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Southern leaves students in the dark
power outage leaves campus without electricity for 18 minutes
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Morrill Hall Thursday, March 9, our staff,” said Sheeley, “our was supposed to.” elevators. I believe only one wondering if their classes would director of engineering knew Deputy Chief Philip Pessina person was stuck in an elevator. When the lights went out, be cancelled because of the lack where the problem was, and reset said things were handled excep- Myself and Chief Dooley were chaos ensued. Bewildered stu- of power on East Campus. the switch.” tionally well on the part of the in the call center taking calls for dents and professors, unsure Unfortunately for those stuAccording to Sheeley power Campus Police as well. most of the time.” of school protocol, evacuated dents, the facilities department was restored quickly and the pro“As soon as we began receivAccording to Sheeley all of buildings to the sound of power was able to quickly fix the prob- cess went smoothly. ing phone calls,” said Pessina, the academic buildings on the outage buzzers during a recent lem, according to Bob Sheeley, “We had the power back “officers were dispatched to East East side of campus lost power; campus blackout. head of facilities at Southern. on in 18 minutes,” said Sheeley. Campus to check for stranded he doesn’t know what caused the Many students waited outside “We immediately dispatched “Everything worked the way it students in the buildings and outage.

“There was a glitch somewhere,” said Sheeley. “Our first order of business was to immediately find the problem.” Sheeley said it is not protocol for the buildings to be evacuated during a power outage, even though students waited outside of the buildings.

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Farricielli arrested for pot possession
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Ex-dean charged with interfering with officer
According to an article from the Friday, March 14 edition of the New Haven Register, retired Dean of Student Affairs Richard Farricielli was arrested on March 13 after police smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle that he and 62-year-old Edward Dawicki, were sitting in. The Register reports that after police approached the Farricielli vehicle parked on Forest Road in West Haven, Farricielli edItOrIAl: exited with about an ounce of marijuana in hand. He report- president edly struggled with the officer must end while resisting handcuffs. He culture of faces charges of marijuana secrecy possession and interfering with an officer. — page 4 The arrest comes one month after Farricielli’s official resignation from Southern following a sevenmonth paid administrative leave mandated by Norton, according to the Register. University President Cheryl Norton and Vice President of Student Affairs Ronald Herron both declined to comment on his arrest and resignation.

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Students pose wearing shirts given out by the Drug and Alcohol Resource Center as part of National Problem Gambling Awareness Week.

Problem gamblers all lose in the end
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Christine Tormey

osing, it’s all part of the game -- the gambling game. This is just one of the many messages from the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling. For the past two years, Southern has hosted National Problem Gambling Awareness Week. The purpose has been to educate the


Southern community on the facts and risks associated with problem gambling and gambling addiction. “It’s raising an overall awareness not only among students, but the campus community as a whole,” said Sarah Michaud, coordinator of the Southern Drug and Alcohol Resource Center. According to Michaud, the primary role of the Drug and Alcohol Resource Center is to be

an informational and educational office: Students can come down at any time and receive support services. “It’s an ongoing problem,” said Michaud, “for all ages, especially for the college population.” Throughout the week of March 10, the

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Eating disorders won’t be thrown under the table anymore
Leighann Lagana
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“I was restricting my calories to about 800 per day. I was dizzy, lightheaded, and had to lie down Melissa Kurowski didn’t constantly,” said Kurowski. “I recognize that she had a problem would weigh myself six times a until her hair started falling out. day. I was OK with everything Kurowski, a senior at Southern until I began to lose my hair. I got Connecticut State University help. It all starts with the counseland a member of Helping Oth- ing services.” ers Peer Educators [HOPE], said Kurowski is not alone. An that she started counting calories estimated seven million women her sophomore year. and one million men in the

United States are affected by eatDelta Phi Epsilon sorority president of recruitment for do,” said Fenner. ing disorders, according to the intended to pave the way for eat- Delta Phi Epsilon, said giving the This is the fourth year Delta National Association of Anorexia ing disorder education by hosting ribbons out would lead people to Phi Epsilon held the ANAD vigil. Nervosa and Associated Eating an open discussion on the issues ask questions. She said the mem- The ANAD was founded by VivDisorders. at a National Association of bers of the sorority wore the rib- ian Meehan, a nurse in HighA staggering 86 percent Anorexia Nervosa and Associ- bons all day, and it had inspired land Park, Ill. in the early 1970s. of people with eating disorders ated Eating Disorders, or ANAD people to ask what they meant. According to Fenner, Meehan report that the onset of the illness vigil outside of Ballroom B in the “People need to talk about had a relative who was suddenly was before the age of 20. Vomit- Adanti Student Center, where eating disorders, be open about struck with anorexia nervosa, ing after meals, calorie counting, purple ribbons were passed out it. Spreading information and fasting, and over exercising are to promote awareness of eating opening the door for communiSee awareness page 3 all variations of eating disorders. disorders. Kaitlyn Fenner, vice cation is the best thing you can

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Help ‘Keep a Child Alive’
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Students thought fire alarms sounded during the blackout; but they were power outage warnings.

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“It wasn’t necessary to evacuate the buildings,” said Sheeley. “They have emergency lighting for ninety minutes.” Sheeley said the fire alarm did not go off in the buildings and what most students probably heard and mistook as an alarm, was a buzzer to indicate a power outage. “All the panels would do that when there is a loss of power,” said Sheeley. “Students just probably thought it was a fire alarm and evacuated the building.” While some students evacuated buildings on their own, others were told they had to leave by professors or other students. “I was sitting in the Jennings computer lab and all the computers went out,” said Katy Parsadanov, a nursing major. “The girl told us to leave the lab. I didn’t hear the alarms until I got to Morrill, but when we got there,

some professor told us to evacuate the building. “It would be really nice if that whole emergency text messing thing were up and working— then I wouldn’t have to stand here in the cold waiting to find out if class is cancelled.” Bryan Rye, a confused student, waited outside of Engleman for the power to come back on. “I never felt any real presence of danger,” he said. “It was just really very confusing. There was no organization. Nobody told me to leave the building, but I came down the stairs to a mass of people flooding out the doors, so I thought, ‘I guess it’s time to get out.’ ” Sheeley said there is a standard protocol that facilities has when there is a power outage in order to fix the problem so it won’t disrupt the normal school day, though many students and professors were left completely in the dark about Southern’s

standard protocol when the lights went out. Emmett Dennis, a math professor, said he was walking to Engleman when he noticed people were standing outside the building. According to Dennis, he has never been informed about what to do if the power goes out. “In the case of a power outage we’re not told anything,” said Dennis. “Afterwards, we’re sent an e-mail about it.” Dennis joked that he found out there was a power outage when his computer wouldn’t turn on. Though many were concerned about the disorganization around campus during the outage, many students saw the chaos as a get-out-of-class-free-pass. “I would say at least half of the phone calls we received in the call center,” Pessina chuckled, “were students calling to see if they had to go to class, it brought a little humor to the situation.”

Police log
March 15: Police were called to an alleged sexual assault in a North Campus apartment. An arrest warrant will be issued.

March 16: Kyle Rose, 30, of 140 Waverly Street in Cheshire, was arrested on Pine Rock Road on DWI charges after he was spotted driving erratically.

Felicia Sullivan said she was just watching America's Next Top Model when she had a profound idea. “KCA was on the show,” said Sullivan, a transfer student from Dickinson College, “and I thought, I wonder if there is a way to bring something like this to Southern's campus.” Not long after seeing the show, Sullivan said she took the initiative to get the Keep a Child Alive program, a response to the AIDS pandemic in Africa, started. According to Sullivan, she looked into KCA by contacting the head director in New York by email. Sullivan was made aware of the KCA college family—active on about 150 college campuses— and began her work to make it a part of Southern. Along with college campuses, well over 50 major corporations support KCA. According to the KCA Web site, these funds come from a variety of industries including the people at CBS, Maybelline, and The Walt Disney Company. Sullivan said the process took about two months. She said last November she went to the Student Life Office with a list of people interested in the organization and from there the idea was brought before the Student Government Association Board of Constitutional Review. “They were really excited about my ideas,” said Sullivan. “Now we just need more students to take an interest.” Keep a Child Alive was started in 2002 in Kenya by Leigh Blake. It is active in India, Kenya, Mali, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, and Zimbabwe by funding 14 clinical and orphan care sites. Sullivan said the KCA works to get people the antiviral medicine they need, which slows the progression of HIV to AIDS, while 100 percent of the profits go to the victims, though many people in Africa are still left without the much needed medicine. According to the AVERT Web site, less than one in five people in need of antiretroviral drugs actually receive them. According to AVERT, SubSaharan Africa is the region

most affected by HIV and AIDS. There was an estimated 22.5 million living with HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa at the end of 2007, and in the past year AIDS has claimed the lives of about 1.6 million people there. Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe—the Web site shows the national HIV rates exceed 20 percent of all adults in each nation. According to Sullivan, this is exactly why the KCA focuses its efforts on Africa. Sexual intercourse, contact with an infected person's blood, being passed from mother to child, use of infected blood products, and injecting drugs are the five ways one can contract HIV. Although the support for the club is still limited, Sullivan said she was glad to see some people who did show interest, and were excited about the cause. John Kekac, who attended the first meeting, said he thought what Sullivan is doing is wonderful. “Felicia saw something on a show and decided to act on it,” said Kekac. “Not many people do that.” Kekac is a member of the national fraternity Lambda Sigma Upsilon. He said he wanted to work with KCA because his fraternity's main goal is HIV and AIDS awareness. While Kekac spoke to Sullivan, they realized their two groups would work well together. They discussed working together on a fundraiser, “Who Gives a Buck.” “We can add KCA to the flyers we have already made,” said Kekac. “The fundraiser can help people that really need it. A dollar a day can save a child's life.” The two students exchanged ideas about what the group could do to get others involved. Kekac said he thought it would be a good idea to have a free HIV testing day on campus to spread awareness. Sullivan said she was looking into reserving the Student Center for several movie screenings. She said KCA has films they offer their college chapters to get people involved. KCA's goals regarding the documentaries are to have a national screening day in late March to help focus the mission and theme of KCA to its chapters.

