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September 22, 2010
‘GET USED TO IT’ New seminar center affirms University’s commitment to QU series Amanda Shulman/ Chronicle
Construction on the Mt. Carmel and Whitney avenues intersection is expected to be completed by November of 2011.
Whitney Ave. work nears halfway point By Marcus Harun Staff Writer
Police officers, construction workers and Jersey barriers have become a part of the environment at the intersection of Mt. Carmel and Whitney avenues. Quinnipiac commuters will have to deal with it for another 14 months, according to the Connecticut Department of Transportation. All of the construction equipment should be cleared away and the new, wider road should be opened in November 2011, according to Steven Hebert, ConnDOT project engineer for construction in District 3. “We’re realigning West Woods Road to a single-traffic intersection with Mt. Carmel, which will eliminate that second traffic light,” Hebert said. “This will alleviate traffic on Route 10 (Whitney Avenue) when people are turning in either direction. It’s a safety improvement project.” Hebert explained that this plan includes two new bus stops, one on each CONSTRUCTION, continued on page 3
“QU 101 is not going away. Those rumors that started out last year were just sheer wish fulfillment on the part of people. They are not goBy Nicole Celli ing away. They are an integral part of the News Editor University curriculum. Get used to it.” Such is the message that QU 101 Seminar Coordinator Timothy Dansdill expressed about rumors of the QU seminar series being taken out of the curriculum. Dansdill, along with QU 201 Seminar Coordinator Raymond Foery, QU 301 Seminar Coordinator Ewa Callahan, and Director of the QU Seminars Jill Shahverdian have been meeting every week this semester in the new QU Seminar Center, discussing their plans and reviewing successful and unsuccessful methods and techniques. “We needed an actual center to show the University itself and the world that we believe the seminars are at the core of a university education here, so it needs a center,” Dansdill said. The center is located in the former Help Desk Location between the Learning Center and the new administrative offices for the Learning Center in Tator Hall. “If we have a center, then that’s the beginning of establishing a larger community about community,” Dansdill said. The center contains a small conference room and two tables
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Sophomore Catherine Boudreau finishes up homework in the new QU Seminar Center
the center is very beneficial,” Callahan said. The QU seminar series was piloted in 2005 and became a permanent part of the required curriculum in 2006. Junior Theresa Wagner is an occupational therapy major and does not see the value of the QU seminars. “It’s a waste of time, which is therefore a waste of my money,” Wagner said. “Most QU teachers assign work as if they are the only class you have. I could be doing better things with my time; it just doesn’t pertain to my life.” Other students find the class beneficial. “I think it’s a good class to get you to real“The complaint that the course is about nothing is founded ize why you’re in college, and the value of college,” on a lack of humility, a lack of open-mindedness, and just freshman Laura Valin said. “From putting something plain ignorance and foolishness of youth.” into a community you can get more out of it than you would expect.” Timothy Dansdill “The complaint that the course is about nothQU 101 Seminar Coordinator ing is founded on a lack of humility, a lack of openmindedness, and just plain ignorance and foolishness in the front, while the back is comprised of makeshift offices used of youth,” Dansdill said. as a place for part-time faculty to conduct meetings with students. Shahverdian, Dansdill, and Callahan confirmed that the semi“It’s a nice location, centrally located,” Shahverdian said. nars were never going to be removed from university curriculum, and “Tours are going to walk by it. It’s a location where students and the rumors were all hearsay. faculty can come by and ask questions and have meetings. We didn’t “If you look at the mission statement of the University, which really have that ability before.” was recently revised, there’s mention of QU seminars,” Shahverdian The seminars are taught by 50 percent part-time faculty, 25 said. “There’s renewed emphasis from President Lahey, Academic Afpercent full-time faculty, and 25 percent administrators. fairs – there’s actually a renewed commitment to having the seminars.” “Getting the information visible and having the presence of SEMINARS, continued on page 3
Make history: Nickname Crescent spot By Joe Pelletier Editor in chief
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The Rat. Hep Creek. Dorm Road. The Bank. Nicknames are an integral part of the college experience--and not those positive, university-inspired “Bobcat Den” nicknames. I’m talking about nicknames that make our public relations department cringe. Case in point: Hep Creek. Anyway, we were blessed this year with a wonderful little place on the York Hill campus where the Crescent resident hall wraps back upon itself. This courtyard-style spot has a basketball court, a sand volleyball court and
Ponder this! A few ideas from the Web:
- “The Armpit” (Andrew McDermott) - “The Knuckle” (Matt Hudak) - “Hep Beach” (Mike Coutermarsh) - “The Slingshot” (Vince Mercandetti) - “The Beach” (Joe Pelletier)
Adirondack chairs for our seating pleasure. It is an awesome spot. I have a feeling that it will be rocking on May Weekend later this year. Now is the time, my friends. It’s time to make up our own nickname for this spot--one that could stand the test of time. Decades from now, students will wonder who coined the super-awe-
some nickname for this spot. And you can smile...because it was you. Before students had moved into the Crescent, Sports Editor Robin Schuppert and I declared it just that: “The Spot.” But being the wonderful, judicious and democratic men that we are, we have decided to leave the nickname up to the students. Whatever shall we call this wondrous new place? Bear in mind, this could go down in history. So from Facebook, Twitter, and the Chronicle staff, we came up with a few options. Feel free to add your own at QUChronicle.com, or Facebook us, tweet us, or just scream it from the rooftops of the Lodge.
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HOT STUFF: Café Q’s new Pizza Fusion is the first of the all-natural, eco-friendly, Florida-based pizza chain to open in Connecticut.
BURNS ON CNN: Dr. Lisa Burns, an associate professor of media studies, appeared on CNN on Sept. 18 to discuss a report in which Michelle Obama allegedly described life in the White House as “hell.” “It really can be a suffocating position,” Burns said. See the video at QUChronicle.com.
HATS OFF: Recently, a group of 13 online students became the inaugural graduating class of the post-professional master of science in occupational therapy program.
CHOPPING BLOCK: York Hill Cafe hours were cut recently. Now open only 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-6:30 p.m., the dinner hours were affected most.
CALLING ALL LEADERS: The Albert Schweitzer Certificate for Ethics and Responsibility and The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Program just launched this semester.
NEW CAFÉ Q TRAY RETURN An additional tray return was installed on the second floor of Café Q, beside the new Student Government Assocation offices.
TODAY IN HISTORY 1970: President Nixon requests 1,000 new FBI agents for college campuses 1962: Bob Dylan plays New York City’s Carnegie Hall
September 22, 2010
WQAQ’s ‘island’ forms new sports media organization By Lenny Neslin Managing Editor After mumblings of a separation last year, the Quinnipiac Bobcats Sports Network has broken off from WQAQ and is the newest approved student media organization at Quinnipiac. The sports broadcasting group without an antenna covers Quinnipiac athletics and is supported by the University’s official athletics website. The organization, co-directed by senior broadcast journalism majors Alex Birsh and Corey Hersch, broadcasts on a Quinnipiac-hosted stream online and allows students with a specific interest in sports media to put their skills to the test. It wasn’t a hard breakup, however, as WQAQ General Manager Mike Farrell said the sports department was considered an “island off of WQAQ.” “It had a huge membership, but not everyone who was a part of the sports department was really
active in any other departments,” Farrell said. “We were all for it in that respect because it would kind of weed out some people who were a part of the organization, but really just members of the sports department.” Hersch and graduate Jamie Palatini, last year’s directors of WQAQ’s sports department, came up with the idea of splitting off last semester, and last year’s WQAQ general manager Eric Berman supported the separation. Palatini, in his last semester at Quinnipiac, realized there wasn’t a need to be connected with the school’s radio station. “We were a part of a very good organization in WQAQ, but we felt we could certainly thrive as our own organization,” Palatini said. “We deserved to be our own organization because there was so much interest. It opened the doors for us to have more opportunities.” Birsh agreed. “It was pretty simple to part
ways,” Birsh said. “It was really smooth and we always thank the radio station for that.” WQAQ simplified QBSN’s transition by purchasing a second audio box. This allows for two games to be covered at the same time with enhanced broadcasting features such as commercials and audio level adjustments. Birsh and Hersch haven’t run into any major obstacles forming their own group, due in large part to the support of Quinnipiac athletics. “The athletics here at Quinnipiac have always treated us really well,” Birsh said. “The fact that we are now having our own Quinnipiac Bobcats Sports Network–-the athletics were all for that and even more so.” The 30-student organization isn’t solely for broadcast journalism majors interested in sports, as it offers a public relations department and a sports blog that features articles and photographs produced by the students.
“At the Involvement Fair, so many ears perked up because kids just want to broadcast, write about or take pictures of sports,” Birsh said. “We advertise ourselves as a full sports media department – not just a broadcasting department – and that allowed us to get more members.” The organization covers all teams at Quinnipiac except for the tennis, cross country and acrobatics and tumbling teams. Birsh says there are talks of covering tennis for the first time this spring. Like every organization, the bigger it gets the more opportunities there are for sub-departments to form. In QBSN’s case, Birsh envisions having a director for each sport one day. The group currently stores its equipment in WQAQ’s closet, but Birsh said his organization is hoping to have its own office by the end of this semester or the next. QBSN meets every Wednesday night at 9:15 in SC 213.
TKE remembers fallen Petrillo with dodgeball By Nicole Celli News Editor Tau Kappa Epsilon continued their tradition of hosting the Ricardo Petrillo Memorial Dodgeball Tournament for the sixth consecutive year, in memory of their fallen brother. Ricardo “Rico” Petrillo was in his sophomore year at Quinnipiac when he died on Sept. 18, 2005. “Dodgeball was his favorite rush event, so that’s why we chose it,” TKE President Matt Goddard said. The tournament was held Monday in the Recreation Center, where 30 participating teams
came together for a worthy cause. Teams paid $30 to participate, and all proceeds go to the scholarship fund in Petrillo’s name. As of Tuesday, the event raised $1,055. “The scholarship is given to a member of TKE each year – the amount varies depending on how much money is accumulated in the scholarship fund,” Goddard said. Ray and Mike’s Dairy and Deli sponsored the event, and contributed gift cards to the winners and for a raffle. The local sandwich favorite also boasted three teams of employees to participate. TKE alumnus and 2010 graduate Freddy Rodriguez came back to Quinnipiac to partici-
pate in the event. “We like to say TKE is a fraternity for life, so of course I’m back to support my organization and this great cause for Rico,” Rodriguez said. “It’s important to come out and help raise money for the scholarship, and this way Rico’s memory remains alive.” This was the biggest turnout that TKE has ever had for this event, according to TKE member Dean Czerwonka. “Besides putting on the event in the name of Rico, it’s a great time just for getting outside of Greek life, getting more organizations involved, and just everyone working together and having a good time together,” Goddard said.
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Rec Center, 9:15 p.m. Play dodgeball and tailgate games with the brothers of Delta Tau Delta.
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buckman theater, 6:30 p.m. Marc Bekoff, evolutionary biology expert, will speak on coexistence with animals.
