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Music Spotlight: Nick Gallo
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The Clothesline Project Katrina Carbone For the Clock he Clothesline Project was hosted by T Voices Against Violence in the Town Common on Fri., Apr. 18, 2014. The Clothesline Project is a visual display that is meant to bring understanding and awareness to the issues surrounding domestic violence, sexual violence, and stalking. CONTINUED ON PAGE 3
Drag Queens and Kings Hold "Court"room Elizabeth Barden Features Editor Oohs, Ahhs, Ows, and laughter filled the HUB Courtroom on Wed. Apr. 16 at PSU Pride’s Annual Drag Show. Cecil Smith, senior, and Angelica Rosenthal, senior, opened the show with a mock performance of “Blurred Lines” by Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke. The audience was riled up and excited to what the show would bring this year. Alumni even came back to watch the show to support their fellow Pride members and performers. Hannah Tabor, Treasurer of PSU Pride said, “The Drag Show has always been a night of both humor
and talent.” For those who do not know, PSU Pride is the Plymouth State University Sexuality & Gender Minority and Ally community whose mission is to create a safe and welcoming environment on campus for the LGBTQA+ community. They hold weekly meetings every Wed. at 7p.m. in Rounds Hall, bringing in guest speakers and holding pride events, the drag show becoming one that is held annually. CONTINUED ON PAGE 11
ick Gallo, a freshman at Plymouth N State University, has recently popped up on the music scene after releasing his first
mix tape entitled, “The Good Life.” Nick’s music has quickly gained popularity with Plymouth students reaching over 1,500 views on YouTube and SoundCloud. Nick releases his weekly “Humpday Hit” every Wednesday and it can be found on his twitter: @NickGalloMusic. The Clock: When did you start making/ playing music? Nick Gallo: I started making music when I was around 12 years old. I would play around with the software on my mom’s computer. In my freshman year of high school, I got Beatpad and began producing music on my own. As the years went on I saved up for a keyboard and some other utilities. I would post instrumentals on the web for people to purchase and use for their own music. During that time, I was always recording my own songs but I didn’t release them to anyone. Rapping was more of a personal hobby at that time. Why did you start? Music is one of the biggest parts of my life. Growing up, I was exposed to so many different genres and was fascinated by the way it impacted me. I saw the way it affected people and I figured I would try to do that myself. I wanted to be able to express how I felt and see if others could connect my personal experiences to theirs. I have so much fun making music. CONTINUED ON PAGE 13
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And I Will Not Fail liked the military. Well, kids has grown up a lot. I grew up during my IInnever who joined the military. trip to Lackland, too. my opinion, they joined the miliI met Chris. His wife cheated on him
tary because they weren’t smart enough for college, wanted the attention, and had to compensate for insecurities by hiding behind a uniform. In my opinion, they thought they were better than me because of the status the military gave them. I thought I was better than them because I was just the opposite: smart, humble, and personable. I hated social media posts from kids out of basic training, sharing photos of themselves in uniform for attention and having their efforts confirmed by others that they were brave and strong. Facebook became a penis-pump for “soldiers’” egos. I hated posts from girlfriends advertising how proud they were of their “military man.” I hated how couples got married after meeting each other just so they could live together, sealing a fate of divorce. I hated how kids with half the intelligence of myself were making more money than me after squeaking through high school. I hated how those enlisted were given a free pass in the eyes of others. By joining the military, they were “doing something with their life” and “going to be successful.” Now, I hate how I was only looking at the world through my own lens, my own interpretation of what success was. *** I just got back from Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. My sister graduated from the Air Force. She
during his first week in basic training. She spent $14,000 of his money, taking herself and two friends on vacation, and she locked up what little money he had left his so he couldn’t even buy a candy bar his entire time at Lackland. I met Stephanie. All she wanted to do was wear make-up again and have her cell phone back. I met Courtney. She was shy. It became evident that these were not the military kids I thought I hated. They were funny, vulnerable, and quiet. They were real people. My sister joined the military not because she wasn’t smart enough for college (my experiences with other students at Plymouth has only strengthened that belief). She didn’t join the military because wanted attention, and she didn’t join the military because she needed a uniform to gain authority (she bossed me and my dad around enough already). Chris, Stephanie, and Courtney didn’t join the military for these reasons either *** My best friend just signed with the National Guard. He is the most intelligently gifted kid I know, and he is humble. He is the exact opposite of my military stereotype. He doesn’t even have a Facebook to boast on. My best friend has substance abuse issues. He went to UNH for a semester and dropped out. *** The last lines of the airman’s creed my sister and 600+ newly graduated
airmen yelled throughout the weekend was, “And I will not fail.” After this weekend, I believe them. Not because they are working towards my definition of success, but because they are working towards their own. My old definition of success used to be my own: college, good grades, money, and starting a family. Now I know that this doesn’t work for everyone. College wasn’t for my sister. It didn’t work out for my best friend. Chris, Stephanie, and Courtney gained direction in their life when they had none. The military has offered them all a path to success. Just because it was different from my definition of success doesn’t make it wrong. There are multiple paths to multiple destinations of success.
Don’t get me wrong. I still hate some of the kids in the military. I met a few just like what I previously described. I learned that not all are like that. People like I described above: arrogant, craving attention, etc., aren’t limited to the military. The military is full of kids, just like me, trying to find their way. Not everyone is headed in the same direction, but working hard, giving everything you can towards your future is how I define success now. That’s what the kids at Lackland were doing, and they will not fail. I’m doing the same, but in my own way. And I will not fail.
Matthew Ormsbee Editor-in-Chief
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During the public display, a clothesline was hung with T-shirts designed by either survivors of domestic and sexual abuse, or loved ones of those who have passed. With survivor stories written on them, these shirts represent each individual's experience. Each year, this project continues to educate, document, and raise awareness on campus of the extent of sexual and domestic abuse. It is a tangible and visible way to show how many victims and survivors of violence there are. It is meant to aid in the healing process for victims of violence, and those who have lost a loved one to it. Voices Against Violence advocate,
Dev Patterson said, “We always hope that more people will show up, and more people will get involved, but there was a good turn-out in October.” Sonja, The Americorps Victims Assistant Programs Director, said “Our outreach reached over 400 people, [and although] our turnout is pretty consistent… It would always be great if community members would spread the word.” Another advocate, Kelsie Robillard said, “It’s a really, really, powerful display.” If you need assistance, please contact the Voices Against Violence office at (603) 536-5999. If you have an emergency, please contact the 24-hour Crisis Hotline immediately at 1-877-221-6176. Also look for Voices Against Violence on Facebook and at www.voicesagainstviolence.net.
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Enactus Now in Plymouth Joe Boisvert For the Clock nactus, an entrepreneurial E business club, has now joined the many clubs available at Plymouth
State. Enactus focuses on finding real life solutions to problems facing
both the student body and the local communities. Their motto “for every social problem, there is a business solution” exemplifies the purpose of the club. President and founder Nick Melewski started the club in order to help students understand how business works, as well as give students hands-on experience when dealing with small businesses.
“Our goal is to empower people by improving their standard of living and quality of life. Using the entrepreneurial skills and business knowledge of our members, we will be working to enrich the campus and community,” said Melewski Enactus brings several interesting new opportunities to the table. They give students the ability to network with business owners, as well as get tips and tricks from business leaders they wouldn’t meet in the classroom. Furthermore, it allows business, sales,
and marketing majors to interact and combine their skills in new ways. Currently, Enactus is a part of several business and community projects in the Plymouth area. “We are currently assisting Whole Village in the creation of a Prosperity Center for our community. That would include a financial literacy program, health promotion, parenting classes, and even a crash-course in social media for those in need. Our members are also creating a social business that would support local veterans and the home-
less shelter. We also recently teamed up with The Common Man to get our business plans going,” said Melewski Enactus offers several projects that stretch farther than the immediate Plymouth area. The group is currently working on attending national conventions as well as large-scale job fairs in the future. Enactus meets every Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. in the Lamson Library Tower room (Room 202) and encourages anyone interested to join.
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Campus Crimes: Home Break-Ins in Plymouth Deanna Cunningham Staff Writer
lymouth is one of those small P towns that gives off the feeling that it’s safe because of its size. For
very informative, and I knew they wouldn’t be able to find who did it. Even our landlord refused to get a dead bolt or another lock on the door because ‘if a person wants to get in they will.’" Shoes, multiple video game consoles and accessories, money, snowboard goggles, iPods, a video camera, survival/pocket knives, alcohol, and gift cards were all taken from the Langdon St. houses during the break-ins. “There’s no need to even lock your door, it will just get kicked down regardless, and the police are basically useless, so don’t waste your time giving them a detailed report,” said Langdon St. resident, PSU Senior Andrew Garbino.
