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Vol. 69, Issue #12 Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016


Four programs on administrative hold

School counseling programs

Geology & earth science programs JESSICA RICARD

Copy Editor With the previous worry of the KSC geology program going “extinct,” future students may now be faced with that reality for a few years, but not just in that program alone. As of Oct. 24, the geology program (major and minor), the earth and space science program for secondary school teaching (major), the master of education graduate program in school counseling and the program in school counseling have been labeled “under administrative review.” For the geology and the earth and space science program, the KSC website states, gram is under administraadmission to the program for newly admitted students (i.e. tive hold.” For the master’s program in education for school counseling, the KSC website states the same message, but there will be no admission to the program for both current and prospective students while the program is on administrative hold. All current students, howprograms. Why was the hold placed in geology? In an article published by “KSC puts a dent in geology program,” the geology program was described as being one of concern when looking at student enrollment num-


bers and full-time faculty members who teach within the major.

Copy Editor Education majors on campus may be looking at more limited options in terms of graduate programs at KSC; the master’s of education graduate program in school counseling, as well as the post-

Seigh said the conversation about the geology program itself has been going on for terms of how the program can best serve KSC students now and in the future. “I think the program has an opportunity to become stronger, to become whatever it needs to become to best serve our students. So I think that in the case of geology and also in the case of the graduate programs, we’re on administrative hold; we’re looking at the programs, evaluating what kind of curriculum will best serve our students and what faculty we may want to hire if we need to hire and then when we’ll be able to hire. So we’re kind of looking at, in both of these cases, what’s going to be the best way to serve our students,” Seigh explained. Dean of the School of Sciences and Social Sciences Dr. Gordon Leversee said there are a few reasons for the hold.

in school counseling have been placed on administrative hold for review. reasons. Education

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they had one faculty member, Dr. Karen Haas, who taught in the school counseling program full-time, as well as coordinated it, meaning she made sure students were meetmade sure the program itself was meeting the accreditation over the summer to take a sity, and only two students the school counseling program this past year; both students didn’t actually matriculate into the program, so no new students entered the program for

had seen a history of very low enrollments and low interest of incoming students, one or two or three a year...but geology has consistently had the smallest number of declared majors of students that graduate,” he said. Leversee continued and said,“We’ve had retirement of one of our senior faculty a year ago and our other remaining senior faculty is approaching retirement...but we just felt it was time to say to [incoming] students...[that they] should come understanding that at this time of transition and change,

“There’s a graduate task force that’s meeting on campus and they’re going to be looking at graduate education as a whole, so what they come up with is going to have a lot of impact on where we move in the program. The hold is to reevaluate the program and we want to go,” STEPHEN BIGAJ ASSISTANT DEAN FOR THE SCHOOL OF PROFESSIONAL AND GRADUATE STUDIES

student in their school counthree full-time faculty memscholarship. bers teaching in the program, In order to be eligible for this grant, the program must Keene State only had one be approved by the Council for when Haas was here, which Accreditation of Counseling & now leaves the school with no




Swastika burnt onto ceiling on KSC campus JUSTIN MAHAN

well being. “I was concerned about how students would dents and any kind of concern they have relating to the symbols that they were exposed to.” According to Keene State Director of Strategic Comin unity after controversial symbols were burned and munications and Community Relations Kelly Ricaurte,

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symbol was burned onto the ceiling in a Carle Hall bathroom and white supremacy posters were found around campus and in the Keene Community. “It’s disappointing to see that someone chose to deface Keene State property in such a way,” said KSC ful that we as students can come together and support one another if someone feels scared.” Keene State psychology professor Lawrence Welkowitz observed the damage to the bathroom, and said in times like these, especially “in the wake of months of hateful rhetoric,” it’s not surprising if some don’t feel safe on campus. Among the many concerned parties on campus is

thew Bomberg is working the KSC Campus Safety to resolve the issue. into the incident in Carle Hall,” said Ricaurte, “and will continue to do so until all avenues have been exhausted. able within the guidelines of the college’s Code of Conduct.”

absolutely no place at Keene State College.”

“We, as a community, need to come together and really out ways that we can engage with each other that provides an opportunity for growth.” DOTTIE MORRIS CHIEF OFFICER FOR DIVERSITY & MULTICULTURALISM

common ground and protect our core values of civilcampus community four days after the incident regarding the steps being taken to address the issue and move violence and intolerance. Importantly, the placement of forward as a community. She stated, “As we go forward that swastika was jarring and interfered with students’ in these turbulent and challenging times, we must seek ability to learn and live in a respectful space and it has

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KSC senior Kennedy Redden shared his encounter Fields. Redden, “and I saw the poster hanging on there and it said, ‘Are you sick of the anti-white propaganda that’s in aware if he should report it to campus safety or not, so he took an image and sent it to some friends who rediwhere it was then reported to Campus Safety. Ricaurte mentioned that an ongoing investigation of this matter is being conducted as well. On top of the poster being sighted on campus, “It shows the complexity of what we’re dealing with,”


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Anti-Trump protest held in Keene “Given the recent events in this election, I felt it was important to get out and to do something concrete, and a lot of people think protesting isn’t that important, but it is. It’s showing up and at least getting somebody that is driving by to think about this for a couple of seconds and hopefully more.” MORGAN SULHAM KSC SOPHOMORE AND PROTESTER


Students and other Keene residents protest President-elect Donald Trump on Saturday, Nov. 19. The event was held from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Central Square on Main Street in Keene, N.H.

People protest against the President-elect in downtown Keene KATHERINE GLOSSER

equiNox staff Throughout the years, elections have been a source - the community. She said however, the vigil did not show their disWith tensions running high between Trump sup-

woman’s right to choose. She said she was holding this sign to get people to important to get out and to do something concrete, and think about what they believe in and to question why Donald Trump is against the woman’s right to have an it is. It’s showing up and at least getting somebody that abortion.

protest has generated overall positive reactions. protests throughout the country have taken place. One

get away without holding some demonstrations against

- ing their horns so it’s really nice to see. I just want to get

in downtown Keene. hope that people driving by that see these signs, even decided to protest the presidential election results SatShe continued,“We decided we need an outlet urday, Nov. 19. The protest was put together in a week and roughly other people can recognize that this is happening and 13 people showed up holding signs that said, “Honk -

people are protesting and think about their views and

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the Standing Rock Dakota Access Pipeline to emphaSulham and held a sign that read, “Can We Talk About been involved with the American Democracy Project in

Students keep German minor strong on campus DOROTHY ENGLAND

News editor


Last October, Keene State College’s German minor program was put on admin- that we consider valuable to our students’ istrative hold, propelling students to protest and raise awareness in order to halt the Those passionate about the languagewrote letters, made a petition with over - 800 signatures and had a protest march on stated. campus. “I was personally quite moved by In an article written by Kendall Pope titled Administrative hold on German and I have to believe the decision to reinKSC Arts and Humanities Dean Andrew state the German minor came as a conseHarris had sent an e-mail out explaining students could still enroll in and declare the that enrollment in the classes was strong. minor. Harris stated, “I am also pleased to Currently, there are 28 KSC students with Pantesco said this year has been an

In early November, Pantesco said her and KSC senior Ryan Calabrese presented a

German minor program has allowed her to become more open-minded to other culable to have the ability to learn languages

“It is incredibly important in our modern piece was done entirely in German. world to be able to reach out to other counOn Nov. 9, there was a luncheon and tries, especially Germany since it has grown ceremony celebrating Keene’s relationship so much economically and politically. With with their sister city Einbeck, Germany. the E[uropean] U[nion] and opportunities Tucker explained when the German - minor was on administrative hold, it wasn’t inspired by his words. “While he addressed - tant about allowing the program to carry on

- to explore the German language and gain guages and Cultures Alison Pantesco said German classes. KSC students were pre- tures and to learn languages and reach out having the program reinstated has been said she minored in the program because Tucker said being involved with the better understand them. KSC alumna Amie Gagnon graduated with a double major in Spanish and women’s and gender studies. She said she uses enjoyed the German minor classes she took while at Keene State. “I actually didn’t complete the German minor, but that’s not with“I still use German though and listen to it when I can, and I love singing the songs PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED BY ALISON PANTESCO

what we believe in because it is the only way to bring about the change necessary to


Students in the German minor program at a ceremony held on Nov. 9 in which Keene Mayor Kendall Lane presented Consul General of Germany Dr. Ralf Horlemann with a key to the city of Keene. This was to celebrate the sister city relationship Keene has with Einbeck, Germany.


KSC senior Tori Tucker sings a song from Mozart! - Das Musical to honor visitors from Germany. This was for a luncheon and ceremony on Nov. 9, celebrating the sister city relationship between Keene and Einbeck, Germany.

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Monadnock Hall rumors leave students concerned CAMPUS



Senior reporter

Monadnock Hall will not be closing at the end of the fall 2016 semester. Despite reports from current residents that the building was going to close and students would be placed in other residence halls around campus, that is no longer the case. As the rumor of the closing spread, stu-

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Monadnock Hall

Week of: Nov 21 Monday, November 21

open. Upon hearing the news from other resi-

10:56 a.m. Keddy Hall: Clery / Accreditation Activity


11:10 a.m. Trestle: Robbery Unarmed 4:24 p.m. Pondside 2: Drug Paraphernalia Possession

said. Multiple Resident Assistants declined to It is unclear whether these reports were the result of a miscommunication between the Residential Life Administration and the

5:15 p.m. Pondside 2: Alcohol Criminal Violation


dential spaces, and with that comes the challenge of maintaining the space. In addition, its

istration decided to change their mind and and collaboration, which are essential compo- keep the hall open, Ricaurte stated, nents of our residential life program. “A decision was still being made, and the were true. For these reasons, plans to no longer When asked for a comment from Resiuse Monadnock Hall as a college residential dential Life on the matter, The Equinox was cations department. After inquiring about the Jacob Barrett can be contacted at

“A decision was still being made, and the


statement: Monadnock Hall will remain open for the rest “Monadnock Hall is one of our oldest resi-

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10:05 p.m. Monadnock Hall: Controlled Drug Act Violation // - Drug Paraphernalia Possession 10:11 p.m. Holloway Hall: Odor of Drugs 10:58 p.m. Carle Hall: Destruction Property / Vandalism

earth sciences or geosciences. -

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the program had between 12 and


needs to become to best




teaching in the school counseling program. that reason.

of geology and also in

What will the hold do for the program?

