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Scope It Out!

by The Charger Bulletin | October 22, 2014

scope logoHere are this week’s SCOPE events:

Wednesday, October 22:
Video Games in the Bartels Programming Space from 1 to 5 p.m.
Thursday, October 23: Guardians of the Galaxy will be showing in Gehring 301 at 8 p.m. There will be free popcorn!

Friday, October 24:
Swimsuit Sprint beginning at 7 p.m. at Kayo Field followed by the concert, featuring Sammy Adams, which will be held in the Bixler-Botwinik Quad. General admission begins at 8:15 p.m.

Monday, October 27:
The Purge: Anarchy will be showing in Gerhing 301 at 8 p.m.

Photo of the Week

by The Charger Bulletin | October 22, 2014

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“Carousel Ride”

By Amanda Sudowsky, Senior

Taken June 2014 in Brunswick, New Jersey at an Italian carnival

“A carousel in Black and White for my independent study,” – Sudowsky.

The Charger Battery

by Kaitlin Mahar | October 22, 2014

Positives:

+ UNH is installing solar panels in Celantano Hall in order to conserve energy, and they’ll save the University an estimated $20,000. That means students will save about $3 each—don’t spend it all in one place!

+ Fall break was a fun, much deserved mini-vacation.

Negatives:

-Given that knowing how to work a microwave wasn’t a requirement for getting into college, it’s safe to say that the West Haven fire department could find this school with their eyes closed.

-Fall break is over, and most of us won’t be heading back home until Thanksgiving, so we’re just going to have to stick it out until then.

The Battery Charge

It’s getting to be that time of year again where it’s ridiculously cold and staying in bed marathoning Gilmore Girls seems like a much better option than going to class. Try to stay strong, but remember that a mental health day (or two… or three) isn’t always a bad thing.

Taylor’s NFL Picks Week 8

by Taylor Hauck | October 22, 2014

Detroit Lions @ Atlanta Falcons
Detroit came from behind after being down by 13 points to the Saints and pulled out a victory. They look to win their third straight game and hold their lead in the NFC North. The Falcons have struggled mightily this season. They have lost four straight games and hope to end that streak. Expect the Lions to go to Atlanta and take care of business.

San Diego Chargers @ Denver Broncos
Peyton Manning is officially the all time leader in passing touchdowns in the NFL. He led his team to an easy win over the 49ers. The Broncos continue to be one of the teams to beat in the league. San Diego saw its win streak come to an end with a loss to the Chiefs. The Chargers trail the Broncos by just one game in the AFC West. Expect the Chargers to make this a good game, but the Broncos will be too powerful.

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Both these teams are having bad seasons. The Vikings just missed out on beating the Bills on Sunday. Instead they gave up a last second touchdown in the loss. Expect the Vikings to bounce back and win their third game of the season. Tampa Bay is coming off a bye. Expect the Vikings to win a close game.

Buffalo Bills @ New York Jets
Despite the Jets’ awful record, they have played their last two opponents (Broncos and Patriots) very well. They are last in the AFC East and most likely will only be able to spoil other teams’ playoff hopes. The Bills stand at 4-3, good enough for one game behind the Patriots for the division lead. Expect the Jets to get over the hump and take down a surprising Bills team.

Chicago Bears @ New England Patriots
The Patriots are on a roll after a slow start to the season. New England has won three straight games and looks to make that four straight. They survived a close game against the Jets on Thursday Night Football, blocking a last second field goal attempt. Meanwhile, the Bears are 3-4 and still in the mix for a postseason start. They need to string a few wins together first. Expect the Patriots to win a close game at home.

Seattle Seahawks @ Carolina Panthers
Seattle has lost two straight games and looks nowhere near the dominant team that won the Super Bowl last year. They suffered a loss to the Rams Sunday after the Rams pulled off two trick plays in the win. Seattle has the ability to bounce back and become dominant again. Carolina suffered an embarrassing loss to the Packers. However, they still lead the division as the rest of the teams lost or had a bye. Expect the Seahawks to pull away with a win and get back above .500.

