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O.A.R. ticket Possible hate crime sparks campaign against ‘F’ word sales not matching Ke$ha By REBECCA HUMPRHEY Staff Writer

If O.A.R. had tried to start its college-born music career at Quinnipiac instead of Ohio State University, its underground popularity may not have been enough to get the band a real record deal. Pop artists, such as last year’s performer Ke$ha, had Quinnipiac students lining the hallways of the student center for hours the first day of sales for the $20 arena seats and $25 floor seating. For this year’s Wake the Giant concert on Sunday, April 22, O.A.R. tickets are $10 apiece for arena seating and $15 for floor seating, said Nick Sczerbinski, head of stage crew for the Student Programming Board concert. “In the summer, when they were on tour, I heard it was $50 just for lawn seats, and here you can get $15 for floor tickets,” Sczerbinski said.’s lowest ticket pricing for See tickets Page 4

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crime that security is currently investigating. Students showed their support and recognition last Wednesday in the Carl Hansen Student Center and Café Q by getting their pictures taken with posters that read: “Fraternities against the ‘F’ word,” for fraternity members, “Sororities against the ‘F’ word,” for sorority members and “I am an ally,” for non-Greek life members.

While “The Hookup Samaritan” may not have the same motives as the “Millionaire Matchmaker’s” Patti Stanger or “Tough Love’s” Steve Ward, the person behind Quinnipiac’s own matchmaking service isn’t looking to match students for long-term commitment – the QU Hookup List looks to rid seniors of any hookup hang-ups before graduation. Last year, the Hookup Samaritan created the website “QU Hookup List,” which invites Quinnipiac seniors to enter their email addresses so they can receive a password to access the site. Then, users can list the names of people they want to hook up with during Senior Week. If the user has a hookup match, both students will receive a notifying email. Those interested can sign up at

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Delta Tau Delta members campaign against the “F” word in the upper cafe last Wednesday by getting their pictures taken with posters that read: “Fraternities against the ‘F’ word.” By rebecca humphrey Staff Writer

One word can hold a lot of hatred. The word “faggot” may be used by some college students who let it slip into their vocabulary, but this deep-rooted insult is no joke to Quinnipiac’s Interfraternity Council. IFC members were influenced to work toward promoting awareness to end the usage of the “F” word with their campaign “Fraternities Against the ‘F’ Word,” after a possible hate

Contactless Q-card extends across campus By staci canny Staff Writer

Beyond the blue tarps and chain-link fencing that surrounds construction at Quinnipiac, a more subtle project continues to be in the works. The university has been transitioning its Q-card readers to Blackboard’s Sony FeliCa card system, which uses a contactless card reader, replacing the previous magnetic strip system. Quinnipiac first began to transition to the contactless card readers in May 2011. Since then, approximately 70 percent of the university has transitioned to the Blackboard system, said Sandip Patel, a financial systems specialist at Quinnipiac. “We went with contactless because that’s the way the industry is moving. We had the opportunity to start moving in this direction and we took it,” Associate Vice President for Auxiliary Services John Meriano said in a CR80News online article. The new Q-cards were an interesting change for students, but it was well received. “What I like best about the contactless ‘tap’ system is that you do not necessarily have to take your card out in order to get in the building,” sophomore Kelly Leavitt said. “I can keep it in my clutch and the card will tap through it, making it so much easier when I have a lot of things to carry or am in a rush.”

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While there is no firm completion date, the university is phasing the system on all of the university’s campuses, which includes nearly 5,000 interior doors and 180 exterior doors, Patel said. Currently, all points of sale, including 55 vending machines and 15 laundry locations, have been converted. The main reason for phasing in the system over a period is due to the high cost of the technology, Meriano said. While the final cost of the Blackboard technology is currently unknown, most of the cost was budgeted into an annual maintenance agreement, according to Patel. “With any system upgrades, there is to be expected a bump or two, but overall, the installation was seamless,” Patel said. One of those early bumps was that only one reader could be plugged in at a time at each register in the cafeteria, according to the CN80News article. “This is an issue with the firmware on the NCR registers we use,” Patel said. “Blackboard is working on resolving the issue for us. In the meantime, the cashiers have placed the readers in the center so it can be utilized by both sides of the line.” Even with this minor glitch, students have still noticed significant improvements in the cafeteria lines. “It definitely takes less time in the cafe because the cashiers don’t have to swipe each

person’s card,” freshman Marissa Maturo said. While it may be hard for students to imagine life on campus without their Qcards, it was not until 1987 that Quinnipiac introduced its magnetic strip Q-card, Meriano said. Prior to 1987, students carried two documents with them: a paper meal ticket and nonphoto identification card. Students could purchase one of three meal plans that provided 10, 14 or 19 meals per week, according to David Hall, a member of the Q-card office team in administrative services. The early version of the debit-like Q-card had a validation sticker on it for meals and was only functional for doing laundry and vending. Students would return their cards at the end of the year so that new stickers could be put on for the following year. Even at this time, students still had a separate ID card. Starting in 2000, the university implemented its off-campus merchant program which now has over 45 local stores and restaurants that accept the Q-card as a form of payment, according to the CN80News article. “My Q-card is my lifeline. It is my ID, my money, my meals, my keys; it is everything I need in order to function at QU,” Leavitt said. While the card’s capabilities continue to grow, it is only a matter of time until the university’s technology is equally up-to-date.



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The university is phasing the contactless Qcard system on all of the university’s campuses, including 5,000 interior doors.

“We are pleased with the program enhancements and look forward to offering more services in the future,” Patel said. “We look forward to expanding the system and eventually phasing out the magnetic stripe on the card.”


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Campus briefs

Have you heard any news that you think Quinnipiac students would care about? Please, tell us:

Learn how to use eBay

The Computer Information Systems Club is hosting an eBay class on April 28. The class will explain how to buy and sell on eBay from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in Tator Hall room 130. A $20 fee is required for class participants. The money will help send students to the Association of Information Technology Professionals’ student competition. To register for the class, contact Professor of Computer Information Systems Wendy Ceccucci. – K. Rojas

Quinnipiac gets in shape The Student Health Services is hosting the Health and Wellness Fair today. The Recreation Center will be the center of presenting more than 30 health disciplines. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., students can receive free T-shirts, frisbees and photo key chains. The fair will also include a drawing for a Kindle and gift cards to local restaurants. – K. Rojas

Klash of the Kardashians Kardashian fans are invited to “Kritiquing the Kardashians: Sex + Money= Power?” dinner and discussion. The Women’s Studies Department is hosting this insightful look into the life of the reality TV stars: Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian and their mother Kris Jenner. The dinner and discussion will be Friday, April 13 in Mancheski Executive Seminar Room from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. – K. Rojas

Students win scholarships at mock trial Representatives from the Quinnipiac Mock Trial team were invited to attend the John Marshall Law School Northeast Regional Mock Trial Diversity Competition on March 31. The competition was held in Boston at the Suffolk Law School where participants were able to go against members of other schools in trial rounds. Quinnipiac undergraduate students won scholarships to a plethora of law schools ranging from $2,500 to $8,100. – A. Tusia

Extended move-out date for seniors Seniors received an email from Residential Life notifying them that they must move out by Wednesday, May 30 by noon. The rest of the student body must leave by the last day of finals. The email stated while any late request may be considered, there is a very high chance that it will be denied due to a very tight timeline. – K. Rojas

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There are currently no specific construction plans for Complex, but the university is in the process of experimenting with vacant apartments to figure out the most effective plan.

