John Brooks leads Suffolk in the hunt for the next leader of the university By Alexa Gagosz, Editor-in-Chief and Skylar To, Sports Editor See the story below
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Student dismissed Committee of 19 launches from felony conviction global search for new president In search for the seventh leader of Suffolk University since 2010, the university launched its official global presidential search. Following a turbulent past six months surrounding former president Margaret McKenna and Board of Trustees, the newly formed Presidential Search Committee hopes to redirect the public image of the school. Robert Lamb, who was named the board chairman in May, said in an interview with The Suffolk Journal on Tuesday night that he and the committee will run a very open and transparent process. With a diverse committee, Lamb said that he trusts they will find the right leader. “I’m very comfortable with the process we’re in,” said Lamb. “Overall, we, the committee, want to find the right person. We’re committed to making that happen.” Trustee John Brooks was named the chairman of the search committee with the primary responsibility to find a new president in late July- when McKenna was ousted. As the former chief executive of Joslin Diabetes Center, he also served as chairman of the search committee there
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West Roxbury continues to be the front lines in a battle against Spectra Energy’s construction of a new lateral pipeline that has prompted numerous protests in the community. On Oct. 5, Suffolk University senior and history major Tim Clancy appeared before Judge Kathleen Coffey. She reviewed the charges,
including a felony charge of destruction of property, that Clancy received for his role in a nonviolent protest of the West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline on Aug. 18. Clancy had to be removed from the entrance gates of the Spectra Energy metering and regulation center by emergency responders, who needed industrial circular saws to release him from the thick metal lockbox that anchored him to the gate,
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Suffolk alum runs for state senate in home district Stiv Mucollari Journal Contributor Emma Lucey Journal Contributor
to find a new president and is familiar with how to conduct this type of committee. “I’m kind of from the business world involved with lots of CEO and president searches,” said Brooks in an interview with The Suffolk Journal on Friday. “I feel like I have a lot of good experience and a lot of good knowledge.” Lamb said that he has
the utmost admiration for Brooks, and that his connection to Suffolk is important. He said Brooks’ work with widely diverse groups, right skillsets and values helped him to select Brooks specifically to lead the committee and search. Brooks said that while formulating the committee, Lamb and Brooks wanted to make sure to include every
constituency and every part of the institution. Brooks said the two Board members put together a list of people that were “passionate about the university,” starting with the trustees. The two then went to the university’s deans to find out which faculty would be suitable and then said
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Regardless of the culmination of events that have transpired from the chaotic election season, all of it will come down to numbers as numbers decide elections. In the Presidential Election, the candidate who will receive 270 electoral votes will become President, but in local elections, it comes down to raw vote count. To win at the local level, one simply has to do the math. Alex Mendez has done the math, and said that
he believes that he has a high chance of being the next State Senator for the Norfolk-Plymouth district. The 28-year-old recently earned his J.D., adding another achievement to an already extensive resume that includes an undergraduate degree in Sociology, a Master’s in Criminal Justice, and a Master’s in Public Administration, all of which he received at Suffolk University. While it might look like Mendez is playing the odds, given that he’s running as an Independent against the Democratic incumbent John Keenan, Mendez said that he believes he can pull together a coalition of
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A WORD FROM SGA
Suffolk’s solution to keep students plugged in
Dear Suffolk University, Last week SUPD and a representative from the Career Development Center came to the SGA meeting. They, respectively, updated us on the safety status of our students and introduced a new mentoring program for our students. If you have any questions regarding SUPD you can contact sga@ suffolk.edu. To check out the new mentoring program (RAMP), you can log onto Handshake to learn more. For the full update from that meeting, look for the minutes on our social media at the end of this week. We’d like to remind all students to fill out two surveys that they have received via email in the last week. The first comes from Acting President Marisa Kelly and is a diversity climate survey about life on campus. The second is from the Board of Trustees, and it is a survey about what you think is most important for our next university president. The surveys are meant to provide an insight into the needs our student body so we can make changes to have Suffolk University be the best for all involved. The tickets for the GrooveBoston Halloween Bash went on sale on Tuesday, October 18th. There are still tickets available and it is open for all students to attend. It is a fun night to dress up and dance with your friends at the Royale night club on October 27th! Please remember to come to the SGA meeting on Thursday from 12:15-1:30, all are welcome! -The Student Government Association
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Between classes, extra-curricular activities and meals, students at Suffolk University have busy schedules. Finding time throughout the day to charge their cell phones, or even finding an open outlet to plug in their charger, can be a problem. The Office of Student Leadership and Involvement (SLI) had a solution: Oomf chargers. Oomf chargers are disk-shaped devices that can charge all Apple Lightning and micro-USB smart devices. They are as powerful as an outlet charger, but they are portable, so users can charge their phone and stay on-the-go. James Riel founded the company two years ago and since then, it has five full-time employees and it has expanded to six colleges: Suffolk University, Northeastern University, Anna Maria College, Gordon College, Skidmore College and the College of New Jersey. Riel said that the company plans on deploying powerhouses in more colleges, such as Boston University, Carnegie Mellon and Creighton University in the next month. “With Oomf, we are keeping students charged, connected and mobile throughout their school day,” Riel said in an interview with The
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Suffolk Journal. Suffolk has recently become a “powerhouse,” which means that students now have access to rent chargers at their leisure from three different locations: the Mildred F. Sawyer Library, the Somerset Lobby or on the third floor in the Sawyer building. There are about 100 chargers on campus, according to SLI. Dave DeAngelis, the director of SLI, explained that the company approached Suffolk and asked if the school would like the chargers free of charge as part of a trial. “They approached us at probably the very beginning of the school year and then I brought SGA into the mix,” DeAngelis said in an interview with The Journal on Friday afternoon. SLI said they brought the idea to SGA and both
departments thought that it would be convenient for students on campus. A set of instructions is located on the back side of each product. Potential users could visit Oomf. it and enter either a Facebook login or Suffolk email to create an Oomf account online. Users then would enter their credit card information so if they kept the product past the return date, they would be charged with a late fee. After the sign-up process was completed, students could begin using the charger. If a person kept an Oomf charger longer than the free 24-hour rental period, every day they are charged a $5 extended fee until it’s returned. The maximum amount a student could be billed is $75, according to Riel. Students on campus have been testing out the new chargers and they
have varying opinions about the devices. F r e s h m a n international economics major Jordan Albrizio thought the chargers were helpful to herself and her peers. “I think they’re really beneficial because me, like many other students, tend to forget things,” said Albrizio in an interview with The Journal. “So if I forget my charger back in my dorm there’s something at the library that I can use to charge my phone.” F r e s h m a n biochemistry major Adelyn Ragucci said she didn’t have the time to make an account and she found that the process itself was tedious. “I was going to rent one but I was too lazy to make an account so I decided against it,” said Ragucci. “I think it could be a pretty cool idea but I
have too many emails and accounts to keep track of.” Oomf plans to expand to more areas across campus to make it more convenient for students once the pilot program is over, according to Riel. “By utilizing brands and university sponsors, we aim to keep Oomf a free service for students,” said Riel. “Bringing Oomf to campuses around the country, we’re creating smarter, more efficient environments that promote student productivity.” Riel said that the company will offer employment opportunities to students on participating campuses to be employed as brand ambassadors and oncampus support services for Oomf. Interested students can send emails to firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
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“Your voice will be be heard even if you are not in the committee.”
