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News Editor In an administrators’ forum deemed “really helpful” by President Timothy Flanagan, SGA asked administrators questions regarding on-campus diversity and recycling, future university status and concerns about FSC’s fourcredit course system hindering on-time graduation. The administrators present were Flanagan, Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Robert Martin, Senior Vice President of Administration, Finance and Technology Dr. Dale Hamel, Dr. Ellen Zimmerman and Dean of Graduate and Continuing Education Dr. Scott Greenberg. The question-and-answer session began when Senator-at-Large Lumyr Derisier asked how Flanagan feels

about the campus’ diversity and how he believes “university status” will affect it. Flanagan said he does not believe there is any direct link between FSC becoming a university and the campus’ diversity. He did say, however, that he could see a connection between the two because “if we made progress on both those fronts, it would strengthen our campus. … Students learn more, retain more, and grow more when they’re in a diverse environment.” Senator-at-Large Mike Long asked Flanagan if there are any other benefits to FSC attaining university status. Flanagan said, “Several.” He noted it has the potential to attract more international students, which “would also make us more competitive.” He refer-

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SGA, admins discuss future plans for campus By Amy Koski

This fall, Framingham State College converted a classroom in the College Center to a student club meeting place. This is the fourth room on campus designated for student clubs. According to Dr. Melinda Stoops, dean of students, “The process came about last spring when there were concerns expressed about the lack of club space and student space in the College Center. I know for the past few years, there have been concerns expressed about this.” After discussion with President Timothy Flanagan, the administration decided to create a fourth club room in order to increase student club space. In order to maintain the same number of classrooms, a room in

Dwight Hall was designated for academic purposes. The new furniture for the club room cost $18,974.89, according to Maureen Bagge Fowler, environmental health and safety coordinator. This paid for a conference table with 18 chairs, six lounge chairs, a coffee table and storage space. The room also has an island which can be used for making posters. Since spring, 2006, members of the college community have been lobbying for more student club space. According to the Feb. 24, 2006 issue of The Gatepost, the original renovation plans for the College Center decreased student space by 550 feet. In the Apr. 21, 2006 Gatepost editorial, the editors noted that because of the reduction of student

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Tyler Richardson 1989 - 2009

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Rte. 295 in Maine. According to his father, Jim Richardson, a memorial service was held at North Star Youth Forum in Westborough, a two-rink facility where Tyler started playing hockey when he was just four years old. Every summer, the facility staff melts down one of the rinks to do work on it, so they were able to hold the service in there, Richardson said. “It’s weird, but it’s what my wife and I said - that’s what he would want, so that’s what we did,” he said. Richardson added, “He had a ton of friends - at his service, there were 800 people.” There were “240 chairs and then they filled the bleachers and people were standing in the back.” Tyler belonged to a small, tight-knit family - his father, mother Tina and younger sister Libbi, who is a junior in high school. “We did so much, all together [as a family],” Richardson said. He described his son as hardworking, funny, dedicated and outgoing. “He also had a caring side. … We found out later stuff that he did for people that we never found out until after [the accident].” Richardson reflected on his close relation-Continued on page 4

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009 21:19 MV (Investigation) - State Street. Unlicensed driver - Situation resolved. 2:43 Psychiatric medical emergency - Horace Mann Hall. Tuesday, November 17, 2009 9:27 Disturbed person - College Center. Report of individual in emotional distress. Friday, November 13, 2009 11:43 Trespassing - Dwight Hall. One Restricted male on campus.

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GP: What is your educational background? Lee: I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Government from Harvard College. GP: Why did you decide to pursue a career in grant writing? Lee: I actually started my career in consulting after I graduated from Harvard. In 2000, I decided to seek employment in fund-raising, and my first position was in the stewardship area. I transitioned to grant writing in a corporate and foundation relations group a year-and-ahalf later. I made this move because I wanted to develop my skills in proposal writing and to learn about approaching corporations and foundations for funding. I wanted to take on the challenge of being a front-line fund-raiser.

there is a critical need for funding that will create new programs or enhance existing ones. It is gratifying to be able to offer input on how to garner this support. GP: Are you working on any special projects? Lee: I am working with Emily Bourque and Dr. Chris Gregory at CASA to submit a proposal to the Nellie Mae Education Foundation to further develop the College Tomorrow program. In addition, I am collaborating with faculty members in the Biology and Geography departments and staff in Whittemore Library to pursue funding from the Knapp Foundation for library resources and field work equipment for the Environmental Science major. GP: Are there any moments from your time in college that have influenced who you have become today? Lee: I learned in college that constructive feedback can be very helpful. Feedback on an essay for a course or on an article for a publication can only serve to strengthen skills. In my professional career, I welcome feedback that can enhance my ability.

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club and organization space, those student groups would not be as productive and successful. They also wrote that “with all the concerns regarding student retention, the administration should be making an effort to support the clubs and student organizations that make a huge impact on student life. Decreasing student space is not an effective support tactic.” The editorial expressed students’ discontent with the lack of student space in a building that is considered the center of student activity. The editorial stated, “Students and club members are frustrated and are powerless in this particular situation. Our student fees are paying for this renovation. The College Center is OUR only space and the administration is not giving student groups enough space.” The editors addressed the Board of Trustees’ members, saying, “Many of you who serve on the Board of Trustees are alums of FSC and have participated in clubs on campus. You can make a difference. You are the people who know what it was like to be a member of a club here at FSC.” The editors then urged “the Board of Trustees to revamp the renovation plans for the College Center to incorporate significantly more space for student clubs and organizations” and to “work with the needs of students and not the needs of administration.” The May 12, 2006 Gatepost issue contained a petition against the reduction of student-designated space signed by 300 students and 70 faculty members. Following the publication of this petition, the administration relinquished a “swing space” in the building, now known as Club Room III. A May 1, 2009 Gatepost article by Jen Grabowski and Christine Tournas, “Administration responds to student concerns about space,” found that student leaders were concerned about inadequate student space. According to the article, Flanagan had “created a committee of administrators who [would] devise a cost-effective plan to ‘free up’ space in the College Center for clubs and organizations. “This decision follows Gatepost interviews conducted with student leaders earlier [that] spring, which revealed widespread concern about the availability of student club and organization space in the College Center.” Lindsey Gardner, 2005-06 editor-in-chief of The Gatepost, said, “Student clubs are an integral part of any college

