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VOLUME 73, NUMBER 6October 17, 2012
SUFFOLK UNIVERSITY BOSTON THE AWARD-WINNING STUDENT NEWSPAPER
OpinionNews
 
InternationalArts
 
Sports
"Scaffolding at Sawyerto improve efficiency of  windows."pg. 2"Suffolk students react toChavez's reelection."pg. 6"CreaturoS is notDoomed"pg. 11
"Excitement aboundas MLB playoffs heatup."pg. 20
"One girl'sstruggle for aneducation"pg. 16
 
The
 Suffolk Journal
suffolkjournal.net
Suffolk University PresidentJames McCarthy unveiledthe school’s strategic planfor the next five years thispast week, revealing severalchanges on the horizon. A 15-member committee of current faculty and studentsdeveloped the entire plan.The president voiced hisapproval of the plan at theunveiling, adding “only fivelines were added in theediting process, which wereonly to emphasize somethingthat was already written.”The 25-page plan begins with a letter from McCarthy, who explains, “our challenge isto take that ethic and build acohesive organization that bestserves our students, our alumniand the wider community.”One of the ways in whichthe plan looks to build thatcohesive organization is to haveeach of Suffolk’s three schools(College of Arts & Sciences,Suffolk Law, and SawyerBusiness School) workingtowards the overall school plan.“We want to have a senseof one university with threedistinct features,” McCarthy said. The school has already 
 Alex Hall
Managing Editor
On Tuesday, Oct. 16, Presi-dent Obama and GovernorRomney met for the secondtime in the debate cycle thismonth. This time it was a bitof a different setting. HofstraUniversity, located on Long Is-land in Hempstead, New York, was the college that providedthe venue for the one-and-only town hall style debate. Candy Crowley, host of 
CNN 
’s
State of the Union,
moderated thedebate while both candidatestook questions from a highly selective audience. The TV-prepped crowd was said to in-clude 82 currently undecided voters from around the area.Starting just a minute ortwo after 9:00 p.m., the dis-cussion began with a questionfrom a student named Jeremy on the topic of whether ornot he will have a job whenhe graduates in two years.From that point forward, bothObama and Romney gave theirstrategic and subjective re-sponses to that and each of thefollowing questions within thenext hour-and-a-half.The media and politicosacross the country predicted adecisive victory for the Obamacampaign after what many con-sidered a harsh loss to Romney in the first debate. It is, at thispoint, perceived that Obamadid, in fact, win the debate. Hereplied to questions with seri-ous answers and gave reason-ing as to why he claimed Rom-ney’s various statements onissues like Libya and education were truly false. The opinionat Suffolk was definitely simi-lar to those throughout theUnited States. A notably registered Inde-pendent, as well as a sopho-more here at Suffolk, BlayneLee said he watched the firstPresidential debate, but didnot yet get a chance to view
Miles Halpine
 Journal Staf
Town Hall outlines five-year Strategic Plan
Suffolk Reacts to the Second Presidential Debate
the Vice Presidential debatethat aired last week.Lee, an English major, ex-plained that he will most like-ly be supporting Obama forseveral reasons including thefact that he considers him “so-cially liberal” and thinks that“Mitt Romney is a social buf-foon.” When it comes to socialissues, Lee follows some of them closely such as same-sexmarriage, abortion, as well asseparation of church and state. At the end of Tuesday’s de-bate, Lee proudly proclaimedthat he believed Obama had won the debate.It was noticed by mostcommentators and debate- watchers Tuesday night that,per usual, the two Presiden-tial candidates were tryinghard to be as sincere, honest,and personal as possible witheach and every person's ques-tion. This is not anything new,and is basically considered theregular fashion for town hallforums every four years whenthe candidates actually answerquestions from real voters -- asalmost a reality voter aware-ness night of some sorts.When it came to the con-cerns of there not beingbegun this process with thenew brand style. All featurethe same flame and shield asthe main university logo does,but with a distinct color thatrepresents each departmentinstead of the traditional yellowIn addition to creatingcohesiveness for theuniversity, the strategic planalso focuses on changing theapproach to the enrollment of new undergraduate students.The committee decidedthat Suffolk must “attract,enroll, retain and graduatean increasingly selectivestudent body,” as stated inthe document. McCarthy elaborated on this point to anextent during the presentation,explaining that the schoolmust “increase the applicationpool by one to two percent per year and decrease acceptance
see PLAN page 3see DEBATE page 3
 
