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FEBRUARY 2013

• A Monthly Publication For The Students of North Shore Community College, Danvers, Lynn, & Beverly, Massachusetts • •READ THE PENNON ONLINE AT: northshore.edu/pennon•

INSIDE:

Top Ten Albums of 2012 Page 9

Sports: “It Could Be A Lot Worse”

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President Wayne Burton To Retire In July

After 13 years of leading North Shore Community College through unprecedented growth and expansion, President Wayne M. Burton will retire July 31, 2013. A catalyst for change, President Burton’s tenure has included four consecutive years of double digit enrollment increases, resulting in the college’s highest ever graduating classes. He created a culture of championing student success boosting the college’s outstanding and innovative academic programs. Dr. Burton brought Service Learning to the college, for which it now wins national distinctions and established NSCC’s Public Policy Institute (PPI), the only one of its kind at a community college in New England with initiatives ranging from community outreach in the Gateway City of Lynn, to research and forums on public policy issues. Through the NSCC Foundation, the college’s endowment increased to $5.4 million, the second largest community college endowment in the Commonwealth. His vision and strategic leadership resulted in the addition of two new buildings to the college’s Danvers campus, with an expansion/addition pending for the college’s urban facility in Lynn. Under his direction, Essex Aggie vocational programs were integrated into the college and he has advanced the college’s role in preparing the region’s workforce with skills training and retraining programs to meet state workforce needs. As the 100th president nationwide to sign onto The American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, he spurred the adoption of a holistic commitment to sustainability that

Pictured Above: NSCC President Wayne Burton

engages the entire college and serves as an educational model for the North Shore region. Dr. Burton led construction and funding efforts for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ first, and nation’s second, Zero Net Energy Building, the new stateof-the-art Danvers campus Health Professions & Student Services Building, which opened in January 2012. The college was recently honored with the prestigious Massachusetts Leading By Example Award for public leadership, stewardship and com-

mitment.

On the national level, President Burton helped shape national policy as the only community college president to serve on the U.S. DOE Committee on Measures of Student Success. He also brought to the college a dedication to students with disabilities evidenced by his service on the state Special Commission Relative to Autism and as chair of the national Community College Consortium on Autism and Intellectual Disabilities. “In his 13 years as CONTINUED ON PAGE 2

The Flu: Tips and Tricks Slice of Culture to be healthy Page 4

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BY DONNA RICHEMOND VICE PRESIDENT FOR STUDENT AND ENROLLMENT SERVICES I hope you had a delightful semester break that left you with renewed connections to your friends and family and revitalized for the coming semester. The Winter/Spring semester offers a new start -opportunities to make use of the services that are available to support your academic success and to engage with different professors, to confront and challenge new ideas and perspectives, to bring your own renewed sense of discovery and curiosity to the academic experience. The start of a new semester is a time of possibility and excitement. Hence, I extend a special welcome to our new students who are embarking on this NSCC experience for the first time. I often think back to my first interactions at NSCC. I was met by the “welcome friend” sign on the door. From that moment on, I, like many of you, enjoyed coming to NSCC every day. I found NSCC to be a community of faculty, staff, and students that were vibrant, dedicated, friendly and respectful. I still do. Yet, we find ourselves engaged in more and more conversations about issues involving civility (as at many other colleges and universities across the country). So, I spent part of my semester break reading about that very topic. In his book, Choosing Civility (2002), Dr. P.M. Forni, the cofounder of the Johns Hopkins Civility Project, explores civility, which he clarifies as being more than politeness and using good manners. “Being civil,” he writes, “means being constantly aware of others and weaving restraint, respect,

and consideration into the very fabric of this awareness.” Dr. Forni shares The 25 Rules of Considerate Conduct. I admit that upon reading them, I first thought that these are all things I learned before going to kindergarten. However, upon further

Welcome Friends

Pictured Above: Vice President For Student & Enrollment Services Donna Richemond

reflection, I began to think that even our wonderful experience at NSCC could be enhanced if we were all reminded (including a note to self) of these very basic guidelines to being civil to one another. The 25 rules include:

-Pay Attention -Acknowledge Others -Think the Best -Listen -Be Inclusive -Speak Kindly -Don’t Speak Ill -Accept and Give Praise -Respect Even a Subtle “No” -Respect Others’ Opinions -Mind Your Body -Be Agreeable -Keep It Down (and Rediscover Silence) -Respect Other People’s Time -Respect Other People’s Space -Apologize Earnestly -Assert Yourself CONTINUED ON PAGE 6


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It Could Always Be Worse

BY KEVIN HAYES Today’s Boston sport fans are as spoiled as it gets. Going back to February 2002, the city has enjoyed seven professional world championships. The New England Patriots were a production line of winning beginning with the upset of the

bowlers, the offence included quarterback Drew Bledsoe, tight-end Ben Coates, running back Curtis Martin, and tackle Bruce Armstrong. They possessed a rapidly improving defense led by veterans Henry Thomas, Otis Smith, Willie Clay, and Willie McGinest

were (mis)managed by Mike O’Connell and his brilliant idea was to torpedo the team on March 1st. He did this by trading aging cornerstones Adam Oates along with goalie Bill Ranford and Rick Tocchet to the Washington Capitols for goalie Jim Carey (not the funnyman),

St. Louis Rams in Superbowl 36 then ending with victories over the Carolina Panthers (Superbowl 38) and Eagles in Philadelphia Superbowl 39. As of writing this article, they prepare to make a run at Superbowl 47. The Boston Red Sox ended eightysix years of misery by winning the World Series in 2004 and then again in 2007. The Boston Celtics ended 22 years of tragedy by defeating the LA Lakers in 2008 for their 17th world championship. In 2011, the Boston Bruins ended 39 years of management incompetence by taking home the Stanley Cup for the 6th time. No professional city has enjoyed as much success as Boston since New York owned the baseball world in the 1950’s (and they did it with three teams). Unfortunately, success breeds contempt. The Patriots haven’t won a Superbowl since their victory over the Eagles in 2005, and lost Superbowl 46 last year. In 2012, The Celtics made it to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals but lost to the Miami Heat. The Boston Bruins lost Game 7 of their first round showdown with the Washington Capitols, and the Boston Red Sox flushed themselves completely down the toilet (which has already been covered). Prospects don’t look as bright for 2013 as they once did but it could be worse… A LOT worse. Let's install our flux capacitors into our Delorean to generate 1.21 Gigawatts, grab a few vials of extra plutonium, and its off to the past! Let’s set our destination for April 21, 1997. First, lets head over to Foxborough Stadium. The Patriots had just come off a remarkable season where they owned one of the best offenses in the NFL. Led by a few pro

along with youngsters Tedy Bruschi, Ty Law, Lawyer Milloy and Chris Slade. Coached by Bill Parcells (with Bill Belichick as his assistant), the Patriots won 11 games and the AFC East division title. In the playoffs, the Patriots defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 28-3 in a foggy Foxborough Stadium, then took the AFC Championship game over the underdog Jacksonville Jaguars 20-6. The defense had allowed 9 points in 2 games, and next on the agenda were the Green Bay Packers at Superbowl 31. Controversy erupted when the Boston Globe ran a story the week leading up to the game saying Parcells was leaving to coach the Jets. While it ultimately didn’t cost the Patriots the game (Desmond Howard did that), it was a major distraction that would prove to be true. Following the 35-21 loss to the Packers, Parcells did resign to take over the Jets. He would be replaced by none other than Jets defensive coordinator Pete Carroll (yes, THAT Pete Carroll). At the time, the Patriots had just missed winning it all and, in reality, was another coaching and a few key personnel change away from getting to the top. Strangely, losing the biggest game of the year still put the Patriots at the top of the four teams in terms of future prospects. Let us motor up I-95, curse at the rush hour traffic on the Mass Pike and stop over to the Fleet Center where the Bruins and the Celtics concluded their miserable seasons. The Bruins missed the playoffs for the first time in thirty years. Coach Steve Kasper was an above average player when he played for the Bruins a decade earlier, but was out of sync by 1997. At that time, the Bruins

