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CLR tutors received CRLA Level 1 certification and Outstanding Tutor awards this past Spring

by The Charger Bulletin | June 17, 2014

By Jodi Shydlo

Associate Director Center for Learning Resources

In May 2014, 15 tutors in the Center for Learning Resources earned their College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) certification. Cumulatively, the students, who were nationally certified as CRLA Level 1 tutors, have provided support in 17 subjects. In addition, four CLR staff members were recognized with CLR Outstanding Tutor Awards for exemplary performance and customer service.

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CRLA Level 1 certification recipients completed 15 hours of UNH-customized training under the guidelines of the CRLA. Below is a list of students who earned certification:

Paul Burinda, Grad. Computer Science and Music

Matthew Ciarletto, Computer Science and EASC

Kayla Fitzgerald, Chemical Engineering and EASC

Dylan Haenel, Biology and Marine Biology

Jessica Imperato, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics

Alaina Kaiser, Biology and Chemistry

Jenny Lam, Accounting and Economics

Shuran Liu, Grad. MBA

Jacquelyn Perez, Criminal Justice and Psychology

Catherine Pin, Math

Rachel Seggerman, Biology and Dental Hygiene

Aksel Thibodeau, Accounting and QA

Yiran (Ariel) Tian, Chemistry and math

Erika Vargas, EASC, Electrical Engineering, and Math

Alyssa Wynne, Biology, Chemistry, and Math


Outstanding Tutor Award recipients include:

Scott Alpizar, Outstanding Undergraduate Tutor

Paul Burinda, Outstanding Support Staff

Megan Fimbel, Outstanding Graduate Tutor

Mr. Robert Harvey, Outstanding Professional Tutor

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Congratulations to all of our outstanding tutors!

Gender Neutral Bathrooms

by Samantha Mathewson | May 7, 2014

Gender neutrality is a national issue that campuses face when planning accommodations to welcome all prospective students.

male female sign

At the University of New Haven, “we need to think about being a university welcoming to all students,” said Rebecca Johnson, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students. “It is a national issue and we need to respond to it.”

Amber Crow, president of UNH PRIDE, said that establishing gender neutral bathrooms on campus was a combined initiative that started with PRIDE and was pushed through by the Office of Residential Life and the Dean of Students’ Office. Crow explained that during a meeting of the advocacy committee of PRIDE it was said that in member Mel Vitullo’s opinion, UNH wasn’t totally gender neutral and did not cater to students who don’t identify with the “normal” genders (male and female).

“So when we decided to get the ball rolling on increasing gender neutrality on our campus, we approached our club’s adviser, Dean Baker, about it. He kind of took over from there and really pushed the initiative with Residential Life and Facilities and the many other wonderful offices who were a part of making this happen,” said Crow.

Johnson explained she brought the issue to the facilities committee so that the campus could become a more welcoming environment for the community and provide options for students that are accessible and safe.

The Facilities Department then conducted a survey of the bathrooms on campus in order to locate single, one-person bathrooms that can be utilized as gender neutral bathrooms. After evaluating the campus, a list of available unisex bathrooms at UNH was created and can be found on the Intercultural Relations website:

Some locations of these bathrooms are on the first floor of Kaplan, the first and second floor of Maxcy and on the thrid floor of the Marvin K. Peterson Library.

On May 1, Johnson sent out an email to the university community notifying them of the update, stating, “in an effort to better meet the needs of the University community, attached is a list of restroom facilities on campus that are gender neutral. This means that the facilities may be used by any member of the University community, regardless of gender identity/expression.”

Gender Neutral bathroom located on 1st floor of Kaplan Hall (Samantha Mathewson/Charger Bulletin Photo)

To go along with the gender neutral bathroom initiative, Wanda Tyler, Director of the Office of Intercultural Relations, explained some of the content featured in the Safe Zone training that UNH, along with many other universities nationwide, provides to the campus community.

The mission statement of the UNH Safe Zone Program is to create a safe environment for anyone who is questioning their sexual orientation or wishes to celebrate differences in sexuality, sexual identity, and/or gender identity.

One aspect of the program deals with LGBT (standing for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) issues and how faculty, staff and students can be allies for this community. The training allows participants opportunities for expanding their minds so they can be understanding of the experiences of others.

“For someone who identifies as transgender, decisions about their housing situation and which restroom to use can be challenging to make,” said Tyler.

Transgendered individuals feel, see and associate themselves as being one sex, while they may have been born a different one.

“When they look in the mirror they may physically be a woman, but have a personal, internal sense that they are male and see something like facial hair,” explained Tyler. “Those of us who are not part of the trans community need to be understanding of what it might be like to be in their shoes and understand the transition some may be undergoing.”