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September 22, 2010
TKE, CAP team up for blood drive Tau Kappa Epsilon and Community Action Project coBy Robert Grant sponsored their Staff Writer ninth blood drive this week--beginning last Monday and ending today. Junior Joe Fortunato donates blood as often as possible because his father had blood cancer. “Without donor blood, he would never have survived,” he said. Fortunato, a member of TKE, follows a popular outlook on life that it’s better to give than receive after donating for the third time. Because of the overwhelming number of donors, the blood drive actually had to turn walkins away, Fortunato said.. “The American Red Cross blood drive is one of our events to extend TKE’s motto: To contribute to the advancement of society through the personal growth of our members, and service to others,” TKE President Matt Goddard said. According to Goddard, Quinnipiac students have contributed 150 pints of blood. And for every one donor, the lives of three individuals are saved.
“The drive has been the ideal way to give back to the Quinnipiac community and the national community as a whole,” TKE senior Dean Czerwonka said. There is always a need for blood, so the cause is worth promoting, according to CAP Public Relations Chair Adham Ibrahim. “It’s always a cause worth fighting for and working hard towards,” Ibrahim, a junior, said. “I was glad the members of CAP could be a part of an event that has given Quinnipiac students the opportunity to give and help out.” Best Buddies co-chair Lindsey Raffol said the blood drive is a great opportunity to stay involved and give back to the community. “It’s really important as young adults to learn about ways we can continue giving back to the community after we graduate,” Raffol said. “All you have to do is just give some blood and you're helping to save a lot of lives.” Sophomore Alana Kreiger donated blood because she knows it may save another person’s life. “You never know what the future holds, someday it could be me or you who needs the blood,” she said.
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More than 150 pints of blood were donated during TKE/CAP’s co-sponsored blood drive.
SEMINARS: New center to fully open in October The University’s mission statement in the 2010-2011 Student Handbook now affirms that the seminars are an integral part of Quinnipiac’s diverse liberal arts education, which “further prepares undergraduates to understand their roles and responsibilities as members of the Quinnipiac community, as well as the larger national and global communities.” Shahverdian stresses that the QU seminar series is unique from other seminars because other schools simply have an introductory freshman seminar that is not unlike a college orientation class. “It’s a unique part of what QU does for general education,” Shahverdian said. “Anywhere you go, students are going to have these general education courses, but QU sem-
inars are unique because they have this common reading and you can build on them from one seminar to the next.” QU seminars are an academic introduction, according to Shahverdian, and she said students will look back on the program positively. “By the time they’ve graduated and look back and have jobs, they are going to have this experience that’s very unique, and it’s going to really help them in careers,” she said. The question on every students’ mind remains: What are the seminars really about? “The course is not about nothing; it’s about some of the most important questions that persist in what it means to be a human being,” Dansdill said. The grand opening of the QU Seminar
Center is anticipated for the first week in October, where refreshments will be provided and students and faculty are invited to stop by to see the space and what resources are available. There will also be a link on MyQ which will include any information one might want to find out about the seminars, including registration, the course choices for 201 or 301, information about studying abroad for 301 and who to contact, and any other questions that students have. “One of the important things to understand is that the education of a person is not limited to a narrow area of expertise; it’s a development of the whole person,” Callahan said. “There are things which cannot be taught within the major.”
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side of Whitney Avenue, that will be placed strategically to prevent the buses from obstructing traffic. The ConnDOT designed two bus enclosures where students can wait without risking a Whitney Avenue accident. They have been working toward this goal since construction started on July 30, 2009. Fourteen months later, the project is 45 percent completed. Hebert said that the contractor remains on schedule. “The construction makes commuting very difficult because the line to turn onto Whitney Avenue will be backed up just because there’s so much construction, and there’s only one lane to turn,” senior Gina Sciame said. “I understand that it will probably be a lot easier to commute once the construction’s done. However, while the construction’s going on, it makes my commute at least five minutes longer every day.” Officials say the new road will be wider, including three lanes, one to turn off of Mt. Carmel Avenue onto Route 10. While the construction is going on, officials say they’ve taken steps to help ease traffic through this area, having set guidelines for contractors which allow them to work only at off-peak hours of the day. Contractors are only able to interfere with traffic from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily. “When I’m leaving class there’s a line of cars sitting at the traffic light because construction is going on and it’s just so crowded over there,” senior Kristen Swartz said. “At the end of the day I just want to get home and get back to my room. It’s a hassle to sit there, but in the morning it’s not as bad.” A few side projects included in this development plan are some safety improvements to the bridge on Mt. Carmel Avenue, and various retaining walls to accommodate all the road relocation. Before the road construction began, officials had to relocate some local businesses that interfered with the new road path, including Quinnipiac favorite Tonino’s Pizzeria. Local and state government helped transfer Tonino’s and other businesses to their current homes. “I do understand the need for [this construction]; when it’s completed it will be nice,” Tonino’s owner Anthony Improta said. His pizza shop has been located at this intersection since 1987. “We’ll have easier access and the flow of traffic will be much smoother,” he said. “It will have a positive effect on our business.” With parking already a pressing issue for commuters, Hebert promises a light at the end of the tunnel. “You got to be patient. To get progress sometimes you have to deal with the situation,” Hebert said, addressing the students. “If you want a better situation when you’re done, you have to tolerate a little inconvenience to get through the project. The situation we will have, when completed, will be leaps and bounds better than what they have now.”
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Theta deals denim for sisters in need As the fall shopping season arrives, the sisters of Kappa Alpha Theta are helping the Quinnipiac community get an early start. On Tuesday, Sept. 14, they held the By Andrew Timothy third annual Char& Robert Grant ity Denim event in the Mount Carmel Recreation Center, selling mainly women’s designer jeans along with various T-shirts, all at a discount with the help of Charity Denim. Charity Denim is a vendor which sells jeans to organizations at a discount price for charity events. The jeans ranged from $50 to $85, with $8 from every pair of jeans going to the Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation. Jeans were sold in all colors from orthodox blue, to black and white, ranging from sizes 24-33. The event also sported fitting rooms in which women could take the pants for a test run. “We love the organization because it is a great and fun way to raise money for Theta women in need throughout the country,” Vice President of Public Relations Ally Giorgio said. The Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation
gives money to Theta sisters young and old throughout the country who are in emotional or financial need. “The women of Kappa Alpha Theta are passionate and motivated individuals who are dedicated to helping others,” Service Chair Megan Mourao said. “This event is particularly special to us because it promotes ‘Thetas helping Thetas.’” Shoppers were impressed by the quality and quantity of the selection. Freshman Mary Corrado, who wears jeans often, was enthralled by the plentiful options available. “Seeing as I love shopping, this event is exciting not only because beautiful jeans are available at a great markdown and in great variety, but because this time my shopping is helping women in need across the country,” Corrado said. Brands included were J-Brand, True Religion, Joe’s Jeans, and Paper & Denim, among others. The Charity Denim event raised about $700 for the Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation, according to Giorgio.
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New avenue for tech help launches By Meghan Parmentier Associate News Editor
The Quinnipiac Knowledge Base, a new search engine specialized for the Quinnipiac community, is the newest addition to MyQ. The program, which contains a collection of over 200 articles aimed at answering technology questions, launched this semester during the first week of classes. The Knowledge Base is an online database of articles that
online Quinnipiac community, such as MyQ and WebAdvisor, are usable and available to students, faculty and staff. As system administrator, Bratsis took on the role of implementing the Knowledge Base and integrating it in MyQ. This includes licensing, testing, customizations, checking redundancy and availability and granting permission to users and administrators. “Information Services wants to assist the whole Quinnipiac community with finding answers to their
service is extremely powerful.” In the database, there are three ways to search through articles. First, the basic search feature is a method based on keywords. Second, the advanced search is a method that looks for exact words or phrases within an article. The tag cloud is the third technique. It includes a visual search method that lists clickable article groupings which show all the articles associated within the selected group. The size of the font in the tag cloud correlates with the number of articles in that section. The larger the font, the more articles there are. “You can John Bratsis think of it as being System administrator a Google search for Quinnipiac technology questions and technology questions and needs,” information,” Bratsis said. Bratsis said. “Not only does the According to Bratsis, the Knowledge Base assist all Informa- Knowledge Base has been in evolvtion Services members in this mis- ing for approximately nine months. sion, but also students, faculty, and During this time, the system was destaff can search the Knowledge veloped and tested, technology arBase for answers themselves. We ticles were added and the program feel that combining a repository of was introduced. Lauren Erardi worked at QU knowledge with the element of self-
“You can think of it as being a Google search for Quinnipiac technology questions and information.”
outline FAQ, processes and procedures. The technology-related articles and tutorials it contains are searchable and accessible from any Internet connection. John Bratsis has been a system administrator at Quinnipiac for four years. In this position, he ensures that the core systems of the
Online for five years and in November 2009, assumed the position of associate director of technology. As associate director, Erardi works to set strategies and direction to integrate technology as a fundamental classroom component of the teaching and learning processes. For the Knowledge Base, Erardi is the project manager. The project team consists of representatives from units throughout Information Services including Academic Technology, Administrative Systems, Arnold Bernhard Library, Client Services and QU Online. According to Erardi, the Knowledge Base’s key function is allowing Information Services to expand technology offerings by empowering people to “help themselves.” “One of Information Services’ goals is to make technology accessible and approachable to the campus community,” Erardi said. “This includes creating an array of self-help material so anybody can find the answers they’re looking for at any time, and in any place. The Knowledge Base provides a ‘onestop shopping’ model for this information.” A few bugs early on during
the testing phase were identified and fixed through continued testing of committee members. “Since the launch of the Knowledge Base, we are hearing positive reviews from students and faculty who are finding answers to their technology questions,” Bratsis said. “We are tracking the questions that come into Information Services and we are creating additional Knowledge Base articles based on those questions to help ensure it is as comprehensive as possible,” Erardi said If the system is heavily used, Information Services may consider engaging other campus offices for it to contain more than technology information. “We hope the system will be embraced across campus,” Erardi said. “When viewing an article you will notice on the right side of the screen there are basic tracking capabilities that shows how many times an article has been accessed. This information will help us determine how the system is being used.” A campus-wide naming contest for the Knowledge Base program to be renamed will be held soon.
