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Two new VP candidates visit FSC Worcester State Interim Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs Lori Dawson
By Matthew Bushery Editorial Staff Dr. Lori J. Dawson, the interim associate vice president of academic affairs for Worcester State College, visited FSC to make her case as a candidate for the next academic vice president at a forum open to administrators, faculty and students on Wednesday. At the end of the semester, Dr. Robert Martin, the current academic vice president, will be retiring. Before taking questions, Dawson shared some insights about her background, and how her experiences have prepared her for a job such as academic vice president. “I am a first-generation college student, and I think that’s important for [everyone] to know because it informs my whole perspective on higher ed.,” Dawson said. “I know that there is no great equalizer
in the United States, but I think that education is the closest thing we have to one. I don’t think that I would ever underestimate the transformative ability of education.” She added she worked her way through undergraduate and graduate school, despite her peers’ suggestions that she shouldn’t attend graduate school. “It took me a little bit longer than usual to finish up my degree,” Dawson said, “and I think that experience has enriched my life.” Dawson received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and women’s studies from Suffolk University in 1986. In 1988, she completed her master’s degree in socialpersonality psychology at SUNY Albany. Dawson decided to return to the school to get her Ph.D. in social-personality psychology in 1995. -Continued on page 7
Framingham State Interim Dean of Academic Affairs Ellen Zimmerman
By Madison Dennis Editor-in-Chief Dr. Ellen Zimmerman, interim dean of academic affairs, met with the campus community on Tuesday as a candidate for the vice president of academic affairs position. At the meeting, Zimmerman answered questions regarding issues facing the academic affairs department and presented her goals for next year should she get the position. Zimmerman, who has worked as a faculty member at FSC for the past 20 years, hopes to fill the vice president position when current Vice President Dr. Robert Martin retires at the end of the semester. Zimmerman said she had been considering a permanent administrative position for a year or so before she was promoted to interim dean of academic affairs. She said she loves teaching, and hopes to continue
to teach if she is offered the position, but would like to have more administrative responsibilities in order to gain a “broader view of the institution.” Zimmerman described this role as a “wonderful opportunity to expand my understanding of the institution and see it on a more macro-level.” As vice president of academic affairs, Zimmerman would be responsible for overseeing faculty and collaborating with them to develop curricula and other academic initiatives. She said her experience teaching at FSC provides her with valuable insights that will assist her in this role. “Obviously, someone coming from outside would bring a very fresh perspective that was grounded in his or her own previous institution or current institution. Certainly, it is an advantage to an extent,” she said, “but I also think coming from the
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Cienniwa: For the chorus, it’s a challenge to recruit and retain. Also, it’s tough to build an ensemble when people keep graduating after four years. I am happy to say, however, that the current chorus roster does have two recent graduates who still come back to sing every Tuesday night.
GP: What is your musical background?
GP: What is your favorite part of teaching at FSC?
Cienniwa: I started playing piano when I was six. A few years later, I studied trumpet and French horn, and then guitar. In college, I majored in piano performance, but then became enamored with the harpsichord and later the organ. I eventually became one of only two people to earn the DMA in harpsichord from Yale. But in high school, I played guitar in punk rock bands!
Cienniwa: Of all of the schools I’ve taught [at], FSC has the most interesting, caring and kind group of students I’ve ever known. Really! Perhaps there’s something in the water. GP: What course(s) are you teaching this semester? Cienniwa: chorus.
GP: Are you working on any special projects right now?
GP: Please give a brief summary of your resume.
Cienniwa: Every week seems to be Cienniwa: As a Photo courtesy of Paul Cienniwa a special project professional musithese days. Next Paul Cienniwa cian, I make my livweekend, I’m ing in a number of playing a recital in Chicago. After that, I’m premiering places. This is typical for musicians. My work at Framingham is only with the chorus, and I also direct the some works by Larry Thomas Bell and Karl Henning, chorus at Mount Ida College and teach music history two Boston composers. Beyond that, I’m planning the at UMass Dartmouth. My biggest job is as director of 2010-2011 concert seasons for my series in Newport music at First Church in Boston, where weekly services and Boston. are broadcast on WERS radio. I also direct Newport Baroque in Rhode Island and Sine Nomine choral ensemble in Fall River, Mass., and I freelance as a harpsichordist regularly with various ensembles, such as the Rhode Island Philharmonic. GP: When and why did you decide to become a professor? Cienniwa: I think that for many students, their greatest desire is to be like the teachers they admired most. For that reason, when I left Yale, I really envisioned myself as a professor. But I’m really a professional musician, and teaching is just a part of the spectrum of my work. What’s interesting to me is that, even when I’m directing professional instrumentalists and singers, I am teaching. To that extent, working with professionals informs my work at Framingham, while working at Framingham informs my work with professionals.
GP: What was your most memorable experience in college? Cienniwa: I don’t know if I have a particularly memorable experience, probably because I was in too much of a hurry to get on with life. Here’s a piece of advice: don’t be in a hurry to get on with life. GP: Do you have any hobbies or passions? Cienniwa: People always ask me this, and my answer is “music.” But that’s my work and my passion and, I suppose, my hobby. This summer, however, I will be tricking out a harpsichord with electromagnetic pickups and running it through effects processors so that I can create some wacky psychedelic music. I also really like that Trololo guy who’s been so popular on YouTube. He’s my hero.
The FSC Chorus meets on Tuesdays from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. in Heineman. Its next concerts are April 26 at 1:30 p.m. and April 27 at 7:00 p.m. in Heineman.
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Cienniwa: I started my undergraduate studies at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago and then completed them at DePaul University, earning a bachelors of music. After that, I went to Yale University, where I earned my master’s of music and doctor of musical arts degrees.
GP: What is the most challenging part of your job?
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Zimmerman emphasizes collaboration as primary goal for academic affairs
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faculty of the institution where you are applying to … in a sense, is also a fresh perspective. “Within an institution there are inevitably different micro-cultures. … Within that micro-culture, we view the institution differently, we view the mission differently. There are shared ideas about it, but then there are differences as well. We have slightly different agendas, different ideas as to how to accomplish the mission, and I’m very familiar with the faculty culture, having been a part of it for so long.” She also said she has a “deep and broad understanding of the challenges and the opportunities the faculty have at the institution,” and already understands the particular culture of FSC, which is an advantage outside candidates don’t have. Should Zimmerman be hired into the vice president position, she hopes to collaborate between academic affairs and other divisions of the college. She said, “I really think it’s important to look at the institution as an integrated whole and not as little individual silos each with their own specific responsibilities.” Zimmerman said she wants to foster collaboration among all the academic departments and different divisions at FSC, as well as being able to work with other state schools. “In the position of academic vice president, there will be a lot more opportunities to do that - to look at other state colleges and see how we could liaison with them around the common issues that we all face. … It would be wonderful to use them as a resource, and as an administrator, I would have the opportunity to do that.” In terms of working with faculty departments, Zimmerman said she “would really like to have department chairs be more involved in administrative decision making.” When it comes to developing curricula, class schedules and course requirements, she said, “The people who are involved in those kinds of situations are the ones who know them the best.” She noted she would like to include multiple faculty members in making decisions that affect more than one department, such as scheduling conflicts. Zimmerman also said she would like to see more student feedback in terms of developing course requirements. “The student concern about not being able to get through their programs is a really serious one,” she said. “There is a conversation going on this year about what we might be able to do in terms of general education re-
quirements and in terms of major requirements to make Zimmerman said employers are primarily seeking apour programs retain academic quality but make them do- plicants with general skill sets - the ability to think critiable. … All the academic quality, in the world doesn’t cally, to write well and communicate effectively and the do any good if students can’t get through the programs.” ability to work collaboratively. “These are all things we Zimmerman said student participation is vital to the do in a liberal arts education,” she said. process of making decisions regard“What it does is ing academics. She discussed options prepare students in the such as student focus groups, surveys skills and knowledge and meetings with students as possible that they need to meet means of encouraging feedback, and disthe kinds of challengcussed ways to increase student activity es they’ll meet in the on academic committees. workplace. And those Zimmerman also discussed how acakinds of things, I think demic affairs could promote diversity on we do need to focus on campus. “What I would like to do is see more.” the academic affairs budget used to furZimmerman said ther efforts towards diversity in hiring,” she is working toward she said. She discussed new ways of atdeveloping a general tracting diverse applicants to open posieducation program that tions, including diversity conferences. will better instill these Something that should be particularly skills, but also leaves focused on, Zimmerman said, is “how to room for students to keep people once we get them. … It’s take the classes they difficult for someone coming from an want. underrepresented group” to want to stay As a long-time emhere once they are hired. ployee at FSC, ZimZimmerman said there is often a merman was able to lot of diversity programming going on answer questions reon campus, “but a lot of times the left garding the college’s hand doesn’t know what the right hand specific programs, both is doing.” There needs to be better comin terms of faculty hirmunication, Zimmerman said, between ing and expectations, student clubs, academic departments as well as academics. and administration in regard to diversity When asked how programming. she would promote Drake McCabe/The Gatepost writing across the curShe suggested a page on FSC’s Web site that would have all the event listings riculum initiatives, Dr. Ellen Zimmerman on one page. Zimmerman said, When asked what she believed the role of a liberal arts “We’re making progress, but I think we need to do a lot education is, especially in a poor job market, Zimmerman more.” She said employers are looking for applicants said she believes there is a “misunderstanding about what who know how to write and communicate effectively, a liberal arts education means. and in order to prepare students for that, professors need “Preparing students for the workplace should not be to know how to teach writing in their courses. Zimmerthought of vocationally - it should be thought of as help- man hopes to encourage more faculty development in ing them develop the set of skills they’ll need to succeed that area. in whatever job they end up in, and that, to me, is the role She said she was pleasantly surprised with her experiof a liberal arts education.” -Continued on page 6
SGA co-sponsors table with SUAB at annual Sandbox event
By Lindsay Chase Assistant News Editor
SGA allocated funds to co-sponsor a table at SUAB’s Sandbox event, and the constitutions for the Geographical Association of FSC and Choosing Healthy Options in College Experiences (CHOICES) were re-activated at the meeting Tuesday evening. Rachel Keir, president of SUAB, and Nicole Dygon, SGA special events coordinator, requested that SGA co-sponsor a table and allocate $900 for the annual SUAB Sandbox event. Dygon, said the Sandbox event has a “carnivaltype concept.” She requested that SGA co-sponsor a table at the event that would allow students to make their own license plates. Students can choose the state they want their license plate to be from and create their own design for it. The plates will also say “brought to you by SGA and SUAB,” according to Dygon. Keir, president of SUAB, said there is no set number of plates that will be made. She said the artist running the program will do as many plates as he can within the four-hour period. SGA allocated $900 to this co-sponsorship with SUAB from SGA’s unallocated funds. The Sandbox event will be held on Friday, April 30. Tom Higgins, president of the Geographical Association of FSC, said the goal is to “get the word out about geography” and prove that geography is “more than just maps.” The Association, which is not an official club and has no budget, wants to host a beach cleanup and hopes to start an adoption program for rats from biology labs. Higgins said the rats left over at the end of semesters are killed and the Association wants to find homes for them so they can be spared.
