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THE GREEN ISSUE |APRIL 22, 2015
VOLUME 85, ISSUE 26
University won’t increase security for May weekend By KATHERINE HANSFORD ARCE Contributing Writer
Freshman Brendan Smith holds Rosie the tarantula during the Earth Day celebration.
Earth Day Celebration, Farmers Market in jeopardy By STAFF REPORTS
Every spring, the university welcomes the Earth Day Celebration and Farmers Markets. But these events may not happen next year according to professor and Sustainability Committee member Kristen Richardson. For the past five years, Richardson has
helped run the Farmers Markets, which occur once a week in the early fall and April with the support of the Sustainability Committee, Facilities, Chartwells and other on-campus departments. But Richardson is leaving the university at the end of this school year. She is not sure who will have the time to continue these events next year,
and said students have to step up to make them happen. “If you like this kind of stuff and you think it’s important you’ve got to advocate for it,” she said. “If students don’t think it’s important, it’s not going to happen.” See SUSTAINABILITY Page 3
Verizon to install new macrocell tower By MATT GRAHN Staff Writer
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“It started at 9 a.m. and I was still sleeping, and it woke me up. It’s inconvenient but it’ll be nice when it’s done,” she said. Freshman Kirsten Hohman would not mind if the macrocell gives her better service, but questioned if it is the best use of funds. “The money could go to the bricks that
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Verizon began construction on April 16 of a new macrocell tower on top of Ledges residence hall.
Verizon users on campus may soon have an easier time with their phone calls. A Verizon macrocell is being constructed on top of Ledges in response to staff and student complaints about coverage, according to the Director of IT Project Management, Jim Trella. A macrocell, according to the Ofcom website, provides the main signal coverage over a network. Macrocells can be placed on top of an existing structure, like a building. Students were notified of the project via email. The construction began on Thursday, April 16, with cranes in the Complex Circle lifting materials and equipment onto the Ledges rooftop. Some students, like freshman and Verizon customer Michael Cestare, approve of the new macrocell. “There was a point [in time] where a lot of people were struggling to have service,” he said. In respect to the construction, some students didn’t mind the presence of cranes and other machines. “It wasn’t even that bad. They just took over the blacktop area. It wasn’t in my way so I didn’t mind it,” Ledges resident Harold Wiseman said. Others, like freshman Andrea Baldick, found the construction on April 16 annoying.
are all messed up,” she said. Trella thinks that despite the costs, the end results are worth it. “It’s not cheap, but it serves in our best interest,” he said. The macrocell is expected to be finished for next semester. There is already a macrocell for AT&T service on top of Ledges.
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Despite the hype surrounding the upcoming May weekend, Public Safety will not advance security from April 24 to April 26, according to Assistant Chief of Public Safety James Nealy. The unofficial May weekend begins on Friday and for many students will include hanging out, partying and drinking. Although in previous years Public Safety has increased the amount of on-campus officers for May weekend, Nealy says it will not take extra protocols this year. According to Nealy, Public Safety may search car trunks and backpacks for alcoholic beverages during May weekend, but he said this is a “normal course of operation.” Sophomore Alyssa Friedman said by making the choice to attend Quinnipiac, students sign away their rights toward what they can and cannot do. “The search comes with the territory of going to a private university,” she said. Public Safety officers highly patrol Quinnipiac every weekend, according to Nealy, and May weekend will not impact their patrols. “We don’t recognize it as ‘May weekend,’” Nealy said. “For us, it’s just a regular weekend.” Nealy said Public Safety officers are proactive every day, no matter what day it is, and will continue their normal routine of monitoring students’ activities during May weekend. Sophomore Riya Patel said she can relate with Public Safety. She knows what to expect from weekends at Quinnipiac. “If I don’t go out every weekend, then I’ll just treat it like any other weekend,” Patel said. “I’ll know what to expect.” Patel knows that with or without higher safety standards, parties will continue to happen at Quinnipiac. “Teachers and professors can educate students as much as they can,” Patel said. “But regardless, the decisions lie on the students.” Nealy says Public Safety is aware that parties and drinking will still happen. “Kids will be kids,” Nealy said. Some students believe Public Safety stays proactive during Quinnipiac events. Former Quinnipiac student Alison Thomas said both Public Safety officers and Quinnipiac staff are trustworthy enough to not let anything bad happen. “The security can stay the same because they’re already really good at their jobs,” Thomas said. “I don’t think there’s too much to worry about at Quinnipiac—it’s a good school.” Monique Drucker, vice president and dean of students, said in an email students should keep safety tips in mind while they enjoy their leisure time this weekend.
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STUDENTS SPEAK UP
This Wednesday, April 22 is Earth Day, when people around the world celebrate our planet and environmental protection. The Chronicle asked students about their concerns regarding sustainability and recycling on campus. By DAVID FRIEDLANDER Photography by SARAH DOIRON Design by HANNAH SCHINDLER AND KRISTEN RIELLO
ART DIRECTOR Hannah Schindler
“In the dorms, when you empty your trash can, I don’t think there is actually a separate thing to empty your recycling [on York], so it all just goes in the trash eventually, I’m pretty sure. We also have those solar powered trash compactors.”
WEB EDITOR Nick Solari CO-NEWS EDITOR Tara O’Neill CO-NEWS EDITOR Sarah Doiron ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR David Friedlander ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR Adelia Couser ARTS & LIFE EDITOR Jeanette Cibelli ASSOCIATE ARTS & LIFE EDITOR Kellie Mason ASSOCIATE ARTS & LIFE EDITOR Kelly Novak
Sarah Gaffney|Sophomore “I honestly don’t hear a lot about [recycling] at all. I mean they have the bins and stuff which is nice, but I don’t really hear much about it on campus except for the banner [on Bobcat Way]...Maybe like make a club or something or another organization.”
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“I think it’s a great idea that we’ve got all the recycling receptacles by the library and everything. But I don’t know what’s allowable in the recycling and what they want in the trash. If there was a sign... I would be much more inclined to put stuff in the recycling. So I think better labeling would be more beneficial for the whole thing.”
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Doug Moskowicz|Sophomore “It’s kind of hard because I live in Hill right now and there’s literally no place to put our recyclables. There is only trash designated areas and we throw all of our trash in there. I think we should have designated recycling areas.”
Beyond the Bobcats
A rundown on news outside the university. By Tara O’Neill
Mediterranean Sea sees devastating crashes
ISIS executes Ethiopian Christians
Teachers oppose standardized testing
A ship sank off the coast of Libya in the Mediterranean Sea, according to the New York Times. The ship sunk between the late hours of Saturday night and the early hours of Sunday morning. So far, only 28 of the approximately 900 passengers have been found. These passengers were crossing the Mediterranean Sea from Africa and the Middle East to flee poverty, war and persecution. But as rescue ships responded to this call, a second migrant ship near Rhodes — a Greek island — crashed and sent out a distress call.
The Islamic State released a half-hour video on Sunday that showed fighters from southern and eastern Libya executing Ethiopian Christians, according to the New York Times. Though the video has not yet been confirmed, according to the article, it shows ISIS bases in Syria and Iraq, where the executions took place. The video shows members of the Islamic State giving speeches and interviews before executing their victims through beheading and shootings.
The teachers’ union in Florida is currently trying to limit the usage of standardized testing throughout public school systems, according to the New York Times. These tests are given to elementary school students and middle school students in every state. The efforts of the teachers’ union have been noticed by Florida’s governor, who signed a bill last week to limit the number of hours students can spend taking standardized tests. According to the article, this opposition may have an effect on Congress’ revision of the 2001 “No Child Left Behind Act.”
