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ccsu hosts new Britain symphony Young person’s concert

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Fifty-one of 100 students surveyed at CCSU say they have texted while driving.

Kim ScrogginS the recorder

Despite the weather, the New Britain Symphony still had quite the turn out as fifth graders from neighboring towns filed into Welte Auditorium to see this year’s Young People’s Concert performance this past Wednesday. Every year, the New Britain Symphony and Central host the Young People’s Concert as a way to introduce students to live performances. This year, they reached close to 1,700 fifth graders. “I want to say 70-80 percent of the students haven’t seen a live performance,” Sue Johnson, co-chair of the N.B. Symphony Education Committee, said. “Teachers receive the programs in advance so the students can study the music.” Prior to the show, the students became familiar with music by Aaron Copland, John Philip Sousa, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Sergei Prokofiev, Antonin Dvořák, and John Williams. The repertoire was also more kidfriendly, with pieces such as “Peter and the Wolf ” and the “Star Wars Theme” on the list. As part of the program, students were asked to write essays about what music means to them. The finalists and winners were recognized at the opening of the show. A few also made posters for the event and they are currently on display in the New Britain Library. The conductor of the New Britain Symphony, Raphael Luz, also tried to interact with the students as much as he could by picking a volunteer from the audience to come on stage and conduct “Stars and Stripes Forever.” “This program has been going on for 10 years,” Betty Elia of the Symphony Education Committee stated. “The Enrichment program started when the Symphony started.” The Enrichment program was established for students to have the opportunity to witness a live performance and their teachers also prepare them for the concert by having them study a booklet made specifically for this event. “It’s a great program. We have a lot of volunteers,” Barbara Miller, co-chair of the Education Committee, said. Members of the New Britain Symphony are also familiar faces at CCSU. They include Dr. D’Addio of the Music Department and Thomas Labadorf who is the private clarinet teacher for CCSU music students.

Kenny barto | the recorder

Text At Your Own Risk Samantha Fournier the recorder

Cell phones have become as necessary as wallets these days. Phones escort students virtually everywhere: from class to lunch and back to their dorms, to work, on walks, shopping, to the dentist and everywhere in between. While students can talk, e-mail, surf the Web, and play games with their cell phones, texting seems to be the most frequent reason for students to pick up their phones. Even at taboo times like during class or in the car, students can’t face losing that connection. According to a non-scientific, informal

- Angela Finnimore, CCSU ’13

survey taken by 100 CCSU students, 51 students admit to texting while driving. While only two of the 100 have gotten into accidents, 15 students said they knew someone who was in an accident that was caused by texting

while driving. “I’ve known people who’ve gotten tickets, but not into an accident. I’m sure it’s happened though. It’s quite obvious that it can,” said CCSU resident student Angela Finnimore. Finnemore said she only texts at stoplights, but is terrified to do so other times. Of the students who text while driving, 44 believe that it is a distraction. It has caused a near accident for 19 of the survey respondents. See Texting and Driving Page 3

commencement 2010 this Weekend

COMMENCEMENT ‘10 CAP & GOWN DISTRIBUTION: MaY 19, 20, 21 in alumni hall, student center Wednesday 3 - 8 p.m. thursday 3 - 8 p.m. friday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. GRADUATION CEREMONY: MaY 22, at the xL center 10:30 a.m. graduates should meet in the east exhibition hall at 9:45 a.m.

“I’ve known people who’ve gotten tickets, but not into an accident. I’m sure it’s happened though. It’s quite obvious that it can.”

The XL Center in Hartford will host this year’s graduation ceremony for CCSU graduation candidates this Saturday, May 22 at 10:30 a.m. Students who will walk during the ceremony are encouraged to arrive at the XL Center’s East Exhibition Hall by 9:45 a.m. where they will then be organized into the four different schools. Procession will begin at 10:15 a.m. and the official commencement ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. Bachelors degree candidates may pick up their caps and gowns at distribution

periods in Alumni Hall in the student center on Wednesday, May 19 from 3 to 8 p.m., May 19 from 3 to 8 p.m. and May 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Specific instructions for the commencement ceremony and name cards will be distributed along with caps and gowns. The university expects around 1,250 of around 1,600 graduates to walk at this year’s ceremony, which means CCSU is graduating See Commencement Page 3

In The Recorder This Week:

CCSU Hosts Human Powered Vehicle Clubs

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Album Reviews: The Latest From Woods

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Stone Temple Pilots Among Anticipated Summer Releases

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Photojournalism Students’ Featured Work

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Mallory Lives His Dream Trying Out For Bucs

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Honors Students Receive Their Cords Kim Scroggins The Recorder

As graduation draws near, CCSU recognized honors students who have excelled throughout their time at the university. Last Thursday night Welte was filled with honors students and their families for the distribution of the cords at the Honors Convocation. This year, close to 1,600 students are planning to walk in May’s

undergraduate commencement. Of those students, about 400 were asked to attend the Honors Convocation Thursday night to receive their cords for the honors program, summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude standing. The process took a little over two hours and opened with an introduction from Provost Dr. Carl Lovitt and a keynote address by Dr. J. Thomas Seddon IV from the

Music Department. Before distributing the summa, magna, and cum laude cords, the winners of the highest ranking student athletes, the 31 honors program graduates, and Henry Barnard Foundation scholars were recognized. Deans from each of Central’s four schools introduced selected professors from each department to give out the departmental honors awards.

As each student was called to the stage by the professor from his or her department, a list of the student’s personal achievements was shared with the audience as well as future plans. Because of this, this portion of the ceremony took the first hour of the evening to complete. Of the 400 honor students, 44 are graduating cum laude, 151 magna cum laude and 206 cum laude.

CCSU Hosts ASME East Human Powered Vehicle Challenge Samantha Fournier The Recorder

In thick jagged white writing the words "Devil’s Chariot" appeared on the side of the smooth black carbon fiber exterior of the Human Powered Vehicle Club’s vehicle as club members drove it around the Stafford Motor Speedway last weekend for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers East vehicle challenge. This year, CCSU hosted the ASME East human powered vehicle challenge, bringing 28 teams from around the world. Some of these teams came from as far away as Venezuela and Canada to CCSU’s campus to race their human powered vehicles in this three day competition. The event started off with a design presentation and safety check on May 7 around Copernicus Hall. “Each vehicle had to be able turn within a 25 foot radius,” said CCSU’s Human Powered Vehicle club president Ben Haase, adding that each vehicle had to get up to 15 miles per hour at 100 feet and had to be able to stop within 20 feet. The event then moved to the Stafford Motor Speedway on Saturday and Sunday for drag, utility, and endurance races. Overall CCSU’s three-wheel design came in 9th in the utility class. Racers for this year were club participants Johnny Kassay, Joshua Treadwell, Charles Hart and Shayna Bartell. Over the past year these students, as well as Haase and other

students have worked outside of class at nights, on the weekends, and some holidays to complete this vehicle for the ASME East HPV Challenge. Since 2004 students have been building vehicles with club advisor and technology professor Dr. David Sianez. In 2008 the human powered hehicle group became an official club. “Enough of us got involved that we wanted to help it grow,” said club president Haase of the club’s start. “[The] purpose of the club

is to apply what they learn in the classroom – application based learning. We try to expand the students’ experiences,” said Sianez of the club’s purpose. Throughout the year students of all majors participate in the planning and building of the vehicle. They first apply their concept to a computer generated model and then use that to create the vehicle, which includes making a series of molds for the exterior and building the body. Altogether Sianez estimates students put in 1,200 to 1,500 hours

worth of work on the vehicle. While the team wanted nothing more than their hard work to pay off at the challenge, the club interaction and personal progress is important. “For me the idea of winning has nothing to do with it," added Sianez. "The idea of performing to the best of your abilities has everything to do with it." The Human Powered Vehicle club is already planning for next year’s two-wheel chrome exterior vehicle to race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway next spring.

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CCSU hosted the event this year, bringing in 28 teams from around the world.

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Bobby Laliberte and Jon Pare blow off steam by dancing to “Maniac” outside of WFCS in the student center.

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texting and driving: a risk students Willing to take Continued from page 1

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A photo taken by one of the 2006 CCSU graduates at that year’s ceremony.

‘Commencement’ continued from page 1 over 10 percent of its current students this year. The commencement address will be delivered by one of CCSU’s professors, Dr. Heather Munro Prescott of the history department. Graduates will receive their diploma

covers at the ceremony and will be mailed their actual paper diplomas upon completion of all degree requirements and the return of final grades. Graduates who are not participating in the commencement ceremony may pick up a diploma cover at the registrar’s office after Thursday, May 27.



Police News:

two campus robberies in two nights meliSSa traynor the recorder

In a 24-hour span, two students were robbed in separate instances, one possibly at gun-point, between 1 a.m. and 11:45 p.m. on May 13. An armed robbery took place on Sefton Drive near Charter Oak College around 11:45 p.m. when a man carrying a gun accosted a student and took the student's belongings. The suspect is described as Hispanic, around 5 feet, 6 inches tall, and was wearing a black shirt and a black ski mask during the robbery. He was last seen running toward Stanley Street. The earlier incident occured around 1 a.m. on Wednesday morning. According to campus

police, a group of students walking around James Hall circle reported that a lone male approached them from behind and forcibly took the handbag of a female student. Police reported no weapons involved, nor injuries during the 1 a.m. robbery. That suspect was described as a white male around 5 feet, 6 inches tall, who was wearing a black hoodie, black shorts with vertical white stripes on the sides and a black ski mask. He was last seen running toward Sefton Drive. Police are looking for any information regarding these robberies. Those with tips or information can contact Detective Hayes at (860) 832-2383, or the tip line at (860) 832-2349.

