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Climbing up the charts

by The Charger Bulletin | December 3, 2014

By Leah Myers
Staff Writer
lymer1@unh.newhaven.edu
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The Mic Network has recently ranked the University of New Haven the eleventh most popular college in the country. Mic.com is an online news network that was founded in 2011.

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The universities were ranked by how many admissions applications they receive every year. Since 2003, the growth in applications received at UNH has increased 236 percent. The number one ranked school is Liberty University, which has landed a 993 percent increase in applications sent in within the past ten years.

Data was collected from 2003 to 2013 with the use of the National Center for Education Statistics, which saves on-going surveys and releases the data to the public when finished. The list also included schools that attracted at least 3,000 students.

The staff, faculty, and students of UNH are happy to hear how well known the university has become.

Karen Isaacs, a UNH Communication professor, is pleased with the news and how it positively reflects the good the university does. “Word is getting out that this is a good place to go,” Isaacs said.

Jeffrey Foster, a professor in the English department, said, “This is certainly a testament to the high caliber of the faculty, staff, and students of UNH. This ranking comes as no surprise to me.”

Zaamir Ali, a freshman majoring in Engineering, is also happy with the news and hopes that the university strives to get ranked higher within the next few years.

The University is proud to receive this honor and aims to charge on with this ranking behind its belt.

Breaking news: Swimsuit Sprint Artist Revealed!

by Ashley Winward | October 7, 2014

In this week’s edition of The Late Night Charge, the UNH Communication Club’s bi-weekly talk show, a big announcement began the homecoming hype. The brothers of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, alongside SCOPE, announced their third annual Swimsuit Sprint, which will take place on the eve of Homecoming, Friday October 24 at 8 p.m. Sammy Adams will be taking the crowd by storm as they take it off to make a difference.

Sammy Adams will perform at UNH on Oct. 24 (AP Photo)

Sammy Adams will perform at UNH on Oct. 24 (AP Photo)

The Swimsuit Sprint has become a tradition on this campus now where students show up to Kayo Field wearing bathing suits under clothes they would like to donate to charity. They then strip down for the cause and sprint around the campus before entering the Residential Quad for a high energy concert. SAE Brother Travis McHugh shared his excitement for the event with Late Night Charge hosts Joe Brown and Dave Puglisi, mentioning that they are hoping to collect a record breaking amount of clothes this year; last year totaled out at around 800 pounds.

While baring all for the cause is not necessary for entry into the show, sprinters do get first priority entry into the concert as well as first dibs at the free commemorative T-Shirt.

Sammy Adams is a rap artist out of Boston, Mass. known for hits such as “All Night Longer” and “Driving Me Crazy.” His popularity amongst the college age crowd made him a perfect choice for the event and there is no doubt this will bring a lot of energy into the start of Homecoming Weekend. It’ll be almost one year since his EP Homecoming came out and he’s looking to put out his debut full length album under RCA in the coming year.

Adams will mark the third rap artist to headline the Swimsuit Sprint, with previous performers including Chiddy Bang and Connecticut native Chris Webby.

Come take it off for a cause and support not only Sammy Adams, but the brotherhood of SAE as they put on one of the largest philanthropic events this campus has ever seen!

We’re all HIV Equal

by Francesca Fontanez | October 1, 2014

Bartel’s Alumni Lounge was bustling with people of different backgrounds, races, orientations and ages, all gathered together for one thing on Thurs. Sept 25: HIV equality and awareness!

PRIDE members supporting HIV Equal (Photo obtained via HIV Equal Instagram)

PRIDE members supporting HIV Equal (Photo obtained via HIV Equal Instagram)

HIVequal is an international social media photo campaign created in order to promote testing for HIV, raise awareness and help end the stigma that comes along with HIV.

With the help of Dante Gennaro, the Outreach and Testing Coordinator for World Health Clinicians program, the University of New Haven’s PRIDE organization was able to host an event to do just that.

At the event, students were tested for HIV, and upon waiting for their results, photographed and educated about the disease. They were also provided with resources regarding how to prevent the spread, and the stigma often attached to HIV. Unfortunately, there are more than 225,000 young Americans who are unaware of their HIV positive condition.

In order to put this event together, the club had been actively planning since June.

Overall, the event had a much appreciated turn out of over 200 students; 150 of those were tested.