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campus, and FSC needed more clubs and student involvement. Clubs are a great way to meet people in college, participate in something you are passionate about and can be useful when applying for jobs.” She is now production manager and lead graphic designer for The Clipper Press. Gardner wrote the Apr. 21, 2006 editorial to the Board of Trustees. She added, “I think the administration was fixated on how to improve the school in ways that made

has been additional space allocated for dedicated student use, but I hope it doesn’t end there. With a growing and changing student population, there can never be enough student space for clubs and groups.” McDonald also credited editors who preceded her for their advocacy on behalf of expanding student space in the College Center, including Gardner, Megan Turner, ‘07, and Brad Petrishen, ‘08. Stoops said Gatepost lobbying did play a role in the decision to create a new club room. “I know that that lobbying kept it in our minds - kept us aware - that this was a student need. So I’d say it certainly contributed to it. It was one of many factors.” Stoops added, “The reality [is] that space is always an issue - not just on this campus, but on any college campus - and space is always changing.” SGA President Steve Whittemore said, “It truly represents the dedication the student body has on campus, and that diligence and hard work pay off in the long run. The transfer from a classroom to club space shows the support and willingness of the administration to work for the student body and provide them with necessary space to function in a club setting.” Drake McCabe/The Gatepost Junior Grace Shea, a nutrition major, said, “I’m sure Club Room IV in the College Center. there is a need for space for clubs because there are so many here on campus.” themselves look better instead of realizing that the reason Melissa Carey, a senior English major, said, “As somethey are working at a college campus is really for the stu- one who doesn’t use the club rooms, I think [the admindents. That is not to say that a fancy state-of-the-art class- istration] could have used the money for something more room does not benefit students, but student club space in students would get use out of, [such as] power strips in the the college center should not be taken away. classrooms for burnt-out laptops.” “Yes, FSC is small and the administration is trying to Senior Erin LeBlanc, an English major, said, “I think pinch every last piece of square footage,” Gardner said, it’s a great idea, and it will give the clubs more options and “but a college center should not house classrooms - it more room to meet.” should be for college center activities. With the new dorm being built, more student space is “I think it is great that back then, as well as now, these going to be needed. The new dorm will not only increase concerns the students and faculty had were heard by the residence space, but on the first level, there will be some administration. We stood up for what we believed in and common areas that are open to everyone, not just residents the administration listened.” of that hall, according to Stoops. “They are going to have Bethany McDonald, 2008-09 Gatepost editor-in-chief, some food options in there, and I think a media room that said, “The most important weapon against apathy is re- may be open to the public.” lentless advocacy. Myself and the group I was part of In terms of another club room being added on campus, could not allow students to grow comfortable with less - “There’s always a possibility,” Stoops said. This fourth less space, less respect, less opportunities to grow.” club room is “a great improvement and it’s definitely more McDonald, who is now an associate writer for the Great space,” she added. “In the end, the club room’s for the American Group, added, “I am so happy to hear that there students … and it came together really nicely.”

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Tyler Richardson remembered as “perfect friend”

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She said she knew “he liked it here [at ship with Tyler, saying, “Because of hockey, I spent a lot FSC]. I think he was of time with him in the cars ... because we used to travel. such a personable perHe actually became my best friend.” son that I feel like he He fondly recalled country western music as being spe- had so many friends cial to Tyler. “I used to hate country western, but he liked here that everybody it. … It’s all I listen to now - same with my wife.” knew who he was Tyler also had many friends at FSC and was especially and he was so easy to close to his roommate and best friend, senior Brett Casa- get along with and be vant, who described Tyler as easygoing and laid back. friends with. It was a He said some of their best memories were when they place where he could lived together, and “just being together, just hanging out.” be himself.” Casavant said, “He’d do absolutely anything for you. Richardson said, If I was home and he was on his way home from work, “He kept coming back [to FSC]. I mean ... academically, he wasn’t the best student, but he always worked because … “If I was stranded somewhere, I could call he wanted to stay [at him no matter what and he’d come get me even FSC]. Peterson said, “Ty if I was hours away - it didn’t matter. He’d give meant so much to me. you the shirt off his back, and then some.” I could always count on him to make my - Brett Casavant day better and give me the best advice. He was truly a great friend and nothing is the same without him Photo courtesey of Tasha Peterson here.” he’d call and ask if I wanted something from Burger King Socci said she rePeterson, Socci and Tyler at Southwick’s Zoo. or something. If I was stranded somewhere, I could call members “one specific him no matter what and he’d come get me even if I was time [when] we were coming home from my roommate Tyler’s honor - The Tyler Richardson Memorial Fund hours away - it didn’t matter. He’d give you the shirt off Tasha’s house and I was driving him home and we just had is in the process of being set up. It will provide hockey his back, and then some.” a lot of fun - we sang in the car. I guess [it was] just [the] equipment for the youth program where Tyler started playing hockey and offer scholarships to students who work at About his social life at FSC, Casavant said, “He could little things that meant a lot.” Southwick’s Zoo each year. make anyone smile. … It didn’t really matter who you Peterson said, “The little things are Peterson were - he was nice to everyone. It was easy to have a good what I miss the most. I miss getting breaksaid, “Tyler time around him, and everybody just gravitated towards fast with him on Friday mornings. I wish was truly a him that way.” he would be around to go to away softball great friend Junior education major Tasha Peterson said, “Tyler was games with me in the pouring rain. “The little things are what I miss the most. and everya friend to everyone. He could make you laugh when you “Whenever I’m driving and see a one that got to were having the worst day. He was always there when I Southwick’s Zoo sign, I think of Ty. I miss I miss getting breakfast with him know him was being able to on Friday mornings. I wish he would lucky because have a guy be around to go to away softball games he had a perfriend that sonality that with me in the pouring rain.” you could could make tell every- Tasha Peterson everything betthing to and ter.” know that To those his opinion who didn’t on whatever know Tyler, it was, was Casavant said, “If you needed someone to make you smile the truth.” Tyler played hockey as … [he] was the perfect person for it - it just came natural a child and continued play- for him.” Tyler Richardson will be greatly missed. ing while in high school. He went on to manage the men’s hockey team at FSC. Casavant said, “He was very involved [with the team and] was always around all of us. … He’d always be there on the bus. He’d always be there before and after games - in bePhoto courtesy of the Richardson family tween periods. He was just a good face Tyler’s memorial service in Westborough. to have around, you needed someone to talk to.” know?” She said she met Tyler when she and her friends began Tyler was also dedicated to his job at South“hanging out with the hockey team,” but didn’t really get wick’s Zoo in Mendon, Mass. where he worked to know him that well until her sophomore year. for four years. The zoo hosted a reception after Junior sociology major Leah Socci said Tyler was his service. the first person she Richardson said Tyler met freshman year “came home one day and in her Expository told us he was going to St. Writing class. “He Thomas” to start a business “He was the best friend you could ask for. sat behind me and and they didn’t think he was saw that I had a serious. However, after the He was always there when you needed him.” Franklin sweatshirt service took place, the ownon and asked me if I ers of Southwick’s Zoo told knew all these peoRichardson they had offered ple from Franklin to help Tyler set up a busi- Leah Socci that he knew from ness there after he earned hockey … and from his college degree. then on, we were Socci said she particufriends.” larly remembers when “he Socci said Tyler took us to the zoo, but on his was like a “brother” to her. “He was the best friend you day off. He took Tasha and me to show us around Photo courtesy of the Richardson family could ask for. He was always there when you needed him. because we’d never been.” He was just the perfect friend, basically. He was the best.” A school picture of Tyler. According to Richardson, a memorial fund in -Continued from page 1

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Flanagan: FSC looking at $7 million budget cut