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April 22, 2015
Questioning Quinnipiac’s sustainability Resonate company finds university scores low
By JULIA PERKINS
Students took to the Quad last Friday to celebrate Earth Day a week early with vendors and a paper dress fashion show that promoted environmental consciousness. But Quinnipiac is not as focused on sustainability as it could be, according to a report conducted last year with the university’s support by a company called Resonate. Resonate found the university is behind when it comes to having a sustainable campus, as compared to 10 other peer institutions. This did not come as a surprise to professor Kristen Richardson, a member of the Sustainability Committee, which is one of the groups that worked with Resonate as it conducted its report. “We know we haven’t committed a lot of resources to sustainability, so we know we’re not going to come anywhere near [the other universities],” she said. “But we wanted to gauge where we were so that we have baseline from which to measure ourselves in future years.” But, second-year graduate student Chris Caldari said the university does a pretty good job when it comes to sustainability. “I see a lot of recycling bins and we have a big Earth Day celebration every year and a lot of people are pretty adamant about it,” he said. In order to become more committed to sustainability, the report said the university needs to make several changes, such as creating a sustainability plan, having one person who focuses on these efforts and incorporating these lessons into the curriculum. John Reap, assistant professor of mechani-
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But, according to a report, Quinnipiac students “don’t know, they don’t care [and] they don’t do” anything about sustainability initiatives on campus. The report, conducted last year at the university’s request by a company called Resonate, found the university was behind in its sustainability efforts as compared to 10 other peer organizations. (See above article.) Junior Hannah Kissinger, the co-chair of the Earth Day committee, said not enough students care about environmental issues. For example, she has seen students put recyclable items in the trash and has trouble getting her classmates interested in sustainability initiatives. “It’s the whole, ‘I don’t care, it’s not my money thing. It doesn’t affect me,’” she said. “It’s the same as turning off the lights. They’re like ‘oh I’m not paying for the electric, so I don’t need to turn off the lights.’ It’s that whole stigma that this issue doesn’t concern me and it’s a problem. We can’t tell someone to care, but the fact that they don’t care in the first place is terrible.” Kissinger, who is also involved in various other sustainability organization including Students for Environmental Action, the Sustainability Committee and the Hiking Club, has done media blasts to try to get students to come to the Sustainability Committee’s meetings, but said few students do. “[The Sustainability Committee is] an open forum for students to connect with teachers and share a common cause on campus, and out of those times I’ve done the media blasts there will be maybe two people that go,” she said.
Provide education about sustainability GRAPHIC BY HANNAH SCHINDLER
A company called Resonate surveyed 279 Quinnipiac students last year to test their attitudes and knowledge of sustainability efforts on campus. Students were asked to rate how well the university conserves energy, teaches students about sustainability and urges students to recycle. cal engineering said upcoming changes to the core curriculum could allow students to take more classes related to sustainability. Fresh-
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Encourage students to recycle
The committee members said there is a need for the student body to understand the real meaning behind the Farmers Market. Students can develop this understanding by volunteering at the market, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering John Reap said. “You don’t have a lot of attachment to something if you just go buy a cucumber,” he said. “But if you get involved with something—even on a simple level, you put up the tents, you arrange the vegetables or move the tables or something like that—that can lead you to ask a few questions, like why are local farmers coming here, why do we prefer that?” This is what happened to Kissinger. Although she said she always cared about the environment, she found her passion when she joined several sustainability-related clubs last year. “It really started last year when I decided that I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life,” she said. “So I joined clubs to try to find myself and I realized that the environment was really important to me and I wanted to do something about it.” Richardson said she wants students to take the lead on sustainability events like Kissinger has. Unless students show the university they want sustainability programming, these events won’t happen, Richardson said. “If there’s not a push from students it’s not a priority,” she said. “And that’s the way it should be. These initiatives that I’m running in my spare time, I can’t do this forever. Students have got to step up and that would be an academic win. That’s what we want to happen.”
men may also be able to choose a sustainability theme in the new First Year Seminar 101 course.
“Some courses we have, some courses we may need to create,” Reap said. “But I think with the increased flexibility people can now potentially put together something that would allow a concentration in sustainable science or sustainable studies or some creature like that.” The university is considering hiring one individual who is in charge of sustainability on campus, but Associate Vice President of Operations and Sustainability Committee member Terri Johnson said this may not happen soon. “It’s on the radar, but it’s on the radar with many other topics,” she said. Yet Richardson said it is difficult for the Sustainability Committee, which is made up of students, faculty and staff volunteers, to have the time to raise awareness and run events. “It’s really hard to get volunteers to be willing to sacrifice any more of their time,” she said. “To do something [like] that right now, even though it’s a priority for us and for many other people on campus, it’s not for the university as a whole. And so we do what we can.” The committee supports programs like the Farmers Market, Earth Day celebration, the community garden and the “Bobcat Bulb Swap.” The Sustainability Committee does not have its own budget, but runs most of its initiatives through the Facilities department’s budget. It also has made smaller changes around campus like adding hydration stations. “We don’t really have goals that we try to set out to impose on the university,” Johnson said. “But it’s a passion of ours and we’re working to infuse that into our culture here.”
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April 22, 2015
A survivor’s story Ruth Minska Sender shares her journey through the Holocaust
By DAVID FRIEDLANDER
RHC to host Bobcat Boardwalk The Residence Hall Council will be hosting a carnival on Bobcat Way and in Complex Courtyard on the Mount Carmel campus. The event will take place on April 23 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. There will be carnival themed food, games and activities for students such as wax hands and caricatures.
Dave Westol to speak about hazing The Interfraternity Council is having Dave Westol on campus on April 22 from 9 a.m. to noon in SC202M. He will meet with fraternity men on campus about hazing, its effects and how to prevent hazing in the university’s chapters before it begins. Westol is the founder and CEO of Limberlost Consulting and has given more than 6,000 presentations about hazing, risk management, motivation, values, ideals and leadership on more than 400 college campuses and more than 300 men’s and women’s fraternity and sorority events, according to the Limberlost Consulting website.
Dunk tank event to be held The fraternities Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) and Delta Upsilon (DU) will have a dunk tank on the Bobcat lawn April 24 to raise money for their philanthropies. The event will be held from 1-4:30 p.m. Pizza and soda will also be available for purchase at the event. The price is $1 per ball or $2 for three balls in order to dunk a friend, faculty or staff member in the tank.
SPB provides rides to wine tasting event The Student Programming Board (SPB) is providing rides to students over the age of 21 to the Gouveia Vineyards in Wallingford. For $10 students can visit the vineyards on April 26 from 2-4 p.m. and will be able to participate in wine tasting as well as buy their own bottles of their favorite wine afterwards.
SVO to BBQ for a cause The Student Veteran Organization is hosting a barbeque on April 25 from 1-5 p.m. on the Bobcat lawn. The organization will be raising money for Operation Once in a Lifetime, which is a non-profit organization committed to making the dreams of United States soldiers and their families come true. There will be food trucks, a pig roast, a DJ, an inflatable obstacle course and raffles. Raffle tickets are being sold this week at the student center tables.
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The Herald House for Jewish Life hosted Holocaust survivor Ruth Minska Sender last Sunday in honor of יום השואה, Holocaust Remembrance Day. Sender shared her story with crowd of 102 people from all facets of the Quinnipiac community. Born to Avromele and Nacha Minska in Lodz, Poland in 1926, Sender was the fourth of seven children. As a young girl, she and her family were deported to Auschwitz. Also known as Riva or Rifkele, Sender was the only one of her family to survive the Holocaust. Throughout her presentation, she stressed the importance of appreciating and maintaining one’s identity. As an individual taken into a labor camp, she was stripped of her name and identity, separated from her family. Her head was shaved, her clothes were taken and replaced with a ubiquitous uniform and she was given the number 55082. “It’s so important for me to remember my name, and I will never forget my name,” Sender said. At the age of 16, Sender became the legal guardian for her three little brothers, by choice, showing her dedication to family. At one point when Sender and her younger brother Laibele were sick and starving, her other brothers worked at a factory. While working, the brothers were supplied with a small ration of soup during their shifts, which they would store in their canteens and bring it home to dilute and share with their two sick siblings. “That took a lot of love and a lot of devotion in a time when there was a lot of ugliness,” Sender said. At a young age, Laibele passed away from tuberculosis in Sender’s arms and is the only member of her family to have a grave. Because there is no record of the rest of her family, Sender said she is still searching for them. “When you don’t know, you still look...we are still looking,” she said. Sender said that the hope-
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Holocaust survivor Ruth Minska Sender shows students and faculty a picture of her brother she found in unlabeled pictures from the Holocaust. ful words of her mother got her through. “As long as there is life, there is hope. That is my mother’s legacy,” Sender said.
