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Greek recruitment jumps to fall By Amanda Hoskins and Sarah Doiron

With the start of a new semester, students throughout campus are getting involved in new organizations, and for the first time ever, students can become part of the Greek community in the fall semester. Recruitment for fraternities and sororities will begin this weekend and extend into next weekend. The university previously held formal Panhellenic recruitment in the spring, but Greg Fink, the assistant director of the student center, said that fall recruitment is the normal process for universities around the country. “That is the common practice,” Fink said, “We were in a sense doing an uncommon practice.” Senior and Vice President for Recruitment for the Panhellenic Council Caitlyn Martin is excited that recruitment has been moved to the fall. “It provides the opportunity for freshmen to go out for recruitment right away, which can be beneficial for them in many aspects,” Martin said. “It is an easier transition in the sense that they can get involved right away and they don’t have to have that semester where they are not involved and then sort of reteach themselves how to time man-

age.” Jamie Mor, the graduate assistant for Fraternity and Sorority life said fall recruitment would have been beneficial for him as a freshman. “If freshmen come to campus and they realize that’s what they want to do and this is what they want to be a part of and the organization is right for them, there shouldn’t be any reason that they should be held back from that.” Mor, former undergraduate member of Delta Tau Delta, envies the incoming freshman. “I wish I could have been able to have the opportunity to kind of do this while I was an undergrad student.” Both Martin and President of the Panhellenic Council, Cara Gilmartin, believe joining the Greek community creates additional opportunities for involvement in other organizations across campus. “For many people, getting involved in Greek life opens them up to getting involved in other organizations because they meet people who are involved in other things,” Gilmartin said. According to Gilmartin, statistics from campus life show that Greek life on campus makes up 30 percent of the Quinnipiac population, 25 percent being female and

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Kori Deitz, Marie Frey and Nicole Sparapani hold Alpha Chi Omega letters at the Meet and Greek Carnival on Aug. 30. five percent being male. and that students involved in Greek life generally have a higher grade-point average than students who are not involved. Gilmartin believes that becoming involved in Greek life also helps to steer students in the right direction. “You’re learning how to be a better version of yourself and you’re learning the difference between making a right decision and a wrong decision,” Gilmartin said. “People take those values that they learn in their organizations and they

put it into their everyday lives.” Some freshmen, however, say there are disadvantages to formal recruitment being in the fall. “Fall recruitment is not a good idea,” freshman Andrew Croteau said. “Freshmen have so much to handle their fall semester, whether that is academics, clubs or a fraternity.” Although she still plans to go out for recruitment, freshman Rachel Moran fears that joining a sorority right away may be overSee RECRUITMENT Page 4

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With incoming classes larger by the year, long lines at Mount Carmel Dining Hall are the norm; especially during breakfast hours. In response to the demand, Chartwells introduced Breakfast All Day, a new omelette station. “Over the last couple of years the breakfast and deli lines were starting to get too long,” said Joseph Tobin,

Chartwells’ director of dining services. “With the addition of a larger freshman class, we decided we needed another breakfast line where we could serve eggs through lunch and later if needed.” The new station can produce up to four omelettes at a time and students choose how much of the ingredients they want as opposed to the old breakfast station, The Kitchen, where the cook selects the quantity of toppings.

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“I think the new omelette station is an innovative idea, but from my observations it seems to take too long,” junior Dan Burdick said. The Kitchen currently stops serving breakfast around 10:15 a.m., but the new station will remain open for lunch and alleviate some of the pressure, according to Tobin. “The station has been well received and has helped with the morning rushes,” Tobin said.


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Omelettes at each station are the same price and should have similar toppings available. “We will experiment with the egg line in the evening and if it is popular we will consider offering it through the evening,” Tobin said. Breakfast All Day is just one of the few additions Chartwells has introduced to help provide a wide variety of food and quicker service. Last year Chartwells opened Au Bon Pain which serves both egg sandwiches and deli sandwiches all day to satisfy the increasing number of students, Tobin said. This summer, Chartwells initiated Frozen All Natural Smoothies (F.A.N.S.) at the Bobcat Den, which provides a healthy blend of fruits with vitamins, protein and fiber. While Chartwells does not plan to alter or add new food services, students may still voice their opinions to the staff. Tobin noted that although there are no current plans for changes, adjustments can be and are often made. “We will take requests for ideas from the Quinnipiac community, no matter how big or small,” Tobin said.



The Mount Carmel Dining Hall is home to a new omelette station that can make up to four omelettes at once. By jOSH BREWER

North Haven campus to get fitness center

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The university is currently in the process of planning an 8,000 squarefoot fitness center on the North Haven campus that should be ready for student use by the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year. The gym will include a spinning class room, men’s and women’s locker rooms, aerobics room space for free weights and other cardio equipment such as treadmills and elliptical machines. University officials were hoping to have the gym open earlier, but ran into issues and have other renovations to complete before they begin work on the new fitness facility. “There’s a sequence of renovations that need to happen before we can get to the fitness center,” Vice President of Facilities and Capital Planning Salvatore Filardi said. “Because of the mechanical changes we have to make we have to go through other spaces to get into the fitness center.” Over the summer, the university moved information services from the Arnold Bernhard Library to the North Haven Campus building number four. It is the same building that the university plans to build the new fitness center. “We have to move those people out of the space before we can go through with it,” Filardi said. The way the building is designed creates an east wing and a west wing. Information Services will be placed in the west wing. In order to not interfere with the workings of Information Services, who are currently working in a different part of this building, the west wing will have to be completed first, and then work on the new fitness center would follow shortly after. “We have to move these people out of the spaces before we can go through with it,” Filardi said. Although drawings with plans for how the gym will look have been drafted, there has still not been a contractor who has signed on to the project yet, Filardi said. Due to this, there is also not any estimates of total cost. These are details that should be released within the next few months, Filardi said. Currently the space has not been worked on yet and remains as just an open layout. “It’s a complete comprehensive fitness center,” Filardi said. “It’s a pretty nice facility.”


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Bald for Blake


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Friends shave heads in support of cancer-stricken student By REBECCA CASTAGNA Staff Writer

When senior Brian Blake was diagnosed with metastasizing cancer — cancer that has spread to other parts of his body — his longtime friends were quick to offer support. They became buddies when they were hallmates in Ledges freshman year. Three years later, the tight-knit group of guys still have each other’s backs. Senior Mike O’Reilly made a Facebook event called “Go Bald 4 B-Blake,” so his friends could get together to support Blake and shave their heads with him at one of their houses on Saturday. “He basically just dropped the news on us out of nowhere,” O’Reilly said. “We just felt we had to do something about it.” They spread the word about the event on social media with the hashtag #Bald4Blake. Once everyone came, the chairs were set up and the buzzers were plugged in. Everyone gathered around for the main event, O’Reilly took the first seat, and Blake gave him the first cut. As the men took turns getting buzzcuts, the women died strands of their hair blue to symbolize their support. In the backyard hung a yellow, hand-painted poster that read, “Go Bald 4 Brian Blake.” Students took to the poster to write shout-outs to their friend. Instead of focusing on the trials cancer can bring, Blake and his friends have taken the “can” from cancer and are focused on what they can do to make his treatment easier. “His fight is our fight, and now he’s got a whole army behind him,” senior Ryan Spencer said. Blake will take the semester off and while he receives aggressive chemotherapy at YaleNew Haven Hospital, his friends plan to visit often. “Our biggest priority is just letting him know that we’re here and him not forgetting that,” said fourth-year student Ernest Eusebio. “Since day one of college to graduation, he’s not going it alone.”


Senior Brian Blake (right) shaves senior Mike O’Reilly’s (left) head on Saturday for “Go Bald 4 B-Blake.”


Friends of Brian Blake, a senior who was recently diagnosed with metastasizing cancer, signed a banner in support at “Bald for Blake” on Saturday.

Beyond the Bobcats

By Susan Riello A rundown on news outside the Quinnipiac campus

YouTube homicide confession leads to indictment

George Zimmerman held for domestic violence

Hamden teen dies in crash

Twenty-two-year-old Matthew Cordle was indicted Monday on a felony charge of aggravated vehicular homicide after he confessed in a YouTube video, according to CNN. Cordle’s confession, which drew more than 1.2 million views, showed him admitting to driving while intoxicated when his car hit Vincent Canzani’s Jeep and killed him this past June. Cordle said that attorneys tried to persuade him to lie in court, but he did not want to dishonor Canzani’s memory. He was also indicted on one misdemeanor count of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. A prosecutor said that Cordle’s blood-alcohol level was more than two times higher than the legal limit. He was scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday.

