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March 2, 2011

ability Services, the summit was facilitated by the Rev. Dr. Jamie WashJournal Staff ington, president and founder of Focusing on leadership and di- the Washington Consulting Group, versity in the 21st century, Satur- a Baltimore-based multicultural orday’s Multicultural Summit “starts ganizational development firm. off Unity Week with a bang,” acThe day-long workshop focused cording to Craig Cullinane, associ- on developing diversity and leaderate director of diversity services. ship skills by understanding one’s Unity Week is a traditional col- multiple social identities and the laboration between students, faculty social change model of leadership, and administrators to recognize, as a and developing problem-solving whole, diversity and the value and vi- skills in intra/inter-personal learning. tality of pluralism within individuals “It was really about building skill and the Suffolk experience. Planned in diversity and leadership,” said events include entertainment, speak- Cullinane. “We brought in this amazers, dialogues, food and music. ing trainer for [the summit] to talk Julia Dawidowicz Sponsored by the Office of Dis- about how you can have conversaAngela Bray

Unity Week kicks Get to know SUNORMAL: Largest group on campus off with a bang with major plans ahead

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tions about race and difference. People say things like, ‘I don’t see color,’ and [the summit] helps how you acknowledge that these differences exist and how you can work with them.” According to Cullinane, a turnout of over 70 students and faculty filled the Sargent Hall first floor conference room. “Progress has really grown,” said Cullinane, as the first year had 20 participants, doubled the second year, and drew 50 last year. “The event acknowledged that people have prejudice,” he said. “It helps answer the question, ‘how do I interact with people different than me?’ It works with examining privilege- what it is, who has it and why.” Throughout the day, planned activities including ice breakers and identity discussions led attendees to examine the challenges of diversity. Samienta Pierre-Vil, a sophomore, senator and Cape Verdean Student Association (CVSA) secre

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Unless you are one of the 1,400 members on the mailing list of SUNORML, the Suffolk University chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, you probably are unaware of the big moves that the club, which is the largest student-run organization at Suffolk, has in the works. Currently, the conscientious group is working on projects aimed at changing the drug policies of both Suffolk University, and beyond. According to SUNORML President Jeff Morris, the group, which includes student, faculty, and public members, is taking on the state of Massachusetts. At their recent meetings, members of SUNORML have been working on thoughtfully-constructed testimonies in support of three pieces of legislation that have just been submitted to the statehouse, two of which promote the legalization of medical marijuana in Massachusetts, and one regarding taxation and regulation. As a group they have been preparing to talk to different representatives and senators, and professionalism is key. Although they are still waiting for the dates of the hearings to be released, the members of SUNORML are wasting no time in preparing for their big chance to make a difference, and have been revising and practicing their testimonies in hopes of being taken seriously in the political realm. “I wrote [my testimony] from a

student's perspective,” said Morris. “We're college students just trying to have a good time responsibly while living functional lives. There is no bulls**t. The problem is the committee members think we are bullsh**ting. They're rolling their eyes and you can tell they just want to go home and eat dinner with their families." But they still have hope. SUNORML has gone to several similar hearings since their establishment in 2008, and the most important thing is to show support. "I always say they're very much a success,” Morris said. “You have probably 50 or 60 people who show up in favor of legalization of the pot bill- whether it’s medical or recreational. But the committee doesn't want to listen because they feel like it won't go anywhere. It seems like they've already made up their minds before it begins… even though there's lots of support and hardly anyone against it." SUNORML shows up at hearings with stickers to distribute, so that the representatives can see how much public support the bills have. "Numbers are good." SUNORML is still waiting to hear the hearing dates but when they find out, they will be listed at on the SUNORML Facebook page. But this is only the tip of the iceberg for SUNORML. They have also been brewing up plans for changing


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March 2, 2011

POLICE BLOTTER Boston parks proposed to
Wednesday, February 23
9:47 p.m. 10 Somerset St.
False ID at 10 Somerset St. Report filed.
Angela Christoforos

