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Make Reusable the Usual

by Alyssa MacKinnon | November 19, 2014

On Friday evening, Nov. 14, Vincent Madar and his small group from the Earth 2100 Common Course joined together with SCOPE to provide students with customizable reusable water bottles.
Students came and decorated bottles in order to promote the environmental motto the students in Carolyn Lagoe’s class created: “Make Reusable the Usual.”

Students decorating their reusable water bottles Thursday night  (Erica Naugle/ Charger Bulletin Photo)

Students decorating their reusable water bottles Thursday night
(Erica Naugle/ Charger Bulletin Photo)

Gabrielle Perez outlined the class saying, “We first learned how to make a campaign. [Now] this is the campaign portion of our class. We originally wanted to ban water bottles on campus.”

Unfortunately, the class lacked the scope to accomplish this goal so they set their eyes on a new goal: reducing the waste at the source. The class wanted to educate and teach students how to reduce the waste they create and take the first steps in the “reduce, reuse, recycle” process.

The class watched a documentary called Tapped, which highlights many of the faults in the water bottle production industry.

“What shocked me the most was how little actually gets recycled,” Madar said. “It’s mind blowing.”

Another student commented that the amount of oil used in making water bottles shocked her; it takes 17 million barrels of oil to make water bottles annually.

After watching the documentary, the students started in larger groups and broke into smaller groups to design projects. One group designed a video, another a fact sheet, another napkin advertisements, and, finally, a group designed a poster for the event.

Jordan Campbell spoke on his group’s project, summarizing their goal: to reduce the number of bottles each person uses so that less recycling is needed in the future. The video goes through the lifecycle of a water bottle—at one point saying that Americans used 50 billion bottles of water last year!

Rachel Spall’s group designed the fact sheet which contains important information about recycling. Their ad is focused entirely on water bottles, with the use of vibrant blues and a unique water bottle logo.

Lisa Zhen was one of the students who designed the napkin holder ads, which will be featured in Bartels from Nov. 17 to the 20.

These small ads contain various facts on how to reduce waste and increase recycling at UNH.

Lagoe promoted the motto in her own way by having students post paper advertisements for the reusable bottle event only in high traffic areas to reduce printing waste. The class even created a Facebook page with the same name of their campaign. Follow them and keep updated with their efforts to make UNH more environmentally friendly!

Rocky Horror left audiences shivering with anticipation

by Elissa Sanci | November 19, 2014

The UNH Theater Program left the audience in tears of laughter with their racy rendition of The Rocky Horror Show.

Tyler Prigionieri played Riff Raff in UNH’s The Rocky Horror Show (Photo by Keegan O’Connor/Backstage crew)

Tyler Prigionieri played Riff Raff in UNH’s The Rocky Horror Show
(Photo by Keegan O’Connor/Backstage crew)

The University of New Haven Theater Program’s production of The Rocky Horror Show premiered on Nov. 12 in Bucknall Theater at 8 p.m.

The musical, directed by Jonathan Yukich, was a success and even garnered a standing ovation. The Rocky Horror Show, a musical written by Richard O’Brien, has captured audiences since its inception in the early 1970s. The musical is a humorous tribute to science fiction and horror films produced in the 1940s. It tells the story of a newly engaged couple who find refuge from a storm in the home of a mad transvestite scientist and his new creation, a muscle man named Rocky.

The theater program’s take of the cult musical classic, which features songs “Sweet Transvestite” and “Time Warp,” showed five times: Nov. 12, 13, 14, and 15 at 8 p.m. and again on Nov. 14 at 11:30 p.m.

The cast, made up mostly of seniors, included David Ransbottom as Brad Majors, Shannon Whitaker as Janet Weiss, Tyler Prigionieri as Riff Raff and Leann Boisvert as his sister, Magenta. Zachary Fontanez sported fishnet stockings and heels as Frank ‘N’ Furter and Joshua Dill donned a gold speedo as Rocky. Zachary Smith-Grabko narrated the show, delivering hilarious insight throughout the night.

