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Administrators roll out new Medical Amnesty Policy By Scott Calzolaio arTs & FeaTures edITor

Framingham State administrators have put a new Medical Amnesty Policy into effect this fall after a year of deliberation. The policy states that students who contact campus police or other appropriate University staff members because they or other individuals are in need of medical attention due to overconsumption of alcohol or another substance are exempt from the University’s alcohol and drug policy sanctions. President F. Javier Cervallos said, “What prompted the policy was simple: safety. I am extremely worried about the possibility of a student getting intoxicated to the point that the person is unresponsive, and having somebody next to the student not calling an ambulance because of a fear of getting into trouble. Common sense tells me that the safety of the student is much more important than the alcohol policy.” Some students said the fear of getting into trouble with campus police for alcohol-related incidents is on their minds. Senior Alex Cravotta-Crouch said, “I’ve been in a circumstance that my friend should have gone to the hospital, but I was so too scared to call anyone, so I just -See AMNESTY POLICY page 5

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Larned Hall is one of the mnay buildings on campus lacking air conditioning.

Classes cancelled because of heat Academic Affairs Linda VadenGoad to cancel their classes if they utilized the University’s Blackboard site to post assignments for students to compete during their normally scheduled class times. Junior Rebecca Nealon said her class, Investigating Social Forces in American Society, was originally supposed to be held in May Hall. However, Nealon said she received a Blackboard

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Many classes in May and Dwight halls were cancelled or relocated during the heat wave that occurred the week of Sept. 7 after the administration received numerous complaints from professors about conditions in the buildings. During the heat wave, professors were given permission by Provost and Vice President for

notification from her professor, David Nnyanzi, the night before that read, “No in-class instruction tomorrow (Wednesday) due to heat.” Senior Tim Randall said, “I’m a super-senior. I’ve been here long enough to accept that May Hall is just a hot building,” said Randall. Richard Allen, a professor at FSU since 1997, said periods of -See HEAT WAVE page 4

Building temperatures and part-time faculty salaries discussed at All University Meeting Hamel was asked to address the temperature issues in May Hall. According to Hamel, the proposal to install air conditioning in May Hall has been on the fiveyear plan for a number of years. “Every year, some other priorities begin to be identified and take precedent, most recently the renovation of Crocker Hall. The project is scheduled for October 2017 and hopefully, it will stay on schedule at that point.” History Professor Richard Allen then asked, “Why are more effective short-term measures not being taken regarding the

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Cheif Diversity Officer Sean Huddleston announces his plan for “all of us” at the All University Meeting.

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At the All University Meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 16, faculty raised concerns about the lack of air conditioning in May Hall and a contract for Division of Graduate and Continuing Education (DGCE) employees. The All University Meeting, which takes place at the beginning of every semester, is a forum for administrators to outline their goals for the semester and to hear from the community. Executive Vice President Dale

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heat in May Hall? We can spend tens of thousands of dollars on new administrative personnel, but we can’t spend a couple thousand on fans in classrooms? “We are talking about conditions that are intolerable. What is it going to take? Is it a stream of ambulances pulling up in front of May Hall for us to deal with this problem?” Hamel replied, “This is a $600,000 project. This was obviously a very hot unusual fall semester and we recognized the issue in many ways. We should -See ALL UNIVERSITY page 3

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Gatepost Inter view By Julia Sarcinelli news edITor

Where did you grow up? I’m from Boston. As a child I’ve always been a quiet kid, playing Gameboys and Pokemon and things like that. Then high school came and I got involved in track and field, and just came out of my shell. I got involved as my class president in high school, and I started a kind of student group outside of school, and I really found my passion for student advocacy and social justice. So I did a lot of stuff, like trying to get ethnic studies into Boston Public Schools. And this was all as a high school student, so I’ve always had that kind of “radical mindset” and as I got into college I kind of learned to tone it down and be both a social justice activist and a professional. I have to be, especially in the position I’m in right now as Student Trustee.

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Fernando Rodriguez Student Trustee I started taking over my sophomore year, my junior year, and now people know we’re Student Leaders in Diversity, and I’ve been doing events on campus on all sorts of things - sexual assault awareness, LGBTQ awareness and issues on that, mental health issues, Latino Heritage Month - so basically anything related to diversity and inclusion, we’ve kind of touched base on.

What is your history with the Center for Inclusive Excellence? Formally known as the Multicultural Center, my journey started there sophomore year. I thought about transferring because I just didn’t feel like my passion for social justice was kind of being met. … I didn’t find a group or club or anything that I felt met my needs or desire for social activism, and randomly I saw a table for the Committee for Diversity and Inclusion, and it was basically just faculty and staff that came together out of their own free will and time to work on stuff that involved diversity and inclusion on campus. I decided I wanted to be a part of that and we created a student sub-group, and that sub-group was led by me and a student that was here before me. Then

If you could advise students to take any class, what would it be? I think, for me, what’s really big is to get out of your comfort zone. So a class that requires you to actually think and engage in conversations - especially conversations that are difficult to have. I’m pretty sure there’s a Linnea Carlson course called Race and Ethnic Relations, and basically you’re going to go from talking about white privilege, to talking about Latino culture, to talking about Islamophobia. These are hard topics that people are scared to talk about and I think that the heavy ones, the big ones … I think having these conversations are important.

What are the responsibilities of the Student Trustee? Every institution has a board of trustees. And as you know, Massachusetts has a Board of Higher Education, so basically we’re under them. For our state school we have one, and I’m just sort of a student member. So basically we vote on things like budgets or when it comes to looking for a new president - those sort of decision comes from the trustees.

peers and our counterparts. Our chances of obtaining a job, with good pay, are also lower. So Brother to Brother is an open group, but the main mission is to create a brotherhood on campus where we’re supporting one another, or we help each other obtain those goals. … So basically helping us change those statistics.

Who are your role models?

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What advice would you give to students coming to Framingham State University? I’d say definitely get involved. If you don’t feel like your experience is as adequate as you think it should be or if it’s not worth what you’re paying for education, get involved, and see if that changes. It definitely helped me out. … Right now, I’ve seen the growth of Framingham State University from my freshman year to my senior year, and the changes that are happening. I went from a student who wanted to transfer to a very prideful student who now represents students in the Board of Education. How are you involved in B2B, and what is it? B2B is a new initiative on campus. It’s called Brother to Brother. If we look at numbers and statistics, especially for men of color, our retention rates and graduation rates are the lowest amongst our

I have two very important role models in my life right now. One of them is Patricia Sanchez-Connally, and Kathy Martinez. The reason I chose these two individuals as my inspirations, and the people I look up to, is because they’re the ones who have seen the potential in me and invested in me that other people haven’t. They’ve given me the opportunity to express myself, be myself, and they’ve gone above and beyond their roles as a professor and a director of the Center to get involved in my life and help me succeed, and put me in roles of leadership on campus. One of the courses that I took was Latinos in America with Patricia, and that got me thinking about my life and how I got where I am, but how many people in my shoes aren’t as successful as I am because of the support from people like her. And Kathy’s an inspiration, a testament to what I feel like I can be one day, working in diversity inclusion. If I can do my job half as well as she does, I feel like I can be a successful person.

Police Logs Saturday, Sept. 12 02:05 a.m. – Towers Hall - 18 State St. – Fire alarm. Checks OK. Sunday, Sept. 13 18:26 p.m. – Whittemore Library - 16 State St. – 911 hangup. Checks OK. Monday, Sept. 14 12:51 p.m. – Hemenway Hall Annex - 100 State St. – Medical. Transported to hospital. 15:07 p.m. – Dwight Hall - 100 State St. – Panic alarm. Accidental. 17:56 p.m. – Larned Hall - 16 State St. – Alcohol investigation. Report taken.

Wednesday, Sept.16 14:16 p.m. – Framingham State University Police Department - 87 State St. – Harassment. Report taken. Thursday, Sept. 17 09:32 a.m. – 42 Winter St. – Arrest. 09:42 a.m. – 42 Winter St. – Suspicious motor vehicle. Arrest. 09:46 a.m. – Framingham Police Department - 1 William Welch Way – Prisoner transport. 12:28 p.m. – Facilities Department - 11 Mayhew St. – Property damage. Report taken.