Students take to Millenium conference Quinnipiac’s own take part in UN Millenium Development goals By Andrew Timothy Staff Writer Several Quinnipiac students elected to represent Quinnipiac at the Millennium Campus Network’s (MCN) “Millennium Campus Conference 2010” last weekend in New York City. MCN’s “Millennium Campus Conference” is a biennial forum where over 1,000 students from schools across America and the world congregate in order to move closer to fulfilling the UN Millennium Development Goals. Those goals include eradicating global poverty, promoting education, gender equality, environmental sustainability, and combating disease worldwide. Held at Columbia University, the MCC consists of speakers and workshops designed to help students hone their leadership skills, interact with leaders, and network with other like-minded students. Marquee names such as former President Bill Clinton, former Massachusetts governor and presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Queen Rania of Jordan ad-
dressed the conference via video speech. Speakers also included Ambassador Rick Barton (U.S. Representative to the Economic and Social Council in the UN) economist and professor Jeffery Sachs, special advisor to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, Dr. Bernard Amadei, founder of Engineer Without Borders, and Bobby Bailey (founder of Invisible Children) amongst over 50 others from various organizations and universities. Representatives from organizations such as UNESCO, UNICEF, Millennium Promise, All Girls Allowed, and OECD addressed students over the three day duration. “The MCC really opened my eyes to all the work this generation must do so that we may live in a sustainable world free of conflict and full of prosperity,” junior Alexandra Isabelle said. The leadership workshops entailed learning about effective fundraising practices, managing leadership transfer, recruiting and retaining membership, and the importance of community investment in development projects overseas pertaining to subjects such
as education, health, policy, economics, or environmental sustainability. The conference also hosted a career fair at which various national and international NGOs were available to prospective employees and interns. Sophomore Ashish Silwal organized the delegation, and carried out the preparations for the stay. “Coming from Nepal, my country experiences the vast gap between the privileged few and the impoverished many, alongside the bitter conflict which are so prevalent around the world today,” Silwal said. QU’s awareness of the global community has increased as evidenced through new campus organizations like Invisible Children and Global Affairs Association. Silwal sought Quinnipiac students dedicated to furthering global prosperity. “The MCC gave us the chance to learn new skills from accomplished global leaders, which are necessary in order to positively impact our world,” Silwal said. “The voluntary attendance at the MCC further shatters the myth of Quinnipiac as an ‘apathetic’ campus,
furthering my pride in Quinnipiac.” For some, the trip evoked emotion. “Amongst the most memorable and touching moments was when a South Korean Columbia student shared his mother’s story: one about dependence on USAID when she was a child, due to the lack of food at schools,” junior Jamar Paris said. “This motivated him to give back to America and the world by fighting hunger, which he mentioned despite his self-consciousness of his English skills.” The trip demonstrates that global awareness is a continuing pattern rather than an election year trend. “Last May, I went to Nicaragua with my political science class. It was an eye opening experience,” senior Zach Abrams said. “I decided to attend the Millennium Campus Conference because I wanted to meet more like-minded students who are energized in achieving the Millennium Development Goals in order to help the disadvantaged, as I saw in Nicaragua.”
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New Haven experience My first experience on the Quinnipiac shuttle line was like something out of a lowbudget independent film. I am a freshman, and have spent my first two weekends here bouncing around By Gina Faustini from dorm to Staff Writer dorm, trying to meet as many people as possible during this awkward stage of my college career. By the third weekend, my suitemates and I decided that it was time to explore what lies beyond campus. The process of actually getting into New Haven was loud, crowded and chaotic. The first and most obvious asset to the Quinnipiac shuttle line are the hordes of girls wearing heels they can’t walk in and dresses that can’t cover their backsides. They swarm the sidewalk, flashing their Nokia cameras in every direction. I believe they are attempting to blind every single person around them. Now I won’t lie, it’s not like I was wearing sneakers and an oversized hoodie, but some of these girls are ridiculous. Drunk female messes stumble around and fall all over guys who (understandably) look like they have never been in a happier place in their lives. Out of nowhere, things get a little violent. People are shoving behind me to get to the front of the line, security guards are barricading off the road and chasing down
students who stray away, and a random drunk girl angrily accuses me of flirting with her boyfriend because I am pushed into him by the anxious crowd. Great. I wonder if I will spend more time on this obnoxious line than I will in New Haven. The line moves and the sight of the neon-colored numbers in the hands of security guards brings things to a whole new level. These numbers indicate which shuttle you will take and turn the line into a complete stampede. Arms jut out from every direction, friends are dragging each other along in order to be on the same shuttle, toes are violently being stepped on. If the line itself wasn’t so unbearable, maybe no one would be so adamant about removing themselves from it to board the shuttle. When my time came, holding that little neon number in my hand was the most relief I have felt in a while. It was like receiving an acceptance letter. My suitemate and I boarded the shuttle only to find that the other half of our group got left behind. A security guard caught my roommate handing off her QCard to another suitemate of ours, because she had accidentally left hers in her room. The shuttle took off and we panicked as we watched my poor roommate get scolded by the security guard and stared at by the line during her first attempt to go to New Haven.
Thankfully she was allowed on the next shuttle after my suitemate raced back to Perlroth to retrieve her Q-card. After leaving the club and finding our way back to the shuttle line to get back to campus, things worsened when we bought a pizza pie but were forced to leave it on the sidewalk because we did not know we couldn’t bring food on the bus. I’m hoping this is a typical freshman misjudgment. And how could this get any worse? The security guard that banned our pizza was the same who kicked my roommate off the shuttle the first time around; making the pizza incident our second offense of the night. The moral of the story is that my first attempt on the shuttle line really defined what Saturday nights are like when going out to party in New Haven. Of course, the whole going-out experience of Quinnipiac just wouldn’t be the same without the underdressed (and not very sober) girls, the pushing, the shoving and the stern security guards. Sure, it would have been nice for my group of girls to get on the shuttle all at once and to have eaten some pizza on the way home, but it all adds to the whole experience. I wouldn’t trade my first New Haven outing for anything, especially knowing I’m going to have countless more nights like this over the next four years of my life.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Parent condemns ‘Ultimate prey’ mentality
It was shocking to read “Don’t become the ultimate prey” by Katie Krivitzky in the Chronicle on Thursday, September, 16. On Sunday, September 12 at 1:30 a.m. I received a call from the Hospital of Saint Raphael that my daughter, a freshman at Quinnipiac, was in the ER for a sexual assault that occurred at Quinnipiac University. While reading Katie's article I was about to throw up. This may have been my daughter!!! Written in such a cavalier fashion that she witnessed a freshman being taken advantage of by her PREDATOR friend, was beyond anything I could imagine. Did she know if the PREDATOR friend had heard the word "NO" and decided to "close the deal" anyway? How could you know that the girl that she saw being pursued by her friend did not want to “close the deal.” I have shared this article with other people since reading it and we all have come to the same conclusion. This is a travesty that being “that girl” in her sophomore year and seeing another freshman girl being taken advantage she wouldn't not have somehow tried to take that girl under her wing–taken her back to her dorm and tried to help her. NO ONE wanted to help my daughter. NO ONE wants to believe my daughter, either. The emergency room doctor and the three other doctors that examined her after are all convinced 99% that she was a victim of sexual assault. Maybe Katie can relate to her PREDATOR friend that my daughter's clothes are now in state evidence and the person that was responsible for this assault,
whether her PREDATOR friend or not, will be found. If this wasn't my daughter, the same assault occured on the same evening on the Quinnipiac campus to someone else. What a shame and a disgrace!!! I hope that if that wasn't my daughter, that the girl felt comfortable enough with her parents to let them know that this happened to her and that her family will try to help her deal with this. To be violated by an upperclassman that thinks it is his right to take advantage of these freshman girls is disgusting. I had two sons that graduated from QU and I know that they did not take advantage of anyone and if anyone was in need of help from a PREDATOR that they would have stepped up to the plate and helped them–not gloat about it in an article in the Chronicle. I was further appalled when my son, a graduate of Quinnipiac in 2008, told me that rape on campus happens all the time and that in his freshman year he had to pull a student off of a friend of his because she was being sexaully assaulted. Since reading this article I have heard of other girls at QU being sexually assaulted–amazing. I am also amazed that having read this article the personnel, staff, as well as the editors of this newspaper have not looked into this further. I wonder if this “PREDATOR” friend is still a friend of Katie's? -A DISILLUSIONED QU PARENT.
September 22, 2010
Naked Pear, Arnold starting to grow on me By Lindsay Roberts Staff Writer As a junior moving onto York Hill, it was easy to get sucked into complaining for the first few weeks. The lack of air conditioning in 90-degree heat was making me cranky. Add to it the whole concept of commuting instead of just rolling out of bed and walking. Then the weekend comes and I have to take four separate shuttle excursions for one trip to New Haven. Then there is the challenge of finding a time when the Rocky Top cafeteria is open. But when I stepped back from my bellyaching I realized that there are some new additions to Quinnipiac life that are really grow-
ing on me. So in the name of being positive, here are my favorites. The Naked Pear: I am all about these flatbread lunches, openfaced or not. I try to recall exactly what I was eating all of last semester before this wonderful option was presented. I think I was able to sustain myself on Outtakes sandwiches and whatever was offered at the Rat that didn’t mean I had to wait in a huge line. Consequently, Uncrustables were a main staple in my diet. It is so nice to have options that get a little more creative than burgers and pizza--not that there is anything wrong with Pizza Fusion or Coyote Jack’s. But the concept of having a meal with balsamic and feta cheese on it from the cafeteria
is still novel and I am reveling in it. Library’s new look: My roommate moved in before me, and when she texted me “You are going to love the new library,” my first reaction was panic. New library? I thought it was the cafeteria they were working on; how many restorations and additions can this school make before we are a campus of blue tarps and bulldozers?! Then I took a breath as she explained that new cubicles were added to the second floor. The second floor is more comfortable now that some shelves have been removed. I am starting to believe that my days as an aisleshuffler are over. (The true test, of course, will come during midterms and finals.) These baby cubicles are
a welcome addition. Another newcomer I am thrilled to see is the Hydration Station near the first-floor bathroom of the library. New friends on York Hill: Now that I live on York Hill, there is a new guard station I have to pass through, and I must admit it is a more enjoyable experience. I really have a sense that the University is looking out for us, and not trying to get us in trouble. Last year when I lived in Village, parking was always a big hassle. Where were you going, what were you doing and (God forbid!) another student drop you off near your room. This is not blaming any particular guard because they were just doing their job, but I think the setup of the parking ga-
rage shows that the real concern is watching out for intruders. Yes, I still have to show my Q-card, but even if I am fumbling to find it I think our decals help in the matter. Obviously I want the guards who are on the graveyard shift to be a little stricter, but it is nice to see a smile and a wave when entering the garage. One day the gate was broken and every student had to swipe in, and one of the guards stood outside and took the students Q-cards and swiped it for them, so they would not have to lean out of their cars. She laughed and explained, “I just can’t watch you guys do this all day!” It almost makes me feel like I’m pulling into my own driveway.
