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Four Years Flies By

by Samantha Mathewson | August 27, 2014

The saying “Time Flies” always sounds cliché when your parents or grandparents say it, once nagging but now insightful, words of wisdom.

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However, when you are a college senior about to start your last year of school, your last cross country season, and your last first issue of The Charger Bulletin for the year, that saying couldn’t be more accurate; time does fly.

It is hard to believe that three years ago I started at The University of New Haven. There are times when it feels like yesterday, and other times it feels like I have been here forever, but neither feeling has prepared me for what this May has in store.

I still remember move-in day freshman year; after unpacking the car and organizing my room, right before my parents left, I told them to take me home. I had changed my mind and decided I couldn’t do this.

Well, as always, when my dad, who has always been my number one fan, told me I could do it, he was right and I was wrong.

The thought of moving away from my life back in NY and parting with my family seemed impossible. The first year I swear I called my dad three times a day just to talk. But I will admit it didn’t take long and I soon adjusted, and I promise those of you that are just moving in and are like me, you will too.

What really helped me was finding my place at UNH. Back in high school I had decided that I had not yet ran my last race aftering running since I was in fourth grade, so I joined the cross country and track and field team, and immediatly they were more than just teammates.

I remember after the first day of practice the three other freshman on the cross country team and I had gotten along almost instanteously that we decided the next year we would be roommates.

While one of them transfered and another decided to stop running, Danielle Sorrentino and I stayed true to our promise and lived together sophomore year and are still as close as ever.
As for my roommates now, who have endured every crazy thing I have throw at them, they are some of my best friends too, friends that will last beyond UNH.

I promise you will find your niche and best friends who become family, and, before you know it, UNH will feel like home. You will explore all UNH has to offer and strive for things you never thought possible.

Photo taken of the class of 2015 on Kayo Field during Welcome Week 2011 (OSA Photo)

Photo taken of the class of 2015 on Kayo Field during Welcome Week 2011 (OSA Photo)

I mean, never did I think I would ever do all that I have:

Throughout my collegiate career I have studied abroad – twice, competed as a cross country and track and field athlete, had my late nights of cramming and my early days full of coffee, have found friends that will last a life time, accomplished my goals of being Assistant Editor and now Editor-in-Chief of The Charger Bulletin, am president of UNH’s communications honor society, Lambda Pi Eta, had an internship with the New Haven Register, moved off campus, and made a million priceless memories, but I’m still not done making the most out of my collegiate career.

I encourage everyone, underclassmen and new students a like, to take advantage of every second they spend at UNH because yes, before you know it, time will fly and you will be wondering what comes next.

For me, all I can say is that in a few short months the real world begins and while it seems scary to leave the comfort zone school has provived, I can only imagine the amazing adventures I will have.

So, welcome class of 2018. Enjoy your new adventure, and to returning students, make this year better than last.

5 Tips I Wish I Had Gotten as a Freshman

by Elissa Sanci | August 27, 2014

It’s hard to believe that this year marks my third here at the University of New Haven. I still remember how I felt as I helped my mom unpack my bags, staring at the campus that would become home to me for the next four years. I didn’t know it at the time, but I would go on to do some pretty great things, meet amazing people and make unforgettable memories.

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Being a freshman is hard. You don’t really know what’s going on yet. You wear your lanyard with your keys around your neck, scared to put it down anywhere in fear of losing it. The feeling of being pushed into something you don’t quite know how to handle yet is ever-present; you don’t know where you belong yet, and it’s a scary feeling.

Everyone feels like this—everyone. Even the most confident kid has his doubts; I promise you that. But once you realize it’s okay to feel like this, once you realize that it’s normal to feel tentative and apprehensive, you’re on the right track to being just fine.

I wish someone had been around to give me that advice two years ago when I felt so unsure of myself. There are a lot of things I wish I had known then; here are five tips I wish someone had given me at the beginning of my freshman year.
1.Get involved: There’s a reason everyone says this; it’s true! It’s the best way to feel apart of something and it’s the first step in making UNH a new home.
Join clubs that interest you; it’s a great way to make new friends with the same hobbies and outlooks on life.

