you’re automatically released.”


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The final policy change relates to damage charges. Students who are found to have caused malicious damage will be charged an additional $100 on top of the cost of repair, according to Donoghue. This serves as a deterrent to malicious damage in response to high levels of damage charges in the past. wAccording to a previous Mirror article, freshman dorm Jogues Hall saw $14,529 in damage charges for the Fall 2011 semester alone. Students can access the new student handbook through the University website at http:// student/sl_sthandbook.pdf

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The collective efforts of Fairfield University students, faculty and administration in 2010 produced a sustainable garden that continues to push the school towards more green initiatives. Located west of the Dolan School of Business, the 3,000 square feet garden hosts annual and perennial herbs and vegetables like butter squash, tomatoes, jalapeno and Swiss chard. The produce grown depends on what students might like. The concept of sustainability deals with the notion that the human race can depend on the natural environment for their survival. Humans and nature can function in unison so that the present and future can be secured. Junior Jesus Nunez, a garden intern since summer 2011, pushes for the school to become more environmentally friendly. The garden tries to use as little chemicals as possible. “We have enough energy issues as it is,� said Nunez. “The only way we can really survive as a human race, especially as our populations grow, is to cut down on energy use, on the use of pesticides and the use of fertilizers . . . The more we learn about how to grow our own food, how to grow it in a natural way, the better for everybody.� Associate Professor of biology Tod Osier Ph.D., said: “I feel like the garden is coming into its

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own, but it still is evolving every year. New projects like the bees and looking into growing herbal teas are new areas of interest and very exciting. We are continuing to work with the chefs in the campus center to refine what we grow.� However, the garden has encountered its share of problems since its founding. “There is also the very real issue of just being successful in actually producing the crops that you want to grow in spite of the weather, insects and disease that always keeps things interesting,� Osier said. Nunez also mentioned that the garden once had to deal with powdery mildew, symptoms in-

clude white spots that form on the surface of the vegetables. The occasional cat or dog might sneak into the garden, but the deer might pose a problem, since they are herbivores and could eat the vegetables. To combat these problems and prevent repeat incidents, different gardening techniques are employed. Every year, Nunez said they do crop rotation by planting vegetables in different areas within the land each season, in order to slow the spread of pests and diseases. To enrich and manage the soil fertility, cover crops, such as legumes, are planted. Nunez and volunteers go in ‘work parties’ on Sundays at 2 p.m. and Tuesdays at 4 p.m. to

weed and clean up the garden. “Facilities Management has also provided a lot of support by supplying mulch, compost, and top soil,� added Associated Professor of Biology Jennifer Klug, Ph.D., also an advisor. The garden contributes to the campus’ dining services and residential life. The dining services (Sodexo) use all of the herbs in the garden according to Resident Dining Supervisor Amy Krosky. Recently, on Sept. 17, for a Bellarmine lunch, 75 percent of the produce used had been from the garden. Sodexo employs professionally trained chefs who adapt the daily menus to the naturally grown produce that is available

in season. From Sept. 16 to 22, the school participated with 64 other locations in Farm-to-Chef Week, an event promoted by Connecticut Department of Agriculture which connects chefs and food service establishments with local farmers. Junior Laura Ballanco, a former Leaders for Environmental Action at Fairfield member, remembers the previous ‘Farm to Chef’ weeks that the dining service has participated in. According to her, the taste of local produce is noticeable. “You can taste the freshness. I felt like I was eating at home,� Ballanco said. The garden is also not limited to campus use. According to the Fairfield Dining Service website, harvests are done during the fall and then the garden donates a portion to the Connecticut Food Bank through Harvest Now, a non-profit organization that pairs garden communities up with local food banks. Though mainly funded by the Division of Administration of Student Services, the Office of Academic Engagement and the Biology Department and Program on the Environment also keep the garden afloat. “Fairfield should be at the forefront of these agricultural-environmental issues, because it’s the future,� said Nunez, “because then everyone has the means to access good, quality food that has low-impact on the earth.�

This Week’s Edition: &EVDBUJPO3FGPSN On August 30, Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida and brother to former President George W. Bush, addressed a crowd of more than 20,000 cheering delegates and press at the Republican National C o n vention. Almost 3 weeks later, on Sept. 19, Bush

spoke to a significantly smaller but no less enthusiastic crowd at the General Electric corporate headquarters in Fairfield. In front of an intimate group of roughly 100, including 18 Fairfield University students, Bush spoke about a topic which has generally been drowned out in today’s tense political climate: education reform. Bush began the event by addressing the fact that education reform has been largely ignored in places like Connecticut, and wrongfully so, “There is a direct link, and increasingly so, between education and the ability to dream big dreams and lead prosperous lives,� said Bush.

For this reason, Bush argued that education reform should be given much more attention on the national political stage. “Education,� he stated, “is the only government program that can significantly reduce poverty.� Indeed, the issue seems to be taking a back seat to issues of the economy and foreign policy in the current campaigns. At the presidential nominating conventions, Republican National Convention speakers mentioned the word “education� only 10 times per 25,000 words and “science� only once, according to a New York Times analysis. Similarly, Democrats used the word “education� 33 times and “science� twice, per 25,000 words. The words were used mostly in passing, as a vague solution to economic problems with no further explanation. At the same time, the words “Jobs�, “Tax�, “Economy�, and “Business� were used significantly more by both parties. In state elections, Linda McMahon’s job plans mention education only once, while Chris Murphy’s website offers several paragraphs on the subject. These trends seem to raise

questions in the minds of some voters regarding what is politically important. Is the economy, especially in times of recession, the only salient issue?

Was James Carville right when he told Bill Clinton campaigners in 1992 that the focus should be on “the economy, stupid?� Jordan Freeman ’13 sided with Jeb Bush, saying: “Education re-

form has not been given enough focus and I think that is based on the focus on the economy, but the economy and education are inextricably intertwined. Without an educated and skilled workforce we cannot sustain our economic standing.� Contributed Photos

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public urination.

4:40 p.m. - A car parked near the Townhouse 4 block - One prep student was ejected for smoking a cigawas reported to be vandalized. DPS discovered that rette in the venue. the vehicle’s roof was caved in. Saturday, 9/22 7:37 p.m. – A student was arrested in the Village for possession of marijuana. 1:28 a.m. – One non-student was arrested for trespass after refusing to cooperate with DPS. Tuesday, 9/18 2:17 a.m. – One person was referred to student con5:09 p.m. – A bike was reported to be vandalized in duct for possession of marijuana in the Quad. the area of Townhouse 9 block. 11:11 p.m. – A wallet recovered in the BCC loading 10:00 p.m. – Two students were referred to student dock was found with multiple fake IDs. The owner conduct for a reported domestic dispute. was referred to student conduct. Thursday, 9/20

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5:05 p.m. – A Jogues Hall resident reported that mon- 11:01 a.m. – An ABM employee was rescued from an ey had been stolen from their room. elevator stuck in the fourth floor of 47 Mahan Road. A crew has been called in to make a repair. Friday, 9/21 Fall Concert Follies: 4:08 p.m. – Two roommates were referred to student conduct for a reported dispute. - Ten concert attendees were hospitalized, booted or sent home with parents for excessive alcohol con- 4:17 p.m. – A laptop was reported stolen from a room sumption. 5 of which were students. in Canisius Hall. DPS is still investigating this incident. - Four attendees were pulled from the concert for narcotics violations. 3 of which were non-students. 5:30 p.m. – One person was referred to student conduct for the possession of drug paraphernalia in - One attendee was referred to student conduct for their Dolan Hall residence.

