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SCSU lab printer usage drops, ‘print anywhere’ policy emerges Jessica Giannone
black and white singleGeneral Assignment Reporter sided, black and white double-sided, color single-sided and color The usage of Southdouble-sided. ern’s printers has signifiCharges for prints cantly decreased among range from five to 40 students since last year when cents for students, and the “Pay for Print” service free for faculty. Inforwas initiated, according to mation for charges can Help Desk manager Nichobe found on the Office las Valsamis; but the conveof Information Techniences have significantly nology webpage. increased. Nicole Volpe, a The new service “Print Southern senior and Anywhere” is available for commuter, said she students to print to the thinks it can be helpful SCSU Mobile Print Service to some students, but from their own computers wouldn’t want to use it and collect their printouts a lot. from any lab printers at the “It’s kind of university. annoying, but it’s bet“Before, [students] ter than Southern would have to go to a speraising tuition,” said cific place,” said Valsamis. Volpe, referring to the JEFF NOWAK | EDITOr-in-chief “Now it’s anywhere.” charges. Instantly, users can The lab in the Adanti Student Center has one of the many ‘print anywhere’ printers. Valsamis said there send their print jobs are no limits of prints from any computer to per student. They just the mobile print service. The mobile said Valsamis. have to make sure they have money on their He said all lab printers are on the same Hoot Loot card, and that the card being used print jobs will remain in the queue for 24 cue. hours. to pay for the job matches the user name for According to Valsamis, when printing a the print. Valsamis said the new service is set up just like the usual print service. He said all file for a PC, the four mobile print services He said students should remember that students have to do is select their type of will show up in the print dialog box on the if they get a new Hoot Loot card, it takes print service, swipe their Hoot Loot card and lab computers. Mac users have to select the option from their computer. collect their printout. See Anywhere page 2 The four kinds of services include “If you want to print, it’s easier for you,”
February 23, 2011
SGA wants to extend Sunday library hours Monica Szacaks News Writer
Traditionally, Sunday is a day when students do most of their homework, so Student Government said it wants to extend library hours to accommodate students’ needs, according to Student Government Association President Ben McNamee. “What we noticed is that the library hours are shorter on Sunday,” said McNamee, “and that really doesn’t make sense when students are typically doing their homework and preparing for the rest of the week ahead.” Chuck Klatt, chair of the Board of Student Issues, said last semester students brought it to his attention that they do not have enough time on Sundays to get their work done. Klatt said the committee realized the library is open longer on days many students are not on campus doing homework, such as Thursday and Friday nights, and decided to put forth an action. “So we kind of looked at what is feasible with the budget,” said Klatt, “and we kind of examined the hours and saw if we can swap out hours for
others, then that would be the most realistic goal for now to really help the students.” Christina Baum, library director, said for the library to stay open longer, there needs to be full-time faculty and security working. The cost for two extra hours, according to Baum, for a Sunday evening would be $1,269. She said the cost does not include the security guard, because that comes out of a different budget. “I am looking into that for a possibility and I have a librarian that is willing to work that late,” said Baum. “Right now, I’m trying to find somebody that we have that is willing to work the circulation desk.” Baum said she approves the plan to extend the hours if that is what students need. She said if faculty and security are on board, then it could happen within a month. Baum talked about adding more hours to the schedule while Klatt and McNamee said they want to swap hours so that the budget stays the same. The Board of Student Issues, said Klatt, did a lot of research before presenting their concern to their advisers, the
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Operation Beautiful promotes positive body image Ryan Morgan
‘you’re beautiful the way you are, you don’t have to change.’ She gained weight and went back to school. Stories like hers show me how much of an impact a note can make.” Because February is Eating Disorders Awareness Month, the Fitness Center, Counseling Services, Health Services, the Wellness Center, Men’s Initiative, Multicultural Center, and the Women’s Center are all sponsoring a “Stop Fat Talk” week. The offices invite members of the Southern community to print their “Stop Fat Talk” flyer and post it around campus. “We need to replace the negative thoughts with something positive yet realistic,” said Boyle. “When we fat talk in front of kids they really soak up the message and get the wrong idea.” Rizk said he believes fat talk has a real effect on young girls, especially when it starts in the home. Rizk expressed the importance of speaking positively in front of children and not comparing oneself to a model on television as it sets a negative example and may mislead the child to strive for something not attainable. Hutchinson said she plans to continue Photo Courtesy | OperationBeautiful.com what she has started and is happy to see others posting notes around campus, and even The Operation Beautiful campaign is meant to encourage positive body. brought a package with her to last weekend’s Seeing her website made me think how much or even lending a smile, Hutchinson decided of the presentation arrived last Wednesday, Washington, D.C. school trip. “She [Boyle] really made an impact on I wasn’t alone in all of this,” said Hutchinson. bringing Boyle to Southern would be beneficial Hutchinson said she had received many quotes “[The note in ProCon’s window] was the start. to campus. To promote the event, Hutchinson and over 100 Post-It packs for free after Boyle how I view myself and I want to continue Then I did as the website said and wrote quotes ordered 30 of Boyle’s books, “Operation Beau- made some extra calls. doing what she started,” said Hutchinson. “I in random places.” tiful,” to raffle off at events leading up to the “When people find the notes, they e-mail can’t wait to spread the love all over the world. After hearing about an initiative being event and at the presentation. me their stories. A Canadian teen with anorexia Everywhere I go I see Post-Its with some quote taken on by Greek Life Council President Susan Hutchinson printed out large Post-Its and was in a really bad state and was force fed at on it. That right there makes all the planning, Zarnowski, Random Acts of Kindness to save invited people to donate their favorite self-loving therapy. Afterwards, she walked into the bath- poster designing, printing, publicizing, ordering, lives on campus by performing acts of kindness quote for a display at the event. When the day room and found a note on a stall door saying preparing and time spent worth it.”
Operation Beautiful, launched by Caitlin Boyle in June 2009, is dedicated to encouraging positive body image by ending negative self-talk in girls, woman and men. Boyle is attempting to transform the way people see themselves, one Post-It note at a time. According to its website, operationbeautiful.com, the goal is to end “Fat Talk,” words that hurt emotionally, spiritually and physically, by helping readers realize how toxic this speech is. Boyle leaves positive messages on Post-It notes on public mirrors, work, the gym and even the grocery store to inspire others to feel beautiful. “It was a happy accident. I was having a bad day and didn’t know what to do about the negative voices around me. I hated my job and was a 25-year-old student at community college bombing chemistry,” said Boyle. “I just felt so stupid all the time. One day I went to the bathroom and took out a scrap piece of paper, wrote ‘you are beautiful’ and jimmied it into the mirror. It made me feel better.” Today, Boyle’s website functions as a blog people around the world can contribute to by sending in their stories and Post-It photos. Nikki Hutchinson, a senior programmer for Programs Council, came across Boyle’s blog and was immediately inspired to join the sensation. Hutchinson posted a “you are beautiful” quote in the window of the ProCon office and quickly found out the note was spreading happiness as she was contacted by supporters. “Operation Beautiful is important to me for a lot of reasons. The biggest being the lack of confidence I have in myself and my beauty.
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at least two hours to become active. If the print messes up, or if the printer breaks, students won’t be reimbursed but will get a free print, as long as it is not a user error issue. The service applies to “Pay for Print” labs only, which can be found in the Student Center, the first and fourth floors of the library, Jennings Hall and the residence buildings. Some classrooms also have “Pay for Print” printers. “If you can get into the building, you can print,” said Valsamis. Students can use the labs as early as 7 a.m. and as late as 11 p.m. Valsamis said students have to be connected to the Virtual Private Network (VPN) to use and install the mobile print software. They can go to the Remote website and click on the “Network Connect” option, which then provides a virtual connection to the university
network in which students can students are paying. then download and install the As of today, Valsamis said software. the service is not widely used, The OIT web page says to and lab use is down because a install a plug-in application from lot of students have laptops and the SCSU Share website. barely check their e-mails. “We’re moving towards “What we’re trying to the most wireless and most mobile-accessible computers If you can get into the bulding in the state,” said Valsamis. you can print. He said last – Nicholas Valsamis year, Southern increased wireless coverage by four times. “I usually print at home,” said Volpe, “but do,” said Valsamis, “is tranit’s nice to know we can print sition out of the traditional here [at Southern].” lab model and on to a mobile She said the service can environment.” come in handy if she forgets to Instructions and informaprint an assignment and needs tion about the new print service “last minute prints.” and how to install Mobile Print The university has over 60 software can be found on the new printers, according to Val- OIT webpage. samis, who said they figured new “I think that it was a much printers were necessary because needed change,” said Valsamis.
Unused rooms in Buley going to waste Michael Bellmore
study room. that the Promise Program is Last year, the announce- not coming,” said Baum. ment that the Promise ProBaum and other library On the second floor of gram would house its offices employees said Southern the Buley Library, the sign out- in the Buley Library added had gone so far as to install side of room 207 reads “files.” further pressure to the already new parking spaces behind The door is locked. Through cramped environment. The the library labeled “Promise the glass, the inside of Program.” Certain a nearly empty room concessions that the is visible. On the wall program had asked is a blank whiteboard. I have asked for them to be used of Southern could One door over, another not be met, Baum – to be opened up for group locked room is empty. said. The parking Christina Baum, study, but the provost has not signs have since director of Library been painted over approved that yet. Services, said that since and remain blank. last November, three The Office of – Christina Baum Public such rooms have stood Affairs was empty and locked. unable to comment “These all are study on the status of the rooms,” Baum said. Promise Program. In March 2009, renova- Promise Program, a joint Administration officials could tion of the old Buley Library effort between Yale University not be reached at this time. building was halted, said and New Haven, is intended The three study rooms Baum, and, as a result, space to offer scholarships to New intended to be used for the in the library is tight. Two Haven area high school stu- program remain empty. study rooms are used for the dents. But the agreement that “I have asked for them to storage of library supplies, would have seen these offices be used – to be opened up for and, according to Baum, situated in the Buley Library group study, but the Provost these study rooms are the only has fallen through. has not approved that yet,” spaces available to the library “There has not been any for storage. Baum’s own announcement made about office is technically a student it, but the Provost has told me See Rooms page 2 Staff Writer
Tai Chi for Wellness’ sake Jennifer Fengler
Special to Southern News
Everyone slowly raised both hands making an “OK” sign with one and pointing with the other, continuing to simultaneously change each hand to reflect the other hand’s sign. Each time the hand signals were switched, students tried to do the movement faster without messing up. This was just one of the exercises that guest speaker Rich Szeligowski, an expert on Tai Chi and martial arts, had everyone do at the Wellness Appreciation event. “The reason it’s good for you mentally is because any sort of coordination, especially having to balance the two halves of the body, forces communication between the two hemispheres of the brain which actually builds new neuron connections between both sides of the brain,” said Szeligowski. Standing on a balance board for two or three minutes can give a similar type of benefit. “That constant instability that forces communication between your feet and your brain does increase intelligence believe it or not,” said Szeligowski. Szeligowski played football in high school and has been practicing Tai Chi for a little over seven years now. “I feel a lot better and have more of a relaxed mind,” said Szeligowski. Tai Chi translates to English as “Supreme Ultimate” and refers to the Yin-Yang concept. Tai Chi was first introduced in
the United States by Cheng MungCh’ing, a Chinese doctor, practitioner and painter. “There’s this view of the world, this view of the universe, that there’s no fixed absolute truth,” said Szeligowski. “Everything is relevant and everything is changing into everything else. That’s what they sort of ejected into the Tai Chi movements.” Yang Cheng-Fu, the first to introduce Tai Chi in a style that would benefit people’s health, did one thing: made it popular around the world. Tai Chi has been proven to increase a person’s life span too. A man Szeligowski knows of, who practiced Tai Chi, lived to be one 103 years old. “One of my old Tai Chi teachers is 75 years old and he can jump around about as high as my waist,” said Szeligowski. Another exercise that was done as part of Szeligowski’s lesson on Tai Chi at Southern was for everyone to hold out both hands with their palms facing each other for awhile and then try moving them towards or away from each other to feel the bio electric energy between them. Jason Polakowski said the most interesting part of Szeligowski’s presentation was this very exercise. “You could definitely feel the energy,” said Polakowski. “It was kind of cool to have that feeling between your hands when nothing was really there.” One of the main concepts Tai
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more efficiently. Tai Chi meditation usually involves either the breath or movement of the body which relieves stress. “If I’m mentally tense, I will be physically tense,” said Szeligowski. “If I’m physically tense there’s a higher tendency to have more mental chatter, more of the inability to mentally relax and focus.” Casci Canada and Polakowski said they will both look into taking Tai Chi classes. “It would be a good stress reliever over all so I think it would be a good thing to have,” said Polakowski. Relaxation is very crucial and one of the first steps in developing any of the qualities that are needed in Tai Chi. “I think it was absolutely great to give the students and people who were here a different perspective on an activity they could do for their health,” said Brigitte Stiles.