According to Sullivan, KCA also offers summer internships to college chapters. Sullivan said she plans on doing the internship herself, and added that it would be a great experience for any student. Sal Rizza has been the assistant director of Student Life at Southern for the past four years. He says the staff in the Student Life Office support the cause of KCA, and all the other groups they work with. “Opportunities such as these allow students to explore an area they are not only interested in learning about,” said Rizza, who graduated from Southern in 1998, “but also in making an impact on their fellow students and globally.” Rizza works with all students setting up new clubs and organizations. He said Sullivan has done a great job with the club so far, and said now the club needs to set up strong leadership. Sullivan said the club will soon be having elections for president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer. “It will be important for KCA to establish a strong membership over the next year,” said Rizza, “which they have already started doing. Felicia has shown that a determined and dynamic student can make a difference on Southern's campus.” According to Rizza, the future for KCA looks bright. He said the response to the club has already been powerful and overwhelming. Rizza said there is substantial evidence that this club will leave an impact around campus. “This has been an exciting year for our new clubs and organizations. We have reviewed so many proposals, and issued provisionary status to more groups than any recent years we can remember,” said Rizza. “Student involvement is heading towards an all-time high!” Sullivan said the more people Southern involves, the more money KCA will be able to raise towards its cause. Sullivan said the club offers the chance for people to bring something good out of an epidemic that is detrimental to so many lives. “I hope people step up and do their part,” said Sullivan. “Making a difference in just one life will help.”

March 26: An iPod was reported missing from a town house after police responded to a burglary call on North Campus, however, it is unknown whether the townhouse doors had been locked prior to the residents’ break-week departure.


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BSU-led anti-racism rally draws 130 students
Originally by Susana Martins and Nick Sambides Jr.
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tudents, faculty and administrators came together in the Engleman Hall rotunda to promote racial awareness during the Black Student Union-led protest on March 16, according to staff reporters Susana Martins and Nick Sambides Jr. According to the two reporters, the hour-long rally followed three racial incidents that left one student hospitalized and two others arrested on March 11. During the rally, BSU President Clinton Miller addressed the crowd, but steered away from discussing specific happenings. “We could talk about all the racial incidents at Southern, but we want to stop focusing on individual incidents and get to the source – racism,” Miller said in the article. “It is time for us to realize that one student group cannot fight racism alone. It must be a cooperative effort.” According to the article, President Michael J. Adanti, Dean of Student Affairs David


A. Pedersen, and Director of Hispanic, disabled, and women’s Minority Affairs Gayle Hooker concerns. were also present at the rally. Eric Weissman, the president “Racism is intolerable by this of Student Government, made institution,” Adanti said, accord- it known during the rally that ing to the article. “These are not his organization had pledged to just idle words. We have worked become actively involved in the long and hard to put an end to fight against racism. these incidents.” “We need a university effort,” Pedersen listed initiatives Weissman said in the article. “No taken by the administration to more pacifism. We are working handle racial problems during with every student because racthe rally, according to the article. ism is a cancer that eats away at In addition, it was also men- everyone, not just the BSU.” tioned that a Minority Concerns Committee, headed by Hooker, was formed to deal with black,  — Katherine Montoya

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Keeping an eye on the pizza line
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Mark Ceneviva, director of operations at the Student Center, jokes that it’s the best-kept secret of the new Student Center. He is referring to the live feed cameras in the food court of the Student Center, so students can check the length of the lines over the Internet. Ceneviva said he wishes the cameras were better known around the campus. “It’s unfortunate,” said Ceneviva, “that most students don’t know about this service.” Ceneviva said the cameras were put into the Student Center in September by the food service Chartwells, but have remained under the radar of most students. “It hasn’t been advertised,” said Ceneviva. “Most students don’t know about the Dine Online Web site.” Brad Crerar, director of the Student Center, said in order to get the word out about the cameras, there needs to be more advertisement on both the side of the Student Center faculty and the food service providers. “It’s not widely publicized,” said Crerar. “They aren’t beneficial now because most students don’t know about it.” Crerar said the cameras can be checked online through the Chartwell’s Web site, Dineoncampus.org/SCSU, or it can be found on the Southern homepage through the Student Center section. Allie Isaacs, a junior social work major, who works at the Student Center, said she found out about the cameras one day while standing in line for food. “I found out through Tom [Dorr], he’s the technical guy upstairs,” said Isaacs. “One day I was waiting to get lunch and he asked me if I checked the lines. I hadn’t known about the cameras before that.” Isaacs said she doesn’t use the cameras to check the lines, but thinks that they can be beneficial for some students. “I think it would be helpful,”

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These are screen captures from the food court cameras.

said Isaccs, “if you don’t have time you can check the line before walking all the way over to [the Student Center].” Dorr, an assistant director of the Student Center, who set up the cameras, said the cameras do not record what is shown on the Web site, but rather send a stream of pictures. “They are not recording,” said Dorr. “This is not for surveillance, this is for convenience.” Dorr said the reason he chose to do the picture option rather than a live video stream

was because doing the picture option, which he called “jpeg push,” reached a larger amount of people. “I set it up so it sends a frame every second,” said Dorr. “The problem with live video was I wanted it to work around the table for everyone.” Crerar said the cameras were not put up to make the lines shorter. “They were put there to show people when the busy times are,” said Crerar, “not to make the lines shorter.”

Crerar said he thinks more people of the Southern community should know about the cameras and the feedback he has heard from people who check the lines online is positive. “I’ve heard of people,” said Crerar, “who will be in Buley and check the lines to make sure they are not too long. If the line is long they will wait a few minutes and check again before they go.” Crerar said there are three cameras in food sections of the Student Center. One showing the lines at Dunkin’ Donuts, one looking at SBarro’s, and one is looking at Coyote Jack’s and Mondo Subs. There are also cameras that show the WSIN radio studio, and a live view of outside of the Student Center. Dorr said there are plans to add another camera that can be checked online. “All I have to do is get the wiring for that,” said Dorr, “and then another one will be added to the Bagel Wagon in Engleman Hall.” Ceneviva also said there are ideas to make the camera system better, other than more advertising. “I would like it if the cameras were oscillating,” said Ceneviva. “If they could sweep and show the whole seating area of the Student Center.” Lila Aldrich, a junior elementary education major, said she has never heard of the cameras, but deals with the lines on her own. “I always allow myself enough time to fit in the line,” said Aldrich. “It does sound cool.” Crerar said he thinks the cameras are important additions to the Student Center this year, and the changes that have been made with the food service and the Student Center. He said he hopes the cameras will help to keep improving the Student Center food services. “We need to get the word out,” said Crerar. “There are major initiatives going on with the food service, and the contracts. The cameras are another one of those initiatives to bring the service up to another level.”

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and was discouraged by medical professionals who said anorexia was very rare. “Vivian decided to do a simple thing: she placed a few lines in the classified section of a community newspaper asking if anyone was concerned about anorexia nervosa,” said Fenner. “From that tiny ad, she received eight responses, some from sufferers and some from family members. The ad drew more people and finally a group of parents started to meet.” According to ANAD, there are now over 350 groups throughout the United States and 18 other countries. During the vigil, the feelings of young women with eating disorders were shared through poems and readings. Katie Chappell and Samantha Smith began the evening with “Bulimia: My Story” a story that described a 21-year-old college student who was so active that she deceived people into thinking she was healthy, however, the young woman was working out three hours a day and making herself vomit to keep herself thin. “To this day, I still have a hard time looking in the mirror,” read Smith. “I am not sure if you can ever recover from an eating disorder. Every day is a challenge. I’m just glad that I’m one of the lucky ones who lived from this disorder. Some people have died from complications from bulimia.” After the sorority members read their pieces, there was an open forum for the students to speak about dealing with an eating disorder, whether it be their own, or that of a loved one. Those who spoke chose to remain anonymous. H.O.P.E., a campus organization developed to help peers with drug and alcohol abuse issues, violence prevention and

healthy lifestyles, stuck around after the vigil for students who felt they needed to talk. “H.O.P.E. is here for an outlet and to educate and give information,” Fenner said. The final event of the evening was the recitation of the ANAD pledge, the core message of the vigil. “I will accept myself as I am. I will accept others as they are. I will support diversity and freedom of expression in the way people think, look and live. I will not tolerate physical or mental abuse,” the crowd spoke in unison. “I will actively participate in efforts to change media programming and advertising that exploit or demean the human today. I will work to improve the lives of individuals, communities and the environment. I will support programs that encourage good health through proper nutrition, regular exercise and adequate sleep.” Delta Phi Epsilon is currently discussing another event, “Mirrorless Mondays,” in an effort to promote a healthier body image on campus. If successful, every Monday all of the mirrors on campus would be covered by paper in an effort to minimize the students’ obsession with physical appearances, according to Fenner. As Igor Ginzburg exited out of the ballroom, he said he felt informed about a topic that he was previously unfamiliar with. “I now feel like I would know if someone was in trouble and how to get them the proper help,” Ginzburg said. “I think students felt really open in this forum, and it was great of the sorority to host an event to inform the students about ways that they can address living a healthier lifestyle. I think that if anyone in attendance had any issues, they walked away with the resources they needed to get help and probably not feeling so alone.”

