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"Scaffolding at Sawyer to improve efficiency of windows." pg. 2
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"One girl's struggle for an education" pg. 16
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Town Hall outlines five-year Strategic Plan
October 17, 2012
The president voiced his approval of the plan at the unveiling, adding “only five lines were added in the Suffolk University President editing process, which were James McCarthy unveiled only to emphasize something the school’s strategic plan that was already written.” for the next five years this The 25-page plan begins past week, revealing several with a letter from McCarthy, changes on the horizon. who explains, “our challenge is A 15-member committee of to take that ethic and build a current faculty and students cohesive organization that best developed the entire plan. serves our students, our alumni
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and the wider community.” One of the ways in which the plan looks to build that cohesive organization is to have each of Suffolk’s three schools (College of Arts & Sciences, Suffolk Law, and Sawyer Business School) working towards the overall school plan. “We want to have a sense of one university with three distinct features,” McCarthy said. The school has already
begun this process with the new brand style. All feature the same flame and shield as the main university logo does, but with a distinct color that represents each department instead of the traditional yellow In addition to creating cohesiveness for the university, the strategic plan also focuses on changing the approach to the enrollment of new undergraduate students.
The committee decided that Suffolk must “attract, enroll, retain and graduate an increasingly selective student body,” as stated in the document. McCarthy elaborated on this point to an extent during the presentation, explaining that the school must “increase the application pool by one to two percent per year and decrease acceptance
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Suffolk Reacts to the Second Presidential Debate
On Tuesday, Oct. 16, President Obama and Governor Romney met for the second time in the debate cycle this month. This time it was a bit of a different setting. Hofstra University, located on Long Island in Hempstead, New York, was the college that provided the venue for the one-and-only town hall style debate. Candy Crowley, host of CNN’s State of the Union, moderated the debate while both candidates took questions from a highly selective audience. The TVprepped crowd was said to include 82 currently undecided voters from around the area. Starting just a minute or two after 9:00 p.m., the discussion began with a question from a student named Jeremy on the topic of whether or not he will have a job when he graduates in two years.
From that point forward, both Obama and Romney gave their strategic and subjective responses to that and each of the following questions within the next hour-and-a-half. The media and politicos across the country predicted a decisive victory for the Obama campaign after what many considered a harsh loss to Romney in the first debate. It is, at this point, perceived that Obama did, in fact, win the debate. He replied to questions with serious answers and gave reasoning as to why he claimed Romney’s various statements on issues like Libya and education were truly false. The opinion at Suffolk was definitely similar to those throughout the United States. A notably registered Independent, as well as a sophomore here at Suffolk, Blayne Lee said he watched the first Presidential debate, but did not yet get a chance to view
the Vice Presidential debate that aired last week. Lee, an English major, explained that he will most likely be supporting Obama for several reasons including the fact that he considers him “socially liberal” and thinks that “Mitt Romney is a social buffoon.” When it comes to social issues, Lee follows some of them closely such as same-sex marriage, abortion, as well as separation of church and state. At the end of Tuesday’s debate, Lee proudly proclaimed that he believed Obama had won the debate. It was noticed by most commentators and debatewatchers Tuesday night that, per usual, the two Presidential candidates were trying hard to be as sincere, honest, and personal as possible with each and every person's question. This is not anything new, and is basically considered the regular fashion for town hall
forums every four years when ness night of some sorts. the candidates actually answer When it came to the conquestions from real voters -- as cerns of there not being almost a reality voter aware- see DEBATE page 3
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October 17, 2012
P O L I C E B L O T T E R Scaffolding at Sawyer to
Wednesday, October 10
1:24 p.m. West Street Other agency assist. Case closed.
Melissa Hanson Assistant News Editor
Scaffolding has been on the Sawyer building since July, and according to Senior Director of Facilities Planning and Management Gordon King, it has been part of a much needed renovation. The scaffolding is in place so the windows of the building could be replaced from old wooden ones to new, more energy efficient aluminum ones. The project will be finished by the end of this month. “We just can’t wait for the scaffolding to be down,” said Gordon, “It’s nice for projects to be finished.” He has been working on this project since early 2012. The old windows in Sawyer were leaky, falling apart, and not energy efficient, according to Gordon, and after a pane fell from the 6th or 7th floor last year, luckily injuring no one, it was apparent they needed replacement. The design for the project was established in early 2012. From there, Gordon chose Joe Kennedy of Casali to be the project manager, and chose to use scaffolding from Lee Kennedy, no relation, a company Suffolk has used before. Both Joe Kennedy and King stressed the amount of time spent planning the project prior to construction. Lee Kennedy was hired in May and needed two months prep work and mobilizing to obtain the scaffolding. From there the project was off. This project is costing Suffolk over 1.5 million, which is less than planned, according to Gordon. He says that the university has an annual budget of $8.5 million for projects like these and that it is, “well worth the money.” According to Andelman and Lelek Engineering, Inc., who prepared an energy savings estimate for King, the windows will save Suffolk 87,000 KWh of electricity, or $16,000 yearly. Joe Kennedy described this project as a “big upgrade.” As the project manager he had to survey the site area and handle all the logistical planning of the window replacement. Although it was a time consuming project, he says he is happy with the overall progress. The scaffolding itself was originally supposed to be constructed using the sidewalks for support, but because they are hollow and would not support the scaffolding, it had
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to be anchored on the roof of the building. Aside from the change in plans on the placement of the scaffolding, Kennedy says Sawyer was an easier project because of its easy accessibility. Because Sawyer is on a one way street with the available parking lot on the right and access through Miller Hall when needed, it was an ideal location for this type of project. “Everything went smoothly,” said Kennedy, “[it was] easier than most.” The project required, at full, about five teams, according to Kennedy. This includes painting, abatement, masonry, and installation, in teams of two or three members each. The superintendent and laborer were provided by Lee Kennedy. The project only suffered a few slight delays since July. They had to make their schedule around the class schedule in Sawyer and were held up due to this month’s rain. Neither Joe Kennedy nor Gordon King has heard feedback from students or faculty concerning the project. “[No feedback] is good with a project like this,” said Kennedy. Although they have not heard feedback, Suffolk
Wednesday, October 10
10:24 p.m. Off Campus Other agency assist. Report filed.
Thursday, October 11
2:25 p.m. Cambridge Street Disorderly conduct. Case closed.
Thursday, October 11
6:54 p.m. Off Campus Forgery. Case closed.
Friday, October 12
12:06 a.m. Miller Hall Possession of marijuana, less than one ounce. Case closed.
Saturday October 13
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12:26 a.m. Tremont Street Disorderly conduct. Case closed.
Sunday, October 14
1:58 a.m. 150 Tremont Drunkeness. Case closed.
Monday, October 15
6:23 p.m. Tremont Street Disorderly conduct. Case closed.
Monday, October 15
10:25 p.m. Ridgeway Larceny-theft. Larceny over 250. Case closed.
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October 17, 2012
National Coming Out Day: Lectures outline struggles and successes of LGBT community
Gianna Carchia Online News Editor
The Office of Diversity Services hosted self-proclaimed “transactivist” Justin Adkins for this year’s annual event on National Coming Out day, last Thursday, October 11. Before the event, students mingled with Craig Cullinane, associate director of Diversity Services at Suffolk University and coordinator of the event, while helping themselves to some refreshments. “Suffolk University wants to support and provide resources for the LGBTQ community,” said Cullinane. “We want students to know we are an ally and an advocate.” As one of the events scheduled for LGBTQ History Month, the presentation titled “My Fabulous Transgender Life” created a light-hearted and friendly environment for the students who attended. Adkins works with students at Williams College on issues of gender, sexuality, and activism. He met Mother Theresa during his time as a missionary and spent time living in both India and Zimbabwe. Justin Adkins experienced “coming out” three separate times, and he shared his story with the students at the event. He explained how he had been born a woman and initially came out as a lesbian. Eventually, he realized that he didn’t identify himself as a woman and started testosterone treatments. After that, he became conscious of the fact that he was bisexual. “There’s me in my genderless state,” Adkins explained as he showed the audience a picture of his pregnant mother. “It was fabulous!” The event was kept up-
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Photo by of Gianna Carchia
beat and open as Adkins shared his story and created a safe space for those in attendance. Though he has dealt with serious struggles of his own during his journey, he was a positive representation of the success and happiness students can achieve through self-expression. Adkins also discussed discrimination that he experienced at the hands of the NYPD during the Occupy Wall Street movement. At the time, he reached out to the media to tell his story in order to expose the unfair treatment of the LGBTQ community. He encouraged others to share their stories and to speak up about discrimination so that they too can prompt serious changes in social attitude and behavior. However, coming out isn’t just for members of the LGBTQ community; both Cullinane
and Adkins stressed the importance of coming out as both allies and advocates. In fact, Suffolk University is one of the first schools in the country to include gender identity and expression in their discrimination policy. LGBTQ History Month is a celebration of the community as a whole, including those who are willing to reach out and become friends to those who need support and encouragement. The next event scheduled at Suffolk University for LGBTQ History Month is the “Brown Bag Lunch Discussion: The Election and the LGBTQ Vote” on Thursday, Oct. 18 in Donahue 403. This will be an opportunity for members of the LGBTQ community, as well as allies and advocates, to come together and discuss topical issues as the November 6 election approaches.
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rate from 78 percent to 70 [over the next five years].” In recent years, Suffolk has lead the way in terms of highest acceptance rates among Boston-area schools. According to U.S. News, the school's 78 percent acceptance rate is higher than that of nearby schools such as Boston College, Emerson College, Boston University and UMass-Boston. The new plan hopes to award this selective group of admitted undergraduates with a higher amount of financial aid and “increase the percentage of introductory classes taught by full-time faculty.” Suffolk hopes to be able to award more financial aid to incoming students by increasing the amount of donation rates by alumni, which currently sits at five percent according to McCarthy. “We’re almost completely
tuition-dependent and we need to get away from that,” the President added. The reasoning given behind the increase in full-time faculty-taught intro classes from McCarthy was that the school wants to develop relationships between the students and staff early on. Easily the biggest news item to come out of this new plan however, were the plans regarding the 20 Somerset St. building. McCarthy explained at the very end of the 85-minute town hall meeting that Suffolk “will complete the plans for an academic building at 20 Somerset.” The building is planned to be exactly 100,000 sq. ft., which will hold science and general-purpose classrooms and a cafeteria. The current idea is to relocate all Ridgeway, Fenton, Donahue and Archer classes to 20 Somerset.
“We are literally space-constrained, we’re landlocked and we have to do something about that,” McCarthy explained. This may not mean the relocation of all classes however, as the strategic plan specifically states that all departments not listed as areas of strength or growth for Suffolk will be evaluated. The document lists 19 departments that will be exempt from evaluation, with McCarthy adding “we can’t be all things for all people.” The plan hopes to restructure the physical appearance of the school with the addition of 20 Somerset and also what Suffolk will focus on academically. The entire document is available to view online via the school’s official website.