Jason Allison, Anson Carter, and a 3rd draft pick. The Bruins won just 3 more games the rest of the season and Kasper was fired on April 19th. At the time, the Bruins had some young talent in Alison and Carter, but no one knew when they would ever be good again. Which brings us to the other team inhabiting the Fleet Center: the once mighty Celtics. The death of both Len Bias and Reggie Lewis, along with the retirements of Larry Bird and Kevin McHale, crippled the Celtics. By 1997, the team was in dire straits. Head coach ML Carr was in way over his head as coach, leading the team to franchise an NBA worse fifteen wins and sixty-seven losses. Local fans compared the team to the movie "Major League," where Carr brought in all sorts of guys nobody had heard of in order to tank the season, which would lead them to draft Wake Forrest superstar Tim Duncan first overall. Players like division 2 walk-on Brett Szabo, former UCLA star Tyus Edney, and former Providence star Marty Conlon were responsible for the worst finish ever. Motoring down the Pike again, let’s head over to Fenway Park to catch today’s Red Sox game where Aaron Sele would allow one run in 6 2/3 innings while Wil Cordero’s two run bomb would be all the Sox needed in a 4-2 win which put the team at 8-8 overall. That doesn’t sound so bad does it? Well, put in that extra plutonium because we’re heading to the future…CENTURIES INTO THE FUTURE! Just kidding, only a month and a half later to June 8, 1997. After their 8-8 start, the Sox plummeted out of playoff contention without an ace pitcher. Today, their record

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Wayne Burton’s Retirement Continued from Page 1

President of North Shore Community College, President Burton has positively impacted the lives of tens of thousands of NSCC students and made a tremendous contribution to the workforce development and economic vitality of the North Shore region,” said Richard Yagjian, chair of the college’s Board of Trustees. Prior to his tenure at NSCC, Dr. Burton served as the Dean of the School of Business at Salem State University. A Bowdoin graduate and Vietnam veteran, he earned his MBA at the University of New Hampshire and his Ed.D. at Vanderbilt. Burton served in Vietnam as a Captain, U.S. Army, 9th Infantry Division, receiving three Bronze Stars and two Army Commendation medals. He and his wife Betsey have two sons, a daughter and two grandchildren. grandchildren. Upon his retirement Burton plans to expand his civic activity in his home community of Durham, NH, where he already serves on the Oyster River School District Advisory Budget Committee and

Strafford County Regional Committee. He Planning intends to file as a candidate for town council as well as run for a seat on the New Hampshire legislature in 2014. NSCC is one of the oldest and largest of the 15 community colleges in Massachusetts. NSCC serves 26 cities and towns along the MA north shore with campuses in Lynn, Danvers and Beverly. NSCC delivers post-secondary education to more than 10,450 credit students in an academic year, and an additional 5,300 noncredit students, through nearly 90 programs of study. The College also provides lifelong learning opportunities to more than 500,000 area residents through workforce development training to businesses and individuals, cultural enrichment activities, and community development resources. More than 220,000 North Shore residents have taken courses at NSCC over the last forty years. Over 92% of its 28,000+ graduates live and work on the North Shore.


Slice of Culture

Los Curanderos:

Alternate Health Care In Mexico

BY GINA FIRICANO The health system in Mexico today is much different than what we are used to here in America. In Mexico, your status of being rich or poor reflects on your medical attention and medical treatment. The rich are able to seek medical attention at any time, but for the poor, treatment is much different. There are doctors and there are curanderos meaning healer. Both contain monetary value yet provide very different services. The responsibilities of a doctor, the tasks of the curanderos, and he idea of a Mexican persons’ status, all reflect the health care in Mexico. As stated in the article, when a rich person becomes sick, they first turn to a curandero, unless their condition worsens, they will then see a doctor. For the poor however, they try to find a curandero from the start, unless their condition becomes nearly terminal, they will seek help from a doctor. There are a larger amount of curanderos than doctors available in Mexico, making healing available for the poor and average citizens. As doctors study medicine in science, curanderos are spiritual advisors of black magic and spiritual healing. It has been in Mexican rituals for decades and is still the primary route of care. Spiritual healing uses herbal remedies before prescription pills and drugs. In larger cities of Mexico, many stores sell these remedies as

well as small stores on the sides of roads. The selling of these herbs are now illegal, but vendors who are strong believers in spiritual healing will still sell these products but under careful observation. Curanderos are easy to find when needed, they are basically everywhere around the country. It allows citizens to avoid expensive medical bills but also gives them belief in healing. Every culture has their own way of coping with sickness and spiritual healing brings together the Mexican culture through prayer and realism. A great definition of curanderos from a national encyclopedia, “They are often respected members of the community, being highly religious and spiritual. Literally translated as "healer" from Spanish, curanderos often use herbs and other natural remedies to cure illnesses, but their primary method of healing is the supernatural. This is because they believe that the

cause of many illnesses are lost malevolent spirits, a lesson from God, or a curse” (Encyclopedia). In my opinion, science is the key for medical healing and treatments. Every culture has their beliefs. In some extent, faith can help but the majority of the time, science and medical attention will heal any curable sickness. Having faith in someone who has a terminal illness that medicine cannot cure, I believe gives the family hope for the best. Healthcare in Mexico is much different then the healthcare here in America, but every culture has there own ways of healing and treating illnesses. Sources: www.nationmaster.com/encyclo pedia/Curandero#Description

www.mexicofile.com/loscurand erosalternativehealthcare.htm

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Heart Disease in Hispanic Women

BY BRITTNEY ANDERSON Heart disease is the number one killer of women of all ethnic backgrounds. Hispanic women are at a greater risk of cardiovascular disease due to higher rates of high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Heart disease or “coronary heart disease” (CHD) is a narrowing of the small blood vessels that supply blood and oxygen to the heart. It is caused by the buildup of plaque in the arteries to your heart. This plaque buildup causes the arteries to become more narrow which makes the blood flow to the heart slow down or even stop. Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions which include increased blood pressure, high sugar level, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels. Hispanic women have the highest rates of metabolic syndrome across all the age categories. The older Hispanic women are at a greater risk for developing metabolic syndrome. Along with Hispanic ethnicity and age, smoking was also found to be an important predictor of developing metabolic syndrome. Also, those whose main language is Spanish, have the highest prevalence of physical inactivity. The reason of such a high number of Hispanic women with metabolic syndrome is mainly based on the unhealthy levels of fat in the bloodstream. Also, many women have high triglyceride levels and low HDL levels. Only one-third of Hispanic women consider themselves well informed about heart disease, compared to more than forty percent of white women. Above all, minority women need to be made more aware of their risk for heart disease. Statistics do show that about sixty eight percent of white women know that heart disease is the leading killer of women, compared to only thirty one percent of black women and twenty nine percent of Hispanic women. Roughly, sixty five

percent of Hispanic women have no insurance or are underinsured. With such little access to doctors, this is not helping the women get the proper prevention facts for a better lifestyle. There are four healthy tips to live by that can lower the risk of heart disease. The first one is to lose weight by reduc-

ing calorie intake and exercising for at least thirty minutes per day. It was found that Hispanic women rarely exercise daily and have high caloric intake per day. The second tip is, to lower cholesterol levels by eating more fruits and vegetables. Thirdly, limit alcohol consumption. This is important because not only is it a cause of heart problems, it could also damage the liver and kidneys. Finally, quit smoking. It was found that smoking was a high contributor to people with heart disease. By quitting, you are decreasing the risk of developing such a deadly disease. Some Hispanic groups have high rates of diabetes, which will increase the risk of developing heart disease. Around sixty five percent of people with diabetes will die due to heart or blood vessel disease. Statistics • Heart disease and stroke are responsible for 32.2% of deaths in Hispanic females • The prevalence of cardiovascular disease in MexicanAmerican women age 20 and older is 29.3% • High blood pressure is a leading cause of heart disease and stroke. The prevalence of CONTINUED ON PAGE 6