Prigionieri, who played Riff Raff in the show, has been involved in four shows with the UNH Theater Program, but says Rocky Horror was his favorite.

“The script in general was a challenge for me as an actor,” Prigionieri said. “I really had to appreciate and understand the text in order to present the Riff Raff I did on stage. It was a challenge that brought me to realize how much I really do have a passion for the theatre; Riff Raff was a pleasure to perform.”

Audience participation was encouraged at the 11:30 p.m. performance on Nov. 14. Keychain flashlights were attached to the back of each seat in Bucknall Theater for audience members to wave during the performance of “Over at the Frankenstein Place.” The audience was also invited on stage after the curtain call to dance the “Time Warp” with the cast and crew.

The cast and crew had been working on this show since Sept. 4 under the direction of Yukich, rehearsing for long hours in Bucknall Theater.

“The crew began initial work on the set, such as bringing in lumber, collecting and creating props and working on measurements on Sept. 25,” said Keegan O’Connor, a member of the cast who helped build and paint the set for Rocky Horror. O’Connor has been part of thirteen shows both with UNH and within her community at home.

“My favorite part was seeing how well the set came together and how creatively the actors and the director, Jonathan Yukich, used the space our set designer, Heather Konish, came up with,” O’Connor said. “It was incredible to see the original design of the set and how it made the most of such a small stage; in only two months, the crew was able to make the design come to life and that was really fun to watch it go from a pile to wood to a functioning laboratory!”

The Rocky Horror Show cast  (Photo Keegan O’Connor)

The Rocky Horror Show cast (Photo Keegan O’Connor)

The show had many memorable moments and the crowd howling with laughter. “My favorite part of Rocky Horror was when Dr. Scott reveals his fishnet stockings and red pumps!” said Prigionieri. “Such a great comedic response.”

UNH’s production of The Rocky Horror Show was a success. The actors brought Richard O’Brien’s cult classic to life and worked in harmony to keep the audience laughing.

ESUMS breaks ground

by Miriam Correia | November 19, 2014

After a long journey, ground has finally been broken for the Engineering and Science University Magnet School.

UNH President Steven Kaplan, Pryor, Architect Svigals, and ESUMS Senior Odia Kane breaking ground for the Engineering and Science University Magnet School (A New Haven Independent Photo)

UNH President Steven Kaplan, Pryor, Architect Svigals, and ESUMS Senior Odia Kane breaking ground for the Engineering and Science University Magnet School (A New Haven Independent Photo)

The school was dreamed up in 2005 and debuted in 2008 as a partnership effort between the University of New Haven, New Haven and West Haven. ESUMS has had temporary homes in New Haven and, recently, Hamden to accommodate the larger population but its final resting place, so to speak, will be right next to UNH.

“This is a wonderful example of what can take place when local municipalities, the state and higher education collaborate to, in this case, create a school that is the first of its kind in Connecticut,” said President Steve Kaplan.

Once completed, the new location will fill an important community need and greatly improve the area surrounding the University. ESUMS also will make its lab spaces available to the University during the evening, helping to address a critical need on campus.”

After scoping out and appraising various areas in West Haven and New Haven, the decision was made to build right on UNH’s campus. Ground was officially broken in September of this year and the school is set to open in September of 2016.

A couple of the other areas that were considered were UNH’s own South Campus Hall and an abandoned bowling alley north of Boston Post Rd. The site was the best decision because ESUMS students will have access to UNH’s campus and resources and it will not displace any of the offices as it would have if South Campus Hall was chosen.

With the growing population of students, the school did have issues with their temporary locations. There was a location on State Street in New Haven but there were plans to move to Ella Grasso Blvd until the permanent home was completed because of the growth of the school. However, parents got together and protested because of the drug addicts and sex offenders in that area, so plans were changed. Sixth through eighth grade students stayed at the State St. school and ninth through twelfth graders moved to a space on Leeder Hill Dr. in Hamden.

