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VOLUME 73, NUMBER 10November 28, 2012
SUFFOLK UNIVERSITY BOSTON THE AWARD-WINNING STUDENT NEWSPAPER
OpinionNews
 
InternationalArts
 
Sports
"Suffolk honors studentsattend NCHC"pg. 2"Suffolk student abroad:Thanksgiving lessons inItalian politics"pg. 3"Adams Galleryhighlights BostonInspirationalWomen"pg. 8
"Durantula slams 29as the Thunder fallshort to the Celtics"pg. 12
"Police Officerscross the line fartoo often"pg. 5
 
The
 Suffolk Journal
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Suffolk Program Council and O.C.H.O. Host Pre-Finals Carnival
 A few weeks ago the ModelUnited Nations (Model U.N.)club began to change its nameto Suffolk University Interna-tional Affairs Association, anew-and-improved version of sorts, with some improvementsand trips planned. Now thatthey are back from the trip tothe country’s capital, the clubis in full swing and preparingfor the upcoming trip to New York while expanding its pres-ence on campus.To extend the club’s ac-tivities and meaning past theconferences and Model U.N.discussions, the Suffolk Uni- versity Independent Affairs Association started planningfor the official name changefrom Model U.N. to SUIAA.Cori Simmons, president of thepopular student group, said,“as far as the name change, itis still in the works. The newconstitution, which has beencompleted, has the approval of E-Board members, and at thenext meeting it will hopefully be adopted and ratified as is by the full General Membershipto make the name-change of-ficial. While the name change will be official, we understandthat marketing and re-brand-ing takes time.”With the name improve-ment, they still plan on focus-ing on the original goals of Model U.N. Simmons contin-ued, explaining that “peopleknow us as Model United Na-tions, and we will continue tobe the club on-campus thatprovides the MUN experienceto students. In the comingmonths as we move into nextsemester, we hope to continueto develop our club as a multi-faceted organization, beyond just our name change.”On campus, they seem tobe garnering a lot of interest.Simmons, talking about mem-bership growth, says that theclub has grown this semesteras many of the current mem-bers are bringing friends andfellow classmates to meetings,helping to increase the turn-out. One thing that probably helps attendance and involve-ment is the trips that they at-tend every year.SUIAA recently returnedfrom a weekend in Washing-ton, D.C. for a National Confer-ence. During the conference,the group had an opportunity to represent two countries,Ghana and Spain, since they brought 19 students. They  worked on topics including“youth poverty in the Econom-ic and Social Council, the roleof media in international secu-rity in the General Assembly,and the Situation in Iran in theInternational Atomic Energy  Agency.” Due to the danger-ous threat of Hurricane Sandy looming just down the coast,they had to leave a day early.However, Simmons said “Suf-folk University still receivedan Honorable Mention for itsrepresentation of Ghana at theawards ceremony.”To her memory, Simmons
Back from D.C. Trip, SUIAA Ready toMove Forward with Club Activities
said this is the only awardthey received, and called it a“a true testament to how much we have grown as an organi-zation. It is something we areextremely proud of.”While on the trip in D.C.,the Model U.N. delegationfrom Suffolk got to see Ambas-sador George Moose at the USInstitute for Peace and discov-ered work from all over the world including East Africaand Iraq. Then they visited theU.S. State Department and met with the Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns. He satdown with them and took partin a discussion about what iscurrently happening in the world and how the State De-partment is involved. After such an enjoyabletrip, the SUIAA still has moreplanned, specifically anotherconference, this time in New York City.“Our next move is our Na-tional Model United NationsConference in New York City (NMUN-NY). We have attendedthis conference over the pastseveral years, and it is always afavorite of students,” said Sim-mons.Simmons explained “themost exciting thing for theSUIAA this year is that weagain get to represent Spain.In past years we have neverbeen able to represent such alarge and significant delega-tion, so we are thrilled at thisopportunity.”For newcomers with inter-est in attending, the SUIAA is“accepting applications this week and next for the TravelTeam we will bring to NYC.” Toreach them, Simmons recom-mends all interested people toattend “the meeting in Sawyer132 at 1 p.m. on Dec. 4 or joinus on SUConnect in order toreceive our email with the ap-plication attached.” With over20 seats open for the TravelTeam on the New York City trip, they are looking for stu-dents that are “passionate anddedicated... who would love tobecome a part of our team.”