George Zimmerman was detained by Florida police on Monday after his estranged wife told 911 that he had a gun and was threatening her family. Shellie Zimmerman, who filed for divorce last week, also told police that Zimmerman battered her father. Although Zimmerman was not taken to police headquarters, he was questioned near his house and was under police custody. No formal charges were filed, according to ABC News.

Tyseem Troutman died last Thursday when two vehicles collided near 1384 Dixwell Ave, as reported by the New Haven Register. Troutman, 15, was in the passenger seat when the car crossed over the double lines and hit an oncoming vehicle. Both drivers were also seriously injured in the accident. Troutman, who had recently moved to the area from North Carolina, was the second Hamden High School student to die that week as a result of a car crash.

Kenyan leaders on trial

Syria agrees to turn over chemical weapons

Kenya’s Deputy Leader William Ruto and radio personality Joshua arap Sang went on trial at the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands on Tuesday for crimes against humanity. Ruto and Sang are charged with leading attacks that killed more than 1,000 people six years ago. President Uhuru Kenyatta was charged with similar crimes and will be tried in November. Both Ruto and Sang denied committing these crimes.

After Secretary of State John Kerry said this could be the only way for Syria to avoid the United States using military force against them, Syria accepted a Russian proposal to stop producing chemical weapons and show their facilities to Russia, the United Nations and other states yesterday, according to CNN. President Barack Obama asked Senate Democrats to delay voting for a military strike against Syria.

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Post office extends hours


The Mount Carmel post office opened this weekend to improve service to students. By LOVANDA BROWN Contributing Writer

The Carl Hansen Student Center post office extended its hours this week and last week due to high demands and to improve service to the university community, Associate Vice President of Public Relations John Morgan said. From Monday, Sept. 9 to Thursday, Sept. 12, the post office will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Last Thursday and Friday, the post office opened earlier and closed later. The post office also stayed open this past weekend. Within the first few weeks of classes, the post office on the Mount Carmel campus was busier than usual, with the line sometimes extending to the Mount Carmel Dining Hall. “It’s ridiculous,” sophomore Jennifer Per-

aza said. “Why does there have to be a long line? They should have more people working or something because people are trying to get from one place to another and they can’t because the line has so much commotion.” The university also has other mailing services such as the Rocky Top Student Center Post Office and the Mail Service Center. The Rocky Top Post Office caters to the students living on the York Hill campus. There, students have access to assigned mailboxes and delivered packages, alleviating some of the pressure for the Carl Hansen Post Office. Next week, the Mount Carmel campus post office will determine if the extended hours will remain in effect for the remainder of the academic year, according to Morgan.


Have you completed the QU-CIRP Freshman Survey? This national online survey asks about your values and beliefs on important topics like diversity and civic engagement, and about your plans and expectations for college. Results are used by QU faculty and administrators to design courses, programs and events that are engaging and student-friendly. Individual survey links were emailed to your QU-assigned emails on August, 15, 21, 28 and Sept 6th. Please look in your email and spend a few moments on this important research effort!


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Hike to Yoga begins The athletic center’s “Hike to Yoga” offers participants a place to meet and meditate at the base of Sleeping Giant with a selected theme. Participants then hike up the mountain to a short yoga practice and reflective conversation. The next “Hike to Yoga” will take place on Monday, Sept. 23 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., with a focus on exploring mindful eating and having a healthy relationship with food. There are also hikes planned for Oct. 7 and Oct. 21. –S. Riello

OnmiMD donates $7.6 million to software

Quinnipiac received a donation valued at $7.6 million of electronic health record technology from OnmiMD, a company based in Tarrytown, N.Y. The donation comes as part of a four-year agreement that states OmniMD will provide more than 3,600 software licenses to faculty and students for four years. The software, which is cloud-based and has thousands of users in more than 40 states and five countries, is considered to be state of the art in the medical industry. Students in the School of Medicine will have the opportunity to use this software for free as part of their classroom training and coursework.- S. Riello

Global Public Health Minor to be offered The Department of Philosophy and Political Science are offering a new Global Public Health (GPH) minor in the College of Arts and Sciences. The minor will include two classes in global public health, four electives, two semesters of volunteer service at local health organizations and four weeks in an international service learning experience. Enrollment will begin in spring 2014, and the application is due on Oct. 1. Students who would like more information can visit the Academics section of MyQ. –S. Riello

U.S. News & World ranks QU U.S. News & World named Quinnipiac as the “top up-and-coming university in the North Region” in its 2014 edition of Best Colleges, published yesterday. In a survey conducted by U.S. News & World, college administrators had to say which colleges had made the best improvements to academics, faculty, student life, campus or facilities. These administrators named Quinnipiac more than any other school in the North Region. The university earned this spot last year, as well.. –J. Perkins

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Medical school receives million dollar donation By JULIA PERKINS and Nick Poirier

The St. Vincent Medical Center in Bridgeport pledged more than $1 million to the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine to create an endowed chair and a scholarship for students, according to a university press release. The university plans to match the donation of $1 million for the endowment chair, meaning there will be $2 million in this fund from donors who recognize and take care of research endeavors. Senior associate dean of scholarship Stephen Wikel was named the first endowed chair. According to the press release, St. Vincent Medical Center also donated $50,000 for the newly created St. Vincent’s Medical Center Primary Care Scholarship for the university’s medical school students. Providence College graduate Ryan Barnicle and Boston University graduate Thomas Azeizat were awarded the scholarship this summer. Barnicle and Azeizat will each get $25,000. This is about half of the cost of attending the medical school and Barnicle and Azeizat said this will significantly help them with this

financial burden. “I guess it was just a huge sense of relief that that part of it would be taken cared of and that I had earned so that felt really good,” Barnicle said. “I was really proud of myself.” Azeizat said it was an honor to be given the scholarship. “I am just really grateful to have received the award,” Azeizat. “It made my decision to enter the primary care field a much easier one in the long run.” After the School of Medicine signed an official partnership with St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Dean of the School of Medicine Bruce Koeppen and CEO Susan Davis discussed creating an endowment chair. “From my perspective, what that represents is a very tangible example of St. Vincent’s commitment to our partnership and the support that they have for the School of Medicine,” Koeppen said. “We’re delighted, and I know St. Vincent’s is delighted to support this school in this way as well.” The money will be used to what Koeppen calls “academic enhancement.” This includes anything that will make the students’ education better, such as guest speakers who

will interact with the students during special programs, Koeppen said. These funds will also be used to support activities and seniors who should need it at the School of Medicine. Wikel plans to use the funds to establish a seminar series; one to assist medical students in the research program, and the other to bring in people with expertise in the medical sciences. “This is probably a little bit of a different type of approach for a seminar, but it’s actually designed to help students understand their topics and help faculty deciding content, new content and things we might want to do with the curriculum,” Wikel said. In addition to commencing a new seminar series for the medical students, Wikel has also been asked to help design Quinnipiac’s new research building. “It’s been quite enjoyable, it’s been challenging, it’s satisfying,” Wikel said. He has also been very occupied with the faculty hiring and clinical appointments in basic sciences, and has been planning the university’s accreditation visit. The next one is scheduled for October 2014.


Senior Associate Dean of Scholarship Stephen Wikel was named the first holder of The St. Vincent Medical Center’s Endowed Chair in Medical Sciences.

Ultimately, WIkel anticipates no challenges to arise in the future. He believes that this change will result in several opportunities for the better. “We do what we do, and we will continue to grow the programs,” Wikel said. “It’s not just simply a matter of what’s doing what’s best for the medical programs, it’s for all the programs across the university.”

Mixed reviews on early recruitment RECRUITMENT from cover whelming. “I wish it were still in the spring so I had time to still adjust,” she said. Despite this fear, Martin believes the disadvantages are not overwhelmingly strong. “I think that the advantages definitely outweigh the disadvantages but I think at the same time it might be overwhelming for them to have to make such a big decision right away,” Martin said. Unlike previous years when recruitment was in the spring, there have been less events this year catered to meeting and hearing about individual sororities. When recruitment was in the spring, many panhellenic chapters held their own small events to recruit. Martin believes this is actually an advantage. “Without any preconceived notions about any of our chapters on campus, they are going to really be going into recruitment with an open mind and this is exactly what we

want for them,” Martin said. Gilmartin mentioned that fall recruitment is easier on the chapters, yet different for what Quinnipiac is accustomed to. “You have to sell for spring recruitment, and it’s more rare, which is something that the Quinnipiac campus doesn’t really know, because it’s all that we are used to,” Gilmartin said. There are plenty of students that are excited for this change and eager to start the recruitment process. “I think it’s a great way to get involved in the fall, and it’s a great way to meet new people and to make new friends,” freshman Jackie Filomeno said, who is anxious for the next few weeks to take place. Sophomores already involved in Greek life think that the change will be a good opportunity for freshmen that they were not able to have. “I think it’s overwhelming at times, but I think fall recruitment is good because they will have a core set of friends and they will be committed to their sorority or fra-

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Sam Johnson, Rob Bluze, Eric Gehres, Steven Spiegler and Andrew Nocera pose for a picture in front of the Delta Tau Delta table at the Meet and Greek Carnival on Aug. 30. ternity,” Alpha Chi Omega member Kiera Murphy said.. “We can start building relationships early on in the semester,” Dylan House, a member of Pi Kappa Phi said as he expressed his enthusiasm to welcome new brothers. And it is not too late to join for

upperclassmen as well. Freshmen students are not all that the panhellenic council hopes to see. “The important thing is that it’s not about first-semester freshmen anymore,” Fink said. “It’s that anyone can join whenever they want to.”

