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VOLUME 70, NUMBER 3
September 30, 2009
Emerson ranked most dangerous college
Suffolk appears nowhere on list
AD and the Common, starting at Arlington St. Like Emerson, this boundary includes the entire Boston Common and a large portion of downtown Boston. “The reporting area is difJeff Fish
Emerson College made headlines last week when it was deemed the most dangerous college in the country in a study conducted by the news and opinion website, The Daily Beast, raising eyebrows in the Suffolk community as to why the University, which shares much of its campus with Emerson, did not appear on the list. “Colleges seem to not be uniformly reporting the numbers,” said Andrew Tiedmann, Vice President of Communications and Marketing at Emerson. Tiedemann acknowledged that the Clery Act is long and complicated, possibly causing different universities to interpret it differently. Because of each school's interpretation on the Clery Act, Tiedemann was unable to comment on Suffolk's ranking. All colleges and universities in the U.S. are required by law
to report any crimes committed on campus to the Department of Education each year by Oct. 1 under the Clery Act, which was signed in 1990. The Clery Act was named for Jeanne Clery, a nineteen-year-old freshman at Lehigh University who was raped and murdered in her dorm in 1986. T h e boundaries for Suffolk start at the Ridgeway building, run along Cambridge and Tremont Streets, turn onto Boylston St., right onto Beacon St., left onto Bowdoin St., left onto Derne St., and down Temple St., according to Greg Gatlin, the director of the Public Affairs office at Suffolk. Suffolk also has domain over West St., Washington St., and the area between NES-
"...all Universities with urban campuses must report crime in their neighborhoods even if those crimes didn’t involve students that go to that school."
ferent than it is for Emerson,” said Gatlin, explaining that while Suffolk and Emerson have a lot of similar area, the boundaries are still different. “We report all the data from the Boston Police as well as SUPD.” Because both Suffolk and Emerson have different boundaries, Gatlin was unable to comment on Emerson's ranking.
The Daily Beast collected data from the Department of Education, which requires all Universities with urban campuses to report crime in their neighborhoods even if those crimes didn’t involve students that go to that school. “Emerson is a very safe campus. It’s a safe and secure environment,” said Tiedemann. “Emerson doesn’t believe we should be on this list. “ According Tiedmann, only six of the 106 assaults on the Boston Common involved Emerson students, but they are required by the Clery Act to report those crimes. Tiedemann considers the crimes reported from public areas a gray area and said that they are misleading on the study published by the Beast.
The study was calculated on a point system, where schools received varying numbers of points depending on the severity of the crime, and then the total number of points was divided by the population of the school. “[The study] puts small schools at a disadvantage,” said Tiedemann, pointing out that Emerson, which has an undergraduate population of roughly 4,000, would receive a higher ranking for six incidences than a school with a higher population. “We hope in the future that these surveys would include different methodology.” According to Tiedemann, Emerson did not send out emails or any other notification to the student body regarding the study. “I think a fair-minded person would say it’s safe.” Tiedemann encouraged students to take shared responsibility of their safety and to try to have friends with them at all times.
nside Suffolk student wins big at CollegeFest ournal
"IDE founder discusses solution to poverty" pg. 3
"Staff Editorial" pg. 6
Arts & Entertainment
"MFA opens doors to students on College Night" pg. 8
"NHL Preview" pg. 14
For the past 24 years, CollegeFest has attracted students from Boston area colleges and universities to its annual twoday event held at the Hynes Convention Center. Inside, different companies showed off new technologies, deals, and freebies for students in Boston, and entertainers, including dance crews and bands, performed for the crowds. Exhibitors grabbed students’ attention to their booths with games, contests, and free swag, or promotional items. One of the contests, an 11-day round trip around Europe, was raffled off and won by Suffolk freshman Sarah Baker. “I've never won anything
before in my life so, it was insane, I can't describe the feeling. I didn't even enter for the trip, I didn't know it was a trip, I just entered because I really wanted to try skydiving, so right before Talib Kweli came on, they called my name and I screamed. It was probably the best day of my life,” Baker told the Journal. CollegeFest’s entrance turned into a mess of exhibitors and students. Representatives handed students bags filled with freebies while
Photos by Ethan Long
the students walked onto the floor. Booths ran down in rows with groups of students forming lines everywhere.
Many of last year’s exhibitors returned, like Monster Energy Drink, whose booth once
see COLLEGE FEST page 4
Saturday, September 26
1:31 a.m. 10 West St. Received report of an elevator entrapment at 10 West St. Unit 22 responding. Report filed.
September 30, 2009
Suffolk fights Breast Cancer
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) is a nationwide event established to raise awareness about early detection and treatment of breast cancer. 2009 marks the 25th anniversary of NBCAM, as well as, Suffolk University’s eighth year participating in a school-wide celebration of education and empowerment. October has become a time for the Suffolk community to reach out and display solidarity and support for those affected by breast cancer, which has become the second leading cause in cancer-related deaths in women in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). The ACS also predicts that in 2009, breast cancer will prove fatal for more than 40,000 women in the United States alone. With statistics like these, Liz Drexler-Hines, health educator in Suffolk’s Health and Wellness Services office, believes that as a community we must work together to instill aggressive healthcare habits for the women of our generation. Suffolk’s faculty, administrators, students, and athletes have been instrumental in the process of spreading knowledge about the importance of early detection and regular check-ups. Each year, Suffolk hosts a number of events designed to educate members of the Suffolk community, while providing encouragement for those affected by this disease. Students can display their support by wearing a pink bracelet or ribbon, which will be distributed by Suffolk athletes and volunteers in the lobbies of Donahue, Sawyer, NESAD, and the Law School, dur-
ing the first week of October. “Stand Up for Pink,” this year’s kickoff event, will take place October 6, 2009, in the Ridgeway Gym. This event will be open to supporters, survivors, family members and friends. Participants will be given a pink t-shirt and asked to form a human breast cancer ribbon, which will then be photographed aerially. This photo will help Suffolk gen-
Sunday, September 27
“This is a problem that touches every family I know to some extent. Anything we can do to improve this situation is greatly desirable. I’ll get out my pink tie.”
erate publicity for the NBCAM campaign, both inside and outside the University. NBCAM at Suffolk has been successful in large part due to a specific group of individuals and their altruistic efforts over the years. Norine Bacigalupo, CJN department adjunct professor and breast cancer survivor, has made a life-long commitment to honor her sister and best friend, Barbara McCormick, who died of breast cancer at age 38. Although she recognizes that she cannot change the world, Bacigalupo reaches out to her co-workers and students, pairing a face with a cause, because that is something that her sister would have done herself, had she been given the opportunity. “I have great regard for what Norine has done for the University. This is a problem that touches every family I know to some extent. Anything we can do to improve this situation is greatly desirable. I’ll get out my pink tie,”
1:30 p.m. 150 Tremont St Received report of a vandalism on the fourth floor of 150 Tremont St. Report to follow by Unit 75.
Wednesday, September 29
11:24 a.m. One Beacon Security at One Beacon St reported that two individuals were on the roof of a sandwich shop engaging in suspicious activity. Units 29, 51, 67 responded. Nothing found.
said President David Sargent, who has been an advocate of Suffolk’s involvement in the NBCAM events from the beginning. President Sargent, Athletic Director James Nelson, and Head Baseball Coach Cary McConnell are each recipients of the “pink tie award,” an award presented to men who have shown exceptional initiative promoting awareness and community support at Suffolk. The fourth annual Courage and Cuisine luncheon will be held on Oct. 21, in the Law School function room. A representative from the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition will address environmental causes such as cosmetics, shampoos, and other common products that increase the odds of breast cancer. Bring a friend, enjoy free lunch, and win prizes including a pink Red Sox watch, all while obtaining facts that could ultimately save a life. “I don’t think breast cancer is on the forefront of many young women’s minds. It is important to be very aware and to do your research. We are finding that women are starting to be affected younger and younger,” said Drexler-Hines.
11:22 a.m. Law School Unit 99 reported that an individual was acting disruptive near the law school. Unit 20 responded. Nothing found.
5:55 p.m. Ridgeway Report of two homeless individuals in front of Correction: 148 Cambridge St. Unit 33 dispatched. Unit 36 (102) also responding. Individuals left immedi- In the Sept. 23 issue of the Suffolk Journal, the Video Gamers ately. Army was incorrectly referred to as the Video Gamers Association.
Eder Bastos, a member of the VGA, was quoted as Eder Vastess.
