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A new School of Communication’s internship program may make students’ dreams of working and living in Los Angeles a reality for this upcoming summer. The School of Communications and School of Business are working together to create a program where Quinnipiac students can study and intern in Los Angeles for a semester or summer.
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Community Action Project members and volunteers hosted their annual Helping Hands event Saturday, Sept. 14, in the greater Hamden and New Haven area. The event was established in order to offer a “helping hand” to the community. CAP is a community service organization dedicated to granting students with the opportunities to give back. The organization regularly hosts events to promote this objective and generate as many volunteers and supporters as possible. Helping Hands is just one of the organization’s many events that endorses this mission. “Helping Hands is a way to give back,” sophomore event co-chair Jenna Bedard said. “Sometimes we get a bad rep as college students living in Hamden but it shows how
caring we can be and the things we are willing to do.” At the event, students met at the Rocky Top Student Center before breaking into groups to complete three hours of community service. Students were encouraged to sign up at tables or online on Do You QU beforehand, sophomore and co-chair Kaitlin Cotter said. “[We did this] to try and spread the word as much a we could,” Cotter said. Although fewer students volunteered this year, CAP still considered the event successful. “It’s really rewarding for me and for everyone else involved,” Bedard said. “It’s just a really good way to show that you can have fun while doing community service, and it could be a really fun day, hanging out with your friends while doing something for the community.”
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Although nothing has been cleared yet, Assistant Dean for Career Development Joseph Catrino says that he hopes the program will be able to start this summer. This was simply an idea for a great deal of time, but Catrino says “significant strides” have been made to get the program started. Dean Catrino, Dean of the School of Communications Lee Kamlet, Dean of the School of Business Matthew O’Connor and Director of Employer Relations Grace Peiffer spent four days in Los Angeles this past July speaking with prospective companies and touring potential housing. In addition, they have hired a satellite person based out of LA. According to Catrino this person will serve as a local contact for students to assist them with internships and classes. Essentially this program will be similar to a study abroad program, says Catrino, but rather than traveling overseas, students will stay in the country and continue to be full-time students.
Catrino hopes that students will be able to complete six-credit internships while taking a few classes either online through the university, or with a university nearby. Quinnipiac will assist students in finding safe housing in the city. Catrino has looked at housing in LA, Burbank and Marina del Rey. A key aspect to this program is that it will be available to a variety of students. “I think that the thought is that this program is going to be film centric, but it’s really not,” Catrino said. “I think it opens the door for students to get into whatever industry they are interested in working in on the west coast.” Sophomore business student Andrew Brucella said that if he does not study abroad, this would be a program that would allow him to have a similar experience. “I think that Los Angeles provides a lot of opportunity and experience,” he said. Catrino and his team have been
The North Haven Law School building is currently under construction in preparation for its opening in 2014, according to administration. However, plans for the Law School building on the Mount Carmel campus are yet to be decided. “We are actually still in the planning process,” said Salvatore Filardi, vice president of facilities and capital planning. “There are a whole host of needs on campus that need to be fulfilled.” Filardi said that the building is the university’s best option to fulfill needs for more classrooms. “We plan to use the space available for growth in other schools,” Filardi said. New to the Law Library this year are two 24-person classrooms as well as a lab built specifically for calculus-
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Professor John Morra teaches a Sports Studies 101 class with 60 students. By adelia couser Contributing Writer
Imagine waking up before 6 a.m. to get ready for a class or sitting in a lecture hall listening to your professor along with 60 other students. Although Quinnipiac is known for having smaller classes of between ten to 30 students that begin no earlier than 8 a.m., this semester more
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than 800 students at Quinnipiac are experiencing larger class sizes and 7 a.m. classes. The university currently has 19 class sections with an enrollment of 40 or more students and one QU 201 class that runs from 7 a.m. to 7:50 a.m., according to Assistant Registrar Jamie Lussier, who is in charge of scheduling course sections to aca-
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demic spaces. She says that the larger classes are often double sections, with two regular classes of around 40 students coming together to form one large lecture class. There is no shortage of space on campus; the North Haven campus See classes Page 3
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Chris Desilets knew he was always destined to hold a leadership position, and now he believes he is ready to lead the Class of 2017 as president. An undecided business major from Upton, Mass., Desilets spent his time in high school devoted to the Distributive Education Clubs of America, as he was co-president for the state chapter. “My experience in high school has led to this,” Desilets said. “I don’t feel out of place at all, I feel very at home at the front of the table.” Even though he was not involved in student government in high school, Desilets always liked being a leader and knew that being involved in Quinnipiac’s Student Government Association would be beneficial for him. “I know how great of an organization it is, and I know it’s a lot of fun,” he said. “Coming here, and seeing how much [SGA Student Body President and brother] Matt [Desilets] loved SGA, I knew it was something I wanted to be involved in.” Matt believes that his brother is ready to take on his role as president. “He’s very driven and he’s someone who likes to succeed.” Matt said. “It’s funny to see him in my realm now.” Matt thinks that since he and Chris will be working together in the SGA, the experience will bring them closer together as brothers. “It’s something I’ve gotten so much from” Matt said. “He now has the same opportunity which is great for him personally and to continue to grow professionally.” When the campaign for SGA took off on Sept. 4, Chris began knocking on doors in the residence halls and getting to know the members of the freshman class. “I hit every dorm at least twice,” Chris said. “I hung up posters, but it was based on just meeting people.” Chris’s hard work paid off on Sept. 11, when he was voted into office with 398 votes. While Chris says it will be hard to find a time for the freshman cabinet to meet, he believes that the meetings will be easy considering how well everyone cooperates. “I love our SGA family,” Chris said. “I think we have a really good cabinet this year, and I’m really excited.” Travis McMurray, the vice president for the Class of 2017, is excited to be involved in SGA and to work with Chris and the cabinet. “Everyone really cares about everyone, and everyone really wants everyone to do
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Chris Desilets was elected SGA president of the Class of 2017 last week. He promises the freshmen class that he will work hard and remain dedicated to SGA. their best,” McMurray said. McMurray feels that he and Chris will work well together. Even though it will take time for Chris to figure out how SGA works, Matt believes that his brother will easily adjust to his new position. “It’s a big learning experience coming into SGA” Matt said. “No one really knows what they’re doing until they’ve had some experience with it, but he’s got what it takes personally and professionally right now that will help him transition into the role” As president, Chris made a promise that he would work his hardest. He plans to remain passionate and dedicated while he is in charge of the Class of 2017. Jordan LaCross, one of the newly elected
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SGA freshman representatives, believes that Chris is very positive and outgoing. “He knows what he’s doing,” LaCross said. “He’s very studious, he’s very on the ball, he’s going to be good at this job.” Anisha Manglani, another newly elected representative, is also looking forward to working with Chris and the rest of the freshman cabinet. “I really believe in Chris’s potential.” Manglani said. “He is not only grounded and humble, but he is also strong in his leadership abilities.” Chris is excited to begin meeting with his cabinet and already enjoys his position as president to it’s fullest extent. “It’s one of those jobs where you wake up every day, and it’s not a job,” he said.
