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Baseball in his blood, page 17


Chronicle seniors say goodbye, pages 8-9

Get to know Natalie Sgro, page 3

O.A.R. at the Bank

Ray and Mike’s extends hours for finals week By JOE ADDONIZIO Sports Editor

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O.A.R. plays at TD Bank Sports Center for the annual Wake the Giant spring concert hosted by the Student Programming Board.

If you’re hungry late at night during finals week, you shouldn’t grab a Snicker’s. Instead, Ray and Mike’s Deli will be open late to fulfill your “Irresistible” craving. Ray and Mike’s Deli is changing its hours for finals week by extending its closing time to 11 p.m. beginning Sunday May 6 until Thursday May 10. This year will be the first time in 14 years that the deli will stay open until 11 p.m. during the week, according to Ray and Mike’s Deli owner Ray George. “Based on past years, people are on different schedules come finals week,” George said. “People tend to do serious work, study and stay up late. It seems to be that our regular day of business, which is 2:30-3 to 7 p.m., is happening a little later from about 6:30 at night to about 11 p.m.” George says he doesn’t expect the busiSee deli Page 6

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Ready to relay By MARCUS HARUN Web Developer

This Friday will mark Samantha Plourde’s twelfth year honoring her close friends by walking at Relay For Life. Plourde started off as a member of “Team Jake,” walking for an hour in 4th grade and now she is Co-Chair of the Team Development Committee at Quinnipiac’s Relay for Life. The event will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, raising money for the American Cancer Society for cancer patients and research. “My best friend in elementary school had a neighbor, who was 6 or 7, and he had leukemia so we had a team for him,” Plourde said. That experience inspired her to participate yearly, but she got even more involved once her friend Rebecca Lazinsk lost her mother, Lori, to cancer. “Relay is really my time every year to remember her,” Plourde said. “In the situation where you lose someone, you can be angry and upset or you can do something with it.” This year more than 500 people

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registered to walk in the event and Plourde said that is the best way to honor those who were lost. Quinnipiac’s Relay for Life has raised more than $450,000 over the past five years for cancer research. Last year was one of the most successful events, raising more than $126,000, the third most raised money per capita in the country. Organizers have “high hopes” for this year’s event because it has a new, bigger location compared to the Mount Carmel Recreation Center, the site of the 2011 event. “We found out in September that our event would be moved to the York Hill Campus and we were thrilled with the new location,” CoChair Kelsey Funk said. “It is definitely daunting because of the sheer size, but with all of our planning efforts, I think it will turn out to be quite an amazing event.” The event at the TD Bank Sports Center will include a mechanical bull, photo booth, obstacle course

Security: university to treat May Weekend as any other weekend By LAUREN EPIFANIO Staff Writer

After a semester of classes and homework, many students on both Quinnipiac campuses anticipate the upcoming weekend as a way to relax before closing out the school year with finals. Friday begins the celebration of May Weekend for students, but the university will treat it as any other weekend. “The university’s concern is

always the safety and security of its students. Next weekend is no different in that regard, and we will take action as appropriate to ensure that all our students behave responsibly as we enter the final weeks of the semester,” Barger said. The policy for drinking will be the same as every other weekend on campus, according to Chief of Security & Safety, David Barger.

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Concerning alcohol, the Student Handbook states “The consumption of alcoholic beverages in common and public areas, except where designated, is not permitted. Kegs, beerballs and/or excessive quantities of alcohol and alcohol paraphernalia also are prohibited.” The same policies still apply during May Weekend such as guest See weekend Page 6

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Quinnipiac’s Devon Gibney chases after a loose ball in Friday’s game vs. Central Connecticut State.

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Students promote importance of occupational therapy

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Ryerson Stinson, a student in the Masters of Occupational Therapy program, took it upon himself to sovle any misconceptions people may have about occupational therapy by producing the film “Scott MacDonald’s Journey.” By kim green

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Scott MacDonald describes himself as many things: a triathlete, road racer, professional poker player, an employee of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and a paraplegic. One word he does not identify with is handicapped. Ryerson Stinson, a student in the Masters of Occupational Therapy program at Quinnipiac, took it upon himself to solve any misconceptions people may have about occupational therapy by producing the film “Scott MacDonald’s Journey,” which is posted on the occupational therapy website, BrOT. He said his goal was to make a video with his friend Alex Birsh, a 2011 Quinnipiac alumnus, to answer one difficult question: what really is occupational therapy? “It bothered me that people work with OTs or know an OT, but they do not know what they do,” Stinson said. “What OT means to me is helping someone through their everyday occupation. An occupation is something meaningful to someone’s life like a leisurely activity or activity of daily living like going to sleep, getting dressed, showering and taking care of yourself.” Stinson said he turned to his professor, Tracy Van Oss, who put him in contact with MacDonald, whom she described as someone she often turned to as a source of assistance for her students. MacDonald said since his accident, he has been speaking on behalf of spinal cord injured persons as a mentor to new patients and students. He believes it is his duty as someone with a spinal cord injury to teach others what life is now like for him. “When I met Scott he was so articulate and his attitude and overall knowledge was incredible,” Stinson said. “He knows the

purpose of therapy and knows the misconceptions. The whole experience of watching him in his story and his triumphs through all his difficulties, I mean, how can you not be drawn to that?” After a visit with his family in Connecticut in November of 1998, MacDonald was returning home to Virginia, where he was stationed in the military, when he passed a severe accident on the New Jersey Turnpike. After stopping and offering his assistance, MacDonald said he was high on adrenaline, but that adrenaline wore out. When he was seven miles away from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, MacDonald fell asleep at the wheel and was ejected out of the passenger side window of his vehicle. He broke seven vertebrae and became a paraplegic. After the accident, MacDonald said he knew he could eventually get through his daily life with enough training, but was fearful of not being able to do what he loved to do. “Occupational therapy changed my life because here I was thinking I am going to be dependent, I don’t know who is going to take care of me, and what I am going to have to do,” MacDonald said in the video. “By the time I got out of the hospital, I was like, I want to live by myself, I can be by myself, I can take care of myself. Without the occupational therapist coming there and telling me I am going to teach you how to live, and smile about it, there is no way I could be smiling right now that’s for sure.” One of MacDonald’s greatest successes, he said, was getting his driver’s license, which gave him a sense of independence. “The first time I got in the car I couldn’t go over 50 mph on the highway because I was terrified, but I was free and no one could tell me I couldn’t go somewhere,” MacDonald said. Stinson looks to MacDonald as more than

just the subject of his video, but as something greater. “When he is in a chair, I look up at him,” Stinson said. “If I had to sum up our relationship, I’d say he is a role model. He is a successful person regardless of what he has accomplished in his wheelchair.” The greatest challenge for OT and PT students is that they need to work together and realize they both have valuable jobs, MacDonald said. Without the physical therapist, the occupational therapist cannot succeed and visa versa. “The real thing that it all boils down to is mastering your independence,” Stinson said. “You don’t understand how important it is until it’s gone.” Stinson’s definition of occupational therapy may be difficult to understand, as it is an umbrella for everything a person does in their life, he said. “The way we think of it is very holistically and that a person is not just a bunch of parts,” Stinson said. “People are unique and you have to approach everyone completely differently. Scott, for example, isn’t just a spinal cordinjured person, but a person with a spinal cord injury.” The reward of the video is priceless, Stinson said, and reminds him of why he has endured this long education as it is all to help people achieve happiness. Van Oss said the video will be helpful to those in and entering the field of occupational therapy. “I think the video helps to make our profession widely recognized and helps to facilitate people in understanding what we do and the power of occupational therapy,” Van Oss said. Stinson’s role in the film was directing, while Birsh filmed and edited the project, which he completed over a few months during evenings and over weekends, while he was not working at his current job with Major League Baseball Productions. “I made sure the quality of the video was up to the quality of our subject, which was tough to do as Scott and his story deserve the best,” Birsh said. Birsh, who was a journalism student, said he never grasped the impact of OT until he witnessed it firsthand when he met Scott. He said the experience gave him a new outlook on the profession, as well as in life. Stinson said that they are not looking for a certain number of YouTube views or royalties for their video, but something greater. “Our greatest collective wish is to have the video reach as many people that need it,” Stinson said.

‘Be The Match’ event raises awareness of bone marrow diseases By robert grant Staff Writer

More than 30,000 people are currently diagnosed with life-threatening diseases for which a bone marrow transplant may offer a cure. 56 members of the Quinnipiac community attempted to decrease that number by participating in Kappa Alpha Theta’s second “Be The Match” event. On Thursday, April 19, students had the opportunity to get a cheek swab and enter the bone marrow registry. The event was co-sponsored by the Student Programming Board and the women’s ice hockey team. “We didn’t expect the overwhelming response,” said Kayla Cristoferi, a sister of Kappa Alpha Theta and the event’s coordinator. “It was nice to have all of the support.” More than 150 people registered in last year’s bone marrow drive, run by junior Kappa Alpha Theta sister Chelsea Fritzson. Cristoferi says Fritzson inspired her to share her own story. Cristoferi’s sister, Jennifer, passed away at 9

years old due to Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). The disease occurs when abnormal white bloods cells begin to grow in the bone marrow, according to the National Marrow Donor Program. The bone marrow loses its healthy blood cells which then weakens the immune system. Cristoferi was born after her sister passed away. “I never got to meet my sister,” Cristoferi said. “It’s a weird feeling. You know your siblings inside and out, but I never got that.” Cristoferi held the event and entered the registry in honor of her sister. The cheek swabs were put on file waiting for a match. If there is a match, the registry contacts the potential donor to see if they will donate. The procedure is painless as the patient is given anesthesia; however, slight discomfort and side effects vary from person to person according to the National Marrow Donor Program. “That little bit of pain is nothing compared to what the person you’re helping is going through,” Cristoferi said. “It’s a small sacrifice

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Sophomore Nichole Cherenzia swabs her cheek and enters the bone marrow registry.

for someone’s life.” “This is a cause that we care about,” Kristin Cagney, SPB’s traditions and community chair, said. “Something like this affects more people than you know.”

