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Diversity Committee hosts Trayvon Martin open forum By Spencer Buell EDITOR-IN-CHIEF The FSU community gathered yesterday to take part in an open forum about the February shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin and the recent national outcry about the incident. Organizers for the event, The Ground We All Stand On, hosted by FSU’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, originally invited the community, in an e-mail penned by Sociology Professor Sue Dargan on behalf of the committee, to attend “an event to observe and process the murder of Trayvon Martin,” at which participants were “encouraged to wear a hoodie,” as has happened at other demonstrations around the country. Organizers reconsidered these plans af-

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SGA candidates duke it out in the Ecumenical Center By Kathleen McDonough NEWS EDITOR By Kerrin Murray NEWS EDITOR The Student Government Association (SGA) held its annual public candidates’ tions from the audience. Although the audience and candidates were warned to “keep it respectful” by host of the event and Election Committee were asked to certain candidates about internal club issues. Current SGA President, Junior Han“been my lifestyle for the past year.” During her time as president, Bruce said she has made changes to the constitution and written and passed a new budget policy for

the association that will be in effect next year. She said her re-election “would be vital for a successful transition” to the new budget plan. she thinks she is the best person for the job, how she has grown as president and how she would improve SGA next year. She said she believes she is the best candidate for president because she has many connections to administrators and clubs, and has “the most knowledge about the way that SGA runs.” She added that she has learned throughout her presidency to “put enough faith in my executive board” and has “grown into working side by side with them to support them and have more trust in them.” She also said she would improve SGA next year by making a smooth transition to the new budget policy, “making sure clubs un-

derstand the process that we go through in SGA” and continuing to look at the constitution critically. Junior Katie Oleson, current social events coordinator, is also running for SGA president. She said SGA should be “accountable, transparent, supportive and visionary” in her speech. “I have learned that many clubs feel that they have lost - Continued on page 3 or not made the connections with SGA,” which she said she would strive to improve if elected. Oleson was asked what her goals for next year are. She would make sure clubs have their voices heard in SGA and “focus on clubs that feel as if they were misled.” By Kathleen McDonough She was also asked about her position on the new budget policy. She said, “I think NEWS EDITOR By Kerrin Murray NEWS EDITOR

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Eyes wide open on diversity By Alexis Huston EDITORIAL STAFF This Monday, the Committee on Diver“Eye of the Storm,” a documentary about Jane Elliott, a third grade teacher, and her class. The documentary primarily focused on an experiment Elliott conducted on her students called “Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes.” The purpose of the experiment was to show the class what diversity is, and how it impacts oneself. She wanted to teach her class there was no difference between races. During the excerpt that was shown, the audience was able to witness the effect the

experiment had on the children from both perspectives. In the documentary, Elliott used the color of the children’s eyes to determine their social status in the classroom. “Blue-eyed people are better than brown eyed people,” Elliott said to her class. She then proceeded to have children with brown eyes wear collars to show they are below the blue-eyed children. Two days later, Elliott then reversed the roles. The next day, she explained the purpose of the experiment to the class and told them that everyone was the same and she would hear no different in her classroom. She was suspended from her position the day after.

opting for putting on a less protest-driven event, one which did not entail wearing hoodies or involve a proposed march from Dwight Hall to the Ecumenical Center, in light of a regional uproar. “What works for Framingham is a teachin rather than a demonstration,” said Sociology Professor Virginia Rutter, one of the event’s organizers. The controversy erupted soon after Dargan’s e-mail, sent to faculty and staff, in which she called the shooting a “state-sanctioned murder,” went public. Boston-based conservative radio host Michael Graham criticized Dargan and the FSU faculty on his show, broadcast on 96.9 WTTK Boston Talks, for “whipping up fact-free fear and race hatred.” In a blog post on the station’s website

led by Rosa Hunter, the principal of RHL Enterprises. The main focus was primarily on the audience’s reaction. Most were surprised at how the children behaved and other. Others were surprised by how effective her experiment was. Elliott showed clear initiative to put a stop to racism. The effectiveness of this movement is shown in many of the classrooms she traveled to where Elliott conducted the same experiments. Hunter claimed that after Elliott’s experiments in the classrooms, students strived to be successful in their academics.

