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VOLUME 73, NUMBER 7October 24, 2012
SUFFOLK UNIVERSITY BOSTON THE AWARD-WINNING STUDENT NEWSPAPER
OpinionNews
 
InternationalArts
 
Sports
"Boston technophilesget sneak peak at newgadgets at gdgt. "pg. 3"Arab cuisine andculture presented atSuffolk."pg. 6"Blue Man Groupamazes Bostonaudiences withnew show."pg. 12
"Celtics season pre- view: why banner 18is on the rise."pg. 19
"No reason forMass. to say no toquestion three. "pg. 15
 
The
 Suffolk Journal
suffolkjournal.net
On Tuesday, Oct. 23 athleticteams and student groupsgathered in the Ridgeway gymto don pink t-shirts and listento Suffolk faculty speak. It wasthe 11th annual huge humanpink ribbon photo, taken as apart of Suffolk’s breast cancerawareness events.Jim Nelson, Suffolk’sathletic director, quickly  welcomed everyone and thenintroduced Athletic Director of Student Affairs, Ann Coyne.“I’m thrilled to see somany members if the Suffolk community here today,” saidCoyne, “Its great to see somany pink tee-shirts.” Shethanked the professors whohelped with the event, theSuffolk SUPERS for their breastcancer awareness events, andthe S.O.U.L.S. for participatingin the breast cancer walk.Commissioner of the GreatNortheast Athletic Conference,Joe Walsh then took thestand to speak about Suffolk’sathletic teams and theirdedication to campus activitieslike these.Nelson returned to thepodium to announce thePink Tie Award winners. Theaward is presented to Suffolk faculty members who have worked in breast cancerawareness. Adam Nelson,the men’s basketball coach,and Ed Leyden, the women’sbasketball coach, won awardsthis year. Team memberspresented both awards and thecoaches received pink nauticalbrand ties.Then it was time for thehuman pink ribbon. All thestudents put on their shirts andformed the shape of a ribbon. A photographer took picturesfrom the balcony above. Afterthe photos were taken a few of the athletes threw t-shirts and wrist bands from the balcony.Students were happy to bepart of the event.“It's nice that we collaborateas one cause,” said AdriannaGarrett. She explained thatthis event is one of the only times Suffolk's athletic teamscome together. She is a partof the tennis team, and stood with teammate Elizabeth Arkins, who was excited to bea part of the event.“It’s a good feeling, I guess,to come out here and supportthe cause. It definitely meansa lot to the hockey team,” saidsophomore Dan Mazzei.Jhonneris Mendez, a
Melissa Hanson
 Assistant News Editor
Suffolk Kicks off Breast CancerAwareness Week With Human Pink Ribbon
member of the basketballteam, said, “it’s a great event...it's always fun to come outand see people support breastcancer [awareness].”The baseball team wasenthusiastic throughout theevent, as they played a quick game of baseball with a pink bat and sat to eat cupcakes anddrink pink lemonade together.“Student athletes are sucha big part of the studentcommunity, it influencesthe rest of the school,” saidbaseball team member FrancisTierney.
Photo curtesy of John Gillooly
Throughout the past week or two, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS)has been working on a casethat has produced much mediacoverage nationwide and willbe followed closely by many across the country. The nineSupreme Court justices, led by Chief Justice John Roberts, be-gan the trial a few weeks agoin early October. Affirmativeaction -- needless to say anever-present topic these daysin the media and especially for students and schools -- was the matter with the caseknown as Fisher vs. University of Texas. The plaintiff, AbigailFisher, said that the University of Texas did not accept her asa student because the schoolconsiders race a part of the ad-missions process among otherthings such as awards, activi-ties applicants have partici-pated in, and their economicsituations. Arguments for eachside began on Wednesday, Oct.10 at the Supreme Court Build-ing in Washington, D.C.
NPR 
’s Nina Totenberg re-ported that “Fisher, a whitestudent who did not make thecut at the university, contendsthat the university’s consid-eration of race is unconstitu-tional. She said she was taughtfrom when she was very youngthat ‘any kind of discrimina-tion was wrong’ and questionsthe example the university sets by considering race as afactor in admissions.”The key phrase in the case, which will definitely havesome effect in the way the Su-preme Court Justices vote, isin “critical mass” of minority students that the University of Texas intended to reach saidgoal. However, the wording of the phrase is not entirely clearso there was much back-and-forth discussion of it.Suffolk class of 2016 Sena-tor Matthew Gifford said hebelieves “that there is a sort of discrimination in [the] collegeprocesses and businesses, andif in those cases can be usedas a very good thing. How-ever, I believe we are comingto a time in the United States where someone’s work ethics,grades, and professional atti
SCOTUS Ruling on Fisher v. University of Texas Case to Influence Affirmative Action
Miles Halpine
 Journal Staff 
see SCOTUS page 3
 
