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Hot Legs or a Hot Mess?

by Liana Teixeira | September 11, 2013

They’re long, tan and gleaming in the sunlight—two practically perfect, cylindrical objects posed at a slanted angle. One may look in the background and spot a tropical paradise or a swimming pool. However, these are not the legs of a woman enjoying a relaxing day by the water, but rather two hotdogs imitating its image.

Editor in Chief Liana Teixeira
Photo Provided by Samantha Mathewson

The “hotdogs or legs?” craze is the latest viral sensation to hit the social networking world. From Tumblr to Twitter, hundreds of people are taking time out of their day to carefully position hotdogs instead of eating them. Some people poke fun at the scenario by covering their actual legs with ketchup and mustard, while others remain confused as to whether the limbs in an Instagram photo really do belong to a human being.“Hotdogs or legs?” may have started off as innocent humor, but it draws attention to the even bigger problem of self-esteem and body image facing the county.

Once students start their first day of college (or even high school), they are exposed to an entirely different world, one filled with late night cramming sessions before finals, and dozens of social outings. Some students are so busy and stressed throughout the day, they may not even realize what they are eating, or how much.

Those jeans you bought two months ago may start to feel a bit tighter, as the “freshman 15” fright starts to set in. Some students even lose weight. The growing body insecurities among young adults are startling, with fad diets, eating disorders and extreme work-out regiments becoming normal methods of weight loss.

This constant obsession to feel beautiful is something engrained within our minds since adolescence, particularly women. It’s hard to feel good about yourself when the media presents celebrity bodies like gods of worship.

Everyone comes in different shapes and sizes: fat, skinny, short, tall, big-boned and petite. It’s genetics, plain and simple. And no, a thigh gap isn’t always included.

One of the great things about UNH are all the facilities and healthy food options available on campus. Do some cardio at the Rec Center, get a side of salad with dinner, or grab a protein smoothie for energy. Never resort to anything that makes you feel less than beautiful.

It’s sad to see that the few inches between thighs have become a symbol of a healthy lifestyle, and it’s even more disappointing to see them compared to processed pork sausage.

“Frank”ly, it’s gone too far. The “hotdog or legs?” image has had its 15 minutes of fame, and deserves to retreat back into the realms of cyberspace.


Life Without a Plan(ner)

by Samantha Mathewson | September 11, 2013

Plan. Execute. Succeed. Three words my uncle told me after I graduated from high school. I thought about these words the other day, and I realized while how simple, yet exact they really are.

Assistant Editor Samantha Mathewson
Photo Provided by Samantha Mathewson

Right now I am in the planning phase of my life. While I do believe I am in the processes of executing a plan I made for myself after deciding what I wanted to study, I don’t want to get ahead of myself, and lets be honest, I am still making it up everyday as I go along.

My plan was to attend the University of New Haven, study communications, and become a journalist. Along the way, I have since picked up a double minor in Environmental Science and Photography. If that’s not a lot to handle, let’s toss in the fact that I am a three-seasoned athlete, the assistant editor of the Charger Bulletin, and a member of a couple clubs on campus. My life would be unmanageable without a plan(ner).

If there is one thing I rely on more than anyone or anything in my life, it is my planner. I have my life plan, and now to execute that plan successfully, I depend on the sanity my planner provides for me by keeping me organized.

While my planner is an inanimate object that doesn’t do anything other than provide blank spaces for me put all my thoughts, I would be lost without it. I write everything I have to do down. That way I will not forget, or fall short of completing a task. I cross things off as I go and accomplish what I have planned, and sometimes, to make myself feel even more accomplished, I add things I have done that weren’t originally on the list.

I don’t know how people stay organized without a planner. It is not possible that you remember everything you have to do, and if your classmate won’t be honest with you, I will. It gets annoying after awhile, when you keep asking them (them, being who wrote it down when the teacher assigned it in the first place, so they wouldn’t forget like you did) what the assignment is, and when it is due.

A planner as simple as mine does not come at a high cost, and has definitely paid for itself with how many times it has saved me; the sad thing is it has only been two weeks of school so far.