“We want to bring global awareness to everyone,” said Higgins. So far, through word of mouth within the geography major, interest has been accumulated. According to Higgins, 15 people have consistently shown enthusiasm. The Geographical Association’s constitution was re-activated by SGA. Stephanie Travers, of CHOICES, said she wanted to get the constitution re-activated for the “new generation of students on campus” to get involved. The club “was active a few years ago,” according to Travers, and was mostly about alcohol and drug safety. Now, CHOICES will also focus on “lots of nutrition and fitness options.” SGA re-activated the constitution for CHOICES. In other news: • Dr. Robert Martin’s retirement party will be held on Monday, April 26 at 4:30 p.m. • Awards Night is Thursday, April 29 at 7 p.m. in DPAC. • The All-College Awards Banquet is Friday, April 30 at 6:30 p.m. at the Framingham Sheraton Hotel. Awards will be presented and there will be dinner and dancing. Clubs are allowed two free tickets, but the tickets are $15 otherwise. There will be bus transportation. • Nick Avery was voted Senator of the Month for March. • Amanda Lefebvre was elected Senator of the Month for April. • Mike Long was named e-board Member of the Month for March. • Nicole Dygon was named e-board Member of the Month for April.
A NOTICE FROM SGA After review of the clubs at Framingham State College, the following clubs are believed to be inactive or not registered. If you wish to reactivate or register any of these clubs on the list please contact Student Involvement and Leadership Development by April 17, 2010. Any Club that does not respond to this notice by April 17, 2010 will be deactivated. Any questions, please feel free to contact SGA Secretary, Hannah Bruce, at SGA@student.framingham.edu Business Leadership Club College Conservatives Figure Skating Club Wrestling Club Ultimate Frisbee
April 9, 2010
Mission statement meeting covers further changes
By Sara Mulkeen Assistant News Editor
A mission statement should convey the college’s aspirations and values - this is what members of the ad hoc committee charged with revising FSC’s mission statement agreed upon at their meeting Wednesday night. Headed by Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Robert Martin and Chair of the English Department Dr. Elaine Beilin, the meeting provided a forum for members of the campus community to voice their opinions or suggestions for the fourth revised version of the college’s mission statement. With the deadline for revisions approaching at the end of the semester, Martin hopes the fifth revised version, which he expects will be ready within two weeks, will be the final draft. “I hope we are within one meeting of completing our work as a committee,” Martin said. He also explained that after the mission statement committee approves the final draft, it will be sent to college governance for reviewing. The committee will also make a recommendation to President Timothy Flanagan, and continue to send their work on to the Board of Trustees and finally, the Board of Higher Education for approval. One of the primary concerns brought up after version three of the mission statement was released was the length of the document. “The major change found from version three to four is a significant reorganization of the material … and a tightening of the language. I believe version four is shorter and more to the point,” Martin said. History Professor Richard Allen also advocated for a more concise statement, suggesting the final version should be “short and sweet. “Let’s get rid of the jargon that obscures and confuses,” Allen said, citing terms such as “self directed” and “student centered,” which he believes should be replaced by an emphasis on excellence and responsibility in learning. “These are crucial for setting the tenor and tone for this institution - students, faculty and administration alike,” he said.
Allen described education as students’ jobs, saying they have to possess the desire to learn and become engaged in their education. Student committee member Hannah Bruce shares Allen’s sentiments about the mission statement being brief and to the point. “I think this version gets a lot of good information across, but it’s very wordy and gets boring. … There are a lot of ‘ands,’” she said. Another issue addressed at the meeting was the incorporation of the MetroWest region into FSC’s identity as defined by the mission statement. While Allen saw the sentence beginning, “The college
“We’re doing more than just a mission statement,” he said. “We’re putting to paper what we think FSC is or ought to be.” - Dr. Robert Martin
is an important educational and cultural center for the MetroWest region of Massachusetts,” as confining, other committee members and attendees felt it was important to keep the phrase. Politics and Government Professor Douglas Telling suggested solving the issue by including that Framingham graduates are “global” citizens. Telling also suggested paragraph four of the latest version be cut down. “It’s awfully busy,” he said, explaining that although the school’s aspirations are articulated, the curriculum and pedagogy is likely to change from what is described in the last sentence of the fourth paragraph. Reference Librarian Millie Gonzalez offered feedback on the organization of the mission statement and how to
include aspects of the college that students value most. She suggested interchanging the third and fourth paragraphs, in order to put the focus on students first. Gonzalez also referenced an editorial from The Gatepost, which acknowledged the benefits of a small, intimate campus. She said those most likely to read the mission statement - prospective students and parents - might also find the close-knit campus one of FSC’s greatest attributes, and therefore, it should be included in the statement. Martin said thus far, student feedback on the mission statement has been limited but appreciated. Although Martin does not think the mission statement directly affects students’ day-to-day lives, he does believe it has an impact on students on a larger scale. “In terms of establishing general directions, priorities, the mission statement plays an important role. For example, it highlights what we think are important educational or learning outcomes, so you would see these sorts of things being emphasized in the curriculum. It talks about certain types of learning experiences, so you would expect these to be emphasized and promoted in the types of learning experiences that students find in and out of the classroom,” he said. When senior Meghan Cantwell read the latest version of the mission statement, she thought of the school’s efforts to not only to unite students and faculty, but commuter and resident students. “As a commuter, I feel like I don’t really interact with the campus community very much, but that’s something the school is working on and I think the mission statement should also be directed towards uniting the residents and large commuter population,” Cantwell said. After hearing out both similar and opposing suggestions from those in attendance, Martin said all would be taken into consideration over the next few weeks, and that feedback from the community has been essential in the revision process. “We’re doing more than just a mission statement,” he said. “We’re putting to paper what we think FSC is or ought to be.”
Latest draft of FSC’s mission statement
Framingham State College seeks to graduate self-directed and confident students who are prepared for a life of learning, leadership, and work. Founded by Horace Mann in 1839 as America’s first public teacher’s college, Framingham State College today is a comprehensive public college with undergraduate and graduate programs encompassing the arts and sciences and professional studies. At Framingham State College teaching is the primary role of faculty, who engage in their disciplines through instruction, scholarship, and service on campus and in their
professional communities.The College is an important educational and cultural center for the Metrowest region of Massachusetts, which also serves as a resource for the education and work of our students. Committed to excellence, the Framingham State College learning community comprises teacher-scholars, students, and staff dedicated to values that empower student success, including free inquiry and the respectful exchange of ideas, ethical conduct, and the belief that diversity in its many forms is essential to the educational experience. Students work closely with faculty as they
learn to gather and evaluate information, to write and speak effectively, to develop critical thinking and creativity, to reason quantitatively, and to apply information technology effectively. The environment supports student-centered, active learning and provides opportunities for independent and collaborative learning and culminating capstone experiences. A Framingham State College education cultivates thoughtful and independent global citizens, prepares students for a career, and positions them for success.
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April 9, 2010
New STEM programs scheduled for fall
By Matthew Bushery Editorial Staff The MetroWest STEM Education Network (MSEN) and FSC plan to implement new elementary education programs this fall aimed at developing pre-teacher skills and improving current elementary teachers’ knowledge in mathematics and science. Framingham State’s STEM Web site, www.framingham.com/stem, MSEN “comprises K-12 school districts, regional vocational technical schools, private schools, institutions of higher education, economic competitive organizations and businesses located in the 43 cities and towns west of Boston known as MetroWest.” The program was established with funding support from the STEM Pipeline Fund, administered by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education. FSC’s STEM Web site says MSEN’s funding is being used “to increase the number of Massachusetts students who participate in programs that support careers in fields related to mathematics, science, technology and engineering.” The Math Proficiency for Elementary Teachers (MPET) Project, one element of the STEM Network being implemented into FSC’s undergraduate and graduate curriculum, is a collaboration between the math departments of Framingham State College and Mass Bay Community College, to enhance elementary teacher readiness for the revised state licensure exam and to improve performance levels in elementary classrooms. Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Graduate and Continuing Education Scott Greenberg said the MPET program will create a new major for elementary education graduate students - master’s of education with a concentration in STEM. “This is geared for elementary school teachers who want to improve their math, science, technology and engineering skills, both in terms of content and pedagogy,” said Greenberg. “We’re in the process of designing it now, working with our own faculty and superintendents and various school teachers in the field to put it all together … in the MetroWest area.” Current pre-elementary and elementary teachers at the school are being encouraged by superintendents throughout the MetroWest area to participate in the new program. Greenberg said, “We hope the program will be implemented soon. The curriculum is being designed and developed as we speak. We hope that we could complete it for fall, but it’s too early at this point to say because it’s a team effort that’s going into designing the entire curriculum.” Greenberg added a survey was conducted by Executive Director of STEM Kevin Thurston looking to obtain feedback regarding the structure of the new curriculum for the program. “The survey conducted was sent to teachers in the area and K-12 administrators in the area, and Kevin has been spearheading this whole program to get it up as soon as possible.” Thurston said, “The MPET [Project] is focused on pre-service teacher math preparation for the math section of the state licensure exam. A passing grade is now required on that section rather than being averaged in with the overall score - hence the increased emphasis to ensure that pre-service teachers are better prepared in their undergraduate math courses.” Greenberg said, by joining Mass Bay in organizing the new program, the colleges will “better prepare future elementary teachers,” and make current elementary teachers “more knowledgeable in an area they need to be very knowledgeable in.” He added that between 10 and 12 courses would be created for the MPET program, all at the graduate level,
