Page 1

The Student Newspaper


Southern News

Southern Connecticut State University

Football Owls make comeback but fall short in opener against Division-I CCSU

Page 14

Campus Beat


Neon party lights up the ballroom Page 9

Tha Carter IV SNews Review Page 11 NFL power rankings: see where your team stacks up Page 12

t looked like a scene out of the movies. But this nightmare was true. At approximately 8:45 a.m. EST, the first of two hijacked commercial planes crashed into the side of one of the 110story World Trade Center Twin Towers in New York City, eventually imploding the building and reducing it to rubble. Approximately 15 minutes later, another hijacked commercial plane crashed into the other Twin Tower, also eventually causing it to implode. Another hijacked commercial plane took off from Dulles International Airport and eventually crashed into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., where death tolls are estimated to be anywhere from 100-800. “It’s an unbelievable attack on the United States,” said political science professor John Iatrides, “We all talk about how vulnerable the U.S. is to terrorism. Nobody I think could envision this massive attack and how successful it’s been.” Early reports indicated Tuesday that the Sears Tower in Chicago and the Space Needle in Seattle were evacuated as well as the city of Boston and most major tourist attractions and U.S. landmarks. The two hijacked flights that crashed into the Twin Towers were en route from Boston’s Logan Airport to Los Angeles International Airport. Reports have also said a hijacked plane en route from Newark, N.J. to San Francisco had crashed outside of Pittsburgh, killing all on board. As a result of the attacks, all international flights were being sent into Canada. No fly zones have been imposed on New York City and Washington D.C. All air traffic for Tuesday was shut down until at least noon Wednesday. Iatrides said the U.S. is likely to take some type of retaliation process. “If there is an identifiable culprit or group, there would be a retaliation. But I think it will be a while before we found out who is behind this,” he said. Reports said that citizens of Afghanistan were dancing in the streets and handing out candy upon hearing the news. Iatrides also said the U.S. was

not prepared for this type of alleged terrorism. “It looks as though there are no adequate preparations for this kind of attack,” he said. “There are many things that can be done to attack the United States. It [the attack] was very effective.” The death toll is estimated to be in the thousands, said reports Wednesday. No official numbers will be tallied until all the debris is removed. As early as Wednesday morning, reports have said that approximately 70 police officers and 200 firefighters are missing. This was the second time the World Trade Center had been attacked in the last 10 years. It was bombed on Feb. 26, 1993, killing six and injuring thousands. Reports Wednesday morning also said that some people have been pulled to safety from inside the carnage left by the World Trade towers. However the Pentagon was not as lucky as fire has reportedly spread to its inner rings. Reports also said the U.S. may be currently targeting Osama bin Laden as its main suspect. bin Laden is possibly the wealthiest and deadliest terrorist in the world and is though to be behind the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Venter as well as the attack on the U.S.S. Cole last year. Andres Roman, a resident advisor in Schwartz hall is in the National Guard, but as of Tuesday has yet to be called to active duty. “I called my unit and we weren’t called to active duty,” said Roman, 23. “I get to sit down here and watch the news.” Two other resident advisors, Joe DeLuca of Schwartz hall and Matt DiFalco of North Campus have been called for duty, said Roman. However, DeLuca has returned to school and DiFalco is only standby. “Activating the National Guard and closing the airports is the best thing they [the U.S.] can do,” said Roman. “I stand behind them [the government] all the way. They are doing the best they can to see who is responsible for this.” Roman was just as stunned by Tuesday’s proceedings as anyone. “I’m shocked,” he said, “and hurt for the people who lost family members. But I am angry that this happened.”

The deadline for submitting the grade replacement contract for fall 2011 is Sept. 9. ■■

Students must submit grade replacement contract by deadline to replace an earlier grade. ■■

Vol. 49 — Issue 2

There is a saying that when traumatic events happen, people will remember those moments for the rest of their lives. Ten years ago, a traumatic event hit home. Two planes struck the Twin Towers in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington was also attacked. 2,749 lives were lost on that day. Americans and people across the world watched the terror unravel on their TV screens. The age-old question, “Where were you when it happened?” changed dramatically. To this day people still remember where they were and what was going through their mind when they heard about the attacks. These are the stories of four Southern community members. –Dawn Cathey, First Year Experience Inquiry professor

“When the planes hit the towers and the Pentagon, my parents were actually on a flight in the air right at that time going into Chicago O’Hare airport. I remember it very clearly, like struggling to find out what plane they were on and trying to remember where they flew out of at that time, but knowing I couldn’t get in contact with them for a while. I also remember my 5-year-old was home that day, and he came into the house and he happened to see the Twin Towers, saw the plane go into the Twin Towers and I remember him saying, ‘Wow that pilot made a big mistake.’ I think I found out where my parents where going. I was clear on what their flight was and by that time I was clear on what flights were affected, but I remember they weren’t able to get home for a while, because there was no flying for a long time and I remember them trying to figure out how to get home. I think they ended up getting rides back with people in Chicago because people carpooled for a long time because there was no flying. Specifically for me, there wasn’t a lot of processing going on that day, but the first time I saw a plane up in the air I remember thinking how eerie that was. And because we travel a lot in and out of the City, I remember bringing my family to the City to see Ground Zero, and I remember not wanting to be scared but still being a little afraid bringing my kids to the City. That took a long time… to get acclimated to being able to go back. And then to see a plane flying in New York City - I remember that clearly and just feeling very uncomfortable with that.” –Laura Azevedo, sophomore

“I was 21. I was driving to Central; I don’t even know why I was driving to Central, but I was parking in the parking garage and the guy on my radio station that I was listening to cuts into a middle of a song and said, ‘A second plane just hit the Trade Center.’ And you know I was like, ‘What’s going on,’ because at that point I lost radio contact. So I went onto the campus and it was complete chaos. Everyone was out of class running around everywhere. I finally found a student lounge with the news on and we just saw—over and over again—this plane come in and hit the second building. At that point I freaked out because my mom was working in New York that day and her office building was like a block away from where all this was happening. So I called her office, spoke to her secretary (because obviously she wasn’t in) who told me that her business meeting in New York had been canceled. So For more reaction see page 3 she was in the Stamford

New freshman orientation adjusted for Irene Rebecca Bainer

Undergraduate Grade Replacement

that’s fit to print”

Photo illustration | Jeff Nowak

General Assignment Reporter

VBall starts season of strong with two wins in one day Page 14


Remembering tragedy: 9/11 on its 10th anniversary The attack as it was To remember a day Southern News, September 13, 2001

Undies 101: tips for matching entire outfits Page 5

the S eptember 7, 2011

Tyson Kaczmarek

Top-10 90s cartoons Page 4


Due to Hurricane Irene, the freshmen Welcome Weekend that included a series of events intended to bring freshmen together at the start of the school year, a component to the First Year Experience Program, were cancelled and rescheduling for these events is in the works. The FYE program has been in place since 2007 as a way to bring the academic and social aspect of the campus together, said Nicole Hendersen, academic director and associate professor of English. “The program really means to be a melding. Traditionally universities have been split between academic affairs [and] student affairs,” said Hendersen. “We think that in order to fully educate a student we need to bring those two areas together. So, we work on doing that by having teachers with classes participate in events and have assignments connected to them.” Many universities have their own version of an FYE program, but Hendersen said Southern’s program incorporates so many different areas of a new student’s life that it could be considered a movement rather than just a program. “It’s a rethinking of how we deal with students,” said Hendersen, “whether it’s in the financial aid office, or it’s in the classroom or it’s in the residence hall. So everyone kind of has their hand in this program.” One of the components to the program is the New Student Orientation that was completely changed in 2007 and has been slightly revised yearly, said Hendersen. The orientation was moved from August to June and students stay overnight as part of what Hendersen called a “readiness model.” “Instead of trying to tell you everything you need to know about Southern in two days in August before you start school, we now spread it

out with this readiness model,” said Hendersen. “We give students what they’re ready for and can actually comprehend at the time. Then we bring them back again [for] Welcome Weekend.” A part of orientation and Welcome Weekend is the “Open Book, SCSU’s Freshmen Read,” which Hendersen said is a common book given to freshmen at orientation to read over the summer. The author of this year’s book, Wes Moore, was supposed to come to campus for Welcome Weekend, but the event was cancelled due to the weather. “We had a whole weekend of [events] that were cancelled because of the hurricane,” said

of the over 1,200 incoming freshmen. “We had fantastic participation and they really seem like a great group, really enthusiastic. They’re used to being involved in their high school, so we’re really excited to be working with them.” Bentley-Drobish said her biggest advice to ease the transition for freshmen is to be advocates for themselves. “They need to ask questions.” said BentleyDrobish. “They need to speak out to faculty, staff, student leaders and let them know what their questions are.” Hendersen said the most important thing she thinks freshmen can do to ease the transition is to make a system to visualize their schedules, inside and outside the classroom. “Their lives have changed dramatically in It’s a rethinking of how we deal terms of scheduling and structuring. They are no longer in school from A to B,” said Hendersen. with with students. Whether it’s “They now are in the position of having to strucin the financial aid office, or in the ture their own lives.” To keep track of students throughout the rest classroom. of the first semester, freshmen take an Inquiry class that Hendersen said is an academic seminar called Creative and Intellectual Inquiry. Their professor -Nicole Henderson for this course also becomes their adviser. “There’s a lot about the process of coming to know things, and find things out, coming to conclusions,” said Hendersen of the course’s content, “while Denise Bentley-Drobish, director of Student Life. at the same time getting them involved on campus.” “What we’re trying to do right now is scramble to Hendersen said with all that is being done reschedule, including the author for the common around campus to ease the transition for freshmen reads.” it is ultimately the students themselves who are Bentley-Drobish said a guest speaker who responsible for their new lives. speaks on topics such as sexual assault and safety “We respect their independence,” said Henis also being rescheduled. But there are some defi- dersen, “at the same time that we realize they’re in nite events coming up for freshmen, such as a club a transitional phase and they need different things orientation, the Day of Service, the New Student than seniors do. So, we try to structure things for Convocation and a university picnic is in talks to them a little bit to ease the transition in their first be scheduled. semester. We really believe they have to transition “There’s a lot of them,” said Bentley-Drobish into full on independence.”

N ews

Page 2

Professor wins international award for decoding his past with a photograph

S eptember 7, 2011

Professor recipient of newly established award Melissa Chicker

Student Life Advisory Committee, advisor for psychology students working on their honors thesis, former Associate professor of psychology, advisor of the Psychology Club and Kate Marsland, has been selected as advisor of Psi Chi. the first recipient of the newly estab“She is always here when you need lished Southern Outstanding Faculty her and she is always willing to help at Academic Advising Award. any capacity,” said Kimberly Staiano, The Office of Faculty Develop- senior psychology major and President ment, according to its web page, sup- of Psi Chi National Honor Society. ports teaching and learning at all levels Marsland advises around 60 stuand in all contexts in which instruction dents each semester and said her job occurs at Southern. is to make students understand the The award is given to a faculty mem- curriculum and their requirements ber based on knowledge of the advising to be in the position to make good process, degree requirements, demon- choices. Marsland said she tries to stration of a positive impact on student be as available as possible to discuss success and evidence of professional and career planning and graduate school positive guidance for students. planning, so students are as prepared “I think she is a very fine instructor as possible. and she is very student oriented. She To make advising her students puts students first and it simple, she has a datadoes honor to us to be base and takes notes able to honor her,” said on every student she Arthur Paulson, profesadvises to know what sor of political science, they have discussed in who Marsland personally preparation for meeting thanked and credited. with them. She also uses The Faculty Develadvising surveys, created opment Advisory Comby Dr. Cheryl Durwin of mittee members, made the psychology departup of different faculty ment, used by students members throughout to provide feedback to the university, chose their advisers on how Marsland based on her well they guide them success in working with throughout the year. both undergraduate Professor Kate Marsland Marsland said this helps and graduate-level stuher to understand her dents in mapping out their academic students more and helps her to know direction along with her strong work- what the students want. ing knowledge of academic programs “I have learned a lot from other and degree requirements. advisers and have benefited from “We are a teaching institution so it their tips about what works and what is important to reward outstanding ser- doesn’t,” she said. vice in that area,” said Jennifer HudMarsland makes sure she is accesson, Operation and Grants Manager sible to her students. She also said she of the Office of Faculty Development. can identity with her students and The voting process took place last reaches out to them when they are in spring, giving the opportunity for fac- times of need. She said she is as fair as ulty and students to vote on who they possible, but can also be tough when believed best demonstrated these qual- the need arises. ities. Any full-time faculty members Marsland graduated with a Bachwho are currently employed at South- elor of Arts degree from Fairfield ern were eligible for the nomination. University and earned her Ph.D. in “I am humbled, just to be nomi- psychology from Yale University. She nated is an honor,” said Marsland. “I also attended Southern part time in am also grateful that the university the late 1980s. created the award because advising is Marsland also joins Deborah such an important thing that we do for Caroll of the psychology department, the students.” winner of the J. Philip Smith Award Marsland joined Southern in for Outstanding Teaching Award and 2003 and has participated in a variety Steven Corbett, professor of English, of university programs, including the winner of the Technological Teacher Psychology Curriculum Committee, of the Year Award. News Writer

