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Students give back to Haiti over spring break
Professor McLaughlin remembered By KATHERINE ROJAS Editor-in-Chief
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Sophomore Nina Brandi co-led the first university-sponsored service trip to Haiti over spring break, where the students spent time with former restavecs or child slaves. By JULIA PERKINS AND AMANDA HOSKINS
Sophomore Nina Brandi approached the tent for the pediatric unit of Les Cayes Hospital, where a small boy was sitting outside in a broken-down crib without a mattress. Inside the tent, children were laying under a little sheet with IVs and a baby was sitting in his feces. Another little boy was screaming in pain. “Don’t cry,” Brandi told herself, smiling to keep the tears from coming. “Don’t look at these people like you’re scared.” Brandi and Global Public Health Program Coordinator Katherine
LaMonaca co-led 20 other students on the first university-sponsored service trip to Haiti over spring
“I was so blessed to have parents that love me and a childhood where I could play outside. ... A lot of these kids didn’t have that.” – NINA BRANDI break. There the students worked with children in homes run by the Restavec Freedom Alliance, an organization which gets Haitian
children out of slavery. The Les Cayes Hospital is not affiliated with the Restavec Freedom Alliance, but the group’s parent organization Bethesda Evangelical Mission is fundraising money to build a hospital in Les Cayes, so children will no longer have to receive pediatric treatment in a tent, Brandi said. The students were impacted by visiting the pediatric tent, Brandi said. “People looked at it and they said, ‘how could it be that people could live like this?’” she said. “I think what made people happier was knowing that there are people that want to do something about
it and this organization is in the works to do that.” Visiting the hospital was only one small portion of the trip. The students spent most of their time painting one of the Restavec Freedom Alliance’s homes and playing with the children in the homes. The children were restavecs or at risk of becoming a restavec, which means they once were in child slavery. In most cases, the child’s parents lived in poverty and were unable to keep the child, so they gave him or her to another family who they thought would See HAITI Page 4
A foreign correspondent, wellrespected faculty member and friend, Bill McLaughlin passed away from cardiac arrest on March 7 at 76 years old in a Waterbury hospital. He was visiting the United States from France, where he and his wife live, to see his son and had plans to visit his former colleagues and friends. McLaughlin joined Quinnipiac’s faculty in 1993 and was one of the founding members of the School of Communications. He taught junior and senior seminars in television reporting. Associate Professor of Journalism Richard Hanley knew McLaughlin for 10 years, from his first day at Quinnipiac in 2001 until McLaughlin retired in 2011. Hanley and McLaughlin would talk about global issues and coverage just about every day. “[He was] really a classically educated person who could speak eloquently about many different things, whether it was war in the Middle East or the New York Yankees,” Hanley said. Hanley had made plans to go to Luce for lunch with McLaughlin when he arrived to the United States. “His absence, certainly in my life, is noted,” Hanley said. “Not having that person to talk to about these things is something that I will certainly miss. And I will miss his class and his presence.” See PROFESSOR Page 6
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the nation ranked in the top five in both scoring offense (3.62 goals per game) and defense (1.97 goals against average). The Bobcats have 15 skaters who have more than 10 points. Freshman Sam Anas leads Quinnipiac with 45 points on 22 goals and 21 assists, while Connor and Kellen Jones have recorded 42 and 38 points respectively. Matthew Peca also has notched 38 points with a team-leading 26 assists. Jordan Samuels-Thomas has recorded 29 points although he has only played in 33 of the team’s 39 games after missing a few weeks in February with an upper-body injury. Sophomore Michael Garteig
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Authorities found the lost Malaysian Flight 370 Monday. We asked students what they thought of how the search was handled. EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Katherine Rojas
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“I think it’s really scary because you are supposed to be able to just find that stuff and they weren’t able to with all the sources we have, not being able to find it is just crazy. I think it would have been 10 times a bigger deal if it were in the U.S. I think that it was a huge deal even outside of the U.S. as it was.”
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Stan Poulard | Senior “I just think it’s weird that in 2014 we can just lose a plane. The NSA can just find anyone just tracking them on their cell phone anywhere, but they can’t find a plane; it is just very weird. They have so many computers and radios; it is just weird.”
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“I saw that they did kind of a Malaysia Flight 370 thing like [ABC’s television show] ‘Lost.’ I just thought that was kind of inappropriate for the people and families that were on the flight. So that is what I was a little upset about, but as far as everything else...I am just concerned for the people that were involved in the situation.”
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Alison Scharr| Junior “I am just glad they know at least a little more than they did before it being in the satellites. Other than that I am just hoping they can get clarity, especially for the people that lost family members and friends. I was hoping they could find out more and what exactly happened.”
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Malaysian Prime Minister, Najib Razak, announced Monday that Flight 370, missing since March 8, ended somewhere in the Southern Indian Ocean. This announcement came after data found by the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch was further investigated, according to NBC news. The last position of the plane was far from any possible landing sites, according to CNN. The airline said when all the wreckage is found, plans will be made to fly the families to Australia. Investigations are still in progress to what led up to the crash, however, all sea and air search was suspended yesterday due to the weather, according to CNN.
A mudslide in rural Washington State Saturday morning left 14 dead and more than 100 missing, according to CNN. The number of missing people is growing, but this does not mean all missing are dead. The mudslide was caused by a combination of heavy rain and groundwater saturation in the past month. The mudslide stretched about a square mile across Oso and Darrington, Washington, according to CNN. The mud flow in some areas was as much as as 60 feet deep. Crews are working to continue rescuing bodies in the mudslide, however, the safety of the rescuers remains a focus because the land is not yet stable.
The Interim Ukrainian president ordered for the withdrawal of all armed forces in Crimea Monday, after threats from Russians. Troops stormed and seized the Ukrainian naval base on a fort off Crimea, a raid that involved several Russian helicopters. The Ukrainians finally fled the base only upon the agreement their weapons could accompany them. Just last week, Russia annexed Crimea following a referendum the Ukraine and the West says was illegal. President Obama met with allies in the Netherlands met Monday to discuss the next steps.
