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Central Connecticut State University
Volume 109 No. 4
University Commemorates The Victims Of 9/11 AmAndA webSTeR The Recorder
The CCSU community came together last Tuesday morning in remembrance of all the lives lost during the tragic events that occurred on Sept 11, 2001. The ceremony was held outside of the Student Center by the Peace Pole and was hosted by the Student Union Board of Governors and the Student Center. Erin Murray, Chair of the Student Union Board of Governors ,welcomed everyone to the ceremony. “We as a community stand together today to remember those nearly 3,000 souls that gave up their lives in innocence that day,” said Murray. “I ask that we all come together to defend peace and freedom for the world.” Members of the Connecticut Army National Guard presented a wreath at the foot of the Peace Pole during the ceremony. A moment of silence was held during the time that the second plane impacted the World Trade Center, followed by a performance of the popular Sarah McLachlan song “Angels” by CCSU’s ACABellas. John Campbell, of the CCSU Ministry Office, led the ceremony in a prayer for all the people who were affected that day 11 years ago, and for all those who are still affected today. Campbell told the crowd a story about a man named Randy Scott, a man who passed away during
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U.S. soldiers line up in front of the memorial at the Student Center the morning of Sept 11.
Ordinance Vote Pushed Back AmAndA webSTeR The Recorder
At New Britain’s Common Council meeting on Wednesday, several students from CCSU voiced their concerns over the proposed new ordinance that may affect the lives of off-campus students. Mayor Timothy O’Brien proposed an ordinance that would fine New Britain property owners and students up to $600 for each time police responded to a noise complaint. SGA President Eric Bergenn addressed the council and asked them to consider the viewpoint of CCSU students. “There are two ordinances that affect the students which are a concern to me,” Bergenn said to the committee. Aside from the new proposed ordinance, the anti-blight ordinance was also brought up to the council. The anti-blight ordinance was adapted earlier this year and states that property owners can be fined $250 for nuisance complaints. According to the New Britain Herald, O’Brien stated that the city planned to enforce the antiblight ordinance in an attempt to reign in student rowdiness. According to the anti-blight ordinance, a fine may be delivered if noise from a residence can be heard from 100 feet away after 10 p.m. Bergenn quoted the Deputy Chief of Staff, Phil Sherwood, who made a visit to CCSU earlier in the day. Sherwood was quoted during the SGA meeting saying, “Frankly a person’s TV with a window open is loud enough to hear 100 feet away,” Bergenn said that with such noise complaints, it would be up to law enforcement to decide whether or not a fine should be delivered. “I trust a police officer in general, but I don’t trust a single person’s discretion when it comes to resulting in a debilitating fine,” said Bergenn. Student Senator Bobby Berriault also spoke
at the meeting and said that he could understand both sides of the argument. “I understand that there is a high level of frustration on both sides,” said Berriault. Berriault said that the frustration felt by surrounding families that live in neighborhoods near CCSU was understandable, but there are also feelings of unfairness felt by students. “The majority of students who attend CCSU who have nothing to do with any of these problems that are affecting the community, are also frustrated by this,” Berriault said. Celeste Roche, a student at CCSU, also addressed the council over the matter. “Most students are low income and other people who might be affected by these ordinances are possibly also low income,” said Roche. Roche said that a community service option might be a better solution for students. According to Roche it would give individuals an opportunity to get to know the people in the surrounding area. “The city of New Britain cannot discriminate and pick out one section of town over the other,” O’Brien said to the concerned students. “It does not specifically indicate that it is only for Central students. That would be illegal for the city of New Britain to do that. There are lots of other places that those things happen.” Bergenn also stated that if such an ordinance were to pass and fines were imposed, it would hinder the student life on campus. “We put a lot of resources this year into trying to take just the opposite effect,” said Bergenn. “What I would ask of the Mayor’s office is to work with the students to come up with a solution that serves the community as a whole.” According to O’Brien, the ordinance will be referred over to the committee and will have to go through a public hearing scheduled for next month.
the attacks. Scott was on the 84 floor of the World Trade Center when the planes hit, and his family had believed that Scott was killed instantly on impact. Last August, Scott’s family was notified by the National September 11 Memorial and Museum that they had identified a hand written note with Scott’s DNA on it, changing what they had believed about Randy for over ten years. Campbell explained that for the Scott family, the same raw emotion that they endured 11 years ago has struck them again and will continue to be a constant thing in their everyday lives. “For people who were impacted by it, it’s not something that happened 11 years ago. It’s something that’s happening in their lives everyday still and something that is very present,” said Campbell. “It’s not in the past, it’s not on the back burner. It’s present.” SGA President Eric Bergenn addressed the crowd briefly and asked the audience to take the day as an opportunity to celebrate the lives that we have and the lives that were lost. Campbell said that as a community we need to always keep in mind the events of September 11th so that as a nation we can stand together with those still affected by that day. “We stand with them in solidarity and we will never forget,” said Campbell.
Students See Policy As Too Extreme AlySSA pATTiSon
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The proposed ordinance made by Mayor Timothy O’Brien has caused some concern among CCSU students that live off-campus, and have others looking for different solutions to resolve the matter. Residents of New Britain’s Belvedere neighborhood spoke up last week against rowdy off-campus behavior which led to a proposed ordinance. If adopted, the ordinance will allow police to fine property owners and students each time police respond to a nuisance complaint. “I feel like for college students at this age, they need an outlet. To party is a way to let it out,” said Kaili Shi, a graduate student at CCSU living in the Belvedere neighborhood. “I would enjoy a quiet study or sleeping environment.” “College students want to party and hang out at their house. We don’t have a lot of money to begin with,” said Joshua Kelly, a student at CCSU renting on Francis Street. Kelly also said that he has noticed increasing police activity offcampus. “I think students are still going to do it. It’s not going to stop anything, it’s just going to hurt our financial situations even more,” continued Kelly. “I think warnings would be better. Nick Alaimo, SGA Treasurer and an off-campus resident, said that as students, it is encouraged to respect our community.
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“I’m not saying we can’t. It has to be a give and take,” Alaimo said. “Compared to other schools, I think we are a lot more calm.” When considering the future of off-campus social life with the new ordinance, Alaimo said he wasn’t worried about it. “It might effectively lower the amount of noise in that neighborhood, which they’re concerned about, but I don’t think it’s an appropriate way to fi x the blight issue,” said SGA President Eric Bergenn. “It is also going to negatively impact student life on the weekends here, which is something that administration and student organizations have dedicated this year to working on. Perhaps raising awareness would be a better step.” “The college isn’t going away or getting smaller, so we’re just going to need to find ways to work with the two groups together in the same community,” said Bergenn. “There is a positive effect we can have.” Sgt. Jerry Erwin of the CCSU Police Department said that New Britain is the primary responder and it’s their jurisdiction. He also said if they are in need of assistance they will call CCSU PD, and they will respond. “Hopefully, people will understand enough is enough, you have to respect the people in the neighborhoods and the community here at Central and realize that you can be sanctioned for your offcampus behavior by the University,” Erwin said.
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Senate Hears Sherwood’s Input On O’Brien’s Policy Joe Suszczynski The Recorder
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Mayor’s Deputy Chief of Staff Phil Sherwood speaks to the Senate in regards to O’Brien’s proposed ordinance.
Arrest Log: Week Of 9/9 Erin Allard, 30, of 40 Jones Dr., New Britain, was arrested for driving too fast for conditions, and for operating a vehicle without a license. Jenna Casorio, 20, of 277 Avon Rd., Avon, was arrested for possession of alcohol by a minor in public or private. Jorge E. Cruz, 30, of 77 Highview Ave., New Britain, was arrested for unauthorized display or misuse of a handicap plate. Nicole Divicino, 20, of 60 Patterson Ln., Durham, was arrested for failure to obey control signal. Katie L. Dydyn, 20, of 79 Kinnear Ave., Newington, was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while using a hand held mobile telephone. Michele Massey, 32, of 111 Union St., New Britain, was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while using a hand held mobile telephone. Rene Nieves, 24, of 271 Gracey Ave., Meriden, was arrested for operating a motor vehicle without registration or with a license that has been suspended or revoked, and failure to have headlight on. Michael Presutti, 23, of 137 Clovercrest Rd., Wethersfield, was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while using a hand held mobile telephone. Cheryl Thompson, 39, of 21 Tamarack Dr., Bloomfield, was arrested for operating an unregistered motor vehicle. Joshua A. Walter, 33, of 21 Dunham Dr., Kensington, was arrested for violation of protective order.