Photo Courtesy

Professor Armen Marsoobian (left) holding the photograph of his ancestors. (Top) the photograph used by Marsoobian to write his essay on the family and those who helped the family hide celebrating Christmas

Melissa Chicker

photographs and family connection to the college. This is when his research about the photographs took off. “I became more fascinated with the more material I read,” he said. One photograph became the focus of Marsoobian’s essay, which dealt with the efforts of his grandfa-

was pictured in the background. “The essay is trying to unravel the question of how they are still alive and able to celebrate Christmas in secret, Old family photographs are often and be taking a photograph as act of looked at as simply still frames from defiance against the genocide,” said the past. For Armen Marsoobian, they Marsoobian. “These four young men have led him to discover a historic in the photograph should have already chapter in his family’s history. been deported and killed.” Marsoobian, chair of the Through family memoirs philosophy department at Southand other writings, he was ern, received an award from the able to piece together how and Hrant Dink Foundation in Istanbul, Turkey, based on an essay he I became more fascinated with the where his family had kept them hidden and how they survived. wrote in response to its call last more material I read. He explains looking at the summer for projects highlight names on the back of the phoing those who performed selfless tographs helped him to identify acts during the 1915 Armenian -Armen Marsoobian the individuals in the picture. genocide. In June, Marsoobian made “It continues to be a taboo a trip to visit the existing home subject in Turkey, this award was where his grandfather had once set up to promote the past and lived. Marsoobian said it was a coming to terms with it,” he said. Marsoobian’s grandfather and ther and great uncle in rescuing 30 gratifying, emotional moment to see great uncle had a photography busi- young men and women from 1915 to the home his mother grew up in and ness from 1888 to 1922, until they 1918 in their hometown of Marsovan, to know all the history that had taken place. were forced to leave Turkey after the Turkey. Marsoobian received, along with Marsoobian is also putting genocide that took place in 1915. Most of the 600 photos were inherited from the award, a prize of 1,000 Euros, together an exhibit, which will go on plus partial airfare and accommoda- display in an Istanbul gallery in April his uncle before he passed away. Being busy as a full-time profes- tions in Istanbul, to attend the award 2012. The exhibition will run for 45 days and feature 100 of the phosor, Marsoobian revisited the mate- ceremony in March. Marsoobian explained the photo- tographs his grandfather and great rial three years ago when one of his friends had visited Anatolia College, graph, which included his great aunt uncle took. “This exhibit will show photoonce located in Ottoman Turkey, now and great uncle, showed his family established in Greece. There, his father celebrating Christmas in secret at the graphs telling the family story. It will was once employed as a photographer. time when the family was forced to be very controversial,” he said, “but The friend mentioned him, and was convert to Islam to save their lives. He there are people here who are really invited by the Anatolia staff to join knew this because a banner written in supportive of it so it should be interthem for a week and speak about the Armenian saying “Christ is Born 1916” esting and challenging to pull off.” N ews Writer

Sustainable Southern-Plant it Forward Rebecca Bainer

General Assignment Reporter

Southern’s campus is offering a new way to get involved in the environment: The Sustainable Southern-Plant it Forward Initiative urban agriculture demonstration project, which ultimately has goals to help produce food for urban environments. Patrick Heidkamp, assistant professor of geography, said the campus is located in what is known as a federally recognized “fruit desert,” which Heidkamp said is an area in which it is hard for some of the population to get healthy foods. “One of the ideas,” said Heidkamp, “is to help alleviate the problem of fruit desert areas where the population doesn’t have easy access to supermarkets where you can buy fresh vegetables, fresh fruit.” Heidkamp said fruit will be grown at Southern to demonstrate this can be done in an urban environment. “We basically want to use it as a demo project,” said Heidkamp, “where the community can learn that you can grow fruit and vegetables in fairly small places in an urban environment.” Susan Cusato, associate professor of science education and environmental studies, said the initiative began last spring when Victor Triolo, associate professor emeritus of information and library science, came up with the idea of a campuswide orchard to foster heritage fruit and look at a number of ways to grow fruit in an urban environment. “Right now there’s some stone fruit like peaches, apricots, nectarines,

plums, those sorts of things that have a pit in the middle,” said Cusato. “Then to the left there’s going to be apples and pears.” The plan is that the food produced may be used by students, given to Conn Hall or even donated, but Cusato said the initiative is also a great research project. “We’ll see which species produce a heartier fruit, which ones are more susceptible to insect damage or don’t do well without the pesticides,” said Cusato. “We can help give people an idea in an urban environment which species would do best in New Haven if you want to grow it organically.” According to Cusato, it is important for people to understand how they can grow their own food especially in emergency situations. “There’s a real movement for people to feel that they are more in control of their future and responsible for their own well being,” said Cusato. “This provides an opportunity to help feed your family, to support yourself, be more independent, less vulnerable. Even in the recent hurricane people who have their food in their own backyard didn’t have to wait in line to get bread and milk.” Suzanne Huminksi, instructor of environmental studies, said anybody who would like to be involved has the opportunity to be involved and to help maintain the orchard does not require vast knowledge of gardening. “We’re still developing the way the program will be shaped,” said Huminski, “but it needs to be a community effort.” One group helping is the freshman inquiry classes where students are learning

how to help care for these outdoor spaces, said Huminski. “Those students, many of them have never set foot in a garden before or in an orchard,” said Huminksi, “Nevermind be involved with taking care of it. And since there are a lot of sets of hands for us, we’ll teach them what they need to know for the particular job we’re asking them to do.” Huminski said the possibility for people to become involved and make this project succeed has been demonstrated by the way in which graduate students helped fix up the community garden by planting it, installing a better fence and maintaining it. “They did all of the planting in the garden,” said Huminski. “There are also some community plots in the garden and they helped coordinate that.” The plots are areas in the community garden for individuals such as faculty, staff and students to do what they want. “We’d like to expand that again next year and make the community part of it bigger,” said Huminski. “That’s what we think will be a very good way to sort of get the structure needed to keep the garden going over years.” Cusato said Southern is one of many campuses doing this type of initiative and there is a big interest in sustainability. “We are at a point where sustainability is not an option in our curriculum,” said Cusato. “Students need to know how to live with less environmental impact on the globe.”

Photo Courtesy Patrick Heidkamp

Top photo: The community garden that anyone can request a plot to plant what they desire. Bottom photo: The orchard garden

Want to advertise in the Southern News? This is the place to do it!!! Email our business manager Paul Gramolini for pricing info: The Student Newspaper of SCSU

“All the Snews that’s fit to print”

S eptember 7, 2011

N ews

Page 3

Reaction: Southern remembers when tragedy struck office for the day, thankfully. I just couldn’t reach her on the cell phone because all the cell phone towers were down. Then we found out about the plane hitting the Pentagon…My uncle works there in security and they had a security lockdown so it was 12 hours before we found out that he was okay. So it was a very, very traumatic day. That was probably the only time I was on Central’s campus. Finding out my uncle was OK - I mean we were already going to drive to Virginia to stay with my aunt, because it seemed like they wouldn’t release any information for a couple of days and we were just making those arrangements when she called and told us he was okay.”

—Kristina Santoro, graduate student

“I was sitting in my freshman English class. I was 13-yearsold and the principal came on the announcements to make the big announcement and all of a sudden work for the rest of the day stopped. Nobody did anything and we just watched TV. Any classroom with TVs just turned on their TVs immediately and we sat there intently watching. People got really emotional, because we are in Connecticut and many people worked in New York City. I know my father sometimes went up there and I didn’t know where he was that day. So I was just very concerned and nervous…We had an emergency early dismissal and I went home and my mom was sitting glued to the television just staring like, ‘Oh my God did you hear what just happened?’ I first no one really knew what was going on and we were all discussion whether or not if it was an attack or just a fluke; people - even after the second plane - were like, ‘Maybe its just a fluke.’ But obviously it wasn’t; it was planned. Especially when the Pentagon got hit, everybody knew. But there was a lot of speculation in the early hours. But yeah, the whole school went on lockdown and then sent us all home. So I remember this one girl screaming down the hall when they hit. She went screaming down the hall, ‘They’re bombing New York! They’re bombing New York!’ Everybody was so confused; no one knew what was going on. I remember very vividly sitting in Ms. Roden’s English class and just my jaw dropping. I couldn’t believe it; it was very sad. We watched the second

plane hit. It hit so close to home. I mean, then you never heard of attacks in America - especially at that point. We were so safe here…but then when it came home it was like, ‘Wow this is real stuff ’ - especially for a 13-year-old. First year of high school, I was so concerned with other silly things in comparison, and then this happens and it was a very humbling and sad experience.”

—Benjamin McNamee, Freshman Orientation Coordinator

“I was 12 and in seventh grade. When it actually happened I was in Spanish class, but they didn’t let us watch TV; they didn’t put it on, so nobody saw anything. We figured something was up when we went back to our homeroom after Spanish class and all the teachers weren’t in the room. They were down the hall talking to each other. And then we had an assembly where they told us something happened in New York and that we all had to go home. Like we all went home early. We all got back on our bus and went back home and that’s when I found out. I guess the only thing that is personal is my dad was in the International Guard for a really long time. He joined in the 70s and he actually retired from the International Guard Sept. 9, 2001. He retired two days before the attack, so he was calling all his friends at base making sure if they were going, he was going to try to go with them, even though he retired. I remember going home and he was freaking out on the phone and he’s usually very calm and nothing ever agitates him really. But I didn’t know what was really going on until I got home. Looking back at it now, I think that’s the first time I was aware of 24 hours of news coverage on anything. I think it probably happened before that, but that was the first time I was like, ‘Wow there is coverage on everything 24 hours…you can watch everything on eight different channels and they are all going to report the same thing.’ And I just remember everyone was glued to the TV watching the news and seeing what was coming out of that - every single day listening to new reports of what was happening and developing. And obviously we went to war a little later, and then there was 24-hour coverage of that too. Everybody was more jumpy and I remember the wave of patriotism that came out of that and it was something that was eye-opening. That was something I never experienced before.”

monica sxakacs

Top: Dawn Cathey, FYE professor Bottom: Laura Azevedo, sophomore Left: Kristina Santoro, graduate student Right: Benjamin McNamee, Freshman Orientation Coordinator

Environmental studies receives grant Ryan Morgan Managing Editor

Not every college student can say they’ve studied the sediments from local harbors to identify pollutants and encourage change. Thanks to the Werth Family Foundation, Southern’s Center for Coastal and Marine Studies can continue their efforts in ongoing environmental research after receiving a $250,000 gift from the foundation. “There is no way we could be as productive as we’ve been as a center without the backing of the Werth Foundation,” said James Tait, one of the Center’s coordinators and associate professor of science education and environmental studies. Peter and wife Pam Werth established the Woodbridge-based foundation in 2000 to support various philanthropic causes. In 2006, the foundation gave the center a grant of $170,000 which has been used toward student research. Recently, the foundation pledged an additional five years of support and the generous new gift. Since 2001, faculty and students from the Center have been collecting sediment samples from Norwalk, Bridgeport, New Haven, Branford and New London harbors. As water from storm drains and highways runs off into the rivers and eventually the Sound, metals and pollutants are leached into the water. The Center is measuring the metal in the sediments. The Werth Foundation has funded much of the work. Vincent Breslin, professor of science education and environmental studies, and Dwight Smith, professor of biology, serve as Center coordinators with Tait. Breslin said the foundation has made it possible for the Center to pay a stipend to students over the summer as research is continued. Additionally, the Werth gift funds boats, chemicals and other necessary supplies for the study. Members of the Werth family were recently taken on a boat excursion in New Haven Harbor with Breslin, Tait and three students to demonstrate some of the ongoing work being done by the Center.

