Love her? Hate her? Ke$ha pro/con, p. 10
The streak is history, p. 16
Official: ‘Didn’t make sense’ to reschedule involvement fair, page 6
The QUINNIPIAC Volume 80 Issue 14
Snow days push some classes to Saturday
February 9, 2011
SPB’S WAKE THE GIANT CONCERT
By Marcus Harun Staff Writer University officials announced that a “make-up period” will be held Saturday morning for some of the classes missed last week when snowy weather shut the university down. On Saturday, classes SNOW DAY normally scheduled for 5 p.m. SCHEDULE: on Wednesdays will meet at Professsors of 8:30 a.m. and classes normally Wednesday evening classes scheduled for 6:30 p.m. or 7 will have the p.m. on Wednesdays will meet opportunity to hold class at 10:30 a.m., according to this Saturday an e-mail sent out to faculty morning. members from the Academic Affairs office. All other missed classes “may” be made up at the professor’s discretion, according to the e-mail. “We have heard from faculty and students that this loss of class time has been very detrimental to learning goals in a number of classes,” Edward J. Kavanagh, associate vice president for Academic Affairs, said in the e-mail, provided by Senior Vice President for Academic & Student Affairs Mark Thompson. Professors are responsible for informing students if the class will be meeting for a makeup session. “We’re working with the faculty and the students and so forth as a way of ensuring that they are getting their money’s worth, in light of all the cancellations that we have had,” Thompson said. SNOW DAYS, continued on page 3
It’s time for Ke$ha to ‘Wake the Giant’ Sleeping Giant might wake up By Daniella Appolonia in the morning feeling like P. Diddy A&E Editor when Ke$ha invades the Bank for the Student Programming Board’s annual “Wake the Giant” concert. Ke$ha’s “Get Sleazy” tour will make its way to Hamden on Saturday, April 2 at 8 p.m. for a show that is sure to be anything but a slumber party in her basement.
INSIDE: The good, the bad and the glitter: a Ke$ha pro/con on page 10 ONLINE: After SPB’s Monday release, Facebook and Twitter feeds exploded with the news. Read our compilation of the funniest, smartest reactions at QUChronicle.com
Students discovered the identity of the mystery performer through a video SPB uploaded to Youtube on Monday night. The committee members filled a crowded room in Tator Hall on Feb. 7 awaiting the video’s reveal to the rest of the community. Jamie Kloss, SPB’s mainstage chair, knows the board has their work cut out for them, but is still happy with the decision. “I’m really pumped,” Kloss said. “Our entire committee is really pumped. I couldn’t feel better about it. It was something that we had to move on very quickly. “Ke$ha’s tour was booking up quicker than a lot of tours were even opening for colleges. So, we were thrilled for the opportunity to have her and we’re so excited.” Senior Samantha Campbell is also pleased with SPB’s decision. “I’m excited because it’s finally someone who you can KE$HA, continued on page 4
‘Cinematic genius’ Lee will speak tomorrow By Marcus Harun Staff Writer
Courtesy, Hans Reitzema
Influential director Spike Lee will take to Burt Kahn Court tomorrow at 7 p.m.
Two-time Academy Award nominee Spike Lee will deliver this year’s Black History Month lecture tomorrow at 7 p.m. in Burt Kahn Court. “[Lee] is one of the reigning cinematic geniuses,” said Raymond Foery, a film, video and interactive media professor. “What I would like Quinnipiac students to take from this whole week is the sense that they are in the presence of a great American artist, not just a great African-
American artist.” Foery has been following Lee’s entire career, he said. All students in Foery’s QU201 section titled “Spike Lee’s America” are required to attend the lecture. “Spike Lee makes films that show African-Americans as real human beings and not caricatures,” Foery said. “Hollywood for years has painted the picture that every black person was either a drug dealer or some sort of criminal, ignoring the fact that millions of AfricanAmericans are none of those things. He shows
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the world positive images of African-American culture to balance so many of the negative ones we see in the mainstream media.” In 1990, Lee was nominated for Best Original Screenplay for “Do the Right Thing,” and in 1998 his film “4 Little Girls” was nominated for Best Documentary. “This opportunity is amazing, personally,” freshman Tyler Yanosy said. “I feel very grateful to have such a prominent star even be able to speak at Quinnipiac, and Spike Lee is probably SPIKE, continued on page 4
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SENIOR WEEK TIX ON SALE Tickets for this year’s Senior Week went on sale last night in the Carl Hansen Student Center. Set to begin May 19, events thus far include a club night in New Haven, a trip to Mohegan Sun and a banquet at the Oakdale theater. $250 for the first 100 seniors, $295 after that.
FROM EGYPT TO FOX Prof. Janet Bahgat and students Mathew Buono, Andrew McDermott and Mary Sweeney were interviewed on “The FOX CT Morning News” on WTIC-TV on Feb. 4 to discuss their trip to Egypt over winter break. The students traveled to Egypt as part of a QU301 seminar.
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NICARAGUA BIOLOGY PROGRAM A new environmental/biology program in Leon, Nicaragua is being offered to all undergraduate and graduate students. The program will take place in the first week of August and is expected to cost between $1,800 and $2,000. The focus will be on the Nicaraguan environment and biology. No academic credits will be earned for the trip.
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At the podium, senior Ramon Sanchez draws a laugh from roastee Mark Knapp, left, and sends James Lipscomb, right, into a laughing fit.
Grand Courtroom plays host to farewell roast By Robert Grant Staff Writer
The School of Law’s Grand Courtroom has been home to many events, from prominent speakers to heated debates. But few have been as humorous as the most recent: a roast. Laughter filled the Grand Courtroom on Thursday night as about 40 students came to share stories about now-alumnus, Mark A. Knapp Jr. Knapp recently learned he is eligible to receive his bachelor’s degree in health and science studies, and will no longer attend Quinnipiac as a student.
KNAPP “A regular goodbye just doesn’t do it,” senior James Lipscomb, the “roastmaster” and event organizer, said. “I wanted to send him out on a good note.” The roast - a classic event
hearkening back to the days of Dean Martin’s variety show, or seen more recently the last few years on Comedy Central’s annual roast, is an event where an individual is subjected to a public presentation of comedic insults, praise and stories provided by friends and family. “It’s the most honorable disrespect you can give someone,” senior Jon Leach said. “It was really enjoyable,” Knapp added. Stories of Knapp’s years as a resident assistant and executive producer for Q30’s “Bobcat Blitz” filled the room. “He’s the only health science major who has been an executive
producer for Q30,” senior Jamie Schafer said with a smirk. Schafer said she wants a roast for the entire senior class. “We all have hilarious stories,” she said. But a sullen undertone was also present as friends reminisced about the years they have spent with Knapp. Lipscomb and Knapp have been friends for four years. “They’re Quinnipiac’s Chuck and Larry,” senior Ramon Sanchez said. “I really care about that little rascal,” Lipscomb said. And as everyone walked out, Knapp left with this: “I’m going to miss this place.”
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Involvement fair not in the cards After a snow day dashed any hope for last Wednesday’s annual Spring Involvement Fair, student center officials decided that a rescheduled involvement fair wasn’t in the cards. According to Erin Twomey, associate director of the student center and go-to administrator for student organizations, a plan to reschedule the involvement fair at a reasonable time was near impossible. “The consensus was if we couldn’t have it in a certain timeframe, it didn’t make sense to have it,” she said. “It came down to timing, and availability of a large space
year of the rabbit
The Chinese New Year fell on a Friday this year, which gave QU After Dark a chance to celebrate the new year (2011 is the year of the rabbit) in Café Q. QUAD offered Chinese paper lanterns for decoration, along with some Eastern cuisine for those who participated.
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to host that type of event in a timely fashion. “It’s a hard decision to make, because you don’t want to stifle a student from getting involved, and you don’t want to stifle a club or organization from getting their message out.” What made the decision easier, Twomey said, was the student center’s newest outlet, the “Do You QU,” website hosted by CollegiateLink. “If we’re not going to have the fair, we’ll at least have the website to fall back on,” she said. “Knowing that there’s this social network community we’ve launched that any student can find involvement if they’re looking for something – it makes it an easier decision.”
By Joseph Pelletier Editor in chief
February 9, 2011
SNOW DAYS: Wednesday classes will meet Saturday continued from cover Wednesday night classes have yet to meet this semester, Thompson pointed out. They’ve missed two full weeks and the university said instructors “should” use the make-up period this weekend, he said. “I know many students and parents that are upset with the closings we have had,” said Chris Hart, a sophomore biology major. “I have only been to one out of four of my classes, so I think that since I am paying for this education, I should be getting it.” In the first eight days of classes this semester, Quinnipiac had two snow days and two early
closings due to winter weather. Two snow storms and an ice storm created dangerous travel conditions and lots of work the university. “This is absolutely the worst five weeks we’ve ever had,” Associate Vice President for Facilities Administration Joseph Rubertone said. “It’s the advent of a 15-inch snow storm, a 10-inch snow storm, a 24inch snow storm and then an 18-inch snow storm with no thaw or melting in between. It’s a set of conditions that has never occurred before.” Rubertone has worked at Quinnipiac for 37 years, and he said this was one of the worst winters as far as snow cleanup.