*If you information about any of these incidents, please contact the Department of Public Safety.*

Wednesday, Sept. 26 Come to the Mezzanine at 7:30 p.m. in the BCC to take part in a FUSA General Senate Meeting with your class senators. Meetings are always open to the public. Friday, Sept. 28 Head up to the Bellarmine lawn at 8:00 p.m. to participate in the ninth annual Presidential Ball, where you get to shake hands with the President of the University. Tickets are being sold at the Info desk for $20. Saturday, Sept. 29 7KH)DLU¿HOG8QLYHUVLW\ bookstore on Post Road will be having a reading and signing by young author Bianca Turetsky, who wrote “The Time Traveling Fashionista at the Place of Marie Antoinette.” The event will be going on from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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Sodas greater than 16 ounces banned in New York

A rule passed through New York City’s Board of Health last Thursday, banning any size of soda greater than 16 ounces in the state.

China puts its first aircraft carrier into service China revealed its first aircraft carrier to the country’s top leaders in Beijing on Tuesday, signaling its growing military to the public.

Trader Joe’s recalled Peanut Butter product It was reported on Monday that some Trader Joe’s groceries were linked to a salmonella outbreak. Consequently, the New Mexico-based company recalled 76 types of peanut butter and almond butter.

Morning-after pills now available in NYC high schools On Monday, the morning-after pill became available to 13 New York City high schools, due to a reported 7,000 girls becoming pregnant by age 17.

Pakistan is trying to improve relations over an anti-Islam film Last Friday, Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar praised President’s Barack Obama and Bill Clinton for speaking out against the video.


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8FIBWFUPBENJU'64"EFGJOJUFMZTUFQQFEJUVQ this year with the fall concert. After promising to QMBZUIFiMPHJTUJDTHBNFuSJHIU '64"GJOBMMZNBOaged to book an artist that sold almost 1900 tickets. The organizers certainly went all out with the marketing, starting with the series of teaser videos BOEUIFOUIFGSFF$BSSJF6OEFSXPPEDPODFSUUJDLFUT8FMMQMBZFE '64"TFFNFEUPHBVHFUIFTUVEFOUCPEZTJOUFSest in music by paying attention to the EDM trend. Take the average student. A concert is announced for a band who plays a specific set of originals. Electronic or not, if this student doesn’t know a single song by the artist, it’s a guarantee they won’t go to the show. Nobody wants to be the kid who accidentally ends up in front of the barricade, having to mouth what they think the words might be just to fit in. However, DJs are a different story. Although most will have a couple of originals, they base a majority of their sets on remixes of songs that everyone knows. For anyone who has sat in Barone for more than two meals a week, it was easy to pick out the pop anthems Diplo incorporated into his set and even easier to dance to. But we’re not saying to book the first DJ you can find for future concerts. People came to Diplo because they either knew who he was or could figVSFJUPVUBGUFSTFDPOETPO(PPHMF8JUINBJOTUSFBNDPMMBCPSBUJPOTXJUI4OPPQ%PHH -JM8BZOF  No Doubt, and a variety of other acts, any student could feel justified paying 30 or 40 dollars to see UIF NZTUFSJPVT NPHVM PG NVTJD QSPEVDUJPO :FU  JG a DJ has little to no recognition or association in the real world, there’s no chance anyone will pay over 20 dollars to see them. And if they do, there’s a good chance a last minute beach party on that Friday night will take prominence in their weekend JUJOFSBSZ3FNFNCFS5IF)PPE*OUFSOFUTTFU &Yactly.  8FE MPWF GPS '64" UP MFU UIF HFOFSBM TUVdent population have a say in who’s the next artist to come to Fairfield. This way the majority of atUFOEFFT XJMM CF TBUJTGJFE BOE '64" XPVME CF BCMF to gauge their ticket sales earlier on.

Thumbs-Up / Thumbs-Down r5IFTDIPPMXFFLJT more than halfway over. r.FOhT$SPTT$PVOUSZ wins 36th Annual Fr. Victor F. Leeber Invitational for the 3rd year in a row r*UhTUJNFGPSBQQMFBOE pumpkin picking! r5IFDPODFSUXBTBIVHF success. r:PVDBOBMNPTUTUBSU planning a perfect Halloween costume.

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Getting to the core of what matters By Carolyn Kosewski $ǪNJǯǭǤÇ?ǰǯǤNJǢ8Ç­Ç¤ÇŻÇ Ç­

I grew up in a household that values education. Not just any education- a Fairfield education. It’s safe to say that I’m a super legacy at Fairfield. Those who came before me include my grandmother, both my parents, and my aunt. For my whole life, my parents saved their money in hopes of being able to provide me with an education that compares to the one they both received. Their oppurtunites set them up for many success later in life. From a young age, listening to them reflect on their experiences here, I knew that they experienced something incredibly special during their time at school. This something special was their Jesuit education, which requires students to take an extensive number of core classes. The goal of the core is to educate the “whole person�- to make us well rounded citizens upon graduation, beyond just being knowledgeable in our majors. The core is designed to help you find the best in yourself, to stretch your mind beyond what it is used to, and to educate you comprehensively and in a unique way that so many students do not experience. For many of us, this means

that we find ourselves occasionally cursing at our religion homework when we have to study for a test in our major. Sometimes it means we have to take a class or two we don’t initially want to take, or we think that we have little interest in. However, I implore those who doubt its importance to be a bit more open minded, and perhaps you will find that the core really is worth your time. Through the core, Fairfield is trying to educate us for the real world- not just the professional world. Many situations in your professional or personal life that you will face, whether an accounting major, a journalism major or an art history major, will require you think outside of the box. Look closely and you’ll notice that all of these core classes require some degree of critical thinking- a skill that we can carry forward no matter what field we enter. In addition, core classes demand that you think in ways that you’re not used to and this can be incredibly challengingespecially if you are a math person trying to navigate your way through English class, or vice versa . At the time, the challenge might seem tedious and unnecessary, but that doesn’t mean that we should give up. If we let our disinterest in these subjects turn to apathy, we are wasting

an education we are so lucky to be receiving. Besides, giving up on something that you’re not naturally good at is the easy way out, and I believe most of my fellow Stags are much better than that. Furthermore, optimistic students may find, to their surprise, that they actually enjoy religion, philosophy or art. Although I’m and accounting/ international business major, I find my religion class this semester to be refreshing and intriguing. Art class is helping me develop drawing skills I have always wished to have. I wrote papers in my freshman English classes that I loved to write and plan on keeping forever. So maybe I’m the only one, but I appreciate the core, and I believe that the Fairfield education is special - and most definitely worth the money. This may be hard to realize now when you are trying to learn philosophy and science all at once, but in the future you will see that the core intends to make you best version of yourself. I believe that we are lucky to be educated in such a diverse, dynamic, and thorough way. If you would like to take 23 classes in your major, you should take your money elsewhere and pay for the education that you value..

