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MARCH 2013

• A MONTHLY PUBLICATION FOR THE STUDENTS OF NORTH SHORE COMMUNITY COLLEGE, DANVERS, LYNN, & BEVERLY, MASSACHUSETTS • •READ THE PENNON ONLINE AT: NORTHSHORE.EDU/PENNON•

DR. ELIZABETH WILLIAMS

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THE NEW LYNN

CAMPUS BUILDING

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What Would My Teacher Do?

HOPE FOR YOUR

FEAR OF INJECTIONS

THE WALKING

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DEAD

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GANGNAM STYLE

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STUDENT SOUGHT TO SERVE ON

PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH COMMITTEE

BY DR. LLOYD HOLMES DEAN OF STUDENTS

LINDA BRANTLEY DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS AND NEW MEDIA Plans are underway to form the Search Committee that will help select the next President of North Shore Community College. In January, President Wayne Burton announced that he will be retiring at the end of July, 2013. The college’s Board of Trustees is charged with the responsibility of appointing an institution’s President subject to the approval of the Board of Higher Education. BHE guidelines mandate that the search committee be comprised of between 9-13 members, with a minimum of three Trustees and at least one representative from each of the major campus constituencies (student, faculty, AND

Ben Stein, Ferris Beuler’s Day Off` sciousness prevents me from BY LYDIA WAHL, approaching my resources in EDITOR IN CHEIF their human form. So I’m When you’re passionusing this column to keep from ate about something, you idealfalling over my words to ask ly start with a lot of curiosity. teachers what they would do if You want to ask all the little they were in a student's place. questions that pop into your I’ll ask a different question mind to the experienced profesevery issue to a department in sor at the front of the classroom. the school. What would you Teachers are one of our greatest ask? Send your questions to resources during college.They pennon@northshore.edu. Next have been where we are and issue will be a question to the stuck with it and made it their Science Department: “What life. If you’re passionate about was your most amazing scientifthe same topic as them you ic experience?” would find this admirable and intimidating. My self conCONTINUED ON PAGE 4

President Wayne Burton professional staff, non-unit staff is now providing the opportunity for members of the college and classified staff). The community to express interest Commissioner of Higher in being appointed to the comEducation will also have an mittee. One student will be appointee. The chair of the search committee will be desigselected to serve. If you are nated by the Board of Trustees interested, please submit your from among the Trustee memname for consideration via the bers of the search committee. below. This link is also being The Board, through sent to students via their North Vice President Madeline Wallis, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Submit your name for consideration to: https://nsccir.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9mYau5JiZZEfitv.

PUSH THE SKY AWAY

BY CHRIS RICCI About midway through the ethereal and oddly titled track “We Real Cool,” an low and dissonant voice bellows “Wikipedia is heaven when you don't want to remember any more.” A seemingly random homage to the internet as we see it now is just one of many references that 55 year old Nick Cave has made since the advent of his musical career in1971. Over 40 years of relevancy has lead us to his 15th album with his most well-regarded band The Bad Seeds, and despite the lapse in time, the voice and attitude hasn’t aged as much as the

AN ALBUM MADE FOR THE ARTIST HIMSELF

man himself. “Push The Sky Away” is certainly something that Nick Cave would produce; the cinematic quality of the production reflects not only the mind behind it, but also intensifies the deep and introspective lyrical ambience that acts as glue to hold the thing together. However, the album is, arguably, a gigantic leap in a different artistic direction that

didn’t exist in Cave’s mind for the past seven years. Nick’s last “downtrodden” album with The Bad Seeds was released in 2005 to widespread critical acclaim and, in response to the excessive touring with an orchestra, Nick decided the best way to simmer down from this would be to go back to his punk roots and form a new band. The resulting band, Grinderman, featured

an almost identical lineup to The Bad Seeds but differed substantially artistically and lyrically. The brooding sounds of piano and tight attention to detail were dropped in favor of a grungy and feedback heavy rock outlet that felt more like a carefully constructed means to alleviate pent up angst as opposed to a coherent rock group. Nick Cave did release an album with The Bad Seeds in 2008, but the sound and style was clearly an extension of his Grinderman angst as opposed to anything else. This, of course, isn’t a bad thing on the whole; it just left

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TRUSTEE REPORT FROM THE NSCC D.C. TRIP

BY AMANDA KRICHANH, CONTRIBUTER February 11 – I was unable to attend the whole Student reception, but did end up attending at 7pm (when it ended). I met a bunch of other student trustees from various states (Illinois, North Carolina, LA, Virginia, New Jersey, MA). We ended up walking to the White House (3.5 Miles) and the Washington Memorial. Edite February 12- I attended sessions during the morning hours about Pell Grants and how the US senate and houses are trying to begin a sequestration in order to free money within the government. I attended Barry Anderson’s session about our Nations budget processes and how the colleges can get more money. By avoiding sequestration, the colleges will be able to fight for the money that they need to run their institutions. Barry is a bipartisan national director. He has worked around the world at many different national and international levels, including both legislative parties in our Nation. We had a private meeting with Kevin McDermontt to discuss what NSCC has been doing and if there was any additional grants needed to continue the schools wonderful progress.

We attended the Massachusetts legislative gathering on Capitol Hill where I was lucky enough to meet many senators and congressman. Most of these people were very busy and has tight time restraints so I was unable to have long conversations with them.

THE WHITE HOUSE

February 13 – We had a round table discussion with Elizabeth Warren. Again, she was on a very tight time restraint therefore we had to be very brief but she was very supportive of the community colleges all over Mass and encouraged all of us to contact her/her assistants of education if there was any concerns we had and how she could help. We received a tour of the capitol building and both the Senate and House Chambers by Emily, a secretary in John Tierney’s office.

President Burton, Jim Ridley and I went to the Holocaust museum. I am unable to provide pictures but I must say that this is one of the most humbling experiences I have ever encountered. I will point out a few parts that really touched me; one being the hallway of shoes. I have no idea how many pairs of shoes that were contained in the hallway, but knowing that each of those pairs of shoes had once belonged to a person just shatters my mind. Second, The Wall of Names, this wall is four stories high, glass, and contains names of people that were killed in the holocaust from all sides along with the walls of pictures. Again, four stories of pictures from every side. I cannot honestly say too much about this because of its humbleness, but the experience is life changing and the amount of information contained in one building is amazing. Throughout the whole experience I have met some amazing people, including student trustees who I will continue to keep in contact with. These people were from all over the United States, and so welcoming with open hearts. We shared great laughs and good times along with business of how our schools run and how the trustees came to be in each unique situation.

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Shore email. Please be aware that the deadline for submitting your name will be Wednesday, March 6, at 5:00 p.m. Once names are received and reviewed, a list will then be forwarded to the Board of Trustees for final selection. Plans are also moving forward to contract with a professional search firm to assist the college Search Committee with all facets of the search. Board Chair Richard Yagjian has indicated an interim president may be named depending on the timeline that is established with the Search Firm. Chair Yagjian noted, “We know that transitions like this can cause some anxiety. We want the college community to be confident that we will get through this process of finding a new President and it will be a positive experience for all of us. The trustees wish to maintain stability and have the process run smoothly and efficiently. There is a lot of work to be done but rest assured that the process will be inclusive, fair and equi-

table.”

Dr. Lloyd Holmes

Students may direct specific questions to Dr. Lloyd Holmes, Dean of Students, by emailing lholmes@northshore.edu.