Complex construction on tap By staci canny Staff Writer

After more than 30 years, the Complex will be getting a much-needed facelift. There are currently no specific construction plans set in place, but the university is in the process of experimenting with vacant apartments to figure out the most effective plan, Keith Woodward, associate vice president for facilities operations said. “We want to improve it, it’s been determined that we should improve it, but we’re still trying to work out how we’re going to improve it, which is where we are,” said Joseph Rubertone, associate vice president for facilities administration. John Morgan, associate vice president for public relations, issued a statement on behalf of the university. “No formal plans to renovate any of the residence halls on the Mount Carmel campus

have been finalized,” Morgan said. The Complex, which houses sophomores and transfer students, was built in 1981, and is modeled after the Olympic Village in Calgary, Canada. It is comprised of three residential halls: Bakke Hall, Founder’s Hall and Sahlin Hall, with 30 six-person apartments. Each apartment has a living room, kitchen, bathroom, linen closet and three double-bedrooms with built-in furniture. “It is a unique floor plan with the built-ins, and that doesn’t necessarily work as well today as it did in 1981,” Rubertone said. Facilities has been using eight unoccupied apartments in Bakke Hall as testing models to experiment with redesign plans, according to Woodward. The Complex presents facilities with challenges due to the limited amount of space in each apartment, Rubertone said. “The university is always looking at op-

tions to try to improve the residential experience,” Rubertone said. “At this point Complex has been the focal point because it is a little more dated and a little less flexible than the rest of the buildings.” Sophomore Victoria Charbonneau lives in Founder’s, and said that she does not mind where she lives, but suggests making bigger bedrooms. “The rooms are kind of small and the beds are the worst part,” Charbonneau said. “It was a pain last semester climbing the bookshelves and window to get up to my bed, but this semester I have the bottom bunk so I definitely enjoy that much more.” Since spring break, facilities has already begun to make aesthetic changes to the Complex. Smaller, new trees have replaced the overgrown trees in the courtyard planters because the brick was causing an unsafe situation. There are also added tables and chairs for outdoor seating, Woodward said.

Security to wheel out new bikes By lauren epifanio Staff Writer

Last semester it was new SUVs, a few weeks ago it was new shuttles, and soon security guards are expected to be seen traveling by new bicycles. Purchased last month, each bicycle will be equipped with security and first aid equipment in hopes of either helping or preventing a mishap, according to the university. For the past 12 years, Chief of Security & Safety David Barger said he wanted to keep campuses close and safe. Starting with the Mount Carmel campus, Barger hopes to have security patrolling all three campuses on bikes soon. “It’s been a dream of mine since I got here 12 years ago to get a bike patrol rolling,” Barger said. The new patrol tool will build trust and better relationships between both security personnel and students, Barger said. “I cannot say whether I think this type of purchase is necessary at this time or if it will bring more trust between personnel and students,” sophomore Elisha Dorsey said. “The bikes may add greater mobility and security coverage for our campus therefore guarding students’ safety which is security’s main priority.” Students have their own perception of how they believe security acts on campus, and pos-

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Security guards are expected to be seen traveling by new bicycles in the near future. sibly, after the new bicycle approach is introduced, there will be different discernment. “I think getting bikes is an interesting approach to them trying to get more involved in the community but they have the cars so I am confused as to why they need the bikes,” junior Courtney Ferreira said. As of now, there have been three officers trained by instructor Nelson Arabazua from the International Police Mountain Bike Association: Brian Craco, Tracey McLean and

Kevin Bulluck. “These bikes will enable us to interact more with students and staff,” McLean said. “They can come up to us any time they want. We’re there for them.” Arabazua has also trained the Connecticut State Police, the New York Police Department and federal officers in Washington D.C. Quinnipiac security learned advanced self-defense skills and how to be in better physical shape, using the bikes to their advantage.

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Evangelos Milas, Ryan Scanlon elected By susan riello Staff Writer

Students elected Evangelos Milas as vice president of student concerns and Ryan Scanlon as vice president of public relations for the 2012-2013 SGA Elections. Student Body President Ben Cloutier, Vice President of Programming Lauren Enea, and Vice President of Finance Erik Cote will retain their positions after running unopposed. Candidates and students check the election results posted on the

window of the SGA suite in the Carl Hansen Student Center Wednesday night. Kaite Lovett held the position of vice president of public relations this year, and Vincent Bond was the vice president of student concerns. Students voted online April 3-4 for next year’s Student Government Executive Board. Quinnipiac’s Student Government Association’s Executive Board election results have been tallied. The results are as follows:


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Ryan Scanlon (left), Evangelos Milas, Ben Cloutier, Erik Cote and Lauren Enea are the newly elected executive board of SGA.










Ben Cloutier – 90.63%

Andrea Rogers – 91.6%


Catherine Tobin – 92.3%

Marissa Harper – 57.64%

Joseph Kohle – 90.67%




Lauren Enea – 89.93%




Heidi Hitchen – 14.83% Jocelyn Dulanie – 9.41% Gayle Mould – 8.52%

Matthew Desilets – 61.75%

Mostafa Elhagger – 92.13%


Elisha Dorsey – 9.9% Danielle Big – 8.91% Julianna Besharat – 8.48% Theo Siggelakis – 8.15% Emily McDonald – 8.12% Caitlin Gallagher – 7.55%



Kevin Russell – 11.47% Michael Podias – 10.94% Molly Cannon – 10.64% Haley Straussner – 10.27% Madeline Harding – 9.5% Thomas Albanese – 8.77% Trevor Larrubia – 8.6% Allyson Wolf – 7.8%

Ryan Scanlon – 58.61%

School of Communications to add football history course By daniel grosso Staff Writer

Course registration for many of Quinnipiac’s undergraduate students begins this week, and with a slew of new courses on its way, students’ options are open. One of the School of Communications’ new courses is JRN300: The History of Football. “[Co-Director of Sports Studies] Lisa Burns and I thought it would be a good idea to give students a firm grounding in how football emerged and became the most popular sport [in America] through the last 100 or so years,” Director of the Graduate Program in Journalism Richard Hanley said. Hanley will teach the new course in the fall and said he is excited to get started. The course will take students on a guided journey through America’s new favorite pastime, from the beginning of football in the 19th century all the way up to the present-day National Football League. Students will explore how the game of football has evolved throughout its history and how the American media shaped the game

into what it is today. “Football has always cared about its popularity,” Hanley said. “The organizers always cared about the popularity of the game, and as such have cultivated it through the media.” Using clips from NFL Films, old newspapers and several texts, students can explore how football and its media coverage have changed throughout the 20th century up to the present day. The course will also require its students to develop their own research, creating their own theories and reaching new conclusions about the history of the game. The course will go beyond the game’s history. Students will explore present-day issues surrounding the game. “We’ll also question the viability of football as the science progresses about head injuries, and whether or not Americans would watch a less violent game,” Hanley said. For the most watched sport in America, it is only natural Quinnipiac’s communications and sports studies students be well-versed in the game’s history and its relationship with the American media.


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Grad student moves yard sales online By Rachel cogut Staff Writer

Have you ever been sketched out while trying to buy from or sell to a stranger you have never met over Craigslist or eBay? Thanks to a Quinnipiac alumnus, there is now an alternative option available. Three years ago when Craig Tortorella, a Quinnipiac sophomore at the time, experienced “a series of dangerous events” while trying to purchase furniture from a seller on Craigslist, he came up with the idea for a solution to this common problem. He created, a website specifically designed for college students to buy, sell and trade products. “From when I was freshman in high school to being a graduate at Quinnipiac, I always had a dream of starting up my own company,” he said of his website, which launched two weeks ago. Tortorella runs the company out of his hometown of Syosset, N.Y., with his mother, Janet, and

sister, Nicole. “I chose to work with my family because I felt the best thing to do in the early stages of any startup company is to turn to the people you trust the most,” he said. To avoid scams by users who are not actually college students, access to the website has been restricted to only include those who have an email address from an educational institution. Safety is a number one priority for the team at My College Yard Sale, Tortorella said. “When I first began to develop the idea, I always heard of people getting scammed on virtual marketplaces,” Tortorella said, “You really never knew what you were buying, or if the person you were buying from could be trusted.” On My College Yard Sale, one can buy, sell and trade with members of their own college community, which Tortorella reasoned, should put site users a bit more at ease. The website can also be utilized to ease the stress level regarding fiscal matters for a gen-


Craig Tororella created, a website specifically designed for college students to buy, sell and trade products after having bad experiences with Craigslist. eration of college students who continue to face the burden of mounting expenses. Students can buy and sell products on to purchase and get rid of items at a better price. Furthermore, they can do so without having to worry about the dangers of the online marketplace, as one must when using sites such as Craigslist and eBay.