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Sorority recruitment hits record numbers By Nicole Celli News Editor
There were record numbers of women who registered for sorority recruitment, participated in the first round, and actually received bids, according to Assistant Director of Student Center and Campus Life Courtney McKenna. “Those numbers really show the growth that Greek Life is currently experiencing at Quinnipiac,” said Keighly Rector,
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sing and dance to, and not just sit and listen,” Campbell said. “Plus it’s a good way to end senior year.” With her sudden explosion on to the pop scene with her debut single “TiK ToK,” 23-year-old Ke$ha seemed like a one-hit wonder. But with numerous No. 1 hits on the Billboard charts, millions of worldwide album sales, and a now sold-out tour, Ke$ha has stuck around. Songs like “We R Who We R” and “Take it Off ” have made it to the top of the Billboard charts. Ke$ha is even featured on hits like 3OH!3’s “My First Kiss” and Flo Rida’s “Right Round.” Still, not everyone is thrilled with the outcome. “That blows,” senior Bryan Sarmiento said. “Let’s get some good tunes. Where are the Strokes?” The other top contenders for the spot were Kid Cudi, Bruno Mars, and Train. Kloss said Ke$ha was the name SPB wanted, so she was who they went after first. Meanwhile, Kid Cudi will appear at Sacred Heart University on May 1. WQAQ General Manager Mike Farrell
would have preferred an alternate choice. “I’m not surprised they got her,” Farrell said. “It’s a shame SPB can’t really afford to take risks with booking artists. With ticket prices that high I can only imagine how overblown her guarantee must have been.” Ticket prices for undergraduate students are $20 for arena seating and $25 for the floor. They will be on sale at the student center tables beginning next Monday. Part of the agreement with booking Ke$ha was to accept the act touring with her. SPB is currently unaware of this special guest opener. However, Kloss did meet with Voted Most Random, a local band featuring members of the Quinnipiac community, to discuss the possibility of them opening for the event. “That’s something that’s still in the works,” Kloss said. “[SPB] would love to have them open, but we are still waiting on [Ke$ha’s] end for that. So at this point, we’re not sure. “This is the biggest show that we’ve ever had – more theatrics than our production crews have ever dealt with. It’s going to be an incredible show and we’re ready to take it on.”
SPIKE: Lee, film innovator will speak tomorrow in Burt Kahn continued from cover one of the best to have, especially for African-American history.” Lee’s critically-acclaimed films include “Malcolm X,” “Clockers” and “Do the Right Thing.” “He continues to have a very distinguished career,” Foery said. “I would rank him easily in our top 10 American film artists, and because I am so fond of his work I would probably put him in the top five.” The lecture was originally planned for Friday, but was rescheduled “at the request of Lee, who has a scheduling conflict on Feb. 11,” according to a university press release. “As a film director, producer and screen-
writer he is renowned for a body of work that explores African American experience, challenges racial stereotypes, and addresses controversial subjects,” Chief Diversity Officer Diane Ariza said. “Lee is also credited with opening up the American film industry–to an unprecedented degree–to the contributions of black talent. Lee made real life in America the genre in which he performed his craft. He’s found success that no other filmmaker of color has ever achieved.” Black Student Union and Quinnipiac Film Society are sponsoring the “Spike Lee Film Festival,” featuring Lee’s films this week in Buckman Theater. “Crooklyn” will be playing today at 1 p.m. and “Inside Man” will play tomorrow at 3 p.m.
February 9, 2011
Theta rallies for Fritzson’s cause
Sorority signs on for bone marrow drive in honor of deceased friend By Marissa Himbele Staff Writer
For Chelsea Fritzson, the impact of cancer is fresh in her memory. Two months ago, the sophomore lost her close friend Michael Kearns to acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and has since taken on Kearns’ mission to spread the word about becoming a donor. “His attitude and zest for life compared to anyone else’s was WHAT: Theta bone inspiring. If Mike marrow drive can do it, so can WHEN: I,” Fritzson, a Thursday, member of Kap- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. pa Alpha Theta, WHERE: Rec Center said.
Joined by the sisters of Kappa Alpha Theta, Fritzson is reaching out to the Quinnipiac community by holding a bone marrow drive tomorrow in the pep band room of the Recreation Center (AC147) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is sponsored by Be The Match Foundation and Michael’s Fund, a nonprofit organization that helps cancer patients through marrow transplants. A potential donor will have to sign consent forms and go through a health and history review before a sample can be collected via an inner cheek swab. Michael’s Fund waives the registration fee. Even though it is not one of Theta’s normal philanthropies, the
sorority wanted to rally around Fritzson’s cause. “The planning of the marrow drive truly speaks to the character of Chelsea,” said Amanda Siemann, a junior nursing major and Theta sister. “She is one of the most compassionate, smart, strong, and generous people I know.” “I couldn’t have done it without them,” Fritzson said. According to research done by Be The Match Foundation, around 10,000 patients hope for a matching donor every year, and only four out of 10 patients receive marrow for a number of different reasons. A method called Peripheral Blood Stem Cell donation is used 75 to 80 percent more than taking
marrow from the hip. PBSC uses a needle to separate the blood cells needed for a patient, and the remaining blood is given back to the donor. “I absolutely plan on becoming a donor on Thursday,” a confident Siemann said. “I am extremely excited about donating. It is an incredible cause and a very simple process that will help to raise awareness about the need to add more donors to the Be The Match registry.” Kearns lost his fight to cancer, but with the help of his close friend he is helping so many others win their’s. “There’s more to life than what’s on the ground,” said Fritzson, reflecting on her friend.
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‘This is me’ campaign pushes diversity, transparency By Meghan Parmentier Associate News Editor A diversity campaign called “This is Me,” originally developed for resident assistant training, has caught Quinnipiac’s attention and grown into a campus-wide initiative. “I felt like diversity was always met with negative connotation around campus,” Dennis Lue Yat, one of the campaign’s developers, said. “In RA training, we touched on stuff like white privilege and it always ended up with someone upset because they didn’t think it was a fair reflection of them.” Lue Yat, a residence hall director at the Crescent, and Dennis Martin, residence hall director at Ledges, were in charge of the diversity component of RA training at the start of the spring semester. “We felt like diversity should be more of a celebration, and we wanted to bring a more positive twist to the word diversity, not just for the RAs but eventually for the campus,” Lue Yat said. The result of their discussions is “This is Me,” a campaign advocating for students to be proud of who they are and where they’re from. During training, Martin said the RAs responded to the idea with enthusiasm. Instead of hall directors presenting on diversity, the RAs presented to one another about themselves. For one aspect of the training, RAs had to begin conversations with, “If you really knew me, you’d know that…” “It helped dig a little deeper and answer challenging questions in a positive way to show what people are proud of and tell their accomplishments through life,” Martin said. Stephanie Malone, a senior RA, helped the campaign by creating a “This is Me” video. RAs volunteered to appear in front of a camera and say what they are proud of. The confessions ranged from someone being proud they were adopted to one being proud of being a Dallas Cowboys fan from New York. The video, posted on YouTube, has been so well-received on campus and on the Internet that Martin and Lue Yat plan to have Malone aid in the production of another video, open to all students.
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February 9, 2011
SPRING INVOLVEMENT FAIL Publisher/General Manager Tara McMahon Editor-in-Chief Joe Pelletier Senior Managing Editor Matt Ciepielowski Managing Editors Lenny Neslin Matt Busekroos Advertising Editor Caryn Mitchell Photography Editors Amanda Shulman Charlotte Greene
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Not rescheduling involvement fair will leave a lot of interested students uninvolved Quinnipiac University students are By Julia Bucchianeri known for their apathetic tendencies and Opinion Editor lack of interest in, well, everything. After the recent cancellation of the annual Spring Involvement Fair, though, I’ve begun to question if only the students should be blamed for their lazy ways. According to an e-mail sent to student leaders from Erin Twomey, associate director of the student center and campus life, on Feb. 2: “Due to the inclement weather and the closing of the university today, the Spring 2011 Involvement Fair has been canceled. It will not be rescheduled. Thank you to all who had signed up to participate & helped to coordinate this event.” Well gee, it’s really nice the student center wants to thank the organizations that were prepared to participate in the involvement fair, but what about the students who wanted to attend? Do we just say “Oh well, they can wait until the fall to learn about organizations?”
