ELECTION 2016 ISSUE SUFFOLK UNIVERSITY • BOSTON
VOLUME 80, NUMBER 7
November 9, 2016
The nation chose the UNEXPECTED By Alexa Gagosz, Editor-in-Chief Businessman Donald J. Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States early Wednesday morning after a long night of counting the votes. In a 3 a.m. victory speech, Trump addressed supporters in New York after a turbulent, divided and explosive election season filled with digs at the institution and the very democracy the country was founded on. “I promise you that I will not let you down,” said Trump during his speech after thanking a list of family members, friends, campaign workers and the people that voted for him. Trump thanked Democratic nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton for the “service she has done for our country” in the beginning of his speech after he said that Clinton called him to congratulate his win. “We owe her a major debt of gratitude,” he said, and called for national unity. Clinton has not spoken to her supporters as of early Wednesday morning. For some at Suffolk, this stands as a victory. “Good morning America, it’s time to make this country great again,” said junior applied legal studies major Michael Francis Ryan in his reference to Trump’s slogan throughout his campaign trail. For others, however, Suffolk held a strong liberal stance on the election and this holds as a disappointment for many. For the 23 percent of Suffolk’s population from countries across the world, eyes were fixed on America and whom they would choose to represent the people. Junior public relations major Diana Dussouchet came to Boston from her home country of Russia and warns the U.S. on the decision that they made during this election. “I think Americans just signed a four-year contract with the devil himself,” said Dussouchet. “I know what it’s like to live in a country with the bad kind of conservatism, bigotry and hatred in power -- and it’s not good.” Office Coordinator of Suffolk’s Government department Jeff Fish said that he didn’t know what to say after the news broke. “I feel like we’re living in a dystopian future, except this is real life,” said Fish. A number of polls across the nation, including those from Suffolk University’s Polling Center, showed that Clinton had held a measurable edge across the country, including the states that Trump took in the early morning hours. Trump, 70, real-estate powerhouse and reality star did not have any governmental experience before he announced his campaign for the top office of the land. The win had stretched across battleground states that both candidates spent countless hours in during the final days including Florida, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
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Students stand for solidarity
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At 1p.m. on Monday afternoon, students of Suffolk University gathered in front of 20 Somerset to protest in support of solidarity. Members present held signs, tapped on makeshift drums and chanted aloud to the onlooking crowd and students emerging from classes in the Somerset building. The protest by “concerned members of the Suffolk community” called “Stand Up Suffolk,” lasted for roughly an hour. Students rallied for the university to fulfill a list of demands set forth on the organization’s website, which has 42 signatures as of late Tuesday night. Maya Smith, a junior sociology student and employee of Suffolk’s Office of Disability Services, as well as one of Stand Up Suffolk’s organizers, talked about the protest in an interview with The Suffolk Journal on Tuesday night. “A change needed to happen, if not for my own sake then for the countless people on our campus who deal with being treated with disrespect and bigotry every day,” said Smith. “I’m really hoping that the administration, faculty, staff and student body will be open to creating a
more tolerant, accepting and inclusive campus.” Smith’s reasons for protesting stem from issues within the classroom involving sexist, racist, derogatory and discriminatory comments from multiple professors that she said she had experienced at Suffolk in the past. Smith said that she wants her story to serve as an example for members of the Suffolk community to see what the Stand Up Suffolk movement is speaking out against. Just a little over a week before the protest, Suffolk University became the subject of controversy and media frenzy when a Suffolk sociology major’s blog post went viral of alleging discrimination after a professor reportedly commented on specific words and said that it was not her “language.” On Oct. 27, Tiffany Martínez posted on her blog “Viva Tiffany” an article entitled “Academia, Love Me Back,” which highlighted an assignment that she had received back from her senior seminar professor, in which she said she was accused of not writing her entire paper. The post has caused a significant response within both the Suffolk community and world of higher education, including Monday’s rally. Ben Shopper, a sociology major at Suffolk spoke to The Journal
Monday in a post-rally interview about how talking to media sources means that the issues being fought for has still not been resolved. “It would be great if we didn’t have to have this conversation because we would have moved beyond this point,”said Shopper. He elaborated to discuss how reporting certain issues to higher administration does not always ensue change, and the repetition of asserting that there is a problem at Suffolk is ongoing. “#SUS is a group of concerned members of the Suffolk Community outraged by the current state of our university,” the organization states on their website. “We are organizing to share our stories, to support solidarity across campus, and to empower our students to speak out against injustice.” Junior government major, Senator at-Large for Diversity in the Student Government Association, McNair Scholar, Suffolk Black Student Union member and an organizer for Stand Up Suffolk Phyliss St-Hubert commented on the rally while protesting students were chanting “stand up Suffolk,” behind her. “We want students to know that you can share your stories, there are students that support you, that it’s [discrimination] been happening,” she said.
She explained that a list of demands has been formed by the group, including training for faculty on diversity, racial bias and representation within the higher administration. “For students who are transgender, it’s really unfortunate that we’re basically forced to out ourselves to the class,” political theory major Sabs Young said in a post-rally interview with The Journal on Monday. “We want our pronouns respected.” Young said that there have been multiple occasions where students have been forced to correct a class on the pronouns the student wished to be used, and in turn have to out themselves to the class even if they do not want to, in order to make this correction. “There’s not enough queer faculty and or staff to help facilitate, or just be there [for queer students],” said Sarah Simi Cohen, a student double majoring in psychology and sociology to a Journal reporter on Monday. Protesters chanted other phrases throughout the protest such as, “Students unified can never be defeated,” and “who’s school? Our school.” Matthew Brenner, a senior finance and global business major commented on the protest in relation to Martínez’s viral blog post
in an interview with The Journal on Monday. “I think that every student that is protesting right now thinks that the teacher accused this student of plagiarism because of her race,” said Brenner. “In my opinion any teacher has a right to call any student out for plagiarism if that’s what they think they did.” Jake Seibel, senior management major commented to a Journal reporter at the rally as well correlating the protest to the viral blog. “If you have an issue with a professor, I would rather you go one-on-one with that professor,” he said. Sheikh Nasher, a sophomore double major in public relations and sociology, service scholar for the Center for Community Engagement as well as McNair Scholar, commented upon Stand Up Suffolk in a postprotest interview with The Journal. “I actually know Tiffany Martínez, I admire the work she does. The incident that took place with her is not a new thing, it happens everywhere in a campus. I have experienced it myself,” he said. “There was an incident where I was told to ‘get deported’ [last year].” He stated that he is a permanent resident, but was mistaken for an international student who could not work off of campus. Martínez, who was
present at the protest declined to comment. Nasher explained that the incident involving Martínez has triggered negative remarks about the university. “There’s a reason why we all need to stand up right now. It’s not only about people of minority. People shouldn’t be making assumptions and accusing people for something they didn’t [do]. That’s what really matters here because we are an extremely diverse campus,” said Nasher. “For the one incident that took place last week, we had open house [for students], and I had [parents] coming in making nasty comments about ‘this school is racist,’ ‘the faculty professor is racist.’” He stated that educating people is what really matters, and hopes the university takes steps to facilitate better relationships between students and professors. Smith also said that the systematic institutional discrimination isn’t just present at Suffolk, but in campuses across the nation, but hopes that Suffolk will begin to “act proactively,” upon these issues. “At the end of the day, the people who run #StandUpSuffolk are student leaders who love this school. We love it so much that we refuse to let racism, sexism, transphobia, or any kind of discrimination plague our campus,” Smith said.