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Student interns help create music app By JULIA PERKINS News Editor
Students can download the latest version of Crowdcast, a music playlist app five students and an alumnus helped create as interns with the Milford company DataViz. Junior Michelle Ricci, senior Jacelyn Locke, junior Cassie Terrell, senior Nalicia Williams, senior Gabriela Gualpa and alumnus Eric Spose interned at Dataviz, where they tested the app and gave feedback to the company to help make the app better. Ricci and Gualpa began their internship at DataViz over the summer, so they have seen the app’s progression from the beginning. The students helped the company pick the color and name for the app. “I just think working with apps is pretty cool,” Ricci said. “Overall seeing an app transform from an idea all the way through its phases to be released into an app store and actually people downloading it and telling our friends about it, it’s been awesome.” Crowdcast is different from other music streaming apps and websites, such as Pandora or Spotify, because it allows guests to vote on which songs will be played next at a party or other social gathering, said Eric Vikmanis, marketing manager at DataViz. The first version of the app was available in the app store in February, and the updated version was released on March 27. “The app wouldn’t be where it is without [the interns’] input and their help,” said Jason Coup, DataViz project manager. “They’ve been putting a lot of hours into this just like the rest of us have and I think I hope that they take the same pride in having this out in the market now.” The interns were encouraged to throw
social gatherings where they used Crowdcast and to tell their friends about the app, Terrell said. “With Pandora or Spotify it’s really up to the host to decide what’s being played,” Vikmanis said. “[Crowdcast] adds that social interactivity at the party, whereas if you just play Pandora you set it and leave it, but you might get bored with that genre and you want to change it.” Guests can add songs onto the playlist or pay for their favorite song to be played next, Vikmanis said. This “Play Next” feature is Gualpa’s favorite part of the app, she said. “I think it’s kind of cool to be like, ‘This is my song. It’s going to play now,’” she said. Users can also flag songs they enjoy and buy them on iTunes later. “It appeals to college students especially,” Terrell said. “If you’re at a party and you drink a little too much and you don’t remember, but you know you like some songs, you can flag them while you’re intoxicated.” With the original version of Crowdcast released in February, users had to be connected on the same WiFi network, Vikmanis said. However, the newest version available Thursday will allow users to connect peer-to-peer, which means they can use their iPhones as a hotspot to connect through bluetooth, he said. This means users no longer need WiFi to use the app. “You can be at the beach, you can be tailgating somewhere,” Terrell said. “You can go anywhere and use bluetooth to connect to other people.” The students were instrumental in
Senior Jacelyn Locke, junior Michelle Ricci, senior Nalicia Williams, junior Cassie Terrell, senior Gabriela Gualpa tested the music playlist app Crowdcast over the past several months for an internship with the Milford company DataViz. pushing DataViz to add this multicasting feature because without it, the app does not work well on BobcatNet, Coup said. “We started to realize at some places, like on campus at QU, connecting everyone on the same WiFi network isn’t always the easiest thing to do,” Coup said. “We want not only our interns and other people on the QU campus to be able to use this, but it’s happening there [at Quinnipiac,] it’s going to happen in other places too.” Gualpa said the app has the potential to take over campus, especially at organized events.
“I think that would be awesome to have at [Delta Tau Delta’s philanthropy event] QThon,” Gualpa said. “To have the kids interact and have the students interact with the music, I think that would be really cool.” Terrell said the internship helped her understand how apps are built. “I think our major is more business focused and this, we get more of a technical side,” she said. “That’s how multicasting makes sense to me too ‘cause we learned all about routers and how to connect to them. It was not that interesting than [in class,] but now it’s a little bit more interesting.”
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hese awards reflect the University’s highest recognition of excellence both in and outside the classroom. With your help, the center can honor those faculty and staff members who are truly deserving of this recognition. Please nominate a member of the University community who has made an extraordinary impact on you—a faculty or staff member who has extended him or herself beyond the scope of regular responsibilities to enhance the student experience. Nominees may be any member of the Quinnipiac community who serves students, and nominations are welcome from students, alumni and colleagues. Award winners: • receive a cash prize • are listed on the sculptural plaque in the Arnold Bernhard Library • are introduced at the University Convocation • attend a board of trustees reception • enjoy a luncheon with President John L. Lahey • are honored at a gala dinner in the fall (If your nominee is selected, you will receive an invitation to the dinner.)
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Farmer’s market returns After an absence during the winter months, the farmer’s market has returned to campus. Starting on March 20, vendors once again set their stands up on Bobcat Lawn. The farmer’s market will be on the lawn every Thursday until April 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendors and food trucks will vary weekly with a schedule of vendors posted on MyQ. –M. Sluhocki.
Fulbright Scholarship sessions open Quinnipiac is hosting an information session for Fulbright Scholarship applications. The information session will be held on March 26 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Carl Hansen Student Center room 116. The scholarship is available to recent graduates, graduate students or students with five years in related fields. The scholarship is designed to help fund independent research for Teaching Assistant programs in the United States. The cycle for 20152016 will open in May and graduates of 2014 and 2015 are eligible to apply. Workshops will start April 10 for students interested in the upcoming cycle. –M. Sluhocki.
Honors Program book drive The Honors Program will be collecting new or used books for New Haven Reads until April 25. New Haven Reads distributes donated books to people in the New Haven area. The program is mainly in need of children’s picture books, but will accept any types of books donated. The collection box is in the Honors Lounge, located on the second floor of Echlin Center. –N. Hanson
Construction near campus Construction is underway near campus. Starting Monday March 24, a water main installation will take place on the north section of Whitney Avenue between Todd Street and Shepard Street. Construction will last until June and run weekdays from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Alternating lanes will also be closed during these hours. Students should expect delays when traveling to and from campus. –N. Hanson
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Junior Jillian Palmere (left) and sophomore Nina Brandi (right) cuddle with children who live in one of the homes run by the Restavec Freedom Alliance in Haiti. Brandi, Palmere and 19 other students taught and played with the children, many of whom are former slaves, over spring break. HAITI from cover take care of their child. “They are put with a family who maybe has other kids,” Brandi said. “The other kids go to school, the restavec does not. The other kids are fed, the restavec, not. The other kids have a bed, the restavec sleeps on the floor. They are sent out to do dangerous things. So if it’s late at night, the family needs something, the restavec goes out to get it.” There are about 300,000 restavecs in Haiti, according to the Restavec Freedom Alliance’s website. “It isn’t considered an orphanage,” sophomore biology major Kasandra Rodriguez said. “It was just a house for them because they are considered the future leaders of Haiti. It is basically a place for them to grow and learn how to be free.” The goal of the trip was to help the children and give them hope, freshman Noah Buck said. Each day began at 6 a.m. with morning devotion and a team meeting, followed by a long bus ride to the school. Quinnipiac students taught the children English, read and played
games with them to keep the children active. After school, the students involved in the RFA gathered at one of their two houses to participate in a sports camp, which included soccer, basketball and volleyball, and did crafts. “We got to be really close with the kids during this time,” sophomore Megan Melville said. Rodriguez and another student, Christina Carmona, made a connection with one boy, Jean Evans. “I just fell in love with this kid. He stole my heart,” Rodriguez said. She and Carmona now pay $60 per month in order to provide for Evans and his many needs. “It’s a small price to pay for everything I waste money on,” she said. The Haitians live in deep poverty, Melville said. “The poverty in Haiti is so overwhelming and there is such a big need for everything,” she said. “A lot of us said that we felt helpless there that we just couldn’t do enough. The kids kind of showed us just that if you can change one life it is enough.” This trip was Brandi’s sixth to Haiti to work with the RFA. When
David Ives, executive director of the Albert Schweitzer Institute, heard about the RFA through Brandi, he wanted to bring a Haiti service trip to Quinnipiac. Since Brandi already had a group of her friends from Quinnipiac ready to go Haiti over spring break, the university decided to partner with Brandi to sponsor her trip. Brandi first went to Haiti in May 2012 and has seen the strides the country has made after the 2010 earthquake. “Although it wasn’t on the news here in the United States there still was those white tents, all lined up on the fields [in 2012,]” she said. “Going back now I could see the progress of now there’s not as many tents.” More importantly, Brandi said, she has seen the progress the children have made. “Between then and now the kids who didn’t even speak when I first met them, are some of the kids that had the most impact on our team,” Brandi said. Brandi met one of the girls, Rose Bertena, in December 2012. On that trip, Bertena’s pinky finger was infected and the members of the organization tried to clean it, but
Bertena was afraid and screaming. “I put her on my lap and she cried on me for literally an hour and a half straight,” Brandi said. “I think a lot of it could have been reflection of her past, just like everything coming back to haunt her and as I was sitting there with her all I could imagine was is how much this little girl has probably been through.” During the trip over spring break, Brandi was playing with the children outside. Laughing, Bertena started to chase Brandi. “I looked at her and I was like ‘this is the most beautiful thing I ever saw in my life,’” Brandi said. “She was so scared, so scared, and now to see her running around and just be like a little kid.” This shows that the goals of the organization are being met, Brandi said. “The kids are growing and they are learning how to be kids and they’re happy,” she said. “It literally is the greatest feeling ever. I was so blessed to have parents that love me and a childhood where I could play outside, I could go to the beach, whatever I wanted it was at my fingertips. A lot of these kids didn’t have that.”