On Sunday, April 1, Framingham State lost June M. Berringer, a beloved friend and colleague. Berringer, 61, was a devoted veteran food service supervisor with Sodexo working at the school’s Ram’s Den Grille. Her workdays started at 6 a.m., and she served hungry students with a smile until 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. A longtime friend of Berringer’s, Pat Morrisroe, said “She opened up food services at six oclock, every single morning - rain, shine, snow. She never let them down. I’ve seen it when there was ice six inches thick on her driveway and she got out and got to school to open up.” Berringer was raised in Marston Saint Lawrence, a small village outside of Oxford, England. Growing up, she had no telephone, and many of the people in her village had no telephones or indoor plumbing. - Continued on page 5


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

Well, my hobby, which I do more of now that I retired, is a living history program on my great-grandfather who served in the American Civil War in the Union Army. So I get to dress up in my uniform and have all

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and all the food supplies. And then I go around to historical societies, public libraries and sometimes retirement facilities and give about a 90-minute presentation on his civil war experience, which is a lot of fun. GP: Do you still practice law? No. There’s an outside chance that I might, but as long as I’m doing part-time teaching and my own hobby in terms of the Civil War, right now it seems enough. There is always the possibility. My daughter is in law school, so maybe when she gets her degree, she’ll take her old man on as an associate or something.

GP: What made you decide to teach here at FSU? It was more by a my master’s, and I asked, “Do I really need a Ph.D.?” And someone told me, “Only if you go into teaching.” So I said, “Well, I’ll try my luck in teaching.” This was in the day when jobs were plentiful. Somebody said there was an opening out at Framingham State College. I came out and interviewed and the guy asked if I wanted the job, and I said, “Sure.” That’s how I got into teaching. Then I demy Ph.D. because you can’t stay in higher education without a doctorate. It’s the only job I’ve ever had. GP: What classes do you teach?

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I graduated from Lafayette College in Pennsylvania with a B.A. Then, I went to the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts School for International Relations. I got my master’s and Ph.D. from there. And then later, on when I was teaching here, I said, “Hey, why not go back to law school?” So, I went back to law school in the evening at the New England School of Law and graduated from there with a law degree in 1987. I started teaching here in 1968 ancient times!

Since I retired and I’m back part-time, I teach a Law and Society course for the Sociology department and I teach Introduction to American Politics for the Political Science department. Also, this fall, I will be teaching a course in US Foreign Policy, which is really my area when I was teaching full time. GP: Do you feel as if the experience of being a part-time professor is any different than being full-time?

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GP: When you were a lawyer, what kind of cases did you handle? I was in my early forties when I went back to law school, and as Alexis Huston/The Gatepost soon as I went back, my wife and I had our two daughters and my wife worked full time, so I had to make a decision - did I want to give up teaching and practice law? But time and practice law. So basically, I haven’t practiced. I did develop a pre-law program for the major here, and I was pre-law advisor. I’m more of an academic lawyer. I would like to practice at some point - maybe in family or child law, and all I would have to do would be to renew my license, but I need to give it more thought. GP: Do you have any advice for graduating seniors? My advice is to really keep your options open. I know it’s a tough job market out there, but what you may need to do is think about graduate school to get a little more specialized training depending on what you are interested in. I have to admit, since 2008, it really is a tough market. Try to adapt your resume to as broad a base as possible. The only reason I sometimes recommend graduate school is that the placement services at those schools is sometimes better than at the undergraduate level. Students should look at the master’s from more of the employment side than the academic side.

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If individuals continue to be allowed to have that kind of power, incidents like the Trayvon Martin shooting are “going to happen over and over and over again.” During the open forum portion of the event, junior Joel Taft advocated for repealing Stand Your Ground laws. Without doing so, he said, “We will never get justice for Trayvon.” lina Fontes said, in the wake of the shooting, discussions have emerged at her club’s