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not continue to press this problem out and we should address the long-term issue.” President F. Javier Cevallos also addressed the lack of air conditioning in May Hall. He said the administration “came together to try and figure out a plan to alleviate the situation as much as possible.” He added, “Marc Cote was here on the day of his birthday assembling fans, and I know that Sodexo provided cold water and ice during the hot days in the hallways. I know the ideal solution is air conditioning.” Allen also asked Cevallos to comment on “the current fiasco that is the website.” He expressed his concerns, stating, “I’d have more fun beating my head against a brick wall” than navigating the school’s new website. Cevallos replied that he is hopeful the site will be working properly in the near future. “It is an incredibly complex series of links.” Robert Donohue, president of the faculty union, expressed concerns regarding the lack of a contract for part-time faculty. According to Donohue, the DGCE contract expired Dec. 31, 2014. He added faculty has been without a pay increase for 20 months. “The DGCE faculty are without a contract because the University presidents are offering the DGCE faculty a pay raise that is less than half of what every other union public employee in Massachusetts received last year,” said Donohue. Donohue added that while the

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Professor Richard Allen expressed disappoint in administration’s efforts to combat the heat wave in May Hall. university president said there isn’t any money for larger raises for DGCE faculty, at FSU, the number of non-union employees has increased by 57 percent in the last five years. Additionally, the salaries for non-union employees at FSU have increased by 75 percent, or $1.5 million, over the last five years. Donohue claimed FSU has $45.4 million in reserves and asked, “How can the university presidents argue there is no money for the lowest paid in the context of the money being spent on the highest paid in FSU reserve funds?” Cevallos replied, “I do not argue with the figures. But the reality is we have two contracts. We have a contract that is the day faculty

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Interim Vice President of Enrollment and Student Development Lorretta Holloway discusses the new Civic Learning Engagement and Outreach Initiative.

contract and a contract that is the DCGE contract. Ideally, we would solve the issue by having one contract for everybody.” He added he is not able to directly comment on the issue because it is being negotiated legally. However, “I can comment on the idea that we should have one contract to cover everybody. … I think we can both agree that next time we sit at a table, we should rewrite the contract so as to benefit everyone.” Cevallos introduced new administrators, including Interim Vice President of Enrollment and Student Development Lorretta Holloway, Dean of Education Arlie Woodrum and Director of Marketing Averil Capers. Cevallos updated students, faculty and staff on the search for a new Vice President of Enrollment and Student Development. According to Cevallos, the committee will be co-chaired by Professor Michael Wong-Russell and Chief of Staff and General Counsel Rita Colucci and will also include student representatives. The plan is to start interviews in November in order to have final candidates by January. “This way, an offer can be made by March and someone will be in place by July 1st of next year,” he said. Cevallos emphasized the importance of the three Rs: Recruitment, Retention, and Responsiveness. On recruitment, Cevallos said, “We are facing major competition with small private universities. … We really need to sharpen ourselves to make sure we are offering them the best highest academic quality, which we have, and the best value, which we also have.” He added that the focus is not only on bringing students to campus, but also assuring the happiness and success of students both

academically and socially. “An increase in retention is an increase in graduation rates,” he said. Cevallos hopes to increase responsiveness all over campus in order to make FSU a better place for everyone. Hamel informed faculty that the science building project was in fact completed for the Fall of 2015 and the grand opening will be Oct. 29th. He added there are multiple side projects that still await completion. “We are beginning to conclude the design for what we are calling a phase-three backfill renovation.” According to Hamel, there are areas in Hemenway Hall and Hemenway Annex that are in need of repositioning and the majority of work will begin during the spring semester. The Nursing Suite will require the most work, which will not conclude until Dec., 2016. Hamel said the residence hall being built on Maynard Road is scheduled to be completed by the Fall of 2016. “This will coincide with some repositioning of O’Connor Hall as an academic classroom as well as Crocker Hall.” Regarding the 2016 budget, Hamel reported that state-appropriation funding for FSU increased by just over $900,000, which is a 3.5 percent increase. He added that tuition and fees have increased by $380 while comprehensive college fees, including room and board, has increased by $780, which is only a four percent increase, and the second lowest increase of Framingham State’s sister colleges. Huddleston announced that Framingham State has been recognized by the magazine, “Insight Into Diversity,” as a recipient of the Higher Education Excellence -See ALL UNIVERSITY page 4



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Heat wave extreme heat have been an issue throughout his time at the school. He said he feels the administration has more of a “what can’t we do for you today?” attitude. He added, “Administration is insensitive or indifferent to the heat issue.” Allen’s main concern is that the students are ultimately the ones suffering. “It’s a question of wellbeing. … Students can’t be expected to stay engaged when they’re about to drop,” he said. Allen is one of many professors who cut classes short during the heat wave. He added that while the fans in May Hall were appreciated, they were very noisy, and he “had to shout.” Senior Julie Marcus commented on the heat wave, saying, “It was so hot I couldn’t even think in class.” Fans were eventually delivered to May Hall classrooms by Dean of Arts and Humanities Marc Cote. “I knew about the issue and I had tried to get fans ahead of time in mid-August, but the order got stalled and by the time the first day of classes came, the order still wasn’t in,” said Cote. “My administrative assistant and I went and purchased fans from Home Depot and Lowes.” They then transported the fans back to the campus in their own vehicles and set them up with the assistance of Facilities employees. Cote added he had “created a chart of classrooms that had fans

and didn’t have fans, how many fans, and what kind of fans.” Then he tried to figure out how many fans particular classrooms needed. Cote said he was relying on feedback from faculty about how effec-

ditioning is because “over three quarters of the campus was constructed prior to 1970. “Currently, May Hall is scheduled for an A/C provision project for summer 2017,” but the project

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A professor instructs his students in the sweltering heat on the top floor of May Hall. tive a certain number of fans were in different rooms based on circulation. Joshua Clarke, a first-year student, said, “We were in [May Hall] 213, and we had to move to 214, but it didn’t really work out. The idea was to not be in such a condensed room.” Executive Vice President Dale Hamel said the reason most buildings on campus don’t have air con-

is subject to change during an annual review. Cote described the renovations to be made to May Hall as being part of a “fluid plan, meaning it can always change.” The plan would change if University administrators think there are other parts of the campus that need to be tended to first. Past projects “have jumped the line,” which has caused the delay of

May Hall’s air conditioning installation, including the completion of the new science building addition to Hemenway Hall and current renovations to Crocker Hall, according to Hamel. The University installed a new air-conditioning system in Hemenway Hall which is the large enough to support air conditioning in May Hall as well. According to Hamel, the current cost estimate for installing air conditioning in May Hall is $$415,000 while the Dwight Hall upgrade would cost $355,000. “These projects are on a five-year capital spending plan under the College Financed section - meaning student fees cover the costs.” While senior Christina Kapinos appreciated that fans were provided in May Hall, she believes this response was not enough. “The school’s responsibility to its students is to provide a safe environment for all, but during the times that the building got so hot, it seemed Framingham’s priorities were elsewhere.”

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in Diversity Award for the second year in a row. Last year, FSU was the only university in the state that had ever received this award. Huddleston announced that a five-year strategic plan has been developed for inclusive excellence and explained that it is a “great way for us to have a blueprint in how to move forward as a university.” Emerging Technologies and Digital Services Librarian Millie Gonzalez and Director of Library Services Bonnie Mitchell were recognized by Huddleston for their efforts in winning FSU a competitive grant. The Latino Americans: 500 years of History Grant was given to FSU by The National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. Huddleston said there are two grand openings for new spaces on campus - one of which is the Center of Inclusive Excellence, formerly known as the Multi-Cultural Center. He recognized Kathy Martinez as being responsible for the success of this center.

