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TH E G A TE POST Framingham State’s award-winning independent student newspaper since 1932

Volume 88 • Issue 18


March 6, 2020

University prepares for Coronavirus By Caroline Gordon Asst. Photos Editor

Donald Halsing / THE GATEPOST

Students of Caribbean Ancestry (SOCA) requested funding for their Caribbean-themed carnival party from SGA March 3.


Opinions SPRINKLES pg. 7 SOAP pg. 9

Arts & Features TEXTBOOKS pg. 10 COSMOKNIGHTS pg. 11



Hometown Kid: Richard Casali and His Trophy Case By Liam Gambon Sports Editor It all started on a little league baseball field. With his father as his coach, Richard Casali wished he could be like him someday. Many years later, the Framingham State volleyball coach has 300 collegiate career wins. Casali claimed his 300th win on Oct. 15, in a league game against MCLA. “It really didn’t hit me when I won

it. The other coach said congratulations and I said, ‘thanks.’ She said it again and I said, ‘yeah thanks, what’re you talking about?’ Casali said. “Then I turned around and they were all holding that banner. I started crying a little bit.” The banner he spoke of was one made by his players to celebrate the milestone and is hung up on the wall in his office. “Coach Casali deserves all the recognition for putting up with 16 young women, and all of our daily troubles. He devotes a lot of his

personal time throughout the day to better our team,” sophomore Alyssa Cafarelli said. “He truly cares for the team and treats us like one of his own, so the least we could do was get the 300th win for him.” He also keeps both the ball from the game that was signed by the players, and an official 300-win ball, on his shelf that acts as a trophy case. But his case is different from others, as it features team photos from each year he’s coached. As evident from the fact that he

See COACH CASALI page 17

Kennedy’s Town Halls focus on community inclusion and campaign commitment By Ashley Wall Editor-in-Chief

Sitting on a counter watching over his supporters, U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III blended in as an onlooker, awaitPLAYERS OF THE WEEK pg. 18 ing his own arrival. If it wasn’t for his friendly smile and presence, one might have mistaken Kennedy for any other visitor of the Amazing Things Arts Center, brimming with dazzling lights and compelling campaign signs. Joe’s visit to Framingham on Jan. 25 was part of his Senate campaign Courtesy of fsurams.com LACROSSE pg. 17

Framingham State University has taken action to keep the campus healthy after Coronavirus was reported in Massachusetts. FSU President F. Javier Cevallos sent out an email Feb. 29 which said, “As the coronavirus continues to spread around the world, I am writing to assure you that we are closely monitoring the outbreak and have been in regular contact with government and public health agencies, as well as our fellow Massachusetts state universities.” On March 3, Dean of Students Meg Nowak sent out an email discussing spring break travel information, additional facts about the disease, and - tips on how to stay healthy. “We understand this situation personally impacts members of the FSU community and that you may be concerned about friends, family, and loved ones around the world. It is vital that we support each other, avoid uninformed assumptions, and base

against longtime congressman, now first-term Sen. Ed Markey. Like many of the locations on his Town Hall tour, Framingham is not in his 4th Congressional District, allowing for Joe to get out and answer questions about his life and career with those he does not currently represent. “It’s about trying to go out there and meet as many voters as you can, explain your values and vision, ask for their help and support,” Kennedy said on his campaign efforts. Although Kennedy is known for his impactful life as a congressman and

the political legacy his family members leave behind, he is still able to move outside of his family’s dynasty and emerge as a young politician who prioritizes representation and inclusiveness. Before becoming a congressman, Kennedy volunteered in the Peace Corps and worked as an assistant district attorney in Massachusetts, which helped him grow his political resume.




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Editorial Board

Gatepost Interview

Editor-in-Chief Ashley Wall

Joanne Britland

Associate Editor Cara McCarthy News Editors Donald Halsing Evan Lee Asst. News Editor Leighah Beausoleil Arts & Features Editors Brennan Atkins Robert Johnson Jr. Asst. Arts & Features Editor Jared Graf Entertainment Correspondent Noah Barnes Opinions Editor Thomas Maye Columnist McKenzie Ward Sports Editors Liam Gambon Sara Senesac Asst. Sports Editor Carlos Silva Design Editor Kathleen Moore Asst. Photos Editor Caroline Gordon Copy Editor Lauren Paolini Staff Writers James Barraford Mackenzie Berube Patrick Brady Kaitlin Burch Sean Cabot Kaitlyn Cullen Dan Fuentes Caroline Lanni Alain Puma Abigail Saggio Staff Copy Editors Jordan Bacci Branden LaCroix Staff Photographer Amanda Garny Advisor Dr. Desmond McCarthy Asst. Advisor Elizabeth Banks Administrative Assistant Gwenyth Swain 100 State Street McCarthy Center Room 410 Framingham, MA 01701-9101 Phone: (508) 626-4605 Fax: (508) 626-4097 gatepost@framingham.edu

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Professor of Spanish and Portuguese By Leighah Beausoleil Asst. News Editor What is your professional and educational background? I grew up in Virginia. In undergrad, I went to James Madison University, and I studied communications with a concentration in public relations and Spanish. In undergrad, I never really thought that I would be a Spanish teacher. I just loved the culture - the language. So, I did that as my second major. I always thought that I would go into a field with communication. After I graduated, I decided to do my master’s, in Spanish because I wanted to live in Spain, and so I did my master’s the first year abroad in Spain and I did [it] in Spanish. That’s when I really realized my love for the language and during my master’s I worked as a TA. So, I taught Spanish courses at the university level, and that’s when I had my first experience teaching and realized, “Oh, maybe I do like teaching a bit more than I thought.” But, after my master’s, I still wanted to live in Spain. … I returned to Spain and I lived there for another year in Madrid. I taught English at an elementary school, which was a really great experience, and kind of helped shape my knowledge even more and from a different perspective about Spanish culture - learning - really mastering the language. After that I moved to Brazil. I worked at an American school in Brazil, where I taught Spanish and English and then beginner Portuguese. I learned Portuguese and then I taught it there at the school for elementary-level students. So, my background leading up to before my Ph.D. had really been shaped by these experiences abroad and that’s when I realized - you know - I really love languages. I love the culture. I love literature. I wanted to do my Ph.D., and so I completed my Ph.D. at the University of Virginia. Then, I graduated and I was very lucky to have this job here at Framingham. What’s your favorite part about working with students? That’s a tough question because I really love working with students. I enjoy the intellectual conversations that we have - not even intellectual, but just the conversations that we’re able to have - you know - teaching a language. I’m

Leighah Beausoleil / THE GATEPOST lucky here in Framingham. I can teach Spanish 101 all the way up to Spanish 400 where we’re teaching film and literature, and we’re learning a language. So, our classes are supposed to be focused on conversation and interaction and just having really enlightening conversations with students is one thing. Being able to help students as they figure out what they want to do for their careers - in life - just being able to have a role in that process. What would students be surprised to know about you? I was really scared the first time that I studied abroad in Spain, and wanted to go home. It was the first time that I had been abroad, and it was just the culture shock and the food was different - everything was different. My parents of course wouldn’t let me. … We paid for it. I think that’s something important to know - that it’s a scary thing to study abroad and a lot of students might be hesitant to do it. I was scared, too. What are your hobbies? I love running - working out. I ran cross country in undergrad at James

Madison University. So, that’s always been one of my passions. Just running, spending time with friends, and traveling, which is what led me to this. What advice do you have for FSU students? I would say to learn how to think, right? You’re here to learn how to think and examine ideas and be able to apply that in the real world. I think that’s important no matter what your major is because, like I just told you, I never thought that I would be a Spanish professor. But I had studied Spanish, and then I had studied communications and thought I would be working in public relations or marketing. I was able to take that knowledge and apply it somewhere else because I learned how to think. I think that’s something that’s really important. You’re here and it’s so important to get your degree, and no one can take that away from you and then you can use that to do whatever you want.

