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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!

The grass is greener here

by Courtney Brooks | October 29, 2014

More often than not, someone always has something negative to say about our school. It’s like the grass is always greener on the other side; every other school seems to have something to offer that we don’t: better food, nicer dorms, bigger parties…you name it, we’ve complained about it.

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I am guilty of this myself, but that stops today! This past homecoming made me realize just how much there is to appreciate about being a Charger and why I am proud to call UNH home.

For a small school, in a small city, in an even smaller state, UNH has more spirit than most of the bigger, division one schools. As if the fact that we are only the second in the nation to have a blue turf field to represent our football players doesn’t say it all, the enthusiasm behind the sea of blue at the homecoming game on Saturday was electric. Everyone was wearing their blue and yellow with pride, cheering the football team into a 42-14 victory over Merrimack.

This homecoming, UNH went all out! The weekend started with the Swimsuit Sprint and was followed by a concert by the popular Sammy Adams. The university didn’t have to do this—they wanted to because they wanted students to be able to enjoy this weekend to the fullest and I think many of us fail to realize that. We are part of a university that genuinely cares about each and everyone one of its students, that wants us to have fun and succeed in everyway possible and that was proven this past weekend. This is huge because at many schools, students are just another number, another source of income from tuition, but at UNH, we are family. That is something that should never be taken for granted.

After a great weekend, I’ve realized that the grass is, in fact, not greener on the other side, its greener where you water it. In other words, instead of focusing on what other schools are doing, we should be focusing on all that our own is doing. A little appreciation goes a long way and all of us should be expressing gratitude for our school, not putting it down.

And if you still aren’t happy here, instead of complaining, do something about it; join a committee or a club and make a change! This schools is ours, it is what WE make it.

President’s Corner

by Richard Rotella | October 29, 2014


Richard Rotella, USGA President (Chariot Yearbook Photo)

Richard Rotella, USGA President (Chariot Yearbook Photo)

I hope that everyone enjoyed Charge-A-Palooza week last week. It was great to see everyone at Midnight Madness, Swimsuit Sprint and Homecoming. Many of these events have slowly become UNH traditions and an important part of our campus.

A special thank you goes to the countless alumni of UNH that attended Homecoming. Their attendance shows that you are not a Charger for just four years, but, instead, are a Charger for the rest of your life.

I would also like to thank EMS Club, Fire Science Club, American Criminal Justice Association, Sigma Chi and Up Til Dawn for participating in the first ever Homecoming Chariot Race; it was a great success. And congratulations to Sigma Chi for coming in first, followed closely by EMS Club in second, and Up Til Dawn in third.
Just as a reminder, USGA will be in the German Club this Friday, October 31 at 11 a.m. There will also be a President’s Roundtable before the meeting in the German Club at 9:45 a.m.

Warmest regards,
Richard J. Rotella
USGA President

Kristen Merlin returns to UNH

by Elissa Sanci | October 8, 2014

Kristen Merlin wasn’t going to try out for The Voice initially—after being shot down two previous times, she figured it wasn’t worth a third shot. She had a gig planned for the day of the tryout, and figured she’d only go to the audition if she found someone to cover for her.

Kristen Merlin performs at UNH’s Fall Fest (Photo by UNH student John Marden)

Kristen Merlin performs at UNH’s Fall Fest (Photo by UNH student John Marden)

Luck and fate were obviously on Merlin’s side that day; not only did she make it past the first round of auditions, but made it all the way to the big stage, where both Shakira and Adam Levine turned their chairs around for the University of New Haven alumna.

Merlin, one of the finalists on NBC’s reality TV singing competition, came back to her alma mater Fri. Oct. 3 to perform during SCOPE and the Music Industry Club’s Fall Music and Arts Festival.

Fall Fest began at 2 p.m., where MIC held acoustic sets until 4:30 p.m. The concert, held on the Bartels Student Activities Center patio, began at 6 p.m., featuring Ian Biggs, Sparks and the Rescue and ASTR, closing with Merlin.

“It’s awesome being back at UNH,” Merlin said. “So many things on campus have changed but it’s cool because you walk down memory lane; it’s like ‘I dormed in that one, I partied in that one!’”

Merlin, who attended UNH from 2003 to 2007, lived in Botwinik, Sheffield and Winchester Halls during her time on campus. Merlin graduated with a B.A. degree in music and sound recording.
Merlin said her favorite UNH memory was playing in SCOPE’s open mic Beanhouse events, where she would play her original music.

“The only difference [between playing for small audience and playing for large-scale audiences] is the energy in the room; the more bodies, the more energy you feel but the excitement was kinda just the same,” she said. “It was as fun for me to have that intimate crowd as it was to perform at the much larger scale.”