February 23, 2011
Q&A with Senior class President:
(Q) How long have you been president of the class of 2011? (RN) I have been president since fall 2007, all four years, it’s been a college career. (Q) What originally made you want to be president? (RN) It was actually an assignment in my English 111 class. I inquired about it and I was in contact with Denise [BentleyDrobish, director of Student Life] Since then I’ve advised other class councils. We had the first active class council in a while. They always technically existed but weren’t active until I decided to run. (Q) What was your biggest goal originally and how is it coming?
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go it’s going to be somewhere enjoyable, cheaper than Cozumel and represent something our council thinks the seniors want. (Q) Can seniors give suggestions or express their concerns?
(RN) My biggest goal was to actually establish a class government with an E-Board for every year. I’ve (RN) If they have any ideas or concerns they really worked hard to make sure we make them solid can contact me, I’m always available. There are so future years have them. It’s coming along really Facebook groups, Twitter, shoot me an e-mail. Any well. We have the freshmen leadership program now, class officers actually could help. We have a group, which is essentially a freshmen class council. Student “SCSU Senior Class of 2011,” you can search for Life picks freshmen at orientation and introduces more information. them to leadership. My goal was to have success all four years and I think I’ve had that. (Q) What is the biggest change you’ve overseen on campus over the past four years? (Q) What was your biggest challenge? (RN) I think the biggest change I’ve witnessed is (RN) Probably getting interest. When I started students are more able to see and take advantage of it was only two people from my English class, a leadership opportunities presented to them because president and vice president. Since then we’ve really they can see the long term aspects. I think that’s largely tried to get people interested in such a topic but it is thanks to Student Life. Looking back, a lot of my particularly hard to understand since so many people friends weren’t involved and now it’s different. It’s really are in between class status. Where as in high school transformed into something people want to do and take or other colleges it might be easier. Southern isn’t as advantage whether it’s Greek Life, SGA, or class counclear cut because of that ambiguity as to what class cil. This is the first year I’ve seen all class councils active you really are. People aren’t so interested in support- which makes me really happy as a senior. ing their class at Southern until senior year when they’re about to graduate. (Q) What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned that you’d like to share with younger leaders? (Q) What have you done to get people motivated? (RN) Never give up on something you really want to see. When I was a freshman I told my English pro(RN) I think we’ve done a really good job since fessor I was going to be Senior Class President and freshmen year when no one even knew we existed. have a big E-Board to make decisions. It was hard to Different events, meeting socials, workshops and get things accomplished, but I worked hard and my even now as we’re planning the trip. We’ve come a council worked hard and now we have a big E-Board long way in gaining interest. and an important voice in the university. It shows if you want something bad enough, don’t give up. (Q) Speaking of the class trip, what is the current status? (Q) What is your final group goal? (RN) We were going to Cozumel but we had to change that because of low enrollment. We just looked into Puerto Rico and prices were too high. Hopefully next week we’ll have another location. It will definitely be something seniors can afford, Cozumel obviously wasn’t, and something they’ll enjoy. (Q) Are there any other ideas? (RN) We’re looking at Miami Beach, Virginia Beach, and Puerto Rico is still an option but we’re trying to negotiate a price. Regardless of where we
(RN) To finish our mark that we’re leaving on Southern’s campus. We’re the first class council to transition all four years. As we wind down our eighth semester we’re trying to solidify that as a model for future classes which I think we’re accomplishing with Student Life. (Q) Will you be speaking at graduation? (RN) Yes. I’m probably going to include some lessons I’ve learned as a person and as a leader and what you can accomplish if you really put your mind to it and if you want it bad enough.
Soul food to celebrate Black History Month in Conn Hall Chardoneé Wright
Bringing faculty, staff, and students together to enjoy a soul food menu is what coordinator for Multicultural Student Activities, Dian Brown-Albert, said allows recognition and honor for Black History month. “Food brings people together, so in Black History Month, we tried something different,” said Brown-Albert. In Connecticut Hall, students had the option to eat from a full soul food menu for lunch and dinner. Students bustled in and out of the cafeteria, filling their plates with a variety of foods. Expressions such as “What is cat-fish?” and “Let’s try the dumplings!” filled the air as some students debated with their friends whether they should try the unfamiliar foods. George Verlezza, a junior English major, said he is a commuter and eats at Conn Hall about twice a week. Verlezza said he cooks collard greens all the time, and enjoyed it. “The collard greens were delicious,” said Verlezza. “The grits didn’t do it for me. They were too runny.” Some of the lunch entrees were “Georgia” Fried Catfish with Southern tar-tar sauce, braised collard greens, spicy cheese harmony grits and old fashioned corn bread muffins. Brown-Albert also had the chance to eat at Conn Hall and enjoyed the food as well. “That catfish was finger-licking good!” said Brown-Albert. A few of the dinner entrees included Southern buttermilk fried chicken, mashed potatoes with creamy pepper gravy, and honey-glazed carrots. Desserts included banana bread pudding, sweet potato pie, pineapple upside-down cake, and fresh fruit. Rebekah Moore, senior psychology major said she liked the variety that was given. “My favorite dishes were the chicken, dumplings,
cat fish and collard greens,” said Moore.“I liked the twist of the entrees and it was something different.” According to African American Registry, “soul food” is a term used for an ethnic cuisine traditionally prepared and eaten by the African Americans living in the Southern United States. The origins of soul food dated back to the days of slavery where slaves learned to use leftovers that their masters did not eat, and create meals from them. When African Americans were brought to America, they presented plant seeds to America such as sweet sorghum, watermelon, black eyed peas and okra. Soul Food Advisor said that slaves were very skilled when preparing meals, hence the fact there were no cook books or measuring utensils to accommodate them. The food was usually cooked on fireplaces with large black pots, open pits, and big iron cast skillets. Soul Food Advisor said that verbal exchanges between slaves were how recipes passed on to each other. Women were taught how to prepare meals at a young age. One meal was usually permitted per slave. Soul food received its name in the 60s and was previously referred to as “Southern-Style cooking.” Aside from bringing faculty and students together, Brown-Albert said that the menu brought something different to the usual menu that students were used to. “I actually saw faculty members in Conn Hall that I haven’t seen all semester,” said Brown-Albert. “It’s not every day you get fried cat fish.” Southern celebrates Black History month through a variety of activities; Brown-Albert encourages celebration in all ways. “People celebrate Black History Month in all different ways”, said Brown-Albert. “Whether you try some meal, whether you go to church, whether you recognize and honor people in your past, everybody does something different.”
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February 23, 2011
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director of the library and Student Affairs. Over 200 students were surveyed outside the library on various days, according to Klatt, and
campus.” One survey question, said Klatt, was if students just use the library for the computer lab. He said the major-
books and utilizing the resources. Students also answered they would use the library if it was open longer on Sunday nights. The survey also consisted of check mark boxes for the amount of hours students spent inside the library at It’s good because it’s perfect one time. for what we want. “There was a couple 0-2 and 4-6 but the majority was – Nicholas Valsamis 2-4,” said Klatt. “What we got out of it is that they aren’t using the members went inside the ity answered no which computer lab, they actulibrary on a Thursday shocked him, because ally use it for work on and Sunday night to get he said usually people campus and they are a visual comparison. would think students are there for at least an hour “What we saw is that using Facebook, brows- which is good, because there were twice as many ing the Internet or just it is perfect for what we students on a Sunday printing out papers. want.” night than a Thursday To make sure the survey Student Government night,” said Klatt. That was correct, Klatt said also noticed on Sundays, showed us that it’s not they went into the library the Student Center is just what we think, it’s and found students doing open an hour later than actually happening on group projects, using the library, according to
McNamee. Currently on Sundays, the library closes at 9 p.m. “When the library closes,” said McNamee, “all the students that were in there just go outside the library, cross the quad and go into the Student Center to finish whatever they can before they have to go back to their dorms.” Klatt said he was impressed with how fast Baum and Ron Herron, vice president of Student Affairs, were willing to work with Student Government to make the hours possible. “It was started by Southern,” said Klatt. “Student government is just listening to the voices, that’s what we do, and we bring it to the attention of the faculty and they are taking control of it.”
The Vagina Monologues make another return trip to Southern
Katelyn Peterson | Special to Southern News
Katelyn Peterson Special to Southern News
The lights dimmed and the crowded theater silenced as three women entered on stage and assumed their roles for the presentation of “The Vagina Monologues,” an award-winning play based on V-Day founder and playwright Eve Ensler’s interviews conducted with over 200 different women. “V-Day is a worldwide initiative,” said Erica Greco, a Southern graduate student in the history department and one of the performers in “The Vagina Monologues.” “It’s performed in colleges and communities all over the world.” Greco said the monologues recognize women who have been a victim of sexual assault. “The Vagina Monologues” was performed on Monday, Feb.14 and Tuesday, Feb.15 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Adanti Student Center theater. There were a total of 13 monologues performed and in between, additional information was given, such as facts and statistics on sexual assault. For instance, it was said that in the 28 states where female mutilation is practiced, approximately 130 million women and young girls are afflicted by it. Each monologue examined different levels of abuse toward women. This could include verbal abuse, physical violence, and sexual assault. For instance, one monologue told the story of a woman who lived in Bosnia during the war and was repeatedly raped and beaten by several soldiers who used rifles as their weapons of abuse. Another monologue captured the experience of a woman who was continually chastised and verbally abused by her husband. At one point during the story, he made his wife attend a business function with him and throughout the event, kept kicking her from underneath the table and accusing her of flirting with other men.
Heather Walton, a Southern sophomore majoring in social work, was one of the performers who participated in the show. “I learned that a lot of people could come together for the same cause that most people normally don’t talk about, and that something so private and personal could become a topic of discussion that everyone feels the same about,” said Walton. Walton also said she thought the stories behind the monologues captured the attention of everyone in the theater and opened their eyes to the shocking reality of physical violence and sexual assault among women. “I think that’s why they all showed up,” said Walton. “They were very intrigued to see what everybody had to say and to see if they could find that connection with some of the stories of the women that were portrayed in the play.” At the end of the show, all of the performers gathered on stage and gave each woman in the theater a chance to come forward if they had ever been a victim of sexual assault or if they knew someone who was; about 15 people took that chance. Some people who attended “The Vagina Monologues,” like Cynthia Aguilar, a Southern freshman majoring in social work, found this part of the performance to be a particular point of interest. Aguilar said she thought it was good that the performers acknowledged the women of the audience and gave them that opportunity. All proceeds from “The Vagina Monologues” benefited the women in Haiti and the Village of Power, a program of the Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center in New Haven. Moira Duffy, a graduate intern at the Wellness Center and co-producer of “The Vagina Monologues,” said the total amount made between Monday and Tuesday’s shows was over $700.
