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May 7, 2010
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Registration a major issue for communication majors Ryan Hartley STAFF WRITER
It’s that time of year again; time to register for classes and hope for an ideal schedule next semester. While this may be easy for some, it hasn’t been as easy recently for communication majors. Numerous students registering
for classes next fall haven’t been able to get the classes they need for their communication major. This has been due Prelli to the lack of professors on staff as well as the large number of students in the major.
A number of the professors have gone on leave, and two have retired. Regardless of the reason, it’s proving to be quite the problem, especially for upperclassmen. “There currently aren’t enough classes available for juniors and seniors,” junior Mark Cochrane said. “I know the department understands, but it’s still frustrating to
Students participate beyond the borders of campus and country Roy Hebert
Students Without Borders, a student organization that is internationally involved, aims to enhance the availability of basic needs in countries that require the insight of civil engineers. Existing as an engineering-based student-run organization, SWB focuses on the planning, completion and maintenance of various technical projects, both locally and abroad. The nature of the projects requires them to be environmentally sound and sustainable.
know that when I’m registering for classes, I can’t get the classes that I need for my major.” After registering for classes last week, Cochrane was only able to get into one class that pertained to his major. Beside that class, he still has four more to take for the communication program. And he only has two semesters left to do so.
Fellow junior Matt DiStefano is in a similar situation. When he went to register for classes last week, there was only one 600-level and one 700-level class left in the major. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to take either of these because they didn’t fit into his already hectic schedule, leaving him with no other COURSES continued on page 5
an aerial acrobatic performance
Students Without Borders is the UNH student chapter of the national organization, Engineers Without Borders-USA. EWB-USA helps the student organization plan their projects and reach out to new people and resources that can help. Past projects have included work in Niger and Thailand. Both projects set out to establish more efficient ways to gather, sanitize and distribute water. Co-leader Katrina Papanastassiou said that the largest projects carried out by SWB have been related to SWB continued on page 4
Higher Grounds, Ramon’s celebrate milestone years ALEXANDRA CHURCHILL/STAFF Aerial dancers in the Theatre and Dance deparment put on a show Wednesday night.
Program showcases aerial talent Alexandra Churchill STAFF WRITER
Both Higher Grounds and Ramon’s are celebrating milestone years.
Michaela Christensen STAFF WRITER
t 11 a.m. on Thursday, a line begins to form in front of the food cart Higher Grounds. The coffee stop, sitting between Dimond Library and Hewitt Hall, is in one of its peak times and a line of 10 people is forming before the cart. From the back of the line, senior Stacy Eastman motions to the barista with her hands what size coffee she
wants, so that she can get her drink ready ahead of time for her. “They know what I’m getting,” Eastman said. “I come here every other day.” Vinny Cirasole’s “Higher Grounds” and Ramon Valdez’s “Ramon’s” are two unique concession stops on the UNH campus that have become staples in the UNH community. “Although UNH Dining ServicMILESTONES continued on page 5
Jennifer Carroll hangs suspended from the ceiling by a 19foot long silken strip of purple fabric. Her robust dancer’s body is entwined in the airy ribbon, defined back muscles quivering with tension. She is illuminated by the lights, beads of sweat dotting her brow and the particles of dust swirling around her. Suddenly, her hand releases the fabric, extending her limbs in a flurry of grace and silk as her body somersaults downward in a heart-stopping yet elegant freefall to the floor. Aerial is a unique form of dance and Wednesday night, stu-
dent aerialists in the Theatre and Dance department showcased their skills, swinging on fabrics and hanging from their heels before an awestruck audience of family and friends. Aerial dance is a subgenre of modern dance. The choreography incorporates an apparatus (such as the one and two point trapeze or fabric) suspended from the ceiling, allowing dance performers to explore space three-dimensionally and is characterized by swinging, contortionist-like poses. Elegant and circuslike, aerial dance is said to be the vision of dance choreographer and instructor Terry Sendgraff from the San Francisco Bay area. Originally
ALEXANDRA CHURCHILL/STAFF Student aerialists showcased their skills Wed.
referred to as “motivity” trapeze, the dance form was inspired from Sendgraff’s experiments on AERIAL continued on page 4
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This week in Durham
The New Hampshire
Contents Fortieth anniversary of student strike
• Staff Recognition Program 9:30 a.m. GSR • Chemistry Poster Exhibition 3 p.m. Parsons
Year in Review: Students trash TNH
8 The Peace and Justice League honored the fortieth anniversary of the student strike at UNH by screening the documentary “Mayflowers.”
Year in Review: H1N1 hits UNH
12 Thousands of issues of the Sept. 29 edition of The New Hampshire were stolen and thrown away by a group of students upset with an article.
NESN’s Jack Edwards talks with TNH
• Residence Hall Car Wash 9 a.m. DUMP Parking Lot • UNH Symphony Orchestra 8 p.m. Johnson Theatre
• Acorns Jazz Brunch 10 a.m. New England Center • UNH Concert Choir 3 p.m. Johnson Theatre
10 • Education Reform Symposium 4 p.m. MUB Theatre I • Student Dance Showcase 7 p.m. Johnson Theatre
16 After four cases of H1N1 were confirmed on campus in November, students bombarded Health Services and were told to stay home if sick.
Year in Review: Halloween assault Last Halloween, 21-year-old student Adam Bermingham suffered numerous injuries when he was assaulted by what was thought to be a group of men between Stoke and Sawyer halls. Eric Hunt, a nonstudent, later turned himself in to police for the crime.
20 Boston Bruins commentator Jack Edwards has worked for NESN since 2005, but he got his broadcasting start at UNH.
Year in Review: Smith Hall switch Many students were upset with the university when it was made public that Smith Hall would no longer be the international dorm, but would instead be repurposed as the home of the Admissions Office. The students’ main argument was that there was no public debate about the decision.
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Vinny Cirasole’s Higher Grounds is a hot spot for students seeking coffee or breakfast goods.
ACROSS 1.Mother Theresa 7.Octomom 8.Courtney Love
DOWN 1.Michelle Obama 2.The Virgin Mary 3.Angelina Jolie 4.Clara Barton 5.Kate Gosselin 6.Carol Brady
ACROSS 1. For over 45 years she ministered to the poor, sick, orphaned, and dying. 7. Eight mouths to feed. 8. Pop-punk singer/widow. DOWN 1. Mother to Malia and Sasha. 2. The rosary is devoted to her. 3. Collecting kids from every country. 4. She is best remembered for organizing the American Red Cross. 5. Chose fame over kids. 6. TV show mother in the seventies.
TYLER MCDERMOTT/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Wildcat Dan Milano of the men’s lacrosse team fights with a BC defender for position in the PCLL Championship game at UNH’s Outer Field. The Wildcats lost in double overtime, 10-9.
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AERIAL: UNH one of few schools with program Continued from page 1
a low-hung circus trapeze. Aerial dance has captivated audiences and choreographers alike since its first conception in the 70s, popularized worldwide by the Canadian-based performing troupe, Cirque Du Soleil. Aerial dance was first introduced to the Theatre and Dance department in 2001 by Gay Nardone, department chair and associate professor of dance. “At first, the idea was to incorporate circus tricks into our dance concerts,” Nardone said. “I met and worked with aerialist dancers.” Nardone trained with Elsie and Serenity Smith, twin sisters and former duo-trapeze aerialists from Cirque du Soleil’s “Saltimbanco” tour. In 2003, the Smith sisters founded the Nimble Arts Trapeze and Circus School in Brattleboro, Vt. After studying under the Smith sisters in their studio, Nardone perfected the moves, had the New Hampshire Hall’s Newman dance studio rigged with equipment and handpicked independent study students to train. The University of New Hampshire is the first and one of few schools in the country to boast
an aerial dance program. Aerial is thoroughly integrated into the dance curriculum. The program has garnered the attention of dancers nationwide and has been featured in various local newspapers and broadcasters including CBS. “Even Florida State University’s Flying High Circus doesn’t have aerial,” Nardone said. “They have trapeze but that’s not the same thing.” The study of aerial arts or THDA 665 is a high-level dance performance course in the Theatre and Dance department of the university. The course may be repeated for up to a maximum of 16 credits or eight semesters. Wednesday’s performance showcased a wide range of aerial skills from first-time amateurs to teaching assistant professionals. Maureen Walcek, a sophomore dance major and kinesiology minor, has repeatedly enrolled in the course for three semesters now. “Ever since I was little, I liked monkey bars,” she said. “Now I have a structure to it.” Walcek, who has been dancing her entire life, said that a deciding factor in enrolling at UNH was in large part due to the school’s
unique aerial dance program. “Not a lot of people can say they get to do this,” she said. Jennifer Falvey, a sophomore dance major and member of the UNH Dance Company, is in her third semester of aerial. From ballet to jazz, dance has always been her passion and aerial was just a new way to “entertain people.” “I love to entertain people,” she said, beaming. Falvey will be working as a teaching assistant in the university’s summer art outreach program, teaching aerial dance to school children between grades five and 12. The aerial dancers strut the matted floor in leotards and leggings that outfit the trim and trained muscles of their backs, arms, calves and abs. Students credit their toned muscularity to the aerial dance work. Most dance tricks require powerful upper body strength from pull-ups on the trapeze to scaling ropes and fabrics, balancing on one arm and supporting ensemble partners. “When you lift up, you have to be strong.” Nardone said. Carroll, a senior health management and policy major in her fourth semester of aerial, has been
dancing since she was a preteen, but aerial was a new untried challenge. “The hardest part is simply pulling yourself up on the bar,” she said. “It takes a lot of physical endurance.” Nardone remarked that she first mastered the trapeze at 50 years old. “You can always challenge yourself,” she said. Today, the aerial dance classroom in the Newman dance studio is outfitted with a number of various apparatuses: single, double and triangle trapezes, fabric, lyra (hoop) and the Spanish web. “Each apparatus has a personality to them,” Nardone said. “Everyone has a unique way of moving and certain pieces of equipment fit people better than others.” The aerial tissue, also referred to as fabric or silks, is the hardest aerial apparatus to master. “ Y o u have to practice on the others before you can try the fabric,” Carroll said. “Its by far the hardest.” Safety is of upmost importance in the aerial classroom. The Newman dance studio was inspected by a certified engineer and rigged by profes-
sional riggers. All aerial equipment is checked regularly, cushioning mats are laid out on the floor and students take turns spotting each other. Nardone has a strict safetyconscious policy when it comes to aerial dance. “The aerialist has to know how to be safe,” Nardone said. “If you want to be reckless and not listen to instruction, then you’re out. We don’t mess around here.” Walcek reiterated that a dancer’s safety is as much mental as it is physical. “It’s about knowing your body’s limitations,” she said. “You have to know when to come down.” While aerial dance has taken off as a popularly performed modern dance, it is not widely taught. This means UNH graduates of the dance program have a leg up on the competition when applying for jobs. Nardone says graduates have gone on to work as professional dancers and featured in shows by Disney World, Cirque du Soleil and Carnival Cruise Lines. Nardone is not surprised by the program’s popularity. “Everyone wants to fly,” she said. “Dancers especially.”
