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Flu Vaccine Clinics

by The Charger Bulletin | October 29, 2014

Homecoming 2014

by The Charger Bulletin | October 29, 2014


The University of New Haven football team scored touchdowns on its first four drives and never looked back en route to a 42-14 win over visiting Merrimack on Saturday afternoon. The Chargers picked up their fifth consecutive victory before a Homecoming crowd of 4,358.

Expanding UNH’s college atmosphere

by Samantha Mathewson | October 29, 2014

David Beckerman recently purchased the previously owned Carroll Furniture building located on Boston Post Rd, across the street from the University of New Haven, creating a convenient off-campus housing option for students in the future.

The previous Carroll Furniture building, located .3 miles from campus will soon house UNH students (Photo by Samantha Mathewson/Charger Bulletin photo)

The previous Carroll Furniture building, located .3 miles from campus will soon house UNH students (Photo by Samantha Mathewson/Charger Bulletin photo)

“It is our goal to continue to support and build a college atmosphere within Allingtown,” said David Beckerman, who has invested in a three-phase project to revitalize areas surrounding UNH and build apartments with UNH students in mind.

“We welcome the potential to lease space to students,” said Beckerman, in regards to the three apartment complexes planning to be built within the next two to three years. However, they will also be available to the general public to rent.

The Atwood, which spans 40,128 square feet, will feature 30 apartments total: 26 two-bedroom/two bathrooms, which can house up to four people; and four one bedroom/one bathroom apartments.

“It will mirror a New York loft apartment, with exposed wooden beams and pipes, and some brick walls,” said Beckerman. “It’ll be neat.”

Of the 30 apartments, three will be handicap accessible. The apartments have hardwood floors with a carpeted living room, an updated kitchen, equipped with stainless steel appliances, including a stove, microwave and dishwasher, and granite countertops.

“David’s investment down there is really great,” said Synodi. “It is the first private money going into Allingtown and it will fix the intersection, so it is safer to cross roads leading to the Carroll furniture.”

Synodi also said, while these projects will happen over time, they have the potential to increase the student body accepted at UNH.

The Atwood apartment complex will have two elevators, cable and Wi-Fi, air conditioning and heat, a securely lit parking lot with full time 24-hour security and controlled access, maintenance, concierge service, available washer and dryers and rental furniture will be available. There will also be a community common room with a TV, pool table, computers and a coffee station.

The Atwood project is expected to be completed Fall of 2015; however, Beckerman explained that “it all depends on the harshness of this years’ winter season.”

If you are interested in renting an apartment in the Atwood complex, visit to put your name on the waiting list, which some UNH students already have their names on. “Initial interest has been positive,” said Beckerman.

Prices of renting at The Atwood range from $1,200/month for a one bedroom and $2,100/month for a two bedroom. “Rates are competitive with what the university charges,” said Beckerman, who noted the additional incising factors of Atwood, including security, one block from UNH and parking.

“Clearly location is an advantage; we are less than a mile from the VA hospital and Yale-New Haven Hospital,” said Beckerman, who explained that could also increase possible inquiries. “Atwood is a catalyst for change in Allingtown.”

The second phase of Beckerman’s project is The Taft, which has an expected completion date of Summer 2016. This apartment complex features three floors of 20 apartments. There will be 14 two bedroom/two bathroom and six one bedroom/one bathroom apartments. This apartment complex will be connected by Hi-Line to The Atwood.

The third phase is Clock Crossing and has an expected completion date of Fall of 2017/Spring of 2018. Clock Crossing will be built on the land that previously housed the West Have Forest Theatre, but will be built into a four-story apartment complex, with 45 two bedroom/two bathroom apartments and 15 one bedroom/one bathroom apartments.

“I think the investment in Allingtown, relating to the proximity of UNH, is long overdue,” said Beckerman.

The Atwood is the first of a three-phase plan to create a college atmosphere is Allingtown  (Photo obtained via

The Atwood is the first of a three-phase plan to create a college atmosphere is Allingtown
(Photo obtained via

The apartment complexes also provide opportunities for retail, which will promote the creation of a college atmosphere. “We’re bringing a new town,” said Beckerman who explained the space could hold anything from restaurants to clothing stores.

The Atwood has 2,000 square feet of available retail space, while The Taft has 6,000 square feet and Clock Crossing has 18,000 square feet.

