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VOLUME 74, NUMBER 12December 4, 2013
 SUFFOLK UNIVERSITY BOSTON THE AWARD-WINNING STUDENT NEWSPAPER
The
 Suffolk Journal
suffolkjournal.net
 
OpinionNews
 
International Arts
 
Sports
Zachary Kerr, leader of LGBTQ  youth inspirespg. 2Black Student Union hosts annual  African Diasporapg. 6Bernhoft woos crowd at The Sinclairpg. 9'Kinky Boots' upsets Macy's paradepg. 13Lady Rams prepare for one more game before break pg. 16
Melsisa Hanson
News Editor
Dani Marrero
 Asst. Int'l Editor
Inspirational faces  at Suffolk University
Suffolk educates with documentaryfor World Aids Day
For spring semester,SGA plans to curb smoking outside Sawyer
When HIV/AIDS created a commotion in the late 20th century, resources for those affected were scarce. To receive a result of HIV positive was regarded as a death sentence, and strategies to prevent infection were not popular practices. Now, as regular citizens have become more aware of the dangers and precautions when dealing  with sexual practices, it appears as if our culture has adapted to a mentality that to become infected is a thing of the past, when in reality the numbers and statistics of AIDS in our world prove that it is an issue that still needs to be addressed. SU Diversity Services held an event on Dec. 3 to commemorate World HIV/ AIDS Day. In Donahue 403, Suffolk students and staff gathered to watch an inspiring and personal documentary that depicts the life of four  young people whose lives  were affected by testing HIV positive. Border2border Entertainment, a film company that specializes in documentaries, describes the film a “a one hour television documentary which follows four HIV+ positive youth...  Vancouver, Toronto, Phoenix, New York, Victoria - straight 18-year-old First Nations  woman, gay 25-year-old  white urbanite, 23-year-old  jet-setting entertainer, black 22-year-old man searching for  work and health insurance. HIV does not discriminate. Uncensored personal stories that will forever change your idea of what it means to be HIV+.” “I’m really thrilled to see this many people in the room,” said Jesse Beal, assistant director at diversity services. “This day is very important to me because I have lost several people in my life due to HIV. While this was a while ago,  we are still dealing with this issue. It is not over, and we need to stop pretending that it is over.”Boston GLASS, Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual and Transgender  Adolescent Social Services,  was also present at the event and they shared information on their center to get tested and get answers about HIV. GLASS was offering free tests for students. Students may also receive HIV tests at health services here on campus.Upon arriving, guests were asked to fill out a short survey about the last time they got tested. Over 50 percent of audience members had never been tested for HIV, and over 80 percent included those  whose tests were overdue. “These numbers are a bit terrifying to me,” Beal
See AIDS page 3
 As the fall semester comes to a close, most students are packing up to head home for the holidays, or are at least taking off their thinking caps. The Student Government  Association on the other hand is gearing up to plan activities, socials, and campaigns for the spring semester.One of the biggest plans and collaborations SGA has planned for January is a anti-smoking campaign outside of the Sawyer building. The plans are still being mapped out, but the group known to be the voice of the student body is working with Suffolk’s health and wellness as well as the Suffolk University Police Department to curb the air of tobacco on Ashburton Place.“It’s something we battle daily,” said SGA Treasurer Tyler LeBlanc. “We want to make it safer to walk through Sawyer.”Through work with health and wellness, SGA hopes to provide smokers reasonable  ways to quit. LeBlanc says he does not expect every smoker to quit, SGA hopes to at least reduce the number of students standing out front the revolving doors to the business school building holding cigarettes.“We wanted to do it this semester, but we had limited resources,” said LeBlanc, a  junior. SGA hopes to make this campaign a weekly initiative.SGA wants to draw smokers' attention to the space across the street from Sawyer. It is a small area with benches, larger than the Sawyer walkway,  where students could go for their cigarette breaks. After the success of the commuter student forum in November, SGA hopes to offer more options to feel included on campus for peers who travel into the city for class. So far, commuter student socials for commuters to voice their concerns are in the works. SGA also hopes to establish a commuter student association. “If I wasn’t involved I  wouldn’t care about Suffolk at all,” said LeBlanc. He hopes that such socials will give students a reason to love Suffolk, as they will provide a time and space to feel included on campus. An ongoing project SGA is hoping to finish in the spring is the installment of artwork from the New England School of Art and Design throughout the library. This is one of the initiatives SGA is most proud of. The group is also planning an SGA meeting on the NESAD campus as a part of the constant effort to unite the art school with the main campus, LeBlanc said.“We have a lot going on and a lot of ideas,” said LeBlanc, noting that many of these goals will go into effect on a
See SGA page 3
Photo courtesy of Creative Sparks Imagery
Caroline Lunny, a Suffolk broadcast  journalism major, was named Miss Massachusetts USA 2014 last Sunday. Lunny, who hopes to host her own talk show one day, trained all year for the title. Despite some bad luck along the way, Lunny secured the crown.
 See story page 4.
Zachary Kerr has been named one of the top 100 most inspiring LGBTQ youth in the nation and received Nickelodeon's HALO award for his  work in education schools across Massachusetts in creating safe environments for LGBTQ students.
See story page 2.
Photo courtesy of Zachary Kerr 
 
