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APRIL 17, 2019 • VOLUME 89 • ISSUE 24

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Austin Calvo to lead diverse new SGA Executive Board By STEPHEN MACLEOD Contributing Writer

Junior political science major Austin Calvo has been elected President of the Student Government Association for the 201920 academic year. Calvo, the current vice president of student experience, ran on a campaign of student advocacy and calls for both administration and SGA to be more transparent with the general student population. Calvo defeated current Vice President Luke Ahearn, a junior marketing major, by 564 votes. However, the election was anything but contentious. The two were both at the SGA suite as the results rolled in and were talking most of the night. As they waited for results, both described feeling relieved that the entire thing was over. Ahearn has been public about wanting to continue to work with Calvo and SGA. He will be on SGA as a senior class senator and has no plans to abandon the objectives and promises he ran on. Calvo ran his campaign on making SGA accessible and transparent. In contrast, Ahearn focused on enhancing student ex-

perience, with an emphasis on bringing back a university-recognized May Weekend festivities. In an effort to meet his promise, Calvo spent the campaign season going to dorms and talking to students. He carried a notebook with him and within its pages, he wrote down the complaints he heard. Calvo says he plans to give the book to President Olian at their first meeting for her to keep. “I think a lot of [past presidents] ran on campaigns on ‘this is what I want to do,’” Calvo said. “And like I said over the past week, this position is not about me. It’s not about students buying into my vision. It’s about me buying into students’ vision. So, I think that, that really resonated with students because a lot of students here don’t feel like their complaints and concerns are heard.” Joining Calvo will be a new executive board including Vice President Sophia Marshall, a sophomore ELPMA major; Vice President for Student Experience Esau Greene, a sophomore political science and sociology double major; Vice President for Marketing and Public Relations Jamien Jean-Baptiste, a sophomore behavioral See CALVO Page 2


Austin Calvo, SGA president-elect, ran on a campaign of student advocacy and calls for administration to be more transparent.

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Mark Thompson (left), who has been working at Quinnipiac in various capacities since 1998, will be starting as president of Wentworth Institute of Technology in June. of the opportunity. He was contacted by a recruiter who he’s known for a long time. “At first, when I heard about Wentworth Institute of Technology, I was a little bit dismissive of it because I didn’t really know a lot about it,” he said. “But the more I looked into it, the more it made sense in terms of where I think my skills would be a good match for what they need right now.” Personally and professionally, the decision

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“It’s been professionally and personally fulfilling in so many ways. I’m just thrilled I’ve had this opportunity.” In 1998, Quinnipiac College was sparse. The then ‘Braves’ weren’t Division I and the School of Business was in the process of accreditation. Mark Thompson was hired in time to help finish off that process and began his role–the first of many, as associate dean of the School of Business. A ‘place that was on the rise,’ Thompson was drawn to Quinnipiac College, a growing school which sprawled across today’s Mount Carmel campus. What Thompson didn’t know, is that he would be a major player in assisting with this growth. But this May, along with thousands of students, Thompson will ‘graduate’ from Quinnipiac and say goodbye to a place he’s called home for the last 21 years. He will assume his new role as President of Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston June 1 and according to the Boston Herald, Thompson will be the institution’s first president without an engineering background. “I have to tell you it was a very difficult decision to make,” Thompson said. “I wasn’t actively looking for another position and it wasn’t a matter of just wanting to be a president for the sake if being a president. It had to be a very unique situation.” In February 2019, Thompson became aware

seemed like a good fit. Him and his wife plan to spend this next chapter of their lives closer to loved ones. They will be moving to Massachusetts, joining their two daughters, Elizabeth (’16) and Kathryn (’18) and family. “It started to check all of the boxes in terms of what makes sense,” he said. “It was a hard decision for me to leave a place that just has a lot of people that I love very deeply. So, it wasn’t a decision I made lightly.”

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Reflecting back, Thompson said he has experienced tremendous professional success throughout his years, from the School of Business, to senior vice president for academic and student affairs and now in his sixth year as executive vice president and provost. “It wasn’t a plan to rise up the ladders, just more of whatever I was assigned to do, making sure I was doing as best I could at it and then the promotions and opportunities would follow,” Thompson said. Raised in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Thompson didn’t dream of dedicating his life to education, but instead, like most young men, found joy in his hobby–cars. “It’s funny, there was a period of my life where I was 15 or 16 and I didn’t anticipate going to college at all,” Thompson said. “In fact, my freshman year was at a state school in Massachusetts, I didn’t do very well and I didn’t go back after my freshman year.” Thompson didn’t attend Bentley until he was 24 years old. At Bentley, he received his undergraduate degree in economics and finance. Attending one–not to mention three colleges and spending a lifelong career in education, wasn’t something he had anticipated. “Once I got underway, there was no stopping me,” he said. “I needed a period of time to mature and get my act together, which is why I am so focused on students success because I See THOMPSON Page 3




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The end of an experience

Students share their thoughts about Senior Experience By JENNIE TORRES Associate News Editor

Senior Experience was introduced to the class of 2019 this semester, replacing the annual senior week. Now the experience has come to an end, and students are left with different reactions about it. Senior biomedical marketing major Layla Rodriguez said that it was difficult to attend any of the senior experience events since they place throughout the semester. “Being a student athlete, because it’s in season for I know at least spring sports, I was not able to attend a single event because it always fell under match day. I know a lot of other spring sports probably have the same idea as me that we couldn’t attend and we’re missing out on this because we’re in season,” Rodriguez said. “It maybe could have been better if we have saved it at the end of the semester as a senior week rather than a senior experience” Senior health science major Janece Boone said that she was interested in attending some of the events and would’ve attended them if not for her clashing schedule. “I think at Toads [Takeover] it was a Thursday night, but I had class so it’s like I couldn’t really go even if I wanted to,” Boone said. “I feel it’s inconvenient; if they would have had the schedule, like do a poll of what time is more convenient for you guys it would’ve been fine, but just putting it as a set time wasn’t really wise.” Senior marketing major Anson Morgan said he did not consider participating in the senior experience from the beginning. “I just think it was at an inconvenient time so me and my friends didn’t want to go. I think after finals week would have been better,” Morgan said. “I think there’s nothing to do now between the week of finals week and graduation, so there’s just nothing to do to kind of bring the year together. It’s just kind of lacking now.” Hannah Pancak, assistant director of campus life for student centers and student involvement said that while it can be difficult to compare the success of senior experience to senior week, she has enjoyed what the university has been able to accomplish with this new structure. “From the past four years, senior week has


Seniors enjoying Stony Creek Brewery as part of Senior Experience.

seen a decline in participation. So, we knew there was going to be some decline because that’s just been historically happening,” Pancak said. “We had 720 participants during senior week and we have around 700 to 750 individual participants in all of the senior experience events that are being put on.” Pancak said that she understood that some students were unhappy with the new structure and knows that change can be hard, yet she’s seen people really enjoy this year’s program. “I’ve attended the majority of [the events] and I’ve heard really good feedback from students, especially Stony Creek [Brewery],” Pancak said. “They really loved that, which was exciting because that was something completely brand new that we’ve never done.” Out of all of the events that were planned for the seniors, the one that gained the most popularity was the overnight stay to Mohegan Sun, according to Pancak. “Last year we had an overnight to Mohegan, and I think last year might have been the first time we’ve done an overnight,” Pancak said. “Last year went so well that when we did the survey in July. That was something that people still wanted to keep. It’s the highest attended trip.” Pancak said that a total of 500 seniors registered to be on the trip, which contrasts the

