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5 Films of 2012 to Watch

by Cameron Hines | April 3, 2013

With still a lack of good films coming out in 2013, now’s a good time to catch up on films from last year you may not have seen. So here are five excellent ones from last year.

Looper (AP Photo)

5. The Sessions: Starring John Hawkes as a man suffering from polio, The Sessions is the tale of Hawkes, now in his late 30s, and his desire to lose his virginity despite his disease. Hilarious, poignant and insightful, The Sessions has a very strong script supported by equally strong performances from Helen Hunt, William H. Macy, and most significantly, John Hawkes.

4. Looper: Set in the year 2043, Looper is the story of a bounty hunter who’s in charge of killing people who have been sent back in time from the future. However, one day he sees something at work he’s not prepared for: his older self. He is now tasked with killing himself from the future. Expertly acted with a phenomenal and original script, Looper is everything you want from a movie.

3. Life of Pi: Based on the book by Yan Martel that was considered un-filmable until now, Life of Pi is a visual feast for the eyes. It’s the adventures of Pi Patel and his adventures at sea after being stranded on a lifeboat with a Bengal Tiger. Supported by excellent direction by Ang Lee, the film is beautiful, tragic, and exciting.

2. ParaNorman: Probably one of the greatest tragedies of this year’s Oscars was this film losing the mixed bag that is Brave for Best Animated Feature. Telling the story of Norman, a young boy who is able to see ghosts, the film is beautifully shot in stop motion animation with superb voice acting.

1. Beasts of the Southern Wild: This film rocked the Sundance Film Festival, and for a good reason. The film follows Hushpuppy, a girl who lives in abject poverty at a place simply called “The Bathtub.” A unique, beautiful tale of the fragility of life that’s bolstered by a strong performance from Quvenzhane Wallace as Hushpuppy.


The Optics of Winning: Musings about the Second Presidential Debate

by Simone Quartey | October 24, 2012

Ah, yes. “There you go, again,” as Ronald Reagan once said. We have arrived at the storied and much mythologized second presidential debate of the 2012 election season.

It would be nice to think that presidential debates are a forum of mature and honest discussion about the issues of the day. But who am I kidding, right? Save the wonky policy details for The West Wing. I have tried to grapple with the fact that modern politics will never be the gauzy, intellectual haven like my favorite television show. However it is nice to dream…

Instead, politics is a gritty, cynical world in which fresh-faced Senators from Illinois with bold visions and big dreams can be put through the proverbial meat grinder of Washington D.C. In four years, fresh-faced Senators turn into grey-haired technocrats.

After the first debate, one in which President Barack Obama lost by all accounts, it reinforced a very obvious notion. Politics is an optics game. A game in which style over substance almost always triumphs, especially in a media age that forces otherwise smart and capable men to be reduced to actors playing the role of the most competent and aggressive Alpha male on the planet.

Debates can rarely divulge into the policy minutia of taxes, whether a drone strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities is a good geopolitics in the Middle East or whether Simpson-Bowles is practical when austerity measures have clearly failed Europe.

So this debate, like all Presidential debates, became a kabuki theatre performance. For nearly two hours, the American people were subjected to a testosterone, battle-for-turf war between President Obama and Governor Romney. Forget the undecided voters in the audience. Let’s face it; neither man really answered the any of the questions adequately. This was a battle for winning the hearts of the nearly 70 million Americans watching at home.

President Obama, who over the years has been almost Spock-like in his temperament, became unleashed. He was blistering, sharp and sound-bite ready, a far cry from his middling first debate performance in Denver. He made a fairly adequate case for why his first term had been successful (the usual suspects: cutting taxes, Bin Laden, healthcare, etc.) However, with the exception of vague references to education, manufacturing energy policy, the President did not lay out a precise vision for what he would do in his second term. I was very surprised he did not mention the upcoming fiscal cliff and what that would mean for the American economy as a whole.

Governor Romney on the other hand, was a lot more specific when it came to speaking about the issues, but made the same dubious claims that he has been making from the beginning of the 2012 election season. Between “self-deportation” when referring to immigration policy and claiming that the President has “doubled the deficit” (the CBO estimates the Obama administration’s latest budget will drop the deficit from a high of 1.4 trillion in 2009 to 702 billion dollars in 2014), he played fast and loose with the facts. Then again, he always does.

