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THE GATEPOST Framingham State’s award-winning independent student newspaper since 1932

Volume 88 • Issue 9

November 8, 2019

Deirdre Fay and Brenna Marquis celebrate straight-set win on their Senior Day game By Sara Senesac Asst. Sports Editor

The Rams’ volleyball team finished off their regular season with a straight-set victory over the Worcester State Lancers during their Senior Day game Nov. 2. The team’s two seniors, Deirdre Fay and Brenna Marquis, both performed remarkably during the match. Marquis held the back row with nine digs, while Fay put up eight kills and added eight digs. “Winning in straight sets on Senior Day, especially against Worcester, was such a great feeling,” Marquis said. “At this point in the season, our team is on the same page, and it was awesome to see that come together on a day that celebrated me and Deirdre.” Framingham took off early, going up 5-1 at the beginning of the first set. Caroline Gordon / THE GATEPOST An FSU student models her dress made from recycled Gatepost issues at Fashion Club’s Trashion Show Friday, Nov. 1.



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FSU ranks in top 10 Massachusetts online higher education institutions By Nadira Wicaksana Editor-in-Chief Framingham State University ranked sixth out of 20 on a list for “2020 Best Online Colleges in Massachusetts” by SR Education Group. SR Education Group is an organization “responsible for creating and maintaining websites aimed at connecting students with the resources necessary to complete their educations,” according to its website. FSU is the highest-ranking state university on the list, and the only


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one in the top 10. In the top five are Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, UMass Lowell, Wentworth Institute of Technology, UMass Amherst, and Assumption College. This list is an initiative called “Guide to Online Schools,” which is described as “helping prospective students find the right online college since 2004,” as stated on The organization boasts “free, easy-to-use tools [that] allow prospective students to find schools based on degree, tuition, student

recommendation rate, and military benefits, among other important attributes,” according to the guide’s website. The website’s description of FSU states, “A picturesque New England school, Framingham State University benefits from the growing innovation of Boston and its surrounding areas. Its campus hosts a planetarium, an art gallery, and impressive science laboratories. “Students pursuing an online certificate or degree have options in

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Four Corners meet in the Forum for a Midday Performance By Robert Johnson Jr. Arts & Features Editor Vocalist Zoë Krohne, bassist Doug Rich, and alto saxophonist Willie Sordillo did not have to go far from their native Framingham to visit the University for a Midday Performance to an audience of 27 people. Pianist/vocalist Marlene del Rosario - a native of the Philippines - was an exception to this. The quartet is influenced by many different musical stylings - including jazz, R&B, gospel, and Filipino folk

traditions, making themselves a rather versatile group. Four Corners invited the audience to “wade in the water,” as they opened the show with a soulful and jazzy rendition of the 1901 Negro spiritual of the same name. Their interpretation of it, while disjointed in some places due to everyone doing their own thing, featured many call-and-response interactions between members of the band - mainly between Sordillo and Krohne. By the end, what started out as calm and smooth became some-

thing loud and moving, indicated by the increase in intensity in Krohne’s singing. What followed the opening was a composition by Rich, one that will be used for an upcoming animated series about weather preparedness - “Ready for the Storm.” The piece was a mellow, yet funky take on a harsh and threatening issue, with Krohne’s crooning providing reassuring messages and themes of hope in her vocal delivery.

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Gatepost Interview

Editorial Board

Editor-in-Chief Nadira Wicaksana

Joe Barbagallo

Associate Editors Cara McCarthy Ashley Wall

By Kathleen Moore Editorial Staff

News Editor Donald Halsing

What is your educational and professional background? I got my bachelor of arts degree from Rhode Island College, a small state school right outside Providence. My degree was a bachelor of arts in psychology with a minor in coaching. That minor was more athletic coaching and teaching-based. I got my master of education degree from Northeastern University with a concentration in higher education administration, so just administrative work at colleges and universities, whether that be in housing, the dean of students office, the administrative side of the house - not as much of the academic affairs. I got into that, really, by being an RA in undergrad, so that’s kind of where I got the idea to go into higher education. What brought you to FSU? When I was job searching, first off, there was a vacancy for a position, so that helps. But I grew up in Maynard, Massachusetts, which is 15 minutes north of here going up Edgell Road, so I was familiar with the area. My parents are still living in that house that I grew up in, so it was nice to kind of “come home,” per se. I was working in Worcester, so it was nice to be closer to home, and my sister actually graduated from Framingham State. She actually lived in Larned. That was kind of a funny little fun fact when during the interview process, they let me know that, “Yeah, you’d be overseeing Larned Hall, and this is what it would look like,” and I was like, “Oh, that’s where my sister lived when she lived here.” So, that was pretty funny. I also see a lot of similarities with Framingham State and Rhode Island College. With both being smaller state schools, they both have good education programs, similar student bodies where the students are really passionate about what they are doing. There’s a lot more access to education here than … some of the more expensive private schools, which had been some of my experience in the past - just a similar kind of small-campus vibe, which I think I really enjoy. All of that is what was like, “This seems like it’ll be a really good place for me,” and then, obviously, I got hired, so I took it. What is your role at FSU? I am a residence director. I oversee Larned Hall, which has about, I think, 330-plus students living in it at the moment. I supervise 10 of the resident assistants and I also help supervise the

Asst. News Editors Leighah Beausoleil Evan Lee Arts & Features Editors Brennan Atkins Robert Johnson Jr. Asst. Arts & Features Editor Jared Graf Entertainment Correspondent Noah Barnes Fashion Correspondent Caeley Whalen Opinions Editor Thomas Maye Sports Editor Liam Gambon Asst. Sports Editors Sara Senesac Carlos Silva Design Editor Kathleen Moore Asst. Photos Editor Caroline Gordon Copy Editor Lauren Paolini Staff Writers Tahir Abbas Mackenzie Berube Patrick Brady Kaitlin Burch Kaitlyn Cullen Rylee Holmes Dia Kilgore Abigail Saggio Lizzy Stocks Dylan Thayer McKenzie Ward Staff Copy Editor Jordan Bacci Staff Photographers Hannah Coco Amanda Garny Amanda Martin 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