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enough security during the American embassy terrorist attacks in Libya, Obama criticized Romney for trying to say that the President was “playing politics” with the matter. Among other subjects discussed were tax cuts, ways to actually create jobs, energy plans for the country, and, particularly a hot button issue, gun control. Ali Rabesa, a junior at Suffolk majoring in American history, is still undecided at this point but is leaning towards voting to re-elect Obama. As an Independent voter, Rabesa has true potential to swing the outcome of the election; most people are looking at swing states like Ohio, Nevada, and Florida to see how moderates and undecided voters will cast their ballots. On another note, even though there are two other official Presidential candidates, the Libertarian Party’s Gary Johnson of New Mexico and the Green Party’s Jill Stein, the two third-party candidates were, and never really are, allowed to participate in the Presidential debates. Outside the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex (where the debate took place Tuesday evening), Stein and her Vice Presidential running mate Cheri Honkala were arrested for trying to get inside the debate halls to let Stein also have a chance to answer the questions. In the end, the debate went over the planned 90-minute mark and ended 8 minutes later at 10:38 p.m. The next, and final, debate is on Monday, October 22 at Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL.
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Senior Foreign Affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz, in between but with her back facing the audience. It was sort of a more casual atmosphere without considering the speaking and conversation itself. Those on the left were patiently waiting with their fact-checkers nearby for any and all statements made by Ryan, Governor Romney’s running mate. While, on the other side, Republicans were on the lookout for any slipup that Biden might make. Mariah Couture, freshman and Interior Design major, is a registered Democrat and will be voting for President Obama and Vice President Biden because she supports “their views and believe they are taking our country in the right direction.” When asked if the Vice Presidential debate changed her perception or opinion of the race, Couture replied “not really, but I feel these debates are not big ‘game-changers.’” even some of my professors get distracted looking out the windows. I just don’t think that the window project was a good idea to do during the school year,” said Persson. She was surprised to hear about the amount of planning that went into the project. Whether or not this is the case is still to be determined for when the election comes around in just about three weeks. During the debate, Biden was seen outright laughing at some of Ryan’s statements. At one point, Ryan made a comment on the situation that arose in early September in northern Africa with the attacks on the American embassy and how the Obama Administration mismanaged the situation by not handling it with the best interest of Americans at heart. Biden responded that claim with one of his own politely replying “with all due respect, that’s a bunch of malarkey.” After the Vice President said this, searches on Google for the word “malarkey” went up over 20 percent. Throughout the debate it seemed, Biden refuted Ryan’s statements, called them false, and then proceeded to explain how. In the end, many people on each side called the debate a “I feel like that type of job shouldn’t cost that much and that money could be going towards something more important,” said Leclerc, “I think they look nice...I mean I am not sure if they are making any noticeable changes.” Greg Gatlin, vice win for their own respective candidate. Republicans said it was a tough win for Ryan, while Democrats were labeling it a proud victory for Biden. Grant Weaver, a sophomore majoring International Affairs, said he believes “that Vice President Biden won because [he] was active throughout and was using the facts well to respond to what Ryan said.” Weaver, admittedly a proud Democrat, was glad “to see how passionate he was,” and “[the] fact that he was laughing and threw his hands up in the air made him more relatable to me, because I was doing the same thing.” He was so confident in Biden’s performance that it had no impact at all on Weaver’s views of the election. Weaver said “it didn’t change who I was voting for, as I’m a longtime Obama supporter,” and it did make him want to donate to the campaign. Sarah Lassow, a Creative president of Marketing and Communications at Suffolk says, “The window replacement project in the University’s Sawyer Building is scheduled to be completed by the end of the month and will provide that building with weather resistant, energy efficient and
October 17, 2012
Thrill in the 'Ville II pits young against old
Miles Halpine Journal Staff
Last Thursday, Oct. 11, the non-partisan Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) hosted the second debate at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. Commonly referred to as “Thrill in the ‘Ville II” (since they hosted the single Vice Presidential debate in 2000 between Senator Joe Lieberman and former Defense Secretary Dick Cheney,) the one-and-ahalf hour table discussion between current Vice President Joe Biden and his Republican opponent Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin was definitely one for the books. The setting for the debate was a bit more laid-back; instead of the format where both candidates stand several feet away at podiums, the Vice Presidential one was set at a table. Biden and Ryan sat just a few feet from each other with the moderator, ABC News’ Writing major and freshman, says she felt “like [Representative] Paul Ryan was being hypocritical based on background information and about what he spoke on during the debate. And Biden was very rude for laughing and interrupting.” Lassow, a registered Independent, also mentioned she is considering and planning on voting to reelect the President. After the Vice Presidential debate, the rest are both for Obama and Romney. On Tuesday, Oct. 16, there was a Town Hall-style debate moderated by CNN’s Candy Crowley and held at Hofstra University in New York. The last one, which will be in Boca Raton, FL. at Lynn University, will be on Monday, Oct. 22. Bob Schieffer, Chief Washington Correspondent for CBS, will be the moderator and the sole topic for the debate is foreign policy. The final debate is only fifteen days prior to Election Day which falls on Nov. 6. thermally improved windows. We expect it will result in some reduced energy use and carbon dioxide emissions as well.” “It’s a never ending job,” said King, who is already planning construction and setting aside millions for projects at 150 Tremont in 2013.
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October 17, 2012
"Making Strides:" Suffolk Students Participate in Breast Cancer Walk
Melissa Hanson Assistant News Editor
October is breast cancer awareness month and the American Cancer Society held its 20th annual Breast Cancer Walk on the Esplanade on Oct. 14. The walk is just under six miles and, according to the American Cancer Society’s website, about 40,000 were expected to participate. Although the day was rainy and overcast, Bostonians made their way to the Hatch Shell for the 8 a.m. start. During registration, speakers from the American Cancer Society made speeches thanking the participants for donations and showing their support. The area was decorated with pink balloons and tents from various sponsors. Chevrolet was handing out forms to auction off a pink car. Other tents had free goodies like hand sanitizer and decorative bags. Throughout the day entertainment including singers and dancers were on stage, including Suffolk’s own a cappella group, The Ramifications. There was also an ongoing study during the day for women ages 30 to 65. The participants were a sea of pink; even under rain coats and umbrellas, just about every person present was wearing at least a touch of pink. The event offers pink sashes to breast cancer survivors to wear while they walk. Participants enter the events in teams, and many came with painted faces and matching tee shirts to show their enthusiasm for the event and their support to finding a cure. The walk starts along Storrow Drive, crosses the river at the River Street Bridge, continues along Memorial Drive, crosses the river again over the Harvard Bridge, and finishes at the Hatch Shell. “It didn’t seem like five miles, it was a nice time to go out and participate in the community,” said Ryan Breslin, Suffolk senior and member of the Ramifications. The group raised money from family and friends and also sang in the Boston Common last Thursday.
According to Alyssa Meers, Suffolk senior and business manager for the Ramifications, the group raised over $1,000. The Boston Duck Tours said they would match 100 percent of what the Ramifications raised, according to Breslin. The starting line of the walk was decorated with a large banner and volunteers to cheer on the walkers. Throughout the route there were more volunteers to tell walkers what mile they were on, and to keep cheering them onto the finish line. “I thought the fact that there were people cheering people on at check points was awesome,” said Breslin. There were occasional stations with cups of water for walkers. The American Cancer Society also puts up signs with breast cancer facts, frequently asked questions, tips for cancer awareness, and inspirational quotes from Abraham Lincoln and Dory from Finding Nemo, among others. Each mile was marked with a sign. The community was also involved with the event. Drivers would honk their horns as they drove by and ice cream trucks were parked along the route. The end of the walk was marked by another large banner and snack bags with chips and granola bars for participants. The largest and loudest group of volunteers was at the finish line cheering on and congratulating everyone who completed the walk. The Ramifications were asked to sing at the event. They were on stage at 12:45 a.m. and sang four songs, three of their own and then “Happy Birthday” to honor the American Cancer Society’s slogan, “create world with less breast cancer and more birthdays.” “Participating in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk was a great experience for the Ramifications... Although it was a rainy day, we had tons of fun walking with our team,” said Meers. “It was so much fun,” said Breslin.
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Venezuela. “Six more years of Chavez will mean more years of instability, insecurity and corruption for Venezuela, as that is what has resulted from the past 14 years,” said Martinez. It is an obvious fear that Chavez will do whatever it takes to remain in power Esquivel shares the same concern, “ My biggest fear is already present, the president has unleashed an economical catastrophe; inflation is the highest in Latin America,” said Esquivel. Another area of concern is the relationship between the will improve. "Chavez portrays the US as the antagonist,” she said, pessimistic of how the relationship will unravel due to the dislike Chavez has towards America. Martinez believes Chavez's opinion of the US is that it is opposite of what Venezuela should be. “If he
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Suffolk Students React to Chavez' Reelection
The reelection of Hugo Chavez has caused an unsettling feeling for the country of Venezuela. Chavez won a very close race, with 8-million votes compared to his contender Henrique Capiles Radonski who lost by a ten point margin. He will begin his six year term on Jan. 14 after being in office for 14 years. There are many questions and fears about Chavez being in office for another six years. Economists caution Chavez's rule with fear of increase in inflation, devaluation of currency and a cut in government spending. Some international students at Suffolk are appalled and disturbed by the reelection of Chavez. One student, Paola Martinez feels that Chavez in office for another term will only do irrevocable harm to
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and unfortunately lead his country to less ideal situations. Residents of Venezuela have experienced the turmoil and unfortunate results of Chavez's power. “I have lived it. It has done more harm than good,” said Martinez. Another student, Esteban
United States and Venezuela. Venezuela is a major oil supplier to the US and with Chavez in office,; it is unknown how the relationship between the two countries will transcend. Martinez is not optimistic that ties between the United States and Venezuela
were to stop antagonizing the US, then the basis for his main argument against capitalism and imperialism would disappear," said Martinez. Esquivel believes ties with the United States will remain the same, “cold but necessary.” He thinks Chavez will not cut
off ties with the United States due to their reliance on the country’s petroleum. “When Chavez attacks the US, he does so to put on a show, to create this image of a strong, independent country that does not kneel in front of the ‘imperio,’ yet reality tells another story,” said Esquivel. Both students are fearful of Venezuela becoming like the unstable Cuba. “I am afraid that my country will end up like Cuba,” Martinez claimed. Cuba and Venezuela have a relationship based on Venezuela supplying Cuba with cheap oil. Castro was more then pleased with the reelection of Chavez. Esquivel fears Chavez is influenced by the Cuban leader. One of the biggest similarities between them is that like Castro, Chavez has been trying to make governments in each of the states of Venezuela less relevant by creating local commissions. These commisions respond to his political interests and by allocating money to them instead of the elected local officials. It is an ominous feeling for the country of Venezuela not knowing what Chavez will accomplish in six years.