“Yes – all the time,” CCSU student Rose Swaim said of the frequency at which she texts, as she sits with her purple blackberry by her side. Swaim said she tries not to text while driving, but she will occasionally read text messages in the car. “I know a lot of people who [text while driving], and I know they pay a lot less attention when they do it. It scares the crap out of me to be in the car with people who do it,” said Swaim. Recently, the state Senate and the House approved a bill that bans texting while driving and applies the same fines as talking on a cell phone while driving. Currently, fines start at $100 for a first offense and increase to $150

and then to $200 for all following offenses. “I definitely think it’s a problem, but I don’t think [this legislation] a way to control it,” said Swaim on the recently approved legislation. While students’ budgets are low, an increase in fines and a new law may not be the way to stop texting while driving. Eighty five percent of students who took the survey support the new law. Even some of the survey takers who supported the law said they believe this law isn’t enforceable and won’t make an impact. Survey respondents acknowledged that texting and driving was dangerous. They revealed that they were concerned about others texting and driving. “Just the idea of watching your lap. How can you [drive] if you’re looking down at your phone?” questioned Finnimore.

Penn State Celebrates Graduation by zach geiger

collegian Staff writer

(WIRE) - This weekend, 12,413 seniors are graduating in Penn State's 364th commencement ceremony, according to President Graham Spanier's Board of Trustees remarks. Graduating seniors include 582 with associate degrees; 10,106 with baccalaureate degrees; 1,167 with graduate degrees; 148 with medical degrees; and 195 with law degrees, according to the President's remarks. The large number of graduates is significant because of the bump in admission four years

ago, Penn State spokeswoman Annemarie Mountz said. University Park has seen an increase of activity as seniors and their families arrive for commencement ceremonies, which are divided by each college. "There has been a steady line at the Lion Shrine for cap and gown pictures," Mountz said. Of particular note is Ken Burns, who is the speaker for the College of Communications commencement noon Saturday, who will also receive an honorary degree. University Park commencement begins Friday afternoon and culminates Sunday night.

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CCSU Arrest Log: May 6-13 The following arrests were recorded by the CCSU Police Department. On the morning of Tuesday, May 11, Allison Diaz, 18, of Ansonia, was arrested for larceny in the sixth degree, criminal impersonation on six counts and and forgery in the first degree on six counts. Diaz was released on $20,000 bail and her arraignment will be held at New Britain Superior Court on May 21 at 10 a.m. in association with a string of

felony and misdemeanor offenses through March and April. Antonio S. Prisco, 18, of New Britain, was arrested on May 11 for failure to respond. Prisco, who is being held on $50,000 bail, is accused of larceny in the third degree and threatening in the second. He is scheduled to appear in court for pre-trial on May 26.

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Lax accounting, planning factor into athletics deficit Dylan Scott

The Post | Ohio University

(WIRE) - Years of unchecked spending by the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics carved a major hole in Ohio University’s checkbook - a hole OU now plans to fill by spending less to educate students, maintain aging dorms and fund research. Sloppy accounting and poor planning under former Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt left the departmentwithmostofits$7million deficit. While the department’s budgets appeared balanced on paper, planners routinely omitted major expenditures, according to a Post analysis of those records and interviews with university officials. Hocutt declined to comment for this article. The department’s books from 2005-2008 show a pattern of not planning for expenses that were consistently present at the end of the year. For example, vacation and sick pay was rarely included in the original budget, but the Bobcats paid out tens of thousands of dollars in such pay. The list of unplanned expenses is exhaustive. Spending on everything from food to officials’ fees to printing and photocopying was annually excluded from the original budgets. Other examples include wages for part-time student workers, television and radio advertising, equipment rentals and even dry cleaning for the football team’s uniforms. A Post analysis of Athletic Department budgets since 2005 shows the department overspent by an average of $1.2 million each year. Even as the deficit piled up, the department made no change to its accounting practices until 2008, when Athletics began working with OU’s Business Service Center to craft a more realistic budget. OU President Roderick McDavis said he relied on Hocutt to inform him of any problems related to the Athletics budget. Athletics accounted for a deficit in 2009 and 2010, and McDavis said he approved deficit spending because the department’s budget couldn’t be fixed in a single year. Overspending by Athletics makes up a third of OU’s “structural

deficit” - the difference between how much planning units are authorized to spend and how much the university has in cash. Losses at the OU Airport and a poor investment shortly before the dot-com bubble burst in 2000 make up the rest of the $21.3 million deficit. Now, colleges, academic offices and Residential Housing will foot the bill. The money those units would have spent educating students, sponsoring research projects and maintaining student housing will be used to fill the hole. A five-year plan will cut more than $15 million in unrestricted spending to resolve the deficit. Funding for those one-time items is separate from their operating budgets. The reckoning comes amid a hiring freeze and tuition and fees hikes for students. Controversy erupted on campus over the administration’s budgeting decisions - particularly regarding athletics’ spending, which some faculty say deserves more scrutiny. The colleges’ one-time funds pay for a range of miscellaneous expenses each year - everything from part-time teachers and research projects to building maintenance and miscellaneous supplies. Part-time teachers can cost colleges $3,000 to $5,000 per quarter. Starting a research project by buying raw materials and supplies ranges from $3,500 all the way up to $500,000. Ben Ogles, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, said the plan, which will cost his college almost $2 million, will force him to budget those unrestricted funds more sparingly during the five years. “($2 million) is like four scientists with big start-up cost projects,” Ogles said. Housing and Dining Services will chip in a few million dollars in funds that would be used for miscellaneous capital projects. Housing spent $7 million on capital projects this year, which will be scaled back by $1.5 million for 2011. As a result, a plan to repair the eroding catwalks of South Green, as brick and plaster chip away, is entering its 12th year. “The funds are not available to do what we want to do,” said Penny Trace, Residential Housing’s associate director for capital

planning. Trace said Housing’s first priority would always be maintaining the safety of the buildings. The library will cut more than $400,000. Last year, much of that money paid for library materials - electronic databases without an annual subscription and new orders of subscriptions about to expire. The rest went toward replacing the deteriorating carpet in the Learning Commons and other cosmetic concerns at Alden. Other colleges and offices spend their unrestricted money in a similar manner. Rebecca Vazquez-Skillings, assistant vice president for budget planning and analysis, said the plan is spread across five years to ease the burden on OU. It will be re-evaluated at the end of each year. New money from increased enrollment or investments could prevent the need for full cuts by colleges and offices. John Day, a business professor and associate provost for academic budgeting, said OU could not allow the deficit to linger. On the other hand, Day said, “This is money that (colleges) thought they would be able to spend.” The poor investment and overspending by the airport also contributed to OU’s budget woes. In 2000, OU made a $10 million investment into a stock index fund managed by Mellon Capital, an investment management firm based in San Francisco, under thenPresident Robert Glidden. After the stock market dropped as the dot-com bubble burst, however, that investment flipped from an unrealized profit to an actual loss. It was liquidated in December 2009. The university’s budget books never accounted for the change until this year, as the finance department documented the extent of the deficit. The airport’s $1 million deficit results from a lack of usage of its facilities in 2007 and 2008. The airport does not charge OU market prices for regular expenses such as rental for hangar space and ground leases. Because the airport has fixed costs and few third party partners, the deficit developed.

Palmerfest: Photos Lead to Two More Arrests at Ohio U. Marika Lee

The Post | Ohio University

(WIRE) – Police arrested two Ohio University students who were photographed lighting a couch on fire during Palmerfest and charged them with aggravated rioting Thursday. David S. Lowry, a freshman who lives in Pickering Hall, and Kelsey H. Hayhow, a sophomore who lives in Martzolff House, each were charged on one count of aggravated rioting. Both were photographed lighting a couch on fire during Palmerfest. Both Lowry and Hayhow's photos appeared on the Ohio University Police Department website. Photos of seven people involved in fires started at Palmerfest are on the website, along with a place to leave anonymous tips. The photos show revelers lighting and standing near the fire. The tips are forwarded to the Athens Police Department, which is handling the investigation of Palmerfest. The pictures were taken by undercover officers who were

patrolling Palmerfest, according to Athens Police Chief Rick Mayer. As of Friday afternoon, Lowry and Hayhow were the only two of the seven who had been arrested. Revelers successfully lit a couch on fire and attempted to start other fires at Palmerfest. The fire was started shortly after 11 p.m. and led officers to shut down the party and clear the street. Police arrested 82 people at Palmerfest for offenses including assault, arson, aggravated rioting and underage consumption of alcohol. Lowry and Hayhow were arrested Thursday by APD patrol officer Charles Haegele. Lowry and Hayhow appeared before Athens County Municipal Court Judge William Grim Friday. Both are due back in court 2 p.m. May 24. Aggravated rioting is a fourth degree felony. Lowry and Hayhow could spend a maximum 18 months in prison and pay a maximum $5,000 fine if convicted, according to the Ohio Revised Code.

