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UNH remembers 13 years

by The Charger Bulletin | September 17, 2014

Students gathered together in the Maxcy Quad at the University of New Haven on Sept 11 to commemorate the thirteenth anniversary of one of America’s most tragic days.

Students honor those who were affected 13 years ago in the 9/11 attacks (Photo by Erica Naugle/Charger Bulletin)

Students honor those who were affected 13 years ago in the 9/11 attacks (Photo by Erica Naugle/Charger Bulletin)

Guests bowed their heads in remembrance even prior to the start of the ceremony, reflecting on the memories that this day holds.

The cereomny was presented by UNH’s Undergraduate Student Government Association and Richard Rotella, USGA president, led the event.

Students and faculty had much to say about why this event is important, and why we must never forget the events of that day and the great sacrifices of our service personnel.

Justin Farrar, president of the Military Veterans of UNH club, began the speeches, saying that students, as the builders of tomorrow, must overcome the complexities of fear in the midst of danger to honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrafice.

“After the attach on Sept 11, 2001 these terrorist were likely to have claimed victory for their actions and purpose to insight fear into our hearts. On that day stood men and women (who) by their courageous acts are remembered. They were able to surpass the emotional complexities of fear to serve those who could not help themselves,” said Farrar. “Our men and women in uniform are heroes. They stand erect seeded in courage, burn with passion and light the fires of hope to all.”

Jenna Henning, president of the American Criminal Justice Association club on campus, followed with, “We honor those that have passed away and those that continue to protect us today.”
13 years ago terrorists tried to strip the nation of its pride, hope and peace and instill fear, “but these people failed in doing so,” said Henning. “Immediately after the attacks, our country responded strong. Our citizens helped each other in the best way that they knew how, with pride, hope and peace.”

Brad Miller, EMS club president, spoke specifically about the men and women in the Fire and EMS services and their rescue efforts during and after the attacks.

“The primary EMS provider for NYC is the FDNY Emergency Medical Services Division, along more than 30 hospital systems providing care to residents. On 9/11, 24 EMS supervisors, 29 advanced life support and 58 basic life support crews, totaling roughly 200 EMT’s and paramedics, were involced with the initial EMS resue efforts, followed by nearly 400 more by the days end,” said Miller.

“Two FDNY paramedics and eight emergency medical technicians gave their lives to save those in trouble, along with 343 FDNY firefighters and 63 police officers.”

Matthew Carroll, president of the Fire Science Club, in his speech recognized the 343 firefighters lost as brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, daughters, sons, neighbors.

Student Eliane Neilson said that Sept 11 “deeply impacted us as individuals and as a society; we want to give respect to those that gave their lives for strangers.”

Students stood silently observing the officers who had gathered to honor their fallen brothers and sisters.

“I am a volunteer firefighter and this is something that hits home for us,” said Jake Bakara, a brother of Sigma Chi Fraternity. “My favorite part is the laying of the flags at the memorial site.”

Former FBI agent Professor Mike Clark said that, “it is important [to remember] because this was the darkest day for the FBI and this country. Thirteen years later we must make sure we continue to protect our citizens from terrorism. So many responders lost their lives but we must always remember that they were the ones walking up the stairs when everyone else was going down, that shows how heroic those men and women are.”

UNH will never forget those who have sacrificed and continue to sacrifice on our behalf and a sincere thank you to all members of the student body who volunteer or work to protect the citizens of this country.

“I was honored to have the privilege to speak and plan this event in memorial for all those that were affected by this tragic day thirteen years ago,” said Rotella.

In his speech, Rotella reminisced on being so young and not fully understanding what everything meant. “All of us can remember that day like it was yesterday. I was in the third grade and it was a normal day at school, and then more and more of my friends started leaving. I was picked up by my father who told me my uncle, aunt, and several other relatives and friends were missing. As a child I didn’t know what he meant by that or even what to do. I was scared, I was baffled,” Rotella expressed to the campus community in attendance. “Everything seemed to come to a standstill. Tragedy entered our lives, one of the darkest hours in American history unfolded. The U.S. was under attack, once a truly unimaginable thing had now become reality. The most powerful country crippled in one fowl swoop, once two towers that shaped the New York skyline for almost 30 years crumbled in an instant, the Pentagon was under attack, and airplane wreckage was scattered over a Pennsylvanian field.”