When asked what it was like to have his privacy invaded, Garbino said, “It’s very uncomfortable knowing that strangers were in your house going through all of your personal belongings and taking things that are of value to you.” The house on Russell Street had a similar experience. The resident, who wished to remain anonymous for their safety said, “Over $4,000 was stolen from our house, and although the culprit was caught he is still attending school here. The UPD were no help to us. They victimized us and let the PSU Wrestler who committed the crime get away too easy.” The victims of the break-ins are disgruntled, to say the least, with
how things were handled. When asked about how the break-ins were handled, Chief Bailey said that the University Police were not involved and that it was a Plymouth Police Department matter. He advised that the best thing to do to keep personal things safe is to keep doors locked and windows shut. More importantly, register your valuables with UPD. “All electronics can be registered with us. Students can come down and register their things with us in case they’re stolen,” said Chief Bailey. If anyone has any information in regards to any home-break in case call the Plymouth Polic at (603) 5352330 or The Plymouth Police Dept. at (603) 536-1804.
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the most part, that is true, but there are exceptions. There may not be people getting mugged on a regular basis, but there are still people desperate enough to steal from their community. University Police Department Chief Rick Bailey said, “On campus break-ins can happen, but not a lot." Back in late December and early January, there were several home
break-ins in Plymouth. Three houses were broken into, two on Langdon Street and one on Russell Street. Plymouth State University students currently occupy theses houses. Collectively there was over $5,000 stolen in cash and personal property. "The biggest thing I can say is that people leave their windows and doors open because of the nice weather. Most on-campus crimes are crimes of opportunity. Somebody is walking and sees something that they can do, and they go for it," said Bailey. The Langdon Street residents were less than impressed with the way the situation was handled. One of the residents, PSU junior Ben Haskell said, “There isn’t anything that can be done now. The police were not
Wellness Center & Lamson Library Joining Forces Emmett Warren For the Clock Each year, Plymouth State University’s Lamson Learning Commons and the Wellness Center join forces to offer stress-relieving activities during final’s week. This year, the events will be taking place on May 12 th, 13 th and 14 th on the Lamson Library’s main floor.
Anne Jung-Mathews, the Outreach Librarian here at Plymouth, has worked with the Wellness Center and Spiritual Care & Reflection Center for the last several years. “The Lamson Learning Commons have enjoyed working with other groups on campus in the past,” said Jung-Mathews, “and we thought this would be a good way to provide some stress relief [during] finals.” Activities planned include chair massages, reflexology and pet therapy, as well as snacks offered free of
charge. In order to receive a chair massage or reflexology, students will need to sign up in the library on the day of the event. A signup sheet will be provided one hour before beginning. Pet therapy sessions will include Canine Good Citizen certified dogs sponsored through the Wellness Center. “They will have a yellow and green vest on that states ‘PSU Pet Therapy,’” said Wendy Hills of the Wellness Center who is helping to coordinate the event. “You are wel-
come to share your love with them for as long as you’d like.” The Wellness Center offers relaxation activities weekly in the HUB which all students are welcome to participate in. Schedules are posted on the calendar outside the office of The Clock Newspaper, and appointments can be made by calling 535-2853 or by stopping by. Popular activities among students include reiki, reflexology, chair massages, tarot card readings, oracle card readings and astrology. “Our relaxation room
is a great place to sit and relax on our many pillows so stop by anytime,” said Hills. Though schedules are still being determined, Hills asks students interested to, “watch for posters or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ psuwellnesscenter) to find out exact times.” For any questions feel free to stop by the Wellness Center or email Wendy Hills at firstname.lastname@example.org or Anne Jung-Mathews at email@example.com.
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History of Plymouth Flooding Emmett Warren For the Clock rom tropical storms to flash floods and F ice dams, the town of Plymouth, New Hampshire has seen its share of major floods
throughout the years. The recent flooding on Thurs., Apr. 18 was a mild reminder of the harsh years through which the town of Plymouth has endured. At nearly 17 feet high, the recent flooding seeped into the grassy fields and parking lots on Holderness Road near the Plymouth State University campus. “We made the decision as a university to clear out parking lots [on Holderness Road] which were flooded. And for a duration of 3 or 4 days, we had students park in other areas on campus,” said Bruce Lyndes, News Service Manager for Plymouth State University. However, while some off-campus apartments and businesses felt a slight impact, Lyndes said it was nothing compared to the impact of Hurricane Irene in 2011. “Trucks from Physical Plant were driving up to the main campus. It was so bad that we couldn’t conduct normal business. The latest incident in flooding was an inconvenience, but it wasn’t a major catastrophe.” Irene reached a total measured height of 21.69 feet. Flood stage is about 13 feet. “To see the PE Center, Hanaway Rink, as well as the two gas stations and Physical Plant was quite
a site,” said senior meteorology major, Eric Brill. “I was in awe of the raw power Mother Nature had.” The university’s $16 million arena was flooded with four inches of water by 3:30 a.m. Plymouth Police Chief, Jake Patridge, said officials believed the facility’s heavy flood door failed to work. When asked what disadvantages the town of Plymouth has during floods, Brill said, “The buildings of the East side of the Pemigewassett River can, and have been in great danger whenever the snowpack from up North melts.” Spouts of extreme weather hitting the Pemigewasset River, particularly in the spring months, have always caused local floods. However, due to the long New England winters, melted snow has often been a major contributing factor to the high water levels. Such was the case with the flood of 1936 when melted snow from a lengthy winter and intense rain from a stalled warm front flooded the streets of Plymouth and Holderness to the record height of 29 feet. “There isn’t much anyone can really do about it, as putting some sort of retaining wall up would devastate some of the regions down South,” said Brill. As a meteorology major, Brill has a unique appreciation for the power of storms. “You hear of tornadoes happening in the Midwest, and hurricanes and typhoons happening around the world, but until you see these events occur in person, pictures and videos don’t do it justice.” When Irene hit the town on Aug. 28, 2011, residential advisors had already arrived on campus before the school year started. With
classes being delayed, there weren’t any students to help move in, so the RAs took to helping displaced citizens find shelter in the Hartman Union Building. “The people that took shelter were from Plymouth and Campton,” said Lyndes. “Regular people came here because we opened shelter to the community.” Regarding preparation in cases of flash floods, Lyndes said, “In my tenure here that hasn’t happened. We are so tuned in to when there is a possible flood. It doesn’t happen as a big surprise, we know it’s coming. If we know there’s ice on the river, if we know there’s an ice melt, if we know there’s precipitation, all those elements suggest to us that flooding is a probability and we act accordingly. We’re proactive.” When asked if the campus is vulnerable to potential flooding in the future, Lyndes said, “I don’t think we have much of a problem on campus because of the geographic location of our residence halls. The bulk of our students live 100 feet above the flood plain. You might get some off-campus students who are in trouble, and we would do the same thing and open a shelter that would probably accommodate between 50 and 100 people.” These locations would likely be the HUB as the school has done in the past or the armory below Langdon Woods. Though the university campus has the advantage of elevation, off-campus residencies have a history of seeing the bulk of flood damage in their basements. On Dec. 22, 1973 the fire department was called in at 3:30 pm in response to a flooded South River Street home. “We often will have to bring in a portable pump,” said Cap-
tain Steve Vachon of the Plymouth Fire Department. “We have to shut off the utilities first, and then suck out the water before it freezes over. Holderness frequently has to evacuate on North South River Street in the 175A area. Generally we’ll assist in closures or if anybody needs help evacuating or needs to be rescued.” In 1973, at water levels of 20 feet, power throughout the town was cut by the storm while fears mounted that low overnight temperatures would freeze the roads over into solid ice. The National Guard was called in as well as the Plymouth Civil Defense organization to serve residents and businesses on River Street and in nearby Holderness. 24 Guardsmen, 8 Civil Defense members, and 14 volunteers were responding to distress signals over the WPNH radio, which stayed on long after its normal schedule. With such devastating recorded impacts, many wonder what could be done to stop such catastrophes from happening in the future. “There’s nothing we can do to prevent flooding in the area,” said Lyndes. “Because of the land, because of the river, because of the conditions Mother Nature has provided, we’ll never be able to eliminate the threat of flooding. All we can do is appropriately plan, and we’ve done that with the AllWell Center and we did that with the ice arena.” To find out more information about floods in Plymouth feel free to contact Jennifer Gilbert NH Office Energy of Planning (603 271 1762) o any PSU Meteorology faculty (including Dr. Eric Kelsey , Dr. Sam Miller).
