QUChronicle.com November 9, 2011 Volume 81 Issue 11
arts & life
Dynamic duo to graduate, page 13
Candidates plan student debt relief, page 7
Sexpert speaks, page 9
A class divided
Split 2012 commencement ceremony details revealed By matt busekroos Publisher
The class of 2012 will be separated at the commencement ceremony in May, according to updated information released from Karla Natale, director of special events at Quinnipiac. The College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Business will graduate Sunday, May 20 at 10 a.m. Meanwhile, the School of Communications, School of Health Sciences and School of Nursing will hold their ceremony at 3 p.m. Commencement is traditionally held on the Quad with the entire graduating class. This is the first year a split ceremony has been planned. “With the number of people coming to the event and overall just the scheme of the event, it wouldn’t be possible for us to do one com-
mencement on the Quad,” said Dan Scott, SGA senior vice president. Senior Shannon Fitzmaurice said she wishes everyone could graduate in one ceremony. “I was at the graduation last year and it wasn’t unbearable at all,” Fitzmaurice said. “Also, I have been to other graduations that are twice the size of Quinnipiac and the graduation wasn’t split. We started QU together, we should leave it together.” Likewise, senior Ladonis Gaillard said she thinks the entire class should be together. “I think it’s unfair for the students who have friends who are in another commencement because then they will have to wait, and their family may not want to wait around for them to go to another commencement ceremony,” Gaillard said. On the other hand, senior Anissa
Holness said she likes that the ceremonies are split. “Most of my close friends are communication majors anyway, so I would rather be in a ceremony with people I actually know and care about instead of waiting around for a bunch of people I don’t know,” she said. Ruben Rodriguez, a senior accounting major, also said he does not mind the split ceremonies. “While graduation is important, I don’t really care if I miss out on someone’s name being called to get their diploma. Senior week will be a good time to spend some of my last days with my friends here,” he said. Scott and Natale said they are looking at potential commencement speakers now. See Commencement Page 5
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Parking Juniors react to extended housing process limitations to start Monday By katherine rojas Staff Writer
By kim green Staff Writer
Starting Monday, all students without senior parking decals will no longer be allowed to park in the Mount Carmel commuter lots prior to 3:30 p.m. on weekdays, according to an announcement on MyQ posted by Assistant Chief of Parking & Transportation Ed Rodriguez. Students who park in the commuter lot without a senior parking decal will be ticketed and towed at the expense of the owner. “Security strongly encourages all senior residents to use the shuttle as the commuter lot is often full and the shuttle provides more convenient drop-off locations for classroom access,” the announcement said. “When the commuter lot is full, all students, including resident seniors, will be directed to the Hogan Lot.” Sunny Mariyani, a junior living on York Hill, feels he is being penalized for Quinnipiac’s inability to get See Parking Page 3
Despite changes made to make the senior housing process easier and less hectic, juniors, who began choosing their housing selections for next year at the end of October, are still unhappy with the results. “I sat in Rocky Top for three hours waiting for them to call my number,” junior Christine Siu said. “There are so many seniors living on campus this year that it fills up so quickly. They didn’t have anything left by the time I went to pick, it was last choice.” Students selecting alternatives once their desired selection was taken slowed down the process, according to Melissa Karipidis, associate director of residential life. After Eastview and most off-campus houses were taken, students were given Whitney Village apartments or the Westview dormitory as an alternative. “Since I got Westview it’s three singles and a double,” Morse said. “So now I’m stuck in a double and I don’t get a single out of my entire four years here, that kind of sucks because I’m a senior, shouldn’t I have some privileges?” Junior Matthew Gall is also unhappy about the options he was left with during his housing selection.
Eastview houses 178 students, leaving Westview as the alternative for seniors to live on campus. “It would have been nice if we got to live in Townhouse instead of Westview,” Gall said. “Townhouse and Eastview are comfortable. Between Eastview and Westview, everyone wants Eastview, so we got the short end of the stick.” According to Karipidis, more seniors applied for housing this year compared to last year. The university didn’t guarantee senior housing until just a couple years ago, requiring instead that seniors live off-campus. “I think there are always students that want to live off-campus and go out into the world,” Karipidis said. “But I will say this is the place
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to be, I think we offer a variety of options that are appealing to seniors. We have tried to make sure that what we’re offering is what the students are looking for.” According to Karipidis, the process was changed to combat students who began the search to rent houses off campus for next year. “We were trying to bring them back to campus, but we know students who were getting places off campus, renting houses in particular, make those plans in the Fall for the next Fall. So in order to be competitive with that process, we had to change the timeline of what we’re doing.”
When housing selection opened up on Oct. 24, residence hall directors were located at tables specifically for Eastview, Westview, Whitney Village, and houses. The housing staff was also available at 10:30 a.m. for students with questions. Some students were not impressed by the help. “They should give us time slots where we can do it online, like we’ve done every year so far,” junior Kiriana Morse said. “I don’t understand why the process should be changed just because it’s senior housing.” Staci Canny contributed to this story.
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North Haven campus to be smoke-free
As of August 13, 2012, the North Haven campus will be completely smoke-free, Ron Mason, the vice president of human resources announced last week via a memo to the Quinnipiac community. The new policy will ban tobacco substances from all parking areas, walkways and grounds on the campus as part of an initiative to make Quinnipiac’s community a healthier one. . – M.P.
QU’s PR program gets good PR commPRO.biz, a website that covers with a variety of aspects of communications and public relations, recently listed Quinnipiac’s graduate public relations program as one of the top 10 best up-and-coming graduate public relations and corporate communications programs in the United States. – M.P.
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QU plans for the morning after By catherine boudreau Staff Writer
Plan B, also known as the morning-after pill, has been issued 41 times this semester, according to Health Services. Though not one of the most advertised services of Quinnipiac’s Health Services Center, Plan B is available for students to purchase for $15, which is approximately half the price of purchasing it at a pharmacy or Planned Parenthood. Because the overhead cost is covered by the Health Services fee that student’s pay, Plan B can be offered close to it’s wholesale price. According to Director of Student Health Services Dr. Phillip Brewer, price isn’t the only reason to obtain the pill from Health Services. “We don’t want women on campus to have to run off to pharmacies to buy Plan B because we don’t want there to be any delay,” said Brewer. “If there’s a freshman that doesn’t have a car and it’s Saturday night, what are they going to do?” According to Dr. Brewer, Health Services has offered Plan B since it first became available, even before it was offered as an over the counter drug in 2009. Prior to that date, women were required to see a doctor, get a prescription and then go to the pharmacy to buy it. This emergency contraception will prevent pregnancy up to three days after having unprotected sex. But, it won’t work if someone is already pregnant. It contains a high dose of the hormones found in birth control pills, such as progestin levonorgestrel. Taking it is similar to taking four birth control pills at the same time. Ultimately, it stops the ovulation process, thickens the makeup of a woman’s cervix and blocks the sperm from joining with an egg to prevent the implantation process. A woman can become pregnant from un-
PLAN B AT QU -was issued 41 times this semester -can be purchased for $15 -is 95% effective if taken within the first 24 hours Source: Quinnipiac Health Services protected sex that takes place any time from five days before ovulation to one day afterwards, according to Planned Parenthood’s website. Also, sperm can remain in the female reproductive tract for up to five days, having the ability to be fertilized once ovulation begins. Therefore, the sooner the pill is taken, the better. And according to Brewer, every hour matters. “If you have a thousand women taking Plan B, the difference between them taking it within two hours and taking it on the second day is the difference between 70 or 80 pregnancies,” he said. If the pill is taken within a 24 hours after unprotected sex, it is about 95 percent effective. That number reduces to 89 percent if taken on the third day. Some side effects include nausea, abdominal pain, dizziness, headaches and irregular bleeding. If the user doesn’t get their period
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A rare adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” will be shown publically for the first time in more than a half century – and only at Quinnipiac University. “For 50 years, this has been the Holy Grail of the Dickens world, an adaptation that everyone wanted to see,” said Fred Guida, a former, part-time Quinnipiac communications professor and organizer of the event. “In a nutshell, it’s big. It’s the single most sought-after version of ‘A Christmas Carol’ out there.” Although the story of Ebenezer Scrooge’s transformation from a cold, stingy miser to a warm, generous soul has been adapted in countless film, opera and other media versions since the book was first published in 1843, Guida said “The Stingiest Man in Town” stands out. “It had a huge reputation when it first came out,” said Guida, a Dickens film expert who researched this version for more than 20 years. “Its unavailability contributed to its growing mystique and reputation.” The 90-minute musical adaptation stars Basil Rathbone as Scrooge. It was originally broadcast live on NBC in 1956 – and then disappeared. It was produced on a budget of about $1 million, an enormous sum for television at the time. However, because it was so well made, it compares favorably with anything produced today. “The Stingiest Man in Town” will be shown in Echlin 101 on the Mount Carmel Campus at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. The screening is free and open to the public.
