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Service animals allowed at UNH

by Courtney Brooks | September 17, 2014

The University of New Haven welcomes canine friends in their community to accompany those with disabilities.

Service dog (AP Photo)

Service dog (AP Photo)

An email was sent out by Linda Copeny-Okeke, director of Campus Access Services, last week to members of the University of New Haven’s campus community reminding everyone that UNH is covered under Title III of the American Rehabilitation Act as a place of public accommodation. This means that service animals are permitted to go anywhere that the public is permitted to go.

“We also strive to be inclusive of all members of the community,” said Copeny-Okeke in her email.

The U.S. Department of Justice’s American Disabilities Act states that a service animal is “a dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities.”

The email also stated new regulations to follow, should a member of this community encounter a service animal.

First, only two questions may be asked of someone who is using a service animal—is the dog a service animal required because of a disability, and what work or task has the dog been trained to perform?

Students, faculty, or staff members can not ask any other questions regarding the service animal, including questions about the person’s disability, medical documentation, special identification, or have the dog demonstrate it’s work.

Second, the dog must be harnessed, leashed, or tethered and may only be asked to leave if it is out of control or not house broken.

Third, allergies or fear of dogs are not excuses for asking a dog to leave.

Professor Jenny Lazar of UNH’s Department of Communications, Film, and Media Studies said that although she hasn’t had a service animal in class, she supports the use of them.

“There is evidence that animals promote and enhance learning and have a calming effect on most people,” Lazar said.

Likewise, the majority of the members of the UNH community are also in support of having service animals on campus.

Graduate student Lauren Kocivar said that “Service Animals are welcome at UNH because they give people with disabilities an equal opportunity to learn and take advantage of all the great things here.”

Although most people have not encountered one, the general opinion is that if they are making life easier for someone with a disability, then service animals are a positive asset to this campus.

An open letter to the professor who exploited his resources

by The Charger Bulletin | September 17, 2014

Dear Professor (who shall remain nameless),

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On behalf of the entire student body, I would just like to personally thank you for the email you sent out last week inviting my peers and me to join LinkedIn and, furthermore, be part of each other’s professional networks.

While I do not know whether or not it was intentional for you to send my peers and me a request on this form of social media, I’m going to assume that it was nothing more than an accident, a mere slip of the finger as you clicked send all on your computer. You never meant to send that email to any of the members of the student body, myself included, but, if anyone responded, it would just be an added bonus.

Nevertheless, I appreciate your offer, as well as the additional email to accompany the dozens of emails I can count on receiving from the University on a daily basis, but I must decline.

If, in fact, you did mean to send the email to the entire student body, I must say that I am flattered, as I am sure my peers are also. While, again, I have no interest in joining LinkedIn at this time, and therefore have no need to respond to your request and be a part of your network, I am touched that my fellow students and I were hand-picked by someone such as yourself to be friends on LinkedIn.

Is that what they call it on there? Friends? Like on Facebook? I have no idea, but I’d like to think of us as friends at this point, wouldn’t you? But I digress. It is so humbling that you would want to make a personal connection with me (and I guess my peers too, though I like to pretend that I was the only one who received your invitation for friendship), as well as a professional one, despite barely knowing me, if at all.

Yet, you were so warm and personable in your message, it made me feel like you really knew me: “I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn.” So few words, yet they hold so much. As a matter of fact, this almost makes me want to create a LinkedIn profile… alas, I’ll leave that for another day.

Once again, thank you very much for your consideration, and, despite the circumstances, I really do hope we can remain friends. If not, you should know that I’ll always look back upon our brief, but eventful, friendship with much happiness, and every time I open my student email account, I’ll be sure to think of you.

Sincerely,
Kaitlin

UNH adds sixth college

by Miriam Correia | September 10, 2014

This fall semester has brought many exciting changes to the University of New Haven, including the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, which has been added as UNH’s sixth college.
Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts merged with UNH this past summer and is a four-year, nationally accredited college offering Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in drawing, painting, sculpture, and illustration.

One of many art classes offered at Lyme Academy (photo by Katherine Fainer/ Charger Bulletin Photo)

One of many art classes offered at Lyme Academy (photo by Katherine Fainer/ Charger Bulletin Photo)

“Its mission is to provide the best education in drawing, illustration, painting, and sculpture through study of the history, traditions, and principles of the fine arts and the liberal arts, thereby establishing a comprehensive foundation for the development of the artist,” according to a handout from the Admissions Office.