Suffolk Student Abroad on Harvest Season, Florence
change color, no brisk autumn wind blows, and no one has Journal Staff even heard of pumpkin spice lattes; instead, Florentines While everyone in New are enjoying the last days of England is flocking to apple late summer warmth as this orchards and pumpkin patches, year’s grapes are collected another kind of harvest from the evergreen vineyards. celebration is happening in Just as Bostonians flee the Tuscany, Italy. No tree tops city for a weekend to enjoy the
scenic countryside and take a hay wagon ride through the orchards, Florentines head out to the sparsely populated Chianti Classico wine region between Florence and Siena to breathe in the aroma of freshly pressed grapes and marvel at the ancient villas and vineyards. “In Italy, we don’t drink wine,
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we eat it,” Professor Giovanni Pacinotti, a winetasting teacher at Scuola Lorenzo de’Medici in Florence explains. “If you gulp your drink, you like alcohol; if you take your time to sip on it and chew it, you like wine.” The importance of wine, in social and culinary circles, cannot be stressed enough in understanding Italian culture and values. The grape harvest season gives residents a chance to learn about the history of Italian wine civilization while dreaming about new quality wines that will be ready in the spring. A recent trip to the Fattoria San Michele a Torri vineyard, just a 20-minute bus ride from central Florence, reveals the intertwined past and present traditions in wine culture. The vineyard is all-organic, refusing to use any kind of pesticides or chemical fertilizers in growing its grapes and olives. In doing this, the guide explains to our tour group: the vineyard is trying to keep in touch with its historic roots and old-fashioned environment. Farm hands pass
by us multiple times during our tour, always stopping to say hello and give a little more insight on the operations and workforce of the farmhouse. Their friendliness emanates a genuine, seemingly out of place in the modern world, Brady Bunch-esque cheerfulness. The old cellar used as a bomb shelter during WWII (saving the lives of dozens of nearby residents, according to our guide,) houses this year’s newly fermenting wine in old wooden barrels, as prescribed by the traditional classico method of winemaking. A stroll around the farmhouse is not unlike a tour of an apple orchard; watching the process that makes cider and cinnamon doughnuts and then rushing to the gift shop to load up on maple candy and caramel apple dip. After a walk-through and lecture about the facilities, we began the tasting. Although each description of a wine is also a sales pitch (by no coincidence, the tasting was held in the
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Over the course of his first term, President Obama has come under heavy fire for his behavior towards Israel, one of America’s closest allies, and a key strategic partner in a region where we are not exactly popular. In the Middle East, America’s interests are Israel’s interests. Since the founding of Israel in 1948, the two nations have treated each other with sincere respect and admiration. President Obama, however, has fallen short of the mark of showing this respect. In four years of office, he has yet to visit Israel once. The President and Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s Prime Minister, are not exactly the best of friends, and aren’t afraid to make that known. Obama has also stated he believes that Israel should return to its pre-1967 borders. Now, the president’s administration is coming under fire for not backing Israel on the issue of the Iranian nuclear weapon program. The rogue nation is supposedly very close to crossing a “red-line” that would allow it to produce nuclear weapons in places that cannot be reached by Israeli bombs. While Netanyahu is getting antsy in Israel and turning up the war rhetoric, the Obama administration has made it clear that they have no intention in involving America in an armed conflict between Israel and Iran. Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has accused Obama of throwing Israel “under the bus.” In reality, it seems as though the President is merely taking a logical stance on the issue. America has been at war since 2001. It is now 2012. Over a decade of time, billions of dollars, and most importantly thousands of American lives have been lost in a conflict that is necessary but also overextended (yes, I’m talking about the war in Iraq.) The conflict has also contributed to a large chunk of our deficit. So, why would it make any sense to get dragged into yet another conflict? Iran should not be allowed to obtain a nuclear weapon, but America getting involved is not the answer. We should no longer be relied upon as the “world’s policeman.” Israel itself has a very powerful military and is arguably the strongest power in the Middle East. In fact, their military is often ranked in the top ten militaries worldwide. The Mossad, Israel’s intelligence agency, is arguably the best and most efficient in the entire world. Iran would be no match for Israel in a war, and therefore there is simply no need to get involved in a potential conflict. Critics of the President on his policy towards Israel
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Israel-Palestine: A Future of Turmoil or Peace?
and table manners, it is ridiculous to suggest that this administration is throwing Israel “under the bus.” For any president to do this would be an insult to one of the strongest alliances on the planet. The President is simply looking out for the best interests of America as a whole, and unfortunately in this current situation with Iran, that may not work out in Israel’s favor. But the Israelis are efficient, innovative
Gareth Jones Journal Staff
There is nothing to say about the Israel-Palestine conflict that hasn’t already been said. The solution, if any, lies in the hands of momentous social upheaval, or as each side fervently hopes: otherworldly intervention. Until either manifestation of the impossible presents itself, all that seems to be left for the casual observer is to attempt to
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also fail to look past his personal shortcomings and relationship with Netanyahu. In truth, Obama has given $3-billion in aid annually to Israel, as well financing and providing technical assistance to something called the Iron Dome Project, which protects Israeli villages from rocket strikes. Even the Israeli Defense Minister, the very highly respected Ehud Barak, said in an interview with FOX News last year “I can hardly remember a better period of American support and backing, and Israeli cooperation and similar strategic understanding of events around us, than what we have right now.” Those do not sound like the words of a nation scorned. The Obama administration is not perfect in its foreign policy, and no administration is. Even though the President might have some room for improvement, especially in presentation
people, and can certainly use the $3-billion dollars in aid we give them each year wisely if things escalate even more between them and Iran.
keep the facts straight, which is rather difficult given the conflict is half-a-world away. Furthermore, finding an objective opinion on the subject, even amongst the most scholarly echelons of academia is roughly as difficult as finding a seat on the Red Line T at 7 a.m. on Monday morning. Thus, instead of offering an opinion that would doubtless be an eloquent materialization of an already well beaten horse, let us simply examine the facts, as black and white as is currently possible, as we know them so far. An oversimplified timeline of the last 80 years of Palestine puts into perspective the current tumult. In 1915, Britain made vague promises for an Arab state somewhere in the vicinity of Jerusalem in exchange for a full blown Arab revolt in the Ottoman Empire, which Britain was at war with. In 1917, heavy lobbying from Jewish interest groups in London initiated the
Balfour Declaration promising English support of a Jewish state in Palestine, more or less directly in conflict with their 1915 agreements. Then, 1938 solidifies the outbreak of World War II and a surprisingly small amount of pro-axis sentiment arises in the Arab World. For the most part, Arabs are too caught up in their own affairs to get involved in WWII, and conflict largely remains isolated to Palestine, which increased with the mass immigration of Jewish refugees from Europe. After the war, the conflict escalated as the victors of WWII tried to work out what to do with Palestine, which has been promised in some form or another to more or less everybody. The UN stepped in and drew lines all over Palestine, giving roughly half of the current Israeli border to the Jews. Thereafter, the UN decision led to civil war, which the Jews won dramatically. In 1967, Egypt, Lebanon and Syria began mobilizing their armies for what looked suspiciously like an invasion. Israel became paranoid and invaded first, resulting in another overwhelming Israeli victory. From 1973 until now, Israel moved on with its life: enjoying American aid and becoming a leading military presence in the area. Without ever openly admitting to it, in 1979, Israel became capable of nuclear warfare (see the Vela Incident.) Due to Israeli dominance and overbearing interference, the Arab-Palestinian state suffered massive economic strife for 40 years. Much in the same way Hitler piggy-backed off the German Economic recession, the Hezbollah came into power in Lebanon and openly declared war on Israel. Rockets have fallen in Israel every day since. In essence, this awfully general summary of the last 80 years does nothing except emphasize just how difficult the situation has become. In my opinion, both sides need to stop living in the past. Israel is there. It’s not going anywhere. Neither is Palestine. If the past 2000 years could be forgotten, chances are the two sides could finally dust themselves off and move toward peace.
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TURKEY - A Syrian Air flight on its way from Moscow was pulled over and forced to land the second it entered Turkish airspace last week, reports the New York Times. Turkish officials claimed that the civilian air flight, (the Syrian equivalent of an American Airlines flight,) had military cargo in its hold. The flight, according to the Turkish government, was on its way from Moscow to support Bashar Al-Assad’s regime in Syria, currently in the throes of a massive civil war. The incident is the latest in a series of diplomatic difficulties between, on the surface, Syria and Turkey. However, depending on what the plane’s cargo turns out to be, this could turn into a huge embarrassment for Moscow, who has been claiming that the delivery is one that was agreed upon before the outbreak of civil war, and thus not a violation of current international arms embargoes to Syria. Russia’s ambiguous statements on the matter are evidence that it was very possibly illicit cargo. This made it even more contentious of a moment because it was flown over Turkish airspace on a civilian flight, thought to help disguise the shipment. Officials allowed the plane, which was carrying 17 Russian nationals, as well as Syrians, to continue its flight the next day, after the cargo had been examined and in some cases confiscated. This attempt at deescalating tensions is viewed as a diplomatic move on Turkey’s part, to keep tensions with two important neighbors at a minimum while still protecting national security interests.
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AFRICAN LEADER PRIZE - The African Leader prize that was to be awarded this past week, has once again gone to nobody. The stipulations for the prize, dictated by the London-based organization that funds the award money, stated that any leader to be considered for the prize must have “governed well, raised living standards, and voluntarily left office.” According to the sponsors, “no compromises can be made. We created our standards, and we have to stick to them.” Thus, no African leader has managed to stand up to all expectations this year, as was the case in 2009 and 2010. In 2011, Former President of Cape Verde Pedro Verona Pires was awarded the prize. The prize, aside from the various prestigious accolades involved, is accompanied by a $5 million lump sum, as well as $200,000 yearly pension for life. The award ensures financial freedom for leaders as an incentive to follow the path of righteousness and lead their nations to prosperity.
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modern updates of the each Tuscan wine she poured for us. This year’s latest industry fad revolves around grape variety ratios. San Giovese, the famous local grape variety, used to make up at least 85 percent of every Chianti D.O.C.G (the top Italian
while younger generations are more enthralled with spumante (or sparkling) whites, our guide said on changing wine preferences. But with the ancient wine villas such as the famous Medici and Antinori families in Florence still standing and
BRAZIL- BBC World News reported on Sunday that Brazil has made another huge move in the name of cleaning up Rio de Janeiro in lieu of the upcoming 2016 Olympics. Two of the reported “worst neighborhoods for crack cocaine” were “invaded” on Saturday by upwards of 2000 armed police and navy soldiers under state jurisdiction. Recently, the program has stepped up to prepare the country for the influx of tourists that the Olympics will no doubt generate. Police moves in teams of eight throughout the favelas, searching house by house and at times engaging in gun battles with militant members of certain drug gangs. Opponents of the action cite the relatively troubling civilian casualty rate that these raids often create, as well as massive instances of corruption that have always plagued Brazil. No numbers have been released by the Brazilian government as to the results of these raids, but official reports classification for wine) as state that they were “successful,” and have put previous no-go areas back under state control. dictated by the special wine quality guarantee consortium, but now, winemakers are left with more freedom in choosing the blends to make their wines. Some old-school Italian connoisseurs have CUBA - The Cuban government has announced the latest in a series of regulations and rule wine changes that have been loosening the government's hold over its people. Since the Cuban revo- already denounced this move lution in the late 1950s, any Cuban looking to leave the country for any reason, location, or as changing too radically
"If you gulp your drink, you like alcohol; if you take your time to sip on it and chew it, you like wine.'"
producing world class wines, it is obvious that no trend in winemaking will shift Italy too far from its history. As long as the harvest comes each year, there will be both new and old ways devised and cherished for keeping alive the tradition of Italy as the Mecca of wine civilization.
duration has had to apply for an exit visa, issued by the Cuban state allowing the citizen to leave the country. The onerous process has been a source of much consternation, as reported by Der Spiegel in an article following the announcement by the Cuban government last Tuesday. This is the latest in a series of policy changes that Raul Castro’s government has put in place, following Fidel Castro’s exit from the political scene due to health trouble several years ago. However, the new law still retains the right of the Cuban state to deny the removal of any citizen for “national security reasons” which suggests that open dissidents will still have the same difficulty leaving as previously. Furthermore, Cuban’s may only stay outside of the country for two years before they lose their rights to free healthcare and social benefits that accompany the socialist state, which is up from the prior deadline of nine months. Other moves toward a free market economy, such as small-time entrepreneurship and property sales, have signaled a new policy transition in Cuba. Critics highlight huge taxes on such private enterprise attempts as evidence that the state still holds most control over most things.