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OT/PT students do service trip to Guatemala By JULIA PERKINS News Editor

This July, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy Maureen Helgren, Associate Director of Fitness and Wellness Tami Reilly, seven students and an alumna spent 12 days in Guatemala as part of a service trip through the Albert Schweitzer Institute. The students, mostly physical therapy and occupational therapy majors, treated patients in their home or at a clinic. The majority of the patients were children with chronic disabilities. According to Helgren, the students work with the children’s families and educate them about health. “One of the purposes is not to go down there for just for a few days or a week to give physical therapy or occupational therapy and then leave and have it not matter,” Helgren said. “It’s really much more about education and using our skills and our knowledge to try to educate the caregivers or look at the environment that they’re in and try to adapt the environment that they’re in to try to make their lives more functional.” The students also visited both a burn hospital and a cancer hospital, Helgren said. At the cancer hospital, the students delivered used wigs, hats, head scarves and a prosthetic breast to cancer patients. Reilly’s friend Andrea Torre runs a business in North Haven called Hair Replacement Concepts, which helps women pick out a wig in preparation for chemotherapy. Women often give their wigs back to Torre, but it is against the law to reuse wigs in the United States. Torre began giving the used wigs to Reilly, who has sent them to Guatemala and Nicaragua. This summer, the group delivered 70 to 80 used wigs. “It has been cathartic on both ends,” Reilly said. “[The Guatemalan patients] don’t have the money for treatment, let alone to spend the money on a wig so they’re really thrilled to have that. Then on the other hand, maybe people who held onto a wig for a really long time from a family member they lost or went through the struggle themselves and are so happy to be sharing what they have with somebody else.” The group also had the chance to meet Guatemalan medical students. Speaking with

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OT and PT students, (left to right) alumnus Ashley Majeski, Kelly Meara, Rebecca Kleiman, Kristina Bacco, Michelle Wolff and Yessenia Argudo, Cassandra Oliver and Stephanie Duperre travelled to Guatemala this summer to do a service trip. A third-year graduate student in the physi- do better.’” these students made Yessenia Argudo, a beHelgren also came up with a way to have a havioral neuroscience major and the Spanish cal therapy program, Michele Wolff, and interpreter on the trip, realize that she wanted Reilly also got the chance to teach yoga to the lasting effect on the impoverished community Guatemalan women. Wolff enjoyed this op- they visited. She loaned each of the students to go to medical school. “I could see their passion for it and I could portunity, especially when she saw the impact $150 of her own money to spend on items made by Guatemalans. In the near future, the see myself doing what they were doing,” it had on one woman. “She was just so grateful to have company group plans to sell these items to Quinnipiac Argudo said “Just after going to the trip, it doesn’t matter how many years I have to study almost,” Wolff said. “We put her in meditation students on the North Haven campus. The probefore I actually pass the MCATs. I just know and we just left the room she was so happy. ceeds will go to a scholarship for one of the She was so peaceful. I would close my eyes children in Guatemala. that is what I want to do.” “When you go there you feel so guilty beSenior occupational therapy major Kelly doing the pose and she would do the same. She cause you’re coming from a country where Meara has already seen how much this expe- didn’t even need to see what I was doing.” Seeing how hard working the women were you have your food on your plate,” Yessenia rience has helped her within the first couple Argudo, a behavioral neuroscience major and impacted Wolff. weeks of classes. “I felt when I got back I wanted to strive a native Spanish speaker who translated for “We saw a lot of kids with CP, cerebral palsy, and we were learning about that in class more because they do so much,” she said. the group. “But is funny because when the and everything that the teacher was talking “They’re multitasking to the next level and groups go to Guatemala from the first day to about, I had all these pictures of all these kids like their mind must never shut off. I go home, the last day, you see that they leave less food that I held,” she said. “Coming home I knew I go to class. I would go to my internship and and less food and less food on their plates and that I learned a lot but I didn’t really know I’m like, ‘I don’t want to do anything’ and my then by the end of the trip the plates are comwhat I had really learned besides that I loved day ends. And they just keep going and they pletely cleared.” have no other choice so I’m like, ‘I’ve got to being down there.”

Professor of psychology passes away By JULIA PERKINS News Editor

Professor of psychology Joan Bombace passed away Tuesday, Sept. 3, due to a long illness. A Quinnipiac alumna and a member of faculty since 1982, Bombace founded the psychology honors society Psi Chi and the Quinnipiac University Interdisciplinary Research Program. “Her biggest interest was in teaching the science of psychology,” Psychology Department Chair Professor Carrie Bulger said. “That was her passion in life. She was a tremendous scholar and she loved to do research and she most especially loved to do research with students.” According to Bulger, Bombace was interested in the work of 20th century psychologist Ivan Pavlov, who studied the conditioned responses of dogs. For the past few years, Bombace researched the conditioned response of blinking with several students. The students will continue with the research, Bulger said. Students benefited greatly from Bombace’s research programs, Professor of Psychology Michele Hoffnung said. “It is something that our department val-

ues very greatly, giving kids research, giving students research experience and Joan was as good as any of us at doing it and that was very special.” Senior and President of Psi Chi Rose Smith researched with Bombace since her sophomore year. When Bombace asked Smith to be a part of the research team, the professor saw a potential in her that the girl did not know she had, Smith said. “I definitely attribute all my success to her,” Smith said. “I was never a strong leader until her because even through the research I had to be a leader and I had to devote a lot of time to it so she saw a lot in me that kind of pushed me to want to become more than just your average student.” Since it was her area of expertise, Bombace taught the Learning and Conditioning class. However, she also enjoyed teaching Introduction to Psychology during the first semester. “She liked introducing that population of people to the science of psychology, just coming into college and not knowing much,” Bulger said. Bombace’s classes were difficult, but rewarding, Smith said. “She held everybody to very high stan-


Professor of psychology Joan Bombace passed away last week due to a long illness. dards, but she also had complete faith that we could meet those standards so there was no excuse as to why you wouldn’t be able to do something,” Smith said. According to Hoffnung, Bombace stayed in touch with students, even after they graduated. “She would send around updates to all of us in the department about former students who had a new baby or a higher degree or a new job or something like that,” Hoffnung

said. Smith described Bombace as motherly. “She was very headstrong, always looking for something new for us to do and always looking for new opportunities and she was very into how we could succeed as people,” Smith said. “At the same time she loved to just joke around. She liked to take care of us, always giving us food and things like that.”


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Rush into a new opportunity TWEETS OF THE WEEK How does Quinnipiac not get that if im in a sweater and scarf they dont need the ac on @megvalentine6 Meg Valentine Smith, the Chartwells employee that works at the “Kitchen” station is definitely the best and should have his pay quadrupled. #Quinnipiac @mspillane9 Mark Spillane “Quinnipiac is so diverse” Yeah in the different colors of iPhone cases, Tory Burch flats, and Michael Kors bags. #bitchplease @cdubz410 Cynthia Francois It wouldn’t be Quinnipiac if I didn’t hear Guidos gossiping outside of my window all the time #drama #worsethangirls @kbmcquade8 Kayla McQuade Gold star Chinese is the secret reason why I returned to Quinnipiac @mandie7726 Mandie Caulfield

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It’s tough to find your niche coming into college. Typically, your circle of friends/acquaintances includes your roommates, people down the hall, people from orientation, classmates and those few people who went to the same high school as you. Too often, there are stories of people who feel they don’t belong. They don’t like their circle of friends. They want to get a change of scenery. Oftentimes, students transfer elsewhere for that reason, and it’s disappointing that some people give up on a school after four months. Colleges provide plenty of opportunity to meet people who can impact the rest of your life, especially at Quinnipiac. Now that Greek life is open to first-semester freshmen, it can help give people a chance to find a place on campus. First-semester freshmen are typically very raw. They don’t know everything on campus and they are usually willing to learn. First-semester freshmen can take advantage of jumping right into a big part of Quinnipiac’s community. And for the university, there would be fewer people to transfer out after one semester. Fraternities and sororities give students the chance to expand their horizons and meet peo-