At the Student Government Association meeting, Phil Sherwood, New Britain Mayor’s Deputy Chief of Staff, spoke to the Senate in regards to Mayor O’Brien’s ordinace. According to the New Britain Herald, O’Brien will be taking the anti-blight ordinance seriously. The ordinance was adopted earlier this year and placed a $250 fine against the property owners if they violate the ordinance. The New Britain Herald stated that if the new ordinance proposal is voted into effect, each time the police visit the property owners will be fined $600. Sherwood spoke about the current problems some neighborhoods were facing. “When it’s two in the morning and there’s beer bottles being tossed or there’s a few dozen students outside of your house and you’re sleeping with your window open, that’s an issue,” said Sherwood. “The line is crossed when there’s excessive noise and over the top underage drinking.” Sherwood then took questions from the Senate. Senator Monique Narcisse asked if there was another solution, suggesting a community service. “The mayor is open to ideas. Anything that gives the student body increased ownership over the quality of life in the neighborhood, probably a good thing,” Sherwood said. Senator Bobby Berriault asked Sherwood where students can find information if the new ordinance is passed. Laura Tordenti said that it would be posted to Pipeline. Later in the meeting, Senator Simms Sonet motioned to allocate $3,920 to RECentral for 800 shirts for the participants in the Healthy Lifestyle Challenge. “This Healthy Lifestyle Challenge is something that is going to really benefit
students right now,” said Sonet. “The shirts are very important to the Healthy Lifestyle Challenge because they help to advertise and act as a reward, and not just a giveaway. This challenge is an event that could really be extremely huge on this campus.” Sonet also said that if the motion passes, twenty to twenty-five shirts are to be handed out each week. Treasurer Nick Alaimo spoke against the motion. Although he said he liked the idea of the Healthy Lifestyle Challenge, he told the Senate to prepare for the consequences. According to Alaimo, the senate has never approved allocating money to clubs for t-shirts, and usually stands against it. He said that if they approved this motion, then other clubs will ask for the same items. Senator Kory Mills moved to amend the motion by striking some of the wording. Mills motioned to take the words “to RECentral” out so it would solely read, the “Healthy Lifestyle Challenge.” The amendment was passed. Senator Ryan Baldassario spoke against the motion. “The merits of supporting this program are not in question. The reward of the Healthy Life Style Challenge is getting a healthy lifestyle. That is what the purpose of this is. T-shirts alone are not motivating factors,” said Baldassario. “You would not give out 25 medals to the top 25 people in a race. We could support this program in other ways. This could be one facet of it.” The motion ended up failing with a vote of nine yes votes to fourteen no votes with one abstention. Sonet was later reached for comment. “I am a little upset that it didn’t pass, but the points presented against were good points. They’re not just out of the blue, random comments. They’re not stupid, they are well thought out,” said Sonet.
IRC Looks To Mend Relationship With Athletics Acadia Otlowski The Recorder
During the first Inter Residence Council meeting last Tuesday, the Executive Board introduced a new committee at the meeting, hoping to create a better relationship between students and the administration. The tentative name of the group is the “Committee of Campus Life” and will be composed of the vice presidents from each hall. “The point of this committee is to walk around campus, walk around residence halls as a group, and establish what needs to get done, what needs to get changed on campus,” said President Ian Mangione. “You report to us and we use our powers with the administration to get results.” He said he hopes this committee will be able to help address issues that otherwise may not be addressed. There were also reports from each of the residence halls. All of them reported fairly high turnouts to their Hall Counsel meetings. Representatives from Carol Hall reported that they had approximately 96 students at the event, with an estimated 75 percent of the students saying that they would return to the next meeting. President Ian Mangione
stressed the importance of keeping a positive relationship between the Athletics department and the rest of the student body. The matter was brought up following a conflict that occurred last spring between the athletics Department and The Recorder. “Over the summer we had a couple of issues with the athletics department through a residence life standpoint,” said Mangione. He stressed the importance of repairing the relationship between the students and the department. “Just this past week the University announced that the sanctions against Shaun Green would be significantly reduced,” said Mangione. CCSU men’s soccer coach Shaun Green was seen by police in May throwing out an estimated 150 papers. Green was initially suspended from the first four soccer games and put on unpaid leave for 60 days. After a hearing, his punishment was reduced to a one game suspension and unpaid leave of only two weeks. “I’ve talked to some other school leaders and we feel that this does not really reflect how the students feel about how the University should be running right now. We are not making any sort of strong statement against athletics,
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but we do want to make a note of that,” said Mangione. Despite the controversy, Mangione said he is confident that the student population will be capable of mending the relationship with the department. “We want this relationship to
work, we want this relationship to succeed. All of our sports teams are great, as are our students and there is definitely a gap there that we want to bridge. To better build our community we have to work on our issues,” said Mangione.
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CCSU Football Player Arrested Justin Muszynski The Recorder
A CCSU football player was arrested Thursday on three charges, including burglary in the first degree. Jacob Lavender, 20, of Enfield, was allegedly involved in an incident in which he entered a New Britain home unwelcomed and threatened a resident with a closed-bladed folding knife to find out who assaulted him at the residence earlier in the day, according to the arrest warrant.
Lavender was released on a $2,500 bond and has also been charged with criminal mischief and threatening. He has not yet entered a plea. Police responded to the earlier call in the a.m. hours of May 11 where they encountered Lavender who said his nose was broken but that he did not know who was responsible, the report says. A few hours later, Lavender was with three other males when he approached the door to the home where he was met by a resident who told him he was not to come in. At this point
Sodexo Advocates Healthy Eating Habits For Students Kassondra granata The Recorder
When it comes to inquiries on the dining experience at CCSU, look for Don DeGruttola, General Manager of Sodexo. Tucked away in an office under the dining halls in Memorial Hall, DeGruttola, a New York Giants fan, oversees everything Sodexo and aims to please students to the best of his efforts. One goal that DeGruttola and the group has is to promote healthier eating on campus. “Students in the last three to four years would just talk the talk, but I think students are really serious about it,” DeGruttola says referring to feedback he has heard from students at Food Committee. “So, we’re really serious about it too.” In Food Committee, representatives from each residence hall gather once a week to discuss the dining status on campus and give recommendations on what can be improved. There has been benefits from Food Committee, DeGruttola says, such as a “Sushi Night” and other suggested meals to be served at Memorial. According to DeGruttola, Sodexo will have a program on Sept 19 called, “Farm-toChef,” where two suppliers from different organic farms will display samples of their fresh produce for attendees to try. Alongside the farm produce, Sodexo will also be making dishes as well. The first supplier that will be at the event is Fresh Point, which is a food distributor and Sodexo’s regular supplier. DeGruttola says that Sodexo purchases its supplies from 80 different local farms, and gets it delivered five times a week on an 18 wheeler. “No body buys more food than we do,” DeGruttola says with a smile, adjusting his blue and white tie. Urban Oaks, located a mile from campus, is said to be one of the largest organic farms in the United States. DeGruttola says he hopes to form an affiliation with the company to buy fresh produce from their farm to provide to students in the dining halls. “We’re trying to bring them into the University,” says DeGruttola. “We’re so big, however, that if we try to put one order with them, they wouldn’t be able to fill it.” DeGruttola says that they are continuing to work with Urban Oaks, but in order to be in a partnership with them, they need to meet the GAP requirements. “In order for us to buy from them, they have to be GAP certified,” says DeGruttola.