After a lot of outreach to graduating seniors and other local schools,

- program in special education and -

In terms of what the hold means for the promembers time to talk about how the program

together, we said now is a good

changes would happen in the curriculum in either program. I think that what the adminis-

program want to look like at our college in the

He said the college will work to make sure

a hold on the school counseling program was a mutual decision.

In terms of the hold for incoming students, Bill stated in an e-mail that himself and other

decision among the people who

sations with the administration about the matter.


has also been another factor. tion, but for students, both our cur“We had two failed searches for rent and our future students. We want to make sure we are

there will be retirements and when there are Although the website states the earth and -

Do budget cuts have an impact? The campus-wide budget cuts are not a lead-


going to be the best way

to take on school counseling, but “Then, coupled with that and the “When I stepped into this position, in the pipeline for courses this fall,


lap 50 to 60 percent and the earth and space science program was placed on hold for similar

the group.

A graduate student in the school for comment.

with retirements. -


Jessica Ricard can be contacted at

Student enrollment uate education as a whole, so what

In terms of how the holds would

The future of the geology program -

the college senate to share his intentions with

the program.

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context of all our education masters



He continued, “I think one of the

look at student education and how

“I think that it is important that students feel Where to report incidents

The past and future of the school counseling program

best for the next group of students

In talking about the future,

Morris said part of this education process is for students to know where to go if this incident arises again. Morris mentioned that the best thing to do is to take a picture and report it.

Justin Mahan can be contacted at PHOTO CONTRIBUTED ANNOYNOMOUSLY

A swastika burnt into the ceiling of a Carle - Hall bathroom was found on Monday, Nov. 21. Posters promoting white supremacy were also found around campus and in the Keene community. KSC Campus Safety is working with the college KPD liaison to solve who committed


tion that allows people to come and

To see faculty’s response to this incident, please go to the Opinions section of our paper and look for the piece entitled An open letter to the campus community, located on A5.

of people to do some brainstorming

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The importance of helping out the homeless

Not everyone has the essentials The issue of homelessness spreads far and wide, not just across our country but in the world. Keene, New Hampshire, is no exception, with homeless populations being quite prevalent for the small city that it is. All one has to do is take a walk up and down Main Street and see how close to home this issue really is. Most homeless shelters will say volunteers are always welcome, and in setting aside the time to volunteer, one can directly give back and aid others who need it most. The Hundred Nights homeless shelter located in downtown Keene welcomes volunteers. The shelter operates during the duration of the 100 cold-

“Whether homeless by choice or because of unfortunate circumstances, many people go without what we’d consider to be the essential necessities.”

home each night. Whether homeless by choice or because of unfortunate circumstances, many people go without what we’d consider to be the essential necessities. According to, “On a single night in January 2015, 564,708 people were experiencing homelessness— meaning they were sleeping outside or in an emergency shelter or transitional ates regularly, but provides a good idea of EQUINOX STAFF

warm place for those in need. Also, aside from giving either time or money, it’s free and easy to always smile. Instead of pulling out one’s phone and tions can be applied to others with a home closing up when walking by a raggedy and/or a job. This sort of lifestyle is by no means looking person on the sidewalk, instead a walk in the park, especially when, on smile or even say hello. Little things like lessness call the park their home. This way another. However, not one life is the same as of life may not be ideal, so lessening the another, and the reasons that lead to each burdens others on the streets face is something The Equinox feels should be encouraged. We at The Equinox feel it’s important However, we also feel as though to bear in mind that not every person who lessness isn’t to be a bum, lazy, drugaddicted person, or fall under any other common association. Although this may be true for some, these same connota-


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It’s disheartening to see those who to get by when there’s enough resources and money for everyone to have a roof over their head. According to, “Approximately 3.5 million people in the U.S. are homeless, many of them veterans. It is worth noting that, at the same time, there are 18.6 million vacant homes in the country.” This would then mean that there are enough vacant homes available in our country for each person who suffers from homelessness to have six homes. It may be unrealistic to think these homes should be just handed over to those without one, but with so much wealth and available resources in our country, more should be done to help those with less than us. CRAE MESSER / MANAGING EXECUTIVE EDITOR

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Hate groups encouraged by the alt-right JOSH BIASE

defense praising his moral character and with the Anti-Defamation League walking back their anti-Semitic claim of Since the election, emotions in this him, his presence still normalizes some country have ranged from elation to of the most fringe elements of American fear. A divide that has been simmering culture. With Bannon not condemning beneath the surface of this nation has racism and anti-semitism, it makes him complicit in the perpetuation of these hard for me to imagine the people in this hateful ideologies that seem to be rising

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Pressure on young players LUKE STERGIOU

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to ever score two goals in a Bundesliga season. Later that year, Pulisic earned a call up to the

All aboard the Christian Pulisic hype train! - in an international friendly match to become the youngest American player in American player for the United States national soccer team history to score for the United States National to becoming the next biggest name in American soccer. But the question on every American - can soccer player to score in World Cup qualifyally be the player we need to revitalize United States soccer or will the media and fans hype him Christian Pulisic has certainly provided hope up too much and become the next Freddy Adu? for the future of the United States National Team To understand why Pulisic is such a big-name and hundreds of American soccer fans. He looks player for the United States national team, we like the real deal, the next Landon Donovan or have to look at his upbringing. He was born and Brian McBride, but in the back of every United raised in Hershey, Pennsylvania, to Mark and Will Pulisic actually deliver and be the player both played soccer at George Mason University, the United States national team needs, or will the and Mark was also a professional indoor soccer media overhype him, resulting in a fall of irrelevance in a few years? Growing up, Pulisic was around soccer all his become the next big thing for American soccer. and Kelly Pulisic mentioned how as a young kid Unlike Freddy Adu or any of the other American playing soccer, Pulisic would do things that most soccer players that the media has overhyped over kids playing soccer would never even dare to try the years, Pulisic has actually gained much more sucthings such as bicycle kicks, step overs, and even cess than any of the other young American prospects. making sure what he could do with his strong foot he could do with his weak foot. He eventually got a call up to the United States - spot any time soon. naments, scoring many goals along the way. During a Nike international showcase tournament, Pulisic coach Jurgen Klinsmann saw how much potential Pulisic had and gave him a chance. He made the most of - that chance and is now a creative team player who can not only score goals and make the most of his chances, to victory. At this tournament, several scouts for big- but also create chances and assist goals as well. name european clubs were present, trying to snatch up the next big young star. ing that new manager Bruce Arena will be able to create Christian Pulisic into a worldPulisic chose Borussia Dortmund, one of the top teams class American player for in Germany. years to come. and lifestyle in Dortmund, Germany. He trained with the coach. He did not know the language, and he was getting very little playing time with the team, but through hard work and persistence, he got his chance with the youth team.

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other relative to location. New Hampshire is a great example of this dichotomy; while Hillary Clinton list rhetoric that caters to working-class individuals really seemed to strike a chord. Driving back home to Massachusetts one weekend allowed me to the see the stark contrast between a liberal college town and more remote areas that believe Trump is the solution to their blue-collar problems. While many people are fearful of Trump and the decisions he will make in regard to issues ranging from the envi-

What is even stranger is the empirical evidence of hate groups and white nationalists voicing their ideology since Trump was elected and the double stanstrange to hear certain politicians call the Black Lives Matter movement a “hate group” or even terrorists, while at the same time not condemning certain groups that have been prominently hateful in the past but still exist today such as the KKK. before refers to two events: a parade planned by the KKK that is to take place in North Carolina on Dec. 3, which is

more fear should be directed toward the the annual conference for the National Mike Pence and his twisted views on think tank which took place last week in Washington D.C. for Chief Strategist. Bannon, the soon to be former executive chair of Breitconference by exclaiming “Hail Trump, that runs stories which are staunchly anti-feminist, xenophobic and at times video taken of his speech, many attendees are shown giving Nazi salutes and as one of the most important decision cheering after listening to Spencer. makers in the White House. Spencer is also heavily involved with Bannon has been perceived as the the alt-right and actually claims to have coined the term. This is quite worrisome a voice. A movement with a vitriolic ide- given the fact that Bannon has described ology that has no organized leadership Breitbart as “the platform of the alt-right” or structure, and operates exclusively when interviewed by Mother Jones at the online. They engage in racist memes and While he has recently come out and ment and everything considered politi- said that he has zero tolerance for the cally correct. anti-semitic and racist elements of the This is troubling for a few reasons, which can be summed up in one par- them all that much, nor will it help him ticular Bannon quote: “Are there racist distance himself from this movement. people involved in the alt-right? Abso- The movement has not only seemingly lutely,” he told Mother Jones at this given life to, but also paved a road for - them to the White House. tion. “Look, are there some people that That brings me to my confusion, the are white nationalists that are attracted confusion as to why Black Lives Matter to some of the philosophies of the alt- protests are demonized and attacked right? Maybe. Are there some people for standing up against a tangible issue, that are anti-Semitic that are attracted? while the KKK is able to parade around and spew hate. attracted to the alt-right that are homoMy confusion continues to our warped perception of reality and how are certain elements of the progressive left and the hard left that attract certain elements.” This is taken from the article gressiveness and acceptance within our “Five Steve Bannon Quotes That Should country, people like David Duke and egist,” which is quoting an interview ential and normalized in some spheres. Bannon gave to Mother Jones. This comment is very troubling these men because no matter how many because of the implication that the times he recants or retracts his statemovement he is leading attracts certain ments, those statements and the website ideologies such as anti-semitism and he operated for many years have opened racism. To be fair, Trump has publicly certain doors we thought would never disavowed the loosely organized group like it will be much of a deterrence.