The involvement fair provides students with an irreplaceable starting point to learn about clubs they probably didn’t even know existed. I certainly am not trying to make excuses for any of the lackadaisical ways of many Quinnipiac students, but I don’t understand how we can expect our students to change when even our own staff (the student center) aren’t promoting one of the only events regarding campus involvement. Furthermore, I can understand if the student center needs to cancel the fair due to bad weather. Rescheduling may conflict with available space on campus, but they should have at least sent out an e-mail with information about the organizations. For students who don’t know, and want to know, the upstairs hallway of the Carl Hansen Student Center is the best place to look for information regarding organizations on campus and many of the clubs have offices located there as well (at least until spring break). On behalf of the Chronicle, I can say our door is always open. We’re constantly looking for more writers and photographers, so if you’re ever interested in contributing to the paper please feel free to stop in at the office. I’m sure any of the organizations would be glad to speak with interested students who visit their office. The doors in the hallway are open more often than not, and there is constant activity. Don’t hesitate to come check it out.
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Here’s a golden opportunity to become part of something ‘Big’
The snow hasn’t stopped your Student Government Association from making progress this semester. Looking ahead, your Student Government Association has a spring calendar full of events, initiatives, community service opportunities, and success. Class cabinets and the programming committee of the Student Government are hard at work developing programs that meet the needs of all Quinnipiac students. The programs, whether social or intellectual, provide an opportunity for you to get together with members of your class. You have the opportunity to pitch an idea for a campus program – just contact your elected class president and vice president! Interested in giving back to the greater New Haven community in a BIG way? For the second year in a row, your Student Government Association has teamed up with Community Action Project and the Office of Community Service to program one of Quinnipiac’s largest events! The Big Event, scheduled for Saturday, April 9, is your golden opportunity to have fun while giving back to the community. Organize a team with your friends, intramural teammates, and hall mates. More information on signing up will be available in the near future. If you have any questions, contact Matthew Hudak, vice president of public relations, via e-mail. Another major accomplishment for the student body this year includes an increase in the student activity budget. By the end of the next four fiscal years, the Student Government Association will have the opportunity to grant up to $750,000 to our countless clubs and campus organizations. This means stronger programs, better giveaways, increased activities, and unparalleled opportunities for students to grow as leaders within the community. As an aside, I would like to take this opportunity to recognize all student leaders who have made an impact on the student experience here at QU. Through their hard work and dedication to serving the student body, they have made a lasting impact on this university. As always, feel free to swing by the SGA suite if you’re interested in getting involved or if you have any comments or concerns. Our offices are located on the second floor of the Student Center on the Mount Carmel campus. Proud to Serve–Live the Legend, Lou Venturelli
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February 9, 2011
Show your school spirit properly; don’t boo the opponent’s pep band By Christine Burroni Associate Opinion Editor The student section at Friday night’s men’s hockey game was filled with gold Tshirts, but with such misguided spirit, it might as well have been empty. The game was tied for a majority of the time and went into overtime. One would think that in exciting conditions like these, our student section would be on their feet chanting and screaming, but no. I heard our traditional cheers only a few times throughout the duration of the game. Only when it was time to ridicule the other team did the crowd turn up the volume. And not only toward the other team, but the guest pep band as well. As the game went on, students sporting their game-day gold T-shirts repeatedly mocked the band at any chance they could. The band isn’t the one on the ice, folks. Boo the opponents on the ice, not the people in the stands. The only coping mechanism that my fellow Bobcats could find when they were supposed to be rooting for our team was to completely bash the poor members of the pep band with embarrassing chants. When did chanting “YOU’RE STILL VIRGINS!” become okay? Do we really need to demoralize a dozen college students playing instruments when we should be rooting for our home team? Maybe I’m thinking this because I wasn’t in the middle of the crowd, and I know that there’s nothing wrong with a little friendly competition and rivalry between teams–but our fans spent far more time making fun of the band then actually cheering for our own team.
When did chanting “YOU’RE STILL VIRGINS!” become okay? Do we really need to demoralize a dozen college students playing instruments? As I looked around I saw at least three groups of people just pointing and laughing at the band. Did you go to the game to make fun of the other school’s band or actually watch the game? As a fan I was not only disappointed but embarrassed for our school. Is this how we want to represent ourselves? I really don’t think so. For those of you that actually follow the game schedule, the Yale-Quinnipiac game is Feb. 18. The arena will be packed, as it should, but maybe this time we’ll come with a little more respect and excitement for our team actually playing and care a little less about the background music.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
‘I don’t want to be a prisoner of my past’
Atem calls for a new Sudan, global support of Sudanese peace agreement
(Editor’s Note: The following words are from Jurkuch Jameswal Atem, a Quinnipiac senior, and one of the Sudanese refugees known as the “lost boys of Sudan.”) Sudanese people across the world cast their votes in the recent referendum to decide whether Sudan will remain one unified country, or separate and recognize Southern Sudan as its own country. I pause to remember July 30, 2005, when Dr. John Garang vanished into the dark sky as his helicopter crashed into ashes. It was a gloomy day in my life, in Sudan and in Africa as a whole. Garang was a powerful advocate for peace and justice, and a principal contributor to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement. It is important to call on his memory as we move forward, continuing the work he started on our behalf. But I don’t want to be a prisoner of the past, bound by the memory of Sudan’s civil wars. Instead I embrace education as my power to learn from the past and the present. This will help me contribute to solutions for Sudan. As I cast my vote in the Sudanese referendum, I am a full citizen of the world. I am an American citizen and a son of Mother Africa. We, the so-called “Lost Boys of Sudan,” couldn’t believe the day Garang left us orphaned in the midst of a brutal regime. At that time the whole world needed him. Sudanese people wanted desperately to end the longest civil war that pits Arab-Muslims against African-Christians. But crying about that day does not help. The only tears we seek today are tears of joy, hope, human dignity, and liberty. No more tears of dehumanization, sadness or war. Today I turn my soul-searching toward finding solutions for Sudan. My strength comes from my faith and my education. I have never stopped believing in God and in humanity. I trust my faith in God; I trust great leaders who guide others by good example and fight fiercely for greater democ-
racy, freedom and equality for all. However, simply praying to God for help without thinking ethically and rationally – without taking action – would not stop Omar al-Bashir’s regime. They have stolen Southern Sudanese land and resources, killed over 2.5 million people, and left another four million roaming the world as refugees, including me. War, starvation, malnutrition, poor sanitation, extreme poverty, curable diseases, HIV and AIDS plague millions. The poor are exploited by the powerful in the name of God, both Christian and Muslim. The poor are relying
This is the time we Sudanese have been waiting for – redemption from agony and suffering, restoration of lasting peace and good governing – the culmination of our long walk to freedom. on God for help when genocide and chaos befall innocent children and women. I have not turned to something negative, but to education, books, research, and telling my life story to soothe my soul and mind. The questions I ask myself are these: As a child survivor of war who is alive today, what is my mission to help Sudan? How long will my people suffer and remain enslaved in their ancient land? As a Sudanese by nationality and by birth, and as one who has witnessed the havoc of war in my childhood, I have to be part of the solution–not only by seeking help from the international community, but also by taking concrete action myself. I have work to do. No one person is born to change the world, but those who are committed to meeting life’s challenges, learning from man-made crises, and growing from them – they are capable of changing society.
That is why I have formed “Seeds of New Sudan & Friends”– to raise awareness globally and to promote the Comprehensive Peace Agreement as a principal solution to the crisis in Sudan. We look forward to accomplishing this first goal with the 2011 referendum, and to establishing Southern Sudan as an independent country. ONLINE: We are optimistic, learning >Find the link and growing. We are com- to Atem’s mitted to responding in this website, learn more about work–hand in hand with ‘Seeds of New our allies worldwide–to re- Sudan and build Southern Sudan in the Friends” aftermath of the longest brutal civil war in Africa. I cast my vote in honor of the millions of people lost in the war. My vote is dedicated to their sacrifices, to John Garang, SPLA veterans and soldiers from Anyanya I, the heroes and heroines who gave birth to the SPLA/ SPLM of today (Sudanese Peoples’ Liberation Army and the Sudanese Peoples’ Liberation Movement). Those who have died did not do so in vain. Those who are alive today – including myself – will stay the course to the last victory. If I don’t make history, history will make me. Indeed, history is in the making for Southern Sudan. Sudanese all over the globe are taking their vote in this referendum seriously. Southern Sudanese are raising their voices in unison to be heard for the first time. This is the time we Sudanese have been waiting for – redemption from agony and suffering, restoration of lasting peace and good governing – the culmination of our long walk to freedom. May God guide us in the uncertainty of these final days of the realization of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, and the separation of the largest African nation, the land of the blacks, the cradle of civilization, the land of Cush Kingdom, the land of the Nile, the land of warriors who are dark, smooth, tall, skinny, and brave people.