Miles Halpine
 Journal Staf
Ivan Favelevic
 News Editor 
In a type of “calm beforethe storm” moment, Suffolk University Program Counciland O.C.H.O. teamed up tobring a slice of bohemian lifeto the Downtown Boston cam-pus. The fourth floor of Don-nahue was host to a mini car-nival this Tuesday, complete with airbrush hats, caricatures,and balloon animals.The carnival was the firstin a set of pre-finals relxationevents hosted by Suffolk. “Weprobably got a lot of students who don’t normally cometo events [to come],” saidO.C.H.O. Student AmbassadorChristina Webster, “it was niceto see new faces.”The event wasn’t all justpure entertainment, O.C.H.O. Ambassadors brought severalrepresentatives from the city to educate students on thebenefits and challenges of apartment living. “ We wantedto have an event that wouldinclude commuter students,”said Program Council Presi-dent Helaina Polito.The overall favorite at thefest was a booth with custom-ized airbrushed trucker hats.However, Joe Howard, a bal-loon artist with over 30 yearsof experience kept drawing acrowd by fulfilling their ani-mal requests, no matter howstrange they may have seemed. A magician was also seen walking around the fourthfloor lounge, yet when ap-proached he only describedhimself as a handsome guy  with cards. As is the case with mostSuffolk events, the pizza wasgone early into the event’s life,nonetheless, over 200 peoplehad shown up to take in thepre-finals festivities by thetime the doors closed.
Photo by Alex Hall
 
PAGE 2November 28, 2012
The Suffolk Journal
 
S u f f o l k S t u d e n t s 'T h a n k s g i v i n g
"For Thanksgiving I had a bigparty at my aunt's house foreight hours."- Sarah McNeil, Sophomore"On Black Friday I hung out with my sister at a flea mar-ket."- Olivia Statmore, Sophomore"I just ate dinner with familyand watched football."- Tim Erasmi, Sophomore"I went to the mall at midnightand bought gifts for my family.I got myself a sweater. I saveda lot of money."- Daniel Lampariello, Junior"Even though we're Spanish we love to eat turkey."- Lara Fernandez, Senior"During Black Friday I workedat the Children's Place. It wasn'tas bad as I thought."- Maria Perfetti, Sophomore"For Thanksgiving I stayed inmy apartment. It was kind of lonely, to be honest."- Kayla Cash, Sophomore
The 47th annual conferenceof the National CollegiateHonors Council (NCHC) took place from Wednesday, Nov.14 to Sunday, Nov. 18 held inthe Sheraton Hotel in Boston.Because the conference was local, Suffolk University’shonors program was ableto take 10 students to theconference, as opposed topast years when the numberof students who could attendthe conference was limited by travel costs.“This is a great opportunity for our honors students to seeand meet other honors studentsfrom all over the country. Itis also an opportunity to learnfrom other honors programs,”said Agnes Bain, directorof the College of Arts andSciences honors program. TheCAS honors program has beentraveling to the conferencesince 2005 and taking studentssince 2006. Juniors AnnieDuong, Caitlin Lezell, CoriSimmons, sophomores TylerDube, Stefani Falkowski,and freshmen BrendanClifford, Melissa Jean, AjiaZimmermann, and Liza Hurley  were this year’s studentattendees. Agnes Bain,Sharon Lenzie, and RachaelCampbell were also attendedthe conference to representSuffolk University.NCHC takes place oncea year and invites honorsprograms across the nation to join together and learn fromeach other. Each year thereis a theme to the conference.Because of Boston’s history asone of the cities that foughtfor independence from GreatBritain, the theme this year was“challenging structures.” Thetheme is picked about a yearin advance so that the NCHCcouncil can chose seminartopics and speakers to featurethrough the conference. theme is also put in place togive students a broad focus on which to submit research topresent at the conference. A large aspect of theconference is the studentresearch panels and postersessions. Students subjectabstracts and plans forresearch the spring before theconference in order to receivethe opportunity to presenttheir research while attending.The panels are designed togroup about three students who have similar researchto present together and theposters are grouped into largesessions by topic and presentedin ballrooms of the hotel.Suffolk had two students,Lezell and Simmons, presentpapers they have written forcourses at Suffolk, and onestudent, Duong, present aposter she researched on herown.Lezell presented researchon immigration laws in theUnited States, specific toMexicans and refugee law.She told the crowd what shehad learned so far and how sheplans to continue her research.She presented alongside astudent who researched urbangardening and one who lookedinto American education.