SWB: Student Org works to bring sustainable water to countries Continued from page 1
clean water. Water is a basic need and resource that some disadvantaged communities require help ob-
taining and distributing. Clean sustainable water is an important foundation of any community, village or country. SWB
helps underdeveloped communities gain access to the most fundamental of human needs. Papanastassiou said that the
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project was done in a small village in Niger that involved a camel-powered water pump. Constructed in 2005, SWB carried out the designing and building of the pump with help from a Non-Governmental Organization. Non-Governmental Organizations, or NGOs, are the primary correspondents in the various countries that SWB works with. Unfortunately, some NGOs are either unreliable or missing when the time comes to follow up on past projects. Maintaining past projects is also a major part of SWB’s mission to establish sustainable means of water distribution. Currently, SWB is working on a new project in Uganda. In collaboration with ChildVoice International, SWB is responding to the recent change in Ugandan infrastructure due to civil war. “Approximately 70 percent of the wells in Uganda are contaminated,” Papanastassiou said. The project, according to Papanastassiou, is a large step for SWB as it is awaiting approval from EWB-USA. It will be the first major project of SWB in a while, and the organization is optimistic. “Our goal is to go over and build a well properly,” said Papanastassiou. What Papanastassiou described as a five-year commitment calls for SWB to monitor the health of the water and progress of the well. Also, a professional engineer and local contractors are slated to be involved in overseeing and aiding the project. “This project will focus on getting the war victims clean, accessible water,” Vice President Kayla Mineau said.
The initial assessment trip to find materials, choose a location and become acquainted with the community is described by Mineau as an important first step in the orchestration of the project. After the assessment, SWB, along with local contractors and oversight by a professional engineer will begin digging a hole for the well and implementing a filtration system to maintain water quality. The professional engineer, usually from EWB-USA, will supervise the project to prevent major engineering flaws or errors. “We have filed all the paperwork and are just waiting back for the official word from EWB to begin planning our trip over to Africa,” Mineau said. On a local scale, SWB is working to benefit the UNH student community as well. Specifically, SWB has been participating in an ongoing project to help UNH’s Organic Gardening Club become selfsustainable. Brainstorming between the two student organizations has helped guide them in ideas of how to properly maintain drip irrigation in the greenhouses. Lucas Perry, president of the Organic Gardening Club, is hopeful about the project, but he said that its current state is merely in the planning stage. Students Without Borders is holding a Silent Auction and Empty Bowls Fundraiser on May 8, 2010 at the South Church in Portsmouth. Bowls for the UNH Ceramics Department and funds from Portsmouth and Durham businesses have been donated to assist SWB in their ongoing project in Uganda.
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COURSES: Sign-up an issue for communication majors Continued from page 1
option but to take three communication courses in the spring of his senior year. “Going into the fall of my senior year, it seems a bit ridiculous that I won’t be able to take any classes towards my degree,” DiStefano said. Sophomore Jen Tannenbaum agrees. “It’s discouraging to take electives and not take classes towards a degree,” she said. “I can broaden my knowledge, but if it’s not towards my major then what’s the point?” According to DiStefano, he talked to the communication department recently, and they said they were going to set up a priority list to accommodate certain students who are the most desperate for classes. Basically, the list breaks down like this: students going into their senior year with no upper-level courses
(600- and 700-level) will be of higher priority, while students going into their senior year with one 600- and 700-level course will be of lower priority.
“It makes my schedule even more difficult.” Matt DiStefano UNH Junior While this makes sense to DiStefano, he said it’s still frustrating. “It makes my schedule even more difficult because besides a communication major, I’m going towards a business minor,” he said. “I also have one more general education course to take, and I have to fulfill the necessary credit requirement in order to graduate on time.” Not many college students
want to be at school for an extra semester, and not many parents want to pay for it either. This is what has frustrated both students and their parents, including DiStefano’s parents. “I know other people’s parents have called to complain, and my mom is planning on e-mailing the head of the department,” he said. Chair of the Communication Department Lawrence Prelli said that he understands and appreciates the students’ frustrations, but he wants it to be known that a solution is available to them. “Students shouldn’t be put in the position where they would have to go an extra semester to complete the major when they’ve done everything right,” he said. “So, we’re adding some courses and giving priority to students in view of their graduation prospects.” Prelli said that the department
wants to make sure that students who are entering their senior can take two classes in the fall, so that their schedules are manageable. “Students who aren’t positioned to have two classes completed by the end of the fall term need to e-mail us, and we’ll take care of them,” he said. Despite the suggested solutions, DiStefano is disappointed in the administration for allowing this to happen. “This is a school-wide problem,” DiStefano said. “I can’t blame it all on the communication department because they just don’t have enough teachers. But at the same time, maybe they shouldn’t have let in all the kids that they did. Or, maybe they shouldn’t have let as many teachers go on leave.” Prelli said that he thinks the issue is being blown out of proportion. “I’m not denying that this is a
bad problem, but usually the clamor is louder than the problem is big,” he said. The problem may not be resolved yet, but Prelli feels that the recent adjustments are a step in the right direction. “We view here that if you’ve done everything right, we, in a sense, have an obligation to make sure that you get through the program in a timely fashion, and we’re meeting that obligation,” he said. “It’s a bumpy road, but we’re meeting it.” He also feels that this will be much less of a problem in the future, with fewer teachers on leave and students being accommodated more. “I don’t anticipate this repeating itself in the spring,” he said. “We will be much better off when we can finally get those additional hires in place.”
MILESTONES: Two food carts celebrating landmark years Continued from page 1
es does an outstanding job serving the UNH community - indeed, the best I’ve experienced on a college campus - it’s nice for everyone to have the options that Vinny and Ramon represent,” UNH President Mark Huddleston wrote in an email. Both owners are celebrating a milestone year in the operation of their businesses. Valdez, owner of the cart, which holds his name, is completing his fifth year of running the business. Cirasole, owner of Higher Grounds, is finishing his 15th successful year. “I’ve been blessed,” Cirasole said. “We’ve been out here fifteen years and I couldn’t ask for a better business to run right now.” Valdez, owner of Ramon’s, located outside of Horton Hall on Academic Way, said he has also gained a number faithful customers over the years. “I think the students see us as campus parents sometimes,” Kristin Valdez, who helps run the cart with her husband, said. “If they don’t have the money, we let them go, and they come back and pay us.” Valdez has been working at the food cart in Durham for eight years. n 2001, he started working under another owner who had named his cart “It’s a Wrap.” When the owner of that cart retired, Valdez took over and bought his own cart for Academic Way. Sean Hurley, a recent graduate, created the graffiti artwork for the back of Valdez’s cart. Valdez runs the cart with his wife. They sell a variety of coffees, some fruit, breakfast sandwiches and hamburgers. On Wednesday afternoons, Valdez makes a special for lunch. He cooks Latino or Spanish food, which often includes rice and
beans. Valdez has a variety of regulars from the Music, Art and Business schools including the Dean of the Whittemore School Daniel Innis and Associate Professor of Sociology Sharyn Potter. Tom Johnson from UNH maintenance stopped to get an order of fries last Thursday. He said he comes to Ramon’s every day for coffee and sometimes for lunch. “In the morning, I’ve got to time it so I don’t have to wait in a long line of students,” Johnson said. Cirasole became involved in the coffee business after teaching at a high school for five years. He first began selling espressos and cappuccinos at a ski resort in Colorado before moving to New Hampshire to start his business at UNH. About five years ago, he ordered the cart he has now from a company in Oregon that makes and sells San Francisco trolley cars. He sells specialty coffees, bagels, soup and sandwiches with one full-time employee and three parttime student workers. Cirasole said he calls his loyal customers by their first name. “I’m on a first-name basis with everybody,” Cirasole said. “I think that having a friendly relationship with my customers is as important as anything.” Cirasole said that he even calls President Huddleston by his first name when he stops by his cart. “Especially on a nice sunny afternoon, it’s great to be able to stroll over to one of the food carts and grab a bit to eat,” Huddleston wrote. Both owners said they especially appreciate the business that they’ve been able to get at UNH because of the families that they each support. Cirasole has five children and Valdez has three. “I like coming out here Monday through Friday,” Cirasole said.
“But I also like getting home and being able to have dinner with my family.” Ironically, both owners grew up in Queens, N.Y., only a few minutes away from each other before they each moved to New Hampshire to start their businesses and
families. Higher Grounds is open from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays during the school year, and during the summer it closes at 2:30 p.m. Ramon’s is open from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the school year and is also open during the
summer. Valdez said he depends on the students, faculty and staff to continue coming. “They all need their coffee, and they know that I’m here,” Valdez said. “They definitely depend on me, and I depend on them to
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Day of Prayer not worth the trouble Yesterday was the National Day of Prayer. As usual, it contained a lot more controversy than it did prayers. In April, a U.S. district court ruled that the federal law that designates a National Day of Prayer and requires an annual presidential proclamation violates the 1st Amendment’s establishment clause, and is thus unconstitutional. The Obama administration changed the wording of the annual proclamation and is appealing that decision. Then, Franklin Graham – the son of evangelist Billy Graham – became angry when he was uninvited from a National Day of Prayer event at the Pentagon, saying it was “a slap in the face of all Christians.” Critics had complained about Graham’s invitation because of references he has made to Islam as “evil” and inferior to Judaism
and Christianity. While these events are perhaps more high profile than usual, the fact is that the National Day of Prayer is controversial every year. And rightly so.
The National Day of Prayer contained a lot more controversy than it did prayers. In theory, the day is secular, but the truth of the matter is that certain religious organizations have powerful connections in Washington that make the day sectarian. According to Time Magazine, for example, the Penta-
gon outsources the organization of its events to the National Day of Prayer Task Force, a private group headed by the wife of Focus on the Family founder James Dobson. Anyone who thinks that Protestantism doesn’t receive the majority of attention of this alleged “secular” day is misguided. While Obama’s National Day of Prayer agenda was notably grounded in comparison to that of former President Bush, and it is likely he will ultimately win his appeal, the recent controversy makes one wonder why we need to designate a National Day of Prayer at all. Who is supposed to be benefiting? Those who choose to pray are presumably doing it more than once a year. And those who choose not too, don’t need to be subject to this yearly ordeal.
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Taking a minute to review the past year Dear readers, There’s something inherently alluring about recording history, which, if you think about it, is what the news industry is all about. Here at The New Hampshire, we’re privileged to get to do just that for UNH and the surrounding community. That’s why we’re excited to present to you our annual “Year in Review” section, which you’ll find starting on page nine of this, our last regular issue of the year. As we revisited our front pages to pick the top stories, we realized just what a year it has been. Not one devoid of major headlines, as we originally thought, but rather one in which we considered at length which of our top stories we would be forced to leave out of this issue due to space limitations. There was student uproar over the
loss of a beloved residence hall, a malicious assault that shocked the region, and a national pandemic that came to sleepy old Durham (does anyone even remember swine flu anymore?). Our newspapers were stolen, UNH faculty threatened to strike, and we published a controversial story on bondage. If you’re a journalist, those are pretty much the ingredients for a great year. We’ve changed behind the scenes too, with stronger stories, better photos and a recent spurt of new multimedia content. We brought in solid regular columnists and beefed up our opinion and forum pages. (Meanwhile, we continued to struggle with just what we want to do with page three.) We restarted our facebook page and broke the results of student body elections and Scott Sicko’s signing there and on Twitter first.