A Copy Editor Signs Off Elizabeth Mitchell The Recorder

Nine months ago, I was standing in an airport, holding back tears as I said goodbye to my family to come and study at Central for the year. Now, I’m packing up my life for the second time in a year, and trying to figure out where the time has gone. Granted, a lot of it has been spent travelling around the states and seeing as much as I can. The most of it though, has been spent right here on campus: doing homework, making friends, and of course, working in The Recorder office. For me, the hardest part about coming to America was adjusting to the differences in our cultures. This might sound stupid, coming from a Brit – a lot of people seem to think that our countries are very similar, but I still had to adjust to people turning up to class in their pajamas, ending every question with “… right?” and a lot of other things that might sound trivial but were hard to get used to. Being offered a job at The Recorder while being at CCSU has been one of the best opportunities I could have been given. Not only have I spent the past two semesters with a group of people that appreciate the use of good wordplay, the vital role Facebook rape plays in life and

that five hours is a good night’s sleep on layout night, but I’ve made great friends while doing it. I might not have been here long enough to go on any trips with the staff, or get a lot of experience in the journalism field, but I have learned a lot more about editing and what it is like to work for a newspaper. It has been fantastic to be able to get paid to basically hang out with a group of friends, watch SNL skits and correct other people’s grammar, while continually gaining experience. Sure, I’ve been the butt of a majority of jokes in the office but hey, I’m the token Brit – it’s to be expected, I guess. The best advice I can give to any exchange student is to get involved on campus. This semester, I have spent a lot of time in the theatre department, was involved in a couple of shows and have made so many friends that I’ll miss more than I can say. By making the most of all the chances that CCSU has offered to me while I was here, I can go home without regretting any part of my year. To those members of staff that are leaving The Recorder: good luck in whatever you’re going to do in the future. To all the other friends and colleagues I’ve met here: Thank you for making me feel right at home at CCSU. I’m going to miss it here.



THE RECORDER Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Stay Informed Over the Summer

Now that finals are well underway and classes are officially over, it’s excusable to make a dash for the door and turn off your brain for three months once school is out. School may not be in the forefront of your mind for the next couple of months, but despite classes being over, there are still several things to keep an eye on this coming summer. It is students’ responsibility to stay informed through August so that they return up-to-date in September. As previously covered in The Recorder, the SCSU faculty senate’s concerns regarding the non-continuation policy to terminate university presidents is still forefront. Their request to join forces with the CCSU faculty senate hit a speed bump last week when the CCSU did not vote to endorse a letter to

governor Rell which would have asked for the resignations of the CSU Chancellor and Chair of the Board of Trustees. There are sure to be hearings and news surrounding their quest and students should stay in the know regarding the status of not only CCSU faculty senate’s opinion on the matter, but what is happening within the whole CSU system. In regards to the status of the governor, it is also in students’ interest to keep a watchful eye on the race for office. November will roll around quickly, and as constituents and students, we should be educated on the issues surrounding the race that include the state budget (especially what the CSU system will experience in cuts). CCSU also has a small stake in the race:

a former professor of political science here, Ned Lamont. is in the running along with nine other candidates. Directly on our campus, students should also stay aware of the status of textbook options. The school bookstore is about to establish a textbook rental system, which would provide potentially good savings for students and maybe more flexibility in the super-rigid, pricy textbook trade. The rental system should take effect come fall, so students should plan out their textbook purchases, shop around and plan out the best course of action to buy and save on CCSU textbooks. Students should also be cautious in selling back their used books - it is entirely possible that some textbooks may be required again, so

student should also factor in the material of fall classes into their book purchases plans. Some classes, such as those in English department have a tendency to use the same book for a different class several times over (for example, the Norton Anthologies). The school is also renovating the women’s soccer field as well as doing some work on the football field; the university will soon implement a tuition increase and Memorial Hall will see a little drop in tray use with trayless Wednesdays – they will become regular for fall. In the next couple of months CCSU and CSU system will be keeping themselves busy and students should attempt to stay updated on these changes in order to be better prepared for Fall 2010.

Some of the Best, Some of the Worst Letter from the Editor

CCSU Professors We've Had Over the Years

As we're on our way out the door, now is the perfect time to take a look back and do a little recap of what it was like to sit through the worst of classes and have the privilege of attending the best. This is by no means a comprehensive list of the best and the worst classes and professors, but the accounts of two graduating seniors and their experiences over the last fours years at CCSU. While it is a purely subjective selection process, we've attempted to evaluate professors and courses on the content as well as the delivery, and it probably goes without saying that these lists are limited to only the classes we have taken. We hope our bests and worsts lists will steer you in the right direction as you prepare for courses in the future. Melissa Traynor (English and Journalism, CCSU ‘10)

Kim Scroggins (Journalism, CCSU ‘10)

I’ve been lucky enough to survive two majors without running into a single professor whom I could not stand - just a few duds. On the flip side, that means my transcript is marked by more good professors than I have room to talk about. For example, everyone loves Professors Folker and Dowling in English, so they need no additional praise. But I think there are less recognized professors who are really gems, and similarly off-the-radar professors whom everyone should avoid.

Throughout my four years I can only think of one professor who I consider one of the best and the worst that I’ve had. Dr. Brian Kershner was the one who pushed my decision to drop out of the music department; he made me feel like an idiot who would never have made an effective music teacher. However, I still remember everything that man taught me. He’s brilliant and really strives for perfection from his students.




Braden Hosch (Institutional Research & Assessment): If you’d like someone to show you the purpose, beauty and intricacies of poet John Milton’s Paradise Lost, he’s your man. If you need someone to take you through Milton’s dry, preachy prose and hold your attention, he’s also your man.


Barry Leeds (English): As one ratemyprofessors. com commenter posted, “Any man that recites poetry and shoots guns on weekends is worth a chance.” I absolutely loved the Norman Mailer class because it felt like we were just sitting around and talking about books.


Clementina Verge ( Journalism): Much like Professor Cannella, Verge’s experience in hard news reporting really brings a lot to the table. Not only does she teach she teach things that aspiring writers need to know, but her own clips do well to demonstrate the importance of journalistic judgment.


Laurent Gareau (Music): I took History of Jazz with him a few years ago and would take the class again if possible. He literally taught us melody by asking us to sing along to Count Basie’s “Jumpin’ at the Woodside.”



Andrew Moemeka (Communication): The only good thing about my COMM 230: Intro to Mass Media was that I got it over with in a threeweek span during winter break. He is living proof that experience does not always translate to the ability to teach or pass on skills.


Cheryl Chatfield (English): Her Intro to Composition course wasn’t difficult, but Chatfield was a little condescending and frustrating. Also – maybe because of her – I think that when a textbook is written by the professor, it should automatically be disqualified from the course required materials list. Especially when it adds nothing to the class whatsoever.


Jack Heitner (English): To the senior English majors: if you have some open elective spot, or world literature requirement, avoid world mysticism at all costs. It’s kind of like if all of the paranormal activity/religious TV programming became one entity, and is also now a college course.



Campbell (Music): I took her Fundamentals of Music class before she left during my freshman year. She knew what she was doing but when she got pissed off, you knew it, and I absolutely loved her.


Anthony Cannella ( Journalism): His classes and teaching methods are rather dry, but he’s always been able to give me a good laugh… it must have been all the folk music.


MaryAnne Nunn (English): Her class on British literature drove me to really think about literature and not to settle for anything that’s easy. At first I wasn’t thrilled with the thought of being forced to think when I read but I actually got more out of it that way.


Gerard Rosa (Music): This guy was a riot. In class it was easy for him to get offtopic, but was an easy teacher as far as music history is concerned. Give him a violin and he’ll school you. He’s brilliant.


Thomas Mione (Biology): The biology class itself wasn’t too bad but he really creeped me out most of the time. I respect anyone who has a passion for something but sometimes he took things a little far.


Sylvia Schindelman (Mathematics): I hate math, but her class was pretty easy. However, she wasn’t a very pleasant woman and often favored the guys (she called one "delicious" once) and if she can’t hear you, she’ll yell at you until you’re basically yelling back at her.


John Adamian ( Journalism): He was an adjunct from Wesleyan who taught Covering Arts and Media. I learned absolutely nothing. All we did was read articles from websites. It was a waste of three hours.


Samia Elsafty (Math): As previously stated, I hate math but it was impossible for me to really understand anything in this class because I had a terrible time trying to understand her. Nice woman, but I just couldn’t get through her thick accent.



Much of what we do here at The Recorder is in the moment: we research and learn and write in the moment. It is probably what happens at many student paper newsrooms all over the country, so I say without judgment that this newspaper staff thinks largely in the short-term, and appropriately so. So maybe, the last thing my put my name on for The Recorder should be forward-thinking? I have no future issues of the newspaper to ponder, so let’s talk about the print newspaper and The Recorder’s website for next year. We’ve got current Managing Editor Michael Walsh to take over for next year and he will oversee, as all Editors-inChief do, the weekly print edition. It has fluctuated in page length, but I expect that it will even out as it usually does around 12 to 16 pages. He will also oversee a mini Web revolution, because the newspaper is about to emphasize its role online – something many newspapers have already done and must do to continue. The Recorder will see a vastly improved Twitter account to bring students the latest headlines and 140-character bits of information, as well as more videos, blog content and simply better , frequent website updates. It is not only my hope that the newspaper will take on these new, web-forward ways, but an expectation because, really, these are the tasks that need to be accomplished in order for the paper to continue as it has been. The paper will be in good hands, no doubt, and I’m aware that many Editors-in-Chief before me have said the same as they pass the baton, but I’m confident that next year’s staff will use their resources and experience to put out the best Recorder they can. It has truly been a pleasure working with this year’s group of editors, and last year’s, and the two years’ before that. At least a few of them moving on into next semester will have the benefit of having experienced controversial firings and questionable newspaper content during my tenure, so they will be equipped with the knowledge that only this experience can give them. I realize that mine may not be the greatest legacy this newspaper has known, but I’ll say that my staff has probably seen or heard about a little bit of everything and they are qualified to make lasting improvements. They have sound journalistic judgment, and I expect them to use it. Best, Melissa Traynor, CCSU ‘10


THE RECORDER / Wednesday, May 19, 2010 / SPECIAL

Students in Professor Stephen Dunn’s photojournalism class were required to complete photo essays to tell the story of an individual on or around the Central Connecticut State University campus. Two of these are selected for The Recorder’s pages six and seven.