September 30, 2009
IDE founder discusses solution to poverty
Paul Polak, founder of International Development Enterprise (IDE) and author of “Out of Poverty,” spoke Thursday night at the C. Walsh Theater about his solutions to take the 800 million people around the world living with less than one dollar a day out of poverty. Polak started by showing a graph that represented the percentage of people in Sub Sahara Africa living a dollar a day. The statistics were taken in 1990 and again in 2005. In 1990, the amount of people living on a dollar a day was 44.6 percent and in 2005 it was 44 percent. The decrease in poverty only went down 0.6 percent in the past 15 years. Polak explained that the decrease in poverty was so small due to three poverty-eradicating myths. “Number one, we believe we can donate people out of
poverty. We can’t just pay people’s way out of poverty. Poor people need to invest their own time and money. Number two is that we can end poverty through national economic growth. Lastly, the belief that multinationals, as they are now, will end poverty. In order to really make an impact in the decrease in poverty, we need to go to the source. We need to talk to the people involved. To even take a step forward, we need to do more than talk. We have to listen!” By doing so, Polak learned that 800 million people around the world living on a dollar a day earn their living from tiny farms. Of the world’s 525 million farms, 85 percent are less
than five acres and an average farm size in Africa is four acres. Paul believes that focusing on these little farms will be the key to ending poverty. When he traveled to Bangladesh, he spent a day going through
“In order to really make an impact in the decrease in poverty we need to go to the source... we need to do more than talk. We have to listen!”
these farmers’ lives and understanding their problems. “At the end of the day, I remember asking one of the farmers, ‘Why are you poor?’ and the farmer replied, ‘we are poor because we have no money.’ Asking ‘why do you not have any money?’ he replied ‘we need water control for our crops.’ By this statement, I was able to
come up with one of my main solutions: the treadle pump.” The treadle pump is a human-powered water-lifting device. During drought season, a farmer can put this device in the ground and soak up water to give to their crops. The treadle pump is similar to a motorized pump except it is a lot cheaper, costing $25 per pump. To build the device, Polak recruited systems of seventy-five private sector manufactures, three thousand village dealers, and three to four village technicians. The treadle pump has increased the total income of farmers in Bangladesh to $288 million yearly. During this experience, Paul explained his 12 steps for practical problem solv-
ing, particularly the first three. “First, one needs to go where the action is. Second, one has to talk to the people who have the problem and listen to what they have to say. Lastly, one needs to learn everything there is to know about the specific context,” said Polak, who continues to work on decreasing the world poverty rate. Polak is the founder of Design Revolution (D-Rev), a non-profit organization whose goal is to reach the other 90 percent of the world’s poor and help them get out of poverty. “I love the challenge of trying something new and creative and if you don’t, then you miss out on doing something incredible,” said Polak. “Even when you fail, I believe you learn a lot.” In the closing of his lecture, Polak explained why he has lately been unable to discuss his work. “It’s because I have been out there doing it.”
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Last Wednesday, SuffolkGOP held a, “Meet the Republicans” event to discuss Republican values and beliefs. Members of SuffolkGOP favor debates and discussions, bringing opinions and desires together. SuffolkGOP President, junior Karl Hoffman, opened up the meeting with a brief introduction, explaining how he sought out the organization as a support system for Republicans, or Conservatives at Suffolk. A panel of members spoke about their reasons for being Conservative, or Republicans, including Zack Dillahunty (2012), Lindsay Kallander (2011), Karl Beckstein (2012) (Vice-President), and Jim M. Wilson (2010) (President Emeritus). About twenty-five attendees were given the opportunity to ask any questions to the panel, as a wide variety of topics were covered. The panel discussion was not proposed for conversion, but was intended to educate the campus on Conservative morals and standards. One of the first issues argued was firearms. “Anyone who questions it doesn’t understand it. It’s a person’s right
to defend themselves,” Wilson said. Further reasoning, Kallander identified shooting to be a sport to some. Other discussion topics included the legalization of marijuana, taxes, employment, gay marriage, gay adoption, and abortion. Beckstein believes the legalization of marijuana should not be a federal law, “but it is a state’s issue.” “I don’t have an issue with people using [marijuana],” said Wilson. “If the state decides to legalize it, that’s their choice.” Moving on to taxation, Beckstein said, “There should be a flat tax. That would be most fair to everybody.” In terms of employment, a more productive company is able to hire more workers than an average company. “CEO’s are going to get bonuses and higher pay,” said Wilson. “It’s not my business what somebody else is paid.” The panel members denied that the Republican Party is anti-gay, as it is widely perceived. “It’s an old stereotype that hasn’t grown at all. The stereotype needs to be squashed,” said Kallander. “I personally don’t care. It doesn’t affect me, it’s not my business,” said Wilson. As for gay adoption, Dil-
lahunty said it should be allowed. “But, studies show the optimal environment is having a mother and a father.” Kallander agreed, but recognizes it can be a struggle. Abortion is another controversial issue in the Republican Party. “I’m pro-choice. Some women have to [have an abortion]. It’s disappointing, it’s immoral, but you need to have the choice,” said Kallander. “Everyone has a right to life. It’s a fundamental [right] we should all have,” said Beckstein, taking another stance on the issue. The main priority of the meeting was to break the stereotypes defining Conservative principles. The panel took turns defending their side. The Republican Party is widely viewed a Christian party. Beckstein disagreed, deeming it an unfair statement. “I’m not religious, I’m not Christian. It’s more about the tolerance of other things allowing you to create issues,” Wilson said. Hoffman said, “We’re as different as we are similar,” referring to the varying views within SuffolkGOP. “There is always someone available to discuss issues,” said Hoffman, as he closed the discussion.
September 30, 2009
Freebies given away at CollegeFest
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again featured samples with booth girls handing out cans to students as they passed by. Booths representing many drink companies, from energy drinks to water purifiers, spanned the entire convention floor, offering drinks for those who needed a thirst quencher. Nature’s Blend, a brand of flavored Poland Spring water, handed out cups of samples. According to Sean Richman, a representative manning the booth, Nature’s Blend “is all natural spring water made with fruit flavors and no preservatives. It’s good for you. Drink good, live good.” Other beverage company representatives in attendance included Muscle Milk, Sweet Leaf Tea, and Drank, an energy drink supposed to “slow your roll.” According to drankbeverage.com, the drink’s website, "Drank is formulated to relax the body, mind, and soul. ‘Drank’ is the perfect lifestyle beverage for those who can appreciate extreme relaxation.” For those who want to learn how to mix drinks, the Harvard Bartending Course was in attendance handing out fliers for discounts to their $225 course. For those who love to eat and watch theater, Medieval Manor Theater-Restaurant gave away samples of pizza. Calder Akin, a manager manning the booth, said, “We’ve been around since 1972 and every year we have new generations of college students. There’s nothing else like it in Boston.” Akin also said that on Thursdays anyone who calls the restaurant and mentions their student status will be given a discount. Lines circled booths, lines blocked aisles, and formed for Wing-It’s booth, which handed out chicken wings for those who made it all the way to the front of the line. Wing-It, located on Commonwealth Ave. in Allston, also handed out menus and coupons to students in the event of late night munchies. Venues like Café 939 on Boylston St. and the House of Blues gave away tickets to upcoming shows as well as posters from past shows. Tickets to see bands such as Portugal, The Man, and Grizzly Bear were being raffled off. Two stages brought entertainment to the show floor during both days. People stood and watched bands perform, including Mission Hill from Boston.
Local bands were also joined by some national acts. Hellogoodbye performed to a large crowd, followed by Talib Kweli who rapped around the stage. By the end of CollegeFest, exhibitors started to give away everything they had to those students still walking around. Some left with huge posters, while others carried away 24-packs of energy drinks. Guys and girls walked down Boylston to the Hynes MBTA station carrying bags filled with freebies and fliers as they headed back to their colleges. CollegeFest 2010 will be the event’s 25th anniversary.
Photos by Ethan Long
September 30, 2009
PARIS, France--The mood among French politicians began to shift from support for jailed filmmaker, Oscar winner Roman Polanski, to the argument that he should not be forgiven for his charge of raping a thirteen-yearold girl 31 years ago, according to the New York Times. Extreme right politicians in France criticized French ministers for their initial support of Polanski, 76, saying they were supporting "a criminal pedophile in the name of the rights of the political-artistic class." Polanski, a French and Polish citizen, fled the United States in 1978 before he was accused of having sex with a minor. Since then he has lived in France and was arrested when he arrived at Zurich's airport to attend a local film festival.
Crazy World Leaders Week in Review
For whatever reason, the weeks before, during and after the United Nations General Assembly meets always brings out the crazy in the world's leaders. Here are the 2009 highlights from the world's favorite dictatorial, irrational, exaggeratory and always amusing people. The Libyan leader spoke for nearly an hour and a half to the United Nations General Assembly last week, going way over the fifteenminute limit in his first-ever address to the UN on Wednesday. In his rambling rant, the robe-clad 67-year-old welcomed President Obama, congratulating him on his first address to the UN, and said that he hoped Obama could be President of the United States forever. Gaddafhi also mentioned that President Kennedy was killed because he wanted to investigate Israel’s nuclear reactor, the UN was too far away to travel to, the Security Council’s veto powers are against the idea of the UN, and that swine flu was manufactured by capitalists in a lab. Basically, this guy, who has been in power since 1969, is an attention whore who is simply confused by the world around him. And it doesn’t help that his hair is fake and he looks like he’s had so much Botox, his face will never move again. Absolutely nutty. Four stars for amusement.
and yelled, “Are these a lie?”, a question that was directed at Iranian President Amhadinejad, who has repeatedly called the Holocaust a lie. Netanyahu also reiterated that Israel did not commit war crimes and asked Palestinians to “say yes” to Israel. Netanyahu is both right and wrong here. Yes, the Holocaust happened. And as the leader of the Jewish state, he is well within his rights to wave around Nazi documents as proof, no matter how crazy he looks doing it. However, the only job the UN does properly is ascertaining whether war crimes took place during a war. And no matter how many times Israel yells, whines, and bangs their fists in disagreement, they committed war crimes in Gaza this year, as well as a number of times in the past. Two stars.