To determine if Urban Oaks is GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) certified, Sodexo needs to be watchful to see if their practices in raising crops or animals is humane or not. DeGruttola says that he hopes that they can get fresher, organic and more appealing produce for the dining services. Each day, Sodexo puts up menu signs in each of the dining halls listing the nutritional facts for each meal that is served that day. According to DeGruttola, Sodexo also puts certain symbols on the menus to depict different categories of food, such as Vegan and Vegetarian. With the goal to increase healthy eating awareness on campus, as well as distributing healthier foods to students, Sodexo also has their own dietician, Danielle Shargarodsky, who helps Sodexo pick healthier foods to serve students. Shargarodsky came to CCSU in the spring to talk with athletes about their diet. Sodexo has also formed an affiliation with the athletic department, hosting RECentral’s new program, the “Healthy Lifestyle Challenge.” Each week, there will be a challenge posted by RECentral that students can participate in to work towards the University’s goal to lose 3,000 pounds. Shargarodsky also came up with suggestions for Sodexo to put towards their menus. Otis Mamed, Director of the Student Center, says that he works closely with DeGruttola, and Sodexo is going to install digital monitors around Memorial Hall with menus, nutritional facts, and other announcements over the winter. “That should not only promote healthy eating, but let students be more aware about what is going on around campus,” says Mamed. According to DeGruttola, there will be thirteen monitors installed in the dining halls behind each food station. “Printing out all of that information every day for the menus is very time consuming,” says DeGruttola. “Someone can sit at their desk and type in the information and it can be seen throughout the dining hall. We have a program called the balanced way where we recommend what should be eaten for lunch, and you can go around the cafe and find it.” The next stop for Sodexo is Oct 24, “Food Day,” where the dining halls will have a session to promote healthier eating. “This is supposed to awaken people’s awareness on what they are eating,” says DeGruttola on the future program. “We’re actually constantly doing that kind of awareness.”
Lavender forced his way into the home and got into a scuffle with one of his friends who was trying to stop him, resulting in his ankle being broken, the warrant says. Timothy Kean, who was sleeping on the couch inside the home, told police that he woke up to Lavender putting the knife to his stomach and demanded to know who assaulted him at a party earlier. Kean also told police that he saw Lavender walk outside of the home and slash the tires of two cars that belonged to his friends. When the police arrived at the scene they did not come across Lavender. Lavender told police days later that he did in fact return to the house where he was attending a party earlier to find out who injured him, but that he did not have a blade or slash any tires. He also said that he doesn’t remember much because he thinks he may have endured a concussion from the attack he suffered earlier, the arrest warrant says. CCSU’s athletics department issued a statement in an email correspondence. “We are aware of the situation and
take it very seriously,” said Tom Pincince, Sports Information Director. “Because it is an ongoing legal matter we have no further comment at this time.” According to Connecticut’s Judicial Branch website, Lavender is facing separate criminal charges in a different case that has been statutorily sealed from the public in which he is awaiting disposition. Lavender did not respond to an email or voicemail for comment. Pincince also says that Lavender, who is a running back for the football team, is suspended indefinitely. He did not participate in the first three games of the season, according to ccsubluedevils.com. The site also says that he played in three games last season as a freshman. He is scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court Oct 23 for his burglary charge and May 3 of next year in Hartford for his other case. None of the other individuals who allegedly entered the home with Lavender have been charged in this incident.
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Activities Noted By Commuter Students Jacqueline Stoughton Special To The Recorder
Residents Express Dissatisfaction At Town And Gown Meeting Amanda Webster The Recorder
A packed Bellin A and B Gallery hosted the Town Gown meeting on Monday evening so CCSU representatives could discuss issues regarding student activity with residents in the surrounding CCSU area. Mayor Timothy O’Brien, President Jack Miller and Interim Police Chief James Wardwell were just a few of the people present to listen and discuss the issues that face homeowners in the Beldevere neighborhood. Tensions were high between residents of New Britain as concerns over the social activities of students were brought to the committee’s attention. Many residents came to complain about student life on weekends and express their frustrations about student drinking during the very early hours of the morning. Many of the residents had similar stories to share about their experiences with disrespectful students on a weekly basis. Complaints of shouting, loud music, vandalism and even public urination were thrown at the council in attempts to urge the members to find a solution. One elderly resident was so angry that she said the student body needed to be rid of altogether. Jenna Casorio, CCSU student and off-campus resident said that she could
understand where the other residents were coming from because she has dealt with similar problems. “I’m not 21, I don’t drink,” said Casorio. “I’ve had my trash cans knocked over by students and I don’t like it either, but it’s those kind of generalizations that say all students are just crazy drunk, druggies, that frustrate students.” One of the major complaints from New Britain residents was that absentee landlords were to blame for student rowdiness offcampus and that when the landlords are made aware of the disturbances they could “care less” about how their tenets treat the property. John Zipadelli, a landlord for many offcampus houses around Central said that it was an unfair assumption to say that all landlords were negligent. “I am at my houses every day checking things out,” said Zipadelli. “The kids that rent are for the most part good kids and if anyone has a complaint I would love to hear from you.” O’Brien addressed the room and tried to appease the concerns of residents by bringing up the proposed noise ordinance. According to O’Brien, the “hot spot” ordinance will hopefully deter students from excessive rowdy behavior and help show that the city is taking the complaints of residents seriously.
Police Advise Students Of Recent Break-Ins Justin Muszynski The Recorder
The CCSU police have warned students about a series of car break-ins that have occurred in the New Britain and West Hartford area. As of yet, no break-ins on campus appear to be related to the ones that are happening nearby, according to Sgt. Jerry Erwin of the CCSU police. “We have been advised by the West Hartford Police and New Britain Police that those two departments have seen an increase in burglaries into motor-vehicles,” said Erwin. He added that the closest place to CCSU that suffered a break-in was Brittany Farms Health Center, which is only a few miles
from CCSU’s campus. “We’ve stepped up our patrols to be visible in case any of those situations happen here we’ll at least show that we’re present,” Erwin said. The police sent out a crime alert to all students in the form of an email that notified them of the situation and included some quick tips on how to avoid being a victim of a car burglary. While this notification was not required by the police under The Clery Act, they sent it out as a courtesy to make students aware of their increased risk. “It’s more of a preventative effort to keep it in peoples’ heads that they need to do basic things like lock their car and avoid leaving things visible that a criminal might want,” said Erwin.
“The issue is we’re not trying to generalize all college students here,” said O’Brien. “The students who are in fact being the problem are self-selecting this problem. The city is going to take very strong action to deal with that.” O’Brien said that the city will enforce the ordinances in place and if property owners cannot get their property under control or they will be fined. Failure to pay the fines could result in foreclosure said O’Brien. Wardwell explained that the Police Department is taking a more proactive stance this year when dealing with student partying. “We’re trying to be more visible in the neighborhood,” said Wardwell. “We’re dead serious about ending this as a problem,” continued O’Brien. SGA President Eric Bergenn said to the attendees that there are student representatives who want to work with the community to help find a solution to help what is becoming a prevalent problem between Central and the surrounding communities. At the end of the meeting both sides wanted better communication. Students and city residents said that they would appreciate a way to work together in order to create a more harmonious environment for everyone involved.
As students settle into the routines of a new semester, many incoming students are wondering what to do with their spare time in between classes. In particular to freshman commuters, many students are unsure of what they could do before their next class, rather than just isolating themselves in a corner of the library hidden behind piles of homework. “Being off campus, I’m kind of disconnected from things that are happening on campus or any other kind of events,” says Jesmarie Disdier, a freshman commuter who also struggles with getting involved on campus. “It’s hard to connect with classmates so soon, unless you’re an outgoing, over zealous person.” It is said that residential students have it easy when it comes to making friends. They have their roommates and other students living in the same building as them. Most students even have friends going to school with them that they already knew from high school. “People come to CCSU with people they’re already friends with. It’s hard to break out from that friend group since they’re kind of like a safety net,” Disdier said. Although putting oneself out there proves to be difficult for most in a new setting, many freshman commuters have found clubs to participate in, making the process of easing into college life easier. Disdier said that she got involved with multiple clubs on campus, including a sorority, student government and the marketing and business club, a club that is relatable to her major. She said she’s also exploring the idea of joining other clubs such as Ultimate Frisbee. Not all commuters are having this struggle. Jeremy Millan, also a freshman commuter, describes his transition as a commuter as being a very smooth and easy transition. “We just go up to a group of people and talk, ask questions and opinion,” says Millan, who has found the process of putting yourself out there in order to meet new people has been quite an easy task for him. “Don’t be afraid. There’s nothing to be afraid of. People are afraid of being judged or something, but we’re all doing the same thing so just don’t be afraid.”