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at least three weeks after taking Plan B, she is advised to take a pregnancy test. Students can purchase Plan B at Health Services any time. It is treated like any other appointment. However, girls must take a pregnancy test before they receive the pill. They are then prescribed anti-nausea medicine and scheduled an appointment with a gynecologist, especially if they are not already on birth control, as to prevent them from having to take Plan B again. “My friend had unprotected sex and wasn’t on birth control. But after she went to Health Services to take Plan B she realized she needed to be,” said sophomore Lindsey Surette. Although there are no known long-term effects from taking Plan B more than once, it is strongly advised to use it only for emergencies and not as a form of birth control, as it isn’t nearly as effective in preventing pregnancy. MacKenzie Malone contributed to this story.
Free Flu Clinic – Free flu vaccines are available to all Quinnipiac students, staff and faculty. – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Recreation Center Theater for Community presents “Seven” – “Seven” is based on interviews with women from around the world who suffered violence and abuse. Tickets are $8 per student. - 8 p.m., Long Wharf Theatre, Stage II Social Media and The Internet Panel – 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Buckman Theater Price is Right by SPB – 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., Buckman Theater Lox-for-Love – Raise awareness for brain injuries and athletic training as a profession. – 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Hillel House
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Students form club to fight MS By jenna doleh Contributing Writer
Twenty Connecticut undergraduates are challenging the common perception that college students are consumed only with their campus environment. They are reaching out from their different campuses to fight multiple sclerosis. Students from both Quinnipiac and Southern Connecticut State University started the organization, MS 4 MS. The main goal of the nonprofit is to fundraise and spread awareness about multiple sclerosis. Senior Steve Bushnell brought his passion to the Quinnipiac front. “I got a phone call from my friend Sam Greenberg at Southern, and he told me about his idea for the organization,” Bushnell said. “From the very beginning I was extremely
impressed not only by Sam’s idea but by his enthusiasm about the project and all the initiative he had already taken in getting it started.” According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society website, MS is a chronic and oftentimes disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system causing symptoms such as numbness in the limbs, paralysis and loss of vision. The organization will be based around a competition where teams of four can register and compete to see who can raise the most money. The team that earns the most will win a trip to all major league stadiums in the division of their choice. According to founder Sam Greenberg, he had a dream as a child to visit all major league baseball stadiums. It would be Greenberg’s plan and the horrors of MS that would get Bushnell involved.
“MS is a terrible disease and I jumped at the chance to get involved in an organization that would contribute to fighting it,” Bushnell said. “When I saw how passionate Sam was about this project, I knew it was the real deal, and I expect it to be a very rewarding experience overall.” The group said they hope to provide funding for research to find a cure, and also help families struggling with expensive medical bills. After the costs from the trip are accounted for, the money made will go entirely towards the MS society. “Eventually, we hope that as many people as possible will get involved in our competition,” Bushnell. said “We ask that anybody who is really looking to get involved with this project contact either myself or Sam Greenberg via Facebook.”
GradeGuru to support QU AMA By Robert grant Staff Writer
GradeGuru, an online resource for students to class notes by classmates, has pledged to donate money to the Quinnipiac chapter of the American Marketing Association through Sunday, Nov. 6 in an effort to help members attend the 32nd Annual International Collegiate Conference. GradeGuru will donate $1 to AMA for every Quinnipiac student that registers with the site and $3 for every set of notes uploaded. Attending the conference will help AMA improve their chapter, compete in various competitions and network with other chapters from around the country. The donations they get from GradeGuru will also be put toward speakers coming to Quinnipiac. “GradeGuru is a third-party study network that helps students study for exams,” said Ronald King, vice president of promotions for AMA. “It’s an external source of information for when you can’t make it to your professor or the Learning Center.” Students are rewarded for uploading and rating class notes with gift cards for Apple, Best Buy and more. “It helps to fill in the blanks when studying,” Shy Smith, a junior health science studies major, said. AMA, a sector of the School of Business, is part of a national organization and brings speakers to Quinnipiac to help students improve their interview skills and market themselves better when looking for a job.
Junior parking limitations start Monday
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the parking and shuttle system right. “The parking at Mount Carmel is horrible and unfair to students like me,” Mariyani said. “I am the general manager at Q30 and I have various unpredictable meeting times and taking the shuttle isn’t even an option because it is so unreliable. Currently I drive down because I can’t always leave 45 minutes prior to when I have to be on campus.” At this time there will be no exceptions made to the Mount Carmel parking for juniors who work, intern or have other on-campus commitments said Rodriguez. Some seniors feel sympathetic for the displaced juniors, but do not see another option. “I can understand why juniors are upset about not being able to park but most of them have the access to the shuttles unlike me,” senior commuter Tom Battaglia said. “The parking lot is a game of whose going to fight for a spot, so it’s about time they did something. As a senior I now feel that we finally have a privilege.” Senior Catlin Fitzpatrick believes that security should restrict certain Mount Carmel lots for juniors as a solution. “One suggestion might be is to make Hogan Road Lot a junior only parking area and North Lot a senior commuter area,” Fitzpatrick said. “There are a lot of logistics that go into this decision on security’s end.” Rodriguez said they have no plans of making any changes to the policy they are trying to implement, including the Hogan Road Lot suggestion.