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enced an increase in enrollment at Plymouth State after uses a four-hour/four-credit course system while most Flanagan said, “[It] indeed does not go in the trash.” the school became “Plymouth State University.” Mass. state colleges have a three-hour/three-credit course Hamel said he believes people “see it going in the Danielle Farmer, senator-at-large, asked if there will be system, and if switching to the three-credit system would same bin” and assume the plastic and paper mixture is in increase in price for students if FSC becomes Framing- be beneficial to students, faculty and classroom use. trash. He added, “The issue is maybe an education issue ham State University. Martin said, in regard to classroom utilization, “With- about what single-stream recycling is.” Flanagan said, “Prices are going to go up regardless.” out having studied it, my considered answer is ‘minimal.’” Selwitz refined her question and said, “I’m talking He said while “we’re very proud” that FSC is the most He said switching from four- to three-hour classes more on the facilities level.” affordable, yet most selective, state school, prices must go would “have severe implications on faculty workload.” Hamel responded, “I’d say that’s not accurate.” He asup. “We wouldn’t be able to use any state-appropriated Whittemore said, “I feel as if it’s difficult for students sured Selwitz that FSC’s single-stream recycling does in tax money to change signs, letterheads” and other items to graduate not only on time,” but with any sort of ease. fact get recycled. that would require a change from “college” to “univer- He said schedules are difficult to make, especially with An SGA member said she e-mailed Dean of Students sity.” his biology major and a four-credit Melinda Stoops asking why FSC does not recycle glass He said the reasystem. and was told this is because not many glass products are son prices are going “I’m in a four-hour organic chem- offered and it is too dangerous. to go up “is that in istry lab and not getting credit for it!” Hamel said this was true because glass can not be in“Right now it seems like people are living in the last two-and-aOther senators concurred, citing mul- cluded in single stream recycling, but would need “its lounges in Towers - where are we half years, the comtiple lab courses taken or six-hour own container.” going put [another] monwealth of Masclasses, all for which they received Senator-at-Large Brittany Spearin, vice president of sachusetts has been only four credits. the Green Team, said the “psychedelic dumpster” be27 percent?” engaged in a [signifiOther SGA members agreed with tween May and Hemenway halls is actually for glass and - Kat Tylicki cant] financial disinWhittemore. One said it seems like will be open next week. vestment of public every class she needs to take is ofAfter the meeting, Flanagan said hearing these queshigher education. fered at the same time, while another tions is important for administrators because “They’re re“A little bit less said she and her suitemates have ally good questions and they get us thinking. … It’s very than two years ago, we topped out at almost $25 million a been able to take only three courses a semester because important for all of us to understand what’s on the minds year, that came to us from the legislature, in terms of state they cannot fit their fourth course into a schedule. of students.” tax dollars. … Next year, starting July 1, that number is Martin said, “I’m not sure what the best solution is,” going to drop to $19.1 million. With increases in energy but suggested departments talking to one another when costs, we’re going to be looking at a $7 million budget scheduling classes. cut.” Flanagan agreed with the students, saying “We He added, “One of the ways we’re going to have to have way too many majors that are too creditthink about filling that budget gap is by raising fees. Now, heavy.” the counter to that is that we happen to have a Board of SGA Parliamentarian Rachel Keir said, as a Trustees that is very concerned with student fees. communication arts major, she can never find any “So the reality is everyone is going to have to” raise comm. arts or upper level courses offered during fees to make up for the budget cuts, but Flanagan said he winter or summer intersessions. is “confident that changing the name to a university is not Greenberg said “typically” the reason is there going to add to that price tag.” isn’t enough demand for upper-level courses durFlanagan said faculty have been supportive of the ing breaks, because many students taking classes name change, as long as the “culture” of the school is not at FSC during intersession are transfer students changed. who will return to their own schools for spring Senator-at-Large Kat Tylicki referenced Plymouth and fall semesters. This transfer population is State’s 27 percent enrollment increase after it became a highly discouraged from taking to take upper-levuniversity and asked, “Can we support that? Right now it el courses at a school different than their own, so seems like people are living in lounges in Towers - where mostly lower-level courses are offered. are we going put [another] 27 percent?” Martin added everything taught in continuing Another senator-at-large said the school needs new education is funded by continuing ed. students, students to overcome budget deficits, but asked how FSC so when there is a low number of students, extra can afford cafeteria expansions, a new parking garage and courses will not be offered. a new residence hall. Kim Selwitz, senator-at-large, said she had Kelsey Loverude/The Gatepost Hamel said the new dorm coming in 2011 will provide heard all the recycling on FSC’s campus is actuextra room when there is an increase in students. ally thrown into the trash. She asked the adminis- Zimmerman, Martin and Flanagan on Weds. Nov. 17. SGA President Steve Whittemore asked why FSC still trators if what she had heard was true.

The Gatepost would like to wish the FSC community a safe and happy holiday break!

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Momen appointed to the United Nations