SLICE OF CULTURE

Cultural Values of Latino Patients and Families

BY CECILIA BURDICK, CONTRIBUTER Failure to understand and respond appropriately to the normative cultural values of patients can have a variety of adverse clinical consequences: reduced participation in preventive screenings, delayed immunizations, inaccurate histories, use of harmful remedies, noncompliance, and decreased satisfaction with care to name a few. A primary challenge in working with patients from different cultural backgrounds is being able to use cultural generalizations appropriately without losing sight of the individual patient/family. To succeed in this challenge, clinicians must keep in mind that variations occur between cultural subgroups just as individuals subscribe to group norms to varying degrees. Factors such as socio-economics, education, degree of acculturation and English proficiency have an enormous impact on a person’s health beliefs and behaviors. Latinos tend to be highly group-oriented. A strong emphasis is placed on family as the major source of one’s identity and protection against the hardships of life. This sense of family belonging is intense and limited to family and close friends. People who are not family or close friends are often slow to be given trust. The family model is an extended one; grandparents, aunts,

ly are based largely on pleasing the family; decisions are not to be made by the individual without consulting the family. Failure of the clinician to recognize familismo can potentially lead to conflicts, non-compliance, dissatisfaction with care and poor continuity of care. Familismo can delay important medical decisions because extended family consultation can be time consuming. To gain the trust and confidence of the Latino patient/parent, it is important to solicit opinions from other family members who may be present and give ample time for the extended family to discuss important medical decisions. Healthcare providers need to be familiar with the normative cultural values affecting interactions with their patients from different cultures. While it is impossible to know every-

A patient being attened to by a clinician in Chile

cousins, and even people who are not biologically related may be considered part of the immediate family. The term Latinos use to describe their supreme collective loyalty to extended family is familismo. Financial support of the family by the individual and vice versa is important and expected. The decisions and behavior of each individual in the extended fami-

thing about every culture, clinicians can learn about important cultural values by using published references, consulting colleagues from other ethnic groups, and speaking to interpreters and community members. It is also important to learn to ask patients questions in a culturally sensitive way, understanding that fear of making mistakes in communicating

with them blocks the exchange of vital information. The information provided here about Latino culture is meant to assist clinicians by providing a general framework. No hard and fast rules about interacting with Latino patients and families are being offered because they would lead to stereotyping. A cross-cultural mindset requires understanding one’s own health beliefs and behaviors first and then applying that baseline of understanding as a means of making effective comparisons across cultures. Clinicians should keep in mind that individuals subscribe to group norms to varying degrees. Factors such as socioeconomics, education, degree of acculturation and English proficiency have an enormous impact on an individual’s health beliefs and behaviors. All these factors challenge one’s ability to understand and treat patients in crosscultural settings, but meeting those challenges can be vital in reducing health disparities for Latino Americans in the U.S. In my opinion, the family is the foundation for stability and happiness while teaching each member how to interact within the family and to the external environment. Family culture is responsible for how patients respond to their family and healthcare providers. Family culture drives the family dynamics and evolves through the lifespan. Understanding every culture is not feasiblewhen providing care for families with diverse backgrounds but the nurse must be cognizant of the needs to adapt freely and competently. Patients and families have a need to feel healthcare providers are respectful of their cultural beliefs.

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TEQUILA

BY SCOTT ANDERSON, CONTRIBUTER Tequila is known as a product that blends cultures and was the introduction of the Spanish distillation process. It is a distilled beverage that comes from the blue agave plant, which mainly comes from the city of Tequila. More than three million of the plants are harvested in this area each year. Tequila is only allowed to be produced in the state of Jalisco and in a few other limited regions. Along with this law, Mexico has also claimed the right to the word Tequila. Spirits called Tequila can only be produced in Mexico. Oher countries that do not abide by this rule can be threatened by legal actions. This distilled beverage was first produced in the 16th century. Before Tequila, there was a beverage made called Octli or Pulque from the same plant as Tequila by the Aztec people. When the Spanish arrived they used this when the ran out of Brandy. About eighty years later Don Pedro Sanchez de Tagle began mass producing Tequila. The first factory was in modern-day Jalisco and by 1608 they began to tax this product. The Cuervo family were granted the first license to commercially make tequila. This was granted by the King of

bottling choices: Blanco, stored immediately after distillation. Joven, a mixture of blanco and reposado Tequila. Reposado, aged for at least two months but no longer than a year in oak barrels. Anejo, aged for at least one year but no more than three in small oak barrels. Lastly, Extra Anejo, aged for at least three years in oak barrels. Today, most well-

Tequila Shot

known Tequilas are owned by multinational corporations and are no longer family owned. In Mexico today, there are over one hundred distilleries and over nine hundred brands of tequila being made. In 2004, council allowed flavored Tequila to be called Tequila. The Tequila Trade Agreement was granted in 2006 after being proposed three years before in 2003. This agreement stated that all Mexican-made Tequila be bottled and produced in Mexico before being exported to other

Jose Cuervo Tequila Barrels

Spain at that time. The style of Tequila as we know it today was first mass-produced in the early 19th century in Guadalajara, Mexico. It was first exported to the United States by Don Cenobio Sauza. His grandson insisted that tequila could not be where there was no agaves which led to the practice that real and true tequila can only come from Jalisco. There are two basic types of Tequila: Mixtos and 100% agave. A mixto uses no less than 51% agave but uses other sugars to make the rest of the beverage. Whereas 100% agave, is obviously, 100% agave. There are five different

countries. The NOM (Norma Oficial Mexicana) applies to all the process and activities related to making Tequila. It establishes the legal requirements and specifics needed in order to protect the origin of Tequila. The 21st century has brought lower productions of Tequila at higher prices due to TMA. TMA, ("Tristeza y Muerte de Agave", the wilting and death of the agave because of this infection in the plant the production of the plant to produce tequila must be reduced. This is an unfortunate fact happening in Mexico, but has also increased the uniqueness and rarity of Tequila.


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WHAT WOULD MY TEACHER DO? CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

THANK YOU TO ALL THE PROFESSORS WHO TOOK TIME TO MUDDLE OVER THE ANSWER AND REPLY.

“IF PEOPLE WERE TO READ ONLY ONE BOOK IN THEIR LIFETIME, AND WHY?

Professor Janis Soferr“While I have trouble even considering the possibility of people reading just one book... Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass because it celebrates nature, love, democratic ideals and the soaring human spirit.”

Professor Lance EatonFrankenstein By: Mary Shelley. “This is probably a cop-out, but I would say a good hefty anthology of short stories. There's just no way I could limit myself to saying one book; so I'd say an anthology to access several different work. I need to know the person in order to give a good recommendation to; otherwise, it feels empty. But if you have to pin me down on one, I'll go with Frankenstein.

Dr. Laurie CarlsonBeloved By: Toni Morrison. “ For me, it is the novel that comes closest to putting our country's unspeakable history of slavery into words. The non-linear structure of the book shows slavery not to be something that ended in 1865, but something that still haunts our country. Also, the scene where Amy and Sethe travel down the river very much reinvents Huck and Jim's journey down the Mississippi from a female perspective.

WHAT BOOK WOULD YOU RECOMMEND Professor Joe Modugno“For me it would be Homer's The Odyssey.”

Theresa Professor Whitney - The Odyssey by (recommended Homer translation by Robert Fagles). “The epic is full of high adventure with gods, mortals, and monsters, and its themes resonate across the centuries, but the main reason to read this work is that even in translation the beauty of its poetry will knock your socks off. My favorite lines are Odysseus’ first words to the lovely Nausicaa: “Wait,/once I saw the like—in Delos, beside Apollo’s altar--/the young slip of a palm-tree springing into the light” (6.178-179). Hard to beat that as an opening line to a girl”.

Dr. Lisa AltomariThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. “I believe it is the greatest novel ever written, and the most lyrical and perfectly quintessential American story ever told.”

Dr. Carl Carlson“Any question that raises the issue of reading books is a useful one, especially at NSCC, where, in my experience, many students enroll without ever having read one complete book. However, the question, as it is worded, is, in my view, antithetical to the purpose of a liberal arts, and by extension, an Associate's Degree education, by implying, at least to me, that to read one book in a lifetime is enough... The goal of higher education is to prepare a person for a lifetime of thoughtful mental activity, and in my view, reading one book is clearly inadequate. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey and The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald, both marvelously poetic novels addressing each author's perceptions of American culture.” “The Stranger by Albert Camus as a thought provoking introduction to one author's view of what it is like to experience life as a human being.” “Nickel & Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich, about the author's experiences as a low-wage laborer, something NSCC students know a lot about.” “On Writing by Stephen King, which is a writing autobiography that not only enables readers to know how King operates as a writer but makes them more self-conscious of how they operate as writers, something I believe to be essential for NSCC students in Freshman Composition.”