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“I’m never getting married.� Those are normally the infamous words ringing from my room on a Sunday morning over waffles with my best friend. “But, like...he seemed so sweet and charming last night when he was 10 drinks in and I was wearing a tight mini skirt.� Honestly, what has our world DPNFUP 'PSUIPTFPGZPVXIPEPOU know, I would like the break down the sick and twisted world of college “relationships�, if you could even call it that. In college, this is how it works. :PV TFF TPNFPOF DVUF BU the stir fry station in Bar-

one, in your math class, strolling through the stacks at the library etc., you make a mental note, you go out on the weekend when you’re both feeling happy, you hook up. The end. Most likely afterwards, you’ll see them around, maybe a head nod if you’re lucky. But, most of the time you’ll probably just pretend you don’t know each other and walk away. This usually ends in the girl being upset, going out and repeating the same awful cycle. It honestly has to stop. I don’t just blame boys, though. (JSMTBSFKVTUBTNVDIUPCMBNF8FBMM sit

sulking and complaining that there are no good guys in the world, but maybe if we actually demanded some respect boys would act more respectful in turn. Our whole culture has just become so accustomed to casual hooking up that relationships and dating are seeming to become a thing of the past. God forbid you go up to a cute guy and ask if he wants to go to lunch, he’ll probably look at you like you have three heads. But, I mean, if you want to hook up when you don’t even know each other, thats completely normal. It just seems like the whole motivation for going out these days is getting absolutely blitzed and finding someone to make out with. 8IBU IBQQFOFE UP EBODJOH BOE IBWJOHGVOXJUIZPVSGSJFOET 8IZ is the definition of a good night have to be whether you made out XJUITPNFPOFPSOPU Sometimes I just don’t even want to go out anymore because the whole scene just disgusts me. But, I’m not exactly the type who likes to sit in on a Saturday night and play chess or XBUDIUIF-PSEPGUIF3JOHT OPUIing against people who do that!). But, I love to have a good time! I just wish sometimes that I lived JO UIF T 8IFO HJSMT XPSF dresses and pearls; when guys took them out to the drive-in, or to get ice cream at the counter in those UBMM HMBTTFT XIFO banana splits were NBEF XJUI 3&"- bananas), or bike

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I fear for our country if many university students share Mr. 04VMMJWBOT WJFXT i'BJSĂŞFME 6 An apple with a rotten ‘core’â€?, Mirror 9/19/12, p. 8). Particularly frightening is his statement that “As an English major, I can safely say that I will never use the skills I’ve attempted to learn in my math classes, natural science classes, and especially my religion classesâ€?, followed by a similar disregard for university-level courses in history and statistics. Can an English major truly understand Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets without knowing the social environment in which they were written, what the religious beliefs of Shakespeare’s audiences were, and what his country was HPJOH UISPVHI QPMJUJDBMMZ    $BO that English major understand Emily Dickinson’s poetry without knowing the social and political position of women in the 19th cenUVSZ6OJUFE4UBUFT Lacking a solid grasp of the scientific method, do people see through politicians’ simplistic arguments over energy use, disease DPOUSPM  BOE HMPCBM XBSNJOH 

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Diplo & Debauchery: Fall concert an electric success

By Martin O'Sullivan Editor-in-Chief


ixelated impressions of a psychedelic dream illuminate his silhouette. Almost 2,000 sweat-drenched bodies sway to the thunderous drums and phasing bass lines released from his speakers. Thomas Wesley Pentz points his fingers at the crowd, seemingly shooting energy into the mass before him. You may know him better as Diplo. On Sept. 21, Fairfield University students and guests poured into Alumni Hall for the Fall Concert, hosted by the Fairfield University Student Association (FUSA). This year, performers included Krewella, a young dubstep trio from Chicago, and Diplo, a DJ and producer known for his frequent collaborations and genre-defying originals. With approximately a third of Alumni Hall filled, Krewella took the stage around 8:15 p.m. They opened with an original entitled “Feel Me,” a song which captures their attention to throbbing bass drops poised against provocative female vocals. Students immediately responded to the group with raised arms and strained vocal chords. Comprised of Kris Trindl (also known as Rain Man) and sisters Yasmine and Jahan Yousef, Krewella orchestrated an array of mixers, effects boards and laptops to produce a set of pure energy. Songs included a variety of originals and remixes of songs by artists such as Rihanna, Deadmau5 and Justice. After Krewella’s hour long set, Diplo took the stage around 9:30 p.m. with the crowd responding at a volume that rivaled his equipment. Though security measures taken at the front door delayed entrance for many, Alumni Hall filled to near capacity throughout the first 20 minutes of his set. With Diplo periodically commanding his audience to go even wilder, attendees danced, screamed, jumped up and down on bleachers and mounted each other’s shoulders. The energy level raised even higher when student Peter Lyons ‘13 came out on stage dancing in a gorilla suit, supplied by campus radio station WVOF. “In his rider [Diplo] had the list of all the different things he wanted,” Lyons explained. “Among other things he wanted was a dartboard with Nicholas Cage’s face on it as well as a gorilla.” Lyons continued: “When he walked into the dressing room I was just sitting there in the gorilla suit holding a banana with my legs crossed. He walks in and he was just very casual about it. He was like, ‘Okay, cool. We got the dartboard, we got the gorilla. This looks awe-

some.’” Lyons explained how Diplo requested he wait a few songs before taking the stage as a gorilla to “get the people going.” Aside from a primate doing 'the worm,' several other events highlighted Diplo’s performance. About half an hour into his set, he left his DJ stand, leaving a drum hook on repeat. With little warning, he jumped off a speaker into the crowd, only to disappear completely for about 15 seconds before resurfacing and taking the stage. “Y’all motherf***ers didn’t catch me,” he said into his microphone. “But I’ll play this next one anyway.” This unfortunate experience was also shared by Lyons: “I went crowd surfing but I fell after ten feet … and then they dropped him.” A few minutes after his surfing mishap, Diplo pulled approximately 12 female attendees onto the stage. He began playing “Express Yourself,” a single associated with a dance that involves doing a handstand with legs spread open. At his request, several of the female stage dwellers attempted to recreate this dance as seen in the song’s music video. With most of them using his DJ stand as support, some of his equipment became unplugged. However, Diplo encouraged them to continue attempting this physically straining dance as he worked his way around a damaged setup. Finishing his set around 10:40 p.m. with a mix of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.” Darude’s “Sandstorm,” as well as several other notable songs, Diplo spent several minutes taking pictures and signing autographs for attendees in front of the barricade. Alumni Hall was empty in a matter of minutes, leaving behind a mess of twisted water bottles, ruptured glowsticks and torn wristbands. According to FUSA President Robert Vogel ‘13, “anywhere between 1850 and 1900” tickets were sold, including online sales and purchases at the door. “Capacity would have been 2000 … We were probably about 100, 120 off from a sellout,” he said. When asked if the concert was a success, Vogel said, “Just from a numbers standpoint? Yes. Success.” He also noted that he had a “pretty confident estimate of about a 4-to-1 student to non-student ratio” in terms of attendance, saying this constituted a successful concert in terms of serving students. According to Vogel, there were five transports to the hospital, four of which were students. In addition, four concert goers were pulled out for narcotic violations, three of which did not attend the Univer-