9/11 commiseration events (still open for possible changes) ■■






3,000 flags will be placed on the hill in front of Conn Hall. The goal is for 2,749 flags to be placed for the memory of al the lives lost on 9/11. Red, White and Blue ribbons will also be handed out. There will be a banner that reads “SCSU remembers 9/11” that members of the Southern community can sign and will hang over the bridge.

Southern will sponsor a trip to New Haven for the townís commiseration at 4:00 p.m. The movie “102 minutes that changed America” will also be screened that evening in Farnham Hall. A candle light vigil is also in the works to happen later in the evening.

Photo Courtesy

“We are excited about this research in the harbor because it is more far reaching than we might think,” said Pam Werth. “These professors and students are able to do this research on our home turf. This research benefits not only the students and the university but the entire community.”

in front of Conn Hall at 12:00 p.m., there will be a community remembrance, where people may speak and the mayors of New Haven and Hamden will participate and give a speech. The universityís choirs and drum line will also be performing. The movie “United 93” will be screened later that evening.

Service dog etiquette 101: questions and answers What is a service dog? It is a dog of any breed or size, trained specifically to do work or tasks to assist with a person’s disability, and trained to behave appropriately in public.

mood swings, flashbacks, hallucinations and more.

What if a service dog barks? First ask if they need assistance. The dog might be alerting to a medical condition, it might have been stepped on, or it might be What is a disability? a young puppy learning manners. If the dog continues to be disA physical or mental condition that limits a major life activity. ruptive or destructive, the business can legally ask for its removal. Some disabilities are harder to see than others. Are they allowed in stores? Who trains service dogs? Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, disabled individuThey can be trained by the disabled partner, special service als who are accompanied by service dogs are allowed anywhere dog schools or private trainers. the public is. What kind of things can service dogs do? They can guide people with visual impairments, alert people with hearing impairments to sound, pick up dropped objects for people with mobility impairments, assist with balance, alert to symptoms such as seizures, diabetic shock, panic attacks, bipolar

The Student Newspaper of SCSU

What about allergies or fears of dogs? These are not valid reasons for denying a service dog. If the allergy or fear is disabling, both people must be accommodated. Usually the two parties stay away from each other. Where can I get a vest for my pet? Service dogs are not pets. They must be trained to do work that mitigates the partner’s disability and to behave in public. Calling a dog that does not meet these requirements a service dog is offensive and illegal. Therapy dogs that visit hospitals or are there to assist children with acts such as learning to read, do not have the same rights as service dogs.

What identification is required? How can I help? According to the ADA, one can ask if the service dog is assistIf a service dog team is denied access, speak up for them. ing with a person’s disability and what type of assistance it pro- Share service dog etiquette with others. Consider donating to vides. Partners should never be asked to disclose their disability. ID a service dog program like Phoenix Assistance Dogs of Central cards, vests or certifications are not required. PA.

“All the Snews that’s fit to print”



The ideas, thoughts, and views expressed in the Opinions section of Southern News do not necessarily reflect those of the entire staff.

Page 4 http :// snews . souther nct . edu /

Editor’s Note

Top-10 90s cartoons

Everyone remembers the cartoons from their youth. We decided to rank them for you. 1.

Rugrats : A bunch of of babies causing mischief, what’s not to love?



Hey Arnold : “Move it football head!” Clas-


Doug : Patty Mayonnaise, Mr. Dink, Skeeter, Roger Klotz. Best cast list ever.


The Fairly Oddparents : Dad: “Timmy, where did you get that tank?” Timmy: “Internet.” Dad: “Well, isn’t that nice.”


S eptember 7, 2011

A lesson to live every day like it is the last: Reflecting on the 9/11 attacks 10 years later Chardoneé Wright

of you, but to the victims, this was their splitJust imagine you are going along with your second reality. daily routine, and out of nowhere you feel the Last semester, one of my journalism classes ground shake, or perhaps hear a scream. What was given a writing assignment pertaining to would you have done? As I watched my friend’s mothWriting this reminds me of how I er sign her daughter out of school, I felt just a couple of weeks ago when Concould only wonder what was going necticut felt the impact of an earthquake. on. I was sitting in my sixth grade I was at my internship, in an office. class at Wintergreen Magnet when As I was typing a story, I felt the all of a sudden, many students ground shake under my feet. Immedistarted to leave class. ately, I thought it was just my imagination, Little did I know, this day but then I looked up. would never be forgotten. At the Hanging above me was a white time, I did not understand why evcylinder-shaped light that swayed slowly eryone was leaving and some of the back and forth. At that moment I froze teachers were in a frenzy. because it lasted for about five minutes. I It wasn’t until I turned on began to hear other people in the office the television at home that I underyelling and gathering some of their things stood what was going on. to exit the building. The date was Sept. 11, 2001. I’ve illustrated this to you because A lot could be said about I know how my heart dropped into my this day. Personally, I did not lose shoes from a five-minute experience. any loved ones during these attacks, What the victims of 9/11 had to face is nor was I in danger. unimaginable. Yet, as I watched the images The events of 9/11 left so many unof the Twin Towers falling to the answered questions for the families and ground, I couldn’t help but wonder loved ones of the victims. I know most of what in the world was going on. you probably heard of the cliched saying, Seeing two planes crash into “Live your life to the fullest.” skyscrapers in New York completely The older I become, the less this blew my 12-year-old mind. At the saying becomes a cliche, and the more it time, I also did not understand the becomes reality. seriousness and complexity of the Really, think about it! damage and aftermath of Sept. 11. Embracing life to the fullest has to be To me, I saw this on TV and one of the easiest things to say but one went about the rest of my day. It of the hardest things to do for some of wasn’t until I was older that I truly us. Many people are worked up or hold understood and felt great sympathy grudges with one another about minor Photo Courtesy for all of the lives affected by these attacks. things in life, but fail to realize that life Year after year, I witnessed memorial serin itself is a gift. vices and ceremonies to remember the men and one family’s 9/11 story. In this story, a family I guarantee that any family who lost a loved women who were killed in the attack. lost a loved one in the attack. one on 9/11 would trade anything in the world When I was able to comprehend what acThe family believed that no matter how just to spend some time in his or her presence. tually happened on this day, I asked myself so high the building was, their loved one would Therefore, while your loved ones are still living many questions. When I hear of tragic events not have fallen to his death. This can be a very and breathing, take time out to spend with them taking place, I have the tendency to ask myself tricky question. and truly show them you love them. what I would do if I was in a certain situation. Honestly, who knows what any of us would With a lot of unusual weather patterns A question that boggled my mind for a mo- have done in that predicament. I was never in and many other tragic events that are unfolding ment was this: If I was on the highest floor of a life-threatening situation during my lifetime, right before our eyes, we do not know when our one of the Twin Towers, and the building was but my mind cannot come to terms with the last day on Earth will be. With the direction collapsing, would I have jumped to my death? fright and terror that many of those men and this world is headed, truly live every day like it’s I know it may seem far-fetched for some women faced. your last. Staff writer

Scooby-Doo : Ruts up Raggy? This show inspired blonde rich kids everywhere to rock the ascot. Good for you Fred.

Fearing an American change that lasts a lifetime


Kristen O’Donnell

Dexter’s Lab: Didi always pushed the

stupid button didn’t she?


Spongebob Squarepants : This show made kids everywhere think being a fry cook was a dream career.


Ed, Ed and Eddy : When a character in a cartoon can be a plank, you know it must be good.


Rocket Power : This song made shoobies completely unacceptable. I model my life after Raymundo



Powerpuff Girls : Mojojojojojo, enough

Our editorials represent the general opinion of the staff on an issue, but they do not necessarily reflect the opinions of all individuals. On a particularly controversial issues, staff memeber who disagree can write Op-Ed columns explaining their position. Students or faculty who wish to share their opinions are welcome to write guest Op-Ed columns.

S peci a l



Newsroom Phone: Fax:

203-392-6928 203-392-6927

Mailing Address: Southern Connecticut State University 501 Crescent Street Student Center Room 225 New Haven, CT 06515 Issues

printed by:

Valley Publishing, Derby, CT

came together. It united.

S o u t h er n N e w s

As September rolls around, it is a nor m to remember the event that changed our lives 10 years ago. The Sept. 11 attacks impacted every citizen of the U.S. These attacks were unforeseen to the Americans, almost unfathomable altogether. This event hijacked our freedoms, safety and security. In less than 24 hours, the world would change. I think no one would believe the impact that this single event would have on our lives. If you speak to a person who was alive on Nov. 22, 1963, he or she would probably be able to tell you where they were, what they were doing, and how that day impacted the lives of Americans. The same goes for Dec. 7, 1941. The Kennedy assassination, Pearl Harbor and Sept. 11 have influenced every person in this country. These events created horror in the minds of Americans. People were taken by complete surprise. Innocent people were killed. The country was glued to the TV as if it was watching the newest horror movie in the box office. The script could not have shown what would become. Americans came to the aid of New York in the time of need. Volunteers were sent to clean, rebuild and donate goods to those in need. Firefighters and police were sent to help. People set up funds for the families of the victims. American

Southern News Contact


Jef f Nowak R yan Morgan

As schools let out early that day, people watched the TV. They saw the innocent dying, suffering, and simply disappearing into the rubble as the buildings fell on live television. This must be pointed out because with the Kennedy and Pearl Harbor examples, there was not live TV to broadcast every single detail. The sheer pain on the faces of New Yorkers caused the American people to open their hearts. Americans began to fly flags, to become aware of freedom, to love the country. A kind of patriotism was reignited among the citizens. As for mer President Bush and New York Mayor Guiliani began to say that America would not stand for terrorism, a new event would come out of this event. Bush would throw us into a war using this event as the reason to enter the Middle East. He would deem it necessary to make sure the world would know America would not accept terrorist acts on its soil. Operation Iraqi-Freedom was born. Now, almost 10 years later, the war has not ended. The entire country has lost something. Our troops are fighting never-ending battles. They are losing their lives. The world economy is in crisis. The American economy is in shambles. The cost of this war is over $1 billion. The unemployment rate was reported over nine percent in July. The housing, banking See Fear page 7

Editor in Chief Managing Editor

Section Editors Monica Szakacs Jessica Giannone Jon Moreno Pete Paguaga Sean Meenaghan Bethany Tuller

News Opinions Arts & Entertainment Sports Photo Online

contact us and we will publish a correction or

News Sports General Assignment General Assignment General Assignment

office on the second floor of the Student Center,

Staff Reporters Melissa Chicker Pasquale Longobardi Rebecca Bainer Olivia Richman Copy Desk Jef f Nowak Simone Virzi Sarah Green Adviser: Frank Harris III

Southern News welcomes any and all comments If we make a mistake, please

and suggestions.

clarification in the next issue.

We are the student newspaper of Southern Connecticut State University, and we welcome the writing of all Southern students and faculty. To

submit a piece, stop by the

Southern News

225, or email it to Please attach the word document file and copy the text of into the body of the e-mail. Electronic submissions are preferred. room

Opinion Columns are 500 to 800 words and Letters to the Editor are a maximum of 400 words. They must include the writer’s name and phone number for verification. We reser ve the right to edit for grammar, spelling, content and length.

O pinions

Page 5

S eptember 7, 2011

Undies 101: A new perspective on panties Simone Virzi

Lucky Undies

Copy Editor

People have affiliated a variety of objects with luck, from a horse shoe to a rabbit’s foot to a four-leaf Some people believe shoes make the outfit while others put their faith in their accessories. Your favorite clover, so why not underwear? If you find you generally have a good day whenever you wear a particular pair of jeans makes you feel like $1 million every time you wear them. Yes, all of these things are awesome, shirt or underwear, there’s a good chance they’re lucky! I’ve had a couple of pairs I believe were lucky, so I but what about underwear? I believe it’s time to start paying more attention to them! would wear them if I needed a little extra luck on my side, whether I had a test that day or I had a feeling the day wasn’t going to be a pleasant one. Matching Going Commando: Underwear’s Arch Enemy Some people spend at least 30 minutes a day on deciding which outfit to wear (I often switch clothes multiple times before making a final decision), so why not spend a couple of minutes deciding on underAs awesome as underwear can be, I can’t go without acknowledging the fact some people prefer to go wear? Maybe I just go out of my way, but if I have on a blue shirt, I’ll try to match it with my bra and commando. Many people like this option because they find it comfortable. For instance, going commando underwear. After all, if you’re matching the rest of your outfit, why not your underwear? Color coordinate, and sweatpants are both in the “relaxed” category. Sometimes you may be rushing and just don’t bother. people! Other people leave the underwear at home because some find it sexy. If a girl is out to dinner with her boyfriend and tells him, “I’m not wearing anything under this dress,” there’s a decent chance his heart rate Underwear and the Gym is going to increase. We all know exercise is a great way to get in shape and relieve stress. However, the gym can be a dangerous place. I strongly recommend avoiding G-strings while on a bike. Thongs are more on the safe side. As for guys, boxer briefs tend to work well. As one of my friends said, he prefers to wear them when he exercises because they keep his “sausage and meatballs” in. Enough said! Holiday Spirit

Feeling Fabulous A number of things can give you an extra bounce in your step, whether you’re wearing your favorite shirt or having an awesome hair day. The same is true with underwear! I was talking to one of my friends last semester after class about the importance of underwear, and he made a point to show me his because he loved the pair he had on so much; they had dice and said “Let’s roll.” Personally, my favorite is a black on black leopard print bra/underwear. They’re fun, they’re hot, and I feel like absolutely nothing can go wrong when I have them on. So regardless if you’re a guy or a girl, you can easily have fun with your underwear. Even though not everyone will see them, someone might!

