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The Charger Bulletin

Fear of failure

by Alyssa MacKinnon | April 8, 2015

How often do we quit before we have given something a chance? How often do we write off some experience or some new thing because we are scared, that we will not do well enough, that it won’t be as we expect, or that we will not succeed?

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People don’t enthusiastically try for almost anything at this school; many students just commit themselves to their dorms.

We have so many opportunities in college, especially at a university like the University of New Haven. Every week, different events are hosted that not even 50 percent of the student body here elects to attend. Students don’t capitalize on the huge activity fee that we are charged as part of our tuition. Don’t you want to use that $1,220 you give to the school EVERY year?

Last year alone, I personally had a blast getting over $1,000 from school events—in gift cards, food, tickets and prizes. One of my friends won two X-Boxes last year! Simply going out to different things can be fun, but you have all these chances to win or create personalized things.

Join clubs and take leadership roles, even if you don’t have a lot of experience; don’t be afraid to try and voice your ideas to others. Sign up for something! Be part of the fashion show, see the comedian, share lunch with someone from class. Branch out and talk to the person across the desk when they mention they’re into your favorite show! Don’t let fear stop you from making waves in the world or even the little pond that is UNH.

Apply to the big scholarship, call up that amazing internship opportunity, and try the fish at Bartels. Even though it’s scary and there’s always the possibility of rejection, it can’t hurt to just try!

You don’t want to graduate and have your coolest story be that you could chug a 40 in under a minute; mine certainly won’t. Be adventurous and courageous, be the kind of person that doesn’t cocoon himself in his room and practice for a life as a hermit. Go alone to an event if your friends won’t leave the Netflix universe.

The more things you try for and go out to, the more interesting people you meet and things you will end up experiencing. So be bold and extend yourself out of your comfort zone, even if it’s just by a little each time.

The college experience is about making memories, going out and trying new, weird things and making silly mistakes. Take advantage of your opportunities before the year is through and don’t be afraid of failure!

A new future for West Haven

by Ben Atwater | April 1, 2015

Following in the ever progressing trend of the University of New Haven, a new commission of students has been formed to further the relationship between West Haven and UNH.

From left to right: John Lewis (Assistant to Mayor), Sam Nicosia, Navjot Singh, Mayor Edward O’Brian, Benjamin Atwater, Sabrina Schell, Dan Delgado-taken by Chris Haynes in West Haven city council hall (Photo provided by Ben Atwater)

From left to right: John Lewis (Assistant to Mayor), Sam Nicosia, Navjot Singh, Mayor Edward O’Brian, Benjamin Atwater, Sabrina Schell, Dan Delgado-taken by Chris Haynes in West Haven city council hall (Photo provided by Ben Atwater)

Titled the “Advisory Commission on the Future of UNH & West Haven,” the mission statement of the commission is “to better university relations and involvement with the West Haven community, and to catalyze the evolution towards a more vibrant, community-centric West Haven.”

This commission is attempting to make the UNH community more present in the West Haven community and vice versa.

Headed by political science professor Chris Haynes, this commission is made up of a handful of selected students spanning all different majors and interests.

“The idea came to me during my Ideas of Law class last semester,” said Haynes in an interview. “We had to gather data from the mayor’s office, and noticed a lack of social connectedness between West Haven and UNH. The West Haven community was very different from what we thought it was.”

Haynes handpicked the commission to get the best possible dynamic of students working towards a common goal. “I was looking for students with drive, ambition, and a willingness to make a difference.”

Serving on the Advisory Commission are Legal Studies major Sabrina Schell, Engineering major Dan Delgado, Criminal Justice major John Houllahan and Marketing majors Ben Atwater and Navjot Singh.

Chairing the commission is junior Sam Nicosia, Political Science major. “After working with the mayor’s office in my Ideas of Law class last semester, I saw a huge opportunity to get more involved with West Haven” said Nicosia. “I love my fellow commission members. Everyone’s really dedicated to getting things done.”

Nicosia has led the group by keeping the commission on track with its mission statement. Schell is very excited to serve on the commission as well.

“I had a class with Chris last semester, so was more than happy to work under him again,” said Schell. “I think the commission has good ideas. I really like the people on it, and I can tell that all of our talents will really pay off.”