PAGE 2October 17, 2012
The Suffolk Journal
 
POLICE BLOTTER
 Wednesday, October 10
1:24 p.m.West Street
Other agency assist. Case closed.
 Wednesday, October 10
10:24 p.m.
Of Campus
Other agency assist. Report fled.
Thursday, October 11
2:25 p.m.
Cambridge Street
Disorderly conduct. Case closed.
Thursday, October 11
6:54 p.m.
Of Campus
Forgery. Case closed.
Friday, October 12
12:06 a.m.Miller Hall
Possession of marijuana, less than oneounce. Case closed.
Saturday October 13
12:26 a.m.
Tremont Street
Disorderly conduct. Case closed.
Sunday, October 14
1:58 a.m.
150 Tremont
Drunkeness. Case closed.
Monday, October 15
6:23 p.m.Tremont Street
Disorderly conduct. Case closed.
Monday, October 15
10:25 p.m.
Ridgeway
Larceny-theft. Larceny over 250. Caseclosed.
Scaffolding has been onthe Sawyer building sinceJuly, and according to SeniorDirector of Facilities Planningand Management GordonKing, it has been part of amuch needed renovation.The scaffolding is inplace so the windows of the building could bereplaced from old woodenones to new, more energy efficient aluminum ones.The project will be finishedby the end of this month.“We just can’t wait for thescaffolding to be down,” saidGordon, “It’s nice for projectsto be finished.” He has been working on this project sinceearly 2012. The old windowsin Sawyer were leaky, fallingapart, and not energy efficient,according to Gordon, and aftera pane fell from the 6th or 7thfloor last year, luckily injuringno one, it was apparentthey needed replacement.The design for the project was established in early 2012.From there, Gordon choseJoe Kennedy of Casali to bethe project manager, andchose to use scaffolding fromLee Kennedy, no relation, acompany Suffolk has usedbefore. Both Joe Kennedy and King stressed the amountof time spent planning theproject prior to construction.Lee Kennedy was hired inMay and needed two monthsprep work and mobilizing toobtain the scaffolding. Fromthere the project was off.This project is costingSuffolk over 1.5 million, whichis less than planned, accordingto Gordon. He says that theuniversity has an annualbudget of $8.5 million forprojects like these and thatit is, “well worth the money.” According to Andelman andLelek Engineering, Inc., whoprepared an energy savingsestimate for King, the windows will save Suffolk 87,000 KWh of electricity, or $16,000 yearly.Joe Kennedy described thisproject as a “big upgrade.” Asthe project manager he had tosurvey the site area and handleall the logistical planning of the window replacement. Althoughit was a time consumingproject, he says he is happy  with the overall progress.The scaffolding itself wasoriginally supposed to beconstructed using the sidewalksfor support, but because they are hollow and would notsupport the scaffolding, it hadto be anchored on the roof of the building. Aside fromthe change in plans on theplacement of the scaffolding,Kennedy says Sawyer was aneasier project because of itseasy accessibility. BecauseSawyer is on a one way street with the available parkinglot on the right and accessthrough Miller Hall whenneeded, it was an ideal locationfor this type of project.“Everything wentsmoothly,” said Kennedy,“[it was] easier than most.”The project required, at full,about five teams, accordingto Kennedy. This includespainting, abatement, masonry,and installation, in teams of two or three members each.The superintendent and laborer were provided by Lee Kennedy.The project only suffereda few slight delays sinceJuly. They had to make theirschedule around the classschedule in Sawyer and wereheld up due to this month’s rain.Neither Joe Kennedy nor Gordon King has heardfeedback from students orfaculty concerning the project.“[No feedback] is good with aproject like this,” said Kennedy. Although they have notheard feedback, Suffolk 
Melissa Hanson
 Assistant News Editor
Scaffolding at Sawyer toimprove efficiency of windows
see SAWYER page 5
 