take this program,” she said. “Is everybody going to want to take it? No, but it’s got a big potential payoff for very little critical math involved in the program.” Education Professor Patricia Hamblett is a consultant for another STEM project Thurston and Greenberg hope to have at FSC this fall, called the LIFT2 Middle School Engineering Careers Program. According to the FSC STEM Web site, this program “places middle school math and science teachers in engineering companies, where they learn real-world applications of their subjects and see first-hand a wide range of engineering careers,” and “provide[s] teachers with strong resources for motivating and inspiring students to pursue STEM careers.” Hamblett, who graduated from FSC in 1964 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, said, “We’re working with these middle school math and science teachers in a part-time capacity … to experience an externship in the content they’re teaching.” She added these teachers would be put through a “three-course graduate system” to learn about “how math and science and technology play out in the real world, as well as their professional teaching.” Regarding the STEM program as a whole, Hamblett said, “We thought this was a very, very important piece, especially for elementary teachers. Elementary teachers are fantastic literary specialists, especially because of childhood and early learning Drake McCabe/ The Gatepost educations they have. Scott Greenberg “However,” she added, “they also have to teach math and science content areas. We know that it’s difficult to do it all, so we thought we’d develop a proprepared to pursue STEM-related careers.” Greenberg said Dr. Patricia Ruane, superintendent of gram that focused on these areas to give teachers that exthe Hopedale school district, was “integral in moving tra advantage and understanding of not only the content, but give them an ease in understanding it and teaching it along the process” for the MPET Project. Ruane said, “There are very, very few choices for edu- to young children. “Children come in with a passion for learning, and if cation majors who aren’t in humanities. … This program would fill a great void if it’s carefully constructed, and these teachers come in with a passion in these subjects, that’s a big if. Not every program deals with all facets of everyone wins, everyone learns.” Hamblett said there will be 10 courses for the LIFT2 math and science, like engineering. If the marketing of the program works, then the program should be a success. program - three “core courses” and seven “content cours“These teachers who would enter the [MPET] program es.” The order in which these classes should be taken and are typically people mid-career. These are typically ones completed by elementary teachers, Hamblett said, is “still who don’t have content expertise in science and math, a under discussion and will be for a little while longer.” Dr. William Buckreis, chair of the education departdeep background in the content.” She added her “real belief is that, if this state wants to ment, expressed a strong desire to have current and prereally make a huge impact on children and the economy, elementary teachers get more knowledge and experience we must get this going, or else the battle for science and with math, science and technology. “We wrote a grant, and what I’m really closely workmath is lost. If you have excited and motivated teachers who can really teach kids, then those are the kids who say, ing with is a grant for modules for College Math I and II. … The intent was to get some really active and engagingtype activities students could do to learn new math.” Buckreis said there are some undergraduate compo“If this state wants to really make a huge nents to the program, such as the College Math I and II courses, but it is the graduate program which will sustain impact on children and the economy, the most changes. we must get this going, or else the battle for “We want to make sure we have instructors who really implement the pedagogical methods that we’re interested science and math is lost.” in them using [and] model those methods for the class- Dr. Patricia Ruane, room. That’s a big part of it. We don’t want to turn off the people in the program and treat it as an old-fashioned superintendent, Hopedale school district math class.” Though Buckreis and Hamblett stated there are still several components of the program yet to be completed, ‘I can do this.’ They can have confidence in their future Buckreis added a meeting is being held Thursday, April 15 to discuss course descriptions for the student course work.” About 20 percent of the 45 superintendents surveyed catalog. Buckreis said, “Some people are saying, ‘Let’s put it by Thurston and STEM regarding how to move forward with the program responded, which Ruane said “is plenty off another year.’ But I think if [the programs are] ready, let’s do it and get started.” enough to hear from for useful feedback.” “We really encourage principals to get their teachers to which students should be able to complete within two years, “should the proper course schedule come to fruition.” Thurston stated it is important for current teachers learning all they can from the program for students’ sakes. “The intent [of the program] will be to improve overall elementary teacher preparation to ensure K-5 students are ready to achieve at a higher level in STEM subject and be
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April 9, 2010
Zimmerman in support of diversity, faculty research
she hopes to get more senior faculty involved on the ence in teaching online courses. “I came at it a doubter,” college committees than she has seen in previous years. she said. “I was not convinced that online teaching was, “Service is clearly important, but my concern is that we in any way, consistent with optimal student learning.” sometimes overburden junior faculty with service,” she However, she said she found it to be a positive experi- said. Zimmerman suggested junior faculty ence and an effective tool for many students. members focus more on department “I would like to see it made more available. … I think committees and activities, like advising we should explore the possibility of online courses in the student clubs, to learn more about their day school.” She noted that online courses would come departments, and encouraged senior with some “sticky points” and might require some degree faculty to be more involved with college of restriction, but that ultimately, they are effective for committees in order to contribute their students and help the college compete with other instituyears of experience tions which offer and wisdom. online degrees. When asked “Obviously, about assessment we’re not gostrategies at FSC, “Teaching is what we ing to do things Zimmerman said, just for business value first and foremost.” “A lot needs to be reasons,” she done in terms of said, “but if we dispelling the myth Dr. Ellen Zimmerman think an online about assessment.” course is a legitiShe said many promate medium for fessors felt judged teaching subject by assessments, matter, then why which is not the inrestrict it?” tention of the practice. “What we’re doIn terms of faculty expectations, Zimmerman covered ing assessment for is to improve student a variety of topics, including faculty contracts and hiring, learning.” scholarship, service, sponsored research, diversity and Zimmerman said FSC is in the proassessment. cess of applying for an assessment “Teaching is what we value first and foremost,” Zimgrant, and is hoping to increase faculty merman said. However, she noted that scholarship is development in that area in terms of incredibly important at FSC, where “there are changing aggregating and analyzing each departexpectations for faculty scholarship.” ment’s data. Zimmerman hopes to encourage faculty and departZimmerman obtained her Ph.D. in ment chairs to develop expectations of what “constitutes anthropology and linguistics as well as an excellent level of teaching and what we think conher master’s degree in linguistics from stitutes scholarship within each of our disciplines. … I the University of Chicago. She has would really like to see each department come up, not served as FSC’s interim dean of acawith criteria … but with clarified expectations of what demic affairs for the past year, working scholarship looks like in our discipline … and communidirectly with the current academic vice cate that to the junior faculty.” Zimmerman said she also hopes to increase support for president and other administrators on faculty scholarship, development and research, though various college initiatives and academic projects. Zimmerman was hired at FSC in 1990 as a visiting budgetary constraints sometimes hinder those increases. lecturer in the sociology department, and has taught at Zimmerman said that the newly introduced CELTSS FSC ever since, becoming a full professor in 2007. (Center for Excellence in Learning, Scholarship and Before working at FSC, Zimmerman worked at the Service) program might be able to provide more assisUniversity of Chicago in the South Asian studies detance and support to faculty in these areas. She noted partment performing community outreach, and as a cothat though FSC does not have any graduate assistants, monitor for the College Year in India Program at the UniFSC upperclassmen at the undergraduate level can be versity of Wisconsin-Madison. Before working in higher “very talented and can be a tremendous asset in faculty education, Zimmerman served as a social worker for the research,” and that CELTSS is already making funding Metropolitan Social Services Department in Louisville, available to pay for research assistants for professors. Kentucky. She has also spent time working in India, TanWhen asked about college service, Zimmerman said zania and Kenya. -Continued from page 3
During her time at FSC, she has chaired a number of academic committees, including the college tenure committee, multiple college curriculum sub-committees and the general education review subcommittee. She has extensive experience leading other college initiatives
Dr. Ellen Zimmerman
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regarding academics, including multiple experiences in curriculum development, peer evaluation, faculty hiring and interdepartmental service among others. Zimmerman has also received a number of professional awards, including the 2004 Framingham State College Distinguished Faculty Award, the 2000 Framingham State College Center for Global Education Faculty/ Administrator of the Year Award. “The academic program and academic mission at the college takes precedence for me,” Zimmerman said. “That’s the most important thing we do - provide an education to students.”
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Dawson: advising needs improvement
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“I am an applied social psychologist, meaning I primarily apply theoretical perspective to real-life situations,” Dawson said of her academic career. “My specialty is in physical, sexual and emotional abuse, and in terms of how I apply that to other settings, I worked for many years in residential facilities with abused children. I’ve worked in a homeless shelter [where] we attended to homeless and abused parents and their children.” Dawson also said she has worked at a rape crisis center, doing both hotline work and facilitating support group for incest survivors. She said she never expected she would ever attend college - certainly not to get her doctorate. Instead, she figured she would go to school to become a teacher or nurse because “those were probably the highest aspirations anyone growing up in my town could have.” One faculty member at the forum was curious how Dawson’s expertise in psychology and sociology could translate to running academic affairs for a college. Dawson said, “I feel my time as a [psychology] professor - my experience working in other facets of psychology - have prepared me quite well for future endeavors in higher ed.” One of the subjects Dawson spent a considerable amount of time discussing at the forum was her belief that professors at all levels of higher education should shift from a “teaching paradigm” to a “learning paradigm” - something she took to heart from a 1995 scholarly article and believes can still be utilized in today’s institutions of higher education. “What [the article] essentially means is that, a teaching paradigm is pretty narrow to what we do in class. Teaching is what happens inside a classroom, and learning happens everywhere. … Experiences students have outside the classroom are just as important as inside the classroom. “I’d like to think that the learning paradigm, when you make that shift, is cohesive when you talk about people all across the institution, instead of just narrowly focused on academic affairs.” One audience member was interested in what Dawson
“I still teach in the classroom - at least one class a semester - so I’m still connected to that, and I love being in the classroom.” - Dr. Lori Dawson
believes are the differences and similarities which exist between WSC and FSC. She said, “We’re both sister colleges, in the same system, covered by the same collective bargaining agreement. … Beyond that, I can only speak to your school briefly because I don’t know the culture. “In my short time here, though, I’ve noticed there’s more interaction among the senior staff here than there is at Worcester [and] that there is not perhaps much of a push into interdisciplinary [studies] here. Maybe there is, but I haven’t seen that. She added the people she has seen working for the school during her two official visits to campus seem happy. “I don’t feel I get that same experience at Worcester State,” mainly because of the lack of administrative continuity at WSC. Dawson said there have been eight vice presidents at WSC in the last 12 years.