Huddleston also recognized Colleen Hoffman for all of the work she has put into the MetroWest College Planning Center. “It is a place that we want people to be able to recognize that education is absolutely possible for everyone.”

Enrollment and Student Development with Academic Affairs, and ultimately departments all over campus. She added that crosswalk meetings have been reestablished in order to make conversations within the community more cohesive.

“We can spend tens of thousands of dollars on new administrative personnel, but we can’t spend a couple thousand on fans in classrooms?” - Richard Allen, Professor of History Interim Vice President of Enrollment and Student Development Lorretta Holloway explained that her goal this year is to “break down some of the barriers between divisions.” Holloway said she hopes to increase the collaboration between

She added, “The only way we can keep up recruitment and retention is to remember that it isn’t all about us. It’s about the students.” Holloway said that the Civic Learning Engagement and Outreach Initiative (CLEO) is a new

undertaking that will not create more work but rather alleviate workloads. “So many people are already doing civic engagement things, but no one knows about it. We can pool our resources by taking this initiative.” Linda Vaden-Goad, provost and vice president of academic affairs, echoed the three Rs presented by Cevallos earlier in the meeting. Vaden-Goad said the graduation rate has risen from 51 percent to 56 percent. According to Vaden-Goad, there is a new Smithsonian Affiliates program and FSU is getting ready to initiate Starfish - “a social media way to make students successful.” She added that 198 students took advantage of international study opportunities, which prepared them for global citizenship. Vaden-Goad also hopes to create greater support at all faculty levels this year. Cevallos asked, “How can we make this a better place for all of us? … A pebble in your shoe can be very small, but very annoying, and how do we resolve some of those issues to make it a better place?”


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took care of her the entire night. It [the alcohol policy] is too strict way too strict.” However, the new policy does not apply, for example, when the individual requiring medical attention is discovered by police because of causing a disturbance on campus, and it is only pertinent if the incident is reported by another student. Glenn Cochran, associate dean of students and director of residence life and student conduct, described an incident that occurred on Monday, Sept. 16, which required the use of the Medical Amnesty Policy. After a student was reported to be sick and intoxicated by a group of friends, she was escorted to the Framingham Hospital by a paramedic and later picked up by a family member. At that point, she was under interim suspension by the school, which meant she was unable to access her dorm or attend classes until further notice, according to Cochran. “The suspension is kind of a time-out to give us a chance to meet up with these people,” said Cochran. The next day, she met with Cochran to discuss the situation and why she found herself in it. She also spoke with a school counselor to ensure this was not a situation in which she was self-medicating, addicted or dependent on alcohol. “People come in scared sometimes. I always feel bad when someone comes in and feels like they are going to get yelled at. I’m not here for that,” said Cochran. “They are usually feeling pretty bad physically, and are usually upset because they have disturbed family and friends. In a lot of cases, in my experience, people

Cochran to return to her dorm and classes, a process that took fewer than 24 hours and did not require a judicial hearing. In the past, these incidents were met with campus judiciary sanctions. For residents, this meant a week removed from the dorms. For commuters, the sanctions were five weeks removed from residence halls. Both residents and commuters were required to take an alcohol education course, and some restriction was placed on their campus activities.

into effect. “We are community caretakers and guardians of the public first before we are the law enforcers,” said Medeiros. The idea for a Medical Amnesty Policy arose with the implementation of AlcoholEdu, an online alcohol education course and firstyear requirement for FSU students. “The Medical Amnesty Policy has come up in the past,” said Melinda Stoops, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students. “When President

“We are community caretakers and guardians of the public first before we are the law enforcers.” - FSUPD Police Chief Brad Medeiros The policy also states, “Repeated incidents resulting in the application of this policy would be of great concern to the University,” and that it “does not prevent a complaint being filed against a student for other Student Conduct Code Regulations,” such as disturbance or possession of illegal substances. The University reserves the right to take disciplinary action on a case-by-case basis, according to the policy. Brad Medeiros, chief of campus police, said Framingham State’s Medical Amnesty Policy somewhat mirrors the Massachusetts Good Samaritan Law, which states that “No person who, in good faith, provides or obtains, or attempts to provide or obtain, assistance for a victim of a crime … shall be liable in a civil suit for damages as a result of any acts or omissions,” according to When responding to medical substance-related situations

Cervallos started last year, it was actually one of the first things he was interested in.” Stoops drafted the policy last fall, after researching similar regulations at other universities. The policy then went to governance and Student Affairs before being approved by Cervallos and printed in the 2015-16 Ram Student Handbook, and has also been discussed in freshman foundation courses. “Bottom line is safety first,” said Stoops. “If this policy makes students seek help faster, then we have accomplished what we wanted to. Safety trumps our concern with policy violation in those situations.” Since use of the Medical Amnesty Policy is not considered a violation of the alcohol policy, students in leadership positions such as SDAs, RAs and athletes will not have their roles compromised, said Stoops. Cevallos said, “The policy is based on our concern for student

“The policy is based on our concern for student safety. We want students to focus on everyone’s safety and not be worried about issues that could negatively affect decisions or response time.” - President F. Javier Cevallos disappoint themselves. For some people, that’s more than enough. So it’s not a ‘beat you up’ kind of a time. It’s about really being concerned for people’s safety.” The student was then cleared by

the Health Center, strongly believes that this policy could save lives. “Every year, there are college students who die because of alcohol poisoning. Sometimes, these deaths are preventable if emergency care is sought in time,” she said. “We hear from students that they sometimes hesitate to call for help when they or a friend have been drinking heavily because of the fear of getting in trouble.” However, one student is skeptical about the policy’s integrity.

on campus, campus police have been adhering to this law since its implementation. The process for campus police in these situations will remain the same as before the Medical Amnesty Policy was put

safety. We want students to focus on everyone’s safety and not be worried about issues that could negatively affect decisions or response time.” Ilene Hofrenning, director of

“I’m not sure it’s a good idea because I feel like people will abuse the privilege,” said Sophmore Darlyn Llanos Jimenez. “I feel like there should be a certain limit. I’m thinking of the repeat offenders.” Otherwise, students said they believe the policy is going to be effective in reducing the number of unreported incidents. Senior Mara Hoctor said, “I feel like there will be less incidents if people would come forward about it. There are definitely a lot of unreported cases, and people are afraid to call campus police and say that they are too drunk and need medical attention.” Senior Jessica Ward said, “I’ve been in situations like that. I’ve seen people that are too drunk. People just look away from it so they don’t get in trouble. You feel bad, but you don’t want to get in trouble.” Sophomore Rachel Wells said, “I think it’s a good idea because I know people, not even just on this campus but all over, that students get scared because they think that they are going to get in trouble, and someone’s life could be on the line. It’s very reasonable.” Cochran said, “I think there’s more and more at stake for people. With college and the cost of college, there’s more investment and more at risk, and there is plenty of research and data out there that says one of the things that puts a hurdle up, that can slow people down or knock them out of the process altogether is alcohol abuse and heavy college drinking.”



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SGA appoints Calvin Ridley head of Gender-Inclusion Ad Hoc Committee By Mark Wadland news edITor

Members of the Student Government Association appointed senior Calvin Ridley as head of the Gender-Inclusion Ad Hoc Committee for the second year in a row at Tuesday night’s meeting in the McCarthy Center’s Alumni Room. According to Dan Costello, president of SGA, Ridley’s first year as leader of the committee was a success, and the committee will continue to run for at least one more year. This year, the committee hopes to receive approval for a third unisex bathroom to increase “the safety and comfort of future students, faculty and staff at Framingham State University,” according to a letter written by Ridley and Costello, president of SGA. SGA unanimously endorsed the letter. It will be sent to the President’s Council, a sixmember panel that will determine whether another unisex bathroom could be installed on campus. This might be difficult, however, because Massachusetts has very strict plumbing codes, which Ridley and Costello acknowledged in their letter.

