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Greek Week

by Emma O'Dell | April 22, 2015

The University of New Haven put on its annual Greek week event the week of April 13. All Greek organizations came out to participate in this activity-filled week of competitions. On Saturday, April 18, the winners of Greek Week were announced, naming Kappa Gamma Rho this year’s Greek Week champions.

Sisters of Delta Phi Epsilon and Chi Kappa Rho work together to complete the second night’s challenge  (Photo obtained via Chi Kappa Rho’s Facebook)

Sisters of Delta Phi Epsilon and Chi Kappa Rho work together to complete the second night’s challenge
(Photo obtained via Chi Kappa Rho’s Facebook)

Travis McHugh, who was Greek Week Coordinator elected by the All Greek Council, ran each event and coordinated the activities. “I would have tried to have bigger events but the small budget we had limited me and that was my biggest challenge,” he said.

The first event on Monday, April 13 was held in the Beckerman Recreation Center. This event consisted of specific physical exercises, obstacle courses, tug-of-war, and cross the river with a few more activities. Four teams of mixed Greek organizations competed with and against each other. The recreation center was filled with laughter and cheering from and for each team.

On Tuesday, April 14, the event was King Castle; each organization had to bring in as many cans as possible to build a castle. The categories judged on were height, creativity and aesthetic appeal.
This was a creative way to have a can drive but also incorporate it into an event. The cans went to WHEAT, West Haven Emergency Assistance Taskforce, which is a local private, not-for-profit, tax-exempt program.


“I liked the can castle because it was unique and used the most creativity on the spot,” Gabriella Nowicki, the Greek week chair of Phi Sigma Sigma, said. “Plus, we were giving back to the community at the same time.”

The evening of Wednesday April 15 was the Great Greek Escape. Each team had a puzzle that needed to be solved; there were people from each Greek organization hidden around campus with clues to a puzzle that needed to be solved. All of Greek life was on the hunt across campus wide to find clues and their missing pieces.

Thursday’s event was held in Bucknall Theater. All the organizations had to put on a performance, which got the crowds laughing. All organizations also had to participate in Greek Sing, which involved rewriting a song to incorporate something good about Greek life into it. The Charger Fight song ended up winning, as Joe Brown led the chant and team to victory that night.

Saturday was the wrap up of the week and to announce the winning team over all. The annual Greek barbeque was held outside in the German Club pavilion. The fire science group grilled burgers and hot dogs for everyone and lawn games were played. At the end, McHugh announced the victory of Kappa Gamma Rho.

“Greek Week is the perfect display of Greek Unity throughout the campus,” Richard Rotella, Sigma Chi brother, said. “It creates an environment where students who do not normally interact with each other interact and promote inter-organizational growth!”

ACJA returns home with 17 awards

by The Charger Bulletin | April 8, 2015

The Psi Omega chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association returned home with 17 awards from the 76th annual National Conference held in Nashville from March 21 through 28.

28 students traveled to the 76th annual National Conference held in Nashville March 21 - 28 (Photo provided by American Criminal Justice Association)

28 students traveled to the 76th annual National Conference held in Nashville March 21 – 28
(Photo provided by American Criminal Justice Association)

The trip was beyond a total success, the best performance this club has made in the eight years I’ve been lucky enough to have been their advisor. 28 students and one advisor (myself) took the 15 hour bus trip to Nashville for a full week of competition, programming, seeing old friends, making new ones and having some fun.

The guest speakers were Dr. Bill Bass III who is a forensic anthropologist known for his work on body decomposition and for helping create the “Body Farm” or “Deaths Acre” at the University of Tennessee; Prof David Pauly, retired Forensic Science Officer from the U.S. Army and trainer for Sirchie, who gave a presentation on crime scene photography; and Dr. Sarah Phillips, a biological anthropologist specializing in analysis of human skeletal remains and trauma who presented on blunt force trauma in ancient civilizations in Peru.

