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SU’s campus radio station WPCR 91.7 is finally signing contracts to webcast after a decade long attempt. PSU’s Speare offices and internet radio network Live 360, are working together to set up the webcast as soon as possible. The webcast would allow anyone with internet access to listen to the station live at any time. “It has been such a slow climb getting to where we are; now all sides have come to an agreement,” WPCR president Nick Landry stated. The station has been trying to get contracted for live webcasting through their website for almost twelve years. “We’re the only station in the state without it,” Miles Winzeler WPCR general manager stated. The webcasting costs $50 per year for an off-site hosting service, Live 360, for working with the WPCR website and providing streaming links. Landry stated, “Ideally people will be able to go to the website, WPCR.org, click ‘listen now’ and the website will synch live to the radio station.” “We’re on the short and narrow now, man, we’re getting close. Contracts are getting signed and it’s coming soon!” Landry stated. After
the contracts are signed, WPCR’s webcast will be up and running for next semester at the latest. The webcast is a huge opportunity for WPCR to gain listeners and increase campus involvement. WPCR is looking to make other updates as well. The station now reports general news about every 2 hours but is looking to include more reports on campus relevant news. A sports talk show segment will also be added to the station. WPCR will be working with The Clock to help make these updates because, “For Plymouth news there’s no one better,” Landry stated. The major updates for WPCR would not be possible without the dedicated efforts of the staff, including faculty advisor Paul Rogalus and program director Sean Noonan. “We’re really thankful for the enthusiasm and involvement from Chad Johansen and Kayla Banks and all the dedicated community members,” said Winseler. “Recently we’ve had an influx of new activism. We’re making the radio more serious and we’ve had a good response, everyone is stepping up,” Landry stated.
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A Day of Thanks (No Turkey) Megan O'Gara For The Clock
n Nov. 14, President Sara Jayne Steen invited students, staff members, and faculty to Heritage Commons to honor employees of the University who are celebrating their retirement or landmark years of service to PSU. At least 150 diverse community members ranging from university police officers to cooks at Prospect Dining Hall, came together and honored one another, with a short reception beforehand featuring members of the Plymouth State Jazz Ensemble. The ceremony started with a short speech from President Steen, giving high regards to all those who have dedicated their careers to making Plymouth State a wonderful place to live, work and go to school. “You create an environment that offers our students the opportunity to excel,” stated Steen. The first part of the ceremony was dedicated to retirees, many of whom were alumni of Plymouth State themselves. Kathi Weeks Patterson, an employee of Student Account Services has worked at PSU for 23 years. “It was great to get to know so many students, a lot of them who have graduated still keep in touch!” Patterson is a familiar face to many at the University, so much so that former students have sent their children to Patterson with help in paying tuition.
The second part of the ceremony was dedicated to employees celebrating landmark years at Plymouth State. Beverly Wilkins, a building service worker, is a familiar face around the Hartman Union Building. Wilkins is celebrating her 10 year anniversary at Plymouth State. Wilkins’s family attended the recognition ceremony and watched as she proudly took a picture with President Steen. “It’s so great to get to know the students in the HUB, they are always so welcoming to me!” Stacey Curdie-Meade, a member of the information technology team is celebrating her fifteenth year with Plymouth State. “I am actually an alum of PSU, and was recently hired on to full time! I love it here, it really is a great place to work.” CurdieMeade is currently working to create an online program for the Childhood Studies Department at PSU. Other familiar faces passed through the ceremony, such as Dean of Students Timothy Keefe, who has been with the university for 35 years, Residential Life Director Frank Cocchiarella, who has been with the university for 25 years, and Professor Scott Coykendall, who has been with the university for 10 years. Although the annual recognition ceremony has come and gone, organizers hope that every day is a “Recognition Day.” CLOCK PHOTO/ BRENNA SPAULDING
Plymouth Legend Jay Allen Nicholas Doucette For The Clock
t Plymouth State University, if you get caught drinking underage on campus, you more than likely end up at the On Campus Talk About Alcohol class, otherwise known as OCTAA. Most students anticipate didactic lessons on the rights and wrongs of drinking. Few are shocked to hear stories like this: “… And he touched me.. I turned around and murdered him. I stole that human beings right to life. I caved his fucking head in.” Students in the class look around stunned, even mildly entertained, like they were watching a bloody scene in a Quentin Tarantino film, as the speaker adds: “I didn’t want to let a murder go to waste, so I robbed him.” The speaker is Jay Allen, originally raised in Rumney, Jay has been involved in drug addiction, robbery,
assault, and murder. Jay shares his story of addiction and incarceration at every OCTAA class. Jay shows the class a black and white picture of a little boy chasing a bird near Stinson Lake, he holds the picture up and looks it over, “that grew up to become a murder,” the picture was of him. Jay shares his story, of growing up and just wanting to fit in. After barley passing his 5th year of high school, Jay enlisted in the Army. “I spent 13 months in those central highlands in two core, infiltrating into Cambodia, infiltrating in Laos, and killing people… and I got very, very good at killing people.” After his service Jay headed west, and while living in Denver he was introduced to a new vice. “I had injected a substance called methamphetamine sulfate, the street name of it is speed, and I absolutely loved it.” “It’s 1976, and by this time in my life I’m shooting $300 a day in heroin, that’s just to get right with the world.” Eventually Jay’s life in Denver fell