UNH Students partake in PRIDE’s HIV Equal  (Photos obtained via HIV Equal Instagram)

UNH Students partake in PRIDE’s HIV Equal
(Photos obtained via HIV Equal Instagram)

When asked about the attendance, Amber Crow, PRIDE President stated that she was “floored!”

Additionally, Crow stated how extremely grateful she was for the best club members and for the 18 clubs co-sponsoring the event. There are an exceptional amount of supporters and allies on campus.
“It’s truly incredible,” Crow said.

The campaign’s slogan is “Everybody has an HIV status. We are all HIV equal.”

This event brought together people from all walks of life for education, acceptance and awareness. The ultimate goal is to provide equality and hope for all those affected by the HIV virus, and to remind as many people as possible that acceptance is key.

“After becoming aware of the event, Rich and I decided it would be a good idea to support PRIDE and get tested,” said junior James Kielar.

“I had to wait 15 minutes after eating, but it was a small price to pay for such a wealth of information. I think awareness and information is important for college students, and PRIDE gave the campus community the opportunity to partake in a free and fun way of getting tested. This should definitely be an event that becomes a reoccurance on campus and I hope to see an even bigger turnout next time around.”

Richard Rotella, Undergraduate Student Goverment Association president, also attended the event and believes that tests for sexually transmitted infections are a pertinent subject in today’s society.
“I was more than happy to support such an important campus event, which addresses such a prevalent issue on college campuses,” said Rotella. “It is important to create a sense of equality and not judge one based on a status.”

When asked about any last thoughts in regards to the event, Crow states “Honestly, the campaign says it all; we’re all HIV equal.”

Alpha Lambda Delta’s reptile show

by Alyssa MacKinnon | October 1, 2014

Alpha Lambda Delta took over Twisted Thursday this week by bringing a reptile show to the Bartels Programming Space Thurs, Sept. 25.

ALD E-board members Victoria Andrade, Kaitlyn O’Boyle, Diana Piccarillo and Kayla Delano pose with the Burmese python (Photo by Alyssa MacKinnon/Charger Bulletin photo)

ALD E-board members Victoria Andrade, Kaitlyn O’Boyle, Diana Piccarillo and Kayla Delano pose with the Burmese python (Photo by Alyssa MacKinnon/Charger Bulletin photo)

The activity, organized by Executive Assistant of ALD Diana Piccarillo, was packed with students looking forward to seeing and touching some really cool animals. The first twenty students were given colorful beta fish and customizable tanks.

There was a variety of creatures there, such as an adult veiled chameleon on a small tree who had a fiery attitude, a baby green tree python who was surprisingly yellow and an albino milk snake. These little critters were the first to be displayed but the only ones not really allowed to be touched.

The owner of Slither and Swim, the shop that came to exhibit the reptiles, talked about the different creatures in depth and happily answered everyone’s questions. For example, students were told that the African hissing cockroach on display could climb any smooth surface. He also told the students that the Devils Flower praying mantis was one of the largest of species, standing at five inches tall; despite their size, they are difficult to grow to adulthood, which takes about a year.

A bio-orb contained two brown mantela frogs, minute frogs that looked very similar to poison tree frogs but possess no toxins. Students lined up to hold the various creatures there—some excited and some urged on by friends. The blue tongued skink, a seemingly large salamander, was one of the most popular features, besides the Burmese python. The blue tongued skink was only two years old, but was extremely friendly and her favorite foods are snails. Her claws felt like kitten teeth, and she used them to climb over students shoulders and rest on them.

The python was shown after the skink and, after being pulled from the lacrosse bag weighing in at close to 50 pounds, revealed quite a massive snake. Gorgeous with forest browns and strong black patterns for color as well as being smooth to the touch, it was definitely a sight. This snake is only fed ten frozen rats every three months to keep the size down. This python had been performing with audiences for almost ten years!

The show closed with the e-board of ALD holding the massive Burmese python and brave president, Kaitlyn O’Boyle, holding a hissing cockroach!

ALD’s next event, Life Size Monopoly, is Sun. Oct. 19 at 1 p.m.

Treasurer’s Tip

by John Foti | October 1, 2014

Dues Done Right!

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John Foti, USGA Treasurer (Chariot Yearbook photo)

RSOs and RSO members—now that the semester is in full swing and things are beginning to settle down, organizations are beginning to collect dues.

