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Graduates walk in FSU’s second Winter Commencement ceremony By Kärin Radock INTERIM NEWS EDITOR FSU graduated 548 undergraduate and graduate students at the school’s Winter Commencement last Saturday in DPAC. Held in conjunction with the ceremony

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Graduates line up to walk across the stage of the Winter Commencement.

Honors students welcome new building By Zack Comeau EDITORIAL STAFF Last Friday, a ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the grand opening of the new Honors Program’s facility, located at 22 Adams Rd., behind North Hall. Carolyn Maibor, the director of the Honors Program, opened the ceremony quoting Winston Churchill, who once said, “‘We shape our buildings’” but also “‘afterwards, our buildings shape us.’” On this auspicious occasion,” said Maibor, “it is worth considering how our new building will contribute to the continuing growth and development of the Honors

Program.” According to Maibor, the Board of Higher Education designated the Framingham State University Honors Program as a Commonwealth Honors Program. She also said that in the fall, “We welcomed not only our largest, but our most talented and accomplished class.” to experience the new “First-Year Honors Seminar,” in which the students worked closely with some of FSU’s most “innovative faculty exploring fundamental questions of human existence.” The new facility, said Maibor, not only provides a larger space than the previous

one, located in Foster Hall, but offers a “better, brighter space, more conducive to studying, socializing, collaborating, holding events and welcoming prospective students and their families.” contains connects her more directly to Honors students, making her more accessible for everything from simple questions about requirements to brainstorming about thesis topics, as well as providing her the opportunity to give her input on extracurricular activities, course offerings and other initiatives. “In creating a gathering place for the

by a selected composer. signs to the faculty of their schools, who the BSO. This year, there were around 40 entries from surrounding schools. Out of were Framingham State students. Seniors Amanda Simonelli and Kaitlyn Gonfrade were both selected to be in the top 11. “They called me and when I found out, I felt very privileged,” Simonelli said. “It meant something to me that what I designed meant something to someone else.

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By Heather Waxman STAFF WRITER In November, Gov. Deval Patrick signed “An Act Relative to Gender Identity” - a bill that protects transgendered individuals from - Continued on page 3 discrimination in the areas of housing, education, employment and credit. The bill also

Fashion design students showcase work at Symphony Hall By Kate Carignan STAFF WRITER The symphony is, quite simply, posh. The setting is luxurious, the people exude class, and there is a calm tangible civility. Particularly on a night when fashion and music collaborate. Last Thursday was one such night when fashion designers were inspired by composer Claude Debussy for the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s fourth annual fashion competition. Every year, the Boston Symphony Orchestra challenges non-professional designers to create a formal garment inspired

began last Friday. “The graduate and undergraduate students in this room represent a tremendous collection of brainpower, talent and perseverance,” said Vice President for Academic Affairs Linda Vaden-Goad at the beginning of the ceremony, following the Invocation from FSU Catholic Chaplain Hai Ok Hwang and the singing of the National Anthem by Class of 2012’s Barbara Pierre. Dr. Thomas Koshy, professor emeritus, gave the commencement address. A mathematics professor at FSU since 1970, Koshy has written distinguished books on the sub-

... It’s something I strive for in all my designs.” The designers were asked to research Debussy, as well as listen to his music and draw their inspiration from it. Gonfrade said of her design, “I really wanted to design something that not only was inspired by Debussy’s body of work,

list of hate crime laws. After six years of lobbying, the transgender community helped make Massachusetts the 16th state to pass the bill. The law has

created ... details that were used during the impressionist movement.” Simonelli said, “When listening ... it evokes a visual experience that displays

equality to protect all people, regardless of their gender identity. “I’m glad we live in such a liberal state that legislation like this gets passed, so we can set an example for all the other states,” said Kristie Bezreh, president of the Pride Alliance, formerly known as the Ten Percent Alliance and Allies. Bezreh also commented on a federal

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GP: Please provide a brief summary of your résumé and educational background.

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I have a bachelor’s degree in art history and biology. Boston and that got me really interested in design, so I went for my masters in landscape architecture, and then I worked as a city planner for about 16 years. Then, I had an opportunity to go to graduate school and take another path and use my planning experience with urban design and apply it toward teaching other students.

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GP: Do you have any advice for students?