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they worked diligently to identify student leaders, alumni and who they thought would be a good staff and administration additions. Brooks stressed the importance of communication, and everyone partaking in an open and transparent process and said that it would not be just up to the committee to identify the next president. Brooks said the demographics of the committee range from students to alumni to faculty from each school to trustees. “Your voice will be heard even if you are not in the committee,” said Brooks. “I like to think that we’re not going to miss anybody.” The media frenzy of last semester had placed a spotlight on prominent student voices on campus that had largely backed McKenna. On a 19-person search committee, just two members were students at Suffolk including Student Government Association (SGA) President and undergraduate student Sean Walsh and Suffolk Law student and President of the Student Bar Association Dan Hahn. Walsh declined to be interviewed for this article and Hahn did not respond to communication with The Journal regarding this article as of late
-John Brooks, Trustee and Chairman of the Committee Tuesday night. With the structure of the committee, including the two heads of their organizations, Lamb said that Hahn and Walsh are the type of leaders to speak up and represent the student body. “I have great utmost respect for both gentlemen,” said Lamb. Senior Tiffany Martinez, who had served as one of the most prominent student voices on campus as she had organized rallies to back McKenna said that because Walsh won the SGA election last year, it would make him the “best representative for the student body.” However, she did express concern that one representative from the entire undergraduate program at Suffolk would not be enough in a recent interview with The Journal. Martinez had suggested that the committee reach out to club presidents. S e n i o r entrepreneurship major Alex Bennett said that the people who make the final decision are who ultimately matter. “I don’t believe
students have the experience to get themselves emotionally involved in such decisions,” said Bennett. For Brooks, he said it’s not practical to have all of the students in the university on the committee but “student members have the opportunities to represent the study body.” Brooks, instead, emphasized that all students should be “part of this dialogue.” They encourage students to express their voices by attending town hall meetings and providing their input to the committee by responding to emails such the presidential search survey the committee sent out to the student body on Monday morning. In previous searches, he said that he did not feel that people had enough transparency or they were not quite sure what the process was. They immediately started with candidates and search firms in previous years, and Brooks said that they do not want to do any of that this time around. “We have an idea
where this university is going,” said Brooks. “I wanted to have people who are enthusiastic about helping us, get as much input, discussion and feedback when putting together new specifications and profiles for a new leader and it’s born out of what everyone thinks the university needs.” Some of the committee members self-nominated themselves by expressing
interest to Brooks and Lamb, but Brooks said that this was not an easy job. “This isn’t about having your name in lights, there’s a lot of hard work to be done,” said Brooks and referenced that they would have to be present and attend town hall meetings and conduct webinars and surveys. While the committee looks to revitalize the
university’s public image, they haven’t and said that they will not plan on naming a deadline or even identifying a timeline. “It’s not like we’re leaderless,” said Brooks as he referenced acting president Marisa Kelly. “We want to get this process right and do all of the things we said and at some point there will be a criteria, and we’ll determine the best way for people to apply.
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Republican, Independent, and Democrats to unseat Keenan. By not running as a member of any party, Mendez told The Suffolk Journal in an interview that he believes that it suits him better for running in Massachusetts. “To be an independent is to be representative of the state,” said Mendez. “It is not technically a risk, Quincy is the biggest city in my district, and if I can win my hometown, I win.” Additionally, Mendez said that he wanted to be a “change agent,” and also said that “The more progressive end is getting shut out”. While holding progressive views, there are a few libertarian views entwined into Mendez’s ideology, such as the idea that an individual should be able to smoke marijuana if they choose too. One staple of Mendez’s platform is cutting down the cost of a college education, which Mendez said is more than just an economic hindrance. He said the high costs of medical school causes doctors to take out numerous loans that leave them in immense student
debt. In order to pay off these loans, he said that doctors demand higher salaries, which could lead to higher insurance costs. Additionally, Mendez called for extensive campaign financing reform and said that Keenan is part of this problem. Mendez questioned Keenan’s donations from lobbyists, attorneys and other parties that may profit financially from certain policies. Mendez said that of the $20,965 that Keenan fundraised in 2015, only $2,000 came from citizens not financially interested in his policies. Mendez said that he thinks in order to fix this problem, big money should be kept out of campaign finance and politicians should focus primarily on representing the average citizen. The issue that Mendez mostly criticizes Keenan for is on opioids. He said that Keenan has been influential in changing laws to deal with the opioids crises, but Mendez claims that all Keenan has done is minuscule. “[Keenan] takes pride in using the tragedy of people’s death from drug addiction to capitalize politically,” said Mendez. “[Keenan] is simply undoing the policies that Democrats did to start this.”
Delving further into the issue, Mendez stated that in the past, if one was merely in the same room as someone doing heroin, they would be arrested. This prevented people calling 911 if individuals in the same room as them overdosed out of fear of going to jail. Mendez said that problematic laws like the one described are the laws Keenan has worked to get rid of, laws that Mendez argues should not have been on the books in the first place. Moreover, Mendez argued that Keenan is actually a part of the problem because he is perpetuating a system that puts more kids on drugs than ever before. The differences in policy opinions that Keenan and Alex Mendez have will be at the center of their debate on Oct. 19, which will be aired by Quincy Access Television. While Keenan has experience in debating in previous elections, this will be Mendez’s first debate. Given the two candidate’s focus on the issues, it’s likely that the debate will feature a heavy dosage of policy discussions. For Keenan, the election is a chance for him to extend his political career, while for Mendez, this election is a chance for him to start his career.
In an election, regardless of scale, every vote matters. Certain individuals votes sit with the weight of a history of voter suppression and the existence of voter exploitation. This is an issue that White voters do not face directly, but one that minority voters face almost every election cycle. While voter exploitation is the reality for millions of Americans. To understand what African-American and Latina and Latino voters face, during presidential elections, Suffolk students and faculty who explained how they face this political exploitation as well as the effects of a history of voter suppression. “Everyone wants to go after the Black and Latino vote, but then they don’t deliver on their promises,” explained new Director of the Office of Diversity Services, Dr. Lizette Rivera. Rivera suggested that those who are not directly affected by voter suppression or exploitation should act as “allies” to those who are. “There are so many communities who can’t vote for various reasons,” she explained. She said that it is important to be allies to these communities and advocate on their behalf. Senior Applied Legal Studies major and President of the Black Student Union (BSU) Stacy Daniel spoke about what BSU does in a recent interview with The Suffolk Journal. Daniel described BSU as a way to give Black students a place to be themselves. “We try to use our platform to make issues known,” Daniel said. In terms of creating a healthy, safe space on campus for AfricanAmerican students,
“I do think there is a disconnect of issues. I don’t know a lot of Republican nominees who are responsive to the Black community.” Daniel admits that they “have made strides, but I wouldn’t say we’re there yet.” Daniel weighed in on her personal sentiments in the presidential election. She noted that problematic assumptions are made by candidates about minority voters. “People assume that people of color don’t have a lot of money. I think that’s where people vote for Democrats because they’re going to represent me in the best way they can,” said Daniel. “I do think there is a disconnect of issues. I don’t know a lot of Republican nominees who are responsive to the Black community.” Phyliss St-Hubert, a Diversity Peer Educator (DPE), the Secretary of the Black Student Union and the Diversity Senator at-large for the Student Government Association, is a Government major and Black Studies minor. She reiterated this disconnect, explaining how minority voters are exploited, saying that minority voters are just wanted for the numbers. In this election, StHubert described how one party has been appealing to voters, one has not, but both have gone after the minority votes in manipulative ways. “[Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine] is appealing because he speaks Spanish,” she said. African-American voters have been one of the largest groups of suppressed voters in American history. After AfricanAmericans were granted the right to vote in 1870, they faced several institutionalized obstacles towards voting.