Gambling: DARC tells students to play it safe or don’t play at all
problem gamblers. The CCPG says the first step to prevent gamDARC and the CCPG worked bling problems is to become edutogether to sponsor several cated and aware of the warning events in an effort to raise signs. Help is available to anyone awareness on problem gambling. who has, or thinks they may have, The CCPG is responsible for a gambling problem. funding problem gambling week Several students said they at Southern. A committee of are unaware of any gambling students helped organize the issues at Southern. events for the week, creating “I haven’t seen any issues on the motto: “Stay out of debt… campus,” said sophomore Jessica be careful what you bet!” The Vizvary. events included: a volleyball She said if she knew anyone tournament, an ice cream social, with a gambling problem she guest speaker, film presentation, would advise them to get help and a training service. All of and quit gambling as soon as the Southern community was possible. welcome to attend. Although an e-mail was sent Michaud said after each out to the Southern community, event students were given a some students still did not know survey asking them five questions. about Gambling Awareness Week. The purpose of these surveys is “I didn’t know about it,” said for the DARC to get a consensus Jessica Landino, a sophomore of what students are gambling at Southern, “but I would tell and if they think it’s a problem my friends to go to some of the on Southern’s campus. events.” “Our mission,” said Landino also said it’s an Michaud, “is to get students to important issue that should be gamble in moderation and be given attention. careful of risk factors. You hear “Like drinking, it’s a way to stories about students who have waste your money,” she said. gambled away financial aid and The CCPG has provided maxed out credit cards. Online several flyers and pamphlets congambling is becoming a real taining information on problem problem as well.” gambling for college students. All The CCPG pamphlet says of this information is available at Internet gambling is one of the DARC, located in the basethe fastest growing industries ment of Shwartz Hall. in the country. It can also be According to the CCPG, more addictive than other types college students with gambling of gambling because of the problems are more likely to have frequent opportunities to gamble higher rates of addictions to and the rapid reinforcement spending and shopping, smoking people can experience online. and sex, food and other problems. “Ongoing research and According to Michaud, education on the problem of there has been a lot of publicity gambling is being done [by the throughout the state of ConCCPG],” said Michaud. necticut on the awareness of According to the CCPG, problem gambling. The CCPG problem gambling occurs when is trying to approach not only gambling interferes to some colleges and universities, but also degree with usual activities and high schools and middle schools responsibilities and has negative about developing programs and consequences. Approximately education for the awareness. three million adults in the United “We try to get student comStates are considered probable mittees involved because it’s a
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lot of fun to have them as part of the planning process,” said Michaud. The DARC invites students of various student organizations and offices to be a part of the planning committee for the week. Michaud said it’s a good way to get the students involved. “It’s tough to plan,” said Michaud, “because it’s such a new topic for the campus community and college students, even though it’s very common and so many people gamble.” Michaud said the Gambling Awareness Week is an educational experience for students who don’t know certain things such as buying a scratch off lottery ticket is considered gambling. It is also important to note the similarities to alcohol and drug education. According to the CCPG, Connecticut university students with gambling problems have Andrew GoldinG | Southern newS been found to have higher rates of tobacco and marijuana use, No matter how much shuffling a gambler does, eventually, they’ll run out of chips. being drinking and eating, use excessive weight control measures and report more negative conMichaud said the DARC rituals. Since gambling venues also recovering from a gambling sequences when using alcohol. is trying to increase awareness have expanded over the years, addiction. One in every three people with on Southern’s campus. They students have easier access, “It’s really powerful to hear a gambling problem also abuses plan to put up more posters and resulting in an increase in the it from a student’s perspective,” alcohol, in comparison to the one signs stating the mission and gambling culture. This has also said Michaud. in ten ratio for non-gamblers. goals of the DARC. led to an increase in the number The student spoke about his “It is important to open “The problem with gamof people with gambling probexperience gambling and how students’ eyes and help them to bling,” said Michaud, “like any lems. The CCPG says college it became a problem. Michaud realize gambling can really be a other addictive behavior, is that athletes continue to have higher said it was good to have a stuproblem,” said Michaud. it starts out to be a fun, recrerates of problem gambling, in dent speak because a lot of stuAt every event during ational, innocent activity and comparison to non-athletes. dents will be able to relate. She Gambling Awareness Week, the can quickly become a problem. “Our efforts this week are to also said it gets students to think DARC gave students problem Students, or anyone, don’t realget into the minds of students. about why, how and when. gambling awareness kits that ize how powerful of an addiction Also, getting them to think about “It’s a really important issue,” include information on the it can be.” the risks (related to gambling), said Michaud, “and it goes along things to think about if they are Michaud said it is very easy as with the drinking issue,” said with everything else we do in this going to gamble. Some of the to get into gambling because Michaud. office as far as responsibility.” flyers listed signs of problem there is so much excitement She said the DARC wants According to Michaud, the gambling in college students and about it. Also, since there is a to know if students think gamDARC and CCPG are continugave the rules for responsible casino in Connecticut, this is an bling is a problem at Southern, ing to work together to increase gambling. Free T-shirts were important issue to raise awareif they know anyone with the the awareness of problem available in the Student Center. ness about, she said. problem, and if they gamble gambling. The CCPG has a tollOn Wednesday, spring break kits According to the CCPG, themselves. free, 24-hour problem gambling were handed out with informamany college students in ConAccording to Michaud, the helpline for anyone who thinks tion for students on how to stay necticut play poker and go to the DARC chose to have the guest they, or someone they know, may safe and drink responsibly. casino as part of their weekly speaker be a student, who is have a problem.

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President Norton must end the culture of secrecy

n light of the recent arrest of former Dean of Student Affairs Richard Farricielli for marijuana possession, Southern News asked many administrators on campus about his arrest, suspension and subsequent settlement with the university, which allowed him to retire with The Southern the benefit of over 30 years of community service to the university. There were two prevail- has a right ing statements: “I don’t know anything about the situation,” to know why or, in the case of both Univer- [Farricielli] sity President Cheryl Norton and Vice President of Student was removed Affairs Ronald Herron: “No from his post. comment.” Norton did not return a message left with her secretary on Monday, and when reached on her cell phone, she would only reply with the familiar refrain of “No comment,” to any question relating to Farricielli at all. With the settlement of this case, it behooves the administration to release as much information as they can about the process that led to his suspension. Farricielli was suspended for months with no charges brought by the university against him, despite campus police confiscating his computer. The Southern community has a right to know why he was removed from his post. Was it for suspicion of criminal activity? Was there some issue relating to personal conduct, as it may seem after this arrest? Or was he simply removed because he was a critic of President Norton? All of these questions linger in our minds because there has been a complete information blackout relating to the departure of Dean Farricielli. Many administrators we spoke to about him right after his departure brought up a “gag order” that we can only assume was enacted by either the university’s lawyers due to the possible court case, or placed by the president herself — when we asked Norton about it, she again had “No comment.” It does not reflect well on this public university that we have a president who acts as though she does not answer to the public, and that includes members of the student press. After Norton became the head of this university, many administrators who were previously very open with our reporters even on controversial issues suddenly became very guarded. There was extremely little information released in two other serious events during her tenure: the departure of Clifton Graves, and the death of student Chris Sawyer from a methadone overdose. We do not see this as a coincidence. A pall of secrecy has been cast over the leaders of this university, and it reflects badly on an administration that could have extremely valid reasons for taking these actions. We just haven’t heard what these reasons are. When our leaders are secretive, one must always assume the worst. Please, President Norton, stop making us assume the worst: let us know the truth.
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Amy Morissette

Don’t spring into bad fashion
It’s finally March, and spring is here. The second semester of the year is in full swing, midterms are over, and spring break is becoming a memory. Spring may be officially here, but tell me something: it’s 40 degrees out and all I see are flip-flops, tank tops, and short sleeves on campus. It’s something I have seen every spring semester for all my three years at Southern, and it’s something I will never begin to understand. Girls walking around coatless, sleeveless, sockless and boys walking around in cargo shorts and sleeveless muscle tanks. Did I miss the memo saying that it was time to dress for 80-degree weather? Don’t get me wrong, I’m more than ready to get into the warm weather to kick off spring and summer, but not by freezing to death while showing off my new spring attire. However, I don’t quite understand what I have been seeing these past few weeks. I have even gone so far as to ask people if they are cold and why on earth would they torture themselves in such a way. I know they feel it, it’s not like they’re cold blooded reptiles. I did a lot of thinking on this issue, and I have come up with a few reasons as to why students would be dressing like they’re going to a beach party. One conclusion could be that students are just so incredibly sick of winter, wearing heavy jackets, and dealing with wearing layers to keep the cold out, that they just simply don’t care. To me, it’s almost as if they are trying to rush the warm weather. Another reason could be students feel that the less layers they wear, the weather will just magically adjust to their attire. Whatever the reason may be, I still cannot quite get a firm grasp on it. My fellow students here at Southern, whether they are classmates, acquaintances or friends, know exactly how I feel about this. Every time I walk by a girl with flip-flops, or a boy with shorts on, I cannot help but voice my opinion. As I mentioned before, I have actually stopped and asked people questions about their outfit. I always ask, “My God, aren’t you cold?” or “Don’t you feel like your toes are going to fall off ?” Most of them reply the same way: “I’m not cold” or “It doesn’t bother me at all.” You have got to be kidding me. Maybe I am just overreacting; maybe I am just not getting what everyone else is thinking. Now, I understand that not everyone is doing it, but I do have to say that most are. The week before Spring Break, I was sitting in my REC 307 class and I noticed a student wearing flip-flops, shorts, and a three quarter sleeved shirt. Now the three quarter sleeved shirt you could get away with, but the flip-flops and shorts? I was freezing just looking at this person’s feet. I remember what the day was like, it was cloudy and the temperature was around 45 or 50 degrees. I was wearing my heavy winter coat, sweatshirt, jeans, and I was shivering. I started to think that maybe it was me; I was the one out of place here. Whatever the reason, whatever the fashion statement at the time, by no means necessary is it OK to dress for the tropics when you live in Connecticut in the beginning of March, unless there is some freak weather pattern that calls for you to show some skin. I’ll never really figure it out, but I know one thing: you will never catch me without socks and sneakers until the thermometer hits 70 degrees.