Offended by Saget’s stand-up? His ‘filth’ is not appropriate for TD Bank Sports Center Most of us know Bob Saget as that wonderful single father on “Full House,” who, by the end of every episode, By Erica Rocco would teach his girls some sweet little life lesson. Some may Staff Writer recognize him as the host of “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” where he would crack wholesome one-liners about the silly people on the show. The Bob Saget visiting Quinnipiac on Oct. 2 is not that guy. It takes only 30 seconds of listening to his stand-up to see the kind of person he is now: foul, raunchy and inconsiderate. I am not a prude of any sort and I do honestly enjoy a good dirty joke. But he really crosses some lines that no one wants to hear out loud. It may be that seeing such a familiar face say such terrible things is disturbing, but regardless of his past, Saget should really reconsider what comes out of his mouth. Two minutes through one of his stand-up routines, he has said the F-word 11 times. This foul language accompanies so-called “jokes” about male body parts and his sexual relations with women, slurring his words the whole time. The only thing I will give him credit for is apologizing to the audience for his behavior. He claims that he is so messed up after doing family shows for so long that this is his resulting persona. But an excuse like that can only get you so far. This is not the kind of talk that should be echoing throughout our TD Bank Sports Center. There are plenty of comedians out there who are able to keep a somewhat-clean stand-up. In fact, those of you who were here last year, do you remember voting on who we’d like to see perform? Jeff Dunham the ventriloquist and Kathy Griffin were among the many who apparently lost to Saget. I think many people voted for him because they knew his name and loved “Full House”—they had no idea of the kind of filth that seepa from his lips. I understand that the Student Programming Board wants to give us, the students, as many choices for our fall and spring shows as possible, but perhaps nominating a comedian that comes with warning labels is not the best idea. So for those of you who get offended easily — and not so easily — think twice before stepping into The Bank on Oct. 2. And to those who have already bought your tickets, I hope you know what you got yourselves into.
He is dirty and doesn’t need to clean up his act Anyone expecting Danny Tanner at SPB’s Fall Mainstage Event on Oct. 2 should stay home and watch an episode of “Full House” instead. Certainly part of Bob Saget’s allure and appeal in his upcoming performance at Quinnipiac is due to his years spent as the By Matt Busekroos loving father of three young girls on Managing Editor one of the cheesiest shows of all time. And that’s a natural reaction. It’s expected that many of us have watched at least an episode or two, if not the entire series, as ‘80s or ‘90s babies. There is a sense of attachment to the Bob Saget that many of us grew up with over the years. However, the Saget that will perform for college-aged students will just do that: perform for a crowd who should be old enough to appreciate a more risqué sense of humor. There will be no filter and Saget shouldn’t limit his material, because his job is meant to make people laugh. Saget is an actor and a comedian, which are two entirely separate professions. It’s a testament to Saget as an actor that people feel attached to his performance as Danny Tanner and expect him to essentially be that character in real life. Saget is a notoriously dirty comedian, who spouts filthy language and should probably have his mouth washed out with a bar of soap. But, wait a second. There is an actual comedian who swears and makes inappropriate jokes?! Oh, no. We must alert the church elders at once. Sure, there are plenty of comedians who don’t need to tell a dirty joke to get a laugh, but it’s even better that the guy who used to play one of the safest, most wholesome television characters ever is cracking dirty jokes about Kimmy Gibbler. As a comedian, Saget doesn’t need to apologize for anything he says or does. It’s his freedom of expression to use his status as one of the greatest television fathers to his advantage and monetary gain. Saget exploits that stigma to shock audiences when he comes out swearing constantly throughout his set. Don’t appreciate Saget’s tongue-in-cheek humor and self-deprecating jokes? How rude. image: bobsaget.com
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September 22, 2010
“I’m a duck!” “I’m a Bieber!”
Please jump off silly band-wagon Look down at your wrist. By Julia Bucchianeri If you see a colorful rubber band Opinion Editor that was once a shape of some completely random animal or object and you’re over the age of 10, please take it off. I like to think that I understand the way trends work. Generally a piece of clothing or an accessory becomes a dominating factor in the day-to-day style we all see. For instance, leggings erupted into the fashion scene a few years ago and now the trend is starting to move toward jeggings (leggings that look like jeans). There are also the really bright colored sunglasses that kind of look like fake Ray-Bans, which a lot of people seem to like. But now we have these really awesome rubber bands that look like cool shapes and come in tons of colors that everyone is wearing. For real? I just don’t get it. Maybe if your little cousin or some kid you coached at summer camp gave you a silly band to wear while you were with them I could understand why you would wear them, but summer is over. Get rid of the giraffe. Everyone reading this newspaper is most likely over the age of 18, and is undoubtedly expected to act like an adult and do adult things. So, for example, do you wear your Silly Bandz to an inter-
view? Or out on a date? Maybe to your internship? I hope not. I’ve noticed that these Silly Bandz are becoming conversation starters, “What shapes do you have?” Then the person will proceed to take off each Silly Band and lay them flat to try and help show what the shape was when they first put it on, because we all know that the red heart looks like a red circle and the pink pig just looks like a pink blob. Now people can no longer use the weather as a conversation starter or an ice-breaker; instead, guessing what one another’s Silly Bandz are works just fine. That’s great. For those of you who do wear them, I noticed on the official Silly Bandz website that there are now Justin Bieber Silly Bandz too. O-M-G. As I was browsing around the website, I also saw there are Silly Ringz, Silly Necklaces and Silly Bandz Caribinerz. So many silly things to choose from, what will people do?! Please, please, let’s all make an effort to stop the Silly Ringz from becoming the next trend for people that are far too old to wear them. I could care less if little kids wear these accessories; by all means, they’re fun and colorful and maybe even a collectible thing for people 10 years old and younger. But if you’re in college, or even high school, I really think you’re pushing it and should probably let go of your dinosaurs and sea creatures.
SGA: Bring us your concerns on parking, everything Hey Bobcats, It is the third week of school and you have set your daily routines of traveling from your residence halls to class and back. For most of the juniors and seniors, these three weeks have you traveling back and forth to campus, possibly via shuttle. The Student Government Association has received an abundance of student concerns regarding the shuttle system that runs between York Hill and Mount Carmel. Know that we hear your concerns and that the administration and your SGA representatives are actively tackling these issues. I was in the Café the other day and I overheard a group of friends talking about their experience with the shuttle earlier that day. Walking over to the group, my friend, Chavon Webster, a senior marketing major, called out, “Matt, you’re in Student Government, right? What is going on with this shuttle situation?” I spoke with them for a while and discussed possible reasons why the shuttles were late and what we could do to make the situation better. After a while, we came to the conclusion that the shuttle system needs to “catch up” with the increased population at York Hill. I left the conversation letting them know that anytime they have a concern or question about what is going on at Quinnipiac, that they are more than welcome to come to the SGA office on the second floor of the Café and take action. That is exactly what I challenge you all to do. If you have concern about Quinnipiac, do not just talk about it with your friends, come and take action alongside SGA. You can inflence what happens at our school. Speaking of influence, elections for your newest SGA representatives of the Class of 2014 are being held Sept. 22 from 12 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Blackboard. Freshmen: Do not forget to vote! -Matt Hudak, Vice President of Public Relations Bobcats, I know that many of us have been feeling frustrated with North Lot filling up so early in the morning--especially commuters because they have no other options when spaces are filled by York Hill residents. If we want to see any kind of change, it is imperative that we as students are able to adequately document the problems with finding parking or the shuttle system in general, and that we are able to bring a statistically significant amount of this data to administration. I will be putting together a report with this information that I will be giving to administration around Oct. 10, but before then I need students to e-mail me describing: (if living at York Hill) what percentage of the time they take the shuttles to the main campus, reasons why the shuttles are not being utilized, and (if commuters) how often and at what time of day are they unable to access parking on the main campus. Also, keep an eye out for members of Student Government going door-todoor with surveys pertaining to this and other initiatives during the week of Sept. 19. Once again, I have to emphasize how important it is to compile this information. Please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. With enough feedback, I’m confident that we will be heard and a plan will be put in place to alleviate the parking problem. -Nick Rossetti, chair of the Student Awareness Committee
September 22, 2010
DANCING WITH THE
Brandy, Hasselhoff, “The Situation” take on dancing show
Kathy Griffin should be ecstatic because the 11th season premiere of “Dancing with the Stars” By Nicole Fano added a slew of Associate A&E Editor new celebs to the “D-List.” The Sept. 20 season premiere featured 11 new celeb contestants, including Bristol Palin, Florence Henderson, David Hasselhoff, Jennifer Grey, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, Brandy, and Audrina Patridge. What do they all have in common? Their 15 minutes of fame have already expired. Bristol Palin is no stranger to failure. Did she beat teen pregnancy? No. Is she the U.S. Vice President’s daughter? No. Could she make her relationship work with her baby’s daddy, Levi Johnston? No. “I just wanted to get out of Alaska for a few weeks,” Palin said in an interview with ABC. Perhaps the Alaska native thought “Dancing with the Stars” would help her tarnished public image. “Jersey Shore” personality Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino is also using up his remaining time in the spotlight. “The Situ-
ation” is no stranger to the dance floor, but there is a slight difference between ballroom dancing and fist-pumping. If he incorporates some shirtless performances, hopefully he can win a few points from judges Carrie Ann and Bruno. If “The Situation” performs well, perhaps Snooki will be a shoo-in for next season. In addition to career highlights like “Baywatch” and “Knight Rider,” David Hasselhoff can now add “Dancing with the Stars” to his prodigious resume. But after four years of judging “America’s Got Talent,” perhaps “The Hoff ” does have an eye for talent. This time he’s on the other side of the judging panel. “All the people that we voted off are going to buzz us out quick,” Hasselhoff joked in an interview with ABC. In the 80s, Jennifer Grey scored big roles in “Dirty Dancing” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” Once her career took off, Grey thought a nose job would change her appearance for the better. Instead, it changed her career for the worst. “Dirty Dancing” proved that Grey could dance. But will she remember those moves 20 years later? Out of all the contestants, she probably has some of the best potential. Let’s just hope the viewers can still recognize her.
Previous seasons of “Dancing with the Stars” featured a mix of actors, singers, athletes, and models. Audrina Patridge is none of the above. Patridge rose to “celeb” status after six seasons on “The Hills.” With an MTV reality show as her only claim to fame, Patridge has a disadvantage in the competition. The only thing that may save her from elimination in the early rounds is her dance partner, Tony Dovoloni. Florence Henderson won over audiences as Carol Brady in the 1970’s hit “The Brady Bunch,” but it may be difficult for her to gain young to middle-aged voters. As this season’s oldest contestant, Henderson hasn’t regularly appeared on mainstream TV since 1974. Despite their ages, past contestants Cloris Leachman and Buzz Aldrin still held their own in the competition. Henderson may get votes, but they will most likely be from older people. Brandy is best known for her 90s R&B music career. Brandy even made Billboard’s list of top 20 pop stars of the 1990s. Brandy’s musical performance background puts her at an advantage in the competition. It’s not the most star-studded season of “Dancing with the Stars,” but the typical mix of reality stars, athletes, and washed-up singers and actors in search of their comeback is always entertaining to watch.
Robyn’s techno hits addicting
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Michael Bolton and Chelsie Hightower Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy Margaret Cho and Louis Van Amstel Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough David Hasselhoff and Kym Johnson Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovoloni Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and Karina Smirnoff Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya
“Dancing with the Stars” airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on ABC
Weezer’s ‘Hurley’ a breath of fresh air
By Bridgette Fossel Staff Writer Dance to the beat of Robyn! Earlier this month, Swedish pop singer and songwriter Robyn released “Body Talk Pt 2,” which contains a variety of beats and lyrics that are difficult to forget and easy to dance to. “Body Talk Part 2” reached number eight on iTunes as the second album of her three part “Body Talk” series. The electronic techno rhythms that almost every song expresses, along with their catchy and more than satisfying choruses, could make a night at Toad’s a great one. You may have heard Robyn’s hit from the mid-90s, “Show Me Love.” And since 2005, she has been trickling back into the pop scene. Most recently, she has hit the ground running with this three-part series. In “Body Talk Part 1,” the first single, “Dancing on My Own,” is a complete adrenaline rush when heard live, and is a recognizable hit. “Hang with Me,” the single for “Body Talk Pt. 2,” is a fun jam that shows Robyn’s desire to be with somebody, perhaps in a more casual manner.