sity, according to Associate Director of Public Safety Frank Ficko. Ficko also shared that one person was caught publicly urinating and a prep student was kicked out for lighting a cigarette indoors. Vogel said, “Obviously we would have like nobody to be attending the hospital, but I also think it's hard to be accountable for everyone’s decisions as we are all individuals.” And what did most individuals think? Senior Nicolette Jackson said, “I thought the concert was a lot of fun and I hope FUSA continues to put on good shows like that with people that are more relevant today.” Sophomore Ryan Wessel commented, “I guess I would say it was a great show. I was impressed by Krewella. The school should definitely do something like that again next year.” "After four years at Fairfield I was so happy FUSA finally planned a concert with talented and relevant performers,” said Margaret Allison ‘13. “My friends visiting from home couldn't get over how good the show was, and I can certainly say there was never a dull moment.” In terms of the future, Vogel said, “I think we definitely got a lot of good feedback and a lot of the trust of the student body with our concert selections.” He continued: “Hopefully, next year, students look into who's coming and they find out more about it and they can trust us to be bringing in quality acts that are going to entertain.” Last year’s fall concert, which featured artists Far East Movement, Hoodie Allen and The Hood Internet, sold approximately 400 tickets with even less in attendance, according to a previous Mirror article. With an overwhelming difference in ticket sales, Vogel said, “We’re definitely in much better financial shape than we were last year after the concert, and we are excited to be moving forward.” Lyons, as both a quasi-performer and concert attendee, concluded: “Overall I think it was a great success. Everyone loved it.” He added that Diplo was, “one of the coolest guys I’ve ever met."

To watch video interviews with Diplo and Krewella, visit Concert video is available at

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Exclusive interview with DIPLO

By Martin O'Sullivan Editor-in-Chief Mirror: We're here with Diplo after the Fall Concert. So how was the show? Diplo: It was good, man. It was fun. Mirror: Aside from getting your stuff unplugged? Diplo: Ah yeah. Somehow I kept making it work, you know, because everything got unplugged, but the computer still played so I just made it go internally, played without my CD effect. You gotta be pretty, pretty like amicable to things like that. So, it was cool. And then I stage dived. They caught for like the first 20 seconds and then they dropped me, so I won't do that again. You guys need to like work on your stage diving catching techniques. Mirror: In your other concerts, have people done that dance better? Diplo: "Express Yourself?" I mean, if it's like my own solo show, it's like everybody knows it, you know? If it's like a bigger show like this, like four or five of the girls might know it. But they learned it pretty quick. They learned it pretty quick. It's funny. If their parents knew what they were doing at the University sponsored concert.

All concert photographs by Nicholas DiFazio. For more pictures, visit thefairfieldmirror.

Mirror: At a Catholic university no less. So you're producing Snoop Dogg, or Snoop Lion's new album Reincarnated. Diplo: Right. Mirror: So how's working with the reinvented Calvin Broadus? Diplo: Man, it's been crazy. Like, working with him was an amazing time. We recorded the whole album in Jamaica and did like 18 tracks. And we're going to

hopefully finish mixing it down. It's got some crazy features. Bunny Whaler, Chris Brown, more I can't talk about. There's like a whole bunch of people on the album. It's a proper reggae record, so if you like reggae, if you like what Major Lazer is, it's kind of that vibe. Mirror: Sure. Major Lazer, actually, Jillionare and Walshy Fire since replaced Switch. Is this going to change the sound for the upcoming album? Diplo: I mean, the whole...I think the first record I produced, the majority of it anyway--I think he just, Switch was kind of like my mentor and when it comes to like the band, he never was really into like the band, like the traveling and building projects. So Walshy and Chris were always guys who helped us out from the beginning, but I think when we started doing the massive tour we're about to embark on, it makes the most sense to work with them because they're really related to our music and they're really close to what we do, so yeah. We have a new team that just, I think it's stronger. The sound of the record is still wild. You know, some people I produce, I worked with a couple other people on this record. I produced with Flux Pavillion. I produced, I had done some stuff with this kid Jewels. Who else did I produce with on the record? Switch did "Runway," Switch did "Get Free" with me. What did you say? Yeah, Flexican. Some other producer. Yeah, it's--the sound of Major Lazer is always really unique and always is forward looking. So we're going to keep doing that for sure. Mirror: So if you could collaborate with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? Diplo: I don't know. I don't really have like aspirations to collaborate with dead people. Yet. Mirror: Dust Brothers wrote the soundtrack to "Fight Club," Daft did "Tron." Any thoughts of ever writing a soundtrack for a movie?

Diplo: Yeah, I'd love to do that. I worked a film before I was a DJ and I've actually been offered to do some soundtrack stuff, you know. I never embarked on it yet, but I think it's the logical progression. 'Cause I think a lot of guys that make films want to put the sound design in the scope of like

something a little bit younger, because it's kind of like the old guys that make the soundtracks for films, but it would be great to find the right film that works. But I don't want to be an aging DJ like Dust Brothers or Basement Jaxx or Chemical Brothers, it's just like that's all they can do now is soundtracks, it's not what I'm thinking yet. Yeah but it's the logical step. When you get old DJ you just make soundtracks, so I guess it's my next, next step. Mirror: So you've continually surprised the public by taking on an increasing multitude of various projects. Where do you see yourself in five years? Diplo: Uh, probably dead. But if I'm alive I'll be uh, a farmer or something. Mirror: Sweet, sweet. Diplo: Yeah. Maybe like work at a honey bee farm. Mirror: We actually have one on campus. Diplo: Yeah. That's cool. You guys have some of that here? Some of that honey? Mirror: Some of that honey? I don't know man. Cameraman: You got some honeys outside all over your stage. Diplo: There's honey... oh, honeys. This camera guy! What up, camera guy? Gimme some. [Bumps fists.] You guys got one more question? Mirror: One more question. What's your beef with Nic Cage? Diplo: Oh. I don't know. I don't even know why, I don't know how his name ended up on that... I just didn't want a dartboard with somebody. It was somebody before that, couldn't put it on there anymore. And I like Nicholas Cage. I don't have any beef with him, actually. I want to say like a big shout out to Nicholas Cage. I love your film. I was actually a PA for him on "National Treasure, Part 2." Sucked. He was actually an a**hole back then. But I don't care. You know, when you're a film maker or a actor [sic] you have to kind of have some attitude to deal with normal people. So I feel you. Mirror: Thanks for sitting down, man. I appreciate it.