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Small classes, big experience QU301 abroad programs see increased enrollment By CATHERINE WEHRLE Contributing Writer
More students are taking the opportunity to travel through QU 301 abroad classes. In the 2012-2013 academic year, 137 students traveled with eight QU 301 classes, Director of Global Education Andrea Hogan said. During this academic year, 181 students have or will have travelled with 12 QU 301 courses. This semester alone, 180 students applied for five fall 2014 QU 301 classes. Although more students are applying for the classes and trips, such as the service trip to the Dominican Republic or the European Perspective trip, they are forgetting about the numerous other QU 301 opportunities, Ewa Callahan, coordinator of the QU 301 seminar series said. There are approximately 10 more courses a student could apply for, Callahan said . Many classes have had the minimum number of 10 enrolled students, and many classes have had to be cancelled because not enough students enrolled in courses with trips to Turkey, Romania and Brazil, Callahan said. With more students taking travel courses, some students say QU 301 classes are too small. “I think going abroad is something that everyone should experience,” sophomore
Lauren Kuhnel said. “But not everyone has time to spend a full semester abroad so these trips are very popular and should be bigger so more students have the opportunity to go.” The class size for a QU 301 course is roughly 22 students to help provide a better experience, Callahan said. “Whenever you are in a class there is an experience with your peers and with your professor which in a large group becomes dissolved,” Callahan said. There may be travelling restrictions on transportation and costs in the foreign country if the class size is too big. Another obstacle a QU 301 course must beat is having enough faculty members for each course. “These are not classes we can tell faculty ‘You are teaching this’ as we would for a QU 101 or 201, because the faculty member must be willing to take and be responsible for 22 students travelling abroad,” Callahan said. “Faculty members must apply a year in advance to be a professor of a QU 301 course”, Hogan said. “Once a faculty member is chosen it all depends on how many students apply for each trip to determine which trips go and which trips and classes have to be cancelled,” Callahan added. The university has not confirmed what
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More students are choosing to travel with the QU 301 abroad classes, such as Professor Janet Baghat’s trip to Italy. However, the university must keep the class sizes at about 22 students. courses will be offered next spring; however, there have been new additions. A class that has a trip to Spain was new for the 2013 fall semester and the class with a trip to Costa Rica was offered again for students to
apply for in 2014. “The QU 301 courses are a great resource to go abroad that students aren’t fully aware is available to them and should take every opportunity to capitalize on,” Hogan said.
Hanley: ‘Bill was a man of honor and distinction’ PROFESSOR from cover McLaughlin was a well-known world correspondent for CBS News where he reported on the Vietnam War, two Arab-Israeli wars and specialized in the Middle East. He went on sabbatical from teaching at Quinnipiac and spent a year working on a project called Seeds of Peace, which aimed to get Palestinians and Israelis to get along besides their differences and conflict, Hanley said. McLaughlin also reported for NBC News as its United Nations correspondent, according to CBS News. “The students were amazed at his experiences, that they were able to have someone with that depth of experience as a teacher was meaningful,” Hanley said. “They understood that Bill had seen the world and all its depravity, war, Vietnam, Middle East, Africa, and he was able to transmit an interpretation of those events to the students and the students who would pay attention to his lectures got the best education possible and they knew it.” McLaughlin became more than just a colleague for Professor of Communications Raymond Foery, he became a friend. Foery remembers McLaughlin’s original sense of humor. “He had this kind of dry wit,” Foery said. “He would say something very funny but it wasn’t a Jimmy Fallon line, it was more of a John Stewart line; you had to think about it.” McLaughlin was also remembered for his seriousness. “He was very serious but he had a biting wit, quick with a joke,” Hanley said. “A complete renaissance guy in that way, and that he was able to laugh at himself and others in the news, but always retain a sense of seriousness.” McLaughlin kept his world correspondent experience in mind when he taught reporting for
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television at Quinnipiac. “I think that he had a worldview, in other words, he wasn’t a local journalist,” Foery said. “He was always asking the questions in the Edward R. Murrow way. He felt we should all be...informed global citizens.” Dean of the School of Communications Lee Kamlet came to Quinnipiac just weeks before McLaughlin announced he had decided to retire. “His deep professional experience was a huge asset for the school, which benefitted students and faculty alike,” Kamlet said. “He was widely praised by his students.” The faculty at the School of Communications would always remember McLaughlin as a man of the world. “Bill was a man of honor and distinction,” Hanley said. “He had seen the world and was a man certainly of the world. But he always retained his sense of optimism and his integrity despite seeing such great depravity that humans can do to each other.”
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University must enforce consistent security The weekend before spring break, I was any security gate usually does not require at York Hill with my car and needed to anything beyond a QCard and, pass through the security gate to pick sometimes, Public Safety doesn’t someone up. I held up my QCard for even ask for that. Public Safety to see, but kept my When a class lets out on the window rolled up, as I normally Mount Carmel campus, often the would. I expected to get a nod and security officer at the booth by wave in response, which is what South Lot doesn’t even check typically happens, but this QCards, but directs traffic time I was stopped and instead, not paying as much questioned on where I was attention to the people going. The public safety they’re letting drive onto officer then proceeded campus. Even during to fill out a 20-minute slower hours when public parking pass with my safety has more time name, room number and to stop and talk to each SARA KOZLOWSKI the time I arrived. person driving through, Associate Arts & Life Editor The reason I was receiving the there is never a need to state who @sara_koz pass, he said, was because other you are, where you’re going or why. public safety officers were currently writing This has never seemed safe, but it’s better than tickets and he didn’t want me to get in being hassled every time students go out to get trouble. I was confused because this is the groceries. Or is it? first time I received a 20-minute parking In the beginning of the year, Public Safety pass all semester. I wondered: what is the was much more consistent with stopping cars purpose of the passes if public safety doesn’t to write passes for students driving through enforce the rules regarding them? It doesn’t security gates on both the Mount Carmel seem safe or logical. campus and the York Hill campus alike. But I didn’t give it much more thought until these 20-minute parking passes have halted I found out University Primetime recently almost entirely. Public Safety never keeps honored Quinnipiac as the No. 1 safest college track of how long students park either, which in America of 2014. Many students proudly could give potential intruders plenty of time to posted the link to the article all over social do what they’re set out to do. media and it is very likely that Public Safety It seems farfetched and crazy, but is quite proud of the award, as they should nowadays, it is quite realistic that someone be. However, there seems to be a flaw in the will eventually try to do some bad things ranking system. to Quinnipiac students and/or the campus Quinnipiac is by no means a dangerous itself. I don’t need to provide a list of all the or a violent place, but naming it the safest shootings that have occurred in the past few college in the entire United States seems a years to make my point. Sadly, universities are bit unrealistic considering how easy it is for at risk and if a school allows people to move anyone to get on campus. Driving through in and out of the campus freely with little
investigation on who they are and what they’re doing, then those universities are going to be at an even higher risk. Students don’t need an interrogation, but Public Safety should be checking all QCards every time a person approaches the security gate to prevent letting in the wrong people. How can Public Safety be considered enforcers of university rules if there is no consistent enforcement regarding traffic control? Many students do not and will not obey parking rules if they know there’s a good chance Public Safety isn’t going to do anything about it. In sociology there is a term called “primary deviance,” which suggests that if a person does something against the norm for the first time, no one will think much of it. On the other hand, “secondary deviance” suggests that if a person does something against the norm more than once, others will label. For example, if Public Safety goes against the norm by not checking QCards more than once, students will begin to realize Public Safety’s relaxed enforcement and students will stop showing or carrying their QCards at all. Students will label Public Safety as inconsistent and, therefore, will not pay attention to the rules as much if they are not being enforced. Hamden police, however, probably can’t get away with enforcing only some of the laws. Imagine how dangerous the world would be if police officers were only sometimes consistent with law enforcement. So many problems would arise, which is why we can’t have Public Safety sometimes checking QCards or sometimes giving out 20-minute parking passes. Maybe Quinnipiac was named No.1 safest school in the country, but if Public Safety is inconsistent, then we can’t be as safe as we think.