Eight months ago, we returned to the newsroom tanned and well rested, wondering what we’d be putting on our pages in the coming year. We’re emerging slightly paler and much less well rested, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. You’re holding the 51st issue of the 99th year of The New Hampshire in your hands. Thanks for coming along with us this year. Good luck on your finals and have a spectacular summer. If you’re around the Memorial Union Building, check out our summer issue, which we’ll put together next week. Otherwise, we’ll be back here in September to start year 100. Until then, Thomas Gounley Executive Editor
LetterS to the editor Cheer for UNH teams, don’t degrade opponents I wholeheartedly agree that the large crowd at the UNH Men’s Lacrosse game this past weekend should get a big thumbs up from TNH and the UNH community. However, I do take issue with giving the students who pulled information from the Boston College goalie’s Facebook page a similar commendation. I understand the information was obtained from a publicly posted profile but using that information in a hurtful and antagonistic manner does nothing to further the good work of the Men’s Lacrosse team. I hope that at future events UNH students will spend more energy and effort cheering for their fellow classmates than degrading the
student athletes that UNH competes against. Ben Wakely Program Coordinator UNH Campus Recreation
New England Center closing reflects poorly on UNH I am amazed that the New England Center will be closed in the near future – closed to the many purposes for which it was founded. I presume this is an executive decision sanctioned by the Board of Trustees. I disagree with the action and realize you may explain the cause principally as lack of funds. This is the standard New Hampshire explanation for most statewide deficiencies, and of course bears some truth.
It is a disgraceful admission of failure that a university with a credited business school and a longtime reputable hospitality management cannot figure out how to run the center profitably and with administrative success. To abandon a vital meeting center so important to the people of New Hampshire and to the university and its alumni is shameful. The center’s demise as a useful focal point valuable to countless New Hampshire users is directly traceable to the ineptitude and irresponsibility of the UNH administration. With fortitude, determination, intelligence, imagination, and a will to succeed, the center could be run profitably and creditably. Mary Louise Hancock Retired N.H. State Senator Concord, N.H.
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Your Lefts and Rights OFFSHORE DRILLING So there was a big oil spill, and now the question is what to do. Many questions get raised in a situation like this. What is the government’s role in the cleanup process? Did they respond fast enough? Should they be active in preventing this from happening in the future? Those are just some of the legitimate inquires into where to go from here. Already Obama is being criticized for his apparent delay in coming to the aid of the Gulf Coast. The right is quick to call it similar to Bush’s delay in responding to Hurricane Katrina that he got so much heat for. As of now, the government is assisting in the cleanup efforts monetarily and physically. The government is estimated to spend about $7 billion dollars in the cleanup effort, and BP will match that price tag in an attempt to fix their accident. Everyone agrees (shockingly) that everything possible needs to be done to contain and eventually eliminate the massive slick now shifting around the Gulf of Mexico. The problem lies in the political cards this disaster could open the door for. For a long time the left has been adamantly against excessive drilling within our borders, whereas the right’s feelings can be summed up by the catchy phrase “drill, baby, drill.” Unfortunately for the right, this large-scale oil spill does not exactly look good when you find yourself lobbying to increase drilling. The situation becomes especially complicated because of Obama’s recent decision to allow for increased offshore drilling. As
preparation for those sites to be opened was just getting underway, this explosion and spill occurs. Obama has already showed misgivings about his decision by suspending any new drilling in the gulf until investigators can determine the cause of the rig explosion and subsequent oil leak. With more offshore oil platforms, common sense says there is more of a chance another environmental disaster will happen. Because of that, the left is calling for drilling to be limited and eventually phased out. The right is warning against letting this accident cause any second thoughts about the possibility of more drilling in America. With vast oil supplies and the opportunity to get out of bed with our enemies, they say we cannot afford to not take advantage of our natural resources no matter the potential environmental cost. Ultimately, the right would like to phase out drilling as well, but until then they believe it is important for us to use what we have available. While I do not blame the left if they continue to use this situation as a rallying cry for their cause, it is not something I totally agree with. First of all, a vote was already passed and Obama signed off on the expansion of offshore drilling. To go back on that now would be dishonest and detrimental to the already fragile trust between Democrats and Republicans. Secondly, this kind of spill is very rare. The problems caused by the leak will be fixed eventually because oil is a natural substance, and any new drill station will certainly be built with
this accident in mind and create new safety features. In comparison to the amount of drilling that is happening as we speak, the chances for drilling disasters are small and continuing to decrease. It is important that we remember that oil is a natural substance as well. It’s not like we dumped a couple million gallons of diesel fuel in the ocean…this stuff actually came from the depths of the ocean. That is not to downgrade the effect this spill will have on the Gulf of Mexico. Instead I just mean to say it will eventually be corrected by a long-lasting cleanup presence in the area. So I say keep drilling. Let’s not let this accident deter us from buying less oil from places like Saudi Arabia. It is my hope that future offshore platforms will improve as a result of this disaster and the chances for another major slick will be lessened. While I think we should continue to drill, it doesn’t mean we can take our foot off the gas pedal to find other ways to fuel our engines. No matter what happens, the government needs to be involved as little as possible when it comes to the business cycle! That approach will create a profitable business environment and a multitude of long lasting jobs. Tyler Goodwin is a sophomore Business Administration and Justice Studies major at UNH. With this column he hopes to show that it is possible to solve major issues without being divisive or following the doctrine of specific political groups.
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chance that a Boston sports team wins a world championship this year. We’d say the Bruins have the best chance, followed by the Celtics and the Red Sox. chance that Greece will still be in a state of chaos this time next year. chance that yesterday’s bomb scare in Portsmouth will ultimately be declared the town’s biggest story of the year. chance that the UNH administration will ever come to their senses and stop scheduling the last official day of classes for a Monday.
chance that the Cincinatti Bengals will regret signing Adam “Pacman” Jones. chance that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will ever give a legitimate interview with a U.S. journalist.
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Best “On the Spot” Responses of 2009-2010
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“Left hand for toaster.”
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What would your safe word be?
“Grandma.” Brandon Jennings, junior, sociology
“Climaxticus.” Sam Rose, senior, business management
What is the best and worst What would you say to an incoming freshman? part of being back at school?
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Best: “Surrounded by friends.” Worst: “Wearing shower shoes.”
Matty Ice, freshman, undeclared
Daisy Vaughn, Sophomore, physics
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Students, community remember strike Victoria Adewumi CONTRIBUTING WRITER
On Tuesday night, instead of the usual crowd of undergrads sitting in class, Horton 4 was the site of the Peace and Justice League’s celebration of the 40th anniversary of the student strike. Alumni, community members and students were in attendance to watch the documentary “Mayflowers,” which is about the days leading up to the strike and its aftermath. Most of the attendees were either present or around during the original strike, and as the room darkened the camaraderie and excitement of the former students was evident as they watched their history on the giant projection screen. “Mayflower” explains in detail how three of the Chicago 8 were invited to the UNH campus by then Student Body President Mark Wefers to speak out against the Vietnam War, but the Kent State Massacre occurred the day before they were supposed to arrive, which led the University Trustees to petition the U.S. District Court to keep them off campus. Much of the film highlights the fact that although not all students completely agreed with the message of Dillinger, Hoffman, and Rubin, they were unified behind the idea that the university could not tell them who they could bring to campus. Footage of the campus complete with ‘70s station wagons and
Volkswagen Beetles, memorable quotes from students at the time, and the Chicago 3 working up the crowd and passing joints onstage, were introduced and reminded many of the legacy of the strike movement on campus.
“This is the only window of your life where you will have the freedom [to pursue these things] that you have now.” Richard Polansky Activist As the documentary ended, the floor was opened up to anecdotes and stories from that time, as well as questions to the panelists, which included Mark Wefers, filmmaker Gary Anderson, and activists Richard Polansky and Peter Rivierre. The panel’s conversation revealed a different side to the strike, one that is more than just a political statement, but a reaction by students who felt pushed to fight for what they believed in. The students said that they were terrified about what would happen. Wefers said that he “assumed
[they] would end up dead, in jail, or both.” The key question addressed during the event, one that the audience members and panelists grappled with, was the effectiveness of striking as a form of protest. Anderson, the director of the documentary, said that most of the activism that was felt during that strike withered “as soon as summer break came” and had it not, “the war may have ended years sooner.” While the movement may not draw the same numbers as that day 40 years ago, the panel believes there is and will continue to be students that remain devoted to such movements. “Get off the Internet and do something, talk to people,” Wefers said. Polansky agreed. “This is the only window of your life where you will have the freedom [to pursue these things] that you have now,” Polansky said. Audience members became animated when they gave advice to today’s cohort of student activism, suggesting that they work toward reducing consumption, the growing power of big corporations and media bias. But perhaps one of the most profound messages was to not just act in terms of the UNH campus. ”Don’t make the mistake of thinking that the beginning and end of the movement is the University of New Hampshire,” Wefers said.
Trout Scholarship winners announced Alexandra Churchill STAFF WRITER
The B. Thomas Trout Scholarship, awarded to student applicants in the College of Liberal Arts, annually awards exceptional academics. The three recipients of this year’s scholarship are Rebecca Coleman, Joshua Albair and Michele Miller. Each student is using their scholarship to partake in the London study abroad program, an opportunity that would have otherwise been impossible. “I applied for the scholarship because it was specifically for people going on a liberal arts study abroad program and for people with in state residence,” Coleman, a junior from Manchester majoring in English and Classics with a minor in Anthropology, said. Coleman and her family have struggled financially in the economic downturn. “My family and I definitely need any help we can get when paying for the London Program tuition,” she said. “Three years of college and financial issues have taken their toll.” The scholarship is named in honor of Associate Dean B. Thomas Trout who strongly promoted the study abroad experience as integral to the undergraduate college curriculum. The scholarship, open to all undergraduate students in the College of Liberal Arts, awards financial support based on a student’s academic excellence, in-state residence and financial need. Luckily, the scholarship has put Coleman’s financial troubles to rest. “I’m very excited to study in London, and I anticipate a great learning experience,” she said. “I’m extremely thankful to be one of the scholarship recipients.”
Miller, a sophomore from Somersworth and an English education major, applied for the scholarship for similar reasons. “My family has had to rely on financial aid for tuition alone,” Miller said. “So I could use whatever help I could get.” While abroad, Miller intends to fulfill her major requirements by taking classes in history, theater and English literature. “I love British literature,” Miller said. “So to study in England seemed like the right idea.” Albair, a senior with a dualmajor in computer information systems and linguistics, is also a current scholar of the McNair Graduate Opportunity Program at the university. He intends to apply for a graduate degree in Linguistics and eventually go on to earn his Ph.D. “I applied for the scholarship as soon as I got accepted into the McNair Cambridge/London program,” Albair said. The McNair Program is launching a pilot program, which will send six participants, Albair included, overseas to further conduct their individual research abroad. “This scholarship is helping to finance my overseas trip,” Albair said. “I will be conducting research in London in July for my second McNair research project.” Beyond academic research, Albair has planned a trip with friends to visit France, Spain and Germany. “I come from a low-income, first-generation background, and I never thought I would travel or go to Europe,” Albair said. “Now, with the help of this scholarship, I’m going to see quite a bit more than I ever thought possible.”
PASSENGER SURRENDERS AFTER NH BOMB SCARE PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — A nine-hour bomb scare aboard a Maine-to-New York Greyhound bus ended peacefully Thursday night when the lone remaining passenger walked off it with his hands over his head. The other 16 passengers and the driver had left the bus safely hours earlier. No details about the passenger were immediately released, and the bus remained parked in downtown Portsmouth with a bomb squad on the scene. The man could be a foreign national, as agents from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement were on the scene and there were reports an interpreter was needed to speak to him. “He is in custody,” police Capt. Mike Schwartz said. “No one is injured.” The ordeal began around 11:30 a.m. Thursday when a passenger called 911 to report an explosive device on board, leading police to evacuate buildings and streets and call the passengers out under the watch of a sharpshooter in an armored vehicle. One man remained on board and did not walk out until just before 9 p.m. The man, wearing camouflage
pants without a shirt, stepped off the bus with his hands high over his head. He then went to his knees before soon getting up and appearing to follow orders from police to walk away from the bus. ICE spokesman Harold Ort could say only that there was an “ongoing issue” and that ICE was helping the investigation. Throughout the day, police kept the curious at a distance and gave little information of what was happening on the bus. They said they established a way to communicate with the remaining passenger but wouldn’t give details of that communication. Passenger Danielle Everett, 20, of Poland, Maine, said she didn’t see anything suspicious on the bus. “It really wasn’t any big deal,” said Everett, who was met at the Portsmouth police station by her concerned father. Family members of some other passengers who gathered at the police station said their relatives did not feel threatened aboard the bus; several said the passengers were confused and more frightened by the police response.
