main street Winter Issue 2012
Measuring Well-Being Modeling at Ft. McClary WUNH Profile
Editor’s Note Something witty and cool to interest these fools.
Tynan DeBold: Editor-in-Chief, Contributing Photographer Raya Al-Hashmi: Photo Editor, Contributing Writer Jake DeSchuiteneer: Editor, Contributing Writer
Victoria Hanson: Editor, Contributing Writer Taylor Lawrence: Editor, Contributing Writer Arly Maulana: Design Editor, Contributing Writer Brian Morin: Web Editor, Contributing Writer Katie Wisniewski: Layout Editor Jack Callahan: Business Manager Kendall Addison: Contributing Writer Brady Brickner-Wood: Contributing Writer Chris Celi: Contributing Writer Peter Cloutier: Contributing Writer Theresa Conn: Contributing Writer Joe Creed: Contributing Writer Graham Hayslip: Contributing Writer Emma Huntoon: Contributing Writer Ella Nilsen: Contributing Writer Dominick Otomanelli: Contributing Writer Heather Ross: Contributing Writer Annah Todd: Contributing Writer
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Main Street Winter 2012 Issue 2
Featured Article Alternative Measures of Well-Being
The way that the United States measures social and economic well-being is analyzed and critiqued. Read through for an exploration of other metrics to measure happiness and wealth other than GDP.
Features 26 32 34 36
WUNH Behavioral Ecomonics: Becoming a Better Bro Victim Inc. Fallout from the 2012 Election
Local 24 28 39 42
UNH Outing Club Dogsledding Mt. Washington SHARRP Giles Huddleston
Reviews 6 7 8 12
Film Book: The Art of Fielding Music Restaurants: Out to Lunch
Arts & Style 16 Modeling at Ft. McClary 36 A La Plage Jewelry 38 Breaking Bad
14 Memorable 2012 Quotes 40 In-Law Survival Guide 41 Wifey-Season
Travel 10 New England Music Venues 16 Scotland
Photo Spread 22 Boston
CONTRIBUTORS 1 Theresa Conn. 2 Heather Ross. 3 Emma Huntoon. 4 Arly Maulana. 5 Blake Kendrick. 6 Joe Creed. 7 Taylor Lawrence. 8 Peter Cloutier. 9 Jack Callahan. 10 Victoria Hanson. 11 Kendall Addison. 12 Chris Celi. 13 Brian Morin. 14 Brady Brickner-Wood. 15 Dominck Otomanelli. 16 Annah Todd. 17 Raya Al-Hashimi. 18 Graham Hayslip. 19 Katie Wisniewski. 20 Jake DeSchuiteneer.
Staff Picks Things MSM Staff Love Right Now
Sauvignon Blanc Wine
Daniel Day Lewis
Sauvignon blanc wine, because recently I’ve been drinking more of it than water.
I had never seen a Day-Lewis movie, but had long heard about how awesome he is, and about his credible dedication to roles. So before going to see him deliver an amazing (and if there’s any justice in the world, Oscarwinning) performance in Lincoln, I watched There Will Be Blood, in which he plays Daniel Plainview, an intense and greedy oil-tycoon. Bottom line: the man is a method-acting, milkshake-drinking genius.
Catfish I’ve always been a sucker for reality TV. MTV’s new series Catfish has become my new guilty pleasure. It’s cringe worthy brilliant. -Tyalor
My Roommates Washing Dishes
Ninja Bread Men
I love when I don’t have to wash every plate, bowl, and fork that’s used in my apartment. Too bad it only happens once a month. You guys can take this as a hint.
Ninja Bread Men are an awesome way to spice up traditional holiday baking. They are truly delicious, and really pack a punch.
L.L. Bean’s “Wicked Good” Slippers
The cold has set in and is most likely here to stay until good old March. Since I’m a bit of a wimp when it comes to the frosty weather, I do everything I can to stay warm until spring rolls around, and I’ve found that nothing makes me happier than a pair of warm feet. Needless to say, I’m glued to my L.L Bean slippers all through the winter months. Pair them with a wood stove and you’ll be golden. -Victoria
American Horror Story: Asylum
This ancient Chinese ointment helps alleviate discomfort, physically and mentally. Especially during this time of year with finals, I rely on my Tiger Balm to help distress me. A little dab on the inside of my wrists and behind my ears keeps me calm all day long ;) Pick yours up for about $6 at any drug store.
The second season of American Horror Story has been nothing but ridiculous story lines, fucked up characters, and just plain batshit craziness. I love it. I mean it already has things like aliens, mutant zombies, a legless nymphomaniac, a crazy serial killer, a possessed nun, a Nazi doctor, and Anne Frank (yes the one who wrote the diary). What else can you ask for?
Actor of the Issue: Bill Murray
Groundhog Day (1993)
Directed by: Harold Ramis Starring: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott
The notion that nothing like the present moment has ever happened before is a feeling we all have almost all the time. But in Groundhog Day (1993), a film by Harold Ramis, the character of Phil, played by Bill Murray, is subject to a serious case of déjà vu. Groundhog Day is a well-written movie, and it has been remembered as such, but Bill Murray’s performance as the character of Phil is really what steals the show. The film is set in modern day Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, and Phil is a bitter, Scrooge-esque news anchor tasked with filing a report as the famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil (pun intended) on camera as he emerges from his hole. After he retires for the first night, however, he becomes trapped in the same day over and over, left to desperately try to figure out why this has happened to him. While Phil is a somewhat prototypical bitter and disliked middle-aged male character, the role is not neces-
sarily an easy one to play, and Murray does a perfect job pulling it off. To simply say that Murray portrays his character’s bitterness well is a vast understatement. Murray is an exceptional actor in this film not because of his ability to make the audience think he doesn’t care, but because of his ability to scare the audience with the amount he doesn’t care. In Murray’s other famous movies, such as Caddyshack (1980) and Ghostbusters (1984), the actor showed that an array of different character and personality types were within his acting range. In Groundhog Day and coupled with an incredibly imaginative and witty chain of events, Murray progresses in his emotion from confused to concerned, scared to desperate, and finally from suicidal to a state of depression that not even suicide can remedy. Doing this well, and making you cry laughing while it happens is what makes Murray’s performance so great. -Graham Hayslip
Moonrise Kingdom is a movie directed by Wes Anderson that tells a story of love between two twelve yearolds, Sam and Suzy. The film is set in 1965 on a quiet New England island called New Penzance. The cast includes various well-known actors such as Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, and Bill Murray. The movie remains loyal to the styles of Anderson’s previous movies such as The Royal Tenenbaums, The Aquatic Life of Steve Zissou, The Darjeeling Limited, and The Fantastic Mr. Fox. By using saturated colors and highly detailed and quirky settings, Anderson managed to make this movie very visually interesting and pleasing to look at. But this is by no means a case of style over substance. The main strength of the movie lies in Anderson’s ability to portray the excitement and awkwardness of adolescent love. Sam and Suzy’s desire to run away and live together on a deserted island is a sweet reminder of our first crushes that we experienced when we were kids. The movie captures that ineffable, head-over-heels feeling that made us feel like nothing else mattered. Sam and Suzy’s cringe-worthy attempt to French kiss each other can also remind us that first love is awkward and replete
with innocence. At certain points, the adults in the movie act even more childish than the kids. Such is Bill Murray’s character, Walt. Murray plays Suzy’s father, an attorney whose marriage with his wife Laura (McDormand) is about to go down the drain. Murray does a great job portraying a man who still has patience and politeness around his wife, despite her infidelity and their failing marriage. Murray captures confusion and ignorance perfectly when his character cannot understand the reason why his daughter would run away from home. He is completely unaware that his deteriorating relationship with his wife impacts his daughter in ways that make her manifest contempt towards her family, explaining why she runs away in the first place. Overall the movie is absolutely worth seeing because it is visually dazzling and the story is complex yet very whimsical. If you are a Wes Anderson fan, you probably have seen it already. But if you are not familiar with Anderson, you still should check it out. This is the kind of movie that will put a huge smile on your face. -Arly Maulana
Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
Directed by: Wes Anderson Starring: Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton
BOOKS Author Chad Harbach
The Art of Fielding By: Brady Brickner-Wood
don’t typically bother with bestsellers lists. There are too many disposable novels, self-help books, and overdone trilogies. So when my mom bought me Chad Harbach’s “The Art of Fielding” last Christmas, I grimaced at the large sticker plastered on the hardcover, boasting “#1 New York Times Bestseller!” I attempted to look beyond the inflated sticker, but only saw the cover of another clichéd baseball novel. It was summertime and my family was visiting my Grandmother. I had finished the books I had brought with me on the trip and I asked my mom if she had any books I might be interested in. She lifted the royal blue cover of “The Art of Fielding” out of her beach bag and said, “Give it a chance.” Three days later, I completed Harbach’s brilliant novel and instantly self-labeled it a past decade classic. Baseball is the centerpiece of “The Art of Fielding”, the driving force and backbone of the novel. However, baseball fades far into the background while the real themes of the book emerge to the front: progression of friendship, persistence, sexuality, and psychological realism. Having a passion for baseball is a benefit while reading the book but it is far from a requirement. The heart of the book lies in Harbach’s ability to beautifully depict the contrast between perfection and reality, and how both distinctions shape the characters. The book’s protagonist, Henry Skrimshander, is a super skinny and innocent shortstop from South Dakota that is a special talent in the infield. Harbach writes, “Putting Henry at shortstop...was like taking a painting that had been shoved in a closet and hanging it in the ideal
spot. You instantly forgot what the room had looked like before.” Henry is recruited to play for Wisconsin’s Division III Westish College Harpooners and falls under the mentoring of catcher and Westish College athletic department savior Mike Schwartz. Under Schwartz’s supervision Henry transforms from a weak-muscled, scrawny player into a “statue strong” professional talent. By his junior year he becomes a major league prospect and is in route to break an NCAA record. But after a rare errant throw hits his roommate and best friend Owen in the face, Henry falls into a deep, downward spiral. Groundballs and throws that followed the accident become nightmares to Henry. As the story progresses, Henry’s terrified teammates watch his transformation from an infield wizard to an infield hazard. Although Henry sits center stage throughout “The Art of Fielding”, the space is shared with a team of strong characters. The story is a collection of five individuals whose lives all become greatly intertwined, with Henry shyly standing in the front. Mike Schwartz is an intricate character, a college student who is already a hardened man. He has exerted all of his energy into the Westish College athletic program, and also into Henry’s professional future. Owen Dunne is Henry’s gay roommate, a prodigal mind and environmentalist, but also a star hitter for Westish. Guert Affenlight is the president of Westish College, a lonely literary genius, but also pleasantly naïve. His daughter Pella is an intelligent and unconfident woman, who flees a difficult marriage and arrives at Westish to live with her father. All of these characters’ stories gracefully overlap, addressing issues connecting friend-
ship, family, mental health, and sexuality. “The Art of Fielding” might be Harbach’s debut novel, but it is exquisitely written and wonderfully organized. The character description is phenomenal, every personality is thoroughly analyzed and consistently portrayed. The humor is welcomed as well, mainly provided by Owen reading obscure books in the dugout mid game and the array of personalities on the baseball team, such as the overconfident and sex-crazed Adam Starblind. Harbach’s greatest accomplishment in writing “The Art of Fielding” is his tremendous illustration of Henry’s over analysis of throwing a baseball, which acts as a metaphor for Henry’s life struggles. Henry is a relatively boring person, his only meaning in life stemming from his unconditional love for baseball. Without the game he is an empty vessel—and we learn this as his throwing problem progressively worsens. As Henry attempts to find reasons for why his throwing errors are occurring, he deteriorates mentally and his chance to be drafted by a major league team is ripped away. Harbach masterfully describes Henry’s mental destruction and how it disastrously affects all of the main characters. “The Art of Fielding” is an unbelievably engaging novel, as well as a clinic in character description. Harbach’s ability to beautifully weave together the lives of five very different individuals is beyond a pleasurable experience. Although Henry’s downfall is heartbreaking to read, it is the perfect outlet to comment on an array of issues that adults face in society. Harbach has crafted a classic, not just in the art of sports novels, but in the art of literature.
