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UNH dedicates Dodds Theater to alumnus William L. Bucknall Jr.

by Elissa Sanci | April 16, 2014

The University of New Haven dedicated Dodds Theater in honor of William L. Bucknall Jr., April 10 at 4 p.m. Bucknall and his wife, their family, friends, members of the Board of Governors, alumni, students and faculty alike gathered at the entrance of the newly appointed Bucknall Theater to honor Bucknall’s generous donation to the university.

(From left to right) Mr. Bucknall, President Kaplan and a Graduate Student at the Bucknall Theater Dedication Ceremony, April 11.  (Charger Bulletin Photo by Nicholas McDermott)

(From left to right) Mr. Bucknall, President Kaplan and a Graduate Student at the Bucknall Theater Dedication Ceremony, April 11.
(Charger Bulletin Photo by Nicholas McDermott)

William “Bill” Bucknall grew up with a love of literature, theater, music and the arts. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from UNH in 1965 and went on to work for the human resources department of United Technologies Corp. He continued on to serve as senior vice president of UTC for 16 years, until retiring in Jan. 2008.

Bucknall, a former columnist of The Charger Bulletin, believes that the theater department, “not only provides students with an understanding of theater and all of the academics associated with it, but it also gives students a confidence in themselves to project who they are on stage.”

He adds that this is a skill directly relatable to life after college. “So much in the business world is about being able to stand on your own two feet and to persuade people to move in a certain way.”

Bucknall’s contributions to the theater department have helped it grow exponentially in the last three years. Previously, there had only been three theater-related majors; now, UNH offers 26 majors and 15 minors, according to College of Arts and Sciences Dean Lourdes Alvarez.

Alvarez said it was nice to be able to formally recognize Bucknall for all that he’s done. “The theater program has long informally referred to Bill as our ‘theater angel,’” Alvarez said.

“With his support, over the past few years, we have been able to renovate and upgrade the theater and transform it into a truly spectacular venue,” Alvarez added. With the money Bucknall donated, UNH added new paint and carpeting, refinished the lobby floor, remodeled the prop room, purchased new equipment, installed a state of the art sound system and added cutting edge lighting equipment.

Amanda Sigan, a cast member of UNH’s most recent production, The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later, is thankful for Bucknall’s generous contributions to the theater program. “He’s donated so much new equipment and everything we do wouldn’t be possible without his generosity.”

Electrical Engineering and Theater Design double major, Erika Vargas, added in her celebratory speech that Bucknall has made it possible for her to peruse both of her interests simultaneously.

The new, updated sign was unveiled to a drum roll, and plaques were gifted by Vargas to Bucknall.

Members of the Theater Club stood passing out pamphlets and complimentary pocket-sized notebooks, while Fully Charged, UNH’s A Capella Group, sang renditions of Lorde’s “Royals” and Imagine Dragon’s “Demons” as guests arrived for the ceremonial unveiling of the theater.

 

Hola, bonjour, and privet

by The Charger Bulletin | April 16, 2014

The Modern Language Department’s week in the limelight.

Students being taught how to belly dance. (Steve Blazo  Photography)

Students being taught how to belly dance.
(Steve Blazo Photography)

The University of New Haven recently pledged to double the amount of students who study abroad by the end of this decade. President Steven H. Kaplan remarked, “As a leader in experiential education, UNH seeks to expand the opportunities available to our students and to enhance their appreciation for diverse cultures and viewpoints.”

UNH was the first college in Connecticut to join Generation Study Abroad, and as if almost in sync, a month after this, the university had their first Modern Language Festival.

The series of cultural activities from Monday, April 7 to Thursday, April 10 sought to bring attention to a growing Arabic, Italian, Spanish, French, Chinese and Russian departments at UNH.

The festival began on Monday with a day of dance. First featured was the Portuguese culture with the Maculele, or Warrior Stick Dance, originating from Brazil. This dance began in the times of slavery when African men and women would dance with their machetes to pass the time cutting sugarcane. Now it is done in a circle called Roda with the Brazilian drum, or atabaque. Bamboo sticks are used and hit above the head with the right hand striking in an X-shape to the rhythm.

Spain was represented next with a lesson in Flamenco. This form of art includes dance, guitar playing, drums, foot stomping, and handclaps, or “Palmas.” The hands are very expressive in this form of dance and the motions are inward and self-reserved.

