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VOLUME 74, NUMBER 1September 18, 2013
 Suffolk Journal
New clubs make wayat Suffolkpg. 4The verdict in on gangrape in Indiapg. 12Lorde's "The LoveClub EP" one of the bestpg. 9 Volleyball teamchanges lead togreat start in newseasonpg.15"Media exagger-ates implicationsof E-cigaretteuse"pg. 6
Universities react in the wake of molly overdoses
 Alex Hall
 Ally Thibault
Managing Editor
See page 3 for a 20Somerset update
Suffolk "constructs" big plans for this year
Brian Holak
 Journal Staff 
It is going to be a busy  year for Suffolk’s facilitiesmanagement department. Along with the massive20 Somerset St. project,Gordon King, Senior Directorof Facilities Planning andManagement, has several otherconstruction and maintenanceprojects planned for thecoming year and beyond.“There’s always more todo,” says King.Sitting in his office on the12th floor of the 73 TremontSt. building, it is easy to seethe truth in King’s words.More than 20 multi-coloredfile folders lie in neat rows onhis desk, each filled to capacity  with papers regarding separateslices of Suffolk’s maintenance,management and constructionplans.One of those plans involvesrebuilding the elevators inSawyer—something Kingsays is “dreadfully overdue.”The current elevators are oldand small, causing seriouscongestion at high-traffictimes throughout the day. Although the details are notfinalized, King says he plans to work on one elevator at a time,similar to how the elevators at150 Tremont St. were rebuilt.With only one elevator outof service at a time, the hopeis that the students will notbe greatly impacted by theconstruction, which is set tostart sometime in the Spring. Another sizeable projectis an upgrade of theheating, ventilation, and airconditioning system in theMolly, a form of ecstasy,has received nation-wideattention in the past month asthe suspected killer of threepeople during large electronicmusic concerts. Suffolk University reached out tostudents through email and isplanning events to help raiseawareness of the MDMA drug.Olivia Rotondo, 20, of Providence, R.I., was one of two audience members whodied from overdosing on thedrug at the Electric Zoo musicfestival in New York City on Aug. 31.The University of NewHampshire junior’s deathcame less than a week afterPlymouth State University sophomore Brittany Flannigandied while attending a concertat the House of Blues inBoston. Flannigan, 19, of Derry, N.H., and two other victims “appeared to besuffering from an overdosefrom an unknown substance,”Boston Police saidin a statement. The Suffolk districtattorney’s office is waiting on Flannigan’s toxicological screeningto confirm whatdrugs she overdosed on.“I didn’t even know people were dying,” said Suffolk seniorCaroline Margolis when askedif the recent deaths attributedto molly had made her moreaware of the drug and itsdangers.Flannigan and Rotondo’sdeaths are some of the morerecent fatalities from a drug thathospitalized more than 22,000people in 2011, according to theU.S. Department of Health andHuman Services. The numberof hospitalizations from molly increased by 120 percent from2004 to 2011. Molly is largely perceived as a purer form of ecstasy or MDMA, taken ineither tablet or powder form.Both local colleges that the victims attended sent emails tostudents warning them of thedrug’s dangers and commentingon the recent deaths, but theattempts may have fallen ondeaf ears.Ihaven’t really heard about[Rotondo’sdeath] oncampus orin classes oranything. So Iguess, in my experiencethere hasn’tbeen much of a change in theatmosphere,”said UNH juniorLaura Hapke.PlymouthState juniorJen, whoselast name isbeing withheld for her privacy,explained that like those atUNH, the students at her schoolhaven’t changed their outlook on molly.“No one really stoppedusing molly or anything,” saidJen. “A lot of kids do it. I’m notgoing to lie, I’ve done it but it was last year and after hearingthat people have died on it, I’llnever do it again.”Jen explained that she didnot suffer any negative effectsfrom taking the drug butFlannigan’s death did affect herpersonally.“It’s different when youhear of someone overdosing oncocaine that you didn’t knowthat you learned in healthclass...This was a girl that wenthere and people knew.”Suffolk University AssistantDirector of Health Services andWellness Promotion PauletteGiambalvo believes part of thereason the drug has becomepopular is an equally popularmisconception about it.“First off, people think if it’s molly, it’s not laced or notlaced with as many things...people know other people who did it and didn’t have abad experience with it,” saidGiambalvo.