Abel Tesfaye, The Weekend
v` Man Man
“Good Kid, M.A.A.D City” Interscope Records
Overall Rating: 9/10
“I pray my dick get big as the Eifel Tower so I can fuck the world for 72 hours.” So raps Kendrick Lamar on “Backstreet Freestyle,” the third track of his debut studio album. Some might hear this absurd, bombastic lyric and unfairly dismiss Lamar as just another rapper obsessed with money, drugs, and sex. But that is a shame, because those people are missing the point, and missing out on one of the best albums of the year. “Backstreet Freestyle” represents one small part of a larger narrative arc that Lamar skillfully paints throughout the album with incredible lyricism and compelling storytelling. That track, along with the rest of the album’s first half, seems to represent Lamar’s restless youthful ambitions of rap superstardom, and his mental struggle that results from being a “good kid” surrounded by the gang violence and crime of Compton. On the album’s fourth track, “The Art of Peer Pressure,” Lamar raps about his first run-in with crime. “Look at me, I got the blunt in my mouth,” says Lamar “Usually I’m drug free, but shit I’m with the homies.” At this point on the album, Lamar is realizing the stifling nature of his environment. His attempts to be a good
person and belief in “bad karma” aren’t enough to keep him from succumbing to the crime that surrounds him. In the song, Lamar and his friends break into a house, stealing DVDs and plasma-screen TVs. It turns out to be “one lucky night,” as they escape without being caught. Their luck doesn’t last through the back half of the album, however. The ruthlessness of the ghetto catches up with Kendrick and “the homies” as one of them is killed in a violent encounter in the street. The epic, 12-minute “Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst,” Lamar raps about the heavier themes of death and legacy, as the harsh realities of his environment seem to come crashing down upon him. “Tired of running,” Lamar says, “tired of hunting my own kind but retiring nothing.” With “Good Kid M.A.A.D. City,” Kendrick Lamar has established himself as an important emerging voice in the world of rap music. The album is a masterpiece by any standard, a tour de force of unrelenting and brilliant lyricism, tense but gorgeous musical moments, ambition, lust, and paranoia from the mind of a young genius and a restless dreamer. -Jake DeSchuiteneer
“You don’t know what’s in store,” Abel Tesfaye, the man known as The Weeknd, softly murmurs on the opening track of Trilogy, a three-disk compilation of his self-released albums, House of Balloons, Thursday, and Echoes of Silence. With a blend between ghostly R&B and indie rock, The Weeknd’s captivating voice, gloomy synthesizers, and drugged-out drums create a complete and beautiful concept album. Trilogy is a dark but intoxicating journey into the world of a lonely and complex twenty-two year old. House of Balloons is a mysterious entrance into The Weeknd’s world, full of enchanting nighttime tales of faux romance, drugs, loneliness, shame, and regret, all sounding as if it occurs within the confines of a Toronto hotel room. He dazzles with methodical hooks and impressive songwriting, while the production is innovative and phenomenal. In Thursday, The Weeknd emerges into a spotlight, as he begins to lose his mystery and transforms into a more
tangible figure. He warns us in his eerie prophetic song “Rolling Stone” that “until you’re used to my face / and my mystery fades / I got you.” The Weeknd’s elaborate use of symbolism and content remains strong in Echoes of Silence as everything becomes darker and more aggressive. He evolves into a monster of the night, but still attempts to evoke sympathy. The troubled universe The Weeknd sings of is alarming and methodical, leaving listeners to question whether he is the protagonist or narrator of Trilogy. The beauty of the album revels in this constant mystery and unsettlement that surrounds the disturbingly pleasurable music. From the heartbreaking rock ballad “Wicked Games,” to the chilling loneliness of “Next,” The Weeknd is sonically brilliant, using beautiful samples, instruments, and echoing percussion to convey the mysterious myth he has so elegantly created. -Brady Brickner-Wood
“Life Fantastic” is the zany 4th album of the experimental rock band Man Man. This album, from Bright Eyes producer Mike Mogis, loses none of the quirkiness and questionable sanity that is present in the group’s former albums. Currently signed to ANTI records, the group puts forth an amazing show of instrumental versatility and expertise while at the same time writing some of the most darkly humorous and somewhat scary lyrics that modern rock, folk, or indie fans will come by today. These songs, hailing back to earlier twisted numbers like “Big Trouble” on their previous album, are lyrically derived from experiences in the life of the lead singer/ pianist Honus Honus, and range from stories of physical mutilation to entirely sexually dependent relationships. The music on this album is comprised of Man Man’s piano-based instrumentation. Their non-traditional-rock-
band setup focuses on Honus’ singing and piano playing while accompanied by musicians who switch between many different percussion and brass instruments. Typically, these will vary between songs, but a drum set is a fairly standard appearance. Songs like “Haute Tropique” are a great example of the instrumental variety on this album, leading off with a creepy marimba melody and backed by the rhythm of the brass players. Don’t go out and buy this album just because it’s more weird or more indie than the last band you’ve been listening to, but instead consider how the really dark stories presented here can produce well-composed music and catchy rock songs. Buy it because Man Man proves that the deepest recesses of depression and anxiety can also be the breeding ground for a style of song and lyric writing that is truly artful. -Graham Hayslip
The Weekend “Trilogy” 19, RCA
Overall Rating: 9/10 Man Man
“Life Fantastic” Anti Records
Overall Rating: 7/10
Lady Antebellum at Meadowbrook
Acoustic Africa at Tupelo, VT.
Menu of New England Venues By: Graham Hayslip
Capitol Center for the Arts
The Capitol Center for the Arts is a popular and historical location on South Main St. in Concord, New Hampshire. This venue was at one time the finest movie theater in Concord before being closed in 1989. In 1995 it was reopened as a multi-functional facility, which now hosts a myriad of events, from concerts to Broadway shows. In its main theater, the Capitol Center can house nearly 1,400 people, including balcony seating. Ticket prices for concerts and other events cost around 50 to 150 dollars. The Capitol Center also supports education among other community values in their mission statement, hosting many events for middle and high school class trips, like musicals and plays. Apart from musicals, plays, and Broadway shows, the concerts that are held at the Capitol Center range from rock and country shows to international musical performances. The crowds converging on the Capitol Center will vary greatly between performances. There are shows to entertain both old and young audiences. Recent and upcoming shows range a wide variety of styles, from country-rock artist John Hiatt to the “One Man Star Wars Trilogy”, performed by Canadian actor Charles Ross. The venue itself has a very modern looking entranceway, with a large glass staircase leading into a ticket reception area that still looks like a movie theater. In the main theater, the stage is bordered by Egyptian motifs and architecture, making for a classic Broadway theater atmosphere. It is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, such as renovated heating, and has a massive PA system, providing brilliant sound for musical artists. All in all, the presentation at the Capitol Center is the main draw for music fans, and prospective visitors will just have to find the right show to go to.
Rocko’s Bar and Grill
Located on Wilson St. in Manchester, New Hampshire, Rocko’s Bar & Grill is a venue for all ages, but serves as great place for the younger Punk and Rock scene to flourish before the 21-plus crowd hits the bars. Located in the center of Manchester, Rocko’s is a popular bar, with an upstairs dining area divided from a dance floor and stage, and a long bar counter on one wall. The downstairs bar is the only 21-plus area. Since Rocko’s typically serves an underground music scene, it hosts many small shows with an average ticket price of 15 dollars. The shows tend to start around 5 or 6pm, giving ample time for younger kids to get home at a reasonable hour. Its main floor capacity is between 200 and 300 people, but the dance floor has been known to get crowded. The building is also fairly old, and the floorboards can feel like they are wavering under you due to this. The age of the facility is Rocko’s downside, but the sound system is great and the staff is always very friendly. Most of the bands that play at Rocko’s are local, but some larger bands that “made it” have returned to pay homage to this smaller venue, such as Our Last Night and Armor For The Broken.
The Meadowbrook US Cellular Pavilion is located on Route 11 in Gilford, New Hampshire. This is one of the largest music venues in New Hampshire and has hosted hundreds of national pop, rock, and country artists since opening in 1996. Many current country tours make a stop at Meadowbrook on their routes, providing New Hampshire with a taste of artists like Keith Urban, Zac Brown Band, Alan Jackson, and Sugarland. Under the roof of the open-concept steel pavilion, the capacity is over 3,000 seats, and with the addition of the lawn seating, total capacity is nearly 6,000. The relatively social aspect of the lawn seating almost makes it more appealing than the pavilion. Average ticket prices for Meadowbrook can range from 30 to 70 dollars and above on rare occasions, but the venue is not limited to just its main stage. Apart from the main stage, the venue has a second stage to the rear of the pavilion that hosts pre-concert local bands of varying genres. There is a 21plus seating section in front of a large bar at the rear of the pavilion, and another bar and grill located in an entrance/concession area. Parking is free but usually fills up fast, and with three huge dirt parking lots filing into one exit road, leaving is really the trick at Meadowbrook. It can sometimes take as long as an hour and a half to two hours to get out of the parking lot when the show is over. The atmosphere at Meadowbrook is always fun. It is a great place for a mass of people to kick back, grab a beer, and enjoy music together.
Tupelo Music Hall
Tupelo Music Hall is famous for its relaxed atmosphere and friendly dining and music combination events. Located on Main St. in White River Junction, Vermont, this venue has a subsidiary in Londonderry, New Hampshire. Its Vermont location has a main floor that is usually prepared for table seating in a dinner format, but can be rearranged for standing concerts and also for row seating depending on the event. The capacity is usually between 100 and 250 people. The average ticket price is between 20 to 40 dollars for many of the concerts, which include performances by blues and folk artists, as well as international and classic rock acts. The relaxed setting of Tupelo is the draw for many music enthusiasts. Artists like Graham Parker, a folkrock singer who tours nationally, use this setting to talk to the audience casually between sets. Concerts are the more common events hosted at Tupelo, but the venue also sports comedy nights and theatrical events frequently. The venue is a hall, so the main room is large, with a bar to the rear of the dining area and a kitchen beyond that. Upon first glance, the venue seems like a restaurant, which also plays into the originality of Tupelo’s atmosphere. With two locations, local crowds in both regions visit Tupelo, but audiences vary in size as big and small name artists pass through. People searching for a mellow and inviting musical experience with an exceptional price should definitely check it out.
The Worcester Palladium is a large indoor venue on Main St. in Worcester, Massachusetts that is designed for an underground atmosphere. In the past, Palladium has played host to artists like Bob Dylan, B. B. King, and even 50 Cent, but in recent years the audiences have stormed the gates of this venue for the punk, rock, and metal scenes that have taken hold there. The venue’s capacity is over 2000, not including the club on the upper floor which houses smaller shows and performances by DJs. The main floor is set up for general admission, meaning that it is mainly a standing crowd and there is no assigned seating. Given the genres that play at the Palladium, this makes for a very ‘active’ crowd, which is something to consider for the prospective visitor. Many well-known metal and hardcore punk tours pass through Palladium, and for this reason the venue is responsible for bringing a large part of the American music scene to the New England area that would otherwise remain exclusive to the south and southwest. Bands like All That Remains, Crown The Empire, Motionless in White, and Blessthefall are some of the acts that Palladium has played host to. Apart from the fact that Palladium books some of the best national and local metal and punk bands, the sound system is superb at this venue and the ceiling is high, providing good acoustics and a feeling of space, even when in a crowd of fans. Parking is abundant in the surrounding area. Tickets range from around 15 dollars for smaller shows, to as high as 75 dollars for full-sized concerts.
If there is one music venue that screams “originality” in coastal New Hampshire, it is the Stone Church in Newmarket. The Stone Church is literally a church that has been converted into a bar and stage. It is home to a grill that produces delicious tacos, a bar that produces tasty beer, and a stage that produces the sexy and intoxicating voyage that is rock & roll. The main room, which is bordered on one side by the bar and on the other by tables, has a capacity of roughly 150 if packed. The stage sits in front of a standing area that is usually filled depending on the band performing and the time of night. Tickets for concerts are typically no more than 20 dollars at the door, and there is a free open mic most every Sunday night. The Stone Church books artists varying from rock, folk, country, and acoustic genres, as well as a ton of local acts which perform in the punk and hard rock genres. The audience, as a result is incredibly diverse, including college students and people of all ages from the southern and coastal New Hampshire regions. The venue is an older one, and the sound system and quality are what can be expected of a small bar, but the atmosphere and energy of the Stone Church and its performers are enough to highly recommend checking it out.
Pie at the Pao Café.
Restaurant Reviews: Out to Lunch! By: Victoria Hanson
verybody loves a little lunch break, especially when old friends and a good sandwiches from your dwindling pantry, go and check out these local favorites. old-fashioned café are involved. If you’re looking for a new place to try You’re sure to find something that suits your fancy. on your next outing, or are simply tired of making peanut butter and jelly
The Pao Brazilian Café and Bakery 170 Main Street, Newmarket, NH 03875 (603) 659-1415 Mon - Fri 7am to 8pm Saturday 9am to 8pm Sunday 9am to 2pm www.thepaocafe.com
The Green Bean 33 Water Street, Exeter NH 03833 (603) 778-7585 Monday 11am to 7pm Tues - Fri 7:30am to 7pm Sat - Sun 7:30am to 4pm www.nhgreenbean.com
The Pao Brazilian Café and Bakery is a fantastic little spot nestled in the heart of downtown Newmarket. Owned by husband and wife Matthew and Barbara Carano, it blossomed into existence after Barbara, a Brazilian native, pursued her dream of owning a restaurant. It has become a favorite amongst the locals thanks to her homemade cheesebread recipe. Located right on Main Street next to The Riverworks Restaurant and Tavern, The Pao is easy to locate. Its charming stonework façade invites you into a quaint, café style interior filled with simple accents and hanging plants. Upon entering, the warm smell of freshly baked goods contributes to the difficult challenge of deciding what you should order. They are most famous for their innovative cheesebread Panini sliders. These bite sized sandwiches come in a variety of options, including egg and cheese, veggie pizza, pesto, and grilled cheese. They also offer soup, salad, combos, and a great selection of desserts, including some Brazilian options like walnut stroganoff and Fluffy Towel cake. Along with the food, they also offer a delicious selection of coffee and tea. Their coffee is brewed using the cold-brewing method, which takes much longer than the traditional one. The owners explain that they use this method because it “removes most of the coffee’s acidity while boosting its natural flavors.” Their iced tea has a twist too. They blend it with lime juice, basil, and fruit for a unique taste. The Pao is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2p.m. It’s a great place to stop in for lunch, a light breakfast, or even for a coffee break with friends. Check out their website or Facebook page for more information about specials and changes in the menu. It’s worth a stop to try Barbara’s cheesebread alone!
The Green Bean is a café located in downtown Exeter, Dover, and the Pease base in Portsmouth. They pride themselves in offering a selection of food made with fresh products. Because each location has something slightly different to offer, this review will look at the menu and atmosphere of the Exeter location. The café has many delicious options on their breakfast and lunch menus. Fancy an early lunch or a leisurely brunch? Try their breakfast burritos, banana bread French toast, Green Eggs and Ham sandwich or creative scrambled egg dishes. Of course, they also offer the typical bakery items, such as muffins and sweet breads, along with freshly brewed coffee. The lunch menu provides many more choices of sandwiches, soups and salads. The sandwiches, wraps, and even burritos come in creative combinations, such as a turkey Thai wrap, ham and brie, and chicken salad with dried cranberries. They also offer your typical BLT, tuna and egg salads, and cold cut sandwiches. Don’t forget about your drink and dessert. They have lots of fresh cookies for only .35 cents…how could you go wrong? The Green Bean is open Tuesday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on the weekends from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., making it a great place to stop with friends for breakfast or lunch. You can visit their website for more information about this location, as well as the varying menus that they offer at their other locations.