Zelaya Three months after
being ousted in a military coup, exiled Honduran president Manuel Zelaya surprised everyone by showing up at the Brazilian embassy in the capital, Tegucigalpa, on Monday, Sept. 21. Zelaya was overthrown in June after attempting to get rid of term limits and had tried twice to enter his country, both times being stopped by the military. The ex-President has remained in the embassy with his wife since returning to Honduras. Damn straight. If I were ousted in a coup and wore a giant white cowboy hat all the time, I would certainly sneak back into my country and hide out with Brazilians. What else can you do? Five stars for standing up to a South American military.
BANGALORE, India — After India's first lunar space mission discovered water molecules on the Moon's polar regions, the country has hailed the space program and the discovery has helped to begin deeper research into what else might be discovered on the moon. According to AFP, India's Moon Impact Probe "had picked up strong signals of water particles" and the discovery is being studied more thoroughly by NASA. The mission, along with the findings, puts India into the elite group of space-exploring nations.
HAVANA, Cuba — President Raul Castro asked the United States this week to discuss immigration issues with the island nation, along with asking for the U.S. to drop their embargo on Cuba, according to the AP. Cuba would also like Guantanamo Bay to be returned, for the U.S. to end funding to anti-Castro radio, and to end the travel ban of U.S. citizens to Cuba. Cuba's foreign minister didn't say what concessions the Cuban government might offer in return.
Netanyahu Israel’s Prime Minister accused the UN of being biased towards Palestinians during his speech to the General Assembly on Thursday, questioning the UN’s use. “The jury is still out,” he said. Netanyahu also pulled out a number of World War II-era documents, the building plans for Auschwitz concentration camp,
In a speech that was boycotted by most of the countries it was directed at, the Iranian President addressed the UN on Wednesday and in his usual, fiery rhetoric denounced the Western world and Israel, called for global disarmament – just as President Obama, PM Gordon Brown and President Sarkozy were announcing that Iran had a secret nuclear facility – and asserted that Iran’s elections were “glorious and fully democratic.” During the speech, hundreds protested outside the complex against Ahmadinejad. I hate this guy. He’s completely evil, insane, and wildly intelligent, which is the worst combination ever. Five stars for always being a jackass. If only Kanye West could interrupt people who shouldn’t be allowed to speak.
er who has previously blamed cholera on the British, blown inflation so out of control that no more zeros will fit on the currency, and been accused of being a blatant racist toward white people, addressed the UN on Friday. Mugabe accused the U.S. and Europe of “filthy, clandestine, divisive antics” and said that they were attempting to divide the government. Since his power grab in 1980, Mugabe has been President of Zimbabwe and has plunged the country into a depression so deep, it’s hard to imagine they will ever recover, all the while blaming Western racism for his country’s problems. In true dictator fashion, Mugabe blames his troubles on everyone else. But, honestly, it’s his antics that are tired. One star for lack of creativity.
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September 30, 2009
St a f f Editoria l
The news that Emerson has the most dangerous campus in the country shocked most Bostonians this week after a Daily Beast.com article made its way around the blogosphere and Facebook statuses. Emerson, which reported 160 crimes in 2007 and 2008 to the Department of Education, was joined by Harvard, MIT and Tufts in the list of the Top 25 Most Dangerous Campuses, mostly because of their campuses’ proximity to the crime-ridden streets of downtown Boston. However, there’s one really big, gaping hole on that list: Suffolk University. Because we are quite literally a stone’s throw away from Emerson, and our campus also includes sketchy-as-all-hell Downtown Crossing, as well as half of the Boston Common, it’s ludicrous to believe that we shouldn’t be on the list right up there with the rest of the colleges with campuses in this neighborhood. The statistics that The Daily Beast used to determine their rankings had more to do with the crimes reported to the Federal Government under the Clery Act –which mandates that all schools report not only on-campus crimes, but also neighborhood crimes – than anything else. Out of the 160 crimes that Emerson reported, only six directly involved students, according to the article in question, “How Safe is Your College?” Yet, because of their downtown location, Emerson is at the top of the list. Suffolk missing from the list raises some really big questions. Not that we want Suffolk to be on the list, but why aren’t they? Is Suffolk not reporting crimes to the DOE and breaking federal law? Did The Daily Beast just not count us for some reason? Either way, there’s something fishy about the whole situation. We still live in a dangerous, urban neighborhood and everyone on campus and off needs to be aware of it. Having a false sense of security about where we live is probably even more dangerous than living in the city and being aware of the danger that surrounds us. If Suffolk had made it onto The Daily Beast’s list, we would have gotten an email, a CampusCruiser announcement, and Mo Brown would be teaching three self-defense courses a week. We aren’t on the list (although we probably should be) but that can’t lure us into believing that SUPD can protect us from every crack head between Donahue and the North End. Keep an eye out, everyone.
Kanye ripped off stage antics of classic rapper
I never have honestly liked or even listened to Kanye West too intently. It’s not that I dislike his music or him as a person, I actually enjoyed The College Dropout (Rock-A-Fella, 2004) the few times that I had heard it. West, as an artist, is a very interesting character; even though he labels himself as a voice of a generation, he is chastised by the public as a fool. Perhaps this is due, in part, to his blog entries in all capital letters that KIND OF LOOK LIKE THIS AND COMPLIMENT THE HIS ABUSRDITY. However, most of his recent criticism derives from the incident in which he embarrassed Taylor Swift at the MTV Video Music Awards, exclaiming that “I’m sorry, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time!” Days pass, and West is ridiculed by the media, the internet, and even President Obama, who called him a jackass. Make no mistake about it, Kanye West is a jackass. But really, I’m sorry Kanye, but Ol’ Dirty Bastard had one of the best interruptions of all time! On Feb. 25, 1998, the 40th annual Grammy Awards were nearly coming to an end as the Song of the Year category was presented. Shawn Colvin and John Leventhal emerged as the victors. As Colvin and Leventhal walked on stage to accept their awards, so did Russell Tyrone Jones, better known to the world under the aliases of the Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Big Baby Jesus, Ol’ Dirt Schultz, etc. Big Baby Jesus was clearly upset, first telling the audience of his poor purchasing choices by saying, “Uh, I went and bought me an outfit today that costed a lot of money…today.” Obviously upset that he had lost the Best Rap Album catego-
“Puffy is good, but Wu-Tang is the best!”
ry to Puff Daddy for his album No Way Out (Bad Boy, 1997), the Ol' Dirt Schultz reminded everyone everywhere that “Puffy is good, but Wu-Tang is the best!” He then promptly departed the stage, yelling, “I want you to know that this is ODB and I love you all! Peace!” Now compare this to Kanye’s incident: Dirt McGirt stormed the stage and demanded that the viewers know that the Clan had been shafted. He said what he needed to say and left, ignoring the presence of Colvin and Leventhal and leaving them as innocent bystanders of his crazed rant. West directly focused on the award Taylor Swift received and tried to then insight the audience to shun Swift by pointing out that Beyoncé had a clearly superior music video, “Single Ladies.” Not only this, but CNN also reported that Kanye promptly showed the audience the middle finger when they showed distain for his action. Kanye West didn’t even have half the class that ODB did during his incident, using Beyoncé as a reason to interrupt Taylor Swift. Kanye had no business interrupting and creating an awkward situation, as it was not his video or even nomination. Aside from this, Kanye went on to post an apology on his blog and then deleted it. ODB didn’t even acknowledge the people he was interrupting and most certainly did not apologize for it. He said what he needed to, and then respectfully left. Kanye West is simply living in the shadow of greater, more eccentric artists such as Dirt McGirt, Ol’ Dirt Schultz, better known to children everywhere as the Ol’ Dirty Bastard. “Wu-Tang is for the children!” screams ODB before he leaves the stage. He couldn’t be more correct. Imagine what we could learn from Mr. Jones.
September 30, 2009
Letter to the Editor
Article “SAO Clubs React to New Office Spaces” (September 23, 2009) In last week’s issue of he Journal, you ran the article entitled “SAO Clubs React to New Office Spaces,” written by Shoshana Akins. We, the editorial board of The Video Gamers Army, were very upset to have seen our opinions placed into the wrong context. Prior to the release of that issue, our secretary Fatima Litim as well as a few other regular members, were asked for their takes on the new club spaces. In the article, Fatima was quoted as saying, “we prefer our old space because now no one knows we are here and we’re basically hidden.” This was taken out of context and misquoted. Fatima’s original implications were that in comparison to our old gaming space, which was out in the open where anyone could look in and join a game, our new space is situated in a more isolated and narrow place, where people are less likely to walk by, thus the “hidden” comment. The same applies to the following quote by Eder Bastos: “It’s like we’re in a dungeon.” In addition to misquoting two of our members – one of them being a member of the EBoard – the writer of this article also got our organization name wrong (we are the Video Gamers ARMY, not the Video Gamers Association) and spelled Eder’s last name wrong. Overall, we feel that this article does not reflect the views of the club as a whole. We are grateful to the Student Activities Office for granting us any space of our own on such a crowded floor where space is valuable. We are also grateful for the flatscreen television, game cabinets, consoles and games we have been able to acquire over the past few years. The Video Gamers Army is a relatively new club, having only been around for four years. We may not have the same privileges and membership as other larger, more established clubs. We may not be “prominent,” but we do Sincerely, Tiffany Hassin Fatima Litim Ramsay Kamal Bryant Castellanos VGA 2009-2010
have a positive presence on campus. We would appreciate being recognized for the good that we bring rather than being misquoted and misunderstood.
