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Preserving Connecticut’s future

by Kaitlin Mahar | February 25, 2015

Imagine having to pay thousands of dollars more in tuition fees, or going to a museum, only to find that it has been closed due to an inability to keep up with tax fees. These are just a few of the threats posed by the potential change in the way the University of New Haven, along with all other colleges, universities, and municipalities in the state of Connecticut, pay their property taxes.

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Institutions like UNH, along with historical societies, hospitals, museums, and other nonprofit organizations in Connecticut are currently not required to pay any taxes on property because they play a crucial role in the betterment of the community. Instead, the state government reimburses local governments for what they do not collect by making a payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT).

However, because of a new proposal that is being raised during the 2015 session of the Connecticut General Assembly, changes may be made to the structure of PILOT that would require colleges and universities, and possibly other organizations, to begin paying property taxes, which would cause a major financial burden for these institutions.

But how does this affect students? Well, for starters, this change in PILOT will potentially deny students access to hospitals, museums and other institutions that benefit, if not serve, as necessities to college students. Furthermore, should the University have to start paying these property taxes, then it’ll have to make up for these extra expenses somewhere, whether it’s through increased tuition fees, the closing down of various University programs, etc.

So, what can students do about this?

Kaplan asked students to participate in the #FutureCT campaign to urge legislators to vote against these changes. Launched by the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges (CCIC), of which UNH is a member, Kaplan explains that the campaign “promotes healthy, educated residents; spiritual, historical, and cultural vibrancy; and opportunity for all.”

While not all students are completely familiar with the campaign, many are willing to participate.

Emily Fogelquist, a senior, said “I have not participated, but I would consider it! I think it’s ridiculous that [UNH and other affected organizations] would have to pay taxes on land they own… Also if [these organizations] have to pay property taxes, they will increase prices for their services or the quality of their services would decrease.”

Sophomore Kate D’Alessandro agrees. “Forcing non-profits to pay property taxes in that way is absolutely ridiculous when you have big corporations being taxed as low as they are. Tax the corporations higher and leave the non-profits alone. I would absolutely participate in that protest.”

In order to participate, all one needs to do is go to and write a short message to one’s legislators urging them to oppose these changes. The campaign can also be followed on Twitter and Facebook.

Up ‘Til Dawn surpasses $60,000

by Elissa Sanci | February 25, 2015

The University of New Haven Up ‘Til Dawn has been known to go above and beyond in terms of fundraising for St. Jude Children’s Hospital—last year, Up ‘Til Dawn surpassed their goal by raising $34,000 and this year, the organization has already hit and passed their second goal of $60,000 by raising $63,000.


UTD reached and surpassed their first goal of $50,000 on Sunday, Feb. 15; in less than a week, the organization hit their second goal by raising $63,000, nearly doubling last year’s total amount.
According to the UTD Executive Board members, the new goal will be kept a secret and unveiled, along with the total amount of money raised, at the Finale Event on Feb. 28.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is a pediatric treatment and research facility that aims to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric diseases through research and treatment. As stated as part of their mission statement, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay.

At St. Jude, families never have to worry about the bill—the hospital funds treatment, travel, housing, food and research conducted are free of charge because “all a family should worry about is helping their child live,” according to their website.

St. Jude shares all the breakthroughs they make worldwide, and treatments invented at the facility have helped raise the childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since opening its door in 1962.

The UNH chapter of St. Jude Up ‘Til Dawn has been on the UNH campus for the past seven years, and has been hosting the Finale Event for the last six in an effort to raise money and awareness for St. Jude.

The Finale Event will be held in the Beckerman Recreation Center on Saturday Feb. 28 from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. and throughout the night, teams will compete in various challenges to raise points. Text message clues will be sent out at midnight, 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. and teams will have to complete each challenge presented. In between the events, smaller side challenges will be announced and will grant the teams more opportunities to raise points.

While the Finale Event has been held for the past six years, this is only the second year that the event is a competition between teams: previous to 2014, the Finale Event was a letter writing event, where students would come to write letters to children with cancer throughout the night.