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The Flu And You

BY WALTER BISHOP The Flu Season is upon us again and, unlike previous years, this particular season is heavy. According to a recent medical review from the CDC, nearly every state in the USA

adhere to common sense practices to lessen the risk of spreading the virus to oneself and to others. Here are some basic tips to keep you, your family, and the community safe in this rough season:

Since sanitizers are almost entirely alcohol based, they serve as more of a disinfecting agent as opposed to a cleanser. -If you do feel ill, even slightly, you should stay at home and avoid contact with people. Even

Washing your hands is the best way to stop the spread of germs

has reported outbreaks at a more elevated level than previous years. In particular, the state of Massachusetts and the city of Boston have been hit the hardest; as of January 9th, the city of Boston declared a public health emergency and over 700 cases of the flu had been reported in the city alone. Another factor that doesn’t help is a recent report from the CDC stating that this year’s vaccine is only 62% effective against the various

-Hand washing is, in all seriousness, the most basic and most effective way to prevent the spread of disease. As with cleaning dishes, warmer soapy water is much more effective than washing with cold water or washing without soap at all. The warmer the water, the easier it is to remove oils in your hands which hold the bacteria. When able, prioritize using liquid soaps as opposed to bar soaps, as bar soaps can hold bacteria

though it might not be the flu and might be a run-of-the-mill cold, being sick means that your immune system is down which means that you’re more apt to infection. Depending on the strain of flu, you could be out of commission for up to three weeks, so it’s important that you take any and all signs of illness seriously. -When sneezing, it’s important to cover your mouth. Though it

Eating and drinking healthy are also an excellent way to prevent yourself from getting sick. strains of the flu (with a confidence interval of almost 96%). Because of this, the CDC (and other reputable medical agencies) have stressed that people not only get vaccinated, but also

from usages in the past.

-Though the convenience is clear, the CDC urges people to use practical hand washing as opposed to hand sanitizers.

sounds silly, this is one of the most ignored solutions to spreading germs. Covering your mouth as well as your nose with a tissue is the best way to avoid spreading any germs. If you do

Coughing and sneezing into your elbow when a tissue is not available is the best way to handle the situation

not have a tissue or a paper towel at hand, the best way to cover up is by sneezing into your upper sleeve/elbow in the “Dracula” position. Sneezing or coughing in your hands without a tissue should be avoided entirely. After sneezing or coughing, it’s proper to immediately discard the tissue in a waste barrel. Of course, after this is said and done (regardless of how you sneezed or coughed) it’s best to immediately wash your hands.

-Touching various parts of your body, including your eyes, nose, and mouth can help spread germs. Repeated touching of these body parts should be avoided. -Drinking plenty of fluids and eating well are also great ways

to avoid contacting the flu and other viruses. Keeping healthy also means keeping your immune system up and the stronger your immune system, the less likely you are to contract the flu.

Remember, this season is particularly vicious and the last thing you want is to miss out on work or school because you weren’t careful. Since we are in a state of health emergency, we need to work together to make sure that the flu isn’t spread. If you do feel ill, be sure to take it upon yourself to accept it and protect yourself and others by staying home and getting better!


Students at NSCC Pay Tribute to President Wayne Burton

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After hearing about the retirement of NSCC President Wayne Burton, we asked students on campus to share a story, a memory, or an interaction they had with the President to us. On behalf of all the students here at NSCC, that may or may not know of all the great things you have done for us and the school, I would like to thank you. Nick Waiswilos Student Body President

Through my time at North Shore, I have enjoyed President Burton's sense of humor. When he is speaking, he is always smiling and always has fun with it! Carlo Lovasco Program Council President

NSCC gave me a chance after I had a failed experience at another school. With NSCC, I achieved more than I ever thought academically. I really appreciate all that President Wayne Burton did for the students here at NSCC. I also love how he was able to construct a new energy-efficient building in Danvers. Thank you President Burton for all that you have done for me and all the students at NSCC. Scott Arcuri

After my active service in the United States Marine Corps, school was an iffy subject for me. NSCC has given me the confidence I needed to continue my education. NSCC was the perfect transition from Military life into Civilian life. Robert Fahey

On behalf of myself, and other current and former SGA members, I would like to thank President Burton for all of his support. I would also like to wish him the best in all of his future endeavors. Konstantine Papageorgiou Former Student Government Chief Justice

I love the new building. I love how NSCC is the first college in the state to have an energy efficient building. Plus, it saves the school a lot of money and with the money that is being saved, it can go back into the school. All thanks to President Burton! Joshua

One memory I have of Wayne Burton, was at the Presidential Scholars’ dinner welcoming the new scholars in. At first, I was nervous about coming to NSCC, but Wayne Burton gave a great speech talking about how excellent the school is and it made myself feel a lot better about coming here. He also greeted each of us scholars individually and told us how great of a program the Presidental Scholar program was. Tom Croteau NSCC Presidential Scholar


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Heart Disease Continued from Page 3

high blood pressure for Mexican women over 20 years old is 28.7% • 12.5% of Hispanic or Latino women 18 and older smoke, which puts themselves at an increased risk for a heart attack and or stroke 57.2% of Hispanic • women 18 and older are physically inactive • 71.7% of MexicanAmerican women age 20 and older are overweight or obese According to the American Heart Association, the heart disease risk for Latinas is comparable to the heart disease risk level of Caucasian women who are approximately 10 years older. Fortunately, all Hispanic women can significantly lower the threat of devel-

oping heart disease be leading a healthy lifestyle. As I mentioned, there are many different ways to change the lifestyle. Granted, it might be genetic, having a healthier and happier life style could change your health forever. Sources: www.healthhub.brighamandwo mens.org/heart-disease-in-hispanic-women-is-metabolic-syndrome-the-key

www.womenshealth.aetna.com/ WH/ihtWH/r.WSIHW00=/st.361 34/t.36368.html

www.westbocamedctr.com/enUS/Womenshealth/HeartDiseas eandStroke/Pages/HispanicWo menandHeartDisease.aspx

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-Avoid Personal Questions -Care for Your Guests -Be a Considerate Guest -Think Twice Before Asking for Favors -Refrain from Idle Complaints -Accept and Give Constructive Criticism -Respect the Environment and Be Gentle to Animals -Don’t Shift Responsibility and Blame

I appreciate what Dr. John J. DeGioia, President of Georgetown University wrote in March 2012 in his civility and public discourse letter to the Georgetown University community: The greatest contribution of the American project is the recognition that together, we can rely on civil discourse to engage the tensions that characterize difficult issues and work towards resolutions that balance deeply held and different perspectives. We have learned through painful experi-

ence that we must respect one another… At times, the exercise of one person’s freedom may conflict with another’s. As Americans, we accept that the only answer to our differences is further engagement. Dr. DeGioia ends his letter by admonishing that, “this is our moment to stand for the values of civility in our engagement with one another.” Rude and crude will never be the “new normal” at NSCC. The Welcome Friend culture will not allow it. Clearly, as Forne notes, civility cannot be forced, but we can all take a part in modeling it every day. My sincerest hope for all of you, as you continue into this new year and embark on a new semester, is that you are creating the college experience that you want by investing time and energy to make it everything you desire it to be. Remember that we are all here to support you. Have a great semester!

