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VOLUME 73, NUMBER 12January 23, 2013
SUFFOLK UNIVERSITY BOSTON THE AWARD-WINNING STUDENT NEWSPAPER
OpinionNews
 
InternationalArts
 
Sports
"Alternative WinterBreak Inspires Student Volunteers"pg. 2"Crisis in Mali hits homeat Suffolk"pg. 5"Wallpower!exhibit overtakesNESAD gallery"pg. 9
"Lady Rams continuehighly successfulseason as CoachLeyden wins 300thgame" pg. 16
"A progressiveresponse to theGovernor's taxproposal"pg. 11
 
The
 Suffolk Journal
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With an estimated audienceof over one million peoplecovering the National Mall,Obama and Biden took theoath of office for a secondtime on Jan. 21. Even thoughit seemed to be a much biggerdeal last time, when the first African-American was beingsworn in as President, theinauguration this time around was still a day for many  Americans to celebrate after what they considered a hard-fought campaign for Obama’sre-election against Republican,and former Governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney.One of the people that hadthe opportunity to watch theinauguration in Washington,D.C. on Monday was KailaMillett, a sophomore atSuffolk. Millett explained thatit “was really cool to finally seethe capitol building and thePresident after having seen allof it on TV before.” After leaving at 5 a.m.,Millett “stood out in themassive crowds until 1 p.m.”Millett, an internationalrelations major, alsomentioned that she received“a gold ticket, which isn’t asexciting as it sounds,” and thatshe “was behind the reflectingpool, and was a little too faraway from the capitol buildingto see anything.” As she has never attendeda presidential inaugurationbefore, Millett expressed how“it was really exciting. There were so many people,” andthey “were standing side by side with people for as far asthe eye could see. It was worthit, but in a once in a lifetimekind of way.”In his second inauguralspeech, President Obamadiscussed a lot about severalseemingly progressive ideasfor the next four years.Obama mentioned that “[we] will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing thatthe failure to do so wouldbetray our children and futuregenerations.”The President alsorecognized the fact that“[s]ome may still deny theoverwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid thedevastating impact of ragingfires, and crippling drought,and more powerful storms.”From one topic to another,the President went on toexplain that “[our] journey is not complete until ourgay brothers and sisters aretreated like anyone else underthe law – for if we are truly created equal, then surely thelove we commit to one anothermust be equal as well.” Obamaoriginally expressed, publicly,his support for LGBT rightsand equality last year. Alsolast year, the Democratic Party included a section which gaveits first formal support forsame-sex marriage. Additionally, Obama toldhow immigration reform would be a necessity in thecoming years. “Our journey is not complete until we finda better way to welcome thestriving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a landof opportunity,” the Presidentcontinued, “until bright youngstudents and engineers areenlisted in our workforcerather than expelled from ourcountry.”Whether or not Obamakeeps to his word this timeafter his mostly inspiring, butsomewhat idealistic wordsduring his last term on similarissues, will be the decisivefactor on if he can maintain hissupport from the liberal andprogressive Democrats thatbacked him for re-election. Among the celebrities inattendance were actor MarlonWayans, rapper and recordproducer Jay Z, singer Katy Perry, singer and guitaristJohn Mayer, singer Ke$ha,actress Eva Longoria, andformer Boston Celtics legendBill Russell. Reverends AlSharpton and Jesse Jackson, as well as human rights advocateMartin Luther King III, theeldest son of Dr. Martin LutherKing Jr. were also there.During the ceremony musician James Taylor, aBoston native, sang "Americathe Beautiful" while Kelly Clarkson, the winner of 
 American Idol 
season one,sang "My Country ‘Tis of Thee." Afterwards, Beyoncé gave, what many considered, a
 Obama's second inauguration bringspromises for the next four years
Miles Halpine
 Journal Staff see OBAMA page 3
The sun casted perfectsilhouettes of the Bostonskyline from behind theHancock and Prudentialbuildings as the afternoon lightstreamed into the eleventhfloor windows of 73 Tremont.Peering over his glasses frombehind organized stacks of documents in a mostly empty corner office, Stephen J.Morin, Suffolk University’snew Senior Vice President of  Advancement, spoke of his pastand the future he envisions forour school.“In the 70s, my parents were all about the hippie,back-to-the-earth movement,”Morin said with a grin. Hisfamily, originally from theBoston area, moved to Maine when he was a child to buildtheir own home on 40 acres of land. Growing up in what hedescribes as “a rural, poor partof Maine,” Morin believes hisbackground is not unlike thatof many Suffolk students. After graduating fromBates College with a degree in
New Senior Vice President ofAdvancement to bring positive change
 Ally Thibault
 Asst. Managing Editor
history, Morin worked at a lawfirm in Portland, Maine until hemoved back to Boston in 1990to pursue graduate school.Enrolling in night classesat Northeastern University,Morin was able to earn agraduate degree studyingpolitical science, public policy,and education policy, all whilebeing a part of the work forceto help pay off his student loandebt.“Studentshere [atSuffolk] are workinghard to getsomewhere—Iget that,”Morin said.The purposeof his role atSuffolk and therole of the new Advancementoffice is to“help students,financially andacademically,be rewardedfor theirhard work toget throughcollege and toget where they  want to be,” hesaid.Suffolk's press releaseexplained that the new Officeof Advancement is a hybrid of the offices of Development, Alumni Relations, Marketingand Communications, andGovernment and Community  Affairs. “The unification of these closely related unitsunder a senior vice president will play a crucial role inallowing the University toachieve the ambitious goalsincluded in its new StrategicPlan,” the statement said.The move is meant tostrengthen the “intent andpurpose” of the various offices,according to Morin.“It’s a way to streamline the way we engage with everyonearound us,” he said, “A way to pull it altogether in onemessage.” Along with thenew Suffolk logo and websiteunveiled last semester,the Office of Advancementis another way Suffolk isreorganizing and rebrandingitself under President JamesMcCarthy.“We can all help eachother, build off each other,”Morin said of the combinationof the offices, “We also needto interact with all the otherschool offices more. We need allthe pieces in concert to achievesuccess.” Morin believesthat more communicationbetween offices will allowthe Advancement Officethe opportunity to bettertell the success stories of administrative and academicdepartments to promoteSuffolk.“There’s not a lack of goodideas in higher education,”Morin said, “Just a lack of people to implement ideas,a lack of resources.” Morinexplained that it is his job to“marry donors with ideas” toprovide the university with theresources it needs to grow andimprove.“We’re almost completely tuition-dependent and weneed to get away from that,”President McCarthy saidof Suffolk’s finances at atown hall style meeting lastsemester while unveiling theuniversity’s five year StrategicPlan. The challenge of the Advancement Office will be toincrease awareness of Suffolk’ssuccess stories to help securefunding and donations from
See NEW VP on page 3
Photo courtesy of Suffolk University
 