Next, Professor Halima Belemlih set up a Belly Dance performance representing Arabic culture. This type of dance focuses on the articulation of the hips and was taught by UNH student Marwa Lahlou and her friend Jasmin. They demonstrated dances with traditional outfits and students had the option of following along.

On Tuesday, the festivities continued with Chinese students on the BSAC patio teaching the traditional game of Mahjong. Taiwanese Bubble tea and Chinese steamed bread was also served. At this time in the programming space, Spanish professor Irizarry had a presentation showing the connection between Latin American and African American music; Salsa and Hip-Hop. This included video, audio, and lyrics.

Following was henna tattoos in the Bartels programming space. The tattoos are drawn using dye from the henna plant, which is popular in Eastern cultures and can be painted on the skin and last for several weeks.

In the afternoon, students could play Gioco Dell’Oca, or the Goose Game. This resembled a life-size version of Candyland and was led by Italian professor Maddalena Lolaico and her students. Participants formed teams, and on their turn, rolled a pair of dice, which said how many spaces forward to move. Some squares sent one backwards and some caused missed turns. If one team landed on the same space as another, that team was sent back to the space where the other team had been. A team had to land on the sixty-third square to win.

Thursday commenced with naming tables in Bartels, in which professors Chiaoli Lin, Dima Krizhanovskiy, and Mohammed El Idrissi could write student’s names in Chinese, Russian or Arabic respectively. Around lunchtime, students studying French, and their professor Coralie Gallet, had “Bistro Français,” where they served typical French dishes, such as quiches, cheese, baguettes, and crepes in the Bartels dining room. During the lunch, French music and a slideshow.

Dance UNH 4.07.2014 Steve Blazo Photography www.blazophoto.com

Afterwards, students studying Russian and their professor Daria Kirjanov put on “Kafe Rus.” Ukrainian cherry and potato dumplings and Russian tea and pastries were served. An accordionist played Russian folk songs during the event, along with modern Russian music and a slideshow that was shown.

On Thursday afternoon, students learning Arabic performed songs in the language on the BSAC patio. At night, a classic Russian comedy movie titled, Kidnapping in the Causcus was shown.

Professor Alessia Dalsant reflects, “We are so excited about this week’s success that we are planning to make it an annual event! The festival’s objective is to introduce students not only to the wide selection of languages offered at UNH, but also to the diverse and rich cultures that one discovers by studying languages.”

Dalsant believes that speaking a foreign language opens doors not only to the job market, but also for personal growth. The festival would not have been possible without the generosity of Greg Overend; Director of Student Activities, Dean Lourdes Maria Alvarez; Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dean Rebecca Johnson; Dean of Students, and Wanda D. Tyler; Director of Intercultural Relations. After a taste of these multi-faceted cultures, who wouldn’t want to study abroad?

 

Victimology Club posts for awareness

by The Charger Bulletin | April 16, 2014

By: Miriam Corella

Contributing Writer

The University of New Haven’s Victimology Club is using social media’s evil powers for good. Throughout April they are running a campaign in order to raise awareness for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

One in four women and one in six men are victims of sexual assault, so a Victimology Club representative stated in their campaign that “a huge number of our campus population is affected by this almost invisible issue. It is time that we band together as RSOs and campus leaders to take a stand in the name of our campus community and shed light on a crime that affects so many of us.” Victimology invited the UNH campus to join them to take a stand against “this very prevalent issue.”

While sexual assault is a subject that is tough to deal with, it is important to start addressing it directly rather than sweeping it to the side. The club got the idea from a similar campaign that men in Scotland are doing, which is gaining a lot of notoriety for its message, and can be found at: http://www.policymic.com/articles/85293/amazing-posters-of-scotland-s-men-standing-up-against-rape-are-exactly-what-america-needs

“After seeing this, the e-board decided that we should make this into something that our club does for Victims’ Rights Month. We are asking that for all of April, you and as many people as you can get to do it, post a certain photo as your profile picture on Facebook and on Instagram. Take a photo of yourself and edit the picture to say “I am the type of guy who” or “I am the type of girl who,” then you fill in the blank with something to do with consent, and then “Are you?” At the bottom of the photo write “#SexualAssaultAwarenessMonth,” the title of this event, to include the cause for the photos,” said Victimology Club in an email sent out to the UNH community. “If you are a part of Greek Life, play a UNH sport, are a part of the LGBTQ community, or are part of a cultural diversity organization that understands the intersectionality of sexual violence with your community or organization, try and make your picture unique to show that you are representing that population.”