PAGE 2October 24, 2012
The Suffolk Journal
 
POLICE BLOTTER
 Wednesday, October 17
11:23 p.m.Tremont Street
Disorderly conduct. No report needed.
Friday, October 19
1:06 a.m.10 West
Disorderly conduct. Case closed.
Friday, October 19
11:21 a.m.Sawyer
Larceny, theft. Larceny over 250. Caseclosed.
Friday, October 19
3:44 p.m.Temple Street
Other agency assist, disorderly conduct.Case closed.
Saturday, October 20
2:02 a.m.150 Tremont
Drunkenness. Case closed.
Saturday, October 20
10:07 p.m.Tremont Street
Other agency assist, robbery. Case closed.
Sunday, October 21
2:40 a.m.Miller Hall
Drunkenness. Report fled.
Sunday, October 21
3:12 p.m.10 West
Vandalism. Report fled.
Sunday, October 21
8:04 p.m.73 Tremont Rear Alley
Larceny, theft. Larceny over 250. Caseclosed.
Monday, October 22
11:02 p.m.Tremont Street
Other agency assist, assault. Case closed.
On Monday, October 22,the Democratic and Republi-can candidate for Presidentfaced off for the third, andlast, time just 15 days prior to when voters across the UnitedStates go to the polls. Presi-dent Barack Obama and Gov-ernor Mitt Romney discussedforeign policy for an hour-and-a-half at Lynn University inBoca Raton, FL. This final de-bate of the quadrennial debateseason was moderated by BobSchieffer, Chief WashingtonCorrespondent and Moderatorfor
Face the Nation 
.Topics for the night rangedfrom Libya and Syria concern-ing the “challenge of a chang-ing Middle East” as Schieffersaid, to foreign alliances, aglobal education for studentsin the United States to be ableto compete against their peersfrom other nations, to redlines with Israel and a nuclearIran.Since last Tuesday’s townhall-style debate at HofstraUniversity, the tension wasbuilding more and more be-tween the candidates witheach day that passed. Aftertalking domestic issues and re-sponding to the various ques-tions from undecided votersin the local area, with the VicePresidential debate slipped inbetween, the two contenders were starting to prep for theirlast shot on television in frontof a vast audience across thecountry. The time had come,and everything was in place.Each major channel was tunedto the live broadcast and, af-ter having a news anchor fromtheir own station provide somepre-debate commentary andexplanation, they all pannedto the cameras in the LynnUniversity Performing ArtsCenter. Schieffer, at the ready,sat in his chair. Once Obamaand Romney shook hands witheach other and the moderator,they began the debate.It started with discussion of how to improve the situationin the Middle East, and thenbroadened to other areas andsegments like America’s lon-gest war inside Afghanistanand Pakistan.Later in the debate, Rom-ney mentioned, once again,the President’s “apology tour,” when he visited several coun-tries in the Middle East andtalked to various leaders in thearea.Wrapping up in the wan-ing minutes, before they deliv-ered closing remarks, Schief-fer asked the two candidatesabout “the rise of [the People’sRepublic of] China” and possi-ble future threats from aroundthe world.Unlike the first debate inDenver, but similar to thetown hall,
Washington Post 
 columnist,
NPR 
and
MSNBC 
commentator, and recent au-thor of 
Our Divided Political Heart 
, E.J. Dionne tweeted afew hours after the last debatethat he considered “the thirddebate...the first debate in re- verse.”Jake Pitochelli, a sopho-more at Suffolk majoring inMarketing, thought the lastdebate was “a clear victory forObama,” and that “Romney seemed to hug Obama’s for-eign policies very close to hisown because there aren’t ma- jor differences.”Pitochelli went on to ex-plain that he hoped “there was more discussion on Latin America, Africa, and child la-bor abroad.”However, in the end, hestated, “all in all Obama wasknowledgeable, authentic, andpresidential and further solidi-fied why he’s got my vote.”With just under two weeksleft until Election Day on Nov.6, each party is preparing andproducing the best last pushin the remaining days, withnumerous Get Out The Voterallies and campaigning acrossthe states, but particularly inbattleground states that arequite likely to determine theoutcome of the 2012 presiden-tial race (like Florida, Nevada,Colorado, New Hampshire,and Ohio.) It is just a matterof money, time, and better po-litical management that willbring one candidate to victory and the other to a not-so-greatloss. After months of traveling,after millions of dollars onboth sides being put into hun-dreds of ads, after campaign-ing in all the states, Obamaand Romney now have the fin-ish line in sight. Who comesout on top is up to American voters.
Miles Halpine
 Journal Staff 
Foreign Policy Debated
 at Eve of National Election
 
