QUChronicle.com October 26, 2011 Volume 81 Issue 9
Arts & Life
Freshman 15: Reality or legend?, page 7
10 cheap Halloween costume ideas, page 5
New Blue on road to postseason, page 12
Basketball trial postponed Pending police report delays judge’s verdict
By Kim Green Staff Writer
ed; I feel like there’s less variety.” Students will have a chance to participate in the menu changing process. According to Tobin, the menu will evolve once surveys are
Parking privileges are expanding for seniors while juniors will soon be forced to the curb waiting for shuttles to take them to main campus. Despite telling Hamden’s Planning and Zoning Commission on Sept. 27 that juniors would be ticketed for parking in North Lot during weekday peak hours, Chief of Security & Safety David Barger clarified Monday that juniors will not be sanctioned until further notice. Barger and his team are still reviewing all parking regulations and familiarizing the new assistant chief of parking & transportation, Ed Rodriguez, with the plans. Rodriguez will replace Harry Needham as the new assistant chief for parking & transportation and that the move was strictly for operational needs, Barger said. Needham’s new role will be assistant chief on regular shifts. Barger said Monday that by the end of this week, there will be new parking regulations on MyQ, and the new rules will begin to be enforced. York Hill seniors were issued new decals yesterday and today to distinguish between juniors and seniors, granting seniors parking privileges next to East View and prepare for the expected North Lot regulations, according to an email sent by Assistant Director of Special Programs Dennis Lue Yat to York Hill residents. The decals will be issued to seniors Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Rocky Top Student Center information area. Barger and Vincent Bond, vice president of student concerns for Student Government Association, have been in talks throughout the summer to open up a better parking situation for seniors at York Hill. Seniors living in the Townhouses will have access to the 40 parking spaces located in the lower TD Bank Sports Center parking lot and Eastview residents will have access to the 120 parking spaces located outside the residence hall on a firstcome, first-serve basis, according to Barger.
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Quinnipiac men’s basketball players Ike Azotam and James Johnson appeared in Meriden Superior Court Monday to testify against assault and breach of peace charges, but the trial was postponed pending a supplemental Hamden Police report requested by defense attorney Thomas Lynch. Under Judge Philip Scarpellino’s approval, the trial will continue Nov. 16. “It’s working its way through the process,” Lynch said. “There’s some more information Hamden Police will be getting up to the state’s atSee Basketball Page 3
Men’s basketball players Ike Azotam (center) and James Johnson stand with defense attorney Thomas Lynch outside Meriden Superior Court Monday after Judge Philip Scarpellino approved Lynch’s continuance request.
Ratt reopening pleases students
Batch cooking creates fewer options, faster lines By Katherine Rojas Staff Writer
Sporting pale yellow painted concrete, blue trimming, and roaring bobcats on the walls, the Bobcat Den, more commonly known as the Ratt, is open for business for the first time this semester. “It’s new, it’s clean, it’s bright,” Director of Chartwells Dining Services Joseph Tobin said. “The servers can serve and the cashiers can cash now, hopefully move the people in and out of here quickly.” In addition to the Bobcat Den’s new look, the menus were redesigned for more variety and to allow “batch cooking” instead of customizing meals, Tobin said. There will be three to four orders at a time so it’s “ready to go and simpler.” “We’re not trying [have customized meals] anymore, however [the old menu items] will be available in the cycle menu,”
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Director of the Bobcat Den Chris Schumacher said. Variety was one of the biggest complaints and was always an issue for the Bobcat Den menus for students, according to Tobin. However with the new equipment, more variety in the menus is possible. Now there can be a simpler menu with different choices daily according to a six-week cycle menu organized by Schumacher, Tobin said. According to most students, the menu change also reflects the uniqueness of the Bobcat Den. “Although [my friends and I] were glad for [the Bobcat Den] to be open again...my un-customized pasta was less than half the portion we could get on ‘Pasta Wednesdays’ last year,” sophomore Amelia N. Houghton said in a Facebook comment. “So after getting served our generic meal, we waited so long to pay that the small amount of
A student gets food from the Bobcat Den, more commonly known as the Ratt, Tuesday. The Ratt’s new batch cooking style limits customization but avoids creating long lines. food we got was cold.” “I wish they had the ‘themed day,’” sophomore Cassondra Turano said. “I like the old menus because it was different than the Café, now it’s the same.” Students who don’t miss the option of customization
were still disappointed with the menu change. “I never really followed the one station that [customized customers’ food],” junior Richard Stoliker said. “My favorite things were the pizza and the cookies. [However] I’m disappoint-
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QU Snow heading North for winter By Jenna Doleh Contributing Writer
Female crashes car, uproots light at York Hill An unidentified female driver in a silver sedan crashed into a light fixture at York Hill at about noon on Saturday. The driver was heading uphill when her vehicle crossed the middle lane and hit a light pole head-on, according to Miles McQuiggan, a senior who drove down the hill shortly after the accident. Her car ended up on the opposite side of the road at the sharp curve of the hill. One hour after the incident, two-lane traffic resumed on York Hill with debris and the broken light cleared. – P.N.
New lights installed at York Hill
Over the next month, approximately 85 exterior lights originally installed on the Crescent and Rocky Top Student Center at York Hill will be replaced. O&G Industries, Inc., the general contractor hired for the job, underestimated the amount of time it would take to ship the architectural area lighting fixtures originally planned for the project. Therefore, temporary wall pack fixtures were used in the time being according to Jon Terry, assistant director of facilities for the York Hill Campus, said. In order for students to move into The Crescent at the start of the semester, temporary lights had to be installed. Otherwise, the Town of Hamden’s Building Department would not have cleared the dorm safe to occupy. – C.B.
York Hill to ticket and tow
Because the numerous parking tickets issued s far this semester by the Quinnipiac security department in the Crescent Lot at York Hill have largely been ignored by students, the department will begin taking further action. Effective Monday, Quinnipiac’s security department announced they will both ticket and tow cars parked in the lot in front of the Crescent for more than 20 minutes. The lot, Assistant Chief of Security Ed Rodriguez stressed in the email he sent to students last week, is for loading and unloading use only. – M.P.
Cold weather is approaching, and one club on campus can’t wait for snow to come. QU Snow held its first annual kickoff meeting in Buckman Theater last week, announcing its ski and snowboarding trips for the spring semester. “I love how much fun we have, and I love the relaxed vibe we give off,” QU Snow president Christina Kozachek said. “Everyone works together here.” There are three trips to Vermont planned: Stratton on Feb. 12, Killington on Feb. 19, and Mount Snow on March 3. “I think QU Snow gives students a good opportunity to get to ski and bond with their classmates,” sophomore Stephanie Klausen said. “The prices of the trips are much cheaper than going skiing on your own, which helps a lot of students who want to ski but maybe normally wouldn’t be able to afford it.” QU Snow also plans to attend Snow Jam, a ski trip to Quebec from Feb. 10-12. For $329, the package includes roundtrip transportation, two nights accommodation and a two-day lift ticket. QU Snow’s trip committee stresses that the trips aren’t exclusively for members of the club. The club encourages all students to buy
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QU Snow members skied and rode at Killington mountain resort in Vermont in March 2010. tickets, which will be sold later in the semester in the Carl Hansen and the Rocky Top Student Centers. On Dec. 2, QU Snow will be holding a
barbecue open to all Quinnipiac students. “We’re a cool club,” Kozachek said. “We can handle the cold and barbecue in December!”