Victimology Club also encourages social media users to like each other’s photos consistently throughout the month so that it keeps appearing on everyone’s newsfeed for the whole month and continues the support of the cause.

To make the largest impact, it is important to get your friends and members involved too; the most important part of making this campaign successful is the amount of people involved and more posts means more awareness.

“Let’s kick off April with a huge social media blast on this campus, show our support of all of the survivors on this campus, and bring awareness to perpetrators that we will not stand for this anymore!” said Victimology Club in an email about their campaign.

The next event being held in support of Sexual Assault Awareness Month is the Remembering Jessica Fundraiser Dinner. The dinner will be hosted by Victimology Club and Office of Advancement to honor the memory of Jessica N. Santos on Thursday, April 17. Santos was a student from Tarrytown, NY, who was killed in a drive-by shooting in Yonkers, NY, on Aug. 27, 2006, a day before she was to begin her sophomore year at UNH. The event will help raise funds to aid students pursuing degrees in criminal justice and forensic science and marks UNH’s annual observance of victims’ rights through the month of April. There will be two seatings for the dinner in the Alumni Lounge at 5 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.

 

We are the Chargers

by Samantha Mathewson | March 26, 2014

To promote University of New Haven tradition, and increase school spirit and knowledge of UNH Fight Song, USGA President Zani Imetovski and Director of Student Activities Greg Overend decided to paste the song’s lyrics on the stairs leading upstairs from the Bartels Marketplace.

Charlie the Charger (Photo/University of New Haven)

Charlie the Charger (Photo/University of New Haven)

The project was funded in total by the Undergraduate Student Government Association. Overend expects to use the Fight Song more throughout SOAR programs in the summer sessions to teach it to incoming freshman so that it can be ingrained in the UNH culture. “Not many know the song,” said Overend, and this is their way to learn it.

“Greg Overend and I thought that it would be a good idea to put the song on the stairs because USGA and Student Activities have been working a great deal on improving school pride. And in my opinion one way to unify a student body is by making our campus a physical reflection of a ‘Charger Nation,’” explained Imetovski. “The decision was prompted by USGA efforts to boost pride in our school and to make everyone feel more invested in our campus. The fight song is, for lack of a better phrase, our ‘national anthem’ of campus.”

Imetovski said the stairs in Bartels were chosen to be the home of the lyrics because it is a central point on campus. “The idea is that people would see the words of our fight song and slowly become familiar with it. We want the fight song to become a piece of every students experience here at UNH and something that they will remember as alumni.”

“I think it is terrific,” said Athletic Director Debbie Chin. “On the stairs, everyone has to look at it.” Chin explained that at the football games, she sings with parents so they can learn the words, and makes everyone else sing it too. At football games the song lyrics are displayed on the video board and they come up after every touch down. The UNH Charger Marching Band also plays the melody the Fight Song follows.

The fight song’s lyrics and music were put together by music professor, Al Celotto and band director Jason DeGroff. Celotto explained that A few years ago, Chin came to him and informed him that she was thinking about having a competition for a new fight song. “At our meeting, I mentioned to her that I would be glad to compose a new one for the university. I started the process by listening to many fight songs from various universities and colleges. I determined that the length should not be too long, not too short (roughly 30 seconds). I also took into consideration the overall gamut of the melody line. Seeing that this would mostly be sung by non-professional musicians and singers, I had to come up with a melody that was catchy, easy to remember, and fun to sing. That being said, I composed a number of different melodies, and versions of those melodies until I finally decided on the one we currently use. I presented it to Debbie Chin, and asked her opinion. I also asked her sing the melody so that I could see if it was comfortable for her. She sang it quite well and really liked the melody. So, with her blessing, I then embarked on the lyrics.”

For Celotto, the lyrics had to reflect the pride, spirit, and work ethic of the UNH students. “Having taught at UNH for 30 years, I reflected upon past students, professors, alumni, etc., and after a few days of work, penned the short, but pithy lyrics we now sing. The lyrics convey the spirit and honor of all who have ever graced this campus.”

