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ACJA returns home with 17 awards

by The Charger Bulletin | April 8, 2015

The Psi Omega chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association returned home with 17 awards from the 76th annual National Conference held in Nashville from March 21 through 28.

28 students traveled to the 76th annual National Conference held in Nashville March 21 - 28 (Photo provided by American Criminal Justice Association)

28 students traveled to the 76th annual National Conference held in Nashville March 21 – 28
(Photo provided by American Criminal Justice Association)

The trip was beyond a total success, the best performance this club has made in the eight years I’ve been lucky enough to have been their advisor. 28 students and one advisor (myself) took the 15 hour bus trip to Nashville for a full week of competition, programming, seeing old friends, making new ones and having some fun.

The guest speakers were Dr. Bill Bass III who is a forensic anthropologist known for his work on body decomposition and for helping create the “Body Farm” or “Deaths Acre” at the University of Tennessee; Prof David Pauly, retired Forensic Science Officer from the U.S. Army and trainer for Sirchie, who gave a presentation on crime scene photography; and Dr. Sarah Phillips, a biological anthropologist specializing in analysis of human skeletal remains and trauma who presented on blunt force trauma in ancient civilizations in Peru.

Please congratulate the entire club as well as those who made the trip:
Jenna Henning, Shannon Young, Ali Shapiro, Danielle Morgan, Annamaria Primiani, Annalisa Berardinelli, Caisey Calabro, Valeria Diaz, Katelyn Murray, Kelly Dowd, Rebecca Long, Ana Abraham, Jenna Racz, Amber Ferreria, Gabrielle Hartley, Matt Belletete, Tim Muyano, Dave Marucheau, Johnny Houllahan, Tyler Benson, Harrison Kaufman, Mohammad Ramadan, Paul Raffile, Matt Chrusz, Stefanie Perillo, Maegan Moran, Alyssa Turgeon, Jessica Higgins.

A total of 17 trophies came home with us including the coveted Spirit Award which goes to the chapter that best embodies, embraces and represents what ACJA is all about, we come home with trophy almost every year. The competition was serious with about 420 students from around the country competing.

The following is the list of our trophy winners:
1. Gabrielle Hartley (Milford, CT):
- Criminal Law- 3rd Place Lower
- Corrections – 2nd Place Lower
- Police Management – 1st Place Lower
2. Rebecca Long (Portland, Oregon):
- Corrections – 3rd Place Upper
- Juvenile Justice – 3rd Place Upper
3. Johnny Houllahan (Skowhegan, Maine):
- Criminal Law – First Place Lower
4. Alyssa Turgeon (Rochester, NH):
- Police Management – 1st Place Upper
5. Harrison Kaufman (Rockaway, NJ):
- Juvenile Justice – 1st Place Lower
6. Jenna Racz:
- LAE Knowledge – 3rd Place Lower
7. Stefanie Perillo (Bronx, NY):
- LAE Knowledge – 3rd Place Upper
8. Amber Ferreria (Trumbull, CT):
- Physical Agility – 2nd Place Female
9. Psi Omega:
- Spirit Award
10. Psi Omega:
- Talent Lip-Sync – 1st Place
11. Danny Maxwell and John Wilt:
- Talent Group – 1st Place
12. Danny Maxwell:
- Talent Individual – 1st Place
13. Gabrielle Hartley (Milford, CT):
- Scholarship – 2nd Place Lower

These students represented themselves, their chapter, ACJA, the HCLEE College and UNH in exemplary fashion, they continue and maintain the traditon of excellence that comes with that responsibility.

Interview with newly elected USGA President and Treasurer

by Elissa Sanci | April 8, 2015
Keilar and Berardinelli ready to take on USGA  (Photo provided by Keilar and Bernardinelli)

Kielar and Berardinelli ready to take on USGA
(Photo taken by Samantha Mathewson)

James Kielar

1. What made you want to run for USGA president?
I ran for USGA President because I feel I have a lot to offer both USGA and UNH. I wanted to get involved in all aspects of our school and the position of USGA President will allow me to work with many different student groups as well as administrative offices on our campus. The opportunity I was given this past year of being appointed USGA Sergeant at Arms allowed me to see USGA from a behind-the-scenes perspective and really learn that taking on the role of USGA President was the right next step. I want to help students and RSOs succeed in any way they can.