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Get to know Natalie Sgro School of Communications senior named 2012 student commencement speaker By katherine rojas News Editor

Past student commencement speakers have shared their college careers and pride of being a Bobcat with fellow graduates. Natalie Sgro will share this moment with her graduating class in both commencement ceremonies this year. Sgro, a senior broadcast journalism major, is this year’s student commencement speaker after submitting a three-to-five-minute draft of an outlined speech. Sgro was notified two weeks ago by the Office of Public Affairs that she had been nominated to be this year’s student commencement speaker. Last Thursday, Sgro received a phone call from Public Affairs, congratulating her on her winning draft. “It’s definitely the biggest honor I’ve received,” Sgro said. “I’ve never gotten valedictorian in high school or anything like that. It’s a really big honor to be chosen because I feel like I’m really representing not just myself, not just all communication students; I’m representing the entire graduating class.” Sgro is from Lincroft, N.J., where she has her biggest support system: her family. “When I called [my mother], she said that she started crying at work because she was so happy. I feel like things like this don’t really just happen. When I told my mom, she thought I was speaking at just my graduation; I told her ‘No, I had to speak at both,’ and she was like ‘Oh my gosh.’ She was really excited and she cried so hard; I hope she doesn’t cry too hard at graduation,” Sgro said laughing. Her family’s support isn’t left at home. Sgro’s little sister, Nicole, is a Quinnipiac freshman marketing major. Sgro’s Quinnipiac family consist of the Q30 crew and friends from her freshman year. Junior Samantha Plourde knows Sgro through their involvement in Q30 News for the past three years. The friends worked together as producers of the station this year. They also interned at the “Today Show” in New York this past semester. “Natalie is one of the

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most caring and kindest people I have been lucky enough to know,” Plourde said. “Natalie is always willing to help you out whenever you need it. She's always put 110 percent effort into her job as producer and is a fantastic leader. She's one of the easiest people to talk to and is the kind of person you always want to be around.” Junior Kyle Gravitte is Q30’s vice president and has worked with Sgro, seeing her as an influence and friend. “Natalie always wants to see others happy and is constantly putting others in front of her,” Gravitte said. “She is one who has helped me become a stronger and better leader through working with her.” The faculty and staff from the School of Communications mentored Sgro and encouraged her in applying for awards and internships. Starting with a small internship on campus her sophomore year, her on campus involvement snowballed into joining Q30. Next she interned at a production company and became an anchor for Q30. She moved to News Channel 8 and News 12 last summer and became executive producer for Q30. At that point, she felt confident enough to apply for NBC’s “Today Show” and has a meeting for a job in a week. “Every year I push myself harder and harder, and getting [student commencement speaker] at the end was almost like the cherry on top of the cake; I’ve been building these layers all through college ,and then all of a sudden it’s like ‘You deserve this,’” Sgro said. “I feel like I’ve worked so hard that to have that at the very end is like the final thing that I can leave my mark on Quinnipiac.” Sgro was a student in journalism Professor Edward Alwood’s broadcast newswriting class her sophomore year. “I could always count on the [expression] on Natalie's face to know if I had made something clear or not,” Alwood said. “She was always engaged in whatever we were learning that day, and eager to read her stories aloud which can be intimidating for some students. She is well organized and understands time management. Am I surprised that she is the speaker? Not at all. She is a charming, outgoing person. She has the type of personality that energizes by working with other people and that has won her a lot of respect.” Alwood says he expects Sgro’s speech to be “upbeat, energetic, optimistic, realistic and maturity beyond her years.” Sgro plans to talk about the time spent at Quinnipiac with her graduating class, and use the Bobcat pride mentality to remind students “it’s something that we carry on with us in our future life; it’s not something that just ends here. Everything we’ve learned here is going to be useful.” Sgro said her speech will be motivational and positive instead of “silly or reminiscent.” “Quinnipiac’s given me so much and I’m just hoping that, in my speech, I can give back and just show my appreciation for everything that’s happened in the past four years,” Sgro said.


Students play through rain to remember Nick M. Lucaj

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The memorial volleyball tournament honoring the late Nick M. Lucaj raised more than $2,000 for the South Central Behavioral Network Crisis Center. By rachel cogut Staff Writer

The memorial volleyball tournament honoring the late Nick M. Lucaj raised more than $2,000 for the South Central Behavioral Network Crisis Center. The celebratory mood and positive attitude of students countered the gloominess of the rainy weather on Sunday afternoon. Event organizers Matthew Masiello and Derek Sabety said that they did not expect many students to show up – especially given the rainy weather – and were overwhelmed and thrilled by the significant turnout. “I just think it shows that people care no matter what,” Sabety said. “It’s not for us – it’s for Nick – and it’s the nicest thing they could ever do, doing that for him. It’s a beautiful thing, so we’re really happy that everyone turned out.” Lucaj’s Resident Assistant, Kason Wan, found the game to be the perfect way to remember Lucaj in a positive way. “It’s got a happier feel to it because it’s a volleyball tournament,” he said. “People are out there having fun in memory of Nick, as opposed to something like a tree memorial or a plaque. [We wanted] to remember him in a happy way.” The event was planned by Lucaj’s close friends and roommates, with assistance from Wan and Crescent Resident Hall Director John

Goepfrich. Goepfrich has been a great source of consolation and support to Lucaj’s friends in the months since his death, Masiello said. “I think [this event] shows a part of Quinnipiac that most people don’t see, which is that we have amazing students, and when they get behind something and they have a good cause, they come together,” Goepfrich said. The Lucaj Family, as well as parents of many of Nick’s friends and roommates, attended the event. Although she was tearful, it was clear that Nick’s mother, Mrs. Antoinette Lucaj, appreciated the outpouring of affection for her son shown by the Quinnipiac community. “Well, it is really amazing,” she said. “Everyone has been really supportive of us this whole time, but all this turn out, it just tells me how much you guys loved him and miss him.” The gratitude and warmth was mutual between Lucaj’s family and his friends. “I think what’s really good is for his parents to be able to see the kind of support that he had here at school and all the people who cared about him,” Kyle Cook, one of Lucaj’s suite mates and another planner of the event, said. “I’m really happy that everyone turned out, even though the weather is horrible.” Sixteen teams had signed up to play and many other community members donated to the cause.


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To write love on QU’s arms Bring Love to QU hosts first event to spread suicide prevention and awareness By anna wagner Staff Writer

The rotunda was filled with eager students awaiting to be tattooed with “Love” on their arms, Monday afternoon for Residential Life’s first Bring Love to QU event. Bring Love to QU was hosted by residential assistants and students writing “Love” in henna and glitter paint on attendees in order to spread awareness about suicide, self mutilation and depression. Residential assistant and president of Bring Love to QU, Patrick Duffy, started the movement after hearing about To Write Love On Her Arms, an organization that deals with suicide, self-mutilation and depression; to bring love, support and spreading the word that there’s help for those who need it. “I don’t think a lot of people know about [suicide] or think about it and there are a lot of people affected by it,” Duffy said. “This is just

something to counteract that.” Duffy wants to bring a chapter of To Write Love on Her Arms to Quinnipiac. He plans to go to the To Write Love on Her Arms conference over the summer to learn more on how to start a chapter on campus. “I feel like there are a lot of people on this campus who don’t really understand suicide and how many people are affected by it,” Duffy said. “Just this year, with the death of Nick [Lucaj]. Nick passed away this year due to suicide. I didn’t feel there was much of a reaction on campus and that’s what motivated me to start this.” Most students who attended the event wish to have a To Write Love on Her Arms chapter at Quinnipiac, including sophomore psychology major Angela Romano. “I’ve heard of ‘To Write Love on Her Arms’ from others schools,” Romano said. “I know about the

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Bring Love to QU hosted its first event Monday in the rotunda where residential assistants and students write “Love” in henna and glitter paint on attendees to spread awareness about suicde, self mutilation and depression. movement and I just think it was a really nice thing to do. I wanted [To Write Love On Her Arms] to come to Quinnipiac. I wanted a henna tattoo as well to show awareness.” Sophomore occupational therapy major and long time supporter of To Write Love on Her Arms Rachael Kuhn participated in

this event for personal reasons. “Current statistics say that one in four college students in the United States fits the criteria for a mental illness,” Kuhn said. “1,100 college students are lost to suicide every year, making it the second leading cause of death in our age group. However, because of all of

the stigma surrounding these mental health problems, many students are not getting the treatment they need. With an event such as "Love, Bring It" we are trying to spread awareness about depression, addiction, and suicide prevention, in hopes that nobody has to feel alone in these struggles.”

April 25, 2012

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Students rally for education reform at state capitol


School of Communications hosts first professional development event ‘Media Mashup’ By susan riello Staff Writer

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Students For Education Reform joined chapters from other Connecticut institutions in Hartford to rally for education reform and the passage of Senate Bill 24 on Thursday evening. By RACHEL COGUT Staff Writer

Approximately 30 students joined local chapters of Students For Education Reform (SFER) from other Connecticut institutions in Hartford to rally for education reform and the passage of Senate Bill 24 on Thursday evening. Senate Bill 24 aims to improve student performance, expand access to early childhood education, change teacher standards and close the state's achievement gap. It is part of a vigorous education agenda being pushed by Governor Dannel P. Malloy. President of Quinnipiac’s SFER Chapter, Jordan Nadler, opened the rally by stating: “Connecticut, by many measures, has the largest achievement gap in the country, and college students are no longer standing idly by … It's time that our voices are heard.” State Director for Students for Education Reform Kevin Coughlin said he expected students from 12 colleges to attend and was impressed with the 60 students present at the rally, half of those students coming from Quinnipiac University. Nadler was pleased with and proud of the significant turnout. Quinnipiac students outnumbered groups from the SFER Chapters of every other Connecticut universities that attended. University of Hartford junior

Michael Daley spoke of his struggle through the public education system while growing up and attending elementary school in Hartford, which touched the hearts of many in attendance. Daley said that he thought he had been receiving a good education at the Annie Fisher School in Hartford, until he arrived at Granby Middle School and found out that he was “drastically behind” his peers. "I was so far behind my classmates that I was held back a year while I was in sixth grade," Daley said. "I was put into special education because I was so far behind. It was humiliating, extremely devastating and tremendously discouraging." Daley said he wants to help kids get the quality education they deserve, and has plans to work as a teacher in Hartford. Malloy told students at the rally that his education reform package would “move Connecticut from where it is in the back of the pack to where it should be and should have been, in the front of the classroom." "Here in Hartford, we could look at a room full of kindergartners today and, if we don't change our way, guarantee that 45 percent of them will never graduate from high school," Malloy said. "That is not acceptable in America." Malloy said negotiations on the education bill between his adminis-

tration and legislators are continuing. The governor has stated that because lawmakers "gutted" his reform bill, he won't sign it as is. He mentioned in his speech that Education Committee members have said that work needs to be done on the bill. “Connecticut has the largest achievement gap in the country, which is really devastating, and especially in a state where you can kind of see phenomenal public schools in one neighborhood and drive 30 minutes away and see kids that are being doomed to failure, too, at the very best, entering college and having to go through a number of extensive and demoralizing remedial classes,” said Alexis Morin, SFER co-founder and co-executive director. When there’s such a disparity between the haves and the have-nots in the educational system, it’s clear that change needs to happen, and that it’s possible, too. And it’s amazing to see college students rallying around making that change happen today.” Until SB 24 was gutted one month ago, it consisted of a set of reforms for the Connecticut’s public education system, including the introduction of comprehensive teacher evaluations and providing additional funds to support charter schools. Closed-door negotiations in the Senate continue over SB 24. The General Assembly has until May 9 to act on the bill.