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yesterday, Graham wrote, “Al Sharpton and his allies (at FSU, among others) have been working harder to create a legal-syswhat really happened on that fateful night in February.” Martin was reportedly unarmed, allegedly carrying only a bag of skittles and an Arizona iced tea when he was shot and killed by 28-year-old George Zimmerman in a gated community in Sanford, Florida. In response to his death, thousands around the country have held protests and demonstrations calling for Zimmerman’s arrest and for the repeal of the Stand Your Ground laws, which, in Florida and many other states, provide protections for people who take lethal aggressive action when they feel their lives are in danger. New details about the shooting now emerge almost daily and media coverage of the controversial incident has been extensive. In a phone interview, Graham said he approved of the revised structure of the committee’s event, calling it “a much better idea than the one that was originally proposed.” But Graham said he still had doubts about the motivation behind organizing an “When you have the head of a university department sending an e-mail declaring [Zimmerman] a murderer, that it was a state-sanctioned murder … the committee has already revealed its biases.” The forum was not a school-sponsored event, as it was not organized by administrators, said FSU spokesman Dan Magazu. Dargan said she believes her e-mail was misinterpreted, adding that “causing a stir was never my intent,” but if she could do it over again, she said she would phrase her statement differently. Her “state-sanctioned murder” murder comment, she said, was based on “the state saying [the shooting] is OK. ‘Sanction’ means the state is saying it’s legal.” Dargan defended the committee’s decision to hold the event despite accusations that it brought unnecessary attention to racial issues. “As a committee, we found some of the important aspects of the case But the more troubling piece for me is that with these [Stand Your Ground] laws, people are able to use discretion in ways some people’s race more than others.” Dargan said she had been receiving abusive e-mails on her FSU account from people outside the school community ranging from personal insults and criticisms to further calls for her resignation. She said she forwarded the e-mails to Campus Police, and although she said the communications put her “a little on edge,” by Thursday she was no longer receiving them. Campus Police Deputy Chief John San-

opinion, Martin’s race was the factor in the incident that led to his death. because, as people of color, we have to al… We have to think, ‘Is that person talking to me that way because of my color, because of the person I was born from?’” She said, for that reason, it’s impossible not to think about the attack as being racially motivated. Brutus, though, disagreed. “In the back of my head, I’m not always thinking about Alexis Huston/The Gatepost

Prof. Ira Silver addresses Ecumenical Center crowd at Diversity Committee event The Ground We All Stand On. at the Ecumenical Center, as is standard for an event of this size, and an additional any extra police support been necessary, but the event went on without incident. A sign reading “this event is limited to the FSU community only” was taped to the door of the Ecumenical Center, which Rutter said was “a way to help support us in our effort to make this a dialogue between our students, faculty and staff. “We weren’t crazy about the idea of turning people away,” said Rutter, who added that, to her knowledge, no one who tried to attend the event was denied entrance, including a few reporters and colleagues from other colleges. To begin the discussion, students Keyona Bell, Larry Liuzzo and Kendra Sampson took turns recounting the landmark developments of the Trayvon Martin case, beginning with the initial reports of Martin’s death and progressing through emerging evidence about Zimmerman’s 911 call, testimony from Martin’s girlfriend and Zimmerman’s father and revelations about Zimmerman’s injuries. “As you can see, there’s a lot of misinformation, or a lot of information that is now contradicting,” said Bell. “The facts of this case are not clear-cut. They are not black and white.” FSU faculty members then contributed their own interpretations and analyses of the incident, the legal mechanics behind the Stand Your Ground laws and the implications the shooting could have for public policy.

“We’re in a college environment, and there’s no better place to open up discussion” about these issues, Criminology Professor Vincent Ferraro, who spoke at the event, said in an interview. Although the discussion was not focused “solely on race,” he said it would be “unwise to say that race was not a factor” in the case - an assertion he said he makes based on available evidence, which neither proves nor disproves that the shooting was racially motivated. He said what interests him, though, is what he called the two most important es were brought against Zimmerman and whether his actions constitute a hate crime. He said the problem with the controversial Stand Your Ground laws is that although “most people can rationalize and understand” why a person needs to be able to determine what constitutes self defense and what does not. Retired politics Professor John Ambacher called the provisions of the self-defense laws in place in 29 states around the country a “volatile cocktail” of discretion and unaccountability. Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, he said, “goes much further than simply ‘standing your ground.’ There is nothing in this law that says you do not have the right to confront somebody else or to pursue somebody else. … I see nothing in this law that prevents the discretion of a gun holder to go after someone. In that sense, it’s a tremendous amount of discretion … for a civilian with no training.”