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When you move to a new place, it is assumed that opportunities for adventure and new experiences will abound. People talk of the positives, but no one ever warns you about the culture shock or explains how to handle it. It is incredible how much you learn about yourself when dealing with the process of moving to a place with an entirely different culture than the one you’re used to. When I moved here from Dallas, Texas, I felt as if navigating my way through the social norms and elements of Boston was almost as difficult as trying to drive through it. Initially, people in Boston seem almost as cold as the Northeastern winters. Nobody seems likely to go out of their way to make new friends or diversify the group they are already in. I made the mistake of walking around and occasionally saying hello to people. The reaction I received was a look of shock and awe, as if something was in my teeth. But, there is a plus side to all
this. Although Bostonians seem to be made out of ice, I learned that it is possible to melt down their walls. And when you really get to know someone here, they don’t pretend to be your friend, they truly are. Down South, people are known for their friendliness. However, it’s not genuine. Even though it’s harder to make friends up here, at least you always know where you stand. You either get the finger or a new friend. Texas is George W. Bush country, and not being surrounded by Republicans and crazy Southern Baptists is something I was really looking forward to. People down South have a tendency to comment that everything happens because “…it was God’s will” or “...it was the Lord’s calling.” You could drop a pair of scissors, have them impale your foot, be bleeding profusely, and yet, the Lord must have a plan for you. Boston, however, is a very liberal city, quite the contrast to Texas. I haven’t had the experience of having someone push their religion or views on me here, which I enjoy. I’m down with the Democrats, but
there’s another side to everything. Some seem so liberal that it turns into a new type of close-mindedness, a type I have never come across before. Lifestyle and image between Boston and Dallas also varies immensely. Growing up during high school, girls were expected to be blonde, tan to the point of being orange, and involved in cheerleading or some sort of dance team. The male populace expected you to look this way, which resulted in everyone looking absolutely identical. In Boston there’s more room for diversity, growth, and self discovery. I don’t feel expected to look like everyone else. It’s also pleasing to find that come winter, guys acknowledge the fact that their girlfriends might gain a couple pounds, be paler, and let themselves go a little bit. If you ever have the opportunity to move to a different place, do it! You never know what you might find or experience. Being immersed in a different culture helps you learn who you are, what you like, what you want to be, and not just what society tells you to be.
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September 30, 2009
MFA opens it's doors to students with free College Night
Derek Anderson Marissa Holt
Students from all over the greater Boston area crowded into the Museum of Fine Arts last Thursday to experience the free promotional event College Night. With music blasting from its entrance, the museum kicked off the night at 7p.m. and the event lasted to midnight. Upon receiving a red glow stick —instead of a ticket— as admission, students were given free reign to explore the entire museum to their hearts’ content. Dating back to it’s original opening in 1879 when it was located in Copley Square, the MFA has been engraved into Boston’s history. With the purpose of presenting collections of preserved artwork from different cultures and eras, the MFA continues to serve the public with its exhibits and events. The present day MFA, which is located off of Huntington Ave., provides an accessible venue for people from all over to enjoy. By hostingCollege Night, the museum successfully attracts students who otherwise would not have explored the realms of art history. The crowd at the event was enormous. Students from colleges and universities throughout Boston and beyond came to witness exhibits of artwork from all over the world. Berklee student Ryan Masscilak, 19, experienced the museum for the first time, along with many others. “I kind of wish I could see [the museum] without all these people,” said Masscilak. “I want to come back sometime soon.” The Musical Instruments Gallery was the first on Masscilak’s list of artwork to see. “There’s a man playing harpsichord in the there! It’s amazing!” Masscilak exclaimed, describing the exhibit. Masscilak spoke the truth, as there was a man playing harpsichord in the Musical Instruments Gallery. Darcy Kuronen lit up the room with an ambiance fit for the Court at Versailles with his performance on the aged instrument. The harpsichord was a piece of artwork in itself, painted and decorated in gold, grabbing students’ at-
“Whiteread created a dreamscape of a small fantastical town,” said Smith. “It was like being a giant to the objects in the exhibit and I found it quite impressive.” With the special exhibits and multiple events throughout, the MFA’s College Night was a big success. But while experiencing the night, one might wonder what the point of having a college night actually was. Why would the MFA promote and run such an event? Alfonso Pulido, a museum employee of seven years at the museum put it best. “A lot of students would not normally expePhoto by Austin Trigg rience the art of the MFA and College Night is the perfect opportunity to do Liz Longley performs an intimate set at the MFA's College Night so,” said Pulido. “All the tention and gaining looks of ad“I don’t think there’s a rea- ones to be experienced at the museum’s exhibits are open miration throughout the night. son for the hula-hooping,” said MFA. One student from Bos- to the students where they can Kuronen was not the only Northeastern student Jenna ton University, Ginger Smith, hopefully find a new interest musician to perform for College Haines. “I think it’s just for fun!” gave great insight on a special or fascination with a specific Night. Two other acts, the band Haines, a freshman print exhibit that was once proud- kind of art. I think this expoLove in Stockholm and Berklee journalism major, had ex- ly shown in the museum. sure is what it’s all about.” Many students from col“My favorite exhibit I’ve student Liz Longley each put perienced the MFA before. on shows. Love in Stockholm, The special exhibits that seen here would have to be leges all over did get to expea band out of Allston, Mass., the museum cycles through the Rachel Whiteread exhibit,” rience the art of the MFA and with members from Boston she said were her favorites. said Smith, who is an art his- new hobbies and interests may University, performed ear“I really enjoyed tory major. The exhibit was a have been sparked. With all lier in the night in the Calde- the Americans in Par- collection of dollhouses that the exposure to the wonderful rwood Courtyard of the mu- is exhibit,” said Haines. Whiteread had changed and exhibits of the museum, Puliseum. The group’s sound was The special exhibits are illuminated to create a town. do’s hope may have come true. a profound mix of rock, funk and blues that received betterthan-average reactions from the crowd. With an energetic lead singer, and lent effects from trumpet and saxophone players, the band got students to dance and sing along. Liz Longley performed on the opposite side of the MFA in the Bravo Restaurant, a cafe that exudes a tranquil vibe. Her set was an acoustic guitar and piano mix. The crowd was large and bustling, but immediately fell silent as soon as she began to play. The vocally driven performance was one of the many great events hosted throughout the night. Not all the events, however, were art driven. A dance party was organized later in the Photo by Austin Trigg night as well as a hula-hooping event, which took place by the College students from all over the city pack the stairs waiting for food contemporary art exhibit with music blasting in the halls.
September 30, 2009
Bunny Munro is a Bad Seed
Dark imagery, sex and violent sounds go hand-in-hand with the Birthday Party, Bad Seeds and Grinderman frontman Nick Cave not only in his song, but in his fiction work as well. It has been 20 years since Cave’s literary debut with And the Ass Saw the Angle (Black Spring Press, 1989) but now Cave has unleashed The Death of Bunny Munro (Faber & Faber, 2009) upon the world. He must have felt the world was finally ready. The story follows title character Bunny Munro, a lothario, alcoholic, and sex addict through his downward spiral and inevitable death. His womanizing drives his ailing wife Libby to suicide and Bunny is left to the impossible task (to him, anyway) of tending to their nine-year-old son Bunny Junior. At her funeral, Bunny is stared down by all of Libby’s friends who rightly blame him, but the most grief is from his mother-in-law who actually clenches her teeth and mutters swears at him. This does
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Author Nick Cave takes Bunny on the road with book tour
not deter Bunny from sneaking out of church to masturbate. Bunny Jr. misses his mother and thinks he sees her everywhere, while Bunny feels haunted by Libby to the point of her possessing him as he dives deeper into his addictions. He can no longer live in his apartment and does not know what to do with or how totake care of his son, so he decides to “show him the ropes”and go on the road selling beauty products. “Showing him the ropes” always meant Bunny Jr. must wait in the Punto while Bunny tries to seduce
'Daisy' brings brand new sound to Brand New
the client. Some fall for his classic charm, while others break his nose. Jr. loves and looks up to his father, but he is not ignorant to his dad’s shortcomings. Jr. thinks to himself that “he is sick to death of adults - police officers with truncheons and creeps in white tracksuits, zodiac-symbol-wearing wackos and women who crow like roosters, fat men in dresses and mothers who go and kill themselves.” He then “wonders, in a fury, where his fucking father is.” Cave’s writing is a little sadistic but wonderfully descriptive. His characters are deep, and effortlessly draw the reader into Bunny Jr’s delusions of seeing his mother and experience Bunny’s anxiety and rock bottom fall to death. Bunny is a modern day Hank Chinaski and the writing style is easily comparative to the that of Charles Bukowski. The Death of Bunny Munro is a road story unlike any other, and Nick Cave has clearly bridged the gap between musician and author, and between classic and cult classic. Not a book to be overlooked. The Death of Bunny Munro" is available now.
