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Dave Coulier performs to a Full House

by The Charger Bulletin | May 6, 2015

By SAMANTHA HIGGINS & ASHLEY WEMMELL
STAFF WRITERs
CHARGERBULLETIN@NEWHAVEN.EDU
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When the Spring Weekend lineup was announced, students were abuzz with the news that Dave Coulier, commonly known as Joey Gladstone from Full House, would be the headlining comedian. The Charger Gymnasium was filled to capacity on Friday, May 1 to hear his jokes.

Dave Coulier and Brian Read (photo provided by Samantha Higgins)

Dave Coulier and Brian Read (photo provided by Samantha Higgins)

“He was a gem. He was literally like Uncle Joey,” said Jordan Skloff, SCOPE weekend programming committee head.

Junior Brian Read, winner of SCOPE’s Last Comic Standing, opened for Coulier with an original standup set. Read joked about college life, commenting on everything from finals, Netflix and partying. Coulier followed less than five minutes after Read, much to the crowd’s pleasure.

“People really enjoyed Brian’s standup,” said Skloff.

The majority of students who attended the show grew up watching Coulier play the loveable Joey Gladstone on Full House, where he trademarked his phrase “cut it out.” He recognizes this is where majority of people know him from and cut right to the chase when he got on stage, saying it was best to “address the 900 pound gorilla in the room” that was his time on Full House.

He shared stories with the audience about encounters with previous fans that included one fan who completely butchered the “cut it out” phrase; he spoke of his friendship with Bob Saget and how if you see him live, you are definitely not going to see the character of kind hearted Danny Tanner that most are familiar with from the show. He even told audience of John Stamos’ fear of farts and then requested that each audience member fart on him if they ever get the opportunity.

Following the Full House portion of the show, which already had the entire Charger Gymnasium roaring with laughter, he talked about his time in show business and how “it’s the only business that brags about people with no experience.”

He also incorporated numerous voice impersonations—Mathew McConaughey, Bill Clinton, Shaggy and Scooby Doo, Kermit the Frog, Sponge Bob and Patrick, the Cowardly Lion, Shaq, who he referred to as “listening to a talking subwoofer,” and Robin Williams.

He says that he is a “professional copycat” and that the best part of being able to do so many voices is when telemarketers call.

He shared family stories about his son growing up and compared video games now, like Xbox games his son plays, to the video he grew up playing, like Mario Brothers. He talked about his father and his role models growing up, how he developed his sense of humor and his personal experience getting a colonoscopy.

He also shared with the audience stories about his schooling, how he attended an all-boys Catholic school, and stories about his different Catholic school experiences. He didn’t attend college because he “couldn’t find a parking spot,” and, instead, he moved to L.A. at 19 to follow his dreams and be a comedian. That was when he got the opportunity to work with Jim Henson and do voices for the Muppet Babies TV show.

He also talked about the crazy weather that has been occurring everywhere, from hurricanes to droughts and including this past winter, which was intense. He had the audience almost falling off their chairs after explaining all the natural catastrophes that have occurred recently then stating “I think the planet wants us to leave.” But he countered it with a theory that if we name storms scarier names, people might actually evacuate when their told to.

He started to end the show by taking out his harmonica and “playing the blues” then using the harmonica to pull together some thoughts he had that he said didn’t fit into other parts of his show, he called them “Harmona Thoughts.” They were shorter jokes that were hysterical and had everyone laughing.
“He was much more down to earth than you would expect for a celebrity of his caliber,” Amy Reidy, SCOPE vice president of programming.

Throughout the show, he interacted with the audience every chance he got. From calling out the last person who laughed, or the person with a delayed reaction to a joke, he was very involved with the crowd. At the beginning of the show, someone screamed at him and he asked them to repeat it since they “had a whole sentence prepared for him.” He even pointed out everyone with their cellphones out when he got on stage, and asked if they were all recording him and stating “I’m right here, you don’t need to make me smaller on your phone screen.” He even asked one audience member if she texted her friend asking her to go to the bathroom with her when they both got up to leave in the middle of the show. He wished everyone good luck as he walked off the stage.