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Jackie Carlson and Brian Leonard were among the student representatives at the weekly SGA meeting. Ridley invited ideas and suggestions from anyone on campus regarding potential locations for another gender-inclusive bathroom. SGA will meet next Tuesday, Sept. 22 in the Alumni Room at 7:00 p.m.

In other news: • Three members of SGA were sworn in as Senators • The Constitution Committee meets each Wednesday at 6:30 in the SGA Conference Room • The Finance Commit-

tee will meet Monday, Sept. 21 at 6:30 in the SGA Conference Room • Homecoming is this weekend – there will be a pep rally Friday night in the Athletic Center at 7:30.

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The Gatepost Editorial

FSU finally sobering up on student drinking Naively conceived and nearly draconian in nature, FSU’s longstanding policy on student alcohol consumption has been in need of an overhaul for quite some time. Until just this fall, many inebriated FSU students feared that requesting assistance for a seriously intoxicated friend could leave them subject to harsh judicial punishments. That is both shameful and frightening. Over 200 universities and colleges across the country have already instituted medical amnesty policies in the last few years, according to the Students for Sensible Drug Policy website. Among those institutions of higher education are Harvard University, Yale University, Boston College, University of Pennsylvania and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Gatepost editors are sadly far too familiar with the devastating effects alcohol can have on students. We have covered a number fights, deaths and sexual assaults - all involving alcohol - in the last several years. So just how big of an issue is student drinking? According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism [NIAA], “About four out of five college students drink alcohol” and “about half” of those students “consumed alcohol through binge drinking.” The NIAA website defines binge drinking as “a pattern of drinking that brings blood alcohol concentration level to 0.08 g/dL. This typically occurs after 4 drinks for women and 5 drinks for men – in about 2 hours.” The website goes on to state, “1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die each year from alcohol-related unintentional injuries” and “[m]ore than 97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape.” Thankfully, the policymakers at FSU have come to their senses and amended the University’s alcohol policy. Over the last few years, The Gatepost has stressed the importance of reforming the overly strict alcohol policy and editorialized that adding a medical amnesty clause could potentially save student’s lives. During a meeting with Gatepost editors last year, FSU President F. Javier Cevallos said he would be advocating for the implementation of a medical amnesty clause to the University’s alcohol policy. We thank President Cevallos for keeping his word, and we commend the other members of the administration who have embraced a commonsense and potentially life-saving approach to dealing with student drinking on campus. Whether you drink or not, we at The Gatepost believe all FSU students should obtain a copy of the 2015-16 Ram Student Handbook and turn to page 89. Commit this information to memory, as you never know when you will need it and possibly save a life. Unfortunately, The Gatepost may be the only way students will become aware of the new medical amnesty policy. Inexplicably, no notice has been sent out to students regarding the update to the University’s alcohol policy. Why the University has remained mum on its decision to protect student lives by amending its alcohol policy is baffling. The FSU administration should be proud of this decision and, quite honestly, Dean of Students Melinda Stoops, Associate Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life and Student Conduct Glenn Cochran, along with President Cevallos, should be inundating student email inboxes with news of this policy amendment.



Let the people park! For the first three years of my time at FSU, I was a resident student, which I really enjoyed. I love the campus and definitely cherished all of the fun memories I made living here. Since freshman year, I was fortunate enough to have been granted one of the few parking spots allocated to resident students and never had an issue, even with parking my car 15 minutes away in the Union Avenue lot. I was always a good sport about it. Then I became a commuter student. I am now in my senior year, taking my final semester of classes before I enter student teaching in the spring. For three years now, I have been listening to commuter student after student complain about the hassle of parking on campus – having to leave an hour before you should to find a normal spot, getting in actual fights with people in the parking lots … the list goes on. I came into my senior commuting year with an open mind, fully expecting all of these things to happen to me and prepared to embrace them with all my strength. I had been doing just fine, until this past week, when I was given not my first, but my fourth parking ticket from Framingham State. I remember the day in mid-August when I came to campus to pick up my commuter parking decal. The unenthused man sitting behind the desk asked, “Are you a freshman?” I told him, “Nope” and he grabbed a purple sticker, stapled it to an obnoxious orange booklet and told me to have a nice day. Oh, alright… Bye sir? What would have been helpful would be, “Well, here are the lots you are allowed to park in as a commuter” or at least, “Hey, here’s a map in the back of this booklet that lists all of the commuter lots.” But alas, all I got was a solemn goodbye and that was the end of it. To this day, I cannot tell you which parking lots are “safe” to park in, and that is what makes me the angriest. I was stuck on campus until four in the morning last Thursday night working on publishing this very paper. Therefore, you can imagine my excitement when I walked out to my car in the pouring rain in the middle of the night and found a bright orange parking ticket on my front window highlighting the

words “Restricted Area.” Because I am just supposed to KNOW what areas are “restricted” and which are not, right? Up until Monday night, when I took the initiative to go and investigate, I was almost certain that the parking lot signs did not list which decals were required to park in each specific lot. Well, I was surely proven wrong, but not at all surprised when I had to park my car, get out and physically walk myself over to the sign to find the tiniest, most miniscule writing that says, “Maynard Lot - Commuter Parking Decal Required.” Let’s be real - how is ANYONE supposed to read that tiny print while driving into the parking lot without having to park the car and likely cause an accident in the process? It’s entirely impossible. If I had known that I could not park in that lot last Thursday night, I promise I would not have. Yet on a rainy, very busy Thursday night, who could possibly expect one to get out of one’s car and walk up to the sign in each lot to see if it is possible to park there without a $20 fine? It’s completely unrealistic and should not be expected in the first place. If Campus Police is going to be so strict about enforcing parking tickets (and let’s be real, was I really causing a ruckus parking in that EMPTY parking lot at 4:00 in the morning? I think not), then the least they could do is provide us with clear signs designating where we can and cannot park on campus. Simply making the print even a little bit bigger would be beneficial to us all in more ways than one. Or even if the young man on campus in August had just given me a list of places where parking is acceptable for commuter students to park, or if campus police had sent out an email to students at the beginning of the semester, this ticket could have been avoided and my wallet $20 fuller. It simply needs to be much more clear about where students are and are not allowed to park on campus to avoid these issues altogether.

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“Your life matters” makes a big impact Tiny heart-shaped pieces of paper were scattered throughout Towers Hall on Monday morning. Each heart was topped with an encouraging message that read, “Your Life Matters.” Although the residents behind this act of kindness wish to remain anonymous, their actions are worth recognizing. For those of you who don’t know, September is National Suicide Prevention month. To some people, these notes may have brought about a smile, and to others, it may have provided the support they needed to make it through another day. Every time you cross paths with someone, you inevitably impact their life one way or another. It is so important to follow the example set by these anonymous students and make our community a genuinely caring environment.

We are all the same, with beating hearts and unique backgrounds, on campus to get an education and make a difference in the world. But in the meantime, you can start by making a difference in someone’s life. Break down your walls of exclusion and understand that every life truly matters. Whether it’s a simple compliment or holding the door open for the person behind you, thoughtful gestures become contagious. Like the little notes that covered every door in Towers, sometimes it’s the smallest things that mean the most.

Shayna Yacyshyn Class of 2019

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An inside look at FSU’s Newest Fare

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Toasted, FSU’s newest dining option, gives students the opportunity to create one-of-a-kind sandwiches and salads using fresh ingredients. By Scott Calzolaio Arts & Features Editor

Say goodbye to pizza, cold cuts and the general’s rice, and say hello to Sodexo’s very own PaneraSubway crossbreed, Toasted. “We really wanted to offer something that captured the sandwich and value component of Subway,” said Ralph Eddy, director of food services. “Looking at Panera, we considered the soup and salad options, as well as the buzzer component.” The menu, which has replaced the three menus of The Fire Pit, Pizzeria Collina and State Street Deli, features customizable salad, sandwich and wrap combinations. The menu also features “Mindful” options. Mindful, an eating plan by Sodexo, is the suggested option for a well-balanced meal. To be considered a Mindful meal, it must meet very specific standards. These meals are indicated on the Toasted menu by a green apple icon. “All of these items fit certain criteria for calorie count, fat content, [and] fiber,” said Eddy. These meals include the chicken Caesar and hummus petite wrap. So far, Toasted has proved to be a popular dining location on campus, retaining a persistent line

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during lunch hours and plenty of repeat business, Eddy said. When it comes to favorites, “I always like the toasted Italian sub,” he said. “But the salad option has been popular with the faculty and staff.” The top three sellers for students so far at Toasted have been the chicken Caesar salad wrap, the buffalo chicken sub and the turkey sub. Seniors Caroline Claflin and Amy Harland shared a chicken

parmesan sub and a meatball sub. While Claflin and Harland said that both sandwiches were good, they agreed that the meatball sub was superior by a landslide. “I like this place better now. It’s easier to choose an option,” said Claflin. Harland agreed. “I didn’t really eat at the other place,” she said. Though feedback has been mostly positive about Toasted, some students say they will miss the old food options.