A shift in the ‘R’ word
Awareness doesn’t go unnoticed My younger brother was diagnosed with severe epilepsy when I was 4, and had brain surgery when I was just 5 years old. The surgery removed parts of his brain, making his brain not function correctly and giving him mental retardation. I have grown up in a house where the “R” word is never spoken, but in a house that understands its use in the normal everyday language. In the shadows of the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign there is a lot of talk about this “R” word. How often is it used? How many people are offended when this language is used? When is someone just “joking around?” I am not writing to lecture you about the use of the “R” word by any means as most people do. I actually want to point out the dramatic changes that I have seen during my lifetime. When I was in middle and high school I constantly listened to my friends use the word. I never used to make a comment the first time it was used but after hearing the word over
and over again, if I felt comfortable realize what they are saying. Many enough I would say, “hey—could times the use of the “R” word is you use another word. It is kind of not just offensive to the group of offensive,” and usually they would people who are developmentally understand and the conversation delayed or challenged, the word continued. is offensive to the people who Over the years, I continued have a personal connection to hear the word being used, with those people. but instead of me saying Less and less, I am something, my friends or hearing the word and even just acquaintances feeling the disappointment would chime in and take and sadness I used to my line. Sometimes I feel when people would will hear the word and use the word and laugh. immediately after saying Trust me, I understand the AMANDA HOSKINS Associte News Editor it, the people will excuse word is pretty common and @ahoskinss themselves and apologize for using sometimes people just slip. I get it; it. With the Spread the Word to End I really do. But the fact that more the Word campaign, more students taking part and more people are being more conscious of in Special Olympic programs and working what they are saying makes me very content with special needs students in the community, with society and how much more accepting I have seen a shift around me. these special needs and mentally delayed People often use the word and do not children are in the world today.
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University gives preference to fans over students It’s nice being able to live in a single room, have air conditioning and a meal plan and merely walk to TD Bank Sports Center for basketball and hockey games as an Eastview resident. The hassle students encounter regarding parking, though, is not one of them. Students who park their cars in Eastview lot are required to move their cars into the parking garage for most games at the arena. It’s a simple rule, yes, but it’s a misguided one. Senior parking is a privilege, and by saying students need to move their cars away from that privilege so fans from across the county -- and region -- can park there for games is a mistaken approach. By doing this, the university shows preferential treatment to fans who can bring in revenue to the university more so than the students who already pay thousands of dollars to live on campus, an initiative the university wants to lead to avoid more troubles with Hamden. Students receive emails from the Departments of Residential Life and Public
Safety to notify them about big hockey and It’s understandable when there are basketball games, telling them to move snowstorms on the horizon to force their cars from the lot into the garage students to move their cars into the or else they “WILL BE TICKETED garage. It protects the students’ AND TOWED.” (Caps lock is vehicles and allows the Facilities apparently necessary). Department to plow the lots to For the women’s Frozen the best of its ability. Four last weekend, students were However, it isn’t as logical required to park in the garage all week for games. The arena is usually long, even though the games so overcrowded for big hockey took place Friday and and basketball games that Sunday. Public Safety people are relegated set up yellow caution to park in the garage tape and barricades to anyway. Parking spots prevent people from aren’t created by parking in Eastview making people move lot. Students were their cars. No matter also prohibited from what, there are the same parking near Westview number of parking MATT EISENBERG and near Crescent throughout the Senior Managing Editor spots. One area is just a further @matteisenberg42 week. The reasoning behind this walk. is it “will assist [the university] in The rule has been in place facilitating parking for the Women’s Frozen for years. As stated in a December of 2011 Four,” Chief of Public Safety Dave Barger Chronicle article, “Barger said that security said in an email to York Hill residents. does not like to open the parking garage
gates to the public, because that disables them from being able to monitor who is coming in and out of the garage.” Typically, the gates for entering and leaving the garage are down, and the only way to activate them is with the tap of a QCard. For game days, the gates stay up and officers regulate traffic coming up York Hill and by the traffic circle. No, there aren’t any more games at TD Bank Sports Center for the rest of the year, but it’s certainly a topic to revisit for the future. (When I’m long gone, of course.) Forcing students to move their cars doesn’t necessarily appease the fans, and it certainly doesn’t make students any happier. Students, after all, utilize the spots more than the typical fan and have more of a reason to park closer to their residence halls instead of walking all the way from Westview to the garage. Rather than focusing primarily on the needs of visiting fans, the needs and inconveniences faced by students should be the first thing taken into consideration instead.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR Dear Beloved Students, I have been observing your ways in public for a long time now. Well, probably not “you,” specifically, but you in the general sense. Yet it was only recently pointed out to me that you collectively refuse to use trays in the cafeteria to carry your food. This is weird and puzzling. Trays are useful devices. They allow you to carry multiple items without spilling or dropping them. They insulate your hands from hot soup containers. Trays provide genuine benefits. So why do you hate trays? I asked my current students, and I was told that using a tray makes you appear
to be a freshman. One even said “I really wish I could use a tray.” I’m not sure what’s wrong with being a freshman, precisely, but apparently this freshman-baiting is enough to keep you all having to balance your individual food items using only your hands. I don’t know exactly what impact I have had on students on other issues, but this one seems easy enough to tackle: I would like to encourage you to be bold, and use the trays if they would make your life easier. I didn’t see a single adult in the cafeteria today who *wasn’t* using a tray. Surely some of these adults were considered “cool” when they were students, and some of them weren’t. But all had come to the conclusion that us-
ing a tray just makes sense. One of the real joys of getting older is that there comes a point at which you just don’t care if something makes you look uncool. I can’t pinpoint exactly when this happens for most people, but I’d guess it is sometime after you take your first full-time job. You’ll have different things to worry about, and seeming cool just won’t rank very highly. So I’d like to encourage you to jump to that magical endpoint, where you’ll use a tray because it’s helpful. In fact, when you’re in my phase of life, with two very small children, you’ll learn to hate Panera, who does not offer real trays, and love Ikea,
who offer tray *carts* so you can balance everyone’s meals more easily. Please don’t worry about what it looks like to use a tray. From my perspective, it’s half comical and half sad that you don’t use them now when you could make your lives a little easier. Who cares if it makes you look like a freshman? Though, in fact, you can still care what people think, but if enough of you are willing to do it, all of a sudden, using a tray will look acceptable. If I could make it look cool for you, myself, I would, but alas, it’ll have to come from you. I hope to see you using a tray soon, Professor Jennifer Sacco
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It’s formal season for Greek life on campus. Here are some ways different fraternity brothers and sorority sisters asked their dates to formal.