Residence Director of Larned Hall


Kathleen Moore / THE GATEPOST security desk attendants. So, my role boiled down, really, is just to ensure that the community of the building is safe and that people are able to really do what they’re here to do, which is to go to class, make connections, grow and learn in and outside of the classroom, and my job really is just to ensure that our residential students are getting that through having a safe community they can say is home, where they are engaged in different programs, that I can refer them to resources, and really just make sure that my office is kind of like a one-stop shop. If you’re having a problem, I can … either refer you to someone who can help with it, or I can assist you with that myself. How do you encourage a good school/work/life balance for your RAs? I think I try to remind them that they’re students first. I think that’s kind of the biggest thing when I’m talking with them regarding what’s going on. I think that it’s a busy position. I think with any busy position you might take, or any large commitment you take, while you’re still a student, there’s going to be some sacrifices. There’s going to be some growing pains. … I think that my least favorite part of the job is having conversations with RAs if they’re a little too involved, because there’s only so many hours in a week, so many hours in a day. But I really try to encourage them to take time for themselves. I’m always asking them what they’re doing on the weekends, or what they’ve got planned going on for the day, and not really in a, “I want to make sure you’re making good decisions,” but a lot more in a, “I want to make sure they’re getting off campus, making sure that they’re taking time to themselves,” way, because they do a lot of really important and good work with students. I think

they do a really good job of being first responders when things are going on in the building, making connections with students, and it’s a lot of energy and effort that goes into that. And I can speak for experience with that, because I was an RA for a very long time in undergrad, and it’s really important to just make sure that you take time for yourself and that you’re recharging your battery as the year goes on. What do you hope to accomplish as an RD? I hope to build connections with students. I have some things planned for the year. I’m going to start … hosting coffee hours with Joe. It’s probably going to have a much more catchy name, “Java with Joe” - or something like that. We love some puns and alliteration. I want to make sure that programming is done in a way that students are engaged and that there are programs that students want to come to, and that they’re getting something out of it - whether it be more connections on campus, educational resources, life skills. I think there’s a lot of different things you get out of programming and I want to make sure that as I’m continuously supervising the RAs and their programming efforts, and using my programming budget just to make sure that the students are getting something out of it. What advice do you have for FSU students? The biggest advice I would have for FSU students is to engage with the campus community. I think that can be a lot of different things, but I think the biggest thing is that you can learn and grow so much at a college campus, whether you’re living on campus, whether you’re living directly off campus, whether you’re commuting - I think all of those are great, personally. I’m obviously a little biased toward living on campus because I work for residential life and housing. I also lived on campus when I was at school, but I think that engaging with the campus community is really important. I think you can learn a lot of things about yourself, a lot of things about life, about life skills, constantly challenging yourself with things that you’re engaged in. So, I really think that if you can get a lot more than just a degree out of going to a university. … Make the concerted effort to engage with the campus community. The biggest thing I’d say is just go be involved, go be engaged. CONNECT WITH KATHLEEN MOORE

In last week’s issue of The Gatepost, we published an article titled, “Critical conversations that words cannot capture: ASL Club hosts Deaf awareness panel.” One of the ASL Club members brought to our attention that we did not capitalize the D in Deaf at all instances in the article, and there were multiple factual inaccuracies in the article. We sincerely apologize for these errors and have fixed them on the online version of the article.

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Tuesday, November 5 10:55 Elevator Entrapment North Hall Unfounded

Tuesday, November 5 13:46 Threat May Hall Assignment Complete

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SGA discusses course registration issues By Abigail Saggio Staff Writer SGA discussed issues regarding course registration, parking violations, and the renaming of North Hall at their Nov. 5 meeting. During open forum, many members of SGA detailed their own experiences with issues regarding course registration and the Registrar’s accessibility. Student Trustee Olivia Beverlie said, “The Registrar has told me twice now that I should be able to register for this class because they overrode it, but I still can’t.” Beverlie said she was unable to contact the registrar’s office during the registration period. “The fact that I couldn’t call Friday night when I was registering because their office closes at 5 - right when you register - is extremely frustrating. I had to sit on my hands all weekend wondering what was going to go on,” Beverlie said. Vice President Abigail Salvucci said she also had issues while registering for classes due to not having the correct PIN number for her account. “No one had my correct PIN for registration this year … because I had the wrong PIN, I went to register at 5 p.m. and I could not get any of my classes. I couldn’t register,” Salvucci said. She added she was unable to register for classes until Monday morning. Salvucci said the Office of the University Registrar should be more accessible to students during the course registration period. “I really think that there should be someone there when registration is going on, because [during] every single registration, the office is closed. … Every student registering can be affected,” Salvucci said. Senator McKenzie Ward said some students are unhappy with the use of Mary Miles Bibb’s married name for the renaming of North Hall. Ward said some students believe using her married name, Bibb, instead of her maiden name, Miles, is “taking away the significance of renaming it in honor of her” because she “was only actually married to her husband with the last name of Bibb for six years.” Beverlie said the signed petition approved by the Department of Higher Education to rename North Hall used Bibb in its title. She said a new petition would be needed in order to use Bibb’s maiden name - Miles.


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M.I.S.S. presents their funding request to SGA. “At this point, it’s not really something in our control to fix,” Beverlie said. Senator Mariah Farris said a student was issued a parking violation in the lot next to O’Connor Hall for reversing into a parking space. Farris said the student went to the Dean of Students in an effort to ap-

Senior Destiny Phaire was also sworn in by Bennet as senator. SGA approved three funding requests for Brother to Brother, M.I.S.S., and Black Student Union (BSU). Brother to Brother’s request to travel to the Black, Brown, and College Bound Conference in Tampa, Florida March 6 to 9 included four

“I really think that there should be someone there when registration is going on, because [during] every single registration, the office is closed.” -Abigail Salvucci, SGA vice president peal the ticket, and the Dean of Students told them to speak to SGA. President Matty Bennet said all concerns regarding parking violations must be handled through the parking clerk, but concerns about any policies and procedures are welcomed by SGA. “I’m more than happy to reach out to campus police and ask them what their procedures are and tell them that they need to make them more visible to students,” Bennet said. In other business, Bennet appointed Junior Matt O’Sullivan parliamentarian.

