Men’s hockey stays alive in ECACs, page 16
St. Baldrick’s draws $24,000, page 5
You’re a sad man, Charlie Sheen, page 7
The QUINNIPIAC Volume 80 Issue 18
March 9, 2011
Registrar faces possible jail time By Joe Pelletier Editor in chief
STORY, PAGE 13
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Senior captain Justin Rutty steps off the court following men’s basketball’s eerie semifinal loss at the hands of Robert Morris ... the same team that sent the Bobcats packing last year in the Northeast Conference finals. For the second year in a row, James Johnson missed a last-second heave, and Quinnipiac lost by two points to the Colonials.
Mary Ellen Durso, Quinnipiac Law School’s registrar, faces sentencing today in New Haven’s U.S. District Court after allegations of conspiracy, bank fraud, and filing fraudulent tax returns. A federal grand jury charged Durso, a Milford, Conn., ON THE WEB: resident, along with a Following couple from Weston, Durso’s Conn., with conspiracy sentencing, see the to refinance the couple’s latest update legal Florida villa under Dur- and documents so’s name, according to online. court records. An FBI press release from July 2010 first identified Durso, 55, who was indicted on charges of conspiracy, bank fraud, and filing false tax returns. According to the release, Durso faces five counts of fraudulent tax reDURSO, continued on page 4
Lieberman: Study Islam, take interest in Middle East By Marcus Harun Staff Writer Sen. Joe Lieberman told Quinnipiac students on Monday to pay attention and take an active role in the political events occurring in the Middle East. “Study Arabic,” Lieberman said. “Study Islam. Go there and try to be involved in what’s happening. Obviously not everyone can do that, but follow from here what’s happening and make sure your government is supportive and doesn’t turn away from an historic change in a moment of opportunity.” Lieberman spoke about his trip to Tunisia and Egypt during his lecture in Mancheski Seminar Room.
“These are transforming events in history, and they’re going to affect your life whether you want them to or not,” Lieberman said. In Tunisia he met with human rights groups and young leaders of the revolution. “One of them said to us, ‘Senators, we really have a special request of you. There is one American more than any other that we would love to visit Tunisia,’” Lieberman explained. He said his first guess was President Obama. However, Mancheski filled with laughter as he said “Mark Zuckerberg,” creator of Facebook. “American ingenuity provided them with the weapons that they used in their LIEBERMAN, continued on page 3
FLICKR: Lieberman hobnobs with Quinnipiac’s own
Sen. Joe Lieberman speaks to the press after his lecture in Mancheski Seminar Room on Monday. Behind Lieberman are President John Lahey, right, and Donald Weinbach, vice president for development and alumni affairs. Ilya Spektor / Chronicle
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POSTPONED Monday’s lecture featuring Nobel Peace Prize recipient Muhammad Yunus was postponed, according to a MyQ announcement. A new date has not been scheduled as of Sunday. According to Associate Vice President for Public Relations John Morgan, Yunus “hopes to reschedule the lecture for a future date.” Yunus, who founded the practice of microcredit as a means to combat global poverty, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006.
SCHEDULE All shuttles except those to New Haven will run regular schedules through Friday at 6 p.m. There will be no regular or express New Haven shuttles after Tuesday. A special shuttle will run to Connecticut Limo and Union Station Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. It will leave the South Lot/Commons Bridge every hour on the hour from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. A shuttle to the Bridgeport Ferry will run on Friday from South Lot/Commons Bridge at 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. Shuttle service will resume a normal schedule on March 3 at 10 a.m.
ROUND TWO Barstool Sports will return to Toad’s Place on March 28 for “Pandamonium,” featuring rap remixers The White Panda. Last year, Stoolapalooza (featuring Sam Adams) drew droves of Quinnipiac students despite the Fray concert at the Bank on the same night. As of Tuesday, 990 signed on to attend the event (“BarstoolU Presents: The White Panda”) on Facebook.
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY On March 2, 2003, Quinnipiac students performed “The Antigone Project.” Eight years later (two weeks ago), Quinnipiac’s Theater for Community performed the same play.
Police: ‘Magic mushrooms,’ weed found in residence hall “The students have been suspended from the university pending the outcome of their disciplinary hearings.”
Lynn Bushnell, Vice President, Public Affairs
By Joe Pelletier Editor in chief The discovery of “magic mushrooms” and 42 grams of marijuana led to the arrest of two students on Tuesday, according to a Hamden police report. Hamden police charged Christopher Folsom and Adrian
Miles, both 19, with possession of a hallucinogenic, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The students were also charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell. Folsom and Miles were allegedly in possession of the marijuana and mushrooms in their residence hall, according to the March 2 release.
“The students have been suspended from the university pending the outcome of their disciplinary hearings,” said Lynn Bushnell, vice president for public affairs, in the university’s only comment. Both students were released after posting $10,000 bonds. They are due in court in Meriden on March 15.
Seniors push for honor code By Nicole Celli News Editor The proposal of a new honor code that would mandate students to sign a pledge of academic integrity for every assignment, paper or exam awaits the next Faculty Senate meeting. Seniors Emily Callahan and Jaclyn Wood, both members of the Academic Integrity Board, are pushing the initiative to up the stakes for academic integrity on campus. “An honor code goes beyond cases of plagiarism and cheating–it’s a change of lifestyle and culture for the school, and I think it’s something that can improve the university as a whole, not only reputation-wise but by creating a better environment for everybody,” Callahan said. With the honor code, students would sign another pledge about integrity and their responsibilities on campus that states: “On my honor as a Quinnipiac University Student, I pledge to uphold the commitment of integrity and responsibility bestowed upon me through this academic community.”
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Emily Callahan, right, listens to Jaclyn Wood discuss plans for a new system of academic integrity at Quinnipiac.
In addition, students would sign a pledge with every assignment, paper or exam that states “On my Honor as a Quinnipiac University student, I pledge that I have neither given nor received unauthorized help on this assignment.” As of Monday, the proposal is
in the hands of Associate Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Ed Kavanagh, who will present the proposal to the Faculty Senate for consideration in two weeks. According to Callahan, who experienced a similar system during her semester at sea, an honor code
would make the academic integrity system more student-driven, as students would be more involved in the process. “Once it becomes part of the campus culture, I think it’ll just be something that is respected and recognized by all students that come here in the future,” Callahan said. Learning Center Director Bernard Grindel is the faculty member of the Academic Integrity Board guiding Callahan and Wood through the process. He said the pledge would not replace the current academic integrity code. It would be a more visible sign of agreeing to it. “We’re looking at this as a more educational opportunity so that people are able to understand the values of this university community that they’ve entered has started to embody those and uphold those, so that it’s easier for the next group to come along and do the same,” Grindel said. “I think that’s where the honor code policy is trying to get to – to instill a sense of ownership amongst the students about academic integrity.”
Event Calendar Today Potato Palooza Upper Cafe Q, 5 p.m. Baked potatoes, mashed potatoes, french fries, and food from local restaurants for $5. All money raised benefits the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.
Ash Wednesday Mancheski, CAS 1, RM. 306 Quinnipiac’s Protestant and Catholic sects will offer services today, marking the beginning of Lent. Catholic mass will take place at 9:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. with ashes in Mancheski Seminar Hall, and 8:00 p.m. in the Faculty Dining Room. A Protestant service will be held at noon in CAS 1, room 306.
Thursday faculty panel
Mancheski, 12:30 p.m. Following Edward Tufte’s lecture on Tuesday, professors and administrators will discuss creative and visual development. Lunch will be provided for those not yet satiated with the idea of spring break.
Friday Int’l Social Hour
Athletic Center 216, 2 p.m. Get a look at the international feel of the Quinnipiac community. The event, with refreshments, takes place every Friday.
BREAK Yeah, you get a week off. Enjoy it. Just remember to come back.
March 9, 2011
Barry spearheads veggie petition
100 sign on to veggie choices petition By Andrew Timothy Staff Writer
One of freshman Emily Barry’s first impressions of Quinnipiac was that the vegetarian eating options were not fresh, varied or particularly nutritional. “The vegetables here are disgusting and drenched in butter and salt, which is unhealthy,” Barry said. Barry is not alone in her assessment of QU’s veggie menu. More than 100 students have signed the petition Barry created, which calls for additional vegetarian choices on the dining menus.