“As long as there is life, there is hope. That is my mother’s legacy.” – RUTH MINSKA SENDER
In addition to these words, Sender’s home became somewhat of an underground library in the Warsaw ghetto to keep hopes alive, even though it was illegal to have books at this time. Neighbors could come borrow more than 300 books and, if the readers survived, they could return the books. “Most of the readers did not sur-
vive, but the books did,” Sender said. Sender believes it is crucial that young people know about the Holocaust, and feel that she is a good source of that information. More importantly, students should know what prejudice leads to. “[It feels] very important, because I know that they are the leaders of the future and they should know what hate and prejudice and indifference lead to so they can be better leaders,” Sender said. “I am very happy to speak to schools, although I speak to people of all different ages.” Rabbi Reena Judd found out about Sender through Ori Laby, a sophomore whose grandfather is Sender’s significant other. Laby says that it is important that we learn about our history so we do not repeat it. “It is important that anything like the Holocaust never happens again,” Laby said. “As Ruth shares her story, along with other survivors, more and more people get a better account of the horrors that the millions of people faced.”
Sophomore Andrew Geller says it was an honor to hear Ms. Sender speak. “What many of us forget is that it is a true privilege to meet and hear the story of a holocaust survivor. Our children will most likely not have that opportunity, as this generation of holocaust survivors is quickly fading,” Geller said. “Hearing Ms. Sender’s story is so important to the Quinnipiac Community because it can inspire each of us to live by the motto of “never again.” “Never again” meaning to take action to prevent violence and hate within our community. Geller, who leads the Fridaynight Shabbat services at the Herald House, says he was very pleased with the turnout last Sunday and he has never seen the house so crowded. Sender now has four children, nine grandchildren and seven greatgrandchildren. She currently lives in Long Island, New York and has written three books: “The Cage,” “To Life” and “The Holocaust Lady.”
Drucker: students’ safety ‘our top priority’ MAY WEEKEND from cover “Your safety is our top priority,” Drucker said. “Do not hesitate to contact Public Safety at ext. 111 or alert the Residential Life staff.” Nealy said Public Safety officers will be there in times of emergency over the course of the weekend. While sophomores, juniors and seniors get excited for another May weekend, freshmen have gained their excitement through stories they have heard about past May weekends. Freshman Nicole Kessler said she has heard what to expect from other students. But Kessler said she feels like May weekend is al-
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Within the past few weeks the weather as warmed up and students have been frequenting the Quad in preparation for May weekend. ready in full effect on the Mount Carmel campus. “Music is already blasting and it’s 10:30 in the morning,” Kessler said.
She said that while the experience is new to freshmen, Public Safety officers know what to expect on May weekend since patrol-
ling on a day-to-day basis is part of their job. “These officers have probably seen much worse,” Kessler said. “So for them, May weekend is nothing.” During May weekend parties, students like Patel think that nothing will change in terms of campus safety. “Public Safety can try and enforce laws on Quinnipiac’s main campus,” Patel said. “They may have some improvement, but then students will just continue to do what they have done before.” “We see it as community service,” Nealy said. “It’s all about getting out there and being visible to [the students].”
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April 22, 2015
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AND THE 2015 STUDENT COMMENCEMENT SPEAKERS ARE...
School of Business & Communications
Broadcast Journalism major
“Public speaking has always been a very important part of my life … I was contacted to submit a speech and for me it was a no-brainer. There was a lot of talented people who submitted stuff, ranging from other student media leaders to athletes to people who really excelled inside and outside the classroom. The core theme of the speech is opportunity and how Quinnipiac does provide opportunity, but the main idea is opportunity can only be made. College is about putting yourself in a situation where you can practically learn and make yourself better so I really hope that people come away with that message from this speech.”
School of Health Sciences & Nursing
Grace Rivera-Owen Microbiology major “I thought it would be really cool to get the chance to speak in front of the class, especially the health science class, and when I got the opportunity I knew I would kick myself if I didn’t apply. It’s really special for me because I want to go into the health science field and so does everyone from [the schools] so I think it’s really unique to speak to people that I’ve been in classes with and people that I know and people I’ve studied with. We all have the same kind of end goals, we all want to be in the healthcare profession and we all want to be helping other people.”
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Charlie Doe English major
“I definitely wasn’t expecting to be [chosen]. But I was really excited, really honored and I’m definitely looking forward to revising and editing what I’m going to say and making sure it sticks with everyone as we move forward … It’s as much everyone else’s graduation as it is mine. We’re all kind of going through the same thing with looking forward to graduating and what the future has in store. [The speech] touches upon the shared experiences of the class of 2015 at Quinnipiac and sort of how to take those experiences and make college something that is meaningful, not just for these four years but in the future too.” By NICOLE HANSON Photography by MEGAN MAHER Design by KRISTEN RIELLO
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YAK OF THE WEEK Being a college student my two favorite words are free and cancelled
It’s not hard to point out what’s bad about having a poor memory. School is harder; you forget names easily; you miss meetings and appointments; you can never remember where you put your keys; you forget to call your mom when you promised her that you would call; the list goes on and on… But what is hard to point out is what’s great about having a poor memory. I won’t deny that school is certainly more of a challenge when you’re required to spend two times, three times, or possibly even ten times longer than some people spend remembering a single piece of information. On the other hand, that additional effort only contributes to establishing a better all-around work ethic, which is undeniably a highly valued trait in the corporate world—an employee with an evident work ethic may even be favored over an employee an with exemplary memory. Not to mention the stronger understanding you build about your personal learning and memorization habits, will lead to more effective studying in the future. I will admit, I can’t think of as fair a tradeoff for forgetting names easily as a result of a poor memory. However, I will say that I force myself to pay extremely close attention to every other meaningful detail of the person and our conversation(s) besides his or her name in hopes that once someone in the vicinity says the name aloud I can pretend that I knew the entire time I was speaking with him or her. I have also developed excellent and efficient planning and organization skills in order to make up for my inability to retain times, events, tasks, deadlines, schedules and agendas in my head. I learned to write out tasks and create schedules for myself that allow me to function like a soccer mom at 3 p.m. when her kids get out of school— I don’t skip a beat (unless by choice). I will admit, I do lose my keys pretty often and again I can’t think of anything to make up for that. However, when it comes to forgetting to call my mom, I am learning to combat that by, instead of never calling her, making it a routine to call her. As much as I would love to talk to my mother on the phone every night of the week (I’m not being sarcastic—call me Bobby Boucher), I make it a routine to call her every Sunday night after I get out of my pre-clinical. It has gotten to the point that I associate walking out of the automatic doors at St. Vincent’s Medical Center with dialing eight, six, zero, nine, one,
seven, blah, blah, blah, blah, so I never go a week without talking on the phone with my mom. But what’s great about having what I guess many would refer to as a remiss memory is that moments remain as moments, both good and bad ones. Bad memories can quickly be forgotten. At the same time, this does not dilute their potency because each negative experience is felt as separate, isolated from other negative experiences. Instances of negative emotion aren’t always compared to other instances KYLE LIANG or compounding onto othStaff Writer ers; they are simply lived @Kyle_Liang out for what they are and not how they are relative to other similar experiences. When I have a bad day, it’s not necessarily worse than yesterday or worse than tomorrow will be; it’s just a bad day. And two successive bad days don’t necessarily make for a bad week; it’s just one bad day, followed by another day, which also happens to kind of suck. Tripping up the stairs at 8 a.m. then spilling coffee on my white shirt at 8:15 a.m. isn’t the start of a bad day, because by 8:03 a.m. I probably forgot I even tripped. Then by 8:15 a.m. all I think to myself is “crap, looks like I actually have to wash this shirt now.” I can remain present in how I think. Negative thoughts leave my mind as quickly as they enter, then they never cross it again. And the best part about it is that I don’t dwell on them—or better yet, I don’t let them dwell on me. The same goes for positive experiences. As I said, having the short, quick-to-expire, limited memory that I have allows me to live life in the present. It allows me to experience each experience as new; it gives me a chance to do things that others may find remedial with the same vitality that I would if I were doing it for the first time because any thoughts, feelings or opinions that formed when I did it the first time, or second time, or third time, are quickly forgotten. I still can’t name a single run our team does at practice or tell you the route of any of our runs because they are all forgotten so easily. Rather than relive the same runs over and over again, every run that I go on with my team is blessed with a hint of unfamiliarity, newness and opportunity to form new thoughts, feelings and opinions. Maybe the first time I went on a particular run I hated it,