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Tweets dragging them down Ryan Morgan News Editor
As of September 2010, Twitter announced having 175 million registered users writing about 95 million tweets per day. According to the website, Twitter is available in six languages and used around the world as a “real-time information network.” While tweets are limited to 140 characters, Christopher Piscitelli, director of the Office of Judicial Affairs at Southern, said the misuse of Twitter can be detrimental on a college campus. “There are a couple of firsts with Twitter,” said Piscitelli. “Students are under the illusion that what they say is kept in these private networks. Comments they would make in a dorm but wouldn’t make in a large lecture hall are appearing online. It’s hard to fathom.” Assistant Director of Student Life Sal Rizza, along with Piscitelli, will be presenting the dangers of misusing social media on March 14 and will be sending an open invitation to all of Southern. Rizza said he hopes students who attend the workshop learn the risks and importance of developing an online profile. “Ultimately, we are fortunate to have the freedom to express ourselves however we wish,” said Rizza. “Exercising those freedoms can be accompanied by detrimental and long-lasting consequences.” Piscitelli said he believes it’s all about understanding the risks of using sites such as Twitter. He compared the site, and others like Facebook, to a free background service, noting a person’s page can yield more information than a professional search. Piscitelli cautioned students who attended a workshop he presented with Rizza held in January to consider a fact:
“your generation will be the first age group where someone doesn’t get elected for an online posting.” In addition to the affects Twitter can have on one’s personal image and reputation, Rizza said he urges students to be mindful of the organizations they represent as well. “Students irresponsibly
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using Twitter could not only be damaging their reputations, their futures, and relationships but those of they are close to,” said Rizza. “Additionally, they can truly be misrepresenting the organizations they are leading and those they represent.” Marylou Cirivello, vice president of Greek Life Council, maintains the organization’s official Twitter account. Cirivello uses the account to promote events sponsored by Greek organizations, categorizing Twitter as another means of public relations. Cirivello said the account has 76 followers and as followers “retweet” her content, more and more people are finding out about events. Despite the obvious advantages, Cirivello said Twitter can have a negative effect on one’s reputation. “If you are constantly tweeting negative thoughts then your followers will have a negative image of you. Members
of Greek organizations often forget that they represent their organization’s event when their letters aren’t on. The same goes for every club on campus,” said Cirivello. “When you don’t have your team jersey on, you are representing your team. When you don’t have your club shirt on, you are representing your club. No matter who you are, the things you say and the way you represent yourself on Twitter have a direct correlation with the image of your organization.” Besides effecting one’s reputation, Twitter can effect safety as well. Judicially, Piscitelli said he has already faced a few situations this semester that could potentially enter into cyber bullying. “Students are taking pictures of what people are wearing and putting it online. There is a sense of disrespect that is scary. Actually, we’re really reaching into more or less cyber bullying here,” said Piscitelli. While Piscitelli said cyber bullying is more commonly seen in younger students, the problem has arose at Southern as students find it easier to antagonize one another online than in person. According to Piscitelli, for the targets of online bullying, it couldn’t have a greater effect on their lives, as the bullying can be a traumatic experience. Piscitelli said even parents have gotten involved recently, engaging in fights on Facebook. Overall, while there are risks associated with Twitter, Rizza pointed out definite advantages for individuals as well as organizations utilizing it as a tool. “The potential for networking and sharing thoughts, ideas, and information at such a rapid pace with such a broad audience can lead to opportunities and connections that could not possibly have been attained five years ago,” said Rizza.
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the administration is waiting for something else to go in, it Baum said. should be at least released She said she has repeatback to students who need edly asked Provost Selase study space to use it for Williams to open the rooms. group projects, because The librarians here, they “The librarians here, that’s what it was origithey want that space for want that space for the nally designed for.” the students. And I want McNamee says that to give it to them,” Baum students. he plans to meet with the said. “I’ll even give up my – Christina Baum Vice President of Student conference room -- I really Affairs Ronald Herron and will give up that space to Provost Williams to ask for the students.” the space to be returned Ben McNamee, presito students, if indeed the dent of Student Government, seen in the same way. Promise Program will not be said that while the administra“If the Promise Program utilizing the space. tion has oversight over “pretty had gone through, and this was In the meantime, the study much every building,” the stu- something that it was going to rooms remain locked up. dent center is reserved for stu- be used for, that seems to make “The library is here for the dent space, so it is overseen by sense to me,” said McNamee. students,” Baum said. “Somepeople who have the students’ “If that has fallen through, and times our hands are tied.”
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While we’re still riding the coat-tails of winter, last week’s short burst of beautiful weather got us thinking about how much we can’t wait for spring! Here’s a list of our top 10 reasons to look forward to spring to soothe away your winter blues.
1. NO MORE SNOW. While it’s nice to look at, there comes a point-- usually right after the season’s first snowfall-when shoveling, cleaning off your car, and having to walk to class in zero degree weather gets beyond frustrating. Not to mention having to drive to class if you’re a commuter. We all get tired of walking into class with a runny nose and our hands are too cold to even take notes. But fear not, soon the weather will get warmer and soon we will be able to enjoy the weather rather than resent it! 2. After months of being cooped up inside, it’s time to open the windows, let some fresh air in, and get to work on some serious spring cleaning. In the spring time, we suddenly get all this extra motivation and energy to be productive and get rid of the one inch layer of dust we’ve chosen to ignore while spending our free time curled up on the couch wathcing SUV marathons. 3. Short shorts! Well, less clothing in general. Spring time means wearing swim shorts to class, flip flops and wearing your hair all “beach thrown.” Plus you don’t have to wear that same damn peacoat day in and day out. 4. Being out in nature! No one has the motivation to go hiking, to the beach, or even on random day trips when it’s below 30 and there’s a foot of fresh powder on the ground. Remember going to the park? Going for walks downtown when to go shopping during the day, or out to dinner at night? Or how about walking barefoot at the beach? Getting back to nature whether by yourself or with friends is something we’re all looking forward to. 5. Random pick-up frisbee games on campus. Or hackiesack. We’ve even seen a few spontaneous dance sequences. Whatever it is, spring brings people together on campus and we dig it every year. 6. Laying out on the grass in between classes. Rather than staying stuck inside at the Student Center, Bagel Wagon, or treking back to your room, in the spring you can lay outside when you’ve got a break, kick off your shoes and get into a good book or listen to some good tunes. 7. Finally getting over our Seasonal Affective Disorder
(SAD). While winter may be fun at first with winter break, once the semester starts up again we start to get bummed out due to the constant cold weather and monotony of staying in all the time. The warmer weather spring brings helps get everyone out of their funks and outside for some much needed vitamin D.
8. And quite possibly the most important reason for wanting spring? One step closer to the end of the school year!
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Fighting for heart health Chardoneé Wright
symptoms as a warning, but they with exercise, fainting and chest may have ignored it or assumed pain. that they have just overdone it, overTypically before a season starts, Reggie Garrett. Kimberly Gil- exerted themselves, or become too athletes get a routine screening. lary. Joshua Ellison. dehydrated,” said Fowler. Fowler adds that if any athlete These are the names of stuAthletes, do not ignore the answers yes to any one of these three dent- athletes who, without warning, symptoms. Get your heart screened questions, further examination must dropped dead. regularly, even if you feel fine. take place. Yes dead. You are never too young to start “Have they ever passed out durEver wonder why and how a perfectly fit athletic teenager can drop dead without warning? How someone so young can have a heart attack? Drop dead in the middle of a football field or on the basketball court? According to the University of Texas Health-Science Center at Houston, the condition is called sudden cardiac death. It occurs when the heart stops beating. Heart rhythm disturbances and structural heart abnormalities are the common causes in sudden teen deaths. A heart defect called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy causes sudden cardiac death. The heart muscle of someone with the condition abnormally thickens. This makes it harder for blood to flow and causes abnormal heart rhythms. A study done by the American Heart Association looked at 1,886 athletes between the ages of 18 and 39 in the United States. These athletes either died or survived sudden cardiac arrest between 1989 and 2006. Fifty-six percent of the athletes suffered from cardiac arrest. A third of those athletes’ conditions were contributed to cardiomyopathy. Photo Courtesy goodcholesterolcount.com Grant Fowler, Md and professor and vice chair at the Department A healthy diet, regular exercise and regular medical screeings can of Family Practice and Community help to ensure your heart’s health. Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston ,said in an article that any heart taking care of your heart. ing exercise, have they ever had palproblems and warning signs should Also according to UTHealth pitations or felt like they were going not be ignored. the warning signs of heart problems to faint while exercising, or is there “Typically the athletes have had are difficulty breathing and dizziness a family member who has ever died Staff Writer
Undocumented students benefit from local initiatives Growing up in a city and attending public schools, my classmates were, of course, diverse. Throughout my school years I never noticed a distinction between those students who were born in the United States and those whose families immigrated here bringing their children to the U.S. at a young age in search of a better life. Isn’t that what the “American Dream” is all about? My parents are immigrants who came to this country to take advantage of that dream, hoping that one day their children would take advantage of the opportunities the U.S. has to offer. I didn’t think about my classmates in terms of their citizenship, only paying mind to that detail when graduation rolled around and my friends faced a hurdle on their path to success. The difference between those students and me was that my birth certificate indicates
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Closing the educational gap
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that I had been born here, while theirs are foreign. They are, however, every bit as American as I am. These students and their families might still be living in the U.S. illegally, but I don’t think it’s fair to punish these students for their parents’ decision to immigrate, which as children, they had no control over. Undocumented students who attend colleges and universities have to pay out-ofstate tuition rates because they are not considered legal residents of Connecticut. Additionally, because of their status, undocumented students do not qualify for state or federal financial aid. In this economy, we are all struggling just to pay in-state rates. Paying double or more for the same education their counterparts pay without much help limits these students’ higher education opportunities. On the national level, legislators are
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working to provide hope for these students through the DREAM Act, which would allow temporary citizenship for undocumented students pursuing higher education or serving in the military. The bill failed in its most recent vote, last December. Despite the setbacks in seeing the national DREAM realized, I can’t help but feel proud to live in a State that seems to acknowledge these students and their struggles. A couple of local initiatives make education more accessible for undocumented students. In November, New Haven and state officials announced the New Haven Promise program, which would give students scholarships to attend the state’s two- or four- year colleges and universities. New Haven’s current freshman high school students, the class of 2014, could be eligible for a free ride in college. The first class See Student page 6
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Gaining the greatest angel of all Kaitlin O’Brien
point, I hadn’t informed anyone I was even at the hospital so I dropped my uncle off, headed home and just I was getting into bed, I heard the house phone ring. A phone call at 4:30 in the morning can never be good no matter what. I jumped out of bed, met my mom and sister in the hallway and because my mom hadn’t known, she said, “who’s your step-dad talking to?” I said we have to go. It’s daddy.
gazing out the window. My sister and I sat down, the doctors looked at us and said, “I’m sorry but we couldn’t save him.” My whole world changed April 11, 2009. I had never lost anyone in It was Easter weekend during my sophomore year of college. I was my life before my dad and on top of it all, he was my best friend. It will be home babysitting my cousin on a Friday night and around 11:30 that two years and I have never expressed to many people the actual story of night, I received a phone call that has proven to be one of the worst phone the night it happened. You always take everything in your life for granted, calls I have ever gotten. It was one of my dad’s friends saying he had and as I wrote my opinion piece last week on my internship at Z100 and been rushed to the hospital and that I need to come. My heart instantly how I credit my dad for much of my success, I thought it was time to put dropped and I said to myself, “he’ll be okay, he’s always okay.” I called into words about how much he meant to me. my uncle, and within minutes he was home and we went up together to Cherish everyone that is important in your life every single day. Your You only have one life. Cherish everything the hospital. parents are your parents no matter what happens in your life. They and take chances. Live your life with no My eldest brother met my uncle and I at the hospital and when I got brought you into this world, and I couldn’t have had a better father than there I was greeted by many of my dad’s friends from AA. He had been the one I had. I hear many people yelling and screaming as they walk to regrets. You never know if it will be your last an active member for nearly 14 years and they were all such a family. It and from class at their parents, and although everyone’s situation is differtime to see someone so make sure you tell the meant so much to me, and I know how much it meant to my dad that all ent, remember that not everyone has parents that they can call every day. of his friends were there. They only allowed two people in at a time so my Many people can also go days without talking to their parents and when people you love how much you love them. brother and I went in. I was told before I walked in that he had a stroke their parents call them I see students just say “oh I’ll call them back later.” and his speech was slurred. I used to call my dad every day after my 8:10 a.m. and many times I still I still thought to myself that it was going to be okay. When I walked reach for the phone to do so and realize I can’t do that anymore. in he greeted me with the biggest smile and I sat down next to him and You only have one life. Cherish everything and take chances. Live held his hand for nearly 20 minutes. He could barely get out a full senThe three of us immediately rushed to the hospital and met my uncle your life with no regrets. You never know if it will be your last time to see tence because of the stroke he had, however he knew I was there and kept in the parking lot. As we walked in and up the elevator my heart had never someone so make sure you tell the people you love how much you love squeezing my hand to let me know he knew I was there. been racing as fast as it was now. We went into ICU, they asked for the them. In a blink of an eye, your life can change forever. I cherish my life Around 4 a.m., they moved him up to ICU where they told us we last name, and said, “You’ll need to follow us to this room.” We followed, even more so than before and I did lose a best friend, but I gained the were allowed to come back when visiting hours started at 8 a.m. At this saw three doctors sitting at a table with my brother standing behind them greatest angel of all. Staff Writer
America the beautiful
Questioning society’s obession with physical beauty Steve Miller
You’re fat, you could stand to lose 10 pounds, your chest is flat, your penis is too small—these are only a handful of daily attestations the advertising, fashion, and media industry pushes on the general public. We live in a society that has taught us to hate our bodies, strive for unattainable physical perfection through whatever means necessary, and model ourselves after the media’s singular ideal of beauty. As a self-proclaimed lover of fashion, I often forget to question the media’s intentions. I admire the creative outlet fashion gives to an individual; the ability to express ones self through the way we dress and allow for the formation of our own sense of identity, but by supporting a world so concerned on physical attraction, at the age of 22 I’ve learned to constantly question my self-worth based on the way I look and view my body as inferior. While it’s difficult to realize this and even more difficult to tell others, I’m sure more than one person reading this can identify with me on some level. This weekend, after the recommendation of a friend, I watched the documentary “America the Beautiful,” directed by independent filmmaker Darryl Roberts. Throughout the film we follow Roberts on his quest to understand our country’s obsession with beauty. Through interviews with magazine editors, celebrities, photographers, plastic surgeons and school children, we begin to see just how much emphasis our society places on beauty and the debilitating effect it has on our selfworth. Whether we’re conscious of it or not, we’ve been conditioned to be a zombie-like following of dedicated and self-conscious consumers. What we all fail to realize is magazine editors put “beautiful” people on magazine covers in order to sell more copies—to give the public what it wants. Millions of men and women each year go under the knife for cosmetic procedures hoping to emulate their favorite celebrities without questioning the degree of photo manipulation, which emphasizes features that these models and celebrities don’t even have themselves. Children from the point of self-recognition feel inadequate when they see images in magazines, billboards, and on television telling them that they can be beautiful if they buy X product, lose weight, or build more muscle.