“I had a buffalo chicken salad. I’m trying to be all healthy,” said Dan Cabral, a senior. “Yeah, I’m going to miss my lo-mein, pizza and calzones, but this is better suitable for my newfound lifestyle.” Alice Krause, a senior, said, “I had a chicken Caesar wrap. it was good. … I miss the Chinese food though, because I loved it. I wish they could have both.” During the 2014-15 academic year, Food Services administered a series of surveys to students, faculty and staff which aimed to narrow down the most popular fast-food and fast-casual chain restaurants within the Framingham State community. The goal was to get an idea of the kind of food people are interested in. The survey was taken by 800 people, and the top contenders were Dunkin’ Donuts, Panera Bread, Chipotle, Subway and McDonalds. Eddy said Dunkin’ was number one. Taking these results into consideration, Dining Services created Toasted, the first and only of its kind. “This place focuses on the brick oven,” said Eddy. “It’s truly the hearth of campus.”

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I & s t w r e i A v 6 e r 1 P 0 2 5 1 0 2 By Kristen Pinto Arts & Features Editor

Each year, Framingham State puts together a series of thoughtprovoking presentations, lectures, film screenings and performances, known as the “Arts & Ideas” program. The topic of this year’s program differs from previous years and will explore not one, but two themes – “Stasis and Change” as well as “Science as Part of our Living World.” Choosing these two complementary themes allowed for the Arts & Ideas committee to put together a series of performances that would adequately address contemporary social, scientific and political issues faced today. Some of the hot-topics the program will discuss include racial injustice, climate change and social change. According to the Arts & Ideas program book, the ultimate question the series hopes to come to terms with is, “How do we know whether changes are positive or negative – or something else altogether?” The program will host Ellen Oh, author and president of “#WeNeedDiverseBooks,” at the end of September. Oh will visit to discuss the lack of diversity being represented in children’s literature and her own efforts to change these trends. Nathaniel Philbrick, author of the freshman Common Reading Selection, “In The Heart of the Sea,” is also one of the featured speak-

ers. In early October, Philbrick will visit the campus to discuss the book and his inspiration for telling the story. During the spring semester, Dr. Temple Grandin will visit campus to talk about living with autism and pursuing a career as an animal right’s advocate. Grandin was diagnosed with autism as a child but went on to pursue a degree in psychology and animal science. She is now a leading advocate in the autism community, with her current bestselling book, “The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger’s.” She also was featured in an award-winning film about her life on HBO in 2010, and she will come to FSU in February to share her story with the campus community. Also included in the program is the annual President’s Distinguished Lecture Series. This year the series will include a lecture from awardwinning journalist Naomi Klein, who will discuss her new book, “This Changes Everything,” and the impact the world has on climate change. It will also feature a panelist discussion featuring Native American leaders and FSU professors. The topic will be how Ecological Knowledge (ETK) is making an impact on climate change, and how to create a more balanced world from what we can learn from Native American history. The program also includes the Lifelong Learning Series, which Framingham State runs in conjunction with the Framingham Cultural Council and the Framingham Public Library, where these events are held. The World in Flicks series, now in its fourth year, features films from all around the world. While most of them are in a different language, they all have English subtitles. A guided discussion and analysis will be held prior to each screening. This year’s films include “Blancanieves,” the Spanish tale of Snow White and “Pray the Devil Back to Hell,” a film from Liberia, and other cinema from around the world. Screenings will be held at the McCarthy Center Forum. The Authors and Artists Series features FSU faculty who have recently completed and published works in their respective fields. This year’s series will feature Dr. Manos Apostolidis, Dr. Christopher Bowen, Timothy McDonald, and Professor Erika Schneider, who will discuss the process of creating a published work and discuss their own books with the audience. Other features of the program include monthly exhibits in the Mazmanian Art Gallery, as well as several Midday Performances, events from the Center for Excellence in Learning, Teaching, Scholarship and Service (CELTSS), and additional events, such as the Swiacki Children’s Literature Festival and Science on State Street. Almost every event in the program is free and open to the public. For a full schedule or to register for events, visit www.framingham. edu/the-fsu-difference/arts-and-ideas/.

Inspect The Tech: Pebble Time By Cesareo Contreras Asst. Arts & Features Editor

In its third offering, Pebble has introduced some major changes to its smartwatch. With a whole new design, a new e-color display and a new user interface, is the Pebble Time worth its $200 asking price? Let’s find out.


The Pebble Time has a plastic body, a glass display and is water resistant for up to 30 meters, according to Pebble’s website. The watch also comes with a replaceable 22mm silicon strap. In addition, the Pebble’s curved base and lightweight make this watch feel great on the wrist. The Pebble Time is set up with four buttons. The user maneuvers the interface with these buttons rather than a touch screen. Overall, the buttons are a little stiff, but they get the job done. The display has what Pebble calls an “always on color e-paper display with an LED backlight.” Although not the nicest screen, it’s great to view in sunlight, unlike most smartwatches out today. Battery life is great, lasting far longer than most of its competitors

- a whopping four to five days on a single charge. With last year’s LG G watch, I found myself having to charge it every night or that next afternoon. The Pebble Time may look toylike but in my opinion that’s part of its charm. It doesn’t need a highresolution display or a super slick design to be a great smartwatch, as long as it has great battery life, is comfortable on the wrist and offers useful timesaving and innovative features, I’m sold. For the most part, the Pebble Time executes this well.


This year, not only did Pebble introduce a new display type, it also created a brand new software experience, called “Timeline.” Essentially, Pebble has created a vertical style interface in which you can view past, present and future events with just a few button presses. Press the upper button on the watch and the screen brings you to a number of events you have missed (i.e., missed calls, previous meetings, etc). Press the lower one, and you see upcoming events (i.e., future meetings and calendar events). Some third-party developers

have also integrated their apps to the Timeline, and more are expected to come. From using the watch, however, most third-party apps add little to no value. I find the Pebble Time to be a very useful notification device that complements my phone, where I can see important notifications even when I’m far away or not able to reach it. However, there are some problems with Pebble’s software. Unlike my Android Wear watch, where I could prompt a call, text, or Google search from my watch face, the Pebble Time can’t do any of those things. Initially, I found myself missing some of Android Wear’s more comprehensive features and several months later I can’t say my thoughts have changed. Although, the Pebble App Store claims to have many great apps, most of them aren’t very good.


I really enjoy wearing the Pebble Time. Yes, there could be better third-party apps, and yes, I wish I could prompt a text from my watch face, but it’s a darn nice watch for getting notifications and telling the time. Unfortunately, I still think it may be a bit too expensive

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for what it is. That being said, many smartwatches these days are priced even higher. So in short, it is the Pebble Time’s unique hardware set that really makes this watch great to wear on a regular basis. Just don’t expect it to be the most featurerich smartwatch around. Disclaimer I used the Pebble Time since July 19 with an Android phone. Although it is multiplatform, the watch is more limited on iOS because the user cannot verbally respond to texts and emails using the device.