but the following week I may love it because I lose track of the collection of ideas that I generated the last time I did the run. My poor memory won’t let me hold grudges. But what I love most about my fleeting, escapable, effortlessly exhausted memory is that I am able to let my experiences settle and lie pristinely and be untouched because with each recall of an experience, the memory is open to change. It becomes vulnerable. As you age, as you change, as you grow as a person, so will your views and so will your perspectives. And as you continue to progress down the gradient of life, pushed by your experiences, moving further and further away from those beloved moments—Disneyland with your parents in fourth grade, your senior prom, the first day of college, the recall of them will also change. And if you truly cherish those moments because they were perfect, or because they were just right, or because you would give anything to experience them again, then they may be better off left unremembered. Those wonderful moments were perfect for a reason. The timing, the situation, the context, was all meant to be experienced just the way they were. To revisit them, even if it’s only in your mind, or through pictures, too often, in any context other than the original, could risk tainting them, changing them and altogether ruining them. You aren’t the same as you were in those memories—to step back in time, back into your old skin, will open room for different interpretations—maybe less pleasant interpretations—because you’re not the same person. Sometimes the hardest thing for an artist to do is to step away from their work, leave it how it is and focus on starting a new piece. Perhaps the best memories are the ones to step away from. You can keep staring at it, but the more you stare, the more you might begin to dislike what you see. Your present-day self is an embodiment of those experiences; the emotions from those memories unconsciously reside within you; the details from those memories are waning just as they should. And when they are no longer in sight is when a new cycle of happy memories can finally begin.
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The Muslim Student Association hosted an event on Thursday, April 16 that invited Quinnipiac students to try on hijabs and experience one aspect of the reality of being a Muslim woman on campus. Naturally, I decided to join the fun. I should warn you now that I didn’t experience anything too far out of the ordinary, as I had feared. I thought that my Christian RUTH ONYIRIMBA friends would look at me Contributing Writer differently, but that was not @ItsJustRuth_ the case at all. I feared that people would avoid me, but, besides the occasional stare, I felt fairly accepted. Although I was a bit self-conscious at first, the day went smoothly for me. Enter Yik Yak. After I was done with the social experiment, Ayah Galal, a friend of mine and a member of the MSA, showed me a string of comments that had been posted on the app. The first was a comment promoting the event. The next asked what the event was promoting. The third explained the presence of negative stigmas that surround hijab and offered that
one of the purposes of the event was to increase exposure to the headscarf. Later on came this sentence: “Not all people that wear hijabs are terrorists but all terrorists wear hijabs.” I hereby dedicate the rest of this article to the person who posted this nonsense. First of all, this comment is both ignorant and offensive to members of the Quinnipiac community, including myself. Although I’m not Muslim, I don’t believe that this comment is fair, educated or even remotely kind. Secondly, you were right when you said that not all people that wear hijabs are terrorists. All of the Hijabi women (women that wear headscarves) that I’ve met at Quinnipiac have been kind, educated and expressive. However, whoever told you that all terrorists wear hijabs has horribly deceived you. First of all, not all terrorists are women – in Islamic culture, only women are expected to cover their heads with a hijab. Women often
make the decision to practice hijab order to express their modesty and dedication to God, not to promote violence and chaos. Second of all, not all terrorists are Muslim. For those of you who didn’t quite understand me, I’ll say it again: Not all terrorists are Muslim. Now, I’m not denying the fact that there are extremist Islamic terrorists that have committed heinous crimes. However, there have been many terrorist crimes that have been committed by – and against – people of several religious affiliations. To conclude, diversity is a topic that comes up a lot in the Quinnipiac curriculum, but are we paying attention? The racial, ethnic and religious differences between us provide us with a unique opportunity to learn from one another, but why is it that some of us don’t seem to want to learn? Many students on campus have been negatively affected by misconceptions and ignorant comments about their race, religion, sexual orientation and other things that seem to set them apart. This week, I’m going to do my best to learn about these different groups instead of simply rejecting or ignoring them… I’d love for you to join me.
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April 22, 2015
ADVICE FROM ANDY
Saying no to interning
The reason I am taking the summer off As I sat down at my computer in February scrolling through different internship opportunities to take advantage of this summer, I couldn’t ignore a feeling in my stomach. If I were to put this feeling into a word it would be: discontent. I have had the opportunity to intern three different times while at college, starting sophomore year during winter break. And these weren’t “sit at a desk and do nothing all day” internships. The internships required me to commute into NYC every day SARAH HARRIS at God forsaken hours, Managing Editor work early mornings and @sarah_harris7 late nights, run around the city, run around the office and be in high pressure environments. I gained an immense amount of skills and regret none of it, but I didn’t really have a summer. School was more relaxing than my internships were. And as I was deciding where I should apply for this upcoming summer, I realized that I hadn’t had more than a two week break from school or internships since freshman year. Now this isn’t so bad because it has been a taste of the real world: no summers and small vacations. But as I looked forward, I realized that after this summer, I will finish out my senior year while interning during the fall and then get a job as soon as I graduate (hopefully) and boom, I’m stuck in reality forever. Would I ever get an opportunity like this again? After talking to my past bosses, my advisors and friends, I made the decision to take this summer off from interning. My mom wasn’t thrilled when I told her because who doesn’t intern before their senior year? Well, luckily I have worked my butt off so that I am able to take this opportunity and make the most of it. I want to put an emphasis on this next part. Interning is one of the most important things a college student could do to further their op-
portunities in the career of their choice. I have benefitted in many ways from my internships and plan on interning my senior year. But timing is crucial as well. So if you’re a freshman or sophomore take these words into consideration when planning on when you will intern, and if you’re a junior in the same position as I, take these words into consideration as well when finalizing your schedules this summer and upcoming year. We are 20 years old and how many more opportunities will we get where we have two to three months just enjoying the warm weather and doing things we want to, when we want to, however we want to? Probably never. The things I’ll be able to do this summer are endless. First of all, this winter sucked every happy thought from my body and I need to recover in the sun and not in an office. I will be able to wake up at a normal time and have absolutely no responsibilities. I also have about 20 books piling up that are waiting to be read. If having so much free time becomes boring, I’ll be able to pick up a paying job at a bookstore or coffee shop to make some cash. But most of all, I get to spend time with my family. I rarely get to see my brothers and sister these days now that we are either in school or moved out. I also get to go to Oregon, my favorite place in America and travel along the coast, spend time at the beach house and visit my relatives. If you are able to have the same opportunity as I do this summer, make the most of it. Enjoy having no responsibilities while you can. It won’t last forever. And if you are working, work as hard as you can so that you will be able to enjoy your breaks when you get one. We’re only college students for so long. Read, travel and relax because when the real world hits, there’s no going back.