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Philosophy club sparks thought on campus The club is gaining momentum on campus as an outlet for students who wish to discuss their varying opinions on significant current events. “[Sophia is] becoming something great, because we are a group of students who take time and formulate our views before each meeting, so that we are able to look beyond the face value of the debates and really bring meaning to our discussions,” said Cole Gallagher, a freshman Sophia member. The club’s coadvisors, visiting instructor of philosophy Joo-Hwan Lee and professor of philosophy Shannon O’Roarke, are equally excited about the club’s growth on campus. “It’s a unique and exciting event for students with an intellectual drive,” O’Roarke said. O’Roarke said she believes that QU students’ desire for a thoughtful environment is
By caroline tufts Staff Writer
As today’s media driven world continues to grow more complicated and controversial, it is almost tragic to see an increasing number of reports stating that youth in the United States lack even a basic understanding of worldwide issues. According to a survey conducted by National Geographic, young Americans are “illprepared to succeed in a globally connected world.” A major factor behind this development is the lack of thought that is dedicated to these issues. This is one of the many reasons behind the formation of Sophia, Quinnipiac’s new philosophy club which is committed to being knowledgeably well-rounded. Sophia is taken from the Greek word “philosophia,” meaning a love of wisdom.
a large factor in the recent growth of the philosophy department, leading to the availability of a philosophy major, which is now in development. Lee’s hopes for the club also extend beyond its academically evident value, stating that philosophy cannot simply be viewed as a subject, but as an idea. “Philosophy does not need to be the only thing that you do, but it should always be a part of it, because it focuses on something that is often not valued enough: the fact that ethics matter,” Lee said. “Thoughtfulness and reason matter. On this campus we want to produce students who can be thoughtful leaders in any context, be it business, science, or any career: People should have the ability to think philosophically.” With weekly debate topics ranging from
pornography to capitalism, members have been inspired to truly evaluate modern society and the social context that dictates it. “I’m surprised that I enjoy philosophy club as much as I do,” sophomore Jensine Santiago said. “Listening to people’s opinions on relevant subjects and expressing my own help me develop a better understanding of the world around me.” According to Lee, this club heavily focuses on evaluating modern concerns from many angles. This, Lee says, is the ultimate importance of philosophy in both society at large and Quinnipiac. “People should know not only what they believe, but why they believe it,” Lee said. Quinnipiac’s philosophy club Sophia meets every Thursday at 8 p.m. in Echlin 201.
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Split 2012 commencement ceremony details revealed commencement from cover “It’s really hard to find somebody that will stay for two ceremonies,” Natale said. “We don’t want to run into the issue where we have two speakers, and one maybe turns out to be really great and one not so great. We are examining the whole commencement speaker process right now.” There is the possibility of having two in-
dependent speakers at the separate ceremonies that best fit the schools graduating together, according to Scott. Faculty members and more student speakers are also being considered. President John Lahey will speak at both commencements, Natale and Scott confirmed. Both ceremonies will commence on the Quad with open seating for guests. Tickets are not required.
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Students, parents and friends gather for commencement on the Quad last year.
In the event of severe weather conditions, commencement will occur at TD Bank Sports Center with ceremonies still split. Students will receive four tickets for guests, which must be presented at the door. For the first time, tickets will be able to reserve tickets online once they are made available, Natale said. Vice President for Public Affairs Lynn Bushnell first announced details of the split ceremonies last March.
“By making the move to two ceremonies, the University is able to address many ongoing issues such as the length of the ceremony and the comfort of the graduates and their families,” Bushnell said in the announcement. She added in the statement that a single ceremony was no longer possible, which was estimated to last four hours. Lenny Neslin contributed to the reporting in this story.
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Shuttle strands students in New Haven Last Friday, my roommate and I decided to take the shuttle into New Haven to try Froyo World. We planned to get back on the shuttle when it stopped at Temple and Chapel streets at 7:20 p.m. We had enough time to get there early; we were there by 7:10 at the latest. After 7:20 came and went, we figured it was possible the shuttle was running a few minutes behind. By 7:40, we decided to call security. We were told that they would try to contact the driver to see where the shuttle was and if it could come back for us. We made several more calls to security only to be told that the driver was not answering the radio, so they had no idea where he was or if he had stopped, or if they were still in the area able to come back and pick us up. By this point we were freezing and getting scared – a street corner in New Haven is not where we wanted to be left alone waiting for an MIA shuttle. We didn’t
have enough money for a taxi back to school, and the next scheduled shuttle wasn’t until 9 p.m. Six phone calls later, we were told that a security van was in the area dealing with an issue and would be able to drive us back to campus; they came at 8:40, almost an hour and a half after we started our wait. Perhaps what bothered me the most was the patronizing way in which we were treated by the security workers when they asked if we were sure we had the schedule right and by making it clear that they were only making this detour for us because they were already in the area. Yes, we knew the schedule, yes, we were in the right place, and yes, we were there on time. And even though it may not be something you do regularly, it should not be seen as so far out of the job description to bring students safely back to campus. They could not offer any explanation as to what happened at our stop, be-
cause it apparently returned to campus on time after completing its route. However, for the driver to be completely out of contact is unacceptable. They are responsible for all of the students they are transporting, and we should be able to have a reliable and safe way to leave campus (and hopefully return). If there was a technical problem with the radio, alternate arrangements should have been made ahead of time so that the driver was always reachable. If the problem was that the driver was ignoring the calls, then Quinnipiac needs to rethink their shuttle system. We pay enough money in tuition and fees each year that enough money should be able to go to a reliable transportation system. We appreciate the efforts of security and the eventual ride back to campus, but hope that they realize it should never have been necessary in the first place. – Emily Maggio
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Candidates debate student debt Goverment intervention to blame for high tuition and debt Ron Paul’s plan
Barack Obama’s plan
• three decade inflation of 100%, college tuition up 500% • root of the problem is the Federal Reserve • no cuts in student loans for those relying on or soon to be relying on them • programs to be administered on state, local and private levels By Jeremy Stull Opinion Editor
Over the past 30 years, college tuition has risen 500 percent. This is not a healthy economy and higher education is a particularly ill portion of it. According to Dr. Ron Paul, government involvement is to blame. Paul, a congressman from Texas and 2012 Republican presidential candidate, has a plan to rein in this problem. His Libertarian policies are difficult to explain in our increasingly socialist society. The root of the problem is systemic, not cosmetic as President Obama would have you believe. The Federal Reserve needs to be audited and ended in order to curb inflation, specifically on the education front. The Obama plan simply places further burden on the American taxpayer, while the Ron Paul plan executes basic notions of liberty and more importantly, constitutionality. In a USA Today piece penned by Paul on Oct. 27, he said, “This is what happens when we print money out of thin air and couple it with government intervention in education … In the name of ‘helping’ students through
Forgiveness, federal aid needed to help students to pay off loans
federal loans, the government has really hurt them in the long run by drastically driving up the overall cost of education.” The Ron Paul plan makes no immediate or short-term cuts to student loans, Medicare or Social Security programs. They will be phased out, as instituting those changes immediately would be extremely detrimental to American society. These seem like wild proposals, but at their core is a most strict adherence to the U.S. Constitution. They are indeed sad times when the only person wishing to lawfully execute the office of president of the United States is written off as crazy and unelectable. There is a large movement of fearmongering by the left that is usually only executed by the likes of Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly. It claims Paul would somehow run this country into the ground by taking the federal government out of places where it does not belong. Paul says it best himself; “[C]onstantly frightening Americans anytime someone dares to offer serious solutions is the easiest way to make sure there is never any transition, never any real reform, and never any recovery.”