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September 19, 2012 October 17, 2012
Cris Cab's The Rise Tour visits T.T. the Bears
Saturday evening, singer and songwriter Cris Cab made his way back to Boston, headlining The Rise Tour, making a stop at local venue T.T. the Bears, located in Cambridge. The 19-year-old Miami native returned to life on the road once again to promote his third EP, Rise. Fellow musicians Red Arlington – better known as Corey Leonard, and Sebastian Mikael, shared the intimate stage with Cab for the evening. Cab treated his Boston fans to a full set of upbeat tracks from Rise, along with a few original title tracks including “Good Girls (Don’t Grow On Trees)” and “My Life.” The night kicked off with Red Arlington, taking the stage to set the mood for the funfilled night. Having such a local name, it came as no surprise to find that the 25-year-old hiphop artist hails from Arlington, MA. Drawing inspirations from artists such as Asher Roth, Sam Adams, and Mac Miller, Arlington knows exactly who his audience is. The crowd took a fast liking to this party boy, who not only warmed up the crowd with his energy, hype, and upbeat songs such as “Club Soda” in preparation for the following acts in the show, but also provided a few lucky fans with free merchandise and pictures following his set. With a red solo cup in one hand and a microphone in the other, this is definitely not the last Boston will see or hear of
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Red Arlington. Centering the event and gaining great attention, Cab’s admirers gathered closer to the stage to catch a glimpse of Sebastian Mikael, formerly known as artist De-Lor. The 24-year-old heartfelt singer/ songwriter is classically trained and also just happens to attend Suffolk’s neighboring school, the Berklee College of
Music. Once on stage, Mikael and his touring band made sure to keep the crowd alive and kicking for their set. This did not seem to serve as much of a challenge since Mikael carried a stage presence that could rival the likes of Bruno Mars. Mikeal also presented the audience with silky falsettos showcased in songs such as “Beautiful Life” and
“Speechless.” It is safe to say that if some crowd members were not fans of Mikael prior to the show, they are now. With his unique charm, honest lyrics, and engaging guitar playing, Mikael is the total package in what one would look for in an up-and-coming artist. Mikael melted the hearts of the listeners, receiving a roaring applause following his set. Shortly after, members of the audience anxiously awaited Cris Cab’s appearance as they chatted among one another, anticipating what songs Cab would possibly play. Moments following, he burst onto the intimate stage with his charming vibe, enthusiastic as he could possibly be. Moving straight into the intimate song “Going Home,” Cab fans were beyond excited singing along. Immediately following, the crowd continued to be charmed into the smooth and modern reggae styling’s of Cab, with songs such as “Gypsies on the Boulevard”, “Turn You On”, and “Better off Running.” Cab, who covered songs
from famed artists Shaggy, Foster the People, and The Steve Miller Band, introduced his cover of Bob Marley by mentioning, “This is my main inspiration, why I play music; Mr. Bob Marley,” causing fans to raise their glasses through the red-lighted atmosphere. The feeling in the air at that moment was one that this lucky audience will never forget. Following the show, Cab hosted a meet and greet for fans at his merchandise table, snapping photos and signing autographs for fans. The night made for an overall success and a relaxing start to the fall evening, providing rhythmic and gratifying tunes throughout the entire event. Be sure to check out Cris Cab’s latest EP Rise, now available on iTunes. Have you been to a good local show lately? Come write a cover story! We would love to have you. email@example.com
Director Kevin Smith visits the Wilbur Theate
eyes at the Wilbur Theatre. Journal Contributor Kevin Smith, a well-known screenwriter and director of Saturday evening, fan boys famed films Clerks, Clerks II, and girls, young and old, lined Mallrats and Chasing Amy, up around the block waiting to visited the theatre with one see their idol live before their purpose: to talk. “An Evening
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With Kevin Smith” accomplishes this. Aside from the die-hard fans, who else would want to go see that? Granted there are many fans who do more than get his autograph, one doesn’t have to be that way to enjoy his lecture. Smith is like the crazy uncle who always told you inappropriate stories when your parents weren’t around – yeah, it’s that kind of humor. Smith started out the evening stepping onto the stage in a long trench coat. He stood straight in front of the audience and opened his coat, revealing a Bruins jersey. He has been called a “poser” in the past for this, he revealed later on, but that night the audience didn’t seem to care. He started by encouraging attendees to ask him questions. He revealed his favorite lightsaber fight is
in the Phantom Menace, and said the newest Batman movie was a “religious experience” and “almost comparable to the birth of my child.” Unfortunately, Smith was mixing in self-deprecating comments throughout the discussion. At one point Smith was concerned that if someone saw him with his dachshund, Shecky, they would say “Hey that’s a fat man with a little dog.” As the night progressed with many typical fan questions about Star Trek and Aqua Man, the audience got a glimpse into the more sweet and serious Smith. Smith smiled and talked about how his brother had been married to the same man for 20 years and at the wedding there were nothing but bright spirits. Again, marriage became a soft spot for
the somewhat vulgar director when a woman who was getting married in a week asked for a hug. He gladly obliged. Although Smith wasn’t so kind to his own marriage, revealing an embarrassing story about Jennifer Schawlbach to the audience, too crude for this publication, he meant no harm by it. If you are into off-color humor and combination super hero-sex jokes, then you will be into this. Not just a director/writer with podcasts all over the Internet, with a super Twitter following and his show Comic Book Men, Kevin Smith knows how to be funny and entertaining, yet always genuine.
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YourWeek(end): Things To Do On/ around Campus
Wednesday, Oct. 17 Friday, Oct. 19
5-7pm: Make Halloween desserts in Cooking101. (Sargent Hall, 120 Tremont Street Corcoran Room, Seventh Floor) 7pm: Suffolk's Hispanic Association presents their annual culture show, Nuestra Cultura, to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. (Location TBA)
A weekly column by a student-run organization of electronic dance music lovers.
Listen: Top 10
• Dannic & Jordy Dazz Fuego (Original Mix) • Krewella One Minute • Ferry Corsten Radio Crash • The Aston Shuffle vs. Tommy Trash Sunrise (Won't Get Lost) • Chocolate Puma & Firebeatz Just One More Time Baby (Original Mix) • Rachael Starr Till There Was You (Gabriel & Dresden Mix) • Doctor P Sweet Shop (Friction vs. Camo & Krooked Remix) • Benjamin Bates Whole • Green Velvet Flash (Nicky Romero Remix) • Nero Me & You (Dirtyphonics Remix)
Saturday, Oct. 20
11am-12:30pm: Grab a free brunch in the Donahue Cafe before the Women's volleyball game in Ridgeway.
Sunday, Oct. 21
10am-4pm: Explore the SoWa Open Market for cool art, clothing, accessories, crafts, food, and more. (460 Harison Ave, Boston)
Monday, Oct. 22
6-10pm: Attend the FutureM marketing festival opening night celebration for food, drinks, music, and guest speakers. (Space 57 at Revere Hotel (200 Stuart Street, Boston. 21+)
Tuesday, Oct. 23
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6-8:30pm: Taste some refreshments and enjoy a free screening of Phillip The Fossil. (Donahue 311)
CreaturoS is not Doomed
If you want to experience psychedelic garage rock that’ll bleed perfectly into your fall soundscape, check out Boston-based CreaturoS’ debut, SWAMPP THINGG. With the surf-rock-inspired opening track ‘James Day's Milk Shake,’ the band creates a crisp vibe that let’s you experience a truly raw hype. If any track off of SWAMPP THINGG will catch and reel-in new fans, it would have to be ‘Charlie Brown,’ as its melodic chords sweep you up and send you into a technicolor stratosphere, turning into a wild fever dream. CreaturoS is made up of Cambridge and Allston locals Spencer Gralla and Noah Bond, formerly of the band Doomstar!, joined by Joe Marrett. They are on the label/blog pRIMORDIAL sOUNDS, run by both Gralla and Bond themselves. ‘Last Summers’ #1 Hit Single’ is ironically catchy like The Black Keys on an acid trip. I would have to say that my favorite track would be ‘Weak End,’ as it is an ever transcending wall of sound that cannot and will not be ignored. The band is tapping into the grand well of DIY nostalgia by releasing SWAMPP THINGG on cassette. It fits the motif perfectly, it’s like finding a long-lost piece of work from a long-forgotten band, but CreaturoS is anything but forgettable. With tracks like ‘I Don’t Want To Go To The Beach’ and ‘Leave Your
Face Behind,’ short but angstdrenched, fast-paced jams are just plain experimental fun. The last track on SWAMPP THINGG clocks in at 9"52' and each second is put towards great use, as it is a great mellow journey. I think that this is a fantastic debut by a band with a fresh, down-to-earth sound. I could easily see this album making a regular rotation in my morning commute.
If you are a fan of psychedelic, garage rock you have to give CreaturoS a listen. I see that given the bands' sound, the idea of being repetitive could happen but if these guys manage to stay inspired, I see a bright future for them. As of now, they are touring in support of SWAMPP THINGG with already confirmed events such as Homegrown 4: Boston Hassle Fest, taking place at the Cambridge Elks Lodge, in Central Square, from November 2 to 3. (18+/$15) They will also play on Monday, Oct. 29 along with The MIGS and Freak Flag at ZuZu’s on Mass Ave in Cambridge at 10 p.m. Overall I thought that this was a highly successful first release for a new act. The album was recorded at four different places throughout the past year and was then mixed by Spencer Gralla in his own home. If you want to check out CreaturoS' debut SWAMPP THINGG, trust my advice, I know you want to try it out on cassette with digital download Oct. 30.
Dance: Event Picks
Wednesday, Oct. 17 Thursday, Oct. 18
-Doc Martin @ Phoenix Landing (19+) -Wobble Wednesdays @ Wonderbar (21+) -Grodlok @ Phoenix Landing (19+) -Make It New @ Middlesex Lounge (21+) -Hi Frequency @ Splash (21+)
Friday, Oct. 19
-Wonderland @ RISE (18+) -After-hours @ RISE (w/DJ Dan) (18+) -Doorly @ Prime (21+) -Mind Control @ Bijou (21+) -LOUISAHHH!!! @ Samba (21+)
Saturday, Oct. 20 Sunday, Oct. 21
-GLOW Boston @ RISE (w/ DJ Doubletake) (18+) -After-Hours @ RISE (w/ Chriss Vargas) (18+) -Gregori Klosman @ Prime (21+)
Get: Halloween Tix
Three HUGE shows in Boston right on Halloween: • Richie Hawtin, Loco Dice, Paco Osuna, Ean Golden @ RISE (18+) • Pretty Lights w/ Bonobo, Sammy Adams, Eliot Lipp @ TD Garden (18+) • Danny Tenaglia w/ Wil Trahan @ Bijou (21+) Get tickets asap - they're selling fast.