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The University Needs To Be Met Halfway CCSU is constantly saturated with empty complaints by students who refuse to take advantage of all the resources that the University provides. It is hard to navigate the campus without hearing part of a conversation condemning the school and how few of things there are to do. In a Twitter account called, @ CCSUProblems, students utilize it to point out everything that is deemed to be wrong at this University. It has died down since last year, but at the time it was very active. If the same effort that went into exploring all the downsides to CCSU was put into examining everything it has to offer, then the students would find more positives than negatives. Various administrators are continuously trying to improve campus quality, but are
halted by students who are unwilling to meet them in the middle. There are many outlets on campus that students can turn to in order to fill their void on the weekends. Student Activities is searching for ways to bring students back to campus. The organization is collaborating with ResLife to ensure that beds will be filled in the residence halls and students will be satisfied. Top student leaders are forming a group called, Weekend Central, where they will meet and find fun activities for students to do on the weekends. CAN, IRC and other organizations strive to achieve this goal. They put a lot of time into this project. On Thursday nights, to avoid the sighs from students in regards to the dry campus, the University holds the
“Devil’s Den at 10” with a mission to create fun, alternative activities for students to participate in. Devil’s Den also encourages other clubs to host their events during that slot. In terms of clubs on campus, the list is ongoing. If there is a certain hobby or sport that a student is interested in, then it is certain that the University has a club pertaining to that interest. If you are interested in Politics, join the Student government, the College Republicans or Democrats. If you are interested in taking photos, join the photography club. There are many different outlets one can turn to in order to find something to do on this campus. ResLife does their best to ensure that students will be occupied throughout the
week and on weekends. RA’s are required to host programs that will bring in students and promote student life on campus. The intention is there, but what is lacking is student response. The onus has to be placed on the students and their unwillingness to get involved. There is only so much that the University can do, after that it is all up to the students. CCSU has provided the tools to get a good education and enjoy the process while doing it. The next time you hear someone complain about nothing to do on campus, send them to the student center where they will be overwhelmed with a plethora of options that they can either choose to participate in or continue their grumbling.
Letter To The Editor
Freedom Of Expression Is A Delicate Issue Kassondra Granata The Recorder
On September 17, 1787, the delegates met at the Constitutional Convention for the last time to sign the document that would stand as the backbone of our nation. Under the First Amendment, it states that Congress is not allowed to make any laws regarding religion, freedom of speech, freedom of expression and so on. The First Amendment protects the freedom of individuals. There have been violent protests this past week triggered by the anti-Islam film that was released. The California man that was believed to be the creator of the film brought chaos to the Muslim world, resulting in demonstrators attacking U.S. Embassies in Yemen and Egypt. In Libya, our country lost an ambassador, Chris Stevens, and three other Americans. The video, entitled, “Innocence of Muslims,” mocks the prophet Mohammed and also deems Muslims as violent, immoral individuals, according to a report by Fox News. One Internet regulator, Google, has blocked the video from Indonesia, Libya, India, Egypt and other countries in the Western World. The video has been blocked from all media outlets. Protestors are enraged by this film, and it has been reported that many are forming riots in response. In Indonesia, police fired tear gas and water cannons to scatter demonstrators who gathered outside
of the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, the capitol of the most populated Muslim nation. Much of the uproar and blame is directed towards the United States. Muslims are blaming the U.S. for what they consider an attack on the Muslim religion. People from Afghanistan and Indonesia are burning U.S flags and chanting, “Death to America.” This event, along with the backlash raises many questions. One is how limited should we be when it comes to posting our beliefs on religion and other religious practices? For years now, the Western World has dealt with incidents where religion and its’ flexibility of opinions come into play. There have been countless circumstances, such as this one, where the uncertainty of how a topic as fragile as this should be covered. It is arduous to put a restraint on what individuals can post or voice on media outlets. Freedom of expression should be closely observed, as it was in this situation. If there is a citizen that wishes to post against a certain religion or background, they are entitled to that right. Significant Internet channels and other important forces can monitor those posts to inhibit judgments that could create a catastrophe. It is extremely difficult to determine what can be censored, and what is protected under the First Amendment. Everyone is entitled to their own viewpoint, and they have the right to voice it. If it is distasteful and will result in mayhem, then it needs to be removed from
No matter what field of study that we want to get an education in; no matter what degree you are seeking to gain or your current status as a student; we are all here at Central Connecticut State University to better our own lives. In order so that we can go out and improve the world around us in some way, shape, and form. While there is so much chaos and crisis’ and discontent that is currently plaguing the world around us, and while the world remains unstable and insecure and the laws of logic no longer seems to apply in many of our national political discussions, it can be said that for as long as human beings continue to inhabit our planet. I feel that we will all have that same common hope for a brighter future, and that our generation will continue to try and find ways to make the world around us a better place for us all. What will our generation be remembered for? What will historians say of us and our society fifty or one hundred years from now? Will we seek to explore new frontiers and break past new boundaries in order to break through old barriers? Or will be remain forever content and satisfied with the way things are? While we remain at college it would be really daunting if not impossible to try to change the flaws within society, to achieve world peace, and to rid the world of hunger and disease and poverty. But within all of our busy lives, we can do more and we must do more; for what will future college students think of when they are asked of the achievements of the class of 2013, the class of 2014, the class of 2015, or the class of 2016? What will the future students, teachers, professors, and workers here at CCSU remember about what we did as a student body to better our campus community and the world around us? I feel that it is never too early and never too late to make a difference. The best part of college is that starting right now, right this moment; we
can all make a difference in the world around us. If you want the world to be more prosperous, then we must find it within ourselves to be more prosperous. And if we all want to live in a more caring and kind world; then we must all be more caring and kind to each other and to ourselves. Because the facts of the matter remain; whether or not you want to go to college just to party is up to you. But I must admit that spending $17,000 per year just to drink and to party is outrageous even for the least budget conscious of us. That is why we have casinos. We can do so much more than just merely observing the world change around us; we can change the world around us ourselves. We can join an on-campus club or organization. We can go to a student senate meeting and have our voices be heard. We can work with different community service organizations right here on campus. We can write a letter to our election officials, sign a petition, and encourage our friends and our housemates to do the same. For in order to change the world and create positive change; we must act on what we want and what we need and not just merely sit ideally by and wait patiently for the world to change for us. What I want future students to remember of us today is that we were the ones who made a difference and just didn’t wait for someone to call on us to act; and I hope that we will leave behind a more decent, caring, prosperous world for our own children and their own children. We will never be remembered for those qualities unless we act today. A better world starts with us, and a better world also ends with us. For within our busy lives; we need to take some time out of our day and ask ourselves and each other ‘what can I do today to make a difference and make my world a better place for all?’ -Bobby Berriault
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THE RECORDER / Wednesday, September 19, 2012 / OPINION
NBC’s Misstep U.S. Response Needed Justin Muszynski The Recorder
The events that transpired on Sept 11, 2001 will forever be remembered as one of the most dreadful happenings in human history. Nearly 3,000 lives were lost because of a radical group that believed America had no business in the Middle East. Up until lately, this disastrous day has received all the attention that it deserves. But on the eleven year anniversary NBC decided to air an interview with Kris Jenner about the new season of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” in which she discussed her new breast implants instead of the 9/11 memorial. You don’t have to be an expert in the ethics of Journalism to know what is wrong with this picture. This is just a reflection of our society’s shift in interest from real-world issues to celebrity infatuations. While NBC is obviously responsible for feeding into America’s desire to hear more about what its favorite movie-star is doing, it is also our culture’s fault for putting more emphasis on celebrity news. Mostly everybody has some famous icon that they look up to, but it seems as if it is negatively affecting our judgment about what is newsworthy now more than ever. When the first story hit the web about NBC’s lapse in judgment I originally thought there must be a logical explanation for it. I figured someone aired an interview that was supposed to go on later and an NBC spokesperson would apologize for the error. Instead, a representative for the Today Show
defended the network’s actions. The spokesperson cited the “considerable amount of time” that the network spent on the 9/11 coverage as a reason why it was exempt from the moment of silence that rival networks ABC and CBS aired. Extensive coverage is no excuse to not air something as important as this. NBC took a chance and attempted to appeal to the crowd that cared more about the Kardashians than the people who lost their lives in a senseless attack that has and will continue to change our country forever. The least the network should have done was acknowledge that it was wrong and that the memorial did indeed call for coverage during the moment of silence. The real issue here is that this seems to be the way the media is headed. Tedious events and incidents seem to creep more and more into the spots that were previously designated for hard news. Every time Britney Spears shaves her head or Lindsay Lohan goes to rehab it seems to dominate the headlines more than the genuine crises that are happening in various places around the world. It is no secret that the news industry is in a slump. It is a slump that it may never recover from, but I would rather see every newspaper and media organization die with some dignity than to adapt to a civilization that obsesses over big named idols like the average teenage girl does over Channing Tatum. I would expect something like this from the tabloids, but when a major news organization like NBC partakes in a blunder like this it is extremely worrisome.