“I think the turnout was great. The turnout was larger than last year. We increased the capacity of the gym for this year’s comedian anticipating the large crowd,” said Reidy. “We’re overall extremely glad that the students came out to this event.”

Felecia Edwards announces her resignation from UNH

by Elissa Sanci | May 6, 2015

It was announced on Monday, May 4 that Felecia Edwards, Director of the First Year Success Center and Associate Director of Centers for Academic Success and Advising, is resigning from her positions at the University of New Haven.

Edwards will be serving as the Associate Director of Student Success in the College of Science and Mathematics at the University of Massachusetts, located in Boston.

“I am leaving UNH with mixed emotions,” Edwards said. “It is definitely bittersweet…I feel so connected to the UNH community. Goodbyes have always been difficult for me, but this might be one of the hardest ones. I am very sad to be leaving, but excited for this new opportunity. I’ve never lived in a big city and I have heard great things about Boston. I am looking forward to exploring and seeing what Boston has to offer.”

Edwards began working at UNH in 2006 as a graduate assistant in the Undergraduate Admissions Office; from there, she was promoted into a full time position as assistant director of undergraduate admissions and later senior assistant director/coordinator of transfer admissions.

In 2010, Jim McCoy, the vice president for enrollment management, reached out to Edwards when he realized her “needed someone to develop the concept and structure for the brand-new First Year Success Center,” he said in an email sent out to UNH faculty Monday afternoon.

The First-Year Success Center, created only five years ago, has grown exponentially under Edwards’ guidance. The FYSC’s goal is to “familiarize first-year students with the multitude of resources available on campus and to help students make progress toward fulfilling their educational, social, and personal goals,” according to UNH’s website.

“From its small beginning five years ago, the FYSC has grown under Felecia’s leadership into one of most respected and visited offices on campus, a must-see on any admissions tour,” McCoy said in his email. “I am convinced that her leadership was instrumental in our first year retention rate moving from slightly over 72 percent in 2010 to just under 80 percent last year.”

A search for the new Director of the First-Year Success Center will begin soon.

“I am confident the next Director will be AMAZING and will take the FYSC from good to great,” Edwards said. “Aschlee, Tiffany and Patrick, along with our student assistants and mentors, are an amazing team and I am confident they will continue to provide exceptional support and service to UNH students. I leave knowing that the First-Year Success Center is in a great place with a team who cares about it and wants it to be successful.”

In 2014, Edwards took on the responsibility of the Associate Director of Center for Academic Success and Advising, where she assisted in developing programs that are designed to bring faculty advisors and CASA staff together.

CASA is dedicated to giving UNH students the skills they need to successful students and graduates, according to the UNH website. Their mission is to “provide a seamless program of service to support students across their entire academic experience.”

“My favorite part of working at UNH has been the opportunity to hear the stories of so many of our students and mentoring them through an important time in their lives,” said Edwards. “UNH has allowed me to make a difference in the lives of our students and our community. There is no better feeling than supporting my students and helping facilitate their access to resources and opportunities that will enable them to achieve both academic and personal success.”

At the University of Massachusetts, Edwards will “work on the further development and implementation of all programs, working closely with the CSM leadership to expand the focus of the Center and improve outcomes for the diverse student population,” McCoy said.

Edwards will begin at UMass this June. “UMass is much bigger than UNH so it is going to take some time to build relationships with the faculty, staff, and students,” she said. “UNH was my first professional job so this is all new to me. I am not sure what to expect, but I do know that it will be a much longer walk to my office and parking will still be an issue!”

“Felecia’s dedication and commitment have led her to be held in high regard by her colleagues as well as her staff and students. Her contributions have been a great benefit to the University and, undeniably, she will be deeply missed,” he said.

“It was a very difficult decision to accept this new position,” Edwards said. “However, I hope it will allow me to pursue my dream of earning a doctoral degree while allowing me to continue to grow as a professional and pursue my passion for helping student’s access higher education and graduate.”