• Implements changes in student loan procedures next year instead of 2014 • Reduces monthly loan payments from 15 to 10 percent of income • 20 year debt forgiveness plan instead of 25 • Loans from both Federal Family Education Loan Program and direct federal aid can be consolidated with lower interest rates By Jamie Hill Copy Desk Chief
Student debt in the United States is skyrocketing, and Barack Obama has a plan to cap it. His recent “We Can’t Wait” campaign urges Americans to accept his plan to provide student loan relief now before the student debt bubble bursts like the recent mortgage crisis. Last year, the Federal Reserve Bank reported that student debt had grown to $100 billion for the first time in American history. Recently, that number was reported to have risen to a record high at close to $1 trillion Student debt is also for the first time higher than credit card debt, according to Reuters. Currently, federal assistance accounts for 85 percent of current student aid, according to a CBS news article on Nov. 6. Obama’s plan will help students better manage their debt after they graduate by offering federal debt management plans with low interest rates. Graduates will not have an immediate, heavy financial burden in the unforgivable job market. Lucky for us, Obama is actually doing something about the enormous student debt
problem now instead of getting bogged down in Congressional red tape. The White House will use its executive authority to accelerate changes in student loan procedures next year. The original plan was to implement these changes in 2014, as approved by Congress, but Obama rightfully feels that the longer this volcano stays latent, the bigger the explosion will be when it happens. Obama has an agenda that will affect 1.6 million people next year, including current students with loans. Under his plan, graduates drowning in high monthly payments and ridiculous interest rates will be rescued for the time being. In general, Obama’s platform is more forgiving than Paul’s. I agree that it may have been optimistic of the Department of Education to say in a press release on Oct. 25 that “these changes carry no additional cost to taxpayers.” But despite what Republicans may say, there will be little change, since ultimately all federal loans are backed by taxpayers anyway. Bottom line, Obama’s plan is the best of a bad situation faced with a GOP-controlled “do nothing” Congress.
Getting lax with leary
Excuses to skip class No one ever asks questions Usually a good magician will never reveal his tricks. But since I about a personal issue, but it can only be used for one of your first can see the light at the end of the absences. tunnel on my college career, I figure why not? 6. “I have a Skype interI’ve never been the best view for a job in Nashstudent when it comes to my ville.” attendance record, but as long Professors love the idea as you still get your grades then of job placement, espewho cares? cially in NashVegas. In all the years of missing class, I’ve had 5. “I’m cohosting to come up with some the roast of my high real winners in the exChris Leary Staff Writer school guidance councuse department. I’m not @ChrisJLeary selor for a children’s talking about the dead grandparent type of excuses either; hospital benefit.” It’s for the kids. I think we all owe it to ourselves to be more creative than that. Anyway, here’s a list of the eight 4. “A tree almost crushed my car best excuses for missing class based and killed me.” This one works more for winter on what I’ve used over the past four years. To the professors that read time. Find a downed tree, grab your this, don’t hate the player … hate roommate and move it it across your driveway so it looks like you can’t the game. get out, take a picture, and email your teacher. Smartphones can be 8. “It’s raining outside.” Oh wait … that’s the real reason. used to your advantage. 7. “I’m having a personal issue.”
3. “I donated blood and feel too
dizzy to come to class.” The Red Cross truck used for mobile blood donations can always be seen on campus. Use this excuse when you are dead tired and about to pass out. My guess is that by the time midterms roll around, you’ll usually look the part. 2. “I volunteered to take care of pet kittens for the animal shelter.” Animal shelters always need volunteers to come in and pet the animals so they are warmed up and friendly for adoption when the owners come. True story. 1. “I am a danger to the community.” Keep up with current events, find out what the current epidemic is and exploit it. I missed a once a week class three times to watch the Yankees win the World Series. Conveniently swine flu was big at the time. I drank a cup of buffalo sauce before class started, went in, and got sent home immediately. And I never had to worry about unexcused absences.
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Florence Welch haunts listeners with ‘Ceremonials’ By SHANNON CORCORAN Staff Writer
Florence + the Machine released their new album, “Ceremonials,” on Nov. 1, 2011.
Florence Welch, lead singer of Florence + the Machine, has one of the most unique sounds in the music industry. Welch truly has it all between her powerful voice and showcasing lyrical content that sounds straight out of a fairy tale. After Florence + the Machine’s successful debut album “Lungs” and an unforgettable performance at the 2010 VMAs, there was an expectation for the band to come back with an even stronger sophomore effort. It is safe to say though, that Welch has not only outdone herself, but she has also put out a record that could potentially change people’s perceptions of what defines great vocals. The band’s newly released second album,“Ceremonials,” starts off perfectly. The opening track “If Only for a Night” is classic Florence with haunting melodies and lyrics. Relying on the soft instrumental parts to create a background tone, the song showcases Welch’s voice in the most magical ways, reminding fans why they fell in love with her music in the first place. Welch superbly continues the invigorating momentum through “Shake It Out” and “What the Water Gave Me.” Like “If Only for a Night,” both tracks are what one
would define as more soulful twists of Welch’s previous work. “What The Water Gave Me” is by far the catchiest song on the album and truly maximizes her vocal range. Despite the larger emphasis on the instrumental parts, the melodies on each track are spine-shiverinducing, and so well-produced it is hard to believe this is only the band’s second album. Unfortunately, the album hits a low point after the first three tracks, as “Never Letting Go” and “Breaking Down” are total messes. There’s something about them that just doesn’t work--maybe it is their bland melodies or lack of emotion. It is difficult to exactly pinpoint the problem. They are disastrous, and the record would have been much
better without them. Thankfully, the album regains its tempo with “Lover to Lover.” Songs such as “Spectrum” and “Remain Nameless” show listeners just how much Welch has grown as an artist over the past two years. However, the tracks are not totally over-thetop. They get their point across flawlessly, and leave listeners with choruses they will want to have on replay for months to come. Overall, “Ceremonials” is spectacular; a record nothing short of a work of art that shows a more musically developed Welch at her finest. With tracks that have the potential to resonate in listeners’ hearts indefinitely, the melodies are truly haunting, which makes an inspiring record.
‘Ceremonials’ Florence + the Machine
Listen to: “Spectrum,” “What the Water Gave Me” and “All This and Heaven Too” Avoid: “Never Letting Go” and “Breaking Down”
Flying Lotus creates musical complexity By mike turzilli Staff Writer
Steven Ellison, who performs as Flying Lotus, is by no means a new or undiscovered artist. He is however, an incredibly unique musician who has somehow managed to fly under the radar of most music buffs. Through blending elements of jazz, hip-hop, electronic and downtempo, Flying Lotus creates a sound that will leave new listeners aggravated that they have only just discovered him. After cycling through his vast discography, Flying Lotus’s overall sound is virtually indescribable. His first album “1983,” released in 2006, is heavily synth-based. Most of the tracks create spacey atmospheres that border on eerie. However, jump to 2010 when Flying Lotus released his most recent studio album, “Cosmogramma,” and the tracks’ sounds are incomparable. In between “1983” and “Cosmogramma” are numerous EPs and one additional full-length release that help track Flying Lotus’ progression as an artist. The full
album, 2008’s “Los Angeles,” marks Flying Lotus’s leap from slow-paced soundscapes to more complex and intricate electronic pieces. Take the track “Beginners Falafel” for example, which starts up with what can only be described as an explosion of electronic notes that progressively climb until they fade into the beat. This technique forces the listener to consider Flying Lotus’s diligent work ethic for composing music. A brief look into the artist’s family history provides some explanation behind his immense musical creativity. As it turns out, Flying Lotus’ great aunt is jazz pianist and composer Alice Coltrane. Alice Coltrane is the wife of arguably the most talented jazz musician of all time, John Coltrane. Additionally, Lotus’ cousin is jazz saxophonist Ravi Coltrane. Lotus flaunts his jazz lineage on “Cosmogramma,” which is widely regarded as his most accomplished album. With “Cosmogramma,” Lotus truly defines himself as more
than just another electronic music producer. Combining elements of jazz and using real instruments rather than solely synthesizers, he is able to create one of the most complex albums of the year. Through maintaining his electronic and hiphop oriented style, Flying Lotus successfully combines intricacy and accessibility to create one of the few recent albums to be considered “musically complex,” according to a Socialist Review article. Although “Cosmogramma” is Flying Lotus’s biggest milestone of his musical career so far, it is important to note the quality of his other albums. “Los Angeles” possesses numerous hip-hop sounding songs that trump the beats of producers who set out to make hip-hop. Certain rappers have caught on to this and started using Flying Lotus’s instrumentals to rap over. The rapper Blu, for example, used Flying Lotus’s track “GNG BNG” for one of his recent songs. The fact that rappers have started using Flying Lotus’ songs as beats raises one major question:
Steven Ellison, also known as Flying Lotus, blends elements of jazz, hip-hop, electronic and downtempo to create a complex sound. Why doesn’t Flying Lotus reach out to artists and compose beats specifically for them? The only logical answer is that Flying Lotus does not need lyrics to help construct his music. He has mastered the art
of using sound to convey themes. Listening to some of these tracks will confirm that. Check Out: “Camel,” “Do the Astral Plane,” “Galaxy in Janaki” and “Massage Situation.”