Right now, the school has 570 students but it will grow to 616 at the new location. As part of the arrangement, New Haven students will have 65 percent of the seats, West Haven will have 20 percent, and the remaining 15 percent will go to the surrounding Connecticut towns; also, ESUMS students will be able to take free courses at UNH for college credits.

The school’s seniors have been working with the architects, Svigals & Partners, on the design through their “Kids Build” program.

The teachers and administrators have been saying that it will be “a building that teaches,” according to press materials given to the New Haven Independent, because the students will get to see some of the engineering concepts that they see in the classroom being applied in real life.

Students were able to contribute to designing the layers of brick for the foundation, cantilevering problems, and will help with other issues, “We’ll have them [the students] back to walk the site with our civil engineer and the landscape designer,” said the lead architect Julia McFadden to the New Haven Independent.

The school will cost about $85 million, but 95 percent of that money will be reimbursed by the state, according to Commissioner of Education Stefan Pryor, who spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony.
The school will be five stories and will have labs, which UNH students will have access to, computers, 3-D printers and other awesome features.

SigSuit travels Back in Time

by Francesca Fontanez | November 19, 2014

After a night of gowns, swimsuits and performances, sophomore Sarah Bourisk was named winner of the third annual SigSuit Thursday, Nov. 13.

Sarah Bourisk was crowned SigSuit Champion (Photo by Chariot Yearbook)

Sarah Bourisk was crowned SigSuit Champion
(Photo by Chariot Yearbook)

SigSuit, Sigma Chi Fraternity’s annual philanthropy event, is a beauty pageant where the women of the University of New Haven campus compete in four different rounds to be crowned winner. Each contestant was required to raise a minimum of $100 to participate in the contest, and all proceeds went to Sigma Chi’s philanthropy, the Children’s Miracle Network.

Contestants raise money before the competition and then compete in a series of rounds for the winning crown. This year’s top fundraiser was Natalie Collins, a member of Delta Phi Epsilon, who raised more than $450.

This year’s contestants raised more than $3,700 combined for the Children’s Miracle Network, a thousand more than last year’s contestants raised.

The proceeds of this event benefit the Children’s Miracle Network. The Children’s Miracle Network is a children’s charity organization that raises funds for children’s hospitals, medical research and community awareness of children’s health issues. The Children’s Miracle Network has been Sigma Chi’s philanthropy since 1986.

The theme of this year’s SigSuit was Back in Time, where each contestant represented a different decade.

Yen & Friends, the side project of Boys II Yen, performed under the direction of Colby Thammavongsa and Vince Yau. Boys II Yen, created last year by Sigma Chi alum Dean Bandong, is a group of brothers of Asian descent that lip sync and dance to current music. This year, the group expanded its membership and changed names.

“This year, we didn’t want to exclude brothers who were not of Asian descent,” said Thammavongsa.

The brothers of LAU strolled for the audience, and the 5-6-7-8 Dance Team performed as well.

The winner of the 2014 event was Sarah Bourisk, a sophomore sorority sister of Delta Phi Epsilon. Bourisk described winning as “easily one of the top five indescribable moments” of her life. Bourisk said she is extremely grateful to her sisters of Delta Phi Epsilon.

“The amount of money that was raised is just so amazing because it’s going to some amazing young children,” she added.

“Judging SigSuit was an absolute joy. It was great to see all of the support for the Children’s Miracle Network,” said David Janovsky, a Sigma Chi alum and an event judge.

In regards to the pageant’s success, Matthew Carroll, one of the event’s coordinators and a Sigma Chi brother, wanted to thank the co-sponsors, and all of the contestants who participated in SigSuit.

Do you understand what you read?

by The Charger Bulletin | November 19, 2014

By Leah Myers
Contributing Writer
lmyer1@unh.newhaven.edu

Reading is either a pleasure or struggle, depending on who you talk to, and is time-consuming yet vital for college careers, so why not read better and faster?

Iris Reading was founded in 2005 by Paul Nowak and is mainly based in Chicago.

