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The QUINNIPIAC Volume 79 Issue 13

January 27, 2010

Obama’s Cocaine, marijuana bust leaves freshmen in handcuffs Nation

Two arrested on drug charges By Andrew Vazzano General Manager Two Quinnipiac University students were arrested early Saturday morning after marijuana and cocaine were found in their rooms. Mathew Scherl from Bayside Hills, N.Y., and Bradley Burkhard from Andover, Mass., were arrested after police responded to a call at 3 a.m. on Saturday. Police found 52 grams of marijuana, 0.7 grams of cocaine, drug paraphernalia and $680 in their room, according to Hamden Police. Scherl, 18, was charged with sale of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia. Scherl was being held on $25,000 bond. Scherl posted bail and attended class on Monday.

Who: Bradley Burkhard, 20 Mathew Scherl, 18

What: 52 grams of marijuana, 0.7 grams of cocaine, $680, drug paraphernalia Where: Perlroth Hall When: Saturday, 3 a.m.

A year in review Burkhard: Charged

with possession of drug paraphernalia

Quinnipiac’s campus is continuing to move in a more ecofriendly direction, and the latest example is the creation of a new electronically-based package-tracking system that will be implemented next week. The Quinnipiac community was notified of the new system on Jan. 12. It was originally supposed to be in place by the time the semester began. “Certain circumstances did not allow us to be up and running at the beginning of the semester, obviously we don’t want to unveil this if it’s not working,” said Peter DiDomenico, manager of printed POST OFFICE, continued on page 3

controlled substance, possession of marijuana; narcotics; and drug paraphernalia --photo from Facebook

Burkhard, 20, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and was released. Campus security originally went to the suite in the Perlroth

dormitory in response to a noise complaint, according to the police report. Both are scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 12 in Meriden.

Post office to Barger handed activate digital package alert Asst. Chief appointed to step in for injured Twining system By Meghan Parmentier Co-News Editor

Scherl: Charged with sale of a

In the wake of a recent injury to Chief of Security and Safety John Twining, Assistant Chief David Barger has assumed TwinBy Joe Pelletier ing’s position for an unSenior Managing Editor specified amount of time, according to Richard Ferguson, senior vice president for administration. Ferguson released a MyQ announcement on Jan. 20 which identified an accident that will leave Twining out of office for an “indeterminate amount of time.” Despite his absence, Twining has remained a part of day-to-day operations, and according to Barger, no changes will be enacted without Twining’s consent. Barger, a night supervisor on campus for more than 10 years, will play the role of “boots on the ground.” “When we need the physical presence of a chief, whether it is dealing with law enforcement or admissions or anything on campus – when they want to see a face, I’ll be there,” Barger said. In his Irmagarde Tator office on Friday afternoon, Barger appeared to have settled into the role, calming down a questioning parent on the phone and keeping

The University had no comment on the fate of either student, according to John Morgan, associate vice president for purblic relations.

security reins

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tabs with Residential Life during a Chronicle interview. “It’s really no different than what I have done before,” Barger said. “A few extra meetings, and some more responsibility. I am only too happy to fill in for the chief at this time, to make sure everything runs smoothly.” Prior to his time at Quinnipiac, Barger worked for 24 years in the Connecticut State Police, working his way to a master sergeant position. “He’s not the kind of guy to sit behind a desk,” SGA liaison for security and transportation Ben Wald said. “He is fair and understanding, and has always been there for me as a student.” And in what Wald called “really unique timing,” he SECURITY, continued on page 3

By Joe Pelletier Senior Managing Editor

Barack Obama rode a veritable tsunami of support to the presidency in 2009. But one year later, the waves have died down considerably, leaving Obama’s influence, as Professor of Political Science Scott McLean put it, “dead in the water.” “Never has so little been done with so much political capital,” McLean said. “The Obama movement has just evaporated.” Exactly one year after Obama’s inauguration, Republican Scott Brown was elected to a Senate seat in Massachusetts, a Democratic stronghold since 1979. With Brown’s election, the filibuster-proof majority of the Democratic Party disappeared, and what has risen in its place is a staunch dissatisfaction with Obama’s lack of change. “The irony to me is that Obama gets elected with the help of a social movement demanding change, and is fueled by the Internet and cell phones and the youth OBAMA, continued on page 3


Bernhard Library will play host to several classes this semester. Story on page 2.


It’s that time of year again...and time to look back at your favorite American Idols. Story on page 6.


NEWS The Chronicle

January 27, 2010

Echlin construction forces classes to library By Amy Maciejowski Staff Writer Students who previously took classes in the Echlin Health Sciences Center learned about equilibrium, so when Echlin classrooms on the first floor went under construction, it was no surprise that other classrooms would need to be created. Charles Getchell Jr., director of the Arnold Bernhard Library, was given that very task. He received a phone call from the Registrar’s of-

SGA Briefs By Andrew Timothy Staff Writer Quinnipiac’s Student Government Association held its first meeting of the Spring 2010 semester on Jan. 20. Executive report -SGA is supporting ALANA’s Haiti relief efforts, which have donated to the American Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders. -Four hundred twenty-three desposits have been made to date for senior housing off campus. -The Student Awareness Committee will meet on Mondays at 9:15 p.m. in Tator Hall this semester. The committee is addressing complaints about mass e-mailing, which is not permitted for groups of more than 50 students. -The Finance Committee will meet at 5:45 p.m. on Mondays this semester. -A Commuter Student Council and a Photography Club have been recognized by SGA as student organizations. -Monthly MyQ announcements from class cabinets and SGA committees will be given this semester. Cabinet reports 2010 -Meetings will be held on Sunday nights this semester. -The commencement speaker has been confirmed but his identity will not be disclosed prior to a predetermined time. 2011 -Meetings will be held at 10 a.m. on Fridays. 2012 -Meetings will be held on Wednesdays at 3 p.m. -The class cabinet will work to promote York Hill housing options to rising juniors and seniors. 2013 -The class cabinet drafted a condolence letter to the family of deceased QU student Jessica Bolognani. -Class cabinet meetings will be held at 5 p.m. on Mondays. New Business -Esther Pew was sworn in as a sophomore representative. Announcements -There will be a facilities open forum with Associate Vice President for Facilities Administration Joe Rubertone on Feb. 2 at 3 p.m.

fice last fall calling for classroom space in the library. The Echlin Health Sciences Center is currently under construction in order to accommodate the Admissions and Financial Aid offices, which are currently housed in the Arnold Bernhard Library. Now, the library plans to use that wing, as well as making use of the second floor computer lab this semester, for extra space. The computer lab can seat 30 students and previously held work stations with their own desktops for the students’ convenience. “It is important to know that we didn’t lose any computers,” Getchell said. “They have all been redeployed to the CyberCafé on the second floor of the library." This also means a slight change for the library. Since the room was previously used by librar-

ians to guide some classes about technical services offered at the library, the librarians are now traveling to the classrooms instead. “The librarians are still doing the same duties, but now they have a change of scenery,” Getchell said. “When you have to deal with a change, you begin to realize that there are additional opportunities that come along with a change such as this.” Classes currently in the computer lab include PO (Political Science) 245, International Political Economy. “The (setting) has most definitely influenced our class because PO 245 is supposed to be discussion-based,” sophomore Ashley Fry said. “Being in this room really inhibits discussion.” The room, theater style with raised desks, makes for a more ef-

John Ferraro teaches during his JRN 160 class in the newly-transformed Arnold Bernhard Library classroom on the second floor. Joe Pelletier / Chronicle

fective lecture class, but not a discussion-based one. “It is very hard to pose a question or make a comment to another student who is at another table on

a different level,” Fry said. “I find it a complete inconvenience, especially when 25 percent of my grade depends on participation.”