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former colleagues have come to his



Protecting freedom of speech An open letter to the campus community at Keene State College An article in the November of community that we aspire to - be: safe, welcoming, inclusive, sion on a list of institutions as a success.

them to engage in open, honest, and respectful discourse with each other, and in the communities in which they participate. We encourage our students to

discrimination and discrimina- remind the Keene State College tory harassment has prompted community that, not only are Diversity and Multiculturalism, our response. We, like our col- we deeply engaged in promot- or other trusted College employees should there be any questions administration, faculty, and in including them in the process or concerns in the future. Best wishes for the remainder them. The College actively seeks of the fall semester. to freedom of expression in all out the perspectives and ideas that they do: academically, artis- surrounding the development tically, and socially. And likewise, of policy and takes the input of Carol Corcoran we deplore any act that rises to students very seriously. These Special Assistant to the the level of discrimination or President for Human Resources harassment of any individual state laws, case law, policies, and based on his or her race, color, federal laws from which they Kemal Atkins religion, gender, gender identity are derived and that also seek Vice President for Student or expression, sexual orientation, to protect access to freedom of marital status, national origin, expression and protection from age, disability, or participation in discrimination. any protected activity. These two For these reasons, to be tagged dynamics, the defense of free- as an institution that limits freedom of expression, and the pro- dom of speech is all the more distection from discrimination and harassment, must both be pur- we expend to protect the rights of our students and to encourage


many members of our community dignity. We, too, believe in the need for feel directly threatened by the pres- unity in our country, but a unity based on the recognition of and respect for individuals Mr. Trump has chosen to serve in his administration thus far, “unity” grounded in racist, sexist, and the increase in hate crimes across homophobic, and xenophobic nationthe country directed toward African- alism. The cost of such false unity is Americans, Latinos, Jews, women, the degradation of a wide range of immigrants, Muslims, Native Ameri- people, including women, members of cans, and members of the LGBTQ com- the LGBTQ community, and individumunity. als of varied religions, races, ethniciKeene State College is committed ties, and cultural backgrounds, and to civility, diversity, and respect as people with disabilities; it is paid for with the passive silence of people who community and in our curriculum. As faculty at Keene State, we are commit- This collective dehumanization has all ted to a defense of these values. too often been the precursor to crimes against humanity. As scholars we have a professional responsibility to respected. We will never stand by and point out the growth of these disturbpermit anyone in our community to ing forces in our society, and as human be devalued, belittled, threatened or beings we have a moral obligation to silenced. resist them. Keene State College is also deeply versities too often stood by and did committed to learning, cultural nothing to shield the vulnerable mem- enrichment, and the free exchange of bers of their communities from the ideas. We have chosen our vocation because of our belief in the imporsome, sadly, even aided the regime tance of free and open discourse and the unfettered pursuit of knowledge We may, perhaps, hope for the best and understanding. The principle of from the new administration, but we academic freedom, for all memare prepared to steadfastly resist any bers of our community, is both

an expression of our commitment to civic freedom and equality and a guarantor of it. All voices deserve to be heard and respected, even those that say things with which we do not agree.

educators to model and facilitate conversations that respectfully include diverse perspectives. members of our community must have access to safe spaces where they feel challenged to think in new ways and are supported in their work. We will defend their right to these safe spaces them on our campus and in our wider communities. We, the undersigned faculty at Keene State College, pledge to call out all forms of discrimination, bullying, and intimidation. We are committed to maintaining a peaceful community that values diverse viewpoints, that encourages respectful dialogue, and that emboldens all of its citizens to thrive within a framework of openness and acceptance. For a full list of signatures, visit

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A student’s life in the CALL program at KSC

The Cheshire Academy for Lifelong Learning encourages education for senior citzens PAUL LUCAS

New England stoic demeanor, taking in and enjoying his surroundings.

Equinox Staff For most college students, the idea of waking up for class at eight in the morning is a dreadful proposition. A lifestyle of long nights and poor diets often make it

it provides.

rhythms and an analysis of the 2016 presidential election. “Sometimes I will take a class multiple times if I eager, engaged and ready to learn. Many are also gray-

case for Warren Davis, who not only looks forward to going. Warren is not like most college students though; he eats right, takes notes, oh, and he’s 70 years old. necticut, in 1946, one year after the end of World War II. When he was three years old, he moved to a small town in Maine where he spent much of his youth. He remem-

the community praising our school,” Jasmine said. She While many in this class struggle with the poses, college. “At my age, you never really know, do you?” said riences. Hell, at my age, I don’t know how many new

areas around his sleepy little New England town and developed a love for nature and the outdoors which until I can’t.” continued throughout his entire life. When Warren was 14, he moved, once again, to low lights and calming Indian-style music that gently Lowell, Massachusetts, where he would stay until wanderlust carried him out west during the summer of the “I think I preferred our other yoga professor,” his love for learning and companionship, leading him said Warren. “She was an older women and knew, I

“Sometimes I will take a class multiple times if I think we will talk about different things...I had no idea what a circadian rhythm was, but now I know they affect how I sleep.” WARREN DAVIS CALL PROGRAM STUDENT

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Stepping out of his car into the warm summer rain, the selection of professors. “A lot of the people who teach for class.

time in the 1960s.

program has over 500 students who sign up for classes ested him. “During the summer of love, my friends eled after a similar program the University of New the community, as well as provide learning services to retirees looking for ways to stay engaged. Research

ecological and sociological issues, like fracking and the hair. For someone in Warren’s age demographic, keeping -

from that of which an undergraduate student takes. older adults, even though they are only 12 percent of the correctly, loss of friends and feeling of no value with wish to foster discussion and meaningful thought. For Warren, he picks what interests him. Warren’s Friday classes start at 8 a.m. and go until roughly 3:30 in the afternoon. While his classmates are raising their hands or asking questions, is gaining in his retirement. “I just went to Europe for notes--lots of them. He is focused and engaged, intense in his ferocious hunger for learning. While other people said he rides his motorcycle, enjoying the freedom that

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Remember to keep your melon warm OLIVIA BELANGER

adminiStrativE ExEcutivE Editor Six students dressed in superhero costumes stood outside a patient’s door, grasping a small cotton hat. The four-yearold boy inside has been battling cancer for months now, and has spent most of his days stuck in a hospital bed. The hat the students give him is for more than just warmth, it is a symbol for the child and their family to Love Your Melon began in 2012 as part of an entrepreneurship class at the University of St. Thomas. The company sells hats, shirts and other apparel, and began with a buy-one, give-oneaway model. Several studentrun chapters are spread across the United States, including the Keene State College campus. KSC junior Abby Donovan is one of the ambassadors of the campus’ chapter, and is currently the head of public relations for the group. “We really strive to let children know that they’re still loved and as much of a person even if they don’t have hair, which is where the whole ‘melon’ idea came from,” Donovan said. Donovan was among the six students who went on a patient visit recently, which occurs after a certain amount of sales are reached in their chapter. This but she said that each one is as impactful as the last. During the visit, the students not only give the child and each family member a beanie, but they also stay to play with the child to get their mind out of the hospital. “It’s so rewarding just being able to meet them and give them a hat that symbolizes so much,” Donovan said. “His facial expression when he got his hat was amazing. His face lit up; he was so excited to have a hat that matches all of ours and I think he felt like he was a part of something bigger.” In 2015, Love Your Melon donated 51,264 hats to children battling cancer, according to the organization’s website. This success is partially due to the style of the hats, along with other apparel, being popular on college campuses. KSC senior Jessica Bonacorsi is among the many female students sporting a Love Your Melon beanie. Bonacorsi said while the hats are stylish, she does believe the reason they are trendy has a deeper meaning.

“My motivation behind buying one was that for every hat you buy, a child with cancer gets one too. It’s a great cause and I think that it’s important that the kids know there are other people who support them,” Bonacorsi said. While Donovan is involved with the organization to support these children, other team members have a more personal reason behind volunteering. KSC sophomore and general team member Jenna Imbrogna was exposed to lung cancer at a young age when her grandmother was diagnosed. Ultimately, Imbrogna said she wanted to be a part of something on campus that had purpose. “My nana passed away when I was seven and it had a huge impact on my family,” Imbrogna said. “She was in the ICU, but because my sisters and I were so young, we weren’t allowed to see her. I joined Love Your Melon because of this and I wanted to help others who have

“My nana passed away when I was seven and it had a huge impact on my family ... She was in the ICU, but because my sisters and I were so young, we weren’t allowed to see her. I joined Love Your Melon because of this and I wanted to help others who have been affected [by cancer].” JENNA IMBROGNA LOVE YOUR MELON TEAM MEMBER

Both Imbrogna and Donovan promote Love Your Melon through Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to get people involved in events they hold on “It’s great to see everyone have one [Love Your Melon hat], especially when I see people that I don’t know wearing one,” Donovan said. “It’s become so popular, and I think that people see that it’s a great cause and that there are no gimmicks or anything, that we are doing exactly what we say we are.” Donovan said she is graduating faster than she would like to and hopes that the work that her and the other ambassadors have done on campus will continue once they are gone. Leaving a lasting impression has been one of Donovan’s goals from the start. “We want to recruit more members that are really passionate about this,” Donovan said. “I just hope that it leaves the impression that the students here are good people because the people that are in our crew are some of the most amazing people I have ever met. They are kind, giving and thoughtful and I hope that people take that away from this campus.” Olivia Belanger can be contacted at


The Love Your Melon beanies are sold online and through Keene State’s student chapter.


Improv Club’s president celebrates his last performance KASSIDY CURR

ing their scene work. KSC senior Brendan Callery says the group had been working toward the goal of only performing longThe Improv Club’s president, KSC senior form for three years now. Pat O’Donnell, celebrated his last perforO’Donnell said that it took him a while mance Saturday night in Huntress Hall. to open up and be comfortable perform3 Ways Til Sunday is Keene State’s ing improv. “I’ve always loved comedy and improv club on campus, and O’Donnell school. I was too intimidated as a f[irst year] KSC. This semester, the group focused on and only went once or twice, but I went back long-form comedy to focus on strengthen- sophomore year and made it on the team.”