On April 20 and 21, the School of Communications held its first interdisciplinary professional development event at the Rocky Top Student Center on Quinnipiac’s York Hill campus. During Friday’s Career Development Fair and Saturday’s Media MashUp, students from each of the four SoC majors were able to interact and network with some of their field’s top professionals. Media MashUp involved a series of sessions with lectures from professionals in the fields of public relations, communications, journalism, and film, video and interactive media. The goal of the event was to tailor it to the students’ fields of interest, according to senior Meaghen Kenney, executive student director of the Media Mashup. Students were able to choose one morning and one afternoon session to attend. The sessions ranged from “Social Media @ESPN: How to Land a Job in Social + Sports,” to “The 21st Century Newsroom: Disruption and Distribution” and “Their Dollar and Your Dream: Crowdfunding for Film.” The guest speakers were Tim Peek, an executive producer at NBC, Bob Berkowitz, a principal at the Dilenschneider Group, and John Berman, a regular contributor to many of ABC’s broadcasts. Berman ended the event as the keynote speaker. Professionals from other companies also hosted sessions. Berkowitz, a former correspondent for CNN, NBC and ABC and current executive at a strategic communications firm, gave students an inside view into the field of public relations and provided advice on how to stand out in an

interview. “If there’s one message I’d like students to remember from my presentation, it’s about the power of empathy when meeting with a potential employer,” Berkowitz said. “It’s extremely important to understand the point of view of others. When you see life from their perspective, you can speak to them in a way that is relevant and meaningful.” Each of the speakers shared both their knowledge and tips for success with Quinnipiac students. After the presentations, students were able to ask questions about resumes, future jobs and more in-depth information about the professionals’ careers. “It’s a really exciting atmosphere,” junior media studies major Mike Millea said. “Since I’m minoring in sports studies, it’s a great experience to be able to talk to professionals from ESPN who know the field inside and out.” Throughout the day, students posted to Twitter about their experiences at the MashUp, using the hashtags #whativelearned and #qumashup. Their names were then automatically entered into a raffle to win an iPad or a Kindle Fire. During both days’ events, students had the chance to give their resumes to professionals and possible employers. This networking opportunity helped students learn more about different internships and potential jobs, while also giving them the chance to apply for them. “We had an amazing turnout both from students and professionals this year,” Kenney said. “It’s hard for students to decide on a major in a few short years, so this may help them to get information on what their next step should be. We hope to hold these events again next year, with an even greater turnout.”

‘Katie’s Game’ raises $2,000 for Camp Sunshine By susan riello Staff Writer

Members of the community filled the Quinnipiac Baseball Field Saturday afternoon for Phi Sigma Sigma’s annual “Katie’s Game,” held to remember Katie Vashon, a member of Phi Sigma Sigma who passed away from leukemia while a senior at Quinnipiac in 2005. This year, the game raised about $2,000. Katie Vashon was from Hermon, Maine and worked in the Quinnipiac University Sports Information Department for four years. “Katie was very involved in athletics,” said Becky Klieman, philanthropy co-chair of Phi Sigma Sigma. “The game is a great way to remember our sister.” The annual baseball game also

supports children with life threatening diseases by raising money for Camp Sunshine for the Katie Vashon Family and Friends Scholarship Fund. “Camp Sunshine gives the normal camp experience to children with chronic diseases,” Katie’s father, Jim Vashon said. “It meant so much to Katie, and our goal as a family is to reach $100,000 which will help four families attend Camp Sunshine for free.” The Vashon family volunteers at Camp Sunshine for one week every summer. Katie Vashon’s parents said they are grateful for the support of the Quinnipiac community. “Every year we look forward to the game,” Jim Vashon said. “It makes it all worthwhile to support

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Phi Sigma Sigma honors Katie Vashon, a member of Phi Sigma Sigma who passed away from leukemia while a senior at Quinnipiac in 2005, with its annual ‘Katie’s Game.’ This year, the game raised about $2,000. the fraternity.” Katie’s father threw the ceremonial first pitch of the game while the sorority sold baked goods and other food to raise money for Camp Sunshine. “Every time we come we see

more and more people involved in Katie’s Game,” Jim Vashon said. “Coming here each year brings back great memories for us.” The sisters of Phi Sigma Sigma first created the event in May 2007, two years after Katie Vashon passed

away. “I’m happy we keep the memory of Katie Vashon alive,” sophomore and Phi Sigma Sigma member Hanna Young said. “The game reminds us all that our sisters will always be there for us.”

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Ray and Mike’s extends hours for finals week deli from cover ness to be too big for the first year of extended hours during finals week, but hopes that news will spread quickly through Twitter, signs in the store and word of mouth. If business is good, George will continue the idea every semester. “I think gradually as the years go on, it will pick up and be more well-known that people know what we’re doing,” George said. “But just because [of] the strong demand last year, in a good way I’m being forced to do it. I always like to make it comfortable for customers and myself, whatever our needs are.” Ray and Mike’s Deli attempted to fulfill the needs of its customers last Friday with its 4/20 special sandwiches, “the Gaddafi,” “Medical Marinara,” “Munchie Apocalypse,” “Irreversible” and the “#420 original burger.” This past weekend was one of the busiest weekends of the year thanks to the special sandwiches, according to George. He added that they might keep the 4/20 specials through this week as well. Most students plan to take advantage of this extra hour during finals week. “I think that’s a really good idea that Ray and Mike’s [stay] open later,” junior Bobby Koste said. “[It] makes other students in the library studying late want to go there instead of going to the cafeteria and get the same food that they always usually get.”

Chris D’Acunto added that at York Hill there is no Ratt to satisfy late night hunger, especially during finals week when students are typically up into the early hours of the morning. George said that he hasn’t thought of any special sandwiches to create for finals week but would be open for suggestions; however, students are eager to present him with ideas. “I think they should keep the grill on late so people can get breakfast sandwiches, and they should call it the ‘diner deal,’” junior Tom Capone said. “People go to the diner late at night to get breakfast food, not real food. I’d definitely go if they had that.” Taylor Payne, who gets her favorite sandwich, “The Irresistible,” for lunch every Friday said she would love it if they stayed open later and would definitely go. Her suggestion for a sandwich was “[s] omething with a Cajun roast beef or some special sandwich like the irresistible with Philly cheese steak toppings.” Ray and Mike’s Deli tweeted on Dec. 11, 2011 tasking its followers what they thought about the possibility of it staying open 24/7 on May Weekend. However, George believes that finals week will be more successful. “A regular school day would be better business when people are confined to studying or doing actual school work rather than being out and about partying,” George said. “So that’s why I am going to try the finals week first this year.”

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Security to treat May Weekend as any other weekend weekend from cover visitations and regular York Hill shuttle schedules, Barger said. Extra security is unnecessary throughout the weekend. However, there will be additional security at Quinnipiac’s Relay for Life and Quinni Con, according to Barger. Although security sees no need to prepare for the upcoming weekend, students on both Mount Carmel and York Hill have been organizing plans for weeks. Members of the student body have bought or made tanks, T-shirts, cups, koozies, lacrosse pinnies and other May Weekend-themed apparel. “I think it’s going to be a great weekend,” freshman Erin Morton said. “They said it’s a great atmosphere where everyone is having fun and there’s a great sense of community.” For upperclassmen, this is either their last or second-to-last May Weekend. “I love May Weekend because it is the last time everyone can be together before summer and before the semester is over,” junior Jackie

Izzo said. “The idea of living on a separate campus made me worried that May Weekend wouldn’t be as big and exciting,” junior Julia Burkhart said. “But now I can’t wait to see what May Weekend is like at York Hill. Most of the people are older and we probably don’t have to worry as much.” However, not all students plan to participate in May Weekend activities, like sophomore Ryan Obier. “To me May Weekend isn’t really different than any other weekend,” Obier said. “I’m going to treat it as just another weekend.” Student organizations will offer alternative events throughout the weekend, including Relay for Life and Mr. QU. “[The Student Programming Board] is programming this weekend as if it were any regular weekend,” SPB Traditions and Community Chair Kristin Cagney said. “The university does not recognize ‘May Weekend’ and therefore SPB programs their regular hours from 8 to 10 this weekend.”

QU ready to relay relay from cover and a moon bounce. All these festivities will occur while members from each Relay team walk for the 13-hour event. Organizers do have some concern that the event will be held on May Weekend. “It’s been a struggle this year because it was so successful last year and now it’s back

on May Weekend,” Plourde said. Plourde urges upperclassmen living on York Hill to come support the Relay teams, even if only for a few hours. She stressed that sophomores who have cars will be allowed to park at York Hill and freshmen can take shuttles there.