Ashley Stocking stretches before running.

Scoliosis Only A Small Hurdle story and photos by Zach Perras-Duenas Special to the Recorder

Ashley Stocking had just finished a sprinting drill, passing the finish line of the track. She's a daughter, a student, a girlfriend, a sister and a runner for Central Connecticut State University. Amidst all these, she's a student with a medical condition known as scoliosis. Yet this isn't a normal case. Even so, Stocking doesn't let it hinder her from her passion. "I've known about my scoliosis since freshman year of high school," Stocking, 19, explained. "I was in my first week of school when the nurse came in and did random testing on our flexibility. She just happened to notice that my back was a little off." By a little off, she truly meant only a little. Stocking's spine is about 10 degrees off-center. If Stocking's spine had been 11 degrees off, she would have been confined to a back brace for an indefinite amount of time.

"I only really remember being scared the day I found out," Stocking said. "I was scared about it getting worse as I got older. But I still ran for the track team in high school because there wasn't anything that would stop me." So Stocking ran for her entire high school career, until during her senior year she saw another hurdle appear in front of her. "My hips really started to hurt me going into senior year," Stocking said. "I figured it was just growing pains. But I went to a chiropractor and found out that my right leg is a centimeter shorter than my left leg." A centimeter might seem extremely minute to the average person, but for a runner, it means that the alignment of their hips is thrown completely off with each step, causing the muscles to shorten on the opposite side. While there's not much that can be done to help this, there is a temporary solution. "I have a lift for my shoes," Stocking said. "It looks like a little wedge that goes in my shoe to

compensate for the amount of force I'm putting on my right side. It helps with my posture and my form while I'm running." There's a funny twist to Stocking's story, and it's what makes her story unlike some others. "My short leg is the reason my hips are unaligned, which is the reason I have scoliosis," Stocking said. "I guess it's laughable it all circled around." So now, five years after Stocking found out about her scoliosis and under two years since she found out about her "short leg," she runs at a collegiate level at CCSU. "I can't imagine my life without running," Stocking said. "I'd be a completely different person if I didn't have it." For Stocking, her life as a runner is what makes her everyday life as a person more interesting. And she'll keep doing it until her doctors tell her to stop. Full Disclosure: Perras-Duenas and Stocking are in a relationship.

Stocking runs at a collegiate level five years after finding out she had scoliosis.

Stocking became aware of her scoliosis condition during her freshman year of high school.


THE RECORDER / Wednesday, May 19, 2010 / SPECIAL

Jody Putnam answers a phone call from a refugee before going to meet a family of Burmese refugees.

Putnam fills out paperwork to get refugees food stamps.

‘Grandmother of the Bantus’ A Guardian of International Refugees Story and photos by Casey Casserino Special to the Recorder

Colorful crayon drawings were haphazardly plastered to the wall behind Hanson, a Hartford resident and African refugee who sat lifting his daughter above his head while the toddler giggled. Hanson’s partner Nancy smiled and looked away wearily, pointing to the card in her hand. “I did this on the same day as me and my husband,” she said as she pointed to the date on the U.S. green card while fanning herself with an envelope. Nancy had applied for green cards for her entire family, but only received green cards for her five children. Two years ago Nancy, Hanson and their five children came to the U.S. as refugees. They were placed in a small, dingy apartment near Hartford Center by immigration and refugee services. If the initial resettling process wasn’t stressful enough, Nancy and Hanson are still both without green cards. “How can I get a job?” she asked wringing her hands as a bead of sweat dripped down the side of her face. “I haven’t seen my brothers in now 20 years,” Hanson added, placing the toddler on the carpet. Without a green card, travel outside the U.S., and especially to Africa, is a complicated and expensive ordeal.

Fortunately for this couple, whose last names are withheld for privacy reasons, they aren’t without help. Armed with information release forms and the phone numbers of U.S. Rep. John Larson, Jody Putnam, director of the Jubilee House Refugee Assistance Center, is dedicated to solving similar problems involving refugees. Her visit with Nancy and Hanson marked the beginning of a long day for Putnam. Her agenda included counseling a Liberian woman, bringing a Burmese refugee to the dentist, picking up a little boy’s first pair of eyeglasses and bringing several refugees to the Social Security office to find out why they had stopped receiving checks all before lunch. “Usually what happens is I’ll go to an apartment complex just to check in and I’ll end up leaving with a stack of papers,” said Putnam. Putnam has been tirelessly working with refugees for 20 years, and in 2005 the Jubilee House incorporated her volunteer work to establish the assistance center. Since then she has helped hundreds of refugees in Hartford. She has gained hundreds of friends in the process, earning her the nickname “Grandmother of the Bantus.” “Everyday I get someone on Medicaid, bills reduced. I even fought to get this one child braces that took a year,” Putnam said. Her work addresses the critical and

emotional needs that refugees in Hartford often would otherwise suffer through alone. Though refugees are invited by the government to become permanent residents the day they set foot on U.S. soil, resettlement programs usually only provide assistance for the first four months. Putnam realized after meeting many refugees through teaching English that a lot of them were having issues applying for the necessary documents, finding doctors that take their insurance and enrolling in academic programs, among other problems. Many of the processes refugees must go through, including filing for a green card, take months. Putnam’s mission isn’t to simply

introduce refugees to American society, but to be a source of security while they begin the slow process of being integrated into society and learning for themselves how the system works. Her goal is to aid each refugee as best as she possibly can so that they can become financially stable. “It’s a real challenge,” Putnam admitted, referring to the staggering obstacles refugees in Hartford face, “but it is incredibly rewarding,” she said, smiling at Hanson as she went to leave. Hanson hugged her and his daughter tugged at her pants, “If I get my citizenship, I will dance,” Hanson said with a smile. “He is an excellent dancer,” Putnam said nodding, with a smile.

Some of the refugees Putnam helps live in tight spaces. This family of four lives together in one room.


THE RECORDER / Wednesday, May 19, 2010 / UPGRADE

REVIEWS Woods At Echo Lake Woodsist May 4

LCD Soundsystem This Is Happening DFA/Virgin May 18

Holy Fuck Latin XL Recordings May 11

The National High Violet 4ad Records May 11

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The fifth full-length album by the reverbfilled lo-fi folk band Woods, At Echo Lake is a solid embodiment of the ghostly canorous sound they’ve been working on for the past few years, separating themselves from many of the other lo-fi bands out there. It’s amazing the band’s lead singer Jeremy Earl can find time to write such beautiful folk songs considering he’s the head of the lo-fi label Woodsist Records, but he writes his songs and makes them sound as if he has time to put a lot of thought into them. The first and longest track on the album, “Blood Dries Darker,” starts with a psychedelic solo that opens the steady paced drums and acoustic guitars that backup Earl’s high vocals that always seem to be on the verge of breaking, but always remain intact. The song ends with a killer Californian psychedelicallyinfused solo with layers of acoustic and electric guitars. One of the brightest moments on the album is the third track, “Suffering Season,” a song filled with the multiple guitars and backing of cymbals featured on many Woods songs. The pretty verses lead into a high point of the album, that being the song’s chorus of, “Who knows what tomorrow might bring/ some soaks past the flowerless spring/ and it shows you mark from the morning you wake up dead/ back to call your name.” The chaotic “From the Horn” is like a jam session with loose rules for what can be played, with members following a strangely held together pattern. It ends with Earl singing through added effects to his voice to make it sound more ethereal. The band tries to pass on some wisdom about seeing the end of days with the last song, “Til the Sun Rips,” easing down the album with Earl’s poetic lyrics, an acoustic guitar and wind chimes. Woods’ At Echo Lake gives their best shot yet at lo-fi folk music, showing that so far they’ve progressed with each record they’ve released and have given their all into this album in particular.

Smoothness is a blessing that must be attained. Not everyone can grab onto it, but if you catch it, one becomes indestructibly cool. James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem seemed to have bagged the whole coolness thing back when his brand of dance-punk unleashed itself with the single “Losing My Edge” back in 2002. Murphy’s ironic humor, catchy beats and soulfully suave voice have only improved since. On his third release under the LCD banner, fittingly titled This is Happening, those talents are put into full force. Something definitely is happening on this album, the follow-up to 2007’s critically acclaimed Sound Of Silver. The verdict? Whatever it is- it’s great. This may be the best collection of songs to be released by LCD, but therein lies a serious problem. The album opens greatly, easing into itself in a minimalistic fashion by offering the thoughtful and fun “Dance Yourself Clean.” This brilliant first track is followed by a dud, and it’s obvious. The song “Drunk Girls” comes in like a bird through an open windowyou really don’t want it in your car, home or anywhere near you. Regardless, it bursts in anyway, flapping in a panic for direction. Unless you belong to a fraternity there is no reason to listen to this disappointment. The rest of the album balances in at near perfection, allowing the listener to ignore what is probably the worst single effort of LCD’s catalog. The songs “I Can Change” and “Home” act as two of the major highlights and the song “You Wanted A Hit” screams truth to Murphy’s untraditional methods of achieving commercial success. The biggest problem one might have while trying to enjoy Happening is Murphy’s blatant rip-off of his biggest influences. While it may frustrate those who don’t find paying homage to musical giants like David Bowie and Iggy Pop artistically credible, it’d be shocking if it’d prevent them from tapping their feet and bobbing their heads anyway.

