Bats go silent at home,
Last chance for your dream QU hookup, page 4
STATE OF THE QUNION
Stoolapalooza round 2, page 8
The QUINNIPIAC Volume 80 Issue 23
April 27, 2011
One last Weekend
Make plans now, enjoy later This will be the fourth year For the weekend students since May Weekend discontinued still call “May Weekend,” the after 2007. univerBy Lenny Neslin & Despite the “official” status sity will Phil Nobile of the weekend being taken away, follow - BarstoolU Presents: The White Panda the university has planned numerits policy on possession and use (Toad's, 9 p.m.) ous events around campus the of alcoholic beverages, Quinnipiac Chief of Security & Safety - Bagels & Booze (Aunt Chilada's, 10 a.m. to upcoming weekend, which may bring back the feel of the origiBarger said, but the rules will be 6 p.m.) nal. Some of the events include “relaxed.” - Bobcat Bounce (Quad, 4 p.m.) a cookout at the York Hill vol“We wouldn’t be looking for - Get Lei'd with SPB (Café, 8 p.m.) leyball courts, a “drive-in” movie, anybody with solo cups,” Barger and a plethora of inflatable rides said. “We wouldn’t be looking for - Senior Class Gift Party (Alumni Field, 2 p.m.) on the quad. any students who are under 21 - TRON Legacy (Bobcat Way Lawn, 8:30 p.m.) “It’s been a tradition here years of age to be consuming alfor many years,” said Dan Scott, cohol.” Barger said there will not be - Suites End of Year Breakfast (Between Larson & novelties chair on SPB. “SPB is always here to provide clean, alterany additional shuttles, but there Troup, 1 to 3 p.m.) native events for Friday and Saturwill be extra security guards on - Mayday (York Hill volleyball /basketball courts, 1 to 4 p.m.) day nights. It’s a great opportunity duty. “Of course we’ll be inter- Only events on Quinnipiac campuses are sponsored by the school. for students to come out, meet others, and just have fun.” facing with the Hamden police There will be senior-only events, department as we have in the past,” have a greater presence of staff in the Barger said. “We’re not going to have health center. We hope that we won’t sponsored by the university, such as the any more ambulances; we’re going to need any ambulances.” WEEKEND, continued on page 3
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President John Lahey looks in dismay as SGA's outbound Vice President of Student Concerns Nicholas Rossetti recites a letter from a parent regarding the absence of shuttles going to North Haven.
Lahey, panel respond to SGA's concerns By Lenny Neslin Editor-in-Chief
Quinnipiac’s Student Government Association organized the first State of the QUnion address on Monday at Rocky Top Student Center. The event highlighted several ongoing projects and featured a Q&A between students and administrators. “Opening that door between what goes on behind the scenes during the year and letting that all out to the students – letting them know our big accomplishments, our initiatives and our goals,” incoming Vice President of Student Concerns Vincent Bond said. Bond worked with outbound VP of Student Concerns Nicholas Rossetti to form the idea of State of the QUnion. “Some of the big ticket items that I really wanted to bring to light, we just didn’t have time for,” Rossetti said, referring to specific literature in the student handbook on student rights and reporting sexual assaults. “This is the first year, so next year they’ll be able to plan everything better and probably attract a larger audience. At this time right now, I am flustered.” Bond said SGA is working toward creating opportunities for moderated discussion between the student body and administration at the beginning and end of next year. “I still think it’s great that administrators were willing to come out and were willing to talk to us, even if we didn’t get to cover the most hard-hitting topics,” Rossetti said. “My hope is that people don’t look at our Student Government Association or the Student Awareness Committee and say that we haven’t been doing things, because indeed we have been.”
FULL QUNION COVERAGE, PAGE 8
LOU'S LAST DAY AT HELM, By Nicole Celli News Editor
- MED SCHOOL - NORTH HAVEN - CLUB SPORTS
FLICKR: Baseball drops three out of four to Wagner
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April 27, 2011
BRIEFS First class targeted for 2013 School construction set for Jan. 2012
BACK IN SEASON As former Chronicle General Manager/ Publisher Andrew Vazzano described them in his “Weekley Peeve” column on April 22, 2009, the “Stinky Trees” are back in season. Vazzano went as far as relating the smell of the tree to a “certain part of the female anatomy.” They can be sniffed in South Lot and along Bobcat Way. Beware.
WATCH OUT ON WHITNEY According to a recent MyQ announcement, Hamden Police notified Quinnipiac that they will be stepping up enforcement of jaywalkers on Whitney Avenue. Officers have been told to cite any individual seen crossing the street without using a crosswalk.
CORRECTION The campus brief titled “Beer for Life” in the Chronicle’s April 20 issue was substantially false and misleading, the newspaper’s senior staff announced upon further review. The brief improperly led readers to believe the money had already been donated. As of print time, the money had not been donated. The brief also reported that the American Cancer Society matched the donation, which is untrue. The students planned to utilize a program through the ACS where Neutrogena matched certain donations. The Chronicle offers the sincerest of apologies to all inconvenienced by the false nature of this brief. The paramount goal of this publication is accuracy and objectivity in all its reporting, and in this instance, the Chronicle failed.
Bruce Koeppen, Quinnipiac’s future medical school dean, announced Quinnipiac will apply for preliminary accreditation in December with hopes of admitting the school’s first chartered class in August 2013. In order to begin recruiting in June 2012 for its first class, which Koeppen said will consist of 60 students, the school must obtain this accreditation. “I am also going around and visiting hospitals in the region to identify a partner that will work with the medical school to develop the clinical training programs that we will need as well,” Koeppen said. In the Q&A portion of the event, President John Lahey said construction for the medical school will begin in January 2012 and expects it to be completed by September of that year. Koeppen said he hopes the school’s curriculum will accomplish three goals: training for primary care positions, training students for working as a team, and allowing students to choose a concentration to specialize in to
prepare for their careers. “I believe in 10-15 years, Quinnipiac University will be recognized across the country as a magnet institution for the training of health care professionals, particularly with a focus of primary care,” Koeppen said. One student voiced a concern about not having enough places for students to find clinical training, but Koeppen quelled those concerns. “As I am actually going around to various hospitals to talk about this, I am going around with Ed O’Connor, dean of the school of health sciences, to emphasize to these institutions that we want to come to them with a team of learners and not have medical students displacing PA students or nursing students,” Koeppen said. “The hospitals are actually very excited about that.” Quinnipiac’s medical school will join Yale and University of Connecticut as the only medical schools in Connecticut. Prior to Koeppen’s appointment, he worked at UConn’s medical school for 20 years, and last
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Medical School Dean Bruce Koeppen discusses the steps the school is taking toward becoming an accredited institution.
month appointed two senior associate deans who also worked at UConn.
No shuttles in store, yet
After reciting a letter from a health science student’s parent, Nicholas Rossetti, outbound vice president of student concerns, submitted a North Haven shuttle contingency plan for administration to consider implementing next year. The shuttle plan would consist of two shuttles at designated times throughout the day. Rossetti emphasized these would not be continuous shuttles; they would only be making one trip at set times in K atie O'Brien / Chronicle the morning, afternoon and evening. President John Lahey repeatedly Connor Croteau poses a question to the panel of cited the literature in the university’s university officials.
health sciences program that indicates Quinnipiac is not responsible for providing transportation to clinical training sites. Lahey called North Haven a “graduate campus,” and added, “it does not make sense to provide shuttle services to that campus.” “To be honest, this is something that we have to keep fighting for into the next year,” Rossetti said. “I don’t believe an independent review will go on without us prompting it and us pushing it forward.”
Title IX prevents club sports Dean of Students Manuel Carreiro and President John Lahey said club sports are in Quinnipiac’s future, but issues with Title IX is preventing them from implementing them next year. “The number of students involved in club sports do not get counted in any way with respect to our intercollegiate sports, and that’s primarily what Title IX is about,” Lahey said. “However, this lawsuit and court order we are under also relates to facilities and the resources that we are currently providing for our students. “The biggest problem with club sports, as I look at it with respect to the Title IX issue, is that we are already very tight in terms of fields and facilities for our intercollegiate sports. I just want to make sure the institution is in full compliance with all Title IX requirements.”