2. What is the main goal of your presidency?
If I were to choose one main goal of my presidency, it would be to make USGA and UNH more inclusive. There are many under-represented groups on our campus that I feel could be better represented. I feel there is an undeniable divide between domestic resident students and commuters, international students, veterans, and graduate students. We are all students at UNH and we are one family, but if we continue to strengthen the gap that exists, we are falling farther and farther away from one cohesive family. We all have something to offer one another, and we can all complement each other in different ways, we just need to find out what those ways are.

3. What do you think your hardest challenge to overcome as USGA President will be?
The hardest challenge to overcome as USGA President will be reaching out to students who normally do not participate in student activities. I think the best way to overcome this obstacle will be to engage students face-to-face and encourage them to get involved via word of mouth. You must show interest in others if you want them to be interested in you. If you show them you are passionate about something, they will want to get involved to match your level of enthusiasm.

4. What can you to do to better the student body?
I hold efficiency very close to my heart. I believe an efficient behind-the-scenes with paperwork and policies on the USGA side will work to make a successful highlight reel for the clubs and RSOs on campus. We as a university pride ourselves on our 150 clubs and orgs but I honestly believe they are only as strong as their governing body. I think that in every situation there is room for improvement, so if there is a better way of doing something, I think it should be explored; just because we are currently doing things one way, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best or most efficient way. I also believe all options should be explored before settling on a decision. I will work on improving the efficiency of procedures and policies to better the student body.

5. What do you think the most important issue to tackle will be?
I think the most important issue to tackle is improving the communication system at UNH, which in my opinion, is flawed. We receive an almost overwhelming amount of emails each day, which many people just delete; but it’s not their fault. If the email doesn’t necessarily pertain to you, it becomes very easy to just delete it. It almost seems that information doesn’t get across to the students simply based on the method of delivery. Also, I will work on getting more approved posting locations on campus. If you work to publicize events for your club, you’ll know there are only 12 approved posting locations on our campus. It becomes very difficult to spread the word about your event when there aren’t many areas to “legally” allow you to do so.

6. Are there any immediate changes you’d like to make as president?
The immediate changes will be improving USGA and USGA meetings to make it more approachable and more representative of the students. I remember my first USGA meeting and I’m sure everyone remembers theirs. It was probably daunting; it seems very formal, official, and almost overwhelming. If you weren’t involved with USGA the previous semester, you’ll probably feel lost. I will work to make the new USGA representatives better acquainted right off the bat at their first meeting. Even something as simple as index cards explaining the order of business or what a motion is can work wonders to build a feeling of understanding.

Anna Berardinelli

1. What made you want to run for USGA treasurer?
I wanted to run for USGA Treasurer because I thought it would be awesome to be even more involved in USGA. I also felt that my experience and previous involvement prepared me to take on such a role.

2. What is the main goal of your term as treasurer?
My main goal upon assuming the position is to make the treasurer role in each RSO more understandable and manageable. I want to figure out how to make the information that is already available more accessible to each RSO.

3. What do you think your hardest challenge to overcome as USGA Treasurer will be?
I expect the hardest challenge to overcome as USGA Treasurer will be maintaining organization and keeping up with each of the club’s requests, based on what I have observed the past few years.

4. What can you to do to better the student body?
To better the student body I can offer myself as a resource for anyone who may need it, with treasurer duties and any general questions or concerns as well.

5. What do you think the most important issue to tackle will be?
The most important issue I would like to tackle is financial accountability of all clubs. Many clubs put on a variety of events throughout the year; however, there can be leftover money in their accounts after the event has occurred. I think it should be up to those clubs to keep track of the amount they spend at each event. Our RSO’s are very good at not overspending, which is great, but I think more attention should be paid to underspending because those leftover funs can be read ministered and reutilized.

6. Are there any immediate changes you’d like to make as treasurer?
Any immediate changes I would make would revolve around making information more accessible to RSO’s, based on feedback of current or prior club members.


