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UNH’s second annual Chargers Got Talent

by Samantha Mathewson | February 25, 2015

Men’s and Women’s Soccer won this year’s second annual Chargers Got Talent, which took place in the Charger Gymnasium, Sunday, Feb. 22. Student-athletes created dances and skits to perform for their peers.

The Softball team perfomed “Wagon Wheel” at Chargers Got Talent (Photo by Erica Naugle / Charger Bulletin Photo)

The Softball team perfomed “Wagon Wheel” at Chargers Got Talent (Photo by Erica Naugle / Charger Bulletin Photo)

Each UNH athletic teams made a group to perform, in addition to recognized student organizations, WRITE POETRY and Fully Charged, who performed as well. The event is organized by UNH’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee in coordination with the athletics department.

Over 500 tickets were sold for the event, totaling $1,513 to be donated to Make-A-Wish. Tickets were presold for two dollars, and three dollars at the door. Last year, the event raised $1,440.

The winners of the event, Men’s and Women’s Soccer, performed a series of dances together, while second place was awarded to Women’s Volleyball, who performed a workout skit, and third place was a tie between the athletic staff and the Women’s Track and Field team.

In their performance, athletic staff members each did an individual dance. Associate Vice President, Director of Athletics and Recreation, Deborah Chin, performed a karate-themed dance to “Kung Fu Fighting,” while the women’s track and field team danced to a mix of Beyoncé songs.

“The Women’s Volleyball ‘workout skit’ was hilarious, combining comedy, dance and musical talents,” said Richard Rotella, Undergraduate Student Government Association president.

Other performances of the night included a “Circle of Life” lip-sync skit by the Women’s Softball team and a Steve Irwin skit by the Football team.

This year’s judges included Rotella, Patricia Hughes, associate athletic director, and Lynn Derobertis, associate director, education programs and academic skills counselor.

“It was amazing to see such talented student-athletes showcase their creativity, since we don’t normally see them in that light,” said Rotella. “I had a lot of fun judging. It is an opportunity I don’t get very often, and working with the other judges was a blast.”

The MCs for the night were SAAC members JP DiTommaso, from the Men’s Soccer team, and Aquillin Hayes from Women’s Basketball.

The halftime performance was by WRITE POETRY, who individually performed their personal pieces.

“I had extreme jitters before, but I recited my poem and felt great after,” said Garrecia Powell, junior and vice president of WRITE POETRY.

The event concluded with a performance by Fully Charged and three gift card raffles.

At the end of the night, Chin thanked everyone for coming out and showing their support for a great cause.

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 http://www.futurect.org/join-us/ 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.

Up ‘Til Dawn surpasses $60,000

by Elissa Sanci | February 25, 2015

The University of New Haven Up ‘Til Dawn has been known to go above and beyond in terms of fundraising for St. Jude Children’s Hospital—last year, Up ‘Til Dawn surpassed their goal by raising $34,000 and this year, the organization has already hit and passed their second goal of $60,000 by raising $63,000.

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UTD reached and surpassed their first goal of $50,000 on Sunday, Feb. 15; in less than a week, the organization hit their second goal by raising $63,000, nearly doubling last year’s total amount.
According to the UTD Executive Board members, the new goal will be kept a secret and unveiled, along with the total amount of money raised, at the Finale Event on Feb. 28.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is a pediatric treatment and research facility that aims to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric diseases through research and treatment. As stated as part of their mission statement, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay.

At St. Jude, families never have to worry about the bill—the hospital funds treatment, travel, housing, food and research conducted are free of charge because “all a family should worry about is helping their child live,” according to their website.

St. Jude shares all the breakthroughs they make worldwide, and treatments invented at the facility have helped raise the childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since opening its door in 1962.

The UNH chapter of St. Jude Up ‘Til Dawn has been on the UNH campus for the past seven years, and has been hosting the Finale Event for the last six in an effort to raise money and awareness for St. Jude.