Poll taxes, for example, were costs that primarily African-Americans were expected to pay in order to vote, according to the Pew Research Center. African-Americans, especially in the South, were also made to pass “literacy tests” in order to vote, which white Americans of similar education backgrounds were never expected to do, as an archived exam from the National Park Service shows. This changed with the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which outlawed poll taxes and literacy tests. Now, turnout among African-American voters has reached record highs in the past three presidential elections, according to the Washington Post. Furthermore, a Brookings Report based on work done by the U.S. Census Bureau shows that, for the first time in U.S. history, African-American voters had a larger turnout rate in the 2012 election than White voters. Voter identification laws, however, pose a new threat to limiting who can vote in the U.S. In some states that have voter ID laws, there have never been recorded cases of voter fraud, such as Indiana. Other states request a voter ID, but it is not required. This creates a system where AfricanAmerican and Latina and Latino voters are asked for their IDs at much higher rates than white voters, according to NPR. Rivera encouraged all citizens to get to the polls and place their votes. As Rivera put it, “make your voice known.”
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Semi-safe syringing for France’s addicts James Macdonald Journal Contributor
France opened its first safe injection site last week in Paris, a space for addicts to use intravenous drugs such as heroin, equipped with a medical staff for the purposes of overdose prevention, according to BBC. The site is located near Gare Du Nord train station in the 10th district, a high-traffic area in the city. Photos of the inside were posted on Twitter show gurneys, booths for injection with desks, chairs and needle receptacles. The site opened on Friday, and is expected to serve roughly 100 addicts per day during its six-year trial run, according to the Associated Press. Safe injection sites, often referred to as “shooting galleries” by the French public, not only provide a safer locale for intravenous drug use, but clean needles to heroin users to prevent needle sharing and the spread of infection such as HIV, a common threat to
intravenous drug users. France joins a group of European neighbors in adopting the use of the sites, which includes Germany, Spain, Norway, and the first ever adopter, Switzerland. The Swiss site in Berne opened its doors in 1986, providing hot meals and safety tips in addition to clean needles, according to the Associated Press. Another site, located at Vancouver Coastal Health in Canada, opened in 2003 as part of a pilot program, the first of its kind in North America, according to Senior Media Relations Officer Anna Marie D’Angelo. D’Angelo said, in an interview with The Suffolk Journal, that the operating hours of the injection site (Insite) were extended in August due to high influx of clients. Lines formed outside the doors every morning before the Insite opened its doors. “There have been over three million injections and not one overdose death in the facility,” D’Angelo said. Vancouver’s Insite
drew influence from its European counterparts as well as a branch in Australia. D’Angelo emphasized the Insite’s goal of harm reduction above all else. Vancouver Coastal Health, through clean needle availability and connection of clients to health care services, seeks to lessen the detrimental effects on local users. “We look at this through a medical lens,” she said. A d d i t i o n a l l y , community concerns about increased crime and drug use during the opening of the Insite were found to be unsubstantiated. “Crime did not increase throughout the area, D’angelo said. “The rate of drug use went down for a period of time.” Suffolk Professor of World Languages Dr. Barbara Abrams has lived in France on and off throughout her life. Abrams, whose father wrote reports on drug abuse and treatment in France for the World Health Organization during her youth, is not
surprised that France has lagged behind some of its Western European neighbors in opening an injection site. “France thinks they are at the forefront of everything social,” Abrams said. “But they really aren’t.” The breakthrough in legislation that legalized safe injection sites came after years of blockage by conservatives, according to the Associated Press. France’s drug policy remains stringent to this day, with a oneyear sentencing for possession, mandated addiction treatment, and little emphasis placed on the quantity held by the offender. Abrams notes that the prospect of mandatory treatment is a symptomatic approach to an issue that requires a more preventative approach. “[A symptomatic approach] doesn’t work and only reassures the society that they are doing something about the problem,” she said. Abrams recalls seeing clean needle dispensaries
in areas like the 10th district, often alongside condom dispensers, long before the inception of the safe injection site. French policy and addiction treatment have improved greatly since her father’s time, in which alcoholism and drug abuses were lumped together. “[French] treatment centers have become more proactive,” Abrams said. A medical study by the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/ AIDS, which took place in Vancouver, Canada, recruited over 800 drug users in 2002 to determine the effectiveness of safe injection sites. Over a two year period, the study concluded that the sites do not reduce the number of drug users , but does improve community order and reduce the amount of syringe sharing among users. An additional study by the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction also found that safe injection sites can be instrumental in identifying trends that emerge in drug use
in a given location. This information can prove valuable to organizations seeking to reduce the use of controlled substances. The improved community order runs contrary to the stigma that is associated with areas such as Boston’s own “methadone mile,” a stretch of Massachusetts Ave. known for its concentration of methadone clinics. Even “methadone mile,” however, is starting providing services similar to safe injection sites, promoting a movement towards the acceptance of such locations in the U.S. The Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program opened its Support Place for Observation and Treatment (SPOT) in April, a space for users to ride out the effects of a high and seek help, but not inject or consume drugs. The SPOT has served over 200 people, citing low incidents and transfers to emergency care. Addicts will be monitored to determine whether or not this type of supervision will impact drug users.
U.S. airstrike in Yemen yields student response Jacob Geanous World News Editor Elaf Suliman Journal Staff The United States has officially cast itself a lead role in the bloody Saudi Arabian war in Yemen. On Oct. 12, the U.S. Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook, confirmed three distinct bombings that targeted radar sites belonging to the Iranianbacked Houthi rebels on Yemen’s Red Sea Coast. According to the Pentagon’s press release, this was a reactionary measure to missile strikes from the Houthis that threatened the USS Mason. “These limited selfdefense strikes were conducted to protect our personnel, our ships, and our freedom of navigation in this important maritime passageway,” stated the press release. “The United
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States will respond to any further threat to our ships and commercial traffic, as appropriate, and will continue to maintain our freedom of navigation in the Red Sea, the Bab alMandeb, and elsewhere around the world.”
Until now, the Obama Administration has remained at arm’s length from the conflict by supplying weapons and offering aerial refuels to the Saudi war effort. Since March 2015, the U.S. has been indirectly involved
with Saudi Arabia in Yemen’s civil war against the Houthi rebels. According to an article published in the New York Times on Oct. 8 , the U.S. may face war crimes for supplying Saudi with arms and the
United Nations revealed that the funeral airstrikes have killed more than 140 victims. According to a Yemeni Health Ministry representative, more than 600 people were injured and hospitals admitted more than 114 people
during the airstrikes following the Oct. 8 funeral attacks. The Obama Administration has distanced themselves
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which was previously reported in The Suffolk Journal. This act was a part of an ongoing series of protests intending to slow down Spectra Energy’s construction of the pipeline, which has continued to garner criticism that has expanded past the borders of West Roxbury. “I had confidence that it was going to get worked out somehow,” said Clancy in a postcourtroom interview with The Suffolk Journal on Oct. 14. “I didn’t think it was going to happen that day.” Judge Coffey dismissed the felony conviction, issuing three conditions for Clancy to adhere to. According to Clancy, he has been placed on probation for a period of six months, during which he must exhibit good behavior.
