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Volume XLVI Issue 4
October 28, 2010
Keene Pumpkin Festival’s future uncertain due to lack of funding
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Despite rumors of cancellation, the 20th Keene Pumpkin Festival was held on October 16 in downtown Keene. However, the future of the event is still uncertain.
Alicia Baldino Alyssa Dandrea Arrow Staff Editor-in-Chief The Keene Pumpkin Festival celebrated its 20th anniversary Saturday, October 16, but the future of the festival is still being discussed. The main sponsor of the Pumpkin Festival,
Center Stage Cheshire County, will no longer be funding the event due to expenses, but that doesn’t mean it won’t continue. In hopes to save the Keene Pumpkin Festival, Susan Newcomer, workforce development coordinator of Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce, said, “They called a meeting for November 10, 2010 to have a discussion about
the future of the Pumpkin Festival for the region.” Between 20 to 30 people were invited to the meeting to come up with the best decision to resolve the issue. Newcomer said, “It is a brainstorming meeting for everyone to get their opinions out.” Downtown Group and the Keene Chamber of Commerce are some organizations that may take over running the Pump-
kin Festival, but there are many unanswered questions that hope to be resolved at the meeting. In total, the event costs approximately $150,000 annually. “That is a lot of money to raise for a small community like this. It is too big for the city; it is too taxing for city departments,” said Newcomer. She suggests that the people of Keene and surrounding areas should do some fundraising throughout the year to make the Pumpkin Festival happen. It is not only extremely costly, but very time consuming for the volunteers, according Newcomer. Pumpkin Festival is an annual event in mid-October that lasts a full day in downtown Keene. There are numerous stands and tents filled with jewelry, food, craft booths, live music, and a fireworks display at the end of the night. Besides all of the activities, entertainment, and products, there are thousands of pumpkins that are creatively carved by people in and around the area. The pumpkins are put on display on stands all around downtown. Many families and schools in the area participate in the pumpkin carving. The Friday before the Pumpkin Festival, they hold a special Community Night from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. where people drop off the pumpkins to be displayed. There also are activities and live music. This year there was an estimated 70,000 people that attended the Pumpkin Festival throughout the day. “For the weather, it was a great turnout,” said Newcomer. Junior Kate Curtis went to her first Pumpkin Festival this year and said, “I couldn’t believe how many carved pumpkins
there were!” This year there were 22,949 pumpkins, which was less than last year’s count of 29,762. Junior Mandi Brave said, “There were definitely more pumpkins last year than this year, which was kind of disappointing, but there were still tons of people.” According to an article in the Keene Sentinel, Newmount Farm, which is located north of Hanover, Vt., is the sole wholesale supplier of pumpkins for the Pumpkin Festival and was hit by major flooding in early October. It was reported that thousands of pumpkins were swept away by heavy rains and into the Connecticut River. However, despite the loss, the owners of the farm expected to be able to fill the order placed by Center Stage for the Pumpkin Festival. There are many groups of people that are strongly in favor of having the Pumpkin Festival continue. There is a Facebook group called “Help! Don’t cancel the Keene Pumpkinfest!” which has almost 4,000 fans and was started by freshman Sara O’Reilly. The site has suggestions for fundraising, as well as discussions and photos from the event. In creating the group, O’Reilly hoped to raise awareness about the Pumpkin Festival’s future, as well as keep everyone current on local news coverage. “It’s a wonderful local tradition, and I felt you can’t just rip it away from the residence and everyone who loves this festival.” For more information, the community is encouraged to visit PumpkinFestival2011.org.
Class of 2010 holds dedication of new barbecue area at Lakeview Townhouses Alyssa Dandrea Val Armstrong Editor-in-Chief Production Manager After raising over $10,000, the Class of 2010 was able to create a community barbecue area near the shuttle stop at the Lakeview Townhouses. The area includes an oversized grill, two weather resistant picnic tables, and a brick retaining wall with the dedication plaque. According to Chris Ialuna, assistant director of annual funds, the idea of the barbecue area appealed to the Class of 2010 because it offered future students a place to get together. “One of the most important aspects of Franklin Pierce is togetherness,” he said. “So we wanted to not just have a barbecue area, we wanted to turn it into an actual picnic area where students could
hang out.” There were a variety of ways in which the funds were raised for this class gift. Seniors were able to sign a pledge to donate their contingency deposit, which are usually refunded at the end of the year, towards the gift. Class of 2010 alumni Aaron Jacobs and Ashley Simone went door-to-door asking seniors for donations. “We had one of the highest participation rates compared to past years,” said Jacobs. “We wanted to make sure everyone had the opportunity to give and pushed $20.10 for 2010.” Simone said that one of the preliminary ideas was to build stairs going down to Petrocelli Hall, but that the cost would have been over $30,000. According to Simone, everyone agreed upon either the stairs or the barbecue area, but that the barbecue was “cheaper and an easier goal to reach.” Al-
though there is a smaller barbecue set up in the front portion of Lakeview, Simone felt that this gift would be more accessible to all seniors and create an additional opportunity for the community to get together. “The students that I have talked to so far from the senior class absolutely love this. They said it’s just a wonderful area to hang around in and they’ve used it so they’re thrilled,” said Ialuna. “There’s nothing better than to know that people are already utilizing it.” On Saturday, the Class of 2010 and members of the Class of 2011 were invited to a dedication barbecue, where Ialuna thanked the class for their gift and encouraged future classes to leave their mark as Franklin Pierce alumni. President James Birge came by and spoke briefly about the importance of giving back. Currently, Graduate Assistant Kara
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Costin is working with the Class of 2011 to help them decide on a class gift and start fundraising. The next meet-
ing will take place tomorrow, October 29, and Costin encourages all seniors who are interested to attend.
Birge addresses alumni in State of the University Molly Buccini Managing Editor
Photo provided by: Thersea Caulkins Learn about senior Thersea Caulkins and her interest in art and stained glass in this issue’s Artist in focus. See page 8.
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President James Birge gave his State of the University Address to alumni in Marcucella Hall during the Annual Meeting of the Alumni Association on October 23. In his address, Birge discussed changes in staff, campaign finances and contributions, as well as the important relationship between alumni and current students. Birge referred to the Rindge campus as a “vibrant academic campus; our students are fascinating.” He urged alumni to return to campus and see what is being offered, as well as to show students what will happen when they graduate with a Franklin Pierce degree. Birge also suggested that alumni consider additional fiscal contribu-
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tions to campus, saying that “we do good work and important things with your money.” He said alumni participation for the Rindge campus is approximately seven percent, six percent lower than the national small, liberal arts college alumni contribution average of 13 percent. Birge said, “My hope is to be at ten percent at this time next year.” On June 30 the capital campaign, a five-year campaign that opened in 2005, closed at 12.3 million dollars, which Birge said was, “nothing short of remarkable.” According to Birge, donations on a national average are down by 11 percent, but at Franklin Pierce they were up by 11 percent. Birge was also pleased to report that there had been more inquiries to admissions than there had been in previous years. Ac-
cording to Birge, the largest number of prospective students and families at Open Houses were present this fall, and to keep up the momentum they will be adding a third open house this semester. Birge compared his first year in office to the weather during his Inauguration; “stormy, turbulent, and with winds of change.” He discussed the senior staff he had appointed under his direction, including the CFO, Provost, and the Vice President of Institutional Advancement. He also noted the key change that took place Friday, October 15, when Lloyd Astmann was elected as Chair of the Board of Trustees. At the end of his address, Birge thanked alumni and welcomed them back to campus, which was followed by a short question and answer session.
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News In Brief 10th annual Pump-tober Fest
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Val Armstrong Production Manager Due to weather concerns, Franklin Pierce held its 10th annual Pump-tober Fest on Thursday, October 14, though it was originally scheduled for the following day. According to Scott Ansevin-Allen, assistant dean of student involvement, 138 pumpkins were donated by the organizers of the Keene Pumpkin Festival. These pumpkins were carved by students, faculty, and staff and sent to be displayed in the streets of downtown Keene. Ansevin-Allen also said that there was a “good turnout” for this year’s Pump-tober Fest. After carving pumpkins, the Franklin Pierce community enjoyed apple cider, hot chocolate, apple crisp, and pumpkin whoopie pies. With the future of the Keene event still unknown, Ansevin-Allen believes that “carving in the fall is a great tradition with or without the Keene Pumpkin Festival.”
Birge addresses Student Goverment Liz Squire Features Editor President James Birge attended last Wednesday’s Student Government Association (SGA) meeting to speak with students about retention, tuition and new developments. Birge said that 91 more students are attending Franklin Pierce than budgeted for and that retention is up with more transfer students attending this year than expected. He also talked about what his ideal number of students for the campus would be, saying that the “sweet spot” number is at 1550 students. One thing that he was unable to confirm, however, was if tuition would stay frozen at the current price. He said, “We are working with different math models to keep the tuition flat while raising teacher salaries, keeping competitive and giving students the merit scholarships they deserve.” Birge confirmed that structural developments are taking place in the town, next to Dunkin Donuts and across from Hannaford. On the land a tractor supply store is being built as well as possibly an Auto Zone and Dollar Tree. SGA meetings take place every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in Marcucella Hall and all are welcome to attend.
