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Student Dies After Concert at House of Blues Matthew Ormsbee Assistant News Editor


lymouth, NH – Brittany Flannigan, 19, died on Wed., Aug. 28, 2013 at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston, MA after attending a concert at the House of Blues. Brittany would have been a sophomore this semester at Plymouth State University. “She was the easygoing kid of my three daughters,” said Steve Flannigan, Brittany’s father. Although unable to give specifics due to the presence of an active investigation, Flannigan commented, “There’s a lot of inaccurate information out there.”

Garnering attention from multiple national news outlets much has been reported about Brittany’s death. However, according to Flannigan, “What’s being printed in the press has not come from myself or the police department.” The information he has learned from police and doctors versus the stories being printed in media “don’t match up.” Flannigan voices frustration with the way his daughter’s death is being portrayed, “The headlines and statements are accepted as fact by the public before the actual details are completely known.” Flannigan says an investigation of this nature could take weeks or even months to complete. Flannigan says the night of the concert was like any other night out

for a regular kid, “You go out with a bunch of your friends. You intended to go out and see a concert and have a good time…when you paint that picture, you think everything is going to be alright.” Friends describe Brittany as being effortless and enjoyable to be around, putting a positive spin on everything. “Brittany seemed to somehow work her way into your daily life,” said Clara Fenton, a close friend. Flannigan agrees with that description of his youngest child, “She lit up the room and made you feel better by smiling at you.”


Local Landlord Crashes Plane Julie Norton For The Clock


lymouth, NH -- On Fri., Aug. 30, 2013, Don Stoppe, a local landlord, along with his dog, Tracker, and one passenger, took flight in Stoppe’s Stationair N208LH aircraft traveling from Plymouth to Lake Stinson in Rumney, NH, a distance of six miles. Instead of landing safely in their designated spot on the lake, the plane flipped over just seconds after hitting the water. The short distance from the airport to the lake did not give Stoppe enough time to check if the landing gear used for ground landings was up. Having the incorrect landing gear down while performing an aquatic landing was the cause of the accident. With Stoppe being more experienced in ground landings than aquatic landings, he made a simple mistake that has been done by many before. In the cockpit, there are four lights to indicate that it is safe to land. For ground landings, the lights turn green to indicate it’s safe to land. For aquatic landings, the lights turn blue to indicate it’s safe to land on the water. Seeing greens lights, Stoppe believed it to be a normal sign that everything was okay. Thanks to the safety courses Stoppe had attended during his flying career, he realized something was wrong. Before touching down, he told his passengers they were to flip. At 5:30 p.m., the Stationair N208LH landed on Lake Stinson and flipped over, submerging everything but the landing gear. “The worst part is that you are in the water upside down and disoriented,” explained the pilot. Stoppe first reached for the door, opening it and then releasing his seat belt. He was out of the plane within 15 seconds after the crash. The passenger exited just a few seconds later. Once both were out, Stoppe immediately pulled Tracker from the plane. Good samaritans on the lake came to their aid while they waited for


a crane to come and take the flooded plane from the water. The water damage to the plane was severe, rendering the plane totaled. Stoppe has been flying for almost 20 years and had never been in any accidents prior to this past Labor Day weekend. He says that safety has always been his first priority. “You

hope something like this never happens, but it is good to be prepared in case it does." He also said that hopefully some good can come from this incident in that it can teach other pilots, as well as himself, how to prevent similar dangerous situations. “What’s important to me is why it happened and to make sure

that it doesn’t happen again.” In only 8% of seaplane accidents, all passengers walk away with no injuries. Stoppe, Tracker, and his passenger beat the odds that day. Stoppe said happily, “It was a very scary experience and I thank God we are all okay.”



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Ode to Joy, Health, & Better Grades between your brain and your body. Links to


improved “multi-tasking,� critical thinking, self-discipline, motivation, and teamwork have also been shown; all skills that come into play as you complete your degree.

you, enjoy participating in organized singing. Outside of your love for singing; why should you join us?

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ot so long ago you were perhaps in the high school chorus or a church choir and now you are away at school – missing the feeling that singing gives you. Don’t despair, the Pemigewassett Choral Society invites you to come join us and get your weekly “singers high.� The Pemi, as we are often called, is a community chorus of around 100 singers that perform 3 concerts twice a year (December and May). We rehearse Mondays from 7:30 – 9:30 pm at Silver Center in the choral room. It is an investment in time and talent but not one that is burdensome or should hinder your studies or other activities. The Pemi is open to all students not just those in music or other arts programs. We are a mixed group of adults from many walks of life gathering from all around central NH, who like

Music and Academic Health

There is a reason that there is music in all those educational TV programs you watched growing up. Music targets a specific area of the brain that stimulates the use of spatialtemporal reasoning, which is useful in mathematical thinking. Rhythm emphasizes items like proportions, patterns, and ratios which are also important concepts for mathematics. Singing improves your ability to listen. The process of learning to sing and singing, especially with others, dramatically increases attentive listening; it requires focus and attention to those around you. We are no longer busy thinking about our responses, only understanding. Learning to sing songs from beginning to end improves your reading skills and your motor skills, by developing the coordination




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Music and Mental Health There are reasons to join Pemi rather than just singing in the shower or belting out some karaoke and leaving it at that. Studies have found that group singing releases oxytocin, a chemical that manages anxiety and stress, and according to McGill University professir Daniel Levitin, singing enhances feelings of trust and bonding. Singing helps to calm negative mental ‘chatter’ - the distracting unhelpful thoughts we can all have at times - because you are focused on the job of singing, and this stops us dwelling on life’s issues and problems. It is utterly absorbing and radically different from usual school-related tasks shifting minds away from usual patterns

Music and Emotional health Singing is the ultimate mood regulator. It lowers rates of anxiety, depression and loneliness (are you homesick), while at the same time amplifies happiness and joy. Be proactive and combat that worrying about a project or test with night at rehearsal. It might be more help than you think. Singing can make you cry; ignite your passions; make you laugh - and if you want more of the stuff that makes you feel good naturally - you will be encouraged to know that singing releases natural opiates, endorphins creating a “singers high.� Group singing provides an environment to share your triumphs and relieve your woes. The value in the community of the group should not be minimized. Music and Financial health The Pemi has scholarships available for students who participate with the choir. The Board of Directors will award select students one of the Underwood Scholarships available each semester. This scholarship process is simple, sing with Pemi (missing three or less rehearsals and attending all performances) and you will be eligible to be selected. With a love of singing plus all these benefits don’t you think you should come join the Pemi? While we cannot promise you will reap all these rewards, consider what you can gain from this small investment of your time. Rehearsals begin Sept 9th at 7:00pm - 9:30pm (for registration – 7:30pm Monday evenings thereafter) at Silver Center in the choir room. If you miss the first one don’t despair, you are welcome to give it a try on Sept 16. You will be glad you did. For additional information or questions send The Pemi an email at contactus@pemichoral. org.

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Music and Physical health Singing is exercise! While singing you have to control your breathing, maintain good posture, use your lower body for support. To sing you must involve muscles; and is way more fun than that stair climber. Singing increases the amount of oxygen you take into the body as you take deep breaths. This produces a feeling of alertness as more oxygen gets to the brain. As you sing, you articulate and use facial expressions, so you improve muscle tone in the face, throat, neck and jaw, thereby promoting a youthful appearance. Improving the muscle tone in the larynx, which singing does, also helps to calm snoring, which improves sleeping and counters insomnia. We all know better sleep in turn increases our well-being and health. Additionally, singing is a natural pain killer and your immune system also gets a kick, thanks to influence on several neurochemicals and hormones.