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January 27, 2010

OBAMA: Pres. faced first-year hurdles continued from cover vote,” McLean said. “What has proved to be his undoing is his incapacity to keep that mobilization going after taking office.” Late-night talk show host Jimmy Fallon recently poked fun at the White House’s new iPhone application on Friday night, asking, “Not getting much done? There’s an app [sic] for that.” According to McLean, who was present at Obama’s inauguration a year ago, the largest factor has been the administration’s fear to force the issue. “The Obama administration avoids conflict,” he said. “They really don’t like it, and they don’t understand the nature of political conflict and the necessity of really twisting arms and using threats.” Because of this timidity, most visible in the healthcare reform issue, political science student Matthew Ciepielowski has begun to see two groups fuming. “Progressives are souring on him because healthcare

“Never has so little been done with so much political capital.”

Scott McLean, professor of political science, on Obama’s first year

reform has been a serious debacle, and something of a waste of time,” Ciepielowski, the former news editor for The Chronicle who is now studying at American University, said. “And many moderates are angry that he seems to be so involved with the lame-duck healthcare reform bill, and has done little to create jobs.” McLean noted that while Obama and former President Bill Clinton had similar first years, Clinton would often put serious pressure on Congress, while Obama only “suggested” such things as his healthcare bill. George Mason University historian Richard Norton

Smith was equally critical of Obama’s toe-stepping fears. “The candidate of change became the president of continuity, and that is a very politically perilous position to be in,” Smith said on the Jan. 19 episode of “PBS NewsHour.” The former speechwriter highlighted the bailout of AIG and General Motors, things absent from Obama’s platform as a candidate, as examples. Ciepielowski agreed. “If you could magically give Bush a third term, it wouldn’t look much different than Obama’s so far,” he said. For Obama to create change--the very change he called for that swept him into the White House one year ago--McLean said his deliberate nature must be abandoned immediately. “The philosophy right now is, ‘Let’s kick the can further down the road, and hope that it all turns out better in the end,’” he said. “But that’s just putting off the day of reckoning. Especially with foreign policy, a hard decision is going to need to be made, either a massive sacrifice of life and treasure in the Middle East, or a large pullout.”

POST OFFICE: New digital SECURITY: Barger takes system to conserve paper over for injured Twining continued from cover

matter processing. “People are very unforgiving if you unveil something and it falls flat on your face.” This plan has been in the works since last summer, according to DiDomenico. Quinnipiac leases the equipment the Copy/ Mail Centers use and when the lease was up, they took it as an opportunity to evaluate new technology. “What we are stepping into is not brand new, we thought we’d keep the pace,” DiDomenico said. The new technology consists of e-mail notifications, so the square pieces of paper that are handed out in student mailboxes will not be used anymore. Also, students will swipe their Q-Cards instead of signing next to their name when they pick up a package. This is a plus, according to DiDomenico, and a way to save paper. Another reason for the new system, DiDomenico said, is that he understands students do not make going to the post office part of their daily routine. This way they do not have to check every day, but rather know when their package arrived and when it will be available for pick up. Sophomore Paige Weiners thinks the new system has both pros and cons. “So many people have PDAs and BlackBerrys now that they can receive the notifica-

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tion that they have a package instantly,” she said. “I just worry because there can always be glitches with technology and there is a lot of room for error, a lot of things can go wrong with e-mail.” Sophomore Miles McQuiggan thinks the new system is a good idea if it will lead to the post office being more effective than it has in the past. During his freshman year, the post office misplaced his Red Sox tickets and found them three days later. They apologized for not being able to find them; the tickets had been under a box. “Anything that improves things for the students is a great idea, and it’ll save some paper in the process,” McQuiggan said. A new policy of security will be put in place along with the new package-tracking system. A paper book containing each student’s mailbox assignment and combination will no longer reside in the post office. Therefore, combinations will no longer be handed out at the mail window. “It left us vulnerable,” DiDomenico said. “If that book ever disappeared, a lot of people would have reason to be concerned.” Instead, mailbox assignments and combinations will continue to be posted in MyHousing on the Residential Life tab on MyQ and students will be able to access them electronically at anytime.

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Wednesday 2/3 Brother Night Mancheski Hall 9:15 PM

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Thursday 2/4 Formal Dinner Mancheski Hall 9:15 PM

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found exactly what he had been looking for from campus security for the past year: two guards on the night shift at the York Hill campus. On Thursday night, one was controlling traffic, the other on foot. “They were doing exactly what they needed to do,” Wald said. “Not policing, just making their presence known.” Wald has been “extraordinarily pleased” with the accessibility of Barger thus far. “Whenever I’ve reached out to him, he’s always made a point to reach out to

me in a timely fashion and with the utmost honesty and integrity,” he said. “It’s something I haven’t always had with security.” Barger will continue his work as a night supervisor, working closely with Residential Life, on top of his interim chief stint. “My primary responsibility and duty here is to maintain the continuity of service that the security unit gives to the University community,” he said. “If (the students) are not safe and secure, they cannot be educated. They cannot be in an environment where they worry about something happening to them.”