Please congratulate the entire club as well as those who made the trip:
Jenna Henning, Shannon Young, Ali Shapiro, Danielle Morgan, Annamaria Primiani, Annalisa Berardinelli, Caisey Calabro, Valeria Diaz, Katelyn Murray, Kelly Dowd, Rebecca Long, Ana Abraham, Jenna Racz, Amber Ferreria, Gabrielle Hartley, Matt Belletete, Tim Muyano, Dave Marucheau, Johnny Houllahan, Tyler Benson, Harrison Kaufman, Mohammad Ramadan, Paul Raffile, Matt Chrusz, Stefanie Perillo, Maegan Moran, Alyssa Turgeon, Jessica Higgins.

A total of 17 trophies came home with us including the coveted Spirit Award which goes to the chapter that best embodies, embraces and represents what ACJA is all about, we come home with trophy almost every year. The competition was serious with about 420 students from around the country competing.

The following is the list of our trophy winners:
1. Gabrielle Hartley (Milford, CT):
- Criminal Law- 3rd Place Lower
- Corrections – 2nd Place Lower
- Police Management – 1st Place Lower
2. Rebecca Long (Portland, Oregon):
- Corrections – 3rd Place Upper
- Juvenile Justice – 3rd Place Upper
3. Johnny Houllahan (Skowhegan, Maine):
- Criminal Law – First Place Lower
4. Alyssa Turgeon (Rochester, NH):
- Police Management – 1st Place Upper
5. Harrison Kaufman (Rockaway, NJ):
- Juvenile Justice – 1st Place Lower
6. Jenna Racz:
- LAE Knowledge – 3rd Place Lower
7. Stefanie Perillo (Bronx, NY):
- LAE Knowledge – 3rd Place Upper
8. Amber Ferreria (Trumbull, CT):
- Physical Agility – 2nd Place Female
9. Psi Omega:
- Spirit Award
10. Psi Omega:
- Talent Lip-Sync – 1st Place
11. Danny Maxwell and John Wilt:
- Talent Group – 1st Place
12. Danny Maxwell:
- Talent Individual – 1st Place
13. Gabrielle Hartley (Milford, CT):
- Scholarship – 2nd Place Lower

These students represented themselves, their chapter, ACJA, the HCLEE College and UNH in exemplary fashion, they continue and maintain the traditon of excellence that comes with that responsibility.

House vs. Senate

by Emma O'Dell | April 1, 2015

As the year comes to a close, the Undergraduate Student Government Association threw a dodge ball tournament to unify both House and Senate representatives on March 29 at 2 p.m. in the Beckerman Recreation Center.

Sean McFadden, James Kielar and Richard Rotella, members of the executive board dodgeball team (Photo by Gabriella Pericone/Charger Bulletin photo)

Sean McFadden, James Kielar and Richard Rotella, members of the executive board dodgeball team
(Photo by Gabriella Pericone/Charger Bulletin photo)

Sean McFadden, USGA Senior Vice President, organized the event. “It’s just a social event between the Senate and House, and just a fun thing to build a better relationship,” he said.

The Senate has twenty-five active members and the House has twenty. All the members split up into four teams of five, mixed with House and Senate, and one team was comprised of entirely executive board memebers.

Each team faced each other three times, and played best out of seven in a round robin; after, there was single elimination.

“The event was a good way for everyone to get more comfortable with each other,” said Elissa Sanci, Assistant Editor of the Charger Bulletin. “I think because of this there will be more communication within USGA.”

This dodgeball tournament was the second team-building activity sponsored by USGA, following the fall semester Summit, where students visited Orange Campus for various workshops.

“These activities are pivotal to the success of the Undergraduate Student Government Association,” said Richard Rotella, USGA President. “We are more than just senators, representatives and members of the executive board, we are students and we have to have some fun!”

Another way of feeling

by Leah Myers | March 10, 2015

Sierra DeMulder, a slam poet, recited her writings on behalf of To Write Love On Her Arms in Lee 301 at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 7.