Granted, September is only beginning, but Christmas is less than four months away! Considering the fact it is one of my favorite holidays, along with Cinco de Mayo, being festive is a necessity. Decorating a tree while listening to “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” is always fun, but the Christmas spirit does not have to stop there! Why not rock Christmas-themed undies? Target has some really cute options; Giving Underwear a Chance I personally love my snowmen underwear, which I openly admit to wearing in the summer. Of course, there’s underwear for every holiday out there, from Halloween to Valentine’s Day. So you can celebrate Ultimately, there are so many underwear options out there that aren’t simply basic white. Why not every holiday in style. have a little fun with your underwear, whether you’re running errands or going downtown. Hey, you can even buy basic white underwear and tie-dye them; my old roommate did! Regardless of your gender or age, break away from bland and try something more fun; who doesn’t like to spice things up?

Take time to appreciate before it is too late Simone Virzi

these years. Unfortunately, in reality I have to wait until he returns so I can tell him how much I love him, even if he does pick on my height. Seeing that this has been bothering me for months, it has made me realize how much is not said. Rather than complaining and backWith the 10-year anniversary of 9/11 right around the corner, it stabbing each other, why don’t more people appreciate others? Yes, it is impossible not to think about the amount of boys I grew up with can be hard sometimes to love a relative who should be in the psych who are now men in the military. Specifically, one guy I’ve known since ward or circus, but at the end of the day they’re still family (although I was 8 years old, who is now in the navy. We dated in high school sometimes I’m convinced I’m adopted). The same can be true for and were each others’ first love. Even after breaking up, we remained friends as well. It is also so easy to get wrapped up in school or work How do you say goodbye to someone friends; he was like an older brother to my sister. Yet when I saw him that we take for granted the people in our lives. But now is the time for at his house two weeks before he was being deported this past July, I that wake-up call. who you’ve known over half of your life? sprayed him with the garden hose and left because I could not say Even if you don’t know someone being deployed, it really is imgoodbye. portant to tell those you care about how much they mean to you. After I find it ironic that I am horrible with words, even though I idenall, anything can happen at any time. There’s no such thing as hugging tify myself as a writer. I have a tendency to talk without thinking about too closely or too long. If you really mean it, look the person in the what I am actually saying, and yet I found myself quiet in front of eyes and say “I love you.” Appreciate every second you spend with him. How do you say goodbye to someone you’ve known over half of even build up the strength to tell him he means the world to me. someone, whether you’re sitting in a car for hours talking about life your life, who you knew when he was into Yu-Gi-Oh! and Pokemon? If I had the chance to redo my goodbye, I would have hugged or at an amusement park. Don’t be afraid to tell the people in your How do you say goodbye to the one male who has defended you when him so tightly that neither of us could breathe. I would have thanked life how much you love them for who they are. You can have a million someone was making completely false and inappropriate claims about him for always making me laugh, even if I was not having the best day. other friends, but one friend can never fully replace another, and that’s you? Somehow I highly doubt a garden hose is the answer. I would have thanked him for always being there for me, even after all a fact. Copy Editor

If I could turn back time, if I could find a way. OK, enough with the Cher song in my head. However, if I could do it over again, I would in a heartbeat. There has not been a single day that has gone by without me thinking about him. I’ll be honest: I feel guilty. Of all the things I’ve learned, I never learned how to say goodbye. I could not

Distorted priorites in U.S. economic agenda Sarah Green

Copy Editor

As Southern students return to campus to begin their classes for the fall semester, Republicans and Democrats in Washington return to their counter-productive arguments and useless debates. Nothing out of the ordinary for our elected Congressmen. After breaking for five weeks, Congress has resumed work – if you can call it that. Republican and Democratic leaders have said they are determined to ease the 9.1 percent unemployment rate, but it seems that none of their proposed remedies match up. While the American economy is barely growing, the Republicans and Democrats are once again completely divided – and yet their focus is more on the issue of government spending than it is on job creation. It seems that their priorities are clearly out of line. Across the board, funds are running out. The Federal Aviation Administration will be forced to shut down in less than two weeks unless some measure is approved that will allow it to continue operating. And by the end of the month, there will be no more money for highway construction jobs unless Congress creates new legislation. Plus, the recent destruction caused by Hurricane Irene has left many states seeking federal aid; aid that cannot be provided unless legislators devise a temporary spending bill to cover related

Riddle of the Week

federal agencies. These numerous issues present an opportunity for partisan cooperation – or gridlock. Considering Congress’s recent actions, it seems that the latter may be more readily expected. Americans are not thrilled with the actions of Congress either. Their recent decision regarding the government spending limit has left the nation clearly divided. Many Republicans feel the debt ceiling should not have been raised at all; many Independents said they wanted more deficit reductions, and some Democrats were simply shocked that President Obama negotiated so much with the Republicans. With costs rising everywhere in the nation, it is unsurprising that the members of the debt-reduction committee face many challenges in attempting to find areas for long-term savings. Nevertheless, the president will likely push committee members to exceed the minimum goal of $1.2 trillion in reductions. The government is trying to be as forward-thinking as possible at this time, attempting to avoid greater future deficits. The debt-reduction committee has plenty of motivation; unless they approve the $1.2 trillion in deficit cuts, Congress will be forced to make other spending cuts across-the-board. Many feel the chances of compromise are 50-50. Congress is already faced with a difficult task in finding deficit cuts – and that’s not considering the job creation plans that need to be created and approved. Too often Republicans and Democrats “dig in” when they have opposing opinions. Let’s hope that this time there is some partisan compromise.

Study Tip of the Week:

Don’t neglect the shut eye

While studying all day and night may seem constructive, it serves no use if you’re tired. Don’t worry about the time and cramming all of your work into the day. If you’re tired, take a nap. When you wake up you’ll have a fresh mind, which will allow you to get more done.

What is once in a minute, twice in a moment and never in a thousand years? *See next issue for answer photo courtesy of

The Student Newspaper of SCSU

“All the Snews that’s fit to print”

S eptember 7, 2011 P age 6 O pinions

What does the 10-year anniversary of 9/11 mean to you?

‘It’s really

Jasmine Valdovinos Sophomore

important, when you think about how so many people died. You have to honor it. People forget about it.’

‘It hurts actually

Marlon Thornton Senior

The ‘strength within’ ten years down the road Jessica Giannone

Steve Czubatyi Senior

What’s new, what’s it to you?

Copy Editor

When debating about how I wanted to convey my thoughts on this unforgettable day, Sept. 11, an array of questions presented themselves at my doorstep. I asked myself, “How do I feel? What do I believe at this point? Have things changed significantly since the day of the attack? Has my interpretation of the tragedy changed over these long, yet quick, 10 years?” Well, I did a little bit of investigating. As funny of an occurrence as can be, when looking for an old column pertaining to 9/11 I had written over a year ago (which you’ll see is included in this column), I actually (unwillingly) stumbled across something else; a poem I had written when I was 11 years old during the week of the dreadful attack: The Strength Within Everyone knows that life is unknown, but could you be safe in your own actual home? We all know what happened and we all know why. Some people are up there; up there in the sky With tears of sadness and hope of peace, we want innocent people to now be released As we pray for the people who have suffered the stress, we hope for their chance of eternal rest After all of the darkness we hope for light, so we’ll pray and pray for it every night They destroyed our buildings and our people too, but nothing can destroy the peace between me and you I had forgotten how intense the emotions embedded in my young mind came to be. Though, I seemed more certain of my beliefs at that age. The more recent words I expressed over a year ago weren’t so assertive. My interpretation of the tragic day in the following column left me less confident in the grace of others: Surprise, wonder and curiosity were what I felt after reading “The Falling Man,” an article by journalist Tom Junod on the controversial picture of a man falling from a twin tower on Sept. 11, 2011. Regardless of all the perspectives on the Falling Man, we can never know for certain whether he jumped intentionally, or if he was indeed falling uncontrollably in the face of death. Junod touches upon different points in his piece. Although one constant belief was that the man, unlike all of the other “fallers” on Sept. 11, occupied a sense of preparation and relaxation. This idea alone is surprising. The picture of the man Junod described depicts him to be almost perfectly vertical to the tower, aligned upside down to the building. He is described as appearing “unintimidated” by the fall, as if he were embracing his inevitable death. I am curious as to how anyone could be so fearless. According to Junod, the picture seemed to depict a demonstration of rebellious body language, uncovering the terror in maintaining a sense of freedom while being face to face with the end of existence. The impression Junod’s piece gives off eliminates the question of hesitancy in the eyes of the Falling Man. Although, we don’t actually see his face. What if he was terrified? Or he could have been in a state of mental absence due to shock, or pure denial. Just because his body happened to be boldly positioned does not necessarily mean he purposely jumped. If only we could have a closer look at his expression. His mind could have been exposing a number of feelings to his awareness. Some emotions that are often deeply buried inside you during a time of fear don’t always appear on the surface. And if that, one picture cannot serve as a guarantee of any proven personal experience. When reading the piece, I couldn’t help but wonder if there were any other external factors effecting the man’s body placement and motion. He could have been in a reduced mental state from drugs for all we know. What physically appears to be bravery could simply be shock, or a high. As I can easily believe the man was fully engaged in some sort of mental or emotional preparation and boldness for his death, I can just as easily believe the opposite. You wouldn’t expect a man to fall so gracefully at an accelerating speed, soon to be reaching 150 mph toward hard pavement. The idea that one man rebelling against his fate seems moving in itself. Although, it only makes sense to question whether this “immunity” to intimidation is completely true; whether he simply braced himself at the last minute. There are so many other factors to consider other than the simple state of his body. It is nice that he was possibly embracing his time to go, but do we really want to believe that anyone desires to die, as some people suggest the man did, even if the end is inevitable? So, was he helplessly falling or readily committing suicide? The world can never be absolutely sure. What can I gather from all this? What can I write? After reflecting on the past and comparing those neglected times to the present, I assumed I could better understand how I feel at this moment. I embedded the idea of change and progress in my mind, thinking I could put my emotions into words once more, with the hope they would be different; more mature this time. The truth is, nothing has changed. I still don’t know all the stories of those who were lost. I still can’t take away the pain (and curiosity; unanswered questions) of those who had to say goodbye to the people they cherished. It seems my passion has remained, and my questions only evolve more, rather than surface with solutions. Reflecting on our troubles and confusions may bring us answers, but with answers only come more questions. The more we understand, the more there is to know. One thing I can conclude, however, is that the memory of the event is as clear as day. Ten years have gone by and our recollections remain the same, whether they were attempted to be forgotten; neatly folded away in a silk blanket at the back of our minds; or ongoing images aimed to be figured out. Regardless if we can carry on in contentment or still question the time, we can at least satisfy ourselves with the notion that the worst is over. The strength doesn’t lie in figuring out our emotions, or knowing the experiences of others. It comes from the place of knowing that we got through the time. It lies within.

my head and my heart. You can’t let something like that fall into history. To put it behind you, that’s the worst thing you can do. It’s as real as it was then.’

The scoop with SGA Sarah Green

Opinions Editor

The Student Newspaper of SCSU

more. I had a few friends that had family in there, so it’s kind of sad. Every year I watch the specials on it and give a prayer.’