The Voice, which is currently in its seventh season, is based purely on a contestant’s voice; a blind audition involves the four judges listening to contestants with their chairs turned so that they can concentrate on their voices rather than their appearances. The show’s tagline—Close your eyes. Open your ears.—says it all.

“I’m always judged for looks before anything else, so it was really cool and funny to see Shakira’s reaction—she was wicked shocked to see what she turned around to,” said Merlin, who hails from Hanson, Mass. “It’s a great premise; I love the idea of The Voice, especially for me, because I fit the exact premise of it.”

Merlin said that because she was so nervous during her audition, she didn’t realize that both Adam Levine and Shakira had hit their buttons, signifying they both wanted her for their teams and guaranteeing her a spot on the show.

“It really wasn’t setting in until the end of [my audition] when I was like ‘Oh sh*t! They turned! That means this is it, I’m on! Now I get to choose.’”

Merlin initially wanted Blake Shelton as her coach, and after he didn’t turn his chair, had decided to go with Levine. She shocked herself by choosing Shakira. “As I was saying ‘I choose Shakira,’ in my head I was like ‘Whaaat?’” Merlin explained.

Merlin enjoyed working with Shakira throughout her time on The Voice, where she placed fourth. “At one point, I actually ended up mentoring her; she freaked out when we had to do a song together,” she said. “She was freaking out saying ‘It’s not going right,’ and I was like ‘Shak—take a moment. You are Shakira; I don’t know if you know this—you can do anything on stage and people will go crazy. You’re going to be fine.’ I had to, like, talk her off a ledge for a minute.”

Merlin remembered watching artists like Matt Nathanson performing on campus when she was an undergraduate and said that she aspired to tour campuses and perform for students too. “And here I am,” she said. “It’s pretty awesome.” Merlin plans to travel to Los Angeles, Calif. soon to record an EP; she writes all her music and plays acoustic guitar as well.

“Music is my life—I’m sickly addicted to music,” she said.

“Kristen was very personal,” said Chariot Yearbook Editor Annalisa Berardinelli. “She literally hopped over the wires of the BSAC patio and danced with the crowd; she was very cool and down to Earth.”

Derek Watson, president of SCOPE, was very pleased with the turnout of the event. “It was excellent to have Kristen Merlin back as an alumna of UNH.” It was cool to see her interact with the crowd, he added, where she hung out with fans, taking pictures and talking to undergraduates.

“Fall Fest was a great event to foster and cultivate a great sense of community among local artists,” said senior Colby Thammavongsa.

“Don’t ever give up; always chase your dream,” Merlin said to anyone looking to pursue a career in music. “No matter how big or small your goal is, jump at any opportunity you can take. Timing is everything, that’s for sure.”

Families come to campus

by Elissa Sanci | September 24, 2014

Families traveled from near and far to visit their loved ones Sat. Sept 20 for the University of New Haven’s annual Family Day.

Families travel to visit UNH students and spend the day together (Office of Student Activities Photo)

Families travel to visit UNH students and spend the day together (Office of Student Activities Photo)

UNH had a plethora of events throughout the day for families to choose from; the activities ranged widely so there would be something for everyone and no one was left out. UNH offered over 50 activities throughout the course of the day. These events ranged from physic readings and face painting to a tour of West Haven and a Taste of New Haven Food Tour.

“There’s a great schedule,” Melissa Rourke, freshman, added. “I like how there’s things for little kids to do, so siblings can have fun too while families are visiting.”
Family Day is organized by the Office of Student Activities.

Assistant Director of Student Activities Shelissa Newball was in charge of coordinating the event this year. “I think it went well this year,” she said. “It was a little chaotic but I think the families had a good time.”

Newball has been working on Family Day since May of 2014.

“We had a committee that helped plan the day, but it was a big team effort. Not just OSA was involved, but the Office of Residential Life as well, and all of campus,” she said. “It took a lot of planning and everyone on campus played a major role in this event.”

“Everything UNH does is very organized, from move in day to family day,” said Tim Rourke, father of freshman Melissa Rourke.
Freshman Joey Marino, of Clinton, Conn., and his parents were most looking forward to seeing Brian Miller, magician and comedian. Miller’s act combines magic, comedy and mind reading, among other things, and took place in Bucknall Theater.

“I’m really happy UNH does this,” Marino said about Family Day. “There’s tons of activities and they all seem interesting.”

At 1 p.m., families could attend the UNH vs. Assumption football game at North Campus, which a lot of father’s, including Rourke, said they were looking forward to most.

Other activities included a trip to the Flight Trampoline Park, a fire show performed by Antonalia the Fire Goddess, and hypnotist Jim Spinnato.

Antonalia the Fire Goddess (Office of Student Activities Photo)

Antonalia the Fire Goddess (Office of Student Activities Photo)

“For the most part, everyone enjoyed the day,” said Newball. “The hard part is figuring out how many people are going to show up. For next year, I’d like to offer more activities and spread them out more throughout the day.”

