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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!”

Next stop: Sioux Falls, South Dakota

by The Charger Bulletin | April 1, 2015

By GABRIELLA DELEO
CONTRIBUTING WRITER
GDELE1@UNH.NEWHAVEN.EDU

The University of New Haven’s Women’s Basketball team advances to the Elite Eight after clinching the East Regional Championship with a win over the Stonehill Skyhawks on Mar. 16.

The next opponent for the Chargers is the Lancers of California Baptist University. The quarter final matchup is scheduled for 7 p.m. eastern standard time on Tuesday, Mar. 24, and is to be played in the Sanford Pentagon.

In order to show the support for the Women’s Basketball team, UNH will host a viewing party in Bartels Dining Hall. Students are encouraged to attend and cheer on their fellow classmates and friends as they compete to advance to the Final Four.

Whether or not the Chargers come out on top in Tuesday night’s contest, they deserve to be recognized for their achievements this season. The large amount of success that the team achieved can be attributed to the collective efforts of the entire team; however, the five seniors are especially noteworthy.

These five players, Liz Cruso, Aquillin Hayes, Ashley Le Blanc, Bria Moore and Rykema Stone, have helped transform the women’s basketball program since the beginning of their careers as freshmen.

This team is responsible for gaining recognition for the program from not only the NE-10 Conference, but, as of recently, the entire Division II community.

Aside from the success the team reached as a whole, the individual contributions of senior Aquillin Hayes should not be overlooked. She has received several honors this year, including, but not limited to, Daktronics/Division II Conference Commissioners Association All-America Second Team, Daktronics East Region Player of the Year, and is one of four finalists for the 2015 Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) NCAA Division II Player of the Year award.

Congratulations are in order for Hayes, as well as the rest of the members of the 2015 East Regional Championship team.

It is also important to mention the addition of Head Coach Ty Grace to the women’s basketball staff. This is Grace’s second season with the Chargers. An alum herself, Grace played on New Haven’s Women’s Basketball team, and was a decorated student athlete. During her career she recorded 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds, making her one of two Chargers to ever do so. Grace was inducted into the New Haven Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010. She has served as a beacon of hope for her players, as well as the New Haven Athletic community.

 

Sodexo satisfied with free to-go containers thus far

by Leah Myers | April 1, 2015

The Undergraduate Student Government Association and Sodexo have recently made a deal to distribute to-go containers free-of-charge during breakfast and dinner at the Marketplace.

Students can now take their food to go, free of charge, with  containers provided by Sodexo  (Photo by Elissa Sanci/Charger Bulletin Photo)

Students can now take their food to go, free of charge, with
containers provided by Sodexo
(Photo by Elissa Sanci/Charger Bulletin Photo)

The trial period is currently underway, running from March 23 to April 4.

Instead of charging for your food a-la Carte, the cashiers will retain your receipt and count it as a swipe. The to-go concept is intended for students with difficult schedules during meal hours.

Richard Rotella, senior and president of the Undergraduate Student Government Association and Dawn Noble, manager of the Marketplace, have met up and have emailed back and forth since the middle of the fall semester discussing ideas.

A student first brought up the idea of free to-go containers to Rotella, and after he proposed this at a USGA meeting, the students felt passionate about the concept.

Sodexo was open to the proposal, except for the concern of students possibly attempting to commit food theft in order to feed those without a meal plan or have already eaten. A trial run for two weeks was the best route to observe whether this service will be successful.

So far, there have been no major issues. More students have taken the initiative since the beginning of the trial to utilize the container. Generally, dinner is the most busy and most likely for students to use the to-go containers.

“Sometimes the students don’t have a lot of time on their hands; they need to eat,” Noble said.

Since more containers are being distributed, it would initially cost more to keep stocking them. A case of 200 containers comes to 60 dollars, with each container 0.30 cents apiece.
In both the past and the present, Sodexo and USGA work very well together and both welcome feedback from the students.

Overall, Rotella said, “I am really happy that we got to make the student experience better for the time being.”

No future plans with Sodexo and USGA are in the works, but both are eager to hear feedback from the students about the current and upcoming eating options on campus.

Noble and Rotella plan to meet after Easter weekend to discuss how the trial weeks have gone and whether to continue the new policy.

Business forecast

by Ben Atwater | April 1, 2015

The first Delphi Panel at the University of New Haven was held last Thurs, March 26. Hosted by the Economics Department, the panel was comprised of five business leaders from the Southern Connecticut area.