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TOP 10 GREATEST
LOVE SONGS OF ALL TIME By Chris Gillotte & Dylan Cohen
“My Heart Will Go On” Celine Dion Best, most recognizable love song of all time. Truly epic. No better song to top this list. I mean, did you see “Titanic”? “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” Elton John Just because it was in “The Lion King” doesn’t mean it doesn’t belong on this list. It’s a masterpiece. “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” Aerosmith The “Armageddon” theme song hits No. 3 on this list as the requisite rock power ballad. You know you love to belt it out with Steven Tyler. “Truly, Madly, Deeply” Savage Garden This one-hit wonder band from the late 90s is super cheeseball, but univerally heart-warming. “Iris” Goo Goo Dolls He just wants you to know who he is. One of the Goo Goo Dolls’s most famous tunes. Plus the ladies love it. “I’ll Be” Edwin McCain You know you slow danced to this in middle school. Poignant lyrics that people in a relationship love to cherish. “Keep On Lovin’ You” REO Speedwagon Not your typical love song, but its sense of nostalgia packs a punch and makes it a worthy song we should all keep on lovin’. “Love Me Tender” Elvis Presley Classic. It’s the perfect word to describe Mr. Presley’s heartfelt tune. “You’ll Be in My Heart” Phil Collins You didn’t think we’d finish without another song from a Disney movie, did you? This theme from “Tarzan” will be in our hearts forever. “Wonderful Tonight” Eric Clapton It’s the simplicity of Clapton’s chorus that makes “Wonderful Tonight” one of the most memorable love songs, coupled with Clapton’s guitar skills. Guys, just tell girls that they look wonderful tonight.
February 9, 2011
QU glee could be a reality the club, and a list of potential faculty advisors must be provided, according to the Quinnipiac’s “Glee” fans Quinnipiac University stumay soon experience a “gleedent handbook. gasm.” The student handTwo months ago, Quinbook also states, “The pronipiac “glee-aholics” created a posed organization must be Facebook group in attempts to unique from currently recform an official glee club. All ognized student groups.” they need are some talented Rossomando encour‘Gleeks’ and an advisor like Will ages glee club supporters Schuester. to find their own musical Senior accounting major niche, one that is different Ramon Sanchez organized the from the QU Singers. group “Let’s Start a Glee Club “They need to offer here at QU” before the universomething to the students sity closed for winter break in that the university is not ofDecember. fering.,” Rossomando said. “I’m a huge fan of the “And if they do, then they show and it just got me thinking can gather more of these that we should start one up ourkids who are vocally talented selves,” Sanchez said. “I know who can go in this direction.” we have the QU Singers, which Potential new clubs is like a chorus, but I wanted to must also complete a new Joe Pelletier / Chronicle bring charisma, choreography organization application as and up-to-date song choices, and Senior Ramon Sanchez talks up his hopes for a Quinnipiac glee club well as a written constituperform them to the Quinnipiac with sophomore Josh Goldberg. tion. Once all criteria have community - that and I love to concert in Buckman Theater. been met, the Office of the sing.” Fred Rossomando, part-time music Student Center and Student Leadership DevelAlthough the group’s 21 members ex- professor and QU Singers director, has con- opment must approve the club. All new stupressed interest via Facebook, Sanchez has ducted the choir for 10 years and is skeptical dent organizations start with a one year review yet to take action due to his hectic schedule. about a potential Quinnipiac glee club. period before receiving an official charter. “I am currently just way too busy to take “Unless it’s going to show a different diIf glee club is approved as an official the point, but I am willing to consult whoever rection or a different purpose that won’t du- organization, students will be responsible for it is that wants to step up,” Sanchez said. “In plicate the Quinnipiac Singers, then I would choosing music, writing arrangements and holdorder for this to be successful we are going to have a concern because it would interfere ing practices. But finding a performance venue need 100 percent dedication from everyone. It with the group that I conduct,” Rossomando in the midst of incessant campus construction will take a lot of work but I know we can do it.” said. “I’m kind of interested to know what may be the most difficult challenge of all. With Quinnipiac offers a music minor, but the goal would be, or what they would like to Alumni Hall under construction, Buckman campus music groups are limited. In addi- concentrate on. If it’s different or has a differ- Theater remains the only Mount Carmel space tion to the QU Singers, other musical groups ent angle, then that’s fine.” readily available for performances. include the Praise “2” Him Ensemble gospel But the necessary steps to create an of“Without a lot of backing from adminchoir, and the Quinnipiac Jazz Ensemble. ficial glee club aren’t all that gleeful. istration and no places to perform and no QU Singers, currently 70 members, Certain criteria must be met to estab- practice rooms, you can only do so much with practice once a week for three hours. They lish a new student organization. At least five a slice of ham,” Rossomando said. “You can conclude every fall and spring semester with a undergraduate students are required to start doll it up all you want, but it’s still a ham.” By Nicole Fano Associate A&E Editor
Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose ‘Friday Night Lights’ plays its last game
The lights will shine on the East Dillon Lions one last time when DirecTV airs the series finale of “Friday Night Lights” tonight. “Friday Night Lights” first premiered on NBC October 3, 2006 to modest ratings. The first season generated massive critical success and By Matt Busekroos the series eventually earned five TeleManaging Editor vision Critics Association Awards, including mentions for its stars Kyle Chandler (Coach Eric Taylor) and Connie Britton (Tami Taylor). The writer’s strike during the show’s second season interrupted its run, and the time change to Friday lessened the show’s visibility. On the fence for renewal, DirecTV stepped in and made a deal with NBC. The two agreed to finance the show together for one 13 episode season, which ran first on DirecTV in the fall, and then in the spring on NBC. After a creative rebound during the third season and a successful run on DirecTV, the pay cabler struck another deal with NBC for one final batch of 26 episodes split over two seasons. The show made stars of its young supporting cast. When “Friday Night Lights” first premiered, Chandler and Britton were the only familiar faces. Both had starred on the long-running shows “Early Edition” and “Spin City,” respectively. Taylor Kitsch (Tim Riggins) won the high-profile role of Gambit in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” Kitsch is also set to star as John Carter in Disney’s “John Carter of Mars” next year. Minka Kelly (Lyla Garrity) can be seen in theaters now opposite “Gossip Girl” star
The cast of ‘Friday Night Lights’ will reunite for the series finale.
Leighton Meester in “The Roommate.” Adrianne Palicki (Tyra Collette), Jesse Plemons (Landry Clarke), Zach Gilford (Matt Saracen), Aimee Teegarden (Julie Taylor), and Scott Porter (Jason Street) have also increased in visibility since the show started. Palicki, who left the show as a regular after season three, and Kitsch, Plemons and Gilford, who left the show as regulars after season four, return for the series finale to help say goodbye. After five seasons and 76 episodes, the series finale of “Friday Night Lights” airs tonight at nine on DirecTV.
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WRECK -Little, Brown/Poppy
OF THE WEEK -Universal Studios
‘Sixteen Candles’ back to big screen
‘Housewives’ hits Miami
Gather up your best Madonna gear and MC Hammer pants, and get ready to rewind to the 80s, because John Hughes’s classic “Sixteen Candles” is returning to the big screen for Valentine’s Day weekend. It’s certainly a dream come true for any fan of Hughes’s generation-defining movies, including “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off ” and “The Breakfast Club.” 150 AMC Theatres across the country will feature the 1984 romantic-comedy in all its glory, so audiences can laugh and fall in love with Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall all over again. Teen heartthrobs, school-girl crushes, jocks and prom queens—it’s all there. “Bringing back the iconic romantic comedy ‘Sixteen Candles’ for Valentine’s Day weekend is a no-brainer,” Robert J. Lenihan, president of programming at AMC, told Business Wire. “We are pleased to partner with Universal to offer guests the opportunity to relive the ups and downs of being a teenager in love, when this PG-rated movie hits the silver screen again.” Shows will only play at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 13 and Monday, Feb. 14. Visit www.AMCTheatres.com/sixteencandles to find the closest theatre and order tickets to add a little something special to your Valentine’s Day plans. --DA
Get ready for more cat fights, more Botox and more middle-aged drama. Apparently Bravo TV is taking a cue from “Jersey Shore” season two, since the seventh installment of “The Real Housewives” franchise will head to Miami. The original installment, “The Real Housewives of Orange County,” premiered in 2006 soon after terms such as “MILF” and “cougar” became popular. How ironic. The “Housewives” franchise quickly spread all over the country to New York City, Atlanta, New Jersey, D.C. and Beverly Hills.“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” finale attracted 2.7 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. Who doesn’t enjoy watching a televised train wreck every now and then? The shows are entertaining, but they glorify immature behavior and encourage geographical stereotypes. “The Real Housewives of New York City” fourth season premiere will move to late spring, and the Miami installment will premiere Feb. 22. The Miami installment will feature six new women, including women who have been personally linked to Glen Rice and Scottie Pippen. A handful of the “Housewives” aren’t even married, as divorce is popular among cast members. Without a doubt, the Miami season will feature shallow, rich women who have too much free time. Housewives have certainly come a long way since Carol Brady and June Cleaver. --NF
American author and creator of “Gossip Girl,” Cecily von Ziegesar recently announced she will release a 14th book in the series called “Gossip Girl: Psycho Killer.” Upper East Siders Blair Waldorf and Serena van der Woodsen will become serial killers in the book, which hits stores in October. Ex-Paramore member Josh Farro will begin a new project following his exit from the band. Along with Nashville’s Van Beasley, Tyler Ward and Ryan Clark, his new band Novel American will exude strong influences from Jimmy Eat World and Radiohead. No dates for an album release have been announced.