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Not only did he make it on the team, but team’s future success moving forward. “I a year and a half later he became the club feel like we laid the groundwork not only president. for learning improv, but for an attitude that KSC senior Jessica Chapman said she one should have. A lot of the time I remind hopes that even in the loss of a friend and everyone, ‘this is just a college improv team.’ team member, the group will continue with Taking all that pressure away helps the the same style it has always had. “I hope the team in so many ways; it puts fun above all group maintains the same leadership style else, and I feel like if I can leave anything so that we can keep the family-like feeling I with the team, it’s that.” get when we rehearse and perform.” 3 Ways Til Sunday has performed all over campus this semester, including the

Night Owl Café, Holloway Hall, Carle Hall and the LLC. The group has expanded as two new members have recently been added. Elections for e-board positions will be held before the end of this semester. Anyone can go to the open improv nights on Monday nights at 10:00 p.m. in the lobby of the Redfern Arts Center. Kassidy Curr can be contacted at

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Delta Psi Upsilon reunion TIM SMITH

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were in the common room of Fiske Hall because about two-thirds of the members were all living there The reunions are held in front of Fiske Hall to commemorate the

friends, as well as the chance to

ment to discuss the state of the


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Junior Hannah Schmidt said lunch together or hang out at the Schmidt said, “My time with - sharing drinks and laughs at one -

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bers since its initial founding, and

Ackerman said he connected and fall so that alumni have the - chance to see their brothers and

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Anonymous, a Saturday, mark your calendar Once Thanksgiving break comes to an end and we get back to reality, it becomes crunch time - ery is always nice and there are agement is key, so don’t wait until reading day to get all of such as the student center or the fuel your brain with nutritious stress, as it will hinder your abilers syllabi and record each and holidays are right around the corner, the semester is almost stretch! yourself days and times that you

working on two challenging or extensive assignments on the TIM SMITH/ PHOTO EDITOR


Ask Alex questions can be submitted at

The Delta Psi Upsilon reunion was held outside on Fiske Quad Saturday, Nov. 19.

Humans of KSC

Eating with the Equinox: Chocolatey-peanut butter energy balls ALI FITZGERALD

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For a little more nutritional value, try using dark chocolate shredded coconut over the still melted chocolate and let cool in the Feel free to get creative with your own energy balls! Find new

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Seniors begin final celebration BRIEF

Red and White Night OLIVIA BELANGER

adminiStrativE ExEcutivE Editor As the graduation date gets closer, Keene State College seniors are busy applying for stress, the senior class held the annual Red and White Night. Senior Class Vice President Dominique Vaillancourt collaborated with other members of the executive board to plan this tradition, which is the biggest event the seniors plan all year. “I personally was in charge of the decorations for the evening, but we all worked together to pick a DJ and work with the DC on planning the night,” Vaillancourt said. Having the event be a memorable one for everyone was important to Vaillancourt. “I wanted the outcome of Red and White Night to be a fun, enjoyable experience for everyone in the class to celebrate the end of our college careers. We’ve all accomplished so much, and Red and White Night is to celebrate and all be together,” Vaillancourt said. Held in the campus’ Zorn Dining Commons, the night included dancing, a DJ and even a bar for those of age. The goal was for the event to be a transiering before adulthood truly kicks in. Vaillancourt said overall, the event had a great turnout and she noticed very few incidences. Senior class Secretary Marissa DePolo has been a volunteer for the event for three years now, and she also noticed little to no problems throughout the night. “I think the night went really well,” DePolo said. “There are normally at least one or two

major mishaps that get brought to the E-board or faculty’s attention, but it didn’t seem like anything major went wrong.” Depolo said that events like this are important for seniors because it brings everyone together one last time. “I think this event brings everyone together and gives us an idea on the bigger picture. It also brings a bit of nostalgia, and as bittersweet of a feeling as that may be, I think there’s a lot to take from it,” DePolo said. KSC senior Brooke Hatanaka agreed with DePolo’s feeling of nostalgia, comparing this event to her high school prom. “We’ve looked forward to it [Red and White Night] for so long,” Hatanaka said. “It’s almost like prom, but less stressful and everyone is just there to have a good time. It’s like a reward for making it this far and getting to celebrate with people you love.” Vaillancourt said she is very proud of the people in her class, and there are not going to be many events like Red and White Night left. “Once we graduate, most of us won’t have many excuses to get all dressed up and attend a dance like this again. Like in high school with homecoming and prom, these are big moments in our lives because we are a part of something and we want to celebrate with our friends,” Vaillancourt said. Hatanaka has been excited year at KSC, and said she “had a blast.” The only improvement she said she could think of would have been more variety at the bar because they ran out of the “popular drinks” quickly. Olivia Belanger can be contacted at


Red and White Night was held Nov. 18 in the dining commons. KSC seniors and their guests danced to the mixings of a DJ as they celebrated their last formal dance as college seniors. Attendees were offered drinks and snacks throughout the night. Guests 21 years old and older were served beer and wine. Red and White Night was held by Student Government.


Equinox Staff Following Red and White night, the class of 2017 crawled their way through the rain in downtown Keene on Sunday, Nov. 20. Senior psychology major Kelsey Perrault organized the event known as Pub Crawl for the senior class, along with seniors Dave Dunham and Amanda Makar. Perrault said that Pub Crawl is an event held twice a year, once in the fall followed by another in the spring. Seven teams par-

step in our planning process. We left the Facebook group open to the public so everyone could be added in by their friends. After we got the approval from the police and the bars, we posted the details in the Facebook group. We also contacted the police station looking for two cops just in case anything got out of hand.” Perrault, Dunham and Makar recommended one person from each team to be the captain. Once the teams were put together the captains were able to post in the Facebook group and organize their teams. Perrault said, “To be honest, making the teams was the hardest part because only a certain amount of students can partake in this event. We wanted everyone to be able to participate so we added one more extra team than we originally planned.” The money collected from team members covered their t-shirt, police presence and a donation to support For the Love of Edie. According to the For the Love of Edie website, the

bars in downtown Keene. The bars include Penuche’s Ale House, Kilkenny Pub, Cobblestone Ale House, Lab n’ Lager Food & Spirits and Scores Sports Bar and Grill. Some of the bars set up games for the team’s entertainment. Perrault continued by explaining that Pub Crawl began at noon and went until 7 p.m. Two hours of that time was used as a break for the teams while on a rotation, so only one team was at each bar at one time. Each team consisted of 70 individuals. Several steps were “aims to raise awareness taken by the three seniors regarding certain social organizing the event to suc- justice issues, beginning with mental health and the Perrault said, “Pub dangers it poses if undeCrawl cannot be associ- tected or untreated.” ated with the school, so There was a leftwe chose to make a Face- over $1,000 and it will be book group with the senior donated to another founda-

tion decided by the senior class at a later date. Senior health science major Emmy Roddy was the captain of the yellow team. Roddy said being a team captain included organizing team members, collecting money, getting t-shirt sizes, distributing t-shirts and leading her team during the event. Roddy said the event “helps people get closer. Usually when people go out, it’s with a few friends and it’s cliquey, but at Pub Crawl everyone is so open to meeting new people.” Perrault said Pub Crawl is about the class all coming together and having fun in the downtown area. “It’s not every day that you get to go out, drink and have fun with your best friends for the whole day,” Perrault said. Some look at Pub Crawl and associate it only with drinking, but the senior class took a positive twist on it this year. Senior and double major in communication studies and multimedia journalism Samantha Pineau proposed the idea of a canned food drive with Thanksgiving being right around the corner. Pineau was a part of the yellow team during Pub Crawl and organized the canned food drive within the event. “It was a last minute idea to do a food drive. We tried to rally as many people as possible to donate at least

two cans. Unfortunately, not all the teams particiincluded the blue team donated 50 cans, the yellow team donated 46 cans and the purple team donated 46 cans. I really want the food drive to become a Pub Crawl tradition and I hope to get every team involved with it in the Spring,” Pineau said. The donated cans went to the Keene Community Kitchen the day after Pub Crawl. Pineau said the event went very smoothly and the transition for everyone worked well. She also added after the event, “I don’t want to graduate.” Roddy wanted to thank everyone who safely participated in Pub Crawl. “Also, thank you to those who organized the event, the bars for allowing us to keep this event going and for the active police presence on Main Street,” Roddy said. Everyone that Perrault spoke to told her it was one of the best days they ever had. “I’m really happy and proud to be a senior at Keene State College. Our class is one of a kind and so close. It’s awesome to see everyone having a good time, enjoying each other’s company and just having fun with one another,” Perrault said. Emma Hamilton can be contacted at ehamilton@kscequinox. com


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Hunger and homelessness

Keene State College hosts annual Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week MACKENZIE CLARKE

Gagne Cloutier said.

Student Life editor As you sit and read a newspaper, someone may be using it as a blanket on a sidewalk bench during a cold autumn night. People live with homelessness and poverty in their lives every day, and Keene State has dedicated an entire week to educate students about it. Nov. 14 through the17 was Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week at KSC. The Community Ser-

simulation, each participant was assigned to either lower, middle or upper class. Everyone was given a

rice and scrambled eggs. The middle class ate mangu (mashed plantains), scrambled eggs, salami and pas-

each day to bring awareness to the KSC campus. statistics. about hunger and homelessness were written on the

dinates events through the community service

Community Service Coordinator Jessica Gagne involved two people who grew up at the same time ica and the Homeless Coalition. Tuesday was the poverty simulation. “The entire chronic poverty,” Gagne Cloutier said. She explained cal school. that participants were given a card with their identity: name, age, parent or child, job or no job. Each reading and they realized that this is real and it really ize that hunger and homelessness happens right here - in the United States.” ling. The participants were challenged with having to Carrion said the event was “eye opening.” “I never realized how many people actually go week. hungry in the United States alone. It helped me learn a bank, mortgage company, jail, grocery store, child

to have a nutritious meal everyday,” Carrion stated. She said participating in the banquet helped her “So many people don’t value what they have and how lucky they are to be where they are,” Carrion stated, “People don’t really get a chance to see things

according to Gagne Cloutier. received, participants might have worked or been government services.

