Monday, April 27, 2015  
The Charger Bulletin

ChargerTHON 12 hour dance marathon

by Alyssa MacKinnon | April 22, 2015

ChargerTHON hosted a weeklong series of fundraising events to support two Miracle kids the week of April 13 that ended in 12 hour dance marathon in the German Club on the night of April 17.

Photo of Aly and Colin playing in the ball pit at UNH’s first ever ChargerTHON. The event was made possible with the support of many people and organizations. ChargerTHON ran from April 17-18, 11 p.m. until 11 a.m., where students danced all night for kids who can’t, while fundraising for a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.  P. 2

Photo of Aly and Colin playing in the ball pit at UNH’s first ever ChargerTHON. 

“It was a long journey to get here, but I can’t believe how amazing it turned out. And to get the opportunity to meet two beautiful and inspirational miracle children made all of the hard work truly pay off,” said Amy Reidy, the co-founder of ChargerTHON. “This was one great ride and I cannot wait to see where this goes in the future. I am so proud of every person that made this possible.”

The first event held during the week was an ice cream cookie sandwich fundraiser which raised more than $200. The club even had fee waivers for registration on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, April 15, the club decorated shirts and taught participants the morale dance, which was held every two hours during the event. The morale dance was a great mix of songs and moves, uniquely created by the ChargerTHON team. The categories of the music included boy bands, 90’s music and Disney. The marathoners were visited by Miss New Haven County early in the morning and competed in a dance off.

“After seeing all of the THONS occur last year at other universities, Brandon and I simultaneously and separately decided that we wanted to see this event occur here at UNH. From that point on, we have been working towards our $12,000 goal for the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Connecticut’s only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital,” said Reidy. “Whether it be late night fundraisers, posting on social media for donations, or encouraging others to register and do the same, we do it with a smile on our faces because it is all for the kids that need our help. This has been one of the largest growing and humbling experiences of my college career and I cannot think of a better way to end my senior year than staying up all night For The Kids! (Check out our hashtag #UNHFTK2015!)”

After a long night of dancing, the two young kids who we fundraised for, Ally and Colin, walked in wearing their custom tees made by the ChargerTHON. After the students greeted them the kids enjoyed a kiddie pool full of balloons and danced along with the students to Disney music. Then the ChargerTHON leaders, Amy Reidy and Brandon Reyes, revealed the final fundraised amount, $6,288!

Aly and Colin with their family and ChargerTHON members (Photo by Gabriella Pericone)

Aly and Colin with their family and ChargerTHON members
(Photo by Gabriella Pericone)

At the end of the event, the family spoke, thanking everyone for their support. Ally has a disease that requires her to be hospitalized about five to six times a year. Her younger brother, Colin, has autism as well as epilepsy. The dance marathon ended on a very positive note and some awards were given out to participants for best dancer, best spirit, and top fundraisers.

“Planning ChargerTHON from the day it was just becoming an RSO to the actual Dance Marathon Finale event has been one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences I have had at UNH this far,” Brandon Reyes, cofounder of ChargerTHON, said.

Greek Week

by Emma O'Dell | April 22, 2015

The University of New Haven put on its annual Greek week event the week of April 13. All Greek organizations came out to participate in this activity-filled week of competitions. On Saturday, April 18, the winners of Greek Week were announced, naming Kappa Gamma Rho this year’s Greek Week champions.

Sisters of Delta Phi Epsilon and Chi Kappa Rho work together to complete the second night’s challenge  (Photo obtained via Chi Kappa Rho’s Facebook)

Sisters of Delta Phi Epsilon and Chi Kappa Rho work together to complete the second night’s challenge
(Photo obtained via Chi Kappa Rho’s Facebook)

Travis McHugh, who was Greek Week Coordinator elected by the All Greek Council, ran each event and coordinated the activities. “I would have tried to have bigger events but the small budget we had limited me and that was my biggest challenge,” he said.

The first event on Monday, April 13 was held in the Beckerman Recreation Center. This event consisted of specific physical exercises, obstacle courses, tug-of-war, and cross the river with a few more activities. Four teams of mixed Greek organizations competed with and against each other. The recreation center was filled with laughter and cheering from and for each team.