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Opinion The Chronicle

January 27, 2010

Grading the first year of Obama By Tara McMahon Managing Editor

Blame the system, not Obama

All bark, no bite so far

By Phil Nobile Contributing Writer

Barack Obama began his presidency with historically high approval ratings. One year after his inauguration, If you told me one year ago that President Barack Obama’s first year he is now experiencing historically low approval ratings. But are these numbers more indicative of Obama’s in office would mostly consist of multiple guest spots on late night shows performance as president or of the public’s expectations? On the surface, these two things might appear codependent and a Nobel Peace Prize, I would have laughed. After all, how could the -- isn’t the basic nature of such polls to measure the public approval of the president’s performance? While this is 44th President of the United States, who promised a plethora of solutions true, sometimes we put too much emphasis on public approval without really considering the obligations of the ever since his induction, accomplish such a small amount? executive office. Obama’s campaign bark has proved to have very little presidential My purpose is not to defend the actions, agendas or accomplishments of the current president; but I will bite. defend the institution of the presidency. In today’s age To be fair, most presidents have had rocky starts of constant media coverage and instant gratification, themselves: along with Obama, both Ronald Reagan and our society expects the government to work at rapid Bill Clinton faced abysmal ratings after their first years speed. However, that is not the nature of the American and then would go on to be considered highly successful government. The Constitution established a complex in the rest of their terms. The difference, however, lies in After one year, does relationship between the legislative and executive branches Obama’s campaign tactics one year ago. Obama have your that our society has seemed to overlook. Everyone remembers the key words of 2009: Regardless of the politics behind the healthcare “hope,” “change” and a series of coined words to motiapproval vote? debate, I commend the role Obama played in writing the vate voters. The only problem is that after the turn of the now infamous healthcare bill. There was criticism that he decade, there’s not much we can claim has changed, and 10% I took a hands-off approach to the bill. Let us keep in mind, in turn there has been a decrease in hope. don’t care the president is not constitutionally responsible for drafting Going back as early as the first few days of being in 6% I don’t legislation; that is the job of Congress. When we start to office, Obama began several attempts at true strides toknow expect the president to rule the nation through executive wards change. After only two days as president, Obama orders (such as the failed order to close the Guantanamo signed an executive order to shut down the controver34% Yes Bay facility) we begin to undermine the original intentions sial Guantanamo Bay prison within the year, convincing of the Constitution. When the public has expectations for many progress was on its way. Yet as of today, the prison the President outside his realm of constitutional authority, still remains up and running. the nation will start to resemble a system of dictatorship, The Healthcare bill, pioneered by Obama to bring 50% No socialism, fascism or any of the other phrases Americans about strong reform of the current system employed in use to spark political fear. The Founding Fathers worked to the United States, has faced a rough year. Strong oppocreate a governing system that promoted political stability, sition from the right, along with various Tea Party acnot social change. And although President Obama’s eloquent tivist demonstrations throughout the past summer has campaign message promised change we could believe it, we decreased popularity in the bill. As of now, the bill has must first consider the nature of our government before become simply a bill of compromises between the far (results from poll on criticizing Obama’s first year in office. right, the far left, and everyone in between. Now with the The recent Massachusetts special Senate election has Democrats slowly losing majority, it seems that reform been referred to as a referendum on Obama’s first year. won’t be arriving any time soon. We cannot disregard the significance of a notably liberal Besides the president’s attempts at altering the polstate electing a Republican -- one that is not only filling the seat of the late Ted Kennedy, but is now also the only icies of the previous eight years with George W. Bush, it is what the presiRepublican representing Massachusetts in Congress. And yes, the implications of this election do seem to suggest dent hasn’t changed that has caused some alarm amongst loyal supporters. that the election in November will result in the Republican party gaining seats in Congress. However, we must Continuing warrantless surveillance and refusing to release information on keep in mind that historically, when the president’s party holds the majority in Congress, that party typically suffers past detainees has led to confusion as well as disappointment. losses in the first midterm election. So if the Republican party gains Congressional seats in November, it will not Judging by year one, it’s hard to be optimistic about the next three. only be expected but also consistent with historical trends. While I do believe there is plenty of time left, I do also believe Obama While it might sound crazy, electing more Republicans into office in November might be the only way may have doomed himself with strong promises and weak or no followto accomplish any real change. Currently, the Republican party has no incentive to cooperate or compromise through. as long as they are in the minority. And on the other hand, the distinct Democratic majority has left that party fractionalized and unable to achieve an actual consensus. So despite the fact that the Democrats currently have the majority power in the House, the Senate and the Presidency, internal fractionalization combined with the lack of incentive for Republicans to compromise, has left the Congress in a stalemate. Regardless of my personal political affiliations, I feel that minimizing the gap between the two parties in Congress will increase the ability to pass legislation. And I believe that Democrats, Republicans and Independents alike can agree that progress is better than no change at all. Civics lesson aside, the nation learned an important lesson with Obama’s campaign. Change is possible, but only when people are involved in the political process. This means that we must stay informed about American politics -- our generation especially needs to watch the news, vote in midterm elections, volunteer with local campaigns. Elected officials cater to the needs of the people whose support they can count on in elections. And the youth demographic has never been considered consistent in election support. Until we become involved and stay involved in politics, our generation will never see the change we want.

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January 27, 2010

Let’s hope our green initiatives don’t go postal By Mara Yamnicky Staff Writer In an attempt to jump on the “going-green” bandwagon, QU officials informed the rest of the University community of their efforts to administer new policies that will try to make Quinnipiac a “greener” place. Part of these efforts include a more eco-friendly communication system by the campus post office. In an e-mail sent out Jan. 12, students were informed about the new package tracking system which uses e-mail notifications in place of paper slips. In addition, Q-Card verification is required instead of paper signatures to receive packages. Finally that “big black hole” of a book bigger than Genesis requiring students to “sign on the X” upside down, shall cease to exist, saving the world one tree at a time. Smokey Bear would be proud. Now if we could just think of how to prevent students who suffer from cases of latenight party-induced dementia from losing their Q-Cards, we might be one carbon footprint closer to creating world peace. The implementation the email claims will begin this week still

“If QU really wants to do a better job at reducing its carbon footprint... both staff and students are going to have to make minor adjustments part of major assignments in their daily lives.” hasn’t seen the light of day, but I have hope that this system will set a standard and encourage responsibility for QU students and staff to follow because Kermit was right. It’s not so easy being green. Especially for QU students who fail to recognize that being environmentally-friendly involves more than just joining a “green” Facebook group or following Ralph Nader on Twitter. In fact, being green involves taking action and enforcing the rules that you say you believe in. That’s why I’m a bit concerned that our fellow QU green advocates are not who they say they are. For instance, the construction in the Café and the new “ecofriendly” QU has trashed the idea of keeping the garbage cans once

adorning the doors exiting the café near Dorm Road. Since students don’t want to walk past the library to throw away their trash, forcing them out into the blistering cold, a single garbage can located outside the Dorm Road doors is taking all the heat! Filled with a plethora of left-over Pepsi cans, half-eaten sandwiches and salads, it’s more than enough to cause Oscar the Grouch to jump ship. Furthermore, this pile of trash outweighs the whole point of having the reusable cups and silverware since nobody seems to be paying attention or caring where his or her garbage is going. Come on QU students: Use your noggins! Trash goes inside the trash can. Not around it, over it and everywhere in between.

A sign of the times

Right beside the recycling container does not count as recycling, either. But QU is going to have to do a lot more than instill Barney-style learning tactics to bury this problem in the dirt because students aren’t the only ones to blame. Professors claim the University is trying to save paper by uploading syllabi onto Blackboard, when in reality, students end up having to print a copy to refer to anyway. So what, now students are supposed to look like the main cause of deforestation? I will not be accountable for messing with the trees especially after James Cameron’s “Avatar.” Nobody wants to be on the Na’vi races’ bad side from interfering with their direct connection to Eywa. One accounting professor de-

cided to not only pass out a 16-page syllabus packet, but reprint three of the pages again as handouts. Is that really necessary? This doesn’t seem like someone we can account on to save the trees? If QU really wants to do a better job at reducing its carbon footprint, especially when we’re dealing with one that feels like the size of Bigfoot, both staff and students are going to have to make minor adjustments part of major assignments in their daily lives. This includes using the recycling system our school provides for us and modeling our lives after the changes the post office is making. So, calling team Roots and Shoots: Let’s hope you are on-target in de-rooting these problems on campus.

not your

average news It’s a big world out there, and bizarre By Lindsay Roberts and funny events occur every day. There Staff Writer are heroes, losers and just plain freaks all around us. So why should Heidi Montag get all the attention? I scoured the globe to bring you a few stories you might have missed. Prepare to be inspired. More distracting than a billboard: I am sure there are plenty of people who have followed through with a stupid dare in the name of inebriation. But before you go boasting about your most embarrassing endeavors while intoxicated, you need to hear about this chick from New Zealand. This 18-year-old was dared to stand in the median of a four-lane road and flash oncoming traffic. Turned heads and honking would be expected from such behavior, but that’s not what caused this teen’s night to end in the hospital. One motorist, apparently so distracted by the scene, swerved off the road and drove right into her. Luckily the driver was not harmed and Miss Mardi Gras walked away with minor injuries. Drunken moments may be priceless, but the fine for her “disorderly behavior” was $198.

A clever addition to a New Road construction sign pokes fun at QU’s construction.