2.Stay active: I encourage you to stay active. Go to the gym, join a RecSports Team, the Quidditch team, or go to classes offered at the Rec Center. Do something to get your blood pumping. It’s good way to relieve tension when you’re stressed out, and it’s even better to fight off the Freshmen 15 (which is, in fact, a real thing).

3.Eat as healthy as you can: Like I said before, the Freshmen 15 is not just a myth, and if you’re not careful, it can creep on you before you even realize it.
You’re away from home for the first time, so it may seem like a good idea to have pizza for breakfast and ice cream for dinner. I’ll let you know upfront—it’s not. Forego the chicken fingers and fries for every meal and you’ll feel less sluggish during the day. A salad every once in a while won’t kill you, and you’ll even have more energy—promise.

4.Don’t forget to study: Remember that you came to college to go to class, to learn, and most importantly, to earn a degree.
It’s important to schedule time for studying, whether you do it in the library or in your room. Don’t forget to take advantage of the Center for Learning Resources (located in the basement of the library) if you’re struggling with any of your work.

5.But also don’t forget to have fun: Doing well in school is important, but so is having fun. If you put all your efforts into studying, soon you’ll run out of steam.
It’s important to relax every once in a while and spend time with friends. College is a balancing act and the sooner you realize that, the sooner you’ll get used to it and start making the most of your college experience.

College is tricky, but once you get the hang of balancing your school work and your social life, you’ll be just fine. The moment you begin to make friends is the moment all the aprehensive feelings fade away; it’s when the fun begins. The same goes for when you get back your first paper (the paper you pulled an all-nighter writing) and see a shiny red “A+” at the top.
Soon enough, you’ll get to the steps that overlook the quad, and instead of just looking at the quad, you’ll be looking at home.

No More Mr. Nice Guy

by Kaitlin Mahar | August 27, 2014

It is no small secret that a common complaint from guys regarding the dating pool is that girls are never interested in “nice guys,” especially in comparison to “bad boys.” The “nice guys finish last” mentality has been prevalent for decades, but given the changes in dating over the last ten years or so—from dating websites, to relationship statuses on social media, to apps like OkCupid and Tinder—one thing has become increasingly clear. Or, at least, clear to girls. Nice guys are few and far between, and, if you are one of those self-proclaimed “nice guys” who lament the loss of prospective dates to allegedly unattainable guys who seemingly don’t deserve them, then I have groundbreaking news for you: you’re not one of the “nice guys,” either.

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In terms of dating, the idea that nice guys never get the girl is a myth. Girls are looking for nice guys just as much as they were years ago. But if you’re a guy who is interested in a girl who is not interested in you, going on and on about the fact that girls don’t like nice guys, such as yourself, is, to be blunt, stupid. Nice guys don’t do that. They don’t blame girls on their poor dating choices, and they certainly don’t think girls owe it to them to date them because they’re “nice guys.”

Girls (and guys) are all ultimately looking for the same thing: someone they are compatible with, be it emotionally, intellectually, artistically, or sexually. If a girl doesn’t see you as compatible that does not give you the right to act wholly offended, as you console yourself with the fact that it’s because you’re a nice guy and that she isn’t interested in that. That’s not what she’s interested in, true, but that’s not what she isn’t interested in, either. Maybe you didn’t share the same sense of humor. Maybe your interests just didn’t line up. Maybe you smelled. There’s a plethora of reasons why a girl won’t date you, but not one of those reasons is because she does not want a nice guy.

If you’re emotionally manipulative enough to pontificate how women should want to date you, it is not because you’re intelligent, not because you’re interesting to talk to, or not because you’re a driven, ambitious individual. It is because you act like the nice guy at first – you compliment her, treat her nicely, and just do all of the things nice guys generally do. However, it is when you confess your feelings and discover the permanence of your uncomfortable stay in the “friend zone” that the nice guy facade is gone, and your true colors show.

Nice guys accept a girl’s decision, based on whatever reason(s) she may have, not to date him. They don’t immediately discontinue their nice treatment of the girls in question. They don’t write whiny articles and Facebook statuses about girls never liking nice guys. And they definitely don’t cut off the girl who “rejects” them because any further contact is a waste of time, given the new knowledge that a relationship will never happen, ever. If you do any of these things—and I know plenty of self-proclaimed nice guys who do—then you need to do some self-reflection. Because wallowing, complaining, and emotionally manipulating girls who just aren’t into you? It’s not nice.