By Reid Engwall Staff Writer
Like most of Robyn’s albums, she expresses her frustrations with what seems like years of lust, love and heartbreak through a diverse stream of electronic-pop tempos matched with some Swedish-influenced sounds. This is most notable in “Love Kills” and the explicit track on the album, “U Should Know Better” featuring Snoop Dogg. This album is worth a listen or two, and a definite satisfaction guarantee for your $7.99. Keep an eye out for the final album of the series which will be dropping this December. Robyn fans may also like Florence + The Machine, La Roux and Marina and The Diamonds.
Weezer has been making music since 1993, releasing seven studio albums for Geffen Records, along with various solo works of the band’s previous and current members. The release of “Hurley” on Sept. 14 marked the band’s eighth studio album as well as their first effort with Epitaph Records. One aspect that stands out with the latest Weezer album is the unusual cover, which depicts the face of actor Jorge Garcia smiling. Many are familiar with Garcia, who played the character Hurley on the ABC hit show “Lost.” So when lead singer and guitarist Rivers Cuomo decided to use the face of Garcia on the album, it was only natural to use the name people would think of. Of course in this society’s drama-crazed fashion, the album cover
sparked controversy with some claiming that the Hurley clothing company gave money to Weezer to use their name. Rivers denies the allegations and has since ironically released a clothing line with Hurley. The album itself is a breath of fresh air for Weezer fans that miss the 90s metal feel that the group used to be all about. In nearly every track, listeners can enjoy a poppy guitar riff backed by the steady power chords of rhythm guitarist Brian Bell. The album also holds true to front man Cuomo’s notoriously quirky lyrics, as seen in the word play of the track “Where’s My Sex,” in which Rivers says, “I can’t go out without my sex, it’s cold outside and my toes get wet.” Weezer continues to make the music that they want, while scoring hits with songs like the opening track of this album, “Memories.” For those that miss the pure rock from Weezer in the past, “Hurley” has a lot to offer.
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September 22, 2010
BACK ON TOP
Eminem returns to rapping glory after Yankee Stadium show
After a long absence from the rap world, Eminem proved By Daniela Appolonia he is worthy of gaining back his & Nicole Fano rightful spot on top. After some time off, Vibe Magazine voted Eminem “Best Rapper Alive” in 2008. He beat out other rappers like Jay-Z, Nas, Kanye West, and T.I. to earn the coveted title. The rapper’s previous album, “Relapse,” proved slightly disappointing in sales and reactions from listeners. Many didn’t understand the message he tried to convey, and were turned off by his intense look into addiction, death and rehab. “As much as I love Eminem, I grew up listening to him and I have to say that his previous albums were my favorites,” junior Jay Milde said. “Not that his current stuff isn’t good, in fact it’s great. I just have fond memories and just enjoy his older albums [The Marshall Mathers LP and The Eminem Show] more.” Eminem’s career slowed shortly after winning acclaim for his acting and music for “8 Mile.” It took seven years for Eminem to reach No. 1 again, after “Lose Yourself ” topped the charts in 2002. Eminem struck magic when he collaborated with Dr. Dre and 50 Cent on “Crack a Bottle” in 2009. However, Eminem has finally given fans what they have been waiting for — “Recovery.” His seventh studio album is his step back into the spotlight with incredible rhymes, deep lyrics and radio-ready hits. “Eminem has been so successful because he is real,” Milde said. “He writes rhymes about what he is feeling, and what he is going through: his struggles with drugs, divorce and his relationship with his daughter. Eminem has not conformed to the media; he is generally real and raw.” Collaborations with some of music’s hottest artists, like Rihanna, also helped Eminem’s cause in demonstrating how serious of a record he wanted to make. In its first week of release, “Recovery” sold just over 740,000 copies, according to Billboard. As if that isn’t enough, Eminem’s epic two-day show at Yankee Stadium became one of the biggest hip-hop concerts ever. He performed alongside some of the most coveted artists in modern music, inlcluding Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Dr. Dre, Drake, B.O.B., entertaining two sold-out crowds. And headliner Eminem demonstrated his readiness to regain his crown in the music world. “This show was unreal,” junior Neil Brown said. “The atmosphere of Yankee Stadium and everyone there was incomparable to anything I have experienced before.” Brown especially noticed Eminem’s new outlook on life through his performance based on stage presence alone. “It’s apparent that he is grateful to be up there doing what he loves,” he said. “The best part of the concert was looking out into the crowd and just seeing tens of thousands of people waving their arms and going crazy. It was awesome to see the influence these artists had on the entire crowd.”
Vampire Weekend erupts in Holyoke By Reid Engwall Staff Writer Vampire Weekend played in Holyoke, Mass. on Sept. 13, and the band is arguably one of the best acts touring today. The event took place at outside venue Mountain Park, which is nearly impossible to find. The forested venue, described by lead singer Ezra Koenig as “The Haunted Hills of Holyoke,” provided a perfect backdrop for a band that takes their name from a mythical race of blood suckers. Holyoke was the band’s second stop on their “Massachusetts Saga,” first playing a show at the Bank of
America Pavilion in Boston the night before. Opening up for Vampire Weekend was the emo-pop female quartet known as the Dum Dum Girls, and an ambient piano driven indie-pop group called Beach House. The two opening acts, while not nearly as energetic as the main event, drew a good sized crowd of enthusiast fans and applause at the end of their sets. After a mere ten minutes of set-up, the stage lit up yellow, causing the scattered groups of people to rush toward it. Almost instantly, the band came out hopping and crip-walking to DJ Khaled’s “All I Do is Win,” which came to a victorious arms-raised climax
as T-Pain proclaims “Every time I step up in the buildin’ everybody hands go up.” Ezra Koenig, the quirky leader of the group, addressed the crowd stating how happy the band felt to be in Western Massachusetts for the first time, and then caused an eruption by picking out the opening riff to the band’s new hit “Holiday.” From that point, the band took off playing every track available on their discography so far, including a cover in their own jangly indie-rock style, of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m Goin’ Down.” The vibe was incredible. Everything was solid for the New York quartet with a couple songs noticeably
slowed down from their studio versions, but still maintaining their upbeat feel. Their initial 18-song set finished with the band’s personal shot at grammar, “Oxford Comma,” before returning to the stage to play their three song encore. Still enthusiastic all the way to the end, the band finished fittingly with “Walcott,” putting forth their desire to get “outta Cape Cod tonight.” The crowd held their applause long after the band exited, topping off a successful first leg of their 2010 summer tour. Overall the event was a success for Vamp Weekend, producing no short falls for the group of former college classmates. The band is currently touring the East Coast.
September 22, 2010
WRECK -Warner Bros
OF THE WEEK “Cupcake Wars”
Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” is truly one of the most mouthwatering and exhilarating shows to air in a long time. Premiering in June, “Cupcake Wars” is a show that pits four cupcake bakery owners from all over the country in a battle against each other to win the ultimate prize of $10,000. The winner also has the opportunity to get promotion for their business at a high-profile event. Judges Candace Nelson (the founder of Sprinkles Cupcakes, the world’s first cupcake bakery) and Florian Bellanger (an executive French pastry chef) are particularly critical. “Cupcake Wars” is a fast-paced hour of yummy goodness full of entertaining personalities that even makes the non-baker want to build their own cupcake bakery. --MB K
Lohan fails drug test...again
Yes, Lindsay Lohan is that much of a wreck that she makes this spot two weeks in a row. It looks like she misses her cozy jail cell. On Sept. 17 the red-headed trainwreck admitted to failing two drug tests since her most recent rehab stay. The former teenage drama queen tested positive to cocaine. Just one week ago Lohan’s VMA cameo screamed Hollywood redemption, and fans were hopeful it was the start of her comeback career. Lohan may face up to 30 days in jail and eight months of drug counseling. I’m sure Lohan will find work on reality TV shows like “Intervention” and “Celebrity Rehab.” What happened to the cute little girl from “The Parent Trap?” Wilmer Valderrama dumped her and she’s been screwed up ever since. Wonder what mom of the year Dina Lohan will have to say about this one; probably nothing since the cougar doesn’t want to risk losing her party partner. --NF
SHOCK According to NPR, Ben Affleck’s film “The Town” gained the number one spot during its opening weekend, with $23.8 million. This is the second movie directed by Ben Affleck.
Nicole Kidman is set to star in the Broadway play “Sweet Bird of Youth,” directed by David Cromer. It will premiere next fall.
Make trip for “Going the Distance”
Justin Long and Drew Barrymore rock the silver screen with lovable chemistry in “Going the Distance.” Any viewer compliant with a large, yet appropriate use of By Patrick Cadigan Staff Writer profanity will enjoy this. When 31-year-old print author Erin (Drew Barrymore) takes on a summer internship in New York City, the last thing she is looking for is romance. After being dumped one night, Garrett (Justin Long) heads to a bar with two typical, sarcastic guy friends to relax. Erin and Garrett immediately hit it off and have a fantastic night together. Due to the fact that Garret just got dumped and Erin is going to California in six weeks, they don’t pursue a commitment. Yet, when Garrett and Erin start to spend more time together and develop a relationship, conflict arises. They decide to keep their connection alive, despite the separation, while Erin goes to school in San Francisco. Erin’s almost instantaneous use of profanity informs viewers early that she is not your run-of-the-mill romantic comedy character, but instead a down-to-earth, funloving woman. Within the first 20 minutes,
the couple is seen taking hits from a bong, reinforcing their nonconformity. Long-distance relationships are exposed and extrapolated with discomfort and unfamiliarity in this against the grain romantic comedy. Not only does the film break down traditional genre boundaries, but it also challenges and pushes every viewer’s comfort zone as if to say, “yeah, we went there.” The mesmerizing comedy however, comes from relationships between both supporting and main characters. Garret shares a room with his two best friends Dan (Charlie Day) and Box (Jason Sudeikis). These characters provide a familiar man-to-man relationship of putting each other down while maintaining that classic dry as a bone, yet supportive nature. Erin and her sister Corinne (Christina Applegate) do not cope with your average sisterly cinematic relationship by a long shot. Their companionship is actually quite reminiscent of most male comedy teams, with excessive use of sarcasm and vulgarity. “Going the Distance” can be enjoyed by many different audiences, and will definitely be remembered for its comedic style.
This weekend, after keeping fans in the dark about the newlywed’s status, Javier Bardem confirmed the pregnancy of wife Penélope Cruz.
Paris Hilton pled guilty on Monday to two misdemeanor charges resulting from her arrest for cocaine possession in Las Vegas. Hilton is avoiding felony charges and is required to serve a year of probation. She is required to pay a $2,000 fine and complete 200 hours of community service.