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The line between legislation and religion In January of this year, the Supreme or tradition-based rationales. The religious rationale against same-sex Court Justices agreed to hear four different but closely related cases: Obergefell v. marriage emerges from scripture in Genesis, Hodges, Tanco v. Haslam, DeBoer v. Snyder Leviticus and Corinthian, just to name a few. Despite the purported religious justification and Bourke v. Beshear. The court’s decision behind disallowing same-sex marriage to adjudicate the cases, — and the rationale is based entirely on all of which involve personal interpretation of the Bible — disputes regarding the United States government (although marriage rights for governing a highly religious nation) same-sex couples, should not rule according to a Bibhighlights the court’s lical moral code. In other words, willingness to resolve religion should not justify legislaan issue of national imtion. Politicians, by legislating acportance — if they get the cording to personal belief, not the decision right. public good, deconstruct the sanctity The court’s decision to hear the of holding public office — religious afcases and make a definitive ruling filiation mustn’t influence secular decion same sex marriage may emasion making. nate from increasing public support The other rationale against in favor of same-sex marriage. ANDY LANDOLFI same-sex marriage is a result of traIn 2012, only nine states Staff Writer dition: Opponents invoke a pathos and the District of Columbia al@AndyLandolfi argument by alluding to history. lowed state-recognized marriage Marriage, they say, has always been between two people of the same sex. Today, — only three years later — 36 between a man and a woman; therefore, they states plus the District of Columbia have assert, marriage must remain between a man passed legislation legalizing same-sex mar- and a woman. Despite the importance of trariage. The drastic shift in public policy offers dition, — it is what keeps us connected to some insight into the public’s perception re- the past — tradition often allows individuals to blindly adhere to outdated principles and garding same-sex marriage. Additionally, if changes to state laws do beliefs. Tradition does not readily acknowlnot sufficiently prove the public’s increasing- edge change, although change is inevitable ly liberal approach to marriage rights, here in all entities both animate and inanimate. are some statistics to further my argument: Although individuals must honor tradition, A Gallup Poll showed 55 percent of Ameri- they must also recognize antiquated praccans supported same-sex marriage in 2014. tices can be revised into more modern iteraThe poll’s findings, which shows a majority tions of old conventions. As the Supreme Court justices near a rulof Americans support equal marriage rights, starkly contrasts with Gallup’s first public ing — oral arguments for and against sameopinion poll regarding same-sex marriage sex marriage will be made next week — the taken in 1996; only 27 percent of Americans nation anxiously awaits the final decision. supported same-sex marriage at the time. In If the Supreme Court declares laws against less than 20 years, public support has more same-sex marriage unconstitutional, the United States will choose to affirm love of than doubled. Those who argue against same-sex mar- every kind — and that’s a tradition we can riage often justify their opinion on religious all get behind.
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Spring has finally hit Quinnipiac, which means summer isn’t too far away. One of the best summer treats? Ice cream, of course! Four Chronicle members took to three local ice cream shops in Hamden and Cheshire to give their most unique flavors a taste.
Julia This ice cream was sweet, but it tasted too much like plain vanilla for me, and I am not a fan of vanilla. I liked the little sample I had, but if I had to get a whole cone or cup I probably would not have wanted to finish it. Kelly This ice cream had a cake batter base very similar to the one at Coldstone Creamery. If you’re a cake batter fan, this is the ice cream for you. But it was too sweet for me and I could barely finish my spoonful. Hannah It sounded interesting, but I really didn’t like it. It did have real Twinkie pieces in it, so that made it a little more bearable. I think I would have definitely liked something at this ice cream shop if it had some chocolate in it.
Julia This Nutella Oreo Swirl ice cream was the easy favorite of the three. I scraped the bottom of the cup with my spoon to get the last bit of ice cream out. I would have preferred a chocolate base, though. Jeanette I absolutely hated this, but that may have been related to the fact that I hate vanilla ice cream and Nutella (crazy, I know). This flavor can keep one star for its Oreos, although I couldn’t taste the cookie at all in my bite. Hannah This definitely was my favorite. I loved pretty much every part of this ice cream. Nutella is, like, amazing and Oreos... everyone loves Oreos. Wentworth’s lived up to my expectations like it always does.
Julia I liked this blue raspberry ice cream more than I thought I would because usually I don’t like fruity flavors. (Chocolate and I are soulmates.) The marshmallows made the flavor, providing that extra unhealthy kick that is so important about ice cream. I only wish my cup had a few more marshmallows. Jeanette I liked it but think the raspberry flavor is better in sorbet form than ice cream form. It was such a pretty color though, and it would be refreshing on a summer afternoon. Kelly I was surprised with how much I liked this flavor. The taste is super refreshing and its bright blue color really catches your eye. If you have a little brother or sister, they’ll love this flavor. I could have done without the marshmallows though.
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One for the history books
“1918” takes a deeper look into life during World War I and the Spanish influenza By KELLIE MASON
Associate Arts & Life Editor
Quinnipiac University’s Theatre for Community took the audience back in time with its production of Horton Foote’s “1918.” The show ran from April 16-19 and was directed by Dr. Crystal Brian, a theater professor at Quinnipiac. The Quinnipiac University Theatre for Community produces original and published scripts with the goal of engaging social issues relevant to the university, national and global community, according to the Theater for Community Mission Statement. “1918” is set in a small Texas town overcome with a major flu epidemic during World War I. Horace Robedaux, played by freshman Ryan Devaney, is married to Elizabeth Robedaux, played by senior Sara Detrik. The two characters have a baby girl together. The chemistry between Devaney and Detrik was believeable. Because Detrik is older than Devaney, she took a more authoritative role. I think the script called for Elizabeth to be more passive, but Detrik seemed to dominate the stage. The story begins with Horace in the cemetery with Sam Goldman, played by sophomore
Tenneh Sillah, trying to distinguish his father’s unmarked grave from his two uncles’ unmarked graves. “Some of the monologues I had were very, very emotional,” Devaney said. “We were saying ‘How is it possible on this night men are dying whether here or in Europe or anywhere’... It’s very powerful.” In order to deliver those powerful monologues, one can presume that the actors must call upon their own similar emotions to interpret and perform the scene. For example, Detrik’s character is scared about having a baby. She must have been thinking of something serious to evoke the same emotion. This is a challenge, and she performed the scene well. It was also one of my favorite parts of the show. Brother Vaughn, played by freshman Ryan Sheehan, seems to have no adult responsibilities, but wants to go fight in the war. But his father Mr. Vaughn, played by professor Drew Scott, will not let him go alone. Horace is fearful he will have to go to France to fight. Eventually, Horace contracts the flu, and his daughter does as well. She then dies, and even with the news of the Great War finally over, Horace and Elizabeth cannot see a bright future. “There’s a lot of things you don’t say in the
RAVE The 80-mile trail
It was a long, cold winter, so it feels so satisfying to be able to take your workout from indoors to the great outdoors. Put the sweatpants away and take out the shorts because the snow has finally melted. There is no better way to spend a nice spring day than being outside. The Farmington Canal runs from New Haven, Connecticut to Northampton, Massachusetts. One of the entrances to the trail is right across from the York Hill campus. The trail is nestled deep between the budding spring trees. You will be completely surrounded by greenery no matter where you go. On a nice spring day you can count on seeing other students enjoying the weather. If you go north, toward Cheshire, the trail runs behind a lot of eateries. You will definitely want to stop at Aunt Chilada’s and have a quesadilla before you finish your 5 mile run. If you go south, toward New Haven, Bruegger’s Bagels and the smell of fresh bagels will tickle your nostrils. You do not have to worry about getting lost because you can still see the street, and there are signs when you enter a new area. The path is smoothly paved so you will not injure yourself, and it is always clean. Lately, the trail has been bustling with bikers, runners and walkers. If you are training for a race, such as a triathlon or marathon, there are markers to make it easy to track your progress. Luckily, the trail is wide enough to accommodate everyone. However, if you are looking for some peace and quiet on the trail, try taking a sunrise run. In the Cheshire direction, the trail opens and overlooks the vast hills and valleys. You can sit on a rock and appreciate all the beauty that nature has to offer. ̶ K. Mason
script,” Detrik said. “It’s a lot of undertones; it’s a lot of subtlety, and it isn’t conveyed in the writing. It has to be conveyed through the actors.” The actors believed what they were saying and tried to their best abilities to communicate those subtleties to the audience. “1918” is part of a series of plays, and I think I was unable to catch on to those subtleties because I have never seen nor read the other plays. At the end of the play, there seems to be peace for the Robedaux family and for the nation. As time goes on, Elizabeth becomes pregnant again with a boy. Brother Vaughn is showing signs that he is finally accepting adulthood, and everyone believes there will be no more war. The main theme of “1918” is death and rebirth. “You can’t cling to death,” Detrik said. “You have to cling to life as hard as you can and not let go and keep letting it drag you forward even if it’s dragging you through the mud.” After the conclusion of Thursday night’s performance, Hallie Foote, Horton Foote’s daughter, spoke to the cast and members of the audience. “It was a very unique experience,” sophomore Amber Hopwood, who played popular girl in
town Irma Sue, said. “How many times can you say you actually got to meet someone who’s played a role that you’re playing right now or is the daughter of the playwright?” Though there were several things done well in this play, the actors’ volume and diction were issues for me. The show was held in the Clarice L. Buckman Theater, a venue small enough that the actors didn’t need microphones, but at some points during the performance the actors turned away from the audience which made it hard to hear. They also had to speak with a rural, southern accent, so some of the ending consonants were missing. However, having actors who are a part of the Actors’ Equity Association, such as Scott and Keely Baisden, brought a more professional vibe to the university stage. Overall, I believe the student actors did a good job of portraying their characters. The show never looked scripted, and the actors moved fluidly on the stage. The costumes, set and lighting design were all well done, too.