As part of the program at Lyme Academy, seniors get their own on campus studio. The college is located in Old Lyme, which is 30 minutes north of the UNH main campus; it is one mile from the beach and two hours from N.Y. and Boston.

The housing option for Lyme Academy students right now is the Southwick Commons Townhomes; students get full townhouse living for student prices. These townhouses are fully furnished, with two bedrooms, a full kitchen, a living room, two full bathrooms and one half, a washer and dryer unit, a one car garage and two dedicated parking spaces, and an attic. They have on-site security, are five minutes from beaches and ten minutes from the train station.

Along with adding the college to the university, two highly acclaimed illustrators have been added to the Lyme Academy College Illustration Faculty: Dale Stephanos and John Sideriadis.

Stephanos has been featured in The New York Times, Newsweek, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Observer, The Washington Post and many other renowned publications. He has also received awards from the Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, American Illustration, Illustrators West, the Maggies and The Independent Newspaper Association.

Sideriadis has lots of experience with fantasy art, science fiction and mythological storytelling, which has led to an array of commissioned work in feature films, television shows, video games, novels, comics, board games, trading cards and album covers. Some of his major clients include Ye Olde Gaming Company, Patrick Tatopoulos Designs, Eskimo Hill Pictures, Fuller Flippers, New Lands Press, KidsCOOK Productions, XVIVO 3D Animation Studios, Narcotics Anonymous World Services, the Hartford Courant and Auf Dem Schwarzen Thron.

“Art at Work: Alumni Profiles” is a mini-book of some of Lyme Academy’s alumni highlighting the achievements of graduates.

Emily Bedard, who received her BFA in sculpture from Lyme Academy in 2009 and had the honor of completing a female figure for Seaside Park’s Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Bridgeport, Conn. in 2010, shared in the book, “The small classes and sense of community between the faculty and students make an ideal learning environment.”

Brad Guarino, painter, draftsman, and printmaker, graduated from Lyme Academy in 2001 and was featured in the book.

“The years at Lyme were such a rich learning experience that it is hard to imagine my work and career without them,” he said.

These and more alumni profiles can be found in this mini publication. The college will be holding a Studio Faculty Exhibition from September 12 to January 10. The Opening Reception will be held Friday, Sep 12 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

App Secrets

by Samantha Mathewson | September 10, 2014

What started as a class project in the University of New Haven’s digital device forensics course has since become world renowned after students discoverd security flaws, breaches of privacy and additional vulnerabilities in chat, dating and social media apps used by nearly one billion subscribers on the Android platform.

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“Anyone who has used or continues to use the tested applications are at risk of confidential breeches involving a variety of data, including their passwords in some instances,” said Ibrahim Baggili, assistant professor of computer science at UNH’s Tagliatela College of Engineering, and head of the cFREG.

The tested applications include Instagram, Okcupid, ooVoo, Tango, Kik, Nimbuzz, MeetMe, MessageMe, TextMe, Grindr, HeyWire, Hike, textPlus, MyChat, WeChat, GroupMe, Whisper, LINE, Vine, Voxer, Words With Friends, Tinder, Wickr, BBM, Plenty of Fish, Snapchat, Kakao Talk, and Telegram.

“We did not find issues in all of these applications, but the majority of them had anywhere from minor to severe issues that affect user security and/or privacy,” said senior information technology major Daniel Walnycky.

“The application issues can be broken down into two categories: data security issues and data privacy issues,” said Walnycky. “Data security issues relate to unencrypted network transmissions from one user to another. Data privacy issues relate to unencrypted data being stored on user devices and/or app servers.”

UNHcFREG made five videos outlining the problems that include passwords available in plain text and private information stored on company servers. The videos identifying the apps were posted starting Monday, Sept.8 and will continue through Friday, Sept. 12. The videos can be found at http://www.youtube.com/unhcfreg.

“Each of the five videos discusses three or four applications with their specific issues. We explain the severity of the issues, how we found them, and a list of devices/tools used so that others can easily recreate our findings,” said Walnycky.

“Although all of the data transmitted through these apps is supposed to go securely from just one person to another, we have found that private communications can be viewed by others because the data is not being encrypted and the original user has no clue.” Baggili said this is especially true when there is a “man-in-the-middle attack.”