For me, the moment of high drama came when a voter Kerry Ladka asked a question pertaining to Libya. Instead of making the effective case that the public handling by the Obama Administration of the deaths of four Americans at the Benghazi consulate was inadequate and troubling, Governor Romney lost the debate. An argument that could have effectively teed up the Republican contender’s argument against the Obama administration’s foreign policy became a moment for the President to turn a weakness into strength.

The moment had nothing to do with policy. After all, Governor Romney had a point; the White House did mishandle the Benghazi tragedy publicly, even allowing UN Ambassador Susan Rice to deny that the event was a terrorist attack on Meet the Press.

The brilliance in the moment was President Obama, as cool as a cucumber, saying “Please precede Governor,” allowing his political opponent to get bogged down in a semantic swamp and getting fact checked in real time by a very quick Candy Crowley. Of course, there was the infamous moment in which the President let the Governor know he was the guy in charged.

The optics could not have been worse for the Republican challenger. As Governor Romney sat with an uncomfortable grin like a school boy being scolded, the president, channeling Michael Douglass’s character in The American President, looked determined, mad and righteously indignant as he lectured him on how to be Leader of the Armed Forces.

There were a lot of other memorable moments. The infamous “binders of women” comment is getting plenty of attention on social media. There was also the bizarre shouting match over whose pension had the most Chinese investments. However there are some moments that just become a part of presidential debate lore. Not because those moments are about good policy, but because those moments provide good optics for the eventual winner of the debate.

After all, debates have never, and will never be about policy. For continuing the tradition, I tip my hat to the “winner” of the debate, the President of the United States.


McMahon Meet and Greet at Branford HQ Highlights Jobs Plan

by Liana Teixeira | September 19, 2012

Linda McMahon, the Republican candidate for the United States Senate, spoke to supporters on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the grand opening of her newest campaign headquarters in Branford, Conn.

McMahon’s speech focused mainly on her six-point jobs plan to revive the economy and put Americans back to work.

Guests in attendance ranged from young children to elderly citizens, as well as campaign volunteers and interns. Prior to McMahon’s arrival, attendees helped themselves to a wide selection of refreshments as they mingled with other local residents inside and outside the location.

Upon McMahon’s arrival, however, elbow room within the building became noticeably scarce as guests formed a tight semi-circle around McMahon, who publically addressed the group.

The speech focused mainly on her six-point jobs plan to revive the economy and put Americans back to work. These points include passing a middle-class tax cut, eliminating over-regulation to improve job creation, stopping “out-of-control” government spending and borrowing, providing the unemployed with the proper training and skills needed to fill available jobs, and moving toward developing alternative American energy resources.

McMahon proposes to cut the middle class tax rate from 25 percent to 15 percent, which would subsequently lead to the elimination of the capital gains tax for the middle class as well.

“It’s really important what we’re doing. We’re getting our message out; we’re talking about my six-point job plan, and it’s really resonating with folks,” she said.

McMahon continued to highlight the remaining elements of her plan, most notably the creation of jobs in both Connecticut and the nation.

“I am a proven job creator,” she said. “I built a business from the ground up. I’ve had successes and failures along the way. I get what it’s like when I talk to people around our state about losing their home or losing their job.”

Her jobs plan would also include a tax reduction on businesses and entrepreneurs, and the elimination of corporate tax credits. By teaching the necessary job skills to the American workforce, McMahon anticipates an accelerated employment rate in the country.

McMahon did not hesitate in comparing the six-point plan to the ideas of Democrat Chris Murphy, her opponent in the upcoming November election. “My opponent, Congressman Murphy says that his plan is a work in progress. Well, I think the folks in Connecticut want action,” McMahon said.

If elected, McMahon’s plan also calls for an increase in the tax deductions on student loans. While it is unclear how soon that topic would reach the legislative agenda, McMahon sat down with The Charger Bulletin to discuss the impact that her proposed plan would have on college students seeking jobs after graduation.

“I really would hope that every young person who would like to go to college, and could be successful coming out of college, has an opportunity to go,” she said.

She continued, “The first and foremost thing we have to go to do is to get our folks back to work, so that these folks who are graduating from college have jobs and have a place to work so they can repay their student loans, so they can start their lives.”