Café Q’s Culinary Table cur- pot sticker showed that it was not demand,” and vegetables sell better as side dishes than as entrees. Folrently offers three entrees per meal, “veggie” at all. “As a strict vegetarian, I elowing the semester’s end, Chartone of which is vegetarian. Other mailed Chartwells only to get a towells will try to increase its vegetarvegetarian options include the salad ken apology,” Kaselouskas said. ian items, Spalding said. bar offerings and selected offerings That experience motivated “We might offer less pasta, at the Naked Pear. According to Ashim to sign Barry’s petition. and more bean and protein-based sociate Director of Dining Services “A lot of times, options are vegetarian options,” Spalding said. Leean Spalding, students may subThe planned changes might institute non-vegetarian dishes clude the Bobcat Den, but not for vegetarian dishes at Yan Can “The vegetables here are the York Hill Cafeteria. Cook, the Asian dining station. disgusting and drenched Because of the Den’s lim“We can always adjust the in butter and salt, which is ited choices, Kaselouskas conmenu if someone asks at any unhealthy.” fines his diet to Café Q’s salad of these places,” Spalding said. bar. For freshman Brett KasEmily Barry, “The Rat especially elouskas, adjusting the menu Freshman needs more vegetarian options; did not come easily. Accordthe Café at least has the salad bar. ing to Kaselouskas, when he asked so limited,” he said. “I seem to eat The Rat doesn’t, so I come to the the server at Yan Can Cook to the same thing everyday, which isn’t healthy because meals should be cafe despite being far less convesubstitute a pork pot sticker for a varied.” nient,” Kaselouskas said. “I can’t vegetable pot sticker in December, According to Spalding, the just eat cheese pizza and chocolate the waiter ostensibly granted his request. However, one bite into the dining hall options are “based off chip cookies everyday. I’m getting
pretty sick of the salad bar.” Barry hopes to get at least 750 signatures, and plans to present her petition to the Student Government Association, Spalding and Chartwells Director Joseph Tobin. According to Barry, the petition has support from vegetarians and nonvegetarians alike. Junior Mike Tarr, who is not a vegetarian, sees potential benefits of increased vegetarian options beyond physical health. “In the United States, obesity has become an unfortunate epidemic in that it’s preventable with good nutrition and exercise,” Tarr said. “With the benefits of good nutrition in mind, offering a wider variety of healthy food options can only improve the quality of life and academic success of the Quinnipiac student body.”
LIEBERMAN: Bahgat’s QU301 class in Egypt ‘strikes me’ continued from cover peaceful revolution against their authoritarian governments,” Lieberman said. “The weapons were Facebook and Twitter, etc.” Nineteen Quinnipiac students studied in Egypt for two weeks during winter break as part of their QU301 Global Community Seminar with Professor Janet Bahgat. The students safely returned home just before the revolution sparked chaos all across Egypt. “What you have been doing here in your class strikes me,” Lieberman said. “It is remarkably consistent with this moment of
history and transformational change in the Arab world.” Lieberman compared the revolutions in the Middle East to the American Revolution, saying the U.S. should help these countries have a successful transition. He explained the different ways the U.S. may aid Egypt and Tunisia, including helping to monitor their elections and investing in their economies. “I thought it was really interesting to learn about how the U.S. can contribute to what is going on in Egypt such as helping out with the election and making sure they run
smoothly and accurately,” junior Daniela Gomez said. Lieberman said he was working with Senator John McCain from Arizona on legislation to forgive Egypt’s debt due to its transition to democracy. President John Lahey spoke highly of Lieberman and connected his career to the QU seminar series.
“Senator Lieberman has lived a life on the international stage, a national stage, and a local stage,” Lahey said. “I have enormous respect for Senator Lieberman, one of the most thoughtful political leaders of our time, and without question more integrity than any political leader ever. He’s widely recognized for that in this country and around the world.”
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DURSO: Five counts of false tax returns could mean jail time continued from cover turn, which carry a maximum penalty of three years imprisonment per count. The indictment charges Durso with false tax returns from 2004-2008. Durso allegedly served as the straw owner of a Hillsboro, Fla. condo “in order to obtain fraudulent loans proceeds for the benefit of [Steven]Kottage and [Genaro] Hathaway,” according to the indictment. Quinnipiac University has no comment on the matter, spokesperson John Morgan said. Morgan would not say whether Durso remains employed by the university, but Durso does remain in the Quinnipiac e-mail directory. Kottage and Hathaway face additional charges of wire fraud relating to a home on Fire Island, N.Y. The charges come in the wake of the FBI’s formation of the Connecticut Mortgage Fraud Task Force, created in July 2009. Durso is currently listed as the assistant dean of academic affairs & registrar of the School of Law. She’s been employed by Quinnipiac since the law school’s full accreditation in 1995.
March 9, 2011
Big Event registration closes Friday Hudak, Trinks look to expand sprawling community service day By Robert Grant Staff Writer
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Two of the 680 Quinnipiac students that participates in last year’s Big Event do some painting around Hamden. Students traveled to 54 sites last year to do community service.
The Big Event was big last year. But it might be even bigger this year. More than 500 students registered as of last Friday. Registration will close this Friday, and volunteers who submit late registration forms will not be guaranteed a site, according to Big Event officials. The Big Event, co-sponsored by the Student Government Association and Community Action Project, will take place on Saturday, April 9, with an opening and closing ceremony, three hours of community service, breakfast and lunch. “It’s one big thank you,” said Melissa Trinks, co-chair of The Big Event. Trinks and Matt Hudak, fellow co-chair, expect about 800 students to show up for the service day. Last year, 680 students took part in the event. The Big Event is the nation’s largest one-day student-run community service event started at Texas A&M University 28 years ago. Now almost 100 universities participate in the event nationwide. The Big Event committee reached out to more than 100 nonprofit organizations in the greater New Haven area, including the Ronald McDonald House, Alex’s Lemonade Stand, and Animal Haven. The goal is to raise money for these organizations who are struggling in the
current economy. Community service projects include painting, landscaping, gardening, and holding car washes. “This growth gives greater recognition for Quinnipiac and it shows how much students here care about the community,” Hudak said. The goal for last year’s Big Event was 50 sites and 500 students. The goal was surpassed with 54 sites and 680 students. “Our goal this year is to build upon the success of last year,” Trinks said. “It is overwhelming to see such a large number of people helping others,” Trinks said. And it couldn’t be done without the “abundance of support from the different departments and offices around campus,” Hudak said. Another goal of The Big Event is to bring the Hamden community together. “Students applying to Quinnipiac should look at this event as well,” Hudak said. “Hopefully they will talk about this before they even get here.” Lindey Raffol, Best Buddies cochair, said The Big Event is a way to “expose the reciprocity that occurs when you give time to others.” “While you are doing a service for someone else, you are gaining valuable experience and knowledge about the way others live and view the world,” Raffol said in an e-mail.
March 9, 2011
BALD AS LOVE
Quinnipiac goes crazy, goes bald for St. Baldrick’s charity Bare scalps are abundant around campus as the 2011 St. Baldrick’s event produced a record-breaking outcome this year with particiBy Philip Nobile pants and donors coming out Staff Writer in droves. The event, which was co-sponsored by the Student Programming Board and QU Irish Club, featured volunteers going bald to raise awareness and funds to fight pediatric cancer. “My most important goal here is to raise awareness and hope for the children who have cancer,” Co-Chair Morgan Farra said. “It’s not necessarily about the money that we’re raising for the organization, but the awareness that we’re raising here on campus about the cause.” The event garnered more than $24,000, shattering the original prediction of $8,000 and last year’s total of more than $7,000. The event also had 117 participants, a major increase from last year’s 36. When asked about the increase, Co-Chair Kristin Cagney cited social media as the key, with participants and officials creating buzz via Facebook. Reaching out to each male-dominated organization was also essential, Cagney said. Almost all of the New Blue Rugby team came out, as well as numerous members of Greek life. “It’s different than just wearing a T-shirt. This is something that lasts however long it takes for a guy’s hair to grow back,” Cagney said. “I think it’s a physical representation that shows you physically took a stand.” Participants were called up to the stage in groups and given haircuts by volunteer barbers. The event also turned personal, with speakers telling tales of experiences with cancer or St. Baldrick’s, and even a reading of Taylor Mali’s poem “Brave Seventh Grade Viking Warrior.” “My younger cousin has cancer, so it really does touch home with me,” SPB President Vincent Bond said. “Being able to do it so many times and kind of give back is really beneficial. It’s something that every
Last year, St. Baldricks had 36 participants. This year, 117 came out to donate hair, signifying a 325 percent increase. More than $24,000 was raised in donations, which is triple the amount raised last year.
time I do it, I see a little more of the event, I hear someone else’s story, I see a new group of people getting inspired by it.” Event officials expect next year’s St. Baldrick’s event to feature even more involvement, and hope to leave a mark on Quinnipiac. “We want to leave Quinnipiac in a few years and know that when people think of St. Patrick’s Day in March, they associate it with St. Baldrick’s day,” Cagney said. Donations are still being accepted up until the March 15 fundraising deadline.