PAGE 3October 24, 2012
The Suffolk Journal
Boston’s tech-savvy community was treated lastThursday, Oct. 18, to
 gdgt 
 live at the Bijou Nightclubon Stuart Street.
 gdgt 
is a website that offers reviewsand recommendations on allelectronics from cameras toheadphones.Over two dozen sponsors were featured at the event,showcasing the newesttechnologies for phones andother electronic devices. Among the most popular were iRobot, Belkin, Tivo, andOlympus.“It’s cool because this isone of the few tech events thatlets regular people in,” saidattendee Jacob Kantzer, who works at the IT Departmentat Harvard Law School. “It’sa chance for normal peopleto see the newest technology available.” Visitors could trade in theirold smartphones and laptopsat the eBay electronics lounge while they snuck a peek atthe new technology that isavailable through the website. As the online auctioning siteseeks to rejuvenate its brand,it isn’t just for used itemsanymore.One of the main attractions was the HTC booth which was showing off their latestsmartphone, the colorfulWindows Phone 8X. Whilemost of the details of the phone weren’t available to the public yet, they did showcase some of the features of the new device.One of the coolest featuresfor student use was the notetaking application, where youcan draw and type notes whilethe device records audio. In acompetitive market controlledmostly by Samsung and Apple,this device provides a colorfuland exciting alternative.“The [Windows Phone 8X]pushed me to come here,”said Kacie Cabral, an Arlingtonresident who came to Bostonfor the event. “The camera worked well and it was nice tohold. I really like the differentcolors.” Another popular sponsor was Drobo, a manufacturer of data storage devices. Eitherof the two latest gadgets, theDrobo Mini and the Drobo 5D,can be connected to a laptopor desktop computer, grantingaccess to advanced storagespace for pictures, videos, anddocuments.“A lot of students don’tback up their files, and they should,” said Matt Thomas,a sophomore from EmersonCollege. “The Drobo is a greatbackup solution and it keeps your data secure.”Tivo was there to showcaseits new Tivo Premiere 4 boxand Tivo Stream. Premiere 4features 75 hours of recordingcapacity along with thecapability of recording fourshows at the same time whileTivo Stream enables viewersto watch recorded contenton mobile devices. Both are
Boston Technophiles get SneakPeak at New Gadgets at gdgt
Gianna Carchia
 Assistant Arts Editor
excellent options for students who don’t have the time to watch their favorite shows when they air.Looxcie, who producedthe first hands-free mobile-connected video camera, wasat
 gdgt 
Live Boston sharing itsnewest product, the LooxcieHD video cam. The newrecording device capturescrystal clear images and cansend a live video stream wirelessly to smartphones andtablets and share with friendsand family. Students won’thave to worry about missingtheir little brothers’ schoolplays anymore; they can watchit live from their parents’ pointof view.Half-an-hour after the startof the event, the line outsideof Bijou to access the freeevent stretched down aroundthe corner of Tremont Street.Inside, the sponsors werespread out between the twofloors of the nightclub. Visitors were invited to participate inTwitter contests sponsoredby some of the companies,in which attendees could win free gadgets by usingthe appropriate hash tag andTwitter handles. And for oneevening, average residentsof Boston were given a sneak peek at the hottest upcomingtechnology.
Photo by Gianna Carchia
tude truly outshine theirethnicity.”Gifford, a Political Sciencemajor, went on to explain that“we should begin to start ton-ing down the concept of af-firmative action and just startseeing students as students,and people as people; and fo-cus on what makes them thepeople they are in these pro-cesses.”It seems, based on talkingduring the trial when Associ-ate Justice Sonia Sotomayor was grilling Fisher’s lawyerBert Rein about low minority enrollment at the University of Texas and when the moreconservative justices asked theuniversity’s lawyer, Gregory Garre, heated questions aboutrace in the admissions proce-dure, that several of the jus-tices have begun consideringeach side and trying to deter-mine the best result. Like al-most all cases that are broughtto the Supreme Court, Fisher vs. University of Texas is onceagain bringing back the subjectof affirmative action. ThoughFisher is claiming that the uni- versity is focused on bringingup their minority numbers asopposed to choosing potentialstudents not on the color of their skin, but on the way they  worked and studied in school.The now 22-year-old Fisher was seen leaving the court-house with Edward Blum, arepresentative of legal defensefund group known as Projecton Fair Representation. Thisgroup receives fiscal supportfrom DonorsTrust which, inhand, has brought millions of dollars to a conservative, non-profit political advocacy groupcalled Americans for Prosper-ity.In 2003, the Supreme Courtdealt with a different affir-mative action case evolvingaround the University of Mich-igan’s law school in Grutter vs. Bollinger. In the end, theCourt sided with the Universi-ty of Michigan because the Su-preme Court Justices believethe school had enough interestin supporting more minoritiesto attend rather than just fo-cusing +on choosing them.
This is one of the few tech events that lets regular peoplein...it's a chance for normal people to see the newest tech-nology available. - Jacob Kantzer
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