Marissa King Nick is the Co-chair of big event so I showed up to the Big Event E-Board meeting with two signs asking him to be my #onebigdate
50 likes Charlie Doyle I asked Angelique at the end of Shamrock the Rope. I had vinit and sean o’brien hold up a sign behind her that said “I promise this isn’t a SHAME, will you ROCK it with me at DELT formal?” and made her turn around and read it” I knew I had to swoop in and ask her before anyone else did Liked
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Emily's Music Corner: new music wednesday By EMILY MISIEWICZ Staff Writer
The music world opens their vaults every Tuesday to release the freshest and newest editions of music material. There’s nothing more thrilling than waking up on Tuesday morning, opening up iTunes, Spotify and music blogs to sift through hours of new songs and albums. “New Music Tuesday” has become an integral part of our popular media culture. If you’re wondering why Tuesday, “one explanation is Billboard magazine, which publishes its charts on Wednesdays. If you release an album on a Tuesday, then you get the maximum seven days of sales counted toward your total (including a full weekend),” according to NPR Music. I personally just like to think that Tuesday needed to liven up its day of the week. Whatever reason, “New Music Tuesday” lives on, so therefore, today on Chronicle Wednesday, here are some of the most anticipated and recently released tracks and albums. Go to quchronicle. com for a Spotify playlist counterpart to get an actual taste.
with their hit single “Pumpin Blood!” The song peaked at number 22 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart and 32 on the Pop Songs and Adult Pop Songs Charts. It’s super upbeat and will no doubt put you in a good mood.
“Ashes and Ember” by Augustana
The band who released the hits “Boston” and “Sweet and Low” now presents its newest single “Ashes and Ember”. “It was one of the most satisfying experiences I’ve ever had writing a song,” Dan Layus, Augustana frontman said. “I really wanted to both push myself into a more challenging place lyrically and melodically while keeping myself in a place that felt natural and sincere.”
“Tonight You’re Perfect” by New Politics
The band New Politics has been around since 2010, but its most recent material has finally sparked interest in the mass media with two songs off its new album hitting the radio and charts. “Tonight You’re Perfect” will be stuck in your head for hours!
“Pumpin Blood” by NONONO
“Summer” by Calvin Harris
New Swedish band NONONO is breaking out in the U.S.
induced hit. Kudos once again Mr. Harris!
“Chandelier” by Sia
Ok, so the second you start listening to this song Rihanna will flash in your head (as it was originally written for her). But THEN… when it hits the chorus you’ll be glad Sia is the musician offering her broad musical range and catchiness. “Chandelier” will sure to be successful.
“Pulses” by Karmin
In anticipation for their upcoming debut album, Karmin dropped monster hit “Pulses”. According to a music news site, “the record doesn’t break boundaries. But it punches at them. You can hear the pair focusing their eclectic style track by track.” Regardless, every Karmin song is beyond entertaining.
Not much else to say but a typical summer electronic beat
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QU ranks No. 1 safest college in America
No Monday off after Easter
Last week, University Primetime named Quinnipiac University the No. 1 safest college in America. The article, “2014 Safest Colleges in America,” explains that the rankings were based on consideration for overall violence at the schools and statistics about seven types of crime. University Primetime is an online service dedicated to publishing information about colleges and universities across the country. “2014 Safest Colleges in America” ranks Quinnipiac over the second safest college, New York Institute of Technology-Old Westbury and the third safest college, Long Island UniversityBrooklyn Campus. Other schools on the list include Boston University, Texas A&M University and Cornell University. Chief of Public Safety David Barger has received many congratulations from nearby universities for this recognition. “Now that QU has reached a new level of national prominence ... This was really something to be proud of,” Barger said. Freshman Amber Hopwood says she is also proud of the ranking. “It made me happy to know that we topped the list,” Hopwood said. “But I think it made my parents even happier.” Barger attributes this ranking to the collective efforts of the Public Safety department and the administration to enforce the various safety and security policies of Quinnipiac University. There are plans in place to further improve these policies. “I think, though, that we can never rest on our laurels as far as safety and security,” Barger said. “Every day there’s something new to be concerned about. Because we are [a high profile university], people start to look at us more, which certainly elevates the threat level.” No college campus is perfectly safe, especially those that are integrated into the surrounding community, as Quinnipiac is with Hamden and New Haven. – J. Cibelli
Quinnipiac and other colleges across the nation are often generous with the amount of days given to relax on the highly popular “spring break”. More often than not, universities will allow students to spend time with friends and family from their hometown for upwards of a week or more, depending on the university. This year Quinnipiac closed the university from March 8 through March 16, which is around the same time the school’s spring break took place last year. However, what bothers many students about Quinnipiac’s spring break is not the length of days, but the week chosen for spring break to take place. For example, in recent years, Quinnipiac usually chooses the first or second weekend of March to begin spring break. But many students believe having spring break around Easter would be more beneficial for not only students, but for faculty and administration alike. It is often difficult for students to make it back to school Sunday night and forces them to cut short their Easter festivities and celebrations with family. It seems to take away from the holiday spirit if students have to leave halfway through dinner, especially for those who live outside of Connecticut because they need to travel farther. Easter will always be on a Sunday, so every year returning back to Quinnipiac on Easter will always serve as a huge inconvenience. If spring break can’t revolve around Easter, then what about having the Monday following Easter off so no one is forced to rush their holiday? This would also allow those who celebrate Passover to have an extra day to celebrate. Even creating a half-day on the Monday after Easter would help immensely. Anything is better than nothing. But, sadly, we may be wishing for more than what can be granted. –S. Kozlowski
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OUT OF THE COMFORT ZONE NAME: Natalie Deduck HOMETOWN: Scotch Plains, N.J. YEAR: Senior MAJOR: Political Science By AMANDA HOSKINS Associate News Editor
Right click, open Internet explorer, www. peacecorps.gov, right click close. Natalie Deduck sat at her computer day by day opening and closing the Peace Corps application, trying to make a decision as to what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. She would ask herself what path was she going to take? Did she want to commit to at least two years in a foreign country? It was the start of her senior year and, like all seniors, she was coming to terms with reality and thinking about what was in store for her after graduation. During her time at Quinnipiac, Deduck made close connections with David Ives, director of the Albert Schweitzer Institute, and Sean Duffy, her political science advisor, so she went to them for some answers. She knew the two people she trusted and looked up to most would be able to steer her in the right direction. “You know me; you care about me,” Deduck said to them. “What are we doing after graduation?” And those next few words that came out of Ives’ and Duffy’s mouths would bring tears to Deduck as they encouraged her to apply to the Peace Corps. * * * Deduck left New Jersey and entered Quinnipiac in the fall of 2010 as a film major. She was involved in production in high school and, quite frankly, she was good at it. But as she dove into the School of Communications and explored her options, she realized film was not for her. Deduck was lost within the major and craved a different type of learning. After taking a variety of courses, Deduck fell in love with her international relations class and found a passion for political science. She persuaded her parents it was the right choice of study for the next four years at school. Upon switching her major to political science, Deduck formed an immediate relationship with Duffy. He was the advisor for Model UN, which Deduck was a part of, and also ran trips to Nicaragua through the Schweitzer Institute.