Bryan Morales The Recorder
If you aren’t familiar with the situation going on between the United States and Iran you should definitely read about it. There is a serious debate about whether or not America should stop Iran’s nuclear practices. The United States has to prepare to make serious decisions. Iran has shown clear signs of nuclear threat, which can also mean nuclear missile attacks. They have, without a doubt, proven the ability to create nuclear weapons. President Obama already mentioned that he will do anything in his power to stop Iran from continuing their nuclear project. “We’ll prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, there is no daylight between Israel and U.S positions on this,” said Obama in an online article from Haaretz.com. The United States needs to act fast because this matter shouldn’t be taken lightly. The more Iran continues to experiment with nuclear weapons the more opportunity Iran has to becoming a threat to any country. When the United States dropped the atomic bomb on Japan in World War II, it killed thousands of Japanese citizens as well as sent the world a message that the U.S. was a powerful threat. After the bomb was dropped not only did it kill many Japanese instantly, but also left nuclear waves behind causing radiation, still killing people months and years after. Iran has not come to an agreement with the United States that would stop its nuclear plans. Iran has said it began the nuclear experiment to create other forms of energy sources, but I don’t agree with the fact that Iran has a strong partnership with supporting
terrorist organizations like Hezbollah and Hamas. An article from CNN.com said, “Iran’s technical advancement, particularly in uranium enrichment, strengthens our assessments that Iran has the scientific, technical and industrial capacity to eventually produce nuclear weapons, making its political will to do so.” What the United States needs to do is take matters into its own hands and stop Iran. The longer the nation sits around and waits, the more vulnerable a country will become. Iran also said that they wouldn’t attack unless they felt threatened, but then why would Iran tell us that the nuclear experiment was for energy resources? The fact that Iran has the supplies and scientists to create nuclear weapons is frightening. This issue needs all of our attention and we should all stay up to date on it. It’s important to know how the United States deals with this situation and the outcome of the decision because this may mean another war. The power behind nuclear weapons gives Iran the ability to create chaos. Any country that gains nuclear power will only apply more pressure on the United States to act fast. American military needs to be sent into Iran already and stop their nuclear practice by force. If Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Iran, decided that they will not take orders from the U.S, then that leaves us no other option but to send military there and keep order. Even after the U.S. proposed the ‘red line’ agreement, in which Iran could work on nuclear resources, but not create a weapon, Iran declined. This shows Iran’s true intentions.
CCSU Needs To Reestablish Wet Campus Have an opinion? We are looking for writers who wish to share their views with CCSU! Email kgranata@ centralrecorder.com
Rachael Bentley The Recorder
Anyone who has been on this campus on a Friday morning can attest that this school is a ghost town. Other than the occasional squirrel, tumbleweed and student fleeing the vicinity, this place is dead. But according to many nearby residents their neighborhoods are plauged with students walking around at all hours of the night on any given weekday, which begs the question, why? Why are all of these students leaving campus and spending their time in the residential areas near campus? The answer: our campus is dry. It wasn’t always this way. Some may remember that CCSU used to be a wet campus. The Student Center even had it’s’ own pub for students to frequent. Many of the people that remember this kind of campus are New Britain’s own Mayor Tim O’Brien, and the current interim New Britian Police Chief James Wardwell, who are both CCSU alumni. I’m sure if people like O’Brien and Wardwell, who are successful and valued community members, experienced a college with a wet campus, then it would not hinder the success of both the students and the University. In fact, I would argue that a wet campus would greatly help many of the problems that CCSU is currently facing, and also help the issues that neighboring residents are experiencing. When the idea of reinstating a wet campus came up during Monday’s Town and Gown meeting, I was surprised to see that people didn’t shoot down the idea straight off the bat. Many of the local residents supported the idea. It’s logical that when they were in college at CCSU they were able to have drinks and have a good time, while not distrubing the
peace in the surrounding area. In regards to safety, there are many other colleges around the country that have successfully installed similar policies in which certain buildings on campus are able to have alcohol if everyone living in it is 21-yearsold. While some officials might see this as an inconvenince, it seems like a perfectly acceptable and concieveable option to help cut down on the residential drinking problem that seems to be causing our local neighbors quite a bit of stress. Rather than have over a thousand partying students spread over a fivemile radius for cops to try and hunt down, would it not help to keep them contained to a much smaller and safer area like campus? With a brand new dorm and public safety building in the works, CCSU has the ability to make this campus much more lively and inviting than it has been in recent years. Having a wet campus would undoubtably help with Central’s “weekend problem,” as well as encourage prospective students to make CCSU their first choice, rather than a safety school. I’m sure many people will turn their nose at the idea of having Central become a wet campus again, and they will spew statistics about drinking on college campuses and the risks involved for the community, but as of right now the city of New Britain is spending an estimated $600 for every dispatch call that a cop has to go to and that is costing New Britain tax payers. The financial situation is getting so bad that New Britain is planning on passing an ordinance to fine landlords and residents for the trip that the police officers have to make to settle noise and zoning complaints. Although I agree that some measures need to be taken, I don’t think persecuting local landlords is the answer. The easiest and clearest solution is staring us in the face.
THE RECORDER / Wednesday, September 19, 2012 / UPGRADE
Fall 2012 TV Lineup Gunarso Nguyen The Recorder
Community returns for its fourth, and possibly final season, absent former lead showrunner Dan Harmon. With a reduced 13 episode order from NBC, just barely scraping the magical syndication number, it remains to be seen if the brilliantly subtle niche humor that propelled “Community” to cult nerd status will remain the same or veer drastically towards mundane as the writers attempt to reach a broader audience. “Community” returns October 19th, Fridays at 8:30pm.
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Speaking of jumping the shark, it’s not jumping the shark if you never come back down. At least, that’s the philosophy embodied by the show writers behind CW’s “Supernatural,” which returns for an eight season planning to go to season ten.
“Dance Again,” and Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.” Guest stars include Whoopi Goldberg and Kate Hudson.
The Winchester brothers are back to their usual hijinks, minus fan-favorite Bobby Singer. Misha Collins will be reprising his role as the autistic angel, Castiel. Speculation suggests that vampires will be the main villain this season, so take that Twilight fans. Watch the Winchester brothers stick it to a new set of monsters Wednesday, October 3rd.
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Sporting a completely different cast than the original that started it, BBC’s excessively popular “Being Human” is widely considered to have “jumped the shark.” After three seasons of quiet English desperation exploring complex questions of identity and morality, capped by a melodramatic soap-opera-esque fourth season, it makes Dark Shadows writers think, “Hey, maybe you guys should tone it down a little.” The show has left many fans turning elsewhere for their supernatural fix. Like the type four zombie featured in Season 3, this show obstinately refuses to stay dead. BBC’s “Being Human” returns from the grave with six new episodes in 2013, but an air date has not been released.
In the end, it was no supervillain that ended “Smallville,” but ratings. With North America’s longest running science fiction show ending in 2011, the CW hopes to capitalize on the absence of superheroes with its newest project, “Arrow,” which will chronicle the adventures of rich-boy turned crimefighter, Oliver Queen as Detective Comic’s Green Arrow. Hedging their bets, the CW has ordered 13 episodes, set to premiere October 10th, paired with “Supernatural.” Guess they couldn’t get the rights to Batman.