If you think I sound crazy, consider other planners, outside of a simple notebook that’s used daily. On a broader level, many people hire planners (people, not inanimate objects) to organize their lives; wedding planners, vacation planners, and even secretaries. Now if you think about it like that, maybe you can understand how truly important a plan(ner) is, and how sensible I sound afterwards.

So take a couple seconds to write things down, stay organized, and it will make executing your plans a little more easy, and the success also that much easier, and just as, if not more, rewarding.

In Time

by Samantha Mathewson | September 4, 2013

Well it’s that time of year again where all of us arrive back on campus and the new comers embark on their first, and maybe most exciting or scariest, adventure to date. One thing we all have in common, regardless of what year we are, is we all realize summer is over.

Photo Provided by Samantha Mathewson

The funny thing about life is the amount of time we have. I don’t know if any of you have seen In Time, staring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried, but it features this interesting concept where time is their form of currency instead of the paper we give value to today.

To citizens in this world a simple second can make the difference of a lifetime, where in ours a penny has little to no value anymore. So what would you do for an extra second? Whether it is on the beach down south during the vacation you took this summer or in your comfy bed, in your own room at home, I can image when you woke up for your first class of the semester you will be wishing you could close your eyes and rewind to that point in time.

There are a lot of things that can happen in a single minute, but the bottom line is that time can not be stored, or saved for later, made up, rewound, fast forward or even paused. Like money, we can’t just add more hours to the day, or the value of it would be lost. There are only 24 hours in a day, seven days in a week, 52 weeks, 12 months or 365 days in a year, no matter how you look at it.

The only thing we can do is live in the moment, enjoy it, and make the most of it. Ask yourself what is worth more, time or money? Basically, it all comes down to how you spend it, so take advantage of every second for all its worth, because while we don’t exchange minuets for a cup of coffee, we sometimes waste seconds regretting something that has already happened and can’t be changed.

Enjoy the time you have at UNH, take a couple extra minutes to look over your test or homework before you hand it in, meet new people and enjoy time spent with them, get involved around campus, and instead of sleeping the day away, go on an adventure in this new found place we all call home for nine months of the year.

Even though you are in a rush to reach the ultimate goal and get out of here with a diploma in your hand, you will never get these years back. We can’t live in a single moment forever, nor can we speed up to graduation, which may seem like a really far destination, but with patience time will fly, and before you know it summer will be back again and you will be wishing it was today instead.



Graduation is Coming

by Elizabeth Field | May 8, 2013

It’s May already? I’m graduating in two weeks? How did time pass by so fast, especially in these last few months? For some of you, these next few weeks mark the end of your college experience and for others just the beginning.

Working with Liana on these last 26 issues has been an absolute pleasure. Despite her telling me that when we first met she instantly thought, “I’d never be friends with that girl” (I will never let that go), we’ve developed such a strong friendship and amazing working relationship. Thank you Liana for putting up with my poor singing, crying, and constant dancing…sometimes all at the same time. I hope we’ve continued to serve the Bulletin and hold it to the same high standards as previous editors. Mostly, though, I hope we’ve created a paper which may have sparked in some feelings of fondness or anger, but ultimately made students want to pick up an issue each week.

Everyone has a different college experience, but at the root of it all, I hope you have all made the most of your time here at UNH and have seen yourself grow academically and spiritually. I know that I would not have traded the last four years of my life for anything. My time at UNH has allowed me to have so many wonderful experiences that have enriched my education and sparked my research interests, which have lead me to enter an international Master’s program this fall.

Serving as a staff member of The Charger Bulletin for all these years has helped me develop my voice as a writer, learn some serious time management skills, and forced me into caffeine addiction. Although this paper frequently plagues my nightmares, it will always hold a special place in my heart. I am so grateful for the opportunities I have had within the paper all of these years. I am especially appreciative to everyone on our awesome staff that has week after week proved their dedication to this publication.

I hope that all you readers enjoy the many changes The Charger Bulletin underwent this year. I send my very best wishes to the incoming Editor-in-Chief Liana and Assistant Editor Sam. I have no doubt that you both will do a phenomenal job, and I look forward to seeing your progress next year! Congratulations to the Class of 2013 – we survived!

