Come by BSU’s Save-A-Breast event tomorrow! In addition to the many other fun tables, make sure to stop by The Charger Bulletin’s to leave a message in next week’s issue for someone affected by Breast Cancer. The first 15 people to visit The Charger Bulletin’s table and leave a note will receive a free Charger Bulletin frisbee or pair of sunglasses!Tweet
By Gabriella Pericone
The University of New Haven Fire Science Club teamed up with the Connecticut Fire Sprinklers Coalition to hold a side-by-side fire demonstration of residential sprinklers and non-residential sprinklered occupancies.
The event took place Oct. 8, in the Kayo parking lot at UNH. The goal of this event is to help to form new legislation requiring residential fire sprinklers in one and two family new construction occupancies. The demonstration was eye opening, as two rooms were lit on fire. The time duration and intensity of the fire was incredible as Fire Fighters moved in to put it out.
The University of New Haven now houses the fourteenth FӧD dining hall in the country.
FӧD by Sodexo stands for Food on Demand and delivers a restaurant style dining experience. It operates on a touch screen ordering system, allowing students to customize their meal and create endless combinations.
“It is restaurant quality,” said Daryeal Murphy, food services manager for Sodexo at UNH. “Everything is prepared here, nothing is frozen, and the chicken (for example) is proportioned and cooked fresh every day.”
FӧD is located in Westside Hall, and opened to the campus community Monday, Oct. 6; however, a selected few were invited to FӧD’s Golden Ticket preview event held Friday, Oct. 3, as a test run and tasting of the new food options.
“I was completely surprised with the food at Westside,” said junior Annalissa Berardinelli. “It was above and beyond my expectations. I think Sodexo is really trying to fit the needs of the students on campus. We are lucky to be 1 of 14 schools that have meals cooked to our order. I recommend the Killer French fries.”
The difference between the dining hall in Westside and The Marketplace in Bartels is that the food served in Bartels is batch cooking, while the food served in Westside is cooked as ordered.
“The food is the same, it is just prepared differently. In Bartels, we just don’t have the time to grill all the chicken individually (as ordered). The food is even plated to be appealing to the eye,” said Murphy, noting the ceramic square plates.
Students and guests are required to swipe their ID or pay when entering the new dining hall before ordering. They are also given a beeper that is synced to their order number to alert them when their order is complete.
Upon ordering, you are prompted to select an appetizer, entrée, side and desert. Additionally, while you wait there is a complementary salad bar and soup station. A drink, and refills, are also included in your meal.
“One swipe includes everything,” said Murphy.
While you are waiting, there are TV screens located throughout the dining hall that show your meal’s progress and how many minutes are left until it is ready.
“I have a seven to eight minute goal cook time,” said Murphy, “but I told my cooks they should have the food ready in four minutes.”
Murphy explained the new cooking procedures are more labor intensive than that of Bartels, so cooks for the Westside dining hall were selected based on a practical cooking test where they were critiqued on their food presentation, time, recipe and sanitation.
There are four meal plan options for UNH students, all which allocate a certain number of swipes for the new FӧD reasturant style dinning in Westside.
The Charger Unlimited Gold meal plan allows unlimited access to board meals, plus $525 dining dollars. This plan allows students to swipe their card 14 times per week for breakfast and dinner Monday through Friday and brunch and dinner on the weekends at the Marketplace or FöD. The Charger Unlimited Blue (FӧD) meal plan allows unlimited access to board meals, plus $200 dining dollars. This plan will allow students to swipe their card 19 times per week for breakfast or dinner Monday through Friday and brunch and dinner on the weekends at FöD or The Marketplace. For lunch, if students wish to use a card swipe they have to eat at FӧD, while if they wish to use dining dollars, they would have to eat at Bartels.
The Charger Flex 100 meal plan for students living in apartment style housing with full or partial kitchens only includes 100 meal swipes per semester, plus $825 dining dollars. All 100 swipes can be used at the Marketplace or 75 swipes at the Marketplace and 25 swipes at FöD. The Charger Flex 150 meal plan allows 150 meal swipes per semester, plus $700 dining dollars and provides the option of using all 150 swipes at the Marketplace or 125 swipes at the Marketplace and 25 swipes at FöD.