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Above, sophomores Joelle Paolino and Katie Blakeslee show some love to junior Ruben Rodriguez after he went under the razor at the St. Baldrick’s charity event.
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THE COMMUTER CONUNDRUM My experience with the parking lot stalker
It’s true. Commuters contend with a number of By Al Valerio potential obstacles each time they park on Staff Writer campus. If you park in North Lot regularly, you probably encounter one or more of these situations every week: The car next to you is crooked, so it takes extra time to park (or leave). Vehicles speed through the lot at 25 mph, making navigation of tight corners difficult. The parking lot is nearly full when you arrive for an afternoon class, so you have to park in Hogan Lot. Maybe you’ve even been involved in a fender bender. Unfortunately, such events are common in university campus parking lots. Though I’ve personally faced many such situations, I can still claim that parking has gone without a hitch for me. That’s right. I’ve never once hitched a ride to my car. Chances are, most commuters have experienced this curious (and seemingly unique to Quinnipiac) tradition. Here’s how it goes in case you haven’t experienced it: a student driving a car entering the lot pulls up near you as you’re walking to your car. You are then offered a ride to your car in return for your parking space. I still remember being caught by surprise the first time. It was a pouring, windy afternoon. My heavy-duty umbrella was in grave danger of inverting. As I walked to my car, a student pulled alongside me and opened her window. “Would you like a ride to your car?” she asked. I really didn’t want to impose myself on this driver, so I quickly thought of an excuse, and delivered it politely: “Thank you very much for offering, but it’s rather wet out here; I’m soaked. I really don’t want to muck up your car with all this mud. You can have my space, though.” Pleased with my delivery, I walked to my car and she drove after me in first gear, like a typical (but very friendly) parking lot stalker. Over the past year, a number of students, usually female, have
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asked me if I wanted a ride. Each time, I’ve provided an excuse so as not to impose. My most memorable occasion: As I was walking to my car (parked in the very first row) a sedan pulled up. I already knew what to expect, so I gestured toward my car and kept walking. Then the driver rolled down her window. Without giving her a chance to speak, I announced that I was parked a distance of six cars away. In a hurried tone, the driver shot back, “Can’t you just get in my car?!” What was funny was the fact that this car was pointed in the opposite direction from my nearby car! I told her, “I actually have to walk in this direction.” (Had I gotten in, I would have been taken for a joyride around the whole lot. Talk about going green.) Initially, I found this ride-for-a-space thing hilarious. I’ve been known to tell drivers, “I’m perfectly capable of walking!” However, when I thought about it carefully, it actually started to make sense. By getting into someone’s car, you’re telling the driver, “I promise you can have my parking space.” It’s an agreement between the two individuals. It’s also a potential way to meet new people. That’s something any commuter could benefit from. I still have just one question: Where’s my backpack supposed to go? Never mind; I already made the decision not to hitch rides to my car, and I plan to stick with walking. Of course, your own mileage may vary. Happy parking!
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March 9, 2011
By Christine Burroni Associate Opinion Editor These past few weeks flew by in a second. I’ve forgotten to keep up with friends and family. In some circumstances I’ve forgotten to eat. My busy schedule is pretty much equivalent to a 40-plus hour work week with a family at home to take care of. Is this real life? It can’t be. I’m still in college. I’m not in the real world yet. Right? I’m somewhere in between, I guess. With an internship and a freelance gig under my belt before age 20, I feel as though the “kid” days are over, and yes, I’m in the real world of completing responsibilities in busi-
ness casual attire. Looking forward to spring break, I already have my to-do list, much like the ones I have for every week at school. I guess “break” really just means break from class, and that there really is no sabbatical from life. Yes it’ll be nice to have a home-cooked meal and see my family and friends, but it won’t be as nice searching for a summer job, reading for QU201, or “getting organized” for the rest of the semester. Sometimes I sit back in amazement at all the work and commitments I have at school. Yes, you could say, “It’s college, what did you expect?” and I get that, and I’ve possibly bitten off more than I can chew. But I’m rolling with it, and doing the best I can. I can’t help but think if I’m complain-
ing of how busy I am now, what am I going to do when I actually do have a 40-plus hour a week job, along with REAL responsibilities, which trumps my weekly meetings in the student center. I guess my panicking and stressing out about my busy schedule is preparing me for actual life after college. My busy situation isn’t life or death, and anyone else stressing about midterms, or internships, or organization responsibilities should remember that, and unfortunately it’s only going to get more “real” as time goes on. Just take a day at a time, find a minute or two to relax each day, and hopefully it’ll be smooth sailing from there. Let’s hope all of this premature worrying will help our lives fall into place, or at least in the right direction.
Forget the feminist stigma, join WAVE By Christine Little Staff Writer At Quinnipiac, where females make up 65 percent of the student body, an organization on campus made for women, by women, consists of only five members. That organization is “Women Activists Voicing Equality,” or WAVE. On WAVE’s CollegiateLink page, the club description is as follows: “The purpose of WAVE is to establish a broad constituency to work in pursuit of feminist ideals; social, political and economic equality for women and men, boys and girls. Also, WAVE will study and take action on national, state, local and campus feminist issues and concerns.” If we have so many women on this campus, and feminism is about voicing equality, then why are only five members of WAVE? If I were to join a female-centric organization on campus, I would much rather join WAVE than pay a bid to a sorority, especially when you’re not even guaranteed your preferred sorority. WAVE has been active for five years, and has been awarded the “Best New Organization” award by the university for the past two years. Yet I think that the word “feminist” is what prevents girls from joining WAVE. Feminism is confused with oppression of males by those who are not enlightened to the true meaning, which is gender equality. Women are still being paid less than men for the same jobs, and in many countries are not given even remotely equal rights. Just being at college gives us an advantage over women of other nations. Why women are slow to join a group aimed at equality, rather than the feigned sense of equality we see now, baffles me. There is a possible stigma women face for joining feminist organizations that do not come from sororities, even though sororities at Quinnipiac are philanthropic in nature, and support causes. Supporting gender equality is just as important as any other cause. Women at Quinnipiac should really consider becoming a member of WAVE. It is never too late to get involved. We, as women, should put our intellect to good use to make a change.
March 9, 2011
You’re a sad man, Charlie Sheen Say what you want about actor Charlie Sheen – whether he’s “winning” or has “tiger blood” running through his veins. Either way, I find him obnoxious. He needs to get off all the news sites I read, and fast. By Daniella Appolonia His father, actor Martin Sheen, A&E Editor has tried to intervene, his publicist has resigned (exhausted from covering up for him, I assume), and people like Mel Gibson have reached out to lend a hand. Of all people, Mel Gibson – really? That’s the best he can do? As I roamed the streets of Hoboken, N.J. last weekend for St. Patrick’s Day festivities, I heard crowds of drunken people passing through, yelling the now infamous phrases that have recently become a part of our everyday vernacular, bursting from news headlines everywhere. These people also thought they were invincible with the apparent tiger blood running through their veins, as they screamed “I’m bi-winning!” and the countless other ridiculous Sheenisms. Sure, the actor’s interview with “20/20” reporter Andrea Canning was entertaining. I’ll admit, I laughed hysterically at parts – Sheen knows how to compel an audience. As the interview continued, I was shocked at some of his statements. Despite all of Sheen’s past (and current) problems, I still expected the highest paid television actor to appear more composed during the interview. Clearly, that was asking for too much. Fans may defend him and say that’s just his personality. But I say he needs psychological help. It’s beyond me how Sheen passed the drug test he took after the interview. Despite his shocking behavior, public opinion on Sheen still shows he is respected in the acting world. Or, his erratic mannerisms
might just amuse us to the extent that his career can only get better from here on out. On “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Kimmel spoke about Sheen’s situation. “You might think that with all the stories about drugs and porn stars, and God knows what else, his show would suffer. But ‘Two and a Half Men’ was the most watched show on television last night. And it was a rerun, too,” Kimmel joked. To be honest, I find the entire situation disturbing, especially Sheen’s immaturity, considering his career has hit a downward spiral and he should be working to salvage what little may be left of his reputation. It was just as unnerving to see how many people seemed amused by his downfall a week later. More people should realize Sheen’s bizarre behavior is a cry for help. This so-called addiction he claims to have magically cured has taken over completely. However, this is the culture we live in–we are attracted to gossip and to celebrities who seem to have lost their way. However, it’s only amusing to a certain point. After that, it’s just sad. During the interview, Sheen said, “I’m proud of what I created – it was radical,” in regards to his drug abuse and addiction. That should have been an indication of his self-destructive behavior. He seems to have no concern for how foolish he looked on a highly-publicized interview. Despite the hiatus of “Two and Half Men,” I’m sure his career will be just fine with all the recent press he’s getting. I just wish he would focus more on getting the help he needs, instead of ensuring the entire world knows just how “bitchin’” he is.