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First Semester Abroad Shannon Skinner For the Clock
SU sends many students abroad P every semester, both nationally and internationally. Students always
come back with many stories to tell and even share some of those stories at the global fairs held on campus. Current and incoming students may be hesitant to study abroad for one reason or another, but students who travel abroad their very first semester and share their experiences may influence more students to jump on the opportunity to travel. Now, why would someone want to commit to a college and then not even go to it? Well, here is the first reason: Plymouth State University offers a study abroad experience for its firstyear students. It is pretty crazy to think that anyone would commit to PSU and already be thinking about attending their first semester of college in a different country. However, this incredibly unique program had its tenth successful year partnering with the University of Limerick in Fall 2013. In past years, a number of students have participated in this program, ranging from 7-25 students, including a Plymouth State professor who chaperones the students on their voyage. In Fall 2013, twelve students partook in the study abroad experience. The students in attendance ranged from music education majors, mountain climbers, the timid but hilarious, down-to-earth hippies, and party-
goers. Although the students came from very different backgrounds along the east coast, they all arrived at the consensus that they became a family over the course of the semester. The brave professor who guided these first-year students into a whole new world is David Talbot, who belongs to the business department at PSU. Talbot, along with Lisa Ladd, transported twelve students across the pond to Limerick, Ireland on Sep. 2. Ladd’s visit to Ireland was short and mainly to help with the adjustment period. She returned home to PSU while Talbot accompanied his students on this life-changing journey. Talbot’s commitment to these students was to teach two courses from the PSU curriculum, as well as three other Irish courses that would be accredited to the PSU credit transfer system. Talbot taught Freshman Seminar and a personal financing class, which was extremely helpful for students when learning how to budget their money between grocery shopping, basic living expenses, and, of course, pints of Guinness and Smethwick’s down at the local pub, The Stables. Although the personal finance class generally targets an older crowd of students at PSU, Talbot said, “It is a class every student should take as a first-year so they can learn to budget their money wisely throughout college.” Along with the two Plymouthbased courses, students were required to take two suggested Irish courses,
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Music and Dance and Irish Folklore, which allowed students to completely immerse themselves in the Irish culture. They also took an Irish course of their choice. Not only did Talbot serve as a professor and chaperone to his students, but he was a resouce for dealing with personal issues, adjusting, and was there for students whenever they needed to vent. “Although [they] are my students, I think of [them] as an extension of my family and [would] protect [them] to the same extent,” said Talbot. Although Talbot will not be joining the first-year study abroad program next Fall, the Global Education office has arranged a replacement chaperone. When first leaving for Limerick, Ireland, the first-year students left as teenagers who were inexperienced and had a dream of exploring the world. After returning, they had grown into adults by learning life skills such as cooking, cleaning, budgeting, and planning. “When I helped my mom clean at home, I always complained about the few simple tasks I had to do, I never thought I would have to clean up after four messy Irish lads,” said Jeana DiBona, a first-year student. “My roommate and I were constantly cleaning up after our roommates. We mastered cleaning a disgracefully dirty house after a long weekend in under two hours, this includes washing the floors at least twice.” The students who traveled were not a typical group of students ready to embark on the college journey.
They were hungry to see what the world and PSU had to offer and make the most of it. “I would say [studying abroad as a first-year] is a good thing because it seems risky or unorthodox. Under the current paradigm of American education, we’re kind of expected to follow this identical post high school track. When you step out of that box it forces you to stretch and learn in real time rather than going somewhere familiar and waiting to be taught,” said Graham Peterson, one student who studied abroad. Not only was this an eye-opening experience for most, but the lessons learned will be very valuable in the long run. “With the increasing competition within the job market, it helps develop multi-cultural experience and skills. From an employer’s perspective, it shows willingness to step out of your comfort zone and globally minded employees are in high demand,” said Tom Harder, an exchange student from England. Harder makes a point to realize the competitive world of today. If a first-year has this drive so early, imagine the skills they will develop by graduation. This program is a wild first experience in college that leads people to wonder why someone would leave the country after freshly turning 18 years old. Being so young and fresh out of high school, leads many parents to question their children leaving the country for their first time to go to college. “When [they] were first looking into the program, I remember [they] had some reserva-
tions about doing this as a first-year student. I thought that [they] would miss out on the bonding that new [students] go through in the first weeks of school, but reading posts and pictures throughout [their] journey, and now seeing how happy and confident [they] are as a second semester first-year, I think that I was wrong,” said Gail Kruglak, a family friend of one of the students who traveled to Limerick. “It seemed like a fantastic experience to grow up and become independent and self-reliant. It seems like [she] made it to PSU as a confident woman who knows herself better and knows what she wants instead of getting there as an inexperienced wide-eyed girl who never left her home town. It seems to me that [she] rocked it and [she] is a better, smarter, and more confident person for it!” Most parents’ concerns are, “How are my kids going to make friends when they get back, isn’t this usually the time everyone is comfortable in their friend groups?” The answer is simple: get involved. Plymouth State has a variety of clubs, sports, intramural teams, and societies that students are all encouraged to join. This university is a small community in which everyone knows everyone. This program, which has been a part of Plymouth State University for ten years, is an amazing opportunity for those who are interested in cultural exploration and world travel. This program is not promoted nearly enough for how amazing this experience is.
Google Totes Project Ara, Promises a Smartphone as Unique as You Bobby Costanzo Assistant Features Editor
martphone manufacturers have S been hastily working to deliver a single product that appeals to the
masses, but that isn’t so easy when everyone has their own unique tastes and styles. Nokia had one of the most pronounced approaches to their product lineup, offering consumers their Lumia phones in a vast variety of bold colors. Apple, after years of offering only the standard black and white iPhones, readied the 5C in a number of tame, friendly colors. Google, after purchasing Motorola, even offered consumers a phone that came with hundreds of customizable back plates (including wood paneling) through the Moto X. Now, Google is hoping to bring these customization options a step further with Project Ara, the first truly customizable smartphone. Imagine walking into a store, ready to purchase a brand-spanking new smartphone to satiate Flappy Bird needs. Drawn initially to the iPhones, but put off from them for one reason or another. Maybe it’s the premium price point, or the fact that everyone has one. A gleaming beacon of light located in the corner of the store
(angelic music and all) catches storegoers' attention. There is Google’s soon-to-be-a-thing smartphone, priced significantly lower than everything else around it. The store manager walks by, and explains the reason why the phone is so cheap is because it comes with nothing: no Wi-Fi, no 4G antenna, no camera, nada. He then gestures to a wall-filled with squarelike modules, which he explains can be used to add features to the phone by plugging them into the back. A higher-end camera to take overglorified pictures of cats is necessary, two batteries, Wi-Fi, and an antenna. Some may figure they’ll never need NFC or SD cards, and some people seldom use Bluetooth devices. Consumers can walk away with exactly what they need in a phone: no more, no less. Kara Barker, an Administrative Assistant at Plymouth State University, explained such a product would appeal to her because of its upgradability. “I never really know what to expect when I make that initial purchase,” said Barker, “and you might find you need something different as times goes on. It would be nice to upgrade it when you have a clearer idea of what exactly you need.” In a quote by Google explaining their thought-process behind the creation of Ara, “The smartphone
is one of the most empowering and intimate objects in our lives. Yet most of us have little say in how the device is made, what it does, and how it looks. And 5 billion of us don’t have one. What if you could make thoughtful choices about exactly what your phone does, and use it as a creative canvas to tell your own story?” Yet, Google is releasing this product in a world where terms like retina display exist, highlighting technology’s disconnection from the tech illiterate. One of the greatest challenges marketers may face is that people won’t know what they need, and what they won’t need. Most people have no idea what NFC is yet, so options like that may stumble them and drive them away. While Google will likely streamline the process, these obstacles are still very real. Conceptually, Google’s product has the opportunity to offer real change to a market that has largely remained the same since 2007. For many, it might be alluring to be able to swap out a camera for a day in exchange for an extra battery. It will remain to be seen, however, when Ara makes a release in 2015, whether it will stand among on top, or fade away into the background.
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The Union of Global Ambassadors Jeannette LaPlant For the Clock
n Fri., April 11, the Center for O Global Engagement hosted their monthly coffee hour. Students,
both international and domestic were excited to mix and mingle in the Center for Global Engagement office as they waited for the meeting to follow. Along with the students, faculty and staff were also in attendance to support the CGE. The meeting was attended by a combination of Global Ambassadors from the 2013-14 and the 2014-15 year, to prepare for the new year and new
international students and activities. The meeting allowed for the old and new Global Ambassadors to get to know one another, give advice to one another, and create plans for the future. The group took time to take a leadership style quiz. The quiz served as a predictor for how the group will work together in the future. The group had some members who had very strong leadership, some were more open to letting others take control, and many were in the middle. The group allowed for discussion of the pros and cons of leadership styles. The group set expectations for the new year. The group expects to work together, meet regularly, volunteer,
L.O.V.E. We Love Education Incorporated Dr. Eleanor Osborne and Lisa Valenzisi have teamed up to offer a series of outstanding workshops and on-site support to local educators. Our interactive workshops provide educators with 21st Century learning strategies that will help to transform “ho hum” classroom experiences into exceptionally exciting activities that will enable students to develop the skills they need to be successful in school and in life. Dr. Osborne is a former Deputy Superintendent from a large urban district and teaches reading supervision at the university level. Lisa Valenzisi has expertise in both administrator and teacher evaluation, new generation assessments, and has served as a state consultant. Call 203 671-4419 for an appointment.