The Finale Event will be held in the Beckerman Recreation Center on Saturday Feb. 28 from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. and throughout the night, teams will compete in various challenges to raise points. Text message clues will be sent out at midnight, 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. and teams will have to complete each challenge presented. In between the events, smaller side challenges will be announced and will grant the teams more opportunities to raise points.

While the Finale Event has been held for the past six years, this is only the second year that the event is a competition between teams: previous to 2014, the Finale Event was a letter writing event, where students would come to write letters to children with cancer throughout the night.

Feb. 23 through Feb. 27—the week leading up the event—is Awareness Week, where teams will have the opportunity to raise points by completing small side events, such as taking selfies with an e-board member, team bandana making and attending a movie night.

“I’ve been involved with St. Jude ever since I could remember,” said Julianne Toce, the Recruitment Chair of Up ‘Til Dawn, who started her involvement with St. Jude as a Girl Scout when she was in elementary school.

“Everyone here is so passionate about Up ‘Til Dawn, and I just wanted to be a part of it,” Toce said.

Passionate doesn’t even begin to describe some of the students at UNH who are participating in the Finale Event. Sophomore Bianca Gureralp, top fundraiser both last and this year, has already raised $1,912.77 and does not plan to stop.

“As a freshman last year, I was able to raise $1,377.77 and was the top fundraiser. This year I set a goal of $1,500 and an extended goal of $1,750,” Gureralp said. “Never in a millions years did I ever think, I would raise as much as I have now.”

Gureralp has always loved fundraising. “Growing up, I have always been very involved with charitable foundations and community service. I have been so blessed to have friends and family that give with love,” she said. “I think it makes a very big difference when you give with love and that is why I have been such a successful fundraiser. My motto is ‘giving selflessly whether it is dedicating your time or money is one of the greatest things we can do as human beings!’ Needless to say, when we give, we always receive.”

 

Assistant professor explains the present and future of cyber forensics

by Samantha Mathewson | February 25, 2015

Dr. Ibrahim Baggili, assistant professor at UNH, presented “The State-of-the-art in Cyber Forensics: Now & Tomorrow,” Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m. His talk was sponsored by friends of the UNH library and was the first in this year’s spring series.

Dr. Ibrahim Baggili, assistant professor at UNH, presented on cyber forensics, Feb. 18  (Photo obtained via http://www.chooseunh.com)

Dr. Ibrahim Baggili, assistant professor at UNH, presented on cyber forensics, Feb. 18
(Photo obtained via http://www.chooseunh.com)

Baggili’s research includes cyber forensics from technical, social and psychological perspectives and finding ways of improving the scientific validity of the field. He has worked closely with law enforcement and published work on real challenges facing cybercriminal investigators, and has presented and chaired conferences worldwide.

At UNH, Dr. Baggili teaches Computer Science, so during his presentation he spoke of not only his own work, but also the work he and his students are currently working on.
Baggili started his talk by explaining some of the misconceptions that people have of his field of work, where he showed various pictures illustrating, “what my mom think I do,” “what my friends thinks I do,” and “what I think I do.”

However, Baggili said what they really do is this: “we find ways to break computers in order to improve them.”

He then introduced some background facts regarding cyber forensics. As of 2014, the United States ranked number three in the number of mobile users and number two in the number of Internet users, which highlights the increase in penetration of technology. This then led to his discussion about security and a test that he and his students preformed on Apps such as ooVoo, OKCupid and Instagram.

Their studies revealed that many apps people use everyday are vulnerable to being hacked. The person doing the “hacking” is called a “script kitty” and they capture what is being sent back and forth if the content isn’t encrypted.

Baggili then explained the importance of forensics involving not only science, but law. This means that there is a very thin line between using this technology for investigation and invading one’s privacy.

There have been many improvements made in the field of cyber forensics, some of which include triage, similarity matching and rise of research and education, and there are also many projects in progress. However, the field continues to face struggles such as lack of multidisciplinary research initiatives, lack of common knowledge and changing technology. Dr. Baggili concluded his presentation by saying, “there is no good science without art.”