Men and women see each other as objects rather than breathing, thinking, loving human beings. Our obsession with beauty has reached epidemic proportions as health and personal well-being take a back seat to the desire for physical perfection. But out of all the interviews, one in particular had a deep resonance with me. A large portion of the film followed 12-year-old Gerren Taylor, a bubbly, self-confident model, as she escalates in the fashion industry gaining interest because of physical beauty and her age. After one season of success in Los Angeles and New York, Gerren returns next year and does not book a single show. At the advice of her overbearing mother, Gerren, now 14, travels to Europe in search of work. In Paris, Gerren is told she is too heavy to be casted and bypasses Milan because at 6 feet tall and 120 pounds, she is automatically too big to even be considered for the runway. I couldn’t believe it. As the film progresses, Gerren’s once beautiful outlook on life begins to wane and by the end of the documentary at the age of 15, she said she feels ugly, should be on a diet, and is considering getting breast implants. To see the confidence of a child be destroyed by the pedagogical psychosis of externality before your eyes was heartbreaking to say the least. In no other country is the demand for beauty higher than in America. While our country only constitutes five percent of the world’s population we are exposed to 40 percent of its advertising. Our fear, consumption, and idolatry for beauty has ruined us and media’s omnipresent nature has pervaded our minds without our realization by refusing to see that beauty exists in everyone of all shapes, sizes and color. But despite the film’s upheaval of the negative aspects of our society’s obsession with beauty one woman, Eve Ensler, playwright for “The Vagina Monologues” puts it all into perspective with one simple realization we can all remember the next time we look at an image projecting the media’s conceptual idea of beauty. “Every woman (and man) is beautiful in his or her particular way,” said Ensler. “Really. And while some may be more beautiful in the way Photo Courtesy shapingyouth.org you’re ‘supposed to look,’ if we developed eyes and we developed the spirit to see beauty in a differ- “America the Beautiful,” follows its director, Darryl Roberts, who is on a quest to discover ent way you would see every woman and man as America’s obession with beauty. beautiful.”
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February 23, 2011
Questioning You gonna eat that: commercials
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Imagine this: There’s a loud clash on the floor. The sound of broken glass and a woman screaming with terror alerts you. You notice the woman’s face is startled, upset and shameful. Her hands are clutched to her face; she looks as if she’s about to cry. The situation appears as nothing less than that of a tragedy, but what is it? Would it be odd to know that this was actually a commercial? Better yet, advertising a coffee pot holder. Yup, the masterminds behind the scene decided if they showed a glass falling to the ground in slow motion with an old lady dreadfully screaming, people would want to purchase a device that slides a coffee pot forward and backward on a counter, (and we can’t forget the suspenseful music in the background). You just put the pot on the device and pull it back and forth! Amazingly, you don’t even have to touch the coffee pot. Let me just say, that convenience would take a real burden off of my life. Did I mention my worst fear was dropping a mug? (Sigh), it’s very unfortunate. It happens so frequently, I don’t even know why I physically bother to reach for anything on the counter. We obviously live in a world full of exaggeration, but seriously? That three-minute advertisement was more dramatic than the ending scene from “Titanic.” This is just one example of the crazy commercials I’ve watched in my life. There’s something to be said about the way people judge what is actually necessary in this generation. Reflecting on the marketing industry and how employees consider what is appealing to the public, it’s like we’re either naive, lazy or just dumb. I’m sorry Mr. Ad Executive, but I don’t want your storage bags that turn into towels, and no, I don’t need a free hunter green bathrobe on the side with my name on it. The ironic thing about advertisements is the fact that they have to bribe you with something extra to make you want to buy what they’re actually selling. Heck, I’ll order the colorcoordinated plastic containers just so I can receive a free LED book light. “But wait! If you call now, we’ll throw in an extra set for free!”
Aw, you shouldn’t have. Um, ok? If you can convince me that one person needs 10 cases of glow-in-the-dark markers, you win. Oh, you said it’s $29.99, but it’s on sale 70 percent off ? Gosh, now that makes me want to buy it. You got me! The fact that it has a $100 value really changes my perception of the quality of the item. You know what else takes to my liking? Watching happy, attractive people laugh and nod their heads in satisfaction. The fact that I am watching someone else run in a field of flowers giggling and holding hands with their grandpa tells me that if I have depression, it will be all right because those people are enjoying themselves, so logically, I will too. “Get your life back and ask your doctor about Adapin. Risks include: heart attack, stroke, nausea, thoughts of suicide and death.” It will show a couple sitting at a computer looking at each other and smiling, then a person will shake hands with a doctor who happens to have his office overlooking a garden. Then, it will show the patient acknowledging his or her new life in contentment while smelling a flower, and then the couple will sit down for a picnic with their family and hug. “Be yourself again. Take hold of your future before it’s too late. You don’t want to wait another day. Call now, and take charge of your life. Oh, one more thing, you might suffer internal bleeding, kidney failure and die.” Ah, commercials. Gotta love them. Now that I think of it, it’s actually really effective to see images of people who have lost weight. It’s totally common to lose 80 pounds and have “ripped” abs three weeks later.. What’s Photoshop? One time, I actually saw a company advertising bubble wrap. It showed children jumping and playing on it at a birthday party and made every other regular celebration activity seem like a hardship, or unbearably boring. I’d like to check into the “commercial world” for a week, where everything is fast, easy and apparently life-changing. When people start being realistic, I’ll stop being a marketing critic. Oh, I forgot one last detail. At the end of the first commercial I mentioned, a guy quickly said: “Not to be used on grass.”
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Food musing and restaurant cruising Mezcal
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The drink list was short enough to make it easy to pick, lots of different types of Mexican beers and all sorts of tequila drinks. My boyfriend ordered an original margarita, on the rocks with salt. He As I parked my Ford Taurus, I stepped out onto an icy four-foot was extremely impressed with the amount authenticity of the mix, stack of snow. After brushing off my jeans, I turned the corner to see a a perfect blend of lime, tequila and salt left him satisfied and a tad little tan building with blue block lettering spelling out “MEZCAL.” tipsy. Ricardo Trejo opened this authentic Mexican restaurant in Feb. It took me a while to pick what I wanted, but as I looked around 2006--the place was always busy and never seemed to disappoint its the room that was fully packed with a diverse mix of people- everyone customers. All the hype that surrounded this hole-in-the-wall eatery seemed to have a huge heapings of food on their plate. on Yelp.com drew me to throw on my coat, jump in my car and type To begin, we ordered nachos #3. Tortilla chips, sour cream, 14 Mechanic St. into my GPS. guacamole, pico di gallo, cheese, pulled pork and jalapeños. I’m not My first instinct was pleasing because every foodie knows not to one to gas a place up, but these were literally the best nachos I ever judge a book by its cover; you find the most authentic cuisine in hole- had- and at only $9, you really couldn’t get any better. in-the-wall establishments, especially if you reside in the city. When they came to the table my mouth dropped because of the Anyways, I walked up a long hall and turned the corner. portion size, the amount of guacamole on the chips had me grinning “Pick a seat anywhere,” said one of the two waiters that were from ear to ear (I’m a sucker for avocado). When I took the first bite I working. As my boyfriend and I made our way to our table that was lit piled the chip with everything- the creaminess of the guacamole and up by one tiny candle, we were immediately bombarded with all types sour cream paired with the bite of jalapenos and smokiness of the of Mexican décor. tender pork put me in a state of euphoria, mind you this whole time, The floor was wooden and the walls were painted a dark orange my boyfriend wasn’t saying a word. We didn’t even look up at each with hints of yellow. Looking up at the ceiling, I saw multi-colored other until out next dish came out. streamers that hung from wall to wall. There was piñatas, beer memoTostados Tinga, a fried tortilla shell underneath shredded chicken rabilia, Mexican paintings and flags all over the place. sautéed with onions- covered in a chipotle pepper sauce. On top was While I was looking through the menu, our friendly waiter came lettuce, sour cream and a sliver of avocado. First bite was awesome, over with a bowl of steaming hot tortilla chips and an unusual looking just like the nachos- all of the different textures at once were extremely salsa. Now, I’m not one to judge but honestly, we both looked at each pleasing. Fresh chipotles have a sweet after taste, which went well with other with concern--looking down into the clay bowl I saw little seeds the crunchy lettuce. The only thing I didn’t like about this dish was the in a dark green liquid. We dipped chips and started to chow down--the spiciness, it had too much kick and the water they gave us had no ice salsa itself was spicy but had a really fresh flavor. The main ingredient (seriously? I thought this was so weird). I look for in salsa is fresh cilantro; I smell it the second it came to the Overall, this place was awesome. With dishes priced from $10table and immediately got excited to pick a dish. $15 and guaranteed leftovers, you honestly can’t go wrong. The atmoThe menu itself looked like it was homemade. Printed out pages sphere is soothing and peaceful, it’s quiet enough to bring your lady/ that were held together by lamination were conveniently placed in man friend, yet upbeat enough to chill with a group of friends over order by types of courses and meats. beers and nachos. Special to Southern News
Students: Stressing educational need to benefit, this year’s graduating seniors will get up to 25 percent of their tuition paid; up to 50 percent for the following class, and 75 percent for the class after that. The program provides more aid for students attending public colleges, but private universities are also included. Students must attend the New Haven public schools, including the public charter schools to be eligible for the scholarships, funded by Yale University. High school students must retain a 3.0 grade point average, achieve 90 percent attendance during high school, have a positive disciplinary record and complete 40 hours of community service. Undocumented students are also covered under the Promise, Continued from Page 4
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with New Haven Mayor John DeStefano making it clear that no student would be excluded from the scholarship as long as they qualify. Relating to this initiative, legislators are working to see an instate tuition bill passed, allowing students who are undocumented to attend the public state colleges and universities at in-state tuition rates. Currently, 11 states have similar laws that mandate in-state tuition rates for residents. Although I am not directly affected by this issue, I can’t help but feel for these students who are simply looking to better their lives through education and are denied the opportunity because of the circumstance of their birth.
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Dear Dr. Strangelove,
I’ve been reluctant to send in this question but because this whole thing is anonymous why the hell not right? I don’t know how else to say this so I’m just going to come out with it. Lately I’ve been concerned about the size of my penis and the fact that I think it might be too small.