Regarding her move from faculty to Interim Associate Vice President at WSC, Dawson said, “[The move] was motivated by a couple of things. One [reason] was I was trying to be a good college citizen. We had this revolving door of vice presidents. We had a very dynamic vice president who came in - I was on the search committee
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Dr. Lori Dawson
innovations in teaching, these people get excited about it. … Those are the kinds of things alumni are looking to see, and I’d like to see more of that developed.” One professor wanted to know what advice Dawson would give to a new member of the junior faculty. “I would say that, in general, we need to have quality education, and [professors] should be focused on developing those skills. I think that you should become comfortable with the school, comfortable with the surroundings, and then think about your scholarship in a way that makes it manageable.” She added, “Coming from the state system, I know that a full teaching workload is not conducive to having a lot of free time for research, but I think research is important … because it informs our teaching. I think [what] can set us apart in many ways is the kind of research we do that involves our students. “It’s important that our students get our attention in that way.” When the topic of the faculty’s role in academic advising was raised, Dawson commiserated with FSC’s students and faculty about the entire advising system and process. “I think the first thing that I would do is look at is taking advising seriously. It is part of the [professors’] contract. “I would try to separate out what happens in pre-registration from what advising is. Pre-registration, for some, can be nothing more than triage.” She told a story about students camping out in sleeping bags outside of WSC’s registrar’s office the morning of registration. She said they didn’t trust the online registration system, which crashed during registration the previous year. “It was awful,” said Dawson. “At one point, I just wanted to give them milk and cookies.” She added, “Students really want to get in and out [of advising] as well as faculty. They don’t want to be held up for two or three days. I think advising needs to be looked at more holistically. … We need to look at the [student] and ask what they want to accomplish in life, what are their goals - not what course fits best in their schedule, but
for that vice president - and we were very fond of her, and thought she could move the college in great directions. She left and it shocked people. “The associate vice president moved up to vice president, and there was a vacancy. I was, at the time, the chair-of-chairs … so, I was familiar with the office and I thought, ‘This would be a good experience for me. It’s only a year. I can do anything for a year. It’s just a year.’” After the school implemented a hiring freeze, Dawson said, “[One year] became two years. … My thinking shifted very dramatically.” Though she is now an administrator, Dawson said her greatest passion will always be teaching. “I still teach in the classroom, at least one class a semester, so I’m still connected to that, and I love being in the classroom,” she said. “I think the opportunity exists to bring in more “If you’re an administrator, though, you have the faculty. Most colleges have hiring freezes, chance to affect some change in a way that is broader than you can in the classroom. … The types of global and if you have the resources to bring in some great, change you can make as an administrator [are] huge.” With FSC making the move to hybrid and full onwonderful people … now’s a wonderful time.” line availability for some classes, Dawson expressed - Dr. Lori Dawson her thoughts on the transition. “I think more and more students want that flexibility in their schedules, and I think to ignore that demand is foolish. I do think, though, that we need to be careful of putting quality controls on this education. I know at some places, people who teach online get some special what courses in their curriculum makes sense.” education, and some other places don’t. … I do think it’s When asked about what may be the biggest challenges a very special kind of interaction that you have with on- of becoming the new Academic Vice President, Dawson line [courses].” discussed what issues she initially believes could be adOne faculty member inquired about how to keep alum- dressed at FSC. ni interested in events going on at FSC. Dawson indicated “I think one of things we need to face is what programs how important it is to maintain long-term relationships you would like to grow in terms of giving more fundwith students who move on to careers after college. ing,” she said. “I think the opportunity exists to bring in “I think that [alumni are] an integral part of the cam- more faculty. Most colleges have hiring freezes, and if pus,” she said. “I think that what we need to do is work you have the resources to bring in some great, wonderful across divisions, where you’re going out and asking people … now’s a wonderful time.” alumni to be active participants. The way people think of Prior to Dawson’s visit to campus Wednesday, the our institution - especially state colleges - is the relation- school interviewed two other candidates for the posiship with faculty. tion, and three more candidates are scheduled to be in“When faculty go out and ask these alumni to [school] terviewed. events, I find that [alumni] get really excited. When we … go out and talk about their research and talk about their
We at The Gatepost would like to offer our sincerest condolences to Richard Davino for the loss of his father. You and your family are in our thoughts.
Morrongiello wins student trustee race
April 9, 2010
Long, Bruce, Keir also victors
By Ali-Rae Clark man to senior, it’s a nice wide range of each class.” Staff Writer On Monday, SGA held Candidates’ Night. Candidates In a startling upset, two-year incumbent student trustee spoke about the positions they were running for and their Julianne Cormio lost to sophomore Maxwell Morrongi- plans for office. Each candidate was given five minutes to ello in Wednesday’s SGA campus wide spring election. speak and answer questions. At Candidates’ Night, Edwin Cruz emphasized his Cormio received 184 votes while Morrongiello received long term commitment to SGA. “I’ve been a part of SGA 254. A majority of SGA executive board positions were con- pretty much my whole time at Framingham State. During my freshman year, I was involved with SGA. I’ve always tested which was a change from last year. It was a close match between the presidential candi- been involved with clubs. My first year, I was a part of e-board, I jumped into it. I dates - junior Michael knew I wanted to get my Long received 233 votes, voice out there. Ever since while junior Edwin Cruz then, I’ve made it to vice received 212. president and I always have Sophomore Hannah goals that I set.” Bruce carried the votes At the event, Cruz’s for vice president, leading opponent, Michael Long the race with 217 votes, stressed his desire to inwhile junior Almando Macrease student involvement son and incumbent junior on campus and make FSC Daron Carlson received more commuter-friendly. 115 and 112 votes, respec“I’m not going to make tively. any wild claims and say The largest lead in the we’re going to take away election was in the class the dry status of this camand club treasurer race, pus or getting an Olympicwhere junior Rachel Keir size swimming pool, other received 238 votes, while than Maple Field last week. junior Danielle Farmer reInstead, I want to make received 101 and sophomore alistic promises. I know I Keyona Bell received 98. can make club life better Freshman Molly through my hard work and Goguen was elected secdetermination.” retary, junior Jennifer Long acknowledged Lynch-Kupan was elected FSC as a “big commuter student activities treasurer school” and encouraged all and junior Nicole Dygon clubs to host more daytime was re-elected social event programming to involve a coordinator - all ran unoplarger number of commuter posed. students. He also plans to According to SGA encourage involvement President- elect Long, The Gatepost Archives from resident students by “The election went pretty President-elect Michael Long working with hall governwell. I would have liked to ment. have had a better turnout. During Candidates’ Night, Max Morrongiello suggestOnly 448 people voted or 445. That’s not a good representation of the student body. I think that we can definitely ed he could voice the concerns and ideas of students in increase those numbers next year by more advertisements, order to create change on campus. “As student trustee, I’m the liaison between adminisjust pretty much any way we can get the word out there that SGA represents every student on campus. Every stu- tration and students. I can mobilize students, work with dent should cast their vote on who their student represen- students, see what concerns they have, and make sure their ideas are implemented. I can meet with President Flanatatives are going to be.” Although Long is not pleased with this year’s voter gan and the dean of students every month to talk about turnout, some SGA candidates believe that more students these things. We can have petition drives. For example, I voted this year than last because so many of the positions know a lot of students want soap and paper towels in the residence halls. What we could do is get all the people were contested. Dygon said, “There was a lot of campaigning and who are interested in that sign a petition, put it forward to people really got into it. Candidates knew they had quite the Board of Trustees and say ‘Hey, the students want this. the battle, they had a lot of competition and they did a We pay tuition to go here, we pay taxes, so why can’t we good job campaigning. There is a vast difference between have this?’ At the event, Morlast year’s election and this rongiello’s opponent Juyear’s election because the lianne Cormio described more prominent e-board how she has grown into positions weren’t being “We now have a lot of different years the position of student contested last year, so there trustee after having held wasn’t nearly as much camon the e-board. From freshman to senior, it for two years. paigning!” it’s a nice wide range of each class. “I feel like I’ve Carlson said, “The eleclearned a lot and made tion was really close be-Keyona Bell a lot of connections. My tween some of the positions. first year I was completeEveryone worked really hard ly shocked and I didn’t to try to get their name out really know what I was there and get the campus to doing but … I know what vote. I think student involvement was up this year because so many of the positions I’m doing now and I feel comfortable. I understand why were contested. There were more posters, more people decisions are made but at the same time I know how to get knew about the election and knew to vote, so I think the our voices heard.” During Candidates’ Night, all the candidates running voting went up a lot. Bell said, “I think we had a great turnout. A lot of peo- for vice president stressed the importance of the relationple ran, a lot of races were contested, a lot of people went ship between SGA and clubs. Daron Carlson said over the past year, SGA has been out to vote. All of the candidates stepped up in campaigning because normally it’s like a poster here or there. But working really hard to repair the relationship between this year it was posters, it was flyers, it was cookies, it was clubs and SGA. Carlson believes if re-elected, it would be easier to continue working on those relationships. T-shirts, it was pamphlets, it was rallies. Hannah Bruce emphasized her plan to educate clubs According to Bell, the newly elected SGA executive board will be very different. “It’s very eclectic - we now on SGA policies and procedures. According to Bruce, have a lot of different years on the e-board. From fresh- “there is not a very strong bond between clubs and SGA
because the clubs don’t fully understand the policies and procedures of SGA.” Bruce believes that if clubs had a greater understanding of the exact process, it would be a “huge help.” Almando Mason offered a plan to promote co-sponsorships among clubs. “If a new club is going to put on an event then maybe a club like SUAB or The Marketing Club can help them market the event to the campus. It will help for students to see a recognizable club with the newer club. That’s just one idea I have to foster cosponsorships,” Mason said. At the event, class and club treasurer candidate Rachel Keir described her background in fundraising and event planning. “I have some experience that would make me
“Candidates knew they had quite the battle, they had a lot of competition and they did a good job
campaigning. There is a vast difference between last year’s election because the more prominent e-board positions weren’t being contested last year, so there wasn’t much campaigning!” -Nicole Dygon
a great candidate for this position. First of all, I am the president of the Student Union Activites Board and I’ve been vice president and publicity chair. I’m also president of my class and most importantly, I’ve been on student government for the past two years. I think that these experiences have made me really ready for this position.” Keyona Bell , also running for class and club treasurer, offered her idea to promote fundraising by the clubs. “I love helping people and I love fundraising. … Being class and club treasurer I would help all the clubs fundraise because not all clubs do. … Fundraising is more than just selling things. It can be a big competition and one of my ideas is to have a fundraising competition between all the clubs … so at the end of the year they can say ‘I won the fundraising competition!’ to show that the whole campus can fundraise.” Opposing Keir and Bell, Danielle Farmer said she would make SGA set an example for other clubs in terms of fundraising. “I’m proud to say that of the events and fundraisers I’ve done in the past and helped with, for the most part, they’ve all been marginally successful and it is something that I take a lot of pride in. … I know that I haven’t served on SGA as long as my opponents have, but I like to believe that I make up for that and I compensate in my being active on campus, organized and successful with ventures in the past. Every year, SGA advocates other clubs should fundraise more and I think it’s time SGA sets an example and follows their own direction and does a very successful fundraising campaign as well as helping others with theirs. “ On the day of the election, students expressed their views on the voting process. Senior Mike Fazina said he made his decision to vote because his friend was running. Fazina said, “There are also a couple of people I know that I wouldn’t want to be in some positions.” Sophomore Pat Malakie also voted because one of his friends asked him to. He said the candidates campaigning on the day of the election didn’t affect his vote, but “a couple of days ago, Max was going around table to table asking people to vote for him. I thought that was pretty cool and showed he had the courage to go and do that.” Senior Colleen Maxfield was unsure whether she was going to vote because “I don’t really know who the nominees are. If I did decide to vote, I would most likely choose the name if I recognized the person or if I just kind of liked their name. I don’t think we do enough to get people to know the candidates. Maybe if we had a political debate and they were to make it a more fun event it might get people to be more interested in who they are actually voting for.” Sophomore psychology major Kayla Raymond said, “I feel like people only vote for their friends if they know they’re running or just vote for whatever appeals to them. I voted for someone last year just because they gave me a candy bar. This year, I might vote for that guy [Max Morriongiello] just because he is wearing a silly hat.”
