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March 2, 2012 • Vol. 57, Issue 15 •

The official independent, student-run publication of Plymouth State University since 1952

Men’s Hockey Looks to Win MASCAC Tournament Tomorrow Night vs. Salem State Christopher Burbank


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ith a trip to the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference title game on the line, the top-seeded PSU Panthers hosted fifth- seeded Worcester State Tuesday (Feb 28th) night at Hanaway Rink. Plymouth State didn’t waste any time as junior Tim Visich (Mount Pleasand, MI) drilled a shot from the left side boards to make it 1-0 early. Not to be outdone, sophomore Phil Arnone (Litchfield, NH) made it 2-0 when he deflected a shot by first-year player Zach Sariq (Reading, PA). The visiting Lancers made it close when they scored late in the first period to out the score at 2-1, in favor of the Panthers going into the first intermission. PSU came out swinging during the 2nd period, as they posted three goals. Junior Alex Cottle (West Chester, PA) scored at 6:45 to give the Panthers a 3-1 lead. The Panthers didn’t have to wait long for another goal, as they were able to post two goals in 57 seconds. Junior Kyle Greco (Hillside, IL) posted his team-leading 14th goal of the season at 16:47 to make it 4-1. This was followed up seconds later as sophomore Travis Stevens (Montclair, CA) intercepted a pass and brought it through traffic for the unassisted goal to make it 5-1 going into the third period. Plymouth State wasn’t done with the scoring frenzy, as they scored two more to secure the right to play in the final game tomorrow night. Chris Zaremba (Colorado Springs, CO) went on a scoring frenzy, netting two goals in the period to put the final score at 7-1, in Plymouth's favor. Plymouth State, 16-6-3, will now host second-seeded Salem State University, 15-8-3, this Saturday, March 3rd at 6PM in the MASCAC title game at Hanaway Rink. The winner of this game will receive a birth into the NCAA Division III Champio1 nship Tournament. Given the types of games these two teams have had earlier this year, this game will sure to be fantastic.

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Ut Prosim – It’s What’s For Dinner

Rachael Ferranti News Editor


n Tues., Feb. 28, the Student Support Foundation announced the opening of a student food pantry and celebrated the debut with an open house on the back end of Bagley House. The student food pantry is a project sponsored by the Student Support Foundation that aims to provide PSU students in need with the foundations of a substantial diet. Samuel Wisel, President of the Student Support Foundation, said that the food pantry concept has been in the works for three years. “The idea for an on-campus food pantry came from myself and a few other board members about three years ago,” said Wisel. “We felt that we needed to offer immediate assistance to students.” In the spirit of PSU’s motto, Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Wisel felt that it was important for students not only to serve the community at large, but to be serving students as well. “PSU students do a lot for the community,” said Wisel. “We need to make sure that we are serving our students first.” Wisel said that three factors held turn the food pantry from concept to reality. “Commitment,” said Wisel, “was the first. We had to find the right group of students that wanted to make a difference.” Secondly, “we needed to find a space and people to donate their time,” said Wisel. The pantry is entirely volunteer-run. “The biggest factor was finding funding.” The Morgridge Family Foundation, a “major donor to the University,” largely funds the food pantry and the Student Support Foundation, said Wisel. The food pantry relies heavily on donations as the major source food. Donations might come from individuals, student organizations, campus departments, and food drives. “We take anything non-perishable,” said Wisel. “Canned fruits and vegetables, pasta and sauce, assorted cereals. We also have refrigeration and a freezer, so we can provide frozen meals, fresh milk and bread, and meats.” The food pantry has also taken into consideration students with special dietary needs to provide gluten free options, vegetarian options, and Hannaford’s gift cards for students that


The Student Support Foundation, along with President Steen, cutting the ribbon to commemorate the opening of new on-campus food pantry. Left to Right: Jordan Jones, Savannah Fitzpatrick, Sam Wisel, President Steen, Patrick O’Sullivan need to buy specialty products. “We follow standard USDA guidelines in distribution food,” said Wisel, which requires them to give students in need up to two weeks worth of food. Students are able to access the food pantry two times a month. To be eligible to receive food from the pantry, students must provide verification of enrollment and demonstrate financial need. However, the Student Support Foundation operates

mainly on a referral basis. The Student Support Foundation receives requests from professors, advisors, faculty members, and students on behalf of students in need. The Student Support Foundation then reaches out to the referred student to offer immediate financial assistance. “When someone is in need, they don’t want to show it, but we have seen a need base at PSU and want to reach out to those students,”

said Wisel. “We trust that students won’t take advantage of what we offer.” Wisel said that the first few months of operation will be “experimental” as they determine how much inventory will need to be stocked at all times and as the service grows. “Still, we’re confident that we’ll be able to serve a vast amount of the students here that are in need.”



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Rodney Ekstrom Makes Connections as PSU’s New Director of Alumni Relations Rachael Ferranti News Editor


odney Ekstrom isn’t new to Plymouth State University. In fact, he’s been everything from a student to an alumnus to a faculty member, and, as of the 2012 Spring semester, the person that brings them all together. Ekstrom was recently given the honorable privilege of becoming a bigger part of the University when he was appointed to the position of Director of Alumni Relations. As Director of Alumni Relations, Ekstrom reaches out to PSU alumni so that they might interact with one another and with the University. To do so, Ekstrom designs and plans programs and events that might spark a common interest amongst alumni.

Ekstrom applied for the position with high hopes of being able to impact past, current, and future students and members of the PSU community, and was pleased when he got the job. Ekstrom says that the position requires tremendous passion, knowledge of the school, its students, and its alumni. “I’m very excited to be able to connect with these alumni in a new way,” said Ekstrom, who looks forward to approaching and working with former students that are both close to home and around the world. Ekstrom is enthusiastic about his recently acquired position and “offering a new and exciting opportunity to Plymouth State.” As one of his first projects as Director, Ekstrom issued a survey to PSU alumni in an attempt to garner a better understanding of current relations between the University and its graduates, what the alumni would hope to see in the form of new programs,

and what would encourage them to be more engaged with the University. “Hopeful l y,” said Ekstrom, “the survey will be completed and analyzed by June of 2012,” after which he plans on making changes to the way that PSU approaches its alumni. Ekstrom is eager for the new challenges that are to come and to make changes that will benefit the University and its graduates later on down the road. “This is a chance for me to take much of what I know and apply it in a new venue,” said Ekstrom. “I’m incredibly honored to serve as the Director of Alumni Relations at a place that my family and I call home.” Reporting by Amber McCormack


PSU Top Scoring School at Northeast Regional Championship Tournament Rachael Ferranti News Editor


lymouth State University was wellrepresented by the Debate Team at this year ’s National Forensic Association’s (NFA) Northeast Regional Championship Tournament, held at Suffolk University in Boston. The tournament took place over the weekend of Feb. 17.

Students from a handful of New England and northeastern colleges and universities were in attendance, including those from Lafayette College in Pa., Emerson College in Mass., Ithaca College in N.Y., and Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. The Lincoln-Douglas Debate topic was: The United States Federal Government should substantiall y change its trade practices and/or policies with the People’s Republic of China. Colby Jackson from Emerson College came in first place overall, but PSU’s Rus-

sell Mancini was not far behind, coming in third after making it to the semi finals. Mancini was also recognized as the top speaker. PSU’s Michael DiTommaso was awarded third-best speaker, and PSU’s Jennie Fogg placed fifth overall. PSU’s Mancini, Fogg, and Alex Cabeceiras all broke for a spot in the NFA nationals, to be held in Ohio. “Northeast regionals went extremely well for Plymouth State as a whole,” said Mancini. “I’m very happy with our performance, and getting the top speaker award

as a freshman felt great. I’m hoping nationals goes well for PSU.” Overall, PSU was the top scoring school at the Northeast Regional Championship Tournament this year. Reporting by Russell Mancini