While the band’s name may sound foolish, Holy Fuck take the production of their trance electronic music dead seriously, and have taken the making of their latest album, Latin, further than any of their previous work. There may not be much change in the style of the band’s music with this album, but there’s a definite richness to be heard in this release. They give the beginning of the album a slow opening that eases into the rest of the album with the track, “MD,” a song that starts with spacey synthesizers over distorted noise that soon gives clear indication of the burst of beats that are to come. “Red Lights” is the first example of this with its funky bass and levels of synth work, all balanced by the playing of a simple drumbeat. “Latin America” begins with a muffled synth that plays along with a traditional piano. The song soon moves into loud sounds of controlled anarchy that would be heard on a Justice album and slowly fades away. When the album seems to be taking it easy on “Stay Lit,” it goes in the reverse direction for smashes of cymbals and crunchy beats with reverberated vocals that have no words. The most beat-heavy track on the album, “SHT MTN,” features a pounding drum and computerized talking that lies underneath. The layering of vocals and beats is quite impressive, not seeming to be overwhelming at all but able to be discerned when listened to closely. One of the few tracks to rely on the use of guitar, “Lucky,” still holds the predominance of bass, but also has plenty of echoing guitar chords and ends on a superb note of all the pieces featured earlier in the track coming together. Holy Fuck’s third album, Latin, is their strongest effort yet, showing a deepness to their electronics that wasn’t as clear on their other work.

A quality unique to The National is the band’s ability to make its music perpetually teasing and escalating, yet stable. They don’t give any more than they have to, but what they offer is just right. For their latest release, High Violet, the collection of 11 songs stays largely true to this quality, with the exception of maybe one or two tracks. Their music is simple, but very recognizable; for example, singer Matt Berninger’s voice is monotone and sounds removed, but is fully highlighted throughout the music, and also stands apart from many other bands and their lead vocals of the same genre. He sounds reluctant and as if there is no effort behind his words, which keeps pace with the backing music (also simple, but so well done that it could only come from The National). You’ll find no joyous singalongs here. High Violet is a melancholy album with an occasional chant in the chorus or small variations to provide some interesting orchestral background music. But for the most part, this record is very much the soundtrack for drinking alone, on a cloudy day, in the winter. The tone of every song for the most part is downtrodden and very raw. One of the record’s best tracks – a nostalgic “Bloodbuzz Ohio” – has one of the more interesting percussion parts on the album, and probably the most unusual, memorable lyrics. Drums and two or three note piano melody share most of the emphasis aside from vocals and they make for a very steady track. Some pressure and building in the middle of the song gives way to a quick break for Berninger to sing out, “I was carried to Ohio in a swarm of bees/ I’ll never marry, but Ohio don’t remember me.” It’s partially about hometown reminiscing, it seems, or maybe being reminded of something from a long time ago. Sonically, High Violet is no huge departure from what The National is usually known for. What it does do, however, is give us more of what we already love and they make it look easy.

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Second Stage Students Close Semester with Four Weekend Shows Matt Kiernan The Recorder

The CCSU theatre department’s Second Stage Productions opened their doors for plays produced and performed by students that were at moments dramatic, and at others hilarious to create a fine equal balance between the two. The first of the four plays to be performed was Compressed, a play that’s told through the words of a brother of an up-and-coming rapper about his and his friends’ attempts to gain drugs, money and women, but fall short in the end after tragedy hits one of them. The use of vulgarity was

prominent within the play, but was evened out by the comedic scenes between the characters making fun of each other. The standout comedic performance, though, was James Flores-Lombay’s portrayal of Donny, one of the friends in the play who suffers from narcolepsy, causing him to fall asleep at the worst moments. Sergio St. Felix’s performance of the overly confident rapper Wes was also wonderful, and the role showed Felix’s rapping chops with freestyle recordings, which may have been written beforehand but perfectly spoken nonetheless of Wes and a rival rapper Tre. The rendition of the short Julie Marie Myatt play, Mr. and Mrs.,

showed the empty feelings behind people who marry for the wrong reasons. The acting of Zack Heidorn and Julia Idarola really fleshed out the heartless thoughts their characters had for one another, and the fake attempts to put on a front for their friends and relatives. The at-times complicated play Home Free by Lanford Wilson was given justice from the great job that was done by the play’s director Gabbi Mendelsohn and stage manager Anna Legassie. The performances of Kyle Mencel as Lawrence and Amy Lavorgna as Joanna really brought to life their eccentric and frightened sibling characters who seem to be stuck in a play-world. The turning of the set into

a playroom that featured many props were put to full use by parts where Mencel would skate around the set on a scooter, smashing into things, and Mencel and Lavorgna’s characters’ love for a toy Ferris wheel they’re working on. Perhaps the play with the most expletives, but most actionpacked and funny was the Quentin Tarantino-esque, Murder for Hire and Other Similarly Light-Hearted Topics of Conversation. The play featured a wide cast of cold, heartless killers who see murdering people as all in a day’s work. The witty writing of Ben McLaughlin, who also played the quiet hit man Parker King, was highly effective and hysterical in

making characters who find nothing wrong with what they do for a living. Two of the performances that really shined through were that of Kate Bunce as the vengeful Delilah Jones and Fred Doms as the maniacal organ stealer Maxwell Dafoe. The choreography of the fight scenes was also very well delivered, with all of the characters making their punches and kicks seem as realistic as possible. The performances of all four plays raised the bar high for future student-run shows, with all of the members of each cast giving all they had into the constructions and roles that were involved.


THE RECORDER / Wednesday, May 19, 2010 / UPGRADE

Summer Albums To Keep an Ear Out For M.I.A. - /\/\/\Y/\ (actual album name) July 13, 2010 It's true she can produce a mainstream, catchy song – but her third and upcoming album may not feature the same stuff. Since the Internet release of her single "Born Free" from /\/\/\Y/\ clouds the possibility that a typical sounding album is on the way, it's not exactly clear what the new one will sound like. If it's anything like "Born Free" – a kind of noisy, electronic song that is perfectly paired with its violent music video – /\/\/\Y/\ will be political in nature, if not a little extreme.

Netflix It: THE ROAD Michael Walsh The Recorder

A man holds his son close, puts a gun in the young boy’s hand and teaches the child how to kill himself. This single sad and solemn scene is simply one of many in The Road that lends to themes such as man’s desperate nature of dealing with apocalyptic disaster and the destruction of a world you once knew, all while preparing for the worst. John Hillcoat’s film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s original novel is a stunningly sad and dark film that focuses on a father and his son trying to survive in a word lost of all color and devoid of all hope for a future. Trees have toppled over to the ground, grassy fields have turned to plains of dirt and days and nights are hard to tell apart, suggesting a world without a shining sun. The film is rather simple, as the camera follows the father (Viggo Mortensen) and the son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) as they move from place to place in the abandoned world, searching for a spot to sleep or the rare piece of edible food. In its truest form, The Road is a harrowing tale of survival and an attempt to mentally cope with the reality of disaster. Interlaced with the present day, often as dreams, are flashbacks of the father’s earlier life with his wife (Charlize Theron) and son as the disaster was just beginning, or still in an earlier stage. These provide insights into the characters’ minds that lend a little depth to their personalities and the thoughts they might be dealing with. Mortensen’s performance as the nameless father (all the characters in the film are nameless) is an outstanding one that unfortunately went uncelebrated in

2009, even though it stood out to me as one of the most emotionally provacative and interesting performances of the entire year. His dedicated and grizzly performance is of a suffering man, and he invokes every ounce of emotion, dignity and courage given to that character through his bleeding and heartbreaking portrayal. So much is said in this film without actually saying much, a testament to both the source material by McCarthy and imagery that comes with Hillcoat’s directing abilities. This isn’t a beautiful film, but it is a marvelous one. Hillcoat’s frame of vision is spot-on as he utilizes a close, detailed and rugged style of filmmaking, one that perfectly captures the tone of the film. Scenes where bright fires erupt on dark hillsides stand out from other moments in which the father and son are trekking on the side of a decaying road overlooking a sea of desolate environment with literally nothing standing out as a beam of hope. The entire film is aided by a stunning score from Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, who darkly wind in and out of solemn, quiet background music that invigorates Hillcoat’s visual mood, and explosive moments of loud, screeching sound to capture times of escape and danger. The two really executed this well, as their music combined with the visual imagery and apocalyptical storytelling make for a tense and moody film unlike any other. The Road asks for a little patience from its audience, as a good portion of the film is slow, quiet and desperately sad. But that’s a good thing, as Hillcoat’s film offers up a postapocalyptic dish extremely different than the big-budgeted and exploitative end of the world that 2012 did earlier in the year.