Construction updates Throughout the night, administrators touched on several ongoing projects. York Hill will not be a “construction site” at all in September, Lahey said. For 2013, Lahey mentioned plans of upgrading Burt Kahn Court into a multipurpose auditorium with seating similar to that in TD Bank Sports Center, but it would still be accessible as an open facility. Title IX is delaying these construction plans. Sr. Vice President for Administration Richard Ferguson mentioned long-term plans of moving the School of Law to the North Haven campus after the medical school is built. Ferguson expects the Alumni Hall renovations to be completed by Feb. 1, 2012.
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Manuel Carreiro talks about club sports and York Hill's health services.
April 27, 2011
Prez waves goodbye By Matt Busekroos Publisher If you walk past the Student Government offices today, you might spot Louis Venturelli during one of his final moments as Student Body President. Venturelli’s warm smile and friendly hellos have been a comforting source of stability for students on campus. But now, it’s time for him to say goodbye. The familiar face whom Quinnipiac has come to know well is graduating in three and a half weeks. Venturelli is about to embark in a new phase of his life pursuing a master’s in Higher and Post-Secondary Education at Teacher’s College at Columbia University. But before leaving Quinnipiac for good, Venturelli walked down memory lane with the Chronicle to take a look back at his time on Student Government. As a freshman at Quinnipiac, Venturelli first got involved on campus as President of the Irma/Dana Residence Hall Council. This eventually led to a position on the executive board during his sophomore year as the National Communications Coordinator. In RHC, Venturelli met several student leaders and administrators and familiarized himself with the community. “I absolutely love that organization and think it’s a wonderful opportunity for students to get involved at the beginning of their college experience,” Venturelli said. “I established connections with people not just at Quinnipiac, but in the region, and nationally.” During his sophomore year, Venturelli served as a representative for the class of 2011 in Student Government. He cites his program “10 Ways to Fight Hate on Campus” as one of his proudest contributions to the organization prior to becoming Student Body President. “It was the second year that a racial incident happened during my experience at Quinnipiac, and so I wanted to create a pro-
Photo courtesy of Louis Venturelli
Louis Venturelli poses with the Dalai Lama at the 11th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates.
gram and to tell the community we shouldn’t signs that said “Vote Lou,” “Vote Betsy.” be accepting this in our community and our They took pictures with students holding the signs and then uploaded them to Facebook. home,” he said. “We were everywhere. And that’s how Venturelli reached out to student organiyou get elected,” zations and differsaid. ent schools on cam“In order to be a good leader, Venturelli “Looking back on pus to get involved. you have to be receptive them two years latThe program saw to what the forces are. You er, it’s pretty special 200 people in attenseeing how far we’ve dance the Thursday have to be receptive to the Betsy and I before spring break student body. You have to be come. had so many camin 2009 to speak receptive to the community.” paign tactics that out against hate on really started heightcampus. Louis Venturelli, ening the sense of That spring, Outgoing Student Body President competitiveness for Venturelli ran his these positions.” first campaign for StuDuring the SGA debates in 2009 Vendent Body President. Venturelli and outgoing Vice President of Finance Betsy Clark turelli said, “I’m not looking to reform, I’m famously went door to door together with looking to advance.” Two years later, he be-
lieves advancement has occurred on campus, especially with programs such as Relay for Life and the Big Event. “I would say that I was looking to make everyone’s experience better. In turn, as we all continue to grow, as the institution continues to grow, so does the culture,” he said. “And the culture furthers itself to be one, that’s more of an intellectual community, that’s more of a caring community; a community that gives back and takes pride in tradition. And I think we’ve done that.” Developing a strong community has always been important to Venturelli. In the April 1, 2009 edition of the Chronicle, Venturelli wrote that he had “a plan to bring the community closer together.” “I really did have a plan, it was systematic,” Venturelli said. The Connect Four plan was created to connect the Student Government to the student body; the Student Goverment to the administration, faculty and staff; the Student Government to the greater Hamden community, and the Student Government to the Student Government. Venturelli mentions students have more of an opportunity to make a difference on campus now. According to Venturelli, students are now included on searches for university administrators and faculty hiring. As he is about to pass over SGA responsibilities today, Venturelli is optimistic about the new leadership for next year. “I am confident they are going to do a wonderful job,” he said. “And I just want them to know I’m going to be there for them whenever they need me.” Now, Venturelli looks toward the future when he can work for human rights and hopefully advance the quality of life for everyone. “I’m interested in human development and in particular student development,” Venturelli said. “It’s my hope to inspire people to pursue their passions and to inspire people to live out their dreams and to do their best.”
WEEKEND: Health services upping staff on Mount Carmel continued from cover Senior Class Gift Party on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Alumni Field. President John Lahey is expected to attend. Students of age can attend the sixth annual Bagels & Booze at
Aunt Chilada’s Friday morning. Kathy Macaione, director of student health services, said there will be extra staff on duty on Mount Carmel campus, but clearly was not as concerned as she would have
been if the real May Weekend still existed. Health services in York Hill’s Rocky Top Student Center will continue to operate only on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
“I would hope people will be responsible. It bothers me that it was a fun weekend, and a few people ruined it for everyone.” Kathy Macaione, Director of Health Services
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Seniors get last chance to 'hook up' with their dream partner By Phil Nobile News Editor Tired of actually working for a hookup? Thanks to the new website “QU Hookup List,” the whole process could be easier for seniors who only have a few weeks left to get some. “People really like it,” said ‘The Hookup Samaritan,’ the creator of the website. “If the QU Hookup List was a person, people would totally hook up with it.” To visit the site, enter “quhookuplist.com” into your browser. If you’re a senior, you can submit your Quinnipiac email ad-
dress for a password to access the site. From there, you can create a list of the individuals you’d want to “hook up” with. According to the website, the information each user
Samaritan said. “We’ve got analysts, beta-testers, and guys and girls to hook up. We’re going all out. Or in.” The website targets Quinnipiac seniors, and is meant to be used
wanted to hook up with the last four years but never got a chance to for whatever reason.” While some find the site to be clever, others don’t think as highly
enters is completely anonymous unless a match is made. In the case of a match, you are both sent an email, but you’re on your own from there. “It’s a large scale operation,” the
for the upcoming Senior Week. “It’s the perfect icebreaker,” senior Aris Mantopoulos said. “Senior Week is everyone’s last hoorah to hook up with the person they
of it. “I thought it was hilarious,” senior Kasey Costa said. “However, I don’t trust the site and would never do it. If you want to hook up with
someone, I should hope you don’t need a website to help you with that.” When asked about his inspiration for the site, the Samaritan said it came as a stroke of genius. “I had this eureka moment on the bench at Aunchie's,” the Samaritan said. “Yes, I was dancing. I noticed lots of drunk people not hooking up, and I said to myself, ‘They should be hooking up.’” While not providing any specific numbers, the Samaritan claimed the site has been a hit, and to get ready come Senior Week. “Let’s just say Senior Week is going to be very interesting,” the Samaritan said.