Until Next Time

by Liana Teixeira | May 8, 2013

Well, here it is…the last issue of the Charger Bulletin for the year. It’s an odd feeling to tell you the truth. No more editing, no more article lists, not spending my Sunday afternoons cooped up in the Office of Student Activities. Although this comes as a huge sigh of relief with finals approaching, I’m going to miss working at the newspaper on a daily basis. As I’m writing this, I realize many of the people (hopefully) reading this editorial are seniors, are my friends, are people I won’t see on a daily basis once classes resume in August.

One of these fantastic people is Elizabeth Field, the current Editor-in-Chief. When I received the position of Assistant Editor last spring and met Liz for the first time, I had no idea we would form such a strong friendship (if staying up until 2 a.m. and singing Taylor Swift at the top of our lungs whilst editing the newspaper doesn’t make us soul sisters, I don’t know what does). I could never have gotten through every twist and turn that has come our way this year without Liz’s help and guidance throughout this entire process. As much as it saddens me to see her graduate and move to Ireland for grad school, I am confident she will succeed in anything and everything she does in the future.

We have come so far and accomplished so much in the past year; we have seen Charger Bulletin grow and expand in ways we never thought possible. To me, Charger Bulletin was, and still is, my pride and joy. I have spent more hours this year slaving over my office desktop than I have on actual schoolwork. And while some may see this as a problem in the long-run, I am thankful to have the opportunity to produce something I am truly passionate about. I came to UNH knowing I wanted to work toward a career in journalism, and being a part of the newspaper has only made my experience at UNH that much more enjoyable.

Looking back on this past year, I find myself overwhelmingly grateful for the opportunity to be Assistant Editor and even more grateful to be named next year’s Editor-in-Chief. Also, I would like to congratulate Samantha Mathewson, who will be the new Assistant Editor for the 2013-2014 school year. I know, without a doubt, that she will be a great asset to Charger Bulletin and bring a new, creative perspective to the newspaper.

Good luck during finals everyone, and have an even better summer. Until next time, loyal readers.

Challenge Accepted

by Samantha Mathewson | May 8, 2013

College is the time in your life when you finally get to make decisions for yourself, and one of the those decisions is what you plan on studying to later get a career in the field of your choice.

When coming to the University of New Haven, I planned to study communications and photography so that I could later become a photo journalist. However while that was my initial choice, it opened the door to so many amazing opportunities that I never could have expected.

I have studied abroad in one of the most beautiful countries (Iceland) for photography and photojournalism. I might be biased because that is the only country outside the United States that I have visited, but it truly and surreally is beautiful. It gave me a medium to work with that I would have never been able to predict or expect to receive in a classroom. It has further interested me in pursuing a career in travel writing and photography, because I am sure there are many more beautiful places in this world outside of Iceland.

Now I am welcoming my newest adventure. While I am staying in the U.S. for this one, I am just as excited about it. I knew I wanted to start writing for the school’s newspaper when I first arrived as a freshman. In addition to it being one of the many steps along the path to later becoming a journalist, it has strung the right chord, not only in preparing me for the future but truly finding what I love to do. I will be the Assistant Editor of the Charger Bulletin next year, and this is a risk I am more than willing to take.

This position will be challenging and it will be hard, but most of all it will be fun. I look forward to my late nights of putting a paper together for the study body at UNH. I encourage everyone to welcome a challenge. Make something that is easy just a little more complex, simply because it will test you. When you see that you can overcome that, you will soon see that you are more talented than an A on a test could ever prove to you.

Sliding by is fine for high school. But we are all in college now, and it is the time to take risks, welcome challenges, and either fail miserably or succeed to great lengths you never thought possible. I promise that if you want something bad enough, you can achieve it; personally, getting the Assistant Editor position is proof of that


Email Etiquette

by Matt DiGiovanni | October 13, 2010

As the editor-in-chief of The Charger Bulletin, I receive a lot of emails every day, some from students, some from potential advertisers, and then a whole mess of press releases. I don’t mind the quantity really; it’s easy enough to sort through the riff raff. However, what drives me completely insane are emails sent with no thought at all. Is it really that tricky to read through and proofread a handful of lines of text? I’m going to compose a brief list of do’s and don’ts to consider when writing emails.


-Use pleasantries. Who doesn’t want to get a nice good morning, hello, hi, hey, or yo at the beginning of an email?