“I wanted to be pushed. I wanted to be uncomfortable. I wanted to learn another language and I wanted to be in another part of the world and learn all that it was.” – NATALIE DEDUCK Within political science, Deduck again craved finding a direction toward a path within the field that would cater to her. Duffy introduced a trip he would run to Nicaragua that would involve traveling to the second-poorest country in the western hemisphere, going to the communities and assessing and evaluating the work the Schweitzer Institute had done there. Then in the summer of 2011, Deduck accompanied Duffy and a delegation to Nicaragua, a journey that would spark her interests in exploring the world beyond the United States. “I think what made the trip so unique, maybe in comparison to maybe other major or service trips, was that I spoke to more community members than any other trip that I know of,” Deduck said. “It was the first time that I was taken into a completely different cultural space and a completely different socio and economic space and I was speaking with people. And while I noted their differ-
Natalie Deduck has a chalkboard with her favorite Spanish phrase, “es lo que hay,” which loosely translates to “it is what it is,” in her room. ences, I noted their similarities.” Deduck made strong connections with families in Nicaragua and for the first time was able to realize regardless of cultural and language barriers, displaying a sense of kindness, openness and respect leaves a good impression on others and can translate to an eye-opening experience. * * * It was November, and for the first time when Deduck opened the tab for the Peace Corps application, she made it past the name and address portion. Deduck was getting into the bulk of her Peace Corps application and the reality of it all was starting to hit her. On Dec. 1, 2013, Deduck submitted the final piece of the tedious application. That was it. She was done. All she had to do was wait and not question the decision she made. * * * September 2012, Deduck hopped on a plane for Buenos Aires, Argentina. She had one hefty suitcase and a backpack containing the thickest Spanish dictionary she could find. Deduck would be spending the next six months studying abroad and living with a family who didn’t speak English. She wouldn’t be surrounded by Quinnipiac students and for the first time she was on her own. A strange decision, some would argue, but for Deduck this planning was purposeful. “I didn’t want to default by digressing into my American comforts,” Deduck said. “I wanted to be pushed. I wanted to be uncomfortable. I wanted to learn another language and I wanted to be in another part of the world and learn all that it was.” Deduck spoke minimal Spanish at the time, but admits now she can hold a conversation very well with an impressive accent. With the language barrier, Deduck needed to find a different way to connect with the people in Argentina. During her travels she gained a confidence others lack. Deduck formed a tight-knit relationship with the family maid, Susi. Deduck’s eyes filled with tears speaking about this woman who didn’t speak English. She found a different way to connect with Susi while her Spanishspeaking skills were developing. Deduck learned communicating with people of other cultures and
languages would no longer be a weakness, but an ever-improving strength. Her trip to Argentina changed her life, and opened her eyes to a new culture she will always keep dear to her heart. “At the end of the day, I had more confidence than I ever could have predicted receiving,” Deduck said. “Because I was able to do something I wasn’t necessarily sure I was capable of doing, and I did it and I did it successfully and I accomplished the goals that I wanted to accomplish, and that really instilled with me more confidence than I ever thought possible.” Deduck’s father, Steve, remembers the butterflies in Deduck’s stomach as she walked into a public school for the first time in ninth grade. The thought of walking into a new school out of her comfort zone struck her nerves. Prior to saying farewell to her parents she told them she would be spending most of the day hiding in the girls bathroom. But with encouragement and support, she found her confidence. “Her freshman year in high school was really the turning point in getting over her fears and never turning back,” Steve said. “I think her greatest strength is her confidence,” her brother, Stephen, said. “From my angle she has the confidence to do anything, seize any opportunity and be whoever she wants to be.” Like her brother, Ives believes Deduck’s confidence is among her greatest characteristics and makes her stand out. “What really impressed me about Natalie was going into Argentina by herself, essentially, which I think is extraordinarily gutsy,” Ives said. “And Natalie had some tough times while she was in Argentina, but she survived them and got to speak Spanish.” Deduck learned the bulk of her Spanish speaking skills on her own while in Argentina through speaking with the locals. “I just really respect somebody that can take that on,” Ives said. “Go by themselves, not know the language and then make a success of that themselves. It really says something about what kind of person Natalie is.” * * * It was mid-December, the phone rang, and it
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Natalie Deduck teaches a group of ESL students at the Albert Schweitzer Institute on Tuesdays. was the Peace Corps. Deduck listened as they told her the areas of need were in the education sector. Because Deduck was unfamiliar with the education field, they encouraged her to start working with English as a Second Language (ESL) programs, to help people learn English. “Of course I said I would do it,” Deduck said. * * * A walk to the Albert Schweitzer Institute around lunchtime on Tuesdays, will be a walk into a culture clash. Sitting around a square table in the back room sit Deduck, Jean Blue, an ESL instructor, and three others who come to improve their English conversational skills. “Natalie is a very young teacher,
but at the same time she is very skillful to explain a lot of special terms,” Anna, a student in the class from the Ukraine, said in a heavy accent. During the hour-and-a-half-long class, Deduck and Blue read through various news articles with the students, helping them with pronunciation and explaining words. Facial expressions was one word Deduck helped explain. Using her hands, and her own facial expressions, she gave students examples of when a facial expression is used or written about. “In my opinion, Natalie is purposeful,” Anna said, as Natalie’s eyes opened with satisfaction with the big words that Anna used. “I am impressed. Natalie knows her goals
and does a lot of things to achieve her goals.” Following the english conversation group, Deduck works one-on-one with a woman from China, Kun Shi. Not your average woman, Kunchi is one of the top surgeons in China and the president of a hospital in Beijing. With a brain full of knowledge and experience, Kun Shi struggles with suffocation of the mind in the U.S. due to her language barrier, so Deduck works with her to teach her words and phrases so she can better her understanding of the English language. “She is, you know, a brilliant human being who can barely function at the most basic levels because of language,” Deduck said. Deduck lacked being an educa-
tional instructor on her resume. Once she was part of the ESL program, she was ready for the next step. * * * Feb. 20, 2014. Deduck walked into the Northeast Regional Office of the Peace Corps in Manhattan. After sitting down for two and a half hours with the Peace Corps recruiter, the interview was nearly over. But before getting up to leave the room, the recruiter looked at her and gave Deduck the news she thought she would have had to wait weeks for: she would be offered the nomination to the Peace Corps. “Just hearing those words after more than two hours of interviewing was incredible,” Deduck said. “To know that she could say that to me, right from the interview, with confidence, really meant a lot to me.” Eighty-seven days until graduation, and Deduck finally knew where she would be going after. She would commit two years to a country which remains unknown, most likely doing work in the education sector. Ives is confident Deduck will succeed whatever sector she is selected for. “She has got such a nice personality and is so outgoing and so friendly and competent in terms of getting organized, so she won’t have any trouble with either program she gets assigned to,” Ives said. An emotional roller coaster of a year and Deduck was now sure she was making the right decision. In May, Deduck will walk across the platform on the Quad, collect her diploma and in nine months to one year,
Arts & Life|13 she will be immersed in yet another culture for two years. “We are so young and so capable and I am just around so many people who doubt themselves and or say I am inspiring,” Deduck said. “I don’t think that I am inspiring.” Deduck does not know what the future holds for her following the Peace Corps, but is sure she would like to get her master’s degree through its programs and hopes to work and do research on an international level eventually. “I leave a lot to the fact that the Peace Corps will change me and it will teach me a lot about myself and the world,” Deduck said. “I never thought as a freshman here that I would ever be qualified or even ready for making a two-year commitment to be in a developing nation, but because I have had those experiences and because I have been able to build myself into somebody that is qualified in order to do it, that gave me the confidence to be able to do it.” Deduck’s father knew all along she was ready to take on the Peace Corps and reflects on the times he dropped her off at school. She kissed him goodbye, turned away and never looked back. And the Peace Corps will be another journey. “It’s been a progression,” he said. “You know it was going away to college; a one week spring trip to Nicaragua was a leap, but only a week. And that went well. OK, then a semester in Argentina. It’s been a real progression towards that point to where you say OK the Peace Corps is just another leap.”