SGA Update Congratulations on completing your first full week of classes for the second semester! By this time, I hope you are all settled and reacquainted with the college environment. The Student Government Association recently hosted its annual Winter Training upon the beginning of the semester, in which the members worked towards progressing semester long goals and events. We are very excited to share two new Student Government Association commercials with you, which can be found on social networking sites such as Facebook, and YouTube. You can find a link to the video commercials below. The Student Government Association is also pleased to announce its support for the ALANA&I Mentoring Group in their efforts to raise money for the Haiti relief project. ALANA&I gives QU community members the opportunity to donate to four different

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Check out SGA’s latest commercial at the new

organizations: the American Red Cross, Save the Children, Doctors Without Borders and Wyclef Jean’s Yele Haiti Foundation. Many Quinnipiac students have already expressed leadership through supporting Haiti, which stands as a testament to the character of our community and our commitment to the global community. If you are interested in donating through ALANA&I, please contact Quanita Jones or myself through email. Further, if you are interested in getting involved on campus, please consider attending the Spring Involvement Fair which will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 4-6 p.m. in the Burt Kahn gym. I hope to see you there! Live the Legend, Lou Venturelli

Insecure bank robber: I have always assumed it takes a certain type of person to hold a bank teller at gunpoint and demand for something that is not rightfully theirs. I guess this wannabe criminal in Springfield, Mass., just didn’t have that “it” factor. The robber threatened that he was armed, without displaying any type of weapon. At this point what I imagine to be an aggravated upstanding citizen yelled at the robber to leave. And he did. He ran out the doors and into his “getaway car.” I love this story so much because I am so sick of criminals walking around like their life is so hard. This incident happened early in the morning, so I’m sure whoever the person is who scolded the robber was just trying to pick up some cash before another day at work. And here is this man, during a global recession no less, trying to get through the easy way. Everyone has their limit; sometimes it is the most unlikely people who you should fear. Taco tantrum: They always say to not complain at a restaurant because someone will end up spitting in your food. What they fail to mention is what happens after the customer discovers the unwelcomed surprise. A 31-year-old man in Alaska made two trips through the drive-thru at a Taco Bell because his order was not what he wanted. When he returned a third time, demanding what he originally requested, the “special sauce” ended up not being what he had in mind. According to the finicky customer, the manager said he was only complaining because he wanted free food. Livid by this statement and the spit, the man hurled his double-decker taco into the manager’s face. The manager ended up winning this brawl, with the customer in jail for the night and sentenced to one year’s probation. But if there really was spit in the taco, the manager got a taste of his own service.


Arts & Entertainment The Chronicle

January 27, 2010


Carrie Underwood - famous for her Louisville Slugger skills.

Jennifer Hudson suck it, Fantasia.



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Season 9 of American Idol can be seen every Tuesday and Wednesday at 8 p.m. on Fox.

Kelly Clarkson - our lives would suck without her.


Throughout the eight-year run of FOX’s “American Idol,” America has watched attentively as thousands of young hopefuls sang their hearts out each week on national television. So much emphasis is placed on the winner of “American Idol” each season, but can you name all of the past winners? Kelly Clarkson made television history as the first winner of “American Idol.” After the show, Clarkson went on to sign a record deal with RCA Records where she released four albums to date. Her first album, “Thankful,” went double platinum after its release in 2003. Her second album, “Breakaway,” scored her two Grammy Awards. Clarkson’s third album, “My December,” was released in 2007 to lackluster sales and her latest album, “All I Ever Wanted” was released in 2009 with chart-topping singles like, “My Life Would Suck Without You” and “Already Gone.” Eleven of Clarkson’s singles became Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 list, including “Since U Been Gone” and “My Life Would Suck Without You.” Unlike Kelly Clarkson, Season 2 winner Ruben Studdard had a difficult time transitioning into the music world. Since “Idol,” Studdard has signed a contract with J Records and released four studio albums throughout his career. Studdard has been nominated for several BET Awards, a Grammy Award, an American Music Award, and a Soul Train Award. In 2008, Studdard was dropped from J Records in addition to dropping nearly 100 pounds. Ruben does not currently have a formal record contract. Season 3 winner Fantasia Barrino released her debut studio album “Free Yourself ” in 2004. The album went platinum. In 2006, Barrino appeared on Broadway in the musical, “The Color Purple.” Currently, Barrino is in the studio finishing up her third album, which is scheduled for release later this year, and starring in her own VH1 reality series, “Fantasia For Real.” The title of “American Idol” Season 4 went to country queen Carrie Underwood. Underwood’s debut album, “Some Hearts,” went septuple platinum. Her second album, “Carnival Ride,” produced five No. 1 hits on the country music charts. Underwood’s third album, “Play On,” was released in November 2009, and has since sold over one million copies. To date, Underwood has won four Grammy Awards, five American Music Awards, 14 Billboard Music Awards, six People’s Choice Awards and five Country Music Awards. At age 29, Taylor Hicks earned the title as the oldest winner of “American Idol.” After the show, Hicks signed a contract with Arista Records. In 2006, Hicks released his

self-titled debut album. Unfortunately, Hicks has the lowest album sales of any “Idol” winner up until that point. In 2008, Arista Records and Hicks mutually parted ways. In 2009, Hicks released his second album titled “The Distance” under his own record label. Season 6 winner Jordin Sparks was the youngest “Idol” winner at age 17. After the show, Sparks signed with Jive Records and released her debut album titled “Jordin Sparks.” The three singles from her album, “Tattoo,” “No Air,” and “One Step at a Time” all earned a high ranking on the Billboard Hot 100 list. In 2009, Sparks released her second studio album titled “Battlefield” which has not matched the success of her debut. Sparks has collaborated and toured with artists such as Chris Brown, the Jonas Brothers, Jesse McCartney and Alicia Keys. Rocker David Cook earned the title of “American Idol” winner Season 7. Cook’s debut album was released in 2008 and went platinum. The album produced two top singles including “Light On” and “Come Back To Me.” Since his big win, Cook has appeared on “Saturday Night Live” and has worked with bands such as Lifehouse, Better Than Ezra and Collective Soul. Female hearts broke all over the world when they learned that “American Idol” Season 8 winner Kris Allen was a married man. Allen signed with Jive Records and went on to release his self-titled album in 2009. Allen’s singles “No Boundaries” and his rendition of “Heartless” earned top spots on the Billboard Hot 100. After its first week of sales, Allen’s self-titled album sold over 80,000 copies. His album is currently the lowest selling debut album from any winner, though Allen is having success from his lead single, “Live Like You’re Dying.” “American Idol” displayed its new makeover at the judges’ table in the Season 9 premiere on Jan. 12 with the absence of longtime judge Paula Abdul. Since Abdul’s departure from the show, this season has already featured guest judges such as Shania Twain, Mary J. Blige, Victoria Beckham and Kristin Chenoweth, Avril Lavigne and Katy Perry. Other scheduled guest judges include Joe Jonas and Neil Patrick Harris. Ellen DeGeneres was given Abdul’s former spot at the judges’ table (DeGeneres makes her first appearance during Hollywood week). Simon Cowell also announced on Jan. 11 that this will be his last season on the hit reality show. Although “American Idol” Season 9 is still in its beginning stages, there are already several contestants to keep an eye on throughout the competition. The “American Idol” phenomenon is still strong going into its ninth season, and hopefully this year’s winner will be as successful as several of the “Idol” alums.


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’Idol’ success stories


As the ninth season of “American Idol” kicks off, we take a trip back in “Idol” time. You know, when Paula Abdul was being...Paula Abdul.