Ratt’s new style creates fewer options, faster lines Ratt from cover taken with student input. The first students to test out the new Ratt were sophomores Michael Viggiano and Danny Maggiore, who slowly entered Mondo Subs in awe of its open doors. Once Viggiano entered, he tweeted a photo to show his followers he was finally there. “We live in Mountainview and there were days we would not eat because the Cafe is
“It depends on us and the customers to respect the place and embrace it as a new facility.”
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so far,” Viggiano said. “I’m just ready to get food.” Viggiano was Mondo Subs’ first customer, ordering a toasted six inch turkey and cheese sub before his class. According to Tobin, the new kitchen has a six burner stove, stacked steamers, frialators to make frying faster and easier with up-to-date technology, a new turbo flamed pizza oven, a dishwasher in the back, refrigerators under each countertop and a outdoor freezer.
Regarding the official reopen date, Tobin said, “It just evolved with the inspectors.” Tobin credits the new kitchen with safer food production and more room for the workers than the previous kitchen. More room will also be allowed for a high amount of customer traffic. “The old facility turned from a bar [the Rathskeller] into a little snack bar then into a pizza place,” Tobin said. “It’s not the dingy old Rathskeller anymore.”
According to Tobin, this facility should now last ten years before another update is needed. “It depends on us and the customers to respect the place and embrace it as a new facility and take care of it; keep it nice and clean and together,” Schumacher said. The Café Q resumed its regular schedule with the opening of the Bobcat Den, and now closes at 9 p.m. on weekdays and 7 p.m. on weekends.
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Women in Business Panel – Four female business executives will take place in a panel called “What I Wish I’d Known About the Business World While I was Still in College.” – 7 to 9 p.m., Rocky Top Student Center
A Night of Sin – A QUOTE-sponsored, Halloween themed event that will include a fashion show that will tell the story of the seven deadly sins. Students are encouraged to come in costume. Tickets are $5 each. – 8 to 11:55 p.m., Mount Carmel Café
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Writer’s Series – 6 p.m. is open mic and at 6:30 p.m., Victor Rios and Jeff Ohlson will be the featured performers. Refreshments provided. – 6 p.m., Faculty Lounge (Upstairs Cafe in Mount Carmel Café)
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Men’s basketball trial postponed to Nov. 16 Basketball from cover torney’s office.” Hamden Police were unavailable for comment at this time. “We just have a straight continuance of the case until [Nov.] 16,” Lynch said. “That’s the way these cases work themselves out.” Azotam, a 20-year-old sophomore, and Johnson, a 21-year-old senior, were involved in an on-campus fight Sept. 18, according to Hamden Police, and pleaded not guilty to the
charges at their arraignment Sept. 26. The students were sanctioned by the university on Oct. 6. Quinnipiac head coach Tom Moore said he suspended the players once he heard of the incident and reinstated them once the university sanctions were lifted. Both Azotam and Johnson were absent during Quinnipiac’s Midnight Madness event, but remain on the team’s roster for the upcoming season. Katherine Rojas contributed to this story.
Students followed each other through North Lot looking for spots Oct. 4.
North Lot to limit juniors, seniors to park Parking from cover Students were irritated by the delay, hoping for a more convenient parking system. “Last October when I decided I would be living up at York Hill, I was under the impression that the lot in front of Eastview would be open for seniors,” said Andrew McDermott, a senior residing in Eastview. “After a few months of waiting, I am happy that it finally is.” The delay was due to the unfinished construction surrounding Eastview, Barger said, in addition to
construction equipment that was left in the new parking lot. “The parking lot was not completely finished by the end of the summer,” Barger said. “When the Eastview building began to be occupied, the construction equipment was still in it. The islands had to be completed, and we waited so students could safely park their vehicles in there.” Barger said the Eastview parking lot was completed in the last three weeks, and in that time, he and Bond began to move forward in their new parking plans for seniors.
“For the senior housing experience, we try in any way possible to make it better,” Bond said. “We try to make improvements each year, and maybe next year we will have more parking flexibly for juniors. It’s all about progress.” On days with inclement weather or during sporting events at the TD Bank Sports Center, security will require students to move their vehicles to the parking garage. Bond said this will only happen eight or nine times during the winter sport season. If vehicles are not moved, they will be ticketed and towed.
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Opinion When the Chronicle published its Oct. 18 article about the new student health service on York Hill, it had a choice of two headlines: “Student Health expands its services to York Hill,” or “Hours Limited at Rocky Top health center.” Unfortunately, rather than showing appreciation for the improved services, the reporter chose to emphasize her view that opening a satellite service with limited hours is somehow a disservice to students. Nothing could be further from the truth. Much larger campuses such as UConn, Yale, and several other universities I could list have only one site for the entire campus. In addition, they charge students for each visit and impose hefty fees for “no-shows.”
Quinnipiac has chosen to provide enhanced services by having a second site located on the new campus just steps from the York Hill dorms. The limited hours are a necessity of prudent management of finite resources as well as the presence of a limited number of students on site. The negative attitude of the reporter is regrettable. The University has gone to great lengths to improve its health services to students, something which the author of this article seems to be unable to appreciate.
Although I am a senior and always use the gym up at Rocky Top Student Center, today I had to go to the gym on Mount Carmel campus in between classes because I wasn’t going to be able to go any other time. I can only say how appalled I am at the condition of the gym there. Now sure, I am used to these new machines at Rocky Top, but the machines on main campus don't even come close to being usable. So many of the machines are totally rusted. Some don’t even move correctly so I could not even do some of my exercises. Most of the machines were even missing parts, including the pins required to choose the weight. I made sure to stay away from many of the machines, but I fear for the safety of the freshmen and sophomores that have to frequent this gym every day.