Advice from a future teacher Suggestions for education professors When it comes to education, all that re- a lot on their plate and being able to expect ally matters are the teachers, or as a college an assignment or a grade can be effective in student, the professors. The subject could producing more success in the class and limbe the most interesting topic or the simplest its the amount of excuses. material but with an ineffective profesAlso, it is fair and can be very effecsor, the class suddenly becomes tive for professors to give students more of a burden rather than an a study guide for their upcoming opportunity. exam. Some professors are hesitant As a student within the Masabout this because it takes time, efters in Arts of Teaching profort and creates a fear that the stugram, I view my professors dents will just regurgitate the inwith the highest respect formation right back. But by because not only have taking the time and putting they worked hard to earn in the effort to create the their PhDs, but chose to study guide, students can give back and teach at spend more time studying this university. As I learn and spend less time guessmore about how to being on what will be on the MADELINE HARDY come an effective teacher, exam. Photography Editor I’ve often begun to look at Also, by ensuring that my own professors teaching methods in a students will focus on the key points, pronew light. Now I know the material and fessors could create an exam that doesn’t expectations are a bit different at the el- require students to just regurgitate informaementary level and that I am not an expert tion, rather answer questions that require apon teaching, but as a student and a future plication and critical thinking. teacher here are three suggestions to Quin3. Don’t overload on PowerPoint nipiac professors:

1. The reading should complement the class It is frustrating for any student when they are expected to read a chapter of a textbook before class because, oftentimes the class highlights the same information. What is the value of the reading or the attendance if both provide the same information? By assigning books or reading that lets the student interpret the information given in class, students can use their critical thinking to create a new perspective on the subject.

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ple they never thought they would meet before. freshmen being able to rush. They don’t have esJoining on-campus organizations is a great way tablished GPAs, and one of the biggest things is to get involved, and Greek life is a great way making sure people have the grades to be to be part of something bigger than yourable to continue to go to school. After self, whether taking up a leadership all, that’s what college is about. within the organization, helping They may (or may not) still have plan philanthropy events or doing the “Greek life is exactly like Anicommunity service. mal House” mentality, and that’s not With first-semester freshmen what Greek life is about, at all. It’s now getting the opportuabout growing as an individual, nity to join Greek life, learning about others and takit can help the younging a larger role in the comer students become munity. better-acclimated to The cost of joining a the school quicker. fraternity or sorority varThey’ll be able to ies each semester, and expand that circle of it’s difficult to pinpoint friends and meet more the exact numbers. But MATT EISENBERG Senior Managing Editor people in every grade, in total, the amount of @MattEisenberg42 not to mention some alumni who money spent in dues can amount to still stop by campus. The alumni could serve taking one additional course over the course of as better mentors for younger people because four years. they’ll be able to tell the freshmen exactly Joining Greek life can teach more than any how being involved in Greek life benefits you professor can in the classroom, especially if both as an undergrad and as a graduate. people take advantage of it the moment they can. There are drawbacks to having first-semester

2. Be reliable and clear on expectations. It doesn’t matter how late a professor returns an assignment or posts the prompt on Blackboard as long as the deadline is met. Everyone in the collegiate community has


Far too often does a class involve staring at a screen full of information while being narrated by a professor. Although an effective professor can use a PowerPoint presentation, it is better to limit the information on each slide as well as always post these presentations on Blackboard. It is also important to try and not use these presentations for every class, no matter the material. Group work, discussions, in-class writing assignments, anything can make the class more engaging and valuable. These suggestions are not meant to discredit or offend but rather to encourage professors to reflect on how they can improve their classes for the benefit of all. Effective teaching brings students to a new level, benefitting the Quinnipiac community and providing a pool of critical thinkers.

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR You may have noticed a new publication over their content, they abide by a constitution floating around campus: “The Quinnipiac Bar- and internal codes. nacle.” While this publication has no re“We’re not going to write something lation to The Chronicle, we appreciate mean just for the sake of being mean,” its humor and efforts in entertaining Collins said concerning using student, the Quinnipiac community with their faculty and staff names. satirical, creative style. The Barnacle usually creates This new student organization student names as characters; othwas recognized this semester, erwise, they contact students but started as a student-run before quoting them for their website founded by co-edipermission, promising not tors Shane Collins and Wilto use their name “in a negaliam Vessio. These students tive, derogatory or in a legal launched The Barnacle’s context,” Collins said. website last November and The Barnacle’s website now have 12 members on and first issue even has a KATHERINE ROJAS Editor in Chief their writing staff, according legal disclaimer stating: “The @KathyReds to their website. Quinnipiac Barnacle is a parody As a student journalist, I am in full support newspaper. No articles or media posted on this of freedom of the press as well as freedom of website are factual, nor should they be interexpression, allowing publications the right to preted as such. Actual names and likenesses express their views. used in The Barnacle are used in a parodic Therefore, The Chronicle doesn’t have any context, and are not a reflection of any actual hostile feelings toward the student organiza- person, living or dead.” tion’s approach of providing “news” to the pub“We see ourselves half as a silly organizalic. Everyone loves a good laugh. tion to half as a serious one in the sense that However, I’ve heard a lot of positive, and we view what we do as an art almost,” Vessio negative, feedback from students and adminis- said. trators on The Barnacle. Some said their priorQuinnipiac hasn’t been exposed to a stuity reading is The Chronicle, others said they dent organization that uses a different apappreciate The Barnacle for something to laugh proach in “reporting news” on campus, but at. Ultimately, people understand the point of there are many well-known parody shows and The Barnacle. papers. Just look at “The Onion,” “The DaiI met with Vessio and Collins to better my ly Show” and “The Colbert Report.” Those understanding of The Barnacle and to hear how “news outlets” provide news to consumers but it came about. in a subjective way. The Barnacle is a play of The Chronicle, acThe journalistic approach of reporting cording to Collins. the news means remaining unbiased, but the “Because The Chronicle is the known parody shows and newspapers have that abilnewspaper, it gives us, as a parody news organi- ity. It provides news with a shock value that zation…recognition right there,” Collins said. sticks with its audience, and that’s what The The co-editors describe The Barnacle as “a Barnacle aims to do. good outlet creatively” to make social points. As long as they’re not harming anyone, I “We’re using it as a social tool too, so we support them. When I spoke with Vessio and can make a satirical stand and bring something Collins they were clear that they are not goto the forefront of students’ minds in the way it ing “to be mean for the sake of being mean.” sticks with them,” Collins said. They want their issues to be revealed and their While The Barnacle has complete freedom voices heard.



Culture on Campus Quinnipiac students have had it ham- the free food festivals that happen every other mered into their heads the moment they month and the events going on at Ireland’s step on campus that being cultured Great Hunger Museum. The University sets is incredibly important. They learn up these events to learn, so why not take through books and lectures, but advantage? rarely do students truly underIf staying on campus doesn’t work, stand different cultures unless take a night to educate yourself. New they experience it for Haven is a wealth of culture, themselves. but the only way to find Students go to this culture is to step the same places evaway from the Toad’s ery weekend: Toads, line. The Elm City Gourmet Heaven and has a ton of great resFroyo world, which isn’t taurants with faire that bad, but can get so munis $10 or less. dane. Sure, there are study Mamoun’s Falafel on Howe abroad programs, but Street offers a falafel sandwich for traveling abroad has it’s roughly $3. If you want to try Indian downfalls: homesickfood, India Palace (Also on Howe ness, jet-lag, extensive Street, a building away from Mapreemptive vaccines, and mouns) offers a $10 lunch buffet. If among other things, it is super you are more of a herbivore, then stop expensive. However, getting a by Claire’s Cornercopia for a vegetarian little bit of culture should not be menu. difficult and expensive. If you aren’t feeling lunch, there are Instead of boarding a boat or free museums scattered all around the plane, volunteer for Habitat for city. The Yale Museum of British Art Humanity and build houses in the and Yale University Art Gallery which United States. Sure, it may be in are directly across from one another. the same country, but there is still Science fanatics will love the interacso many subcultures among the ANNA WAGNER tive Yale Peabody Museum. Staff Writer states. A northern way of life and Yes, it is a lot easier to follow the @AnnaKatWagner a southern way of life are commobs of people to the New Haven pletely different from each other, give it a go! shuttle Thursday through Saturday night, but Be sure to keep an ear out for free upcom- routine can drive people crazy, even if it is to ing student events. Yeah, it sounds lame, but party. It’s difficult to step out of the comfort most of the time they are informative and zone, but it is absolutely necessary. interesting. Quinnipiac has a multitude of Gaining culture will not only give you culture centered clubs: The Latino Cultural fantastic perspective, but it is just a cool thing Society, the South Asia Society, Irish club to have. I mean, look at the Dos Equis guy or and many many more. Pay attention to those Angelina Jolie. Would they be half as cool if groups to see what events they are holding. they didn’t see different parts of the world or In the past, Quinnipiac has had demon- learned a global perspective? No way! It is imstrations from all different cultures including portant to gain a global perspective, but it is capoeira, yoga and Tai Chi. Not to mention not essential to spend all of your bank account.