Arts & Entertainment

January 27, 2010

RAVE of the week

Culture Shock

Life Unexpected


CW’s new drama “Life Unexpected” is a breath of fresh air on a struggling network that mainly consists of shows featuring spoiled teenagers. Brittany Robertson stars as Lux, a girl about to celebrate her Sweet 16, and is in search of her birth parents in order to become emancipated. Lux had been passed around between several foster homes and is in desperate need of a new home. Lux’s search takes her to a bar owned by her father Nate ‘Baze’ Bazile (Kristoffer Polaha), who reveals that her mother is radio talk show host Cate Cassidy (Shiri Appleby), who Lux coincidentally listens to every morning. Baze and Cate accidentally got pregnant in high school and gave their daughter up for adoption. Thematically, “Life Unexpected” is reminiscent of shows during the glory days of the WB such as “Gilmore Girls” and “Everwood.” Kerr Smith also stars as Cate’s radio co-host and fiancée. With turns from Appleby, who broke through on the WB’s “Roswell” in the ‘90s and likewise, Smith on “Dawson’s Creek,” “Life Unexpected” is built with players from WB’s prime. Robertson is an effective lead. Her performance of Lux is tough as nails, but she maintains a sweet vulnerability that allows the audience to truly empathize with her situation. While some sequences and dialogue verge on being too cutesy, “Life Unexpected” still has a lot of heart. --MB


of the week Ke$ha

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Wake up every morning and feel like Ke$ha. Gag. Now that would be quite the nightmare. Admittedly, Ke$ha’s first single “TiK ToK” is somewhat fun and danceable (particularly if you are drunk), but there is hardly any artistic merit to it. The song will barely hold up six months to a year from now (akin to 3OH!3’s “Don’t Trust Me”). It is roughly a year later and I am no longer doing the Helen Keller. Sorry. Ke$ha’s debut album “Animal” neither carries the weight nor sustains the high adrenaline dance-pop power of “TiK ToK” (although, “Hungover” is fairly listenable, as well). It is difficult to imagine what is worse: the fact that she uses a dollar sign in her name or that she thinks glitter sprinkled over her face makes her look more attractive. Sure, Ke$ha’s music may be appealing in a train wreck kind of way, but other alternatives to Ke$ha include Swedish pop singer-songwriter Robyn (“Be Mine!,” “With Every Heartbeat”) or Norwegian pop artist Annie (“Chewing Gum,” “Songs Remind Me of You”). Tick tock: When will Ke$ha’s time be up? --MB


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Hansard, Irglová sell out Radio City By Matt Busekroos A&E Editor

Something magical occurred when Irish musician Glen Hansard and Czech vocalist and pianist Markéta Irglová stepped foot in front of a sold-out crowd at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Jan. 19. There was no elaborate set or screens set up to show the folk duo close-up for those in the third mezzanine. Despite housing approximately 6,000 concertgoers, Radio City felt intimate and the duo known as The Swell Season purposely kept it that way. Hansard and Irglová are the Oscar-winning singers and song-writers of “Falling Slowly” from the 2007 Irish indie film “Once.” Hansard and Irglová have dated (and since broken up), which made the songs they performed all the more effective and somber, yet slightly hopeful for the future. (One member of the audience brazenly said as much, yelling for the two to get back together following their sweeping performance of “Falling Slowly” during the encore.) Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter opened for Hansard and Irglová. Ritter’s folk and country-tinged stylings proved to be quite the way to start the evening’s proceedings. Even though Ritter only appeared on stage for a half-hour, he more than made up for the limited time through his smooth vocal performance and quirky stage presence. Ritter was eternally grateful for the break to play a packed house and have his music heard for many prospective fans. The Swell Season finally began their set after 9 p.m. and the two were well worth the wait. Despite the fact that the two are no longer dating, the songs and their performances still contained a slow-burn of passion and quiet restraint that lingered from the insides of their bodies and out from their

lips. Hansard could have melted Radio City Music Hall down all by himself when he segued from The Swell Season’s “Low Rising” into Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing.” In addition to Gaye, The Swell Season covered songs from Van Morrison and Bruce Springsteen. During their cover of Springsteen’s “Drive All Night,” The Swell Season was joined by Jake Clemons, who played the only brass instrument of the night: the saxophone. One of the more emotionally stirring moments of the evening occurred when Hansard told the audience about a woman named Lois he met in Chicago. Like many, Lois was unfamiliar with Hansard and The Swell Season. Hansard spoke a little bit about himself when Lois almost stopped him short. Her eyes began to well up as she mentioned that her son was Hansard’s age when he was in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11. She had a bad feeling that morning, but never had the opportunity to tell her son to not go into work. Hansard often thinks of Lois and her devastating predicament. Because of Lois, he encouraged the audience to not hold back anything to anyone and say what is on your mind because you don’t want to regret any missed chances. Hansard and Irglová were joined on stage for the majority of the evening by the Frames, Hansard’s band before he met Irglová. The chemistry on stage between all of the musicians was on point and they shared a genuine respect for one another. Hansard and Irglová were humble and gracious; they did not seem like two people who had won Academy Awards or have been effected by success at all. The Swell Season performed for well over two and a half hours and left the audience in a spellbound trance that only true wizards of music could have the capabilities of doing.

Vampire Weekend’s “Contra” is the No. 1 album in the country selling 124,000 copies, according to Billboard. Finally. Quality music at the top of the chart after the six-week reign of Susan Boyle and one-week appearance from Ke$ha.

The “Hope for Haiti Now” telethon raised more than $57 million. The two-hour, star-studded event aired Friday, Jan. 22.

“The Hurt Locker” proved victorious at the Producer’s Guild of America (PGA) Awards on Jan. 24 where it defeated “Avatar” for Best Produced Motion Picture. “30 Rock” and “Mad Men” won on the television side for comedy and drama, respectively.

The ensemble for “Inglourious Basterds,” Jeff Bridges (“Crazy Heart”), Sandra Bullock (“The Blind Side”), Christoph Waltz (“Inglourious Basterds”) and Mo’Nique (“Precious”) all won at the 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards.

Conan O’Brien on leaving ‘The Tonight Show’

“Every comedian dreams of hosting ‘The Tonight Show’ and for seven months, I got to do it. And we did it my way with people I love. I do not regret one second of anything we’ve done here.”


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January 27, 2010

Golden Globe fashion bucks trends By Mary-Catherine Dolan Scene Editor You wouldn’t normally accessorize an evening gown with an umbrella, but on Jan. 17, the stars had no other option. Not even an unpredictable Los Angeles rain could wash out the attendees’ stunningly shining looks as they made their way down the red carpet at the 2010 Golden Globe Awards. In Hollywood, fashion and trends are constantly changing frontrunners; stars are reinventing looks whenever possible. This red carpet event was no exception. Instead of unoriginal tight, sleek looks, stars blazoned dresses with

ruffles and volume. Some were a fashion hit and some were a trainwreck miss. Newcomer Anna Kendrick, co-star of “Up in the Air” with George Clooney, walked the red carpet in a ruffled Marchesa number. The off-white dress had a delicate diamond leaf design overlay as it wrapped up one shoulder. Sideswept hair pulled into a low bun and a white clutch completed her look. “Inglourious Basterds” star Diane Krugar played up the voluminous ruffle trend and added a punch of color to boot. She wore a multilayered, tulle pink dress that had a tight bodice with a white bow at the waist and big, ruffled sleeves.