Possible hate crime sparks campaign against ‘F’ word

Public relations efforts for the website have been limited as it has only just gotten off the ground in recent weeks. Tortorella is looking to take advantage of his roots at Quinnipiac, however, and reach out to the school for help because “that is where the whole idea began.” If granted permission by the school, Tortorella has ideas for an advertising campaign on cam-

pus this spring, including fliers, a table in Tator Hall and information sessions with students and resident assistants to discuss Internet safety. He hopes to culminate this effort with a community on-campus yard sale on the quad, during which students would be able to bring whatever items they wanted to sell, and would set up their own personal yard sale.

O.A.R. no match for Ke$ha

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O.A.R. will be at the TD Bank Sports Center Sunday, April 22. photo courtesy of interfraternity council

IFC members were influenced to work toward promoting awareness to end the usage of the “F” word with their campaign “Fraternities Against the ‘F’ Word,” after a possible hate crime that security is currently investigating. fraternities from cover The event came together quickly on campus after gaining hundreds of Facebook supporters. “There was an issue of people not being open to the idea of others with different sexual orientations that triggered the idea for this event to promote awareness and acceptance of the entire Quinnipiac community,” said Luigi Tancredi, vice president of programming of IFC. Other fraternity members said that the event was in response to a possible recent conflict. “It seemed like there may have been something going on on campus and so in reaction to that, we wanted to put something together relatively quickly so that it was brought to attention,” said Tim O’Rourke, Tau Kappa Epsilon IFC vice president. “I don’t know the details of it so I can’t speak about it.” Quinnipiac’s Greek life is fight-

ing against the idea of the stereotypical “frat boy” label with this philanthropic event says Josiah Feigleson, Delta Tau Delta’s director of recruitment. “The event is really good for fighting stereotypes and people who are trying to exclude other people,” Feigleson said. “There is a really negative stereotype with Greek life in that sense and I think that this is really opening up the Greek communities’ eyes as well as the Quinnipiac community.” Some students said they had heard of the awareness campaign online but were unaware of any recent conflict on campus. Conflict or not, the students still recognize the importance of the issue. “I definitely support this because speech frames the way we think about people, and I don’t think people always put as much conscious thought into the words they’re saying and the effects it can have when they are hurtful words,” senior Lindsey Raffol said.

The Gay Lesbian and Straight Supporter’s group on campus, as well as the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender community were happy to see greater recognition to help end the usage of the “F” word on campus. “This event meant a lot to GLASS and to LGBT people and allies alike who aren’t in GLASS,” said Ian Jackson, the vice president of GLASS. “It’s nice when you get to see acceptance and equality being promoted outside of your own community. Allies are a very important part of the LGBT community.” Pictures were posted on IFC’s Facebook page to remind members of the Quinnipiac community that the “F” word is unacceptable in any context. This event also reminded students how a community response can have a big impact. “When one of us is affected by something, the whole community finds out about it and we aren’t going to stand for it,” O’Rourke said.

tickets from cover O.A.R is around $50. This is the first year SPB has made tickets available both online and in the student center, Mainstage Chair Jamie Kloss said. The purpose was to increase ticket sales and avoid long lines in the student center as there were with Ke$ha last spring. “SPB has taken the initiative to make them more accessible for students,” Kloss said. Students have not taken advantage of this reasonable pricing because many only know a few of the band’s songs while others have never heard of them before, said sophomore Kathieya Odiah when asked if she was excited for the spring concert. “I don’t even know who they are, so excitement is not the word I would use to describe it,” Odiah said. The last time Quinnipiac had an alternative spring concert was in 2009 when Third Eye Blind performed. “We were trying to do something different and go back to an alternative show which we haven’t had in two years,” SPB Director of Volunteers Kristin Foley said. “We

were trying to have a different type of show to reach a different type of student.” Sczerbinski said that the lagging ticket sales may be because women tip the scale of the student body ratio at Quinnipiac and may have less interest in an alternative concert. “I think this being a mainly girls campus helped Ke$ha a lot,” Sczerbinski said. “O.A.R. obviously isn’t as top of the charts as Ke$ha is or was when we had her, so I think that had something to do with it. The fact that it is on a Sunday night and not on a Friday or Saturday night which are more of ‘go out nights’ probably added to the problem too.” SPB is continuing tickets at the Carl Hansen Student Center tables as well as online. With only three weeks left until the concert, SPB is trying to do a promotional push through contests on Twitter and Facebook to win tickets. They will be having a “song of the week” promotion to familiarize students to more O.A.R. songs. “It is going to be a really good show so people should just go for it,” Sczerbinski said.

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Environmental probation for QU I remember when I took a tour of In case you missed the latest news on how great sustainability Quinnipiac as a senior in high school is at Quinnipiac, let me fill you in. and they preached how “green” they were and how they would be even Our school has made some big greener in the years to come. I changes in the past few years, fell in love with Quinnipiac ranging from giant wind turbefore hearing this but having bines to a single-stream recyhelped start the environmental cling system. These changes club at my high school senior along with some others were year, this was the icing enough to improve our on the cake. College SustainabilOnce I became a ity Report Card grade Joe Addonizio Bobcat, I realized what from last year. Sports Editor I was told on my tour was But the sustainability Associate @tenaciousjoe baloney. In the café, pagrade we improved on is still one that might have you saying per plates and plastic utensils were “I probably shouldn’t have gone to used instead of real, reusable ones. Dick’s.” Yes, our grade this past year The York Hill café is no different, was that bad: We received a D for as the landfills receive lots of love 2011. This is an embarrassing im- from Quinnipiac students while the provement from the past two years, environmental options sit under the when we received a D-. Quinnipiac counter, remaining unused. In the should be on academic probation (or Ratt, similar standards are applied environmental probation, I should and at Mondo’s, if you get a sub say) as its “green GPA” over the last or a wrap, you most likely will get enough wax paper to wrap up your three years is 0.8.

new pair of Toms. Quinnipiac had great plans for York Hill’s sustainability. It was laid out to be a fundamentally green campus and set an example for future colleges and organizations to follow. While the windmills are great as well as the solar panels tiling the roof of Crescent, this campus is far from environmentally safe. Sometimes I wonder whose idea it was to put the campus on a blank size hill that is half a mile long. I often ponder how much gas I lose every time I come up to campus and better yet, how “efficient” it is to run all these shuttles up and down the hill 100 times a day. I drive a Saturn Ion and feel like I can see my gas gauge go down as my car struggles to climb the mountain that is York Hill. Fueling a shuttle with 10,000 more pounds and 20 more passengers must have been why the IDD minor was dropped. The hallways in the Crescent

residence hall are lined with lights approximately six feet away from each other, so if you’ve ever taken the 10 minutes it takes to walk from one end to the other, you can only imagine how many lights are on each floor. Quinnipiac was smart enough to put the lights in all of the study rooms on sensors but not the ones in the hallways, which would save thousands of dollars each year. I also toured Northeastern in my college searches and they had “green elevators.” The York Hill residence halls have several elevators as well as two more in the parking garage. They are far from environmentallyfriendly, though they are just as slow as the power-saving ones I experienced in Boston. Our rivals down Whitney Avenue, Yale University received an A this year, a consistent improvement from a A- last year and a B+ the year before. UConn, which has a student body of close to 20,000, received a

B+ this year. Even Fairfield University, a comparable school to Quinnipiac, received a better grade than us as it got a C this year. We as the student body should be more embarrassed for our poor grade than tying Yale this year in the Heroes Hat game. Although the administration is to blame for much of our grade, we as students aren’t doing much to help. Our grade was so bad that the group Students for Environmental Action with the help of facilities decided to host a contest and bribe us to work toward bettering the environment in the Do it in the Dark Challenge. The challenge started March 23 and only one out of 13 residence halls had reduced its energy. Meanwhile, Eastview has increased its usage by 165.4 percent in less than two weeks and no money has been saved by our attempt at reducing energy. So for yourself, Quinnipiac and the world, try to help the environment out and be more sustainable.