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Shooting outside New Haven club
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Students should be careful when traveling into New Haven during the weekend. Two people were shot early Saturday morning after an altercation outside Pulse nightclub, according to police. Police say the shots occurred at 2:13 a.m., nearly 45 minutes following the closing of the club, however, police believe the two involved men were both in the nightclub attending the hip-hop party the club promoted. Police say the club stepped has up its presence in the area recently
Twelve people and gunman Aaron Alexis were killed early Monday morning during a shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington D.C. The 34-year old Alexis was in the navy reserve from 2007 to 2011, and was later shot and killed by authorities following the rampage. The gunman was able to enter the Navy Yard by using his access as a contractor. Alexis had a history of mental illness and was honorably discharged from the military in January 2011, according to a law enforcement official. Alexis was charged with indiscriminate use of a firearm in Texas and another firearm altercation in 2004.
For the second consecutive year, Miss America has been chosen from the state of New York. Nina Davuluri, 24, is the first Indian-American to be crowned. Following the announcement, racial tweets were composed and posted on the internet. Comments about the Muslim race and remarks about whether President Barack Obama had a say were posted throughout Twitter. Davuluri did not immediately respond to the comments and instead focused on her special night. Davuluri hopes to attend medical school and become a physician.
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Alumni donate $1 million to School of Medicine By adelia couser Contributing Writer
William and Barbara Weldon, a Quinnipiac alumni couple, recently made a $1 million donation to the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine to create the William and Barbara Weldon Chair in Rehabilitation Medicine. The university will match this amount, creating a fund of $2 million. The Weldons’ donation was a “tremendous gift,” Dean of the School of Medicine and Vice President of Health Affairs Bruce Koeppen said. It will be used to build a new rehabilitation program at the School of Medicine in collaboration with the School of Health Sci-
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ences. The program will utilize expertise from physical therapy and occupational therapy, both of which are housed within the School of Health Sciences. The Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine will include a Center for U.S. Veterans’ Rehabilitation, which will provide educational and rehab support for veterans who have been injured as a result of service in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to Dr. Koeppen. “To have this kind of money to support development really accelerates the program,” he said. “There are already incredible strengths at Quinnipiac in rehabilitation medicine through the physical therapy and occupational therapy
programs, and we’re going to expand upon that by adding prescience from the medical school.” William and Barbara Weldon graduated from the university in 1971. “Quinnipiac University played a big role in our lives and we want to make sure that it continues to grow, prosper and make a real difference,” the couple said in a press release. “Endowing a chair that will be held by the leader of a new institute dedicated to helping health care professionals and patients better understand rehabilitation medicine is the most significant way we can support our alma mater.” Koeppen explained that Quinnipiac will
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Chartwells, the dining service that operates Mount Carmel Dining Hall and the Bobcat Den, has taken heat from students regarding its high prices and quality of food. This summer, Chartwells rose its prices, according to Associate Director of Dining Services Leean Spalding. The increase was based on the Consumer Price Index and was approved by the university. “The increase covers inflation on the price we pay for food, non-food purchases as well as other high cost items such as labor cost increases and health care costs,” Spalding said. Sophomore Allison Brodmerkel voiced her complaints in the Quinnipiac Class of 2016 Facebook group. Brodmerkel’s post requesting a petition to lower prices gained over 50 “likes” and caught the attention of Student Government Association representative Theo Siggelakis who said SGA will analyze the increased cost of food and how that correlates to the percent increase in meal plan. In addition to an increase in food prices, Chartwells increased the meal plan from $1150 to $1200. SGA is reaching out to the administration receive the price of food items at Mount Carmel Dining Hall so that it can assess the increase, according to Vice President for Student Concerns Evan Milas. Once the analysis is complete, members of SGA will discuss whether the increases
are deemed fair. Milas noted that it would take time for the issue to mature into a proposal if warranted. While Chartwells prices are considerably higher than that of area supermarkets, Spalding attributes the prices to the entire process of purchasing, preparing, and serving the food. For example, Chartwells sells 32-ounce Gatorade for $4.42. The same item at Walmart in Hamden Plaza is sold for just $1, a 342 percent difference. Similarly, a quart of milk costs $4.36 from Chartwells, but only $1.49 at Stop & Shop. Shop Rite sells half-gallons of milk for $2.99. “Grocery stores and restaurants operate on a different business model. The grocery store is in the business of stocking shelves and selling pre-packaged grocery items,” Spalding said. “The Campus Dining Services provides more services versus a grocery store which includes purchasing, prepar-
soon be advertising nationally for applicants for the director of the Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine position, and that the ideal candidate would be a physician with training in rehabilitation medicine. “If possible, we would hope that individual would be a veteran him or herself,” Koeppen said. “We’re very pleased for the generosity of the Weldons,” he concluded. “This gives us a real opportunity to move this initiative [for the program] forward at a very accelerated rate.” The university formally dedicated the medical school at a ribbon cutting ceremony last Thursday.