Introduction to Human Geography and World Regional Geography - those are both intro level courses. I teach two regional courses. I teach a Europe course - Europe is my region of specialty - and I also teach the Russia course. And then I teach some of the planning classes. I teach Planning Methods, and right now, I am teaching Community Development, which is really exciting.

College is one of the few times in your life when you have the opportunity to try new things without any potential downside. Yeah, you might get a bad grade in a course that you didn’t relate to, but 10 years from now, when you look back, you won’t even remember. Trying new things and meeting different kinds of people that you might not have met in your past and expanding your horizons is what I think college is really about. There is always the pressure to study more and do more homework, but there are so many other activities on the campus - concerts, plays and sporting events. I would encourage students to get out and get involved in these activities.

GP: What is your favorite part of your job at FSU? I would have to say being in contact with the students. I know you hear this all the time, but it’s true. Getting to know students pretty well because the classes are small. When you walk across campus, you always see

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I’d have to say the students and teaching. Being in the classroom is so energizing. It’s so great to hear people’s comments and questions and get people involved in discussions, and to have these small classes where this is really possible is a really wonderful thing.

I do. I’m kind of a food person. I also garden, which also ties in with the food thing, and because of my background in landscape architecture, I really like to make my place attractive and welcoming. I also read, too. I do a lot of reading!

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I think it was getting to know people from all over the place and really getting to know different perspectives on life. I am still friends with my college friends decades after. It’s a really great experience to have close friends living in the dormitory.

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I go there and essentially, I am a tourist in these places and I am looking at how the communist party is represented to tourists and how they retrospectively look back and say, “This is what we were like at this period in time.” I am also working on a smaller, more local project, which is the geographical change in the leather tanning industry. Peabody was a center for leather tanning, as well as other cities in the North Shore, and I am looking at the geographical changes over a period of about one hundred years.

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entire Honors community,” said Maibor, “this home will help shape us into an even more dynamic program, fostering the fellowship which both supports and inspires.” Maibor said President Timothy Flanagan has been an “enthusiastic supporter” as president, and was instrumental in the program’s bid to join the Commonwealth Honors Program. Maibor added that when the team from the Commonwealth Honors Program returned from their meeting with Flanagan to assess FSU’s Honors Program, they were so impressed by his investment that they asked her “if he was for real,” and Maibor said she was “very pleased to report he was.” Maibor also credited Vice President Linda Vaden-Goad as a “champion” of the Honors Program, “enabling and encourag-

The Honors Program, she said, is a “rigorous degree path designed for incredibly bright and highly motivated students.” While all of the academic programs at FSU are designed for such students, she said Honors courses draw further upon students’ analytical and creative talents. The faculty and staff, said Vaden-Goad, have done a “wonderful job” growing the program in recent years. “This new home,” she said, “will help build on those efforts” space. “I can’t think of a better location for the program than here, apparently next to our ‘Backyard’ and North Hall, our beautiful new residence hall,” she said. Flanagan, the last to speak, welcomed the Honors Program to the neighborhood, as he and his wife, Nancy live just down the street. “We’ll be able to keep an eye on the activities of the Honors Program and the comings and goings of the students,”

oping its arms around the small little niche we call the Honors House makes a really nice statement about the value we attach to the program,” he said. According to Maibor, the director since 2007, the Honors Program has implemented new requirements for Honors students. students were required to take a freshman Honors seminar, which Maibor said had four sections this past fall – two focused on justice, one focused on bioethics and another on monsters. “All different, all very interesting and all interdisciplinary,” said Maibor, adding that the seminars are mostly “discussion-based.” They are a great opportunity for these students to read some interesting texts and have some great discussions,” she said. Maibor said the program requires stu-

Honors students can take an upper-level class at the 300 or 400 level for their major as a “contract course.” These students take the regular course, but work out an arrangement with the faculty member for additional work they do one-on-one with the instructor - a research project, or an “enhanced version” of a research project if the class is already required to complete one. According to Maibor, Honors students cannot take a course in their majors at the 100 or 200 levels as an Honors course. However, the QPA requirements for the Honors Program did not change despite FSU’s admission into the Commonwealth Honors Program. Students still need to maintain a QPA of 3.0 through their freshman and sophomore years, and a 3.25 through their junior and senior years. Students also need a minimum of a “B” in