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TALKING SEX WITH A
SEXPERT By LINDSEY INGRAM Contributing Writer
Audience members who came to see Jay Friedman, an internationally-known professional sex educator, at Buckman Theater last Saturday night were greeted with free bagels, orange juice, information pamphlets and … condoms. Friedman travels to different campuses around the globe, and talks about the steamy topic of sex to college students. With previous jobs as a former disc jockey and radio talk show host, Friedman certainly knows how to talk about good sex. He began his sex education presentations when he attended Cornell University as an undergraduate student and created “How to Be a Better Lover,” a program created for and directed specifically at men. Friedman said he was always interested in relationships. Friedman has been nominated numerous times for the College Lecture of the Year award, sponsored by the National Association for Campus Activities. His presentation “The J-Spot: A Sex Educator Tells All” is an icebreaking, zero boundary discussion in which Friedman expresses the positive side of sex. Friedman began his talk by describing how people want to talk about sex. “We have a natural desire to learn about sex, therefore we have a natural desire to enjoy sex,” Friedman said. He then invited audience members into the deepest aspects of his childhood, and described how he learned about sex, and his first experiences with it. In his life, Friedman has learned something very important, which he shared with the audience: “With every crisis comes an opportunity.” Along with these words of wisdom, Friedman entertained the audience with a mid-presentation Q & A,
where he compared audience member’s favorite foods with different type of sexual preferences, which was very entertaining to the nearly 30-member audience. Junior Jocelyn Dulanie, SPB’s Talks and Topic Chair, was excited about the event. “I hope audience members don’t feel like they wasted their night, and that they learned about safe sex while still being entertained,” Dulanie said. Dulanie was invited to speak on Saturday night, but she felt Friedman was the best for the job. “Two years ago we hosted the event, ‘I Heart the Female Orgasm,’ and it went really well,” Dulanie said. “Since it was a Saturday night, we found that a sex speaker would be the easiest to work with, and he seemed really fun and engaging.” Freshman Erin Brussell also enjoyed the event. “It was a fun and interesting experience. I mean you wouldn’t really expect something like that to be around in high school, so it was definitely different,” Brussell said. Aside from all the humor, Friedman also touched upon sensitive topics such as sexual abuse, rape and homophobia. Friedman opened up this portion of his presentation by saying, “No one should force somebody to do something they don’t want to do sexually.” Freshman Kate Hochadel enjoyed Friedman’s presentation as well. “I would love to see something like this happen again on campus,” Hochadel said. “I feel like the presentation was bold and something that we need to experience as college students.” Those interested in learning more about Jay Friedman
and his presentation, “The J-Spot: A Sex Educator Tells All” can visit his website jaytalk.com.
We have a natural desire to learn about sex, therefore we have a natural desire to enjoy sex.”
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This is Me ‘This is Me’ is a weekly feature celebrating individuality at QU.
This is Katie’s story.
Katie Winkle is a survivor of acute myelogenous leukemia after being diagnosed on June 20, 2006.
NAME: Katie Winkle Year: Freshman HOMETOWN: Orange, Conn. MAJOR: Nursing By NICOLE FANO Arts & Life Editor
On Sept. 10, 2006, Katie Winkle celebrated her 14th birthday at her home in Orange, Conn. During that year, she rarely spent time at home. She looked out her front door and noticed nearly 100 Orange residents gathered at the bottom of her circular driveway. Holding handmade signs and wearing T-shirts that read “Kate’s Krew,” onlookers could have easily mistaken the crowd for a protest. Katie looked closer and noticed balloons. She then heard the crowd singing “Happy Birthday.” They were not protesters, but they were gathering for a cause. “It felt very fulfilling,” Winkle said with a wide smile. “I knew I had all of this support behind me and I knew I was going to get through this.” A few months earlier, Winkle was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia. She was 13 years old. Before the diagnosis came on June 20, 2006, Winkle assumed she had mono. She complained of lethargy and stomach pains two weeks
before her pediatrician ordered a blood test and CT scan of her stomach. Winkle recalls the technician telling her mother to call the pediatrician. Something was wrong, and Winkle was immediately taken to Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital. Winkle describes learning of her diagnosis as “a nightmare.” “I was just an average girl who played softball,” Winkle said. “Then all of a sudden I got this diagnosis and I was just like ‘this can’t happen to me.’ I was upset, angry. I was like ‘why me?’” AML occurs when leukemia cells develop in the body’s blood and bone marrow, according to the
“I knew I had all of this support behind me and I knew I was going to get through this.” – katie winkle
National Cancer Institute. While it is the most common type of acute leukemia, adults averaging age 65 are most at risk. According to the National Marrow Donor Program, every year nearly 12,000 adults are diagnosed with AML in the United States. Less than 10 percent of those diagnosed with AML are children. In 2006, Winkle became this rare statistic. To treat the cancer, Winkle underwent six rounds of intense chemotherapy. The treatment resulted in everything from weakening her immune system to causing a stomach infection and complete hair loss. Before Winkle became sick, she had a full head of blond hair. Today the 19-year-old sports dirty brown hair pulled back in a ponytail. With dark green eyes and light freckles sprinkled on her cheeks and nose, the warm color in her face makes it nearly impossible to picture Winkle sick in a hospital bed for months. While Winkle went into remission after her first round of chemotherapy, she was required to complete all six rounds. While she is at a higher risk for the cancer to return, she is still in remission nearly five years later. In addition to chemotherapy and blood transfusions, Winkle cites both her hospital care and positive outlook as factors that restored her health. “My faith is really strong,” Winkle said of her Protestant beliefs. “My relationship with God now is
the Winkle family surpasses the bounds of friendship. She considers them family. “We keep in touch all the time,” Zuraw said. “There are those patients that fill your heart, and I think it’s a bond that will hopefully continue to grow.” “Our relationship really goes above and beyond the hospital and treatment and IV poles and everything,” Winkle said. In addition to her compassionate nurses, Winkle credits her mother for her recovery. Present for every single procedure and doctor’s appointment, Winkle describes her mother, Beth, as “my rock.” “She would help me when I was so weak,” Winkle said. “She knew what I was feeling.” According to Beth Winkle, her daughter’s illness brought them closer together and strengthened their bond as mother and daughter. “I would say [her illness] made us closer, just spending a lot of time together and talking about feelings, goals and aspirations,” Beth Winkle said. “It really made our whole family unit stronger.” She added that she was proud of the person her daughter became. “Kindness was her number one quality, and still is,” Beth Winkle said. “She actually has become a stronger person and has decided to devote her life to helping others.” Since coming to Quinnipiac, Katie Winkle has learned to juggle her different roles as a hospital volunteer, Relay for Life Survivorship Committee Co-Chair and most importantly, a cancer-free college student. “I’m proud of being a survivor,” Winkle said. “It really made me stronger; it made me very mature for my age. I don’t really think about materialistic items, the most important things in life aren’t things.”