WNHU grand opening

by Katelyn Clark | April 8, 2015

On April 2, the University of New Haven’s radio station, WNHU 88.7 FM, held the grand opening of their new facility on 46 Ruden St.

President Kaplan spoke at WNHU’s grand opening April 2  (Photo by Katelyn Clark/Charger Bulletin photo)

President Kaplan spoke at WNHU’s grand opening April 2
(Photo by Katelyn Clark/Charger Bulletin photo)

The radio station relocated to Ruden St. in October 2014, after being located in the basement of Maxcy Hall since 1985. The studios were completely finished at the beginning of March.

The grand opening took place outside of the WNHU studios. Dignitaries who were in attendance included President Dr. Steven Kaplan; Dr. Lourdes Alvarez, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Dr. Steve Raucher, Communication, Film and Media Studies Department head; Bryan Lane, general manager of WNHU; and Freddie Coleman, host of ESPN’s The Freddie Coleman Show. Students, faculty, administration, community volunteers and alumni of WNHU were also in attendance to tour the new facility. Attendees enjoyed speeches given by the dignitaries about WNHU and what it means to our campus.

“It’s very special to us as a university because it embodies who we are and what we value,” President Kaplan said.

WNHU now has four brand new studios with state-of-the-art equipment for students, faculty and community volunteers to utilize and create quality programming for their listeners.

“We’re thrilled to be at a new location up here on the hill…it gives visibility,” President Kaplan expressed. “You’ve got your eyes on us, we’ve got our eyes on you. We know the whole community listens.”

Throughout the day, UNH’s Fire Science Club provided a barbeque lunch and student took over the WNHU and Charger Radio airwaves to showcase their talents and the variety of shows the radio station offers.
Cassie Washington, who works at WNHU as the web director, said she loved having people packing the studios throughout the day.

“They would come into the studio, check out my show and hang out. We had a great time,” Washington said.

Overall, WNHU’s grand opening showcased the very best of what the radio station has to offer and reminded the entire campus community that they are an important part of what UNH stands for.

“Not only is WNHU a vital part of this community, it is a valuable outlet for experiential learning rarely offered at other institutions of our size,” said Stephen Shepherd, promotions director at WNHU. “The speakers really hit some of the core aspects of WNHU and Charger Radio. I look forward to our bright future on and off campus.”

Next up, WNHU will host their “monumental” music and electronics on Saturday April 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the BSAC.

New Dean of the College of Business

by Ben Atwater | April 8, 2015

The College of Business made an advancement last week in announcing the new dean, Brian Kench.

college of business

Currently the chair of the economics department at the University of Tampa, Kench will start his term as dean of the College of Business June 1, 2015. Recruited by a headhunter, Kench is very excited to come to University of New Haven.

“I came up a few months ago to meet the faculty, and was stricken by the strong sense of community,” said Kench.

At Tampa, Kench grew the economics department from five to 14 fulltime professors. Kench has also headed a student based learning experience at UT, bringing students on trips to Washington DC to meet top tier economists.

“I stressed why I coined an ‘Adam Smith’ society. This concept involves a communal group where experiential education is highly valued,” he said.

“I really have pushed for a more student centered institution at the University of Tampa, and want to do the same at the University of New Haven,” Kench, who believes that all majors are equal and wants to develop each department equally, said.

Kench wants to build the Business school “one department at a time,” providing meaningful faculty-led experiences. “It is very important to equip students with the skills needed to succeed,” he said.

“I also want to grow the graduate program,” said Kench, who wants to grow the Executive MBA program. “I want to keep an open door policy, so that if any students or faculty have any questions, they can ask me.”

Kench is coming in at a time when the College of Business is near the end of the process of becoming accredited AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

“Becoming accredited would really put the College of Business on the map,” Kench said. “That’s why the coming two years will be a very important time to have a solid administration.”

Kench brings along with him Charles Skipton to fill the position of associate dean. Skipton is also a professor in the Economics department at the University of Tampa.

This will be Skipton’s first administrative position.

With the pending AACSB accreditation and a new dean, it is clear that the College of Business is due for a lot of change in the upcoming years.

Roast of Richard Rotella

by Ashley Winward | April 8, 2015

Right on the heels of Comedy Central’s Roast of Justin Bieber, the University of New Haven campus got the chance to roast their own “celebrity,” their very own USGA president Richard Rotella.