number of registrations for what was to be the seniors’ final event: Holiday Hill. Pancak sent out an email to seniors explaining that the trip to Holiday Hill was canceled on Monday, April 8. “To utilize Holiday Hill their minimum was 500 students and we were only halfway there, so the interest just wasn’t high for it,” Pancak said. “We do get money from the university and we are working off of deposits, so we just weren’t able to accommodate that trip with almost half of the minimum not there.” There is currently nothing planned to replace Holiday Hill after its cancellation, according to Pancak. Regardless, Pancak said that she can see the senior experience take place again next year for the class of 2020. “We sent an email out to juniors to take a survey to get an idea of what they would like to see for those trips and events,” Panack said. “I’m really trying to work on doing milestone celebrations and that’s like 200 days before graduation, 100 days before graduation, kind of like programming around those dates.” Pancak said that the purpose of those surveys is so that she can utilize the data and begin making plans for next year’s events. “In the survey email, there was also a link to apply for a committee because I’m going to be having a senior experience committee for next year so I can have seniors helping facilitate the program,” Pancak said. “It’s an application process, so they have to submit an application on DoYouQU. They have to submit a cover letter and resume and then I will go through an interview process.” Junior public relations major Elyse Velky said that although she doesn’t intend on trying to get on the senior experience committee, she thinks it could be useful for the class of 2020 as far as working to structure the senior events in a way that best accommodates the whole class. “They can get feedback, because some people don’t like some of the ideas or the pricing. So, there could be like a point of contact for students instead of going to they don’t know who,” Velky said. “They’d have a point of contact to talk about their feelings, so I think it’s good.”

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Calvo: ‘this position is not about me’ CALVO from cover neuroscience major; Vice President for Finance Glenn Adams, a sophomore 3+1 business management major and Lille Gaeta, a sophomore political science major, who will become the second chief justice of SGA’s judicial board. “I’m really excited for it,” Calvo said. “We have an executive board of people that can empathize with how a lot of the student body does feel and that’s something I’m really, really excited for.” The new board will be more diverse than in years past. The new board includes two people of color and two people who identify as members of the LGBTQ community. Calvo believes this board will help SGA connect more effectively with the entire student population. “It matters because representation is important across any governing body,” Ania

Lighty, a sophomore mechanical engineering major and the historian of the Gender and Sexuality Alliance. “It matters because in a lot of situations it can be hard for a multicultural group to get funding and to expand to new things. It can become political rather than just a fun place to go to.” A major theme in all races was SGA approachability. A majority of candidates and most of the winners cited it as an issue important to them in their ‘meet the candidate’ pieces. All the candidates detailed a variety of ways that they planned to make SGA more accessible and present in the daily life of the student population. Calvo took responsibility for the lack of SGA presence at student events this year while he was Vice President of Student Experience. “I do feel as though I did some degree of that,” Calvo said. “It’s just been incredibly difficult with SGA this year with mandatory event policies. It has been difficult to actu-

ally fulfill [those policies] with members. Like people not wanting to go to events and saying, ‘oh we’re already busy students.’ But I think that going into this year we are going to have something like a mandatory event policy where you have to go out and support the students that we were elected to represent. I think that is really, really important. That’s something that as president, I am going to do.” This year’s government faces a unique situation. Olian has unveiled her strategic plan for the university and has signaled a desire to work closely with student government. Current SGA President Ryan Hicks has stated that SGA has a tentative date of April 24 to meet with Vice President and Provost Mark Thompson to discuss the budget of President Olian’s strategic plan. Austin Calvo and the new SGA will be sworn in on Wednesday, April 17 following their yearly budget meeting.




April 17, 2019


Thursday, April 18 Pie a Brother Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc. will host its Pie a Brother event on Thursday, April 18, from noon to 2 p.m. on the Bobcat Way lawn. Students can stop by to hit brothers with pies to raise money for the organization’s philanthropy, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.

Sweets and Snacks fundraiser Asian Student Alliance will host a fundraiser on Thursday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Carl Hansen Student Center. Students and faculty can come grab Asian sweets and snacks. The event will benefit the Asian Student Alliance and the International Student Association.

Montage Open Mic Montage Literary & Art Magazine will host its Open Mic event, part of an ongoing series, on Thursday, March 18, from 9:15 to 11:15 p.m. in Carl Hansen Student Center room 120. Students can watch their peers – or share their own ­– poetry, prose, comedy or various other forms of art. Free food will be provided, and prizes will be raffled off.

Friday, April 19 Blood drive Community Action Project will co-host a blood drive with The Red Cross on Friday, April 19, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Carl Hansen Student Center rooms 119 and 120. Students can stop to donate blood to help those who are in need.

Tuesday, April 23 Luminaria ceremony Relay for Life will host its luminaria ceremony – an event that raises funds for the American Cancer Society – on Tuesday, April 23, from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Carl Hansen Student Center piazza. Students will decorate luminaria bags in honor of those who are fighting or have been lost to cancer. At the end of the event, a lighting ceremony will take place.

Mr. Romantic Community Action Project and Relay for Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. and Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority, Inc. will co-host Mr. Romantic, a male pageant, on Tuesday, April 23, from 7:15 to 10 p.m. in Buckman theater. Contestants will be judged on attire, talent and knowledge of numerous organizations, including Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. The top three winners in the pageant will receive a prize.

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Safety shortcomings

Students feel there is room for growth after shelter-in-place drill By JEREMY TROETTI Copy Editor

Quinnipiac students received an email from the Emergency Management team at roughly 10:50 a.m. Thursday, April 11, declaring that the university was in a shelter-in-place drill – meaning students were required to seek safety within the buildings they occupied. However, during this drill, an issue with the university’s Rave alert system caused students to only be notified with an email, rather than the additional standard text alerts that many students have signed up to receive on their mobile devices. Associate Vice President for Facilities Operations Keith Woodward explained the team’s motivation behind having the drill on campus. “The Emergency Management Team has been preparing for the shelter-in-place drill for several weeks,” Woodward said. “To get ready for it, we considered several factors, including communications and minimizing the disruption to classes.” Woodward described what went wrong during the original drill, causing alerts not to be sent. “Despite our plans, there was a minor problem with the Rave alert system,” he said. “Our plan was to send a Rave alert, which includes a text, phone call and email, about the drill to the university community at 10:50 a.m. on Thursday, but a technical issue arose preventing the message from sending. The community did receive an email about the drill at 10:50 a.m. on April 11, from the QU News account, which is a supplementary communications platform we use to make sure we’re reaching all members of the university community.” Sophomore physical therapy major Corinne Palumbo felt that improved communication


The second shelter in place announcement was sent via text message.

could have led to better results during the drill. “It’s hard with a drill like that because you can’t really give any warning,” Palumbo said. “Maybe a better broadcasting system [would improve the drill], because not everyone is on their phones all the time. I know I didn’t check my phone until a few minutes after it had already been going on.” Palumbo mentioned that she believes another factor that can improve communication would be having authorities stationed outside of campus buildings to make students who are outside aware of the situation. Woodward explained that one of the team’s primary goals in conducting the drill was to bring awareness to the drill in case such an emergency arises on the campus in the future. “The goal of the training was multi-faceted,” he said. “I believe we achieved a high level of awareness prior to the drill by educating the

community about the meaning of shelter in-place and resharing the university’s emergency guide.” Woodward mentioned that following the communication error that occurred during the first drill, a second drill took place beginning at 1:47 p.m. that afternoon – with the Rave alert issue fixed. Woodward also explained that despite the university’s best efforts to reach as many students as possible, there are 1,266 undergraduate students who have not registered to receive the Rave alerts. Sophomore biology major Isabella Vega said that she was walking outside and did not see the original email – which led her to be confused on what course of action to take. She feels that the drill was overall not very effective. “I think it was kind of useless because I didn’t know what was happening,” Vega said. “I thought it meant just stay where you are, but my friend told me that we had to go to a classroom or something. I didn’t know that.” Palumbo feels that, while the drill is beneficial to have on campus, the university has work to do to improve future shelter in place drills. “I think it was a good drill to have… I think it was a little hard though because people were just walking across campus, especially to class,” Palumbo said. “So it’s not really realistic to have people stop walking to class. I know I was walking back from the gym and I was like ‘I have to go back to my room.’” Woodward explained that there will likely be shelter in place drills in the future, while also seeing room for growth in any future drills. “Overall, I think the drill was successful, but we have some takeaways to improve the process that will be discussed by the Emergency Management Team,” he said.