“The university has committed to being supportive with Charger Cash,” said Beckerman in regards to potential retail that would be housed in any of the apartment complexes.

Any retail that develops in the upcoming complexes would accept Charger Cash, bringing in more university related customers.

In addition to the contribution of UNH’s recreation center, Beckerman had previously invested in what is now Bergami Hall. Vice President for Finance and Treasurer, George Synodi, explained that while UNH owned the land Bergami stands on, it was leased out to Beckerman who built New Hall at the time, which was then, in return, leased to UNH to house students. It was later bought and renamed by Bergami in July of 2012.

“We feel UNH students are worthwhile to invest it,” said Beckerman. “The direction of the university is positive.”

U.S. Supreme Court Justice visits UNH

by The Charger Bulletin | October 29, 2014

By Melissa Scott
Contributing Writer

Sonia Sotomayor visited the University of New Haven campus for the UNH Legal Society’s event, “A Conversation with Justice Sonia Sotomayor,” on Friday Oct. 24.

Sonia Sotomayor spoke to the University of New Haven community  (UNH photo obtained via Facebook)

Sonia Sotomayor spoke to the University of New Haven community
(UNH photo obtained via Facebook)

A select number of tickets were available to students and faculty, who were to pick up tickets before 1 p.m. from South Campus on Friday in order to attend the event.

The conversation was held in the Alumni Lounge; however, overflow seating was available in the Moulton Lounge with a live video streaming of the event.

Professor Morris and Phil Bartels introduced Justice Sotomayor. Phil Bartels spoke on behalf of President Steven Kaplan, who could not attend the event.

Bartels thanked Sotomayor for taking time out of her busy weekend to speak to the UNH community during her visit in the New Haven area for her thirty-fifth reunion from Yale School of Law.

During her talk, Justice Sotomayor touched on her personal life and answered questions that were prepared for the event by students. Morris, advisor of UNH’s Legal Society, read the questions aloud.

Justice Sotomayor answered five questions, which ranged from specifics such as what she did after being appointed as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice to more broad questions such as how she defines success.

A UNH political science student asked the first question regarding what she did after being appointed, in which Sotomayor responded, saying she was sworn in immediately; they do not like vacancy in the Court.

The first case on her desk was Citizens United, which is the biggest case regarding the first amendment and campaign funding. “I didn’t start with a whimper, but with a big bang,” Sotomayor said.

Another student asked what has been the most satisfying experience as a Supreme Court Justice. Sotomayor responded saying the most satisfying experience is when you can change a colleague’s mind or decision or belief in something. However, she added, the reality is that that doesn’t happen very often.

A third student asked Justice Sotomayor how growing up in the Bronx in a Puerto Rican family has influenced her in the Court and in life.

“Every judge in some form is a preacher of their life experience,” said Sotomayor, while noting the value of having someone in the Court who has had that life experience at some point in his or her life.

“It’s not just what we decide it’s how we decide it that is also important [regarding decisions in cases],” said Sotomayor.

A fourth student asked the justice what her biggest struggle was in schooling, in which her answer was writing. The greatest academic problem she had was in a college writing course. Sotomayor said that she received her first “C” on a paper in a college writing course, but didn’t understand why.

After seeking help and studying grammar and vocabulary books ranging from a variety of grade levels, she learned five new words a day and got better. She advised the audience to not assume that you’re incapable and to believe that you are capable.

“Everyone is capable of understanding,” Sotomayor said.

The fifth student asked how Sotomayor defines success.

“For me, it’s easy,” she quickly answered, getting a laugh from the crowd.

Sotomayor never aspired to be a United States Supreme Court Justice and does not define success by the position she’s reached.

Sotomayor explained that as we grow our desires change with us, so she sets small goals, measures her own improvements and not others, and takes life day by day.

In return, she gave the audience two questions to determine success: “How much have I grown?” and “Where did I start and how for did I come?”

In her interview with Obama prior to earning her title as U.S. Supreme Court Justice, she said that she told him she was happy he even gave her a chance.

The conversation concluded around 4 p.m. and was followed by a signing of her book published in 2013, titled My Beloved World.

Guests were able to buy a copy of her book before and after the conversation in Bartels Hall, as well as from the campus bookstore.