The Delphi panel was hosted by the economics department, where decision making is stressed as part of their core curriculum (Photo by Nick McDermott/Charger Bulletin Photo)

The Delphi panel was hosted by the economics department, where decision making is stressed as part of their core curriculum (Photo by Nick McDermott/Charger Bulletin Photo)

A Delphi Panel is a method of forecasting used in business. The Delphi method stresses collective decision making, going with the notion that a group’s decision is more accurate than the individuals.

The panel on Thursday was comprised of John Rosen, Marcelo Nacht, Murat Akgun, Carolyne Cebrian and David Sacco. All five have been involved with various corporations that deal with finance and marketing, including Mattel Toys, MCA Works and the local consultant firm New Tech Haven.

The idea for bringing a Delphi Panel to UNH was conceived by Doctor Armando Rodriguez, chair of the Economics Department.

“In the economics department, we stress decision making as part of our core curriculum,” said Rodriguez. “The economics department has taken huge leaps in the past few years, with the formation of our online collective where students and faculty post content pertaining to everything economics. This panel will serve as valuable data for future students to use in their senior theses.”
Rodriguez was very thrilled with the full house. The panel was moderated by marketing major Benjamin Atwater, who is currently taking Rodriguez’s Microeconomics class, and senior Ashley LeBlanc helped out with polling the crowd and keeping track of panelist’s answers to questions.

“I just got back from NCAA finals in South Dakota, so couldn’t help out as much as I wanted to. Luckily Ben stepped in as moderator and did a great job,” LeBlanc said, who is set to graduate in May with an Economics degree.

“I loved the panel. It was very interesting and fun to be a part of it. I really wanted to contribute after all Professor Rodriguez has helped me with along the years.”

The panel was given five questions:

1. What will be the end result of net neutrality following Tom Wheeler’s comments?
2. How will the Supreme Court rule in King v. Burwell?
3. Will Greece secede from the EU by 2025?
4. Who will be the Republican candidate for President?
5. Who will win the NCAA tournament for both men and women?

Before each panelist gave their opinion, one panelist would explain the issue for the audience, using their business expertise and worldly knowledge.

After that, each panelist was given two minutes to give their answer to the question and their reasoning as to why. After each panelist gave their answer, the crowd was polled.

Then, panelists would be given an additional minute each to challenge their colleagues or change the answer based off what other panelists said. At the end of round two, the majority answer was recorded as the group’s decision. The method allowed for a richer decision made up of multiple viewpoints. The decisions are listed below.

1. Prices will rise for the consumer of internet services.
2. Burwell will win, ensuring the continuation of Obamacare.
3. Greece will no longer be in the European Union, though they will be booted out, not secede by choice.
4. Jedd Bush will be the Republican candidate.
5. Kentucky will take the men’s trophy, while UConn will take the women’s.

Typically, the crowd agreed with the panelists. There were disagreements between panelists, though the disagreements led to insightful discussions between panelists. Occasionally, audience members started to chime in, in which case the moderator was responsible for redirecting focus to the panelists. The session ran for about an hour and fifteen minutes.

Afterwards, a reception sponsored by the Economics department allowed students to meet panel members while they enjoyed cookies, coffee, and fruit.
Rosen, who has been associated with UNH for years as a past professor, had a great time on the panel.

“In my field, I am always analyzing Delphi Panel results. It was great to be on the other side of one finally,” Rosen said. “We really came for Armando. What he has done for the students here in creating an experiential experience has created the type of students we look for going into the professional business world.”

Rosen founded New Tech Haven, partnering with many of the other panelists.

Cebrian also had a wonderful time. “A teacher myself, I love supporting student learning,” she said. Cebrian is the chair of the business department at Lincoln College.

“The panel went spectacularly. Ben did a great job moderating this, and the panelists brought everything I thought they would to the dynamic,” said Rodriguez.

According to him, this event was a great success and further cements the Economics department as a prominent part of this University.

A new future for West Haven

by Ben Atwater | April 1, 2015

Following in the ever progressing trend of the University of New Haven, a new commission of students has been formed to further the relationship between West Haven and UNH.

From left to right: John Lewis (Assistant to Mayor), Sam Nicosia, Navjot Singh, Mayor Edward O’Brian, Benjamin Atwater, Sabrina Schell, Dan Delgado-taken by Chris Haynes in West Haven city council hall (Photo provided by Ben Atwater)

From left to right: John Lewis (Assistant to Mayor), Sam Nicosia, Navjot Singh, Mayor Edward O’Brian, Benjamin Atwater, Sabrina Schell, Dan Delgado-taken by Chris Haynes in West Haven city council hall (Photo provided by Ben Atwater)

Titled the “Advisory Commission on the Future of UNH & West Haven,” the mission statement of the commission is “to better university relations and involvement with the West Haven community, and to catalyze the evolution towards a more vibrant, community-centric West Haven.”