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Popping the ‘Quinnipiac Bubble’

Don’t fear the real world after graduation Last week, Chronicle Associate News short, allows us to be carefree. It also keeps things in perspective. People Editor Katherine Rojas wrote a piece telling on my Nicaragua trip talked at length about us that we can make it after graduation. attempting to have their stateside lives Quinnipiac has definitely prepared its mirror the attitudes of some Nicarastudents, at least the ones I can vouch guans, to not let the little things get to for, to become a part of the so-called them. This is fantastic advice for our “real world.” time at Quinnipiac. I graduate in a few weeks, and Upon leaving Quinnipiac, howpeople are always asking me if I am ever, real stressors set in. I have sad to be leaving Quinnipiac. We talk student loans to start paying so much about the bubble that is back or risk mounting interest. our university, so I have always I have to find a job, an apartstruggled to see what I would Jeremy Stull ment, new friends. miss about that. Opinion Editor The most important thing that The bubble keeps us from car@jpstull the bubble has done for all of us is ing how Hamden residents perceive our neighborhood behavior. It keeps us create the environment where many attempts from taking on real responsibility, outside of are made at making a mostly level playing completing some academic assignment. It, in field. To get a budget from SGA, clubs have to

be recognized for a year, attend a budget seminar, have their budget vetted by the finance committee and finally have it voted on by the General Board. In the real world, you can have a company that allows users to take pseudo-retro photos, employs 13 people, has no real revenue stream, and two years later sell it for $1 billion (See: Katie O’Brien’s piece). That’s sickening for some history and English majors. What I would like to warn people about, both seniors and underclassmen, is the reality of leaving Quinnipiac. I applied to three graduate programs. I got in at all three institutions, but was only offered any sort of merit-based financial aid from what I had considered my “reach school.” My “safe school” essentially said it would let me attend, but could not be

bothered to help keep my student debt under the $100,000 mark. I was reminded of a talk given by history professor Ronald Heiferman to the History Club last year. He told us that in applying to post-graduate programs, he got rejected from three state schools but accepted into three Ivy League ones. I am only briefly sticking my head outside of our little bubble, and I’m already seeing how unfair things are looking. While I have enjoyed my time here, we all realize that it is a finite existence. I am not sad to be leaving Quinnipiac, I am fulfilled and energized. I am excited and anticipatory. I am ready; so long as the real world does not involve 8 a.m.’s. Wait; it does ... every day? Missing parts of that bubble already.

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Happy Wednesday Bobcats! This week was a very eventful one on the SGA front as I’m sure you all know. Elections were last week, so we officially have our 2012-13 Student Government Executive Board and General Board. The Executive Board had two new members added, Evangelos Milas as vice president of student concerns, and Ryan Scanlon as vice president of public relations. Ben Cloutier, Erik Cote and Lauren Enea will continue in their positions of this year on the e-board. Elections this year were two days instead of one and overall produced great results. Approximately every active user on Colligate Link voted in the election and gave us a number of more than 1,800 voters, which is fantastic in a spring election. We want to take this time to thank everyone who did vote in the elections, because it truly does make a difference when it comes down to counting ballots. We also wanted to thank this year’s election committee, which helped elections run so smoothly: Andrew McDermott, Thomas Galo, Emily Sarnoff, myself and Vincent Bond. This week also concluded the public relations committee’s “Respect Your Campus” campaign. The campaign focused on the Creed and each week was built around a line of the Creed. This past week was “We Are the Legend” and was fully devoted to living the legend and voting in elections. The campaign was something my committee and I thought of and I’m so proud to leave Quinnipiac this May knowing that we tried to make the Creed something to be proud of. Hopefully, this idea of respect and the love of the Creed will carry on for years beyond 2012. Thank you again to everyone who voted last week and congratulations to the new Student Government Association. – Kaite Lovett, Vice President of Public Relations

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now acquired Instagram for $1 billion, of black and white pictures of tequila shots, when I know how hard professional photographers work to capture some of the most beautiful visual art out there. This new convergence of Facebook and Instagram will probably only increase the number of Instagrammed photos popping up on my newsfeed. Although it may sound like it, I’m not completely against Instagram, I’m just completely against the way people are currently using it. My own collection of Instagram photos contains a variety of shots, portrait and landscape, along with meaningful things that I wanted to

capture in a new way. Instagram has the potential to be an outlet for users to express themselves visually while sharing photos that will inspire others. Shooting photos with integrity and with a little more thought might help kickstart the application’s success as a creative outlet. Even I have been sucked into this mobile photography craze. I use it mainly because the photos can be shared easily to other social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Tumblr. But ideally, Instagram users would capture pieces of art that express their creativity, not just random objects that might look cool in sepia.

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ARE YOU DTR? ...what did you think it meant?

defining the relationship

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For fans of MTV’s hit show “Awkward,” the acronym DTR may not be a new thing, but for those not in the loop, DTR, or “defining the relationship,” is making an appearance in relationships across college campuses. From hooking up, to dating, to forming serious relationships, how does one know when to push toward the next step? Junior Melissa Mullaney met her boyfriend Brian Bertrand while attending North Quincy High School in Massachusetts, but it wasn’t until her sophomore year at Quinnipiac University and his junior year at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy that the two became anything more than friends. During Thanksgiving break, they ran into each other, and he asked for her number, but Mullaney sent the first text. After five dates, Bertrand initiated the first romantic move. “Although we went on a few dates, we didn’t ever talk about it being official ever,” Mullaney said. “He did it so unromantically by asking me if we should make this thing Facebook official – not my ideal way, but hey, I said yes! I think since winter break last year was coming to an end, we wanted to make sure we were official.” The end of a school break pushed Mullaney and Bertrand to define their relationship, but that is not the only reason two people may decide to put a label on their romantic interactions. “[The desire to define a relationship] is part of what it is to be human,” said Keith Kerr, an assistant professor of sociology. “I suspect that a desire to define a relationship is a sublimated way to push for commitment. If one is having sexual encounters with another with no commitment and asks to ‘define the relationship,’ well, it is defined: a casual sexual relationship. To ask to define, that is likely a way to try to define the relationship as committed and hence change the expectations and roles of those involved.” The push to label a relationship often comes from the female half of the pair, according to Kerr. Gender roles cause these differing ideas about commitment, Kerr said. Women are expected to express their desires and feelings more than men.

A study done by the Institute for American Values’ Courtship Research Team, which surveyed 1,000 college-aged women nationally over an 18-month period, agrees. “Because they can hang out or hook up with a guy over a period of time and still not know if they are a couple, women often initiate ‘The Talk’ in which they ask, ‘Are we committed or not?’ When she asks, he decides,” the study says. The conversation about commitment often leads to the discussion of what to call one another. Are they just friends, friends with benefits, or are they now boyfriend and girlfriend? “Our thoughts are largely thoughts of labels that we have created,” Kerr said. “We understand everything based on the labels and categories we create. This gives the appearance of order, predictability and, most importantly, control for us.” Mullaney, who has been with her boyfriend for a year and a half, feels that labels help others know that a person is taken and in a committed relationship, therefore not open to dating anyone else. Junior Alex Leinwand believes that terms such as boyfriend and girlfriend help bring a couple closer together. “I feel that we need to put labels on things such as girlfriend or boyfriend because it makes the people in the relationship feel a sense of connection when in reality there should be a connection regardless of what you make the label,” said Leinwand, who is single and waiting for the right girl to come along before he chooses to commit. The need to define a relationship and determine where it is going is being delayed until further in life, though. According to Kerr, the fact that young adults are remaining in a period of extended adolescence longer than their parents or grandparents did affects the way college-aged students view relationships. By not needing to enter the workforce or act as adults as early as past generations, students can spend more time focusing on things other than commitment. The fact that the median age at first marriage increased to 28.2 for men and 26.1 for women in 2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, also delays students’ desire to enter into a committed relationship. “Since people live longer, and

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Have that talk about defining the relationship and move forward without the question marks. hence hold jobs longer, there has been a need to keep the newer generation out of the adult sphere longer, since there is not enough space for them, especially in the economic sector,” Kerr said. “I would argue that this is linked, to some extent, to changing relationship patterns in college. The emphasis is less and less on committed relationships. We are seeing a change in our psychology on this issue prompted by a change in the structure of our society.” Kerr, Mullaney and Leinwand all agree that committed relationships are hard to come by on college campuses. “I think hooking up is more popular on college campuses mainly because many people are scared of the ‘C word:’ commitment,” Leinwand said. In the Institute for American Values’ study, researchers found that 40 percent of women had experienced a hookup, and 10 percent had done so more than six times. Meanwhile, only 50 percent said they had been asked on six or more dates by men since their freshman year, and a third had been asked on two or fewer dates. “I do think commitment is hard to come by. These college years don’t last long and everyone just wants to have fun without having to worry about another person,” Mullaney said. This could possibly be true because of the role that sex plays in a