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Koning presents on the complex relationship between the geese and Pearly Pond’s health Emily Nixon Arrow Staff Professor Catherine Owen Koning presented “Too Much Food: of Geese, Pearly Pond, and FPU,” a PowerPoint presentation regarding the impact of the Canada geese on Pearly Pond, to students, staff, and faculty in Marcucella Hall on Tuesday, October 19. Koning began the presentation by discussing the history of Pearly Pond, which was originally smaller and shallower. But, in the late 1700s a dam was built and water levels rose, causing a lot of wetlands to drain into the lake. For the last two summers Pearly Pond was closed for swimming because of excess blue green algae, which can cause “nasty health affects and illnesses,” according to Koning. “The geese were framed for it. They were taken into custody and released elsewhere.” Koning addressed the removal and gassing of some geese over the summer by asking the question “what can we do without killing them?” She then presented ideas on how Frank-
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lin Pierce can prevent the pollution of the lake from the geese as well as other sources. Ideas included making sure that Lakeview has septic systems that work well, discouraging the geese from feeding by decreasing reproduction through the process of egg addling (which kills developing chicks), having a specially trained campus dog to heard and redirect the geese, or having landscape features that disrupt their view. According to Koning, the geese don’t feel safe if they can’t
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Students share their spooky Halloween stories Liz Squire Features Editor It’s fall, which means that Halloween is just around the corner! Halloween, to most, means candy corn, pumpkin carving, apple cider, haunted hay rides and spooky stories. Franklin Pierce, a campus of hauntings, holds an annual ghost hunt and treasures its very own spooky place, Peterson Hall, also known as “the manor.” Some say the manor, rumored to be a brothel back in the day, is haunted. Some Franklin Pierce students shared their own scary stories with the Pierce Arrow. Spooky story one: Freshman Kyle Quinn is experiencing his first Halloween in New Hampshire. A native of West Lynn, Ore., Quinn said that there is an abandoned insane asylum in his hometown where kids sneak in to get scared. Legend has it that the doctors of the asylum were performing experiments, like lobotomy’s, on the patients. The spookiest part of the legend? At 3 a.m. you can hear the tortured patients cries. “When I was in high school I went to the asylum with two of my friends. We wanted to know if the legend was true,” he said. With his friends, Quinn broke into the asylum through a bordered up window. Once inside the boys walked into one of the rooms. “Inside we saw a straight jacket and a teddy bear on the operating table,” he said, adding that he doesn’t know if someone put the jacket and bear there to freak kids out, or if it was real. “After we saw that we started to get creeped out and thought we should leave.” Quinn said that as he and his friends were about to leave, however,
they heard footsteps. He remembers the whole room getting much colder and said, “It sounded like the steps of a little kid. We were all seriously freaked out at this point and as we were walking out we heard a door slam shut.” Quinn and his friends ran out of the asylum and haven’t been back since. Spooky story two: Junior Suzana Deronjic, has never seen a ghost before, but was spooked by one incident with her five-year-old cousin, Sara. The two girls were hula-hooping in the driveway when suddenly Sara stopped and appeared frustrated. “I asked Sara what was wrong and she looked at me and said, ‘That girl keeps telling me I can’t hula-hoop.’” Deronjic said that there was no one in the driveway besides her and Sara. “I was pretty freaked out by that comment so I said we should play something else and we went inside,” she said. Spooky story three: Junior Emily Semo doesn’t watch scary movies and is positively terrified of ghosts. “I don’t even like to hear ghost stories,” she said. Before a weekend home alone Emily was telling a professor about her fears about staying in the big lake house alone when the professor told her this ghost story. “He told me that one weekend he was home alone by himself too, and this teacher has four cats,” she said. The professor heard noises downstairs like rattling late that night. Semo said, “He thought it might be the cats making all the noise downstairs but he counted four cats on his bed so it wasn’t the cats.”
The professor went downstairs and heard more rattling. As he went into the kitchen to investigate the noises he saw a figure moving closer to him. “He could only see the outline of the figure, and it kept coming closer,” she said. According to Semo, the teacher started yelling at the ghost telling it to leave and the ghost went away. “My teacher said that if a ghost knows your scared it will attack you, but if you act strong the ghost will leave. I don’t ever want to see a ghost though because I don’t think I’d be able to act not scared!” Spooky story four: Junior Keryn Shannon is no stranger to ghosts. Her mother told her about a little girl who used to sit on the end of her bed until she was a teenager. “My mom used to sleep with the lights on for a while,” she said. Shannon said that she has experienced a strange and unanswerable situation in her past. “I used to live in a condo style apartment building when I was younger and late one night all the power in the building went out.” After the power went out all the families who lived in the condos went outside to find a woman crying and yelling about her lost child. Shannon said, “Everyone was looking for this missing little girl but we couldn’t find her anywhere.” After searching for the missing child for some time, a woman from the neighborhood came out with the child. “It’s so strange because as soon Photo provided by: Bianca Acebron as the daughter and the mom hugged, the power turned back on...how weird Mike Husson is that?” Arrow Staff
Freshman in focus: Bianca Acebron
Alumnus Jack Serino remembers his time at Pierce and early days in Hollywood
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Jack Serino, Class of 1990, was chosen as “Class Clown” during his class’ Senior Breakfast. Alyssa Dandrea Editor-in-Chief Since graduating from Franklin Pierce in 1990, Jack Serino has lived in Hollywood pursuing jobs as an actor, director, writer, and producer. In addition to popular television shows like “CSI,” “Medium,” and “Cheers,” Serino has worked on “Batman Forever,” “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry,” “A Few Good Men,” and dozens of other well-known films. “I always wanted to work in the
entertainment business,” he said. “There weren’t a lot of colleges that offered Mass Communication – back then it was more studying the theory. You had the big schools [like University of Southern California] that had film programs, but Mass Communication at Pierce gave you the ability to be creative.” Reflecting on his time at Franklin Pierce, Serino said that he enjoyed all four years. In addition to the experiences he had on the hockey, golf, and baseball teams, he said it was the people that made Franklin Pierce memorable. “It’s just incredible faculty and staff. At the time, the president was Mr. Peterson, and he was just a wonderful leader. That’s what I enjoyed the most, just being around great people,” he said. When Serino first moved to Los Angeles, his dream was to become a director. “I was living in my car for the first seven days, but then I got a job as a used cars salesmen and an apartment. From there, I worked the phones and finally got a [physician assistant] job,” he said. Within a year, Serino was joined by other Franklin Pierce alumni and friends that also hoped to pursue their dreams and a career in Hollywood. “They were sleeping on the
floor of my apartment,” he said. “If felt like it was a stream [of alumni], but that’s what Franklin Pierce gives you – it gives you that closeness with other people. One great thing that this university provides is life-long friends.” Serino said that he encourages everyone interested in pursuing a career in film or television to make a short film, particularly while they are still in college and have so many resources available to them. “You are all individual filmmakers with your own stories to tell – that is what makes working in the entertainment business so unique,” he said. “There are some incredible stories out there all throughout New England.” While a number of alumni have moved to Hollywood and since had successful careers, some of them Emmy Award winning, Serino said that success today can come to filmmakers anywhere. “Hollywood is just the city in Southern California right now,” he said. “Look at India; it is a great example because there are more feature films being made there than in the United States. Especially with the new tax incentives in Massachusetts, and then there’s Connecticut, Michigan...Hollywood is everywhere.”
Bianca Acebron is the Student Government Association (SGA) President for the Class of 2014. Below she discusses her aspirations for the current freshman class, as well as how she is adjusting to such an important role while balancing her student life at Franklin Pierce. Q: Where are you from? What is your intended major? A: I am from Bow, N.H. It’s a small town very close to the capital, and I love it. I am intending to be a double major in Secondary Education and Biology, in hopes to be a high school science teacher. Q: What are some of the things you are looking to do as the President of the Class of 2014? A: There are many hopes that we as a class executive board plan to do. We’d like to have fundraisers in hopes of bringing homelessness awareness to the campus. We plan on hosting fun events, which are a work in progress right now. Although, for sure we are going to have at least two full Class of 2014 meetings per semester. We also will host the Super Bowl Party, which is a freshman tradition you won’t want to miss. Q: What’s the biggest difficulty of being class president? A: One of the biggest difficulties of being class president is the constant pressure. Not only are your executive board and senators counting on you and looking for answers from you,
but there are also the other classes, who constantly ask about the freshmen class. When they do, they usually come to me and ask their questions. It’s a challenge because of the pressure, however it is a joy knowing how many people look up to and rely on you. Q: How is cross country looking this year? A: Cross Country is doing well this year. Pierce athletics has made a great jump ahead with this program. It is a newer program but there are some good new members, along with the older members who have really stepped it up this year. It’s difficult because we don’t have any home meets, but we do love the support. Last week, the women’s tennis team made us good luck posters, and women’s volleyball made us little “goodie bags.” It really demonstrated Pierce athletics and what it’s all about at this school, and intercollegiate sports in general. Q: How have you adapted to the college experience so far? A: I have adjusted very well, actually. There is a sense of freedom here, but still with enough guidance for those questions that we don’t know. I really do enjoy it here. The first week was a little tough, but I, along with most freshmen, made it through. Q: Who inspires you the most? A: The person I am most inspired by is my older sister, Estefania [who is 23]. She is the hardest worker I know and never gives up. She does what she likes, even if that isn’t what people think is the cool thing to do. She will go out of her way for anyone and drop everything on her plate to help out a friend in need. Q: If you could sit down to dinner with three people dead or alive, who would they be? A: If I could sit down at a dinner with three people dead or alive, I would probably choose Steve Prefontaine, a long distance runner from Oregon State who died just in his prime; Amelia Earhart, because I am really curious about how she died in the Bermuda Triangle while flying her airplane; and my best childhood friend Ally Hinck, who died in a fatal head-on car crash when I was in seventh grade and she was in sixth.