to approve the designation, which is then brought before the Board of Higher Education. Maibor and Vaden-Goad spoke at the Board of Higher Education meeting and the program was approved. monwealth Honors Program, said Maibor, is that graduating seniors are designated Commonwealth Honors Scholars. Starting this past fall, all incoming Honors students are given a scholarship which is tied to enrollment in the Honors Program, and is renewable each year given that they remain “eligible and active in the program.” students from other schools enrolled in an Honors Program with membership in the Commonwealth Honors Program are automatically admitted into FSU, even if those schools are community colleges. “We will be actively recruiting those students,” she said. “It just makes it easy for them to come here.” Approximately 180 students are enrolled in the program, said Maibor, who said the new initiatives started this fall will hopefully “result in higher program completion rates in four years.” She said that while changes have been made over the last few years, the program will need to wait a few years to see whether those initiatives are successful. In the fall of 2010, there were only 129 students enrolled in the Honors Program, Maibor said. At the end of last year, Maibor said the school was awarded a grant from the Cheryl Spencer Memorial Foundation which will be used to award scholarships to help seniors working on their thesis projects. According to Maibor, the Honors Program is moving toward eliminating “hybrid

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The new Honors House on Adams Road behind North Hall. ings and “many, many e-mail exchanges and off-the-cuff conversations, she has been a generous mentor, sharing her insights and creative energy.” Dean of Admissions Jeremy Spencer, said Maibor, has been a “wonderful partner to the Honors Program.” With his staff, Maibor said Spencer was instrumental in the program’s growth last fall. Also, Spencer is a new member of the Honors Council, and according to Maibor, is “continuing to help us think about our recruitment efforts and future growth.” Maibor acknowledged Assistant Director Dr. Paul Bruno, who began working in the program this fall, for “making his mark felt through new programming initiatives,” as well as the program’s new Administrative Assistant, Katelyn Christopher. “I already don’t remember what I did without [her],” she said. Maibor also expressed her gratitude to Director of Facilities Warren Fairbanks, Assistant Director of Facilities Maureen Fowler and the rest of their staff. “I think Warren is second only to my husband in the number of harassing emails he’s received from me over the last six months,” she said, inducing laughter from the crowd of administrators and Honors students. “Historically, there have always been places - the Agora, the stoa, the Lyceum, the yeshiva - where learned persons have gathered to think great thoughts,” said Maibor. “As you will see in a couple of minutes, Facilities, in refashioning this house into an accessible, modern space while maintaining its warmth and character, has given such a home to us.” Vaden-Goad also spoke at the ceremony. She referred to Maibor as a “true leader” and “one we all want to follow.”

he said. Flanagan recognized the Honors students in the crowd, and dedicated the new house to them, because, he said, “it is really about the students.” Flanagan acknowledged the efforts of the Chair of the Board of Trustees, Barbara Gardner, President of the FSU Foundation Kevin Foley, and members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors Ralph Flanagan also thanked his executive team, without whom, he said, he “wouldn’t get anything done.” According to Flanagan, in the Dec. 7, 2007 edition of The Gatepost, there is a picture of the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Honors Lounge in Foster Hall. He remembers Bridget O’Donnell, the then president of the Honors Program Student Association, being in that picture, and wondering how she came from North Carolina to Framingham State. According to Flanagan, she was interested in fashion design, but also wanted a school with solid liberal arts and strong Honors programs. She graduated in May 2010, but with a degree in mathematics. “sub-environments” are what the Honors Program offers to “highly motivated, very talented students” like O’Donnell. “I can’t think of a better or wiser investment that a university can make than to invest in supporting Honors students because they give so much back to the institution,” he said. Flanagan said he told O’Donnell that “down payment” on the investment the university was expected to make in the Honors Program. “I actually think the juxtaposition of the beautiful new residence hall sort of envel-

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Students take part in cutting the ribbon for the new house. each Honors class. For admission into the Commonwealth Honors Program, an application of “about 50 pages” was submitted, which Maibor called an “extensive self-study. “They wanted to know about the goals of the program, what kinds of classes we offered, extracurriculars, how students are brought in, how they apply and funding,” she said. “The questions they ask you to answer in the application cover all aspects of the program.” In addition to the application, the Commonwealth Program sent a three-member team of directors from other Honors Programs to visit Framingham State and assess its program last spring. According to Maibor, the team met with herself, Flanagan, Vaden-Goad, students, the Honors Council and faculty. “It was a long day,” said Maibor, adding that the visit included a tour of the old Honors Center. The Commonwealth Council then voted

courses” that the program has traditionally offered. FSU, she said, is looking to offer “more and more Honors-only classes.” This past semester, the program has been offering general education Honors courses, some of which are Honors-only. “Students really like those classes - faculty too,” Maibor said. “Our goal is to move in that direction, away from dual-enrolled classes.” Another important goal, said Maibor, is to increase program completion rates. Some students, she said, have to drop out of the program because they don’t maintain the required QPA or don’t take the required number of Honors courses. Others have to drop out because they don’t complete the Honors thesis. “Those are things we can help,” said Maibor. Honors students graduated in 2011, and 14 graduated in 2010. - Continued on page 6