Within the athletic facility, I would imagine the safety of the students is top priority, which is why you always say “Please rerack weights, please wipe down equipment, please do not drop weights,” but where’s the sign that says “Please be prepared for this machine to fail and break your arm?” All of these old machines need to be updated immediately. I don't see how this could not be an issue being talked about currently, because when it comes to people’s safety, it should be a big story. Not to mention a $75,000 donation was made in the form of a sculpture rather than improve the things that desperately need improvement. I doubt I will ever go to the gym again until something is done. – Casey Hebding
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Private Twitter accounts are oxymoronic I am convinced the real rea- book friend requests exist because son college students opt for private that social network is for people you’ve met. You would should Twitter accounts is to quench their sarcastic hashtagging adnever accept requests from diction. But I have a solution strangers on Facebook. #Suwithout having to go private. perbadSceneFTW Reviewing Twitter’s Twitter is just the opposite. “About” page would do wonYou should allow strangers ders for private acto follow you – that count users. sounded wrong, just go “Twitter is the with it – because they best way to discovaren’t actually followLenny Neslin Editor-in-Chief er what’s new in your ing you. Rather, they are @lsneslin world,” the top heading following your tweets reads on twitter.com/about. Well, because the information you share it’s kind of hard for other people to interests them. I’ve never met most discover what’s new in your world of my followers and the same goes when they can’t read your tweets for the people I follow. #HowdySwithout prior approval. Why should tranger someone follow you on Twitter I am not ashamed to say that I if he or she has no idea what kind also follow robots on Twitter. It’s of information you share? #Think- easy for my favorite websites to set AboutIt up a Twitter account that pulls headI don’t follow people on Twitter; lines and links to articles, but it’s I follow what people say on Twitter. extremely handy when I’m looking I do the former on Facebook. for news or something interesting to The friends I’ve made and people read. #FeedMe I’ve met should be in my Facebook I’ve noticed from my friends’ network (if not, friend me because private Twitter accounts that a lot I sadly have forgotten about you). I of their tweets are conversations follow some of my friends on Twit- with people they know. This also ter because I care about the topics makes me cringe. Why aren’t these they tweet about – sports, technolo- conversations happening on Facegy and journalism. I follow some of book using private messages, chats my other friends who tweet worth- or wall posts? Facebook is so much less information purely for research more conducive to group messagpurposes so I can write an article ing than Twitter because comments like this. #NobodyCaresWhatYou- are threaded under each post. HadForBreakfast Twitter is great for several reaLet me guess: If you chose to sons, but keeping your account go private, you don’t want strangers private defeats many of its stated (“creepers”) to follow you, or you purposes. don’t want your boss, professors or Primarily, it’s an unbelievably parents to see your tweets. fast news source. Monitoring the Hearing those reasons makes me trending topics on Twitter allows cringe. #LikeWhenChalkScreeches you to gauge what’s going on in the Don’t expect anything that you world. Quinnipiac students need to publish online – whether it is a do this more. #CluelessQU tweet, Facebook post, blog entry or Each of your tweets should add email – to stay private. #ThatAwk- to the worldwide conversation, and wardMomentWhen your professor answer the question, “What has my pulls up your Twitter account on the attention?” Always ask yourself, projector during class and discovers “Why will my followers care about you’ve been tweeting about the Yan- this?” before tweeting. kees rather than paying attention. I admit that appending tweets #TrueStory with humorous hashtags is addictEven if you have a private ac- ing, but I think they are becoming count, one of your approved follow- part of our culture now. I see and ers can share it with the public world hear hashtags everywhere – even on by retweeting, copying and pasting Facebook. So if that’s what’s really or taking a screenshot. drawing you to Twitter, enough is Also, Twitter is not mutual like enough. Deactivate your Twitter and Facebook is; when someone follows keep hashtagging everywhere else your Twitter, you don’t have to fol- you communicate. #LikeThisArticle low his or her Twitter back. Face- #ListenToLenny
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10 cheap Halloween costumes Timing SEX ON FIRE
Your burning love and sex questions answered by Lovely Rita. Send in your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. DEAR LOVELY RITA: Will it ever be possible for my guy and me to orgasm at the same time? He can do it in like five minutes but it takes me way longer. After he’s done, he wants to stop because he’s tired but I’m not finished yet. How do I get mine to go faster? – Slow Burner
Halloween weekend has always been one cause this is meant to help out students that of the better party weekends up here at school. have no clue what they’re doing. Honorable mention: Moammar GadIt’s just a huge theme party that everyone has hafi. Too soon or too far, it doesn’t reto follow. You get to dress up like an idiot ally matter in my opinion because this and have a great time. The only problem guy wore the sickest outfits as a dicI’ve ever encountered with Halloween is tator and his death blew up the news my very small cash flow. I’ve put together this week. what I think is a pretty student-friendly list of cheap Halloween costume ideas to use. 1) Shuttle bus Now, there are plenty of trendy I’ve had some friends do this ideas from 2011 that I’m sure I in the past and they’ve nailed it. didn’t include in this list. I’ll be Basically, get a bunch of your the first one to admit that my buddies, dress up as whatever you creativity has gotten worse with Chris Leary Staff Writer want, and then have an enormous age. Usually, as long as you can @ChrisJLeary cardboard bus with overalls that you keep your costume idea in the confines of a sports figure, movie character, trend- guys can wear around while walking from party ing topic, or anything from the early ’90s, then to party. Each side should be labeled, “girls ride you’re all set. I’d love to hear some comments for free.” It doesn’t really matter what school on the website for costume ideas I missed be- you go to either, usually there’s either a dumb
name or theme to each shuttle service that you can exploit for this to be funny.
2) Keith Stone Of all the years I’ve gone out on Halloween I wish I had thought of this one sooner. Keystone has a great campaign going with Keith Stone. You know … the guy that is always smooth, who has a mullet, flannel button down, and Keystone T-shirt underneath. My guess is that you’ll be able to land free Keystones from people all night long. 3) Tim Tebow Whether you love him or hate him, Tim Tebow is as popular now in sports as anyone will ever be. The thing about dressing up as Tim is that you can either make fun of him or praise him depending on your costume. Read the full list at QUChronicle.com.
DEAR SLOW BURNER: It’s no surprise that your guy pops then flops. According to the Cosmo website, most women need 10 to 20 minutes to reach their O, while most men need... two. Seriously. If it’s taking you longer than average, it doesn’t mean that you or your partner are going at it the wrong way. It just means that it’s not really a matter of making yours come faster (pun intended), but a matter of better communication with your beau. Focus more on foreplay - men often need much less time to get ready to fornicate than women. He might be clueless about “Nature’s rubix cube” and what makes a woman curl her toes. Now is the opportunity to let him penetrate the mysteries of women so there’s no excuse for next time. Clue him on how to get you nearer the finish line by showing him. Men are visual learners, he’ll follow your lead. Let him know that you want to orgasm faster but you need his help. Guys love to swoop in and play Superman, so let him pump his testosterone while you show him how it’s done. Men can be compared to sheep or lemmings. Take him by the nose (or something else) and lead by example. – Lovely Rita ♦♦♦ DEAR LOVELY RITA: I’m having trouble getting over my ex-boyfriend. We dated for about a year and a half and we’ve been on a break for about a month. I haven’t hooked up with anybody else since then because I still think we should be together. Is it worth trying to get back with him? – In Limbo DEAR IN LIMBO: It sounds like you and your ex-boyfriend are having a tough time finding closure. Personally, I’m not a big fan of breaks. The time spent in relationship limbo tends to end up badly for both parties, or results in a yo-yo relationship. Make a list of pros and cons. If all the positives are legitimate and outbalance the negatives, have a conversation with your ex about why you think you should reunite. It can be revealing to make this about anyone with which you have any kind of relationship, but especially romantic ones. Try to discover why you broke up in the first place, and if it’s worth getting back together. Do you share the same values? Can you really see a future with this guy? Do you have a balanced amount of ambition? If all of those answers are yes and your fights happened because he always forgot to scrape the lint out of the dryer, then see if you two are worth another chance. If you had irreconcilable differences, forget about him and move on. – Lovely Rita ♦♦♦ Disclaimer: The Sex on Fire advice column is kept anonymous to avoid violating the privacy of the author.