 Slam Poet Sierra DeMulder presented at UNH on March 7 (Photo by Leah Meyers/Charger Bulletin photo)

Slam Poet Sierra DeMulder presented at UNH on March 7 (Photo by Leah Meyers/Charger Bulletin photo)

TWLOHA found videos of DeMulder reading her poems and invited her to come to speak to campus. DeMulder started writing and has continued to write poems based on her personal experiences in life and with her past battle with depression, which prompted the UNH Chapter to invite her.

Stefanie Perillo, President of the UNH Chapter, said that TWLOHA is a “non profit movement dedicated to providing hope and help for those suffering from depression, anxiety, addiction and other mental health issues.”

TWLOHA was nationally established in 2006. UNH established a university chapter in fall of 2012, and was officially named as one in spring of 2013. Since then, Perillo said that they “helped open the conversation of the stigma of mental illness and helped break it.”

Their e-board secretary found videos of DeMulder’s poems and everyone was touched by them.
“We embody the mission of TWLOHA (a non-profit movement dedicated to providing hope and help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide) through organized meetings and events; our University Chapter serves as a voice of inspiration and support for students and their surrounding communities,” said Jacqueline Guzman TWLOHA Executive Assistant.

TWLOHA believes in community, in the idea that people need other people; we were never meant to go through life alone. So, “by having DeMulder here, sharing her story, she helped us move toward breaking the stigma that surrounds mental illness; she encouraged other people to share their stories and realize that they matter and are part of a bigger community of people who care.”

The TWLOHA website has a list of affiliated speakers that can visit schools and organizations, and DeMulder is the one they chose.

DeMulder is a two-time National Poetry Slam Champion and is currently on tour to share her poetry.
Before finding her passion for spoken word, she went to college for Art Therapy. After she started slamming her poetry, people have mentioned to her that there were videos of her and her poetry on YouTube. She dreaded the spread of the videos until she started receiving messages from viewers saying that her poems have helped them gain the strength to start healing and recovering; in turn, hearing this helped her heal from depression.

She now has two books of her poetry published and is currently working on a novel and a young adult novel.
DeMulder has collaborated with several poets in her lifetime, especially for group poems at nationals. She loves editing both her own work and other poets’ works.

For those wanting to express their writing verbally, she recommends going to open mic events to meet new people and share ideas.

TWLOHA meets every Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Dodds 205 with different topics to discuss every month.
DeMulder can be found on several social media sites, such as Tumblr and Facebook. also has many videos of DeMulder and other great poets.

Zak Ebrahim reflects on being a terrorist’s son

by Leah Myers | March 4, 2015

The American Criminal Justice Association hosted Zak Ebrahim at Bucknall Theater on Feb. 25 at 1:30 p.m. as a part of Tolerance Week.

Zak Ebrahim author of The Terrorist’s Son: A Story of Choice spoke at UNH Feb. 25 (Photo obtained via

Zak Ebrahim author of The Terrorist’s Son: A Story of Choice spoke at UNH Feb. 25 (Photo obtained via

Ebrahim is the son of El-Savvid Nosair, a Muslim man that assassinated Rabbi Meir Kahane of the Jewish Defense League in 1990, and helped bomb the World Trade Center in February of 1993.

Instead of following in his father’s footsteps, Ebrahim chose to live a life fighting for peace, not against it.

During his presentation, Ebrahim shared stories of his childhood, which involved visiting his father in jail, being bullied in school, and discovering the impact of hatred on people. All of these events, he said, helped him become who he is today.

After the 1993 bombing, Ebrahim’s mother cut off all connections with Nosair and he did not have contact with his father until several years later. During contact with his son, Nosair confesses that he regrets his actions, though Ebrahim is not sure about his sincerity. He eventually disconnected with his father due to it being emotionally draining and in questioning his father’s sincerity.

Ebrahim and his family have felt debt in his father’s actions, but no anger towards it. He finds it counterintuitive to love Nosair.

Ebrahim risks his life to put himself out in the open to tell his story in order to combat stereotypes. He is very opposed to terrorism and is terrified for the cause of the attack and the safety of the victims.

“You can’t give into fear,” Ebrahim said, on the topic of ISIS. “You can’t bomb people into democracy.”