He was also ordered to pay a small restitution fee. The final condition was a 100-yard stay-away order from the metering and regulation where he was arrested. According to Clancy, members of the National Lawyers Guild represented him, which they have done for previous similar cases of protest. The court’s ruling, which may hinder Clancy future involvement in protests at the construction site, he said it has not deterred him from continuing his active participation in advocacy against the West Roxbury Lateral pipeline. For the residents of West Roxbury, the pipeline’s close proximity to an active blasting quarry has been most immediate cause for concern, but concern about the environmental effects of fracked gas have compounded as well. “Any time they turn the pressure on the pipeline it’s like setting a timer on
a bomb, and it’s a bomb that is within a few city blocks of my house,” said Clancy. “It’s terrifying, and on top of that it’s fracked gas which is dirty, unclean and dangerous to the environment.” The overarching environmental debate surrounding this project has influenced activists around America to get involved. Karenna Gore, Director of the Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary and eldest daughter of former Vice-President Al Gore, was arrested during a protest on Jun. 30. Gore, along with 22 other protesters, was arrested while lying down in the trench that the pipeline was being placed in. The group’s message was to draw parallels to the mass graves being dug in Pakistan to anticipate deadly heat waves, that activists like Gore believe are climate-fueled. “I was very surprised that with all of the elected officials against the
pipeline that it was still going in,” said Gore in a recent phone interview with theJournal. “I was drawn to this particular action because of the connection that it was drawing to the people dying from climate impact.” According to Gore, she witnessed an interview with a Pakistani gravedigger who was preparing a mass grave in anticipation for an oncoming deadly heat wave was the inspiration for this course of action. Before the protesters descended into the trench, clergy members gave eulogies to represent the lives at stake. Emergency responders soon arrived. Gore said that the protesters were charged with trespassing, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Some of them, including Gore, were taken to a jail cell and given plea options that would effectively end all legal procedures, but Gore said she did
not take the deal. “I wanted to be a part of raising consciousness about climate change and the connection between fossil fuel infrastructure,” she said. “I thought that staying in the process of engaging in our legal system to the point of their being a public hearing of facts about how this pipeline company has the authority to do what they’re doing, as well as the harm this is doing.” Since the ordeal, she said she has been back to Boston twice and expects to be back in November when the pipeline is due to be completed. “I think it has spread some awareness,” she said. “I actually feel that, rather than one case, there has been an aggregate effect if the different acts of civil disobedience that are going on around the country opposing new fossil fuels.” According to Clancy, the pipeline’s near completion has prompted protest groups such as
Stop the West Roxbury Lateral (SWRL) and Resist the Pipeline, to refocus their efforts. “From what I understand we are shifting from trying to stop construction,” said Clancy. “That involves putting pressure on the companies who are buying the gas. According to Clancy, Gore and protest group leader Mary Boyle, the fight will go on until there is nothing left to fight for. For a community that has never been this thoroughly mobilized, the pipeline has continued to be a rallying point for a borough that is feeling both forgotten and neglected. “I’ve definitely learned that we’re tougher than we think,” said Clancy. “We are stronger than we think and that West Roxbury is worth fighting for. It has in a way opened my eyes to how important it really is to me. It has been my home my entire life. That is irreplaceable.”
Saudi alliance with U.S. further agitated by funeral strike From YEMEN page 6 from Saudi armed forces after they bombed the funeral. “U.S. security cooperation with Saudi Arabia is not a blank check,” stated a Oct. 8 press release by National Safety Council spokesman Ned Price. “Even as we assist Saudi Arabia regarding the defense of their territorial integrity, we have and will continue to express our serious concerns about the conflict in Yemen and how it has been waged.” During the turbulent president election that has energized America’s political awareness, neither candidate has made any direct comments on Yemen or openly discussed the relationship with Saudi Arabia. This has prompted an open discussion among Suffolk University students, many of whom are studying in America from countries that this conflict touches. A student from Saudi Arabia who wished to remain anonymous because of her opposing views against her country’s actions said
she believes that the U.S. should stop aiding Saudi Arabia. “The U.S. should stop because as a moral standing, by supporting Saudi Arabia’s military action the U.S. is a part of serious war crimes and are indirectly at fault for the devastating humanitarian crisis the people of Yemen now face,” said the student. “They should stop aiding Saudis so the war might stop.” The civil war that has enveloped Yemen has had incredibly detrimental side effects. Countless civilians have been used as cannon fodder for Saudi airstrikes, which has been a concern for those who have remained up to date on the conflict. “Whenever civil war happens, or when the people are trying to get rid of the rebels, you don’t end up getting rid of the rebels, you end up getting rid of the civilians,” said Meryan Bakati, sophomore accounting major and member of the Muslim Conversations group. “The people and the children that did nothing, that’s what ends up happening.”
Students have also held the view that the U.S., which has acted as a mediator for global conflict, must interfere for the sake of the Yemeni people. “For Humanitarian sake I feel like U.S. involvement is necessary,” Darlley Joselus, sophomore applied legal studies major and member of the Black Students Union. “It should only focus on finding peaceful resolutions or setting up treaties that would allow aid to be given to the citizens.” Yemen’s domino effects of Saudi strikes have hit several heavily civilian populated areas, according to a recent article in the New York Times. The U.N. criticized the U.S.- Saudi alliance for 60 percent of the deaths and injuries to Yemeni children last year. Under international law, strikes on civilians and civilian populated areas are not military targets. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are set off for a final debate. With the recent developments in Yemen, it is likely that the candidates will tackle the issue.
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First they were salty, now they’re sweet The 43rd annual Fall Fest poked fun at the drama surrounding the University’s upper administration
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Amy Koczera Journal Contributor Fall Fest is known for being one of the most entertaining and creative performances put on by Suffolk’s Performing Arts Office (PAO). Among the drama that occurred at Suffolk in the last few years was the relocating of the departments that were in the Donahue and Archer buildings that were sold in 2015. Within Archer was the grand C. Walsh Theatre - a theatre that had become home to the performing arts. This circumstance led to the performances being crammed into the tiny, yet tasteful Modern Theatre. Between the clash of the administrators and the relocation of the departments, the PAO created this year’s Fall Fest theme - “Not So Sweet Sixteen.” Kevin Landers, a junior marketing major, is the public relations manager of the PAO and is one of Fall Fest’s performers this year in the Fall Fest Company. He explained how the theme was selected. “Based on all the drama that went down at Suffolk last year, ‘Not So Sweet Sixteen’ seemed like a fitting title,” said Landers. “Since Fall Fest was usually at C. Walsh, we were a little bitter about moving it to
Modern.” Although some were upset about moving from the C. Walsh Theatre to Modern Theatre, Acting President Marisa Kelly feels as if it has all worked out for the best. “Modern is a great historic theatre. I’m happy we were able to think about Fall Fest in a way that works for Modern,” said Kelly in a post-show interview with The Suffolk Journal.. In reaction to the theme “Not So Sweet Sixteen,” Kelly said, “It was fun, they kept it light. I definitely feel like you’ve moved forward from the past when you can start poking fun at the situation.” This year’s Fall Fest left a positive, memorable impression on the audience, particularly Kelly. “The acts were all fabulous,” said Kelly. “It’s always incredible to see how talented our students and staff are and to see how much fun they are having while doing it. Every year is different, but this year in particular I felt like you could really feel the energy from the performers and the audience as well.” Kristin Baker, the director of the performing arts office, takes pride in Fall Fest each year. “It’s a great Suffolk tradition” said Baker. “It brings together students and faculty for a warm
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“I definitely feel like you’ve moved forward from the past when you can start poking fun at the situation.” -Marisa Kelly Sophomore EmCee Kemal Beyaztas.
and joyful performance.” Despite the change in venue, the show was still filled with talent and energy. Animated hosts Kemal Beyaztas and DJ Fabrizio kept the audience entertained in between acts with their humorous commentary and spunky personalities. The night began with upbeat jazzy music and
glitzy 1920s attire. As the company opened with “Steppin’ to the Bad Side” from the musical “Dreamgirls,” the interactive performance began with a seductive tone as the performers walked through the theatre in low lighting, gently touching and whispering to the audience members
they walked by. As the lights came up with the crescendo of the music, the company was in sync with their choreography and already wowing the audience with their grandiose dancing and singing skills. The debut performance of Suffolk’s newest a cappella group, “Soulfully Versed” was one of the most memorable acts of the night. With just two weeks of rehearsal, the group was able to put on a stimulating performance. The group itself focuses on R&B and soul music. Among the talented individual acts was Caitlin Sampson, a freshman who played piano and sang “Bored to Death” by Blink 182. Sampson’s vocal skills stood out in the performance, and the commentators said Sampson is surely a great addition to the performing arts family. Other acts included Eleanor Mouzafarov, a skilled vocalist and guitarist. Mouzafarov amazed the crowd when she sang “Videli Noch” in fluent Russian. Rebecca Zama’s soulful voice filled the theatre with emotion when she sang a tasteful and romantic rendition of “Is This Love” by Bob Marley. Zama’s act showed off outstanding vocal skills making her act one of the most memorable performances of the evening.