The ever-changing alternative rockers, Brand New, have always been able to reinvent their sound with each album. The Long Island band poured on the angst during the emoera with their first two albums Your Favorite Weapon (Triple Crown Records, 2001) and Deja Etendu (Triple Crown Records, 2003), which consisted of fastpaced riffs, feel-bad-for-me lyrics that scream of old high school ex-girlfriend drama, as well as upbeat, yet dark, anthems. Once Brand New released their third album, The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me (Interscope Records, 2006), it seemed that Brand New was able to slightly shift their style while still creating a rocking album. The beginning of a more established sound was forming. The newest album, Daisy (Interscope Records, 2009), released Sept. 22, once again differs from the past three albums. Fans may be reluctant to like the new sound because it is not
the Brand New they know and love. Due to Brand New’s ability to stay true to their name and reinvent themselves every time and make their sound better, hopefully fans will be able
sical background, while the emo-esque lyrics, such as “And there’s a lake and at the bottom you’ll find all our friends./ They don’t swim cause they’re all dead” seem to pop up here and there; perhaps a habit that dies hard. “Sink” is an absolute gem of a song, with great screaming. Even though it is a little bit hard to understand what lead singer Jesse Lacey is saying, the song can still deliver with just the music and intensity of the vocals. With a foggy feel, “Noro” brings another great Image courtesy of Interscope Records song, ending the album with some of to embrace what the band aims the best lyrics, such as; “Why for with each album: bettering doesn't anyone I know sleep?/ their music. This is what Brand Are they only just scared New is and what they do. of visions?/ When they lay The new single “At The their heads down at night, Bottom” has a very murky mu- what are they haunted by?”
One of the best things about the album is the distinct difference and feel to each song. Unlike some albums, which sound like one continuous song, Brand New has once again proved that they can tell a completely different story with every song. Whether it be through spoken words, like on “Daisy,” or with new coarse screaming styles that sound like a more testosterone filled Blood Brothers in the song “Gasoline”. With a hazy mix of Bright Eyes style music, and in-depth lyrics. Brand New has definitely come a long way, creating a more mature sound. This aggressive, raw-sounding album may be their best one yet, living up to the hype of the long-awaited release. Anyone looking to be thrown off track with amazingly dark lyrics and impressive music, should check out Daisy. Brand New will be touring the US this fall with Manchester Orchestra, Thrice and Glassjaw and will be playing at the House of Blues on both Nov. 17 and 18.
September 30, 2009
staff Hot bodies, cold everything else SOUNDS
GZA "Liquid Swords" The Second Studio Solo Album from one of the Wu-tang's most dangerous, the Genius rocks mics more viciously than a John Hopkins University student Rocks a Shaolin sword -Matt McQuaid
The Beatles "A Hard Day's Night" There's something about George Harrison face-planting and then running from thousands upon thousands of women that gives me meaning to my life -Matt Altieri
Looking at the initial previews for Jennifer’s Body (Twentieth Century Fox, 2009), one would think that this was a stupid horror movie with a few cheap jokes that mainly showcases how hot Megan Fox is in borderline softcore porn format. After seeing the movie, it can be said that such a notion is partially right. If there’s one thing that can be learned from this movie, it is that Megan Fox is practically magic. She can make you forget you just lost your best friend and she can make emo kids listen to cheerful music, all thanks to her incredible hotness. Megan Fox aside, the film itself wasn’t terrible, but then again it wasn’t very good either. The characters are portrayed very well in this film, but they’re just high school stereotypes. Megan Fox is the airheaded slutty girl, Amanda Seyfried is the dorky best friend, and Johnny Simmons is the dorky girl’s nerdy, nice-guy boyfriend. Perhaps the film’s big-
gest problem is that director Karyn Kusama tried to combine a high school romantic comedy with a horror film, and those two genres blend like oil and water. While the parts that are supposed to make you laugh are funny, they often downplay the horror element of the film. The film switching between Megan Fox killing someone and Amanda Seyfried having awkward nerdy sex with her boyfriend makes for a very weird scene that is supposed to be funny and scary, but doesn’t really ever achieve the latter. So should someone spend their money to see this movie? As a horror film it’s pretty sub-par, and as a comedy it’s average to slightly above average, so if your interested in a scary movie then it’s doubtful Jennifer’s Body is going to cut it. If you wants a movie that will make you laugh…. then this film may do the job, but if one wants to see this movie because of the impression that they’re is going to see Megan Fox naked, well then you'll only find disappointment.
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'Pandorum' all flash, no substance
The sci-fi thriller Pandorum (Overture Films, 2009) is a futuristic fight for survival as Dennis Quaid joins sides with Ben Foster to save the human race. Together they are aboard a spacecraft in the twenty-second century as two astronauts who awake from a hyperbolic sleep. Dealing with amnesia, they both try to come across any clues as to what has happened. Thinking they are alone on the ship, they find themselves haunted by the sounds that lurk all around them. With their memories slowly recovering, they work together to try to determine what has gone wrong by investigating the ship. Via communication link, Lieutenant Payton (Quaid) directs Corporal Bower (Foster) in his attempt to unlock the secrets that are held deep within the ship. Bower’s attempt to uncover the shocking mysteries of this seemingly deserted ship quickly turn into a scary fight for survival as he dis-
Noisettes "Wild Young Hearts" This British Band's latest album is a trip to the soulful 70s with smooth vocals, violins with swagger, and dance tunes straight from the other side of the Atlantic -Ethan Long
Michael Jackson "Off the Wall" ...and into a coffin. ~Clay Adamczyk
covers that they are not alone. Unlike many other sci-fi space films, there are no infectious space-traveling brutes that find their way aboard and mutate the entire crew into flesh eating monsters on this ship. Viewers will be blindsided by the twists in this movie. Pandorum is unpredictable but a couple of good twists do not make for a great movie. The good parts were separated by periods of unimportant flashbacks to Corporal Bower’s love life, as well as Payton and Bower running around in the pitch-black darkness with a variety of glow sticks. The lighting was almost nonexistent, and the cinematography and scenery gave a very ominous tone that was essential to making the hairs on the back of the audience’s neck stand up. The darkness made the movie seem more realistic to the situation, but squinting during the entire movie is very irritating. The only light that found its way on to the screen depended on what color Corporal Bower took from his never-
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ending supply of glow sticks. Corporal Bower’s questionable glow stick factory located in
his pocket could bring other inquiries to the thoughts and facts presented in this movie.
September 30, 2009
Lives replaced by robots
The newest film from Jonathon Mostow, Surrogates (Touchstone, 2009), takes intriguing ideas and stuffs them into a painfully predictable structure. This ninety-minute action film stars Bruce Willis as an FBI agent in a futuristic Boston overrun by surrogates, or robots, operated remotely by people from their homes. In this world, 98 percent of the human population uses these robots to go about their lives while they lay in a chair controlling them. The idea stems from the human tendency to want to look better, be stronger, and never die; which explains why the robots in the film are always beautiful. Jonathon Mostow, who is known for the third installment of the Terminator franchise, once again takes interesting themes and surrounds them by campy and forgettable sequences. In this case, Surrogates has many elements of a good movie. There were various compelling elements the film, such as Bruce Willis’ character's failing marriage with his apathetic wife (played by Rosamund Pike), as well as the overall social issues that come
with living your life through a robot. These thoughtful storylines, however, are overshadowed by a simply mediocre and predictable series of events that fit perfectly into the catand-mouse action film format. In the film, surrogates are supposed to eliminate the threat of danger to their operators. When a human is killed while plugged into their surrogate, Agent Greer (Willis) is assigned to the first homicide since the invention of the technology. This eventually leads to Greer unplugging himself to go outside in the flesh, which is almost unheard of at this point in time. Willis’ performance does shed some warm light on this cold thriller, leaving you wanting more Bruce Willis and less robots. The predictable flow of the movie was interrupted by a handful of refreshingly emotional scenes from the esteemed actor, reminiscent of past characters he has played in films like The Sixth Sense (Barry Mendel Productions, 1999). Greer walks around heartbroken because of a loss that forced his own marriage to be lived out by robots. In this sense it was refreshing to see Bruce Willis play a vulnerable and weak character,
as opposed to the rock-hard wit of the gun-toting John McClain from the Die Hard (Twentieth Century-Fox, 1988) series. Despite the film’s lackluster storyline, the effects, action, and camera-work make the film watchable. Sacrificing CGI for animatronics, wire-work, and good make-up, the film does a superb job of making a world inhabited by robots in the future look realistic. If anything, Surrogates was estatically great with an abundance of moving shots and point-of-view camera angles that draw you into each action scene. It captures Boston in a way that we have never seen before, as the host of an action-packed sci-fi thriller, rather than a drama about a kid from South Boston or a comedy about an obsessed Red Sox fan. It uses Boston as a blank canvas to tell the story instead of using the city as a focus of the movie. Surrogates is the front runner in a slew of new movies being filmed and taking place in Boston, undoubtedly brought on by the recent tax breaks given to films shooting in Mass. The unique themes and social interactions Surrogates addresses leaves one wondering if it would have been better as a smaller, more dramatic
Image courtesy of Touchstone Pictures
film using the technology as a background piece rather than the focal point of the story. The film may have been more effective had it focused on the strangeness of human-robot interactions and the social and political problems that follow.