Miami Dolphins @ Jacksonville Jaguars
The Dolphins are at .500 and are in the middle of the pack in the AFC. They hope to win their fourth game of the season when they take on the Jaguars. The Jaguars won their first game of the season Sunday against the Browns, which could be considered an upset. Expect this game to be close with the Dolphins coming away with a victory.

Baltimore Ravens @ Cincinnati Bengals
The Ravens are on a hot streak right now, and they hope to continue that streak against the Bengals. Baltimore has a hold on the division lead. The Bengals meanwhile have lost two and tied once in their last three games. Expect both teams to have a good game, with strong showings from their quarterbacks. The Ravens should win this game and stretch their division lead over the Bengals.

Houston Texans @ Tennessee Titans
Tennessee has been awful this year and couldn’t close out a win over the Redskins on Sunday. The Titans are at 2-5 after somewhat high expectations this season with quarterback Jake Locker. The Texans have the ability to make the playoffs despite being near the back of the pack in some offensive and defensive categories. The Texans hope that a win over the Titans will improve their chances on making the playoffs.

St. Louis Rams @ Kansas City Chiefs
The Rams are coming off a huge upset over the Seahawks, using their special teams to come away with the victory. In prior weeks, they came close to beating high-caliber teams. The Rams are underrated and look to win a second straight game. The Chiefs pulled out a win over a very good Chargers’ team. Kansas City probably has the upper hand in this game, but it is hard to pick against the Rams after their last few games.

Philadelphia Eagles @ Arizona Cardinals
The Eagles are having a good year and sit at 5-1. They are coming off a bye week and should be ready to go against a Cardinals team that has been good the last two seasons. The Cardinals also sit at 5-1, their lone loss coming to the powerful Denver Broncos. Expect this game to be exciting and close. The Eagles high-powered offense should prove too much for the Cardinals.

Ask Melanie

by The Charger Bulletin | October 22, 2014

Email unhaskmelanie@gmail.com, find her on Facebook at UNH Ask Melanie, or follow her Twitter @unhaskmelanie. Identities will always remain confidential!

Dear Melanie,

I am a gay male and my parents are very religious. I found out I was gay when I was about 16. I feel like I am living a lie because I cannot share my boyfriend with my family and they are my main support system. I know they will not accept this; what can I do?

A Faithful Reader

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Dear Reader,

I’m sorry that you can’t go to your parents with this. I know that sexuality can be a source of dissention in a lot of families. However, I do think that there are some things you can do.

You should always do your best to be honest about who you really are, especially with those that love you. This may be hard for them to accept at first but they may be able to get past it and if they don’t, at least you were honest and you may be able to find support elsewhere.

There are lots of tips on how you can approach this with your family and tell them on www.pflag.org; you can also find a PFLAG meeting near you, so that you can talk to actual people who have gone through what you’re going through or even direct your family to the website or a meeting so they can get the support of other families of LGBT persons on how to accept this and support you.

You can find support on campus too; we have a group named PRIDE that has meetings on campus that you can attend. Either way, you should do what you feel comfortable with and if you feel like now is the time to tell your family, then you should! They may surprise you.
xoxo,
Melanie

Postcards from Prato

by Ashley Arminio | October 22, 2014

A Taste Of Tuscany

This weekend a couple of friends and I took a trip through Bus 2 Alps for a day of wine tasting in Tuscany, Italy!

Students in Italy enjoy wine tasting on a Tuscany hillside  (Photo by Ashley Arminio/Charger Bulletin photo)

Our first stop was Montalcino whom boasts some of the world’s most exquisite grapes. We were given a tour of the factory and wine barrels while given a history of the vineyard and what goes into making a variety of wines. We tried three different red wines ranging from sweet to dry, which have been sitting for 30 years!