LYNN CAMPUS UPDATE

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As enrollments steadily increase at NSCC’s Lynn Campus, the need for additional space is greater than ever. ALL INFORMATION PROVIDED BY ADVANCEMENT OFFICE

In 2001, total college student enrollment was approximately 5,000; in 2010 it was over 7,000 and growth is presently projected at 2% per year. This study has concluded that the construction of a new 31,000 square foot addition and the selective renovation and re-purposing of 18,000 square feet of the existing Thomas McGee building, built in 1986, will address the school’s most immediate needs.

Lynn Campus Expansion and Renovation New Addition-Achademic Programs, Student Services

NSCC’s Lynn Campus new addition will house the following programs that will advance NSCC’s mission of educating the 21st century workforce:

Student Services- one stop shopping for student needs and success Center for Alternative Studies & Educational Testing Academic Technology/Distance Learning Classrooms Informal Study Space

Following the relocation of certain programs from McGee to the new addition, the spaces in the McGee building will be renovated for: Adjunct Faculty Offices Tutoring Campus Police

37% of NSCC’s students attend classes at the Lynn Campus; of these, 70% are Lynn residents and the remaining 30% who take classes in Lynn travel from surrounding communities. In the past five years (Fall 2008 through Fall 2012), over 9,584 Lynn residents have enrolled in credit classes at NSCC

Existing McGee Building-Academic Program Relocation

Student Life Student Health Services Disability Services

North Shore Community College In Lynn, Massachusetts: Facts and Statistics

Math Teaching Space Expanded Kitchen

Design Goals/Systems and Sustainability

NSCC is committed to incorporating sustainable technologies in the Lynn Campus expansion, including photovoltaics, wind turbines, and ground source heat pumps as well as sustainable materials and processes that will bring a minimum of LEED Silver certification to the project. Several critical goals related to the school’s mission of access to affordable education and career training inform the design process

Fall 2012 student population: 2,039 Lynn residents enrolled (18.1% of total enrollment) Since 2008, Lynn student population has increased 17.1%

Almost 200 Lynn Area Residents enroll in credit English as a Second Language classes at NSCC each semester

Over 4,000 Lynn residents are NSCC graduates including business, education, and community leaders who contribute to the quality of life in Lynn NSCC’s Class of 2012 (1,106) included 195 Lynn residents (18%)

Enhance the school’s civic presence

Be a beacon of hope and opportunity Engage the school with the surrounding community Reinvigorate the school’s image Create an identifiable locus and campus identity BY CHRIS RICCI,

PENNON FACULTY

New Building on Union Street for NSCC Students Due In September

Along with the very exciting plans for an expansion/renovation to the campus in Lynn, there’s currently work underway for a brand new separate building. The building, located on Union street in Lynn, will be a short walk from the main campus building. However, if all goes according to plans, the building will be able to house the NSCC Culinary Arts and Cosmetology programs that are currently

housed in the Essex Aggie locations. “We had to plan to move these programs because the Aggie buildings these programs are scheduled for demolition” says Janice Forsstrom, “it’s scheduled for January 2014 for construction of the new Vocational Technical High School on the Essex Aggie property.” The Union street building in Lynn will not only include those programs, but a plethora of other useful and efficient education tools. To accompany the Culinary Arts program,

a working kitchen and bake shop will be constructed similar to that in the Scholar’s Den and will certainly provide a necessary hands-on feel to the program’s nature. The Cosetology/Aestetics department will have plenty of public space where they can get services on particular days. Of course, the building will also provide plenty of classroom and other program space to aid not only students focusing on that kidn of major, but to people who might have other classes there as well. “Although we have

some ideas about offerings for other classes we have not decided yet exactly which other courses will be held there, but” says Janice, “but there will be a few general purpose classrooms.” As for the other classes, the decision will be made on those in the soon. Security measures will be in place for this new building as there will be campus security on sight. Also, in addition to the spacious classrooms, there will be a large parking lot with about 90 spaces for students and faculty at and around the building.

Those who don’t have a car, fear not, as there are plans to change the bus schedule slightly to accommodate the new building and allow students to shuttle between the new building and other campus buildings care free. Currently, the plans for the building are still in the design phase, but the prospect of construction is right around the corner. “We are on schedule to have the space ready by August, in time for September classes.”


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THE WALKING DEAD A HUMAN DRAMA

BY JONATHAN HOEL CONTRIBUTOR The Walking Dead chronicles the life of a smalltown Georgia Sheriff named Rick Grimes and his family in the wake of a post-apocalyptic nightmare filled with flesh-eating undead, ruthless mercenaries and no remnant of government or a societal structure of any kind. Rick and friends attempt to survive against overwhelming odds and suffer heartbreak again and again. It has

attempted to kill a few of their members. It is almost unanimously decided that the only rational decision is to have the boy executed, a kind of logic that none of them would propose in a time before all the madness. More recently in the comic series, Rick is put into a situation where he has to choose between saving himself and his young son Carl or the life of a young mother and her own son, an ode to a classic

series, Robert Kirkman has emphasized many times that The Governor is not too far astray from Rick. While he is the antithesis of everything Rick stands for, he is how Rick could have turned out if things had gone differently. His presence is to reiterate the philosophical dilemmas of living a post-apocalyptic life. Sometimes the morals we would choose in our everyday lives are played out very differently in the world of the Walking Dead. This is

gone from a modestly successful black and white comic-book series to becoming the most watched basic cable drama television series of all time. It’s not the titular antagonist zombies that are responsible for the success of the program however. The Walking Dead thrives in its human drama. As much as it emphasizes the ultraviolence of people, the series is more about the dehumanization of its main character, Rick Grimes. Rick goes from a morally-centered, ethical lawenforcer to a hardened killer and self-proclaimed dictator. In the last season of the program Rick and his group had to decide the fate of a captured young man from a group of raiders who

Psychoanalytical ethic question regarding a similar circumstance. It’s a good example of the kind of questions that make us really uncomfortable as an audience, but make for really entertaining drama to watch and argue about amongst ourselves. The Walking Dead is genius in its depiction of people being similar at their core. With its first major antagonist, the Governor, the series shows a character eerily similar to its hero Rick Grimes. The Governor is different than Rick in some regards; he shows no ethics in his actions, he commits numerous murders and even a horrific rape with no remorse. These are things Rick would never do but the creator of the

demonstrated with the character of Dale Horvath a wise older man who dies fairly early on in the series. His morals are pretty high and he isn’t fit well to survive in a world where you have to justify murder to survive. In a time when gun control and the death penalty are huge issues of debate the success of the Walking Dead can lead to some interesting discussions. The original comic series has hit above 100 issues and continues publication monthly with no end in sight, Kirkman boasts of another 200 issues to come. The television show is currently airing on AMC, Sundays at 9PM. It’s in its 3rd season and contracted for a 4th already.

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one to wonder if and when Nick would return to his more sentimental roots. After a few successful bouts in Hollywood writing scripts and composing film scores (the most recent one being the critically successful 2012 crime film “Lawlwess”), Nick decided that it was time to take a step back and remind himself who he was as an artist. This resulted in the breakup of Grinderman in 2011 and a two year retreat into the studio to reunite with The Bad Seeds. The album itself has a very consistent vibe across each and every track. All the songs seem to string together to form not only a consistent story, but are also sonically connected to the point where the entire album sounds like one track. There are, of course, good and bad things that come from this, but the bad things in this situation work in the favor of the good. The first, and most obvious, problem that comes from this is the inability to pick out a single that makes sense. The flagship single was the opening track, “We No Who U R,” since it’s the intro and requires no build up in the first place. The melancholy vibe of the track definitely makes it relatively unfriendly for mainstream radio and, arguably, isn’t the best represen-

sive as some of Nick’s other classic Bad Seeds songs and might lead fans longing for the days of unabashed loathing and rage that formed his contemporary persona. Though the fans might feel a longing for the past, Nick certainly doesn’t and proves to the audience that he isn’t afraid to push the old image he had away in favor of something truer to himself. When you’re listening to an album by a man as prolific as Nick Cave, one has to really understand that he is at a point in his career where he isn’t writing for anyone else but himself. He grew up in the glory days of the Singer/Songwriter and has acted as such for the vast majority of his life. Now, as he reaches middle age, he full on acknowledges he isn’t the man he used to be (a theme highlighted in the track “Jubilee Street”) and doesn’t care about that past life anymore. If nothing else, the title track that closes the album clearly puts this into the listener’s head: “And some people say it's just rock'n roll, oh, but it gets you right down to your soul.” In the end, “Push The Sky” away isn’t an album for people expecting a rip-roaring good time, but at the same time it begs similar attention. The album is flawlessly constructed

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

tation of the album at hand. However, this was clearly an intentional action to stress how the album can’t be experienced on a single basis. To understand the beauty that lies beneath the album, one must experience the whole thing at once. The album sort-of picks up emotionally around the midway point; the clanging and droning guitar of “We Real Cool” is certainly a stand out piece, as well as the nearly eight minute long nonsensical tribute to folk “Higgs Boson Blues.” However, they aren’t as abra-

and masterfully produced and, overall, true to the artist that is presenting it to us. It serves as a cinematic and introspective ride into the mind of Nick Cave who, at this point, has no intention of stopping soon. Will the next album be as dark as this one? Well, that all depends on how he feels, right?