In the middle of the question and answer session, Ebrahim was asked what the key is to being tolerant, or accepting of others. He said that tolerance is an everyday effort and everyone deals with it one way or another. We need to recognize it within ourselves, and make a conscious effort to fix a particular view.

Paul Raffile, vice president of the ACJA at UNH, says that Tolerance Week is for discussing important issues pertaining to accepting people of different cultures and races. This is the third annual Tolerance Week at UNH and the first event with a representative speaker.

Last year, TED Talks had the pleasure to host Ebrahim as a speaker.

Following the presentation was a book signing. Over 120 people attended the presentation, with a majority of them being Criminal Justice majors.

Preserving Connecticut’s future

by Kaitlin Mahar | February 25, 2015

Imagine having to pay thousands of dollars more in tuition fees, or going to a museum, only to find that it has been closed due to an inability to keep up with tax fees. These are just a few of the threats posed by the potential change in the way the University of New Haven, along with all other colleges, universities, and municipalities in the state of Connecticut, pay their property taxes.

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Institutions like UNH, along with historical societies, hospitals, museums, and other nonprofit organizations in Connecticut are currently not required to pay any taxes on property because they play a crucial role in the betterment of the community. Instead, the state government reimburses local governments for what they do not collect by making a payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT).

However, because of a new proposal that is being raised during the 2015 session of the Connecticut General Assembly, changes may be made to the structure of PILOT that would require colleges and universities, and possibly other organizations, to begin paying property taxes, which would cause a major financial burden for these institutions.

But how does this affect students? Well, for starters, this change in PILOT will potentially deny students access to hospitals, museums and other institutions that benefit, if not serve, as necessities to college students. Furthermore, should the University have to start paying these property taxes, then it’ll have to make up for these extra expenses somewhere, whether it’s through increased tuition fees, the closing down of various University programs, etc.

So, what can students do about this?

Kaplan asked students to participate in the #FutureCT campaign to urge legislators to vote against these changes. Launched by the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges (CCIC), of which UNH is a member, Kaplan explains that the campaign “promotes healthy, educated residents; spiritual, historical, and cultural vibrancy; and opportunity for all.”

While not all students are completely familiar with the campaign, many are willing to participate.

Emily Fogelquist, a senior, said “I have not participated, but I would consider it! I think it’s ridiculous that [UNH and other affected organizations] would have to pay taxes on land they own… Also if [these organizations] have to pay property taxes, they will increase prices for their services or the quality of their services would decrease.”

Sophomore Kate D’Alessandro agrees. “Forcing non-profits to pay property taxes in that way is absolutely ridiculous when you have big corporations being taxed as low as they are. Tax the corporations higher and leave the non-profits alone. I would absolutely participate in that protest.”

In order to participate, all one needs to do is go to and write a short message to one’s legislators urging them to oppose these changes. The campaign can also be followed on Twitter and Facebook.

UNH welcomes back Thad Henry

by Leah Myers | February 18, 2015

The University of New Haven is honored to welcome back Thad Henry under the position of Special Executive Assistant to President Kaplan.

Thad Henry (Photo obtained via Henry’s LinkedIn profile)

Thad Henry (Photo obtained via Henry’s LinkedIn profile)

From 2000 to 2006, Henry worked for the UNH Vice President of University Advancement. Then he perused similar opportunities at other companies and universities, recently coming from Pfeiffer University in North Carolina, where he was the Special Assistant to the President for Leadership and Advancement, a position he held since 2012.

He was Special Assistant to the Dean for Advancement Strategy at the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business from 2010 to 2012 and was a Senior Consultant at Corporate DevelopMint in Charleston, South Carolina, from 2007 to 2011.

One of the reasons Henry is back at UNH would be that Gail Tagliatela, the Chief of Staff and University Secretary, has asked to work part time to start preparing for retirement. Kaplan also combined the Chief of Staff position with being a significant part of the fundraising department, creating the Special Executive Assistant position for Henry.

When President Kaplan generally seeks for people to work directly for him, he expects to find those with a high intelligence, a creative mind, a great work ethic and a strong personality to disagree with him in order to bring a different perspective. A sense of humor is also preferred.