Massachusetts ranks 50th For Pet Ownership

VIA AVMA NEWS The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recently released its U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook, which revealed that Massachusetts ranks 50th out of 50 for pet ownership with 50.4 percent of households owning a pet. In 2006, which was the last time the AVMA put together the sourcebook, Massachusetts again made the bottom 10 list of pet owners, ranking 47th with 50.7 percent of households owning a pet. Massachusetts also ranked in the bottom 10 for dog ownership in 2011 with the lowest dog ownership of any U.S. state. The survey is conducted by the AVMA every five years and always includes a breakdown of pet ownership by state. The most recent survey, conducted in 2012 but based on December 31, 2011 numbers, reveals that the top 10 pet-own-

ing states are: Vermont where 70.8 percent of households owned a pet, New Mexico with 67.6 percent, South Dakota with 65.6 percent, Oregon with 63.6 percent, Maine with 62.9 percent, Washington with 62.7 percent, Arkansas with 62.4 percent, West Virginia with 62.1 percent, Idaho with 62 percent, and Wyoming with 61.8 percent.

The 10 states in 2011 with the lowest percentage of pet-owning households are: Rhode Island where 53 percent of households owned a pet, Minnesota with 53 percent, California with 52.9 percent, Maryland with 52.3 percent, Illinois with 51.8 percent, Nebraska with 51.3 percent, Utah with 51.2 percent, New Jersey with 50.7 percent, New York with 50.6 percent, and Massachusetts with 50.4 per-

cent. The District of Columbia had a far lower rate of pet ownership at 21.9 percent. Top/Bottom Dog Owning States

The Sourcebook reveals that the states with the most dog owners in 2011 are: Arkansas where 47.9 percent of households owned a dog, New

Mexico with 46 percent, Kentucky with 45.9 percent, Missouri with 45.9 percent, West Virginia with 45.8 percent, Mississippi with 45.2 percent, Alabama with 44.1 percent, Tennessee with 44.1 percent, Texas with 44 percent, and Oklahoma with 43.2 percent. The bottom 10 states in 2011 for dog ownership are: Illinois where 32.4 percent of households owned a dog, New Jersey with 32.4 percent, Minnesota with 31.9 percent, Maryland with 30.8 percent, New Hampshire with 30.3 percent, Utah with 29.4 percent, Rhode Island with 29.3 percent, New York with 29 percent, Connecticut with 28.3 percent, and Massachusetts with 23.6 percent. The District of Columbia had far lower dog ownership than any state with 13.1 percent. Top/Bottom Cat Owning States

The 2011 top 10 states with the most cat-owning households are: Vermont where 49.5 percent owned a cat, Maine with 46.4 percent, Oregon with 40.2 percent, South Dakota with 39.1 percent, Washington with 39 percent, West Virginia with 38.1 percent, Kentucky with 36.8 percent, Idaho with 34.6 CONTINUED ON PAGE 14

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The Cassette Revolution? BY CHRIS RICCI As a society, we have progressed substantially in the past 30 or so years. We are all connected on an invisible network that allows us to send information in the blink of an eye, we can chat with a person in another country face-to-face as if we are in the same room with them, and we can download hundreds of thousands of albums in a matter of moments. Despite all this, a debate rages on about whether or not all this progress is really all its cooked up to be and if, after careful consideration, we would benefit by taking a few steps back in time and embrace the “old” way of doing things. Exactly two years ago, I wrote an article about how the effort to regress back to cassette tapes was a “futile” effort, and even ended my article by stating “The only way to fight the download culture is to focus more effort into legal downloading, not by dusting off the old cassette deck.” The article pointed out some tragic flaws in the median itself, ranging from the physical structure of cassette tapes, the lack of Walkmen, and fidelity issues in the audio quality. It’s safe to say now that these labels have figured out ways to curb these obvious flaws as well as adding some things that actually make the idea of the cassette resurgence worthwhile. One thing that should be painfully obvious is the fact that you really can’t buy cassettes in stores that actually hold music. Sure, you might strike it big in some old-school record store or an old curiosity shop, but you’d be pressed to find cassettes with recorded tracks on them in major chain music

stores or any place worth their salt to sell CD’s. Just because they aren’t sold doesn’t mean the means to make a cassette doesn’t exist. In fact, it’s a hell of a lot cheaper to mass produce cassette tapes than it is to make CD’s. It costs about half as much to make 50 locked cas-

sette tapes (around $1.24) than it does to make about 50 hi-fi compact discs (around $3.21) and this includes a printed insert, printed label on the

This begs the question: what about the download culture? How are the labels that are currently producing cassette tapes dealing with that?

disc/tape, and the case to house it in. Remember the days you would play your favorite tape in your family car’s tapedeck and leave it in there for days on end without thinking twice about hot parking lots, cold winter nights, or the fact that you listened to the same song over 50 times in the span of two weeks? Remember the disappointment you had when the music began to slow down and sound evil due to the excessive stress? Of course you do! That was one of the major turnoffs to the medium and served as one of the nails in the cassette coffin. The plastic used to actually house the tapes is now considerably thicker than their 90’s and 80’s counterparts and are now specifically treated to prevent against weather and stress damage. Now, in theory, you could leave your tape in the hot car without fearing that your favorite song will suddenly change from a two minute jam to a six minute drone song. Cassette players and walkmen are now considerably cheaper. Initially, production on these devices was put on hold, but the companies realized that there’s still a market for portable radios. As opposed to re-designing the walkman to just be exclusively radio, most companies decided to keep the model that is capable of cassette play and mass produce it again. Now, if you feel so inclined, you can by a handheld cassette player for around $10. This, clearly, is a lot cheaper than an iPod and pretty much any other multimedia device. Plus, you get a radio; so if you’re getting tired of the same old song, just switch to FM.

Well, for starters, copying over a cassette to digital isn’t as easy as burning a CD or ripping a vinyl record. This doesn’t mean it’s impossible to do so; it’s just difficult, and can prove to be rather tedious for someone who wishes to split the track and make sense of the album. Also, every label that does do a cassette release offers a high-quality .flac, apple lossless, or .mp3 download of the entire album as free add-on. On the surface, this does sound rather odd and seems to be a backwards way to prevent against piracy. The labels curve this by making the cassette tapes collectable; limiting their quantity, hand numbering them, and having the musicians sign them. Not bad for a mere $10 investment, especially if you love the band that’s releasing the cassette. So, sure, you can download the album and listen to it, but for the real fans, the collectability of these releases is not only overwhelming, but also entirely reasonable cost-wise. Joyful Noise Recordings is a record label that is a strong supporter in the idea of cassette releases. An independent label based out of Indianapolis and founded in 2003, Joyful Noise recently remarked that their two highest selling products of last year were vinyl records and cassette tapes. Of course, an initial thought is that since they’re an independent label then none of the bands are remotely popular and this would furthermore explain why the sales were so oddly skewed. However, Joyful Noise is the home of indie giants Deerhoof, Don Caballero, of Montreal, and