-Write in complete sentences. You know what’s frustrating? Not being able to read a single clear coherent thought because there are fragments up the wazoo in an email.

-Use punctuation. I know that in this day and age, it’s really easy to just ignore proper punctuation (and capitalization for that matter). But if you’re sending an email to someone other than a personal friend or relative, you should probably be using all your periods, commas, semi-colons, colons, and whatever else you need.

-Sign your name. Sure, if you setup your email right, it will say your name by your email address. But still, it’s nice to know that there’s a real person on the other end writing back to me, who cares enough to sign their name!


-Not respond to an email. Just because you know you received the email doesn’t mean the sender does. It sets my mind at ease when I know that my emails are getting through, because people respond.

-Use obscure acronyms. Just because you know what a certain acronym means, doesn’t mean everyone does. One time, after receiving an email with an unknown acronym, I asked for an explanation. The person responded by ignoring my question and used the acronym again. ARGH!

-Harass for a response. If it’s been less than 24 hours, don’t send a second email asking if I got your email. After a full day has gone by, have at it, but until then, the last thing I want is eight more emails asking me the same question.

-Assume anything. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve received an email that is just an attachment or a handful of words. I don’t know what you want if you don’t tell me! Sure, I could guess, but what if I guess wrong? Then you’re out of luck.

Here’s one last tip; if you are sending an email from a phone, that does give you a little bit of leeway. I wouldn’t suggest skipping the steps above, but you can be much briefer, especially if your signature says that it was sent from a phone.

Don’t be a jerk and ignore these tips when you send emails, particularly to me. Poorly written emails make me cranky.

Did Someone Say Election?

by Joann Wolwowicz | October 13, 2010

The 2010 Midterm Elections are just around the corner, and the news is always full of stories pertaining to that particular subject. These elections are scheduled to be held on November 2, 2010 for 37 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate. 34 of the seats are for six-year terms that will begin January 3, 2011 and end in January 2017.

With such important elections coming up, it’s not hard to turn on the news or pull up a news website and find some information on the issues. Every day there is an article about this candidate or a commercial for that one. So, wouldn’t it be safe to say that students on this campus are fully aware of the issues and know how they will be voting come November 2? Actually, shockingly, there are students who do not even know that elections are about to take place. Would America’s future please wake up!

Sometimes I find it hard to believe that people can be so ignorant about the issues that drive this country. I listen to people complain and complain about problems that they feel this country is having. I listen to people complain about our government and the horrible job it is doing. I listen to people complain about how nothing ever gets done or promises are never kept. Then I ask these people if they vote in any elections. The most common responses that I receive are that no, they do not vote or that they don’t put much thought into who they vote for. Really people? How is that going to solve anything? Those people sitting high up in office are there because we voted them in. If you do not vote or vote willy-nilly just to say that you got to vote, then you have absolutely no right to complain in the end. To those who say that our country is run by idiots who have no idea what they are doing, I say look at the people holding the ballots.

President Obama spent the weekend trying to recapture some of the big-stage excitement of his 2008 campaign, imploring voters not to reward what he called “Republican cynicism and incompetence.” He told voters not to sit out the November 2 elections. Why should the president have to remind voters of their enthusiasm or even remind them to vote?

As a country of complainers we should be running to the polls to make sure some type of change is put into place. Americans are frustrated, especially about the economy. If people do not go out and vote, nothing good will come from this election. President Obama admits that we are in a hole, and that it is going to take some time for us to get out of it. But, no progress can be made if Americans are helping to dig the hole even deeper. We do not want this country moving backwards, even though some people suggest that we already are.

My advice to the student body and the young voters of America, vote! However, be an educated voter. You wouldn’t go into a final exam without knowing something about what the test was about. Therefore, you shouldn’t fill out a ballot without knowing what the election is about. If you are completely clueless, which I expect some of you are, it’s not too late. Like I said, every night there is something on the news about the upcoming elections. The internet is also a quick glimpse into all of the issues. Any news site will provide you with information from all sides to help you catch up, keep up to date, and help you form your own opinion.

Ultimately, it all comes down to laziness. Complaining is a much easier task than actually being proactive. Why would we keep up to date on the elections and the issues, when we could just sit at home and complain about President Obama on our couches in front of the television? Because, last time I checked, President Obama is not going to visit your home and ask you what you think about the issues.