Unfortunately, it’s Romney I feel like it is time for a political update. New Hampshire came first, Romney would The difficulty I am having in mobilizing Quin- win it going away. Not only would Perry lose, he would get annihilated and finnipiac students on a very small scale for ish behind Ron Paul (who is my prelocal campaigns kind of reflects the ferred GOP candidate) and possibly attitude on campus. So here is my diHerman Cain. Currently, Romney is gestable take on the 2012 Republican polling at 38 percent in the Granite nomination process. State, with Cain at 20 percent, Paul Now that Nevada has moved their at 13 percent, and Perry at less than 5 contest date from Jan. 14 to Feb. 4, New percent. Hampshire can hold their primary Wayne McDonald, chairman on Jan 10 instead of December. of the New Hampshire RepubliIowa will be first in the nation can Committee, claims “the New on Jan 3. The whole ordeal, with Hampshire primary is important Florida jumping up in the calenJeremy Stull Opinion Editor not just as a longstanding tradition, dar to begin all of this maddness, @jpstull but as an opportunity for lessergoes to show the asinine nature of funded or lesser-known candidates to have the the primary process. The whole process unfairly places empha- opportunity to be heard.” Okay, Wayne Mcsis on the voters of New Hampshire and Iowa, Donald. So the established and well-funded who love to rake in the political attention. Not Romney is dominating. Republicans can only to mention the local businesses that love the ever find terrible things to say about him. Nobody likes him. He is going to win. You are influx of dollars into their state. The 2012 Republican candidacy is now wrong, Mr. Chairman. There are going to be more Republican debetween Rick Perry and Mitt Romney. Perry will do well in Iowa, so New Hampshire bates than there are NBA games, and after it happening after Iowa is good for Perry. If all Romney is going to win the nomination in
spite of the Republicans apparently not being able to stand him. Romney’s campaign has a well oiled machine, even allowing campaign volunteers to log into the campaign’s site and make phone callas away from their office. They have signs in every neighborhood in Manchester and Nashua. This is not their first rodeo. Perry looks more ridiculous with every debate in which he attempts to speak. He has little structure in New Hampshire, just ask any of my two friends who went to work on his campaign with our political science class. Paul is struggling to get people motivated to work for him. They apparently were burnt out on the 2008 campaign trail, according to Shaun Bowen the Hillsborough County, N.H. coordinator for the Ron Paul Campaign. Michele Bachmann is focusing on Iowa and she cannot poll above five percent there. Bachmann, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich all are not worth my time to even talk about. Cain is where it gets interesting. His 9-9-9 plan is catchy … and easily picked apart by anybody with an economic background.
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Jay Electronica lives underground
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Jay Electronica performs at Jay-Z’s Experience the Turn at The Box in New York City on Nov. 12, 2010 BY MIKE TURZILLI Staff Writer
The rap genre has changed at a faster rate than any other music style. Rap and hip-hop’s origins can be traced back to New York, where the lyrical content can be described as “conscious.” Rappers aim to use their art to express their deepest and most interesting thoughts. Unfortunately, current mainstream rap music
is far less intellectual than it once was. Today’s popular rappers tend to scream about guns and drugs, rather than speak about real issues. It’s lucky for true hip-hop fans that New Orleans native Jay Electronica holds the power to alter rap’s current state. Jay Electronica originally gained recognition in 2007 through his MySpace page. In 2008, he received a great deal of press from numerous
news and music sources, consistently being referred to as a “hip-hop anti-hero.” Flash forward to 2011, and one would expect to see Jay Electronica on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine, with his album at the top of the charts. However, this has yet to become a reality. Jay still remains extremely underground, and has yet to release a full studio album. Jay’s absence from the hip-hop community has left his estab-
lished fans disappointed. Furthermore, he has left his potential fans to resort to far less interesting mainstream rap. Jay’s reluctance to rise to prominence has made him an enigma. His track “Exhibit C” was labeled by New Musical Express as “the most accomplished piece of ‘conscious rap’ this millennium — perhaps ever.” In the track, Jay makes the arrogant statement that rappers such as Nas, P. Diddy and Q-Tip have begged him to collaborate. Clearly, Jay’s current underground state is not a matter of poor exposure. The fact that Jay Electronica’s music has not yet merged into mainstream is truly tragic. His songs have intricately placed words that come together to create a remarkable flow. His lyrics often force the listener to rewind the track in order to fully capture what he is saying. Take the track “Abracadabra” for example. Jay spews the lyric, “It’s the metaphysical, Dolby Digital / any Joe’ll tell you the flow is so pivotal / every word is literal.” Jay uses a rapid-fire rhyme scheme that comes at the listener like a stream of bullets. Verses such as this require several replays to fully comprehend his lyrics. With Jay’s incredibly unique rapping skills and his tremendous amount of exposure, fans are left with only one question: Why would one of the modern world’s greatest rappers refuse to release a full album and potentially dominate the genre of rap? This question has left countless sources baffled. It seems as if everyone wants to see Jay Electronica rise to fame except for one person: himself.
Kelly Clarkson’s new album stronger than ever
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Life would suck without Kelly Clarkson. It’s been almost a decade since Clarkson won “American Idol” and the 29-year-old singer just released her fifth studio album, “Stronger.” After years of battling record executives, Clarkson is releasing her most cohesive album to date. “Stronger” is an eclectic mix of rhythmic pop-rock filled with ‘80s influences. Clarkson’s voice sounds more natural than ever. Much of the auto-tune on past records, especially present on “All I Ever Wanted,” is gone.
While Clarkson lacks showy theatrics in both appearance and music, she more than makes up for it with her killer voice. In a music industry filled with performers sporting outrageous wigs, costumes and meat dresses, Clarkson hasn’t veered far from the simple sensibilities that made her a success. Rather than work with past collaborators Max Martin and Dr. Luke (“Since U Been Gone,” “My Life Would Suck Without You”) again, Clarkson teamed up with Toby Gad (Demi Lovato’s “Skyscraper”) and Rodney Jerkins (the Black Eyed Peas’ “Just Can’t Get Enough”), among several other songwriters for
the album. “What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger),” “Dark Side” and “Honestly” are Clarkson’s strongest string of songs in a row since the onetwo-three punch of “Since U Been Gone,” “Behind These Hazel Eyes” and “Because of You” off 2004’s “Breakaway.” It’s no coincidence that Greg Kurstin (Foster the People’s “Torches”) produced all three songs. The album’s ‘80s influence is all but evident on a few songs, including “You Love Me,” “Standing In Front of You” and “Alone.” The ethereal tranquility of “Standing In Front of You” is a refreshing
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WEIGHING IN ON THE FRESHMAN 15 Legitimate concern or college legend?