Edwards said she’ll miss a lot of different things at UNH, including the small campus size, the friendly faces, Charger Nation and her involvement with Midnight Run. “I am going to miss my colleagues and the students the most,” she said. “They have all been a huge part of my life and I consider them my family—especially Tiffany, Aschlee, Patrick, and our student team. I spend more time with them than anyone else in my life.”
A farewell celebration will be held in the First-Year Success Center on Tuesday, May 12 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Students are encouraged to come to wish Edwards luck on her new journey in Boston.

“Education truly transforms lives…..and I am thankful that I have been able to play a small part in the transformation of my student’s lives,” Edwards said. “I am looking forward to doing the same at UMass Boston.”

Spring Concert blows the roof off the Charger Gymnasium

by Glenn Rohrbacker | May 2, 2015

This year’s Spring Concert was one to remember. It included performances by DJ Tommy Carlucci, T-Pain and Third Eye Blind. Here’s a recap of how the evening went:

third eye blind cover

Third Eye Blind performed at Spring Concert
(Photos by Erica Naugle)

The line to wait for doors to open was already pretty long when I arrived at 6:30 p.m. By the time doors opened an hour later, the line stretched all the way around the parking lot of North Campus. There was also a line on the other side that people without tickets could stand, hoping to get in a few vacant spots on the floor. The stage was set up in the back of the gym, with standing room in front all the way to the other wall. The barricade was about six feet from the stage so people in front really got up close to the show.

DJ Tommy Carlucci – I don’t really know why there was a DJ at the concert with two other artists, but probably to keep people hyped in-between sets. DJ Tommy Carlucci played two 20-minute sets before each act while the stage was being set. He did a decent job of keeping people excited, but more because of his song choice than his actual DJ skills. UNH student Kaitlyn White described it as, “When it was good it was good, but sometimes it was really awkward with no hype from the crowd.” He was also off to the side, so the people that couldn’t see him wouldn’t know the difference if it was live or a recording.

T-Pain – T-Pain was the first act up out of the two, and he played for about an hour and a half. Now coming to this concert, I had no prior knowledge of T-Pain’s original work, other than the countless songs he’s done with other artists. However, a bunch of other students I talked to and myself, T-Pain was surprisingly impressive and entertaining. Some people say contrary to Third Eye Blind, T-Pain’s performance allowed for people who aren’t huge fans to still enjoy the music and the show. What I really liked most about T-Pain’s show is that is was so well thought out, put together, and organized. The show revolved around T-Pain, his hype guy and a female dancer bringing out the fun and energy in all of the songs. What was also really great was the fact that he played a lot of songs that he has been featured on that were and still are really popular.

T-Pain (Photo by Erica Naugle)

T-Pain (Photo by Erica Naugle)

Third Eye Blind – The closing act on the concert was Third Eye Blind, the San Francisco based band that have sprung many hits in the past 15 years. They opened with one of them, “Never Let You Go” and played a few other songs after. Their big announcements were that they just finished their new album and are set to go on tour this summer. They played a few new songs that were being played live for one of the first times, and I thought they were really great. The most surprising thing about the set was when the whole band just walked off the stage – except the drummer, who went on a solo for at least five minutes. He actually incorporated a sampler with different sounds and vocal effects (voiced by Jay-Z) to accompany his solo, which was awesome. Third Eye Blind finished off with “Semi–Charmed Life” and “Jumper,” which were obvious crowd favorites. Unfortunately, Third Eye Blind’s set was a bit short which could be for a few reasons. Some say it could be because T-Pain played for longer than he was supposed to, and it also could be from the fact that a lot of the crowd didn’t seem into the performance, other than for their few hit songs.
Spring Concert 2015 was definitely a great first Spring Weekend concert experience for me, and I hope that everyone else had as much fun as I did.

“I liked that SCOPE really tried to get artists that different types of people would enjoy rather than catering to one specific crowd,” said White.

SCOPE really put on a great weekend and I can’t wait to see what next year will be like.

Night of the Arts

by Francesca Fontanez | May 1, 2015

On Thursday, April 23rd, the University of New Haven held their Annual Night of the Arts in Bucknall Theater, where the artists and admirers alike celebrated Art & Design, Dance, Music, Poetry, Music, and Theater programs.  The night began with a student band, followed by theatrical performances, poetry readings and more.