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Freshmen survival guide Welcome freshmen, one and all. You have a big year ahead of you, and the last thing you want to do is mess it up. Here are some hints from the veterans on how to pull through, and thrive in your first year at QU.

Have fun. -Jack Brady, Sophomore

Don’t use the cafe trays. -Lewis Clarke, Sophomore

Fall Music Preview By SHANNON CORCORAN Associate Arts & Life Editor

Don’t wear your lanyard. Don’t ever use it. Don’t even keep it in your backpack. -Travis Zurawski, Sophomore

Read The Chronicle.

-Shana Maglio, Sophomore

Though the summer is coming to a close, that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to be excited about. This fall is loaded with massive releases from artists all over the genre spectrum. From the acoustic genius, Jack Johnson to hit maker, Katy Perry, fans certainly won’t be let down with what’s to hit iTunes pretty soon. Here’s a peek at some of this falls highlights.

Keith Urban: Fuse

Justin Timberlake: The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2

Country music lovers, you have yet another record release to look forward to. This American Idol judge is back and judging by his lead single ‘Even the Stars Fall for You,’ this will likely be an impeccably crafted country album that will stay on the top of the charts for weeks to come. To add even more hype to the release, Urban recruited two of the genres most beloved artists; Miranda Lambert and Eric Church to sing duets with. Country fans, you do not want to miss out on this one.

To follow up his incredible VMA reunion with N’SYNC, Timberlake is releasing the much anticipated second part to his comeback to music, The 20/20 Experience at the end of September. The lead single, ‘Take Back the Night’ is pop music with a soulful twist at its finest. Expect traditional Timberlake tracks; radio-friendly songs with staying power on this one and, of course a massive tour to back it up.

Jack Johnson: From Here to Now to You

Miley Cyrus: Bangerz

Release date- September 10th

Release Date- September 30th

Release Date- October 8th

Release date- September 17th Jack Johnson has mastered the art of surprising fans. After essentially going into hiding, he suddenly appeared out of nowhere, filling in for Mumford & Sons at Bonnaroo and announcing the release of his latest record that’s coming out just in time for cozy fall nights. The lead single off the album, ‘I’ve Got You’ is classic Jack: a brilliantly written acoustic love song that only gets better the more you listen to it. Expect more of that on this release and of course some unexpected sounds as well.

After a VMA performance that everyone still cannot stop talking about, this former Disney princess has been getting an awful lot of publicity lately just in time for the release of her first record in over three years. The first two singles off of the album, ‘We Can’t Stop’ and ‘Wrecking Ball’ are party friendly dance jams that showcase the new Miley. But the question is, will the new Miley be able to sell records like Hannah Montana did, or are listeners just going to by the singles played on the radio?

Katy Perry: Prism

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Kings of Leon: Mechanical Bull Release Date- September 24th

Kings of Leon’s sixth studio album is finally being released after a somewhat dramatic meltdown in 2011 caused the band to take a sabbatical from production. Rolling Stone reported that the band, led by front-men the Followill brothers, will feature a more carefree, loose sound. Kings of Leon went back to the drawing board for this one, throwing around new sounds, and reacquainting themselves with the music that came together to form Mechanical Bull.

Chances are, you have heard ‘Roar’, the lead single off of Perry’s follow up to her Teenage Dream album which soared to the top of the charts. If you haven’t heard it, listen to it, because though it’s filled with cliché lyrics, and is debated to be a knockoff of Sara Bareilles’ ‘Brave’, it’s actually really good. While there is still little known about Prism’s release, given Perry’s track record it will be filled with angry power ballads and plenty of catchy, radio-friendly hits. CAPITAL RECORDS

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The Sleeping Giant has always been a popular focus for Instagram enthusiasts and is often the spotlight for many breathtaking photographs. It is difficult to capture the campus’ beauty at night due to darkness and camera quality, but when a photograph is taken properly, it is easy to see York Hill is as beautiful at night as it is during the day.


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9/11: Recollection of a tragic day By JOSH BREWER Staff Writer

Sept. 11, for me, is a tale of two stories. At the time, I was in second grade at a small private school in Queens, N.Y., about a 35-minute subway ride from the World Trade Center. We started off the school day like we would any other, playing in the school parking lot across the street. The teachers told us to line up and that’s when I got my first glimpse at what happened. Being in second grade, looking both ways before crossing the street was a must. As my friends and I looked to the left, we could see a thick, black cloud of smoke. The towers were 10 miles away, but they were so much taller than every other building. They always stood out, but even more so back then. The teachers moved us into the gym without saying much. Within a few minutes, the entire school was there and parents started running in and taking their children home. Still not exactly sure what was going on, my mom finally came with my sister to take me home. When we got there the TV was not working. We had an antenna on the roof, but the signal was knocked out because the main antenna was on the roof of the first tower. Don’t get me wrong, I loved having a day off from school, but I couldn’t help but wonder why. One thing I remember more than anything else is the pensive expression my mom had. I had never seen her tear up before so at that point I figured whatever happened, it was pretty bad. This is where the second part of my story starts. My dad was a NYPD Lieutenant in Lefrak City, Queens, at the time. He normally worked the 9-to-7 shift at Lefrak, except on Sept. 11, he had to drop off court files at the

New York City Law Department, just three blocks from the World Trade Center site. He hopped on the E train bound for the last stop, World Trade Center. As his train pulled into the second-to-last station, Canal Street, the conductor said: “There is a smoke condition ahead, this is the last stop.” So my dad exited the station and reached street level, where hundreds, if not thousands, of people were running north to get away from the towers. When he arrived at the Law Department, he spoke with another lieutenant who informed him that a plane had hit the first tower and a second plane was on its way. That lieutenant directed him to police academy where he was placed on the switchboard. He fielded telephone calls from concerned parents of students at Stuyvesant High School next to the WTC site. In response to the threat, the city’s police commissioner Bernard Kerik and fire commissioner Salvatore Cassano were moved to the police academy and my dad fielded calls from people trying to contact them. For three days he didn’t come home. For three days after that, he worked 12-hour shifts. Looking back, I can see why my mom was so pensive; my dad was a police officer who had planned to travel to the WTC on the same day hijacked planes were used as weapons against it. My dad, being technologically challenged, didn’t have a cell phone or pager or anything like that, so my mom had no idea where he was until Sept. 13, 48 hours later, when he called home saying he was OK. Due to the nature of the incident my dad had to keep several bits of information private, even years after it happened. Coming to Quinnipiac, I wasn’t sure how those from outside New York City viewed or


Sophomore print journalism major Josh Brewer was in his second grade classroom in Queens, N.Y., when the World Trade Center attack occured on Sept. 11, 2001. were affected by 9/11. My whole life I had been around people who experienced the same things I did: school, sports venues, government buildings closed, public transportation shut down and mass chaos for days. The thing that touched me the most when I came here was how many people wanted to know my experience because they’ve only seen it through the news. Coming from New York City, people always want to know what it’s like living there, but also what living with 9/11 was like. I don’t remember much from the days after the tragedy. School was closed for several days and I didn’t go outside much. The T.V. was out for several days. Basically everything that was routine, for the next week or so, was no longer routine. In the first few days back in school, I remember there being an emphasis on our morning routine which consisted of reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and Star-Spangled Banner.

Almost every year since then, I’ve had the opportunity to discuss our emotions from that day in class, but each year it moved further and further back into my memory—that is, until May 2, 2011 when word first came out that Osama Bin Laden was killed. People gathered at Ground Zero, Times Square, and parks throughout the city to celebrate. On the 1 train, a group of what had been random strangers returning home from work began chanting “USA, USA, USA.” Looking back, I’m almost glad I wasn’t old enough to understand what really happened in the moment. While no one I knew personally passed away, I did have friends whose parents worked there. As a New Yorker and as a citizen of the United States, I’ve never felt more connected to people I’ve never met before. 9/11 made us stronger and opened our eyes to the world around us. It built a connection between complete strangers that we will never forget.