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relationship these days. According to Kerr, it is the main reason two people enter into a relationship. “Sex plays a huge role in relationships now. Even the term hooking up implies some sort of sex,” Mullaney said. “Our society is highly sexualized now and I think most people in college feel like they should be having a lot of sex because they think everyone else is too. Sex is the big elephant present in the room for every relationship. Some people choose to ignore it, while others don’t.” Men and women have different views when it comes to sex in any sort of relationship. In a 2009 article from Psychology Today, Michael Bader, D.M.H. writes, “After sex, women need the reassurance that they, themselves, haven’t abandoned themselves to it for its pleasure. Men need to pull away so as to not feel any risk of merging with the woman or having to take care of her.” Regardless of how sex is viewed, Mullaney says there is al-

ways the possibility of a hookup turning into something more. “On college campuses I think most people casually hook up which sometimes turns into casually dating,” Mullaney said. The change in any relationship can be credited to Steven Stosny’s Laws of Attachment in a 2011 Psychology Today article, which state vulnerability and a threat to the couple’s bond can act as a push to define a relationship. When some sort of factor forces people to feel limited in their relationships, such as a lack of trust, decrease in love or an avoidance of intimacy, one part of the pair feels some sort of guilt, according to Stosny. “Attachment guilt is a kind of distance regulator whose function is to motivate more emotional investment in the attachment bond,” Stosny writes. “Get close (invest more interest, trust, compassion, love, protection) and the guilt subsides; distance further, and it gets worse.”

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APPS FOR YOUR HEALTH Restaurant Nutrition

While dining out at a restaurant can be a nice break from the mundane food choices in Café Q, restaurant portions usually cause customers to overeat and pass the recommended calorie intake. This app allows users to access calorie information for various dishes at specific restaurants. This app can access the nutritional values of foods from eateries such as Chili’s, Dairy Queen and Burger King, to name a few. According to LiveStrong, women ages 19 to 30 should consume an estimated 2,000 to 2,400 calories per day. Depending on height and activity level, men ages 19 to 30 should consume between 2,400 and 3,000 calories per day. By downloading the Restaurant Nutrition app, users can more easily monitor their calories while dining out. – N. Fano


For those who love to engage in relaxing exercise, Yoga STRETCH brings step-by-step yoga poses from the gym to your smartphone. Users select the calming musical background of their choice, and follow the digital yoga instructor pose for pose. To maximize results, the app allows users to select which routine best fits one’s body type and skill level. The Mayo Clinic recommends doing regular yoga can lead to reduce stress levels, increase balance and flexibility, and help with weight loss. –N. Fano

My Fitness Pal

This free app allows users to track their caloric intake on a daily basis. With over 1.1 million options, locating what you’ve eaten is fast and simple. Users begin by creating a personal profile that includes current weight, goal weight, and how many workouts per week you plan on doing. You can also customize how many pounds you want to lose each week. There are countless workouts to choose from, as well, so any type of workout can be entered into your daily profile. There really isn’t any easier or faster application than this for keeping track of your diet. – C. Boudreau

The Hookup List is back #getsome #seniorweek hookup from cover “Our latest alumni report has shown the biggest regret for graduates isn’t the major they chose or the extracurriculars they did or didn’t do – it’s the people they didn’t hook up with,” said the Samaritan, the website’s founder. On July 3, @QUHookUpList tweeted that 79 hookup matches were made during the 2011 Senior Week event, and the Samaritan reports 914 students from the 2011 graduating class used the website. “You type in your crush’s name. If there’s no match, then nothing happens. If there is, you each get a goofy email. Then, the next time you see each other, you can share a laugh. Then make out,” the Samaritan said. According to the website, complete anonymity will be maintained throughout the sign-up process and hookup lists will remain private. “We care enough to hook you up with other people, but don’t care enough to do anything with the information. We’re alumni – we don’t even know you,” the Samaritan said. Senior Ivy Laplante, a Senior Week Committee member, describes the hookup website as “creepy.” “I believe that students can have a great time hanging out with their classmates and do not have to resort to the hookup list for their

fun,” Laplante said. “I am fully looking forward to spending the week with my friends and fellow classmates, celebrating our four years together and the memories we have made, not some forced interaction by an anonymous website.” The Samaritan said it is “understandable” that some students may think the website is “creepy.” “Anything that involves organizing hookups is a little unusual,” the Samaritan said. While some consider the website to be awkward, others understand the hookup list’s allure. “I get it,” senior Vanessa Baez said. “It’s your last chance to get with your crush. I’m sure a lot of people would make up a list. I know I have one but I don’t know if I’d take it seriously and actually use it.” Phil Pappas is another Senior Week Committee member who says students shouldn’t fixate on finding a hookup. “[Senior Week] is the last three days of your college career, leave the drama at home, come prepared to party, and whatever happens, happens,” Pappas said. No matter the motive for creating a personal hookup list, the Samaritan says the names written on the website will stay on the website. “Your list will never be shared, sold or made public,” the Samaritan said. “We’re not Facebook.”

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In this “videogame” app, the only levels you’ll be beating will be within your own fitness ability. With this app, you can track your workout progress, learn new exercises and in the end, become addicted to working out, much like that favorite videogame you had growing up. This app also serves as a community and forum to talk and look for inspiration with other “fitocrats.” This app works best for those who never cross “go to gym” off of their daily to-do list or search for detours and excuses to avoid the Fitness Center. This app on your phone, and the sense of immediacy that comes along with it only leaves room for motivation and no excuses to finally reach your health and fitness goals.--C. Burroni


Now that the sunny spring weather is here, more and more people are getting off the treadmill and getting outside. Use this app to keep track of everything the treadmill could tell you. Listen to your iPod and have your running route along New Road calculated. Set a mile mark, try to beat your best time, or try to go a little farther each time you head out in the sun for a run. Plus, this app helps you stay within your set “calorie budget,” helping users to eat healthy and connect with Facebook to keep up with other runners along the way. – C. Burroni

Paradise 1.0.1.

While we’re stressing in Club ABL, this app will take you out of your cubicle and bring you to a more peaceful place. Imagine yourself on a secret island, in flowery meadows, a calm sea, mountain stream or a Yellowstone hot spring. Each scene has matching music and realistic sounds, adding additional ambiance and effects. It may seem awkward and silly at first, but who wouldn’t want to be somewhere other than the “Lib” during an all-night study session? Take your mind somewhere else for a few minutes and then get back to work. – C. Burroni

Kicking and sculpting class well worth your time By Caroline tufts Staff Writer

I silently cursed when Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger” came on the radio, but it was nothing against the song. I just really wanted to hear some “Eye of the Tiger,” because I was beginning to feel like Rocky Balboa had nothing on me. Hell, I felt like I could even take on Bruce Lee. It was a Thursday afternoon at Studio B in the Mount Carmel Fitness Center, and as I stared at myself in the mirrored wall during my first Kick & Sculpt class, I was convinced that all of the Billy Blanks Tae Bo videos I had studied in middle school gym class were finally paying off. The class was led by senior athletic training major Shelby Pierson, who has been a certified instructor at Quinnipiac for the past three years. Despite the fact that it was empowering, my reality probably placed me on par with Po the Panda before he became the Dragon Warrior. When it comes to martial arts, I should probably leave it to the masters. My lack of coordination did not stop me from having a wonderful time however, and throughout a series of kicks, jabs, uppercuts and stretches, I became more and more aware that not only was I developing some useful self-defense skills, but I was

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also getting in a good workout. Making the class especially enjoyable was the fact that though I could feel my muscles straining with every set, I did not break a sweat. Ally Daly, a freshman health science major, also attended the class for her first time. “It was easy to understand and follow. [Shelby] wasn’t afraid to slow it down to our level, but I still feel I got a good workout. It was easy but effective,” Daly said. Junior athletic training major Amethyst Shepherd attended Kick & Sculpt for a workout that not only moves the body, but also strengthens it. “Shelby has a really good understanding of the human body, especially as an athletic training major. She knows all of the muscles and tendons, and how to stretch and work them, and she uses that in her classes,” Shepherd said. Pierson herself was a very helpful instructor, who uses her educational background to build a workout which is only as difficult as you want to make it. “This class specifically is a great chance to mix cardio and strength training; building muscles but also burning calories, which is ultimately a lot of people’s goal,” Pierson said.