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New org for sustainability Founder 'appalled' by poor grade By Katherine Rojas Staff Writer
Club mission To create an
Going green may be an openvironmentally tion for some, but for Ilya Spektor, conscious and it’s a way of life. It didn’t take long sustainable community at Quinnipiac. for the sophomore to see a void on Quinnipiac’s campus, which he Alessia Tr anfaglia / Chronicle YouTube sensation and presidential candidate Jimmy McMillan just wants to feed you breakfast, lunch and plans to fill with a new club focused image with its mission statement dinner. You are his children and he wants to put a roof over your head for a lower rent. on making the university more sus- “to create an environmentally containable. scious and sustainable community “When I came into Quinnipi- at Quinnipiac.” ac I was just appalled,” Spektor said. His main idea is to raise stuSpektor amassed a great dent support and get the adminisall in this institution to learn but to know that I’m here,” he said. amount of knowledge in the sus- tration to act with the organization. By Marcus Harun “If there’s this growing sense they're not teaching you what they “Every child is my child—Daddy’s tainability field working for EnviWeb Developer ronment New Jersey, an environin the Quinnipiac community that right here. Y’all go to school, give should be teaching you,” McMillan mental advocacy organization, and we need to do something that needs me support and let daddy do what Presidential candidate and said. “You are now 61% owners of from his study of advanced placeto be changed, I think that’s going daddy gotta’ do.” founder of The Rent Is Too Damn General Motors. I’m pretty sure the ment environmental science in high to change the mentality of the stuStudents questioned McMilHigh party Jimmy McMillan an- state senator, the U.S. senator knows school during 2007. That summer, dents,” Spektor said. lan after his address about his polinounced that Donald Trump would that. All of them is full of crap. You It is Spektor’s hope that if the be his ideal vice presidential candi- know why they not saying anything, cies, if he was elected president. He Spektor went door-to-door to prevent an environmental bill from getclub’s initiatives and motives are run would cut the debt and the taxes. date during his address to Quinni- because they all getting money from ting signed which would have only by the students, Quinnipiac’s susHe said he would roll taxes back piac students in the School of Law the government for their own perbenefited energy companies. tainability practices will change for to give businesses a chance to hire Grand Courtroom Thursday night. sonal organization. I’m pretty sure Although Spektor has an unthe better. people and create jobs. “If Donald Trump made an they’ve been invited to this school “The administration here isn’t “The government is a 14 tril- derstanding of the subject, he beannouncement that he will be Jimmy many times. When they come, you lieves most of the Quinnipiac stugoing to push for change unless lion dollar debt,” McMillan said. McMillan’s vice president, the elec- should throw a rock at they head— dent body does not. the students themselves are asking “We bailed out Fannie Mae and tion will be over tonight,” he said. make sure they have some kind of “I understand that people come for it,” said Kristen Richardson, Freddie Mac. I think it’s time for the As vice president, Trump tragic accident.” the faculty advisor for the club and here from different backgrounds and American government to pardon would travel to everyone and make McMillan continued listing laboratory instructor for biological they all have different levels of eduthe people of all debt. This will get sure they are smiling, McMillan said. what was wrong with society, insciences at Quinnipiac. cation on the subject, but the vast the country on the right track. You “My job is to provide a roof cluding the rent and the deficit beOne interested student is take the people’s money and you majority is completely not conscious over your head, food on the table ing too high. freshman Joseph Ugalde, secregive it to the banks to bail them out, about the proper way to act towards “We are the smartest species and money in your pocket,” McMilthe planet,” Spektor said. tary for the RHC Area Council of you bail the people out now.” on the planet,” McMillan said. “All lan said. “Donald’s job would be to Not only is Spektor upset Irma/Dana. The room was less than half of us belong to the homo sapien keep you on your toes.” “I have been trying to get McMillan has made six unsuc- species and everyone in this side of filled, but a group of students did over the student body’s lack of cessful runs for New York political the world North America, South turn out for the event on the eve of knowledge on the subject, but also some awareness about recycling beQuinnipiac’s most recent sustain- cause what I noticed around here is office. On December 23, 2010, he America, some are still left in Africa the three day weekend. “The most interesting part ability report card, which received that people don’t recycle enough,” announced he was running for pres- who never came this way—we’re ident in the 2012 election. the smartest on the planet, but why was that he calls everyone his kids,” a D. According to the non-profit said Ugalde. Spektor’s next step is to build He asked students for their we not acting like it? We’ve put our- freshman Ian Jackson said. “It just organization The College Sustainsupport and suggested they should selves in a situation for our children goes to show that he is on the look- ability Report Card, Quinnipiac has up the club’s constitution and come out for everyone and not just him- been graded with a D- for the past up with a name. It will take about a stand up for their rights, and protest to not have anything.” several years. month for the club to gain official self, like some politicians.” McMillan said he is the soluagainst the government. Make your pledge NOT to DRIVE while DISTRACTED. Make your pledge NOT to DRIVE while and DISTRACTED. Spektor’s new club will look recognition a charter for the fall tion to America’s problems. “The reason I ask the college to solve the campus’s “apathetic” semester. kids to wake up is because you are “I want all the young people
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Dear Chronicle readers, It’s my pleasure to present the first issue with our new editorial board in place for the 2011-2012 year. You may notice some changes within the pages of the Chronicle. Arts & Entertainment and Scene have dissolved to become Arts & Life. We hope the section thrives with continued features on students and everyone who makes a difference in our community every day. I want to acknowledge this year’s publisher Tara McMahon and Editor-in-Chief Joe Pelletier for their exemplary work in steering this newspaper toward a brighter future. Tara and Joe have worked tirelessly for the last three years to preserve the integrity of the Chronicle. They have been integral in keeping this organization alive. I don’t believe we would have made it this far without their leadership, dedication and commitment. I have worked on the Chronicle editorial board for three years, and feel privileged to have worked alongside such a devoted staff. Every year, I learn something new and I hope to continue to be challenged. As we transition into next year, please feel free to email us with any comments or suggestions to improve the newspaper. We are open to new ideas and opinions. This is your newspaper, Quinnipiac.
Dear Chronicle readers, On behalf of the Chronicle staff, I thank you for grabbing a newspaper or logging on to our website. Your continued support keeps us chugging along down the final stretch of the term – even though it's the hardest. With May Weekend on the horizon, and then just one more week of classes before finals week, we hope the Chronicle will continue to serve you as a reputable source of compelling information. Not only does the Chronicle serve as an organization for Quinnipiac students to demonstrate their proficiencies in writing, editing, designing, and photography, but also for students to gain experience working in a serious newsroom environment, selling advertisements, and, a more general skill, managing time. I began writing for this paper's sports section as a confused freshman. I didn't know if print journalism was for me, but as the year progressed, I realized it was my calling. Now I feel honored to head a staff of dedicated, aspiring journalists who work hard each week to put out a newspaper and keep our website fresh. Although I will dearly miss the Chronicle's graduating seniors – my second family – I look forward to taking on the responsibilites this leadership role offers.
Thank you for the support, Matt Busekroos '12 Publisher
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Reallocate Campus Ministry funds By Jeremy Stull Opinion Editor Here at the non-religious affiliated Quinnipiac University we have a Campus Ministry office, run by a Catholic chaplain, Father Hugh Vincent Dyer. While every organization except WQAQ and the Student Government Association was ousted from their student center offices, the Campus Ministry stayed. The university also employs Rabbi Reena Judd and the Rev. Susan Fowler. Rabbi Judd is located in the Hillel house while Fowler has an office in Rocky Top. Not only does the university pay to have the chaplain full-time, but the "Campus Crusade for Christ" is a student center recognized and SGA funded organization. For the upcoming 2011-2012 school year they received $1,340 in the budget process. VITA, a pro-life organization, received $4,165 from SGA. I was brought up in a Christian family, and practiced as such until reaching the so-called "age of reason." I find religion to be a repulsive institution no matter the faith.
Senior Managing Editors Tara McMahon Meghan Parmentier Managing Editor Michele Snow
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Publisher Matt Busekroos Editor-in-Chief Lenny Neslin
Entering a new er a
I would also never think of stepping on one person’s right to practice his or her faith. I feel doing so would be as insufferable as a religious person trying to force his or her beliefs on me. As a university, I don’t feel we should be sponsoring religious offices and organizations. There are plenty of religious organizations throughout the community that students can utilize. I realize faith is an integral part of some people's lives, I just feel such an expense should not be placed even slightly on the shoulders of the university. I applied to only non-religious affiliated universities for a reason. I assumed, apparently vastly incorrectly, that meant they didn’t sponsor religious activities. A fraction of my tuition money is going to pay a Catholic chaplain. That makes me more than slightly uncomfortable. The Campus Ministry takes up office space and money from more worthwhile and beneficial endeavors. I’m not suggesting the university curb any freedom of expression or freedom to practice religion. I simply don’t agree that my tuition money should be
put toward such initiatives. The university has to be extremely neutral in such matters. Campus Crusade for Christ and VITA should be student center recognized organizations, but SGA shouldn’t charter them or give them a budget that comes from my tuition. I would much rather see that money placed toward more inclusive initiatives. The university should consider hiring a "Sustainability Officer" or if they wanted to be a bit more grandiose, a "Director of Environmentally Conscious Initiatives." In this position, the person could help reduce the carbon footprint of our community. The post would raise awareness for various initiatives on campus and hopefully foster an environment where throwing a recyclable item into a trash receptacle or supporting coal based power is deemed socially unacceptable. Instead, the university is sponsoring organizations such as VITA, who are fostering an environment in which abortion and embryonic stem cell research are deemed socially unacceptable.