McMahon has been travelling across Connecticut this past year, and the one thing she found was manufacturing companies with job openings, but no skilled workforce to fill those openings.

“I really do think that we are not addressing the right kind of training and curriculum at our vocational schools and our technical schools to fill these jobs. And so I think that we can’t lose sight of the fact that a skilled labor force really grows the economy, and they’re really good-paying jobs you can support your family with…that’s what I hope to see.”

With the opening of the Branford headquarters, McMahon hopes to reach voters from both ends of the political spectrum. “We try to really pick out good strategic locations all over the state and in each district, so Branford is very important for us. We have a good base here to have good volunteers,” she said.

One such volunteer is Toni Cietanno of East Haven, who considers herself a “super volunteer.” As a volunteer, she has worked at the North Haven, Farmington and East Lyme headquarters, among others. Cietanno has made thousands of phone calls and knocked on doors in support of the McMahon for Senate. “It’s very, very exciting,” she said.

Carol Teodosio, the recording secretary for the Hamden Republican Town Committee, has been volunteering for McMahon since her first race for the Senate back in 2010.

“I support everything Linda does,” Teodosio said. “She’s a strong woman.”

Hundreds of volunteers assist with the operations of McMahons Senate campaign. According to McMahon, her team has already knocked on over 400,000 doors, reaching out to Connecticut residents.

“That’s an unbelievable effort,” she said.

It is no stretch to say that politicians often make promises during campaigns which may not always be fulfilled once elected to office. This is a logical and realistic aspect of any election. McMahon openly acknowledged this reality at the Wednesday meet-and-greet, stating that she could obviously not guarantee success on each and every issue presented in her plan.

“But I will guarantee you 110 percent effort,” she concluded.

UNH Student Q&A on the Republican National Convention

by Jessica Pena | September 12, 2012

Dramatic, thrilling, suspenseful and Clint Eastwood are a few of the things that could be said about this year’s Republican National Convention (RNC). The convention was hosted in Tampa, Fla., and it was a party. Tampa welcomed politicians, press, Republican citizens and a UNH student.

Simone Quartey, a junior and a political science major, interned with CNN this past summer and was given the opportunity to go to the convention. Now, the Charger Bulletin has an exclusive interview with Quartey and her experience at the RNC.

Charger Bulletin: How did you hear about the internship?

Simone Quartey: The internship was advertised throughout campus. You had to write an essay for the application process and a resume. So, you just hope and get it.

CB: What did you do in your internship?

SQ: You go on trips, go to academic seminars, listen to some guest speakers and get assignments. But basically just learning about the mechanics of presidential conventions, such as how they work and how they came about. I actually had to write a paper on why presidential conventions were relevant to the current political process. The second point of the internship, which is the internship itself, is that you are placed into two assignments. You can either volunteer for the RNC committee, where you assigned to the committee of arrangements, or the television media, and even the print media.

CB: Who did you meet or get the chance to talk to?

SQ: I had a lot of brief moments. I talked to CNN producers. I met, or shook hands with, Mark Preston, CNN Political Director. It’s a political convention, so constantly running into the members of the media, politicians and congressman. I had a lovely conversation with a journalist who worked for CNN. He was informative and had a lot to say about the media. I sat in on a group discussion with Mickey Edwards, former congressman. He had a lot to say about the political process and where the Republican Party is at ideologically, where it was then, where it is now and how he feels about it. I got to meet a lot of great people who taught me a lot.

CB: Which figure did you find most interesting about the RNC?

SQ: I found Marco Rubio interesting. I feel like that he’s one the best examples of the party trying to gain a more diverse side. While I don’t agree with his political opinion, he was one the most dynamic speakers that was at the RNC. I think Susan Martinez was interesting as well. Also, a lot of candidates of color speaking there had great things to say about the party and had an affected pitch to obtain Latino and African-American voters.

CB: So, I just need to ask about Clint Eastwood. What was going through your head?

SQ: [Laughs.] The Clint Eastwood thing was something. I think Rachel Maddow’s reaction to the speech was my reaction. All the people from both parties, and me looked at each other and were like, “What the hell is going on?” It was weird. It was bizarre. It feeds into every negative stereotype of the Republican Party. It was bizarre. I don’t know what to make of that. All I can say is that if you are a member of the party faithful, then that was your thing. But I don’t think it did anything positive for the party and it took away a lot for Mitt Romney’s message. I thought it was strange.