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More Than a Month


Rachel Perelli Assistant News Editor


n Feb. 28, Professor Whitney Howarth hosted a viewing of African American film maker Shukree Hassan Tilghman’s documentary, “More Than a Month.” Timed purposefully with the conclusion of Black History Month, this documentary chronicles the journey and inner turmoil of one man who grew up captivated by a month dedicated to Black History, yet now realizes that this month may, in fact, be a detriment to his culture. This documentary is part of a series supported by PBS that brings these provocative films to college campuses in the hopes of sparking dialogue within that college community. In the beginning minutes of this film, Tilghman introduces the audience to his current mindset that, perhaps, Black History Month should be terminated all together. He sets out to Times Square with a petition in hand, wearing a sign that reads, “End Black History Month, Black History is American History.” He asks people on the street to sign his petition and, though he received more signatures than imagined, realized how many people were in opposition to his view. Although not made evident by the creation of a new theme on MyPl ymouth, Black Histor y Month wa s acknowledged at Plymouth State University. If one paid attention they would see that the diversity window in the HUB is adorned with the familiar faces prominently associated with Black History Month like Harriet Tubman and Martin Luther King Jr., along with some Black History facts. Other than these displays however, there are no real activities on campus to help celebrate this month, besides the showing of “More Than a Month.” Why though, is the celebration of a people’s history relegated to a month? Prominent actor Morgan Freeman stated with incredulity in an interview in the opening sequence of Tilghman’s documentary, “You want to relegate my history to a month?” Freeman continues, “I don’t want a Black History Month, my history is American History.” How can anyone disagree with that statement? Relegating one month out of every year to focus on Black History, according to Tilghman, is basically a “way to say you Black people don’t matter outside of February and that you’re not American.” A very bold statement that Tilghman found some did not agree with at all. Every February, public schools around the nation make it a point to incorporate Black History into their everyday history curriculum. But why is it only in February that this act is carried out? Shouldn’t it already be a mainstream component of a modern-day history curriculum, in a supposedly “post-racist” America? If only one month out of every year schools teach Black History (which some schools only teach as involving slavery and the civil rights movement), Tilghman says it is like the African American population’s history is “like footnotes to American History.” If that is how it is viewed in the classroom, Tilghman can only imagine how they are viewed in society. Throughout his film, Tilghman visits many esteemed people in the African American community and listens to the reasons they are proponents of Black History Month. He also visits some individuals who make him believe even stronger in his position, people who call the period from January to February the Black History Season in which a great deal of product advertisement is directed at the African American community under the ploy of Black History Month support. Tilghman dislikes the whole institution. He goes so far as to conduct an experiment trying to prove that the celebration of Black History Month has a negative effect on the African American community, and unfortunately this experiment proves to be inconclusive. However, despite this set back, he continues his research in Virginia, Chicago, Alabama and Pennsylvania, and observes how Black History Month is accepted and celebrated in different parts of the country. In places like Philadelphia, Tilghman found that a course in African American History is a requirement for graduation in certain districts, but that with public schools across the country, there is a constant battle with the study of history and its textbooks; what gets taught, what doesn’t, and from whose point of view it is delivered. These Philadelphia schools seem to have the right idea in their incorporation of African American Studies, but as


noted, not all schools run this way. Tilghman still maintains his view that “having a history month is a way to be recognized.” He continues, “If you are no longer in need of a history month, it means you have achieved true equality. In Tilghman’s mind, Black History Month represents that remaining inequality and therefore it can be understood why he would want to do away with it, but at the same time those who wish to keep it in place have good reasoning on their side as well. It is first and foremost a celebration of culture, overcoming hardships and remembering those familiar faces that contributed so much to

their cause. Tilghman leaves us with this final quote, “The story of history informs us of who we were. How we tell that story conveys who we are.” Although the presence and celebration of Black History Month will most likely not dissipate in the near future, Tilghman plans to work towards that goal of incorporating Black History into American History where it rightly belongs, 365 days a year, not just one month out of that.



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What Happened to Lot Maintenance?


ive weeks into the semester, and there’s yet to be Lot Maintenance. Parking lots have quite a bit of ice build up, and with the snowstorm this past weekend, it can only get worse. But with no Lot Maintenance, where is our tuition money going? For many PSU students, the absence of Lot Maintenance is a good thing. It means that they don’t have to worry about getting up early to move their vehicle before UPD arrives at the lot, armed with tickets and tow trucks. For others, a lack of parking lot maintenance is a safety hazard as the lots turn to ice rinks when the snow gets packed down, melts and refreezes overnight. Perhaps the University is cutting back on costs, as the manpower and fuel costs for daily maintenance can’t be cheap. Or maybe they’re looking out for the wallets of those students who aren’t smart enough to move their cars. The current Lot Maintenance fine consists of a $50 Lot Maintenance violation from the University as well as a $100 charge for towing [an increase from the $85 that towing had been for the past few years]. But does the money saved in labor and maintenance outweigh the potential cost of covering the medical bills of a student who breaks their leg from falling on the ice? The school’s insurance does cover that, right? I’d hope so, especially when our tuition is paying for Lot Maintenance that isn’t being done. The Lot Maintenance notification process was changed this semester. MyPlymouth bulletins are only updated when there WILL be maintenance as opposed to previous years when a bulletin was posted when Lot Maintenance was canceled on a particular day. There have been unconfirmed rumors that a text message system may be incorporated that students can elect to sign up for. This would allow students to receive a text

message when Lot Maintenance is going to occur, therefore allowing the student to remain in bed instead of getting up to check MyPlymouth to see if there is maintenance. Not only does this interfere with already existing text alert systems for weather cancelations or campus emergencies, but it also strips students of the responsibilities that come with having a vehicle on campus or in the real world. What happens when a PSU student moves to a city after graduation? In cities, streets are swept and/or plowed on a regular basis. Are landlords going to text their tenants to remind them that they need to park their vehicle on a particular side of the street? No. They’re going to trust that the tenant is responsible enough to know when and where to move their car. Babying PSU students by sending them text messages is only going to have a negative outcome in the long run. [again, these rumors are unconfirmed] I, in my fourth year here at PSU, have never gotten a parking or Lot Maintenance ticket, mainly because I’m paranoid about parking in the wrong place, and I can’t afford to pay for that mistake. As far as Lot Maintenance, I learned in my first year here that you have to move your car or risk getting a major ticket/tow fine. I still don’t know how people “forget” to move their car or don’t realize that when there’s snow, there’s likely to be Lot Maintenance. Step it up, PSU! You’re in college now. You should be able to remember to move your cars. That being said, I was surprised that there wasn’t a MyPlymouth bulletin announcing Lot Maintenance on Monday morning after the snow we got over the weekend. Which again raises the question, if there’s no Lot Maintenance, then where is my tuition money going? On the topic of maintenance, let’s talk about the long term. How

do we go about getting repairs made to some of the lots around campus? For the past two years, the Weeks Street lot in the Student Apartments has had a giant frost heave at the entrance that is quickly eroding into a pothole. To get up the nearly too steep entrance, one must bear to the left [onto the other side of the entrance], making an accident waiting to happen if another vehicle is trying to exit the lot. If you’re the student trying to exit the lot, not only do you have to be on the lookout for cars on the wrong side of the driveway, but you also have to avoid the sewer drain that is sunken at least six inches into the road. If you’re turning right towards Merrill Street and you don’t know, or forget to take this turn wide enough, you’re likely to bottom out, hopefully not causing any damage to your vehicle’s underside. But this isn’t the only parking lot with issues. I know from experience cutting behind the Non-Trads that the road running behind the building is so worn down that the road is nearly impassible. A fellow Clocker, who happens to commute, has informed me that the Hyde commuter lot has a gaping pothole at one of the entrances. I know that not all the lots can be as beautiful as the newly paved lots down at the Ice Arena, and I understand that it’s winter and the weather prevents these issues from being repaired, but what has barred the Week’s Street lot from being repaired over the past two summers? Granted, these repairs are costly, and the University is already looking to cut budgets, but shouldn’t the repairs be made before the damage worsens? Maybe when the warm weather hits we’ll see some fresh asphalt in the warndown lots, and hopefully, we’ll see some Lot Maintenance before anyone slips on the ice and sues the University. -Veronica Musch Editor in Chief If you have any opinions on this or any other campus issues, please send a Letter to the Editor to

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emi-Baker Community Access Media (pbCAM) located in the Pease Public Library of Plymouth New Hampshire has added a new program to the station which will focus on life at Plymouth State University. The program will be managed by Korey O’Brien (intern for pbCAM and senior Communications major at PSU) with the assistance from the manager of the station Juliet HarveyBolia and a crew of about six people. The new program will be the first of its kind for Plymouth and should be an exciting addition to student life. pbCAM provides community access media resources for the PemiBaker area towns of Plymouth, Ashland, Campton, Dorchester, Groton, Holderness, Rumney, Thornton, Warren and Wentworth. pbCAM can be found on the local television station and features locally produced and sponsored video programming as well as bulletin boards to keep up with happenings around the community. The station relies on community members to fill the programs with insight from their lives around the Pemi-Baker aread, and the new student-run station should provide insight from the largest part of the community, the university.