Iris Reading is a nationally acclaimed speed-reading program that trains individuals how to read and comprehend text faster. Hundreds of prestigious companies such as NASA, Disney and Google hire instructors to increase the pace of their employees’ reading and work ethic. There have also been programs implemented into schools and universities all around the world.

Paul Nowak was born in Chicago but was raised in a Polish community. He started to learn English at five years old and had a hard time catching up to the average reading level. Fast-forward to college—Paul tried his hardest to read in his limited free time everyday.

When he worked on speed-reading techniques with his professor twice a week for several weeks, he noticed a significant improvement in his reading and comprehension, and was able to be more productive and enjoy his readings faster. Paul developed a love for teaching after taking his professor’s lessons, and was inspired to start Iris.

The four main tasks that progress during the course are on reading, memory, productivity, and focus, which help with comprehension and speed. The introductory class they offer for free online explains basic tips and techniques to use speed-reading as an effective everyday tool. One of the tips they provide in their webinar, a web-seminar, is the use of AccelaReader.com, which flashes a few words at a time from a body of text pasted on to the screen at the desired rate per minute. Some webinars are broadcasted with Paul Nowak as the instructor.

Sessions, both free and with fees, are available online as webinars and can be viewed live or e-mailed to the user. They are also available for live seminars and courses in many areas across America and in many international locations, including India, China and Europe. Preparation classes for standardized tests are also accessible.

E-mailing support@irisreading.com or calling 312-857-4747 can help you answer any questions and get you start improving your reading.

Students stage peaceful protest to save the 4+1 Education Program

by The Charger Bulletin | November 12, 2014

By Elissa Sanci, Kaitlin Mahar & Steven Mahoney

Undergraduate and graduate students of the University of New Haven staged a peaceful protest today, Wednesday Nov. 12 in the Maxcy Quad at 3:45 p.m. as an attempt to save the 4+1 Education Program, which involves students spending four years in the undergraduate program, followed by one year in the graduate program.

President Kaplan addresses students protesting the 4+1 phase out (Photo by Elissa Sanci/Charger Bulletin photo)

President Kaplan addresses students protesting the 4+1 phase out (Photo by Elissa Sanci/Charger Bulletin photo)

A proposal to phase-out the Graduate Education Program at UNH was announced Friday Nov. 7 as a result of the University’s Charging Forward initiative. Members of the program have since petitioned the proposal in attempts to keep the graduate program alive. As of today, the petition has 2,027 signatures.

“The program has been unbelievable,” said Stacey Frizzell, the organizer of both the petition and the peaceful protest. “I believe the administration is oblivious to all the good this program actually does.”

Chris Warschauer, a first-trimester graduate student agrees. “I came here from Colorado,” said Warshauer. “This is one of the best programs out there.”

The protesters gathered, posters in hand, in front of Maxcy Hall, chanting phrases such as “Four plus one is not done” and “Practice what you preach, let us teach.” After about fifteen minutes, President Steven Kaplan and the University Provost, Daniel J. May, exited the building to address the protestors.

“This is something that has been evolving for at least five years,” Kaplan said in his impromptu speech to the protestors in regards to the phase-out. “We’re trying to focus more on great areas of growth; it’s been 18 years, and it’s never thrived.”

Kaplan said he was sympathetic to the students, being an educator himself. “I hope you can understand by the tone of my voice, we’re not businessmen. We’re not trying to be mean. We’re not trying to make a profit,” he explained.

Kaplan provided an explanation to the students, saying that the University had nine students come into the program this year, and that education enrollments across the board in the country have plummeted.

“The bigger issue here, and I’m with you on this, is that our entire nation has a challenge,” he said, regarding the decline in education programs in the U.S.

“I’m just confused,” student James Crowell said after Kaplan went back inside Maxcy Hall to attend a meeting. “A week before they sent out this email, they were advertising this program to incoming students.”

Students supporting the cause at the protest with handmade signs (Photo by Elissa Sanci/Charger Bulletin photo)

Students supporting the cause at the protest with handmade signs (Photo by Elissa Sanci/Charger Bulletin photo)

“We’re grad students fighting for the future, not for ourselves,” said graduate student David Janovsky, a protestor in the crowd. “How can we teach tomorrow if we can’t learn today?”