Cloutier said. She said the participants did well, but some struggled. Gagne Cloutier said a couple people

ness” so that people can understand that people live in these situations right around the corner. “It’s a real issue,” she said. “I think we live in a place where it’s a little easier


Above: During the Hunger Banquet, students assigned to the lower class sit on the ground to eat their meal of scrambled eggs and rice. The banquet was held on Thursday, Nov. 17 in the Mountain View Room.

we have so many resources. When you look at stastate, they are predominantly really low numbers point in time, in a shelter or outside. It’s not counting - ing,” Gagne Cloutier said. “It’s important to have an opportunity to learn about these issues and to learn about the ways to take puts you in that perspective to think about people as people and not just numbers and statistics. It’s chal- each other up and helping each other thrive,” Gagne Cloutier said. “I think it exposes us and challenges you can and to live and play your role within the us to think critically about the luxuries we have and how we can share those and make sure those things room [to survive],” Gagne Cloutier said. are equitably distributed.” On Wednesday, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were made by students and community memMacKenzie Clarke can be contacted at room because the night shelter has not opened yet,”

Middle: Students assigned to upper class sit at a candlelit dinner table and eat the largest meal of rice and beans, chicken, potato salad and a dessert. The upper class participants represent the top one percent in the United States. Left: A member of the upper class served herself a meal.

Starbucks’ ‘red cup controversy’ hits KSC JILL GIAMBRUNO

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cups. and said that she loves to get the pep- mocha latté. “I didn’t really pay that much attenPeterson said that while he pertion to any controversy over the red “I love the red cups,” Guglielmo

The red cups have been released every year. While there was controversy over cup designs; they’re always really nice, the designs on the red cups last year, and these ones are super cozy this however, she said she thinks that it appears as though Starbucks has year.” people are overreacting, addressed the issues and customers and Keene State College students alike - mas necessarily,” Guglielmo said, but added that everyone is entitled to their releasing Christmas themed red cups own opinions. has been working at the Keene Star“I think it was a very cool thing Starbucks did,” Guglielmo said. “I think it’s awesome that the cups are now designed by consumers. It’s almost like they have a little personal tomers raving about the designs. I like. I’m glad they chose to go this Starbucks has been putting out that involves its customers in these holiday cups altogether.” personalized, especially since there he has only been a Starbucks regular cled around the underrepresentation quents Starbucks about twice a week ite holiday special is the peppermint

Starbucks cups, he can sympathize with those who do. the cups].” With that being said, Peterson said he thinks Starbucks’ latest red cups “I don’t think Starbucks ever had removing all imagery that could have with winter art seems like a good decision.” Jill Giambruno can be contacted at SAMANTHA MOORE/ ART DIRECTOR

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Keene State College music recitals


The Clarinet Choir performs one of their songs at the Ensemble Recital held in the Alumni Recital Hall on Nov. 19

Ensemble Recital at the Redfern Arts Center Alumni Recital Hall ALEXANDRIA SAURMAN

Staff Writer On Saturday Nov. 19, the Keene State College Music Department hosted an ensemble recital in the Redfern Arts Center’s Alumni Recital Hall. Here, music majors of every year conglomerated to perform various songs, ranging in genres from baroque music, from Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr,” for example, to contemporary pieces like Leonard Bernstein’s “Overture to Candide.” The Clarinet Choir, ‘Currants’ Contemporary Ensemble, Flute Ensemble and Woodwind Quintet, alternated and played for almost two hours. The audience of about 50 people listened to the 14 songs performed, in no particular order, by each musical group. Although the program ran long, there were breaks between each piece to give time for break-down and set-up for the following musical number.

The afternoon began with three Giuseppe Maria Cambini songs performed by the Woodwind Quintet. One of the members of the Woodwind Quintet, junior music performance and chemistry major Angelica Monroe, spoke on her performance and said, “I think I did as good as I could for the limited time that we had to prepare…because most of the ensembles that meet, meet once a week and it’s really hard to put together pieces with multiple people if you’re only meeting once a week.” Like a majority of the members of the Woodwind Quintet, Monroe is a part of second ensemble. After a slow and quiet opening, Theresa Barnes

throughout the concert. As the day continued, the songs changed in intensity. Some musical numbers, such as “Beneath the Canopy,” contained a mix of percussion and wind instruments. The concert concluded with a performance from the ‘Currants’ Contemporary Ensemble, a group that included a mixture of musicians from all other performing ensembles. Two audience members, KSC juniors Bethany

so I haven’t done anything with it since I’ve been in college. It’s kind of cool to see it happen again and see tion with each other.” Aforementioned, the number of attendees was rather small. “[The turnout was] a little less [than normal], but in November it’s hard because there’s a lot going on campus-wide…and it was good, less-than-normal I would say…but in general for a Saturday afternoon, I think watch their friend. it’s okay,” commented Christopher Swist, director of “I came to support my friend Sarah Keith. She the ‘Currants’ Contemporary Ensemble. The next events hosted by the Music Department while Andrew Brace played the guitar. asked her what she was doing today and she said she will be the Percussion Ensemble on Thursday, Dec. 1 While a multitude of the songs were played by the was performing, so Bethany and I came along to sup- and Jazz Combos on Friday, Dec. 2. entirety of the ensemble, there were three musical port her,” said Miller. numbers performed by small, chamber groups, such Alex Saurman can be contacted at as Barnes and Brace. They were sporadically placed major, commented, “It was very interesting for me to

Student Composers share their work at Student Composers Recital


Matthew Marzola and Brendan Goodwin performs Marzola’s own written piece at the Student Composers’ Recital. NICK TOCCO

artS and entertainment editor The Keene State College Music Department presented another installment in the student recital series with the Student Composers’ sical music that came with unique inspiration. On Nov. 20, 12 KSC music students, with a mixture of those who

do and do not major in composition, unveiled their own personally written and arranged classical music pieces to be played in front of a live audience at the Redfern Arts Center. Each performance included a variety of instruments and sounds with some included singing from KSC students Cari Caswell (soprano) and Corinne Colgrove

(alto). KSC student Derrick Hegeman displayed his creativity with his piece titled “The Pulse of Nature,” performed by Andrea Turgeon (EB Clarinet), Cora Dykens (Bb Clarinet) and Callie Carmosino (bassoon). Hegeman said his piece was inspired by composed soundtracks one might hear on a quest in a video game. Hegeman said, “I love video

The myth is about a king of Ephyra named Sisyphus who was punished for self-aggrandizing and malicious behavior by being forced to roll a massive boulder up a hill, only to have the boulder inevitably roll back toward him. When asked what connection he had to greek mythology, Bengtson shared that it had been something that had been special to him growing up. Bengtson said, “I used to be into a lot of greek mythology as a kid. My dad and I would read passages from the Odyssey every now and then and it's just always been something that interested me.” Bengtson also said that he received a lot of help in class during critique sessions when his music was heard. “In the classroom setting, we actually got to listen to each other's pieces and give little critiques to each other, which is really helpful,” Bengtson said. “I actually got a lot of helpful advice from our professor Andrew Smith… Rehearsals with the actual performers themselves was pretty cool because I got

and video game composition, so I decided to spend the rest of my time here writing video game they were happening in my head.” The piece was performed by music.” Hegeman’s piece followed a performance composed by fellow KSC Cunningham (viola) and Rebecca Putnam (cello). KSC student Matthew Marzola not only displayed his own piece to Sisyphus.

also performed it himself playing the vibraphone along side Brendan Goodwin, who played the euphonium. Marzola’s piece was entitled “Theme for the Ruins,” and he explained his inspiration for the piece and it’s title after the show. Marzola said, “I kind of just had a landscape in mind and had to take that mood or character. It was called ruins, so I took ruins or a cave kind of inspiration towards it.” Marzola added that himself and many of the other student composers are very visual and usually envision a landscape or an environment to inspire the sound of their piece when creating it. The evening concluded with a heartwarming presentation by Blake Powell, who presented his piece titled “Duet for Flute and Cello.” Performed by Jessica Macias Powell said that his piece was dedicated to his grandfather who had recently passed away. Nick Tocco can be contacted at

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Greek myth Eurydice comes to life on stage NICK TOCCO

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dent Andrew Bennington, who played Eurydice’s lover, Orpheus, described the story as a story of selfempowerment. Bennington said, “When the playwright originally wrote it, it was about how her (Eurydice’s) father had died and she missed her father, and what we (the cast) were talking about today was how Eurydice is going through her life and how other guys are just tell[ing] her what to do, how to act and how to feel. It’s a story of trying to remain self-empowered in a society that's constantly shutting you down and telling you no. For me, that was a really powerful story to tell, but

On Nov. 16, the Keene State College theatre and dance department presented the four-show installment of Eurydice, directed by KSC theatre and dance professor JeannieMarie Brown. Originally written by award-winning playwright Sarah Ruhl, the greek myth Eurydice is the story of a girl whose father dies. She misses him, then dies and enters the underworld to meet her father. While in the underworld, she ing to the real world to reunite with her love, or remain in the underworld with her father. KSC student Mariah Palmer Bennington mentioned that he played the lead role of Eurydice. was surprised after auditions to Fellow cast member and KSC stu- have heard the news he earned the

role of Orpheus, a major role in the story. “I went into the auditions just being open-minded,” Bennington said. “I wasn’t expecting much, I was just going to be happy to be casted at all, and then I got a call back for the part of Orpheus, which was really exciting. Even then, I was still kind of just humoring it, but never actually considered it. Then when I actually found out I had it, it was just…more shock and disbelief than actual happiness. It was just like, ‘Oh my god, this is actually going to happen.’” A Redfern Arts Center crowd experienced the performance that

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KSC Student Mariah Palmer as Eurydice and Theatre and Dance Lecturer Douglas Wilcox share the stage during the performance.


KSC Student Andrew Bennington, as Orpheus, is tempted by an evil force during the performance.


KSC Students Josh Bernard-Kriegl, Chris Hamilton and Justin Park as ‘The Stones” surround Eurydice.

Poetry Slam Night featuring critically acclaimed poet ETHAN CHALMERS

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KSC Student performs their poetry piece while playing the guitar on Nov. 18 during the Poetry Slam.