Feb. 23 through Feb. 27—the week leading up the event—is Awareness Week, where teams will have the opportunity to raise points by completing small side events, such as taking selfies with an e-board member, team bandana making and attending a movie night.

“I’ve been involved with St. Jude ever since I could remember,” said Julianne Toce, the Recruitment Chair of Up ‘Til Dawn, who started her involvement with St. Jude as a Girl Scout when she was in elementary school.

“Everyone here is so passionate about Up ‘Til Dawn, and I just wanted to be a part of it,” Toce said.

Passionate doesn’t even begin to describe some of the students at UNH who are participating in the Finale Event. Sophomore Bianca Gureralp, top fundraiser both last and this year, has already raised $1,912.77 and does not plan to stop.

“As a freshman last year, I was able to raise $1,377.77 and was the top fundraiser. This year I set a goal of $1,500 and an extended goal of $1,750,” Gureralp said. “Never in a millions years did I ever think, I would raise as much as I have now.”

Gureralp has always loved fundraising. “Growing up, I have always been very involved with charitable foundations and community service. I have been so blessed to have friends and family that give with love,” she said. “I think it makes a very big difference when you give with love and that is why I have been such a successful fundraiser. My motto is ‘giving selflessly whether it is dedicating your time or money is one of the greatest things we can do as human beings!’ Needless to say, when we give, we always receive.”


Assistant professor explains the present and future of cyber forensics

by Samantha Mathewson | February 25, 2015

Dr. Ibrahim Baggili, assistant professor at UNH, presented “The State-of-the-art in Cyber Forensics: Now & Tomorrow,” Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m. His talk was sponsored by friends of the UNH library and was the first in this year’s spring series.

Dr. Ibrahim Baggili, assistant professor at UNH, presented on cyber forensics, Feb. 18  (Photo obtained via

Dr. Ibrahim Baggili, assistant professor at UNH, presented on cyber forensics, Feb. 18
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Baggili’s research includes cyber forensics from technical, social and psychological perspectives and finding ways of improving the scientific validity of the field. He has worked closely with law enforcement and published work on real challenges facing cybercriminal investigators, and has presented and chaired conferences worldwide.

At UNH, Dr. Baggili teaches Computer Science, so during his presentation he spoke of not only his own work, but also the work he and his students are currently working on.
Baggili started his talk by explaining some of the misconceptions that people have of his field of work, where he showed various pictures illustrating, “what my mom think I do,” “what my friends thinks I do,” and “what I think I do.”

However, Baggili said what they really do is this: “we find ways to break computers in order to improve them.”

He then introduced some background facts regarding cyber forensics. As of 2014, the United States ranked number three in the number of mobile users and number two in the number of Internet users, which highlights the increase in penetration of technology. This then led to his discussion about security and a test that he and his students preformed on Apps such as ooVoo, OKCupid and Instagram.

Their studies revealed that many apps people use everyday are vulnerable to being hacked. The person doing the “hacking” is called a “script kitty” and they capture what is being sent back and forth if the content isn’t encrypted.

Baggili then explained the importance of forensics involving not only science, but law. This means that there is a very thin line between using this technology for investigation and invading one’s privacy.

There have been many improvements made in the field of cyber forensics, some of which include triage, similarity matching and rise of research and education, and there are also many projects in progress. However, the field continues to face struggles such as lack of multidisciplinary research initiatives, lack of common knowledge and changing technology. Dr. Baggili concluded his presentation by saying, “there is no good science without art.”

Make it Possible

by Samantha Mathewson | February 11, 2015

With the start of the spring semester, more could be seen around campus than mounds of snow. As a way of expressing thanks to the university’s many donors, the Office of Advancement has posted signs in Bartels and Bartels Student Activity Center.

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The cards that are posted showcase names of donors, which range from alumni, faculty and staff, to parents, friends and even businesses.

“The wall is twofold,” said Marya Neary, director of annual giving. “It is to acknowledge supporters [and] let them know how much their support is appreciated, and to educate current students about philanthropy at UNH and the importance it plays in their education.”