SGA elections loom after spring break
Memo to the Student Body, Dear Bobcats, As midterms continue to separate us from Spring Break, I encourage you to not lose focus on your studies while day dreaming about the beaches of the Caribbean or the service sites that you will be working on for your first alternative spring break trip. What I love about spring break is its ability to reenergize the student body. The weather starts getting nicer, the temperatures rise and student life comes to life. This is especially true in the month of April with the Wake the Giant Spring Concert, the second annual Big Event, Quinnipiac’s Relay for Life, the RHC Luau and fraternity and sorority formals! With plenty to look forward to, the Student Government Association continues its dedication toward success in enhancing the quality of student life here at the Q. At our last meeting, the Student Government Association awarded seven student organizations with close to $2,500 for special programs and initiatives through the special appeals process. This process, diligently led by your Vice President of Finance Betsy Clark is extremely important to the success and growth of our student organizations. Pretty soon Betsy will be leading the budget allocation process for the 2011-2012 fiscal year which is a major responsibility of the outgoing and incoming vice president of finance. Upon returning from Spring Break, much buzz will be going around for the annual Student Government Association elections. In this election cycle, there will be a new Student Body President and Vice President of Finance for the first time in two years! The organization will have a new crop of leaders as our seniors are slated for graduation in May. I would encourage YOU to consider running for a position on the Student Government Association! Looking back on my college experience, I am not quite sure how successful I would have been as a person without being a part of this great organization. We pride ourselves on promoting and maintaining a family feel within the organization and throughout the community. Look out for posters that include dates and times of SGA Elections Info Sessions. You can also contact the Chair of the Elections Committee, Nicholas Rossetti, if you have questions about the process. Well, this is all I have for this week. I hope that you are enjoying the spring semester so far. Keep those grades up and coordinate internships for the summer over the break! Live the Legend & Loyally Yours, Lou Venturelli
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March 9, 2011
THREE TIMES GREAT
For the third time, Great Caesar wins WQAQ’s Battle of the Bands By Michelle Gearrity Staff Writer Eleven music acts took the stage Saturday night at the annual Battle of the Bands, hosted by WQAQ. Ten of them were no match for Great Caesar, who took home the $300 first place prize. Thanks to their victory, the band will now perform as the opening act at the upcoming WQAQ Spring Concert. “This was our third Battle of the Bands and our third time placing first, so I’m glad to go out on top my senior year,” said Mike Farrell, WQAQ general manager and Great Caesar guitarist. It was Great Caesar’s old-fashioned vibe and unique blend of rock and jazz music that won over the judges and the audience. “Great Caesar totally deserved the win,” said Bill Scully, half of the runner-up duo Russell and Scully. “Their sets are always fun and full of energy, and they get a huge sound with the horn section.” Wavelength was the final act of the night, and their musical abilities won them the $100 third place prize. With a mix of rock bands, rap artists, and guitar vocalists, this year’s Battle of the Bands brought more variety than the annual competition usually attracts. In previous years, the majority of the acts were rock bands. Sophomore Ben Goodheart enjoyed the different acts and eclectic feel brought to the competition this year. “It was great to see so much diversity in the bands, between multiple rappers, full bands, and solo acts,” Goodheart said. “Everybody really brought something a bit different to the table.”
The night began with the freshman and sophomore duo, Gazebo. Greg Rava and Stephanie Griffin showcased their singing and songwriting skills in their performance. Next, the hip-hop group The Roast Beafs brought a lot to the table, as senior Kevin Hillier’s obscene lyrics stimulated the crowd. They even had their own supportive fan base chanting “TRB” before the performance began. Senior Denis Mitchell, aka “Denny Darko,” known for his “I Love College: Quinnipiac Version” and “Quinnipiac’s Blue and Yellow,” also took the stage to entertain an audience carefully listening to his creative lyrics. Super Slam followed Mitchell with his high energy and a contemporary mix of songs. Russell and Scully then took the stage with their acoustic guitars. The two juniors took home the $200 second place prize. The rap duo, Mass Appeal and Praise, also displayed Quinnipiac pride with their “Live the Legend” song. Freshman rapper Chuck Revere followed with his college party song “Wasted.” Following Revere was senior Dave Goldman. Although Goldman struggled with the lyrics, he finished his acoustic performance strong. Rock bands proceeded to finish the lineup as the Offshore Regulars performed songs that were a mix of rock and reggae music. Great Caesar will perform on April 16 at the WQAQ Spring Concert. WQAQ has not released the name of the headliner, but past bands include Manchester Orchestra, Murder By Death and Say Anything.
photos by Charlotte Greene / Chronicle
First place: Great Caesar
2nd place: Russell and Scully
WQAQ Spring Concert headliner? “I have nothing set in stone as of now, but we are excited to finalize what we have planned.” Kyle Talbot Murphy, Music Director, WQAQ
3rd place: Wavelength
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March 9, 2011
OF THE WEEK Lupe’s a laser, not a loser
Lupe Fiasco’s fans petitioned, protested and have waited long enough. Fiasco’s long-awaited album “Lasers” was released Tuesday, and it has given fans the music they wanted. “Lasers” is Fiasco’s third studio album, featuring singles “The Show Goes On” and “Words I Never Said.” “I’ll Never Forget You” is an uplifting feature with John Legend with strong, deep lyrics. Legend provides the chorus, while Fiasco’s inspiring lyrics move his listeners. With a simple chorus and easy words, “The Show Goes On” is a song Fiasco made for his fans in October. “Words I Never Said,” on the other hand, strengthens Fiasco’s reputation as a political rapper, as he talks about the Iraqi war, Muslims and drug use, among others. “State Run Radio,” “Break the Chain” and “Coming Up” are all other songs that highlight the album. Trey Songz sings the chorus as he collaborates with Fiasco on “Out of My Head.” Fiasco planned on releasing “Lasers” in 2009, but he and his record label, Atlantic Records, were in a dispute over the album’s content and release. The two sides were at a stalemate for months when more than 32,000 of his fans created a petition last July to support Fiasco. His fans protested outside Atlantic Records’ office in October, which led to the two sides reaching an agreement. --ME
Emma Watson, star of the “Harry Potter” movies and undergraduate student at Brown University, is teaming up with Alberta Ferretti to launch her own clothing line, Pure Threads. The collection will be environmentally friendly and available online starting March 21.
Kim: Stop trying to sing
Kim Kardashian is the latest reality star bombshell to pollute the music industry. Kardashian’s debut single “Jam (Turn It Up)” premiered March 2 on KIIS FM with Ryan Seacrest, and was the subject of biting criticisms via Twitter. “Kim Kardashian...You have given us your ass. Please take away your awful single. It is not my ‘jam,’” #newreleasetuesday tweeted. The wannabe dance club track was written and produced by The Dream, who has worked with the likes of Rihanna and Beyonce. Unfortunately, Kardashian is following in the musically un-inclined footsteps of previous reality “stars” such as Angelina Pavarnick (“Jersey Shore”) and Heidi Montag (“The Hills”), who both released lackluster singles in the midst of their 15 minutes of fame. “Jam (Turn It Up)” is similar to Ke$ha’s voice, as it sounds like she is speaking the lyrics instead of actually singing them. The lyrics are so lame it would‘ve been believable that Kardashian wrote them herself. “Girls in the building/fellas in the club,/boys spending money/ girls looking good./ I’m on the floor, living my life/feeling so good, feeling so right!” Let’s just hope a tacky music video won’t be following anytime soon. The moral of this story: just because you’re pretty doesn’t mean you can sing. Kim K, please stick to filming your reality show and posing half naked on magazine covers. - NF
Renowned music producer George Martin, who produced almost all of The Beatles’ albums, will receive an honorary degree from Oxford University. He is often called the ‘fifth Beatle’ because of his many contributions to the band’s music. Justin Bieber’s “Never Say Never” is the third highest grossing documentary ever, raking in almost $64 million. The other two films in competition with him are “March of the Penguins” at No. 2 with $77 million and Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11” topping the list with over $120 million.