Thompson: ‘it wasn’t a decision I made lightly’ THOMPSON from cover know part of it is on the students themselves, but part of it is on us to make sure they are supported and mentored in ways to make sure they are successful.” Following Bentley, he received his MBA from Western New England University and then doctorate in economics from Georgia State University. His dedication to learning and students success all began when he first stepped foot on QU’s campus. “I can remember the first day here–first week,” Thompson said. “To be honest with you, I was very nervous and anxious about joining a new community. Pretty quickly, I felt pretty comfortable once I got here.” He was particularly nervous because this role was related to students success and he wanted to make sure he did it right. Of all the students who worked closely with him, the Student Government Association is at the top. “He cares about the students and has always had the students’ best interests at heart and his actions prove this to be true,” said Victoria Johnson, senior Student Government Association vice president of public relations. “Dr. Thompson was an amazing asset to Quinnipiac and SGA; we will miss him dearly.” Thompson attributes most of his success at the university to his opportunities to teach and interact with students, but more than that, Thompson has remained committed to contributing to the community. His calm temper and eagerness to help has made him a popular administrator among the students. Thompson said he appreciates the connections he has made with students. “I’ve gotten a lot of nice thank you emails, cards and so forth from former students and as you are interacting with them in the moment, you don’t really recognize or have a sense as to the impact that you’re having,” Thompson said. “It just has been heart-warming to me, just to have people write to me. Some of whom I haven’t seen for a long period of time.”

In terms of physical accomplishments, Thompson played a major role is transforming Quinnipiac College, into a university. He assisted in establishing the School of Engineering, the Frank H. Netter School of Medicine, and Quinnipiac University Online, and was a major contributor to the university’s accreditation processes with the New England Commission of Higher Education, the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology and the American Bar Association, according to President Olian’s March 11 community email, ‘Transitions.’ “I have come to rely greatly on Mark’s wisdom, clarity of judgment, integrity and fairness, and dry humor. He will be sorely missed. This presidency is a wonderful opportunity for Mark, and Wentworth is fortunate to attract him,” stated Olian in the email. But looking back, his favorite moments remain those where he worked hands-on with students. “There’s certain things to me...but I would say the things that stick with me most, in terms of what’s most meaningful, are those individual student interactions and the opportunities that I had in the classroom,” Thompson said. Thompson isn’t the only Bobcat in his family. His two daughters studied at the school and his wife Karyn, has served as a First Year Seminar instructor, assisted in coordinating international experiences for School of Education students and led student trips to Nicaragua, according to Olian’s email. In 2013, Elizabeth Thompson wrote a letter to the editor in The Chronicle sharing, “My dad is my role model, and I feel so lucky to get to share my college experience with one of the many people who have built Quinnipiac into the university that it is today.” The opportunity to present both his daughters with their degrees is a moment he will never forget. Looking ahead, he is excited about President Olian’s strategic plan and said that Quinnipiac is on the same positive path as it was 21 years ago. “I think that President Olian is doing a great

job in terms of identifying where there’s opportunities for the university for the future,” Thompson said. “I am very excited about where the direction is going and I do think that the way the plan is shaping up, it is reflective of the university of the future and where we need to be positioned to best serve students.” It’s what drew him here, the students, the strong sense of community and of course, the campus’ serene setting, that he will miss the most. He hopes the community remembers his serious commitment to student benefit and understands that this decision to leave did not come easy. In response to other members of administration leaving, Thompson said each has their own story to tell and hopes the community will not misinterpret the news as something that it’s not. “I can understand why one would get the impression that it’s something other than it is, but it’s just–each has its own individual stories,” he said. “I didn’t anticipate leaving, it was just the opportunity came to me and I assessed it and decided it was a good thing for me to pursue.” Thompson doesn’t anticipate this next chapter to be much different personally. He’ll continue to play golf, cook, entertain and travel with family. He’s excited to sink his teeth into this new opportunity to serve students. No one has been selected yet to replace Thompson and Jennifer Brown, Dean of the School of Law since 2013, will assume the role of Interim EVP and Provost starting June 1. “My hope would be that they will have the same experience that I’ve had,” Thompson said. “My hope is that coming in, they will have the same viewpoint that I do, that the students are first and everything else derives from that. I hope they recognize what they have here, in terms of the valuable assets that they have a very committed faculty and staff.” He advises his successor to ‘make sure they don’t lose their way,’ and to come into the role with a genuine commitment to service to students as he did. “I wish Dr. Thompson nothing but the best,” Johnson said. “Wentworth is lucky to have him.”

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Let’s run it back one last time My farewell to The Chronicle

I still remember the time I showed up to my first Chronicle meeting like it was yesterday. I was a sophomore and I was determined to get involved in student media, to take a true step toward my career goals instead of just saying that I wanted to pursue a career in journalism. Opinion Editor To be honest, while I knew I could write, I wasn’t sure if I was any good, or that I would even get the chance to write at all. However, I’ll always be grateful that then-opinion editor Amanda Perelli gave me the opportunity to write an opinion piece after that first meeting. It eventually turned into a weekly column for the entire fall semester of my sophomore year. From there, I have been fortunate enough to serve three semesters as the opinion editor and spend two seasons covering men’s and women’s basketball, which included two trips to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament in Albany, New York and brought me friendships that I wouldn’t trade for anything. Now, two years later, I can confidently say that showing up to that meeting on a Tuesday night was one of the best decisions I have ever made. The Chronicle has brought me in contact with so many amazing people that I am lucky enough to call friends, as well as allowed me a place to express and enjoy myself through writing. But, how exactly did I get here? For starters, I cannot stress the importance of taking a chance on something without knowing 100 percent how it is going to turn out.

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Coming into Quinnipiac, I had the dream of becoming a sportswriter, but I’ll be honest, my freshman year I didn’t take any steps to really make that dream come closer to a reality. And while it is nice to hope that things will happen one day, someone close to me once said, “Hope isn’t a plan. You either do or you don’t.” I believe in this concept religiously. You either do or don’t. It kind of leaves you without an option, huh?

“I can confidently say that showing up to that meeting on a Tuesday night was one of the best decisions I have ever made.” – Peter Dewey


You either do what it is that will help you become successful, or get swept into the crowd with the rest of the people relying strictly on hope. That’s not where I wanted to be. For me, joining the Chronicle was taking the first step toward reaching that goal. It put me in a situation where I had to learn how to write and take constructive criticism, but also gave me the opportunity to put in as much work as I wanted to improve myself as a writer. Which brings me back to the point of taking a chance on

something, or sometimes yourself, in order to see the outcome. In any aspect in life, I believe that this statement is true: Confidence is a prerequisite to success. Believing in yourself and your ability is at least half the battle when trying to achieve something, because if you don’t believe in you, why would anyone else? The Chronicle allowed me to put myself and confidence to the test, and at the same time reassured me that I not only could write, but could conduct a well-thought out interview. The confidence that I gained two years ago still helps me today when at work for the Record-Journal. At the end of the day, the re-establishing of that confidence in myself is all I ever needed. The Chronicle helped me realize what I could accomplish with my writing. And as Drake says in his song ‘Tuscan Leather’, “You don’t have to prove shit to no one except yourself.” (You all know this wasn’t complete without a Drake quote). But most of all, the Chronicle gave me the ability to express myself. The beauty of and why I love writing for the Opinion section is that it allows a writer to express their opinion on virtually anything and everyone else is entitled to their own personal thoughts about it. These past two years, I have been able to express political, musical and sports opinions that, while nobody may have wanted hear them, I wanted to be heard in an attempt to start or continue a conversation. The Chronicle allowed me an outlet to give a glimpse not only into my personal beliefs, but things that I enjoy to write and talk about as well as cover the sport that I love. For that, I am forever grateful. So, to everyone that I have had the privilege of working with, especially the past two years’ E-Boards, thank you for embracing me with open arms and allowing me to be myself. And to everyone out there looking to pursue their own dream, I hope you find your Chronicle.