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and be a mentor to incoming international students. The goal is to be a productive group that facilitates events on campus and welcomes new students to create a welcoming environment. Each Global Ambassador is going to be assigned to a new international student to mentor and help them transition into life at PSU. Vanessa Calabrese, a current Sophomore, is a new Global Ambassador for the CGE. She will also be a Global Orientation Leader in the 2014-15 school year. Calabrese is from Dover New Hampshire, and a Spanish major, with a French Minor and a TESOL certification. She studied abroad this past fall, and was connected with the CGE after her return “I’m looking forward to making new friends and getting involved with the international students on campus. When I went abroad, I know how important it is to have friends from that country, and I wanted to return the favor," said Calabrese.
Ronja Lotse, a Sophomore international student from Sweden, is a Psychology and Criminal Justice major and has been involved in the CGE since she arrived at PSU. Lotse is planning on staying at PSU for all four years of her degree. “I’m looking forward to getting to know everyone and helping out. It’s a fun thing to be a part of. This is really really helpful, especially orientation. You get know know a lot about other cultures”. Yi “Shirley” Cheng, a current Sophomore from China, is an Accounting major with an economics minor. She started in ELS, and graduated, thus becoming a PSU student. Cheng became involved with the CGE first with conversation partners, and is now a Global Ambassador and Global Orientation Leader. She is looking forward to, “getting to know more people, and get more involved in international program,” and is considering being a part of iron chef competition, an international
cook off, again next year and becoming involved in international week. Huiwen “Vivian” Zong an international student and current sophomore, will be a Global Orientation Leader and Global Ambassador next year. Zong commented on the impact the CGE makes, “I got a lot of help when I entered here, I think it is very important to help others, and it is always helpful for them too. I look forward to international week”. The group is excited to welcome more international students in the fall, and will be preparing for and creating connections with the new students over the summer. Congratulations to all of the new Global Ambassadors: Paula Davies, Yi “Shirley” Cheng, Brianna Pintauro, Sarah Ray, Huiwen “Vivian” Zong, Erik Strom, Jesper Fredholm, Frank Marinez, Iveta Stefancova, Petro Masumbuko, Aisling O’Leary, Valerie Lavendiere, Ronja Lotse, and Vanessa Calabrese.
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“My dad, he has a panther and all his brothers have panthers…it was a tradition for all his brothers so I just kinda kept it going in my generation”
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“ … i n m e m o r y o f my grandma, “Mema”. It’s the phrase she would always put on my birthday cards. My tattoo was made from a stencil of her handwriting.”
“It’s the flower of life, a sacred geometrical figure in which all shapes on earth exist…I got it because spirituality and the soul are allencompassing aspects of life, and it is all that I am.”
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“The mosaic elephant tattoo is a reproduction of a pin that my mother passed down to me. I had a feeling I was going to lose it as soon as she gave it to me, so I got it tattooed on me. Three months or so after I got the tattoo, I lost the pin in an Indian restaurant in New York City.”
“This butterfly is for my grandmother. My mother thinks that her mother was reincarnated into a butterfly. There were butterflies in my senior graduation pictures.”
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“I got this tattoo with my sisters who both have magnolia flowers too, but I didn’t want a normal flower so I designed this one myself ”
Student Spotlight: Tegan Donnelly Olivia Punch
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egan Donnelly, a Plymouth State UniT versity Senior, focuses her studies on History with a minor in Creative Writing and
Women’s Studies. As an incoming freshman in 2010, Donnelly applied and was accepted to Passport, now known as TRiO Scholars. TRiO Scholars is a federal program serving first-generation college students, students with disabilities, and low-income undergrad students across the nation and was established in 1968. TRiO Scholars meets in the PASS Office, located downstairs of the Lamson Library. With the PASS Office and TRiO Scholars putting in the effort to help undergraduate student to enrich their learning ability, students walk away from this program with a diploma they know they have worked hard for. Coming into the program, Donnelly received a mentor, someone who she could look up to for advice, study skills, and most importantly, someone she could call a friend in a new environment. “I started as a mentee. I got to move in a couple days earlier than anyone else, and got to meet the participants of TRiO. It was like having an instant friend-group of kids who came from the same socioeconomic class as you, but who are also academically driven,” said Donnelly. “As a mentee, I was shown around campus by my mentor, allowing me to have an instant friend. Mentors go to the dining hall if you don’t have someone to go with and to make sure mentees adjust socially and academically and most importantly, be able to balance the two lives,” said Donnelly. After being under the wing of her mentor for
her entire first year, Donnelly soon became a mentor sophomore year, and took many under her own wing, showing them the ropes at PSU. Donnelly accompanied Freshman TRiO Scholars to the dining hall and gave them tours around campus to make them feel more comfortable. She made sure to show her mentees that this program wasn’t just to enhance academic performance, but also to become comfortable with a huge transition of life, from home to on your own at college. “As a Freshman, it’s easy to forget about academics and just focus on the social aspect of college, but as a mentor it’s important to show them the balance,” said Donnelly. After juggling mentees, Donnelly had a total of about six who she encouraged to be brave, to be themselves, and to keep their eyes on the prize: the importance of an education. Donnelly gradually worked her way up the academic ladder due to hard work and dedication and became Head Mentor of TRiO Scholars. Spending most of her free time in and out of the PASS office, it holds significant importance to her. “The pass office is my “thing.” If I didn’t join this mentoring program I wouldn’t have found my “thing.” This program has also opened the door to three different jobs for me so it also allows me to support myself,” said Donnelly. TRiO Scholars and the PASS Office have not only mentored Donnelly, but also led her to a greater future, presented great opportunities, and job offers. Not only is she head mentor of TRiO Scholars, Donnelly also works at the front desk of the PASS Office, CRLA certified
to do studies skills tutoring, subject tutoring in History, English and Women Studies related classes, all on top of being a Legislative intern at Planned Parenthood with a post-graduation job with NARAL Pro-Choice New Hampshire. Donnelly isn’t only taking from the program a wealth of academia, but also some of the best friends PSU could offer her. Angela Ricciardi, one such friend, is a Tutor Coordinator at PSU. “Angie has had a lot of impact on me, and I refer to her as my campus mom. She really cares about this program and cares about the people who come into the office. She has been incredibly supportive and is someone I always want to stay
in contact with,” said Donnelly. Donnelly will soon be graduating and leaving the PASS office with a greater sense of self and confidence, knowing that she has worked hard for what she has and is able to support herself. Donnelly has set a great example to fellow undergraduates to follow their dreams because anything is possible if you try hard enough.
Plymouth Plunges into Polar Plunge Ryan Wimble For the Clock
he Polar Plunge, a.k.a The Pemi Plunge, T a.k.a. The Penguin Plunge is something that has been done for years. This year, however,
the trend seems to be bigger than ever. Right now, there is probably someone jumping into freezing waters after being nominated. This game is not a new trend. Residential Director, Bob Feeney, says students have been doing it since he was a student here at Plymouth, having then only called it The Pemi Plunge. So what makes this year different? Well thanks to social media, the spread of this game is much faster and larger. The rules of the game are simple: If someone jumps into the water, they can nominate whoever they want to do the same. They must have video or eyewitness evidence of the plunge. When the nominee finds out they have been nominated, they have 24 hours to jump into the water and make nominations themselves. Some people aren’t as strict about the rules, and sometimes arrangements can be made so the person has a fair chance to do it. The punishments for those who don’t do the jump in are either money, buying the nominator alcohol, etc. The polar plunge has gotten so big, kids CLOCK PHOTO / BRITTANY ANGELO
from other colleges and even some high school students are partaking in this epic challenge. When asked why they did it, PSU first-year Sarah Daley said, “I loved how it went through my friend group because it was a funny bonding experience. Why else would I have jumped in the Pemi in March?” When asked the same question, first-year Chase Donnell said, “My friend challenged me to do it and because he did it and challenged me, it only seemed right.” As the old saying goes, “If your friends jumped off a bridge would you jump off of it too?” As evidenced by Facebook, they would, or at least jump into freezing water. Sadly, since this phenomenon began there have been a couple of deaths or serious injury due to jumping into shallow parts of water or staying in the water too long. To help prevent incidents like that, there are some safety tips at the end of this article. The main point of the polar plunge is to make a memory that brings friends together. Always Remember: 1. Bring a towel to dry off right after 2. Have warm clothes to put on after 3. Avoid shallow parts 4. Don’t dive head first or with your knees. 5. Never go alone. Bring friends. It’s funnier and safer.