ple should treat you.” She said, “We don’t need to focus on racial division,” but, instead, “we need to share our personal experiences” involving race relations. Brutus said she believes rapper and gangster culture have instilled an unavoidable fear about clothing like the now infamous hooded sweatshirts. “Personally, if I saw someone in a hoodie, I might also be afraid. … I’m taught to be afraid of that.” Sociology Professor Ira Silver, who also spoke at the event, said in an interview that he believes tragedies like Martin’s death provide an opportunity to analyze national issues which often are not discussed. After an incident like the Trayvon Martin shooting, he said, “We need to step back and ask, ‘What does this tragedy expose?’ There is a whole litany of tragedies that have been similarly explored” – referring to Hurricane Katrina and the Titanic as large-scale examples of incidents spawn“People who see [the incident] as divisive are those who want to divide,” he said. “It is not our agenda to make this into a crusade. … I hope people can get by their emotions, step back and talk about the real lessons we can take from tragedies.” At the event’s conclusion, Bell asked attendees to sign a poster bearing a photo of Martin along with the name of the event, The Ground We All Stand On. Signing it, she said, means “saying we’re participating in open discussion, and that this discussion doesn’t end when we leave this room.” The poster is now on display in front of the info desk in the McCarthy Center.

SGA tables Christian Fellowship request

By Kärin Radock NEWS EDITOR At the April 4 SGA meeting, senators granted a co-sponsorship to the Gaming Club, and after much debate, tabled the Christian Fellowship’s budget increase and Gaming Club general member Nathan SGA for $12.43 for 100 red plastic bracelets for their Get Up, Get Out, Get Healthy event on April 28. Stowes explained that

participants who have signed a form for the event. The motion passed unanimously. Also a general member of the Christian Fellowship, Stowes came forward with a concert at the end of April. Because club members who were present at a preceding FinCom meeting didn’t attend Tuesday night’s general senate meeting, senators debated whether to allocate at least one of

In the end, a motion was made to table passed with 10 opposed. Nicolotte Carlson was voted senator of the month of March. In other news: · Dining Services, HRAC and SILD are hosting an Oxfam America Hunger Banthe Forum. Participants will learn about teractive setting. Admission is free and to participate, RSVP to sboland@student.

framingham.edu by Friday, April 6, 2012. · Alternative Spring Break members will be holding their post presentation on Monday, April 9 at 1:30 p.m. in the McCarthy Center Alumni Room. · The SUAB sponsored spring concert will be held on Thursday, April 12. Tickets can be purchased for $5.00. Students should contact SUAB President Nikki Curley if you are interested in working the event.


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SGA candidates make their case Molly Goguen STUDENT TRUSTEE CANDIDATE My name is Molly Goguen, and I am running for the position of student trustee. Framingham State takes up so much space in my heart that I want nothing more than to see it succeed. However, in order for success to happen, faults must be acknowledged and changes be promoted. My primary goal as student trustee is to provide students with an outlet—to allow them to voice their frustrations, their visions and their ideas. While I may not be able to promise that parking in Maynard will be open to all resident students during the week or that buffalo chicken wraps can be added to the meal exchange program, I can promise that I will listen to every concern, every want and every issue that any student is willing to express. More than this, there is another particularly special role that, as student trustee, I plan to dedicate myself to - that is to give credit where credit is due. In the next year, I want to start a movement to bridge students and administration. I want the administration of this institution, up to the highest levels, to recognize just how capable the student body of FSU is. On election day, I encourage you all to by casting your vote. I hope that you can all put your TRUST in me and vote Molly Goguen for student trustee.

Hannah Bruce PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE Over the past four years, Student Government Association has been a huge priorto love the organization and have been a member of the executive board for the past three years. Through the various roles I have held on SGA, I have created connections with multiple administrators, faculty, staff and students on this campus. With all of my experiences over the past four years, I have learned the necessary skills to make SGA successful. I have devoted a huge part of my collegiate experience to this organization, and it truly means everything to me. This year, I have worked on improving SGA policies and procedures on this campus. I have made the SGA ofmembers and to all of its visitors. I will continue to represent the students of this campus and to work with administration to make sure student concerns and issues are known. I will continue to listen to the ideas and feedback from clubs and organizations to improve SGA policies and procedures. And, I will continue to devote and dedicate a huge portion of my time to this school and the students of this campus. My high level of professionalism, my experience on SGA and my passion for the organization make me the best candidate for the role of President. So please, put your vote to good use, and re-elect Hannah Bruce.