CONNECT WITH LEIGHAH BEAUSOLEIL lbeausoleil@student.framingham.edu

Police Logs Sunday, March 1 23:46 Towers Hall Alarm (Fire/Smoke) False Alarm, Box and System Reset

Monday, March 2 10:46 Annoying Phone Calls McCarthy Center Report Taken

Tuesday, March 3 12:06 Motor Vehicle Accident McCarthy Center Parking Lot Report Taken

Wednesday, March 4 12:54 Vandalism Dwight Hall Report Taken

Monday, March 2 02:57 Medical Peirce Hall Transported to MWMC

Monday, March 2 20:34 Suspicious Activity Dwight Hall Report Taken

Tuesday, March 3 15:22 Noise Complaint North Hall Advised

Wednesday, March 4 15:16 Medical Health Services Transport to Hospital


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Students sign weekend parking policy petition By Evan Lee News Editor A petition to allow resident students to park on campus during weekends was recently spread throughout social media by FSU students. The petition was created in response to a campus-wide email issued by University Police stating the weekend parking policy. According to the email, resident and commuter students can only park in the Salem End Lot between Friday evening at 3:00 p.m. and Sunday night at 11:00 p.m. Students are never allowed to park in the faculty/staff parking lots of Normal Hill, A-Zone, O’Connor Hall, Bement, the Welcome Center Lot, Adams Lot, and Linsley Lot, the email stated. The petition states, “For at least the minimum of the past 4 years,” students have been allowed to park in these lots. And now, University Police is attempting to enforce a rule that denies them the ability to do so. Brad Medeiros, chief of University Police, told The Gatepost there has been no change to the weekend parking policy. Rather the email was intended to remind students that these policies are still in place. The initial email caused confusion among students, who thought the parking policy was changing, and it was “not well received,” Medeiros said. University Police issued a second email to clarify the situation. The weekend parking policy exists to ensure enough space is available for commuters and faculty to park when they arrive on Monday mornings, Medeiros explained. When the rules have not been enforced, resident students have left their cars parked overnight and into the weekday period, he added. Junior Shelby Corbin, who signed the petition, said, “I think that it’s hard for us to see so many close, open spots on campus. “I know many of us juggle multiple jobs and school,” she added. “Having the convenience of a quick walk to your car to go to work after a full academic day would be one less thing for students to worry about.” Junior Sarah Parker said, “While I would like to be able to park in the upper campus lots, I do understand why it’s not allowed. “Students would definitely be more apt to leave their cars in those lots on Sunday nights, which would affect faculty parking.” Recently, University Police has noticed an uptick in non-compliance with the parking policy, according to Medeiros. Forty cars belonging to residents remained in the faculty/staff lots on


Monday morning, Feb. 24, he said. This is in addition to 22 resident cars left parked overnight in the commuter lots that same day. “It’s a very difficult situation in the morning when everyone is arriving and 40 spots are already taken,” Medeiros said. “We don’t like to write tickets, and I’m sure nobody likes to receive them,” Medeiros said. “It would make it a lot easier if everyone just parked in their designated lots.” The parking petition has received 1,672 signatures by The Gatepost’s print deadline. However, it is unclear how many signatures are from FSU students as the petition is public. Safety was a common concern brought up in the petition comments, particularly when it comes to parking late at night. Sophomore Autumn Nisby commented, “Sometimes, I work before 6 a.m. and after 11p.m. I do not want to walk miles around campus in the pitch black and feel unsafe. “We pay 500 dollars for parking miles away - which is absurd,” she added. “On weekends, commuters are not at the school, so us parking behind our dorms makes sense. Professors are not here either, so not letting us park here doesn’t make any sense at all.” She concluded, “Feeling unsafe on

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“We pay 500 dollars for parking miles away - which is absurd.” -Autumn Nisby, sophomore my own college campus SHOULDN’T be the case.” Medeiros maintained, “We have a safe campus.” He added the RamTram and police escort are available options for students who must park off campus

to the Union, Franklin, and Maple lots between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. on weekends. STC Dispatch can be reached at 508215-5920. The last calls are honored at 1:45 a.m. University Police also offers a safe-

“While I would like to be able to park in the upper campus lots, I do understand why it’s not allowed.” -Sarah Parker, junior after dark. The Student Transportation Center (STC) offers an on-call dispatch service

Sunday night Mar. 8 Partly cloudy, low near 35. S winds around 5 mph.

Monday night Mar. 9 Patch fog, mostly cloudy. Low near 40 SW winds around 5 mph.

Monday Mar. 9 Mostly sunny, high near 60. S winds around 10 mph.

Tuesday Mar. 10 40% chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, high near 60. SW winds around 10 mph.

ty escort service from 2:00 a.m. until dawn every day. Special arrangements for an escort can be made with the su-

pervisor on duty before 2:00 a.m. as well, according to Medeiros. However, “We can’t have University Police used as a taxi service,” Medeiros said. University Police requests that the escort service only be used “when absolutely necessary and when no other options are available,” according to its website. Regarding the current parking policy, Medeiros said, “Anything is up for discussion.” It is a topic of concern for the University’s Parking Committee and one that Medeiros said he expects to be brought up at the upcoming Administrators’ Forum March 10. University Police does not receive any revenue from the parking tickets it issues, Medeiros added. The proceeds are used to fund scholarships for students. According to Vice President Dale Hamel, approximately $100,000 of the current fiscal year’s financial aid budget is funded through parking ticket net revenues. [Editor’s Note: Associate Editor Cara McCarthy contributed to this article]

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Forecast provided by the National Weather Service www.weather.gov Tuesday night Mar. 10 Wednesday night Mar. 11 50% chance of show40% chance of rain and ers. Patchy fog, mostly snow showers. Mostly cloudy. Low near 40. cloudy, low near 35. NE SW winds around 5 winds around 5 mph. mph. Thursday Mar. 12 Wednesday Mar. 11 30% chance of rain and Partly sunny, high near snow showers. Mostly 55. NW winds around cloudy, high near 45. NE 5 mph. winds around 5 mph.


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SGA approves six funding requests

By Leighah Beausoleil Asst. News Editor By Dan Fuentes Staff Writer

Six funding requests and changes to the SGA constitution were approved during its meeting March 3. The Onyx art and literary magazine requested funding for the printing of this semester’s issue and its launch party. The funded items include stickers, refreshments for the party, decorations, and between 200 and 250 printed copies of the magazine, according to Olivia Banks, Onyx president. The Onyx was approved for the full amount of $2,350. The Students of Caribbean Ancestry (SOCA) requested $2,100.43 to fund their Caribbean themed carnival party. The funded amount will pay for the cost of the DJ, decorations, and lighting rentals. Jennae Herbert, president of SOCA, told SGA that carnival time “is a cultural celebration - a historical celebration - that is important to us because it signifies emancipation and freedom. “It is celebrated every year within the Caribbean communities, and we wanted to have a party to help cel-

ebrate and signify that for students who wanted to participate in those activities on campus,” she added. SOCA’s request was approved for the full amount. Black Student Union (BSU) requested a funding amount of $1,347.40 for their Culture Show. The total amount will go to pay for flags, water bottles, performers, prizes, shirts, and a backdrop for pictures and future events. Danielle Shaw, SGA outreach and events coordinator, proposed amending the request to only allow FSU students to receive water bottles due to SGA bylaws. BSU agreed to the amendment, and the request was approved for the full amount. M.I.S.S. presented three different funding requests for their M.I.S.S. Madness week. The first request was for Cirque Du M.I.S.S., a circus-themed event that will be replacing the club’s annual carnival. M.I.S.S. requested $11,441.21 for Sodexo catering, SilverScreen design for new merchandise, a DJ, and supplies from Amazon. Mariah Farris, SGA senator and vice president of M.I.S.S., said, “I know there are four items and that’s a few more than average, but we got an extremely good deal, so it’s 100 to 150 of each item.” “We haven’t had merch at all since

September 2018 because we have been able to stretch our merch and be able to make what we have last,” she said. The amount requested was approved in full. The second M.I.S.S. funding request of $1,386.50 was for its dodgeball tournament. The funding includes the purchasing of food - including hamburgers and hot dogs - supplies and prizes from Amazon. According to M.I.S.S. members, there is a sign-up page on Ramlink. There are six teams of six people with one being the team leader. This amount was also approved in full. The last funding request was for their new “Wild ‘n Out” event for a total of $114.47. The funding includes the purchasing of buzzers and T-shirts from Amazon. The third and final M.I.S.S. funding request was approved in full. SGA Vice President Abigail Salvucci and SGA President Matty Bennet presented new amendments to the SGA constitution to be approved for the 2020-21 academic year. These amendments were all approved. Of those amendments the most notable include the removal of the publicist and recruitment coordinator.

Clockwise from top left: The Onyx, SOCA, BSU, and M.I.S.S. requested funding for events from SGA.