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To the members of the Quinnipiac community, I want to say thank you. Thank you for an unforgettable journey that I will never forget. The Class of 2012 started our Quinnipiac experience in 2008 divided into different flavors of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream at orientation. None of us had any real discernible identity beyond the ice cream flavors pinned onto our shirts. There was a time when we were only able to distinguish each other based on our orientation group or the floor we lived on freshman year. But we turned out to be more than just a label on a carton of ice cream or a room number in a hallway. We truly became individuals in the community and hopefully defied each and every expectation we had before coming to Quinnipiac. Throughout this adventure, we succeeded, but made some mistakes along the way. I won just as much as I lost. I forgave as often as I have been forgiven. I fell more times than I was caught. And heartbreak crushed any fleeting semblance of love I ever felt. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. When I first came to Quinnipiac, I didn’t really have any aspirations I believed in – that was until I received the best piece of advice in the most unlikeliest of places. I went to Supercuts one Friday afternoon last year where I held a conversation with the woman cutting my hair. She spoke about traveling around the world on vacation at least once a

This journey might be ending, but I will always carry a part of Quinnipiac with me everywhere I go. Those ink stains on one of my white T-shirts? They’re from delivering my first year with her husband. stack of Chronicle newspapers freshman year. “I would love to travel around the world and Those scuff marks on my favorite pair of Vans? write about what I see,” I said to her. “It’s one of They’re from breaking the shoes in on my first my dreams.” night of duty as an RA sophomore year. Those “Don’t dream it,” she said. “Do it.” scars on my arms and legs? They’re from conI implore anyone who reads this stantly falling up the stairs in Larson juto not just dream, but do. Do what nior year. Those letters I proudly wear? makes you happy. Do take risks. And They’re from joining Pi Kappa Phi sedo challenge yourself. nior year. I never thought too highly of myWhen I take a sip of coffee on my first self growing up. I always dreamed, day at work, I will be sweetly reminded but I never did anything to make those of the countless all-nighters I pulled dreams a reality. I didn’t have in Arnold Bernhard Library. And many friends. I stayed in almost when I hear bells play at my every weekend searching for an alwedding, I will think of those Matt Busekroos ternative. I envisioned a meaningmemorable sounds I once heard Former Publisher @mattybooz ful life beyond the ordinary. every day on my way to class. Quinnipiac finally opened my eyes to posI don’t know if I will ever travel the world sibility. or if I will even become a journalist. I always Take any and all negative experiences and thought it was naive and impractical of me to learn from them. Repeating the same mistake want those dreams. But now, I realize that I’m twice is no longer a mistake, but a choice. unable to stop wanting. Be thankful for what you have and don’t take I want to take the road less traveled. I want anything, or anyone, for granted. Don’t choose to write my first novel. I want to live in a difto sabotage yourself from finding happiness, and ferent country. I want to see the world in color avoid sliding into a hole of cynicism. That’s one rather than endless shades of gray. I want to fall trap I regret falling into whenever things didn’t in love and not be afraid of a broken heart. I go the way I planned. want to stop being my own worst enemy. Do always stay true to yourself and don’t I’m incapable of predicting the future. I forget about the people who care about you. don’t know where life is going to take me, but Never lose sight of those who were there for I do see a full adventure ahead with endless opyou from the beginning. portunities and surprises at every corner.

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memorable mashup

At Quinnipiac, you cannot do free bags with turkey wraps, anything without a Q-card. You chips and cookies. I did this for can’t eat, enter your building, both Admitted Students Days. your room, print from the library Also that weekend, Chartwells or get back onto a shuttle after a was giving student workers free meal tickets so I ate for anlong night in New Haven. other day. The only chalA couple weeks ago, I lenge was figuring out lost my Q-card and it took how Boomer was going me six days to get a new to hold on to it all. one. Most people would imSpending late nights mediately get a replacement in the library was as soon as they figured out fun. I always enthey had lost it, but I tered before midwaited because I was LEsly Alvarez night so security determined I was goStaff Photographer did not have to ask ing to find my old one. I @mralvarez16 for my ID. When I also did not have the $30 went back to Dana, I had to go to to buy a new one. I knew the last place I had it security to let me in to the buildwas signing in to my work-study ing, but not my room – I was still as Boomer the Bobcat. When I leaving that open. Coming back from off camwas done, I looked frantically but I could not find it. My first chal- pus with friends was a task. I had lenge was getting back into my to be kicked out of the car before residence hall. I waited outside for we could go through the security someone to walk out, and once in- booth at the New Road entrance. Six days after I lost my Q-card, side my roommate was luckily in our room to let me in. I told him I finally had the money to buy a what happened and we made a new one. But when I went to the deal to leave the door ajar until I Q-card office, both times I tried to attempt transferring money to my got a new one. Eating was fun. I became Q-Cash account, the transaction the biggest mooch by asking my was marked fraud. The lady at the friends to pay for my meals. The Q-card office who watched me upside to my mooching was that struggle after 15 minutes finally I caught up on my meal plan. My decided to give me one for free. At Quinnipiac you are not goluck continued: it was Admitted Students Weekend and I worked ing to get anywhere without a Qas Boomer. I knew I did not have card unless you’re lucky or know a Q-card, so Boomer walked the right people. I survived six down the row of tables that were days and I don’t know how much serving food and snagged some longer I could have lasted.

If you follow me on Twitter you in the afternoon before the closing might have noticed I was tweeting keynote speaker. While sitting in on the two up a storm this past Saturday. Some might have called it excessive but I sessions that I attended I heard outstanding advice from Quinwould have to disagree. nipiac alumni, who all gradThe majority of my mornuated with various commuing and the entirety of my afnications degrees, and Tim ternoon was spent at Rocky Peek, senior producer at Top Student Center on SatNBC News. urday, April 21, attending Even if you’re not the QU Media Mashup. a journalism major, Much earlier in the advice from prothe semester, journalfessionals went beism professor Brett Anna Brundage yond the newsroom. Orzechowski eagerly Senior Managing Editor I urge everyone to intold my class, as well as @annalilybee vest one Saturday and all of his others, that he expected us all to attend the Media register for the next Mashup. My continuous tweets of select Mashup. He raved about the opportunity that he and the School quotes and helpful tips from all of of Communications would offer the speakers were sent in hopes of winning a tablet. Upon signing students. “I think you can all manage to in at the registration table, I was give up one Saturday afternoon,” handed a complementary metal coffee to-go-mug and inside were he said. Reluctantly, I registered for ses- directions to tweet #qumashup for chances to enter the raffle. Each sions. As a member of student media tweet was equal to a raffle ticket. here at Quinnipiac, I have been Unfortunately for my followers, it fortunate enough to attend the Na- was only later that I became aware tional Press Photographer Asso- of the cap put on the first five ciation conference in Virginia, as tweets. I didn’t win a tablet, but I did well as the College Media Association conference in New York City. come away from the Mashup with The Media Mashup was my third restored hope in my future goals conference this spring alone and and dozens of tweets that I have alconveniently hosted here at Quin- ready referred back to as my own notes from the day. nipiac. While I tapped away on my The Mashup was brilliant. A variety of sessions were held in the iPhone, sending tweet after tweet, morning and after a lunch break my mind swam with the words of several other sessions were offered wisdom from people I look up to.

CORRECTIONS: In last week’s story on The Big Event, CAP was identified as Community Action Program, but it is in fact Community Action Project. Also, in the photo for that story, we identified the student in the foreground as Kyle Mahoney, his name is Kevin Mahoney. Additionally, our story on the Health Fair in the Arts & Life section was written by Staci Canny.

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senior sendoffs

Responses make writing more exciting During my tenure as The Quinnipiac atively to them, which made them all the more Chronicle’s opinion editor, I was given free exciting to write. Thank you to the professors who took time to email me and say ‘good arreign to write about what I wanted and in ticle.’ any manner that I wanted, so long as A young man in the library, whom I it pertained to Quinnipiac. I wrote did not know, recognized me from my about campus ministry, Iran, rugby, Chronicle photo and complemented an Nicaragua, parking, SGA and more. article of mine weeks after it was printed. Now I have to sit here and write about I think I was smiling all day. myself, and I do not know how to do it. I hope that under the leaderI do not want to take this time ship of Michele Snow, the Opinto impart wisdom; for I have ion page continues to grow and little that you could not betJeremy Stull Former Opinion Editor thrive. It can only do that if the ter learn by experiencing it for @jpstull readers respond to what is being yourself. I would suggest that you go abroad, that you get involved in some- published there, so keep up the good work. I would also like to thank all of the people thing you enjoy, and to not spend time with people that do not appreciate you. You know on the Chronicle, specifically the Editorial Board, which made me feel incredibly welall that already. This is not an advice column. I want to take this time to say thank you. come and wanted in a world that was incredThank you for reading my articles. I want to ibly new for me. They provided me with room thank you for responding so positively or neg- to grow as a writer and critical thinker, while

‘Lifetime of smiles’ During my time as the Chronicle’s arts & people I have worked with along the way. life editor, I have experienced a full spectrum Sarah Rosenberg, you have such a strong writing voice, never stop. Catherine Boudreau of emotions. I have felt the anxiety of deadand Christine Burroni, I cannot wait to lines, as well as the excitement of publishsee the content you produce next year. ing an article. In my years spent writing I know Arts & Life is in wonderful for the Chronicle, there have been both hands! Anna Brundage and Sam Ephighs and lows – and I would not trade stein, thank you both for your endless any of them. creative ideas. To Michele Snow, I When I first began writing for wish you the best of luck – I have the Chronicle during my sophono doubt that you will do great more year, I was so intimidated by things. the journalistic skills of my peers Nicole fano While I value so many of my that I contemplated quitting the pa- Former Arts & Life Editor @nmfano Chronicle experiences, I will miss per. Not quitting the Chronicle was the best decision I have made during my four writing This is Me most of all. Having the opyears at Quinnipiac. I never imagined that I portunity to tell so many amazing stories has could grow and learn so much outside of the truly been a privilege. To Matt and Lenny, working with you classroom. To the 2011-2012 Chronicle E-board, has been a treat. Thank you for trusting me to thank you for everything. I am so proud of the leave my mark on Arts & Life. While my free time has increased considjournalism we have produced over the past year, and I admire our staff’s hard work and erably now that my work at the Chronicle is dedication. I could not be happier with the finished, it all feels bittersweet. Dr. Seuss said, transformation of the Arts & Life section – it “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it has become everything that I hoped it would happened.” Thank you to my Chronicle family, for be. Each week we produced more and more wonderful content – and it is all thanks to the leaving me with a lifetime of smiles.

keeping me grounded and always offering advice and ideas whenever asked. I consider them all close, albeit relatively new, friends. I am proud to wear my Chronicle sweatshirt around campus. I am not sad about leaving, my time has come and gone and I am going on to other things. I am excited for the new Editorial

Board, I am excited to be one of those college graduates who still reads the Chronicle online every Wednesday regardless if Nicole Fano likes me doing that or not, and I am excited for next year’s student body to see what wonderful things are done by this organization. Once again, thank you.