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ORIGINALLY RAN ON NOVEMER 3, 2009
Attack between Stoke and Sawyer sends victim to hospital Amanda Beland CONTENT EDITOR
A 21-year-old male UNH student was taken to the hospital after being assaulted late Saturday night on Ballard Street, between Sawyer and Stoke Halls. According to Sgt. Steven Lee of the UNH Police Department, the victim sustained significant injuries including damage to his face and upper torso, though Lee declined to comment on the exact injuries. The victim was rushed to the hospital but has since been released. The attack happened around 11:35 p.m. Saturday night when three unidentified assailants, one dressed in what looked like a banana or hot dog costume and two others
dressed in dark-colored hoodies, attacked the victim for an unknown reason while bystanders walked by and watched. One bystander called 911. “I imagine with Wildcatessen right there, there were people,” Lee said in a phone interview after the attack. Lee said the attack was not only witnessed from the street, but from the surrounding dorm windows. Roommates Jacki Douglas and Courtney Parron, both freshmen and Sawyer Hall residents, live in a room that faces the location of the attack. Although Parron wasnít in the room at the time, Douglas was and she said that she didnít hear or see anything concerning the attack.
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“If we had, we wouldíve come out obviously,” Douglas said. “People probably just thought it’s Halloween night, probably just a couple of guys messing around.” Parron hopes the bystanders that witnessed the attack, and did nothing, were misinformed. “I really hope that people who walked by were intoxicated or oblivious,” Parron said. “It’s scary.” After the attack, UNH Police issued a campus alert via email and text message in accordance with the Clery Act. The Clery Act, according to the police campus alert sent out Nov. 1, “requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on and near their respective campuses.” After the campus alert, witnesses of the attack came forward and talked with police. According to Lee, UNH police are continuing the investigation and are in the process of following leads on a couple of individuals. Anne Lawing, Dean of Stu-
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Then what happened? According to a UNH Media Relations press release, Eric Hunt, a non-UNH student, turned himself into police on Dec. 21, and was charged with a felony of seconddegree assault. He was released on $20,000 bail and appeared in Dover District Court on Feb. 11.
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Adam Bermingham, the victim of Hunt’s assault, sustained jaw injuries that forced doctors to wire his jaw shut. Despite his physical condition, however, Bermingham still mentored middle school student Patrick through the Wildcat Mentors program, for which he was nominated for an award in April of this year.
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Former TE Sicko signs with Cowboys Brandon Lawrence SPORTS EDITOR
Despite initially announcing that he would leave the game of football after a prolific career at UNH, former Wildcat tight end Scott Sicko has announced that he will sign a free-agent contract with the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League.
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dents with Student and Academic Affairs, cited the importance of the campus alerts in identifying suspects and solving attacks like this one. “They’ve made an arrest in the September attack in front of Stoke partially because witnesses came forward after receiving these alerts and were able to give descriptions of the suspect, leading to an arrest,” Lawing said. “That’s the importance of the system.” If you or anyone you know witnessed this attack and have information that would be useful to the investigation, UNH Police ask that you contact them at 603-8621427.
Sicko, who went undrafted in the seven-round draft this past weekend, had originally decided to decline any free-agent offers and set his sights on graduate school, where he would continue studying history and education, with a possible political science minor. Sicko admits that his original decision may have been a bit rash, but after weighing his options, he realized that there was a great opportunity to continue playing the game he loves. “Immediately after the draft I had so many things going through my head, looking back on it now I probably just made a little bit of a rash decision,” Sicko said. “It was really impressive how much [the Cowboys] stuck with me, even after the draft, and were talking to me about possibly playing in the future, and now I have an opportunity to go in and try to make the team.” Sicko said that the chance to play professional football is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and for him, it’s like a childhood dream come true to get that chance. “Throughout this whole thing I’ve always said I loved the game of football, and it’s always been a huge part of my life,” Sicko said. “I’m just happy that I am taking advantage of the opportunity to potentially continue my career forever. It’s an incredible honor to be able to play in the NFL, especially to be able to play for an organization like the Dallas Cowboys.” At UNH in 2009, Sicko’s senior campaign as a Wildcat, he caught 57 passes for 725 yards and nine touchdowns. Sicko is currently listed at 6-foot-4, 255
pounds. During his pro day, he ran a 4.55 40-yard dash, and was ranked in the top 20 tight ends in the nation prior to the draft. His 40 time was faster than every tight end who took part in the Scouting Combine, with the exception of one. The decision to join the Cowboys was made early Tuesday morning, April 27. The Cowboys had pursued Sicko for some time after the completion of the draft, and continued talks with him and his agent, J.R. Rickert, even after Sicko announced his leave from football for good. Along with the Cowboys, teams that originally submitted Sicko free-agent offers included the San Diego Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs, the New York Jets, and the Jacksonville Jaguars (the team in which former UNH teammate Chad Kackert signed with over the weekend). The Indianapolis Colts expressed early interest in the tight end when they scouted him during personal workouts. Since graduate school was what Sicko originally planned to do, he said that he will probably be taking a few online courses over the course of the offseason, but it’s too early to tell where and what he’ll be focusing on. UNH head football coach Sean McDonnell said that the decision to return to football and sign with the Cowboys was not a surprising one, as Sicko is a very focused and hardworking individual who loves the game and comes from a dedicated, football-loving family. See COWBOY on page 16
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ORIGINALLY RAN ON NOVEMBER 13, 2009
Playing with Desire: UNH students push sexual boundaries CONTENT EDITOR
Courtney Jane and Regina Mae have asked that their real names and majors not be published with this article, as to avoid unnecessary scrutiny by professors, peers and Google searches.
“We’re really goofy about it, and that’s the fun thing about this, you can totally be goofy and playful with it.” Courtney Jane, creator
and features classes and discussions about different aspects of the BDSM culture, specially designed for people who are new to the community. CJ hopes that through the conference, which is the first of its kind in New Hampshire, people who are looking to get involved in the community learn safety, but also gain sense of confidence and acceptance. “The main thing I want to convey with my group is that youíre
not alone,” CJ said. “That there are a number of people who have these weird thoughts or fantasies that they thought they couldn’t let out. It’s just so relieving when you get out of a scene, and you just feel so good. I know a number of cutters that are in the scene and no longer cut. It can be very therapeutic.” To view a schedule of the conference or purchase tickets, please visit the following website: http:// www.brownpapertickets.com/ event/87026.
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One of the largely unknown types of play is “little” play. During a little scene, participants take on roles similar to those in dominantsubordinate play, except with more of a parent-child dynamic. For example, CJ and her boyfriend Thomas sometimes take part in little play, where Thomas brushes CJ’s hair and takes care of her as if she is his child. “We’re really goofy about it, and that’s the fun thing about this, you can totally be goofy and playful with it,” CJ said. Another aspect of little play, according to CJ, fools around with the idea of giving up control. Some individuals prefer to dress up in diapers and act like children, giving up almost all control of themselves, including their bowels, to the other person in the scene. “Being in a scene is about figuring out what that other person really wants and getting them to admit it,” CJ said. “Let’s say someone is really into little play. It’s probably really hard for them to say, ‘I like to s*** in a diaper,’ and admit that. It’s a huge confidence booster.” Though CJ admits she personally isn’t into that sort of thing, her and Mae both stress that one of the best parts of playing is that it’s up to the individual to choose whatever makes them happy, which allows them to have the most fun and connect with others in their scene. “A lot of people are too insecure to admit what they really want because there is so much judgment going on from outside influences, that it makes them think that they have to hide,” CJ said. “When there are just so many of us who want
similar things.” Although some scenes do lead to sex, both CJ and Mae said, that playing isnít necessarily all about sex, but rather about the mental or emotional connection between yourself and others in the scene. “The best thing is, you can play with someone and it doesn’t have to be about sex,” CJ said. “It can be so much more about stimulating the mind.” Along with finding a niche within the BDSM community, safety and awareness are the two most important aspects of the club and the community. According to CJ, giving people knowledge about community practices is crucial for safety If someone is involved in play with suspension for example, a practice in which an individual is perched above the ground through ropes or harnesses and the person’s body weight isn’t balanced, the experience could be extremely painful and could hurt that person, which would erase the point of the scene in the first place. “I know a lot of people who are scared to start playing because they don’t know anything and don’t want to f*** it up,” CJ said. “Many people would prefer that if they play, they have some experience.” To help people gain that experience, CJ has designed a BDSM for beginner’s conference this Saturday at the Portsmouth Holiday Inn. The conference costs $20 per person
Courtney Jane always liked kidnapping movies as a kid. She was drawn to ropes and being tied up, but never really thought twice about it, until years later when she and an ex-boyfriend had a rough sexual experience. But it was a good kind of rough. Since then, she’s become enthralled with ropes, trying to learn all that she could about them and other fetish toys. Courtney Jane, or CJ, is the creator and coordinator of UNH’s BDSM group; an unrecognized organization that looks to give people an outlet for fulfilling their kinky sexual fantasies in a safe environment. “Everything is pretty much kink,” CJ said in an interview last Monday. “Anything that isn’t normal is kink. It’s just to what level.” When dissected, BDSM stands for bondage-discipline, dominant-submission, and sadistmasochism. CJ, a grad student at UNH, began exploring BDSM last January on her own, before starting the group and putting up advertisements for members a couple months later. Regina Mae, a sophomore at UNH, was the first student to respond to one of the ads. “I’ve always been a sexual person,” Mae said, in the same interview on Monday. “I think it was a matter of me realizing that I could go out and do these things with other people and have it not be this stupid secret desire.” CJ and Mae are two of at least 10 regular UNH members of the 15plus-member club that meets once a month for a “munch” at a local restaurant. According to CJ, a “munch” is lunch for kinksters, an open place to meet, chat or even make connections with others. Usually, the munch begins with general chitchat, before moving to conversations about people’s experiences “in the scene.” “I’m very comfortable with myself and a lot of that had to do with meeting these people and finding out that I could say these things and it’s not that bad or odd,” CJ said. “I mean, it’s how I am, it’s what makes me feel comfortable and it makes me so happy. If people don’t like it, well, I guess it sucks for them.” According to CJ, in BDSM, being “in the scene” means that assumed characters do not reflect the actual personalities or tendencies of the people playing them. Individuals enter a scene that may last for variable amounts of time, from hours to days, and exit from the scene with the use of a safe word, a
word chosen before the scene that is spoken by anybody involved to stop the scene. “This summer I was playing with a guy who started going into zones that I wasn’t comfortable with,” Mae said. “I said the safe word and he just stopped. It was like this little click moment, like I can say stop and it will stop. I can still have control and change the outcome.” According to CJ, when individuals are playing in a scene, there are many different types of play such as rope play, which includes suspensions, impact play, such as whips and floggers (a type of whip), and dominant and subordinate play, where one person in the scene submits to the other.