On Tuesday, April 14, the event was King Castle; each organization had to bring in as many cans as possible to build a castle. The categories judged on were height, creativity and aesthetic appeal.
This was a creative way to have a can drive but also incorporate it into an event. The cans went to WHEAT, West Haven Emergency Assistance Taskforce, which is a local private, not-for-profit, tax-exempt program.


“I liked the can castle because it was unique and used the most creativity on the spot,” Gabriella Nowicki, the Greek week chair of Phi Sigma Sigma, said. “Plus, we were giving back to the community at the same time.”

The evening of Wednesday April 15 was the Great Greek Escape. Each team had a puzzle that needed to be solved; there were people from each Greek organization hidden around campus with clues to a puzzle that needed to be solved. All of Greek life was on the hunt across campus wide to find clues and their missing pieces.

Thursday’s event was held in Bucknall Theater. All the organizations had to put on a performance, which got the crowds laughing. All organizations also had to participate in Greek Sing, which involved rewriting a song to incorporate something good about Greek life into it. The Charger Fight song ended up winning, as Joe Brown led the chant and team to victory that night.

Saturday was the wrap up of the week and to announce the winning team over all. The annual Greek barbeque was held outside in the German Club pavilion. The fire science group grilled burgers and hot dogs for everyone and lawn games were played. At the end, McHugh announced the victory of Kappa Gamma Rho.

“Greek Week is the perfect display of Greek Unity throughout the campus,” Richard Rotella, Sigma Chi brother, said. “It creates an environment where students who do not normally interact with each other interact and promote inter-organizational growth!”

Driving up to new standards

by Leah Myers | April 22, 2015

On April 10, a new gate with a gatehouse was put into operation in the Westside Hall parking lot.

Newly installed gates at the Westside Hall parking lot (Photo by Leah Myers/Charger Bulletin photo)

Newly installed gates at the Westside Hall parking lot (Photo by Leah Myers/Charger Bulletin photo)

There are two gates, one for entering and one for exiting, with the one gatehouse next to it.

The gates will be in the open position Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. For the past few weeks, a night guard has been on duty with the gates up. There will still be a night guard during the night when the gates will be down.

“It cannot hurt having someone there,” Mark DeLieto, Chief of Campus Police, said.

The gates moderate the Westside parking garage for red resident permits (41G) and one of the many green commuter lots (P41).

There is a kiosk on the driver’s side equipped with a camera and a card reader for UNH students to swip their ID. Commuter and resident students, along with faculty and staff are able to access the gate when it’s closed.

The color permits that are allowed to access this parking lot include: red, green, blue, brown, and, during the day, gold/silver permits, while orange and yellow permits are not authorized.

“We try to find the balance between security and convenience,” said Chief DeLieto.

In addition to the gates at Westside, a new parking lot location has been confirmed and will undergo construction before the start of the next school year. It will be a surface lot on Hoffman Street, across from Bergami Hall, holding around 220 spots.

Recent construction for the new Engineering and Science University Magnet School next to Westside Hall and the construction along Campbell Avenue, across from Charger Plaza, are the causes of some lost parking spots.

As part of a new standard, for every new parking lot the university acquires, they will include a gate with card reader, surveillance cameras and a blue light phone.

DeLieto said that they get more reports from cell phones than from blue phones, but they are still useful for the reassurance of having immediate access to assistance.

There is a possibility of more parking lots to pop up or to even disappear for the next school year.

Take Back the Night: No one is alone

by Samantha Higgins | April 22, 2015

Take Back the Night, an event hosted by the University of New Haven’s Victimology club on Tuesday, April 14, was held to create a space to honor victims and survivors of sexual assault, with a mission to end sexual assault in all forms.

Students participating in Take Back the Night (Photo by Samantha Higgins/Charger Bulletin Photo)

Students participating in Take Back the Night (Photo by Samantha Higgins/Charger Bulletin Photo)

Jennifer Wenderoth, college advocate for the Rape Crisis Center of Milford, opened the night by assuring the full room that there would be no reporting that night; it was a safe place for all and anyone was free and welcome to share a story, poem, or song.

Brittany Bauch, president of the Victimology Club spoke next, reminding the audience members that April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and shared the horrifying statistics that one in four women and one in six men will be sexually assaulted before they turn 18. When someone makes a rape joke in class, she said, it’s better to consider what a victim or survivor is going through than getting a few laughs. In the United States, someone is raped every two minutes and this night is about creating a space to honor victims and survivors with a mission to end sexual assault in all forms.