Monday night 50% chance of precipitation. Mostly cloudy, low near 30. NE winds around 5 mph. Tuesday 70% chance of precipitation. Cloudy, high near 40. NE winds around 10 mph, gusting to 20.

tickets for members of their executive board and two tickets for travel staff members. The request was approved for the full amount of $8,909.06. M.I.S.S. presented their funding request for their third annual “Art in the Dark” event being held Dec. 6. Finance Committee approved the funding request Oct. 21. At that meeting, M.I.S.S. requested $318.20 for a backdrop and $449.90 for photo booth props in addition to their original request for $9,132.54. During the Senate meeting, M.I.S.S. said the backdrop and props

will be reused for future events. The funds will cover the costs of artists, performers, decorations, as well as on- and off-campus catering. SGA approved the request, including the extra amount requested, for a total of $9,900.64. BSU requested $18,627.94 for 50 students and two travel staff members to travel to Richmond, Virginia Feb. 14 to 17. Finance Committee approved the funding request of $15,368.12 to fund 34 students and two staff members. The cost covers hotel, travel staff member meals, admission to the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia, as well as hiring two bus drivers. BSU President Phoenix Harris said BSU requested an amount to cover the cost of 50 students last year, and was approved for 32 students, all of whom attended. SGA allocated $15,368.12 to BSU from SGA’s unallocated account for FY20. BSU plans to sell tickets for the trip for $80 each through ABC Ticketing. In other news: The “U-Rock” award was presented to Bennet. The physical rock was once again absent. [Editor’s note: McKenzie Ward is a member of The Gatepost.] CONNECT WITH ABIGAIL SAGGIO

Forecast provided by the National Weather Service Tuesday night Wednesday night 60% chance of snow. Partly cloudy, low near Mostly cloudy, low 20. NW winds around near 20. NW winds 10 mph. around 10 mph, gusting to 20. Thursday Wednesday Mostly sunny, high 30% chance of rain. near 35. W winds Partly sunny, high near around 5 mph. 30. NW winds around 10 mph, gusting to 25.



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Framingham City Council Elections 2019 Election Day was Tuesday, Nov. 6 in the City of Framingham. Of the 39,001 eligible voters in the city, approximately 18% voted in the election. There are more than 71,000 people residing in the city. Nine city council seats were up for election - the two councilor at-large positions and seven of the nine district councilor positions. In addition, all nine Framingham School Committee member positions were up, but only three districts were contested. The two city councilor at-large positions were considered the most hotly contested race of this election season, with three running for the position - incumbent George King Jr., Janet Leombruno, and Gloria Pascual. King won more than one thousand votes over both Pascual and Leombruno. Pascual lost the remaining at-large councilor position to Leombruno by 42 votes.

Courtesy of the City of Framingham Name: George King Jr. (incumbent) Position: City Councilor at-large

Official Vote Count (according to Gloria Pascual: 3,361 George P. King Jr.: 4,278 Janet Leombruno: 3,403

Courtesy of Facebook Name: Christine Long Position: City Councilor District: 1 Opponent: Joseph Norton

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Courtesy of Name: Robert Case Position: City Councilor District: 5 Opponent: Noval Alexander

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Courtesy of Facebook Name: Tracey Bryant Position: City Councilor District: 9 Opponent: Neidy Cuellar

Name: John Stefanini Position: City Councilor District: 8 Opponent: Mario Alvarez

Courtesy of Facebook Name: Scott Wadland Position: School Committee District: 3 Opponent: Leslie Smart

Name: Janet Leombruno Position: City Councilor at-large

Courtesy of Facebook Name: Cesar Stewart-Morales Position: City Councilor District: 2 Opponent: Richard Finlay

Name: Margareth Basilio Shepard (incumbent) Position: City Councilor District: 7 Opponent: William Lynch

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Courtesy of Facebook Name: Jessica Barnhill Position: School Committee District: 8 Opponent: Jim Hansen

Name: William LaBarge Position: School Committee District: 9 Opponent: Richard Baritz

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Ranking Continued from pg. 1 multiple subject areas, including education, business, nursing, and nutrition. Framingham [State] online students are provided with a student orientation at the start of each semester, information technology services, and access to the Center for Academic Success and Achievement.” The guide’s website states the methodology used to calculate rankings differs depending on whether the school is being accessed on a state or national level. According to the website, “To be considered for these state rankings, schools need to be regionally accredited and need to offer at least one fully online degree at the bachelor’s level.” FSU offers one online undergraduate degree, 10 online master’s degrees, and four online certificate programs. The undergraduate degree is in liberal studies, and the master’s

degrees range from business administration to nutrition education. Consideration for the “fully online” requirement was still given to “programs that require some on-campus coursework were still considered for our rankings if the amount of in-person work required was limited to two weeks or [fewer],” according to the website. “This allows students to retain their current employment or other personal responsibilities,” it states. Other factors considered in the ranking include “median mid-career salary data, as well as manually researched tuition rates and degree offerings.” Salary data was obtained from the website PayScale, and tuition rates and degree offerings were obtained from official school websites, according to SR Education Group. Sung Rhee, the CEO of SR Education Group, said in his organization’s Oct. 1 press release, “In our 10th year of publishing college rankings, we are proud to lead the way in offering

“It is always nice when the University receives recognition for the quality and value of our educational programs.” -F. Javier Cevallos, FSU president

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Courtesy of the most accurate, comprehensive, and accessible rankings for online students. “We know that program costs and return on investment are two objective, important factors to current students,” he added. “This is why we have spent the past year researching over 1,900 schools to highlight the best online colleges of 2020.” FSU President F. Javier Cevallos said, “It is always nice when the University receives recognition for the quality and value of our educational

programs. The importance of being able to offer a high-quality online educational experience is only going to continue to grow in the future.” He added, “FSU offers a variety of fully online and hybrid options. The University recently launched a fully online MBA program, and we continue to explore new opportunities to expand.” CONNECT WITH NADIRA WICAKSANA