Students admiring the artwork (Photo by Francesca Fontanez)

Students admiring the artwork (Photo by Francesca Fontanez)

The audience was invited to hear live poetry in the Poet’s Café in the Theater Lobby, view over 100 works of art at Seton Gallery, listen to live bands in both the Gallery and Concrete Lobby and experience a pop-up dance performance.  Refreshments were provided, and all were welcomed, including parents and guests of the featured artists.

Laura Marsh, one of the event’s main coordinators considered the night as “an opportunity to honor the creative flow and interdisciplinary pursuits” of artist from the UNH community.

Works of art from both course projects and individual projects were created by students in the weeks following spring break. The 2015 Annual Night of the Arts was a successful evening of fun, food, and festivities, all geared towards appreciating art.

Wet and Wild Marine Biology Week

by Francesca Fontanez | May 1, 2015

The fourth week of April 2015 was “wet and wild” thanks to the University of New Haven Marine Biology Club, who sponsored a new Marine Biology-Themed event every day Monday through Sunday on the week of April 20.

: On Thursday April 23, the Marine Biology Club held a carnival in the Bixler/Botwinik Quad (Photo by Francesca Fontanez)

: On Thursday April 23, the Marine Biology Club held a carnival in the Bixler/Botwinik Quad (Photo by Francesca Fontanez)

Monday, the club brought in a Touch Tank to the Bartels programming space, featuring starfish, horse shoe crabs, hermit crabs, and other aquatic creatures. On Tuesday, the club was busy tie-dyeing T-Shirts under the German Club Pavilion. There was a line out the door, wrapping around the building on Wednesday as the club gave away free build-your-own sea critters in the Bartels Programming Space. On Thursday, the Bixler/Botwinik Quad was bustling with people, music and action due to the Marine Carnival. The carnival featured games and prizes, a mechanical bull shark, an inflatable basketball hoop challenge, traditional carnival foods including snow cones and cotton candy, and more.

The Marine Biology Club gave out fishy friends on the Bartels Quad Patio on Friday, where anyone interested could receive up to three goldfish, a decorated tank, and fish food to add a bit of aquatic charm to their dorm. Saturday, the club took to the Long Warf Beach for a strenuous, yet rewarding beach cleanup. To finish of Marine Week 2015, the club took members and non-members all the way to Gloucher, Massachusetts on an all-day whale watching trip, where they enjoyed a relaxing day of fun, and marine environmental appreciation.

Overall, the University of New Haven campus was extremely active this past week thanks to the Marine Biology Club, and their various sponsors.

UNH honors Henry E. “Hank” Bartels’ memory

by Elissa Sanci | April 29, 2015

25 years ago, Hank and his wife Nancy Bartels began the Bartels Fellowship Program which has brought esteemed lecturers to the University of New Haven through the Bartels Lecture Series. On April 23, three months after Bartels’ death, UNH honored his memory with a memorial and celebration service in Bucknall Theater, followed by a lecture from Dr. Henry C. Lee, chaired professor of Forensic Science and often considered the foremost and most famous forensic scientists in the world. 

Bucknall Theater was near capacity the morning of Thursday, April 23 as students, faculty, staff, alumni and esteemed guests came together to honor the late Henry E. “Hank” Bartels. Bartels, a generous patron of the University of New Haven, passed at the age of 92 on Jan. 19.

Hank Bartels and Henry C. Lee  (University of New Haven photo)

Hank Bartels and Henry C. Lee
(University of New Haven photo)

“Today, we remember the man who perfected the art of living,” Martin J. O’Connor, campus minister and associate professor, said of Bartels as he opened the ceremony. O’Connor spoke of the deep affection and profound gratitude that he, along with the rest of the UNH campus community, has for Bartels.

“The measure of a life well lived is how well we give that life to others,” O’Connor said, and Bartels did just that. For over four decades, Bartels gave to the university in numerous different ways, including scholarships, community service fellowship opportunities, lecture series and student centers on campus, all with the intent to encourage and facilitate opportunities for furthering education.