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Salvucci said after much discussion, she and Bennet decided to remove the position due to insufficient tasks to give to the appointed member. The position’s tasks will now be divided between the secretary and president. They also presented a new position for their eBoard, a diversity and inclusion officer. The position entails coordinating one event per semester, working with affinity groups, student organizations on campus, and meeting with other members of FSU faculty and staff to discuss diversity. Bennet said, “It’s an eBoard position that I think is long overdue for student government. I worked really closely with Connie to draft this position because I wanted input from her. This is her wheelhouse.” Connie Cabello is the vice president for diversity, inclusion, and community engagement. Ewnie Fedna was appointed by SGA members as a new senator-at-large. The “U-Rock” award was presented to Salvucci.

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New coordinator appointed to Arts & Ideas series By Leighah Beausoleil Asst. News Editor Yumi Huntington Park, an art history professor, will be the new Arts & Ideas series coordinator beginning fall 2020, according to an email from Scott Greenberg, associate provost. Lisa Eck, the current coordinator, said she will be stepping down to run for chair of the English Department. Arts & Ideas is a series of speakers, performers, exhibits, and films that take place throughout each academic year based around a theme, according to the University’s website. Eck has coordinated the program since she revamped it from the “Arts & Humanities” series in 2013. “I loved every moment of it,” Eck said. “They have become a part of my DNA as a thinker, expanded my worldview, and enlivened my teaching.”

Park has been a member of the series committee since spring 2018. “Dr. Park shares my philosophy that co-curricular events are a central part of the college experience,” Eck added. “Coming together to explore arts and ideas as a community is what college campuses are all about!” Park said, “Dr. Lisa Eck has already developed the Arts & Ideas series into an extremely dynamic program by including so many different disciplines, students, and FSU communities of faculty and staff. “I feel extremely honored to be in a position to carry on her legacy,” she added. Park said the series for 2020-21 will be organized around the theme of “The Public Self: Citizen as Change Agent.” “Because 2020 is an election year,


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decisions on the best information available,” said Nowak. She also provided a link to the Centers for Disease Control and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health websites. The COVID-19 Coronavirus is an upper-respiratory disease that originated in Wuhan, China and has spread internationally. A UMass Boston student was the first person in Massachusetts with a confirmed case of the virus. According to NBC Boston, there are over 250 people in Massachusetts who are self-quarantined. The CDC has categorized the virus as a public health emergency. Students need to be cautious since people are living in close quarters, and our campus environment makes it easier for one to catch an illness, according to Ilene Hofrenning, Health Center director. “People are eating, living in dorms, and going to classes together, making it easy to contract viruses,” she added. Hofrenning said she is working with other schools to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. “I belong to a group called College Health Association of Directors, Administrators, and Nurse Directors. We meet once a month and stay in contact through email,” said Hofrenning. “Framingham State has a pandemic preparedness plan, and we are updating that considering the Coronavirus,” she said. “If there was an outbreak on campus, we would know how to communicate with the students, how to isolate infected students, and how to provide medical attention.” The Coronavirus is considered dangerous because there is little known about the disease and it is contagious. “The fact that it is so easily transmissible from person to person is scary. Also, we don’t know exactly how it is transmitted or the duration of the incubation period, though we

can make good guesses,” said Hofrenning. “Being transmitted from animals to humans is another concerning aspect.” Hofrenning dismissed the use ofmedical masks as a method for avoiding the disease. “Masks are not recommended by the CDC. Once a mask gets wet and you breathe air, it is humidified. Once it gets damp, viruses can sneak through. You also must take the mask off for eating and other instances. They kind of give you a false sense of security,” said Hofrenning. Lorretta Holloway, vice president for enrollment and student development, told The Gatepost the Health Center reached out to those who could have travelled to China. “In January, the Health Center talked to the director of International Programs to get a list of people who have travelled over the winter break - particularly, people who travelled to China,” said Holloway. “We reached out to a list of students who studied abroad, who lived in China, or might have travelled to China. The Health Center emailed all of those students just to let them know what they need to be doing before they go back to campus,” she added. “There’s a general protocol for communicable diseases,” Holloway said. She said the University would track an infected student’s class schedule, campus involvement, and whether they are a commuter or resident to help the University develop a response. Holloway said since athletes travel more than most students during spring break, they are at a higher risk of contracting Coronavirus. “I went to talk to the director of athletics to see if NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) has issued any advisories about domestic travel, because athletes travel the most of students domestically,” said Holloway. “We are making sure people are informed and are taking care of themselves - not just students - but everyone in the campus community.”

Arts & Ideas will focus on considering how members of the FSU community define their public selves and how we can civilly and productively engage with the broader public,” she added. Park said she envisions the series becoming broader, and to include STEM, business, and education disciplines - which was previously suggested by Eck. She said she would also like to see more student club representatives involved in the event-planning process. “By listening to students’ voices, we will encourage people to come together across colleges and disciplines, fostering interactions between students, faculty, staff, and other members of the FSU community,” Park added. President F. Javier Cevallos said,

“Dr. Eck has been the heart and soul of the Arts & Ideas series since before I arrived at Framingham State University. … I am so grateful for her service to FSU in this capacity.” Cevallos added he believes Park will “bring a lot of passion and energy to next year’s program.” Cevallos, Eck, and Park all encourage students to get engaged with the series and attend the events. Eck said, “Everyone thinks they are too busy, but the series will feed you in ways that motivate you and energize you.” She added, “Take advantage of the intellectual life on this campus and you won’t regret it!”

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Graphic by Kathleen Moore, Information courtesy of Framingham State Academic Affairs has a plan in place for students studying abroad. “Academic Affairs is working on a plan where if a student comes back and their program is not providing them with an online class, we can figure out how we can do directed study with them. It’s not their fault this once-in-a-lifetime outbreak is going to get them behind a semester,” said Holloway. Cevallos said the University has a plan in place for an epidemic. “It was a plan that started in 2013 when we had the H1N1 virus, so we have the contingency plans in place,” he said. “There is an emergency management team that meets on a regular basis and updates those things.”

The president said the University is advising students who are studying abroad to return. “We have sent emails to students studying abroad with advice to, ‘Please, come back,’ and that’s specifically been for students in Italy. I think we have 12 students in Italy. Some of them are already back, and some of them will be coming back. Cevallos said the University advised students to come back, but cannot force them to return.

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Super Tuesday Massachusetts Primary Elections 2020 Results

Spread by Ashley Wall/ THE GATEPOST

Note: At the time of publication, not all states have reported 100%

Democratic Candidates Joe Biden

Bernie Sanders

National Vote count: 4,618,139 Total National Delegates: 566 MA Vote Percentage: 33.6% MA Vote Count: 470,294 MA Delegates: 37

National Vote count: 3,794,282 Total National Delegates: 495 MA Vote Percentage: 26.7% MA Vote Count: 373,173 MA Delegates: 29

Elizabeth Warren

Michael Bloomberg

Note: Elizabeth Warren suspsended her presidential campaign March 5.

Note: Michael Bloomberg suspsended his presidential campaign March 4.

National Vote Count: 1,706,610 Total National Delegates: 41 MA Vote Percentage: 21.4% MA Vote Count: 299,733 MA Delegates: 25

National Vote count: 1,730,452 Total National Delegates: 23 MA Vote Percentage: 11.8% MA Vote Count: 164,689 MA Delegates: 0

Republican Candidates Donald Trump

Total National Delegates: 833 MA Vote Count: 236,692 MA Delegates: 41

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Bill Weld

Total National Delegates: 1 MA Vote Count: 25,182 MA Delegates: 0



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Xenophobia will not make you any safer The recent fear concerning the coronavirus pandemic has raised awareness about washing your hands on a massive scale. Unfortunately, a more insidious side effect has emerged from conversations about the coronavirus - the uncalled for racism and xenophobia toward Asian communities. Because the coronavirus outbreak originated in Wuhan, China, multiple incidents of racism have been directed toward people of Asian descent throughout the United States. A recent CNN article reported on a Los Angeles man who proclaimed Chinese people are “filthy” and falsely claimed “every disease has come from China.” The Los Angeles Times also reported people have been avoiding Chinatown in Los Angeles, despite the San Francisco health officials saying there is no reason to avoid social gatherings or restaurants. According to NPR, an Asian-American woman in Washington D.C. was confronted by a man on public transit who told her to “Get out of here and go back to China.” And yes, incidents of Asian prejudice due to the coronavirus have happened in Boston. Also reported in the NPR article was a Boston resident who recalled a man yelling “Cover your f****** mouth” at her after she sneezed. She was also called a “diseased Chinese person” by him. That is simply not acceptable. It’s nothing short of blatant racism. They are all attacks on people for no reason other than the ethnic background. This is not to forget the more unspoken instances of racism - giving side eye on the bus, frantically grabbing tissues, and crossing the street to avoid contact when in the presence of someone of Asian descent. While these instances may not appear to be as serious as other forms of racism, they can leave a harmful impact on those in the Asian community, making them feel ostracized solely because of their heritage. This isn’t East Asia vs. the rest of the world. It is a rising, global pandemic being used as an opportunity to spread fear and fuel a pandemic of racism in this country. However, this isn’t an issue exclusive to the United States. There have been violent incidents around the world. Another article published by CNN reported that a 23-year old Chinese student in London was assaulted and told, “I don’t want your coronavirus in my country.” The attack resulted in multiple face fractures for the student, who may require reconstructive surgery, according to the student’s doctors. Some media outlets are also fueling the flame of racism rather than trying to extinguish them. The New York Post recently published an article covering the first positive coronavirus diagnosis in Manhattan. The article featured a photograph of an Asian-American man, even though the person with the diagnosis was an American woman in her thirties who recently returned from a trip to Iran. Yes, it is important that we are all washing our hands and coughing into our elbows - but it is even more important that we don’t forget how to be decent human beings. We are all worried about what coronavirus has in store for the world, but mass panic will not help us combat this virus - and neither will appalling racist behavior. Don’t let your actions be led by fear - we’re better than this?