Meet the Roommates: Lakeview 8 go anywhere. Suzie: Erin. Merceda: Erin. Her leftovers are our dinners. Natalie: Erin. Sam: No mother.
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Molly Buccini Managing Editor Meet Melissa Koszer, Erin Dwyer, Suzie Morey, Merceda DeVoe, Natalie Cranston, and Samantha Cooper— the ladies of Lakeview 8! Q: What is your major? Melissa: Mass Communication and Political Science. Erin: Political Science. Suzie: Psychology.
Merceda: Psychology. Natalie: Arts Management and Mass Communication. Sam: Sports and Recreation Management. Q: Who is the “mother” of the group? Melissa: Erin. Erin: As much as I hate to admit it, I think I am. I clean, do dishes, bake, and tell all my roommates that I love them and to be safe when they
Q: Who is the loudest? Melissa: We’re all pretty loud when we’re partying. Erin: Merceda is hands down the loudest. I call her Chewbacca. She hits volumes that makes ear drums bleed (but we love her for it... most of the time). Suzie: Merceda. Merceda: Erin. Natalie: Tie between Merceda and Erin. Sam: Erin. Q: Who is the messiest? Melissa: Me. Erin: Melissa is without a doubt the messiest. Ignoring the piles of clothing taking over her bedroom, she’s a tornado of mess into the living room where you can usually find her computer, notebooks, pillow, sheets,
dishes, candy wrappers, shoes, and the occasional towel. She’s lucky we love her so much. Suzie: Melissa. Merceda: Melissa, without a doubt. Natalie: Melissa. Sam: Melissa. Q: If Lakeview 8 could be located anywhere else in the world, where would you want it to be? Melissa: Spain. Erin: Las Vegas. We’d probably blow money just as fast but at least we’d have a chance to win some back. Suzie: Cancun. Merceda: Hawaii! Natalie: Los Angeles. Sam: It’s fine just where it is. Q: If you had to pick a theme song for Lakeview 8, what would it be? All: “Beat That Beat Up” by DJ Pauly D. Erin: “We are Family” by Sister Sledge.
Q: What are you going to miss the most about Lakeview 8 when you graduate? Melissa: Having my own house and my new-found friends. Erin: We bicker and fight like siblings sometimes, but at the end of the day we all really love each other and look out for one another. I’m going to miss watching seasons of TV shows in one sitting, poking fun of Melissa’s industrial size cell phone, fist pumping to DJ Pauly D, playing catch phrase and “Apples to Apples” for hours, and just hanging out enjoying each others’ company. Merceda: Living so comfortably and close together with all my favorite people. Natalie: Playing “Apples to Apples,” being so close, hanging out in each others’ rooms, partying, and watching marathons of the same TV show on DVD together. Sam: Just hanging out, playing “Apples to Apples,” catch phrase, and drinking.
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Purple for a purpose: national day of remembrance sparks discussion of love Amanda Paul Arrow Contributor Did you wear purple on October 20? A Facebook event was circling around on my News Feed a few weeks ago titled “R.I.P. In memory of the recent suicides due to gay abuse, wear purple.” The event was dedicated to Tyler Clementi, Asher Brown, Seth Walsh, Justin Aaberg, Raymond Chase, and Billy Lucas. All of them were young men who committed suicide after being bullied because of their sexual orientation. I instantly joined the group and went to read
its wall, expecting uplifting messages and thoughtful memories about the young men. What I found was disgusting, anti-gay comments that brought me to tears. In response to these comments, I present this peaceful rebuttal. The following is my own opinion. It may vary from your own opinion and that is fine; people are allowed to have their own views. This is simply how I see things. At the end of World War II, my Italian grandmother was discouraged from marrying my Irish grandfather. Being the person my grandmother was, she married him anyway and ig-
nored the comments because she was in love. Also at this time, it would have been discouraged for me, a person with a Catholic background, to date my boyfriend, a person from a Jewish background. Today, such relationships are acceptable. In fact, America is full of marriages and relationships like my grandparents’. When you ask someone what heritage he or she is, you never get one answer. People answer about two or three ethnic backgrounds, showing that America is a mixing pot of relationships and marriages. I grew up in a very religious family, went to church every Sunday, and
spent half of my life in a Catholic school. Also, my best friend in high school was gay. I do understand both sides. I learned through all the Catholic teachings that Jesus’ number one rule is to treat others how you would like to be treated. I, for one, would like to be treated with respect and wish others the same. I would not want anyone to tell me who I can or cannot love or marry, and I do not feel that some of my friends and family should be denied the right to love. This is about the right to love—women, men, or whomever you choose. The six young men mentioned above were harassed for loving what a ma-
jority of society considers “the wrong person;” bullied to the point that they saw no escape but death. No one should ever be cornered to the point that death is the only answer. When I told my friend about the site on Facebook, she told me that there isn’t enough love in the world. I must say I disagree. I see love, but it is being suppressed by society’s standards, and church and state, since only a handful of states allow gay marriage. And, at this moment, the loving comments on the Facebook event page outnumber the hateful ones. There is love - it just needs a voice.
Student advocates for college vote in midterm election Jake Wagner Arrow Staﬀ
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Pierce Advocacy: how to get a grip on it
It’s coming to that time when all of us are preparing for midterms. At this point we’re getting tired. It’s the same feeling we feel on Wednesdays when hump day comes; we are looking forward to the weekend. In this case we are in the middle of the semester and we’re looking forward to Christmas break. We want to relax and take some time for ourselves, but before we can do that we need to pass our midterms and fight through the ending of the semester. It can get very stressful at this point and later with final exams, but everyone can get through it. So many people get stressed at this point; you are not alone. Professors understand, and as long as you communicate with them they will be able to help you and possibly give you more time. Make sure you communicate. There are so many people who can help you with your academics. If you are a freshman, go to your CA or your Peer Leader. They will help you and even if they can’t, they will point you into the right direction. Everyone can go to Academic Services, located in the library. They will set you up with a tutor. They also put the annex in the freshman buildings for a reason! Make use of all of these helpful sources. Peer advocacy can
help as well. If you need some time for yourself or need to chat with someone, find us. We’re going to be located in the freshman area as well. We’re here for everyone! Sometimes you just need some encouragement. There are ways to overcome this academic stress. I personally just got out of a jam. I was a week behind in all my classes because of issues outside academics. I was so down and didn’t know how to catch up. I first communicated with all my professors and they understood. I knew I could do the work, I was just swamped. So even if you are great with academics, you can still feel overwhelmed. So what I did was talked with people who were close to me. I also talked to some people I wouldn’t normally talk to. They all encouraged me to keep on going and I would get there. Sometimes that’s all you need, and in my case that’s what really got me through the academic pressures. So if that’s you and you need someone to talk to, shout out to the peer advocates or just go to one of those people I mentioned above. Good luck on midterms, we’re almost there! Amy Carpentier Pierce Advocacy Group
As Election Day steadfastly approaches, political pundits and pollsters are frantically following every poll to determine what outcome will unravel on November 2. With Republican voters energized and Democratic candidates preparing for the worst, the 2010 midterm elections will most certainly be a large wake up call for the troubled Obama Administration. Why should you, as a college student, care? Simply put, midterm elections can change the course of our government. By putting a new party in power or by simply choosing to vote, we as young voters can elect candidates that represent the values that mean most to us, whether it is the environment, student loans, or educational reform. With only two weeks to go until citizens head to the polls, here is a list of key races around the region and what effect they will have on the political climate to come. CONNECTICUT - U.S. Senate The Candidates: Linda McMahon (R), businesswoman; Richard Blumenthal (D), Attorney General of Connecticut. Overview: After serving in the U.S. Senate for 29 years, U.S. Senator Chris Dodd announced he would not run for re-election. Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and former World Wresting Entertainment manager Linda McMahon emerged as the main candidates for Dodd’s seat. McMahon has spent over $21 million dollars during her campaign. Prediction: Leans Democratic. While polls have been tightening in recent weeks, McMahon is still down by five points in the latest survey: 51%46%. While Connecticut is traditionally more Democratic, I do, however, believe that McMahon can pull off an upset victory over Blumenthal come Election Day. MASSACHUSSETTS – Governor The Candidates: Charlie Baker (R), former CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare; Gov. Deval Patrick (D); State Treasurer Tim Cahill (I). Overview: Incumbent Governor Deval Patrick is faced with tough opposition from former CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare, Charlie Baker. State Treasurer Tim Cahill is running as an Independent. Throughout the campaign, Patrick has been seen as vulnerable in this re-election bid. Massachusetts, another Democratic stronghold, elected Republican Scott Brown to the U.S. Senate last year, and it appears that the GOP has another chance to claim victory in the state’s gubernatorial election. Prediction: Too close to call/leans Democratic. The numbers in recent polls have begun to tighten. In the most recent survey, Governor Patrick led Baker 47%-42%. Tim Cahill has essentially been written off, as he has last polled at only 6%.