At the ceremony there was a large turnout from the upper leadership of the West Haven and other local fire departments.

Martin O’Connor, associate professor at UNH and former Chief of the New Haven Fire Department, along with Wanye Sandford, former Deputy Commissioner of Emergency Management and Homeland Security for the State of Connecticut and a former Fire Chief for the East Haven Fire Department, also spoke at the ceremony. Sandford’s speech brought tears to the audience.

“Seeing the amount of people that were in attendance, truly showed how united we are as a campus and how we will never forget the events of 9/11,” said Rotella.


Charging Forward

by Elissa Sanci | September 17, 2014

Charging Forward is the University of New Haven’s new initiative meant to prioritize academic and administrative programs and reallocate resources to better the campus community.

charging forward

“Charging Forward is not a cost-cutting effort; it is strategic resource allocation,” said University President Steven H. Kaplan, who revealed the task force recommendations to staff and faculty during campus-wide meetings on Sept 10.

“This important initiative will allow us to reinvest and support those programs that further our vision and reputation, and help us take advantage of opportunities, and manage future challenges without increasing the overall budget,” reads the description on UNH’s website.

“We’re not announcing any immediate layoffs. We’re not proposing any radical changes, because they are not needed,” Kaplan added. “In fact, our financial health has never been stronger, and we are poised to achieve many great things. But we know that we cannot continue to count on increased revenues going forward. Thus, to strengthen our core academic programs, to invest in additional faculty and staff, to improve our facilities, and to remain competitive and secure a bright future, we must be strategic, meaning we must prioritize our programs and wisely use our resources.”

This initiative, which is still in draft form, was launched in 2012 with a goal to reallocate support and resources to the university’s highest priorities while simultaneously reducing and eliminating funding for programs and departments that no longer meet the university’s goals.

Charging Forward will change up to 80 percent of things on campus over the next three to four years, according to Provost Daniel J. May. Although some of the larger changes will take years to implement, Kaplan explained that there are many changes that can and will be made during the current academic year, such as phasing out some academic programs that have not been active for years, and have no faculty or students.

“Charging Forward is not a budget cutting exercise,” said Chief Financial Officer George Synodi. It’s not about saving money, but making the university a more efficient establishment, he expressed during a question and answer session on Mon Sept 15.

“These recommendations are a starting point,” Kaplan said. “Now, we will collect feedback from faculty, staff and students before finalizing the plan and implementing the recommendations.”
Students, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to voice their opinions and concerns with the initiative through Oct 7 by sending an email to More information concerning the initiative can be found at

“We want to establish a culture of continuous improvement, and so I don’t see us declaring victory in a year or two and forgetting about it. We will remain focused on using our resources strategically in the future,” Kaplan said. “Our ultimate goal is to provide our students with the very best educational experience and to be recognized nationally as one of the top comprehensive universities in the Northeast. Only through prioritization can we achieve this goal and fulfill our mission – now and in the future.”

Service animals allowed at UNH

by Courtney Brooks | September 17, 2014

The University of New Haven welcomes canine friends in their community to accompany those with disabilities.

Service dog (AP Photo)

Service dog (AP Photo)

An email was sent out by Linda Copeny-Okeke, director of Campus Access Services, last week to members of the University of New Haven’s campus community reminding everyone that UNH is covered under Title III of the American Rehabilitation Act as a place of public accommodation. This means that service animals are permitted to go anywhere that the public is permitted to go.

“We also strive to be inclusive of all members of the community,” said Copeny-Okeke in her email.

The U.S. Department of Justice’s American Disabilities Act states that a service animal is “a dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities.”

The email also stated new regulations to follow, should a member of this community encounter a service animal.

First, only two questions may be asked of someone who is using a service animal—is the dog a service animal required because of a disability, and what work or task has the dog been trained to perform?

Students, faculty, or staff members can not ask any other questions regarding the service animal, including questions about the person’s disability, medical documentation, special identification, or have the dog demonstrate it’s work.