Director of Donor Stewardship, Paula Mortali, explained that the names posted in Bartels are those that have donated over the past year, beginning July 1st 2014, and the names posted in the BSAC are donors that made gifts after Jan. 9.

Overall the posters “help the campus become more aware of who supports the campus and its students,” said Mortali.

Donor thank you cards were first hung at this past homecoming in the alumni tent at North Campus and represented donations that were made since July 1. They were brought inside this semester to welcome students back and will be up until Feb. 12.

“Our donors really appreciate when their names are posted and when they hear directly from students,” said Neary.

On Feb. 25, a Student Engagement and Philanthropy Day Ice Cream Social & Thank A Donor Night will be held in the Student Dining Room in Bartels Hall from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Students are invited to come and write a thank you note to a supporter while enjoying free ice cream. This event is part of the third worldwide Student Engagement and Philanthropy Day.

“The goal of the event is to raise awareness about the impact of Philanthropy in our community. The program provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their gratitude to the individuals who helped shape their educational experience. Students are encouraged to come with their clubs and organizations, roommates and friends or simply stop by in passing after class,” said Neary. “The

Student Engagement and Philanthropy Day Ice Cream Social & Thank A Donor Night celebrates the UNH experience, the growth and transformation of the University and today’s students!”

Students might not be aware of the role they play in the campus community, but when students become alumni, they are forever family, and at UNH, the number of alumni supporters has increased nearly 50 percent over the last six years.

Neary explained that the increase in alumni support has a ripple effect, that when there is an increase in support, UNH’s ranking increases, which in turn increases the value of students’ degrees.

“When many universities are experiencing a decline in alumni participation, UNH alumni support is going up,” said Neary.

When donors give gifts to the university they have the opportunity to give back to what matters most to them or things that made a difference in their education. This means that, if they wish, they could give back to a specific athletic team, study abroad program, internships, research, college or major or experiential education.

Mortali and Neary explained that many of the donations made come from the university’s Phonathon, which is composed of approximately 30 UNH student callers, who call for ten weeks in the fall and ten weeks in the spring. This semester the Phonathon started Feb. 5 and runs until April 26. Students make calls Monday through Thursday from 5:30 to 9 p.m. and on Sundays from 1:30 to 9 p.m.

“The Phonathon is an important engagement tool to connect with alumni,” said Neary. “Through the Phonathon, we are able to update contact information for our alumni, inform them about important news and events at UNH, let them know about alumni events and benefits and connect alumni with funding opportunities at UNH that are relevant to their UNH experience and life passions.”

Through the Phonathon 70 percent of UNH alumni supporters give back.

“The conversations our students have with our alumni are an invaluable communication tool,” said Neary. “What better way to connect alumni with UNH than through a conversation with a current student?”

ROTC in the media spotlight

by The Charger Bulletin | February 11, 2015


There are over 1,000,000 Americans who serve as members of the U.S. Armed Forces, and of those, over 200,000 are Officers. The University of New Haven’s ROTC program is proactively serving as a center to train young adults to eventually join the Officer ranks after their graduation.

ROTC in the media spotlight

ROTC in the media spotlight (A UNH photo)

The Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps is a leadership program here at the University of New Haven. Through physical training, field training exercises, leadership labs and more, the cadets are faced with many challenges. Each cadet is expected to learn how to be a leader, encourage and motivate their peers, and eventually organize missions as an Officer within the United States Army.

Each Friday, the company is presented with new lessons via labs, which are relevant to their training. On Feb. 6, a presentation was given by Associate Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs, Dean Golembeski, and Director of Media Relations, Karen Grava, on how to properly carry out an interview with media reporters. After their presentations, the instructors then conducted mock interviews, so the cadets could experience first-hand what they had just learned.

In order to gain more experience with being on the “hot seat,” the Charger Bulletin was asked to interview a few select cadets (mainly the Sophomore Cadets, MSIIs) about their experience so far being in the ROTC program.

When MSIII cadet Andrew Howell was interviewed, he was a little stiff in the beginning but his answers were commendable. It was apparent that he had kept the lessons he had just learned in his head and was using each one during the round of questions. Many of Howell’s answers were short, sweet and to the point, although there was some desire from the interviewer for him to delve more into his personality. Despite his cold tone, when asked how he would persuade a potentially interested student to join the ROTC program, his answer did not lack sincerity.