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Dropout cartoonist captures world icons

By Crystal Rodriguez Contributing Writer


ou had to be there. You had to feel it,� said Everett Raymond Kinstler last Thursday at a Gallery Talks presentation for his "Pulps to Portraits" in the Bellarmine Museum of Art. “I was part of what they call: 'The Golden Age,'� said Kinstler, when describing his time as an illustrator for comic books and pulp magazines. It truly was a different time. The disparity between generation and Kinstler’s time is striking. Kinstler didn’t just wake up as one of America’s greatest artists and what Dr. Jill Deupi, director of Bellarmine Museum of Art, called a “national treasure.� He first had to drop out of high school. Kinstler didn’t drop out at 16 in search of himself. Unlike many students today who try and find themselves, Kinstler “had nothing to find.� He had something else. Something he considers more essential. “I was lucky. I had direction,� said Kinstler. Kinstler was compelled by his passion for American illustration. “The illustrators role was to illuminate the story by the imagery,� said Kinstler. Back then Kinstler was known as “the guy that was good at cowboys and cleavage,� he said.

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Kinstler's "Pulps to Portraits" has been in the Bellarmine Museum of Art since June 14. The exhibit will be closing this weekend on Sept. 28. But after years of illustration, Kinstler was drawn to natural storytellers; people like U.S. astronauts, seven U.S. presidents, six U.S. governors, over 50 U.S. cabinet officers, Arthur Miller Tennessee Williams, and more recently Donald Trump.

Sixty of his “marvelous portraits� as Jhomalys Moran '14 called them, are in exhibition until Sept. 28 in the Bellarmine Museum of Art. Moran said she attended the event because, as an art history major, she was fascinated by his

artwork and “thought to [herself ] how cool it would be to meet the artist.� Others thought the same. The presentation room was overflowing to the point where people were lined up at the back of the room. Although Kinstler said he was

not keen on giving advice, especially “advice to artists who don’t ask,â€? he did have advice directed to our entire generation. “I’ve been lucky and blessed ‌ I was luckier than you [our gen-


Recipe: Italian chicken with steamed broccoli and rice By Loan Le Executive Editor


f you’re reading this, you’re a lover of tastes. You have a kitchen in Dolan Hall, the Townhouses or the Village you’re just ready to use. So, why don’t you imagine the perfect dish? Your nose picks up the fresh aroma of perfectly fluffy jasmine rice. Your eyes hone in on the healthy portion of lively, steamed green broccoli on your plate. And your mouth says ‘yes,’ ready to taste the slightly tangy and sweet flavor of the chicken that’s moist with its natural juic-

es and Italian dressing. Or maybe you just want a quick and easy dinner that can be made with little ingredients. Okay then. I’ve got you covered.

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This Italian chicken with rice and steamed broccoli is a simple and delicious dish to impress your friends.

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r 8JUI UIF MJE PO  CSJOH UIF SJDF and water to boiling point and then switch to medium. Stir so that the rice doesn't stick to the bottom. When there's less water than you began with but still enough to cover the rice, put the lid on and turn the stove down to low. The trapped steam cooks the rice. Leave for 10-15 minutes. After, use a spoon and try the rice for taste. (Be careful when checking on the rice because the pot is probably burning. I always use chopsticks to lift the lid because, well, I'm Asian, but you can just use a dishtowel.) Once it's done, fluff it up and serve. r-BTUQBSUPGUIFEJTIJTUIFCSPDcoli, but this takes five minutes. In a separate pot, salt the water. Dump your wash broccoli into the pot and cover. This traps the steam, which softens your broccoli. I like my broccoli cooked but still crunchy to eat, but you can make it however way you want. r 5BLF UIF DIJDLFO PVU BOE DVU into it to check for pinkness. The skin on top, if you like to leave the fat on, should be lightly brown. Plate the rice and broccoli. Put the chicken on top and dress with more of the Italian dressing. Enjoy.

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Whole Foods gives back to Fairfield

By Jay Polansky Contributing Writer


local health food store is helping Stags give back to Fairfield as they pick up their fruits and veggies. The Whole Foods Market in Fairfield at 350 Grasmere Ave. pledges to donate five percent of Thursday’s net sales to the Arts & Minds program, which is presented by the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts and the Bellarmine Museum of Art. Quick Center Director Gary Wood is especially appreciative of the donation. “It’s very generous of them,” he said. “We can’t do what we do if it were not for that generous support.” Wood said the funds could be used to offer discounts to the community members who might not ordinarily have the resources to attend events. He said this is the first time he has seen a business offer a percentage of its net sales since he took the helm of the center last year. Christen Grasso, the grocer’s marketing team leader, said that the store was happy to support Arts & Minds. “It’s a great program,” she said. “We wanted to get involved and help.” The donation is in line with

Artist speaks about Bellarmine Museum exhibit CONTINUED FROM PAGE 10 eration] unless you have a direction” said Kinstler. Moran said he has every right not to admire our generation. “Now a days people are too caught up in technology,” she said. “I don’t envy your generation. Things change too quickly,” said Kinstler. And what could be worse is that Kinstler’s passion for history has been lost to our generation. “I really lament the fact that so many young people are not interested in what happened in the past … there is a lack of curiosity,” said Kinstler. Moran, one of the few Fairfield students in attendance for reasons other then extra credit said she, “wished more students other than just the ones who felt obligated to attend,” - ones that could have came to appreciate the art. Moran shares Kinstler's sentiment on our generation. “ I feel like art isn’t appreciated as much as it should be on campus,” said Moran. Kinstler followed his passion to achieve what students dream of after college. “I am blessed to earn my living doing something I enjoy and I never forget that,” said Kinstler.

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The Whole Foods Market store recently opened in June 2011 and has remained a popular grocery store. the core values listed on Whole Foods’ website, which include “caring about our communities and our environment.” The company also pledges to give at least five percent of their after-tax profits to charitable causes every year. The company’s 2011 net income after tax was approximately $343 million, meaning the company donated at

least $17 million last fiscal year, according to their annual report. The company also runs the Whole Planet Foundation, which seeks to alleviate poverty through microcredit programs; and the Whole Kids Foundation, which seeks to end the childhood obesity epidemic through wellness and nutrition.

Catherine C. Giapponi, a professor of management at the Dolan School of Business, said Whole Foods is among companies connecting philanthropy with business. “Strategically, organizations are recognizing that there doesn’t necessarily have to be a disconnect between doing good and being

profitable,” said Giapponi, adding that Whole Foods’ campaign reflects that attitude. Giapponi also said the program could help Whole Foods broaden its market base and reach younger people who might not have considered visiting the store. But could this initiative convince students to purchase their groceries at Whole Foods? FUSA President Robert Vogel ‘13 thinks it’s possible. “I think the more health conscious portion of our student body goes to Whole Foods, but I think Stop & Shop is something people feel comfortable with,” he said. “Maybe if they realize what Whole Foods has to offer them, they’d be more likely to stop by.” Grasso said the store is also reaching out to students by working with the University to try to accept the StagCard at its store. If they were to do so, they would be the first grocer to allow students to pay with StagBucks, according to Grasso. The grocer’s sponsorship is affiliated with several Quick Center performances and Bellarmine art exhibitions, including the New Orleans' own Hot 8 Brass Band concert this Friday. The store, which opened last June, is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. this Thursday.