This commission is attempting to make the UNH community more present in the West Haven community and vice versa.

Headed by political science professor Chris Haynes, this commission is made up of a handful of selected students spanning all different majors and interests.

“The idea came to me during my Ideas of Law class last semester,” said Haynes in an interview. “We had to gather data from the mayor’s office, and noticed a lack of social connectedness between West Haven and UNH. The West Haven community was very different from what we thought it was.”

Haynes handpicked the commission to get the best possible dynamic of students working towards a common goal. “I was looking for students with drive, ambition, and a willingness to make a difference.”

Serving on the Advisory Commission are Legal Studies major Sabrina Schell, Engineering major Dan Delgado, Criminal Justice major John Houllahan and Marketing majors Ben Atwater and Navjot Singh.

Chairing the commission is junior Sam Nicosia, Political Science major. “After working with the mayor’s office in my Ideas of Law class last semester, I saw a huge opportunity to get more involved with West Haven” said Nicosia. “I love my fellow commission members. Everyone’s really dedicated to getting things done.”

Nicosia has led the group by keeping the commission on track with its mission statement. Schell is very excited to serve on the commission as well.

“I had a class with Chris last semester, so was more than happy to work under him again,” said Schell. “I think the commission has good ideas. I really like the people on it, and I can tell that all of our talents will really pay off.”

The commission has already kicked off a meeting with Mayor Edward O’Brien on March 9 in West Haven City Hall. Also present was John Lewis, Executive Assistant to the mayor. At the meeting, the commission pitched a five-pronged strategic plan to build a strong relationship between the town and the school.

The commission aims to statistical feedback of students’ perception of West Haven to the mayor’s stressing. This means polling students as to how they feel about West Haven, whether it be safety related or shopping preferences. By providing data to the mayor’s office, public administration can take steps to change student perceptions, whether it be installing more lighting or attracting new businesses to the town.

The second point of the plan is to build awareness of West Haven events and businesses among the UNH student body. Inviting businesses to campus, or posting advertisements through campus media channels like The Charger Bulletin or fliers around campus can help build awareness. This also means attracting student friendly businesses to West Haven.

Most of the businesses in West Haven were here before the school moved from New Haven in 1960. There are not many local businesses that cater to the college niche market like the shops in Princeton. By gathering the aforementioned statistics, West Haven’s offices will be able to send these statistics to corporations to urge the development of student friendly franchises to open up locations in West Haven.

Furthermore, the commission aims to further develop communication between town government offices and UNH offices. Both Mayor O’Brien and Lewis were very impressed and excited to work toward this goal for a brighter future for West Haven. While the Advisory Commission has just been born, it is clear that it will grow to accomplish great things to further enhance UNH and West Haven.

Open Mic Night

by Francesca Fontanez | April 1, 2015

The W.R.I.T.E. Poetry Club hosted an open mic night on March 25 in Maxcy Hall, which was well attended by both members and non-members.

Although poets hosted the club, all who attended the event experienced a night of various styles of entertainment. Performers were encouraged to express themselves in any way they felt comfortable, through a variety of forums. There were performances from poets, rappers, singers and more.

Adding a true change of pace, Chazz Mair, a freshman at UNH, took the stage to jolt the audience with his racy stand-up comedy.

The W.R.I.T.E. Poetry Club welcomed any and all performers, and the diverse audience performers complied.

Zach Fontanez, a sophomore who performed at the event, commented on the quality of the club’s atmosphere. “There’s always such a great aura at the W.R.I.T.E. events. It’s so refreshing to see artists supporting other artists, and just getting together to indulge in what we love; art,” he said.

Fontanez claims to be “not much of a poet,” although he did enjoyed singing and playing his guitar at the event. “Song lyrics are basically poetry,” Fontanez said.

The W.R.I.T.E. Poetry Club’s purpose, as listed on the University of New Haven’s website, is “to engage students in their writing skills that will help them with their social skills when speaking in front of an audience.” The club is to serve as an outlet for student’s emotions, thought, and ideas, and to inspire them to express themselves in a safe, welcoming environment.

The W.R.I.T.E. Poetry Club holds their meetings every Wednesday in Maxcy room 124 and welcomes new members.