New Line Cinema
Starring Justin Long and Drew Barrymore, “Going the Distance” has pulled in 16.7 million dollars at the box office since its release.
Rihanna invaded Vegas this past weekend to throw fellow California Girl, Katy Perry, a bachelorette party. With a posse of 25, the night consisted of a visit to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino as well as a Cirque Du Soleil show.
Snooki on finding love: “I want a fairy tale and I feel if I can get a fairy tale with anybody, it would be like a successful businessman and his last name needs to end in a vowel.” -MTV
Scene The Chronicle
September 22, 2010
What’s one of the best things about going back to school? Shopping, of course! Fall fashion has hit the runway in sophisticated style. Here is a quick look at some of the hottest trends of the season.
faux fur vests
By Catherine Boudreau Staff Writer
Faux fur showed up in almost every collection this season during Fall Fashion Week, from Oscar de la Renta to Michael Kors and Derek Lam. While it might look upscale, it is totally affordable. Faux fur is just as warm and light as the real thing. Pair a vest with slouchy boyfriend jeans or jeggings and throw a skinny belt around it to polish up an outfit.
Michael Kors and Donna Karan flooded their collection[s] with the bulky sweater trend, and nothing feels better in cold weather than a cozy knit. Don’t be afraid to wear oversized sweaters this season. They look great with a pair of jeggings (another hot trend — leggings that look like skinny jeans) and boots!
AMERICAN EAGLE $49.95
URBAN OUTFITTERS $88
khaki, camel & beige
Try giving basic black a rest this season and wear this new “it” hue on pants, coats and blazers. Elie Tahari, Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang and Michael Kors collections all had many looks sporting rich, buttery tan.
distressed boyfriend jeans
Denim, a favorite fashion fabric, is taking on some new styles this season. Distressed boyfriend jeans, which have a looser fit, can be worn with virtually anything. They add effortless trendiness to an outfit rather than just your basic bootcut or skinny.
fifties-inspired The ‘50s were very much about embracing femininity and accentuating a woman’s shape; corset tops, fuller skirts (short or long) and tightfitting, pencil skirts and tailored, knee-length coats were seen from Marc Jacobs, Zac Posen and Oscar de la Renta this season.
FOREVER 21 $29
September 22, 2010
New to QU this year By Mary-Catherine Dolan
Sarah’s Style Corner
Fall semester always brings with it all things new. New room assignments or housing, new roommates, new classes and new professors. But returning for their Fall 2010 semester, Quinnipiac students were greeted with more than just the standard semester changes. The university went through several major upgrades and aesthetic changes over the summer.
The Rocky Top Student Center The brand new student center for the residents living at York Hill opened the first week of classes. The lodgethemed student center contains a cafeteria, a fitness center, several study lounges and conference rooms, a post office and some administrative offices with sweeping views of Connecticut and the Long Island Sound.
Crescent Townhouses This year, juniors and seniors were given the option to live in the newly constructed townhouses next to the Crescent residence hall on the York Hill campus. The townhouses are modeled after the ones in Village on the Mount Carmel campus but come equipped with a fully-functioning kitchen. Picking up where the Village townhouses end in 690, the Crescent townhouses begin with 720 and line the back wing of the Crescent.
New Café Q Students have watched the construction of the cafeteria on the Mount Carmel campus for more than a year. It is finally open in this semester and can now accommodate the entire student body. With added seating on two floors, the cafeteria has gained extra square footage for din-
ing students as well as food options. The Café now offers The Kitchen, Thumann’s Healthy Deli, Pizza Fusion, Coyote Jack’s Grill, Yan Can Cook (Chinese), Naked Pear Café (healthy organic cuisine), and The Coffee Shop, featuring barista-made Seattle’s Best coffee drinks.
The Admissions Offices
The first floor of the Echlin Center on the Mount Carmel campus is the new home of Undergraduate admissions. The office has brand new furniture and much more room for tours, info and displays. The Echlin Center used to service all the health science classes, which are now held at the North Haven campus. The long term plan is to expand the Arnold Bernhard Library into where the old admissions office used to be.
New Location for Help Desk The Media Services center on the first floor of the Arnold Bernhard Library is the new home for the Help Desk. The E-stars will now be servicing QU students and their IT problems from Media Services. The old Help Desk location in Tator Hall is now the QU Seminar Center, where faculty and students can meet to discuss anything and everything
about the three seminar classes.
The Rave Wireless System As part of Quinnipiac’s Mobile Program and the Office of Safety and Security, the Rave Guardian service includes a virtual campus escort and a panic security call feature. Any student, faculty or staff member can access the Rave Guardian system via their cell phone when they are making a trip across campus and feel they need security. They text in their expected arrival time or leave an additional voicemail about the trip. If the student, faculty or staff member does not “check in” at their expected arrival time, the Rave system will send out their phone number, photo, and voicemail or text message to their GPS tracking system. The panic security call feature allows a student, faculty or staff member to be connected with QU Security with the press of one button. Students should access MyQ for information on signing up for this free security program.
1,678 Freshmen! Quinnipiac’s largest class size ever has inhabited the Mount Carmel campus to begin their four memorable years of college.
Campus Couture NAME: Joe Mauti AGE: 19 YEAR: Sophomore HOMETOWN: Middletown, N.J. WHAT ARE YOU WEARING?
Blue and black T-shirt and gray jeans from Pac Sun, black and blue sneakers from Zumie’s, To Write Love On Her Arms bracelet, Voted Most Random bracelet, and a Keep a Breast bracelet
STYLE INFLUENCES: “Music is overtly influential in my wardrobe. I’m the bassist of the QU band Voted Most Random and I think my clothes really reflect that.” --by Stephanie Osmanski
photos: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week
New York hosts annual Fashion Week By Sarah Rosenberg Staff Writer I have always liked to think of fashion as an attribute of culture. The fashion capitals of the world, from Paris to Milan, always seem to showcase styles representative of their customs and what makes their city beautiful. New York is no exception. Just a train ride away, New York City offers a tribute to fashion that is echoed over international boundaries; the life of Manhattan and all its wonders, its modern trends, and hip atmosphere is constantly reflected in Fashion Week. It is not just a fashion show or an art exhibit, it is a magnificent homage to the fashion world. Fashion Week praises fashion and all its craziness, but more importantly, its impact on the way we live today. It influences how we look in the morning and what we shop for. This year’s Fashion Week made its debut on Sept. 9. It was an affair that lasted all week long and presented fashion that is sure to be idealized for the next year. Hosted by Mercedes-Benz and unveiled at New York’s Lincoln Center, it was nothing short of impressive. Lincoln Center is legendary; it is a cultural element of New York that is known worldwide. The designers for Spring 2011 were showcased for fashion’s cult followers, the Carrie Bradshaws, the “Devil Wears Prada” wannabes, the artists, the fans, and the local New Yorkers, who are no strangers to the hype of Fashion Week. The most notable designers, as well as some up and coming names dressed their models in their newest designs. Anna Sui, Betsey Johnson, Nicole Miller, Tracy Reese, Tommy Hilfiger, Donna Karan, Narcisco Rodriguez, L.A.M.B., and Elie Tahari were just a handful of designers that added to their repertoire of revolutionary creations.
The show kicked off with the Project Runway Theatre, and later in the same day, presented past winner Christian Soriano’s designs. The Global Glam Collection, inspired and derived by the W Hotels, featured a line of clothing inspired by the latest International W hotels from London to St. Petersburg. Gwen Stefani’s Harajuku line, L.A.M.B., and IVANAhelinski were the last two lines to end the week-long festivities. A mixture of classic designers, whose style many have come to love and appreciate, and new faces rounded out the Spring 2011 collections that are destined to defy this year in fashion. I have a dream of attending Fashion Week. I have an even bigger dream of working for the show; the rush, the racing around to perfect lineups and outfits, and the instant gratification of watching a model you’ve worked with reveal the outfit for the artist who made it possible, who made the images and ideas in their mind come to life, is alluring. Danielle DiMarino, a junior business major, attended Fashion Week working for designer Charlotte Ronson. No matter how small her responsibilities might have been, every task she performed impacted the exhibit of Ronson’s new line. “I assisted the stylist Natasha Royt during the show’s run through. Once we were at Lincoln Center, I guided the dressers hired by Mercedes to make sure they knew how to dress each model. I was also assigned my own model to dress,” she said. DiMarino was also assigned the job of sewing any tears or damages and handling the garments to ensure their quality was maintained for the show. Despite the responsibilities that may have rested on her shoulders, the end result was worth it all. “I was so stressed when my model had to change her outcontinued on page 16
SCENE The Chronicle
September 22, 2010 FASHION WEEK REVIEW
Jacobs stands out in NYC Fashion Week Every spring and fall, the fashion elite from all around the world congregates to review and critique the anticipated trends of the next season. The turnout is the most posh and exclusive crowd imaginable - only the aristocrats of fashion can By Stephanie Osmanski merit an invitation. This Staff Writer past week, the Lincoln Center in New York City bustled excitedly with the altogether fabulous ambience that is known as Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. After 17 years of utilizing the tents at Bryant Park as the home of Fashion Week, 2010 marked a new tradition. With close to 1,000 seats and ample room backstage, the Lincoln Center catered to the needs of Fashion Week attendees and unanimously served as an appropriate and visually aesthetic venue change. In true Fashion Week style, Hollywood’s A-listers flew in from all over, eager to view the prestigious foretaste of the top designers’ Spring 2011 collections. Among the masses was Kelly Osbourne, who sat front row at the Tracy Reese show with Denise Richards, Jessica Zhor of Gossip Girl, Kanye West (who appeared at Rodarte) and, of course, ever-present fashion icon Sarah Jessica Parker. The top trends of the spring season? As a standout color, the always classy, always bold scarlet red made many appearances as a constant enabler of contrast, particularly in accessories. Appearing in the collections of Marc Jacobs, Betsey Johnson, Adam and Diane von Furstenburg, trend forecasters say red will be the it-col-
or of the spring. Betsey Johnson, while showing a series of neon, poufy taffeta gowns, played up the nautical look as well. Daniel Vosovic’s 2011 line was an ode to clean-cut, bold lines, symmetry, military inspiration and concise color blocking. Sunglasses reminiscent of John Lennon’s signature circular spectacles were also a common trend on several designers’ runways. Perhaps there will always be a certain demand for “It-Brit” fashion inspired by The Beatles so many years ago. The standout runway show of the week, however, is without a doubt awarded to a designer who clearly understands how to dress a woman’s body. While using bright and bold reds, purples, oranges and blacks (as well as bold, striped patterns), Marc Jacobs exemplified the importance of femininity in the accessories department. Huge flowers adorned the shoulders, bosoms, heads and waists of models. Marc Jacobs received rave reviews for conceptual vision, design and flawless execution. As the doors of the Lincoln Center finally closed and the celebs, designers and models made their way to the most exclusive after-parties, a feeling of optimism settled in the hearts of millions, whether they were physically present or watching the broadcasts via the Internet. With the promise of bold colors, huge flower accessories, and striped rugby to come for the spring, it seems that for fashion connoisseurs the future is so bright we’ll have to wear John Lennon-styled circle shades.