The commission has already kicked off a meeting with Mayor Edward O’Brien on March 9 in West Haven City Hall. Also present was John Lewis, Executive Assistant to the mayor. At the meeting, the commission pitched a five-pronged strategic plan to build a strong relationship between the town and the school.

The commission aims to statistical feedback of students’ perception of West Haven to the mayor’s stressing. This means polling students as to how they feel about West Haven, whether it be safety related or shopping preferences. By providing data to the mayor’s office, public administration can take steps to change student perceptions, whether it be installing more lighting or attracting new businesses to the town.

The second point of the plan is to build awareness of West Haven events and businesses among the UNH student body. Inviting businesses to campus, or posting advertisements through campus media channels like The Charger Bulletin or fliers around campus can help build awareness. This also means attracting student friendly businesses to West Haven.

Most of the businesses in West Haven were here before the school moved from New Haven in 1960. There are not many local businesses that cater to the college niche market like the shops in Princeton. By gathering the aforementioned statistics, West Haven’s offices will be able to send these statistics to corporations to urge the development of student friendly franchises to open up locations in West Haven.

Furthermore, the commission aims to further develop communication between town government offices and UNH offices. Both Mayor O’Brien and Lewis were very impressed and excited to work toward this goal for a brighter future for West Haven. While the Advisory Commission has just been born, it is clear that it will grow to accomplish great things to further enhance UNH and West Haven.

Better training for happier customers

by Courtney Brooks | March 11, 2015

I don’t know whether the story I am about to tell is comical, frustrating, or just pretty pathetic, but either way, it is an issue that is in dire need of some attention. One of the things the University of New Haven prides itself on is all the different options it offers students for dining. No one can deny that on this campus there are plenty of places to go to eat. But how many times are we actually getting our money’s worth at these places? Well, that is to be determined, but first, here is my own personal experience.

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Just this past week, I was in the library cramming for a last minute test I had in a few hours. Around 5 p.m., the exhaustion set in (Netflix had gotten the best of me the night before and had been prioritized over sleep yet again) and I was struggling to keep my mind open. Luckily for me, UNH offered the perfect solution to my problem: Starbucks coffee right upstairs!

Or so I thought.

I headed upstairs to get my coffee and was greeted very kindly by UNH’s very own barista. I want to emphasize that she was very kind, and although she was also very inexperienced, I am not blaming her for this. I ordered a basic iced coffee, nothing fancy, no flavor shots or anything. Just coffee, ice and milk. Well, this barista clearly was not trained and right away she got flustered looking for these ingredients. I watched as she poured a cup of milk over ice and then handed me my drink. The “coffee” which I just paid $4.29 for was nothing more than a cup of milk. I felt bad though; after all it wasn’t her fault that she was left to fend for herself at the coffee stand before being adequately trained, so I gladly took my cup of iced milk and went back to my studies.

Then, after totally giving up on this test an hour later and allowing myself to be defeated by it just this once, I decided dinner was more important. I knew I didn’t have any shot at coming out of this test alive if I was starving the whole time. I headed over to Jazzman’s to get a nice tomato and mozzarella sandwich, a favorite of mine.

To my surprise, when I went to order, the employees seemed to have done a shuffle and now the barista was attending the sandwich station, again by herself. I should have just walked away, but I was literally starving, so I took my chances and ordered and paid for the sandwich. Again, that flustered look came across her face as she paced around the kitchen, clearly confused about what to do. After a few laps around the kitchen I knew what was about to occur, but I patiently waited, hoping for the best.

The barista/sandwich maker came back to me and told me that it was too late to get a sandwich. Let me point out that it was now 6 p.m. and Jazzmans is open until 9 p.m. Too late? I think not. I knew the real reason was because she was again, inadequately trained, and was not sure how to make this sandwich. But I didn’t want to be a hassle and I definitely didn’t want to embarrass her even more, so I took the bag of chips she offered me instead and went on my way.

It is safe to say that my cup of milk and bag of chips wasn’t enough to hold me over for a three hour class, and I didn’t do too well on my test. Which brings me to the real issue at hand. If UNH is going to pride itself on all the dining options, the employees should at least be trained well enough to fulfill our basic requests.

Asking for an iced coffee from Starbucks or a sandwich at dinner isn’t too much; it shouldn’t have been so difficult.