Confused and alarmed
Unless you have a ceramic plate to return or date with Arnold Bernard, chances are that you use the back door to leave the cafe. You know, the one by the bathrooms that threatened an emergency alarm that never went off. And why wouldn’t you use this exit? There’s a door there for a reason. It’s a conveniently located way to leave the building. Once outside, you’re mere steps away from the South Lot shuttle stop or Commons Bridge. Even if you have farther to walk, at least it’s a head start. But this door has been the cause of a lot of confusion lately. Last semester, no one adhered to the “Emergency Exit” label and the alarm was never set off, so people always used this door. Still, you could never be 100 percent confident that it would stay quiet. This semester, the emergency exit sign disappeared and people were finally free to use this door to their hearts’ content. But last Wednesday, for no apparent reason, there was a new sign on the door. It was handwritten in green highlighter and read something along the lines of “Stop! The alarm actually works now!” with a smiley face. Though it was nice of whoever post the sign to warn others, many weren’t sure if it was a lie. But it turned out to be true. The alarm sounded three times during my dinner, and it was incredibly loud and annoying. People were so used to using this door that they didn’t think twice about opening it. And now, to make it more confusing, the door is back to its alarm-less and sign-less state. I think many of us hope it stays this way. ̶ J. Cibelli
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April 22, 2015
Breaking the silence
Students gathered for laughs at comedian Adam Sank’s performance to celebrate the LGBTQ community By AFSHA KASAM Staff Writer
The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Supporters club (GLASS) observed the Day of Silence last Friday and encouraged the Quinnipiac community to do the same. For this national event, people from all across America choose to not speak for a day in order to mimic how LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning) people are pressured to stay silent when being bullied or harassed. The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) organizes the day, which falls on a different Friday each year. “When someone participating in this day is silent, he or she is representing the feeling of a LGBTQ person has when they can’t share their sexuality with anyone,” said Jilian Pfeifer, junior and president of GLASS. Pfeifer has always been an advocate for the gay community. However, when a close family member came out, it prompted her to become even more involved in the cause. She did this by joining GLASS during her freshman year at Quinnipiac and was elected to be the club’s president by the end of her sophomore year. “We live in such a heteronormative society,” Pfeifer said. “Our culture just assumes that an individual is straight and that shouldn’t be the case.” In a heteronormative society, there is the belief or assumption that heterosexuality is the “right” sexual orientation. According to Pfeifer, the Day of Silence illustrates an understanding of the struggle many people feel because of this idea. “A LGBTQ individual does not come out
once; they need to tell almost everyone they meet,” she said. After remaining silent for nearly a whole day, GLASS had the rising and renowned comedian, Adam Sank, break the silence. Sank, a gay man, performed at 7 p.m. in the cafe on Mount Carmel campus. Sank admits he only heard about the Day of Silence this year, but he likes the idea behind it. “It calls attention to discrimination,” he said. “I also like how it mostly takes place on college campuses because college shapes you into the person you’ll be; it shaped me.” Students who participated in the Day of Silence, like freshman Lizzy Mirasola, agree with Sank. “Many people are afraid to talk aloud about their sexuality, but they should be who they want to be and not feel discouraged by anyone else,” Mirasola said. Mirasola’s experience was challenging because at times she forgot that she could not speak. But once Sank hit the stage, people were free to speak and laugh to their hearts’ content. Sank was a contestant on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and has also been featured on VH1 and truTV. “[Comedy is] an interesting way to reach people,” he said. Sank’s sexual orientation did play a role in leading him towards comedy. Humor was his defense mechanism for when he was teased or bullied. “Growing up, I felt like an outsider,” Sank said. “I used my words as weapon instead of my fists.” Sank grew up listening to stand-up comedy
albums and has always had a passion for musical theater, but he said he would have turned to stand-up comedy “if [he] were gay or straight.” There were not many gay people in the audience, so Sank assumed that the rest of the audience “must be supporters or here for the ice cream.” Sank did his research about Quinnipiac because prior to performing here he only knew about the Polling Institute. He joked about Toad’s Place and its dirty floors, the high ratio of
women to men on campus and the QuinnipiacYale rivalry. The audience not only found Sank funny, but inspiring too. He had some advice for the LGBTQ community. “Revel in the triumphs. We have gone a million miles since the gay rights movement started in 1969,” Sank said. “We are on the cusp of marriage equality but we can’t get too confident. There are still people suffering so we need to keep fighting.”
Adam Sank made jokes about Quinnipiac but also inspired students with his words.
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Earth Day Celebration
In honor of Earth Day, the Quinnipiac Sustainability Committee hosted its annual Earth Day C elebration last Friday, April 17. Several organizations and vendors were set up on the Quad from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. selling jewelry, flowers and food. Three food trucks were also present. Students could also get henna tattoos done and view tarantulas and snakes in cages. At 4 p.m., models in the Sustainable Fashion Show walked along the Quadâ€™s paths.
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Students participated in the many activities at this year's Earth Day Celebration. Some of these activities included a Sustainable Fashion Show, food trucks, henna tattoos and vendors selling jewelry and jams.
WQAQ's Rap Battle WQAQ and Sigma Tau Delta held their biannual Rap Battle where anyone can compete and spit lyrics against one another. The event was held in the Complex Courtyard Thursday, April 16. The crowd was rowdy, the DJ worked the beats and the raps were hot.
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Students from all different years competed in Complex Courtyard. Sophomore Harrison Giza, right, took home the first place prize for competing in the WQAQ Rap Battle.