Pretrial conference held for former student Rufus Rushins

By Nadira Wicaksana Editor-in-Chief

A pretrial conference was held in Framingham District Court Nov. 5 for former FSU student Rufus Rushins, 23, to check if he was abiding by the conditions of his bail. Rushins was arrested and charged by Framingham Police on the count of possession of child pornography in September. He is also being investigated for alleged sexual assault on a 5-year-old child. At the time, he was still formally enrolled at the University and a member of the football team. He took a leave of absence in response to his suspension. However, according to Dean of Students Meg Nowak Borrego, Rushins is no longer enrolled at the University, and he does not live on campus. Nowak Borrego declined to comment any further. At the pretrial conference, prosecutors told Judge Jennifer Stark they were “unable to check on him” and to see if the conditions set at the time of his arraignment were being “enforced.” These conditions include having no contact with minors aged 16 and younger, as well as having no access to computers and internet-capable cell phones. However, Rushins is allowed to use Tracfones or other cell phones that are not capable of inter-

Courtesy of Framingham Police net access. Rushins’ lawyers asked Stark if there were any travel restrictions placed on him, as he wants to travel out of state for the Thanksgiving holiday. They also asked if Rushins could purchase a new Tracfone with no internet access, as per the aforementioned conditions. Stark said there are no travel limitations placed on Rushins and agreed to the purchase of a new Tracfone. Rushins’ next court date, a probable cause hearing, is set for Dec. 17 at the Framingham District Court. CONNECT WITH NADIRA WICAKSANA


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White supremacy is not foreign Minimalism: on letting go to us Last week, ex-Breitbart News editor and self-proclaimed alt-righter Milo Yiannopoulos leaked audio featuring neo-Nazi and white supremacist Richard Spencer after the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in August 2017. In the audio, Spencer spews a litany of racial and anti-Semitic slurs and proudly says his ancestors enslaved and ruled over Jewish and Black people. “That’s how the world f**king works,” he says. “I rule the f**king world. Those pieces of sh*t get ruled by people like me.” While his hate speech is undeniably shocking and terrible, it is not unusual to think something similar could ever happen in our own communities. In fact, we have seen multiple incidents of racially motivated hate crimes targeting Black, Latinx, and Jewish students that involved slurs and hate symbols in graffiti on campus in recent years. Part of the issue when it comes to addressing racism and other forms of bias is the tendency to think they are so far removed from our lives and cannot have any immediate impact on us. In fact, Spencer was born in Boston and, throughout his life, lived in large, diverse cities all over the United States. Racism and bigotry are not contained within certain spheres and ideologies, nor are they specific to certain political parties - they are wildly pervasive in every region of this nation, which was founded on an ideology of white supremacy. Furthermore, the more racially privileged you are, the less often you think about race and racism and how they affect you. Non-white people in this country do not have the luxury of simply forgetting they are racial minorities and discriminated against because of their identities. Every day of their lives, people of color and other marginalized minorities receive the brunt of the horrors posed by the threats of racism and white supremacy. In the three full years since Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election, we’ve undoubtedly seen an increase in incidents of outright and violent racial hatred in all its manifestations. The fact so many bigots became immediately emboldened following Trump’s election is not only concerning on the community level, but also provides evidence of the insidiousness of white supremacy and racial hierarchies that plague our nation. These are not isolated incidents - rather, they speak to a larger epidemic from which our country suffers. Our nation was not - and still is not - immune to racial hatred and bias. The past couple of years should serve as stark reminders to ourselves that we should not be exempt from duly and routinely examining and questioning our attitudes toward race and racism. It should alarm us whenever we are made aware of the fact we harbor racist sentiments within ourselves or are confronted by racially biased comments from our own families and friends. It should offend and disgust us to our cores to see unabashed racism and bigotry. We must continue to foster environments around the country in which we can talk freely about race and educate people on their implicit biases and prejudices they might have internalized throughout their lives. We cannot become desensitized to racial bias and accept inequality and hatred as societal norms. We cannot allow ourselves to become complacent in the face of relative peace and quiet, or content with only the bare minimum progress we make toward achieving race-equal communities. Spencer might only be one person, but he still has followers, whether they are marching alongside him with torches and pitchforks through the streets of Charlottesville, or acting as keyboard warriors and spreading white supremacist rhetoric online behind the safety of a screen. We can never underestimate or minimize the impact of one individual, but we can also use this idea to our advantage. Every single person on this campus has the ability to call out racial bias for what it is and stop it in its tracks whenever they see or hear it from their immediate circles. The FSU community can contribute to the fight against bigotry every day, wherever it may be. Racism is a difficult subject to broach, but we have to get over the discomfort and apprehension in order to achieve the progress we want to see.

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By Dia Kilgore Staff Writer Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus asked their audience to “imagine a life with less: less stuff, less clutter, less stress and debt, and discontent, a life with fewer distractions. “Now imagine a life with more: more time, more meaningful relationships, more growth, and contribution and contentment.” Millburn and Nicodemus, better known as The Minimalists, deliver this message on their tour of several U.S. cities, connecting with people from all walks of life and sharing their ideology of Minimalism. At first glance, minimalism may seem a bit far-fetched. Yet for many, the minimalist philosophy makes sense. Living as a minimalist is about ridding life of meaningless clutter to make room for deeper relationships and life experiences, rather than living for worldly possessions. In a country with 52 “micro-seasons” of fashion per year, consumption trends manipulate consumers in the United States to purchase as many things as possible as quickly as they can. In 1928, unconventional mastermind Edward Bernays revolutionized the ways companies appeal to consumers - with marketing strategies unlike anything the industry had seen before. As a young entrepreneur and employee of the American Tobacco Company, Bernays realized that by appealing to people on an emotional and unconscious level, they could easily be manipulated to buy things - and it worked. In a time when it was socially unacceptable for women to smoke, Bernays turned the tables and launched an advertising campaign in which women weren’t smoking - they were lighting “torches of freedom,” appealing to feminist ideologies. He spread the message that by smoking,