‘Writers don’t retire’ Andy Rooney, one of the most influential shot that I did not deserve, and I thank you. I know this is the part when I am supjournalists of our time and times before, has posed to leave you all with some advice worked on television since its birth, but he that I have collected over the past four was always insistent on one fact: he was years. All I have to offer is the advice simply a writer. to be the writer of your own story at On his farewell to CBS’s “60 MinQuinnipiac. Although joining an orutes,” he said in his last segment, “My ganization your senior year may be Lucky Life,” “This is a moment I’ve viewed as unconventional, I know dreaded. I wish I could do this forwholeheartedly that this is exever; I can’t though. But, I am not actly what I was supposed retiring; writers don’t retire, and I to do. I encourage everyone will always be a writer.” Kim Green to seek out their passion and Well, I am only 22 and unFormer News Editor @_kimgreen never be hesitant by the feellike Mr. Rooney, I am just getting started. But, as far as my time with the Chron- ings of not being good enough, because with a icle, the time has come to say goodbye and I little hard work, you can be great. In my sixth-grade yearbook I wrote that leave here with two things I know for certain: this was never about luck, and I really do wish when I grow up, I want to be a journalist. Now here I am, 10 years later, graduating with a I could do this forever. I have worked for this newspaper for only degree in print journalism and writing my two semesters, moving from an eager staff farewell to this publication that I can proudly writer to news editor, and in that time, I be- say was an unmatchable life experience. I can lieve I have gained the most valuable jour- hardly believe it. As my name disappears from the bylines nalism education that is possible to leave this university with. In these very pages, I evolved of these pages, I am uncertain of what path from a timid and unsure writer to someone I will be taking and what lies ahead of me who is proud to show her work. I know exact- for my future. Hey, maybe I’ll end up on TV ly who is to thank for that change, and it is my like Rooney. But there is one thing I know for fellow writers and editors. You all gave me a sure: I am, and always will be, a writer.

sga update

Introducing the new VP of PR Hello Bobcats, My name is Ryan Scanlon and I am your new vice president of public relations. I want to start off this report by giving a special thanks to Kaite Lovett for her hard work this past year and transitioning me into this position. It feels amazing to follow in Kaite’s footsteps and to have worked with her these past few weeks has been great! I am so proud of all the hard work the past executive board has achieved. SGA has very exciting updates for this week! First, Council of Representatives took place last week where SGA met with a couple organizations and discussed this past year’s strengths and weaknesses and our future goals and potential collaborations for this upcoming year. Thank you every representative who attended; it was awesome. Second, SGA has recently been working hard to create an SGA website that is set to launch for the 2012 fall semester. We will be tweeting updates over the summer on how it is

coming along, so be on the lookout! Third, SGA will be transitioning out the current members of the 2011-2012 year and welcoming in the newly elected members for the 2012-2013 year. I want to extend an invitation to the entire student body to experience this special event. Transitions will occur today, Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at 4:15 p.m. in Mancheski. I hope to see you all there! Finally, be sure to stop by the senior class’s event called, “The Last Taste of Hamden,” where free food will be served from various vendors including Sidestreet, Eli’s, Ixtapa, and much more! The event is tomorrow, Thursday, from 4PM-6PM at the Rocky Top Patio. Bobcats, as the warm weather approaches, make sure to be safe and have fun! I want to wish everybody good luck on their last week of classes! Live the Legend, Ryan Scanlon, Vice President of Public Relations Dakota Wiegand/Chronicle

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weekend of concerts rocks Burt kahn C

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WQAQ’s inaugural Festapalooza sold out Burt Kahn Court Friday night. Bands such as Titus Andronicus, Great Cesar, Front Bottoms and more performed.

WQAQ sells out inaugural Festapalooza By sara kozlowski Staff Writer

WQAQ’s first “Festapalooza” made its debut on April 20, attracting all types of students as the music of six local bands from the tristate area blasted from Burt Kahn Court. “I think it was a good turnout,” Peter DeBarros, a freshman and member of WQAQ, said. “‘Great Caesar’ was amazing and a lot of people seemed to be really enjoying the music, which was our main goal. We want these bands to gain a more popular fan base.” Featured bands included “Titus Andronicus”, “Bomb! The Music Industy”, “The Front Bottoms”, “Great Caesar”, “The Guru”, and “The Midnighters.” “The Midnighters” were the opening act, and added a softer, more relaxed tone to the show. They were also the winners of this year’s Battle of the Bands. There remained a laid back atmosphere although the music was loud. People socialized freely as they grabbed some food and listened to the music. The food available included wraps from Ray & Mike’s Deli, Primo’s, Griff’s Chicken Shack, Chinese food from Giant’s Dump-

ling, and frozen yogurt from Peachy Keen for event-goers. Upon entry, everyone was given a raffle ticket for a chance to win a free guitar or other smaller prizes. In between various performances a raffle would be drawn, awarding free t-shirts and to the a number of attendees. Most people sat on the ground while they ate. Some of the more dedicated fans, however, stood close to the stage, swaying to the music. Elijah Westbrook, a freshman commented, “Some people were getting really into the music. I felt like I was at Woodstock.” “Setting up was rough, but it was worth it because I got to meet and talk to the bands,” Benny Dilla, another freshman member of WQAQ said. “Plus it was nice that even though it took a while to set up, a lot of people showed up.” Dilla also mentioned next year’s “Festapalooza,” securing that this will be an annual event. “It would be awesome if it could be on the quad next year since the event did so well,” he said. “We definitely had more people attend tonight than the number of tickets sold for O.A.R.”

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court and TD Bank sports center

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O.A.R. performed Sunday night at TD Bank Sports Center for the Student Programming Board’s annual Wake the Giant spring concert. Nic Cowan opened for the band. The small audience made for a show that lacked energy, but it created a unique experience for the audience to get up close and personal with the band.

O.A.R. plays sounds of summer at Wake the Giant concert By shannon corcoran Associate Arts & Life Editor

The lights dimmed around 8 p.m., and the rather small crowd made an attempt to be as loud as possible as O.A.R. took the stage. Of a Revolution, or O.A.R., played its soulful sounds of summer at Quinnipiac’s TD Bank Sports Center for the annual Wake the Giant concert hosted by the Student Programming Board. It was a crowd-pleasing show, keeping the vibes mellow and fun while playing fan favorites such as “Hey Girl,” “City on Down” and “Heaven.” “The show was awesome,” senior Brianna Ardlino said. “This is my first time seeing them live and I was blown away by everything they played. I’m definitely seeing them again.” Solo artist Nic Cowan, who opened the show, won the audience over with his bluesy southern twang voice meshed with a bit of rock. “Nic Cowan was a nice surprise,” Ardlino said. “I really liked his sound a lot. He made a new fan out of me.” If Cowan’s sound didn’t capture the audience’s attention, his geography mishap certainly did. “I’ve never traveled to this part of New York before,” Cowan told the audience. Thankfully, one of his band members corrected him before Cowan messed up again. O.A.R. made its entrance right after. With about 400 people attending, the show was intimate, giving those that have been following the band for years a unique experience to get up close and personal with the band. “This is my fifth time seeing O.A.R. live,” senior Dan Abareu said. “I have never seen them play such a small show. Getting to be feet away

from them was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I’m really glad that my last Wake the Giant concert was a band that I love.” However, the concert lacked energy, largely due to the underwhelming crowd. When the band intentionally stopped singing some of its lyrics to let the audience do the work for it, the response was nearly inaudible, a bummer for a band that sells out renowned venues such as Madison Square Garden. “I’m disappointed that not a lot of people came tonight,” junior Joelle Paolino said. “I really expected everyone to be really enthusiastic about O.A.R. coming. It’s discouraging because they’re such a big band.” Freshman Michaela Belanger agreed with Paolino. “I like O.A.R.; however, I think the genre choice was bad,” Belanger said. “Students want a more upbeat band with more vibrant energy.” It seemed like everybody that went to the show had a blast. It was also evident that despite the small crowd, the members of O.A.R. enjoyed themselves. Between songs, lead singer Marc Roberge took time to connect with audience members and make the show a personal experience for everyone. After a nearly two-hour set and an encore that included the mega hit “Shattered,” the band took its final bows and thanked the Quinnipiac community for its support. “O.A.R. was happy with everything, and the event ran smoothly,” Jamie Kloss, SPB mainstage chairperson, said. “Everyone seemed to have a blast and that’s what matters. I just wish more people came out tonight to experience the awesome show that O.A.R. put on.”

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Dancing with a real star NAME: John Midy HOMETOWN: Stamford, Conn. YEAR: Senior MAJOR: Physical Therapy

By Christine Burroni

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When it comes to working the room, John Midy knows what to do when he’s dancing ballroom, but when it comes to lighting up a room, he doesn’t have to do anything–that comes naturally. As a senior physical therapy major, Midy works hard not only in academics but through the many activities he’s involved in. Midy’s goal in life is making people happy in any way possible. “No joke, when I put a smile on someone’s face it enlightens me, it makes me feel so happy,” he said. Midy, a high school football and track star, said he had no idea that ballroom dancing would become his true passion throughout his time at Quinnipiac. He was convinced to go to a meeting his freshman year. “I fell in love with it,” Midy said. “I was the kind of guy that would learn a move and practice it over and over again.” While dancing was different from football or track, it was something Midy aspired to do. “Whatever I put my mind into, I do it,” he said. Four years later, as the vice president of the Quinnipiac’s Ballroom Dance Society, Midy has not only improved as a dancer but in his eyes, he has become someone who wants change the world. In addition to being an award winning collegiate ballroom dancer, he’s an RA and also involved with the Community Action Project, Campus Ministry, Knights of Columbus, Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, Habitat for Humanity and he was a Leader for two Nicaragua trips this past year. “I want to go all over the world to different poor countries and open up clinics. Physical therapy can change lives,” he said. Midy spoke about his trips to Nicaragua where his dancing talents did not stay home. Midy won a friendly dance competition with the Nicaraguan people he met there. “Those people respected me so much because they were like ‘Wow, this guy from America can dance too?’ And I taught some

of them some different dance moves that they never learned.” Midy said he loves to dance to any type of music whether it is Michael Buble or Michael Jackson. “If you can hear it, you can dance it,” Midy said. Midy said he appreciates the support he gets from his large family, including his 10 siblings, and friends. “The big thing about me was I didn’t grow up fortunate like that I never had the opportunity to dance,” he said. “I didn’t even believe I was going to come to this school, that’s why I take advantage of everything that’s offered to me.“ Midy not only reflects on his life growing up while he’s dancing or doing service, he also remembers where his family comes from. “Being Haitian American is something that I have pride in, not many Haitians do what I do and that’s what I love about it because I like to present myself as I do something that others don’t do and a representative of that culture,” he said. Midy has done numerous amounts of service trips and progress throughout his time at Quinnipiac. One of his favorite memories is spending time with teenage mothers in Florida with the Campus Ministry. Midy said he realize how stressed the

“That’s why I dance, to make people happy, to change their lives in a way.” – john midy girls were and found dance to be the perfect escape. “We taught some salsa to the girls and oh my God, they had so much fun, you could see that their stress was just relieved, that makes a big difference in life,” Midy said.