Through the eyes of a technical assistant I

By TEJAS KUMAR Contributing Writer

want to preface this by saying that I am not offering an explanation. I was asked to write this as a student of Quinnipiac. I was asked to explain how I broke the mold of a stereotype that I fit. The words thrown around when I was told of this opportunity were “nerd,” “gamer” and “techie.” This isn’t 600 words about how I am portrayed incorrectly by a generalization. Everyone makes assumptions. It is a very fundamental part of human nature, and yet everyone pretends not to. I wouldn’t want to be considered assumed because of three words, but these words aren’t an incorrect description of me. They represent large aspects of my life, parts that I continue to foster. But I am more than just three words, more than the notions that you conceive.

“I hold a different kind of respect for these inanimate objects, and take a moment to recognize that.” - TEJAS KUMAR What do I look like in your mind? What kind of clothes do I wear? What kind of music do you think I listen to? What do I do in my free time? I eat, sleep, and breathe just like you. I enjoy breakfast foods, puppies, and rock climbing. I like listening to music with my friends. I like to put on my sunglasses and climb the Sleeping Giant. I like to cook bacon in the middle of the night, and eat it by the road-side traffic. I do stupid things with friends, and wake up the morning after with bad headaches and good memories. Hell, I

don’t think I’ve been this happy since I was a thumb-sucking kid. I spend large amounts of time glued to my computer screen, I even get paid to do that. I can see why the stereotype sticks. I am the person that doesn’t talk much around company. I hide behind my gadgets, and I avoid eye-contact. I’d rather stay

This isn’t 600 words about how I am portrayed incorrectly by a generalization. - TEJAS KUMAR in a poorly lit room with blue-bright screens than in a club coming close to maximum occupancy. These assumptions aren’t even that harmful. Why would I be offended if you assumed that I was smart? I am a try-hard; I would rather keep my scholarships than worry about if I’m fulfilling a stereotype. Sure, I know what’s wrong with your Macbook and I probably do have a high score in that one Mario game you played in passing. These things are my life. Games allow me to escape my reality, letting me be someone else for some time. Computers were my friends when others were not. I hold a different kind of respect for these inanimate objects, and take a moment to recognize that. You might hold the same sort of regard for gift given to you by a best friend, or a memento you still hold on to from your childhood. The labels I choose to live with are perfectly fine by me, and I’d rather be misidentified than be misunderstood. “I’ve never met a man I’d rather be.” Charles Bukowski said that 11 years ago, and it still holds up for me. Hopefully it continues to do so.


Sophomore game design major Tejas Kumar is a qualified technical assistant at the Quinnipiac Technology Center.

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More than a statistic

Fighting for stable education in the foster care system

NAME: Lexie Gruber YEAR: Junior MAJOR: political science By SHANNON CORCORAN Associate Arts & Life Editor

It was July 30, 2013, Lexie Gruber’s heart was pounding so fast that her vision blurred and she couldn’t see through her glasses. In her hand was a speech and ahead of her was a room filled with congressmen and women. She was moments away from testifying to the room, urging them to add an amendment to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Just being there showed that Gruber was beating the odds against the damaging impacts of foster care. According to the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, there are more than 400,000 children in the United States living in foster care. Two to four years after aging out of the foster care system at 18, 9 percent end up unemployed, 40 percent rely on public assistance, 25 percent become homeless and 20 percent go to jail, not including the number of individuals who die. Only 6 percent of that population will live a stable life, and even less will obtain a college degree. Gruber is one of few; a light in the dark statistics of a broken system. Not because of luck, but because of her passion and drive to become more than just a failing number that people will look at years from now. Her foster care journey began when she was a high school freshman. At 14 years old, she was placed in a shelter in Hartford. Sophomore year approached and she was still without a permanent family. The shelters were moving her around nearly nonstop, making it almost impossible to attend school, but her de-

sire for an education never dwindled. “I remember being told by the foster care officials that I would never find a permanent foster family,” Gruber said. She believes that her age made her ‘used goods.’ “ So I gave up on wanting that and put all of my effort into receiving an education.” Right before her junior year, Gruber was told that the only way she would be able to go back to her original high school was if she became homeless and chose to live in shelters. Without hesitating, she agreed, and spent the time moving almost nonstop. Instead of add-

“I knew the moment that I got to D.C. I belonged here. “I just felt that this was where I’d be able to make a change.” - LEXIE GRUBER ing a year on to her education and completing her sophomore year alone, she took on both sophomore and junior years at once. Aside from that, she was also completing two internships and held a board position for The Connecticut Forum, a non profit discussion panel. She ended her year with a 3.9 GPA. As a rising senior, Gruber believed that she would be graduating from her high school like the rest of her peers. However, the state of


Gruber spent the summer on Capitol Hill interning for the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute.


Junior Lexie Gruber entered the foster care system at age 14, and fought to receive a stable education. Connecticut had different plans for her. They wanted to send her to a new school in a high crime area. With the help of a superintendent and The McKinney-Vento Act; a bill that protects rights pertaining to education of homeless and foster children, Gruber was able to receive her high school diploma as planned. Nearly two years later, Gruber found herself in Washington D.C. as one of 15 foster children chosen to partake in a summer internship program for the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. For the duration of the program, Gruber was paired with Congressman Jim McDermott of Seattle and had the responsibility of creating a federal policy report as well as working in McDermott’s office. To her, this was another step toward making her dream of helping other foster children receive a stable education into reality. “In foster care, I saw kids that didn’t have the ability to get an education because they didn’t have the resources that I had,” she said. “The average foster child lives in 3.38 different homes per year. A lot of them lost hope and got frustrated because of this. Since then I’ve always wanted to become a voice for the other people that needed it.” Within hours of being in the office, Gruber proved to McDermott’s staff that she has what it takes to be a success on Capitol Hill. “I remember Lexi’s first day of her internship so well,” said Jason Lemons, the intern coordinator for the program. “Our phones were ringing off the hook and one of her jobs was to help answer the sometimes angry callers. With the little direction that I gave her, she was able to confidently handle even the toughest callers with respect.” Gruber’s strength and resilience turned her into a confident, professional individual who was able to fit right into the more mature political scene. Lemons wasn’t the only person who noticed Gruber’s competence in the office; McDermott’s Chief of Staff Diane Shust echoed Lemons’ sentiments. “The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Lexie is all of her energy,” Shust said.

“Lexie made such a lasting, incredible impact on everyone in our office.” When Gruber wasn’t working in the office or crafting her policy report, she was experiencing all facets of life on Capitol Hill. From watching votes occur to attending meetings, she truly got to see it all. “I knew the moment that I got to D.C. I belonged here,” Gruber said. “I just felt that this was where I’d be able to make a change.” After a summer’s worth of hard work and countless hours of research, Gruber’s moment to shine in front of Congress finally came. It was her turn to read her own policy report on the educational instability of the foster care community. After she was done, members congratulated her for doing so well and said that they hope to take her policy and put it into

“In foster care, I saw kids that didn’t have the ability to get an education because they didn’t have the resources that I had.” - LEXIE GRUBER law. Everything that had occurred in her life had finally come full circle. But Gruber’s dream to make an impact won’t end there. The aspiring congresswoman plans to head back down to Washington, D.C. next semester to continue her work, and when she graduates from Quinnipiac she wants to go straight to law school. Though she wants to continue helping children in foster care, Gruber also has a strong desire to use her talents to push for women’s rights as well. “I’ll always be a foster kid,” she said. “Do I want to be a professional foster kid? No, but I want to help them. If you go through something and have the ability to change it, you have a responsibility to and that’s what I’m doing.”

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Campus Couture Angela Canella is a sophomore at Quinnipiac who loves fashion. She keeps it cool and casual with earthy tones and edgy accessories. Angela’s go to clothing store is Urban Outfitters and American Apparel. Her go to accessory is a bright red lipstick! She is always wearing a bright colored lip. -S. Harris

I mainly just like to be comfortable but at the same time putting my own twist on things. I like to wear a lot of flowy clothing but with a bit of an edge.

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‘50 Shades of Grey’ cast announced The “50 Shades of Grey” official cast will consist of Dakota Johnson as the shy, submissive Anastasia Steele and Charlie Hunnam as her beloved Christian Grey. Although 50 shades fans were hoping for high profile leads, these B-list actors have the opportunity of a lifetime to make a name for themselves in the most awaited romantic thriller of 2014.

Jennifer Lawrence sells the au naturel look for Dior

Dior’s new ad campaign features Jennifer Lawrence sporting a fresh face with very minimal makeup. Her alabaster skin and piercing blue eyes prove to be nothing less than stunning. Although a daring move, Lawrence pulls off the look. That’s what a real woman looks like! Always breaking the stereotype, snaps for you Jennifer Lawrence.

