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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.

Welcome Back, UNH

by Liana Teixeira | January 29, 2014

Well, it’s finally here, my last semester as an undergraduate at the University of New Haven.

When I took my first steps onto campus four years, ago I never thought I’d be sitting here writing weekly editorials as the Editor-in-Chief of the school newspaper. Freshman year seemed never-ending, probably because events were always going on at each hour of the day. The next three years snuck up on me, and I find myself wondering where all the time went.

So, for the last time, I say “Welcome back, UNH.” Hopefully everyone was able to have a relaxing winter break and, if possible, take a vacation somewhere sunny and warm. Whether you are a freshman excited for your second semester at UNH or a senior preparing to graduate this upcoming May, be sure to take advantage of everything UNH has to offer. The Spring semester, in particular, has some of the best events of the year, like the Spring Concert and Carnival. Yes, sitting in your cozy dorm room with Netflix, friends and a bowl of popcorn may sound tempting, but these are moments you’ll regret missing.

This could also be a semester to branch out and join a new organization. Attend a Gaming Club meeting, sign up for an off campus trip with SCOPE, try out for the school musical, rush a fraternity or sorority, or write for the newspaper *wink, wink*. Getting yourself involved with UNH RSOs will make your college experience worthwhile.

UNH’s Own Ronald Quagliani Needs YOUR Vote This Tuesday!

by The Charger Bulletin | October 31, 2013

Alcohol Awarness Week

by Elissa Sanci | October 30, 2013

The week of Oct. 21 was Alcohol Awareness Week, a time where the University of New Haven’s Office of Student Activities, along with the Office of Residential Life, works with many organizations on campus to sponsor different programs that bring to light the serious consequences of alcohol consumption.

Throughout the week, SCOPE, the American Criminal Justice Association, Victimology and the Fire Science Club, in conjunction with OSA and ORL, sponsored many different activities designed to show students the effects of alcohol on their bodies and spread alcohol awareness throughout the UNH campus.

On Wednesday, Oct. 23, in the Bergami Game Room, students competed in a “Drunk Mario Tournament.” Beer goggles were provided to those playing the video game in an attempt to show just how hard it is to complete simple tasks while intoxicated.

Other events that took place during the week included a Trashed Speaker on Monday, Mock tailgating before the men’s soccer game on Tuesday, the Drunk Mario Cart Tournament and a showing of Animal House on Wednesday, a Seatbelt Simulator and Root Beer Float Obstacle Course on Thursday and a Docudrama on Friday.

Students were also able take a pledge not to drink and drive in the Bartels Programming Space on Monday and Tuesday.

“Alcohol abuse is always an issue, and it’s good that students are aware of what’s going on and are educating themselves,” Andrew Mayer, Office Coordinator of OSA, said.

Kirsten Ellison, head of the Alcohol Awareness Committee, said she would like students to take away responsible drinking habits from this week.

“The week is not suppose to tell students not to drink; the goal is to educate students on responsible drinking choices, and educate more on the effects of drinking and what drinking can do to someone,” she said.

All college students experience the effects of college drinking, whether they drink or not. According to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, about four out of five college students drink alcohol, and nearly 2,000 students ages 18 to 24 die each year from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including drunk driving accidents.

“I think alcohol awareness being brought to UNH is a good idea,” said Soundview Residential Assistant Dan Brophy. “Many students over consume or do not take proper precautions with alcohol.”

Underage students found in the presence of alcohol or empty alcohol containers warrants a Level One Offense, according to the UNH Student Handbook. Underage possession and consumption of alcohol calls for a Level Two Offense, and intoxication and being present during drinking games calls for a Level Three Offense, along with serving to minors. A Level Four Offense is handed out if a student is found in the possession of kegs, grain alcohol or the possession and/or use of funnels.

The consequence for a Level Two Offense is a $100 fine and the referral to a BASICS group, according to the Student Handbook. A Level Three Offense, calls for a $200 fine, parental notification and a BASICS group referral, and the consequence for a Level Four is a $300 fine and a minimum referral to a one-on-one counseling session.

A Level Five Offense is awarded after the fourth Level Two violation, the third Level Three violation or additional violations after a Level Four violation. A Level Five Violation will result in the removal from the residence halls and/or the University.

“When students don’t take the proper precautions, it could lead to costly medical transports,” Brophy said. Hopefully these Alcohol Awareness programs will prevent future problems concerning students and alcohol, he said.