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ing and serving the food and cleaning your dishes.” The cost of food, labor to prepare and serve it, paper supplies, cleaning supplies and products, utilities, medical and dental benefits for employees, state and federal taxes, maintenance of the facility and equipment, kitchenware, uniforms and safety shoes all add to the price students pay. Spalding also specified a high rate of theft and the fact that Chartwells operates at a loss for 18 weeks a year due to summer vacation. “We do witness our guests consuming their food before they get to the register. Also we frequently find plates of food left in the servery when the student has decided to eat something else. Empty plates, cups and bowls are found in servery every day,” Spalding said. “If we compare what it is produced versus what is rung up at the register they are never the same. The amount rung at the reg-
ister is always less,” Spalding said. “The Campus Dining Services also brings and serves the food on campus as opposed to a grocery store which requires the customer to pick up their food,” Spalding said. “The cost of the food is only small fraction of the cost of the purchase price where in a grocery store that is a majority of the purchase price.” Tropicana juice (Cranberry, Grape, Orange) sells for $3.11 from Chartwells while it costs just $1.59 at Stop&Shop, a 95.59 percent difference. Chewy chocolate chip bars sell for $1.55 each, but can be found for as low as $0.22 each at Walmart. Even the most expensive option, $0.46 at Shop Rite, is considerably less than the on-campus option. Ocean Spray Juices sell for $2.59 for 15.2 ounces at the Café and Bobcat Den. Walmart sells similar juices for $2.48 for 64 ounces, an 11-cent difference for more than four times the amount.
Higher enrollment leads to larger class sizes and 7 a.m. lectures classes from cover has lecture halls that can hold up to 120 students, and recent renovations on the Mount Carmel campus will open up more classrooms, Lussier said. Lussier explains that each school puts together its own courses, deciding the time they will be offered and how many students can be placed in each class . “The schools are given a certain amount of academic spaces they can use during a certain amount of times; for example, five time slots Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8:00 a.m.,” she says. “Then they fill in their course sections as they want them.” Upon receiving each school’s course listings, Lussier then schedules the time slots to
the appropriate classrooms on campus, taking into consideration the number of students in a class and the preferences of the professors. This process may change because of a new scheduling software the registrar’s office will begin using in the near future. Sophomore Danielle Arcement is part of the QU 201 class, and she says having a 7 a.m. seminar is not as bad as she expected. “I thought it was gonna be worse than it actually is,” Arcement said. “Maybe it’s because I’ve been getting used to it, but it actually doesn’t feel that early.” Arcement typically wakes up between 5:50 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. and leaves for class around 6:45 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. “I feel more productive; I feel like I get more sleep,” she said. “I know that everyone
says, ‘I could never take a 7 a.m. [class], but it’s not as bad as you think. Judging from the way this is going, I’d probably take another one in the future if it was offered.” A double-section Anatomy 211 class currently held in Echlin room 101 has 70 students. Professor John Morra teaches a doublesection Sports Studies 101 class with 60 students. The class is held in room 107 at the College of Arts & Sciences, a theater often used for tour groups of prospective students. “It’s intimidating when you have 60 students in front of you, but a large classroom has a lot more energy,” he said. “Everybody’s into what you’re talking about, and someone always is willing to discuss or speak up. Some people like larger classes because they just want to sit and listen.” Although some students may feel that their
professor will not know them well in a large class, Morra said there are always opportunities to connect with a professor, either by seeing them before or after class or by scheduling an appointment. According to the admissions office, the incoming freshman classes have been increasing every year, which makes the possibility of larger and potentially earlier classes very real. Lussier says that the decision really lies within each school at Quinnipiac and with the academic affairs office, since the schools are the ones in charge of filling their own classes. “I think a lot depends on the type of class and the type of professor,” Morra said. “Some classes are better with more students, some with less, and some professors are also better in one environment or the other.”
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Law school building ‘still in planning process’ law school from cover based engineering courses, according to Filardi. “These classrooms were built to satisfy the College of Arts and Science’s need for additional classrooms,” Filardi said. Sophomore Jill Pfeifer hopes that the School of Business will be relocated to the law building. “I think that making the [School of Law] building the School of Business would allow for the School of Communications to expand over to the other side,” Pfeifer said. “We have a lot of health science majors, but our communications program could use some publicity.” Sophomore Rachel LaRotonda
is unhappy that the university does not have a concrete plan for the law building yet. “It boggles my mind that they have already started construction on the North Haven campus, but haven’t made a plan for the current law school building,” she said. “For now, I don’t think any particular school needs to be moved, but I would hate to see such a nice building go to waste.” Sophomore Kori MacDonald also said she is worried these law school classrooms will not be utilized at all next year. “It’s such a beautiful building,” MacDonald said. “They should definitely still use it next year and not let it sit there; that would be such a waste of money.”
la from cover in contact with a wide range of companies, including companies with former Quinnipiac students. “We actually have a very strong alumni base out in Los Angeles and they have all put themselves out there for help and assistance,” Catrino said.
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The university is still planning what it will do with the law school building on the Mount Carmel campus after the School of Law is moved to the North Haven campus in 2014.
LA program to become a reality this summer The School of Communications and Business are excited about the opportunities that this program will provide for students. “I think our hopes are just to get students out there, to get them connected with really good internship opportunities and to let them experience a different culture,” Catrino said. “I think it’s all about subject-
ing students to different areas and taking different courses.” Students showed high interest when the School of Communications surveyed students in the spring 2012, Catrino said. “I’m really surprised to hear that there is progress and that it is moving quickly,” sophomore film, video and interactive media ma-
jor Jennifer Porkka said. “I think that the program is really unique. I haven’t heard about a program like it before. LA is really central for me because that is where I will most likely end up. Getting this head start for me as a college student is an opportunity that many don’t have unless you are already out there for college.”