Members of various organizations Rotella has been involved in, such as Sigma Chi Fraternity, Scope and USGA, filled the room in hopes of getting a good jab in at Rotella, all while enjoying a delicious spread of fried foods provided by Sodexo.

The Roastmaster of the evening was future USGA president, James Kielar, who strolled in fashionably late to the podium. “We’ve gathered together today to honor our current president for the many wonderful things he’s done in the past year…unfortunately President Kaplan could not be here tonight, so we’ll settle for you, Rich,” Kielar began his opening monologue.

Kielar had the room cracking up throughout the night with quips and jokes, adding a bit of awkward silence in for good measure. In between roasters, he stayed in election mode, giving debate lines such as “Thank you, you’ve brought up some really good points” to each and every roaster. He also delivered a crowd pleasing joke that evening: “I want to take this opportunity to list a few things that are more popular than Rich: The new smoking policy, Sodexo, parking and the walk to Harugari.”

Dale Eriksen was first up for his chance at Rotella, and at first it seemed as if he was going to take it easy on his fellow brother of Sigma Chi. He first asked, “What can you say bad about him? He was really likable, admired, you really looked up to him….alright I’ll stop talking about Zani now.”

After making a few nods to previous presidents Zani Imetovski and Patrick Kelland, Eriksen continued through a slideshow of embarrassing photos of Rotella courtesy of Facebook, spanning from his youth to college. “Have you guys seen his pants? It’s like American Eagle meets Skittles,” he commented on Rotella’s current wardrobe much to the audience’s agreement.

He also touched upon the views of the public, noting, “There’s no middle ground with you; you either dislike him or you hate him.”

The next roaster up was Fire Science club president and Sigma Chi brother Matthew Carroll, who also presented with his own embarrassing visual aids (with the help of Dan Chudy). Although he claimed that he did not prepare as much as other roasters, the jokes he came stocked with packed quite the punch.

“I was in Soundview the other day and noticed that the weight limit was changed in the elevators; they now use USGA presidents as a unit of measurement. If you get on an elevator with Rich and Zani after a DPhiE formal, you’re going to get stuck,” Carroll got the crowd going.

There was plenty of audience participation from the various roasters, from knock-knock jokes to seeing a show of hands. Kelland, former USGA president, even brought prizes in the form of pillow cases with Rotella’s Tinder profile and a split shot of Rotella and Josh Peck, tossing them into the crowd. Former president Imetovski also sent a letter, as he could not make it due to work obligations. As with the roast custom of giving the roastee a gift at the end of the evening, Imetovski sent along Rotella a gym membership.

Rotella took the whole night in stride, barely roasting his friends who spent the night making fun of him. He almost took not roasting them as an insult, which was an interesting way to go.

In the end, there were just about as many good things said as bad, highlighting his friendship and leadership and Rotella was nothing but humble for the whole experience.

Phi Sig’s 4th annual XXXtravaganza

by Francesca Fontanez | April 8, 2015

Bingo, and sisters, and sex toys, oh my! On Tuesday, March 31, the sisters of Phi Sigma Sigma sorority hosted their 4th Annual XXXtravaganza.

Ashley Higgins, a sister of Phi Sig (left) and the event coordinator, Kaie McNamara (right) in front of the prize table (Photo by Francesca Fontanez)

Ashley Higgins, a sister of Phi Sig (left) and the event coordinator, Kaie McNamara (right)
in front of the prize table (Photo by Francesca Fontanez)

XXXtravaganza is definitely not your average bingo night. The lower level of Bartels was jam-packed with sexual education and fun! This 4th annual XXXtravaganza ran similarly to a typical bingo night with one significant exception. Between rounds, the sisters of Phi Sig shared facts about safe sex, allowing for an entertaining yet informative evening. There were 15 rounds of bingo, with steamy prizes.

Prizes for each round varied, but among some of those prizes were sex-themed, cleverly titled gift baskets. Among those themed baskets were “Fifty Shades of Grey,” “Guy’s Night In,” “The Morning After,” and more, each containing items coordinating with their title.