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s Plymouth State moves into a new year of academics and students settle back into university life, new University Police Chief Richard Bailey is becoming a well-known face on campus and that is exactly what he wants. Going into his 38th year in law enforcement, Bailey’s vast amount of knowledge and experience in police work spans all levels of serving his community. He has earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management, and a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice. For over 26 years he worked for the Nashua Police Department doing everything from “working from the patrol level all the way up to a detective. [He] worked with undercover drugs and prosecuting cases in the district court.” He also worked closely with surrounding schools and became acquainted with college police forces, “I was involved with three colleges in Nashua and had a lot of interaction with them, and the security in and around them, “ said Bailey. After retiring from Nashua as a captain nearly 12 years ago, Bailey went to work as the Chief of Police in Grafton, Massachusetts. For the past eight years, Bailey has been working around the country as a public safety consultant. It was his work as Assistant Director of Public Safety Strategies Group that brought him to Plymouth. UPD had no chief at the time, so while he was consulting with our officers, “one thing led to the next and here I am,” he explained. Bailey’s main focus while serving at UPD is to have the officers become more involved with the community. He knows from experience that this is an important aspect of serving and protecting a community of any size: “I’ve always interacted with the community. I was big into coaching youth sports, worked on a domestic violence task force, all those types of interactions with the community,” explained Bailey, “I think if you don’t do that you don’t know the community, and if you don’t know the community, how do you police the community?” In order to achieve this goal, Bailey is taking the necessary steps with our officers on campus to become a part of every day life. “I know you’ll see more of us this year. One of my biggest priorities is to have the officers out of the offices, out of the cruisers, and walking through the University community…in the buildings and the dorms interacting with the resident directors and the community advisors,” said Bailey. “It may be a little unusual as first to see a police officer walking down the hallway, but the whole philosophy behind that is that we are going to go places in bad times, we’re going to get called,” said Bailey, “but it’s so much easier in those types of situations when you can put a name to a face. You will know from your interactions with me that I’m doing things for the right reasons.” Another reason Bailey believes that boosting student-officer interactions will benefit our campus is in situations where students could interfere on behalf of a friend who might be at risk of getting arrested.

“Maybe when somebody has had too many drinks and is not cooperating—through peer pressure somebody can stand up and tell them to knock it off…sometimes that helps. In the middle of a crisis if we have never met, people probably aren’t going to do that,” explained Bailey, “What happens will happen, but with that kind of peer pressure a lot of the time it won’t get the point where we have to arrest someone.” In this technologically dependent world we live in, police records are not hard to search for anymore. “Sometimes we don’t think before we do things…If you get in trouble these days, those things follow you for the rest of your life, you can’t get away from it,” warned Chief Bailey. “I think our mission of the police department should mirror the mission of the university, and that is to help get students through this process and out in the world with an education, with good experiences—life experiences—and opportunities that make them better candidates for jobs. We’re a big part of that. Decisions we make can affect a student for the rest of their life. Their decisions require us to make decisions,” said Bailey. “I know from experience in a lot of hiring processes you can have two people who are so close. One of them may just have something very simple in their background that normally wouldn’t hurt them in an interview process, but when it gets to the point where you’ve got two choices, those simple things can become a big deal, and you won’t get that job and you’ll probably never know that was the reason,” explained Bailey. Bailey’s life experience has given him a very realistic view of what the college experience should be for students here at PSU, “We want students to have fun. This should be an overall experience. It shouldn’t be just educational, it should be everything. It’s a good time to grow up and grow into adulthood and realize the responsibilities of it, and we need to be part of that.” With so many opportunities for students to excel in school while having a great time outside of the classroom, Bailey urged students to be adventurous in our beautiful surroundings, “I think if people don’t take advantage of nature around here they’re missing an opportunity to live up here for four years and not partake in the nature. As a kid I had to drive two or three hours to get here.” His commute is still quite the haul up the highway. He lives in Lyndeborough, N.H., a small town close to Peterborough much like Plymouth, but with even less of a population. Already a grandfather of one, he is expecting his second grandchild next month. Bailey still enjoys hiking and skiing and is looking forward to hitting the slopes this season. “One of the nice things in law enforcement is you generally work the weekends so you have time off during the week to do it.” One of the greatest parts of living in Plymouth is the food, and Bailey has been exploring downtown and hasn’t found one place he didn’t like. If University Police follows his examples of immersing into the community more and building a stronger relationship with the

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students, it seems there will be more of an attitude of respect for the officers and what they do, rather than associating them with fear and trouble. “I want us to be held accountable for what we are supposed to do and what we say were going to do. If don’t see us walking around and in buildings then I would like to know. You’ll see me but I shouldn’t be the only person that you see,” explained Bailey. Students should make the effort to build positive relationships with UPD as well, there is a lot to be learned from what they have encountered in their lives about how to handle situations that can arise. “We have a lot of life experience. We’ve seen in our lifetime things that most people don’t. I’ve seen a lot of people ruin their lives on stupid things. More importantly I’ve seen

a lot of people stand by and not do anything about it. They either didn’t know what to do or didn’t want to get involved, but sometimes you need your friends to talk you down and walk you away. The last thing we want to do is arrest somebody. Obviously that will happen, but hopefully it doesn’t happen often,” said Bailey. With Chief Bailey in a position to make positive change, he has already set his plan in motion, and hopefully it will prove to be beneficial to students, faculty, and the extended Plymouth community. “I want the university community to know us and know what we do,” Bailey said, “So if you see a police officer say ‘hi’, try to interact with us, I think it’s important.” @ClockNewspaper



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Plymouth, NH – “It makes you feel like you are in a dream,”

said an Anonymous Junior Plymouth State Student. Molly’s dream-like effects come with even greater consequences that could be potentially fatal. While the drug, a “purer” powdered form of MDMA (methylenedioxymethamphetamine), has been around for decades, it has lately surged in popularity among college students and is being sung by mainstream artists ranging from Kanye West, 2 Chainz, Miley Cyrus, and Madonna. Molly can be taken orally in powder, tablet, or capsule form. The effects: a sense of increased energy, euphoria, and empathy. The "high" can last for three to six hours after ingestion, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The stimulant raises the user's blood pressure and heart rate, can also cause the body to get severely overheated, causing fatal brain damage. It can cause blood vessels in the heart and brain to constrict, resulting in a stroke or heart attack. It also can cause blood sodium to drop, prompting the brain to swell and resulting in a potentially fatal seizure. “It can make you extremely carefree and sociable. It enhances all colors and sounds (explaining its popularity at EDM shows), and can make any setting seem euphoric. The negatives range from extreme jaw clenching

to unwanted social, physical, or emotional encounters and interactions,” said a Plymouth Resident asking to go unnamed. While staying hydrated can reduce the risk of heat stroke associated with MDMA, the drug can also cause the body to retain water. So, drinking too much can lead to a potentially fatal electrolyte imbalance. “Dehydration is also a big worry when using molly. You also run a risk of mild to deep depression for days to weeks later, all depending on the person using. You become drained physically and mentally after using the drug,” said Plymouth Resident. MDMA has been around since the 70s as a diet drug and psychiatric medication. Today, it’s being researched as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, but recently has grown in popularity as a party drug, “I think kids think it's just going to mess you up for an hour or so and it's over… but there are lifelong effects,” said Anonymous PSU Student. The drug is typically used in social settings, especially among raves, dance clubs, and music festivals. The effects are stimulated by visuals, sounds, smells and touch, and boosts three chemicals in the brain: serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine. “Music sounds better, touch feels intense, it makes you want to dance! Negatives would be the worst hangover of your life the next day. And the brain damage of course…” said a Plymouth State Sophomore asking to remain

anonymous. Drug dealers have marketed Molly as pure MDMA, the main lab-manufactured ingredient in Ecstasy. But like any illegal drug, you never know what is truly in it. “You can't assume it's pure. Everything is cut with something. You should test it in a drug testing kit to see for sure,” Plymouth State Sophomore said. MDMA is man-made—it doesn't come from a plant like marijuana or tobacco. Makers of MDMA can add anything they want to the drug, so its purity is always in question. Other chemicals or substances—such as caffeine, dextromethorphan (found in some cough syrups), amphetamines, PCP, or cocaine—are sometimes added to or substituted for MDMA in Ecstasy or Molly tablets. In 2013, The New York City Health Department told NBC News that, on average, they see about 10 MDMA-related deaths per year — referencing the two recent tragedies involving NH college students, a spokesman commented, "two deaths, back to back, is worrisome.” In light of the two deaths, MDMA is beginning to reveal its fatal consequences. One cannot use the term “overdose” when discussing this type of drug since there isn’t an regulated dosage,” “The word overdose is completely inappropriate to be used in the context of a drug for which there is no "dose" that is truly safe, legal or acceptable. In my opinion, you cannot go