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Tyler Smith pushes 245 pounds using his pectoral muscles. His workouts are only half the battle to achieving his goal of becoming a professional bodybuilder. The other half lies in his diet. By Lenny Neslin Editor-in-Chief

During the long ride home, he thought he might never return to Quinnipiac. After seeing a therapist over winter break, he came back to Hamden in the spring, taking the same courses as he did in the fall, without depression but still with an urge to drink. He completed the courses but lost his scholarship by a fraction of a point. In the fall of his sophomore year he started hating school and was very close to dropping out so he could pursue a career in bodybuilding, but his mom talked him out of it. Then things started getting better for him. His professors and textbooks motivated him to follow his passion, especially Tim Deenihan, a part-time faculty member and professional actor/artist. “He inspired me to follow my passion, but he also taught me a lot,” Smith said after taking Deenihan’s QU201 course last fall. “He got me to think in a bigger way, and really pay attention to what’s going around me in society.” Deenihan said his class challenges a lot of established notions about American society. “[Tyler] was an engaging, excited member of the class,” he said. Smith’s grades have increased significantly and led him to participate in Quinnipiac’s five-year MBA program. “This school, as much as I hated it in the beginning, it really shaped me and transformed me,” said Smith, who is an ACEcertified trainer. “It helped bring out this passion that I found, and I may not have found this had I not been here, and had these professors and these people who mentored me. He said he already has taken steps to finding out how to give back to Quinnipiac when he becomes an alumnus and, hopefully, a professional bodybuilder. “I want to find ways to make a career and a very successful life out of [bodybuilding] for myself,” Smith said. “I want to be the next ambassador of bodybuilding. I want to be the next Jay Cutler.”

es] want to see every single striation in your ass that they possibly can. Striated glutes.” His mother, Denise, and training partner, MJ Lamie, can attest to his self-motivation. “That’s the thing that I first noticed about him,” Lamie said, referring to his self-motivation. “Tyler was the first person to ever keep up with me in a workout in my whole entire life, consistently, day in and day out.” While not forgetting to mention that Tyler finished in the top 100 of a marathon after he took up running track in high school, his mother said, “When he sets his mind to accomplishing a goal, he is like no one I’ve ever known in accomplishing it.” After he chose Quinnipiac over other top business schools such as Bryant and Bentley to study accounting, maintaining his scholarship proved to be a difficult task in his first semester. He joined New Blue Rugby and later caught mono. Instead of getting the appropriate treatment, he turned to alcohol instead. “That was my way of dealing it; I had a lot of stress, lot of anxiety about my grades because I had a scholarship to maintain,” Smith said. “Eventually it just got to be too much, I couldn’t deal with it, I was having a mental breakdown.” In the middle of October on a rainy day, he made a phone call that he considers a turning point in his life. “Mom, come get me. I need to get out of here. I can’t do this anymore,” he said on the phone.

Tyler Smith was the fat kid in grade school. Other kids teased him, and the resulting depression lasted until his sophomore year at Quinnipiac. It got so bad he would drink a bottle of Jameson, while sick with mono, to try and make himself feel better. But now, alcohol-free and following an intense diet, he wants to be a professional bodybuilder. Inspired by Anthony Monetti’s appearance on MTV’s True Life: I Want a Perfect Body, Smith changed his diet and started exercising at 12 years old. Nearly 10 years later, both activities have evolved to extreme levels, like eating 5,000 calories a day and leg pressing 1,000 pounds. Smith’s roommate, Cory Maffucci, is video documenting his journey for him so he can do for someone else what Monetti did for him. “I want to give back, and this (pointing to his favorite bodybuilding magazine) is my way of doing it,” the Lake George, N.Y. native said. “I want to help possibly inspire someone else like he inspired me.” The 21-year-old junior weighs a lean 215 pounds at 5-foot-9 with 10 percent body fat. His skin is paper-thin, just what the judges are looking for. After finishing fourth in his first bodybuilding tournament last spring, he motivated himself to train for a year to try and earn a sponsorship June 2 at the National Physique Committee’s Atlantic regional contest. He expects this event to conclude the documentary. “I treat prepping for this show as if I’m prepping for war,” Smith said. “I want to step on that stage and I don’t want to make it iffy who wins. I want to be the clear, definite winner, no questions about it. I want to be the biggest, most ripped, shredded person up there. I want to blow everyone out of the water.” Shamelessly, he will strut on stage in revealing trunks and pose for the crowd. It’s all about how much your veins pop (striation), he said. “[The judg-

215 pounds 5’9” Daily routine Here is what Tyler Smith’s typical day looks like nine weeks before showtime.

- Usually 5 or 6 meals per day both in the offseason and surrounding contest time - Between 4,000 and 5,000 calories per day in the offseason - About 3,400 calories per day currently at nine weeks out. 1 p.m. Wake up - Make 3 eggs and egg whites, 1/2 cup salsa, 1.5 cups uncooked whole oats with stevia 3 p.m. Head to campus 4 p.m. Go to class 5 p.m. Go to the cafe and get a salad (romaine, kidney beans, tuna and/or grilled chicken, oil and vinegar) 6:30 p.m. Go to class 8 p.m. Go back to York Hill - Immediately eat pre-workout meal (usually grilled chicken and 1.5 cups of oats or brown rice) - 30 minutes later I drink 1 scoop of preworkout supplement (Gaspari Nutrition SuperPump MAX) - Drive to LA Fitness while listening to electronic dance music or dubstep (Knife Party, Skrillex, Nero, Calvin Harris, Swedish House Mafia, etc.) 9 p.m. Enter the gym - Drink 1 scoop of Gaspari Nutrition Sizeon - Get “HYOOOOOGE” - 40-60 minutes train one or two muscle groups - 25-30 minutes of moderate intensity cardio on StepMill - Immediately after cardio I drink 2 scoops of MuscleTech Nitrotech protein powder 11 p.m. Go back to York Hill - Eat 1-2 chicken breasts within half hour of drinking the shake. - 30 minutes later I eat my post training carbs (brown rice, oats, sweet potato, etc) 12 a.m. Start homework 2 a.m. Eat one last meal (could be a shake or a meal; low fat either way) 4 a.m. Go to sleep

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I’ll ‘Take Care’ of you

Judge Trudy won’t handle Amanda’s DUI

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If you look up sexual chemistry in the dictionary, you will find a snapshot of rapper Drake and pop star Rihanna from the music video for Drake’s single “Take Care.” Drake and Rihanna previously collaborated on Rihanna’s last album “Loud” with the hit “What’s My Name?” The two hit it out of the park once again in this song about acceptance and reconciling one’s past. The music video is bare with the two essentials: Drake and Rihanna. The two act through the lyrics impeccably and it is believable both have experienced this lost love in the past. Drake and Rihanna are an irresistible force to be reckoned with together; they are electric. Symbols of a beta fish, blue jay and bull appear throughout the video. Perhaps the fish symbolizes Rihanna, with Drake as the blue jay and Chris Brown as the bull. But that is just one theory in discovering the meaning behind the video. Drake carries the the song, especially during his second verse: “It’s my birthday, I’ll get high if I want to / Can’t deny that I want you, but I’ll lie if I have to / Cause you don’t say you love me / To your friends when they ask you / Even though we both know that you do.” The two have now recorded and released two great collaborations. It is only a matter of time before the two release a full-length album together showcasing their chemistry. “Take Care” is undoubtedly one of the best singles released this year so far. –M. Busekroos