Second, the dog must be harnessed, leashed, or tethered and may only be asked to leave if it is out of control or not house broken.

Third, allergies or fear of dogs are not excuses for asking a dog to leave.

Professor Jenny Lazar of UNH’s Department of Communications, Film, and Media Studies said that although she hasn’t had a service animal in class, she supports the use of them.

“There is evidence that animals promote and enhance learning and have a calming effect on most people,” Lazar said.

Likewise, the majority of the members of the UNH community are also in support of having service animals on campus.

Graduate student Lauren Kocivar said that “Service Animals are welcome at UNH because they give people with disabilities an equal opportunity to learn and take advantage of all the great things here.”

Although most people have not encountered one, the general opinion is that if they are making life easier for someone with a disability, then service animals are a positive asset to this campus.

It’s game time everyday

by Samantha Mathewson | September 17, 2014

Undergraduate Student Government Association representatives and students of the campus community participated in the New Horizons Summit Sept. 13.

USGA and UNH students with guest speaker Robert Felder at New Horizons Summit (Photo by Annalisa Berardinelli /) Charger Bulletin Photo)

USGA and UNH students with guest speaker Robert Felder at New Horizons Summit (Photo by Annalisa Berardinelli /) Charger Bulletin Photo)

The Summit was sponsored by USGA, providing an opportunity for students to voice their opinions and ideas for creating a more cohesive campus community.

USGA’s motto this year is “Putting you in USGA,” so there were round table open discussion, where students were prompted with questions on how they thought USGA could better serve the campus, its students and “link the legislation.”

The Summit began in Ghering Hall with Richard Rotella, president of USGA, asking the audience what USGA ment to them.

When describing USGA in in one word, one student used the word, “network.” Other students voiced that USGA is the forum that connects students to the university.

“(We want to) bridge the gap between the senate and the house because together you are a powerful legislature,” said Rotella.

Colby Thammavongsa, vice president of operations, followed with saying in terms of moving forward, “a large part of today will be going on after,” meaning the concerns voiced must be put into action.

Next guest speaker, Robert Felder, had the sleepy audience up on their feet jumping in the air, “reaching the goals of USGA.”

“Life will continue to punch you until you punch back,” said Felder, who had the audience discuss possible factors that could hold USGA back from accomplishing thier goals.

Lack of membership interest, complacency, budgeting, and disagreements were a few of the barriers students mentioned, but Felder ensured that none of those factors meant we would be stopped from accomplishing our goals.

“You’re focusing on the problem instead of the goal,” said Felder. “For the things you have no control over, be like water: whatever it can’t go through, it goes around.”

In regards towards working together, he asked the audience how many thought they could solve problems on their own, and no hands were raised.

Felder painted a picture for the audience by saying “everyone wants to ride the sled down the hill, but no one wants to pull it back up; aka do the work.”

He further explained members of organizations have to find the reasons that make the organization leaders stay up all night and go to all the meetings, because that is who has found that “something,” and not even everyone who has come to the first, second, or even third meeting has found that yet.

Felder gave the audience two tips: common sense is only common sense when you have something in common and assume everyone you talk to is stupid.

Throughout his speach he used four rubber footballs to illustrate his point of working together. He had students throwing the ball back and forth, and when it dropped to the ground, he asked students what their first thought was and responses included “Way to go,” and “Who’s fault was it?”

This exercise was to get the audience to focus on goals instead of blame because “if you’re not on the team, you’re against the team,” said Felder.

Next, the audience broke up into eight groups to draw figures and place things that would help them inside the figure, and things that would hold them back on the outside.

Felder ended his motivational presentation, by asking the audience, “WHAT TIME IS IT?!” In which everyone responded, “GAME TIME!”

The Summit continued throughout the day at UNH’s Orange campus, where USGA met with the Graduate Student Council to brainstorm on unifying the two populations.

USGA representatives also held icebreakers and roundtable discussions to discuss committees, the legislature and innovative ways to become a better USGA.