One of the more unique and entertaining performances of the night was by Residence and Housing Director Adrienne Frame. Frame sassily strutted onto the stage and put on a humorous and exceptional performance of “Poor Unfortunate Souls” from “The Little Mermaid.” Frame’s theatrical attitude made for a splendid performance that left the audience happily amused. Showcasing talents like color guard, vocal and instrumental performance, tap dancing, original rapping, Melissa Smith, Ruth Christmas, Jacob Tobey, Elizabeth Hadley and Ben Pompilus gave excellent performances as part of the independent acts portion of the show as well. Additionally, The Fall Fest Company put on six acts altogether. “Too Darn Hot,” by Ella Fitzgerald, featured the girls dressed in sassy red dresses and highlighted both their dance and vocal skills. “Devil in Disguise,” by Elvis Presley was a 50s style dance with creative and well performed choreography. “Cell Block Tango,” from the musical “Chicago,” one of the most easily recognizable songs, highlighted the acting and vocal skills of six girls.
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A Boy and Bear bring Aussie flair to Boston THESUFFOLKJOURNAL.COM SUFFOLKARTS@GMAIL.COM
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Jacob Geanous World News Editor One of Australia’s most illustrious Indie rock bands, Boy and Bear, dropped anchor in Boston on Thursday. The Paradise Rock club, a New England rock haven, was the most recent stop during the Sydney quintet’s tour of North America. The venue was flooded with a technicolor sea of flannel-clad fans, whose ages ranged from freshfaced students to middleaged married couples. The band’s modern folk rock sound whipped the crowd into a collective, hip-swinging gyration within the first minutes of their first song “Old Town Blues.” This energy was sustained throughout the entire night, reaching a crescendo at the set’s final song “Southern Sun,” which has been one of the band’s most popular ballads. Boy and Bear has been a part of the new wave of Indie rock bands from Australia that have been enjoying a
relatively recent surge of success in America. They are wrapping up their month long tour of North America, which began in Austin, Texas and will end on Nov. 3 in San Diego, California. “There are differences in audiences around the world, and in culture,” said David Symes, the band’s bassist/vocalist in a post show interview with The Journal. “In big cities, where a lot of bands and critics are, you get a much more serious crowd. When we get to tour in America, I think we get to be apart of these journeys that we’ve heard and read about with venues that are quite nostalgic.” In Sydney, Singersongwriter Dave Hosking founded the band in 2009 as a solo project, but they currently feature Tim Hart (drums), Jonathan Hart (banjo, mandolin, and keyboards), Killian Gavin (guitar), and David Symes (bass). All five members contribute to the vocals that the band produces. They have produced three different
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“When we get to tour in America...we get to be apart of these journeys that we’ve heard and read about” - David Symes Bassist/Vocalist records to date. Their first album “Moonfire,” was incredibly well received, reaching double Platinum in the Australia Record Industry Association (ARIA). They followed that with “Harlequin Dream,” which has earned them an ARIA Gold record. The band’s most recent album, “Limit of Love,” peaked at number one on
the Australian Indie rock music list. During the show, the band sampled their two most recent albums as a part of their set list. They have since been riding the wave of musical success that has taken their traveling performance all over Europe, North America, and Australia. “Our last two records
were both number one, which is amazing for us.” said Symes. “Obviously it usually only lasts a week, but it was crazy for us. All that stuff, we don’t take for granted and I think we always feel lucky when things like that happen. You work hard, but you can never expect those things.” As the crowd funneled out of the Paradise Rock club, Symes sat in a recently vacated booth, sipping bottled local beer and alluded to a next possible album for the still young band. “We’re still pretty hungry and ambitious to make music,” he said. “We want to be doing this for a long time and get to the top, whatever that is. We are kind of looking to make another record hopefully next year. We would like to grow internationally.” Being on tour in the United States, during this current turbulent political season, has been somewhat impressionable on the Aussie musician. Even while hopping from city to city to play packed
rock halls, the corrosively controversial Presidential campaign has made its mark. “Unfortunately I think the world often views America as a massive joke because of the Hollywood side to corporate politics,” explained Symes. “It’s unbelievable that it’s been allowed to happen like this. Someone needs to shut this thing down.” Boy and Bear’s opening act was Cobi, an American musician from Minnesota, and a former member of the local Boston band Gentlemen hall. Cobi will be joining Boy and Bear throughout their North American tour, tasked with warming up the crowds for the Aussie band. Their, Steve Earle-esque, blue-collar American vibe contrasts well with Boy and Bear’s alternative rock style effectively. Boy and Bear’s albums and commentary can be found on Spotify. For more information regarding tour dates and upcoming albums, they can be found on Facebook and Twitter as Boy & Bear.
Eliot Sumner synthesizes crowds at Berklee
Jill Barrows Journal Contributor Coming off her summer tour and performing at SXSW, Jimmy Kimmel Live, English singersongwriter Eliot Sumner put on an intimate set with her band at Berklee College’s Red Room Café 939 on Friday night. The 26-year-old English singer and bass player performed 11 songs in the reverberating small room of approximately 90 people. A majority of the songs were selections from her album, “Information” that debuted earlier this year. Boston was the last stop of her fall tour promoting the album. With Sumner’s natural stage presence and her slick bass skills, her talent was displayed from the minute she walked on stage. It’s easy to determine this talent was most likely passed down from her father, legendary musician Sting, front man of The Police. Her low-ranged voice is
This talent was most likely passed down from her father, legendary musician Sting, front man of The Police. relatively similar to that of her father’s, but that is where the comparison seems to stop. Sumner has developed a sound all her own. Opening with a track from the new album called “Dead Arms and Dead Legs,” Sumner seemed cool and collected with her four-piece band, which was positioned in a way that is different compared to most bands. Her keyboardist took the center of the stage directly behind her, and the drummer was off to her left. This brought the focus to the use of analog synthesizers from the keyboard, which was a prominent sound in each track performed, giving the band a vintage-rock vibe with a touch of new wave.
However, once the band got into one of her most popular tracks, “After Dark”, the audience became completely electrified, jumping up and down along with Sumner as she rocked about the stage. Many fans would shout to her between each song with compliments, which cracked a smile from Sumner, and it appeared to give her even more confidence with each performance. She then kicked into newly written tracks called “Rhythm” and “Time Waster,” which both had an edgier rock tone to them with the help of her lead guitar player. Despite her low vocals, she proved to the crowd that she could widen her range with a
strong falsetto to go with her slightly raspy voice. What separates Sumner from other average rock groups is that there is a real blend of different genres like indie rock and electropop that enhanced the sounds of past generations, like the use of synth along with deep lyrics like, “the pain becomes tyrannical 400 tons of shame / As I walk into a perfect storm again / I take the burden on myself.” Moreover, she connected with each member of her band on stage and also the audience which makes her very likeable. After performing the last song, “Information,” the band left the stage for a short moment while electronic sounds filled the room. The crowd roared as the band reappeared to play their encore song “Species.” Sumner ditched her bass to just sing for this track, which allowed her to move about the stage and interact with the crowd to display an even more enthralling stage persona.