The adorably awkward Amy Poehler reprises her role as “Parks and Rec’s” eternally optimistic go-getter, Leslie Knope. Having won a seat on the Pawnee City Council, the 5th season offers up a new dynamic as Leslie settles into her job outside of the Pawnee Parks and Recreation department. Despite low ratings, “Parks and Rec” returns with a full 22 episode season order, promising more awkward shenanigans as Leslie and company struggle with the small-town daily struggles of Pawnee. P&R returns Thursday, September 20th.
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The number one Sunday non-sports show returns. Passing the Bechel test, a show or film that must have at least one conversation between two women not about shopping or men, (go ahead, it’s harder to find than you think,) in its first episode with flying colors. Full of charm, “Once Upon a Time” promises more intrigue and fun once upon its return.
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At 160 episodes, the longest running pointless dad story to ever grace the small screen returns for the 8th and possibly final season. Cast members have intimated that they want no more than 8 seasons, and if there is an audience member left that doesn’t want to strangle Josh Radnor’s Ted that person should apply for sainthood with the Catholic Church. Tracking knowledge about the mother and connecting data points through 7 seasons in order to determine the identity of the mother has driven more fans into mental institutions than contemplating Uwe Boll movies. True story. “How I Met Your Mother” returns Monday, September 24th.
The world’s longest running science show, “Doctor Who,” returns for its 33rd season and 50th anniversary in 2013 with a change in companions. The first episode premiered September 1st, revealing actress Jenna Louise Coleman who is scheduled to play the new companion, continuing in the new tradition of companions being drawn from previous episodes. After a lackluster 2012 Christmas special, Steven Moffat appears to either be back on the ball or at least have the sense to let other writers handle non-story arc episodes. “Doctor Who” can be found on BBC America, Saturdays at 9pm.
The show responsible for creating more unemployed anthropology, archeology, and criminal justice majors than Indiana Jones and “Law and Order” combined returns with a new hair color for the less famous Deschanel sister, a new title sequence and a 26 episode order. If the premiere seems narratively disjointed, it’s because it is. Fox nearly canned “Bones” after poor ratings in the 7th season and ordered 4 more after they picked up, but ended up grouping the 4 new episodes into the 8th season. It premieres September 17th.
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Speculation abounds with NBC’s new science fiction vehicle, “Revolution,” another entry into the post-apocalyptic landscape in which advanced technology ceased to function fifteen years earlier. The show follows the Matheson family, who are in possession of a Mcguffin that is key to the unknown phenomena that caused technology to stop working as well as possibly reverse it. Created by Eric Kripke, of “Supernatural” fame, and with J.J. Abrams executive producing, it is hoped that Kripke’s focus can keep Abrams from falling into meandering “Lost” territory. “Revolution” is set to premiere Monday, September 17th, at 10pm.
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Continuing the fine tradition of overdramatized musical theater force-fit to a small screen, Fox’s “Glee” has returned this fall to a new home on Thursdays, with its fourth season full of characteristic rapid-fire updates and musical covers of Lady Gaga’s “Americano,” Jennifer Lopez’s
Continuing the never-ending summer in a blatant disregard for real-world time constraints that would make “Doctor Who” blush, “Phineas and Ferb” continue their third season with no signs of stopping anytime soon. Watch the brothers drive their sister mad and their pet semi-aquatic, egg-laying mammal-of-action, Perry, battle with Professor Doofenschmirtz in an endless array of puns, quips, and homages to movies and TV shows you’ve never heard of on the Disney Channel. Further proof that all the good writers at Disney work in animation, and all the braindamaged simians with keyboards are given live-action. Check your local listings.
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THE RECORDER / Wednesday, September 19, 2012 / UPGRADE
DMB Is Back Corey Pollnow The Recorder
Dave Matthews Band has returned for their eighth album, Away from the World, produced by Steve Lillywhite. Back for the first time in a decade, Lillywhite produced the band’s first three albums and helped them achieve mainstream success in the 1990’s. Lillywhite has brought the band back to square one, reestablishing the acoustic sound that captivated millions across the globe. Their last album Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King, was dedicated to longtime friend and band member, LeRoi Moore, who passed away in the summer of 2008 in an ATV accident. Away from the World is the first album without Moore’s imprint on the saxophone. Nonetheless, the album is jam-packed with Moore’s permanent fill-in, Jeff Coffin of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. Coffin has fit in flawlessly with the band, due to his past tours with DMB, which date back to 1997. LeRoi Moore’s protégé, who hails from the band’s hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia, on the trumpet, has combined with Coffin to establish a strong harmony on stage left. The album has a similar sound to the first three
albums, which were produced by Lilllywhite. The visual themes that were prevalent during the band’s early stages are still relevant. Sex, love and harmonizing together as people experience a newly found topic, Matthews’ children. The album kicks off with “Broken Things,” which features Matthews hitting falsetto notes while singing about his life experiences and a lover. “Belly Belly Nice” is a favorite of many on DMB fan forums. Coffin and Ross take the spotlight together and create a beautiful harmony. “Gaucho” is reminiscent of “Warehouse” from Under the Table and Dreaming because of the strong and fast paced riff that guides the song to an ending with a children’s choir. The last three songs of the album “Rooftop,” “Snow Outside,” and “Drunk Soldier” are superb lyrically and musically. Don’t expect Away from the World to be a perfect album like The Wall or Tommy, but understand that’s not what this band intended to be from the beginning. From their start in Charlottesville in 1990 to 1998 they had a niche sound. That sound was lost for many years. It has returned and the Dave Matthews Band fan base is very grateful for that.
iPhone 5 Preview Apple Introduces Its Newest Model Alex Thim
After Apple’s official press conference on Wednesday, September 12, the tech world buzzed with anticipation for the new iPhone 5. Perhaps the most glaring change from its predecessor, the iPhone 4S, is the size. It will a have a 0.5 inch larger screen than the 4S. Although it is taller, it will also be 20 percent lighter and 18 percent thinner than their previous model. Apple definitely improved the graphics to go along with this larger screen. With 44 percent more color saturation and 18 percent more pixels, the graphics will be phenomenally better than those of the iPhone 4S. Another important development will be the A6 chip, in comparison to the A5, used by the 4S. This simply means that it will run faster, with faster, better graphics and the battery life will be vastly longer. Web pages will load 2.1 times faster, and music will download 1.9 times faster. Using the A6 chip and LTE technologies not seen before in iPhones, the iPhone 5 will have extremely fast download speeds, rivaling that of a computer. The camera as well will perform much better than the 4S. With 40 percent faster photo capture and improved noise reduction capabilities, you will be able to take much higher quality pictures. The camera in the front will be able to now take HD videos, previously not done by the 4S. Apple also corrected a major design flaw from the 4S; there is now a metal back, as opposed to the glass back. Too many iPhone users found themselves with cracked backings from dropping it accidentally. There are also several minor improvements that will come with the iPhone 5. For example, The iPhone 5 will also come with the all-new “EarPods,” a redesign of the customary earbuds. Another hardware upgrade will be discontinuing the traditional “30 pin”
connector cable, as most recent Apple products do. It will instead use what Apple calls the “Lightning Connector.” It will be remarkably smaller, more durable and reversible (both ends will be the same). This new cable will mostly be used to connect the iPhone with other Apple products, such as Apple TV or Airplay accessories. There will also be a total of three microphones; an additional one added from the iPhone 4S. The iPhone 5 will debut the new Apple operating system, iOS 6. With all these advancements over the previous model, the iPhone 5 will undoubtedly be the fastest iPhone yet. It will come in the classic white or black and will have a relatively cheap price tag: $199 for 16 GB, $299 for 32 GB and $399 for 64 GB. The preorders for the iPhone 5 began Sept 14, and they will begin shipping to the United States on Sept 21.