November 20, 2009

By Shaeleen Perrault as an economic development advisor. Originally, he was Dr. Momen here at Framingham State. Perhaps a greater Staff Writer appointed as the ambassador to Saudi Arabia rather than compliment, however, would be to point out that Abdul’s The former chair of the economics and business ad- the U.N. However, Momen said, “Given my name recog- appointment to the United Nations reminds us yet again ministration department at Framingham State College nition, my track record and given my past experience of that at our best, the students, faculty and staff at our public has been appointed ambassador to the United Nations for handling issues through coordination and cooperation, the colleges and universities are indeed world class.” Bangladesh. Bangladesh Prime Minister, [Sheikh Hasina Wajed] felt Doug Telling, a professor in the government departAbdul Momen has been a professor at FSC for five that I could be more effective ment, said, “I’m thrilled years and at surrounding Mass. colleges for 27 years. at the U.N.” about the appointment Momen, a native of Bangladesh, has been an active Momen said he planned of Abdul as U.N. ambas“Whenever anyone or any group is unjustly voice in the media advocating for human rights. Momen to work on issues concerning sador for Bangladesh.  said, “Whenever anyone or any group is unjustly punished climate change, food securiHe has worked tirelessly punished or whenever fairness, justice and or whenever fairness, justice and inalienable human rights ty, financial issues, terrorism, on behalf of democracy inalienable human rights are violated, as a are violated, as a common human being, I think it is my women in parliament, child in  Bangladesh, often common human being, I think it is my moral moral and ethical obligation to fight against it.” rights and peace. visiting at times that put Momen encountered many experiences in his life that He now works in New his person at risk. Abdul and ethical obligation to fight against it.” could have thrown him off track or stopped him complete- York as the ambassador to lives and models what - Abdul Momen ly in his fight against injustices. the U.N. for Bangladesh, and it means to be an active According to Momen, the military government in Ban- he believes it has “opened citizen.  gladesh barred him from returning home for 11 years - thus up greater scope for [him] to “He brings passion preventing him from attending his own parents’ funerals. work for the good of manand commitment to his In 1981, Momen was stripped of his scholarship to a kind.” work - whether it be to university here in the United States for protesting on beMomen expressed concern for the millions of Bangla- further leadership opportunities for FSC students, on an half of human rights. desh residents at risk of losing their homes to rising sea issue in Ashland, or most significantly, to help his nation Momen has spent time defending human rights - spe- levels. During his time at the U.N. Momen hopes to raise of birth become a viable and vibrant democracy. He has cifically focusing on child labor, the trafficking of women awareness across the globe of these issues. earned this well deserved honor. We are lucky to have him and the millions of children who are camel jockeys. Momen is well-known and well-liked by his colleagues as a colleague and teacher.” According to Momen, on average, 6000 boys, in coun- at FSC. While he is away serving his ambassadorship, Momen’s students also expressed enthusiasm about his tries like Bangladesh, Pakistan and India between the ages Sandra Rahman will take over as chair of the economics ambassadorship. of three and seven used to be sold and abused as camel and business administration department. Laura Reed said, “As a former student of Abdul Mojockeys every year. A camel jockey is a child used in these Rahman said, “I think he is ideally suited for an ambas- men’s, I can say no one is better suited for his new apcountries to control camels during racing. Sixty percent sadorship at the U.N. He is passionate about Bangladesh, pointment to ambassador of Bangladesh to the UN. He of the boys used for this purpose were killed or maimed he is passionate about human rights, he is very smart on has an unmatched desire to really help people and make a during a race. Although the problem still exists, Momen’s how the government works and business works and how difference in the world, and to do everything in his power concern for the issue has brought attention to it in his people work. He knows a lot of people and he is great at to help the people of Bangladesh.  home country of Bangladesh. getting people together and finding solutions.” “I was in his International Business class and did a Momen lobbied to Maureen Dunne, a professor huge project on green energy and its implementation, and help these young boys. in the economics department, was prior to his appointment we had discussed approaching the Senators Kennedy and one of the people on the seach com- Bangladeshi government to help revolutionize the counKerry supported Momittee that hired momen. Dunne try.  I believe, eventually, he will succeed in this based on men in this cause and said right away, she knew “we are his nature alone.” “It has been an honor to work with even young school very lucky to have this person. He Momen has requested that the readers of The Gatepost and learn from Dr. Momen here at children from towns brings so much to the students.” “pray for me so that I can discharge my responsibilities like Southborough Dunne recalled when her father with honor and dignity and can meet the challenges and Framingham State.” helped. died and Momen attended the wake expectations effectively with flying colors. Please keep He also worked to and how, “even now it brings tears me in your prayers.”   - Paul Piwko fight against the trafto [her] eyes.” Reed seemed to speak for everyone when she said, “I ficking of women. She went on to explain that this can’t wait to say I knew him when!” According to Momen, moment really spoke to her bemany young Banglacause it showed how much he redeshi girls were taken to Pakistan and sold as prostitutes. ally cared for others. “I found the caring intrinsic to him,” Additionally, Momen fought to end the circumcision of she said. young girls in these countries. Additionally, Paul Piwko, a visiting lecturer at FSC, From 1983 to 2003, Momen worked in Saudia Arabia said, “It has been an honor to work with and learn from

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The Gatepost Editorial A room to call our own

The Gatepost has editorialized about the need for more club space for years. The administration finally listened. Students are thrilled about the addition of Club Room IV, which is now being utilized by multiple groups on campus - primarily by student clubs which did not have space before. The administration took a step in the right direction with the creation of another club room. Since 2006, The Gatepost has continually lobbied for more student space on campus for not just The Gatepost, but for all clubs. The creation of Club Room IV is a concrete example of what student advocacy can achieve. We at The Gatepost are pleased students have finally been heard, even though administrators should have been listening all along. President Flanagan pledged to provide students with more student space last spring, and he kept his word. We at The Gatepost commend President Flanagan for both recognizing the need for more student space on campus and doing something about it. Club Room IV is an excellent addition to the College Center. The room serves not only as a professional environment with a large meeting table and desk chairs, but also as a place for clubs and students to meet, relax and socialize. The club room, which used to serve as a classroom, still has its “Smart Classroom” technology allowing students the use of a projector, whiteboards and DVD equipment - which is even video-game capable. Also in the room is a cozy “coffee corner,” with a small coffee table and six comfortable lounge chairs perfect for reading and smaller, more informal meetings. A large storage cabinet, which doubles as a poster-making island, is also provided in the new club room, offering students additional space to store their materials. In the May 1, 2009 issue, The Gatepost Editorial deemed club space on campus “not acceptable” as previous editorial boards had in so many editorials before. And though Club Room IV is a welcome addition to student space on campus, this is still true today. More student space is necessary. Last year, The Hilltop Players were forced to throw away thousands of dollars worth of sets and props because there was no place for them to store their equipment. The FSC Dance Team has to resort to stuffing their costumes and decorations into small cabinets in Club Room II. Students need more than just another club room - they need a conveniently located place to store materials for largescale projects. SUAB - one of the largest clubs on campus - is crammed into a small office with two desks and a corner for a chair. The club is forced to hold its meetings in the Forum because there is not sufficient space to fit its members in its own office. The Onyx, FSC’s literary magazine, had their own office where they could lay out their publication before the College Center renovations in 2006. Now, they are provided with Club Room II, a small room used by all student clubs as a poster-making and storage space, complete with two outdated Macs on which they labor to publish their magazines. FSC’s clubs need their own spaces, and sufficient amounts of it in which to work and achieve their individual goals. Although the addition of Club Room IV is beneficial for students, it should only be the beginning of creating more space for them on campus as well as a more active student community. Club space is still inadequate even as the campus is growing rapidly. As FSC begins to require more dorm and classroom space, there is also a requirement for more student space to meet the needs of the growing student population. There is not enough student involvement at FSC. Although the administration encourages students to become more active on campus, there is not adequate space for them to do so. It is impossible for students to establish new clubs on campus without the space for them to hold their meetings and events, or to store supplies and equipment. An active campus community begins with sufficient student space. It is the job of the administration to listen to students and to meet their needs. We are paying to go to FSC, and not just for classes. We’re paying to be involved on campus and to be given the proper space for our clubs to meet and grow. We at The Gatepost understand that there is limited space on campus, but the FSC administration should be working to come up with creative alternatives. That new “Welcome Center” would have been a great home for DGCE. Some of the space that becomes available as O’Connor is reassigned as an academic building and Crocker empties out should be designated for use by student groups and organizations. Student involvement space should not also be academic and administrative space. The administration should be applauded for the creation of Club Room IV, which is a big step in regaining what we really need - our student center. This is our side of State Street.