Clint Eastwood is set to produce and direct the remake of “A Star is Born,” starring Beyoncé Knowles. Like her previous movie roles, Knowles will play the part of an aspiring singer who makes it in the big leagues. Who will play the male lead, Knowles’ love interest, is yet to be determined.
Linkin Park offers old, new in NYC
After a decade of success and rap-rock hits, Linkin Park played to a packed New York City audiBy Phillip Nobile ence on Feb. 4, Staff Writer blending old hits and new styles into an unforgettable show. Linkin Park broke into mainstream music in 2000 with its first album “Hybrid Theory,” and has since dabbled in music across the spectrum over the past ten years, playing fan favorites and electronic rarities alike. Their most recent album, “A Thousand Suns,” came as an initial shock to critics, featuring heavy instrumental tracks focused on sound over catchy lyrics. Fans came out in droves, filling up Madison Square Garden’s 20,000 plus seats. Linkin Park cranked out familiar sin-
gles from its early albums, including “Faint,” “Numb” and “Lying From You.” Between these classics, the band played newer material, including their new single “Waiting For The End.” A significant contrast was evident between the songs, with newer tracks featuring keyboard and drum emphasis rather than a traditionally raw guitar sound. The most emotional moment of the show came toward the end of “Breaking The Habit,” with front man Chester Bennington singing a capella with the crowd. The entire audience could be seen beneath the vibrant lighting pulsing to Bennington’s harsh but demanding vitality, with Shinoda’s abrasive
Patrick Stump, former singer for the band Fall Out Boy, will release his first solo album, “Soul Punk,” this month. Recently, the artist showcased his vocals by uploading various a cappella covers on YouTube of some Grammy-nominated songs to promote his solo debut. Artists set to perform at the Oscars on Feb. 27 include Gwyneth Paltrow, who will perform the song “Coming Home” from her movie “Country Strong,” Florence & the Machine, Mandy Moore (with her “Tangled” costar Zachary Levi), and Randy Newman.
lyrics and all of Linkin Park’s instrumentalists following in proper heavy rock fashion. The concert set list varied from previous shows on the tour, featuring a heavy emphasis on older tracks. The show will be televised Feb. 18 on Fuse at 9:30 p.m.
Jimmy Kimmel, on Cooper’s attack by a group of Egyptian protestors: “Let me explain, you foreigners: You do not punch Anderson Cooper– you punch Snooki. That’s how we do it here. You keep your dirty hands off our silver fox.” -ABC
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February 9, 2011
Love her or hate her, she’s coming to QU PRO
by Michele Snow
Ke$ha may be one of the most controversial performers of the year, but you cannot deny that she has been one of the most entertaining. The effort she puts into her level of crazy has to be admired. The hair, the feathers, the glitter, the leather, the sneakers, the metallics, the garbage bag. The girl’s a regular freak show. But she’s turning heads. According to Billboard, her single “Tik Tok” was the No. 1 digital single in the world in 2010, selling 12.8 million copies, and the magazine named her top new artist as well as Hot 100 artist of the year. Plus, JustJared reported that her very first headlining tour this spring is completely sold out. We should consider ourselves lucky to have the opportunity to host her. College spring concerts are meant to be a party. Last year, hosting The Fray was impressive, but the attendance rate was pitiful and the energy in TD Bank Sports Center was even worse. I originally bought a ticket, but ended up selling it to a friend in favor of the Sam Adams show in New Haven that same night, and I was not the only one on this campus that opted out of our own concert. Sammy put on one of the most energetic concerts I have ever been to, and I never regretted my decision, especially towards the end of the concert, as he shouted, “WHO THE FRAY?” and proceeded to stage-dive. The point is that college kids are looking for a party atmosphere for their spring concerts, and Ke$ha is going to deliver. Regardless of her level of talent, regardless of what you have heard about how good or bad she is live, you know she will blow the roof off the Bank. I encourage those of you who claim to hate Ke$ha and everything she stands for to keep an open mind. You may not like her music or her sloppiness, but you will be hard-pressed to not have a great time at her concert. Her lights, dancers, outfits, and volume might be more than we can handle, but for a spring concert, it’s just what we need. Ladies, start planning your outfits. And guys, I’ve seen the Ke$ha posters on your walls. You know you’re excited too.
by Jamie Hill
Look up Ke$ha on a Google image search and try to find one where she doesn’t look either high or drunk, or both. Try, really hard. You can’t do it. That’s probably because it seems like she’s on drugs or wasted all the time, which is her own business. But it becomes our business when she is queued up to be the choice for SPB’s spring concert (I guess she’s taking a break from her upcoming Get Sleazy spring tour). No offense, but this flash in the pan belongs in a rehab clinic, not in our sports arena. Her songs have a fun dance beat, yes, but just because she can whip her hair back and forth on stage doesn’t mean her songs have any intelligence whatsoever. Let’s take a look at some of her lyrics. “I threw up in the closet and I don’t care.” Let’s try another. “Don’t be a little bitch with your chit chat, just show me where your dick’s at.” Or how about “Oh my God, I think I’m still drunk, where’s my coat?” Does anyone else sense a theme here? Instead of emotional, powerful lyrics, Ke$ha’s songwriters pour out mind-numbing drivel and stick a dance beat behind it. So ignore her unoriginal, trashy words for a moment. Plug your ears and just watch her dance … oh wait, she can’t dance either, unless you count molesting yourself on stage “dancing.” Besides, her live performances are nothing short of genuinely awful. Her performance on Saturday Night Live last April landed her on “Worst SNL Performance” lists everywhere, and YouTube videos show the performer leaping across the concert stage while she lets pre-recorded vocals do the work for her. Her live concerts have been labeled by attendees as a waste of time, too short, and painful on the ears. Think Fergie was bad during this Sunday’s Superbowl halftime show? Just imagine how Ke$ha’s non-autotuned voice will fall on your ear drums at the spring concert. And hopefully this time she won’t be wearing a trash bag onstage.
Robyn plays to a colorful crowd at Radio City Robyn wasn’t dancing on her own when she performed for a By Matt Busekroos soldout Managing Editor crowd at Radio City Music Hall on Feb. 5. The Swedish dance-pop singer mainly sang newer songs from her three-album “Body Talk” set released throughout 2010. A sea of brightly lit blue glow sticks radiated the room from the back of the first mezzanine. The enthusiastic audience waved them back and forth between sips of their drinks and screams of dizzying excitement for the singer. The pungent scent of marijuana was present throughout the mezzanine, probably coming from the tall, bushy-haired man in the next row, who may or may not have been smoking from a bong. Robyn knows her fans well
and performed her biggest dance tracks. The crowd danced in their seats for the hour and a half she was on the stage. Fans nearly reached orgasm as soon as the opening synths of last year’s hit “Dancing on My Own” swarmed the sound system early in the set. Everyone in the vicinity sang along. The song’s theme of being on the outside looking in resonates. Robyn also performed some of the best songs from the “Body Talk” series, including “Time Machine,” “Fembot,” “Indestructible,” “We Dance to the Beat,” “Call Your Girlfriend,” “Stars 4-Ever,” “Get Myself Together,” “Hang with Me” and “Dancehall Queen.” Her sassy delivery of the songs and warm exuberance added extra zing and pop to the concert. With songs pertaining to rela-
tionships, love and heartbreak, it’s no wonder Robyn sold out Radio City. Observing the joyous crowd, it seemed apparent her fans have experienced the same emotions Robyn sings about in her songs. Everyone in Radio City partied with one another and fist pumped the entire show. However the more poignant songs evoked a more subdued reaction from the crowd, especially during her emotionally stirring performance of “With Every Heartbeat.” Robyn genuinely thanked the audience during her encore. This was the largest show she had ever performed as headliner. She closed the show with a sloweddown version of her 1997 hit single aptly titled “Show Me Love,” which her fans more than showed her throughout the night.
February 9, 2011
Valentine’s Day DON’TS
Don’t set your expectations too high, the boys are human too.
-from your Opinion Editor, Julia
Don’t tell your boyfriend he doesn’t have to get you anything because we all know you don’t mean it.
