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The Charger Bulletin

The Charger Battery

by Patricia Oprea | May 7, 2014

Positives:

+ Summer is right around the corner! Remember to stay safe and enjoy these few months without school. Don’t spend it all wishing you were back at UNH, because that will come all too quickly.

+ Congrats to the cast of Spring Awakening for putting on such an emotion-laden and thought-provoking musical with maturity and grace. The set, lights, music, and acting combined to make quite a moving performance.

 

Negatives:

- The workload at the end of every semester. Although we know it is coming, it is rare to plan for it. We say we won’t procrastinate, but every semester eventually brings an all-nighter (or several).

- People on this campus are fiends when it comes to free food, it is always gone so quickly! When organizations advertise in huge print about food at an event, they might as well include “For the first five minutes only.”

 

The Battery Charge:

What an amazing Spring Weekend! From the comedian Loni Love, to the music-themed carnival and the Krewella concert, to the drive-in movie Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, this weekend couldn’t have been better. Thank you SCOPE for putting together such a fantastic few days!

Spring Concert explodes with Krewella

by Ashley Winward | May 6, 2014

This past Saturday, 1,100 Spring Concert attendees were treated to a power-packed concert put on by SCOPE. The Verge Campus Tour has been rolling through over 20 colleges in the past month bringing vendors as well as music. Verge Campus prides themselves on being “an all-inclusive national music tour that…is a convergence of different styles, different genres and different worlds in a new, exciting and engaging way.”

Krewella Headlines at the 2014 Spring Weekend Concert at North Campus (Jadams Photography)

Krewella Headlines at the 2014 Spring Weekend Concert at North Campus (Jadams Photography)

Along with the concert that night, a small vendor village was constructed in addition to the spring carnival that included Spotify, Karmaloop, EMUZE, Young & Reckless clothing and more.

Throughout the concert, host Gibran was keeping the crowd excited and giving away lots of free merchandise, including shoes, meet and greets with the artists and shirts.

Opening the concert was Radical Something, a three piece reggae/hip hop group from California. You might have seen Alex “Loggy” Lagemann, “Josh Cocktail” Hallbauer and Michael “Big Red” Constanzo around the carnival at various points of the day. They were very interactive with fans, taking pictures, getting on rides and holding an acoustic set in the vendor village. Their set spanned all three of their albums, We Are Nothing, Summer of Rad and Ride it Out. The first two can be downloaded for free off of their website, weareradical.com. Closing out their set with two fan favorites, “Be Easy” and “Long Hair Don’t Care” the crowd was dancing along to the very last note.

Next up was Logic, a rapper from Maryland, who has amassed a large following on line over the course of four mixtapes. He’s known by his fans as, “Young Sinatra,” and because of that, has started calling him and his friends the RATT Pack (RATT standing for “Real All The Time”). His set blended his own personal discography with some covers of hip hop favorites. He brought along some of his entourage on stage and all were very much engaged with the fans, jumping on and off stage much to the dismay of the event security.

Finally the curtains were lifted to reveal Krewella’s “Volcano” stage; a 30-by-18 foot structure made of reflection-mapped crystals as well as LED video screens to produce various light patterns and display video to work in conjunction with the songs. When sisters Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf, better known as Krewella, appeared at the top of the volcano, the Charger Gymnasium nearly shook with excitement. Mixing hits off of their album, Get Wet, with dance mixes of fan favorites; We Will Rock You and Jump Around just to name a few, the music never stopped for a second.

One very special moment of the show was when they brought the crowd down for an acoustic performance of,“Human” as well as dedicating it to a group of friends and family who were brought inside the barricade for the song. Hearing reviews from the crowd, many described the Verge Campus Tour as being the best Spring Weekend concert in years.

 

The Charger Battery

by Patricia Oprea | April 23, 2014

Positives:

+ This year Disable the Label was an interactive day about disabilities that either receive no coverage or negative coverage by the media. From activity tables, to guest speakers, and performances, Delta Alpha Pi, the Office of Student Activities, SCOPE and Sigma Chi sponsored this informative day.

+ Two organizations on campus, Honors Student Council and the UNH Green Team, have been bringing two weeks of events to our campus, celebrating our Earth. Not just Earth Day, or Earth Week, but “Earth Weeks.” These organizations have been offering entertainment without wastefulness. From an acoustic show, to an international food festival, to an inflatable maze, it is clear that fun doesn’t rely solely on technology.