‘over’ when the drug is illegal and unsafe,” added Tim Keefe, Dean of Students. According to the biannual survey taken by Plymouth State students for alcohol and drug use, the 2011 survey found that 94% of students had not used Molly in the previous 30 days. In 2013, the number of students using Molly had risen slightly stating that 92% of students indicated they had not used Molly in the previous 30 days. “Obviously any increase is concerning. We have many educational programs, websites, e-mails, posters, and individual counseling/judicial/medical interventions with students,” stated Timothy Keefe, Dean of Students. “I think molly has definitely gained popularity in the last few years. When I first heard about the drug, it seemed to only be connected with The EDM (Electronic Dance Music) scene. Then, it seemed to spread to college campuses and other party-like atmospheres. I believe popular rap music also has helped encourage use of the drug,” said Plymouth Resident. PSU’s drug policy, according to the University’s Student Handbook, regarding controlled substances and drug distribution is punishable under federal law, “The distribution of controlled drugs in or within 1,000 feet of a university or school to persons under age 21 is punishable by twice the normal penalty with a mandatory one year in prison; a

third conviction is punishable by mandatory life imprisonment.” Federal law sets prison sentences much higher for the manufacture and distribution of controlled drugs if death or serious injury results from the use of the substance. The State of New Hampshire has criminal penalties for the use of any controlled substances. Those include any narcotic drugs, addictive drugs, and drugs with a high potential for drug abuse. Controlled drugs include: MDMA, marijuana, amphetamines, tranquilizers, hallucinogens, opiates, cocaine, narcotics, crack, and all other drugs of a similar nature which are either outlawed outright or illegal when not prescribed by a Physician or used other than how specifically prescribed. Under state or federal law, “persons convicted of controlled drug possession are ineligible for federal student grants and loans for up to one year after the first conviction, five years after the second; the penalty for distributing drugs is loss of benefits for five years after the first conviction, 10 years after the second, and permanently after the third.” What seems to be the best party drug and way to make you feel as though you’re living the dream can turn into one's worst nightmare.


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How to Get Good Grades The O'Hara Way

Christopher O'Hara For the Clock

Here we are again. Stuck in another year of overnight coffee

binges, long hours of teacher lectures, and a hardy amount of work to do. At this time each year, we begin to feel a bit of fear, frustration, anger, and maybe (even possibly) a bit of illness over the amount of work and choices that you have to make between the dreaded school start and the much anticipated school end. Yes, we are firmly in the knick of it now, but fear not. For enduring this has given all of us a keen sense of what to do and how to do it. For the new bloods, however, here are a few tidbits and tricks of the trade to help you on your way to success in the four or more years you will be eating, sleeping, and hopefully studying on this enchanted campus. Tip #1- Get to know your teachers. After all, you are going to be spending the majority of the semester with these scholastic professionals who subsequently have the last say on final grades. Thus, it is best to have them on standby. Be it a paper you are having trouble starting, or just confusion about a specific topic you couldn’t quite grasp. Professors are resourceful tools to help students gain more knowledge about a topic. Tip #2- Get started early. At this point in time, most of us are still in the “summer-time mood,” where little thought is placed on the ideas of classes and study time. However, those times are over and done with for the next 8 months, and it is best to get into the swing of things before they swing at you. Make an attempt to get into the groove of sitting down and reading, brainstorm for papers, create ideas for projects, or develop a way that best suits you for note taking. It may not be pertinent now, but it will be helpful later on. Tip #3- When in doubt re-read. Let’s be honest, there is going to be some hard reading ahead, and there are going to be moments of confusion that are going to pervade through your college career. However, they can all be managed by taking the time to sit down and re-read the things that you find confusing. One would be surprised

as to how easy things become when you look at a paragraph for a second, third, or even fourth time. Tip #4- Find a partner in crime. Whether it be a classmate, a floormate, or even a mentor who is willing to take the time to read over your papers or help you out with a hard equation. These people will no doubt be the saviors to you in your time of need and you, theirs. As members of the academic community, we need to help each other out in any way possible. Do not go at it alone! Tip #5- Abuse (if not use) all available help. Whether it is the library, I.T. department, PASS office, the writing center or anything of the sort, use it. All of these resources are meant for students to utilize as tools to expand the educational experience.

`disappointment. In all honesty, it is best tackling the paper early enough where you don’t have to worry too much about it, and take it in pieces. If a paper is twelve pages and you know the paper is due in fourteen days, take it a page at a time until completion and reread it the last couple of days. You’d be surprised on the improved quality of your work when you take it in strides. Tip #10- Put it down, walk away, and come back. How many times has this happened to you? You’ve been trying your hardest to start, continue, or finish your paper, experiment, or even your homework, when suddenly you hit a rut and you just don’t know what to do. You’re tapped out! The best way to solve this problem is to simply walk away from it. Work on

something else, take a breather, or take a nap. If you force a paper to the last page, you may begin to repeat yourself on your way to the allusive end. If you let it sit, and return to it later, it will be easier to write. Pinky promise. Tip # 11- Don’t worry. When all is said and done, a class is just a class, and pondering too much about it will only cause anxiety and potentially more negative emotion. At the end of the day, worrying about a grade will bring you nothing. You need to respect the class enough to try hard, but just remember that it’s not the world and that you ARE only human. Tip #12- Overall, have fun. If you are not enjoying your class, then it’s pointless. Take an interest in the

Tip #6- Buy a dictionary/thesaurus. No matter what field you are going into (meteorology, math, creative writing, teaching, etc.) papers are going to be inevitable. Having a dictionary on hand for more difficult words or a thesaurus around for more colorful language will pay for itself in no time. Tip #7- Don’t overwork yourself. The weight of a hard class is overall stressful, but that doesn’t mean that you should spend all your time worrying and working on it. After all, the more stressed about a class you are, the more worried you become and the more worried you become the more irrational your actions tend to be. Find time for yourself, whether it be in a club, playing a game, hanging with friends, or even just reading a book. This doesn’t mean goof off--simply pace yourself. Tip #8- Accept failure gracefully. Nobody is perfect. We have all had moments of unsatisfactory test scores, or a class whose syllabus appears to be impossible to tackle. With failure, you can either curse the heavens in a pointless show of defiance, or you can reflect on the experience and learn from it. It may not be the most charming or fair thing to know, but acknowledging its existence won’t hurt. Tip #9- Tackle work a bit at a time. Don’t rush yourself. Not a semester has gone by that I haven’t said “Oh, it’s fine, I can work on it tomorrow...” and utterly paid the consequences in headaches due to lack of sleep and


course topic and try to gleam all you can out of it. After all, you are paying out of the nose for it. In the end, fail or succeed, it all comes down to you (no pressure). However, that doesn’t mean freak out. We are all facing the same journey to obtain the golden diploma. If we want to leave this campus with the feeling of accomplishment, then we must know what to be prepared for and whom we can turn to. The plight of the college student is not one to take lightly, but with a little management and a bit of common sense, they may become the best years of your life.