Westside’s dining hall has the same hours as Bartels’, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner during the week, and brunch and dinner on the weekends; however, it also features a late night option and re-opens for students from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. The late night option will require students to pay using their dining dollars, cash or credit card only.
“I think it is a new, fresh taste for the campus and I am very excited to see it,” said Richard Rotella, president of the Undergraduate Student Government Association.
Murphy explained that this new option is very open to student and guest suggestions in deciding what to take out or add to the menu mid-semester.
“It (Westside) is a restaurant,” said Murphy. “The only difference is you are the server and the guest.”
The new dining hall even features a new method of cleanup, with a conveyer belt for students to put their dishes on instead of scraping and sorting them before returning them in Bartels.
“I am very excited. It’s come out great. We have our work cut out for us to produce the same quality, but my guys are good,” said Daryeal. “I anticipate smooth and successful operation throughout the semester.”Tweet
Kristen Merlin wasn’t going to try out for The Voice initially—after being shot down two previous times, she figured it wasn’t worth a third shot. She had a gig planned for the day of the tryout, and figured she’d only go to the audition if she found someone to cover for her.
Luck and fate were obviously on Merlin’s side that day; not only did she make it past the first round of auditions, but made it all the way to the big stage, where both Shakira and Adam Levine turned their chairs around for the University of New Haven alumna.
Merlin, one of the finalists on NBC’s reality TV singing competition, came back to her alma mater Fri. Oct. 3 to perform during SCOPE and the Music Industry Club’s Fall Music and Arts Festival.
Fall Fest began at 2 p.m., where MIC held acoustic sets until 4:30 p.m. The concert, held on the Bartels Student Activities Center patio, began at 6 p.m., featuring Ian Biggs, Sparks and the Rescue and ASTR, closing with Merlin.
“It’s awesome being back at UNH,” Merlin said. “So many things on campus have changed but it’s cool because you walk down memory lane; it’s like ‘I dormed in that one, I partied in that one!’”
Merlin, who attended UNH from 2003 to 2007, lived in Botwinik, Sheffield and Winchester Halls during her time on campus. Merlin graduated with a B.A. degree in music and sound recording.
Merlin said her favorite UNH memory was playing in SCOPE’s open mic Beanhouse events, where she would play her original music.
“The only difference [between playing for small audience and playing for large-scale audiences] is the energy in the room; the more bodies, the more energy you feel but the excitement was kinda just the same,” she said. “It was as fun for me to have that intimate crowd as it was to perform at the much larger scale.”
The Voice, which is currently in its seventh season, is based purely on a contestant’s voice; a blind audition involves the four judges listening to contestants with their chairs turned so that they can concentrate on their voices rather than their appearances. The show’s tagline—Close your eyes. Open your ears.—says it all.
“I’m always judged for looks before anything else, so it was really cool and funny to see Shakira’s reaction—she was wicked shocked to see what she turned around to,” said Merlin, who hails from Hanson, Mass. “It’s a great premise; I love the idea of The Voice, especially for me, because I fit the exact premise of it.”
Merlin said that because she was so nervous during her audition, she didn’t realize that both Adam Levine and Shakira had hit their buttons, signifying they both wanted her for their teams and guaranteeing her a spot on the show.
“It really wasn’t setting in until the end of [my audition] when I was like ‘Oh sh*t! They turned! That means this is it, I’m on! Now I get to choose.’”
Merlin initially wanted Blake Shelton as her coach, and after he didn’t turn his chair, had decided to go with Levine. She shocked herself by choosing Shakira. “As I was saying ‘I choose Shakira,’ in my head I was like ‘Whaaat?’” Merlin explained.