Negatives:

- Seeing recycling dumpsters filled to the brim may seem like a progressive site, but not when they are filled with plastic bags. UNH does NOT recycle plastic bags, so any recyclables thrown into the trash just end up in the landfill!

- Hearing students endlessly complain about Spring Weekend. Of course, no performer can please all 6,000 students on campus; everyone has different tastes. Two options remain: go and enjoy the weekend, maybe discover new music, or make your own plans that will please you.

The Battery Charge:

If senioritis, warm weather, nor the calendar date reminded seniors their undergraduate career is ending, then Charge Out sure did. The day was full of receiving caps, gowns, cords, stoles and finalizing graduation plans made graduation seem right around the corner.

Spring Concert 2013

by Nadine Northway | May 8, 2013

Spring Weekend finally arrived and SCOPE brought some new entertainment to the University of New Haven for 2013. On Friday, May 3, OnCue, Hot Chelle Rae, and Meek Mill came to the Charger Gymnasium to perform at the annual Spring Concert. The DJ booths on stage really got people’s attention, and when the artists came out to play, the light show was fantastic.

Meek Mill performed for UNH’s Spring Weekend. (Photo by Meghan Makowski)

First up was OnCue, a rapper from Connecticut. He came on stage with great energy and got the crowd excited for the show. He debuted some new material he had been keeping from his fan base and really gave it his all. The crowd’s favorite song was “Cereal,” which talked about living in poverty and only having money for cereal to eat.

Hot Chelle Rae, a pop rock band from Nashville, Tenn., came out with a bang and got people moving. It was a good break from the rapping atmosphere that the Spring Concert was centered on this year. They brought a different audience with them and mixed up the crowd. They sang some of their biggest hits, “Tonight, Tonight” and “I Like It Like That.”

When Meek Mill, a hip hop artist from Philadelphia came on, the crowd went wild. Decked out in his chains, he got everyone jumping, dancing and singing along. He sang a few of his hit songs like “Amen,” “I’m a Boss” and “House Party,” and then decided to have his DJs work the crowd as he did his own renditions of a few other popular songs like “Good Kush and Alcohol” by Lil Wayne and “Bugatti” by Ace Hood ft. Future and Rick Ross.

Genuinely pleased by the energy from our school, he kept showing a smile and having fans recite the words to songs.

Each artist performed for different amounts of time. Headliner Meek Mill performed for only half an hour while Hot Chelle Rae and OnCue spent more time on stage. Although students were disappointed with the short length of the concert, they were still captivated by the performances and by each artist.

Overall, the Spring Concert was a huge success and everyone seemed to enjoy it. Cannot wait to see what UNH and SCOPE have planned for next year’s Spring Weekend.

Spring Weekend Performers Revealed

by Ashley Winward | April 3, 2013

The wait is over UNH; SCOPE hosted an announcement reveal party on Thursday, March 28, to spread the news of the Spring Weekend performers. Speculations began earlier in the week when two cardboard cutouts in the upper and lower levels of Bartels appeared with a box reading “Spring Weekend 2013,” where people could guess the artists in the hopes of meeting them during Spring Weekend. This year’s lineup looks to be a heavy rap/hip hop show with a well-known pop headliner sure to bust the roof off of Charger Gymnasium.

Hot Chelle Rae (AP Photo)

First announced was independent CT rapper OnCue. Hailing from Hartford, you might know him if you’ve ever been checking out mix tapes on datpiff.com. He has been getting his name out there cranking out mix tape after free mix tape, gaining a dedicated fanbase. OnCue released a track on iTunes a few months ago called “Home” in memory of the lives lost in the Newtown tragedy; 100 percent of the proceeds made from the track went straight back to Newtown. I’m a very new listener of OnCue, but I love how real his lyrics are and how chill his music is. Being a Chris Webby fan, it was really easy for me to get into OnCue’s music, so anybody who listens to artists like Webby or even campus local K-Woody should be excited to see what OnCue will bring to Spring Weekend. Perhaps a Webby cameo could be in the works so they could perform “Home.”

Next up on the announcement lineup was Meek Mill, another rapper, who comes from Philly. He started his career in a group called “The Bloodhoundz” before getting a solo record contract with TI at Grand Hustle Records. After switching onto Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group, he began releasing his “Dreamchasers Series” of three mix tapes, the third set to be released in early May.