Outside of Pao Brazilian Café & Bakery.
Cupcakes at the Green Bean.
Bean Café Espresso 800 Islington Plaza, Portsmouth, NH 03801 (603) 334-3407 Daily 6:30am to 4pm www.cafe--espresso.com Café Espresso is a simple yet satisfying café in wellloved Portsmouth. Modestly furnished in typical diner fashion, its warm yellow walls and wooden tables and chairs invite you in for a warm meal on a lazy day. It is open for breakfast and lunch, leaving you with many options to choose from. Though best known for its breakfast menu, Café Espresso is also a great spot for a light lunch and a large cup of coffee. Breakfast includes omelets, pancakes, waffles, French toast, continental options, and their famous “Café Piggies,” which includes a little bit of everything. Breakfast is served all day for those of you who enjoy breakfast for lunch. Their lunch menu consists of a variety of warm soups, salads, sandwiches, wraps, Paninis, and burgers. They also offer a set of sandwiches as an “express” option in case your lunch break is on a time limit. Of course, a café wouldn’t be a café without the option of coffee. Café Espresso serves up freshly brewed coffee, lattes, cappuccinos, espresso, tea, and hot chocolate. They even have Mimosas and Bloody Marys. Café Espresso is a popular spot to eat, especially for breakfast, so make sure that you are prepared for a wait or call ahead for reservations during the morning hours. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. and breakfast continues to be served until closing time. Their hours are from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. For a more in-depth look at their menu, visit their electronic version online at http://cafe--espresso.com.
Shrimp salad at Café Espresso.
Voices of a Nation By: Joe Creed
he ease that social media now gives the public to tell the world anything and everything about themselves has given rise to some less than well thought out tweets, Facebook statuses, and blog posts. In hiding behind the anonymity of the World Wide Web, everyday citizens are posting bolder, harsher, and more controversial thoughts. Social media provides average Joes with the chance to rise from obscurity to famous individuals overnight. A young girl from the Midwest was mentioned in the same breath as A-List celebrities one morning when she posted a tweet comparing Justin Bieber and Kurt Cobain. Similarly, celebrities, politicians, and other illustrious names voice their opinions every day, and consequent-
ly change the landscape of their particular profession. This past fall, the nation was bombarded with opinions from people of all walks of life as we decided who would become our next president. Controversial events like the presidential election provoked the American public to voice opinions that ranged from educated and well-informed to questionable and ill-advised. From highly esteemed individuals discussing the nuances of healthcare reform to athletes reflecting on their curious urination habits (see Ryan Lochte), these quotes from 2012 reflect a narration of government issues, sporting events, tragedies, trials, and a whole myriad of topics that influenced our thoughts.
“The Iowa caucuses kind of feels like America’s Next Top Model. The winner gets lots of attention but never has a successful modeling career.” -Michelle Goldberg (@michelleinbklyn) “Women. They are a complete mystery.” -Stephen Hawking answering the question “What do you think about most during the day?” in an interview “The government cannot put a chocolate on every one of their pillows and tuck them in at night.” -John Mica, Chairman of the U.S. House of Transportation Committee speaking about pilots and rest
“A competitive primary does not divide us. It prepares us.” -Mitt Romney “Dad, you won. You can go home now.” -Jay Paterno speaking at the memorial for his father “My husband cannot f---ing throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time.” -Gisele Bundchen responding to a heckler after the Super Bowl “I pay all the taxes that are legally required and not a dollar more.” -Mitt Romney commenting on his tax returns
BL #BPOTC #OTCHOUSTON” -BP America (@BP_America)
“Same-sex couples should be able to get married.” -Barack Obama (@BarackObama)
“Justin Bieber is much bigger than Kurt Cobain, so shut up. Did Kurt Cobain ever have the biggest fanbase on Twitter? NO.” -Amanda “Bieber” “OMFG I think it just hit me, I’m a CHAMPION!! I AM a CHAMPION!!” -Lebron James (@KingJames)
“Who do you protect? Who do you serve?” -NJ Burkett (@njburkett7) ABC correspondent commenting on the Occupy Wall Street movements continued resistance
“Mayor: Right now, 911 is receiving 10,000 calls per half hour. Please, please, please only call 911 for life-threatening emergencies. #Sandy” -Mayor Bloomberg (@NYCMayorsOffice) “Unbelievable job numbers. These Chicago guys will do anything. Can’t debate so change numbers.” -Jack Welch (@jack_welch) referencing Obama with his “Chicago guys” comment and creating controversy with disbelief over job numbers
“@holyfield’s ear would’ve been much better with his “#Sandusky sentenced to 30-60 years in prison: Judge: new BBQ sauce. check it out http://realdealbbqsauce. “that has the unmistakable impact of meaning the rest of your life.”” com #TGIF” -Sandusky Trial (@abc27Sandusky) -Mike Tyson (@MikeTyson) “Obamacare is upheld.” -NJ Burkett (@njburkett7)
“I’m coming home.” -Felix Baumgartner after his epic skydive
“USA Men’s Archery lost the gold medal to Italy but that’s ok, we are Americans…When’s da Gun shooting competition?” -Lolo Jones (@lolojones)
“Four More Years” -Barack Obama (@BarackObama) tweeted after winning election, most retweeted ever.
“This seat’s taken” -Barack Obama (@BarackObama) tweet in response to Clint “My last Olympics, I had a girlfriend - big mistake. Now “I will return, and we will work together for Arizona and I’m single, so London should be really good. I’m ex- Eastwoods weird empty chair speech at the RNC. this great country.” cited.” -Gabrielle Giffords, U.S. Representative from Arizona, who “Good luck today Florida! try not to pull a “Florida”” -Ryan Lochte suffered a gunshot wound in January 2011 -Daniel Tosh (@DanielTosh) tweeted this on election day, refer“It appears that my sister has been fatally wounded in a ring to the recount in florida 2 elections ago. “The Stanley Cup makes the Lombardi trophy look like a mass shooting at a movie premiere in Denver, CO. 20 redheaded step child.” “SITCOM IDEA: “Whitehouse Mates”. Mitt and Jul 12” -Paul Bissonette (Phoenix Coyotes forward NHL) Obama TIE & have to share the Whitehouse & govern -Jordan Ghawi (@JordanGhawi) together. Also, one is gay.” -Rainn Wilson (@RainnWilson) “Happy white peoples independence day the slaves March “Dear Joseph Kony, I’m Gonna help Make you FA- weren’t free but I’m sure they enjoyed fireworks.” “He may have won the battle but lost the war...second -Chris Rock (@ChrisRock) MOUS!!!! We will stop YOU #StopKONY! All 6,000,000 terms are difficult.” of my followers RT NOW!!! Pls!” -Karl Rove arguing on FoxNews about Obama’s victory in the -P. Diddy (@iamdiddy) August presidential election “Nap time…” April -Michael Phelps (@MichaelPhelps) tweeted this directly after “He lost the popular vote by a lot and won the election. “Column placed, making 1 WTC 1,271 feet above winning his record setting 19th Olympic medal We should have a revolution in this country.” ground level, passing Empire State Building, again tallest -Donald Trump (@realDonaldTrump) building in NY!” September -World Trade Center Progress (@WTCProgress) “Rape is rape. Period. End of story.” December -Paul Ryan “Most people on public assistance don’t have a character “This finding will officially end the era of denial on flaw. They just have a tough life.” global warming.” -Lindsey Graham, Republican Senator from South Carolina -Ed Markey speaking about the EPA’s conclusion that green- “I’m not such a pervert.” -E.L. James, author of 50 Shades of Grey house gases threaten public health “It’s basically fused to my skin at this point.” -New Jersey governor Chris Christie commenting on his fleece he “We returned to work in the Gulf, where the U.S. gov. last “Saved by a TV commercial. Literally.” -Rosie O’Donnell crediting Bayer aspirin for saving her life after has worn since Hurricane Sandy. Oct. granted our first drilling permit since April 2010. – suffering a heart attack
The Do’s and Don’ts of St. Andrews By: Ella Nilsen
’ve been in Scotland for four months now, essentially reliving my freshman year in a small town called St. Andrews. Sitting on the east coast of Scotland, it boasts being the birthplace of golf, three main streets, and academic buildings reminiscent of Hogwarts. Most importantly, it is home to St. Andrews University, a 600-year-old institution, famous for educating Will and Kate. 600 years is a long time, as the Brits and Scots like to remind me. It just so happens that their university is more than twice as old as my country. St. Andrews itself is the ultimate collegiate bubble, defined by history and tradition. The student body is mixed, heavily English, Scottish, and American. I’ve now become more accustomed to hearing a British or American accent than a Scottish one. Students here wear red academic robes and go to balls rather than fraternity parties. The basic concept is the same, but the attire is much more classy. Four months in, and I can now say I’ve done it all. On the brink of senior year, I’ve willingly placed myself in a dorm where drunk freshmen scream down the hallway six nights a week. I’ve participated in Raisin Weekend, ‘St. Andrews’ oldest school tradition,’ that involves academic parents, drinking for an entire day, and a shaving cream fight in the quad (Wiki that if you are confused; Raisin doesn’t make a lot of sense). I’ve narrowly survived getting kicked off of the overnight train from Berlin, Germany to Krakow, Poland, and have met Bill Murray and Michael Phelps on the same day. I’ve formed intense friendships with people I’ve had to say goodbye to almost as soon as we met. By the time this article is published, I will be taking finals and getting ready to go back home. For any UNH students that may be interested in following in my St. Andrean footsteps, here are a few tips on how to successfully navigate study abroad life around St. Andrews and elsewhere in Scotland/Europe.
3. DO the Highlands and Islands by car if at all possible. Your budget may not agree with this, but northern Scotland is so wild and so stunning that it demands being able to get out at your will to take it all in. Going by bus or train is a travesty you will deeply regret.
turn up to play. Hugh was noticeably absent this year, however; too much cavorting in dorms has caught up with him.
11. DON’T confuse an ‘overnight train’ with an overnight stay in a train station. Train stations are cold, 4. DON’T book anything on Hostelworld that has below and have an inordinate amount of intoxicated, slightly an 80% customer rating. Numbers and travel ratings can scary people hanging out in them. be deceiving, and you don’t want to end up in a hostel whose amenities include unwashed linens, holes punched 12. DO invest a red panda onesie, because you are one in walls, mice, and dorm rooms that smell like feet. semester away from graduating college, and this is a realistic life choice that future employers will applaud you 5. DO take advantage of the free drinks that the dorm for. DO wear said onesie to a semi-formal ball. DON’T staff hand out every week. Unlike the states, where wear it to job interviews. dorm/apartment policing happens until the magical age of 21, St. Andrews dorm staff not only encourage you to drink (responsibly); they will buy the alcohol for you. 6. DON’T just assume that everyone in European countries speaks English, and DO try to include one person in your travel group that speaks the native language. It will make your time much easier, and locals will really appreciate it if you are making an effort. Although, when you get to Poland, it’s all over. 7. DO participate in St. Andrews’ Raisin Weekend. DO try to survive. Hazing is perfectly legitimate if it’s St. Andrews’ oldest tradition! 8. DON’T take freshman film studies. Even if you are a freshman. 9. DON’T eat, drink, speak, cough, or breathe in the St. Andrews library. Don’t even think about it. They have library patrol staff whose job it is to walk up and down the floors and monitor behavior. They will catch you. Cardinal sins include food left on desks, eating a hot sandwich on the first floor, whispering, and being late on your short loan return. Come back to me, Dimond. All I want in life is to eat a bagel while I work.