apart. The biker gang he was affiliated with told him to cover his tattoos for the rest of his life or have his arm cut off. So he returned to the Northeast, this time Boston; stealing panty hoes in bulk from delivery trucks, still using drugs daily, and getting involved in cold-hearted murder. Despite that, “I wanted to be a good guy, I wanted to do something right.” So when a buddy of his tells Jay that a girl on Beacon hill had been kidnapped and raped in a cellar apartment, Jay decided to take action. “I went and I kicked in that cellar apartment door, and I dispatched those three guys that raped and kidnapped that women. I broke their knees and I broke their elbows with that ball pein hammer. I put them in their car down the hill, and rolled them down the hill toward mass general hospital. Just knowing they would get the help they so desperately needed.” Eventually he developed a relationship with the women he rescued, so he followed her down to Texas. Where, eventually, she would turn him into the feds. “They sentenced
me to 35 years for murder.” Before Jay’s story, Sean O’Brien, the 4-year OCTTA instructor, facilitates discussion among the students, and gives the standard biology of drinking. Like, how much you need to be legally intoxicated, and how long booze stays in your body. “Really what OCTTA is, is life style risk reduction. So, getting students to realize that they need to make smart choices by reducing the amounts they need to drink. I’m not gonna go tell them not to drink, their gonna do what they want to do. But, I want them to be safe.” Jay, who is now 18 years sober, has been through four different instructors over the past decade. Jay says he has continued speaking over the years not only for the students but for himself. “I really identify with the person who is sitting there. To have gone through what I’ve went through, and to present it in a formal setting, OCTTA, is a gift for me, too. It helps me with my life.” Eventually, Jay got sober in prison through the AA. But in retrospect,
he still can’t help but regret. As he tells the class, “I never ever learned from my mistakes.. I never grew up.” He shares other heartfelt stories, like missing out on time with his family or his brother and friends passing away. These stories resonate with students, making Jay a sort of underground famous figure on campus. “Everyone who left that class really had a better idea on drug and alcohol addiction, he really got his point across by using his life as the example,” says Johnny O’Connor, a sophomore, and OCTAA student. Jay and Sean want all students to know that their door is always open. “We make ourselves available to student too, Jay always says… I’m down here, I’m around campus, I’m available,” says Sean. “We want the best for this community, I want the best for this school, I want the best for you,” says Allen. Jay can always be found downtown, riding up on his motorcycle to Market Street, sitting down for a coffee, where he is happy to listen to your story.
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Plymouth's Unsung Heroes Jen Smith
he Hartman Union Building, Plymouth State’s ‘grand central station’, has been Jennifer Smith’s stomping ground for the past five years. Wearing the hat as Administrative Assistant and also Reservationist for the HUB are two demanding positions that she manages with intricate organization, and a warm, friendly demeanor. Smith is no stranger to the Plymouth area that she has become so deeply involved with. She went to Plymouth High School, has family in Rumney, and currently lives in Thornton. “This is home for me. Even though I didn’t go to school here,” explains Smith who attended Keene State College, “it’s always been here so it’s home.” While attending Keene State, Smith earned dual degrees in Business Administration and Journalism. From there she went on to work for Northway Bank for nine years. “I did everything from [being a] teller to customer service, then eventually I became the trainer…I trained all of the new tellers and customer service folks in all the branches,” said Smith. “It was exciting because I got to travel throughout New Hampshire.” For a good portion of her life, Smith has had another job that is a little bit louder and more exciting than retail banking, “I work at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. I’ve worked there for 18 years now part-time in the ticket department. Currently, I supervise the main ticket office during race weekend.” The thrill of fast cars and diehard
fans is a pastime that Smith is happy to have in her life, “I love racing, mostly NASCAR and stock cars but I’ve always loved racing since I was little.” After her time at the bank, Smith worked a full summer working full time at the track. During this time she looked for other opportunities to further her career, “It gave me a chance to job search and be selective, and that’s how I landed here," said Smith. With her work cut out for her, Smith found her way through very demanding expectations and managed to fulfill those expectations and then some on the Plymouth State campus. “In my job, I’ve been working and streamlining processes and procedures to make things go more easily and making sure that things run smoothly,” explained Smith, “[I was] able to take the initiative with things or have input on things that have an effect on how we interact with students and go about our daily operation of the building.” Her position in HUB has made her vital to the on-goings in the building and the student based organizations across campus, “I have a little hand in everything. Usually if people don’t know or have questions about something they think ‘oh Jen will know’, and usually I have a clue.” As reservationist, Smith is in charge of scheduling who is where at what time when anyone wants to schedule anything in the HUB. “I approve and process all of the reservation requests for the entire building,” said Smith, including meetings, events, and tabling. As Administrative Assistant to the
HUB, Smith is directly involved with all of the programs and organizations that Plymouth State has to offer its students. “I work with all of the professional staff in the HUB and the student life area,” explained Smith, “programs like Community Service, Rec Programs, the Wellness Cennter, the outdoor center, etc.” She gets involved even further with the students by working with the woman who manages the building and its student employees, “I work in conjunction with Kerry Keating who is the Director of Union operations with the students on the facilities side of the HUB. These are people like the info-boothers, the office assistants, coverage for the ID Print Shop, and the building managers.” Located physically in the epicenter of campus, Smith is at the core of student involvement that breaks beyond classroom doors, and that takes a lot of organization. “I do a lot, I’m very multi-functional,” said Smith. However, her job isn’t always easy as she makes it out to be. Her job is no stranger to daily challenges, “I think just trying to keep everything in order. I’m very detail oriented so that comes naturally to me, but every once in a while its just a matter of trying to keep the balls in the air and everything going and flowing without something missing. Some days that’s challenging.” The position of her office allows her to be around students and faculty constantly, “There’s always so much going on at different times between the staff and the students and what the orgs want to do for events…there’s never a dull moment which I love.” Those students who stop in every day or work in the Admin office of the