CB: What aspect of the Republican Party did you find very interesting?

SQ: I found interesting the young Republicans. If they’re anything like the people I met in Tampa, then the party still has a future. There’s been a lot of talk in the media that the Republican Party is going to become extinct because of demographics issues, and that may be true, but young republicans are smart. While they’re obviously very conservative and hold very strong principles, they acknowledge the people in their party, and if they are the future of the party, then the party has a good chance. They are a lot smarter about the issues and where the country is than their political elders. So, the greatest thing I learned and found interesting was the group of young republicans.

CB: Would you recommend this opportunity to anyone?

SQ: I would recommend it to students. I would probably recommend that if you’re a Democrat, then go to the RNC and if you’re a Republican, then go to the Democratic National Convention (DNC), because you will learn something about your fellow Americans around your age that you may not learn. A lot became friends with people from different backgrounds, views, religion and etc. But I would most definitely recommend this trip to communication majors. Students, who have an interest in journalism, would have a more hands on experience than any other internship.

CB: What was the best part of the RNC and what did you get out of it?

SQ: I got the most unfiltered access to the convention itself. I got to be there when tension rose between politicians. I got to be there when they made their speeches. I was also there when the media formed an opinion, spin or angle on the story to cloud voters’ votes. So, I was glad that I was there for myself to form an opinion without being influenced by the media.

CB: So, how was the overall experience?

SQ: To sum it up in one word, it was educational. It was educational in the sense that I’m a registered Democrat and I got to be around people who share different political views than me, and ideological opposite me. Also, it was educational because I got a better understanding of how much work, and I learned more about myself as a person. I got a once-in-a-lifetime experience interning for a respectable institution, CNN. I learned the in’s and out’s, and how the business works, especially how the political candidates coverage works. So, educational is the best way to describe it.



Opening Day 2012

by Isaak Kifle | August 29, 2012

As the summer season starts to enter its final stages, and the color changes of fall loom over the horizon, the University of New Haven began final preparations for Opening Day 2012.

Students outside Bartels Campus Center during the first week of classes and events.

On Thursday, Aug. 23, the UNH community welcomed the incoming Class of 2016. Throughout the morning and afternoon, cars filled every parking lot on campus and the newest members of the community arrived to begin the newest chapter of their lives.

The Class of 2016 at UNH consists of around 1,200 students, some of whom are commuters. Others moved in early for the CAMEP program, DREAM orientation or Band Camp.

However, the majority of the incoming students moved in on the 23rd, many of whom packed their entire lives in their families’ cars.

The entire university community worked to prepare for this day. Faculty and staff could be found around campus in bright green shirts to help direct students and families wherever they needed to go.

Resident Assistants and Orientation Leaders were present at each of the first-year residence halls to check students in as well as hand them their keys, student IDs and the schedule for Welcome Week.

Last, but not least, Welcome Wagon was once again in full force on opening day. Welcome Wagon is a program coordinated every year by the Office of Student Activities, where upperclassmen wearing bright red shirts volunteer to help new students move in.

Andrew Mayer, Student Activities Office Coordinator, coordinated the 2012 Welcome Wagon.

In addition, a captain was assigned to each of the seven first-year residence halls to direct the Welcome Wagon process for that particular hall. This year, the seven Welcome Wagon captains were Rachel Boulerice, Erin Wiswell, Morgan Streit, Isaak Kifle, Amanda Lavalley, Megan Kolis and Travis McHugh.

Thanks to the efforts of everyone involved, the move-in process was a success and the Class of 2016 settled into their new home. Following move-in, students got to attend presentations, say goodbye to their families, participate in various activities and have their class picture taken.

The end of opening day also marks the beginning of Welcome Week, and many more events are planned for the next few days.


Romney Picks Ryan for Running Mate

by The Associated Press | August 29, 2012

NORFOLK, Va. — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has picked Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan to be his running mate, according to a Republican with knowledge of the development. They will appear together Saturday in Norfolk, Va., at the start of a four-state bus tour to introduce the newly minted GOP ticket to the nation.