“Although ROTC may be a lot of hard work, the rewards that you reap from this program far surpasses all the difficulties,” he said.

The interviewers asked generic questions about the lessons they received in regards to the media and the public view. As one interviewee answered, senior cadets would observe the simulation, in order to give the interviewee feedback on the quality of their answers. Many praises revolved around being able to take a breather to collect their thoughts and then provide an answer to a question or conveying their answers with genuinely. On the flip side, many cadets were called out for using fillers, such as “like” or “ummmmm,” and conveying their answers to be forced.

Through this process, the level of concern from their senior cadets was shown through a balance of praise and constructive criticisms.

Multiple cadets expressed during their interviews that the lab had been extremely beneficial to their overall preparation in regards to media presence, and appropriately responded to each question in a professional and meaningful fashion. After a few interviews, some senior members, known as MSIVs, expressed to the group to be aware of the balance between cadet and civilian. They added the importance of being personable, yet professional when being interviewed by the media.

Though the cadre had some critiques, one could infer that the company, as a whole, had grasped many new concepts, and applied them with ease when put to the test. Captain Ritchie challenged the interviewers to “dig deep and get the juicy details” from the cadets, but even through multiple attempts, the cadets kept their composure and deflected any uncomfortable questions well.

After some the initial jitters had passed and the cadets became more comfortable with the situation, some MSIVs requested that the interviewers again throw in “curve-ball questions.” When an unsuspecting MSI was asked how she suggested “Congress handle the wealth gap in America,” she took a moment to process the question, and replied that she was not qualified to answer that type of question confidently and respectfully.

Through this experience, it was nice to gain more knowledge about the ROTC programs here on campus and moreover, the students that participate in it.

Winter storm Juno hits UNH

by Leah Myers | February 5, 2015

Winter Storm Juno covered most of New England and the University of New Haven with snow from mid-morning on Jan. 26 to mid-afternoon on Jan. 27.

Kayo field being cleared after the first storm (Photo by Leah Myers / Charger Bulletin Photo)

Kayo field being cleared after the first storm (Photo by Leah Myers / Charger Bulletin Photo)

West Haven and most other parts of Connecticut accumulated about a foot of snow, while the Boston area horded up to three feet. Juno was predicted to be a historic blizzard like the ones Connecticut has seen the past few years.

Edward M. O’Brien, mayor of West Haven, declared a snow emergency on the town, which banned parking on the streets. It was in effect from 4 p.m. Jan. 26, until 4 p.m. Wed, Jan.28.

Dannel Malloy, governor of Connecticut, called a statewide emergency and placed a travel ban on major roads; this went into effect at 9 p.m. on Monday night. The travel ban was lifted at 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

To make sure UNH would be prepared for the worst, classes on Monday that started after 12 p.m. were cancelled and the campus closed at 12:30. Services such as the shuttles/vans, stores and food were shut down earlier than when normally scheduled. Campus remained closed on Tuesday.

FöD and The Marketplace were opened on Tuesday for reduced hours, serving brunch and dinner. Throughout Tuesday, other eateries opened up for reduced hours.
As the storm started to recede in the late morning, the Beckerman Recreation Center opened from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Wednesday, all services opened up and resumed their normal hours. Campus opened at 10 a.m., which means that classes that started before then were cancelled in order to complete the snowplowing process both on-campus and on local roads.

Students were asked to move their cars into the Westside Hall parking garage or the other residential parking lots to accommodate the snowplows.

Students and parents were notified of the campus closings and openings via text, email, and phone call. All services closings and openings along with campus status updates were announced though the UNH email accounts.

The storm was a challenge to handle despite the fair amount of snow that fell. Louis C. Annino Jr., Associate Vice President and Chief Facilities Officer, said, “this was largely because plowed snow was quickly replaced by the wind.”