Joe Biden’s presidential dilemma

Why he needs to pick between apologizing and running Joe Biden will probably not be the Democratic nominee for president in 2020. But he definitely won’t be if he continues to do what he is doing now. While the former vice president has not formally announced his campaign, his runStaff Writer ning is something of an open secret. His strategy was not a bad one on the face of it; stay above the fray, let the other candidates attack each other, and then swoop in and coast to the nomination on the nostalgia from the Obama years. He leads almost every opinion poll among Democratic primary voters, and for whatever they may be worth at this point, general election polls against President Trump. The Democratic case for a Biden candidacy is fairly straightforward and air-tight. Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election because she lost Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin by under 1 percentage point. If she had won all three, she would have had 278 electoral votes, and thus the presidency. So if a Democrat is able to hold all of the states Clinton won, and flip those three she lost very narrowly, the election is over. Given that the Obama/Biden ticket won all

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three of those states twice, and Biden’s appeal among the blue collar white working class that broke heavily toward Trump, he seems to be the best positioned to do just that. But to do that, Biden must first make it through the Democratic primary. It would be the height of irony if the Democrats lose their best general election candidate to a woke circular firing squad, but that may be what happens. Before his campaign could get out of the gate, Biden was hit with allegations of Biden being too handsy with women, seven in total according to a report by Business Insider. Nobody is alleging sexual harassment, or anything illegal at all. But the near octogenarian’s warm, folksy form of politics is clearly out of step with the modern Democratic Party. Biden’s response to this didn’t hit home as well as it could have. First, he put out a video in which he apologized if his actions made anybody uncomfortable. But just a few days later, he made jokes about the kerfuffle to a crowd, according to the Daily Wire. There will be other areas of his record where Biden will feel the need to apologize and beg forgiveness at the altar of progressivism. To the new left, his opposition to draconian business regulations, occasional support for late-term abortion restrictions, opposition to forced busing, his vote for the Clinton crime bill, and the Iraq war will all need to be recanted. Several stories, including one in New York Magazine titled “Biden’s Baggage,” do a good job in explaining the progressive case against Biden. But Biden himself ought to consider another option. Peo-

ple who find his past positions reason enough to oppose him will not be swayed by apologies and mea culpas. There are already a plethora of candidates in the race for progressives to support, Biden will not win them over by denouncing his decades of service in politics. His old-school, hands-on way of doing politics is now being brought up is clearly a political hit job, because this is something that was in the open for years. A story dating back to 2015 in the Washington Post titled “What are we going to do with Creepy Uncle Joe Biden” establishes as much. Regardless of what you think of the merits, it is not an accident that it is being brought to the fore now. What Biden should do, if he wants to join the race, is run on his record and not away from it. Make the case that maybe socialism isn’t the way of the future, that not believing in completely unrestricted abortion isn’t heresy, that some tough-on-crime measures are actually good ideas. There are still some moderate Democrats, after all. Enough to win a majority? Probably not. But there might be enough to win a plurality in a very crowded field. If Biden cannot do that, he should not run. In all likelihood, the outcome of doing so will be a disowning of everything he has done up until this point, and for nothing. It is his past record of moderation, or at least the perception to that end, that makes Biden such a formidable general election candidate. If that same record makes him unpalatable in today’s Democratic Party, that should be their problem, and not his.

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Letter to the Editor

Thank you for your service

An open letter to Quinnipiac University Michael Strahl Vice president, Student Veterans Organization My name is Michael Strahl and I am a United States Navy Veteran. I did most of my service on the USS George Washington stationed out of Naval Base Yokosuka, Japan. Hailing from Staten Island, New York, I didn’t know much about Connecticut’s slower-paced lifestyle or the amazing journey I was set to embark on. I was a 27-yearold salty veteran with a chip on my shoulder and an attitude to match. I came to Quinnipiac with no friends, no sense of direction and no apparent urgency to develop either. I came for my education and my future as an Athletic Trainer. I still don’t know much past Whitney Avenue or

I-91, but I do know my way around campus. I do know my way around People’s United Center. I do know my way around the halls, the students that fill them, the staff that maintains them and the professors that echo throughout them. Fast forward to my final semester of my senior year at Quinnipiac University, I am the Vice President of the Student Veterans Organization (SVO). I am a soon-to-be graduate of psychology. I am engaged to the most amazingly beautiful Bobcat. I have made friendships that will last a lifetime. I have developed mentors that I can seek guidance from for a lifetime. I can honestly say, I am a Bobcat for life. I bleed blue and gold and I wouldn’t change my time here for anything. The students, my peers, welcomed me and embraced me with open arms. I have been blessed with amazing faculty that gave me endless chances and

more importantly, took a chance and pushed me to do my best. The Director of Veterans Affairs, Jason Burke and the Student Veterans Organization continue to help me keep myself in check when I seem to be slipping. The Athletic Training Department for teaching me skills I can use on the ice and more importantly, off the ice. The Psychology Department for teaching me how and why. My professors that mentored me and guided me through every step of the way and reminded me that I have the tools to succeed. Lastly, thanks to Quinnipiac Athletics, I got to witness multiple Women’s Rugby Championships. I was able to be a part of the Frozen Four in Tampa and scream my head off at every game I could get to. I get chills every time “U-S-A” erupts from the crowd. I have been a part of a presidential turnover and I’ve seen staff and students come and go.

I’ve wanted to quit a few times along the way, but today I can say that I did not waste the last four years of my life. I made the most of it and am grateful to all of the people who helped get me here and shared these experiences with me. Today, I am a 31-year-old graduating senior at Quinnipiac University. Thank you. Thank you to the student population. Thank you to the professors and faculty. Thank you to facilities and all of the hard workers throughout the campus that help make this place a home away from home. Thank you to the Athletic teams that helped build my pride in this school. Thank you, Jason and all of my fellow SVO members. Thank you Java John for all of your wisdom. Thank you Quinnipiac. Thank you for your service.

Sports Opinion

NBA First Round Playoff Predictions Johnny Uricchio Staff Writer

Eastern Conference

No. 1 Milwaukee Bucks vs No. 8 Detroit Pistons The Milwaukee Bucks finished with the best record in the Eastern Conference at 6022, while the Detroit Pistons clinched a playoff spot on the last day of the regular season with a 115-89 victory over the New York Knicks. The Detroit Pistons starting power forward, Blake Griffin, is dealing with a left knee injury. Griffin is the best player for the Pistons, as he averaged 24.5 points per game, 7.5 rebounds per game and 5.4 assists per game in 75 games played this year. It will be a major loss if Griffin is unable to go for the entire series (he missed game one) because no one can make up for his offensive production. Maker will likely replace Griffin if he is unable to play. He averaged 5.5 points per game, 3.7 rebounds per game, and 0.9 assists in 29 games played. It will be nearly impossible for them to be competitive with Griffin dealing with a sore left knee. I predict the Bucks will beat the Pistons in four games.

