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Movie magic

by Caitlin Duncan | October 22, 2014

Why is it so easy in movies? Why is it that the guy falls in love with the shy, quiet girl that nobody notices? Why does the girl always break through the tough guy’s shell and see the softer side of him?

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Movies always end the same way. The guy and the girl fall in love, and bam…happily ever after.

Movies never show the reality. The characters, in their made up worlds, don’t fall for the wrong person; they never have to sit there and stare aimlessly at their phone, waiting for a text that never comes.

Movies don’t show the hurt that people feel when they fall in love with someone they know they can’t have. The characters don’t ever sit there and physically ache for that person’s touch.

More importantly, movies never tell the truth about heartbreak. No one ever told us how much it would actually hurt when you found out the boy you liked had kissed another girl at a party. No one told us that we would sit on our bathroom floors and cry until we couldn’t feel anything at all. No one told us that he would walk into our lives like a hurricane only to leave us with nothing. No movie ever taught us how to pick up the pieces and move on. Love is not as it seems in the movies; not at all.

From a young age, girls are taught that one day their Prince Charming will come. No one tells us we have to kiss a few frogs first, and what happens when we do. Movies need to teach us that life isn’t perfect and love isn’t easy. Most of all, movies need to stop creating this fantasy that love just happens.

Love is a beautiful and powerful thing. There will be laughter and smiles, but there will also be pain and tears. Love means sacrifice and fighting for that person. Love means embarrassment and awkward first kisses. Love isn’t easy at all, and this is what movies should be teaching us.

Emma Watson makes strides towards an equal society

by The Charger Bulletin | October 22, 2014

By Nicole Sansone
Contributing Writer
nsans1@unh.newhaven.edu

Two weeks ago, Emma Watson made a very important speech. She stood up in front of the UN Secretary General, Executive Director of UN Women and many other important people as she addressed the gender issue of inequality all throughout the world.

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This speech was not only an incredible milestone for women everywhere, but for men as well. As Watson explained in her speech, when people hear the word “feminist,” they immediately associate it with “man-hating.” But what many people do not take into consideration is the actual definition of what a feminist is. A feminist is “a person who believes in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes.”

Over the years, if a woman has claimed herself as a feminist, a man has immediately assumed that she is “out to get him.” In the defense of men, it has sometimes been that way. Personally, when I used to think of the word “feminist,” I thought of an extremely bitter woman who resents men and ultimately gets nowhere with her efforts because she is promoting hate rather than peace. A part of me believes that to be true, because I have felt like that in the past.

But today I consider myself a feminist only because I strive every day to have the same rights as men. It doesn’t matter if it’s social or economical; I do everything in my power to make myself equal to men, not superior or inferior.

But the point of Watson’s speech is that it should not be this hard of a fight and we NEED to make a change if we want to see results. Men are still paid more than women in many different areas of work, they don’t have to worry about sexual harassment or rape nearly as much as women do, and they don’t have to be scared of potentially losing their job or not even getting a job due to the fact that they could become pregnant one day. There are so many different areas where it seems that men have it far easier then women, ultimately leading the women to resent men.

But we have to take the men into consideration. Watson stated, “I have seen young men fighting mental illness, but too scared to ask for help in fear that they will look like less of a man.” This statement is exactly what makes Emma Watson’s speech so important for our day and age. She is a woman promoting peace; she recognizes that men and women both have it hard.

We need to work together, as not only women, but also a global society to make things better and to make things right. It is time that girls can express themselves freely. It is time that they can go to school and get an education without fearing that they could potentially be sexually assaulted as a result of how they dress. It is time that women no longer have to hide their sexuality in fear of what a man might label them. It is time that men do not seem “weak” if they ask for help. This starts with us; this starts now. As Emma Watson said, “Both men and women should feel free to feel sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to feel strong.”

University of no parking

by Courtney Brooks | October 22, 2014

It has been said before, and until it is resolved, it will probably be said again, that the parking, or lack thereof, is the biggest issue on this campus.