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Macklemore strikes listeners with 'The Heist'
With a slew of new music being released in the last week from many talented artists, it was going to be a close call as to who would reign supreme on the top of the Billboard charts. Ellie Goulding, Cris Cab, All Time Low, and Machine Gun Kelly were all expected to make the list, but all fell short to a new hip-hop artist fresh out of Seattle, Wa. Within one hour of release The Heist, by rapper Ben Haggerty (better known as Macklemore) and beat maker Ryan Lewis, reached number one on iTunes. At first take The Heist may seem like nothing particularly special. Macklemore’s voice isn’t distinct or unique in comparison to the likes of Lil Wayne or Wiz Khalifa. The beats, on their own, aren’t as unique as those of Kanye West or Lupe Fiasco, but Haggerty’s swagger on the rhythms, as well as his impressive lyricism, make this debut a deep inspirational rap album that will launch the duo to stardom. Macklemore takes the opportunity not to please the general public, but instead to make a political statement; in a way that is easily relatable, emotional, and not bogged down in poetic metaphors like Lupe’s Food and Liquor II. To most hip-hop listeners, this album was what The Great American Rap Album should have been. The opening track "Ten Thousand Hours" acts as the opening dedication to a novel, and has Macklemore thanking the fans for appreciating the While tracks “Can’t Hold Us” and “Thrift Shop” show the fun, party side to Macklemore, he makes sure to put those songs early in the album, as greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing women they look better in their makeup.” The tear-jerking gay rights plead in “Same Love,” and the metaphoric description of America losing its faith in “Neon Cathedral” show off Macklemore’s diversity as a lyricist, as well as his poetic license. Whether the charttopping album The Hesit is your cup of tea is for you to decide, but the fact remains that Macklemore is talented, and that he has a lot of things on his mind. Diversity like this doesn’t come too often in the rap game, artists such as 2 Chains and Tyga are all too common. The Heist provides a breath of fresh air for hip-hop, and reaffirms my belief that hip-hop isn’t dead. Hopefully Lewis and Macklemore are ready for the pressure they put on themselves, and will continue to make inspiring tunes in the years to come. Until that day comes, listeners can enjoy their debut album until every song is ingrained in their brain.
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hard work he has put into his musical career. The hook states: “Ten-thousand hours, felt like ten-thousand ants, ten-thousand ants, they carry me.” The hours of work he has put into this album begins to show once the dedication is over. Macklemore wastes no time in diving into the political issues of current day society.
if to get them out of the way before he moves in to what he really has to say. The song “Thin Line” has Mr. Haggerty describing a loveless marriage begin to deteriorate, and drops occasional hints that these marriage failures are all too common in American society; that people marry out of other reasons besides love; “the
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Fall Fest '12 is truly 'Spectacular'
Suffolk’s Performing Arts Office produced their annual Fall Fest this past weekend. The free show, entitled “Sports Spectacular,” was held at the C. Walsh Theater. Acts included performances by student musical groups and soloists, as well as routines by Suffolk's own step team and dance troupe. While the group acts were entertaining, it was the solo performances that better displayed Suffolk students’ diverse talent in the arts. Three solo acts stood out to students and faculty in particular. Ajah Brown’s spoken-word piece was not only bold but also well-delivered. Brown captivated the audience with a collaboration of poetry and song, presenting a powerful piece about love. Another solo act that brought roaring cheers from the crowd was Nick Aikens on the piano, singing an original song entitled “Stuck Inside My Head.” Aikens’ performance exhibited his skillful range as a singer as well a meaningful
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lyricist. Aikens, a freshman at Suffolk, sung with confidence and passion. It's safe to say he stole the show during the first act. Following intermission, the final solo act impressed all. An Wang performed on a Guqin, an ancient Chinese weapon turned instrument. Wang has been playing since she was only four years of age, and her talent was obvious in her beautiful and precise performance. Sandwiched inbetween two numbers by the Ensemble, Wang’s piece was a unique and refreshing break from the Glee-like enthusiasts of the show choir. Other notable acts included a lengthy, but fun, routine by the Fresh Beat Dance Crew, a high-energy display of talent from the Suffolk Step team, and the band Lost & Found performing their original song, “Average Joe.” Overall, Fall Fest was an entertaining show, but the acts that deviated from the sports theme turned out to be the most spectacular.
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Have you discovered Clover yet?
In today’s society, fast food has become part of our daily city routines. As local and organic food takes an all-time high in the food market, Clover Food Labs has discovered a new take on making fast food with wholesome products and in more sustainable ways, creating a more healthy food option for their customers. Clover was created by Ayr Muir, who started the business with his first food truck located by MIT in Cambridge. Now, there are currently two restaurants and five food trucks throughout Boston and its neighboring area. Clover makes it a key priority to pride itself on its sustainability commitment. Julian, an assistant manager at Clover, explained a few of the ways the company maintains itself as a sustainable and successful food provider. Instead of buying new trucks, the company acquires their food trucks from old linen or food companies and fix them up to meet current-day regulation standards. These trucks can be seen all over the greater area of Boston. They are also careful about their impact on the Earth and use reusable containers to transport food to the trucks. Needless to say, all the packaging is biodegradable. On a daily basis Clover trucks will host a maximum of 12 people. Some of the workers will be on the interior of the truck cooking food while others will be outside taking orders. By using this rotating system, it allows the orders to be taken more efficiently so that the food is presented to the customer in a reasonable amount of time. “I have always has
Jay-Z ditches lavishness
Jay-Z hopped aboard a New York subway train to Brooklyn last Saturday to reach the new Brooklyn Nets' Barclays Center where he was scheduled to perform, reported Sfgate.com. Instead of riding in the back of a luxury Maybach, he joined New York residents and tourists in the subway as he made his way to the last of his eight performances in the city. He posed for pictures with fans and started a conversation with an elderly woman he sat next to. Jay-Z was not alone, however. He was accompanied by body guards and policemen in plain clothes. Nevertheless, he traveled on one of the city’s oldest trains, the R train, between Canal Street and the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The rapper’s adventure didn’t end at his Atlantic Avenue stop, however. Onlookers were surprised to see Jay-Z walking to the venue from the station. Brooklyn born and raised, the 42-year-old rapper no doubt felt comfortable on the way to his show among the people he grew up with. Now a father and loyal husband, Mr. Carter opted-out of the lavish hip-hop star lifestyle for one evening to show respect for his fans and his home. His wife Beyonce did not join him on the ride, but she attended the show and even got on stage to perform “Diva” and “Crazy in Love” alongside her husband.
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been interested in local sustainability," explained Julian. “I also enjoy meeting the customers and getting to know them.” The Clover location by the recently-refurbished Brewer Fountain gets a variety of customers due to its downtown location. This particular location is open seven days a week throughout the entire calendar year. Monday through Friday 7 a.m. -7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. -9 p.m., and Sunday 9 a.m. -8 p.m. Clover has four reasonably priced sandwiches that will always be on the menu along with two drinks. The most popular sandwich is the Chickpea F r i t t e r Sandwich (pictured on the right) paired with their popular Rosemary french fries. Clover has a daily sandwich, d r i n k , and soup available only in the w i n t e r , along with classic salad specials. It changes its menu items based on the different
seasons and seasonal occasions. The only downfall is that this location shuts down due to weather conditions, which they play by ear every day throughout the tougher seasons. The Tremont and Park Street location is a stunning place to eat with great thanks to the seating area in the Boston Common next to it, making for a convenient setting for customers. There are tables and chairs located around the gorgeous Brewer fountain, which also adds to the atmosphere of the Clover food truck. Clover is able to maintain their prices low and reasonable, due to the restraint of advertising or web designing, instead designing their webpage as a blog. Clover has designed the blog so their customers can find an easy outlet to comment and give feedback on their food experience. Their sandwiches range from $5 to $6 and their drinks, $2 to $3. This is a perfect location for Suffolk, Emerson, and other neighboring college students to eat if they are looking for an affordable way to explore away from their daily cafeterias. Other locations around the city include 7 Holyoke St., Atlantic Avenue, 20 Carleton St., and Summer St. If you would like to learn more about Clover or find other locations, visit www.cloverfoodlab. com for more information.
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Esquire Honors Kunis
Following the recent success of Black Swan, Friends with Benefits, and Ted, along with a long-standing role as the voice of Meg on Family Guy, Mila Kunis’ no-nonsense attitude and stunningly dark features have earned her Esquire’s Sexiest Woman Alive. Kunis started off her career as Jackie on That 70’s Show by lying about her age so that she could be on the show. Years later, her popularity is flourishing, but the 29-year-old has stayed grounded. “So much of who you are in this industry is based on what that critic says, what that director says, what that actor says,” said Kunis. “People start believing all that, and they become what everybody else wants them to be. And I think that I’ve consciously separated my two lives. I love what I do. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. But when I’m done with work, I’m done with work. I think that if I bought into the hype, I would lose all sight of who I am.” The cover of the new Esquire features Kunis wearing only jeans and the photo shoot includes a lot of lacy black lingerie. Her down-to-earth personality combined with her signature doe-eyed expression and killer body is a nearly unchallenged recipe for Sexiest Woman Alive. With this honor, she joins a group that includes Rihanna, Minka Kelly, and Kate Beckinsale. To add to this year’s success for Kunis, she and Ashton Kutcher, also a star of That 70’s Show, recently went public with their romantic relationship.
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candidate was Ron Paul. Stein has been given the Ron Paul treatment ever since the Democratic and Republican candidates were decided.
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Lost in the talks of Mitt Romney’s “binder full of women” and the second presidential debate is the fact that Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein was arrested outside Hofstra University before the debate took place last night. The story was broke by Hofstra’s own student newspaper: The Long Island Report. In the video posted by the paper, police tell the candidate she is blocking traffic before she is ultimately arrested. While the police aren’t wrong in their assessment, Stein shouldn’t have been on the outside of the building in the first place. Rather she should have been on the stage with her own director’s chair next to President Obama and Governor Romney. Stein will be on 85 percent of the presidential ballots when Americans take to the voting booths in the next few weeks, and many will scratch their heads wondering who she is. Too often during election periods, we see the media blatantly ignore legitimate candidates for office. In the 2008 and 2012 Republican primaries, that
Staff Editorial FDA needs
Little-to-no mention is made of her or Libertarian Candidate Gary Johnson during presidential debate discussions, and television audiences likely haven’t been exposed to any approved ads from her. Forbes contributor Peter J. Reilly wrote in a recent column that his good friend believes that the United States has been a corporate fascist dictatorship since 1962. Reilly follows this fact in the column’s next sentence by saying he’s never agreed with his friend until after Stein’s arrest. Regardless of her chances at sitting in the oval office, the fact is she and others deserve to be part of the three debates instead of blatantly ignored and uninvited to these national events. Perhaps the people have lost control of the election. Perhaps we’ve lost our debates.
Chris Musk Journal Staff
jurisdiction to regulate “drug compounded” medications, but rather only normal medications given to patients. As one can tell, clearly something went wrong in the drug compounding process and the FDA should immediately be given congressional approval to regulate this process before another deadly outbreak happens again. Tennessee, out of all the states affected, has suffered the worst repercussions from this horrible tragedy, with 53 cases of meningitis and six deaths. Michigan has been the second hardest hit state, with 41 cases and three deaths, followed by Virginia with 34 cases and one death. Many other states affected by this outbreak – including my home state of New Hampshire and the ones listed above – have filed for administrative hearings with possible violations to come for New England Compounding Center. NECC is likely to lose to their license in the state of Massachusetts for giving patients drug prescriptions and I would not be surprised if we start seeing some of those physicians and doctors who work there being arrested. It would be completely unacceptable for the doctors and pharmacists at NECC to get away with any of these offenses. Some of New England Compounding Center’s patients who have been diagnosed with fungal meningitis have already filed lawsuits against the company. With a total of 15 deaths and hundreds affected by these drug compounded steroid medications, I believe the question is not whether people will be going to prison, but how long are these NECC pharmacists and doctors going to prison for.