“I think these programs are important—people are always hearing about kids getting alcohol poisoning or worse,” said sophomore Kaitlin Mahar. “Even though you might think it’s the same old boring stuff over and over again, you never know when it could end up making a difference.”

Debt Free….HA, we go to UNH!

by The Charger Bulletin | April 17, 2013

By MARISSA JANKOWSKI and SANDI SINNER
LETTER TO THE EDITOR

“If you don’t have this money paid within the next two months, you will not be able to attend the University of New Haven in the fall.” Not only are we all stressed about our grades with midterms coming up, but I have a hold on my financial account in which I was threatened if I don’t have this money paid, I would not be able to continue being a student here at UNH. Throughout high school it is a dream of many to attend this University, but many hopes and dreams are shot down when they find out how expensive it is to attend.

There is a certain line that is drawn in which the school and government looks at, that measures your parents income; and if they make even a fraction over this line, then their child will receive practically nothing in financial aid. But, if one household makes below this line, their child will receive all the financial aid in the world, and it’s not fair to those families who have parents that actually have decent jobs and are what you call, “working for a living.” Nothing for nothing, but what people don’t understand is, in some cases, what if families just above the line, are working so hard to put one or more children through college on top of all of their bills.

Approximately 85% of UNH’s full time undergraduate students receive some type of financial assistance in the form of academic and merit scholarships, grants, and manageable student loans but that still only takes away so much money. They also offer a very small amount of on campus jobs as work study. These jobs are open to everyone and are a first come first serve so people who need these jobs who are struggling with paying for their student loans are cast aside.

The cost of books here at the University of New Haven, is another huge issue within students. Not only do we pay almost 48 grand to go here, every semester we have to drop hundreds of dollars on books that many professors don’t even use throughout the entire semester. We are wasting our money, and when we go to return these books back to the UNH book store, we are ripped off and in most cases will get $10 back on a book in which we spent $90 on, and that’s even if they let us return the books. The only other option is to rent the books but even then the prices are very high and they give very little options to get them as an E-book to lower those fees.

Even after financial aid, and student loans, we are STILL paying an arm and a leg, just to attend the University of New Haven. I am a freshman now and if I continue to attend here, I will be paying back my student loans, for the rest of my life. Though UNH is a private school, there is no in state or out of state tuition difference. Everyone just about, has to pay the same amount to attend. If you live in the same state as the college you attend, you should be able to have at least deference somewhere, whether it is free books or pay less in your tuition. I mean if you’re going to practically give a free college education to the students who live in the city of West Haven, you should do something for those students that live in the same state, or even just attend your college!

A lot of the tuition we have to pay for is for things that do not even go to any of our schooling. This University is using OUR money to pay for their advertisements of the school. The admissions wastes our money to make copies of pamphlets, give away free things to incoming students and the summer books we are required to read. So our money that we pay to attend this school each semester is used to make our school look good and get more incoming freshman. The “general fees” we are charged with provide a partial contribution supporting essential infrastructure, facilities and institutional services necessary to promote student learning. The fees cover access to infirmary and counseling services and supports student government and club activities. These general fees are charged for each semester in which a student enrolls.

A lot of students who come to the University of New Haven pay these absurd prices because of their highly recommended majors like Fire Science, Criminal Justice and Marine Biology. The programs here like the Living and Learning Community, or the LLC, and the hands on classes as freshman draw people’s attention but are these worth the price to go here? I know a lot of people who have left after their first semester here because the prices were too high and their families could no longer afford it anymore. The average indebtedness of 2011’s Graduates was $42,600 and the price of tuition keeps getting higher and higher. How much are we going to owe?

 

UNH Named One of “New England’s Most Dangerous Schools”

by Cameron Hines | April 10, 2013

Parents tell their children to be safe while they’re off at college, how to never go out at night without someone else, and to stay out of certain neighborhoods. Many like to joke about their concern and think they are fearless and untouchable, but there is some truth to their precautious sentiments.

On a recent survey by GoLocal Pro that assessed crime rates at universities in New England, the University of New Haven showed up 81 out of 100 on a list titled “The 100 Most Dangerous Campuses in New England.”

It was also joined by some other interesting attendees on the list, including Wesleyan at #15, Yale at #34, and Harvard at #69, with Mount Ida College holding down the #1 spot.