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Viral blog post under scope, no word on investigation Alexa Gagosz Editor-in-Chief On Oct. 27, Tiffany Martínez posted on her blog “Viva Tiffany” an article entitled “Academia, Love Me Back,” which highlighted an assignment that she had received back from her senior seminar sociology professor, in which she said she was accused of not writing her entire paper. The blog post alleged discrimination after a professor reportedly commented on specific words and said that it was not her “language.” The post soon went viral in a matter of hours after being shared on Martínez’s Facebook and news sources such as BBC World News, the Huffington Post and Buzzfeed picked up the
story. In the paper, the professor had circled the word “hence” and wrote, “this is not your word” with the word “not” underlined twice. The post has caused a significant response within both the Suffolk community and world of higher education, including Monday’s rally at Suffolk by the newly formed organization Stand Up Suffolk as well as a letter addressed to Acting President Marisa Kelly with more than 277 signatories demanding transparency for misconduct. The sociology department had facilitated a restorative justice circle on Friday afternoon in the Law School to speak on recent events. The email that was sent to sociology majors said, “We encourage you to reach out to others within
the Suffolk community and make them aware of this event.” Journal reporters were not admitted into the event. Chair for the sociology department James Ptacek sent an email to faculty members on Friday morning regarding the incident between Martínez and her professor. In the statement, Ptacek said that the department reached out to the student and has offered support. “As a department, we are committed to social justice,” said the statement. “We study and teach about poverty, racism, misogyny, immigration, colonialism, crime and human rights. Department members work on these issues in Boston-area schools, in prisons, in homeless shelters, in communities dealing with crime and in the State Legislature.
Many of us became scholars in order to address these social inequalities.” Ptacek referenced in the statement that the department has met with Kelly and College of Arts and Sciences Dean Maria Toyoda in order to discuss the matter with them on how to address individual incidents. Ptacek declined to comment on the ongoing investigation on the professor to a Journal reporter. The sociology senior seminar professor has not responded to communication with The Journal. A student from the class who wished to remain anonymous, said in an interview on Thursday, “A few others were ‘called out’ right before Tiffany, including myself, for critiques on our papers. I witnessed
this happen and believe it has been portrayed negatively in the media.” The student said that they do not particularly agree with the method of critiquing that the professor has but said, “I don’t believe it is the professor’s intention to humiliate anyone.” A rally on Monday was hosted outside of the Somerset building by Stand Up Suffolk, where students demanded solidarity. Sheikh Nasher, a sophomore double major in public relations and sociology commented on Stand Up Suffolk in a post-rally interview with The Journal. “I actually know Tiffany Martínez, I admire the work she does. The incident that took place with her is not a new thing, it happens everywhere in a campus. I have experienced it
myself,” he said to a reporter. “There was an incident where I was told to ‘get deported’ [last year].” The student from the class, however, said that the professor “tells it like it is” when it comes to papers. “She is criticizing because she knows we all have a lot of potential, she makes that a point everyday,” said the student. “In my opinion, she needs to be more sensitive to how and when she criticizes our work. She was challenging Tiffany’s intellect and Tiffany took it personally, like many students would. We are in a sociology seminar so this professor challenges us every class to think about racial issues and how to solve them.” Martínez declined to comment to Journal reporters.