This does not say anything about the hardworking employees that attend to our restaurants on campus. They are dedicated, friendly people who really care about us students. It is not their fault that they have not received the proper training. To be honest, I’m not entirely sure whose fault it really is, but it does need to change, quickly. Students are only going to spend money at these places so long before they give up entirely and go off campus for food. It is in the university’s best interest to better train these employees.

UNH goes tobacco free

by Ben Atwater | March 10, 2015

The University of New Haven has taken another step in promoting general wellness across the entire campus community this past Monday, March 2.

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An email was sent out from President Kaplan detailing the new initiative to make UNH a smoke free campus. This new initiative will ban all tobacco products, including, but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes, hookahs, chewing tobacco and all other tobacco or nicotine products.

Going into effect June 1, 2015, all tobacco use on both the West Haven and Orange campus will be prohibited from there on out. This new initiative was inspired by the Healthy People 2020 act, a national health promotion put forth by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

The initiative is designed to “encourage collaborations (to prevent tobacco use) across communities.” UNH is falling in line with Healthy People 2020 along with 1,500 other campuses that have banned tobacco use. Some of the neighboring schools include Quinnipiac, Northeastern and UMass Amherst.

“The decision to go Tobacco-Free and Smoke-Free comes at an exciting time in higher education and we are joining over 1,500 other institutions that are committed to health and wellness,” said Kara Beth O’Grady, Coordinator for Student Conduct & Technology Applications. “The official policy and necessary enforcement measures will be communicated by the June 1st start date. The policy is currently being written and reviewed by the committees and will be approved by the University administration.”

Anyone who walks around campus will notice that students and professors alike smoking cigarettes outside of academic buildings and dormitories. Arguably more popular are the aforementioned e-cigarettes. Resembling pens, they put out vapor as opposed to tobacco smoke, while still delivering nicotine to the user.

However, because they give off an atmosphere that promotes smoking, they have been banned with the rest of the tobacco delivering products.

Many students and faculty partake in smoking, and it will not be an easy transition for many who have developed the habit for years. According to the email sent out by President Kaplan, research shows that tobacco is the number one cause of avoidable death in the United States, and by establishing a Tobacco-Free and Smoke-Free Campus we will reduce exposure to carcinogens and asthma triggers.

This is important for many reasons, including the fact that the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act requires us to maintain an accessible campus that provides accommodation for students and employees with medical conditions, such as asthma, that are triggered by second-hand smoke.

This decision will also eliminate the litter caused by improper disposal of cigarette butts and allow facilities staff to focus their efforts on other areas of campus.

This initiative has been researched by a committee comprised of many students and faculty, including Dean Johnson and Undergraduate Student Government Association President Richard Rotella. There is also a smaller sub-committee is focusing on aspects of policy and implementation. The committee compiled a survey last year to gain statistics on smoking in the student body.

According to the survey, 73 percent reported they have never smoked while only five percent identified themselves as regular smokers. 75 percent of the respondents felt that smoking around buildings is a problem on campus. Furthermore, 67 percent of respondents were in support of making UNH smoke free. Nineteen of the respondents who support the initiative are smokers themselves.

Committee head Paula Cappuccia has been on the Smoke Free initiative committee for the past year and a half.

“We’ve been gathering research from several other universities in the country as well as the Connecticut Department of Health,” said Cappuccia. “We tried designating smoking areas 20 feet from buildings.”

This policy failed as it was very hard to enforce; the new initiative is much more concrete and enforceable.

There has been a lot of backlash by students on social media such as Yik Yak, many complaining that the tuition paid gives them the right to smoke. However, as addressed on the University’s page for the initiative, “there is no right under federal or state law that gives others the right to expose others to second hand smoke.”

While the transition will undoubtedly be a rocky one, Cappuccia explains that “the first year will be a learning year, in which smokers will be offered programs and incentives to eliminate smoking habits such as receiving a candy for putting out their cigarettes.”

The candy would be offered by a police officer or health services member, along with a card giving smokers resources such as websites and hotlines to break the habit.

“The second year will be when enforcement takes hold, with students and faculty facing administrative consequences for failure to comply,” said Cappuccia.

Health Services is trusting that the removal of cigarette butt disposal containers will not encourage littering as many have speculated. Taking effect June 1, this gives students and faculty a semester to beat the habit or find off campus locations in which to smoke.