-from your Design Editor, Michele Snow
Don’t flaunt your relationship in front of everyone around you. Not everyone likes Valentine’s Day as much as you do. Also, go easy on the P.D.A! -from your Associate A&E Editor, Nicole Fano
Don’t get wasted on dessert wine, it’s not sexy. -from your Head Copy Editor, Jamie Hill
Don’t do anything special. Why should there be one day when you are nice to each other? If you like each other, you should always be nice to one another. Your relationship shouldn’t need a designated day for both of you to be happy.
-from your Sports Editor, Robin Schuppert
Don’t flirt with other girls to make your girlfriend jealous. You could make her cry, and then she won’t be able to stop crying because she’ll start crying about the fact that she’s crying on Valentine’s Day.
-from your Managing Editor, Lenny Neslin
Don’t eat any of the chocolate in the box before you give it to your sweetheart. Unless you’re alone, then devour away. -from your Managing Editor, Matt Busekroos
Sarah’s Style Corner
Rihanna goes overboard
By Sarah Rosenberg Staff Writer
I remember when Rihanna first became a pop sensation. She had that innocent persona of a foreigner – a young Barbados native, with a shockingly talented voice. She sang love songs, with that cute, Caribbean-tinted voice, reminiscent of reggae but all the more fun to dance to. Jay-Z’s protégé had made a name for herself, but maybe she thought she was too run-of-the-mill. Maybe Rihanna wanted the edge that would separate her from all other pop stars on the map. Now, in 2011, Rihanna has definitely succeeded in that personal endeavor. Rihanna has certainly become darker not only with her music, but also with her personal fashion choices. I can’t remember the young, fresh-faced pop star from a few years back. When I think of Rihanna, I think of dark lipstick, leather shorts and tattoos covering her body. Most recently, she has proven herself to be risqué, daring and bold in her video for her newest single, “S&M.” Before I delve into the fashion featured in the racy video, note the key lyrics of the song itself: “Sticks and stone may break my bones, but chains and whips excite me.” People had been enlightening me about such lines before I even heard the song, but I was hesitant to listen to it. When Rihanna first came out with “Rude Boy,” I was inherently shocked. But, I think that’s exactly the reaction Rihanna is looking for. So, to accompany the song, Rihanna created a video to contest with the lyrics. Her fashion choices, although somewhat interesting, definitely match the tone and message of the song itself. Before you watch the video, if you choose to do so, prepare yourself for the attack of candy colors in different scenes, as well as the contrast of the black and white during the darker ones. One of the opening scenes involves Rihanna sporting a blood-red wig in a slanted room with pink zebra stripes. The “trippy” scene also shows her wearing a tiara, a
green and black-and-white striped fur stole, and a bandeau reading “Censored.” Rihanna runs around in her princess playhouse, except the man strapped to a chair in the background is anything but playful. To convey the harshness of being in the spotlight of the media, Rihanna wears a black and white dress mimicking newspaper clippings as media personnel saran-wrap her to a wall, snapping photos of her in this plastic bubble. Obviously, Rihanna’s artistic, metaphorical attempt to suggest being in the spotlight, while still not apologizing for expressing her sexuality, is admirable. But I am not sure why she has to put the so-called journalists and photographers in bonds, while gagging them in the process. Rihanna also attempts to play the part of seductress, wearing a white patent leather twopiece suit and spiky heels. She carries around a whip for her “playmates,” whipping men that are duct-taped to walls and mattresses in a dreary basement. She bonds herself in one scene as well, looking alarmingly childlike wearing pigtails and a polka-dot leotard. However, what was most disturbing to me was Rihanna’s display of her “fruity” costumes. Looking like a modern Chiquita, she wears headdresses made of flowers or life-size apples, while sensually eating a bejeweled ice cream cone. She also seductively peels and eats a banana. The sexual innuendos are clear. Strange isn’t even the proper word for these scenes, and I have to wonder how drastically Rihanna goes from dark to colorful with each scene. Is she describing her music? Is she emphasizing her attitudes toward the media? Or, is she communicating her sexuality in its many diverse forms? It’s amazing what high fashion and a little bit of lighting can do for musicians these days, whose lyrics always turn into an extravagant visual display through their music videos. Clearly, Rihanna is no exception. But, at the end of the day, I applaud any musician for getting artistic, no matter how graphic or rebellious their art might be.
E xtras Greetings from Spain: The Chronicle
February 9, 2011
My semester abroad By Catherine Boudreau
Hola a todos! I am Catherine Boudreau and a sophomore at Quinnipiac. I am writing from Madrid, Spain, where I will be for the next four months studying abroad. Since my freshman year of high school I have dreamed of being fluent in Spanish. I always knew that I would study abroad, and originally I thought I would go to Barcelona. Barcelona But when I found out that mainly Catalan was spoken there instead of Spanish, I immediately decided to come to Madrid. The process of getting here and getting settled can only be described as a roller coaster ride. I came here not knowing a single person. The first weekend here all of the students in my program, API, stayed in a hotel together for orientation. As soon as I felt comfortable there and made some friends, it was time to move into my “residencia.” At first, I was completely depressed about my living situation. I was the only girl from my program in my dorm and I was under the impression that I wasn’t going to have a roommate. Also, a couple of the friends I had made during orientation had an apartment together, so that left me feeling a little exiled.
By the next day, however, my emotions took a complete turn. Relief washed over me as my roommate walked in that afternoon. I also have a housekeeper, Amelia, who cleans my room everyday and does my laundry. It even comes back nicely pressed! Our chef, Enrique, is the sweetest man and makes awesome food. Most importantly, I am constantly speaking Spanish with the other students who live here, as well as with Amelia and Enrique. Many of them speak no English at all. It is more like an apartment than a dorm since there are only 14 students. One of the other dorms has more than 100 kids and the food is definitely not as good. Plus, if I didn’t like what was for dinner one night, Enrique would make me something else. Another major adjustment is school. I go to Universidad Antonio de Nebrija, which is about 30 minutes away by metro. The metro is really awesome and so easy to use, but I have to be cautious in the morning when it is really packed. Pickpocketing is like an art form in Madrid. The first week I almost got pickpocketed on the metro. The thief looked like your average Joe on his way to work. When I felt someone rummaging around in my backpack, I immediately elbowed him really hard in the chest and yelled “Excuse me!” Luckily he didn’t get away with anything. Now I am always on the lookout! Until next time! Hasta la proximo vez!
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“We’ll fight and claw and scratch for second. I think everybody who followed us last year at Quinnipiac understood the value of those home - Tom Moore games.” Men’s Basketball
February 9, 2011
LIU sets road block ‘Cats prep for pair vs. Pioneers after LIU loss By John Healy Associate Sports Editor After an 84-74 loss on Saturday against first-place Long Island University, the Quinnipiac men’s basketball team’s hope of having the NEC Tournament go through the Bank is potentially gone. The loss dropped the Bobcats (15-8, 7-5 NEC) three games behind LIU, which also holds the tiebreaker, with just six games left in the season. “I think we’re at a different point in our season right now than they are. We’re on more of a recovering upswing,” Quinnipiac head coach Tom Moore said. “If you take where we are today compared to three weeks ago, I think we’re moving in the right direction and do have enough time to build more momentum.” Currently, the Bobcats sit in fourth place with Wagner and Central Connecticut also ahead in the standings. If the season ended today, the Bobcats would host only a first round playoff game. “We’ll fight and claw and scratch for
Al Valerio / Chronicle
Quinnipiac’s Justin Rutty is close to returning to his usual 35 minutes per game, Quinnipiac head coach Tom Moore said in an interview after practice on Monday.
second,” Moore said. “I think everybody who followed us last year at Quinnipiac understood the value of those home games were neat and fun. If you get to second you have the opportunity to potentially host two games.” A big factor down the final stretch of the season will be the progression of Justin
Rutty coming back from an elbow injury. The team-leading rebounder has shown signs of improvement, including a 20-point performance against LIU. “I do like the progress he’s making. He was much better this weekend than last weekend,” Moore said. “He came out of the
weekend feeling good and excited on where he’s going.” Rutty and the rest of the Bobcats begin their quest for second place tonight when they start a home-and-home series against Sacred Heart (9-12, 4-8) during NEC Rivalry Week. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at the Bank. While the Pioneers are toward the bottom of the standings, they still have dangerous weapons, including Shane Gibson, who averages 16.9 points per game – fourth in the NEC. “He’s really blossomed into a big-time scorer,” Moore said. “They can get you in transition pretty good and they can get you with Gibson making shots all over the floor.” Moore also acknowledged that facing the same team in back-to-back games is never an easy task. Last season, after the Bobcats easily defeated the Pioneers, they had to come from behind and win a tightly contested game, 100-97, at home. “I always sense the second game of these things is more hotly contested because guys are competing against each other for 80 minutes and sometimes tempers and emotions boil over,” Moore said.