THE SPORTS HAYES

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BUILDING A CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM BY KEVIN HAYES,

SPORTS COLUMN WRITER

Building a championship team in any sport is like putting together a very large machine. You need your major parts, your engine, and your spare parts. When everything is running smoothly, your machine can take on anything. In the world of hockey, it's the most complicated machine to be built. In baseball, if you have three, twenty game winning pitchers, you have a great chance to win the World Series. In basketball, if you have three of the best players in the game on the same team, such as the Miami Heat, chances are you'll get to the Finals even if you have someone like Justin Bieber as your backup point guard. Hockey, on the other hand, requires a more complex machine to be built. It requires leadership, toughness, resilience, defense, offense, coaching, offense-on-defense, and even defense-on-offense. The 2011 Boston Bruins were able to build the championship team that, after a hundred and seven games, took home the Stanley Cup. How did they get there? First, you start with leadership. In 2007, the Boston Bruins head coach was the overmatched Dave Lewis. Under Lewis, the Bruins finished thirteenth out of sixteen teams and gave up a conference secondworst two hundred and eighty nine goal. Enter Claude Julien; former defensemen for the Quebec Nordiques, now known as the Colorado Avalanche, who brought his defense-savvy strategy to the Bruins. The Bruins managed to go thirty-nine years without a Stanley Cup primarily due to bad ownership and front office decisions. General manager, Mike O'Connell, ruined one Cup run after another by letting top tier talent like Bill Guerin and Michael Nylander walk, while keeping the likes of Petr Tenkrat, no offense to Petr. Finally, the new GM Peter Chiarelli entered the picture and owner Jeremy Jacobs finally opened his wallet to bring in front-line talent...and keep them for once! Above Peter was team President and Hall-of-Fame forward Cam Neely. Now, both Julien and Chiarelli had someone to answer to when they screwed up. With the front office and coaching all set, it was time to build the team. It began with the 2003 Entry Draft. Even though the Bruins first round pick was defensemen Mark Stuart, the 4th round pick was Byron Bitz, the steal of the draft came in the second round when The Bruins

chose seventeen-year-old Canadian forward Patrice Bergeron. Bergeron made his debut during the ill fated 200304 season which ended by The Bruins blowing a 3 games to 1 series lead to Montreal in the first round. Patrice eventually became the team's star while battling through a severe concussion that nearly ended his career in 2008. Also on the

The third line always separates pretenders from contenders, and The Bruins scored big on this one. Montreal Canadians forward Michael Ryder scored only fourteen goals during the 2008 season, so they mistakenly dumped him. The Bruins picked him up and he potted twenty-seven in his first year in Boston and eighteen in 2011. On February 15, 2011

cussions ruined his career. He was finished after twenty five games in 2011, although his name is deservingly on the Cup. Also on hand was their fourth round pick in '06, Jamie Arniel, first round pick in '07, Zach Hamill, and first round pick in the 2009 draft, Jordan Caron. The other "extra" was one of the great heists in history. Phil Kessel had grown tired with

same line as Bergeron was the steal of the 2006 Entry Draft. Their first round pick in '06 netted superstar in the making Phil Kessel and their second round pick, who will be mentioned later. Their third round pick would be then seventeen-yearold Brad Marchand. Their third line mate would be found in a trade. After forward Marco Sturm blew his knee out, The Bruins sent promising defensemen Matt Lashoff and Martin Karsums to the Tampa Bay Lightning for forty-year-old veteran forward Mark Recchi in March of '09. The first line would be their true firepower. Phil Kessel was the club's 1st overall pick in 2006, but a trade made during the season sending superstar Sergei Samsonov to Edmonton got the Bruins Edmonton's second round pick. They used the pick on eighteen-year-old Milan Lucic. Lucic would draw comparisons to Neely himself as he could score, fight, and battle for the puck. Looch’s line mate would be their second round pick of the 2004 Entry Draft, the then eighteen-year-old David Krecji. David had similar skills to Bergeron and was second to Tim Thomas as the team's most valuable post-season player in 2011. Krecji's winger would be found in a trade in June of 2010 when the Bruins shipped overmatched Dennis Wideman to the Florida Panthers for Nathan Horton and Gregory Campbell.

The Bruins sent an upcoming second round draft pick to the Ottawa Senators for forward Chris Kelly. Motor mouth radio host Michael Felger proceeded to call him "garbage" before the playoffs only to see Kelly score 5 goals and dish out 8 assists. Here's mud in your eye, Felger! Three days after the Kelly acquisition The Bruins traded, disappointing Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart to the Atlanta Thrashers for Rich Peverley and Boris Valabik, who played for the Providence Bruins the rest of the season. The third line proved to be very important in the 2011 playoffs. The fourth line is considered the "checking" line, normally replacing talent with various cement heads, goons and toughs. Only The Bruins separated themselves by adding a different dynamic to the old formula. The Bruins signed Shawn Thornton for 2008 expecting him to be their cement head only to find out he could score too, including a whopping 10 goals in 2011. Joining Thornton on the fourth line would be Campbell and their penalty killer, Danny Paille, who was traded to the Bruins a few games into the 2010 season. Then, there were the "extras" if you will that were anything but. Chiarelli's first big signing on June 1st, 2006 was center Marc Savard, who went on to become the Bruins top playmaker until a series of con-

Claude Julien's neutral zone trap defense which limited Phil's offensive potential, so he wanted out. The Toronto Maple Leafs wanted him and, before the 2010 season, The Bruins traded him to Toronto for a 2010 first and second round pick, and a 2011 first round pick. The Leafs finished dead last in the Eastern Conference in 2010, allowing The Bruins the second overall pick in the entry draft. This allowed them to select eighteen-year-old Tyler Seguin. Seguin would score just eleven goals in 2011, but would be the B's leading scorer a year later. Having a good offense is very important, but you don't win the Stanley Cup without defense. Just ask the '02, '04, and 2009 Bruins. Peter Chiarelli's big splash in the 2006 free agent market saw him not only sign Savard, but also the monstrous 6 foot 9 defensemen Zdeno Chara. Chara would eventually win the Norris Trophy, Best Defensemen, in 2009, as well as becoming a finalist in 2010 and 2011. Entering the 2013 season, Chara is unquestionably the best free agent pickup in franchise history. He can't do it alone, but Chiarelli brought in the guys that could help him. The year before Chara was signed, The Bruins made a colossal trade that sent captain Joe Thornton to The San Jose Sharks for Marco Sturm, Wayne Primeau, and defensemen Brad Stuart. A year