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April 22, 2015
GAME OF THE WEEK
MEN’S LACROSSE QU 9, Monmouth 8 - Saturday Michael Sagl: 2 goals, 2 assists Brian Feldman: 2 goals Jack Brust: 10 saves WOMEN’S LACROSSE Siena 14, QU 9 - Saturday Kyra Ochwat: 4 goals, 1 assist Kathleen DeVito: 3 goals Samantha Tilts: 12 saves BASEBALL QU 5, Northeastern 1 Wednesday Charlie Murray: 5.1 IP, 1H, 0R Vincent Guglietti: 1HR, 2RBI’s Louis Iannotti: 1HR QU 4, Fairfield 3 - Saturday Mike Palladino: 3H Fairfield 8, QU 4 - Saturday QU 2, Fairfield 1 - Sunday Justin Thomas: 5.2 IP, 6H, 1R SOFTBALL QU 10, Holy Cross 1 - Wednesday Miranda Magana: 2H, 2 RBI’s Abby Johnson: 2H, 2 RBI’s Nikki Barba: 2H, 1 RBI Holy Cross 9, QU 1 - Wednesday Manhattan 6, QU 4 - Saturday Manhattan 3, QU 2 - Saturday QU 4, Marist 2 - Sunday Jordan Paolucci: 1H, 2 RBI’s Sydney Robey: 3H, 1 RBI Johnson: 2H, 1 RBI Marist 3, QU 2 - Sunday MEN’S TENNIS QU 6, Saint Peter’s 1 - Friday Monmouth 5, QU 2 - Saturday Marist 7, QU 0 - Monday WOMEN’S TENNIS QU 5, Marist 2 - Wednesday QU 7, Saint Peter’s 0 - Friday QU 7, Monmouth 0 - Saturday
Men’s lacrosse tops Monmouth
GAMES TO WATCH MEN’S LACROSSE QU at Air Force - Thursday 3 p.m. WOMEN’S LACROSSE QU vs. Fairfield - Wednesday, 3 p.m. BASEBALL QU vs. Marist - Saturday, 12 p.m./3:30 p.m. QU vs. Marist - Sunday, 12 p.m. QU vs. Hartford- Tuesday, 3 p.m. SOFTBALL QU vs. Hartford - Thursday, 2 p.m./4 p.m. QU at Iona- Saturday, 12/2 p.m. QU vs. Rider - Sunday, 12 p.m./2 p.m. MEN’S TENNIS QU at MAAC Tournament Saturday/Sunday WOMEN’S TENNIS QU at MAAC Tournament Saturday/Sunday
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Bobcats clinch MAAC Tournament berth
Quinnipiac midfielder Matt Kycia fires a shot toward goal in a 9-8 win over Monmouth. By JORDAN NOVACK Staff Writer
Following a 9-7 victory at Canisius in its last game, the Quinnipiac men’s lacrosse team (4-7, 3-2 MAAC) looked set to clinch a trip to the MAAC Tournament on Saturday. First, they had to go through Monmouth (5-6, 2-2 MAAC). Quinnipiac was successful, coming from behind to down the Hawks 9-8 in its final home game of the regular season. “You have to be able to close
the game if you want to be able to win a championship, you have to be able to play your best lacrosse at the end of the game, and I am incredibly proud of my boys today,” Quinnipiac head coach Eric Fekete said. After a ceremony honoring the senior class prior to the game, Monmouth came out looking to spoil the Bobcats’ special day during the first half. Despite goals from freshman Brian Feldman, senior Steve Bryant and junior Ryan Keenan, Quinnipiac found itself staring at a 7-3 deficit at
the half. Following the game, Feteke spoke of how the scoreline wasn’t accurate of how his team had played in the first half. “Two or three of the goals we gave up in the first half were flukes, coming off of deflections or other weird bounces, and we told them to keep following our game plan and eventually we will get our own bounces,” Feteke said. “They have done a really good job following the game plan the last three weeks,
and I knew that they would be able to come through in the second half.” Senior goalie Jack Brust then shut out the Hawks in the third and the Bobcats’ offense found new life. Led by goals from Matt Kycia and Nate Nibbelink, the team entered the fourth down two scores. Thanks to quick goals from Matt Diehl and senior Michael Sagl, Quinnipiac pulled even for the first time in the game with 10 minutes left to play. Sagl and Feldman then each scored their second goal of the game to put Quinnipiac up 9-7. A late goal wasn’t enough for Monmouth, as Quinnipiac secured the win and is headed to the playoffs. “We’ve learned a lot, especially this year’s seniors,” Fekete said. “The key thing we learned is to play our best lacrosse in the last 30 minutes of the game, and that is what we did today.” Now following their win, the Bobcats clinched their spot in the MAAC tournament, something that the team missed out on last season. “I have been miserable since this time last year, over 365 days I have had a monkey riding on my back,” Feteke explained. “I’m so glad to be back, and with the league as wide open as it is, we are right back where we belong.” Quinnipiac will fly out to Colorado on Tuesday and prep for its final regular season game at Air Force in Falcon Stadium on Thursday.
Softball splits double header vs. Marist By MICHAEL HEWITT Staff Writer
Marist’s (18-22, 5-7 in MAAC) Rebecca Freeman’s 12th inning game-winning sacrifice fly kept Quinnipiac from a Sunday sweep, as Marist bested Quinnipiac (10-29, 5-9 in MAAC) 3-2, splitting the double-header at the QU Softball Field in Hamden. The Bobcats won the first game 4-2 when Jordan Paolucci hit a walk-off two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Sydney Robey (3-11) toed the rubber in the second game of the double header, giving Quinnipiac ace Hannah Lindsley (5-12) a rest after pitching seven innings in the Game 1 victory. The right-hander allowed one run and six hits over 5.2 innings, compiling a pair of strikeouts in the process. However, her performance wasn’t enough. Given a 1-0 lead as the game entered the sixth, Robey struggled. She surrendered a leadoff walk, and induced a pair of groundouts. One out away from sweeping Marist, Colleen McWilliams poked a two-out, two-strike pitch through the hole into right field, tying the score 1-1. Quinnipiac head coach Jill Karwoski said Marist’s hitters had become comfortable facing Robey. “By that point in the game, they had seen her four times,” she said. “So, eventually, they start to catch up.” Karwoski “mixed it up” and
Nikki Barba readies for a pitch during Sunday’s doubleheader vs. Marist. called on Casey Herzog. Herzog answered by striking out Kourtney Paul with runners on the corners to keep the game tied at 1. Herzog struggled in the seventh, though. With two-outs, Krysten Van Natta connected on a fastball, driving it over the left field wall, giving Marist a 2-1 lead. Quinnipiac battled back. With each member of the Bobcats sporting their visors upside down, the attempt for a rally ensued.
After Maria Asher laced a double to center and Nikki Barba worked a one-out walk, Abby Johnson grounded a game-tying single to right field, setting up the stage for Paolucci to be the hero for the second-straight game. It was a moment of “frustration” for the designated player, who belted a walk off, two-out, two-run homer in game one of the double header. Paolucci was intentionally walked. “I had my toes on the line trying
to reach the outside pitch,” she said. “But, it was also humbling because another team is willing to put you on for free.” With the bases loaded and one out, Marist’s Melanie White managed to escape trouble by recording a strikeout of Robey and a groundout. “We have to put the ball in play,” Karwoski said. “Give the defense a chance to make a mistake and good things might happen for us. Quinnipiac stranded three runners in the seventh, adding to the 11 total for the game. With the game deadlocked 2-2 in the 12th inning and the go-ahead run on third, Marist’s Rebecca Freeman popped a sacrifice fly to shallow right field. Second baseman Nikki Barba took charge, calling off Abby Johnson, making an over-theshoulder grab. Barba, however, lost all of her momentum on the throw to home plate due to her body position toward the outfield. Marist tagged and scored to take a 3-2 lead. “Typically, you give the right fielder priority,” Karwoski said. “I don’t know what type of communication was out there. I have to give them props. They made a good play.” White closed down Quinnipiac in the 12th, pitching six shutout innings in total. Up next, Quinnipiac plays Sacred Heart (11-24) on Tuesday at 3:30 at home.