Treasurer’s Tip

by John Foti | February 25, 2015

Track your spending 

John Foti, USGA Treasurer (Chariot Yearbook photo)

John Foti, USGA Treasurer (Chariot Yearbook photo)

RSOs, as we move further into the semester, it’s important to continuously track your spending. Tracking your spending can help manage your RSO budget and can make planning events a lot easier, as you’ll be more aware as to how much your RSO has to utilize when planning certain events. This can also help when planning for next year and the yearly budget process. Knowing what your RSO has spent on certain events can give you an idea as to how much your RSO may need or want to request during the yearly budget process which is scheduled to take place during March. A great way to track expenditures is by using charts and tables. Excel is an awesome program that is great for keeping track of expenses and what exactly is in your budget. This is something all RSO treasurers should try to utilize because, again, being aware of your RSO finances can alleviate stress and confusion, making processing financial paperwork a lot easier.

Always do your part as an RSO treasurer to track your RSO accounts. If you have any questions about how to track expenses or anything in regards to RSO finances, feel free to come see me during office hours or shoot me an email!
John Foti
USGA Treasurer

President’s Corner

by Richard Rotella | February 25, 2015

Chargers,

Richard Rotella, USGA President (Chariot Yearbook photo)

Richard Rotella, USGA President (Chariot Yearbook photo)

I hope this week is going well for you. Congratulations to our Greek organizations on their new members and good luck to those individuals who are joining.

I would like to welcome LaDarius Thompson to the University of New Haven as Associate Director of Student Activities. LaDarius’s first day was Monday so make sure to stop by and say hi to the newest member to the Student Activities family.

With the possibility of large winter storms continuing, please use caution when driving and walking. Also, make sure that you sign up for emergency alerts from campus police! For more information please visit http://www.newhaven.edu/student-life/police/emergency-procedures.

This week in USGA, we will be voting on Constitution and By-Law changes so make sure to attend!

“Courage is resistance of fear, mastery of fear—not absence of fear.” —Mark Twain

Richard Rotella
USGA President

Multiple snow days cause change in scheduling

by Samantha Mathewson | February 18, 2015

Due to several storms disproportionally cancelling classes on Mondays, some have yet to meet this semester. Because of this, Thursday, Feb. 26 will act as a Monday in an attempt to restore balance between classes.

The Bixler-Botwinik quad full of snow (Photo by Richard Carter)

The Bixler-Botwinik quad full of snow (Photo by Richard Carter)

This rescheduling includes all classes that regularly meet on Mondays. This means that on Feb. 26, all Thursday day and evening classes will be suspended and a Monday class schedule instituted with all times and rooms assigned as if it were a Monday. This switch applies to only the West Haven and Orange campuses.

The snow additionally affected a Tuesday, a Wednesday morning and a Saturday; however it has disproportionally affected Mondays for the last three weeks in a row. Over 450 classes meet on Mondays. This includes those that also meet on Wednesdays, or both Wednesday and Fridays. However, of that, about one third meets on only Mondays. As a result, roughly 140 classes that haven’t met yet at all. With about 1,400 class sections this semester that means that ten percent haven’t met.

“There are not a lot of make up opportunities,” explained Daniel May, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. “We teach a lot of weekend courses – can’t use those; and we can’t extend the semester.”

In total, three Mondays in a row have been affected. May explained that Mondays are generally a “high no-show” days because many holidays also fall on Mondays, and for those classes that meet Monday, Wednesday and Friday, they get hit with Friday holidays as well.

The decision to reschedule was made “mainly to catch up,” said May. When asked how faculty reacted to this decision, he said he thought they understood and that they wanted to help out their colleagues.

“It’s a challenge. We understand not everyone will be able to do it,” said May. “We hope we can get 80 percent of classes to meet on that Thursday.”

If classes cannot rearrange to meet on Thursday, Feb 26, it is encouraged that they try to meet on a Saturday and work around other classes.

“It’s hard for everyone to rearrange,” said May.

The decision to cancel classes on Monday, Jan. 26, Feb. 2 and Feb. 9 was made by Ronald Quagliani, associate vice president of public safety and administrative services; Carol Koziatek, vice president of human resources; and May.