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NEW HAMPSHIRE - Governor The Candidates: John Stephen (R), former NH Health and Human Services Commissioner; Gov. John Lynch (D). Overview: New Hampshire Governor John Lynch is running for a fourth two-year term against former state Health and Human Services Commissioner, John Stephen. Lynch had managed to win re-election in 2006 and 2008 by landslide margins, and had enjoyed a high approval rating throughout the state. This year, however, for the first time, Governor Lynch’s approval rating dropped below 50%, but has since risen to more favorable numbers. Prediction: Likely Democratic. Even though John Stephen had a slight surge after his primary victory (coming within one percentage point of Governor Lynch), any hope of a close race has slowly begun to diminish. While the margin appears to be closer than Lynch’s previous re-election bids, the Governor nonetheless maintains a strong lead over John Stephen: 51%-38%. NEW HAMPSHIRE - U.S. Senate The Candidates: Kelly Ayotte (R), former Attorney General of New Hampshire; Rep. Paul Hodes (D). Overview: In this race to replace retiring Republican Senator Judd Gregg, former Attorney General Kelly Ayotte is facing Democratic Representative Paul Hodes. Ayotte won a close Republican primary battle on September 14, edging out opponent Ovide Lamontagne by only two percentage points. Nonetheless, the Ayotte campaign has strongly continued their crusade against high taxes and government spending. Paul Hodes has been heavily criticized in recent weeks for his claim to be a “fiscal conservative.” Prediction: Leans Republican. For weeks, Ayotte has maintained her lead on Paul Hodes in every single poll taken. A recent survey indicated that Ayotte lead among men, women, and Independent voters: a crucial electorate in every New Hampshire race. Though some polls have shown Ayotte’s lead at only five points ahead (and thus the reason why I’m not declaring this likely Republican just yet), a recent WMUR poll showed Ayotte with a commanding lead over Paul Hodes: 50%-35%. RHODE ISLAND – Governor The Candidates: John Robitaille (R), Frank Capiro (D), former State Treasurer; Lincoln Chafee (I), former U.S. Senator. Overview: In another dynamic race of this political season, Rhode Island is also faced with three candidates for
Governor. Democratic State Treasurer Frank Capiro faces Republican John Robitaille and former Senator Lincoln Chafee, who left the Republican Party in 2007. Prediction: Too close to call. Like Charlie Crist in Florida, Lincoln Chafee’s independent message has been nice to see. In recent polling, Chafee is neck-in-neck with Capiro as Robitaille sits in third place. Latest poll results show Chafee with a narrow lead: 33%-30%-22%. The midterm elections this year are truly fascinating in many ways. From Tea Party upsets in primaries nationwide to Christine O’Donnell’s remarks about “dabbling” in witchcraft, the political theater is certainly in its prime. Our state of New Hampshire, along with many other surrounding New England states, has very crucial elections that will ultimately help set the balance of power in Washington and beyond. Going forward, I am projecting that the Republican Party will make many significant gains nationwide. This has been presumed for many weeks now, as it appears likely that the GOP will take over control of the House of Representatives. The U.S. Senate, however, will likely remain in the hands of the Democrats, though I do believe many key victories will make their majority a very slim one. Expect to see 2010 become a large stepping stone for the Republicans in 2012. With many key victories on the horizon, the GOP will likely continue to be energized as the Presidential election cycle nears once more. While the Tea Party has led to many victories in primaries and some midterms across the nation, it is my opinion that if a Tea Party endorsed candidate wins the nomination in 2012, they will ultimately lose miserably to President Obama. Another key point to note in these midterms is the prevalence of Independent candidates. Ultimately, I believe that this message of partisan reform and “people before party” will begin to resonate more and more with voters. What should you do? It’s simple: register and remember to vote on Tuesday, November 2 (there’s still time to do so!). As a college student, it is imperative that you understand the world around you and whether you like it or not, politics is certainly no exception. Editors Note: To see more of Wagner’s midterm election predictions, visit www.piercearrownews.com.
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Payne in the Pierce: Halloween costume conundrums
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Jeff Payne Editorials Editor It’s that time of year, boys and girls. Who’s excited for Halloween? I know I am. I can honestly say that while growing up I hated Halloween. Sure, the early years of candy and costumes were nice, but once the locals decided that it would be fun to hide in the woods and jump out and scare impressionable youth like me, I decided it was time to retire the holiday. However, Halloween at Franklin Pierce is a whole other ball game; it is a weekend long event of epic proportions! First of all let’s discuss one of the greatest Halloween traditions on campus: the Halloween dinner in the café. Everyone has their opinions about the cafeteria and their meal selections, but I have never in my life met anyone who could turn down
the Halloween dinner. A sturdy collection of appetizers and other delicious delights tantalize all who see them. I personally refuse to pass the Halloween buffet without getting at least enough fried options to induce a heart attack. If I’m not taking a Tums later, I have not done my job. Let’s also not forget the tradition of all of the littlest townies coming to campus to trick-or-treat. It’s always entertaining to see what the children have chosen to wear. It usually falls somewhere in the spectrum of obnoxiously cute to inappropriately creepy and gross. Let’s be honest, it’s a little disturbing when a seven-yearold shows up at your door wearing a clown mask with fake blood dribbling out of the mouth, just saying. Speaking of costumes, let’s discuss the real highlight of the Franklin Pierce Halloween. That’s right, my friends, I am calling you out. Let’s chat about what I have seen you all strutting around this campus in over the years, shall we? First of all, I’m going to say it straight up. The lack of uniqueness in the costumes is astounding. C’mon Franklin Pierce, we are college students, let’s get those brains working and come up with some better costumes. Originality, people! Don’t let it become a lost art! Here’s the thing I’ve noticed about
Halloween costumes on this campus in general. Actually, I would first like to preface this breakdown with an admission that there are some very original costumes out there that I have seen some of you wear. This column does not apply to all of you, just most of you. Now that I’ve said that, let’s begin shall we? First I will separate everyone by gender. For good reason, the costumes that boys wear versus girls are vastly different. Let’s begin with the guys. Here is where you are more likely to find humorous costumes because, and gentlemen, you know this is true, we’re always looking for a laugh. This is especially true when the party that’s being attended is filled with young ladies. It’s always the single ones that you see wearing the joke costumes. It’s my personal belief that this is done strictly to start up a conversation and in turn meet some new people. This always entertained me because it’s always the single guys trying to get the laughs, while the ones in relationships are on the other end of the spectrum. I’m not saying every male in a relationship does this. I’ve just noticed more often than not, it’s the guys who are in relationships and who also spend obscene amounts of time at The Bubble that desperately search for a costume that will force
them to take their shirt off. You would think it would be the single guys, but no, they are just having fun. It’s the ones that already have someone that always decide to dress as if they were hanging out for a bit before heading out to be the “special guest” at a bachelorette party. Then we have the ladies. Once again, this doesn’t apply to everyone, but ladies, let’s talk about these costumes you all wear for a minute. First of all, I don’t know if I can even break you into two categories as I did with the gentlemen because almost all of the costumes I see fit into a very specific genre. Sure, a few of you try to go the cute route and I respect it, but a large quantity of you seem to decide to go down a different road—a more adult road. I don’t blame you ladies, though. These types of costumes seem to be the only ones on the market. I don’t know how many of you travel to the costume stores to get your gear, but there seems to be a very disturbing trend in female costumes lately. It seems that they are taking many favorite childhood icons, Little Miss Muppet, Goldie Locks, etc., and let’s use the term “altering” their famous outfits so as to make them more suited for a new and disturbing kind of fairy tale. I’m sorry, but if Little Red Riding Hood was wearing the outfit
that I saw at the local costume shop, the wolf wouldn’t have tried to eat her, he would have taken her out for a drink and dancing. What is going on? This blows my mind. Why are the most available Halloween costumes for girls nowadays a cross between Dorothy from the “Wizard of Oz” and last month’s Playboy centerfold? I’m all for personal expression and ladies, I encourage you to wear whatever it is that makes you feel good. I merely call ‘em as I see ‘em. Now, I may tease about the various costumes you all wear, but I’ll admit it. Halloween is a good time at Franklin Pierce, probably one of the most memorable times of the year. As it is my last year here, I can definitely say that Halloween is probably the holiday I’m going to miss being on campus for the most. So get your costumes together, peeps, whatever they may be. I personally am going as Neal Caffrey from the show “White Collar” and get ready. As usual, I’m sure it’s going to be a good time!