Wind gusts were measured up to 31 MPH during Tuesday’s portion of the storm according to

During any other snowstorm, Campus Police and the Facilities Department work really hard to maintain everyone’s safety and to efficiently clear the snow that would otherwise obstruct normal campus activity.

No accidents occurred with the exception of a minor car accident on Wednesday. The only injury that occurred during the storm was someone who slipped.

“There were less injuries reported during this storm than during a normal week, and that can be attributed to everyone being less active,” said Chief Mark DeLieto, head chief of campus police.

Because the snow continued to fall throughout the night, plows were constantly on the campus roads removing the snow. According DeLieto, many facility members partaking in the cleanup took 12 to 16 hour shifts and stayed over night. This included the police officers, which would remain on duty.

No matter the situation, Campus Police and the Facility Dept. do everything they can to provide a safe and practical experience for the students and staff here on campus.

Students were advised to stock up on food and necessities, in which residential students responded with trips to the C-store and Shoprite. Once the snow took over, many students did not stray too far from their dorms, not even for a run to the C-Store.

Residential students from around the New England area are used to such weather. Maia Stickles, a freshman from Connecticut, said that Juno was “not as bad as they were referring to [on the news].”

All parts of Connecticut have faced tougher storms with more snow accumulation and very low temperatures in prior years.

Most students were not worried about missing classes, with part of the reason being that the spring semester has just started. The professors, however, are at least concerned about catching their classes up on work and planning around more snow days.

Jason DeGroff, the Music Director at UNH, is one of the many members of the teaching staff that has not been able to meet with a class for the first time this semester. On Jan. 26, one of his ensembles that are held once a week were canceled, and they have to wait another week before they can meet for the first time. This is critical for the performing students because they have not performed as a group since before winter break. If more snow days appear, DeGroff said he’d try to extend rehearsal time to make up for lost time.

Water from the melted snow unfortunately seeped though the roof of the Band Building in Charger Plaza, soaking the firebox, and activating the fire alarm on Wednesday morning.

Less than an inch of snow fell on Jan. 30. UNH announced beforehand that the campus and all services would remain open that day, under nearly most circumstances.

Another storm has hit New England on the evening of Feb.1, which started around 10 p.m. The snow turned into sleet during the night and has continued as snow throughout the afternoon.

UNH announced at 10 p.m. Sunday night that campus was closed Feb. 2 until 5:30 p.m. and that a decision about evening classes will be made the next day. At 1:45 p.m. Monday, UNH announced that evening classes at both the West Haven and Orange campuses have been cancelled.

The dining halls served brunch and dinner with reduced hours for other food/activity services. The West Haven campus delayed their opening to 10 a.m. on Feb. 3.

Even more impending snow storms are predicted for Wednesday into Thursday and the upcoming weekend.

Rocky Horror left audiences shivering with anticipation

by Elissa Sanci | November 18, 2014

The UNH Theater Program left the audience in tears of laughter with their racy rendition of The Rocky Horror Show.

Tyler Prigionieri played Riff Raff in UNH’s The Rocky Horror Show (Photo by Keegan O’Connor/Backstage crew)

Tyler Prigionieri played Riff Raff in UNH’s The Rocky Horror Show
(Photo by Keegan O’Connor/Backstage crew)

The University of New Haven Theater Program’s production of The Rocky Horror Show premiered on Nov. 12 in Bucknall Theater at 8 p.m.

The musical, directed by Jonathan Yukich, was a success and even garnered a standing ovation. The Rocky Horror Show, a musical written by Richard O’Brien, has captured audiences since its inception in the early 1970s. The musical is a humorous tribute to science fiction and horror films produced in the 1940s. It tells the story of a newly engaged couple who find refuge from a storm in the home of a mad transvestite scientist and his new creation, a muscle man named Rocky.

The theater program’s take of the cult musical classic, which features songs “Sweet Transvestite” and “Time Warp,” showed five times: Nov. 12, 13, 14, and 15 at 8 p.m. and again on Nov. 14 at 11:30 p.m.