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The Suffolk Journal
 December 4, 2013
 
POLICE BLOTTER
Monday, December 2
6:53 p.m.73 Tremont
Larceny. Investigation
Saturday, November 23
10:41 p.m.10 West
Possession of marijuana. Judicial internal.
Saturday, November 23
8:53 p.m.Ridgeway
Larceny. Investigation.
Tuesday, November 19
1:33 p.m.Sawyer
Larceny. Inactive - All leads exhausted.
Tuesday, November 19
9:32 p.m.10 West
Possession of marijuana. Judicial internal.
Zachary Kerr, leader of LGBTQ youth,inspires at Suffolk
Dani Marrero
 Asst. Int'l Editor
Zachary Kerr, a transgender male who has recently received national awards and recognition, visited Suffolk on Nov. 20 for a lunch with diversity services. Born as a triplet and a Massachusetts native, Kerr shared his inspiring story of his life changing transition.“I grew up in a pretty big family,” Kerr said in a interview  with
The Suffolk Journal.
 “It  was always me, my parents, my three older brothers, and
Photo courtesy of Zachary Kerr 
Zachary Kerr with actor Josh Hutcherson at the Nickelodeon HALO awards
"When people asked what I wanted to be  when I grew up I always said ‘oh, I want to be a boy.’"-Zachary Kerr
my two older sisters who are my identical triplets.” Kerr, of Methuen, explained how growing up he was really close to all of his siblings, but that he was always especially attracted to playing with his brothers.“I always felt like I was a boy. When people asked what I wanted to be when I grew up I always said ‘oh, I want to be a boy.’ My family thought it was cute at first, but it eventually got quite worrisome for some people.”  As a child, Kerr did all he could to hang out with his brothers, although his family did not always allow him to. He recalled a second grade memory where he would hide clothes that belonged to his older brother’s in his backpack and change into them during the bus ride to school. To avoid getting caught by his mother who disapproved, Kerr  would change back on the way home. “It was more than being a tomboy. I felt like I was a boy,” he said. When he came out this family and friends, he described that their reactions  were not full of surprise as they had picked up signs of it since early on in his life. He came out some time after he encountered the term “transgender” one day on the Internet, and he was able to identify his feelings with the term. “My transition started after I came out to my mom. I started seeing a therapist to talk about the issues I was having around my gender, being identified female but feeling like I was a boy,” he said. “I have done it since I  was 14. It was when I was 17  years old and a sophomore in high school when I started hormone treatment.” Kerr described his experience as having gone through puberty twice and being reborn in a way. “Your health teacher always talks about going through puberty one day, but that isn’t true if  you’re trans. You’re basically going to go through it twice. I  was one of the lucky ones that got to experience it double.”When he turned 18, he legally changed his name from “Amanda” to “Zachary.” In recent months, he was chosen as one of 14 to receive the Nickelodeon HALO Award for “helping and leading others.” Kerr was awarded for his  work in the state focusing on creating “safe environments for LGBTQ students and people.” He has visited schools and organizations all across Massachusetts and talked to instructors and students about their concerns about transgender bullying,  vocabulary, and other training. Kerr was also recognized by
Out 
, an LGBT magazine. Kerr  was named one of the “Out100” for 2013, an annual list of the most influential LGBT youth.“My biggest piece of advice to others is that you know  who you are,” Kerr said. “Love and accept it. You’re going to go through a process, and for the people around you it is also one, but I’ve always said that somewhere someone loves you, and there is always someone there that will want  you to be happy. You just need to find that person, and that  will make things easier. The hardest part for me was feeling I had no one there for me, but that wasn’t true because I had so much support. I wasn’t alone. You are never alone.”
NEWS BRIEF
Emerson College will rename its school of journalism the ‘Ron Burgundy School of Journalism’ for one day on Wednesday,  when actor Will Ferrell will visit campus as the title character to speak and screen his new movie
 Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues 
. Ferrell has been promoting one of his most famous characters ahead of the sequel's release, notably by hosting
SportsCenter 
 and interviewing Dever Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. The first movie,
 Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,
 came out almost 10 years ago. Burgundy and his famous line “stay classy...” have become the source of many  jokes and Internet memes. Emerson students can watch the movie for free before it opens in theaters Dec. 20. Emerson’s School of Journalism currently has no namesake.
The Boston Globe 
 reported that while some Emerson journalism professors  were not amused with the publicity stunt, others thought that the event would be a fun diversion for students. The event’s announcement came less than two months after
The Huffington Post 
 reported that Emerson had not adequately addressed a sophomore’s sexual assault complaint.
Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures
 