It may be spring, but the weather remains chilly at Southern. Some students have decided to adjust to the climate prematurely.

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Clogging up doorways and lungs
Monica Yepes
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Smoking cigarettes causes one in five deaths a year. With all the facts we know about smoking, the amount of people who still do it is incredible. I cannot understand the need for this in today’s society. Cigarette smoke irritates me. It makes me nauseous and gives me stomach pains. I feel that if I am not a smoker and I cannot tolerate the smell, I should not have to put up with cigarettes in the outside world. What I feel most strongly about is that on a normal day walking somewhere outside I must be exposed to this smoke and am forced to breathe it in, seeing as it

is mixed with the air that I need to breathe so I can live. As a college student, I must walk around campus to arrive to classes and other school buildings. I walk for about an hour outside all together on a regular day. There are rules on campus that indicate where smoking is allowed and where it is not allowed. The kiosks that allow smoking are only located by the dormitories and they are not around the buildings that have classrooms. Students that go to class and feel the need to smoke are forced to smoke near the buildings, usually at the entrances. When I have to go to class I get stuck walking behind people who are smoking and by the time

I get to class, I feel sick. This is not right and I don’t feel that it is fair that I pay to go to a university in which I am breathing damaging smoke into my lungs. The worst part of all is that I have to hold my breath coming in and out of buildings when going to class. There are always crowds of people smoking like chimneys and this is not fair to me and to other non-smokers. If I am doing everything in my power to keep a clean and healthy body I don’t understand why when I go to school strangers are ruining this for me. If smokers want to spend their money, and ruin their bodies, that’s fine because we all have the freedom in this country to do what

we want, but I don’t want to ruin my body and I don’t think I should have to smell smoke when I am walking around campus. So when I think of the solution to this problem all I can think of is authorities, teachers, and the police to reinforce the rules that have already been established by the university. Smoking should be banned from the area around buildings, and more kiosks should be put up around the classroom buildings. It really is an easy problem to fix, and I am sure that other people who are non-smokers agree with me on this dilemma. It just makes going to school uncomfortable when it shouldn’t have to be.

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Skipping early classes isn’t lazy ruinous ‘roids
Aubrey Cousens
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Any university is bound to have its strengths and weaknesses. One of Southern’s weaknesses are the times it offers for classes. Classes should never start before nine or 10 a.m. Marguerite Capone, a psychology professor at Southern, offered the following statistic during one of her most recent lectures: By definition, college students are still adolescents and adolescents need nine hours and 45 minutes of sleep in order to function normally and effectively. On average, they are only getting about seven hours and 15 minutes. For many students, going to bed early isn’t an option. With tuition rising almost yearly, parents can no longer afford to send their kids to school. A lot of college students have had to take on full-time jobs to put themselves through school and are forced to work late nights. The fastest money to be made is in the service industry, such as restaurants and college bars, but the hours last long into the night and getting home at two makes waking up at 7 a.m. for an 8:10 class nearly impossible. Besides working late nights, there is also the workload for classes as well. For some students to receive financial aid, they must

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Southern is quiet in the morning because some students simply cannot make such classes.

maintain the status of a full-time student, which means a workload of four classes minimum. When students aren’t in class, they’re doing work for that class. When they’re not doing work for the class, they’re working a job to pay for the class. It’s a vicious cycle.

Going to bed early isn’t an option... When students aren’t in class, they’re doing work for that class. When they’re not doing work for the class, they’re working a job to pay for the class. It’s a vicious cycle.

For journalism majors or minors, the 200 course is required to take higher level journalism courses, but was only offered at 8:10 a.m. for the spring 2008 semester. Students were only offered the option of Monday/ Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday classes. For most public health majors at Southern, the classes they are required to take are only offered between the hours of 8 a.m. and noon. “I understand that some professors have to teach at other universities,” said senior and public health major Stefanie Fabrizi, “but it’s just hard to work around that kind of a schedule.” Peter Vasil, a senior at Southern, disagrees with the timing change. “I know kids who can only take classes early in the

morning,” he said. “They have jobs in the afternoon, and early classes are the only way they can make their schedule.” It’s also important to keep in mind that the majority of Southern students are commuters. When you factor in the rush hour traffic on I-95 and the long lines and Dunkin’ Donuts, you’re looking at someone having to get up before 6 a.m. Then for one second, imagine that’s the same person who didn’t get home from their job until 2 a.m. A whopping four hours of sleep isn’t much to get someone through the day. For a small percentage of people, functioning before 8 a.m. might be no problem. For the rest, that extra two and a half hours of sleep is sounds pretty darn good.

If Major League Baseball wants to move past the steroid era to a cleaner game, then they must change the current drug testing program. After reviewing Senator Mitchell’s steroid report in baseball, we now know that drug use in baseball was widespread. If baseball wants to move forward, then they know tougher testing is necessary. Many steps need to be taken to make the game clean. The first step is to use all of Senator Mitchell’s recommendations, meaning baseball should let testing be conducted by a third party. The second step is to start testing for human growth hormone, commonly known as HGH, which is currently undetectable through the current test. The only way to test for HGH is through blood samples and is not proven to give accurate results. Scientists are currently trying to find another test that can detect this drug. HGH is widely used among players because it is undetectable, once a better test becomes available players will stop using it. This is why baseball needs to stay ahead of the game. The most important step that baseball needs to take is instating a zero tolerance rule. The penalties that are implemented now are extremely weak. According to Major League Baseball, a first time user that gets caught is suspended for 50 games, a second time offender gets 100 games, a third time offender is banned for life. These are harsh penalties but it has not stopped athletes from taking steroids. Baseball needs to state that if you test positive for a banned substance than you are banned

Baseball needs a zero tolerance rule.

for life. That is the harshest penalty any athlete will ever run into. This would stop any athlete from taking performance enhancers; if it doesn’t, then you will never play again. It will only take one star athlete to fall in order for everybody to take a step back and say, “I want to continue my career.” Many people would disagree with a testing program that has a zero tolerance rule. Those people would say they should make it all legal, if you want to take steroids, then that is a choice. Many believe that it is too difficult to make it through a season without a boost. Those people are wrong. Many players do make it through an entire season without steroids or performance enhancing substances. The problem in letting players take these substances without any punishment is wrong because not every player will take substances that can hurt their bodies. If only some take steroids, it takes a job away from another player that tried just as hard. People talk about competitive balance, but steroids do not make anything fair. Two players are trying to make the majors. Player one is a good player but he does not use steroids. Player two is a good player but he took steroids and had a big season, he also makes the majors. Player two just took a job away from a man who has a dream. Steroids are crushing people’s dreams.

limited the purchase of handguns Special to the Southern newS to once a month. Sen. Obama’s bill went Sen. Barack Obama D-III against a fundamental amendhas been praised by many as ment, inversely preventing lawa proponent of much needed abiding citizens with no criminal legislative and social change; record from purchasing firearms. however, his backward stances on In some ways Sen. Obama’s gun control are unwarranted and proposed bill may have seemed unconstitutional. like a solution in curbing the purRoughly three out of four chase of firearms through what Americans believe the Second is known as straw purchase sales, Amendment provides individuals where an individual who may with the right to own a firearm, not legally purchase a firearm, or according to a Gallup poll of who wants to do so anonymously, 1,016 adults taken in Feb. 2008. has a companion purchase it on Nevertheless, for decades, their behalf. federal judges and leftists, such The majority of illegally obas Sen. Obama, have interpreted tained firearms are through straw the Constitution differently than purchase sales, but the next largcitizens, allowing a variety of est source of illegal firearms are gun-control measures imposed by related to the illegal sale of guns politicians, looking to curtail gun by at-home and commercial gun violence. dealers, which would have evenIn 2000, Sen. Obama co- tually replaced straw purchase sponsored a bill that would have sales as the main source for illegal

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obama unconstitutional
firearms, with Sen. Obama’s proposed bill. Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) are a huge resource of crime guns and largely surpass the sale of guns stolen from legal gun owners. FFLs are a large source of illegal guns for traffickers, who ultimately wind up selling the guns on the street. The 1998 Illinois State Legislative National Political Awareness Test is another occasion of Sen. Obama’s fallacious exploitation of constitutional responsibility and ignorance of gun ownership. Sen. Obama’s bill intended to ban all semi-automatic weapon sales and transfers, which may have appeared to be a godsend in preventing gang bangers from holding up a local liquor store, but completely disregards the responsible gun owner. Shotguns, for example, that are used by bird hunters would have been included in the ban. A more moderate approach to the issue of gun ownership has been adapted by Sen. Obama, in which he wrongly makes a contrast between being able to teach a child to shoot and the egregious shooting that occurred at Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois University (in both incidents guns were purchased legally). If Sen. Obama enacted legislation targeting the illegal distribution of firearms through at-home and commercial dealers’ constitutional rights would be spared, and would prove to be a pragmatic approach in preventing illegal gun runners from accumulating firearms. There is no doubt that gun related violence is a problem, being the number one killer of African-Americans, ages 19-28. However, Sen. Obama has unconstitutionally attempted to prevent individuals from purchasing the quantity and type of firearms they desire, and has remained indecisive on his stance toward firearm ownership.

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Do smokers outside of buildings bother you?
‘No, they’re usually
in the gazebos any ways. It’s really not a big deal.’

‘I feel there should
Greg Demchak Senior, Computer Science

be a location for smokers to go, instead of right outside building doorways.’