In reflection of Sotomayor’s visit, Brianna Stefano, president of the legal studies society, said, “She was so honest and open with the audience and it was almost as if she was welcoming us into her world.”

WNHU moves to its new home on Ruden St.

by Elissa Sanci | October 29, 2014

WNHU radio station officially settled into their new home and went live on the air Oct. 22 at 5 p.m.

WNHU’s new home (Photo by Elissa Sanci/Charger Bulletin photo)

WNHU’s new home (Photo by Elissa Sanci/Charger Bulletin photo)

The new station, located at 46 Ruden St. and directly behind Celentano Hall, holds brand new, state-of-the-art equipment, two studios, various offices and student lounge center in its basement.

WNHU and the University of New Haven has, in conjunction, been planning to renovate the station since November 2011. Originally, the plan was to renovate the previous station, which was located in the basement of Maxcy Hall. However, the basement was proved to be uninhabitable by the village inspector, according to Bryan Lane, WNHU’s station manager.

Talks of moving the station to the house on Ruden St. began in December 2012 when Louis Annino, associate vice president and chief of facilities suggested the move. Facilities footed the bill, while the station used their annual phone-a-thon funding to purchase the new state-of-the-art equipment. The equipment is up-to-date, more efficient and up to par with the new industry standards now.

“It’s about time and it’s definitely an upgrade from where we were,” said Cara Demers, head producer of the UNHStable, the radio’s afternoon drive show. “It makes the station feel like it’s actually a part of the campus community now, rather than just thrown in the basement, away from everything.”

Lane and the rest of the WNHU staff were aiming for more campus interaction and exposure.

“I think one of the reasons we lack exposure is because we were in a place that nobody saw,” Lane said. “Nobody saw them working there, nobody saw the DJs in their element.”
The solution: windows in the studios.

Lane designed the studio himself and made sure to include windows that showcase the students on air. Windows create a connection between the campus and the students on the radio; it allows campus to put faces to the voices on the air.

Lane purposefully built the student studio, Charger, up a little higher so the students would be able to look out over the street and out by the library. This way, any traffic coming up and down Ruden St. will be able to see students sitting in the studio on the air.

Originally, the station was in Bartels where the Student of Activities Office now is, according to Lane, and was moved to the basement of Maxcy Hall back in 1985, presumably because there was more space.

“The difficulty is that this [the new studio] is a much smaller space and it had to be designed for efficiency,” Lane explained. “We didn’t bring a lot over with us because there isn’t any space for it.”

However, Lane’s main concern was to create spacious studios, which he succeeded in: the larger of the three studios, WNHU studio, now has four/five mics in comparison to the three the old studio had. This allows more students to be on the air at once, maximizing student participation and experience.

“Staff, students and community volunteers are happier overall here,” Katelyn Clark, the radio’s operation manager, said. “They come over here for the first time and they’re amazed that we’re not in a basement anymore; the facility is just beautiful and pristine and we’re excited to make WNHU even better.”

Clark, a senior who has been involved with WNHU for the past three years, wrote an opinion piece, Who Controls the Music?, in September for the Charger Bulletin, urging the campus to start streaming WNHU in the dining halls and other student spaces throughout campus.

Because of her article, campus officials have begun working on making this a reality. “Greg Overend and Ron Quagliani are working together with Becky Johnson to start streaming in all campus common areas, including the C-Store and eating places on campus,” Lane said.

Lane believes this change will take place sometime at the beginning of next semester, and that it’ll be a way to gain more campus exposure for the radio station.

Now that WNHU is officially settled in to its new home, new goals are on the horizon, like increased fundraising events that showcase the showcase and possibly reach out to the alumni.

“Being more a part of the campus,” Lane said. “That’s been the goal since I got here. We don’t have to be that station in the basement any longer.”

WNHU was just added to the Tune In app, which allows listeners to stream WNHU whenever and wherever they want, in the spring of 2014. In the past six months, they have garnered over 22,000 followers on the app.

WNHU is also streamed through their website, and also on the Charger Bulletin app, available for both iOS and Android.

Dysautonomia Awareness Week

by Samantha Higgins | October 29, 2014

October is best known for Breast Cancer Awareness, but breast cancer isn’t the only illness showcased during this month. For the first time on campus this semester, HOSA, Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society, and Psychology Club held a Dysautonomia Awareness week.