My favorite part of Montalcino was the view of Tuscany. When I’ve imagined what Italy would look like, it was Montalcino, so everyone was excited to drink their glasses of wine outside with the view and take pictures. Following the tasting, we had the opportunity to buy wine and sample a variety of lotions that the vineyard makes with olive oil. It was so interesting to learn about all of the uses that olive oil is made for here in Italy, whereas at home I rarely ever use or think about it.

From Montalcino, our next destination was a local winery outside Siena, Tenuta Torciano, which was my favorite stop of the day. As soon as we arrived we all took spots at the tables outside and tasted local wines, such as Vernaccia di San Gimignano and Chianti Classico, while enjoying typical Tuscan appetizers and pasta.

The Italian waiter had a suave and comical sense of humor, calling us all “princesses” and demonstrating the Italian way to drink wine and taste all of the flavors. He explained that bigger wine glasses are better because you have more room to mix your wine without it spilling. You smell the glass of wine for five seconds, mix it again with one hand, take a sip and breathe in air—that will allow you to taste the richness and flavor in the wine unlike just taking a sip.

Our waiter also told us what foods to eat with what wine; for example we tried the white wine with cheeses and salami and red wines with our pasta. We were also given 30-year-old balsamic vinegar to try, as well as truffle oil to put on our pasta and the taste was unbelievable.

Our last stop was San Gimignano, which is a walled medieval town perched on a hill. The preserved medieval towers can be seen from several kilometers away and have become iconic to the city. We were able to explore the city and shops and try the best gelato in the world, Gelateria Dondoli, which was the gelato world champions from 2006 to 2009. You can tell it was amazing just by the long line wrapped around the building.

I’ve never been to a vineyard, so it was interesting to hear about the process of producing wine from seasonal grapes. I love that every time you open up a bottle of wine, or a bottle of vinegar after 30 years, you’re creating a moment and a story.

Simply Sam’s Style

by Samantha Salvio | October 22, 2014
The perfect fall sweater (Photo obtained via Pinterest)

The perfect fall sweater (Photo obtained via Pinterest)

Fall Trend: Oversized Sweaters

Morning and nighttime temperatures have been dropping dramatically within the last week, so it’s time to bring out all your chilly weather clothing or make a trip back home to change out that summer wardrobe.

The tricky part now is during the afternoon when it’s still nice and sunny and the usual layer look may not be in your favor. For all you commuters who don’t want to drive all the way back to your house to grab a change of clothes, or may not even have time in between classes to waste the gas: I feel your pain. The easiest solution to stay warm during morning classes and accommodate for the warmer afternoons are oversized sweaters!

These sweaters are not only comfy and cozy, but can make any outfit fall fashion appropriate. These sweaters come in all different colors, patterns and designs that provide a plethora of choices to match your own style. The best part is it’s an easy transition to take off that extra layer and just have a regular tee underneath.

One more thing to be cautious of during the colder months of the year is not to lose your natural body shape under all those extra layers. I know it’s not the first thing that comes to mind when all you want to do is make sure you don’t die of hypothermia, but it is also not attractive to go around looking like a curtain or pile of layered fabrics. Here are three different styles of oversized sweaters that accentuate three different body types:

1.Tall and lanky: If you are looking to make your body look a little curvier, opt for a longer sweater that reaches the middle of your thighs or even to right above the knees. With whatever color or pattern sweater you choose, pair them with a darker colored jean or stay comfy through the whole outfit and wear black leggings. Tuck the front of the sweater into whatever bottoms you choose and slip on some boots and you’ll be good to go.

2.Hourglass: Select a monochrome tee from your closet as the base of your outfit and then layer an oversized knitted cardigan over it. Wear some skinny jeans as your bottoms and choose your favorite sneakers to match—my go-to for this casual outfit would be classic Chucks. If it’s a little windy outside as well, this outfit does allow a scarf to be added without looking too boxy or overdone. Depending on the day, either a thicker knitted scarf or fabric scarf would suffice.