O’Brien will be responsible for the production of the program in its entirety as an intern to produce something that Plymouth has never seen. This program provides O’Brien and the other students (Christina Jensen, Paige Pugliese, Nate Dubois, Andrea Salive, and Julie Norton) with the knowledge they need to work in the broad field of communication. These students will be working hands on at the station with roles that include screenwriting, broadcast, publicity, and talent. At a first meeting with the group, ideas for the program were brainstormed and included features on the PACE events around campus, interviews with faculty members and students, and sport highlights. pbCAM will offer an opportunity for the students working on the station, the students of PSU will be more informed, and the local community will have a sense of connection to the students. The program is set to launch in the beginning of March and will air at 11pm on Channel 20. Questions about details for the program can be answered through Juliet Bolia at (603) 536-8116. pbCAM 1 Russel St, Rm. 117 Plymouth, NH 03264 Juliet Harvey-Bolia (603) 536-8116

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Another Instant Classic from the East Bay Ben Theriault For the Clock


esse Michaels knows how to make a comeback. Classics of Love’s self-titled debut album was released on Feb., 14th, 2012 on Asian Man Records, and it does not dissapoint. This is the band’s first full-length album since forming in 2008, having released only a 6 song EP, Walking in Shadows, in 2009. The band boasts some of the most influential musicians in the East Bay punk scene, and considering the area’s fruitful punk history, that’s saying something. Max Huguenor of Shinobu, Morgan Herrell and Max Feshbach from Pteradon, and the icing on the cake, Jesse Michaels of Operation Ivy,

form the body of COL. This record is sure to rekindle the idea that “punk’s not dead”, creating faith in an otherwise dismal music scene. Classics of Love features 12 tracks sure to rattle your bones. Songs like “What a Shame” and “Bandstand” are reminiscent of the Operation Ivy-style sing-alongs of old, while other tunes like “Dissolve” and “Last Strike” feature the gritty d-beat style punk that revolutionized the genre in the early 80’s. One of the more interesting tracks featured on Classics of Love is the tenth; “Light Rail.” This song features a complex form that is very unlike Operation Ivy, Pteradon, or Shinobu’s straightforward beats. Rather, Classics of Love take a cacophony of sound and transforms it into a melodic jam with a hook that eerily resembles Elton John’s “Saturday Night’s Alright (for Fighting)”. The

album’s final track, “We Need a Change” is a breath of relief for Op-Ivy’s fans, seeing that Jesse Michaels’ ability to create powerful lyrics and present them in a manner that riles reveille within the scene is still prominent 24 years since he first appeared at 924 Gilman Street. Nothing is perfect, however, and this record is no exception. Track 6, titled “Moving Pictures” is a disappointing attempt at a “poppy” song by this hardcore quartet. Imagine Cannibal Corpse doing Sonny and Cher covers; it’s not a pretty picture. The song is extremely repetitive and only offers one break from its redundant nature: a sub-par breakdown into a simple solo that even Franché Coma would scoff at. It’s also a disappointment to see the band didn’t utilize its strong ska roots further, only featuring a heavy ska influence in two of

the twelve songs. Although it is not flawless, Classics of Love is a step-up from other new releases influential punk bands like Rancid’s largely lame 2009 effort Let the Dominoes Fall, NoFX’s disappointing Coaster, or even Bad Religion’s less-than-stellar New Maps of Hell. This album is a definite must for those of you who want to cry every time Skrillex releases a new song, or Phish comes off another hiatus. If you regularly wake up with a broken nose from that gnarly concert last night, this album is guaranteed to rock your socks and split your wig. If you also couch-dive to scrounge up $2.00 in change so you can buy another pack of rolling tobacco, you can listen to the record for free at Pure Volume.

Jan Berenstain; Never Forgotten an Berenstain, the co-creator and illustrator of the popular children’s book series The Berenstain Bears unfortunately passed away Fri., Feb. 24, 2012. Berenstain, who was a ripe old 88 at the time of her demise, underwent a stroke late Thursday and never regained consciousness, before being pronounced dead the following day. She had lived in Solebury, Pennsylvania for many years. She wrote The Berenstain Bears series with her late husband Stan, whose 2005 death preceded her own. The Berenstains brought to life the family of Berenstain Bears, Mama Bear, Papa Bear, Brother Bear and Sister Bear, for over fifty years. Many

children and their parents were touched by the series, which often had a moral lesson concerning family values ingrained within the text and colorful illustrations. Accoridng to Fox News, since the 1962 release of the first Berenstein book, The Big Honey Hunt, over 300 different books have been released in 23 different languages. The books had become wildly popular in schools and homes, and were even made into a cartoon for television. The series was based off of the Berenstains real family, lending a touch of reality to every story. Family was clearly important to the Berenstains, whose sons later became involved in the business. The oldest son and writer Leo is now involved in the business and financial end while Mike, the younger son,

helped illustrate the later books. According to the Pennsylvania Center for the Book, Jan Berenstain was influenced by her own interest in how rhyming helped her learn new words and read as a child. Her major influences on the series included her own life events, for example the book The Berenstain Bears’ New Baby was written after Mike was a new addition to the Berenstain family. This was the wonder and charmer of the series, which parents and children loved alike. Each book held a lesson or moral that could be taught, and an outlet to help children cope with events that might be going on in their life. The books’ themes were universal enough to be marketed all over the world, and local enough to be enjoyed right here at home.

The Berenstains were extremely successful authors, and sold over 240 million copies of their children’s books, fifteen of which were featured in the 100 top children’s paperbacks. Throughout their career, Jan and Stan received awards ranging from the Ludington Award for Educational Paperbacks to multiple Philadelphia Children’s Literary Roundtable honors. Even with the honorable and notable honors they have received, it has been said that their favorite and most important honors were from their children. Berenstain leaves behind her two sons, Mike and Leo and four grandchildren. Although Stan and Jan are both deceased, their name will live on in the heart-warming books they created and brought to life.

Pictured is artist Mikea Pauly who came to Plymouth State on Mon., Feb. 27, 2012 to perform for PACE's Fireplace Sessions.



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ll right, I have to geek out a little bit here. If you’ve had your fingers on the pulse of punk rock music at all in the last 15 years, the subject of this week’s 5 Questions needs absolutely no introduction at all. Throughout his colorful career, the heavily tattooed body of Nick 13 has carried his beautiful croon through four albums with his highly influential band, psychobilly pioneers Tiger Army. The band has toured with AFI (and at one time included AFI drummer Adam Carson), Social Distortion and Morrissey as well as headlining Warped Tour. Their last album debuted at #49 on the Billboard charts. They have spawned a seemingly countless sea of imitators and wannabes, and last year, Nick took a break from all of that to make a country record. Wait, what? Yes, it’s true. And this ain’t no Toby Keith record neither. His self-titled solo debut, out now on Sugar Hill Records, is full of the twang and sadness of the Nashville greats. And it’s great. It’s really, really great. It was my honor and pleasure to have conducted this interview with Nick, and I thank him kindly for his time. 1. Obviously, country has been an interest of yours for a while. Who are your favorite country artists and how did they influence your solo work? There are so many, but I’ll try to narrow it down. Merle Haggard and Buck Owens, even though they’re quite different – there’s something about the attitude and sound that I really relate to, it’s a West Coast sound. Haggard is one of country music’s greatest songwriters and he was born in the Golden State, so that’s a big inspiration. George Jones and Webb Pierce; so much range, such haunting voices. Jimmie Rodgers; he’s responsible for so much of the feel of country music. Hank Williams, there’s a reason he’s so revered. There’s a real lesson in his writing: less is more. A lot of musicians write for other musicians; they think the more complicated something is, the better it is, but Hank showed us the beauty of songs when they’re elegantly simple and emotionally direct. The Louvin Brothers – a brother duo from the 1950s’ who really, really grabbed me, stirred my soul about 15 years ago. Anyone who has an interest in music period needs to hear them. These people, and so many