Kaplan feels that Henry is best for the job because he understands UNH very well from working here in the past. He also understands the school’s mission, is passionate about experiential education, works well with different kinds of people, and is an exceptional strategic fundraiser.

Henry’s fundraising portion of his job is broken down into three parts. One, being fundraising; he seeks donors to sponsor a gift-supported project, such as a residence hall or a classroom building.

Next, he serves as Kaplan’s administrative assistant to more forward in experiential education. These opportunities include internships, the study aboard program, and UNH’s SURF (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship).

The other part is the marketing and branding of the University. We are a smaller university, and even though we are well known in New England, UNH is the best-kept secret, according to Thad. It is important to expand everyone’s awareness about UNH.

Since his first week in office 11 years ago, President Kaplan was impressed with how much Henry had contributed with the growth of UNH. The first thing Thad said to Kaplan was to meet the Tagliatela family, who, at the time, was representing the School of Hospitality. Even though they owned a hotel, the Tagliatela’s felt that their name belonged to an engineering program. Henry was able to work with them to turn what was originally a $2 million gift into what became a $5.25 million gift. This started the chain reaction of gathering other donors such as the Beckerman family and Wachovia Bank to help start rebuilding the campus.

During his hiatus from UNH, Henry has overcame some challenges and has learned some strategies to bring to his other workplaces and now UNH.

“The challenge for universities is how to continue to build on its assets and featured programs to maintain and sustain the competition advantage and higher education,” Henry said.
Henry lives by the following statement.

“The incredible importance for showcasing a university in relevant ways provide a value exchange between its students, stake holders, and partners and demonstrates high impact in its educational outcomes,” he said.

Henry has left a wonderful reputation in strategic fundraising, so when the news came out that Henry would be returning, one of the university’s prestigious donors jokingly said, “Don’t bring back Thad, I can’t afford it!”

An estimate of wealth accumulated from donations from all of our alumni is 15 billion dollars total.

Thad Henry officially began his duties on Jan. 9 of this year and will be officially moved into his new office in Maxcy Hall by the end of February.

Charger Bulletin Oscars Contest!

by The Charger Bulletin | February 17, 2015


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Make it Possible

by Samantha Mathewson | February 11, 2015

With the start of the spring semester, more could be seen around campus than mounds of snow. As a way of expressing thanks to the university’s many donors, the Office of Advancement has posted signs in Bartels and Bartels Student Activity Center.

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The cards that are posted showcase names of donors, which range from alumni, faculty and staff, to parents, friends and even businesses.

“The wall is twofold,” said Marya Neary, director of annual giving. “It is to acknowledge supporters [and] let them know how much their support is appreciated, and to educate current students about philanthropy at UNH and the importance it plays in their education.”

Director of Donor Stewardship, Paula Mortali, explained that the names posted in Bartels are those that have donated over the past year, beginning July 1st 2014, and the names posted in the BSAC are donors that made gifts after Jan. 9.

Overall the posters “help the campus become more aware of who supports the campus and its students,” said Mortali.

Donor thank you cards were first hung at this past homecoming in the alumni tent at North Campus and represented donations that were made since July 1. They were brought inside this semester to welcome students back and will be up until Feb. 12.

“Our donors really appreciate when their names are posted and when they hear directly from students,” said Neary.

On Feb. 25, a Student Engagement and Philanthropy Day Ice Cream Social & Thank A Donor Night will be held in the Student Dining Room in Bartels Hall from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Students are invited to come and write a thank you note to a supporter while enjoying free ice cream. This event is part of the third worldwide Student Engagement and Philanthropy Day.

“The goal of the event is to raise awareness about the impact of Philanthropy in our community. The program provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their gratitude to the individuals who helped shape their educational experience. Students are encouraged to come with their clubs and organizations, roommates and friends or simply stop by in passing after class,” said Neary. “The

Student Engagement and Philanthropy Day Ice Cream Social & Thank A Donor Night celebrates the UNH experience, the growth and transformation of the University and today’s students!”