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Dining Hall Gourmet
Megan Gregorie For the Clock
et’s face it, everyone has walked L into Prospect after giving up a precious swipe, only to realize there are
no actual “meals” they want to indulge on. When this happens, students are forced to improvise -- a skill that college students must acquire at some point in their career. Whether it be one of “Burrito Mary’s” deluxe burrito or taco combinations, or a classic hot deli sandwich, everybody has created something of their own liking without it being on the Sodexo menu. Students here at Plymouth have come up with some elaborate meals even with limited options. Tyler, a Sodexo employee at the HUB Grille said, “The coolest thing I have ever seen a kid have me make was a deep fried steak and cheese bomb.” To the soul who desired that sandwich, hats off. That is quite a perfect combination. Jenna, a first-year student said that while she doesn’t venture out much in creating special meals at the dining hall, her all-time favorite offering is buffalo wings, the spicier, the better. The wings are super meaty and filling, often times better than the wings served at popular wing joints out in the real world. A student seen at Prospect Dining Hall mentioned that her favorite choice
at the dining hall is ravioli/tortellini bar night. The student also said, “Meatless Mondays are the best days because you can pair whatever the main entrée is with anything at the vegetarian station. The vegetarian special of the day is always fun and complimentary to anything else offered in the hot lines, whether you are a vegetarian or not. Whenever there is a bread bowl rocks because you can put anything in the bread bowl.” Another anonymous student said that his favorite creation is ranch dressing, rice, and chicken. Colleen Boland, a first-year student said, “Any time there are steak tips is a bomb time.” Other favorites among students with meal plans are the home fries offered during hot breakfast times and anything on the gluten-free menu. The consensus is that the gluten-free chicken tenders usually served on Tuesdays are awesome because you don’t even realize you’re missing out on the gluten, and they still taste delicious. A common misconception being that gluten free food isn’t appetizing. Prospect Hall proves that one wrong daily. Students looking for an after-dinner treat can make a root beer float, one of the perks of having an ice cream cooler and full soda fountains at all meal times. Having a hard time with making new and exciting combinations? Remember the stir-fry line is a great way to put things together and experiment, as well as the hot and cold deli lines.
Drag Queens and Kings Hold "Court"room
[CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1] At this year’s show, the seats filled up quickly as the performers put the final touches on their makeup. The music could be heard throughout the HUB, bringing in many audience members. This year’s participants were enthusiastic about taking part and were intrigued by PSU Pride’s search for Drag Kings and Queens. The audience was blown away as they watched their fellow classmates lip sync for their lives in hopes of becoming this year’s Drag Kings or Drag Queens. Dragsters from far and wide came to the stage and gave their performance all they had. Lights were flashing, music was booming, and clothing was thrown toward the audience. As the night went on, the enthusiasm, fabulosity, and fierceness became ever more prominent. Sam St. Jean, performed “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” by Cecline Dion, and couldn’t be any more thrilled to be the winner of this year’s Drag Show. “I’m so excited, I mean, last year’s winner was one of the judges so I feel really honored and happy,” said St. Jean. As for the audience members’ reactions: “I really enjoyed the show,” said Jake Stone, a firstyear student. “It was a really fun evening. I came out to support my friends and a good friend of mine was the winner...what can I say? It was fun.” Jesseca Martin, Sophomore, said, “A lot more people came than I thought would. I laughed the entire time. All of the performances were spot on with the characters they were trying to be. I really enjoyed the Grease performance [laughs]. That was my favorite.” This was great news for committee members to hear, considering the quick venue change due to unpredictable weather. “It was hectic,” admitted Hannah Dutton, Secretary of PSU Pride, “but worth it in the
end. We had to move the venue so it was a little hectic making sure we had everything, but once everything was all set and done it was great.” The show went on and ended up being a great success. “I think it went really well this year,” said Smith. “We ended up having a few acts that surprised us when they came out, but everyone just had a really good time making this come together. I’m glad there was such a wonderful turn out… a lot of people.” The Drag Show provided a unique experience for individuals to come out and really express themselves. It allowed many to fly free within those moments on stage and even provided a safe environment for the community and their allies to enjoy some fun entertainment. Dutton said, “I think it’s worth it to have people exposed to the culture and exposed to something they’re not used to.” “I think this whole night has a meaning,” said St. Jean. “Robin and Fran [PSU graduates] were talking about when they attended school here and they talked about how they take a moment every time they perform and they think ‘this never would have happened when we were in school here’. So I think that it’s a big sign of the times, that we can have an open drag show and embrace this kind of art.” The excitement within the Courtroom that night exemplified that this art is becoming more and more socially embraced. Being true to themselves and being able to embrace it and share it with the world is important, and PSU Pride was able to give the campus community that opportunity. As Brandon Pierre, sophomore, said, “I think the PSU Drag Show is a show the whole PSU community can enjoy, and even Mrs. Doubtfire would approve.”
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One-Woman Show Comes to PSU A&E Editor
ong known for her scathing L and in your face live performances, comedian/actress Sandra Bernhart has set her sights on Plymouth State University for the tour of her live show “Sandyland”. We recently got the chance to talk with Bernhart to discuss where her unique style comes from, the process of political humor, and what PSU audiences can expect from her when she takes the stage Friday, April 25th at the Silver Center.
The Clock: You started doing stand-up in the seventies, you’ve been on Broadway, and Plymouth New Hampshire is a little different than Broadway, I would presume. What is it about these smaller venues that you enjoy compared to the bigger ones you have performed in? Sandra Bernhard: I always like the sense of intimacy. It’s nice to feel the energy of the crowd. It just flows better when you’re closer to people and sometimes there’s that big gap from the stage to the audience. It’s like swimming over a big open ocean to get to the island and sometimes it’s a hard swim. It’s nice to have the intimacy. “Sandyland” has been described as stand-up, theatre, rock ‘n’ roll, burlesque and cabaret. Where would you say you get all of these influences? It’s very eclectic, the things that have always influenced my work are my own personal life, what’s happening right now in the world close to me and the world far away, my travels, my relationships, performances and performers that have inspired me. I draw stylistically from all of these different things and mix them into the big soup that is my own performance. How would you say “Sandyland” is unique from the other shows and tours that you have done? My work keeps evolving year to year and there’s new experiences that I think make me a better performer and able to access different parts of my talent and of course I write my own material so it’s always sort of an experiment from writing monologues to writing one-liners. It taps into all the stuff that makes you want to be a performer to begin with and you continue to do you it and write and create, it’s just very exciting and inspiring. You’ve started to get back into acting, specifically on television with the shows Switched
at Birth and a guest appearance on The Neighbors, and you also played the first openly gay character on a sitcom on Roseanne. Yeah, people always talk about that in a funny way but for me, it was just something that happened organically working on that show, because it was very collaborative and Roseanne always wanted to push the envelope so we thought it would be funny for my character, who originally is married to Tom Arnold, to respond to him being so hideous by going off with women. That was the whole impetus for the character to begin with. It was never meant to be a big huge political statement it was just meant to be something that was funny, and then of course because it was natural and happened in a very organic way it became an important milestone in television and in culture. That seems like something that is a trend for you in your career, of things just being revolutionary by happenstance. Exactly. I think that when you’re honest about your life and you live it fully and your work reflects it I think it just happens. So often I see so many performers and artists trying to beat you over the head with their message, and it’s like, just let me see the work and the message should come through conceivably. If you have to grab somebody by the neck and practically strangle them to make them see what you’re doing it just takes the fun out of it and it also some of the responsibility of the audience is to weigh out what they want from your performance so I think you’ve got to let them have that opportunity. What would you say to people who are possibly going to see your show? What should people in Plymouth come to expect from your show? The great thing about my work is that I think it’s always been ahead of the curve and dealt in and dabbled in topics and issues that other people weren’t even thinking about and were afraid of. I’ve always prided myself as one of those people that takes it to the next level and as kind of a timeless performer. Now more than ever that there’s so much emphasis placed on youth and who’s hip and who’s cool and what’s cool and what’s hip and there are certain performers and I’ve mentioned myself as one of them who kind of transcends time and age. I’ve always been the person who says, “if you’re not hip at 18 you won’t be hip at 80.” You can’t suddenly become hip. You can become more aware and more in touch with yourself,
but I think hipness is a state of mind that you are kind of born with and it evolves and flows throughout your life. Especially for a university setting, I think I have a connection to the timelessness of what makes being a performer interesting and compelling, and it’s just a fun show. It’s smart and fun and crazy and a little off the wall and musically it’s groovy and takes you on a journey that you won’t get to have with the average stand-up performer. I really take people places with me and I think that’s why people enjoy my work year after year. In pre vious inter vie ws you’ve made some political statements, for lack of a better term, how much of that do you think is engrained in your performances? Is it something that you feel you need to talk to the audience about or does it come naturally? Being a woman and being a feminist, there are certain issues that you know you’ve got to address. They affect me and they affect the people around who I care about so as long as there’s a way to make them funny and interesting and not just beat you over the head with it. I will approach certain subjects. I wouldn’t call it political in the sense of Bill Maher because that’s his life, he’s consumed by it, and I am too in many ways but I find a lot of other things equally as entertaining and I like to take people as I said on a whole different journey. To just do the whole political thing I think people are burned out on it... So if I can’t bring something fun and fresh to it, I won’t. You’ve said yourself that it’s not just a stand-up routine. You’ve been described as a comedian, an actress, an author, and a musician. Out of all these things what do you most enjoy and what do you think defines you most? I think that one thing wouldn’t work without the other. Obviously if I wasn’t a writer my stand-up and my live performing wouldn’t have the depth that it has. As an actor I put that into my performances as well so I feel like everything sort of comes together whether I am doing my acting or I’m doing my live performing, I like to bring all of the elements together so I think that I love doing all of them and keep my life and my career interesting for me so certainly I hope that for the audience as well. Sandra Bernhart will be performing her live show“Sandyland” at the Silver Center for the Arts Hannaway Theatre Friday, April 25th at 8pm. And contains adult language and themes. For tickets and further information visit Plymouth.edu/silver-center or call 603-535-2787
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April 25, 2014
William Ross For The Clock
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episode was very similar to episode 102, “The Trial of R. Kelly”, in which Tom’s wife, Sarah portrays herself as crazy and rejected, telling Tom how she wants a man who isn’t afraid to make his own decisions and be a dominant husband. Tom and Sarah get in a heated argument, in which Sarah demands, “You’re the man, Tom! If I’m out of line, put me in check!” and Tom, seemingly powerless, consistently apologizes. The underlining commentary of this episode revolves around Brown’s fans who continually support the singer, despite the abundance of legal issues he continues finding himself in. Overall, the episode did a very good job of portraying and spoofing Chris Brown, as well as prominently featuring central protagonists, Huey and Riley Freeman, a rebel and an activist, respectively. Their prominence in the series was a concern a lot of viewers initially had after the announced departure of McGruder.