Merlin enjoyed working with Shakira throughout her time on The Voice, where she placed fourth. “At one point, I actually ended up mentoring her; she freaked out when we had to do a song together,” she said. “She was freaking out saying ‘It’s not going right,’ and I was like ‘Shak—take a moment. You are Shakira; I don’t know if you know this—you can do anything on stage and people will go crazy. You’re going to be fine.’ I had to, like, talk her off a ledge for a minute.”
Merlin remembered watching artists like Matt Nathanson performing on campus when she was an undergraduate and said that she aspired to tour campuses and perform for students too. “And here I am,” she said. “It’s pretty awesome.” Merlin plans to travel to Los Angeles, Calif. soon to record an EP; she writes all her music and plays acoustic guitar as well.
“Music is my life—I’m sickly addicted to music,” she said.
“Kristen was very personal,” said Chariot Yearbook Editor Annalisa Berardinelli. “She literally hopped over the wires of the BSAC patio and danced with the crowd; she was very cool and down to Earth.”
Derek Watson, president of SCOPE, was very pleased with the turnout of the event. “It was excellent to have Kristen Merlin back as an alumna of UNH.” It was cool to see her interact with the crowd, he added, where she hung out with fans, taking pictures and talking to undergraduates.
“Fall Fest was a great event to foster and cultivate a great sense of community among local artists,” said senior Colby Thammavongsa.
“Don’t ever give up; always chase your dream,” Merlin said to anyone looking to pursue a career in music. “No matter how big or small your goal is, jump at any opportunity you can take. Timing is everything, that’s for sure.”Tweet
The University of New Haven Theater Program’s production of The Rocky Horror Show will premiere on Nov. 12 in Bucknall Theater at 8 p.m.
The Rocky Horror Show is a musical written by Richard O’Brien that has captured audiences since its inception in the early 1970s.
The musical is a humorous tribute to science fiction and horror films produced in the 1940s. It tells the story of a newly engaged couple who find refuge from a storm in the home of a mad transvestite scientist and his new creation, a muscle man named Rocky Horror.
The theater program’s take of the cult musical classic, which features songs “Sweet Transvestite” and “Touch-A Touch-A Touch Me,” will be showing five times: Nov. 12, 13, 14, and 15 at 8 p.m. and again on Nov. 14 at 11:30 p.m.
“Diehard fans of the movie or stage musical will really appreciate our take on The Rocky Horror Show and have a blast,” said cast member Stephen Shepherd. “Audience members who know people in the cast will revel at what they have to act out onstage, and everyone else will love it simply for the caliber of performance talent being showcased, as well as for the sheer insanity of the plot.”
The cast and crew have been working on this show since Sept. 4 under the direction of Jonathan Yukich, rehearsing for long hours in Bucknall Theater.
“Learning how all of the actors interact with each other onstage as their characters, with lines, blocking and choreography, is always fun and experimental,” said Shepherd, who plays one of the Phantoms. “Figuring out costumes and hair has also been a hilarious adventure, especially for all of the Phantoms in the cast!”
Bridget Koestner, the costume designer for the show, said that though she’s designed a handful of shows before, none compared to The Rocky Horror Show.
“The costumes, hair and makeup in Rocky Horror are such an incredibly important aspect of the show,” she said. “The look of Rocky Horror is a big part of what makes it so extreme and exciting; it’s a big responsibility, but one that I’ve enjoyed so far.”
Koestner, who has been working with her two assistants, sophomores Rhiannon Ferronetti and Sydney Varick, was given the opportunity to be as creative as possible with the costumes. She was able to come up a lot of her own ideas while working closely with Yukich.
Rocky Horror, historically, has always relied heavily on audience participation. “People yell back lines at the screen during the extended pauses between dialogue, dress up in costume and act out the film, and throw props various times during the film,” says the official Rocky Horror website. “The audience participation phenomenon was observed as early as the film’s first run in 1975 and was later re-released as a midnight movie where the audience participation really began to flourish.”
UNH actors will interact with the audience throughout some parts of the show. “I know that the cast is being prepped for audience interaction,” Shepherd said.