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others, made me want to finally make the solo record that was released earlier this year. 2. Why did you choose to re-record two Tiger Army songs with a country slant? How did you pick those two out of all the material you had available? I wasn’t happy with the original recording of “In The Orchard” for various reasons. Greg Leisz’s steel playing on it was brilliant as usual, but the recording didn’t wind up being what I’d envisioned in other respects. I wanted to rerecord that song because I felt it could be something more. James Intveld, who produced the album along with Greg, came up with the Orbison-esque arrangement which I loved, I’d wanted to do something like that for years. “Cupid’s Victim” started with an idea for a slower version that Paul Roman of The Quakes sent me years ago. I wound up making it more country. It was intended for use in the early live sets as sort of a transition piece for Tiger Army fans, but I really liked where the arrangement wound up, so I thought “Why not record it?”   3. Your fans know you love punk, rockabilly and country. Is there an album or artist that your fans might be surprised to learn you were into? I doubt it. My tastes have always been pretty eclectic, and I think anyone who’s really followed what I’ve done over the years knows that. For me, it’s about the songwriting. A good song is a good song, no matter what the arrangement or genre. But I have to say, modern music has become more and more of a turnoff for me. There’s still good current stuff out there hidden under rocks that I come across here and there, but there’s so much to listen to when it comes to traditional country music from the 1920’s and 30’s, through the late 60s. I started digging deeper to find the inspiration for writing the solo album a few years ago, and I haven’t stopped or looked back since. That being said, it’s important to me to put my own stamp on things and write for today rather than simply copy what’s come before. The past is a place to find inspiration, not a place to live.   4. How do the solo shows differ from Tiger Army shows? Do you prepare differently for performing each project live? Have you found yourself attracting new fans to your solo album that were not Tiger Army fans? The vibe is completely different between the two; a much more relaxed energy at the solo show. It’s typical that I’ll even play a different room in the same city solo than I would with Tiger Army. It’s a chance to play venues that are seated, or more historic than Tiger Army would play. They’re the rooms that must be all ages and open to slamdancing. Solo shows are appropriate from anyone from little


kids to the elderly, and there’s no slamdancing, so it’s more of an old fashioned night out if people want to get dressed up. I’m definitely starting to see more audience members coming from a point of country fandom who either don’t know Tiger Army or in some cases get into it later, which is great too. 5. What’s next for you? Will there be a new Tiger Army album in the near future or do you plan on doing another solo album? Right now, I’m in the planning phase for 2012, getting it all figured out. There will be some live appearances, both solo and with Tiger Army. I’m thinking that a second solo album will happen before a new Tiger Army album; that’s the writing mode I’m in right now, but I’ve written for both, and another Tiger Army album is definitely in the cards.

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4. "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" - Kelly Clarkson 5. "Rolling in the Deep" - Adele 6. "We Are Young" - Fun - Featuring Janelle Monae 7. "Someone Like You" - Adele 8. "We Found Love" - Rihanna - Featuring Calvin Harris 9. "Starships" - Nicki Minaj 10. Turn Up the Music - Chris Brown


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Concert Etiquette: You and the Show Mollie Menees Assistant A&E Editor


o, you decided you want to go to a concert. Maybe it’s your first, or your third. Or maybe it’s your 30+ show. Whether it’s rock, indie, electronica, or even a damn pop concert, there are a few rules you should abide by. Concert going is becoming more and more popular, but it’s also becoming more annoying. It’s not (just) the influx of 13-15 year old teenage girls who don’t shut up, but also the fact that people don’t know how to follow the basic rules of “concert etiquette”. Here are a few basic tips to live by when concert going so that you can have fun, be safe, and lower the chance of people loathing you. 1. Don’t complain about being pushed if you’re in front. Seriously. If you’re near the stage, you should expect to be pushed and shoved by everyone else who wants to be where you are. If you don’t like it, then go to the back. Stop whining. No one wants to hear it.  2. Don’t text during sets.  It’s rude. Your iPhone is just a beacon of retina-burning light distracting others. It will get you noticed, but not in a good way. 

3. Don’t be “that” guy. You know, the guy who shows up hours before the show starts, scoffs at people who don’t know all the b-sides, and claims to “know the band”? Yeah, that guy. Don’t say you know the band unless you actually know the band, because chances are you’ll get to meet them, and they’ll have no idea who you are, making a fool of you in front of all those you belittled beforehand. Unless you’re into self-deprecation, then by all means, go ahead.

6, Put the camera down. Enjoy the show. I get it. You want to “remember the moment”. Taking a few pictures here and there and maybe one video is okay, but taking pictures throughout the entire set is annoying, especially when your cheap Cannon is smashing itself into my face or skull every time the crowd moves. You’re not a professional photographer. Stop it.

4. Don’t show up on drugs. No one wants to hear about how you can’t feel your arms or that you see in sound, and they don’t want to take care of you when you’re sloshing around. You sound stupid, and you’ll most likely get kicked out of the venue.

7. If you’re drinking, don’t throw your beer. It’s sticky. Actually, don’t throw anything. Don’t throw food. Don’t throw water bottles; empty, full, or filled with urine. Nothing. It leads to bad times. Example: Warped Tour 2005. The girl in front of me in line got pegged with a yogurt. I got hit with a bag of Cheetos. I’ve been smacked in the head by rogue beer cans and water bottles. It can easily happen to you, so please don’t be the guy to make it happen to somebody else.

5. Try not to get into fights, Verbal or physical. I find it hard to live by this rule. I can’t count on my hands how many people I’ve punched in the face at different shows. Or kicked in the ribs. Or pulled their hair. It’s a brutal place out there. Try not to start a fight, but if one just happens to come to you, don’t be afraid to “protect” yourself.

This is just a basic list of rules that you should follow if you plan on going to a show. Basically, try to enjoy the show without ruining it for others. Don’t complain; just enjoy yourself. Be safe. (Unless moshing; then go all out.) Hopefully you’ll follow these simple rules, preventing others around you from hating you and wanting to deck you in the face.

Love at the Bottom of the Sea Alex Hollatz


For the Clock

he Magnetic Fields are the kind of band that embraces their ideas full tilt and inevitably seem to follow through on these ideas incredibly well. Their most well known album, 69 Love Songs, is a triple album made up exactly 69 love songs, and clocks in at nearly three hours. They have also released true-totitle albums including Distortion, which is full of distorted guitar, Realism, which is a folky sounding album (hence the “realism”) and i, which is simply a bunch of songs that start with the letter “I.” It’s strange, but inspired stuff, and that’s more than you can say about most bands these days. Now, however, The Magnetic Fields have come out with a new album, Love at the Bottom of the Sea, which is not an album based around a strict scheme or concept like their other works. Most of the album does focus lyrically on love though, albeit loosely enough that it isn’t a true concept album. It’s an intriguing record, as the audience finally gets to see the band without any true limitations or guidelines filtering their work, but instead just as they are. This is at the same time a blessing

and a curse, though thankfully more of the former. But while there are some amazingly beautiful songs on Love at the Bottom of the Sea, there are some songs that just seem out of place. A great example of the mash of styles clashing against each other is the wonderful old school pop sound of “I’ll Go Anywhere With Hugh,” which is quickly followed by the synth driven “Infatuation (With Your Gyration).” The titles alone, and what they insinuate, are enough to exemplify that they are a complete turn in style and ideas for the band with the former having clever word play and a more laid back vibe, and the latter sounding very similar to an LCD Soundsystem tune. Where the album really works is in its low key moments. As said before, “I’ll Go Anywhere With Hugh” is a great example of this, but also there are songs like the clever “Andrew In Drag” and the album standout “Quick!,” which shines with its gauzy synth, and great lyrics and vocals. Even some of the songs that are less low key, like “God Wants To Wait” and the previously mentioned “Infatuation (With Your Gyration)” are good songs as well, despite their presence throwing things out of sorts. They sound ripped right out of the 80’s in a way with their synth-heavy approach. Love at the Bottom of the Sea is a very good album, but where