“I thought it was a greatexperience. This conferenceshould encourage Suffolk to strengthen its HonorsProgram,” said Lezell.Simmons had researchedthe Middle East. Her fellowpanelists included aninternational student whoreported on his studies whiletraveling in Jordan and astudent who looked intoclinical trials and globalization.Duong presented a posteron health care in Boston’sChinatown. Her poster wasa part of the health sciencesposter session. Duong stoodby her poster as students fromother universities and collegesasked about her topic andresearch.“Having the opportunity topresent a poster allowed me toshare a project that I spent alot of time working on. I alsogained tips and suggestionsfrom other attendees, which will be extremely helpful whenI continue with my research,”said Duong.Lezell and Simmons werealso student moderators forother research panels duringthe conference.“Thanks to the conference,I plan to submit a proposal of my own for next year,” saidDube.Wednesday was just aregistration day. Studentschecked in at the hotel andreceived the schedule for the week, handouts, and an NCHCmug as a giftThursday was when theconference really began. At 8a.m. the introductory speakerspresented their ideas on wherethe GPA of honors programsshould stand. They discussedthe pros and cons of both highand low grade point averages.The end of the sessionallowed for commentary fromthe guests of the lecture. Itappeared that many honorsprograms require a maintainedGPA of 3.5 like Suffolk does.The rest of the day wasfilled with various breakoutsessions, mostly aimedfor the faculty and deansof honors programs. Theevening included the welcomeceremony and the plenary speaker, Michael Sandel.“He managed to get boththe students and faculty involved,” said Jean. “Theentire hall was in discussionat one point because he posedquestions that were interestingand controversial.Friday and Saturday allotted more opportunities forstudents to interact with oneanother. These days not only had sessions held by faculty members and professors, butalso were filled with the postersessions and research panels.“What I really liked aboutthe conference was hearingfrom other honors programsand how they do things attheir schools,” said Falkowski.Sunday was a quieter day  with a few presentations toclose the conference.Throughout the weekendSuffolk Graduate School had atable in the lobby of the hotelhanding out brochures in thehopes to gain interest fromstudents about the graduateschool programs.The honors students whoattended the conference were able to learn from thepresentations and bring back ideas to improve Suffolk’shonors program.“Going to this conferencemade me more proud to bean honors student,” saidZimmermann.
Suffolk HonorsStudents Attend NCHC
Melissa Hanson
 Assistant News Editor 
 
PAGE 3November 28, 2012
The Suffolk Journal
International
Sitting at the dinner table of an American ex-patriot livingin Florence on Sunday night,for a belated Thanksgivingcelebration, I was surroundedby turkey, stuffing, andpolitical chatter. A familiarscene from a late Novemberday back home, only I wasn’tlistening to my variousfamily members bemoaningor celebrating a secondterm for the Presidentand the election of a newsenator, nor could I hearthe excited announcementsof a football game.Instead, a television inthis kitchen was switched toa news channel covering thespecial primary election of the
Centrosinistra 
, or center-left political coalition, asincoming ballot resultsrevealed who the Italianpeople want the politicalparty to put forth as acandidate for prime ministerduring the upcominggeneral election this April.The final result,announced just beforemidnight on Sunday, leftno one candidate with amajority. The two mostpopular on the ballot, PierLuigi Bersani, a leader in theDemocratic Party, and MatteoRenzi, the young, outspokenMayor of Florence, took 45and 35 percent of the vote,respectively, accordingto the national Italiannewspaper
La Repubblica 
. A run-off primary election isscheduled for this Sunday,December 2, to decide whoshould lead the party in thisimportant election season. According to opinionpolls cited by 
Reuters,
 Bersani is expected to crossthe 50 percent thresholdin the run-off as punditsbelieve supporters of Nichi Vendola, the gay,communist president of the Puglia region whoplaced third in the primary  with 16 percent, will likely choose Bersani over Renzi.It is important to note thatin Italy, the prime ministeris not directly voted for by the people in the generalelection—the President (whois elected by the two houses of parliament in a joint session)appoints a PM from themajority party or coalition inthe legislature—so ballots castthis spring only allow voters tochoose members of parliament.Holding a primary electionto determine a party leaderis a very new idea for Italianpolitics, with the first suchelection occurring in 2008.The newness of this event was evident in the commentsof the Italian dinner guests,as one wondered how such aprimary open to all registered voters, not just supportersof the left, could accurately reflect who the party feltbest represented them. It would be as if the RepublicanParty primary in the U.S. were also open for registeredDemocrats to participate, which is not the case underthe rules of most U.S. states.