April 9, 2010
The Gatepost Editorial
Campus participation lacking in vice president search Our current vice president for academic affairs, Dr. Robert Martin, is retiring at the end of this academic year, and the hiring process for a new academic vice president is well underway. By the end of next week, six candidates will have visited the FSC campus and met with the college community in open forums to discuss their credentials and goals. According to the job description, as the chief academic officer of the college, the academic vice president is responsible for developing and assessing all the college’s academic programs and supervising FSC’s faculty and academic administration. He/she is responsible for coordinating departments, determining program requirements and assessing the different majors offered at FSC. He/she controls the academic budget, and along with overseeing a multitude of academic programs like CELTSS and MERC, is, quite literally, the faculty’s boss. Essentially, he/she is in charge of everything academic at FSC. These open forums are a unique opportunity for the entire campus community, particularly faculty, to get to know the various candidates for the vice president position, to ask the finalists questions, to provide feedback about them, and for professors to interview their prospective bosses. And yet, very few people on campus seem to be making an effort to be informed about the candidates. The academic search committee, created for the purpose of reviewing these candidates, is made up of 19 members of FSC’s faculty and staff (and two students). The members of the committee are responsible for creating a list of pros and cons about each finalist and presenting them to President Timothy Flanagan, who makes the final decision as to which candidate is chosen. We at The Gatepost believe it is incredibly important for more than just these select people to have a voice in the selection process. Other faculty members and students on campus would be able to provide valuable feedback about the candidates as well for the committee and Flanagan to consider. However, they are not given much of an opportunity to do so. First of all, it is difficult for faculty to attend these candidate forums because of how they have been scheduled. Planning five candidate interviews over a series of six working days shows that faculty schedules weren’t considered at all, particularly because the forums are often scheduled during class time when most faculty members can’t attend. Many professors seem to be resigned to the fact that Flanagan ultimately makes the final decision as to which candidate gets hired, and don’t see any use in participating in the process. This should not be the case. Faculty should be invited and encouraged to have a significant role in helping to choose the next academic vice president, both in terms of individual contributions and on the committee itself. The number of faculty on the academic search committee is certainly below what it should be. Faculty voices are incredibly important in this particular decision - they are the ones who will be working directly with the new vice president and will be affected most by the result. The committee itself should also have more voice in the decision on whom to hire. Generating a simple list of pros and cons of the six candidates simply is not enough of a role. Ultimately, the administration needs to do a better job taking into account the faculty’s voice in its decision making. Students should also be encouraged to be more involved in the process. Although we cannot vote for which candidate is chosen, providing President Flanagan and the academic search committee with our opinions is essential. Students are the ones who are affected by the programs this vice president will develop. Students are the ones who sit in the general education classes this vice president will review. Students are the ones who will have to choose majors this vice president will offer. There are only two students on the academic search committee. This is shameful. The administration should actively seek out students to serve on the committee, and should do more to encourage student participation in the whole process. Soliciting feedback from a range of students, rather than just the standard two - the President of SGA and Student Trustee (neither of whom have attended all the candidates’ public presentations), would provide Flanagan with a more realistic idea of what students really think. Even though Flanagan does have final authority over who gets hired, faculty members and students alike should still want to be informed about the candidates. An unacceptably low number of students and professors have been present at each of the candidate presentations. By attending the presentations, students and faculty are able to hear from the candidates and ask them questions about their plans for FSC before one of them is chosen for the position. It’s an opportunity to meet the person who will have a significant impact on the school’s academic programs. Faculty especially should participate in the forums, ask questions and get to know the candidates. After all, one of these candidates is going to be their new boss. And Dr. Robert Martin has left some pretty big shoes to fill.
This past Monday night, I attended SGA’s Candidates’ Night and was disappointed to discover I was one of the only five students at the event who was not a member of SGA. After finding out approximately 445 students voted in the 2010 SGA campuswide elections, I can only wonder how those who didn’t attend Candidates’ Night made their decision on who to vote for. Candidates’ Night provides students with the opportunity to not only put a face and a name to a candidate but to find out what a candidate stands for - why they want to run and what they intend to accomplish if elected. If a student is not basing their vote on a candidate’s stance, then what are they basing their vote on? If they like the candidate’s name or they recognized the candidate’s name from somewhere, if a candidate gives them candy or free pizza? The SGA election process should be taken seriously because the candidates we vote for represent us - the student body throughout the academic year. While I think more could be done to help students get to know the candidates, it is up to us as students to make informed decisions when voting. If you do not endorse any of the candidates or do not know any of the candidates’ stances for a particular position, then choose the ‘no vote’ option on the ballot. Don’t trivialize the election process by voting for someone because they satisfied your hunger with a Snickers bar.
Ali-Rae Clark Staff Writer
Letter to the Editor I just wanted to write and express my disappointment with the Vagina Monologues article in the April 2 issue of The Gatepost written by Pamela Barberio. I feel that, not only were their missing pieces of information, but that most of the article was just wrong. I would like to clarify a few things that were not included in this article. First of all, my name is Julie Murray and I was the director of the Vagina Monologues this year. I was extremely shocked that the Gatepost member covering the show did not approach me for comments. I have been part of the Vagina Monologues for three years, and as a graduating senior, the tradition is that every year the show gets passed down to the next year’s graduating seniors. Also, I want to clear up that fact that, along with Barbara Pierre directing the show next year, Nicole Sousa (Not “Souza,” as it was spelled in the aforementioned article) will also be co-directing next year. I would also like to fix the statement that half of the proceeds are going to the VDAY organization. The actual amount is going to be 10 percent going to VDAY, 10 percent going to Haiti and the other 80 percent going to Dana Farber, the cancer research foundation. We picked this charity because one of our cast member’s grandmother died from cancer this year, and Dana Farber was one of the charities that was really helpful in helping her grandmother with therapy and nurses. I think that would have been a great story if Ms. Barberio had actually asked anyone of the other 13 members of the show about it. In fact, most of the questions asked to members of the show were asked through Facebook, not even at the show itself. So, here is my article clarifying up a few misunderstandings your article was lacking. I am sure people would have loved to hear about this information instead of looking at 12 pictures of flooding. Thank you for giving me the chance to explain. Julie Murray
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April 9, 2010
ARTS & FEATURES
Bare: A Pop Opera By Chris Kopacko Editorial Staff ast weekend, Framingham State College’s Hilltop Players were busy presenting “Bare: A Pop Opera,” their latest performance of the spring semester. The musical, also known simply as “Bare,” ran April 1-3 in the Dwight Performing Arts Center. “Bare,” created by Jon Hartmere (lyrics) and Damon Intrabartolo (music), first debuted in Los Angeles in October 2000. Since then, the musical has been performed across the country in cities such as Houston and Seattle, and off-Broadway in New York. Its recent production at FSC was directed by sophomore and first-time director Laura Wozniak, who has been a fan of the musical since she was in high school. “‘Bare’ is my favorite show,” she said. “I’ve been planning on directing it since I was 15.” Wozniak finally got her chance with last weekend’s show which, according to her director’s note, is “quite literally, a dream come true for me.” “Bare” is the story of two high school seniors named Peter and Jason, who become romantically involved with one another while attending St. Cecelia’s, a Catholic boarding school. The musical revolves around their struggles keeping the relationship a secret, while attempting to fit in with the expectations of their parents, the school and fellow classmates.
Playing the lead role of Peter was junior Chris Chagnon, who has been with the Hilltop Players since his freshman year. “Bare” was his first performance back on stage since previously directing “Seussical The Musical” during the fall semester, and Chagnon did a good job selling Peter’s inner conflict to the audience. Freshman Anthony Pires, Jr. played the lead role of Jason who. He said the character was a “very challenging” role to perform. “This was my first time being in a rock musical,” Pires said. “It really showed me a lot.” Pires owned the stage with his domineering presence, commanding the attention of the audience by belting out multiple solos with apparent ease. Playing Jason’s sister Nadia was junior Barbara Pierre, who attributed much of the show’s success to her fellow castmates. “I had a lot of fun, especially with this group of cast members. People like Anthony, Sam, Julie … it was really just a great cast.” Pierre’s character provided much of the musical’s comic relief, with her sarcastic humor and witty oneliners. After realizing she didn’t make the part of Juliet in the famous Shakespearean play, Nadia sings a song titled “Plain Jane Fat Ass,” in which she laments losing the role of Juliet to the alluring Ivy, played by freshman Caitlin Feeney. Feeney admitted she was nervous about her first lead role on stage, but performed remarkably well, earning
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much applause after her solo, “All Grown Up.” “I was both excited and nervous,” Feeney said, “but we came together really well as a family.” The lead roles weren’t the only cast members who were happy with the show. Senior Julie Murray, who played Ellen, was glad to see some new members in the Hilltop Players’ latest production. “It was great, being a senior with four years at Hilltop, to get a chance to work with some fresh-faced new talent,” she said. Sophomore Stephen Supernor, who played The Priest, said he was glad to be a part of “Bare.” “‘Bare’ is a powerful play. It was a great experience to be part of such a dramatic performance,” Supernor said. Mike Crompton, another sophomore in the Hilltop Players, played Zach, the slack-off jock. “I had a lot of fun. We were just glad that the table didn’t break,” Crompton said, referring to the opening scene where Peter is slammed onto a table by his classmates, who have condemned him for being gay. The end of the scene reveals that Peter was just daydreaming the event during Mass. Much of the production’s success can be credited to the musical score - an array of pop and rock music that remains steadily delightful throughout the show. Sophomore Daniela D’Angelo took on the duties of musical - Continued on page 16