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Unless you’re a freshman and are prohibited from having your vehicle on campus, every University of New Haven student has encountered the problem of circling the parking lots until you are beyond frustrated and probably a little dizzy, unsuccessfully looking for a parking spot.

With the addition of Westside Hall, it is obvious that UNH’s campus is exponentially growing every year. The problem is that as the number of students increase, the number of parking spaces decrease.

Currently, there are not even enough spaces for even half of the campus population and unless something is done, this is only going to get worse.

As a commuter, going to class is like going to battle; we are forced to fight with one another over the few parking spaces available, and, let me tell you, apparently all is fair while searching for parking.

As if the commuter lots aren’t difficult enough to navigate with tons of students rushing from class to class, the fact that there is no system of who gets what parking spots first makes the struggle that much worse.

There are times when I have been forced to skip class because I just could not find a parking space. I could be driving around the same parking lot for a half hour when someone with a much faster, much smaller car swoops in and steals the spot I was waiting for.

In the parking lots at UNH, the most aggressive driver usually wins the spot, while us more passive, patient drivers suffer the consequences by missing class.

The fact that parking is such a huge issue isn’t new or shocking to anyone at UNH.

Take look at the First Year Success Center Commuter Resources page online and they have a whole section dedicated to explaining how hard it is to find parking.

“Parking is one of the greatest challenges commuters face. There are never enough spots,” the site explains.

My question is—if everyone knows what a challenge this is, why is no one doing anything to fix it?

UNH is making all these great changes to better itself as a University; it is adding residence halls, updating old ones, and even adding a new college. Yet it is doing nothing to combat the biggest issue of all: parking on campus.

Can’t escape the high school classics

by Kaitlin Mahar | October 8, 2014

Chances are, unless it’s being made into a movie (ahem, The Great Gatsby), the odds of you revisiting anything from the arguably most scarring period of your life are slim to none, especially if there’s reading involved.

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However, there’s a reason these books are classics—no matter where you are in life, they are still as relatable and entertaining as they were when they were first written. Yes, I realize how nerdy that sounds, just get to reading.

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. For fans of: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Steven Chbosky.
Whether you’re still coming to terms with your angst now, or you sow your anguish-ridden oats during your Evanescence-fueled emo days in high school, this book is the way to go. Filled with plenty of anti-authoritarian sentiments and expletives, you’ll be wanting to tell your parents where they can stick those care packages…just try to remember who pays your tuition.

Lord of the Flies by William Golding. For fans of: The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.
Once Jennifer Lawrence graced us with her presence on the big screen as main character Katniss Everdeen in the first Hunger Games movie, everyone jumped on the bandwagon that was young adult dystopian literature. However, William Golding’s 1954 novel originated many popular plot twists found in today’s hit post-apocalyptic novels, especially considering a death that’ll leave you crippled with heartbreak, though I won’t say who…

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. For fans of: The Help by Kathryn Stockett.
Those of you who read Stockett’s wildly popular novel (or if you just watched the movie because you think Emma Stone is ridiculously hot, even when she looks like she stuck her finger into a 1950’s-style electrical socket), if social justice interests you, then I suggest you revisit this classic. While there’s less of a romantic aspect than that which is found in The Help, To Kill a Mockingbird, too, gives a poignant commentary on the horrendous treatment of African-Americans pre-civil rights, and like Skeeter Phelan, Atticus Finch will be someone you admire for his integrity and bravery. (And, if you watch the film with Gregory Peck, you may find yourself saying “Emma who?”)

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. For fans of: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.
I know, I know, this isn’t exactly a “book,” but it is still worth your time to check it out. Even if you aren’t into the sappy, star-crossed-lover types of romances that Shakespeare and Green are well known for, you could still give this play a second look, if not solely for the reason that Shakespeare was a pretty hilarious, inappropriate guy, examples of which can especially be found in the character of Romeo’s goofy best friend, Mercutio. Seriously, just look up the definitions of some of the words and phrases he uses—it may have been 400 years ago, but a lot of the things this guy came up with were as hysterical as they were ingenious.

Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch in the 1962 film version of To Kill a Mockingbird (AP photo)

Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch in the 1962 film version of To Kill a Mockingbird (AP photo)

We all know how daunting and inevitably boring reading these books can be. However, even though it may not be at the tops of our lists to read anything that isn’t assigned reading, everything deserves a second chance. We’ve grown up, we’ve learned more, we understand more—the only thing that has stayed the same are these stories. I hate to sound like my parents on this one, but try them again; you never know if your taste might’ve changed.

Spreading positivity

by Caitlin Duncan | October 8, 2014

Since the app “Yik Yak” became the hottest app on campus, a cloud of negativity has been hovering over UNH.

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People have been targeting specific people or groups on this anonymous app, and it is really taking a toll on campus.

Lately, everyone is so cautious of their every move on campus, in hopes that they don’t end up on Yik Yak. But even if they aren’t doing anything wrong, it’s highly likely that someone will find something negative to say about that person.

All of these unnecessary posts are making people on campus miserable. Instead of saying negative things about someone anonymously, why don’t we try to use it positively?

Maybe this is a long shot, but can you just think of how much happier our campus would be? People could stop worrying that they’re doing something wrong every time they leave their room.

It’s even possible less people would look so upset while walking around campus.

Using Yik Yak to spread positivity around campus isn’t the only way to do it.

Something as simple as smiling at someone passing by you can make someone’s day, or holding the door open for someone, and letting them go in before you. Sometimes, little gestures can go a long way in people’s lives.

If you want to do something even more extravagant, perhaps you can try complimenting someone once a day, or even offering to pay for someone’s snack at the C-Store.

You can do anything you can think of in order to spread positivity around campus. We all live here together, and it’s not right that we’re miserable because everyone has been so negative.

If we can all try being nicer to one another, campus will be a much better place. No one wants to spend college being miserable because of other people on campus.

One simple, nice gesture really can make someone’s day. We should all try it.

Namaste

by Courtney Brooks | October 8, 2014

Yoga pants are more than just stylish sweatpants

The number of girls wearing Victoria Secret’s signature yoga pants, with some tacky version of “PINK” woven across their bottoms, compared to the number of girls who actually have been to a real yoga class, is unsurprisingly disproportionate.

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Believe it or not, there was a time when yoga pants were more than just a fashion statement, suggesting that you were too lazy to put on real pants but not quite at rock bottom yet, sporting your boyfriends sweatpants.

What many of us fail to realize is that if we actually wore yoga pants as they were intended and went to a yoga class, the benefits we would gain are unlimited.

Whether you’re trying to avoid the freshman 15 or just hoping to lose a few pounds for the upcoming Halloween costume season, yoga is the perfect work out to accomplish your goal. It is a common misconception that yoga is not really a work out because it is “only stretching” but if you give it a shot, you’ll soon see how false that is.

Yoga is a physical practice; it focuses on building strength and flexibility while creating an inner balance in the body. This is done through a series of postures and breathing successions, each designed to target a specific muscle. Most of the newcomers, who had claimed that it was “only stretching” before class, started walking out drenched in sweat, breathing heavy, with their foot in their mouth.

Another reason to practice yoga, which is perhaps even more beneficial to us as college students than it is to anyone else, is because it relieves stress and is relaxing. Although it is a physical practice, yoga is also very spiritual and focuses on mediation and integrating the body, mind and spirit into a workout.

Yoga teaches you how to find your peace, both on and off your yoga mat. It unclutters the mind and allows you to look at the bigger picture; most of the time after walking out of a good yoga class you realize that any problems you might be facing aren’t really as big as you once thought. The next time you’re stressing out over an assignment or you’re fighting with your roommate or you’re just feeling a little homesick, try going to a yoga class and you’ll feel much better.

New Haven is the perfect place to begin your yoga practice because there are so many studios, including UNH’s own Rec Center, in the area that offer all different types of yoga. Downtown, there is True Bikram Yoga Studio, which offers a very structured form of yoga practiced in a room that is heated to about 100 degrees; this is perfect for athletes with sore muscles or anyone who is into high intensity workouts.