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The world according to Frankie P: acts of kindness Frangelica Odell Arrow Staﬀ Maybe it is because Thanksgiving is only a month away, or because the beautiful fall foliage is making me feel like George Bailey at the end of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” but over the past few weeks I’ve seen just how butt-kicking fabulous our campus is. I hear people grumbling about the food, Internet, and weather, but there are some things that are priceless and could only be found at Frankie P. For starters, the kindness on this campus trumps all others. What other college can you go to where members
of a club go pick apples to make apple pies not for themselves, but for the community soup kitchen? Last Sunday, Agape President Maribeth Cote and members spent hours picking and baking pies for those who are less fortunate. October is hectic here on campus; there are midterms to study for, papers to write (the night before starting at 10:30 p.m.), and events to plan and host. Agape’s act of kindness woke me up from my own cluttered schedule and reminded me that in college we tend to form a bubble around our campus and cut off the rest of the world. Friends and family seem that much
further away even though home may only be an hour or two from here. I think what truly can be taken from this is that the group remembered people are hungry, and not just on Thanksgiving and Christmas when the less fortunate are usually thought of. Even though they had exams and papers, the group still came through for others. Kudos to Agape. Secondly, where else can you get a Blue Man who runs around the campus, does hand stands in the library, cartwheels in the courtyard, and appears in classrooms and disappears just as quickly? Whoever Blue Man is, according to his Facebook page,
he enjoys long walks and the female anatomy. Oh and ladies, he is listed as single. For such a small campus we have a ravin’ group of Ravens. Between Rage in the Cage, soccer, baseball, and rugby games our fan base is very vocal. I’ve passed by games on my way back down to Lakeview when it drops down to the 30 degrees and there are still fans screaming as loud as they possibly can, not even aware of how cold it is, and they are in shorts. Our fans are like mail men—we do not let rain, sleet, or snow stop us from getting the job done of cheering on our friends and peers. We may complain
about the small things, but when it comes down to it, we show our pride for Rocky and fellow Ravens. Sure, our Internet makes snails look like Speedy Gonzales and we live in a constant wind tunnel, but we’ve got something no other campus across the United States has got. We’re small, but so full of life. This campus is smack in the middle of nowhere, but we sure do make it feel like a place that others ought to be. Franklin Pierce has got what can only be described as s-t-y-l-e.
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Meet the athlete: Kaitlin Krolikowski Liz Squire Features Editor
Meet the coach: Corey Lawson
Photo provided by: Tom Remp
Molly Buccini Managing Editor
Under the direction of coach Corey Lawson, this year the women’s rugby team made it to the New England playoffs for the first time in the history of the women’s rugby program at Franklin Pierce. When Lawson came to Franklin Pierce in 2008 he helped out with both men’s and women’s teams, but officially took over coaching both the men and women’s teams last fall. Lawson is no stranger to rugby. He started playing in 1999 at Keene State College, where he switched from playing baseball to rugby. He still plays occasionally on various teams including a local team in Jaffrey, N.H., as well as ones in Manchester and North Conway. Currently, Lawson is Division Director for Men’s New England Rugby Division IV. “I basically run the division all over New England and there are 24 teams,” he said. Lawson said that the fall season is competitive, where teams have the opportunity to advance to the New Eng-
land or National championships. The spring is more developmental; time to practice, and scheduling and traveling to tournaments with teams you wouldn’t normally play. “During practices I do a lot of explaining. I probably talk too much to be honest with you, but I know it’s a brand new sport for a lot of people,” he said. Sophomore player Bill Weill, who has been playing for the men’s team for a little over a year said Lawson starts out the season by explaining the basics, which is helpful to new players as well as returning members. “Many of the rugby players on the team didn’t play the sport or even heard of it before entering college,” he said. “As a returning player it reinforces old rules that I might have missed the first time, but it sets the foundation for the new players.” Captain Natalie Cranston said that Lawson is not only a leader on the field, but is also very involved with helping the teams fundraise. “One of the biggest challenges for the team is fundraising because they’re completely self-funding, they don’t re-
ceive any financial funding from the university,” Lawson said. “They work very hard because they have to pay for travel, referees, and those things get very expensive. They sell sweatshirts, and they do things at Up All Night. Getting that done is very challenging but they’ve done a really nice job with it.” Weill said, “the thing about Corey as a coach is that he wants to better each team every day on and off the field. He found us fundraisers, as well as community service to better the team off the field, and on the field we better ourselves from how we performed the game before.” Lawson is known to be very loud during game time. “If anyone’s ever been to any of the games, I’m very loud,” he laughed. “I’d rather be talking to my players and correct what might be going wrong than be silent and have them be confused and not know what’s going on.” “He gives encouraging speeches before games, with an intense speech face with a notable stance,” said Cranston. “He also always thinks people are talking about him when a couple of the girls on the team start laughing while he is talking.” The Women’s team competed in the New England playoffs, which took place at Keene State College on Sunday, October 24. The men’s team also finished with a winning record, but missed the playoffs by one game. Cranston said, “He truly cares about his players on and off the field. He will take the time to talk to you about anything and make sure everything is going well. He is not only a coach, but also a great friend to all the players on the team. He also always decides what’s best for the team, and winning is not the only important thing for him, but making it a fun experience for all players.”
Despite defeat last season, Bruins look promising
Anthony Chighisola Arrow Staff
This year seems to be full of promise for a team that ended last year with a ton of disappointment. The Boston Bruins ended last year by blowing a three-game lead against the Philadelphia Flyers, something that will always be remembered by Boston fans. The reaction to this was a few changes by management. The lack of scoring had Dennis Wideman and a draft pick going to Florida for a proven scorer in Nathan Horton and a fourth line center who can bring skill and effort in Greg Campbell. They also brought in highly touted rookie Tyler Seguin. The last new piece to the team is Jordan Caron, a first round pick that showed he could play well during training camp and is now playing on the third line. What has these changes brought? A three and one start and the most recent game being a surprising win against Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. Right now everything is going right for the Bruins. They don’t have any real injuries besides Andrew Ference, which is no surprise. He is playing through some type of a lower body injury, but playing nonetheless. The
team has the first line of Krejci centering Lucic and Horton firing on all cylinders. Horton has three goals and three assists, Krejci has one goal and five assists, and Lucic has three goals and two assists. Most of this is attributed to David Krejci. He has dominated the first few games and is looking like an all-star caliber center. He is really controlling the game out there and opening up the ice for his line mates. The other thing that has been going extremely well for the Bruins is the defense and goaltending. Tim Thomas has seemed to come back into his Vezina winning form and has been in the net for the last three wins while only allowing two goals. This is surprising because Tuukka Rask was seen as the number one goalie after last year, but is going to have to wait for Thomas to cool off to get another chance. The reason for this is that Claude Julien is well known for playing the hot hand no matter who the player is. Zdeno Chara is also playing pretty well after receiving his contract extension. He showed it last night by holding Alex Ovechkin to a pointless night. After having surgery this past summer he came back in probably the best shape he has been in and it is paying off on the ice.
So after all of these positives what could be the negatives? There are a lot. The Bruins have six defensemen and five of them have a left handed shot. This will hurt them on the power play and in the defensive zone when they are trying to break out. The next one is that you have Marc Savard out until the end of November at the earliest. He is one of the top playmakers in the NHL and would surely help the offense. The biggest problem is what to do when Savard comes back. When he comes back the Bruins will be over the salary cap by a lot. This may mean that Michael Ryder will be sent to the AHL or traded, or that there will be some type of other deal. The question is whether or not Savard will be okay when he comes back, and not play like Bergeron did for two years after his injury. Another question is how Tuukka Rask will play during his sophomore year. Goaltenders are notorious for having a sophomore slump and all fans are praying that this is not the case for Tuukka. However through everything so far, the Bruins are looking very good. Let’s just hope that everything keeps going this way.