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First-ever Winter Festival a success By Kärin Radock INTERIM NEWS EDITOR Students and faculty participated in end. After discontinuing the lighting of the Tree of Hope in December, administrators decided instead to hold a festival in conjunction with this year’s Winter Commencement. Events began on Friday with the Honors House ribbon-cutting ceremony at the site of the new house behind North Hall on AdNorth Hall “Backyard,” the Black Student Union’s (BSU) spoken word poetry event in the Forum, the SUAB-sponsored semiformal dance at the Framingham Sheraton, and a Ski Club-sponsored trip to Wachusett Mountain. SUAB President Nikki Curley said the dance was a hit. “We sold out of tickets, everything went smoothly and the food was delicious!” Mitch Kelley, Semi Chair, said, “Everything went really well. It was a great success and everyone had a good time.” The professional photography available at the semi was also popular with dancegoers. There were three different green screen background options corresponding with the Las Vegas theme - a sphinx and Reno or Vegas signs, and there was always a line, said Curley. Ski Club President Kendall Valente said the ski trip was a success as well. “The trip was so good! Twenty people went, just like the last trip. And even if conditions aren’t great, the younger kids who get to the mountain after school leave by eight, and then we have the whole mountain to ourselves.” On Saturday morning, Winter Commencement was held in DPAC. The faculty and staff vs. students basketball game and free throw competition followed that afternoon in the Athletic Center Gym. Students triumphed 49-39. Bingo, usually sponsored by SUAB was held in the Fo-

rum and was sponsored instead by the FSU Alumni Association. A “Moonlite Breakfast” began at 10:00

of two “Movie Madness” double features was played later that night in DPAC, beginning with “Moneyball” followed by “The Hangover Part 2.” A Jazz Brunch in the Dining Commons station XM channel #67 - Real Jazz was played, and southern food, such as sweet potato pie, corn bread, hush puppies, okra and tomatoes, black-eyed peas and fried Director of Dining Services Ralph Eddy said, in an email, “While participating in the planning of the super Winter Festival weekend, we saw an opportunity to ‘kick off’ Black History Month with a jazz brunch. The menu was centered around

try dishes like hush puppies with red eye gravy or the stewed okra, those that did had good things to say.” In the afternoon, a family fun day was held in the Forum. The event was coordinated by Student Involvement and Leadership Development (SILD), with tables highlighting some of FSU’s clubs and organizations and featuring kid-friendly music from WDJM. Many of the clubs offered crafts and other activities to visiting children, the Dance Club played limbo, freeze dance, and performed to “Winter Wonderland,” and there were also baby animals brought in for the day by Tonya Dokulil from Animal Craze, a traveling farm out of Winchendon, MA. John Savage, a freshman and member of the Wildlife Club, said, “Overall, family fun day was a big success. The kids seemed like they had a lot of fun, especial-

Secretary of the Anime Club Blake Bartko said, “There were a lot of kids, and they seemed to have a good time making origami - especially the kind that makes noise.” The Ski Club had two options for crafts: with Poland Spring’s Aqua Pod bottles and glitter, and SUAB had materials to make foam door hangers and also offered coloring pages. SILD Administrative Assistant Jill Hayward said she thinks this year’s family fun day was a success. fun day. This year, our interns helped coordinate the event - they chose the theme, winter carnival, to go along with the Winter Festival. “The baby animals drew students as well - we drew more students than ever, and made the best of our time during the hour the animals were here. Even with the other events going on, we drew a lot of people to the event.” The second “Movie Madness” double feature showing of “Puss in Boots” and “Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part - I” was Festival event, the showing of the Super Bowl was held in the forum. Rita Colucci, chief of staff and general counsel, who helped plan the festival, said in an e-mail, “Overall, I think the festival was a success. Colder weather and