Student poll workers bring diversity to voting centers James MacDonald Journal Staff Teams of students from Suffolk’s Election Law course occupied polling centers during Boston’s first early voting period to provide youth support to a typically older crowd of workers. Suffolk students used a Harvard University survey to collect data on early voters. The two schools partnered together, working in polling stations from city hall to Roslindale and most neighborhoods in between. Dr. Rachael Cobb’s
Election Law class was split into registration, exit polling and poll worker groups. The class hoped to provide a younger voice within the polling system, traditionally dominated by older workers, according to Cobb. Her involvement was more hands off, allowing student groups to operate on their own. Student exit pollsters Norma Buyund and Ariana Guy, both government majors in Cobb’s class, have worked in communities throughout the city, including their hometowns of Allston and Somerville. The 17-question
survey used by exit pollers included inquiries about the issues the voter may have encountered, the length of time spent in line, demographics and the most convenient voting times for the individual. Guy estimated that she handed out 50 surveys during her typical two hour stints at the early voting polls. She and Buyund staggered the distribution, approaching every third voter to keep the sample as diverse as possible. Guy said she expected early voters to be hourly workers, voters with children and others who
can only afford a few minutes away from their schedules and hope to avoid the high traffic flow of Nov. 8. Guy worked the Somerville polls during a previous election, and said the age and education level of the average poll worker may contribute to the long waiting times voters often experience on Election Day. The training for the one-day position is also limited, according to Guy. She said that her hope, along with Cobb, is that the addition of students to the mix of poll workers will smooth out the process. In regards to this year’s
early voting in Somerville, which Guy participated in, she estimated the wait time to be from ten to fifteen minutes. “Early voting helps to regulate the traffic seen on election day,” Guy said. Cobb estimated that more than 1,600 poll workers are required during a normal polling period. Throughout a presidential campaign, that number rose to roughly 1,900 workers, given that polling locations house multiple precincts worth of voters at that time. Supplementary positions such as greeters and
hotline operators are added during presidential election years. Cobb said she believed the student involvement in election cycles is important to create diversity within the polling system, given that the typical poll worker is of retirement age. “[Poll workers] often do not reflect the diversity of the places they live in,” she said in an interview with The Journal on Oct. 27. “A more diverse set of poll workers is good for democracy.” In the student registration group,
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Paleologos’s polls place Suffolk on the map Jacob Geanous World News Editor David Paleologos, Director of Suffolk University’s Political Research Center (SUPRC), has been one of America’s premier political forecasters for more than a decade. He has been able to predict the vast majority of America’s state and federal elections through innovative polling techniques that are published weekly. His proprietary bellwether poll model, which focuses on predicting outcomes instead of margins, has an 89 percent hit rate as of November 2016. This has earned the SUPRC a partnership with USA Today and the Boston Globe, as well as references by news sources across the country including The New York Times, The Guardian, Politico, CNN and many more. Paleologos recently bolstered his reputation as a reliable fortune-teller of American politics by effectively predicting the Senate and House races in New Hampshire in his most recent poll on Nov. 3. The SUPRC, along with nearly every other poll across the U.S., were incorrect in their prediction of who would be next President of the United States. The reasons behind republican candidate Donald Trump’s
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upset of Hillary Clinton on Election Day are unknown. Clinton aides pointed to FBI director James Comey’s last minute re-opening of the investigation of the Secretary of State’s email server as a contributing factor to her defeat, although this is not confirmed. Paleologos considered the upset a result of a group of voters that could have gone either way on Election Day. “You had a Brexit type wave that cut through numerous states.” said Paleologos in an interview
with the Journal early Wednesday morning. “Most of the states that Trump is winning or won, that weren’t expected, were in the margin of error. There were two blocks of persuadables: the undecided voters and third party supporters.” With every poll comes an inevitable margin of error. It is incredibly unlikely that a prediction is exact, said Paleologos. Occasionally, the SUPRC is wrong like any other polling center. Their work has always been closely scrutinized because of this. Instead
of ignoring the criticism and comments that fill his computer, Paleologos prefers to address those who question the SUPRC polls. “The only thing that is frustrating is when people don’t understand the work you do,” he said. “People that may have more followers than me on Twitter may say something that is just incorrect. Then I have to take time to educate them. Taking the time to explain this to a lay person can be difficult, but part of me says it is a teaching opportunity.”
Paleologos recalled a time during the 2008 presidential election, when opposition in the polling community made him wish he could avoid the media. Two SUPRC polls predicted that Hillary Clinton would defeat Barack Obama in New Hampshire. This was an outlier poll and the only one predicting this result, said Paleologos. “I was the laughing stock of the polling world,” said Paleologos. “We had only been a research center for six years.” Paleologos recalled
one instance where he found himself emphatically hoping to avoid interviews at the Ratisan hotel in New Hampshire. “Normally pollsters want to be interviewed. They were doing the opposite,” said Paleologos. “They were telling reporters to go interview me, the guy in the corner, because I had Clinton winning. So I spent the whole day defending what I thought in my gut was probably wrong. But
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Change brought to Trump elected as 45th president, poll centers Suffolk divided From POLL page 3
Junior government major Katherine Heatherton worked on campus, with registration tables at Somerset and Sawyer that amassed more than 80 student registration cards. Heatherton recruited about 20 students from her sorority, Alpha Sigma Alpha, to raise awareness about the registration tables through the Suffolk Votes Facebook page and other social media outlets. Her group also conducted visits to six different freshman seminar classes this semester. The group
sought to add more students to the pool of Massachusetts voters. According to Heatherton, not many out-of-state students were aware that they could register for absentee ballots. Several more registration cards were collected as a result, according to Heatherton. Heatherton hoped to mobilize as many young voters as possible through the registration campaign, citing her love of the electoral process as her main source of motivation. “It’s your vote, it’s your voice, is what I always tell people,” Heatherton said in an interview with the Journal on Oct. 28..
From TRUMP page 1 CBS News anchor Charlie Rose asked panelists and political strategists throughout the night, “What is happening?” The results had set off the Dow Jones futures as they had dropped by 700 points according to multiple news sources as Trump claimed some of the swing states during Tuesday night. “This is the biggest joke the world has ever seen,” Rana Tarabzouni, a junior international economics major said in an interview with The Journal early Wednesday morning.
Throughout the campaign, a number of controversies around the candidate arose, including his threats toward opponents in the primary and general election, 11 women who accused him of sexual assault and promised lawsuits toward news organizations on their reporting. The Suffolk University Republicans did not respond to communication as of early Wednesday morning on Trump’s victory. As of 3:55a.m. on Wednesday morning, The New York Times had reported that Trump had amassed an estimated
306 votes from the electoral college. Key battleground states such as Florida, Pennsylvania and Michigan were won by a margin of less than two percent, according to The Times. Freshman government and economics major and Student Government Association class senator Matt O’Brien used Trump’s victory to find opportunity. “After a year and a half of the grueling campaign and countless hours of work by volunteers, the dream has been realized,” said O’Brien as he said that Trump accomplished what the
liberal establishment and the media said he would not do. “After a long and spirited primary process, the GOP unified behind our nominee to defeat Secretary Clinton. It is a great night to be a Republican, and an even better night to be an American.” Trump’s various business ventures, some of which have spread across seas, could carry him to the Oval Office and will make some question any conflicts of interest and make some wonder where his financial status stands. Trump will take office on Jan. 20, 2017.