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John Midy only started ballroom dancing when he came to Quinnipiac. Now he is the Vice President of the Quinnipiac Ballroom Society along with being involved in several other projects. “That’s why I dance, to make people happy, to change their lives in a way,” he added. Senior Victoria Ricotta, QU Ballroom Society’s president, has been working with Midy since their sophomore year. “I have truly never worked with anyone so passionate before,” she said. “There was never a day when John didn't walk into a room, say hello or introduce himself to everyone, and keep a smile on his face no matter the difficult day he may have had.” When Ricotta became the president of the Quinnipiac Ballroom Society, she knew Midy needed to be vice president. “John is truly one of the hardest working students I know and never complains for a minute of it,” she said. “I think it is the gracious attitude he has towards like that allows him to face each moment with joy when most would see it as pain.” Midy and Ricotta have competed together in many competitions throughout their years at Quinnipiac. They also choreographed performances to teach ranging from different ballroom styles and sometimes mixed with hip-hop moves that Midy likes to throw in. Together, the dancing duo planned the “Dancing With the QU Stars” event this past March. Midy started dancing with the Quinnipiac Ballroom Society in its inaugural year, and with his current position of Co-President, he has not stopped contributing. Eric Turcio, founder of the Ballroom Society, considered Midy his right hand man

when he formed the dancing group. “If it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t have had as much enthusiasm in the organization. He made everyone feel comfortable and want to dance,” Turcio said. Midy said he specifically remembers pulling girls out of the crowd on the Quad at the involvement fair and dancing with them as a way to encourage possible new members. “He just made it so much fun no matter

“When I put a smile on someone’s face it enlightens me, it makes people happy in any way possible.” – john midy where we were, and what we did,” Turcio said. “That was helpful because running the program was stressful for me and he made my job easier, and kept everyone together.” Midy will be around for the next two years with the physical therapy graduate program, and still plans on dancing with the Ballroom Society as much as he can. Through years of dancing, inspiring and bringing smiles to people’s faces, Midy said he realizes that he was given the gift of having a positive impact on people and eternally share it. “If I have to use dancing or physical therapy what ever I need to, with my love and my passion I will satisfy this world,” he said.

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Dick clark dead at 82 The broadcast icon suffered a heart attack last week. He is famous for hosting “Rocking New Years Eve” for more than four decades, as well as marrying rock-and-roll with television in 1952 as host of “American Bandstand.” He was 82 years old.

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Demi out of rehab Demi Moore is fresh out of her stint in rehab and back to being fabulous. Moore returned to the spotlight after being rushed to the hospital, then whisked away to be treated for “exhaustion” three months ago. First thing on her agenda is finding a new twitter name; @MrsKutcher just doesn’t seem to cut it anymore.

“I’m on the cross-country team, so I’m usually in sweats and going back and forth between campuses. It’s hard to always dress nice, so when I can I try to look presentable.


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Calling all Channing Tatum fans! The film ‘Magic Mike’ is set for a June 29 release and stars Tatum as an exotic dancer. If that’s not enough for you to buy a ticket, then check out Tatum’s co-stars Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer and Adam Rovdriguez. Need we say more?

summer concert series The ‘Today Show’ just released a list of performers for their annual summer concert series. Usher, Maroon 5, Justin Bieber, Pitbull, Kenny Chesney, Chris Brown, and many more will hit the stage during the four month tour beginning May 18th.

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Greek life doesn’t have the monopoly on formals anymore. This past month we have seen flocks of satin dresses and suit jackets swarm the steps of the Arnold Bernhard Library and the Rocky Top Student Center to take photos. But, you don’t need to wear letters in order to have some classy fun. This season, various groups and clubs are partaking in these glamorous promenades. For instance, this past Saturday, a formal was held for the various student media groups. WQAQ, Q30, Montage, The Summit and The Chronicle came together for the first time at a media banquet. It was an opportunity to celebrate everyone’s hard work over the course of the year with dinner, awards and dancing. QU Theatre also partook in formal season, as well as the club team New Blue Rugby, which held its banquet at a country club in New Haven. For the seniors in these groups, this is a last hurrah, and a time to celebrate all of their accomplishments and dedication with the people they have grown close to as part of these organizations. Everyone deserves the chance to let loose, trade the Uggs in for heels and the North Faces for tuxes. We all need some glamour, especially at the end of the year. Let’s hope formal season keeps growing at Quinnipiac. - A. Wagner

“I’ve never traveled to this part of New York before,” said Nic Cowan, the opener for O.A.R at the fourth annual Wake the Giant concert. Umm, Quinnipiac is in Connecticut, buddy. You should know this. Quinnipiac is on the level of Harvard. The fact that QU is in Connecticut is common knowledge… to everyone but you apparently. Okay, maybe Quinnipiac isn’t as well known as Harvard, but you should know where you are, and if you’re unsure of it, ask someone. Really, it’s not hard. We get it, you’re not from the northeast, but still. Take out a map or pull out your phone and see what state you’re in every now and then. It’s simple. Not only did Cowan have the geography mishap in front of the audience, but he also said the same thing to his 8,500 Twitter followers on Saturday. Awkward, or just plain stupid? You would think one of his band members would have seen it and corrected him before he screwed up a second time. Wrong. On the bright side, at least he put on a good show. Still, someone needs to give that guy a map ASAP! This couldn’t have been the first time he screwed this up. No way. -S. Corcoran

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living the #lifeofabobkitten By ANNA WAGNER Staff Writer

#LIFEOFABOBKITTEN has taken Quinnipiac’s online community by storm this week, lighting up computers across campus with awkward situations and matching GIF files. It is a Tumblr dedicated to the everyday (or every-weekend) life of a QU student for those of you who haven’t seen it yet. With the tagline “Wake me up when it’s May Weekend,” you already know you are in for a hilarious, alcoholinduced, slobcat mess of a ride. From freshmen at Toad’s to crispy chicken at Mondo’s, #LIFEOFABOBKITTEN tries to relate to all students. “It’s so relevant and completely relatable. I love it.” sophomore athletic training major, Ashley Leverone said.

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Posts like these pop up every day on the website. These are simply screenshots; it’s the animation on each post that brings the site to life. Posts include titles such as “The first time the fire alarm went off and I didn’t have pants on” featuring a moving picture of a prepubescent Tom Felton as Draco Malfoy running from the Hogwarts

table. “I love it. I’m obsessed with it,” Erin Sweeney, residential assistant and athletic training major said. But apparently it’s not relevant to only QU students.

“These girls I graduated high school with posted a link to the website. They go to High Point in North Carolina. I saw it on my dash and freaked out a little.” Sweeney said. “I reached the end

of the pages yesterday and I was instantly depressed.” The Bobkitten herself still refuses to be known, but as long as the GIFs keep coming, students aren’t likely to complain.

Namaste right here Students celebrate Earth

Day with eco-friendly fair By SARA KOZLOWSKI Staff Writer

Students participate in a yoga class at the top of Sleeping Giant. By CAROLINE TUFTS Staff Writer

When it comes to the outdoors, I have always been somewhat of an addict. Any chance to be in the fresh air, especially when the sun is shining, is an opportunity I jump at. So when QU’s fitness center announced a Hike to Yoga class, it seemed right up my alley. About 15 of us met in the parking lot of Sleeping Giant State Park toward the end of a beautiful afternoon. With yoga mats, towels and blankets strapped to our backs, we began the trek up the Orange Trail leading to the castle. I had hiked the mountain many times, but this hike was particularly calming and relaxing, a refreshing quality in a workout. Everyone in our group spent the 1.6 miles talking about anything and everything. The process of reaching a destination can sometimes be boring and dragging, but between all of the new people I spoke with and the sights of families, pets and nature, there was never a dull moment. At the top, we took a moment to take in the trees and hills, as well as the Long Island Sound in the distance. Then Tami Reilly, the associate director of fitness and instructor of Hike to Yoga, had us find a place in the grass to begin yoga. While talking us through different poses

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–Warriors, Sun Salutations, and, the especially fitting, Tree and Mountain poses–Reilly not only effectively stretched and worked my muscles, but also my mind. She encouraged us to feel gratitude for all aspects of the day and take the time to enjoy the moment. Despite a chilly breeze, the occasional laughter of children pointing at us, and a father sagely informing his daughter about the time he dated a girl who did yoga, by the end of the workout many of us were relaxed to the point of sleeping, and there was a contented energy among the group. “I thought it was a really great experience. It was nice to take some time out of my day and de-stress,” Sarah Anscher, a fifth-year physical therapy major said on the way back down the mountain. The chance to get away from school for a few hours was much needed for everyone, providing an opportunity to free our minds. “I loved the event and I thought Tami led a great yoga class,” said junior Liv Miko, a nursing major. “I think that having it outside helps you get in touch with yourself and with the world.” After such a soothing adventure, it was sad heading back toward campus, work and the world of responsibility. I have consoled myself with the fact that Reilly will soon be leading another class aimed at easing the pressures of finals week.

Tree huggers, environmentalists, and ordinary earth-conscious people alike, gathered at on April 19 to learn about helping the environment in an early Earth Day celebration. Burt Kahn was filled with tables and posters teaching event-goers how to help the environment, specifically by going green. Some tables sold eco-friendly jewelry while others gave away apples, flowers, and even freshly cooked pasta with herbs and vegetables. The air of the room was upbeat and cheerful as many table representatives seemed genuinely happy to be there, excited to answer questions about their presentation. Khristina Catarineau is in the master’s program for Occupational Therapy. She was running a table featuring a poster entitled “20 Things College Students Can Do to Go Green.” The list included things such as double-sided printing, donating and buying used furniture, line drying laundry, and using reusable cloths to clean with instead of paper towels. “Students take some initiative but they’re not as conscious at they should be,” Catarineau said. “A lot of eco-friendly products are better publicized and it’s more common now to have these products than it was 5 years ago.” Jayme Petronchak, a sophomore, represented a table about genetically modified foods.

“Most people don’t even know it exists, let alone the risks associated with consuming these kinds of foods,” she said. The event specifically aimed to educate students on topics they would not normally think about on a daily basis. Genetically modified foods are often overlooked, and so is the material used to make clothing. Jen Pirello, a graduate student in the OT program had a table warning viewers of harmful products used in the clothing making process. Even eco-friendly fabrics like cotton can be altered to something not so eco-friendly. Pirello explained. “Cotton is better for the environment, but it depends if there are chemicals or if the product was bleached or dyed,” she said. Even though a lot of students attended this celebration of Earth Day, senior Jillian Moruzzi—one of the planners for the event—felt those who attended were in the minority. “Most students don’t care. They do whatever they want. You just have to look at the QU recycling bins to know that,” Moruzzi said. Attendees were encouraged to visit as many tables as possible. After reviewing posters and talking to table representatives, students received red tickets that were later entered in a raffle to win numerous prizes. The farmer’s market just outside the building attracted passersbyers, making the event even more successful, as well.


Students pass around a snake provided by a zoology class table at the Earth Day fair.