Kim Kardashian goes blonde



New omelette station by Boar’s Head


Yeah but where’s the swimming pool?

Longtime brunette Kim Kardashian has gone blonde. The former brunette who achieved her fame from her stunning Armenian looks had been reportedly “missing my blonde,” according to Glamour. New baby, new hair. You always keep us guessing Kimmy.

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If there’s one thing Quinnipiac students love for breakfast, it’s omelettes. We already have the breakfast station open every morning, and the grill began making breakfast as well, and now there’s a new addition to our breakfast regime. Boar’s Head, the station at the furthest point of the café, right next to Java John’s register, is now making our favorite breakfast treat even more accessible for those busy Café Q mornings. The new station allows students to choose their own ingredients by putting them into a Styrofoam bowl, and then handing it to the chefs and watching them make their breakfast in front of their eyes on a mini-grill system. It may not be a revolutionary concept, but it sure makes getting breakfast much easier on mornings. “The new omelette station was opened to help alleviate the lines at The Kitchen at the BYOB Grill during breakfast,” Leean Spalding, the Chartwells’ Associate Director of Dining Services said. “The station is kept opened during the day to offer another entree during the day and help shorten the lines overall.” Instead of waiting in line for 15-20 minutes to grab breakfast over at “The Kitchen” station, try stopping by Boar’s Head and letting them try their hand at making your breakfast. They’re fast, you get to handle your food yourself, and they taste just as great. It’s a win/win for everyone. –C.Moses

Recently students haven’t heard the joyous chimes of the bell tower every hour on the hour, and some people are starting to wonder. Is there something wrong with the clock tower or are they denying us of this pleasure intentionally? If given the choice between seeing an enlarged time and hearing a series of songs in the form of chimes, or being able to swim in a pool, there was a decision to be made. Many students have heard whispers that Bobcats past were given a choice between the clock and a pool, but the administration chose not to comment on whether this was truth, or another part if the ‘Legend’. Quinnipiac is known to be all about the polls, but were the students really asked which installation on campus they would prefer to have? Many students come to Quinnipiac from high schools or communities where swimming is a central theme in their workout routines. So where do they turn when the school they attend doesn’t have a facility they can use for aquatic exercising? That is a question that doesn’t really have an exact answer. Obviously they would have to gain memberships to places located offcampus like the Hamden/North Haven YMCA or the Hamden High School Pool, but is there really easy access? Some form of transportation and payment would be necessary, and the hassle itself would be taxing enough. So why exactly does this university not have a pool when it seems to have everything else? Is the reason they don’t want to invest in a pool more obvious than it may seem? Could it be because they wouldn’t be able to have a swim team, and therefore nothing would come out of it for the school? We may never know.- K. Chirillo

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rundown WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL Providence 3, QU 0 – Wednesday Allison Leigh: 10 Kills Emma Ogden: 11 digs, 24 assists MEN’S SOCCER QU 1, Lafayette 1 – Saturday Simon Hinde: 1 goal Borja Angoitia: 4 saves WOMEN’S SOCCER Brown 1, QU 0 – Friday Natalia Grodzki: 5 saves QU 0, Holy Cross 0 – Sunday Grodzki: 3 saves FIELD HOCKEY Boston College 3, QU 2 – Thursday Jess Rusin: 1 goal Ashleigh Allen: 1 goal Kristin Engelke: 1 assist Maine 5, QU 2 – Sunday Rusin: 1 goal Engelke: 1 goal, 1 assist Christa Romano: 1 assist Megan Conoboy: 11 saves WOMEN’S RUGBY QU 35, Air Force 14 – Saturday Natalie Kosko: 2 trys Maggie Myles: 2 assists

games to watch WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL QU at St. Francis (N.Y.) – Wednesday, 7 p.m. QU at Lehigh – Friday, 7 p.m. QU at Lafayette – Saturday, 10 a.m. QU at Morgan State – Saturday, 12:30 p.m. MEN’S SOCCER QU vs. Loyola (Md.) – Wednesday, 4 p.m. QU vs. Holy Cross – Saturday, 3 p.m. WOMEN’S SOCCER QU at Vermont – Friday, 4 p.m. FIELD HOCKEY QU at Lafayette – Friday, 6 p.m. QU at UMass-Lowell – Tuesday, 6 p.m. WOMEN’S RUGBY QU vs. Norwich University @ NU Dog River Rugby Pitch, Vt. – Saturday, 1 p.m.

September 11, 2013

Game of the Week

Women’s soccer plays to scoreless tie By ALEC TURNER Contributing Writer

The Quinnipiac women’s soccer team improved to 0-3-1 Sunday against the Holy Cross Crusaders with a 0-0 tie at QU Soccer Field. Despite going the full 90 minutes and two overtime periods, both the Bobcats and the Crusaders couldn’t put the ball in the net. Sophomore goalkeeper Natalia Grodzki came away with the shutout, the third of her career. The Bobcats took 12 shots on the day, the only one shot on goal coming from sophomore Amanda Barroca. Despite not getting the win, Quinnipiac head coach Dave Clarke was pleased with the Bobcats’ performance. “We had the ball in the final third, but we did not create enough clear cut chances so you can’t say that you deserved to win the game,” Clarke said. “I think in time the goals will come.” Both teams had several scoring opportunities throughout the contest. The top scoring chance was a shot off the crossbar from Crusader freshman Claire Malone in the 88th minute. The last opportunity that the Bobcats had came from junior forward Christina Cesarini, when she tried to put it in with her left

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Amanda Barroca dribbles up the pitch in Sunday’s 0-0 tie against Holy Cross. foot. Both teams had additional chances, including a cross from freshman Kristina Bronkowski with 15 minutes left in regulation. “We broke the cycle, yeah we want to win, but that’s a game you

don’t want to lose,” Clarke said. The Bobcats were feeling fatigued in the late stages of the game, Clarke said. “We were asking for a lot of running today, we played at five on

Field hockey loses to Maine

QU vs. Harvard @ Cambridge, Mass. – Tuesday, 7 p.m. WOMEN’S GOLF QU at Dartmouth Invitational, Hanover N.H. – Saturday, 10 a.m. WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY QU at Bryant University Invitational – Saturday, 10:30 a.m.

Follow @QUChronSports for live updates during games.

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Quinnipiac’s Jess Rusin and Maine’s Katie Bingle vie for the ball in Sunday’s game. By Matt Eisenberg Senior Managing Editor

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Friday so we had less than 48 hours to rest,” Clarke said. Quinnipiac will head to Vermont when it takes the Catamounts on Friday. Kickoff is slated for 4 p.m.

Quinnipiac head coach Becca Main focused on preventing Maine from scoring from the midfield. While the Bobcats were able to keep that plan intact, they struggled on the penalty. The Bobcats allowed five goals, all on penalty corners, in Sunday’s 5-2 loss to Maine. “We then allowed five goals on penalty situations,” Main said. “That’s where you … take the good and the bad, work on the bad and enhance the good.” The Bobcats (1-3) were able to generate six penalty corners in the

first half, but only capitalize on one. Maine (2-3) outshot Quinnipiac 2310 and scored twice in the last three minutes to pull away. The Bobcats were limited to one shot in the first 20 minutes of the second half, and Main credited the Black Bears’ ability to deflect passes to control the tempo. “We had a really hard time. We were taking balls right into them, they’re very good and agile,” Main said. “I was expecting this kind of a Maine team, I just think I expected us to take more opportunities on the attack side of the ball, and we didn’t.” Quinnipiac goaltender Megan

Conoboy made 11 saves and Kristin Engelke and Jess Rusin both scored a goal for the Bobcats, who play at Lafayette on Friday. Main was impressed with how the team has been able to play early in the season. “The growth I’ve seen in one week in this squad, the level that we’ve gotten to in Syracuse, La Salle, BC and this game, that better be the catapult to games vs. Lafayette, UMass-Lowell, Vermont and Saint Joe’s,” Main said. The Bobcats trailed 3-1 at halftime and were unable to generate much offense early in the second half. Maine held Quinnipiac to one

shot through the first 20 minutes of the second half. “We’re really used to creating our speed and getting behind the defenders, creating lanes that way,” Engelke said. “A lot of times, they were stepping in front of us to the ball, which usually we want to be there in front of them, so we want to take that, improve on that and make sure we’re the first ones to every ball so we can control the tempo more.” Rusin was able to cut the deficit to one with 5:01 off a penalty corner, but the Bobcats were unable to generate any further opportunities afterward, as Annabelle Hamilton took a shot that deflected off Conoboy’s pads and into the cage off a penalty corner with 2:53 left, and scored again in the final seconds to pad the lead. Nicole Sevey had a hat trick, while Natasha Ford recorded four saves for Maine. After a penalty corner, Sevey took a rebound from a shot and sent it past Conoboy for a 1-0 lead 5:46 into the game. She scored twice more in the first half, both off corners. Quinnipiac had six penalty corners in the first half, but were only able to score when Engelke hit a shot right in front of the cage in the 14th minute. “When we draw that many corners, yeah we’re putting a couple in, but I don’t think that’s enough,” Main said. “I think we have to up our numbers to at least 30 or 40 percent of our shots to go in. Maine did a very nice job, and quite frankly I think we could have been in a much tighter game.”