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Weapons of war arrive on American soil Domestic police forces receive military grade equipment
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James MacDonald Journal Staff Military equipment, including weapons and combat vehicles, has returned to the United States en mass in recent years through a government program designed to arm police. Do Not Resist, a documentary bringing to light this militarization of police, made its Boston premiere Thursday night in the MFA’s Remis Auditorium, followed by a discussion with the film’s director Craig Atkinson and a panel of Boston community leaders. The film drew scenes from demonstrations in Ferguson, Mo, SWAT team ride-alongs in South Carolina and hearings regarding the 1033 military Surplus Program. The 1033 Program, created by the National Defense Authorization Act of 1990, placed under the jurisdiction of the Defense Logistics Agency, allocates used military equipment to domestic law enforcement. Eligible items range from TV monitors and sleeping bags to armored assault vehicles and firearms. Domestic departments access the program through a governmental website where they may choose from a list of available equipment. Fees are required for the
shipment and storage of the equipment, but the departments do not pay the cost of any equipment that they request. The total value of equipment donated exceeds $4 billion, according to the Washington Post. “We’ve spent the last 15 years paying for wars we never should have fought,” Atkinson said during the post-show panel. Mine-Resistant Assault Protection (MRAP) vehicles are included in the list of surplus equipment being shipped to law enforcement agencies. They are the proposed replacement for the Army’s Humvee and part of a $50 billion project the US military employs to protect troops from roadside IEDs in overseas combat zones, said Atkinson. The film shows a stockyard filled with hundreds of MRAPs that have returned to the U.S. to be refurbished and sent out to police departments around the country, a facility that is comprised of millions of taxpayer dollars. Atkinson, whose father served as a SWAT officer for more than 20 years in Michigan, took inspiration from the heavy police response to the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013. After seeing the deployment of several MRAPs and numerous assault weapons, he
decided to make a film to uncover the extent of the changes made to domestic law enforcement since his father’s retirement in 2002. Atkinson discovered an all time high SWAT deployment rate of 50,000 teams in 2015, more than 15 times the yearly rate of the 80’s when Atkinson’s father began his SWAT career. Police response to situations like the Ferguson demonstrations in 2014, depicted in the film across several nights, raised public concern about the use and distribution of 1033 program equipment. Kentucky Senator Rand Paul appeared in the film during a recorded Senate hearing. He stated that much of the assault class gear provided by the 1033 Program is reserved only for response to terror events and is not to be used for the purpose of riot suppression. There is not a clear understanding of this reservation within police departments across the country, according to Atkinson. The images from Ferguson have helped to launch several investigations into the usage of the equipment. “Clearly there has been a mission breach,” Atkinson said. The panel discussion consisted of Co-Chair of the Housing Committee
for the NAACP Segun Idowu, founding Executive Director of the National Center for Race Amity at Wheelock College William H. Smith and Director of the Racial Justice Program for the ACLU Rahsaan Hall. Panel members all voiced concerns about the effects of police militarization on communities of color.
“We have to push back against the militarization of the police,” Hall said. With equipment and training becoming more similar to that of the armed services, the panel members have grown concerned about the effects on the attitude of officers benefitting from these similarities, Idowu especially. “They are a cult, it
seems like,” Idowu said. “That mentality is causing officers, when they enter my community, to treat people as combatants.” Do Not Resist will remain at the MFA through Nov. 26, and will be available to stream on Amazon Video Dec 15.
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The manner in which the United States media projects to viewers is vastly different from the rest of the world. The American people have been exposed to opposing biases that are displayed through enumerable forms of media every day. News source differ across the country, exacerbated by underlying political bias inherent to the bipartisan nature of America. The 2016 election, the most discussed election in modern American history, had a continuous dialogue open between the news media and the public. Heated partisan rhetoric has headlined news coverage on the election. International students who are experiencing their first American election pick this type of discourse up much easier. “I think the media in Guatemala is different because CNN is democrat and Fox is republican, meaning that they base their news on what they support,” says freshman undecided major Maria Aguilar de Paz from Guatemala, who has been in America for three years. “But in Guatemala the news are a little bit less biased than in the US,” De Paz reads news from both Guatemala and America weekly, having a preference for CNN and El Periodico, a Guatemalan news source. In America, the portrayal of politics in news outlets has dominated conversations. Individual Americans have been citing various media outlets during political debates, both on and offline. This differs
from the perspectives of media outlets and individuals outside of America and the ability to access it. “In America, media is discussed actively, whereas back in Kazakhstan it is not,” says freshman finance major Regina Hwang from Kazakhstan. “It feels differently, but probably because of the elections”. She has said that she feels a hint of culture shock as a result of the media’s accessibility to the public in America, which greatly differs from Kazakhstan. Hwang also mentioned that public reaction to media in Kazakhstan differs greatly from American reaction. There is a presence in America that actively encourages the involvement of news and media that she did not feel in Kazakhstan. The polarizing media in America can be seen as a positive and negative influence on the public. This has been an aspect heavily discussed by the international community at Suffolk. “The way people reflect on media is much higher than a participating perspective,” said freshman psychology major Jose Windevoxchel from Puerto Rico. “In this case, they make the election look like a game and it’s kind of bad because many get distracted from the main point which is that we’re electing our next leader,” He has been intently following the election because of implications that it will have in the country he is studying in, as well as his home in Puerto Rico “It determines the fate of my country too.” he said. The international community at Suffolk has picked up on the
reliance that the U.S. has on the news outlets. In an expansive country with pockets of urban communities sparsely placed in vast swaths of rural and suburban communities, major media sources are a lifeline to those who are not within reach of a prominent local news source. “The media has the power to influence people because that’s how we get our information” said freshman Aashi Sethi from Nepal. She has been in America for two months. She said she has witnessed social media also playing an active role in influencing individuals, especially during election season. The constant need for entertainment is another difference that international students believe influence media output. This has turned politics into theatre on a grand stage. “The media is openly biased so an individual will want to consume what they want to hear so they’ll hear what they want to.” said junior double major in management and business Jose Antonio Peña from Peru. “Their own channels will show their interests. I feel like it’s a reality show with publicity and the news channels have to be attractive and entertaining with a focus on scandals and drama.” He stated that he believes that the media caters to what an audience wants. The press and their outlets all have a particular course of action that varies from country to country. The media differences between America and the rest of the world has shaped the way international students perceive their current home.