A word from the
New England Compounding Center (NECC) – a Framingham, Massachusetts based company – has been distributing a steroid to patients across the United States for various medical reasons. The last shipment of these steroids sent out by NECC has apparently gone to 23 states and 73 medical facilities that could affect up to a total of 14,000 people, according to government health officials. This steroid has now been confirmed to have infected people in over 14 states, with 205 cases being recorded, and so far 15 deaths from fungal meningitis. NECC has recalled their products sent out and for the time being, suspended production. For those who do not know, meningitis is an infection of the membranes covering the spinal cord and brain, where symptoms can include nausea, headaches, and fevers. Luckily fungal meningitis is not contagious: only the bacterial and viral forms of meningitis are. How does such a thing like this happen when we have government programs like the FDA overseeing all of the drug makers in America? Many patients have individual needs for specific mixtures of medications; the process of mixing medications to fit each patient’s drug prescription is the process known as drug compounding. The process of drug compounding is performed by many pharmacists, but requires a doctor to physically oversee the pharmacist in making these prescriptions. The batch of steroids released by New England Compounding Center was not overseen by the FDA because the FDA does not have legal
Dear students, The Student Government Association would like to give you a couple of updates for this week. We did not have our weekly meeting this past week because President McCarthy was presenting Suffolk University’s Strategic Plan. The Strategic Planning Committee worked hard all summer long to bring this plan to Suffolk. This committee, made up of faculty, staff and student representatives, rewrote the mission and the vision of the University. The Strategic Plan is available for viewing on the Suffolk website. During this meeting, the President also revealed the Implementation Plan that will serve as a ‘living document’ for the Suffolk Community. The President also disclosed the plans for 20 Somerset. After construction plans are finalized, the building will house science classrooms, general-purpose classrooms and a dining facility. The Student Government Association was glad to have been present during this town hall meeting. Our weekly will proceed as usual, if you still want to be a member, you can come to our meetings. Once you have attended three meetings you can be a member-at-large and then get voted in as a Senator. Our weekly meetings are every Thursday at 1:00pm in Donahue 311. As always, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org Have a great week, Student Association Government
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September 19, 2012 October 17, 2012
"Congress shall make no law"
Anya Batrakova Journal Contributor
It has come to our attention that one in five Americans has no religious affiliation. A study that just came out conducted by the Pew Center and PBS says that 19.6 percent of the population is religiously unaffiliated. This includes atheists and agnostics, who comprise six percent of the population. Perhaps I view the country as more conservative than it actually is, but these percentages surprise me. The numbers are at their highest point ever in American history, and they are higher than I assumed. Maybe my fear of religious zealots taking over the country has skewered my idea of our nation’s general spiritualism. Let me just say, I am one of ‘those people’ who proudly proclaims that I am spiritual and not religious. This probably gets a lot of mental eye-rolling. But I pray, believe in a higher power, and even if I didn’t, I follow my own moral and ethical codes. I formed a lot of my morals not just from my parents, who are for the most part religiously unaffiliated, but through what I myself deem spiritually fit. Sometimes it’s intrinsic, and other times it’s through the trials and errors of daily living. Many people are just like this. So many of us have tried to find a religion that fits our ideals, but to no avail. Somehow, something within organized religion doesn’t click for them but they do believe there is something bigger than them. The reasons for this, the study claims, are usually that the unaffiliated view the religious organizations as “too concerned with money and power, too focused on rules, and too involved in politics.” Discouraged, many have given up on God altogether. It is also not shocking to learn that 60 percent of voters who are religiously unaffiliated are Democrats. They support same-sex marriage and women’s abortion rights – something not typically embraced in religious institutions. I visited a church service recently as a portion of my research for a class, and they were talking a lot for man, and if you divorce is easy to see how these ideas about how woman was made you won’t get into heaven. It could make an American of today uncomfortable. Clearly, the Pew statistics show an appropriate progression into modern times. Not only are many people turned off from what they interpret to be hypocrisy, but many of our views have changed into something more free, liberal, and open-minded. This does not mean we’re going to abandon all our values, or that our social and moral fiber is going to unravel and the country is going to go into complete anarchy. It means the complete opposite, even though religious leaders around the world are concerned about the Western World and are trying to do something about it. When the Constitution was written, the Founding Fathers made sure to keep the Church out of it. To their surprise, people started getting more religious and spiritual, going to church and forming new religions. They upheld this society by living their own values. This is a good parallel to what is going on now. With less control over us or pressure to conform to a religious standard, we actually flourish.
Why we $houldn't tru$t propoganda
A.P. Blake Opinion Editor
With the drums of war beating for Iran, too few questions are being asked. There are striking similarities with how the United States entered the war with Iraq. Remember how we entered Iraq based on the premise of weapons of mass destruction? We even had mysterious covert sources passing on information about the weapons, but we never found a trace when the boots were on the ground. Now we have reports that Iran is trying to construct a nuclear arsenal with nothing to back it up except distorted quotes and grainy satellite imagery. The way many in the American public will eat this up just goes to show how quick we are to disregard other peoples’ lives for the sake of how we believe the world should be or for our own minor conveniences. So who exactly is responsible for beating the drums of war, and what do they want? Some may point to extreme political Zionism and note the conflict between Israel and Iran. While I am sure this may lion to about $15 billion under their lead. As with the Big Dig, many projects in Iraq are running over budget and behind schedule. Some projects are being abandoned before they’re completed, including the rebuilding of a major hospital, but the contractor is always paid. With big contracts and cronyism opportunities abound, it is imperative that we take a look at just who is beating the drums of war. Money talks in American politics. I do not wish to make baseless accusations, but we should face facts: the premise of the Iraq war was an outright lie that looked shaky at best and some very well-connected contractors cashed some obscenely large checks. The current rhetoric about Iran has even less credibility, and I suspect the cost will be much greater. Iran is more developed Photo Courtesy of Flickr User Ssoosay and far more advanced than alone. Another Iraq was; an invasion will not say with almost everything in these companies were involved 2003-2006 politics: follow the money. in the sale of arms, financing, company that profited greatly be easy. The toll on our miliwas Bechtel, the largest con- tary and our deficit will be far Following the destruction and rebuilding efforts. and occupation of Iraq, megaHalliburton is principle struction and engineering firm greater than what we’ve alcorporations came out rolling among these and according in the county. The name may ready seen. The American miliin the riches and a country to Business Pundit, raked in a sound familiar: Bechtel led the tary industrial complex is alive was arguably left teetering in whopping $17.2 billion for “the Big Dig project here in Boston, and well, so lets not be fooled. a worse position than before. construction and maintenance which ballooned from $2 bilplay some part – or at least plays a convenient role to pandering support – there must be deeper roots to this issue. As I These corporations include Halliburton, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, General Electric, and numerous oil giants. Most of of military bases, oil field repairs, and various infrastructure rebuilding projects across the war-torn nation” from
I$ another war worth it?
Incumbents One girl's struggle too weak? for an education
became brave enough to start writing openly using her own Last Thursday night, Ameriname and was nominated for cans everywhere tuned in to Living in a free nation, we the International Children’s watch the only vice presidensometimes lose sight of how Peace Prize along with being tial debate of this campaign important our basic freedoms the first to win the Pakistani season. Incumbent Joe Biden are. To Malala Yousafzai, this National Youth Peace Prize. faced off against the young lack of freedom has inspired In Pakistan, education is a and charismatic Paul Ryan in the 14-yearwhat promised to be an inold Pakistani tense debate. girl, and has However, when ultimately the curtains closed lead to her and the final words fighting for had been spoken, her own life. the buzz was more On Tuesabout Biden’s beday, Oct. 9, havior than the acMalala was tual substance of shot in the the debate. The vice head and president was on neck while the attack all night, boarding a cutting off Ryan, acschool bus cusing him of lying, to go home and at some points from school. even openly laughTwo of Maing or smiling when lala’s friends Ryan stated somewere also thing he believed to injured. Afbe untrue. Though ter the attack, the Pakistani growing concern. According entertaining, his Taliban took full responsibil- to new statistics that were reantics certainly ity for the attack claiming that leased by the Federal Educacrossed the line of Malala was a target because tion Ministry of Pakistan, 74 civility, and even she began voicing her oppo- percent of girls in the country though Biden “won” Photo Courtesy of Flickr User DonkeyHotey sition against the Taliban in are illiterate. The report also the debate, it was regards to violence and the showed that out of 163,000 not by a whole lot. His rude the laughter they drew from lack of education for women primary schools, only 40,000 demeanor won points for the Biden. in her country. In a statement are for girls. While many of opposing camp. I am a liberal, and a supreleased by a Taliban spokes- these statistics are arguably inJoe Biden has always been porter of the President. Earlier person, Malala was the main correct, especially considering a no-nonsense kind of guy. this week I filled out my abtarget because she represented they are the official statistics He’s rough around the edges; sentee ballot for the state of “the symbol of infidels and ob- released by the Pakistani govhe tells it like it is and isn’t Connecticut, and I am proud scenity” because of her liberal ernment, more independent afraid who he offends. But to say that the first president ideals about girls’ education. statistics show higher numon Thursday night, what may I have ever voted for is Barack have otherwise been written Obama. I believe he truly has off as “Joe being Joe” looked the best interests of all Amerimore like desperation from a cans, and the country as a campaign that is beginning to whole, in mind. However, if feel threatened by what they he and Joe Biden want more once perceived as a weak op- people to think like me, it is ponent. It is no secret that time for them to start taking the president greatly under- this campaign seriously. Romperformed in his first debate, ney and Ryan have both had and it seemed painfully obvi- strong debate performances, ous that Biden was going over and have proven they are not the limit to make up for lost here to mess around. On the ground. other side of things, Obama’s Biden’s performance in the first performance was terribly debate is just another exam- lacking, and Biden, although ple of what has so far been a putting forth a much stronger failed campaign by the incum- performance, came off as rude bent team. Instead of concen- and condescending. trating on what Obama plans As I write this in preparato do next for the nation, his tion for what is now last night’s campaign has focused on Rom- debate, I am hoping that the ney’s shortcomings, trying to President will focus more on write him off as insignificant the issues than just attempting and corrupt. Between both to cast aside Romney and tout campaign strategies, which his own achievements. While are actually quite similar, this he has done some great things Malala started writing bers of illiteracy and school might be the most savage elec- for this country, these debates about this inequality at age involvement for girls. tion season we have seen in a are about what he will do next, 11, using an anonymous blog When I heard the news of long time. not what he has already done. on BBC.com, describing a this attack, I was greatly sadThe strange thing about If both candidates stick to dream she had (more like a dened and personally affected. Biden’s approach to this de- the issues, and their plans to nightmare) about the Taliban I was forced to think about bate is that, at least for the tackle those issues instead of taking over her school and how lucky we are, as a counsupporters of the President, it demonizing each other, Presicommunity. She continued to try, to have the freedom to seemed to work. Many Demo- dent Obama will undoubtedly write about this fear and the express our concerns against crats hailed Biden after the prove to the American people affect the Taliban has had on the government without livdebate for his passion and felt that he is a much better choice her school life. She eventually ing in fear of our own lives. I reassured that this adminis- for the future of this nation.