Outfits like this from Marc Jacobs drew rave reviews at Fashion Week 2010 in New York City.
Style Corner, continued continued from page 15 fit for her next look,” DiMarino said. “My favorite thing about fashion week is the appreciation for the art of designs. Being surrounded by fashion gurus of the industry made me feel like my dream of working among these important people one day is in
my reach.” Students with a knack for fashion, styling and design have the opportunity to work with the top designers of the industry in New York City, where it is always bustling, where new art, fashion and culture is always blossoming, and where countries and cities
around the world look to mimic its chic lifestyle. Fashion Week is the event born from pure creation of the designers who navigate the fashion scene. They control what is featured in magazines, sold in stores, worn on the streets, and copied over and over again until a trend finally becomes obsolete. They
create looks that die out and are reborn again for future generations, making what is old new once again. I’m not in with this cool crowd yet, but I feel as if it is just within my reach. I’m a New Yorker. I love fashion. I love fashion in New York. Fashion Week may be a calling I have yet to answer.
September 22, 2010
TWO STRAIGHT By Michael Desjardins Staff Writer After winning their first game of the season against Dartmouth Friday, the Bobcats defeated the Rhode Island Rams, 1-0, Sunday on sophomore midfielder Jillian Strassner’s goal. Strassner’s lone shot in the 17th minute was the only goal in the game. Her first goal of the season came on a corRhode Island 0 ner kick by Quinnipiac 1 freshman Aine McKeever. McKeever’s corner dropped inside the 18-yard box where Strassner was the first to recover and knock it off the crossbar and into the net. On defense, Quinnipiac’s biggest challenge was dealing with the Rams’ leading scorer, Adrienne Ruhe Lischke, as well as midfielder Courtney Findlen. Both fired three shots each, all in the first half. Rhode Island shot 17 times among nine players but couldn’t capitalize. “We worked hard and caused Rhode Island problems,” Quinnipiac head coach Dave Clarke said. “We limited their chances. Even though we were tired and beat up, we didn’t really allow them to get in behind us.” Junior goalkeeper Jillian Kelley saved all seven of the Rams’ shots on goal, and earned the victory. Kelley’s counterpart, Sasha Reiber,
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Furtuna Velaj maintains possession on a sprint downfield against Dartmouth Friday. Her hat trick helped the Bobcats win their first game.
made three saves for the Rams. The Bobcats’ leading scorer, junior striker Furtuna Velaj, pressured Rhode Island’s defense all game, shooting four times, twice on goal. Sophomore forward Ke-
mesha Woodfine entered the game midway through the first half and added offensively with three shots. Six Bobcats combined for 11 shots in the game. With the win, Quinnipiac
Runners sweep top 6 By Joe Addonizio Contributing Writer
The women’s cross country team took home first place at the Quinnipiac Invitational on Saturday. The Bobcats won their second meet of the year, finishing with 15 points. Stonehill College placed second with 53 points, while Yale captured third with 79 points. Sophomore Becca White led the Bobcats, finishing in first place with a time of 18:13 in the 5,000-meter race. The Faust triplets, nicknamed “ABC” due to their initials, followed White. Amanda’s time was 18:41, while Brianna crossed the line in 18:53 and Christina in 19:03. Junior Katie Beam completed the sweep of the top 5 spots, finishing the course in 19:05. The Northeast Conference named White the Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week last week after finishing third in the Central Connecticut State University Invitational. “It was very exciting to receive [the award], especially since it
was my first race of the year, but I hope to keep getting better,” White said. Amanda Faust was also honored with an award; the NEC Rookie of the Week after her 10th place finish. “It was really surprising after just my first race,” Amanda said. “But it gives me motivation to work hard, and hopefully our team can keep doing well.” Amanda says she loves running with her sisters and added, “It’s amazing. We are so close. I don’t know what it would be like without them. There was no way we were separating when choosing schools.” Quinnipiac’s Department of Athletics honored graduate student Kristen Stewart with a ceremony before the meet for her last home race. “I am so happy I came [to Quinnipiac], it’s been great, this is such a great team,” Stewart said. “I’ve had some of my greatest memories in college through the team. I can’t believe it’s coming to an end.” Stewart finished with a time of 19:10, placing her in eighth. The
senior captain is excited to lead her team in a quest for another NEC title. Quinnipiac was picked to win its sixth straight NEC Championship in a preseason poll earlier this year. “It’s a pleasure (to lead the team), I love them to death and everyone is so talented,” Stewart said. “I think we are going to do really well at NECs and hopefully get another championship.” Head coach Carolyn Martin was pleased with the effort her team put in. “They are running fabulous and really working together as a team,” she said. “I couldn’t be happier with the way they are running.” The Bobcats’ depth and youth have the present and future looking very bright for the team, she added. “We are graduating only one senior, so we are just going to continue to get better over the next few years, which is going to be very exciting to watch,” Martin said. The Bobcats will run their next race at the Paul Short Invitational Oct. 1 at Lehigh University, which is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.
improved its overall record to 2-4 while Rhode Island remained winless at 0-7-1. The Bobcats play at home Sunday at noon for their first inconference game of the season
against Central Connecticut State (4-5), last year’s NEC regular-season champions. CCSU is coming off 3-1 and 3-0 wins over Hartford and Albany, respectively.
Bobcats fall behind Stonehill at Quinnipiac Invitational By Matt Eisenberg Contributing Writer Even though it was the first home meet of the season, it was also the last, and the Quinnipiac Bobcats knew they didn’t want to disappoint their fans. The Quinnipiac men’s cross country team finished second to Stonehill on Saturday, 20-37. “We still have some stuff to work on,” Quinnipiac head coach Carolyn Martin said after the race. “Our men’s team is very young and a lot of the men are still learning to race a five-mile race, so it’s a learning process right now because they’re so young.” Yale’s Chris Scavone, a senior, won the 8,000-meter race with a time of 26:23. Freshman teammate Mike Cunetta finished second overall with a time of 26:50. However, Yale was unable to place because the team didn’t have enough runners competing, despite placing four runners in the top 10. Quinnipiac sophomore Mike Levene finished fifth overall with a
time of 27:16, but he said he and the team could have had a better showing at their only home meet of the year. “On an individual scale I think I did all right, I could have definitely done better,” he said. Levene is still recovering from an injury he suffered last year. “Some of his training has been disrupted throughout the year and so he’s still coming back from those injuries, so he’s still getting back into himself as a racer,” Martin said. Fellow sophomore Brian Cotter followed Levene as he finished with a time of 27:39, placing ninth overall. Not lost in the midst of Quinnipiac’s race was senior captain John Greenlaw. Quinnipiac’s Department of Athletics recognized him before his last home race for his accomplishments. “It’s kind of sad and kind of nice,” Greenlaw said. “It’s sad that it’s my last race but it’s nice that I got to run it with my team and some of my best friends on the team. It’s kind of bittersweet in a way.”
Sports The Chronicle
September 22, 2010
Labarthe highlights home tourney WOMEN’S TENNIS
Freshman wins Flight B final 6-0, 6-0 By Maxx McNall Assoc. Sports Editor
Picturesque skies, a light breeze, plenty of sun, and just enough clouds made for a great weekend of tennis at the Quinnipiac Invitational. Eight schools from around the region flocked to Hamden for the three-day Quinnipiac Invitational, in which over 90 matches were played. “The weather was spectacular the entire weekend and it really made for a pleasant, easy-torun tournament because we put on an awful lot of matches and it’s so much better when the weather co-
The Rundown Men’s Soccer
Providence 1, QU 0 - Saturday
Philip Suprise: 3 SoG
QU 3, Dartmouth 1 - Friday
Furtuna Velaj: 3 goals QU 1, Rhode Island 0 - Sunday
Jillian Strassner: goal
Lafayette Tournament Delaware St. 3, QU 2 - Friday
Kelby Carey: 13 kills, 10 digs QU 3, Lafayette 0 - Saturday Kayla Lawler: 28 assists La Salle 3, QU 2 Stephanie Biediger: 16 kills, 17 digs
Albany 3, QU 0 - Friday Kaitlyn Notarianni: 2 SoG Michigan 6, QU 0 – Sunday Kimberly Cuniff: SoG
Men’s & Women’s Cross Country
Quinnipiac Invitational - Saturday
QU men: 2nd place Mike Levene: 5th place (27:16) QU women: 2nd place Becca White: 1st place (18:13)
WOMEN’S TENNIS SCOREBOARD
Flight A Singles Semifinals: Sher (SH) def. Markison (QU), 6-1, 2-6, 10-5 Flight B Singles Finals: Labarthe (QU) def. Leikem (URI), 6-0, 6-0 Flight A Doubles Quarterfinals: Emery/K. Leikem (URI) def. Markison/Cantor (QU), 8-5
operates like this,” Quinnipiac head coach Mike Quitko said. Not only did the Bobcats host a good tournament, they played one as well. Senior Adrienne Markison reached the semifinals in the top flight of the singles bracket. While freshman Juliet Labarthe, competing in her first career college singles tournament, took down the Flight B Championship. Also making the Flight B semifinals was sophomore Sarah Viebrock and in Flight A doubles competition, the team of Rachel Cantor and Markison fell one round short of the finals. After the first event of the year, Quitko said his team performed very well and was very pleased with where they are at this point in the season. “I really felt that we competed well, played the game right, made the correct choices, and had success against some good competition,” Quitko said. Labarthe showed great skill throughout the tournament in the Flight B bracket and made easy work of Rhode Island’s Kirsten Leikem in the finals, 6-0, 6-0. Labarthe smashed her forehand to all sides of the court, resulting in 14 winners, nine from the forehand side. The decisive game came with Labarthe up 1-0 in the first set. The two played through five deuce points until Labarthe cracked a cross-court, forehand winner to take the game. It was Labarthe’s first career tournament victory in her first singles event. Markison started the tournament strong on Saturday, taking
down Fordham University’s Angelica Dabu in her first match. After winning the first set, the senior fought back from a 5-2 deficit in the second set to win the match, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4). Dabu made it difficult for Markison, who was forced to make some tough shots after long rallies. Down 5-2, Markison held her serve and started her comeback by jumping on the Dabu serve and smashing cross-court groundstrokes. Evening the score at 6, the set went into a tiebreaker which Markison jumped to a 6-2 lead and won the match on Dabu’s backhand error. Quinnipiac’s Viebrock, Cantor, Labarthe, Lavinia Cristescu, Lisanne Steinert and Erin Suvar also won their opening round match in singles events. Competing in her second match of the afternoon, Markison dominated Elizabeth Harrington of Sacred Heart to reach the semis, 6-2, 6-1. Markison kept the pressure on and fought to claim the first set. In what was a pivotal third game, Markison fell behind 15-40 on her serve. After a strong serve and backhand down the line earned her a deuce point, she ended a long rally on a forehand that forced Harrington’s return into the net. A backhand winner, one of 13 in the match, sealed the game and Markison rode the momentum to a spot in the semifinals. Coming back out to play Sunday morning, Markison competed but came up just short of the finals against Seton Hall’s Pui Wing Sher. After losing the first set 6-1 and the score deadlocked at two, Markison reeled off four straight games to take the second set, 6-2. Down
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Juliet Labarthe rips a backhand at the Quinnipiac Invitational.