A man-in-the-middle attack is when an attacker finds a way to intercept traffic going between two victims. The victims believe they are talking directly to each other, but in actuality, the messages are going through the attacker before they reach the designated recipient.

Many people feel they have nothing to hide. Yet, strangers can easily tap into a variety of “private” data without informing the app user, said Baggili.

“The underlying problem that allows private conversations to be observed is a lack of encryption. A large percentage of applications still haven’t switched from HTTP (unencrypted) to HTTPS (encrypted),” said Walnycky. “In order for developers to use HTTPS, certifications are required. Certifications cost money and can take time to implement. A lot of developers don’t want to spend the money or time going through the process. This creates a lot of potential security and privacy holes.”

“It’s wrong for a stranger to be able to look at your private information without you even knowing they are doing it,” Baggili said. “Depending on the app, user locations, passwords, chat logs, images, video, audio and sketches can be viewed by people invading the user’s privacy.”

Strangers who tap into private conversations have the potential of observing user GPS locations, chat logs, images, videos, audio files, sketches, and even passwords. What they do with this information depends on the goal of the hacker. It could lead to black mail, extortion, account hijacking, etc.

The security issues were discovered by the cFREG team, which ran a network forensics experiment. The team was made up of UNH students including Walnycky, Armindo Rodrigues and Jason Moore. Details of how this was done is included in the videos. The team was also joined by new faculty member, Frank Breitinger from Germany, and a PhD research student from China.

Walnycky described that in order to find data security and privacy issues he and his team conducted three tests: network transmission analysis, server storage analysis, and device storage analysis.

“For the network transmission analysis the students conducted a man-in-the-middle attack through the use of a rogue Wi-Fi access point. A device was connected to this Wi-Fi access point and another device was connected outside the network. This setup forced all traffic to go through the rogue access point and be monitored by network traffic analysis software. They then proceeded to conduct conversations within applications and viewed the traffic logs for unencrypted traffic to determine what being sent/received was intercepted,” said Walnycky. “For the server storage analysis they looked deeper into these traffic logs to find direct HTTP links to files that were sent/received by users and stored on app servers without encryption or authentication. For the device storage analysis they searched through database files that applications use to store information. They found that many apps have unencrypted databases that contain highly sensitive user information.”

There is no way for users to directly fix this problem themselves. However, what they can do is be aware of what they’re sharing and understand the possibility of conversations being listened in on.

Individuals who use apps with security issues should be aware that their information is at risk and should run updates daily. They also should learn to run security tests on their own.

“They should also try conducting the tests that were done in the UNHcFREG videos on other apps. There’s no real way of knowing what these applications are doing/how they are doing it unless you see for yourself,” said Walnycky. “This problem can be solved by developers using encryption in network transmissions, server storage, and device storage.”

Each of the companies that own the apps has been notified of the issues by the cFREG team.

“Most companies simply have web contact forms for support – and no way for us to contact their developers or security teams. We had no choice but to use the support contact forms available on their websites, and most companies did not even respond. This exacerbates the problem – and it shows that mobile developers are still not taking security seriously,” said Baggili.

In regards to businesses improving their user’s privacy, Walnycky said privacy in general has been in decline over the years.

“It doesn’t seem like it’s in the best interest of the developers to give their users privacy. It takes away potential monetary profit from them either selling off user information or trying to sell users something through advertisements. However, many apps now let you “buy back your privacy” by using a non-free version that doesn’t have advertisements,” said Walnycky.

UNHcFREG was established in fall 2013 as part of UNH’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science to research digital forensics, security and privacy awareness and help reduce cybercrime. Last spring, UNHcFREG discovered vulnerabilities in WhatsApp, which has 500 million users and Viber, which has 300 million users.

“The goal of this research was to discover security and privacy issues within the social media, chatting, and dating app market on android and iOS, and we’ve been working on it since late May,” said Walnycky. “Our goal as an organization is to spread security and privacy awareness throughout campus and the world at large. We hope this project will push companies into taking stronger actions to combat these issues and boost awareness to the users.”

“This work is inspired by me, but executed by UNH students. Without the students, this work would not be possible. Their success, is our success,” said Baggili. “The students are excited to be part of a project that helps them protect their privacy – as well as other peoples’ privacy. Dan Walnycky produced the videos, he is our most creative IT student, in my honest opinion.”