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Thousands of issues stolen around campus Cameron Kittle
FMR. EXECUTIVE EDITOR
An estimated 4,250 issues of The New Hampshire were stolen and thrown away this week by unnamed students after the Sept. 29 edition was delivered to campus on Tuesday. At approximately 12:19 p.m. Tuesday, three students were seen on Memorial Union Building video cameras taking full stacks of the newspaper outside Holloway Commons and immediately discarding them in nearby trash bins. The New Hampshire is free for all students, faculty and community members, but the issues are technically university property because the cost to print, produce and distribute the paper is paid for by the Student Activity Fee. Sasha Yakovleff, a junior student who helps to deliver The New Hampshire every Tuesday and Friday afternoon, witnessed the thefts. “We saw the kids who were doing it, and I asked what they were doing and why they were throwing papers out and they said, ‘Don’t print trash,’” he said. Yakovleff said he and his
COURTESY OF MUB VIDEO CAMERAS At 12:19 p.m. September 29, the MUB surveillance cameras caught these three students taking multiple issues of The New Hampshire and throwing them away in nearby trash receptacles. The same crime was observed throughout campus.
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$984 Printing costs ($1,158 per issue) delivery partner for the day, Lisa Cash, noticed the problem after the three stacks they dropped off at the MUB mailboxes on their way to Holloway were gone when they returned. “When we came back through the MUB, we noticed those three stacks were gone, so we checked the paper bin and found them, and we put them back,” he said. “We went back up to Hollo-
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way to check and see if the same thing had happened up there, and we saw that those papers were also in the trash.” The trend continued across campus, as many newspapers were gone from other on-campus university buildings throughout the day, including from Hamilton Smith, the Dimond Library, Horton Hall, Kendall Hall and the Stillings dining hall. It is unknown if any papers were taken from other delivery spots like Portsmouth, Dover and Newmarket, but the Durham Marketplace was also paperless by about 6 p.m. Tuesday. The 4,250 stolen newspapers amounted to 85 percent of The New Hampshire’s total distribution of 5,000 every Tuesday and Friday. With the cost to print, produce and distribute the newspaper, including the cost of paid advertisements featured in the Sept. 29 issue, the total calculated loss is estimated at $3,432. Juera Pardede, who works as part of the cleaning crew in the MUB, said he found many stacks of the newspaper in the men’s bathroom on the second floor, across from Holloway Commons, and more in the male and female bathroom in the first floor hallway. “The bag was too heavy to pick up,” he said, indicating with his hand how much room the papers took up in the trashcans. In spite of its losses, the Sept. 29 issue of The New Hampshire received record numbers of page views online at www.TNHonline. com. The site received 5,581 hits on Tuesday alone and more than 4,500 on Wednesday and Thursday combined. The UNH police were contacted after the thefts occurred on Tuesday, but an official report has yet to be filed. Deputy Chief Paul Dean was unavailable for comment, but Officer Eric Kulberg spoke with The New Hampshire’s business adviser, Julie Perron, on Tuesday afternoon and said he didn’t think the offense was prosecutable because the papers are public property once they are set down.
However, dean of students Anne Lawing said the thefts would be taken seriously.
“I asked...why they were doing it and they said, ‘Don’t print trash.’” Sasha Yakovleff TNH Distribution Staff “In the past, I have collaborated with university police and looking at film to see if we can identify the person,” Lawing said. “If the information from the investigation leads us to conclude that the code of conduct has been violated, then most certainly charges can be brought forward.” In the university code of conduct, page five indicates that “any student found to have committed the following misconduct is subject to the disciplinary sanctions outlined in Article IV” and later lists “attempted or actual theft of and/or damage to property of the University” as one of the actions that can result in disciplinary sanctions.
“What happened was antithetical to the whole spirit of the university.” Andrew Merton English Department chair Lawing did add though, that the university would reserve judgment on what, if any, charges could apply to the situation since the investigation is still in its early stages. Many of the MUB staff members were alerted to the situation on Tuesday, but some students didn’t notice the missing issues
until they were asked about it. “There was none the other day, but then someone pointed it out and I noticed,” Jeff Anderson said, a junior student who also works as a building manager six days a week in the MUB, said. Phoebe Sturges, a sophomore at UNH and employee at the MUB information desk, said she saw the papers being distributed around Holloway Commons but added that she wouldn’t have known about the thefts if not for her friend, who had written an article in the issue and told Sturges that the papers had been stolen. Still, the act was shocking to English Department Chair Andrew Merton, who has taught all of the university-offered journalism classes in the past. “I’ve never seen anything like this,” Merton said. “What happened was antithetical to the whole spirit of the university, which is free views, free speech and a civil environment. Whoever did this was in violation of all of those principles.” Other universities have reported similar problems in the past, including in March 2009 when two campus police officers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass. recycled 300 issues of the student newspaper and were suspended without pay. Some of the past incidents have even resulted in legal action, including an incident a the University of California at Berkeley, where Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates pled guilty and was fined for throwing away 1,000 copies of the university’s student newspaper, which featured an editorial that endorsed Bates’ opponent in the mayoral election. It is unknown at this time why the students threw away the newspapers, but the front-page articles “Student arrested in knife fight outside Phi Beta Gamma” and “Despite lack of recognition, Phi Kappa Theta continues to grow” received controversial feedback on The New Hampshire’s website.
The New Hampshire
Friday, May 7, 2010
ORIGINALLY RAN ON FEBRUARY 23, 2010
Faculty fallout: AAUP threatens to boycott summer classes Victoria Lewis FMR. NEWS EDITOR
Last Friday, in a letter to the chief negotiator of the UNH chapter of the American Association of University Professors, President Mark Huddleston declined an invitation to debate the issues that are preventing the administration and AAUP from resolving contract negotiations that have been taking place over the past eight months. Currently, 633 of the universitys full time faculty are without contracts, waiting for an agreement to be reached between their union and the administration. In November, the university offered a 1.5 percent salary increase, which the faculty then refused. Huddleston has stood by this offer, and since mediation failed in December, the two sides have remained at impasse. With this stall in negotiations, tensions continue to rise and, while not getting the response they want, the
AAUP is threatening to boycott summer classes at UNH. “Mark Huddleston is responsible for the negotiating positions that they’ve put on the table,” professor Dale Barkey, chief negotiator of the UNH chapter of the AAUP, said. “He’s not been at any of the sessions, he’s not come to the mediation sessions and we still have not heard an explanation for the numbers they’ve put on the table.” In a series of three letters between Barkey and Huddleston, Barkey urged the president to address the faculty directly. “The UNH faculty have been working without a contract for nearly eight months, and they deserve to know why.” Barkey wrote. The salary proposals by the AAUP are based on a comparative list of schools agreed upon by both the association and university, a list that includes University
of Connecticut, University of Delaware, University of Maine, University of Massachusetts, Rutgers University, SUNY at Buffalo, University of Rhode Island, and University of Vermont. While UConn and Rutgers both are experiencing a zero percent salary increase, four of the other universities are escalating their salaries by three percent or more. That list of schools got an average of two and a half percent increase for this year and that went into effect in July,” Barkey said. “The question is, why is our faculty at UNH worth so much less than at these other schools?” According to an AAUP report on UNH, the universitys financial situation does not explain the small raise in professor salaries. “In comparison with the distressed financial condition in which many of our comparator institutions find themselves, UNH’s financial condition is
ORIGINALLY RAN ON FEBRUARY 5, 2010
New England Center to be renamed Adams Tower West; will house students in fall Thomas Gounley EXECUTIVE EDITOR
Starting this fall, one of the two towers that comprise the New England Center Hotel and Conference Center will become upperclassmen housing. Approximately 177 students will be housed in 59 triple suites in the newer of the two towers, which will be known as “Adams Tower West.” The university announced last summer that the center would be closing June 30, 2010 for financial reasons. The decision to use the New England Center for student housing is linked to the November decision to move admissions into Smith Hall, which will displace about 100 students. “With the decision to take Smith Hall out of use as a residence hall, it makes sense to take advantage of the New England Center as much as possible as a student residence hall now that it will be available,” Doug Bencks, University Architect and Director of Campus Planning, said. The university announced plans last July to close the New England Center, which includes a hotel, conference center, and Acorn’s Restaurant for financial reasons. The university was contributing two million dollars annually to the center, which it could no longer afford to do in the financial downturn. David May, vice president of business affairs, estimated in November that the center would have needed $17 to $20 million in improvements to bring the center up to industry standards and make it competitive. In November, the building was named to the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance’s “Seven to Save List.” Turning the
Center into a dorm solved financial problems while preserving the New Hampshire landmark. The addition of student housing in Adams Tower West means that the Department of Housing will have approximately 75 beds more at the start of the upcoming fall semester than they did at the start of this academic year. It is a gain that is needed, according to May. “This past fall, we were significantly crowded.” May said, noting that in addition to students living in dorm lounges, around 500 people were waitlisted for on-campus housing. The available rooms in Adams Tower West will be triple suites, meaning that each of the 59 rooms in the tower will have a private bathroom with a bathtub and two sinks. There will be nine rooms each on the first five floors, and seven rooms each on the upper two floors of the tower. The building will have a fulltime, live-in hall manager, along with a community assistant on each floor. The rooms will also have some features that set them apart from most on-campus dorms. “Each room also has wall-towall carpeting, room darkening drapes, air-conditioning and large windows with wooded views,” Amy Whitney, assistant director of housing for occupancy and assignments, said. “The doors will be keyless and students will use their ID cards to gain entrance to their room. The beds in the rooms can be set at various height levels, giving students flexibility in how they use their space.” Adams Tower West is the newer of the two towers that comprise the current New England Center.
The original tower was built in 1968, and the west tower was added in 1988. “The 1988 tower is in good condition and the layout will work well for undergraduate student living,” Bencks said. According to May, no decision has been made regarding what will be done with the other tower, along with the conference center. The opening of Adams Tower West has the potential to affect more than just the 177 students living there. The shift of more residents to Area 1 of campus could also bring changes to Stillings Hall. Jon Plodzik, director of dining, said that the shift could bring Friday breakfast and lunch service back to the dining hall. It is currently only open Monday through Thursday, and has not had Friday service since Fall 2008. “We are working with Student Senate to submit a budget for next year that would include Friday service at Stillings Hall until 1:30 p.m,” Plodzik said. “We are just beginning the budget approval process, so it is too early to commit that this addition to the program will occur.” Adams Tower West will be housing open for students currently living in on-campus residence halls that meet the March 1 deadline for filling out an online housing reapplication along with paying a $500 deposit. Students will be able to take a tour of the rooms in the New England Center between Monday, Feb. 15 and Thursday, March 11. To schedule a tour, students are advised to call the Department of Housing at 862-2120. The rooms will be allotted during the online room selection process in April.
excellent,” reads the report. The administration has argued that faculty salaries should be held down because of trends in state funding. Yet UNH and the state are faring far better than the majority of states in the Northeast. According to the report, UNH’s opening budgets project a 3.25 percent increase in revenue. This percentage equates to around $16 million for the university as a whole. While the university is proposing a 1.5 percent salary increase, which would amount to $59,602,602 between the 633 professors, AAUP is asking for a 1.7 percent increase, or a total of $60,344,208 for these professors. The difference between the two positions is no more than $741,606 out of the estimated $16 million in revenue. President Huddleston, who was unavailable for comment, has yet to give a solid reason for the refusal to meet AAUP requests.