Calendar 5.19- 5.27

MUSIC 5.21 B. Willie Smith @ Toad's Place New Haven, Conn. $15 / 9 p.m. 5.22 Blues Traveler @ Toad's Place New Haven, Conn. $25 / 7:45 p.m. 5.23 Neil Young @ Oakdale Theatre Wallingford, Conn. $50.50 - $130.50 / 8 p.m. 5.23 Pete Francis (of Dispatch) @ FTC on StageOne Fairfield, Conn. $12 / 7 p.m. 5.25 Fuel @ Webster Theatre Hartford, Conn. $22 / 7 p.m.

Department of Eagles - Archive 2003-2006 July 20, 2010 This album title is literally what it is. It's a collection of unreleased material and songs from Daniel Rossen (of Grizzly Bear) and former college roommate Fred Nicolaus messing around at NYU practice studios. Some of the pieces became parts of other songs in the Grizzly Bear or Dept. of Eagles songs. Based on the reputation of both bands, Archive is worth a listen. Deer Tick - The Black Dirt Sessions June 8, 2010 This band has an amazing grasp on what it means to be and sound American and to play indie rock. They’re less on the indie, more on the rock, and mix in both country and blues influence. Deer Tick’s debut and sophomore albums War Elephant and Born on Flag Day were extremely substantive and memorable. The Black Dirt Sessions should be as well. Drake - Thank Me Later June 15, 2010 Possibly one of the best things about Drake is his ability to rap about things that have been rapped about so many times before - and still keep them fresh. Plus, his backing beats are pretty phenomenal. Thank Me Later is slated for June, but there is no definitive statement on exactly when it’s dropping. Born Ruffians - Say It June 1, 2010 Born Ruffians are not new to the indie rock scene, but they are a little under the radar. Their debut full-length album Red, Yellow & Blue was released to much acclaim, but not on the the scale of, say, Fleet Foxes. They produce low-key rock and are definitely worth checking out.

Stone Temple Pilots - Stone Temple Pilots May 25, 2010 In what will be their first studio album since 2001’s Shangri-La Dee Da, Stone Temple Pilots will release this self-titled album to critical eyes keen on finding out whether formerly troubled lead singer Scott Weiland and the rest of the band still has what made them one of the premiere rock acts of the 1990s. Filter - The Trouble With Angels Date TBA Lead singer Richard Patrick keeps saying that this album is close to release, but nothing has officially come as of yet. The band signed a deal with a record label, so it’s just a matter of time before Patrick and the band releases their fifth studio album, one that Patrick says hopes to reignite the heavy industrial sound that made the band worth listening to in the mid to late 90s. Keller Williams - Thief May 25, 2010 One man jam band Keller Williams will once again work with The Keels for a followup to the 2006 album Grass. Although Thief is a cover album, the nature of just a few of the announced tracks should have fans waiting to hear the outcome. A cover of Grateful Dead’s “Mountains of the Moon” and the Butthole Surfer’s “Pepper” are most enticing treats. Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey - Stay Gold June 22, 2010 This Tulsa-based jazz group has a busy summer ahead of them. Along with the release of Stay Gold, their 20th album, the band is set to embark on one of its most challenging and adventrous musical journeys yet: Ludwig, their rearrangements of Beethoven’s 3rd and 6th symphonies, performed live with the help of a full orchestra. This, combined with what seems to be a promising new album, should have fans of the evolving jazz band excited. How to Destroy Angels - How to Destroy Angels Date TBA Trent Reznor is worth paying attention to, so by default his upcoming post-Nine Inch Nails side project is something to keep an eye on. Singles have already been released and the band’s first EP is set to be released sometime this summer. The group features Reznor, his wife Mariqueen Maandig and English musician Atticus Ross.

FILM 5.19 - 5.22 A Prophet @ Cinestudio Hartford, Conn. $7 / 7:30 p.m.

5.21 - 5.26 Mid-August Lunch @ Real Art Ways Hartford, Conn. $6.25 / 7 p.m.

5.23 - 5.26 Five Easy Pieces @ Cinestudio Hartford, Conn. $7 / 7:30 p.m.

Much more than simply the best French director of crime movies, (The Beat That My Heart Skipped, Baxter) Jacques Audiard has made a stunning new film that sparked a nation-wide debate on the state of France’s crumbling and criminally overcrowded prisons. A Prophet opens as Malik, an unformed French teenager of Arab descent (Tahar Rahim), is sent to prison. He is quickly educated in survival skills by an older Corsican crime boss (Niels Arestrup), who makes Malik prove his loyalty by killing an Arab prisoner. But Malik’s education doesn’t end there, as he begins to see prison – and the outside world – with devastating clarity. Winner, Top Prize, Cannes Film Festival, Academy Award Nomination for Best Foreign Film. “Director Jacques Audiard scores a triumph of the highest order with the defiant poetry of his vision.” Peter Travers, Rolling Stone.

Written by, directed by, and starring Gianni Di Gregorio (Gomorrah) "You'd have trouble finding another movie with such unforced appreciation of its elderly characters or such intelligent understanding of old age." - Mark LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle "How these four elderly women interact and turn Gianni into a willing servant is the substance of Mid-August Lunch, a slender Chekhovian vignette about the joys and regrets of old age and the pleasures of sociability... it is a group portrait of people who are comfortable with who they are, savoring the pleasures of food and companionship and living in the moment. The movie glows." Stephen Holden, New York Times "The whole thing is as satisfying as a meal at a slow food restaurant, and when Gianni's mother gratefully tells her son, ‘you mellow these hours,’ we wholeheartedly agree." Kenneth Turan, LA Times

Bob Rafelson's seminal portrait of a disaffected America was originally released in 1970 to huge critical acclaim. The New York Film critics named it Best Picture of the Year, Rafelson as Best Director and Karen Black as Best Supporting Actress. As Robert Dupea ("One of the most unforgettable characters in American movies." - Ebert), Jack Nicholson delivers a career-defining performance, embodying the tortured disillusionment with his suffocating family, his neglected talent as a piano prodigy, and his aimless life on the road working oil rigs. With his father terminally ill, he embarks on a trip back home but reconciliation eludes him. Tammy Wynette provided five songs for the film's soundtrack, including her hit "Stand by Your Man." Alongside Nicholson, the film boasts powerful performances by Karen Black, Susan Anspach, Ralph Waite and Sally Struthers. Newly restored, Five Easy Pieces remains every bit as relevant and remarkable as it was 40 years ago. "A striking movie... eloquent, important, written and improvised in a clear-hearted American idiom" - Pauline Kael



Mallory Tries Out for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Continued from page 12 Mallory was not one of the five tryout players signed to the Tampa Bay organization, but that didn’t seem to matter to Mallory because the opportunity and experience to work out with an NFL team is something he had been working towards for 16 years. “It’s a dream come true,” he said. “It’s something that you work for, for me since I was six years old. I’ve been playing football since I was six years old and I’ve been working towards that so to be finally living that dream and have the opportunity for it to finally come true is just awesome. I just got to keep working hard and pray for the best. It’s a blessing to be in this situation.” Mallory entered the Bucs minicamp representing CCSU by giving it his all and looking to prove that he is one of the best at his position. Every day was thought of as a competition against the other rookies fighting for the same spot. He quickly learned that it didn’t matter that he didn’t come from a dominant school

such as the Universities of Florida, Texas and Oklahoma. As long as he could play, the teams would be interested. “I thought going into Tampa Bay, there wasn’t many small school guys there at all. Everybody’s from big schools that you see on ESPN all the time. And I thought I’m a small school player; that was my thought process. But they didn’t care where you came from as long as you can play,” he said. “Nobody looked down on small school players. We’re all equal so that was pretty cool too. The thing is if you can play you can play. There are players everywhere. If you can play it doesn’t matter where you come from, it’s about what you do when you get to the league and if you can play you can play, period.” His senior season and time as a CCSU Blue Devil finally came to a close with the Gladstone award, which is given each year to the top male athlete in the senior class. While he could not make it to the ceremony, he is grateful for the opportunities and support that CCSU has provided for him, and is looking forward to being able to play in the NFL in the future.

Rose and Rodriguez Among Student-Athletes Honored at Annual CCSU Academic Honors Convocation CCSUBLUEDEVILS.COM

Seniors Emily Rose and Danny Rodriguez were two of several student-athletes who were honored at the 2010 Central Connecticut State University Academic Honors Convocation on Thursday night. Rose and Rodriguez were honored as the female and male graduating student-athletes with the highest grade point averages. In all 16 current and former student-athletes were honored among the dozens of CCSU students for their work in the classroom during their time at Central. Students were honored for receiving summa cum laude, magna cum laude or cum laude distinction by the University. Rose was a member of the women’s basketball team for her four seasons with the Blue Devils, and played a large role in the turnaround of the program in the last two seasons. Three years ago she set the school-record for three-pointers in a season with 52, and she finished her career with 93 made threepointers, tied for fourth all-time in Central’s Division I history. Two years ago Rose and the Blue Devils posted their best-ever finish in Northeast Conference play. They finished second in the league standings and advanced

to the NIT Postseason Tournament for the first time in school history. Rodriguez leaves as a member of the football team’s winningest senior class in school history. In his four seasons the Blue Devils won 30 games, including a 9-3 record in 2009 and a NEC Championship. He finished his career with 60 total tackles and three sacks. This past season Central won the NEC with a 7-1 record, and advanced to their first Division I post-season game in school history. They played Butler in the Gridiron Classic. In all, 16 current or former studentathletes were honored at the awards dinner on Thursday night. They include: Rose (women’s basketball), Rodriguez (football), P.J. Wade (women’s basketball), R.J. Simeone (men’s cross country/track), Erin Crowley (women’s swimming and diving), Caity Casey (women’s soccer), Derek Roberts (baseball), Yan Klukowski (men’s soccer), Rachel Brenneman (softball), Jenna Broadbent (volleyball), Sherry Wallace (women’s track), Molly Horan (women’s cross country), Alyssa Cole (women’s cross country/track), Ashlynn Haywood (women’s cross country/ track), Kristen Rossi (women’s swimming and diving) and Jenna Quadrozzi (volleyball).