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The “freshman 15” is a pattern of changed behaviors that, provided the right situation, results in an average 15-pound weight gain for some college freshmen. By Stephanie osmanski Staff Writer
Your parents aren’t here to cook for you every night, pizza delivery is an all too tempting and all too available option, and the foods most accessible and dorm-friendly are Easy Mac and Ramen noodles. What’s a freshman to do other than succumb to the temptations of newfound freedom and consequently gain 15 pounds? “Weight gain in college is largely about beer, fast food, fruits and vegetables,” said Dr. Phillip Brewer, Quinnipiac University’s medical director for student health services. “Students who are most likely to put on fat during their college years are students who regularly binge drink, as well as students whose diets consist of a disproportionately high percentage of fast food.” The “freshman 15” is a pattern of changed behaviors that, provided the right situation, results in an average 15-pound weight gain for some college freshmen. The first year of college leads to big changes for students, especially for those living on campus. Free from their mother’s weekly vegetable casserole and the daily exercise during high school gym class, it can be difficult for some students to de-
velop a healthy eating and exercise pattern. Living alone grants students the freedom to make healthy — or unhealthy decisions. “Some students do gain the freshman 15 because they let themselves go and don’t take care of their bodies as much as they should,” said Nicole La Pietra, a freshman who is staying healthy. Adjusting to university life can be a huge change. Freshmen are out of their element, and some deal with cultural shock. To compensate, they often make poor health decisions. According to the American Dietetic Association website, one out of four college freshmen gains about 10 pounds. The ADA associates this weight gain with “a decrease in regular physical activity or sports involvement, dining halls, increased snacking, [and] drinking more caloric beverages like high-fat, sugary coffee drinks, soda and alcohol.” Late-night food binges during all-nighters make it hard to avoid falling into the freshman 15 trap, La Pietra said. “Domino’s at 3 a.m. definitely won’t help keep the freshman 15 away,” La Pietra said. Brewer encourages students to keep a daily food diary, and then com-
pare the list with the Food and Drug Administration’s serving recommendations at the end of each week. “[Students] will almost certainly find major adjustments that need to be made in that type of food they eat,” Brewer said. “If they succeed at this, then in all likelihood they
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healthyweightforum.org will maintain a healthy weight and feel better.” Junior Gerard Mistretta says that putting on weight is a conscious choice, one that comes with collegebound independence.
“You get to the cafeteria, you see all the options … you want the pie, you get the pie,” Mistretta said. “No one’s going to stop you. It’s a big self-control thing.” The freshman 15 seems to have a specific target audience, both statistically and stereotypically. Out of 44 college freshmen surveyed, 59 percent gained weight while 36 percent lost weight, according to a study published in the Journal of American College Health. “Every girl friend of mine from home gained weight when we reunited, whereas almost every guy I knew actually lost weight,” junior Jenn Szilagy said. “I think it’s probably because girls are more emotional eaters and when they’re missing home, their friends, boyfriends, etc., they eat to make themselves feel better.” Exercise is arguably the most important factor for freshmen to avoid gaining weight. Many students go from playing varsity level sports in high school to an inactive physical regimen at college. According to the NCAA, the percentage of high school athletes that continue their sport at the collegiate level is sparse. For men’s basketball, a mere 3.1 percent of high school senior boys
go on to play in college. Comparatively, 3.5 percent of high school senior girls will continue to play women’s basketball in college. Men’s ice hockey has the highest percentage at 10.8 percent of high school seniors playing in college. Odds like these demonstrate what most college students go through freshman year. From playing varsity to suddenly going stagnant, the average college student’s metabolism slows down drastically. Still, some dispute the freshman 15, calling it a myth. “I personally don’t see a change in my lifestyle,” freshman Danielle Quintero said. “If anything, being in college has kept me on a schedule.” Effects of the freshman 15 plague some and not others. A health-conscious attitude and positive daily decisions are needed in order to overcome these extra pounds. The ADA website advises, “the best solution for avoiding college weight gain is to be aware of your daily calorie intake.” “At college you have the freedom to do what you want, when you want,” Mistretta said. “So if you’re lazy and just want to hang out and don’t think it’s worth going to the gym and exercising, it’s going to show.”
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This is me “This is Me” is a weekly feature celebrating individuality at QU.
By meghan parmentier
This is Shamshad’s story.
Behind the veil
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Shamshad Sheikh walks through the Mount Carmel Dining Hall in search of the student she is meeting. She doesn’t know what the student looks like because the meeting was arranged via email. But the student can easily find her in the crowd, even though they’ve never met. He knows that she will be one of the very few women wearing a Hijab on campus. Sheikh does not hide behind the veil. She is inviting and welcoming; excited to meet, teach and learn from new people. “I like to meet my students in the cafeteria downstairs,” Sheikh said. “They're not used to seeing a Muslim woman walking in the cafeteria. But I said ‘if I just sit in my office, how am I going to know the students?’ I have to get out. So I walk
Sheikh wanted to come to Quinnipiac because she wants to help Muslim students find a way to live their religious life while being a part of the Quinnipiac community. Most Muslim students commute to campus, go to class then go back home, she said. “They need a place to come together to get to know each other, to celebrate holidays,” Sheikh said. “See, this is what we do as a Muslim. They didn’t have that and I thought it would be a good place to bring my passion to work with people. I’m hoping that now they will remember now they have a place that they can feel a home away from home.” Sheikh was the first female Muslim chaplain at any college in the Northeast. Most recently, Sheikh worked as an associate university chaplain at Yale University. Before coming to Connecticut, she was
“It doesn’t have to be religious advice; you can come and talk to me about anything. My main goal if you’re disturbed or upset is to bring comfort to you.’”
– Shamshad Sheikh
around, I sit with the students, I eat with them, I have tea or coffee with them and try to establish relationships with the campus faculty and staff and the students.” Sheikh is very busy in her new position as Quinnipiac’s Muslim chaplain, meeting with students, speaking to classes, and planning community events. “My name is a little bit difficult, you know, Shamshad,” Sheikh said. “So the students just call me Ms. Sheikh, that’s fine with me too. You have to go and open the door to them. And that’s what my goal is, to reach them so they can feel comfortable to come and talk to me on any topic they need to. It doesn’t have to be religious advice; you can come and talk to me about anything. My main goal if you’re disturbed or upset is to bring comfort in you.” Her fellow chaplains in the campus ministry recognize her care for students. “I don’t think there’s anyone better [for the position]; she is amazing,” said Rev. Susan Fowler, Quinnipiac’s Protestant minister. “I see what she does, we’re right next door to each other. She constantly puts the students first. “Whether they come with a concern about school work, or religious issues, or just issues with being a student on campus, or being Muslim in this country, she is always available. She is a great advocate. She is probably one of the most compassionate people I know.”