Celotto explained how he composed the UNH Fight Song: “After I had composed the melody and lyrics, I began to orchestrate the Fight Song for winds, brass, and percussion. I did it the old fashioned way – I wrote out each instrumental part on staff paper. After that, I played each instrumental part into my digital workstation, until all were added. I then listened to the parts in various combinations to insure that there were no “blue” notes within the overall harmonies. Once I was satisfied with the entire composition, I contacted DeGroff, and asked him if he would be kind enough to transcribe my hand-written orchestral parts onto Finale (a very abstruse but top-of-the-line notation program). DeGroff agreed to do that for me, and I then mentioned to him that in the event he did not have enough student performers for the instruments I had scored, that he was free to use whatever would be best for the overall ensemble (the marching band). So, after all was said and done, DeGroff and I came up with what we believe is a fantastic combination of instruments that bring out the best in the music and lyrics.”

After Celotto found out about the song being put in Bartels he said, “It certainly brought a smile to both of us [him and DeGroff]. I think it was an excellent idea to place the lyrics there. Hopefully, the presence of the lyrics will make them more familiar to our students – especially those students who normally do not attend university events where the Fight Song is sung.”

Since the placement of the lyrics on the Bartels staircase, Imetovski feels that it has already made an impact. “Students have approached me saying they like it and also have said because of the Fight Song on the stairs, they actually have become aware of it, whereas before they might have not even known it existed.”

 

UNH Fight Song:

We are the Chargers

We will never fall

We are the Chargers

And we will conquer all

When we are called to act

We will not hesitate

To bring victory

And Pride to UNH, Fight. 

Amandla: power to the people

by Kardelen Akkus | March 12, 2014

An event dedicated to Nelson mandela and music from the South African apartheid era was held by nine organizations on campus at Dodd’s Theater on Thursday, March 6.

Photo by Kardelen Akkus

Photo by Kardelen Akkus

The evening was kicked off with the UNH Choir and Life Kingdom Ministries Choir, led by Noel Ginyard, singing the national- and black anthem. Songs about freedom followed and allowed the audience to grasp the relation between music and emotion. Roughly 20 men and women, dressed in traditional clothing, infected the spectators with happiness by accompanying their songs with traditional dancing.Motivational speaker and poet, Ms. Gina Simpson, immersed herself into African drumming while reciting inspirational words. “Close your eyes and open your ears, […] rhythms cause me to embrace my inner peace,” she chanted passionately.

President Steven Kaplan joined the stage and shared, “Tonight is special because we’re showcasing many of UNH’s programs and students that have worked together to commemorate this great man.”

UNH Choir and Life Kingdom Ministries Choir, led by Noel Ginyard is photographed above

A spokesperson who attended on behalf of Mayor of New Haven Toni Harp said, “Mandela shows the story of how one can fight the struggle of pain, anger, and greed for apartheid by song.”

Associate Professor Randall Horton, recipient of numerous awards and a national endowment of the Arts Fellowship in literature, wrote and read a moving poem titled, “A Note From the City I Dream,” as an ode to Mandela. His admiration for the leader was demonstrated clearly, “There’s one thing that’s undeniable, and that’s what he meant to the world,” he said.

The highlight of the evening was the screening of “Amandla! A Celebration Of The Life Of Nelson Mandela” (2002) as directed by Lee Hirsch. The documentary studied the experiences of numerous South Africans who were exiled, lost loved ones and had relations to the leaders of the movement. Along with them, “Mungu’s” – what whites were referred as then, such as police officers and teachers – added value to the documentary with their perspectives of the time.

The four-part documentary brought the viewers on an emotional journey from a time of desperation to a time of celebration throughout the different periods and generations of the Apartheid period. The essence of the film captured Mandela’s spirit by having the subjects discuss their relations and views of the symbol for peace that became their President.

Lee Hirsch was loudly applauded and praised as he made his way to the stage. He was 19 when he started filming, and finished the movie that received a Sundance award a decade later.

“It was the music and this exploration that I wanted to understand; why people are singing, what are they singing. To me the idea that you could have a revolution that’s peaceful, driven by people singing, was so extraordinary and so unique that it sustained this journey for me to make this film.”

 

‘It Gets Better’ video encourages diversity

by Liana Teixeira | March 12, 2014
Photo by Erica Naugle

Photo by Erica Naugle

When David Janovsky ‘14 began his freshman year at the University of New Haven, he knew exactly how he wanted to make his mark: create a video showcasing the unity of UNH’s diverse community. Thus, the idea of the “It Gets Better” video was born. Its message: to acknowledge that everyone goes through the same issues in life, and although everyone is different, whatever they are going through will get better.