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back with a tan that would make everyone at home jealous. Turns out that would not be the case and Spain does in fact hat is one of the most terrifying feelings you go through the season of winter, though it is not nearly as have ever had? For me, one of the most terrifyhorrid as winter in Massachusetts, which I hate. ing experiences of my life is being in a strange So imagine my fury when I got out of class one Monday city, in a country where I have never been before, where I and it was snowing. Wet, slushy snow, but snow nonethedo not know anyone and the language spoken is one with less. Suddenly, the roles were reversed - born and raised which I am only vaguely familiar with. Catalonians were out in the streets with their cameras takThen add in the fact that this is the place I will be living ing pictures of the weird white stuff and behaving like tourfor the next four months. Those four months seemed like ists in their own city. an eternity at that point. Something that should be viewed No one knew how to act, everyone was staring at the sky as an adventure and an amazing experience felt more like in awe, people were stopping at every street corner to take some sort of punishment. it all in and all I wanted was to get out of the slush and into Though I know in the back of my head that all the kids my apartment to let my boots dry off. around me, who are there with the same study abroad I guess I should cut them some slack since the last time program, are experiencing the same thing and having the it snowed in Barcelona was in the 1970s. Unlike me, they same feelings I am, I cannot help but think I am in this all do not expect snow every winter, so it is a kind of novelty alone. to them. Not to mention the language. When I first stepped foot As much as I wanted to fit in with everyone else in Barin the BCN airport, I had to ask an airport employee how celona during my stay here, which is now close to being to get to the other terminal to meet with my group. Thankover, and as much as I dreaded being viewed as a tourist, fully, she understood my extremely butchered Spanish, but there really are so many cool “tourist-y” things to see here I thought, “Not everyone will be this friendly. How am I that it is really hard to completely avoid that label. going to do this for four months?” Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia reThough I’ve come to absolutely ally is absolutely amazing and love Barcelona in a way that is not overrated at all. It looks like it impossible to explain, the inhabithas been built from wet mud dripants of the city leave much to be pings, but in a sinister Tim Burdesired. ton-esque kind of way. From experiences in the past, I At night, it is lit up from the inknow that in order to really learn side with creepy green lights. It’s a new language, one has to basibeen a work in progress for over cally be forced to speak it 24/7. 100 years, and one that we probI’m living with a sassy lady in her ably will never see finished. Re60s and she is definitely doing her gardless, stone after stone is laid part in forcing me to speak Spanevery day in hopes of seeing this ish. She speaks fast and loud and magnificent building complete. cuts me no slack. She demands Walking down Las Ramblas answers to her questions, and she never gets old, either. There are so Rakel Hjaltadóttir/The Gatepost wants them fast. many different characters to obRakel Hjaltadóttir/The Gatepost Though a bit difficult at times, serve and it’s just a nice street to her way of speaking has definitely walk on, which eventually lead up helped me in understanding the at the Columbus monument and language and speaking it in a way the Mediterranean Sea. I don’t think would have been I should have known that, in possible had I stayed in a dorm or a way that only I am capable, I apartment while here. was being overly dramatic when As for the people here in BarI first got here. It is extremely celona - the Catalonians - they hard to describe exactly what is so clearly dislike tourists. I have seen memorable about this place, and I piece after piece of graffiti curscan only say how amazing it is so ing out tourists in many different many times. languages. When I was new to the Barcelona is the most beauticity I felt a little bit of that hatred, ful city I have ever been to and I but with time, I think I have come have learned so much while I’ve to look less like a tourist and more been here - both academically and like someone who actually lives in personally. Studying abroad really Barcelona. was the best decision I have ever Confidence really does shine made. I can say with 100 percent Rakel Hjaltadóttir/The Gatepost honesty that my time here really through from the inside and if you have to “fake it ‘til you make it,” does fall into the clichéd category 1. Hjaltadóttir posing in scenic Barcelona. so be it - it makes for a much more of “the best time of my life.” 2. Sitges, a beach town 30 minutes outside Barcelona. enjoyable experience. 3. Peeking through a window in one of the Sagrada Familia spires. When I came here, I assumed 4. Sant Pau campus, where Hjaltadóttir attends classes. I’d be hanging out in the sun and warmth for four months. I’d come By Rakel Hjaltadóttir Editorial Staff
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FSC advanced art students collaborate with children for unique art project
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arents of children in the Child Development lab and members of the campus community gathered on March 25 to appreciate the collaborative artwork of preschoolers and advanced FSC art majors. Students enrolled in Keri Straka’s Advanced Topics in Studio Art course worked together with children from the Jeanne M. Canelli Child Development lab on campus to create “Community,” a ceramic sculpture installation at the center of the lab’s annual “Through Our Hearts and Eyes” art show. Preschoolers in the Child Development lab took two field trips to Straka’s Advanced Topics in Studio Art class to work with the college students on this sculpture. “Community” is comprised of clay castings of the preschoolers’ handprints and footprints and plaster castings of the art students’ hands and feet arranged in a large circle. The shape and design of the sculpture, as well as the use of hands and feet, are meant to represent the circle of a community, according to Straka, an assistant art professor and artistic director for the project. In her artistic statement for “Community,” Straka explained, “The visuals of the hand and feet sculptures provide a narrative of each individual’s contribution to the vibrancy of our entire community as we grow, learn, help, and live together. Each piece … is the literal remnant of a touch or gesture from an individual, as the medium of clay captures the texture of human skin, and then is fired in a kiln to resemble stone.” Maureen Wall, a student in Straka’s class, discussed the process by which FSC students and the preschoolers created “Community.” “We rolled out slabs of clay, and we pressed the children’s hands and feet into the slabs of clay. We made plastercast molds of all of our hands and feet, and made castings of them. We were able to make each piece individualized by putting our own texture on them. Even though they’re all pretty much the same wash, they stood out as being different at the same time. We decided to make it an organic shape.” Other artwork created by the children, including self portraits and representations of still life were also on display at the art show. Sam Pantera proudly showed off his artwork to his family and said he was looking forward to showing them his “rocket ship” picture. Nathan Galfand discussed his painting of “a big building with dozens of kids in it.” His favorite part of the art project was that “it was silly.” For their still life representations, the children were prompted to paint a vase of colorful wildflowers in blue water. Mia DeMore, age 5, said that her favorite part of her still life painting was “the orange flowers.” Ruby Alberti, daughter of Karen Alberti and Dr. Benjamin Alberti of the sociology department, said that she “liked painting.” The children combined their imaginations and language skills to describe white blobs of paint in the center of a black piece of construction paper they folded in half. One child compared his blob to “a man on a motorcycle,” and another referred to it as “a sea creature.” Karen Alberti said that she enjoyed this particular display the most. “These were just blotches on blank paper. … It’s just fabulous. They deserve more credit than they get as artists.” Straka described the children’s creativity in this particular project as “really
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Children from the Child Development lab admire “Community,” their collaboration with Keri Straka’s advanced art students.
beautiful. It was such a great way to open up this dialogue in connecting English and language with regular art. … We have such a visual culture, and I think that even the simple action of applying paint to a piece of paper and folding it together and opening it up really provides a scenario for artists of all ages to really apply what you’ve learned in science and math and English.” Valerie Hytholt, director of the child development lab, explained the art show is a way for the children to display their creativity to their parents as well as the campus community. “This is just one part of their growth and development. … In the past, we have only collected the art that the students in the Child Development lab have done over the year. This year, we introduced something different - the still life. And of course, they’re learning and developing with the ability to play and have fun in the lab.” Hytholt explained the evolution of the program over the past three years. “Two years ago, we had the art show in our classroom, and it was too crowded, so last year, we moved here [to the forum]. It’s been such a success that we’ve branched out to the larger community with the college students … through the education majors, and we have a couple of sociology majors and art majors now - we’re trying to incorporate the lab into the campus. What we’ve found is that the older students have more fun working with the younger children and learn a lot.” Straka said that the experience of collaborating with the Child Development lab was rewarding for her students as well as the preschoolers. “It was exciting for the kids to come in, and that was a part of their curriculum. They were going to come over here and see what the big artists on campus were doing, and my class knew that there would be two days out of our schedule that they were going to get to have this experience with the children.” Straka noted the young children had some difficulties in working with the art students to create “Community.” “Because the children are three to four years old, they can’t sit for 20 minutes with their hands in plaster. … Before [the children came in], we had a discussion and a little bit of training, so my students understood the hesitations that children might have about wanting to do this … and really bring the project into an arena for the children to feel comfortable and focused.” Straka explained the goal for the project was to further the skills of her students as well as creating a connection between the art department and another area of the college. “I wanted my students to learn the technique of taking a part of their body and using plaster to create a mold, which is a very technical process, and there’s a lot of problem solving that goes with that. So for my advanced students who had already gone through the curriculum of Ceramics I, it’s kind of a step up in terms of what they were going to be learning.” Straka discussed the planning and great attention to detail that went into creating this exhibit. “It was a huge collaborative effort that was planned out ahead of time. Any time you attempt a large scale project, the planning becomes crucial so that everybody knows their part and everyone is included.” For this collaborative effort, Straka explained that she and her students participated in a round table discussion with professors John Anderson of the studio art department and Erika Schneider of the art history department to decide on the final arrangement of the plaster and clay pieces. “I wanted my students to take this particular project out of the usual context of assignment-response-critique. … We thought it would be really wonderful to just say, ‘We’re not professors and students anymore - we’re a collective of artists and we’re going to talk about the idea of combining all of these pieces together.’” Straka added, “My students all had to come to this round table discussion with ideas in their sketchbooks for what they thought would be the best way to present all of this artwork because we had close to 200 pieces of separate forms that we were dealing with. I asked everybody to narrow their focus down to one specific idea or one specific word, and that’s where we got the idea of growth, building, and learning that led us to the installation of the particular forms in the way we arranged the pieces.” Straka also noted the children’s participation in the discussion of how to arrange “Community.” “We did have a discussion with the children while they were in here about what community meant for them, so that their voices were heard. …So [we asked] the kids, in a very informal way, ‘What kind of words come to mind when you think of a community? What is your community like?’ And they talked about everything from someone helping you at the library to a police officer making sure that you are safe. Even being four years old, they had a definite sense of what that meant and how special it was to do something with another group on campus.” Students in Straka’s class who attended the art show and raffle discussed their experience working with the preschoolers. Kristen Sacco, an art education major, said, “I enjoyed working with the kids in the classroom.” Katie Humphrey, an elementary education and history double major, said, “I - Continued on page 16
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School welcomes incoming class at Accepted Students’ Day By Matthew Bushery Arts & Features Editor ith clear blue skies and not a drop of rain in sight, college administrators couldn’t have asked for better weather for the first Accepted Students’ Day of 2010. On March 27, school representatives welcomed over 300 accepted students to campus to learn more about what could become their future home. President Timothy Flanagan and Vice President for Enrollment and Student Development Dr. Susanne Conley welcomed students interested in majoring in education, the sciences, mathematics and undeclared students. Students and their parents assembled in the packed Dwight Performing Arts Center with the overflow crowd in Hemenway Hall. Flanagan emphasized the importance of graduating in four years and promised accepted students that the faculty and staff of FSC will do their part to make sure they graduate on time. Conley introduced the audience to the school’s mascot, “Sam the Ram,” before inviting students to attend question-and-answer sessions with faculty from their prospective majors. Dr. Nicholas Racheotes of the history department believes the meet and greet with the students is very important. Stationed in the Honors Lounge, Racheotes said he and the honors students had two goals. “One - to be clear about what being part of the honors program means. And two - to get them to come here!” “Potential students were talking to other actual honors students. That was really, really important. It’s really important for them [accepted students] to meet the faculty, the staff and above all, other students who are here,” he said. Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Shayna Bailey said attending Accepted Students’ Day and interacting with the faculty is great for helping prospective students “really get a feel for their major and what they’re going to get into when they attend here.” As an FSC alumna, Bailey said she understands “what students receive here in terms of attention from their faculty members, with staff members here on campus, and that’s something that we publicize here at Framingham that your classes will be small. You will get to know your professors.” She added, “Having students be able to meet their faculty members on a smaller, intimate setting really showcases what we are all about.” Laura Douillette, a freshman history major, remembered coming to her Accepted Students’ Day and being able to meet with faculty and getting to know professors before she had ever stepped foot inside a classroom. “I think the [advisor] of the history club came and talked to us that day, and that was really helpful. ... And so when I came here and I had Dr. Huibregtse ... I knew who he was.” Tania Grace, an undeclared student from King Philip Regional High School in Wrentham, said, “It was nice to see the faculty from the different departments. You can kind of see how much they really cared about giving you information about what it’s all about, and ... there was a lot of one-on-one time to be able to talk to a faculty member and ask about class sizes and requirements and things like that.” Lyndsay Joyal, also from King Philip High, said, “At other schools I didn’t talk to people like I did here, which is really nice. People are really informative about it and they really help you out. It definitely made my decision today.” Racheotes found meeting with accepted students to be highly rewarding and said, “It really is great to meet them. You know, one of the real thrills about doing this is at graduation when somebody comes up to you and says, ‘I don’t know if you remember me, but my parents and I met you on Accepted Students’ Day.’ “That is one of the greatest things that you can see,” Racheotes said, “because then you know that that person