President Steven Kaplan remembers Bartels as a great friend to both himself and the university. “He did something in his life that we all inspire to do: to make a difference,” he said. He noted that Bartels was an extremely modest man; Bartels drove a 15-year-old station wagon; when Kaplan questioned this, Bartels told him, “I could drive a different color Rolls-Royce every day of the week but that doesn’t interest me; what interests me is helping others.”

Speakers included O’Connor, campus minister; President Kaplan, president of UNH; Asia Gillespie, senior psychology major and 2014 President’s Public Servant Fellow; Richard Rotella, USGA president; and Philip H. Bartels, son of Hank Bartels and chair on the UNH Board of Governors.

Rotella awarded the Bartels family, including Hank’s wife, sons and granddaughter, with a Proclamation of Appreciation which thanked the family for everything they do for the university and contribute to UNH. “Because of Mr. Bartels, many people are able to call UNH home.” Rotella said.

To further honor Bartels and his legacy left at UNH, Dr. Henry C. Lee, world-renowned forensic scientist as well as chaired professor of Forensic Science at the university, gave a lecture as the Spring 2015 Bartels Fellow.

Much like Bartels, Lee also worked his way to success; Lee, along with his 12 siblings, was raised in a single-parent household in China after his father passed when Lee was only five years old. Lee and his wife moved to America in 1965, speaking no English and with only $50. Now, 50 years later, “We still don’t speak English, but we sure do have a lot of money!” Lee said as the crowd laughed at his humor and extreme modesty.

Lee spoke about the impact Bartels had on his life; throughout his 40 years with UNH, Lee spent a lot of time with Bartels and learned that to be successful, you have to have knowledge, leadership abilities, and a vision. Most importantly, Bartels taught Lee that to succeed, you must work hard.

“It is not important who you are,” Lee said. “It is important who you are with.”

Lee also told his life story, highlighting the journey he took to become as successful as he is and detailing some of the many cases he’s worked on through the years. After the lecture, Lee dined with University student leaders and Honors Program members, where he was able to answer questions in a more intimate setting.

 

Last Comic Standing

by The Charger Bulletin | April 29, 2015

By SAMANTHA HIGGINS &
ASHLEY WEMMELL
STAFF WRITERs
CHARGERBULLETIN@NEWHAVEN.EDU

On Tuesday April 21, eight University of New Haven students had the courage to get up on a small stage in the front of the Alumni Lounge and have their chance to be a stand-up comic.

Winner Brian Read had the entire crowd laughing  (Photo by Samantha Higgins and Ashley Wemmell/ Charger Bulletin photo)

Winner Brian Read had the entire crowd laughing
(Photo by Samantha Higgins and Ashley Wemmell/
Charger Bulletin photo)

There was a lot on the line; the room was packed with friends and other competitors, strangers and supporters of the opponents, but they were all there to impress the three judges with their ability to make the entire crowd laugh.

Each comic had a maximum of 15 minutes on stage and were being judged in four categories: originality, use of time, stage presence and overall performance. If they succeeded in impressing the judges they would win the chance to be the opening act for comedian Dave Coulier during Spring Weekend.

First to take the stage was recently elected 2015-2016 USGA President James Kielar. He got the crowd laughing pretty fast with his example of how much power a person holds when they have a microphone in their hand and ended his performance by using that power as a Public Service Announcement to have everyone who thinks they are a bad driver raise their hand so others could take note.

Winner Brian Read had the crowd laughing almost the full 15 minutes. He shared personal stories about his time pet sitting his uncle’s dog and nights he’s spent with his friends. He interacted with the audience and made no attempt to hide his “cheat sheet” of jokes he had to keep him on track. He was honest and his personality came through in his performance so the audience really connected with him as a student on the same level as they are.

Second place went to Antonio Bonano, who shared personal stories that were all so funny that the audience never stopped laughing. He shared his view on nursery rhymes and Humpty Dumpty in relation to his life experience as an ending joke that left the audience in stitches. He won a $50 Amazon gift card for his performance.

Other participants were highly energized: some were first timers on stage, others who participated in stand-up comedy for fun regularly. Students of all different years and majors took part. Each participant had the audience laughing about something. Jokes were made about school, dating, dorm life, history, childhood, friends, doctors’ offices, bathrooms and a lot of stories were shared.