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Put those rainbow sprinkles away

By Ashley Wall Editor-in-Chief

By Donald Halsing Editorial Staff The “sprinkles vs. jimmies” debate has consumed the minds of New Englanders for generations. Most often, confectionary enthusiasts might consider “sprinkles” to be tiny, colorful pieces of delight, while “jimmies” refer to the chocolatey nuggets of goodness. A bad selection at the ice cream shop will leave you immediately disappointed - choosing the wrong sprinkle flavor could haunt you for decades. However, we don’t care about what your great Aunt Sue from Back Bay names sprinkles. We know that - regardless of flavor - the popular topping should be called sprinkles, not jimmies. What we should really be focusing on is the rainbow vs. chocolate debate. Which sprinkle flavor ranks supreme? The two contenders have the same shape and size, but their colors and consistency vary greatly. Chocolate sprinkles are infused with cocoa, which gives them the taste we all crave and a little something extra atop your classic vanilla ice cream. Their smooth texture and crunch provide foodies with the opportunity to satisfy their chocolate desires. The challenger - rainbow sprinkles - may dress the top of your ice cream with many colors, but they don’t add anything special to your dessert. Whether your sweets turn out like Rachel Ray’s, Martha Stewart’s, or something out of Netflix’s “Nailed It,” chocolate sprinkles will be the savior to all of your baking desires. Rainbow sprinkles atop disastrous desserts look like a preschooler’s art project, while chocolate sprinkles blend in well and provide a sophisticated touch. Millennials and Gen-Z, if you define your kitchen skills as subpar - we’re with you! Chocolate sprinkles provide the ease of opening a plastic cap and pouring them atop your Ben and Jerry’s. While pouring rainbow sprinkles provides this same satisfying action, they also contribute an unfortunate addition to your bowl of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. Although the colors may seem magical living along an ice cream counter, don’t let their appearances fool you. Rainbow sprinkles have no flavor whatsoever: they are tiny flavorless lumps consisting of corn starch, carnauba wax, and artificial colors - yum! Let’s be real: rainbow sprinkles are lacking in all areas. Just like a dropped ice cream cone, rainbow sprinkles ultimately end in disappointment. Even in baking, the rainbow variety offers no fun to funfetti, but instead a strange crunch in your favorite birthday cake. It’s time to settle this argument once and for all. The verb “sprinkle” means to scatter or pour drops or particles over something. Do you really want to be dropping flavorless chunks of corn starch and wax over your ice cream? Which confectionary delights you sprinkle on your desserts says something important about you. Sprinkles are a tool used to make other foods better choose your sprinkle wisely! Chocolate sprinkles offer a splash of gusto to anything they fall upon. Rainbow sprinkles detract from the dishes they desecrate, forming a barrier of sugary nothingness sulking in the way of spoons digging for dessert. Think of the spoons! Shoving your scooper into a pile of rainbow sprinkles is an inhumane crime! Whether you spread your sprinkles over frozen treats or drop your delights into cake batter, picking the wrong type of sprinkle could lead to disappointment for you and those around you. So, the next time you head to your favorite ice cream shop remember this: the screaming toddler is upset for a reason. Choosing between sprinkle flavors is hard! Pick the right sprinkle.



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By Leighah Beausoleil Editorial Staff

The Health Center’s hours of operation are not acceptable. It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. This is inconvenient for students. The center is also closed on weekends and all state and national holidays. People do not abstain from injury once the clock strikes 5 p.m. Illness does not take off a holiday when the rest of the country decides to, and it may even be inclined to join for the celebration. The Health Center’s website states there are other options after the center’s closed, such as contacting University Police in times of emergency. For non-emergencies, University Police have taxi vouchers for students to seek medical help from an urgent care nearby. While urgent care accepts the school’s insurance, it also requires a copay - meaning the student will be charged extra to fulfill their health care needs. Students interviewed were not aware of the after-hours options. Freshman Zahriah Foster considers herself “lucky” to have “tripped and fell downstairs” and sprained her ankle on a Sunday because it meant she only had to wait one day to receive medical attention. “The Health Center is free, so I feel like it should be available more often,” Foster said. “I don’t have the money to pay for an ambulance or the emergency room.” The University health care policy for 2019-20 requires all full-time students to have insurance that meets all the University’s standards.

If a student’s insurance does not meet the standards, they are required to purchase what’s provided by the University at the price of $3,444. That’s paying $3,444 to have a limit on when you can afford to be sick or injured. In an interview, Ilene Hofrenning, director of Health Services, explained the hours start 30 minutes before 8:30 a.m. classes and last 30 minutes after 2:30 p.m. classes. Yet, students are still struggling to decide between paying extra money to get the care they need or falling behind in school because they have to miss classes to go to the Health Center. Hofrenning cited funding as the reason they cannot expand the Health Center’s hours because they would have to pay for two staff members during those extended time periods. It is required that at least two staff members be present at all times while the center is open. In an email, Dale Hamel said health services was allocated an additional $20,000 to its budget - which is a 6.6% increase from last year. At the time of the interview, Hofrenning said she had just learned of the additional funds and was not sure yet how she would use them. She explained while they received funding, they lost $8,000 due to declining student enrollment. “Our budget is based on student fees, and the fee is $85 per student per year,” Hofrenning said. “We get a little extra money besides that, but that’s our budget.” She added, “I was surprised when I saw this transfer in of $20,000. Because last year, [Hamel] took out $30,000.”

According to Hofrenning, the Health Service’s budget is approximately $300,000. Due to funding, she said she believes the hours will not be extended in the near future. But it is time for a change to the hours of operation for the Health Center. Students should not have to suffer with whatever illness or injury they have due to time inconveniences.

Student health should be a priority to the University. Investing time and funds into finding a way to make care more accessible to the students is a necessity. In the meantime, students will just have to rely on cough drops and tissues from the Self-Care Station and hope that it’s stocked.

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The Soap Situation By Caroline Gordon Editorial Staff I heard the flush of a toilet, then footsteps scurry out of the bathroom no sound of a sink. Disgusting - but I can’t completely blame them. Within the first few weeks of school in my residence hall, I noticed something missing. The bathroom did not have soap or paper towels. But there was a new Purell dispenser on the wall, by the door, in place of soap. After talking with a few dorm neighbors who had been here longer than I, they said there was a lack of soap dispensers in all underclassmen residence halls. Thankfully, I have a caring RA who supplies my floor with bottles of soap. I will say the soap situation has improved since first semester. Recently, “Community Soap Program” fliers have been posted around campus. The community soap program is in place for students to bring the empty bottles from the soap the RA’s supply, to the RA office to get refills during the RA duty hours. I appreciate Res Life’s efforts with the community soap program, but it would be more convenient for everybody to have soap dispensers on the

bathroom walls. Residents must go ask for more soap when it runs out. We should not have to do that. Although this program is in place, I still notice inadequate amounts of soap in my residence hall. People get lazy and decide to water the miniscule amount of soap down, thinking that will be effective. I don’t have time to go get refills, so I bring my own bar of soap with a small hand towel - there are never any paper towels, either. The under-classmen halls: Larned, Horace Mann, Peirce, Linsley and Towers should have soap dispensers. We need to wash our hands with soap to stay healthy. North and West are the exception. Many conditions and diseases are spread from not using soap. Handwashing with soap kills germs. Germs from unwashed hands can get into food and beverages, making people ill. They can also get onto objects and other people’s hands, spreading sickness, according to the CDC. Ironically, the school sends out emails telling us to wash our hands regularly as it is flu season and the coronavirus is on the rise. If you are living on campus, and you need soap, but all you see is an emp-


ty bottle or no bottle at all, bring your own. Do not depend solely on the hand sanitizer. The CDC says that hand sanitizers can reduce germs, but this method is not as successful as using soap and water. Why not just put soap and paper towel dispensers on the walls? I find it odd there is a Purell dispenser on my bathroom wall instead of a soap dispenser. The cost of GoJo, plastic soap dispensers used by numerous public places, are inexpensive. According to Homedepot.com, the cheapest model is $7.66, while the most expensive is $18.22. Now more than ever, we need to be washing our hands. FSU should provide us with supplies to stay clean and healthy. The other day somebody told me for years, people have complained about the soap situation, trying to get dispensers in the residence halls. As soap dispensers are low cost, crucial to health, and students keep complaining about this issue - why not put in soap dispensers?