On the sweeter side “Every year is different, but this year in particular I felt like you could really feel the energy from the performers and the audience as well.” -Marisa Kelly From SWEET page 7 The company put a fun twist on “Forget You” by CeeLo Green, changing the end lyrics of the song to be about a gay male couple. The closing number “Anything Goes” from the musical “Anything Goes,” featured the company in sexy black and leather outfits that left a favorable impression on the audience about the show as a whole.
Overall, Fall Fest was an entertaining performance that brought the Suffolk community together for a night of smiles, laughs and appreciation for the arts. Suffolk’s performing arts has the ability to perform with roaring energy no matter what venue they are in. Although there may have been some bitter feelings about Fall Fest’s location this year, the performance did not suffer in the slightest.
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Help a friend, use a signal Pull the trigger warnings Haley Clegg Journal Staff
This article could be triggering to those who do not believe in the use of trigger warnings. A trigger warning is a brief statement before a piece of writing or a video that alerts a reader or viewer of potentially distressing material. They were originally created for online content to protect people suffering from mental illnesses from content that could potentially contribute to their suffering, in other words “triggering them.” They are potentially life saving as they allow people to make a decision about whether or not a certain piece of content is safe for them to handle. Some argue that trigger warnings are a way to avoid disagreement and debate, or those they pose a threat to free speech. However, many people who argue against the use of trigger warnings simply do not understand the value of their use. Trigger warnings have the power to not only help students in classrooms, but could potentially save lives. The University of Chicago is just one example of the misunderstanding of trigger warnings. The university sent a welcome letter home to students that contained an alarming message for some. The letter explained that the University of Chicago does not support trigger warnings. The letter also said, “[The University] does not condone the creation of intellectual ‘safe spaces’ where individuals can retreat from ideas and perspectives at odds with their own.” In contrast, the purpose of trigger warnings is not to hide from ideas that their views don’t agree with, and this is a common misconception among people who do
not fully understand their purpose. If a student has experienced a trauma that when exposed to without warning, could potentially experience a panic attack, then they are not hiding from disagreement, they are protecting their emotional wellbeing. Trigger warnings can sometimes be difficult to understand by those who don’t need them, simply because they weren’t created for them. It seems to be difficult to understand how someone could be so deeply affected by something so insignificant to everyone else. Trigger warnings are not for “people that are too sensitive.” Trigger warnings are for those who have experienced a trauma. For example, one in five women, and one in sixteen men experience sexual assault in college. Trigger warnings before content about rape can be even more necessary than most people realize. With statistics that high, there is a significant chance that at least one person in a classroom could be triggered. As someone that has experienced the use of trigger warnings personally, I can attest to how important they are. During my senior year of high school, my psychology teacher passed away due to a brain tumor. It was a traumatic event for our class, as well as the whole school. This was one of the most popular teachers in the school and everybody loved him. In the weeks that followed, our psychology course had to continue and needed to cover material in preparation for the advanced placement exam. Several times throughout the weeks that followed, the replacement teacher would warn us if the content we were going to be covering in that day’s lesson would contain content about brain cancer. This was to help us in our grieving processes and to protect us from material that
could potentially trigger emotional responses during class. Many of my fellow classmates would quietly excuse themselves and would return at the end of class to discuss with the teacher ways in which they could receive necessary information without having to face it in the classroom setting. These warnings helped out a vast number of my fellow peers who struggled with the grieving process. We each were able to take our time and deal with the loss of our beloved teacher, without having to face it in the class curriculum. Students are not using trigger warnings to get out of class. They are using them to protect themselves from material that could be potentially harmful to them, whether it be emotional distress or worse, inspiration to hurt themselves outside of the classroom. If the concern is that a student is going to miss out on material from that day, there are plenty of solutions. If the student is comfortable, they can speak with their professor after class and find alternative materials. If not, counselors or other trained adults can accompany the student while they cover the difficult content. This is a better alternative than forcing students to confront this material on their own, especially if they aren’t equipped with the skills to deal with it suddenly. Although, we could always do away with any material that is graphic or could possibly trigger someone. Although, if we do that, aren’t we jeopardizing everyone else’s education for those who may have an issue with it? Rather than take away all of that quality content, there is a much easier solution: trigger warnings. These one sentence notices can keep college curriculum the same while also keeping students safe who have experienced trauma.
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Morgan Hume Journal Contributor In universities across the United States, professors are expected by their students to issue a notice if the class material or lesson plan contains information that may cause emotional distress. Material that touches upon topics such as rape, domestic violence, suicide and disordered eating are all subject to be stamped with a trigger warning. In August of this year, The University of Chicago sent a letter to incoming freshmen to announce that the school would not be putting trigger warnings on any class materials. The institution prides itself over the fact that “members of our community are encouraged to speak, write, listen, challenge and learn, without fear of censorship,” the dean of students wrote in the letter. The university said in the letter that it “does not condone the creation of intellectual ‘safe spaces’ where individuals can retreat from ideas and perspectives at odds with their own.” The school made the right decision by choosing to let the voices of controversial speakers be heard. Although some topics can be sensitive to read or talk about, they are still important issues that we face every
day. It’s impossible for students to be shielded from things that make them uncomfortable forever, so they should begin to explore these controversial topics in a classroom setting, where people who have the same questions, fears and concerns surround them. If topics like rape, domestic violence, and suicide can circulate online and in the news, why can’t they circulate in the classroom? One of the most important aspects of receiving higher-level education is for the student to widen their perception of society and to learn new things about the world we live in. Therefore, students should be able to read and discuss material that may contain sensitive content. Learning shouldn’t be limited because professors and pupils are too worried about being politically correct. High school and college students are exposed to all types of literature, but if some of the texts came with a trigger warning, they may be more resistant toward reading it and they may have trouble engaging in it because they are waiting for the part that’s supposed to be triggering. If the novel “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald had a trigger warning stamped on the front cover because the
author tackled domestic abuse, or the novel “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini had a trigger warning because of one rape scene, a student could’ve easily set those books aside because even thinking about an abusive situation can be overwhelming and intimidating. Moreover, the person also would’ve missed out on two prominent books that deal with issues that are relevant today; they would’ve put their education on halt because of a label. Countless works of literature focus on topics that were intended to shatter our hearts or make our guts queasy because that seems to be the most effective way to get an idea stuck in our heads. The reason why books like that have been studied and discussed for years is because they made us uncomfortable, and have made us think harder about society. If a student is concerned that the books or films assigned for class may be about things that are prone to give them anxiety or some kind of unwanted flashbacks, they could review their syllabus beforehand and ask the professor what the future lesson entails. A trigger warning may be a good idea for one student, but it could be a terrible idea for many more.