I had to defend it because the numbers are the numbers.” To the surprise of the political polling community and Paleologos himself, the poll was correct. Clinton took New Hampshire from Senator Obama. “It was great for the university.” he said. “But that’s the risk that anyone doing a poll takes; sometimes you’re right, sometimes you’re wrong. Suffolk University has not always been a pinnacle of American political research. In 2002, Paleologos was working as an adjunct professor at Suffolk and Emerson College when one of his students asked a question in class that
his class ran had Romney decisively defeating the incumbent Swift by an impressive margin. Two days later the Boston Herald picked up the same poll and had similar results. Jane Swift pulled out of the race shortly following the publication of these results. “It was at that moment that it crystallized that one Suffolk student in one poll class, who came up with an out of the box question that totally changed the Massachusetts political landscape,” said Paleologos. “It was that poll that put us on the map.” The SUPRC then accepted a partnership with WHDH 7News Boston that spanned from 2002 until 2014, according to
direct jurisdiction of the president, who allots funding and ultimately makes the decisions on what is polled. “There’s willingness on my behalf to dip out toe in the water internationally,” he said. “But it has to make sense to the new president of the university, and the dean as well.” According to Paleologos, the landscape of international polling is vacant. None of the major American pollsters have expanded outside of the U.S. border to a significant degree, according to Paleologos. One of the biggest impediments on his goal to eventually branch into international polling is the constant instability of appointed presidents at Suffolk.
“I’ve worked with numerous presidents who didn’t have the same passion as I do. There are so many issues we could be polling, but have we haven’t had the opportunity to.” - David Paleologos changed the trajectory of Suffolk’s perceived political clout, as well as his career in polling. Paleologos said he assigned his class a polling project that focused on the Massachusetts state race for Governor. One student stood up and inquired about a businessman from Massachusetts walking alongside President George W. Bush on television. Although it was unknown who this man was or what he was doing alongside President Bush at the time, the student wanted to run a poll with this man against Democrat Jane Swift for the Massachusetts Governor’s race, according to Paleologos. This man was Mitt Romney. The poll that Paleologos and
Paleologos. A goal that Paleologos has had for the SUPRC is for it to break into the world of international polls. This is something that he believes will help Suffolk University’s brand expand across the globe, as well as help recruit more international students. He notes that there has been an inherent lack of interest in international polls from American agencies. “There would be an increase in interest for us because that’s a space that no one is in,” he said. The difficulty in achieving this goal has been a result of Suffolk’s bureaucracy and the revolving door of university presidents that have come and gone. The SUPRC is under the
“I’ve wanted to do this for seven years,” he said. “I’ve worked with numerous presidents who didn’t have the same passion as I do. There are so many issues we could be polling, but haven’t. I wanted to poll Brexit. I think we could have had a major impact on that, but we didn’t have the opportunity.” With the 2016 election in the rearview mirror, Paleologeos plans to take some time off. He plans to spend it catching up family, especially his son who is a high school senior going through the college application process. “I really haven’t had as much time to engage with them as I’d like and I don’t want to lose that time.” said Paleologos.
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Hard truths: Hard to resist James MacDonald Journal Staff Craig Atkinson, with credits in award-winning documentaries such as Detropia, made his disquieting directorial debut with “Do Not Resist,” a documentary film that made its Boston debut at the Museum of Fine Arts this month. The film examined the militarization of police forces in the United States, a subject of much debate as police responses to perceived public safety threats have become increasingly more aggressive. The film revealed that these forces have an arsenal of military grade equipment the likes of which local departments have historically never used. The film inspired discomfort during scenes of mounting tension between police and demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting
of Michael Brown. A destructive SWAT raid that yielded nothing more than a single confiscated bud of marijuana, and hearings regarding the use of military equipment on U.S. soil, which left sitting U.S. senators speechless.
could one day become a militarized state of the likes of Russia and Mexico. With endorsements from multiple domestic law enforcement agencies, Grossman participatesd in a 200 event-per-year speaking tour. The imagery in the
Ferguson streets showed ejected gas canisters soaking in puddles as police in full riot gear pushed back crowds. SWAT officers were also shown hanging out of speeding vans. Another shot depicted training sessions in which officers
This is not a thriller, but a piece of the world we inhabit. Also in the mix, most prominently at the bookends of the film, are clips from a seminar given to a small police department by author and retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Dave Grossman, a wide-eyed and vehement advocate of fighting violence with violence. He implied that the U.S.
film was as sharp and cinematic as that of a scripted film, but with all the cutting realism of a respectable documentary. The imagery in the film is as sharp and cinematic as that of a scripted film, but with all the cutting realism of a respectable documentary. Rolling shots of dark
fired assault rifles at a firing range while heavily armored vehicles passed plastic tricycles on lawns in suburbia. All shots served to alienate the viewers in the end. Atkinson’s various interviews, as well as his sit ins at senate hearings, SWAT briefings and Grossman events,
helped to ground these extreme images; this is not a thriller, but a piece of the world we inhabit. The true weight of the action is fleshed out here, where consequences can be assessed. These scenes coupled with Atkinson’s minimal text narrative moved the film smoothly through its first two acts. The third act, an examination of the latest surveillance techniques police have used via private data collection organizations, is much less visually striking and captivating than the earlier scenes, despite the undeniable newsworthiness of the content. Perhaps a dispersal of the intelligence aspects of the police trade throughout the film would have alleviated this issue. The only other prominent blemish on an otherwise immaculately cut and presented film is the lack of a responding voice from police, a counter to the message that would provide
some more credibility. Atkinson’s lens seems only to capture the worst moments in policing and policy blunders. However, the film is by no means taking liberties with reality. It simply chooses to depict extreme cases to strengthen itself. The film remains bleak right through its final seconds. This is after all an ongoing crisis, and the lack of resolution or solace is a true testament to the timeliness of the film. Atkinson’s first effort as a director is a must see for American audiences, a think piece of immense interest to the voting public. The film will continue with screenings at the MFA through Nov. 26.