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Jihad misconceptions The concept of Jihad, twisted and repackaged through the media filter, has clouded our image of the Muslim community with visions of a bloodthirsty people praying “Death to America” to Allah. It is important, though, to remember that the Qur’an is not a terrorist rulebook, and that “Jihad” does not mean holy support for violence. Islamic law directly says that Jihad is an inner struggle to be a good Muslim, and to reject daily temptation and promote peace. The attacks on September 11th were not Jihad, because they directly defied the teachings of Islam. The car-bombings plaguing Middle Eastern cities are not Jihad. The twisted, hate-blogging, unaffiliated clown of a psychopath who gunned down 13 service men and women in Texas was not doing so in the name of Jihad. This last thought is worth repeating: Terrorism of any kind, by definition, is not Jihad, and is inherently anti-Muslim. A verse in the Qur’an reads, let there be no hostility, except against those who practice hostility. Also, there is an important difference between what are Islamic practices and what are simply regional practices. It is easy, for example, to assume that Islamic law requires wearing a Hijab head covering or hiding behind a bodylength black Burka. This, however, is a misconception, because both are (in most cases) choices that represent modesty and confidence, and their prevalence is culturally, not religiously determined. The cartoon images children see in Alladin, and the cartoon images their parents see on Fox News, however, are often very different versions of what the average Muslim experience really is. It must be frustrating for Muslims to see perversions of their religion play out on cable news without someone to speak up and defend the innocent majority. Unfortunately, most people focus on the violent or suppressed few making headlines, and lack the ability to see the whole picture. Spreading stereotype like a blanket over such a large group of people severely simplifies what is really a very diverse community, and the angry and emboldened few, polishing badges of their religion while committing acts of violence,should not be considered spokesmen for the third of the world’s population who practice Islam. How closely are you watching Jihad, guy who parks in front of May Hall with the bumper stickers? Spencer Buell Staff Writer

Letter to the Editor

One of the things that has happened since my retirement from Framingham State College is my discovery of on-line reading. I have my first home computer, and while I will always continue to read Braille, Braille is to blind people what print is to the sighted. Online reading has helped me develop confidence in my use of the computer and embrace fully modern technology in ways I wouldn’t have dreamed of even two years ago. I am a daily reader of the Fall River Massachusetts Herald News. I read on-line some of the major progressive political Web sites. During our recent city elections, I felt I was truly participating by going on-line and reading each of the candidates for mayor’s political statements, biographies, and their platform positions. I am the political person in my family, so two days before the city elections, we gathered around my father’s kitchen table while I went through for my brothers and sisters the varous candidates and their positions in an effort to fill out our ballots. I began checking The Gatepost Web site in September and saw it wasn’t ready yet, but on Wednesday evening, November 11th, I happened to to go on The Gatepost Web site and lo and behold, there was the November 6th edition. I read it and this past week, I read the November 13th edition, before the print edition arrived for my wife to read, I was able to give her a preview of what to expect when the print edition arived. It sure feels very liberating to be able to go on-line, check out the Catholic news services to find out what’s happening at the Bishop’s Conference, to read Congressman Alen Graceson’s Web site, “Names of the Dead. com” which contains the names of persons who died because they lacked adequate health insurance for medical treatments. Of course, this will never replace Braille. You can’t lug a computer to church, for example, to hear a synthicized voice read the scriptures as I am able to do in Braille, just as a sighted person couldn’t lug a computer to church to replace print. But I can tell you, not a day goes by now when I’m not on-line reading up-to-date polticial issues, and newspapers, including The Gatepost. I appreciate The Gatepost being on-line and I never would have I enjoy spending a lot of my time studying in the library, dreamt as recent as a couple of years ago, that especially at night when it’s not as busy as during the day. I would ever develop the confidence to go onI appreciate the fact that the library has added new tables line and read as I am doing now. and chairs that not only are aesthetically pleasing, but more accommodating by having more outlets for plugs! I have a Dennis Polselli favorite spot in the corner. Retired FSC Director This is something I’d like to mention as a reminder to my of Disability Services fellow students. Remember, you are in a library where people want and need to concentrate to study. It’s not the game room, the lounge in your dorm, the cafeteria, the commuter caf, or even your room. So please lower your voices during conversations. If you’re doing group study, go to a place designated for that. Please politely step outside or near the exit if you need to talk on the phone. Other students do not want to overhear you. Finally, please use headphones if you’re listening to music or to a movie on your computer, for goodness’ sake. Enough said. Please forgive my pedantic streak, but I’m not only speaking for myself, but for other students. I feel this just needs to be said. Some days, I admit that the library is actually noisier than the commuter caf after 10 p.m. The library is a great place to study, but please remember to be mindful of the noise level! Be considerate of your fellow students! Monique Thomas Staff Writer

A noisy library

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Winning the scrum Historic season for women’s rugby

By Josh Primak Sports Editor

For only the second time in their history, the FSC Women’s Rugby team made the playoffs during its fall, 2009 schedule, winning their first round matchup against Plymouth State University in an impressive rout. The roster featured a mix of old and new, as roughly half the team was comprised of players who had never stepped on a rugby field before. The team was still anchored by a group of veterans including co-captain Sharon Riley and veteran Jackie Poole, who have played a combined 12 semesters. The squad had a solid regular season - winning three of their four games. The only blemish on the schedule was a nail-biting 6-3 loss against Connecticut College on the road. FSC finished their regular season in a four-way tie for second place in the New England Rugby Football Union Division IV standings. The jubilation of making the playoffs would be tempered by the strength of FSC’s first-round opponent. In their four-game schedule, Plymouth State

finished with the same record as Framingham. However, while FSC outscored their opponents by a season total of 17

points, Plymouth’s vaunted offense accumulated a season point differential of 92 points. With many of the players having never even participated in the sport before the season, the task of defeating Plymouth seemed daunting. For Framingham, a victory over Plymouth would be a milestone for the club, which had never won a playoff game before. With adrenaline pumping through their veins, Framingham came

out in their first-round playoff matchup and dominated Plymouth - silencing their powerful offense. On the defensive side, Plymouth, who had only allowed 27 points during the entire regular season, was unable to stop Framingham, which won the game by a 30-0 tally. While the team would bow out to the University of Hartford in the playoff semifinals, the historic season will be one to remember for the players. Said Poole of the team’s accomplishments this year, “I couldn’t be more proud of the team this year. … Never have I ever seen such dedication, strength and

determination. I believe our team did amazing and worked incredibly hard.” Senior Ann Hyers, who also served as vice president of the team, has been impressed with the club from the first meeting this fall. “I’ll never forget the surprise of walking into our general interest meeting, and instead of seeing the expected 10-12 girls, we saw over 40! Another memorable moment was when I noticed the number of fans (50-75 people) that came out to Canton, Massachusetts for our home game in the semifinals.” For a club team, much of the work involves not only trying to produce a winning product on the field, but also from trying to drum up interest. For Riley, the direction of the club could not be better. “For girls who had no experience with the sport before, they did a phenomenal job of learning how to play the game and be part of a rugby team. With all these new girls and with other experienced players in the upcoming seasons, I’m confident that this team will be successful.” Jenny McRae, the other captain of the team this fall, is already excited about the spring schedule. “I cannot wait for the spring season to roll around and the team to get back onto the rugby pitch. The players on the team work so well with one another and it shows by our performances in Photo Courtesy of Samantha Potter games. … All we have to remember is to run straight and hard in each Women’s Rugby wraps up game.” a strong season.

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By Chris McCabe Assistant Sports Editor

November 20, 2009

Men’s basketball drops season opener to Endicott

Men’s basketball dropped it’s season opener to Endicott 81-78. In the first half, the Rams jumped out to a quick 12-point lead to start the game. However, Endicott’s highoctane offense would continue to rally and chip away at the lead. The comfortable lead of 12 soon diminished as Endicott’s guards began making shots from behind the arc. Endicott managed to cut the lead down to just two in the first half. FSC responded by giving the ball to senior forward Josue Almodovar, who scored six of the Rams’ next eight points. With this strategy, the Rams rallied back and reclaimed a commanding lead of 4334 going into halftime. Captain Darius Yarrell kept up the pressure on Endicott to start the second half. He knocked down a three-pointer to extend the Rams’ lead to 46-35.