The fashion forward star took a risk in this Christian Lacroix Haute Couture number, but she pulled it off. Her hair could have used a full updo because of the dramatics of the dress instead of her half-up do, however. Following the ruffle trend and looking more overdone than anything, HBO’s “Big Love” star Chloe Sevigny walked down the rainy red carpet in a lilac Valentino gown. Ruffles took over both sides of the strapless dress, making Sevigny wider and puffier looking than she really is. Though the ruffles did look elegant cascading down her gown, it was overdone. Perhaps it was made clear that she went over and above in the name of fashion when an usher stepped on and ripped her gown and she had to change into a new one. “Mad Men” star Christina Hendricks wore Project Runway winner Christian Siriano’s ruffled peach dress on awards night. Curvy, red-haired bombshell Hendricks took on Siriano’s dress effortlessly. The top of the gown was fitted and strapless while the skirt flowed out into soft ruffling tulles. Her pale skin, red lipstick and red hair really made the peach gown stand out. Another trend of the evening was showing skin. Mariah Carey and Halle Berry both rocked plunging necklines down the red carpet. Carey wore a black Herve Leger for Max Azria dress with the popular bandage-like material. For Carey and her notoriously ample chest, the dress was one size too small and two inches low-cut. The classier choice of the two was Halle Berry’s

Campus Couture NAME: Reid Engwall AGE: 18 YEAR: Freshman HOMETOWN: Mission Viejo, Calif. WHAT ARE YOU WEARING? A a Boston Red Sox hat, a black BDG hoodie, a gray BDG blazer, black BDG skinny jeans, a green and purple Salt Valley flannel, gray skinny tie, and blue Chuck Taylors. STYLE INFLUENCES? “Music is a huge part of my life. That being said, I dress as if I’m going to a gig basically every day. Indie rock bands like Bishop Allen, Local Natives and Death Cab for Cutie influence what I wear daily and serve as my style icons. And of course, I don’t go anywhere without my Red Sox hat.”

-- Stephanie Osmanski

Above, Drew Barrymore shows off her uniquely styled dress, left, Diane Kruger (“Inglourious Basterds”) wears the latest Christian Lacroix Haute Couture adventure.

Kaufman Franco black dress. Complete with lace trim all around, Berry’s choice rivaled Carey’s but had a look of sexy, not sleazy. While stars usually flock to red, white or black dresses, this season, a good handful of actresses chose a deep purple hue for their gown. TV star Jane Krakowski checked two trends off the list in her one-shoulder, deep purple J. Mendel gown. Pulled together at the waist with a black beaded accessory, the dress hung on her body in the most flattering ways. “The Blind Side” star Sandra Bullock also followed suit in the eggplant color trend when she wore a Bottega Veneta strap-

less number. The bodice was fitted and flowed out into a sheer, layered purple skirt. The dress showed off Bullock’s toned legs in a classy fashion. Like Krakowski’s dress, actress Rose Byrne chose a shiny, deep purple fitted dress. Though hers was strapless, it also cinched together at the waist by means of delicate flower appliqué. The Golden Globes not only kick off the season where actors award themselves for their work, they also kick off the trend of flaunting new styles, making best dressed lists and making fashion mistakes. This year was no exception.

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Staying resolute

By Allison Feeney Staff Writer

By Sarah Rosenberg Staff Writer

The beginning of spring semester in chilly Hamden at Quinnipiac University can be a difficult start for some. The weather is still cold, the holidays are still lingering and the thought of another academic workload isn’t always appealing. On the other hand, most students return from winter break with an excitement to return to the life they know here at school. Whether you decide to finally fit in time for the gym, force yourself to go spend an afternoon with Arnold so you actually get work done, or if you want to have a completely new experience, this is the time to do it. Here are seven tips to make the most of your spring semester.


Stay organized: Nothing says a new semester like buying new notebooks and folders and making the age-old commitment that this will be semester that you actually stay organized. Keeping your notes in one place will make studying for exams easier and keep stress levels down. Not only should you keep your school life in order, but keeping your room neat will make daily life easier and stress-free. Knowing exactly where that English book is that you need to bring to class may mean that you can get an extra five minutes of sleep. Time management is also a key component of staying organized. Spending two straight hours on Facebook is a waste of time. Do homework instead, and the stress will melt faster than the snow in springtime (hopefully!).


Sleep: Sometimes staying up until the wee hours of the morning seems fun at the time, but you will immediately regret that decision when you wake up. Sleep is not only necessary to keep your focus so you can do work, but it will keep you sane in the long run. Living with roommates and being in tight quarters can start to wear at your nerves, and sleep will keep that in check. Pointless freak-outs will only make situations worse and are often avoidable by getting enough

sleep. Getting enough sleep will ward off any potential illness and it will keep you mentally in check too.

ments for other classes. Excused absences are gifts that should be used and not abused.

Stay on top of your work: While putting off those 10page reading assignments might not seem like the end of the world at first, after a few days and a few more assignments, things start to quickly pile up and you will become overly stressed. Sitting down and actually doing the readings will pay off in the long run. Putting aside a half-hour here or there to do one of your assignments will alleviate stress and result in better grades.

Branch out: New semesters are a chance to be a new person. Go out and let yourself do all those things that you said you would do last semester but then never actually did. If there is a club you want to be a part of or an event that grabs your attention, you should definitely get involved. Just because you were part of this club or that organization last semester does not mean you have limited yourself forever. Getting involved in something will lead to meeting new people, and you can never have too many friends. It also will help build your growing resumé for future employers.



Make use of office hours: Believe it or not, professors are there for you. They want you to succeed and do all that they can to make that available and known to their students. Being able to simply walk into your professor’s office and sit down and ask any questions you have is the quickest and easiest solution to any academic confusion you may have. They will really get to know you and know that you care about your grade.


Take advantage of excused absences: Professors give those for a reason. They understand that sometimes you just need a mental health day or you sometimes need to finish assign-

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Plan a weekend getaway: The start of a new semester leaves many open weekends and time to fill. As a reward for all your hard work, plan a weekend away with your friends as a mid-semester pick-me-up. A night in the city or even just at someone’s house could be just the thing that will get you through those all-nighters. The key to healthy living is balance and moderation, so include some leisure time amongst all your hard work.

What did you hope to accomplish in 2010? It’s a simple question, but the beginning days of January proposed the idea of making life changes, alterations to everyday routines and getting rid of habits and indulgences that may have seemed to be excessive at the time. In order to be a sincere and truthful writer, I must admit that my daily cup(s) of coffee and devotion to dark chocolate is somewhat worrisome. I couldn’t even think about cutting them completely out of my life. But, I have to ask myself: is my fondness for a little caffeine so unhealthy that I need to make a New Year’s resolution to fix it? Moreover, I feel as if setting that resolution would keep me from actually going through with it. I feel as if New Year’s resolutions are completely overrated. I don’t think I have ever set a resolution that I followed through with. A resolution is simply a tease. The child who is told they can’t have a cookie will eventually sneak right back into the cookie jar, even though their mother said it was wrong. Equally enough, if I tell myself chocolate is off-limits, I will be more tempted to snack on a bag of Hershey’s Kisses. Again, if I’m being truthful, I have probably eaten more chocolate and consumed more coffee since putting myself under pressure. You always want what you can’t have. The same idea goes for hitting the gym. Shedding weight for the New Year is probably the most popular resolution for people. These days, everyone wants to lose weight and fit the image of having the perfect figure, but I don’t buy into the idea that Jan. 1 is the perfect time to start reaching for that goal. There’s no reason why anyone should have to feel like they need to lose weight because it’s endorsed by a holiday. However, that’s what seems to happen.