The Board of Governors plans to meet again Friday, Nov. 14 to discuss the future of the program.

Up ‘til Dawn sets a new goal

by Samantha Mathewson | November 12, 2014

The University of New Haven’s St. Jude Up ‘til Dawn has challenged themselves to raise $18,000 by Thanksgiving break after surpassing their initial goal of $16,500.

Up ‘til Dawn e-board at Zombie Prom (photo by UNH Photography Club)

Up ‘til Dawn e-board at Zombie Prom (photo by UNH Photography Club)

“We have had two major side events thus far. We have had our first annual Dodge Ball Tournament and our annual Zombie Prom. In total, both events raised over $400,” said Annamaria Primiani, St. Jude Up ’til Dawn senior vice president of recruitment and retention.

The organization currently has raised $17,010, prompting them to raise the bar.

Their overall goal for this year, to be raised by their finale event on Feb. 28, 2015, is $50,000. Last year the organization raised upwards of $33,592 by the end of their finale event held on March 2, 2014. “It may have been a little more than that with the addition of the money fundraised at our side events throughout the semester,” said Primiani.

For this year’s finale event, there are a total of 52 teams registered, three of which are made up of Up ‘til Dawn e-board members.

“In regards to logistics, our budget is clearly broken down for every aspect of the finale event and all venues are booked,” explained Primiani. “Although most of our finale event is kept a secret, we have announced that our theme this year is Disney. All of our challenges and side events during the finale event will be Disney related. We like to keep the challenges a secret to build anticipation and excitement! Being that the finale event is run on a point system, we offer point incentives throughout the school year to keep teams motivated.”

St. Jude Up ‘til Dawn was started at UNH about six years ago, when an estimated $5,000.00 was raised. In comparison to past years, Primiani believes that the organization’s new recruitment approach and personable fundraising initiative will enable them to reach their goal of $50,000.

“I am so unbelievably humbled and speechless not only because we have reached our goal of 50 teams, but because we have fundraised over $17,000 before Thanksgiving,” said Primiani. “This is my fourth year as a member and my second year on the executive board; it has been a wonderful journey. St. Jude Up ‘til Dawn has grown into something pretty amazing and I am definitely going to miss it after graduation in May.”

After becoming an organization at UNH, Up ‘til Dawn’s biggest battle was getting their name out there.

“Now, I can proudly say that everywhere I go, people are talking about St. Jude Up ‘til Dawn. Our executive board is filled with passion and dedication. It is our job to project that emotion to our campus,” said Primiani.

Zombie Prom participant (photos by UNH Photography Club)

Zombie Prom participants (photos by UNH Photography Club)

The organization has reached out to organizations this year that they haven’t in the past, including athletics and graduate students, and over the summer, their recruitment team e-mailed over 115 organizations.

Currently, all registered teams have been given a “fundraising coach.” This means that an executive board member reaches out to their assigned teams weekly with fundraising tips and support.

“I truly believe that these personal relationships will help St. Jude Up ‘til Dawn become bigger than it has ever been before,” said Primiani.

Students petition the phasing out of graduate education program

by Samantha Mathewson | November 12, 2014

Information of a proposed phase-out of the graduate education program was announced Friday, Nov. 7, as a result of the university’s Charging Forward intiative. Members of the department have since petitioned the proposal in attempts to keep the graduate program alive and flourishing at UNH. 

Changes were expected, but that doesn’t mean that the campus community will accept them without a fight. Students petition the recent decision of Dean Lourdes Alvarez of the College of Arts and Sciences; President Steven Kaplan; Board of Governors Chair, Philip Bartels; and Dan May, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, to phase out the Graduate Education Program at the University of New Haven.

The student-organized petition was started by graduate Stacey Frizzle on Change.org on Friday, Nov. 7 at 5 p.m.