Muslim chaplain at four Massachusetts colleges at the same time— Mount Holyoke, Amherst, Springfield and Hampshire colleges. “I've been doing the job for the last 15 years,” Sheikh said. “It may not be the same campus, it’s been many different campuses, but I do understand how every campus has different culture. I have a very clear understanding of how to work with each group on campus.” There are close to 100 Muslim students at Quinnipiac, and she wants to help build relationships among the students on campus. “When I came here, they said ‘We don’t even know, Shamshad, that we do have Muslim students on campus.’ And I said, ‘You know Muslim students are not going to have this written on their forehead. We keep our religion private, because we practice for Allah, our prayers are for Allah, we do not show anyone,’” Sheikh recalled. She said she wants to make all students aware of Muslim holidays in case they want to celebrate them. She recognizes that Muslims are very diverse and have many different traditions. Sheikh does not want to impose a set way of practicing religion because she is here as an adviser. Every Friday at 1 p.m., SC227 serves as a prayer room for religious service called Juma prayer. “I want to have a very comforting welcoming peaceful environment for my students,” Sheikh said.
“So they can enjoy the fellowship, they can enjoy the environment, you can feel that they’re with someone who stands for them who will never let them fall.” The events Sheikh plans are open to all students, and she hopes that students of different faiths will attend to learn more about Muslim traditions. “She does want to unite,” said Diane Ariza, associate vice president for academic affairs and chief diversity officer. “She is about bringing people together and having conversations and I think that is most needed for the whole community and proving a service to our Muslim students.” More than 50 students came to the Sept. 1 Eid ul-Fitr dinner that Sheikh planned, which celebrated the end of Ramadan. The next religious event Sheikh plans to hold is Eid al-Adha, an important Muslilm holiday, on Nov. 12 in Mancheski Executive Seminar Room at 5 p.m. She wants to mix up the events and include non-religious outings as well, including possibly planning a ski trip that may introduce the sport to international students from warm climates. She and Rabbi Reena Judd are planning Jewish-Muslim Dialogues where they will choose a common topic in the Torah and Koran. Sheikh said there are surprisingly many similarities in the oft-conflicting religions. Judd served more than three years in the Israeli army and fought in the first Lebanon war. She says it is important for Jews and Muslims to get to know one another. “Our cultures don’t really get along, how can all this baggage of our disagreements really tell when I see who you are?” Judd said. “The more people you know, the harder it is to be bigoted. You have to care about who they are and then it’s difficult to be a bigot.” In her first 5 weeks at Quinnipiac, Sheikh was invited into many classes as a guest speaker, including a graduate biology class and a QU101 class. “The teachers that are teaching this, the majority of them don’t have overseas experience,” Sheikh said. “You have to be in that country in order for you to talk about them.” In the last few years she has traveled to Egypt, Pakistan, the United Kingdom and other European countries. Sheikh’s only chaplaincy is now at Quinnipiac, but she also teaches Islam elsewhere two days a week. Next semester she hopes to teach a QU seminar course about Middle Eastern studies and Muslim Women in America. “I think there is a great need
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Mira and her mother, taken in Bendzin, Poland taken in 1941 for Mira’s third birthday. The photo was the only possession that somehow survived with Dora, her mother, during her two winters in Auschwitz. here, and If I can offer that, I’d be happy to,” Sheikh said. “I know I have gone to a couple of classes and they are teaching that. They say ‘you can do a better job, Shamshad, coming from that background.’”
munity who have suffered from domestic violence. Sheikh volunteers at a hospice, “spending time with people who are struggling to live in this world.” She also helps refugees from Iraq, of which there is a large
NAME: Shamshad Sheikh HOMETOWN: Karachi, Pakistan POSITION: Muslim Chaplain The Office of Multicultural Affairs tried to handle Muslim student’s requests for religious events and support, but there was no one to handle these needs in a thoughtful way, so Sheikh was hired to lead the Muslim students and teach others. “There is a huge demand—not just from Muslim students—but from others who want to know more about what do Muslims and Islam play into the role of Quinnipiac,” Ariza said. Sheikh was born in Pakistan and has a Bachelors and law degree in Islamic Law. In 2008, she was elected Vice President of the National Association of College and University Chaplains. She also started a foundation helping women in the com-
population in New Haven. “I believe in giving. My word, my energy, my skill, anything that would be useful to anyone I am willing to give,” Sheikh said. Quinnipiac’s Rabbi Judd has been friends with Sheikh for years and recognizes her generosity. “I've known her for two and a half years and she is unbelievably giving; selfless, selfless, selfless, that’s the word,” Judd said. “She’s got a sense of humor, she’s not one of those people who you can’t give a joke to. She’s a really great lady, in Jewish we call her a Mensch—that is a person of ethnic culture and substance. She gives above and beyond,” Judd said.
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Twitter diaries By SARAH ROSENBERG Associate Arts & Life Editor
Name: Gaby Catalano Age: 20 Year: Junior Hometown: Basking Ridge, N.J. Major: English What I’m wearing: J. Crew cardigan, Forever 21 jeans, Old Navy T-shirt, and cowboy boots Style influences: “My style is simple and classy. I always gravitate towards floral and fun patterns and I love pairing a cardigan with a pair of my favorite jeans and cowboy boots. I love vintage and costume jewelry and usually dress up a look with bright and bold earrings. I’m inspired by the 1940’s and the elegant silhouettes of clothing during that time.” Photo by: Katie O’Brien
‘American Horror Story’
Barbie gets a new look
“Glee” producers Brad Falchuk and Ryan Murphy are known for their feel-good TV show about a group of high school singers. In their new FX series “American Horror Story,” the duo proves they can also make a creepy and disturbing television drama. “American Horror Story,” which premiered Oct. 5, features a family of three that move to a Victorian house in Los Angeles. Unbeknown to them, the house is haunted and full of undiscovered secrets. Ben Harmon (Dylan McDermott) moves his therapy practice to L.A. after his wife Vivien (Connie Britton) discovers his affair with a student at his former job. The series is both intriguing and offbeat, with a plot unlike that of a typical “scary” movie. Falchuk and Murphy also have a knack for creating interesting and multidimensional characters. Those featured in “American Horror Story” are no different. Constance (Jessica Lange), the Harmon’s emotionally unstable next-door neighbor, easily gets under viewers’ skin. For those who have yet to embrace the Halloween season, tune in for a scare Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on FX. – N.F.