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Album Review: Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz By Kristen Pinto Arts & Features Editor

Miley Cyrus simply doesn’t care what anyone thinks. If that has not become obvious to the average person by now, I don’t know what it will take. Well, Cyrus figured there was one thing she could do – surprise the world with a completely free stream of her latest 23-track album, titled “Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz.” In case you missed it, Cyrus hosted the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 30, and much to my surprise, she killed it. Yet, as a big Miley fan, even I was sitting wide-mouthed when she chose to end the show with a trippy, raunchy performance of her single “Dooo It!” which comes directly off the album she dropped seconds before the show ended. Still, after the train wreck that was the VMA performance, I knew I just had to listen to that album. I will be the first to admit, that night I stayed up until the wee hours listening to the whole album all the way through. I definitely had some strange dreams that night. Cyrus took a risk – she went off and recorded an album without the permission of her record-label and gave it out for free to everyone in the world. The results were astronomical. Her new album defies all of the odds set against her, and that is exactly why it is so awesome. As she claims in the first track, “Yeah, I smoke pot/ Yeah, I love peace/ But I

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don’t give a fuck/ I ain’t no hippie.” This album takes experimental to a whole new level. While it is literally named after her dead pets (see “Pablow the Blowfish” and “The Floyd Song (Sunrise)”), it is a monstrous album full of tracks of all different styles that makes it downright fun to listen to. The tracks cover pretty much all bases. “Lighter” is more of a powerful ballad whereas “1 Sun” is an upbeat, pop anthem song. “BB Talk” begins with a 60-second dialogue from Cyrus where she talks about the struggle of falling out of love, or perhaps not. It’s followed by a chorus featuring a mix of hip-hop and trap music. She

continues on with two verses of dialogue where she talks herself through a relationship based on emjoi conversations and baby talk that made her sick. The third track on the album, “The Floyd Song (Sunrise),” comes as a surprise initially after “Dooo it!” as it takes on a much more somber tone – rightfully so, considering it’s about her dog, Floyd, who passed away last year and left Cyrus completely devastated. While the song itself isn’t very catchy or even flowy for that matter, it shows that Cyrus is taking this album seriously as a means of expressing her creativity. One of my favorite tracks on

the album is “Fweaky,” a track coproduced with Mike WiLL Made-It. While it’s totally a song about sex, it showcases that despite her crazy personality, Cyrus is, under it all, a really great singer. Her raspy voice in this song reminds me of why she became famous after all (what’s up, Hannah Montana). w“Space Boots” and “Milky Milky Milk” have an intergalactic feel to them with their synthetic sounds. Other songs, such as “I Forgive Yiew,” have a more hip-hop funk feel to them that is unlike any other genre I have ever heard. Altogether, the album is super long – it certainly could have been cut down. For example, the song “Fuckin Fucked Up” is a 50-second tune where she literally tried to swear as many times as possible and the 46-second tune that repeats “I’m so drunk, I can’t even explain what I feel right now.” The album truly showcases Cyrus’ strive for independence that she flaunts. Her goal was to produce an album that was entirely her own without any outside influence over her artistic freedom, and ultimately I think she was successful. I completely commend her bravery for stepping out and producing something entirely her own, and some of the music featured on the album really has potential. “She’s just being Miley.”

Essential Tracks: 1. “Twinkle Song” 2. “1 Sun” 3. “Pablow the Blowfish”

The Gatepost Mixtape: Music you need to hear this week By Michael B. Murphy Editor-In-Chief

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Radkey, the young brotherly trio who hail from Missouri, make no attempts at hiding their influences on their debut album “Dark Black Makeup.” Smooth, sexy, soulful punk rock, these guys do an admirable job matching the sonic fury of the bands they attempt to emulate – Glenn Danzig-era The Misfits, Black Flag and Bad Brains. At the very least these guys have great taste. With a sound almost as interesting as their backstory – they dropped out of school after only one year, were homeschooled by their mother and chose their father to manage their careers – Radkey’s music sounds as if it is informed only by 80s’ punk, comic books, and slasher flicks. While horribly derivative at times – seriously, what the hell is with that opening to the track “Le Song” which they totally crib from the intro to My Chemical Romance’s “Na Na Na” – “Dark Black Makeup” is a debut that demands your attention. Musicians this young and who possess such raw talent can only look forward to greatness.

CHVRCHES - “Clearest Blue” Incessantly catchy as always, Scottland’s CHVRCHES knocks it out of the park yet again with “Clearest Blue,” the latest single from their long-awaited new album, “Every Open Eye.” The band plays it smart, refusing to stray from the qualities that brought them commercial and critical success - undulating synths, crackling digital drum beats, and, of course, the sweetly saccharine singing of frontwoman Lauren Mayberry. The track is gloriously repetitive, lulling listeners into a sort of contemplative trance before suddenly exploding into a bombastic middle section which will leave many unsure if they should continue navel gazing or start dancing around their bedroom like a loon. If the rest of “Every Open Eye” is as good as “Clearest Blue,” CHVRCHES needn’t fear a sophomore slump. Photo courtesy of CreativeCommons



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Campus Conversations

Sell Us Your Major In One Sentence: By Allie Card & Maria Hornbaker


Homecoming and Family Weekend! Your Guide to All of the Events Happening This Homecoming Weekend! Friday, September 18

“It allows me to interpret things going on in this world and lets me see things in different lights in perspective based on things that happened in the past.” - Madeleine Burk, History

fRAMfest Picnic & Student Club Fair

Students, alumni, family, friends and guests will gather on the North Hall lawn to celebrate the second annual fRAMfest to kick off Homecoming Weekend 2015. - 5 to 7:30 p.m., North Hall green/ patio; $10 per person, FSU students use meal plans

Homecoming 2015 Pep Rally

Celebrate your fellow Rams at a rally in their honor! 7:30 p.m., Athletic Center Gym

“If artists paint passions with their hands, then we paint passions with our words.” - Jesse Lawler, English

Comedian/Hypnotist Eric Mina

Join SUAB for a night of comedy from Eric Mina, who brings talent from all over the world to the FSU campus for just one night! 8 p.m., DPAC

Moonlight Breakfast

The annual homecoming moonlight breakfast - come enjoy a late night breakfast in the dining commons 10 p.m. - midnight, Dining Commons “It’s definitely a hard major but its the most rewarding major because you get to understand life through a science perspective and understand life for what it really is.” - Liz Schatzkin, Biology

Saturday, September 19 Donuts with the Dean

Start your morning with coffee, donuts, and a friendly conversation with Dean of Students Melina Stoops 10 a.m., Faculty/Staff Dining Room

Homecoming Brunch

“Good community of artists. Everyone’s willing to help each other. It’s a good way to expand your creative horizon.” - Cedric Marsh, Studio Art

“It’s the best major ever because the faculty, the students themselves and the material is amazing.”

Celebrate homecoming weekend with your family and friends at a homecoming brunch. 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., Dining Commons. $8.75 a person, FSU students may use meal plan

Homecoming Football Game vs. Fitchburg State

Come cheer on your fellow Rams at the annual homecoming football game! Free for FSU students with ID, $1 for children and seniors, $3 for students with non-FSU ID, $5 for all other guests. -Game starts at noon, Bowditch Field. Ram Tram Shuttles will be available from campus.

Field Hockey vs. Plymouth State

Cheer on your fellow Rams at the Field Hockey game! 4 p.m., Maple field

- Liz Dresser, Comm. Arts

Women’s Soccer vs. fitchburg State Cheer on the FSU women’s soccer team! 7 p.m., Maple field

“It opens doors - It’s like solving the world’s mysteries for others.” - Samantha Patjane, Comm. Arts

Comedy Night featuring Pete Holmes

Pete Holmes is a comedian who has been featured on Comedy Central Presents:, Jimmy Fallon, VH1, and many more. He is also known for his role as the e*trade baby. This hilarious comedian is coming to FSU campus for one night only and is open to anybody who holds a ticket! - 7 p.m., DPAC. Tickets can be purchased at or in the Game Room. Free for FSU students and $10 per ticket for all others.



Ferr or Foul?