The lead would begin to slip away from FSC, though. Endicott’s defense buckled down and forced turnover after turnover and cleaned up the defensive glass. A flurry of three-pointers in the middle of the second half from Endicott would be enough to capture the lead for the first time all game. The Rams continued to fight to regain the lead for the remainder of the game, but Endicott proved to be too much. Every time the Rams pushed Endicott’s lead to just one, they pushed right back with a small rally of their own. The difference maker proved to be the three-ball for Endicott. They knocked down 11 of their 25 attempts, whereas the Rams only sank four of 18. Almodovar was the best player on the court. He put up 22 points and 15

rebounds in the Rams’ losing effort. Said Almodovar, “To win close like last night, we have to play defensive for a full game - 40 minutes not 30 - and if we play good defense, our offense will come.” Yarrell has a very optimistic outlook on the rest of the season. “We just have to be prepared every single game as a team and play bigstate basketball and the sky is the limit. There’s no ceilings for where we can go. … The expectations going into the season were to win the MASCAC, cut down the nets, and make the NCAA Division III tournament. There is no alternative.”

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To o l i t t l e , t o o l a t e MASCAC opener disappointing for hockey

By Nenia Corcoran Assistant Sports Editor

Coming off a difficult loss to Southern New Hampshire over the weekend, the Rams’ hockey team took to the ice on Tuesday for their first game within the MASCAC division. They faced off against the newly instituted Westfield State program, which is playing their first season this year. Westfield quickly took control in the first period, when only five minutes into the game, Casey Mignone popped a loose puck over the pads of Framingham’s goalie, Andy Joyce. Hardly a minute later, the Owls added another goal to their lead when Dennis Zak fired a slap shot that escaped Joyce and found the net. Then, Jeff Callahan extended the Owls’ lead with roughly 12 minutes remaining in the period. Fifty-three seconds later, Ted Battaglia slipped the puck through the legs of Joyce, giving Westfield a menacing lead of 4-0. After this fourth goal, Framingham retired Joyce for the evening and put their faith in junior Terence Sullivan. Despite being behind, the Rams were not willing to go quietly. With just two minutes left in the first, Joe Hurley brought the puck down the ice to score a much-needed short-handed goal, assisted by Jeremy Schmidt. Ten minutes into the second period, the Owls regained their four-goal lead over the Rams when Jason Nelson managed to slide one past Sullivan in

a 2-on-1 situation. As the Rams left the ice after the second, things weren’t looking promising. With just 20 minutes left in play, the four-goal lead the Owls held looked impossibly final. However, the Framingham icemen came out of the locker room looking strong, proving to Westfield they had not given up just yet. Nine minutes into the third, Jason Anderson scored off an assist by Brett Casavant. Two minutes later, Trevor Johnson took advantage of the Framingham power play and cut Westfield’s lead to only two. Despite the tireless efforts to chip away at the Owls’ lead, the Rams were unable to find the goal. In a final, desperate effort to score, the Rams pulled their goalie for the last minute of play. Unfortunately, even with the extra player, they were unable to produce a goal, and the game ended with a disappointing final score of 5-3. The loss gave the Rams an overall record of 0-2-1. The Rams’ late attempts to close the gap was not enough in Tuesday nights game against Westfield State.

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From A's to Zzz’s

By Ariana Shuris Staff Writer etween Feb. 23 and Mar. 14, 2008, 542 FSC students responded to an online American College Health Association health assessment, with 28.9 percent saying sleep difficulties have affected their academic performance at FSC. Eighty-three percent of the respondents were female and 13 percent were male. The National College Health Assessment, used by almost all colleges, focuses on health behaviors of their student bodies, including general health, safety issues, verbal and sexual abuse, relationships and drug and alcohol use. In 2008, the survey found that sleep difficulties ranked third on the list of possible factors affecting the academic performance of college students. The most common factor affecting students was stress, with 38.1 percent of students, followed by colds/flu/sore throat with 29.1 percent. More than 25 percent of students said they received lower exam grades, course grades or incomplete or dropped classes all due to sleep difficulties within the last academic school year.


Usama Shaikh sheds light on Islam

FSC resident assistant and senior psychology major Dawn Rigby said her sleep is disrupted constantly during the week, which affects her academic performance. “As an R.A. on duty, I get woken up at all hours for various incidents and lock-outs.” Students were asked how many days they have felt completely rested in the morning within the last seven days. Approximately 11.8 percent of students said they felt rested none of the past seven days. Approximately 25 percent said they felt rested one to two days of the week. Close to 50 percent said they received enough sleep to feel rested three to five days in the past seven, and 11.8 percent said they felt rested six or more days of the week. Nurse practitioner Pam Lehmberg said, “About 80 percent of students are not waking up rested for most days of the week. “FSC is right in line with other colleges,” she added. In college, most students are living with a roommate for the first time and are faced with new distractions, especially at night. Lehmberg said in college, students are working harder and sleeping less than ever before. Junior biology major Laura Sacchetti, who receives between five and six hours of sleep a night, said she has not felt rested on any morning for the last week. Fresh-

man year, Sacchetti lived in a quint dorm room and slept three hours or less of sleep on any given night due to her roommates’ schedules. “I’ve always had insomnia, which is like a doubleedged sword. On one side, I can get things done with the alertness I have at two in the morning. On the other side, if I have a test in the morning, then I can’t remember anything I learned the night before, because at that point, I am exhausted. So I do exceedingly well on projects, but not so much on tests before 10:30.” Students’ learning is not quite done until they have slept on it, Lehmberg said, adding that physical memories and memorization consolidate while we sleep. “The expression ‘sleep on it” is actually true,” she said, because learning still occurs while one is asleep. Junior economics major Maria Sarcinelli receives between five to six hours of sleep a night and recalls living in the dorms on campus, which affected her sleep greatly. “Freshman year in Linsley, the suite above me was insanely annoying and would party every night of the week, and we would have to call the R.A. all the time for noise complaints. It stunk!” - Continued on page 11

By Spencer Buell Staff Writer


peaker Usama Shaikh, practitioner of Islam and close friend of Framingham State Multicultural Affairs Director David Baldwin, spoke to students about his wildly misrepresented and misunderstood religion on Oct. 22. in the College Center. Shaikh decided to speak first about the topic of “Jihad,” which he feels is too often falsely believed to be a synonym for terrorism. It is this distortion in particular that he addressed in his presentation, along with some other common misconceptions that have surfaced in western culture. “Muslims as a whole claim that our faith promotes justice, peace and freedom. They are the cornerstones of our faith,” he explained. Jihad, he said, is more accurately described as the ongoing inner struggle to be a good Muslim by fighting vice, working hard and having a positive impact on the world. “From what we all see and hear, it is seen as something that is violent, aggressive and warlike,” he said, when, in fact, this component of Islam carries a much more personal and compassionate meaning that is applied to the everyday struggles of Muslims with good intentions. Two billion people practice Islam, and every one of them performs Jihad every day. “This presentation,” he said, “is Jihad.” Shaikh also discussed The Qur’an, the holy text of Islam, is very specific about the rules governing Jihad. The Qur’an outlines that, should Jihad be the motivation behind acts of war (which he described as the very desperate, last-ditch interpretation least respected in the religion of Islam), women, children, places of worship, and even crops and fruit-bearing trees warrant moral protection. “You cannot destroy those things in the name of Jihad,” said Shaikh. After 9/11, the media cocktail of movies and news created what Usama Shaikh called “caricatures of reality.” He explained that although he had not experienced much blatant racism first-hand, his cousin, who is a regular at US airports, has been “randomly screened” on 80 percent of her visits since the 2001 terrorist attacks due to misconceptions about the relationship between violence and ethnicity. He also addressed the fact that inaccurate media depictions have been around since long before tragedy struck America. “‘Aladdin’ was the most racist thing I’ve ever seen,” he said, half-kidding. He added that he understands the entertainment focus of movies, but even in children’s films it is very clear that there are undertones that say that