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Fans of The Boondocks can finally rejoice, as the long-running comedy debuted its fourth season last night. The fourth and final season was announced back in 2011 and was originally scheduled to air back in January of 2014, but the date was pushed back to April 21 and was produced without the involvement of series creator, Aaron McGruder. McGruder announced his departure from the show on his Facebook page on March 27, publically stating, “As the world now knows, The Boondocks will be returning for a fourth season, but I will not be returning with it. I’d like to extend my gratitude to Sony and Adult Swim for three great seasons.” The Boondocks is an animated show on Adult Swim based on Mc-
Gruder’s long-running comic strip of the same name. Set in the fictional suburb of Woodcrest, Maryland, the show features young Riley and Huey Freeman, newcomers to suburban life from Chicago who stay with their grandfather, Robert ‘Grandad’ Freeman, a former civil rights activist. The Boondocks is a comedic portrayal of contemporary African American culture, the “Civil Rights-era” culture and the power-struggle that ensues to preserve the latter. The first episode in the new season, entitled “Pretty Boy Flizzy”, spoofed R&B singer Chris Brown and the myriad of ongoing legal problems he has faced since the beating of ex-girlfriend Rihanna back in 2009. Brown (voiced by Michael B. Jordan), who was portrayed as a lascivious pop star that writes songs about sleeping with another man’s wife and making her moan, holds up a liquor store and enlists attorney Thomas Dubouis (voiced by Cedric Yarbrough) to represent him. This
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Boondocks Returns for Fourth and Final Season
Ride Along: The New Comedy Duo Ryan Wimble For The Clock
ush Hour had Jackie Chan and R Chris Tucker and Wedding Crashers had Owen Wilson and Vince
Vaughn. Now we have a new comedy duo that is taking the number one spot in the recent DVD release Ride Along starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart. Hart plays a video game addicted, police academy hopeful trying to prove his worth to his girlfriend’s brother, played by Ice Cube, a tough cop with zero sense of humor and a whole lot of attitude. To put into perspective how perfect this combination is, look at these two actor’s careers: Hart is one of the highest paid stand-up comedians in the world, and Ice Cube is one of the most respected and well known rappers in history, most known for being a member of N.W.A.. Take all of those fans and put them together and this movie was already going to be a hit just by their popularity. Ride Along makes you laugh at random unsuspecting moments, and has a little touch of
heart with enough action to keep it exciting. Hart’s short, anti-macho humor in contrast to Ice Cube’s famous, stern and judgmental glares makes this movie a laugh gallery. Ride Along still has a lot of issues though. Because of all the humor there was no real drama, seriousness, or suspense. When they finally reveal the villain there isn’t any emotional impact. It felt like watching one of Kevin Hart’s stand-up specials more than watching a movie. Which is great for a lot of laughs, but doesn’t make for a good movie. It seemed like the jokes stole from the story instead of working with it. The writers clearly took a basic story line and piled it high with jokes hoping it’d balance it out, but sadly it did not. Check out Ride Along if you liked The Other Guys or Grown Ups 2. Ride Along was a fun watch but the viewer doesn’t connect to it enough. It’s a movie full of indifference. When it starts the viewer is pumped to see Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, and while the ride is enjoyable and one may have a good chuckle, by the end they are left not caring. Ride Along is a movie one will hear a question about in a trivia game and have forgotten the title. It just wasn’t memorable.
Local Music Spotlight: Germ Z: A good idea crippled by technicals Nick Gallo David C. Benson Assistant A&E Editor
erm Z is an interesting film G because there are many conflicting reports about it. The film has
just appeared at Walmart and Netflix under the title Germ Z yet when looking on IMDb the movie is simply called Germ and there doesn’t seem to be any entries about the film on Wikipedia. This usually means that this film had a complicated distribution issue before it was finally released. Despite all this, this might actually be a zombie film worth considering. Germ Z tells the story of a satellite that needs to be shot down by the military. On the way down it’s hit by a comet, which brings a strange substance with it that survives re-entry. While investigators are looking at the crash, a young girl named Brooke (Marguerite Sundberg) is dropping off her little sister at camp. Meanwhile local cop, Max (Michael Flores) is looking at what first appears to be a bear attack. Soon, maniacs start coming out of the woods covered in blood and trying to bite people. The two try to
survive and protect the people they love while trying to figure out what is going on. Suddenly, it becomes clear why the title appears to have been changed to Germ Z. Going into the movie without that title, one would believe that this is simply a version of The Crazies mixed with Andromeda Strain. It seems that this film decided to jump on the zombie bandwagon instead. This can be seen through some events during the movie, like when the maniacs start coming out of the woods, and two of them are attacking each other. This actually seems like an interesting idea but it isn’t visited again. There’s also the weird fact that the back of the zombies heads explode after a while. One would think that this is how the germ is spread, but then why would they need to bite to pass it on? Seems rather pointless for a germ to destroy its own host after a while in such a strange way. However, what really lets this movie down is the fact they didn’t have the money for the right equipment. Early in the movie, Brooke is talking and suddenly the audio
drops even though she’s still talking. There are obvious moments of redubbing that really distract from the film. There is also the fact that the film crew apparently couldn’t get a tripod since the camera wobbles all the time. There’s even a point where the camera dips too low and then suddenly straightens out. The fact that the film didn’t have a lot of music results in mostly silent attack scenes. This is actually a really good idea since it hits a little bit harder when people are dying, and makes it a bit more unsettling than other zombie movies of late. However, that’s one of the few things Germ Z has in its favor (in addition to the novel idea of having it become a space virus, which hasn’t been used in quite a while). Germ Z has some interesting ideas, but doesn’t have the equipment to make it work. It seems that the technical aspects were almost a second thought after the story was written. Is it worthy of checking out? Yeah, but only for a nice change of pace if you’re a horror fan. Although, don’t be surprised if you don’t like the ending, it doesn’t answer any questions.
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“The Material” by Luke Christopher. It’s a smooth and upbeat song that anyone would enjoy.
How would you define your genre? I would put myself in the genre of hip-hop. But, I make a variety of songs that impact people who have never even been true hip-hop fans. My overall style can vary from all different kinds of moods and themes so I try switching it up and capturing the attention of all people.
How much success have you had recently? Recently, my songs have had a lot of success. Last week, I reached over 100,000 views on my Miley Cyrus remix. My mix tape, “The Good Life” has reached around 1,500 views with 20+ downloads. The songs I posted more recently have 400-600 views as well.
Who inspired you and who favorite artist? My biggest inspiration comes from several artists/bands. I listen to all kinds of music. I’m a big rap, country, reggae, and rock fan. But, my greatest inspiration comes from Pittsburgh rapper, Mac Miller. I’ve been following his music for several years now. He has a significant influence on the music I aspire to make.
Do you make your own beats or do you primarily remix other songs? I try to switch it up as much as I can. But, I prefer using my own beats because it shows off my versatility as a musician. I also get to control what kind of sound I want, which is very helpful. Sometimes I will hear a song on the radio and instantly get working on a remix for it. My mix tape only had two songs that I produced myself. In the future, I plan on producing most of my songs.