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Families decorate snowmen at SGA’s family fun day table. traditional soul food as well as some notwhich is gaining a great deal of exposure as of late. While some guests were hesitant to

ly with the [stuffed] squirrel. There was some good ‘pin the tail on the penguin or raccoon’ action going on. Everyone had a good front for the kids.”

make it feel more “winterish”, but clearly, there was nothing we could do about that. The events that had low turnout were the movies and the football viewing, so if we were to do a winter festival next year, we wouldn’t repeat those events.” President Timothy Flanagan said, “The Winter Festival was an excellent weekend of events and a great way to celebrate Winter Commencement weekend. I really appreciate the time and hard work that many people around campus put into planning and conducting the events.”

SGA amends constitution By Kathleen McDonough INTERIM NEWS EDITOR At this Tuesday’s Dec. 7 SGA meeting, senators accepted amendments for new club constitutions, granted three budget increase requests and one travel and conference request. The Human Rights Action Committee (HRAC) and SGA, itself, requested amendments to their respective constitutions. Both amendments were passed. SGA amended its constitution to require requests to be brought before senate and FinCom only. In the past, e-Board would vote independently and was excluded from voting in senate, explained Parliamentarian and E-Board Member Elizabeth Cameron.

in policies.” SGA also added the responsibility of membership recruitment and retention to its publicity chair, the position currently held by Carly Granville. FSU Ski and Snowboard Club came forward with a budget increase request of $2,080 for a trip to Wachusett Mountain. This amount will pay for lift tickets, which range from $45-58, for the students attending the trip, reducing the cost to students to around $10 out of pocket. The motion passed unanimously. The FSU Human Rights Action Committee and Active Sociologists’ Club both

came forth with separate budget increase requests for $60 each. They explained that this will pay for the police detail for their Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (L.E.A.P.) event featuring drug policy activist Jack Cole. The event will discuss the War on Drugs from a police perspective and will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 22. Both motions passed unanimously. The FSU Pride Alliance came forth with a travel and conference request that was cut to $2,038.40 before it was passed. Bruce said that the club’s initial request was for one advisor and 12 students to attend a conference, but had to be cut to only allow one advisor and four students so as to comply with policies set in place. The Black Student Union (BSU) presented its travel and conference report in the form of a PowerPoint presentation and an activity for senate members. Bruce said, “I think they did a really good job. They asked us questions to show us what they learned, which was unique because a lot of clubs don’t do that.” In other news: The Open Administrators’ Forum will be held Wednesday, Feb. 15 in DPAC. SGA will sponsor two blood drives this semester on Monday, March 26 and Wednesday, April 11. The Bone Marrow Drive will take place on Wednesday, April 18.


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court’s rejection of California’s Proposition 8 on Tuesday. “Seven states out of 50. We’re almost there!” she said. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found the proposition, which banned gay marriage in the state, to be unconstitutional this week. Despite Republican backlash, Bezreh believes there is promise for the future of the LGBT community. “We’re fortunate to live in a more liberal state, but I don’t think [Republicans] are going to get much support anyway,” said Bezreh. “Thankfully, our country is progressing.” Carly Burton, director of public policy and political affairs at Mass Equality, a grassroots organization that advocates for equal rights in the LGBT community, said,

are also issues concerning stores, public

Transgendered students are protected

With the exception of the transgender community, all protected classes in nondiscrimination statutes have public accom-

Rita Colucci, chief of staff and general counsel. The plan covers the entire campus community, from students to employees to

an investigation to determine whether the policy was violated. There have been no comtransgender community since

time in 2007, so it has been discussed and worked on for a while now. … It is really historic legislation.” The act was originally called “The Transgender Equal Rights Bill” before it passed through the judiciary committee, said Burton. Opponents referred to it as the “Bathroom Bill” as a result of the issue surrounding whether transgendered people should be able to use the public restroom of their choice. “I think [Mass Equality] and the transgender community has done a good job in educating the public and the legislature about who transgendered people are,” said Burton. “As more people feel comfortable coming out and revealing who commodation protections might be slightly easier.” According to Burton, Mass Equality has been working toward showing the public and the legislature that transgendered individuals have more public accommodation obstacles than strictly bathrooms. There