Northeast Conference Standings
Team 1. Long Island 2. CCSU 3. Wagner 4. Quinnipiac The Mount
NEC 10-2 9-3 8-4 7-5 7-5
Overall 18-5 16-7 12-11 15-8 9-16
3rd-period meltown sinks Bobcats again WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY
By Joe Addonizio Staff Writer
Quinnipiac’s Kelly Babstock finished the weekend road trip with three goals.
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Carrying a 2-0 lead into the third period, the women’s ice hockey team was 20 minutes away from knocking off ECAC opponent and No. 10 Harvard on Saturday. However, just 2:08 into the third period, the momentum swung the other way and the Bobcats fell 3-2, just as they did last Friday against Clarkson. Crimson senior forward Kate Buesser saw forward Kalley Armstrong at the top of the crease and sent the puck across the ice. As Armstrong wound up for a slap shot, a screened Victoria Vigilanti stood no chance. Less than three minutes later, Harvard (13-8-2, 12-4-2 ECAC) caught the Bobcats (18-10-1, 10-80) off guard again. Leanna Coskren found Alisa Baumgarter, who ripped a shot at Vigilanti. Vigilanti made the stop but Josephine Pucci jumped on the rebound and tied the game at 2. Almost 10 minutes into the third, Harvard took the lead for good. Kaitlin Spurling sent the puck to Armstrong, who once again beat Vigilanti with a one-timer to give the Crimson a 3-2 lead.
The Crimson kept the pressure on for the remainder of the game and outshot the Bobcats 23-9 in the third period to seal the 3-2 victory. Quinnipiac enjoyed the first 40 minutes of the game as freshman phenom Kelly Babstock scored her conference-best 25th goal of the year. Babstock was also involved with the second score for Quinnipiac. On the power play, Babstock found Erica Uden Johansson who then saw Amanda Colin at the crease, who shot it past Laura Bellamy to give the Bobcats a 2-0 lead. Bellamy stopped 30 of 32 shots faced while Vigilanti stopped a season-high 41 shots of 44 faced. Quinnipiac didn’t take advantage of its power-play opportunities. The Bobcats went just 1-for-6 against the second worst penalty kill in the ECAC. But the Bobcats stopped all three chances the Crimson had on their man advantage. Check QUChronicle.com for Tuesday’s game recap against New Hampshire.
ECAC Hockey Standings
Team Pts ECAC 1. Cornell 35 17-0-1 2. Harvard 26 12-4-2 3. Dartmouth 22 11-7 4. Quinnipiac 20 10-8
‘Cats edge NEC’s worst
QU 74, St. Francis 60 –Thursday Deontay Twyman: 20 points, 6 rebounds, 2-for-3 3-pointers LIU 84, QU 74 –Saturday Dave Johnson: 10 assists, 6 rebounds, 3 steals LIU 70, QU 58 –Saturday Brittany McQuain: 14 points, 10 rebounds, 7-for-14 field goals St. Francis 77, QU 64 - Monday
QU 3, RPI 3 –Friday Jeremy Langlois: 2 goals Union 3, QU 2 OT- Saturday Justin Pallos (UNION): game-winning goal
Women’s Ice Hockey QU 4, Darmouth 0- Friday Kelly Babstock: 2 goals Harvard 3, QU 2 - Saturday Babstock: goal, assist
Women’s Indoor Track
Dartmouth Indoor Classic - Saturday QU ‘A’: 3rd in 4x800 meter relay - 10:03.74 Becca White: 5th in 1 mile run - 5:08.82
Acrobatics & Tumbling
Azusa Pacific Tri-Meet –Saturday 3rd place: scored 265.14 points
MEN’S BASKETBALL vs. Sacred Heart, Wednesday, 7 p.m.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL vs. Sacred Heart, Saturday, 1 p.m.
WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY vs. RPI, Friday, 7 p.m. Quinnipiac Bobcats Sports Network is your source for live broadcasts
and win, but we did.” Kaminski registered her third double-double of the season with The Quinnipiac women’s bas- 11 points and a game-high 11 reketball team ended its three-game bounds. losing streak Monday night as it deQuinnipiac drew first blood feated St. Francis (N.Y.) Quinnipiac 56 as Brittany McQuain 56-52 in a Northeast sank a jump shot. The Conference matchup at St. Francis 52 Bobcats held a 4-0 lead the Pope Physical Education Cen- until the Terriers scored at the 16:57 ter. mark of the first half. Freshman forward Brittany The Terriers’ Ozana MarginMcQuain led the Bobcats (8-4, ean swooshed a 3-pointer to give 11-12 NEC) with a career-high 17 her team the first lead of the game, points before she fouled out with 5-4. The Bobcats responded scornearly two minutes left. ing a two-point field goal 15 sec“I just like her development,” onds later and regained the lead. Quinnipiac head coach Tricia FabThe Bobcats went on a 9-0 bri said. “She’s feeling more com- run taking its biggest lead of the fortable. She’s understanding that half, 25-16, with nearly two minwe want the ball in her hands. utes left in the first half. The TerriOur strength is on the inside with ers responded scoring four straight [Courtney] Kaminski, [Jacki] Mann, points to soften the Bobcats to a and McQuain. She’s really taking ad- 5-point cushion, 25-20, before halfvantage of it when she’s getting the time. touches.” “Our girls were really patient With just more than one min- and composed,” Fabbri said. “We ute remaining in the game, the Ter- really played calm. I think we have riers (2-21, 0-12) sank back-to-back a tendency to act too panicked and 3-pointers to trail by four, 51-47. too excited.” As the Terriers committed an Quinnipiac scored the first intentional foul to stop the clock points of the second half on a with 13 seconds left in play, Mann bucket by junior Felicia Barron, but stepped onto the free throw line the Terriers went on a 4-0 run to and scored what turned out to be trail 27-24. the Bobcats’ final two points. The Bobcats then went on With seven seconds left, the to score nine consecutive points. Terriers shortened the Bobcats’ 56- Mann netted a 3-pointer to give the 49 lead as they sailed a 3-pointer Bobcats a 10-point advantage, 34into the net, but the Bobcats held 24, at the 13-minute mark. on until the final buzzer. “We knew what we were coming into — a lions’ den,” Fabbri Northeast Conference said. “They’re an awfully hungry Standings team. We just wanted to talk about NEC being positive and really not about Team 1. Saint Francis 10-2 what’s on the line and going into a Robert Morris game with this situation and magni10-2 tude having lost three. It was a really 3. Sacred Heart 8-4 difficult place to come in and play Quinnipiac 8-4 By Kelley Davies Staff Writer
Men’s Ice Hockey
February 9, 2011
Brittany McQuain: 17 points, 7 rebounds, 8-for-13 field goals
“Our girls were really patient and composed. We really played calm. I think we have a tendency to act too panicked and too - Tricia Fabbri excited.”
Lawrence Bremer / Chronicle
Janine Duffy played hockey in Austria after graduating from QU last season, as she helped the Bobcats host their first playoff series.
Where are they now? By Janine Duffy
After my time at Quinnipiac I was presented with the opportunity to play overseas in Murzzuschlag, Austria. The opportunity was presented to me by a former teammate, Elyse Cole, who played the year before in Salzburg, Austria, and now had the chance to play for a new team in Murzzuschlag. The name of our team was the Neuberg Highlanders. Women’s ice hockey in Austria was and still is pretty much unheard of. Hockey isn’t a very common sport in Austria and the fact that girls actually played hockey made people that much more interested. Our town is quite small so we were known to all of the locals and were able to attract some fans and interest to the sport. Elyse and I lived in a flat with another Canadian from Alberta who also just graduated from Quinnipiac University. The people from
our team were extremely welcoming and couldn’t of been more hospitable toward us. It was difficult at times because of the language barrier and made me wish that I had tried to pick up some German before I left. But by the end, I had a couple words to bring home with me! We were able to travel all around Europe from Austria to Switzerland, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Slovenia, and Germany. One of the reasons they wanted to bring us over was to help build the level of competition because women’s ice hockey is at risk of being eliminated as an Olympic sport. As of now, Elyse is still over there playing and coaching for both the teams the Highlanders have. I have come back to Canada to start back up at school and am taking a two year program in Culinary Management.