later on February 10, 2007 The Bruins traded Stuart and Primeau to The Calgary Flames for Boston College hero Chuck Kobasew and defensemen Andrew Ference. With Chara and Ference in place, the D still needed more troops. In June of '08 the Bruins sent Providence center Matt Hendricks to the Colorado Avalanche for Johnny Boychuk. Boychuk's "Johnny Rockets" would light the lamp thirteen times heading into the 2013 season. With Boychuk as their offensive defensemen, all they needed was their defensive specialist. Kobasew never found his niche for the Bruins, so he was traded to the Minnesota Wild for Craig Weller. On March 3rd, 2010, Weller and Byron Bitz were shipped out to Florida in exchange for Matt Bartkowski and their prize, Dennis Seidenberg. Seidenberg's injury may have been the primary reason the Bruins failed to defeat Philadelphia in the 2010 playoffs. Now the team needed some old fashion muscle. Enter "Sheriff" Shane Hnidy and Adam McQuaid. Completing the puzzle were extras Steve Kampfer and trade deadline acquisition Tomas Kaberle, who joined the list of Eric Gagne and Julio Lugo of players that their Boston teams won the world championship IN SPITE of. All that's left now is the goaltender. Tim Thomas spent a half dozen years overseas before signing with the Providence Bruins for the 2003 season. Up in the big club, inept management decided to keep washed up Jeff Hackett and backup Steve Shields, as The Bruins were being wiped out by The New Jersey Devils in the first round of the playoffs. Thomas' big break would have to wait as rookie Andrew Raycroft surprisingly won The Calder Trophy, Rookie of the Year, and led The Bruins to a 2nd seed in the 2004 playoffs. Raycroft stayed tough in the '04 playoffs; despite being on the wrong end of a Game 7 loss, and looked to be the goalie of the future. The 2005 lockout wiped out any sort of progress for Raycroft and Thomas, but by 2006, Raycroft never fully progressed and the team went with twenty-one -year-old back up Hannu Toivonen to finish out the year. FINALLY, management got their collective heads out of their behinds when they allowed Thomas into the big club full-time in 2007. Toivonen was dumped after a 3-9 record and, by 2008, Thomas was the full time goalie. He won the Vezina Trophy, award for best

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DIE HARD MARATHON BY NICK WAISWILOS, STUDENT BODY PRESIDENT, PENNON CONTRIBUTER

This month the A Good Day to Die Hard came out starring Bruce Willis. For those of you that don’t know this is the Fifth installment of the Die Hard franchise, each starring Bruce Willis as John McClane, a cop that doesn’t play by the rules, with his appropriate willing or not sidekick. Each movie starts out bursting with over the top action as appropriate for an 80’s action flick. Though this month, rather than just having a regular movie premier they released a Die Hard marathon that could be seen in theaters, leading all the way up from Die Hard to A Good Day to Die Hard.

on terrorism abroad than that of terrorist at home which most of the films had done. A Good Day to Die Hard takes place in Russia where John goes on vacation to visit his son, who appears to have got in trouble with the law yet again. Little did he know as with all the other films that he would fall face first into yet another action packed adventure that he as a grizzled stubborn man will not back down from. Any fan of the Die Hard series should see this film; anyone new to it should watch the originals first before diving into this film for it will not do the series justice. All in all I give it a Rent out of a rent, buy, forget rating.

A Good Day To Die Hard 5

Let me say I have never "marathoned" a series of films leading up to the newest but I can confidently say if you can take the time off to do such it is well worth it; exhausting yes but also great leading one film into the next, never missing any of the action. Not to mention the throwbacks and references to the early films that you would otherwise not catch had you seen each film sporadically leading up to the newest. The marathon was great and the movie was…adequate not as good as say Die Hard or Die Hard with a Vengeance (the first and third installments) but I would say better than Die Hard 2 which was lack-luster. This film focused more

A Good Day to Die Hard: Directed by: John Moore Produced by: Alex Young Stars: Bruce Willis Jai Courtney Sabastioan Koch

Rated R for violence and language Filmed in Budapest, Hungary Box Office Budget: $92,000,000 (estimated) Opening Weekend: $24,834,845 Gross: $38,985,206

GANGNAM STYLE BY LYDIA WAHL, EDITOR IN CHIEF If you haven’t heard of Gangnam Style, stretch your legs after being under that rock, watch the video that started it all, and read this article. Since a URL would be useless to you right here, search “PSY Gangnam Style Official Video.” Gangnam Style is the international craze that started with the music video and became a hit song around the world. Psy, Park Jae Sang, the singer of Gangnam Style, has always been a huge hit in his home country Korea. For the full impact of this, see this link which is a free concert from Psy held in Korea. Search: “PSY Gangnam Style Seoul City Hall Concert Korea for fan.” Firstly, I am impressed by Psy. Can you imagine Pitbull on the Ellen Degeneres Show asking politely if he can introduce himself? He’s such a sweetheart of a pop singer. Here is the link if you haven’t been able to see him on Ellen, its called “Surprise! Britney Learns ‘Gangnam Style’ from Psy!” In this video we see Psy tell his listeners that one of his main priorities is to dress classy and dance cheesy. He then shows how to do the dance. Little factoid, PSY may have learn a lot of his talents in Boston while attending Berkeley College. For those of us that don’t speak Korean we’ve been a little out of the loop of the full meaning of the song. In America, it is mostly big because of the songs hilarious video and new dance moves. I don’t know about you but I need to know what Gangnam Style is. Especially since those are the only two words besides “sexy lady” that are recognizable by the English speaker. Here are the full English lyrics, from businessinsider.com, to Gangnam Style:

A girl who is warm and humanly during the day/A classy girl who know how to enjoy the freedom of a cup of coffee/A girl whose heart gets hotter when night comes/A girl with that kind of twist. I’m a guy/A guy who is as warm as you during the day/ A guy who one-shots his coffee before it even cools down/ A guy

Psy on The Ellen Degeneres Show whose heart bursts when night According to Urban comes/ That kind of guy Dictonary.com “‘Gangnam [Chorus]. Style’ is a Korean neologism A girl who looks quiet mainly associated with upscale but plays when she plays/ A girl fashion and lavish lifestyle who puts her hair down when associated with trendsetters in the right time comes/A girl who Seoul’s Gangnam district, covers herself but is more sexy which is considered the most than a girl who bares it all/ A affluent part of the metropolitan sensible girl like that. area. In colloquial usage, it is I’m a guy/ A guy who comparable to the English slang seems calm but plays when he terms ‘swag’ or ‘YOLO’.” plays/ A guy who goes comHowever, the song describes the pletely crazy when the right time kind of guy he is and what he’s comes/ A guy who has bulging looking for. According to New ideas rather than muscles/ That York Daily News, “It roughly kind of guy [Chorus] means something like 'Your man has Gangnam Style.' On top of the running 'Oppa,' which literally means man is the flying man, baby 'older brother,' is an affectionate baby/ I’m a man who knows a term girls use to address older thing or two/ guy friends or a boyfriend. It On top of the running man is the can also be used as a first-perflying man, baby baby/ I’m a son pronoun, as PSY does here man who knows a thing or two/ — in this case, he's telling a You know what I’m saying woman that he has Gangnam [Chorus] style.” ................................................... In Korea, or if the Psy also released a girl singer was American, I wouldversion of Gangnam Style” n’t need to write this article, called “Oppa is my style” feaeveryone would know his backturing Hyuna. Hyuna, who is ground. Most of us know the also quite big in Korea is from general background of our the girl group 4Minute, and favorite singers. In other counplays Psy’s girlfriend in the tries they listen to American pop original Gangnam Style video. music but here, besides British Search: “PSY (ft. HYUNA).” pop, we mostly don’t. Is Psy Gangnam is apparently going to change all that? Will an area of South Korea. I’ve the roaring, international pheheard two rumors behind the nomenon Gangnam Style be a meaning of Gangnam Style. The gateway to more international first is that Gangnam Style is a music popularity? It definitely kind of woman who works hard has been for Psy who has been during the day but is ready to let signed with SchoolBoy loose at night. The second is that Records, the label that Scooter Gangnam is a neighborhood in Brown, Justin Bieber's manager, Seoul, Korea that is kinda like owns. This won’t be the last we their version of Beverly Hills. It see of Psy. turns out a little of both are true.