Mitt Romney chooses Paul Ryan as his running mate for the upcoming 2012 presidential race.

The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because this person was not authorized to disclose the decision.

In a statement issued Friday night, Romney’s campaign would say only that the running mate would be revealed at 9 a.m. EDT at the Nauticus Museum. Berthed at the museum is the USS Wisconsin — which offered a hint about Romney’s choice.

Before Romney’s team issued the statement, all signs seemed to point to Ryan, the seven-term Wisconsin congressman whose nomination could help assuage the conservative base of the party that has been reluctant to fully embrace Romney.

Romney’s preference for a team player cannot be overstated in a campaign led by an inner circle that has worked together for a decade in some cases.

Campaigning together during this spring’s GOP primary, Romney and Ryan were visibly comfortable with each other on a personal and professional level. Romney eagerly shared the microphone with Ryan during campaign events, they shared hamburgers at a fast food restaurant, and the congressman played a leading role in an April Fool’s joke on the Republican presidential contender.

In recent days, conservative pundits have been urging Romney to choose Ryan in large part because of his authorship of a House-backed budget plan that seeks to curb overall entitlement spending and changes Medicaid into a voucher-like system to save costs.

On Thursday, Romney fueled the buzz around Ryan, telling NBC that he wants a vice president with “a vision for the country, that adds something to the political discourse about the direction of the country.”

Several Republicans took that as an indication that Ryan had shot to the top of a shortlist said to include Ohio Sen. Rob Portman and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Neither of those Republicans had plans to be in Virginia on Saturday.

Romney’s completion of the GOP ticket comes as he tries to repair an image damaged by negative Democratic advertising and shift the trajectory of a campaign that’s seen him lose ground to President Barack Obama. The vice presidential selection will dominate headlines, and Romney’s team has been relentlessly teasing the announcement for weeks.

Ryan, 42, is viewed by some in the Republican Party as a bridge between the buttoned-up GOP establishment and a riled-up tea party movement that has never warmed to Romney.

As the chairman of the House Budget Committee, Ryan could help Romney make the argument that only the GOP ticket knows how to turn around a nation in the midst of a sluggish economic recovery. As talk about Ryan swirled this week, Democrats have been castigating Romney for embracing the Ryan-sponsored budget proposal that critics say is painful to the poor and elderly. It was a sign of the line of attack to come.

The move also now links Romney directly with House Republicans, including no-compromise tea partyers who have pressed for deep spending cuts. Obama has been casting House Republicans as an impediment to progress in the often-gridlocked Washington.

At the same time, Ryan on the ticket could help Romney become more competitive in Wisconsin, a state Obama won handily four years ago but that could be much tighter this November.

Adding fuel to the speculation, Romney’s son Tagg also joined Ryan at a funeral for victims of the Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting with Ryan on Friday, though the younger Romney said he is planning to campaign in New Hampshire over the weekend and is not attending the bus tour. And a plane was tracked Friday on a flight from Boston to Janesville, Wis., where Ryan lives.

The Wall Street Journal, in an editorial on Thursday, praised Ryan as a strong choice for Romney: “The case for Mr. Ryan is that he best exemplifies the nature and stakes of this election. More than any other politician, the House budget chairman has defined those stakes well as a generational choice about the role of government and whether America will once again become a growth economy or sink into interest-group dominated decline.”

Party officials say Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has been convinced for days that Romney had settled on Ryan, according to multiple people who spoke with the chairman. Priebus, who, like Ryan, is from Wisconsin, was expected to attend Saturday morning’s announcement.

Outside Ryan’s home in Janesville, there were no cars in the vicinity with government plates. An Associated Press reporter knocked on the door to his home three times and go no answer just before midnight local time. There was a light on in a first-floor room of the two-story brick home atop a hill.

Earlier this week, a Ryan adviser said the family, including the congressman, was preparing for a weeklong vacation to Colorado that was to begin Saturday.

Pawlenty was maintaining his Saturday schedule campaigning for Romney in New Hampshire, an official close to Pawlenty’s political team said. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to speak ahead of the formal announcement.

Most of Romney’s staff learned of the looming announcement during a 10 p.m. EDT conference call Friday about an hour before the campaign issued a statement. The identity of Romney’s pick was not disclosed during the call.