very strong.” Today, she said one of her favorite sayings is, “Instead of asking God ‘why me,’ tell him ‘try me.’” Since entering remission, Winkle lives life with a pay-it-forward attitude. Every Friday she volunteers on the oncology floor at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital through the Circle of Care Program, where she works with families who have children battling cancer. In March 2007 she attended a buddy weekend at Camp Rising Sun in Colebrook, Conn. It is a free camp for children who have battled or are battling cancer. Winkle went as a camper for three years and now volunteers as a counselor. “It is like a second home,” Winkle said. “I just connected with them because they know what you’re feeling.” Although Winkle spent time away from her friends, several nurses assumed that role during her in-patient hospital stay. In fact, Winkle’s nurses influenced her decision to pursue a nursing career, specializing in pediatric oncology. Once she graduates from Quinnipiac, Winkle wants to complete a two-year doctor of nursing practice program. “Definitely my nurses had a huge impact on me,” Winkle said. “We still keep in touch to this day.” Winkle formed a close friendship with registered nurse Lindsay Zuraw, 29, during her stay on the oncology floor at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital. In February 2006, Zuraw organized an “end of chemotherapy” party for Winkle in the oncology floor’s playroom. Winkle said she is still frequently in touch with Zuraw. “Certain patients, they touch your heart more than others,” Zuraw said. “She’s one in a million, headto-toe just perfect.” Zuraw says her relationship with
Know the Facts
12 65 10% 1.2%
thousand adults are diagnosed with AML in the United States is the average age of people at risk for AML
of those diagnosed with AML are children of cancer deaths are caused by AML
Facts from National Marrow Donor Program and National Cancer Institute
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Too many female fish By SARAH ROSENBERG Associate Arts & Life Editor
Name: Vanessa Stier Age: 21 Year: Junior Hometown: Easton, Conn. Major: Computer information systems & Marketing What I’m Wearing: Cardigan by Michael Stars, dress by Free People, and boots by Uggs. Style Influences: “After living in New York City for a while, I started to love the trendy, bohemian chic style. It never looks plain or unoriginal — it is very versatile and unique.” Photo by: Katie O’Brien
Wait ... Bieber can rap?
Bieber’s a baby daddy?
Belieb me, I can’t stand Justin Bieber either, but the kid can rap. Bieber freestyled over Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Otis” last week on Power 106, and I was stunned. He started off slow, using some of the song’s original lyrics as inspiration, but once he got into it, he went hard. He raps: “Riding in an all-black Benz with the all-black rims / And we looking at some tens through our all-black lenses” I could have sworn I was listening to Yeezy rapping, but no. It was Biebs. In its entirety, his rap is a combination of Mac Miller’s lyricism with Chris Webby’s flow – and that’s a compliment to the teen heartthrob. Part of me thought he actually was a professional rapper rather than a pop star trying to impersonate one. He continues: “Hated by jealousy cause they envy me.” If Biebs sticks with rapping, his haters might eat their words. Even I have some newfound respect for him. I expect him to freestyle over “8 Mile” next to see if he’s the real deal. Hopefully this isn’t a fluke. If it’s not maybe we can expect a mixtape from him. – M.E.
Justin Bieber’s dealing with a case of baby daddy drama. Last Thursday the teenage heartthrob was slapped with a paternity suit by Mariah Yeater, a 20-year-old “Belieber.” Yeater says she took Bieber’s virginity in October 2010 after one of his concerts in L.A. and that he gave her more than just “Bieber fever.” Yeater says Bieber’s baby, baby, baby is now three months old. According to a Fox News report, Yeater said her sexcapade with Bieber lasted a mere 30 seconds. Is she trying to take away his manhood along with his good-boy image? Now, Beliebers are taking to Twitter to express their support for the teenage star. @iJDBiebersFan tweeted, “Mariah Yeater is pregnant with Justin Bieber’s child. Also, Barack Obama is white & Michael Jackson is still alive living on a unicorn farm.” Hopefully Bieber won’t follow in the deadbeat dad footsteps of Eddie Murphy. In 2007, Murphy denied fathering a baby with former Spice Girl Mel B, but a paternity test proved otherwise. Bieber’s most likely not the father. But if he is, he’d better have some pretty good apology gifts planned for Selena Gomez. – N.F.
After reading an article featured in the New York Times, my mother advised me to listen to the idea that love chooses us, and not the other way around. I wondered why she was so gung-ho about the author’s stance on romance, but after years of dating and marriage experience, the woman most likely knows a thing or two about sentimental love maxims. However, my mother didn’t attend a small private school for four years with an uneven female-to-male ratio. Sometimes it seems like your chances for romance lie in a couple of dances and stolen kisses at Toad’s with the same person and an awkward “hello” in the library the following Monday, until next weekend when the cycle repeats itself. Or, maybe the Greek organization you participate in allows you to socialize with the opposite sex for philanthropic purposes and formals, thus leading to actual relationships. However, I can’t help but think that finding “love” at this school, however you choose to define that word, is near impossible. Most girls at this school will tell you that the overwhelming presence of women compared to men on this campus is deterring, and they’re right. Unless we’re business majors, finding someone from your classes to take home to the family is laughable. For one, the dating game becomes animalistic — Darwin’s “survival of the fittest” theory applies to us girls here. We literally have to compete with each other for the crème de la crème of the school. Have you ever noticed the amount of effort girls put in to go out on a Saturday night, or even just to spend a full day at class? It’s intimidating, but you’ll never rebel and step foot in a bar without looking like a Forever 21 mannequin. Neither will I. Equally, this school seems to turn the cliché of men in the “Friend Zone” on its head — Quinnipiac females are the ones in danger of being thrown into the Friend Zone, simply because there’s just too many of us. Romance may be a difficult feat to attain at Quinnipiac, but a wise friend once said to me, “Don’t go to college to meet your husband, go to college to meet your bridesmaids.” If love really does choose us, and it’s just not at Quinnipiac, I’m cool with that — as long as my girlfriends here are as awesome as Kristen Wiig and her fellow bridesmaids on the big screen.
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Seniors leave their mark
Senior Kayla Lawler hugs head coach Robin Lamott Sparks when she is introduced before Sunday’s Senior Day game against St. Francis (N.Y.) at Burt Kahn Court.