When it comes to resolutions, we all seem to think that it’s all or nothing. We have to go to the gym once a day, pasta and bread is no longer part of our diet, and eating after 7 p.m. is almost unheard of. If we tell people we have set a resolution but we don’t go through with it, it’s as if we’ve let ourselves and those who were rooting for us down. I’m all for resolutions and setting goals, but do they have to have a label? Do they have to entail a public display of your attempt at success? A resolution doesn’t necessarily have to be private but it should fan out according to your own terms. I think I would rather not set goals in order to achieve something or change something in my lifestyle. Being tied down by a deadline and the obsession of staying true to a goal can be tiring; it may even become unhealthier than the lifestyle you were previously living. My advice, and it may not be the right advice for you, is to follow through with goals when you feel they can be carried out. If you know you can’t make it to the gym because of other obligations there is no point in stressing over the fact that it just didn’t fit Flickr in to your day’s schedule. You’ll probably be more likely to go to the gym or resist a piece of chocolate when you know the pressure is off. Luckily for us, the annual push to renew our lives comes and goes just as fast as the holiday itself. The hype around who you know and what their resolution is dies down quickly along with the pressure of carrying it out. When all is said and done, the only hope is that people don’t necessarily need the resolution to keep their new agendas going. After the winter season and the fervor of resolutions fades away, goals may be more likely to be sustained. Spring is coming and that might inspire you to to reach beyond a New Year’s label.

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Coach’s Corner

“We controlled 30 out of a 40-minute game, but today was 45 minutes and we didn’t play all 45.” - Tricia Fabbri Women’s Basketball

January 27, 2010


Foul trouble spoils Bobcat effort By Tim Pelrine Assoc. Sports Editor The Quinnipiac women’s basketball team lost its third game in a row in a 78-70 overtime loss to Central Connecticut State on Saturday afternoon. Senior center Courtney Kaminski led Quinnipiac with 20 points and nine rebounds in the losing effort. CCSU lost to Quinnipiac on Jan. 14 CCSU 78 and Sacred Quinnipiac 70 Heart last Saturday, but after beating Sacred Heart in a rematch, the Blue Devils came to Hamden inspired. “Central Connecticut came in with a lot of confidence after beating Sacred Heart at Sacred Heart,” Quinnipiac head coach Tricia Fabbri said. “We controlled 30 out of a 40-minute game, but today was 45 minutes and we didn’t play all 45.” Kaminski and sophomore forward Jacinda Dunbar (14 points, 13 rebounds) both had four fouls going into the overtime period. An offensive foul called on Kaminski forced her to sit out the remaining two minutes. “It was pivotal that [Dunbar

and Kaminski] stay in the game,” Fabbri said. “Unfortunately for us, Courtney ended up on the bench. It was just a tough circumstance to have her on the bench. She’s definitely our go-to player along with Jacinda.” Foul trouble wasn’t the only thing that hurt the Bobcats. CCSU

capitalized off 24 Bobcat turnovers, scoring 30 points off giveaways. Bench production was another problem for Quinnipiac. The team managed only 10 points, including just one point in the first half. Despite the loss, Quinnipiac’s offense had a strong showing all around, shooting 41 percent from

the floor, including 39 percent from beyond the arc. Alyssa Jann, who scored 14 points in the game, made four from 3-point range. Freshman guard Lisa Lebak also was in double figures with 10. The Bobcats led 32-29 at halftime and extended their lead to 10 in the second half, but the Blue

NEC Standings

Team 1. Sacred Heart 1. Robert Morris 3. Long Island 4. Quinnipiac

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Men’s Ice Hockey

Niagara 6, QU 2 Ben Arnt: first career goal Niagara 3, QU 3 Brandon Wong: 2 goals

Women’s Ice Hockey QU 2, Wayne St. 1 Janine Duffy: 1 goal QU 4, Wayne St. 1 Kallie Flor: 2 goals

Men’s Basketball

Women’s Basketball Bryant 67, QU 42 Jacinda Dunbar: 13 points, 11 rebounds CCSU 78, QU 70 Courtney Kaminski: 20 points, 9 rebounds

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Four others tied for fourth

The Rundown

QU 84, Bryant 59 James Feldeine: 18 points, 6 rebounds QU 75, CCSU 62 Justin Rutty: 26 points, 14 rebounds

Devils clawed back to tie the score with three minutes left. The overtime period belonged to CCSU, as it outscored Quinnipiac 13-5. There were 14 lead changes in the game, 13 of which occurred in the first half. The Bobcats’ next game is on Jan. 28 when they face Wagner in at the Spiro Sports Center in Staten Island, N.Y.

Senior forward Krystal Lazos leaps for a loose ball in Saturday’s overtime loss to the CCSU Blue Devils. Lazos racked up six points and three boards in the loss. Caiti Kaminski / Chronicle

ICE COLD: Winless streak hits 8 continued from back cover Bobcats the lead going into the third period. “We’re in a hole right now and we’re going to have to find a way to get back,” Wong said. “We’re expecting to win every night - that was one of our goals coming into the season. I think we’re doing a little too much talking off the ice right now, and not showing it on the ice.” Wong had two power-play goals and Zurevinski assisted on

all three Bobcat goals. “Wong and Zurevinski were probably our two best players,” Pecknold said. “Wong got it going again, and he was in a little bit of a slump. Hopefully he can get it rolling, and we can get some balanced scoring. If we keep playing like that we’re going to win a lot of hockey games. This just cannot continue to happen to us.” Senior captain Jean-Marc Beaudoin scored his seventh goal of the season for the Bobcats early

in the second period. Quinnipiac returns to ECAC Hockey play for the rest of the season, starting with Dartmouth on the road on Friday.

ECAC Hockey Standings

Team Pts ECAC 1. Union 17 7-2-3 2. Cornell 16 7-2-2 2. Yale 16 7-3-2 2. St. Lawrence 16 7-3-2 5. Quinnipiac 14 7-6-0

continued from back cover week of practice,” said Quinnipiac head coach Tom Moore after the game. Due to a combination of nagging injuries, foul trouble and lopsided victories, Moore has admittedly been limiting his star forward’s minutes over the last couple of weeks. “I’ve definitely enjoyed the extra rest; it’s been really good for my body,” Rutty said. “Everyone playing well and scoring has really taken the load off me.” Trailing by three at halftime, the Bobcats came out in the second half and quickly went on an 11-0 run sparked by two key charges drawn by James Johnson and Rutty. Ninety seconds into the half, CCSU head coach Howie Dickenman called a quick time-out, but the Bobcats didn’t lose any of their momentum. “[Quinnipiac] was simply too fast and too quick for us today,” Dickenman said. “In my opinion right now they are the best overall team in the league.” Senior forward James Feldeine scored on a transition lay-up early in the second half to give Quinnipiac a 31-30 lead, a lead they would never relinquish. Scoring on the fast break was a theme throughout the game for the Bobcats and no one excelled in this area more than sophomore point guard James Johnson. “James is evolving into an extremely good transition point guard,” Moore said. “He made a number of plays that got us easy baskets.” The Bobcats outscored the Blue Devils 50-34 in the second half on 55-percent shooting and lead by as many as 19. Quinnipiac begins its threegame road trip this Thursday against Wagner at 7 p.m at the Spiro Sports Center in Staten Island, N.Y.


GAMESTOWATCH Quinnipiac Bobcats

QU dominated the second half in Sunday’s win over the Blue Devils

Number of consecutive wins for the men’s basketball team, resulting in their best start in school history.

at RPI (10-10-5, 7-4-3 ECACH), Friday, 7 p.m. at Union (5-20-1, 1-12-1 ECACH), Saturday, 4 p.m.

at Wagner (6-13, 3-5 NEC), Thursday, 5 p.m. at Mount St. Mary’s (7-11, 3-5 NEC), Saturday, 3 p.m.


Goals scored by the women’s ice hockey team in the third period in their 4-1 win over Wayne State.