Think Outside the Dumpster

by Samantha Mathewson | April 29, 2015

The University of New Haven Green Team has found a cleaner way for students to dispose of their “trash” on move-out day through a student-led waste reduction program called Think Outside the Dumpster.

Photographed are some of the many items that were collected, which would have otherwise been thrown out.

Photographed are some of the many items that were collected, which would have otherwise been thrown out.

Think Outside the Dumpster began in 2014 and the UNH Green Team plans to hold it again this year, during move-out May 10 through the 17. The items collected during this time will then be recycled, donated or re-sold during their campus living sale August 20-23, for students to purchase items they need during move-in.

“We made just over $3,700 at the sale in 2014 (first year) and that money goes toward sustaining the program. So it pays for our volunteer t-shirts, the tent we use during the sale, the movers we use to transport our inventory from storage to the sale, and all the little things such as advertising, banners, cleaning supplies, gifts for our volunteers, etc.,” said UNH Green Team President, Christiane Cerillo. “We hope in future years we will earn even more and be able to start other sustainability projects on campus with our profits.”

Items that are collected during move-out include reusable items such as clothing, dorm furniture, or books that students don’t want anymore and would otherwise throw away.

“We hope to reduce the amount of items that are disposed of at UNH each year while providing students easy and affordable access to commonly sought-after dorm room items,” said UNH Green Team.

Items that can be donated include: electronics (Including broken items), clothing/ shoes, plastic drawers, shelves, organizers, etc., shower caddies and toiletry items, laundry detergent, school supplies, cleaning supplies, posters and decorations, area rugs, non-perishable food, lamps, kitchen supplies and dishware, mirrors, furniture, books, fans, and much more!

“Our student leaders have worked hard with the help of the Department of Facilities, Res. Life, and PLAN (Post-Landfill Action Network) to make donating unwanted, gently-used items just as easy as it would be to throw them away,” said Cerillo. “In this way we are making it simple for students to help the campus become more sustainable while also promoting the health of the environment. This is huge for the reputation of the university in the surrounding community and on a broader scale. My hope is that students will see this program and become more involved with making the University of New Haven a leader in sustainability and perhaps start programs of their own.”

Last year, about 5,900 pounds of recyclable, reusable, or donate-able materials were diverted from UNH dumpsters, along with 305 pounds of food, which was donated to the CT Food Bank to provide about 250 meals for those in need in West Haven. Unsold housewares, clothes, and blankets were also donated to the West Haven Homeless Veterans program

According to a study done by a former UNH graduate student, Think Outside the Dumpster reduced UNH’s waste related greenhouse gas emissions by about 5%, which is comparable to removing the emissions associated with the use of almost 13 cars for one year.

Clothing sold during UNH Green Team’s Campus Living Sale in August 2014  (Photo provided by UNH Green Team)

Clothing sold during UNH Green Team’s Campus Living Sale in August 2014
(Photo provided by UNH Green Team)

“But this was not the only impact of the program,” said Cerillo. “The great thing about TOD is that it’s good for the environment and the student body. Judging by the total income we made and the price reduction of inventory to about one-fifth the retail price, we saved students about $18,800 on school supplies, furniture, books, room accessories, and tons of other great items.

Students can volunteer for Think Outside the Dumpster and come with Incentives, including prizes, Honor’s Program Co-Curricular Event credit, and being allowed to move in early this fall to help with the sale if they volunteer 14 hours during Collections (about 2 hours a day).

Recognized Student Organizations can also promote themselves and table at their sale in August. To do this, each RSO needs three members to each volunteer six hours between May 13 and May 15.

This is on a first come, first serve basis and limited number of tables are available, so if you are interested, contact UNH Green Team at unhgreenteam@newhaven.edu.

Think Outside the Dumpster reduces the waste that UNH produces and helps protect the local environment and community.

“This year now that a lot more students know about us we are hoping that we get an even better turn out,” said Cerillo. “We have been working with Residential Life to reach out to RA’s and incoming freshman as well as USGA to recruit volunteers and to let clubs know about the event.”