No. 2 Toronto Raptors vs No. 7 Orlando Magic The Toronto Raptors finished the regular season with second best record in the Eastern Conference at 58-24, while the Orlando Magic made the playoffs for the first time since 2011. The Magic are one of the hottest teams heading into the playoffs, as they finished the regular season winning 11 of their last

13 games. The Magic are in the playoffs because of the breakout year from their AllStar center Nikola Vucevic. Vucevic averaged 20.8 points per game, 12.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 80 games. These games will be very close, but the Raptors will win this series because of their depth off the bench. Norman Powell, Serge Ibaka and Fred Vanvleet can all give the Raptors instance offense off the bench if their starters are struggling. The Raptors will win the series in six games.

No. 3 Philadelphia 76ers vs No. 6 Brooklyn Nets This series is an interesting one because of the questions surrounding Joel Embiid’s health, as he is dealing with left knee soreness. The Nets will need All-Star D’Angelo Russell to have a terrific series to have any chance at winning the series. He averaged 21 points and 7 assists in 81 games played. The Nets run their entire offense through him, as he is the team’s primary ball handler. He has the ability to create open shots for others too. Embiid is the difference maker if he is at full strength because of how dominant he has been vs the Nets this year. He averaged 30 points and 14.3 rebounds in their four meeting in the regular season, according to Bleacher Report. With that being said, I think the 76ers will win in six games.

No. 4 Boston Celtics vs No. 5 Indiana Pacers The Indiana Pacers have had a terrific season finishing 48-34 without having their All-Star shooting guard Victor Oladipo. Oladipo has missed more than half of the season due to him suffering a season-ending rupture of his quad tendon in his right knee. The Indiana Pacers are a team that struggles to score as they average 108 points per game in the regular season, which ranks 22nd in the league, according to Gordon Hayward is the x-factor in this series for the Celtics. In his last 14 games, he is averaging 14 points per game, shooting 60 percent from the field. The Celtics

need Hayward to be efficient because they are 17-4 when he scores 15 or more points. The Celtics will beat the Pacers in five games.

Western Conference

No. 1 Golden State Warriors vs No. 8 Los Angeles Clippers The Clippers exceeded expectations this year finishing 48-34. No one saw the Clippers making the playoffs because they decided to trade their best player Tobias Harris to the 76ers prior to the trade deadline. The problem for the Clippers is they do not have an All-star. The Golden State Warriors have five with Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Demarcus Cousins and Klay Thompson. The Clippers do not have the firepower to be competitive with the Warriors in this series. The Warriors will win in four games.

No. 2 Denver Nuggets vs No. 7 San Antonio Spurs This series is about youth vs experience. Paul Millsap is the only player for the Denver Nuggets on their roster who has playoff experience. Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich has coached in 278 playoff games. All-stars DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge played a combined 116 playoff games prior to this postseason. Jokic has to be the best player on the floor in this series at all times vs the Spurs if the Nuggets want to advance. Every time he takes the court, he has the potential of putting up a triple-double, as he averaged 20.1 points, 10.8 rebound and 7.2 assists per game in 80 games played. The team that is able to steal a road win will most likely win the series because both struggle away from home. The Nuggets finished with a 20-21 record on the road and the Spurs finished with a 16-25 record on the road. The Spurs will win the series in seven games because of the experience of their two All-Stars.

No. 3 Portland Trailblazers vs No. 6 Oklahoma City Thunder Each of these teams is coming into the

playoffs with momentum. The Portland Trail Blazers have won eight of their last 10 games. The Oklahoma City Thunder are riding a five-game winning streak. The Thunder beat the Blazers in each of their four meetingsduring the regular season. These two find themselves matched up again after the Blazers rested all of their starters but shockingly defeated the Sacramento Kings in the final game of the regular season. The key matchup for me in this series is the point guard battle between Russell Westbrook and Damian Lillard. The Blazers can’t hide Lillard, as the Thunder have AllStar small forward Paul George, who is six inches taller than Lillard. The Thunder will be able to focus more on shutting down Lillard and shooting guard C.J. McCollum because the Blazers will be without their starting center Jusuf Nurkic, who is their third-leading scorer. This may cause both to be not as productive in this series. That’s why Oklahoma City Thunder will win in six games.

No. 4 Houston Rockets vs No. 5 Utah Jazz The key matchup for me in this series is James Harden vs the Utah Jazz defense. Harden is having one of the best years in NBA history, as he is averaging 36.1 points, 7.5 assists and 6.6 rebounds per game. No team has been able to figure out a method to stop Harden. The Jazz will not be able to solve that mystery. I expect Houston to shoot very well from three because the defense will collapse every time when Harden drives, giving Chris Paul, P.J. Tucker and Eric Gordon open looks. The Jazz won’t make this a series because the only playmaker on the team is shooting guard Donovan Mitchell. Mitchell is having a great year, averaging 23.8 points, 4.1 assists and 4.1 rebounds in 77 games played, but the Jazz do not have a second option who can create their own shoot. The Rockets have the luxury of having Paul run the offense to take the pressure off Harden so he doesn’t wear out. The Jazz do not have the weapons to compete with the Rockets on offense, which is why I have the Rockets winning in five games.

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Here for a Good time, not a long time

Blackbear and Bryce Vine energize the intimate c By ALEXIS GUERRA Arts & Life Editor

Members of the crowd glance around in confusion as Blackbear disappears from the stage. Then, screaming erupts from the audience as he makes his way through the floor, taking countless selfies with fans, making their night. The Student Programming Board’s (SPB) annual Wake the Giant concert featured rap artist Blackbear and opening act Bryce Vine on April 14. Before the main event commenced, students enjoyed free food from QU’s favorite food trucks, such as Spuds and Milkcraft, in the People’s United Center parking lot. Paired with the warm weather, the mood was set for the concert. As the sun set on the arena, it was SPB’s Mainstage Chair Olivia Morgan and her staff who took the stage first. After several months of planning, SPB’s main event of the year was finally happening. “I know you guys are all excited,” Morgan said. “Just enjoy the night and have a great time. Thank you so much for coming.” Shortly after, Bryce Vine, dressed in a rainbow Grateful Dead t-shirt, came out to perform. Throughout each song, Bryce Vine interacted with the crowd while maintaining a massive amount of energy. At one point during his performance of his song “Los Angeles,” he had a member of the crowd hand him their cowboy hat, which he wore for the duration of the song. Members of the audience were impressed by Bryce Vine’s ability to connect to the crowd before the headlining artist. “I loved Bryce Vine’s performance,” sophomore advertising major Carina Savukinas said. “I’ve loved his music for a while now. He seemed like he was just there to have a good time and he was really chill.” Towards the end of his performance, Bryce Vice took out his phone to post a video on his Instagram story of himself and the audience. After a short interlude of Panic at the Disco’s “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” playing over the speakers, Blackbear

came on to the stage. He was met with a cheering crowd who were anxiously anticipating him. Blackbear opened with his hit song “chateau.” After performing his first song, he jumped onto the high speakers to interact with the audience. He touched their hands and seemed to be performing for the multiple phone cameras pointed at him. “I loved Blackbear so much,” freshman behavioral neuroscience major Ermena Refugjati said. “He was really energetic and funny and his high notes were actually amazing.” The artist continued with his performance, keeping the audience engaged with songs such as “4u,” “hate my guts” and hit song “idfc.” Blackbear also gave a boost of confidence to the crowd. “Where are all the smart bitches at?” Blackbear asked, to which the audience responded with screaming. “I fuck with you cause you’ll all have jobs. This is better than playing to 20 thousand people cause you all gonna have jobs.” During one portion of the night, Blackbear made it clear that he felt that the crowd wasn’t as lively as he’d like it to be. He asked the crowd to “please scream fucking louder, y’all are depressing,” as he continued his set. Accompanying Blackbear on stage was a guitarist and a drummer. While Blackbear took a ten-minute wardrobe change, the guitarist took to the center of the stage to keep the audience entertained. He head banged and strummed, showing off his best riffs for the impatient audience. After Blackbear reappeared, he was quickly gone again from the stage — but this time, ending up in the crowd with his security guard, where he hugged fans and posed for selfies. The crowd then cleared a path for Blackbear and he ran through the rows of seats around the arena as he continued dancing to his own music. The rapper finished off the night with his hit song “do re mi.” The last note of the song was met with a roar of screams as the singer left the stage while giving the lasting message of “don’t drink and drive.” Throughout the night, students couldn’t help but notice