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Budrick, Mussatti and Knowles Receive Conference Awards CCSUBLUEDEVILS.COM

Senior Sara Budrick, junior Katherine Knowles and sophomore Rebecca Mussatti received post season Northeast Conference softball accolades on Thursday. Budrick earned the first annual NEC Most Improved Player award as voted on by the league’s coaches and added a second team all-conference honor. Mussatti received first team honors, while Knowles was named to the All-NEC Second Team. “I couldn’t be more proud of Becca, Sara, and Kat,” said head coach Jeff Franquet. “The hard work and dedication they’ve given to our program is a direct reflection of these awards.” Knowles, who will graduate in just three years, finished the season with a .378 batting average. She also led the Blue Devils and the NEC with 18 doubles in the regular season. Knowles also carried a .650 slugging percentage, while adding 93 total bases. The catcher also finished the season with seven home runs and 29 RBI. “I am so proud of Kat,” Franquet continued. “She has had an incredible year, and deserves every award that she qualifies for. We couldn’t ask for a better leader on the field.” Budrick has been honored with the first annual Most Improved Player award as well as second team All-Conference honors for her impressive season at the plate for Central Connecticut. Budrick finished with a .331 batting average, hitting eight home runs and 12 doubles. The first baseman also concluded the season with 82 total bases and a .590 slugging percentage. “Sara is one of the hardest working

players I have ever coached,” Franquet said. “I told Sara all year long she was one of the best players in the conference, and if she kept working hard the rewards would come. I have a great deal of respect for Sara’s passion and love for the game.” Mussatti rounds out Central Connecticut’s three award winners with first team allconference honors. The outfielder led the Blue Devils on the bases this season, scoring 44 runs and swiping 12 bags in 16 attempts. Mussatti also carried a .358 batting average in her 162 at bats on the season. The sophomore legged out 11 doubles and one triple this year and led the Blue Devils with 16 walks. “Becca has an incredible passion for the game of softball and she is an outstanding student of the game,” said Franquet. “I couldn’t be more proud of Becca and I am so glad we have two more years to watch her play.” These three post-season awards for the Blue Devils concludes a season in which CCSU recorded its most victories since joining the NEC in 1998, tallying 19 wins. “This is an incredible honor to come in my first year and have three players receive NEC honors,” Franquet concluded. “I am so proud of what this team has accomplished this year. Any time you go through a transition period it is difficult, but this team persevered and we had a terrific year. The four seniors (Budrick, Tiffany Erickson, Knowles and Jaclyn Logan) have started a new tradition of excellence for CCSU softball. We couldn’t ask for a better ending to our season.”

Sagnelli Announces Three Incoming Freshmen For 2010 Season CCSUBLUEDEVILS.COM

Central Connecticut head volleyball coach Linda Sagnelli announced three commitments for the upcoming 2010 season on Wednesday. Amalia Ashley, a defensive specialist from Scottsdale, Ariz., Kyla Bielert, a middle blocker from Lebanon, Conn. and Caitlin Van Camp, an outside hitter from Redding, Conn. will be joining the volleyball team next season. Ashley, a 5-foot-4 defensive specialist and libero, signed a national letter of intent to attend CCSU next fall. She led Desert Mountain High to a 5A-2 Division Arizona State Runner-up in 2009. Ashley earned AllState Honorable Mention honors as a senior and was named team MVP on two occasions. “Amalia is the type of player that every coach would love to have,” Sagnelli said. “We will look for her to bring her well established skills and determination to the court and contribute immediately on defense.” Bielert, a 5-foot-11 middle, received many individual accolades during her career at Lyman Memorial High. She was named allconference first team, all-area, All-State and All-Norwich Bulletin during her senior year. Bielert also broke Lyman’s school record for kills twice.

“Kyla will provide extra depth in the middle for us next year,” Sagnelli said. “She possesses a lot of natural talent and we will look for her to bringing that to the table next season.” Van Camp, a 5-foot-11 outside and defensive specialist, comes to New Britain from Joel Barlow High where she recorded 419 career kills. Van Camp was the 2009 Connecticut Coca Cola Player of the Year, as well as a First Team All-State selection in 2008 and 2009. She was also her conference’s MVP as a senior. “Caitlin will provide security and depth at the perimeter positions,” Sagnelli said. “We’re looking for her help with our passing game as her ball control skills to continue to develop.” Sagnelli went on to talk about how these three incoming CCSU freshmen were a great fit for the Blue Devil volleyball program. “All three student-athletes will bring a high level of academic, as well as athletic prowess, to our program,” Sagnelli said. The Central Connecticut volleyball team has garnered a high level of excellence on and off the court over the past few years. The Blue Devils received America Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic honors the past three seasons and were awarded with the award for the best team GPA at CCSU’s

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senior awards banquet. “We look forward to Amalia, Kyla and Caitlin joining our Blue Devil family and

contributing to the continued success both on and off the court of the Central Connecticut volleyball program,” Sagnelli said in closing.


THE RECORDER / Wednesday, May 19, 2010 / SPORTS

CCSU Baseball Takes 3 Out Of 4 From Wagner

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Second Baseman Sean Miller-Jones turns a double play.

Continued from page 12 hit, and a walk. Meade quickly recovered however, as he struck out Wagner’s Tommy Higgins to limit the first inning damage to one. The Blue Devils did not answer until the third inning. Kyle Zarotney was hit by a pitch, and advanced to second when Danny Hickey singled to right field. Another base hit through the right side by Sean Miller-Jones scored Zarotney, tying the game at 1-1. Wagner answered with one run on two hits in the fourth, but CCSU was able to answer yet again in their half of the inning. Mitch Wells drew a base on balls, and promptly stole second. Wells was then advanced to third on a ground out by Meade, and was brought home on an Anthony Scialdone single up the middle to tie the game at two. After shutting down Wagner in the top of the fifth, CCSU took their first lead in the bottom half. Catcher Hickey went opposite

With the game tied going into the seventh, field, keeping it just inside the foul pole for his second homer of the year to give the Blue Meade led off the inning with a double to right center field, and eventually advanced Devils a 3-2 lead. Wagner tied the game in the seventh on to third on a wild pitch. Scialdone grounded a Nick Martutartus single with one out. The out, and Zarotney walked, which brought up Seahawks eventually loaded the bases. With Hickey. He came through for the second time in the game with an senior reliever Donny important fly ball to White on the mound, “That was his only play, and he right field, which was right fielder Kevin knew it,” said coach Hickey. “It deep enough to score McDonnell hit a slow was an incredibly close play, but Meade easily. CCSU dribbler between home plate and the fortunately it went our way, and it added another run on an error by Wagner pitchers mound. saved the game.” third baseman White charged the Higgins. ball, barehanded -Coach Charlie Hickey, on Donny Wagner was able it, and gave a quick White’s out in the seventh to get a runner on underhand throw to base in the eighth on Hickey at the plate, a dropped third strike which jut forced out Martutartus. “That was his only play, and he knew it,” that got away from Hickey. CCSU bounced said coach Hickey. “It was an incredibly close back with an important double play turned by play, but fortunately it went our way, and it Allaire and Miller-Jones to end the inning. White let up a double with one out in the saved the game.”

A Sports Editor’s Goodbye Reflecting on the Last Four Years at The Recorder Christopher Boulay The Recorder