It’s not like I haven’t had sex before, and the majority of my sexual encounters were with past girlfriends and I never had any complaints, but recently I’ve grown self-conscious about my manhood. I’m three inches when flaccid and about six inches when I’m hard. Is this all in my head and I really do have a normal penis size, or should I be worried? Is there anything I can do to increase the size?
- Mr. Member
Dear Mr. Member,
You’re not the only one with your manhood on your mind. Millions of men in America, because of the media, feel their penis size is inadequate, that women prefer larger penises, and that through a myriad of physical and herbal techniques they make their penis bigger, stonger, and more desirable. Let’s cut the bull-sh*t and get to the facts. According to Webmd.com the average male penis size is three inches when flacid and between five and siz inches when erect. So congratulations Mr. Member! You have a perfectly normal-sized penis WOO HOO! Now as to whether women prefer larger penises is also completely untrue. Trust me, when a woman falls in love with you, she won’t think twice about your average-sized schlong. And lastly there is no scientific proof that stretching mechanisms, herbal medicine, or any other technique short of a risky surgical procedure will make your penis bigger. Stop worrying and get on with your life. I’m sure there’s more important things you could be worrying about than your second head.
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SCSU girls dribble past Adelphi
Senior guard Logan Lentz sets up the offense in the 1st half of Wednesday’s game Junior guard Sylvonya Moore drives past Adelphi guard Samantha Perez in the first half
Junior guard Lauren Allen attempts a three pointer in the 1st half against Adelphi
Sophomore forward Keshia Primo shoots a fade away over an Adelphi defender
Senior center Shelley Pierson passes to Junior guard Alex Fiola in the 2nd half
Freshman forward Shaniqua Fuller goes up for a rebound against an Adephi defender Photos by Sean Meenaghan
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Shizzlr movement commences among students
Monica Szakacs News Writer
The new social network for “you and your closest friends,” Shizzlr.com is the social network that directly answers what’s going on, when and where with the actual “20” friends someone socializes with, according to Keith Bessette and Nick Jaensch, founders of Shizzlr. “There’s nothing out there that can really paint the entire picture of what’s going on to tell you that there is always parties here, a happy hour, a sporting event there,” said Jaensch. “When you find out that social picture, it gives you so many options to choose from.” Once someone finds out what is going on, Jaensch said they make a plan, and a plan involves a discussion amongst their closest friends. “The whole point of Shizzlr,” said Jaensch, “is helping college students to complete the whole picture of the social discovery of what’s around them.” Jaensch said they wanted to provide everyone with a tool to mass communicate through text messaging to any mobile phone once someone finds out the information of an event. Bessette said students use Facebook and call and text everyone individually. He said it takes a lot of time to make plans and get all the details, and still some information is mistranslated. “We can organize the information better, add a little bit more value and add this cool group texting stuff,” said Bessette. “Students add their friend’s number and a text is sent to their phone that so and so has added them as a friend.” When Shizzlr was in the planning stages, Jaensch and Bessette, University of Connecticut MBA graduates, had the idea of what they wanted the social network to become, but they did not know the name. Jaensch said they tried collegelife, collegebar and anything they thought was relevant.
“It turned out you can’t really register a URL, like a web address with any of these words that make sense, it was just they were all taken,” said Jaensch. Before trying to get the name for their site,
showed Bessette the drunken text for laughs and Bessette wrote down the statement. “From that point on when one of us is going out, we are like ‘oh yea have a good time, good luck, do shizzlr’ and the name just stuck,” said
help promote the site or give them feedback on how to improve the site and make it more userfriendly. Bessette and Jaensch said they are working everyday to improve Shizzlr and have engineering interns to help them. Right now privacy is a factor they are working on so people won’t be harassed, said Bessette. “It really needs to be an opted-in reply,” said Bessette, “So it’s going to be a one text thing where it says you were added, now you have to accept the request to start the conversation.” For future income, when more people use the site, Bessette said they do have a business model in the works. When students go to bars, clubs and restaurants, Shizzlr and local merchants can see how big a crowd is going to be. Businesses can pay Shizzlr to get that information so they can determine if they’ll need more security, if they should have specials for the night, or if they need to increase advertisement possibly on Shizzlr. “They can actually see their returns such as a pizza joint, because Shizzlr caters to regions,” said Bessette. “So say if I gave Shizzlr $10 a month and I was able to convince 10 people to go there, then we made $250 off of those people and we made that much more money.” Bessette said after the second year of their MBA program, him and Jaensch entered the Innovation Accelerator in East Hartford. They were given the opportunity to do research for Shizzlr and validate their project’s objective: answer the question, “what’s going on?” Bessette said they won the Connecticut Innovations, the state’s venture investment agency business competition of Photo Courtesy media.katu.com $150,000. “We were like well, alright, we don’t need a Shizzlr is a social network designed by UConn students. job right now, let’s actually make this work,” said Bessette, “So this summer we raised money, then Jaensch said one night they were out in Hartford Jaensch. we got some more money in December, total for some cocktails and Jaensch sent a drunk text, He said Shizzlr is the name of the company, around $350,000, and now we are starting to “do shizzlr,” in response to his friend texting him website and apps, but they have t-shirts that say finally go.” that he had bought a house. Jaensch said he “Do Shizzlr,” which they hand out to people who
Southern students fall under hypnotist’s spell
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Members of the audience ran up to the front of the stage and lined up in a row. After a few minutes, each volunteer began to sway back and forth in a sleep-like trance. And that was only the beginning. Hypnotist, Steve Wronker, had over twenty teenagers under his spell. From that moment on, Wronker made the students and visitors do things he said they may not have done if not under his hypnotic control: They imitated every-day household items, from a washing machine to a vibrator; he made them imagine they were playing guitar, licking a huge ice cream cone and even danced with a shoe up to their ears, under the impression that
that was where the music was coming from. Some volunteers even thought they won $10,000 and began screaming at the top of their lungs. “My favorite (routine) is having them forget their name,” said Wronker. “Just look at the audience’s reaction. The audience is blown away by it. I also like the shoe radio routine.” Wronker said he has been a hypnotist for the past 24-and-a-half years. He started off performing magic tricks until there was another recession. Then Wronker began learning how to hypnotize people from a fellow hypnotist. He began doing it for not only the money, but because he loves what he does, Wronker said. “I’ve known Steve for a while now,” said Evan Bieber, a member of Programs Council, the group
that got Wronker to perform at SCSU. “He came here two years ago – my freshmen year. I called him up and asked if he wanted to come perform (at SCSU) and he did.” “I love coming to Southern,” said Wronker. “I don’t do many colleges because I do a clean, show. There are a lot of R-rated and X-rated shows out there. I do a PG-rated show so more people are willing to participate.” And participate they did. “It was definitely successful,” said Bieber. “Compared to most hypnotist shows, this show had a lot of volunteers. It was cool because everyone had a friend that they knew up there.” “I absolutely See Wronker page 10
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Steve Wronker delivers a family-friendly show.
A Touch of Color asks SCSU students ‘Got Ink?’ Simone Virzi
out if they were happy with it. “Avoid tattoo parties,” said Edgar. “Most cover-ups we do are from Tattoos and body piercings someone from a tattoo party. Most of were the hot topic at the “Got Ink?” the time it’s crap.” program, an event in which two emSomeone thinking about getting a ployees from “A Touch of Color” in tattoo should not be spontaneous. The Hamden came to enlighten Southern individual should consider the design students about these popular forms of and placement before making a perself-expression. manent decision, said Edgar. “A lot of people don’t know where “Put time into thinking about it,” to go to get a good tattoo,” said Kaleb said Edgar. “Keep it away from [areas Edgar, a tattoo artist and manager at A on the body] where it may prevent you Touch of Color. He said to look at tat- from getting a job.” too shop reviews online or to verbally Pain should also be taken into ask people where they went and find consideration; an individual will Staff Writer
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experience more pain if the tattoo is close to the nerves. “That’s where you’re going to feel it,” said Edgar. “Ribs are the most painful spot.” For a first tattoo, he said the wrist and shoulder are ideal areas. Aftercare is essential to avoid infection. An individual should ask their tattoo artist for written instructions explaining how to properly care for the tattoo. “Stay away from tanning, the ocean, and the pool,” said Edgar. As a tattoo heals and starts to peel, it may become itchy. Edgar said a trick to stop the itchiness is to tap the tattoo. Although body piercings are not permanent like tattoos are, the individual should still take precautions. “The place has got to be clean and organized,” said Justin Salley, a body piercer at A Touch of Color. “Talk to the piercer beforehand. Make sure they have knowledge [about piercings] and ask a lot of questions about aftercare.” It is important to make sure the piercer does not reuse needles, as this may cause infection or spread diseases. “Request to watch them open needles,” said Salley. “Needles should be individually wrapped; tools too.” Some people may consider getting a piercing at a business like Generation X in the Milford Mall because it is not as expensive as a tattoo shop. Salley said even though the price is cheaper, the individual is better off spending money on a higher-quality piercing. “They offer cheap piercings http://snews.southernct.edu/
because they buy cheap jewelry,” said Salley. “You can’t skimp on price when something is going on or in your body.” Aftercare should be taken seri-
direction of how to get a quality tattoo or piercing. “The [Got Ink?] program was educational but interesting,” said Armistead, a community coordinator
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ously, especially because of the risk of infection, said Salley. “Natural products work the best,” said Salley. Instead of using products like Neosporin or Vaseline, he said he will suggest H2Ocean aftercare spray to his clients. Since tattoos and body piercings appeal to many college students, including Marcus Armistead, the program helped guide students in the right
who helped plan the event. “I want more tattoos. Now we all know the safe way to get a tattoo.” A Touch of Color, located at 1212 Dixwell Ave. in Hamden, is open Monday to Thursday from 1 p.m-8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 1 p.m.9 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m.-6 p.m. They offer a 10% discount to local college students or 15% to active military with identification.
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Luisa Caycedo-Kimura is an English major at Southern, currently applying to MFA programs in poetry. Along with four other undergraduates, she has been selected as a 2011 Connecticut Student Poet by the Connecticut Poetry Circuit, and her poems have been included in writing curricula. Luisa’s work has been published or is upcoming in Connecticut Review, San Pedro River Review and Folio. She has received First Place in the 2010 SCSU Poetry Contest and Honorable Mention in the 2010 Folio Poetry Contest. Luisa hopes to teach at the university level. 1) What sparked your interest for poetry, and when? Answer: I’ve always loved the way words sound when put together properly. I also love the effective use of imagery and the nuances in meanings that writers can create. However, I never really thought I could be a poet. I started attending SCSU in the fall of 2009 because I wanted to write fiction. That fall I took a poetry writing class with Professor Will Hochman, because the fiction classes were all closed. I think I fell in love with poetry that first week. 2) How long have you been writing? Answer: I’ve probably done some sort of writing on and off throughout my life, but I had never taken a creative writing class until the fall of 2009 when I took that first poetry class at SCSU. 3) What are your long-term goals?