1. DO bring a warm, waterproof jacket. Scots have a seriously different idea of what constitutes cold, and this is coming from someone who was born in Northern New Hampshire. It’s not a crisp New England cold; it’s 10. DO stick around for the golf championships. Even if a damp, pervasive, gets-in-your bones-and-never-gets- it is the most boring sport in the world, some of the most out cold. Why else would whiskey be the national drink? important tournaments take place in St. Andrews, the holy land of golf. Tournaments are completely free to 2. DO take a midnight dip in the North Sea. DON’T do students, and famous stars and athletes like Bill Murray, it after September. Michael Phelps, Oscar Pistorious, and Hugh Grant often
Fort McClary Photographer: Raya Al-Hashmi Concept & Production: Emma Huntoon
Necklace by A La Plage
A La Plage and the Ladies Behind the Jewelry By: Heather Ross
t was in October when Ashley Rozumek and Caleigh Adler, the founders of A La Plage Jewelry, headed to Chi Omega sorority at the University of New Hampshire for a fundraising jewelry demonstration to support junior, Allie Pearl. The Chi Omega sister hosted the event as a fundraiser for cancer research, and to help the cause, the A La Plage team developed an “Allie Bracelet” that would donate twenty percent of its profit to Pearl’s mission. Adler and Rozumek were armed and ready for the event, equipped with a credit card machine, their new fall collection, and forty “Allie Bracelets”. Adler reflects on this decision, stating that “We thought, ‘Oh, that would be fine, one for each of them.’” However, nobody had thought to find out how many women would be attending the event, and within ten minutes the entire bracelet stock was wiped out. As novice entrepreneurs launching their first business, 20-year-olds Rozumek and Adler were about to learn one of the most important lessons about merchandising: make sure to have enough stock on hand. It was the first of many lessons they would learn in developing their own jewelry boutique. While miscalculation was their downfall, the pair had to remain composed. After all, they worked as professionals when affiliated with the brand. Discreetly, Rozumek and Adler opened up Pearl’s laptop and ordered one hundred more bracelets before most of the guests had arrived. They were in the clear. However, an email from the company later that night would obliterate that comfort when ninety out of the hundred orders were sold out and would not be restocked. “The jewelry game is a whole different ballpark,” Rozumek explained. “Pieces sell out in minutes and then they’re gone.” This is a lesson the two entrepreneurs evidently learned the hard way. Frantically, the two turned to each other and began rattling off the worst: there is no way to fix this; they would have to give everyone their money back; how could anyone take them seriously as professionals after that? “She was crying-” explained Rozumek. “I was crying, she was laughing!” Adler interjected with her index finger outstretched toward her partner’s face across the three-by-three foot table. At the time, they could not believe how badly they had messed up. After three days and four different attempts at ordering styles similar to the original “Allie Bracelet”, their purchase was finally successful and the bracelets were distributed. With the November 16th release of its fourth seasonal collection, the ladies behind A La Plage are finally in a comfortable position when making purchases from their buyers. The winter line, featuring a palette of muted, less flashy colors and similar statement looks, is ideal for accompanying the brand’s seaside theme in the upcoming holiday and New Year’s season. Developing professional relationships with the companies where they buy the jewelry was an important step to establishing long-term business, the two explained. It was important for the team to learn who they could trust, especially since the designers are located across the country. Adler and Rozumek purchase the company’s unique pieces from various different companies along the west coast, primarily Los Angeles,
and redistribute them at scheduled demonstrations and the A La Plage website. The two visually personify each half of the bi-coastal brand. Rozumek perfectly epitomizes the “Cali girl” image, while Adler could seamlessly slip into the role of a New Yorker. Standing at 5 foot 6, Adler has about a forehead’s height on her partner. A chiffon scarf falls between a black blazer that is folded into a cuff just above a wrist full of stacked bracelets. Tresses of straight, mahogany, and caramel brown hair rest at the middle of her rib cage. Rozumek, seated at the other end of the small coffee shop table, appears to covet an edgier style than her counterpart. In a charismatic, fashion-forward fur vest, a spiked designer bangle stands out amid many other wrist and finger decorations. Her radiantly bold platinum hair has been straightened and tucked back into a messy bun in the center of her head. If Rozumek and Adler’s lives came with subtitles, almost every sentence would end in ten exclamation marks. Aside from being progressively successful college entrepreneurs in a very competitive industry, “Ash” and “Cal” are the type of people with whom anyone would want to be friends. The outgoing and confident yet approachable nature of A La Plage’s jewelry is a clear reflection of the girls’ individual personalities. “They’re really great people,” said UNH junior Kara Koenig, a close friend of Rozumek and Adler for the past two years. A passion for style and a dedication to being fashionforward is what drives the ladies of A La Plage to select the pieces for each collection. “They’re super fashionable, I borrow all their clothes,” said Koenig. Though the friends since high school exhibit fashion with different styles and they utilize their own diversity to create collections accommodating both flashy and edgy jewelry with pieces that are classic and sweet. “Our styles are so different but they can complement each other really well,” Adler said. “So when we’re picking out jewelry it always blends.” The idea for A La Plage came from a family friend of Rozumek’s who moved to Hawaii to pursue a similar instore boutique. For now, A La Plage is based in an online store where customers can easily place orders and receive it within a few days. Figuring out the technology associated with running a website was another speed bump for the pair of friends. “We both have no technical background,” said Rozumek. “Before people would email us and say what they want, then mail us a check.” The partners admit that the online innovation is much less hectic than communicating to customers through email and significantly shortens the delivery time. While the company continues to gain popularity, Rozumek and Adler attribute its initial rapid growth to the support of their families. A loan given by Rozumek’s parents provided the funds to get the company up and running. The family’s entrepreneurial background gave their daughter the confidence to pursue a similar path with Adler. Growing up in a family-run business has helped Rozumek learn what it takes to run a company. However, she has chosen to follow her passion for traveling by majoring in tourism planning and development. Adler is the business major of the two. “I think that’s where it
balances out,” Adler said, referring to herself as the only business-minded person in her family. While Rozumek comes from a strong business background, Adler studies in the W.S.B.E. college to catch up. Their immediate success could be marked by their ability to completely reimburse the Rozumek family loan within approximately six months of business. The night of the Chi Omega fundraiser was profitable for A La Plage and host Allie Pearl as well. After her father’s tragic diagnosis with cancer, the sorority sister set out to raise $4,000 to donate to the Jimmy Fund by running the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge in the Boston Marathon this coming spring. Inspired by her ambition, Adler and Rozumek approached Pearl about hosting an A La Plage jewelry demonstration to help her cause. Following the event, the ladies decided to extend the “Allie Bracelet” fundraiser until the date of the marathon for continued donations. “Every month they will be giving me a check with the proceeds they make,” Pearl explained. “I was so grateful that they decided to do this and help such a great cause.” The success of the event not only perpetuated Pearl’s philanthropic goal, but also exposed A La Plage to a new and broader on-campus audience. According to Pearl, the introduction was very well received. “The girls in Chi Omega loved the bracelets and loved the idea,” said Pearl. “They bought not only the bracelet that they all wanted but bought them for friends as gifts.” The team admits that A La Plage would not have gained the network of customers and fans they have now without pushing the brand on a daily basis through advertising. In the past two months alone, the A La Plage site saw 8,000 pageviews. Only a few months prior, the site documented roughly 200 views, yet the girls even saw that as a thrilling accomplishment. “We were like ‘Oh my God, we have 200 followers, we’re so popular!’, even though it was practically all our friends and our moms,” the two joked simultaneously with twin-like telepathy. The two credit Facebook and other forms of social media as well as events like the one at Chi Omega to perpetuating the brand’s name. Advertising and exposing A La Plage to the public is an extremely important focus for the entrepreneurs. “If we don’t continue to push ourselves out there, we see such a decline in the views of our website,” Adler said. The two have been working especially hard on generating a network for A La Plage as the departure dates approach for each of their respective spring semester study abroad programs: Rozumek in Australia and Adler in London. Their biggest concern while abroad is assuring that A La Plage continues to thrive and expand its demographic of customers. However, at the impressive rate the company is growing at now, there are endless possibilities of what the future holds for A La Plage; perhaps it is only a matter of time before they become the next Alex and Ani or other household name in jewelry. The farthest anonymous sale attributed to networking the brand was to a customer in Maryland, Rozumek explained. For the first time, the pair truly felt that all of their hard work had paid off; every missed weekend and thirteen hour day was worth it. “When we got that order confirmation we started jumping up and down screaming” they explained. And that was just the beginning.
Film From Boston By: Tynan DeBold
Jonathan Gual jumping a 20ft cliff
The New Hampshire Outing Club By: Brian Morin Photos: Daniel Farley
midst the busy schedules many students face, it’s easy to be caught checking your email 25 times a day and miss out on the colorful surroundings UNH is situated in. Especially during final exam time, some students may find it difficult to even remember that the outdoors exists- and New Hampshire has some of the best. Each weekend, members of the New Hampshire Outing Club escape the dexterous campus life to take a deep breath of fresh air. Among all the University of New Hampshire student organizations, none rival the New Hampshire Outing Club in size or history. New Hampshire Outing Club (NHOC) was founded in 1911, long before many of the other popular orgs in existence today. The club boasts over 250 members ranging from freshmen to seniors. Each weekend, NHOC heads out in groups ranging from 5 to 10 students to enjoy New England outdoor activities. There are multiple excursions most weekends. Each trip is unique, providing a wide variety of options for students. Some are as short as a single day while others are as long as a two night escapade. Students attending these excursions can often find themselves hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, and even stand-up paddle boarding. Popular destinations for the club include the Presidential Range, Acadia National Park, and just about any 4,000 foot mountain within
driving distance. Students attending the excursions are of all skill levels including those with no experience. There is no need to worry about equipment. The “gear room” found on the first floor of the MUB holds a large collection of hiking and outdoor activity equipment. NHOC’s stockpile of gear has everything an adventurer would need, from tents and sleeping bags to basics like rain jackets. Renting gear is free and truly one of the most impressive parts of the group. Accessibility to such a wide range of equipment allows many students to participate in an outing out of their usual norm. Trip signups are the first Tuesday of each month in the Strafford Room of the MUB at 7:00 p.m. These large meetings can look intimidating for someone attending their first time, but rest assured there is nothing to worry about. Trip leaders with posters for their respective trips line the walls of the room. A microphone is passed to each trip leader to introduce their outing as all hopeful attendees sit in the middle of the room. Once all of the introductions are finished, everyone gets up at once and rushes to get in line at the trip of their choice. A word of advice to those attending their first trip signup- sit as close as possible to the table representing the trip you want to sign up for. Most trips fill up, but there is a waiting list created once the attendance list reaches capacity. Cash is required upon signing up.
Once you are signed up, you’ll have a pre-trip meeting with your leaders a few days before leaving. The most exciting part of this meeting isn’t the safety information or filling out medical forms. It’s picking food for your trip meals. Attendees can request virtually anything that doesn’t need to be cooked as food on the outing. Oreos and other junk foods seem to top shopping lists for many leaders, but always at the request of those attending. Unique food combinations such as macaroni and cheese and Nutella are inevitable among the upbeat and lighthearted attitudes of the trip leaders. Overnight travelers are often lucky enough to stay in one of two cabins owned by NHOC. The two cabins, affectionately named Jackson and Franky, are more than sixty years old. Jackson is located in Jackson, NH and Franky can be found in Franconia Notch State Park. The cabins are furnished with wood and propane stoves as well as mattresses. Falling asleep is not entirely guaranteed when on these trips. Staying in the cabins is a lot of fun and a bit loud during what NHOC refers to as a super trip. Super trips are weekends that have 3 or more groups staying in the same cabin at the same time, ensuring an enjoyable experience for all. Trips with the New Hampshire Outing Club are $5 for a single day, $10 for one night, and $15 for two nights. All outings are substance free. Business meetings are Monday nights in MUB 151.
An August sunrise atop Mt. Liberty, NH
South Twin Mt. Summit, part of the Pemigewassett Wilderness.