What is your favorite song right now? As of right now, my favorite song is
April 25, 2014
Eric Brill Sports Editor
n need of a Little East Conference win, the I Plymouth State Women’s Lacrosse team captured a 17-6 win in dominating fashion over
the University of Southern Maine on Wed., Apr. 23. The win propels the Panthers to an overall record of 8-4, while they also improve their LEC record to 3-2. Prior to the game against USM, PSU was on a two-game losing streak after falling to Keene State as well as Western Connecticut State University. Both losses were highly contested, as both opponents needed to play literally perfect games to match the subpar performances that occurred by Plymouth. Losing these two games might be a blessing in disguise for the Panthers. Not only does it give them motivation to beat those teams in the post-season, but it also allows them to really focus on the mistakes that they made in these games, and to work on them and turn them into positives. One other positive from losing these two games is that the Panthers have clinched the #1 seed the past two seasons, which gave them a first-round bye, but since they lost their past two games, they won’t receive a bye. Not having a break in their schedule gives them a chance to get on a roll. As far as the game against Southern Maine went, six different goal scorers didn’t allow the Huskies to have a realistic chance of beating PSU. 9:30 into the game, Freshman Caroline
Vonachen (Framingham, MA) scored her first of four goals in the game to get Plymouth going. About four minutes later, Jordyn Godfrey (Glenville, N.Y.) put the ball into the back of the net to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead. Upon the freshman Godfrey scoring, USM called a timeout, and scored the next two goals to tie the game. Junior Captain Molly Gleason (Haverhill, MA) had her first of three goals in the game to give Plymouth a lead that they held on for the rest of the game. Shannon Connerty (Nashua, N.H.) scored after Gleason to put PSU up 4-2. After USM made it 4-3, the Panthers scored nine of the next ten goals to give them a commanding lead in the second half, including four from Kaitlyn Wilder (Framingham, MA). Throughout the duration of the game, Lorin Field had a number of nice saves, with none other being nicer then her 12th save of the game. While the actual save wasn’t anything out of the ordinary for the Senior Captain, it pushed her into sole possession of first place for career saves in PSU Women’s lacrosse history. Field didn’t stop after this save, as she had three more in the game to give her 15 over the 50 minutes she was in net, and gives her 493 for her career. Field played stellar against free-position shots in this game, as she stopped five of six shots. Coach Kristen Guest, who graduated from PSU last season, told Field as soon as she got off the field that she “was the all-time saves leader!” With Guest having played with Field for three seasons, it was obvious that this meant a lot to her as well.
Casey Curran (Framingham, MA) came in to play the last ten minutes, and recorded two saves. Amy MacDonald (Hull, MA) capped off the scoring for the Panthers to put them up 17-6. For the game, Gleason had seven draw controls, while Chandler Lemay (Narragansett, R.I.) and Megan Lunetta (Plymouth, MA) had four ground balls apiece. Gleason now has 89 draw controls for the 2014 campaign, which puts her in the top five for draw controls in a season with at least two games to play. The Panthers wrap up the 2014 regular season against Rhode Island College on Saturday (Apr. 26) afternoon. Before the start of the game, Plymouth will have their two seniors honored in Field and defender Allie Gonyea (Auburn, N.H.). Both players have had stellar careers at PSU, and look to keep their seasons going come playoff time. Looking ahead to the playoffs, it is likely that PSU will be the three-seed, and face Rhode Island College, who will likely be the six-seed. By playing RiC in the first round of the playoffs, the Panthers would be playing the same opponent in back-to-back games. If PSU defeats Rhode Island College, they will likely play Western Connecticut State University, which will give PSU a chance for redemption. The game against West Conn will be the right to go to the LEC championship game. The end of the lacrosse season is rapidly approaching, but the Panthers will look to keep their season going as long as possible.
Real Sports Talk With E$
Eric Brill Sports Editor
hat the hell am I going to write about today? I’m sitW ting in my normal chair with my main man Ian Rand (that rhymes!) next to me, but I told him to get the hell outta
here so I could start writing this bad boy. The Men’s lacrosse team also lost to Keene about two and a half hours ago, so that has me down a little bit, as there are a lot of really cool people/personalities on that team. As I am starting to focus on writing this, Sports Photo Editor, Field Martin just came into the office and now has my attention. Alright, enough of the BS, though; let’s get down to business. The playoffs in the NHL and NBA have been pretty good thus far, as it seems like every NHL game is an overtime time game, or extremely physical (or a combination of both, which 80% of the games have been). As usual, in the NBA, the refs dictate who will be the winner of the game/series, and the Los Angeles Clippers/ Golden State Warriors series is no different. In game one, there were a few 50/50 calls that went the Warriors’ way, while game two had every 50/50 call go the Clippers’ way (they were shooting the absolute texture out of the basketball as well, though). It isn’t any fun when refs have such a big roll in sports, but that’s what they are paid for. If only the NHL received as much coverage as the NBA
does on ESPN, people would truly start to appreciate hockey. If you happen to follow junior PSU hockey player, Mike Freitag (@MTagger9) on Twitter, you will see him complain about how ESPN gives no love to the NHL, and he is spot on. In the Northeast, and specifically New England, there is a relatively large following of hockey and the NHL. It is a cold weather sport, and surprise, surprise, it gets chilly in New England. One day, when the thoughts of lockouts are out of everyone’s memories, maybe the NHL will finally get the appreciation it deserves. Until then, just keep watching ESPN if you want to see when LeBron James last brushed his teeth. In other Irrelevant (Though I find Interesting) Sports News: -Yeah, Keene beat PSU in their men’s lacrosse game this afternoon (as I’m writing this on Tuesday), but there are some classless players on Keene. Yelling at players on PSU before the game even started is pretty sad on their part. Stay classy Keene, because we know that your athletic teams lack that. -Shout-out to Zach Sarig for being named captain of the Men’s Hockey team next season. He is a really good person, and it is well justified. Kyle Brumfield, Chad Barthelmess, and Mike Economos were all named assistant captains as well, and were all justified in being named one. Non-Sports Information of the Week: Rant of the Week- Why do some people feel it is necessary to blast music so freaking loud that you literally can’t even think? Not everyone wants to listen to the crap that you are listening to, so turn that junk down before you get in more trouble as it is anyway. That was a terrible rant, but it is the best I had this week. Mini- Rant of the week- Why are the hot soft pretzels in the Union Grille always rock hard? Is it too much to ask to get an actual soft pretzel? -Forget to mention this in the last issue, but I was surprised by how many people came up to me and asked if my advertisement of going on a date came through. If nothing else came out of it (which nothing did), it made me laugh pretty hard as to how many people asked me about it. -The short-cuts on this Mac always screw me up. -CJ Frates- I love the energy you bring to the lacrosse field man. Keep it up (but try not to destroy any more window screens in your apartment). -I’ll never understand how gas prices can fluctuate so much overnight.
-Got to see my parents last weekend when I went down to Western Connecticut with the women’s lacrosse team. It was great to see them again, but I will say, I was disappointed to see that they didn’t bring Niko Brill (look him up on Facebook). -How are there only two weeks of class left? -I’ll be interested to see how Spring Fling is in a few days. With having Smash Mouth coming to PSU, it could be quite an adventure. -Found out that my boss at the beer distributor that I work for back on Long island (who is named Michael Jordan) reads this article, so I guess I have to give him a shout-out this week. See you in a few weeks (and Good Morning). -So when the last issue of The Clock came out, I went with Matt Ormsbee, who is in charge of The Clock (though, we all know I am really), down to Concord to go get the newspapers. He also brought his friend Miles, who, at the least, was with us physically. I say that because he was yelling at people with a Scottish accent. Matt and myself got breakfast at the Tilton Diner, but as Matt told the lovely hostess, “there was another one, but he fell asleep.” Thanks for the entertainment at 7:00 a.m., Miles. -I’ll never understand why people think it is a good idea to get married/engaged or have a kid when they are still in college. Such a poor decision. -Went skiing at Cannon Mountain last Sunday, and it was much better than I had anticipated. Always fun to be skiing in mid-April. -Pumped to go to another Mets/Braves game with Jesse Dorin in July. -Update on Tyler Cote: I bought my plane ticket from San Antonio back to JFK on Wednesday, May 28th, so I am officially going down South with him. I also have to go do some homework with him right now, so I guess this is coming to an end. -Inter-Lakes Properties still has some single apartments left for the 2014-2015 school year, so if you don’t want a crappy housing situation for next year, give them a call. Real Talk with Eric- Have fun over Spring Fling weekend, but not too much fun to the point where you don’t remember it/regret something. It is suppose to be a fun weekend with all of your boys and homegirls, and making stupid decisions isn’t good for anyone. ‘Til whenever I write this again, I’m outta here….
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Panthers Back on Track With Win Over USM
Eric Brill Sports Editor
Players who have earned their conference’s awards over the past few weeks: Junior captain, Molly Gleason (Haverhill, MA), was named Little East Conference Defensive player of the week for the second consecutive week in women’s lacrosse action. In two wins against Bridgewater State and Eastern Connecticut State University, Gleason collected 19 draw controls, five ground balls and seven goals between both games. Against East Conn, Gleason had 13 draw controls, as well as four goals to lead the Panthers to a 21-5 win. Gleason could have made a run at the record for draw controls in a game by a PSU player, but due to the blowout, she didn’t take all of the draws in the second half. Junior pitcher, Whitney Roberts (Chocorua, N.H.), was named Little East pitcher of the week for her efforts in three games that she pitched for the PSU softball team. The junior
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had three wins to go along with a 0.41 Earned Run Average (ERA) that she had against UMass Dartmouth, as well as two games against New England College. Between the 17 innings that Roberts pitched, she only let up one earned run to go along with 13 strikeouts. Senior shortstop, Bekah Jackson (Nashua, N.H.), has been hitting the absolute cover off of the ball for the softball team this season, as she was named LEC Softball player of the week for her efforts against Southern Maine and UMass Boston. Between the four games, Jackson went 9-17, which included six extra-base hits. Jackson also scored five runs and had 10 RBIs. Her .461 batting average for the season leads the LEC by .029 points, and she also leads the conference with a .944 slugging percentage, a .529 on-base percentage, and nine homeruns. Sophomore lacrosse player, Ryan Garland (Franklin, MA), was named LEC Defensive player of the week for his performances against Southern Maine and UMass Boston. Between the two wins, Garland had 10 ground balls to go along with two caused turnovers. Through 12 games, Garland is second on the team with 43 ground balls and 16 caused turnovers.