HUB do not stay forever, and Smith manages to balance her sadness with graduating students with her unwavering support of their future. “It’s sad that they’re moving on to another stage in their lives, but I’m happy that they’ve accomplished their goals while they were here and that they are moving on to bigger and better things,” explained Smith, “We all do that, it’s just the next stage of life.” Just as the students she knows have reached goals while being at PSU, Smith has reached goals in her personal life that have been a direct result of her working for Plymouth State, “I just finished my master’s degree in Business. That will be coming this December and I’ll be walking in May,” said Smith, “That’s been four years in the making. That’s a big deal for me.” With such an accomplishment at her fingertips, it’s realistic to imaging Smith pursuing other careers in her professional life, but she is sure to say that Plymouth is where she plans to stay. “I’ve always said that if the perfect opportunity presented itself, then I would be foolish not to pursue it, but really my passion lies here. That’s where I want to utilize my strengths and my skills to benefit the union,” said Smith. Without individuals like Jennifer Smith to direct, design, costume, and manage the on-goings of Plymouth State University, it is safe to say that many of our critical programs and organizations would not have the
support that she whole-heartedly gives them. As in most cases of the faculty here at PSU, Smith focuses her dedication towards the students and the bonds that can be formed in a college environment as faculty member: “I love my job, it’s a pleasure to come to work everyday and to form relationships with students and to see them through their time here, and see them grow either through a student group or a position here in the HUB.” As the Unsung Hero for this edition of The Clock, Smith has been a noteworthy candidate of praise from the Plymouth community, and she welcomes the recognition with open arms: “I’m honored. Considering that it comes from a student organization, that’s the highest form of praise. I just feel honored and blessed to work with you guys everyday. To be recognized for that is pretty special.”
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A Sweet Taste of Success Biederman's Deli and Pub
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or 35 years Biederman’s Deli and Pub has been locally owned and operated by the Biederman family and has become one of the most popular and distinguished businesses in Plymouth, NH. “You find you niche in the business world and you try to stay with it,” said owner Patti Biederman. It has been quite the journey for the Biederman family over the years; though it’s faced some changes and renovations, Biederman’s Deli has the recipe for success. “Basically the journey has been the same in respect that we still serve the same soups, the same chilies, use boar head cold cuts, the only major difference probably from the beginning, is that the drinking age was 18 when we purchased it,” said Biederman. Some things remain sacred to the Biederman restaurant, such as the moose that hangs famously on the wall. “The moose actually fell off the wall and hit a young lady, fortunately all it did was knock a tooth out, and it even survived the fire, the moose has kind of ebbed and flowed along with the business,” said Biederman. Biederman’s Deli not only serves delicious sandwiches and beverages on a regular basis, but they also take the time to serve the university student-athletes, and participate in local fundraisers. “Scott and I have decided over the years to give back to the community, we have so many different people as customers, both students and community members, it was engrained to us by our parents to give back, and we have done that in numerous ways,” said Biederman. The Plymouth State Alum’s and
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owners, Patti and Scott Biederman, took the adventurous step and purchased the business in 1976. “We ended up buying the place in 1976, and we have run it basically almost the same, all along we have had a few changes, had a fire along the way in 1993, which gave us the chance to give it a face lift,” said Biederman. “I like Biederman’s because it’s a nice calm environment, you can go there and have a beer and really relax,” said senior Ryan Neville. It isn’t everyday Biederman’s comes up with a new sandwich. Their most recent addition to the menu is “The Zamboa", which is one of Patti’s personal favorites. “It’s buffalo chicken, mozzarella cheese, leaf lettuce, blue cheese dressing, bacon, franks hot sauce on a boa sandwich,” said Biederman. Whatever ingredients the employees use most often or have an abundance of creates new sandwiches at Biedermans. New sandwich creations take time to come up with. They need to be tested, and made certain that customers will enjoy eating it. “We have only done that a few times, but we were actually thinking about coming up with a couple of new sandwiches to keep it fresh and keep it going, but we have been busy with business and athletics, so we haven’t gotten to it just yet,” said Biederman. “My favorite sub would have to be The Old Man, because it is tasty and simple, and the pesto is great,” said Neville. The Biederman family has tried to create a fun, friendly, and authentic environment for all of their customers. They offer thousands of different sandwich combinations, and 18 New England brewed beers on tap. They also provide their customers with entertainment such as dartboards, and live televised sporting events
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on flat screens surrounding the restaurant. “We have tried to make it a friendly atmosphere, and get our staff to engage with the customers, and always try to make everyone comfortable,” said Biederman. Biederman’s is a family owned business, both Patti and Scott plan to keep the business within their
family, eventually passing it down to their son. “Our son has become an integral part of the business, we’re hoping in the next five years to see him phase himself more, and we would be more on the consultant end of things and maybe fill in during the busy times,” said Biederman. Biederman’s opens daily at 11am,
Mon-Sun, located on 83 Main Street, and have live music once a month on Friday nights, and $1 tacos every Sunday 11am to 8pm. Biederman’s deli is a hometown favorite that the Plymouth locals and college students can go to relax with their families and friends to enjoy delicious sandwiches, soups, and beverages.