NED AND THE BIG BABIES

BY ANTHONY HARRIS, ARTS

AND ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR

@ANTHONYHARRIS89 One of the best attributes of small New England towns, particularly those here on the North Shore, is the endless variety of shops, restaurants, and attractions to explore. From Gloucester’s antique stores to Rockport’s museums; each community holds a treasure trove of destinations just waiting to be experienced. Salem has more than its fair share of these attractions. While the city is best known for its witch-trial history and Halloween shenanigans, it also boasts a thriving cultural scene. Case in point: 43 Church, a trendy restaurant in the heart of downtown. Not only does the eatery sport an enticing menu, it also features live music every Friday night. On January 19th, the venue played host to Ned and the Big Babies, a fresh new trio with a vibrant, distinctive sound equal parts funk, reggae

riffing, the band launched into a spot-on rendition of the Bob Marley classic “Stir it Up.” Nugent’s bass playing was remarkably nimble, and Pelosi provided a wealth of wah-wah guitars that deftly captured the song’s tropical vibe. On “She Man” and “Happiness Is Better Than Sleep,” the band showed their funk and jam-band influences, with extended soloing and a cocksure sound not unlike The Red Hot Chili Peppers. The musical variety continued on “Open Road,” which sounded like a heavenly mashup of Candlebox, Dispatch, and Lenny Kravitz. There was palpable emotion and sincerity in Nugent’s voice as he sang, “I love you like an open book.” It was back to the barnburners on “I Can’t Stand The Rain,” and here each musician really shined. Nugent kept the crowd riveted with his enchanting falsetto, Pelosi lit up the night

Ned and The Big Babies

and guitar-heavy blues. 43 Church provides a fittingly relaxed atmosphere for a night on the town. With high ceilings, sleek mahogany tables, and an eclectic clientele, the restaurant was a great place to unwind, have a good meal, and hear some gracious melodies. While the live music at small venues can get drowned out in the chatter, there was no such loss of quality here. On the contrary, the acoustics were remarkably clear and allowed each patron to hear music as it should be heard – crisp, loud, and invigorating. The evening’s band was quite worthy of such fine surroundings – Ned and the Big Babies, a soulful new trio bursting with youthful energy. Members Ned Nugent (vocals/bass) and Mark Pelosi (guitar/vocals) have extensive band experience, and longtime friend Pete Koeplin did a commendable job filling in for drummer/vocalist Kemp Dunn, who was recovering from rotator cuff surgery. After opening with a laid back modern jazz number laced with infectious

with a face-melting solo, and Keoplin brought down the house with a thunderous, songending drumroll. Moments like this, when mere human beings create a sound big enough to reach the heavens, are simply a live music enthusiast’s dream come true. In addition to their phenomenal originals, Ned and company performed a handful of inspired covers. Chief among them was the Doris Day standard “Que Sera Sera.” The band transformed the original’s sunny mandolin waltz into a soulful slice of blues rock, with Nugent belting out some powerful vocals. They followed it up with a ska-happy rendition of “The Joker,” and the killer harmonies and reverb-laden solos would have made Steve Miller proud. Elvis Costello’s “Watching the Detectives” also got a modernday makeover; its reggae flavor a perfect fit for Ned’s laid-back style. There comes a point in any music aficionado’s life when he or she wonders if we as a species will ever run out of CONTINUED ON PAGE 14

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THE RAVEN WHO REFUSED TO SING (AND OTHER STORIES)

One would think that the critically throwing acclaimed band that propelled you to stardom in the first place on hiatus in favor of a stint as a solo artist would be career suicide. However, after nearly five years, the longing for Steven Wilson’s band Porcupine Tree has subsided and his significance as a solo artist has finally soared above and beyond his former glory. Steven’s third solo album “The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories)” is just one of many things Wilson has done in the past five years. In total, Steven released about five albums, appeared on about a dozen vocally and instrumentally, toured globally with three separate groups, and produced/remastered nearly a dozen albums. Now, in 2013, Steven’s plans on releasing a few more albums and has already sold out a global tour in support of his third album which, by far, is the finest thing Wilson has released to date. The promise for “The Raven That Refused to Sing

(And Other Stories)” came early on when Alan Parsons, the award winning engineer of Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of the Moon,” announced that he would be engineering the album alongside Steven Wilson. The meticulousness of the production shines through, and the sonic quality of the album is on the same level as Pink Floyd’s opus. Had Parsons not produced the album, the sound may have been slightly different but, overall, Steven’s ability as a producer and engineer would have carried the album regardless. Though the album only contains six songs, the runtime of the album is close to an hour as five of the six tracks are well over seven minutes in length. The album, as the title suggest, tells a different story with each song, ranging from the titular track’s tale of an old man haunted by the spectral image of his deceased younger sister, to a drinking competition between a self-righteous evangelist and the Devil in “The Holy Drinker.” The stories all have a ghostly and overbearingly dark theme, despite the fact that the ethereal quality of the music might suggest otherwise.

BIRTHDAY

NAME

BY CHRIS RICCI,

PENNON FACULTY

The opening track, “Luminol,” is an aggressive guitar heavy track that made its premier on Steven’s 2011 solo tour, and is easily one of the top tracks on the album. The track successfully channel’s virtually all of Steven’s early influences in progressive and alternative rock and would feel at home in virtually any of Steven’s projects. The story, though not ghostly, tries to convey to the audience how people who work excessively are a sort-of ghost in real life; someone that’s ignored daily for their entire lives and have a relatively unnoticed death. The track, though catchy and brilliantly crafted, isn’t a strong reflection of the tracks that follow it, but this isn’t a bad thing and successfully grabs the listener and refuses to let go. The brooding tracks that follow are a strong reflection of Wilson’s craftsmanship as a guitarist as well as a poignant representation of his lyrical mastery. “The Holy Drinker,” in particular, features awe-inspiring guitar/keyboard trade-off instrumental trade-off bits that are tightly encased with CONTINUED ON PAGE 14

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

MARCH 1, 1967 MARCH 3, 1982 MARCH 5, 1974 MARCH 8, 1976 MARCH 10, 1984 MARCH 12, 1968 MARCH 16, 1973 MARCH 20, 1922 MARCH 22, 1959 MARCH 25, 1965 MARCH 28, 1969 MARCH 31, 1943

CELEBRITY FACTS, BY NICK STILIANOS

GEORGE EADS JESSICA BIEL EVA MENDES HINES WARD OLIVIA WILDE AARON ECKHART TIM KANG CARL REINER

MATTHEW MODINE SARAH JESSICA PARKER BRETT RATNER CHRISTOPHER WALKEN

OCCUPATION

ACTOR ACTRESS ACTRESS NFL PLAYER ACTRESS ACTOR ACTOR MOVIE DIRECTOR ACTOR ACTRESS MOVIE DIRECTOR ACTOR

AGE 46 31 39 37 29 45 40 91 54 48 44 70

•Olivia Wilde’s birth name is Olivia Jane Cockburn. She adopted her stage name “Wilde” after Irish poet and writer Oscar Wilde. •Brett Ratner’s mother, Marsha Presman, was just 16 when she gave birth to him. • Christopher Walken has different colored eyes (one blue and one hazel). That is a condition known as heterochromia. •Carl Reiner served in the Army in 1942 and was trained as a radio operator.


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CREATIVE

WRITING

BY ROZI THEOHARI

THE APPROACHING OF MARS

HI, UP THERE, RED STAR WHY ARE YOU WATCHING ME FROM THE SKY? WRAPPED IN THE MISTS OF SLEEP, UNEXPECTEDLY—I WOKE UP. MESMERIZED BY YOUR ROMANTIC LIGHT SAYING TO ME, “GOOD MORNING…” FINE! MY HEART WENT PIT-A-PAT AS MILLIONS OF STARGAZERS WORLDWIDE PEERED AT TELESCOPES AND FOCUSED ON YOUR—PASSING-PLANET THRILLS ON WEDNESDAY—08-27-03 WHAT ARE YOU TELLING ME?

I KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT YOU. AT BOSTON’S MUSEUM OF SCIENCE YEARS AGO I SNAPPED A DRAMATIC VIEW OF YOUR SMALL PIECE OF ROCK A GIFT FROM SOJOURNER’S LANDING ON YOU, ITS SIZE AS BIG AS A LADY’S RING, THE BRIGHT GREY CRYSTALS SHONE. ASTONISHING!