Warzone of Water Balloons

by The Charger Bulletin | September 17, 2014

By Leah Myers

The Kappa chapter of Lambda Alpha Upsilon Fraternity Inc. at the University of New Haven hosted several games of capture the flag with a twist: the risk of getting walloped with a water balloon.

Competitors in the Lambda Wetdown (photo by Leah Myers / Charger Bulletin Photo)

Competitors in the Lambda Wetdown (photo by Leah Myers / Charger Bulletin Photo)

The Lambda Wetdown, which was held in the Residential Quad on Saturday, Sept. 13 from noon to 4 p.m., was a way for the brothers to interact with campus and have fun.

The Lambda Wetdown is a LAU tradition that started in 2001. “It originated in our Beta chapter, which is in Rochester, NY,” said Christian Tabares, the treasurer of LAU. “Basically every other undergrad chapter has taken this event and incorporated it on their campus.”

The event is a “capture the flag” style game. Flags are put on each side of the quad, and the objective is to run to the opposite side and retrieve the flag without getting hit by water balloons. In between games, the dunk tank presented a challenge to plunge an LAU brother.

Senior Jordan Harris, a brother of the fraternity, helped run the Lambda Wetdown. Harris chose to join LAU because their values make him feel at home.

Usually the Lambda Wetdown is held in the spring semester, but the brothers decided to host it in the fall this year, to “switch things up,” said Tabares.

This year, six teams played. The different teams, made up of five to six people, included LAU brothers, Delta Phi Epsilon sisters, members of the Black Student Union, members of the Caribbean Student Association and two other teams called “No Flex Zone.”

Anyone on campus could make a team for the event. Students who didn’t have a team but wanted to participate could walk onto a team the day of the event.

“I had a lot of fun,” Adam Blacharski, team member of No Flex Zone, said. “The weather wasn’t that great, but the event was still was.”

The brothers kept track of the winners, but the event was less of a competition, and more of a way for UNH students to get involved and have fun, Tabares said.
“Next year, we might actually have prizes for the winning team,” he added.

Even LAU alumni were in attendance to support their brothers. Marcelino Class, a UNH graduate, said that when he was student, his favorite LAU memory was “the process of becoming a brother.”
Kristen McMullen, a sister of Phi Sigma Sigma, attended the event this year, and called it a complete success. “The brothers of Lambda Alpha Upsilon Fraternity Inc. have a creative mindset when it comes to getting involved with the students on campus,” she said. “They are very interactive with planning and participating in the event.”

McMullen added that you could see the excitement of both the students playing and the spectators as the event progressed. “It was a warzone of water balloons,” she said.

“Our turn out compared to the two years I have been involved has been the best one so far,” Tabares said. “Everyone who came to support actually participated and enjoyed themselves, which was the important thing.”

Other than the Wetdown, LAU hosts Deal or No Deal and Condor Carnival. LAU also collaborates with other Greek groups at Greek Explosion. On Sept. 18, they will host Copacabana: Bachata Night starting at 5 p.m. at the German Club.

Perfect For Studying

by The Charger Bulletin | September 17, 2014

By Francesca Fontanez

This past summer, the University of New Haven’s Peterson Library underwent some much needed renovations.

Before library renovations  (Photos by Dean Bergstrom)

Before library renovations
(Photos by Dean Bergstrom)

Once viewed as “outdated” and “drab,” the library is now a modern, extremely accommodating location.

“Students that came back from last year were amazed at how different it looks!” said Dean Bergstrom, the university’s Access Services Supervisor, in regards to the renovations.

The library’s makeover included freshly painted walls, a clean, carpeted floor and a shiny new University of New Haven seal. Not only does the library have an updated look, but also updated technology.

The lower level is specifically designed to accommodate all media with new, longer tables with electrics outlets, making modern group study easy.

“I’ve only started working here this summer, but from what I’ve heard, these renovations have been a great improvement!” said Bergstrom. “The new layout is more conducive to successful studying.”

After of library renovations  (Photos by Dean Bergstrom)

After of library renovations
(Photos by Dean Bergstrom)

If all of the above mentioned is not enough to entice one to explore the newly renovated Peterson Library, then perhaps noting this rumor about campus will do it for you; the new chairs are “super comfy.”