“We all have hard times in life, but we can still push forward,” Janovsky said.

The compilation of peer-to-peer encouragement took four years of planning, and finally got its kick start in the USGA Embracing Differences Committee, of which Janovsky and junior Connor Briggs are co-chairs.

On Friday, March 6, dozens of students, RSOs and campus offices gathered near the Maxcy TV studio to finally film the “It Gets Better” video. Communication Club co-sponsored the event and filmed all the students. President Joe Brown described preparations for the night as “a whole club effort,” from lights to crowd control and production.

“I like how the UNH community is able to come together for a great cause,” Brown said.

Brianna Quillo (above) poses with her handmade sign at the “It Gets Better” video filming night.

Senior Isaak Kifle shared how he has seen “more noticible diversity” on campus since he started in 2010, and that the “It Gets Better” video is the next positive step for the university.

Filming the video was not a short task by any means. For two hours, student groups and organizations were led into the TV studio to record their messages. Several individuals waiting to be called shared their views on the project.

Embracing Differences Committee member, Dallas Newcomb, said this event really is for all college students, because everyone going to college feels what it’s like to leave home and search for a place where they belong.

Freshman, Brianna Quilla, brought along a handmade sign with the words “You are all perfectly imperfect! It gets better, UNH” written on the front.

She said the saying is part of the anti-bullying campaign she wants to bring to the university.

As the final students trickled out of the TV studio, Janovsky breathed a sigh of relief. Reflecting on the previous hours, Janovsky said “I’m just so proud to be a Charger. We are a family. We care to stand up for something greater than anyone could imagine.”

The “It Gets Better” video is scheduled to premiere at the March 28 USGA meeting.

Janovsky hopes people watch the video when they are ever having a bad day to build up the power to keep going.

UNH to Offer Project Management Certificate Program in New London this October

by The Charger Bulletin | October 17, 2012

By UNH Today

NEW LONDON, Conn. — The University of New Haven will offer a certificate program in project management in New London, Conn., beginning Oct. 11.

The program also is regularly offered each spring at UNH’s main campus in West Haven.

The 30-week, non-credit program is designed for local professionals looking to gain comprehensive training in project management, one of the fastest growing business disciplines.

“Projections are that openings for project managers will continue to grow in the next five years,” said Michelle Mason, executive director of corporate enrollment at UNH. “Jobs are typically highly competitive and well-paying.”

In fact, U.S. News & World Report magazine has ranked project management among the top three skills most wanted by employers, along with leadership and business analysis.

The UNH program is a Registered Education Provider by the Project Management Institute, the world’s leading professional organization for project management. The program’s instructors are certified Project Management Professionals (PMP) who are also project management consultants.

“This in-depth education allows our students to learn concepts and skills needed to be an effective project manager. Our program is recognized throughout the country because it meets the gold standard for project management training,” Mason said.

The program will cover management of projects within various industries and varying degrees of complexity. Project managers must deliver projects on time, within budget and to specification for their clients.

Topics include project framework, scope and lifecycle, project initiation, team effectiveness, leadership, activity sequencing, risk management, quality management, project monitoring control, negotiation, and managing conflict.

Michelle Maitland, an alumna of the program, recently accepted a new position as a project manager at a Fortune 500 company in Connecticut. “I give exclusive credit to the excellent curriculum and instruction of the UNH Project Management course,” she said

Paul Felgate, also a graduate of the Project Management Certificate program, said “the class gave us both the practical and theoretical applications, made it fun and enjoyable and laid out the solid foundation for us to take it a step farther into PMP certification.”

Candidates for admission to the program are required to have a minimum of two years of professional experience. No undergraduate degree is required and applicants of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

There are a total of five modules within the program; classes are held once a week for six weeks per session module.

For additional information, call 203-932-7387, e-mail corporate@newhaven.edu or visit www.newhaven.edu/project.

 

UNH, South Korean University Sign Student Exchange Agreement

by Elizabeth Field | September 12, 2012

Through its comprehensive experimental education mission, the University of New Haven has offered its students many prospects to enhance their college experience through internships and study abroad opportunities.

The exchange agreement was signed by President Kaplan and KNPU president and chief superintendent general Cheon-Ho Suh on the West Haven Campus on July 30, 2012.