More information regarding Think Outside the Dumpster can be found at http://www.newhaven.edu/sustainability/Think-Outside-Dumpster/ or https://www.facebook.com/unhtotd.

Engineering students take initiative to create an LLC that lasts beyond Freshman year

by Elissa Sanci | April 29, 2015

When Sophia Oselador, an electrical engineering major living in the Living Learning Community on the second floor of Westside Hall, realized that she wouldn’t be given the option to live in another LLC her sophomore year, she decided that something had to be done.

Oselador, along with multiple other freshman students utilizing the University of New Haven’s LLC living option, feels that living among peers with similar majors and interests is crucial to a successful academic career.

“I’ve made so many friends and networking connections just by living here,” Oselador said about her LLC living arrangement. “I feel like we’re one big team; we think alike, we have the same passions, and it’s an academic motivation to do homework and stay involved.”

The office of Residential Life offers these Living Learning Communities to first year students to “promote an atmosphere that aids in enhancing the first year residential experience while supporting academic success,” according to the university’s website.

Because of the importance Oselador placed on LLCs, she, with the help of help of civil engineering professor Jean Nocito-Gobel, Computer Science major Rob Schmicker and Civil Engineering major

Dan Delgado, created an online survey that she distributed to freshman students. Oselador surveyed over 100 students; 87 percent of participants agreed that they’d want their LLCs to continue past freshman year.

“I started to get involved with the engineering department and I realized that, as a girl engineer, I was making friends with a whole bunch of guys and couldn’t room with them,” Oselador said. Soon after she realized that living in close proximity to her friends and fellow engineering majors, she had the idea to petition for the continuation of the living learning communities past freshman year.

“I worked with the Dean of Engineering’s Assistant Paula Hackenjos [for class assignments], and that’s when I met Dan Delgado and a few other people who tutor within the LLC,” Oselador said. “I started asking them about my idea and they said ‘yes, they would have loved to do it’, and when I realized that upper classmen that had already moved out of the LLC that have previously lived in it would still want to be in it up to their senior year, I was like ‘isn’t this something to consider?’”

Delgado, sophomore student coordinator with the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network at the university, took interest in Oselador’s project when she first approached him about it. Delgado lived in an Engineering LLC his first year on campus, and loved the atmosphere.

As student coordinator for the KEEN program, Delgado utilizes his free time by visiting students in the Westside Engineering LLC to tutor as well as interest and discuss with any KEEN related objective or goal. The KEEN program was founded to foster an entrepreneurial mindset within engineering students, and the program facilitates activities and coordinates events centered on this mindset to enhance that within students.

“Sophia and Rob would, without fail, every Tuesday and Thursday, come see me for the hour or two that I was there, and in one way or another try to participate, interact and discuss any KEEN related objective or goal and that eventually kick-started the LLC project,” Delgado said. “It was a simple question. Sophia asked “Can I be in the LLC next year?” It started with a question and then we turned that question that had the answer no into a project that could turn it into a yes.”

Delgado encouraged Oselador with her project, but gave her free reign with it. “I wanted her to spearhead the project because it was her idea and I feel that she deserved most, if not all, of the credit for the idea and because she’s very passionate about it, she would have the greatest lead in the project.”

Delgado added that Schmicker, a freshman also living in the LLC with Oselador, was as equally active and participative in the process; however, Delgado felt as though he and Schmicker “let her lead and [they] were there to support her and help her on the way.”

Oselador and Schmicker met with Delgado twice weekly in the fall semester to work on this project; once the survey was created, Nocito-Gobel looked over the questions before Oselador began surveying participants. The surveys found that an overwhelming amount of students said that not only would they want to continue to live in an LLC past their freshman year, but that the LLC option also influenced their decision to attend UNH.

However, Oselador’s project had not been approved by the Office of Residential Life or the university.

“Anytime a survey goes out to students, it does have to be approved by the university,” Becca Kitchell, director of residential student advocacy and educational partnerships, said. “That approval process is fairly lengthy and does require specific paper work as well as background information that ensures that the student’s health and safety is taken into consideration.”