Under the plan, if an individual feels as though he or she are being discriminated against because of their gender identity, he or she can go to Human Resources and

modations, said Burton, “so the passage of this bill without public accommodations is unique.” Mass Equality worked with State Representative Tom Sannicandro, Senator Karen Spilka and Representative Chris Walsh in getting the bill passed.

action plan went into effect, said Colucci. Kim Dexter, assistant director for Residence Life, said, “Luckily, we’ve been in a little bubble here. We don’t think about the world outside of us all the time, so it’s nice that we can kind of make this issue a little bit more known.” Dexter hopes the bill’s passing will help closeted transgendered students feel comfortable expressing their identities. “I think these small victories will slowly build awareness within the community and hopefully make it a safer place for students who identify themselves as transgendered,” said Dexter. Angelique Bouthot, a freshman, said, “I’ve always been active in gay rights, so I’m really excited to hear the bill passed.” Kristen O’Brien, a senior, said, “I think it’s something that needed to take effect because [transgendered people are] still widely discriminated against across the country.” Caileen Norris, a senior, said, “I think that’s awesome. … I think [the bill] makes a lot of sense.” Colucci says the bill is efAbner Cavalcanti/The Gatepost fective in bringing to light an vendors. issue that wasn’t necessarily at the forefront. been active on this campus since 2007, and “Hopefully, it makes people stop and gender identity has been protected here wonder, ‘Does it matter which gender on campus. So I think we were a little bit someone holds themselves out as?’ At the ahead of the game on this one,” said Co- end of the day, we’re all people.” lucci.

Are you interested in learning valuable job tips? WHAT: Presentation by Ted Woo, Chief for Public Affairs at Customs and Border Protection (Department of Homeland Security, Boston) WHEN: Wednesday, February 15th, 1:30 – 2:20 WHERE: McCarthy Center 309 Ted works very closely with many federal law enforcement agencies. In this presentation, he will identify courses students should take to prepare for working in these agencies, reveal the inside scoop of what employers are looking for, and provide tips about how to build the best possible resume for federal employment. He will also discuss interview techniques and how to make good use of career fairs.

Ted’s advice will serve you well even if you don’t know for sure that you want to work in government law enforcement.

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Dean of Admissions Jeremy Spencer, enrolling Honors students despite raised admission standards. When scheduling the was “about 50.” However, the program had 97 Honors students enroll this past fall. The new Honors house, said Maibor, opened for students last Monday “so they could come and see it and get comfortable

Jan. 27. The old Honors Lounge only had two rooms connected by a hallway, said Maibor, which was not enough room. According to Dale Hamel, executive vice president, the total cost for the new Honors House was $226,186, including renovations, interior painting, card access, window shades, interior signage and furniture. “Additional work was performed on the facility but was included as part of the arrangement with the contractors for North Hall that used 22 Adams Rd. as their ‘construction trailer’ to reduce costs of that project,” said Hamel. “The university’s portion of the costs came from College Operations.” According to Director of Facilities War-

ren Fairbanks, major improvements to the building were made, including necessary sible and ADA compliant. Other improveelectrical system, telephone and data service and an exterior ramp. Jess Thomas, a sophomore Honors student, said he thinks the Honors House is a “great addition” to the program. Meetings at the old Honors Lounge, he said, were too

at the most. “The program has gotten much better over the last year and you can tell they are trying to make it a big deal, and I think they are doing a great job of it and taking care of the Honors students,” he said. “It makes being in the Honors program more worth it knowing that the administration cares about us.” Meghan Foden, also a sophomore Hon-

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Professor Maibor speaks at Honors House ribbon-cutting ceremony.

ors student, said she is proud to be a part of the Honors Program. “It is a lot of work, but it is an honor to be a part of the program,” she said. Foden said that with the new Honors House, she “may try to go to the Honors Center more often.” Jess Ahearn, a junior Honors student, said she has already been to the new Honors House to study. “It is a lot less distracting than the library,” she said, adding that she lives in Linsley Hall and there are many distractions in the dorm. “I’m really excited for any future events they’re planning on having there. I love that it’s an older building that is being put to good use,” said Ahearn. Scott Shea, a junior Honors student, also acknowledged the importance of being recognized by the Commonwealth Honors Program. “It’s pretty cool,” he said. “We get state recognition, whereas before, it wasn’t a state-recognized program.” Derek Pietras, a senior Honors student, said he is very pleased with the new Honors House, and that it is “much bigger” than the old lounge. Of the admission into the Commonwealth Honors Program, Pietras said the “We work hard, so it’s nice that we get the recognition we deserve,” he said.