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He had just averaged 5.1 points and 5.4 rebounds a game as a freshman, and the Quinnipiac coaching staff saw many similarities between he and Rutty. But Rutty graduated after Ike’s freshman year, allowing Ike to move into the starting lineup. Ike had three years left at Quinnipiac and his upside seemed to be limitless. Then everything changed. On the morning of Sept. 21, 2011, both Ike and Johnson were charged with third-degree assault and breach of peace in the second degree. Ike allegedly struck another student in an attempt to break up a fight, according to the report. Four students in total were injured. One suffered a bruised jaw, cracked tooth and laceration to the face which required 17 stitches. Another suffered a broken nose, a third was allegedly knocked unconscious and the last had minor facial injuries. Moore suspended them from the team once he heard of the incident. “He’s a big guy, but he literally wouldn’t hurt a fly,” Dozie said. “When I heard of the situation, I said, ‘That’s not Ike, he doesn’t fight anybody.’” The next morning Ike’s parents drove two hours from their home in Boston to see their son, and Ada drove three hours from her home in Philadelphia to see her brother. They knew Ike needed them. Ike shared his side of the story with his family, insisting he was innocent.
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“He felt like he was being portrayed negatively before all the facts were there,” Ada said. But the news was out, and Ike had already been suspended from the team. He had grown up his whole life playing basketball, and just like that it was taken away. “That was probably the lowest point of my college career,” Ike said. “I just kept myself in a shell, I really didn’t do too much.” Ike pleaded not guilty to all charges at Meriden Superior Court on Sept. 28, 2011. Defense attorney Thomas Lynch claimed Ike had “no involvement whatsoever” in the incident, and he had been misidentified. Ike waited for further investigation. That’s all he could do. His family and teammates remained behind him throughout the process. They knew Ike, and they knew he was innocent. “He’s the perfect guy to be around, he’s not a trouble maker,” teammate Ousmane Drame said. Moore reinstated Ike to the team on Oct. 14, 2011, even though the trial was still ongoing. The university had conducted an investigation of what had happened, then released sanctions, which was good enough for Moore. On Jan. 17, 2012, Ike appeared back in court alongside his teammates. He was granted a one-year accelerated rehabilitation program and 50 hours of individual community service. In exchange, his criminal record would be wiped clean. “It was unfortunate, he was falsely accused,” Moore said. “It was a cruel
life lesson for him.” “It put things into perspective for me,” Ike said of the situation. “Life is full of ups and downs, what matters most is how you respond.” * * * In Ike’s last home game, he scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a 72-70 loss. Dozie, in attendance, looked on. He knew something was wrong. He had seen his brother play his whole life, and something just wasn’t right. He reached out to Ike, trying to figure out what was bothering him. “You okay?” Dozie’s text read. “I’m fine,” Ike responded. The next game, Ike’s final regular season game of his career at Quinnipiac, Azotam played only 10 minutes, sitting out the whole second half. Dozie’s cell phone rang a few hours after the game had ended. He looked at the screen and realized it was his father calling. His heart sunk. “There’s something going on with Ike again,” Bennet informed him. Dozie called his brother, who again seemed more worried about getting back on the court with his teammates. The Bobcats were the No. 3 seed heading into the conference tournament. It was Ike’s senior season, and he wasn’t about to let something keep him off the court. The Wednesday before Quinnipiac would play in the league quarterfinals, Ike sprained his MCL in practice but didn’t tell anyone. When he woke up the next morning and his knee was swollen, he went in to the team’s medi-
cal staff to be evaluated. Ike wouldn’t practice Thursday or Friday, and his status for Saturday’s game was unknown. He had come so far in his career, had accomplished so much, and now might have to watch from the bench instead of playing his final games as a Bobcat. “We’re shorthanded,” Ike said. “I don’t want to let my team down.” He had 18 points and six rebounds in a win over Niagara on Saturday, then 18 points and 10 rebounds in the team’s semifinal loss against Manhattan. The Bobcats had been eliminated, and Ike wouldn’t have the chance to make it to the Big Dance. Still, his coach was proud of the effort he got out of Ike. “He was free and easy, he let the adrenaline take over,” Moore said. “Once the ball went up he was a competitor, and I was really proud of that.” Moore and Ike sat side-by-side in the press conference room only moments after the loss to Manhattan. Ike’s career was coming to an end, and nobody had ever been more proud of Ike than his coach did at that moment. “I was blessed to be able to coach him as a young man, a student and teammate,” Moore said while tearing up. It had been a career full of highs and lows, with many broken records along the way. He doesn’t know what the future entails, but he knows he will make his family happy. After all, he is the favorite. “I can just tell they are proud,” Ike said. “They let me know all the time.”
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Clockwise from top: Clarkson celebrates after winning the women’s ice hockey national championship, Rachael Bona of Minnesota takes a shot in Friday’s semifinal game, Clarkson hoists the national championship trophy, Minnesota reacts after losing to Clarkson in the national championship, 5-4. FROZEN from page 16 right path. “So many compliments I got about the building and what a beautiful campus,” Executive Director of TD Bank Sports Center Eric Grgurich said. “Just getting the Quinnipiac name out there gets a lot of new people seeing what we got going on here on campus.” The atmosphere was as excit-
ing as the sport can get. Clarkson defeated the Golden Gophers 5-4 in an exciting championship game. The audience was comprised of a multitude of different people. Fans for Clarkson outnumbered all the rest, but there was a Minnesota presence. There was even an RV in the parking lot. To accommodate the visitors, seniors living on York Hill had to move their cars to the parking garage.
With an influx of visitors brings business, something no town will turn down. If fans like those in the RV were staying multiple nights they would have to spend their money at local establishments. “For the commerce in the area its fantastic,” Grgurich said. “They’re staying at hotels, eating restaurants, and buying gas in Hamden.” The event elevated Quinnipiac’s
status as a rising university to an even more diverse population than the northern region. Grgurich also noted attendees came from various other states in the midwest and even Canada. According to Terry, the story had even made its way to the national news level. “I know the ‘Today Show’ had a ticker going across talking about the thousands that will be descending
upon Hamden, Connecticut, for the tournament,” Terry said. “I think it’s an exciting thing for Quinnipiac and for the town of Hamden. I think it’s been a good event.” In the pursuit of becoming a nationally prominent university, Quinnipiac will move toward that goal if it continues to boast its athletics and brand its logos at national tournaments such as the Frozen Four.