Letter to the Editor

by The Charger Bulletin | May 7, 2014

By Bill Kerschner

Letter to the Editor

bkerschner9@hotmail.com

 

In response to “Potential smoking ban sparks mixed reviews from students.

I am a longtime Republican conservative and business owner. I do happen to support campus smoking bans for one main reason. College is an institution  where today’s best are being prepared to become tomorrow’s leaders and tobacco or nicotine in any form, including electronic cigarettes and chewing tobacco, have no place in such a setting.

 

 

 

A bittersweet end to my college career

by Liana Teixeira | May 7, 2014

When I entered the Rec Center four years ago for the annual club fair, I had no idea where my life at the University of New Haven would lead.

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I walked around each RSO’s table for what seemed like hours, signing my name on countless interest sheets, and hoping to find an organization that piqued my interest. I approached the Charger Bulletin table with hesitancy; I had never written for a school newspaper before, and I had no idea how. Still, when the then Editor-in-Chief Matt DiGiovanni threw a free Charger Bulletin Frisbee my way and encouraged me to sign up, I knew the newspaper was something I’d want to pursue.

After writing my first article, I felt a sense of fulfillment. I wanted to be a journalist, and I knew The Charger Bulletin was where I belonged. Being elected as Assistant Editor my junior year was a complete whirlwind. Not only did I grow as a writer, but my experiences with the newspaper made me feel closer to the campus community as a whole. The friendships I gained that year through The Charger Bulletin with our neighbors (Chariot Yearbook and SCOPE) and USGA are priceless. The 2012-2013 Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Field became one of my best friends at UNH, and I have the newspaper to thank for that.

This year, I assumed the role of Editor-in-Chief, and I can’t believe how quickly this year has flown by. It seems like yesterday I arrived at the Student Activities Office ready to start the first September issue. Now, I graduate in less than two weeks and I cannot say enough how much I will miss this place, my job and the people I have gotten to know. Samantha Mathewson, the current Assistant Editor, has not only helped me keep my sanity on those long Monday nights editing in the office, but she’s also proved to be one of the most dedicated and talented people I’ve ever worked with. I am confident she will do an excellent job as the incoming Editor-in-Chief.

Taking her place as Assistant Editor will be Elissa Sanci. I met Elissa two years ago during her freshman year. The first thing Elissa wrote for The Charger Bulletin was an article on marijuana use on campus. I remember this article so vividly because it was incredibly well-written, especially for a first-time writer. I immediately saw great potential in Elissa, and know she is the right person for the Assistant Editor job next year.

Fifty-two issues later, writing my last editorial feels rather bittersweet. I cannot express how important it is to share your opinions, whether it is through an editorial or an article. I hope the newspaper has provided you all with a well-rounded forum to openly express your thoughts. I’ll miss every opportunity The Charger Bulletin has offered me, and I’m eager to see what life has in store.

Farewell readers, and good luck to all graduating seniors. For those returning next year, don’t forget to pick up the first issue of The Charger Bulletin!

 

Living life as a Gilmore

by Samantha Mathewson | May 7, 2014

For the better part of my teenage years, or at least once I was aware that such an amazing TV series existed, I followed Gilmore Girls. Not out of rebellion towards my father because he hated the morals of the show, but because I simply could not get enough of the humorous anecdotes of the mother daughter duo.

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As religious as TV watching gets, every Thursday night I flipped to the CW channel, and while my dad didn’t necessarily agree with what the show stood for, he extended my bedtime for that one night a week. The series ended in 2007, and yes, as you’re all probably wondering, I cried.

However, in tribute, I wrote my eighth grade final poem on the series end, “the eighth season is no more, as the series comes to an end…”

For my birthday that following year, my uncle who lived with us at the time and knew my love for the series, gave me the entire series on DVD.

If I haven’t expressed clearly enough my love for the series already, one of my best friends from high school signed my yearbook saying, amongst other things, to “have fun in New Haven following in Rory Gilmore’s footsteps.” And, well, I have.