lived up to all the things that we promised them and all the things that they promised themselves.” For most of the day, accepted students could check out the various clubs FSC has to offer downstairs in the college center. Nearly every club on campus was represented by one or more student members, who handed out informational packets and free goodies. Jamie Cashorali, a junior English major and vice president of the Journal of Critical Thinking said she thinks Accepted Students’ Day is important for club representatives to be present at because “clubs give an invaluable insight into student life outside of academics and outside of what the university decides what to tell them on tours.” Cashorali said receptions such as this “put a face to the name of the school and it gives you the chance to not only see your physical surroundings, like the buildings and where you’ll be going to class and where you’ll be eating, but also the kind of people that you’ll be interacting with on a daily basis.” Maeghan Walters, senior geography major and president of FSC’s Green Team also believes in the importance of attending Accepted Students’ Day. “They’re seeing what is offered that they weren’t able to see when they applied to the school. “When you apply, it’s just a piece of paper and an application process ... but when they come here, they’re actually able to physically come and see what’s offered here.” Douillette, who was representing Amigos, FSC’s Spanish club, stressed the importance of clubs being visible and having representatives available during Accepted Students’ Day. “When I was an incoming freshman, I wanted to do Amigos. I didn’t know anything about any clubs on campus. But I came to all these fairs and they weren’t here, and I was like, ‘Oh, I guess we don’t have any Amigos anymore,’ so I didn’t get to join it until this semester. “So, I definitely think having a table here helps us know what clubs we have and then you can talk to the people in the club, and you can know them right away. So even if you see them on campus you can say, ‘Oh, I think you’re in History Club. Can you tell me when they meet?’” Bailey said making connections with students before their first day of classes at FSC is one of the greatest benefits of having the involvement fair portion of Accepted Students’ Day. “A lot of the clubs and organizations will have sign up sheets for students to write down their names and their e-mail addresses, and I think that’s great because I know these clubs will get in touch with these students prior to actually arriving here in the fall. “So I think for our prospective students, if they already feel a connection and they’re already being contacted prior to arriving on campus, I think it makes that transition a little bit easier for them.” Brianna Verzillo, an accepted student from Doherty High School in Worcester who hopes to study early childhood education, visited the club tables during Accepted Students’ Day. Verzillo was impressed by the friendly and genial attitudes of everyone she met throughout the day. While visiting the club tables she said, “I signed up for one. They seemed really nice.” Ashley Holmes, a senior at Oliver Ames High School, didn’t need much convincing before coming to FSC. After searching online for schools close to her home which offered degrees in secondary education, and finding FSC, she and her father visited the school - it was instantly her favorite. “I was like, ‘If I get in here, I’m going here, and if I don’t get in, I’ll fight my way in,’” said Holmes. When she first got her letter in the mail from FSC, she was too afraid to open it, but since her dad had seen the word ‘Congratulations’ through the envelope, he assured her it was not a rejection letter. “I was like, ‘Ahh, I got in!’ and I was jumping around,” said Holmes. Her father, Ronald Holmes said she applied to 11 schools in-state, including UMass Dartmouth, Westfield State, Lasell and Salem State, but Framingham State was at the top of her list. “She got accepted to ten out of the eleven and she pretty much liked this one from the start,”
he said. The cleanliness of FSC compared to some of the other schools she visited was one thing that appealed to her. Holmes, who hails from Easton, Mass. said the location was a plus for Framingham. “Westfield I liked, but it was like three hours away, so it was kind of ridiculous.” Tania Grace said she was first “struck” by the beauty of the school. “Some schools look very industrial and just concrete buildings, but it just looked pretty and like a New England campus.” Joyal’s father, Jeano Joyal, said, “I didn’t realize how beautiful it was - I really didn’t. I mean, I’ve been by it, but seeing it is like, ‘My God, this place looks like the outskirts of Boston.’ It’s beautiful. It’s absolutely beautiful.” In addition to meeting with faculty members and current FSC students, accepted students and their parents were given tours of the campus facilities and grounds throughout the day by Student Admissions Representatives, stopping at locations such as the Whittemore Library and the Athletic Center. Tours of several of the campus’ dorms were also given by RAs and other Residence Life staff members. Grace said she liked O’Connor because of its liveliness and room size, but said the Freshman Experience Program floor in Larned was also appealing. “I might want to look into that because I feel like it would be nice to be on a floor with all freshmen.” The safety and security that FSC offers was something that Holmes’ father appreciated. The tours being given by Residence Life staff at each of the dorms on campus covered the security process required to enter each dormitory. “I was pretty confident about the security, because they went over the security and the cards and that system to get in,” said Ronald Holmes. Holmes believed the school was very secure, which was very important to her. “[My boyfriend] has homeless people at his college. They leave the doors wide open,” she said. “I want to be safe, so that’s why I like this school.” Though Grace entertained the idea of attending UMass Boston in the fall, she said, “The one thing that I did not like was that they do not have on-campus housing, so you have to work to find someone to get off-campus housing with, or commute.” Joyal and Amanda Thibedeau, also of King Philip High, both liked that FSC was small and seemed “closeknit.” Joyal said, “It’s not a huge transition from high school, [not] like this enormous campus I’m going to be lost in.” Jeano Joyal, was pleased with several facets of FSC including its location and competitive price. “It’s close to home ... and it’s very affordable. The big picture is, you know, two or three kids in the family, you’ve got to think affordability.” Accepted Students’ Day is also successful in helping some attendees make a decision about whether FSC is right for them. Jeano Joyal said, “It actually changed another kid’s [mind] over there,” referring to his daughter’s friend, Amanda Thibedeau. “She was going to Bridgewater before we got here. She likes it here better.” Joyal found her experience during Accepted Students’ Day very helpful and informative. “I think rather than just going there and not knowing what you’re looking forward to the next few years, it’s definitely helpful knowing I can enjoy all this stuff coming into my freshman year.” Holmes said, “I knew I was coming here no matter what, but today you actually got to talk to all the education people … and I learned so much from that.” Conley said what’s most important about Accepted Students’ Day is that students “meet faculty and current students in meaningful, informative settings - that is - the academic department receptions and the student involvement fair where all of the student clubs and organizations are represented.” After a successful first Accepted Students’ Day, Conley hopes this weekend’s second session with students from the humanities and social sciences brings “another huge crowd and nice weather!”
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Children, fsc students excited to showcase art
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really enjoyed seeing how excited the kids get. When they come in, they’re all dressed up, and they’re really proud of their work. They show their parents what they’ve been working on all year. It’s fun.” Cassie Boulet, an elementary education major, said, “It was actually really fun because I was in the classroom doing a lot of the projects with the kids and they get really excited about it. I think they’re really happy to show their art work off to people. The art center is their favorite center to go to. ” Members of the staff and administration also expressed their appreciation for the program. Erin Nechipurenko, assistant director of human resources and member of the Child Development lab’s parental advisory board, said, “I think one of the very special things for the kids is to come and see their artwork displayed, but this year, with the connection to the ceramics department and … having the whole idea of a community within a community working on an art project is really exciting.” Nechipurenko added, “The piece they created is beautiful - it’s something that not only the lab students can be proud of, but also the Framingham State students. I think the connection is really wonderful, and we are lucky to have [Straka] as a professor at the college and also as a parent at the lab. She’s a wonderful coach for them.” Carol Nichols, secretary for the education department, said she particularly enjoyed “the kids’ excitement and
the wonder of it for them. As a mother, it brings back a lot of pleasant memories.” Nichols added, “The Child Development lab is an important part of our early childhood program and has a lot to offer the entire college community. Many professors and staff members have had children in the lab. I think it’s a wonderful opportunity for the college students and the young kids.” Scott Greenberg, associate academic vice president and dean of the division of graduate and continuing education (DGCE), thanked the lab for its contribution to the campus as well as the community as a whole, Greenberg said he felt “indebted to the childhood development lab” from his own personal experience of having his daughter enrolled there. Dr. Robert Martin, vice president of academic affairs, congratulated the staff and volunteers for their participation in developing the art show. “I look at [the sculpture] and say, ‘What a marvelous way to demonstrate community, and to have a representation of everyone who is a part of this lab [and] school.’ It’s a really attractive piece of sculpture to look at.” Martin added, “This is a partnership between the college and the community. The college runs the child development lab, which provides a vehicle for the early childhood students to get a very meaningful experience. … I’ve been very pleased with the direction of this program [and] the significant growth in the enrollment of the child development lab.”
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Professor Ben Alberti with his two children at the Child Development art show.
Unique musical “Bare” a huge hit for Hilltop
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director during last week’s production, in addition to playing the flute as part of the five member pit orchestra. Other instruments included piano, guitar, electric drums, and a back-up piano. Asked how she felt the orchestra performed, D’Angelo replied, “Amazing. I think opening night was the best, but every night was great.” Drummer Chris Chiepga, an FSC alumnus with a degree in computer science, said he’s been working with the Hilltop Players for the past three years, from plays like “Godspell” to “Beauty and the Beast.” Chiepga shared his sentiments about the show after the final performance on Saturday night. “Today was amazing. I’ve had a lot of
fun with the Hilltop Players.” Audience members also praised the show. “I really enjoyed it,” said Michael Perry of Taunton, who said he came to the show having already seen it, but he was “still very surprised.” Freshman Jim Le saw “Bare” on the opening night. “I thought it was good. The first act was a little tough to follow, but it picked up towards the end.” David Higginbottom of Grafton summed up his thoughts about the show with one word: “Fabulous.” Pires will be directing the Hilltop Players’ next performance, “Falling From Trees,” which is scheduled to take place April 15-17 in the College Forum.