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n our last issue, we ran a story about the new affiliate club hockey team at Plymouth State. Alexis Myers, our wonderful Assistant Featured Editor, who also plays on PSU’s Women’s Hockey team, wrote an article introducing the club sport to the school, an article which I thought was well written and which provided a great representation of the benefit of club sports to PSU. Without her knowing, the title of her article was changed and the paper was sent to press. We made the mistake of not consulting Ali about the title change, and we received a
lot of criticism for it. As we should have. The changed title not only failed to represent the angle that Ali took in her story, but also portrayed the club hockey teams in an unfair and diminutive light. To the players, the coaches, and the athletic department, we at The Clock are sorry for the way we represented the team. By no means were our intentions to hurt any feelings or discourage anyone involved with the club. In fact, we applaud anyone who gets involved, becomes part of a team, and works hard at something they are passionate about. I also want to personally apologize to Ali for the integrity of
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An open letter to the Students, Administration and Faculty of Plymouth State University
efore the splendor of Election Days fades amidst tests, finals, and holiday vacations, I would like to ask you to take a moment and reflect on the part you played on Tuesday, November 6. Plymouth had record numbers of same day vote registrations-approximately 1400 same-day voters. It is very safe to say that most of these were from the college campus. While I am sure you were somewhat knowledgeable on the differences between the presidential candidates and perhaps even the gubernatorial candidates, there were a number of other candidates in the ballot. Do you remember their names? Do you know who you voted for or what they stand for? If you were presented with their credentials, would you recognize them?
Let me give you a case in point. Our current County Treasurer has served Grafton County for 8 years. Before that, she served as the Register of Deeds. She also currently serves the town of Plymouth (and therefore the University) as the Plymouth Water and Sewer Treasurer. These are all elected positions. As County Treasurer, she is responsible for investing and getting the highest return on 21 million taxpayer dollars! It is a BIG job and should only be given carefully to a person of integrity with attention to detail. However, that person MAY not have had the letter behind their name that goes with your political or philosophical bent. So, what would you do? Well, one thing you COULD do would be to vote strictly down party lines with no regard to the individual’s qualifications and vote in an interior decorator who has never shown up for one public meeting or
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community candidate forum. Because that is exactly what happened! Our current County Treasurer was defeated by 369 votes. Just 369, which is less than the same-day registration in Plymouth. However, there were other options available to you. One would be to refrain from voting on the local positions and the second would be to fully research the issues and candidates to educate yourself before you vote. Either one would be responsible and adult way to handle your vote. Long after you leave this temporary “home,” the taxpayers and citizens of this area will still be dealing with the ramifications of your votes. Big decisions are made annually that either increase or reduce our taxes and standard of living. Please trample lightly. Perhaps someone will return the favor when they vote in your hometown! S. Yeager Campton
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her work being jeopardized. The hard work Ali does at The Clock each week is invaluable and outstanding, and I hope that this incident doesn’t change readers’ opinions of the wonderful articles she produces. So from the bottom of our hearts here at The Clock, we offer a sincere apology to both Ali and the new PSU club hockey team, and wish you the best of luck with the season.