Students might not be aware of the role they play in the campus community, but when students become alumni, they are forever family, and at UNH, the number of alumni supporters has increased nearly 50 percent over the last six years.

Neary explained that the increase in alumni support has a ripple effect, that when there is an increase in support, UNH’s ranking increases, which in turn increases the value of students’ degrees.

“When many universities are experiencing a decline in alumni participation, UNH alumni support is going up,” said Neary.

When donors give gifts to the university they have the opportunity to give back to what matters most to them or things that made a difference in their education. This means that, if they wish, they could give back to a specific athletic team, study abroad program, internships, research, college or major or experiential education.

Mortali and Neary explained that many of the donations made come from the university’s Phonathon, which is composed of approximately 30 UNH student callers, who call for ten weeks in the fall and ten weeks in the spring. This semester the Phonathon started Feb. 5 and runs until April 26. Students make calls Monday through Thursday from 5:30 to 9 p.m. and on Sundays from 1:30 to 9 p.m.

“The Phonathon is an important engagement tool to connect with alumni,” said Neary. “Through the Phonathon, we are able to update contact information for our alumni, inform them about important news and events at UNH, let them know about alumni events and benefits and connect alumni with funding opportunities at UNH that are relevant to their UNH experience and life passions.”

Through the Phonathon 70 percent of UNH alumni supporters give back.

“The conversations our students have with our alumni are an invaluable communication tool,” said Neary. “What better way to connect alumni with UNH than through a conversation with a current student?”

Men’s Basketball welcome back event

by Alyssa MacKinnon | February 5, 2015

The University of New Haven’s Men’s Basketball team faced off against Southern New Hampshire University Thursday, Jan. 29.

Men’s Basketball welcome back event, Jan. 29 (Photo by Alyssa Mackinnon /Charger Bulletin Photo)

Men’s Basketball welcome back event, Jan. 29 (Photo by Alyssa Mackinnon /Charger Bulletin Photo)

Students like Jasmine Gonzalez, Vanessa Olmeda, and Melissa Williams crowded the stands to cheer on Jamal Mosley (#5) and wish him a happy 21st birthday. Jasmin Crowell, another student in the crowd said, “I enjoy watching live sports.”

Kristen Wexler, a sister of Phi Sigma Sigma, said she enjoys basketball and hasn’t been to a game in a while.

A few students said the free tee shirts were a good motivator to make the walk to North in the cold. Many of the students in attendance were there for their first game at the University, like Chase Knepper and Cheyenna Chesnut. Tyler Sirois came to the game to spend time with his friends outside the dorm environment.

A group of enthusiastic sisters of Delta Phi Epsilon and Sigma Alpha Epsilon men came out to show support for the athletic department. Elle Cantelmo, Olivia Burglund, and Kiley Pignataro of Delta Phi Epsilon came to show support for the basketball team, which doesn’t receive a lot of publicity on campus and to show that the Greeks don’t keep to themselves, as some may believe, but want to support all the student activities at UNH.

Sigma Chi came out in large numbers and rallied for each of the pep band songs keeping energy high and helping the cheerleaders by getting the crowd in the spirit.
Half time had the score at 18 to 22 and featured the UNH dance team in sleek black gold uniforms and the cheerleaders doing a series of jumps. One small fan escaped the stands and tried his hand at doing a little dance number on the floor until he was rescued by a parent.

The Greeks then had their turn on the court playing knockout against each other. Sigma Chi sent Matt Redding, Thomas Colby and Nick Dione to the floor. Chi Kappa Rho was represented by Stephanie Parrillo, Gina LaBabera and Jessica Paiva. Delta Phi Epsilon was represented by Megan Scutti and Jackie Henricks, followed by Sigma Alpha Epsilon, represented by Mark Guidetti and Anthony Mendes. Mark Guidetti took home the win, earning a free pizza for his skills.

“It was fun, a little nerve-wracking but fun,” said Guidetti.

The cheerleaders came out one last time to lead a crowd cheer as things looked tough for UNH but the game still concluded in a loss of 55 to 77.

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