‘It’s inconsiderate to

smoke at doorways. The smoke sometimes gets into the building and bothers others.’

Kelsey Onofrio Sophomore, Music

Alphy Pena Sophomore, Undeclared

Do you support assisted suicide?
‘Yes, because if I
was old and had a terrible quality of life I would want someone to assist me.’

‘I believe in passive
euthanasia, because you’re letting nature take its course.’

‘I think euthanasia

should be allowed - it’s your body and you should be able to do what you want.’

Ricardo Garcia Junior, Social Work

Elizabeth Griggs Sophomore, Psychology

‘It depends on

Katrina Parke Freshman, Nursing

how much pain the person is in, but generally if it’s your time, God will take you.’

Dominique Brown Junior, Ex. Sci.

Assisted suicide does not bring peace in death
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Samantha Hurley

Physician-assisted suicide: “provision of information, means, or direct assistance by which a patient may take his or her own life.” This is the definition of physician-assisted suicide according to David T. Watts and Timothy Howell in the book “Taking Sides.” Many arguments about physician-assisted suicide say it’s wrong, immoral, and unethical. Although this procedure may help ailing patients who are suffering and do not have a chance at a healthy and comfortable life, until doctors can be absolutely certain that there are no chances anything can go wrong, physician assisted suicide should remain unpracticed. First of all, who is to say who can take someone’s life? It’s quite a burden on someone’s shoulders to have taken a life whether it was with permission or not. No one can play God, if that of course is what you choose to believe in.

Who is to say who can take someone’s life? It’s quite a burden on someone’s shoulders to have taken a life whether it was with permission or not.
Some people have argued that to choose physician -assisted suicide, they are giving up the ultimate independence: freedom of choice. Although it is their final “choice” to do such a thing, they are giving up the right and freedom to continue to make choices and live the lifestyle that was intended for them. Another reason that this is a risky procedure is because there is no way to tell if a patient is in a fit enough state to make such a rash and obviously, life-ending decision. People who are in the hospital and are ill might make such a decision because they are desperate for answers. Someone who is depressed has a completely different outlook compared to someone who is not. If a doctor or someone is unaware of their state of mind and they choose to end their life, who is to say they would have wanted the same thing if they had been thinking clearly? Some elderly might even believe they’re just troubling their family by having to stay in the hospital and feel it would lighten the weight if they were simply not there anymore. There is no way to determine


Assisted suicide is a heated issue in America. Until it’s investigated further, it shouldn’t be legal.

who is OK to make this decision and who is not. There is no way to tell who would regret it afterwards and who would not, and obviously once the choice is made, there is no going back. However, physician-assisted suicide does have one good aspect about it. If a patient is terminally ill

and in unbearable pain, this gives them a way to painlessly end their life instead of having to tolerate the pain until that day naturally comes. This way they can know when that day is definitely going to come and they can prepare for it mentally, emotionally, and be OK with the decision when that

day arrives. Physician-assisted suicide is currently only legal in the state of Oregon. As for the rest of the states, people will just have to wait until their death naturally occurs. Until doctors can rule out every single possible mishap, it should remain illegal.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008 cellist mihai marica
Time: 1 p.m. This renowned concert artist and Southern alumnus will present a concert, with piano accompaniment, of great literature for the cello. Admission: free Location: Charles Garner Recital Hall (Engleman 112-C) Contact Information: Music Department, (203) 392-6625

Friday, March 28, 2008 eric darius band and paul brown's Guitar niGht
Time: 8 p.m. Featuring: Paul Brown, Marc Antoine, Kenny Rankin. This huge double bill features a set from Eric Darius, one of the jazz world's rising stars, followed by the three masterful guitar players. This is a concert not to be missed! Ticket Prices: $30.00 General Public, $24.00 series, $25.00 *SCSU Faculty/Staff, Active Alumni, and Senior Citizen, $15.00 *SCSU students *(limited to 2 tickets per valid ID). JAZZ SERIES PRICE $72.00. Includes one ticket to Eric Darius and Paul Brown, one ticket to Rick Braun and Richard Elliot, and one ticket to Norman Brown. Purchase this event as part of the spring 2008 Jazz Series. Series ONLY tickets will go on sale Saturday, January 26, 2008. Single tickets go on sale Monday, February 4,2008. Call the Box Office to Save!! (203) 392-6154. Seating: Reserved Event Website: http://tickets.southernct.edu Location: John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts (wheelchair accessible) Contact Information: John Lyman Center Box Office, (203) 392-6154

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Time: 12 p.m. Come to the Career Workshop and learn how to make a positive impression with employers at the Career Fair! All workshops are held in the Center for Career Services and registration is encouraged. Admission: free Location: Schwartz Hall Rm 102 (wheelchair accessible) Contact Information: Career Services, (203) 392-6536

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Committee members of the West Indian Society Angela Herbert (far left), Renaldo Bertie (right) host an informational meeting about the Battle of The Clubs event set to be held next month.

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Bottom Left: Assistant Director of the Student Center Tom Dorr donates blood during this month’s blood drive. Right: Members of the women’s lacrosse team line up during a game against the University of New Haven. Southern lost 8-22.




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Making the skate club
One dream for a new venue for boarders on campus
Tony DaSilva
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COOkie ZvOvushe | SouThern newS

116 Crown in downtown New Haven has the atmosphere of both a bar and a restaurant.

A shot of ‘Crown’ Royal in New Haven
Staff writer

Cookie Zvovushe

Walking into 116 Crown feels like listening to a secret no one has heard before. Past the cast iron steel entrance and candle lit hall is a doorway where plush turquoise stage curtains hang ready to introduce patrons to the sexiest new space in New Haven. “I would describe it as a bar of the future,” said 22-year old Scott Aiken who has worked behind the bar for a week. “There are no relics from the past. “ Owners John and Danielle Ginnetti opened the castle like doors of 116 Crown St, New Haven, in August 2007. D. Ginnetti managed the popular downtown spot, Bar, for several years. After she left the idea for the unique lounge was born from a collection of her own desires, which she said included bringing “New York style” to New Haven. “We love to go to New York,” said D. Ginnetti,” but it is expensive and you have to stay over. We

wanted to bring that atmosphere to New Haven. There are a lot of great bars, but not like this, we thought we could fill a niche.” D. Ginnetti’s husband, J. Ginnettie, said the best aspect of 116 Crown is that it’s not a bar and it’s not a restaurant. Sitting behind the beige and chocolate swirl marble counter top that stretches across the bar, Ginnetti admitted to fathering almost all of the drinks on the house cocktails section of the menu. According to Ginnetti, he invented a lot of the drinks, while other drinks were based on classic cocktails. “Some of them I wanted to use a certain ingredient, and had to figure out what tasted good with it. For example, I wanted to be the first person in town to use foam in a drink,” said Ginnetti. Drinks on the menu are broken up into six categories, with the exclusion of champagne cocktails

t’s one of those in between rain and sunshine days in New Haven, but for me it feels a bit on the rainy side. You see, I’ve been sick for three days (feels more like three years) with the flu. I arrive on campus the last Friday before spring break to a ghost town. The student center is empty with the chairs upside down on all of the tables and I notice Brian Merlen waiting for me. As I begin taking chairs off the top of a random table, Merlen approaches, skateboard in hand. There is an immediate connection; we both skate. That’s the bond that all skaters have with one another all over the world. It’s something that has always amazed me about skating. Whether you are visiting a foreign country or just your local skate park, the fourwheeled toy in your hand opens doors you didn’t know were there. I find comfort in this realization as I start my conversation with Brian. We start talking, not as two strangers, but as two skaters. Merlen is a twenty-one year old junior here at Southern. He’s the type of person that many people love to hate, because he is very opinionated and is not shy about it. He can come across as hostile, but the hostility isn’t there just for the sake of being angry. Instead, it forms out of his motivation to make things fair and better. For Brian, he has turned his frustration into action. He is a doer and not one of the many who simply speak in the hopes of change. Merlen has recently taken upon the initiative to start the groundwork for a skateboard club here at SCSU. “Most of the skaters at Southern don’t even know each other,” Merlen said. “The skate club could be another venue for us to get to know one another on campus.” Merlen is no novice to helping skateboarders unite. He comes from Stamford, Connecticut having helped petition the town council to form the $300,000 public skate park there. He said he learned a lot of good and more recently, bad aspects


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Mark your calendar!
The Student Arts League will be showing “How to Draw a Bunny” on Wednesday night in Earl, room 211 at 7 p.m. The film shows the life story of Ray Johnson, a Pop Art era artist.
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Brian Merlen, a junior on campus, is starting the effort to create a skateboard club on campus.

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His personal ‘Real World’
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Dunbar Flinn signs autographs for students after he gave his speech, “Surviving Childhood Abuse,” in the Adanti Ballroom.