For insights from invited panelists regarding racial injustices, see page 5
8 NOV. 9, 2016
Dan Croll leaves Boston in a Sweet Disarray
British singer-songwriter takes a trip across the pond to perform for the first time in Boston on “Aurora” tour
By Facebook user Dan Croll
Morgan Hume Journal Staff
Widely known for his prolific songwriting capabilities and numerous accolades in the music industry, Dan Croll made his first appearance in Boston at the Paradise Rock Club last weekend. Croll, a 26-year-old singer-songwriter from Liverpool, England is best known for blending electronic and folk sounds together to create a new kind of sound. The british musician worked with Sir Paul McCartney when he was in college at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA). This rare opportunity was granted to just eight students who were selected to have a personal session with the former Beatles band member. Since graduating from LIPA, he has been busy performing and creating his own original music, and released his first album in 2014. He is currently signed to Communion music record label. At the Thursday night concert, the musician
Up-and-coming musician one of eight selected to study under Paul McCartney
played a selection of songs from his debut album “Sweet Disarray.” Paradise Rock Club is a concert venue located next to Boston University known for hosting concerts for wellknown local bands and alternative musicians. The club holds a capacity of 933 people, so the small stage and standing room only seating quickly creates an intimate atmosphere. Croll fits the demographic for the “typical” performer at the venue due to his indie-folk sound and up and coming status in the music industry. Suffolk University student, freshman international economics major Jordan Albrizio, attended the concert. “Dan Croll was absolutely fantastic. His voice was unlike most
artists today. I feel like it was very pure and magical,” she said in a post-show interview with The Suffolk Journal. “It was mesmerizing and I was blown away by his performance even though I’m not too familiar with him as an artist.” Albrizio thought the club was the best place for Croll’s show. The small, cozy venue was perfect for his soft music and rich voice. She said that she would be interested in seeing Croll perform again if he came back to Boston on another tour and she plans on listening to more of his music in the future. The singer also played his newest single “Swim,” and his hit song “Home,” which many audience members immediately recognized because it was featured
in the background of a popular Home Goods TV commercial. Before he sang the song, he paused to joke to the crowd about the advertisement. “Sorry if you’re sick of it. There are other stores available. You pick and choose, you’re free to do so. Don’t listen to corporate America,” he said. Croll was the opening act for Aurora, a singersongwriter from Norway who he sees as an admirable musician. He made it a point to admire her talent during his set, commending those who had purchased tickets to her show as means of supporting her. Aurora and Croll are in the middle of their ten-stop tour across North America. Besides Boston, they have gigs in other major cities across the country, including Washington D.C., New York City and Chicago. His next few stops will be out west in Minneapolis, Minn., and Milwaukee, Wis. His music can be streamed on Spotify and is also available for purchase on iTunes.
ARTS BRIEF HAMILTON MIXTAPE
By Twitter user Hamilton Musical
“Hamilton” creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda announced last week that “The Hamilton Mixtape,” will be dropping soon and is now available for preorder. Miranda has not been subtle on social media regarding the mixtape, including naming stars such as Chance the Rapper and Usher in a flurry of tweets surrounding the announcement. The entire tracklist was released on Amazon in Australia where viewers could see not only what tracks were being remixed, but the names of the stars being featured on them, a feature that was not available on the U.S. preorder. Artists such as Nas, Wiz Khalifa, Alicia Keys, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots, and John Legend are among the select few that will appear on the tracks. According to various music sharing platforms like iTunes, the mixtape is set to be released Dec. 2, 2016.
Do you have a double major? Students speak about the stress Watch out for next week’s edition
With an international population of 23 percent, according to enrollment, Suffolk seems to be one of the most diverse universities in Boston. Suffolk prides itself on accepting students from over one hundred different countries every year. But do students really benefit from their diverse peers? Or does Suffolk push this statistic in their promotional videos solely for image purposes? Who knows? We have probably had professors that truly helped us, and professors that we would rather forget, but we should put ourselves in the shoes of our international classmates. It is hard enough to be an international student, but the added pressure from unsympathetic professors can harshly affect the student and their academic performance. Cultural barriers can cause misunderstandings between an international student who needs a little extra practice with English and a wellmeaning professor that might not recognize that the student is feeling discouraged. Mariana Barragan of Colombia wants her professors to know that international students are not going to be as fluent or eloquent with their English as their Americanborn classmates. Barragan is working on her junior year at Suffolk University. Barragan said that Americans are more “private and reserved,” and the friend-making process took longer to develop here than in her native country of Columbia. In her classes, however, she feels more accepted among her peers. “The business school has many international students and it’s nice to experience all these
cultures and to be open to new ideas.” She said her orientation Psychology instructor, Sukanya Ray, was what made her fall in love with cultures and psychology. Barragan said Ray is originally from India and greatly understood the challenges international students face. She also said that Ray opened her eyes to how important it is for professors to encourage their students, and to be open to perspectives from international students. Barragan did speak of professors that were not as understanding. She talked about her Writing 101 professor that would often make students read aloud in class. Barragan said she would feel “humiliated” when they would continuously correct her in a class that she had difficulty in since English is not her first language. “It made me feel discouraged, like I was being judged,” she said. In a predominantly white state with very little exposure to different cultures and races, the diversity at Suffolk is one of the reasons why it stands out from other universities. It’s important for students who weren’t introduced to different cultures until later in life to then try and understand them. It is essential to our development as intellectual human beings to learn from our peers with varying backgrounds. When you do not open your mind to other cultures and ideas, you can become trapped in a bubble. It is our duty as American citizens to be knowledgeable of events going on around the world. Who knows, those events might even affect our lives here in the United States. International students enliven our campus with their ideas and experiences. It is beneficial no matter where you are from; whether that is western Massachusetts or Colombia, interacting with
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International students: how diverse is Suffolk? Katie Dugan Asst. Opinion Editor
international students is a great social skill to have. Overtime you can learn how to communicate and work with people who are different from you, which is an important skill to have in the professional world. I do not believe that Suffolk takes advantage of international students in order to increase enrollment, however there does need to be more advertising and events specifically for international students to keep them enrolled and remind them why Suffolk is such a great choice for internationals With the presidential election that consumed the news media over the past several months, it is not surprising that it seems that most American Suffolk students do not know much about world
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“Micro-aggressions:” A Word too much, too soon from SGA Letter to the Editor
Dear Trustees, As a “Free American,” from my earliest days, I have been greatly irritated by “group punishments” inflicted for one or a small group of those in whichever place I was subject to authority of those too lazy (or tyrannical) to detect offenders and selectively punish only them. Having been a supervisor of professional workers, I was instructed in such cases to: first consider the facts; to consider the prior conduct of any person accused of an offense; and, to only impose individual “counseling” for an otherwise good employee if fault was found. Certainly, I would not have been allowed (under pain of punishment for myself) to assign extra duties to all in my “unit” upon so (correctable) error of one
employees of even a very few employees. Your school’s administration appears to need some basic training in the best personnel practices. “Micro-aggressions” are a reality-denying invention of those selfstimulating academics who also support the equivalent “safe spaces” and “trigger warnings.” None of these exist in the real world (i.e. outside of academia) into which your students will soon be thrust. The involuntary servitude inflicted on your faculty will do nothing to properly educate your students. Respectfully and hopefully yours,
James Pawlak P.S. – Malo Periculosam Libertatem Quam Quietum Servitium. “I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.”