Tyler also explained a word that she was taught that has, in her opinion, cleared things up. “Cisgender is used to describe or label those that are not transgender,” said Tyler who went on to also clarify that “LGB” identifies sexual orientation, while the “T” identifies gender identity where the physical appearance may not match what one feels psychologically.

Mario Pierce, assistant director for housing and operations at the UNH, explained that the exact signage of the bathrooms has not been decided yet, but they are currently distinguished as “unisex” with a male/female figure on the sign. However, the decision has been made to include gender neutral bathrooms in not only the newest residence hall currently being built, but in all buildings from now on.

“We will have to take a look at what is governed by code [regarding sinage for the bathrooms],” said Pierce, “but yes, code now requires unisex (or gender neutral) bathrooms in facilities.”

According to Johnson, as the campus expands and facilities are renovated, the list of gender neutral restrooms on campus will be updated.

Since gender neutrality is a wide spread issue, Johnson also mentioned some other universities that are taking actions to address this issue. The examples she provided included New Mexico State University and Brown University, who have implemented either, or both, gender neutral bathrooms and housing.

Wesleyan University in Connecticut had a Genderless Restroom movement of their own, where bathroom signs that normally read “Men” or “Women” had been torn down and replaced with a paper sign that read “All Gender Restroom.” This sign included pictures for everyone. Wesleyan University also has had gender neutral housing for several years.

Caitlin Pereira, Area Coordinator First-Year Areas, agreed with both Johnson and Tyler that gender neutral bathrooms give all students a safe bathroom facility on campus and that, “it is especially important for students who identify as a gender that differs from their biology.”

For UNH, the next step will be gender neutral housing. “I am very optimistic that we will end up with some sort of gender neutral housing in the future,” said Pereira who has done a lot of research on the topic. “We are at a point nationally where trans issues come up, and having gender neutral housing would provide an inclusive environment.”


Pereira continued to explain that gender neutral housing would be an option for those students that wish to participate in it because “the comfort level goes both ways.”DE strives to work with the ORL to implement gender neutral housing for students who require it.

“While I personally am not directly affected by gender neutral bathrooms on campus, I am excited for my friends and club members who are. We in PRIDE are very excited about this transition and hope that because of it, our campus will expand on gender neutrality,” said Crow. “My hope is that the introduction of gender neutral bathrooms on our campus will provide a safe environment for UNH students.”

First female wins Last Man Standing

by The Charger Bulletin | May 7, 2014

By Alyssa Mackinnon, contributing writer

Monday, April 21, a contest was held to find the University of New Haven’s The Last Man Standing. First prize was $1000, second $500, and third was $250, and over the course of a week 20 people competed to win these prizes.

The first event was bull riding, where the longest time that someone was able to stay riding was 48 seconds, and the bottom two competitors were taken from the game.

The next event was a timed campus knowledge test made harder by planted accomplices in the audience shouting, singing, and pen clicking to distract test takers. The bottom two people were again eliminated.

The third event was an obstacle course involving racing around cones, hoola-hooping 15 times, and then racing through an inflatable maze. The fourth day consisted of a challenge in which a shirt was tied in a knot and frozen into a block. Challengers then had to break the shirt out of the ice using only their body heat and available elements. The last three competitors were eliminated.

The final challenge is traditional; each of the seven remaining contestants precariously stood on a cement block for hours completing varying tasks while remaining standing. Tasks included spinning in circles, lifting a leg with your eyes closed, and standing on one leg.

After nearly three hours of standing, Alyssa MacKinnon was the first female to win the competition in its five years running with Kyle Kostka taking second place and Vince Yau taking third.


One Day Without Shoes raises awareness for impoverished children

by Elissa Sanci | May 7, 2014

In conjunction with TOMS, University of New Haven’s Habitat hosted their annual One Day Without Shoes event April 29 in the Alumni Lounge. UNH Habitat is a student organization focused on providing volunteer opportunities to university students and improving the community.

Student signing traced foot (photo provided by Katelyn Clark)

Student signing traced foot (photo provided by Katelyn Clark)

TOMS Shoes, a for-profit company that designs and sells shoes based on an Argentinian design, started One Day Without Shoes seven years ago. When TOMS sells a pair of shoes, another is given to an impoverished child.

“One Day Without Shoes is the annual day when we take off our shoes to raise global awareness for children’s health and education,” states the TOMS website.

Originally, One Day Without Shoes was to take place on the Bartels Patio in the Academic Quad from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. However, due to the weather, the event was relocated in the Alumni Lounge in Bartels.