Steve Bartman might finally be off the hook By Mike Ferris Sports Editor

If there was ever a year for the Chicago Cubs to snap the curse, this is it. The curse has kept the Cubs from winning a World Series since 1908. The last legitimate chance Chicago had ended in infamy in 2003, when Steve Bartman interfered with Cubs outfielder Moises Alou. The interference prevented Alou from making a game-changing catch and the Marlins would go on to score eight runs in the eighth inning, costing the Cubs the game and ultimately the series. The Marlins went on to win the World Series that year 4-2 over the Yankees and many Cubs’ fans can’t help but think their destiny would’ve been the same. The Cubs have been in the playoffs twice since then and have been swept in the Divisional Round both times. This year appears to be different. With just two weeks left to play in the regular season, the Cubs have stretched their wild card lead to eight games over the Giants and are all but a lock to get into the playoffs this year. While it currently sits in the second wild card spot, Chicago is one of the hottest teams in baseball right now and is making a serious push at the first wild card spot and home-field advantage in the Wild Card Game. With their win Thursday, the Cubs took three of four from Pittsburgh and now sit only two back for the first wild card position. With Chicago as hot as it is, winning 10 of its last 14, and Pittsburgh as depleted as it is, especially after losing rookie shortstop, Jung Ho Kang, it appears more and more realistic that Chicago will win the wild card. The Cubs are not just good enough to claim the wild card this year, but they are truthfully good enough to win the World Series. Led by Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant and Chris Coghlan the Cubs’ offense has hit 158 homeruns this year and scored 614 runs, and is surely good enough to score runs in October. But everyone knows that the most important thing in the playoffs is pitching and Chicago doesn’t lack in this department. The Cubs acquired Jon Lester and Jason Hammel in the offseason and they have both been solid, but the third pitcher that will anchor this possible threeman staff in the playoffs has not just been solid but the best pitcher in baseball this year. Jake Arrieta is 19-6 with a 1.96 ERA this year and dominated again in his last start Wednesday, pitching 8.0 innings while allowing two runs, only one of which was earned. This veteran pitching staff and young offense is destined for a big run, but what has made this all possible is an offseason move to acquire manager Joe Maddon. Maddon went to Chicago from Tampa Bay and knows how to win, especially in October, a mentality the Cubs were in desperate need of. The loose, easy-going manager that Maddon is allows this group of kids to have fun and just play ball. Chicago not only has a shot to win the World Series this year but, ought to be considered the favorite to represent the National League in the Fall Classic. As a Red Sox fan, understanding the Curse, living through some of it and watching others truly suffer as a result of it, I can’t help but pull for these “loveable losers” in Chicago, and truly feel that this is the year for the Cubs. Maybe “Back to the Future” was right, 2015 is the Cubs’ year.

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Rams claim first win against Daniel Webster

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By Matt Ferris Staff Writer

Looking to rebound from three consecutive losses, the Rams traveled to New Hampshire on Sept. 12 to take on the Daniel Webster Eagles. This was a non-conference matchup for the Rams, who came out of the gates quickly, scoring a goal in the 13th minute of the game. Senior Cory Cardeiro scored the goal, his third of the season, giving the Rams a 1-0 lead early over the Eagles. This lead would stand until well after halftime, when the Eagles finally tied up the game in the 77th minute. The goal came from Chasen Congreves, a junior defenseman for the Eagles. Wasting no time, the Eagles quickly rallied for another goal, this time it was junior Marcos Vieira Filho in the 79th minute making it 2-1 Daniel Webster, just like that. In between this rapid succession of goals for the Eagles, a key moment in the game happened, a red card was given to an Eagle player, disqualifying him from further action. With just ten minutes to play, down a goal and up a man, the Rams needed to rally fast. Sure enough, Rams junior Corey Sousa did

just that, in the 84th minute, answering a pair of Eagle’s goals with his first of the season tying the game at 2-2. Then just 48 seconds later, the Rams struck again. This time it was sophomore Michael Bean who scored his first goal of the season. The goal gave the Rams a 3-2 lead, which they held on to for the remainder of the game. In the win, Rams goalkeeper Josh Arno, had an astounding 19 saves. The Rams took the field again on Sept. 15 against Gordon College in a home match. The game was uneventful for the first 35 minutes, until Gordon College senior Evan Crocker won the ball in his offensive half and took off for a break away. Crocker shot the ball low and to the left beating Rams keeper Arno, and giving the Scotts a 1-0 in the 35th minute. This lead would hold up for the rest of the game, giving the Scotts a 1-0 win over the Rams. In the loss, Cardeiro led the Rams with four shots and Arno had five saves. The Scotts led the shot battle 20-12 over the Rams and also had four more corner kicks. With one win and one loss in the week, the Rams move to 1-4 on the season.


SEPTEMBER 18, 2015


Women’s soccer go 1-1 on week, sit at 3-2

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Framingham’s Michaela Hyland (10) plays a pass in the direction of Angela Pallotta By Melina Bourdeau Associate Editor

With both a win and a loss, the Lady Rams played Regis and Keene State this week. Recovering from its 7-1 loss against WPI last week, FSU hosted Regis and defeated the Lions 2-0 on Sept. 12. Framingham’s Abby Smith made the first shot of the game four minutes in, keeping the ball on Regis’ defensive half. The Lady Rams maintained their momentum, allowing only one shot by Regis’ Tais Salles in the first half. Marissa Miele scored for the Lady Rams with a header off of a cross from Megan White 26 minutes into

the first half Although the Lady Rams’ offense kept pressure on Regis, they had trouble finishing. Miele and White had shots on net, but they missed high or wide. Regis’ goalie, Rachel Gagnon had four saves in the first half, stopping the remaining Lady Rams’ shots. In the second half of the game, the Lady Rams allowed for a corner from Regis, but the defense caught the Lions offside. There were six fouls on Regis and four on FSU in the second half. The second half remained 1-0 in favor of the Lady Rams until there were only two minutes left. With her third goal of the season,

Field hockey drops a pair By Amelia Foley Interim Asst. Sports Editor

Framingham State faced Westfield State in the Little East Conference opener on Sept. 12. The game took off at a fast pace, but slowed as the first half continued. Junior Holly Brouillette scored the first goal of the game unassisted for Westfield only 5:26 into the game. Framingham State failed to score for the remainder of the first period, but Brouillette continued to dominate the game scoring a second unassisted goal at 28:30. The Lady Rams ended the first half with no points on the board, but

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struck first in the second. At 55:29, Rams’ freshman, Sydney Buono not only scored the first goal of the game for the Rams, but also the first goal of her career. She was assisted by freshmen Meaghann Ackerman. The Rams’ success was short lived, when sophomore Rachel Testa fired another goal into the net for the Owls only three minutes later. Testa scored one more final goal for the Owls at 64:48, and brought the final score of the game to 5-1, Westfield. Overall, Westfield outshot the Rams 14-6. With the loss, the Lady Rams fall to 0-3 in the early season.



White scored off an assist from Melissa Sybertz. White and Angela Pallotta had seven shots each. Smith, Sybertz and Miele had four shots each. The Lady Rams dominated on offense with 33 shots in the game to Regis’ three. In their away game against Keene State, the Lady Rams suffered a loss of 4-0 on Sept. 16. The Lady Rams were outshot by Keene, 30 to 1. On a penalty kick, Keene’s Kali Santino scored about 20 minutes into the half. Eight minutes later the Lady Rams substituted goalie Sara Sullivan for Keyonzia Gagne-Lamoureaux. Keene attacked the Lady Rams’ de-

fense with four shots in two minutes towards the end of the first half. In the second half, FSU held Keene for 12 minutes until Lady Lion Tyrah Urie scored. The rest of the half, Keene continued with four corner kicks, setting up for 18 shots that were taken on net. Gagne-Lamoureaux had eight saves in the second half. The Lady Rams’ defense stumbled in the remaining minutes of the game, allowing back to back goals by Keene in the 85th and 86th minutes. FSU will play on Saturday Sept. 19 when it hosts Fitchburg State at 7 p.m.