“No one minds missing a day or two, but when it piles up, parents and students start to question ‘what am I paying for?’” said May.

Of the 6,800 undergrad and graduate students, there are about 2,800 on-campus students, so when making the decision of whether to cancel or not, they had to weigh that number against the number of off-campus students, and when storms hit the University of New Haven campus, they have an impact, explained May who noted the surrounding hills and lack of good roads and campus access.

According to Quagliani, the cancellation, delay or early dismissal of classes are based on a blending of the following criteria:

•Review of storm forecasts and radar tracking supplied by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), Connecticut Department of Emergency Management and other private and public domain modeling.
•Consultation with State and local officials to determine roadway conditions
•Consultation with UNH Police
•Consultation with the UNH Director of Facilities to determine campus conditions or time duration needed to have the campus ready to conduct business
•Consultation with area colleges with a commuter component to foster a “unified” message when possible
•Consultation with the Provost’s Office to determine the most appropriate time to order such delay or early dismissal based on class scheduling for minimized disruption while focusing on student and staff safety
•Consultation with the Campus Shuttle provider to determine effect on shuttle service
•Consultation with City of West Haven Public Works to determine condition of surrounding roadways and transit routes.

While Quagliani works with May and Koziatek, public safety has final decision based on evaluating various conditions. Previous cancelations or delays do not affect the need for future cancelations and each circumstance is handled separately and distinctly. There is also no limit to how many cancellations or delays that can happen each year.

“Public Safety’s responsibility is to ensure campus safety. If a weather cancellation, delay, or early release is deemed necessary for safety reasons, then all other activities are impacted until the campus is made safe and reopened,” said Quagliani, in regards to the impact the weather has on the campus community. “We work hard to restore residential student services as quickly as possible including food service, recreation center, library and transportation.”

The Facilities department handles snow plowing and removal operations in coordination with campus police to relocate vehicles in order to plow lots. Commuter lots are cleared first so residential students have a clear lot to temporarily move their vehicle while the residential lots are cleared.

“When a major storm is predicted we will clear campus before the storm arrives such as what occurred with the Jan. 26 (11 inches) and Feb.2 (11 inches) storms,” said Quagliani. However, “when a minor storm is predicted and performs as forecasted, and we are able to maintain campus safety and continue with normal operations then we operate regularly. This is what occurred with the storms on Jan. 30 when we received two inches of snow with light intensity and on Feb. 12 when we received a dusting.”

Quagliani explained the hardest storms to deal with are those that arrive during the regular business day. Since the storm hasn’t begun at the start of the class day, the decision relies solely on forecasting models on not only how much snow will fall but at what intensity it will fall at.

“This is important to determine whether snow clearing operations can outpace the snow falling,” said Quagliani.

However, when the storm outperforms the forecast and campus conditions deteriorate to a point where snow clearing operations cannot keep up then a quick decision to close campus is made due to safety concerns which is what occurred on Feb 9. when the campus experience three inches of snow at a high intensity.

In regards to future snowfall, Quagliani said, “unfortunately I don’t think we are not done yet.”

The decision to reschedule Monday classes on Thursday, Feb. 26, was made by May along with Gordon Simerson, associate provost for undergraduate Studies, assessment and accreditation, and all four colleges’ Deans and Associate Deans.

Simerson works with a group of administrators responsible for academic scheduling. This group includes all associate deans of the four colleges, the registrar, and the director of the first year success center.

Simerson explained that there were other options of “where to find another Monday,” however none seemed as effective or efficient.

Other options included: shortening Spring Break, which would complicate people’s vacations; eliminating Reading Day, which is much more disruptive since students would have no transition from their last day of classes to their first final exam; and lengthening the term, which conflicts with the spring graduate trimester and scheduling of undergraduate commencement and beginning of Summer I term.

As a result, Thursday was chosen to swap with because they have been untouched and a Wednesday swap wouldn’t accomplish much.

“We are doing the best we can to find the best solution on a system-wide basis,” said Simerson.