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The Suffolk Journal
 December 4, 2013
Suffolk students connect with Boston's homeless  over arts and crafts
Bryanna Gallant
 Journal Staff 
One Saturday each month, a group of up to 12 Suffolk  volunteers travel to Boston Health Care for the Homeless’ facility in Roxbury to partici-pate in activity period with members of the community.Students met in the Dona-hue lobby Nov. 23 for the last event of the semester and trav-eled to the Jean Yawkey Place. The afternoon was spent par-taking in arts, crafts and card games with members of the community who are affected by homelessness and medical ailments.“I really liked how relaxed the environment was,” said James Bailey, a senior. “When I was initially told I would be helping run the art and crafts section, I immediately as-sumed I'd be helping children, but I was pleasantly surprised  when I got to work with adults older than myself.”Students spent approxi-mately one hour learning about the center with Ameri-Corps volunteer Regina Banks. They watched a movie describ-ing BHCHP and stories regard-ing homelessness. Banks also discussed the facility's goals, and gave volunteers a tour of the premises. “We try to insure that peo-ple leave here with stability, and with something for pa-tients to go on to,” she said.  Volunteers then spent their remaining time in the activi-ties room, which included a TV, pool table, and an area for crafts.The Center's website re-ports that BHCHP serves 1,900 people every year, as it is dedi-cated to providing the home-less population of Greater Bos-ton with “adequate access to high quality health care.” It is a place where chronic care con-ditions, such as diabetes, can-cer, or broken bones are treat-ed, for patients well enough to not be in a hospital, but who are in need of some extra sup-port. The Jean Yawkey Place incorporates a primary care clinic, a dental clinic, a behav-ioral health team, pharmacy, a medical respite care facil-ity, and the Barbara McInnis House provides up to 102 beds for patients. Arts and crafts period takes place every Saturday for resi-dents and was spent by mak-ing themed pillows, acrylic paintings, as well as bracelets
 
said. “So for all of you who signed up to get tested today, I congratulate you on the awesome step you’re making today.”The event program said “youth make up 7 percent of the more than one million people in the U.S. living with HIV. HIV is primarily spread through unprotected sex and sharing needles.” Over 25 percent of infections occur  within the ages of 13 and 24, and 60 percent of youth that are HIV positive are unaware and spreading the virus unknowingly. The Student Government  Association partnered with diversity services for this
Photo by Bryanna Gallant
made out of yarn and strings. Community members joked  with Suffolk students, as the group collectively made sev-eral crafts.Those wishing to volun-teer can do so through the S.O.U.L.S Center for Commu-nity Engagement, which or-ganizes the BHCHP event for Suffolk. Many of the student  volunteers present were work-ing towards fulfilling their community service require-ment for different classes, in-cluding community psychol-ogy, a course that requires its students to fulfill 60 hours of service.“I think the requirement to  volunteer is a blessing and a curse,” said Bailey. “I think it's great that people are forced to do this that wouldn't other- wise contribute, and then they learn that it's something they love to do.” Bailey, who was also work-ing to complete his service hours for the semester still “really enjoyed learning about  what the shelter does. I truly think our generation holds a great responsibility in volun-teering,” he said.event. “The reason why we co-sponsored is basically to educate,” SGA president Billy Cerullo said. “As the movie portrayed well, a lot of people  who are affected by HIV and  AIDS are young people, so accordingly it’s very much important that we educate our Suffolk community. It's important to know what the causes are, how to get tested and why. This event was to educate the people, us, who are more affected than other demographics.”trial and error basis.Something SGA is planning for their own benefit during the spring semester is an SGA alumni event. SGA has managed to find representatives who served as a part of the SGA board over the last 50 years. One of these members is Suffolk’s own Dean Ann Coyne, LeBlanc said.SGA hopes to get these members together for a panel in which they will discuss how SGA played into their careers.SGA finds that often as they plan events, initiatives, and campaigns such as these, students will ask SGA how these issues can be fixed on campus. LeBlanc says this is not only because they are students, in-sync with the rest of campus, but because SGA members always have their ears open for suggestions.“How we can better serve students” is what they are there for, LeBlanc said. The group wants to "be there for students and be vocal for students," he said.
From AIDS page 1From SGA page 1
Join Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Minister to the Nova Scotia  government Andrew Younger in the Common Thursday night for the lighting of Boston's official  Christmas Tree.
6 P.M. - 8 P.M.The tree is an annual gift from Nova Scotia for the help Boston provided after the great Halifax explosion of 1917. The explosion destroyed half of Halifax, and Boston doctors were some of the first on scene to provide medicine. Follow @TreeforBoston for updates.
Thank you for a great semes-ter! The Journal wishes you a happy winter break. Come back next year and get your byline in here, muckrackers!

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