Dysautonomia is an umbrella term that encompasses any dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system. Any disorder that involves the unconscious functions, including; blood pressure, heart rate, pupil dilation and constriction, digestion, and temperature control is considered a Dysautonomia.

Throughout the week, a table in Bartels was set up, with a poster with huge turquoise writing explaining the disorder, as well as a chance to buy a turquoise ribbon to show support.

There are numerous forms of Dysautonomia and a presentation was given on Monday to accompany the poster that was shown during the ribbon and cake sales in Bartels that touched on four of those forms: Multiple System Atrophy, Pure Autonomic Failure, Neurocardiogenic Syncope and Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome- one of the most common forms of Dysautonomia was focused on.

All four were touched upon, but the presentation focused most on POTS.

Pure Autonomic Failure and Multiple System Atrophy are similar to each other, as they are both degenerative disorders of the autonomic nervous system. Neurocardiogenic Syncope is characterized by blood pooling in the extremities, low blood pressure and a slow heart rate. The low blood pressure can lead to light-headedness and fainting. Other forms of Syncope, or fainting, are also categorized under Dysautonomia.

Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome is estimated to impact up to three million Americans and millions more around the world on a daily basis. The diagnostic criteria is heart rate of 120 beats per minute or a heart rate that increases 30 beats per minute while standing. Severity of symptoms varies depending on the patient, while some have mild symptoms and are able to work and attend school. 25 percent of patients are completely disabled and unable to do regular day to day activities.

Research and education on POTS and Dysautonomia is extremely low, which causes a lot of misdiagnosed patients and an average diagnostic period of over five years for patients—which means that patients suffer for five years before receiving an answer.

The reason for having a week of awareness for this condition on campus was to help those patients—increase knowledge of this disorder and raise money to donate to research so that patients do not need to travel over 100 miles just to find a doctor that knows what the condition is.

In order for the clubs sponsoring the event to have the biggest impact, they planned a “Tweet-a-thon” in coordination with Dysautonomia International, the non-profit that seeks to educate and raise awareness, but also helps patients find doctors and support groups in their area.

Dysautonomia International created a list of sample tweets in hopes of reaching as many people on Twitter as possible and, by the end of the day, there were tweets coming in with facts about Dysautonomia from Spain, the United Kingdom, and even Melissa Joan Hart joined in raising awareness.

By the end of the week, anyone who learned about it or who is reading this now is a huge help to those who suffer.

When patients are struggling to find a diagnosis and seeing numerous doctors who tell them that their symptoms are “all in their head,” it can get to be extremely discouraging and disheartening. But just the simple knowledge and awareness can help; the money towards research can change lives down the road. Acceptance and awareness was the clubs’ goal, and because of the event, more people on campus were given the opportunity to become knowledgeable about Dysautonomia.

Sprint into Homecoming

by Miriam Correia | October 29, 2014

Sigma Alpha Epsilon and SCOPE with cosponsors ACJA, BSU, USGA, OSA, and Communications Club brought the Swimsuit Sprint to the UNH campus for the third year in a row Friday, Oct. 24.

Swimsuit Sprint was the start to Homecoming Weekend  (Photo by Erica Naugle/Charger Bulletin photo)

Swimsuit Sprint was the start to Homecoming Weekend
(Photo by Erica Naugle/Charger Bulletin photo)

As usual, it drew a large crowd. The Swimsuit Sprint is a fundraising event that doubles as an entertainment event. The reason for the fundraiser is to donate clothes to the less fortunate; there is a sprint in which runners sprint around campus in swimsuits after shedding clothes to donate, hence the name, and a concert follows directly afterwards.

Travis McHugh, the Service and Philanthropy Chairman of SAE, said that this was his third and last Sprint as an undergrad. He has stated that since it started in 2012, it has gotten bigger; the first year they got about 800 pounds of clothes, last year they received about 2300 pounds of clothes and they are looking forward to beating that this year.

“It is a huge honor,” McHugh said. “It’s nice to make a difference in the community and help those who aren’t as fortunate stay warm through the winter months.”

The crowd of runners was a little bit sparser this year because it was freezing on Friday night. According to Joshua Richards, SAE photographer, the amount of runners is directly correlated to the weather but the concert always brings out a large crowd.