“It feels unreal. It was crazy to see firsthand application after application failing to pass our security and privacy tests,” said Walnycky. “It’s easy to assume your information is safe, but this research proved otherwise. Now is as good of a time as ever for people to be aware of how the technology they are using works, how they are using the technology, and how complete strangers could be using both these things against them.”

UNHcFREG has gained world recognition for their research and are on their way towards becoming the strongest research group in digital forensics in the U.S. and worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.unhcfreg.com.

Who controls the music?

by Katelyn Clark | September 10, 2014

The other day, I walked into Grill 155 to eat dinner with my friend, only to hear rap music blasting through the speakers at a volume unheard of at an eatery. I immediately wanted to turn and run. Not only did I have to yell my order to the cashier, but I could barely hold a conversation with my friend sitting right across the table, or hear myself think.

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I have nothing against the type of music that was playing, but the fact that it was blasting at an unnecessary volume, making the music sound distorted and awful, was almost too much to bear while I was trying to eat dinner.

The question I have is who controls the music at the dining facilities on campus? Is it Sodexo? Student Activities? Facilities Department? Why aren’t we using the resources available on campus to play music the students want to hear while they are eating?

WNHU, the University of New Haven’s radio station, would be a great place to start.

WNHU has a student only online stream called Charger Radio, which is all students, all the time. This stream should be what is playing through the speakers at the dining facilities.

Charger Radio is what students want to hear. And if you don’t like what you hear, students have the ability to join the station, become a DJ on Charger Radio and then YOU play what you and your friends want to hear.

If you are in doubt about putting WNHU/Charger Radio in the dining facilities, just take a look—or rather, take a listen—at the Rec Center. Over the summer, WNHU started a stream customized for the Rec Center and that is what you now hear playing over the speakers while you work out. The Rec Center utilized a resource straight from UNH, right on campus, which helps both parties in countless ways. So, I believe the dining facilities should do the same.

Whether it be the radio station putting juke boxes in Bartels so students can choose what song they want to hear, Grill 155 and Pandini’s streaming Charger Radio through their speakers so students can listen to their peers DJ their own shows, or a customized WNHU stream playing in Sandella’s and the C-Store; the options are limitless!

WNHU is a great resource that should not be overlooked, especially when it comes to what is playing over the speakers at the many different dining facilities on campus.

No. 10/11 West Chester Holds off Chargers, 35-30, in Season Opener at DellaCamera Stadium

by Charger Athletics | September 10, 2014

WEST HAVEN, Conn. – Before a crowd of 3,291 fans at Ralph F. DellaCamera Stadium, the University of New Haven football team was edged in its season opener, 35-30, by No. 10/11 nationally-ranked West Chester. Joey Bradley (Issaquah, Wash./Issaquah / University of North Dakota) went 32-for-48 for 311 yards with one touchdown in addition to a rushing touchdown in his first career start for the Chargers. The outing marked the first game at the helm for Head Coach Chris Pincince.

Chargers score a touchdown!  (Photo by Erica Naugle / Charger Bulletin Photo)

Chargers score a touchdown! (Photo by Erica Naugle / Charger Bulletin Photo)

Following the narrow defeat, the Blue and Gold start the 2014 campaign at 0-1. West Chester, which reached the NCAA National Semifinals last season and is picked by the conference’s coaches to win the PSAC East this fall, moves to 1-0. The Chargers maintain an 8-6-1 lead in the all-time series. Today’s contest was the ninth meeting between the two clubs to be decided by one possession (eight points or fewer).

The game also featured a 75-minute weather delay at the tail end of the third quarter as a severe storm passed through New Haven County.

Bradley’s 32 completions and 48 passing attempts are the most by a New Haven quarterback since Ryan Osiecki went 37-for-61 at Southern Connecticut State on Oct. 2, 2009. DeeJay White (Brooklyn, N.Y./Sheepshead Bay / Bowling Green State University) was the recipient of seven balls for 83 yards, while Henry Adegunle (Rockaway, N.Y./Channel View) reeled in six passes for 54 yards and a score. Also on the outside, Ty Headen (Newark, N.J./American History) snagged five passes of 44 yards.

Brandon Fowler (Prospect, Conn./Woodland Regional / Connecticut) added three receptions, and Isaiah Austin (Sicklerville, N.J./Timber Creek) and Roshawn Wilson (Miami, Fla./Miami Southridge) each caught two. Rounding out the action for the receiving corps was Courtney Moshood (Miami, Fla./Miami Palmetto) with a 16-yard catch.