WELCOME, ROSE PLANET ! DURING THE FALL, NIGHT AFTER NIGHT, EYEING YOU THE WAY YOU RISE AND STAND ABOVE MY WINDOW SO LONELY, SO BRILLIANT, SO GLORIOUS, SO FIERY AND…WHAT IN THE WORLD! YOU FOLLOWED ME TO LONDON, IN FRONT OF BIG BEN, HOLDING MY GRANDSON IN MY ARMS UNDER A MOONLESS NIGHT SKY—TRYING TO SHOW HIM YOUR VIEW WITH MY FINGER (BUT MY BABY WAS MORE ATTENTIVE TO MY EARRING. HE’D REALLY LIKE TO VISIT YOU SOMEDAY.)

HEY, WHY DID YOU COME NEARER AND NEARER? REFLECTING ON THE PAST… NAMED BY MY ANCESTORS—A PLANET OF THE DEAD

GIVING, ILL-OMENED MARTIANS, WARS, VIOLENCE AND BLOODSHED IS THAT A DANGEROUS DISTANCE FOR EARTH? ONLY 34.6 MILLION MILES AWAY? OH, WAIT ! EVEN WITHOUT YOU PRESENCE, YOUR SISTER EARTH HAS PLENTY OF TROUBLES. IS THIS YOUR TRAVEL ADVENTURE? ORBITING 60,000 YEARS FOR THE CLOSEST PASS TO US FROM “HOMO NEANDERTHAL” TO BRING REGARDS?

BEING EYEBALL TO EYEBALL WITH YOU, MARS AMUSING—THE WAY YOU DANCE WITH MOON OR COUNT THE FIRE-FLY PLANES THAT GO QUICKLY MAKING A TANGENT TO YOUR ORANGE BODY… WELL NOW…ENOUGH…YOU GODSEND. PLEASE, DESCEND HERE ON MY PORCH TO DRINK TOGETHER A GLASS OF MERLOT OR TAKE A TRIP ON CASINO CRUISE GAMBLING ON A BOAT NAVIGATING IN MASS BAY, OR ADMIRING THE CHANGING COLOR OF THE TREES IN MAINE WOODS… MORE EXCITING THAN YOUR ICY CRATERS IN YOUR EMPTY BODY—LIFELESS. PERHAPS, THEY ARE NOT ICY TEARS! DID YOU EVER SEE A FROZEN LACHRYMATION? YES. BUT IN YOUR SISTER’S FACE…

AS YOU DO PULL AWAY FROM US, YOUR VIEW IS SHRINKING EVERY NIGHT. GOOD BYE…GOOD BYE UNCLE MARS, SAY “HELLO” TO OUR DESCENDANTS WHEN YOU ARE SO CLOSE TO SISTER EARTH AGAIN IN 2287.


AN EXPERIENCE BY BEATRECE

MY SOUL IS NOW AT PEACE

BY BLESSING EDIONWE

VARGA

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TODAY, I WAS NOT LOOKING FOR ADVOCACY. NOT LOOKING FOR ADVENTURE. IT CAME TO ME. FROM THE AUTHOR: I SAW A MAN OUTSIDE THE BACK OF WHERE I WAS LEAVING. DR. ELIZABETH WILLIAMS, OR BETTY, AS SHE LIKED US TO CALL HER, WAS THE HE WAS WEEPING. MULTICULTURAL SOCIETY’S ESTEEMED CO-ADVISOR. SHE ALWAYS SUPPORTED THE FROM EVEN APPROXIMATELY 500 YARDS AWAY SOCIETY’S ACTIVITIES. SHE MENTORED US, GUIDED US AND INSPIRED US. DR. WILLIAMS I COULD SEE HIS TEARS WET THE SIDEWALK. TAUGHT IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DEPARTMENT FROM 1998-2010 AND ALSO WORKED AS AN HE WAS CRYING IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE I UNDERSTOOD HM. I ASKED IF HE’D LIKE ME TO PRAY WITH HIM. ACADEMIC ADVISOR IN THE STUDENT SUPPORT AND ADVISING CENTER. SHE PASSED AWAY ON HE POLITELY DECLINED. OCTOBER 18, 2012. ON BEHALF OF THE MULTICULTURAL SOCIETY AND MYSELF, I HAVE I WENT BACK IN TO THE WARMTH. WRITTEN THIS POEM FOR BETTY AND I WANT TO SHARE IT WITH YOU. BLESSING EDIONWE IS ONE HALF AN HOURS LATER I WENT BACK OUTSIDE AN ALUMNUS OF NORTH SHORE COMMUNITY COLLEGE, AS WELL AS AN EX OFFICIO MEMBER HE WAS STILL THERE. WEEPING AND PRAYING. OF THE NSCC MULTICULTURAL SOCIETY. HE WAS IN A PLACE WHERE PEOPLE CANNOT ASK FOR MONEY NOT CLOSE TO THE PUBLIC. I WANTED TO OFFER HIM A DOLLAR. I ONLY HAD SIX. I FELT THAT I SHOULD GIVE HIM FIVE. MY SOUL IS NOW AT PEACE I CERTAINLY DID NOT WANT TO. I WAS REMINDED THAT I AM PROVIDED FOR. THE GOD WHO GAVE ME LIFE ALL THROUGH THESE YEARS, I THOUGHT, “YES, BUT THIS IS THE ONLY FUN MONEY I HAVE”. I S THE SAME G OD I AM TRADING MY PAIN, MY SORROW, AND MY SICKNESS TO BE WITH. I HEARD, “YOU WERE JUST GOING TO SPEND IT ON A CAB”. MY SOUL IS NOW AT PEACE. SO I GAVE HIM THE FIVE. AFTER MUCH HESITATION AND RELUCTANCE, HE ACCEPTED IT. BE JOYFUL FOR ME. I WENT BACK INTO THE WARMTH MY SPIRIT CONTINUES WITH THE LORD. I FULLY EXPECTED HIM TO GO TO THE LIQUOR STORE. MY MOTHER, MY DAUGHTER, MY BROTHERS, MY SISTERS AND MY COLLEAGUES THAT WAS OKAY WITH ME. Y OU MUST NOT SHED TOO MANY TEARS FOR ME. INSTEAD, BE THANKFUL WE HAD SO IT WAS A MISCONCEPTION ON MY PART. HALF AN HOUR LATER MANY GOOD YEARS TOGETHER. HE WAS STILL WETTING THE PAVEMENT WITH HIS TEARS. I PUT MY HAND ON HIS SHOULDER AND STARTED PRAYING FOR AND WITH HIM. I AM FOLLOWING THE PATH GOD LAID FOR ME, HE DID NOT SMELL OF ALCOHOL. I TOOK HIS HAND WHEN I HEARD HIS CALL. HE SAID HE WAS AFRAID OF THE STREETS BECAUSE HE GOT MUGGED THERE, I TURNED FROM PAIN AND SORROW. HE SAID HE WAS AFRAID OF SHELTERS BECAUSE WHEN HE WOULD LEAVE HE WOULD I TURNED MY BACK AND LEFT IT ALL BEHIND. BE MUGGED. I FOUND PEACE AT THE CLOSE OF THE DAY WITHOUT SAYING GOODBYE. HE WAS AFRAID THAT THEY WOULD TRY AND CHANGE HIM. HE SAID HE WAS A CATHOLIC WHO LOST HIS FAITH. GOD WANTED ME. HE SAID HIS NAME WAS JOSEPH. MY SOUL IS NOW AT PEACE. HE TOLD ME THAT BEING WITHOUT HOPE IS FOR THE HOPELESS. I WENT BACK IN TO THE COMFORT OF WHERE I HAD BEEN, FULLY EXPECTING HAT AGAIN HE WOULD BE THERE WHEN I GOT OUT. HE WASN’T. I HAD WATCHED FOR A WHILE AND KNEW HE HADN’T GONE TO BUY ALCOHOL. HOWEVER, I AM NOT SURE WHY THAT EVEN WAS A PROBLEM. GOD ENABLES US TO HELP OTHERS NOT ASK OTHERS WHAT THEY WILL DO WITH THE BLESSING WE FEEL WE HAVE GIVEN THEM. I GOT HOME AND SOMEONE THAT I HAD LENT MONEY TO MONTHS AGO LEFT A MESSAGE ON MY HOME PHONE. I NEVER ASKED FOR THE MONEY BACK WHEN THEY INSISTED I ASKED FOR $20 A MONTH, I HAVEN’T HEARD FROM THEM SINCE. THE MESSAGE SAID THAT THEY WANTED TO GIVE ME $80 OF WHAT THEY OWED ME BACK. I HAVE SINCE TALKED WITH THEM AND THEY WILL COME TOMORROW TO GIVE IT TO ME. WHY DID I STRUGGLE SO HARD FOR THE FIVE? THE FEW THINGS THAT STICK WITH ME ARE THAT THE MAN’S NAME WAS JOSEPH, JESUS SAID THAT YOU SHOULD ALWAYS BLESS OTHERS AS HE ENABLES, FOR IN DOING SO YOU MAY ENTERTAIN [BLESS] ANGELS; THE MAN WAS PROUD, AFRAID, BUT WAS STILL CRYING OUT FOR HELP. HE STILL NEEDS HELP. HE NEEDS OUR PRAYERS. PERHAPS THAT IS ALL THAT IS NEEDED. HOWEVER MAYBE AS A COLLECTIVE ACTION WE COULD WRITE OUR STATE OFFICIALS, AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ASKING THAT WE NOT POUR MORE MONEY