Brittany Galla
Managing Editor

From his very own real world to starring as a cast member on MTV’s The Real World, Dunbar Flinn has experienced the good– and the bad. 23-year old Flinn, a member of the Real World Sydney cast and now a real estate broker, was the first of three Real World cast members who were paid by Programs Council to come speak about their own life experiences, outside of who they are on MTV. In his speech, titled “Surviving Childhood Abuse”, Flinn talked about his childhood struggles for 10 minutes before an hour-long speech on life in the Real World house. “My true story is that I was a kid born into a lot and it all got taken away from me,” Flinn said. When he was 8-years old, Flinn remembers coming home to the FBI and the district attorney raiding his house. Turns out, his father’s business partner was involved in cocaine loitering and everything that Flinn’s father made from the business was soon taken away from them. “My father was emotionally crushed,” he said. “That’s where his temper is from. I got my ass kicked by my father every day.” Because of his father’s abuse, Flinn said he sees the effects of the abuse on him. “I had no positive enforcement,” he said. “I was always to blame. It turned me into a mean person.” Within a couple of years, Flinn decided he had had enough, and with what little money he had, he moved into his grandmother’s house, cutting himself off from his parents. “I’ve talked to my parents 10 times since I was 15,” he said. “I haven’t talked to them since Sydney; that’s my relationship with them.” But life at his grandmother’s house was no better, according to Flinn. “Her husband was a homosexual pedophile,” he said. “He would try, I would have to fight him. I wish UFC fighters would use them [homosexual pedophiles] as training. It was better for me to fight off a 70-year old dirty old man trying to get down my pants than get brutally beat by my parents.” Flinn said he decided to never tell his grandmother about the abuse and instead, at age 16, Flinn said he was already hanging out with college guys at his own apartment that he bought in order to get away from his grandfather. “Sex and drugs: that’s what high school was,” he said. “It was everything you’d want.” By his senior year, Flinn said he was known as the drug dealer

in the school–not a reputation said. “He wasn’t a very polished is “highly edited” and that a that he was proud of. To escape speaker, but he can very well be- producer even called him at one all the negativity, Flinn decided come good at it. A lot of students point to apologize for the way to join the army after graduating were really satisfied with the time they portrayed him. from high school. spent, meeting with him and tak“I really wish they would “In the army, you definitely ing pictures, and the feedback have our numbers posted at the realize what’s good for you in seemed good.” end of the episode so I could exyour life and what’s bad,” he said. Marc Marcuse of Reel Man- plain myself to people,” he said. “You have to get up and you have agement and Flinn’s manager “These people were making milto fight back.” said he was surprised that Flinn’s lions of dollars by portraying me Flinn was supposed to go to speech didn’t go as planned. wrong. Producers have their faIraq but he had other plans. “I take this very seriously,” vorites: Isaac slept with anything “I said fuck that and I got said Marcuse. “Dunbar is a that walked while he was dating kicked out of the army,” he said. newer speaker and I take content Noreen, but they were more con“I got accepted to Real World, very seriously; we don’t randomly cerned with who was making a went AWOL, and left the country grab someone to speak. Dunbar grilled cheese.” when I wasn’t supposed to.” was nervous and I plan on talking “I’ve never been more conAfter his four months as a to him. He has to work so there is fined in my life and I was in the reality star, Flinn returned home a solid amount of content in it.” army,” he said. “We had no TV, and was immediately arrested radio, we didn’t know about Virupon arrival at the airport. Life in the Real World House ginia Tech; I went to bars and Flinn said surviving abuse they’d be like, ‘It’s a school mashas shaped the way he lives As for life after the Real sacre’, and I’d be like, ‘What?’ today. World, Flinn said he is still dat- Little things like that.” “Confidence is 80 percent of ing his girlfriend, Julie, who he Flinn also said that having every task–that’s my credo; that’s cheated on with his cast mate cameramen, (who were not alwhat’s gotten me to this point,” Ashley during his stint in the Real lowed to have any interaction he said. “I feel better about my- World house. with the cast members at all) self because I wasn’t the problem. “I love her [Julie] to death,” everywhere contributed to some You have to surround yourself he said. “It sucks I couldn’t have entertainment level for the cast. with people you like.” done the show with her.” “Cohutta used to love farting Flinn’s story was described Flinn said he lives with Julie with them around,” he said. “We in the Pro-Con biography as: “In and remains friends with Ashley. gave them nicknames, like one this incredible discussion group, Despite cheating on Julie, Flinn guy would be Super Tat or Socks. Dunbar acknowledges the in- said he doesn’t regret joining the But the guys really couldn’t laugh, tense pressure that abuse put on Real World cast. because if they laughed, the camhis life and how he overcame “It was a free trip to Australia, eras would shake.” them to become a self-sufficient, I just would not have slept with And if you’re wondering intelligent (and clean!) role her,” he said, referring to Ashley. how watched the Real Worlders model.” Flinn also sought out to are, Flinn had a personal story on But to be paid $2,167 (ac- clarify dating rumors, confirming how the producers were able to cording to the Pro-Con contract that Isaac and Noreen are still know his every step. with Reel Management, obtained seeing each other. “I was horney as hell and by Southern News) to come talk “Cohutta and Kelly Anne are I’d write ridiculous dirty emails about The Real World for 45 not together,” he said. “They had to Julie,” he explained. “But the minutes angered a few people slept together that morning of computer was rigged so that the who attended. the reunion show. They weren’t producers could see what you’ve Although the ballroom was dating; that was such BS. She typed, so as you typed it, it’d filled with girls who didn’t seem lied.” come up in a big screen in the to mind the Real World chatter, Flinn talked a lot about life back where they sat. They came all taking pictures of Flinn and in the Real World house and how up to me and were like, ‘First, it inviting him out to New West, stressful it was to be constantly was funny, now it’s like whoa.’” one Pro-Con member said he watched. Despite saying that he felt he was disappointed in the speech “It’s hundreds of hours of had been portrayed wrongly on and the way it was advertised. footage that they put down to 22 The Real World, Flinn hinted that “His speech, if that’s you minute episodes,” he said. “I call MTV fans will see him again. want to call it, angered me,” said it half-reality.” “I will win a challenge,” he a member of Pro-Con who did Flinn said that the show said, smiling. want to be named. “I don’t think he even has the adequate knowledge of abuse than his own experiences. Personally, it’s a little disappointing because that’s the way it was advertised to us— and he didn’t deliver that message.” Dawn Stanton-Holmes, a Pro-Con adviser, said that each semester, Pro-Con members are given a large binder of speakers to chose from and the group had no way of really knowing how Flinn’s speech would be, as they just had a biography and speech summary given to them by Reel Michele cArFO | SoutHeRn neWS Management. “I don’t think it was Dunbar Flinn of “The Real World” gave his speech on life to students. a total mistake,” she

about the process. After the skate park was built he started feeling abandoned by the same people that gave the go ahead to make it. “They closed it for the winter and when people skate it when it’s closed they get arrested. They are told to skate somewhere else, but isn’t that the point of the skatepark, to skate?” he said. “They don’t close tennis courts or soccer fields in the winter. It’s forced everyone to skate elsewhere traveling to other towns or in the cities streets.” This experience has brought his motivation over to our campus. “I want to help legitimize skating in a scholastic environment. We aren’t criminals because we just want to skate,” said Merlen. “To be honest, I’m surprised nobody has thought of this before; I mean they have laser tag clubs and what not, so why not skating?” Southern won’t be the first to have a skateboard club. Currently, there are skateboard clubs at both the University of Connecticut and the University of New Haven campus’s. Merlen wants to incorporate them into the concept. “I want to get together

with the other clubs and have friendly contests or just sessions at local parks,” he said. “There are three major skate parks very close to our schools, indoor and outdoor. It can really grow into something.” The skateboard club will cascade a wide range, from students that simply want to pick up the sport and are curious to those with years of experience. Merlen is also a skateboard instructor. “Since I started talking about this club so many people have shown interest in starting it up as a hobby. I think a lot of people genuinely want to learn,” he said, “but don’t know where to go.” He also points out, “I don’t want this to just be MY project, either. I want a cooperative effort. The more people and opinions involved, the better the club.” Before I sat down and spoke with Merlen, I was wondering one thing: What are his real motivations for this? Finishing up my talk with him I found the veteran skateboarder in myself feeling refreshed in me relieved. “I just want this to be a positive thing here for skateboarding. We’ve gotten stuck with this negative stereotype for too long,” Merlen said as I slung my backpack over my shoulder.

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and beer. The sections are called, “Classic & Inspirations,” “Aromatic & Subtle” and “Bracing & Bold.” These categories include drinks named the “Kabuki Cocktail,” a mix of silver sake, pink grapefruit wedges, simple syrup, grenadine, lime juice, and mint served on the rocks. As well as the “Lovely Rita,” an original creation by house bartender Bob Nuzzello, made with Green Chartreuse, Aquavit, tangerine juice and passion fruit puree. The menu puts emphasis on the fact that each cocktail from the bar is “made to order,” as all juices are freshly squeezed and all syrups are prepared in house. “There is nothing artificial in any of our drinks,” said Danielle, “The drinks are made of simple syrups and real fruit to flavor our drinks. That is how they used to do it.” Cocktails range in price from $6 to $15. Local student Zach Hemenway, 24, said the drinks are one of the best parts of the bar. “We’ve been coming here since opening night,” said Hemenway. “The drinks are creative and unique. The atmosphere is really stylish but

relaxed, and they are the only place that serves food in this town past ten o’ clock.” Chris Fazekas, a senior at Southern Connecticut State University, said he remembers his first NoLita, a drink on the menu classified under the “Classic & Inspirations” section made with Maker’s Mark Bourbon, lemon juice, simple syrup, red wine-served straight up. “I had this one drink and I was plastered,” said Fazekas, “but it is a good atmosphere, and they play music I have never heard before.” The DJ who uses both Vinyl and a MACBook captures the entire vibe of the lounge as he mixes a kind of old school unusualness with the feeling of a brand new trend. “We play the most eclectic mix ever. I literally play everything,” said DJ John Panos, who continued to describe his play list as a mixture of new music and Indie music. “The owner, John, has got a real heavy vision of what’s going on here-aesthetically, ” said Panos. Owner J. Ginnetti expressed anyone is welcome at 116 Crown Street. “We hope that people just dress like themselves, and put it together,” said J. Ginnetti of the crowd, “but we don’t want any baseball caps.”