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Is that a blowfish? No, it’s Amanda Bynes, who was just busted for a DUI last Friday in Los Angeles. In the mugshot, Bynes sports purple hair, which looks disastrous. She looks like an Easter egg. Bynes, 26, reportedly got into a minor accident with a police officer. No word yet from the actress. If only Bynes’ former Nickelodeon “All That” character from the segment “Ask Ashley” could react to this news now. There would be a lot of yelling and overacting going on. Her other famous character from “The Amanda Show,” Judge Trudy, would not bring out the dancing lobsters fter this one. In recent years, Bynes has appeared in films such as “Hairspray” and “Easy A.” While the actress hasn’t worked since 2010, she has primarily stayed out of the spotlight saving room for eternal hot mess Lindsay Lohan to hog the coverage. There is no tolerance for that sort of behavior, assuming Bynes drove while under the influence of alcohol. The possibility of hitting and potentially killing someone due to this careless behavior is selfish, dangerous and destructive. There have been many actors along the way who have recovered after something like this. Bynes can too, but she needs a reality check. She is not Emma Stone or Amanda Seyfried or any other semi-beloved actress of her age range right now. If Bynes ever wants success again, she needs to get herself together immediately. –M. Busekroos

Just when I thought I had done it all during my four years at Quinnipiac, I’m realizing that I still have a graduation bucket list to fulfill. I feel like my time here has been more than well-spent, experiencing midnight football on the quad and the Big Event, just to name a few memories. But, as the last few weeks of my college career approach me, I can’t help but feel as if I’m forgetting to do things, things I may regret not doing. A few years back, I may have longed to fulfill goals that now seem completely unattainable, such as finally cracking the hard exteriors of our beloved Saturday night security guards. But, now the list is much simpler, and I encourage all of you seniors to join me. Perhaps the easiest item on the list to complete, given the right amount of willpower, is watching the sunrise from the Adirondack chairs at York Hill. Before you make a mockery of this cheesy endeavor, I think it’s actually something that would be worth staying awake for. In my head, I envision beginning with an extravagant night out and topping it off with a sunrise worthy of a season finale for a CW show. In all seriousness, I’d probably pass out in one of the chairs before the birds started chirping, and I doubt my friends would be able to stay awake either. But it’s not impossible, and it’s certainly worth a shot. Every day, literally every day, I drive down New Road and pass the small lake behind CAS. I always admire it. Apparently, you can go fishing there. Plus, it just looks really cool when the sun hits the water the right way. But, lo and behold, I’ve never stepped foot in its parameters. How much would it take for someone to walk over there with me so we can sit on our butts in the dirt while skipping rocks? Aside from reacquainting myself with nature, which seems to be a recurring theme here, I want to celebrate the onset of upcoming adulthood with someone who’s given me the tools to get there. I want to grab drinks with one of the many professors who have bestowed their knowledge onto me throughout the years. Such plans, or attempts at making them, have already been discussed with fellow classmates because, honestly, one drink can’t hurt. I think one decent cocktail with a professor I’ve had multiple times and who I’ve enjoyed learning from is a doable request. What’s on your bucket list, seniors? I’m going to keep adding things onto mine in hopes that I have the time and motivation to actually go through with them. Tweet me the number one goal you hope to accomplish before graduation on Twitter, @rosen_tosen.

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Kyra on Fire Freshman among leaders among experienced roster By Matt Eisenberg Sports Editor

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Quinnipiac freshman Kyra Ochwat ranks second on the team with 25 goals and ranks fourth with 31 points. The Bobcats are currently in first place in the Northeast Conference.

Quinnipiac head coach Danie Caro invited two prospective studentathletes to last season’s Northeast Conference Championship Game. One of them was Kyra Ochwat. “I hope that having to watch from the sidelines made Kyra and (freshman goalie) Sam (Tilts) really want to make sure that they were a part of something similar to that once they got here,” Caro said. “Hopefully it made them a little bit more hungry.” The way Ochwat has played this season, it’s certainly worked. Ochwat, a freshman attacker, has paced the Bobcats with 25 goals, which ranks second on the team, and has tallied 31 points on the year. On a team when four of the five point leaders are upperclassmen, Ochwat has stood out. “The upperclassmen on attack, they really help step my game up an extra level by pushing me,” said Ochwat, who has started all 11 games for the Bobcats. “I want to be just as good as them, so I definitely look up to them.” Quinnipiac (7-4, 6-0 NEC) ranks first in the conference heading into one of the team’s biggest regular season games vs. Sacred Heart, a team that has beaten Quinnipiac in the conference finals three of the past four seasons. “It doesn’t matter what anybody’s record is going into the game, it’s a battle,” Caro said. “They’re always close games, they’re always

heated and intense battles.” Caro doesn’t need to remind Ochwat about the importance of winning. Ochwat won two state championships when she played on Farmingdale (N.Y.) High School’s team. “It was awesome. It was just an incredible experience,” Ochwat said. “Especially on Long Island, it’s so hard to get out of there, and it’s hard to put words to it. It’s just incredible.” Ochwat was a fan when she saw the Bobcats beat Mount St. Mary’s 15-3 last April to win their first NEC title. “It’s an honor to be part of this program, especially coming off of the NEC Championship last year,” Ochwat said. “[Last season’s title game] was incredible. There were wide-open cutters everywhere and so many opportunities on the offensive end and the defense played great and held them to some ridiculous amount. It’s unheard of in women’s lacrosse.” Caro said she remembers introducing junior Sarah Allen, the nation’s current leader in assists, to Ochwat after the game. “I said, ‘You better make friends with her because she’s going to get you a lot more assists next year,’” Caro said. “And it’s worked out pretty well for both of you guys.” Ochwat has won three NEC Rookie of the Week awards this season and leads all freshmen in the league in scoring. She credits the upperclassmen for helping her adjust to the Division I level.

“They help with the pace of the game,” Ochwat said. “With the feeds, especially, that’s a big help. They’re really good at clearing space and just creating lanes.” But Ochwat isn’t concerned with individual accolades. Caro said one of her best qualities is her humility and willingness to improve. “She came in as a good player, but she didn’t act like she was one of the best players. She stayed humble,” Caro said. “She kept working hard, she’s been very good at asking for help to figure out the things that she’s not good at … I think her willingness to change her game and adapt to what we need from her has really been the key to our success.” The team has a two-game lead in first in the conference and has its sights on home-field advantage and a repeat as conference champions. Ochwat is already a high school champion and has seen the Bobcats win once. She said she’d love to win it herself. “Having everyone come here to host the tournament and do it all over again, I would love to be a part of that,” Ochwat said.

“She kept working hard, she’s been very good at asking for help to figure out the things that she’s not good at. ” — Danie Caro quinnipiac women’s lacrosse head coach


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The Rundown Softball QU 2, Fairfield 0 – Wednesday Nikki Barba: 2-for-3, 1 run Heather Schwartzburg: 6 Ks BASEBALL UConn 12, QU 7 – Monday Scott Donaghue: 3-for-4, 1 HR, 2 RBIs

from captain to coach Elkins: ‘I couldn’t say no’

WOMEN’S LACROSSE QU 14, Saint Francis (Pa.) 4 – Saturday Sarah Allen: 7 assists

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Quinnipiac senior captain Jordan Elkins will graduate in May and coach for the Dallas Stars Elite Hockey Club. coach from Page 20 Seeley says that Elkins was not set on what she was going to do or where she wanted to move after graduation. “I think this is a great way to start a career,” he said. “I’m just thrilled for her.”