“It wasn’t too long ago when people could smoke in classrooms at their desks; they got used to that change, they will get used to this one as well,” Cappuccia said.

“The University of New Haven is committed to focusing on educating our community about making healthy choices and refraining from tobacco use. We are not forcing anyone to quit using tobacco products, but rather stating they cannot be used on our campus any longer,” explained O’Grady. “We hope that current tobacco users will take advantage of the cessation opportunities we will be providing this spring. In order to make this change possible, we are hoping that the whole UNH community is proactive in educating others about the policy change. If you see someone smoking after June 1st, we are encouraging students, faculty and staff to politely explain the new policy and encourage the discontinued use of the tobacco product.”

Over the next few months, the University will provide information, education and data on smoking cessation programs in an effort to help those who would like to “kick the habit.”

“It is our hope that, by the time the policy takes effect, the number of smokers at UNH will have dropped significantly and that the entire campus will embrace this initiative,” said President Kaplan in his email,

“This change in policy will establish a campus culture of respect, wellness and sustainability. We are not judging or excluding people who choose to smoke; we are merely asking them not to use tobacco on the campus where it can impact others.”

For further information, please visit the University’s tobacco-free website at: http://www.newhaven.edu/tobacco-free. Questions and comments should be sent to tobaccofree@newhaven.edu.

UNH attends annual scientific meeting

by Miriam Correia | March 4, 2015

The American Academy of Forensic Sciences 67th Annual Scientific Meeting was held in Orlando, Fla., from Feb. 16 to Feb. 21. The UNH’s Forensic Science and Chemistry Club was able to take ten students, along with an advisor, to attend the meeting.

The purpose of the meeting is to “…discuss advances in forensic sciences in the past year for the students to network with forensic scientists, as well as graduate schools and various employers from across the country,” according to the FSCC president, Lauren Ebersol.

“The American Academy of Forensic Sciences is a multi-disciplinary professional organization that provides leadership to advance science and its application to the legal system. The objectives of the Academy are to promote professionalism, integrity, competency, education, foster research, improve practice, and encourage collaboration in the forensic sciences,” says the AAFS website.

Various committees such as the Society of Forensic Toxicologists Board of Directors and the Society of Forensic Anthropologists had their meetings at the Annual Meeting.

There were student poster sessions, a job fair, a vendor fair, and various workshops an Academic Cup, and Scientific Sessions which included Odontology, Criminalistics, and Digital & Multimedia Sciences.

Along with the diversity in sciences at the Annual Meeting, there was diversity amongst the attendees, as 50 countries were represented.

Learning new things was inevitable at the conference but the students were also able to take a peek into the future by networking and looking at the different presentations that were being presented at the conference.

“I also was looking to speak to different professionals attending the conference, whether they were graduate school representatives or company representatives, to discuss different things I could do with my future after UNH. As a junior, I feel that it’s very important to start thinking about things like this as early as possible,” says Ebersol.

The group that went had plenty of opportunities to bond during seminars, as well as learn about things that interest each person separately.

“Our group was fantastic. We were able to expand our learning of forensic science, both together and separate. We would sometimes attend the same sessions, and sometimes attend separate sessions. If we would attend separate ones, we would often talk about what they were about and what we learned from them. It was really great to see everyone’s forensic science knowledge expand,” said Ebersol.

As far as the highlights of the trip go, Ebersol said “well, number one was meeting Kathy Reichs. Every year there is a dinner for UNH faculty, alumni, and students, and Dr. Henry Lee always attends.

This year, he brought Kathy Reichs, famous forensic anthropologist and creator of Bones, with him. It was fascinating speaking to her. Another highlight was having the ability to network. It really helps to speak to different professionals about what you want to do in the future, and what you can feasibly attain.

Finally, two UNH grad students each presented a scientific session, and an undergraduate student presented at the poster session, and it was really neat to see people that you know being the ones presenting.”

Ebersol’s advice to anyone with the opportunity to attend a conference for their field is to definitely do it and make the most of it.

“It really helps you gain knowledge in your field of interest, and see different things that you didn’t even know were there. It’s a great experience,” she said.

Take advantage of the opportunities at your disposal

by Samantha Higgins | March 4, 2015

Clubs, sports, leadership opportunities, on campus employment, research, professors in our fields, trips to the city, concerts—UNH offers us so many amazing opportunities. However, so many students complain about the price we are paying to attend school here.