10 OCT. 19, 2016
Staff union demands workforce stability Letter to the Editor
The Presidential Search Committee has taken on the vigorous task of redirecting the public image of the university after a turbulent past year. Newly appointed Chairman Robert Lamb has excelled at creating a transparent and open partnership between the Board and Suffolk community through communication. As he has recently appointed Trustee John Brooks to become the face of the Committee of the hunt for a new leader for Suffolk’s top office, he chose wisely based on Brooks’ background with Suffolk and knowledge on selecting new chiefs. Despite the diversity represented on the 19-member committee, which included faculty, staff, alumni and trustees, it was disappointing to see just two students to be the representatives for the two major student bodies. Although the Board made the right call to include students on the committee, The Journal feels as though, even with the open dialogue, not all voices will be heard. In addition, the New England School of Art and Design has always been underrepresented with their branch extended far from the heart of the Suffolk campus, residing on Arlington Street, and the lack of inclusion with the rest of the university. Once again, this misrepresentation continues as a representative holds a position on the Committee from each schoolthe College of Arts & Sciences, Sawyer Business School and Suffolk Law- yet a faculty member specifically from NESAD was not included. We hope that the open dialogue that the Committee promotes to the Suffolk community will be taken seriously in order to choose the right future president for all here at the university. Alexa Gagosz, Editor-in-Chief
Dear Editor, Staff from nearly every department and every school at Suffolk University are joining together to form a union of clerical, technical and professional staff. We are office coordinators, staff assistants, program coordinators, technology assistants, librarians, admissions assistants and much more. We provide support to faculty and the administration but, most importantly, we are frontline staff who work with students every day, and are deeply invested in both your success and the success of this university. Suffolk’s and presidential turmoil over the last few years has led to a rapid increase in the number of creative and committed staff who have left or been let go by the university. The departures have been hastened by the university’s failure to provide raises (or even basic cost-ofliving increases) to staff for five years. Acting President Kelly’s recent announcement of a one-
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time increase for staff and faculty members was certainly welcome news; however, as Kelly said, ‘it will not make up for the absence of general increases in the past.’ There is still a long way to go toward negotiating regular, predictable raises and ensuring that the respect and recognition of staff continues. Our desire to form a union is about much more than raises. Aside
from the ability to negotiate a contract that spells out wages and working conditions, we want a seat at the table to help determine working conditions, a process for how changes are implemented, and a grievance procedure. We also want to ensure that Suffolk’s workforce becomes more stable, and we are able to attract (and keep) the talented and creative staff that are
here for our students. Our union will give us a collective voice to speak out about our own needs as well as the needs of our students and programs without fear of retaliation, as is already the case at many other colleges in Boston. We will push for fairness, equity, transparency, stability and predictability in our jobs and our University. Staff will elect our own officers and representatives, decide the issues that require action, and vote on approving our contracts. As a union, we call on Suffolk’s administration to recognize the work we do, to treat us equitably as dedicated employees, and work with us to achieve fair contracts. This is our voice and our union. We invite all of the Suffolk community to join us in making this our Suffolk. Show your support by signing the petition at bit.ly/ OurSuffolk, check out our Facebook page and website at OurSuffolk. org. Sincerely, The Our Suffolk Union Organizing Committee
A third-party candidate is still valid Ian Kea Journal Staff If you voted in the primaries and did not get the outcome you would have liked, a third- party option is completely valid and in most cases acceptable. On Nov. 8, Massachusetts will go blue. It’s no guess or prediction; it’s just a statistical fact. From the Federal government, all of the Massachusetts delegation are democrats; some have even been labeled as progressives in the party. Massachusetts is the pinnacle of Democratic Establishment politics and will safely be in Hillary’s hands in less than a month. If you’re like myself and still “feeling the Bern” do not be afraid to vote for Jill Stein. As a progressive, I see Clinton and myself with little in common. If you are one of those fiscal conservatives or libertarians, a candidate who may or may not
know the capital of Syria such as Governor Johnson, might suit you better than a candidate who recently joked about sexual assault. For myself, the Democratic Party is dividing as the Democratic Establishment lacks the ability to tackle issues such as campaign finance reform, corporate welfare and mass income inequality. Clinton’s flip flop history on social issues like same sex marriage, her lack of support for consumer protection laws with credit agencies, as well as her inability to explain her wealthy campaign donors to whom she’s liable, do not allow me to find confidence in her being a middle classfocused President. As a registered democrat, I can say that although a Clinton presidency is without a doubt the lesser of two evils, it is simply wrong on my conscience. How could I vote for a candidate with such an inconsistent voting record
and with clear financial ties to Wall Street banks and firms, whose recklessness and loose regulatory procedures led us to the near worst economic period since the Great Depression? To those who believe that we must vote Clinton to prevent Trump, your scare tactics are not only sickening but demeaning to the democratic process. If you voted in the primaries and still see the two major candidates as heavily questionable ,you have more than enough reason to vote your conscience. It is not your fault that 91 percent of Americans sat on the couch. To those who chose to nominate Clinton who nearly trails within the margin of error compared to Senator Sanders, who had a clear 10-point advantage over Donald Trump, this is your battle. I would think the Superdelegate process would do its job by selecting the best statistical chance candidate possible but
instead here we are. To the battleground states, you are an exception. When national polls come out for Clinton and Trump, they should be ignored because they don’t matter. What matters are the polls in the battleground states such as Ohio, Florida, North Carolina and Virginia. The candidate that polls ahead in battleground states usually, if not always, wins the presidency. Although my home state is probably going to Trump, it is within a small margin, as to where voting for Clinton would do better than anything and not wasted, as it would be in Massachusetts. Progressives need to continue their fight and know that the dream of equal opportunity and long-term economic solutions for Americans is not dead. A vote for Stein here in Massachusetts will not affect the possibility of a Trump presidency. So Progressives, vote your heart, and make your choice one that is truly yours.
11 OCT. 19, 2016
B. Ducharme bumps up Rams volleyball
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Hannah Arroyo Journal Contributor
The Suffolk University Women’s Volleyball team has put in hard work to bounce back from their 8-20 record last season. So far this season, the Rams hold a record of 9-10, four of their games being shutouts. According to the Suffolk Athletics website, this is the most wins that the team has had since the 2013 season. The Lady Rams began the season with three straight consecutive wins against Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Smith College and Husson University. Their Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) record is 2-4, which puts them in eighth place in their conference, according to Rams Volleyball Head Coach, Bonny Ducharme. Junior Heidy Barreiro is one of Suffolk’s outside hitters. She said that this season the team welcomed a few new players, and most of the players have been teammates for the past two years. “The beginning of this season was different. We all knew each other. We [have] high expectations. We want to do way better than we did last year,” said Barreiro.