Senior Kelby Carey goes up for a kill in Sunday’s 3-0 loss against St. Francis (N.Y.), Quinnipiac’s last home game of the season. By Matt Eisenberg Associate Sports Editor
For seniors Kayla Lawler and Kelby Carey it’s going to be tough to put aside their Quinnipiac volleyball uniforms and never step on the court again, especially considering how often they’ve been on it. Lawler and Carey played their last game at Burt Kahn Court Sunday and have only two road matches left in their volleyball careers. The seniors have played in every match since arriving in Hamden their freshman year. “It’s sad,” Lawler said. “It’s nice
to have all the fans and everybody here. Playing at home is always better than playing away.” Lawler and Carey have played in all 121 matches for the Bobcats since 2008, which totals out to 428 sets (as of Nov. 9). Lawler has played in every one of them, while Carey has only missed five sets. “They’ve been on the court almost all the time,” Quinnipiac head coach Robin Lamott Sparks said. With the exception of leaving late in the third set of Quinnipiac’s match against Virginia Commonwealth Sept. 3, Sparks believes
Lawler has played in every point in every game. “She only missed a few points. She got a bloody nose in Maryland so she had to come out of a game,” Sparks said. “Other than that, she hasn’t been out of the game the whole time. She’s just tough. There’s nobody tougher out there. She’s got a great work ethic. I think she’s really helped set that tone for us.” Lawler and Carey were Sparks’s first two recruits as volleyball head coach. Lawler remembers what Sparks said to her when she first arrived. “When coach recruited us, she said she really wanted us to help create a legend and a new tradition and bring more to the program,” Lawler said. “I think we definitely had that in mind and we were trying to push everybody every day and be good role models.” Sparks said the duo has played an essential part in getting the team to compete against other higher echelon teams. “They really helped set a stan-
dard for where our program is now, the level we’re playing,” Sparks said. “The speed is so different from when they came in. What they’ve been able to do to help elevate our program … I’m really proud of both of them.” Before Lawler came in, the team didn’t have a setter. Lawler has notched the program record for assists with 3,394, and recorded 992 assists her junior year, the most assists in a season since the university became a Division I school. “I think she’s set a great standard for the setters in the future,” Sparks said. “She broke the record pretty early on. She’s going to keep breaking (the career) record for the next two matches.” “She’s had great hitters,” Carey said with a laugh, and Lawler will attest to that. “Yeah, I have,” Lawler said. “With the help of my team, definitely, backing me up. I just try to do my job.” According to Sparks, Lawler also ranks high on the list with 153
career service aces. Her 52 service aces in 2010 are the most for any Quinnipiac player in a single season. “She might have the ace record for the program, as well,” Sparks said. “She’s really set a standard for where we wanted the program to go, and she works really hard.” Carey also has 944 career kills and is two digs away from 1,000, a number she’s been counting down to since mid-October. “I look back and I’m like, ‘Wow, that’s a lot,’” Carey said. “It’s a great feeling knowing that we’ve set the standard and tone here, so it’s great.” The team’s starters throw a small plush volleyball into the crowd as they are announced at every home game. On Senior Day, instead of throwing the ball to someone in the crowd, Lawler gave the ball to Sparks, hugged her and thanked her for being there throughout her tenure. “When I have to say bye to them finally,” Sparks said, “I’m going to bawl.”
Field hockey falls in NEC semifinal By Marty Joseph Staff Writer
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Kim Cunniff drills a shot past a defender in Friday’s Northeast Conference semifinal matchup against Monmouth.
The Quinnipiac field hockey team fell to Monmouth, 1-0, in the Northeast Conference semifinals on Friday, marking the fourth straight year the Bobcats fell in the semifinals. Monmouth’s Patricia O’Dwyer scored the lone goal of the contest just under a minute into the second half and stood as the difference in the game. Nicole Lewis made 16 saves in a losing effort and kept the game close, giving the team a great opportunity to win. The Bobcats were unable to take advantage of some key opportunities in the first half, as they outshot the Hawks 4-3 and held the advantage in penalty corners, 6-2. However, the game remained scoreless at halftime. Monmouth opened the second half on O’Dwyer’s goal just over a minute into the
half. The Hawks continued to pressure Lewis, outshooting the Bobcats 13-8 in the final half and eventually winning, 1-0. The Bobcats had one of their most exciting seasons in recent memory, playing in eight one-goal games. Some included a memorable 3-2 win against rival Yale that was decided in a stroke-off, a game-winning goal off a corner opportunity conversion with no time remaining against Lehigh, and a last-second goal scored to beat Harvard. On Thursday at the NEC Awards Banquet held at Rider University, Quinnipiac’s Kaitlyn Notarianni was named to the All NEC Second Team. Megan McCreedy and Kim Cunniff were both named to the All NEC First Team. Kim Cunniff received the biggest honor for the Bobcats as she was named the NEC Defensive Player of the Year.
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FIELD HOCKEY Monmouth 1, QU 0 – Friday Nicole Lewis: 16 saves VOLLEYBALL FDU 3, QU 0 – Sunday Olivia Grattan: 9 kills Kayla Lawler: 26 assists MEN’S SOCCER St. Francis (N.Y.) 2, QU 1 – Sunday Nils von der Heide: 1 goal Borja Angoitia: 6 saves
games to watch MEN’S BASKETBALL QU (0-0) vs. Fairfield (0-0) – Friday, 5:30 p.m. QU (0-0) vs. Yale (0-0) – Tuesday, 7 p.m. WOMEN’S BASKETBALL QU (0-0) vs. James Madison (0-0) – Friday, 4 p.m. MEN’S ICE HOCKEY QU (7-3-1) vs. Clarkson (6-2-2) – Friday, 7 p.m. QU (7-3-1) vs. St. Lawrence (1-5) – Saturday, 4 p.m.
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Cavallo’s soccer career comes full circle Cavallo from Page 16 “I played terribly, and coach told me he didn’t have a spot for me on the preseason roster,” Cavallo said. Still, he was not deterred. After practicing once more in front of the coaching staff, Cavallo was invited to participate in team activities in the spring of his freshman year. He was initially told that he would not have a spot on the team due to a full roster. But one of the seniors on the squad unexpectedly left, allowing him to join. He impressed that season, and was invited to be a full-time member of the team shortly thereafter during his sophomore year. Upon making the team, though, Cavallo was asked to make a position switch for the first time in his life. “I was never a defender, but coach asked me to play defender,” Cavallo said. “I was always a forward, but I said I’d do whatever I could to see the field.” After playing in only three games his sophomore year, Cavallo asked if he could switch to being a midfielder or a forward. Following the change, he started 14 games for Quinnipiac during the 2010 season, and played in 16. In the process, he registered three goals alongside one assist, and established himself as a presence for the Bobcats. Cavallo and his coach began to develop a strong relationship. Cavallo remembers being intimidated at first, but says things changed. “When I first started playing, I never said anything. My trainer said he’d never hear me speak,” Cavallo said. “Now, I feel comfortable enough to even throw my arm around coach and just laugh about something.” With a stronger bond in mind, Da Costa asked Cavallo to revert back to being a defender for his senior year. Though a little hesitant at first, he
ultimately decided he’d do what was best for the team. He also believes it helped him become a better player. “I think I’ve gotten better … it’s helped me with my one-on-one defending,” he said. “I also realized with the change that it’s not about scoring goals or getting assists. It’s about winning.” It also provided for one of the biggest moments of his collegiate career. On Sept. 24 against Loyola, Cavallo’s career seemingly came full circle. Two years after shedding his scoring desires to focus on becoming a defender just to walk on the team, he buried his first and only career goal at the position.