Over the summer, the university signed an exchange agreement with the Korea National Police University (KNPU), admitting 30 Korean students to study criminal justice at UNH.

Ketryk Wilder, a sophomore at UNH was one of only two students chosen to attend KNPU this fall. “This will be a completely unique experience,” Wilder said. “I am more excited than worried. It will be challenging and since this is a police academy, I will have to continue to work on my physical and mental strength.”

“Korea will be a well-tailored opportunity for me to take the next step in experimental education,” Wilder continued. “It will allow me to face new challenges and obstacles and become the person I want to be.”

The Korean National Police University was founded in 1981 and admits 120 South Korean students each year between the age of 17 to 20 who are high school graduates and have proven scholastic abilities. KPNU requires students to successfully complete a four-year course of study in order to graduate.

Beginning its study abroad program in 1984, KPNU now sends students to police organizations in many countries, such as West Germany, France, Spain, Japan and the United States.

UNH and KPNU have shared a close bond prior to this exchange agreement, hosting the Asian Association of Police Studies (AAPS) conferences—KNPU in 2010 and UNH in 2011.

The exchange agreement was signed by President Kaplan and KNPU president and chief superintendent general Cheon-Ho Suh on the West Haven Campus on July 30, 2012.

“We are delighted to expand our association with KNPU as there is much expertise and research to be shared,” said UNH President Steven H. Kaplan. “Our students learn a great deal from foreign students who come to UNH and have much to learn from studying abroad.”

 

 

Well That’s the End of That

by Matt DiGiovanni | May 2, 2012

Here I am, something like 52 issues and editorials later, and about to wrap up my time at the University of New Haven. It’s been a good run for the past four years, and I can honestly say that I don’t regret my decision to attend UNH over any other school I considered, granted, I didn’t even finish applying to another school because I was accepted and set on going here before I finished any other applications! I’ve seen the school grow, do good things, maybe do some not so good things, but overall I’m more than happy with how things have progressed.

When I first arrived at UNH, I remember living in New Hall in the music LLC, seeing the year old Rec Center, and watching so many people go home every weekend. While I know there are still plenty of people who go home on the weekends, trust me, the situation has greatly improved over time, and it will only continue to do so as new housing is created (in the planning stages as we speak!) and as new buildings are added (new science building anyone? It’s happening!). If any student looks at just their experience in a week, or a month, or a year at a university, it’s not a big enough picture to really see the changes that have happened. Looking back over my four years, I saw the addition of the Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science building, the Bartels Dining Hall expansion, the C-Store/Sandellas move/expansion, the lights added to Kayo, and close to my heart, the creation, updating, and renovating of the music facilities with the MIDI lab and the studios. A lot else has been done, but there’s too much to mention here, so you’ll just have to trust me on this.

I’ll probably make some enemies with this next paragraph, but I’m okay with that. Let’s talk about the things that people love to complain about! Housing changes? Check. Adding a portal for everyone on campus to connect through that doesn’t really work? Check. Moving the registration time to 6:01 a.m. instead of 12:01 a.m.? Check. Let’s knock these out. First, I’ll cover housing changes. I know it can seem frightening trying to find off campus housing, but it make sense to keep the underclassmen on campus and move the upperclassmen that don’t fit off campus. That’s how a sense of community is created, and UNH is trying to instill that in every student a little more every year. Old traditions are being kept around and improved slowly and new traditions are being created. It’s a slow process, but if everyone keeps the big picture in mind, the university will get there and every alumni can honestly tell themselves that they helped UNH get to that point.

Round two, the infamous portal. In theory, the portal should have been a great thing. Unfortunately, a lack of convenience and publicity combined in the perfect storm of no one ever using it, or the resources it offers via the portal. Essentially, everyone does everything exactly as they had in the past, making the portal just about useless. I know time will improve the portal, but rushing into things really got it the way of effectiveness with this one. Patience everyone, the portal (and ChargerConnection) will grow soon enough as it becomes a staple for incoming students!

Finishing up with class registration seems appropriate, as it is probably the most stressful five minutes to a few months of time that you will experience. Sure, it’s a little lame that everyone needs to wake up early to register now, but fortunately, the issue of Matrix crashing may be solved soon enough! An email was sent out a few weeks ago letting everyone know that the cart feature would be removed for the next registration period. This will cause the system to experience less stress during registration; therefore (hopefully), eliminating the crash issues. Yay!