Montage promotes artistic input on campus
Quinnipiac’s Montage is getting digitized. With the launch of its website qumontage.com on Sunday, March 6, the organization is promoting more By Daniella Appolonia involvement from the community with A&E Editor its student-run art and literary magazine. With the site’s new voting system, students campus-wide can submit their artwork, photography, poetry, or short stories to the website, and allow the rest of Quinnipiac to vote for the best works to be featured in the spring publication. Lila Carney, assistant director of student media, said she is excited about the campus’s involvement as well as using the website to publicize the organization, its magazine, and upcoming events. “We envision the site to be a creative outlet for the artists on campus,” Carney said. “It’s a place where student artwork and writing will be on show for the rest of the campus community to admire.” Senior Samantha Schlemm is one of the co-editors of Montage, along with senior Molly Heintzelman. Schlemm said she looks forward to making the magazine’s selection process an event everyone can participate in. “We’re also hoping that the new website will encourage more artists to see what other students have created and inspire them to submit their own work as well,” Schlemm said. “The website is also a great way
for the students who don’t make it into the magazine to share their creative abilities and work. Often we have students submit more than one great piece, but we can only publish one. Now everyone can see all of their work.” Heintzelman also believes the website will continue to help Montage’s success. “Although I won’t be here for the future of Montage, I’m hoping the website will increase submissions and make Montage more of a year long art blog that happens to be published in the spring,” Heintzelman said. All submissions will be posted anonymously to the site. Students may submit up to five pieces of artwork and/or five pieces of short writing to be voted on. Schlemm said about 50 pieces will be chosen for publication–most likely 25 photos or artwork and 25 pieces of writing. “We thought getting students, faculty and staff involved in choosing the work that will be published will get them excited to see the final product and the work they voted for in print,” Carney said. “We figure the more involvement from the campus community, the more people who will want to be involved in the coming years.” The publication will be released during the last week of classes this semester.
Musician Billy Joel recently signed a book deal with HarperCollins to write an autobiography. The proposed title is “The Book of Joel,” and it will be published in June. CBS recently renewed its hit series “How I Met Your Mother” for two more seasons. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the show’s last episode attracted more than 9 million viewers and has performed steadily in ratings since its premiere in September 2005.
Charlie Sheen, to “Good Morning America” about his drug addiction:
“I am on a drug. It’s called Charlie Sheen. It’s not available. If you try it once you will die. Your face will melt off and your children will weep over your exploded body.”
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March 9, 2011
Open mic inspires bravery
Quinnipiac Writer’s Series a quiet success, featuring two presenters and open mic By Stephanie Osmanski Staff Writer
Literary enthusiasts gathered in the upper café last Friday to mark the second of the new bi-weekly series. Tentatively named the Quinnipiac Writer’s Series, the event provided a relaxed, judgment-free atmosphere for aspiring writers, poets, musicians, performance artists, or anyone willing to express themselves in front of a microphone. QU’s literary clubs Quixotic and Montage support the series. “I’ve never really written poetry before, but I was inspired by the vibe of the series,” open-mic reader Colleen Nelson said. “Everyone was really welcoming and I didn’t feel like I was being judged as I got to
the microphone and made myself vulnerable.” Every other Friday night, the upstairs staff room is lit up with the sort of blasé ambience only the presence of poetry and literature can bring to a room. Event highlights included the soul-bearing and storytelling of all things fictional and/or true, but also encompassed the offering of delicious organic refreshments and juice. “I think the writer’s series is a great thing for Quinnipiac students,” spoken word comic Mike Lewis said. Initiated by 30 minutes of open mic, the event offered an allotted time for impromptu performances. All guests were encouraged to sign up for the open mic upon arrival.
The series showcased two featured presenters, each given 30 minutes to convey their works. This past week the featured presenters were seniors Colin Kuusisto and Mike Lewis. Material throughout the night was varied and at times painfully hilarious–from solemn poetry to the fictional telling of sexual encounters to a faux presidential speech addressing “the important things.” Kuusisto concluded his performance with a short childhood anecdote. Claiming that Mad Libs were a vital part of his past, he suggested the audience help him out as he improvised his own Mad Libs off the cuff. At the suggestion of two overzealous audience members, Harry Potter became the story topic–which
then subsequently touched upon pineapples, tadpoles, mall calendars, sad puppies, and tripping over clowns. “Colin’s Mad Lib story was my favorite part,” sophomore Amanda Pacciotti said. “It was hilarious.” Lewis took the stage next with his carefree yet commanding presence. He discussed his personal tribulations of mediocrity within the workforce, and comically suggested that all men who rank above a six on the attractiveness scale should be barred from owning a dog. “You don’t get a lot of chances to showcase your talents, and it’s nice to have the opportunity,” Lewis said. “My hope is that one day it becomes so popular we have to take over Buckman Theater to accommodate
the audience.” Creative writing professor Ken Cormier fathers the series philosophically, yet vehemently maintains that the series is the students’ work. “I’m extremely pleased with the attendance so far. And all of the writers and performers, features as well as open mic, have been fantastic!” Cormier said. “There are so many creative people here at Quinnipiac, and I am hoping that the Quinnipiac Writer’s Series will draw out more and more students who want to share their work with an audience.” The next series will take place March 14, and will boast Quinnipiac’s slam poet Zach Connolly and voice-piece artist Reid Engwall.
MUST-SEE MOVIES for SPRING BREAK By Chris Gillotte Staff Writer
For those of you who won’t be lying on a beach next week, feel free to be inspired by this list of movies you should see while stuck in your hometown watching the snow melt.
Red Riding the lincoln
RANGO hood lawyer
march 4 Director: Gore Verbinski Stars: Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Timothy Olyphant The Plot: Rango (Depp) is a chameleon who stumbles upon the town of Dirt, a lawless outpost in the animated Wild West, in desperate need of a new sheriff. Preview: From the director of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films, Depp’s motion-capture debut looks like a surefire win. A movie that gained a lot of hype in the past month seems like it should live up to its expectations. With its PG rating, this film is sure to attract young audiences around the nation. Our generation seems to be growing on the occasional animated feature too.
Director: Catherine Hardwicke Stars: Amanda Seyfried, Lukas Haas, Gary Oldman
Director: Greg Mottola Stars: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen
The Plot: Set in a medieval village that is haunted by a werewolf, a young girl falls for an orphaned woodcutter, much to her family’s displeasure. Preview: Ok, so your favorite childhood story is turned into a… thriller? Don’t know what to expect from this large fabled twist. The medieval and gothic features seem to be an instant turnoff, unless you would like to see a classic childhood story remade as a horror flick. Be wise and take this film at your own risk.
The Plot: Two British comicbook geeks traveling across the U.S. encounter an alien outside Area 51. Preview: Another comedy from the genius duo of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost with a dash of Seth Rogen. “Paul” seems to be a movie for most anyone looking to get a laugh, and may easily be one of the best comedies of the year. If you get the chance, check out this film when you can after its March 18 release.
march 11 -Warner Bros. Pictures
march 18 Director: Brad Furman Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillippe The Plot: A lawyer conducts business from the back of his Lincoln town car while representing a high-profile Beverly Hills client. Preview: This movie marks McConaughey’s first courtroom thriller since his 1996 flick “A Time To Kill.” Say what you want about McConaughey and romantic comedies, but this guy knows how to pull off the lawyer role. “The Lincoln Lawyer” is a movie that looks like it can hold its ground and has great potential.
march 18 -Universal Pictures
march 18 Director: Neil Burger Stars: Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Abbie Cornish The Plot: A man comes across a top-secret drug which bestows him with super human abilities. Preview: Another thriller, but this is a modern film that feels right. Cooper stars in this interesting film that may reach its limits in originality. Overall, “Limitless” looks like a great flick to kick back and relax with during the end of spring break.
March 9, 2011
Postcards from Italy
Sarah’s Style Corner
QU student in Madrid travels to Venice, Cinque Terre for the weekend
Photo courtesy of Catherine Boudreau
A gondola on Venice’s Grand Canal passes through the shadow of a building.