Although he clearly states in his letter that he welcomes discussion between himself and faculty members, he cites legal restrictions as preventing him from pursuing these conversations as he wishes, thus refusing Barkey’s invitation. “I fully support genuine participation by faculty and the administration in shared governance,” he wrote. “Indeed, I have been frustrated by the legal restrictions on my ability to communicate directly with faculty regarding our negotiations.” Upon this refusal, the next step in the process will be a factfinding hearing on April 8. In line with New Hampshire labor laws, both sides have agreed upon a neutral third-party person to discuss their case and produce a report offering a possible agreement. “The fact finders are an independent third party that assesses both sides arguments, See FALLOUT on page 16
Friday, May 7, 2010
The New Hampshire
ORIGINALLY RAN ON DECEMBER 1, 2009
Smith Hall to be repurposed in near future Dustin Luca STAFF WRITER
Since 1983, Smith Hall has been home to scores of international students, many of whom consider the residence building to be the strongest sense of community they experience in their time at UNH. By the beginning of the fall 2010 semester, however, the building will be repurposed to contain a number of offices that includes the university’s Admissions Department, while residents that would return to the hall will be living elsewhere on campus. According to Mark Rubinstein, vice president of Student and Academic Services, the process through which this transition will happen has yet to be fully determined, given that the decision to repurpose the building came as the university returned from Thanksgiving break. As the areas that will occupy Smith Hall move into it, the exiting community will be given a new home that could provide at the least the same sense of community that Smith Hall has for international students over the years. “We are unequivocal about our plans to sustain a residential program that emphasizes international community,” Rubinstein said. “In fact, the university’s long-term vision for growth in the number of international students educated at UNH and our interest in providing U.S.-born students with exposure to
broader, more global perspectives effectively obligate us to consider a larger space than Smith Hall to host this program in the future.” The decision to move the department into the historic building, which is the oldest residence hall on campus, comes less than a month after administration first started discussing plans to possibly move Admissions from the Grant House to its future location. Since discussion on the topic started, according to Smith Hall Director Taras Ferencevych, there has been next to no dialogue on the matter with the international students. “Anybody who advocates for the international community hasn’t been involved in this decision,” Ferencevych said. “Two weeks ago, I was told this is being considered and that’s it.” Following a spreading rumor that Smith Hall would soon be repurposed, students calling to retain the hall’s current purpose formed a Facebook group. Many members of the group posted about the sense of community that they felt was an essential part of their university experience. But for Ferencevych, the decision to move Admissions into the hall accomplishes more than displacing a community of international students: it damages that community, placing the members of it into a new location that would likely not foster its growth as well as that of
COURTESY PHOTO Smith Hall will be the new home for the UNH Admissions Department.
Smith Hall. “People leave their computers out in the lounges,” Ferencevych said. “They feel really safe here. They do not feel that their stuff will be stolen or will disappear. Unless you are getting something comparable or an upgrade, you are getting screwed.” In support of his claim, Ferencevych alluded to a kitchen that the hall installed years ago to accommodate several international clubs and communities on campus, some of whom often don’t even live in the hall. “Some of the traditions that we have that are facilitated here, there
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is no other residence hall that has a kitchen like that,” Ferencevych said. “A lot of the students hang out here who are not officially residents [in this hall], but they are from underrepresented orgs. This is not just 100 students. There is a lot more involved.” Smith Hall is not the first hall on campus to serve one purpose and then be designated to serve another, however. As an example, Hamilton Smith Hall was a library for several decades before it became the home of the English and Philosophy departments, and even Thompson Hall held a number of classes and a women’s gymnasium at one point. These buildings, over time, were also repurposed in order to foster growth of the entire university community. “[Smith Hall] is the oldest residence hall, but…that alone shouldn’t preclude us from considering other uses that would make good use for the building,” Doug Bencks, director of Campus Planning, said. “There are several examples of buildings being repurposed – Hamilton Smith from library to academic building, Huddleston Hall from dining and student union to academic building, Snively Arena from hockey arena to recreation, and now the New England Center.” In determining the future home of Admissions, Hood House was also considered as a prospective home for the department, according to Bencks. Ultimately, repurposing this building would require much more around the campus to change, which could have included another residence hall having to be repurposed in the process. “There is no question that [Smith Hall] has significant traditions as a long time women’s residence hall and since the 1980s as the international residence hall,” Bencks said. “These are issues that we take very seriously, but we are also trying to find the best fit for Admissions as it moves out of Grant House.” While the university has voiced its reasons for supporting this decision, however, no opposing voice has been included in discussions,
according to Ferencevych. “There’s nobody advocating for students in this decision-making process, and that is so strange that the student voice is disenfranchised,” Ferencevych said. “I think, a lot of the time, because of the way that the university is structured, some important voices aren’t heard and because they don’t come in and talk to the people in these buildings, they think that they can just give them something that is the same and that it would work.” The repurposing of Smith Hall from international residence to Admissions is also not the first instance of residences for the international community being reduced in size. In the past, another international community known as Forest Park, currently located behind Kingsbury Hall, was at one time a large international community that has since been reduced in size. Repurposing Smith Hall further damages an international community that is considered by many to be severely underrepresented, according to Ferencevych. “I have really strong philosophical beliefs about education, and their education should lead to their empowerment, not their disenfranchisement,” Ferencevych said. “You saw what happened with Forest Park. These kinds of decisions will have a ripple effect. The more of these decisions they make, eventually it will catch up to them.”
Then what happened? With the repurposing of Smith Hall, Smith Hall residents were forced to make some new decisions regarding housing for the 20102011 school year. Many “smithies” decided to move into Fairchild Hall, the hall newly designated as the International dorm on campus. Other residents have chosen to live off of campus next year. Despite efforts to try to save the dorm such as the protest on Thompson Hall lawn that occurred earlier this year, the administration remained firm on the decision to relocate.
The New Hampshire
Friday, May 7, 2010
ORIGINALLY RAN ON MARCH 9, 2010
Sailing team forced to rebuild after boathouse fire Kerry Feltner NEWS EDITOR
The UNH sailing team is currently regrouping after the complete devastation of their boathouse last Thursday due to an incendiary fire. A call was made regarding black smoke coming from the UNH Rec Center on Mendum’s Pond at approximately 4:30 p.m., with the fire department arriving at the scene around 5 p.m. The 20 firefighters from the Barrington, Lee, Durham, and Nottingham fire departments had difficulty locating and reaching the fire, as the pathway to the boathouse is unmaintained during the winter months. Due to this roadblock, the fire had completely destroyed the boathouse by the time the firefighters reached it. “I think it is a very unfortunate incident and there was no reason for it to happen,” Barrington Fire Chief Richard Walker said. “What bothers me is the number of students and community members who have been negatively impacted because of this.” While the office of the State Fire Marshal is continuing investigations, the fire has been ruled an arson, as no natural causes could have accounted for the fire. Over 55 sailboats, five motors, three coaching launches, many wet suits, and other pieces of equipment were lost in the fire, with estimates of damage totaling over $600,000. The biggest obstacle the team faces at the moment is coming to terms with the amount of money lost and how to begin raising money to continue their spring season. Insurance adjustors are evaluating the damage and the amount of money that the team will receive, if any. “Given these tough economic times we have to be realistic about this situation,” UNH Sailing Coach Diana Weidenbacker said. “We don’t have a million dollars to rebuild and we are confident that UNH will do what they can.” Just five days after the fire, there has been a tremendous outpouring of concern from alumni of the program and community members. A nearby college and two separate yacht clubs have already offered the team access to their boats. Secretary Annie Sager is motivated by the support of the team and community so far. “As much as this is a tragedy, good can come of it,” Sager said. “Already, less than a week after the event, not just the college sailing community but the whole sailing community has come together in ways that I could never have imagined. UNH sailing as a club has seen support from not only the university but also from other club sports teams that hasn’t been seen to this extent before.” Yet, there is still fear that the team will be forced to cancel its season. “Being the captain of the sailing team truly defined my college
KERRY FELTNER/ STAFF
The UNH Sailing team boathouse days after it was burnt to the ground by arson.
The location at Mendum’s is now clear of debris. The team used borrowed boats for the duration of the spring season.
career when I was at UNH,” assistant coach and recent graduate of the program, Chris Lund said. “This tragedy is especially horrible because a college career is such a short period of time and even to miss one season or to have to stop practicing for anything could be devastating to members on the team, especially seniors, who have worked so hard to progress throughout their time here.” The fire has not only affected the sailing team, but the surrounding community as well. The boathouse was used for summer sailing programs, which taught parties of all ages how to sail on Mendum’s Pond. “As a current employee of the summer program and growing up participating in the program since I was eight years old, it has been rewarding to see young kids enjoy the program as much as I did and to progress in their skill level,” UNH student Alec Schidlovsky said. “A lot of folks are not aware of club teams like ours, and if anything this tragedy could help to bring light to teams like ours who work hard and have a positive impact on the university,” Weidenbacker said. “These students don’t get paid to sail, they just do the sport because they are passionate about it.” The sailing team is co-ed and consists of 60 members with around 15-20 members participating in spring racing. The team was founded in 1936 and has been always been a club team at UNH. The team participates in over 50 regattas in the fall and over 30 regattas in the spring and is currently the UNH sailing team is ranked 16 out of 36 schools in New England. “Obviously there are a lot of negatives to this situation but I think this incident will show how many people care and are involved with the sailing team and I think that they will come back a stronger and better program for it,” Schidlovsky said. The team’s resilience has proven Schidlovsky correct. For Commodore of the team, Brittany Healy, the team has meant too much to give up. According to Healy, the shortterm plan is to get onto the water again. “We will continue to sail at away regattas on the weekends,” she said.
Then what happened?
Weidenbacker is not focusing on the fire or the setbacks of the situation. “We are not going to get beaten down, the perpetrators are not going to win,” Weidenbacker said. “We will rebuild, we will survive, and we will do our best to sail and to keep our summer program intact.” Although the fire destroyed material possessions and the physical structure of the boathouse, it has not crushed the team’s spirit. “Our team is a family,” Weidenbacker said. “It is important for the sailors to know that they are not alone in this and while it may seem like a daunting future, from this point forward we choose to sail.”
In April, the boathouse debris was cleared and the team was allowed to resume practice at Mendum’s Pond. Laser Performance, a boat manufacturer, loaned boats to the team for their spring season. They raced in their scheduled collegiate regattas, which required traveling each weekend. On Thursday, the donated boats were picked up and returned to Keene College Sailing team in New Jersey. The insurance adjustors still have yet to determine the amount of money that the team will receive for the building itself. Currently the team is in the process of raising funds. They have
raised approximately $30,000 so far from donations and fundraising. This coming weekend the team hopes to raise over $6,000 from their annual “Work Weekend.” The combined junior and senior high school team programs were unable to take place this year due to the lack of boats available. The summer program, however, is set to continue. The program will run through donated and loaned boats. A temporary chain-link fence is scheduled to be delivered next week to enclose these boats that will not sit on the docks. Their main goal is to purchase a fleet of 18 boats to practice next fall in order to host multiple home regattas that are scheduled.