 

Treasurer’s Tip

by John Foti | April 1, 2015

Managing Miscellaneous

John Foti, USGA Treasurer (Chariot Yearbook photo)

John Foti, USGA Treasurer (Chariot Yearbook photo)

RSOs, as you know, the miscellaneous account is starting to run low and I just wanted to remind you about policies regarding the miscellaneous account. The funding that is within the USGA Miscellaneous account is available for all RSOs to have the opportunity to request from for any event or function on or off campus. The money that is awarded for miscellaneous can only be used for that specific function or expense that it is allocated for.

I just wanted to remind you all of this as any remaining funds that was awarded from miscellaneous is to be returned to the miscellaneous account following your event or function. The USGA Assistant Treasurer has reached out to all RSOs who have received miscellaneous funding to ensure that all unspent money is returned to USGA so that other organizations have the same opportunity to receive funding from miscellaneous as you did. If you have any questions, as always, you can come see me during office hours or shoot me an email!

Sincerely,
John Foti
USGA Treasure

President’s Corner

by Richard Rotella | April 1, 2015

Chargers,

Richard Rotella, USGA President (Chariot Yearbook photo)

Richard Rotella, USGA President (Chariot Yearbook photo)12

I hope your week is going well, and hopefully the snow is over. There will be no USGA this week as University offices are closed on Friday. For those of you traveling home for the Easter Holiday, I wish you safe travels. I am glad to report that the to-go container trial is going well and we will have a further update to you in the coming weeks.

This past Sunday, the USGA had its first ever Dodgeball Tournament. I would like to thank everyone that attended. It was a lot of fun and a good way to relieve stress.

Voting ends on Wednesday and I want to wish all the candidates luck, and look forward to see who will win.

If you have any questions or issues do not hesitate to contact me, and my door is always open to you.

Best regards,
Richard Rotella
USGA President
Putting you in USGA!

The Final Debate

by Miriam Correia | March 30, 2015

The last debate of the USGA Elections was Tuesday, March 24 in the Bartels Programming Space.  USGA Presidential Candidates Kayla Wallace, Colin Weber and James Kielar were all present and Treasurer Candidate, Annalisa Berardinelli was out of town, so she was video-conferenced in.  Current USGA President Richard Rotella hosted the debate.  There was ice cream for the attendees and the friendliness between the candidates gave the event a very fun, low-key vibe.

It was a friendly debate; all of the candidates gave each other time to talk and there were no rebuttals.  It was more of a “get to know the candidates,” event than a debate.  President Rotella started the event by taking questions for the audience.

Some of the questions asked included: Given all campus involvement, where would the USGA Position fall on list of priorities? What do you think is the best part of UNH? The worst? What will you look for in other E-Board members to make a good team?  What do you believe are the best qualities in a leader? The worst? And what is one thing you would improve about UNH?

When asked about qualities in E-Board members, Kielar said he is looking for the ability to work well with others, passionate about UNH and USGA and good reputations, clarifying that it is not a popularity contest but he doesn’t want someone who has burnt bridges along their way at UNH.

Wallace was asked about having non-Greek life students on USGA and she is very open to it.  In fact, she looks forward to reaching out to non-Greek life students if she does win.  She wants USGA to be as diverse and well-rounded as the UNH population is.

All of the candidates gave very thoughtful answers; they all have a lot of pride in UNH and see potential where it seems to be lacking.  Big themes for the night were reaching out to veterans for more involvement and representation, having more non-Greek life students on USGA, finding out why people are transferring and doing something to change it and making sure students know what to do to channel their complaints and make sure they are heard.

When asked where USGA position would fall on list of involvement, Berardinelli said that it would take the top spot.  She stated that she would be willing to lessen involvement in other areas if need be to make sure she is doing a good job as USGA Treasurer.

After the audience asked questions, President Rotella asked a few of his own.  He asked questions along the lines of what direction the candidates would like to see USGA go in next year, how the presidential candidates would go about unifying the student body and USGA, and what the candidates’ favorite tradition is on campus and how they would go about creating new ones.  The candidates continued to give earnest, passionate answers to each question.

“To bring a more open environment for the students coming next year,” Weber said when asked about the direction of USGA if he is elected President.

Some of the responses for the best parts of UNH were the opportunities for experiential education, the professors, the diversity and the unique experiences that this campus has to offer.

It’s evident that all of the candidates are proud to be UNH students.  Although their answers were not exactly the same for every question, they are all passionate about what UNH has to offer and want to make sure every other student here knows about all the good things on campus.

The Spring 2015 USGA Candidates

by The Charger Bulletin | March 25, 2015
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