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Harvard grad plays acoustic set in Complex By SHANNON CORCORAN Associate Arts & Life

The sun was shining, the Student Programing Board was BBQing, and a constant stream of students were flowing in and out of Complex Courtyard as musician Mieka Pauley played an hour long acoustic set last Tuesday. “I’ve always wanted to play music. I played in rock bands in high school,” Pauley said. “My Dad’s side of the family is musical. I actually just found out that my uncle used to do what I’m doing now, which is really cool.” Pauley, who cites Patty Griffin and Jeff Buckley as some of her musical influences, wowed listeners with her soft, unique voice and soulful lyrics. As a Harvard student, she spent some of her time street performing and

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began pursuing music seriously right after graduating. “I’ve always wanted to play music. I played in rock bands in high school,” Pauley said. “My Dad’s side of the family is musical. I actually just found out that my uncle used to do what I’m doing now, which is really cool.” Pauley’s soulful sound combined with the location, great weather and smell of SPB’s barbeque made for a fun event freshman Chelsea Beytas said. “SPB should try to do more events like this next year,” she added.

Freshman Nikki Barba agreed. She said she wished more events like this occurred, especially during early fall and spring. The crowd was not only be pleased with the free food and great weather, but Mieka, too. “Mieka played a really great show,” said Beytas. “She reminds me of Ingrid Michaelson with her mellow vibes. I liked her a lot and certainly look forward to listening to her more in the future.” Overall, the event proved to be a success and certainly left students looking forward to more nights like this in the Meika future. Pauley Pauley’s album, The Sciplays to a ence of Making Choices will crowd in be released in June. Students Complex should buy it if they enjoyed Courtyard her show. For those interlast ested in seeing her live again, Tuesday. she’ll be playing shows in Boston and the New York area through June. photos by Katie o’Brien / chronicle

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Long’s Road to QU Freshman follows ancestors’ baseball footsteps

By Matt Eisenberg Managing Editor

In the fall, Dale Long would play football. Then, when the program was disbanded, he switched to cross country. In the winter, he would play basketball. But baseball in the spring has always been his passion. It’s in his blood. His family has a long line of success in the game, dating all the way back to his great-grandfather. His grandfather spent 10 seasons in the majors and played in two World Series. His dad played in the New York Yankees minor league system. And soon enough, Long, a freshman, will be aiming to continue the success. “I’ve always had a pretty baseball-related family,” Long said. “It’s pretty cool; I love the story. It’s cool that every family has a legacy and ours happens to be incredible baseball players, especially my grandfather.” Long’s great-grandfather used to barnstorm with Babe Ruth in the 1920s and his father played for the Yankees, but his grandfather has the most storied career. His grandfather, Dale, won the 1962 World Series with the Yankees and is among a short list of lefthanded players who have caught a game behind the plate. He also hit at least one home run in eight straight games, a major league record that has been tied twice.

“I’ve always had a pretty baseball-related family. It’s pretty cool, I love the story. It’s cool that every family has a legacy and ours happens to be incredible baseball players.” — Dale Long quinnipiac Baseball infielder

His father, also named Dale, was his high school coach for Saratoga (N.Y.) Central Catholic High School. He was the one who got him into baseball. “My dad had gotten me started at an early age, probably like 3 years old. He had me throwing as soon as I could walk,” Long said. “I’ve always loved it, so it’s not like I was forced into it.”

Long’s grandfather was a 6-foot4 first baseman who hit 132 career home runs. His father didn’t make it to the majors, but was a shortstop in the Florida State Rookie League after he was an All-American at Union College in 1970 and 1971. “There’s great pedigree in there,” Quinnipiac head coach Dan Gooley said. “His grandfather played in the big leagues for 10 years, I believe. His dad played in the minor leagues for the Yankees. There are serious bloodlines in there. Hopefully it works out for Dale.” Even though his family has had a long line of baseball success, Long said he doesn’t feel any pressure from his family. “It’s not a big deal. It’s not like my parents are forcing me to be a major league baseball player or anything,” Long said. “It was never something they pushed on me. They wanted me to do what I wanted.” In high school, Long posted a .450 career batting average, second in his high school history, and has recorded a program-record .592 on-base percentage. But Long was more than a baseball player; he was an athlete. He was an all-league cornerback for his high school football team in the fall. When the program was disbanded, he switched to cross country and was named team captain. He played basketball in the winter and was the team’s captain. He couldn’t wait for baseball, but on the basketball team’s senior night, three weeks before baseball season began, Long dove for a ball out of bounds and injured his knee. He tore his anterior cruciate ligament and his meniscus in one of his legs and missed his entire senior season. It was an extra blow to Long because it would not only have been his senior season, but the baseball team was among the top schools in the state and had not yet won a state championship. “Going in, it was looking like it was going to be a fun season. We were pretty highly touted,” Long said. “We had only lost like two games, and we get to the finals and we lose. It was kind of rough to watch the entire season.” According to Adam Pallone, an athletic trainer at Quinnipiac, a torn ACL can take anywhere from 4-8

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Quinnipiac freshman Dale Long’s great-grandfather, grandfather and father each played professional baseball. Long has not played since his junior year of high school because of two injuries. “When you have a young guy said. “Just being part of the club is months to recover on average. Long had surgery and started the rehabili- and a family like that, and we have really special.” Long no longer needs crutches the academic program that he wants, tation process shortly after. “After surgery, the muscles tend it looked like it was going to be a to get around, but he is working on getting strength back in his legs. to sort of shut off a little bit,” Pal- good fit,” Gooley said. Long said he had to undergo an- Whether it’s a half-hour of condilone said. “They’re smaller things at first, a little weights, getting back other surgery on his knee–the third tioning or extra repetitions, he said to walking comfortably and being one–recently, so he is redshirting his he’s going to do whatever he can to get back to 100 percent health. [able] to do exercises with your freshman season. “I’m doing a lot of strength stuff, “I made the decision to redbody weight.” Even so, he couldn’t stay away shirt because it wasn’t worth it,” he getting the strength in the leg back,” from the field. Despite undergoing said. “I couldn’t even play yet, so it Long said. “The trainers have been surgery, he said he still went on ev- wouldn’t be worth it for me to waste great. They’re doing whatever they can to get me back…Hopefully by ery road trip, to every game and to a season of eligibility on that.” Though he cannot play as a the time the summer comes along, every practice. “I was still there for leadership rookie, he has helped the team in I’ll be ready to go.” Gooley said he is impressed with and motivation for all the guys,” he day-to-day activities. He said he said. “I was still captain of the team hits fungos whenever he can and has Long’s athleticism and work ethic, and I helped out the coaches in any started throwing often. He typically both on and off the field. “He is a very hard worker. That’s takes care of radar charts during the way I could.” probably the best part of his game,” Long, who is studying athletic games. “He’s done a great job at helping Gooley said. “He’s fighting his way training, spoke to a physical therapist about schools with good pro- us out. He handles our radar gun for through [injuries] right now. Hopegrams, and when Quinnipiac was pitchers, he helps us in [batting prac- fully he’ll be ready to play this sumthe first school mentioned, he did tice] and infield, and there’s a lot of mer and then come back and show different things he does,” Gooley us what else he can do.” research and spoke with Gooley.

Softball looks ahead to playoff stretch By Bryan Lipiner Staff Writer

Anytime you hold the Northeast Conference leading Robert Morris Colonials to just one earned run over a doubleheader, it is considered a clear accomplishment. The Quinnipiac softball team did just that Saturday afternoon, splitting a twinbill with the Colonials and only allowing a single earned run to pitcher Heather Schwartzburg, who threw all 14 innings. “It’s incredible,” Quinnipiac head coach Germaine Fairchild said. “As many at-bats as their upperclassmen have seen from Heather Schwartzburg, for her to be able to come out and reinvent their approach to keep those hitters off balance, that’s awesome.” Schwartzburg has stood out for the Bob-

cats in 2012. She has a 15-5 record while striking out 163 batters in 150 innings pitched and a 1.54 ERA.. Last season, Schwartzburg led the team in wins (23) and ERA (1.42). Schwartzburg also struck out 296 batters in 232.1 innings pitched in 2011, a single-season NEC record. Quinnipiac squares off in a nonconference game Wednesday against the University of Hartford, before returning to another NEC doubleheader Sunday against Bryant, one of the last non-conference matchups the Bobcats have. The Bobcats were scheduled to host Saint Francis (Pa.) on Sunday, but the doubleheader got rained out. Fairchild said the team is looking to give Schwartzburg some rest in the coming games. “What’s import going forward is to get

Christy [Cabrera] and Katie [Alfiere] back on the mound,” Fairchild said. “We need to get everybody back in the mix pitching wise.” One of the biggest differences between this year and last year’s playoff run has been the absence of last season’s NEC Rookie of the Year, Jordan Paolucci. The Bobcats have been without the sophomore star hitter since midMarch, and she had powered Quinnipiac to the NEC Championship Game in 2011, most notably hitting a program-record 15 home runs. In her absence, Cabrera, Mina Duffy and Alex Alba have stepped up. Cabrera has led the squad in walks (18) and is second in batting average (.322). Duffy also leads the team in home runs (seven) and RBI (25). Finally, Alba has stepped up, hitting a team-leading .350 batting average, drilling five home runs,

and notching 22 RBI. On this day last year, the Bobcats held a 25-20 record, and went on to finish 7-6 down the stretch. Entering Wednesday, Quinnipiac holds a 24-16 record, including a 10-6 record in conference play. The Bobcats remain two games behind Robert Morris, who also has two conference matchups left in their schedule, leaving the Bobcats mathematically in contention for the No. 2 seed. Quinnipiac and top-seeded LIUBrooklyn both have four conference games remaining, while Robert Morris has two conference games left before the conference playoffs, which start May 11. “For our own confidence, and just to prove that we’re one of the top teams in the conference, we want the No. 2 spot,” Fairchild said.

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The Rundown Softball QU 3, Robert Morris 1 – Saturday Christy Cabrera: 2-for-3, 1 run Heather Schwartzburg: 7 IP, 2H, 6Ks BASEBALL Bryant 22, QU 4 – Saturday Brian Ruditys: 2-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 run WOMEN’S LACROSSE Bryant 8, QU 6 – Sunday Devon Gibney: 2 goals, 1 assist Sarah Allen: 3 assists

games to watch BASEBALL QU (6-32, 5-19) at Sacred Heart (14-25, 11-9) (DH) – Saturday, 6 p.m., 8 p.m. Softball QU (24-15, 10-6) vs. Bryant (1521, 7-5) (DH) – Sunday, noon, 2 p.m. men’s LACROSSE QU (3-9, 2-2) at Sacred Heart (39, 0-4) – Saturday, 7 p.m. woMEN’S Lacrosse QU (8-7, 7-2) vs. Monmouth (7-10, 6-3) at Sacred Heart– Friday, 3:30 p.m.