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Junior Kaitlin Krolikowski has been playing tennis since she was six years old. “I was competitive at tennis from an early age,” she said. “I’ve traveled everywhere from Arizona to the Carolinas to compete.” As captain of this year’s Franklin Pierce tennis team, Krolikowski said, “I’m trying to raise team morale. We have a great group of girls that will do big things this coming spring season.” She was on the women’s tennis team and badminton team as a high school student in her hometown of Long Island, New York. At Bollitieri’s elite tennis academy, where Krolikowski took a three-week course, she not only learned from teachers who have trained Agassi, Becker, Courier, but she also met both Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova. “I really admire Serena Williams. To be a woman playing a sport is not always easy. There is pressure from critics and fans, but Serena truly owns her craft,” she said. Krolikowski, who plays both number one singles and number one doubles on the team this year, had this to say about this coming season, “We have a new coach this year, Alex Eckhardt, and I am excited to see what new techniques and training tips she
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can bring to the team.” In addition to her love of tennis, Krolikowski hopes to one day own her own beauty salon. She is currently a Business Management major. “After I graduate from Franklin Pierce I’m planning on going to beauty school. I love to do my friends’ hair. I did my first cut last week,” she said. Krolikowski misses Long Island pizza and shopping when she’s at school, but enjoys cooking and watching Disney movies, her favorite of which is “Sleeping Beauty,” in her spare time. “I love to cook for my friends. My favorite thing to cook is probably shepherd’s pie.”
Women’s soccer loses close match to No. 1 Saint Rose on senior day Adam Stahl Sports Editor The Franklin Pierce women’s soccer team was defeated by No. 1 The College of Saint Rose 1-0 on October 23 at Sodexo Field on Senior Day. “Over the years they have become our biggest rival,” said Ravens senior backfielder Kelsey Dumont. “Each time we play them its not an easy match.” The game winning goal came in the thirty-second minute scored on a strong shot to the left side of the goal by Golden Knights junior midfielder Christina Cuffari, her seventh of the season, on a pass from freshman forward Carmelina Puopolo. The Golden Knights out shot the Ravens, who spent a lot of time in their own defensive zone especially in the beginning minutes of the first half, 20-12. The tempo became more balanced towards the midway point of the first half but the Ravens could not close the scoring gap. The Ravens fought back by testing Golden Knights goalkeeper Deanna Esposito with 10 shots on goal during the match, but Esposito did not
let anything get by. Ravens goalkeeper Jocelyn Leon also finished with 10 saves (.909 save percentage). “I thought that we played extremely well,” said Dumont. “Our back four played so strong keeping the ball out of our net and our offense had great shots that kept them on their toes.” The Ravens honored five senior student-athletes before the match: backfielder Heather Riley, backfielder Kelsey Dumont, midfielder Snezana Stojkovic, midfielder Shona Franklin, and backfielder Kelly Weygnand who played their last regular season match at Sodexo Field. Also recognized before the game were the Golden Knights’ eight senior student-athletes: goalkeeper Deanna Esposito, forward Kristen Bidosky, midfielder Kaitlyn Berry, midfielder Amanda Deck, backfielder Katie Whiting, backfielder Coco Ebersole, midfielder Jaclyn Evans, and backfielder Kelly Guerin. Franklin Pierce falls to 11-4-1 overall (9-4-1 NE-10) on the season and The College of Saint Rose remains undefeated at 17-0 (14-0 NE-10). The Ravens play their final regular season match on Wednesday, October 27 away at Saint Anselm.
Brothers Reaching Out hosts annual “Rage in the Cage” event Mike Husson Arrow Staff The annually hyped up “Rage in the Cage” did not disappoint this year. The turn out was great and the fans were ecstatic to be there. Freshman Drew Stiewing said, “As a freshman, Rage in the Cage was a great example of the school’s pride, and we were really excited with the turnout that it got.” Put on by B.R.O (Brothers Reaching Out), this year’s event was a kickoff pep rally for the men’s and women’s basketball teams. The event started off with the announcement of each team’s rosters and speeches by each team’s respective captain. Men’s captain Mike Barrow thanked the fans for last year and also congratulated this year’s fall sports teams for the success so far. He also
mentioned the men’s soccer team’s recent move up to being ranked fifth in Division II. After this was finished, certain fans were asked on court for different events. These events included: a spinning bat race, a dance off, and a hot wings eating competition. The events were followed by a preview of the Ravens cheerleading squad routine. Freshman cheerleader Alicia Bean said, “All the girls worked very hard. I’m impressed how well we did after such a sort time practicing.” To finish the night off, five of the men’s basketball players were asked to compete in a slam dunk competition. Overall, the night was very fun and had a very good turnout. The only knock on it that I had was that it was only an hour long. I felt like they probably could have done more, but it was a great way to kick off the basketball season.
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Television you have not watched but should: “Maude” Jeffrey Payne Editorials Editor I decided to start a new column about one of my greatest loves: television. While I love listening to and writing about music, as I do in my music review column, “Music Mailbox,” I decided that I wanted to write about something that I love even more—good TV. Now, I love some of the current TV hits. “Glee” is always a good time, “Modern Family” is possibly the funniest show on television today, and “The Good Wife” gives me chills every week. However, the majority of my favorite programs are no longer on the air and many of them ended before I was even born. Over the last couple of years, I was lucky enough to discover the shows that I plan to write about. I felt that I really wanted to share them with my fellow students and give them a new lease on life and hopefully some contemporary recognition for the fine programs that they are. I decided to kick it off with a show from the ’70s that stars an actress that many of you already know.
Most of you know the late Bea Arthur as the smart-mouthed substitute teacher, Dorothy Zbornak, on “The Golden Girls.” What some of you may not have known is that before sharing the screen with the rest of the Golden Girls, she was the star of her own series, the 1970s Top 10 hit “Maude.” Maude was the spin-off of “All in the Family,” which, at the time, was the number one show in America. Maude was introduced on “All in the Family” as Edith Bunker’s liberal and feminist cousin who was the polar opposite of the bigoted main character, Archie. The character was so successful in her guest spot that the network decided to give her her own spin-off. Thus the final episode of “All in the Family’s” second season doubled as the pilot for “Maude.” This show is absolutely hilarious, largely in part to Arthur’s portrayal of Maude. The thing that makes the show work is that she can get away with saying or doing anything, no matter how ridiculous, without ever losing the serious look on her face. Even running gags in the series such as Maude’s signature catch phrase
“God’ll get you for that, Walter!” never loses its impact, as Arthur manages to bring new life to it each time she says it. This is what makes the character so enjoyable. She is outrageously over-dramatic and takes things to extremes, such as when she tells each of her family members a different outrageous excuse (she drank a bottle of shampoo by mistake, the basement is flooded) in order to get them home season 1’s “Maude’s Good Deed.” She handles these excuses with such seriousness when they arrive home that it creates an irony too hilarious to ignore. Arthur’s performance is truly spectacular. So spectacular that she even manages to pull off a solo episode which consists of one half hour long soul-searching monologue in season four’s “The Analyst.” “Maude” managed to stay in the top ten for four of its six seasons and also landed Bea Arthur an Emmy for her portrayal of the title character. Of course, I can’t forget to mention her fellow Golden Girl, Rue McClanahan, is also a part of the cast. She made a couple of guest appearances in the first season and became a primary cast member
Street Talk: What are you planning on being for Halloween?
from season two through the rest of the show’s run. What made “Maude” such a powerful sitcom was that it was not just about the laughs. Much like “All in the Family,” it spent a lot of its time dealing with serious social and political issues. The show covered everything from women’s rights, to homosexuality, to suicide -- issues that not only were important when the show aired, but ones that are equally as controversial and talked about today. The program tackled every issue not only with respect but also with humor. The most legendary episode dealt with the topic of abortion. The season one episode “Maude’s Dilemma” showed Maude becoming pregnant at age 47 and having to decide whether or not to keep the baby. Also, for all you Glee fans out there, Maude had three different musical episodes over the course of its run: “Maude’s Musical,” “The Telethon,” and “Musical ‘78.” Admittedly the cast of “Maude” doesn’t have the vocal strength of their contemporaries. However, the musical episodes are fine pieces of television that really show off the ver-
satility of the cast in their ability to not only perform in a typical sitcom episode but also to extend their talents to put on full musical episodes full of humor and theatricality. If you are curious about “Maude” and want to check it out there are two options. The first season alone is available on DVD. You can also find nearly the entire series, minus a few episodes from each season, on YouTube. My personal recommendations would have to be season three’s “Walter Gets Religion,” season two’s “Maude’s Musical,” or season one’s “Arthur Moves In.” However, any episode of the series is a good time and well worth the watch.
Even when I left home at 18 it was my decision despite the fact that my mother and I had such a close relationship. Did I tell you that in my entire life we only had one argument? It started when I was four and I’ll let you know when it’s over. - Bea Arthur as Maude
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www.piercearrownews.com Cam pu “Super Mario.” - Sarah Moore, freshman.
“Nothing. Zip, zilch, zero.” - Kassie Nedeau, freshman.
“Five of us might be princesses: Cinderella, Ariel, Belle, etc.” - Keri Marnane, sophomore.
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“Luigi or Ash from ‘Army of Darkness.’” - Rusell Quade, freshman.
“Fidel Castro or Squanto.” - Kevin Cormier, freshman.
“I am being Pac Man, while my friends are being the ghosts and the cherries.” - Matt Walcott, sophomore.