Despite its monotonous structure and forced conclusion, the film was made watchable by the realistic effects and a commendable performance by Bruce Willis. As a whole, Surrogates was lackluster and leaves the viewer wanting more.
September 30, 2009
From blue and green recycle bins around campus to paperless classes, Suffolk is serious about promoting a green community. On Wednesday Sept. 30, a workshop on green cleaning and recycling will be held in the first floor function room of Sargent Hall. Representatives from Ecolab and Save that Stuff will speak about the green cleaning products used on campus and why it’s better for the environment and students. Recycling is the new fad; jump on the band wagon. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Suffolk is getting ready to GoPink. Starting Oct. 1, and running through Oct. 6, stations will be set up in Donahue, Sawyer, Sargent and NESAD Lobbies with information and free ribbons. Stop by and show your support or go to http://main.acsevents.org/goto/ suffolkuniversity to donate to the Suffolk Team for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.
For when class is boring
Do you find yourself doing the same things around the city every weekend? Break out of the boring cycle and take a trip up north to Salem, Mass. With Halloween just around the corner, the spirit is alive amongst the Salem community. Dozens of events are planned every day for the busy public; Salem Willows, Salem Witch Trails, Tours & Cruises, Salem Tales and Galleries. Transportation is simple. Just take the commuter rail from North Station to Salem.
ACROSS * 1. Cabbagelike plant * 5. Uniform material * 10. Sputnik markings * 14. Iowa college town * 15. Irish statesman De Valera * 16. Uncommon, to Cassius * 17. See 71-Across * 19. Ancient artery * 20. It bruises easily * 21. Supermodel Sastre * 22. Fritters away * 24. Really mess up * 26. One of the Stooges * 28. Henley competitors * 30. Calls forth * 34. "Countdown" broadcaster * 37. Baseball Hall of Famer Yastrzemski * 39. Ready for drafting * 40. Flightless bird
* 41. Salad bits brand * 42. City SSE of Salt Lake City * 43. Get dirty * 44. Der __: Adenauer * 45. "The Old Maid" playwright Zoe * 46. Plot * 48. Arias, e.g. * 50. Emcee's task * 52. Braves' div. * 56. Darius I's land * 59. Erato or Euterpe * 61. My __, Vietnam * 62. Way out * 63. See 71-across * 66. Sitarist Shankar * 67. In knots * 68. Ancient king of Israel * 69. Apple product * 70. Early computer * 71. Clue for 17- and 63-Across and 10- and 25-Down
DOWN * 1. Radio Hall of Fame D.J. Casey __ * 2. Gilberto's girlfriend * 3. Wheels that won't roll? * 4. Amazing sight? * 5. More mentally alert * 6. Can't stand * 7. Gather together * 8. Pugilist's stat * 9. Bygone schoolroom items * 10. See 71-Across * 11. League of Women Voters organizer * 12. Canadian tribe * 13. Scores to shoot for * 18. New Hampshire state flower * 23. "All Alone __": Brenda Lee hit * 25. See 71-Across * 27. Bronze Star recipients * 29. Tackle box item * 31. Crucifix letters * 32. "Grease" extra * 33. Wal-Mart wholesale club * 34. Richie's mom, to Fonzie * 35. __-fly pie * 36. Singer Sedaka * 38. Routine * 41. Undiscriminating quality * 45. "Manhattan" director * 47. Verse starter? * 49. Built without a contract * 51. Saudi's neighbor * 53. Not from here * 54. Olympic skater Cohen * 55. Jam * 56. Persian fairy * 57. LSAT, e.g. * 58. __ Ridge: 1972 Kentucky Derby winner * 60. Major leader? * 64. Barnyard layer * 65. Drinks in the a.m.
September 30, 2009
Suffolk well-represented on Honor Roll
The GNAC announced its weekly honors yesterday, and Suffolk was well-represented as six student-athletes were honored by the conference for their performances in the past week. Junior goalie Jack DeJesus was named the GNAC’s Goalkeeper of the Week after shutting out St. Joseph’s (ME) last Saturday. According to the Athletics Department’s website, DeJesus now sports stellar a 1.01 GAA on the year. DeJesus’ teammate, senior Nick Celia, was named to the GNAC Weekly Honor for scoring the game-winning goal in the aforementioned win over St. Joseph’s. Sophomore Leslie Hayden made sure the women’s soccer team was represented as well, as she was named to the Weekly Honor Roll after scoring four goals last week, including a hat trick against Emmanuel. Women’s tennis sophomores Lauren Cameron and Kelly Conrad were named to the Honor Roll as well after helping their team to two wins last week. Rounding out the list is senior Kelsey Armstrong-Hann of the women’s volleyball team. Armstrong-Hann had 12 kills in Suffolk’s win over Eastern Nazarene last week. Oct. 3rd @ Johnson & Wales, 3 p.m. Oct. 6th @ Lesley, 8 p.m.
Oct. 3rd vs. Pine Manor, 6 p.m. Oct. 7th @ Mt. Ida, 3:30 p.m.
Oct. 1st vs. Simmons, 7 p.m. Oct. 2nd @ Johnson & Wales, 6 p.m. Oct. 3rd Johnson & Wales Fall Classic vs. Plymouth State, 12 p.m. vs. UMass Dartmouth, 2 p.m. Oct. 6th vs. Emmanuel, 7 p.m.
@ Pop Crowell
Oct. 1st @ Rhode Island, 3:30 p.m. Oct. 3rd @ Johnson & Wales, TBA Oct. 7th vs. Simmons, 6:30 p.m.
1.Lasell 2-0-1 2. Norwich 2-0-1 3. Suffolk 1-0-2 4. St. Joseph's (ME) 2-1 5. Mount Ida 2-1 6. Johnson & Wales 2-1 7. Albertus Magnus 1-2 8. Emerson 1-2 9. Emmanuel 0-3 10. Rivier 0-3
1. Emerson 4-0-1 2. St. Joseph's (ME) 4-0-1 3. Johnson & Wales 4-1 4. Lasell 3-0-2 5. Albertus Magnus 3-1-1 6. Emmanuel 3-1-1 7. Simmons 3-1-1 8. St. Joseph's (CT) 2-3-1 9. Norwich 2-3 10. Rivier 1-3 11. Mount Ida 0-4 12. Pine Manor 0-6 13. Suffolk 0-6
1. Emmanuel 3-0 2. Suffolk 3-0 3. Simmons 3-0 4. Emerson 2-1 5. Johnson & Wales 1-1 6. Mount Ida 1-3 7. Albertus Magnus 0-1 8. St. Joseph's (CT) 0-3 9. Pine Manor 0-4
Fleury's comeback attempt "flames" out
Former Calgary Flames forward Theo Fleury, who was attempting to make a comeback after nearly six years away from the game of hockey, was released by the team last week, which ultimately led him to announce his retirement from hockey on Monday. Fleury’s struggles with drug and alcohol addictions throughout the later years of his NHL career eventually forced him to retire from the game in 2003. After getting back into game shape and being reinstated by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, Fleury was invited to the Flames’ camp on a tryout basis. He scored the lone goal of the shootout to give the Flames a win over the New York Islanders on Sept. 17th, and added a goal and an assist three nights later in a win over the Florida Panthers. However, Fleury was told by the team that he was not going to crack the team’s topsix forwards, and that they didn’t want to send him to the AHL out of respect. Fleury retires with 1,088 points in 15 NHL seasons.
*All standings current as of September 29th
Tebow concussed, not expected to face LSU
University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, considered by many to be a leading candidate to win the Heisman Trophy this year, is unlikely to play in the Gators’ next game against LSU after suffering the first concussion of his football career last week. Tebow was leveled by a University of Kentucky defender in Florida’s blowout win on Saturday, and on his way down to the turf his head struck the leg of a teammate and snapped forward violently. Tebow had to be helped off the field and transported to a local hospital. ESPN.com reported yesterday that Tebow underwent tests that confirmed he did indeed suffer a concussion, and that he isn’t allowed to read or watch television for the next couple of days.
Pennington out for the season
What has been an abysmal start to the 2009 season for the Miami Dolphins got worse this week, as it was announced that QB Chad Pennington would miss the rest of the season after suffering a shoulder injury. Miami, which won the AFC East last year, is now 0-3, and traded a draft pick to the Kansas City Chiefs for QB Tyler Thigpen yesterday. Thigpen will back up the untested Chad Henne, who has been handed the starter’s reigns by default. FoxSports.com reported that Pennington, who finished second in MVP voting last year, will likely need surgery on his shoulder for the third time.