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Mazmanian Gallery N av a Lu b e l s k i ’s “ R e ve r s e E n g i n e e r i n g“

By Ashley Moran Staff Writer


ith so much destruction going on in the world today, Nava Lubelski’s exhibit, “Reverse Engineering,” on display in the Mazmanian Art Gallery, sends a positive message: You can mend something you once had the impulse to destroy and make a once decrepit, discarded object beautiful. At first, I was skeptical of the artist’s pieces with names such as “Gooey” and “Unruly,” but after walking around the exhibit and examining the thirteen pieces, I gained a respect for the intricately stitched canvases. When I first walked into the exhibit, my eyes were immediately drawn to the oversized yellow piece hanging on the back wall. This piece, called “The New Order,” is an experiment, according to Lubelski. Rather than using a traditional medium, the artist transformed a discarded, stained blanket into her canvas. There is one other oversized piece called “All Better,” which is also constructed on a discarded piece of fabric. The rest of the pieces in the exhibit consist of eight twelve-inch-by twelve-inch canvases and three slightly bigger canvases. The artist contrasts herself to Jackson Pollock by


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admiring the angst and aggression he puts into his work, but at the same time, Lubelski adds an element she refers to as “feminine,” which is the element of repair. She intricately stitches the borders of tears in her canvases to mend them, creating something new, interesting and strangely harmonic. The Wesleyan University graduate, who started out as a painter, found some pieces of fabric in a dumpster in New York ten years ago, which inspired her to change the course of her work. On her earlier pieces, Lubelski used instruments of everyday life such as coffee, ink and wine to stain her canvases. In her own words, “the nature of our lives stains things.” On her more recent canvases, Lubelski uses a very thinnedout acrylic paint to stain the canvas, which gives more breadth and room to experiment with color. FSC student Deb Rosenberg appreciated the natural aspect of Lubelski’s exhibition, saying, “I really liked ‘Gooey.’ [Lubelski] used a textile, lacy stitch, but incorporated a biological aspect. To me, the stitch work resembled a 3-D membrane.” Art enthusiast or not, this exhibit is definitely worth checking out. The eye-opening exhibit is on display in the Mazmanian Art Gallery until Dec. 18, 2009.

What is your favorite thing about Thanksgiving?

“Friends, family and food - the three F’s.”

“Thanksgiving is the time of year when you can reflect on your past and decide where you’re going.”

- Jon Lewis, senior

- Walter Rice, junior

“Being together with your family because you get that feeling of unity. Some people don’t get that luxury.” - Adam Parlin, freshman

“I’m thankful I’m able to go to school and have my family supportive of what I want to do in school.”

“I’m thankful for the break from schoolwork and seeing family.”

- Sarah Stephens, sophomore

- Jess Tilton, junior

Happy Thanksgiving !

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Shaikh presents “different perspective” of Islam, Muslims - Continued from page 8

dark skin is bad, and light skin is good. The next time you watch ‘Aladdin’, he said, take note of which characters are “dark” and “dirty” and have the heaviest accents, and which are more westernized. He also stressed there is an important difference between what are Islamic practices and what are simply regional practices. “There’s always that duality of religion and culture,” he said, adding that his Pakistani religious experience would be very different from one an Iranian Muslim would report. He explained that the instructions for weddings, or the guidelines for a woman’s behavior in public vary across cultural lines, and do not adhere to one Muslim standard. ”The sociopolitical reality of the 7th century Arabia is very different from our 21st century reality. … By taking small pieces of the Qur’an, people are able to make up their own mission,” Shaikh said. He noted the Qur’anic verses were written to apply to 6th century Arabian tribal culture, and since they have remained unchanged since their publication, it is easy to take them out of context. In particular, Shaikh pointed out that a verse reading “slay them wherever you catch them” (“they” being those of a different faith) has become a popular, yet controversial catch phrase of Terrorist leaders. In reality, those being “slain” in the Qur’an were transgressors against a specific tribe of Muslims who were being persecuted for practicing their faith. In this specific case, defending themselves through violence was advised, but he stressed that the overall message of the Qur’an is to promote peace

and justice, and not to do harm to anyone who does not deserve it. He said it is important to remember, however, that many Muslims have been influenced by fiery leaders to believe that acts of terrorism are slaughter in the name of Allah. “Arabic is a very poetic language,” he explained, also citing the notorious “72 virgins” who are promised to suicide bombers. This, he said, is just another example of a verse interpreted out of context and used as motivation for heinous crimes. As a connected, yet always observant member of his faith, Shaikh said he was not afraid to both love Islam, and to express his criticism of its followers. “The Muslim community as a whole,” he said, “sometimes doesn’t do a very good job of understanding the core message that is the Qur’an.” What Shaikh is saying, however, is not that Muslims are ignorant, but that social and geographical structure often put a stranglehold on true understanding of the text. Social standing in predominately Muslim countries, he said, is often earned through study of Islam. Those deemed most holy, gain leadership positions and are responsible for being the guiding voice among their peers. “As a community, [the more impoverished Muslims] are not very literate,” he said, and when a group of people have only word-of-mouth interpretations of a Qur’an they can’t read, the twists and augmentations cannot be checked against hard copy. Also, in underdeveloped countries, a large portion of Muslims’ main focus is survival, which makes them less concerned with more abstract ideas like