Rory did not attend the University of New Haven – she went to Yale; however, what the two of us have in common is being elected Editor-in-Chief of our university newspapers for our senior years. Next year I will continue my involvement in The Charger Bulletin as Editor-in-Chief. I am not only looking forward to this opportunity because I idolize Rory, but it has always been a goal of mine since I decided I wanted to pursue a career in journalism and became a staff writer for The Charger Bulletin as a freshman at UNH.

Now, Gilmore Girls has been off the air for a while, with the occasional rerun on ABC Family or SOAP Network. When there is nothing else to watch on TV, I can always count on the Gilmore girls. I can choose any episode from any season to relive the best years of my childhood, similar to how I feel about my accomplishments at UNH.

I could relive any day from any of my three years here so far. Not a day has gone by that I didn’t make the most of, and more importantly, all that I have done got me to the position of Editor-in-Chief, which I could not be more thankful for.

I look forward to working with Elissa Sanci as the newly-elected Assistant Editor for next year, and am sad to say goodbye to the current Editor-in-Chief, Liana Teixeira, who made my experience as Assistant Editor this past year extraordinary.

End of the Year

by Elissa Sanci | May 7, 2014

It’s the end of the year already? It’s hard to believe my sophomore year of college is coming to an end. Just yesterday it felt as though I was a freshman, writing my first article for The Charger Bulletin, and now, I’m getting ready to assume the position of Assistant Editor.

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I’m incredibly honored to be The Charger Bulletin’s Assistant Editor for the upcoming academic year. It’s crazy to think that next year, one of the desks in the Office of Student Activities will be mine, and that I’ll be able to leave my mark on the University of New Haven in bigger ways than I ever thought I could.

This past year has been a great one for The Charger Bulletin; we traveled to San Diego to attend a conference that helped us improve our layout. Now, our paper looks better than it ever has before, thanks to Editor-in-Chief Liana Teixeira and Assistant Editor Samantha Mathewson.

Next year will be strange not having Liana around. When I first met Liana, I was a timid freshman interested in writing for the paper, but scared to speak up. Liana saw potential in me from day one, and for that I’m thankful. Over the past few years, Liana and I have grown closer, and I’m going to miss her and everything she does for The Charger Bulletin and UNH.

I’d also like to congratulate Sam, who will be the Editor-in-Chief next academic year. I look forward to long hours in the office with her, and I know she’ll do a fantastic job at taking over for Liana. I just hope that I’ll do her justice as I fill in her current position. I have faith in the both of us to do wonderful things for the newspaper.

The “Brand” New Hall

by Kayla Katt | May 7, 2014

As of right now, I have to walk all the way across campus to eat at Bartels. It’s probably the most annoying walk to take other than the walk all sophomores have to take to North Campus to get their car. It’s especially daunting when you have to walk through the wind tunnel between Soundview and Bixler.

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The other thing about Bartels is that everyone and their mother goes there for dinner, and it’s so crowded, which makes it the biggest hassle ever. The set up is also terrible, especially for larger crowds; the lines can get confusing and ridiculous, and I’m sure that’s not only frustrating for students, but for faculty too.

However, next year, the new building is on the other side of campus, which makes the walk much shorter. From the rumors I hear, the eating hall is going to be “bangin’.” It’s going to be all technological and modern. Also, it will be much closer to the dorms making it less of an annoyance to get dinner.

The fact that it’s another eating hall and not just an eating location like Sandellas and the Grill, will cause the crowd in Bartels to split, hopefully causing both facilities to run smoother and faster, making it more pleasurable for us students and faculty.

I’m also hoping that it will allow me to hopefully be able to save my dining dollars, being that I will have somewhere closer to my dorm to eat, and because of the (hopefully) smaller crowd, I will be more likely to go to the new building. There, I’ll be able to use just a meal swipe instead of spending dining dollars somewhere else.

I’m hoping the “Brand” New Hall is all that is expected of it, considering it will benefit the campus in more ways than just housing more students.