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What are you doing to prepare for the coronavirus? By Donald Halsing and Evan Lee

“Wash my hands a lot more.” -Joey Lombardo, sophomore

“I’m washing my hands every second with real soap!” -Shekenah Rocke, junior

“Constantly wash my hands and sheets, and limit direct contact with people.” -Steven Giardina, junior

“Washing my hands frequently.” -Savana Gutierrez, junior

“Just keeping myself clean.”

“I am not panicking and I am washing my hands, especially since I’m working in a school.” -Natasha Gambarov, senior

-Joey Pazzia, freshman

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OER: Possible solution to financial burden of textbooks By Leighah Beausoleil Editorial Staff Dahir ersi, unior financial accounting ma or, spent 00 on textbooks for the spring 2020 semester. While freshmen Anny am, a management ma or, and idia Flores, an nglish ma or, spent 90 and 400, respectively. ach of the eight students interviewed spent an average of 00 on textbooks. This is on top of 21, 00 students spent including 11,100 for tuition and fees and 10,500 for room and board. To break away from this trend of high textbook costs, S A is involved in the promotion of Open ducational Resources (O R). S A Senator Mc enzie Ward, the O R ambassador, said, “O R are educational resources that can be accessed through a public domain or introduced with an open license. This means that these resources can be accessed by professors and students for free and legally. “My goal for this year is to educate both students and professors on the financial burden textbooks place on students,” she said. Ward held an informational table in the McCarthy Center lobby Feb. 10 where she also received about 100 signatures toward her “statement of support.” She hoped to obtain 200 signatures from both students and professors by Feb. 27 when she attended her Student Advisory Committee meeting. “As a student, I have faced the financial burden of not being able to afford a textbook that was required for a class,” she said. Ward said this semester, she struggled to find a cheaper copy of her nutrition textbook. “I spent winter break looking at every website I could find to see if anywhere had it any cheaper than FSU’s bookstore,” she said. “I tried renting it through the bookstore, but that was not an option.” Ward said it was “unfair” not to have the option to rent, given multiple emails advertising the benefits of renting from the FSU bookstore. “For the spring semester, only two books out of the ones I needed had a rental option,” Ward added.

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Rental book from the FSU bookstore.

“I kept having to use my credit card to be able to afford the necessary materials. very time I swiped my card, I feared that I would not be able to afford to pay my credit card bill.” In the Feb. 11 S A meeting, Olivia Beverlie, student trustee, said, “ 9% of our booklist for this semester is rentable and 70% was rentable in the fall.” Beverlie explained rental options have a lot to do with when professors get their booklist to the bookstore. When professors submit their lists too late, the bookstore is limited to finding new versions of the textbooks. In an interview, Beverlie said O R can “help students who struggle to pay for textbooks because O R requires free resources. Currently, our University requires professors to keep a copy of their textbook on reserve in the library, but the goal is for professors to find resources that are completely free. “A lot of people are involved with O R on our campus including Student overnment Association, CASA, and Millie onzalez, who has led this fight as a staff member,” she added. In interviews, students expressed their concerns about the

cost of textbooks. Destiny St. Amand, a unior psychology ma or, said the bookstore had not ordered her book for her Abnormal Psychology class and therefore, she had to buy it new for 240. St. Amand explained not everyone gets a book voucher and when they do, they have no choice but to buy from the bookstore, which may not even have the textbook needed. “You wait in line ust to wait in line again,” she said. lisabeta Co ocaru, a sophomore accounting ma or, said, “I have never used the bookstore because I have heard horror stories of other people buying books from there .” Co ocaru said there have been multiple instances where the books for her classes were required, yet they never used them. “I have friends who have professors who wrote the book, and they still have to buy them,” she added. “We are already paying you quite a bit to teach us.” Ward said as O R ambassador, she is promoting a campaign on social media called TextbookBroke. “This campaign sheds light on the high cost of university text-

books and how O R can be used to save students thousands of dollars,” she added. The campaign asked students to share how much they spent on textbooks and what they would rather have spent the money on, Ward said. “Many students that I saw using this hashtag expressed they would have rather spent the money on groceries,” she said. “I found this heartbreaking. “One of S A’s goals this year is to address housing and food insecurity, and as I researched more into O R, the more I realized that this connects back to how students can barely afford food. “According to Cengage, 4 % of college students that they surveyed stated they skipped meals in order to pay for textbooks,” she added. “No student should go hungry because their course asked for a 150 textbook.”

[Editor’s note: McKenzie Ward is a member of The Gatepost.]

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‘Honey Boy’ is anything but sweet By Brennan Atkins Arts & Features Editor By Noah Barnes Entertainment Correspondent “ oney Boy” is a 2019 drama film written by ollywood sensation Shia aBeouf, that follows the story of Otis, a child actor who has to deal with the struggles of growing up in the public eye all while being emotionally neglected by his father. Otis, played by Noah upe and ucas edges, is a character whose creation is greatly influenced by Shia aBeouf’s own childhood experiences and how he developed PTSD as a result of his acting career. The movie, directed by Alma ar’el, is structured in a way that provides the audience with the full story of Otis’ life. The film opens with an older version of the actor ( edges) in rehab, recollecting traumatic experiences from his past. Scenes including a younger Otis ( upe) living at a motel with his deadbeat father are cut between these moments in rehab. This is largely done to simulate what it may feel like to be triggered - as the older Otis thinks about his dad, scenes transition to emotionally scarring points in his life, as if the audience is experiencing PTSD alongside the protagonist. We are forced to relive all the uncomfortable interactions that made Otis the person he is today - a damaged man who struggles to find happiness due to his lack of a childhood. In one scene, Otis is in rehabilitation and finds himself doing water exercises alongside other patients. The pool reminds Otis of a time in which his father threw his talent agent into the pool while cursing his family. From a viewer’s perspective, ames’ character feels completely unique in the cinematic world. aBeouf masterfully plays his own neglectful father and it doesn’t feel like anything we’ve seen in a film before. There’s a level of tension added by this casting choice - aBeouf playing his own neglectful father seems to add a personal layer behind his performance. owever, there are points in the film that show ames to be a tolerable person. aBeouf realizes his father isn’t perfect, and he constantly makes mistakes while raising Otis, but ames is written in a way that will remind audiences of his human side. aBeouf makes sure to add in lighthearted moments between the two to show it isn’t all bad - ust most of the time. The dialogue featured in arguments between Otis and ames are pure night-

mare fuel - things no father should ever say to their kid, and a kid not being able to convey what he truly wants or needs. In one instance, ames asks Otis, with a crack in his voice, “ ow do you think it feels to have my son paying me ” in which Otis firmly replies, “You wouldn’t be here if I didn’t pay you.” ames is well aware he’s a horrible father, and he even manipulates Otis into thinking his abuse is actually helping him become “tougher” for ollywood. The way ames explodes with anger at Otis is similar to the way Otis blows up at his therapist - the director is playing with the idea that children learn how to handle aggression from their parents. The music in the film is interesting to say the least - the sound of pots and pans clattering echo over soft piano notes, almost giving the soundtrack a nostalgic, dreamlike mood. This is also reflected in the cinematography, which features colorful lens flares and transitions featuring soft colors washing over the whole screen. While the film doesn’t focus on them too much, there are some weak side characters in the form of a romantic interest living in the motel, and Otis’ roommate while in rehab. It felt as if it took away from the pacing a bit, but it’s mostly harmless. “ oney Boy” isn’t an apology from aBeouf - it’s not made to besmirch or forgive his father. Rather, it’s aBeouf releasing and reflecting his experiences, both good and bad, as well as coming to accept who he and his father are.