New book from Pulitzer author:

This Is How You Lose Her By Pedro Ramirez Contributing Writer


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stablished as one of contemporary fiction’s most distinctive and interesting new voices, Junot Díaz has done it again with his new collection of short stories entitled "This Is How You Lose Her." Junot Díaz’s rise to fame didn’t happen overnight, and it certainly was not an accident. Best known for his two previous works, his debut "Drown" (1996) and his widely-accepted novel "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" (2007), he has been listed as one of the top writers for the 21st century by The New Yorker. In his latest work, "This Is How You Lose Her," he gives readers nine stories that closely relate to one another, centering on the main character Yunior, his brother Rafa, as well as their mother and father. His language can be witty and funny at times, and if one is not used to his style of writing, it will catch one by surprise how direct Díaz can be. In one story he writes, “She said she wouldn’t sleep with me until we’d been together at least a month, and homegirl stuck to it, no matter how hard I tried to get into her knickknacks.” He goes

on to address the perception of the typical Dominican man as, “dogs [that] can’t be trusted,” displayed by Díaz through the actions of Rafa, the father and, eventually, through the main narrator Yunior. One of his stories is about a relationship that ends after Yunior has been caught cheating but doesn’t become official until his eyes become open to her rejection of his efforts. There’s another that involves a female character and her lack of trust in men. His stories are varied and even include the radical relationship he has with a school teacher and how hard it gets “to get used to a life without a secret” once he tries to move on to girls his own age. As a whole, Díaz’s stories will make one feel connected to all the characters involved as they try to discern the phras “I love you,” its implications and its consequences. It's easy to understand the characters for who they are and realize that they represent more than what they just imply through their dialogue and action. Díaz’ ability as a storyteller is never questioned as he gets readers into a rhythm that makes sure the story stays imprinted in their mind for them to think about.


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Ask Miss Anne Dear Miss Anne, I got a notice in the mail about the Presidential Ball, or “Prez Ball” as everyone seems to call it on campus. Now that it is getting closer to the date, I’m not sure if I should go. I just don’t know what to expect and none of my friends know either. So should I go? What is it like? Sincerely, Puzzled by Prez Ball

Dear Future Prez Ball attendee, My advice to you is to attend this campus event. Besides the concert it is the only other university sponsored event on campus. You could say it is Fairfield University’s version of Homecoming … since we have no football team. It is the time to get all fancied up, get together with your closest friends and shake hands with our university president Father Von Arx. Ladies, when dressing for this event, don’t spend more than twenty dollars. Try Forever 21 or H&M for a cheap yet stylish dress. Don’t make the mistake of buying a beautiful

dress that no one will remember (or care about) only to get someone to spill a drink or ruin with the amount of sweat you will produce at this event. The dress should also be short and made of some sort of stretchy synthetic fabric with random cutouts and possibly neon accents. But when picking out your slinky dress, make sure it passes the “Butt Test.” This is a simple test. Start by bending over as far as you imagine you will be bending over at this event and if you bum shows the dress fails the test… or passes determining how you view the test. Heels shouldn’t exceed two inches but you young ladies around here like to push the boundaries of height, so if you feel like dying (i.e. falling flat on your face and getting trampled on) that’s cool too. Men should be preppy with a crisp button down, some sort of khaki or colored pant and a


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sports jacket. Ties or bow ties would be preferred, but if that’s too much to ask, get a fresh haircut and shave. And one must not forget the precious boat shoes … but not your good ones - that broken-in pair. But in reality just clean clothes will do. When you get to the mansion, please find the last bit of composure you have to get through the door. Shake Father Von Arx’s hand firmly and try to not fall down before you get through the tent. I’d hate to see you escorted off the premises by Public Safety. While we are on the topic of safety, don’t be that chick or that dude that moronically climbs the metal structures on the dance floor. I don’t feel like being crushed by a bro or getting flashed by some chick. Dancing on the speakers - leave it to the professionals. But if you are a bad dancer, get up there anyways because it is just so entertaining. On another note con-

cerning behavior, please leave the potted plants alone. No crowd surfing with the potted plants, no peeing in the potted plants. There are lovely facilities for you to use outside. With all this in mind, I hope you have a lovely time at Prez Ball. Whether this is your first time attending or your last, have fun, be safe, and dance a lot since it’s a dance and all … Party on, Miss Anne Send your questions to Disclaimer: This is column is for entertainment purposes only. The author is a student, not a therapist, and the column is not intended to take the place of professional advice. The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Mirror and its staff members. Anna Wolk ‘13 Columnist Loan Le ‘14 Editor

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This Week in Sports Watch out for Fairfield Athletics

Senior Stag Spotlight

What To Watch For Wednesday- Volleyball at Marist, 7 p.m.

With Cross Country's Kyle Short

Thursday- No games.

Q. Do you have any pre-race rituals or superstitions?

A. . I try and make sure not to eat too much; I race a lot better when I’m light. I'll have something like a banana or a piece of toast or something like that, which kind of sucks because races could be a few hours later.

Q. If you had to pick a word to describe your team, what would it be and why?

Friday- Field Hockey vs New Hampshire, 3 p.m. Saturday- Softball vs Stony Brook, 3:30 p.m. Sunday- Women's Soccer at Loyola, 1 p.m.

A. I’d call us a family. Throughout preseason, we’re all here together for two weeks, and it’s just us on campus and we’re just running. Every morning you’re going out for an hour run at least...and its time that if done right you can’t do anything else but just talk... everyone gets to know each other really well, so we’ve got a good family going.

Monday- No games. Tuesday- Men's Soccer at Brown, 7 p.m.

Q. In a movie about your life, who would you want to play you?

A. Mark Wahlberg‌ Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. He doesn’t need his Funky Bunch, but the Funky Bunch would help. Marky Mark is always better with the Funky Bunch‌proven fact.

Q.What are your three favorite songs on your iPod?

A.“Helplessness Blues� by the Fleet Foxes. “Neighborhood #1� by Arcade Fire. “Into the Great Wide Open� by Tom Petty

Q. If you could meet anyone dead or alive, who would it be and why?

A. I think it’d be cool to meet my grandfather on my dad’s side. I mean he died when I was like two, so I never got to meet him. But he seemed like an interesting character and a fun guy.


A. . The economist in me would say stocks and bonds and stuff like that‌Invest it. But I think currently one of the best things you can do is buy a house.

Q. What is your favorite thing about running cross country?

A. Obviously the team is a great part of it. We’ve got a great group. All summer long I don’t get to run with them though, and back at home you put in a lot of miles on your own, and I think the thing I really enjoy about it is that it’s time for you to just think about whatever you want for however long you’re running.

By The Numbers 1 67 3 Field Hockey

Cross Country's Howie Rosas outran 67 runners to win the Leeber Invitational with a personal best of 25:59

Keeper Maddy Sposito had three saves in the Stags 4-3 losts to Columbia

Men's Soccer's Jordan Ayris netted his first goal of the 2012 season in their 2-1 loss to Denver Sunday afternoon.

Quote of the Week "Marky Mark is always better with the Funky Bunch‌proven fact." ~Kyle Short discussing why he would want Mark Wahlberg to play him in a movie.