Wildcat Mt. in Coos County, NH
Inside the WUNH studio
Student Radio: WUNH By: Jake DeSchuiteneer
ave you ever heard of the band Django Django? Odds are, probably not. The British psychedelic-rock band is not exactly a household name. But on this particular day, UNH student Kelley Jones is rather excited to be receiving a copy of their new CD, which is also called “Django Django.” That is, in part, because Jones is assistant music director at WUNH, the University of New Hampshire’s student-operated radio station. As an organization, WUNH strives to bring underexposed musicians to the attention of the listening public, shrugging off the Justin Beibers and Carly Rae Jepsens of the world in order to give little-known artists just like Django Django their chance in the limelight. It is an attitude that is strictly enforced within the station’s ranks. According to general manager Ian Chase, there is a zero-tolerance policy for popular music at WUNH. Chase says that if you could hear a song on any other radio station, it simply will not be played by the DJs at WUNH. “Obviously we’re not going to play top-40,” Chase says. “You’re not going to hear anything that you hear on like (other New Hampshire stations) The River, the Blimp, or the Mill or anything like that. They’re already getting airtime. That’s what separates us from everyone else. We’re playing stuff you’re not going to hear anywhere else.” To stop by the WUNH station for even just a few minutes is asking to be exposed to tons of artists and bands that you may have never heard of before. On one particularly drizzly day in early November, Chase is inside the station. He is on-air and in the midst of a show. Songs by indie-folk bands Of Monsters and Men and Band of Horses, which Chase has chosen to go on-air, can be heard playing throughout the station, but Chase does not seem to be listening. He is too busy multi-tasking. While the songs play, he scrambles to prepare the next few songs, looking over the track listing on the back cover of a vinyl version of “Z,” the fourth studio album by rock band My Morning Jacket, to find a song to play. Within minutes he will be talking on air, giving an update for the weekend weather, reading a brief advertisement, and recapping the listeners on the last few songs played before jumping right back into more music. Looking around the station Chase sits in, it is almost overwhelming just how much music fills the tall maze of shelves that winds through the room. There are between 70 and 90 thousand CD’s in the station, Chase estimates, as well as another 40 thousand vinyl LPs. But behind Chase sits the station’s real focus: the new music stacks. One thin shelf near the mixing table contains the newest and best music to pour through the doors at WUNH. Looking through these CDs, one can see the vast array of relatively unknown artists that get to shine there. There is an album by a young punk-rock band called Metz, and the new, critically acclaimed album by the Brooklyn based folk band Grizzly Bear, “Shields.” The British indie-pop group The xx is represented in the new stacks, and so is Australian psychedelic-rock band Tame Impala. The experimental DJ Flying Lotus’s new CD sits on the shelves as well, along with new releases by garage rocker Ty Segall and R&B artist How to Dress Well. This is only to name a few of the many CDs filling the new stacks. On each of the CDs in the station, a white sticker
adheres to the cover, which provides DJs with the quick details they will need before playing songs from one. Each sticker has the basic information about the disc (the artist’s name, the album’s title, record company, etc…) and also contains a comments section that serves as a way for DJs to pass down their wisdom and advice about the CD to other DJs. “One of the greatest indie/art rock groups around!” reads the sticker on the cover of Grizzly Bear’s album. “Pretty much the sickest album ever,” the sticker on the front of Flying Lotus’ new album proclaims. “So play it on your show OR ELSE.” Other than a way for DJs to promote new albums that they enjoyed to others, these comment stickers play another vital role in keeping DJs out of trouble. They warn against songs that have swears in their lyrics. “FCC: #3, #9,” reads the comment section on the front of “Total Loss” by How to Dress Well, a warning that tracks three and nine on the album contain lyrics that are not considered appropriate by the FCC. According to Chase, the station’s policy toward playing unexposed musical selections is not confined simply to unknown artists like the aforementioned ones that play in popular genres such as rock, pop, and hip-hop. That attitude spans a much wider scope, encompassing entire genres of music that receive very limited exposure elsewhere on the airwaves, he says. “We don’t just have the indie rock and [alternative] rock that everyone thinks of,” Chase says. “As a station we are so eclectic, it’s incredible. We have polka music, blues, jazz, world music…It’s hard to say what one thing we are.” In fact, he points out, the niche show “Polka Party” is the station’s most popular show. Chase also says that the station makes an effort to incorporate local artists into their daily playlist. “There’s also the focus on community,” he says. “So, we try to reach out to local bands to get them to send us stuff so we can play them. They may never make the top 20 (on the College Music Journal) but they’re still getting airtime in this community which can help launch them to who knows where.” So, if the music and artists that get airtime from WUNH are largely undiscovered, who does the discovering? “It’s not solely undiscovered (artists) it’s more underrepresented, and smaller labels,” Chase says. “We have probably about 15-20 different promoters we get music from every week and it’s all new and up and coming artists from around the country, even around the world.” That’s where Jones and music director Sean Riley come in. Each week, WUNH is deluged with CDs from artists all around the country that are hoping to get some exposure. According to Jones, sifting through it all to find music that is worth broadcasting is an exhaustive process. “We kind of have to just sort through all the music given,” Jones says. “If we think people would change the station if a certain album or song came on, we don’t add it. So we literally sift through all the music that is sent to us. We get like buckets of it,” she adds. According to Riley, it is not so much the students of UNH that he believes WUNH’s musical selections appeal to, but the greater Durham area community as a whole. Each year, CMJ (College Music Journal), which Riley describes as a “Billboard or Rolling Stone for noncommercial radio,” hosts a conference for executives from college radio stations across the US. This year, Riley
went, along with Chase and other WUNH colleagues. He says that while there, he got the chance to talk with members of other radio stations, and that he noticed a trend among larger state schools like UNH. “The music directors from smaller liberal arts schools, like in cities, their stations are really popular. For the bigger state schools, everybody on the campus basically just wants to get hammered and listen to (dubstep artist) Skrillex until they puke. So those stations aren’t really popular on their own campuses, but they’re doing very well in their community. We fall into that category.” Chase too notices a lack of listenership amongst UNH students. “We try with the students,” he says. “It gets a little hard sometimes.” Though student interest may not always be there on the listening end, there is no shortage in the station. Most of WUNH’s several DJs and talk show hosts are students. The road that prospective DJs travel to get there is somewhat demanding. Trainees are required to clock 12 hours of shadowing working DJs, a process that Chase says sounds more time consuming than it really is. During these training hours, prospective DJs learn the ropes around the station, becoming acquainted with equipment and trying their hands at speaking and playing music on air. After completing these hours of training and observation around the station, trainees must complete a written “tech test,” which tests their knowledge of the equipment and technical aspects of radio, as well as record a 30-minute “clearance tape,” essentially a brief sample of what their own show would be like. Chase says that the clearance tape is used to prove that, “you know how to do everything and you can operate by yourself.” According to Chase, only about 30 to 40 percent of all students that sign up and start training actually make it through and become WUNH DJs. Whether they make it all the way or not, the station’s philosophy of playing underexposed artists is ingrained in trainees from the beginning of their tenure. WUNH abides by what Chase calls the “60-40 rule.” Under this rule, WUNH DJs are required to dedicate 60 percent of the songs they play to brand new music. The other 40 percent is more open ended. It can be made of any songs the DJ chooses (excluding top-40, of course). One other aspect of the job that new DJs have to get used to is their on-air time slot. All DJs that are getting their start at WUNH host a show running from 2 to 6 AM. While it sounds as though these graveyard-shift hours would be a deterrent to beginners, both Chase and Jones say that their experiences hosting shows in the wee hours were mostly positive. “Honestly its one of the most fun times you can have, because it’s just four hours to yourself,” says Chase, who adds that you might be surprised just how many people are listening late at night. “Luckily it’s only once a week. So, it’s not like you’re doing this every night.” Jones had an unusually long-lived relationship with her 2-6 AM slot when she was starting out, holding on to it for over a year along with co-host, Ellen Brock. She says that her sleep cycle was affected by the late hours. “It got kind of screwed up,” she laughs. However, she says that hosting the late show provided many memorable moments, including receiving calls from a baker that kept late hours and listened to her show. “We got a call from a baker, because he had to wake up early and like start making fresh bread at three in the
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Dogsled Training Run By: Theresa Conn
ast February while on internship with the New Hampshire State Parks Department, I had the opportunity to go dogsledding up Mount Washington. I was writing a blog about all the different things people were doing in State Parks at the time, and this was a big deal; there had never been a dogsled team that reached the summit of Mount Washington before the spring equinox. I was lucky enough to go on a training run with a team led by Chase from Muddy Paw
Ascending Mt. Washington
Sled Dog Kennel. They were getting ready for a historic ascent attempt, but were eventually thwarted by unseasonably warm snow-melting temperatures. I went on their final training run. It was quite an experience, seeing a sunrise at 4,000 feet and braving 90+ mph wind gusts, but the thing Iâ€™ll never forget is the feeling of zipping down the mountain behind the dogs. Balto dreams do come true.
Philosophy and Economics: Better Alternatives for Measuring Satisfaction? By: Chris Celi
ross Domestic Product (GDP) is commonly misconstrued as a measure of welfare or well-being. It is not and was never designed to be. GDP only measures the market value of final goods and services produced in a country. Alternative metrics have been created to direct attention toward more intrinsically important qualities of life, but they have not been designated any substantial importance a far as policy goes. For example, the UN created the Human Development Index, and Bhutan has the “Gross National Happiness,” upon which much emphasis for policy is based. Is it time for the U.S. to construct a mechanism with which to gauge citizens’ levels of well-being, rather than focusing on income? In a March 1968 speech, Robert F. Kennedy said the gross national product, GDP’s predecessor, counts many things such as jails, cigarette advertising, nuclear warheads, and armored police cars. But he said it “does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education, or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages…it measures everything in short, except that which makes life worthwhile.” Given the severity of the recent financial crisis and the near absent rebound in economic conditions, specifically income, it is conceivable that we are still not as happy as the data based on production measures and income suggest we “should” be. After all, wage growth has been stagnant, and unemployment remains very high. While our GDP has rebounded to a small degree, this does not speak to the well-being of the American people. To give this issue of measuring happiness some context, consider that of 156 countries, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Netherlands, and Canada are the happiest, according to the Gallup World Poll. The bottom five countries are all poor African nations. The U.S. measures 11th in terms of happiness, despite having the largest GDP. So is there a direct relation between national wealth and happiness? The aforementioned countries are in fact economically well-off in relative terms, but there are some fundamental differences between how they spend their wealth versus how less happy nations spend theirs. It is commonly understood that Northern European
countries like Norway and Finland operate on a model where their citizens reap significant social benefits. Indeed, such a system constitutes the epitome of socialism. Conversely, the U.S. operates in a way that emphasizes the importance of self-sufficiency. Therefore, we do not reap the social benefits of extended maternity leave, infinite healthcare, or prodigious unemployment benefits, as socialist-oriented countries like France, Greece, and Scandinavia have been known to provide. So if happier countries have increased levels of accessibility to what we would consider the essentials of life (i.e., healthcare, education, leisure, etc.), should we begin to shift our attention away from measures which do not directly contribute to our satisfaction? The difficulty with abandoning GDP as primary indicator of a country’s well-being is that it is objective and easier to measure than some of the intangible factors which go into calculating life-satisfaction. In theory, it might be easier for a centralized power to look at a single number, and infer that as that number increases each person benefits. To further strengthen the case that numbers should guide policy, there are more figures than just GDP, meaning that if one figure is deemed insufficient, we have others to supplement or replace it. Economists and politicians look at multiple variables, such as personal income, consumer spending, and debt levels to assess happiness levels. The assumption is that as these figures rise (or fall), well-being necessarily moves in conjunction. In essence, it is a heroic assumption that money and national income buy happiness. While such mechanisms for evaluating national wellbeing have sufficed without much public uproar for quite some time, it is potentially an opportune time to seek viable alternatives. As previously mentioned, Bhutan has employed the use of a “Gross National Happiness” index, which they believe is a better guide to policy than focusing on measures of wealth. The survey considers psychological well-being, health, education, culture, time use, good governance, community vitality, ecological diversity and resilience, and living standards. These are the things that really matter in life, but is this really a better alternative? Possibly. Let us consider the status quo. Presently, nations focus on increasing their GDP. U.S. GDP is
comprised of consumption, investment, government spending, and net exports. While consumption might increase in one quarter, this does not mean we always buy things that contribute to our happiness. Poor individuals are forced to make purchases in household staples like food, clothes, and other items. This contributes to economic growth, but does not negate the fact that one lives in poverty. Moreover, household income is commonly viewed as a key indicator. In essence, if household income increases, policy makers conclude that they are achieving their mandate of promoting well-being. However, in 1974, economist Richard Easterlin found that happiness stagnates after a certain income threshold, while a 2008 University of Pennsylvania study said happiness rises with GDP, even in rich countries. A 2010 Princeton study found that life satisfaction rises with income but that everyday happiness — another measure of wellbeing — changes little once a person reaches $75,000 a year. Another example further reveals GDP’s inability to gauge well-being. Libya’s economy will grow by an astonishing 122% this year. That would be one of the fastest years of growth anywhere in the past three decades.This remarkable statistic highlights the resilience of Libya’s economy, but it also illustrates the limitations of growth as a yardstick of economic progress. The fact that Libya is growing at an accelerated pace certainly does not necessitate that they are well off in a multitude of essential domains. Libyans likely still experience deficient psychological conditions, poor safety conditions, and a myriad of other negative circumstances. Several cities and states are already looking into citizen well-being or floating happiness initiatives. Yet the real game-changer could be a federally funded panel that is studying whether there’s a better way to tally prosperity. Other countries have made the move towards alternative metrics of societal well-being. Renowned economist and Nobel Laureate, Joe Stiglitz of Columbia University, has been recorded as stating, “The time is ripe … to shift emphasis from measuring economic production to measuring people’s well-being.” Maybe we should be open to attempting to quantify the seemingly unascertainable qualities which matter most to us.