Grade: AA gripping tale of neglect and trying to move on.


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‘Cosmoknights’ is truly out of this world By Robert Johnson Jr. Arts & Features Editor ere on Robbie’s Comic Corner, I feel like I don’t give enough love to the concept of blurbs. Ah, blurbs - the things you read on the back of a book, ust to get a sense of what, exactly, you’re about to get yourself into. Usually, when it comes to the comics and graphic novels I feature in this column, I base my decision on the cover and the characters depicted on said cover. While this graphic novel in particular roped me in with that alone, the blurb played a big role - “For this ragtag band of space gays, liberation means beating the patriarchy at its own game.” I don’t think blurbs can get any better than that one right there, folks. annah Templer’s “Cosmoknights” is a graphic novel that not only nails the first date, but absolutely dominates with infectious charm. “Cosmoknights” follows the adventures of Pandora “Pan” everett, a mechanic who works in her father’s body shop. She is on a quest to find her best friend, Tara. Unfortunately, Tara is up for marriage because she is a princess, and is taken out of Pan’s life, but Pan does her darndest to stop that from happening, only to get arrested. Fast forward five years and the fun really begins to take off - literally. On top of Pan’s mission to find Tara, readers are given a front row seat to the reendale ames - a 40-man battle royale that decides the fate of the princess on display. These sequences, which play out similar to an “American ladiators”-like aunt across an arena, is where the artistry of Templer truly shines. The action is fast and fluid, and the hits - when characters do get hit - carry a lot of impact. These battles are mostly seen through the lens of two frequent Cosmoknights, Cassar “Bull” ail and “ arrier,” as they eliminate fellow Cosmoknights left and right. owever, a player by the name of “ aws” acts as a thorn in Bull’s side, whose attack in the early parts of the graphic novel puts Bull in critical condition. That’s where Pan and her family come in. The two, previously armored, male-identified individuals - according to the commentators of the reendale ames - stumble through the doors of Pan’s home, and are revealed to the reader as female-identified stars of the oust. osh, I’m always a sucker for cool, armored people being buff ladies underneath who also happen to be wives. That’s why Darling Charming from “ ver After igh” was always one of my favorite characters. All that gushing aside, Pan quickly befriends “Bull” and “ arrier” - referred to as Cass and Bee, outside of the ousts - and begins to discover more about them and the ames. Their mission is to “free” the princesses who are up for marriage in those ousting events. What makes “Cosmoknights” so special is not ust the stylistic violence compared to that of “Anarchy Reigns” or the political backstory of the games themselves, it’s the artistic flourish and gripping storytelling Templer puts into it. very page is beautifully drawn, with mesmerizing gradients and bright colors. Templer’s use of double-page spreads is brilliant - using them to convey the vastness of space and moments of intensity where everything is ust blowing up around the characters. Speaking of characters, everyone in “Cosmoknights,” even the bad guy, “ aws,” is likable. Cass is my favorite character, by far - she’s strong and she knows it, but underneath that hulking exterior is an emotional, caring individual. Templer does a wonderful ob at giving these characters personality. In spite of the hefty offering that “Cosmoknights” gives readers already, that’s only the first book and more of it is coming. I cannot wait to see where Templer brings this series next with Top Shelf Productions.

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Russ shows no signs of slowing on ‘Shake the Snow Globe’ By Jared Graf Asst. Arts & Features Editor

“Shake the Snow lobe” is the latest and most daring release yet from doit-all rap artist Russ. Debuting at number four on the Billboard 200 chart, Russ lets fans and haters alike know his consistency is something they’re going to have to get used to. The hype for Russ’ 14th studio album began to build in October 2019 following the release of the album’s single “Best on arth” featuring rap’s princess - and Medford native - Bia. The song features a bed-squeaking and eerie production that sounds like a sped-up sample of the classic hip-hop hit “I ot 5 On It.” A week after the song’s release, Rihanna - yes, the Rihanna - posted a video of her defiantly strutting in a tropical paradise, while the song played in the background to her almost 80 million Instagram followers. “Thank you bia and russ for my new fav song BestOn arth,” the megastar captioned the video. This ma or cosign caused “Best on arth” to catapult up the iTunes charts, becoming Russ’ highest charting single to date and increasing the demand for “Shake the Snow lobe.” Now, the wait is over and Russ has delivered a beautifully polished product with a little something for every-

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one. Choosing to start the album on a lighter note, “Need a Minute” is a relaxed bop with an infectious melody that finds Russ reminiscing on his achievements and how far he’s come. “I used to count change Now it’s 8-figure deals and I spent about a million on the wheels,” he brags on the hook. “All to You” is a more solemn ballad where Russ speaks to a significant other. “This ain’t punishment, this is a suitable test Nah, this ain’t punishment, this is a beautiful mess,” Russ croons with conviction over an airy guitar loop. iana ed lends her smooth vocals on the chorus and verse, making for one of the album’s most emotional and captivating features. Although “Shake the Snow lobe” has its fair share of pop undertones - i.e. “Can’t o On” and “Nighttime (Interlude)” - Rick Ross and Benny the Butcher stop by and challenge Russ to match their tightly-woven bars and gritty flows. On “ uess What,” Rick Ross feeds off Russ’ energy and ignorant hook. “ uess what I ust made a porno in the booth uess what They be taking photos when I move,” Russ declares on the Boi-1da production. Another braggadocios anthem, only this one feels necessary. But the highlight of the pro ect comes 10 tracks in with “I Thought

You ot Me” - which finds Benny the Butcher stepping out of his comfort zone on yet another laid-back production, courtesy of Russ himself. Fans of The Butcher know it’s not often he slows it down and puts his aggressive lyricism on hold, but he did ust that for Russ - and it sounds incredible. “I Thought You ot Me” finds the duo rapping in a more conversational tone as they address a lover’s betrayal on the head-nodding, speaker-rattling beat. Benny spits a passionate verse, his gritty tone not wavering even for a second. Both “ uess What” and “I Thought You ot Me” are unconventional beats for their respective guests, but Ross and Benny hold their own and provide an impressive performance. Other tracks worth checking out are “Shots” and “Momma.” On the fiery verses of the latter, Russ details the lavish lifestyle his mother is fortunate enough to live. With 14 studio albums and enough versatility to create a new subgenre of rap, it’s hard to believe Russ is only 27 years old. The rapper-singer-producer-engineer has always been one to operate on his own terms - making his crazy work ethic and output something to be applauded. The only change to Russ’ steadfast formula this time around is his inclusion of other acclaimed producers,

such as Boi-1da and llmind. On previous offerings, Russ takes pride in producing all - if not most of the album’s songs. Seeing him form a working relationship with Boi-1da, who produced four tracks, is unusual but necessary. Although “Shake the Snow lobe” does rely on some big name hit makers, Russ’ ability to write, produce, and mix songs himself shouldn’t be dismissed and needs to be credited more often. ow many rap artists nowadays genuinely have such an affection for music they create (most of) their own songs from scratch in their living room with no industry help

Grade: ARuss finds a way to shake things up 14 albums deep.


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‘The Wicker Man’ stands tall

By James Barraford Staff Writer

“The Wicker Man” - streaming now on Netflix - made its debut in 197 and has remained a cult classic ever since. While some aspects of the film have not aged well, the story carries you away to its shocking finale. dward Woodward stars as Sgt. Neil owie. e is investigating the disappearance of a young girl named Rowan Morrison. owie slowly discovers that the citizens of Summerisle are deeply entrenched in Celtic Paganism. owie ends up suspecting the girl is to be sacrificed for the Mayday Celebration. If you are a fan of the horror genre and have never seen it, I highly recommend it. “The Wicker Man” is a slow burn that brings you further and further down the rabbit hole. The film co-stars prolific actor Christopher ee as the charming but mysterious ord Summerisle. Britt cklund plays the role of Willow Macregor, the housekeeper’s daughter. Woodward does a successful ob as the repressed investigator who is mortified at what he sees as moral degradation throughout the village. Christopher ee as a performer grounds the film. The character of Summerisle knows much and says little. e is charming and tolerant, yet

unsettling. is attitude toward the locals is disturbing. Britt cklund’s performance is satisfactory. She is beautiful, assertive, and manipulative. The only issue is that the Swedish actress was dubbed to sound Scottish. The dubbed voice does not always align with her lips. While the performance may have in fact been wonderful, the spotty dubbing can take you out of the moment. The cinematography captures the earthy beauty of Scotland. The lapping waves of the ocean, rocky shores, and lush green pastures conceal a darkness that owie desperately tries to reveal. There are moments where the camerawork is sloppy. While they are few and far between, the camera abruptly erks at moments. This is the upside of older films. reat storytelling can help you overlook most technical imperfections. The soundtrack is a bit dated. The Celtic music, which could have been used to great effect, seems more like pop music infused with Celtic influences. When the soundtrack takes on a more traditional tone, it manages to infuse a sense of the celebratory and macabre. The film’s strong point is in Anthony Shaffer’s screenplay. It becomes something more than ust a mystery