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t may be of no surprise that college students ask more questions than any other demographic. The amount of answers provided for each question, however, remains to be seen. This fall, The Clock has decided to create a forum where Plymouth State University community members are given the opportunity to ask questions and to subsequently have them answered by The Clock newspaper affiliates. Here are this week’s inquiries. 1). How can I eat right when money is tight? The best way to receive a healthy meal in college is to purchase a meal plan, which is incorporated with student tuition. Nonetheless, I am aware that meal plans are not convenient for every body as they are proven to be quite costly. To save the little money that you may have, keep in mind that you must shop smart. Instead of purchasing fruit snacks, TV dinners and beer, try to go for fresh and less processed foods. Placed in juxtaposition to the prices of junk food – edible items such as fruits, nuts and yogurt are much more affordable. Lastly, the town of Plymouth has three food pantries. If you are getting low on food and haven’t many funds to spare, pantries are an excellent accessible source! 2). I tried out for a sports team and didn’t make the cut. Are there any other options for me? Initially, it may be a bummer that you did not make roster for your desired sports team, however there are endless opportunities

If this interests you, please visit School to register for your desired sport. Good luck! 3). I come from a traditional European family. I’m dating a guy of a different race and things are getting serious, but I know my family would not approve. What should I do? This is most certainly a tough one. Nobody likes feeling dishonest, even if it is simply omission. While I have penchant for “telling the whole truth and nothing but the truth,” I also believe in choosing one’s battles wisely. If you are most certain that your family would not approve, then I believe that your next step should be sharing your difficulty with your beau and devise a plan that will make the both of you happy. Depending on the level of seriousness this relationship is on, it may be best to meet his family first. That way, you will still have that sense of moral support, even if it is not coming from your kin. Meanwhile, you can always try getting your foot in the door with your parents. Make your stance on interracial relationships known and

feed off of their feedback. If their responses are not in accord with your beliefs, try to educate them rather being defensive, as that tends to not end well for either party. Last but not least, remember to take things slow. If you and your man think this could truly work, then, you have all of the time in the world to show your family the gem you’ve found, and the treasure that they are missing.


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for students, faculty, and staff at Plymouth State University to stay fit while having fun. Plymouth State University offers intramural sports in both the fall and spring semesters, as follows: basketball, broomball, dodge ball, flag football, floor hockey, golf, kickball, trail run 5k, softball, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, weight lifting and futsal. Your 'turndown' may be a blessing in disguise. Joining a sports team requires multiple practices during the school week and traveling for away games. While I haven’t any knowledge of your schedule, oftentimes, students find that joining an intramural team puts less strain on their academic agenda as practices and games are less frequent.


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4). I’m getting the vibe that I’m a bad kisser. Any tips? I would be lying if I said there was no such thing as a bad kisser- however, I am being truthful when I say, there is always room for improvement. If your lover and you seem to not be on the same oral wavelength, simply ask him or her about their technique and then make an effort to emulate it. Keep in mind that a kiss is like a snowflake in that everyone has his or her own individual style. After some practice, you will eventually find yours. 5). I’ve always identified as gay. Recently, I have been curious about girls. How do I make a “smooth” transition? I say get rid of the silos and

be happy. You can identify as gay, straight, lesbian, transgender, queer, bisexual, or nothing at all. The importance is not in defining your sexuality, but rather, exploring it. Your preference is your business and nobody else’s. If you feel uncomfortable with sharing your sexual experiences with a potential female lover, then don’t. Here’s my personal tip – RELAX. Your encounter with a woman may be different than any other sexual endeavor you have ever experienced,

but you won’t quench your thirst until you sip the water. The best part of this is, if you don’t like it, there are 7 billion other potentials waiting for you to give them a chance. Do YOU have a question? Well, Tick Tock and ask The Clock! Submit your questions to:

Who's Who at PSU Amanda Ray


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hether you are a returner, transfer student, or an incoming freshman--it is always useful to know what academic and wellness resources are available. That said, the most obvious place on campus that can feed one’s needs is no other than the cafeteria, Prospect Hall. As with other locations on campus, the food department is equipped with a happy and helpful staff. Soon enough, the faces in the Plymouth State dining hall will become very familiar. One of the dining hall staff members who is almost always at the entrance swiping cards and ready to greet you with a warm smile is Sodexo’s eight-year veteran, Chicki. Chicki very much enjoys her job here at the university and without a moment of hesitation revealed to me that her favorite part about working in the cafeteria is getting to “meet all the new students” which she claims are “refreshingly friendly.” Furthermore, other important people to be familiar with around campus are President Sara Jayne Steen, Dean of Students Tim Keefe, and Associate Vice President of Undergraduate Studies David Zehr.

President Steen became president of Plymouth State University in 2006. She currently is also a professor of literature here at Plymouth. Tim Keefe has been at Plymouth for 35 years holding many roles before taking over his current role as dean of students. He can also be found teaching the first year seminar class, The Individual and the Law. Last but not least David Zehr has been the Associate Vice President of Undergraduate Studies since 2008 but has been a Plymouth State faculty member since 1985. Dr. Zehr is also a professor of psychology. In an effort to make an easier transition into Plymouth State University you should take the time to get to know each of these key staff members as well as the many others around campus. Not only are Plymouth State faculty and staff kind, but they also conveniently have offices that are centrally located on campus. Domonique Nicole Chaplin, a transfer student here at PSU recites the first words she was told by a faculty member of the university --“Don’t be shy to stop by.” “That very statement,” she begins “Is the quintessential theme of all PSU personnel.” That said, welcome to PSU we are so glad to have you!


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s the fall semester commences, it is nearing the end of Summer time when the living was easy. No more bikinis, barbecues or belated curfews. Instead, students, interns and professionals alike are getting into the backto-school groove. Before schedules become too hectic with meetings, class assignments and potentially long shifts- take a moment to indulge in the news you may have missed while having fun in the sun. For while seasons change --one thing never does-the incessant celebrity buzz. 1). KimYe A sex tape, reality show, and harsh public divorce later, Kim Kardashian has finally found her happiness, having given birth to her first child, North West, on June 15, 2013. To no surprise, Kim and her boyfriend, rapper Kanye West had one of the most anticipated pregnancies of the summer (after, of course, the royal family). The pair decided to take the Jay-Z and Beyoncé route and not reveal photographs of their child until two months after she was born. Nonetheless, he covert affair was well worth the wait, as baby “Nori” is nothing short of beautiful.


Summertime Scandals 2). The Trayvon Martin Case Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old African American high school junior was walking home on the evening of February 26th, 2012 and was shot and killed by neighborhood watchmen George Zimmerman. Trayvon was unarmed, only having skittles, headphones, and an Arizona ice tea in his possession. While the sequence of events is unclear, eye witnesses and phone calls placed on that evening show that George Zimmerman pursued Martin even after being told by the police to leave him be. Due to the Stand Your Ground Law in the state of Florida, which states that individuals have the right to use deadly force to defend themselves when and if they feel threatened, George Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges. 3). The Lohan Comeback After Lindsey Lohan’s umpteenth rehab stint, it appears that the actress has finally gotten her act together, no pun intended. She served as a guest hosting Chelsea Lately’s late-night show, and also interviewed with media mogul, Oprah Winfrey regarding her recent rehabilitation and her determination to change. What’s more, Lindsey is back on the silver screen with her most recent film, The Canyons, and despite some not so-kind criticism from her cast, there is a 50/50 chance that Hollywood may get the Parent Trap Lindsey back..