“Our 11:30 p.m. show on Fri, Nov. 14, is likely to attract diehard fans who will want to interact with the cast.”
Shepherd said the show is a cult classic for a reason.
“It has catchy tunes, outrageous characters, hilarious moments, references to so many classic science fiction stories, and it is all led by a sex-crazed, moody drag queen from outer space,” he said. “What’s not to love?”
“It’s really incredible to see the show come together from the inside,” said Koestner, who’s no stranger to the stage.
Koestner has been involved with four shows at UNH, including The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later as a costume designer and Death: A Play as a performer. Koestner has been a part of 38 productions outside of UNH as either a costume designer or a performer.
“You wouldn’t believe how much effort, work, and love goes into putting a show together, especially among the crew members,” she said. “Seeing all of that come together is truly amazing, and being a part of it even more so.”Tweet
Martha Poulter will be visiting the University of New Haven, Wednesday, Nov. 5, to present this fall’s Bartels Fellowship lecture.
Poulter is Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., where she leads Starwood’s global IT team and business across its nine brands and global operations. She is also a member of Starwood’s Senior Leadership Team. Starwood Hotels and Resorts is the leading global, high-end hotel company in the world.
As a technology executive veteran with nearly 25 years of experience, her talk is titled “Discussion on Lessons Learned.” The lecture will start at 11 a.m. in Bucknall Theater in Dodds Hall and is open to the entire campus community. She will also be visiting classes and meeting with students, faculty and staff.
Prior to joining Starwood, Poulter served as vice president and chief information officer at GE Capital. She was responsible for many operational improvements and the completion of key digitization projects, including GE Capital’s first consumer mobile apps for commercial businesses.
Poulter holds a B.S.E. degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Connecticut and completed her M.B.A. at the University of New Haven in 1992. She is a Board Member of the Norwalk Community College Foundation.
The Bartels Fellowship was established in 1989 through the generosity of Henry E. and Nancy H. Bartels. The fellowship brings individuals of national stature and prominence in the fields of business or public service to campus.Tweet
Need to be Reimbursed?
If you purchase products or goods on behalf of your organization, USGA can reimburse you!
Make sure that your organization was allocated money for what you are looking to be reimbursed for. If your RSO has money in their budget for supplies and supplies are purchased, then you will be able to be reimbursed; however, you can’t be reimbursed for items or goods not allocated in your budget.
From there, all you need to do is submit a check request! It is very important that the original itemized receipt is attached to the check request as without it the request will not be processed! Also keep in mind that reimbursements cannot exceed $300, so again, plan accordingly.
Be sure that check requests that are for reimbursements are submitted within two weeks of the original purchase! Reimbursements are great for those small purchases made on behalf of your organization!
I hope that everyone is enjoying the fall weather and is getting ready to for the Fall Break!
This past week I, along with other student leaders, attended the American Student Government Association National Summit in Washington, DC. At the Summit, we met many other student leaders and learned of many new ways to improve USGA. At the Summit, we also spoke one different ways to unite not only USGA but the other Student Governments in the area.
I wish you all safe travels to wherever you are spending your fall break. For some of us, it is a time to relax and step back and prepare for the rest of the semester. For others, it is a time to catch up and to strive for success!
Remember USGA Meetings are on Fridays at 11 a.m. in the Alumni Lounge! Come join us and get more involved!
Richard J. Rotella
Putting you in USGA!
On Oct. 2, there was standing room only as numerous staff, faculty, students and elected officials from Connecticut gathered in the Alumni Lounge to hear the announcement of the Tow Institute for Youth Justice.
This program, made possible by the Tow family’s generous donations and dreams to help alleviate pain and suffering, as said by Emily Tow-Jackson herself, will be the first of its kind to focus on leadership, training and education of future leaders in juvenile justice.
Numerous honorable speakers said amazing things about the program and the positive outlooks everyone expects to come from it. The years of work it already has behind it along with the amazing staff that they have lined up has ensured that it will live up to the University of New Haven expectations.
Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman spoke and said that Connecticut currently has the highest reduction of juvenile incarceration in the country, and that with the implementation of the Tow Institute at UNH “we will continue to keep going strong.”
Mayor of New Haven Toni Harp has only positive things to say, ensuring that “this institution will help students help children in trouble.”
The city of New Haven will benefit as well from this program because, in addition to the institution, the co-op will enable students to take a semester off of school while remaining a student to work full time. This will provide settings for them to work in the field of their choosing and aid the community.
She said many inspiring things about the work the UNH community will be able to do to help, including that the Tow Institute for Youth Justice is “as of today a part of the reform system” in the state of Connecticut and that we “should not, cannot, and will not give up on juvenile offenders.”
UNH’s own Professor Carbone has had a big part of making this happen. Every person who spoke mentioned him and his hard work in developing this program.
Congresswoman Rosa Delauro put his work into perspective the best in saying that “his commitment to making a difference in the life of others has really made a different in the community—particularly in our most vulnerable youth.”
When Toni Walker, State Representative of the ninety-third District and Chair of the Juvenile Justice Planning and Oversight Committee, spoke, the audience got to learn how the Institute came to be.
We heard about all the people and relationships that helped make her dream a reality.
“Children have to make mistakes and they do- but don’t incarcerate them for it,” Walker said.
Her passion behind her work was extremely evident and you could see how proud she was for this to be happening. She also wanted to make sure that everyone in the audience knew that “partnership and questions are the key things, they are the way you are going to make change- we can make a change in this society through partnerships and asking questions” and that is exactly what she did.
The final speaker was Emily Tow Jackson, who said that this happening was completely overwhelming but exciting and a thrill, that to work in philanthropy you have to have big dreams.
She agreed with Toni Walker and said that she had “dreams to alleviate pain and suffering but you need more than money- money is not enough- you need partnerships.”
She said that there are expectations for this Institute—they “expect really ambitious ideas will be incubated to shape youth justice in the future.”
Everyone who spoke thanked the Tow family, but President Kaplan spoke about how his job often is working with very wealthy people and trying to “enable people of great wealth to change the world” and so to the Tow Family he thanked them profoundly—for their vision and their leadership.Tweet
By Leah Myers
Jonathan Mitsiaris took home the grand prize at the Student Committee of Programing Events’ second annual UNH Idol on Oct. 1 in Bucknall Theater.
UNH Idol was part of SCOPE’s festivities for the University of New Haven’s music week.
Nearly 100 students attended to watch the 12 performing acts share their passion for singing with lighthearted competition. The song choices were of diverse genres, spanning from pop music to acoustic to vintage Frank Sinatra.
UNH Idol was one of the many activities pertaining to SCOPE’s music week, with other events every evening.
Students of all singing levels were encouraged to enter. Caleb Zenobia, a freshman, was excited to perform. His song choice was “All of Me” by John Legend, in which he also performed the piano part.
“It’s an all around good song to hear,” Zenobia said. He also said that he takes performances seriously, and finds performing fun. Last year, Zenobia auditioned for The Voice.
Tony Banano, freshman, also competed, but for utter enjoyment. Right on the spot, he decided to perform Ariana Grande’s hit “Problem” with another contestant, who he had just met less than an hour before performing.
The Master of Ceremonies was SCOPE’s Special Event Committee Head, Brianna-Marie Barron.
The three judges were Teri Tozzi, a member of the special activities committee for SCOPE, Will Ciccone, a member of SCOPE’s weekend committee, and Zach Grabko, president of the Music Industry Club.
The judges as well as the audience enjoyed the performances.
The audience played an integral part of the night by determining the winners. Members of the audience cheered the loudest for their favorite performance.
The winners were Mitsairis, who performed “Sing,” Keysha Morris, who nailed “Amazing Grace,” and Almas Ali, who sang “Stay.”
The prizes included a $100 Ticketmaster gift-card, a Yamaha keyboard, and a $50 FYE gift-card.Tweet