GoLocal used the Clery database, which is organized by the Clery Act that states that any school that offers federal financial aid must document and report crime on and off campuses. The crimes included burglary, property crimes, arson, manslaughter, sexual offenses, robbery, aggravated assault and murder. The data collected was that of from 2009-2011, and calculated an average crime rate per-year.

The statistics are on a weighted per-capita scale, and UNH’s statistics break down like so: burglary leads with 8, sex offenses is a 4, motor vehicle theft is a 3, aggravated assault is a 1, and a 0 for murder/non-negligent manslaughter, negligent manslaughter, non-forcible sex offenses, arson, and robbery.

Dr. Michael Jenkins, a professor at UNH, comments “It’s important that when we look at these types of numbers that we consider issues in victim reporting to police as well as in police reporting under Clery. We also want to be aware of not only the number of students, but also the number of other people who use those same areas for pleasure or business. Both the University of New Haven And Yale campuses are surrounded by heavily trafficked areas that are used for business other than that which involves the university. Each of these individuals is a potential victim of crime around University property, and therefore might report those crimes to university police. A crime rate which does not consider those individuals in the denominator does not give an accurate picture of ones likelihood of victimization on that campus.”

A simple thing to take away from this study is to constantly be paying attention to your safety and that of your peers. If you see or hear something suspicious, report it.

 

Art Exhibit at West Haven Veterans’ Museum and Learning Center to Feature Work of Veterans and UNH Students in Collaborative Project

by The Charger Bulletin | April 3, 2013

A UNH News Story

WEST HAVEN, CONN. — They gathered together over poems, songs, paintings, photography and improvisational drama, a group of war veterans and UNH students, bridging not only the mile that separates the VA Connecticut Healthcare System from the university but also their age differences and life experiences.

They are part of “Exit 43,” a collaborative project that provides veterans with the opportunity to serve as artistic mentors in the community while raising public awareness about veterans’ issues. Each of the students and the veterans is creating a new work of art based on the experience, and the artwork will be featured in “Exit 43 – An Exhibition” at the West Haven Veterans’ Museum and Learning Center from April 16 through May 4.

The public is invited to an opening reception from 3-5 p.m. at the museum at 30 Hood Terrace in West Haven. The museum is open Wednesdays and Fridays from noon to 3 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The project takes its name from exit 43 off I-95, the First Avenue-West Haven exit that leads both to UNH and to the VA hospital.

“It is an artistic collaboration, but it is also a lesson in empathy, in understanding, in the ways that loss and grief and hope are universal experiences,” said Janet Zamparo, the project manager of “Exit 43” as well as an artist, educator and director of Arts Connections for Everyone. “Art is disarming. If people build walls, art can help tear them down.”

Roberta Blake, a music therapist at VA Connecticut, said the UNH students took part in one of the VA’s creative arts therapy programs in visual arts, music, writing or drama run by VA creative arts therapists. “The students saw how creative arts can be used to tell a story, express a feeling, connect with oneself and others and communicate,” she said.

The UNH students participating were Samantha Guash, Emily Anne McGinty, Dannielle Gladu, Kristen Leining, Briana Mangiacapra, Kate Saccone, Kristie Patterson, Alexandria Rossy, Keegan O’Connor, Andrea Ortiz, Tannu Singh, Ahjahta McDuffie, Mahoganie Brown, Ashley Guzman, Amanda Blankson, Stephany Parra and Marissa Medina.

Emily McGinty, a UNH junior majoring in liberal studies, said, “I was apprehensive at first because we were a group of young adults entering in on what was a very private experience. When we arrived, we were welcomed with open arms. The veterans were proud of their work and were extremely talented. They also were very forthcoming, sharing as much as they could about their experiences in Vietnam. It was very humbling to see that the men who gave up so much to fight for the country were again giving back, but this time to the youth.”

Angela Cortese, coordinator of UNH’s Office of Community Service, said student feedback on the program “has been just amazing. The students found the experience very moving.”

It is fitting that the pieces of art resulting from the collaboration will be on display along with artifacts dating back to the Revolutionary War, said Beth Sabo, the commissioner of public works for the city of West Haven and vice president of the museum board. “This is an incredible partnership,” she said.