Out of the backfield, Andre Anderson (New Haven, Conn./James Hillhouse) and Trevor Officer (Monroe, N.Y./Monroe-Woodbury) had three grabs apiece for 34 and 30 yards, respectively. Officer was New Haven’s leading rusher with 42 yards and a touchdown, while Anderson picked up 32 yards and a score on the ground and Moshood scampered for 14 yards on an end around.

Defensively, three players making their New Haven debuts led the way. Matt Zakrzewski (Traverse City, Mich./Saint Francis / Indiana) made a team-best 10 tackles to go along with a fumble forced and recovered. Tarik Pusey (Brooklyn, N.Y./Abraham Lincoln / Rhode Island) also pounced on a pivotal fumble in the fourth quarter, and Matt Olivo (Carteret, N.J./Saint Joseph) reeled in an interception.

Tyler Condit (Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell) added eight tackles from the linebacker position, and Dave Calderon (Neptune, N.J./Neptune) picked up a sack.

For West Chester, quarterback Sean McCartney went 17-for-31 for 262 yards with four touchdowns to four different receivers. The Golden Rams’ defense was led by D2Football.com Preseason All-America Al-Hajj Shabazz, who had an interception, recovered a blocked punt for a touchdown and later blocked a second punt.

The Golden Rams got on the board first, opening a fast-paced first half with a six-play, 84-yard touchdown drive. McCartney hit Mike Doty with a 38-yard strike to stake the visitors to a 7-0 advantage.

The Chargers responded in kind with an eight-play, 61-yard march to paydirt. A Bradley screen to Anderson for 26 yards was the big play on the drive, which ended with Bradley sneaking the ball over the line from one yard out.

After New Haven came away with the first defensive stop of the contest, the Blue and Gold scored again for the first of six lead changes in the game. The Chargers stormed into the red zone once again but, after a holding call erased a touchdown, settled for three points as Anthony Greenfield (Bloomfield, N.J./Paramus Catholic / Wagner) split the uprights on a 32-yard field goal to put the Blue and Gold on top, 10-7, with 5:03 to play in the opening quarter.

Olivo’s interception squashed the ensuing West Chester drive, but New Haven went three-and-out on its next possession and the snap on the punt attempt sailed over Greenfield’s head to put the Golden Rams in business at the New Haven eight-yard line as the first quarter expired.

After the squads moved to the other end of the field, McCartney connected with Shawn Driggins for a four-yard touchdown to put the visitors back in front, 14-10.

Each offense would stall in its next three possessions before New Haven took the lead once again. This time the drive consumed 3:34, spanning 10 plays and 80 yards, as the Chargers picked up five first downs through the air before Anderson finished off the march on the ground from three yards out. The Chargers did not convert the extra point but remained in front, 16-14.

West Chester would take a lead into the locker room, however, as McCartney hit Tim Brown with a 31-yard touchdown pass in the final minute of the half. At the whistle, the visitors held a 21-16 advantage.

New Haven went three-and-out to open the second half, and West Chester’s Jeremy Irving broke through the line and blocked the ensuing punt from the Chargers’ end zone. Shabazz fell on the loose ball and, following the extra point, West Chester held the contest’s largest lead at 28-16.

The Chargers were undaunted by the special teams miscue, as they immediately set off on a 75-yard drive to paydirt. Bradley completed his final five passing attempts of the march, capped by a 29-yard hookup with Adegunle for a touchdown.

West Chester appeared poised to return the favor, as a McCartney scrambled would have set the Golden Rams up with a first down inside the red zone. However, Zakrzewski stripped the ball from the West Chester signal caller and recovered it to give possession back to the Blue and Gold.

The New Haven offense capitalized on the turnover, as well as an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against the visitors at the end of the possession change. The Chargers would benefit from a second unsportsmanlike conduct flag and a 15-yard pass interference call on the march, capped by a three-yard plunge from Officer. After the extra point, New Haven grabbed a 30-28 lead with 2:41 to go in the third quarter.

The Golden Rams responded quickly on their next drive as a 44-yard McCartney bomb to Erick Brundidge put West Chester back in front, 35-30, with 21 seconds left in the third quarter.

At that point, inclement weather halted the contest for 75 minutes.

Neither team would score again when action resumed, but the final 15 minutes of play were not lacking for drama. The period began with a Shabazz interception, but New Haven held on third-and-two from midfield to regain possession.