Undergraduate Student Government Association President Richard Rotella said the day was a blast.

“It was a lot of fun seeing the families celebrate all that UNH has to offer,” said Rotella.

Cyber Forensics and Research team open their doors

by Miriam Correia | September 24, 2014

The Cyber Forensics Research and Education Laboratory at the University of New Haven is now up and running.

The ribbon cutting ceremony (Photo by Harold Shapiro)

The ribbon cutting ceremony (Photo by Harold Shapiro)

The Grand Opening ceremony and ribbon cutting was held Friday, Sept 19 in Buckman Hall, followed by a reception in Gehring Hall.

Ronald S. Harichandran, Dean of the Tagliatela College of Engineering, welcomed everyone to the event. Remarks were given by Henry C. Lee, Dora B. Schriro, the Commissioner of Emergency

Services and Public Protection, Ali Golbazi, the Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science, and Ibrahim Baggili, Assistant Professor and Director of CFREL.

Although the laboratory has just opened, the Cyber Forensics and Research team has been making a name for themselves.

The team has gained recognition beginning fall of 2013, and some of their accomplishments include being the first in Connecticut to establish an Educational Partnership Agreement with the Defense Cyber Crime Center.

They have had 18 peer-reviewed publications and investigated the security of Android Apps. They have done exposés of security flaws found in WhatsApp, Viber, Instagram, OKCupid and several other international social apps. There are videos on these apps that can be found on YouTube and there was a news special done on it that was featured on WTNH. Some of the students developed MINT or Malware Investigation Toolkit. They were invited to join the Academic Alliance for the Department of Homeland Security’s Stop. Think. Connect campaign and they are hosting the International Conference on Digital Forensics and Cyber Crime and the Systematic Approaches to Digital Forensics Engineering conference.

They also received a grant of $140,000 from the Department of Homeland Security to build the Artifact Genome Project. This only touches on the list of accomplishments they have made just within the past year.

The Cyber Forensics lab (Photo by Erica Naugle)

The Cyber Forensics lab (Photo by Erica Naugle)

Jason Moore, a student of the Cyber Forensics program, gave a quick info session on some of the lab’s amenities. The state of the art new lab features 18 brand new iMac workstations, a portable clean room for hard drive discs, .XRY Mobile Forensic units, military grade forensic duplicators and wipers, hardware write-blockers, and a 75” flat screen television that can stream information from any computer in the room.

The most important part of all the recognition and accomplishments are the students, according to Baggili. He ended his speech by asking, “Who are the real heroes?” He then answered with “the students” and then asked everyone for a round of applause for them and their hard work. “Without my students, nothing would be possible.”

Catalina Gonzalez will be running through your mind in no time

by Ashley Winward | September 24, 2014

Being a member of the University of New Haven community has led me to meet so many talented people in so many different fields.

Catalina Gonzalez (Photo by Kara Zavaglio)

Catalina Gonzalez (Photo by Kara Zavaglio)

Catalina Gonzalez has been no exception.

Hailing from Santiago, Chile, the senior here at UNH has made a name for herself in the local music community and is looking to expand out with new music opportunities. Over the past few years she’s put out two EPs, Old Soul, New Voice and Game Of Words, with plenty of fun covers along the way including her “Song Sunday” installments you can check out on YouTube. She released her newest EP last semester, Roadrunner, and I think it truly shows her versatility as a songstress and her power as a vocalist!

The EP opens with the title track “Roadrunner” that is reminiscent of an old bluesy rock track. The chugging guitar line evokes a ZZ Top vibe while Gonzalez croons about chasing after a “roadrunner” love. The next track, “To Forget You,” goes in a completely new direction, taking me to a distant island with the reggae harmonies and again that very distinctive guitar setting the tone for the song. For me, the best was certainly saved for last with the very slinky and sultry “My Man.” The mysterious verses opened up to a powerful wailing chorus that absolutely blew me away with an organ part that felt like I was being taken to church.

There is no low point to this EP, no filler track to take up space and nothing missing from my musical palate. I can really appreciate artists who put out short EPs like Roadrunner because it’s a sampling of short songs that all show such strength. I would much rather a short brilliantly crafted EP over a full length that has sub-par filler tracks.

All in all, Catalina Gonzalez hit this one out of the park. You can pick it up for yourself at as well as her other EPs and cover singles. You can also find her on Facebook or on her website at Her next show in the area will be at Two Roads Brewery in Stratford, so be sure to go support!

It’s been awesome for me personally to watch Gonzalez go from performing at the freshman talent show singing Adele to now putting out great original music. Hopefully it won’t be long before I can say that the girl on TV winning a Grammy went to my alma mater!

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.


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.

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