Friday, May 7, 2010
The New Hampshire
FALLOUT: No Four cases of H1N1 on campus resolution in sight for faculty ORIGINALLY RAN ON NOVEMBER 6, 2009
Amanda Flitter FMR. STAFF WRITER
Get out your hand sanitizer. Four cases of H1N1 were confirmed Tuesday at the University of New Hampshire, and an e-mail was sent to students announcing a flu outbreak. The spread of the flu has sent droves of students to Health Services in search of relief. “It was like the dam had opened and they all came flooding in,” Bridget Curtis said, coordinator of nursing services, of the scene on Monday, said. Curtis estimated that on Tuesday over 200 students came in or called regarding flu-like symptoms. On an average day, Health Services sees 100 to 150 students in total. Curtis said the number of students reporting flu-like illnesses is unusually high, as cases are generally spread throughout the season. “I’ve never had to go through anything like this before,” she said, thinking back on her 23 years of nursing experience. Kathleen Grace-Bishop, director of education and promotion at Health Services, said they have been tracking H1N1 since the beginning of the semester. “We were expecting it,” GraceBishop said, based on what has been happening around the country and in area communities. Nationally, visits to doctors for flu symptoms are higher than usual for this time of the year, according to the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. As of Oct. 24, 35 flu-like illness outbreaks in New Hampshire schools had been reported, and New Hampshire is labeled as having “widespread” flu activity. Grace-Bishop said based on the increasing number of students with flu symptoms, a number of samples were sent to the state for H1N1 testing. The state requires testing for surveillance purposes only. Grace-
Bishop said diagnosing a case of flu as H1N1 doesn’t cause any change in treatment, and no further testing has been done since H1N1 was confirmed on campus. According to the Center for Disease Control, reporting individual cases of H1N1 has been discontinued since many people are not officially diagnosed and some never seek treatment because their symptoms are mild. As a result, it became an inaccurate method of tracking the disease’s impact. Grace-Bishop said what’s challenging about the outbreak is that seasonal flu and H1N1 have much in common. “It’s very difficult to tell the difference between the two,” she said. According to the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, symptoms for H1N1 are similar to seasonal flu—fever, sore throat, cough, runny nose, fatigue, headaches and body aches and chills. The difference is in the duration. Curtis said the seasonal flu lasts about 10 days, and the swine flu only lasts four to five. The treatment for both seasonal flu and H1N1 is the same— plenty of rest and lots of self-care. Students are also encouraged to go home if possible since they tend to get better rest away from school, she said. One treatment option available is Tamiflu, a prescription antiviral drug used to shorten the flu’s duration. But Curtis said Health Services does not prescribe it because it’s not recommended for healthy, young adults. Currently the CDC recommends antiviral treatment for people with certain medical conditions: pregnant women, adults over 65, children under five, and people under 19 who are receiving longterm aspirin therapy.
Sophomore Julia Cooke, who is one of the many students sick with the flu, said she was unsatisfied with her Health Services experience. When she called Monday, she said she was told to not come in and was advised to drink fluids and take acetaminophen alternating with ibuprofen. She said “being a college student, I didn’t have all that much medicine in my room.” She also said she has experienced symptoms like dizziness, difficulty breathing, and “extreme pain” in her abdomen. She eventually went to see her regular health care provider, who gave her Tamiflu. To determine whether or not a student needs to come in, Curtis said nurses use a detailed questionnaire that asks about everything from symptoms to existing medical conditions, such as asthma. She said if a student has experienced severe symptoms or symptoms that have been present for over a week, he or she is asked to come in. However, if it is just fever and body aches, the student is usually told to get some bed rest and call back if their symptoms worsen. “An organization our size can’t take care of 12,000 sick students,” Curtis said. “It’s impossible. We just have to do the best we can under the circumstances.” She said she thinks Health Services has been doing a good job so far. While Health Services has yet to receive more seasonal flu vaccine, the H1N1 vaccine is available for health care workers and first responders. Grace-Bishop said as more vaccine becomes available and the state gives authorization, the H1N1 vaccine would be available to a larger population. More information about the seasonal flu and H1N1 can found under the news section on the Health Services website: http://www.unh. edu/health-services/index.cfm.
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along with documentation and back up information,” university spokesperson Erika Mantz said. “Then they kind of go off and come up with a report that will consider the sides and make recommendations. But the report is nonbinding, which means either side can reject it.” Yet while the fact finder might bring an end to the disagreement, AAUP is ready to take all steps necessary to procure their end of the bargain if a settlement is not reached. “The UNH Faculty Union will boycott the 2010 summer session if a contract settlement with the UNH Administration is not reached prior to the final scheduling of courses,” reads an AAUP advertisement run in today’s edition of The New Hampshire. “We strongly recommend that students investigate summer course offerings at other institutions well in advance.” As professors take more extreme steps to raising their salaries, students worry about meeting requirements and question the integrity of the institution. “I need to take summer classes in order to have enough credits to graduate by next May,” junior Arielle Romano said. “This is a university. We’re paying astronomically high tuition prices. I understand professors have to make a living, but they are here to teach us; it’s an honorable profession. It seems selfish of them to strike a semester of classes for an extra 0.2 percent increase in salary.” However, the administration claims that negotiations will at no point affect the quality of education provided at UNH.
“Our focus right now is making sure that this has no impact on students primarily,” Mantz said. “We feel that the union leadership advocacy of a summer boycott violates state law and the collective bargaining agreement. We are committed to offering summer school this summer and that’s our number one priority.” Yet state laws allow for summer semester boycotts, as professors are not required to work through those months. “The state law does prohibit what are called job actions, so it would be illegal for us to go on strike during the school year,” Barkley explained. “But we are not contracted to work over the summer.”
THEN WHAT HAPPENED? The dispute between the AAUP and the UNH administration has yet to be resolved. A fact-finding hearing was held on April 8, where each side presented a one and twoyear offer. The AAUP’s offer was a 3.2 percent salary increase, plus $470 with a merit equity pool of $180,000, which comes to about a total of 4 percent. The administration’s offer was a 1.5 percent salary increase with 0.5 percent merit equity pool. Fact-finder Allan Drachman’s report is expected in mid-May, but it may not resolve the dispute. Both parties have the option to either accept or reject the findings, and reaching a settlement could still be an on-going process.
Cowboy: UNH football senior goes professional Continued from page 10
“The difference between Scott and a lot of kids like him is that when he decides to do something, the lights go on, he plays hurt, he’s tough, he works very hard,” McDonnell said. “There isn’t an ounce of anything I wouldn’t want in a football player. Did it surprise me when he said that he wasn’t going to play after he didn’t get drafted? Absolutely not. Does it surprise me that heís changed his mind? No.” Coach McDonnell said that Sicko has talked with a few people about his decision, and has seen other options with free agency that he didnít know existed originally. “I’ll tell you one thing, the Cowboys are going to get everything
[Sicko]’s got,” McDonnell said. Sicko now gets the opportunity to play and learn behind NFL AllPro tight end Jason Witten, a player who has emerged onto the football scene as an incredibly talented and skilled pass catcher. “He’s an absolutely phenomenal player,” Sicko said. “I’m going to try to learn everything possible that I can from him.” Sicko will be flying down to Dallas to meet with the coaches and the team on Thursday. He will attend basic meetings and fly back to UNH on Sunday. After an incredible journey, and a brief retirement from the game he loves, Scott Sicko is now a Dallas Cowboy.
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working for WMUR), had been a walk-on with the men’s hockey team, and, according to Edwards, had never even owned a new pair of skates until he made the team. Brickley also played for the Wildcat varsity baseball team in the spring. The two became acquainted when Edwards was sent to Durham to do a feature story on Brickley, the two-sport athlete. The two have been friends for decades, and are now the main analysts for the Boston Bruins on NESN. “Every year when we have our first telecast on NESN, we say ‘Welcome to another year of the Who-Has-More-Fun-Than-Us World Tour,’” Edwards said. “And it’s true, because nobody has more fun than us.” Obviously, NESN’s target audience is primarily New England sports fans, and Edwards said that it’s their job to channel the energy and emotion in the arena and present it in a lively manner. “What we do is entertainment,”
he said. “We want people to have fun for two and a half hours, and after the game feel as if they sort of felt what it was like to be there. That’s our goal.” Edwards’ advice is simple: follow your heart and don’t be afraid to be creative. “You’ll know when you are after a job that you really, really want, because your heart skips a beat, because it’s something that makes you really eager,” Edwards said. “You have to be happy in your job. It’s the same thing my dad told me when I was about 19 years old. I asked him why he was so happy in his career. He said, ‘Figure out what you like doing best, and then figure out how to get somebody to pay you to do it.’ If you can connect those two dots, it’s unbelievable.”
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EDWARDS: Former Wildcat is now voice of the Bruins
The New Hampshire
GAME OF THE YEAR
Men’s hockey vs. Boston College March 5, 2010 In the final regular season home game, in a matchup of the top two teams in Hockey East, the men’s hockey team gave the UNH faithful quite the sendoff. After trailing 3-0 after two periods, the Wildcats did what they do best, rally in the third. John Henrion and Kevin McCarey scored to cut the deficit to one and Blake Kessel netted the equalizer with less than four minutes remaining to send the game into overtime. The game would eventually finish in a 3-3 tie, clinching the regular season title for the Wildcats and letting the 6,501 fans in attendance witness the beautiful sight of the UNH icemen celebrating on the Whittemore Center with the Hockey East trophy. In a year full of great games, this was one UNH fans will not soon forget.
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-nel 7 in Boston or ESPN, and ESPN would not guarantee me play-by-play work,” Edwards said. “So I took the job at Channel 7, but then three years later I ended up at ESPN anyway.” While with ABC, Edwards still attended as many Boston sporting events as he possibly could. He said that he attended almost every Bruins home game, as well as about 50 Red Sox games each summer, every home Patriots game, and about 1520 Celtics games a year, despite not being a huge basketball aficionado. It wasn’t until 2002 that Edwards was able to cross his next goal off the proverbial list, but he did nonetheless. Working with ABC and ESPN, Edwards called the World Cup Final in Yokohama, Japan, between Germany and Brazil, which Brazil ultimately won, 2-0. But that final goal still loomed unaccomplished on Edwards’ list, and with a stroke of luck he was able to fall into the place where he feels perfectly fit. “Now I’m doing what I do,” Edwards said. “It’s why I say every once in a while, ‘I am the luckiest man who ever lived.’ This is the dream job of dream jobs for me. I have loved the Bruins since I was a kid, and I was significantly inspired by Bobby Orr and Phil Esposito, and all the other heroes on those 1970, ’71 and ’72 teams. It was such a tremendous introduction to the sport.” About three weeks after the Boston Globe started delivering their newspapers, Edwards retrieved his paper and flipped open the sports section to read that Dave Shea, Edwards’ predecessor at NESN, would not be returning to the station for play-by-play commentary during Boston’s road games. Immediately, Edwards began making phone calls, setting up demos and leaving voicemail messages for executives who hadn’t even arrived at work yet to express his interest in the vacant position. “I just jumped on it, and FedExed my reel in,” Edwards said. “Two days later I was interviewing for the job, and four days later I was offered the job.” Edwards talks a lot about coincidences in getting his job with NESN, but what’s just as much of a coincidence is who landed the seat next to him during Bruins games. Former UNH hockey standout Andy Brickley quickly became the color analyst for NESN after Edwards had taken his job as the playby-play man. Brickley, who arrived at UNH just a few years after Edwards had left (while Edwards See EDWARDS on page 17
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER
COACH OF THE YEAR
Devon Jackson: Football Ally Yost: Women’s Soccer
Gail Goodspeed: Gymnastics
COURTESY PHOTO Devon Jackson of the UNH football team was a pretty obvious choice for most improved. As a junior, Jackson helped anchor the middle of the Wildcat defense with senior linebacker Sean Ware. Jackson led the team in tackles this past season with 98, as opposed to his sophomore year when he recorded 58, 40 fewer than the year before. In his 2008 campaign, Jackson had just one sack, but also had an interception and a fumble recovery. This past season, Jackson sacked three opposing quarterbacks, but had no interceptions or fumble recoveries. But it was his leadership role, along with Ware, on the defensive side of the football that made him an obvious choice for the most improved award. Our selection for most improved female athlete is goalie Ally Yost of the women’s soccer team. After seeing action in only eight games as the backup her junior year, Yost started all 19 games this season as a senior tricaptain, recording 107 saves with a .805 save percentage. A stellar player in the classroom as well, she was named to the America East All-Academic team with a 3.94 grade point average. Honorable mention: Matt Campanale (men’s hockey), Kate Uitti (volleyball)
COURTESY PHOTO Coach of the Year came down to two very worthy candidates, and both are extremely deserving based on their accomplishments. But ultimately, we could only choose one, and we decided that gymnastics coach Gail Goodspeed is our Coach of the Year. Women’s lacrosse head coach Michael Daly was the runner up after leading the lacrosse team to the conference playoffs in his first season, but Goodspeed built her team around experience and team chemistry, and led them to a fourth-place finish at the Regional Meet at Penn State earlier this semester. The Wildcats finished behind some of the nations best teams, and junior all-arounder Chelsea Steinberg earned an alternate spot to compete at the national meet. After a stellar season at the helm of the gymnastics team, Gail Goodspeed was our decision for TNH’s Coach of the Year.