The annual XXXtravaganza was a crucial event in regards to fundraising. Kirsten Cunningham, a member of Phi Sig, said, “It’s the biggest event all year for raising money to go towards our philanthropy.”

All the proceeds raised at XXXtravaganza went to the Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation, which promotes school and college readiness for those who are less fortunate. The Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation offers scholarships, helps fund and create leadership opportunities, and promotes higher education and achievement in members and alumnae.

The amount raised has not yet been disclosed, however, Katie McNamara, the event coordinator, considered the event “very successful.” The entire floor space was full of students and supporters, all there for one good cause.

Disable the Label

by Samantha Higgins | April 8, 2015

Do you enjoy being a part of something bigger than yourself? Did you participate in Up Til Dawn or another major event geared towards raising awareness and spreading knowledge to an entire community through fun events and fundraising? Well, here’s your opportunity to get involved again!

April 14 will be the annual Disable the Label event at the University of New Haven. Sponsored by Campus Access Services and Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society, the day will consist of a variety of events to help raise awareness for disabilities. They kick off the day with a professional panel co-sponsored by the Office of Intercultural Relations, To Write Love on Her Arms and Psychology Club. A big draw for fun is the Adaptive Sports event, co-sponsored by the Athletics Department and Alpha Lambda Delta. Another experience available to the campus is the Animal Assisted Therapy Services that will be on campus for the afternoon, co-sponsored by the Community Psychology club and the International Student Association.

A great opportunity for students to get involved and learn more about disabilities and ask any questions they might have will be the Student panel. Co-sponsored by the Office of Intercultural Relations, To Write Love on Her Arms and Psychology Club, this event is usually a great hit with students who want to take advantage of the chance to educate themselves more on the topics discussed throughout the day or things they might not otherwise have an outlet or place to ask. DREAM helps organize an exciting and challenging game of Jeopardy to wrap up a fun and educational day.

Students can get involved now by liking Disable The Label UNH on Facebook, following @DisableTheLabelUNH on Instagram and DTLUNH on Snapchat for chances to win raffle tickets and find out what’s happening every step of the way before the events start!

Another way to get involved is to make a team and start fundraising for Puzzlethon. Puzzlethon will end the week of Disable the Label, on April 18, and will be composed of the participants raising money doing an assortment of puzzles- jigsaw puzzles, crosswords, Sudoku, word search—they’re all included. All you have to do is create a team and fundraise in person or online to benefit the autism community in Connecticut. You can register your team at

President’s Corner

by Richard Rotella | April 8, 2015


Richard Rotella, USGA President (Chariot Yearbook photo)

Richard Rotella, USGA President (Chariot Yearbook photo)

With the warmer weather finally upon us, I hope everyone is enjoying the spring season.

During April’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month, I encourage you to attend all of the amazing programs that many organizations will be hosting this month, and remember it’s on all of us to end sexual assault! During your attendance at these events, hashtag #UNHitsonus and #SAAM to raise awareness for this important effort.

I would like to congratulate all of the Senators that were elected for next year, next year’s USGA Treasurer Annalisa Berardinelli, and a special congratulations to next year’s USGA President James Kielar.

If you ever need anything, my door is always open and I am just an email away.

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

Treasurer’s Tip

by John Foti | April 8, 2015
John Foti, USGA Treasurer (Chariot Yearbook photo)

John Foti, USGA Treasurer (Chariot Yearbook photo)

Four Weeks Left!
RSOs, now that Easter Weekend is behind us, the final push and stretch towards the end of the semester begins! With the end of the semester quickly approaching, I just wanted to remind you all about some of the deadlines are quickly approaching as well. Even though the end of the semester is still four weeks away, you only have about two weeks left to submit any contracts and purchase orders, as they need to be placed two weeks in advance!

Also if anyone in your RSO is looking to be reimbursed for expenses they may have made for your organization, you’ll need to submit check requests for them with the itemized receipt ASAP, as again, the semester’s end is much closer than it appears! As always, following deadlines and proper planning can create less stress and ease for your RSO, especially as we near the end of the semester.

If you have any questions feel free to reach out to me or come see me during office hours! Hope everyone had a great Holiday Weekend!

John Foti
USGA Treasure

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!”

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