“I think it’s a really great way to raise awareness, and it’s such an important event on campus, so I’m glad they were able to have it despite the weather,” said sophomore Kaitlin Mahar.

Free t-shirts were given to the first 100 people, and there were multiple chances to win gift cards, including one for TOMS products.

“The event was a good way to celebrate One Day Without Shoes. We didn’t have the turn out we usually do because the event was moved to the Alumni Lounge, but the participants we did have had a great time,” said Katelyn Clark, UNH Habitat’s Sargent-at-Arms. She explained the event usually takes place on the BSAC Patio, which garners much foot traffic, but the Alumni Lounge is more tucked away.

“UNH Habitat and the co-sponsors of the event had a great time and we look forward to holding the event again next year,” Clark added.

The event was co-sponsored by SCOPE, EMS Club, PCMA, WNHU and the Photography Club.


Newly renamed Bucknall Theater holds first musical, Spring Awakening

by Ashley Winward | May 7, 2014

Alumnus William L. Bucknall Jr. was in attendance at a sold out opening night in the theater newly renamed in his honor just a few weeks ago.

Final scene from Spring Awakening of cast singing "The Song of Purple Summer" (photo provided by Heather Konish)

Final scene from Spring Awakening of cast singing “The Song of Purple Summer” (photo provided by Heather Konish)

In the first major performance since this renaming, the University of New Haven’s Theater Department put on five performances of the rock musical, Spring Awakening. While known for being a controversial musical with a 17+ age recommendation on its publicity, the seats were packed to see some of UNH’s best and brightest perform.

Spring Awakening is based on a play of the same name by Frank Wedekind, which was banned in Germany for a long time due to its content and portrayal of topics such as abortion, homosexuality, rape, child abuse and suicide. The show tells the tale of a group of adolescents growing up in Germany trying to deal with the trials and tribulations of puberty amongst other feelings new to them. Best friends Melchior Gabor, played by Junior Keith Watford, and Moritz Steifel, played by Junior Zackary Grabko, are the focus of the story, dealing with sexual frustration, intimacy, and love. Steifel is plagued by erotic dreams at night and in trying to help, Gabor writes an essay about his sexual knowledge that makes Steifel even more shaken.

Meanwhile, Wendla, played by both Kiera Terrell and understudy Amanda Schumacher, is dealing with her own exploration of sexuality, trying to learn where babies come from and battling her inner struggle between love and the ways of the church; a common thread for many characters in the musical.

Through ensemble numbers like “My Junk” and “Touch Me,” each actor and actress truly shined as well as worked together as a cohesive unit. The story has a not so happy ending with the group plagued by death and suicide leaving young Gabor to rethink his views on life entirely.

Being such a heavy-content driven show, it was a difficult performance for actors and audiences alike. Members of the university’s victimology and counseling staffs were available at each show and informational pamphlets on some of the production’s topics such as rape and abuse were available in the lobby. Also after each performance there was a “talk back,” where the actors came out and answered questions from the audience about putting on the show as well as the various topics in the show.

Five members of the cast and crew have already been awarded for their participation in the show. Watford and Grabko were nominated for the Irene Ryan acting award at the Kenedy Center College Theatre Festival with additional nominations in musical theatre for Damianis Eusebio (Ilse), Set design for Heather Konish and Alec Smith for Stage Management. The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival is a national program started in 1969 and involving over 600 academic institutions throughout the country.


Up in the Woods to premiere May 8th

by Scott Iwaniec | May 7, 2014

Up in the Woods, a film written, directed and produced by the fall 2013 Film Production II class, will premiere Thursday, May 8 at 6:30 p.m. in Bucknall Theater.

Scene from Up in the Woods (Jadams Photography)

Scene from Up in the Woods (Jadams Photography)

For the past two semesters, communication students, under the supervision of communication professor Paul Falcone, worked to complete the film. Up in the Woods is an original idea thought up by senior Matt Scripter, who directed, co-wrote and co-edited the film.

As part of the course, each student is to come up with an original idea for a film and pitch their idea to the class. Scripter’s idea was picked, and next, he and senior Chelsea Rowan, the first assistant director, wrote the script.

“Once the idea is picked, it moves into pre-production,” said Scripter. “This is when we do the casting and rehearsals, location scouting, and overall preparation for the production weekend. Then we filmed over the course of three 15-hour days. After the filming phase, it moves onto editing and other post-production things, like composing the music and promoting the premiere.”

The film stars three non-University of New Haven students, one of which only six years old. Filming took three full days of shooting on location, at a cabin in Kent, Conn. Two days of additional shooting were done on Falcone’s property.