Katie Oleson PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE Hi! My name is Katie Oleson and I am running for SGA President. SGA is some-

club I ever got involved in here at Framingham State, and it is something I can’t imagine my FSU career without. SGA President, I have been very involved here at Framingham State. I have been a part of multiple clubs outside of SGA, including SUAB, WDJM, RAMMs, and more. I have been a general board member, President for two years. In having this experience, I realize that an SGA President needs to do more than implement their own ideas on to other clubs; they need to listen and understand other clubs’ wants and needs. This needs to go beyond club e-board members; it needs to reach out to all members. My goals for SGA are to have clubs and campus members combined take ownership of their ideas and implement them. There should be both formal and informal ongoing conversations between SGA and clubs, and SGA should be something students are proud of. But what I want more than anything is to know what others want to see in SGA. I’m not going to end this with any fancy slogans, but I want to ask you, are you proud of YOUR SGA? Because if you vote for me, I will do whatever it takes to make your answer be yes!

Larry Liuzzo VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE My name is Larry Liuzzo. I am a sophomore, majoring in history with a minor in secondary education. I am currently a senator on SGA and am running for vice president for the next school year. As some of on SGA, but I stress to you to not let my tenure be a negative aspect on my candistrive to work to continue strengthening the bonds between SGA and clubs because when we work together, we accomplish our goals. I believe in reasonable compromise through all else – that to better form, maintain and improve relationships, it is essential to engage in constructive compromises ensuring the best outcomes for all parties. I promise to do all I can for the clubs and serve the clubs as an influential advocate and spokesperson within SGA. As vice president, it will be my mission to dedicate my time and efforts to continue to strengthen the bond between SGA and clubs. My hope is that for next year, if elected as vice president of SGA, the communication between the clubs and SGA will grow and that we will be able to move past our differences, work together and make our clubs and our school the best that they can possibly be. On April 11, 2012 I humbly ask for your support and your vote for Student Government Association’s vice president.

Terri Deluise VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE Hello FSU students! My name is Terri Deluise, I am a junior psychology major here at Framingham State and I am running for vice president of the student government. I could talk about my accomplishments and the other skills that I have but this position, is not just about having a title

or adding another bullet to my resume - it is about what I can do for the student body. My main goal is to be able to become more engaged with clubs and organizations by communicating with them on a regular basis so I can gain a better understanding of what they are looking to achieve throughout the year. By doing so, the executive board representatives will be better prepared for when they come before Senate of Senate lend a hand to clubs and organizations that come before us seeking cosponsorship. By being physically present at other club’s meetings, I hope to build a relationship with the executive boards as well as the general members so that when they are not nervous about talking to us. Most importantly, though, I want to support clubs and praise them for all of their hard work throughout the year. I do not want anyone’s passion and dedication to go unnoticed!

Scott Shea SOCIAL EVENTS COORDINATOR CANDIDATE WHAT’S GOODIE, FRAMINGHAM?!?!? My name is Scott Shea, and I am running for SGA’s social events coordinator for the 2012-2013 academic year! I’m a sophomore english major who is actively involved on campus as an Academic Success Peer Tutor, a Black & Gold Orientation Leader and a Foundations Peer Mentor. I am also involved in the Student Union Activities Board, and currently serve as the club’s novelty and movie chair, so I definitely have experience coordinating events! I am running for the position of social event coordinator because I have always had an interest in (as you may have already guessed) event coordinating. Events connect people, and, through this position, I want to not only connect myself to even more people on this campus, but I want to connect you all to more people on this campus as well. During the upcoming year, I want to stress the importance of co-sponsorships, and not work! As I stressed in my speech during someone who students of Framingham feel aligned with, and someone who is just passionate about being social and having fun. I know that I can bring enthusiasm, great organizational skills and a boatload of straight-up fun to this position. I want to serve you, the students of Framingham State, in the upcoming academic year! So please vote Scott Shea for SGA’s Social Events Coordinator on April 11th! Nicole Curley SOCIAL EVENTS COORDINATOR CANDIDATE My name is Nicole Curley and I would be honored to be the next Student Government Association’s social event coordinator. Being a Student Union Activities Board representative has entailed attending SGA meetings for three years. Experiencing SGA from another club’s standpoint and the viewpoint of an SGA member provides an executive board member. Due to my experience with campus, event planning and

SILD policies and procedures, I will come before SGA. As social events coordinator one of my main duties will be planning the All Uniclubs in the planning process. The purpose of this event is to celebrate all of the hard work and time club members dedicate to FSU, so it is crucial to include them in the planning process to ensure that it is an event enjoyed by all. Planning large-scale events with SUAB, which are similar to this event, has made me aware of all that goes into planning an event. My role as SUAB president has strengthened my communication, leadership, time management and interpersonal skills, which would be benate about my commitments and always put forth my best effort in any task assigned to me. I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to be the next SGA social events coordinator so please vote for me. The decision isn’t tricky, vote for Nikki!