ACROBATICS & TUMBLING
Coach: ‘Plenty of room for improvement’ By Cassie Comeau Staff Writer Despite a .836 increase in overall score, it wasn’t enough for Quinnipiac’s acrobatics and tumbling team to beat Fairmont State University a second time this season. On Dec. 5, the Bobcats edged the Falcons 264.304 - 263.379, but couldn’t come close to Fairmont State’s 273.52 on Saturday with 265.14 points. With Baylor University unable to make it to California due to weather, Quinnipiac also faced Azu-
sa Pacific, which hosted the competition. The Cougars defeated both the Bobcats and the Falcons with a total score of 274.86. In the compulsory round, the Bobcats’s total of 38.65 wasn’t enough to beat either opponent who had totals of 39.07 and 39.17. The basket toss heat ended up being Quinnipiac’s best heat with a total of 9.85, which tied it with Fairmont State. The Bobcats bested the Falcons and the Cougars in heat 1 of stunts with .03 and .14 points, respectively, above the other competitors, but their scores in the next two
heats dropped, placing them behind Fairmont State and Azusa Pacific by four points. Quinnipiac’s scores in the pyramid (28.70) and the basket toss (27.40) earned the Bobcats second place in both events ahead of Fairmont State. The Bobcats couldn’t fight their way into the top two with their scores in the last two events of tumbling (48.74) and the team routine (97.39), leaving them in third place out of the participating teams. “The team definitely stepped it up in the tumbling round which was better than our season opener
against Maryland,” Quinnipiac head coach Mary Ann Powers said. “Erin Trotman added two connections to her specialty pass which boosted our overall score by a full point. “We also scored higher in our basket toss rounds and in our team pyramid event. Our team routine predetermined values were higher for this meet; however we have plenty of room for improvement as the season progresses.” Quinnipiac will host the University of Oregon March 21 at 7 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center.
February 9, 2011
Matt Eisenberg / Chronicle
Clockwise from left: Quinnipiac’s Yuri Bouharevich lands on his arm in Friday’s 3-3 tie to RPI; Union goaltender Keith Kinkaid dives in order to stop Quinnipiac forward Jeremy Langlois’ shot in a 3-2 overtime loss; Bouharevich drops to a knee in front of the net to block a shot by Union’s Mat Bodie.
Saves men’s ice hockey goalie Eric Hartzell made combined in two overtime games over the weekend.
Consecutive games started by men’s basketball junior James Johnson, one short of Quinnipiac’s Division I record.
Points Kelly Babstock has posted this season, which ranks seventh in the country and first among all freshmen.
Assist-to-turnover ratio for women’s basketball’s Felicia Barron, ranking her first in the NEC.
Shutouts posted by women’s ice hockey goalie Victoria Vigilanti this season, ranking second in the country.
Victoria Vigilanti Jeremy Langlois Women’s Ice Hockey Sophomore, goalie Woodbridge, Ontario Sophomore goalie Victoria Vigilanti recorded 76 saves over the weekend, including a 35save shutout over Dartmouth Friday night. Vigilanti stopped 19 shots in the final frame in her seventh shutout of the season, which ranks second in the country. She stopped 41 shots against Harvard, with 20 saves in the third period alone.
Amanda Shulman / Chronicle
Next home game: Friday, 7 p.m. vs. RPI
Men’s Ice Hockey Sophomore, forward Tempe, Ariz. Sophomore Jeremy Langlois scored two goals in Friday’s 3-3 tie against RPI, his third multigoal game of the season. Langlois leads the Bobcats in scoring with 15 goals and in points with 20 on the season.
Matt Eisenberg / Chronicle
Next home game: Feb. 18, 8 p.m. vs. Yale
“Our forwards didn’t have any jump to go in and get the forecheck established so we could give our defense a little - Rand Pecknold time to rest.” Men’s Ice Hockey
February 9, 2011 COLUMN
All good things come to an end By Chris Leary Online Sports Editor
Matt Eisenberg / Chronicle
John Dunbar struggles to skate through Union defensemen during Quinnipiac’s overtime loss to the Dutchmen on Saturday. The loss ended Quinnipiac’s record streak of 59 unbeaten games when leading after two periods. The streak started on March 17, 2007.
Historic slip Dutchmen capitalize, bounce Bobcats
Pecknold said he didn’t know what Dalhuisen was trying to do. “Obviously, he’d like to have The No. 11 Union Dutchmen that back,” Pecknold said. “It was did to the Quinnipiac Bobcats men’s an atrocious play and he knows that, ice hockey team what no team had but you have to move on.” been able to do in 59 Union The Bobcats 3 previous attempts: OT held a 2-1 lead gobeat them after trail- Quinnipiac 2 ing into the third ing through two periods. The Bob- period before Union defenseman cats carried a 2-1 lead into the third Brock Matheson tied the game at 2 period, but fell to the Dutchmen on just 1:39 into the third. Matheson, Saturday, 3-2, in overtime. who was left all alone on the right The Bobcats (13-11-5, 6-7-4 doorstep, received a cross-ice pass ECAC) held the longest active un- from Welsh and quickly buried the beaten streak when leading after the puck into the back of the net to tie second period in NCAA Division I the score. men’s hockey, as they were 54-0-5 “We had really poor defensive dating back to March 17, 2007. zone play leaving that kid wide open The Bobcats led twice, 1-0 on the back door,” Pecknold said. and then 2-1, before finally falling Quinnipiac started the scorto the Dutchmen (20-7-3, 12-3-1) in ing at 7:09 of the first period when overtime. Kellen Jones roofed a loose puck More than halfway through over Union goalie Keith Kinkaid. overtime, Union’s Andrew Buote Jones’s back hander, assisted by his forced Quinnipiac defenseman twin brother Connor Jones and capMike Dalhuisen to lose control of tain Scott Zurevinski, was his sixth the puck in his own zone. Union of the season. forward Justin Pallos scooped up The Bobcats pushed the pace the puck at the slot, deked left, then in the first period with their forright, and roofed the puck over a wards as their defense stayed stout sprawled out Eric Hartzell to seal throughout the period, with Hartzthe win for the Dutchmen. ell coming up big numerous times. Quinnipiac head coach Rand “[Hartzell] made a lot of big By Jared Baiman Contributing Writer
saves and I think he’d like to have a couple goals back,” Pecknold said. “It was a good learning experience
than a minute after Quinnipiac was called for a boarding penalty. Wayne Simpson scored his 10th goal of the
It was an atrocious play and he knows that, but you have to move on.”
-Quinnipiac head coach Rand Pecknold on Mike Dalhuisen’s turnover in overtime
for him this weekend.” But the Bobcats slowed down in the second period, Pecknold said. “I thought we were sluggish, sloppy and we were losing races and battles,” Pecknold said. “When I say sluggish I just mean that in the second period we got outshot 18-5 and you don’t get outshot like that unless you are losing a lot of races to the puck. We just didn’t have a lot of jump. “I think that our biggest problem wasn’t so much our defense, but our forwards. Our forwards didn’t have any jump to go in and get the forecheck established so we could give our defense a little time to rest. We just had no forecheck whatsoever in the second.” Union tied the score at 1 less
season on a pass from his brother John Simpson at 9:33 of the second period. The Bobcats quickly answered when freshman John Dunbar scored his fourth of the season at 12:26. Dunbar deflected Dalhuisen’s shot from the point. Quinnipiac dropped to 0-2-5 in overtime games this season while Union improved to 2-1-3.
ECAC Hockey Standings
Team Pts ECAC 1. Yale 26 13-3-0 2. Union 25 12-3-1 3. Rensselaer 21 10-5-1 4. Dartmouth 20 9-5-2 7. Quinnnipiac 16 6-7-4
The Quinnipiac men’s ice hockey team found out Saturday that all good things come to an end, losing a 2-1 third period lead to Union. The Bobcats had been 54-05 when leading after two periods, a streak that started March 17, 2007. Now that the streak is over, it is time to look back on it, and appreciate it for what it was. Would it be too bold to compare it to other streaks in sports, such as the UConn women’s 90-game win streak? Or the 142 consecutive cuts made by Tiger Woods on the PGA Tour? Do we dare compare it to the improbable streaks of days college students string together without washing gym shorts? I don’t think we can. The streak is impressive, but I doubt the average sports fan at Quinnipiac even knew of the streak before it ended. I think in order for a streak to be great, it has to be something that everyone knows about — something that is talked about every time that particular team heads out to play. I used to wear this sick Block Island T-shirt in high school, and for the better part of senior year I was scoring with girls each time I wore it, eventually realizing I was on an amazing win streak. People joked about it at first, but then it got serious. None of my friends wanted to be the guy to jinx me, but every time I went to a party I could still hear the murmurs in the background from my friends, but I had to ignore it. I had to just go out there and play my game, and not worry about the streak. I had to keep my eyes on the prize. That’s exactly what Quinnipiac has done for the better part of three years, they have gone out and just played their game. They didn’t worry about some streak, they just wanted to go out and win. This streak represents how great our hockey team has been at closing out games over the past couple of years. The most important thing now is to move forward and try to start a new streak. I hope we start it Friday against Dartmouth, and then carry it into the Yale game next week. I haven’t been to many hockey games this year, but I saw how rowdy it got last year against Yale, and I expect nothing less out of our team, and especially our fans.