Sergeant Holster from campus police took the podium next to make sure everyone was aware of the location of campus police. He also made it clear that they are there to help all victims and survivors of sexual assault and other crimes; yes, they are mandated reporters, he said, but they are also a resource. Campus police officers are not there just to get students in trouble—they are open to helping students, are very victim centered and encourage students to stop by any time.

Dean Ric Baker and Title IX Coordinator Ashley Guerrera were next. Dean Baker was supporting the cause by wearing a Violence Prevention and Intervention Center T-shirt that read “make it your mission to get permission.” The two spoke about the university process and how they constantly work to update it and make it clearer. The process is victim friendly and questions can always be asked—they’d rather you come to their offices in Bartels and ask them questions and be informed then not know the information.

When the information portion of the night ended, Wenderoth showed a video featuring UNH students and staff with duct tape over their mouth and a word or phrase written on it. Most of the words revolved around being silenced about sexual violence; a second photo featured the student or staff member with the tape torn in two. Words and phrases chosen included “rape culture,” “asked for it,” “no consent,” and “they were drunk,” among other entirely true and insightful choices.

The speak-out began with a keynote who resides in West Haven, Conn. She shared her extremely personal and powerful story of an experience at the University of Rhode Island. She showed amazing strength and courage throughout her time at the podium and her entire family was in the audience as support. She ended her story by stating she is “living proof that sexual assault is real and needs to stop now.”

Between speakers, there were awkward silences where the hesitation of those trying to muster the courage to come forward could be heard. However, so many students still found the strength throughout the night to come forward and face a room full of people to share their stories. As some struggled, cried or showed fear, audience members reminded them it was a safe place; friends came forward to lend support. The amount of support from not only friends but also strangers was heartwarming.

The speak-out ended with a poem and from there, the participants took a banner and marched around campus chanting empowering including “yes means yes and no means no.” The chanting led them to the Maxcy quad, where they held a candlelight vigil and each person lit a candle in honor of victims, survivors, those who support others and those who have yet to have the courage to come forward.

The main message throughout the night was that no one was alone. The night was emotionally packed but the room was filled with warriors.


The Vagina Monologues

by The Charger Bulletin | April 22, 2015


The Vagina Monologues, a play to raise awareness and money for sexual assault victims, opened on Tuesday April 7, leaving the Alumni Lounge almost at capacity at show time.

The Vagina Monologues is an episodic play based off of true stories that is done all over the country to raise awareness for sexual assault, domestic violence and violence against women. V-day gives colleges and the younger generation the opportunity to get involved and make a difference. Statistically, one in four women and one in six men will be sexually assaulted before they are 18. This performance raises awareness to those statistics. It also ensures that those who are effected and triggered know of the resources available to them. At this event, it was stressed that the Victimology club, the peer educators and so many others on our campus are available to anyone who needs it, and that “you are not alone, we believe you, it was not your fault.”

The Vagina Monologues opened on with an introduction by Brittany Bauch, President of the Victimology club, which sponsored the show. The Victimology Club meets weekly and plans events with the goal of raising awareness on campus about sexual assault, domestic violence, elder abuse, child abuse and much more.

In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the organization hosted the show, which has been an annual event at the University of New Haven for as long as Bauch can remember. Previous presidents began the tradition because V-day raises money for local rape crisis centers to end violence against women.

The Alumni Lounge was decorated with hearts and the word love along with resources for stalking, domestic violence and sexual assault provided by the on campus Violence Prevention and Intervention Center. This was done in the event that any of the content was triggering for audience members.

Jenny Wenderoth, the college advocate for the Rape Crisis Center, was identified as well as the Peer Educators for the Violence Prevention Center. Admission was $2; all proceeds were donated to the Milford Rape Crisis Center.

Jennifer Balabanow, Project Coordinator of the Violence Prevention and Intervention Center, said this event was important because “every victim and survivor deserves all the support possible.”

The introduction went right into the first performance, and each performance varied from the last. Some were more serious while others were clearly to entertain and had the audience roaring with laughter. Between acts there were both “happy vagina facts” and “not so happy vagina facts,” helping to make the night educational as well as entertaining. The night ended on a high note with what many audience members said was the “best act” that had everyone in the room almost falling out of their seats laughing.