it suffers is the lack of vision present in the previous Magnetic Field’s albums. It seems that the concepts of their other albums narrowed their focus enough that they could make an album that had some sort of direction, instead of veering off course a bit like this album does. What keeps the album intact is that there is actually a rather loose concept of love running throughout it. It just happens to be a bit too loose, and the differences in the idea present in some songs get in the way sometimes. This is why the concept albums seem to work most for The Magnetic Fields, as they are so eclectic. Their previous albums have such a range that having a running theme present through a concept album allows them to explore while still keeping things connected. While Love at the Bottom of the Sea isn’t going to knock off 69 Love Songs as The Magnetic Field’s best work, it is a grower. After a few more listens, the rough spots are nowhere near as rough as they seemed before. As a matter of fact, the album is pretty damn charming, or at least most of it is. Inevitably, it’s about whether or not you’re willing to submit to the strange charm The Magnetic Fields manage to possess. And you should. It’s well worth it, even if this album isn’t their best.

Keepin' Time I Love the 90's

Ben King A&E Editor


recently watched PJ20, the documentary about Pearl Jam that Cameron Crowe directed to commemorate the band’s 20th anniversary, and I was struck by a few things as I watched the old footage and individual band interviews that compose the film: • Ticketmaster really does wholly and unequivocally suck. • Mike McCready can, and should, be forgiven for his poor haircut choices over the years for the way he plays that guitar. • Eddie Vedder could possibly be one of the 10 coolest people to ever exist, ever. • I know the words to a lot of Pearl Jam songs. Like, way more than I thought I did. This got me thinking, as so many things in life tend to do, about 90’s radio rock. We are living in a time when the 90’s are still too recent for some of these records to really be “cool” again, but I’m telling you, we really need to speed

up the process. I mean, we can certainly leave a few things by the wayside (Del Amitri, Tonic and Smash Mouth, I’m looking at you), but some of these guys have got to start getting some praise. Take exhibit A, the Gin Blossoms. Yes, “Follow You Down” and “Hey Jealousy” are cool, funny “ironic” songs to put on at parties, but have you heard “Til I Hear it From You” lately?! Are you kidding me?! These guys, along with some like-minded compatriots like Soul Asylum, Sponge and Fig Dish, really turned out some ridiculously awesome rock songs in the 90’s. Some of these bands took that “verse, chorus, verse, chorus, bridge” formula and stepped it up a notch, or a lot of notches. Seaweed cranked out mid-paced rockers like nobody’s business, and no one remembers. Jawbox and Shiner enslaved fuzz and distortion long before the Sonic Youth worshipping clones of the nu-grunge movement of late started overpopulating the stages of our Bonnaroos and Coachellas. That first Wallflowers record still gives me goosebumps. We should also bring back Goosebumps. What PJ20 sparked in me was a month-long bender of Counting Crows, Matchbox 20, Third Eye Blind, Eve 6 and, uh, a couple Spin Doctors songs. This is what was on the radio when we were kids! Let’s bring it back! Really, the 70’s took rock to the next level commercially, the 80’s begat an experimentation phase, and then the 90’s came along and just perfected the formula. We exist in a floundering, confused age where for some reason, dudes with

one earring and frosted tips no longer top the charts. Trent Reznor wants to be Danny Elfman. The Chili Peppers can’t keep a guitarist. Billy Corgan is (more) crazy. Kurt Cobain is still dead. John Popper lost a lot of weight and is therefore neither A.) trustworthy or B.) recognizable as John Popper. Rivers Cuomo is….well, Weezer never stopped being awesome. But Dave Grohl can no longer carry the weight on his own. Someone needs to start buying Our Lady Peace records again. They’re still a band! I have decided to embark upon a noble, courageous, perhaps fatal, quest to bring the BUM Equipment wearing, Pog playing, Nickelodeon watching days of yore back to the forefront of our beloved pop cultural landscape. I want to hear Semisonic at times when I am not leaving a bar after last call. I want the Goo Goo Dolls to stop headlinging state fairs with Fastball in states that you forget exist until a natural disaster occurs there. You can contact me via landline phone if you’d like to join my revolution. I have a Marcy Playground CD somewhere, and when I find it, I will play “Sex & Candy” as many times over for as many people as necessary for us to revert back to the utopia that was 1991-1998. I’ll throw “The Freshman” by the Verve Pipe in there once in a while to change things up. Who’s with me? Mark McGrath? Hello? Can anyone get me Mark McGrath’s number?

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Defend Yourself, Women!

Alexandra DeBlois


Features Editor

his past Saturday Feb., 25, 2012 I headed north to the Campton Baptist Church as it hosted a women’s self defense class taught by Massachusetts resident, Michael Jacobs. There were two sessions held that Saturday, an 8am-12 (woof) or a 1pm-5, so needless to say I strolled into the Baptist Church at one o’clock looking my sportiest. A little dumbfounded, I walked into a group of approximately 15 people, mostly girls from the ages of 13-17 accompanied by their mothers. Jacobs started his self-defense class by going around to see what exactly everyone was looking to get out of the class. After a fairly silent few minutes and a few giggly shrugs it was time to stretch. After about 5 minutes of lunges, quad, and calf stretches, we all seemed eager to get going. Jacobs explained that the moves we’d be using originate from Israeli style and another known as Krav Maga. The girls, mothers and myself were introduced to the session with warning and defensive stances, after all, “confidence is key to any threatening situation,” Jacobs advised. Jacobs demonstrated these stances by first placing his hands in front of his body showing physical awareness. As someone approaches you the next stance becomes a warning as he placed his dominant leg back and uses one hand up by his face to block, while making a fist down by his hip. After mastering the stances, Jacobs taught three powerful and pain inflicting kicks. One was a quick jab at the knee with the dominant leg using the ball of the foot. The second, using the same leg, was a groin kick using the laces of the foot in an upward motion to get him right in the baby makers. And since the stance is a bit revealing as to what your dominant side is, you need a sneak attack. Using the leg that’s placed forward, the kick is a quick side jab to the knee. Jacobs prepared his students for instances where women are seized by the wrist or as extreme as being taken to the ground. Techniques were shown for both faced up and downward on the ground if being attacked. For those of you who have seen Enough with J-Lo, it was straight out of the scene where her personal trainer ‘prepares her even for the impossible’, So badass.

Ladies, you know those nights where you’re out with your girlfriends and that guy that’s been scoping you out all night comes up and tries the swift arm around the shoulder. If uncomfortable enough it can be necessary to give him a reality check by reaching across your body and grabbing the pinky side of his hand and rotating the wrist and applying pressure using both hands. You can also apply pressure behind the elbow and make him take a walk, just use caution to avoid any intensified conflict. Granted most of the girls were a bit younger than I, we took turns holding pads and practicing our parry and block motions that helps protect your face and open opportunities for jabs and punches. We also paired up taking turns pretend chocking one another and used body-moving techniques that cleared areas of the body you should aim for on your attacker. Some of those hotspots on your attacker include the face,

elbows to the side of the core, groin, scraping the shin, and the foot stomp. Jacobs demonstrated the importance of utilizing all the different ways to fight back while under attack. One of my favorites included using the back of your head to bash your attackers face while being seized from behind. Jacobs explained the importance of using everything from head to toe to use a weapon while under attack. After some group work and one-on-one pad exercises with Jacobs and his father, we got the chance to cool down and ask any questions. I took that time to find out more about the motivation behind Jacobs’ classes and what sparked interest for this area. “I started running these in 2002, originally in Mass and one of my advanced students was eager to set something up here in New Hampshire” Jacobs responded when asked how long he’d been doing this and why here? I was also curious as to what he as a male

gets out of teaching women these classes and Jacobs responded with “it is the satisfaction of knowing it’s one less victim which is ultimately why I went into law enforcement” The mothers were greatly appreciative of his commute and willingness to provide this type of classes for their daughters. Even though this area is a little less hectic than Massachusetts, where Jacob is from, he expressed the importance of every woman being able to defend herself. It was a great experience and Jacobs was fun and easy to work with, I recommend taking advantage of any self-defense classes that are being offered, whether it be at school or in your hometown. Men, this goes for you too, self-defense is for everyone. It’s a great feeling and you truly gain appreciation for the person or people willing to help you potentially save your own life.