There were signs of a potential announcement as most of Romney’s senior staff joined him on the flight from Boston, and the campaign added a last-minute rally to their Virginia itinerary on Saturday.

Earlier in the day, Romney’s campaign briefed reporters on the bus tour, making no mention of the impending vice presidential announcement.

“The governor keeps very close counsel on that, and I have no guidance,” adviser Eric Fehrnstrom said of any potential event.

Romney’s bus tour was expected to include appearances with Portman, as well as two others who had been talked about as possible contenders for running mate: Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

The tour will take Romney through four must-win states in as many days: North Carolina, Virginia, Florida and Ohio. All are battlegrounds where Obama won in 2008. While Obama could afford to lose in one or more of them and still reach the 270 electoral votes needed for another term, Romney almost certainly needs all four to beat him.



Fall 2012 Sports Schedule

by Amanda D'Alberto | August 29, 2012

The 2012 fall sports season includes five teams, and they are men’s soccer, women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s cross-country and football.

University of New Haven, Chargers football.

The teams have been busy since mid-August with preseason training and scrimmages. The men’s soccer team will be the first to kick off the fall 2012 sports season.

The fall season will open on Aug. 30 when the men’s soccer team takes on Molloy College at Kayo Field at 4 p.m. In addition to this opening home game, the men will play seven more home games.

The team’s last home game on Oct. 26 against Saint Anselm College will be their Senior Night. The men are looking to improve this season from the 2011 record of 9-5-3.

An away game on Aug. 31 at Dominican College with a 3 p.m. start will be the official start of the women’s soccer team. The first home game of the season will be on Sept. 6 on Kayo Field as they host Dowling College at 4 p.m.

The team will host Southern New Hampshire University on Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. for their Senior Night. The team this year is looking to improve a 9-8 record from last fall.

On Sept. 7, the city of Pueblo, Colo., will serve as the location for the opening game of the women’s volleyball team season, and the team will play an additional three games on the 7th and 8th.

The first official home game of the season will be Sept. 12 at the Charger Gymnasium, as the women take on the New York Institute of Technology at 7 p.m.. Senior Night for the team will take place on Nov. 9 when the women take on Bentley University at 7 p.m. The team is looking to improve last season’s record of 23-7, and make another appearance in both the NE-10 Championships and the NCAA Division II East Region Championship.

The men’s and women’s cross-country team will open their season on Sept. 22 when they travel to Fairfield, Conn., for an invitational meet hosted by Fairfield University. On Sept. 29, they will travel to Bethlehem, Pa., for their second and only other regular season meet hosted by Lehigh University.

The team will then run at New England Championships on Oct. 7, and then compete at the NE-10 Championships on Oct. 20.

The most anticipated fall sport this season is football. In the 2011 season, quarterback Ryan Osiecki led the Chargers to an 11-2 overall record and a conference record of 8-0. The Chargers were ranked 1st in the conference with a 8-0 record, and became the 2011 NE-10 Champions.

Osiecki led the team to the quarterfinals of the 2011 NCAA Division II Football Championships, but lost the game 7-27 to Winston-Salem State University.

Osiecki posted 3,336 passing yards and threw 36 passing yards in the 2011 season, and was named the NE-10 Offensive Player of the Year, New England Football Writer’s Division II/III Gold Helmet Award Winner, NE-10 Conference First Team, Don Hansen Football Gazette NCAA Division II All-American Honorable Mention and All-American Honorable Mention.

As the 2012 season approaches, he said his season goals were “to lead my team to a National Championship and win, throw no interceptions, have 50 TD passes, and 5,000 passing yards throughout the season.”

The 2012 season team goal according to Osiecki is “to win every game and win a National Championship.”

The team will kick-off the 2012 season on Sept. 1 at 1 p.m. with a home game against Merrimack College on the field at Ralph F. DellaCamera Stadium.

Homecoming this fall will be against cross-town rivals Southern Connecticut State University on Oct. 27 at 1 p.m.

Follow the teams throughout the 2012 fall season at for a full listing of all the home and away games.


Inspire A Generation: Highlights of the 2012 Summer Olympics

by Arnold Lane Jr. | August 29, 2012

The games of the 13th Olympiad occurred over a 17-day period from July 27 to Aug. 12 in London, United Kingdom.