It is important that if your organization collects dues, a dues collection form be must be submitted online in Charger Connection before the dues can be accepted. From the time the form is submitted to the end date on the form, dues are to be collected by Melinda Hill in the Office of Student Activities. Once the dues collection period ends, your organization must then submit a funds deposit form Be sure to indicate the index code! Dues index codes end in a “D” and operating index codes end in a “U.” Just be sure to designate which one as funds in dues index codes rollover from year to year.

If your organization doesn’t have a dues index code and would like one, just let me know! From there, the dues will then be deposited where they will be available for your organization to utilize!

Sincerely,
John Foti
USGA Treasurer

President’s Corner

by Richard Rotella | October 1, 2014

My fellow chargers,

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Richard Rotella, USGA President (Chariot Yearbook photo)

Now that the semester is in full swing and Fall Break is just around the corner, don’t let yourself slip; keep working hard!

This week’s USGA meeting will be canceled; I, along with several other students, will be attending the ASGA National Conference in Washington, DC. While at the conference, we will be working with many schools throughout the country on improving our own USGA here at the University of New Haven!

With the It’s On Us Campaign in full swing, I encourage you all to take the pledge at ItsOnUs.org and help us bring an end to sexual assault. In the coming weeks many student leaders throughout the campus will be meeting to discuss the issue at hand and to talk about the resources offered at UNH. That being said, keep an eye out for information following the Roundtables, as well as more opportunities to get involved with this campaign!

Best of luck this week and Go Chargers!
Richard J. Rotella
USGA President
Putting you in USGA!

Scope It Out!

by The Charger Bulletin | October 1, 2014

Here are this week’s SCOPE events: scope logo

Wednesday October 1:

-UNH Idol will be in Bucknall Theatre from 8:30 p.m to 10:30 p.m. Free food and drinks will be served. Prizes will be awarded to the top contestants.

Thursday October 2:

-Karaoke Night will be held in the German Club from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Bring your friends and sing along to some of your favorite songs! While you are not singing, you can enjoy free food and drinks! Friday October 3: -Fall Fest in the Bixler/Botwinik Quad from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. This concert will be featuring Sparks the Rescue and Kristen Merlin, recent contestant on The Voice.

Saturday October 4: -Laser Writing in Bixler/Botwinik Quad from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Come take a picture with your laser writing on it! -Music Video Competition in Bucknall Theater from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Produce your own music video and win prizes!

Monday October 6: -Maleficent will be showing in Gehring Hall 301 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

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.”

Trying to make the grass greener on the other side?

by Kayla Katt | September 24, 2014

While walking to class, I don’t appreciate getting wet from the sprinklers. I also dislike having to dodge the giant puddles in the walkways that the sprinklers make. Sprinklers should be used to water grass, not the concrete and especially not me.

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The placement of the sprinklers boggles my mind. It’s as if the University of New Haven is trying to water both sides of the grass with one sprinkler; however this isn’t the case, because there are sprinklers on each side of the sidewalk. So why are they placed so close to the edge of the grass?

Something else that annoys me about this situation are the sprinklers on the grass behind Bixler. They are right in front of the windows on the first floor. What if residents have their windows open—wouldn’t the water get in through the windows?

The sprinklers by Bixler and Soundview aren’t the only annoying ones. The sprinklers by the library also water the walkway too, as if they are trying to reach the grass on the other side of the walkway—but again, they aren’t because there is already a sprinkler on that side, also watering the walkway. If the sprinklers are on when leaving the library, you are trapped. No matter which way you go, there is a sprinkler that is watering the concrete all the way down the walkways until you reach Buckman, down the stairs, or Gerhing Hall.

Lastly, UNH, it is not necessary to water the grass when it’s supposed to rain—or when it actually is raining. I know you want the grass to look good but the sky will take care of it for you for that one day. I’m not huge on the whole water conservation thing, but I’m pretty sure that watering your grass when it is raining is frowned upon. There’s also such a thing as overwatering grass; because of the constant watering, the grass gets muddy and swampy.

Photo from Twitter, where the Tweet read, “I was confused,  I thought this was UNH when they tried to ‘water the grass.’”

Photo from Twitter, where the Tweet read, “I was confused, I thought this was UNH when they tried to ‘water the grass.’”