Allan Garry, a Vietnam veteran, said the collaboration was important and that he was struck by how engaged the students were. “The kids were caring, curious, intelligent,” he said. “When we talked with them about what the war was like, they had some real serious, thoughtful questions.”

Garry was just 22 when was sent to Vietnam and assigned to the American Division’s Graves Registration, Search and Recovery unit, identifying fellow soldiers killed in combat. Upon his return to the States, he started college, began to write, had a family and hoped to become a teacher and writer. But he said he began to struggle emotionally and found he could no longer write. Diagnosed with PTSD, Garry has been in the VA’s PTSD outpatient programs for 17 years.

Today he is a published poet, playwright and musician. The creative arts therapy programs gave him back his writing, he said, and, in many ways, his life.

 

UNH Launches “Charge into the Future” Initiative for West Haven Students

by Karen Grava | March 6, 2013

UNH announced last week a partnership with West Haven Public Schools that will provide half-tuition scholarships to high school seniors as well as college preparation programs for middle school and high school students.

Photo provided by UNH Today

The partnership, called the “Charge into the Future” program, will provide a half-tuition scholarship for any student graduating from West Haven High School who is admitted as a full-time student to UNH beginning next fall.

“I applaud the University of New Haven for introducing an innovative new program that will open the door to higher education for so many students,” said Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. “We know that getting a college degree is critical to preparing students for good jobs with good benefits—and helping to ensure bright futures in the new economy.”

Governor Malloy told the students that his own father had to leave school in eighth grade and that he himself struggled with learning disabilities. He said that even by his junior year in high school, he didn’t have a vision for his future. But then, he said, school got better. He went on to college and law school; he became a prosecutor, a mayor and a governor.

“All of this was made possible because my father, who never went to college but made sure all eight of his children went to college,” he said. He urged West Haven High students to take advantage of all aspects of the partnership, as “only a fraction of American students” will have such an opportunity. “Spend the time, the energy; recreate yourself in a different vision,” he said.

The announcement at West Haven High School also featured Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman.

“The connection between earning a college degree and the ability to get a quality job has never been as important as it is today,” Wyman said. “With this scholarship program, the University of New Haven is ensuring that more of our students will be better prepared to attend college and to graduate with the skills needed in this challenging job market.”

The UNH scholarships, which include need- and merit-based awards, will be offered to students in addition to any federal, state or externally funded awards for which they may qualify.

“We would like this program to serve as a major incentive to West Haven students – from middle school right through high school – to strive to attend college,” said President Steve Kaplan. “It is an example of UNH giving back to the local community and providing them the opportunity to take advantage of our high-quality academic programs.”

The “Charge into the Future” program also will allow juniors and seniors enrolled at West Haven High School to take college-level courses at the University at no charge on a space-available basis. Students can enroll in up to two classes per year, which will provide them a jump start on their college education even if they don’t enroll at UNH.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our students, and we are thrilled to partner with our neighbors from the University of New Haven in this venture,” West Haven Superintendent Neil Cavallaro said. “This program will allow them and their families to dream big and believe that something they once thought may have been impossible is now achievable: a four-year college degree from an outstanding institution with a reputation for excellence.”

“The city of West Haven remains committed to strengthening its friendship and partnership with the University of New Haven,” Mayor John M. Picard ’87 said. “This important scholarship initiative reflects UNH’s unwavering pledge to reinvest in our community and in our young people. This model program will afford West Haven students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to seek higher education at their hometown university and will add another proud chapter to the longstanding relationship of good will between town and gown.”

UNH also will help high school students prepare for college by providing juniors and seniors free information sessions on the college admissions process and applying for financial aid. In addition, the program will provide support for eighth- and ninth-graders by offering a summer day camp to prepare them for college-level work and admission to college.

The University also will explore creating academic partnerships with the West Haven Public Schools to offer promising high school students opportunities to participate in college-level extracurricular activities such as drama and theater workshops, writing and poetry workshops, engineering projects and competitions and math competitions.

“The ‘Charge into the Future’ program is very comprehensive,” said Kaplan. “It will help motivate students for college success and prepare them to be future leaders.”

Brenda Calderon, a WHHS senior who has been accepted to UNH for the fall, said she is pleased the program is offered.

“The partnership with the University of New Haven will alleviate many of our educational insecurities,” she said. “Free classes and half-tuition scholarships speak for themselves, and in many ways, will impact our education as public high school students.”

 

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