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SPORTS The Gatepost
From high school to college Some Rams make the collegiate jump together By Nenia Corcoran Sports Editor
Lacrosse team to the team here at Framingham State, the transition was made easier by the presence of Captain Making the transition from high Ashley Noonan. Kiley and Noonan school to college sports is difficult for played together for the Mansfield any athlete. On top of dealing with the Hornet’s in their high school years, and new stresses of living away from home now find themselves suiting up in the and having a roommate, there is also black and gold together. the challenge of having new teammates Kiley was aided in her college and playing against tougher opponents decision by the advice of Noonan, and that can become overwhelming for a also of fellow Mansfield Hornet and freshman. soccer teammate Jill Johnson. When Kerry Kiley, who is now a Both Kiley and Noonan feel that sophomore, was making the jump from having played together before gives Mansfield High School’s Women’s them an advantage on the field. “I think the two of us are very familiar with each other’s style of play and can anticipate each other’s next move quite well. We frequently communicate on the field, encouraging and motivating each other” said Noonan. On the Framingham State baseball diamond, Watertown is well represented by the quartet of Senior Marc Massarotti, Junior’s Sean Callahan, Steve Tramontozzi and Danny Chaisson. These four Raider’s alumni have been providing comic relief in the dugout and making big plays together since little league. “Having us all together really helps the way I can play the game. I feel very comfortable around them and I have Photo Courtesy of Megan Dumas a lot of confidence in them. Also, since me Katie Donovan and Megan Dumas played softball and Steve Tramontozzi together at Holden High School. both have been playing
4-10-10 Saturday’s Schedule Softball Home vs. Bridgewater State at 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. Baseball Home vs. Bridgewater State at 1 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. Women’s Lacrosse Home vs. UMass Dartmouth at 12 p.m.
outfield together for years, we communicate so well and make all the plays” said Massarotti. The transition from high school to college didn’t change much about these four Rams’ playing styles or attitudes towards the game. They admit that, apart from improving on their talents, not much has changed from their days together in Watertown. They still have fun and joke around with each other, all-the-while pushing one another to be the best each can be. “Playing with them for so long is a real asset to me because I know how they play, hit and how strong or accurate their arms are. Also, with Tram being a Photo Courtesy of fscrams.com captain this year, like in high school, I know how strong of a leader he is” Watertown is represented on the FSC fields Callahan said. by Marc Massarotti, Sean Callahan, Steve Softball players Megan Tramontozzi and Danny Chaisson. Dumas and Katie Donovan also had the advantage of playing was playing right field. The ball was hit together since middle school in Holden, in the gap and we both went for it and ended up colliding heads, and I ended MA. “When I came here to play it was a up with a concussion!” said Dumas. Despite the fact that Donovan is now comfort seeing a familiar face on the minding the plate (which is perhaps team” Donovan said. best for everyone safety), Dumas still With a two-year age gap between feels their previous experience gives them, the two weren’t able to get as them an advantage on and off the field. close in high school as they wanted “We both know the other’s strengths to, but playing for Framingham State and weaknesses, and we know how to has given them a second chance. talk to each other if we are frustrated.” Dumas now reflects on Donovan as a One thing that these long time younger sister, and is thrilled she got athletes can agree on is that trading the opportunity to play with her again. While Donovan is currently the in hometown colors for the FSC starting catcher for the Rams, she used black and gold is easier when athletes to man the outfield with Dumas. “One have former teammates to look to for game, I was playing center field and she support.
April 9, 2010
Baseball opens up MASCAC schedule with sweep By Jeff Mandeau Assistant Sports Editor
The Framingham State Rams’ Baseball team had a good start to the week, winning three of their first four games. Last week, the Rams got their first win against Brandeis University. Framingham State traveled to Stein Diamond Field to play a double header against Brandeis. After dropping the first game 6-1, the squad had to quickly put the loss behind them and focus on leaving Waltham with a win. The Rams’ bats woke up in the top of the second inning. After an error gave the Rams a base runner to start the inning, Framingham put together five hits and scored four runs. The Rams’ runs came in bunches, as they only scored in the second and fourth innings of the game. In the fourth, the Rams took advantage of another error to lead off the inning. After a big hit by third baseman Joe Sheehan, the Rams were up by three runs and that’s all the offense they needed, winning the game 7 - 5. The Rams followed up their strong performance against Brandeis with a twogame sweep of MASCAC rival the MCLA Trailblazers. Right after the crucial win against Brandeis, the squad had to play another double header on the road. The Rams dominated the first game, scoring eleven runs. Their offensive explosion was due in large part to first baseman Danny Chaison blasting two homeruns and driving in five RBI. Chaisson started the second game right where he left off, hitting a clutch RBI single in the top of the first to give Framingham the early advantage. The Rams continued to drive in runs with the
Trailblazers were helped out by the Rams after a wild pitch allowed the tying run to score. The game was deadlocked at three a piece, which lasted until the top of the final inning. F r a m i n g h a m ’s designated hitter Sean Callahan launched a homer to left, in what would turn out to be the game winning run. In the end the Rams won a nail biter 4 - 3, crushing a total of four home runs on the day. The wins against MCLA were crucial because it gave Framingham a 2 - 0 start in division play. The Rams’ next opponent was the UMass The Gatepost Archives Boston Beacons and it turned out to A sweep of Bridgewater on Saturday would already be a suspenseful game that had to give the Rams a higher win total than all of be settled in extra last season. innings. Although, long ball, as Sheehan went yard to give the technically it was the Rams’ first home Rams a one-run lead. game of the season, the game was played In the bottom of the fifth, MCLA in Paxton, Mass at Alumni Field. The mounted a comeback. After putting Rams’ offense was held stagnant through together a few hits to start the inning, the
the first five innings and UMass had a 3 - 0 lead. It was in the bottom of the sixth when the Rams’ bats got going. After the Beacons walked in a run to put Framingham on the board, outfielder Steven Tramontozzi came through with a two-run single to give the Rams a 4 - 3 advantage. However, UMass would not go away, as in the next inning they got runners into scoring position with no outs. The Rams then turned a 6 - 4 - 3 double play but it allowed a run to score for the Beacons and the game was tied at four. Each team would score a run in the bottom of the eighth, but it wouldn’t be enough, the Beacons were down to their final two outs when catcher Tim Fontaine hit a game-tying homer, ultimately sending the game into extras. However, it was an anti-climatic finish as the Beacons would shoot themselves in the foot in the bottom of the tenth, when they walked four Ram batters in a row, including the game-winning run. The Rams would win a close one by the score of 6 - 5. The Rams’ win streak was snapped on Wednesday, with a loss to the UMass Dartmouth Corsairs 4 - 0. However, their recent victories leave them just one win away from matching last year’s win total. The team’s recent success has outfielder Marc Massarotti excited about the team’s chances going forward. “The last couple of games we have played some really good baseball. … Only four teams make the playoffs so to start off with two huge wins was great. We have Bridgewater this Saturday at home, and we are looking to sweep them, too.” The Rams’ next MASCAC opponent is a doubleheader on April 10 versus Bridgewater State.
Ram Talk By Nenia Corcoran
Have you ever made the game-winning play?
Sharon Riley Rugby Player
“I kicked the game-winning penalty kick in last week’s game!”
Travis Wright Football Player
“Yes, it’s true. I have been involved in, and made game-winning plays in my sports career, which is exciting, but to finish with a win you have to have a great team to keep you in the game.”
“My senior year of high school there were five seconds left and we were down by three and I almost got fouled. I fell with the ball and still managed to get the shot off from beind the threepoint line!”
Anthony Kewley Football Player
“I had the game-winning, 80-yard punt return against Nichols College this past season.”
April 9, 2010
Players to Watch Spring 2010
By Josh Primak Sports Editor
Noonan’s Stats from 2009:
Appeared in 14 games Goals scored: 46 Assists: 10 Points: 56
A member of the FSC Women’s Lacrosse team since its inaugural season, senior attacker and captain Ashley Noonan has been an offensive force for the team, scoring a career-high 46 goals last season. Now playing their first season as a member of NEWLA, the Rams will be relying on Noonan to lead their offensive attack as they face more difficult competition.
Tramontozzi’s Stats from 2009:
Morrisette’s Stats from 2009:
Appeared in 36 games Batting Average: .359 Home runs: 7 RBIs: 35
Appeared in 23 games ERA: 5.01 Record: 3-16 Strike Outs: 50 Now in her second season on the hill for FSC, sophomore Alysia Morrisette will once again be a workhorse for the Rams, as she led the pitching staff in innings pitched and appearances last season. Morrisette will be looking to improve on some of her personal stats this year, as she takes on a more vital role with the team.
Named second-team All-MASCAC his first two seasons with the Rams, junior outfielder Steven Tramontozzi is seeking a strong follow-up to last year’s campaign, when he hit for the FSC triple crown, leading the team in batting average, RBI’s and tied for the team lead in home runs. While his 2010 batting average has dipped, he still leads the team in RBI’s, and has played solid defense, having committed just one error.
Softball moves into first place in MASCAC By Josh Primak Sports Editor
Just three seasons removed from winning the MASCAC championship, the 2010 FSC softball team is off to a hot start against their conference rivals, having swept MCLA in a doubleheader this past weekend. The wins were a major bright spot in an otherwise mediocre week for the Rams, who split a doubleheader with UMass Dartmouth on Tuesday, and were swept in a doubleheader at Wellesley the following day by a combined score of 18-2. Despite having just a 6-12 overall record, the 2-0 MASCAC record places the Rams in a tie for first in the conference standings, which determine who participates in the MASCAC tournament, and ultimately, who makes it to the NCAA tournament. The matchup with MCLA marked just the second time Framingham would be taking the field since leaving spring training in Florida, as torrential downpours forced a postponement of their regular-season opener with Johnson and Wales. The lengthy layoff did not affect the Rams, as they pulled out close victories in both games with
3-1. With both games being so close, the Rams had to rely on contributions from everybody on the roster. Newcomer Taylor Ezold put the Rams ahead in the first game during the fifth inning with a two-run triple. After MCLA responded with a tying run the following inning, the game was forced into extra frames for a decision. After getting out of a jam in the tenth inning, the Rams responded in the batter’s box with a two-run eleventh inning, thanks to some defensive miscues from MCLA. After scoring the goahead run on an error by MCLA, shortstop Christy The Gatepost Archives Ulak drove in another run with a sacrifice fly, that The Rams hope to take control of the MASCAC would eventually count with victories over Bridgewater as the game-winning run State this Saturday. with MCLA getting a run back in the bottom half of MCLA, winning the first game 8-7, and the second game in a pitcher’s duel the inning before falling short of the
comeback. The second game would be the complete opposite of the first, with both teams getting a run in the first and then standing scoreless until the deciding seventh inning. Once again taking advantage of their opponent’s defensive woes, the Rams put two base runners on and brought them home on an error and passed ball from MCLA, which sealed the victory. Even though the team has gone just 1-3 since the MASCAC matchup with MCLA, the team is still poised to take control of the MASCAC standings with a huge doubleheader this Saturday at home against the Bridgewater State Bears. The matchup gives the Rams the opportunity to exact some revenge from Bridgewater, who defeated Framingham 3-2 in extra innings last spring in the first round of the MASCAC tournament en route to winning the championship. Ulak said, “Saturday is huge for us. If we come in prepared mentally, then there shouldn’t be any reason as to why we can’t win again. Our team doesn’t give up and we are constantly battling!”
April 9, 2010
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