Paul Manning SATF CANDIDATE Hi everyone, my name is Paul Manning and I am a sophomore here at FSU. Over the past year, I’ve been involved in Student Government as a Senator for the Class of 2014. I am currently running for student activities treasurer for 2012-2013. My goal in attending Framingham State was to leave the school a better place then when I came. Through not only my work, but that of everyone on SGA, we are closer to that goal. If elected, I want to continue the changes made to this campus and help strengthen the bonds between SGA and all of the organizations and clubs. Through the new budget policy, which I voted yes on, SGA will hopefully become closer to each and every club and we all can work together to make Framingham State a great place for everyone! I am Carly Granville and I am a sophomore history major with a minor in secondary education. I am currently running for the position of SGA’s secretary for the 2012-2013 school year.

Carly Granville SECRETARY CANDIDATE For the past two years, SGA has given me the opportunity to create friendships and voice my opinions. I am very organized and to be secretary. As the current publicity chair, I have learned a brand-new position and have gotten the creative opportunity to increase publicity for this organization. It has been a rewarding experience, and I am looking forward to having a greater role within SGA. Vote for Carly for Secretary!


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She married an American, Timothy Berringer, in who was in the Air Force. Two years later, in 1978, she moved to the United States with him. Her close friends and colleagues remember her fondly as a mother and wife, dedicated co-worker and loyal friend. The eldest of her two sons, Jonathan, said, “My mother was very open, caring and loving. She was a fantastic mother, a fantastic grandmother and a fantastic wife. She was not only loved by her family, but also by the Framingham State community.” He said he used to work with her “back in the day.” Jonathan remembers “yelling back and forth to the cooks, but it was a playful yelling, a loving yelling.” Morrisroe, who knew Berringer for 32

years, said, “My husband and June’s husband worked together, discovered they both had English wives and from that time on, we became friends. She was all about family. ... June was June - honest and true.” Morrisroe said after Berringer’s sister passed away, she took care of her niece and nephew as if they were her own children. She also had a grandson, Jack, who was “her whole life. She lit up when she saw him.” Morrisroe also described Berringer’s dedication to her job and her coworkers. “She gave it her all. There were no half measures. She wasn’t in it for the money. She was in it because she just built family and friends here. … Any one of them will tell you how special she was.” Sean “Skip” Flanagan, a friend and coworker at the Ram’s Den Grille, described

June’s delicious baking and kind heart. “I met her and a month later, she gave me a bottle of wine for Christmas. She made cake, pastries - always something incredibly fancy for everyone she worked with.” Ralph Eddy, director of dining services, said in an e-mail that he has known Berringer for 20 years and her passing has left a void which is irreplaceable. “Each time I walk around the corner to the Ram’s Den, I expect to see her there. ‘June Bug’ was a wonderful person with a heart of gold. She loved the students, faculty and staff of Framingham State as much as she loved her family. I will miss you June.” [Editor’s Note: Interim Assistant Arts and Features Editor Tara Kelly contributed to this article.]

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June Berringer served food at Framingham State for over 25 years.

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I am very nervous about some instances where I feel that there are clubs that will need a budget before they are able to come see us.” Head of FinCom, Senior Emily Cormack asked, “Many of the events you have held this year have been somewhat unsuccessful. The few of them that were successful was because other members of SGA picked up your slack. If you can’t run those events, what makes you think you can run the presidency?” Oleson disagreed that her events were unsuccessful, noting the pumpkin painting and arts and crafts events, which she organized. She said, “I think that one thing I have to learn is that I need to ask for help more instead of just trying to take it on by myself.” She added that she has talked to departments to make sure it doesn’t happen again. fessionalism. “Earlier in your speech, you talked about having good relationships with people. However, earlier in this year, you sent out an e-mail to many of the senators that was rude and very unprofessional without consulting anyone else on the executive board. How do you think you will be able to carry on in a professional manner next year when you meet with administrators and represent an entire student body when you can’t even be professional with your own club?” Oleson said she had consulted President Bruce before sending the e-mail and gave warnings that the e-mail would be sent. “I did recognize that I made a mistake in the end. Every person makes a mistake. No one’s perfect.” She also said she apologized personally to many members of senate as well as formally at a recent meeting. Vice presidential candidate Terri Deluise, a junior, emphasized the need for a stronger relationship she would like to see