One important part of coaching competitive hockey is the differences Elkins will experience after playing college hockey. “You deal with a lot more parents, and there is obviously a fairness element that doesn’t exist in the college game so it’s a lot different coaching teenage kids than teenag-

ers in college,” Seeley said. The Dallas Stars Elite Hockey Club gives both male and female players a chance to play a competitive travel schedule with the opportunity to play in front of college scouts. “Having someone like Jordan there is a step where she can tell them exactly what it’s like to be in college and what they have to do both from a hockey standpoint, academic standpoint, and preparation standpoint. She will be invaluable with that,” Seeley said. “Jordan has a way of attracting attention, and deservedly so.” Elkins played on Wasilla’s boys’ hockey team all four years of high school and played a little of a different style. “Through working hard, situations have opened up and Quinnipiac was one of those situations,” said Elkins, who was also an assistant captain for her high school hockey team as a senior. Elkins will fly down to Texas the first week of June for tryouts. However, she will not move down to Texas until later in the summer. The season starts toward the end of the summer with tournament play beginning. “I see it going well,” Elkins said. “I feel I have a lot to learn but I also have a lot to give. I have a lot the program can take and benefit from. I’m pretty excited.” Being captain at Quinnipiac has helped Elkins see what others can’t. “It helps you see that every person might need to be motivated a little differently in order for a whole team to come and accomplish a

goal,” she said. “I couldn’t say no because it is helping other girls accomplish something, one day someone helped me accomplish.” For Elkins, she didn’t have a figure to look up to when she was playing competitive hockey growing up in Wasilla. “If just me being there and being positive about things and I can do anything to help someone say I love this sport and if she can do it I can do it,” Elkins said. “If I can make one girl feel that and hopefully more then it’s worth the time commitment.” At 14, they start checking in boys’ hockey and in her hometown of Wasilla there weren’t enough girls to play girls’ ice hockey, so Elkins played with the boys until she came to Quinnipiac. “I had a lot of parents tell me to stop playing hockey in general, that I couldn’t do it that I was going to get hurt,” Elkins said. Even Elkins’s coach notified her parents that she should be playing somewhere else. Elkins has continually proved her doubters wrong. “I think bringing that determination showed me that’s what no does,” Elkins said. “If you have a purpose and feel that you can make a difference nothing can stop you. You just have to make a decision and stick to it and believe that what you’re doing does have a purpose.” Said Seeley: “I’m sure she can take it anywhere she wants to. That’s my feeling about Jordan: she will be successful in anything she wants to do.”

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Eyes on the prize

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Clockwise from top left: junior Rachel Cantor prepares to serve in Saturday’s meet vs. Hartford; senior James Kwei returns a volley in Saturday’s meet vs. Hartford; freshman Eric Ambrosio returns a serve in Saturday’s meet vs. Hartford.

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strikeouts for pitcher Heather Schwartzburg in her past three games pitched.

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straight wins for the women’s lacrosse team.

Dylan Webster

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Sophomore Brampton, Ontario

Webster scored a team-high four goals Saturday afternoon against Wagner in the Bobcats’ 15-5 win. He brought his season total to a teamleading 19, which is good for a tie for fifth in the Northeast Conference. Webster also won 14 of 17 faceoffs on the day. He ranks second in the NEC in faceoff percentage.

Heather Schwartzburg Softball Pitcher

Senior Mission Viejo, Calif.

Schwartzburg pitched 15 1/3 innings for the Bobcats in their past three games, giving up just four earned runs while striking out 15, bringing her ERA on the season down to 1.40, first in the league. She owns an 11-3 record and ranks fourth in the Northeast Conference with 119 strikeouts.

score shot by Amanda Nagel of women’s golf at Brown Invitational, good for a single round program record


the baseball team’s slugging percentage, which ranks last in the conference.


Different players who scored for men’s lacrosse in Saturday’s 15-5 victory vs. Wagner.over wagner Matt Eisenberg/Chronicle

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“They’re not playing like freshmen anymore, which makes a huge difference because we got so many guys involved...”

— eric fekete men’s lacrosse head coach

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big shoes to fill

Freshman goaltender tries to live up to Benzing’s legacy By Giovanni Mio Staff Writer

From having catches with his father and older brother, to being the goalie of a nationally-ranked high school team, Dylan Torey has shown the leadership and courage to take on anything set in front of him, especially as the starting freshman goalie for the Quinnipiac men’s lacrosse team. “We recruited Dylan to be the starter here since we knew Kevin (Benzing) was graduating,” head coach Eric Fekete said. “In the fall, Dylan just earned the job. Even though he was slated to do it, he earned it and he was the top guy every week. It’s a hard job to do as a freshman.” Torey played both hockey and lacrosse at Darien High School (Conn.). His lacrosse team was ranked third-best in the country when he was a senior last year. During his years with his high school team, Torey won two state championships and one Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference championship. After he committed to Quinnipiac University during his junior year, Torey set his eyes on bringing his school its first undefeated FCIAC championship since 2008. Torey said that the recruiting process took a toll on him during his junior year, but has no regrets looking back. “The recruiting process is almost always hectic, but as I went through the journey, I have to say Quinnipiac University made my choice easy,” Torey said. The team started the season with 23 new faces and six straight losses. But Torey didn’t push the panic button at that point. Since then, the team has won three games in a row heading into Tuesday’s matchup vs. Harvard and is in a three-way tie for first place in the Northeast Conference. “Since winning three straight games, including a great win over Mount St. Mary’s, I can see that the team is heading in the right direction,” Torey said. “A month ago, I don’t think I would of believed that we would be in a three-way tie for first place in the NEC at this time.” To put more pressure on Torey entering this season, he is the successor of former goalie Kevin Benzing. Benzing ended his career with the Bobcats with 500 career saves and led the team to the Northeast Conference championship last season, when it lost to Mount St. Mary’s. “He’s the backbone of the operation. Hav-

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Quinnipiac freshman Dylan Torey has started the team’s first nine games of the season and has logged more than 520 minutes. ing Kevin graduate last year, who started four years here, it’s big shoes to fill,” Fekete said. “He’s filling the shoes of probably the best goalie that’s ever played here and in the conference and country in Benzing. But being a freshman goalie in Division I lacrosse is a hard job because you don’t have the experience from learning from someone that starts in front of you for a year or feeling it for a year through the sidelines.” Torey even requested to Fekete to wear Benzing’s number 13 before the season started. “I had the pressure of filling the very big

shoes of my predecessor Kevin Benzing,” Torey said. “Thirteen was my lucky number in high school and I wanted it to be my lucky number in college. If it worked for Kevin, I hoped it worked for me.” All of Torey’s teammates have supported him as he faces an immense amount of pressure this season. “I think everyone supported it,” Fekete said. “I can’t say our poor start was a result of Dylan not playing well. We started nine freshmen who are all in the same boat as him, but Dylan’s transition is a little more transparent.”

Entering the last stretch of the regular season, Torey continues to pursue his level of play heading down the stretch and enjoys the pressure that comes with it. “I understand that you have to play at a higher tempo, emotional state and stay focused all four quarters. It’s always better when you play a team a second time. You have a better understanding of your opponents. You can capitalize on the mistakes you made the first time and try to best them the second time,” Torey said. “The last three games of our regular season are all [against] top teams and will be a test.”

Women’s ice hockey captain to become coach By Ben Dias Staff Writer

After growing up and playing in boys’ ice hockey leagues in Wasilla, Alaska, Jordan Elkins moved across the country to Hamden to play Division I women’s ice hockey for Quinnipiac. She is ready to begin a new stage of her life: coaching hockey. Elkins, the captain for Quinnipiac’s women’s ice hockey team last season, is ready to move to Dallas and take part in a new career of coaching for the Dallas Stars Elite Hockey Club. She was recently named the head coach of the Dallas Stars Elite

Hockey Club’s U-14 team and U-12 Tournament team, and the assistant coach for the U-19 team. Over winter break, she visited her family in Texas. On the plane back from Texas, she witnessed some young hockey girls sitting next to her. She said she asked them about what team and tournament they were involved in. After talking with one of the parents about visiting colleges while they were playing in the area, she offered to give them a tour of the High Point Solutions Arena at TD Bank Sports Center and even let them

watch one of the Bobcats’ practices. Elkins did not know that the president of the Dallas Stars Elite Hockey Club was in the group. About a week later the team called to express interest in her. “I had told them I was interested and had family in Texas,” Elkins said. “I wanted to maybe move there. I always wanted to live in Texas but I didn’t know hockey would pull me there.” Elkins waited until after the season ended to make her decision, especially taking her time since she would be moving halfway across the

country for a second time. “I couldn’t say no,” Elkins said. “I can only hope to help these girls improve from not only day-to-day but have fun while doing it. We all play because we love it and I don’t want that to ever get lost with someone as I have seen it get lost with some of my teammates.” Over her four-year career, Elkins compiled 36 points with nine goals and 27 assists. But, it is not the stats the matter, but the leadership position that Elkins will be bringing to Texas. Quinnipiac head coach Rick See-

ley said he believes Elkins has the attitude and demeanor that makes her really stand out. “Like anyone who meets Jordan, she is very infectious,” Seeley said. “Clearly (she) would seem able for any job like that. It was her being herself, and good things coming of it.” From a coaching standpoint, Elkins has been very easy to relate to. “She understands better than most … what coaches are going through from the other side,” Seeley said.

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