and acts as commentary on the conflict between Paganism and Christianity. owie is horrified to discover a group of people having sex outside the inn he is staying at. The more he bears witness to, the more frantic he becomes trying to control the situation. Mac regor, in a scene that has not aged well, begins to sing in what looks more like an odd attempt at a music video than a siren luring her prey, disrobes and begins to dance completely naked. She bangs on the wall tempting the frustrated - and engaged - owie. Perhaps it worked better at the time - it may have been titillating and mysterious. Now it ust looks like some crazy Swedish lady beating her fist on a wall naked and breaking the fourth wall. The scene following is more effective. We see a frank conversation between Mac regor and owie showing how different their views on sexuality are. ater, owie is disturbed to hear a schoolteacher explaining that the Maypole was originally a symbol of phallic worship. owie becomes more hostile to the locals. The townspeople gently suggest that he best leave before the Mayday Celebration. They are close to the arth, and those who do not

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understand, will only be offended. This tension between sexual inhibition and exhibition is what makes this film a classic. The clash between civilized repression and bodily impulse haunts history and always will. very minute of this film is strange and entertaining, especially the last 10 minutes. For anyone who has been curious about what lurks beneath the surface of society, this modern folk tale will take you there safely.


Grade: B+ A classic that will get under your skin.





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e stands determined, in hopes of defeating Sen. d Markey, a longtime politician who has been in Congress for over 0 years and elected to the Senate seat held by ohn erry. oe spoke of his political motivation saying, “This country was founded on a pretty simple idea - that every single person here counts, regardless of who you are. “If you believe that this country is a great country with extraordinary people in it, then you have an opportunity to contribute to try to make the country a better, stronger, fairer place.” From discussing universal mental health care to civil rights, this belief shines through in every crack of his campaign and presence. “You want to be in a place that welcomes people of different backgrounds and ethnicities and religions and know that if you structure a society in a strong and fair way, that each one of them can make a contribution to make our country a stronger place. I think we have some work to do to get there,” he continued. oe began as merely a bystander while Framingham City Councilor Adam Steiner introduced him, but he fit right into the crowd of his supporters, leaving a sense of impartiality for ordinary community members. The feelings of inclusion continued as oe walked into a standing ovation before stopping to say hello to a familiar face in the audience. A young girl, who had originally met oe during his initial run for Congress, embraced him with a hug and acknowledged their meaningful encounters. Inclusion is a key component between his staff as well. acquetta Van andt, director of community outreach, said, “ oe is a good man who is dedicated to bringing the voiceless to the table. That is so important to me as a woman of color and someone who has a senior role on his campaign. “ oe was energetic. e believed in the things that I believed in, specifically cutting down on systemic racism and battling for better health care. I am a big proponent of elder care, so we talked about those things. That’s why I got on board,” she continued. Brian Phillips r., press secretary, agrees as well. e said, “In all my years of politics, I’ve never been in a leadership position aside from oe. I believe that his idea of what diversity and inclusion means is really important to me.” “You want to go out there to folks who usually feel marginalized, who feel left out. They’re part of Massachusetts. e could sit back, relax, and do paid advertising like anybody could or he can choose to come out here,” Brian said on how the campaign has been focusing on inclusion. Additionally, oe had the ability to keep the audience laughing before his brimming Town all even began. While talking about meeting campaign followers and the locals, oe said, “We will go to more Dunkin’ Donuts than you’ve ever been to in your life,” resulting in an eruption of laughter and understanding. okes aside, ennedy was able to get deep into conversation, allowing for his engaged audience to ask questions on policies and his senate hopes. oe said, “No matter what anybody tells you, this is about people.” This belief was the foundation of his Framingham Town all, and also those around him. “You go out and you make yourself as available as you can and you listen, you take questions, you learn from people that have different opinions and different backgrounds and experiences. “By the way, that’s a great thing. I think that’s a strength of our country. I don’t want to be in a country that thinks the same way or has the same experience,” oe added. With this mindset, oe is on track to continue reaching Massachusetts residents as well as his campaign supporters. As a fluent Spanish speaker, ennedy has been able to reach a larger audience, as well as host the first Spanish-speaking Town all, enabling the voiceless to be heard and a higher level of inclusion. With the beliefs that everyone is equal, and everyone deserves a voice, oe will continue his campaign until the election in September. As acquetta said, “Vote for oe ”

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A lengthy legacy comes to a close By Caroline Lanni Staff Writer After getting back from apan in the fall of 1988, Derrick Te Paske received a book, “Introduction to Media Studies,” that changed his life. While in apan, Te Paske and his mentor eff Baker from Framingham State University worked on the film, “MISSION OF M RCY.” This was an hour documentary about Charles Stevenson which drove Te Paske into the media industry. Te Paske, a professor of communication arts, is now 74 and will retire this spring from the ob he has done for 1 years. Te Paske is also the chair of the Communication Arts Department. e moved from Iowa to New ngland in the late 19 0s. Te Paske said he graduated and walked across the stage at rinnell College in Iowa to receive his diploma in 19 8 with a bachelor’s degree in nglish. Between 19 8 and 19 9, Te Paske got his master’s degree in education from Boston College. After this, he knew he wanted to pursue teaching. At the time, Baker was chair of the Communication Arts Department and Te Paske eventually ended up becoming Baker’s apprentice. After Baker and Te Paske wrapped

up their film in apan together, he said Baker turned to him and said, “ et me know on Monday if you wanna teach.” Then, the small-town boy met the big city - “I fell in love with Boston,” said Te Paske. Three weeks later, he walked into Whittemore ibrary room 221 ready and eager to teach his first photography class at FSU. While also teaching, he got his Ph.D. in 1994 and soon after became chair of the Communication Arts Department. e has served as chairman for 19 years, he said. e once aspired to be a biologist, then a photographer, and ultimately became a communication arts professor. As time went on, he immersed himself into the role of department chairman by getting to know his students, which is the department’s main goal. Semester after semester, frantic students went to Te Paske’s office, not only to ask for help, but to be guided to the solution for their future. Students lined up outside of his office with their override forms ready. “The best part of being a chair is doing the retail stuff, helping students when they are ammed up,” he said. Professor of Communication Arts Christopher Bowen said, “I would love to emulate that, to see how he thinks

Te Paske is currently a member of of students, and how we’re all here to the American Association of Woodhelp the students the best we can.” Over his career, Te Paske has taught turners and the New ngland SculpSenior Seminar, Creative Process, tors Association. is work has been Photography, Media Society Self, and shown in many New York galleries. unior Michaela Cronin said, “ProMedia Criticism. Te Paske said he will miss his career fessor Te Paske brings in his art to because he has done it for so long, “It show the class and it shows how pasgoes by like that.” sionate he is about art.” Te Paske said, that in his Creative Bowen said he realized he won’t have a valuable senior leader avail- Process class, many students have able to assist him anymore after the said, before taking this course they spring semester is over, “ im being didn’t think they were creative, but the chair is a great resource,” said now they know they are. “ e is invested and funny, as he Bowen. The Communication Arts Depart- cares about the class he is teaching,” ment will look for similar structural said Cronin. Te Paske said he is saddened to ways of doing things especially when Te Paske leaves, due to losing such leave FSU, but believes it is time. a “good resourceful member” of this As the leaves change colors next department, said Bowen. fall, he will ask himself, “Why am I e said, “ e’s very creative, and it’s not heading to campus ” really great to have that outside pro“I’ve gotten so used to what I do. It fessional existence.” will be a new change for sure,” he said. “It’s the question everyone asks,” ooking around his office, visitors said Te Paske - “What will you do will see a plaque for the Faculty of the when you retire ” Year Award from 1997-1998. rinning from ear-to-ear, he said Te Paske’s lengthy teaching career he will “very happily fill my days and at the University lasted 1 years, five make art.” months, and a few days. Te Paske said he escapes into his e said, “You need to prepare to be basement - his artistic world. e en- lucky.” oys working on sculpture art and photography. e even owned a gallery CONNECT WITH CAROLINE LANNI for four years. clanni@student.framingham.edu