Suddenly, Barbie doesn’t look like the kind of doll Ken can bring home to his mother. Trading in her long, blond locks for a short, pink bob,the new Tokidoki brand Barbie doll seems a more suitable match for biker Jesse James than preppy Ken. According to the Barbie Collector website, the $50 collector doll comes complete with a pink miniskirt, a leashed “cactus friend” named Bastardino, and many tattoos. Barbie has had many occupations and outfit changes over the decades, but this is the first doll featuring irremovable body art on the neck, chest and arms. Although the collector doll is currently sold out until November, Barbie’s “funky” fashion sense isn’t appreciated by some parents. “It’s teaching kids to want tattoos before they are old enough to dress like that,” one parent told ABC 13 News. Between scandalous movies and TV shows, children don’t need another form of age-inappropriate entertainment. Between allegedly promoting body image issues and now “promoting” tattoos, it’s time parents found another doll alternative for their kids. – N.F.
YouTube sensation Dom Mazzetti posted a video about single girls this week featuring Barstool babe Jenna Marbles, and it was nothing short of hilarious. He says, in his clueless tone, “Girls being single is a religion, and Twitter is their Bible.” No kidding. Naturally, not all girls tweet 24/7 about being single, harsh break-ups or the perks of independence, but Twitter is becoming an online journal for females. I’ve become so swept up that I barely even update my Facebook status anymore. When thoughts are to be had, Twitter provides the virtual pen and paper to write them down. So, these are some Twitter-themed thoughts I’ve had in the past 24 hours: “Just watched @rihanna’s music video for ‘We Found Love.’ #sexual #IsThatChrisBrown?:” The video, stylistically and artistically speaking, is wonderful. It’s passionate, and when every techno cut gets stronger, the video becomes fastpaced to encapsulate a whirlwind of sex, drugs and young rebellion. I loved it so much that I made my friends watch it, and they pointed out that her male counterpart in the video looks eerily similar to Chris Brown. After being enlightened by the video, the sadist-masochist undertones (Brown’s doppleganger tattooing “MINE” on Rihanna’s bottom and not being able to tell if she’s screaming from pleasure, pain or both) and the shots of screaming matches in a beat-up car allude a little too much to Rihanna’s real-life, abusive relationship with Brown. “Weather.com is telling me it’s OK to wear sandals, but the wind gusts at York Hill are screaming #uggweather. #confusedtweet:” Last Thursday, I changed my shoes four times. In less than 20 minutes, I put on sandals, Uggs and my sandals again until I finally decided on sneakers. Sneakers aren’t even stylish, but are necessary when the weather is suffering from bipolar disorder. Autumn is my favorite season for all things fashion, except for shoes. You can never decide what shoes are appropriate to wear, and sometimes you have to deal with students staring at you confusedly because you mistakenly wore gladiator sandals to class when it’s 45 degrees out. “Should probably stop trying to do work on the upstairs ledge of ABL; my study session is turning into a personal episode of @ProjectRunway:” I can’t help it, but that ledge is my personal perch. Obviously I stare at everyone walking up and down the stairs, noticing what people decide to wear (or in some really unfortunate cases, decide NOT to wear). The usual consensus is positive – Quinnipiac students have great fashion sense. There are moments when I have witnessed bad clothes happening to good people, but then I realize I should really shut my mouth because I wore yoga pants to class.
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MEN’S SOCCER Mount St. Mary’s 2, QU 1 – Sunday Philip Suprise: 1 goal FIELD HOCKEY QU 2, Bryant 0 – Sunday Kim Cunniff: 1 goal Megan McCreedy: 1 assist VOLLEYBALL QU 3, St. Francis (N.Y.) 0 – Sunday Tierra Allen: 11 kills Kayla Lawler: 39 assists MEN’S ICE HOCKEY QU 4, Robert Morris 1 – Saturday Jeremy Langlois: 1 goal Matthew Peca: 1 goal WOMEN’S RUGBY QU 11, Stony Brook 11 – Sunday Christina DeJesus: 1 try
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James Johnson will need some help from the other returners if the Bobcats expect to compete for the NEC title again this season. basketball from Page 12 The former All-Rookie and All-Defensive America East player is a slashing southpaw that can be a threat from the outside. His offensive arsenal is highlighted by a signature move where he goes left and pulls up for a floater, similar to the one perfected by former Memphis player Chris Douglas-Roberts. Look for Young to help take some of the scoring load off of Johnson’s shoulders. Forward Jamee Jackson heads into his junior season and out of the large shadow casted by Rutty. Jackson can rebound but his shot-blocking ability makes him a defensive force in the paint. Not only can he send a shot into the third row, his mere presence can alter shots. He averaged 1.2 blocks per game last season, which was good enough for seventh in the NEC. Jackson’s offensive post game is still a work in progress. He has showed flashes of brilliance but his footwork needs improvement. What he does very well is use his body to shield opponents and prevent a potentially blocked shot. As a lefty, he has a sweet little baby hook shot which can allow him to develop into a legitimate
scoring threat down low. Ike Azotam is expected to start in the frontcourt alongside Jackson. Azotam is a force in the post and never relinquishes an opportunity to dunk in two points with authority. The rim-rocking sophomore hits the boards very well, grabbing 73 offensive boards last year, leading to second-chance points. He is the best returning rebounder for the Bobcats and will see a rise in his numbers in the absence of Rutty. Azotam has a wide frame and with an effective drop-step, he could pose major problems for defenses in the NEC and have some huge doubledouble games. Beyond this projected starting line-up, there are not a whole lot of familiar faces. There is no question that it will take time to build chemistry and there are sure to be some growing pains along the way. Once the season is underway, it will be interesting to see which freshman will become major contributors. The Bobcat faithful needs to be patient and realize the potential that this team has. Quinnipiac has been on the brink of March Madness the last two years, and is just itching to get a taste. Hopefully, the third time’s a charm.
plish the best seed in New Blue Rugby history by winning their last two games of the season. They not only want to prove to themselves that they can, but also to Quinnipiac University. “If we win out we can get the highest seed New Blue Rugby has ever had and I think that’ll really show the school something, even for the future in maybe picking up rugby,” Whelan said. New Blue has two more games left, hosting Western New England College (0-3) Saturday and traveling to face third-place Springfield College (3-1) Nov. 4. “Hopefully we’ll finish up strong and get two wins to end the season and have a great record,” Whelan said.
Brian Monahan goes for the ball in a lineout in Saturday’s New Blue Rugby game against Eastern Connecticut State.
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Clockwise from left: Jess Rusin handles the ball during Sunday’s 2-0 victory over Bryant. Kimberly Cunniff controls the ball in Bryant’s zone. Ashley Gradwell takes a shot on goal in Sunday’s game. The Bobcats held Bryant to just three shots in the entire game.
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ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Peca scored two goals over the weekend in two games against Robert Morris. His shorthanded goal in Saturday’s game broke a 1-1 tie and was the eventual game-winner.
career assists for Megan Mccreedy, which breaks the all-time school record for field hockey. where the men’s ice hockey team ranks in the nation on USCHO.com’s top 20 poll.