6-5 in the tiebreak, Markison nearly evened the score after being down three points, but Sher made backto-back saves on her service points to thwart Markison’s effort. On the two consecutive points, after long rallies, Markison blasted passing attempts as Sher approached the net. Sher countered with drop shots that fell just out of Markison’s reach and went on to win the tiebreaker, 10-5. In doubles action, the team
of Cantor and Markison won its first two matches on Friday in the Flight A bracket before bowing out in the semifinals Saturday, while the Steinert and Cristescu team won its opening round match in Flight B play. The Bobcats will compete in another three-day event, the Eastern Collegiates, starting Friday and will hope to build on their success from the Invitational.
Sticks drop two on the road By John Healy Assoc. Sports Editor
The Quinnipiac field hockey team struggled during a two-game road trip at the University of Michigan’s Ocker Field in Ann Arbor, Mich., this weekend where it was shut out in both games. On Sunday the Bobcats couldn’t match the University of Michigan’s potent offense, as they lost in a 6-0 rout. Wolverine senior Alicia Mayer had a game-high two goals while Paige Laytos contributed with a game-high three assists. The Bobcats faced an early deficit when Mayer struck for her first goal of the game nine minutes in to give the Wolverines a 1-0 lead. Laytos assisted Mayer as she dodged by three Bobcat defenders and found Mayer who beat goal-
keeper Nicole Lewis to the right post for the goal. The game began to get out of hand for the Bobcats in the 28th minute when Laytos connected with Rachael Mack to the right of the goal, who beat Lewis to her left to give the Wolverines a 2-0 lead. The Wolverines snuck in another goal at the 34th minute to give themselves a 3-0 lead heading into halftime, taking the momentum away from the Bobcats. In the second half, the Wolverines added three more goals, including another goal from Mayer in the 38th minute which gave them a 5-0 lead. Michigan finished the game by outshooting the Bobcats 30-6 and extended its winning streak to four games while the Bobcats dropped their second straight game.
On Friday the Bobcats fell to No. 19 University of Albany 3-0 in another non-conference game. The Great Danes scored three goals from three different players and outshot the Bobcats 20-8. Daphne Voormolen broke a scoreless tie in the 36th minute by rebounding Christina Patrick’s shot off Bobcat defender Tina Watkins and putting it into the net for a 1-0 lead. That was all the offense the Great Danes needed. Quinnipiac’s best chance to tie the game came in the 46th minute when Kaitlyn Notarianni fired a shot at Albany’s net, but defender Sarah Deane blocked the shot. Two minutes later, the Great Danes took the ball up the field and doubled their lead on a goal by Nina Walters. Walters’ unassisted goal came from the right side of the circle
past Bobcat junior goalkeeper Nicole Lewis. The Great Danes added another goal in the 61st minute by Suzy Clephane to extend their lead to 3-0 and secure the win. Goalkeepers Kristi Troch and Christine Hoffman combined for five saves and a shutout. Lewis had seven saves for the Bobcats as she and the defense kept the team in the game in the first half, allowing just six shots on goal and keeping the game scoreless at halftime. The Bobcats complete their three game road trip when they face the University of Maine on Friday at the University of Maine Field Hockey Complex in Orono, Maine. Quinnipiac’s conference schedule begins Oct. 10 at Sacred Heart.
SPORTS EXTRA QUChronicle.com
September 22, 2010
GAMES WATCH VS WOMEN’S SOCCER
vs. Central Connecticut St. (35) Sunday, 12 p.m.
vs. Providence (610) Wednesday, 7 p.m.
WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY
vs. Lafayette (2-4) Sunday, 11 a.m.
vs. Ontario Hockey Academy, Friday, 7 p.m.
Goals scored by Furtuna Velaj in Friday’s win against Dartmouth.
Assists by Kayla Lawler in three matches combined in the Lafayette Tournament.
Women’s cross country runners in the top six at the Quinnipiac Invitational. None of them seniors.
Matches played in the women’s tennis Quinnipiac Invitational over the weekend.
Goals for field hockey in two games this weekend against No. 19 Albany and Michigan.
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Clockwise from top-left: Dartmouth’s Marina Moschitto evades Amanda Bilas’ lunge for the ball; Rachel Cantor smashes a forehand during this weekend’s Quinnipiac Invitational; David Coppola sprints toward the finish line in Saturday’s Quinnipiac Invitational.
MIKE LEVENE FURTUNA VELAJ Men’s Cross Country Sophomore Redding, Conn.
Levene finished in fifth place overall in the Quinnipiac Invitational Saturday with a time of 27:16 in the 8,000-meter race. Levene was one of the two Bobcats who finished the race in the top 10. Levene’s fifth-place finish helped Quinnipiac finish second with 37 points, trailing Stonehill College by 17. Matt Eisenberg / Chronicle
Next meet: Oct. 1, 11 a.m. Paul Short Invitational
Women’s Soccer Junior, Forward Stamford, Conn.
Velaj fueled the Bobcats’ attack against Dartmouth Friday afternoon. Velaj opened the scoring with two goals around the midway mark of the first half. After a goal by Dartmouth in the 73rd minute, Velaj completed her hat trick, giving the Bobcats a 3-1 lead and their first victory of the season. Matt Eisenberg / Chronicle
Next home game: Sunday, 12 p.m. vs. CCSU
September 22, 2010
TRIPLETTHREAT ‘We wouldn’t have been able to split up’ By Kelley Davies Staff Writer
ith “RUNABC” personalized on their Pennsylvania license plate, freshmen Amanda, Brianna, and Christina Faust drove three hours from their hometown, Macungie, Pa., to run for the Quinnipiac women’s cross country team. “The first time we came here, we loved it,” Amanda said. The blond-haired Faust triplets, nicknamed “ABC” due to their initials, first heard about Quinnipiac from former Quinnipiac cross country runner Heather Hoffman. Hoffman graduated from the same high school as the triplets, Emmaus High School in Emmaus, Pa. “We knew her mom, and her mom had always told us that Heather loved Quinnipiac,” Christina said. “Her mom said, ‘You need to go check this place out.’ ” Head coach Carolyn Martin, also a former Quinnipiac cross country runner, was a teammate of Hoffman’s. “[Hoffman’s] parents were very friendly with the whole program,” Martin said. “They were the ones who first brought the triplets to our attention. They said, ‘I have triplets for you.’ ” The Fausts were on Quinnipiac’s radar ever since they were freshmen in high school. “We followed them for a while,” Martin said. “My assistant, Roy Harrison, followed them more solely throughout their career. We were thrilled once we knew they were very interested.” Not only did Quinnipiac’s cross country team interest the triplets, but the Physician Assistant Program also contributed to their decision to come to Quinnipiac. The 19-year-old Faust triplets have been together ever since they were born. They were named in the order in which they were born. Amanda, the oldest of the
Charlotte Greene / Chronicle
The Faust triplets (Christina, Brianna and Amanda) were top recruits for Quinnipiac’s cross country team.
trio, was born at 10:27 p.m. on Sept. 15, 1991, while Brianna followed at 10:28 and then Christina at 10:30. Having been together their entire lives, their college decision came as no surprise. “We wouldn’t have been able to split up,” Christina said. “We are really close. When it came to college, we wanted to stay together.” They came to Quinnipiac as a unit, but they are not completely together when it comes to housing arrangements at Quinnipiac. They are scattered among three different residence halls: Commons, Dana, and Ledges. “The first week was so rough,” Brianna said. “We would call each other to say goodnight.” The trio seems to do everything together. They also played soccer until seventh grade, Amanda said. “We were soccer players, but all the soccer teams were filled up, so our guidance counselor said, ‘Why
don’t you girls run cross country to stay in shape for soccer,’ ” Amanda said. “We did and we found out we liked it.” Christina added: “Back home, running is a big thing with clubs. It’s a huge running community.”
The triplets helped Emmaus win the last three Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Girls Cross Country Team Championships. As teammates and siblings, the triplets rarely ever fight with each other.
“We have our moments and it’s over stupid stuff,” Christina said. “We will be mad at each other for like five minutes.” They seem to get along well and serve as a good support system for each other, especially during races. The sisters run together in the summer, but sometimes it can become a race of their own. “We push each other,” Christina said. “It makes us faster in a workout or even in a race.” The triplets most recently pushed each other to finish in AB-C order at the Quinnipiac Invitational Tournament on Saturday. Amanda, who was recently named NEC Rookie of the Week, finished in second place with a time of 18:41 in the 5,000-meter race. Brianna and Christina followed close behind with times of 18:53 and 19:03, respectively. “We always try to stick together,” Christina said. “Amanda is usually the faster one. Brianna and I try to stick up with her, I try and stick up with Brianna.” Christina has found participating in collegiate cross country to be overwhelming. “As a freshman, you feel like a little fish in a big pond,” Christina said. “But to have [your sisters] in the race too, it’s really fun.”
From left to right: Amanda (2nd place), Brianna (3rd) and Christina Faust (4th) race toward the finish line in Saturday’s Quinnipiac Invitational. Charlotte Greene / Chronicle
Lack of offense haunting Bobcats
Anna Brundage / Chronicle
Jillian Strassner (left) scored the game-winning goal against Rhode Island on Sunday. Full story on page 17.
The Quinnipiac men’s soccer team fell short in a bid to capture its first win of the year against Providence Saturday, losing 1-0 on the road. By Andrew Spero The loss at Providence’s Glay Staff Writer Field dropped the Bobcats to 0-4, while the Friars improved to 3-1-1. The Bobcats start their conference schedule Oct. 1 against Monmouth, which beat Quinnipiac in last year’s NEC Championship game, 2-1. The Bobcats failed to cash in on four shots on goal in the first half, opposed to only one by Providence. Senior goalkeeper Jhojan Obando was the difference, turning back each Quinnipiac shot in the half. The Friars picked up their play in the second half, as they broke through in the 64th minute on a goal from sophomore midfielder Wilder Arboleda, his third of the year. Freshman
Anthony Baumann served as the playmaker, crossing the ball in front of Quinnipiac’s net where Arboleda finished from the 6-yard box. The second half 0 goal held up for the Friars, as Quinnipiac the Bobcats couldn’t target any Providence 1 shots on net in the closing half. The Bobcats have mustered just one goal in their first four contests of the season. Sophomore forward Philip Suprise tried to change that as he took three of the team’s combined four shots on goal, firing eight shots overall. Sophomore goalie Josh Lavallee got his first start in net for the Bobcats and stopped five of the six shots sent his way. Quinnipiac hosted Yale late Tuesday afternoon and the game recap can be found on QUChronicle.com. The Bobcats are on the road again this weekend, as they face Stoney Brook Saturday at 6 p.m.