PAGE 2January 23, 2013
The Suffolk Journal
 
POLICE BLOTTER
Monday, January 7
8:30 a.m.Law School
Larceny from building. Investigation.
 Wednesday, January 9
10:56 a.m.10 West
Vandalism. Case closed.
Sunday, January 13
11:17 p.m.150 Tremont
Drunkenness. Judicial internal.
Tuesday, January 15
8:09 a.m.Ridgeway Building
Larceny from building. Investigation.
Tuesday, January 15
3:39 p.m.Boston Common
Other agency assist-drug violation. Judicial internal.
Thursday, January 17
11:10 p.m.Miller Hall
Liquor law vilation-possession of alcohol by a minor. Judicial internal.
Sunday, January 20
2:32 a.m.Miller Hall
Tresspassing. Report fled.
Monday, January 21
2:19 p.m.10 West
Vandalism. Case closed.
Alternative Winter BreakInspires Student Volunteers
Suffolk University’s Alternative Winter Break program traveled to ElSalvador in the first week of the new year in order to helpthose in need.“The best part aboutthis trip is how such a smallamount of time can change meand someone else’s life,” saidKirstin Mulvaney, a senior,majoring in English at Suffolk University. She explained howthe alternative winter break to El Salvador changed herperspective on life. Mulvaney said she never understood what it meant to be poor untilshe was able to witness theconditions people were livingin during this trip.Mulvaney first went through
Ellie Hawkins
 Journal Staff 
Photo courtesy of Kirstin Mulvaney
an application and interviewprocess. Once she was clearedto participate on this trip shesigned up for a four credit,once a week, class that helpedher, along with other students,learn more about El Salvador’sculture and history, includingthe war from 1980 to 1992.She was surprised to learn thatan estimated 75,000 citizens of El Salvador were killed overthose 12 years and that UnitedStates had helped finance thegovernment there because it was in the U.S.'s best financialinterest.“It amazes me how no oneknows much about it eventhough we were so involved,”Mulvaney said. After learningthese interesting facts andcompleting the class the groupof students headed off to ElSalvador.This alternative break wasten days long, from Jan. 2 toJan. 12.“The first image I have ishow packed the airport wasand how welcoming everyone was,” Mulvaney stated, “thepeople were so willing toshare what they had no matterhow little it was.” The groupconsisted of nineteen studentsand they stayed in Centro de Arte Para La Paz in Suchitoto, ElSalvador, translated to Centerof Art for Peace. A Catholicnun from New Jersey, Peggy O’ Neal runs the community center and helped welcomethe students into their newsurroundings.The students worked withHabitat para la Humanidadin a mountain town calledLa Palma. Mulvaney helpedbuild a house for a family that was originally living withanother relative. The family that planned to live thereconsisted of three members:Mauricio, Sonia, and Kathryn,their daughter. The students worked on this house for threedays. They were supposed to work on it for four, but wereunable to cross the bridgeon the fourth day due to a war veteran’s protest on thebridge. The Suffolk studentshelped clean up an auditoriumfor a festival that was comingup instead. Along with helping buildthis house the students wereable to do some sightseeing,hear testimonies about themassacres, and hike MountGuazapa. This helped them geta better feel about what thecivilians did to try to reachsafety during the war in ElSalvador.Mulvaney said that it issad to think that some of thepeople she met still do notknow what happened to someof their family members, andthis makes her try to treatpeople better.“Many of the people fromEl Salvador came to the UnitedStates during the war and thatis why I try to be more kindto random strangers on thestreets, because you neverknow what their story couldbe.” Mulvaney said that if any Suffolk student is signedup for one of these breaksalready, great; and if a studentis thinking about participatingthey should just go sign up;they will not regret theirdecision.
"...such a small amount of time canchange me and someone else’s life."-Kirstin Mulvaney
 