One of Hollywood’s most acclaimed activists and screenwriters will be speaking to students Monday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. in Burt Kahn Court. Dustin Lance Black is the writer of “Milk,” the award-winning film and star-studded theatre production, “8.” Black will be speaking to students about his life as a screenwriter as well as a gay rights activist. He spreads the word about accepting all Americans and will speak about the issues of homeosexuality and marriage. – A. Hoskins
Latino heritage month begins This Sunday marked the kick-off of Latino Heritage month. From now through Oct. 15, the Latino Cultural Society and Office of Multicultural and Global Education will be hosting events around campus to celebrate Latino culture. Students will have the chance to explore the history, culture and contribution of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. – A. Hoskins
New Haven Symphony tickets The university recently announced Shelly R. Sadin as the associate dean of professional and career development in the School of Law. Sadin developed a reputation as a skilled and ethical lawyer after being in the business for nearly 30 years, according to the Dean of the School of Law Jennifer Gerarda Brown. Sadin became a part of the law firm Zeldes, Needle and Copper 29 years ago and has been a partner since 1991. In addition, Sadin’s name is listed in the edition of Best Lawyers in America for appellate law and white collar criminal defence. – A Hoskins
Intramural registration open Students can now register for intramural ice hockey, 4x4 volleyball and 3x3 basketball. Ice hockey is played on Tuesday nights at the TD Bank Sports Center. Volleyball is held on Monday and Wednesday nights, while basketball is played on Tuesday and Thursday nights. Students must register on www.imleagues.com as a free agent or as a team by Sept. 26 at 5 p.m. Students can contact Associate Director of Intramurals Michael Medina with their questions. – J. Perkins
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If anyone from Quinnipiac happens to be on Twitter or Facebook these days, you might find yourself going through lots and lots of complaints. They can range from the aftereffects of campus food, to the lousy internet service or even the shuttle system. These shuttles are a must-have resource for all freshmen on campus since it’s their only source of transportation. But what happens to the other students who don’t have cars? This is just one of the many questions that go through the minds of students who are thinking about using the shuttles for things other than shopping. For example, some students might exclaim, “Why don’t they have shuttles before noon?” or “Why does it take so long to get to the train station?” or “Why do I have to take a shuttle to Westwoods when there are so many spots in Hilltop?” Now, most students do seem to find ways off-campus without taking the shuttle, but anyone that has an off-campus job has to get creative on how they want to get to work. Since
the New Haven and Hamden shuttles don’t start even started selling their Hilltop parking passes because of their coveted close proximity until noon, students might have to use their to campus. Public Safety has reacted own money to use a taxi service ($30 or by making it harder for students to $40 per ride) or public transportation. switch from Westwoods parking to Even after the shuttles start running, Hilltop parking. The rest of the stuit can still be hard to get to places on dent body has to fight for spots in time since the shuttles are notorious North Lot because so many peofor being late. ple either live off campus or Getting to Union Station choose not to take the shutor even Target in North Hatles to and from York Hill. ven can become a hassle, These shuttles may not taking nearly an hour to get be the best, but they are there. Getting to the train free. On weekends they on time sometimes doesn’t take students to New Hahappen, so students end up ven so no one has to drive. taking a later train, or not megan maher Associate Photography Editor When there is a hockey taking one at all. Not to men@meganmaher4 game or a basketball game, tion the fact that shuttles can become packed, leaving some students to sit on students on the Mount Carmel campus don’t have to worry about parking. The lines may be the floor with others even getting left behind. This year, a lot of sophomores ended up get- long, and it may take some time to get there, ting Westwoods or Hogan Road parking even but in the end they do come in handy when though Hilltop is half empty. Some students you need them to.
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Kill them with kindness jerk who believes that their work is more There are some people in the world valuable than everyone elses. Instead of who are just mean. Whether it’s an losing your cool, try to take the upper unfair professor picking on their hand by asking for more responsibilistudents, the classmate who’s backty. Prove them wrong, assert handed comments put salt in that you are just as hardthe group project wound working and be as sweet or a cruel hallmate that as pie doing it. Email could make Assad look them and tell them that like a defenseless baby cat. you would be more than Not every person walks happy to do a certain task and do around with sunshine in their it anyway. hair and rainbows in their heart Why: Chances are this person has (like myself, of course). Mean been ditched by lazy group members people will always be around in the past. Prove that you will be in life and there are very limreliable and loyal. This person will ited options when it comes to eventually warm up once they know you dealing with them; It’s either you let won’t stiff them. them abuse you or you clock them in A mean professor: They are nitpicky, the face (literally or with a stern talkpretentious and unfortunately, in charge ing to). However if your left hook is of the gradebook. No matter where you rusty and you’re tired of crying to your go to college, there will always be mom via Skype about this person, try THAT type of professor who another approach: Kill them... Anna Wagner Staff Writer thinks you are an imbecile. What with kindness! @AnnaKatWagner you should do is ask as many I know, it’s so after-school special, but most of the time it really works. questions as possible and make sure you unSo, next time you meet a bully, try using these derstand exactly what their expectations are. Email them whenever you have a question and approaches: A mean groupmate: Tensions are high always be positive. Do not let them know you during group projects. There is always some can’t stand their snobby face.
Why: Professors are still people with lives outside of the classroom. They have spouses, parents, children and pets that you have no idea about. Perhaps these professors have other reasons to ruin your life besides your lack of grammar knowledge and ignorance to comma splices. But, if you feel this professor is attacking you on a personal level, go to a higher authority like the dean of the school. A mean hallmate: They talk about you behind your back, and mess with your shower caddy. They cannot be trusted with being alone in your room, nevermind your secrets. Why: Clearly, this person has some deep insecurities if they are choosing to be mean to you. Next time they are talking smack or generally being rude, pull them aside and ask them why. Most of the time, they probably have no idea they are being rude or mean. Perhaps there is a miscommunication. Sometimes people have complicated feelings of anger and project them onto others. You should address that by trying to understand why. Like Wendy Mass, beloved young adult writer, said, “Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always.” In reality, we all have our own stuff to deal with. We cannot fight fire with fire because everything will just burn until nothing is left.
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VIEWS ON CAMPUS
Greek Life Edition
Through the eyes of a sorority member By KELLY LEAVITT Contributing Writer
Let’s play a game. Write down every stereotype you have about Quinnipiac sororities. Did any of these words come up? Snotty. Self-centered. Ditzy. Cliquey. Now, I don’t hold this against you. I’ve seen my share of Lifetime movies. I think Anna Faris is hilarious in The House Bunny and I can confidently quote Legally Blonde from beginning to end (In fact, I often use legal jargon in everyday life…). But these movies, as entertaining as they are, are meant for just that: entertainment. A two-hour film chronicling ‘Teddy Bear Teas’ with the Girl Scouts, fundraisers against domestic violence, or two-hand touch football games for a good cause is much less dramatic than their widely popularized paddle-whipping, roofalin-laced, morally questionable and bedazzled counterparts. And while these films serve their ultimate purpose, the end result is a cruel parody and a pigeonhole of sorority women that rings wholly untrue. I am a sorority woman. But what does that mean? For me, it means that I joined a group of girls who share my same values. People join people, and I joined a group of girls that best complimented who I am. I pledged a feeling, intangible as it is, that reminds me of my personal tenants and pushes me to be the best version of myself. I have sisters that come from across the world, across the quad and across diverse backgrounds and experiences. These “sisters” I may have never met had it not been for my joining a sorority.