The cast, made up mostly of seniors, included David Ransbottom as Brad Majors, Shannon Whitaker as Janet Weiss, Tyler Prigionieri as Riff Raff and Leann Boisvert as his sister, Magenta. Zachary Fontanez sported fishnet stockings and heels as Frank ‘N’ Furter and Joshua Dill donned a gold speedo as Rocky. Zachary Smith-Grabko narrated the show, delivering hilarious insight throughout the night.

Prigionieri, who played Riff Raff in the show, has been involved in four shows with the UNH Theater Program, but says Rocky Horror was his favorite.

“The script in general was a challenge for me as an actor,” Prigionieri said. “I really had to appreciate and understand the text in order to present the Riff Raff I did on stage. It was a challenge that brought me to realize how much I really do have a passion for the theatre; Riff Raff was a pleasure to perform.”

Audience participation was encouraged at the 11:30 p.m. performance on Nov. 14. Keychain flashlights were attached to the back of each seat in Bucknall Theater for audience members to wave during the performance of “Over at the Frankenstein Place.” The audience was also invited on stage after the curtain call to dance the “Time Warp” with the cast and crew.

The cast and crew had been working on this show since Sept. 4 under the direction of Yukich, rehearsing for long hours in Bucknall Theater.

“The crew began initial work on the set, such as bringing in lumber, collecting and creating props and working on measurements on Sept. 25,” said Keegan O’Connor, a member of the cast who helped build and paint the set for Rocky Horror. O’Connor has been part of thirteen shows both with UNH and within her community at home.

The Rocky Horror Show cast  (Photo Keegan O’Connor)

The Rocky Horror Show cast (Photo Keegan O’Connor)

“My favorite part was seeing how well the set came together and how creatively the actors and the director, Jonathan Yukich, used the space our set designer, Heather Konish, came up with,” O’Connor said. “It was incredible to see the original design of the set and how it made the most of such a small stage; in only two months, the crew was able to make the design come to life and that was really fun to watch it go from a pile to wood to a functioning laboratory!”

The show had many memorable moments and the crowd howling with laughter. “My favorite part of Rocky Horror was when Dr. Scott reveals his fishnet stockings and red pumps!” said Prigionieri. “Such a great comedic response.”

UNH’s production of The Rocky Horror Show was a success. The actors brought Richard O’Brien’s cult classic to life and worked in harmony to keep the audience laughing.

Aaron’s Party takes over WNHU

by Ashley Winward | November 12, 2014

This past week, the University of New Haven was visited by 90’s royalty when Aaron Carter stopped by the new home of WNHU for an interview.

Aaron Carter poses with fans in the WNHU station (Photo by WNHU)

Aaron Carter poses with fans in the WNHU station (Photo by WNHU)

A large crowd of fans waited out in the cold, pouring rain for a chance to meet the former child superstar now moving towards a comeback in his late 20s.

Known best for hits like “Aaron’s Party (Come and Get it)” and “That’s how I beat Shaq,” Carter took the early 2000s by storm being a pop star, guest starring on the hit TV show Lizzie McGuire, and playing Jojo in his Broadway Debut of Seussical the Musical.

After his album Oh Aaron, his career went dormant; however, with his return to the spotlight in 2009 as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars it looked like a strong comeback was inevitable.

Fans wasted no time on Thursday afternoon, flocking to the new WNHU studio across the street from Celentano Hall and standing outside the studio huddled under a small tent. Carter was fashionably late getting to the studio, but once he settled in with Chris Schnabel, Nikki Iannace and Late Night Charge host Joe Brown, no time was wasted before the conversation got going.

He was very excited to see his fans, taking selfies with many outside the window and posting them to his Snapchat and Instagram accounts. WNHU’s new studio has made musician events such as Carter’s visit possible.

The large windows of the building, which face out onto the lawn gave fans the chance to see the interview happening live instead of hearing the show behind a wall.

Interview topics spanned almost the entirety of his career, from being a child star to the “That’s How I Beat Shaq” sequel that took place last year. One of the most interesting questions that was asked was about his friendship with Michael Jackson.

Carter discussed how Jackson deemed him the “New Prince of Pop” and how he was given a jacket by the original Prince of Pop himself. He also told the surprising story of how fate had the two miss their flight out of New York City the day of Sept. 11.