Behavioral Economics and Becoming a Better Bro By: Peter Cloutier
s college students, it is our hope that we have developed into better decision makers than we were as children. Our parents certainly share this hope. It is unlikely, however, that we are as rational as we believe. In my opinion, humans have been wrongly labeled as rational beings, at least completely rational ones. I am speaking of rationality as how a classical economist would define these thought processes. Classical economics assumes that humans are always rational, and that everyone will choose the easiest, most cost effective life choices. Contrarily, a new school of thought has emerged challenging this theory - behavioral economics. Behavioral economics is a way of analyzing and interpreting the actions individuals and economies make through the lens of psychology. Leaders in this field of research seek to analyze and predict patterns in our irrational decision-making, which contradicts the expectations of classical economics. I have read several books on behavioral economics and find that although sifting through empirical data can be tedious, there are many intriguing insights to be gleaned by this field of social science as well as many readily available applications to daily college life. I have found several of these specific cases applicable to a specific group of college students: bros. It is my hope that (not taking ourselves too seriously) applying stringent, strict empirical data to the humorous and crude distinction of “bros” will provide an enjoyable way of interpreting behavioral economic data. Moreover, by learning of certain behavioral traits and patterns, we may all become better students, friends, and future leaders. This article will first acknowledge the primary academic and literary voices that have inspired my views. Then, we will seek to define the commonly used term “bro.” Lastly, we will apply behavioral economic and social research to three specific bro traits and after each examine their applicability to college life, to bros and non-bros alike. Dan Ariely is a professor of behavioral economics at Duke University. He is the author of many works pertaining to the social sciences and is considered a leading figure of behavioral economic research. I have read two of his books, “Predictably Irrational” and “The Upside of Irrationality”, from which I have drawn cases to reference. I have also found the philosophies and insights of Alfie Kohn and his book “No Contest” inspiring, along with Aldous Huxley’s writing to be quite impressionable on my own opinions of human behavior and social theory. These are the primary academic and literary voices that have inspired my views. A bro is a certain class of young men and is the direct product of the American college experience. Although how a certain bro is defined by his peers varies from campus to campus, there are certain characteristics that are ubiquitous in bro-land. We will specifically look at three aspects. First, a bro devotes more effort to his social life than to his school work; he is a procrastinator. Second, a bro’s social life is greatly influenced by his desire to attract females (these females, who most often associate with bros, are usually called “biddies”). And third, bros are hyper-competitive, especially with other bros. At the beginning of every semester, most bros are still sore from the parental ass-kicking that accompanies summer break. It is time to start the school year with a
clear head and impressive goals. It is common to make promises to read all assignments, do all homework, and study for every test. It is a fresh start. But for the bro, and let’s admit, all of us, we soon succumb to impulses and desires and end up procrastinating. Why can’t we just go to the library the day we get that project, sit down and bang it out? Why can’t we fall in love with our textbook? Why can’t we be the guy who goes to all the review sessions, office hours, or simply does more than draw NFL logos in our notebooks? Dan Ariely and Klaus Wertenbroch performed several experiments with their students in order to better understand why their students (and themselves) procrastinate year after year, class after class. They set up their study as follows: the professor told the bright-eyed students that they would have three papers due during the semester and all would have a self-scheduled deadline. During the first week of the 12-week semester each student would submit a commitment to three deadlines. There would be a penalty if a student submitted his/her paper after the deadline they had set, but none of the papers would be graded until the end of the semester. In a second class, the professors told the students the same deal, except that they didn’t need to commit to any deadlines for any of the three papers, except the last day of class. The student had complete freedom throughout the entire semester to submit papers whenever willing. In a third class, the professors created the deadlines, as we are used to at UNH. In culmination, students in all three scenarios procrastinated. The students who had the most freedom, however, got worse grades than those who had equally spaced their deadlines or been given their deadlines. The students whose deadlines had been set for them earned the highest grades out of all three conditions. It could be inferred that the reason for this was that the students who were given the freedom to set their own deadlines, even having to commit to specific dates, underestimated their tendencies to procrastinate. At UNH we all procrastinate in some way or another. We must heed the warning illustrated by the work of Ariely and Wertenbroch. The best way to beat our procrastination is to set deadlines for ourselves. Further insights collected from other studies on procrastination have yielded other solutions. Simplification and rewards are imperative. The more we simplify what we need to accomplish (using our planners, setting easily attainable short-term goals, and organizing our rooms, bags and notes are just as important as our mothers tell us). We often procrastinate due to the lack of instant gratification. We want a reward and we want it now. Why study when we are hungry and can walk to DHOP? The trick is to use a system of rewards to our advantage. This means pairing the unpleasant experience of doing homework with the pleasurable experience of listening to music, or committing to finishing our homework in order to receive the reward of a greasy slice of pizza. The bro can often be found shot-gunning keystone, but rarely found face-down in a physics book. The bro is the paradigm of the procrastinator, who on a whim decides to smoke instead of study, drink instead of draft, and rage instead of engage in the classroom. Procrastination comes out of emotions and a lack of self-control, but it is certainly not the most egregious, nor dangerous form of irrationality. A more extreme study in the lack of self-control, and how emotional states affect our decision making, pertains to sexual arousal, a state
most bros are well acquainted with. Anyone who has moseyed to Madbury on a Saturday night and stumbled into a party knows that college kids, especially bros, get aggressively aroused. At times our arousal can lead to pleasurable experiences, but the decisions we make during such an emotional state are rarely rational. Dan Ariely and George Loewenstein conducted some rather off-colored experiments in the field of arousal and they had even more curious results. The professors asked a sample of male students to take a laptop home (one covered in saran wrap) and at their own determining begin looking at pornography and become aroused. They were then told to adjust a meter of arousal on the screen and as the meter reached a high zone the computer would prompt questions. These questions, previously asked to the participants in a “cold,” or un-aroused, state had now been asked in a state of arousal. Would the answers to questions such as “Can you imagine having sex with a 60 year old woman?”, “Would you find it exciting to have anal sex?”, “Would you keep trying to have sex after your date says ‘no’?”, and “Would you slip a woman a drug to increase the chance that she would have sex with you?” be radically different when comparing cold state answers to aroused state answers? In fact, for all questions asked there was an increase in yeses for all questions asked in Table 1 and Table 2. Table 1 contained questions regarding moral activities, while Table 2 contained immoral behaviors. Most notably were the disparities between answers to the questions previously mentioned. There was a 96% increase in participants who said yes to whether or not they could imagine having sex with a 60 year old woman. There was a 67% increase in those open to participating in anal sex. There was a 420% increase in those who said they would slip a woman a drug to increase the chance to have sex with them. There was a 125% increase in participants who would keep trying to have sex after a date said “no.” This data illustrates the power of emotions on our decision making. For women in college it is important to be aware of the effect of arousal and the increase of men willing to engage in immoral behavior. However, arousal doesn’t necessarily have to be sexual. When we are angry we allow emotions to control us as well. It is important that we heed the warning signs of our emotional fluctuations and seek to understand how it affects our decision-making. For bros and the rest of us it is important to acknowledge how being in an aroused state dramatically affects our rational decision making. Additionally, being aroused doesn’t necessarily have to be sexual, but can be the effect of any extreme emotional state, such as being angry, sad, or scared. We’ve all seen people freeze out of fear or lash out out of anger, while the effects of sadness and depression may not be as pronounced. By understanding that our logic is often dimmed by emotions, we can further increase our chances of reaching success and minimizing self-imposed obstacles. College kids know how to compare and contrast. We are constantly judging other people. Our peers, however, are not always viewed as a competitor to our own value. We do not exclusively use people as a measure of our strengths and weakness in comparison to theirs, but rather we often are influenced by others to become better by means of imitation and emulation. Thus, we frequently compare people to ourselves in a manner that does not automatically necessitate competition. But for
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Victims Inc.: Improving Lifeâ€™s Most Tragic Moments and Beyond By: Taylor Lawrence
ave you ever wondered how ordinary men, women, boys, and girls overcome extraordinary tragedy in their everyday lives? The sudden loss of a loved one is one of lifeâ€™s most challenging tests. Through these trying times people often feel confused, helpless, and bombarded by an array of unyielding emotions. These feelings
can be unfamiliar and difficult to navigate. Luckily, a service has been created by Victims Inc. to provide immediate service to people in the most difficult moments of their life. Through this service, UNH students and community volunteers are proving their strength in a profound new way.
Victims Inc., also known as The Joan Ellis Victims Assistance Network, is the only organization of its kind in the United States. It is a private, non-profit agency that trains volunteers to provide immediate service to help people deal with the most unexpectedly tragic moments of their lives. These selfless and caring volunteers, trained by professionals at Victims Inc., begin their service at the onset of tragedy. Fire officials and police call volunteers onto the scene of fires, explosions, suicides, serious injury car crashes, robberies, drowning, and sudden infant deaths. Once at the scene, volunteers work to bridge communication between police and the family members who arrive at the incident. Volunteers assist police in giving notification of catastrophes, and are available to stay at the site until a family support system is in place. UNH senior, Cameron Cunningham, is one of two UNH students training as a volunteer for Victims Inc. this academic year. As a psychology major, Cunningham admits having always been fascinated by the human brain. Working for this organization has opened her eyes to just how different people can react in extraordinary situations of unwelcomed trauma. “Some people are rational,” Cunningham reflects, “but some people become completely primal in times of stress so it is important to recognize that and not judge.” These lessons are just the beginning for Cunningham and her fellow trainees. Fresh into her training, the young volunteer has been enamored by the things she has learned and admires the one-of-a-kind service. “I think we definitely need this service because when an accident occurs and doctors have done their job, many people do not have a solid support system they can depend on to heal,” she says. This support system is not temporary either; Victims Inc.’s volunteers continue to follow up with families years after the initial tragedy strikes. The relationship between volunteers and the families goes beyond the scene of the incident, as they guide the loved ones of victims through grieving, court proceedings, legal action, and offer an equally valuable shoulder to cry on. If the victim needs hospital attention, volunteers donate their time to sit with the injured or their family members as they both work towards healing. Volunteers are also available to accompany families through court hearings, trials, sentencing, and additional difficult legal proceedings. If necessary, volunteers are trained to assist in filing for state funded victim compensation as well. Victims Inc. understands that when tragedy occurs the family does not need the additional burden of feeling confused and overwhelmed by forces outside of their own grief. The organization also recognizes the value support can provide even when coming from a stranger that can make a difference. The organization’s founder, Jim Ellis, understood the necessity for this selfless assistance first hand when tragedy struck his own life. Ellis’s wife Joan and her unborn child Julianne were killed in a motor vehicle accident that also seriously injured his two-year old daughter Jacqueline. This unexpected event, caused by the other driver’s disregard for a red light, ripped Jim’s family away, devastating him. However, out of this devastation came inspiration. Ellis was driven to create Victims Inc. in memory of his family in December of
1993. The service, which did not previously exist, has grown over the last nine years and its most remarkable asset remains the volunteers. The volunteer training program was designed by hospital personnel, police and fire officials, clergy, funeral directors, counselors, lawyers and professors in order to give men and women a well-rounded education on the variety of challenges they must endure as volunteers. Notably, prior to training, volunteers are not required to have any previous medical, legal or psychological experience. The faith that the organization has in these men and women allows the unique abilities of these individuals to shine, as they bring their own life experiences and talents to the tasks at hand. The only requirements, outside of the mental toughness to take on what can be a demanding volunteering experience, are to be 21 years of age or older, have access to a car, time availability, and the willingness to be trained. Thanks to these simple requirements, Victims Inc. attracts a variety of volunteers who have endured a range of experiences related to grief and death over their different life spans. Volunteers’ ages range from UNH students to men and women in their seventies and everything in between. Cunningham estimates that the average age of a volunteer is around 48. For some volunteers, their familiarity with disastrous situations is limited, while others have endured mass amounts of grief. However, they all have a common drive to provide this service to strangers. Cunningham states, “I have been lucky enough so far not to have dealt with severe trauma in my life. I have experienced loss of a loved one, and that was difficult, but nothing as tragic as some people have endured.” Due to this lack of personal relatable experience, Cunningham depends on other life values that she has garnered over the last twenty-one years. “I think my education and positive upbringing will help me care for these people,” she says. The selfless devotion of these volunteers is admirable, as is their remarkable willingness to be thrown into high pressure, traumatic situations. It is this astonishing tenacity for life that Cunningham recognizes in the executive director, Pat Rainboth. Cunningham’s admiration for Rainboth is palpable as she describes her as “a kick ass woman who has been through so much in her life.” Rainboth began her quest for caring for victims of trauma upon witnessing the tragic death of a teenage girl after a brutal car accident. Since this incident, Rainboth has devoted her life to creating a support system for people enduring some of the most trying times of their lives. Her success in this field can be credited to her “absolutely selfless” personality met with her “very calming, motherly presence,” as described by Cunningham. With Rainboth’s unwavering guidance, Victims Inc. works to give support in a variety of outlets beyond one-on-one attention. Victims Inc. understands that although these tragic situations are unusual within our average everyday lives, they are not uncommon overall. Therefore, Victims Inc. takes many different avenues to provide as much aid to as many people as possible in order to fulfill their mission. The mission of Victims Inc., as described on their official website, is to “complete the circle of services for victims from the onset of trauma through healing.”
Cunningham’s experience has led her to the conclusion that “the reality of the situation is the hardest part of the grieving process.” However, this reality is not grasped nor accepted quickly and easily. This process is aided as Victims Inc. works towards further diminishing the feeling of loneliness among the loved ones that are left behind with their annual Victim Memorial Quilts. Families of crash and homicide victims create squares to create a mosaic of memories to honor those lost the previous year. The quilts keep the memory alive, create unity among those left behind, and assist in the healing process by illustrating that we are not alone in our individual struggles. Victims Inc. also sponsors the Grieving Assistance Program, GAP. GAP has two branches, the Grieving Assistance Program for Students and the Grieving Assistance Program for Adults. Both programs offer a comfortable, supportive environment for people to share their grief with people going through similar healing processes. GAP’s goal is to provide a “safe arena for people to openly share feelings of pain, anger, despair, helplessness, guilt, etc.” The losses experienced may have been sudden or anticipated; survivors of both types of tragedy are welcome to join this free program. The Grieving Assistance Program for Students reaches out to students, ages six into the teens, who are grieving the loss of a loved one. GAP understands that this process can be especially confusing for a young adult and therefore encourages the entire family’s involvement in the grieving process. Parents will be educated about children and grief in a separate room as the children engage in drawing, painting, puppets, and play activities specially designed to help children navigate the grief process. At the end of these sessions, parents and children reunite for further counseling. The Grieving Assistance Program for Students is built on the idea that children grieve best in a knowledgeable, caring environment and that is exactly what the program provides. The second branch, The Grieving Assistance Program for Adults, is designed with the same caring and knowledgeable environment in mind, with the idea that healing can begin through group or individualized attention and immediate as well as long term support. Like the program for students, the program for adults allows grieving to occur in a healthy environment with people dealing with similar struggles. Victims Inc.’s generous free services show the bravery and kindness that can be found in strangers. The selfsacrificing volunteers like UNH student Cameron Cunningham may not ever truly grasp the level of help they provide to these struggling families. However, their generosity can prove immense and life changing. Just the same, the program benefits the volunteers by showing them the preciousness of life, the power of love, and the passionate pursuit of healing we all strive to understand. Cunningham reflects on these benefits, saying, “The work has changed my view of people hugely. This program has solidified the idea that you never know what a person is going through. You cannot judge them. The people we work with everyday are individuals who happen to be experiencing the worst trauma of their life. The things that these people teach me are things I hope to use to improve their lives and my own.”