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xx-Coexist Returns To Its Old Habits Danny Contreras The Recorder
Indie music is suffering from pop-industry syndrome; a disease that affects all genres of music and usually leads to the death of the genre. We saw it in the 80’s when hair metal dominated airwaves for almost a decade and then in the 90’s the counter movement in grunge became too commercialized following the death of its icon, Kurt Cobain. And while both genres are still fairly alive, they have not reached the success found during their peak. While indie music has provided us with amazing acts such as Vampire Weekend and Arcade Fire, it has slowly flattened out to a catchy, but lacking sound. Away are the restraints ‘hipsters’ had on indie music, and the merge between pop and indie has been blurred. One band has remained resistant to the change, and their follow up album proves that one does not need to follow the norm to remain relevant: British act, the xx. Coexist is the band’s first album in three years and their follow up to their critically acclaimed self-titled. While it lacks that air of mystery found in their first effort, it builds up on the subtle sexual themes, and the mellow but powerfully arranged tracks. It begins with “Angels,” the album’s first single and track. It’s a love song that painfully reflects on the ending of an amazing partnership. It picks up where their selftitled album left off: with a couple, now well into their relationship. Obviously, they have grown together, but one of them is wondering
about what happens after; what happens after their consummation of love? What happens after learning everything about each other? But more importantly, it asks why such bliss must eventually end? The song can be interpreted differently, however, as an illusion to addiction, yet because none of their members have publicly announced problems with addiction, the sexual tone is a lot more relevant to the band’s motif. If the first track emphasizes the powerful writing that goes on in the band, the third track, “Fiction” expresses loudly their quiet musicianship. Jamie is a master of music production and this song proves why: layers upon layers of sound a la Radiohead in OK, Computer, shows that musicians can still make a good song without sounding like the biggest pop act in the world. Romy and Oliver play off each other extremely well; it’s a sensual partnership, the one they’ve developed, and one could not expect anything less. If one’s a fan, one would know they sing and play as if they were the only two people in the room. If one is a newcomer, expect to feel sexually frustrated as they never seem to consummate their love in your ears, because that would be
extremely weird. “Try” follows after and it’s the best song of the album. The writing and composition are too symbiotic in this song. Taking any of them away would destroy an amazing song. It follows the same formula of subtlety, but it truly sounds louder than what it is. Again Jamie does an amazing job at synthesizing a wallowing guitar. While the bass only plays at random intervals, Oliver masterfully times his notes, and while his deep voice almost always adds seriousness to the song, Romy soothes the ear into a warm place. The only problem is that the song is only three minutes. “Sunset” is another song that begins with Oliver singing, with Jamie’s synth complementing his harshness. The song is the first real song in the album, with both Oliver and Romy singing in unison for the majority. But, what makes the song standout is the steel drums that play in the background; the decay in each note lasts so long, it drowns the guitar and bass, but it doesn’t sound overused and it remains very catchy. The album is rounded out with “Our Song” another duet, but the only song that fell
short of my expectations. It is not a bad song, by any means. However, if one compares this to the last song in the self-titled, “Stars,”you feel too much closure. “Stars” ended in a way that explained to the listener that this would not be the end of the band, of the story. And rightfully so, it is obviously continued here in Coexist. But the problem lies in that “Our Song” finishes the story. The album sounds so great, the listener will want more regardless of their awareness that the last song finished the storyline introduced 21 songs ago. This album is probably my favorite out of the two, but it is painful to say good-bye to it. Of course, one only needs to press replay. The xx has avoided two things with Coexist: the pop trap, and the drastic change trap. It is not an album that will be played on 93.7, and it definitely does not change the sound completely for the band. It remains true to the band’s first album, but features enough changes to make it stand out from their freshmen effort.
THE RECORDER / Wednesday, September 19, 2012 / UPGRADE
Faculty Presents Work At Art Exhibit When put together with the video, the sound provided a sense of motion that blended with the video zooming in and out on the bustling colony of ants. Other works on display included a huge piece by Mark Stapthy, called ‘Berlin Turnpike 1848. The wide picture, crafted from distemper on paper, added a localised touch to the mix of art. Adam Niklewicz contributed a rotating sculpture constructed from the remains of a chicken soup. Niklewicz arranged the
chicken bones into a sculpture that balanced on an overturned glass pot top. In the center of the gallery, Vincente Garcia’s “Steel Disk” sculpture stood. The intricate metal work filled the room nicely, as people circled it to move about the gallery. The artwork will be on display through Oct 11, 1-4 p.m. Monday- Friday. Anyone can stop by the second floor of Maloney Hall to experience the diversity of modern art and the incredible talent of the faculty that run CCSU’s art department.
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Made with oil paint on canvas wrapped in aluminium, the painting featured a metal pitcher with red and green birds flowing out. The faculty art exhibit in Maloney Hall The piece expressed how nature cannot be kicked off Thursday contained by modern afternoon with crowds technology. of people filling the “Writing teachers tell us to write about second floor gallery. what we know and love, The myriad of I believe it should be different works the same for visual arts,” on display were said Feder. accompanied by talks Ron Todd and from artists Terry Charles Menoche Feder, Ron Todd and presented their project, Charles Menoche. “ANT,” a 3 minute video The variety of loop of a swarming ant pieces featured colony in the desert in the exhibition with a surreal, ambient encompassed the audio component. The diversity of visual arts. artists explained the Those who attended tedious, and sometimes the opening reception dangerous, means by that took place 4-7 which they filmed the p.m., orbited around colony. They related the sculptures in the room hazards of working with and pictures on the the ants and encounters wall. with scorpions. There was a feeling The audio track of “randomness” behind it PHOTO | Rachael Bentley played due to the lack of provided an anxious tone a prevailing theme. Political works were juxtaposed with to the video. Menoche went into detail about portraits and landscapes, which did not the different audio programs he used to seem to bother the equally ecclectic students synthesize the track. Todd told the audience the process of selecting the various sounds and teachers observing them. Terry Feder had 3 works on display; they used. The artist team incorporated “Flowers,” “Candy,” and “Birds.” She went more synthetic sounds to acquire the eerie into detail explaining her piece, “Birds.” tone and rejected a lot of organic sounds. The Recorder
The Red Balloon has a life of its own following around a little boy in Paris, France.
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The Red Balloon Acadia Otlowski
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The first minute of The Red Balloon, directed by Albert Lamorisse, started silent, and then eased into an old-style instrumental. The first scene opens with a little boy and a dog standing in front of an ocean backdrop, carrying a suitcase. The little boy, whose name is Pascal Lamorisse, is walking towards a destination when he spots a red balloon tied to a streetlight. He climbs the lamppost and retrieves the balloon and continues on his way to school. When Lamorisse walks into a town center, the music fades into the sounds of the street, but no specific dialog. The film fades between these two sounds throughout the majority of the movie. There is a little bit of dialog, but it is all in French with subtitles and is actually unnecessary to the overall story. The film moves throughout a few days in the life of the little boy. He goes to school, goes home and tries to ride the trolley. But throughout these days, the balloon gets Lamorisse in trouble. None of the adults want the balloon in the buildings and so Lamorisse gets scolded and the balloon gets thrown outside. It is then that the balloon starts to
display some unusual characteristics. The balloon moves on its own, and will not float away. It also bothers and teases people. The balloon takes on the characteristics of a human being. The other people in the movie are amazed by the balloon, and the little boys in the neighborhood steal the balloon from Lamorisse. Eventually they hit the balloon with a slingshot and it floats to the ground, where a boy steps on it and “kills” the balloon. They leave Lamorisse alone to mourn over the remains of the balloon. From all over the city, balloons are leaving their current owners and traveling towards the sad little boy. They come together and he grabs all their strings. The movie closes with the balloons lifting Lamorisse up and taking him for a ride over the city. This movie is surprisingly powerful for something so short. Because there is so little dialog, one has to pay very close attention to avoid missing major events. The only changes were sounds from the streets and switch between music and street noise. The balloon was a powerful symbol. The rest of the people and the setting were gray and dim compared to the vibrancy of the red balloon. The balloon could have been a symbol of individualism. All the other kids and
the adults stared at the balloon, hated the balloon, but also wanted to possess the balloon in some way. They were envious of the little boy for having the balloon and the adults in the movie attempted to keep him away from it, to have him blend in with the rest of the pack. I really enjoyed this movie. It’s readily apparent that the movie was made in 1956, for it lacks all the explosions and gimmicks that we expect from modern movies. The plot was slow, simple and powerful. The viewer becomes attached to the balloon and the little boy as the plot goes on. The “death” of the balloon is drawn out and hit me quite hard. It was odd being sad over the loss of a balloon, but in the entire course of this short film, the balloon became a character that the viewer could support and root for. The movie was quite the departure from things that I am used to watching and that’s a positive thing. It takes a certain level of skill to weave an easily understood story with minimal use of dialog. The story was created off visuals, sounds and music. The Red Balloon is a movie that will not become outdated, because of the sheer simplicity by which it was created.