4). The Not-So-Patriotic Patriot Naturally, former NFL star, Aaron Hernandez of the New England Patriots has made many catches in his brief yet eventful career.Most recently, however, Hernandez dropped what appears to have been his last ball.

On August 22, 2013, he was indicted for the murder of football player and longtime friend, Odin Lloyd. Shortly after his indictment, other violent episodes involving Hernandez surfaced, subsequently aiding in the prosecution's case. Nevertheless, the

public seems to be torn on Aaron's culpability . The potential outcome of the case, of which there is expected to be much ado, will most certainly determine whether or not orange is the new blue.

A Peek Into Greek Amanda Ray



Assistant Features Editor

t’s about that time of year again-rushing season! I’m sure you’ve all been seeing the Facebook and other social networking posts urging students to rush different sororities such as Iota Delta Chi, Kappa Delta Phi Nas, and Delta Zeta as well as various fraternities such as Omega Omicron, Phi Beta Upsilon and Sigma Tau Gamma around campus, but what exactly does this mean? Rushing is a chance to, as Destiny De los Santos, Kappa rush chair details, “find out what house and sisters/brothers you really fit in with and feel like you can be yourself around.” Rushing is a month long process where individuals are invited to find out a little more about Greek life and individuals in a sorority and/or fraternity that they may be interested in. Once an individual has chosen the fraternity or sorority that they believe best suits them they may then fill

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out an application and if chosen by a specific house, they then receive a bid to join that individual brotherhood or sisterhood. After granting a bid the individual then begins learning history that will allow them to understand the importance of the letters they will be representing. While knowing the history is important, one will come to learn that Greek life goes beyond anything one could actually learn on paper. Being a member of a sorority or fraternity is similar to that of being a part of an exclusive community. One’s sisters or brothers become more than just their friends, in the sense that they truly become like a second family, or for some a family that they may have never had. This bond is unbreakable and truly something special to experience once you immerse yourself in this culture. Fundraising is also an important part of being involved in a sorority or fraternity. Each Greek organiza-

tion makes sure to take the time to give back to partake in philanthropy. For example, one of the foundations that Iota Delta Chi supports is that of St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. The sorority spends time year round raising money to give back to this specific charity. President of Iota Delta Chi, Haley Dutile, states that “giving back to a charity is important” and states that the sisters of IDX plan to do a walk for St. Jude’s in November as well as make special trips to the hospital to visit patients. Sororities and fraternities at Plymouth State University go beyond “the stereotypical partying and late night drinking scene” Sarah Flower of Psi Beta Gamma passionately explains. The crux of these organizations is to create a sound bond that helps shape one another futures- both academic and personal-in a more positive way. @ClockNewspaper



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Gone Too Soon: Brittany Flannigan December 18, 1993 - August 28, 2013 P

lymouth, NH-- Brittany Nicole Flannigan of Derry, NH tragically passed away at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston, MA during the early hours of Aug. 28, 2013. She was just 19 years old. Brittany was a Business major and came to Plymouth because of its proximity to the mountains. Brittany loved the outdoors, snowboarding, and winter. She hoped to combine her degree with her love for the outdoors. Whether you knew Brittany or not, her loss really hits home and has the potential to impact everyone on campus. It doesn’t matter how she died; it doesn’t define the person she was. A lot will be said about safety at concerts, music festivals, and parties. A lot will be said about responsibility and awareness. Brittany’s death will be used to teach many, but it is not what Brittany’s death can teach us, but what Brittany taught us. Brittany left a mark on so many people’s lives by being friendly, and by making people smile with her contagious, positive personality. She advocated for happiness and self-esteem. Everyone has the ability to make someone else’s day, someone like Steve and Diane Flannigan, who just lost a daughter, or like Ryann and Alyssa Flannigan, who just lost a sister. Born on Dec. 18, 1993, Brittany was the youngest of Steve and Diane’s three daughters. She graduated from Pinkerton Academy in 2012. She would have been a sophomore at Plymouth State University this fall. Brittany was fun, happy, and put a positive spin on everything. She was effortless to be around. She was easygoing and could light up a room with her smile. Brittany loved Plymouth. She loved how it felt like a home away from home, while not being too far from her real home in Derry. She loved the outdoors. She loved winter and snowboarding. Brittany loved and was loved at Plymouth. Unfortunately, her time here was cut short. Brittany is survived by her parents, Steve Flannigan and Diane (O’Brien) Flannigan, and her two sisters, Ryann Flannigan and Alyssa Matthew Ormsbee and The Clock



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Top Friday the 13th Films

Patrick Keller For The Clock


ew film franchises are as tied to a specific date as the Friday the 13th series, so without further ado, here are some of my personal favorite films and that may serve as a sort of guide if you should choose to view any of these on Netflix over the Friday the 13th Weekend. This is not a critical response to the film series. While it would be fun to write out a detailed analysis of one of the most iconic slasher movies ever made, the genre itself is entirely too subjective. One’s ire for blood and guts could bump a film up a few notches even though the actual plot is devoid of any common sense. “Friday the 13th” As is customary, the first movie of any series is always a must-watch. Though it may lack the all-out gore of its successors (although Kevin Bacon may disagree) it serves as the foundation for the series at its core. Sure, one could say that this was a rip-off of the highly successful “Halloween” of 1978. Yet this film had a slightly different feel; coming out five years later in 1983, the tone of films changed much in that span and the film even added some elements which were absent in “Halloween.” The ending is a twist you don’t see coming (unless it was spoiled for you by friends or “Scream”), and the acting is of a higher caliber than the later films (Kevin Bacon would agree). The setting of something as relevant a summer camp works incredibly well and overall, it’s a great piece of popculture history. Friday the 13th Part 2:


While the first installation of the series is nothing short of important, Part 2 gives us a first look at Jason the Almighty. Not sporting his signature hockey-mask look until Part 3, Part 2 serves as a staple in the series for allowing us to actually see Jason go to work on those pesky, horny teens at Camp Crystal Lake. The hero of the film, in this case heroine, is one of my favorites, due to one scene at the end. Ginny Field finds herself in the lair (a dumpy old shack in the woods) of Jason, and is cornered. She finds Jason’s mother’s sweater and dons it, as well as pretends to be Jason’s deceased mother. Facing a potential

pick-axe to the face, she even goes so far as to yell at Jason, “Jason! Mother is talking to you!” It’s one of the most intense scenes in the series and Amy Steel (Ginny Field) earns major points for this film in her lead role. Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter (Sure it is, whatever you say Paramount) Part 3 fell into the pit of despair known as “Just another '80s slasher sex-romp movie”, Part IV tried to revive the series with a series in and of itself. It once again followed the lives of the Crystal Lake counselors who don’t seem to care that countless murders have happened, they’ll be

damned if camp doesn’t start. Yet it also follows a family who lives nearby. Corey Feldman (in an early role) plays Tommy Jarvis, the new protagonist for the impending trio of films to follow. While Feldman doesn’t play Tommy in the next three films, the character is used almost as much as Jason. The film, overall, is not exactly anything new, as much as it is just different enough and important enough to be noted. Once again, the last scene is an intense one. Jason is in the house of the Jarvis family, ready to kill Tommy’s sister, when Tommy comes down pretending to be a younger Jason. Another “possession” trick,

sure, but this one worked very well and ended with the “killing” of Jason in a manner not seen in any other movie. This is a definite watch if you are a fan of pop-culture in general; as is Part 1 for Kevin Bacon, just to watch an early Corey Feldman. Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan Jason spends only 20 minutes of the whole movie in Manhattan. It’s inconceivable how they manage to cruise from Crystal Lake to New York Harbor. Most of the film is filler killings on the ship until they reach New York. Yet this film is one of my favorites, due to the fact that there is effort shown on the side of those who made it. Paramount saw a decreased decline in profit from the previous films so they decided to limit the budget for the eighth installation; thus leading to very limited time in New York. Originally planned to take place around the Brooklyn Bridge and numerous other city landmarks, it was decided that most of it was to be set on the ship. Yet, the writing at least tried to form a backstory for the main protagonist which is something respectable as most of the other films were completely void of that. While the majority of the film is spent on the cruise, it pays off well when Jason is chasing the characters through Times Square. New York being New York, no one is fazed apparently at the sight of a giant, machete-wielding monster. When one of the characters is abducted and shot up with heroin, about to be raped (yeah, this film gets fairly dark, yet never goes too far) Jason actually saves her and murders both of the scumbags who began the act. Not being just another film at Crystal Lake with camp counselors has me putting this above the other six films in the entire series.