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stands at 23-35 and it's Kid's Day at Fenway Park, isn’t that nice? Not so fast! Fenway Park in 1997 was a lot different than today. Back then; there were no monster seats, right field roof seats, no endless promotions, commercials, and no Wally… Until today. A near sellout crowd of 32,000 (which would still be counted as a sellout today by today’s mis-management) were on hand for Kid's Day where two folks dressed as Bert and Ernie danced on the field prior to the game to a smattering of boos from the crowd. The coordinators of the event then grabbed the mic prior to the game and formally introduced “the green monster living in the green monster” Wally to another chorus of boos. The big, goofy looking Wally was the team’s new mascot which aggravated the fans since the team needed a

Ballgame" to THUNDEROUS boos from the crowd. Yes, the crowd BOOING Wally during his debut, it happened. Also, in the month and a half following the Bruins firing Kasper, they hired former successful Montreal head honcho Pat Burns. Two weeks after today’s Red Sox game, the Bruins front office picked Joe Thornton and Sergei Samsonov in the entry draft. The Celtics hired college czar Rick Pitino, who replaced the entire front office, coaching staff, and even people in marketing... Only to miss out on Tim Duncan in the draft a few weeks later. More bad luck in Boston! Such was life during 1997. The Patriots were still a laughingstock in the NFL, the Bruins and the Celtics had fallen on hard times, and Red Sox fans were a rowdy, unforgiving bunch. Let’s get out of here before someone steals

Look at this man, is there any wonder the Celtics won only 15 games in 1997 with him playing significant minutes?

number 1 starter, not a mascot. After the shenanigans were over, the Sox went on to pound the Cleveland Indians 12-6 thanks to offensive firepower from John Valentin and Wil Cordero. Before the game was over, there was still the 7th inning stretch. The coordinators, Bert and Ernie, brought Wally back where they all sang "Take Me Out To The

the Delorean. Good thing we brought that extra plutonium, otherwise you’d have to wait 5 years before someone finally won a championship. Back to the future we go to 2013 where it is safe to be a Patriots fan, the Sox fans don’t boo their mascots (although they should boo their front office), and the NHL lock-out is finally over... Great Scott!


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For Your Pleasure

Roxy Music’s Opus 40 Years Later

BY CHRIS RICCI The opening track on Roxy Music’s sophomore album “For Your Pleasure” proudly boasts that “there’s a new sensation/A fabulous creation.” Despite the fact that those words are now forty years old, the crisp and fresh musical styling’s have stood the test of time and, upon multiple re-listens, sounds like a brand new sensation each time. Roxy Music formed in England in 1971 and featured Phil Manzanera on guitar, Andrew Mackay on the saxophone, Paul Thompson on drums, John Porter on bass, Brian Eno on synths, and Bryan Ferry on vocals. Despite being marketed as a rock band in their early years, Roxy Music were one of the frontrunners of the glamrock movement with David Bowie and T-Rex and are also hailed as one of the first bands to employ the ideas of New Wave rock-and-roll as well. Their eponymous first album was released in 1972 to very strong reviews and were almost immediately rushed into the studio to work on a follow-up release. After a few months in the studio, “For Your Pleasure” was released in early 1973 to strong reviews and is often regarded as the finest album released by Roxy Music. The first track, “Do The Strand” was one of their first songs to feature the now classic Roxy Music horn styling’s. Without a proper introduction or any sort-of build-up, the song opens to Bryan Ferry’s crooner-esq

vocals and a cascading string of saxophones and guitars that is almost overwhelming. Even though the lyrics suggest that the titular “Strand” is some sortof dance, the cynicism of Ferry’s lyrics make it very clear that this seemingly up-beat pop tune is, in fact, a scathing criticism against capitalism and smoking “Strand” cigarettes. This mix of chaotic horns and deeply intellectual lyrics forms the basis for the rest of the album. Despite the overbearing quality of the horns at points, Manzanera still stands out as the strongest player in the entire group. His deeply distorted guitar effects carry the rest of the band through the up-beat proto-punk “Editions of You,” the deeply introspective “Grey Lagoons,” and the nearly ten minute long experimental nonsense that forms “The Bogus Man.” An important factor of this album comes through the production work provided by Brian Eno. Though not credited, his influence is clear. Eno, a notable non-musician, has since gone on to produce albums by U2, Coldplay, David Bowie, and hundreds of others and is regarded as one of the greatest living producers. The soundscapes and noise created by Eno adds to the atmosphere of the entire album and gives the band a necessary bite to their instrumentation. After this album, Eno left the group due to irreconcilable differences with Ferry but it’s safe to say that Eno can rest easy knowing that Roxy Music never really reached the CONTINUED ON PAGE 14

Boston Cello Quartet Releases Innovative Debut Album BY BECKI COOPER When four members of the prestigious Boston Symphony Orchestra first decided to form a cello quartet, they simply wanted to play good music with a unique twist. The four influential cellists who comprise the Boston Cello Quartet, Blaise Dejardin, Adam Esbensen, Mihail Jojatu, and Alexandre Lecarme, began with beloved staples in classical music, but they quickly expanded their repertoire to include jazz, tango, and comic medleys that include music from movies and video games. Their diverse playlist as well as their fresh style, quickly drew an international following on the music scene. This ranged from BSO season ticket holders, to modern music lovers who had never set foot in a chamber music performance. “When we began collaborating, we collectively decided that we wanted to do something a bit different than what you’d expect from a classical music group,” said quartet member, Adam Esbensen. “We quickly discovered that our sound and style drew in a diverse audience of all ages and musical tastes.” Since their collaboration began three years ago, the quartet has opened for the Grammy-award winning band “Train,” recorded a soundtrack for the video game “Of Orcs and

Birth Date

Pictured Above: The members of Roxy Music circa 1973

Pictured Above: The members of The Boston Cello Quartet (Photo Credits to Jesse Weiner)

Men” for the Xbox 360, and has performed countless engagements in Boston, New England, and New York City. Now, the Boston Cello Quartet releases its debut album, “Pictures.” The album features unique arrangements of classic pieces as well as original compositions written specifically for the quartet. It also features their signature, yet playful style that stretches the stylistic and musical range of the cello. As quartet member Blaise Dejardin acknowledged, “there isn’t a whole lot out there in regards to repertoire for cello quartets, so this allowed us the opportunity to write our own arrangements and have fun with it.” The Boston Cello Quartet’s debut album “Pictures” will be released on

Tuesday, February 5th and will be available on iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby. For more information on the Boston Cello Quartet members or to arrange interviews, please contact Becki Cooper at Becki@RebeccaAdele.com or via phone at 440-227-8794. Photography is available upon request. The Boston Cello Quartet was founded in January 2010 by four cellists of the Boston Symphony Orchestra: Blaise Dejardin, Adam Esbensen, Mihail Jojatu and Alexandre Lecarme. The group performs a wide repertoire ranging from classical music to jazz, tango, contemporary works and even comic medleys. For more information visit www.bostoncelloquartet.com.

Celebrity Birthdays

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Anthony Harris’ Top 10 Albums of 2012 (10) The Tallest Man On Earth: There’s No Leaving Now Kristian Matsson may not be the tallest man on Earth, but he is without a doubt one of the finest fingerpicking guitarists on the planet. The Swedish virtuoso has performed under the moniker The Tallest Man on Earth since 2006, and his third LP “There’s No Leaving Now” was one of the year’s most intimate and lovingly-produced guitar albums. Sounding like a fresh-faced Dylan

circa 1965, Matsson weaves a tapestry of beautiful sound that will take your imagination to far-off places. Witness the heart-stopping voice breaks on “Leading Me Now” and the subtle use of melody on the galloping “1904.”