The Golden Rams, however, would get a stop and blocked another punt – this time with Shabazz getting his mitts on the ball – to set themselves up with a first down at the New Haven 21-yard line. West Chester would surge to a first-and-goal situation at the two-yard line before a big goal-line stand for the Chargers.

The defensive line stepped up to stifle Eddie Elliott in the backfield for a loss of three and, on the next play, Pusey jumped on an Adam Dempsey fumble to give New Haven another chance on offense.

The New Haven offense marched back down the field with 6:35 left and 94 yards away from paydirt.  Bradley would connect on four straight passes to move toward midfield, but the Chargers soon faced a fourth-and-eight situation at their own 45-yard line. Adegunle was unable to haul in a ball dropped in between a trio of West Chester defenders, and the visitors reclaimed possession on downs.

The Chargers defense would hold on the next drive, using their timeouts and forcing a punt. The boot off the foot of Rich Bruno settled again at the six-yard line, forcing New Haven to once again drive 94 yards – and this time with just 69 seconds to play.

A series of short completions moved the Blue and Gold as far as their own 32-yard line before Drew Formica came up with a strip and recovery to end the drive with just 28 ticks left. West Chester took one snap in victory formation to escape DellaCamera Stadium with a 35-30 decision.

The Chargers return to the gridiron next Saturday, Sept. 13 to open the Northeast-10 Conference slate at LIU Post. The Pioneers also stand at 0-1 after ceding 20 unanswered points to fall to East Stroudsburg, 43-35, in their home and season opener this afternoon.

New Haven returns to the Blue and Gold turf on the following Saturday, Sept. 20, to welcome Assumption for a 1 p.m. kickoff.

LAU Condor Carnival

by Alyssa MacKinnon | September 3, 2014

The Bixler-Botwinik quad was filled with the sounds of music and students as the Condor Carnival, hosted by the brothers of Lambda Alpha Upsilon fraternity, kicked off on Saturday, Aug 30.

Students rock climbing at LAU’s Condor Carnival. (Photo by Nicholas McDermott / Charger Bulletin photo)

Students rock climbing at LAU’s Condor Carnival.
(Photo by Nicholas McDermott / Charger Bulletin photo)

Rock climbing and a dunk tank were some of the most popular attractions, but the temporary tattoos and caricatures were a large draw for many people.
The carnival also featured a bouncy house obstacle course, a personalized street sign designer, and a wrecking ball blow up competition.

“I love LAU and I want to support them,” said senior Ahjahta McDuffie when asked why she attended the event. “The brothers are really fun and I love the pride they have in their fraternity.”

One of the members of Lamda Alpha Upsilon, Lamar Leonard, said that his favorite part of the carnival was seeing people have a good time and being able to enhance people’s college experience.

“We think of these events as bonding events…we are big on unity,” Leonard said.

Carnivals are a great time for various student groups to work together. Greek and non Greek organizations alike helped; the sisters of Sigma Iota Alpha assisted by making colorful snow cones, the sisters of Chi Kappa Rho made sugary swirls of cotton candy, and members of the Fire Science club cooked food on the grill.

Letter to the Editor

by The Charger Bulletin | May 7, 2014

By Bill Kerschner

Letter to the Editor

bkerschner9@hotmail.com

 

In response to “Potential smoking ban sparks mixed reviews from students.

I am a longtime Republican conservative and business owner. I do happen to support campus smoking bans for one main reason. College is an institution  where today’s best are being prepared to become tomorrow’s leaders and tobacco or nicotine in any form, including electronic cigarettes and chewing tobacco, have no place in such a setting.

 

 

 

Updates from the new residence hall

by Kardelen Akkus | March 26, 2014

The newest of University of New Haven residence halls promises a groundbreaking design that will facilitate various functions. The top three floors of the building will serve as residential units for freshmen with 350 beds. The ground floor will provide amenities to the University such as a 250-280-seat dining room, common lounge spaces, office spaces for UNH personnel and 2,300 square feet of classroom space with new technology that will be accessible to all students.

Photo by Kardelen Akkus

Photo by Kardelen Akkus

The objective of the $38 million project is to change how residents live and interact with each other and make it more dynamic. The 90,000 square foot project is located in the heart of the residency areas and is set at the southwest corners of UNH’s main campus near Kayo field, and Winchester – and Sheffield hall. On the first floor, the dining room, public space and offices such as Residential Life can be found. The public space offers students a large open area with a built-in kitchen. The two general-purpose classrooms can be divided by a wall, or used as a single large room.