the lack of attendance at the concert. Tickets were still available the day of the event, as posted on SPB’s Instagram page. With last year’s artist being Khalid, the stakes were high for this year’s Wake the Giant to be a success. “I wish more students went [to Wake the Giant],” Savukinas said. “It was a pretty small crowd and a larger crowd would’ve built the energy a lot more. I was pretty shocked by the crowd turnout though.” Despite the lack of attendance, SPB Marketing Chair Taylor Sniffen still feels that the night went smoothly. “In all the technical aspects and organization and execution of the concert, it went phenomenally,” Sniffen said. “Our volunteers were great and the artists were extremely professional and everyone had a great time. Of course, we would have loved more students there, but the ones who did come looked like they had a great time.” Months of hard work go into the decision of who the Wake the Giant performer will be. SPB sends out a survey in the fall to gauge what genre the student body would like to see. From there, the organization compiles a list of potential options and narrows it down to its final pick, according to Morgan. While many students get to the arena around 6 p.m., the members of SPB helped set up long before the show. “On the day before the show, we spend hours helping the production company set up the stage and the lights and audio,” Sniffen said. “We get the dressing rooms decorated for the artists and on day of, we’re at the stadium from 8 a.m. until about 2 a.m. of the next day to make sure everything gets done and runs smoothly.” With Wake the Giant 2019 being over, it leaves some of the SPB members feeling reminiscent of the work put into the event. “My favorite memory of planning the concert was being able to collaborate with my directors and committee to ensure the show ran smoothly,” Morgan said. “I learned a lot while working on this show. I feel proud of the work that our team did.”

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Arts & Life


Drinks are on me

An inside look at Quinnipiac's open bar culture By KRISTEN ALTMEYER Staff Writer

The Merriam Webster definition for an open bar is “a bar (as at a wedding reception) at which drinks are served for free.” At Quinnipiac, the term ‘open bar’ takes on another meaning for students. More often than not, it is not for free. When students are invited to an open bar, they are expected to pay anywhere from $20 to $30 for unlimited drinks for roughly two hours. It’s basically a beat the clock to get the most bang for your buck. “Planning an open bar was very easy because my friend was a promoter for the bar and handled it all for me,” junior marketing major Jessie O’Keefe said. She had an open bar at 144 Temple in February to celebrate her 21st birthday. Open bars are held at ultimately all of the

popular bars around Quinnipiac, such as 144 Temple, Toad’s Place, Box 63 American Bar and Grill, Brother Jimmy’s and Andale’s, also known as Roberto's to the Quinnipiac community. Planning an open bar is different at all the venues. “It’s a lot of fun to attend open bars, however, it’s a little stressful having your own,” O’Keefe said. “You have to make sure everything goes right. There was no music playing at mine for the first 35 minutes.” Underclassmen typically do not attend open bars until late sophomore or junior year, until they are 21. “I’ve never been to an open bar actually,” sophomore journalism and public relations double major Jensen Coppa said. “Many of my friends aren’t 21 so no one I know has really ever had one that I could attend. I’m assuming going into junior year there will

definitely be some to go.” As O’Keefe mentioned, at 144 Temple, she went through a promoter to set up everything. At Toad’s, one would call Toad’s directly and a worker will help in planning one. The person hosting the open bar has to put down a deposit anywhere from $150 to $200 to reserve a bar area. “I think open bars can be fun, but they can also be chaotic,” senior education major Rachel C. said. “It all depends on the location, how old everyone is, and how many people are being invited.” The most common way to send out invites to an open bar is by making a Facebook event. That way, you are able to see who can and cannot attend. Hosts typically will invite a large number of people, thinking that not everyone will be able to make it. However, going to multiple open bars

throughout the school year can take a toll on students’ bank accounts. “It gets tougher to go to ones at the end of the school year because my bank account is so low,” said Aidan Findlen, a criminal justice major. “I have to pick and choose the ones I really want to go to.” Not all schools participate in open bars like Quinnipiac. At Sacred Heart University this is not common. Instead, some students choose to do bottle service for their birthdays instead of hosting an open bar. At Syracuse University, the bars there will sometimes offer free covers and drink deals, like a happy hour. At Endicott College, the students do not have anything like that. “We mainly have house parties or will just go to bars in Salem for a night,” said Endicott student, Lainey Erwin. “It sounds like a fun idea though. I wish we had something like that.”

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‘Would you kill my mother for me?’ The chilling true story of Gypsy Rose Blanchard is streaming on Hulu By JESSICA SIMMS

Associate Arts & Life Editor

The infamous story of the relationship between Gypsy Rose Blanchard and her mother, Dee Dee, has gained attention yet again after Hulu’s new original series “The Act” streamed its way to popularity. Gypsy grew up in Dee Dee’s care, believing that she was living with many different diseases and health issues, including an allergy to sugar and an inability to physically walk. However, as Gypsy grew up, she began to learn that the diseases she was told she had by her mother were not real. This caused for Gypsy, as viewers learned through watching “The Act,” to lash out, resulting to her boyfriend at the time, Nicholas Godejohn, to attempt to save her from Dee Dee. This is when the murder was conspired. On June 14, 2015, Dee Dee was found stabbed to death in her bed, with Gypsy being nowhere in sight. This pivotal moment was the main focus of the first scene of “The Act,” and the series ends up telling the story of the murder and the change that happens between the relationship of Dee Dee and Gypsy. The rest of the episodes go back and forth between the investigation of the murder and this mother-daughter bond. Joey King (Gypsy) and Patricia Arquette (Dee Dee) are the two stars of “The Act” and illustrate the relationship this motherdaughter duo had before the murder. King, in an interview with Refinery29, talked about her working relationship with Arquette when describing a moment in an episode where she is semi-nude in a bathtub. Arquette, during that scene, demanded that the set be closed off and the only people in that room filming were crew who needed to

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'The Act' has a 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. be there. “Patricia really took the reins on that one,” King said to Refinery29. “This [seminude scene] is my first time doing a scene like this. I want that kind of guidance and to know that I can be that assertive and be straightforward with people, because it is my body. It is a very vulnerable experience. To watch someone that I love and admire be able to just, in a very kind way, orchestrate how it’s going to be was really inspiring.” When preparing and playing the role of Gypsy, King was not actually legally allowed to talk to the actual Gypsy who is now 27 years old and is currently serving her 10-year sentence in prison for playing a part in the killing of Dee Dee. Then, in


order to get to learn more about Gypsy, King researched via watching video footage, documentaries and talking with the producer and a Buzzfeed article writer, Michelle Dean, who has spoken with the real Gypsy many times. Even with this challenge to get to learn the role of Gypsy and gaining some negative reaction, King spent a lot of time and energy learning the Gypsy voice and typical mannerisms. “When [‘The Act’] came about, I had a little bit of hesitation, like I don’t know, man, do I really want to [shave my head] again [has shaved before for ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ and ‘Wish I Was Here’]?” King said to Refinery29. “But then I took a second, and I was like, ‘I want this job so badly that I

would do anything.’ And I meant it.” For Arquette, getting into the character of Dee Dee had her have to get into a particular mindset to be able to play someone that fabricated illness to a person that was under her care. “This part came to me when my daughter was going to boarding school,” Arquette said to Time. “I had this longing feeling of wanting to keep her close to me. I expanded those feelings of care and loss almost to a phobic level. Everybody is afraid of being alone, of not being loved or needed. But when it comes to this toxic level, the behavior gets very weird because it’s so desperate.” Even though viewers see the relationship between Dee Dee and Gypsy change, the majority of the show takes place from Gypsy’s perspective, evolving as she grows up over a time span of seven years. “[Gypsy is] in this rage of having her sexuality and her adolescence and womanhood knocking at the door, with all the needs and desire that implies,” Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre, director of three episodes of the eight-episode series, said to Hollywood Reporter. “We go from pastels to aggressive colors and from the doll’s house to the haunted house.” “The Act” premiered on Hulu on March 20 and new episodes are posted every Wednesday.