You need to get up and vote to get your opinion counted. If you don’t, nothing is going to change the way you want it to. That just means another two years of complaining, not something I am particularly looking forward to. Let’s make this election count so that we can make use of the rights that we have to have our opinions heard.

Respect and Tolerance

by Matt DiGiovanni | October 6, 2010

By now I’m sure you have all heard about Tyler Clementi, the 18-year-old Rutgers University freshman who committed suicide on September 22. For those of you who don’t know the details, Tyler asked his roommate, Dharun Ravi, for the room until midnight. While in his friend, Molly Wei’s room, Ravi accessed his webcam, which revealed Clementi and another man. During this encounter, Ravi tweeted, “Roommate asked for the room till midnight. I went into Molly’s room and turned on my webcam. I saw him making out with another dude. Yay.” Two days later, Ravi tweeted an invitation to view Clementi via webcam again. The next day, Clementi posted on his Facebook page, “Going to jump off the gw bridge sorry.”

I think the most troubling part of this story is the fact that it was entirely avoidable. Had Tyler’s privacy not been violated, he would not have jumped. This brings me to my first point; always think before you act. If Ravi had thought about what he was about to do when he broadcast the video feed, and had it crossed his mind that it would result in Clementi’s death, I would like to believe that he would not have followed through. Another issue that plays a part in this story is the blatant stupidity behind it all. The entire situation was probably a joke to Ravi and Wei until they found out that Tyler had committed suicide.

Harassment and bullying has become an issue recently, with the list of dead teens growing every day. Billy Lucas, a 15-year-old Indiana high school student was found dead September 7, a thirteen-year-old Houston student shot himself on September 21, on September 26, 13-year-old Seth Walsh hanged himself from a tree in the backyard of his California home, and, even more recently, 19-year-old Johnson & Wales University student Raymond Chase, hanged himself in his Providence, R.I., dorm room on September 29. Action is obviously needed to prevent the past from repeating itself.

Everyone needs to understand that their actions have consequences, sometimes for better, and sometimes for worse. Either way, everyone should think about what results their actions will have on those around them. Would you want to be responsible for the loss of another life?

Dear Weather, cut it out. Love, Joann

by Joann Wolwowicz | October 6, 2010

Beautiful weather we’ve been having lately isn’t it? First it’s hot, muggy, and utterly disgusting. Then it decides that it’s going to pour as if it hasn’t rained in years. Now we’ve fallen into 50-60° weather and I need to start wearing my boots and a jacket. Will you make up your mind already!

However, I do have to say that on Saturday we had really beautiful weather for Family Day. It finally felt like fall, with a decent temperature, a nice breeze, and the sun finally coming out. After a week of depressing, cloudy skies, it was nice to see a blue, clear day with all of the sunshine we had been missing. I overheard people complaining about how cold it was, but I would rather take a mildly chilly day over a muggy, sticky, rainy one any day of the week.

This upcoming weekend is Columbus Day weekend, something I think everyone is looking forward to on this campus, considering it’s all people are talking about. I think that it is a greatly needed break for all of us from the massive amounts of school work that somehow has accumulated when we weren’t looking. Next weekend is going to be catch up weekend: catch up on sleep, fun, TV shows, and probably a whole lot of school work. If you are going home, which I expect most of you are because the campus is usually deserted during this recess, have a safe and fun weekend. Enjoy this time off, because the next break is in fact our Thanksgiving recess (Anyone as excited about that one as I am?).

I would like to point out that it is already October and, pretty soon, November will be just around the corner. I feel as if it already is. These next few weeks will fly by, and we’ll have to do a double take as to where the month actually went. For the past two years here, October has always been the month that I cannot remember. Whether it’s because it’s so busy or because it speeds through its days on the calendar, October is officially known as the month that does not exist.

This year I am trying to hang tight to October and try to enjoy what time I have in it. I plan on enjoying the fall weather, which I am hoping will stick around for awhile. I am looking forward to all of the leaves changing colors and all of the fun fall trips that will be available to the campus. Apple picking and corn maze anyone? Pretty soon it’ll be time for the haunted houses and scary movies. Count me in.

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