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Answer: My primary goal is to impact people’s lives through writing and teaching. I hope to write for the rest of my life, and to teach at the university level.
my writing, and will likely continue to do so. I guess you can either wallow in your 7) How do you think your words sorrow and let it interfere with your life, impact people? or you can write about it. I recommend the latter, even if at times wallowing may Answer: I think different people are seem very tempting. impacted differently, depending on who 4) How do you plan to achieve those they are, what their experiences are and goals? whether they just hear the poems once, 6) How do you juggle school life or read them several times on the page. Answer: I applied to various MFA with your goals as a poet? It’s easy to miss many of the subtle nuprograms. Right now I’m waiting to hear ances and deeper meanings that may from them. Several people have be available when recently suggested that I consider one reads it sevgetting a PhD, but whether I get eral times. What I an MFA or a PhD, my aim is to hope to do, howcontinue to grow as a writer and a ever, is to touch teacher, to learn as much as I can, people’s lives and and be the best writer and profesmaybe open up sor that I can be. their worlds to new thoughts and 5) What have been some new experiences. challenges, and how did you overcome them? 8) Are there Answer: The 2009-2010 any poets you are school year was a very difficult inspired by? year for me emotionally. The most difficult [event] for me, though, Answer: was the death of my mother, who There are many was, and continues to be, the most poets who inspire important person in my life. To me—male and make matters worse, I had to fly female, American down to Florida to make arrangeand foreign. If I ments and attend her funeral that had to single out Photo Courtesy southernct.edu fall during the week when I had some poets as into take midterms. What I found Luisa Caycedo-Kimura did not start writing poetry until 2009. spiration, I would was that professors can be very acsay that the poets commodating if you act responsithat I covered in Answer: At SCSU I have taken that independent study are the ones who bly. I kept in touch with them by e-mail while I was in Florida, and tried to make courses for the specific purpose of grow- perhaps inspire me most, especially Fedup the work as soon as I could when I ing as a writer. So it really hasn’t been erico Garcia Lorca and Pablo Neruda, got back. As far as the emotional chal- a matter of juggling school life and my although my writing is different from lenges are concerned, that’s one of the goals as a poet, but rather, my schooling theirs. I am, however, greatly influenced advantages of being a writer. I can take has helped me grow as a poet and as a by Colombian folk music. So much of all these adversities and turn them into writer in general. the language is very poetic and absoart. My mother has shown up in a lot of lutely beautiful, and sends me right to
the page. 9) What have you learned from your experiences in college and participating in poetry contests? Answer: One great thing that I have learned at SCSU is how encouraging and helpful professors can be. It is amazing how much a professor who cares about teaching will go out of his or her way to help a student who wants to learn. Of course, as a student, you also need to be willing to work hard. I enter [contests] because I believe they help me achieve my ultimate goal. But whether I win or lose, I try not to let that affect me. Yes, it does feel good to win, but I can’t let my writing be affected by contests. I just need to be true to myself. 10) What would your advice be to other writers? Answer: My advice to other writers would be to enter contests, with the caveat that they should not be discouraged if they lose, especially if it is just one person who is judging. It’s the same as with publication. There are a number of reasons why you could get rejected. But it is still important to try. 11) Looking back on your accomplishments, what advice would you give for students aspiring for personal achievements? Answer: Follow your passion and go after it full-force. Everyone always has an opinion about what one should be or do, but you can only be truly successful if you are true to yourself.
Wronker: SCSU ‘64 Days’ events unite cultures under control Olivia Richman
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Continued from Page 9 believe they are hypnotized,” said Wronker of the participants in his shows. “Basically, to know they’re hypnotized you need to know how hypnosis works. They lost their inhibitions. They were able to do silly things without the feeling of embarrassment.” Wronker said in order to tell if people are actually hypnotized or not, he simply sees if they follow his suggestions. Another way to tell, according to Wronker, is to see if the people that are supposedly hypnotized have an expression on their face. If their face is blank during the first few routines, they’ve been hypnotized. Blake Williams, a marketing major at SCSU, said he wanted to get hypnotized because he heard of a friend’s experience: his friend was hypnotized at a previous
show and danced to music by the recording artist, Shakira. According to Williams, he wanted to do something silly. “(I remember) standing, sorta,” he said. “It’s vague, you know? Almost, like, blurry.” Math major Dan Radil said he experienced something similar after the show. “(I volunteered) because I was skeptic,” said Radil. “I’m still somewhat skeptic but I have these weird images of a movie screen. I’m assuming something he did related to that. I also remember an ice cream cone.” “It was a lot of fun,” said Bieber. “Steve always makes it funny and fun without crossing any lines and making it awkward.”
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Over the span of Black History Month, Women’s History Month and Asian/Pacific Heritage Month, the 64 Days of Nonviolence aims to spread awareness of the different cultures and heritages, not only at Southern Connecticut State University, but of America. Social work major, Patricia Sanchez, said she thinks programs like this help the community. “With programs like (64 Days of Nonviolence, people) can learn to communicate with others,” she said, “and are more understanding of each other. They can put themselves in another’s shoes.” According to Ebony McClease, a graduate intern in the Women’s Center, the event started on the day of the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi and ends with the day that commemorates Martin Luther King Jr. Throughout the 64 days, there will be numerous programs going on at SCSU that highlight African Americans, women and Asian Americans. “It was started in 1998 by Gandhi’s grandson,” said McClease. “It’s an international event, but has been in (SCSU) since 2004.” The 64 Days of Nonviolence was chosen to be on these important dates, according to McClease, because the purpose of the program is to commemorate Gandhi and King’s visions for nonviolence in an empowered world. The event was put together by Dr. Tricia Lin, director of the Women’s Studies program at Southern, who could not be reached for an interview. There are many events coming up later this month. “On the Feb. 23 there is a showing of the Exonerated,” said McClease. “There will be a panel discussion on the abolishment of the death penalty. On March 10 there’s a panel discussion on advocacy and activism for and with girls.” Throughout March there
will be four events, both about African American women and about women in general, from a talk on women, aging and incarceration on the 29, to a tribute to sisterhood on the 21. “We are hoping that people will attend and want to get involved,” said McClease. “They can make a difference on this campus. There are many opportunities to get involved and help out with the events. We are trying to promote tolerance with other groups of people.” Sanchez said she feels it’s a great program. “A lot of students come from an isolated hometown and were only around their own type of people,” she said, “and when they come to college they get a diverse experience, something they’re not used to. It opens their minds.” Brittany Chalyce, a journalism major, said she liked the idea of some of the programs held during this 64-day event. “I think I’ve heard of (64 Days of Nonviolence),” she said. “I think they had a segment on healthy relationships and nonhealthy relationships, which I think is important since we deal with so many different people.” “To hear that there’s a program like (64 Days of Nonviolence), it brings people together and they start thinking of everyone as a whole,” said Sanchez. “They’re following and learning about our ancestry, our past.” According to Sanchez, her boyfriend was from a predominantly white neighborhood and when he came to SCSU, he was not used to being around diversity. “When I met him it was very strange; I didn’t understand his point of view,” she said. “Now he’s open to talking to everyone.” Sanchez said she feels as though the program will help other shy students come out of their shells and experience new cultures and people. If one is interested in attending any of the events that are being held during 64 Days of Nonviolence, McClease, a graduate
assistant for the Women’s Studies program, said the dates of the events are e-mailed to students via the Events at Southern page. “We also have flyers with all the dates hanging around the school,” she said, “as well as an affirmation book that has daily practices to go along with the 64 days of events. There’s a lot of information out there.” According to Chalyce, SCSU benefits from programs like this one. “Souther n definitely needs more programs promoting diversity and unity amongst the student body,” said Chalyce.
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The 64 Days of Nonviolence event began back in 1998.
March Events • 10th: Panel Discussion on advocacy and activism for and with girls with Lytasha Blackwell, Carroll Brown, Katja Koehnlein, Victoria Sammartino, and Jeanette Sykes, 5:00-7:30 PM in Adanti Student Center, Room 301. • 19th: The 16th Annual African American Women’s Summit, a Sisters’ Collective in New Haven, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM at Wexler-Grant school. • 28th: “If I Should Die Before I Wake: Women Aging in Prison” with Kathleen O’Shea, 5:007:30 PM in Engleman Hall, Room A 120. • 31st: “The Z Experience,” a evening of spoken word, a tribute to sisterhood, in memory of Zannette Lewis, with Croilot Adames, Ngoma Hill, Monique Jarvis, and Frederick-Douglas Knowles, 5:00-7:30 PM in Engleman Hall, Room A 120.
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ning with a verse that delivered witty lyrics, punch lines and his typical sense of humor. This song is tough and if these guys don’t have a hip-hop head’s respect by now, then this is the track they
Slaughterhouse - The EP Newly signed to Shady records, Slaughterhouse is lined up to be next super hip-hop group in 2011. With artists like Joell Ortiz, Royce Da 5’9, Joe Budden and Crooked I combined with the brilliance of Eminem to back them up for their next album, hip-hop is sure to be revived for those that thought it was dead. Slaughterhouse recently released a six song EP to build up on the hype of the group’s signing to its new label. The EP is sure to leave fans wanting more but this will definitely do for now.
4. Put Some Money On It (Remix) – This is strictly lyrics here. If you can’t rap, then you do not belong on this song. DBlock is featured here so one can only imagine the combination. The beat is repetitive but the beat is the last thing a hip-hop fan is listening to on this song. Jadakiss delivers my favorite verse here. Royce Da 5’9 delivers the best flow, though. Hard track. 4/5. 5. Fight Club (Remix) – One of the hardest hip-hop beats I’ve heard in a long time, this song has no hook. It’s reminiscent of a rap cipher as the whole group takes turns to spit their best verse possible. They take turns and rap a few bars before passing along the mic. 3/5. 6. Move On (Remix) – This song is eight minutes long as every group member speak on personal issues. Joell Ortiz admits his mother sniffed crack, Joe Budden talks about his visitation rights with his child, Royce touches the subject on his beef with Eminem a few years ago, and Crooked I reminisces about a close call to being in jail. This song is the best I’ve heard from Slaughterhouse. I cannot wait until they release their first album out of Shady. Hardcore hip-hop is about to receive CPR. It’s been gone for way too long.
1. Back On the Scene – What a way to start an EP. With a small amount of songs, every track has to go hard and this one does just that. These lyrical murderers all spit 16s that remind you why Eminem jumped on the opportunity to sign these guys. This song is one for the hip-hop clubs. 4/5. 2. Sun Doobie – This instrumental has a bit of a Dr. Dre vibe with the keys but the drums of an east coast producer. The beat is from Mr. Porter, member of another Eminem group, D12. This is nothing other than a lyrical genocide as this group is clearly on a quest to make an impact on the hip-hop game. 3/5.
Overall: 4 out of 5 Owls.
3. Everybody Down – Confirmed to be the group’s next single, this track is a drum heavy song that is “not meant for the clubs” as Royce Da 5’9 said. He sets the bar high from the begin-
must listen to. It’s sure to change minds. 4/5.
Adele - 21
Marsha Ambrosius - Late Nights, Early Mornings
Banjo Or Freakout - Banjo Or Freakout
Julianna Barwick - The Magic Place
Bayside - Killing Time
Jonny Burke - Distance And Fortune
The Cave Singers - No Witch
Celtic Thunder - Heritage
Civet - Love & War
DevilDriver - Beast
G. Love - Fixin’ To Die
Malachai - Return To The Ugly Side
The Box Office: Top money-makers for the weekend of Feb. 21 –1– ‘Unknown’ with over $21.7 million in ticket sales –2– ‘I Am Number Four’ with over $19.5 million in ticket sales –3– ‘Gnomeo and Juliet’ with over $19.4 million in ticket sales
“What’s going on...” Wednesday Feb. 23
Thursday Feb. 24
Friday Feb. 25
...At Southern Saturday Feb. 26
Ski Trip - Stratton! 5:30 A.M. - 8 P.M.
Resumé 20/20 Schwartz Hall 102 3
Tuesday Mar. 1
On Campus Major Decisions Schwartz Hall 102 1 P.M.
PB&J Thursday EN B 121 1 P.M. - 3 P.M.
Broadway: CHICAGO! NYC
How To Publish EN D 266 12:30 P.M. - 1:30 P.M.
Development, Application, Evaluation of “Inter-teaching” EN B 111 1:10 P.M. - 3:10 P.M.