I am a Kappa Delta. I am also a senior who is nervous to enter the real world, an e-board member of American Marketing Association, a messy roommate and a neverrecovering chocolate addict. My sorority is part of who I am, but it isn’t the only thing I am. So many women in Greek life break the stereotype every day. It is in the selfless act of tutoring a sister that disproves the theory that sorority women are ditzy and self-centered. It’s the attending of campus events a friend on a sports team or in another organization that reveals how sorority women have friends outside their Greek “clique” and value other friendships as well. The stereotype is challenged by one of my sisters who works two jobs on the weekends to pay her own dues and tuition because education and this sorority mean so much to her. Sororities would be nothing without the women who comprise them, encompass their values and personify them. Each sorority is unique, yes, but each has the ultimate goal of a lifelong sisterhood. So, no, a sorority isn’t a place that will forget you after you graduate that cares only about your looks, and financial standing, putting your wardrobe before your personality. Instead, a sorority is a home away from home; a throng of close friends that help you hang posters and go door to door with you when you run for class president. They’re also there to take you out for fro-yo and watch Nicholas Sparks movies when you lose. Beyond the spirited and peppy cheers, beneath the Lily Pulitzer letters, and a deep appreciation for the Greek alphabet lay
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Kelly Leavitt, a member of Kappa Deta, is proud to wear her sorority’s letters and provide a positive image for the Greek life community.
deeply driven, involved, selfless individuals. The ladies who provide “evidentiary support” to the notion those stereotypes only barely scratch the surface of who someone is, if truthful at all. So next time you see a sorority woman, try not to think of the movies you’ve seen
about them, and think about what you’ve actually seen them do in real life; their philanthropy events and silly sisterhood events. I promise if you do, you won’t regret it. “Snaps” for being open minded about QU Sororities! (I warned you about my Legally Blonde quoting).
Through the eyes of a fraternity member
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Chris Mann, president of Delta Tau Delta, explains how Greek life helped him morally shape the person he is today. By CHRIS MANN Contributing Writer
To the outside world I am seen as “Bluto” from Animal House and “Frank the Tank” from Old School: alcoholic party animals that skip class, degrade women and do drugs. I am
grouped in with the thousands of “frat guys” that make national headlines every year for hazing new members. And when a fraternity house across the country is getting investigated for sexually assaulting a woman, I receive dirty looks. Popular culture has fueled the fire
that is the Greek life stereotype, but it’s time to extinguish the flames. For decades this stereotype has been building and it was something that I never wanted to be a part of. As a high school student, I watched all of the TV shows and comedy movies about “frats” and would have never thought that I would one day be wearing letters. Throughout my freshman year at Quinnipiac, I had brothers from all three fraternities on campus contact me about joining their organization. Although I realized at the time that Greek life at QU was much different than it was in any movie or TV show I ever watched, I still didn’t see the point or purpose to being in a fraternity. Then sophomore year came around and I was talked into going to a recruitment event for Delta Tau Delta. Little did I know, that day would change my entire life. Not only has my experience in Delt 100 percent changed my opinion on Greek life, but it has taught me the true meaning and purpose of fraternity. The core values of truth, courage, faith and power have become the moral backbone of my life and have factored into every decision that I have made since taking my oath on Oct. 29, 2011. For the past two years I have been working to combat the
stereotype but the actions of Greeks around the country make this an uphill battle. Unfortunately, movies and TV shows often overlook the values that are the base of each lettered organization. A news story on a fraternity raising thousands of dollars to fund cancer research, or sorority women spending their day cleaning up the local playground are not entertaining enough for the evening news or a feature film and therefore are not seen by the general public. Stereotypes all stem from somewhere and I’m fully cognizant of the problems and flaws in the Greek life system. However, when a few Greeks stand out for negative actions, there are a thousand achieving greatness each day. My dream is for there to one day come a time when a fraternity man or a sorority woman is not judged for wearing their letters in public. I hope one day that each member of Greek life cannot only be proud of their chapter or affiliation, but be proud of being Greek because of the values that we all stand for. I know this is an awfully lofty goal, but I will fight until the day I die to end the Greek stereotype so that being a member of Greek life is the honor and privilege that our founding fathers intended for it to be.
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September 18, 2013
The Burrito Bowl
Burritos are one of the most popular dishes extracted from Hispanic cultures, and have since been embraced all over the globe. Unfortunately, not everyone is awarded the opportunity to experience the mouth-watering cuisines of Central and South America firsthand. But all hope is not lost. Chipotle and Moe’s are both located in the heart of Hamden, so we sent four self-proclaimed burrito experts to figure out which restaurant has the best burrito in town.
At Moe’s there was wide range of choices when it came to ingredients. The lettuce and tomato seemed very fresh, and I liked the variety of salsas. At Chipotle the ingredients were high-quality, but seemed limited. The cheese and salsa were very fresh, and the meat was high quality as well.
Chipotle definitely had the upper hand here. Meat appeared and tasted fresher. At Moe’s, products felt rather dry and lacked flavor. Chipotle’s rice and cheese also felt of better quality.
Overall, Chipotle seems to have better quality ingredients. According to treehugger.com Chipotle only feeds their cows, and all of their animal products grass. They also don’t add any growth hormones, which may be why Chipotle’s ingredients appear fresher.
The taste at Chipotle was a little on the spicy side, but not in a bad way. There was a little too much sour cream, but the guacamole was very good. At Moe’s everything seemed to go well together. The chicken was extremely good. Nothing was overwhelming, but there was a lot of rice added.
Given that Chipotle’s products felt fresher, the taste of their burrito was far superior. No brainer here. I opted for babacoa, a type of pork in my burrito, that from what I’ve seen isn’t offered at Moe’s.
Both Moe’s and Chipotle taste fairly similar. After all, they both have the same exact ingredients, but Chipotle tastes a little better. The meat was a bit dry at Moe’s and slightly overcooked.
For only a burrito the price at Chipotle was a little steep, but they did add a lot of the ingredients. There is no discount offered for students or military. The free chips and salsa at Moe’s were great. Even better was the burrito deal on Mondays, and the welcome student discount.
This is where it gets close. Moe’s was cheaper, Chipotle was more expensive, though the two were not separated by much. Price can also be dependent on whether specific additives, such as guacamole, are included in the burrito.