September 30, 2009
It's time to drop the puck: 2009-2010
Bear market: Finally, Bruins poised for run to the Cup
Having finally resurrected faith in the local masses, the Boston Bruins enter the 20092010 season as potential favorites to not only contend for the Eastern Conference Championship but the Stanley Cup as well. With a roster full of both promising young players and seasoned veterans, hockey fans in Boston can say, for the first time in years, with certainty that their team will be there when the games count in May and June. After finishing last year’s regular season with the best record in the Eastern Conference, the Bruins headed into the postseason as favorites to hoist the famed Cup. However, after coasting through an easy first round sweep of the hated Montreal Canadiens, the B’s met an extremely tough opponent in the Carolina Hurricanes. The Hurricanes, led by two formidable stars in forward Eric Staal and goalie Cam Ward, the latter of whom won the Conn Smythe trophy as playoff MVP while leading his team to a Stanley Cup championship in his rookie campaign, ended the Bruins' season in heartbreak with an overtime win in game seven of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. While last season ended on a disappointingly sour note, things have a changed quite a bit over the summer, with the Bruins making some personnel moves that will certainly change the outlook of the 20092010 season. The Bruins took care of in-house business first,
re-signing restricted free agents amongst others, an improving ers should be a huge boost as David Krejci, Byron Bitz and Patrice Bergeron, a returning well. Krejci, Milan Lucic, HunMatt Hunwick. They also re- Marco Sturm and a stronger wick, Wheeler, Bitz, and Tusigned veteran forward Mark Blake Wheeler will make up for ukka Rask all shown that they Recchi, and added former Ca- the speedy winger's departure. have the potential to be All-Star Chiarelli and coach Claude caliber players at some point in nadien Steve Begin to the mix. their careers. Krejci, playing in However, the Bruins his first full year with the looked to trades for help team, recorded 71 points as well. First was the to go along with an imtrade that sent veteran pressive and leaguedefenseman and fan faleading +37 plus-minus vorite Aaron Ward back rating. Lucic, known for to the Hurricanes, with his hard-hitting style, whom he won a Stanley has become a fan favorCup, for Patrick Eaves ite with his fearless play and a draft pick. After on the ice. Fans have bethe trade, Eaves was come accustomed to his immediately waived, willingness to drop the and in turn the Bruins gloves and stand up for signed Derek Morris, his teammates, but the a veteran defenseman big winger has shown who played last year a scoring touch as well, for the Phoenix Coynotching 42 points in otes before being dealt the regular season while to the New York Rangcontributing nine points ers at the trade deadline. in ten playoff games as Finally, the biggest well. While his fights get move of the offseason the fans going, Bruins would occur just a few Photo by of rubyswoon/WikiCommons management is hoping to weeks ago, with forward see Lucic continue to work Phil Kessel being traded Milan Lucic will continue to be a force for the Bruins on his offensive game while to the Toronto Maple Leafs creating space for his linefor a first and second round draft pick in 2010 and a first Julien have also made it quite mates with bone-crushing hits. Hunwick, a speedy, puckround pick in 2011. In Kessel, clear that they prefer skaters defenseman who the Bruins had a young, tal- who play a complete game both moving ented forward who scored 19 offensively and defensively. In missed most of the playoffs last and 36 goals respectively in Julien's airtight system, with year with a ruptured spleen, his first two full seasons with reigning Vezina Trophy winner figures to play an important the team. However, over the Tim Thomas and current Nor- role on this team. Wheeler and course of the summer he and ris Trophy winner Zdeno Chara Bitz, both of whom got their his agent made it abundantly leading the charge, the empha- first taste of life in the NHL clear to Peter Chiarelli and sis is on defense first, a belief last year, are big and physical Cam Neely that he did not see that should soften the blow forwards, and will play imhimself as a part of the future of of losing Kessel's firepower. portant roles offensively for Not only will the Bruins the Bruins. Finally, Rask, the this team. While many pundits presume the Bruins will not be be able to look forward to the young goaltender who will able to replace Kessel's goal- return of the aforementioned serve as Thomas' back-up this scoring prowess, Chiarelli and Sturm, but the growth and de- season, has shown promise in Neely appear confident that, velopment of their young play- his limited NHL experience,
and will ultimately be a starter at some point in his career. While all signs point to the Bruins being very successful this year in a strong Eastern Conference, there are still some weaknesses that may hamper their goal of winning a Stanley Cup. Although they did finish with the best record in the Eastern Conference last year, the inability of their defensemen to create and cash in on offensive opportunities cost them dearly in the playoffs. While Chara scored 19 goals, he did not receive much help from his fellow defenseman. The addition of the offensive-minded Morris was should increase the offensive output from the blueline, but only time will tell. In addition, the defense is a bit lacking in depth, with only six solid defensemen who can be counted on to play significant NHL level minutes. Capable but unproven depth players like Johnny Boychuk, Drew Fata and Jeff Penner will be counted on to play full-time at the NHL level should any of the Bruins' topsix defensemen suffer an injury. The 2009-2010 Boston Bruins have been constructed in such a way that playing deep into next spring's playoffs will not be considered an anomaly, but simply meeting the now heightened expectations. With a good blend of young players and seasoned veterans, this team is poised to make a run deep into June. Finally, fans in the Hub of Hockey have a lot to be proud of when discussing their team, and can dream aloud about winning the Stanley Cup without being laughed at in response.
Writers play fortune tellers: Predictions for the 09-10 year
After a great regular season, the Bruins will play the Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals in the Eastern Conference Finals. It'll go the distance, but the Bruins will lose in seven games. The Caps will go on to lose to the Detroit Red Wings in six games. -Matt McQuaid, Assistant Arts Editor The Bruins won't quite match their regular season total from last year, finishing second in the Eastern Conference to the Philadelphia Flyers. The Bruins will beat the Devils in the first round of the playoffs, the Capitals in the second, and those same Flyers in the ECF. In a Stanley Cup for the ages, the Bruins will beat the San Jose Sharks in six games. Book it. -Dan Ryan, Sports Editor The Bruins will win the Cup, beating the San Jose Sharks. They will finish first in the Eastern Conference, but not by much. Someone out West will win the President’s Trophy. In the playoffs, the B’s will beat the Thrashers, Devils and Penguins on their way to the Cup. -Andrew Macdougall Journal Contributor
I hate to say this as a Bruins fan, but it’s going to be Detroit. Their defense is really deep even though their goaltending is suspect. They’ll play the Bruins in the Cup finals, but the Bruins will come up short because of a lack of scoring depth. The B’s will finish second to Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference. The presence of Morris and Hunwick will help make sure that the Bruins don’t get hemmed in the zone like they did against Carolina last year, which will propel them to and through the Eastern Conference Finals. -Will Norton Suffolk Student/Hockey Superfan
September 30, 2009
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Olympics will remain contentious
pics will affect their NHL performance when they return. Do the risks of playing for one’s country in the Olympic Games outweigh the benefits? There is a significant difference between two weeks off and two weeks of work. However, playing for the pride of his nation and becoming part of history is ultimately a career highlight for many an NHL player. What fans need to realize is that the Olympics transcend the conventional love for the game. Representing one’s country is a task more important than anything else, for the simple reason that pride in one’s country is a powerful emotion felt across the world. Pride in one’s heritage and homeland is bigger than a salary, a vacation in Bermuda or playoff positioning. The ultimate goal of any athlete is to be remembered when he or she finally walks away from the game, and few hockey players are celebrated as grandly as those who bring an Olympic gold medal back to their country. Just ask Peter Forsberg, whose gold medal-winning goal in 1994 was immortalized in his native Sweden on a postage stamp. So come the first week of March, some players may be banged up more than others. What needs to be understood is the fact that these athletes love the game just as much as the most diehard fan and that to have the ability to represent one’s homeland on the world’s biggest stage is an honor that, for some, almost defies comprehension, and should be viewed as a defining moment in a player’s life. So when considering whether or not a favorite player on the hometown team should be lacing ‘em up in Vancouver come February, remember this: this is a chance to make history and bring glory to one’s home country, and that is a chance that cannot, and should not, ever be passed up.