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Bob Lawson’s new play, “Terrible Destiny,” is opening November 9 and will run until November 13 at 7:30 p.m. The play is a riff on Truman Capote’s book “In Cold Blood.” “It is a story inspired by the story,” said senior Cait McKay, who plays the part of Barbara. While many people are familiar with the plot line of “In Cold Blood,” the audience does not need to know much before seeing the play, according to McKay. The audience needs to be “ready, open, and willing to experience it. It’s an approachable story about very awful things,” she said. The main characters are Harry Smith played by freshman Dan Roberts, and Nancy Clutter, who is played by freshman Grace Warwick. Harry Smith is one of the men convicted for the murder of the Clutter family, and
Nancy Clutter is the youngest Clutter daughter. The story is about them, but told through the view of other characters as well. According to McKay, the entire cast and crew has been working extremely hard on this project. The cast is “working with Bob, not just for him; everyone is working together,” said McKay. “There will be exciting set pieces and things you do not normally see in the theater.” Pete Strand is an actor, but he is also the master carpenter for the set. The cast does not just act; they help make the sets too. Freshman Jessica Addis feels the play is going well so far. “It’s a long, yet fun process. We put in a lot of work and time, while we have our fun, but we get the job done. Working with Bob is fantastic.” Editor’s Note: There is also a possibility of a matinee performance on Saturday, November 13.
For readers over twenty-one: fall beer tasting reviews Adam Stahl Sports Editor (This article is for the 21 and over crowd. If you find yourself outside of that crowd, please feel free to skip over this article and check out the rest of the paper.) While we have already seen a light snow flurry, it is still very much fall! The leaves are brilliant shades of red, orange, and yellow, pumpkin and apple food offerings are populating menus, and I am a happy guy. I love fall and it is arguably my favorite season of the year for the above mentioned reasons and many more. Of those, I could not forgive myself if I did not mention all of the tremendous beer offerings that come forth in fall as one of my “likes.” With flavorings such as pumpkin and cinnamon, to the more malty offerings, I am definitely a fan of the seasonal brews. That being said, I have done a beer tasting of eight of the fall seasonal brews that I have come across so far this year. There is no particular science to the process of choosing these eight, aside from that I was able to
afford them and they were in stock. I have never done a beer tasting nor do I consider myself a beer taster (hence the title of this piece being “Amateur Hour”). The purpose of this piece is simply to humbly offer my observations of these brews for the sake of doing so. By no means should you find this to be the “final word” on your fall beer choices. I encourage you of the 21 and older crowd (and only the 21 and over crowd) to go out and seek out whichever fall seasonal brews you wish, in a strictly responsible manner, as I will continue to do throughout the season. That being said, here is what I observed: 1) Shipyard Brewing Company Pumpkinhead Appearance: Golden in appearance with a light, wispy head that dissipated at a casual rate, healthy carbonation Aroma: Aromatic and sweet smell of pumpkin Mouthfeel: A little gassy but crisp Taste: Sweet pumpkin taste (think pumpkin pie filling) along with cinnamon Finish: Pumpkin flavor stuck around, accessible
2) Woodstock Inn Brewery Autumn Ale Brew Appearance: Dark amber almost molasses-like in color, thicker, bubbly, head, healthy carbonation Aroma: Fruity, sweet smelling of apples and cinnamon Mouthfeel: Satiating Taste: Apple-cinnamon taste is definitely well pronounced, think cinnamon as in a cinnamon stick as opposed to cinnamon-sugar Finish: Some of the apple flavor stays briefly, accessible 3) Harpoon Octoberfest Beer Appearance: Light head that was brown-yellow in color, brew was a redcaramel in color, healthy carbonation Aroma: Cereal, malty Mouthfeel: Satiating, some fullness to it Taste: Malty, felt that had some fullness to it, depth to the taste Finish: Accessible, malt taste remained briefly 4) Leinenkugel’s Oktoberfest Appearance: Normal head, dissipated somewhat quickly; beer was caramel in color Aroma: Not overwhelming and
was hard for me personally to distinguish, perhaps a little malty Mouthfeel: Satiating Taste: A little coiny, balanced Finish: Accessible 5) Michelob Brewing Co. Jack’s Pumpkin Spice Ale Appearance: Full head that was bubbly and craterous; ale was copper in color Aroma: Primarily of cinnamon and a bit coiny Mouthfeel: Satiating Taste: Sweet pumpkin, cinnamon and clove; the clove was hard for me to pinpoint initially Finish: Accessible 6) Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale Appearance: Medium head with a more yellow tint to it, lasted for a bit; Dark reddish in color Aroma: Malty with hints of pumpkin Mouthfeel: Satiating Taste: Pumpkin (more pumpkin bread taste as opposed to pumpkin pie) with subtle malt and smoky taste Finish: Pumpkin taste intensified a bit upon finish, accessible
7) Samuel Adams Octoberfest Appearance: Full head that took a while to dissipate; brew was copper in color Aroma: Subtly malty Mouthfeel: Satiating Taste: Taste felt as though it had depth, fullness, a bit coiny and malty Finish: A bit malty, accessible 8) Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin Ale Appearance: Normal head that dissipated somewhat quickly; lighter copper/orange in color Aroma: Sweet pumpkin with hints of nutmeg Mouthfeel: Satiating, could feel the presence of the higher alcohol content per volume Taste: Sweet pumpkin with a hint of nutmeg, could tell from taste that it was a brew of high alcohol content (9.0% alc/vol.) Finish: Nutmeg was present as was that alcohol taste, perhaps not as accessible for those not accustomed to ales with higher alcohol content
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Music Mailbox: Allstar Weekend – “Suddenly Yours”
Jeff Payne Editorials Editor This week I decided to review an album by a relatively new band, Allstar Weekend. Allstar Weekend first came to the public eye when they competed in Disney’s N.B.T. (Next Big Thing) competition in 2009. I actually discovered them over the summer when they released their debut seven song extended play or EP (a CD that doesn’t have enough songs to be
considered an album), “Suddenly,” which I absolutely loved. When I got back to school, though, I discovered that “Suddenly” was just a preview of what would eventually become their debut album, “Suddenly Yours,” which contained all of the songs from “Suddenly” plus four new ones. The album opens up with what has become my favorite song by Allstar Weekend, “Come Down With Love.” The reason this song is so good is that it is pure teeny bopper, pop-rock enjoyment and brings the listener back to a time when boy bands ruled the air waves. The lyrics are far from deep and are actually rather corny, which is a big part of what makes the song work. This also applies to the song that follows it, the irresistibly catchy “Hey, Princess.” The cool thing about Allstar Weekend and “Suddenly Yours” is that their songs aren’t just your typical pop-rock. They also manage to in-
Artist in focus: Thersea Caulkins
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Ever since she was little, Theresa Caulkins has wanted to be an artist. “When I got to Pierce it was understood that I was going in for art, originally focusing on drawing so that I could go into illustration,” she said. “I took stained glass on a whim sophomore year and never looked back.” A senior originally from Massachusetts, Caulkins now resides in Nashua, N.H. She is a Fine Arts major, with a concentration in stained glass. Some of her projects have included stained glass flat panels that you can hang on windows, a lamp, and boxes. Additionally, she makes glass jewelry, does glassblowing and ceramics, and also loves drawing. Caulkins used to do ten-hour work sessions in the studio, allowing her to finish a project in about a week but with no sleep. This semester, however, she has decided not to work for so many consecutive hours. Caulkins said that stained glass is a very meticulous and particular art form, with specific steps that need to be followed in order for someone to
produce a substantial window. “I start with a design, usually referred to as a cartoon, and working straight from a copy of the design I cut out the shapes, sand down the edges by grinding, wrap copper foil tape along the edges,” she said. Once the piece is cut, ground, and foiled, she said that the next step is to bind the entire window together with a lead-based solder. “It’s very time-consuming and detail oriented, but if the cartoon was well-conceived to start, the finished product is worth every laborintensive moment,” said Caulkins. Caulkins’ idol is the father of modern stained glass, Louis Comfort Tiffany. “He invented so many of the techniques and utilizations of the medium that are now taken for granted, and his work is chronically breathtaking. He was a raving workaholic and devout American dreamer and capitalist, so he and I have that in common. I also have a bit of a rivalry with him...I’m almost positive that in a decade or five I’ll catch up.”
clude some cool computer generated music similar to that of Owl City. There is not too much use of this, but just enough that it makes a strong impression and really gives the songs a unique feel. This type of addition is used to open Allstar Weekend’s second single, “Dance Forever.” The technical additions, along with the typical guitars and drums that are heavily used in pop-rock, help to make the song all the more memorable and unique. It’s a good song to rock out to and sing along with when hanging out with friends. The other thing that really works for Allstar Weekend is that they stay away from your average ballad. The closest song to a ballad on the album is the mid-tempo, “Amy.” Instead of your average slow piano driven song, it is chilled out and uses their unique style to create an absolutely beautiful song that I’m sure made this girl, Amy, smile when she heard it.