“Why wouldn’t oppositionmembers just vote for the worst candidate to ruin theleft’s chances?” he asked thetable. “Because it will still costthem to vote,” joked anotherguest. In Italy, there is a twoEuro fee, similar to the poll taxexplicitly banned by the U.S.Constitution, which must bepaid in order for one to vote.But the new politicalprocedures and discussionsare largely welcomed by Italians, as they attempt onceagain to overcome an era of government corruption andinefficiency. According toseveral Italian correspondentsand political pundits atthe English newspaper
The Guardian 
, there is hope thatthe 2013 election will bringabout a ‘third republic,' a kindof rebirth, in Italian governing.But only a feeble, cautionary optimism exists for now, aspolitical apathy is a strongforce in recent history here.The first republic, officially established in 1948 whenItalians voted to end themonarchy and replacedtheirking with a president, wasplagued with problems.While two main parties didexist, the Communist Party (PC) on the left and theChristian Democrats (DC) onthe right, only the DC evergarnered enough votes torule in Cold War-era Italy.Professor Federico Vitelli,an expert on Italian cultureand history at Lorenzo de’Medici in Florence, explainsthat this imbalance produceda “false bipolarism” in politicsand allowed the DC to do asthey pleased, unchecked by any other authority. As theCold War came to a close,the Italian PC was all butobliterated as a politicalgroup in parliament and thenumerous corruption scandalsof the DC, known collectively as Tangentopoli, led to theparty’s collapse. This lack of reliable leadership marks thedeath of the first republicand builds the foundationfor the establishment on anunofficial second republic.“[Silvio] Berlusconiexploits this change in a senseto have his new party fill the void left by the DC,” Prof. Vitelli explains. Berlusconi—athree-time Prime Ministerof Italy, media tycoon whoowns businesses like the firstever privately owned Italiantelevision empire, Canale 5,to the Milan AC football club,and now notorious symbol of corruption for his financialand sexual scandals—foundedhis party 
Forza Italia! 
and thecenter right coalition
Popoli della Liberita 
, or FreedomPeople (PdL), which broughtabout the second republic.The PdL has dominated thepolitical scene in Italy inthe last two decades, buthas been experiencing a
Suffolk Student Abroad:Thanksgiving Lessons in Italian Politics
 Ally Thibault
 Journal Staff 
steady decline in power sinceBerlusconi’s latest scandaland as the economic crisis of the European Union worsens.Berlusconi, with his cultof personality and bombasticrhetoric, originally decidedback in October that he wouldnot be a contender for PM, but just a few days later backed off this statement during a heatedpress conference speech inMilan attacking the Italian judiciary (which had justcharged him with tax evasionand sentenced him to a four years in prison.) Berlusconi,as reported by 
La Repubblica 
,mentioned the potential to withdraw confidence fromcurrent PM Mario Monti andhis technocrat government.This would allow for a ‘snapelection’ to take place monthsearlier than the general electionand allow the PdL to takeback power with Berlusconi,presumably, as head yet again.PM Mario Monti has beencredited with keeping Italy economically afloat withoutbailout assistance from theEU, but also criticized by his people for instating thedomestic austerity measuresand tax increases that madethis possible. Although notas dramatic as the problemsand resistance in Spain andGreece, Italians have protestednumerous times againstMonti’s decisions in city squares from Milan to Rome.In an interview with
 Al Jazeera 
this past weekend aspart of his trip to the MiddleEast to find investors for Italianbusinesses, Monti defendedItaly’s contracting economy as “only nature” in the wakeof a worldwide recession andsays that his government isnow “done with austerity”measures. Monti reiteratesthat he will not be runningfor Prime Minister again in2013, but declines to endorseany leader or party. Monti’sgovernment has restoreda fragile stability to Italy’spolitical system, but Italiansnow seem to be turning to freshnew leaders, like Bersani andRenzi to led them to a new era,a third republic of Italy. Many leaders have promised changein the past only to be foundcaught up in the same scandalsand political deadlock as theleaders before them, leavinga scar on Italians’ confidencein leaders. As candidates beginto emerge and election seasonreaches its peak speculationtime, Italians are skeptically searching for a change.
On Left Former Prime Minister Silvio BerlusconiOn Right Current Prime Minister Mario Monti
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