women would be able to assert their independence and power. This false message of emancipation was very powerful at the time and is thought to be a direct contribution to the tobacco epidemic. Today, these types of campaign tactics have spiraled out of control. Bright yellow banners in the U.K. scream, “ARE YOU BEACH-BODY READY?” featuring scantily clad women hawking protein powder. These advertisements are nothing new, and frankly, sexist. The goal is to get women to question their value based on how their bodies look in order to sell a product. Minimalism is about having the right things - not no things. As human beings, we are already enough without these products, which claim to solve all our problems for just five low installments of $19.99. Based on the theory “less is more,” minimalism has allowed people to reclaim their freedom, be it financially, mentally, or both. Milburn lives his life based on the principle that every possession he owns serves a purpose or brings him joy. He analyzes his possessions by asking, “Does this add value to my life? And if not, I have to be willing to let go.” Gone are the days of keeping up with the Joneses, and living based on what advertisers dictate we need to purchase to be happy and whole. The age-old saying, “Money can’t buy happiness,” is something many minimalists - including myself - have noticed is true as we let go of the clutter and noise that pollute our world. Touching the hearts of their two million avid readers, The Minimalists sum up their philosophy by declaring, “Love people, and use things. Because the opposite never works.”

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Letter to the Editor Constitutional silences and impeachment The writers of the Constitution are deservedly praised for their choice of words in a document that created a durable, if somewhat flawed, government. But rarely are these Founders praised for their silences: for those parts of the Constitution that left some questions to be decided by time and circumstance. One of those wise silences involves an issue currently before the public: the process to be followed by the House of Representatives for the impeachment of a president. While Article II tells us a president “shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors,” the Founders left it to a majority of the House to decide for themselves how to decide that question as part of their “sole Power of Impeachment.” The hearings taking place currently are not yet the impeachment. The committees that are investigating and gathering evidence could yet

decide there is not enough evidence to proceed to formal impeachment. The House has been through the impeachment process only three times in relation to the presidency: the impeachments of Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton, as well as the aborted impeachment of Richard Nixon, which ended when Nixon resigned. Thanks to the silence of the Constitution, in each case, the House majority was left free to decide for themselves what the best process would be for making this difficult decision. The House, and the country, will have to ponder the highly debatable questions of what “high Crimes and Misdemeanors” mean and whether we are convinced, based on the evidence, that President Trump committed such an act and should be tried by the Senate. On those questions, reasonable people can and will differ. But as a historian and a political scientist, we are disturbed by the claim being made by Republi-

can defenders of the president that the process chosen by the majority in the House is somehow illegitimate, or, worse, “unconstitutional.” To pretend there is a specific process recommended in the Constitution, or that the decision by the House majority to proceed with an impeachment inquiry is somehow “unconstitutional” if it is not preceded by a full vote by the House, is a torturing of history and a distortion of the traditions of the House of Representatives. The Founders knew each generation would have to decide for itself how to proceed on these questions. Their wise decision to be silent on those details meant that impeachment could follow the process each House majority thought best. A careful weighing of the evidence, with our reflection on what we believe to be an impeachable offense, means we respect what the Founders had in mind. Avoiding those questions by misreading their wise decision to leave it to future House

majorities to choose a process for doing so fails to demonstrate that respect. The House rules that sanction the current hearings were voted on in 2015, when Republicans were in control. We hope all members of the FSU community, regardless of political affiliation, will make an effort to ignore the rhetoric of both parties that is swirling in today’s news and social media to form an opinion based on the evidence presented in the hearings. Sincerely, Jon Huibregtse, history professor, and David Smailes, political science professor

Campus Conversations

What is a book that you were assigned to read for class, but ended up loving or that had a profound impact on you, and why? By Kathleen Moore

“Tuesdays with Morrie. I was thinking about working at a college, and the book was about connections with the professor and the lifelong impact they can have.” -Samantha Collette, Sophomore

“Macbeth. It made me love old literature. ”

-Jaydon Kinuthia, Freshman

“The Great Gatsby. It ended up being an interesting story. We watched the movie.”

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ARTS & FEATURES “The Lighthouse” is a shimmer of hope in a sea of subpar movies By Brennan Atkins Arts & Features Editor By Noah Barnes Entertainment Correspondent “The Lighthouse” is the newest movie by up-and-coming director Roger Eggers, who also directed the 2016 horror movie, “The Witch.” The film stars Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson as two lighthouse keepers during the 1890s. Dafoe’s character is experienced with his lighthouse duties while Pattinson’s is still slowly learning the ins and outs of the job. The film’s narrative seems like a strange amalgamation of Grecian, Romantic, and Biblical tales, at times feeling like a cinematic adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven,” while at other times feeling like a story of caution straight out of Greek mythology. To put it bluntly, it’s Pattinson’s and Dafoe’s best roles to date, and they really made each of their characters their own. Dafoe plays Thomas Wake, an effective Captain Ahab stereotype, believing in superstitions and even going to the extent of saying, “Best y’leave the gulls be. In ‘ems the souls of sailors what met their maker.” He genuinely believes the tall tales that have been spread all across the seven seas, and at times, fears them. This sets up a stark contrast to Pattinson’s character, Ephraim Winslow, an emotionally isolated individual who seemingly just wants to be done with work and go to sleep. He is skeptical of any mysticism involved and doesn’t find Thomas Wake pleasant to be around. This becomes the catalyst for further conflict as Winslow can’t stand Wake, and he is given the most laborious tasks to do - including shoveling coal and repairing the roof. Dafoe delivers monologues that seem straight out of “Moby-Dick” with such intensity you can almost feel the tension in the air of the theater. Pattinson’s occasional drunken out-