 

I’m not a racist but….

by The Charger Bulletin | May 7, 2014

By Simone Quartey, Contributing Writer

If there is one phrase that I would like to irradiate from existence it would be, “I’m not a racist but…”

Donald Sterling, former owner of Los Angeles Clippers (AP Photo)

Donald Sterling, former owner of Los Angeles Clippers (AP Photo)

Why do you ask? Well, the answer is simple. It is normally followed by some bigoted and unfounded generalization about black people, gay people or any oppressed minority in general. The phrase is normally used to cloak someone from my critique regarding their offensive view point.

Another phrase that needs to burn in the depths of hell is, “Some of my best friends’ are-

Nope…

Nada…

Nein…

I do not want to hear it. If you have to convince me of it, it is probably not true.

In the wake of the April 2014 being the month of all things racialized and race-related (i.e. Cliven Bundy and Donald Sterling), I would like to bring attention to these phrases because I want us to abolish old crutches and get to the root of the issue.

I have heard a lot of commentary from friends, classmates and family about the two latest issues involving race in America. So, what better way to weed through the murky weeds of this touchy subject by taking things one step at a time? Let us begin, shall we?

Being “friends” with or “in a relationship” with a member of a historically oppressed minority does not absolve you from racism.

In light of the Donald Sterling controversy, I think it is imperative for this to be emphasized. Why? Because when the story first broke, I spoke to a few people and read commentary online that suggested somehow that Sterling may not be a racist because his former mistress is a woman of color.

First of all, deep sighs all around. Is that really a thing now? Are we so ignorant to our own history that that is a line of defense? Far before Donald Sterling became the Patron Saint of Plantation math (i.e. the profiting off black male labor+ the exploitation of black women= pray you don’t multiple), there was Thomas Jefferson and Strom Thurmond who perfected the art form.

Yes. There are many historic accounts that reveal the depths to which Jefferson viewed black people as inferior, despite fathering multiple children with his black slave, Sally Hemings. The odd part of this whole arrangement was that he owned her. She was his piece of property. Does this negate the fact that he did great things like writing the Declaration of independence, no. However, by modern standards, the man was a racist and a slave owner a thousand times over. Of course, I can understand those were different times; what can I say? Many of our great men were flawed.

Though it does illustrate the hypocrisy in the fact that a man who gave us “All men are created equal” fathered children that, in his eyes, were not his equals, either in his eyes or the eyes of the law during his lifetime.

The same can be said for Strom Thurmond, the now deceased Senator, who fathered a black woman, Essie Mae Washington out of wedlock. Mind you, Essie Mae Washington’s mother, Carrie Butler was the 16-year-old maid in the Thurmond household, but that is a different story.

Yes, the same Strom Thurmond who filibustered the 1964 Voting Rights Act for 14 hours and 13 minutes.

Interesting how that works.

That is not to compare Mr. Sterling’s relationship with his alleged mistress to these previous examples. Ms. Stiviano has autonomy over her life that Sally Hemings and Carrie Butler did not. She chose to enter a relationship with this man, even though he was sued by the Department of Justice for housing discrimination.

Nor do I mean to compare Mr. Sterling to a slave owner. However, the cognitive dissonance between being racist and having sexual relations with the very group you discriminate against are similar.

Racism is by definition the viewing of one race to be inferior to your own.

It is a loaded term that means a lot more than merely disliking someone else because they belong to another race. It means you view them as other, subhuman or not equal to you.

There is a systematic, and there has been from the dawn of our Republic, exploitation of African Americans at the economic behest of a privileged power structure. We may play for basketball teams, make a lot of money, hell even have a Black President, however that does not mean racism is dead.

This is how Mr. Sterling can own a basketball team in a league that is 80 percent black and still be racists.

Our nation was unfortunately built this way. Who do you think built the monuments in D.C and the very White House at the epicenter of our nation’s capital? It was not paid labor, that’s for sure. Yet Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher, experienced when he ponders out loud if black people would have been better off as slaves.

Like slavery was a walk in the park…ok there, pal. It’s 2014. People still talk like this. Huh. So much for that “post-racial” society talks…

Reverse racism is not a thing.

There are people in power, whether it is an admissions office, the U.S Senate or corporate America that can systematically bar people from gaining opportunities in this country. The worst part is that we may not know it publically, but they may secretly harbor these views. How many men in power with the ability to shape my destiny as a student, potential law student and lawyer think the way Mr. Sterling does? It is a frightening thought.