“As a UNH undergraduate alumni and current graduate student, it saddens me to hear of this decision. I spent many weekends as an undergraduate advocating for this program to groups of potential UNH students during information sessions,” said Frizzle in her petition. “This type of program is almost unheard of with small class sizes, one year completion length, and the integration of full time teaching internship. The program offered by the university prepares students in a way that few other schools in the country are able to do so.”

There are currently 1,195 signatures, but there is an average of about 400 per day. There is no set requirement for number of signatures the petition must obtain; however, the goal is 3,803.

“Administration has just said that they will consider any contributions. The more signatures, the better,” said Frizzle.

The petition explains that UNH is unique in offering an internship program, capstone program, and 4+1 program for education. Many undergraduate students have chosen to attend the University of New Haven specifically with the intention of entering the M.S. Education program. Removing this program not only diminishes the size of the graduate student body, but also deters undergraduate students from enrolling at this school. Undergraduates currently enrolled in the 4+1 program may decide to transfer to another institution to complete their Bachelor’s degrees.

Under the 4+1 program, students pay for a four-year undergraduate education and get a get a free fifth-year master’s degree and become eligible to obtain teaching certificate, complete with teaching internships, which essentially is paid for by the school districts where they serve their internships.​

Frizzle also stated in the petition that she has worked with many teachers who have graduated from the education program at UNH.

“They are, without a doubt, some of the most well-rounded, qualified, and in-demand teachers in the state of Connecticut. Many of these graduates have earned teaching jobs at top ranked public school.”

In lieu of the petition, graduate student Kirstin Surdej posted on Facebook after signing the petition, stating, “The University of New Haven wants to get rid of the highly competitive, cost-effective program I just received my Masters from. This program was the only reason I considered, and ultimately decided on, UNH as a potential school. I find it disgraceful that for all of UNH’s raving about an ‘experiential education’ they’re attempting to get rid of a program that requires over 4,000+ hours of fieldwork for completion. Please sign this petition, if only to ensure that other students who are passionate about education have the same opportunity that I did!”

Surdej finished her required coursework in June, but is planning to participate in Winter Commencement this January. Surdej is currently student teaching, which she explained is the next step after completing the Master’s coursework, and is required for state certification.

“It’s a 13 week placement under the guide of a mentor teacher and it’s a wonderful experience,” said Surdej. “I felt prepared for my placement as a student teacher after my coursework, but the 4,000 hours I’d already spent in a school during my internship increased my confidence in handling the stuff they can’t teach you in classes, like how to build trusting relationships with your students or how to handle social incidents between students. The 4+1 program allowed me to see a variety of school systems and grades, but it also allowed me to really focus on implementing content and running the whole school day by the time I got to student teaching, because I’d already been given a chance to practice handling the other stuff.”

President Kaplan has responded to the petition, stating that, “First of all, I want to assure you that this is probably the most difficult decision I have had to make in the 11 years of my presidency at UNH, primarily for many of the reasons you outline in your very thoughtful messages. I do not question the quality of the program or the fact that UNH has produced many exceptional educators. We are very proud of the impact and reputation of our program. Nevertheless, an 18-month-long, data-intensive review of all academic and non-academic units at UNH by task forces composed of faculty and staff made it clear that it was imperative for the long-term success of the University that we begin to seriously prioritize which programs would receive current or enhanced funding and which programs would be restructured or phased out. Unfortunately, education is one of the few programs that will most likely fall under the latter category.”

The “data-intensive review” mentioned above is an initiative of Charging Forward, which is a multi-year period intended to shift resources away from programs that are no longer adequately contributing to the university’s success, in order to make additional investments in programs that are performing exceptionally well.

However, Nancy Niemi, professor and chair of the education department, stated in an email sent out on Nov. 7, that closing the Education Department was not the recommendation of the Charging Forward task force. Instead, she stated, the recommendation was to restructure the finances of the Initial Certification Program, continue the Sixth Year Certificate in Instructional Technologies to attract even more students, and that the 4+1 program be given more resources to function with even more power.