"Some of the big ticket items that I really wanted to bring to light, we just didn't have time for. At this time right now, I am flustered." -Nick Rossetti, former VP of Student Concerns
April 27, 2011
Mortenson's fund distribution in question By Jeremy Stull Opinion Editor Greg Mortenson, co-founder and director of the Central Asia Institute, is the author of the cornerstone text for the QU301 seminars, “Three Cups of Tea.” His story of how he stumbled to a remote Pakistani village after a failed attempt to climb K2, the second highest mountain on Earth, and promised to build them a school is inspiring to anyone who reads it. According to CBS’s “60 Minutes” program, this is largely falsified. The station claims Mortenson is misleading donors and uses this non-profit 501(c)3 organization as a personal ATM. The problem with both Mortenson’s book and the “60 Minutes” piece is that they pander to our basic desire for sensational stories. On the surface, this investigative piece pokes some major holes in Mortenson’s tale. “Three Cups of Tea” does the same in terms of roping in the reader with
these seemingly too good to be true stories. bring a speaker in is based on their prior track record and “that hindsight is 20/20.” My goal It turns out the details may be just that. Quinnipiac plays a role in this story, and is to make sure the administration then looks not an insignificant one. Mortenson spoke to back critically on its decision. In the future, the student body last year and he isn't cheap. perhaps more stringent investigations are perHis average speaking cost is $30,000. Ev- tinent. The problem is not Mortenson makery student in QU301 was supposed to buy ing some stuff up “Three Cups of Tea.” for a buck. People I own a copy of his “This is a big reality do that all day, evbook “Stones into check for everybody here ery day. The entire Schools.” The expecQU301 seminar tation when contribat Quinnipiac. Do not uses “Three Cups uting to an individual take things at face value.” of Tea” as a critiwho built his image, cal text. It is at the such as Mortenson has, is that money invested in his time and crux of every section, regardless of the products will go toward his deeds for greater topic. A student in my “Global Narratives humanity. Not toward his private jets and in Film” section even asked if we had to continue reading the piece. promoting his personal brand. Ewa Callahan, assistant professor of When I asked Senior Vice President for Academic & Student Affairs Mark Thomp- communications and course coordinator son about the controversy during the State for QU301 seminars, says no decision has of the QUnion, he said he was unaware there been made on keeping the text in the curwas any problem. He said the decision to riculum. What really struck me from Cal-
lahan was her emphasis on student involvement in the decision process. Any decision on the future place of the book in the seminars will not come without extensive input from those with the best experience, the students, Callahan said. A point my class and Callahan expressed was the ability to now use the situation as a learning point for students. This is an opportunity for a student to take information from the world and “be critical and make judgments yourself,” said Callahan. It also serves as a major disappointment. Mortenson was an individual that I personally looked up to. This is a big reality check for everybody here at Quinnipiac. Do not take things at face value. Do not read one book and make a judgment. Do not simply watch one news station or read one newspaper. There is an increasing wealth of information in the world and it is the responsibility of the consumer to determine its worth.
SGA board transition effective today
Hey Bobcats! I’m writing this week’s SGA update because I was recently elected to the Vice President of Public Relations position for next year! To update you on the current SGA happenings, we transitioned to our 2011-2012 board today (4/27) and I speak for all of executive board when I express how excited we are for this upcoming year. One recent accomplishment of the Student Government was our first annual State of the QUnion this past Monday evening. It was a night where student representatives and administration, such as President John Lahey, discussed topics affecting the students today. It’s an event that the new board looks forward to continuing for years to come. Also in SGA news, a few of our cabinets have events in the upcoming weeks. The Class of 2012 has an event this Sunday, May 1, at York Hill by the volleyball and basketball
courts where they will have a pig roast, a DJ and a volleyball tournament; it will be from 1 to 5 p.m. The Class of 2013 also has an event on May 6 from 4 to 8 p.m. on Bobcat Lawn where they will be educating students on summer safety as well as having raffles and a BBQ. Although the year is winding down, SGA will be working through the next few weeks as well as through the summer to make sure we serve the students as best we can. I personally look forward to updating you frequently on all SGA happenings and am beyond excited for the upcoming year. Hope to see you at our upcoming events! Thanks, Kaite Lovett Vice President of Public Relations
& STOOLAPALOOZA 2.0
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The crowd at last year’s Stoolapalooza piled into Toad’s to see Sam Adams smash hit performance. This year might not be any different, as the official Facebook event for this year’s concert has more than 1,000 attending.
Barstool Sports brings the Stool back to New Haven for the second year in a row, this time with The White Panda anchoring the lineup By Nicole Fano Arts & Life Editor Back to “Stool,” back to “Stool,” to prove to Dad you know how to party. After last year’s hyped-up and sold-out concert, the Bartsool Sports-sponsored event, Stoolapalooza, is returning to Toad’s Place in New Haven tomorrow night. This year’s musical lineup includes several underground artists. The concert will feature Chicago/ Los Angeles-based band, The White Panda, best-known for its mashup remixes such as “Shooting Superstars” (Eminem vs. Bag Raiders). Blend or mashup music is the combination of two or more prerecorded songs. Most notably, Eminem utilized this technique in his latest album “Recovery.” Other performers include the Philadelphia duo OCD: Moosh and Twist, as well as The Soundmen, a music mixing group originally from Seattle. North Carolina hip-hop artists Eddy B and Tim Gunter were also recently added to the musical list. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show begins at 9. Pre-concert tickets were $12 online, and are $15 at the door.
According to Barstool Sports creator David “El Pres” Portnoy, the show will be a great start to the weekend. “The Soundmen to get you movin’, OCD to get you jumpin’, and The White Panda to get you laid,” Portnoy said on the Stoolapalooza Facebook event page. “With the absolute ridiculousness of this lineup if The U isn’t bringing party heat right now nobody is.” Portnoy further capitalized on the Barstool Sports phenomenon this past January with the creation of Barstool U, a sister blog solely dedicated to college students. While Barstool Boston organized last
year’s Stoolapalooza, Barstool U is running tomorrow night’s show. Barstool U is described as “By the C- student for the C- student.” Stoolapalooza traveled to New Haven last April, after several Quinnipiac students utilized Facebook and dorm-room posters to campaign for the college tour. In addition to local acts, Boston-based rapper Sam Adams headlined the concert. Colin “DJ Tanner” Wilkinson, a health care management graduate student, deejayed last year’s event and was asked to return tomorrow night to mix a short set of tracks. “It’s going to be the same kind of an atmosphere: same place, same population, same student-base,” Wilkinson said. “ I don’t think this year’s will blow last year’s out of the water, last year’s was really good, but I think this year will be really good too.” Senior Denis Mitchell, aka “Denny Darko,” is
a local hip-hop artist who is familiar with the current music scene. Although he didn’t attend Stoolapalooza last year, he thinks the success of tomorrow night’s show is promising. “I think we’ll see a lot of the same people that went last year plus a lot more who are more into mashups and the other genres that will be offered,” Mitchell said. Senior Chris McGuire attended Stoolapalooza last year, but won’t be attending tomorrow night’s show. “It was good last year, but I just don’t want to go this year. Not a lot of
people I know are actually going,” McGuire said. “I think it was bigger last year because Sammy Adams was headlining. More people know who Sammy Adams is than The White Panda.” Coincidentally, last year’s Stoolapalooza was scheduled the same night as The Fray, the Student Programming Board’s spring concert. Junior Heather Graham speculates the double-booked date focused student attention on Stoolapalooza rather than The Fray. “I think it did create more hype, more people were going to go see Sam Adams than The Fray because a lot more students at Quinnipiac are more into the rap aspect of music instead of the depressing kind of alternative,” Graham said. According to Wilkinson, ‘Stool’ ticket sales are steady. However, tomorrow night’s Stoolapalooza hasn’t received nearly the same amount of publicity as last year’s concert. With few campus advertisements and little publicity from Portnoy’s multiple blogs, the success of this year’s college tour remains to be seen.
Tom Evans and Dan Griffith make up the mashup duo that is The White Panda. They will be headlining Barstool Sport’s second Stoolapalooza, which hits Toad’s tomorrow night.
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’s U Q ‘Water for Elephants’ By Erica Siciliano Staff Writer Forget about the blonde, beautiful Reese Witherspoon. In Robert Pattinson’s latest film, “Water for Elephants,” his chemistry instead sparks with a gray, wrinkly, three ton elephant named Rosie. After much anticipation, “Water for Elephants” hit theaters Friday, only to disappoint. The plot moves slowly and the romantic chemistry between Pattinson and Witherspoon seems forced. “Water for Elephants” manages to drag on for two hours, yet it feels like four. Leaving open gaps with missing information and scenes filled with little conversation, much of the movie could’ve been cut out. Audience members gain an up close look at Pattinson’s character Jacob’s love for elephants when the circus acquires an elephant named Rosie. The connection between Jacob and Rosie may have been the film’s only saving grace. Based on Sara Gruen’s New York Times best-selling novel, the film focuses on Jacob, who recently lost his family during the Great Depression.