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S por ts C ommentar y Hockey becoming game of boxing on ice cubes Pete Paguaga Sports Editor
It has been over a week since the game between the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins ended with a total of 346 penalty minutes. I know every hockey analyst on every station has beaten this topic to death, but unlike them, I am not going to completely trash the Islanders. Maybe it’s because the Islanders haven’t been competitive in the NHL in about five years or maybe it’s because everyone in hockey commentary gets all giddy about the Penguins, but there is no reason why the Islanders should take the blame for what happened during this game. What Trevor Gillies did to Eric Tangradi was flat out dirty and embarrassing to watch as an Islanders fan. But what Matt Martin did to Maxine Talbot, though it looked bad, don’t let your shorts get in a bunch over it. Hockey analysts are saying that Martin’s cheap shot on Talbot was similar to when Todd Bertuzzi ended Steve Moore’s career. A week before this game, Talbot started what turned into a goalie fight, between the Islanders and the Penguins. So Martin was trying to fight Talbot, who has been known to drop the gloves and go out and be a thorn in the opposing teams side, and all of sudden Talbot doesn’t want to be a tough guy. He goes to ice in the fetal position pretending like he is someone who never fights, please come on. Speaking of goalie fights, Brett Johnson now thinks he is Mike Tyson; two games in a row against the Islanders he dropped the gloves. But this time it was against Michael Haley who is well known in the AHL for fighting. Johnson wanted to fight so Haley fought him, little did he know that Eric Godard would come off the bench and jump Haley from behind. Did anyone know that happened? Because it seemed like hockey analysts just said it happened and moved past it to rip on the Islanders for something else that they did. Look, I know the Islanders have been the laughing stock of the NHL for a few seasons now and everyone loves the Penguins and Sidney Crosby; don’t get me wrong I love Crosby, he’s the best player in the NHL hands down. But if any other team, but the Islanders were in this game it would be OK. They would say “hey it’s just the game of hockey.” But because the Islanders were involved, it was another opportunity for hockey people to poke fun at the Islanders. Islanders forward Zenon Konopka said it perfectly when he said that, the Islanders are a family and they stick up for each other. He also said that they don’t like being laughed at anymore. I don’t think anyone is laughing anymore, and what is lost in everything is that the Islanders won the game 9-3 and they have won four games in a row. Maybe this is the push they needed, it might be too late but they could finish the season strong and take it into next season.
MSG back to the Mecca of basketball Pat Longobardi Sports Writer
Heading into the later stages of their respective seasons, New York basketball teams are back playing meaningful basketball. The New York Knicks and the St. John’s Red Storm are getting national attention for their turnarounds, having great seasons, with potential playoff runs coming. The Knicks have been planning for this turnaround for years. Owner James Dolan brought in a new coach, Mike D’Antoni, and a new team president, Donnie Walsh, with the philosophy that the team would work with what they had, and eventually get the money off the books for a run at the biggest free agents class yet in the summer of 2010. The teams then signed Amar’e Stoudemire, and are now in the running for Carmelo Anthony. The Knicks are 28-26, good for the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference. I think the Knicks are going to be a contender in the playoffs. Stoudemire has been nothing short of magnificent, rookie Landry Fields is having a great first year and Danilo Gallinari is having a breakout year. For the Knicks, getting to the playoffs is the hardest part. After that, anything can happen. The Knicks have been really tough at home this season. The Knicks have always been a draw at home, but this year has more spark to it. The team is playing without looking in the past. Over the years, St. John’s has been in the bottom of the Big East Conference. Now, there is reason to ride the bandwagon again. St. John’s is back to there winning ways, playing better than many expected. After hiring former UCLA coach, Steve Lavin, who has brought in a new winning era to the this team, St. John’s is 16-9, 8-5 in the Big East Conference. They have keys win against Arizona State, Notre Dame, Georgetown, Duke and UConn. All of those wins were at home. St. John’s has a great chance to make the NCAA Tournament. They are led by a lineup of four seniors including Dwight Hardy, Justin Brownlee and D.J. Kennedy. All they need to do now is take care of business. With four regular season games left before postseason play, St. John’s needs to beat the lower-tier teams, and play hard against the better teams, to get more tournament attention. With the tournament expanding this year, St. John’s has a great chance to storm into the postseason and scare some teams down the stretch. Basketball has not been positive with the Knicks and St. John’s not playing well in recent years. New York can finally focus on playoff basketball again, taking steps in the right direction, and playing winning basketball again at the same time. What is unique is both teams are protecting home court. With both teams consistently packing in their games, especially at Madison Square Garden, and playing hard, the rest of the country has been put on notice that New York basketball is back to its rough and tough winning ways.
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Donnelly is key to the Owls resurgence
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It’s 11:15 a.m. on a Tuesday morning as Michael Donnelly sits in his office, ready to begin another day as men’s basketball head coach for Southern Connecticut State University. This isn’t the start to his day, as he has already had many obligations as a father, before the 11 a.m. arrival time. “I like to start my day by eating breakfast with my two little girls and bringing them to school,” said Donnelly. “I don’t get to see the family as much during the season, so I cherish the mornings when I can be with my daughters.” Coach Donnelly is in his first season as men’s basketball head coach, according to Southern’s official website for athletics. Donnelly took over on May 7, 2010, becoming the leader of a team who has won 12 games overall and nine conference games this season so far. “It’s truly amazing what Coach Donnelly has done,” said Assistant Coach Greg Clark. “To go from only winning four games in two seasons, to winning the first four games that we played this season.” “Coach Donnelly has turned around the whole culture and mindset of this program in a month.,” said Clark. “It’s nothing short of a miracle.” Coach Donnelly talked about what he has done to create such a turn around. “The themes that I try to implement are program, and community, every day in the huddle,” said Donnelly. “This is the first year of rebuilding the program. I want my guys to play hard together; results will take care of themselves.” Patricia Nicol has been the Southern athletic director for seven years now, according to Southern’s athletic website. “We held a national search for the next head coach. We selected Coach Donnelly because of his philosophy, vision, standards and his complete understanding of the overall role of head coach on the collegiate level,” said Nicol. Nicol said that her and Coach Donnelly have an “open-door policy,” and a very effective working relationship. “I have never had any reservations about Coach Donnelly,” said Nicol. “The one thing that makes this program premier is Coach Donnelly’s accountability on the academic side, and involvement in the community.” “Coach Donnelly cares, and invests his time and efforts into the total student,” Nicol said. “The Southern basketball team is a great group of
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Head Coach Michael Donnelly addressing his team during a timeout.
young men, and I wish them the best.” Coach Donnelly noted that the season has “gone by fast.” “My whole experience here at Southern has been positive,” said Donnelly. “The administration has been extremely supportive.” Donnelly said he played college basketball at Central Connecticut State University, and Sacred Heart University, where he graduated in 1997. “The game of basketball is my identity,” said Donnelly. “Once my career ended after graduation, I knew I had to be around the game somehow.
I have put so much time into basketball throughout my life. It (basketball) is what I know best because of the passion my father has instilled within me.” Coach Donnelly talked about his future expectations for the program. “Regardless of what happens this year, I want to finish strong,” said Donnelly. “I want to give everyone a sense of what’s coming.” The Southern men’s basketball program has clinched a spot in the Northeast-10 tournament, which will begin on Saturday, Feb. 26, according to Southern’s athletic website.
Owl tracks: NE-10 standings snapshot Women’s Basketball NE-10 Overall 1. Bentley 18-3 21-4 2. Franklin Pierce 17-4 21-6 3. Assumption 17-4 19-6 4. Saint Rose 15-6 19-6 5. Pace 14-7 20-7 6. American Int’l 14-7 18-8 7. Stonehill 12-9 17-9 8. Saint Michael’s 12-9 14-10 9. Saint Anselm 8-13 11-14 10. Merrimack 8-13 10-15 11. So. NH 8-13 10-15 12. UMass Lowell 8-13 9-16 13. SCSU 7-14 11-15 14. Adelphi 5-16 8-17 15. Le Moyne 4-17 7-18 16. New Haven 1-20 2-23
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Bentley Stonehill American Int’l Saint Rose Saint Anselm UMass Lowell Adelphi Le Moyne Saint Michael’s
10. Merrimack 11. SCSU 12. Assumption 13. Pace 14. So. NH 15. New Haven 16. Franklin Pierce
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Southern says goodbye to five seniors in home finale Pat Longobardi Sports Writer
As the 2010-2011 basketball season comes to a close, the graduating class for the Southern Owls men’s basketball team has a lot of significance, especially because this will be the first class under Southern head coach, Michael Donnelly. The Owls will be losing five seniors -- Dexton Williamson, Chazz McCarter, Andrew Zito, Lance Long and Demetrius Jackson. All five seniors were honored prior to the final home game of the season against Saint Rose on Feb. 19. The seniors then represented Southern’s starting lineup. “I’m proud with how they handled themselves,” said Donnelly. “They were a little undersized, but they did a terrific job. I couldn’t ask for five better guys that will move on to bigger and better things. They will be remembered as my first group to lead off of the floor.” Williamson and McCarter have been the class’s consistent starters this season. As much as the Southern team was getting a makeover this season with a new coach and staff, Southern also had two players getting accustomed to their first year on the squad -- McCarter and Jackson. Williamson, a center from Bridgeport, has been at Southern for two seasons, transferring from Delaware Tech. Williamson played in 25 games this season and started 18 games. Williamson averages six points a game and 22.9 minutes
a game. He is third on the team in total rebounds (158), second in defensive rebounds (108), and second in blocks (23). His career highs include 19 points, 13 rebounds and three assists. McCarter, a guard from New Haven, played and started in 25 games this season for Southern. He transferred from Gateway Community College. McCarter is averaging 10.8 points a game and 28.5 minutes a game. McCarter is second in steals (29). Long, also a guard from New Haven, played in 24 games and started four games. Long is averaging 1.5 points a game, 10.6 minutes a game and is sixth in steals (14). Long’s career highs include 11 points twice, seven rebounds, and five assists. Jackson, a guard from Danbury, played in 16 games this season and started two games. Jackson transferred from the University of Southern New Hampshire. Jackson is averaging one point a game and 7.1 minutes a game. Zito, a guard from Windsor, played 22 games this season and started eight games. Zito is averaging 2.8 points a game, 13.4 minutes a game and is sixth in assists. Zito’s career highs include 18 points twice, six rebounds twice and seven assists. At the beginning of the season, Zito said there was a new feel to this year’s team, in part because of the new head coach, Donnelly. Donnelly came to Southern from Post University in
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Senior Chazz McCarter started all 25 games this season while averaging 10.8 points a game.
Waterbury. “It is definitely different now,” said Zito. “There is a different attitude and atmosphere.” Despite having losing seasons in recent years, Zito said when Donnelly started, the past was something never to be discussed.