bursts consistently have the audience at the edge of their seats, as there’s no telling what exactly is about to happen. There’s a genuine fear in having a character go from being this unassuming average Joe to an intimidating, unpredictable force who is capable of ending a life. Pattinson’s ability to make the same character have such polar opposite personalities is a testament to how far this actor has grown. The film is in black and white and was shot on Kodak Double-X stock to create a genuine, early silent film look - and it achieves it with such ease that at times, we forgot we are watching a movie from a 2019 director, rather than a rerelease of a classic in theaters. Another note is that the aspect ratio for the film is 1.19:1, which is com-

add to it. Laughing along with these characters makes us want to see them more, and ultimately when something doesn’t go their way, it makes us all the more uneasy. The soundtrack of the movie is composed by Mark Kroven, and many of the composed pieces really make the scene come alive. Each piece is played during a specific point in the film, and the soundtrack alone makes each scene memorable. There are many songs that instantly remind us of the exact scene in the movie, and that’s indicative of a strong soundtrack indeed. The sound mixing also has to be noted, as sometimes, the soundtrack of the film is the world itself - the rhythmic shoveling of coal, the blistering loud foghorn, and patters of rain on the wooden roof are enthralling.

“Eggers’ love of film is inspirational. This dedication to his craft is an example to other filmmakers never to cut corners, and that hard work pays off immensely.” - The Couch Boys

gets thrown around a lot by critics and general audiences, but in this instance, it’s deserved.



Grade: A+ monly associated with the aforementioned silent films. It seems as if Eggers is trying to bring the audience into the movie on a deeper level than most, by actually making the viewer feel as if they’re also in the time period. It’s an incredibly meta way of presenting a film, and we would love to see it done more in the future. There is something inherently scarier about a man’s psyche at its limits than the conventional jump scare or dead person coming back to haunt a house. One thing that was surely unexpected was the level of comedy that’s present in the film. While it seems as if this would break the tension, it does nothing but

While “The Witch” was certainly an excellent movie, “The Lighthouse” takes the title of Eggers’ best film thus far. It feels as if he learned a great deal about directing and playing with the audience’s emotions from “The Witch,” and applied it tenfold to this film. However, much like “The Witch,” this film isn’t for the faint of heart. It depicts graphic violence and sexual acts throughout the film. Eggers’ love of film is inspirational. This dedication to his craft is an example to other filmmakers never to cut corners, and that hard work pays off immensely. We’re just going to come out and say it - it’s a masterpiece. That word

Roger Eggers mesmerizes audiences with stellar cinematography and perfect performances from Dafoe and Pattinson.





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Midday Continued from page 1 Sordillo’s solo was another high point in the song, with del Rosario and Rich doing their part to back Sordillo’s virtuosic efforts. Rich was not the only one with a composition of his own - del Rosario and Sordillo jumped in on the fun with their pieces, “Shoes for a Soul” and “Unexceptional.” “Shoes” tells the story of a man named Eugene whom del Rosario encountered on the corner of Newbury Street and Massachusetts Avenue while she did her studies at the Berklee College of Music. “He was a shoeman, you know? He would repair or shine shoes and he was a fixture - he was there every day,” del Rosario said. “He was a very friendly guy - nice to watch.” “Unexceptional” focuses on no particular person, but, rather, centers on the concept that every person is both unique and unexceptional. Despite the gentle opening measures, each band member had two opportunities for solos, bringing great excitement to the song’s later moments. After that display of imagination, Four Corners pulled out another cover - this time, one of Herbie Hancock’s 1974 song, “Butterfly.” The jazz-like characteristics were maintained in the band’s interpretation, making brilliant use of musical pauses to keep the audience on their toes, while Sordillo lived up to the solo-driven nature of the original. Krohne’s singing was impossible to

ignore, for it, along with Rich’s bass guitar backing, played an integral part in keeping the slow, funky vibe. Instrumental music fans were in for a treat with a piece called “Lie,” one that attempted to “make a statement,” in the words of Sordillo. “There’s actually two ‘lies’ in this song: the first is the lie of white supremacy, and the second lie is the lie that we have overcome racism,” Sordillo said of the title. The composition itself starts out as a mellow, low-tempo melody, one

that prompted the audience to think about the overwhelming power of white supremacy in America. This veil is quickly destroyed as the piece transforms into a fast, chaotic jam session with no structure, which was very accurate, considering the theme. This chaos becomes order again, as the band closes out the tune in a calm fashion. Closing out the lengthy, 12-song concert, the band performed a cover of Gregory Porter’s 2016 song, “Fan the Flames,” featuring fast-paced vo-

47. D.C. summer setting 48. *Made-to-order shades (letters 9-10) 52. Annual Jewish meal 53. Chemical variant 57. Astronaut Jemison 59. Naval petty officer 62. Long dress 63. Grand Ole ___ 65. *”She’s Not There” band, or another title for this puzzle (letter 10) 67. Puccini solo 68. Dohyo wrestling 69. Perceive 70. (Don’t open at the office) 71. www.cia.___ 72. College sr.’s test, often

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cals by Krohne and swing-like bass playing by Rich. The most surprising contribution to the melody was del Rosario’s use of scat singing, which made for a rather unique addition to a great performance. The Midday Performance series will return Feb. 10, 2020 with Sawaari in the McCarthy Center Forum. CONNECT WITH ROBERT JOHNSON JR.