Jacob flees from his home and leaves his schooling behind, hoping to run away from his problems. Jacob jumps on a train owned by the Benzini Brothers Circus, and becomes an animal caretaker. Along the way, he falls for the owner’s wife and circus’s main attraction, Marlena (Witherspoon). Witherspoon completely morphs into her character as a battered wife caught between the life she leads and the life she wants to live. Pattinson gives a weary performance, and the only time he doesn’t look like he is in pain are in his scenes with the animals. Though the movie lacks a strong male lead with Pattinson, Christoph Waltz gives a stunning performance as August, the emotionally unstable circus leader. Waltz leaves the audience seething in anger at how harshly he treats Marlena and the animals. Showing the ups and downs of a circus during the Great Depression, the scene where August brutally beats Rosie the elephant is difficult to watch. Animal rights activists should think twice before seeing this film. It’s not until the end of the film when the plot begins to pick up steam. But, it’s too little, too late. “Water for Elephants” admirably attempts to depict a man’s love for an elephant and a woman. With a slow paced plot and obvious lack of chemistry between Witherspoon and Pattinson, save your gas money and wait for this film on NetFlix.
-Twentieth Century Fox
Pattinson and Witherspoon were less of a dynamic duo than Pattinson and his elephant in “Water for Elephants,” adapted from the book of the same name by Sara Gruen.
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Hometown: Ridgefield, Conn. AGE: 21 Year: Junior Major: FVI
Hometown: Columbia, S.C. AGE: 21 Year: Junior Major: Finance
I actually didn’t know who he was until recently. Someone would tell me I look like him and I’d say ‘You mean Cyclops from X-Men?’ I think it’s cool, I don’t mind it at all, there are definitely worse celebrities to be compared to.
I’ve been compared to [Kevin Bacon] since high school so I’m pretty used to hearing comments about his movies and commercials. I can see the resemblance, not quite as much as everyone else seems to though.
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April 20, 2011
middle school smiled overjoyed satisfaction student classmates sped scoring success failure demeaning answers respond demands tears embarrassment peers brain reading dyslexia issues comments control difficulty processing information affect interpret complex ideas sounds skills word recognition conceptualize sessions teachers tutor succeed tools instrumental study habits all-nighters roommate accepted elementary education happy cried volunteer school education master’s degree children disabilities firsthand history kids relate mind experiences children rewards making a difference impact social cues incredible personalities such sweethearts taught me rewarding middle school smiled overjoyed satisfaction student classmates sped scoring success failure demeaning answers respond demands tears embarrassment peers brain reading dyslexia issues comments control difficulty processing information affect interpret complex sessions teachers tutor succeed tools instrumental study habits all-nighters roommate accepted elementary education happy cried volunteer school education master’s degree children disabilities firsthand history kids relate mind experiences children rewards making a difference impact social cues incredible personalities such sweethearts taught me rewarding
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This is Cassie’s story.
Between the lines Cassie Pacella learned how to succeed with dyslexia. Now she is pursuing a degree beyond her master’s for special education NAME: Cassie Pacella YEAR: Sophomore HOMETOWN: Norwell, Mass. MAJOR: Psychology STORY: After growing up with dyslexia, Cassie wants to have an impact on others with similar learning disabilities
Between 15 and 20 percent of students in the United States have dyslexia, accordpon receiving a perfect ing to the U.S. Department of score on a practice test for Health and Human Services. a Massachusetts state-wide Dyslexia occurs when exam in middle school, the brain has difficulty proCassie Pacella smiled and felt overjoyed when cessing information. Howher teacher announced the results to her class. ever, the disorder doesn’t Pacella felt a sense of satisfaction know- affect one’s ability to think Anna Brundage / Chronicle ing the strides she made as a student. or interpret complex ideas, Cassie Pacella hopes to inspire others to do their best in school. Her admittance to QU's MAT program was However, Pacella’s smile quickly faded as according to the U.S. Library the perfect way to show her capabilities. classmates received their scores. They couldn’t of Medicine. Typically, one fathom a “sped” scoring higher than them. Because of her history, Morabito thinks may have difficulty separating ability well. Pacella’s success was the rest of the sounds that compose spoken words. This is “You would never know she had a learn- Pacella is well-suited to be a special education class’s failure. What should have been a grati- especially important in learning how to read ing disability unless she told you,” Morabito teacher. fying moment for Pacella only reinforced the because those skills are based on word recog- said. “She’s constantly doing her work and “She will always come through for you demeaning comments she heard on a daily ba- nition and separating sounds. when you need her,” Morabito said. “She getting stuff done.” sis. When asked to explain how Pacella couldn’t conceptuwould be a great teacher. She could definitely she got her answers, Pacella alize reading. In order to stay on ecently, Pacella was accepted into relate to the kids and get through to them.” It’s not the fact track with her classmates, Pacella couldn’t respond to their dethe MAT program in elementary Pacella believes students with learning mands. She held back tears to that I don’t worked with special education education at Quinnipiac. disabilities can do whatever they set their mind avoid further embarrassment and studied with her own “I was so happy I cried,” Pacella said to. Through her experiences working with chilcare, try or pay teachers from her peers. tutor every summer. about the moment she learned dren already, Pacella has learned “I should have just been attention. It’s Those sessions with teach- of her acceptance into the pro- It’s so rewarding the rewards of making a differin ‘The Wizard of Oz’ singers and tutors were instrumental in gram. “With student teaching, ence. She anticipates making something I to be able to see ing ‘If I Only Had a Brain,’ providing the necessary tools for I’ve done so much volunteer the same impact on children in because to them, I did not,” can’t control. Pacella to succeed at Quinnipiac. work; I worked at an elemen- kids’ issues and the same way her teachers did Pacella said. She learned helpful study habits tary school in my town, and it as a child. show them tactics for her“Students In first grade, Pacella was diagnosed and came to school knowing how to succeed was so rewarding to be able to don’t need to with a developmental reading disorder, or despite her learning disability. see kids’ issues and show them I used on my think they are dumb and can’t dyslexia, as well as other processing issues. Jill Williams has lived with Pacella for tactics I used on my own to it,” Pacella said. “Students own to help them do Growing up, words such as “stupid” the last two years. help them through theirs.” who don’t understand social and “retard” were thrown around Pacella with “She puts a lot of effort into her work,” Pacella plans to continue through theirs. cues have the most incredcomplete disregard of their connotations. she said. “Seeing her do all these all-nighters, her education past her masible personalities and are such “A lot of people make comments and I don’t know how she does it, and I would not ter’s at Quinnipiac to earn another degree in sweethearts. What they know and what they don’t understand,” she said. “It’s not the fact be able to do what she does.” special education and hopes to help children understand and what they taught me is so that I don’t care, try or pay attention. It’s Pacella’s other roommate Alexa Morab- with disabilities. Pacella knows firsthand what much more than I think I could give back to them.” something I can’t control.” ito believes Pacella deals with her learning dis- works and what does not for those students. By Matt Busekroos Publisher
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What not to wear to a sporting event By Sarah Rosenberg Staff Writer If you’re at a football game, say, cheering for the Giants on a cold January evening, what would be the most practical thing to wear? Unless you’re the dude who is bearing it all wearing blue chest paint, you should probably be wearing some layers, a hat and maybe even a pair of gloves. The same goes for college sporting events in the winter and early spring—you should probably wear something that won’t land you at the CVS pharmacy the morning after. With that said, I went to a Quinnipiac sports game the other weekend, and the weather wasn’t so kind. It was freezing, foggy and about to monsoon all over our pretty little campus. I was shivering in my rain jacket, so I can only imagine how the athletes were feeling. Despite these =harrowing weather conditions, three gems appeared out of the stands wearing fashionable, yet unpractical, game gear. Just picture these girls in little leather jackets, thin leggings, ballerina flats and blouses. Basically, if my mother had seen these girls, she would’ve thrown a hissy fit and thrown scarves at them. Believe me when I say, I think it’s important to be fashionable whenever possible, and these girls had style. But they took it too far. Maybe I was just embarrassed by my grandma-style rain jacket and old denim
jeans combination that wasn’t exactly flattering or fashion-forward. Maybe I wished I had the guts to brave the wind and actually look like a half-decent female. Mother Nature won that battle. Sometimes, I just have to sacrifice fashion for comfort. Perhaps my other problem is this: not only were these girls extremely stylish, but they were completely done up. I’m talking hair, make-up, the whole enchilada (again, maybe I am just ashamed that I lost touch with my concealer that morning and neglected my hair). But, I had to wonder: Who are you trying to impress? If, in fact, you are trying to catch the eye of one of the athletes on the field, odds are they are more focused on the game than they are on you. These boys have a game to win, so you’re better off waiting to impress them with your trendy outfits when they actually have time to pay attention to you. I would have rather seen these girls dressed in some attire that showed their school spirit! Obviously, I should probably take my own advice and hang up that rain jacket and take a stroll to the school’s bookstore. But, I think the sports moms rocking the windbreakers, the blue and yellow beanies, and the jerseys have set a pretty good example for us to follow. If we can walk into class on Friday mornings in baggy Quinnipiac sweatpants and Uggs, the least we can do is wear some school colors for the boys on the field.