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Men’s basketball senior Ike Azotam overcomes adversity on and off the court to complete his record career
By NICK SOLARI
Associate Sports Editor
Ike Azotam knew he didn’t do it; he knew he wasn’t guilty. Yet there he was. His picture was on the front page of the local newspaper, he had been suspended from the game he loved and his reputation was on the line. He had never had to deal with such pain, such sadness. But he knew he was innocent. Ike dealt with things the only way he had ever known – he depended on his family. After all, it was his parents who had given him the full name “Ikechukwu” at birth, meaning “strength of God.” “I think it’s a name he constantly strives to live up to in everything he does,” his sister Ada said. This situation was no exception. Ike relied on that strength. He knew the truth would come out, which would allow him to resume his everyday life on and off the basketball court. “He didn’t let this situation define him,” his coach, Tom Moore, said. * * * Ike was getting ready to head back to Quinnipiac for his senior season in August when he sat down with his family. The youngest of four was coming off of a season in which he averaged a team-high 13.6 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. He was climbing the Quinnipiac program ranks in both points and rebounds for his career and his team was headed into its inaugural season in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. But Ike wasn’t worried about himself, he was worried about his family. He knew it was his last season, and he wanted to make his parents, Bennet and Ada U., and his three older siblings, Ada, Uchenna and Dozie, proud. “What do you want me to do?” he asked them. Nobody answered for a moment, then Ike’s mother spoke up. “I want you to break Rutty’s record,” she said with a smile. His mother was talking of Justin Rutty’s 1,032 career rebounds, which ranked first all-time in Quinnipiac Division I record books. Ike entered the season with 716 rebounds, and his mother wanted him to surpass Rutty’s record set in 2011. “If you break that record,” she told Ike, “then you’ll be my favorite.” Ike looked across the room at his mother, slightly nodded, then looked toward his three siblings. “I’m going to be the favorite,” he said. * * * Ike’s favorite person to play with growing up was Dozie, the oldest of three boys. There is a seven-year age difference between Ike and Dozie, who played football at Georgetown while Ike was growing up. Ike would ride to the airport with
Ike Azotam leaves Quinnipiac as the all-time leader in rebounds with 1,043 rebounds while also amassing 1,605 points breath was short. his father every time Dozie would Ike was an afterthought. Ike played sparingly, waiting until “Ike never let that get to him,” come home for break. Ike would wait in the back seat of his father’s car with Metro Boston Head Coach Mo after the game was over to deal with things. sweatpants on, ready to head over to Vasquez said. He called his sister when he got Ike and his parents visited the the gym with his brother. Dozie remembers the first time he university in September 2009 and he back to his room. The first thing he came home during his freshman year. loved everything about the campus, brought up was the building in honor He was tired from the plane ride and including the new TD Bank Sports of Lewis only a few steps down the Center basketball facility, but more im- road from his house. wanted to catch up with his friends. Ike remembered the story of Lew“You’re going to take Ike with portantly, his parents approved of the you,” Ada. U. said. “He’s been waiting academic advising Ike would get as a is, a former budding star for the Boston player. School always came first for Celtics, suffered from hypertrophic for you to come home.” Dozie thought for a moment, then all four of their children, which wasn’t cardiomyopathy and died unexpectedly at 27 years of age. One day Lewis agreed to bring Ike to the gym before about to change. “I didn’t think I was going to come was in the starting lineup of an NBA he left for the night. It became a tradition in the Azotam household. Upon here until that visit,” Ike said. “It went team, the next he was gone. Ike sat out of the next game two arriving home Dozie would put his really well.” days later. Specialists gave him various * * * bags down and greet his mother, then The Azotam family grew up on tests to try and find out what plagued head to the gym with Ike. “It just became a habit,” Dozie the south end of Roxbury, Mass., just him. The results came with good news, said. “That was always the first thing down the road from the Reggie Lewis as Ike was cleared to play after missing I did when I came home, go to the Track and Athletic Center on 1350 only one game. His experience was a result of not properly eating and hyTremont St. YMCA with Ike. drating before games. “Family comes first,” he added. “It was threatening something he Ike was one of two forwards that loved to do,” Ada said. Moore coveted in the summer of 2009, * * * but there was only one spot left on the Vasquez was a coach, but also a roster. mentor to his team. Moore had spoken to Ike earlier “Don’t be guilty by association,” that summer when he saw him play – IKE AZOTAM Vasquez would tell his AAU playAAU basketball for Metro Boston ers. “Don’t put yourself in a situation Basketball. Ike and his teammates had That building was the first thing he where you’re in trouble for the people reached the Sweet 16 of the AAU Nayou’re with and not yourself.” thought of. tional Tournament. Ike was heading into his sophoIt was Jan. 15, 2011, and Ike and Most people attended Metro Boston’s games to watch Ike’s teammate his teammates at Quinnipiac were get- more season at Quinnipiac when it Shabazz Napier, who now plays at the ting ready for a game against Central happened, when Vasquez’s advice University of Connecticut. Napier had Connecticut State when a feeling of came to mind. attracted the attention of many Divi- uneasiness took over the freshman’s sion I scouts across the country, and body. His heart was pounding and his See IKE Page 14
“Life is full of ups and downs, what matters most is how you respond.”
Frozen Four brings increased exposure The Quinnipiac Athletics brand is on the rise. W h i l e education certainly plays a role, priding in the success of the hockey teams and the p u rBy IAN MCCRACKEN suit of Associate Sports Editor @IMcCracken0014 positive publicity via hosting athletic events is the university’s most recent tactic. Quinnipiac and the town of Hamden was chosen to host the Frozen Four in November 2012. With the games played at High Point Solutions Arena this past weekend, the positive effects were evident. Outside of TD Bank Sports Center, the Frozen Four logo was stamped on the windows looking into the arena. Next to it were the logos for Wisconsin, Mercyhurst, Minnesota, and Clarkson, the teams that competed in the 2014 NCAA Women’s Frozen Four. At an outside glance, there is little difference to the arena. After entering, almost everything Quinnipiac ceases to exist. The only things to identify the school by are the rafters and two small logos on the ice with the Bobcat symbol. Otherwise, it epitomizes the title of a neutral site. Stepping inside the rink reveals the up-and-coming nature Quinnipiac sells itself on. Through the doors into the ice arena, visitors saw the state-ofthe-art technology and high-quality ice found at a professional team’s complex, not on a college campus. Assistant Director of Facilities Jon Terry was one of the members in charge of modifying the ice. He and his staff used 130 gallons of white paint to mask the normal center ice Bobcat display. The mesh Frozen Four logo was then placed on top of the white-out. In addition, two smaller mesh NCAA and Quinnipiac logos each were added to the arrangement. It is not much, but those school logos are enough to jog any viewers memory. With numerous media outlets in attendance, the audience for the games expanded to much more than those physically present. When they saw the ice on television, the logos would be there to remind them Quinnipiac provided some of the best playing and viewing conditions in the country. Having the best facilities certainly appeals to prospective athletes, but also parents who want their child to be at a school heading down the See FROZEN Page 15