Matt Bacon Sports Editor
tration does have some fight in them. Old Joe also hit all of the right points, criticizing the Romney team for things like his “47 percent” comment, and his comment suggesting that we should let the auto industry “go bankrupt.” Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley even said in an interview with ABC News that he felt many of Ryan’s comments deserved
Megan Dutra Opinion Editor
cannot count how many things I have written or said that I, too, would be considered obscene if we did not have the freedoms we do here in America. It deeply upsets me that in the modern world we live in, young girls in other coun-
tries are still denied access to school and then punished for striving for something better. Education is arguably the most important resource for anyone’s future. Denying the right to an education on any grounds is a decision that ultimately hinders any youth from a promising future. Malala is an inspiration to me because I don’t know who I would be if I were not given the opportunity to write my opinions, especially about our government.
Malala’s surgery was a success and doctors were able to remove the bullet from her brain. She has been transferred to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, U.K. She has been making much progress and doctors are hopeful about her recovery.
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September 19, 2012 October 17, 2012
Philadelphia Eagles Fire Castillo
Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Andy Reid fired defensive coordinator Juan Castillo. Reid, in his 14th season coaching the Eagles, dismissed Castillo mid-season, after Castillo coached the Eagles offensive line for 13 seasons. This came after the game against the Detroit Lions, in which they blew a 10-point lead to lose in overtime. Reid felt like he put Castillo in a position that he believed would work, but it simply did not, and Reid is taking full responsibility. With last year’s early struggles on defense, it is apparent that the blame has fallen on Castillo’s shoulders. Castillo was part of the Eagles organization for 18 years, which is the longest that any coach in franchise history has been with the team. The Eagles (3-3) face the undefeated Atlanta Falcons in Week 8, when Philadelphia will give a chance for new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, the former secondary coach, to ease into his new position during the bye week.
Thursday, 10/18 vs. Curry 7 PM Saturday, 10/20 vs. Johnson & Wales 1 PM Tuesday, 10/23 @ Lesley 8 PM
NHL Offers At 50-50 Split
The NHL has brought labor talks back to life, offering a 50-50 split in hockey related revenues. This agreement would also mean an 82-game hockey season starting on November 2nd. It is now up to the NHL Player’s Association to consider signing this agreement. The NHLPA has already come out and said that the document is so long that this will not be a quick deal. The league’s current offer would not affect any contracts of current players. NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr claims that this current offer that the NHL has put on the table would last for at least six years. According to sources, if the deal is accepted by the NHLPA, teams will be able to go over the cap, which could be up to $70 million. The deal is on the table, and there is a chance that America will have hockey back in as soon as a week. Will the NHLPA end the lockout?
Wednesday, 10/17 vs. St. Joseph's (Me.) 6 PM Saturday, 10/20 vs. St. Joseph (Conn.) 4:30 PM
Wednesday, 10/17 vs. Lasell 8:30 PM Saturday, 10/20 vs. River 8 PM
Holmgren Leaves Browns
Mike Holmgren is no longer the Cleveland Browns team president. New Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslem III has announced that Holmgren is out, but will remain with the organization until they resolve the position. Haslem bought the team with a $1 billion purchase from Randy Lerner. The NFL owners voted, and all 32 approved of Haslem’s purchase of the Browns. Holmgren is a former Super Bowl-winning head coach for the 1996 Green Bay Packers. Although he has been the owner for a short time, the organization feels that Haslem has made great decisions so far in his ownership. Eyebrows are now being raised, because the big question the people now want to know...will Holmgren go back to coaching? Many reporters are also questioning if this move means they will look for a new coaching staff next year. The rumors will continue to circulate, but for now all that anyone knows, the Browns are looking for change.
1. Lasell 13-1 2. Albertus Magnus 11-3-2 3. Johnson and Wales 9-6-1 4. Saint Joseph's (Me.) 9-6-2 5. Norwich 8-5-1 6. Saint Joseph's (Me.) 4-6-2 7. Emerson 7-7 8. Mount Ida 6-7-1 9. Suffolk 6-8-1 10. Emmanuel 4-9-2 11. River 0-11-1 12. Anna Maria 2-12-1
1. Emerson 13-8 2. Rivier 15-9 3. Simmons 14-12 4. Saint Joseph's (Me.) 17-5 5. Emmanuel 10-14 6. Mount Ida 10-12 7. Johnson & Wales 10-17 8. Lasell 6-20 9. Norwich 8-11 10. Albertus Magnus 11-9 11. Suffolk 9-15 12.. St. Joseph (Conn.) 5-18 13. Anna Maria 2-17
1. St. Joseph (Ct.) 11-1-1 2. Lasell 10-3 3. Albertus Magnus 10-3-2 4. Emmanuel 10-5-1 5. Emerson 7-3-3 6. Simmons 8-7 7. Saint Joesephs (Me.) 7-4-2 8. Johnson & Wales 5-10 9. Suffolk 4-9 10. Norwich 5-7-2 11. River 3-9-2 12. Mount Ida 4-9-1 13. Pine Manor 2-8 14. Anna Maria 1-12
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Aaron Rodgers Dominates as Packers Crush Texans; Manning Overcomes Largest Deficit in Career
Roy Ben-Joseph Journal Staff
It was in the summer of 2008 when the residents of Green Bay, Wisconsin, woke up to shocking news. Their long time franchise quarterback and future hall of famer, Brett Favre, had asked the team to release him after 17 seasons and one Super Bowl ring. It was clear at the time that the 24th overall pick in the 2005 NFL draft, Aaron Rodgers, who spent the previous three seasons as backup for Favre, was going to take over. In the beginning, the fans did not take the news too well. The rest, however, is history. In 2010, Aaron Rodgers would lead the Packers to a victory in Super Bowl XLV and win the MVP award on the way. The next season, Rodgers would lead the world champion Packers to a 15-1 regular season record, a franchise high, and win the NFL MVP award. Entering play in Week 6 of 2012, the Packers and their reigning NFL MVP entered play with a 2-3 record which marked the first time in many years they have a record under .500. After a stunning loss in Indianapolis in Week 5 in which the Packers lost an 18-point lead at the half time, doubts began to surround the ability of Aaron Rodgers to recreate his 2011 season. The Packers faced the Houston Texans, who had a 5-0 record for the first time in franchise history, looking to extend the perfect season. The Texans defense, which was ranked third entering play, had suffered a huge loss in All-Pro Linebacker Brian Cushing who tore his ACL in a Week 5 game vs. the Jets. It was soon clear that instead of the game being a celebration of the Texans franchise, that it would be Aaron Rodgers’ show. The Packers started the game in a storm with two quick touchdown passes by Rodgers in the first quarter for a 14-0 lead. After Houston running back Arian Foster ran for a one yard TD to cut the lead in half, Rodgers threw another 21-yard pass to Jordy Nelson to give the Packers a 21-7 lead. A Shane Graham 51-yard field goal made it 2110 Packers at the half time. The second half was once again exclusively the Aaron Rodgers show, as he threw for three more touchdowns, tying a career high six TD passes. Overall, Rodgers was 24-for-37 in passing for 338 yards and six TD’s. It was the much improved Packers defense, who last year ranked last in the league and set an NFL record for yards given up, that stopped Houston QB Matt Schaub, who went for 20for-33 with two interceptions and no TDs. The game also featured the two sack leaders in the NFL, Clay Matthews III from the Packers and J.J Watt from the Texans. The Packers ended up crushing the Texans 42-24 with 437 total offensive yards against the third ranked defense in the NFL. As Aaron Rodgers looked like the man who won the MVP award last year, it is safe to assume that he has completely beaten any vestige of criticism. In the other prime time game, the SanDiego Chargers hosted the Denver Broncos and future Hall of Fame quarterback P e y t o n Manning. The Broncos were coming off a loss in Foxboro to the Patriots in Week 5, and Peyton Manning still had to deal with some questions as to whether he could recreate his performance from before his neck surgeries that caused him to miss all of the 2011 season. Three hours from the start, the game became another big milestone in Manning’s rich career. At half time, San-Diego was up 24-0. Never in his career has Chargers side which drew a few offside penalties. Manning looked in full control out there and reminded everyone of the man from the Indianapolis Colts who won a NFL-high four MVP awards. The Broncos scored 35 unanswered points to win 35-24 after trailing 24-0 at half time. Overall, Manning threw for three touchdowns and one interception with 309 passing yards. The Broncos also scored on defense twice after intercepting Philip Rivers four times. In Week 7 the NewEngland Patriots offense might be on the edge of NFL history. If the Patriots offense will earn more than 300 total offensive yards, that will mark the 16th consecutive game which Tom Brady and company do so. That would tie them with the 1999 St. Louis Rams, the famous offense put together by offensive coordinator Mike Martz and led by QB Kurt Warner Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons that was nicknamed “The Greatest Show on Turf”. known not only for his arm but This St. Louis team went on to also for his greatest weapon, win Super-Bowl XXXVI in the his brain. The way Manning same year. Patriots fans can took over and designed the only hope for the same results plays, occasionally changing in the 2012 season as they are plays at the line of scrimmage, about to tie this legendary using the famous and unique Rams team. Manning language and signs, caused huge confusion on the Manning overcome such a deficit. In the second half, we saw a different Manning. We saw the old sheriff who was
Sandusky Sentenced to 30-60 Years in Prison
Brendan Martin Journal Contributor
helped in utterly destroying the investigation which fined the Penn State Football program, university $60 million, vacated In June, former Penn State Defensive Coordinator Jerry Sandusky was charged with 45 counts of sexually abusing 10 young boys and on Oct. 9 he was sentenced to no less than 30 years and no more than 60 years in prison. This is essentially a life sentence according to his attorney Joe Amendola. “Realistically, even if Jerry was to survive the 30 years, he won’t be released,” Amendola said. The Deputy Attorney General also had no quarrel with the sentence, stating that “The defendant will remain incarcerated for the rest of his life.” This all stems from a twoyear grand jury investigation which ended in 2011 with Sandusky initially being arrested and charged with 52 counts of sexual abuse. This who used his stature in the community both as a football coach and as a mentor through his Second Mile charity for at risk children to take advantage of his victims. His victims, which most wish to not be named, have had their remarks read in court and they are quite incriminating in nature. One victim, as read by the prosecutor Joseph E. McGettigan III, said “He promised to be my friend and mentor. Jerry Sandusky humiliated me beyond description” the Washington Post reported. Another part of this story is one of the victims happens to be one of Sandusky’s adopted sons. He came forward during the trial and told prosecutors that he was abused, which with people in power such as a number of program victories, made Sandusky decide not to Joe Paterno being accused and barred the football team take the witness stand. of knowing about the deeds from postseason play. Jerry Sandusky again at being committed and not Jerry Sandusky has been court claimed he was innocent, doing enough to stop it. This painted (as he should) as that this was all a massive was concluded by a NCAA a deeply disturbed person conspiracy, and that all the
victims are lying. Almost everyone in the courtroom was visibly upset by these statements. “Others can take away my life. They can make me out as a monster. They can treat me as a monster. But they can’t take away my heart,” the Washington Post also reported Sandusky as saying. “In my heart, I know I did not do these alleged disgusting acts.” Sandusky’s defense team plans to appeal the court’s decision, citing not enough time for the defense to prepare before going to court, that no one would listen to Sandusky’s side of the story, and lastly that the victims were not trustworthy. Judge John M. Cleland in handing down the sentence said to Sandusky “You abused the trust of those who trusted you. . . . The crime is not only what you did to their bodies, but your assault to their psyches and souls.”