Sports 3x5 Because they like to talk ... Sports.

Jen Calhoun Sports Editor

Michael O'Keeffe The Mate

Diplo was this past weekend...what's your dream artist to have as our fall concert?

Basketball schedule has been released. How's it looking for the Stags?

Controversial end to the Rugby has had a good start Packers/Seahawks game. to the season. Thoughts on Thoughts on the call and their performance? the refs as a whole?

Prez Ball is this weekend... got any plans for it?

I'm going to have to be a complete girl and say One Direction. I mean have you seen their hair...or their faces? Or heard their accents...and I guess their music's pretty good too ;)

It looks good for us to win the MAAC. I'm a bit disappointed we aren't playing UConn...although it wouldn't have been as exciting without Uncle Jim coaching for the Huskies.

I mean it's all over the web, the refs are no good, and they proved it with some atrocious calls this weekend. They better get it all sorted out before they ruin another game.

I know I could never do what they do...they're some of the most impressive athletes on campus. I can't even watch "Invictus" without feelig the pain from all that violence.

Well since I'm going to be practicing my "Gangnam Style" for the next two days, I'm going to be ready to break it out at Prez Ball...there's going to be a fight if they don't play the song.

Ed Sheeran is currently hot on my Walkman, not only because he has red hair but he is a genius when it comes to music. Big ups to FUSA for making Diplo a big success!

The out of conference schedule prepares them well for an unbeaten MAAC season. lots of away trips for a certain player to add to his collection of hotel pillows as well.

Calls like this happen in professional sports but the NFL needs to resolve this quickly. But in the meantime I'm enjoying reading all the memes about it on Facebook.

They've been so good, I've heard the mighty All Blacks have been taking notes. However, Fairfield could learn a thing or two from the All Blacks also... time to learn the Haka!

I've gone three years without going to this event, so I'm not about to make it four. I'll be in the middle of the dance floor cooling everyone off with the "The Sprinkler."


This non-conference schedule is one of the toughest I've seen for a mid major. The NIT should toughen up the Stags, and a win over Cooley's Friars would pump up us upperclassmen.

All I know is that a tagteam effort of Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, and Helen Keller would be doing a better job officiating than these guys. Time to bring back the pros.

Both rugby teams are raising the bar, but I think we all know the real reason why people join the rugby team....

Tom Shea Assistant Sports Editor

Your 2012-2013 3x5 Columnists: Jen Calhoun, Tom Shea and Michael O'Keeffe.


Of course I do, but by about 8p.m. on Friday, I'll probably have forgotten about any and all of them....St. Vincent's here I come.


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This Week In Stag Country

By Jeannine Nocera Staff Writer

Men’s Tennis Fairfield University Men’s tennis team put in a good effort at this weekend’s USTA Men’s Invitational. In Flight B, Ian Tesmond '14 had a great run in a round of 16, beating many competitors, yet coming up short when playing against Columbia’s Dragos Ignat, who ended up winning the flight. Junior Dennis Zlobinsky did well in Flight C, but was also unable to beat a Columbia’s Bert Vancura, the fourth seed. However, in Zlobinsky's consolation matches, he came out strong, defeating Sacred Heart’s Justin Pagan in two matches. Sophomore Cameron Amyot played strong as well in a round of 16, and yet, was unable to defeat the number one seed from Yale. He won his consolation match against Marist’s Joris Van Eck. Two of the Stags competed in Flight F: R.J. Mirabile '14 and Ofir Solomon '16. Solomon was victorious against Dartmouth player Brendan Tannebaum, and played a great match against St. John’s in the quarterfinal. However, he was unable to keep up the winning streak. Mirabile was injured in his first match and after losing his first match of the flight, won his walkover victory match in the first of two consolation matches. Solomon and Zibinosky came together to play in Flight 2

doubles bracket, beating second seed from Yale and Dartmouth. In Flight 1, Amyot and Tesmond teamed up to win against a pair from Southern Methodist, as well as Harvard, yet the duo was unable to win against the number one seed pair from Princeton. The Stags will travel to Storrs this weekend to compete in the University of Connecticut Invitational.

Field Hockey The Stags came up only one goal short against Columbia University on Sunday afternoon. Junior Nikki McLucas had an impressive goal within two minutes with an assist from Shealyn Testa '14. The Stags continued to bring the heat and leading the game, with a score in the 24th minute from Felicitas Heinen '15 and an assist from Valerie Buurma '15 and Emily Leo '15. Two minutes later, Columbia fought back and scored on the Stags. With the 2-1 lead into the second half, Columbia pressured the Stag’s defense and scored twice. Even with their hard-fought efforts, the Stags were unable to keep up the strong defense, conceding one more goal, thus allowing Columbia to take the lead. The Stags were unable to counter with one last goal to tie up the game, yet their numerous attempts at goal proved how determined the team was to come back and win. The Stags (6-4) play their next game this Friday at University Field, competing against 16th

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ranked, New Hampshire, followed by a game in Providence, Rhode Island against Brown Sunday at noon.

Men’s Soccer The men’s soccer team traveled across the country this weekend to Albuquerque, New Mexico, to compete in the Lobo Invitational. Their first game, on Friday night, was against New Mexico, who was ranked eighth in the nation. New Mexico scored early in the first half, and the Stags came back with three shots at goal, unfortunately not being able to convert any. In the second half, New Mexico came out in the second half with eight shots on goal, which all were saved by Michael O’Keeffe ’13. However, in the eighty-first minute, New Mexico scored on last time to win the game. In their second game against Denver on Sunday, the Stags put out a great effort. Sophomore Jordan Ayris scored his first goal of the 2012 season in the twelfth minute of the game. However, after the goal, Denver went back to work, recording 19 shots and forcing O’Keeffe to make a total of seven saves. Junior Reco McLaren, Jon Clements ’14 and John Martinez ’16, had shots at goal within the last 10 minutes of the game, which were unsuccessful. The Stags will look to get back on track when they play University of Rhode Island this Saturday at Lessing Field at 7 p.m. for one of last home game until Oct. 19.

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Seniors Jonny Raj, Adam Cowen and Michael O'Keeffe run the defense during an earlier game in the 2012 season. The three have been the anchors for the team this season.