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The End Of An Era Matt Aveni The Recorder
Jim Calhoun was standing in Gampel Pavilion where he recorded many of his 873 career wins and announced his retirement as head basketball coach for the University of Connecticut. Calhoun did not have a perfect record with his recruitment violations and a few altercations with the media, but one thing for sure is that he is retiring as one of the top five college basketball coach of all time. When thinking of Calhoun the names of Mike Krzyzewski, Dean Smith, Adolph Rupp, Bob Knight and Jim Boehiem come to mind. They all are the winningest coaches in men’s college basketball history and all have their name in the Basketball Hall of Fame. Calhoun was a great leader on and off the court; he brought the Huskies to four Final Fours and walked away being the National Champion three of those times. Calhoun moved twenty-nine of his former players to the NBA. He gave star athletes the drive and knowledge to become NBA stars with the likes of Ray Allen, Richard Hamilton, Ben Gordon, Emeka Okafor, Rudy Gay and most recently Kemba Walker to the NBA. He competed in a state where college
basketball was not on par with the powerhouses of the country like Duke, Kentucky and North Carolina. Jim built this program from the ground up, taking his teams one step at a time to becoming a nationally recognized program year in and year out. He is one of the few who had the pressure of the school’s women’s basketball program being better than the men’s, with Geno Auriemma leading the Lady Huskies to be the best team every year in women’s college basketball. Calhoun brought a state with no real professional sports team, with the exception of the Whalers leaving Connecticut, to being primetime television every time the Huskies played. With all of this accomplished, Jim Calhoun is retiring on his own terms. He could have retired after his heavily favored Husky team lost in the Final Four to Michigan State, or after Kemba Walker led the Huskies to an unprecedented run winning the Big East tournament and the National Championship as heavy underdogs. He could have retired while being treated for cancer, but even that was not enough for him. Calhoun loved coaching and leading young men to become better individuals. Kevin Ollie will take over as the men’s head basketball coach at UCONN. Calhoun
hand-picked Ollie to be his predecessor and to carry on the stable name that the University of Connecticut brings to the college basketball community. The story of Jim Calhoun goes on further than just what he did on the basketball court. Calhoun has an annual walk or ride charity event where all of the proceeds go to the Coaches Versus Cancer Organization. Calhoun and his wife, Pat, also donated a cardiology center to help further research in the medical world. He’s also an Honorary Chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and the Ronald McDonald House where he has raised thousands of dollars to help people in need. The family also holds food drives to help families who are hungry during the holidays. Jim Calhoun may not sit easy watching the Huskies play, but he left them in the hands of Ollie and long-time assistant, George Blaney. He may not be completely leaving the program since he is stepping in as Assistant Athletic Director, but even long after Calhoun’s career is over his name will carry on with the college basketball greats. Calhoun may have had his controversies on and off the court, but he is more than just a basketball coach for the University of Connecticut, he is a leader who puts himself last and his players and state first.
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UConn Men’s Basketball Coach, Jim Calhoun, retired from his position last week.
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Pair Of Blue Devils
Honored By NEC Matt Aveni The Recorder
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Jamie Rademacher attempts to block a hit from opposing player last season.
A pair of Blue Devils volleyball players were honored this week for their play last weekend at the University of New Hampshire Invitational Volleyball tournament. Freshman Makenna Lommori and senior Jamie Rademacher were NEC Rookie of the Week and NEC Player of the Week, respectively. Far apart in age, the two Blue Devils are both essential pieces to Central’s offense, Makenna being the setter and Jamie playing as a sliding middle attacker. Being a senior, Jamie has to carry herself with team leadership both on and off the court. With the newly implemented 5-1 offense. Jamie is one of the primary attackers with Makenna taking over as the primary setter. “Jamie being the sliding middle is one of our primary hitters and we hope to get a lot of kills with limited errors out of her position. Without Makenna being on her game, Jamie can’t perform to the best she can,” said head coach Linda Sagnelli. “Makenna is a very special athlete with a great work ethic and an even better personality,” Sagnelli said. Makenna’s setting ability as a freshman is beyond her years as she also took on best setter of the tournament at the Temple Invitational. She came out of high school as the Nevada Player of the Year both her junior and senior year. “She (Makenna) has been working very
hard; she plays a position where there is a lot of responsibility where she has to worry about what we are doing, but also what they are doing on the other side of the court. Makenna is one of the most coachable athletes I have ever coached and her work ethic is unquestionable,” said Sagnelli. Without Makenna and Jamie playing at their best, the offense for the Blue Devils would squander in NEC games. With Makenna making good passes, Emily Cochran can lead the attack with few errors and many kills. The team as a whole works well together and with Makenna and Jamie playing as well as they did, the team will be hard to beat. “When Makenna is on it makes our entire team just that much better. When she is making good passes Emily and Jamie can be the good hitters they are. They [ Jamie and Makenna] are very versatile players, whether it is making blocks or keeping the ball alive with digs,” Sagnelli said. It is a good feeling for a Central athlete to be recognized for the work they have put in, but the ultimate goal is an NEC championship according to Sagnelli. “We make our players make individual goals and team goals, all the girls love individual acclimates but the true satisfaction is winning an NEC Championship,” Sagnelli said. With NEC play starting this weekend the Blue Devils hope to continue to have the solid play from Both Lommori and Rademacher.
Volleyball Loses Three Straight In Temple Invitational Matt Aveni The Recorder
The Blue Devils volleyball team played in their final weekend tournament of the season at the Temple Invitational. The Blue Devils were set to face Temple, Navy and Cornell in the games. The Blue Devils finished the tournament with three losses. The three losses push the Blue Devils record to 5-8 on the season. The first game of the tournament, the Blue Devils faced versus Temple. Central seemed to be carrying over their momentum from the New Hampshire Invitational as they took the first set from the Owls with long service runs from freshman Makenna Lommori and senior Blaike King. This momentum was short lived as Temple won three straight to finish the match. The Blue Devils were led by King in kills as she recorded thirteen. Brittany Schumacher led the defensive force for the Blue Devils and had eighteen digs. “Brittany is a workaholic. She has improved her game so much from last year and we hope she will keep moving forward with her game. She is very sharp and competitive and that energy she brings keeps the team up during the game,” said Blue Devil Head Coach Linda Sagnelli. Day two of the tournament for the Blue Devils was much of the same as day one. The team could not pull together and string together points to get the win. In the second match, the Blue Devils went up against Cornell. Cornell put together two wins (25-20) and (25-19) and had Central
on the ropes for the rest of the match. The Blue Devils pulled out a close third set win (25-23), but Cornell closed out the match with a dominating (25-13) victory. Blaike King again led the offense with fourteen kills. “A lot of mistakes were creeping into our game and that’s not like us. It shows us what we need to work on and what parts we really need to improve,” said Sagnelli. The third and final game of the tournament was no improvement for the Blue Devils. “It was like swimming in mud, there was a lot of effort, we just weren’t accomplishing much,” explained Sagnelli. Central was beat in three straight sets versus Navy (25-18),(26-24) and (25-22). Senior Captain Emily Cochran led the offense for the Blue Devils with ten kills and she only recorded two errors in the final match. Finishing the third game of the tournament with a loss left the Blue Devils winless for the tournament. “We did not play up to the level of play we did last weekend,” said Sagnelli on her teams play. The one bright spot for the Blue Devils was freshman Makenna Lommori who won setter of the tournament. This is huge going into NEC play for the Blue Devils because she is a vital part of their offense being the setter. Sagnelli does not want to dwell on the tournament with their first NEC game of the year coming up versus the St. Francis (N.Y). Sagnelli said, “The future is ahead and we are really looking forward to go to St. Francis and start our NEC schedule.”
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Emily Cochran goes for a spike at a volleyball game last season.
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CCSU Volleyball Team Gets Swept At Weekend Tournament.
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