Simerson explained that getting support of swapping a Thursday for a Monday wasn’t hard and Feb. 26 was chosen to give some lead time to get the word out, and because it falls before midterms and Spring Break.

Another initiative that May, with the help of Lisa Scranton and Louis Franco, are suggesting is that professors “winterize” their courses. There will be more sessions of “Winterize Your Course” held for faculty and staff to learn how to cover class meetings cancelled by weather using blackboard and other technology.

“Winterize Your Course” explains how to utilize discussions in Blackboard and Lecture Capture with Tegrity, in an attempt to keep professors in touch with their students and up to date with course work.

“Hopefully we can do more in the future,” said May in regards to teaching professors how to “winterize” their courses.

“We are trying to recover,” said May. “Monday-Wednesday is the busiest day, so it largely impacted the campus, so we’re trying to balance, and labs are pretty crowded and classrooms are generally full. [there is] no buffer space to move students around.”

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.

The Spring Phonathon

by Samantha Mathewson | February 18, 2015

The Spring semester Phonathon began Sunday, Feb. 8, where 28 University of New Haven students have begun calling alumni for donations.

Student Rachael Mandel reaching out to alumni at the Phonathon (Photo by Samantha Mathewson / Charger Bulletin Photo)

Student Rachael Mandel reaching out to alumni at the Phonathon (Photo by Samantha Mathewson / Charger Bulletin Photo)

The Phonathon spans ten weeks. Students make calls over the course of six three-and-half hour shifts a week. Weekly shifts span from Sunday, 1:30 to 9 p.m. to Monday through Thursday 5:30 to 9 p.m.

The Phonathon requires students to wear headsets that are set up to make the calls automatically. Each student caller is set up to call certain alumni each shift. The Alumni that are called are based on certain categories. Some of the alumni categories include, young alumnus, which are those that graduated in the past five years; golden Chargers, which are alumni that graduated 30 or more years ago; lead society, which are those that have donated five years consecutively – people the university trusts and gives back to in return in the form of gifts such as football tickets or play tickets; the President’s society, which are donors that give larger amounts of money; second gifts, which are donors that gave the previous semester, and soft refusals, which is a group alumni that said they wanted to give in the spring and not the fall.

If student callers reach a prospective donors voicemail, a message is not left, and instead the cycle of calls continues to the next call, and that alumni is kept in the pool to be called at another time.
The Phonathon has been running for many years at UNH, and expanded during the 2014 Spring semester when the university hired RuffaloCODY, which is a company that organizes calling records in order to track and predict donations for the semester. The RuffaloCODY software also organizes how alumni should be grouped and contacted properly. With this company, Manager Seth Newman is present at every phone calling session.

Along with Newman, one of three student supervisors is present during each calling session. This semester’s student supervisors are Sadie Redman, Olivia Burglund, and Elizabeth Cantelmo.

“I have met a lot of really cool alumni that surprisingly want to help in any way possible that they can, even though they haven’t personally met me,” said Redman, who has been working for the Phonathon for six semesters. Redman started as a student caller for two years before becoming a supervisor.

Redman explained a normal night during the Phonathon consists of students sitting down at their respective stations, where they will then have a group meeting to discuss calls, any issues and how to communicate with alumni. Then, students login, put their headsets on, and start calling.

Redman also explained that on any given night students attempt to call between 100 and 150 people, but realistically only get in touch with roughly three or five each night.

When alumni are contacted and choose to donate or refuse, they are taken out of the pool for that semester. Newman tracks how often certain groups are called, and from that decides what groups to call each night so that student callers aren’t trying to reach certain groups too often.

The goal for this year’s Phonathon is approximately $250,000. This includes roughly 3,600 pledges and $80,000 in credit card donations.

Pledges are different from credit card donations in that when a credit card is used, the donation is made directly to the school; however, with pledges a form is mailed to the prospective donors and relies on them sending their gifts back.

This year’s Spring semester Phonathon will end April 26.