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April 22, 2015
Clockwise from top left: Justin Thomas throws a pitch during Sunday’s 2-1 win over Fairfield, softball’s Hannah Lindsley completes her windup on Sunday vs. Marist, Lou Ianotti prepares to swing at a pitch in Wednesday’s game vs. Northeastern, Miranda Magana makes contact with the ball.
BY THE NUMBERS
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The baseball team has played in three extra inning games this month, winning all of them. The Bobcats won on a walkoff single over Fairfield on Saturday. The women’s lacrosse team was outshot by 13 in their 14-9 loss to Siena on Saturday. The Bobcats recorded 13 shots, compared to Siena’s 26. Men’s lacrosse’s Michael Sagl has recorded 10 points in the last three game for the Bobcats. Sagl has five goals and five assists in that span.
ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Charlie Murray Freshman left-hander Charlie Murray recorded his first career win in a Bobcat uniform in the 5-1 win over Northeastern last Wednesday. Murray pitched 5.1 innings, surrendering one hit, three walks and no runs. He currently holds a 1-1 record with a 5.50 ERA in the 2015 season.
Kathleen DeVito In her Senior Day game, DeVito scored three goals for the Bobcats. She scored two straight times in the first half to put Quinnipiac up 4-0, then once in the second half of play. DeVito has 29 goals and 11 assists on the season, good for 40 overall points which ranks second on the team.
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“I think we belong [in the playoffs]. The league is wide open and we are ready to give the best we got.” — ERIC FEKETE MEN’S LACROSSE
April 22, 2015
Setting the pace
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After transitioning to the leadoff spot, Nikki Barba has provided a spark for Quinnipiac softball
By MAX MOLSKI Staff Writer
From Mt. Carmel High School in San Diego to Mount Carmel in Hamden, senior softball player Nikki Barba has come a long way to Quinnipiac. In her four years on the school’s softball team, she has proven herself as a model of consistency day in and day out on the diamond. “It is consistency in taking things one step at a time, one pitch at a time, one inning at a time,” Barba said. “If you think about it, it’s 56 games, all under one semester. It is a lot to take in.” Barba was not always an athlete. It took a trip to the doctor’s office with her mother that got her into team sports when she was 7 years old. “I was really shy when I was a kid and my mom talked to my doctor saying, ‘I don’t know what to do.’ My doctor said to join a team sport. On the way back home, my mom drove us past a park that said ‘Sign up for 8 and under softball’ and that is how it started,” Barba said. Barba says she struggled early on in her softball career, often being the last one left when people were choosing teams for pick-up games. However, her mother helped her improve with an in-home practice routine. “My mom would roll up socks into softballsize, she would toss them to me in the living room and I would hit them,” Barba said. Barba began playing other sports in high school, but mostly stuck with softball. She played at Mt. Carmel High School, where the softball team won four consecutive Division II State Championships in California from 200710. She says the successful program with collegiate prospects humbled her. “It taught me how to be humble knowing that there were other people better than me. It taught me to work hard even if you think you are good,” Barba said. Barba says many colleges lost interest in her when she fractured her hip during her sophomore year at Mt. Carmel. Quinnipiac first got into the mix when an assistant coach from the school visited Barba at a summer tournament in Colorado during her junior year. Barba says she went from not knowing anything about the school to making the decision to trek 3,000-miles to the east coast. “At first, I threw [the coach’s] card away because I had no idea how to say the school’s name. When it came down to it, I chose Quinni-
Nikki Barba holds a .331 career batting average with 173 hits in her four-year career. Barba played in at least 45 games in each piac because of the education here,” Barba said. Barba started in 48 games at second base of her first three seasons. This season, she is her freshman year. She held a .285 batting aver- on pace to make that mark as she has played age and .957 fielding percentage in that rookie in each game so far. Head coach Jill Karwoski season. However, Barba’s first year on the team says Barba’s ability to play on the field each day is exemplary of her consistency. was a time of adjustments for her. “I’m not sure necessarily that it is durabili“I wanted to go far away from my home. [Quinnipiac] is very different and I like it. It ty, but more so as consistency on the field in her was a bit of a culture shock my first year, but I athletic ability as well as her leadership ability,” Karwoski said. love it,” Barba said.
Barba leads the team in batting average (.383), on base percentage (.450) and runs (25) of players with at least 20 games played. Her coaches and teammates agree that her role in the leadoff spot in the lineup helps the team. “She started at our No. 3 spot and then we quickly moved her up to the leadoff spot,” Karwoski said. “She is able to take a lot of pitches and she is extremely consistent with two strikes. She is not afraid to get deep into the count, which helps the rest of our lineup.” “She is really calm up to bat,” senior centerfielder Brittney Cyr said. “Even if she has two strikes on her, she is calm. She has a really good eye.” Barba also has a .941 fielding percentage this season at second base. Barba says she likes the action that comes with the position. “I like that you get to dive for plays, make them and turn double plays,” Barba said. Barba is one of four seniors on this year’s team. Cyr says Barba’s leadership role is beyond what she does at second base and in the batter’s box as one of the team’s veterans. “I think people want to follow her lead. She is not only a really good athlete, but she is also a really good student. She sets a good example for people. She is a great leader and I think the freshmen look up to her,” Cyr said. The softball team is currently fighting for a spot in the MAAC tournament May 6-10 as only the top six teams in the conference get a seed. Barba says the team will continue to fight for a spot. “I think it has been a learning process and we have a steep hill to climb now,” Barba said. Barba will continue her education at Quinnipiac once she graduates with her Bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy this spring. She will do her graduate work in occupational therapy at the North Haven campus before beginning clinical work. She says she is unsure whether she will do the clinical work in Hamden or back in California. Before that point, however, Barba will finish out her senior season. Karwoski expects Barba to continue her steady play as she finishes her Quinnipiac career. “I don’t expect Nikki to do anything other than what she has been doing,” Karwoski said. “I can’t stress it enough; the consistency is a huge piece and she has played really well defensively and offensively. I hope she finishes how she started.”
Drame: ‘high level’ of NBA interest after showcase By NICK SOLARI Web Editor
Ousmane Drame finished sixth in the country in rebounds per game (11.2) in 2014-15.
After participating in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament last weekend, Quinnipiac men’s basketball senior Ousmane Drame says he feels optimistic about his future in basketball. Drame says he didn’t come in direct contact with any National Basketball Association (NBA) scouts in attendance, but said that there seems to be a “high level” of interest coming from organizations leading up to the NBA Draft on June 25. “All of the people I talked to at the tournament said I did really well—they said I stood out,” Drame told The Chronicle. “There seems to be a good level of interest.” Drame was one of 64 college basketball seniors invited to the 12-game, four-day tour-
nament from April 8-11 in Portsmouth, Va. He finished with eight points and eight rebounds in his first game, then scored 11 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, recorded three steals and blocked two shots in his second game. “A lot of people that I spoke to think that I did really well, but I personally felt like I could have played a lot better,” Drame said. “I did what I was capable of doing, but I just felt like there was a lot of shooting going on out there.” Drame added that he’s currently in the process of finding an agent and that he’ll likely have one by next week. Once he’s chosen representation, he’ll look ahead to any possible workouts teams invite him to. “I don’t know for sure, but if I had to guess I’d say five teams might want to have me for a workout,” Drame said. “I don’t know if it will be more than that, but I’ll workout for whoever
I can.” The 6-foot-9 forward from Boston is Quinnipiac’s all-time career leader in rebounds (1,108) and blocks (217). He averaged 14.9 points and 11.2 rebounds per game in the 201415 season, and finished sixth in the country in total rebounds. Drame said he’s doing strength and conditioning each day to prepare himself for the next level, and that he’s working out three days a week on the court to stay sharp. Ultimately, his goal is to play basketball at the highest level: the NBA. “I have high standards for myself, I think it’s an attainable goal,” Drame said. “I’ve gotten some exposure now and things like that, allowing me to showcase my skills. There’s been a high level of interest, so I just have to keep a strong work ethic.”
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