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RUNDOWN BASEBALL Boston College 11, QU 5 - Wednesday Evan Vulgamore: 1-3, 2 RBIs La Salle 18, QU 8 - Saturday Vulgamore: 2-5, 3 RBIs, 1 R La Salle 2, QU 1 - Saturday Christian Nicolosi: 5 IP, 2 ER, 5 SO QU 12, La Salle 0 - Sunday Chris Enns: 5 IP, 0 ER, 6 SO, 5 H SOFTBALL Sacred Heart 5, QU 4 - Wednesday Erin Larsen: 1-1, 2 RBIs, 1 R, 1 HR QU 8, Sacred Heart 6 - Wednesday Larsen: 2-4, 2 RBIs, 1 HR, 1 R QU 6, Hartford 0 - Thursday Kendall Brundrett: 5 IP, 0 ER, 4 H Hartford 9, QU 8 - Thursday Rebecca Drake: 3-3, 2 RBIs Siena 4, QU 2 - Sunday Lo Yarnall: 1-3, 2 RBIs Siena 7, QU 1 - Sunday Alexis Otero: 1-3, 1 RBI MEN’S LACROSSE Marist 12, QU 8 - Saturday Jake Tomsik: 1 goal, 3 assists Mike Fletcher: 4 goals WOMEN’S LACROSSE Siena 11, QU 7 - Wednesday Maddie Deegan: 5 goals Sami Walters: 10 saves Manhattan 11, QU 9 - Saturday Megan Szawlowski: 3 goals, 1 assist Allison Kuhn: 3 goals, 1 assist

GAMES TO WATCH BASEBALL QU vs. Bryant - Wednesday, 3 p.m. QU at Siena (DH) - Friday, 12 p.m., 3 p.m. QU at Siena - Saturday, 12 p.m. QU vs. Hartford - Tuesday, 3 p.m. SOFTBALL QU vs. Marist (DH) - Thursday, 2 p.m. 4 p.m. QU vs. Rider (DH) - Saturday, 12 p.m., 2 p.m. MEN’S LACROSSE QU vs. Monmouth - Saturday, 4 p.m. QU at Yale - Tuesday, 7 p.m. WOMEN’S LACROSSE QU vs. Monmouth - Saturday, 1 p.m. WOMEN’S TENNIS QU vs. Fairfield - Wednesday, 3 p.m. WOMEN’S GOLF QU vs. MAAC - Thursday-Saturday WOMEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD QU vs. Tiger Track Invitational - Friday, 11 a.m. - Saturday, 11 a.m. QU vs. Stony Brook Invite - Saturday, 12 p.m.

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Quinnipiac men’s lacrosse loses to Marist

Bobcats fall to 3-2 in MAAC play with two conference games left By MIKE GARDNER Staff Writer

The Quinnipiac men’s lacrosse team (6-5 overall, 3-2 MAAC) lost against the Marist Red Foxes (6-5 overall, 4-1 MAAC) by a score of 12-8 in MAAC play in a game that came down to the wire on Saturday, April 13 afternoon in Hamden. Senior attack Mike Fletcher, and sophomore attack Jake Tomsik led the way with a combined eight points in the game for the Bobcats. “We’re definitely attack oriented,” head coach Mason Poli said. “Between Foster, Fletcher and Tomsik, that’s our strong unit. We try to get the ball in their hands, let them be our decision-makers, and penetrate the defense.” Marist jumped out to an early lead scoring the first two goals of the game within the first six minutes of the opening quarter. Quinnipiac was quick to respond, scoring one of its own less than two minutes later from Fletcher, one of his four of the game. In the second quarter, the two defenses locked down most of the chances for each team. Both the Bobcats and the Red Foxes scored one goal in the second quarter as the first half ended with Marist holding a 3-2 lead over Quinnipiac. Quinnipiac freshman goalie Nick DiMuccio kept the game close for the Bobcats, stopping 11 of his 16 saves of the game in the first half. “He’s been phenomenal,” Poli said. “He’s been a rock down there in the defensive end, comes up with some really timely saves. I think he had another 16 today,

The Bobcats dropped their second straight MAAC game on Saturday. I want to say his seventh game with saves in the high teens, so we know what we’re getting every game from him down there.” The second half was a much different story. The Bobcats came out of halftime scoring three quick goals to give the Bobcats their only lead of the day. Fletcher added his second goal of the game, and senior midfielder Matt Frost scored his two goals of the game during the run. Marist went on a four-goal run of its own, to regain the lead. It would not give up the lead the rest of the game. The Bobcats added a goal at the end of the third quarter to bring them within one goal heading to the final quarter of action. The Red Foxes dominated the fourth quarter, scoring five goals including a hat trick from freshman attack Jojo Pirreca. Marist


score which cut the lead in half to make it 4-2. However Quinnipiac couldn’t complete the comeback and the first game ended with a 4-2 victory for Siena. “We just have to be able to bring that intensity one through seven and not wait until the last minute,” Quinnipiac head coach Hillary Barrow said. “It’s just something we got to get better at and making adjustments way earlier in the game.” Not much changed in the second game as the scoring didn’t begin until the third inning for Siena. It all started when Cossack delivered a home run over the right field fence. ETHAN HEPLER/CHRONICLE

Senior pitcher Kendall Brundrett’s record fell to 6-15 on the season. By MATT TRAVIA

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The Quinnipiac softball team (13-26 overall, 4-6 MAAC) fell to the Siena Saints (11-16 overall, 4-3 MAAC) in doubleheader action on Sunday, April 14 at the QU Softball field. Siena came out victorious in the first game 4-2 and the second game 7-1. In the first game, the scoring action came in the second inning for Siena as it took a commanding 3-0 lead. The scoring started when freshman infielder Sabrina Vargas reached on base due to an error that

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“I thought we did a nice adjustment in the first half,” Poli said. “We were 1-7 on faceoffs then we went to another guy. I think we could’ve had a couple more possessions there. We were winning a lot then turning it over early on. Near the end of the game we got a little better. Those extra possessions in a tight game near the end could’ve helped a lot.” The Bobcats will look to bounce back on Saturday, April 20, as they take on the Monmouth Hawks (2-7 overall, 1-3 MAAC) in the MAAC regular season finale at 4 p.m. in Hamden.


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Bobcats’ losing streak reaches three games following sweep

Jared Penna


scored the last four goals of the game, with redshirt sophomore goalie Jake MacGregor stopping seven shots from Quinnipiac. The game, already chippy, ended with a scrum that brought both benches together after a hit from Quinnipiac junior midfielder Tyler DeVito with 1:09 left in the game. DeVito received a three-minute unsportsmanlike penalty, and both teams added a one-minute unsportsmanlike penalty each, as the officials decided to let the clock run out and end the game. A key area of the game were the faceoffs. The Bobcats started the game 1-7 on faceoffs in the first half. Although the Bobcats lead the faceoff battle 12-17 in the second half, they were unable to capitalize with good offensive possessions after the draw.