By Catherine Boudreau Staff Writer ¡Hola a todos! Two weekends ago, I took my first trip outside of Spain! I spent four days traveling in northern Italy. I think I may have seen the two most beautiful places in all of Italy in just one short trip: Venice and the five villages of Cinque Terre. Two of my friends and I took a flight to Milan on Thursday night, stayed in a hostel,b and then took the train early the next morning to Venice. The city welcomed us with beautiful weather. We stayed at a great B&B in Santa Croce, one of
the four districts of Venice, and spent two days eating delicious food (bread, pizza, pasta and gelato galore), drinking lots of wine, and walking around as much as possible through all of the little streets and canals. We hopped on a gondola for a tour of the Grand Canal, stood in front of some amazing artwork at the Peggy Guggenheim Art Museum (personal favorite: Jackson Pollock), and shopped around in San Marco Square. All the natives own their own boat, and cars are nowhere to be found. It’s an extremely relaxing and gorgeous place to be. My favorite part had to be finding our way
around and seeing all the beautiful churches, houses and squares. Unfortunately, we had to leave Sunday morning. We took a train from Venice, which is in northeast Italy, all the way to the western coast to Cinque Terre. It was well worth the six-hour train ride and four switches! This place is like a fairytale. There are five little towns: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and then Monterosso al Mare all along the coast. Each is vibrant with color and character. We stayed in Vernazza, probably the prettiest town of them all. It’s indescribable how stunningly beautiful these towns are. The pictures can’t even capture it, although they are amazing. Monday was warm and sunny, perfect for touring each of the villages. We had a great lunch in Manarola, my second favorite village, and took in the sunshine while we ate pasta. If we had gone in the summer months we would have been able to hike to each town along the coastline. Unfortunately there have been landslides this winter, so only one of the trails was open. Instead we took the train to each one. Tuesday morning we left Cinque Terre and headed back to Milan to catch our flight. That was a long day of traveling, so I was happy to be back in Madrid. I missed using my Spanish! In Italy we found that a majority of the people we talked with spoke English. Although these places were amazing, Madrid has my heart. I missed having everything at my fingertips. That’s why I think cities suit me so well. ¡Hasta la proximo vez!
Name: Grace Harvey Age: 19 Year: Sophomore Major: Biology Hometown: Pattenburg, N.J. Sport: Winter & Spring Track What are you wearing: H&M skirt stolen from my mom, Forever 21 T-shirt and Faded Glory black flats. Style influences: Normally I wear my running clothes around campus. However, some days I feel the urge to dress up and a floral skirt always puts me in a good mood. The comfy grey T-shirt is the perfect match to my dressier skirt. Together, they’re a fashionable, but a comfortable ensemble.
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John galliano soils dior reputation
By Sarah Rosenberg Staff Writer One day after a particularly compromising video of John Galliano projecting anti-Semitic slurs at a couple in a Paris café hit the Internet last Monday, the head designer for Christian Dior was fired the following day. According to New York Magazine, while dining at the La Perle café in France, a wine-fueled Galliano was videotaped making anti-Semitic sentiments to other patrons, saying “I love Hitler ... People like you would be dead today. Your mothers, your forefathers, would all be fucking gassed.” Dior was quick to act, suspending Galliano from his post as head designer shortly before firing him. However, as CEO and president of the brand, Sidney Toledano stated, “I condemn most firmly the statements made by John Galliano which are a total contradiction with the essential values that have always been defended by the House of Christian Dior.” Unfortunately, the designer’s recent hateful comments coincided with Paris’ Fashion Week. According to the Wall Street Journal, the collection that appeared this past Friday in Paris had not been finished by Galliano at the time of his discharge from the company. Thus, the remainder of the collection was at the disposal of Dior’s design team. As always, the show must go on–but what is left of one of fashion’s most coveted designers? It’s upsetting to the fashion industry, fellow fashion designers, and celebrities who have collaborated with the designer in the past. Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman, who is currently the face of Miss Dior Cherie perfume, dis-
missed Galliano and vowed to disassociate herself from him as well. Dior is a reputable, respectable fashion house, and has the responsibility to maintain a positive image within the fashion industry. Dior is an elite brand, the epitome of luxury, and an upstanding emblem of sophistication and power. Being led by a racist designer negates this reputation, no matter how talented the designer may be. The hype surrounding the designer and his recent racial outbursts is overwhelming. It leads many people–industry insiders, patrons, designers, fashion consumers, business owners, etc.–to make an important decision on where they stand on the issue. Is it a matter of what is morally correct, or should we be concerned about the future of Christian Dior as an essential leader in the world of fashion? As a young Jewish woman, it is hard to let such comments go unnoticed. I am also clearly a fashion enthusiast, yet the sounds of hateful commentary are much more powerful than any beautiful gown that graces the runway. Fashion should not be stained by intolerable words of prejudice. I will admit that Galliano will be missed as a prominent fashion designer, and his fashion designs that have spanned more than a decade will remain prodigious. However, Galliano is no different than anyone else, fashion genius or not. As of now, Galliano’s future is in the hands of French law. According to Women’s Wear Daily, he faces charges of defamation and insult, and could face imprisonment and heavy fines.
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“The team that made the tougher plays down the stretch – mentally and physically – won. The game was in the balance the whole time.” - Tom Moore
March 9, 2011
More like March Sadness COLUMN
By Chris Leary Online Sports Editor
Matt Eisenberg / Chronicle
Robert Morris guard Velton Jones swishes a runner in the waning seconds of Sunday’s semifinal matchup. Quinnipiac’s James Johnson had the ball for the final 4.3 seconds, but a rushed attempt fell well short and the Colonials advanced to the NEC Championship game.
SO CLOSE, AGAIN
Robert Morris knocks out QU for 3rd straight season, 64-62 By Robin Schuppert Sports Editor It was the same arena. The same player hit a crucial shot. The same player missed the final shot. In the end, the same team won by two points. Somewhere between deja vu and a nightmare, No. 3 seed Robert Morris (18-13) defeated No. 2 Quinnipiac (22-9) in a playoff game at the TD Bank Sports Center for the second straight year. The final score this Sunday was 64-62, and the Colonials moved on to the Northeast Conference finals against Long Island. Velton Jones made a running floater with four seconds left to give the Colonials a 64-62 lead. Following a Quinnipiac timeout, James Johnson bobbled the inbound pass, ran upcourt and slipped on a game-winning 3-point attempt that fell short. Last year Jones made nearly the same float shot with a little more than a minute left, breaking a 48-48 tie en route to the Colonials 52-50 win in the NEC Championship game. “I was taking that shot, no matter what it was,” Jones said. “Before the play, all I could think about was last year. I hit almost
the same type of shot in almost the same position. Once I floated it in, I saw that I put enough on it and it was going in.” Just as he did last year, Johnson, who finished with 13 points, took the final desperation shot for the Bobcats. “He’s earned the right to take that shot on our team through his toughness and hard work,” Quinnipiac head coach Tom Moore said. “I still thought once he got settled and started racing over midcourt he’d make it. That’s the type of kid he is.” The Bobcats led 62-61 after a pair of Dave Johnson free throws with 57 seconds to go. After a foul by Lance Brown, Russell Johnson went to the free-throw line with 41 seconds to go. Johnson made the first, but missed the second. The Bobcats, who outrebounded the Colonials 41-25, couldn’t get this one, and the loose ball went off Ike Azotam’s hand and out of bounds. That set up Jones’ game winner. “The team that made the tougher plays down the stretch – mentally and physically – won,” Moore said. “The game was in the balance the whole time and they made two big threes, we had a couple of turnovers, we
couldn’t box out on a free throw, and they win.” The Bobcats held the biggest lead of the game at seven points with 1:43 left in the first half. The score was tied 12 times and the game featured 22 lead changes. “That was an incredible college basketball game,” Robert Morris head coach Andrew Toole said. “Obviously you’re glad you’re on the victorious end, but you sit and you watch the plays that were made in that game, the effort in that game, the execution in that game, the emotion and heart in that game ... I was glad to be a part of it.” Justin Rutty, who may have played in his final game as a Quinnipiac Bobcat, had 9 points and 10 rebounds. He became the all-time leading rebounder in the NEC, finishing with 1,025 career rebounds. Deontay Twyman, another senior on the Bobcats squad, finished with a team-high 14 points. Dave Johnson added 10 points and 9 assists. Robert Morris’ win marks the third straight over the Bobcats in NEC Tournament play, dating back to a 75-48 Colonial win on March 8, 2009 in the semifinals.