Chipotle and Moe’s charge similar prices for a burrito. Moe’s includes free chips and salsa, whereas Chipotle doesn’t. Instead, Chipotle charges $2 extra for guacamole and doesn’t give you any free chips or anything. You definitely get more for your money at Moe’s.
Chipotle had a bit of a wait. This was my first time there and I didn’t really know how to read the menu, although it is pretty basic you should know “carnitas” is pulled pork. There wasn’t too long of a wait at Moe’s, and the employees were very friendly and welcoming to everyone who walked in.
Chipotle and Moe’s are essentially across the street from each other in Hamden. The difference is negligible. With that said, Chipotle has more locations revelant to my home and Quinnipiac. Definitely going with Chipotle again.
Moe’s strikes me as more convenient. The company attracts its customers by awarding burrito-lovers with tortilla chips and salsa. It can’t get any better than that. Plus, Chipotle’s lines are always crazy long and the employees never greet you at the door the way Moe’s does!
September 18, 2013
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Twerking Girl Fail
Crocs try to go high fashion
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CULTURE SHOCK By KELLIE MASON
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Unless you have been living under a rock, chances are, you’ve seen the “Worst Twerk Ever” YouTube sensation. For those that haven’t, the action is simple; a girl tries, and succeeds for a few seconds to twerk while doing a handstand in front of a door, her oblivious roommate walks in, sending her to the ground, crashing onto their table and setting her yoga pants on fire. What follows is a lot of screaming and not much success in saving her yoga pants. In the midst of the twerking craze, viewers have been laughing, gasping, and laughing again over this girl who obviously didn’t learn to stop, drop and roll when she was in elementary school. Last week, late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel brought the video’s star onto his show. Before the interview began, he showed the directors cut of it, in which Kimmel makes a guest appearance to save the day with his matching outfit and fire extinguisher. Yes, the “YouTube sensation” that was featured on Good Morning America, Yahoo’s home page and countless other media outlets was a hoax executed by Kimmel. A very good one indeed. Well done, Jimmy. Kudos for it. The video has been on the internet for around two months now, and somehow your secret didn’t get out. It is nothing short of brilliant actually. Also, thanks for showing the millions of worried viewers that the poor girl is alive. On the other hand, isn’t it a bit disappointing, or at least disillusioning, to know that this testament to the stupidity of twerking was all an act? While a hoax is nothing new in the entertainment industry it is still a betrayal of trust to the many trusting online viewers. The way that the video ended, with the twerking girl going up in flames, it didn’t look like she or her yoga pants would come out of the incident unscathed. It served as a ridiculous, somewhat scary PSA on the dangers of the dance. Regardless of its illegitimate creation, Jimmy Kimmel has shown the world how successfully a well scripted viral video can trick countless people. Bravo! -S. Corcoran
The Croc industries have recently launched a new line of “trendy” shoes. They are still selling their classic Croc but are trying something new. It’s about time. Lets get one thing clear: rubber shoes with holes will never be okay to wear. Crocs have taken the classic rubber style and turned them into flats? They have created a rubber flat, with no holes and a plastic chain on the toe. This new style doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere in the fashion world. Who thought up this ridiculous shoe? The description on the new shoe even makes me cringe, “the chainlink embellishment on the toe gives this deceptively comfortable flat enough style points to make it work at the office or anywhere that calls for a dressier look”. Might I add that the chain embellishment is orange, green, blue, purple and pink. All in one chain. The shoes are going for $35. Moreover, the new options aren’t limited to flats: close-toe wedges are also available for $69.99. These quasi-heels are supposedly just as joyously comfortable as the originals, and the faux sandalwood bottom makes them runway ready. In reality, they appear to be the same chunky plastic material that made Crocs the infamously tacky brand we all love to hate. What hurts the most is that these poor women who review the shoes are saying that they love how stylish they are and how the shoe is dressy enough to wear to work. Women all over are being sucked into the idea that these shoes are acceptable to wear in public when they clearly are not. Why do people buy into this brand? A nice pair of sneakers are just as comfortable, and they aren’t as aesthetically affronting. Perhaps the QU community should make a pact to rise above the comfort-based sales pitch and avoid the brand of shoes that make your dad’s gym shoes look sharp. -S. Harris
J.K. Rowling, author of the famed book series, will team up with Warner Bros. and create a new series of films based on the Hogwart’s textbook “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”, and the book’s author, Newt Scamander. The film series will not be a prequel or sequel of “Harry Potter” but a closer look into the wizard world.
iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c
The announcement of the newest Apple device had the world abuzz. The iPhone 5s comes in black, white, and gold, and fingerprint identification makes the device more secure. The camera was updated, and now features larger pixels for better pictures and light sensitive flash. iOS 7 makes using the phone simple. The iPhone 5c is a cheaper model but that doesn’t mean it’s anything less than great. The 5c is made with a steel frame and colored plastic. The battery life is longer, wireless connection is faster and it reaches more places around the world.
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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rundown MEN’S SOCCER Loyola (Md.) 1, QU 0 – Wednesday QU 1, Holy Cross 0 – Saturday Simon Hinde: 1 goal Borja Angoitia: 3 saves WOMEN’S SOCCER Vermont 1, QU 0 – Friday VOLLEYBALL St. Francis (N.Y.) 3, QU 2 – Wednesday QU 3, St. Francis (N.Y.) 1 – Friday Katie Urycki: 11 kills Logan Riker: 13 digs QU 0, Lehigh 3 – Friday QU 0, Layfayette 3 – Saturday QU 3, Layfayette 1 – Saturday Brittanie Robinson: 12 kills, 17 digs. FIELD HOCKEY Layfayette 3, QU 1 – Friday Kacie McCreesh: 1 goal Jess Rusin: 1 assist WOMEN’S RUGBY Norwich 41, QU 5 – Saturday
games to watch MEN’S TENNIS QU vs. St. Francis (N.Y.) – Wednesday, 3 p.m. MEN’S SOCCER QU vs. Army – Wednesday, 4 p.m. QU vs. Hartford – Tuesday, 4 p.m. WOMEN’S SOCCER QU at Saint Peters – Saturday, 1 p.m. VOLLEYBALL QU at Holy Cross – Wednesday, 7 p.m. QU vs. Fairfield – Saturday, 1 p.m. WOMEN’S GOLF QU at Yale Women’s Intercollegiate – Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. WOMEN’S RUGBY QU vs. AIC – Saturday, noon MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY QU at Iona Meet of Champions – Saturday, 10:15 a.m. WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY QU at Iona Meet of Champions – Saturday, 9:30 a.m. FIELD HOCKEY QU vs. Vermont – Saturday, 11 a.m. QU vs. Saint Joseph’s – Sunday, 2 p.m.