Buzz Sutherland Returns to Plymouth Tim Waugh A&E Editor


e’s been coming to Plymouth State University for years now, bringing laughs to campus every fall, and this year was no different. Buzz Sutherland came back to Plymouth last Tuesday in the Silver Center Hannaway Theater. Sutherland has been featured on HBO’s Comic Relief specials as well as the Half Hour Comedy Hour on MTV and CMT Comedy Stage. Sutherland has also been voted the Comedian of the Year by the National Association of Campus Activities (NACA) five years in a row, proving his deft ability at entertaining tough college crowds. Performing a set geared towards

first year students, Sutherland also garnered chuckles from upper classmen and sophomores as well. Cassidy Spencer, a sophomore, enjoyed the performance. “I thought he was hilarious, his jokes were funny and were respectable for the most part, which was cool.” Spencer also pointed out that although Buzz has performed at PSU multiple times, he is always adding new material. As Spencer said, Sutherland’s material mostly focuses on the cleaner side of comedy, with a set that is all ages. Sutherland didn’t just impress the audience with his comedic chops though. Sutherland showed off his various impressions of famous characters, including just about the entire cast of “King of the Hill” and multiple renditions of Donald Duck. Sutherland also showed selections from his TheClockOnline

DVD, including the music video for his Donald Duck themed parody of Kansas’ “Dust in the Wind” called; you guessed it, “Ducks in the Wind”. Transitioning to a more serious tone, he discussed his experience with alcohol abuse and why his college age fans are so important to him. Sutherland then capped off his set by inviting his friend, mentalist Michael C. Anthony, onto the stage to perform an audience-wide trick to finish off the show. Anthony, who had performed at the Hannaway theater the night before, predicted a set of numbers chosen by certain audience members via a prerecorded message from the night before. Buzz Sutherland certainly had his audience laughing, and left them suitably thrilled thanks to his mentalist friend.




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We're the Millers An Easy Guide to Making an Interesting Premise Boring David C. Benson Assistant A&E Editor



e’re The Millers” is about a low-level drug dealer named David Clark (played by Jason Sudeikis) having to smuggle marijuana from Mexico. This is because he is robbed after his 18-year-old dorky neighbor Kenny (played by Will Poulter) tries to go up against some thugs. The thugs are antagonizing Snarky Teenage Girl #456235698, I mean Casey (played by Emma Roberts). Having been robbed, David isn’t able to pay his high-end jerk of a boss, Brad Gurdlinger (played by Ed Helms). David decides the best way to get in and out of Mexico is to make a faux family made of himself, Kenny, Casey, and Rose, David’s stripper neighbor (played by Jennifer Aniston). To be fair, this is a unique premise as it lends itself to some interesting opportunities. Does any one remember comedies such as “Are We There Yet?”, “RV”, and similar traveling comedies? “We’re the Millers” feels like a parody of such family comedies, especially in one scene early on. In a certain scene the kids want some fireworks and David loses his cool and viciously swears at them. This is a clever and funny scene portrayed; unfortunately this seems to be one of the few scenes with actual wit. We don’t actually get to spend a lot of time with this fake family on the road, which is a real shame. We get one scene and then we get to Mexico and they get the drugs that they need and start back. As soon as they re-enter the U.S., funny scenes soon become scarce. Whenever there are dead comedy spots, the writers decide to resort to cheap sex jokes that are clearly there for shallow offensive comedy. I’m not a prude when it comes to comedy, but just because a joke has sex doesn’t make it a bad

joke. I found “Ted” used sex comedy in a funny way and “Kentucky Fried Movie” made fun of those kinds of jokes. However, when “We’re the Miller’s” tries to use it, it’s nothing more than getting cheap laughs from just saying “cock” or “boobs”. The actors are trying to make it funny but not even George Carlin could make this stuff sound funny. Speaking of acting, the acting actually isn’t that bad. Everyone tries their best with the material given, especially Jason Sudeikis who gives a charming snarky routine. Jennifer Aniston does a good job but her character is okay at best. Will Poulter seems to have stepped out of the Archie comics and he actually is part of a great joke in Mexico. Some of you may have noticed my subtle writing on Emma Robert’s character, Casey. She’s a fine actress and all but she’s the worst written character. There was potential for jokes here but the writers went the easy way out. Instead of writing and actual character, they went to the snarky teenager that we’ve seen so many times. It’s almost insulting in this day and age to still see most young actresses in comedies become this stupid stereotype. Overall, “We’re the Millers” is a painfully average comedy that strives for nothing more than being a distraction. The premise is good but the writing really lets you down in most places, especially when the film begins with YouTube clips. That isn’t to say it isn’t completely unfunny as there are a few bright spots. Something tells me that a lot of scenes were either re-written or removed to achieve this effect. Even with all the cuts, this movie is still almost two hours long, which is just way too long. I don’t spoil endings, but if you don’t guess the ending by the second act than you need to watch more movies. The ending is pretty much the average death nail for this movie and feels a little weird like it might not have been the real ending. If you’re forced to watch this, it’s not too bad. Just remember that when you get to the camp scene, it’s time for a ten-minute pee break.

Too Arts, Too Entertainment I’ve never been very good at first impressions, so bear with me on this.

Tim Waugh A&E Editor

There are hundreds of thousands of ways to introduce I, the new Arts and Entertainment editor for The Clock, to you, the reader. There are also hundreds of thousands of drafts of this introduction that I have started and abandoned, and yet I’ve still started in the most awkward way possible (like I said, not very good at first impressions). Anyway, enough about me, and more about me: if you’re still reading this hopefully you’re aware that my name is Tim Waugh. I am an avid lover of movies, music, comic books, videogames, as well as good old-fashioned regular books, hence why I am the A&E editor. My favorite films are Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Iron Giant, my favorite bands are Foo Fighters and Wilco, and I harbor far too much affection for Captain America than any man should for a fictional character. Somewhere on Youtube is a video of me playing the drums dressed as Batman (find

it at your own peril), and I firmly believe ALF is the greatest television show of all time. Now that I have vented my ego properly we can get on to the fun stuff. Considering we will be spending a semester (and hopefully longer) in this column together, it’s only fair that I share my goals for this section of The Clock with you. Being the “Arts & Entertainment” section, it is my duty, along with Pat Kellar, David Benson, and any other contributing writers who come along for the ride, to inform, entertain, and critique various forms of media for your information and entertainment. This is an equal opportunity section, meaning no one is stupid for liking the Transformers movies or Nickleback, even though I am a fan of neither (that of course doesn’t mean Transformers 4 will get a positive review if it doesn’t deserve it, which it probably won’t). Another important facet of this section this year will be variety. As a reader and contributor of The Clock since my freshman year, I

have always enjoyed the paper, yet I felt that music was more prevalent over all other forms of entertainment in this section. Ben, Alex, and other previous A&E editors before me have done a great job in these hallowed halls, but my personal goal here is to throw a little more movie features here, a little more T.V. features there, and deliver a well rounded section. This is hopefully evidenced this week by the Friday The 13th retrospective written by Pat (I’m more partial to Jason X, myself), and a review of We’re the Millers by David Benson. This will hopefully continue throughout the year as we thrill, enthrall, and disgust you here in the A&E section (actually, hopefully not that last one).