Quinnipiac softball swept by Siena on Sunday

@QUChronSports Bryan Murphy

April 17, 2019

Staff Writer

brought sophomore outfielder Neysa Ouellette in to score. A hit from senior first basemen Madysen Cossack would bring in Vargas to score, as well as senior infielder Jessika Jaime, and Siena extended its lead to 3-0. In the third inning, Jaime singled, bringing in junior catcher Amanda Dodson to score making it a 4-0 lead. Quinnipiac tried to rally back after freshman designated hitter Lo Yarnall hit a double, making freshman catcher Hannah Davis and freshman infielder Alexis Otero


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Then junior outfielder Lauren Sabihon decided to join her teammate as she sent the ball over the left field fence making it 2-0 for Siena. Quinnipiac got on the board in the fourth inning when Otero hit a double, driving in senior outfielder Erin Larsen cutting Siena’s lead to 2-1. In the sixth inning, Siena extended its lead after Jaime hit a sacrifice fly ball, and tagging up was Dodson who just beat out the throw

to the plate making the lead 3-1. Siena didn’t stop the scoring there so it extended the lead even further in the seventh inning. The scoring started when senior designated hitter Loryn DeFalco hit a single, having Cossack score from second base making the score 4-1. With two players on base, up to the plate was Ouellette. She would join in on the home run party, driving the ball over the center field fence making the score 7-1 Siena. Quinnipiac had no response of its own, resulting in a 7-1 loss for Quinnipiac, completing the sweep for Siena. “I think we can be a little bit mentally tougher…” Barrow said. “It’s towards the end of the season between school and injuries and the girls are just trying to push through everything right now so it’s getting mentally tougher.” Quinnipiac will look to bounce back at home against MAAC rival Marist starting at 2 p.m. in doubleheader action on Thursday, April 18.


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April 17, 2019

The Quinnipiac Chronicle



Clockwise from top left: Quinnipiac men’s lacrosse senior attack Foster Cuomo battles with a Marist defender to establish position, senior midfielder Matt Frost attempts to lose a defender on his way up the field, senior attack Mike Flether looks to pass the ball to a teammate, freshman midfielder Colin Casey sprints past a Marist defender on his way to the net.


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Quinnipiac softball senior outfielder Erin Larsen hit two home runs in a doubleheader against Sacred Heart on Wednesday.

Quinnipiac baseball junior infielder Evan Vulgamore knocked in seven RBIs over four games this week.

Quinnipiac men’s lacrosse freshman goaltender Nick DiMuccio saved doubledigit shots for the 10th time this week.

Maddie Deegan




Quinnipiac women’s lacrosse freshman midfielder Maggie Deegan netted a career-high five goals against Siena on Wednesday. She scored five of the team’s seven goals on the day.

The Quinnipiac Chronicle



April 17, 2019



With the 2018-19 season over, five Bobcats have signed contracts with professional hockey teams By BRYAN MURPHY Sports Editor

With the Quinnipiac men’s ice hockey season now over, a number of Bobcats are making the jump to the professional level. Junior defenseman Brogan Rafferty, senior defenseman Brandon Fortunato, senior forwards Craig Martin and Scott Davidson and junior goaltender Andrew Shortridge have all signed contracts. Martin, Davidson and Fortunato concluded their final season at Quinnipiac this past weekend, while Rafferty and Shortridge are electing to leave early. Rafferty was the first Bobcat to sign a contract this offseason. The undrafted free agent agreed to a one-year, entry-level contract with the Vancouver Canucks on Monday, April 1. “I’m eternally grateful for my time at Quinnipiac and everything my teammates and the staff has done for me in my three years,” Rafferty said. “Quinnipiac is a first class program and I have to give all the credit to the coaching staff, players and everyone in between for helping me get to this point in my career. I’ve met so many special people at Quinnipiac that I will be friends with forever. I am very excited to join the Vancouver Canucks organization. The future is very bright in Vancouver, and I’m looking forward to getting started with my pro career.” Rafferty leaves Quinnipiac after three years on the Bobcats’ blue line, concluding his junior year with 24 points and a total of 60 points in 108 career games.


Martin was third on the team in points.


Rafferty (left) and Fortunato (right) each finished in the top four on the team in assists this season. Three days later, on Thursday, April 4, Rafferty donned the blue and green of Vancouver for the first time, as he made his NHL debut in Nashville, Tennessee. Rafferty would play a total of two games with the Canucks before their season ended on April 6, finishing with three shots on net. On Tuesday, April 2, Martin signed an amateur tryout contract (ATO) with the Springfield Thunderbirds, the AHL affiliate of the Florida Panthers. Martin was third on the team in points this season with a career-high 30 points and finished his Quinnipiac career with 75 total. “My time at Quinnipiac has been unbelievable and I can’t thank everyone enough for what they’ve done for me over the past four years,” Martin said. “The entire organization is first class from top to bottom, and it has been an honor putting on the gold and blue. I’ve made friendships that will last a lifetime, and Quinnipiac will always have a special place in my heart. I am very excited to start my pro career with the Springfield Thunderbirds and look forward to this new chapter.” Shortridge elected to forgo his senior season and signed an entry-level contract with the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday as well. The Anchorage, Alaska native was one of the best goaltenders in the nation, finishing first in save percentage and second in goals against average. “Quinnipiac gave me an opportunity to play college hockey and that’s all I could have ever asked for,” Shortridge said.“They took a chance on me and will forever be grateful for that and for my time here. I can’t thank everyone enough

that helped me develop into who I am today. On the other hand, I couldn’t be more excited to join the Sharks organization and I look forward to continuing to develop.” Shortridge was also able to get his first sniff of professional hockey, as he reported to San Jose’s AHL affiliate, the San Jose Barracuda. He played in the final regular season game for the Barracuda, a 3-2 loss to the Colorado Eagles, where Shortridge made 33 saves on 36 shots. With Shortridge leaving, it opens the door for sophomore goaltender Keith Petruzzelli. The Detroit Red Wings draft pick was starting early in the season for Quinnipiac, but lost the job to Shortridge by winter break. Petruzzelli only appeared in three games since the new year and had not started in a game since Jan. 4. Fortunato inked a two-year, entry-level contract on Friday, April 5 with the Nashville Predators. The defenseman is still recovering from a season-ending leg injury that occurred in early February. “I only played two-thirds of a season and I was nervous with this whole thing,” Fortunato said. “I was playing really well, but unable to play down the stretch. I’m just happy to get this done. It’s a great feeling.” Fortunato transferred from Boston University after his sophomore season and leaves Quinnipiac with 36 points as a Bobcat. On Wednesday, April 10, Davidson signed a deal with the Charlotte Checkers, the AHL affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes. His deal is an ATO, joining Martin as the second Bobcats to get an ATO with an AHL team. Davidson re-

corded a career 41 points in 153 career games with Quinnipiac in four years. Senior defenseman and now former captain Chase Priskie, along with senior defenseman Luke Shiplo, are the only seniors to remain unsigned. However, in Priskie’s case, it certainly is not because of lack of interest. Priskie announced he would not be signing with the Washington Capitals and instead, testing free agency. The Capitals drafted Priskie in 2016, but Priskie is choosing to become a free agent on Aug. 15 and will see what other offers he has. “Looking at the big picture, I felt going to free agency would best suit me and help me position myself into a top-six role in the NHL,” Priskie said. “They’re very deep with great defensive prospects. It was something that I had the option to do, so I decided to go free agency.” All of these players leave a legacy at Quinnipiac. The group of Priskie, Shiplo, Davidson and Martin helped the Bobcats win their first ECAC Hockey championship in 2015. The entirety of the group aided in righting the ship, as Quinnipiac had one of the best bounce-back seasons, going from a sub-.500 record last season to having a share of the ECAC Hockey regular season title and being just one win away from a Frozen Four appearance. While these players will no longer be wearing the Bobcat blue and gold, the fact that they are making the jump to the next level of hockey showcases the program that has been built here in Hamden.


Davidson ends with 41 points as a Bobcat.

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