Suffolk’s first game, a win against Massachusetts Maritime, was their first season opener win since 2011. In the game, the team had 38 digs and 13 aces. The first set was close, but the Lady Rams pulled out a win 26-24. The team continued to dominate, winning their next two sets with scores of 25-14 and 25-21. The team’s next win was against Smith College in Northhampton, Mass. This is the first time since 2009 that Suffolk has won their first two matches. Suffolk faced a fierce competitor as they won the game 3-1 in some close sets. Suffolk won their first two sets with scores of 25-20 and 25-21. They dropped the next set 25-18, but quickly bounced back to win the last set 25-22. In the final game of their three-game win streak, the Lady Rams shutout Husson University three sets to none. Suffolk edged out Husson in all three sets with scores of 25-13, 2510, and 25-16. Ducharme is in her second year coaching with the team. Her 18 years of overall coaching has helped her to become involved with more teams than just one. Year-round and when she is not at Suffolk, B. Ducharme travels to fulfill her role as a USA High Performance Volleyball coach. She trains athletes in places such as California and
Florida that are top ranked in the nation. After training is done, she coaches these player’s tournaments. On the side, B. Ducharme also runs a business, Dip Deep Volleyball, along with her sister and Assistant Volleyball Coach Vicky Ducharme. The business is a volleyball club for the Junior Olympics that runs from November to May. They work with kids from 10 and under, as well as kids from 18 and under. When this season ends, she runs volleyball clinics for boys and girls and summer camps that deal with specialty skills in the sport. Most of the activities that she pursues day to day involve volleyball, as this has always been her biggest passion. “Bonny can appear to be fiery, but she wears her heart on her sleeve. She has an absolute love for this sport and for each of her players. She goes to the end of the world for the people in her life,” said the team’s assistant captain, Krystal Velazquez. B. Ducharme said that she pushes her players to be the best that they can be. A great deal of her coaching style involves setting goals for her players. She pushes them physically and mentally on and off the court. “I’m a tough coach, but I’m a good coach where as I tell them what they’re
doing wrong and I also tell them what they’re doing right, so I’m like their biggest fan,” said B. Ducharme in an interview with The Suffolk Journal B. Ducharme’s goals for her team do not just end at making them better players. She said she teaches them skills that she hopes they can use off of the court and apply in the classroom. She talked about how important it is for her athletes to set goals for themselves academically. B. Ducharme mentioned that one of her juniors is graduating early so that she can start her Master’s degree. Another one of her sophomores is taking more credits than needed, so that she may start law school next year. “I teach them more than just volleyball,” said B. Ducharme. “After college they have to have something; they can’t just have volleyball to fall back on. Their academics are very important, so it’s extremely important for me that I can realize that they balance both and accomplish what they never thought possible.” B. Ducharme said that last year the team had 11 freshmen, which made it hard for them to build a strong bond together. She knew that the team had a lot to work on from the previous season. She also said that they had a goal of beating their record from last year, which they have already
accomplished. “Our goal right now is to fall in the middle of [GNAC standings] and hopefully make the playoffs this year. That is our goal as team,” said B. Ducharme. B. Ducharme said that if she could, she would never stop coaching. She said that she admires her players and will always have their backs no matter what. She also said that she loves seeing them accomplish personal and academic goals that they never saw in reach. “My favorite part about coaching is not the wins or loses, it’s seeing my players grow. I think that’s the most rewarding thing,” said B. Ducharme. Sophomore Volleyball Captain Bridget Allison said that B. Ducharme helps to motivate their team and make them better players. Allison, who plays both middle and outsider hitter, knows that her coach expects the most from the team, but that is what helps to strengthen their skills. “[B. Ducharme] has very high expectations for our team. We have a team of very talented athletes and she knows what we can do,” said Allison in an interview with The Journal. “She wants us to make playoffs this year.” Allison said that not only does B. Ducharme help the team as a whole, she also helps each player grow individually. “[B. Ducharme] makes
me a better player because she is always pushing me to do my very best. She is really tough because she cares and knows what everyone is capable of. At practices she creates a competitive environment so that we practice like we play in games, which makes everyone on the team a better player,” said Allison. Vicky Ducharme has coached volleyball for 15 years now. This is her first year coaching with the Rams and she helps run practices and leads on the sidelines. V. Ducharme explained that her sister’s coaching style is extremely involved. “[B. Ducharme] is a very hands-on coach and will step in and play in our scrimmages at practice,” said V. Ducharme in an interview with The Journal. “She doesn't just tell, she shows, which helps the girls follow along and learn at the same time.” V. Ducharme also said that other than herself, she’s never met someone so passionate about caring for her players. She said that her sister is unique compared to other coaches. “Her personality is what sets her apart and shows in her coaching. She coaches from a position of strength and does not just to look for a win, but overall team growth,” said V. Ducharme. “Her passion really shows as well.”
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Suffolk celebrates two-year home at Rams Fan Fest Suffolk men’s and women’s soccer collect conference game wins
Senior Midfielder Aaron Haggas’ goal adds to 5-1 conference win over Anna Maria College. Chris DeGusto Journal Staff
As a part of Suffolk University’s Family and Alumni Weekend, Suffolk Athletics hosted their second annual Rams Fan Fest on Sat.,Oct. 15. As a part of the sporting event, the university’s men’s and women’s soccer teams hosted conference games at East Boston Memorial Park. Men’s soccer played Anna Maria College and the women’s team played Mount Ida College. Prior to the women’s game, the team honored senior forward Shannon Simmons with a Senior Day pre-game ceremony to honor her soccer career at Suffolk. In an interview with The Suffolk Journal on Tuesday afternoon. Simmons talked about the emotions she has experienced during her career as a Ram is coming to an end with three
games left in the regular season. “Soccer has been a part of my life since I was four years old, so it’ll be a tough adjustment overall,” she said. “My team has been the best part of my soccer experience. I’ve made some great friends and have made great memories over the seasons.” She said the bittersweet feeling that Simmons is experiencing adds to the transitional realm of being a senior. She explained how graduating will be exciting, but she will miss being on the field beside her teammates. The support from families, friends and fans at the Rams Fan Fest for the past two years has allowed the community to connect with others and catch soccer games. Suffolk Midfielder Jordan Casey’s father Steve spoke of the significance of Ram Fan Fest in an interview with The Journal on Sat. “I think this Ramfest is a good thing; Suffolk University is definitely
heading in the right direction with the program, and this event I think is special,” said Casey on his son’s program. “Last year there was 50 people, this year there’s 250 people. Kids are working hard, and the coaches are working hard, and we’re going in the right direction.” Positive reactions from fans in attendance of the event were not the only excitement present. Suffolk alum and Managing Director of Alumni Engagement for the university Caitlin Haughey, who graduated in 1996 with a Masters in Education, discussed the festivities as well as so many of the university’s related events. “It absolutely was a success. I think it will just grow from here,” Haughey said. “This was the first time we were able to invite alumni back to see the new fields, to just connect with families, connect with students.” Suffolk women’s soccer goalie sophomore Kirsten Weiker, talked about the team’s
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performance and their outlook going forward in a post-game interview with The Journal. “We showed up early to watch the boys game, to continue the support for Ramfest,” she said. “And I think that just the celebration and the fans all together really hyped us up for our game, which actually helped us a lot in playing well and knowing that we had to fight hard so that we didn’t disappoint everybody here.” Commenting on her team’s gameplay, Weiker said, “This game was honestly a good example of how we’re capable of passing and moving up the field properly, and just [playing] as a unit all together. I feel like our game today was a perfect example of teamwork and what we’re capable of.” The Lady Rams played in the second contest of the day. Junior forwards Jennifer Martin and Alexandra Nagri each contributed two goals, another being tacked on by junior forward Erika Nelson as Mount Ida
College fell in a shutout loss of 5-0. Suffolk’s men’s soccer team defeated the Anna Maria College Amcats 5-1. Forwards freshman Christian Restrepo and senior Alberto Bittan each netted two scores of their own, as senior forward Aaron Haggas tallied the other. “Ramfest was great, it’s good to have a good turnout. [We’re] 5-2 (in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) conference), 5-2, that feels pretty good. Team win; three points in the bag,” said Haggas in a post-game interview. “We could have finished the game earlier, but we did the job in the end.” The Rams swept their opponents on this eventful day was not only a boost for the home teams, but also for the Suffolk fans to enjoy their day. Casey Yee, a junior business major at Suffolk, commented on this in an interview Saturday. “Ramfest is great. We come out and support our friends. My friend
is on the team, it’s just nice to actually have a Suffolk community,” she said. “Everyone’s really supporting each other and obviously seeing our team win is great as well.” Fans of every team were able to interact with the large group of spectators, as well as engage in a luncheon. Beyond the free T-shirts and weather, the focus remained on the games. Going forward for Suffolk, the regular season looks to wrap up toward the end of the month, with Weiker commenting on the remaining slate. "We're going to try to hammer through and win them all, and hopefully get home-field advantage for [the] playoffs,” she said. Simmons is looking beyond just home-field advantage though, with larger goals in sight. “The team is giving 100 percent effort, and we are staying focused and are just going to continue striving to achieve our goal, which is winning the GNAC Championship,” she said.