“The past is never talked about,” said Zito. “He (Donnelly) made that clear when we had our first meeting.” Southern lost to Saint Rose on senior night, 86-75. “I think we (the seniors) played pretty good,” said McCarter. “We stayed positive and
Even with loss, Owls clinch spot in tourney
we kept up our confidence in the game.” Southern is 12-13 overall, and 9-12 in the Northeast-10 Conference. Southern has also clinched a spot in the Northeast-10 Conference Tournament on Feb. 26. This will be Southern’s first
MRSA on campus
Despite 18 points and four blocks from Trevon Hamlet, the Southern Men’s Basketball team fell 85-68 to Adelphi University. The loss dropped Southern to 1212 overall and 9-11 in Northeast-10 play. “I thought we played pretty well tonight, but Adelphi was tremendous. They played great. They made some tough shots late in the game and earned a hard fought win,” said head coach Mike Donnelly. Southern jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead with a three pointer from Chazz McCarter, who finished with 16 points, and a jumper from junior guard Chris Harris, two of his six total points on the night. Leading 18-11 with 12:17 left in the first half, Adelphi started to make their comeback. Trading baskets back and forth, Adelphi grabbed the lead for the first time on the evening with 8:07, 23-22 after a jumper from Richard Byrd (16 points). A three pointer by Greg Langston (17 points) gave the Owls the lead right back 25-23 and started a quick run as they extended the lead to 28-23 with McCarter shooting 1-2 from the line and senior Dexton Williamson connecting on both from the stripe. “We played hard tonight, but unfortunately some things did not go our way,” said McCarter. Adelphi capitalized on 10 points off turnovers in the first half and led 40-36 heading into the half. “I thought that we played a solid first half and as long as we maintained the high quality of play, then we had a shot,” said Adelphi head coach Dominick Savino. The second half was all Adelphi. They led by no less than five the entire half and took advantage of second chances with sevensecond chance points. Jumping
Swollen, red, raised and sometimes-painful skin area are some of the symptoms of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Campus Medical Director Dr. Morgenthaler described what MRSA is. “Like any other staph infection, MRSA is a skin infection,” said Morgenthaler, “MRSA can develop if there is an open wound that comes in direct contact with the bacteria, or if a person has an ingrown hair, or simply from sharing personal hygiene products such as razors.” However, there is a difference between MRSA, in comparison to other staph infections. “Normal staph infections are treated with penicillin; MRSA is resistant to penicillin and other antibiotics, so right off the bat, it needs to be treated with different antibiotics,” said Morganthaler. Tuesday, Feb. 15 a campus health advisory e-mail was sent out to all students. The e-mail was intended to make students aware, cautious and more knowledgeable about just what MRSA was. Athletic Director Patricia Nicol and Head Athletic Trainer Carol Nelson described how the e-mail was never intended to alarm or scare students. “The e-mail was just to inform you, and educate you, because this is something that is not uncommon,” said Nelson. “We try to be as transparent as we can just to get the word out there, knowledge is power.” Nicol added “Sometimes you take a little bit of a chance informing students, because we don’t want it to expand into hysteria on campus.” If a student notices what looks to be symptoms of MRSA, they are advised to seek medical attention. MRSA is completely treatable, with the right antibiotics. Dr. Morgenthaler described standard procedure, if a student comes to the campus Health Center with symptoms of
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to a 52-42 after a layup by David Akinyooye (6 points), McCarter hit a three, his second on the game to pull within seven. But with 13:55, Rob Johnson, who scored a game high 24 points was not relinquishing the lead as he came and hit a shot from the baseline to increase the lead back to nine. “Rob played great tonight as did everyone,” said Savino. “Southern played us tough but we were able to pull it out in the end.” Cutting the lead to five with a jumper from Langston with 7:14 left in the game, all 622 in attendance were on their feet trying to
will the Owls with a comeback. But Adelphi answered quickly, with a John Calarco three pointer, his only of the game and three of his 13 points and gave Adelphi an 68-60 advantage with 7:03 left. Turnovers on two straight possessions by McCarter and Hamlet doomed the Owls comeback chances as they ran out of time. The Owls continued to foul allowing Adelphi earn the victory at the line and they did as they shot 14-18 from the free throw line for the game. Following the game, Southern learned that they had clinched a
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MRSA. “We first take a skin culture of the infected area and send it to the lab, to determine just what type of infection it is,” said Morgenthaler. “In the meantime, the patient is treated with antibiotics. Once the culture comes back positive for MRSA, the infected area is kept covered and continuously treated with antibiotics.” Recovery time depends on the individual, and the severity of the infection. Nicol and Nelson wanted to make clear that possible MRSA infection was not just an advisory to athletes or a problem stemming from athlete use of gym equipment, but also an advisory to the general campus population. The campus gym and equipment are used by non-athletes and students at night, for activities such as open gym and exercise science classes. Needless to say, everyone should be aware and take necessary precautions to protect themselves. Student Trevor Harris, who said he participates in open gym, described his feelings about becoming aware of MRSA. “I don’t really think it’s a big deal as long as everyone does their part and cleans shared equipment,” said Harris. Dr. Morgenthaler agreed students should do just that. She offered these tips to lower the risk of the infection spreading. “Avoid dirty equipment, wash hands after using equipment, wipe down used equipment, when you get a cut or open wound, have it treated right away,” said Morgenthaler. Nicol said she, coaches, and other athletic staff are taking all necessary steps to insure not just the safety of the athletes, but the general population. Nicol and Nelson said they believe students should not be alarmed but rather proactive instead. Over the president’s holiday, while the university is closed, there will be a professional cleaning firm conducting an in-depth hygienic cleaning and sanitizing of the weight room area.
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berth in the Northeast-10 basketball tournament to add to a season that has been mentioned as one of the biggest turnarounds in college basketball this year. “Even though we are disappointed in the loss, we are very proud that we were able to clinch a NE-10 playoff berth tonight despite our setback to Adelphi,” said Donnelly. “ I keep telling our guys that there is nothing like college playoff basketball. It is the ultimate level of competition and we are very excited to be able to experience the conference playoffs beginning next Saturday.”
appearance in the conference tournament since the 2001-2002 season. With the season still in progress, this group will also be remembered for being a part of the first step in the new era among Southern Connecticut men’s basketball.
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Late run in second half, not enough to lead Owls to win
a three point basket by Andre Pope with 10:38 remaining, assisted by Bromirski. Southern led, 26-21, after a lay-up by Kiernan Ramsey. Saint Rose then called timeout with 8:40 remaining. The game stood close the rest of the half with Southern leading, 4139, at halftime. In the second half, Saint Rose again started off hot, taking the lead, 44-41. Southern led, 52-51, when Trevon Hamlet made a lay-up after getting an offensive rebound after Langston missed a jumper. Saint Rose then went ahead for the rest of the game and never looked back, with a 7-0 run, 15-7 overall, to lead 66-55 with 9:22 remaining. “I think we played good as a team for a good 30 minutes,” said McCarter. Then, I think we had a breakdown mentally.” Saint Rose took their biggest lead of the game, 71-56, when Bromirski hit a three with 8:21 remaining. Saint Rose Head Coach Brian Beaury said limiting Southern was big as they are known as a good rebounding team. “We forced a lot of long shots, and we did a good job on the glass,” said Beaury. Southern out-rebounded Saint Rose, 50-42, for the game. Southern also had 19 turnovers in the game. Saint Rose had 17. Both teams made free-throws down the stretch, due to fouls, with Saint Rose maintaining their lead. Saint Rose out-scored Southern, by a margin of 13 points, 47-34, in the second half. Saint Rose shot 25-33 from the free-throw line in the game. Southern, shot 14-21. Southern had 24
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Shea Bromirski, 26 points, and Brian Hanuschak with 14 points and 16 rebounds, led the offensive charge in the second half as The College of Saint Rose defeated Southern Men’s basketball team 86-75 on Feb. 19. It was Senior Day for Southern, in a Northeast-10 Conference game at Moore Field House. Southern honored its five seniors--Demetrius Jackson, Andrew Zito, Lance Long, Chazz McCarter and Dexton Williamson--prior to the game. The game was tight in the first half with both teams trading shots and some brief leads. Bromirski and Saint Rose got off
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to a fast start, hitting back-to-back three-pointers to take the lead, 6-2. Southern took their biggest lead of the game, 18-12, when Trevon Hamlet dunked after a fast break going back to Southern, assisted to Greg Langston, with 12:55 remaining. Saint Rose then took the lead, 1918, during a 7-0 run capped off with
need to stay disciplined, just like we did in the beginning of the year,” said Donnelly. Bromirski, who led Saint Rose scoring, also had four rebounds, two assists and three steals in 39 minutes. Bromirski went 4-9 on three-pointers. Hanuschak also had one steal and one block in 29 minutes. Rob Gutierrez had 16 points, six rebounds and three steals. Pope had 15 points, four rebounds and one block in 37 minutes. Langston led Southern with 18 points, four rebounds, two assists and three steals in 31 minutes. Hamlet had 14 points, nine rebounds and one block. Ramsey had 14 points, eight rebounds and one steal in 22 minutes. Williamson had 11 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks in 23 minutes. Saint Rose was 19-7, 14-7 in the Northeast-10 Conference. Southern was 12-13, 9-12 in conference, continuing a three game losing streak. Southern defeated Saint Rose, 85-83, on Dec. 4, in Albany, NY. With help from within the conference, the Owls clinch a spot on the NE-10 tournament and depending on how Photo Courtesy | Southernctowls.com they finish the season they Sophomore Trevon Hamlet had 14 points, nine rebounds and three assists. could host a home playoff game. fouls in the game. Saint Rose had hungry. Southern’s final regular 20. “As much as we are building for season game is on Feb. 23 at AsWith the season winding down, the future, the future could be right sumption before the Northeast-10 Southern Head Coach Michael now,” Donnelly said. Conference Tournament starts on Donnelly said the team needs to stay “We need to play hungry, and we Feb. 26.
Owls helping out in the community
Being a Division I, II or even III athlete comes with constant practice, games and study hall. Most division athletes don’t have time for themselves, but some of the student athletes at Southern use their time to help out at reading and tutoring programs at various elementary schools around the New Haven area. Michael Kobylanski, the associate director of athletics, sends out an e-mail to all the athletes at Southern, informing them of the next time Southern will send a shuttle to a school with a specific time. Not every athlete is required to participate in the tutoring and reading programs, but some do it because they enjoy helping out or want to prepare themselves for a future in teaching. Laura De Gore, a senior elementary education major, is one of the many student athletes who uses some of her free time to tutor and read to the children. De Gore said she has been participating in this program for two to three years now and that she tries to go on one of the days that Southern goes each week. Being an elementary education major, helping the kids with reading and their homework gives De Gore experience in the field she one day wants to work in. “I really enjoy it,” said De Gore, “it helps them and myself.” Paige Donlin, a sophomore elementary education major, also uses the tutoring and reading program to help the children and help her for her future. “Being an elementary education major, I want to be around kids,” said Donlin. In 2008, the Tim Greer Community Service Cup program was created. According to an e-mail sent by Kobylanski, the Tim Greer Community Cup was made to provide a competitive format that helps give student athletes experience in some fields in the community and also lets the different Southern
Lady Owls victory against Adelphi great defense. Southern out-rebounded Adelphi, 42-27 for the game. Southern had more defensive rebounds, 28, then Southern grabbed the early lead and Adelphi had the entire game. never looked back, behind 15 points and Southern came out firing in the 10 rebounds from Shelley Pierson, de- half, going on a 6-0 run to take a 30-17 feating Adelphi University 60-42 on Feb. lead with 17:23 left. Adelphi then called 16 in a Northeast-10 Conference game at timeout. Moore Field House. Adelphi went on an 11-4 run to lead Adelphi led 2-0 after Samantha Per- when Jackson hit a three, assisted by Saez put in a lay-up with 19:34 remaining. mantha Breidenbach, cutting the lead to That would be Adelphi’s only lead 34-28 with 12:27 remaining. Southern of the game. then called timeout. Southern went on a 10-0 run, 12-3 Southern then made their final push overall, to take a 10-2 lead with 15:19 with a 9-0 run, taking a 43-28 lead with remaining. Adelphi then called timeout 9:37 remaining. with 13:58 remaining. Pierson, then scored eight of the Southern then went on a scor- next 10 points Southern scored. Southern took their biggest lead of the game, 53-33, with 5:51 remaining. Southern had 20 total team assists, 13 by Lauren • Logan Lentz- 9 points, 4 Allen (6) and Sylvonya Moore (7). Adelphi had rebounds, 3 assists 6. Southern had 10 steals. Adelphi had 8. Southern • Shelley Pierson- 15 points, 10 rebounds had 21 turnovers. Adelphi had 20. • Sylvonya Moore- 10 points, 7 rebounds Adelphi defeated Southern, 67-47, on Dec. • Camille Fantini- 10 points, 3 assists 1, in Garden City , NY. Jackson led Adelphi • Lauren Allen- 8 points, 6 assists with 10 points, two rebounds and five steals in 30 minutes. Marielle Duryea had eight points and one ing drought for seven minutes, 37 assist in 17 minutes. seconds. Breidenbach had four points, seven Camille Fantini hit a jumper with rebounds, two assists, four blocks, and 3:37 remaining to lead, 17-14. Adelphi one steal in 32 minutes. Ashley O’Connell went on a 12-5 run after Sade Jackson had seven points and four rebounds. hit a three, cutting the lead to one, 15-14, Southern was 11-14, 7-13 in the with 5:16 remaining. Northeast-10 Conference. Adelphi was That would be the closest Adelphi 8-16, 5-15 in conference. would get in the game. Pierson led Southern’s scoring, in Southern then went on a 9-0 run to addition to having three blocks and lead 24-14 with 1:10 remaining. three steals in 36 minutes. Moore had Adelphi had some momentum to- 10 points, seven rebounds, one block, wards the end of the half, scoring four and five steals in 33 minutes. Fantini straight points going into halftime. had 10 points, three rebounds, and one Jackson put in a lay-up with .4 re- steal. Logan Lentz had nine points, four maining to go into halftime. rebounds, three assists, and one steal in Southern led by seven going into 34 minutes. halftime, 24-17. The Lady Owls next and final game In the second half, the Lady Owls of the regular season is on Feb. 23 at Aspulled away with good shooting and sumption College. Sports Writer
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Senior Laura De Gore, member of the women’s swimming team.
teams compete against each other. During the 2009-2010 academic year, Southern student athletes totaled over 3,000 hours of volunteering to the different schools or programs offered by Southern. During that academic year, the women’s field hockey team came in first, with softball, and women’s lacrosse rounding out the top three. De Gore is also a member of the women’s swimming team for Southern. De Gore isn’t the only swim member who participates in this program. “My team always tries to do one community service event together,” said De Gore. Donlin, who is part of the women’s field hockey team, said that
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