“Unfortunately, the administrators of the university chose to recommend closing our program instead, claiming that teacher preparation has no place at a private institution like ours,” said Niemi. “As a department that consistently trains some of the most in-demand teachers in the state, we are devastated by this decision, and feel deeply saddened that our university chooses not to believe in the worthiness of having a teacher preparation program. We have one week to prove that, internally and externally, we are worth keeping and hold enough value for the university that our resources are warranted–that a school founded on professional education needs a department like ours.”

Over the past five years, the number of students enrolled in the teacher preparation program has declined by almost two-thirds; causing operation costs of the program to exceed the income from tuition.

“It seems the so-called marketplace is telling us that there is a very limited demand for our program,” said President Kaplan in his response to the petition. “I should add that there are a number of public universities in the region that have a longstanding mission of providing high-quality graduate teacher education programs and will likely continue to do so.”

While other schools do have similar programs, Surdej explained that, “the principals of both schools that I’ve served in have told me how wonderful the students they get from UNH are. Losing this program isn’t just bad for the university; it will reduce placements in the numerous districts UNH has partnered with over the years. Schools often look to hire former interns and student teachers when positions open, if we close the program, there will be a smaller pool to hire from and more students spending money at competing institutions instead of ours!”

President Kaplan looks to do what is in the best long-term interest of the University as a whole. “I have a deep sense of respect for those who have graduated from our program and for the faculty who have taught them, but this respect must by necessity be tempered by my obligation to all of our students – past, present and future – to ensure that the University of New Haven invests in those programs that through the aforementioned comprehensive prioritization process have been identified as being able to contribute most directly to the university’s goal of becoming one of the best comprehensive universities in the Northeast.”

If the graduate education program is phased out, current graduate students will still be able to complete their programs of study, however no new admissions would be accepted after Jan. 1, 2015.

This possible change has caused senior John Foti to reconsider his future graduate school options. “As a senior who has always thought about attending graduate school for education, this is comes as a surprise to me,” said Foti. “I recently spoke with faculty who oversee the graduate education program to talk about my future application and how the university could provide me with not only the education, but also with the tools to be a great educator down the road. When considering graduate schools and where I’d attend, UNH instantly was the number one choice because of a number of reasons. One, because the program has had wonderful success and two, by attending UNH for graduate school, I’d still be able to be connected to the community, university and memories that I have already experienced here, that have without a doubt prepared me and will assist me in my future aspirations.”

“The University has never been financially stronger, and the timing has never been better for us to be good stewards of the University’s proud history by responding to the marketplace as UNH has always done and, thus, strategically planning for the University’s future,” said President Kaplan in his response, and thanking those who have expressed their concern, assuring them that, “I take this matter very seriously and will consider all points of view before our Board of Governors votes on this matter this coming Friday.”

The petition can be found at https://www.change.org/p/lourdes-alvarez-save-the-university-of-new-haven-teacher-education-program/responses/24754. All signatures must be collected by Friday, Nov. 14, on which date the board plans to meet again.

Aaron’s Party takes over WNHU

by Ashley Winward | November 12, 2014

This past week, the University of New Haven was visited by 90’s royalty when Aaron Carter stopped by the new home of WNHU for an interview.

Aaron Carter poses with fans in the WNHU station (Photo by WNHU)

Aaron Carter poses with fans in the WNHU station (Photo by WNHU)

A large crowd of fans waited out in the cold, pouring rain for a chance to meet the former child superstar now moving towards a comeback in his late 20s.

Known best for hits like “Aaron’s Party (Come and Get it)” and “That’s how I beat Shaq,” Carter took the early 2000s by storm being a pop star, guest starring on the hit TV show Lizzie McGuire, and playing Jojo in his Broadway Debut of Seussical the Musical.

After his album Oh Aaron, his career went dormant; however, with his return to the spotlight in 2009 as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars it looked like a strong comeback was inevitable.