On that note, my advice to you, UNH, is to not water your grass in the rain. Most importantly, when you “water the grass,” actually water the grass.

UNH commits to the #ItsOnUs Campaign

by Elissa Sanci | September 19, 2014

It’s on all of us

Student leaders wait for the White House Campaign Preview Call to discuss the #ItsOnUs campaign

Student leaders wait for the White House Campaign Preview Call to discuss the #ItsOnUs campaign

University of New Haven student leaders met on Tues., Sept 16 to participate in the White House Campaign Preview Call to discuss the #ItsOnUs campaign. The call was facilitated by Tina Tchen, Assistant to the President and the First Lady’s Chief of Staff, as well as Kyle Lierman, White House Liaison to Young Americans.

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden launched the #ItsOnUs campaign on Friday, Sept 19.

This campaign is a cultural movement aimed at shifting the way society thinks about sexual assault. It is also about “raising awareness, holding ourselves and each other accountable, and looking out for someone who cannot consent,” according to the official #ItsOnUs website.

More than 800 student leaders from 46 states participated in the White House Campaign Preview Call, which was an opportunity for students to voice their questions, thoughts and concerns about the campaign. It was also a way for campuses to prepare for the launch and to plan out how they’d go about promoting and sharing their involvement with #ItsOnUs.

“I think this is very important for our university to be a part of,” Undergraduate Student Government Association President Richard Rotella said. “The campaign was something that was presented to me over the summer and I knew it was something UNH would jump to be a part of.”

Rotella, along with Title IX/Clery Compliance Coordinator Ashley Guerrera and representatives from different organizations on campus, including the Charger Bulletin, the Office of Residential Life, the Black Student Union, Victimology Club, athletics and Greek life, participated in the conference call.

“It was an honor to be able to be a part of something that is going to be happening on a national level,” said Ashley McElhare, president of the All Greek Council and representative of Greek life for the conference call.

Amber Crow, the senior residential assistant of Bethel Hall, believes that it is very important for ORL to be involved with this campaign.

“The residential students make up a vast majority of our undergraduate student body and the residential life staff is responsible for keeping our students safe,” Crow said. “We need to be as prepared as possible and as educated as possible so that we can work together to keep our campus safe.”

The #ItsOnUs Campaign logo

The #ItsOnUs Campaign logo

One in five women and one in 16 men are sexually assaulted in college, according to the facts presented by #ItsOnUs. Nearly 40 percent of survivors fear reprisal by their attacker; eight in ten victims actually know their attacker. #ItsOnUs hopes to assist colleges in creating a safe environment where the community is constantly on the lookout to prevent sexual assault.

#ItsOnUs is about creating a culture where sexual assault isn’t acceptable, and where victims know they are not to blame. The campaign also aims to shift the way society thinks about sexual assault: it doesn’t just involve the victim and the perpetrator, but everyone else who could have prevented it, as well.

“We are reframing sexual assault in a way that inspires everyone to see it as their responsibility to do something, big or small, to prevent it,” their website reads.

“Addressing an issue that affects so many people in a negative way is important to create a safe and healthy campus community,” Rotella said. “It also brings to light what our university has to offer for both victims and bystanders.”

UNH has many student resources for sexual assault on campus. The university is “committed to providing an environment in which all members of the University community are safe, free from fear, intimidation, or harassment, and able to participate fully in the educational and social opportunities available to them at the university,” according to UNH’s website.

There are many resources on campus where victims will be given a safe space. The Violence Prevention and Intervention Center is a place where all members of the UNH community can find information and resources about sexual assault, relationship abuse, and stalking. Trained Peer Educators are on staff in the center and are available to assist individuals in connecting with on- and off-campus resources. VIPC is located on the lower level of Sheffield Hall.

“Victims of sexual misconduct, whether occurring on or off campus, will be supported and assisted in obtaining medical treatment, counseling, and other resources to help them with the trauma they experience,” reads the university’s website. For more information, visit http://www.newhaven.edu/student-life/CampusLife_StudentAffairs/Office_of_the_Dean_of_Students/sexual-assault/.

“I’m one of 200 student body presidents who signed the #ItsonUs commitment and am ready to get to work to prevent sexual assaults,” Rotella said. “Are you?”

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