INTO DEFENSE OR WARS THAT WE ARE NOT INVITED TO BUT INTO THE WARS GOING ON IN OUR OWN LAND.

HOMELESSNESS, MENTAL ILLNESS, ADDITION, EDUCATION,

AND SO MANY OTHER THINGS MUCH MORE WORTH THE TAX PAYERS ALREADY PAID DOLLARS.


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BY CALVIN GIL, WEB EDITOR

TRYPANOPHOBIA: A FEAR OF INJECTIONS

Going to the doctor’s office to get a shot is never fun, but now there may be a painless, needle-less alternative. According MIT NEWS, researchers at MIT are developing a new technology that allows you to receive injections without any needles. The device they are creating can deliver a quick, high-pressured jet of medicine through the skin without any of the pain or discomfort typically associated with needles. The device has many benefits; such as the reduction of needle associated injuries and increasing compliance among patients who need to inject themselves regularly. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that healthcare workers accidentally cut themselves with needles 385,000 times every year. This new Jet Technology will completely prevent these accidents. In addition, many people who have to inject themselves with drugs such as insulin can be afraid of needles and not want to

JET INJECTOR slowly releases nicotine through have to inject themselves every the skin. However, these techday. The Jet may very well get nologies can only administer rid of their trepidation and allow technologies small enough to them to receive their medicine pass through the skins pores. with no pain or fear involved. These new Jet Injectors have the Over the years scientists have capability to penetrate this barriattempted to develop technoloer. gies that allowed the administraThere have been other tion of medicine without neesimilar devices available on the dles, but have so far only market, but they were only able reached limited success. One to inject in one way. This device example of such success would is much more controlled. It can be the nicotine patch, which

deliver a wide range of doses from various depths. It is built a Lorentz-Force around Actuator, a small yet powerful magnet that is surrounded by a coil of wire. When one applies current, it causes a force, which pushes the piston inside the device forward, ejecting the medicine at a high velocity. The velocity can be determined by the amount of current applied, determining which depth the medicine is injected to. In addition to depth, they can adjust the velocity of the injection for different skin types. It is a very controlled and specialized

process.

This medical technology has much potential, and will hopefully be used soon in hospitals and pharmacies. It can help those afraid of needles and prevent accidents, and seems to be a highly controlled technology. The developers are confident that it will work well, and all signs point to that being the case. It only goes to show what intelligent engineers with a passion for their work can create. For further information visit: http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2 012/needleless-injections0524.html


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a sonic cloud of trumpets, drums, and weird ambient droning that are as nauseating as the subject matter. There’s a clear Mars Volta influence on this track which isn’t entirely uncommon with progressive rock nowadays but, overall, is a drastic difference in Wilson’s

repertoire. If nothing else, the weird instrumental diversity on this track shows that Wilson’s musical ability isn’t grounded to one particular genre and, hell, if he wants to create a track of pure organized insanity, then he can pull it off like the pro’s. The true masterpiece of this album is easily “The Watchmaker” which, though initially an acoustic ballad reminiscent of early-era Genesis, turns into an impressive grooveriddled breakdown that not only features Wilson’s trademark vocal layering, but also some of the best drumming featured on a Wilson record since the last Porcupine Tree album. The eerie and ethereal chanting of “We are bound in death/Melt the silver down/I’m still inside you”

that brings the track to a close not only positively reflects the power of Wilson’s lyricism, but also proudly shows the power of Wilson’s vocal prowess. The titular track’s powerful minimalism and airy quality makes it the perfect closer for this album. The chilling

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and relatively depressing story is told to us through a series of repeated lyrics juxtaposed onto ambient and piano laden soundscapes reminiscent of Steven’s earlier work. However, Wilson has clearly matured as an artist since then and the combination of the two has an incredibly powerful impact on the listener. The powerful crescendo of the song matches the way the album opened and certainly assists in bringing the listener up from the dark stories that preceded it and, overall, bookend’s the album in a perfectly cinematic fashion. The music video for this song, directed by Jess Cope and Simon Cartwright, is required viewing and is as powerful (if not more) than the music on its own.

The only issue that arises from “The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories)” is the lack of a lucid story to read along with while listening to the album. Sure, Wilson did provide a form of storybook with the super deluxe edition of the album but, honest-

ly, spending upwards of $90 on a picture book isn’t the most feasible thing in the world. However, I feel as though this was the point of the album. Steven is partially providing to us a loose narrative, but is mostly providing the atmosphere and feeling of each story. It doesn’t really seem like Wilson wants us to read along and figure out what the stories are, but would rather us live in the moment and try to understand the scenarios presented to us on a personal basis. In the end, the stories that we experience firsthand are the ones we remember most and, thanks to Steven Wilson’s flawless album, we can seamlessly live in a different world full of beautifully written stories to experience ourselves.

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new songs, new styles, and new aural ideas to stimulate our imaginations and make us want to dance. Thankfully, we haven’t yet reached that point – despite what a listen to corporate radio may suggest – and as long as there are groups like Ned and The Big Babies to fill our lives with slamming beats,

gorgeous harmonies, and singalong anthems, I don’t think we ever will. Be sure to catch the band at one of their upcoming gigs, including monthly shows at The Rhumbline in Gloucester. If you like good music – and really, who doesn’t? You won’t be disappointed.

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goalie, and the Jennings Trophy with Manny Fernandez, Fewest Goals Allowed, in 2009 as well as the Vezina and Conn Smythe, Playoffs MVP, trophies in 2011. Thomas needed a backup, and he was no simple backup. After the disastrous 2006 season, Mike O'Connell gave up on Raycroft, and traded him to Toronto for then nineteen-year-old Finnish goalie Tuuka Rask. Rask spent 2008 and 2009 shuffling between Providence and Boston before making a splash in 2010. The Bruins were floundering twothirds into the 2010 season when Thomas, citing nagging injuries, could no longer play effectively. Rask went on a tear, finishing the

year 22-12 with a 1.97 GAA (think ERA in baseball). Rask led the charge in the post-season; defeating Ryan Miller in the Buffalo Sabres in the first round and going up three games to none in the second round against the Philadelphia Flyers. Unfortunately, playing all by himself for the final third of the season and nine playoff games caused him to run out of gas. This, combined with injuries to Sturm, Krejci, and Seidenberg, caused the Bruins to become the third team in NHL history to blow a 3-0 series lead with losing Game 7 at home to the Flyers. With Thomas and Rask both itching to return to stardom, they

used the good competition to better themselves for the long run and nearly captured the Jennings Trophy in 2011. Offensive stars (Seguin, Horton, Marchand, Recchi, Ryder), playmakers (Peverley, Campbell, Krejci), defensive forwards (Paille, Bergeron), tough guys (Thornton, McQuaid, Ference, Hnidy), offensive defensemen (Boychuck), defensive defensemen (Seidenberg), good management, and strong goaltending forms the big machine that every team strides to build every single year. In 2011, the Bruins were able to do it and look to do it again in 2013.

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