President’s Corner

by Richard Rotella | September 17, 2014

My fellow Chargers,

Chariot Yearbook Photo

Chariot Yearbook Photo

With the thirteenth anniversary of Sept 11 attacks just the other day, take this time to remember all the things you cherish and hold dear. Think about the dreams you have and goals you wish to achieve and make them happen, not only for yourself but for those who did not have the opportunity to because of the events of Sept 11, 2001.

Thank you for attending the Remembrance Ceremony. It showed that we are a formidable force that no one can stop. If we are knocked down, we will always rebound and come back much harder.

The USGA had our first New Horizons Summit at the Orange Campus; for those of you that attended, thank you! We look forward to taking your feedback and making sure we address your concerns and make the necessary changes.

If you could not attend Monday’s Charging Forward Information Session, please visit for more information and check out the article on the front page.

Family Day is on Saturday, and I hope you all have a lot of fun and spend some quality time with your families. Please join me in cheering on the Charger Football team to victory against Assumption at Della Camera Stadium at 1 p.m. this Saturday.
I wish you the best of luck in your endeavors this week.
Warmest regards,
Richard J. Rotella
USGA President
Putting you in USGA!

Treasurer’s Tip of the Week

by John Foti | September 17, 2014

Purchase order?!

Chariot Yearbook photo

Chariot Yearbook photo

The university is currently pushing to utilize purchase orders and requisitions more and more for all types of goods and services but don’t worry; purchase orders are simple and they actually help keep track of orders and purchases more so than a simple check request!

There is a step by step guide on InsideUNH on how to go through the requisition process. It not only outlines how to create a requisition but can also provide insight on how to look up vendor ID numbers as well as account codes!
Also be sure that if you’re dealing with a new vendor that a W9 is sent to the business office so that a vendor ID number can be generated.

Don’t worry—it all can sound a bit intimidating, but requisitions are really easy and if you’re still stuck, feel free to ask me! Just also be sure that when dealing with requisitions and purchase orders an invoice (that you will receive from the vendor once the vendor receives the PO) is submitted back to me in order for the vendor to get paid! The vendor won’t get paid until I receive an invoice. Also make sure that you email me at informing me that a purchase requisition has been created and what expense line in your budget it’s coming out of.

Don’t be afraid of purchase orders; the more you do, the more confident you and your RSO will become in submitting them!

John Foti
USGA Treasurer

Scope It Out!

by The Charger Bulletin | September 17, 2014

Here are this week’s SCOPE events:

Friday, September 19:
-Neighbors showing in Gehring 301 at 8 p.m.
-Froyo and popcorn at the Friday Showing
-Make Your Own Sunglasses in the Bartel’s Programming Space 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Saturday September 20:
-Inflatable Fun Fest in the Residential Quad 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Monday, September 22:
-22 Jump Street showing in Gehring 301 at 8 p.m.

Women’s Rugby tackles their first game

by The Charger Bulletin | September 17, 2014

By Annalisa Berardinelli

The UNH Women’s Rugby Club is new to the University of New Haven. The growing team of 25 hit the ground running Sunday, Sept 14 in their first match against Southern Connecticut State University.
Though the team suffered a loss, each player played extremely well. During the first half, Cecelia Cacciatore, one of the two captains, ran the ball quickly up the field for multiple gains. Maria Albini, the other captain, used her prior knowledge of the game to lead the team and help everyone to get where they needed to be in order to succeed.

Photo of UNH Women's Rugby (Photo provided by Annalisa Berardinelli)

Photo of UNH Women’s Rugby (Photo provided by Annalisa Berardinelli)

On the defensive side, Stephanie Werner executed explosive tackles, shocking herself, the crowd and the other team.

The Southern team, a team also full of new players, scored three quick tries, breaking through the UNH defense. Quickly, UNH rebounded and filled in the gaps. Sarah Alley showed her true colors in the second half, tackling and fighting for the ball with every ounce of energy left in her body. Her aggression earned her the title Man of the Match.

The final score of the game was 33 Southern, UNH 0. The team hopes to learn more and improve as the season goes on.

The next match is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, Sept 21 at Connecticut College.

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