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Freshman Petawawa, Ontario
Megan McCreedy Field hockey Midfielder
Senior White River, South Africa
McCreedy’s four assists in two games this week set new school records in single season assists (13) and career assists (25). Her assists lead the Bobcats to wins over Siena and Bryant.
career point mark reached by kim cunniff and kaitlyn notarianni.
game point streak for jeremy langlois to open the season, the longest streak to open the season since 2009-10 for men’s ice hockey.
goals on the season for philip suprise leads men’s soccer on the season.
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Eastern Connecticut routs New Blue Rugby, 26-0 By Matt Eisenberg Associate Sports Editor
New Blue Rugby got the wakeup call it needed before the playoffs in a big way. New Blue was shut out by Eastern Connecticut State, 26-0, in its first loss of the season Saturday at Boulevard Field in West Haven. “We didn’t play well,” New Blue senior captain Jimmy Whelan said. “We played a great team. They were really good, but we didn’t come to play and that’s what it came down to.” New Blue (3-1-1) was first in the conference with 11 points before Saturday’s matchup, but now Eastern Connecticut State (4-1) has 13 points, compared to New Blue’s 12. “Right now they’re the best team in the league,” Whelan said. “[Losing] stunk, so I think it’s a wake-up call, but it’s good. We needed it. We realized we’re not as good as we need to be and it’ll push us to work that much harder so we do make the playoffs.” New Blue struggled early, allowing two Warrior trys and conversion kicks within the game’s first 22 minutes, falling behind 14-0. “They came out pretty fast in the first half and they got the two quick scores,” Whelan said. After holding Eastern Connecticut State scoreless for about 30 minutes, one player broke free of several
Johnson Chu puts his hands on his head after New Blue Rugby’s 26-0 loss to Eastern Connecticut State. New Blue defenders and ran more than 60 yards across the field for a try to make the score 21-0 with 28 minutes to go. “We were fighting for 60-something minutes at that point and they just got a lucky break, pretty much,” Whelan said. New Blue had its chances in the Warrior zone, but weren’t able
to penetrate through Eastern’s back line because of penalties and turnovers. “We got back in the second and we were making stupid penalties, which were just killing us,” Whelan said. “We were in the scoring zone and stupid penalties pushed us back.” New Blue had another wake-up
call Oct. 15 when it tied conference rival Central Connecticut State, 12-12. “We realized that we really had to work hard [after playing Central] and we clearly didn’t work hard enough this week,” Whelan said. Whelan and the rest of the team are optimistic that they can accomSee New Blue Page 10
Women’s rugby avoids loss with late try By Matt Eisenberg Associate Sports Editor
Christina DeJesus listened to her coaches and did exactly what she was supposed to do: touch the ball to the ground. She did and helped keep the Bobcats in playoff contention – but Quinnipiac head coach Becky Carlson wanted more. DeJesus scored the game-tying try with less than four minutes to go Sunday while there was no overtime in Quinnipiac’s 11-11 tie with Stony Brook at Alumni Field. “I was only in for a couple of minutes and I made a difference in the score and the outcome of the game,” said DeJesus, a scrum half. “It’s the best feeling ever.” But for Carlson, a win would have given the Bobcats (3-4-1, 3-21 MetNY) a better feeling. “I definitely think we should have won,” a visibly dejected Carlson said. “It’s disheartening when it’s a tie. You want the W. You want something definitive that comes out of it, but unfortunately that’s not the way that the brackets work.” Carlson and Stony Brook head
coach Steven Galaris met after regulation and after talking with the referees, did not play an extra period. “I definitely know they wanted to play,” Carlson said. DeJesus’ try helped the Bobcats stay in third place in the conference after second-place Vassar won 29-0. Quinnipiac is tied with Marist (3-31, 3-3-1 MetNY) in the conference with 16 points. After both Marie Pescatore and Elisa Cuellar touched the ball near the goal line, DeJesus took it and dove in to tie the game. “I was thinking Coach was telling me in practice when you’re close enough just touch it down, so I thought ‘You know what, I am close enough,’ so I thought I’d go for it,” DeJesus said. “No one was in front of me, so it worked out.” Krystin Orrico, who hit two penalty kicks in the first half, missed the ensuing conversion from the 22yard line by the right sideline. “I know she’s pretty bummed that she missed that last conversion, but I’m really proud of her,” Carlson said. The Bobcats trailed the Sea-
Shannon Durkin Women’s stiff arms an opponent in the face during Sunday’s 11-11 tie against Stony Brook. wolves (2-2-2, 2-2-2 MetNY) 11-6 at halftime and were unable to score until the closing minutes because of key turnovers near the goal line. “It was pretty frustrating for us because we were in the offensive zone behind the 22 for at least 75 percent of the game and we just couldn’t put it in,” Pescatore said. “Finally once the ball went in the try
zone, you could see us jumping and there was a big pile.” Orrico nailed a penalty kick in the fourth minute of the game to give Quinnipiac an early 3-0 lead, and then hit another one with 10 minutes to go in the half. Cathy Tang had two penalty kicks and set up Katherine Foran’s try in the first half for Stony Brook.
Men’s hoops to rely on returners By Dan Brennan Staff Writer
Great teams in college basketball don’t rebuild, they reload. That being said, it is no easy task to find success after a major team transformation. That may be an understatement for the Quinnipiac Bobcats, who got an extreme makeover this offseason, bringing in nine fresh faces. The biggest task for head coach Tom Moore and the Bobcats will be coping with the loss of Justin Rutty. Rutty has been the poster boy of Quinnipiac basketball for the last two years, playing pivotal roles in the two most successful seasons in school history. Now it’s going to be up to the returning starters to help fill the monstrous Rutty-shaped void. It may not be Tobacco Road, but Quinnipiac and Robert Morris are developing quite the rivalry. Two straight home losses to the Colonials in the waning minutes of the Northeast Conference tournament will no doubt have the Bobcats hungry heading into this season. Based on ability, the one constant for the team will be senior James Johnson, a combo guard who anchors both the offense and the defense. Johnson is a proven lethal scorer who averaged 16.1 points per game last season, fifth in the NEC. He can stretch defenses with his outstanding range and also get to the hoop around multiple defenders. He also has the uncanny ability to stop on a dime and pull-up for a mid-range jumper but if he doesn’t get any help, he’s going to start feeling like Bruce Willis in “Die Hard,” alone in Nakatomi Plaza, having to take down entire teams by himself. Junior guard Dave Johnson will be there to help James Johnson in the Bobcats’ backcourt. Dave Johnson is a crafty, high energy player, who relies on his quickness and crisp ball handling to penetrate defenses and get into the lane. Despite his small frame at 5-foot-10, Dave Johnson has the athleticism to finish around the hoop and get to the charity stripe. However, his perimeter offense can be inconsistent and sometimes he relies a little too heavily on the three-ball. Overall, Dave Johnson is a heady point guard with a high basketball IQ whose skill set allows James Johnson to play off the ball, where he can work off screens to get a shot. Garvey Young steps into his junior year of college basketball eligibility, but his first year as a Bobcat. Young, a Vermont transfer, should be expected to fill the void left by Deontay Twyman. See Basketball Page 10