He also got a studio album out called Dreams and Nightmares, which received rave reviews when it dropped in 2012. If his name hasn’t become familiar yet, you’d probably know him best from his 2011 hit “Ima Boss” featuring Rick Ross, later remixed to include Birdman, Lil Wayne, DJ Khaled and Swizz Beatz as well. I can predict now that the crowd will erupt when he starts that track. “House Party” is going to be another huge song in his set, and I think that even those just waiting for the last act to perform will have fun seeing Meek Mill. His music has a bounce that makes it so easy to dance to.

Finally, my favorite artist of SCOPE’s announcement was none other than Hot Chelle Rae. This pop rock group released the song of the summer in 2011 with “Tonight, Tonight,” off their album Whatever. Their carefree pop sound will always remind me of summer, and what better way to end the semester and bring on summer vacation than with Hot Chelle Rae. Their music is sure to melt your stress away before finals week, singing about riding around with the top down, shaking off whatever might be bringing you down and embracing the fact that we’re all “Beautiful Freaks.”

I think these guys are going to bring a high energy that everyone will love. I would tell you what song I’m most excited to hear, but honestly the entire Whatever album is so amazing I could never choose. Even their 2009 album Lovesick Electric has some amazing tracks on it, including my favorite ballad of theirs called “Bleed.”

The Spring Concert will be held on Friday, May 3. Along with the Spring Concert performers, it was announced that Deray Davis (of Wild n’ Out and Barbershop fame) will be the featured comedian on Saturday, May 4. Be sure to get your tickets early because you are not going to want to miss out on these shows.

 

“Poor SCOPE”

by The Charger Bulletin | November 7, 2012

By THASHA BRIGNOL

I picked up a copy of the 8th issue of the 94th volume of the Charger Bulletin and I must say, I was less than pleased. One article in particular stuck out in my mind for its mediocrity and seeming pettiness. The open letter submitted by Rachel Boulerice about Spring Weekend possibly being cancelled is lacking in substance and importance. With a title like “No Spring Weekend?!” one would assume this would have been an articulate article addressing a hard-hitting issue that affects all students however it was chock-full of typos and was written with quite the immature tone.

Firstly, this issue presented by the SCOPE President is not an issue at all. She was complaining about a well-endowed club that simply does not have as much wealth as before. There are many clubs on this campus that make due with what they have and are quite resourceful with the little they are given (I am referring to the clubs Rachel mentioned as only offering programs for “one type of student”. Whatever that means). There is no reason to cut back on Spring Weekend to offer minor weekend visits to the Peabody Museum and Apple Picking. I am sure and certain that the majority of the student body (who SCOPE should be catering to) would rather have an amazing spring weekend than have to delete emails about mindless events and trips that only 13 freshmen end up attending anyway.

Secondly, I cannot help but to note the pedestrian grammar in this article. No care or time was taken or spent to explain the workings of USGA meetings in reference to miscellaneous and budget planning. If the goal was to inform university students and attempt to make students sympathize with SCOPE, a huge chunk of students (those who do not attend USGA meetings) are left in the dark and confused based off the confusing jargon used in this article.

Instead of being petty, snarky and taking shots at other organizations or complaining about something with a clear solution (either raise money or cut back on lightly attended weekend events for the much more heavily attended Spring Weekend), more professionalism, heedfulness, and concern should have been exuded to ensure that all students would be able to understand the current situation that is affecting them.

What Really Happened with the SCOPE Miscellaneous Budget Request?

by The Charger Bulletin | November 7, 2012

By ROSS WEINER

What really happened with SCOPE? Are they not going to hold Spring Weekend? As a USGA Senator, I will tell you what exactly happened with SCOPE and the miscellaneous request.

As we all know, any club or organization can get money from USGA miscellaneous account. SCOPE had money cut last year from their budget, so they decided to go to miscellaneous to get the money for the weekend events.

In September, SCOPE went to the budget committee and asked for over $100,000 from the miscellaneous account for weekend events, extra money in their budget and Spring Weekend. The budget committee agreed to give them the money.

According to the USGA constitution, any budget request over $3,500 must go up to USGA. So SCOPE’s request for weekend events was denied by USGA because we felt like it was too excessive a request. They asked for over $80,000 to run their weekend events, but during this meeting USGA voted that SCOPE get over $30,000 extra dollars for Spring Weekend. SCOPE has a budget over $250,000 to run Spring Weekend, so why is SCOPE complaining that they cannot throw Spring Weekend if they have a budget over $250,000?

They are complaining because USGA did not want to give SCOPE an extra $31,000 for their weekend events. It would have emptied out the miscellaneous account until rollover came. This would have meant that other clubs and organization on campus would not get money to run their events until rollover came. Nobody knows how much rollover would have been or when it would come. This notion that SCOPE has to cut Spring Weekend is ridiculous.