PAGE 3January 23, 2013
The Suffolk Journal
 
moving rendition of the"Star-Spangled Banner." Aside from the music, partof the entertainment festivitiesfor every inauguration isa poetry reading by a poetselected before-hand forthe ceremony. This year,the Presidential InauguralCommittee chose a Cuban- American by the name of Richard Blanco. Mr. Blanco, who is the fifth person to sharea poem at an inauguration(beginning with RobertFrost at President Kennedy’sinauguration in 1960,) wasparticularly notable for hisbackground in several ways:he is young, Hispanic, and gay.The story he told was like thatof not many others. The poemhe shared, titled "One Today,"talked about how we “[h]ear:the doors we open/for eachother all day, saying: hello|shalom, /buon giorno |howdy |namaste |or buenos días/in the language my mothertaught me—in every languagespoken into one wind carryingour lives /without prejudice,as these words break from my lips.”The poem elaboratedon the diversity within theUnited States while stillfocusing on what it is exactly that makes us who we are.Blanco described the beautifullandscapes as “[one] sky: sincethe Appalachians and Sierrasclaimed/ their majesty, andthe Mississippi and Colorado worked/ their way to the sea.”Both Presidents Jimmy Carter (39th) and Bill Clinton(42nd) were at the inauguration with their wives. However,Presidents George H.W. Bush(41st) and his son, George W.Bush (43rd,) were not presentat the inauguration ceremony.The lack of attendance wasdue to Bush Sr.’s recentrelease from a hospitalfollowing weeks of unstableand persistent bronchialconditions, but President BushSr., and his wife Barbara, senttheir “best wishes” to Obamaand his family.In the midst of all thecelebratory events, theceremony, parade and variousevening balls, Republicans were mostly quiet throughoutthe day. Many of them arepreparing for key votes onlegislation in Congress in thenext few weeks, including a vote to extend the debt-limit.Even as the extensive publicceremony was conductedthroughout the day onMonday, the actual and officialswearing-in took place theday before as required by theConstitution. In the Twentieth Amendment, section one, it isstated that “[t]he terms of thePresident and Vice Presidentshall end at noon on the 20thday of January, and the terms of Senators and Representativesat noon on the 3rd day of January, of the years in whichsuch terms would have endedif this article had not beenratified; and the terms of theirsuccessors shall then begin.”
from OBAMA page 1
Plans for 20 Somerset areunderway as Suffolk University promises to open the doors of its new building in the fall of 2015. After the Suffolk trusteesput the project on hold,pending the review in 2011,Thursday’s meeting in the C.Walsh Theater was pivotalto decrease dwindlingexpectations as PresidentMcCarthy said, “we really hopeat this point that we’re ontoa plan that will work and willget started very quickly.”With the help of a realestate firm, Suffolk University underwent a “test fit” exploringthe physical space availablein the building. There weretwo questions to be answeredduring this preliminary phaseof the project: How many classrooms, and what kind of classrooms, could fit in thebuilding?During the meetingPresident McCarthy was also very pleased to report that“we have very strong lettersof support from all theneighborhood groups.” Theseletters further encourage theconstruction of 20 Somersetand strengthen Suffolk’srelations with the Beacon Hilland Boston residents. At the Nov. 14 meeting, theboard approved a resolutiongiving permission to proceedthe project of 20 Somersetinto further detail involvingarchitect sketches and theoverall environment.President McCarthy alsohighlighted some of the salientarchitectural aspects of thebuilding.