On Nov. 18, the Keene State College Common Ground Multicultural Club hosted a Poetry Slam Night featuring an acclaimed New York poet Frankie Soto, who is also known by his stage name Hidden Legacy. The event was from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Flag Room of the Young Student Center. Proclaimed by The New York Times as a “FORCE” in American poetry, Soto won the 2016 National Award for Multicultural Poet of the Year. Soto opened the event with an open mic opportunity for students and other audience members to read their own poetry or favorite poems written by other poets. Emphasizing the importance of students’ work, Soto said that “the student voice is just as important as mine.” Antonio Rivera, Keene State College junior and president of the

the open mic section of the event with a reading of one of his original poems. Rivera said that the event “has really great energy to support everyone and keeps the drive going for me to improve as a writer. Hearfuture progress [as a writer].” Rivera’s reading was followed by Brianna Hankel, a Keene State College sophomore and the vice president of Alive Poets Society, who also read some of her own poetry. Hankel remarked that she “attended the event last year, and it is a nice environment. I like the rush of seeing people appreciate your poetry. It’s very inspirational.” After the open mic section, Soto energetically read two sets of his own poetry. Soto said that he has “had the privilege of appearing at Keene State twice.” Interested in the poetry written by college students, Soto remarked that “I love listening to

students’ work. It gets me more pumped up for my own work.” As a poet, Soto said that his main inspiration is “to create change with every poem I write.It’s a great feeling to inspire a massive amount of people and to unify them with one poem. This year’s presidential elec-

To aspiring poets, Soto advised “to read as much poetry by other poets as you can. Once you realize your voice is your outlet, you can understand creating change through your poetic voice.” Soto regularly appears at colleges and universities such as Wheaton College and Loyola University. His most recent collection of poems, “Forever Is Not Enough,” is available org. Ethan Chalmers can be contacted at


KSC Student performs their poem at Poetry Slam Night on Nov. 18 in the Flag Room located in the Student Center.

“It’s a great feeling to inspire a massive amount of people and to unify them with one poem.” LUKE STERGIOU/ SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHER



Frankie Soto a.k.a. Hidden Legacy, winner of the 2016 National Award for Multicultural Poet of the Year, performs during the Poetry Slam Night.

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Moonlight ‘brilliantly’ tells a ‘daring’ story MATT BILODEAU

child of circumstance who represses his sexuality in a world that doesn’t understand him, a shockingly relevant Director Barry Jenkins issue. brilliantly portrays the inner At such an impressionstruggle of understanding able age, Chiron is highly one's self-identity, sexuality, observational, befriending and masculinity through epic storytelling in “Moonlight.” [Mahershala Ali], and drownChildhood [Alex Hibbert], ing out constant tirades from Adolescence [Ashton Sand- this crack-addicted mother ers] and Adulthood [Trevante [Naomie Harris]. Rhodes] - this is the story of Both performances are Chiron. absolutely seamless, as these There’s no denying that we two manifest themselves live in an era of discrimina- as Chiron’s environment tion dictated by the guidelines unpredictable and unforgivof conformity. I fear for those ing. “Moonlight” also delves brave enough to step out i nto into the ever-changing meanthe daylight, only to be cast ing of masculinity in the 20th amongst the shadows. century, but never bashes the The world may seem dark audience over the head with and inequitable, but fear not, an all-important sermon. as there is a light at the end of Jenkins revels in the artthe tunnel. Not only is “Moon- istry of absolute silence. For light” a visual masterpiece, it the most part, the cinematogis one of the most poignant raphy is observed from Chiron’s perspective, encasing Director Barry Jenkins him within his own environunderstands how the smallest ment, breaking free every once moment can dramatically alter in a blue moon, allowing the one’s perception of the world camera to roam about and capand themselves. ture the occasional 360° dolly movement. of a simple three-act structure The lighting is poetic and because there isn’t one famil- oddly calming, bathing the iar narrative that everybody actors in neon like a warm will collectively experience. blanket; this contrasts greatly Chiron’s personal journey with Miami’s often violent travels down that unforeseen “War on Drugs” at the time. trajectory. Perhaps this story’s most “You cry?” a teenage Chiron surprising omission is that of asks this question to his best thug culture, an all-too-familfriend Kevin [Jharrel Jerome] iar cinematic trope of Black on a deserted Miami beach. America. No character falls He breaks his introspec- under the trappings of those tive facade with a crack in his often unnecessary (and somevoice. Kevin takes notice of his times exploitative) clichés. friend’s vulnerability and it’s A few occurrences of pop at this moment that Chiron and rap music can be heard is able to break free from his in the background as diegetic inner oppression, even if it’s noise, but for the most part, just for a few minutes. the score consists of classical orchestration. three parts - i: Little, ii: Chiron The use of harmonic and iii: Black, all of which strings symbolizes Chiron’s communicate an audacious story of transformation, but tranquility and anxiety. Such not in the way you think. a switch produces a dauntChiron is an introverted ing, overwhelming mood that

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overtakes each scene by storm. “Moonlight” is easily one of the most daring and personal character pieces I’ve ever come across in my short lifetime. I sat in the theater absolutely speechless, unaware of how to spark a meaningful discussion afterwards. As the week went on, this human story stuck with me in such a way that I haven’t felt in quite a long time. have a strong feeling that it’s going to age gracefully.

Rating: A+ Matt Bilodeau can be contacted at mbilodeau@kscequinox. com

“There’s no denying that we live in an era of discrimination dictated by the guidelines of conformity. I fear for those brave enough to step out into the daylight, only to be cast among the shadows.” MATT BILODEAU


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ing down to represent a character's descent into the underworld. After the performance, KSC student and supporting performer Chris Hamilton said he was pleased with how the show was received, and described the hard work put into the show’s production. Hamilton said, “We put a lot of hard work into it for the last week or so with having six hours of rehearsal. The lighting and sounds are perfect, and I think it

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doing one or the other too much. The cast and crew would try to maintain that correct balance for the remainder of the perforof Eurydice took place on Nov. 19. Palmer said each rendition of that no night in the theatre provides the same experience twice. As the main character, Palmer said, “I’m a title character, but I’m

as it was an ensemble show. There is such an amazing cast and crew Hamilton played one third of behind it that I can't even say that

as “the welcoming committee of ing the underworld, characters were greeted by the stones, who enforce the rules of the underworld and how one should feel and behave as a part of it. a serious role in the story of Eurydice, they did implement a comedic performance, as well as scurried around the stage in a manner that caused some laughter among the crowd. They also, as the lord of the underworld's henchman, worked in tandem with KSC student Isaiah Lapierre, who played the role, to perform comedic bits throughout the performance. Hamilton further and how they balanced comedy and drama. Hamilton said, “It’s always knowing what’s appropriate and what’s not, and obviously we like to have some fun with it until it Hamilton mentioned that his favorite part of the performance was during a scene where the stones were less comical and more forceful. “I think my favorite part was at the end of movement two where we were shouting in Eurydice’s face and she’s ducking down, and that is a very serious when we exude this presence of

Palmer added, “This show is so emotional and deeply connected that there’s so many ways you can take it every night. No night is ever the same; every interaction very genuine, and even though it’s a show, everything feels very With the opening night of performing having gone as smoothly as planned for the cast and crew, Palmer said the quality of the show could be heavily attributed KSC Students Josh Bernard-Kriegl, Chris Hamilton and Justin Park as ‘The Stones’ to the theatre audience to the hard work of the faculty and


stage with theatre and dance Lecturer Doug Wilcox, who played the role of Eurydice’s father. With Eurydice being a large-scale and more complex performance in comparison to most college theatre productions, the execution of the story showed the importance of the arts at KSC. “I think it shows how much this school cares about the arts and how important they are, and I think it shows the absolute amazingness of all the faculty and dance department has the most amazing faculty imaginable and so much gets done because of them, and I think every show that we do is completely accredited to Nick Tocco can be contacted at

have to balance between...comic relief [and seriousness] because the show is a dramatic comedy by


After two months of rehearsal and preperation by the cast and crew, Eurydice was shown from Nov. 16-19 at the Redfern Arts Center

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University students honor Castro’s death


University students chants slogans in honor of the late Fidel Castro in Havana, Cuba, Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. Tribute sites are set up in hundreds of places across the country to farewell Castro, who died late Nov. 25.

2nd day of homage to Fidel Castro to end with mammoth rally FABIOLA SANCHEZ

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Orders could have little effect on pipeline protest camp in North Dakota JAMES MACPHERSON

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Protesters gather at an encampment on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, a day after tribal leaders received a letter from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that told them the federal land would be closed to the public on Dec. 5, near Cannon Ball, N.D. The protesters said Saturday that they do not plan to leave and will continue to oppose construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline.

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Ohio attacker was angry about Muslim treatment JULIE CARR SMYTH

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AssociAted Press The Somali-born student who went on a car-and-knife rampage at Ohio State University railed on Facebook against U.S. interference in Muslim lands and warned, “If you want us Muslims to stop carrying lone wolf attacks, then make peace” with the Islamic State group, a The posts from Abdul Razak Ali Artan’s account came to light after Monday’s violence, which left 11 people injured. Investigators are looking into whether it was a terrorist attack. “America! Stop interfering with other countries, especially the Muslim Ummah. We are not weak. We are not weak, remember that,” he wrote, using the Arabic term for the world’s Muslim community. The posts were recounted by a law

Classes at the 60,000-student university were canceled after the attack but resumed Tuesday. The school planned a vigil for Tuesday night. Students said they were nervous about returning and planned to take precautions such as not walking alone. “It’s kind of nerve-wracking going back to class right after it,” said Kaitlin Conner, 18, of Cleveland, who said she had a midterm exam to take. top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said the act bore the hallmarks of an attack carried out by someone who may have been self-radicalized. Ohio State’s student newspaper, The Lantern, ran an interview in August with an Artan in which he criticized the media’s portrayal of Muslims and expressed concern about how he would be received on campus. “I was kind of scared with everything going on in the media. I’m a Muslim, it’s not what media portrays me to be,” he told the newspaper. “If people look at me, a Muslim praying, I don’t know what they’re going to think, what’s going to happen. But I don’t blame them. It’s the media that put that picture in their heads.” In recent months, federal law enforce-

“I was kind of scared with everything going on in the media. I’m a Muslim, it’s not what media portrays me to be. If people look at me, a Muslim praying, I don’t know what they’re going to think, what’s going to happen. But I don’t blame them. It’s the media that put that picture in their heads.” ABDUL RAZAK ALI ARTAN OHIO STATE STABBER IN AN AUGUST INTERVIEW

the investigation but wasn’t authorized to discuss it publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. “Every single Muslim who disapproves of my actions is a sleeper cell, waiting for a signal. I am warning you Oh America!” Artan also said. about online extremist propaganda that Dozens of FBI agents began search- encourages car-and-knife attacks, which ing Artan’s apartment for clues to what Islamic State group has urged sympaArtan drove a car up onto a side- thizers online to carry out lone-wolf walk and plowed his car into a group attacks in their home countries with of pedestrians shortly before 10 a.m. He whatever weapons are available. then got out and began stabbing people Artan was not known to the FBI with a butcher knife before he was shot before Monday’s attack, according to a Most of the victims were hurt by the said. One had a fractured skull. Four remained hospitalized Tuesday. Artan was born in Somalia and was a legal permanent U.S. resident, according to discuss the case and spoke on condition of anonymity. came to the United States in 2014 as the child of a refugee. He had been living in Pakistan from 2007 to 2014. It is not uncommon for refugees to go to a thirdparty country before being permanently resettled.

authorized to discuss the investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity. Neighbors said he was always polite and attended daily prayers at a mosque on the city’s west side. Leaders of Muslim organizations and mosques in the Columbus area condemned the attacks while cautioning people against jumping to conclusions or blaming a religion or an ethnic group. Surveillance photos showed Artan in the car by himself just before the attack, but investigators are looking into whether anyone else was involved, police said.