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Men's Soccer Falls to Bridgewater Tyler Kelley

Assistant Sports Editor


lymouth, NH- The Plymouth State Men’s soccer team lost a tough match at Bridgewater State, when they were shutout 3-0 Sunday evening. The loss drops PSU’s record to 0-2 while Bridgewater received their first win of the season, putting their mark at 1-2. It was a tale of two halves for the Panthers as they came out strong in the first, out shooting Bridgewater 5-3. PSU’s Petro Masumbuko (Manchester, NH) nearly scored on a header shot at the 9 minute mark but it was quickly saved by the opposing goalie Matt Bagley (Braintree, Ma), who recorded four key saves on the day. The second half of the game trended towards that of Bridgewater. In a 14 minute

span the Bears posted three goals to take a strong hold on the Panther’s squad. Bridgewater’s Colin Neri (Upton, Ma) was the first to strike after receiving a long pass from Camilo Mora (Houston, Tx) and hitting the back of the net on PSU’s Danny Marsh (Framingham, Conn). Josh Goehring (Haverhill, Ma) and Steve McAvoy (Walpole, Ma) each found the back of the net to help put Bridgewater State up 3-0, which would stand throughout the rest of the contest. Bridgewater’s Senior Goalie Matt Bagley collected his fifth career shutout with the win while saving four shots on goal. PSU’s Senior Christian Bua (Gilford, NH) was the only Panther to shoot the ball multiple times on net. Plymouth State ends its three game road trip on Wednesday evening when it takes on Salem State (0-2) at 6 pm. Bridgewater looks to keep winning in a 7 pm home matchup against MIT (3-1).


Real Sports Talk with E$ Braves over the Detroit Tigers in six games.

Eric Brill


Sports Editor

hh, it is nice to be back in this chair, which doesn’t have a right arm on it, but is pretty damn comfortable! Anyway, its time to get down and dirty with this, that, and the other thing. The NFL season is finally underway, and there aren’t many people that are happier then myself about that. With Week 2 having started last night, it won’t be too much longer to find out who the real surprise teams of the 2013 season will be. All of the Week 1 games were pretty close (in terms of the final scores), and shows that this should end up being a season where there are a number of playoff spots up for grabs when Week 17 rolls around. As far as my predictions go (I get the benefit that Week 1 is complete), the New England Patriots will win the AFC East, while the Houston Texans will clinch the AFC South. Watch for the Denver Broncos and the Cincinnati Bengals to win the AFC West and North, respectively.

The two wild cards (which should really be given to the NFC, given the depth of teams in that conference) will go to the Tennessee Titans, and the Buffalo Bills. As far as the NFC goes, the New York Giants will win the NFC East, the New Orleans Saints will capture the NFC South, while the San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions will win the NFC West and North. The two wild card positions will go to the Seattle Seahawks, and the Dallas Cowboys (yes, I am leaving the Packers and Falcons out of the playoffs). My Super Bowl pick? The 49ers over the Texans. In the MLB world, it is funny how much of a contrast the National and American League are. The National league has had who is going to be in the playoffs solidified for quite sometime now, while the American League is still wide open (as far as the Wild Cards and the AL West goes). Watch for the Texas Rangers to get ahead of the Oakland Athletics for the AL West, while the Tampa Bay Rays and the Baltimore Orioles will sneak into the playoffs (sorry A’s fans, specifically Tyler Cote). My prediction for the World Series? The Atlanta

In Other Irrelevant (though I find interesting) Sports News: -First off, gotta give a shout-out to some of my lacrosse girls. Head Coach Kristin Tracy (formerly Blanchette) told me that captains Molly Gleason, Rachel Fistori and Lorin Field were impressive in their 3-mile run time! Congrats, and keep it up!! -JR Smith is an ass-clown. -The Jacksonville Jaguars; what has happened to a franchise that use to be a playoff contender year-in and year-out? -How does Tom Brady do it? His wide receivers seem to change by the minute, but he is still one of the best quarterbacks in the league. -Did you see what happened to NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer? He spun his car out (intentionally) in order to get his teammate, Martin Truex Jr., into the Chase for the Championship. NASCAR wasn’t a fan as to what Bowyer did, so they kicked Truex out of the Chase, and put the rightful person into the Chase in Ryan Newman. Good for NASCAR to penalize a team for trying to change who was going to be in the Chase. -So I went to the PSU football game last week, and I have to acknowledge some of the kids that played well (in my opinion, at least). First year Zach Ziemba, Junior Kyle Wilson, and senior Zac Iovanella all had phenomenal games against Castleton. -What will Brandon Jacobs do in his second go-around with the New York Giants? Non-Sports Information of the Week Rest in Peace Bobby Cann. Rant of the Week- I got to Plymouth about a week earlier then most, and not many things have pissed me off more than Time Warner Cable. Not only were the representatives from the company annoying as hell (as they would ask you if you have gotten their service yet multiple times a day), but they have been grabbing me by the cajones with my bill. They can kiss my ass. I love the Union Grill food, but DAMN it’s expensive. So what did I do over the summer? I took a

class that was four hours long and took about an hour and a half to drive to, but ultimately was able to have transfers over to Plymouth, which I was ECSTATIC about. At the end of August, I went down to Northeastern Tennessee to go visit my relatives, as well as go to the NASCAR race at Bristol Motor Speedway. It was an awesome weekend, and it really couldn’t have been much better. I also worked a hell of a lot at a beverage distributor that I have been at for over six years now. If you ever want a good story, ask me about that job. This flag football team that I signed up better kick some ass in a few weeks. Magna Carta was quite a disappointment. I know former A&E Editor Alex Hollatz wasn’t too pleased with it even. C’mon Jay Z, you are better than that. It somewhat depresses me as to how coming to The Clock office isn’t the same as it use to be. During the 2011-2012 school year, this place was ALWAYS full of entertainment whether you knew anyone, or not. I miss those days quite badly. When you are looking for off-campus housing next year, you HAVE TO go check out Inter-Lakes Properties. The company treats people the way they deserve to be treated, and they aren’t out to screw students, which is so common to see now-a-days. Shout-out to the kid blowing the vuvuzuela like hell as I am writing this. Made some awesome spaghetti and sausage the other day, so ladies, hit me up when you need a meal ;-) There is no E$ picture this week, because I am hiking Mt. Washington this Sunday, and figured I will take a badass picture that will be worthy to be my picture this year. Another thing I did this year was go to Mohegan Sun/Foxwoods, and did pretty well at roulette. I really can’t tell you how much I appreciate you reading this article. Weather (I am a meteorology major, so that’s funny) this is the first time you are reading this article, or the 54th, I thank you so much for that. That’s about it for this week. Real Talk with Eric- Don’t start slacking off with studying/classes this semester. It will be worth it in the end.