“It was a very professional environment,” said senior Joe Adams. “We sent out a casting call, went down to New York and held auditions. We even had a catering tent with breakfast and everything,” he added.

What is significant about this film is that each student in the class worked on the film in some way. “In some way, everyone did something,” Adams said. Adams was one of two camera men.

Making sure to keep quiet on set and to stay on time were some the difficulties Adams said the students encountered why on location shooting the film.

He described the film almost as a psychological thriller with a powerful plot twist. Up in the Woods will be entered in film festivals around the country after its premiere.


UNH dedicates Soundview Hall to Joseph E. Celentano

by Samantha Mathewson | May 7, 2014

The University of New Haven officially dedicated Celentano Hall to generous donor Joseph E. “Chick” Celentano Sr. for his contributions to the university.

Unveiling the Celentano Hall's sign (Stan Godlewski Photo)

Unveiling the Celentano Hall’s sign (Stan Godlewski Photo)

Chick donated land across the street from Bergami Hall and annual scholarships for West Haven students pursuing a degree in higher education will be given in his name.

Celentano Hall, Chick Hall for short, was formerly known as Soundview Hall. It is the largest residence hall on campus and features spectacular views of the Long Island Sound. It was also the first “green” residence hall at UNH and has received LEED gold certification status.

Chick is a West Haven native and is a successful businessman. He owns the popular Chick’s drive-in restaurant on Beach Sreet in West Haven, which was founded by his father. Dr. Henry C. Lee recapped his first moments in the U.S. and how Chick’s former hot dog stand was the first place he ate.

Chick also used his restaurant to help UNH students; he would hire them for summer jobs so that they could work and earn money for the following semester. His motto was “give me a day’s work, I’ll give you a day’s pay and we will work as a team.”

Phillip H. Bartels described Chick as a “tireless advocate for his hometown.” In 1969, Chick received the Outstanding Citizen of West Haven award.

Aside from his deep roots in his family business and his emphasis on giving back, Chick is also a veteran of the United States Navy and Air Force.

At UNH there are over 200 Veterans. In recognition and admiration for his service, Justin Farrar, a sophomore at UNH and Air Force Veteran, said, “generous donors teach students the importance of giving back.”

Spring Concert explodes with Krewella

by Ashley Winward | May 6, 2014

This past Saturday, 1,100 Spring Concert attendees were treated to a power-packed concert put on by SCOPE. The Verge Campus Tour has been rolling through over 20 colleges in the past month bringing vendors as well as music. Verge Campus prides themselves on being “an all-inclusive national music tour that…is a convergence of different styles, different genres and different worlds in a new, exciting and engaging way.”

Krewella Headlines at the 2014 Spring Weekend Concert at North Campus (Jadams Photography)

Krewella Headlines at the 2014 Spring Weekend Concert at North Campus (Jadams Photography)

Along with the concert that night, a small vendor village was constructed in addition to the spring carnival that included Spotify, Karmaloop, EMUZE, Young & Reckless clothing and more.

Throughout the concert, host Gibran was keeping the crowd excited and giving away lots of free merchandise, including shoes, meet and greets with the artists and shirts.

Opening the concert was Radical Something, a three piece reggae/hip hop group from California. You might have seen Alex “Loggy” Lagemann, “Josh Cocktail” Hallbauer and Michael “Big Red” Constanzo around the carnival at various points of the day. They were very interactive with fans, taking pictures, getting on rides and holding an acoustic set in the vendor village. Their set spanned all three of their albums, We Are Nothing, Summer of Rad and Ride it Out. The first two can be downloaded for free off of their website, Closing out their set with two fan favorites, “Be Easy” and “Long Hair Don’t Care” the crowd was dancing along to the very last note.

Next up was Logic, a rapper from Maryland, who has amassed a large following on line over the course of four mixtapes. He’s known by his fans as, “Young Sinatra,” and because of that, has started calling him and his friends the RATT Pack (RATT standing for “Real All The Time”). His set blended his own personal discography with some covers of hip hop favorites. He brought along some of his entourage on stage and all were very much engaged with the fans, jumping on and off stage much to the dismay of the event security.

Finally the curtains were lifted to reveal Krewella’s “Volcano” stage; a 30-by-18 foot structure made of reflection-mapped crystals as well as LED video screens to produce various light patterns and display video to work in conjunction with the songs. When sisters Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf, better known as Krewella, appeared at the top of the volcano, the Charger Gymnasium nearly shook with excitement. Mixing hits off of their album, Get Wet, with dance mixes of fan favorites; We Will Rock You and Jump Around just to name a few, the music never stopped for a second.