Sunday’s loss to Robert Morris has left me devastated. No storybook season, no redemption for last season, and most importantly, no March Madness. Just like anyone else at Quinnipiac, I thought this was the year for us. Even though we didn’t dominate the regular season like last year, it seemed like once the playoffs came around we would pull together and take care of business. However, for the third straight year Robert Morris killed that dream. I had a bad feeling about the game right from when our cheerleaders were waving those blue and somewhat gold tarps around, while Robert Morris had girls backflipping across the gym like a damn circus. Then it was like watching a rerun of last year’s game. Our shot selection was poor in the beginning, we never really put together a big scoring run in the second half, and worst of all, we didn’t get the stop at the end. The ball just didn’t bounce our way at the end. We got really unlucky with a ball going out of bounds, giving Robert Morris basically the last shot. Then, to lose on a runner that seemed to stay in the air forever was just awful. When I think about it, that shot can’t be that high percentage of a take, can it? The shot came from an angle and he didn’t even use the glass. Whatever, I’m still proud of this team, and even if we didn’t make the NCAA tournament this season, we are now competing for it on a consistent basis, and that is fantastic. What sucks the most about this loss is Justin Rutty. I feel horrible for the kid. I’m not sure anyone on the planet loves Quinnipiac as much as he does, Lahey included. Even Charlie Sheen would recognize he is winning with his college experience. If there was anyone who deserved a trip to March Madness it was him. We still have a good team moving forward, whether it be to the NIT, or next season in general. James Johnson will be even better next year, we are returning just about everybody, and I think we saw a superstar in the making Sunday in Dave Johnson. Johnson almost single-handedly willed us past Robert Morris. Having two Johnsons in the backcourt next year is going to be a problem for the rest of the NEC.
Monmouth sends Bobcats packing in first round By Robin Schuppert Sports Editor For the second consecutive season the Quinnipiac women’s basketball team entered the playoffs as a No. 7 seed. For the second consecutive season the Bobcats lost in the opening round. This time it was to No. 2 Monmouth, losing 55-36 on Saturday afternoon at the Mulitpur-
pose Activity Center in West Long Bobcats didn’t score their first Branch, N.J. points of the second half until FeQuinnipiac took an 18-17 lead licia Barron hit a jumper 6:27 into with nine seconds left in the first the half. half off a Kari Goodchild jumper, The Hawks extended their but Gabby Singer’s lead to as many as 24 Quinnipiac 36 points, going up 53-29 3-pointer with two seconds left gave the Monmouth 55 with a little more than Hawks a 20-18 halftime lead that four minutes to play. they never surrendered. “We played a great first half Monmouth went on a 10-0 with a lot of emotions, tremenrun to open the second half. The dous defense and tremendous ef-
fort throughout,” Quinnipiac head coach Tricia Fabbri said. “We just couldn’t find the bucket in the second half, and Monmouth did. “The one open shot we gave them they drilled right before halftime to take the 20-18 lead, I think that was really deflating to us. It really was a rough second half for us.” Quinnipiac shot just 23.1 percent from the field throughout the game. The Bobcats held Monmouth
to 27.3 percent in the first half, but the Hawks shot 43.8 percent from the floor in the second half and outscored the Bobcats 35-18. Abby Martin tallied 25 points and 11 boards for the Hawks. Senior Lailah Pratt led the Bobcats with eight points and seven rebounds. Fellow senior Courtney Kaminski – QU’s leading scorer – did not play due to personal reasons.
“Every decision you make on the field has to be relative to your team. You can’t make selfish or foolish choices along the way.” - Eric Fekete Men’s Lacrosse
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QU 78, Mount 69 -Thursday Justin Rutty: 22 points, 16 rebounds Robert Morris 64, QU 62 -Sunday Dave Johnson: 10 points, 9 assists, 6-for-6 free throws
Women’s Basketball Monmouth 55, QU 36 -Saturday
Lailah Pratt: 8 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists
Men’s Ice Hockey
QU 4, No.9 Brown 0 -Friday Dan Clarke: shutout, 22 saves QU 4, No.9 Brown 0 -Saturday
Eric Hartzell: shutout, 26 saves
Women’s Ice Hockey No.1 Cornell 4, QU 3 -Thursday
Hayley Hughes (Cornell): 2 goals
QU 10, Holy Cross 5 -Saturday
Dylan Webster: 3 goals, assist
Brown 16, QU 11 -Tuesday Lauren Matuszczak: 3 goals, 2 assists
Women’s Indoor Track - ECAC
Championships Becca White: 9th place in 5,000-meter race: 17:20.59
QU 8, Marshall 3 -Friday Mickey Amanti: 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBI Marshall 7, QU 3 -Friday Ben Farina: 2-for-5, run, RBI QU 5, Ball St. 4 -Saturday Kyle Nisson: 4-for-4, 2 RBI
Western Michigan 5, QU 3 -Friday Christy Cabrera: 1-for-4, 2 RBI QU 5, Loyola Marymount 1 -Saturday Heather Schwartzburg: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 9 K Central Michigan 8, QU 0 -Saturday Alex Alba: 1-for-2 QU 6, Florida International 1 -Saturday Heather Schwartzburg: 7 IP, 1 ER, 11 SO
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Senior attack Christian Haggerty takes the ball towards the goal as Crusaders’ senior defenseman Douglas Broussard makes an attempt to deter him.
Freshman nets hat trick, Bobcats win easily in home-opener a few of these guys to give me one. He’s capable of putting 10 points up on the board, so we need those Even though Holy Cross out- goals, and it’s nice to see him get shot Quinnipiac 39-34, the men’s la- more confidence.” crosse team defeated the Crusaders Webster made all four of his 10-5 in its home opener Holy Cross 5 points in the first 11 for its first win of the minutes of the game. Quinnipiac 10 He opened up scoring season. Freshman Dylan Webster re- 2:08 into the game with an assist by corded his first four points of his Kostaras. Seventeen seconds later, collegiate career, as he put three Webster returned the favor when goals on the board and got an as- Kostaras scored the Bobcats’ secsist on Basil Kostaras’ goal, all in the ond goal. first quarter. Kevin Kelly assisted Web“[Webster’s] a really talented ster’s final two goals, before scoring kid,” Quinnipiac head coach Eric one of his own with 1:16 remaining Fekete said. “I’ve been waiting for in the quarter.
“We worked a lot more on shooting this week,” Fekete said. “Last week we saw some goals from Fairfield, and it kind of felt like our guys didn’t want to pull the trigger and shoot. We really spent a lot of time this week going back to what we call shooting camp, worked on velocity, technique, and I think the guys were really confident in shooting the ball. That played a huge part in the beginning of the game especially.” With a 5-0 lead, Holy Cross didn’t let the Bobcats complete the shutout going into the next quarter. With 14 seconds remaining, Colin McGeehin put the Crusaders on
the board. John Hannan scored two more in the second quarter to make it a 5-3 game. Quinnipiac dominated the final half with five goals compared to Holy Cross’s two. Kostaras tallied his second of the game, while Billy Alessi (2), Christian Haggerty, and Jack Oppenheimer also netted goals. “Every decision you make on the field has to be relative to your team,” Fekete said. “You can’t make selfish or foolish choices along the way. When we buckle down and get the right guys, I think these guys realize we snuck [out a win] today.” Quinnipiac faces Providence College on the road on Saturday.