A Night At The Oscars Michelle Huston For the Clock


he 2012 Academy Awards took place this past Sun., Feb. 26 with many memorable moments. It was a night of victory, humor and sadness for the film industry. The memorable events of the 84th Academy Awards, hosted by Billy Crystal, ranged from stand-up comedy to a spectacular Cirque du Soliel performance, to a beautiful Memoriam tribute. The most shocking moment of the night surprisingly came before the show started, thanks to Sasha Baron Cohen and his red

carpet stunt. Dressed as ‘The Dictator’ to promote his upcoming film, Cohen spilled his golden urn full of fake cremated ashes directly onto host Ryan Seacrest’s black suit. Seacrest, who was not in on the joke, ended up answering his own over-used red carpet question, “Who are you wearing?” The night presented the film industry with new records and many films recognized more than once. Silent film ‘The Artist’ stood out with 10 nominations and 5 wins including the coveted Best Picture award, becoming the second silent film in history to take home the top honor. ‘The Iron Lady’ staring Meryl Streep was the lady of the night winning the Best Actress

award for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher, breaking her own record of 17 nominations. Christopher Plummer brought on one of the sweetest moments of the night by becoming the oldest winner of an Academy Award, at age 82. The Best Supporting Actor received a standing ovation from everyone in the theater. The celebratory event also included very emotional moments. Grammy Award winning singer Esperanza Spalding performed “What a Wonderful World” with the playing of a video montage that honored late greats of the industry. Some of them included Whitney Houston, Steve Jobs and Elizabeth Taylor. Best Short Documentary winner ‘Saving

Face’ created an inspirational moment that even made Sandra Bullock cry. The documentary gives light to acid violence on women in Pakistan, an injustice that happens to hundreds of women every year. The film brought Pakistan its first Oscar and more importantly its release helped in the rare conviction of a man guilty of acid violence. The Oscars was a fashion-filled, warm hearted and delightfully funny night for all celebrities. The humorous clips in between awards made a great night for everyone who attended and most who viewed them on Sunday night.




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Spicin' It Up Burrito Style Brenda Shively For the Clock


re you a college kid? Are burritos a staple in your diet? Do you crave guacamole, spiced meats, and sour cream like it’s your job? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then pay attention because your burrito prayers have been answered. “Good food, good people, and it’s not another pizza place,” said Reuben Bassett in an interview on Wed., Feb. 22, 2012. Bassett and his cousin Aaron Bassett are currently working to open a new Burrito Me restaurant on the corner of Main Street and Highland Street. “We’re really excited for the downtown

feel and the college community,” continued Bassett, “There’s nothing like Burrito Me around here.” This upcoming Burrito Me is the second restaurant established by the Bassetts. The original Burrito Me has served downtown Laconia for almost two and a half years. Patrons rave about the fresh ingredients, bold flavors, welcoming atmosphere, and ability to personalize your meal. Bassett hopes to inspire this sense of customer loyalty here in Plymouth. Everything on the menu is made to order right when you walk in. You choose your meat, veggies, rice, and whatever other fillings you want added to your burrito concoction. “We keep everything simple so we can do it good,” said Bassett.

The menu specials rotate throughout the month, and Basset says they’re always looking for a special that is unique to the Plymouth community. Basset loves to experiment with different flavors and new techniques. He encourages everyone to play around and find their own favorites. Bassett recommends his personal favorite, the Chipotle Pork. This signature pork is braised in a secret blend of spices for six hours before being served. Add your fillings to it, and make it your own. “Some people just want rice and beans, some just want guacamole. It’s nice to be able to get what you want and not wait long,” said Bassett. In addition to burritos, Burrito Me will also serve made to order quesadillas, tacos, and salads. If you’re looking for a vegetar-

ian or vegan option, look no further. The flexibility of the Burrito Me menu adheres to most dietary needs, including glutenfree and lactose-free options. Burrito Me is currently hiring. Bassett says they are looking for both part-time college students as well as a few full-time staff positions. Anyone interested should email a resume to Like Burrito Me on Facebook to follow updates on the opening schedule, specials, and great deals. Burrito Me plans to open in Mid March. They expect to be open seven days a week between 11 am and 8 pm, but will adjust their hours according to demand. Look for more details in the upcoming weeks.

Promoting Beauty and Ending "Fat Talk" Danielle Blanchette For the Clock


o w o f te n d o y o u h e a r y o u r friends say something like “I’m so fat” or “I need to lose weight”? On a college campus, the utterance of phrases like these for both males and females is very high, even here at Plymouth State University. In the midst of the Body Fair going on in the HUB on Tues., Feb. 28, 2012, a discussion group was held titled “Friends Don’t Let Friends Fat Talk”. ‘Fat Talk’ is breaking down the confidence of men and especially women, young and old, about how their bodies should look. Senior and health education major Brittany Edgerly lead the discussion with topics such as body image, pet peeves, the ‘Thin Ideal’, and common ‘Fat Talk’ phrases heard on a daily basis. “ D r e s s i n g u p s i x y e a r o l d s l i ke twenty-five year olds—it just really bothers me” said Brittany a s she opened the floor for pet peeves students shared about body image. Others mentioned magazine articles or headlines focused on celebrities losing or gaining weight, and how plus size women are forced to shop in different stores than other women. Jane Weber, director of the PSU Writing Center, shared her pet peeve about Barbie and her perfect blonde hair, “Even at three years old she [her daughter] thought she should have hair like Barbie, so we would dye the Barbie’s hair blue or green.” The point of ending ‘Fat Talk’ is to empower people to love their bodies and focus on being healthy rather than skinny. In order to help people


we have to be upfront and realistic with them. We must try to promote self-confidence and abolish ‘Fat Talk’ all together. When someone says ‘I’m so fat’—the group hopes people say, "stop talking like that!" The ‘Thin Ideal’ is the public’s opinion of what the perfect women looks like. The group came up with certain traits that generally are associated with being attractive to the media: 5’9”, 125 pounds, long legs, tight clothing, large breasts, tan etc. Sound familiar? This ideal is poisoning the minds

of women ever ywhere, young girls especially. A clip was shown with elementary school girls asking the camera whether or not they were fat. Seven year olds should not have to be faced with these body issues. A few other inspirational clips were shown to enhance the point that believing you are beautiful will promote healthier behaviors when it comes to eating and exercising, rather than ending up within an unhealthy alternative. Some of the clips focused on loving your own body, and on ways to

show the person in your life that they are beautiful. Whether it’s a sticky note on their mirror or a hidden message in the make-up aisle, the word needs to be spread. Love Your Body Week is about being comfortable in your own skin and shifting the focus from losing weight to being healthy. ‘Fat Talk’ is too widely spread and needs to end. The ‘Thin Ideal’ has to be demolished. People should always feel beautiful no matter what.



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PHOP Kicking It Off For Poets & Writers Ali Myers For the Clock


oets & Writers first Open Mic Night was Tues., Feb. 21, 2012. This years open mic’s are located at Plymouth House of Pizza (PHOP) on Main Street in the bar area. Many were in attendance as students and teachers took the mic to perform their poetry, thoughts, and musical talents. The most recent open mic night was one of the most successful yet, “We had a lot of new faces and many kind words from those who attended and enjoyed themselves. One highlight was having Matt play guitar at the end of the night. He’s a terrific musician, and it was really nice to have him end the night for us on such a high note,” said Business Manager for Poets & Writers, junior, Patrick O’ Sullivan.