-The Office of the Prince of Wales
The wedding of the century
The royal wedding is just days away, and the anticipation leading up to the ceremonial marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton has been enormous. Between the venue, the guest list and of course, the dress, the world has been following each announcement leading up to the April 29 event at Westminster Abbey. TLC has a full lineup for the week of the wedding–which will include airing the 1981 wedding of Princess Diana and Prince Charles, the making of the 2011 Royal Wedding and live coverage of the event beginning on Friday at 5 a.m. EST. The bride and groom chose to be married at Westminster Abbey, where many other royal weddings have taken place and where Princess
Diana’s funeral service was held. The guest list has been the element surrounded by the most suspense, as everyone waited to see who would get an invite. A guest list of 1,900, family, friends and foreign royals will gather to watch the Royal Wedding. Celebrities such as David and Victoria Beckham, Elton John and Guy Richie will be in attendance. The designer of Kate’s wedding dress remains a mystery and with only two days left before the big day, it looks like it will remain that way. Follow TLC and other media coverage to stay updated on the Royal Wedding and tune in Friday to watch what the media have been calling “the wedding of the century.” --MG
Sarah’s Style Corner
April 20, 2011
MTV sure knows how to pick ‘em Lauren Buono, 19 Sophomore
Hometown: Staten Island N.Y. Major: Public Relations, Marketing Minor What are you wearing: Forever 21 jeans and shirt, Gap blazer, Bebe studded belt, Steve Madden boots Style influences: I’m from Staten Island so I’m close to the city and I try not to dress like everyone else. I get dressed up for class most of the time but this is something I’d wear on the weekends. - photo by Anna Brundage
of the week
Laser tag at the Connecticut Sportsplex in North Branford
What do the stars of TV shows like “Maury” and “Jerry Springer” have in common with the teen mothers on MTV’s “16 and Pregnant?” They are all guilty of domestic abuse, mother-daughter assaults and substance abuse. Both former and upcoming “16 and Pregnant” stars keep popping up in news reports rapid fire, filing one lawsuit after another. It seems that the press just can’t get enough of these messed-up moms. First it was Amber Portwood, then Jenelle Evans, and now upcoming season three star Jennifer Del Rio. Most recently, Del Rio was accused of assaulting Josh Smith, her baby’s daddy, after she punched him in the face. According to TMZ reports, Smith says
Del Rio plotted to become pregnant so she could appear on the MTV series. What a great way to start the third season which premiered only last Tuesday. These recent controversies have many people arguing about whether or not shows like “16 and Pregnant” and “Teen Mom” glorify teen pregnancy. There may be no right or wrong answer to this debate, but let’s just hope for their children’s sakes they never try to Google their parents. Shame on these “mothers” for perpetuating the negative stigma attached to teen pregnancy, and shame on MTV for cashing in on the sad lives of these young women and their families.--NF
“Guys, let’s do something really awesome today.” This was my request to my roommates last Saturday. We wanted to break the normal weekend mold of eating, shopping, and sitting in our room waiting to get ready for Toad’s. Our solution? Laser tag. Fifteen minutes down Route 91 in North Branford, you can play at the Connecticut Sportsplex for only $5. That will get you 12 minutes of multi-level laser tag and the most fun you’ve had sober in weeks.
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“You have to give credit to the guys they ran out there from Wagner. We weren’t facing any ham and eggers here. These kids did a good job. They threw good strikes.”
- Dan Gooley Baseball
April 27, 2011
Bobcat struggles continue at home By Robin Schuppert Staff Writer
The Wagner Seahawks swept a Northeast Conference doubleheader Saturday and took three of four games from the Quinnipiac Bobcats in an early Easter weekend four-game series at Quinnipiac Baseball field. The Seahawks took the first game Saturday, a seven-inning affair, beating the Bobcats 14-3. The second game, a complete nine innings, also went to the Seahawks, as they won 7-3. Ryan Van Spronsen started the first game for the Seahawks (1326, 11-13 NEC), going six innings without allowing an earned run. He gave up just two hits in picking up his first win of the season, improving to 1-3 on the year. The Bobcats’ (14-22, 10-14) starter in Game 1, Anthony Cinelli, allowed six earned runs in six innings. David Grande entered in the seventh and gave up five earned run in just two-thirds innings pitched. “I think the statistic that bothers me the most is the lead-off hitters in almost every inning except for three innings got on and that’s danger, that’s legitimate trouble right there,” Quinnipiac skipper Dan Gooley said. “Anytime you’re behind in the count you’re gonna have problems, there’s no question about it. I didn’t see the chart today yet, but I don’t know exactly how many first pitch strikes we threw to as many hitters as we faced.” Wagner completes sweep In Game 2, Wagner’s starting pitcher Jon Lucas gave up just one earned in eight innings pitched. Quinnipiac’s George Dum-
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Designated hitter Michael Bartlett is tagged out running to first base by Wagner catcher Gaby Ramirez in the first game of a doubleheader on Friday.
mar allowed five earned runs in seven innings pitched. “You certainly have to make better pitches,” Gooley said. “You can’t turn around and make mistakes on pitches to real good hitters. This team from Wagner is a good solid club. They’ve struggled a little bit during the course of the year. They’re one through five, they’re a pretty good little team.” Eddie Brown led the way for
the Seahawks offensively, going 5-for-9 in the doubleheader with three runs scored and five runs batted in. On Thursday the two teams split a doubleheader, with Wagner taking the first game 8-6 in 11 innings and Quinnipiac taking Game 2, 6-5. “They came in here and they had the same mental attitude that we had. We felt as thought if we
could go in and sweep them or if they could sweep us, they’d be back in this [playoff] fight,” Gooley said. “They turned around and took the series. I tip my hat to them. They did a good job.” The Bobcats will host Central Connecticut State this weekend in their last home conference series of the year. The opening game will be on Friday at 3 p.m.
Team 1. Monmouth 2. Long Island 3. Sacred Heart 4. CCSU 5. Bryant 6. Wagner 7. Quinnipiac
NEC 15-5 14-5 13-7 11-9 10-9 11-13 10-14
Transfers, graduates: cause for concern or new beginning By John Healy Sports Editor On my way driving back to New Jersey on Thursday evening, our former sports editor, Robin Schuppert, sent me a text saying he broke a big story. At first I thought maybe we were getting another professional athlete’s kid coming to our school. Instead, it was news that freshman basketball player Dominique Langston announced through Twitter that he was taking his talents to Southern Connecticut State University, making him the second freshman from the men’s basketball team to announce he’s transferring. Now this is pretty alarming stuff to any Quinnipiac basketball fan. Langston showed much potential this past season, averaging 7.1 points per game and 4.4 rebounds
per game. He also proved he can come through in the clutch when he tipped in the game-winning basket to beat March Madness-bound Boston University on Dec. 29. With him and Tevin Baskin transferring, and rumors of possibly more, paired along with senior leaders Justin Rutty and Deontay Twyman graduating, it is clear next year’s team will not be the same. With neither player commenting on why they are transferring, and the possibility of more transfers, speculation has also opened about whether or not there will be changes among the coaching staff in the near future. Specifically, will Tom Moore leave Quinnipiac to pursue the UConn head coaching position if Jim Calhoun retires?
Moore has previous ties with UConn after holding an assistant coaching position there from 19952007. And at Quinnipiac, he has proven he can take a struggling Division I program and turn it around to be on the brink of clinching an NCAA Tournament bid-attractive to any program in a major conference looking for a new head coach. But will Moore leave what he’s built at QU? The men’s basketball program has gained an increasingly large amount of popularity and support from the student body, arguably overtaking men’s ice hockey as the biggest sport on campus. Plus, Moore just signed an extension on his contract last year, which doesn’t expire until after the 2014-15 season.