The Lady Rams challenged Roger Williams in a non-conference game on Sept. 14, at Maple Street Field. Eight minutes into the game, Roger Williams’ freshmen, Jenna Clavette passed to junior, Meghan Curran, who quickly fired the ball into the back of the net. Ten minutes later, junior Katherine Mahoney tallied another point on the board for the Hawks, when she went unassisted to the net. The Rams put themselves on the board in the 22nd minute when Ackerman assisted freshman Hannah Carnes, with Framingham’s first goal of the game. Three minutes later, Curran pushed the Hawk’s back to a two goal lead when she went unassisted to the net, bringing the final score of the first half to 3-1, Roger Williams. The Rams dominated the second half of the game.

Ackerman acquired a second point for her team off a penalty corner and scored again before the end of the second half off another penalty, bringing the game to 3-3. The two teams failed to score again, and the game was pushed into overtime. Mahoney had an early breakaway for the Hawks, but Rams keeper, senior Rosemary Talbot broke up the play before Mahoney was able to shoot. Sophomore Juliana Miccile took a shot on net but, it was deflected off the Rams’ post and into the possession of junior Abby Treweek, who then scored the deciding goal of the game. The final score was 4-3, Hawks. Rosemary Talbot stayed strong throughout the game, making a total of 15 saves.

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Roger Williams



Kelvin Okyere D 16 GP 13 GS 1 A 1 Pt 4 Shots

SEPTEMBER 18, 2015

Gerardo Ramirez M 19 GP 8 GS 3 Shots

Tyler Jack F

16 GP 1 GS 1 A 1 Pt 7 Shots

Men’s Soccer Preview 2014 Stats

Cory Cardeiro F 19 GP 19 GS 8 G 3 A 19 Pts 86 Shots

Coach Dean Nichols

13th season 2 MASCAC Tournament Championships 2 NCAA Tournament Appearances

Mitchell Osgood D 9 GP 2 Shots

Brandon Downey D 17 GP 17 GS 7 Shots


SEPTEMBER 18, 2015

Sara Sullivan GK

Jennifer Johnson D

18 GP 18 GS 58 Saves 1.24 GAA .725 Save %

9 GP 1 GS 1 Shot

Women’s Soccer Preview 2014 Stats

Angela Pallotta D

22 GP 22 GS 1 G 6 A 8 Pts 54 Shots

Michaela Hyland D

22 GP 22 GS 3 G 3 A 9 Pts 12 Shots


Kaelen Larocque M

20 GP 9 GS 1 G 1 A 3 Pts 7 Shots

Coach Kristina Kern

2nd season 14-7-1 career record ECAC Division III Championship

Danielle Whall D 21 GP 21 GS 2 Shots

Brini Varetimos F

18 GP 11 GS 5 G 5 A 15 Pts 27 Shots

Marissa Miele M

22 GP 21 GS 5 G 3 A 13 Pts 35 Shots

Lulu Foy M

21 GP 2 GS 1 G 2 Pts 8 Shots



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SEPTEMBER 18, 2015

By Mike Ferris Sports Editor


Framingham’s late comeback effort falls short

A week after holding Endicott to six points, Framingham surrendered 61 to Cortland State. Despite a late rally, the Rams didn’t have quite enough fire power to overcome the deficit they created for themselves in the first half. Framingham was outscored 35-14 in the first two quarters, but after a valiant effort to get back in the game in the second half, its hopes ended when Quron Wright fumbled a punt that would’ve given the Rams the ball back and a chance to win. With fifteen seconds left, Wright’s fumble was recovered by Cortland who took it to the end zone for a touchdown extending Cortland’s lead from five to 12, making the game appear more lopsided than it really was. Had Wright held onto the ball, there’s no telling whether Framingham would’ve been able to pull off the miraculous comeback, but the way Matt Silva performed Saturday, nothing was out of the question. Silva followed up his five touchdown performance in the seasonopener by throwing for five more against Cortland. He also nearly doubled his passing yard total from the opener throwing 59 times for 510 yards. Through two weeks of football, Silva leads the country in passing yards and is tied for the lead in passing touchdowns. The offense was clicking for much of the game and Tevin Jones really broke out, resurrecting a familiar duo from last year – Silva to Jones. Jones caught 10 passes for 156 yards and a touchdown. He was followed closely by Travis Hayes, who was making his season-debut. Hayes caught nine passes for 142

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Nick Stanfield (56), Dan Feeley (69) and Joe Wilder (57) provide protection for quarterback Matt Silva. yards and also caught a touchdown. Marcus Grant also had a big game, catching 10 passes for 90 yards and two touchdowns. One of which was an extremely athletic touchdown in the back corner of the end zone to give Framingham a lot of momentum during its comeback. While the Rams had a great attack through the air, Framingham struggled to establish any kind of running game. Silva led the ground game, running 11 times, mainly scrambles, for 44 yards. He was followed by Trevon Offley who ran 13 times for 21 yards. On the comeback trail, Framingham had gained all the momentum and was set to get the ball back. After creating a fourth and long, Framingham was flagged for roughing the

2015 Smith Co-Ed XC Invitational Men’s Framingham State Fifth Place 1:51:56 Individual 21. Richard Wertz 18:58.8 22. Dan Stevens 18:59.5 47. Steven Furtney 21:07.9 58. Jay Ebersole 24:46.0 62. Thomas Rainsford 28:04.4 *Six teams competed

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kicker on the ensuing punt and Cortland did not squander the second chance. On their first play following the penalty, quarterback Kyle Schneider found Jon Mannix, who got behind the secondary, and scored a 58-yard touchdown to really hurt Framingham’s comeback chance. Despite the defense allowing 496 yards, their afternoon was highlighted by a Lewis Bailey interception. Bailey picked off Schneider in the end zone preventing a Cortland touchdown, resulting in a drive that saw Silva find Hayes for a touchdown, giving Framingham the momentum to start the second half. Despite the two standout defensive drives, the pick and forced punt on fourth and long, Framingham really struggled to get off the field.

It allowed Cortland to go 7-14 on third down. But the blame couldn’t entirely be passed off on the defense because as previously mentioned, special teams struggled itself. The special teams unit not only had the costly roughing the kicker foul but they also allowed a kick return for a touchdown early in the second quarter. Framingham did take some positives out of the game though, as it dominated possession and ultimately tallied a higher offensive yardage total. The defensive and special teams’ mistakes were in the end, too much to overcome. Framingham looks to avenge its loss Saturday afternoon when it hosts Fitchburg State at Bowditch Field.

Volleyball sweeps tri-match at Southern Maine By Amelia Foley Interim Asst. Sports Editor

Framingham was on fire this past Saturday, Sept. 12, racking up two wins after a non-conference tri-match at the Warren Hill Gymnasium. The first match against Southern Maine resulted in a 3-1 win for Framingham. The Huskies tried to keep pace with the Rams by tallying 14 kills from sophomore Jess Williamson and another eight from sophomore Mo Raymond. The Huskies were no match for Framingham junior Alycia Rackliffe who dominated the game with 17 kills, senior Danielle Girard who had 11 and senior Annie DeLoid who tacked on an additional eight. Sophomore Sarah Leonard contributed to the Rams’ success with an impressive 28 assists and freshman Mackenzie Whelan had another 17.

The Rams also picked up an additional ten points blocking the net. DeLoid had seven of the block assists while Rackliffe had four assists and a solo block. Southern Maine ended the game with a .052 hitting percentage and FSU with .208. Shortly after, Framingham State faced Newbury in their second match of the nonconference tri-match. Rackliffe lead the attack with a total of 12 kills. Leonard contributed to the Rams’ second success of the day with 15 kills and Whalen with 11. Whalen controlled the offense, keeping the game at a strong pace. Girard claimed a new match-high of 13 digs. Newbury tried to stay in the match with Miranda Banks making 14 kills and Marlen Reynoso with 23 assists, but the Nighthawks were no match for the Rams who won the match 3-0.


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