There are institutional facts like legacy enrollments at Ivy League institutions, a last name like Astor or Vanderbilt and generations of wealth and power that have not been accessible to oppressed minorities in any way. Oppressed minorities like gay people or women or Native Americans do not have centuries of advantages. Only recently have they gained any access to opportunities that have been afforded to others for centuries.

It is like we are all running a marathon, but some start the race a mile ahead. So while an oppressed person can be bigoted or prejudice, can they be racist? Hmm. That’s another story. Minorities are considered the inferior, while members of the dominant culture are considered the default. So calling me a racist for pointing this out speaks more to levels of your own discomfort with engrained privileges afforded by just being born than it does to my experiences or perceptions.

Just because you do not call me the N-word does not give you a pass.

You may in fact have preconceived notions of me when I walk through the door, like people have had of me before.

Yes, I listen to Bach and Mozart.

Yes, I read as a hobby and yes, I took AP courses in High School.

No, I did not grow up in the “ghetto.” Whatever that means…

Yes, my favorite band is the Beatles.

I am not a special snowflake. I am not different than “other uneducated blacks”, as I have been told growing up.

No, I did not live in a hut or swing from trees (I lived in Ghana for a time, so this was a popular question during my high school days)

No, I do not sound “white” over the phone, whatever that means.

Being uncomfortable being in a room full of black people, with no consideration of what it must be like to often be the only face of color anywhere (i.e. school, my neighborhood, and clubs) is odd. Why?

Being the “other” every day of my life is my existence. I cannot remove my gender or my race and pretend. Nor can I “get over” the fact that I had the cops called on me as I was canvassing for Environmental conservation last summer because I look suspicious. Do I?

A petite girl wearing a University of New Haven t-shirt knocking on doors for donations. Okay. What is suspicious looking about me?

However, I was harassed, had my ID checked and had to wait for my field manager to pick me up and take me back to the office. Mind you, I was canvassing in a neighborhood only an hour from my own.

Have you ever been through that? Will you ever go through that? I was forced to quit volunteering for a cause I loved due to multiple incidents like this.

So the next time you feed me a line about “reverse racism” or “Some of my best friends are…” or “I dated a black guy, so I’m not racists”, ask yourself:

Are our experiences and opportunities in life the same?

Do I view people as less than myself due to your race?

Take a walk in my shoes.

Oh! Wait, you can’t. So like I said; nope, nada, nein. I do not want to hear it.

The best way to combat racism is to acknowledge it exists and it always will. Until we actually level the playing field and face what the real issues are, the Donald Sterlings and Cliven Bundys that have deluded themselves into thinking they are not racists, will always exist.

Time heals all wounds, but scars remain. In order to move to a much more harmonious future, we must make peace with our acrimonious past.

 

 

Compromise on the smoking ban

by Gabby Nowicki | April 30, 2014

Smoking is disgusting. I think it is one of the biggest turn offs and nothing good comes from it. This is just an opinion. Thousands of people still smoke whether they are aware of the harmful effects or not. On this campus alone, there are so many smokers. I’m shocked at how many of my friends smoke, whether it’s for social occasions or on the reg. I personally am against it, but it’s not my life so I really have no control over it.

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There are rumors going around that the university is going to try and remove all smoking from the campus. This is a nice attempt from the university to help those that do not like smoking and to make the overall campus a healthier environment, but it is quite a long stretch. This ban would anger a majority of the student body and cause more issues than it would solve. What would be next? Completely remove alcohol even for those over age 21?

Instead of completely removing smoking from campus, they should just move the designated smoking areas further away from the buildings. I hate having to walk into my building and pass a bunch of smokers. My friend that lives closest to the door can sometimes smell the smoke in her room!

Also, I hate walking to my classes or Jazzmans and having to walk through a bunch of people smoking. I pride myself on never smoking, so why do I have to still suffer from it and risk getting second hand smoke?

The designated smoking areas should be moved to places where less people walk. Who cares if smokers complain that they have to walk further? You guys are the ones that choose to smoke so we are doing you a favor by putting the locations further away so that your lungs get some benefit.

Overall, it is stupid to altogether remove smoking on campus, and the university should just work to make it less noticeable.

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