Dear Suffolk University,
At last week’s SGA meeting, we were joined by a representative from the International Student Services Office. She gave us information about our international students and how we can better help them. Please read more from that presentation when we post the minutes from that meeting on our social media this week. On Friday, Nov. 18, ISSO is holding the annual International Night and we encourage all students to attend. The Diversity Climate Survey was extended until Nov. 10, so if you have not taken it yet, please do so! The results from that survey will greatly help the President’s Diversity Task Force make changes to improve Suffolk University for all. Please also remember to take the Presidential Search Committee survey to give your input on what Suffolk needs in a leader. We encourage all students to attend the Town Hall Forums held by the Board of Trustees regarding the Presidential Search Committee. These forums will be held on Nov. 14 and 15 from 12:30 to 1:30p.m. in the Sargent Hall Function Room. Stop by to give your input or just to get an update on the search for a new president. We’d encourage all members of the Suffolk Community to attend our weekly general meetings from 12:15 to 1:30p.m. in Somerset B18. If you have any questions or concerns our Open Forum is a great opportunity to bring those up, and you are always welcome to email us at sga@ suffolk.edu. The Student Government
10 NOV. 9, 2016
Editors Word This outcome is not a representation of the America we have seen throughout the election. The silent majority’s voice rang out on Tuesday, echoing across the nation. These voices do not directly reflect the values of Suffolk University, but it is the decision of America’s majority. As the primary whistleblowers on campus, The Suffolk Journal will not tolerate or perpetuate dishonesty and propaganda. We will continue to work harder than ever to promote awareness for objective, factual reporting. Being part of a community that is so welcoming and accepting as Suffolk, it is hard to swallow the victory of President-elect Donald Trump who has based his campaign on fear mongering and pandering to bigoted beliefs. It is disheartening to comprehend the magnitude that his ultimate takeover of the Oval Office will have on the nation, but it is with absolute certainty that we will continue to promote the policies that this institution has instilled in its education since its beginning. True to the university’s creed, we will continue to be honest and diligent in our reporting and coverage of the Trump presidency as it unfolds, in accordance with our mission to provide the highest quality of journalism. The election is over. Trump is president. No matter what this fact brings, The Suffolk Journal will continue to report with the utmost integrity.
-The Journal Staff
Cultural diversity within Suffolk From STUDENT page 9 unbearable. news happening outside of the U.S. On Oct. 2, a peace treaty that would be a catalyst in ending the ongoing civil war in her native state of Colombia was rejected, and Barragan was deeply affected by it and she suffered academically. “I was so upset, I couldn’t study for exams,” she said. Getting adjusted to a new country and culture is hard enough, but to imagine that on top of turmoil in your home country seems
In light of this, it is certain that Barragan is not alone in that she found comfort in other international students who are going through similar experiences. She and many other international students could benefit from more accommodations from Suffolk to make them more comfortable. Barragan enjoyed talking with her international classmates about their ideas, but there should be more opportunities for international and American students to mingle. “I think there should
be more opportunities for representation,” Barragan said. According to the Suffolk University website, the International Student Services Office has a program called Home Away From Home. This program matches new international students with upperclassmen to “facilitate the adjustment of new international students to Suffolk University, Boston, and American life in general.” Everyone can benefit from international students: Americans, faculty and other international students from varying countries.
But the responsibility falls on the majority of American students to encourage an environment in which international students are not afraid to be themselves. Sharing varying experiences helps us connect and find similarities with one another and become more aware and conscientious of the world around us. Over time, things that seem to divide us, such as different languages, cultures and so on, are the things that build our knowledge and curiosity about people and the world.
New advising model alludes to change, improvements can still be made Patrick Holmes Opinion Editor Change is something that is usually good for everyone. In regards to registering for classes at Suffolk, change is heading in the right direction for its students. Recently, the advising model has been modified by the Undergraduate Academic Advising Center to alleviate the stressors involved with communication between faculty and students. In the past, students have had to sign up to meet with their advisors in stressful, high-strung 15-minute intervals. This then prompted the professor to approve the student’s registration for their next semester classes. Now, upperclassmen are not required to meet with their advisor and can easily sign up for classes and meet at preferable times for both the student and faculty member throughout the year. This new model allows for more meaningful conversations between both individuals that instill smooth communication between each member. A l t h o u g h communication has been enhanced positively, how easy is it for a student to get through
the registration process properly? It seems that many students wait until the last minute to sign up for their classes or meet with their advisor. Moreover, students may not put the necessary time into finding out which classes they need to take for the upcoming semester or in the future at all.
their classes. This would include every class they would need to take for all of their four years. Unfortunately, not all students have declared a major and some change their majors during their undergraduate program. That being said, an undergraduate plan for each student would be unique to him or her.
“This new model allows for more meaningful conversations between both individuals that instill smooth communication between each member.” This allows for errors within the registering process due to available classes and future planning. More often than not, students review their program evaluation to determine which classes to take for the upcoming semester. What could be more beneficial would be an advisor helping a student create a undergraduate plan for
An advisor could spend time with a student throughout their first semester to communicate and establish a plan for their undergraduate career. Although timely, this could enhance the way a student approaches registering for classes each semester and would give them a solid initiative. But, an advisor
is not fully in charge of creating this plan. The student would need to equally review their program evaluation and come to meetings with their professor prepared to establish this helpful proposal. This divisive plan seems to be the solution to some of the advising issues, complementing their new model. However, not every class is given in both the Fall and Spring semesters which causes issues when students have not taken certain classes in a timely manner. Because of this, students cannot accurately plan ahead because it is not known what classes will be taught in the future. Even so, the frustrations of registering for classes are endless, especially when a class is full before you can register. Though these issues seem unable to be fixed, what can Suffolk do more to help prevent stressors involving registration? An undergraduate plan might solve some issues within advising and registering for classes but it does not solve all. So far, the Undergraduate Academic Advising Center has made positive strides toward making the registration process easier but there is still room for improvement.