It is still hard to comprehend that I have been a member of The Recorder’s staff since 2006. Time has rushed past, and now this is the last column I will have in the paper. Even typing it makes it feel surreal. This paper has been such a massive part of my life the past four years, and I don’t know how I would have got on without it. I have gone from a pretty bad writer with a lot of ambition to nearly every position at the paper, to the Sports Editor position that I am writing from today. It’s pretty wild to think that the vast majority of my time in college has been stuck with a small group of like-minded, aspiring journalists putting out a print issue every week. I wouldn’t change a thing. I started out as Assistant News Editor, then moved up to News Editor. That’s where Melissa Traynor, our wonderful editor started, under me. Can’t say that I’m not proud of her; she accomplished quite a lot in a shorter time period than me while she was here, and she should be applauded. I also was Managing Editor, Business Manager and Assistant Sports Editor. My time at the paper has not been without

bumpy roads. I was still getting a feel for the work when the controversy of 2007 occurred, something that is burned into my mind, as it was one of the most turbulent things I have experienced. Also, I had the honor of getting my picture in every major paper in the United States when the Associated Press took a photo of me at a Media Board meeting, soon after our paper printed the “Polydongs” comic. Can’t say it was my proudest moments, but to explain to the photographer that it wasn’t my idea wouldn’t have gotten me very far. Having experienced these times though, as stressful and frustrating as they were, I feel it was necessary to prepare me for the world of journalism that lies ahead for me. In my years as a member of this paper, I hope that I inspired at least one person, or helped them to become a better writer. If I did this, then my work here is truly done. I consider myself pretty spoiled when it comes to what I have been able to do while at the paper. I have gone to conferences in Washington D.C., New York City, San Diego and Austin. Even getting stranded in Chicago with no winter coat wasn’t terrible, either! In addition to this, I have covered men’s basketball in the Northeast Conference tournament, an FCS bowl game in Indianapolis, as well as Division I soccer. Anyone who knows me best knows that me just being at a soccer match is my favorite way to pass the time, so every time doing that was an absolute joy. I have also had the pleasure of traveling all over New England and the Mid Atlantic to cover games. Many of these were long

road trips that took away a lot of weekends throughout college, but in hindsight, it was worth it. I have interviewed Senator Joe Lieberman, Ned Lamont, former NFL head coach Jim Haslett, former NFL defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell, as well as numerous former professionals and college athletes. Of all of my interviews, I have to say the best interview I have ever done is with CCSU men’s soccer captain Robert Cavener. There is no other person that I have interviewed who is as personable and as he is. Cav, you made my life a lot easier over the past could years. I would like to wish everyone who is a member of The Recorder the best of luck in the future. I think you will all be fine, but a little luck never hurts. More specifically, I would like to congratulate Michael Walsh for becoming the new Editor-in-Chief, and I think he will certainly excel at the position. Also, I would like to thank Brittany Burke, my Assistant Sports Editor, for her work, both before she became my assistant and after. She really helped us hold the back end of the paper together this year, and I cannot thank her enough for it. Both Burke and Walsh will be important parts of the paper in the future, as they are now. My time at The Recorder may be coming to a close, but I have learned quite a lot here, and I will use this knowledge every day for the rest of my life. Thanks for everything. I won’t be too far, so if anyone ever needs any advice or help, I got you.

ninth, but bounced back by getting Vin Avella to fly out, and struck out Jon Lucas on a high fastball to end the game. Allaire was strong for CCSU yet again in the series, batting .438 with six RBI and four runs scored. In the final game of the series, Allaire assisted on 10 plays in the field and did not have an error. “I don’t know where he’s going to go or where he’s going to fit in,” coach Charlie Hickey said. “But, I do know he can play at the next level, and he belongs on a baseball field.” CCSU will face Long Island in their final conference match up this weekend before the NEC tournament. CCSU is 26-19 overall, with a 15-13 conference record. They currently sit behind Sacred Heart (19-9) and Bryant (226) in the conference standings. “Overall we’ve had a pretty good season,” said Hickey. “Even though the kids have final exams this week, I think they know what they have to do, and I think we’ll finish off strong.”

Senior Awards Ceremony Continued from page 12 Year in her final season and was named to the All-Region First Team. She helped lead CCSU to a 12-7-4 overall record in 2009, as the Blue Devils the NEC Regular Season Championship with a 9-0-1 record. Blayney led the Blue Devils and the NEC in scoring as a senior with 11 goals and 13 assists, good for 35 points. It was the third-highest single season point total in school history, and her 13 assists were the second-most in a single season at Central. She ranked fourth in the country in assists per game (0.65) and 17th in points per game (1.75) in her senior campaign. For her career Blayney played in 61 games and posted 21 goals and 20 assists in three seasons. Her 62 points are fourth all-time in school history, while her 21 goals places fifth and her 20 assists are good for third. She scored 11 game-winning goals in her three seasons. After helping to lead Central Connecticut swimming and diving to back to back NEC Championships as a sophomore and a junior, Kane guided the Blue Devils to a runner-up finish at the league championships this season. Named a captain for her senior year, she put forth a gold medal performance and earned first team all-conference honors as a member of the CCSU 800 freestyle relay team. Kane came into her own as a senior, recording silver medalist performances in both the 200 and 500 freestyle events at the league meet. She added second team allconference accolades in three other relays in 2010. Kane was also a member of the first ever CCSU team to win the ECAC Swimming and Diving Championships in 2007.

THE RECORDER Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Sports 5/19

Blue Devils Take Four-Game Series Against Wagner Kenny Barto The Recorder

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Infielder Sean Allaire hit a grand slam in the second inning during CCSU’s win against the Seahakws on Friday.

Tampa Bay Dreamin’ Mallory Gets a Shot at Pro Football Brittany Burke The Recorder

Despite going undrafted and unsigned by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after the initial rookie minicamp in April, former CCSU Blue Devils running back and football captain James Mallory, 22, is still optimistic for his NFL future. “It was an awesome experience,.I represented CCSU in the right way and hopefully I’ll be a Buccaneer this 2010-2011 football season. I’m just going to keep working hard and hopefully you guys will hear something real soon about me signing,” Mallory said of his time with the Bucs. If he does not get picked up by Tampa Bay in the offseason despite having a successful tryout, Mallory still has a variety of options with other NFL organizations. “Right now four or five teams have been in contact with my agent that still has a lot of interest in me so right now it’s just kind of a waiting game. I guess this is the business part of it,” Mallory said. “My agent is taking care of all that stuff, but the Bucs liked me a

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CCSU baseball came away with three important conference wins against a tough conference foe in the Wagner Seahawks. The three wins give the Blue Devils sole position of third place going into the final weekend of conference play. CCSU’s success started on Friday with a 10-5 victory over Wagner. CCSU infielder and Northeast Conference batting leader Sean Allaire led the offense, going 3-for-5 with five RBI, including his second grand slam in as many weekends which now leaves him with a season total of 12 home runs. The Blue Devils picked up where they left off in game one of the doubleheader on Saturday, topping Wagner 7-1. Junior southpaw Dave Krasnowiecki improved his record to 6-2 by going all seven innings, giving up six hits and one earned run while striking out five. Krasnowiecki was one out away from a shutout, and had only given up four hits going into the seventh inning. “Krasnoweicki pitched great for us,” said CCSU head coach Charlie Hickey. “He hit his spots, got the tough outs, and was just shy of having a shutout. You can’t ask for much more than that.” In game two, CCSU could not

lot after minicamp, but right now it’s just a numbers thing with other positions they needed to fill right now, which does not mean they didn’t want to sign me.” Mallory attended the three-day Bucs minicamp for rookies that began on April 30 and ended May 2. During the three-day stint Mallory was given the chance to make an

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impression on Bucs’ head coach Raheem Morris and the Tampa Bay coordinators while running through a number of individual and special team drills and team periods, which pit the defensive rookies against the offensive rookies. At the end of the minicamp, See Mallory Page 10

Budrick, Others Receive Softball Conference Awards p. 10

See CCSU Baseball Page 11

Mallory, Blayney and Kane Honored With Gladstone and Rutz Awards at Ceremony Last Week CCSUBLUEDEVILS.COM

Mallory wasn’t signed by the Bucs, but still has hopes to land an NFL career.

rebound from Wagner’s three-run first inning and they lost 7-5. Starter Jack Greenhouse, who had pitched solid his last three outings, went only three innings, giving up five runs. “I think Greenhouse was banged up a little bit,” said Hickey. “He didn’t pitch like he has the last few times out there, but he’ll get a full week’s rest and hopefully be alright to go against LIU.” Pat Epps homered in both games of the doubleheader, giving him 16 on the season, which ties the single season record at CCSU. “He has a legitimate chance to set the record,” said Hickey. “But, I still think he understands that winning comes first.” The home run record has been in place since 1997, when Jamie Palmese hit 16 for the Blue Devils under coach George Redman. CCSU entered play on Sunday ahead of Wagner by one game in the NEC standings, and needed a win to give them some breathing room. The Blue Devils did not disappoint, as they fought back from a deficit yet again to beat Wagner 5-3. After getting two quick outs in the first, starting pitcher Tommy Meade led up a double and a single to yield the game’s first run. Wagner then loaded the bases with a base

The Central Connecticut athletic department announced the Frederick Gladstone and Gail Rutz award winners last Tuesday at its Senior Awards Ceremony. James Mallory of the football team collected the coveted Gladstone Award, while Leah Blayney of the women’s soccer team and Kandra Kane, a swimmer, shared the esteemed Gail Rutz Award. The awards are given to the top male and female student-athletes in the senior class. Mallory, who led the Blue Devils to the Northeast Conference title last season, rushed for 1,352 yards and 16 touchdowns in his final season in New Britain. He was named an All-American and was a finalist for the Walter Payton Award, given each season to the top player in the Football Championship Subdivision. Following his senior season

Mallory was chosen the NEC Offensive Player of the Year. He was also named an AP All-American, an AFCA All-American, an ECAC AllStar and was chosen to the New England Sports Writers All-New England team. He was one of 20 finalists for the Payton Award. Mallory finished his career with 3,245 rushing yards, the secondhighest total in school history. He ran for 2,872 yards in the last two seasons and scored 31 touchdowns during that time. He finished his career averaging 5.2 yards per carry and with 34 career scores. He is second all-time in school history with his 206 career points. Mallory and his teammates put together one of the most successful football seasons in school history in 2009. They finished the year 9-3 and won their third NEC title in the last six seasons. The nine victories matched a school record. Blayney was the 2009 Northeast Conference Offensive Player of the See Senior Awards Page 11

Looking Over The Last Four Years: A Sports Editor’s Farewell p. 11



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