(9) Air Traffic Controller: Nordo

The first time I heard the machinegun drums and ecstatic violin that open ”Hurry, Hurry,” I knew the band responsible had something special. Turns out it was a group from my own backyard - Air Traffic Controller, the brainchild of reallife Navy ATC and Boston native Dave Munro. The buzz-worthy quartet dropped their sophomore LP Nordo in June and delivered a plethora of uber-catchy indie.

Songs like “The Work” and “Any Way” combine the fun-loving bounce of GROUPLOVE with the evocative, deeply personal lyrics of The Lumineers. I was lucky enough to chat with ATC at 92.5 The River’s Music Matters concert in August, and found them to be super-cool people who genuinely love what they do. One of my fondest memories of 2012 for sure.

(8) Jack White: Blunderbuss It’s hard to believe an artist as prolific and talented as Jack White had yet to release a solo album coming into 2012. All that changed when the White Stripes/Raconteurs frontman and Dead Weather drummer dropped Blunderbuss in April. I’m far from an expert on the White canon, but from what I’ve heard of his repertoire, the album’s stunning diversity and heavy blues influences seem right at home for the

37-year-old guitar whiz. From the rockabilly swing of “Shakin’” to the towering riffs and half-crazed vocals on “Sixteen Saltines,” Blunderbuss is a rollicking good time from start to finish.

(7) Father John Misty: Fear Fun Between 2005 and 2010, Baltimore native Joshua Tillman released seven solo records - albums that, in his own words, “nobody listened to and nobody cared about.” Well buck up, J., ‘cause people sure are listening now. Buoyed by a fouryear stint drumming for Fleet Foxes, Tillman, now performing as Father John Misty, wowed critics and listeners alike with his April release Fear Fun. While the album retains much of the earthy, baroque-

pop sound he helped create with Fleet Foxes, it also showcases Tillman’s gifts as a singer, guitarist, and songwriter. Album standout “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings” is both gut-wrenching and beautiful, with morose lyrics and haunting vocals that will leave you breathless..

(6) The Lumineers: The Lumineers Hearing a great song from a new band is always fun, but what’s really rewarding is to dig a little deeper and find the rest of the band’s music to be just as good. If you had a pulse in 2012, you likely heard the ubiquitous “Ho Hey” from Denver folk trio The Lumineers. Their selftitled debut is chock full of rich, vibrant folk anthems just waiting to be sung around a campfire. There is palpable chemistry among these

three musicians, with Wesley Schultz’s twangy voice perfectly complementing Neyla Pekarek’s regal cello and Jeremiah Fraites’s energetic drumming. From the wistful mandolin melancholy of “Charlie Boy” to the thundering drums and lively keys of “Submarines,” the album is a modern folk masterpiece.

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(5) Beach House: Bloom

It took me a while to fully grasp the genius of Beach House’s sultry, ethereal dream-pop, but when I finally did, Bloom revealed itself to be a work of stunning innovation and textured genius. The Maryland duo, comprised of Victoria LeGrand (vocals/keys) and Alex Scally (guitar/bass/keys/vocals), had one of the year’s best-reviewed albums with their 4th LP. There is a wonderfully mystical aura to the band’s shimmering songs, and LeGrand’s voice has a supernatural, penetrating quality you’ll be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. Check out the hypnotic keys and guitar-heavy crescendo on “Myth” for a taste of what LeGrand and Scally do best.

(4) Fun.: Some Nights

If there were ever a time for a band like fun. to come along, this was it. The colorful indie pop trio exploded onto the national scene in early 2012 with the anthemic “We Are Young,” featuring the angelic voice of Janelle Monáe. Their story could have ended there, but the rousing war cry “Some Nights” was an equally big smash and proved that these dudes are here to stay. There is a wealth of aural delights and stylish touches spread across the album’s twelve songs, from the harpsichord intro to “All Alone” to the machine-gun drums and feather-light synths on the charging ”It Gets Better.” After years of dour news, it’s refreshing to have a band around which we can all rally, one that embodies the timeless ideals of optimism, camaraderie, and hope. No doubt fun. will continue to carry this torch for years to come.

(3) Cloud Nothings: Attack On Memory

With a pummeling guitar-driven sound and a heaviness rarely heard in the indie realm, Cloud Nothings’s musical palette is a potent mix of hook-laden punk and wall-of-sound post-hardcore intensity. Not many bands can so deftly switch between unchecked aggression (“Wasted Days”), wailing despair (“No Future/No Past”), and celebratory anthems (“Fall In”) at the drop of a hat, but this brash young quartet does so with ease. Singer/guitarist and founding member Dylan Baldi went from tinkering on GarageBand in his parents’ basement to fronting a Pitchfork-approved band in a few short years. See there, kids? Dreams do come true!

(2) Sleeper Agent: Celabrasion

Sleeper Agent, straight out of Bowling Green, Kentucky, was one of my first great finds of 2012. The jittery, fun-loving video for the raucous “Get It Daddy” instantly grabbed my attention when I first saw it, and the rest of Celabrasion is just as infectious, brimming with huge vocal hooks, crunchy power chords, and boundless enthusiasm. From the simmering energy and stadium-sized chorus of “Force A Smile” to the prowling, down-and-dirty crawl of ”Some White Blinds,” the indie sextet has found a way to distill pure, unadulterated joy in audio form. After being named a “Band to Watch” by Rolling Stone, performing on Jimmy Fallon, and opening for fun. and Weezer, Sleeper Agent is poised to reach even greater heights in 2013.

(1) GROUPLOVE: Never Trust A Happy Song

From the shimmering dream pop of “Slow” to the pitch-perfect anthem ”Itchin’ On A Photograph,” there’s something for everyone on Never Trust A Happy Song, the debut album from L.A. indie act GROUPLOVE. And even with such a kaleidoscope of styles and influences, the LP is consistently exciting in ways few other releases can claim. The group combines the sunny outlook of GIVERS with the party aesthetic of Walk the Moon, creating music that is both inviting and highly relevant. It’s hard not to like the playful bass line and tropical vibe on “Lovely Cup” or the laid back stoner-rock groove of “Naked Kids.” Elsewhere, “Spun” is a full-on dance-punk jamboree à la Two Door Cinema Club, while the tender vocals and beautiful guitar on “Cruel and Beautiful World” show a depth and sincerity behind all the shenanigans. In short, Happy Song bowled me over when I first heard it, and subsequent listens revealed a richly textured and wonderfully eclectic album, one worthy to be called the best of 2012.


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CREATIVE

WRITING

12.12.2012 Journal 12.12.12—Wednesday morning.

BY ROZI THEOHARI

(As an Albanian daughter – remembering 11.28.2012, Our celebrating the 100th anniversary of Albanian independence From Ottoman five centuries’ occupation. A special supplement of the NY Daily News. Thanks, America!)