“I realized that things had changed. Who thought I’d be playing just high school soccer, walk-on and then play against Boston College?” — Will cavallo men’s soccer defender The score also proved to be the game-winner, as his strike in the 54th minute propelled Quinnipiac to a 1-0 victory. “I was pretty lucky, “ Cavallo said. “Philip Suprise hit me on the cross and the ball went off my foot into the goal. And I went berserk.” The victory was one of six wins this season for the Bobcats, who finished 6-10 overall and missed the NEC playoffs. Despite not reaching the playoffs, Cavallo said that it did not deter him from enjoying his time with his teammates. “We love being together,” Cavallo said. “You can lose a game, but 20 years later,
you’re not going to remember who scored. You’re going to remember your friends who were there with you.” Although Cavallo is eligible to return to play next season since he did not walk-on until his sophomore year, he is still unsure of his future plans. Much like how he decided to focus on his schoolwork before deciding on a college, Cavallo may expand his education. While he is a broadcast journalism major, he says that he may attend graduate school to expand his talents in the advertising field. “I like telling stories. I like being creative, and I think that goes a long way for me,” Cavallo said. Fresh off the completion of his senior season, Cavallo looks back on his collegiate career and attributes his persistence to get on the team to the person that made him play soccer in the first place at age 4: his mother Susan. “My mom doesn’t quit, so basically I can’t quit,” he said. “That’s why I kept hounding coach to let me back in the first place.” With that attitude in mind, he fully acknowledged that this mentality paid off for him in a game against No. 12 Boston College during his junior year. “I realized that things had changed,” Cavallo said. “Who thought I’d be playing just high school soccer, walk on and then play against Boston College?” From being wait-listed at Quinnipiac to scoring a game-winning goal in what may be his swan-song season, Cavallo serves as a prime example of just one of Quinnipiac’s many hidden gems. Upon receiving his diploma at graduation this May, Cavallo knows he will have no regrets about how things turned out. “The whole run, it’s been great,” Cavallo said. “Everyone is phenomenal, and I’m glad coach took me so I could have this great experience at Quinnipiac.”
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Clockwise from top: Shelby Wignall takes a shot in Saturday’s 2-2 tie against Brown. Nicole Kosta goes one-on-one with the Brown goaltender Saturday. Kosta attempts to poke the puck into the net during Friday’s 3-0 victory against Yale.
by the numbers
ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
seconds between goals scored in friday’s 2-0 win for the women’s soccer team.
Peca set the Quinnipiac freshman record for most consecutive games with a point with at least one in his last 10 games. Peca had an assist in a 5-4 loss against Dartmouth on Friday and another one in Saturday’s 2-2 tie against Harvard.
goals scored by Kelly Babstock, which leads the team.
Men’s ice hockey Forward
Freshman Petawawa, Ontario
Jordan Elkins Women’s ice hockey Defender
Senior Wasilla, Alaska
Elkins scored her third goal of the season on Friday in the Bobcats’ 3-0 win against Yale. Elkins has scored a goal in three of the Bobcats’ last four games.
consecutive games matthew peca recorded a point, setting the quinnipiac freshman record.
saves recorded this season for field hockey goalie nicole lewis, 81 more than last season.
recorded shut outs for women’s ice hockey goalie victoria vigilanti. Charlotte Greene/Chronicle
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“I think we should
be competing for the championship every year. We have the last two years and our task is to threaten for it again this year.”
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— TOM MOORE MEN’S BASKETBALL COACH
the will to succeed
Senior Will Cavallo reflects on journey to make team By Jon alba Staff Writer
Will Cavallo celebrates after scoring the game-winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Loyola on Sept. 24.
Will Cavallo anxiously paced while his teammates formed two lines before Sunday’s men’s soccer season finale against St. Francis (N.Y.). Alongside him to celebrate Senior Day were his parents, his aunt and his girlfriend. As he walked toward the center of the field to receive his plaque and a poster to commemorate his service to the team, there were only smiles. In the back of Cavallo’s mind, though, he knew that just two years ago this may have been no more than a dream. “Will just has a tremendous story,” Quinnipiac head coach Eric Da Costa said after the team’s 2-1 loss to St. Francis. “Some of the adversity he’s dealt with individually ... [from] being a walk-on to becoming a full-time starter.” When Cavallo was 4, he began playing recreational soccer after his mother pushed him to become active. At that point, he figured success in the sport was not exactly in his future. “I was awful. Though I remember scoring the game-winning goal in my last game that year,” Cavallo
said. “I figured it would be the highlight of my career.” Nonetheless, the Londonderry, N.H. native continued to pursue soccer. After playing on travel squads ranging from the New Hampshire Classics to the New Hampshire Storm, he settled down and played high school ball at Londonderry High School. When it came time to prepare for college, Cavallo had a dilemma in front of him. After sending his highlight tape to some local Division III colleges, he was put on the waiting list for Quinnipiac. “At that point, I decided I wanted to get into a good school, focus on getting a good education,” he said. In the summer following his senior year of high school, Cavallo was told about a camp run by Da Costa that would allow him to display his skills. From his home in Londonderry, Cavallo drove three hours to and from Quinnipiac for an entire week. Unfortunately, Cavallo said things didn’t go according to plan. See CAVALLO Page 14
Men’s basketball tips off Friday at Mohegan By JOHN HEALY Sports Editor
After two 20-win seasons and two births in national tournaments, the Quinnipiac men’s basketball team is set to start its season on Friday against Fairfield at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The Bobcats were recently selected to finish fifth in the Northeast Conference preseason coaches poll. Head coach Tom Moore said the ranking is accurate now, but that they will continue to compete for the NEC title. “I think that’s about where we should be picked if you look at all the other teams in the league and the experience they bring back,” Moore said. “Obviously our job is to not finish fifth -- it’s to finish first. … I think we should be competing for the championship every year. We have the last two years and our task is to threaten for it again this year.” The Bobcats enter the season with eight freshmen, two transfers, and just five returners. For Friday’s game it is still unknown whether Ike Azotam and James Johnson, who are facing university sanctions for an offthe-court incident, will be active.
Junior transfer Garvey Young is expected to miss the first two games with a shoulder injury, according to Moore. “We have some obstacles because we’re green and not as old as I would like, but we will overcome that,” Moore said. “We hope to be there in March playing in the last weekend hopefully representing Quinnipiac in the championship game.” With the amount of uncertainty surrounding the opening game, it is likely the freshmen will see a large amount of time, but based off practices, Moore likes what he is seeing so far. “I think they’ve picked up the system very well,” Moore said. “Overall they’ve done a terrific job. At listening, at being correctable in terms of you tell them something one time they really try and fix it the next time, and coming in every day with a really great mindset.” While Moore said some adjustments still need to be made, the players are starting to see a chemistry begin to blend. “I think the chemistry is definitely getting better,” junior point guard Dave Johnson said. “We’re start-
ing to find each other’s spots on the court. I think prior to the first week we didn’t really know each other that well, but we’ve definitely started to come together pretty well.” Over the past two seasons, Bobcat fans have also gotten used to seeing the team jump out and put points on the board early with offensive lightning rods such as James Feldeine, Deontay Twyman and Justin Rutty on the court. But Moore expects a more defensive team this season that will have to work to score. “I think we’ll struggle to score a little bit early, more so than the last two teams,” Moore said. “We were able to get a lot of easy baskets. I think this year’s team won’t get a lot of easy baskets, I think we’re going to have to be a little more precise and work a little harder. I think defensively we should be just as strong.” Moore motivated the Bobcats last season by posting the 52-50 score of the the 2010 NEC Championship game in the locker room. The Bobcats made the National Invitation Tournament in 2010 and the College Insider Tournament last season. This year Moore is planning on using the preseason ranking as a mo-
Quinnipiac men’s basketball head coach Tom Moore expects the team to continue to battle for an NEC Championship despite being ranked fifth in the preseason. tivating factor. “I’m hopeful that this year’s team has a little more of a hunger and an edge to it, and an attitude
they want to show people; and that fifth place preseason ranking will be thrown in their face throughout the year,” Moore said.
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