“There will be a plaza infront for students to meet andexchange intellectual thoughts.The building’s staircase willhave an outlook onto the plazaencouraging staircase usageas well as an appreciationof the city of Boston.” Theinternal staircase is going tobe surrounded by glass, which will further emphasize one of Suffolk’s main suggestions toits incoming freshmen, whichis that of getting involved,but most importantly, that of being seen.Since the modern 20Somerset building resemblesthe rational architecturedeveloped in the mid 1920s forbuildings around the world,the students’ exposure to lightas they climb the stairs may also be interpreted as theirexposure to the “light” and“journey” of knowledge. Additionally, McCarthy also said that “the building will provide as many mixedsetting classrooms as possible”including classrooms with40 to 50 students. This willseem to revolutionize Suffolk’sstudent to professor ratio, which has always been at arecord low of 20:1."The plan here detailsclassrooms of 60 and 80 seats,does this not conflict withSuffolk’s catching point of having an intimate classroomsetting?” said a SawyerBusiness student during themeeting. McCarthy’s reply wasthat “it does not include allclassrooms of 60 and 80 seats,but classrooms of varioussizes. And secondly, we arerethinking every way we teachhere at Suffolk, including
President McCarthy Shares Plans for 20 Somerset
Gherardo Astaldi
 Journal Contributor
Since the 20th of January fellon Sunday, they had to besworn in, on that day, at noon.The last president to actually have his formal inaugurationceremony fall on Jan. 20 wasJohn F. Kennedy, the formerMassachusetts senator, in1961. Before the Twentieth Amendment was ratified, theinauguration ceremonies wereheld on March 4. Althougha lot of people attend eachinauguration in person,many more watch from thecomfort of their homes ontelevision. The first televisedinauguration was for PresidentHarry S. Truman’s secondterm in office in 1949. In 1997,President Bill Clinton’s secondinauguration was the first tobe live-streamed online.
Photo courtesy of Suffolk University
Proposed building concept from 2009
more sources.“We don’t want to be thebest kept secret anymore,”Morin said, “People shouldknow about us, and weshould be proud and boldabout it.” Morin believes weneed to foster “that love andconnection people can feelfor their alma mater” in ourstudents before they havegraduated.“It’s all about engagement,”he said of working to increasealumni giving. “Alumnigenerally want to help out andget to know students,” Morinsaid, “They’re just askingthemselves ‘How can I help? Isit worth it for me?’”Morin believes that by keeping alumni updatedand engaged in the Suffolk community, they will be morelikely to have a vested interestin current students and wantto mentor them, provideinternship opportunities, or,if they have the resources,donate back to the school.The first steps by the Advancement Office thissemester will be to “getpeople’s advice, internally hereat Suffolk and externally,”Morin said. The office will betaking its ideas on the road tofocus groups to ask experts if  we are on the right track forsuccess.“We want to know, whatis our plan missing, what are we not doing,” he said. Basedon the advice they receive, theoffice will decide what steps totake next in prioritizing theirmission and goals.Before joining Suffolk inlate December, Morin workedas assistant vice president forschool development at BostonUniversity, where he helpedto “increase alumni giving by more than 70 percent” at theCollege of Communications,according to Suffolk’s pressrelease. “[Morin] has a solidrecord of strengtheningdevelopment and alumniprograms,” President McCarthy said in the statement,“His energy, collaborativeleadership style and strategicthinking will be instrumentalin moving Suffolk University forward.”
from NEW VP page 1
on-line and hybrid courses.“Suffolk University’s changeto a better and more efficientbuilding lies in the yearsto come, as the moribundstructure of Fenton will besold away.The support centers will bemoved to the fourth floor of 20Somerset, as will the sciencedepartments. Doubt remainson where the organizations andclubs will meet after Fentonand Ridgway will be sold andthe Donahue building willhouse only offices. Chancesare that 20 Somerset will bean innovative and vibrantstructure that will enhanceSuffolk’s prestige around theBoston area.

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