Melegian Quintet paint the town with “All That Jazz” By Tom O’Brien Assistant Arts & Features Editor


he Melegian Quintet performed a midday set titled “All That Jazz” on Monday Nov. 16. The show was a part of FSC’s Fall Performance Series, held at the Heineman Ecumenical and Cultural Center. Mark Evans, arts and humanities program administrator introduced the ensemble. Taking a seat behind the piano was FSC Professor Ed Melegian, who led the accompaniment with Berklee College of Music professor John Baboian on guitar. Danny Harrington, also a Berklee professor, was a solitary horn section, playing the baritone saxophone. The rhythm section consisted of New England Conservatory of Music professor Tony D’Amico on string bass, and Berklee professor Jon Hazilla on drums. The concert was of traditional jazz form - each song introduced by a melodic refrain, then punctuated by solos, traded among the five musicians. This brand of exchange-performance, well known by jazz enthusiasts, helps expand one song into several different parts, emphasized by each instrumentalist’s unique sound. With a limited catalog of well-known jazz standards an audience will recognize, a band’s unique rendition of a classic song creates a playground for impression. Keeping the crowd aware of a jazz concert’s traditional setting, Evans encouraged the audience to celebrate a well-liked solo - even while the song is still in progress. “Let them [the quintet] know that there are actually still people here, listening,” said Evans. The quintet opened the show with “All The Things You Are,” composed by Jerome Kern. This poppy jazz number was an instant hit that seemed to touch base with audience members of several different generations. Layered over strong piano comping and a driving bass line, Harrington’s baritone sax produced a sound that could not be overpowered. While the song was originally performed with lyrics written by Oscar Hammerstein II, Harrington’s creamy melody proved no singing was needed to complete this gang’s happy rendition of the tune. From the first hit, Hazilla’s drum sound responded well to the roomy acoustics of the chapel. Cymbals were splashy. Snare hits crisp, but never too biting - a test to the percussionist’s well-tailored playing style. The natural volumes of the instruments blended well together throughout the entire show. The band toyed with other types of jazz during their performance, also playing Antonio Carlos Jobim’s,”The Girl From Ipanema,” in classic bossa nova fashion. While the bossa-style playing left each chord hanging with tension, the space was subsequently filled by one of the quintet’s members. Solos were managed dutifully in this song, as each musician had about equal time to dazzle. The smooth transitions between solos in this short number were a test to the sheer harmony of the band’s playing methods.

voting, owning land or studying their religion. This natural reaction to adverse conditions, he said, makes many Muslims prey to terrorist cells which scramble their sense of right and wrong. Shaikh ended his presentation by sharing a few stories that he felt properly represented the Islam he knows. “The goal for me,” he said, “is to share what I believe Islam is about.” He recounted a childhood story about a woman facing judgment day after living a life of sin. Despite her life choices, she was granted passage into heaven for once saving the life of an innocent fish. Also, he was told during meal times that two grains of his food were blessed, and so he had to eat every scrap on his plate to receive God’s blessing. These are stories which have stuck with him throughout his life and are a constant reminder to make all deeds good deeds and to never be wasteful. “These,” he said, “are the true memories of what Islam means to me.” Usama Shaikh was born in Kirachi, Pakistan, and moved to the United States when he was 14 years old. After studying comparative religion in college, he made the conscious decision to honor his Muslim upbringing based on his own morals and a thorough knowledge of his faith. Frustrated with intolerance and ignorance regarding his faith, he gives presentations from time to time to provide a valuable education opportunity. “This is something I enjoy doing simply because it’s something very near and dear to me. … I hope that I am able to provide some different perspective that [students] are able to take with them.” Matthew Mikaelian/The Gatepost

Melegian said, “The bossa nova style originated in Brazil and has a quiet intensity about it

The piano solo in “Ipanema” was an encyclopedia of scale degrees, showcasing Melegian’s true handle of improvising, as well as countermelodies. D’Amico linked the solos with a constant dancing bass line that drove the song from start to finish. Tony Velona’s “Lollipops And Roses” gave the group a chance to work in alternate time signatures. Melegian said, “Most jazz is written in 4/4 time. If you’ve ever seen anyone dance the waltz, that is in 3/4 time. This is another song in three.” The tune had a bluesy feel to it that may be attributed to the song’s existence in the key of B flat, a common blues key. Each solo picked up where the last left off, creating a crescendo of improvisation that expanded with each new idea. Bass and drums stood out in a solo exchange that spanned several bars. Building off the other’s last musical move, the solos became a musical dialogue filled with questions, answers and the occasional saxophone interjection. Drum and piano accompaniment didn’t seem to mind. Baboian had a chance to accompany his guitar playing with several bars of “scat singing” in the song “Kansas City” by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. This type of singing relies on random improvised melodies, equivalent to an instrumental solo, yet made entirely using a voice. Tight bass chugs and sharp rimshots permeated the tune, but never drowned out Baboian’s vocal solo, which mirrored the music he was simultaneously playing on guitar. The accuracy and relativity of the notes the guitarist was singing led to the illusion that there were two guitars being played instead of one. He also sang lyrics in this song when not busy with soloing. Melegian cut his solo off on a hard down beat, creating a moment of silence that was instantly responded to by a drum and bass trade-off. This sense of uniformity and teamwork is apparent in all of the quintet, allowing each song to be more of a musical conversation than a performance. The band ended their set with “A Foggy Day,” a song composed by George Gershwin. Melegian said, “A lot of jazz musicians like George Gershwin. They like his chord progressions and they can do a lot of things with them.” Bass and drums remained mild in this tune, creating a sultry landscape for Harrington’s sax to open the melody perfectly - busy, but never congested. With a foreground of guitar and dangling piano notes, the band proved this performance to be in constant motion - a living musical organism.

November 20, 2009

The Gatepost

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Distractions causing lack of sleep, weariness for many students - Continued from page 8

Lehmberg said, the average college student should be receiving seven to nine hours of sleep a night, but only 11 percent of students are actually receiving adequate sleep. Sophomore food and nutrition major Jerry Xavier said he wishes he could receive between eight and nine hours of sleep each night, rather than the six to seven hours he gets. “I spend too much time studying,” he said. Senior communication arts major Matthew Gorczyca stays up all night studying from time to time to prepare for an exam. “I’ve definitely pulled my share of all-nighters,” he said. Lehmberg said, “Great studies show students who pull all-nighters receive lower exam grades.” However, in our culture it is expected that college students will not get much sleep, she added. What happens between high school and college that affects the amount of sleep students receive? More homework, obligations, activities, and sports involvement all contribute to fewer hours of sleep, said Lehmberg. The American College Health Association Web site said excessive use of computers - for homework, email and video games - can contribute to daytime sleepiness, affecting students’ alertness and concentration in classes during the day. Limited sleep can lead to other problems for students such as an increase of stress, mood swings, depression and a higher likelihood of becoming sick. “If you don’t get enough sleep, your immune system doesn’t work as well,” Lehmberg said.

Health Services has created tips for college students who have trouble getting enough sleep at night. Some of the tips include relaxing before bed, exercising during the day, having a set bedtime and wake-up time and napping for 20 minutes during the day. If students are napping, they should do so in the middle of the day, six to eight hours after waking, Lehmberg said. She also added exercising is more beneficial early in the day than at night because exercising too close to one’s bedtime will affect one’s ability to fall asleep. “College is a difficult time for sleep. No one is telling you when to go to bed like in high school,” Lehmberg said. She advises students to “shut themselves off 20 minutes prior to sleeping at night.” Being able to relax at night is important, she said. Lehmberg said it’s more common for individuals to receive more sleep once in the work world because “it’s easier to have a set bedtime” and adults are in more of a routine day-to-day pattern. The health and wellness center, along with the counseling center on campus, are beginning a sleep initiative which will begin Nov. 23rd at 11:30 AM. A table will be in the College Center, where students can sign up for a raffle, receive free earplugs, educational material and door hangers for the dorms, which will read “Do not disturb … sleeping.” Lehmberg said the R.A.s on campus are aware of this initiative also and will spread the message of the importance of sleep to their residents. “If you want A’s, get more Z’s!” Lehmberg said.

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