An Obama campaign poster littered in College Brook Durham, NH
Election Fallout By: Dominick Ottomanelli
he fervor surrounding election night in America was one of almost religious proportions. Family and friends huddled around the warm glow of the prophetic evening news, watching Wolf Blitzer in his hipster frames, making different states on a big U.S. map turn pretty shades of red and blue. Unfortunately to the disappointment of viewers, there were no holograms to mesmerize us that night like in the 2008 election, so CNN had to up the ante by making the race seem closer than it actually was. Despite what CNN, MSNBC or Fox News’ take on reality was that night, Obama did indeed win this election by a landslide, even taking the traditionally Republican dominated state of Florida to the blue team. It would seem the American people spoke loudly and in unison on election night. But with spending from sources outside the election exceeding over $1 billion, one has to ask, are we in control of our elections? Or are the Super PACs? Oh that’s weird, you didn’t know about Super PACs? Well that’s because a lot of money goes in to making sure that you never find out what they are and what their function is. A PAC is an organization, which corporations (domestic AND foreign), labor unions, and other institutional bodies can donate as much money as they desire to political campaigns and other causes freely, without any pesky regulators making sure they’re spending the money, you know, ethically. These did not exist prior to the Citizens United decision, in which the Supreme Court ruled that corporations must be treated as individuals in terms of having “protected speech” usually given to individual citizens under the First Amendment. What implications has the Citizens United had on our democracy? Has is strengthened free speech and expression? Are corporate entities, labor unions, and lobbyists finally getting the justice they deserve? Or is the impact of the case laced with ulterior motives and unexpected consequences? From 2006 to the present day, spending from outside influences on political campaigns has risen over 338%. Labor unions spent more than $17.3 million from their general treasuries on independent expenditures opposing Republican candidates such as Roy Blunt of Montana, Tim Walberg of Michigan, and James Renacci of Ohio. The American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees spent more than $7 million out of their general treasury, the most of any other union. Before Super PACs existed, unions could only spend
their money on non-campaign related expenditures and had to use funds that were voluntarily donated by union members. Now unions can tap into funds that come directly from union member’s dues. Unions are still banned from using their treasuries to donate to congressional campaigns and party committees. Corporations have also gotten a piece of the action with the creation of a new type of political group known as a “super PAC”. Super PAC’s may raise unlimited amounts of money from any source as long as the donors are disclosed and the groups only spend money on independent expenditures. To illustrate the impact super PAC’s have had on the American political landscape, consider that in 2008, PhRMA, the pharmaceutical industry trade group, spent $200,000 on federal elections. After Citizens United, the group had spent over $9.5 million on the federal elections without having to disclose any information of the money’s origin. Since corporate donations do not have to be reported any longer, the money spent is most likely higher than actually reported, conservative groups alone spent $121 million without having to disclose where the money came from. In fact, corporate donations through super PAC’s have quadrupled since 2006. If you’re still having trouble wrapping your head around the implications this has to our Constitutional Republic, allow me to illustrate using a made up example. Let’s say I was running for President as a Republican, but I don’t have much money and my ideas are a little too radical or extreme for the American public. No problem! I could just take money from one of my parties numerous Super PACs to spend on my campaign! So I wind up taking the White House in a landslide thanks to the help of McDonalds who gave me over a million dollars alone to put up political ads on TV, the radio, etc. Guess I’ll need to pay back my “donors” for their investment, huh? I know! Every elementary school in America will now be required to provide a nourishing and benevolent school lunch named Happy Meal each day. I’ve got the Presidency, and McDonalds earns back on its investment in me by selling Happy Meals to elementary schools! Hooray Democracy! So now do you see how Presidential candidates using Super PACs to raise money may be counter productive to the Democratic system we try to implement fairly and according to our Constitutional values? Pro-PAC folks will often try to defend themselves by arguing that Americans (Corporate and labor interests) should be allowed to spend their money on whatever
political endeavor they want. I could be persuaded to agree with them, but foreigners are banking on American elections as well. The American Petroleum Institute is an oil industry trade association that represents hundreds of multinational oil and gas companies around the globe. Pre-Citizens United, the API had previously clashed with the government over global warming, contributing $7.3 million on federal lobbying against the WaxmanMarkey bill that aimed to cap carbon emissions. After the Citizens United ruling, the API was no longer restricted from making undisclosed corporate donations directly to campaign entities. The leader and registered federal lobbyist for the API is a Saudi Arabian oil executive named Tofiq Al-Gabsani, owner of Saudi Refining Incorporated, which is a subsidiary of the larger, Saudi government-owned oil company known as Aramco. U.S. Law still forbade Al-Gabsani from participating directly in the U.S. elections, however, because of Citizens United, the API created a super PAC funded exclusively by foreign corporations who are of course unburdened by disclosure requirements. While other campaign committees, from labor unions to Super PACs, face strict transparency rules, trade associations enjoy unparalleled power to covertly manipulate elections using corporate money. The reality of Super PACs is that they effectively and systematically destroy the federal election process in the United States. Regulatory laws initially put in place to protect the Average-Joe-American, who may not have $9.5 million to spend on the politician who supports their ideological values, now no longer apply to corporations, labor unions and foreign investors. In the not too distant future, we may see laws being passed by politicians under the guise of their shadowy and anonymous corporate supporters. Individuals cannot hope to compete with the seemingly endless treasury funds acquired through super PACs. Justice John P. Stevens explained these implications perfectly in this sobering dissenting opinion on the Supreme Court’s majority ruling, “A democracy cannot function effectively when its constituent members believe laws are being bought and sold.” So where do we go from here? Will Americans donating out of pocket for their already bought and paid candidate sit idly by while corporate and labor interests buy up the shrinking control and direction we have over our elections? Will Americans continue to be hypnotized by the CNN/NBC/FOX glamour that surrounds our increasingly gladiatorial elections? Will you?
It’s the Most Monogamous Time of the Year: Wifey Season By: Taylor Lawrence
s the slutty hangover from Halloween fades, we trade fishnets and foliage for coats and cold weather. The sobering transition may be frightful, but the change of season has the potential to be delightful as we embark on the most monogamous time of the year – wifey season. Wifey season is the time of the year post-Halloween, pre-spring break when the bitter temperatures motivate more homebody hibernating and less high-heeled dry humping. Wrapped in velvet red bows and reeking of peppermint and pine needles, wifey season is a gift to every bright-eyed girl hopped up on Dunkin Donuts’ hot chocolates and re-runs of “Elf ”. The holiday season is a minefield of awkward family gatherings, filled with Grampy’s rum-and-coke-fueled sexual jokes and the constant badgering of your great aunt as to why you don’t have a boyfriend or girlfriend. As we all sit at the long table beside a parade of couples, young and old, and listen to our nine year old cousin boasting about his sixteen girlfriends, it’s easy to feel that brisk cold blow of singleness bare down our backs. Although the feasts before us may be a quick fix to numb this feeling into a food coma, don’t be so quick to plummet that pretty face into Grammy’s apple crisp. Luckily both sexes endure this push for the domestic life of couch cuddling and Christmas canoodling. It’s the wifey season miracle that compels even the most bro of players and the girls who have always proclaimed to be “in a relationship with freedom” to be a little more Whit ice skating and a little less Libby’s basement. Like the end of school lends itself to the beginning of summer, Thanksgiving acts as a grand catalyst for
wifey season. As we all reflect on the things we are thankful for: a full stomach, a wonderful family, and the fact that we aren’t turkeys, it is easy to see something is missing. Maybe it’s the magic of when Grampy holds Grammy’s hand after fifty years, or maybe it’s your third glass of sangria, but Thanksgiving gives us that push into the holiday season that has guys and girls rushing for companionship. As everyone regains consciousness from their turkey coma, they are bombarded with the unfamiliar combination of the word “black” not followed by “out” on a Friday. You guessed it, Black Friday. The mall is bombarded with men and women emptying their wallets in an effort to fill their hearts, or maybe just temporarily fill their bedrooms. Regardless it is infectious, adorable, and worth the price. As the temperatures become more brisk, wifey season becomes more intoxicating. The cold weather has people more apt to hold hands than hold body shots. Like flocks of monogamous geese we all migrate indoors, under the covers, and out of sight. It is instinctual. It is primal. It is wifey season’s greatest magic show, the disappearing masses. However, like the leaves changing colors in autumn, there is no denying the season once Christmas comes around. Unlike the usual sappy love songs that pollute our music scene, during wifey season, songs are centered on the necessity of a lover now more than ever. “All I Want for Christmas is You,” has the power to infuse a tinge of affection in love’s greatest naysayers. Notably, it’s “All I want for Christmas is You” not “And You And You And You” (although I’m sure we could find a remix or two). I wonder if Hanukah songs send out such directed
messages. Is the dredel song the original bump n’ grind? The wifey season phenomena cannot be muted. It’s the eggnog, the carolers, and that devilish mistletoe that spark the nation into mating mode. Apart from the newest Call of Duty or a brand new pair of Steve Madden Boots, wifey season has everyone wishing for a certain someone wrapped in a bow under their tree (despite the damaging back problems this could cause Santa). If your tree is without a soot-covered Ryan Gosling wrapped in holly or Kate Upton didn’t fit in your stocking, don’t get your Christmas-colored undies in a bunch. The climax of the season still remains. Arguably, New Years is the most couple-centered holiday outside of Valentine’s Day. Years of movies, television, and our horny aunt and uncle that will remain nameless have taught us that New Years is a time for kissing at midnight. Never has a booty call been more scheduled. The entire night is shadowed by this deadline as people scan for their greatest opportunity to take part in the United States most publicized game of spin the bottle. Point, shoot, kiss. 3, 2, 1. After New Years, the season starts to change. Weather gets warmer, clothes get more revealing and we resurface out of hibernation. Exhaustion takes over at the sight of Valentine’s Day. As the country chokes on pink cards and glitter, we revert back into our mini-skirts and muscle tanks and await Spring Break. During this glorious week in March, the tables turn and envy is targeted towards all those half-naked strangers rubbing against one another. Our desire for relationships is put away with our winter jackets as we rage in a tequila haze until the next cold blow of winter wind.
A SHARPP display in 2011
SHARPP By: Kendall Addison
he issues of sexual and intimate partner violence on college campuses is more prevalent than most of us would expect. However, our instinct to shy away from these difficult issues has made them all but mute within our society. Fortunately, this issue has found a voice on the UNH campus through the Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program (SHARPP). Located in the Wolff House in front of Health Services, this program is designed to provide support for individuals affected by relationship abuse, sexual assault, stalking, and the like. The supportive services offered work to guide the individual to feel more safe and comfortable as they begin to heal after an incident involving emotional, physical, and mental scarring. First founded in 1978 and coining the name SHARPP in 1982, SHARPP has continued to provide support to an array of people in need and stands as one of UNH’s most beneficial and prominent organizations specializing in advocacy. Advocacy is a vital component to SHARPP’s ability to share important information about sexual health, rape prevention, and sexual harassment. Through SHARPP, students are able to be educated and spread this new knowledge, further creating a safer and smarter campus environment.. Every fall semester, the program offers a four credit UNH class that students can take if they would like to become an advocate. The responsibilities of an advocate range from responding to emergency situations to attending awareness campaigns and events. The advocacy training classes are one hour and twenty minutes long, occur twice a week, and last for the duration of the semester, just like any other normal class.
At these training sessions, guest speakers from a variety of specialty areas like the Durham Police Department, the Health Center, and the Strafford County Jail come to educate the class on various topics. The focus is to prepare each student with as much information as possible on the background of sexual abuse and violence in order to prepare an advocate for action. This training is indispensable for abused individuals who put trust in advocates to help them in whatever way they can. As a student currently in the process of training to become an advocate, I have been enjoying every class. My fellow hopeful advocates and I look forward to the challenges to come. During class, we never run out of topics to discuss. In a socially interactive classroom environment, SHARPP makes it possible for students to seriously get involved with the ongoing pursuit to end intimate partner violence. Some of SHARPP’s most recent advocacy occurred in October and was deemed “Relationship Violence Awareness Month.” During this month, advocates wear a purple ribbon pin and spread awareness on issues of domestic violence in an attempt to educate students and terminate the issue at hand. SHARPP focuses on educating others during this month to provide information to others on what healthy and unhealthy relationships are. On October 24th, UNH held a community event called “Take Back the Night.” This event was focused on making sure all people, especially women, are able to feel safe walking home alone in the dark. Advocates for SHARPP in attendance supported and sponsored the cause. Many non-SHARRP students were in attendance, including undergraduates from a Women Studies class. One of these students, Bella Anderson, an English
major with a minor in Women Studies, attended “Take Back the Night” with her class. As a sister in the multicultural sorority Delta Xi Phi and an advocate in training for SHARPP, she is very involved with community events on campus. Anderson notes having always “been interested in raising awareness in sexual assault and creating awareness for all people regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, etc.” Bella commended “Take Back The Night” as a great event for raising awareness, and she was happily surprised by the large turnout. She credits the event as being well-planned, however questioned its necessity due to the fact that she has never felt unsafe walking around on campus at night. After a brief introduction, advocates liked Bella lined up to march across campus. Along the walk, they chanted phrases such as “Yes means yes, no means no.” After the march, all participants lit a candle and had the opportunity to converse with one another. Students disclosed private details about their experiences with partner violence and sexual abuse. One would be surprised to know that almost everyone who attended the event is a survivor of violence. This community event was very successful and set a vital example of a way that students on the UNH campus can become more involved to spread awareness about the nationwide issues like partner violence. SHARPP shows the community that their voice matters. Their continuous support services, advocacy programs, awareness projects, and educational courses help to reveal the tough issues. Through the continued advocacy and educational programs, SHARRP is trying to help UNH move towards an end to sexual assaults on campus.
Survival Guide to Meeting Your Potential In-Laws By: Raya Al-Hashmi
adies and Gentlemen of UNH, it’s about that time of year when you go home and spend quality time with your family, or your significant other’s family. This is a survival guide to help you nail a flawless first impression. I am not scripting a romantic comedy but rather navigating one of real life’s trickiest challenges. The advice that I’m about to dole out has no source more dependable than my own marginal experience.