join non-smoking bandwagon
Journal Contributor
Nearly 500 cities throughout the country have banned smoking in public parks and beaches- and Boston may soon join this growing number. According to a recent article in the Boston Globe, two Boston City Councilors brought up the smoking ban proposal to City Council as an effort to officially eliminate smoking in public parks and beaches. Major cities that have already taken action include Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York City. “We want these public places to be smoke-free so that everyone can enjoy our parks, can enjoy our beaches, can enjoy our public spaces without injury to their health,” said Councilor Felix G. Arroyo of the proposal. The U.S. Environment Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. National Toxicology Program and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) have all classified secondhand smoke as “a known human carcinogen” or cancer-causing agent. Two reasons behind the proposed ban are to prevent second-hand smoke exposure to non-smokers and children, and, it is believed the smoking ban will lead to a decrease of litter on the ground in these public places. “As a smoker myself, I don’t like this proposal at all. I can understand not smoking in buildings, but smoking outside at a park should be a freedom,” said Suffolk senior Liz Weatherly. According to the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation, several Massachusetts cities and towns have already enacted the non-smoking ban in parks and beaches. But when does the action to prevent smoking in public places start to violate the rights of smokers? “Smokers should be able to smoke anywhere outside. Most buildings don’t allow smokers to smoke inside, so that’s why people go outside,” said Ryan Leonard, barber at Boston Barber Co. in the North End. “There shouldn’t be restrictions on smoking outdoors.” “If the proposal goes through, then where do they expect people to go smoke? If people are smoking in big wide open areas, the extent of second hand smoke can’t be that bad,” said Suffolk sophomore Brielle Fredrick Osborne. “I’d rather have smokers smoke in big spaces like parks than outside of [campus academic buildings] Sawyer or Donahue.” Although the proposal has been presented before City Council, it will be months before official action to undergo a nonsmoking ban in parks and beaches is enacted in Boston.

Thursday, February 24
8:31 p.m. 10 West St.
Confiscation of a smoking device at 10 West Street. Report filed.

Friday, February 25
12:01 a.m. 10 Somerset St.
Report of the use of marijuana at 10 Somerset Street. Report filed.

Broadcast online this week!

Saturday, February 26
2:11 p.m. Sargent Hall
Suspicious person report at the Law School. Report filed.

Monday, February 28
7:22 p.m. 150 Tremont
Report of a fight at 150 Tremont Street. Report filed.

Annual collaboration educates diversity and leadership skills
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tary (among other positions), said group activities included sharing perceptions of boys, girls, race, and drugs, and how those perceptions have changed over the years. Small groups were also arranged for everyone to tell their own story within eight categories: an important fact about self, something most conscious about, race, gender, sexual orientation, something special, nationality, age, and ablism. “We wanted everybody to interact and meet new people,” said Josiana Decarvalho, 2012, CVSA vice president. “It was cool because you were working with people you’ve never met.” The Unity Week team consists mainly of students working with Katherine Bauer, associate director of Student Leadership and Involvement (SLI) and David DeAngelis, SLI director of student activities. Previous events between the summit and today have included the Suffolk Showdown in the residence halls on Sunday and on Monday, a Qur’an Study, a screening of The Journey of Cape Verde, a lecture by James Carroll, and a discussion regarding managing diversity in the legal academy on Monday. Yesterday’s disability awareness concert featured Brittany Maier, a blind, autistic and mentally disabled musical talent, who performed last year. Yesterday was also the Shrove Tuesday Christian celebration and GLBTQ panel, Torah study, LGBTQA family dinner, a Turkish dinner, and the Inkas Wasi Peruvian music and dance performance. Today’s trip to the Museum of Science will provide the opportunity to explore the latest interactive exhibit, Race: Are we so Different? Christian Bible study, Benedictine meditation and a Francophone heritage study will be open. Thursday will host a discussion about inclusiveness and diversity in the workplace, a Mandaeans discussion with student Aseel Maarij, Buddhist meditation, and event with Micky Ward and Dicky Eklund, including a meet and greet. The empowerment group for women of color will meet on Friday. Tonight’s Unity Week Showcase celebrates culture through the arts in the C. Walsh Theatre. “It’s like Fall Fest; it is a chance for the different cultural groups on campus to perform, like the step team and an Indonesian folk dance,” said Cullinane. Immediately following the showcase will be the Unity Week Fair. Various cultural dishes will be served in the Donahue Cafe from CVSA, the Caribbean Student Network, Black Student Union, Suffolk University Hispanic Association, and the Italian American Student Union.

In last week's article "S.O.U.L.S. takes on gun control," it was said that Professor Brad Bannon teaches in the history dept. This is incorrect, Prof. Bannon teaches in the government dept. and the Journal apologizes for our mistake.