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Tat Jacking Can you own art if it's on your skin? Kayley J. Fouts For The Clock
at Jacking is a phenomenon that is taking over social media as of late. With the ever-increasing popularity and acceptance of tattoos, originality is the most important thing that clients are looking for when they buy a new piece of art for their body. But because social media is an intrinsic part of today’s culture, and everyone wants to share their new tattoos on the web, there are always those who will take someone else’s tattoo idea for themselves— thus, Tat Jacking was born. It comes down to originality. The reason people get so upset about others copying their tattoos is because they feel that their tattoos are original, the first of their kind. As soon as someone else gets it, it is no longer so, thus ruining the integrity of their tattoo. But is anything original anymore? Or has it all been done before? Wayne Conroy, owner of Screaming Needles in downtown Plymouth,
has been tattooing for thirty years. From his experience, originality can still exist, it just lies within the execution of the tattoo and not the subject matter. “People have been tattooing skulls for years, but they can still be original, you can tattoo a skull in a new way with a new design," said Conroy. Tat Jacking has even been attempted here in the little town of Plymouth, NH. “People always come in and are like ‘I want this,’ and they have something they found on the internet… you have to [alter it though] that’s someone else’s work,” said Conroy. If the client doesn’t want to alter it, he said, “I won’t do it, but they’ll probably just go somewhere else and have it done by someone else.” People have even attempted to “jack” Wayne’s own personal tattoos, “A bunch of people have asked for this tattoo here (showed his arm), it’s the one on my business card so people come in asking for it and I’m like no, it’s mine, so I won’t do it, but they probably just go somewhere else and have another artist do it," explained Conroy.,
The biggest problem with attempting to “own” a tattoo: there is no way to police it. Any client can just go to another tattoo shop and get what they want done there. Leah Loraditch, a PSU student who has four tattoos, said that she would be upset if she was tat jacked because, “tattoos are often a work of art that you have worked with an artist to create and indelibly insert under your skin,” but added,“nothing is truly original.” So is the internet to blame? Tattoos can’t be copied if others don’t see them, right? Nic Harbour, a PSU student who has four tattoos, said that posting your tattoos on the internet, “gives people free range to do what they want…copyrighting only works so far, unfortunately once it’s on the internet it seems to be fair game.” And Conroy agrees, “I think about 85% of stolen ideas happen because people post things online, because once they do that they’re making it public, so they really can’t complain.” He advises his clients against it, saying, “When people post things to my Facebook page I always tell them to take it down for that reason.” Some people feel differently, and think that
they should be able to share their tattoos on the web without the worry of being tat jacked. Megan, who has five tattoos agreed, “I think that people should be able to use what they see [online] as inspiration, but an exact copy would be annoying and frankly, a little sad. If these people don’t have the imagination to come up with their own unique ideas then I wouldn’t see them as a unique individual.” Megan also addresses the attempts people make to stop tat jacking: “Bottom line [is], people will copy if they don’t have respect for the tattooer or the tattooee and there’s nothing you can do about it except try to make them feel like shit for doing it.” Tat jacking is something that people are getting very passionate about in discussion boards online. The arguments ultimately come down to whether or not you can claim ownership of art. John, a tattoo virgin says, “in theory you can attain a copyright, but you can never truly own anything that leaves your mind and is made for others to see.” Meaning once you even put your tattoo on your body, there’s no real way to stop someone from jacking your tattoo.
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Community, Confliction, Condemnation, and Chevy
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t seems to be an uphill fight once again for the popular cult-hit sitcom “Community.” While it is in constant limbo about its airing schedule, the executives of NBC seem to not understand what a hit they have on their hands. While abysmal shows such as “Whitney” and “Guys With Kids” continue to air during the networks primetime slots in a prime fall/ winter award season, “Community” is set to the side. Of course, you may be asking yourself, “Well if the show is so good, why doesn’t it get better treatment?” That is the question that is on so many fans’ minds. The answer belongs in the same category as the mystery surrounding the Bermuda Triangle or the whereabouts of Bigfoot. As if a network’s disrespect wasn’t enough, Sony Studios was recently in a feud with the show’s creator and now former executive producer Dan Harmon. Sony, being the company that produces the show, felt Harmon’s vision wasn’t pulling in high enough ratings. To which Harmon replied,
albeit “un-professionally”, by taking to Twitter to voice his opinion on the matter. Seeing as he was only signed to three seasons, Sony took advantage of this. Harmon was subsequently fired from his own creation. While it seemed his feud with a major studio wasn’t enough, he also fought with veteran actor Chevy Chase (of SNL and National Lampoon’s Vacation fame) who plays Pierce on the show. While Chase should probably be thankful for his overall redemption and return to the limelight thanks to the show, he disagreed wholeheartedly with a lot of what Harmon was coming up with for the show and his character. What does the outcome for “Community” look like now? For starters, they have a set air-date for their fourth season. Feb. 7th, 2013 looks to be like the final mark on the calendar for the show finally airing, after being delayed from it’s original Oct. 19th, 2012 premiere. Also, new showrunners have been brought in to fill the seemingly irreplaceable void left by Harmon. The new writers (Moses Port and David Guarascio) are coming from ABC’s comedy “Happy Endings.” This was seemingly good
news as “Happy Endings” is a very well-written and unique production. This though has only been so in the show’s past two seasons, during which the aforementioned writers didn’t have any connection to the show whatsoever. There is one silver-lining however, in that Chevy Chase has left “Community” after his long time belittling of it in the press. It is certainly a questionable silver-lining, but seeing
how he has been the most difficult of actors to work with it can now free up some writing space that doesn’t involve him in jokes concerning his age or prejudices. Anticipation is now rising surrounding the departure of Chase’s character Pierce particularly whether he will be killed off or merely mentioned in a fourth-wall sort of way,. In the end though it might not matter if the show’s fans aren’t happy with the overall product.
Noted as some of the most passionate (“Community” won Hulu’s annual “Best in Show” fan-voted contest with a over “The Walking Dead”) the fate lies in the hands of the viewers, who worshipped the now replaced Dan Harmon’s vision, and more terrifyingly the network. A network that thought “Animal Practice” was a legitimate show to schedule over an Emmy-Award Winning one such as “Community”.