3.Short: For my shorter girls on campus, the trick is to accentuate and lengthen your legs with a high-low oversized sweater. This style creates the illusion that your legs are longer because the front is shorter, and you can even tuck in the front if you so desire. It’s best to pair some leggings and some platform sneakers with this outfit. If raised sneakers aren’t your style, a bootie or short-boot would work too. Taller length boots, like the classic riding boots, will only counteract the sweater and shorten your legs. Even at this time of the year, and with classrooms being so chilly, I recommend a thicker knitted sweater for these girls to make sure it’s warm and snug with less layers.

Ask Melanie

by The Charger Bulletin | October 13, 2014

Email unhaskmelanie@gmail.com, find her on Facebook at UNH Ask Melanie, or follow her Twitter @unhaskmelanie. Identities will always remain confidential!

ask melanie

Dear Melanie,

My boyfriend and I have dated for about 6 months and I found out he has a profile on a dating website. What should I do?

Sincerely,
Future Lorena Bobbitt

 

Dear Future Lorena,

I’m so sorry that happened; no one deserves that.  I just have a couple of questions before I proceed. 1. How long ago was he on there? Maybe it was before you guys started dating and he stopped once he found you but forgot to delete the account.  2. Did you guys officially decide to be monogamous?  If you have not had that conversation, he might think you’re dating other people and he wants to keep his options open also.  If you guys have already decided to be monogamous and he’s been on there recently, you should dump him.  Kick him to the curb.  No one deserves to be cheated on—not that he definitely is, but if he’s on a dating website, we can use context clues to figure out he doesn’t intend to be faithful.  It’s disrespectful and you should not allow it.  At this point in your relationship, if you do allow it, it will more than likely happen again.  Know your worth, don’t stand for this.

Xoxo,
Melanie

Taylor’s NFL Picks: Week 7

by Taylor Hauck | October 13, 2014

New York Jets @ New England Patriots
The Jets have lost five straight games and this week wont be any easier. The Jets did play the Broncos well and gave them a run for their money. New England is coming off two straight wins after a slow start to the season. Expect Tom Brady to follow up his four-touchdown performance with another good outing in New England.

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Atlanta Falcons @ Baltimore Ravens
Joe Flacco is having a good season after a down year last season. He has the Ravens in prime position to qualify for the playoffs this year. He threw for five touchdowns in the Ravens’ easy win Sunday against the Bucs. Atlanta fell to 2-4 with a loss to the Bears at home. The Falcons need to figure something out fast or they will miss the playoffs again this year. Expect the Falcons to put up a fight, but the Ravens should win.

Tennessee Titans @ Washington Redskins
Both these teams are having bad seasons. The Titans are coming off a win over the lowly Jaguars. Meanwhile, the Redskins are 1-5 and sit at the bottom of the NFC East. Expect this game to be sloppy on both sides of the ball. The Redskins should escape with the win.

Seattle Seahawks @ St. Louis Rams
Seattle suffered another setback Sunday against the Cowboys. Seattle is normally unbeatable at home, and currently sits at 3-2 overall on the season. They look to get back to their winning ways, starting with the game against the Rams. St. Louis had a bye and should be well rested to try and pull off the upset over Seattle. Expect the Seahawks to come away with a win.

Cleveland Browns @ Jacksonville Jaguars
Cleveland is proving that they could potentially contend for a playoff position come December. They sit at 3-2 and have played well in most of their games. A win over the Jaguars would improve their chances. Their defense is ranked next to last, however their offense makes up for their lack of defense. The Jaguars are 0-6 and have the worst record in the league. Expect the Browns to win big in Jacksonville.

Cincinnati Bengals @ Indianapolis Colts
The Colts are back to playoff form after two tough losses to open the season. They are winners of four straight and Andrew Luck continues to rack up the touchdowns. He leads the league in touchdowns and passing yards. Cincinnati was involved in a tie Sunday, a rarity in the NFL. They failed to make field goal in the closing seconds of overtime. Expect a very good game between the first place teams in their respective divisions.