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Five ways to look at a life
Kristina Guida
staff writer

Mitch Albom’s novel shows many perspectives in death
Your life is meaningful; do not allow yourself to think or feel that you are living an uninspiring life. The novel “The Five People You Meet in Heaven,” written by Mitch Albom, is about Eddie who, in his mind, has lived a ponderous life until he wakes up in the afterlife. After being killed trying to save the life of a young girl, Eddie comes to an understanding that heaven is not just a place where you are sent to forever, it is a place where five different people explain your life to you. Some of these people you may know or remember, whereas others are strangers. As Eddie is in heaven, the five people show him their connections to him on earth, defining the unexplained or secrets of his “meaningless” life playing in his head. They unmask why he was on earth and why he is in heaven. These visits take place beginning with his childhood, to when he was a soldier in a war, to old age. Albom’s writing is an absolutely extraordinary, touching, and incredible piece of work. It is a piece of writing that allows readers to experience why some people feel the way they do about their life and to realize how much they matter and how much they are loved. This novel brings readers into heaven, through their mind, where they come to a full understanding and realization that their lives are meaningful and that they matter to others, even though they may not realize it. Every life is filled with meaningfulness. Albom’s novel is wonderful to read because it sends a message to readers that they have an extraordinary purpose in their

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Mos Def and Jack Black star in “Be Kind Rewind,” which was released this month in theaters .

A ‘rewind’ to the days of film
Eliza Hallabeck
entertainment editor

There is a reminiscent air to “Be Kind Rewind,” but the strange love the film grasps isn’t strong enough to make this a winning movie. The three main characters, played by Mos Def, Jack Black and Danny Glover, make for an odd trio of friends. The film starts with them fighting, and it is hard, at first, to see why these three people are close to one another. Def ’s character, Mike, seems to only be friends with Black’s character, Jerry, because they both frequent the same places in town. The subtleties of their friendship stay hidden within their interaction, and it isn’t until the end of the movie that their true connection comes through. The movie is about Mike, who takes over Be Kind Rewind, a friendly next door video rental store, when his boss, Elroy Fletcher, played by Glover,

leaves for a trip. Mike is caught up in a problem on his first day on the job, as Jerry’s newly acquired magnetic energy erases all of the tapes. As far-fetched as this is, the movie’s plot hangs onto the hope that the viewer is ignoring the normal bounds of reality. Mike and Jerry are forced to come up with an alternative to renting blank videotapes to their customers, and eventually film a cheap, short and personal take on “Ghostbusters.” Their version of the movie is complete with the librarian scene, and the Stay Puff Marshmallow man is recreated in a burning, very small, pyre on the top of a car. The first fake movie is a hit, and they find themselves shooting other movies to please their customers. The line at the door of the video rental shop keeps getting longer, and customers are paying higher prices than ever before for these shortened films. Mike and Jerry soon get a slap in the face when the government

steps in and tells them that what they were doing is wrong. As a whole, the movie attempts to describe too much to be a strong film. The characters are crazy, and act beyond normal. It is hard to keep reality sustained throughout an entire movie, especially when the movie is about a community coming together and sharing their love of movies. Those square black film canisters may feel like a thing of the past, but in this movie they stood for far more than their actual worth. The difference between expensive DVD rental franchises and locally owned video stores is the heart of what this movie was really trying to portray. There are human faces, customer service and a wider range of choices at local stores. Franchises, ultimately, take away from the personal shopping experience. At least this is what the movie was saying in between the sparse jokes and the odd personal crises of the main characters.

life. Some of these purposes may be that they have touched another person’s heart, may have said something to bring calmness or meaning to one’s life, or have helped someone when they needed it the most. Even the smallest things make an individual’s life meaningful.

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laughter and kicking butt
Eliza Hallabeck
entertainment editor

Owen Wilson stars with Nate Hartley, Troy Gentile and Ian Roberts in “Drillbit Taylor.”

There was nothing new in Owen Wilson’s latest performance, but “Drillbit Taylor” was still a funny comedy. As far as far fetched scenarios go, this movie was stretched thin. Drillbit, played by Wilson, is a homeless man living in makeshift tents, when he meets a group of boys who are looking to hire a bodyguard. On their first day of high school the boys found themselves as the constant target of the high school bully. Drillbit finds their advertisement for a bodyguard online, and meets them as their last interview of the day. Next to all

the other crazy applicants for the job, Drillbit appears normal and the boys scoop him up and hire him for under $90. Once Drillbit sees the boy’s predicament first hand, he borrows clothes from the boys’ fathers and walks into the school. He soon becomes mistaken for a substitute teacher, and spends his time in the teacher’s lounge drinking coffee. Beyond the fact that a homeless man can find a way to pretend to be a professional substitute teacher, the characters are remarkably unbelievable. The bully, played by Alex Frost, walks around taking pleasure from beating up small and timid students. Besides drinking, beating, and winning, this

character has nothing else to him. He seems to embody the fake stereotype of a high school maniac. The boys’ characters save this movie from being a complete high school cliché. As the typical nerds, the boys try desperately to figure out how to fix their situation, and eventually, through their friendship, they do. The actors, Nate Hartley, Troy Gentile, and Ian Roberts, play their parts perfectly and deliver them with laughter and timing. Wilson’s part as Drillbit had him playing a character that he has been before. His comebacks are quick, and his timing is perfect. The movie was funny, but predictable.

The Box Office: Top money-makers for the weekend of March 21
–1– “Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!” with over $24 million in ticket sales –2– “Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns” with over $20 million in ticket sales –3– “Shutter” with over $10 million in ticket sales

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By James Casciato
SportS editor

China has no right to host Olympics

Gymnastics: Owls crowned ECAC Champs

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In the past century, the Olympics have been the site of many historic happenings both in and out of the world of sports, whether it was Jesse Owens’ four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin games, the Miracle on Ice during the 1980 Lake Placid games or the Munich Massacre during the 1972 summer games, the Olympics had consistently stolen the focus of an entire world and presented all of us with both the best and worst in human achievement. There are many factors that go into choosing which city will host the summer or winter Olympics, and hosting the Olympic games has proven to be a boon for whichever city or country hosts it, but it appears that in choosing Beijing to host the 2008 summer games, the Olympics have made a tragic error. While the games ideally should be free of ongoing political tensions or current social issues, and should be a time to set aside differences, sometimes the injustices of a particular government are too much to set aside when giving a country the honor of hosting the Olympics. There was much concern when Beijing was chosen to host the 2008 summer games. Some were wary of allowing a country with such a staggering history of human rights violations to host such a prestigious event, but the prevailing thought was that China would be forced to conform to international standards to hosts such an event, but with every passing month those predictions seem to be proven wrong. In their preparation for the Olympics, China has, already agitated many human rights groups in their actions, not only has the Chinese government destroyed numerous homes and entire communities to make room for the Olympic venues, but the country has continued their notorious human rights violations, unswayed by international pressure. If it weren’t bad enough to give the Olympics to a country so wiling to abuse its own citizens, the emerging economic power house through years of careless coal-burning has produced environmental conditions so bad that athletes are actually in danger due to the poor air quality, especially those who will be competing outdoors such as marathon runners. While there was once a hope that the incentive of hosting the Olympic games and the notion of being scrutinized would force the notoriously restrictive Chinese government to change its policies, it appears that the only thing the Olympics will do is to give more power and finances to a country with little concern for the well-being or freedom of its citizens.

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to lead the team and keep all us together.” In the Owls’ victory, sophomore Taylor Murray won the Most Outstanding Performer of the competition and freshman Justine Basley took first place in the all-around with a score of 38.200,

after taking first place in both the balance beam and on the uneven bars. In addition to winning the allaround, Basley was also named the ECAC Rookie of the Year. “I think we’ve got a great team right now,” Nelson said. “And we’ll have a strong team for years to come. We’ve got a lot of young talent on this team and

they’re only going to get better with age.” To add to the Owls accomplishments in the ECAC Championships, sophomore Sarah Darst was elected as an ECAC Student Athlete of the Year, while assistant coach Linda Mullin was honored as the ECAC Co-Assistant Coach of the Year.

With just one more event in the year, the gymnastics team has once again proven to be a very competitive and aggressive team. “This has definitely been the highlight of our season,” Nelson said. “It was a huge victory and it just proves what kind of competitors we have on this team. We definitely dominated the competition.”

Softball: Owls drop two in a row
half-inning. advanced to third on a sacrifice not be enough, however, as the Owls The Panthers had an oppor- bunt. eventually lost the game 7-5. the ball home to throw out the ad- tunity to score in the top of the Savarese would score on a Dempsey went six and twovancing runner. The catcher, Lee, sixth until Gandley made a diving single by junior shortstop Amanda thirds innings while surrendering made the tag and threw the ball stop at first and tagged the base for St. George. The run would send four runs, but junior Amanda down to third to Caparossi. She the final out of the inning, while the game into extra innings. Pindar would take the loss for the was unable to tag the runner, but leaving runners stranded at second Unfortunately for the Owls, Owls. controversy ensued. and third. the Panthers were able to score Tilton notched her second win Southern’s crowd was disThe Panthers, however, would three runs in the eighth inning. of the day and the season in one pleased with the call, but perhaps score a run in the seventh inning The first came on a bunt single that and one-third innings of relief. not as much as assistant coach Paul to tie the game at three runs apiece would score the go-ahead run. Due The Owls fell to 5-10 overall for Raccio who walked onto the field off of a double. They would also go to International Tiebreaker rules, the season after the double-header. of play and questioned the call. ahead later in the inning on a throw- there must be a runner on second The Panthers improved to 6-10. Raccio was ejected from the game ing error by Gandley to third base, base for the team at bat at the start The Owls next game is and forced to leave the field. which allowed a runner to score. of the inning. Wednesday, March 26. They play The would-be triple play In the bottom of the seventh The Owls were only able to Long Island University C.W. Post turned into a run for the Panthers inning of the seven-inning game, score one run in the bottom of the in Brookville, N.Y. as part of a as they trailed 3-2 at the end of the Savarese hit a one-out double and eighth on a hit by Caparossi. It would double-header that starts at noon.
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By Dan Brechlin
SportS Writer