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ject of mathematics, including “Catalan Numbers with Applications” and “Fibonacci and Lucas Numbers with Applications,” which won the Association of American Publishers’ New Book Award in 2008. He has also had 125 articles published in academic journals including The Mathematical Gazette, The College Mathematics Journal and The Journal of Recreational Mathematics. He is a peer-reviewer for Mathematics Magazine and The American Mathematical Monthly. He has received the Distinguished Faculty of the Year Award, the Commonwealth Citation for Outstanding Performance, the Distinguished Service Award, and was named to the 2007 edition of “2,000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century” and the 2006-07 edition of “Great Minds of the 21st Century.” Koshy addressed the students, their families and faculty, emphasizing the importance of working for pleasure. “Contrary to what you may think, it does not matter a great deal what you majored in,” he said. He used New York Times Columnist Thomas Friedman as an example. “In the early 1970s at the University of Minnesota, he majored in Arabic and Middle Eastern studies. Many of his peers thought he was mentally imbalanced. After two years, he transferred to Brandeis, and graduated in military training studies.” Koshy said that today, Friedman is a widely read and highly respected journalist who has won three Pulitzer Prizes for journalism. Koshy also described his passion for mathematics and the important role receiving an education played in turning that passion into a life-long career. “Search for a job you enjoy doing. Love what you do. … Always, always welcome challenges. They will pave the way for new opportunities.” Before the conferral of degrees by Chair

of the Board of Trustees Raymond Boulanger, President Timothy Flanagan joked, Vaden-Goad awarded the bachelor of arts degrees, Vice President of Enrollment and Student Development Susanne Conley awarded the bachelor of science degrees, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Graduate and Continuing Education Scott Greenberg awarded the master’s degrees, and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Ellen Zimmerman, along with faculty representing the university’s graduate programs assisted

pus and proudly represent your class, your major and your institution,” he said. After the undergraduate and graduate students alike moved their graduation cap tassels from right to left, signifying their gathered for a reception in the Athletic Center gym. Allison Abbruzzese, who graduated with a B.S. in business and information technology, and was among the students to graduate Magna Cum Laude, said, “It was a great day and the ceremony went really well.”

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Barbara Pierre sings the National Anthem at Winter Commencement. with the hooding of master’s degree recipients. Ralph Eddy, ’96, vice president of the Framingham State University Alumni Association Board of Directors, and director of Dining Services, welcomed the graduates as the association’s newest members. “We hope that you will return to cam-

Marice Rocha Tang, who graduated with a B.S. in biology, enthusiastically exclaimed, “It feels amazing!” Denise Courtney, who graduated with an M.S. in food and nutrition, said, “I’m excited for the next step in my life. Framingham State provided me with a great base for creativity and great work skills.

I’m very proud.” Michelle Cunningham, athletics administrative assistant, whose daughter, Brenna Cunningham, graduated with an M.E. in literacy and language, said, “I thought the commencement ceremony was wonderful.” Carlos Canto, who graduated with a B.A. in economics, said graduating feels “Awesome!” Raeven Fuller, who graduated with a B.A. in psychology, said with a sigh, “It’s [graduating] the most relaxing feeling and nerve-wracking experience, because now you have to make it on your own.” Her mother, Maureen Fuller, said, “We waited so long for this! Raeven has worked really hard and we’re very proud of her.” Bob Sabatino, father of Laura Ann Sabatino, who graduated with a B.S. in business administration, said, “It [the commencement ceremony] was simply perfect. It was run perfectly. The president spoke well. I’d like to congratulate all the graduates and their parents also. The university done a lot and I’d recommend it to anyone. I wish everyone the best.” Internship Coordinator for Career Services, Dawn Ross, said, “I thought the ceremony was awesome. It was well-organized and the quickest one I’ve ever attended. There was enough seating, and it was well attended. I’m very happy for the graduates.” Eddy said, “It was a wonderful day. We’re very proud of the graduating students.” Vaden-Goad said, “Congratulations [to the graduates]. Make this an important moment in your life where you make things change in powerful ways. We’re proud of and excited for you.” Flanagan said, “I’m very proud whether you graduated with a bachelor’s or a master’s degree. They [the graduates] put a lot of time and effort into their work here. We look forward to hearing about their work.”


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