During this time, the world would witness a spectacle of athletic performances that will be remembered for years to come.

The 2012 London Games marked the first time in Olympic history when all participating nations sent a female athlete. The Games was also the first time a female competitor competed in every sporting event.

Following the universally acclaimed Opening Ceremony by award-winning director Danny Boyle, we would see Michael Phelps become the greatest Olympian of all time, winning his 22nd medal. Usain Bolt would sweep the same three events he competed in during the 2008 Summer Games. Gabrielle “Gabby” Douglas became the first American gymnast to win gold in both individual all-around and team competition.

The United States Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams both won gold. Sarah Attar of Saudi Arabia ran to a standing ovation in Heat Six of the qualifying rounds of the Women’s 800-meter.

Missy Franklin made her Olympic depute at the age of 17 and won five medals, four of which were gold. Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings won the Women’s Beach Volleyball Tournament for the third straight Olympic Games.

Allyson Felix finally won gold in the Women’s 200-meters after winning silver at the last two Olympic Games. Ryan Lochcte won five Olympic Medals bringing his total to eleven career medals.

Venus and Serena Williams won Women’s Doubles in tennis after Serena won gold in Women’s Singles.

These feats along with several other achievements and record-setting performances occurred throughout the course of the Games.

The Closing Ceremony featured a three-hour concert and the passing of the Olympic torch, which was handed over to the next host city for the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.


Fall TV Line-Up: Zombies, Vampires and Time Lords, Oh My!

by Jessica Pena | August 29, 2012

Every summer we are welcomed by shows like White Collar, True Blood, and (do I dare say it?) reality shows like Keeping up with the Kardashians.

However, it is that time of year again where we say goodbye to those shows for now and say hello to the fall shows. Whether it’s vampires, doctors, cops, top models, family drama or crazy teenagers, we know good things are coming to entertain us viewers.

Therefore, if you are a fan to these fall shows, then sit back and read the following. But if you are new to these shows, then do the same exact thing, because this is your guide to know what is good and coming on television.

ABC—It started with everyone deciding to go their own way and it ended with a tearful goodbye. Grey’s Anatomy returns with more deaths than usual.

In the season finale, Meredith, Derek, Mark, Arizona, Cristina and Lexie found themselves in a plane crash that led to Lexie’s death, a heartbroken Mark, a very serious hand-injured Derek, and a paralyzed pilot.

Now, all the doctors must support each other to survive while help arrives, but it may be already too late. The show’s ninth season starts Sept. 27 at 9 p.m.

AMC—Forget about vampires and werewolves, and remember when zombies took over the world.

Yup, The Walking Dead is back, and this time there is no going back. Last season, Rick killed Shane, but then killed him again when he returned as a zombie.

Now as the boss, it’s his way or the highway, and not many are happy, including his son and his pregnant wife whose child could be Shane’s.

The season also starts off when the gang decides to get back what is theirs from the zombies and turn it into a safe haven. Whether or not they are successful, the season starts Oct. 14 at 9 p.m.

BBC AMERICA—If you are more into shows whose characters have a bit of an accent, then this is your network.

The top-notch show that you all should be watching on this network that may even give Syfy shows a run for their money is Doctor Who.

For those who know it, you know the deal. For those who don’t know it, let me give it to you straight up. A crazy but brilliant man is an alien, travels throughout space and time in a blue telephone box that is bigger on the inside, occasionally picks up hot women, and may cause some shenanigans here and there.

Don’t believe me? Then watch the show to see for yourself. The seventh season of the show is the beginning of the end for some characters, and it airs Sept. 1 at 9 p.m.

CBS—We all know the story of the bromance between Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson.

It is a story told countless of times through Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories, Guy Ritchie’s movies, and Steven Moffat’s television series.

But now comes a new tale or twist to the story, in which a modern-day Sherlock Holmes is a recovering addict, and Dr. Watson is a woman.

Yup, Dr. Jane Watson to be exact. She will be played by Lucy Liu. Whether or not it will turn romantic, you can bet there will be a lot of tension between these two.

The show Elementary starts Sept. 25 at 10 p.m.

CW—New president equals big changes. Yet, one thing that remains constant is the network’s biggest show, The Vampire Diaries.

Forget about Team Jacob or Team Edward, what about Team Stefan or Team Damon?