Fans wasted no time on Thursday afternoon, flocking to the new WNHU studio across the street from Celentano Hall and standing outside the studio huddled under a small tent. Carter was fashionably late getting to the studio, but once he settled in with Chris Schnabel, Nikki Iannace and Late Night Charge host Joe Brown, no time was wasted before the conversation got going.

He was very excited to see his fans, taking selfies with many outside the window and posting them to his Snapchat and Instagram accounts. WNHU’s new studio has made musician events such as Carter’s visit possible.

The large windows of the building, which face out onto the lawn gave fans the chance to see the interview happening live instead of hearing the show behind a wall.

Interview topics spanned almost the entirety of his career, from being a child star to the “That’s How I Beat Shaq” sequel that took place last year. One of the most interesting questions that was asked was about his friendship with Michael Jackson.

Carter discussed how Jackson deemed him the “New Prince of Pop” and how he was given a jacket by the original Prince of Pop himself. He also told the surprising story of how fate had the two miss their flight out of New York City the day of Sept. 11.

After the interview, fans were given the chance to meet Carter and take photos.

Freshman Jess Devine spoke of her experience. “It was really surreal to meet someone that you’ve adored since you were really young and then to see them all grown up was very strange,” she said. “It’s nice knowing that he’s still down to earth and he takes time out of his busy schedule to take selfies with fans.”

Photos taken have been posted to the WNHU Facebook page for anyone who is looking to retrieve their precious memory with Carter. Tickets were also raffled off for his show that night at Toad’s Place which packed the house to nearly selling out.

It was certainly a memorable throwback Thursday on campus and hopefully will be the beginning of many fan-radio interactions on UNH’s campus.

Phi Set Spike!

by Elissa Sanci | November 12, 2014

The first ever Phi Set Spike! was held Saturday, Nov. 8 in the Beckerman Recreation Center. The event, which was held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., was hosted by the sisters of Phi Sigma Sigma sorority in order to raise money for their philanthropy.

Foundation Chair Lia Veley, left, and Alexis Hanna, head of PR, at Phi Set Spike! (Photo provided by Alexis Hanna/Charger Bulletin photo)

Foundation Chair Lia Veley, left, and Alexis Hanna, head of PR, at Phi Set Spike! (Photo provided by Alexis Hanna/Charger Bulletin photo)

Phi Set Spike! is a volleyball tournament; the sisters are looking to make this their annual philanthropy event. All proceeds go to the sorority’s philanthropy, the Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation to support School and College Readiness.

“School and college readiness is something that every child should have the opportunity to experience,” said Lia Veley, Phi Sigma Sigma’s foundation chair. “Education is extremely important and it’s great that we can help fund organizations that support making sure kids get the chance to get a good education.”

Veley thinks the event went really well. “It ran smoothly and all of the teams that participated expressed to me that they had a fun time.”

Six teams of six to eight players signed up for the tournament, and the winning team received $200 in Visa gift cards. A Tailgating Prize Pack was raffled off as a door prize; anyone who came to the event was entered into the raffle, but could purchase more tickets to increase their chances of winning.

“We were able to raise around $2,500 through this event with sister donations and team donations,” Veley said.

The six teams participating included Men’s Club Volleyball, DPhiE Dimes, Sigma Chi, SAE, KGR and ‘I’d Hit That.’ All teams put in valiant efforts, but the Men’s Club Volleyball team emerged victorious.

“I thought [Phi Set Spike!] was great considering it was in its first year,” said Vince Yau, a member of the Sigma Chi team. “I’m really proud of Lia and everyone else who helped create the event.”

Phi Set Spike! was a great success, said Mel Lundin, Phi Sigma Sigma’s tribune.

“I feel like we were all paranoid at first since it was the first year and we weren’t sure what would work or what wouldn’t work; we just have to hope for the best,” Lundin said. “I think next year, and every year following, it’ll continue to get better and have bigger and better turn outs.”

Veley added that she hopes the event continues to grow in the future. “I would love for the event to grow a bit next year; it would be great if we could have more teams sign up.”

“My team and I had a lot of fun participating,” said Yau. “We’ll get ‘em next year.”

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