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Suffolk Journal Issue 6_6

Suffolk Journal Issue 6_6

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"Edwards walks?"pg.14
Inside the Journal
"Student group ofce toget new look, purpose"pg. 3
(Will return in theFall!)(Sorry!)
"Student graduatelearns hands-onmarketing at PLNDR"pg. 9
"Men's Tennis winsfourth straight cham-pionship for Suffolk"pg. 12
It was four years ago thatthe Class of 2012 got its rsttaste of whatSuolk Uni-versity hadto oer. Itwas a muchdifferenttime. GeorgeW. Bush wasPresident ofthe UnitedStates, Da-vid Sargeantwas Presi-dent of Suf-folk Uni-versity,and the 10West StreetResidenceHall had just openedweeks be-fore. TheModernTheater? Aplan whichwould be afew yearsaway fromcompletion.The Brewer Fountain wascovered in aged copper and bikes were the worst possibletransportation for inner-citycommutes. Today, BarackObama is facing Mi Rom-ney in the General Election,the Brewer Fountain has beencompletely restored, and Bos-ton is one of the top ve bik-ing cities in the United States.The Modern Theater has wonawards for its energy e-ciency, while the universitywelcomed James Mc-Carthy as the insti-tution’s ninth presi-dent.The aernoonceremony, whichtook place on Sun-day, May 20 in theBank of AmericaPavilion, saw a con-densed crowd offamily members,friends, and col-leagues all there tocelebrate the nalstep of their lovedones’ undergradu-ate journey. Preced-ing the march ofstudents into theirseats, two hugescreens in the frontof the room broad-casted segmentsfrom Suolk UNews -- featuringinterviews with fac-ulty and a skit withRammy, Suolk’smascot, waking uplate and having to run fromTemple Street to the water-front pavilion.“For quite some time wehave called the halls of Dona-hue, Sawyer, Archer, Sargent,and Fenton our home,” spokeRaymond Babu Kaniu, se-lected as the student speakerfor the ceremony. “Our feethave graced the meanderingpaths of Temple, Ashburton,Derne, and Tremont. We havelaid rm grounds in friend-ship, comradeship, and loy-alty with people from hereand far beyond; some who weregreably lost, but in spiritwe know that they are herewith us on this scorching af-ternoon.”As he stood up there, Ka-niu spoke of his times livingin a small Kenyan village. Herepresented the embodimentof Suolk Founder GleasonArcher’s dream—to provideeducation to those who havelived under unfortunate mea-sures.“We diligently listened toinstruction from our profes-sors and shared our knowl-edge and views with ourcolleagues. We rened ourvalues and exerted ourselvesto the pursuit of a qualityeducation for our gratica-tion and for those who sup-
Commencement 2012: Seniors say goodbye 
Ethan M. Long
Journal Staff 
ported us along the way. Eachand every one of us broughtwith them a dierent storyand generously added on tothe Suolk legacy that over acentury ago Gleason Archer began when he moved theschool from Roxbury to thatfamiliar, tasteful piece of landon Beacon Hill,” he said.Also speaking duringthe ceremony was Alan Solo-mont, United States Ambas-sador to Spain and Andorra,who spoke about how pur-suing his love of communityorganizing and politics leadto his work with PresidentBarack Obama.“I stand before you, onthis glorious day, to impressupon you one basic idea:while you might have got-ten here from following yourhead, and while you sit herethanks to strength from yoursoul, never forget to followyour heart,” said Solomont.“For 40 years, I’ve followednot only my heart, but what ismy passion. And I hope thatis something each and everyone of you can nd in yourown lives. If you do—believeme when I tell you this—G. Tod Slone, editor of the biannual journal
The Ameri-can Dissident,
has a problemwith Suolk University’s Po-etry Center and its director,Professor Fred Marchant. Inan open leer and a politicalcartoon sent to the school’sEnglish department facultyand
The Suolk Journal