Student Nicholas Flores reacts as police respond to an attack on campus at Ohio State University on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. Multiple people were injured in the attack and a suspect was shot, school and hospital officials said.

World’s oldest living person celebrates 117th birthday in Italy BRIAN HENDRIE

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AssociAted Press Italy’s Emma Morano, the world’s oldest living person, marked her 117th birthday Tuesday, blowing out all the candles on her cake. Beaming at the attention, Morano took in the festivities for her milestone celebration sitting in an armchair in her one-room apartment in the northern town of Verbania, joined by her two elderly nieces, a pair of caregivers and her long-time physician. She received a greeting from Italy’s “serenity and good healthy,” and appeared for a brief live broadcast on state-run television. She happily accepted some gifts, including her favorite cookies, which she ate with some milk. Then she blew out the candles on her cake — not one for every year, but three numerals to show her age, 117 — and quipped: “I hope I don’t have to cut it!” To the assembled well-wishers, Morano said, “I am happy to turn 117,” and drew encouragement from her physician, Dr. Carlo Bava. “Who would have said it?!” the doctor remarked. “When you were young everyone used to say you were weak and sick.” “Yes, yes,” she responded. Another party, including a visit from the mayor and another cake, was planned for the afternoon, after a nap. Morano, who is believed to be the last surviving person in the world born in the 1800s, became the oldest living person in May. Italy is known for its centenarians — many of whom live on the Mediterranean island of Sardinia — and gerontologists are studying Morano, along with a handtheir longevity. Bava has credited Morano’s long life to her genetic makeup, “and nothing else.” ANTONIO CALANNI / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Emma Morano, 117 years old, celebrates her birthday in Verbania, Italy, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016.



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Basketball keeps busy before Thanksgiving break SHELBY IAVA

SportS Editor The Keene State men’s basketball team stayed undefeated during Thanksgiving break. They now have a record of 3-0. The men traveled to Oneonta, New York, the weekend of Nov. 18. They played Hartwick College on Nov. 18, State University of New York (SUNY) at Oneonta Nov. 19 and then played at home lege. Ty Nichols is only a sophomore, but already has 54 points from the last three games.

Hartwick Nichols led the Owls to a 79-63 win over Hartwick College. Five Keene State players made it into double digits during the Hartwick game. Nichols had a total of 18 points, junior Dizel Wright had a total of 16 points, senior Matthew Ozzella 11 points and senior Jaquel Edwards added 10. session, but Hartwick player Joey Lufkin was fouled on a three-point attempt. Lufkin shot three for three for a 7-5 lead at the 16:38 mark. Ozzella’s layup gave the Owls a 10-7 lead, only to have the Hawks go on a 9-2 run over the next three minutes taking a 16-12 lead. Nichols’ steal and toss to Wright for a layup was part of a 9-2 run that gave KSC a 27-23 advantage, and Edwards’ three with 4:51 left boosted the lead to 34-24. Brandon LaForest’s layup with 1:35 remaining trimmed the gap to 36-35. The Hawks’ Matt Knezovic sank a three with 31 seconds left to cut the lead to 40-38, but Turner grabbed a rebound of his own, missed the shot and knocked down a three pointer at locker room up 43-38. second half, tying the game 43-43 in the early stages on Lufkin’s three with 1:10 played. State with a layup just a minute later. There was no turning back for the Owls after that. Nichols swished a three that made it 50-43, and Ozzella laid in the rebound of a missed three pointer to make it 53-45. Turner then


SportS Editor The Keene State women’s basketball team had a busy week before Thanksgiving break. The lady Owl’s traveled to Saratoga Springs, New York, to play in the Skidmore Tournament the weekend of Nov. 18 and 19. First up on the tournament list was Tufts University, and then the following day they played Endicott College. This wouldn’t be the

made consecutive threes for a 68-52 lead. Ozzella sank a three of his own, giving

took the win 104-90.

for the second straight game.


The Keene State Owls made it into triple digits in their game Tuesday, Nov. 19. The

The following day, the Keene State Owls Ozzella scored a career-breaking high played SUNY Oneonta. It was nothing but double digits for six of the Owls: Wright (22), Nichols (21), Edwards (17), Ozzella (16), Lucas that made it to double digits. Hammel (12) and Deonte Vinson (10). Vinson and Nichols each sank 17 points, Oneonta started out the game with their while Edwards made 16 and Hammel got 10. 18-11 game with 15:06 on the clock. An early three-pointer from SpringKevin Mackin’s layup with 11:01 to go in the half gave Oneonta a 26-17 lead, but the on 6-6. The Owls quickly got the lead back with a three-point play from Edwards, hoop at the 9:14 mark. leading KSC 16-4 with just 11:40 on the Oneonta continued to make threes and clock. Ozzella with a layup and Nicholas took a 38-27 lead on a triple with 6:38 to go, with another three pushed the Owls even but the Owls went on a 12-2 run over the next further. two minutes, capped by Wright’s layup that Ozzella didn’t stop there; he rebounded made it a one point (40-39) game. After Wright’s three-pointer, the game pointer at the 5:45 mark. Ozzella pushed was tied at 47, and Oneonta went on a 9-3 the Owls up 38-22. run before Vinson knocked down a three just Jimmy Layman entered the court and added three more three-pointers in the last 56-53 at the half. Oneonta picked up right where they left the Owls a lead of 60-33. Vinson started the second half with a - three-point play. Ozzella showed his depth rence Coleman completed a three-point play with another three-pointer, bringing the at the 16:56 mark for a 65-59 lead. Owls up 75-45. With just 13:55 left on the From there, the Owls took it home. Keene State went on a 15-2 run over the next 4:33 Nichols made a layup and pushed and never trailed again. Ozzella tipped in a Keene State even further, giving them their rebound to get the Owls within two points. biggest lead of 34 points during the game. Nichols’ layup tied the game on the next possession. comeback and shot back-to-back threes, cutting the lead to just 22 points. McNulty from Ozzella, Nichols had back-to-back bas- doubled that at 6:43, bringing the game to kets and Ozzella, again, scored down low for 89-71. a 74-67 advantage. Nichols picked Frankie Kelly’s pocket and wasn’t enough. The Hawks fell to the Owls sprinted the other way for a fast break dunk 107-84 at the sound of the buzzer. which made it 78-69, but the Red Dragons had Keene State will played at home Wednesday, Nov. 30 against Trinity Colfrom Oneonta. lege. The results will be in the next edition Ozzella’s layup with 2:14 left made it 94-87, of The Equinox. and the Red Dragons didn’t get closer than eight the rest of the way; Wright’s dunk with Shelby Iava can be contacted at


Lucas Hammel sets up for a free throw during the game on Tuesday, Nov. 15 against Southern Vermont. The Owls took the win 87-60.


Ty Nichols travels with the ball down the court in the game on Tuesday, Nov. 15 against Southern Vermont. The Owls took the win 87-60.

at the seven-minute mark. At the end of the The Owls found a bit of spark in the second period. They sank two three-pointers, made by Rachel Bonnanzio and Vital. Keene half was coming to a close. went on a scoring rampage; they scored more 15.

With only 18 seconds remaining, Vital lady Owls then played them again at home on made a layup and left the score 28-14 with Tuesday Nov. 22. Tufts in the lead at the half. In the third quarter, the Jumbos continued to excel with baskets from Melissa Baptista Tufts and Michela North with just 7:41 remaining. Junior guard Lydia Vital had a career high Vital made a three-pointer with 4:26 left on of 13 points in the game on Nov. 18. Despite the clock, but the Jumbos continued to score. The Owls started the fourth quarter the huge mark on Vital’s career, the Owls fell high as Sandi Purcell nailed a three, but the short to the No. 1 team 60-38. Tufts started Jumbos were quick to respond with a 5-0 run, with baskets from Katie Martensen ad Cailin Amanda Petrow knocked down a jump shot Harrington. With just 7:30 on the clock, Petrow made two layups tightening the gap between the Owls and the Jumbos. Yet again, the Jumbos quickly reacted with a 4-0 run. The Owls fell short 60-38 to the Jumbos.