And then there’s some unfinished business. The Bobcats have come so close to clinching their first NCAA Tournament bid they can taste it. James Johnson proved he is capable of being a team leader, hit the big shot, and play tenacious defense. Jamee Jackson matured this past season, filling in for an injured Rutty and displaying dominance underneath the boards. Ike Azotam and Lance Brown demonstrated their potential and should have no problem having much bigger roles next season. Plus, Quinnipiac has signed three players for next year: Zaid Hearst, who scouts describe as a powerful perimeter player with versatility; Ousmane Drame, a 6-foot-7 lefty post player described to have good hands and feet (sound famil-
iar?); and Evan Conti, a guard described to be a “throwback” player with good intangibles who can shoot the three. In addition to the recruits, the Bobcats also add two transfers of their own. Austin Alexcih will join the team from UNC-Asheville, and Garvey Young, who is coming from University of Vermont where he was named to the 2010 America East All-Tournament, All-Defensive, and All-Rookie teams. So while Langston and Baskin decided to transfer, and Rutty and Twyman gone after May, Moore still has time to complete his business here because he possesses the tools to keep this team at the top of the NEC and create history at Quinnipiac by taking it to its first NCAA Tournament.
“[The seniors] have qualified for the playoffs every year they have been here... They are a special group and we’re going to ride this wave as long as we can.” - Eric Fekete Men’s Lacrosse
April 27, 2011
RUN ‘Cats clinch No. 2 seed on Senior Day DOWN
QU 18, SHU 9 -Saturday Jack Oppenheimer: 5 goals, 2 assists
QU 13, MU 8–Saturday Marissa Caroeo: 5 goals
Wagner 14, QU 3 (F/7)–Friay Chris Migani: 1-for-2 RBI Wagner 7, QU 3 (F/7)– Friday
Ben Farina: 2-for-3 RBI, run UConn 9, QU 0 -Monday Zak Palmer: 2-for-3
QU 2, SHU 0–Friday Heather Schwartzburg: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 7 SO SHU 8, QU 0–Friday Jacqueline Ristow: 1-for-2
NEC Championships Daytona Beach, Fla.– Friday, Saturday, Sunday
QU: 11th out of 11 Tansey: 278 (+62)
vs. Sacred Heart, Friday, noon
vs. CCSU, Friday, 3 p.m.
Women’s Outdoor Track
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In Saturday’s men’s lacrosse game, Jack Oppenheimer accomplished something he’s never done in his collegiate career and that no other Quinnipiac player has done since 2002. He earned seven points in an 18-9 victory over intrastate rival Sacred Heart University on Senior Day. Oppenheimer compiled five goals and two assists for his seven points, the most from a QU player in 11 years. Meanwhile, the victory clinched the No. 2 seed for the Bobcats (5-6, 3-1 NEC) in the NEC tournament. “It’s Senior Day, it’s a little emotional, and I figured I had to put on a good performance for my parents and grandparents,” Oppenheimer said. “Right off the first shot I took, it went in, and right from there I was feeling it and knew that anything I shot was most likely going in.” Oppenheimer scored his first Photo courtesy of Quinnipiac Athletics four goals within the first 21 minJunior attacker Adam Dahlgard tries to get around a Sacred Heart defender in Saturday’s 18-9 victory over utes, which was part of an 8-1 run the Pioneers. the Bobcats went on to open the game. the game. victory. “[The seniors] have qualiSacred Heart’s Bailey Dodds Oppenheimer opened the Senior goaltender Kevin fied for the playoffs every year that broke up QU’s opening run with a second half with his fifth goal of Benzing finished the game with 10 they’ve been here,” Quinnipiac head goal to narrow the score to 8-2, but the game and Webster put the Bob- saves, including his 500th career coach Eric Fekete said. the Bobcats responded with a 5-0 cats up 16-2 at the 7:54 in the third save. “That’s really the goal every run to close out the quarter, marking their Quinnipiac honored the season, to be 100 percent your four first half. Sacred Heart 9 largest lead of the founding lacrosse team of the years and making the playoffs every Oppenheimer 1990-1991 season during halftime. year. It’s a special group and we’re Quinnipiac 18 game. picked up his two asSacred Heart Oppenheimer, Benzing and going to ride this wave as long as we sists on the last two goals of the (4-8, 1-3) went on a 6-0 run to pull Alessi were honored before the can. We want to win this league and half, finding fellow senior Billy within seven points of Quinnipiac, game along with the eight other I think we’re pretty focused right Alessi and freshman Dylan Web- but it was as close as they would get seniors for the Senior Day ceremo- now.” ster, who both had three goals in as Quinnipiac cruised to an 18-9 nies. Bobcats in Brief
Softball splits doubleheader Women’s golf last in NEC By Kerry Healy Staff Writer The Quinnipiac softball team continued to climb the standings in the Northeast Conference Friday by splitting a doubleheader with Sacred Heart to move into second place. The Bobcats shut out the Pioneers in the first game 2-0 behind pitcher Heather Schwartzburg’s complete game three-hit shutout. Schwartzburg’s record improved to 17-9 as she struck out seven batters, including the final batter of the game which represented the tying run. Quinnipiac’s offense jumped on the board in the fifth inning when Mina Duffy led off with a walk and Lauren Salgado singled to the shortstop driving in Julie Sini, who was pinch-running for Duffy. The Bobcats added an insurance run in the top of the sixth. Jacqueline Ristow and Jordan Paolucci reached base on back-to-back singles, setting up Bridget Figmic’s RBI single to center-field to give the
Bobcats a 2-0 lead. In the second game, Sacred Heart jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back. Pioneer pitcher Jen Russell tossed a complete game one-hit shutout against the Bobcats to lead the Pioneers to an 8-0 victory. QU’s only hit came in the fourth inning when Ristow singled to left field. Russell struck out one batter in her 13th win of the season while Duffy took the loss for the Bobcats, allowing seven earned runs in 4.1 innings off three hits and six walks. Katie Alfiere came in to relieve Duffy and allowed the final run of the game. The Bobcats’s doubleheader against Farleigh Dickinson Saturday was postponed and took place yesterday at 3 p.m. at the Quinnipiac Softball Field. They will face Stony Brook today in a non-conference matchup.
By Joe Addonizio Staff Writer The Quinnipiac women’s golf team competed in its first Northeast Conference Championships on Saturday in Daytona Beach, Fla. The Bobcats finished in last place of the 11 competing teams with a final score of 1,235 (+371). Senior Brianne Tansey was the top performer for the Bobcats, finishing in 45th place and shooting a total of 278 (+62) in the three day tournament. Fairleigh Dickinson took home the team title, shooting 941 (+77) overall, while Anna Palsson of Long Island was the top individual, shooting a 225 (+9). Quinnipiac showed potential for the future with freshman Jennifer Forlenza finishing close to Tansey with a 284 (+68) score. The freshman also had the best round of the entire season for the Bobcats on the final day when she shot an 89. Junior Amanda Na-
gel trailed behind Forlenza with a total score of 296 (+80). Farleigh Dickinson continued their NEC domination by slating their fourth straight championship. FDU had the lowest total each round on their way to the team victory. Palsson was the best overall golfer in the Daytona Beach tournament. The Long Island star finished with a total of 225 strokes which was good for a score of +9. The Bobcats will look to improve on their results next season as they graduate just one senior. Nagel will lead the charge along with rising senior Stacey Kmill. Along with the seniors they will have one junior and four sophomores.
Team 1. FDU 2. Sacred Heart 3. Robert Morris 4. St. Francis (Pa.) 11. Quinnipiac
NEC +77 +113 +123 +128 +371
“What really made the coaching staff happy are the little contributions we received from everyone. No one had a bad game.” - Danie Caro Women’s Lacrosse
April 27, 2011
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Clockwise from top-left: Senior outfielder Mike Bartlett follows through on his swing in Thursday’s 8-6 loss against Wagner in the first game of the doubleheader. Bartlett went 1-for-3, and the Bobcats gave up two runs in the 11th inning to split the day with the Seahawks; Freshman right-handed pitcher Kevin Adler made his fourth appearance on the mound for the Bobcats. He allowed one hit and two runs in Quinnipiac’s 14-3 loss to Wagner in the first game of Friday’s doubleheader; Junior infielder Gabe Guerino signals that there’s one out in one of the games in Thursday’s doubleheader. He scored one run and had one hit in his eight times at bat.
Innings played by the baseball team in Thursday’s loss to Wagner.