Clockwise from top-left: Justin Rutty skies for a dunk; James Feldeine puts a fake on a CCSU defender; James Johnson protects the ball as he dribbles upcourt; a Quinnipiac cheerleader collects money from a family for Haiti relief; Jeremy Baker goes up for a layup. The Bobcats beat the Blue Devils 75-62 on Sunday.


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Athletes of the Week Justin Rutty

Victoria Vigilanti

Justin Rutty continued to impress in front of the television audience as he led the Bobcats with 26 points and 14 rebounds in a victory over Central Connecticut State on Sunday. The game was televised on NESN and for the season, Rutty has dominated in front of the cameras. He tied his career high in points against Rhode Island with 30 and has compiled a double-double in each broadcast game.

Victoria Vigilanti continued to build on her strong freshman season with a couple of victories over Wayne State on Friday and Saturday. In Friday’s contest, Vigilanti stopped 15 shots in a 2-1 win and compiled 11 saves in the 4-1 triumph on Saturday. With the successful weekend, the goaltender’s record moves to 12-7-6 and is currently riding a six-game winning streak.

Men’s Basketball Junior Forward #12 Newburgh, N.Y.

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Women’s Ice Hockey

Women’s Basketball


Dollars raised by Quinnipiac athletics during the men’s and women’s basketball games over the weekend.

at Dartmouth (5-14, 3-9 ECACH), Friday, 7 p.m.

at Mount St. Mary’s (5-14, 2-6 NEC), Saturday 7 p.m.

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at Wagner (3-18, 1-7 NEC), Thursday 7 p.m.

January 27, 2010

Points per game for Justin Rutty in four NESN games this season.

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Men’s Basketball


Next home game: Saturday, Feb. 6, 3 p.m. vs. Sacred Heart

Consecutive games in which the men’s ice hockey team had won when leading going into the third period after tying Niagara on Saturday.

Women’s Ice Hockey Freshman Goaltender #63 Woodbridge, Ontario

Caiti Kamisnki / Chronicle Amanda Shulman / Chronicle

Next home game: Friday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m. vs. St. Lawrence



Coach’s Corner

- Rand Pecknold Men’s Ice Hockey

January 27, 2010

Bobcat record ice cold

Women’s win streak continues


By Cassie Comeau Staff Writer

Mike Dalhuisen (above) made several punishing checks in Saturday’s tie with Niagara. Andrew Vazzano / Chronicle

By Robin Schuppert Staff Writer Senior assistant captain Brandon Wong said the Bobcats look to go out and win every night, but a win is something the Bobcats have been waiting for since Dec. 12, 2009. The Quinnipiac Bobcats men’s ice hockey team skated to a 3-3 tie with the Niagara Purple Eagles on Saturday night at the TD Bank Sports Center. While the tie ended a seven-game Niagara 3 losing streak, the Bobcats Quinnipiac 3 dropped to 1-9-2 in their past 12 games after starting the season 121. “It’s the nature of the beast right now,” Quinnipiac head coach Rand Pecknold said. “We’re just not getting any breaks. We battled all night, and we played great. But the puck is just refusing to go in right now. We just have to keep battling. I have to give the guys a lot of credit. They’re not quitting, but we need to get better results.” One night after targeting 50 shots on goal, the Bobcats fired 58 shots at goaltender Chris Noonan. “I think throughout everyone’s career you have a slide similar to this,” sophomore forward Scott Zurevinski said. “It’s tough, but we just have to find a way out of it and keep whacking away. Eventually they’re going to go in and we’re going to start winning games.” The Bobcats took a comfortable 3-1 lead into the third period after a late second period goal by Wong, but gave up two even-strength goals in the first two minutes of the period. The tie snapped a 44-game winning streak for the Bobcats in games that they led by two or more goals heading into the final period. “We had a 3-1 lead and we were dominating the game, and the turnover before the second goal was just atrocious,” Pecknold said. “There’s no reason to do it. It was just stupid. And the third goal should never have gone in either.” Wong, whose last goal came eight games ago in the Bobcats last victory, scored his 13th and 14th goals of the season to give the ICE COLD, continued on page 10 Andrew Vazzano / Chronicle

“It’s the nature of the beast right now. We’re just not getting any breaks.”

Freshman forward Jamee Jackson stuffs CCSU’s David Simmons in Quinnipiac’s 75-62 win on Sunday at the TD Bank Sports Center. Andrew Vazzano / Chronicle

BLOCK PARTY Rutty shines under NESN spotlight in victory

A 50-point outburst in the second half by the Quinnipiac men’s basketball By Andrew Spero team led the Bobcats past the Contributing Writer Central Connecticut State Blue Devils 75-62 at the TD Bank Sports Center on Sunday. The Bobcats extended CCSU 62 their perfect record at home to 8-0 and it was also their Quinnipiac 75 seventh consecutive win overall. Now at 7-1 in Northeast Conference play, the Bobcats held their spot atop the standings, keeping pace with Robert Morris, who beat Monmouth on Saturday. Junior forward Justin Rutty played a big role in the second half comeback with his 26-point, 14-rebound performance. Rutty converted on 13 of the 16 shots he took, including eight of NEC Standings Team NEC nine in the second half. 1. Quinnipiac “Justin was making 7-1 1. Robert Morris 7-1 everything today, I knew he 3. St. Francis (N.Y.) 6-2 was ready to step up for us Justin Rutty speaks to a NESN reporter after 3. Long Island 6-2 because he had a dominant dropping 26 points and grabbing 14 rebounds in 5. Sacred Heart 5-3 BLOCK PARTY, continued on page 10

Sunday’s win.

Andrew Vazzano / Chronicle

The Quinnipiac women’s ice hockey team completed its weekend sweep of Wayne State with a 4-1 win on Saturday. It was the Bobcats’ sixth straight victory and kept them unbeaten at the TD Bank Sports Center in the past three months. After two scoreless periods, the offense finally came alive in the third. “They knew they had to wake up,” Quinnipiac head coach Rick Seeley said. “Lately, we’ve been playing the kind of hockey Wayne State 1 we played in the third, so they Quinnipiac 4 knew what to go back to.” Bobcat senior captain Kallie Flor netted two of the team’s four goals with the first coming just 16 seconds into the period. Her second arrived with 6:12 to go on a shot over the right shoulder of Warrior goaltender Delayne Brian. “[Flor] had a big third period for sure,” Seeley said. “She kind of led the way last week against Syracuse and that continued today. It was a great day.” The Warriors answered Flor’s first goal with one of their own just over two minutes into the period. Warrior sophomore forward Micheline Frappier scored off a pass from freshman forward Jaclyn Stapleton. The Bobcats took over the game from that point on, responding with three straight goals. Freshman forward Kristen Eklund broke the tie off a rebound on a shot by Jordan Elkins less than a minute after the Warriors’ lone goal. Two insurance goals followed: the first by Flor and the second by senior forward Janine Duffy on an empty net in the final minute of action. The win wrapped up Quinnipiac’s out-of-conference schedule, leaving the team with eight conference games over the last four weekends of the regular season. The Bobcats are currently tied for fourth in ECAC Hockey and will take on Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (tied for fourth) on Friday and Union (tied for last) on Saturday – both on the road. The Bobcats received their first ever vote in last week’s USCHO poll and garnered three more this week. “The fact that we’re starting to get back in the rankings is satisfying, but it’s not going to dictate what we do,” Seeley said.

ECAC Hockey Standings

Team Pts ECAC 1. Clarkson 23 11-1-1 2. Cornell 22 9-1-4 3. Harvard 18 8-5-2 4. Quinnipiac 17 6-3-5 Princeton and RPI tied for fourth

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