Photo by Angel Bray
See MOLLY page 4
Photo by Ally Thibault
150 Tremont building. ThisHVAC replacement projectis extensive and expected tocost around $8 million, overthe course of several years.Construction is set to start inMay. And that is not all of theimprovements that King hasplanned for the 150 building.Starting later this month andcontinuing until November, thefaçade of the dorm building will be repaired. Scaffoldingand mast-climbers will be setup along the entrance, allowing workers to replace mortar joints, broken stone, and makethe structure waterproof andairproof. There have been issues with the airproof nature of thebuilding in the past, causingburst pipes and cold rooms, sothis project will decrease thechances of similar problemsoccurring in the future. A new student lounge willsoon be situated on the ninthfloor of 73 Tremont as well.King plans to have that set upby mid-October. This will beespecially convenient now thatthe Center for Learning and Academic Success has movedto the third floor of the library. As King explains, deferredmaintenance projects make upa large amount of the work tobe done at the school.
See PLANS page 3
PAGE 2September 18, 2013
The Suffolk Journal
 Operation Paper Cut
Friday, August 30
12:12 p.m.Tremont Street
Larceny. Inactive - all leads exhausted.
Friday, September 6
12:07 p.m.
Of campus
Fraud or uering. Investigation pending.
Friday, September 6
10:41 p.m.150 Tremont
Drug oense - drug law violations. Judi
-cial internal.
Saturday, September 7
2:07 a.m.10 West
Liquor law violations - possession of al
cohol by a minor. Judicial internal.
Thursday, September 12
11:41 a.m.
150 Tremont
Possession of marijuana - less than oneounce. Judicial internal.
Boston's city councilor race approacheswith a surplus of candidates
Cody Furbish
 Journal Contributor
 Although all eyes remainheavily set on the Boston 2013mayoral race, voters will alsohave to elect 13 new city coun-cil members: four for the city councilor-at-large and an ad-ditional council member fromeach of the city’s nine districts.Preliminary elections for therace are on Sept. 24 and thefinal elections are on Nov. 5.There are 19 individualsrunning for the four availablecouncil seats. Only two of the19 candidates are incumbents,as the remaining two incum-bents, Felix Arroyo and JohnConnolly, have taken up stakesin the mayoral race instead.The 19 candidates running forcouncil seats are:
Frank John AddivinolaChristopher J. ConroyMichael F. FlahertyPhilip Arthur Frattaroli Althea Garrison Annissa Essaibi-George Jack F. Kelly IIIKeith B. KenyonMartin J. KeoghStephen Murphy(incumbent)Catherine M. O’Neill Ayanna Pressley(incumbent) Jeffrey Michael RossGareth R. SaundersRamon SotoSeamus M. WhelanFrancisco L. WhiteDouglas D. WohnMichelle Wu
District council memberscome from the nine separatedistricts of the city. Below isa breakdown of the nine dis-tricts, and the candidatesrunning for seats as repre-sentatives of the districts-
District One-Charlestown, East Bos-ton, North End
Brian J. Gannon, Sal La-Mattina (incumbent), JohnRibeiro Jr.
District Two-South Boston, South End,Chinatown
Suzanne Lee, Bill Linehan(incumbent)
District Three-Dorchester
Frank Baker (incumbent)
District Four-Mattapan, Dorchester
Steven Godfrey, DivoRodrigues Monteiro, Ter-rance J. Williams, Charles Yancey (incumbent)
District Five-Hyde Park, Roslindale
 Ava D. Callender, Mar-gherita Ciampa-Coyne, Andrew Norman Cousino,Patrice Gattozzi, TimothyP. McCarthy, Jean-ClaudeSanon, Mimi E. Turchinetz,Michael E. Wells III
District Six- Jamaica Plain, WestRoxbury
Matt O’Malley (incum-bent), Luis F. Valerio
District Seven-Roxbury
Tito Jackson (incumbent),Roy Owens
District Eight-Back Bay, Beacon Hill,Fenway, Mission Hill, West End
 Angelica Elle Addivinola,Thomas Joseph Dooley III,Gloria Murray, Michael Jo-seph Nichols, Josh Zakim
District Nine- Allston, Brighton
Michael C. Bronner, MarkCiommo (incumbent)
There has been no distinctfavorites between any of thedistrict or city at-large councilcandidates. Though, in an elec-tion cycle where topics includ-ing education, crime, and theenvironment are key issues,some candidates do retain abetter standing than others.Experienced individuals andrepresentatives of the commu-nities are what voters are hop-ing for in the upcoming city council race.Come early November,the city of Boston will havea brand new council to makesome of the most crucial deci-sions regarding city life. Vot-ers remain hopeful that theincoming council will help tomake Boston a safer and bettereducated community on theissues surrounding our gen-eration and culture. And withsuch a grand pool of experi-enced candidates, there’s nodoubt that voters will receiveexactly what they’ve been hop-ing for.
Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Suffolkstudents,rememberto vote Sept.24Polls areopen from 7a.m. to8 p.m.Students canregister to voteusing theaddress of their dormbuildingsContact theElectionDepartment withquestions
Suffolk University unveiled its plantitled "Operation Paper Cut" this se-mester. In an effort to conserve paper,the university is allowing students toprint only 500 pages per semester.Unused printing will roll over fromsemester to semester. This environ-mentally friendly process has alreadybeen adopted at the Law School. Suf-folk University officials are hopingstudents will welcome Operation Pa-per Cut and think about how today'ssustainability can help the future.
Anna's Taqueria Walqueria
This Saturday Anna's Taqueria resta-raunt will host its 7th annual walk tobennefit the Home for Little Wander-ers. Participants will walk a 13.1 mileloop that covers six stops where re-freshments will be served. For eachperson that checks in at a stop, Anna's will give $5 to the non-profit. Regis-tration starts at 9:30 a.m. at Anna's onBeacon Street, and of course, burritosare on the menu. Look for a full articleon the event in next week's paper.
PAGE 3September 18, 2013
The Suffolk Journal
This is because of the ageof the buildings and facilitiesat Suffolk. As with all oldstructures, it is a challenge tomaintain Suffolk’s buildingsand make sure they areupdated and running smoothly.But, King and the FacilitiesPlanning and Managementdepartment continue to rise tothe challenge, assuring that thebuildings are safe and meet allof the students’ needs.Part of meeting students’needs means dealing not just with the big projects, but also with the small ones. As Kingrealizes, it is the little thingsthat can make a big difference.That is why he is continuing apilot project this year in which the light bulbs inthe Law School and otherbuildings will be replaced with energy-conservinglight bulbs. This willdrive down energy costsa significant amount.In the next week,the $400,000 carpetreplacement project inMiller will be completed.In the next month,there will also be somenew furniture in theDonahue cafeteria and150 lounges. Most peopledo not spend much timethinking about what ittakes to keep a university  well-maintained. As Kingshows, it takes ambitions,drive, and attention to detail.Every detail counts, whetherplanning large, multi-yearprojects or changing the lights. Although King is a busy man,thinking constantly of numbers,figures and measurements,he has not lost touch withthe people he is doing theseprojects for—the students. Heencourages students to givehim feedback, whether positiveor negative, regarding any of the new projects. King says thatthe more feedback he gets thebetter off his department andthe Suffolk community can be.
From PLANS page 1
Photo by Ally Thibault
 Current building being demolishedto make way for 20 Somerset
Melissa Hanson
News Editor
Make way for 20 Somerset.The current buildingoccupying the plot for thestate-of-the-art buildinghas entered the demolitionphase, and by October will becompletely gone, officials said.The project is on track and on budget to open in thesummer of 2015, with newdetails emerging, said Suffolk University Vice President of Marketing and CommunicationGreg Gatlin.The demolition process of the current building beganJune 21. Although 20 Somersetis planned to be the same sizeas the current building, it isbeing demolished, Gatlin said.“It’s a very laboring process which involves separating steeland concrete and disposing of  waste materials,” Gatlin said.Currently, the roof andpenthouse have been torndown. Construction workers will continue disposing of the building from top tobottom. Demolition shouldbe completed by the end of October, Gatlin said. A webcam is stationedoutside the building to recordthe entireprocess. Moreinformationon wherethe webcamis and howstudentscan watchit was notimmediately available.Gatlinsays some of the newesthighlights of 20 Somerset areplans to create active learningenvironments. Not all of thebuilding’s classrooms willfall under this category, butthose that do will offer non-traditional seating. Studentsmay be set up in pods andpotentially will have projectortechnology available to them.This way work can be displayedon electronic white boardsfrom student, to professor, tostudent. After the current buildinghas been completely abolished,the construction phase of theprocess can begin. This meansthe foundation will be builtand the concrete structure will be established. Next in theprocess will be building thefaçade of the building and itsexterior. Finally, the interiorportion will be completed,followed by furnishing, Gatlinexplained.The building will stay ontrack with its budget of justless than $62 million. Theuniversity is funding thebuilding through bonds, saidGatlin.“It is moving forward nicely,”he said. The construction willbe a backdrop of the university for the next two years. Studentcan imagine how the outdoorsocial space, new cafeteria,and updated classrooms willlook upon completion.“It’s going to be a state-of-the-art building,” said Gatlin,“A great asset for the Suffolk community.”
Photo by Ally Thibault

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