MIC show weathers storm for Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties

by Ashley Winward | February 18, 2015

On Saturday, Feb. 14, fans piled into the German Club to get out of the bitter cold to enjoy the acoustic stylings of The Wonder Year’s Dan “Soupy” Campbell under the pseudonym Aaron West.
Aaron West has been a character study Campbell has been exploring for the past year with his “debut” album We Don’t Have Eachother. The show also featured support from bands The View from Up Here, Everything Ever and Call It Arson. It was certainly a Valentine’s Day to remember for everyone in attendance regardless of whether they came with a date or not.

Aaron West performed in the German Club at UNH, Feb. 14 (Photo by Dave Taylor)

Aaron West performed in the German Club at UNH, Feb. 14 (Photo by Dave Taylor)

The Music Industry Club hosted the night. “This event was definitely one of MIC’s best shows in a long time in terms of attendance,” said Jong Kim, vice president of live sound for MIC. “We were also able to run the show very smoothly with the least amount of technical difficulties, thanks to the help of all the other club members.”

First on stage was The View From Up Here; an acoustic pop-punk act from UNH led by vocalist Andrew Cunningham, featuring Michael Quick, Dom Gubernat and Gavin Stacey.

This was the band’s album release show for their self-titled EP, playing the entire record as well as a cover of Death Cab For Cutie’s “I’ll Follow You Into the Dark.”

The energy from the band reflected all the excitement they had for the evening, appreciative of the chance to perform and share what had been months in the making. The View From Up Here was mixed by Josh Welshman at Flux Studios and Mastered by Sam Pura of Panda Studios, who has worked with the likes of State Champs and The Story So Far. The band’s personable nature on stage and passion made their show enjoyable and there is no doubt these guys have immense potential.

“I haven’t played on stage, with a full band, since high school, so I was incredibly excited to play,” said Quick, A View From Up Here’s guitarist. “Not to mention the fact that there were more people in the German Club than I have ever seen at a MIC show in a while. It’s always a great experience to share something that you’ve created with other people.”

Next to perform was Everything Ever, a punk group from Staten Island New York. The trio showed their powerful presence from their first note and kept the energy up through a set full of new songs. Everything Ever recently signed to a new label, Secret Audio Club and have their debut full length album Solid Ground coming out on March 10. Not only did the band have great stage presence while performing, but their banter in between songs was witty and anecdotal to their audience. Prefacing the song “Doing Nothing” by discussing their college experience got huge laughs from the whole crowd and the song itself was probably the highlight of their performance.

Direct support on the bill was from Connecticut locals Call It Arson with a mix of upbeat punk beats and some more mellow tracks suitable for the romantic evening. There was a definite following of the group in the crowd, as fans called out song requests they even threw some into the set as they went along. The band put on a dynamic set spanning their entire discography from their self-titled album to their most recent release Between Two Cities.

James Downe gave a strong vocal that really resonated with the audience. Supporting local artists is something that has been very important to Music Industry Club when it comes to booking artists and it’s been great to see over the years truly how much talent is coming out of Connecticut.

Finally it was time for Aaron West to hit the stage. Aaron West is a persona completely imagined by The Wonder Years front man Dan “Soupy” Campbell, inspired by The Mountain Goats’ album All Hail West Texas. Campbell’s dedication to the story and character stretches to both on and off stage; he signed autographs as “A.West” all evening and sported a Buffalo Bills hat on his way in, “I’m not a Bills fan, Aaron is” when asked about it by a fan.

In between songs like “Grapefruit” and “Our Apartment” Aaron West tells a sad tale of the past year of his life; the death of his father followed by his wife’s miscarriage ultimately ending in their divorce leaves him lost and unsure of himself. He travels in his father’s old Mustang down the coast until he finds a place to clear his head, ultimately leaving the listener wondering what’s going to come next.

Although without his full band, the Roaring Twenties, Aaron West performed a stripped down and vulnerable solo performance.

The crowd included a huge number of The Wonder Years fans and like most shows it became a sing along of somber melodies. Even with such soft songs with sad subject matter, the subdued mood in the room never lost its energy.

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