Categories in which softball freshman Jordan Paolucci places in the top 3, including home runs (10), slugging percentage (.617), and on base percentage (.456).
NEC Rookie of the Week awards men’s lacrosse freshman Dylan Webster has won this season.
Place senior Brianne Tansey finished out of 55 golfers in the NEC Chmapionship.
Win percentage for the women’s lacrosse team in the regular season, who finished with 11 wins and four losses.
Devon Gibney Dylan Webster Women’s Lacrosse Junior, Midfielder Hopkinton, Mass.
Matt Eisenberg / Chronicle
Gibney tallied seven points over the weekend as the Bobcats recorded two wins in their last two regular season games. She added two goals and made one assist against Mount St. Mary’s Thursday before recording two goals and two assists against Monmouth. She ranked third on the team for points (41), first with draw controls (41) and second in caused turnovers (19). She was recently named NEC Player of the Week, for the second time this season.
Friday, noon vs. Sacred Heart
Men’s Lacrosse Freshman, Midfielder Brampton, Ontario
Webster earned his sixth NEC Rookie of the Week award for his performance in the Quinnipiac’s 18-9 win over Northeast Conference opponent Sacred Heart. His six awards are the most of any rookie in the NEC in the past two years, where two awards was the previous high. Webster netted three goals and tallied three assists. He currently ranks first for the Bobcats in face-off percentage (.527), third in goals (14) and fourth in points (22).
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No home games remaining in the regular season
“I’ve always been a big proponent of players being as versatile as they possibly can. The more versatile a player is, the more benefit they are to a team.”
- Germaine Fairchild Softball
April 27, 2011
Matt Eisenberg / Chronicle
Jordan Paolucci hits a game-tying home run in the fifth inning of Quinnipiac’s 8-3 win over Central Connecticut
Freshman slugger sending a message on offense By Matt Eisenberg Associate Sports Editor
There’s a runner on third with two outs in the fifth inning. Quinnipiac trails Central Connecticut State 3-1 in the second game of a doubleheader. Jordan Paolucci steps up to the plate. “The team needed a run,” Paolucci said. “So I was focusing and channeling everything I had into getting that one run across the plate.”
Paolucci works the count full and on the eighth pitch of the atbat, she lets it rip over the fence for a two-run home run, starting a rally that continued into the sixth inning, as the Bobcats won 8-3. “You can’t miss too much,” Paolucci said. “I’ll make you pay.” It’s what she’s done her entire freshman season. Before Tuesday’s action, Paolucci led the Northeast Conference with 10 home runs and
has quickly emerged as one of the team’s offensive leaders this season. The Bobcats have a .621 winning percentage when she is the cleanup hitter in the lineup, compared to the 7-9 record when she is not. “We knew coming into the recruiting process we needed someone who could fill that role in a more traditional way,” Quinnipiac head coach Germaine Fairchild said. “In the past we’ve had more contact hitters or high average kids there, not
necessarily the power, so it’s huge to have the presence of someone her size and with her attitude toward hitting in the middle of the order. It’s made a big difference.” She leads the team in nine offensive categories, including slugging percentage (.617), on-base percentage (.456), runs scored (29), runs batted in (24) and walks (21). Her seven stolen bases place her second on the team, and she is third in batting average (.304). Paolucci attributes her offensive firepower to the coaching staff. “The coaches have been nothing but supportive. They’ve helped me in everything,” Paolucci said. “I’ve never hit 10 home runs in softball, and with just a few months with ‘Coach G’ I’ve busted 10 right off the bat.” Her past experience – not just softball – has also helped her. As a senior at Lake Mary High School, Paolucci was Florida’s runner-up for weightlifting, and was named Weightlifter of the Year in 2010. “Powerlifting in high school started out as more of a get in shape type of thing to keep me conditioned and strong for softball, but it turned into a lot more,” Paolucci said. “There’s a couple of home runs I’ve mis-hit on the handle, and just because I’m strong from powerlifting I’ve been able to send them out.” Paolucci started off slow, hitting .200 through her first 21 games, but found eventually found her stroke. In her next 16 games, she hit .489 with six home runs and 13 RBIs. “She has improved tremendously as a player over the year,” senior captain Joelle Jacobsen said. “I think at the beginning of the year, she had a little bit of a difficult time making an adjustment to college.” Paolucci struggled with her timing early on, but once she got it down, she found her rhythm. “I got a lot more confident,” Paolucci said. “I was a lot more
comfortable. Hitting is an attitude for me and I just kept saying to myself, ‘This pitcher is not going to get me out,’ and I put my best swings on balls, and it’s worked.” More important, though, may be her intangibles. Paolucci was a catcher and first baseman in high school, but at Quinnipiac, she’s played everywhere. Of her 42 starts, nine of them have been behind the plate, five at first base, five at third base, two in left field, three in right field, and 17 as a designated player. “I’ve always been a big proponent of players being as versatile as they possibly can. The more versatile a player is, the more benefit they are to a team,” Fairchild said. “Jordan has the ability to not just play the positions, but play the positions at this level, and there’s a big difference between the two.” Versatility doesn’t necessarily mean softball, either. Quinnipiac’s volleyball team had eight available players in its weekend matches against St. Francis (N.Y.) and CCSU in mid-November before three softball players, including Paolucci, stepped up. “They didn’t have enough time to have a tryout, so Coach (Robin Lamott) Sparks researched athletes here that were eligible and played volleyball before,” Paolucci said. “I played it pretty competitively in a couple of high-performance international leagues, so it was pretty big.” Paolucci played in two sets and recorded two kills. “It was great,” she said. Both her versatility and her vocal presence both set her up to be a team leader for the rest of her collegiate career. “Jordan’s very vocal and has a big personality, which sets her up well to be followed,” Fairchild said. “I definitely see her being a leader both on the field and off for us as her career unfolds.”
Women’s lax clinches top seed and home-field By Matt Eisenberg Associate Sports Editor Lianne Toomey had just turned the ball over right after the Monmouth Hawks tied the game at eight. It could have resulted in onegoal deficit and, possibly, cost the Bobcats home-field advantage in the Northeast Conference playoffs. But goalkeeper Noelle Martello bailed her out, making a crucial save, and Toomey redeemed herself, scoring three goals in a 13-minute span, leading Quinnipiac to a 13-8 win to close out the regular season and clinch sole possession of the No. 1 seed in the NEC tournament for the first time in program history
playoffs winning 11 of their last 12 Saturday at Kessler Field. “I couldn't be happier that games, and, in the process, elimithey actually won the regular season nated the Hawks from playoff conchampionship, rather than backing tention. Monmouth (10-7, 5-4 NEC) into it with help,” Quinnipiac head coach Danie Caro said. “My staff was in a three-way tie for fourth has told them all season that they place with Sacred Heart and Mount are capable of playing with anyone St. Mary’s before the game, but lost in this conference and today they its final three games. proved it.” “Marissa had a Marissa Caroleo Monmouth 8 great game for us today. Devon was awealso scored five times, Quinnipiac 13 some on the draw for Devon Gibney tallied us and did a great job on defense four points and Martello stopped 13 today. Noelle had a great second shots and tied the program record half,” Caro said. “What really made for most single-season victories (10) the coaching staff happy are the for Quinnipiac, who on Friday will little contributions we received host Sacred Heart at noon. from everyone today. No one had The Bobcats ride into the
a bad game, and every single player stepped up and made plays when we needed them to." Toomey scored with 17:41 to go in the second half to give the Bobcats (11-4, 8-1) a 9-8 lead, and start a 5-0 run to end the game. Her second goal came on a free position shot with 9:33 left. She has scored nine goals in her last four games, including two in Quinnipiac’s 11-8 win over the Mount Thursday, giving her 22 goals on the season. Caroleo, the team’s leading goal scorer with 47, scored a minute later on a free position shot, and Toomey netted her final goal with 4:50 to go to make it 12-8. Jennifer
Skipper scored QU’s last goal. Molly O’Brien scored three goals, one of which tied the game with 20:28 left for Monmouth (107, 5-4). QU cleared the ball its last six attempts after the Hawks tied it up, and forced five turnovers over the last 17:30. Martello made four saves after O’Brien’s goal, including the one to change the game’s momentum. The Bobcats trailed 5-3 midway through the first before Caroleo started a 4-0 run. Gibney tied the game at 5, Caroleo scored a go-ahead goal, and Laura Iannotti added an insurance goal for a 7-5 halftime lead.