12.12.12—a cold sun in my balcony- seasonably chilly (Boston 40/32) A high pressure ridge across New England. 12.12.12—The right thoughtful number of twelve: the “twelves”: year’s 12 moons/months; 12 disciples; 12 tribes of Israel; the Christ’s 12th month of birth; December 12, Our Lady of Guadalupe; Twelfth Day (Night) of Baptism; ancient Olympia had 12 gods in its Pantheon; 12 Imams of Shia Moslems; the number 12 appears in Hinduism, etc., and 12.12.12—A m a g i c d a y ! The last repeating-number date of the century! 12.12.12—Number “12” in Chinese symbolizes “love” Thousands of weddings in Las Vegas, On Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 12 o clock—in pink limousines To say “I do” at Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapels, By couples from America, Australia, England, the Netherlands and Sweden: “The wedding event of the century” (“To make it easier for husbands to remember!”) —Boston newborn baby at 12:12 on 12.12.12 At Massachusetts General Hospital, Both Noelle Joy Klinker and mom Colleen, Like St. Mary and the child, pictured in the METRO. 12.12.12—In China, triplets were born! 12.12.12—In NYC Rockefeller Plaza—the girls Kathy and Holly Celebrated their 12th birthdays. The same—triplets turning 12, today, in NYC From the NY Studio TODAY—12.12.12. Jenna Bush, President Bush’ s daughter, Announced her first pregnancy! (Her happy parents congratulated her via screen phones)

12.12.12—Concert in New York, in Madison Square Garden: Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney,The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Kanye West, Alicia Keys, etc., (listings at 121212.com) Perform a benefit for superstorm Sandy victims Watched by 2 billion people around the world. 12.12.12—Masses for World Peace In Auckland—New Zealand. 12.12.12—Today, in Rome, Italy, at 12:00, Pope Benedict XVI delivers his first tweet, (His Tweeter account has more than half a million followers)

12.12.12—12 days before Christmas Shopping, decorating, cooking…enthusiasm for parties… 12.12.12—Enter your holiday decorations To win a Macy’s gift card! (The marvelous tradition of Macys. com) 12.12.12—North Korea launches rocket— Raising nuclear arms’ stakes—Koreans in euphoria! (The United States’ reaction!)

12.12.12—President Obama said the US would recognize A coalition of Syrian opposition groups. 12.12.12—White House wins support for its plan To raise taxes on the wealthy. 12.12.12—“Forecasting Wall Street with a finger in the wind” 12.12.12—In Euro Zone, challenging London As the Continent’s financial capital.

12.12.12—Daniel Day-Lewis’ performance Earned one of 13 nominations for “Lincoln,” the film. 12.12.12—Yahoo rolled new versions of its popular Web e-mail 12.12.12—VMware revolutionized the data center with virtualization. 12.12.12—A number to remember: the world’s sportiest Best players will wear “12” 12.12.12—The last triple-digit date of the century: 12-12-12. Not until 3001! Another 989 years! (How many chances at the World Series?) 12.12.12—“Have fun!...Twelve-Twelve-Twelve…” —The speakers scream From radio broadcasts of the planet… (A small world!) This year to be thankful for 2012 London Olympics, For elections, for dreams dreamed, for humanity… Never fear the December 2012 apocalypse… In the air, Pavaroti’s “Ave Maria” “Gratia plena”—“Santa Maria” of Johann Sebastian Bach Never to die…

12.12.12—Today at 12:12 in the blue Boston sky Through sun shining rays—jet planes Lay down thick white puffy contrails Drawing twelve big “X’s” on the Atlantic’ s dome Crossing out 2012—a message Guiding Earth and its unrest to the Universe For peace, healing, happiness, prosperity, joy, truth, For glory of nature…for undying love of human for human… AL-LE-LUI-A!...


Hospital Horror

BY ANONYMOUS

The tube, thin and translucent Protrudes from his brain. A leech clenched Attached permanently, Its mouth embedded, Slowly siphoning his very essence Blood orange dribble Digesting, depositing the mind’s flesh Into a plastic abdomen. Artificial artery to the mind, Two beings now one, breeding Unsynchronized heartbeats.

The Only Expression I Know

BY ANONYMOUS

Feeling like the cat’s whiskers over here. Confusion came bearing his long coat patterned with many pockets. Into one he tucked your mind, into another he hid my heart. Strode away with it still beating. On legs like stilts he vanished, left me as an abandoned mug of tea. (A tea cup is too vulnerable.)

I drifted away from the television set to equally oppressive window panes. Caught in a glare stuck to glass, obscuring views. Maybe it’s because it feels better to hurt, the umbrella has a leak and the sun tan lotion has expired. I opened my hand to the night, pushed my arm right into the darkness, tried to touch that distance. I pulled out something that looked remarkably like last year’s train schedule. I thought: you shouldn’t buy roses before choosing a time and place. Roses won’t last that long.

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Lady Avamay (Princess Many Hugs) Happy Birthday! BY BEATRECE VARGA

God has gifted us with special ones The gift that He crafted them with is joy. Some call them unwanted, a chore…a burden. If only we could see beyond our own simple minds Maybe we would understand the gift, the joy…the blessings these very special angels are. These children considered so simple view the world and life exactly as we should… they see and experience the simplicity of wonder child-like joy and love unfettered by the bonds that we struggle with. Their laughter is contagious. Their love knows no bounds. Their wonder is beauty in its purest form. If only we could see the world through their eyes…their hearts maybe love and joy would be much more important to us than success and the unsatisfied feeling of needing more!

Weary In Body; Strong in Spirit BY BEATRECE VARGA

I may feel weary in body, due to continual attack, but let me assure you, dear fiends and family, that though I may be weary in body I am strong in Spirit. This time I am not fighting by myself, due to my own past refusal to lean on God. The Spirit has been fighting for and by me. What I lack in my own strength God has more than made up for with His.

I will not quit nor give in, because I gave it all to Him.

He sustains my soul and gets me through despite the things Satan may do.

My hope and praise to Him I lift, which I believe has been a gift. The enemy may howl and yell, but you will not find me in hell.

My home is with the Lord above who sustains me with His grace and love. Though sometimes I will fight and fall, To God for help I'll always call. He loved me 'fore my knee did bend and He'll sustain me till the end. He always keeps such perfect time, although sometimes I wish were mine, He always sees what I do not, and in His eyes I'm not forgot.

He waits on me with patient love, that I may turn to Him above. And so I KNOW that He alone, will guide, protect and bring me home.


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Club News

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Club Directory

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Join Program Council!

THIS GROUP PLANS AND COORDINATES A VARIETY OF SOCIAL, CULTURAL, AND ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMS FOR THE ENTIRE COLLEGE COMMUNITY. PAST ACTIVITIES HAVE INCLUDED AIR BRUSH T-SHIRTS, PSYCHIC READINGS, AND MASSAGE THERAPY. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT VICTORIA PASCIUTO AT (978) 762-4000 X5471 OR VPASCIUT@NORTHSHORE.EDU.

QSA Spring 2013 Meetings

All are welcome DB208/LW307 from 2-3:30pm Jan 28, Feb 11, 25, Mar 11, 25, Apr 8, 22, May 6

The Queer Straight Alliance is a North Shore Community College special interest club composed of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and straight allied students. This club makes an impact through community service and enriched education by celebrating differences amongst students, faculty, and staff. The Queer Straight Alliance is designed for members interested in social change through gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer education and resources at NSCC.

A Call For Participants! The Spring Production of “365 Days/ 365 Plays”

On November 13, 2002, Suzan-Lori Parks got an idea to write a play every day for a year. She began that very day, finishing one year later. The result is an extraordinary testament to artistic commitment. This spring the PAC presents a varied selection from this inspiring and incomparable play cycle. And we hope that you will join us!

Participation in the project is open to everyone in the college community. You must be able to commit to the performance run, May 2 – 4, 2013; and you must be able to attend at least two rehearsal periods per week until tech week. No experience is necessary! If you have always wanted to participate in a dramatic production, here is your opportunity!