So that’s that, my last editorial for this fine newspaper. I hope that you readers out there enjoyed what Joann, myself, and our staff had to offer for the past two years, and I wish the best of luck to Liz and Liana who will be taking over as Editor-in-Chief and Assistant Editor next year. You two will do a great job! Congratulations to the class of 2012 and good luck with finals everyone!

No. 6 New Haven Rolls to 21-9 Victory Over No. 13 Saint Anselm, Headed in NE-10

by Charger Athletics | May 2, 2012

WEST HAVEN, Conn. – The nationally ranked No. 6 University of New Haven women’s lacrosse team rolled to a 21-9 victory over No.

The Chargers led 28-22 in shots, while Saint Anselm won 16-of-31 draw controls.

13 Saint Anselm College Saturday afternoon on Senior Day at Kayo Field. With the win in their regular season finale, the Chargers earned the fifth seed in the upcoming Northeast-10 Conference tournament and will travel to fourth seed Bentley University in the opening round on Wednesday, May 2.

New Haven improved to 13-4 overall and 8-4 in the Northeast-10 Conference with the win. The Hawks dropped to 8-8 overall and 6-6 in the NE-10 with the loss, conlcuding the 2012 season.

In their final game at Kayo Field, seniors Sarah Magnone (Yardley, Pa./Villa Joseph Marie), Alexis Gabbe (Malverne, N.Y./Malverne) and Ashley Ferrandiz (West Sayville, N.Y./Sayville) combined for 16 points to lead the Chargers to the victory. Gabbe dished out a career-high six assists and tied the UNH single-game assists record. Senior defenders Emily Buckley-Matura (Brooklyn, N.Y./Bishop Kearney / St. Lawrence University ), Aubrey Duncan (Patchogue, N.Y./Patchogue-Medford) and Maureen Spellman (Trumbull, Conn./St. Joseph) held the nationally ranked Hawks to seven goals through the first 50 minutes of play. Prior to the game, the six graduating seniors were recognized for their dedication to the women’s lacrosse program over the last four seasons. See the video below for highlights of senior day. A photo gallery of senior day will be posted shortly.

Freshman Kathryn Campbell (Mansfield, Mass./Mansfield) opened scoring in Saturday’s game with her 26th goal fo the season at the 29:22 mark. Magnone then scored the Chargers second goal at the 25:35 mark. The Hawks were next to score at the 23:50 mark with a goal by Kaitlyn Stazinski. New Haven answered with three unanswered goals, including two goals assisted by Gabbe. Saint Anselm scored two of three and cut the Chargers lead to 6-3, but the Chargers once against answered. UNH scored five straight and 10 of the last 11 goals of the first half. Gabbed assisted on a goal by Nicole McKee (Wantagh, N.Y./MacArthur) with 6:55 left in the first half and tied the Chargers single-game record for assists. Marissa Fisher (Jackson, N.J./Jackson Memorial) scored her 12th and 13th goals of the season in the final six minutes put the Chargers ahead 16-4 at halftime.

Saint Anselm opend the second half with the first goal, just over one minute into the half. New Haven improved its lead to 18-5 and then the team’s exchanged goals for the final 20 minutes of the second half. Fished added her third of the game with 4:53 left, while Daina Catanese (Franklin Square, N.Y./H. Frank Carey) netted her fourth of the season with 3:52 left in regulation. The Hawks scored the game’s final two goals inside of three minutes and the Chargers sealed a 21-9 victory.

Gabbe led all scorers with eight points off six assists and two goals. Magnone added four goals, while Ferrandiz contributed four goals off two goals and two assists. Campbell finished with five points off three goals and two assits, while Kristina Curry (East Meadow, N.Y./East Meadow), Natalie Lieberman (Manorville, N.Y./Eastport South Manor) and McKee each added two goals.

Spellman recorded the win and posted six saves. Sharon Strain (Armonk, N.Y./Byram Hills) also saw action in goal, recording one save in the final six minutes.

The Chargers led 28-22 in shots, while Saint Anselm won 16-of-31 draw controls. The Hawks held a slight edge in clear attempts, completing 9-of-11 attempts compared to 8-of-11 by UNH.

New Haven’s quarterfinal game against the Falcons will take place in Waltham, Mass. on Wednesday, May 2 at 7 p.m. Stay posted to www.NewHavenChargers.com for complete coverage of the NE-10 Championship tournament and the Chargers run for the 2012 championship.

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