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September 18, 2013
Game of the Week
Men’s soccer grabs first win of season By nick solari
Associate Sports Editor
Both Quinnipiac and Holy Cross came into Saturday’s match without a win. Both teams have lost two games, both by a single goal. Predictably, something had to give. Simon Hinde found the back of the net with 10:33 remaining in the second half, giving Quinnipiac its first win of the season. “It was a bit of a battle, to be honest,” Hinde said. “We know we have been playing well the last couple of games, but just not getting the results. This was exactly what the team needs, and I think it will be the first of many.” Hinde’s goal came on a penalty kick after Holy Cross committed a handball inside of the box. The senior blasted a ball into the bottomright corner of the net and broke the tie. “Simon is cool under pressure, you might as well call him ‘Iceman’ in that situation,” Quinnipiac head coach Eric Da Costa said. “He works hard and trains for them, so he’s the guy we call on.” With the goal, Hinde is now 2 for 2 on penalty kicks this season. “I was a bit nervous, actually,” Hinde said. “I just went through my paces, I do the same step back for every penalty. Then I just decide which way, and luckily it went in.” Quinnipiac outshot the Crusad-
Simon Hinde rips the game-winning penalty kick in Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Holy Cross, his fourth goal of the season. ers 15-6; the second game in a row in which the Bobcats have outshot their opponent. “I think it’s been a continuation of what we have been doing thus far,” Da Costa said. “I thought we had a lot of opportunities, some good build-ups, and some good looks at goal. We showed a lot of perseverance in the second half. Goalkeeper Borja Angoitia
made three saves, and Quinnipiac shut out its opponent for the first time all season. “Our defense had been really strong,” Hinde said. “We knew we were going to get a shutout eventually. I’m very confident with our back four, and with Borja behind them. It just all came together for us today.” The Bobcats thought they had
taken the lead with 41 minutes remaining in the second half when junior Justin Ward netted a goal. Ward, however, was called offside and the goal was waved off. With the victory Quinnipiac improves to 1-2-2 on the season. The Bobcats will play the third game of their four-game home stand on Wednesday afternoon against Army. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m.
Michaels: ‘I want to be a safe haven for these children’ michaels from Back cover placement, who has been residing with the family for two years following abuse at home. “My sister that’s with us now, her mom broke her arm,” Cody Michaels said. “She came to us, and now we’re the in the process of adopting.” Cody has been an only child for her entire life, and not once did the thought cross her mind about having a sibling. “Having her in my life for the past two years, I can’t imagine life without her,” Cody Michaels said. Cody recalls other instances of spending time with the family’s placements, including one occasion when the Michaels took in a young baby. “I came home one day and I heard a little baby crying and I was like, ‘That’s not my sister. That’s too young,’” Cody Michaels said. “I was so excited I called all my friends and I was like, ‘We have a new baby.’” In crediting her desire to become involved in foster care, Cody points to her mother. “My mom has been a big motivator in everything,” Cody said. “My mom did everything with me. She
played volleyball with me. She set up camps for me.” Attending Quinnipiac and competing for the women’s volleyball team this fall, Bobcats head coach Kristopher Czaplinski has seen Cody’s dedication transition from her foster home to the court, even as a young freshman. “It’s the energy and the confidence, you don’t see that from many freshmen,” Czaplinski said. “Many freshmen across Division I, you don’t see them ready to come in and contribute. I had to recruit girls that were ready to play at this level right away.” Though Czaplinski never saw Cody play in person prior to her collegiate career, the second-year head coach knew he was witnessing something special in the 5-foot-2 libero. “Usually I don’t take anybody from a video, but as a coach, you can see within 30 seconds if they can play at this level,” Czaplinski said. “Even then, you’re still reluctant to take someone if you haven’t seen them play in person, but from what I saw in the video, there was no doubt in my mind.” This season, Michaels has totaled 37 digs in 10 matches, good for third
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Freshman Cody Michaels is a foster sister whose family has taken in approximately eight children since her sophomore year of high school. on the team. Michaels is also one of only three freshmen to play in every match this year. Although Michaels has already enjoyed success for the Quinnipiac women’s volleyball team during her young career, she already has an idea of what her future holds; in this case, opening up her own home to those in need. “I think that it’s going to be something I do,” Cody Michaels said. “I
understand the system now. I understand its flaws. Now seeing what these kids go through, I want to help them. I want to be a safe haven for these children when I am older and settle down.” “It’s fun to be a big sister. I love kids,” Cody Michaels said. “While it’s a big responsibility and time commitment, doing something to help these kids is something I’m interested in.”
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September 18, 2013
Kicking into gear
Career points for field hockey forward Jess Rusin, which ranks second in program history.
Losses for the women’s rugby team in the past 19 games, including Saturday’s 41-5 loss to Norwich.
Career shutouts for men’s soccer goalkeeper Borja Angoitia.
athletes WEEK of the
by the numbers
Clockwise from top left: Ashton Pett passes the ball in last Wednesday’s game vs. Loyola (Md.); Stevenson Hawkey strikes a corner kick; Tobias Esche lunges for a kick;
Women’s volleyball Ogden, a freshman setter, played in all 14 sets for the Bobcats in the Crosstown Tournament and compiled 103 assists, 32 digs, five service aces and three kills. The Crown Point, Ind., native, helped the Bobcats earn their first two wins of the season. Megan Maher/chronicle
Angoitia, a junior goalkeeper, led the Bobcats to their first win of the season against Holy Cross, recording three saves in his first shutout of the season. He moved into a tie for second place on Quinnipiac’s career shutouts list with seven. Matt Eisenberg/chronicle
One-goal losses by the women’s soccer team this season.