 , Slonedepicts Marchant as a free-speech-oppressing gatekeeperwho wants to censor outsiderthoughts.In his leer, Slone writes,“Suolk University PoetryCenter, which Marchant cre-ated, rejected my request thatit consider subscribing to
The American Dissident
 , a non-prot journal of literature, de-mocracy, and dissidence.” Headds that Marchant also “re- jected the thought of invitingme to the Center and/or hisCreative Writing classes.”“The Poetry Centerdoesn’t subscribe to any jour-nals,” Marchant told
The Suf- folk Journal
. The library orindividual departments cansubscribe to publications butthe Poetry Center “has no say”in those decisions, he said.Marchant was totally sur-prised upon receiving Slone’sleer and seeing himself de-picted in the cartoon. “It cameout of the blue,” he said. “Ivaguely remember geing arequest” for an invitation tothe Poetry Center from Slone,Marchant said. The PoetryCenter receives at least one re-quest, if not more,
'The American Dissident' 
takes on SU Poetry Center, Prof. Marchant 
see GRADUATION page 2see DISSIDENT page 2
Photo by Ethan M. Long
 Ally Thibault
Journal Staff 
PAGE 2 June 7, 2012
per week from writerswho wish to use the space, ac-cording to Marchant. “WhenI get a request, I rst look atthe writing” of the individual,he said. “I don’t know of hispoetry, if there is any.”Aer reading throughSlone’s blog, Marchantmade his decision not toinvite him to speak. “ThePoetry Center is aboutshowcasing literature, notabout argumentation,” hesaid, “My responsibility tothe community is to makea judgment on whether aspeaker merits [the PoetryCenter’s] time and limitedresources,” he said, “andhis work doesn’t merit ourtime.” For this, “[Slone]calls me gatekeeper. I sayno—I must make judg-ments.”In his leer, Slonecriticizes the ‘literary ma-chine’ for “ostracizing thefew of those who dare goagainst the grain.” He be-lieves that decision mak-ers like Marchant aempt to“reduce speech” and “limitdebate.” He calls on March-ant’s colleagues to “manifestunusual curiosity and open-ness, normally absent in theminds of most university pro-fessors of literature and cre-ative writing” in their class-rooms.“Might there be ONEof you, yes just ONE of you,who might actually be a pro-ponent of vigorous debateand freedom of speech, cor-nerstones of a thriving de-mocracy? If so, please DAREto comment,” Slone wrote atthe beginning of his leer. Henotes later, “not one of theprofessors contacted deignedto respond.”On
The American Dissi-dent’
s blog (theamericandis-sident.org), Slone has postedmany cartoons of academicshe sees as oppressors to free-dom of speech and curatesa list of well-known literaryand academic organizationsthat he dubs ‘democracy-ad-verse organizations’ “as test-ed by the editor.”“Slone may have agrudge against an organiza-tion,” Marchant said, “but de-nying a request doesn’t makean organization ‘democracy-adverse’ … these claims aredeeply inaccurate and dis-qualify him as a speaker forus.”As Marchant scrolledthrough the organizationslisted, he was baed to seePen New England amongthem. Pen, which has chap-ters all around the world, wasoriginally founded during theCold War to help imprisonedwriters express their ideas.Their core ideal is to preservethe freedom to write. March-ant is a former chairman ofPen New England.“We believe in freespeech,” Marchant said,“Slone’s speech is not cen-sored, he has a platform tosay what he wishes on his blog.” Marchant stresses thathe does not want to get intoan argument with Slone overthis and “takes no glee” in de-nying his request.“I respect him and his ef-forts,” Marchant said, “If itweren’t all in that one argu-mentative note, it would bea good debate to have aboutthe sociological dimensionsof literature, like the statusof publishing today or themeaning of creative writingat schools.”“He has a point of view,and I’m glad he brings it outto the world,” Marchant said,“It’s just not exactly what wediscuss at the Poetry Center.”