‘It still remains in

This semester, Southern’s Student Government Association wants to truly connect with students all across campus. In order to do this, it’s important that all of the undergraduate students know who their representatives actually are! So let’s meet your Student Government Executive Board for the 20112012 school year: President, Jennifer Haddad “Madam President,” (as Jen was quickly nicknamed), is 21-years-old and has high hopes for Student Government this year. “My goals for SGA this year are to expand on a lot of the great ideas we came up with last year,” Jen said. “SGA came up with a lot of great campus beautification ideas that can be carried out this year.” A secondary education and history major, Jen is entering her senior year. Her main focus as president this year will be to make sure that Student Government’s goals are realistic – goals that can be fulfilled immediately rather than “put on a back burner.” Jen is very excited to work with all of the organizations on campus. “I am also hoping that we can increase club collaboration through the cluster system,” she said. The cluster system began last spring, but it seems the program will be even more successful this semester. Clubs and organizations were given the preset cluster meeting dates during the summer Leadership Retreat, and the Office of Student Life is planning to more strictly enforce clubs’ attendance. After all, the whole purpose of clusters is to bring like-minded organizations together so they can build each other up and work together more. Plus, clusters may allow smaller organizations to join forces and host larger events. Jen has worked as a tour guide on campus and as the assistant director of Crystal Lake Camp. Like many college students, she enjoys the warm weather and spending time at the beach. This semester, Jen is most excited about attending conferences and being a part of more university committees. Vice President, Patrick O’Connor SGA’s “second-in-command” this semester is Pat O’Connor, aka O’College. Last year, Pat served as treasurer and the chair of the Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee (SAFAC). He is very excited to assume this new position and hopes to work closely with Jen to ensure that SGA meets its goals. “It’s about quality, not quantity,” Pat said at the recent Student Government retreat. Pat is also entering his senior year as a sociology major with minors in criminal justice and political science. His ultimate goal is to become a police officer.

Outside of Student Government, Pat was an Orientation Ambassador and captain of the Men’s Rugby Team. Secretary, Bethany Tuller Bethany Tuller, 21, is also a very active member in the SCSU community. A senior journalism major, Bethany has served as a member of the Orientation Staff for the past two summers. During the regular semester she is a Peer Mentor and the president of the Society of Professional Journalists. Beth has also been actively involved with WSIN and currently serves as the Online Editor for the Southern News. Beth is hoping that Student Government will attend more events than ever before – and encourage other clubs and organizations to do the same. “This year, I want students to really get involved with campus activities, events and service projects,” she said. “Students in clubs and organizations, Greek Life and sports teams put in a lot of time and effort, and I think we have the opportunity to change the campus culture.” Beth’s main focus this semester will be getting the student body excited about what is happening at Southern. In her spare time, Beth enjoys hanging out with friends, shopping and cooking. She is most excited about the arrival of “Pumpkin-flavored things at Dunkin Donuts” – and the Club Fair. Treasurer, Brian Pedalino Brian “Bronco” Pedalino is a junior biology major. This year he will be serving as not only the treasurer of Student Government, but also as the chair of SAFAC. Prior to the beginning of the semester, Brian began working on a standardized form for SAFAC. He hopes that by creating a submission form, the entire process of applying for funds will be streamlined. In this manner, Brian hopes to make it much easier for clubs and organizations to receive the money they need to put on awesome events. Brian has also been actively involved in the CIAO Italian Club on campus. Last year, he was one of SGA’s representatives to the university Food Service committee and helped to plan the Friday Night Free for All activities. He hopes to continue participating on these committees, as well as the Parking Appeals Committee so that he can ensure that students’ voices are heard. The Executive Board is excited to begin working to meet student needs and address students’ concerns this semester. Do not hesitate to contact Jen, Pat, Bethany, or Brian – or any of the other Student Government representatives – if there is some way that they can help to better your experience here at Southern.

Looney Law of the Week In Hartford, Conn., it is illegal for a man to kiss his wife on Sunday


“All the Snews that’s fit to print”

S eptember 7, 2011 P age 7 O pinions

Tech Bits

Hello again! In this article of Tech Bits, we wanted to talk about the change to Office 2010 distribution for students, faculty and staff. In the past, we have offered this software through the SCSU Share. Unfortunately, Microsoft has changed their licensing and activation methods, and these changes make it prohibitive to distribute the Windows version of Office 2010 via the SCSU Share. Please note that this change applies to Office 2010 for Windows only. Office 2011 for the MacOS will still be distributed through the SCSU Share for this semester. For Students: On one hand, we could offer you a copy of Office 2010 that needs to “check-in” every 60 days. This means that you would need to bring your computer to campus when activation is required. Alternatively, you could use the VPN (https://remote., but that involves multiple steps that are different for each operating system (Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7). While this would not only be confusing and burdensome to students who are using this version of Office 2010, it could be devastating if the network connection or activation server were down when a student was working on an important project or paper (which, for many students, always is). On the other hand, we could provide you a disk at the University’s cost of $7.50. Why should you have to “check-in” or “reactivate” if we’ve

already handed you a copy knowing you are a student? Simply put, if we give you software then that software should be yours for as long as you are an SCSU student. Starting Monday, Sept. 5, copies of the Office 2010 installation disk will be available for students to pick up in Office Building 1. You will only be given one disk of Office 2010, and that copy is good for activation on more than one machine. You will not be eligible for a second disk. This software can be purchased for $7.50 using your HootLoot card only. Cash will not be accepted. Since Office 2010 sells at the store for $150, we felt that selling you a $7.50 was the best solution to this problem. This $7.50 cost is for the disk only and OIT has covered the cost of shipping and handling. We currently have 500 copies waiting for distribution. Faculty: For faculty and staff, we also had to change the distribution method for their personally owned computers. Microsoft has provided a different distribution method for faculty and staff called HUP (the Home Use Program). This is slightly different than the student distribution in that users can download the installation directly from Microsoft. In addition, they can purchase installation media if they wish. The instructions, link and required program code for HUP for faculty and staff can be found on the SCSU Share (http://share.southernct. edu).

Recipe of the Week

Quick and easy meals you can make on a budget! Black Bean Quesadillas Serves 4 People Equipment: Small Bowl Skillet/frying pan

Ingredients: 1 Can Black Beans Shredded Cheese (Pepper Jack or your preference) ½ Cup Salsa 4 Tortillas 1 tsp. Canola/Vegetable Oil 1 Avocado, diced (if desired)

photo courtesy

Directions: Rinse beans, then combine with cheese and ¼ Cup Salsa. Spread bean filling evenly across tortillas and fold in half. Heat oil in skillet. Place tortillas 1 or 2 at a time (however they will fit) in the skillet and cook until bottom side is golden brown. Flip over to brown the other side. Once all four quesadillas are cooked, serve with avocado and the extra salsa. (I recommend actually serving the avocado and salsa over a small bed of lettuce – it makes a delicious little side salad!) -Sarah Green

What do you think? Rate that recipe! Nothing Special__ Good for Company__ New Favorite!__

Fear: the lasting effects of the unforgettable 9/11 markets are unsteady. Americans’ lives changed completely on that day 10 years ago. These volatile acts came to change our lives forever. They changed society as the American people knew it. Osama bin Laden would become a household name. The Patriot Acts took away personal rights and Continued from Page 4

freedoms from every individual. Security is on the mind at all times. Fear was put into the American mind on Sept. 11 At 19, I was in awe of the attacks. I could not imagine what had happened. I remember thinking, “How was terrorism going to get the point of the hijackers across to the American people?” It just did not make sense. Now, 10 years later, I can hardly believe the effects that this single event has had.

It shaped a new society. I had taken a year off from school in 2001. I went to receive a paralegal certificate the following year. This would lead to a career in the legal field. After several years, I started attending Southern as a political science major. Political science has given me the tools to understand that this event truly has changed the world. It will not be forgotten. Every day you will see a flag. Not as many, but you

will most likely see one. Every day there are more precautions being taken at airports, stadiums, or public arenas. Every day there are decisions being made to make you aware of your surroundings. Commercials still tell you to report “something suspicious.” If you told me all these changes would occur after Sept. 11, 2001, I would have been the first to tell you that would not ever happen. Little did I know at 19.

Dear. Dr. Strangelove, Me and my girlfriend have been dating for about five months. I feel like we’re pretty comfortable together, and the sex is great. The problem is, she never wants to “please” me. I give her favors, but every time I make the suggestion for her to do the same, she says she doesn’t feel good. I don’t know if she’s grossed out or if she just doesn’t know what she’s doing. I don’t want to make her feel uncomfortable, but a guy has to live, right? -Longing for a lil’ Lovin’

Dear Longing for a lil’ Lovin’, You have to ask yourself what you value most in a relationship. Is the physical aspect of it really more important? If so, you’re going to have to work something out with your girlfriend. If you want to keep her around, I wouldn’t suggest scolding her for her reluctance. You should simply ask her how she feels in a non-accusing way. If she is the one feeling insecure, the bed life will only get worse if you make her feel worse. If all else fails, maybe if you stop giving favors she’ll get the picture. -Dr. Strangelove photo courtesy

The Student Newspaper of SCSU

“All the Snews that’s fit to print”

S eptember 7, 2011 P age 8 P hotos

The Owls kick off their 2011 campaign against Central

Sophomore Mustaqiim Plair broke up a pass in the third quarter of Saturday’s game.

Senior Andre Privott breaks a tackle from Central defender Matthew Tyrell.

Central running back Chris Tolbert ran for 76 yards.

Redshirt freshman Dion O’Joe makes a tackle on Central defensive back Josh Celerin.

Senior Kevin Lynch was 22 for 39 and threw for 223 yards with one touchdown.

Junior Jayson Holt caught a pass on the sidelines in the fourth quarter.

Photos by Sean Meenaghan The Student Newspaper of SCSU

“All the Snews that’s fit to print”

Inside: How many Owls will Lil Wayne’s new album receive?

Page 10 Page 9

September 7, 2011

Student Center ballroom gets lit up with neon party

Olivia Richman

There were about 700 people in the large crowd, according to Brittany Magruder, a member of Programs Council who helped set up the Where could students have gone to get neon dance. Around 11 at night, everybody began to accessories and dance the night away? dance. The Neon Welcome Back Party Dance last “I prefer hip hop then dance hall and house. Wednesday in the Student Center ballroom at I am a dancer so I had and amazing time,” said Southern Connecticut State University. Thigpen, a media studies major. “I only saw a SCSU student, Jason Thigpen, said the few people standing around.” dance was a success. Richella Rondon, a sports journalism major “The DJ was off the hook,” he said. “He at SCSU, said she went to the dance because she played the crowd well with a good music wanted to meet new people. selection.” “I figured it’d be a new way to meet people,” The DJ played popular music, ranging from she said, “seeing as I’m a transfer.” old school hip hop to dance hall (Jamaican dance The dance, that went from 9 to one in the music). morning, had a neon theme. Students handed out glow stick necklaces and neon glasses at the door. “Everyone likes neon,” Rondon said. “It was funky.” Thigpen, on the other hand, wanted more neon. “I didn’t like the theme,” he said. “Because the only thing neon about the dance was the glow sticks they handed out.” Jake Chambless, a social work sophomore, said he wished he had gone to the dance. “I didn’t know there was a dance the day we came back,” said Chambless. “I wish I went though, because (the neon) seemed to lighten the mood and make everybody happy.” At the Neon Dance Party, there were many activities and free food available for students. There was a room of tables for students who felt like relaxing during the party, and free pizza, drinks and Italian ice. There was even a photo booth for friends to pile into. “I took pictures with my chums,” said Photo Courtesy Jon Moreno Thigpen. “It was fun.” Rondon said the dance was a success ProCon offered free Rita’s Italian Ice, pizza and drinks. in her opinion. General Assignment Reporter

The Student Newspaper of SCSU

Photo Courtesy Olivia Richman

Richella Rondon-Smith and Carly Barnes wear neon glasses during the party.

I went to a school where there was no school spirit. It was at, like, zero,” she said. “So I’m glad to see that people at SCSU support their — Richella Rondon-Smith school’s events.” Magruder said the dance was a success. “People I talked to said they had fun,” she said. “They had a good time.” “I knew a couple lf people there and met a Coming up next for the Programs Council is few new friends,” she said. “The music was good. a screening of one of the summer’s biggest comThe DJ was great.” edy movies, “The Hangover; Part II.” Chambless said he would definitely go to the Free snacks, free drinks and free raffles will next dance if the theme was to his liking. all take part during the event. Rondon said she felt the same way. It all takes place in the student center theater “It’s so good to see students support events. next Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Everyone likes neon. It was funky.