Softball Gets the Brooms Out Jacqui Perry For The Clock
lymouth State’s softball team swept the P University of Massachusetts Boston in a doubleheader on Saturday, in a Little East
Conference down in Massachusetts. Senior, Bekah Jackson (Nashua, NH), defined the term “five-tool player” on Saturday, finishing the day 5-for-7 with a double, two homeruns and seven RBIs while adding a stolen base and contributing solid play at shortstop. Senior, Nora Galvin (Windham, NH), allowed only two runs (one earned), nine hits and two walks while striking out two to improve her record to 6-4. PSU took the lead, 2-0, in the first inning with aggressive base running and an RBI single from Jackson. In the top of the fifth, the Panthers pushed the lead to 5-1 with a pair of hit by pitches and a Beacon error. Plymouth would go on to defeat UMass, 6-2. Junior, Whitney Roberts (Chocorua, NH), found herself in a pitching duel, in the second game, going head to head into the seventh inning. She allowed seven hits and only one earned run in the seventh frame. Both Roberts and UMass pitcher, freshman Jillian Shepard put up zeroes through the third inning. In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Beacons scored the first run of the game. PSU responded in the top of the fifth with two runs of their own, from freshman, Masha Lange (Danville, NH), and freshman, Katie Kennard (Concord, NH). Kennard recorded two hits and a pair of runs in the victory. The Lady Panthers pushed the lead to 4-1 in the top of the seventh frame when Jackson blasted a two-run shot to center field. The Beacons could not respond and Plymouth won, 4-1. The PSU softball team will return to the field on Tuesday, as they begin to wrap up the season, against Middlebury College.
Five Goals by Pino Not Enough Tyler Kelley
Assistant Sports Editor
he Plymouth State Men’s Lacrosse team T lost a tough match to rival Keene State College. The game ended in favor of the Keene
State Owls 18-10, and put the Panthers at an overall record of 8-4 with a 3-3 conference mark. The victory put KSC’s overall record just over .500, at 7-6, but they remain undefeated within the conference with a solid 6-0 record. Keene State started the game strong scoring three quick goals in a row in the first quarter, making it tough early on for the Panthers. PSU was able to capitalize late in the first when Chris Annunciata (Waltham, MA) dished the ball to Nick Pino (N. Andover, MA) who was able to find the back of Keene’s net. When the second quarter came around, things went sour quick for the Panthers as they allowed Keene to score 10 early goals. Plymouth was able to sneak a few past the Owls, but not enough to grab momentum after the quarter. Going into halftime, the scoreboard was lopsided with Keene leading Plymouth 13-4. The third quarter fell in favor of the Panthers as they were able to cut the score thanks to three goals compared to Keene’s one. With the score cut in half at 14-7, the Panthers looked to shine some light while heading into the match’s final quarter. The Panthers would be the one to strike first in the fourth, thanks to a Phil Pichel (Hopkington, MA) goal five minutes into the quarter. Although PSU started to creep up on the Owls, they were still no match for KSC’s high-powered offense. The team in red was on all cylinders the whole game and was able to generate enough offensive fire power to secure a comfortable lead. As the clock hit zero, the score board read a final score of 18-10 in favor of Keene. Despite the loss, Plymouth remained the victor on faceoffs, winning 24 out of 31 thanks to Senior, Scott Giusti (W. Newton, MA), who completed 17 of his own. Pino had the hot hand for the Panthers, nearly scoring a double hat-trick with five goals and also dishing off another two assists. PSU looks to get back to their winning ways when they head to Eastern Connecticut University this Saturday to play in a 1:00 pm day game.
Arsenault Throws Seven Strong, Earns Win Matthew Ormsbee Editor-in-Chief
ehind the arm of freshman Curtis ArseB nault (Berlin, NH), the PSU baseball team held Keene State to one run and captured
a 3-1 win in their home opener. After three scoreless innings, Plymouth broke through in the bottom of the fourth. Back-to-back singles from Brian Thompson (Southington, CT) and Jarek Krajewski (Cranston, RI) put runners on first and second. Brandon Cox (Nashua, NH) singled in a run, and Paul Reny (South Portland, ME) followed with a double, plating another run for the Panthers, taking a 2-0 lead. Arsenault held the lead, putting down the Owls 1-2-3 in the top of the fifth, ending the inning with one of his six strikeouts on the day. Keene got on back in the top of the sixth when they scored a run on a fielder’s choice. It would be the only run the Panthers would surrender.
Plymouth added an insurance run in the back half of the frame when Rob Madonna (Cranston, RI) hit a sacrifice fly to push another run across. It would be all the Panthers would need as after seven strong innings from Arsenault, Spencer Webb (Warwick, RI) pitched two scoreless innings of relief to collect the save. Arsenault earned the win, pitching seven innings while giving up only four hits and one run to go along with six strikeouts and one walk. Webb gave up two hits and zero runs with two strikeouts in two innings. The Panther offensive attack was led by Krajewski who went 2-for-3 from the dish while Madonna, Reny, and Cox all went 1-for-3 from the plate with a RBI. Plymouth’s record now stands at 16-13 with a LEC record of 4-6. They have two games against Lyndon State that will be played on Thur., Apr. 24, that will not make press time. They then have two home games against UMass Boston on Sat., Apr. 26, for a LEC double-header.
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Eric Brill he Men’s Lacrosse team is currently 8-4 with a Little East Conference record of 3-3. T One of the vocal leaders of this team is Junior Midfielder C.J. Frates, and his role of a leader was emphasized when the Panthers played Keene State. Before the game even
started, PSU was doing their usual warm-up routine, and a number of players started to heckle/yell at Plymouth without much reason behind it. Frates defended his teammates by going right back at them (with class). While Frates may not have the highest point total on the team (27 points in his career in the Green and White), he is a player that is reliable with the ball, as he won’t make stupid mistakes. The Panthers only have one game left in their regular season (they play Eastern Connecticut on Sat., Apr. 26), and they will look to make some noise in next week’s LEC post-season tournament.
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1. How long have you been playing lacrosse? I have been playing lacrosse since first grade. So, that would be about 14 years.
have to be when I heard my name announced over the loud speaker during the first start of my college career against the University of New England.
Playoffs will call for high intensity practices and overall buy-in from each member of the team. With the tournament being single elimination, there will be little margin for error.
2. How does the lacrosse team look for the rest of the 2014 season? We have had a bit of a roller coaster season with a couple unexpected losses, but I feel that we have a mentally strong group of guys who are more than capable of succeeding in the post season.
6. If I were to look at your iPod/iTunes/etc. what would be the five most played songs? “You” by Chris Young “Martin” by Zach Brown Band “Drowning Sadness” by Bryan Frates “Booyah” by Showtek “Hook” by Blues Traveler
9. What made you decide to come to Plymouth to play lacrosse as oppose to any other school? I transferred from Endicott my Freshman year of college after visiting my cousin Shawn McEvoy, who was on the lacrosse team here at Plymouth State. I spent a night hanging out with members of the team Tyler Cote, Sean Allen and Mike Ventura, and felt that this was the place for me.
4.Do you have any superstitions on game-day? I am not a very superstitious person, but I do dress from left to right before a lacrosse game.
7. You guys have lost your captain Zach Frank for the past couple of games. How much has this hurt the flow of the offense, and who has stepped up in his place? It has been a challenge for our offense to lose such an asset like Zack Frank with three games left in the season, but I feel confident that we have players willing to step up to the plate, such as Nico Sorrentino, who added two goals against UMass Boston for a much needed conference win last Saturday.
5. What was the “Welcome to lacrosse” moment of your career? I would have to say my welcome to lacrosse moment would
8. With the LEC post-season tournament starting soon, how will the dynamic of the team change to make sure that you guys are successful?
10. The team as a whole appears to gel pretty well. When you are able to have a team that doesn’t have many internal problems, how much does it contribute to the overall success of the season? When your team is able to mesh and understand that everyone is involved to reach one common goal, you can spend more time focusing on lacrosse and avoid interruptions, which causes teams to take a step back, as appose to staying focused and on track for a successful season and an LEC Championship.
3. What is your most memorable moment in your lacrosse career? My most memorable moment in lacrosse was when I scored the double overtime goal against St. Paul’s School my senior year of high school.