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Women can’t defend title, men fall in semis tennis from Page 20 No. 3 flight could do no better, as Lavinia Cristescu and Ariana Launie lost the match 8-1. The No. 1 pair of Cantor and Viebrock trailed 6-3 when the doubles flights were stopped. Dassa and Raynor are a freshmen duo who experienced their first high pressure situation at the collegiate level, but they performed under pressure, according to Cantor. “It was just amazing to see the girls understand what NECs mean,” Cantor said. On the singles side, Viebrock

“Unfortunately, sometimes there is another player on the other team on the other side of the court and they are trying to win also.” — Mike Quitko Quinnipiac tennis head coach

won her match 6-1, 6-1 to record the first point for the Bobcats and her 102nd career win. Cristescu recorded the second point for the Bobcats registering two 6-0 wins in a threeset match. “We started off bad. We got together and I remember telling them they have to go for their shots and not be afraid to lose and they listened,” Quitko said. “They went out and started hitting and it wasn’t necessarily our best kids on the team winning, everyone was coming out ahead, and we needed four out of six points that were left, but we played another team that was quite good.” The Knights recorded their fourth and final point in the sixth

match of the day during the singles round. “In tennis no matter how much you’re winning by, the match is never over until it’s actually over.” Viebrock said. “There is so much room to come back.” On the men’s side, the No. 2 Bobcats beat Robert Morris in the quarterfinals, but failed to reach the conference finals after making a championship appearance each of the past two seasons. “We had a tough one in the quarterfinals,” Alex Lazerowich said. “But we came into Monmouth in the semifinals and we beat them 4-3 in the regular season without the doubles point. I think some people got a little relaxed just assuming we would win the match. We might have had a little bit of a mental lapse there.” Quinnipiac took the game’s first point in the doubles. Andrew Weeden and James Kwei won the No. 1 flight and Lazerowich and Chris Nelson then won, 8-6, for the doubles point. Despite the success of the doubles, only one Bobcat singles match came out on top, while Monmouth collected four wins to win the semifinals. “I think the men played an outstanding match against Monmouth,” Quitko said. Kwei, the lone senior on either Quinnipiac team, had the only singles win for the Bobcats. Kwei finishes his career with 127 wins. “Unfortunately, sometimes there is another player on the other team on the other side of the court and they are trying to win also,” Quitko said.

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Quinnipiac junior Sarah Viebrock serves the ball in the team’s regular season match vs. Sacred Heart. The Bobcats beat Sacred Heart in the NEC semifinals, but lost to Fairleigh Dickinson in the finals.

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April 25, 2012


Controlling the draw

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Clockwise from top left: Quinnipiac’s Devon Gibney goes up for a draw control in Friday’s game vs. Central Connecticut State; Quinnipiac’s Phoebe Laplante and Bryant’s Mary Green contest for a draw control in Sunday’s game; Gibney hits CCSU’s Amanda Toke as they vie for a draw control in Friday’s game.

by the numbers


goals allowed by the men’s lacrosse team on saturday at robert morris.


Assists recorded for women’s lacrosse player sarah allen over the weekend.

Spencer Kane

Baseball Pitcher


Junior Wolcott, Conn.

Despite the 1-0 extra inning loss to Bryant University, Kane only allowed four hits after facing 33 batters in eight innings of work. Kane recorded three strikeouts in the outing. He threw his team-leading fifth complete game of the season.

Sarah Allen Women’s lacrosse Attack

Junior Glastonbury, Conn.

Allen recorded a game-high six points in Friday’s 14-11 win against Central Connecticut State. Allen scored one goal and had five assists. In Sunday’s loss to Bryant University, Allen recorded an additional three assists for the weekend.


Career wins for men’s tennis senior James Kwei.




points senior women’s lacrosse player marissa caroleo needs to break the program points record. Matt Eisenberg/Chronicle

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“He’s fighting his way back from a kid who ... had to hobble, to where he is right now: walking, throwing and potentially riding a bike.”

— Dan Gooley Baseball Head Coach

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cradle the opportunity Women’s, men’s lacrosse prep for playoffs By Ben Dias Staff Writer

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From top: Quinnipiac head coach Danie Caro (left) talks with senior Marissa Caroleo during Friday’s game vs. Central Connecticut State; Men’s lacrosse assistant coach Bruce Frady talks to the team in the first quarter of Quinnipiac’s game vs. Wagner on April 7.

After winning the Northeast Conference tournament championship last season and earning a berth in the play-in game for the NCAA tournament, the Quinnipiac women’s lacrosse team looks to replicate that success this season. The Bobcats are trying to advance to the NEC championship for the fourth consecutive year. Last season, the Bobcats defeated Mount St. Mary’s 15-3 in the NEC finals before falling to Navy, 20-5, in the NCAA tournament play-in game. This season, Quinnipiac (8-7, 7-2 NEC) had a strong conference record, losing to only Sacred Heart and Bryant, but the Bobcats know that every team in the tournament poses a threat. “I think every team in the tournament is dangerous,” head coach Danie Caro said. “It is a new season for everyone – if you lose, you go home, and if you win, you get to keep on playing. We’re all working towards the goal of an NEC Championship, so we all have a lot riding on the outcome of the tournament.” The Bobcats, who tied for first in the conference with Sacred Heart, dropped to the No. 2 seed after losing the tiebreaker. The Pioneers won the tiebreaker by defeating the Bobcats, 10-9, in Fairfield on April 13 and will host the tournament. Caro said that while the Bobcats have to play on the road, their focus remains the same. “There are pros and cons to both hosting the tournament and playing on the road,” Caro said. “While we are disappointed not to have the home field advantage for the tournament, our goal of winning the championship remains the same, and the location of the tournament is irrelevant.” So far this season, Quinnipiac endured an up and down campaign in which they were 1-4 in the first five games before winning six in a row. Most recently, the Bobcats have split the last two games. “I think we need to avoid dwelling on things outside our control and keep the focus on the things we can control,” Caro said. “We can’t look back at lost opportunities during the regular season. Instead we need to focus on the opportunities that lie ahead of us and how we can take ad-

vantage of those.” The Bobcats have gotten steady contributions from many different players this season. Junior Sarah Allen leads the country with 64 assists. Senior Marissa Caroleo has scored a team-high 45 goals. Lianne Toomey and freshman standout Kyra Ochwat are third and fourth with 42 and 38 points, respectively. Caro said that while these players have led the team for most of the season, they must continue to do so especially since it is playoff time. “I think our entire team needs to play well this weekend if we hope to win the tournament,” Caro said. “We have had so many people step up for us at different times throughout the season, but we really need to have contributions from everyone now that it’s playoff time. When we have been successful this season, it’s been because we have played as a team, so I think it will be critical for us to come together this week and really focus on us and how we can ensure that we get the best performance possible from everyone on Friday. If we do that, I have no doubt we’ll be playing for the Championship on Sunday.” For Caroleo it would be a huge accomplishment to win consecutive championships. “It would be amazing to graduate as back-to-back champions,” Caroleo said. “I am so proud of how far this team has come throughout the past four years of my career. I am excited to see the success that they will have in the future.” Much like the women, the men’s lacrosse team is also looking to make some noise in the conference tournament. The Bobcats (3-9, 2-2 NEC) have had a rocky season after bringing in 23 freshmen. The expectations remain the same even though the regular season had its ups and downs. The 2012 squad lost its first six games before going on a three-game winning streak, only to see that slip away with three consecutive losses. But it is not the regular season that matters; it’s the conference tournament. “Our goal at the beginning of the season was to make it into the conference playoffs and eventually win a championship,” junior captain Basil Kostaras said. “Even though we've been through a lot of highs and lows,

our main goal has never changed. This is all of the motivation we need.” Freshmen Michael Sagl and Matt Diehl lead the team in points with 29 and 27, respectively. Sagl has compiled 15 goals and 14 assists, while Diehl has added 11 goals. Dylan Webster has scored a team-high 20 goals and recorded two assists, while Kostaras has 20 points. Robert Morris and Bryant will play each other this weekend to determine who earns the No. 1 seed in the NEC playoffs and hosts the tournament. In the regular season, Quinnipiac lost to Robert Morris, 25-9, and Bryant, 9-5. In order to win they know they must fix their gameplan. “Offensively against Bryant we need to limit our turnovers and ex-

“Even though we’ve been through a lot of highs and lows, our main goal has never changed. This is all of the motivation we need.” — Basil Kostaras Quinnipiac men’s lacrosse junior captain

ecute the offensive sets in the right way,” Kostaras said. “If we do that there's no doubt in my mind we'll be able to breakdown Bryant's defense. For Robert Morris, our offense needs to create more opportunities for themselves through the other facets of the game such as faceoffs, clears and rides.” But in order for the Bobcats to win the tournament they will have to make sure their young guys are not intimidated in their first conference championship. “For a freshman, a win-or-gohome environment can be very stressful and hectic,” Kostaras said. Both teams know they have an opportunity to win the conference championship and they will both need to win on the road to do so. “As upperclassmen we need to be able to lead through example and show the freshmen how to act as opposed to tell them how they should act,” Kostaras said. “It's a lot easier learning by observing and experience in a high stress situation than it is for someone to just simply tell you how you should act.”

Tennis teams fall in conference tournament By Kerry Healy Associate Sports Editor

The Quinnipiac men’s and women’s tennis seasons both came to an end this weekend at the Northeast Conference Tournament at the Mercer County Tennis Center in Mercer County, N.J. The No. 2 seeded

women’s team lost in the Northeast Conference Championship to No. 1 seeded Fairleigh Dickinson University, 4-2, while the men lost to Monmouth, 4-2, in the semifinals. “Generally, I am extremely proud and impressed with both my teams,” Quinnipiac tennis head

coach Mike Quitko said. “We asked two simple basic things; did you give enough effort, and besides the effort level, what about the shot selection, intellect?” Despite the loss, the Bobcats were led by juniors Sarah Viebrock and Rachel Cantor.

“We lost to FDU in the regular season 7-0, so basically they rocked us,” Viebrock said. “Then coming into the tournament we knew that we didn’t play them to our fullest potential and we were kind of hungry to come back and win and knew that after a 7-0 loss, it would be a big

deal to come back.” The Bobcats were unable to win the doubles matches as the No. 2 pair for Quinnipiac, Michelle Dassa and Jacqueline Raynor lost 8-2. The

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