(Photo of Consigli Construction worker, Wally Saad (left) and Associate Vice President for Facilities, Louis Annino (right), looking inside the new residence hall.) 

The residential floors will be divided into neighborhoods by color, as well as providing a common room for every four double-occupancy suites. Additionally these floors will accommodate singles for Resident Assistants. The suites for Residential Directors are approved by the ADA (Americans with Disability Act) and include both washers and dryers. They consist of two types: one with and one without a living room. Amenities include game rooms, which will lodge pool and foosball tables, quite study lounges and two music studios.

Wally Saad, one of the construction managers for the project of Consigli Construction said that by the end of this week the parking garage, with space for about 80 cars, would be completed. In total, there will be 175 parking spots available including the surface outside. Saad points out the position of a volleyball field just on top of a platform outside the entrance of building. That will enable the players a view over Kayo field.

The Associate Vice President for Facilities, Louis Annino, sent out an update to the University stating, “There remains much to do, but it is exciting to see the interior starting to show signs of student suites, common rooms, service spaces and parking.” The cold winter has certainly challenged the dedicated teams, but they are on track and continue to make progress towards finalizing the building.

Junior Tim Tomasetti states, “I’m excited about the new cafeteria. Bartel’s just doesn’t suffice.” Indeed, the dining hall will be an extension of the existing dining hall in the heart of campus. Annino believes that students will continue to eat lunch at Bartel’s as it’s central to classrooms, but will turn to the dining hall in the yet unnamed residence building for dinner.

A contest was held for two weeks in order to decide on a name. Ballot boxes were distributed in existing resident halls and students were able to fill out ballots with suggestions. Resident Director and graduate student Kedric Wiggins said that so far 300 ballots have been collected. Rebecca Johnson, the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students, is responsible for picking a name in the upcoming weeks.

All concrete work is to be completed by the end of March and will be followed by making the building weather tight. Currently, the north wing of the new building is “topped off” and will be continued through precast concrete placement for the south and east wing.

As anyone who passes the site, the exterior progress improves on a daily basis, and in the same e-mail, Annino attached photos of the building interior that is not available for the outside eye to see. Thanks to the simultaneity of trades to work with the structural construction, the new residence hall will be open to occupants in the Fall semester this year. He says, “[…] a small army of plumbers, electricians, carpenters, welders, and many other trades have mobilized constructing walls, placing ventilation ductwork, hanging pipe, and running electric wiring.”

UNH collaborated with Design Collective from Baltimore, Md. for the layout of the building. The university decided on what they wanted with additional input from student surveys, and when the project turned out to be within the budget, the project started.

The project was designed in partnership with Capstone Development Partners, LLC of Birmingham, Alab. Annino states, “It’s not about what we are going to do in the days ahead, but what we can do in the following weeks or months. It’s about constantly pressing ‘what if?’ scenarios and making sure to avoid contingencies. Our team has been very good at that.”

 

*Correction 3/27/14 : The article was corrected to clarify that only freshmen will be living in the new residence hall for 2014-2015, not freshmen and sophomores. 

Campus Crime Blotter

by The Charger Bulletin | March 26, 2014

In accordance with the Federal law known as the Clery Act, the UNH Campus Police maintains a Crime Log, which contains information on alleged criminal incidents reported to the UNH Police. The following are matters of public record.

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1) PERSON THREATENED

Location: UNH Police Department

Date: March 16, 2014

Time: 1:50 p.m.

 

(2) THEFT

Location: Dodds Hall

Date: March 20, 2014

Time: 10:15 a.m.

 

(3) THEFT

Location: Harugari Hall

Date: March 20, 2014

Time: 11:40 a.m.

 

(4) STOLEN M/V

Location: Kaplan Hall

Date: March 20, 2014

Time: March 23, 2014

 

(5) DRUG COMPLAINT

Location: Bixler Hall

Date: March 23, 2014

Time: 2:29 p.m.

 

(6) DRUG COMPLAINT

Location: Sheffield Hall

Date: March 23, 2014

Time: 11:05 p.m.

 

(7) DRUG COMPLAINT

Location: Bixler Hall

Date: March 23, 2014

Time: 11:19 p.m.

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