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ave you read a comic book lately? Chances are you haven’t, but Marvel wants to change that. Announced back in July, Marvel NOW! (their exclamation point) is an initiative by Marvel to get new readers on board, specifically the millions of you out there who helped make “The Avengers” the third highest grossing film of all time. Though it’s not a reboot, like DC Comics “New 52” shenanigans from last year, Marvel has taken their most popular characters (particularly those who starred in the aforementioned Avengers film) and renumbered their series’ along with giving them new creative teams. The results have been good for the most part. Having read a majority of the titles Marvel has released thus far, below is a quick recap of most of the first issues. Decide for yourself if any of them are worth your time. Uncanny Avengers Although this title isn’t as “new reader friendly” as Marvel would like to have everyone believe, Uncanny Avengers is the core book in the Marvel NOW! initiative. Stemming from the aftermath of the “Avengers Vs. X-Men” event, Uncanny follows a team lead by Captain America and Wolverine in an attempt to mend the gap between humans and mutantkind.
Written by Rick Remender and drawn by John Cassaday, Uncanny spends it’s first issue deftly blending exposition and action, and keeps the tone grounded, even if the twist at the end of the first issue veers into (admittedly awesome) B-movie territory. Remender is of course a skilled writer (if you haven’t read his Unncanny X-Force run, do that now, this article can wait), but Cassaday’s art is what really shines. Known for his time consuming commitment to detail, everything from minor details to big action scenes are done spectacularly. Although Uncanny Avengers is a very good book, it’s not nearly as fun and accessible to new readers as a certain other Avengers comic... Avengers Assemble One of the stranger additions to Marvel NOW!, Avengers Assemble started back in late April as an attempt to hook in new readers having just seen the Avengers film. Assemble was fine in concept, but it didn’t do much to invite new readers and wasn’t interesting enough for long time comic nerds. This new issue of Avengers Assemble however, does more than enough to entertain both groups. Written by Kelly Sue DeConnick with art by Stefano Caselli, Assemble is very similar in tone to the Avengers movie, and is probably the closest we will ever get to a sitcom about the team (seriously, the first issue involves a bet between Tony Stark and The Hulk). Caselli’s artwork is mostly
fantastic, aside from a few wonky facial expressions, but he draws The Hulk better than any artist working today. Avengers Assemble is easily the must-read book for any casual reader wanting to get into comics today. Indestructible Hulk Let’s just get this out of the way: if Mark Waid is writing a book, it’s bound to at least be amazing. Indestructible Hulk goes in a different direction than you would expect, but it’s certainly for the best. Tired of being the black sheep of super heroes (Bruce Banner says it himself in the first issue: “I want my tombstone to say more than ‘Hulk smash’”), Bruce Banner offers his genius to S.H.I.E.L.D., in exchange for unlimited funds and resources for his world changing inventions. In return when he inevitably “Hulks out” from time to time, they can point him in the direction of issues that only the unlimited power of the Hulk can solve (by “solve” we mean “smash”). This is an interestingly fresh idea for the Hulk, and it’s surprising that no writers have taken the big green guy in this direction before. It’s also a blessing though, since no one could write this story better than Mark Waid, easily one of the best writers working in comics today. Indestructible Hulk makes Bruce Banner a less sympathetic character and gives the Hulk a heroic purpose. Even after only one issue, it’s apparent that this is the best comic in the entire Marvel NOW! line.
November 30, 2012
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fell in love with Rihanna around the time I realized how absolutely filthy the song “Cockiness (Love It)” off of Talk That Talk is. The first four letters of cockiness spell a word that refers to a certain part of the male anatomy which I can’t say in the paper. Rihanna relishes in that fact and does not let you forget it. The song is full of crude wordplay and a killer beat, with a sample stolen from a random Farrelly Brother’s movie where Matt Damon plays a Siamese twin. If all of that does not sell you on Rihanna, how do you call what you’re doing with yourself a life?
That song opened my eyes to Rihanna’s master plan, which I have discovered is basically a love song that leads to filthy song into a song that is both a love song/filthy song because it makes you want to bang somebody. She then rinses and repeats until she has an albums worth of material. I found myself firmly on board with this plan. I bumped “We Found Love” as loud as I could and screamed along to “You Da One” at the top of my lungs every time they came on the radio. However, I’m not trying to sell you on that Rihanna. I wish I was here to sell you on the Rihanna that owned Talk That Talk. That’d be an easy job. It’s a killer album that manages to have a bunch of singles that you will never stop hearing and hold together as an album despite that. It is the complete opposite of her new album, Unapologetic, which feels like Rihanna basically took out the mediocre, year old leftovers from Talk That Talk and tried to pass it off as fresh. The weird thing about Unapologetic is that for the most part it sounds tired. In particular the guests all seem bored and don’t do much to differentiate themselves except for Eminem, who shows up on “Numb” where he lazily raps about being a part of the “butt police” and sounds
like he needs a nap or a Five Hour Energy to perk himself up a bit. Rihanna’s vocals as always are great, but she even seems bored. That same formula that she perfected on Talk That Talk that seemed brilliant then now seems restrictive. On Unapologetic she’s caged in by the formula because at this point you know she can’t get as perverted as she did on “Cockiness” unless she started singing straight up erotica. Added to that is “We Found Love”, which is one of the best mainstream pop songs in ages and will be hard for even Rihanna to top. To her credit, Rihanna does try new things to expand her sound. She tries to incorporate dubstep on a few songs, but it does absolutely nothing but just let you know that Rihanna has heard of dubstep, realizes it is popular, and ultimately liked it enough that she put it in her album, because, well, why not? What’s even more discouraging is the lack of badass Rihanna on display. Where’s the badass who reveled in singing lines like “suck my cockiness and lick my persuasion” and being sexually forward and owning it? What happened to the woman who sang about a relationship in “We Found Love”, but said in the song “I’ve gotta let it go” because she wasn’t going to let a man own her if the relationship