During the open mic the atmosphere is very relaxed, people show up and grab food or drinks and hang out for a little while, “the best part about the open mics is that it is such a welcoming atmosphere, anyone who is new can come and meet some friendly people and there’s no pressure to read anything, you can be solely a spectator if you please. But if you do decide to read no one will judge you or boo you, it’s just not that sort of place,” said Junior Kayley Fouts. The environment set the tone for everyone reading that night “I love having our open mics at PHOP because it’s a very laid-back atmosphere. We try very hard to present an open and inviting forum to people, and invite everyone to jump in and get involved whether it’s reading or performing their original poetry, prose, and music,” said O’Sullivan. Not only do students read their

poetry, but some professors do as well, “my favorite part about the open mics is getting to hear the written work of my peers and teachers, it’s not often that you get to hear someone’s creative writing. Plus, it’s always fun to get to go out and have a drink with some of your professors,” said Fouts The Poets & Writers Club strives to have their open mics feel like a bunch of friends getting together and sharing their work with each other. No need to be nervous, for they welcome and embrace every voice to be heard, “everyone is super supportive. You’ll never see rotten tomatoes thrown. I promise,” said Poets & Writers President, junior, Haley Sciola. Sciola runs every open mic and makes sure everything runs smoothly and that everyone feels comfortable performing whatever they chose, “No matter what, just come and check it out. It helps to see how the whole thing runs first


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if you’ve got the same rocket-blaster nerves as I had the first time I ever read. So step outside of your comfort zone, and take the risk,” stated Sciola. Take it f rom me, when it’s your first time reading up there it can be a little intimidating, but when its all said and done, everyone is extremely supportive. Poets and Writers Club will be cosponsoring an open mic with The Vagina Monologues and The Women’s Studies Council on Mar. 8. 2012. If you can’t make that one don’t worry; there will be another open mic on Mar. 13. 2012, right before the deadline for the Centripetal, Poets & Writers literary magazine. Be sure to submit your poetry, artwork, photography, or prose pieces to the Centripetal before March 16 by 6:00 PM, just email your submissions to




March 2, 2012



Getting to Know Your Panther Captains: Ski Team Edition

Eric Brill Sports Editor

1. How old were you when you started skiing, and what was the first ski mountain you ever went to? 2. Who taught you how to ski?

BRITT EDGERLY 1. I was three, and I started skiing at Gunstock 2. My grandpa taught me how to ski

KATHERINE GOLLER 1. I was two, and I skied at Sugarbush.

2. My dad and mom taught me how to ski



1. I was about three. Cant remember where; don’t remember that far back. I think it was WV, or maybe Bretton Woods. 2. My dad taught me to ski.

3. What is your favorite mountain to ski at, and what is your favorite trail to ski at this mountain?

3. Sugarloaf is my favorite mountain, and Tote Road is my favorite trail!

3. My favorite mountain is Sugarbush, and my favorite trail is Church.

3. Sun Valley, Idaho was a really cool ski area. In the east, Stowe is my favorite ski area.

4. Do you have any pre-race rituals? If so, what are they?

4. My ski bag has to be packed the night before or else I stress out!

4. I have to joke around before my run so I don’t psych myself out.

4. I make sure I am loose and warm. I check all my buckles and straps before going into the start gate.

5. How has the move to the EISA benefited the team as a whole?

5. I think moving to EISA has benefited us because it is more competetive and we get to ski against athletes that have a lot of talent which forces us to work harder on and off snow.

5. The move to EISA has been good for us because it has not only encouraged us to work harder and ski faster, but as also opened a whole new door for recruiting and the future of the program.

5. It is a lot more competitive. We get to watch some of the best ski racing in the world every weekend. There are dudes who are top 30 in the world, and we are racing with them. Our team will become faster because of the competition.

6. What mountain (outside of Waterville) is your favorite mountain to race at?

7. What memory (in your ski career) stands out the most to you?

6. Sugarloaf

7. Making it to the junior Olympics when I was a J3.

6. Middlebury Snowbowl.

7. Our girls team won the Grand Slalom at Nationals last year, the first national win for Plymouth Women’s Skiing ever!

6. Favorite is either Stowe or Suicide Six because the trails are super challenging. In New Hampshire, it is Blackwater at Proctor because it is a private hill and we have only racers on the hill. 7.Waiting after the National championships last year to see if we won. We were really close and needed to wait for the official count.

PSU Rec Leagues: A Shot at Glory Jacob Gagnon

Assistant Sports Editor


t’s a common theme. When athletes retire from their respective sports, especially in high school, they immediately become nostalgic about what could’ve been in regards to their career. Just listen to Plymouth State students recount their memories of high school athletic glory and you can almost hear the echo of Marlon Brando’s tortured voice in On the Waterfront (“I coulda been a contenda!”). There is an undying and universal sense of loss among the athletes that chose not to (or could not) compete in college athletics. Thanks to the Plymouth State University

Recreation Programs, these longing athletes now have an outlet for their competitive fire. “Mostly everyone is in it for the fun. You don’t have to be a good player to be on a team, so that means everyone can play and be a part of a team sport,” said Plymouth State Football player Bobby Lombardo, who has been competing in the Intramural Basketball games taking place in the HUB Courtroom this past month. Lombardo expresses exactl y why the recreation leagues are important. They get back to the root of athletics, and remind people why they fell in love with sports in the first place: because it’s fun. “There needs to be a competitive edge to everything. When you make a semicompetitive lea gue like intermural, it

gives people a chance (to compete), but still keeps that edge,” said Lombardo. It’s the surprisingly high level of competition of the league, that edge, which makes it even more addictive for Lombardo. While the Intramural League may be fun, there is no Little League, “everyone gets a trophy” atmosphere. The competition is fierce, the games are played hard, and success is earned, not given. A teammate of Lombardo’s on The Temptations in the Intramural Basketball League, senior Dylan Drake, shares similar sentiments. “It’s an opportunity for us to play. It’s a chance to get back on the court in a pretty damn competitive setting.” Drake ran track in high school, and has been playing basketball recreationally since he was old enough to dribble a ball.

Both Drake and Lombardo compete in the Advanced and Intermediate Basketball leagues. “I look forward to this time every year. Everyone gets a shot if they want to. I know a lot of kids who feel the same way I do. We all miss that rush of competition and this league brings it right back to us.” The restraints that often come with athletics are relinquished. There are no practices, no tryouts, only a group of likeminded individuals who just want to play the game. Any PSU student who wants to play can form their own team and play. There are few things more American than an equal opportunity to compete. The Recreation Leagues presented by Plymouth State University are as American as Tom Brady’s smile and Apple pie.




March 2, 2012

Celtics: 2012 and Beyond

Kyle Ramsey



For the Clock

fter a lockout that at first seemed else it would derail the 2011-2012 NBA season, the Celts have been back at it and are looking to make a push for the playoffs as the 2nd half of the season has begun. They have been led by Rajon Rondo and Paul Pierce all year with tough D and leadership from Kevin Garnett. Ray Allen is showing his age at 36 and missed 4 games earlier in the season. His production hasn’t been the same, but he can still drill 3’s and is automatic from the free throw line. However, the Celts are currently flirting with a low playoff seed spot, which makes us all question, how will they do in a series against the young powerhouses in Chicago and Miami? Gunslinger GM Danny Ainge has a lot to think about as the March 15th trade deadline approaches. Last year he dealt Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson to the OKC Thunder for forward Jeff Green who didn’t perform up to his potential and his 15 ppg statistics he recorded on the Thunder. He struggled in the playoffs against the Heat, missing open threes and normally easy buckets for his standard of play. In addition, he underwent heart surgery this year which put him on injured reserve, for the season. Green is likely still in the Celtics plans for the future, but the team is still in need of young talent. Though Rondo has the potential to take over games at times with his passing and defense, he shoots 60% from the line and has an inconsistent jumper. During many games in the fourth quarter, he

does not have the scorer’s mentality to drive to the basket and get to the line or shoot open jumpers. This is especially the case when his PG counterpart is a potent scorer such as Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, or John Wall. He affects the game in other ways besides scoring that’s for sure, but his scoring at the 1 is not consistent enough which is why he was rumored in trades for star PG Chris Paul before the season started. These rumors will certainly be re-visited in March, as will the tradability of the big three. Ainge needs to think for the future and analyze if the Celts truly have a chance to keep up with the Bulls and Heat come playoff time. Last year, the Celts were clearly tired by the end of the season and were outrun up and down the court by Miami despite Lebron James choking in almost every fourth quarter of that series. Celtics legend and former GM Red Auerbach had the chance to trade Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, and Robert Parrish as they aged, similar to the 2012 Celtics situation. He didn’t and got no value for them when they each respectfully retired or were signed by another team. Ainge does not want to let the present value of the big three pass him by and be reluctant to trade his stars. The NBA is a business, and even though you have to make decisions that are tough due to the big three’s legendary status and championship contributions, you still have to think about the future. The Celts are in dire need of a young big man, as Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum outrebounded us on the glass and outscored our big[s] (Kevin Garnett…) in the game against the Lakers February 9th.