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NCAA Bound: Women’s Basketball Books a Ticket to the Big Stage By Liam Gambon Sports Editor Four months ago, the Framingham State women’s basketball team opened their season with a 91-41 victory. Now, they are MASCAC Champions. After winning 21 games, including 14 straight, and going undefeated in their conference, the Rams took on Worcester State in the MASCAC Championship game at home. The Athletic Center’s gym was stuffed from wall-to-wall with fans. So many that people struggled to find a place to sit and had to settle for the floor. “The gym was absolutely packed, and the environment was something I have never been a part of prior to Saturday. We have had such a huge group of supporters this year and that really showed on Saturday,” senior captain Mary Kate O’Day said. “You don’t usually see a gym that full for a women’s basketball game, so for that many people to come and support us made it so amazing.” Even the Rams’ bench got involved as they would hop in an imaginary rowboat on the floor and row away after a teammate nailed a three. The game was back and forth through two quarters, and anyone’s to win. That was until O’Day got her hands on the ball and dropped 16 points on Worcester’s head for the remaining two quarters. This led to a 66-51 championship victory for Framingham. “I was in shock and couldn’t believe that we actually won. At the same time, I was so unbelievably excited and ecstatic,” O’Day said. “I really just could not believe we did it. I could barely contain my excitement and I couldn’t help but smile while I was watching the clock countdown from 10 seconds.” O’Day was named Tournament MVP afterwards by recording 48 points, 19 rebounds, seven assists and four steals through the two games the team played. “Saturday was one of the best days of my life. Winning the championship is something that we have all been working so hard for all season long. As for winning the MVP, it was pretty cool, but it does not even compare to winning the championship,” O’Day said. “Winning it my senior year makes it that much more special. Knowing that Saturday could have been the last time I ever put on a basketball uniform made myself and the two other seniors want to win it that much more, and it made the feeling of winning so much better.”

But one of the best stories of the game, and of the season as a whole, is the third-head of the juggernaut. Freshman Flannery O’Connor stepped in and produced from day one, and it led to her scoring 34 points and pulling down 24 rebounds in the tournament. “This has been the best possible freshman year I could have ever imagined,” O’Connor said. “My favorite part of Saturday was getting to see the seniors celebrate. They are the reason we all wanted it so badly. Those girls really deserved to be champions, so seeing it actually happen and seeing them so happy is something I will never forget.”

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Flannery also earned MASCAC Rookie of the Year after earning Rookie of the Week ten times and NEWBA Rookie of the Week two times. She led the conference in field goal percentage (57%) and was top five in blocked shots and rebounds. She also was named to the All-MASCAC second team. Both O’Day and Velozo were named to the All-MASCAC first team. Velozo led the league in three-point percentage (44.1%) and was top five in points and field goal percentage. O’Day was second in the league in rebounds, points per game and three-point percentage. She earned her third straight All-MASCAC first team honor and was named MASCAC Player of the Year for the second time in her career. But now, the team that won a school program record 22 games, focuses its attention on their very first NCAA appearance in program history. They will take on UMass Amherst in the first round of the NCAA Div. III Tournament. “We’re all very excited, and it will be an experience of a lifetime,” O’Day said. “We are playing Amherst, who is a pretty tough team, but we’re going to do our best and leave it all out on the court.”

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The other two seniors are Emily Velozo and Julia Sanborn. Velozo had 30 points in the tournament and has been a part of the three-headed juggernaut on the team all year. “Holding that trophy was a feeling of a lifetime. It felt like all the hard work had finally paid off. It was unreal,” Velozo said. “Celebrating afterwards with the team was awesome. Each player, one by one, cutting off a piece of the net was surreal.”

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Hometown Kid: Richard Casali and His Trophy Case Continued from page 1

places those photos ahead of his awards, the longtime coach considers his personal achievements secondary to the connections he has with his players. “Coach has been very welcoming from day one. From my very first time meeting him, he and his wife were already offering to make me a homecooked meal,” Cafarelli said. “Coming from Arizona and living 2,277 miles from home, Coach knew I was going to have a difficult time adjusting and has always been there for me. Not having my parents close by can be difficult, but I am lucky to have coach and all of the support he continues to give me throughout my years here at Framingham.” Cafarelli was recruited by Casali himself from across the country, which shows his dedication to making the program the best it can be. He even keeps the connections he builds with his players long after they’ve graduated. “A girl that played for me just called and said she’s pregnant,” Casali said. “I said, ‘I’m a Grandcoach.’ I’m very excited about that.” Another player of his that he holds a deep connection with is his Assistant Coach. “He is a mentor and a friend, but more like family. He has been in my life for the last 15 years. Even in the offseason, we meet once a month for breakfast and talk volleyball. How can we make the team better and how can we push them to be the best team they can be,” Assistant Coach Chelle Manganello said. “We both truly care for all of our players, past and present, but Coach has a great relationship with all athletes at Framingham State.” Manganello played under Casali at Framingham before becoming his Assistant Coach in 2007. The two met in the summer of 2004. “We had spoken a few times prior to my senior season, but he knew I worked right down the street, so he decided to stop by and introduce himself,” Manganello said. “The rest is history.” But, before starting his career as the volleyball coach at Framingham State, Casali was playing with some friends by the university’s athletic center as a kid. He grew up just a mile and a half away from the school, and later went on to become a student at the University in 1972. That was when he first began coaching. With intramurals being prominent in that time, Casali coached the intramural volleyball team and led them to a championship win. They then were invited to Westfield State, who was a Varsity team, and as coach says, “they killed us.” “I said, I wanna be like that, I wanna win like that,” Casali said. He then coached the team in local leagues for more competition.

After matches and practices, they would go into a bar and go over game plans with saltshakers and glasses. He carried this into Bellingham College, where he saw his next coaching job. Following that, Casali ended up at Dean College as the softball coach, before being asked to coach volleyball at Framingham State. “They asked me to interview more than once, and I didn’t want to. I finally came and parked down by the bottom of Maynard,” Casali said. “I walked around and saw the campus again and was like, ‘Oh my God.’ It’s like falling in love. From there, I said if they offer me the job, I’ll do it for nothing.” Thankfully, he got paid to do the job. What followed is 305 career wins, a school record for any sport at Framingham State. He also has four Coach of the Year awards, 10 MASCAC Post Season appearances, four MASCAC Regular Season titles, four MASCAC Post Season titles, two ECAC Post Season Tournament appearances, and four NCAA Tournament appearances. Casali will look to continue etching his name into history as he will be entering his 17th season at the helm of the Rams’ volleyball team in the fall. “It’s been the best experience of my life,” Casali said. “At my age I wouldn’t be doing this if I wasn’t having fun.”

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Women’s lacrosse off to a slow start By Sara Senesac Sports Editor The Rams’ women’s lacrosse team traveled to take on the Roger Williams Hawks for a nonconference match Feb. 29. Framingham took the beginning of the first quarter by storm, grabbing two goals by senior Morgan Begley and junior Hanna McMahon less than seven minutes in. The Hawks responded quickly and managed to sneak in three goals of their own. Roger Williams led 4-2 over Framingham with less than ten minutes to play in the first. The second quarter saw a lot of back and forth between both teams. Begley managed to secure her second goal of the match to bring the score within one point, but both teams fought to add an additional goal, leaving the Rams trailing 5-4 going into the half. In the beginning of the third quarter, junior Jenna McMahon found the back of the net to tie the score at 5. Shortly after, the Hawks found their momentum, and had an uninterrupted 7-0 run during the next ten minutes of play. The run resulted in Roger Williams holding a 12-5 lead over Framingham.

The Rams rallied in the fourth quarter to pull the lead within four, but the Hawks continued battling to hang on to their lead. Both teams secured scoring opportunities in the closing minutes of the game, but Roger Williams ultimately sent the Rams home with a 13-9 loss. Senior Grace Gamache led the way for Framingham with three goals and an assist for the contest, while McMahon and Begley took home a pair of goals each. The Rams are now 1-2 this season, however they remain 0-0 in the MASCAC until their first conference game March 28. Framingham hosts the Johnson and Wales Wildcats for their home opener at 12 p.m. March 7.


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Players of the Week 1st Player of the Week: Morgan Begley The senior defender broke the norm for her position and scored two goals on two shots in the team’s 13-9 loss to Roger Williams.

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2nd Player of the Week: Grace Gamache Gamache stuck true to her role as an attacker as she potted three goals on five shots, while adding an assist and two draw controls.

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3rd Player of the Week: Kevin Girardin The freshman catcher supplied the Rams with their only source of production in a 12-5 loss to Western New England College, as he hit 2-for-5

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