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wasn’t going to work? Who took the place of the woman who sang “You Da One” and made it sound like when she got her hands on the guy she was singing about that she was going to screw him so hard that his pelvis broke? That Rihanna is conspicuously absent for most of the album and in place is the girl who shows up on songs like “Stay”, begging for her lover to stick around because she can’t stand not being with him. This all begs the question, what the hell happened since that last album? There are signs of life though. The single “Diamonds” isn’t a terrible song by any means, but it’s nothing special. The best song on the album and the moment where badass Rihanna comes back to life though also happens to be the most frustrating song in Rihanna’s whole catalogue. The song is called “Nobody’s Business” and it features Chris Brown, who does his best Michael Jackson impression, as they sing how their love is their business only. That being said I despise Chris Brown. A lot. But this isn’t about how much of a douchebag Chris Brown is, as much as I would enjoy writing that one. Unapologetic more than anything proves that lightning can’t strike twice. Talk That Talk was full of catchy pop songs that’ll be played
on the radio for a long time coming. Unapologetic lacks that quality all the way through. It wasn’t hard to realize that even before the album dropped. As I write this at home for Thanksgiving break, I’m doing a quick tally in my head of how many times I heard the over a year old “We Found Love” and how many times I heard single “Diamonds”. The score: three to one. It shouldn’t be forgotten though that Rihanna is a hard worker. She’s put out seven albums in seven years. That’s an impressive run no matter how you cut it. At this point though it’s time to take a break and chill out for a while. It wouldn’t be a bad idea for her to stockpile some songs so she has an albums worth of good material instead of an album that’s crap except for two or three singles that’ll break onto Billboard’s Top 10. More importantly she needs to go back to the drawing board and find some new way to take her music. She’s exhausted her shtick to the point that she’s worn herself out. Until she does that though I’ll bemoan Rihanna making something as underwhelming as Unapologetic by quoting an overly melodramatic Rihanna on “What Now” where she wails, over some synths that sound confused about their purpose, “I just can’t figure it out.”
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LYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State men’s club hockey team lost to the UNH club team 4-2 on Sunday night. It was a close and gritty game from start to finish, headlined by eleven penalties for the Panthers. PSU got on top 1-0 on an early goal, but would head into the first intermission with a man in the box. With a man advantage to start the second period, UNH tied the game just 10 seconds into the frame. The two teams would again exchange goals, heading into the third period tied up at two goals each.
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UNH would score two quick goals in the period, finding themselves up 4-2, trying to hold off a feisty a PSU squad. Plymouth thought they had a third goal, but a discussion by the officials eventually resulted in the goal being waved off, and the Panthers would not get any closer. Despite the loss, the team played well for having such limited practice time, first year player Wyatt French explained: “We played well together for only having one practice.” He continued: “I think with more practice time, we’ll be right where we want to be.”
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oston, Mass. – Looking to avenge their early exit from last year NCAA Division III Tournament, the Plymouth State men’s hockey team traveled to take on Wentworth State in a non-conference matchup. Although the Panthers had a couple of chances during the first to score off a few oddman rushes, neither sides defense gave a inch, and they played to a stalemate to end the period with a 0-0 tie. Plymouth State finally got on the board around 6 minutes into the 2nd period when senior JC Richardson (Fort Collins, Colo.) scored from the right face-off circle to make it 1-0. The Panthers scored again when junior Travis Stevens (Montclair, Calif.) nailed a shot from the left side to make it 2-0 going into the final frame. Wentworth was able to pull within one when they put one past junior PSU goalie Tyler
Ingerson (Concord, N.H.) only a minute into the period. With only less than two minutes to play in the game, and looking poised to win, the Panthers were called for a slashing penalty to give the Leopards the man advantage. Already up by a man, Wentworth decided to pull their goalie to make it 6-on-4. However the Panthers defense play stellar – blocking three out of five shots - and Plymouth State was able to come away with the win. Plymouth State now improves to 3-1 overall. The Panthers were set to play Salem State at home this Thursday (11/29) in a re-match of the 2012 MASCAC Championship Game.
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H-oops. Dakota Randall Assistant Sports Editor
LYMOUTH-NH. The Plymouth State men’s basketball team came up short in a highly contested battle against Rivier University in the second game of the Boys and Girls Club Classic, hosted by NHTI. The game featured stellar defense on both sides, as Rivier and Plymouth were limited to 43 and 35 percent shooting, respectively. The Panthers, who fell to 1-3 on the season, played catch up most of the night. The Raiders used 14 straight points spanning the final minutes of the first half and the first four minutes of the second half to open up a 13-point lead. However, a Matt Cloutier three-pointer with 1:26 remaining tied the game up at 50. Rivier would eventually use strong rebounding and three free throws to edge out the Panthers. Rivier’s Nick Walch lead the game with 15 points and seven rebounds while Garon Whitney chipped in 14 points and seven rebounds of his own. The Panthers were lead by sophomore Alex Burt who scored nine points on 4 of 8 shooting. Senior Kevin Eisenberg contributed eight points while fellow senior Stephan
SCORE BOX Plymouth 50 Rivier 53 Roberts chipped in with six points and eight rebounds off the bench. The game was back and forth throughout, featuring four lead changes in an intense first half. PSU found themselves leading by one with 5 minutes remaining in the first half, when Rivier began their 14-point rally. Trailing 29-22 at the half, the Panthers came out slow in the second frame, but would find their footing. PSU pulled within four points with 7:45 to play on the back of eight straight points, and the game would remain close the rest of the way until the Raiders were able to pull out the victory after Plymouth missed two potentially game-tying shots in the closing moments. The Panthers will play a non-conference game Thursday night at Salem State University, while Rivier will return home to host Johnson and Wales University on Saturday.