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Marzik continues to impress

Wins three straight MAAC Rookie-of-the-Week awards By Tom Shea Assistant Sports Editor

When someone wins an award not once, not twice, but three times in a row, it is only natural for them to gain a little pride and start bragging - maybe even let it get to their ego. Just ask Barry Bonds (four straight MVP awards, and look where that got him). But that’s not who Nicole Marzik '16 is. Marzik doesn’t let any of it go to her head. She barely even gives herself a pat on the back. When asked what she thought of her play so far into her freshman season, Marzik simply stated: “I think I can play better.” “Everyone can always get better. I hope to get some more playing time, and step it up a little bit.” Mature beyond her years, Marzik has burst onto the scene in the MAAC, having already picked up three MAAC Rookie of the Week awards in her first three weeks as a collegiate athlete. That is something that no other athlete in Fairfield volleyball history has ever done. “I really didn’t think I was going to get [the award] once. Three times, I couldn’t believe it,” said Marzik. “But I was really happy I got it, and happy that my hard work has been paying off.” The newest addition to the Stags (along with fellow Maddie FitzPatrick '16) has found her role with the team quite quickly. She is currently fifth on the team in kills, tied for fourth in assists, and fifth in digs, proving she is able on both sides of the ball. Despite her own modesty,

the young outside hitter’s accomplishments have not gone unnoticed by her coaches and teammates. “She’s done a great job … she goes up and swings away and puts some serious heat on the ball,” said Head Coach Alija Pittenger. “I think as a freshman it’s difficult, the game is a little different [from high school] … she’s had her struggles but she’s a tough player. “She is really mentally tough,

"I really didn't think I was going to get [the award] once. Three times, I couldn't believe it." ~Nicole Marzik '16

doesn’t get fazed by much. I think she’s trying to figure out how to work around [the struggles] and ways to improve. She’s getting better in practice every single day.” Senior Kara Reis has also liked what she has seen from the Texas native. “She’s a really, really good player, been very consistent. Very powerful hitter,” said Reis. “She has so much potential to grow, and she’s already grown a lot.” “I definitely think she’s going to be one of the big hitters on the team … With even more years under her belt, she’s going to become even stronger of a player.” Pittenger has been impressed by Marzik since the first game she saw her play. “She was just carry-

ing her team, hitting shots all over the court,” said Pittenger. “You could just tell she was a competitor, and that’s always something that you look for … I found that I really liked watching her play.” Of course, this isn’t the first time Marzik has received notoriety for her play. Back home in Prosper, Texas, Marzik was a First Team 3A All-State player her senior year for Prosper High School, and received an honorable mention to the same team as a junior. She was also on the Under Armor Girl’s All-America Watch List last year. “She’s not one of those players you’re going to hear yelling or screaming, but she definitely talks to those people around her,” said Pittenger. “She’ll work with them and try to make the people around her better.” Excluding the dramatic change in weather and geography, the soft-spoken Marzik has found a home here at Fairfield with her teammates, a home that is 1,600 miles away from her childhood home. “I love the team, they’re really family oriented, and all really close. It’s been fun, they’ve become most of my best friends here. It’s a good time.” Marzik has high hopes for the rest of the season, believing that the team will get back on track and be a team to reckon with come MAAC Tournament time. And if she continues on the tear she is on now and continues to develop as a player, there’s no doubt Marzik herself will be a force not only this year, but for the rest of her college career. Even if she’s too modest to admit it.

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Nicole Marzik serves the ball for the Stags this season.

Stags fall to Fordham

Women's soccer gets first loss after four games unbeaten By Steven Vissichelli Contributing Writer

The Fairfield University Women’s soccer team suffered their first loss in their last five games last Friday night when they played at Fordham University. With their winning streak coming to the end, the Stags drop to a record of 3-3-2 on the year. The Stags out shot Fordham for the game, 13-10 and had a 5-4 edge in corner kicks. However they seemed to have trouble capitalizing on those opportunities. “I think we started off very

well. We were able to create some good scoring opportunities but unfortunately couldn’t put any of them away. We gave up a goal on a very good corner kick and then gave up another shortly after. These two quick goals really put us back on are heals," said coach Jim O’Brien when asked how he thought his team did Friday. Fordham didn't record a shot until the 35th minute, while the Stags had already taken six, and it was the Rams second shot that got them on the board. Kristina Maksuti fed Maria Swift for a shot from 15yards out to give Fordham a

1-0 lead. Annie Worden made it 2-0 just over four minutes later, collecting a rebound of a Kate McDonnell shot, for her first goal of the year.

"We must be focused in practice, get some extra workouts in, and make sure players coming back from injury are ready to go" ~Coach Jim O'Brien Despite the loss Friday night, one bright spot for the Stags has been the fantastic

play in goal from rookie Veronica Saez. Saez had some trouble against Fordham but overall has had a very good season. When asked how he would assess Veronica performance so far this year O’Brien said, “Veronica has done very well especially based upon the fact she red shirted last year with an injury and we couldn’t really get to work with her much. She has made a great deal of progress; she is definitely ahead of schedule." The Stags open up their Metro Atlantic Athletic Confrence (MAAC) this Friday night when they take on Rid-

er once again on the road. O’Brien has been doing a great deal of motivating his players through out the week. “We have to do everything in our power to prepare ourselves for this opening road game," said O'Brien. "We must be focused in practice, get some extra work outs in, and make sure players coming back from injury are ready to go." The Stags then continue their season on Sunday, when they travel to Loyola to cap off the weekend.


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Cross Country Comes Together

For a Cause

By Jen Calhoun Sports Editor

It was a beautiful, sunny Saturday morning, as the Fairfield University Women’s Cross Country team took to the line in pink uniforms and their male counterparts took to the line wearing pink socks. The Stags transformed the 36th Annual Fr. Victor F. Leeber, S.J. Invitational into a charity run in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. They ended the race with a first place finish on the men’s side, a second place finish on the women’s side, and over $2600 raised for charity. “Going into the race I think we were really confident, and then to do so well on our home course and for such a great cause, I think we were definitely really excited,” said captain Molly Leidig,‘14

Junior Howie Rosas won the men’s 8K and also secured a personal best time of 25:59. This was Rosas’ second consecutive race in which he ran a personal best time. Following Rosas for the men, Connor Kelley ’15, placed fourth overall with a time of 26:22. Junior Brian Cleary, secured the sixth position and Kyle Short ’13 secure the eighth.

The Stags’ top seven was rounded out by Dylan Fisher ’13 who came in ninth, Greg Chase ’13 who came in 15th and John Lobo ’14 who finished 16th.

On the women’s side, Maureen Crimmins ’15 was the first Stag across the line in the third position overall. Crimmins, like Rosas, finished the race with a personal best time in the 5K of 18:55. Fellow sophomores Danielle Renzi and Cate Forte finished strong in sixth and seventh in the

race, while Sam Goodnow ’13 finished in the tenth position. Sophomore Maggie MacKenzie, and Hillary Maxson '14 ran their own personal bests in 19:52 and 20:11 respectively. Finishing out the top seven was Kathleen Woods ’16 who crossed the line in 19th. Beyond the impressive finishes from both teams, the race was even more important as it was a race for a cause. The Stags came together to raise money in support of finding the cure for Breast Cancer. One of the ways they raised the money was online resources. “We had the link on the athletic website. I think it made it really easy, having the website set up. All you had to do was hit donate and put in your credit card number. I think that was definitely really helpful, because that’s how we raised a bulk of our money,” said Leidig.

The women’s team was also set up outside of Barone, and had a bake sale on the day of the race, both of which contributed to the $2600 raised. “I went and did research over the summer… and I just looked up different things to do. And they had this thing Passionately Pink For the Cure, where you can do all sort of sporting events or whatever and I just registered us for that,” Leidig added. The race was a great success for the Stags, both in terms of how they placed and what they did for Breast Cancer awareness.

The Stags will return to the starting line on Oct. 7 at the New England Championships in Westfield, Mass.

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Men's and Women's Cross Country come together in support of Breast Cancer at Leeber Invitational.

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