SCOPE requested over $80,000 for weekend events. If they had to take $80,000 out of Spring Weekend it would mean there would have to be a cut in Spring Weekend, but Spring Weekend would not be canceled.

It is absolutely wrong of SCOPE to hold the USGA hostage for money. A lot of clubs’ budgets have been cut and they are not writing articles in the Charger Bulletin threatening USGA. I understand where SCOPE is coming from, but SCOPE must realize that there are other clubs and organization that need miscellaneous money from USGA.

I am asking for the head of SCOPE to apologize to the student body for threatening to cancel Spring Weekend.

 

Disclaimer: According to SCOPE, there was never an intention to cancel Spring Weekend, only to limit some of the larger activities associated with the event.

 

No Spring Weekend?!

by The Charger Bulletin | October 24, 2012

An Open Letter from SCOPE President Rachel Boulerice

This past Friday in USGA, SCOPE went up for money from miscellaneous for weekend programming. Although the budget committee recommended giving the full amount requested, the students that represented their organizations, as well as the Senate that is supposed to be representative of the student body, voted not to give SCOPE any of the money. This was the second time around that SCOPE went up, and according to the USGA Treasurer’s manual, “both Blue and Gold Status organizations may only request Miscellaneous funding twice per event.” This means that SCOPE cannot go in front of Miscellaneous again to request money for our weekend programming budget.

For those of you that do not know, SCOPE is considered a media. There are only three medias at the university, the Charger Bulletin, Chariot Yearbook, and SCOPE. There is really no clear definition of a media, mainly because they all do so much that it would take forever to explain. Although I cannot speak for the Bulletin and the yearbook, I can speak on behalf of SCOPE.

SCOPE consists of eight different committees: comedy and lecture, day programming, film, Halloween and Spring Carnival, publicity, special events, tech, and weekend programming. Each of these committees holds an array of responsibilities, but the main one being to put on programs that are fun, free and open to all UNH students. As a media, SCOPE is required to hold so many events a month. On average, SCOPE holds about 20 to 25 events a month; that is, however, budget pending. Last year, there was a mix up and SCOPE’s budget was cut a substantial amount for this year. Aside from programming throughout the year, SCOPE is responsible for many of the traditions held at this university; i.e. hosting the Halloween Haunted House, Rock and Roll Week, Comedy Week, Film Week, and Spring Weekend. We do pride ourselves on many of the things we do, but the most crucial piece of the puzzle is weekend programming.

Aside from SCOPE being a media, the President, and both Vice Presidents of the organization are media heads. This basically means that because of the amount of work they have to do and put in, they receive a stipend for their work within the organization. Part of my job as president is to oversee weekend programming, and if we no longer hold weekend programs, then how can I be expected to do my job in the most efficient manner?

Many years ago, weekend programming was just a committee under USGA. Once the students realized there was a need for it, it was turned over to SCOPE, and it became a line item to ensure that programs would always take place. Today, SCOPE plans eight weekend events a month, these events range from trips to bowling, trips to the museum, making T-shirts out of bags, movie trips, sporting event trips, novelty events, stuff-a-bear, pumpkin painting, decorating recycling bins, trips to Broadway, our annual trip to Six Flags, our annual Easter egg hunt, and so much more. Many of these events are looked forward to by the student body, and if these events just stop happening, what does that mean for the university and the students?

The only presented solution to this problem would be to pull money from Spring Weekend budget and cut back on what we are planning to do. This means that we would either have to cut the comedian, the carnival, or the concert. I know the students will not like this, but it is the only way that SCOPE will be able to get money to put on weekend programs throughout the rest of the year. Taking money from Spring Weekend is not ideal, but if the students that make up USGA do not find it plausible to give weekend programming money, then we will look internally and go from there. However, taking this money is not definite,  and it still needs to be discussed.

One of the major topics of discussion at USGA was that SCOPE should cut back on our luxuries, meaning that we should be able to work within a smaller budget, meaning that we would have to cut back on the programs that we host for the students. My whole point: why should we cut back on the student body? It is the students that fund our budgets and the programs we hold are solely for the students’ enjoyment.

The programs hosted by SCOPE do not usually have one particular theme, and are not just open to one type of student. They are always free for all students or however many the program can accommodate. Even though this is true, when it comes to weekend programming, it will cease to exist for the rest of the year due to this year’s budget unless action is taken; whether it be taking money from Spring Weekend or somehow being able to ask for funds again, or from another source.