11 NOV. 9, 2016
Fantastic four dominate season ender
Four individuals from Suffolk University’s women’s soccer team were recognized in the program’s 11-10 record. Alexandra Nagri finished as the leading scorer for the team with 19 goals. The junior forward also notched as a second team All-GNAC. Junior forward Jennifer Martin was selected as a first team All-GNAC and All-Tournament team member on Nov. 7. Martin scored the game-winning goal against second-seed Johnson and Wales in the quarterfinals. She is the first women since 2011 from the women’s soccer program to be named to
the first team. Senior Shannon Simmons also collected an All-GNAC honor. Simmons was named to the All-Tournament team and All-Sportsmanship team and held down the defensive line throughout the season. Goal-keeper Kirsten Weiker was nominated for HeroSports.com DIII HERO of the Week and placed second. Weiker tallied up a total of 117 saves this season, and had 4 shutouts for the Lady Ram’s. “Our final two playoff games this season made me very excited to see what we can do next year as a team,” said Nagri.
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“We showed our “We all left physical and everything on the mental strength field and played as a team.” for each other.” - Alexandra Nagri
“My final season here at Suffolk is one to remember.”
- Jennifer Martin
- Shannon Simmons
“You have to take a few L’s before the wins start piling in.” - Kirsten Weiker
Lady Ram’s shoot for “dangerous” year
Nov. 15 at Mass.-Boston
Nov. 19-20 Emerson Tip-Off Tournament
Nov. 22 at Colby-Sawyer
Nov. 28 at Wentworth
Dec. 1 at Emmanuel (Mass.)
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FromHOOPS page 12 in an interview with The Journal on Saturday. This year, the team has a roster of 15, seven of those players being freshmen. Head Coach, Ed Leyden named seniors Georgia Bourikas, Alexandra Clarke and Kelsey Schiebel as the team’s captains for the season. Leyden, is in his 23rd season coaching the women’s basketball program. He has been named Coach of the Year five times in his coaching tenure by the GNAC. Sophomore forward, Shannon Smith, said that her coaches time and effort shows how much he cares about the team as a whole. “He studies film, statistics and the competition more than any other coach,” said
Smith in an interview with The Journal on Friday. “It really shows how much he cares about us as a team, and just knowing that makes us a successful team.” Before Suffolk, Leyden coached at Revere High School, Reading High School and Tufts University. Leyden said that the team’s chemistry last year was wonderful, like a true family and they were a “true representation of Suffolk.” “One of the nice things about sports is that every year is a brand-new year. “ said Leyden. “I think that by the end of this year we’re going to [have] a very dangerous year.” He said that this is a very enjoyable team and they hold productive practices in order to
prepare for the season. Leyden explained that the team has worked a lot on defense, rebounding and individual development. He expects all of his team to play hard and be the ones that everyone has a tough time beating. “I think we’re a work in progress and we have a lot of work ahead of us,” said Leyden. “We want to be a tough team all the way through.” Senior captain, Alexandra Clarke, has been playing basketball since she was in elementary school. Clarke, who plays center, said that it is important to make everyone on the team feel important and involved. She said that her team has had quite an intense year so far. “We would play pickup two to three times
a week and have our conditioning trainer run 8 a.m. workouts for us every Sunday morning,” said Clarke in an interview with The Journal. Clarke added that it has been an adjustment for the team with such young players. She said that the team’s biggest challenge has been getting used to everyone’s individual playing styles. She explained that this has not stopped them from forming a chemistry needed to be successful. Clarke said she hopes that her team can once again make it back to the GNAC playoffs. “We are able to bring the same level of play and competitiveness to this year’s team and use that as a driving force to be successful this year,” said Clarke.
Skylar To / Sports Editor
Senior center Alexandra Clarke during practice.
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Women’s basketball dribbles into new season
Hannah Arroyo Journal Contributor Basketball has been in Caitlyn Caramello’s blood for the past 14 years that she has been playing the game. Caramello, a junior, has played a total of 55 games in her twoyear collegiate career with Suffolk University’s women’s basketball program and she will now head into her third year playing with the team. Besides basketball, Caramello also participated in cross country at the university. During the beginning of the Lady Ram’s preseason, she said she experienced pain on her knee that she had also felt in her freshman year. Caremello said that she tore her lateral meniscus and parts of her patella tendon and had surgery to repair her knee, a week before her first day of college. She said she has been dealing with the knee injury since
then. “When I received my results my doctor told me that my cartilage in my knee is old and abnormal and she advised me that I should stick to only one sport at Suffolk for my knee’s sake,” said Caramello in an interview with The Suffolk Journal. “So I had to give up cross country and I stuck to basketball since I’ve been playing for about 14 years.” Although Caramello’s doctors advised her not to run for a fews weeks after the pain surfaced again, which put an end to her cross country season earlier this semester, Caramello said that she is ready to get back and compete this season. After doing physical therapy and buying a new brace, Caramello has recently been back on the court with her team. The Lady Rams will open their 2016-17 26game season on Nov. 15 at the University of Massachusetts Boston at
Chris DeGusto / News Editor
5:30 p.m. Last season the Rams ended their year with an 17-11 record and a conference record of 8-3. The team advanced to the Great Northeast
Athletic Conference (GNAC) Quarterfinals and defeated Norwich University 55-51. In the Semifinals, they dropped their match to Saint Joseph’s University in a
74-58 loss. Junior shooting guard, Alexandra Nagri reflected on the team’s losses from last year. “We definitely lost key players that were
an intricate part of our success last year, but we also have experienced seniors who have the talent to lead us to be just as successful,” said Nagri
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