“All the Snews that’s fit to print”

Page 10


E nter tainment

S eptember 7, 2011

Branford native merges genres with unique interests Jon Moreno

Arts & Entertainment Editor

Dan Carrano, a senior music major, plays in a band called Milksop: Unsung. Band members include, Mandolin, who plays acoustic gutar and does vocals. TJ Jackson. who also plays the acoustic guitar, banjo, electric guitar and does vocals. Gary Velush is resposinble for the upright bass. The band first began its journey as “The Silver Alert Fugitives” before adding a mixture of jazz, blues, and alternative music. Carrano says some people may find the band’s lyrics to be vulgar but is also quick to point out the subjects they touch are not one’s traditional expectations. Milksop: Unsung’s music can be found on YouTube.

Q. Tell us real quick where you come from, how you chose Southern and why. Your major, year. Tell us what makes you, you? A. I am from Branford, Conn. and I simply picked Southern because it was the closest school to me. I am a senior and my major is music. I like to consider our band (Milksop) to be a mixture of many different genres that we like to call “Psycho-Folk.” We came up with this name because although our instrumentation is folky, our sound is more modern and heavy. Whenever one of us writes a song there is always room for everyone’s idea on how to arrange it - causing us to have a collaborative ideology for each tune. Plus, we are all similar in our likes and dislikes so we always seem to enjoy each other’s lyrics - which are never about love, traveling, and all the other traditional topics. Q. How did it all start for you, what was the first moment that you realized music is a passion for you and what made you pursue it to this point?

Photo Courtesy DAn Carrone

Carrano’s musically influences include Tom Waits, Chopin and Eric Dolphy.

A. As far as I can remember, my life was always about music. I love reminiscing about old phases I had: may it be punk, hip hop, A. My favorite artists are always changing. Right bluegrass, rock, blues, jazz, etc. And I believe that they all play into what I am today. I am always now I am on a rotation of Tom Waits, Chopin, Thenvious of the musicians that are able to obtain a elonious Monk, Joanna Newsom, Eric Dolphy, with a few more artists that tend to squeeze their way following and that remains to be one my goals. into the line-up. They all influence me, may it be Q. Who are some of your favorite artists consciously or subconsciously, but I am particularly and how have they influenced you musically interested in Monk’s sense of chromatics. or personally? Q. Where would you like to take the music you do? Are you and your band trying to get a deal somewhere or is this simply for the love? A. As of now the band is all about creating pieces that we enjoy playing. We never run out of ideas that make songs challenging, which is another aspect of our originality. And, obviously, it is always a pleasure when you see other people enjoying it too. Q. Who has influenced you most in life (not musically) and how so? A. Bill Hicks was a great comedian that taught me to think outside of what people tell you because everyone is voicing their opinion. Q. What would you like to tell him if you ever met him?

A. If Bill Hicks was still alive and I had the chance to talk with him, I probably wouldn’t. Q. What is your advice to local artists who are trying to get their music heard or who just feel discouraged sometimes? What do you do to get yourself out of a rut if you are ever in one, musically? A. My advice is to not take anyone’s advice. Q. What are you plans once you graduate? A. Life. Q. What is your fondest memory here and what would you like to tell the Southern body for those who don’t know you? A. My favorite part about college life is meeting new people. Growing up in Branford, there was always the same crowd of people and I would pick my favorites throughout the years. Although I am still very close with a lot of Branford friends, it is college where I found more cohorts.

Photo Courtesy DAn Corrane

Carrano’s band, Milksop: Unsung, play in various venues in Conn.

The Student Newspaper of SCSU

“All the Snews that’s fit to print”

S eptember 7, 2011 P age 11 Arts E nter tainment

Lil Wayne

Tha Carter IV 1. “Intro” – A decent introduction to an abysmal album, Lil Wayne’s signature slow flow (which we hear often through this project) takes front and center here. The Willy Will production is heard two more times after this track with some special guests featured on it. The song sets the tone for odd - and at-times cheesy - punch lines that take over this album. 2/5 Owls.

and is in full display in this song that is sure to get radio play for months to come. It’s difficult to imagine this song without Drake. 4/5 Owls.

The song is nothing short of energetic. Too bad the video didn’t live up to the song. However, the image of Rick Ross sitting in a wheelchair as he raps his verse was one for the ages. 3/5 Owls.

7. “How to Hate” (featuring T-Pain) – After three real good songs, we get this. T-Pain still has the skill to make a hit when need be, but this here is not it. This song is a wreck. By the time Wayne actually comes in to start his verse, the song is long gone.

10. “Murder to Excellence” – After starting with a bunch of mumbling and squealing (like most of Lil Wayne’s verses) he clears up his speech to provide us with more questionable punch lines. 2/5 Owls. 11. “So Special” (featuring John Legend) – John Legend makes this song worth the listen. One of the few songs on this album I can listen to more than once. Besides the “I tear it up like loose sleeve paper” line, this track is rather enjoyable. 3/5 Owls. 12. “How To Love” – The second single off the album, Lil Wayne moans for four minutes with the assistance of autotune. Yes, the track is catchy and will get radio play but this song could’ve gone places unthinkable had a singer like Frank Ocean or Ne-Yo laid down vocals for it. The video, however, has a great message. Be sure to check it out. 3/5 Owls.

2. “Blunt Blowin” – Wayne uses almost the same exact flow on this track as he does in the intro but the listener is also exposed to a hook that is reminiscent of a 2006-2007 Wayne in his prime. Too bad it doesn’t last for long, though. It’s another generic song at the end of the day. 2/5 Owls. 3. “Megaman” – With Megaman behind the boards, Lil Wayne deserves credit for this very clever song title. “Have it your way, Burger King,” says an intimidating Wayne. Pardon the sarcasm. The beat bangs and is sure to be played in a lot of car systems with the windows down, but this is more of a mixtape track. He just raps throughout the full three minutes with no hook and is good, just not good enough. Lil Wayne has become his biggest enemy. The standards Wayne is held to is simply too high for him to reach at this point. 2/5 Owls.

13. “President Carter” – The track begins with a sample off Jimmy Carter’s inauguration. It’s definitely a clever way to slip the sample being that this album is called “Tha Carter IV.” More corny punch lines? Yes. “I hold tools like mechanics,” says Wayne. After a while, the at-times questionable lyrics just have to be ignored to be able to enjoy the solid production on this album. 3/5 Owls.

4. “6 Foot 7 Foot” – This is a blatant attempt at doing what “A Milli” did for “Tha Carter III.” Every rapper jumped on the instrumental to make their own renditions and while a few rappers added verses to this one, it never reached the masses the way Wayne may have hoped. Good track, however. Plus the “real G’s move in silince like lasagna” line is one for the ages. 4/5 Owls.

Next. 1/5 Owls. 8. “Interlude” (featuring Tech N9ne & Andre 3000) – Is it bad when the best song on your album doesn’t have you in it? Probably. And this song here proves it. Tech N9ne comes in spitting a verse full of intricate rhyme schemes and switches up his flow more times than the average fan realizes before you’re hit with an Andre 3000 verse. The other half of OutKast makes a rare appearance here to remind hip-hop fans he is still lurking. My favorite track on the album. 5/5 Owls.

5. “Nightmares of the Bottom” – Well, one doesn’t have to wonder too much about what this song is about. We get vintage Lil Wayne here with vintage Lil Wayne production. Wayne slows down the tempo after a few upbeat tracks to tell his listeners about his fears of failing and finally speaks on the jail sentence he served last year. One of the best songs on the album, hands down. 4/5 Owls.

9. “ John” (featuring Rick Ross) – J.U.S.T.I.C.E League are responsible for this bigger than life production that features none other than the boss, Rick Ross. This song does well with the crowd during live performances (look what it did at this year’s VMAs).

6. “She Will” (featuring Drake) – What’s more hypnotizing than the production by T-Minus is Drake’s hook. No one writes a hook like Drake does. The melody he writes are one of a kind

14. “It’s Good” (featuring Jadakiss & Drake) – Much has been about this track as Lil Wayne chooses to take shots at one half of The Throne and threatens Jay-Z to kidnap Beyoncé for ransom money. The line is not witty at all and Jadakiss, who is usually lyrically consistent falls victim to the Lil Wayne syndrome when he says, “Shoot me in the watch, I have time to kill.” Jadakiss uses Rick Ross’ slower flow, Drake uses Lil Wayne’s signature flow and Wayne returns the favor by using Drake’s melodic flow. Decent song. 3/5 Owls. 15. “Outro” (featuring Bun B, Nas, Shyne & Busta Rhymes) – Another great track on Wayne’s album that doesn’t even have Wayne on it. Busta steals the show with his rapid, aggressive and animated style and is deservingly the last voice heard on this album. Shyne, on the other hand, should just not ever rap. Again. 3/5 Owls.

Overall: 2 out of 5 Owls.

New senior programmer at ProCon aims to unite students Olivia Richman

to Gleifert, are to run their own committee. “There are five committees,” he When it comes to Program’s said. “Each senior programmer runs Council at Southern Connecticut meetings.” State University, it is all about In addition to running meetings, teamwork. senior programmers have to find ProCon embers work together events they want to start planning for to create the events that students the students of SCSU. attend and enjoy here at SCSU. Events range from concerts and And where would ProCon be dances to seminars and movie nights. without its leaders? “There is one movie per month,” Enter: Nick Gleifert. said Gleifert. “There is PB&J every Gleifert, a junior at SCSU, Thursday (for commuters), Broadway has just become the entertainment trips to New York City for a minimum committee’s senior programmer fee. We give out free novelties…” this semester. Gleifert’s good friend, Mike Cip“I’ve been in ProCon since riano, met Cleisert while rushing for freshmen year,” he said over the SCSU’s fraternity, Beta Mu Sigma, phone. “I made my way up.” where Cleisert is treasurer. The responsibilities of a “My first impression was that he senior programmer, according was a nice guy,” said Cipriano, “but G eneral A ssignment R eporter

Photo Courtesy Nick Gleifert

Gleifert is a senior ProCon programmer.

“What’s going on...” Wednesday Sept. 7

Thursday Sept. 8

Friday Sept. 9

he looks like he just stepped out of a Holister catalog. Love the kid.” A Hollister catalog? “Yeah,” Ciprinano said with a laugh, “I tell him that all the time because that’s what he looks like!” Gleifert, a junior, said that to get an idea for an event at the school, senior programmers attend conferences, where vendors give them ideas. “If something seems good enough,” he said, “we’ll pursue it.” Another way that Gleifert gets ideas for events is through students. “All our meetings are on Monday,” he said. “They’re open to everybody. We take those ideas and use them for next semester.” Gleifert said he can tell if an event is a success by two things: responses and number of attendees. “When a lot of people give a

positive response we know the event was a success,” he said. “If a lot of students attend, we’ve done our jobs.” Cipriano, who said that Gleifert’s positive traits are that he’s a nice kid with a level head and always seems organized, said that he feels his friend is right for the position of senior programmer at ProCon. “Nick holding such a high position in ProCon is great,” he said, “because of his great ability to get things done in a timely manner and he is a great leader.” Gleifert said he picked SCSU because of the closeness and relationships of the people on campus. “I really like the fact that no matter what event ProCon has,” he said, “it can potentially bring the student body together.” Southern Saturday




“Amygdala” - Photography By Emily Denaro 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Lyman Center

“Amygdala” - Photography By Emily Denaro 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Lyman Center

“Amygdala” - Photography By Emily Denaro 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Lyman Center

Sept. 10

Sept. 11

Sept. 12

Sept. 13

On Campus “Amygdala” - Photography By Emily Denaro 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Lyman Center

“Amygdala” - Photography By Emily Denaro 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Lyman Center

“Amygdala” - Photography By Emily Denaro 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Lyman Center

“Amygdala” - Photography By Emily Denaro 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Lyman Center

ProCon Presents: “The Hangover II” 7:30 p.m. ASC Theatre The Student Newspaper of SCSU

“All the Snews that’s fit to print”

S eptember 7, 2011 P age 12 S por ts

S por ts C ommentar y

Ten years of 9/11, sports and memories

Pete Paguaga Sports Editor

In four days it will mark the 10th anniversary of one of the worst days in our great country’s history. Everyone knows where he or she was that day, and exactly what they were doing when the first tower was hit. I know I do. I was in the sixth grade, sitting in music class when the North Tower was hit at 8:46 a.m. I was 11 years old; I didn’t know what was going on, the school didn’t tell all the students what was going on. My sister was in eighth grade at the time, her class was told what happened. She then told me on the bus on the way home and the first thing that came to my mind was the well-being of my father and grandfather. They both worked in New York City. Even though I was just 11, I understood what had happened. I was scared for a long time, always thinking about what might happen next. After the attacks, many sporting events were cancelled for that day. Many of that week’s NFL games were called off as well. Whether you agree or not, sports have a major impact on our society and community at large. Sports are something that can captivate a group of people and even a country; that’s why I love sports. The 1980 Miracle on Ice is one sporting moment that comes to my mind. Even the little league team from Keystone, Penn. this season had that effect. But in a Mets game on Sept. 21, 2001—the first baseball game in New York after the attacks—Mike Piazza hit and a goahead homerun in the 8th inning that sent Shea Stadium into a frenzy that hadn’t been seen since their World Series in 1986. Even as a die-hard Yankees fan and an 11-year-old I was exuberant and applauded because it wasn’t about Yankees and Mets or any other team. It was about being a New Yorker and an American. That night, like I have been every night since Sept. 11, 2001 I was damn proud to be an American and a New Yorker. That October, the Yankees went back to the World Series for the fourth-straight year. Let’s be honest; if you’re not a Yankees fan, you likely hate them, but the 2001 World Series was different. Even though they ended up losing the Series to the Diamondbacks, there was a different feel throughout New York and baseball. It felt like everyone was pushing for the Yankees, not just because they wanted the Yankees to win, but they wanted New York to win. Sept. 11 changed this country forever; I know it changed my life forever even though I didn’t lose anyone in the attacks. I was still affected because I am an American and even more I am a New Yorker. Sports is what helped me get back to the norm of my life after the attacks.