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pringfield, Mass. – The Plymouth State wrestling team took part in the annual Doug Parker Invitational at Springfield College this past Saturday, placing 9th out of 16 teams competing from all around New England. The top performers for Plymouth State were sophomore Adam Reed (Barre, Vt.) and senior Cody Oliverio (Brick, N.J.). Reed won four out of his six matches in his 285-pound weight class to place fifth overall. Oliverio also won four of his six matches in the 149-pound weight class to place sixth overall.
Plymouth State was also helped by freshman Chris Perrault (St.Johnsbury, Vt.), winning three of his five matches. Also scoring wins for the Panthers were freshmen Ian Richeson (Powell, Ohio) and Caleb Hall (Dixfield, Maine), sophomores Taylor Lozier (Barre, Vt.) and Tyler Snyder (Elizabethville, Pa.) junior Fred Reisch (Norwalk, Conn.), and seniors James Matlack (Ewing, N.J.) and Femi Wheeler (Mamaroneck, N.Y.) The Panthers were next set to be in action on this Wednesday (11/28) as they hosted Rhode Island College in their only home match of the semester at Foley Gym. Check back at theclockonline.com for coverage of the match.
enniker, N.H. – The Plymouth State women’s ice hockey team took to the road this past Saturday to take on New England College in a ECAC matchup at Lee Clement Arena. The Pilgrims got out to an early lead when freshman Rachel Vigliano scored at 2:27 to make 1-0 early. NEC would further add to their lead in the second period when juniors Aubrey Fischer and Chelsie Boroski scored goals only a minute apart from each other. Plymouth State was finally able to get on the board late in the second period, when junior Stephanie Newmark (Sydney, Australia) scored on the powerplay off a neat pass from senior Kelsey Colby (Walpole, Mass.) to make it 3-1 after two.
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LYMOUTH, N.H.- The Plymouth State girls basketball team suffered a 78-71 loss at the hands of Rivier University in the first game of the Boys and Girls Club Classic, hosted by NHTI. Despite heading into halftime with a 40-28 lead, the lady Raiders would come out even stronger in the second half, scoring 19 unanswered points early in the frame. Rivier was lead by freshman Deanna Purcell, who scored 11 of her game-high 24 points during the Rivier Rally. The streak put the Raiders up 59-31 with 12:36 remaining. PSU refused to give up, catching fire and rattling off a 17-1 streak of their own. The rally, which started with 7:25 remaining, included 10 unanswered points. The Panthers had more work to do, as the streak only brought them within 13 points. The girls would bring the deficit down to single digits in the final minute, but would run out of time.
NEC regained their three-goal lead early in the third period after a wrap around goal by to make it 4-1 with less then ten minutes to play. Newmark would score her second goal only a few minutes later to cut the deficit to 4-2, but NEC was able to hold off the Panthers to secure the victory. With the loss Plymouth State’s record now stands at 0-4. The lady Panthers will next be in action this coming Friday as they take on Manhattanville College.
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SCORE BOX Plymouth 71 Rivier 78 Purcell was not the only one who scored double figures for the Raiders, A.j Guidi chipped in 16 points, and sophomore Britney Lane contributed 10 points. The Panthers had an equally balanced attack, with four players scoring in double figures. Krystin Corliss continued her strong season, finishing with a team-leading 20 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists. Freshman Bry Bennett scored 16 points on 8-of-9 shooting, while Katie Seraikas and Meghan Faretra chipped in with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Plymouth, who fell to 1-3 on the season, will travel to Salem State University on Thursday for a non-conference tilt, while Rivier will return home to play host to Fitchburg State University on Thursday.
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LYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State women’s swimming/diving team hosted Colby-Sawyer College in a intercollegiate meet this past this past Saturday (11/18) at the PSU Natatorium The standout for the meet was Charger sophomore Krystyna Estrada (Lebanon, N.H.) leading the way for the visitors, winning the 50-yard free in 25.92, the 100-yard in 58.27, the 200-yard in 2:04.07, and the anchor leg of the team 200-yard relay. The Panthers got a pair of victories from junior Delia Foley (Londonderry, N.H.) who
SCORE BOX Plymouth 3 Colby-Sawyer 13 took first in the 1,000-yard free in 11:59.01, and the 500-yard free in 5:44.05. Senior Jennifer Samaro (Salem, N.H.) also scored a victory for the Panthers, placing first in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:28.36 Plymouth State will next be in action on Dec. 1 when they travel to the University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth.
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