The Keene State lady Owls Defeated Endicott College Saturday, Nov. 19 at the two-day throughout the tournament, Vital received All-Tournament honors. She started both games and racked up a total of 32 points, four assists and six rebounds. The Endicott Gulls snagged an early lead, but Vital came right back with two free throws, getting the Owls on the board. The two teams went back and forth until the last three minutes of the quarter. Purcell sank two free throws and a shot from Emily McPadden sent the Owls into the


Jasmin Mitchell sets up for a free throw during the game on Tuesday, Nov. 15 against Westfield State. The Owls took the win 78-74.


of 35-26. The Owls continued to bring it throughout the second quarter. They gained their largest gap of 11 points. With just 4:07 left on the clock, Purcell shot a three. The gulls reacted to Purcell’s three with a three of their own from Ilyza Holman, but the Owls kept their lead. Going into the half, the Owls remained on top 35-26. Endicott came in strong in the beginning of the third quarter, making a 7-2 run to start point behind Keene State 51-50. Two minutes into the fourth quarter with still no points to be made, Purcell got


Sandi Purcell attempts to bring the ball to the basket in the game of Tuesday, Nov. 15 against Westfield State. The Owls took the win 78-74.

it started with a layup. Keene State called a timeout with 7:07 left on the clock. Catie LipEndicott pulled ahead by 10 points with scomb made a layup keeping Endicott within one point. Purcell came back with another clock. McPadden had an 8-0 burst that put layup. Vital widened the lead the Owls had Keene State within two points, but Endicott on the Gulls with multiple free throws. The was able to stay in the lead 31-28. lady Owls took the win over Endicott 72-60. A three-point shot from McPadden opened up the third quarter for the Owls, which would tie up the score 31-31. The Gulls came back hard with a 12-0 run and had received their biggest lead yet. Endicott came back to Keene State looking Petrow and Bonnanzio kept the Owls close. for a battle on the night of Tuesday, Nov. 22. The two teams went back and forth with Endicott continued to keep their lead even with two free throws from McPadden, leaving Purcell with a three at the 6:27 minute mark it at 51-43 at the end of the third quarter. Endicott opened up with a three-point pushed the Owls forward 7-4. Endicott then went on an 8-0 run, followed shot from Hannah Shaw. The Owls and the Gulls went shot-for-shot, by a three-pointer from Lipscomb. Senior but the Gulls advanced over the Owls 57-47. Sarah Kober came in with a layup, but Endicott was able to remain on top at the end of the Keene State was unable to close the gap and Endicott took the win 67-57. In the second quarter Endicott came quick Shelby Iava can be contacted at with two shots on the basket. Petrow fought back with a layup, followed by a shot from

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Fantasy football and NFL ratings drop NICK TOCCO

missioner Roger Goodell took the time to Arts And entertAinment editor address the ratings drop himself. “It’s something that I don’t think there’s In 2014, Forbes reported that 33 mil- a single reason for. I really don’t. We look at lion people were playing fantasy football all those factors,” Goodell said in an article according to Fantasy Sports Trade Associa- for tion. The following year, the New York Post An astute observation by commissioner published an article predicting a massive Goodell as this ratings drop that reportspike in fantasy football participants and the revenue that it would produce. In the article simply titled “Nearly 75M be due to coincidence, competition on telepeople will play fantasy football this year,” vision such as the MLB postseason or a by Gregory Bresiger, it was reported that more popular reason for the ratings drop the NFL was preparing for nearly a quarter of the U.S. population to play fantasy foot- it that fantasy football seems to be increasball, according to American Express. ing in popularity and participation, while In 2015, the article reported, “The company’s latest Spending & Saving Tracker taining consistently high ratings that they said 74.7 million Americans plan to partic- have been used to? ipate in fantasy football this year, spendAlthough it is commonly believed that ing $4.6 billion, company spokeswoman fantasy football participation should help Jane Di Leo said.” Coincidentally, in 2016 increase ratings as it naturally brings attenthe NFL, known as America’s game, has tion to the sport, in my opinion, fantasy reported a noticeable drop in television football could actually be a large contriburatings. How do we know that this ratings tor to the ratings decrease. In the age of drop is real? Not only have multiple rep- smartphone applications and social media utable news sources reported the matter, but even everyone’s favorite NFL com- generation of millennial football fans, fan-

tasy sports could be changing the culture increase from exciting NFL games have among football fans. This changing cul- dropped back down. In an article titled ture involves football fans consuming it in “Here’s The Real Reasons NFL TV Ratings Will Continue Downward,” by Maury watching NFL games and they only pay Brown of Forbes, it states that two matchattention to the statistics from afar without ups caused the recent spike. truly investing in the game from a televiThe article states, “The Cowboys-Steelsion viewership perspective. ers game with 28.9 million total viewWith every player’s fantasy team ers was +2% while the Patriots-Seahawks instantly accessible through their smart- games that saw New England stopped at phone or device via fantasy football appli- the goalline in four consecutive attempts cations, players can draft players, set to try and push the game into overtime lineups, trade players and acquire play- was up +16%. ”The article also states that, ers on the free agent waiver wire all in the “A report by Guggenheim Securities notes palm of their hands. In turn, players tech- that with those two games the exception, nically do not need to watch the games to ratings continue to fall for the NFL.” see how their players are doing, as live If the increasing popularity in fantasy points and stats are streamed and accessi- football is in fact the cause of the NFL ratble instantly through fantasy apps. ings drop, the NFL Network should think So what is the result of this concept? twice before they decide to continue proIf the games are boring, fantasy football moting fantasy football with ‘Start ‘em or players have no reason to sit through them. Sit ‘em’ TV segments, as it could be the Players could simply monitor games on enemy. their phones while they view a more enterNick Tocco can be contacted at YouTube. Even when games have been entertaining and caused a spike in NFL television ratings, Forbes reported that the

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early on in the season. “I actually really like him as a coach. He pushes me. He knows all of our tendencies. He’s played with us

he’s been in our position,” senior basketball player Rodney Jean-Marie said. Still, Silva said that her son was still out there practicing his dribbling skills with his “He was the only coach out there dribbling a basketball between his legs in a suit,” Silva joked. Stitchell is still playing semi-professional basketball while working toward his master’s degree. Stitchell said that his dedication to the game and his desire to stay involved in the game comes down to his passion and paying homage to those who can’t be in his position. “I do it because I love it. A lot of my friends that have recently passed away will never get the chance and where I’m from (Rhode Island), nobody gets these chances.” Jacob Barrett can be contacted at


Pats bounce back in full force during weeks 10 and 11 MARY CURTIN

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Game 10 After a grim loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 10, Bill Belichick and his New England Patriots marched into San Francisco and struck it rich, returning to the East Coast with a golden win. With this win, the worst record the Patriots could end the season with would still be .500, which means they would have to lose every single game until the end of the season, which obviously isn’t going to happen, but it is reassuring knowing that your team can’t be any worse than losing half of the season.

Between the defensive team, quarterback Colin Kaepernick (who may be known for his recent civil justice Fitzpatrick was looking pretty strong, hitting all of his

Brady lost the ball on the snap, stayed completely poised, picked it up and threw a perfect ball to wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell. regulation. goal, which unfortunately meant an early 3-0 lead for Kicker Stephen Gostkowski hit the extra point, the Patrick Chung led the Patriots defensive squad with the NYJ. Pats tied the game at 10 and just like that, my breathing seven solo tackles on the 49ers. returned to normal for the time being. Tight end Rob Gronkowski was inactive in this game from the chest injury he sustained during week of practice the week leading up to the Jets game with 10 against Seattle. his knee injury, so early on, I wasn’t reading too much tkowski. The Pats didn’t need Gronk unless it was to possibly into it. break a few more records or run up the score on the 1-9 What made me more nervous, however, was when San Francisco team. my semi-injured quarterback decided that lead-block- allowed the team to win their second in a row. While this game was a sure-win, it just reassured me ing for LeGarrette Blount was a good idea. why I stay around watching this team week after week, Any Pats fan knows what Brady looks like when he thing tells me that we are more than in contention for and I am holding out for that ring in February. another ring. to bring lead-blocking into the mix. Early on, Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski were can Football Conference East and are out in front of the Game 11 having some trouble connecting, and I was honestly 7-4 Miami Dolphins. On to Los Angeles. Patriots back on a roll: two in a row After 17 years and now 200 wins in the National chest was crushed against the Seahawks. The Pats never Mary Curtin can be contacted at Football League, you would think the Jets would learn go. how to stop Tom Brady.

Tom Brady earned his 199th victory after he threw for 280 yards and four touchdowns, tying Brett Favre for the second most wins by a quarterback in National Football League (NFL) history. Running back LeGarrette Blount led the team in rushing yards with 124, tallying 802 total yards on the season. Malcolm Mitchell, Julian Edelman, James White lied and pulled out a 22-17 victory over the petty New and Danny Amendola all caught for one touchdown, York Jets, Brady tying Peyton Manning’s all-time record spreading the wealth amongst the roster. Kicker Stephen Gostkowski completed 3-for-4 extra points, getting the Pats from 24 points to the magic 30 in of the game and a timeout call from Brady, as well as the dominant 30-17 win. being overturned, which was a good synopsis of how the rest of the game would go. The Patriots defense went to the Bay Area ready to dominate, and that is exactly what they did.

quarter alone and had me biting my nails, questioning my thoughts of a sure-win, especially when Gronk headed to the locker room. One thing is for sure. Defensive coordinator Matt The second quarter began with a touchdown pass the game, making it a 10-0 lead for the NYJ.

Malcolm Butler recovered a fumble and Brady tossed to Patriots fans were holding our breath after Jordan Rich- wide receiver Julian Edelman, where Edelman made a beauty of a catch on the sideline. ards leg was twisted into a pretzel on a tackle. The Pats then scored a touchdown, but not before I would be lying if I said I wasn’t at least a little bit


The fighting Irish remain in the No. 1 seed for women’s basketball DOUG FEINBERG

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banner year which saw their return to the NCAA

AP BAsketBAll Writer After a busy eight days, Auburn coach Terri Williams-Flournoy gave her team a much needed

Third-ranked South Carolina garnered the other advanced to the second round and picked up a ers returning, Auburn was envisioned to have a Louisville, Florida State, Ohio State and UCLA Auburn, which was last ranked seven years

2009, when the Tigers entered The Associated Williams-Flournoy said she’d let her team enjoy it shows them what their hard work can do,”

option if we should be or maybe, we’re expected to be good, expected to go back to the NCAA Joining Auburn in the poll this week for the

- the cake and ice cream and then the next day it’s Notre Dame and UConn still sit atop the poll

The Tigers came into the season after a

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Notre Dame players, from left to right, Kathyrn Westbeld, Mychal Johnson and Brianna Turner sit on the bench during an NCAA college basketball game against TCU, Saturday Nov. 26, 2016 in South Bend, Ind. Notre Dame won 92-59.


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Nate Stitchell: Assistant Basketball Coach JACOB BARRETT

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Nate Stitchell sets up for a free throw in a game from the 2015-2016 season. Stitchell was named Assistant Basketball Coach in the 2016-2017 academic year.

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