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C’Rusin into the record books
Field hockey senior making her mark in final season By ben dias
Associate Sports Editor
Some players are born to be scorers and always have the ball in their hands. Quinnipiac field hockey senior Jess Rusin is one of them. From the moment she stepped onto the QU Field Hockey Turf Complex, Rusin was born to score. Her career day on Sept. 1, however, may have not happened if it wasn’t for something she is not accustomed to: starting the game on the bench. She appeared in all 18 games her freshman year and 19 games in both her sophomore and junior seasons. Quinnipiac head coach Becca Main and her coaching staff decided to do something out of the ordinary, sitting Rusin following the season-opener on Aug. 30 against Syracuse, when Rusin didn’t score or assist on a goal. “The first game of the season, I don’t think I did my best,” Rusin said. “I got off to a slow start and I sat for a while, and was on the bench and I was just thinking, ‘This is not how I want my senior year to go.’” Rusin was frustrated that she didn’t make her mark in the box score. “When I don’t score, I consider myself having a bad game and I hold myself accountable for it,” Rusin said. “I know scoring is my job and if I don’t do that I’m not doing my job to help the team.” The following game against La Salle, Rusin learned her lesson. The 5-foot-7 forward from Garwood, N.J., had two goals and an assist in a 6-4 win. In doing so, she became the fifth player in program history to reach the 25-goal mark for her career. After the win over La Salle, Main explained that Rusin is destined to break the scoring record. “I think it’s going to be really fun when she does it and how she does it, not if she does it,” Main said. Fellow senior captain Christa Romano said that Rusin had no idea she was close to breaking the record. “To be perfectly honest, Jess had no clue, that she was even in contention to break a school record, or to even match one for that matter,” Romano said.
In the first five games of her senior season, Rusin has four goals and two assists, good for a team-leading 10 points. As a freshman, Rusin started five games, scoring four goals and adding one assist. However, it was Rusin’s sophomore season that can be described as a breakout campaign. She finished the 2011 season second on the team in goals with 10 and points with 22. That year, she became one of 12 players in Quinnipiac history to total double-digit goals in a season. It was Rusin’s junior year in which she shined more than ever. Rusin was named to the 2012 All-Northeast Conference First Team and led the Bobcats with 24 points, including a team-leading nine goals. Main attributes Rusin’s strong family upbringing with how she transformed as a player from her freshman year until now. “I would love to say it has to with my staff and myself, but Jess is one of the few that was raised the right way,” Main said. Main explained that Rusin has a family that understands that you don’t applaud an average performance. “You don’t applaud a nice pass if it wasn’t a nice pass,” Main said. Main believes it is this little ability that Rusin’s parents, Mark and Karen, instilled in her and made her understand that you don’t commend everything. “They brought her up in a manner that she feels when she earns and deserves something, she should get something,” Main said. Main credits Rusin’s family on helping her on the field as a scorer. “I see hundreds and hundreds of athletes in my career and she had it done right at home,” Main said. “Her journey has been planned and it’s working out in a storybook how it’s supposed to work out.” The 19th-year head coach explained that Rusin even has it written down in her performance journal this season, that she wants to break the school scoring record. “I don’t think you get a scoring record and
just sit around and don’t think about it,” Main said. “True prolific scorers think about it. It’s a goal and it’s a constant at practice, it’s a constant at a game. It’s a constant 24/7 and Jess has that ability to really focus and hone in on what she wants to do.” Before the LaSalle game, Main wanted Rusin to be around the net more on penalty corners. A penalty corner is given to an offensive team when the defensive team commits a foul inside the shooting circle. It’s also awarded when a defender commits an intentional foul outside the circle. As a result, Main wanted Rusin to around the net more on these corners, giving her more opportunities to score. Rusin is now in front of the net instead of being at the top of the circle. “Nobody tips, and flips and redirects better than Jess does,” Main said. In order for the Bobcats to win a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title, Romano realizes that Rusin must keep up her scoring prowess. “It’s critical,” Romano said. “She is by the far the most likely to find the back of the net, from game to game, and she knows she must put the ball in the back of the net. Jess has this ability a magnet to her stick and put the ball where it needs to go. She is relentless when she’s in the circle.” It is Rusin’s high level of expectations that drive her. “I expect myself to break this record,” Rusin said. “I kind of expect for it to happen.” As part of her field hockey career, Rusin
Senior Jess Rusin will be known as one of the more prolific scorers in Quinnipiac field hockey history.
wants to achieve two things this season. “We are getting that MAAC championship and I am going to break the scoring record,” Rusin said with a smile. “Being able to achieve this record, I would have never even dreamed it was possible.”
Michaels assisting on court, at home By bryan lipiner Sports Editor
Cody Michaels has been playing volleyball for her entire life. From practicing her serves at backyard picnics to starting for Quinnipiac at Burt Kahn Court, Cody has always held the passion close to her heart. Volleyball isn’t her greatest passion, however. Her real focus lies some 650 miles away in the city of Lexington, Ky. It isn’t in the form of a sport, or through art or music. It’s in welcoming neglected children to her home. Cody is a foster sister. She and her parents have been admitting mistreated children to their home since her sophomore year of high school. Since Cody was 13, the family has taken in
about eight placements, admitted for a variety of reasons. “We’re an open home,” Cody Michaels said. “They come in, they stay with us for one night, one weekend, couple months, before they either go back to their parents or go to a different home.” “They’re kids that have been neglected, abused that need a place to go,” Cody added. Karen Michaels, Cody’s mother and a licensed therapist, established the program to help children in need. “I’ve worked with so many children that needed a good, solid place to stay,” Karen Michaels said. “We live on a farm, where there is that atmosphere where they can be safe and secure, and to meet their needs.”
Karen also said that the Michaels family started the foster home “to give Cody the opportunity to see that there were people in life that needed their help.” The Michaels family received its first placement during Cody’s sophomore year of high school. The practice has continued since, despite Cody residing away at school and her status as a Division I athlete. “It’s a whole new experience, it’s not what you expect,” Cody Michaels said. “I felt like I would be left out, but the amount of the time that you spend with these children, how much you learn about them and the system is amazing. I had no issue with them coming in because I’m helping them. It’s an eye-opening experience to what really is out there.”
Karen praised Cody for being so passionate about her involvement in foster care. “She is amazing,” Karen Michaels said. “She has been passionate about children, caring for them, being there for them, the emotional support for them. She loves them, cries with them, is happy with them. Anything you can imagine.” Although the Michaels family has housed about eight placements in the past four years, the process of holding children is not continuous or consecutive. “If one kid comes and they leave, you don’t get another one,” Cody Michaels said. “It’s whenever they need you.” Currently, the Michaels family only has one See michaels Page 10