Yankees most impressive, but not the best in the AL

Southern News staff NFL preseason rankings 1. New England Patriots:

This will be the end of an era. Manning will miss his first start in 208 games and the Colts will fail to win 10 games for the first time since the 2001 season. 2010: 10-6; Predicted 9-7

The Saints are a dark-horse team this season, but don’t forget about Who Dat nation. They will be driven to avenge their unceremonious playoff exit last season. 2010: 11-5; Predicted: 13-3

17. Detroit Lions:

This is going to be the season the Lions finally break through. They will finish outside of the playoffs, but a winning season for the Lions will feel like a Super Bowl victory. 2010: 6-10; Predicted 9-7

3. Green Bay Packers:

They barely made the playoffs last year, but they are the defending champs. The problem for the Packs is they have an extremely tough schedule. 2010: 10-6; Predicted 12-4 4. Philadelphia Eagles: Some are calling this a dream team, but an injury to Michael Vick will turn this into a Vince Young-themed nightmare. 2010: 10-6; Predicted: 12-4

18. Minnesota Vikings:

5. Pittsburgh Steelers:

Some of the defense is getting up there in age but they are still the most punishing unit in the league. Roethlisberger just knows how to win. 2010: 12-4; Predicted: 12-4

6. Baltimore Ravens:

Another team that will be carried by the defense, without infusing more youth, this might be the last successful year for the purple birds. 2010: 12-4; Predicted: 12-4

7. New York Jets:

The Jets will have another great season, but Mark Sanchize and Co. have losses on their schedule. Looks like another wild card and more road playoff games. 2010: 11-5; Predicted: 11-5

8. Houston Texans:

I’m high on the Texans every year—this is the season I will be right. Gary Kubiak will have the team playing like his job depends on it, and let’s face it, it does. 2010: 10-6; Predicted 11-5

9. Atlanta Falcons:

The Falcons needed to address the pass rush— they didn’t. With the Bucs and Saints also in the NFC South, the Falcons will have a dropoff in 2011. 2010: 13-3; Predicted: 11-5

Donovan McNabb will be an upgrade at quarterback, but losing Photo Courtesy | Sidney Rice leaves a big hole at wide receiver past Percy Harvin. They will be competitive but just 10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: competitive. 2010: 6-10; Predicted: 8-8 The Bucs and Josh Freeman will have another 19. St. Louis Rams: good year, but they will be right next to Atlanta This is an attractive team. They added receivlooking up at the Saints all year. 2010: 10-6; ers for Sam Bradford and Steven Jackson is a Predicted 11-5 beast; unfortunately they are still a year away 11. Dallas Cowboys: from being up with the top units in the league. There will be a logjam for the NFC wildcard 2010: 7-9; Predicted: 8-8 this season and the NFC East is going to have a hard time cutting through. This means the Cowboys will be out of the loop. 2010: 6-10; Predicted:10-6 San Francisco 49ers: 2010 6-10; Predicted: 7-9


12. New York Giants:

Jacksonville Jaguars: 2010: 8-8; Predicted: 7-9 Miami Dolphins: 2010: 7-9; Predicted: 6-10 Seattle Seahawks: 2010: 7-9; Predicted: 6-10 Denver Broncos: 2010: 4-12; Predicted: 6-10 Washington Redskins: 2010: 6-10; Predicted: 4-12

13. San Diego Chargers:


The Giants will run parallel to Dallas. The defense will play well, but they will likely just miss the playoffs for the third straight year. This result would almost certainly cost Tom Coughlin his job. 2010: 10-6; Predicted: 10-6 How many slug-like starts will the Chargers have before Norv Turner loses his job? 2010: 9-7; Predicted 10-6

14. Chicago Bears:

Roy Williams is not the answer and the Bears will come back down to Earth this year after overachieving last season. 2010: 11-5; Predicted 9-7

Arizona Cardinals: 2010: 5-11; Predicted: 4-12 Buffalo Bills: 2010: 4-12; Predicted: 4-12 Cleveland Browns: 2010: 5-11; Predicted: 4-12 Carolina Panthers: 2010: 2-14; Predicted: 3-13 Cincinnati Bengals: 2010: 4-12; Predicted: 2-14 Tennessee Titans: 2010: 6-10; Predicted: 2-14

15. Kansas City Chiefs:

Matt Cassell had his first playoff experience

Last weekend’s scoreboard Friday

Women’s Soccer SCSU-2 Queens College-1 Men’s Cross Country First Place Women’s Cross Country Fifth Place

Jeff Nowak

The Student Newspaper of SCSU

16. Indianapolis Colts:

2. New Orleans Saints:


The Red Sox and Yankees have been flipping and flopping the AL East lead for what seems like months. The pennant race may not be decided until the last day of the season, but everyone should know the most impressive team. The Yankees—it’s not even close. For the first time in what seems like decades, the Yankees really made no major moves heading into the season. The Bombers’ biggest acquisition was Rafael Soriano, who hasn’t provided much. Cliff Lee did the unthinkable and snubbed the big-money Yankees to form a dream combo in Philadelphia. This left CC Sabathia and AJ Burnett as the top two starters in pinstripes, a very top-heavy combo. The offense was always strong, but an MVPcaliber season from Curtis Granderson and the most runs scored in baseball later, this team has the second-best record in the league behind only Lee and his dream team. The Yankees have done something with what was, by contemporary standards for this team, next to nothing. They have taken the overspending argument and smashed it straight over the heads of the skeptical small-market cynics. However, don’t think I now find a team that still has the largest payroll in baseball endearing—actually quite the opposite. They are the most impressive team in baseball based on their success with limited spending. This does not mean they are the best team. It is an important distinction to make and an ironic point when considering this is the justification Yankee fans generally give to defend their big-market position. The Red Sox decided to dust off their checkbook in lieu of the Yankees’s ineffective offer to Lee, signing, or overpaying, one of the top free agents in Carl Crawford. They also traded for Adrian Gonzalez who Theo Epstein knew he was going to have to make one of the highest paid players in the league. Gonzalez has been worth every cent, but that is not the issue at hand. My point here is that the Red Sox spent all of the money and having just the third-best record in baseball at this point in the season is akin to underachieving. This pressure manifested itself in a very palpable way early in the season, when the Sox—the odds-on World Series pick—started the season losing the first six games. When they hit rock bottom at 2-10 they might as well have called it quits, phoned it in, hung up the cleats, sent the Yankees on their merry way to the pennant—need I go on? As any reasonable, unbiased observer could have predicted, the big spenders hit their stride and are the best team in the AL, their 11-4 record against the Yankees this season is proof enough of that. However, the team that is too old, doesn’t have enough pitching, doesn’t hit for a high enough average but has the best record in the American League, is by far the most impressive.

last season, unfortunately this year won’t be a repeat. That said, they will still be a fast, dangerous team. 2010: 10-6; Predicted 9-7

The Pats will be back where they belong this season. Ochocinco will underachieve but Albert Haynesworth is going to revamp the Defensive line. 2010: 14-2; Predicted: 13-3


Football SCSU-21 CCSU-35 Field Hockey SCSU-2 Mansfield- 5 Volleyball SCSU-3 Dominican-1 SCSU-3 Molloy-2 Women’s Soccer SCSU-3 Mercy-1 Men’s Soccer SCSU-0 Bridgeport-2


Field Hockey SCSU-0 Shippensburg-12


Football 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.


American Int’l Bentley Merrimack New Haven Stonehill Assumption Pace Saint Anselm SCSU

B ird W atching Wednesday Sept. 7

Thursday Sept. 8

0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

Overall 1-0 1-0 1-0 1-0 1-0 0-1 0-1 0-1 0-1

*home games in gray

Friday Sept. 9

Saturday Sept. 10

Sunday Sept. 11

Monday Sept. 12

Tuesday Sept. 13

Football Vs. West Liberty @West Liberty, WVU

Men’s Soccer Vs. College of Saint Rose @Albany 6:30 p.m.

Vs. Dowling College 7 p.m.

Women’s Soccer Vs. Southern New Hampshire 7 p.m.

Field Hockey Vs. C.W. Post 7 p.m.

Vs. Saint Michael’s College 1 p.m.

Volleyball Vs. University of Bridgeport 7 p.m.

Vs. Georgian Court University @Rutherford NJ 2 p.m.

Vs. New York Institute of Technology 7 p.m.

“All the Snews that’s fit to print”

S por ts

Page 13

Athletes of the Week:

S eptember 7, 2011

Owls look to spike down opponents this season Pat Longobardi


Sports Reporter

Mustaqiim Plair (CB) Football

Plair had six total tackles, broke up one pass and had one interception in the football team’s season opening loss to CCSU 35-21 on Saturday.

Women’s Megan Lyons (OH) Volleyball

The SCSU women’s volleyball team looks to rebuild this season after falling just one spot short of making their own conference tournament. Southern finished last year with a 16-13 overall, and 7-8 in the Northeast-10 Conference, good for ninth place. “We expect to be at the top of our conference and our region,” head coach Lisa Barbaro said. “The sky is the limit for this team.” In 2010, Southern posted its third consecutive winning season. It was the first time in more than 30 years that Southern was able to accomplish that feat. Photo Courtesy | A key is that Southern is returning seven out The Owls will look to imporve on last season’s 16-13 record, while being led by seniors Megan Lyons and Megan Hiss. of 14 from last season. Southern had 1,181 team kills last season. “The majority of our starters are returning their fourth consecutive national championship and they are a year older,” Barbaro said, who en- season after going 32-4 under head coach Brady Megan Lyons led the team with 283 kills, with Megan Hiss in second with 216. ters her eighth season at Southern as both head Starkey, defeating Tampa in Louisville, Ky. Southern also has seven freshmen on the Southern recorded 1,581 digs during the seavolleyball and softball coach. “They are starting team this season - Caelese Brown, Natasha Carl- son, 433 from Vanessa Sullivan. Lauren McVey to gel better.” There will be two seniors this season - Me- bert, Chloe Dyke, Madison Featherston, Danielle was second on the team with 238. Sarah Beres led the team in blocks with 69 gan Lyons (Cold Spring, N.Y.) and Megan Hiss Jordine, Katelyn Mayr and Jessica Ryder. There are two sophomores - Lauren McVey (21 solo, 48 assisted). Broghan Miller was second (Trinidad, Colo.). Lyons said that she has high expectations for and Sarah Beres, and three juniors - Kimberly La- with 65 blocks. chowicz, Syriah Celestine, and Vanessa Sullivan. Southern opened the season with two home the team going into her final season. Conference play begins for Southern at Pelz victories on Sept. 3 against Dominican College “I definitely want to make the playoffs for the second time in the school’s history,” Lyons said. Gymnasium vs. Saint Rose on Saturday, Sept. 17. and Molloy College. Senior day will be on Friday, Oct. 28 vs. UMass“We have a strong returning crew,” Lyons “We can do it.” Southern was selected to finish eighth in the Lowell. Other notable conference games this said. “The freshmen are picking up every play Northeast-10 Conference preseason coaches’ poll season include vs. Bentley on Sept. 21, vs. UNH and practicing hard.” Barbaro said despite the many returning this season. That spot would get them into the on Sept. 27, vs. AIC on Oct. 4 and at AIC on Oct. 8, vs. Pace on Oct. 11 and at Adelphi on Nov. 11. players, the young players need to define thempostseason. The Owls will lose two seniors from last year selves on the roster. University of New Haven is the defending “We need 1-2 young guys,” Barbaro said. conference regular season and tournament cham- - Broghan Miller and Robin Priest. Southern finished 10-3 at home, 4-9 on the “Syriah Celestine is coming back from injury pion after a 27-3 record and 15-0 in conference. and people want her position. They are young UNH was also chosen as the preseason favorite to road, and 2-1 on neutral courts last season. Lachowicz and Sullivan played in all 104 and fresh and are going to push her to earn that win the conference again this season. spot.” Top ranked Concordia-St. Paul completed games for Southern last season.