‘Cats bat in 2 wins in tourney
FAREWELL: ‘I’ll always be a Bobcat’
By Cassie Comeau Staff Writer
By Matt Eisenberg Staff Writer It’s only three games into baseball season, but the Bobcats are well ahead of last year’s pace. After losing 18 of its first 19 games to start the 2010 season, Quinnipiac won two games in the Coastal Carolina tournament over the weekend, splitting a doubleheader with Marshall on Friday and beating Ball State, 5-4, Saturday night. Quinnipiac’s pitching has been the key to success thus far, tallying a 2.08 ERA, compared to last year’s 7.80. However, eight of the 14 runs allowed so far are unearned. Quinnipiac’s pitchers allowed a .261 batting average, 71 points lower than last year. The three Bobcat starters, George Dummar, Derek Lamacchia and Kyle Birdsall, have combined
for a 1.69 ERA. Chris Migani and Mickey Amanti each have four RBIs this year, combining for a .333 batting average. Ben Farina and Kyle Nisson recorded six hits so far and are a combined 4-for-4 on stolen base attempts. Quinnipiac (2-1) won the first game against Marshall 8-3 Friday afternoon, but lost the nightcap 7-3. QU committed five errors in its loss, compared to three in its two victories. Dummar (1-0), Nick Fabrizio and Ryan Walsh combined to allow six hits and walked only two batters in QU’s win over Ball State (1-8), allowing four runs (one earned) and striking out seven. The Bobcats erupted for four runs in the fifth inning, capitalizing on two Cardinal errors in the inning, five in the game. Farina drove in Mike Blumen-
thal with an RBI single and took second base on a throwing error. Nisson drove in two after T.J. Baumet’s error allowed Migani, Blumenthal and Joe Poletsky to take an extra base. Mike Bartlett followed with his own RBI single for a 5-3 advantage. Dummar struck out four in his five innings of work, and Fabrizio and Walsh combined for four innings of two-hit ball, retiring the side in succession three times. The Bobcats play Richmond in a three-game series Friday, the start of a 10-day stretch when they will play nine games.
Friday’s win over Marshall was the first time Quinnipiac began its season with a victory since 2008. ... Nisson collected six hits in 10 atbats in the tourney. ... The Bobcats make their home debut on April 1, to start a series with Sacred Heart.
continued from back cover In fact, experiencing the atmosphere for those two losses to Robert Morris were moments I will never forget. That building gets damn loud during big games, and when I think back to the way it was my freshman year, it really speaks to how far we’ve come. I’ll always be a Bobcat, regardless of whether or not I’m physically in Hamden. One day, when I’m working in some remote part of the country, I will proudly look at my bracket in my office pool, and advance the Bobcats to the Final Four. If my Quinnipiac education turns out the way I hope, I won’t need the money anyway. Who am I kidding? I’m a journalism major. Of course I’ll need the money. But I’d rather flush my 10 bucks down the toilet than root against my soon-to-be alma mater.
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Matt Eisenberg / Chronicle
It was tough to find an open seat in Quinnipiac’s student section at TD Bank Sports Center in Sunday’s Northeast Conference semifinal matchup against Robert Morris, but the Bobcats disappointed again, falling by two points. Robert Morris will fight for a bid to March Madness tonight against top-seeded Long Island on ESPN2.
career rebounds recorded by men’s basketball center Justin Rutty, the most in Northeast Conference history.
earned run average for the softball team in its 13 games this season.
difference between last year’s and this year’s earned run average through the baseball team’s first three games.
total points recorded by women’s ice hockey freshman Kelly Babstock in her awardwinning campaign.
players with double-figure points on the men’s ice hockey team.
Heather Zach Schwartzburg Hansen Softball Junior, pitcher Mission Viejo, Calif.
Charlotte Greene / Chronicle
Heather Schwartzburg threw two complete games over the weekend and struck out six batters in relief Sunday against Maine. She struck out nine and allowed three hits against Loyola Marymount Friday and struck out 11 against Florida International. She owns a 1.63 ERA on the season and has 49 strikeouts in 38 2/3 innings.
Next home game: March 24, 3:30 p.m. vs. Connecticut
Men’s Ice Hockey Senior, defenseman White Bear Lake, Minn.
Senior Zach Hansen registered three points over the weekend for the Bobcats, scoring in each of the 4-0 wins over Brown and registering an assist in the second game. Hansen entered the game with one goal on the season, but managed to triple it in two games in the ECAC playoffs. Matt Eisenberg / Chronicle
No more home games remaining on the schedule
“We trust both of them and they played great this weekend.” - Rand Pecknold Men’s Ice Hockey
March 9, 2011 COLUMN
Pain now, Bobcat love forever By Corey Hersch Staff Writer Two points. Two freakin’ points. For the second year in a row, Robert Morris was just two points better than our basketball team in the NEC Tournament. As I slumped in my seat Sunday afternoon, I took stock of not only that game, but my four years here. It took me about 24 hours to go through the stages of grief.
This one’s pretty simple. The final horn sounded, and a bunch of us sat in the student section for what seemed like an eternity trying to make sense of what we had just watched. It took security telling us that it was time to go for us to finally get up and leave for the last time this season (and in my case, the last time as a student).
Matt Eisenberg / Chronicle
Kellen Jones knocks Brown’s Garnet Hathaway to the ice in Saturday’s series-clinching 4-0 win, setting up a QU-Cornell quarterfinals matchup.
LAST MEN SKATING
Goalie switch pays off, ‘Cats claw to quarters On Tuesday Quinnipiac head coach Rand Pecknold decided that he would use Dan Clarke and Eric HartzBy John Healy ell in back-to-back games in QU’s first Associate Sports Editor round series against Brown. On Friday after Clarke’s 22 save shutout performance, the question was whether Hartzell could duplicate that performance. Hartzell prevailed, making 26 saves in a 4-0 shutout, helping Quinnipiac advance to the ECAC quarterfinals and also making them just the second ECAC Hockey team to shut out its opponent in a series. “We trust both of them and they played great this weekend,” Pecknold said. The Bobcats were the only home team to win their first-round series. They will go to Ithaca, N.Y., and face No. 4 Cornell in their quarterfinal matchup on Friday at 7 p.m. in a best of three series. Zach Hansen gathered two points with a goal and an assist, while Zach Currie, Jeremy Langlois and Ben Arnt all scored for the Bobcats. After a scoreless first period, the Bobcats struck in the first minute of the second, as Currie scored a power-play goal at 19:25 in the period.
Just 1:55 later Langlois scored and the Bobcats were up 2-0 and never looked back. Hansen and Arnt added two more insurance goals in the third, but the final period of play featured a lot of physicality and emotion as both teams combined for seven penalties in the third period, 14 in the game. There was also some controversy in the first period when it appeared the Bobcats scored the first goal of the game, but the referees called the goal off. Yuri Bouharevich fired a shot that went off the top left corner of the crossbar, which Langlois knocked into the net in mid-air. However, the goal was called off because the referee signaled a hand pass preceded the play. The series sweep comes just one week after the Bobcats tied two nationally ranked teams in Union and Rensselaer. “I think tonight and yesterday we were just outstanding,” Hartzell said. “Every game we win, we score four goals, your confidence is going to keep getting better. These two games will help us the following weekend.”
WINTER BLUES 3 winter teams’ seasons end in a weekend WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY VERSUS: Cornell ROUND: Quarterfinals SCORE: 4-3 WHERE: Ithaca, N.Y. HISTORY: First ever ECAC semifinals appearance
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL VERSUS: Monmouth ROUND: Quarterfinals SCORE: 55-36 WHERE: West Long Branch, N.J. HISTORY: Third straight loss in NEC quarterfinals
MEN’S BASKETBALL VERSUS: Cornell ROUND: Quarterfinals SCORE: 4-3 WHERE: Hamden, Conn. HISTORY: Third straight tourney loss to Robert Morris
While we sat there in disbelief, Robert Morris fans – not students, mind you, adult fans – taunted us from the next section over. Get a life. Colonials sophomore Lijah Thompson also came out of the locker room to personally thank us for “coming to see the Bobby Mo show.” I’d like to respect a team that has shown its toughness two straight years by coming here and winning in a big game in a hostile environment, but they have made it increasingly difficult.
I didn’t want this to be my last memory of Bobcats basketball as a student. I hadn’t planned on going to grad school, but maybe I’ll enroll and experience the Bank for a little longer. Screw it, maybe I’ll just stop going to class. Then I’ll have to come back for another year. Makes perfect sense to me.
I barely slept Sunday night. I must have replayed the game in my head 20 times. I thought about all the little things from the game. The bad bounces, the borderline calls, and how just one of those things going our way could have led to a win.
When I woke up Monday morning, though, I had an epiphany. Losing close games in the playoffs sucks. I know that, you know that. But let’s take a step back and think about what it used to be like in Hamden. In just a few years, the team has gone from a perennial NEC bottom-dweller to a force to be reckoned with. Quinnipiac has finished in the top five in the league every year since 2006-2007, and we won our first regular season conference title last year. It’s the same story off the court, too. Taking out winter breaks, I can count on one hand the number of home games I’ve missed. If you’re a senior like me, you remember when the student section at games consisted of about 15 people. Coach Tom Moore always says that winning will bring people out to the games. This year, after going to nearly every other gym in the NEC, I can safely say that we easily have the best core group of fans in the league. FAREWELL, continued on page 14