Do your research about what type of gathering this will be. Will it be super formal, contains religious rituals, or be laid back? This will help you prepare with what to wear and how to act. Also make sure to brush up on your table etiquette. Don’t worry, there are many tutorials on the web to help with this. Lay low the night prior to the occasion so you will be feeling fresh and make sure that you won’t be late. Think back to when you prepared to take the SATs with a lot of studying, planning, preparing, and realizing your future may depend on this very day. A good tip is to have a simple family tree drawn out for you, as this will help with names and the relations between everyone.
but still lets your style shine. Go easy on the make-up/ Two Truths and a Lie? your favorite scent and be mindful of the event when Stick to three truths and no lies. Be confident in your selecting just how fancy you want to be. accomplishments and bravely walk the line between bragging and modesty. By sharing all your enjoyments, it helps bridge commonality between you and them. Be One of the Three Kings Definitely come to the door with a gift, but there is no need to go overboard. Be mindful of where you are PBR getting this item because people sometimes inquire about No talk on politics, babies, or religion. Perhaps the where you picked up the gift, for example Wal-Mart topic will arise, but don’t be the one to introduce it. Keep versus a local business. Try to get something unique, the conversation light but with substance. inventive, or even better, something you produced. Check out Pinterest.com for some neat DIY ideas. One Hand on the Fork, One on the Glass,
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Subtle signs of affection are fine but make sure that The initial “Your house is absolutely beautiful” or “I your attention is more on the parents and family than love your flower garden out front” is a great way to set your boo. Just for this one time pretend you have no the tone when you arrive. This tactic is also applicable at interest in hooking up until after you tie the knot. any point when the conversation seems lacking. Scope out the room you’re in for something like a painting, an eclectic lamp, or an antique collection in the glass Have the Munchies Even if you are not that hungry, or have strict food armoire to stimulate conversation and show some praise. rules, try everything. Gluten-free? Isn’t there a pill for that? Lactose intolerant? I know there is a pill for that. Take an Imaginary Adderall Taste everything. It makes your host feel good, and be Be attentive, lively, and willing to help out with sure to compliment the chef. preparing food, setting up the table, and cleaning up. Clean Up Your Virtual Image By being the guest, you probably will be denied from Pretend you are applying for a position with the CIA, helping, but offering is key. Show sincere interest in Post-Gathering Leave the place looking better than when you arrived. or any government agency for that matter. Maybe you getting to know everyone and be sure to initiate the Along with that, make sure you snap a good photo on are thinking this is a little overboard, but some parents conversation. your phone at some point during the gathering and in are pretty tech-savvy and may type your name in Google the car ride home download the Touchnote app. This to get a sense of who will be walking through that door. Don’t Get Too Sauced app enables you to design a postcard on your phone. Some censoring on the web never hurts. Sip slowly, but also assess the vibe. Keep a little below Touchnote will print the card and send it to the desired the level that everyone else is on so you can always be on location. Thank the parents from both of you and Dress Fancy your A game. Even if you’re not into drinking, at least cite specific moments you enjoyed, such as the intense This is a time to pretend you are going to a republican have the same one drink with you at all times. cribbage game, for a personal and gracious touch! convention. Wear something that is modest and classy
Winter Wonder What to Wear By: Heather Ross
djusting to this year’s swift transition from fall to winter leaves many fashion-savvy Wildcats out in the cold and wondering how to make three layers of jackets look trendy. Lucky for you, M.S.M. is here to help fill in the blanks. Even if you’re waiting on the holidays for a new pair of snow boots or winter coat, keep comfortable and cute by modifying fall fashion favorites to create winter wardrobe must-haves.
temperature changes to weaken even the strongest of patent leather or smooth suede. With all the options up immune systems. Instead of layering a knit or wool for grabs, there is no excuse not to stand out this winter. cardigan sweater over a tank or scoop neck tee, try an oversized flannel or button down. A larger size allows Outerwear for extra bundling and the variations of fabrics add new Classic trench coats and super warm puffer jackets are textures to a plain stretchy cotton shirt and leggings. always cold weather favorites. Maintain a feminine curve by selecting a coat that cinches at the waist or wrap a On Your Feet belt for a D.I.Y. alternative. This season’s boxy-framed Boots Pea coats can also exude femininity with rounded collars This fall’s footwear introduced the trend of calf- and/or neckline-hugging, double-breasted buttons. Indoors high and hardware-heavy military boots. Though very Exude ferocity and elegance in any style coat that is Vests durable and intended to be bruised and broken in, this accented with a faux fur neckline or hood. Try pairing a At UNH, the weather forecast is more difficult to style of boot does not always come equipped with faux fur vest over a form-fitting sweater or a long sleeve predict than anything else we’re forced to deal with. On adequate insulation for sub-zero temperatures. A pair shirt. Not only is faux-fur in this season, but it also traps those days when Diamond forgets to turn on the heat in of substantial knit or wool socks can make a world of in warmth and acts as a replacement for a scarf. the third floor quiet room, resist the chill in a fall-favorite difference when layered over skinny jeans or leggings. oversized knit sweater. For added warmth and style, layer When the precipitation cannot decide between snow, Accessories with a color-coordinated puffer vest (about $30 at Old rain, or hail, winterize a pair of rain boots with kneeCrocheted accessories are staking their claim this Navy). Locking in warmth in areas like the chest, head, high ski socks or any thick knit material. To add an edgy winter season and New Englanders are not complaining. and feet raises the body temperature to a comfortable accent to rain boots, pick up a pair of inserts with faux This thick and heavy stitching pattern creates a studying state. fur trim to slouch over the top (about $30 by Hunter). web of warmth when braving even the frostiest of temperatures. For maximum coverage, opt for an Layers Flats oversized crocheted scarf. Feel free to step out in a Channel the Ivy Leagues with a form-fitting Oxford Ballet flats do not need to be excluded from the vintage or homemade crocheted accessory. Contrast the underneath a crew neck sweater. The extra layer not footwear lineup just because the snow begins to fall. heavy yarns with a pair of leather gloves. Not only are only barricades the penetrating cotton sleeves from On a warmer day, spice up a pair of cigarette jeans with they timeless, sleek, and devoid of bulk; but unlike the frigid temperatures, but it puts a preppy spin on a studded flats ($19 at Urban Outfitters). Textures such as cotton gloves, leather blocks any trace of wind from cold weather wardrobe essential. This combination also glitter and wool, animal and geometric prints, and color reaching your hands. Finish off the look with a vintage, allows for quick wardrobe adjustments on the days when blocking are also popular choices to accent dark winter structured leather bag. bouncing between buildings means experiencing enough fabrics. For prim and proper ensembles, stick to shiny
Spotlight: Giles Huddleston By: Annah Todd
e’s tall and lanky like most seniors in high school, with close-cropped hair that is a shade of musty brown. He has a few faint freckles on his pale skin. He has blue eyes. Twix are his favorite kind of candy and he likes watching presidential debates. He’s only 17, but drives a red and white mini-cooper that has a license plate that says ‘WILDCATS.’ He says “It’s pretty cool” but blushes and shrugs when asked about it. He has unlimited access to a college dining hall, and his dad has a private, 5-seater plane. Who is this kid? He is Giles Huddleston, the son of Mark Huddleston, the president of the University of New Hampshire. No, not that Perez Huddleston - the real one. He is sitting at the small circular table that he picked by the door in the small coffee shop, Breaking New Grounds. He is wearing dark wash jeans, a lavender oxford button-down shirt, and white Nike sneakers. He declines every offer of hot chocolate, lemonade, coffee, Coke, anything, about seven times. The top two buttons of his shirt are undone, and his sleeves are neatly rolled three times each to display a black and gold Invicta watch. “It’s no different,” Giles says about his life as of late. “My parents have been well. My mom’s working at the middle school. My dad’s always busy.” Giles’s time recently has consisted of “trying to get into college.” He says he is applying to too many: Babson College, Bentley College, University of Delaware, Stoney Brook University, Binghamton University, University of Richmond, American University, James Madison University, Saint Michael’s College and - drumroll, please - the University of New Hampshire are some of the schools where he has applied.
When Giles is asked what attending UNH would be like for him, he describes it as “the million-dollar question.” He says that it would be a lot like his life now, except he would “definitely not” live at home. “I’ve heard people say that it really is different going from Durham to UNH,” Giles says. “But I have a hard time believing it.” Giles is interested in finance, and in an effort to be competitive in the admissions process he has gotten an internship at a company called TurnRight, which is a “career advice network connecting college students, alums and industry professionals with similar interests to help guide choices during college.” On Nov. 3, Giles will take the SATs for the second time. “I would have settled for them,” he says of his original scores. “But my writing could have been better.” On top of that, Giles is taking sociology, AP Chemistry (which “isn’t as bad” as he thought it was going to be), philosophy, AP statistics and Spanish 5 (which is “really easy, we just talk,” he says). Giles attends Durham’s public high school, Oyster River, and he was the one who made the decision to go there. He says he is glad to go to Oyster River now, but had a hard time initially when his family uprooted from Delaware, Ohio, when he was in 6th grade and moved to Durham. He was home schooled for 7th grade while deciding between Oyster River and Berwick Academy, a small private school in Berwick, Maine. Giles describes himself as mellow and said he generally makes good decisions. “Is it bad to call myself boring?” he asks. But certain subjects, like politics, he is very stubborn about. Andrew Gas met Giles in 8th grade. “He [Giles] is a very kind person who sticks up for what he believes in,” Gas said. “I don’t think I’ve ever
won an argument against him.” But Giles is obstinate about more than just his political views. He adamantly does not have a Twitter account, and another friend said that he has never seen Giles in a t-shirt. A lot topics are off the table for Giles, but there are many things he enjoys that are on the plate. “The burritos are really good,” Giles says about the food selection at the university’s dining halls. “Whenever they have breakfast later in the day, that’s the best.” In addition to unlimited french toast sticks and pizza at dining halls, Giles has “seen it all” at UNH. He has enjoyed box seats at the Whittemore Center for hockey games, attended the annual Winter Classic game at Frozen Fenway, and seen Avicii live in concert. Brennan Young, a fellow classmate at Oyster River, describes Giles as “an interesting kid.” Young said that he and Giles are “Super Fans” for Oyster River sports teams and are so dedicated that in most cases that they are the only fans at away games. Young said that the only thing he ever teases Giles about is the color of his bedroom walls, which are lime green. “I know there are several kids at the high school who like to tease Giles about money or privileges,” Young said. “Giles is a great student and a great friend. He’ll go far on his own, without mentioning that his dad is the President of UNH.” Zach Jones, a student at Oyster River, said that Giles’s personality is one of his best attributes. “He is a very strong-minded individual,” said Jones. “Not much seems to affect him.” But give credit where credit is due: “It’s never, hey guess what?” Giles said. “My dad’s the president.”
continued from page 27 morning. So he’d call in,” Jones says. It’s natural to make mistakes when one is starting out at a new job, and at a radio station, there are plenty of mistakes to be made. Among the worst is allowing silence, or “dead air-space,” to find its way on the air. Chase says that experience can help making transitions between songs and talk seamless, leaving no silences at all. And then there is the big one, the mistake that could cost the station a hefty fine: a swear slipping through. Chase says it is the job of the DJ to screen all songs for lyrics before playing them, but eventually it is inevitable for a song to play that contains one of those forbidden words. This is a situation that requires particular grace under pressure from a DJ. “If a swear accidently slips through, that’s probably
continued from page 33 the bro, competition is a primary mode of interaction. Competition is not inevitable, but rather a learned system of interaction. It is built into the nature of the United States. Success has become synonymous with winning. But is it truly a healthy endeavor to achieve our goals by preventing others from achieving theirs? We must ask ourselves, bros especially, if competing truly benefits the individual. Darwin, who first espoused the theory of evolution, understood that cooperation is far more prevalent in the natural world than competition. Although we rarely take time to notice, all around us are supreme examples of this. Consider where the oxygen we breathe comes from, how democracy is sustained, or how ecosystems survive. I believe competition is neither a sustainable way of generating progress, nor an effective way of learning how to set mutual goals and working to achieve them. For example, one may be on a soccer team and share the mutual goal of putting the ball in the back of the net as many times as possible. This goal takes cooperation, but the cooperation is overshadowed by the desire to
one of the biggest things you can do,” Chase says, adding that when a swear plays “you address it without addressing it. So, basically you just fade out the song right after. Just go right to the next one. You never address it on air. You never say, ‘Oh sorry for that.’ It didn’t happen.” Despite some of these mistakes that can be easy to make, many DJs say that working at WUNH has been a worthwhile experience. For Bruce Pingree, it certainly has been. Pingree has worked as a DJ at the station for four decades. He got his start at WUNH back in 1972, and still hosts a blues show on Sunday nights, as well as a general programming show on Tuesday mornings. “I enjoy doing radio,” says Pingree who considers himself a role-model figure for the younger DJs at the station. “There’s been a lot of music info/ history that has been handed down to me through the years by a lot of people. Now it’s time that I give back and share that
info. Radio is in my blood,” he said. Radio seems to be finding its way into the blood of two of those younger DJs, Chase and Jones. “I am a communications major,” Jones says, “and I want anything really, anything involving music. So, here is perfect.” “It’s a hobby that’s turning into an extreme passion,” Chase says of his experience at the station. “The funny thing is, a lot of us aren’t even communications majors. I’m an environmental science major, but I love music so much that I’m seriously considering going into radio somehow.” He encourages others to get in on it too. “I think students don’t really understand what a big opportunity they’re missing here,” he says “Even if you don’t want to go on the radio, it’s just a fun experience.”
beat the other team. This means that, if you happen to be the team that loses, all the cooperative effort will be undermined by the label of “loser.” A ubiquitous characteristic of American sporting events is the burly man in the stands behind you shouting phrases such as “Kill them!” and “Slaughter them!” It is far rarer to hear even a murmur spoken about cooperation. But do we truly find sports interesting because of the fight, the blood, and the glory of winning, or do we love sports because of the cooperation, respect, and camaraderie? It can be assumed that the bro learned competition through its prevalence in the culture of the US. Our identities developed primarily in public and private schools. In our youth, competition was prevalent in everyday interaction. As we were ranked by performance, competition became deeply ingrained in our minds. I do not believe the competition is the bane of progress, but I do believe that it is a learned phenomenon. Further, it is not necessarily a healthy way to interact with others. Once competition enters a relationship, it viciously allows one person to succeed only if the other fails. For the bro, his competition may be the product of both learned interaction and becoming aroused by aggression. Thus,
competition may be considered an emotional release that has been simply misconstrued as inevitable. In order to be better students, peers, and scholars we must acknowledge our irrationalities. We must be willing to accept that the extremes of our emotions cause us to make many illogical decisions that lead us astray on our hunt for success, be it success defined by us as individuals, our family, or our friends. Even the most rigorously self-controlled students among us procrastinate on some level due to momentary desires. Furthermore, it is worrisome to think that so many moral men would consider acting highly immoral simply due to sexual arousal. We learned that competition isn’t inevitable; it is a remnant of our education, or culture, and our emotional needs. It is fun to bro-it-up at the gym, but keep in mind that competition always involves a sub-goal of making the other person lose. In summary, we will always be irrational to some degree, but by setting goals, rewarding ourselves for accomplishing tasks, simplifying our lives, being aware of our emotions, and understanding success through cooperation, we can learn to make better decisions and thus be happier with our choices.
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