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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

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.

Event Calendar Today Blood Drive

Gym lobby, 9 a.m.-5:15 p.m. Sponsored by CAP and TKE

Delta Dodgeball

Rec Center, 9:15 p.m. Play dodgeball and tailgate games with the brothers of Delta Tau Delta.

Thursday Blood Drive

North Haven Campus, 12-5 p.m.

Marc Bekoff, speaker

buckman theater, 6:30 p.m. Marc Bekoff, evolutionary biology expert, will speak on coexistence with animals.

Friday RHC Mountainview Fall Carnival

MTV Courtyard, 4-6 p.m. The Mountainview residence hall plays hosts to music, carnival games and refreshments. In case of rain, event will be indoors.

Rocky Road at Rocky Top Rocky Top Cafe, 8 p.m. Sponsored by SPB Enjoy the classic hard ice cream flavor at Quinnipiac’s newest addition.

Funny Friday

Café Q, 9 p.m. Sponsored by SPB Spend your Friday night with QUAD’s comedian of the night, Butch Bradley.

Issue 2, Volume 80  

Issue 2 of The Quinnipiac Chronicle from Sept. 22, 2010.