Photo by Ally Thibault
from DISSIDENT page 1
Marchant defends decision not to subscribe to 
'American Dissident' 
you’ll do things youwould never have imagined.”Perhaps one of the mostinteresting aspects to theevent was just how diverseand accomplished the grad-uating class was. PresidentMcCarthy, during his short,quote-less speech, spokeabout the class of 2012 which,with more than 1,335 stu-dents, “was the largest classever to receive undergraduatedegrees from Suolk Univer-sity.”McCarthy went on, stat-ing, “Approximately 8 per-cent of you are internationalstudents hailing from about100 nations. Among you aremany veterans who havereturned from serving ourcountry and then enrolledat Suolk through the Yel-low Ribbon program. Oneof you receiving a BA todayis 84 years old. More than 10percent of you are headingdirectly to graduate school,”said McCarthy.“More than 500 of youhave gained a global perspec-tive through internationalstudy experiences, includingat our Suolk Madrid cam-pus. About 60 percent of youcompleted internships whileat Suolk, working for every-one from the Boston Celticsto Fidelity Investments. Andthe statistic I’m most proudof: Over the course of fouryears, students in thisclass have contributednearly 29,000 hoursof service to the com-munity.” The crowdapplauded, McCarthynished his speech,and the graduatesstarted to walk acrossthe stage.One notable as-pect of the graduationceremony was thatthe two jumbo-sizedtelevisions show-ing a closer view ofthe stage included aphone number where audi-ence members or friends andloved ones at home could textmessages to be displayed ona ticker underneath the video.When it was all over, fam-ilies gathered on the edges ofthe venue closest to the harborto take photos and celebrate.Before long, all the graduatesand their guests disappeared,ending the aernoon’s activi-ties, and their time as under-graduates.
from GRADUATION page 1
Class of 2012 graduates as largest class in Suffolk history 
Photo by Ethan M. LongPhoto by Ethan M. Long
PAGE 3June 7, 2012
news BRIEFS 
Once the headquarters of
The Suolk Journal,
and morerecently, home for eight stu-dent groups on campus, Do-nahue 428 is geing a make-over heading into the Fall2012 semester, giv-ing it a new purpose.Based on feed- back from the groupswithin the ocespace, Director ofStudent Leadershipand Involvement(SLI) David DeAn-gelis and his teamdecided it would be best to use the spacefor storage purposesas well as a generalhangout spot.“We started discussingthe idea in October/Novem- ber of last year based on thegroups expressing to us thatthey needed storage space in-stead of desks with comput-ers. Now the space will beopen for all student groups touse instead of limited to justa certain amount.” DeAngelissaid.The oce isn’t turninginto a giant storage lockerhowever, DeAngelis notedthat couches, computers(fully equipped with AdobeCreative Suite) and printerstations are being acquiredin order to place inside theredesigned space. There willalso be a large meeting tablein the middle of the room forgroups to utilize during get-togethers and planning ofvarious events.“There won’t be any con-struction going on, but basedon a list of what studentgroups wanted and what re-sources we have, the spacewill be beer utilized,” theSLI director noted.DeAngelis expressed agreat deal of gratitude to-wards Student Government,who has given a considerableamount of money to the proj-ect in order to buy new furni-ture and storage space.“The Student Govern-ment gave a good amountof money to the project, andwe’re going to try and usesome existing fur-niture in orderto keep the costsdown. A lot ofwhat the studentswanted will be putinto the oce,”DeAngelis noted.The storagecabinets will beable to be utilized by as many as 16groups on cam-pus, doubling theamount that were able tohouse things in D428 before.“I think the students will be prey excited about it,”said DeAngelis.The half-oce, half-lounge area will be open fromthe hours of 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.for any student or student or-ganizations to use for what-ever they may need.
Courtesy of Student Leadership & Involvement
 Alex Hall
Journal Staff 
Student group office to get new look, new purpose 
Aviator Amelia Earhart’s whereabouts before her un-timely death has been one of the world’s biggest myster-ies since her disappearance in 1937, but a jar of anti-frecklecream from that time period may hold the key to answeringthe 75-year-old question. A broken glass container, whichresearchers believe was once owned by the aviator, wasfound on the island of Nikumaroro by the InternationalGroup for Historic Aircra Recovery. Jo Cerniglia, theTIGHAR researcher who found the artifact told
The Daily Mail,
“It’s well documented Amelia had freckles and dis-liked having them.”The reason the group believes that the cream couldhave belonged to Earhart is because the researchers havetracked the navigation line of her last ight. Based on hernal radio transmission passing through Howland andGardner (now Nikumaroro) Island along with the remainsof a castaway found in 1940, TIGHAR believes the creamvery well could have belonged to the rst woman who ewaround the world.