Red Sox open season in Japan Olympics: Former coach headed to Beijing
games, Panichas still takes more pride in her work as gymnastics one ranked judges. coach. Panichas, being one of the four “It’s definitely an incredible lucky Americans put into consider- honor to be able to judge the ation to judge women’s gymnastics Olympics,” Panichas said. “But at the summer games, has already in terms of my greatest accombegun the hectic schedule that is plishments throughout life, I think required of all Olympic judges in getting to interact with all the stupreparation. dents and coach so many people After judging the American Cup, will always be more satisfying the Pacific Rim Championships and then then judging the balance beam in a series of Olympic qualifying competi- Beijing.” tions, Panichas will then head to Beijing to Considering the lifetime of judge the women’s balance beam. preparation and practice that an Despite receiving the rare athlete goes through in preparing honor of judging the Olympic for an Olympic event, Panichas
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A trip to Japan should be a good thing for baseball. It should be a time to share a commonality and promote a sport. Assuming something to happen the way it is supposed to, however, makes a you-know-what out of all of us. The Boston Red Sox and Oakland Athletics’ trip to Japan for a few exhibition games against Japanese teams and two regular season games against each other has been nothing but a mess. On Wednesday, March 19, the Red Sox threatened to boycott the trip because the managers, coaches and trainers were not going to receive the money they were supposed to. The players banded together and appeared to be working as a team to stick up for their coaches by boycotting a spring training game as well. Things are not always what they seem though. In 2004, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and the New York Yankees made a similar trip. Money was put into a pool by MLB and distributed accordingly. The same thing happened this year, but the coaches were forgotten. If the team were thinking like a team, they would have remembered to include everybody, but instead looked foolish. The San Diego Padres and the Los Angeles Dodgers are the ones losing out in all of this. They played two exhibition games in China; all they received was a gift bag with things like a baseball, a T-shirt and two Snickers Bars. I am sure they are ecstatic. The Red Sox and Athletics players will be receiving $40,000 per player. Managers, trainers and coaches will now receive $20,000. They are not looking much like a team taking a stand; they look greedy. This comes just a day after the Yankees played an exhibition game at Virginia Tech. The Yankee players signed autographs and brought happiness to a campus struck by tragedy less than a year ago. Sure the Yankees won 11-0, but that is better than the 24-0 shellacking the Red Sox already dished out to Boston College this spring. After all of this, the Red Sox could have tried to come out of this looking a little bit better. They could have embraced the culture and had fun on the trip. Instead, while the fans in Japan played their choreographed drum beats, claps and chants in between batters, Dustin Pedroia still had the nerve to say, “What the (expletive) is that? Shut up!” It is great to see the Red Sox embracing the Japanese culture and playing there for the love of the game. Now they are the ones looking like a you-know-what.

realizes the heavy burden that goes said. “These people train their into judging an Olympic event. whole lives for these games and it’s “There’s definitely no room for a shame whenever their governerror,” Panichas said, “you know ments step in to interfere with the when you’re given a task like this games.” that there’s a lot expected of you While gymnastics has given from the fans, and athletes, and Panichas the opportunity the see coaches and everyone watching the world and influence numerous the game.” students, the sports impact is imWith a growing controversy measurable for her. stirring over China’s hosting of the “I can’t imagine my life withOlympics, Panichas hopes that the out gymnastics,” Panichas said. political discourse will not interfere “It’s given me opportunities I never with the athletes. would have had, I didn’t come from “It’s devastating for the athletes an affluent family and my coaches when there’s a boycott or when the helped me travel, see the world, situation deteriorates,” Panichas and influence so many people.”

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This week’s Southern Owls schedule — Home games in gray

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March 29 Women’s Lacross

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through in their performance. Bridgeport had a certain ending in mind, but we had a whole other idea.” Finishing with a team score of 187.625, the Owls were able to overtake the University of Bridgeport who finished with a score of 187.200 while West Chester finished in third with a team score of 174.075. Entering the final event of the day, the Owls trailed by just a single point, but were able to edge out the University of Bridgeport with a strong showing on the balance beam, while the University of Bridgeport held their last event on the floor exercise. “It’s a little easier to fall off a balance beam than the floor,” Nelson said. “But we really pulled through. One point is a pretty large deficit in gymnastics, but we stuck together and I’m really proud of what we were able to pull off.” Even with what in many ways is a young and inexperienced team, the Owls were able to pull off what was an unlikely victory. “We did really well with a very young team,” Nelson said. “We’ve got a lot of freshman and sophomores on this team, but our seniors still really came through too. They know how


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SportS Editor


Red Sox head to Japan and China is undeserving of the Olympics.

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olympic Bound
former Southern coach set to be only American gymnastics judge
By James Casciato
SportS Editor

The Southern Connecticut State University Gymnastics team continued with their outstanding season this week as they brought home the 2008 ECAC Championships in West Chester, Pennsylvania. With their victory, the gymnastics team has continued with Southern’s strong tradition of competitive play as they take home the ninth ECAC Championship in the past 11 years. “I think we really earned some respect with that victory,” head coach Jerry Nelson said. “University of Bridgeport has been our biggest rival and even though they’ve been ranked higher than us and had better qualifying scores and more athletes, we’ve been able to beat them four out of five times so far this year.” With their win, the Owls improved to 20–7 on the year, as a select few gymnasts will head to the USAG Collegiate Nationals in Shreveport, Louisiana. In the ECAC Championship Southern edged out University of Bridgeport and West Chester University to take home another first place victory. “This was definitely a team on a mission,” Nelson said. “They never lost sight of their goal and that really came

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Justine Basley took first place in the all-around and won ECAC Rookie of the Year on Saturday.

Softball drops double-header to Adelphi
By Dan Brechlin
SportS WritEr

The Southern Owls’ softball team lost both games of a doubleheader against Adelphi University Saturday, 13-2 and 7-5 at Southern. The Owls were unable to keep up with the bats of the Adelphi Panthers in the first game. The Panthers scored seven runs in the first two innings combined and did not look back. Despite scoring one run in the bottom of the second inning, the Owls gave up two more runs in the following inning. The Owls’ final run came in the bottom of the third on a sacrifice fly by junior left fielder Monica Savarese. Sophomore pitcher Kerry Iacomini took the loss for Southern in the first game, while pitcher Samantha Tilton nailed down the victory for Adelphi, pitching four innings of relief. She only gave up one hit and earned her first victory. Iacomini’s personal record drops to 3-3. The Owls were able to keep the score closer during the second game. They got out to a 1-0 start in the bottom of the first inning on a line drive off of the bat of junior outfielder Monica Savarese. The ball bounced off of the third baseman’s glove and scored sophomore third baseman Megan Caparossi. Senior pitcher Jessica Dempsey got out of a jam in the top of the second. With two runners on base and two outs, Dempsey struck out the batter for the final out and left the inning unscathed. The Panthers were able to get to Dempsey in the third by scoring one run, but Caparossi was able to return the favor in the bottom of the inning with a deep solo home run to left field

Dan BreChlin| SouthErn nEwS

The Owls dropped two games to Adelphi University on Saturday with scores of 13-2 and 7-5. With the losses, the Owls fell to 10-5 on the season.

to put the Owls up 2-1. It was Caparossi’s fourth homer of the season. She was also named to the Notheast-10 Honor Roll last week, along with junior teammate Khristie Lee. Freshman second baseman Robin Priest would match her on the field in the fourth inning with a solo shot of her own to centerfield. Even with the home runs, the most notable play may have been in the fifth inning on a ground ball to first. Southern first baseman Brittany Gandley made the out at first and threw

As the final preparations are underway for the 2008 summer Olympics, athletes, coaches and fans prepare for the most prominent athletic competition in the world. There are only a select few people who have been deemed capable of judging the Olympic games and amongst that small group of people is Southern’s own Pat Panichas. Through a series of test and qualifying rounds, the Olympic committee has narrowed down a group of judges set to make Pat Panichas potentially lifechanging decisions as the summer games will play out and Panichas, the former gymnastics coach and current professor of exercise science, is set to be the only American to judge women’s gymnastics in the upcoming Olympic games. Born in Philadelphia, Pa., Panichas is the eldest of four daughters and grew up in an environment focused on gymnastics. At the age of five, Panichas got her first experience in athletics while taking dance classes and soon found herself studying gymnastics throughout her adolescence. After arriving at Southern, Panichas began performing gymnastics at one of the school’s private clubs, as she was ineligible to take part in the gymnastics team. Soon she went on to teach at North Haven High School, while she continued to share a role in Southern athletics as she took a job as an adjunct dance teacher. Soon Panichas was a parttime volunteer gymnastics coach while she continued working as a teacher in North Haven. In 1977, she took over as Southern’s head gymnastics coach, a position she would hold for 28 seasons. During her tenure as head gymnastics coach, Panichas led the team to many notable achievements including finishing 3rd in the now defunct AIAW Championships and finishing in 4th place in the National Championships. Panichas still considers her greatest accomplishment the impact she has had on her athletes. “More than anything, I was always glad that I had an opportunity to have an impact on the lives of so many girls,” Panichas said. “Even if they weren’t the greatest athletes, I still like to think that I was able to have a positive impact on their lives and that I could be a positive influence on them.” After nearly three decades of coaching, Panichas went on to become a professor of exercise science at Southern, but continued to stay involved in gymnastics as she began judging performances. With practice and experience in judging, she went on to become one of the country’s most adept judges. All gymnastics judges are rated on a scale of one to 10, with one being the highest, according to their skill at deciphering performances. Each country is only permitted four number

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