One very special moment of the show was when they brought the crowd down for an acoustic performance of,“Human” as well as dedicating it to a group of friends and family who were brought inside the barricade for the song. Hearing reviews from the crowd, many described the Verge Campus Tour as being the best Spring Weekend concert in years.


Amanda Play-With wins Misster UNH

by Samantha Mathewson | April 30, 2014

Amanda Play-With (CJ Senerchia) was named Misster UNH of PRIDE’s annual drag show. Misster UNH was held Wednseday, April 23, in the German Club at 8 p.m., and the room filled to capacity quickly with fans of the contestants.

Contestants of Misster UNH (Samantha Mathewson/Charger Bulletin Photo)

Contestants of Misster UNH (Samantha Mathewson/Charger Bulletin Photo)

Amanda won this year’s drag show with his rap of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ Same Love, during the lip-syncing portion. In addition there was a question and answer portion of the competition where judges got to ask various questions from what is a typical day for you like to why he or she thought they should be named Misster UNH. Judges for the drag show were Dean Baker, Rebecca Kitchell; Director of Residential Student Advocacy and Educational Partnerships, and Dante Gennaro Jr. from the World Health Clinic and HIV Equal Campaign.

When asked, Amanda said he should be Misster Unh because he was the only representative of PRIDE in the Drag Show and it was his second year competing for the title. Runner up was awarded to Anita Cocktail (Adam Medford) and Misster Congeniality was awarded to Jessie for raising the most money for AIDS Project New Haven prior to the event.

Gift cards were raffled out as door prizes, and three baskets (sex, beach and movie-themed) were given away to those that donated to the cause. UNH’s 5678 dance team performed along with Common Ground; a UNH band comprised of freshman majoring in music.


Potential smoking ban sparks mixed reviews from students

by Liana Teixeira | April 30, 2014

The University of New Haven may be the next university to join the smoke-free/tobacco-free campus trend sweeping the nation. In an email sent to all students and faculty on Wednesday, April 23, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Rebecca Johnson, announced that the university is considering revising its regulation to become smoke-free and tobacco-free.cigarette 1 - for opinion

However, before any final decisions can be made, the email requested the campus community to provide their input in an anonymous survey. The link to the survey can be found at the bottom of the email and is due by May 2, 2014, according to Johnson.

News of the potential policy change quickly reached students, who expressed mixed feelings about a smoking ban.

“I think that the University of New Haven becoming a smoke-free/tobacco free campus would be a good idea,” said hospitality and tourism management major Julia Gritzbach. “Sure, some people who smoke will be upset and won’t like that very much, but I think it would be a good and beneficial change to campus.”

One student who preferred to remain anonymous said she believes this initiative is “awesome” for UNH, stating how many people stand too close to entrances while smoking, making it difficult for students who don’t smoke to avoid it.

Meanwhile, other students took to Facebook, most suggesting that the university not limit individuals’ choices and try enforcing the 20-feet rule they currently have in place, instead of banning tobacco and smoking altogether.

The push for smoke-free/tobacco-free campuses is a growing national movement. A 2013 report from the Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights showed that almost 20 college campuses in Massachusetts were entirely smoke-free, including all four campuses of Northeastern University, University of Massachusetts – Amherst, and Harvard. A full list released by the Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation in January 2014 showed that there are at least 1,182 smoke-free campuses nationwide. Of these, 811 are also 100 percent tobacco-free. Quinnipiac’s North Haven Campus is the only college campus in Connecticut that has a 100 percent smoke-free/tobacco-free policy in place at this time.

“Health and wellness is important,” said Johnson. “However we decide to go, there will be an educational campaign.”

Johnson explained that a committee was formed, consisting of various faculty and staff members at the university to discuss how to better address the smoke policy on campus. Several controversies with keeping a smoke-friendly campus include the visible collection of cigarette butts on the ground, as well as students disregarding the 20-feet rule outside buildings.

“It’s the individual’s responsibility to follow the 20-feet rule,” said Johnson, but she admits it’s difficult to enforce.

“I support UNH becoming a smoke-free/tobacco-free campus, since it would reduce the amount of related litter on the ground. I also support it because the current rule of smoking 20 feet away from any building on campus is not enforced at all… I’m convinced smokers think the rule is really 2.0 feet,” said forensic science and chemistry student Stephen Shepherd. “Secondhand smoke is often worse for your health than regular smoking, if exposed frequently. Do we want to continue to force that on our students, especially the ones trying to study or get work done?”

Johnson is hoping student surveys on the proposed smoke-free policy will help the committee bring feedback to the UNH administration.


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