Breathing Room Yoga is also downtown and is a more relaxed studio, offering basic classes for beginners and a mix of meditation classes. This studio is perfect if you’re looking to just unwind and escape from the real world for an hour.

My favorite studio, Balanced Yoga in West Haven, is a perfect combination of a high intensity workout combined with relaxation. It teaches Vinyasa yoga, which is a type of flowing yoga practiced in a warm, candle lit room.

No matter what studio you decide on, practicing yoga will change your life for the better. You’ll notice your clothes growing looser and your mind growing quieter with each class you attend.

 

UNH curbs coffee addicts’ Habits

by Kayla Katt | October 8, 2014

Last Tuesday night, I was studying for my microbiology test; around 7:45 p.m., I was getting tired—tired of studying, tired of writing and tired of thinking. I wanted coffee to keep me awake and the blood in my veins pumping so I could study more.

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I went upstairs and the Starbucks in the library was closed, but they are not actually supposed to close until 8:00 p.m. and it was only 7:45p.m.

So then I went to Jazzman’s and at 7:47 p.m., it was CLOSED! They are not supposed to close till 9 p.m. How is it even possible for them to be closed at 7:47 p.m., an hour and 13 minutes earlier than they are scheduled to close?

It was really frustrating to get to Jazzman’s, expecting to get a coffee, only to find out that they closed over an hour early. I’m sure I’m not the only person this has happened to.

I understand that business slows down later in the day and towards the night, but most college students are up all hours of the night, studying, doing homework and writing papers; there is always someone who needs a coffee. That’s why the hours run a little later, so it is available to us on our late nights. I don’t think asking them to stay open until 9 p.m. is too much.

People not only want coffee during a late night, they might also want a snack like a Panini. No one wants to walk all the way to the C-store, where they don’t even have real coffee or food.

I think that on every campus, food locations should be completely open until they are scheduled to close. Closing early can just ruin someone’s day or make an already bad day worse.

There needs to be somewhere on campus that sells coffee 24/7. Maybe this is just my opinion because I’m an addict, but I would love to have coffee available to me at all times. I don’t have my own Keurig and neither do most college students; they are expensive.

We’re all adults here

by Kayla Katt | October 1, 2014

Can professors really kick us out of class? I mean, we pay them to teach us, and we pay a lot of money to be there. So when a professor threatens to kick you out of class for being on your phone or using your computer for the wrong reasons, can they really kick you out?

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I think there is a difference between being disrespectful to a professor or talking in the middle of class and being a distraction and using your phone or computer and being disinterested. Of course, speaking out of turn and speaking obscenely to a professor can be disruptive and grounds for dismissal from a class. However, this semester teachers have made a huge deal about the use of cell phones and computers in class and how they are “not allowed.”

We are adults here at the University of New Haven; that’s what college is, the transition from teen to adult. It’s our choice to pay attention or not pay attention in class, just like it’s our choice to study or not study for a test. A professor can’t make me study for a test outside the classroom, so how can they expect to make a student pay attention in the classroom? We, as students, will learn from our mistakes; we know ourselves and how we learn, how we study and how we will do well in school.

Professors need to understand that the world does not stop revolving for their one class; life goes on outside the classroom and I may need to respond to an important text immediately or send an email that was needed ASAP. Calling out a student in class for using their phone or computer is downright disrespectful, just as disrespectful as calling a student dumb or making fun of their question. Professors should not make students uncomfortable in their classroom or presence.

As a professor, you should want your students to enjoy your class and learn from it, not be afraid to ask questions and get involved. Being rude and intimidating will sometimes prevent students from participating. When students are not comfortable in class, they are less likely to get involved, ask questions and, ultimately, learn.

If students are using their phone in class just to scroll through their social media feeds, even if they are only hurting themselves, it is their choice whether or not they want to pay attention. Just because they are not putting the effort in during class doesn’t mean they don’t put in just as much effort, if not more, outside of class, by learning the information and studying for tests.

Maybe students using a phone or a computer is a sign of disinterest and boredom and a sign that the professor needs to make their class more interesting. Changing their teaching tactics, like doing something other than reading off the same PowerPoints every semester, wouldn’t hurt.