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I have always been a loyal fan when it comes to Linkin Park. Listening to “Hybrid Theory” when I was ten years old had me hooked. Their following albums: “Meteora” and “Minutes to Midnight” even further justified my love for the band. When the band announced their fourth studio album, “A Thousand Suns,” I was very excited. Despite some minor flaws in the album, I was satisfied with what I had just listened to. The album starts off with a bang. The track “The Requiem” is more like an intro to the CD itself and basically sets us up with the new sound that Linkin Park tried to develop. The next track, “The Radiance,” is a minute long. They did this three other times which is one of the biggest knocks of this CD. The third track, “Burning In The Skies,” is a very powerful song by lead vocalist Chester Bennington. He delivers a great performance, and it’s one of the best songs on the CD in my opinion.
Love,” are a step up from what appeared on the original EP and show, even across a few months, how much the band and their sound grew. I was highly impressed by these new tracks and could not find a single one of them that I did not love. Overall, “Suddenly Yours” is an excellent debut effort and I really look forward to seeing what happens as Allstar Weekend’s career grows. If they keep going in this direction, they easily have the ability to far outshine their teen pop contemporaries such as the Jonas Brothers and Honor Society. “Suddenly Yours” earns a solid 8.5 pop tarts!
8.5 out of 10 Pop-Tarts
“The Social Network” predicted to win Academy Awards erberg receives guidance from former Napster CEO Sean Parker, played by Justin Timberlake. Ultimately, we are shown how power ultimately began to corrupt its creation, resulting in numerous lawsuits worth millions. Zuckerberg ultimately went on to become the world’s youngest billionaire, with a net worth of over six billion dollars. Ultimately, while “The Social Network” may exaggerate and fabricate certain events of the film, it nonePhoto: imdb.com theless is a truly compelling story of friendship, betrayal, and power. AnJake Wagner drew Garfield truly shines in his porArrow Staﬀ trayal of Eduardo Saverin, brilliantly Released on October 1, “The Social showcasing Saverin’s apparent betrayNetwork” is about the events and law- al by Zuckerberg. Saverin also served suits that surrounded the creation of as a consultant to Ben Mezrich for his novel “The Accidental Billionaires,” Facebook. Starring Jesse Eisenberg as Face- upon which this film is based. Mark Zuckerberg, usually seen as book co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, we are introduced to Zuckerberg while a brilliant young computer genius, is he was a student at Harvard. Sup- generally portrayed in a more negative ported by his roommates and close light, favoring power over loyalty, and friend Eduardo Saverin (played by re- damaging many friendships along the cently cast “Spiderman” actor Andrew way. Despite this, recent surveys have Garfield), we learn that Zuckerberg shown that Facebook is still overquickly came under suspicion from whelmingly viewed positively by those fellow classmates Tyler and Cameron who have seen the film. Brilliantly directed by David FinchWinklevoss, whom claim that their idea for a social website (called “The er (known for “Fight Club” and “The Harvard Connection”) was stolen by Curious Case of Benjamin Button”), this film stands above many in genZuckerberg. In addition to exploring the origins erally poor film year. With a script of Facebook, we also see the early written by “The West Wing” creator stages of the website develop, as Zuck- Aaron Sorkin, the dialogue is intelli-
gent and well written. Fans of Sorkin should expect nothing less. The film has been widely hailed as great, receiving four stars from virtually every major newspaper and magazine. Already, generally due in part to the film’s subject, “The Social Network” has even been dubbed “the film of our generation” by many. Overall, this film was truly a great cinematic achievement. Its brilliant script, wonderful direction, high-quality acting performances, and even a small but noticeable score by composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, all add up to make this truly one of this year’s top films. (The only other films I see as deserving of this statement are “Toy Story 3” and “Inception.”) Expect to see this film receive acclaim during the Academy Awards. I am certain this will be a serious contender for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and possibly even a Best Supporting Actor nod for Andrew Garfield. This film is greatly recommended to everyone. It’s a great film, and it’s about Facebook. Need I say more?
* * * * (4 out of 4 stars)
ZOX performs only show of the year in Rhode Island after recording and performance hiatus Photo provided by: Thresea Caulkins
CD Review: Linkin Park - “A Thousand Suns”
The only songs that I am not feeling are “Clock Runs Out” and the band’s debut single, “A Different Side Of Me.” On an album where every other song is single-worthy, these are the two songs that sound generic; I’ve heard it before from every other pop-rock band on the scene. They’re those songs that you end up skipping on the CD because you’re too excited to listen to all of the other tracks. They’re both decent, and on a CD by someone like the Jonas Brothers they would be highlights, but when compared to the rest of the album, they fail to measure up. Most of the tracks that I’ve talked about so far, besides “Come Down With Love,” were tracks that appeared not only on the new album but also on the debut EP. The three new tracks, “Catching Up,” “Here With You,” and “Can’t Sleep Tonight,” are all excellent and extremely catchy. They, along with “Come Down With
The fifth track is called “When They Come For Me.” This song has an odd beat and doesn’t really relate to the rest of the CD; I found the lyrics somewhat pointless and unnecessary. The sixth track is called “Robot Boy.” Despite the different name, this song is quite good. The eighth track, “Waiting For The End,” is my second personal favorite. This song reminds me of the similar tones used in “Hybrid Theory” and “Meteora.” Up next we have “Blackout,” which basically consists of Bennington screaming his head off. This particular track I don’t care for, but it’s not the worst one on the CD. The next track is “Wretches And Kings,” which is more of a Rap track. This reminds me of the Chester Bennington single CD. The last three tracks are by far my favorite and really end the CD with a pure Linkin Park sound. The final tracks, “Iridescent,” “The Messenger,” and “The Catalyst,” which was the band’s only single, really bring the CD together and finish it off quite well. Above all this album was quite good. Most people didn’t like it because of the new sound, but I enjoyed it. The only knocks I have on it are pointless tracks that the album doesn’t need and the fact that not one song had Mike Shinoda in it, who basically formed the band. I hope in their next album they incorporate him more. I give “A Thousand Suns” 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Val Armstrong Production Manager Being from the state of Rhode Island, I have observed that many great local musical groups do not “make it big.” However, when I heard that ZOX, a local Indie rock band which formed in 2002 during their time at Brown University, would take time from their hiatus to perform one show in Providence, I immediately jumped at the opportunity to secure my ticket online before the concert could sell out. The venue for the show, Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel, is a personal favorite of mine. Only two hours away, Lupo’s gives the best seat in the house to anyone who goes, whether they decide to be in the front standing room, the balcony, or near the bar for those who are old enough. Since I arrived early, before the line to get inside was wrapped around the corner of Washington Street in Providence, I was only about four people away from the front of the stage the entire night. Before ZOX took the stage, three warm-up bands attempted to catch the attention of the audience. I chose
Stepkids, was the new project of ZOX bassist Dan Edinberg. Even with a light show going on behind them, nothing could distract me from the screeching of the lead singer and the weird psychedelic sound they produced. When ZOX took the stage, the crowd erupted into cheers and screams. As soon as they performed their first song of the set, the moshing and crowd surfing began. I was lucky enough to be protected by a nice guy who made sure none of the Photo: Val Armstrong crowd surfers hit me in the head as the word “attempted” because only they made their way to the front of one of them truly peaked my inter- the crowd. The third song in their set, a melest. The first band, Brown Bird, was made up of duo Dave Lamb on guitar lower track from their last CD called and MorganEve Swain, sister of ZOX “Goodnight,” calmed the crowd for violinist Spencer Swain, on upright a while as everyone sang along and bass. I was thrown off by their coun- helped lead singer Eli Miller rememtry/folk and blues sound, which is ber the lyrics to a song he had not completely opposite from the show’s played live in a few years. Their CD title track “Line in the Sand,” a very headliner. The middle band, who claimed upbeat and dance-like song, regained they had no name or website, and the crowd’s initial energy as the band were just random people playing finished out their short set list. Other instruments that night, proved to crowd favorites they performed such the most entertaining and enjoyable as “Anything But Fine,” “Can’t Look of the three warm-ups. With some Down,” and “A Little More Time” research I found that the band did showcased the musical talent of this actually have a name, Neo Neaveau, diverse quartet perfectly, and left the and had also started in Providence. crowd screaming and cheering for an Neo Neaveau had a more noticeably encore, which we did receive. For those who may not have ever upbeat rock feel, which was greatly appreciated by the crowd at the end heard of ZOX before, I highly suggest of their set and had me searching for you check them out. Though they their real identity within a few days of have not released a CD since 2008, there is definitely a track on any of the concert. The final warm-up, and in my opin- their three albums that any music ion the worst of the three, sounded lover could appreciate. Hopefully like “a bad Pink Floyd impression,” within the coming year their hiatus according to one of the friends I had will end, and we will be hearing more met up with that night. I was shocked great tracks coming from this up and to find out that this new band, the coming mainstream band.