Holocaust remembrance

by Alyssa MacKinnon | April 22, 2015

The twelfth annual Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony on April 14 at the University of New Haven’s Bucknall Theater was held in memorium to those who lost their lives during World War II.

Music played softly from the cello and piano on the side of the stage; the first song, “The Partisan Song,” brought the crowd to silence.

The Provost, Daniel May, began the ceremony. He spoke about the loss of human life totaling as much as two-thirds of the Jewish population. May went on to talk about the various programs at UNH that navigate such issues, like the Tolerance Club, the Oskar Schindler course, and the Genocide in Modern Times class. Ira Kleinfeld, a professor of industrial engineering, gave the introduction and explained the reasoning for the eight candles on the stage.

Students came to the stage and read a passage together from the Diary of Anne Frank. After the students read, eight students went on stage and lit the candles. The first six candles represent the six million killed Jews, the seventh for the righteous individuals who risked their lives to save others and the eighth for all the others who perished; the gypsies, homosexuals, and other ethnicities who were targeted for annihilation by the Nazi party.

Three students performed a live artistic rendition of the poem, “Shema,” by Primo Levi who was a German chemical scientist who committed suicide after his involvement in the Holocaust.
Rabbi Philip Lazowski had saddening memories to share with the audience. He started by saying that to hear a witness is to become a witness. It is our duty as people to learn our past and prevent these atrocities against humankind. The Rabbi asked the audience to learn history He told us his story, of being surrounded by Nazi soldiers, hiding his family in a nearby cave only to have them discovered and witnessing his brother being shot as he tried to run away. He was later saved by a nurse but was rounded up into a theater where his captured mother pushed him from a window to save his life. The last words she spoke to him were, “tell the world and be somebody.”

He moved into the woods with his father, who had survived alone until then, but stated that “as many as 80 percent of those who tried to escape into the woods were found and killed or died of starvation and disease.”

Countries across the globe turned away Jews seeking refuge but his remaining family was lucky and able to move to New York. Lazowski went on to study in rabbinical school and marry into the family that had helped him avoid capture years before.

Music played again as the event concluded. Faculty read names during a slide show of victims related or known by the people of UNH.

Honor Student Council Green Week

by Alyssa MacKinnon | April 22, 2015

The Honor Student Council hosted their annual Green Week the week of April 13.

“HSC Green Week is about putting on a bunch of seemingly silly but very simple events that show how reusing materials and knowing your environment can be easy and a lot of fun,” said the Honors Student Council Treasurer, Denise Williams. “We reuse materials that are left behind, forgotten or ignored materials such as rocks, old tennis balls, sand, washers, string and turn them into pets, jewelry, gifts, key holders, and other cute little trinkets that are either naturally from our environment or keep something else out of the waste streams.”

On Monday, April 13, they had sand art in the Bartels Programming Space. Some students made sand art in light bulb like Mengyan Liu. ”It was so relaxing to make sand art! It felt great to be reusing old bottles for this project and knowing you’re upcycling what could be junk into art,” she said.

Tuesday April 14 was a dirt cup giveaway at the Bartels Cafe Patio. Wednesday April 15 featured a cute make your own Pet Rock event. Some students were creative enough to take a family photo with their pet rock. The club even had some premade rocks for those students who didn’t have enough time to create a more personalized one.

International Food Festival was on Thursday April 16 in the Faculty Dining Room, with food offered from around the globe. The various dishes available were a particularly refreshing novelty from the hum drum of Bartel’s.

Friday, April 17 was the Amazing (Major) Race which started at the BSAC Patio. Four teams competed in various activities around campus that demonstrated different majors. Some activities included unscrambling ducks to make a word, recalling lyrics, making play dough body parts, identifying bones and matching fingerprints.

“My favorite event was definitely the Amazing Major Race, since we were able to get 12 RSOs on campus to collaborate together for one grand, fun, academic competition!” Stephen Shepard, president of HSC, said.

The first place team, Daniel Disbrow and Lyndsey O’Neill, won gift cards to Dunkin Donuts. Second, third and fourth won gift cards to the campus bookstore.


ACJA returns home with 17 awards

by The Charger Bulletin | April 8, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Interview with newly elected USGA President and Treasurer

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

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

James Kielar

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

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

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

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

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

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

Anna Berardinelli

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

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

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

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

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

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


WNHU grand opening

by Katelyn Clark | April 8, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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