It’s never too early for predictions, right? Here’s an early look at who will be taking home the NHL hardware at the end of this coming season. Hart Trophy –Alex Ovechkin gets the hat trick, collecting his third straight MVP award. Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, as well as old friend Joe Thornton and Ilya Kovalchuk of the Atlanta Thrashers will be in the hunt as well, but Ovechkin always seems to put together miraculous seasons (420 points in the last four seasons combined, with more than half of those points goals). If anyone is going to get in Ovechkin’s way, it is Kovalchuk. Kovalchuk is in his contract year, as he is slated to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. Simply put, more goals and points will equal more money for Kovalchuk, a strong incentive to pile up the points. Still, it won’t be enough, so expect another potential 60-goal year from Alexander the Great, and his third consecutive MVP award. Vezina Trophy – Miikka Kiprusoff of the Calgary Flames plays behind arguably one of the best defenses in the NHL (when healthy). The Bruins’ Tim Thomas will certainly look to repeat, but with Olli Jokinen under contract for a full season, Calgary now has an upgraded offense to complement its defense. Kiprusoff has a career Goals Against Average of 2.46 last year, and since the Flames lack a true back-up goalie, Kipper gets the bulk of his team’s starts (76 games played last year). Wins get the voters’ attention in the Vezina race, and workhorses on good teams win more games, something Kiprusoff has proven quite adept at (40+ wins in three of his last four seasons). Norris Trophy –The fact is, Zdeno Chara is a beast. Expect another 15 goal, 35 assist year from the Slovakian defenseman. With a team that plays great five-on-five hockey and the fact he plays in front of one of
the better goalies in the league, Chara is almost a lock to have a great +/- ratio. Look for Big Z to continue logging big minutes, and take home his second Norris Trophy next summer. President’s Trophy –It’s hard to go against the Bruins, who came close to capturing the trophy last year, especially with the amount of overall depth they have. The absence of Phil Kessel may have a slight effect on the team for the year, but the B’s seem to have the balance and depth to claim the NHL’s best regular season record anyways. Should the Bruins falter, Detroit, San Jose, Pittsburgh, and maybe even Calgary may fight for the title of Best Regular Season Team. Calder Trophy – Rookie of the Year goes to the highlytouted and eagerly anticipated John Tavares of the New York Islanders. He fills a significant gap in the Islanders’ offense, and seems to be the most proready rookie in this year’s crop. The Canadian-born 19-year old Tavares notched a total of 405 points in four full Ontario Hockey League seasons, an astronomical and almost unbelievable total. Widely considered the top hockey prospect in the entire world, Tavares should have an outstanding rookie season, a bright spot for what will be an otherwise forgettable year on Long Island. Ross Trophy- As with the Hart, look for this one to be a duel between the Russians as well. Last year, Malkin took home the league’s scoring title with 113 points (35 G, 78 A), finishing three points ahead of countryman Ovechkin (56 G, 54 A). Crosby finished third with 103, followed by Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings with 97. The debate will rage on as to who is the best between Malkin, Crosby and Ovechkin. But Malkin benefits from playing with Crosby, and that will be enough for him to capture his secondstraight Ross Trophy. If he slips or suffers a serious injury, Ovechkin will be right on his heels.
When the Winter Olympics take over Vancouver in just under five months, the NHL regular season will take a two week long break from play, shutting down operations so its stars can represent their native countries. Going into the season, many hockey pundits are asking the same question: what affect will the break will have on the individual teams? Due to each team sending a different amount of representatives, the extra two weeks may affect the play of some teams more than others, and in some cases it may affect a team to the point where playoff positioning may change. While some teamswill send the majority of its players on a two-week vacation, others will be sending their stars up north for two-weeks of all out hockey. Fans need to understand that the hits and extra shifts players take during the Olym-
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Women's soccer struggling in GNAC
After starting off the season with two straight wins against Eastern Nazarene and Daniel Webster, the Suffolk women’s soccer team has lost its last six games, and currently sits at 2-6 on the young season. Despite the recent string of losses, the team has kept the score close in each match, losing only one of the games by two goals or more. The season started off very well for the team, as they earned a 4-3 win over Eastern Nazarene and followed that up with an impressive 3-0 shutout win over Daniel Webster. However, the Lady Rams started their slide with a 1-0 OT loss against Lasell on Sept. 12th, and followed that close loss up with a 2-0 loss to Simmons on Sept. 16th and a 2-1 loss to Norwich three days later. Unfortunately, the bad luck didn’t end there, as the Lady Rams lost two more close ones (6-4 vs. Emmanuel and 2-1 vs. St. Joseph’s of Connecticut) before being beaten by Johnson and Wales by a rather convincing 6-2 score on Tuesday.
Questions linger as NHL season starts
for the NHL, after such a wonderful season, is the ever-present “now what?” As excellent as last season was for the league, the offseason has been just as tumultuous. Summer black eyes for the league range from the embarrassing (Dany Heatley becoming the latest player to refuse to play in Edmonton) and shady (ex-NHLPA head Paul Kelly being “railroaded” out of office with a 3 a.m. vote) to the silly (Chicago star Patrick Kane being arrested for allegedly beating a cab driver over 20 cents) and downright ridiculous (the ongoing saga that is Jim Balsillie vs. the rest of the NHL). However, like the start of the second period, the league begins the 2009-2010 season with a fresh, new sheet of ice, into which a multitude of skates will carve various new and exciting storylines. Here are a few things to look for as the new season unfolds. Can the resurgent teams keep it up? Anyone in the NHL’s offices will admit that having Boston and Chicago return to prominence is nothing but a boon for the league. The two cities have proven to be among the most sports-crazy towns in the America, and full arenas in the Windy City and the Hub of Hockey bring more money into the pockets of the NHL. However, both franchises enter the season having gone through somewhat turbulent offseasons. Chicago saw its GM fired after an offer-sheet mix-up that nearly led to the voiding of contracts. Former Blackhawk Martin Havlat took shots at the team via Twitter on his way out of town, and , oh yeah, there was that whole Kane fiasco mentioned above. The Bruins lost sniper Phil Kessel as a salary cap casualty, and is facing huge questions about whether or not the B’s can recapture last year’s magic. However, both rosters are well-stocked with a mixture of veterans and rookies, and are led by coaches who should be able to right the ship should anything go wrong. The result will make the league happy: Chicago and Boston will remain competitive for years to come. What’s going to happen to the Coyotes? The ongoing dance between Balsillie, Bettman and the rest of the league is turning the entire NHL into a sports-landscape laughingstock. Balsillie wants a team, and has proven that he is willing to go deep into his Blackberry-lined pockets to buy one. Bettman has made it just as clear that he doesn’t want Balsillie to have a team, especially one that he is vowing to move to Hamilton, Ontario. The NHL owners, embarrassed by a recent string of scandalous owners, don’t want Balsillie in their exclusive club either. Lost at the center of all of the mudslinging and name-calling is the fact that a team, the Phoenix Coyotes, still doesn’t know if it will be playing in Phoenix next season, and a group of fans that has never seen a winner may be without a hockey club come next year. The sooner this is resolved, the better. The league needs to put this mess behind them, and let the on-ice product be the focus of the national media. How will the rookies perform? Highly touted rookies Victor Hedman (Tampa Bay), John Tavares (New York Islanders) and Matt Duchene (Colorado) are being viewed as saviors of sorts in their respective markets. All are coming on to teams that are coming off of terrible seasons, and are expected to carry those same teams back to the promised land. How will they fare under such heavy expectations? Only time will tell.
Honor Roll twice this season GNAC play on the year. While Playing games away from for her outstanding accom- it will certainly be an uphill the friendly home confines plishments on the field, and Ca- battle, the Lady Rams still have of Dilboy Stadium has been varetta has been named GNAC several opportunities to make a huge problem for the team Rookie of the Week once. some noise in the conference. this year, as they are currently To make matters worse, Six of their last seven games are winless (0-3) in road games, compared to 2-3 at home. against GNAC opponents, Sophomore Leslie meaning that if the team can Hayden has carried the get hot at the right time, a offensive load for the respectable in-conference team thus far, scoring record is far from unreacheight of the team’s twelve able. Also, the team has big total goals. She has 18 games coming up against total points this season. conference-leading and Fellow sophomore Gina cross-Common rival EmDean is second on the erson and second-place St. team with two goals, Joseph’s (ME). Wins against while freshman Kelsey these quality opponents Cavaretta and junior Mawould go a long way towards rie Trombetta are tied boosting the confidence for third with one goal of this Lady Rams team. apiece. Trombetta is a juHowever, if the Lady nior transfer from GuateRams fail to make some mala and will be counted headway in the conferheavily to produce this ence over the next couple Photo Courtesy of Suffolk Athletics season. Junior goalie Emof games, the players and ily Joyce has made 55 coaching staff can Sophomore Leslie Hayden (Ross, CA) is cursaves while allowing 14 rently the Lady Rams' leading scorer with eight take solace in the fact goals through the firstgoals and 18 total points on the young sea- that this is one of the six games. She is cur-son. youngest squads in rently sporting a rather the GNAC, if not in stingy 2.29 goals against avereach of the team’s six losses all of college soccer. Currently, has come against GNAC op- the team has no seniors on the age. Hayden has already been ponents, making them 0-6 in roster and only five juniors. Five named to the GNAC Weekly
of the players are sophomores and three are freshmen, playing in their first year of college soccer. Even if this year has been less than stellar thus far, the young squad is gaining valuable experience by the game, experience that will allow them to improve upon this season and come back even stronger and more prepared next year. The Lady Rams’ next game is a GNAC match against Pine Manor on Oct. 3rd at 6 p.m. at the team’s home field, Dilboy Stadium in Somerville. Pine Manor is currently 2-6-1 (0-6 GNAC), and should provide the Lady Rams a good chance to get back on track. The Gators have lost four out of their last five games, and were shut out in each of them. The team has struggled mightily to score at times this season, which will be like music to Suffolk goalie Emily Joyce's ears. In fact, in their six losses on the season, the Gators have failed to score a single goal, and were outscored by a margin of 16-0. *All stats and records are current as of Sept. 29th.
The National Hockey League is coming off of what can be considered one of its most successful seasons in recent memory. Alexander Ovechkin continued his run as the league’s most marketable star with an entertaining performance at the All-Star Game while piling up the goals and assists as well. Evgeni Malkin and Pavel Datsyuk made sure that the league wasn’t a oneRussian show, contributing mightily offensively as well. The league saw franchises come back to life in once-hockey rabid markets like Boston and Chicago, and saw its most competitive post-season in decades end with one of its brightest stars, Sidney Crosby, lifting Lord Stanley’s Cup as captain of the champion Pittsburgh Penguins. Whew. The question
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