 Amelia Earhart mystery solved? 
In an aempt to lower the increasing rate of obesityacross the United States, Mayor Michael Bloomberg of NewYork City has proposed a ban on any soda or sugary drinkover 16 ounces. If passed, the ban would apply directly torestaurants, delis, sports arenas and movie theatres. Bloom- berg’s proposal marks the rst time any U.S. city has at-tempted to limit the portion sizes on so drinks, leavingproducers of the product upset.“New Yorkers excpect and deserve beer than this.They can make their own choices about the beverages theypurchase,” said Coca-Cola Co. in a statement to the
Associ-ated Press
. Diet soda would not be aected if the ban waspassed however, neither would any drink containing 70percent juice, or over 50 percent milk or milk substitute.The mayor’s proposal is excpected to win approvalfrom the Board of Heatlh and would be enforced startingin March.
Bloomberg proposes soda ban
Elizabeth Warren is now the ocial Democratic Partycandidate for U.S. Senate from Massachuses, avoiding arun-o September primary election by receiving 95.7 per-cent of the vote of the delegates at the state party nominat-ing convention, according to
The New York Times
. AlthoughWarren has been regarded as the presumptivenominee for quite some time, she did still haveMarisa DeFranco as the sole challenger lein the primary race. DeFranco failed toget enough votes to force a primary,allowing Warren to continue focus-ing her campaign on defeating Re-publican incumbent Senator ScoBrown in November. Before War-ren's nomination, no Democraticcandidate had ever won more than86 percent of the vote in the con-vention's past 30 years, ac-cording to
The New YorkTimes,
making War-ren's landslide nomi-nation historic evenif it was inevitable.
Warren clinches nomination
On June 8, the public willhave the chance to sit downto breakfast with a panel ofeducation experts. The event(“What Price Education: Mu-nicipal Challenge or Oppor-tunity?”) begins at 7:30 a.m.in Sargent Hall and is thenewest panel to be present-ed in the Moakley BreakfastSeries at Suolk University.Aer the panel nishes itsdiscussion, the public willhave the opportunity to askquestions and learn moreabout the cost of educationand what it means.The Moakley BreakfastSeries was started by theMoakley Foundation, part ofthe Institute for Public Ser-vice at Suolk University,along with the John JosephMoakley Archive and In-stitute and other municipalpartners. It was created tohonor John Moakley’s dedi-cation to public service andto involve the community inpublic maers. Speakers areselected based on nationaland regional distinction andexpertise in the panel subject.Both Mayor Thomas M. Me-nino and Barney Frank haveaended Moakley Breakfastevents in the past.The men and womenparticipating in the upcom-ing panel discussion are Dr.Thomas Kingston, the su-perintendent of the Belmontschool district; Glenn Kooch-er, the executive director ofthe Massachuses Associa-tion of School Commiees;Linda Noonan, the executivedirector at the MassachusesBusiness Alliance for Educa-tion; Dr. Kathleen J. Skinner,the director at the Center forEducation Policy and Prac-tice; and Frederick W. Clark, Jr., the President of the John Joseph Moakley CharitableFoundation and the formerchair of the MassachusesBoard of Higher Educa-tion.Suolk University’snew President, JamesMcCarthy, will also beaending Friday’s event,providing parents, students,stakeholders, and interestedcitizens with a chance to meethim before the new schoolyear begins. The panel pro-vides an excellent opportuni-ty for the public to engage indiscussions with profession-als about important publicissues; this week, the cost ofhigher education and its pub-lic implications will be the fo-cus of the dialogue.
Gianna Carchia
Journal Staff 
Discussing the price of education

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