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Wildcat Sports Awards TEAM OF THE YEAR Our choice for the prestigious Team of the Year award was not an easy one, but in the end we decided that the team most deserving was the Wildcat football team. After another strong start to their season, the Wildcats were awarded another trip to the CAA playoffs, where they defeated McNeese State in the first round, but fell short against eventual champion Villanova in the quarterfinals. By far their most exciting game of the year was the Homecoming matchup against Villanova, a game in which UNH won, 28-24. That loss proved to be the only one Nova would suffer in the entirety of the season. The Wildcats were a perfect 6-0 at Cowell Stadium in 2009 - a great reason for fans to come out and support the home team week after week. Some of those wins were very one-sided matchups, including at home against Dartmouth (44-14), on the road against Towson (57-7), and again at home against a now non-existent Northeastern team (48-21). But in the wake of multiple well-deserving teams, the 2009 UNH football team gets our vote for Team of the Year.
MIKE RALPH/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Coach Sean McDonnell and the UNH football team get our vote for UNH Team of the Year for the 2009-2010 season.
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Honorable mention: Men’s hockey, women’s hockey, women’s lacrosse, gymnastics
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Bobby Butler: Men’s hockey Ferg Myrick: Men’s basketball Chelsea Steinberg: Gymnastics Jenny Simpson & Amber Casiano: Women’s lacrosse
Our choice for men’s Most Valuable Player was perhaps the easiest selection of all. Senior captain Bobby Butler of the men’s hockey team had one of the best seasons in all of college hockey, scoring a nation-best 29 goals and recording 24 assists. He led the Wildcats to the Hockey East regular season title, and a berth in the NCAA regional finals. Along with being named team MVP, Butler was a Hobey Baker “Hat Trick” finalist, Hockey East Player of the Year, Walter Brown Award recipient, and countless other honors. Chelsea Steinberg was a pretty easy choice for women’s MVP as well, considering her great junior season with the gymnastics team led to an alternate position at the National competition. Steinberg was the only gymnast who competed in the all-around (every event) consistently throughout the season, and frequently recorded team-high scores at competitions. Her score of a 9.80 on the beam tied her for tenth at the regional competition at Penn State, while her all-around score of 38.875 was good for a fourth-place finish at the meet, earning her an alternate position for nationals. Honorable mention: Scott Sicko (football), Alvin Abreu (men’s basketball), Chris Banks (men’s soccer), Shaunna Kaplan (soccer/lacrosse), Kelly Paton (women’s hockey), Meg Shea (field hockey)
Rookie of the Year was a difficult decision, because unlike in years past, rookies played major roles in numerous sports this year. For the men’s Rookie of the Year award, we decided on Ferg Myrick of the men’s basketball team. Myrick started out slow and not seeing all that much playing time, but turned it up in the last three quarters of the basketball season, and became a constant contributor. He averaged 7.9 points per game in 25 games as a freshman, scoring 189 total points this past season, fourth best on the team. Myrick shot 14 for 39 from beyond the three-point arc, had 13 steals and blocked nine shots. On the women’s side, we decided to name freshmen Jenny Simpson and Amber Casiano as co-Rookies of the Year. Both members of the postseason-bound women’s lacrosse team, Simpson and Casiano have both enjoyed great success in their first collegiate campaigns. Both have been named America East Rookie of the Week three times this season. Simpson has tallied 25 points this season on 18 goals and seven assists, and has recorded a point in 11 of her 14 games. Casiano has started 11 games for the Wildcats this season, tallying 10 goals and two assists and scoring a goal in five consecutive games. Honorable mention: Greg Burke (men’s hockey), Victor Adejuyigbe (men’s track), Kristina Lavoie (women’s hockey), Starsha Tunstall (volleyball)
Turn to page 19 and see as we pick the cream of the crop of UNH sports in our annual Wildcat Sports Awards.
May 7, 2010
The New Hampshire
‘I am the luckiest man who ever lived’ UNH grad Jack Edwards living his dream as Bruins commentator Brandon Lawrence SPORTS EDITOR
oston Bruins play-byplay announcer Jack Edwards is living the dream. Many know Edwards from his numerous commentary catch phrases and famous calls. Many remember the laugh against Philadelphia after Bruins forward Milan Lucic hit Randy Jones of the
COURTESY PHOTO Edwards began announcing Bruins games in 2005.
Flyers against the boards. But what many people don’t know about Edwards is that he grew up right here in Durham, and used to call the University of New Hampshire campus his home for four years. Both of his parents taught at the university, which gave the young Edwards an intimate knowledge of the campus and all the events it hosted, including sporting events. His father was the director of theater for an extensive period of time, while his mother taught in the music department. Edwards said
that he was getting schlepped along to Shakespeare productions that his father directed when he was about three years old, but the exposure to the academic community was an early ground for the development of a special relationship with the campus. “It was an amazing way to grow up, I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world,” Edwards said. “I started getting exposed to the academic community and the immense horizons that it creates for a child very early in life.” Edwards’ theatrical upbringing didn’t deter him from having a love for sports, however. He grew up in the 1960’s, and said he was 10 years old when the Red Sox had their “Impossible Dream” season in 1967. He also grew up playing soccer, which is ultimately how he chose to come to UNH over several other schools. Edwards attended every Wildcat sporting event that he possibly could, not just hockey and football but also sitting in on wrestling meets, swim meets, gymnastics meets, field hockey games, and all other sports as well. But it was Don Heyliger, the men’s soccer coach at the time that really sold Edwards in his decision. “He told me that I would play as a freshman [on the soccer team],” Edwards said. “I had been recruited to about five other schools, mostly in the Northeast. I chose UNH because I thought I’d play right away. When you go back and think about it, that’s a pretty stupid way to choose your college, but that’s what motivated me at the time.” His soccer career took a turn for the worst, however, between his sophomore and junior seasons as a Wildcat. Edwards was playing in a summer soccer league in Colorado
and suffered a “Joe Theismann-like broken leg,” which ended his hope of playing in the upcoming fall season. “So I had all this time on my hands and nothing to do with it, so I signed up for a broadcast news writing course, and that sort of got me on the track, and that’s what got me into WUNH,” he said. The course was taught by Moe Quinn, a professor at UNH and news director for WGIR in Manchester. After his days at the university, Quinn went on to an illustrious career with the Wall Street Journal radio station. He, along with former UNH journalism professor Don Murray, gave Edwards the inspiration to write in his own way and apply his own voice to all aspects of the industry. In 1979, the year of Edwards’ graduation, he served as the playby-play commentator for the UNH men’s hockey team with WUNH. The Wildcats made the ECAC finals at the Boston Garden (before Hockey East was developed), and Edwards had the call. The Wildcats won the game and the conference for the first time in school history, giving them an automatic bid to the NCAA Frozen Four. It was a memory Edwards won’t soon forget. “I got to call that game; I got to sit in [former Bruins announcer] Bob Wilson’s seat,” Edwards said. “There’s no doubt, that was the thrill of a lifetime.” That year, Edwards set three goals for himself for the future: to work at the Olympic Winter Games, to call a World Cup Final on American network television, and to eventually be the play-by-play voice of the Boston Bruins, which he thought would be the least attainable of the three. To his amazement, he was able to reach all three of his goals. After graduation, Edwards
After growing up in Durham and graduating from UNH, Jack Edwards has enjoyed a long career in sports broadcasting.
moved on to work for WGIR, Channel 9 WMUR in New Hampshire, and then to Channel 10 in Providence, R.I. He also stepped in at Channel 5 in Boston when Keith Olbermann was fired, and worked there for three years. But it was with ABC that Edwards accomplished his first goal as the alpine skiing reporter at the 1988 Calgary Winter Games.
When he arrived back from the Olympics, his contract with ABC had expired. With the experience in Calgary, Edwards received offers from ABC again, Channel 7 in Boston had made him a generous offer, and CNN Sports and ESPN also wanted to sign the media free agent Edwards. “For me it came down to ChanSee EDWARDS on page 18
Two future Wildcats sign letters of intent Staff Reports
THE NEW HAMPSHIRE
Head coach Bill Herrion and his staff announced Monday that Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) and DeAndray Buckley (Romulus, Mich.) have each signed a National Letter of Intent to join the UNH men’s basketball program and attend the school next fall. Bronner, a 5-foot-11-inch, 175pound combo guard from Iona Prep, averaged 12 points and four assists per game this year for a team that won 25 games under head coach
Vic Quirolo. Bronner and Co. won 27 games the year before en route to the school’s first Catholic State Championship. The Gaels won their league championship three years in a row, while Bronner, the school’s first four-year varsity starter, made all-county and all-league squads his junior and senior seasons. “Jordon Bronner fills a need that we had because he can play both guard positions, and we are very excited to have him,” Herrion said. “He is a scoring point guard with great quickness. He has been very well coached coming from a very
successful Iona Prep program.” Buckley, a 6-4, 205-pound wing from Romulus High School, was part of a school-record 79 victories during his career, and played in two state semifinals. This season, Buckley averaged 15.2 points, 9.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.2 steals per game, while shooting 49 percent from the floor under the tutelage of head coach Nate Oates. Buckley guided the Eagles to a 21-2 record this year, as well as the No. 1 ranking in the Detroit News’ Super 10. Buckley, a four-year varsity player, was named to the Detroit
News All-Area West First Team, in addition to the Detroit News Dream Team Third Team. “DeAndray is a perimeter player that will give us size and toughness at that position,” Herrion said.” He comes from a great high school program and has also been very well coached. We are very happy to have him join our family here at UNH.” The Wildcats add Bronner and Buckley to a recruiting class that already included Scott Morris (Walkersville, Md.), who was signed during the early period in November. Morris, who is currently wrap-
ping up his senior year at Walkersville High School, averaged 22.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.9 steals per game this season as he led the Lions to the Class 2A West Region championship game and a 14-9 overall record. The 6-foot-2-inch, 190-pound guard was selected as the Frederick/ Carroll County Player of the Year by the Maryland Gazette. The fouryear starter also performs well off the court, as he is the owner of a 4.0 grade point average, which ranks No. 1 in his class of 328.