The whole point of this article was to inform the students of what is going on and let them know that this year’s spring weekend will not be all it can be due to the switching of money. I know the students may be mad and outraged, but what they need to remember is that this was a last resort, and it was not what SCOPE wanted.

 

SCOPE It Out!

by Andrew Gitin | May 2, 2012

Finals are here! SCOPE has done a spectacular job planning events this year, and we had fun planning events. This past week we had our Spring Weekend.

On Friday, April 27, SCOPE’s Spring Comedian this year was Stephen Lynch.  The Charger Gym was packed with students who wanted to watch his performance.  He was very hilarious, and made every student laugh and even some cry by how much they were laughing during his show. Everyone enjoyed him and kept talking about the show as they were walking back to campus.

On Saturday, April 28, SCOPE had its Spring Carnival at North Campus.  We had food, rides and games that everyone enjoyed.  We even had some giveaways that the students enjoyed and brought back to their rooms.  Some students stayed after the carnival and waited outside the gym to go see the concert.  DJ Earworm, Four Year Strong and Ludacris blew the roof off the stage and the place went wild. Everyone enjoyed the concert and were singing in the streets as they left with smiles on their faces and joy in their lives.

On Sunday, April 29, Spring Weekend concluded with the Drive-in movie in the Quad. This year’s showing was Underworld Awakening.  Everyone brought out their blankets and food as they enjoyed a nice showing of the movie.

SCOPE has one more event to end the year off, and it is with our end-of-the-semester relaxation package.  We will have an Ice Cream Sundae Bar, an Oxygen Bar, and Cyberdream, so you can relax and not have to stress about finals.  This will happen from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Alumni Lounge.

We would like to thank everyone who has come to all the events SCOPE has held this year, and we cannot wait to expand and have bigger and better events in the future.

If you have any ideas for what you want to see on campus, please email SCOPE@newhaven.edu. We would love to have your input and see what YOU want on campus during either the fall or spring semester.

Spring Fling 2012!

by Veronica Maciel | May 2, 2012

Before college I hadn’t even heard of Spring Weekend. It was a new, scary, and interesting idea that intrigued me to the fullest. UNH had ours this weekend.  From what I’ve been told and from my own experiences this weekend, if you missed it you made a “big mistake…huuuuge,” as Julia Roberts once said. There were a ton of things that I didn’t even know we could have in a school parking lot.

Setting up for the Carnival started around Wednesday when Campus Police asked students to begin clearing their cars out of the parking lot. From then on, it was a mystery until the comedian’s show Friday night when show-goers were able to get a glimpse at the rides as they walked up to the gym. The rides consisted of a Ferris wheel, a Strawberry spinning ride, Tilt-A-Whirl, the Yoyo (more commonly known as the swings), a Carousel, and the Ali Baba (also known as Aladdin).

Being there made me feel like a little kid again, it was great! Luckily, I was able to get on the Tilt-A-Whirl and the Aladdin, after quite a bit of time in line. The lines were one of the downfalls to the Carnival, but it was free so I grudgingly accepted the lines. Rides first, food later was the ultimate plan.

The Tilt-A-Whirl was a ride that is almost indescribable. It starts off slow and speeds up as the ride goes, but to add to the speed the cart that one is in starts spinning wildly as it goes in a bigger circle. Needless to say, once one gets off the ride, it is necessary to stop and try to get your head on straight before attempting to walk any further.

The Aladdin had the same after-effect, but the ride was completely different. It was a gondola shaped seating area that had a motion similar to the Pirate Ship, but at a different angle. It started like a pendulum, making it seem as though it was gaining speed on its own and wasn’t attached to any gears.

After getting off those two rides my best friend and I had the chance to mix our own slushes and get some popcorn. We then proceeded to wait in the line for Fried Dough and Fried Oreos for about an hour, but by the time we got to the front, it was almost closing time and there was only enough dough for 16 more dough circles. We were the 20th and 21st people in line.

Even though we didn’t get the dough, the carnival was great. There weren’t only students and guests at this carnival, but also many West Haven residents from around campus, some professors, and a man on stilts. On his stilts, this man stood over seven and a half feet tall! I give him credit for walking around on those sticks for four hours.

Now, one would think that’s all it takes to make a carnival, right? Wrong. There were several different tables where one could get free items from SCOPE and massage chairs to take the stress off of us students before finals. There was even a bounce agility course, a Rockwall, and a balloon animal maker at the carnival on Saturday. If you missed out this year, try your best and come next year.

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