Volleyball: Owls get off to a hot start Continued from Page 14

Lyons is a senior from Cold Spring, NY. She has played the last three years as a outside hitter. Lyons helped lead the Owls to victory in their tri-match opening with 16 kills and 25 digs in two victories against Dominican and Molloy Saturday.

“We came back in the second match and showed a lot of intensity,” senior Megan Lyons said. “We worked very well together.” Sophomore Sarah Beres led Southern (2-0) with 15 kills and three blocks. Sophomore Lauren McVey had 12 kills and 13 digs. Junior Vanessa Sullivan had 27 digs. Junior Kimberly Lachowicz had an outstanding 51 assists in the match and 13 digs. Freshman Sam Berna led Molloy (0-2) with 11 kills and 24 digs. Junior Catherine Russini had 13 kills. Freshman Kerry MacDonald had 23 assists. Junior Jennifer Koelbel had 19 assists and 11 digs. In the first set, Molloy came out

firing after taking a quick 7-2 lead. Southern never really found their balance in the set, making errors and not capitalizing during plays. Southern would make nine attack errors in the set. Molloy later went on a 10-1 run to lead 21-8 - that would seal the set. The second set saw Southern show off their team, taking an early 10-6 lead. Molloy cut the lead to 16-14 before the Owls went on a 7-0 run to lead 23-14, carrying them to the set. Southern contributed with 17 kills and 22 digs in the set. The last three sets turned into a back and forth match with a fight for every point. In the third set, each team went on runs to give themselves breathing room. With Molloy leading 14-13 in the third set, Southern went on a 6-0 run

to take a 19-14 lead. Molloy later cut the lead to 23-22, but Southern scored two points after a kill by McVey and an error on Molloy by Koebel to take the set. In the fourth set, Molloy came back after Southern controlled the first part of the set. Southern took an early 11-8 lead before Molloy went on a 7-3 run to take a 17-15 lead. Southern cut the lead to 23-22 with three straight points. Molloy would score the last two points to take the set. Molloy took the early lead in the set in the fifth set, but Southern came back to take control. Molloy led 8-7 when Southern scored seven of the last eight points to win the match. Senior Megan Hiss had multiple kills on that run, behind her 11 kills in the match. Southern led the match in total

attacks (181-170), kills (61-52), assists (5647), digs (82-81) and blocks (16-12). Molloy finished last season 8-24 overall and 2-10 in the East Coast Conference (ECC). Molloy had lost to Dominican earlier in the day in game two, three sets to one. Southern head coach Lisa Barbaro said the team needs to work on balancing out the floor better. “We need to communicate,” Barbaro said. “We need to get trust from our floor balance.” Barbaro said she was proud of the team’s efforts. “Our returning starters showed leadership,” Barbaro said. “We played through the intensity and came back. The young people really helped us.”

NFL Pick’em for Week 1 New Orleans Vs. Green Bay

Pete: Sports Editor (0-0)

Jeff: Editor in Chief (0-0)

Sean: Photo Editor (0-0)

Packers 35- Saints 31

Saints 35 - Packers 31

Packers 28 - Saints 17

Giants 17 - Redskins 10

Giants 35 - Redskins 17

Giants 24 - Redskins 13

New York Jets Vs. Dallas

Jets 21 - Cowboys 10

Jets 17 - Cowboys 14

Jets 21 - Dallas 17

New England Vs. Miami

Patriots 42 - Dolphins 10

Patriots 35 - Dolphins 10

Patriots 35 - Dolphins 10

New York Giants Vs. Washington

Want to know more about Southern sports? Follow the Southern News sports section on Twitter. By following our Twitter username, SnewsSports, you can find live-game updates, results to some of the latest games, future games and random thoughts. SnewsSports can also be found at:

The Student Newspaper of SCSU

“All the Snews that’s fit to print”




Inside: Men’s and Women’s “Athlete of the Week” Page 13

ports Page 14

September 7, 2011

Owls make comeback; fall short against sister school Ryan Flynn

Special to Southern News

After a first half plagued with turnovers and red-zone failures, Southern had dug themselves a hole too deep to crawl out of. Some stellar play in the second half, especially on the defensive side of the ball, briefly made it a game again, but in the end it was too much to overcome. The Owls fell on the road 35-21 to in-state rival CCSU Blue Devils. On the opening drive, Southern looked poised to take control right off the bat. Senior quarterback Kevin Lynch led the team down to Central’s oneyard line. However, the Owls were unable to cash in after two runs and an incomplete pass on the fourth down. “Any time you drive the length of the field, it’s unfortunate when you don’t score,” Lynch said, finishing the game with 223 yards, a touchdown and two Sean Meenaghan | Photo Editor interceptions. “We’ve got to Senior Rashaad Slowley (left) ran for two rushing touchdowns and 50 yards on the ground. Senior Andre Privott (right) led the Owls with six catches for 61 yards in the loss. be better in that area. It’s just something we’ve got to capped off by a one-yard touchdown scored his second one-yard touchdown. We’re pretty good on offense so it’s just a and ending Southern’s hopes of a thrillfix.” CCSU owned the first half. Cen- run by tailback Rashaad Slowley. De- A missed extra point left the Owls be- matter of kind of being there in the first ing come-from-behind win. “On the onside kick our players did tral’s quarterback Gunnar Jespersen spite another Lynch interception, the hind by a margin of 28-13. However, half. The defense played fantastic—they an interception by Southern cornerback really played incredible. They basically the exact thing that you’re supposed to led an option offense that at times offense began to look much better. The same could be said of the Mustaqiim Plair on the following drive gave up 14 points, so my hat’s off to do and kept the ball in play, because if looked unstoppable. Passing touchgave them new life. them.” they recover it the game’s over anyway” downs of four and eight yards put the defense. Southern held the Blue Devils They again turned this opportunity With 2:25 remaining, and still said Lenny Bonn, special teams and Blue Devils up 14-0. Lynch was then stripped, the fumble returned 23 yards without a first down for the entire third into points, by way of an 11-yard pass trailing 28-21, Southern elected to linebackers coach. “If we recover it for the Blue Devils’ third unanswered quarter, finally solving the option of- from Lynch to junior tight end Jerome try an onside kick. The ball looked to then you’ve got a fighting chance. So, touchdown. They would score their fense that had caused so many difficul- Cunningham. In a controversial call, be struck perfectly and kicked up high we did the right thing.” Coach Cavanaugh elected to go for the off of the turf above the outstretched The team, Bonn said, did everyfourth six minutes later, leaving the ties early in the game. “I think we adjusted a little bit to the two-point conversion instead of taking arms of players from both squads. After thing correctly and kept the ball in play. halftime score a lopsided 28-0. To this point Central had nearly double the speed of the game,” head coach Rich the conservative route and waiting for a scramble for the ball, Central’s wide The goal was to recover possession in Cavanaugh said. “I think we played a the team’s next score. His gamble paid receiver and a member of the unit any way possible. time of possession. “I think our team has a lot of heart.” However, one Southern team went lot more physical in the second half off, however, and Central saw their once meant to field onside kicks, Matthew dominating lead cut to a meager seven Tyrell, came down with the ball and Cavanaugh said. “[The Owls] didn’t into the locker room at halftime and a then we did in the first half.” With 8:52 remaining in the fourth points. saw nothing but green turf in front of give up. We came back, we had some completely different one re-emerged. “We just started playing,” Lynch him. He returned the kick 35 yards for opportunities to maybe win the game, Early in the third period, the Owls quarter, things got even more intereststaged a seven-play, 44-yard drive ing. After an 11-play drive, Slowley said. “We knew we could move the ball. a touchdown, effectively icing the game unfortunately we didn’t.”

Owls volleyball sweeps opening tri-match to start off 2-0

Pat Longobardi

Southern took a 20-14 lead with a 6-0 run that would propel their biggest lead of SCSU 3 - Dominican 1 the set and an eventual win. The SCSU women’s volleyball team had The second set saw to battle through a tough four sets in the sea- Dominican jump out to an son opener before finding their chemistry and early lead. They carried that winning. through to lock the game at Southern pulled the game out, three sets one set apiece. With Dominito one against Dominican College on Saturday, can leading 14-8, Southern Sept. 3 at Pelz Gymnasium. answered with a 5-0 run, This was part of a season opening tri-match cutting the lead to 15-13. with Southern, Dominican and Molloy. Dominican later went on a Southern won the match 25-20, 17-25, 25- 5-0 run and received kills 20 and 25-23. from Fiorvanti down the “I am proud of the effort,” head coach Lisa stretch that would wrap up Barbaro said. “We are not as polished yet and the set. we still have some kinks to work out.” In the third set, both Junior Syriah Celestine and senior Megan Southern and Dominican Hiss each led the team with nine kills for South- traded points until Southern ern. Hiss also had three assists and nine digs. got the room they needed to control the set. Southern led 10-9 when they went on a 3-0 run to take a 13-9 lead. Dominican cut the lead Photo Courtesy | — Senior Megan Lyons to 15-13 when Southern would Senior Megan Hiss (left) and junior Syriah Celestine (right) blocking an attempted spike by Molloy. get big kills from Celestine, Lachowicz and Beres to extend their lead. winner. SCSU-3 Molloy-2 Senior Megan Lyons had eight kills and 15 digs. Southern won the set after three consecutive Lyons said the team has a lot to work on The SCSU women’s volleyball had to battle Junior Kimberly Lachowicz had 30 assists, six points, including two straight kills by Celestine. and there are many aspects with room for through a tough opponent during their season digs and four kills. Sophomore Sarah Beres had “For the first match, I think we played good,” improvement. opening weekend, this time in a five set match. eight kills, six service aces and seven blocks. Lyons said. “We were a little scrappy, but that is “We need to encourage each other and the Southern was able to pull it out and defeat Junior Courtney Heard led with 22 kills for to be expected for the first match.” defense has more to work on,” Lyons said. Molloy College three sets to two on Saturday, the match with six digs for Dominican. Junior The fourth set was full of runs by both Dominican led the game total attacks (160- Sept. 3 at Pelz Gymnasium. Whitney Ranger had 38 assists for the match, teams in a tight set up until the end. With Do- 149), kills (53-46), assists (48-38) and digs (79Southern won the match 12-25, 25-18, 25seven kills and 13 digs. Junior Jordyn Fuller minican leading 16-14, Southern went on a 3-0 72). Southern led in blocks (12-8). 22, 22-25, and 15-9. This was part of a season had 28 digs and three assists. Junior Michelle run to take a 17-16 lead. Southern went on Dominican finished last season 16-17 over- opening tri-match with Southern, Dominican, Fiorvanti had 15 kills and nine digs. a 7-3 run to end the match. Dominican would all and 13-6 in the Central Atlantic Collegiate and Molloy. Each set mainly started back and forth later regain the lead 20-18 before Southern Conference (CACC). Southern finished last Southern had defeated Dominican Coluntil one team went on runs that changed the called a timeout. With Southern leading 24-23, year with a 16-13 overall mark and 7-8 in the lege in the first momentum for that set. Heard tried to make a kill to the Southern side. Northeast-10 Conference, good for ninth place. game of the See Volleyball Page 13 In the first set, with the score tied at 14, Beres and Hiss both blocked it, clinching the day, three sets S ports R eporter

We came back in the second match and showed a lot of intensity.

The Student Newspaper of SCSU

“All the Snews that’s fit to print”

Snews full  

Full issue of Southern News 9/7/11

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you