between clubs and SGA, including “communication - both formal and informal.” Cormack asked Deluise if she was only running because Oleson asked her to. Deluise responded that although she was unthe executive board made her realize she could handle the role of vice president. Cormack added, “You told me the other day that you would not continue on SGA if you do not win this race. You said you would be too lazy to walk from your apartment to just be a senator. Why should I think that you would not be too lazy to perform your duties?” Deluise responded, “I just think that if I’m going to be getting a job and everything, why make all these commitments for me to keep going unrecognized? I really just want to make a difference on the campus.” Cormack followed up by asking if Deluise felt recognized on SGA the past two years, to which Deluise responded that she only felt recognized one time when she was voted senator of the month. Junior Molly Gougen, current vice president, asked Deluise to explain what she thinks the role of vice president entails. Deluise said she thinks that it entails reaching out to clubs, planning the President’s Council Meeting and “putting your heart and soul into it.” Gougen followed up by asking if Deluise thinks the clubs will thank her for her work, to which Deluise said, “I feel like maybe, maybe not - but that’s just all part of the job.” Sophomore Larry Luizzo, currently a Senator-at-large, is running for the position of vice president. He said creating the budget policy alongside President Bruce and other members prepared him for the position. He said, “I promise to do all I can for the clubs and serve the clubs as an izzo emphasized the role of compromise in improving relationships and “ensuring the

best outcome for all parties.” Cormack asked why he believes he is better suited for the role of vice president said, he was “coming in basically as an outsider, not knowing how things were really run.” Luizzo said growing into a senator role allowed him to “fall in love with the parliamentary procedures of how SGA is run.” Junior Carly Granville, current publicity chair, is running for the position of secretary. She said, “I am really looking forward to doing this next year and getting more involved,” if elected. Granville said, “I love every second of SGA so I consider it to be my second family and I love all of them. I have created a great bond with everybody.” Sophomore Paul Manning, senator for the class of 2014, is running for the position of student activities trust fund treasurer [SATF]. Manning said “I currently serve on three committees, one of which is the Financial Committee run by the current SATF Treasurer, Emily Cormack.” As one of Cormack’s assistants, his “interest in this position has grow rapidly.” He said working alongside Cormack has allowed him to learn how to “effectively keep track of clubs budgets.” Student Union Activities Board representative Nikki Curley is running for social events coordinator. She said, “my role as SUAB president has changed my communication, leadership, time management and interpersonal skills.” She said these skills have prepared her for the position of social events coordinator. She said “I always willing to volunteer my time to help any fellow club members with whatever tasks necessary.” Sophomore Scott Shea, senator-atlarge, is running for social events coordinator. Shea said he “is not running for this position for SGA related reasons,” and is instead running because he is “passionate

about just having fun and making people feel included.” He said, “I know I am ready to move forward into a position where I can take on bigger projects. … I think it would be so rewarding to coordinate more events that make meaning in my fellow students’ lives.” Cormack said, “Many times, I have been there when you have disrespected Katie, and now you are running on a platform, with her so I want to know why you are interested in running with her when in the past, I’ve heard you say not very nice things of her?” In response to the allegation, Shea said, “Katie has been really great to me before. I was mostly speaking about hearsay that I had heard from the current members of SGA.” Vice President Molly Goguen is running for the position of student trustee. Goguen said, “I am not afraid to stand here tonight to tell you that even after working alongside trustees in the past and watching the stress and aggravation, that I want this position.” future. “In the next year, I want to start a movement to bridge students and administration. I want the administration of this institution to recognize just how capable the student body of FSU is.” Junior John Gazard, senator for the Class of 2012, is running for the position of student activities trust fund treasurer [SATF]. He said, “For my two years in committee and I have always been more than the constitutions. … As SATF treasurer, I want to put forth all the knowledge I have gained in the past two years.” Nicholas Avery ended the night by reminding everyone to vote on Wednesday, April 11. Voting will take place on CollegiateLink from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.


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This week in pictures Danielle Vecchione/ The Gatepost

Contestants compete in “Minute to Win it,” sponsored by SUAB.

Linsley Hall RAs host arts and crafts events in the common area. Danielle Vecchione/ The Gatepost

Students Erin Ostromecky and Jamie Lee Janko host “Best Friends” challenge in Towers. photos courtesy of Taylor Tocci

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Wildlife Club members hike in the Blue Hills Reservoir.


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