After the interview, fans were given the chance to meet Carter and take photos.

Freshman Jess Devine spoke of her experience. “It was really surreal to meet someone that you’ve adored since you were really young and then to see them all grown up was very strange,” she said. “It’s nice knowing that he’s still down to earth and he takes time out of his busy schedule to take selfies with fans.”

Photos taken have been posted to the WNHU Facebook page for anyone who is looking to retrieve their precious memory with Carter. Tickets were also raffled off for his show that night at Toad’s Place which packed the house to nearly selling out.

It was certainly a memorable throwback Thursday on campus and hopefully will be the beginning of many fan-radio interactions on UNH’s campus.

UNH Marching Band Attends New Haven Court House Ceremony

by Francesca Fontanez | November 7, 2014

The University of New Haven’s marching band made an appearance at the Richard C. Lee Court House on Oct. 30. An event was held to celebrate the 225th Anniversary of the District, as well as the 100th Anniversary of the Richard C. Lee Courthouse. The band played not only selections from their field show, but also a plethora of patriotic songs, leaving bystanders with a sense of pride and enthusiasm.

According to The Richard C. Lee U.S. Courthouse website, a cornerstone dedication ceremony was first held in 1914. Former President William Howard Taft, a professor at Yale Law School at the time, spoke at the ceremony. The text of his speech was placed in the cornerstone, along with other mementos nearly 100 years ago. The University of New Haven Marching Band was honored to be a part of the 2014 ceremony.

The University of New Haven’s Marching Band is one of the fastest growing collegiate bands in the country. What started out with 20 members in 2009 has grown to over 200. The Charger’s Marching Band is under the direction of Jason L. DeGroff.

While the Chargers’s season is just about coming to a close, they’ve had a very active season; five home games, two competitions (and one upcoming), and numerous UNH campus activities has kept the Chargers Marching Band and their supporters very busy this fall.

Indoor Cycling: the type of exercise that bring a newly inspired clothing trend

by Courtney Brooks | October 29, 2014

Lately, it seems that people are more obsessed with working out than ever before.

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This fall, instead of sweaters and boots, the rising trend seen throughout campus has been workout clothes paired with a cool pair of Nike Free Runs, while our Instagram newsfeeds are covered with “fitspiration” photos.

This rise in exercise is not just a phase; it is a result of the growing varieties of the many different types of exercise offered to UNH students at the Rec Center. One workout in particular that is quickly gaining the popularity of many students and faculty is indoor cycling.

Indoor cycling is done on a stationary bike in a fitness studio. The workout is typically around 45 minutes long with a few breaks added in.

Throughout the indoor cycling class, an instructor guides the participants through various stages on the bike, ranging from warm-ups and slow climbs to uphill sprints. The atmosphere is very upbeat with loud music motivating you the whole way through.

Jackie Hinrichs, one of UNH’s very own indoor cycling instructors, fell in love with the exercise because of the speed, the sweat, and the dedication to working out. “Spinning [indoor cycling]  is one of the most rewarding cardio activities you could ever possibly do,” she said.

Here are her top three reasons why you should give it a shot:

1.For those of you who get bored doing the same workouts on a treadmill or elliptical day after day, substituting in a indoor cycling class is a great cardio workout. In a typical indoor cycling class, you burn about 500 calories, which is much more than you would burn on the treadmill for 45 minutes. Also, you control the tempo of the class because the bikes have adjustable tensions, so you can always try to burn more!

2.If you’re looking to get that perfect Kim Kardashian “bubble butt” look without doing 1,000 squats a day, indoor cycling is the workout for you! This workout targets the glutes and the legs and helps build muscle and tone up.

3.Working out is always more enjoyable when it is done with a friend. Having someone next to you motivating you makes you work harder and the time pass faster. In a indoor cycling class, you are never alone.

Aside from the encouraging instructor, you are always surrounded by people with the same goals as you that push you to succeed. It is a great environment to be in!

If any of this appeals to you, Jackie, as well as all the indoor cycling instructors at UNH encourage you to try out a class. Beginners and experienced riders all welcome!

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