OPEN CALL AUDITION / INFORMATION MEETING TIMES ARE AS FOLLOWS:

IN LYNN: Wednesday, February 6 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., LW-223 Thursday, February 7 from 3:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., LW-203

IN DANVERS: Monday, February 11 from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m., M/S-109 Tuesday, February 12 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., M/S-123

Please join us for at any time during the meeting times to find out more information about this exciting new PAC project! You may also contact Matthew Woods at x 6228, or matwoods@northshore.edu

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Math & Writing Lab Lynn x6254 Danvers x5417 Hawthorne x1544

Computer Lab Lynn x6296 Danvers x5569

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Lynn (781) 477-2133 Danvers (978) 762-4000 x.5526

Book Store

Lynn (781) 477-2127 Danvers (978) 762-4046

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Casette Revolution Continued from Page 7

Pictured Above: Joyful Noise musician Kishi Bashi

local rock legends Dinosaur Jr. The label proudly boasts a lineup of over a two dozen musicians, all of which have released cassettes recently, and are adding more musicians on an almost daily basis. Does this mean that we need to collectively get together and buy cassette players as a means to prepare for a new analogue revolution? Not really. Here’s the thing; there will always be a market for novelty items that adhere to a certain fandom, there will always be a market for high-fidelity, and there will always be a market that just wants to hear the music. Since

we are burrowed so deep within our download culture, it’s not likely that we will all collectively get together and suddenly stop streaming and buying music digitally. It’s simple to the point where listening to a song is almost effortless, and the idea of actually working to listen to music is rather archaic. However, those who really love a band will probably do anything they can to make sure they keep releasing music, even if it means dusting off the old walkman and spinning a tape or two.

Pet Ownership Continued from Page 6

percent, Indiana with 34.4 percent, and New Hampshire with 34.2 percent. Conversely, the bottom 10 states with the lowest rate of cat-owning households in 2011 are: California where 28.3 percent of households owned a cat, South Carolina with 27.8 percent, Rhode Island with 27.6 percent, Alabama with 27.4 percent, Florida with 27.3 percent, Georgia with 27.3 percent, Illinois with 26.3 percent, Louisiana with 25.9 percent, New Jersey with 25.3 percent, and Utah with 24.6 percent. The District of Columbia, once again, had by far the lowest rate of cat ownership with 11.6 percent. “This report reveals a tremendous amount of information about pets and their owners across the country; what’s constant and what has changed. One of the most important parameters that we look at is how well pet owners are doing at keeping their pets healthy,” says Dr. Douglas G. Aspros, president of the AVMA. “Unfortunately, the report reveals that fewer dogs and cats are seeing the veterinarian regularly, and that’s something that the AVMA and every companion animal veterinarian are concerned about. Pet owners across the country need to remember to bring their pets into the veterinarian – at least once a year – to maintain optimal health.” The report indicates that, between 2006 and 2011,

the percentage of households that made no trips at all to the veterinarian increased by 8 percent for dog owners and a staggering 24 percent for cat owners. Overall, about 81 percent of dog owning households made at least one visit to the veterinarian in 2011, down 1.7 percent from 2006. The decrease for cat owners was, once again, much higher, as only 55.1 percent of cat owners made at least one visit to the veterinarian in 2011, down 13.5 percent from 2006.

The U.S. Pet Ownership and Demographics Sourcebook offers a great deal of information on pet ownership, trends and veterinary care. It’s available free to journalists and is for sale on the AVMA website. For more information about the AVMA or to obtain a copy of the U.S. Pet Ownership and Demographics Sourcebook, visit www.avma.org.

The AVMA, founded in 1863, is one of the oldest and largest veterinary medical organizations in the world, with more than 82,500 member veterinarians worldwide engaged in a wide variety of professional activities.

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same instrumental prowess that they did with his final album with the band. Bryan Ferry’s voice has a particular quality that makes it almost instantly recognizable. His tone is relatively low and has a crooner quality similar to that of David Bowie and Scott Walker. However, his voice has a unique shakiness to it that makes it serve as less of a vocal component to the band and more of an instrument. The best case for this is the second track “Beauty Queen” where his vocals are mixed with a distorted shaky synthesizer and a consistent drum-beat similar to that of a slow dance song. The song survives only because of his voice which, while shaking and consistently changing in pitch, acts almost like a guitar. In honesty, it’s hard to really pinpoint why his voice is significant and how it works with the music. It’s truly something to behold. Unfortunately for the music world, Roxy Music have not released an album since 1982’s ”Avalon.” This being said, the importance of their music is far from forgotten.

The album artwork for Roxy Music’s “For Your Pleasure”

Brian Eno and Bryan Ferry have both released an impressive amount of solo albums, and continue to do so to this day. Phil Manazanera and Andrew Mackay have both continued to work in the music industry as very successful touring and session musicians from various

groups since the late 70s. It’s safe to say that, despite 40 years, the musicians (much like the album) haven’t lost touch and are still as significant today as they were in the 70’s.


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Alumni Corner Kevin Amon ‘09

NSCC Scholarships helps students and graduates pursure their dreams!

BY SANDRA ROCHON ALUMNI COORDINATOR

NSCC scholarships are helping Kevin Amon pursue his goal of becoming a cardiologist. Kevin left his home on the Ivory Coast of Africa to come to the US to follow his dream. He enrolled at North Shore Community College where academic excellence and volunteerism earned him a foundation scholarship to help him complete an associate degree in Liberal Studies.

Upon graduation Kevin applied for and was awarded an NSCC Alumni Association Scholarship to help him continue his education at Brandeis University. He completed his bachelor of science in chemistry at Brandeis and is currently preparing for his medical school entrance exams.

Kevin is well on his way to fulfilling his dream and continues to keep in touch with NSCC, saying in a recent email “I miss you all- professors and staff who played a major role in my education and success. I will never forget that”.

Pictured above: Kevin Amon

Do you need money to continue your education? NSCC can help!

Every year North Shore Community College awards Foundation scholarships to students who are continuing an NSCC certificate or degree program here, as well as Alumni Scholarships to our grads (2013 or prior year grad) who are continuing on to a 4-year school. Eligibility information and applications are available now in the Institutional Advancement Office located in DB 325/330, Student Support and Financial Aid offices in Lynn and Danvers, as well as online on the NSCC webpage. Application deadline is March 4, 2013.

For alumni scholarship info contact Sandy Rochon (978)762-4000, ext 5481 or srochon@northshore.edu.

Foundation Scholarships For 2013 Are now available!

If you have earned 9 credits at NSCC already and will register for 6 credits in the Fall of 2013 then you are eligible to apply for an NSCC Foundation Scholarship to help pay for classes for Fall 2013. These scholarships are supported by private donors, local businesses and corporations so they are separate from state and federal aid. The deadline for applications is March 4, 2013. If you are chosen to receive a scholarship, you MUST be available to attend the scholarship breakfast on the morning of May 16, 2013, from 7:30-9:00 am in order to meet your donor and receive the financial award.

Pictured center is Angela Panevino, nurse education student, the recipient of the Danielle Yagjian Memorial Scholarship. Angela was one of the many Foundation Scholarship recipients

Applications will be emailed to each registered student in February 2013, and also posted on the website in January 2013 to print out directly from your computers. You can also pick up an application at any of the Student Support centers or the Development Office in Danvers, room DB-324. You may return the application, personal statement and letter of recommendation to NSCC’s Development Office, Danvers Berry Building; Student Support Centers or Financial Aid Offices. For further information, contact Teresa Lord, NSCC Development Office: 978-739-5502.


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