Magic C Dwight Howard is a free agent after the season as is Nets PG Deron Williams. Many experts suggest the Celts should trade Rondo and some combination of the big three so they can clear up cap space to sign one or both of these superstars. KG and Ray Allen are free agents this summer so a big decision needs to be made whether to stick with them for one last run at Banner 18 or to blow it up and get back some young talent to build from. Paul Pierce still has another year left on his current contract, which will attract any potential teams as he continues to be on top of his game, being elected to his 10th All Star Game in his career. If and when Rondo is traded, it would bring the Celts some good pieces in return for sure, and they might want to go after Williams, a legit top 3 PG who is unhappy in New Jersey. After seeing Rondo contribute nothing (0 pts, 4 turnovers in 16 min) at the All Star Game February 26th as fellow PGs Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, and Williams straight balled, it validated to me that he is not in their league as a top 5 PG. In addition, he has continued to show immaturity by being suspended 2 games before the break for throwing the ball at the ref after a turnover. Seeing him sulk with a towel over his head on the bench rubs me the wrong way also. I love what I see from 22 year old PG Avery Bradley, who, during Rondo’s suspension, filled in nicely and has shown an ability to stroke a nice J and play tight D. It has taken Rondo 4 years to develop something close to a jumper, and he is still not there. I would be fine with grooming Bradley as the PG of the future and trading

Rondo for a young center such as Al Horford or Roy Hibbert (pure speculation), who both play on teams that could use a proven facilitating PG in the Atlanta Hawks and Indiana Pacers, respectively. If not during the season before the trade deadline, then possibly over the summer after the playoffs. Duke star PG Austin Rivers, son of coach Doc Rivers, is also an intriguing option for a change at PG if the Celts could accumulate 1st round picks by trading some combination of the big three and or Rondo. There is no doubt Doc would love to coach his son, who is expected to go top 10 in this summer’s NBA Draft, June 28th. As for Howard, he has already voiced his interest in joining the Celts who have a ‘championship history and mentality’. However, I would rather see the Celts go after a different and younger big man than Howard to save money and spend it more economically at other positions. So, will Ainge sit back and let the season play out with the current team he has built? Or will he blow it up and accept that teams around the league are getting younger and more talented, quickly? Boston does have some solid young talent in Green, Brandon Bass, E’Twaun Moore, and JuJuan Johnson that should be here for the foreseeable future, but the latter two are just getting their feet wet as rookies and the team still needs more young depth. I love the big three and everything they have done since ’08, but nothing lasts forever and as a general manager you have to know when the time is right to move on for the good of your franchise’s success.

Real Sports Talk With E-$

Eric Brill Sports Editor


n last week’s online edition, I gave a preview of the NL West, with the Los Angeles Dodgers winning that division despite a bunch of financial problems. This week, I will make my predictions in the MLB’s smallest division (in terms of quantity of teams), the American League West division. To review from last season, the Texas Rangers ended up with the division title with a ten game lead on the second place Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners came in third and fourth, respectively, finishing a combined 42 games below .500. Los Angeles Angels- The Angels landed the best free agent in the off-season in first baseman Albert Pujols, who came from the St. Louis Cardinals in a deal that was for 10 years and over $250 million dollars (I know, that’s a TON of money). Pujols, who is currently 37th on the all-time homerun list, should provide a ton of offensive in this line-up, as Howard Kendrick and Vernon Wells will have some much-needed relief at the plate. Jered Weaver and Dan Haren look to lead the starting pitching.

Texas Rangers- This offense is loaded from top to bottom as Ian Kinsler, Josh Hamilton, Adrian Beltre and Nelson Cruz combined for 118 home runs. New to the team (and the MLB) this year is starting pitcher Yu Darvish, who comes over from Japan with a nasty fastball, curveball, and a slurve (circle curveball). If Darvish pitches as well as scouts make him out to be, he can be in the Cy Young discussion. Seattle Mariners- Seattle seems to have had the same story the past five or so years; great young players, but not a record to show for this talent. Felix Hernandez is the best pitcher in the American League (and at least arguably in the MLB), but his sidekick in Michael Pineda is in New York, with the Yankees. Coming over from that trade is catcher Jesus Montero, who is said to be the next great catcher. The always reliable Ichiro Suzuki seems to finally being showing his age (he is 38 years old), and last year was the first year in his career that he had a batting average under .300. Oakland Athletics- There really aren’t many players on this team that strike fear into an opponent’s heart. Jemile Weeks is good for over 30 steals this year, and catcher Kurt Suzuki is a decent threat at the plate. One player that will create a buzz when he comes back from suspension is Manny Ramirez, but who knows how much he has left in the tank (he is, after all, 39 years old). So much for all of that talk that Columbus Blue Jacket’s right-winger Rick Nash was going to go to the Boston Bruins or New York Rangers. The Blue Jackets wanted a ton of players/ picks in return for Nash, but the B’s and Rangers weren’t willing to give up that much for the player who has 280 career goals. Nash could have been that player that put the Bruins as

the best team in the Eastern Conference, but instead they will have to rely on former New York Islander greats Mike Mottau and Brian Rolston to create some buzz for this team that has been struggling over the past few weeks after having an incredible January and December. Chances are that the Bruins will end up with the second overall seed in the Eastern Conference, but they will have to heavily rely on goalie Tim Thomas to play as well as he did last year in the playoffs. In other irrelevant (though I find interesting) sports news: -The dunk contest was much better then I anticipated it being. Jeremy Evan’s two-ball dunk was awesome to watch, and is a lot harder then he made it look to be. -Kevin Love showed me a lot by winning the three-point contest. I have always thought of Love as an inside threat and a big time rebounder, but he showed that he has a ton of range on Saturday. -There really are some great point guards in the NBA, with Deron Williams, Derrick Rose, Chris Paul, and Tony Parker leading the way. -Robert Griffin III ran the fastest 40-yard dash since Michael Vick. The scary thing is that Griffin is a much better thrower then Vick (at least more accurate). -Interesting perspective- A trade to move up in the draft (say to the St. Louis Rams’ #2 pick) might be cheaper then signing someone like Matt Flynn. Rookie contracts are much cheaper then signing a free agent, which makes the Rams’ pick so crucial. -Something else that is interesting in regards to the draft- There has been only one #2 overall pick since 1967 that has had a winning record

as a starter (that being Donovan McNabb, who was drafted in 1999). -The Daytona 500 was unique this year. Besides being delayed for over 30 hours, there was a two-hour delay due to a fire when a driver (Juan Pablo Montoya) possibly broke an axel and hit a jet-drier that had 200 gallons of fuel that erupted into a massive fire. -Mario Manningham is going to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. -My pick to win the race in Phoenix is Denny Hamlin. Non-sports information of the week Time to rant- Plymouth needs to do something where they allow 15 minute parking for free around campus. If someone is to drop something off near their dorm, they risk potentially getting a $20+ ticket. People bring heavy things to their dorm quite often (or in my case and many other student’s cases, their skies/snowboards), and there is nowhere to park. It is a pain in the neck to bring this stuff on to the shuttle, and the extra stuff takes up a lot of room on the shuttle. I know someone that just got a ticket for being in front of the HUB for all of 20 seconds, and it is ridiculous that they received a $20 ticket. Really, Plymouth police? Nice to see that the snow is finally starting to fall during the back half of the Winter. I can’t believe that Spring Break is in only two weeks. Thanks to the people that were throwing snowballs by the student apartments on Friday Night. ‘Till next week I’m outta here…….

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