38. Allot 40. Yalie 41. Climate pattern whose name has a tilde 44. Hair fullness 46. Jaguar spots, e.g.? 49. Track competitions 50. Dudely embrace 51. Gloomy 54. Bangor’s state 55. Past partners 56. What 12-, 26- and 44-Down do from their Puzzle solutions are now crossing resting plac- exclusively online. es? (Read the starred answers’ indicated letters for a bonus!) 57. Eerie sound 58. Interest figs. 60. Office note 61. Sea of ___, shallowest in the world 64. Partner of “pitch” and “roll” 66. Taste enhancer, for short


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Ice Hockey falls to Corsairs 8-1 in season opener

The Rams’ Ice Hockey team hosted the UMass Dartmouth Corsairs at home for their season opener at Loring Arena Nov. 5. At first, it seemed the Rams would take the lead early when they received a power play in the first few minutes of the game, but the Corsairs took possession of the puck in the last two minutes of their own penalty. Senior goalkeeper Greg Harney made an impressive save to keep the score at 0-0, but UMD found their opportunity shortly after. The Corsairs capitalized on their own power play, scoring off a long pass from Nicholas Short. In the 16th minute, UMD was awarded a penalty shot after a hard check from the Rams’ defense brought their player to the ice. John Grealish secured the penalty shot, putting the Corsairs up 2-0 by the end of the first period. The Rams picked up their momentum in the beginning of the second period when freshman Matthew Paiotti scored a shorthanded unassisted goal just 19 seconds in. Framingham’s defense managed to hold the Corsairs until about halfway through the second period, when they allowed three more goals less than 10 minutes apart, bringing the score to 5-1. The third period was much of the same, with the Corsairs dominating most of the offensive play. By the end of the match, UMD managed to put up three more goals to secure their 8-1 win over the Rams.

Junior Soren Colstrup said, “I think the team chemistry is lacking compared to where it needs to be if we want to be successful. It is hard to argue against that based off the results of last night’s game.” The Rams went 0-for-7 on power plays while the Corsairs managed to go 1-for-5. Overall, UMD outshot Framingham 56-28. Harney made an impressive 42 saves for the Rams in the first two periods before subbing in junior Nolan Greene for the final. Colstrup said, “Obviously, it was a frustrating loss. It’s not the way we wanted to start the season off at all. We hung our goalies out to dry the whole night, and we have to be better. “If I had to take away one positive from last night’s game, it would be the fact that we have 24 games left. It’s early in the season, and we are very motivated to be better on Saturday night,” Colstrup said. The Rams host the Southern New Hampshire Penmen for a nonconference match Nov. 9.




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The Lancers came back to tie the score at 10-10, but quickly lost their momentum and allowed the Rams to respond with nine unanswered points. Framingham clutched the first set 25-15. They kept their energy alive in the second set, jumping out to an early 7-2 lead over the Lancers. The Rams extended their lead by nine points before eventually securing the second set 25-15 once again. The third set was much of the same, with the Rams jumping out to an early lead over Worcester. They continued their momentum until the very end when they took the final set 25-17, beating the Lancers in straight sets and ending their regular season on a high note. Fay said, “To finish our regular season winning straight sets definitely ignites a feeling of both pride and excitement. “Considering the growth this team has accomplished as the season progressed, we are eager for the playoffs after seeing what we are capable of when it comes to playing teams in the MASCAC,” Fay said. Sophomore Brandee Thomas led the team in kills with 10, and junior Morgan Failla made all 39 set assists for the Rams in the match. Sophomore Alyssa Cafarelli matched Marquis with nine digs for the game. Fay said, “We are lucky to have made it to the playoffs each year ... and we are extremely hopeful to make it to the final Championship this season. We know how hard each girl on this team works. “Our coaches know how to prepare us mentally and physically and are just as hungry as the team is to win another championship,” she said. As their last season playing for FSU comes to a close, Marquis and Fay shared how much the sport has meant to them. Courtesy of Marquis said, “It still doesn’t feel real that my time as an athlete for Framingham State is coming to an end. I want to thank all my Brenna Marquis sets up to spike. teammates I’ve had through my four years who have taught me more than volleyball ever could alone. Fay said, “I truly do not think I could have asked for a better person “I want to thank Coach Casali for his admirable dedication and the effort he puts in to making this team the best we can be, and for tak- to have experienced each moment of FSU volleyball with than Brening a chance on me. I want to thank Coach Chelle and Coach Brian, na. Lots of jokes, lots of roasts , lots of sweat - but what I am most who have encouraged me and supported me throughout my time here. thankful for is lots of memories. “Coach Casali, Chelle, and Brian have given Brenna and me so much “Lastly, I want to thank Deirdre for sticking by my side through knowledge through these years that will be invaluable to our futures. these four years, I could not have done this without her,” Marquis My teammates, both past and present, have made me who I am today, said. which I appreciate in more words than I can describe,” Fay said. The Rams ended their regular season with a record of 17-11 overall and 6-1 in the MASCAC. They are currently ranked as the No. 2 seed for the championship. Marquis said, “This is a big week. We have worked so hard this season and we know what it takes to win. I am so excited to play and show the conference just how much we’ve grown as a team in this season alone.” Fay exclaimed, “The season is not over yet, and I can’t wait to see us rock each and every minute. Roll Rams!” Their first playoff game will be played at home against Bridgewater State Nov. 7.


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Liam’s Lineup: Pats vs. Ravens Is Jackson that good?

Rams’ Adam Wojenski leads team to 16-6 Kelley Cup victory over Mass. Maritime

By Liam Gambon Sports Editor

By Carlos Silva Asst. Sports Editor

The New England Patriots faced off against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday Night Football at M&T Bank Stadium Nov. 3. Coming into the game, the Pats were undefeated at 8-0 and had an impenetrable defense. That was until Lamar Jackson took the field. The video game-like style that Jackson plays has left opposing defenses confused and overwhelmed all year. Compared to last year, he is a completely different player. In 2018, Jackson played 16 games. In those 16 games, he threw for 1,201 yards and ran for 695. So far, through half as many games in 2019, Jackson has thrown for 1,813 yards and run for 637. He has also thrown 12 touchdowns compared to last year’s six and has run for five, the same as last year’s season. Essentially, Jackson is on pace to absolutely shatter his numbers from his rookie season. The greatness he has shown was put in question, though, as he approached a game against the No.1-rated defense in the league: the New England Patriots. Many expected he would not be able to throw against the Pats’ secondary and would have to run the ball instead. Then, the flag was raised on the fact that New England is historically gifted at shutting down quarterbacks from running for a ton of yards. Jackson was counted out from the start, but instead of doing what people expected, he did the opposite. Not only did he beat the undefeated Patriots, he also ran for 61 yards and two touchdowns - something no one expected him to do against New England. He also had his second-best QBR of the year, the latter coming against the worst defense in the NFL: the Miami Dolphins. Now there are two questions to be asked. Is Lamar Jackson the real deal and are the Patriots actually a top team, or have they just had an easy schedule? Considering Jackson is 22nd in the league for rushing yards - even though he’s a quarterback - and is capable of blowing up a No. 1 defense, I’d say he is. As for the Patriots, I still believe they deserve the title of a top team and Super Bowl favorite. Tom Brady leads the league in pass attempts and completions and is second in the league in passing yards. New England has the second-best passing, receiving, and total defense in the league, and are backed by Devin McCourty’s league-leading five interceptions. With the long-awaited debut of N’Keal Harry coming after their bye-week, the Patriots’ offense should be the best it’s been all year. With all of that in mind, and with the fact that it was one game in an entire season, the Patriots still cannot be considered anything but a Top 3 team in the NFL. Expect fans to talk about Jackson and the Patriots as huge successes at the end of the season.