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I’ll admit I am drowning in student loans just like the next person, but there is one reason you won’t hear me complaining. I think I pay for the hundreds of opportunities that I have at my fingertips.

People often tell me I’ve taken on too much, or that my resume is too long and that I should “just relax and enjoy college,” but as far as I’m concerned, I pay for all of these opportunities and I will apply for everything and be a part of everything that I am interested in while I still have that chance. When I graduate next year, there will be no club meetings, RAs, or opportunities to spend an entire four months in another country with no worries once I leave college.

Speaking of that last part—studying abroad? Everyone should do it. UNH makes it easy, and of all the things I have participated in here, it is the one thing that I would one day like to donate back to. I want to help another student who attends UNH down the road have the opportunity to have their dreams come true and see the world like I did. Our Connecticut campus is great, but would you rather take art history in Dodds Theater with a foot of snow outside or Prato, Italy with trips to museums in Florence mixed in?

Students need to stop complaining and take advantage of the amazing opportunities they have right in front of them. Our study abroad office is here to help every step of the way—from the first thought of “hey, maybe I will do that,” until you get back to campus after you’ve seen the world.

I always thought going to Italy would just be on my bucket list but UNH made it a reality, and it only costs the plane fare and passport fee. I got to spend an entire semester in Italy, plus spend my breaks in other countries, not only expanding my knowledge of culture and the world but also interacting with different people, experiencing different ways of life, pushing myself out of my comfort zone and crossing so many places off my bucket list that I really thought I’d only ever see in movies.

Everyone can study abroad, and, in my opinion, everyone should. What major or person wouldn’t benefit from experiencing another culture or way of living? Enriching our lives and learning to understand things and people is part of college, it’s like a mandatory experience.

Even if you are afraid you will get homesick, push yourself out of that comfort zone and take that leap. You won’t regret the friends you make or the things you see, and you won’t regret the amazing food or the wonderful experiences. Maybe Italy isn’t for you; that’s fine too! You can go anywhere you want, just go talk to the study abroad office. There are students who have spent semesters in Japan and Spain, too. UNH helps our dreams come true, so instead of complaining about how much you pay to come to school, take advantage of how much you are paying and cross something off your bucket list! Go out and see the world!

Staying up for good

by The Charger Bulletin | March 3, 2015

By SAMANTHA HIGGINS, ASHLEY WEMMELL & HECTOR RAMIREZ
STAFF WRITERS
CHARGERBULLETIN@NEWHAVEN.EDU

The University of New Haven surpassed Louisiana State University and is now the third fundraising university in the country after shattering all expectations by raising $87,130 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Participants at Up 'Til Dawn (Photo by UNH Photography Club)

Participants at Up ‘Til Dawn (Photo by UNH Photography Club)

At 10 p.m. on Feb. 28, the Beckerman Recreation Center was filled with more than 500 participants dressed up in costume and ready to “stay up for good” for the UNH Up ‘Til Dawn Finale Event.

UNH Up ‘Til Dawn surpassed their goal of $50,000 nearly two weeks before the Finale Event and went on to raise $50,000 more than they did at last year’s Finale Event.

Throughout the night, teams competed in various challenges to raise points until 6 a.m. because “cancer doesn’t sleep, so why should we?” Text message clues were sent out at midnight, 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. and teams had to complete each challenge presented. In between the events, smaller side challenges were announced and granted the teams more opportunities to raise points.

There were dozens of teams: graduate students, ROTC members, teams of students in neon tutus, some in princess tiara and others, like the Chi Kappa Rho Diamond team, took the Disney theme to heart and dressed as a particular movie. Teams consisted of friends that came together for the cause, sports teams, sororities and fraternities, and some individuals who just wanted to get involved and were added to other teams. The Disney theme was thought of to “really bring the children out” in the participants, according to Jackie Hinrichs and Julianne Toce, executive board members of UNH Up ‘Til Dawn.

The night began with high energy; the smell of popcorn greeted you at the door and there was cotton candy for an added sugar intake throughout the night. Food and coffee were also provided to keep everyone up and moving around throughout the night.

There were people dancing and running around, trying to keep energy high before and in between challenges, telling participants not to sit and that they wanted to see everyone on their feet—that it was for the children.

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.