That’s right; the show’s storyline is driven by a girl’s choice between two vampire guys. But last season ended when the girl finally chose, then died and became a vampire. Now heading towards their senior year, the young group must face their biggest challenge yet, which could put everyone they love at risk and destroy the town they grew up in.

The show starts its fourth season on Oct. 11 at 8 p.m.

FOX—The Big Apple is calling their names. Glee returns with a whole new drama.

Last season, Finn let Rachel go, so she can pursue her dreams in New York City, while Sue Sylvester is becoming a mom.

You heard right. Motherhood is calling to the once villain of the show. But don’t worry, there is a new villain in town, and she goes by the name of Kate Hudson.

The actress will be guest starring in the show, along with Sarah Jessica Parker and actor Dean Geyer. The season begins on Sept. 13 at 9 p.m.

FX—If you are more into the scary genre, then American Horror Story is your guilty pleasure.

From the creators of Glee, the show continues on with a whole new story and whole new cast. After killing off the Harmon family, the show will focus on Jessica Lange’s character Constance Langdon.

Some returning stars, such as Zachary Quinto, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters and Lily Rabe, will make an appearance. New stars such as Adam Levine, Jenna Dewan, Clea DuVall, James Cromwell, Mark Consuelos, Chloë Sevigny, and Chris Zylka will join the cast. The new season starts in October of 2012.

NBC—Something new and hot is coming out to cool out the summer transition into fall.

From the creators of Law & Order comes Chicago Fire. The show will focus on the personal lives of heroic firefighters and paramedics, and show that life isn’t always as easy as it would seem.

Starring House’s Jesse Spencer, The Vampire Diaries’ Taylor Kinney and Sex in the City’s David Eigenberg, the show premieres Oct. 10 at 10 p.m.



Spring Concert 2012

by Michelle R Morra | May 2, 2012

Spring Weekend is filled with events both put on by SCOPE and other clubs and is the biggest and most anticipated weekend all year.

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  And all year the most anticipated event is the Spring Concert, and this year’s concert had to be the biggest this school has ever seen.  Students love the event put on by other clubs and the Spring Comedian and Spring Carnival, but the Spring Concert is what everyone waits for, and there were not a lot of disappointed people that came to it.

On Saturday, April 28, after the Spring Carnival, people started lining up for the concert just waiting for a great show to start.  The doors for the concert opened at 7:00 p.m. and just like for the Spring Comedian SCOPE was on top of security and checking every student, including checking their tickets and their UNH I.D.’s and guests state I.D.’s.  All the staff checking people were working very hard and being vigilant to make sure everyone was safe.

But once students got past the front, that’s when the fun really started.  Students started filling the gym and everyone was trying to get as close as possible to the stage to get the best view and get as close as possible to the performers.

The opener and emcee for the night was D.J. Earworm, and he was up first to start getting the crowd pumped up for the night’s festivities.  He played a lot of his mashups from his United States of Pop series from the last couple of years, and when he came on the second time he mixed his Pop series with some of his other mashups. These included songs such as “Like OMG,” “Baby,” and “Party on the Floor.”  He was doing a great job at getting students pumped up and keeping them pumped until the very end of the show; he was definitely a good pick for an in between artist and emcee.

Then one of the major performers of the night walked out on stage and kept the party going.  Four Year Strong played some of the crowd favorites so that people could sing along and get into the mood.  They continued to play crowd favorites and some cover songs for an hour before the students were ready for the end of the night and ready for LUDACRIS.

There is no scale on earth to measure how loud the crowd cheered when Ludacris walked out on stage.  He started the show with a bang and kept it going for over an hour, and the crowd was going with him. There was no stopping anyone.  For every song that Ludacris was singing, the crowd was singing along with him, and they were even impressing him.  He was even playing songs from his tracks that were not played on the radio, but the crowd knew the lyrics. He even performed his very first single, “Phat Rabbit”, and that was a big hit.

Throughout the entire show, the crowd was jumping up and down and waving their arms, but not as much as when Ludacris was on stage and pleasing the crowd.  Every student walked out of the gym that night tired from all the jumping and singing they had been doing.  And that was proof to SCOPE that they did a great job picking a great artist. This had to have been the most popular spring concert yet.

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