Framingham took on the Mass. Maritime Buccaneers on the road Nov. 2. The Rams scored early as Adam Wojenski connected with Jacob Maher for an eight-yard touchdown after a quick six-play drive. The Rams’ final score of the game came via a Wojenski one-yard run that capped off a nine-play drive. The Bucs answered back immediately as Ja’iel Johnson returned the ensuing kickoff 87 yards for Mass. Maritime’s first and only score of the game. The PAT attempt was blocked by Adeboye Oyaronbi and one of last week’s Best Players of the Week, Dwayne Hunter-Parker, returned it for the defensive two points, making the score 16-6. Neither team was able to score in the second half, as both defenses controlled the game. The game was the 13th annual Kelley Cup, which is a battle between father and son. Framingham State with Head Football Coach Tom Kelley facing off against his son, Mike Kelley, who is Mass. Maritime’s assistant football coach. Framingham has now won the Kelley Cup 12 years in a row. Coach Kelley said, “It is always a different feeling when coaching against a blood relative, especially when he is your son. Fortunately for us, he was not happy with the result of the game.” They play their most important game of the season next against the Bridgewater State Bears, who are sitting at 5-1. Framingham can clinch the conference championship with a win over the Bears. The Rams are now 6-0 in the MASCAC and 6-2 overall.


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Best players of the week

Men’s Soccer finishes season with a win to tie for the MASCAC title

By Dylan Thayer Staff Writer

The Framingham State Rams Men’s Soccer team took on the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Trailblazers at home Nov. 2 in the regular-season finale. In the 25th minute, it looked as though the Rams were going to put one on the board after a Trailblazer handball gave them a penalty kick. Nahuel Algibay stood at the line to take the free shot on the goalie, but was denied on a great save by Sam Edge, and the rebound shot went wide. The 29th minute presented another failed scoring opportunity for the Rams, as Gustavo Cassemiro took a corner kick and placed the through ball perfectly for Andre Oliveira to head it towards the goalie. Cassemiro was finally able to put the Rams in the lead 1-0 in the 44th minute with Algibay getting the assist on the goal. The first half was dominated by the Rams’ offense, outshooting the Trailblazers 17-3. Early in the second half, the Trailblazers almost tied up the game on a shot by Mateo Wirzburger, but goalie Corey Davidge tipped it out of bounds and away from the net. In the 58th minute, Isaac De Souza scored off a pass from Ibrahim Kyeyune to give the team a 2-0 lead. With the goal, De Souza once again created a three-way tie for the lead in goals between him, Cassemiro, and Bryce Nardizzi. All three finished the regular season with eight goals.

The 2-0 lead was all the Rams needed to down the porous 3-14 MASCAC opponent. The Rams improved to 9-8-2 to finish the season following the win. The second half was again was controlled by the Rams’ offense outshooting the Trailblazers 10-6 and 27-9 for the whole contest. Davidge notched his fifth shutout of the season with the 2-0 win, and put himself at the top of the MASCAC leaderboard in shutouts for the regular season. Throughout the season, Davidge finished first in wins and shutouts, and came second to Christopher Jimenez of Salem State in GAA, save percentage. After the game, Cassemiro was named co-player of the week in the MASCAC, and for the second time this season, MASCAC Rookie of the Week. The Rams enter the MASCAC tournament as the No. 1 seed and will play the No. 4 Worcester State Lancers at home Nov. 8.


Devaun Ford ran for 143 yards and averaged 5.3 yards per carry in Framingham’s 16-6 win against MCLA.

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Women’s Soccer falls in the MASCAC Tournament 4-1 By Liam Gambon Sports Editor The Framingham State Rams Women’s Soccer team took on the Bridgewater State Bears in the first round of the MASCAC playoffs Nov. 5. The Rams came into the matchup as the fifth seed, with Bridgewater holding the fourth. Framingham jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the 24th minute when Casey Good scored on a two-on-one chance. Kaleigh Pallotta assisted on the goal. From there, the wheels came off. Bridgewater tied the game in the 31st minute and went on to score three more goals in the second half to secure the 4-1 tournament win. The Rams were outshot 32-8 in the match, and Good accounted for the team’s only three shots on net. With the loss, it means the end of a few collegiate careers - one being Senior Captain Stephanie Beaumont. “Playing in my final collegiate soccer game was very emotional,” Beaumont said. “I gave it my all and left it all out on the field. I still can’t believe it’s all over.” She added, “I am going to miss everything. My teammates are what I am going to miss most.

“Not everyone gets along with their teammates, but my teammates are my family and I will be here for them forever - soccer or no soccer. I found my best friends through this team.” Along with Beaumont, five other seniors played their last collegiate game, including the team’s remaining captains, Erin Angelillo and Caitlyn Our. “I hope next year the new captains can take this team and grow even further. This season was a year of regrowth, and next year, they are going to kill it,” Beaumont said. “Although this season may have not gone the way we had hoped, next season, I truly believe there will be major improvements. We have so much love and passion for the game. The only way to go is up.”


Mallory Weir scored two goals in Framingham’s 3-2 win against UMass Dartmouth.

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Jack Sullivan recorded nine total tackles and a sack in Framingham’s 16-6 win against MCLA.

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