Being a professor is not just about relaying information and testing us on it. It’s about helping students and making them want to learn and get an education. As students, we should respect the effort that is put in to teach us, but also be given the free will to choose to use electronics or not.

Getting from point A to point B

by Alex Halfinger | October 1, 2014

As a freshman, the only main form of transportation at the University of New Haven is the small, mid-size chariot, known as the shuttle. It does exactly what it’s meant to do—get you from point A to B, but as glorious as it sounds, it still has its issues.

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The most common issue with the UNH shuttles is obvious, and, for lack of a better word, annoying; the shuttle is constantly late and, as a result, there are no definite departure or arrival times.

Sure, you have to take into consideration the instances of traffic or bad weather, but when the roads are clear and the sun is shining bright, is there really any excuse that can be made for the micro-bus?

When planning out what time you want to leave for a destination, you must add on an extra 30 minutes because of the constant wait for the shuttle. The inconsideration of timeliness and punctuality is a major inconvenience for students that use this service.

A simple Wal-Mart trip can turn into an all day affair of waiting around for the shuttle to come. Why must we be the culprits of the shuttle’s tardiness?

As impatience grows, we must try to remember the bright side of the UNH shuttle; it serves as a carrier of the public, on and off campus. It is the “mom’s minivan” that we all pile into to go to the mall and it’s a free resource provided by UNH.

UNH Shuttle (Charger Bulletin photo)

UNH Shuttle (Charger Bulletin photo)

Even being as much of a pest as the shuttle is, the all-knowing promise of escaping campus for an hour or two is a joyous feeling.

Just remember to consider the extra time you’ll be waiting at the shuttle stop.

5 signs that you’re reading a list

by Kaitlin Mahar | October 1, 2014

You’re procrastinating on Facebook in order to put off the essay that’s due tomorrow. Or maybe you’re on Buzzfeed trying to make it through your seventy-five minute class from hell as your professor does her best impression of the teacher from the Peanuts cartoon. It doesn’t matter how you got there, or what website it’s on; the point is that you’re reading yet another list. Or are you? In case you had any doubts, here are the five signs that you’re reading a list.

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1. You skip the opening paragraph(s) and cut straight to the list.
I know you did it. Go back and read it again. And don’t even think about skipping the last paragraph either. Rude.

2. You try to identify with at least one point featured.
Whether it’s personality-related or describing all the things you do when fall returns (you heard me, Pumpkin Spice), you pour over that list trying to find at least one part of it that is “totally you.” Sometimes, this simply means thinking to yourself, “I mean, I do that sometimes, so that counts, right? It definitely counts.”

3. You share it on social media.
If it has one shred of relevance to your life, you share that list faster than UNH’s Wi-Fi connection disappears. You make sure everyone on your Facebook, Twitter, tumblr and Pinterest are well aware that you read this list in its entirety and deemed it parallel to your life and nobody else’s. It doesn’t matter if six other people already posted it.

4. You spend more time waiting for the related gifs and photos to load than actually reading the article.
Speaking of crappy Wi-Fi connections, it’s no secret that 75 percent of your time reading a list is spent waiting for the accompanying photos and gifs to load. Frequently, you refuse to read any further until they do, which leaves you just staring blankly a gray square with some dots in the middle for the better part of an hour. More frequently, you forget what the list is even about and have to start all over again. And every time, it isn’t worth the wait, but that doesn’t stop you from waiting for the next one.

5. You try to find a way to connect it with your relationships.
How many times have you sent your best friend a text with a link to a list you just read, saying, “Look at number seven. That is so us.” Bonus points if you send your boyfriend a list of various celebrities declaring that the cutest celebrity reminds you of him (even though the only thing your boyfriend has in common with Robert Pattinson is that they both have terrible hygiene).

By the time you are completely finished with the list, you’re left with mixed feelings. Your brief distraction is gone, and you yearn for a new one to waste your time. You’re not sure you really want to read yet another list—maybe you should take a quiz to mix it up a little bit. But that doesn’t stop you from scrolling to the next list in a zombie-like state, preparing to repeat the process all over again.

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