Minnesota Vikings @ Buffalo Bills
Buffalo sits at 3-3 and needs a win to keep pace with the Patriots in the division. The Bills will most likely go with Kyle Orton again after benching EJ Manuel a couple weeks ago. Minnesota appears doomed this year, especially playing in a tough division. Expect a close game between two mediocre teams.

Miami Dolphins @ Chicago Bears
Chicago looks to get over .500 with a win over the Dolphins. Jay Cutler has been playing well, sitting at eighth in passing yards on the season. Meanwhile, the Dolphins suffered heartbreak Sunday to the Packers. The Packers scored the go-ahead touchdown with less than ten seconds left. Expect the Dolphins to put up a fight, with the Bears winning.

New Orleans Saints @ Detroit Lions
Detroit leads the NFC North and looks to hold on to that lead with a win over the struggling Saints. New Orleans sits at 2-3, a surprising record for a team that usually wins a lot of games every season. The Lions are coming off a win over the Vikings and look to win their fourth game in their last five attempts.

Carolina Panthers @ Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers went with the fake spike to get the Packers close and eventually score Sunday in a last minute win over the Dolphins. The Packers are second in the AFC North by virtue of a tiebreaker. Green Bay has struggled at times but with Aaron Rodgers at quarterback they are always a threat. The Panthers were involved in a tie Sunday. They remain in the division lead despite the tie and hope to build on that lead with a win over the Panthers. Expect a good game with the Packers coming away with the win.

Kansas City Chiefs @ San Diego Chargers
Kansas City is well rested after a bye week and will look to get back to .500 with a win. The Chargers have struggled despite winning the last few weeks. They need to regroup and start playing better defensively if they want to continue their winning ways. Expect a close game, with the Chiefs coming away with the win.

Arizona Cardinals @ Oakland Raiders
The Cardinals are probably the most surprising team in the NFL this year. They are 4-1 and lead the AFC West. They have a good record despite a mediocre offense and defense. They simply have been able to get ahead and hold on for wins. Look for them to get another win Sunday in Oakland. The Raiders played better Sunday against the Chargers behind Blake Bortles’ good day. However, they have yet to record a win this season. Expect an easy win for the Cardinals.

New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys are playing their best football in years. They are 5-1 and remain at the top of the NFC East with the Philadelphia Eagles. The Cowboys took down the Seahawks Sunday in Seattle. Whatever the critics were saying, they put behind them. The Giants looked awful on Sunday Night Football. They struggled to get anything going. Lots penalties did not help either. Expect the Cowboys to win easily in this division battle.

San Francisco @ Denver Broncos
Denver didn’t play all that well last week despite a win and scoring a lot of points. They struggled in the early parts of their win over the Jets. Look for Peyton Manning and the Broncos to fix any kinks in their game plan and come out strong against the 49ers. The 49ers have struggled at times but have been playing good football the last few weeks. Expect a great matchup on Sunday Night Football.

Houston Texans @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Houston is a game behind the Colts for first place in the AFC South. The Texans most likely need a win to keep pace with the Colts. Expect the Texans to come out strong after a long week due to their Thursday Night Football game last week. Houston will look to use their intimidating defense to shut down the Steelers. The Steelers can’t seem to find a rhythm. They have had a win one week, lose the next week pattern all season. Expect that to end as they will lose two straight after a loss to the Texans on Monday Night Football.

Scope It Out!

by The Charger Bulletin | October 8, 2014

Here are this week’s SCOPE events:

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Thursday October 9:
-Make your own Tie Dye Shirt is from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the BSAC Patio. Come make your own Tie Dye shirt in the patio! You can also bring your own shirts or pillow cases to tie dye as well.

Friday October 10:
-Showing of Maleficent
Gehring Hall 301 at 8 p.m.
Popcorn will be served. Attendees can also enter into our raffle to win a movie poster during the showing.

Monday October 13:
-Showing of Lucy
Gehring Hall 301 at 8 p.m.
Attendees can enter into our raffle to win a movie poster during the showing.

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