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Women's Soccer Loses Openers to Western New England Matt Stanton For The Clock


lymouth, NH- The PSU Women’s soccer team battled Western New England this past Sunday in their season opener but fell short by the score of 3 to 1. WNE controlled the majority of the game, which helped earn them their third win; Plymouth received their first loss in this non- conference game. WNE controlled the entire 1st half scoring goals in the 11th and the 14th minutes, which were both scored by WNE’s forward Tayler Mazurski. Plymouth could only manage to get one shot on net, which would be saved by first year Goalie Casey Magee.

The second half was a different story for the Panthers. They looked to get back some momentum in the early minutes of the half. PSU’s Laura Davis (Pelham, N.Y.) was able to get a shot by WNE’s Magee in the 47th minute of the contest, and she was assisted by teammate Carol Messler (Durham, N.H.). PSU looked like they had tied the contest in the 51st minute but it was quickly taken away on a costly offside call. WNE would then add another unassisted score in the 60th minute by Brionna Voight to take a 3-1 lead. The Golden Bears were able to pressure PSU’s Goalie with eight shots on goal, and PSU would only managed to get two.  The PSU Panthers look to rebound this Thursday in a non-league game against Fisher College at Hormel Stadium in Medford, Massachusetts.

PSU Football Loses Tough Battle to Castleton Tyler Kelley

Assistant Sports Editor


lymouth, NH- The Plymouth State Football team lost to the Castleton State Spartans in their home opener at Currier Field, by a score of 35-31. The non-conference matchup gives the Panthers a 0-1 record to start the season for the second straight year, both loses to Castleton State. Plymouth State came out strong throughout the first half. After an 8 yard touchdown run and a 49 yard touchdown pass by Castleton, the Panthers responded with a 9 yard run by Junior Mark Hennessy (Westford, Ma) to cut the score in half at 14-7. PSU had the upper hand in the second quarter when Senior Halfback Andrew Foglia (Montauk, NY) had two touchdown runs within the redzone. The score at the end of the first half was Plymouth on top 21-14. Plymouth struck fast in the third quarter to go up 28-14 with a 2 yard run by Sophomore Bobby Whalen (Falmouth, Ma).

The ensuing drive led to Castleton scoring a quick touchdown of their own when Sophomore Quarterback George Busharis (Mansfield, Ma) connected with Mark Comstock (Rutland, VT) for a 73 yard play. After Castleton scored once, the score was tied 28-28 going into the fourth and final quarter. PSU went up 31-28 with 10:53 remaining in the game when kicker Rob Giles (Derry, NH) nailed a 30 yard kick. Castleton then capped off a 73 yard drive when Elias LaCount scored a 6 yard touchdown run which was all the Spartans needed to win with a final score of 35-31. On offense Plymouth’s own Andrew Foglia had 29 rushes for 173 yards and two touchdown while Castletons George Busharis went 463 yards through the air with a pair of touchdown passes. Senior Captain Jake Matthews (Windham, NH) led the Panthers with 6 tackles, and Mick Wong (Hartford, VT) had 13 total tackles for the Spartans. The Plymouth State Panthers travel to Mount Ida in search for their first win of the season this Saturday at 1:00. The Castleton State Spartans also have an afternoon game, taking on Endicott College in their home

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PSU Sports Wrap-up Eric Brill Sports Editor


layers who were givens their conference award’s over the past week -First year tennis player Nikki Lund (Hingham, MA) was named the Little East Conference Rookie of the Week, as she won both of her matches against the University of Southern Maine. In her doubles match with Chelsea Thibeault (Manchester, NH), the duo went 8-2 in their match, and Lund went on to win her singles match two sets to none after not allowing a point in her match. -Junior Rob Giles (Derry, N.H.) was named Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week after converting all of his extra-points, as well as hitting a 30-yard field goal. Giles also converted a crucial onside kick in the first quarter that lead to PSU tying the game at 14. -Zach Ziemba (Manchester, N.H.) was named MASCAC Rookie of the Week after phenomenal play at cornerback. Ziemba had a team-high three pass break-ups, as well as four tackles. Women’s Volleyball got the first win in the new academic year for Plymouth State, as they defeated Sage College three sets to none last Saturday, Septemeber 7th. The win puts the team’s overall record to 1-3, with their next match against Plattsburgh State later on tonight. Against Sage, sophomore Kaitlyn Coon (Poestenkill, N.Y.) had 13 digs in the match, while fellow sophomore Kristen Perrotta (Hudson, N.H.) led the team with 21 assists. The Panthers really didn’t have much of an issue in any of their three sets, as the held Sage from getting 20 points (the amount needed to win is 25 points). In the third and final set, Sage was held to only nine points. First year player Mikki Taffe (Sandown, N.H.) also had quite a match for PSU, as she had a team-high seven kills for Plymouth. Both Taffe and Coon combined for half of the Panther’s total in kills in the contest. The Field Hockey team lost a tough one against Castleton this past Wednesday, as Castleton scored a goal with no time on the clock to clinch the 7-6 victory. This brings the Panthers’ record to 0-3 on their 2013 campaign. PSU seemed bound for the win, as they had a 2-0 lead within the first nine minutes of the game behind goals from senior Jackie Morin (Scarborough, ME) and junior Nikki Garvey (Canaan, N.H.). Going into halftime, Plymouth held a 2-1 lead, but had momentum with them on an extremely warm afternoon. Castleton and Plymouth exchanged goals to start off the second period, as both Garvey and Morin added their second goals, respectively, of the game. Sam Carberry’s (Shrewsbury, PA) pass set up the second goal for Morin. Upon Castleton scoring to tie the game at four, Panther goalie Hilary Lemelin (Milan, N.H.) was taken off the field with what appeared to be a leg injury. Lemelin had 18 saves on 21 shots up to that point of the game, and seemed poised to get the win. With the injury to Lemelin, junior Kaitlyn Warren (Boscawen, N.H.) was put into the game to finish the job for Plymouth. While Warren had six saves in the later stages of the game, Castleton was ultimately victorious in the end despite another goal from Garvey, and a goal from first year player Masha Lange (Danville, N.H.). The next contest for PSU is against Worcester State tomorrow morning, as they travel down to Massachusetts for their first Little East Conference game of the 2013 season. If Lemelin can bounce back from her injury, look for the Panthers to come back to New Hampshire with their first win on the season. Women’s Tennis lost a tough match to Colby-Sawyer, as Colby-Sawyer was able to win eight of the nine singles/doubles competitions this past Wednesday. Getting the win for the Panthers was Rachel Gustafson (Belchertown, MA), as she defeated her opponent 6-1, 6-0 to win the necessary two sets. The loss is coming off an impressive win against the University of Southern Maine, as PSU was able to win five of the nine matches. Leading the way for the Panthers (this meet took place last Saturday, September 7th) was first year player Nikki Lund (Hingham, MA) and senior Chelsea Thibeault (Manchester, N.H.). Not only did both of them combine to win their doubles match, but both were able to win their individual matches in


straight sets. Thibeault defeated her opponent 6-2, 7-5, while Lund completely swept her opponent, as she won her sets 6-0, 6-0. The tennis team has a small break until their next match, as their next game will be against Castleton this Wednesday. A new team to Plymouth State’s athletic department is the Men’s and Women’s cross country teams. Both teams have their first meets tomorrow morning, as they will compete in the University of New England Invitational. The Head Coach for the team is Dave Severance, and he brings a lot of experience up to PSU to help lead the Panthers to victory. Severance

coached both the boys and girls cross country teams at Moultonborough Academy for the past ten years. Severance has some experience at Plymouth State specifically, as he was part of the cross-country team that was here over 30 years ago. Leading the charge for the men’s team is junior captain Evan Gaudette (Nashua, N.H.), while fellow junior Caroline Forgiel (Bradford, N.H.) will lead the charge for the women’s team. Watch for The Clock to give you the results of the upcoming meets for both teams upon completeion!

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