Kitchell met with Nocito-Gobel; Maria-Isabel Carnasciali, the current advisor to the engineering LLC; Caitlin Pereira, the area coordinator of Westside Hall; the two RAs who are currently working with the engineering LLC; and Delgado, as the student coordinator of the KEEN program, and this is where she first heard of Oselador’s survey.

“Dan established that the survey had been started as a class project, at which point our ears and interests perked up because we weren’t aware of such a thing,” Kitchell said. Kitchell and Nicole McGrath, Associate Dean for Residential Life & Housing, expressed that they didn’t want to put out the same survey twice and didn’t want to saturate students’ inboxes with repetitive questions; however, they did offer to put some of Oselador’s questions on their yearly LLC survey that is sent out mid-semester.

“[The question of whether or not to continue LLC’s on to sophomore year] was put out to students a few years back and most students said ‘yes we would want it,’” Kitchell said. “However they would not be interested in the buildings that would facilitate the LLCs. Students wanted apartment style and only want to be in LLCs in buildings like Celentano, but those buildings don’t promote engagement like the suite style set-up in Botwinik or Bethel.”

Kitchell and McGrath received a similar request last year when the students in the Music LLC showed interest in continuing on living in an LLC arrangement. However, once they were informed that the only option to house the LLC was, once again, in Botwinik, the music students no longer wanted to continue on with it.

Kitchell and McGrath are not opposed to the extension of the LLC; however, there were a lot of unanswered questions that they had, especially because they never received a formal request for the continuation of the LLC past freshman year from the engineering LLC faculty advisor.

“Let’s make sure that if we’re going to do something, we’re going to do this right,” Kitchell said. “In our experience, we found that if you put something out to the students and then aren’t able to accommodate, students become very disappointed.”

They requested that an official request and application be filled out before this was revisited, but never heard anything about this again after that.

“It’s not a matter of it can’t happen; it’s a matter of it needs to be done in the right way,” Kitchell said. “If it something that they want to be considered for next year, when the application rolls out in April, I think that we and the LLC Advisory Board are willing to read applications.”

The LLC Advisory board created the application process a few years back. This board discusses applications that are submitted by the faculty advisor.

Applications are sent out with a two to three page guidelines. Questions that need to be answered within the application by the faculty advisor include what are the goals, who are the membership, how will this impact students, how will learning occur outside of the classroom and how will you facilitate that learning.

Black Student Union: A welcoming haven for diversity

by Leah Myers | April 29, 2015

On April 22, the Black Student Union held a discussion on natural beauty from 8:30 to 10 p.m. in the Alumni Lounge.

There were 23 people in attendance, some of them being organization members.

Many topics were brought up and analyzed under the main question, “What is natural beauty?”

The topics included debates on use of makeup, shaving, dyeing of hair, classification of pointed nails, use of weaves and drawing on eyebrows.

Tons of opinions were tossed around, including the determination of where to wear the trend, how it is judged in our society and if it makes someone natural or not.

The initial conclusion of the discussion was that the utilization of extravagant cosmetics and accessories are socially acceptable when used in a non-professional environment and that so many people have their own definition of natural beauty.

Students in the discussion felt comfortable expressing their opinions. Students walking in during the discussion were able to jump right into the conversation.

Jeanny Francis, the Executive Assistant of the BSU, says that the group is a home away from home.

The BSU executive board also has a Historian, Taylor Stewart, to moderate the social media accounts, create event flyers and archive past events.

One of the social media outputs they use is Snapchat in order to post videos of an event without over-posting elsewhere. The BSU wants to interact with their members even when they cannot attend the events.

“You can only post so much on Instagram,” said Stewart.

Past events include a discussion of black families portrayed on TV and the Black and Latino Alumni weekend, a show-and-tell for past organization members to see how much their clubs have grown.

February is a huge month for BSU because of Black History Month. The group holds several events throughout February to celebrate black history.

“If you don’t know where you’re from, where are you gonna go?” Francis said.

The organization is also dedicated to community service and spreading awareness of many issues, such as breast cancer.

On April 29, BSU will put on a Gospel Fest with Cru, a Christian group at UNH, as a co-sponsor.

The BSU welcomes and encourages students of all races to attend their meetings, discussions, and events.

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