Some people opted out of swimsuits and chose to run in various forms of underwear and spandex so they were half naked, nonetheless. John Foti, a member of SAE, has run in the Swimsuit Sprint for the past three years and has worn the same pair of printed spandex shorts for each sprint with a panda hat for the past two years.

The Sprint started promptly at 8 p.m. Runners started at Kayo field, ran by Health Services, by Soundview, around the Bixler/Botwinik Quad, and ended up at the Rec Center for the concert, where a line was already snaking around the building.

“I wanted to be able to donate my old clothes I no longer wear to the good cause,” said Jill Clark, a senior member of Phi Sigma Sigma sorority. “Being able to see Sammy Adams was also a huge plus.”

Those who sprinted were granted first access to the concert, while non-sprinters had to wait in line until all the sprinters had entered the area. Normally, the concert is held in the Bixler/Botwinik Quad, but do to the weather and extremely muddy grass, venues were changed the day before the concert, Thursday Oct. 23.

“This was the first time we’ve ever done a concert in the Rec Center,” Derek Watson, president of SCOPE, said. “Despite a change in venue so last minute, I think it went very smoothly; overall, we were very pleased with the turnout.”

Skrizzly Adams opened up the concert with his hauntingly beautiful voice and his band performed perfectly.

Sammy Adams continued the concert and continued to pump everyone up for Homecoming weekend with his awesome beats and catchy lyrics. Adams was interactive with the audience, hopping from the stage to the barrier between the audience often throughout his set. He played a mix of new and old music, and brought the concert to a close with his, arguably, most popular song “All Night Longer.”

Sammy Adams (Photo by Erica Naugle/Charger Bulletin photo)

Sammy Adams
(Photo by Erica Naugle/Charger Bulletin photo)

Skrizzly and Sammy aren’t exactly in the same genre of music, despite the similarity in their stage names, but they proved to be a great combination for the night.

“It was very well organized and I had a great time,” Clark said. “Both of the performers did a great job captivating the audience and it was awesome being able to attend the this as an alternative weekend event!”

Treasurer’s Tip

by John Foti | October 29, 2014

Credit Cards?

John Foti, USGA Treasurer (Chariot Yearbook photo)

John Foti, USGA Treasurer (Chariot Yearbook photo)

RSOs—when planning events, there are multiple ways to pay for various goods, especially supplies! The most common way organizations pay for supplies for their events is by use of the USGA credit card. The credit card is available to be signed out by RSOs as long as they are accompanied by a USGA E-Board member, stipend position in SCOPE, Chariot Yearbook or Charger Bulletin, as well as any faculty or staff member. If the purchase is made online or over the phone the card must be utilized within the Office of Student Activities.

With all forms that deal with USGA finances come deadlines! The credit card sign out form, which is available on UNH’s website and Charger Connection, has to be approved by me no later than five business days prior to the planned day of use. When making purchases with the credit card, you cannot exceed the amount that was approved on the credit card sign out form. So, as always, be sure to plan accordingly and make sure that all forms are completed and submitted on time!
John Foti
USGA Treasurer

President’s Corner

by Richard Rotella | October 29, 2014


Richard Rotella, USGA President (Chariot Yearbook Photo)

Richard Rotella, USGA President (Chariot Yearbook Photo)

I hope that everyone enjoyed Charge-A-Palooza week last week. It was great to see everyone at Midnight Madness, Swimsuit Sprint and Homecoming. Many of these events have slowly become UNH traditions and an important part of our campus.

A special thank you goes to the countless alumni of UNH that attended Homecoming. Their attendance shows that you are not a Charger for just four years, but, instead, are a Charger for the rest of your life.

I would also like to thank EMS Club, Fire Science Club, American Criminal Justice Association, Sigma Chi and Up Til Dawn for participating in the first ever Homecoming Chariot Race; it was a great success. And congratulations to Sigma Chi for coming in first, followed closely by EMS Club in second, and Up Til Dawn in third.
Just as a reminder, USGA will be in the German Club this Friday, October 31 at 11 a.m. There will also be a President’s Roundtable before the meeting in the German Club at 9:45 a.m.

Warmest regards,
Richard J. Rotella
USGA President

Library Research

by The Charger Bulletin | October 28, 2014

Has it been awhile since you have used a library for research? Are you confused about where to start your research for class papers and projects? View the UNH Library Starting Points for help on how to get started.

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