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Building the boards

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Time women’s cross country senior Jessica Soja ran the Shawn M. Nassaney Memorial Race on Saturday.


Times this season men’s soccer games have ended in a draw. The men’s soccer team had three ties in the 2012 season.


Total shots on goal by the women’s soccer team and Holy Cross in Sunday’s 0-0 tie.

athletes WEEK of the

by the numbers

Clockwise from top left: Workers prepare the new Lender Court scoreboard at TD Bank Sports Center; the High Point Solutions Arena scoreboard is suspended from the rafters; the Lender Court scoreboard is raised.

Kristin Engelke

Field hockey Graduate student Engelke had a goal and two assists in two games this past week. The forward had one assist in Thursday’s loss at Boston College, as well as a goal and an assist in Sunday’s loss vs. Maine. Engelke has three goals and three assists in four games this season, good for nine points. Matt Eisenberg/chronicle

Simon Hinde

Men’s soccer Senior Hinde scored the lone Quinnipiac goal in Saturday’s 1-1 tie at Lafayette. The senior has three goals in as many games this season, accounting for six points. Hinde has also netted three of Quinnipiac’s five goals this year. Katie O’Brien/chronicle


Number of points that the women’s rugby team has outscored its opponents in two games this season.


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coach’s corner


I was expecting this kind of a Maine team, I just think I expected us to take more opportunities on the attack side of the ball, and we didn’t.”

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— becca main field hockey


Panish uperstar

Borja Angoitia has turned heads, with skill and with character By nick solari

Associate Sports Editor

Borja Angoitia arrived at Quinnipiac University in August of 2011. The events preceding the goalkeeper’s freshman year reside in men’s soccer head coach Eric Da Costa’s head all too well. Da Costa had heavily recruited the goalkeeper, native of Bilbao, Spain. In fact, Angoitia was set to take off on a plane trip to the United States and join the Bobcats roster for the 2011 season. An unexpected twist, however, almost changed that plan entirely. In the moments before Angoitia was set to head for his new home, an issue arose. There was a problem clearing the young goalkeeper’s eligibility in customs. “I absolutely remember [the situation],” Da Costa said. “There was some trouble with the eligibility center, they were chasing down some documents because he was in an exchange program a year prior in Alaska.” The situation even escalated to almost drastic measures. “It was a little bit of a nightmare,” Da Costa said. “There was even a point where he’s on the plane, and we were trying to get ahold of him to say, ‘Listen, don’t leave Spain yet. We aren’t sure we can clear you.’” Fortunately for both parties, the situation was cleared up once Angoitia arrived, and the 6-foot-2 goalkeeper was allowed to begin his freshman year at Quinnipiac. “As a player you always like it when someone shows interest in you and truly wants you,” Angoitia said. “Coach Da Costa was very interested, so it wasn’t a hard decision for me to come here. It all worked out, and that’s important.” Since that very moment, Angoitia immediately began to show people just how much talent he had. Both his coaches and teammates point to Angoitia’s work ethic and say that’s the reason how he’s become so successful. “He came here as a freshman with two goalkeepers ahead of him,” Da Costa said. “He definitely showed the determination to improve; he had to earn his spot.” In the first week of the 2011 season, Da Costa and his coaching

staff knew that Angoitia was ready to be the team’s starter in between the crossbars. “After a couple of games, I knew he was the right guy,” Da Costa said. Senior defenseman Brandon Strain-Goode now enters his third season as Angoitia’s teammate, and knows exactly why the goalkeeper has ascended to such a big role so quickly. “He’s focused, and he’s always looking for ways to improve,” Strain-Goode said. “That’s important, and speaks a lot about what kind of person he is.” Angoitia’s name quickly became known around the Northeast Conference. He posted a 6-8 record during his freshman season, but his 1.73 goals-against average gave him the confidence he

“Even when things go wrong, you have to lead them into better times. They are going to look back at you when the other team scores, and it is important that they see you smiling.” — Borja Angoitia Men’s soccer goalkeeper

needed heading into the next three years of his career. “It’s just a lot about getting into a rhythm,” Angoitia said. “Once you stop conceding goals, it allows the guys in front of you to get into a rhythm of their own. During that season I started to find that rhythm a bit.” Almost as quickly as he ascended to the starting role during his initial season at Quinnipiac, Angoitia broke out. His success on the field as a sophomore spoke for itself, as he posted a 1.12 goals-against average with five shutouts, saved 78.8 percent of the shots that went his way, and helped lead his team to an NEC Regular Season Championship. Still, the goalkeeper from

Spain continues to remain humble. “[My success] just comes from a lot of hard work, basically, and learning from my mistakes,” Angoitia said. “I have made my share of mistakes, but concentrating on correcting them is always key.” Both his coach and StrainGoode noticed Angoitia’s performance last season, and even think the goalkeeper ascended into an important leadership role on the roster. “I’ve always felt that you don’t have to have a captain’s armband to be a leader on the field,” StrainGoode said. “Borja has really taken that advice. He’s really stepped up lately and become a leader for the incoming freshmen. It’s nice to see.” So how exactly does the Bobcats goalkeeper lead? By keeping calm and remembering to always do one thing. “You need to keep a smile on your face,” Angoitia said. “Even when things go wrong, you have to lead them into better times. They are going to look back at you when the other team scores, and it is important that they see you smiling.” Some, however, think there is one other aspect of Angoitia that makes him the person he is today: his humor. The ninth-year coach can pinpoint an exact situation in which Angoitia’s humor is evident. “He’s a little quirky,” Da Costa said with a grin on his face. “Sometimes he lightens the mood and punts a ball half way across the field for no reason. It’s just part of who he is.” All in all, his thick accent, jokes and competitiveness are all just a part of the man behind Angoitia. “When I can understand him he’s a comedy act really,” StrainGoode said of Angoitia’s accent as he laughed, looking off into the distance at his teammate. His teammates aren’t the only ones who notice the fun Angoitia likes to have. “He’s just character,” Da Costa joked. “I don’t know if his head is on straight sometimes, but I’m glad he’s on my roster.”

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Quinnipiac men’s soccer goalkeeper Borja Angoitia had a stellar 2012 season in the Northeast Conference, posting a 1.12 goals against average, and hopes to have similar success this year in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Angoitia credits his past experiences as a pivotal part of becoming the leader he is today. “When I came here for the first time I knew nothing about the school,” Angoitia said. “I had seen pictures and everything, but adapting to a new place can be challenging at times. My teammates helped me out a lot in that regard.” Angoitia remembers those days vividly, and tries to do everything he can to make his newest teammates more comfortable in

to the MAAC is a good step forward. We just need to keep doing the same things we did last year, then win a few more games near the end.” His teammates are excited, as well, and one in particular feels good about the transition because of his reliable keeper. “When he is in net you feel good,” Strain-Goode said. “Sometimes he makes saves that just make you say ‘wow.’ It’s a good conference, but if he plays well there is no doubt we will have a

“I’ve always felt that you don’t have to have a captain’s armband to be a leader on the field. Borja has really taken that advice. He’s really stepped up lately and become a leader for the incoming freshmen. It’s nice to see.”

— Brandon Strain-Goode Men’s soccer defenseman

their early months at Quinnipiac. “Now being a junior, I am an upperclassman, so it is much different,” he said. “I can see myself as the new kid two years back, so I try and help them out as much as possible.” The third-year goalkeeper has more than just his new teammates on his mind, though. Quinnipiac entered the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference this year, and the switch has him as excited as he has ever been. “We are all excited because it is a better league for us,” Angoitia said as his eyes lit up. “Moving

good season.” After Angoitia’s play last season, the goalkeeper was named to the 2013 Preseason All-MAAC Team. The honor, as his coach thinks, is well deserved and bodes well for the team as the Bobcats head into a new era. “He deserved every bit of the recognition,” Da Costa said. “[Being a goalkeeper] is a major part of our game because it is such a unique position, and he plays it extremely well. When you have a guy who can keep you in games like he does, it makes you fairly confident as a coach.”

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