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September 17, 2012 October 19, 2012
Men's Soccer in midst of intense playoff race
CJ Haddad Journal Staff
It’s almost playoff time for the Suffolk men’s soccer program as there are only three games left on the schedule this season. Recently it’s been tough as the men have dropped their last three games, allowing three goals in each match; the Rams were defeated 3-2. 3-1, and 3-1 again. These are tough matches to drop as Suffolk will need every win it can get to have momentum going into the playoffs. Sitting in eighth place in the GNAC right now, the Rams have a record of 3-4-1, which makes them eligible for the last spot in the playoffs if they can perform up to par in these last three matches. Out of those matches, two of them will be played against GNAC opponents; Lasell and Rivier. Lasell this year has been dominant posting an 8-0 record on the season and in first place in the GNAC. Rivier on the other hand sits below if the Rams cannot defeat them Suffolk and is threatening to in their upcoming game. overtake them in the standings Before playing those GNAC Senegal has been a major part of this year’s Rams team. He is fourth on the team with three goals and fourth in assists with two on the year. As a midfielder, primarily on the left side, Niang is all over the field playing offense and getting back for defense as well. He feels that the Rams are poised for a playoff run and can’t wait to finish out the season. “Our game versus Salve is just a warm up for our last two conference games. If we win our last two (conference games), were into the playoffs and possibly be able to play at home in the first round.“ When asked about playing undefeated Lasell, Niang was itching at the chance, “Excited. I scored the equalizer when we tied them last year. I can’t wait to be the first team to [beat them]”. If the rest of the Rams roster is as excited about the end of the season as Niang is, it looks as if this team has exactly what it needs to make a run to the playoffs. Photo courtesy of Suffolk Athletics Suffolk will play Lasell rivals, they will have to go on can help boost their record at home on Wednesday at the road to face Salve Regina, and winning-percentage. 8 p.m. at Dilboy Stadium in a non-conference game that Sophomore Dijbril Niang of Somerville.
Fantasy Football: What You Need to Know for Week 7
Brendan Martin Journal Contributor
It is almost at the halfway point of the season for the NFL, and as such it is time to make that push for the playoffs in fantasy. I will try to help your team by pointing out players who could help in a pinch if you don’t have an absolute stud at the position. This is an article for the serious fantasy football players who utilize the blood sweat and tears spilt by the actual players, to win your league (and hopefully a couple of bucks). In the words of the late great Marvin Gaye: “let’s get it on.” Quarterback: This is a big bye week for the owners of Peyton Manning, Matt Ryan, Philip Rivers, and Michael Vick. Finding a replacement on the waiver wire is tough but I think a good bet would be to pick up Mark Sanchez. “The Sanchize” is facing one of the worst defensive secondary’s in the league...that’s right, the New England Patriots. I think the Pats will get the win but Sanchez will get his numbers. Alternate: Carson Palmer Running Back: Felix Jones had a breakout game in Week 6 for the Cowboys, and look for the former Razorback to continue that trend with incumbent DeMarco Murray out. Alternate: BenJarvus GreenEllis Wide Receiver: Take a look at Brandon Gibson of the St. Louis Rams this week. With No. 1 wideout Danny Amendola injured, Gibson is the new target for Sam Bradford who will be throwing early and often to keep up with the Green Bay Packers' dynamic offense. Alternate: Stephen Hill Tight End: Jermaine Gresham is a stud for the Cincinnati Bengals and he is as consistent as a tight end can be. Facing a Pittsburg Steelers defense decimated by injuries I think this could be the game where Gresham breaks out. Alternate: Kyle Rudolph Defense/ Special Teams: Surprisingly, I would advise in picking up a defense that is most likely still available in your league: the Oakland Raiders. They are playing the dreadful Jaguars this week, and there are no clear cut match ups to take advantage of this week. Alternate: Vikings Defense Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
The Suffolk Journal
CJ Haddad Journal Staff
forth impressive performances for the Yankees. Though the power numbers are there for the Yankees, those bats haven’t shown up in the playoffs up until this point. After their five run explosion in the ninth inning of game one, the Yankees have only scored nine runs in games two through five. Hopefully (or not so hopefully) the power outage stops or the Yankees will find themselves watching the Fall Classic from their couches. The Detroit Tigers on the other-hand looked poised to make the World Series since they lost four games to one to the St. Louis Cardinals in 2006. Offensively, the Tigers picked up the most coveted free agent of this past off season in Prince Fielder. Prince has made the transition to American league better than anybody in recent memory by hitting .313, with 30 homeruns and 108 RBI. He would be getting all the attention on the team if it wasn’t for MVP candidate Miguel Cabrera who this year had a hall of fame line of a .330 AVG, 44 HR, and 139 RBI. Surrounding the deadly one-two combination are playmakers such as leadoff hitter Austin Jackson, who has had a break out year with 103 runs scored. Others such as Delmon Young, Johnny Peralta, and Brennan Boesch provide a solid supporting cast to make the Tigers dangerous. On the mound, Detroit may be tops in the majors at having Francisco. With St. Louis looking to repeat, and San Francisco looking to capture two in three years, this will no doubt be a grind it out series that will most likely go seven games. For the Giants, their undeniable leader is their 25-yearold catcher, and NL MVP candidate Buster Posey. Posey posted an impressive average of .336, which led all of major league baseball. He was also only the fourth catcher in the modern era to lead the league in batting. Alongside Posey is popular third baseman Pablo Sandoval aka KungFu Panda. Although injuries limited him Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons to only 108 games, he mentioned are in the top is always a threat to have a big seven for ERA in the American game and put a spark in the League this season; Something Giants sub-par batting lineup. Over the season, the Giants you almost never see from one have picked up important team. Along with fireball closer pieces such as shortstop Marco Jose Valverde, it will be tough Scutaro and Outfielder Hunter for the Yankees to match up Pence who is now with his with the AL central Division third team in as many seasons. Pence adds power and Champions. Over on the National defense while Scutaro has a League side, we find the last solid glove and a veteran bat. Just like 2010 when they two teams to win the World Series battling it out for the won it all, pitching has been the key for the Giants. rights to get back. Although Tim Lincecum has Last year, the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Texas had a disastrous year, Matt Rangers in seven games to win Cain, Madison Bumgarner, and their second world series in six veteran Barry Zito have picked up the pieces around their years. The year before that the former CY Young winner. Cain was dominant this Giants also defeated the Texas Rangers, making it their first year going 16-5 with a 2.79 series win in the city of San ERA. His has taken over the pitchers with dominant “stuff”. The group of Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Doug Fister, and Anibal Sanchez lead the American League in starting rotation ERA this year. Also, all of those four
October 17, 2012
Exci te me n t a b o u nd a s ML B pl a yof fs heat up
And then there were four. This MLB post-season has been filled with dramatics as all four ALDS and NLDS series came down to game five. Those left standing are the Yankees and Tigers from the American League, and the Giants and defending World Series champs, the Cardinals. In the American League match-up, we find the only Triple Crown winner since Boston’s beloved Carl Yastrzemski, Miguel Cabrera, and last year’s MVP and Cy Young award-winner Justin Verlander represent the Tigers. For the Yankees, second base sensation Robinson Cano and dominant ace CC Sabathia lead the charge for the evil empire. If the Yankees are to make it to the World Series, they are going to have to do what they’ve been best at all year: hitting home runs. The Bronx Bombers have hit a whopping 245 long balls this year, which can be much accredited to that generous short-porch and “wind tunnel” that is the new Yankee Stadium right field. Along with that short porch is an abundance of left handed hitters who all have the power to send that ball into that big gust of air. Among those lefthanders is Curtis Granderson, who alone impressively hit 43 of his own home runs, second in the MLB. Mark Teixeira, Robinson Cano, Nick Swisher, Ichiro, Jason Nix, and the man who is the only player in postseason history to hit three homeruns in the ninth inning or later in one postseason, Raul Ibanez, have also put ace position for this team and will continue to throughout the postseason. Sergio Romo has also emerged as a promising closer for the Giants and pitched well in the NLDS. The defending world champs lost arguably the best player in baseball, and possibly in the last twenty years. With Albert Pujols gone, the Cards have found a way to fill his gap at first base and make it to the NLCS as Albert watches from his couch. Players such as Carlos Beltran, Matt Holiday, and David Freese lead an explosive lineup with power and speed. Catcher Yadier Molina has had a career year at the plate. Normally known for his defense, Molina posed a .315 batting average with 22 home runs and 76 RBI. On the mound for the Cards are starters Adam Wainright, Chris Carpenter, Lance Lynn, and Kyle Lohse. Lynn was an 18 game winner, and Lohse has been impressive this season with a sub-three ERA and 16 wins. Wainright and Carpenter represent the experience on the staff. Lastly, closer Jason Motte has been dominant again this year as he has the past few seasons. This postseason has already been exciting enough, and it will continue to be with these match-ups. Who will be the one to win it all? We’ll just have to watch and see who gets to bull-rush the mound, spray champagne, and hoist the most coveted prize in the sport of baseball.
Women's Tennis White-Hot Entering Playoffs
Jeremy Hayes Assistant Sports Editor
In every sport, all that matters for a team in the end is winning. For the women’s tennis team at Suffolk University, they are going into the playoffs with a winning mentality. The Lady Rams head into the playoffs on a four game win streak, their longest streak of the season. In the past four games, they have a total match record of 35-1 among all their players in singles and doubles play. They won back-to-back games this past Thursday and Friday, beating UMass Boston and Albertus Magnus. The wins not only bump up the Ram’s record to 7-7, but they are now 4-4 in the conference. Senior captain Kelly Conrad won her match this previous Friday in both singles and doubles. Conrad and Erica LeBlanc recorded their fifth win on the season in Photo courtesy of Suffolk Athletics doubles play. The best doubles duo this juniors Melissa Chermely and season is the combination of Stacy Politis, who have seven total wins on the year. Now, the Lady Rams will go on to face the second seed Johnson & Wales University in the GNAC quarterfinals playoffs. The Lady Rams have previously lost 6-3 to Johnson and Wales this season back in September. LeBlanc, who did not lose any of her single or double matches, is confident going into the playoffs. “This was definitely what we hoped would happen,” said LeBlanc, a sophomore, and second year on the tennis team. “It was a strong end to the regular season and gives us a great jump to power through our next match.” The matches are single elimination in the playoffs, so it is a win or go home situation when the Lady Rams play Johnson & Wales “We definitely know this won’t be an easy match,” said LeBlanc. “Last year, Johnson & Wales was our first playoff game and we lost to them 4-5. It’s time for some vengeance here.” “We have to boost our game up to a level higher than we have these past four matches.” The GNAC quarterfinals match-up between Suffolk and Johnson & Wales will be on Wednesday, October 17th
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