Jill Grembowicz, the Regional Development Representative for St. Jude, has worked with UNH’s UTD executive board for the past two years. According to Grembowicz, last year there were only 172 registered participants for the Up ‘Til Dawn Finale Event, whereas this year, there were 520.

Grembowicz thinks the increase in participants from last year to this was thanks to the way the 172 participants from last year talked about the Finale Event in such high regard. Almost everyone involved last year wanted to share their personal experiences, and Grembowicz believes this helped with the rise in numbers.

She also said that there is an “incredible difference” from the Finale Events that were being put on by Up ‘Til Dawn three years ago to the incredibly hands-on and engaging events that the campus experienced this year. Grembowicz hopes to make this annual finale event a “signature event on campus.”

Stephanie Parrillo, a member of the Chi Kappa Rho Diamond team, said that the night was “really fun” and that the Disney theme “really gets everyone to be a kid” in honor of all of the children at St. Jude’s. Her entire team was dressed in a Monsters Inc. theme.

Challenges were announced either by Up ‘Til Dawn members, MCs, or text messages sent to participants giving them instructions about where to go.

Between challenges there were side challenges and entertainment including music, dancing, a comedian, giant Jenga game and performances by Sigma Lambda Beta, Lambda Alpha Upsilon and Monsoon Dance Crew.

Raffle tickets were also given to participants according to the amount of money raised for prizes including giftcards to Marshalls, Texas Roadhouse, and Starbucks, gift baskets, a VIP ticket to the Spring Concert, and a St. Jude sweatshirt.

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Up ‘Til Dawn raised $87,130 with the help of 520 participants (Photo by UNH Student Tyler Skolnik)

The first challenge took place on the indoor track and had participants of each team doing a relay sack race, hopping to the end of the track, filing up a cup with candy, pouring it into their team bucket and letting the next person go. The team with the heaviest bucket at the end won. While they were waiting for other teams to compete in the first big challenge, a side challenge of “finding hidden Mickeys” began as well.

“It was really creative,” Sarah Fortin, a member of the 5678 Dance Team, said about the first challenge. “I liked it a lot. I had a lot of fun with it.” Her team was also looking forward to participating in the blowup game of twister.

The second challenge began with participants being told to “dress warm.” Teams had to put together a paper puzzle at the indoor track, tape it together, show it to a volunteer from Up ‘Til Dawn to receive a race flag with a number on it. Then, two pre-decided team members had to walk—not run for risk of being disqualified—to the German Club and find the two Cinderella slippers that had the numbers that corresponded to the number on their flag and go back to the Rec Center.

Before the third challenge, UTD e-board members took the stage to announce the top five Spirit Teams: Deephers Gone Wild, Answer for Cancer, Alpha Phi Omega, ROTC Team Stolar, and Sigma Chi EC. They also took this time to share the story a little girl named Kyla, and her journey at St. Jude’s, and how all the money raised would be helping children like her.

The third and final challenge of the night began with a text message that had everyone rushing to Jazzman’s. A Disney Relay that began in the Mezzanine with army soldiers being dropped to a partner, then had twenty marshmallows transferred from the table to a cup with just chopsticks down in the regular cafeteria area, an Olaf puzzle back up in the Mezzanine, and then finally finding a pearl in a bucket of sand with one hand behind your back in the alumni lounge, to end the event.

In the final moments of the night, the e-board of UTD not only announced the amount of money raised, but also had everyone participate in singing to make a video for a “No Mo’ Chemo Party.”

At St. Jude, when a child has their last day of chemotherapy, they celebrate just like we would celebrate a birthday—with cake, confetti, a song; the works. Grembowicz had all the participants learn the song and sing it for a video to be shared with all the kids at St. Jude who are done with chemotherapy.

The winners of the night were the DPhiE QT 3.14s. In second place was 4TK (For the Kids) and in third was Infinity and Beyond.

Notable groups were also announced, including ROTC, who brought ten teams and raised over $8,000, and the top individual fundraiser was Bianca Gureralp, who raised over $2,000. The top Greek chapter was Sigma Alpha Epsilon and the top student organization was Alpha Phi Omega.

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 http://www.futurect.org/join-us/ 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.

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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 http://www.chooseunh.com)

Dr. Ibrahim Baggili, assistant professor at UNH, presented on cyber forensics, Feb. 18
(Photo obtained via http://www.chooseunh.com)

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.”

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