PAGE 3October 17, 2012
The Suffolk Journal
The Office of Diversity Ser- vices hosted self-proclaimed“transactivist” Justin Adkinsfor this year’s annual eventon National Coming Out day,last Thursday, October 11.Before the event, studentsmingled with Craig Cullinane,associate director of Diversity Services at Suffolk Univer-sity and coordinator of theevent, while helping them-selves to some refreshments.“Suffolk University wantsto support and provide re-sources for the LGBTQ com-munity,” said Cullinane. “We want students to know weare an ally and an advocate.” As one of the eventsscheduled for LGBTQ History Month, the presentation titled“My Fabulous TransgenderLife” created a light-heartedand friendly environment forthe students who attended. Adkins works with studentsat Williams College on issuesof gender, sexuality, and ac-tivism. He met Mother The-resa during his time as a mis-sionary and spent time livingin both India and Zimbabwe.Justin Adkins experienced“coming out” three separatetimes, and he shared his sto-ry with the students at theevent. He explained how hehad been born a woman andinitially came out as a les-bian. Eventually, he realizedthat he didn’t identify himself as a woman and started tes-tosterone treatments. Afterthat, he became conscious of the fact that he was bisexual.“There’s me in my gender-less state,” Adkins explainedas he showed the audiencea picture of his pregnantmother. “It was fabulous!”The event was kept up-
National Coming Out Day: Lectures outline struggles and successes of LGBT community
Gianna Carchia
Online News Editor
beat and open as Adkinsshared his story and createda safe space for those in at-tendance. Though he has dealt with serious struggles of hisown during his journey, he was a positive representa-tion of the success and hap-piness students can achievethrough self-expression. Adkins also discussed dis-crimination that he experi-enced at the hands of theNYPD during the Occupy WallStreet movement. At the time,he reached out to the mediato tell his story in order to ex-pose the unfair treatment of the LGBTQ community. He en-couraged others to share theirstories and to speak up aboutdiscrimination so that they toocan prompt serious changes insocial attitude and behavior.However, coming out isn’t just for members of the LGBTQcommunity; both Cullinaneand Adkins stressed the impor-tance of coming out as bothallies and advocates. In fact,Suffolk University is one of the first schools in the coun-try to include gender iden-tity and expression in theirdiscrimination policy. LGBTQHistory Month is a celebrationof the community as a whole,including those who are will-ing to reach out and becomefriends to those who needsupport and encouragement.The next event scheduledat Suffolk University for LG-BTQ History Month is the“Brown Bag Lunch Discussion:The Election and the LGBTQ Vote” on Thursday, Oct. 18in Donahue 403. This will bean opportunity for membersof the LGBTQ community, as well as allies and advocates,to come together and discusstopical issues as the Novem-ber 6 election approaches.
Photo by of Gianna CarchiaPhoto by of Gianna Carchia
 
rate from 78 percent to 70[over the next five years].”In recent years, Suffolk haslead the way in terms of highestacceptance rates amongBoston-area schools. Accordingto
U.S. News 
, the school's 78percent acceptance rate ishigher than that of nearby schools such as Boston College,Emerson College, BostonUniversity and UMass-Boston.The new plan hopes toaward this selective groupof admitted undergraduates with a higher amount of financial aid and “increase thepercentage of introductory classes taught by full-timefaculty.” Suffolk hopes to beable to award more financialaid to incoming students by increasing the amount of donation rates by alumni, which currently sits at fivepercent according to McCarthy.“We’re almost completely tuition-dependent and weneed to get away fromthat,” the President added.The reasoning given behindthe increase in full-timefaculty-taught intro classesfrom McCarthy was thatthe school wants to developrelationships between thestudents and staff early on.Easily the biggest newsitem to come out of this newplan however, were the plansregarding the 20 Somerset St.building. McCarthy explainedat the very end of the85-minute town hall meetingthat Suffolk “will completethe plans for an academicbuilding at 20 Somerset.”The building is plannedto be exactly 100,000 sq. ft., which will hold science andgeneral-purpose classroomsand a cafeteria. The currentidea is to relocate all Ridgeway,Fenton, Donahue and Archerclasses to 20 Somerset.“We are literally space-constrained, we’relandlocked and we haveto do something aboutthat,” McCarthy explained.This may not mean therelocation of all classeshowever, as the strategicplan specifically states thatall departments not listedas areas of strength orgrowth for Suffolk will beevaluated. The document lists19 departments that will beexempt from evaluation, withMcCarthy adding “we can’tbe all things for all people.”The plan hopes torestructure the physicalappearance of the school withthe addition of 20 Somersetand also what Suffolk willfocus on academically.The entire document isavailable to view online viathe school’s official website.enough security during the American embassy terroristattacks in Libya, Obama criti-cized Romney for trying to say that the President was “play-ing politics” with the matter. Among other subjects dis-cussed were tax cuts, ways toactually create jobs, energy plans for the country, and,particularly a hot button issue,gun control. Ali Rabesa, a junior at Suf-folk majoring in American his-tory, is still undecided at thispoint but is leaning towards voting to re-elect Obama. Asan Independent voter, Rabesahas true potential to swing theoutcome of the election; mostpeople are looking at swingstates like Ohio, Nevada, andFlorida to see how moderatesand undecided voters will casttheir ballots.On another note, eventhough there are two other of-ficial Presidential candidates,the Libertarian Party’s Gary Johnson of New Mexico andthe Green Party’s Jill Stein,the two third-party candidates were, and never really are, al-lowed to participate in thePresidential debates.Outside the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex(where the debate took placeTuesday evening), Stein andher Vice Presidential runningmate Cheri Honkala were ar-rested for trying to get insidethe debate halls to let Steinalso have a chance to answerthe questions.In the end, the debate wentover the planned 90-minutemark and ended 8 minutes lat-er at 10:38 p.m.The next, and final, debateis on Monday, October 22 atLynn University in Boca Raton,FL.
DEBATE from page 1PLAN from page 1

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