March 2, 2011

Project Nur to promote tolerance and human rights
Bianca Saunders

Journal Staff
Project Nur, a studentrun organization welcomed at colleges around the country, has recently entered into its fourth semester at Suffolk University. The organization aims to challenge the negative representations of Muslims in the media and society through promoting tolerance, understanding and human rights. The club originated as a student-run branch of the American Islamic Conference (AIC), a non-profit civil rights organization established in the wake of September 11, 2001 that seeks to create tolerance between the Muslim community and other ethnic groups. “Nur” is the Arabic definition for enlightenment, according to Project Nur is a nonreligious group that seeks to bring awareness to human rights issues that affect the world today and allows a “Moderate Muslim voice to be heard on campus and beyond by engaging the emerging American-Muslim community,” according to the organization’s website.

A chapter of Project Nur was started at Suffolk University by student Jihath Gaznavi in the fall of 2009. Gaznavi approached students she thought would be

international relations major, said the club welcomes students of all ethnicities and religions. She also said, Suffolk’s chapter is split almost evenly between mem-

and Muslim do not have to be a contradiction,” said Qadir. Qadir, whose mother is Italian, Irish and a Catholic, and has a Muslim father from Pakistan,

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interested, including Dawn Qadir and Ryan Lachapelle, seniors who are the current president and vice president of Suffolk’s group. Janet Girardot, Project Nur secretary and senior

bers of the Muslim and non-Muslim community. “I hope we can be a ‘light on campus’ just like our slogan says to show students that there is a moderate view of Islam and that American

thought that the group would be perfect for herself. Project Nur meets every Tuesday from 1 to 2:15 p.m. in the Sawyer Library, where pizza and refreshments are served.

At meetings, the group plans events and discusses a variety of topics, such as personal experiences with human rights issues, crises in the Middle East, and other current events. “Our mission is to bring awareness of human rights issues around the world,” said Lachapelle. “Also, because of the way Islam and Muslims are depicted in the news media and social culture, we strive to break those stereotypes by having panel discussions on different topics.” In addition to panel discussions, the group is involved in film screenings and co-sponsors events with other campuses around Boston, including Northeastern and Boston University. All three hope the group will grow and continue after they graduate. “I hope [Project Nur] becomes a well-known club on the Suffolk Campus,” said Qadir. “It has an amazing goal to ultimately help educate about Islam and work towards creating a better understanding of those issues in the Muslim world.”

SUNORML works to change drug legislation, policies and provide awareness for university as well as state
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Suffolk’s marijuana policies. According to Morris, when Sargent was president, the drug policy was difficult to deal with. Since Sargent’s resignation, things have been looking up for SUNORML and their Safer Campaign, which is formulated around the idea that marijuana is safer than alcohol. The campaign also sheads light on the fact that alcohol-related offences are taken much more lightly by Suffolk than those involving cannabis. According to Morris, the fine for being caught with marijuana in the dorms is $100, which is also the maximum penalty for being caught outside the dorms according to state law. On the other hand, the fine for being caught in the dorms with alcohol is $35, whereas outside the dorms, you can be incarcerated for public drunkenness. “The point is the laws in-state don't match the resident hall policies. If you're also caught with, say, a pipe and grinder, they're an additional $75 each,” said Morroute towards a new drug policy at Suffolk. They have been compiling polls and surveys that they plan to distribute at universities in the Boston area, which will ask students how they feel about their school’s drug policies, a private institution, only exists to get more and more students every year, which basically means more tuition money. It's going to be a huge research project, and hopefully the numbers will be in our favor. We'd love to have their love for bongs and their favorite munchies recipes: in fact, SUNORML has gained so much respect for its extensive involvement in the nation-wide fight for cannabis rights that it is often thought of as the NORML chapter for the entire Boston area. SUNORML meets Tuesdays at 1 p.m. in Sawyer 041, and they have lots of exciting upcoming events, including their annual 4/20 celebration, a t-shirt tie dyeing event, film screenings, guest speakers, and a 3-D dodge ball tournament at Sky Zone, a warehouse covered entirely in trampolines. If you’re interested in getting involved in SUNORML, email them at norml.suffolk@, to receive weekly emails outlining upcoming meetings, legislations, and breaking cannabis news.

"But the committee doesn't want to listen because they feel like it won't go anywhere. It seems like they've already made up their minds before it begins..."
ris. “We think this is absurd, relative to the alcohol policy… They think alcohol is safer than weed, which is clearly not the case. But I'm very hopeful. Barry Brown has been an excellent leader." This semester, SUNORML is taking a different and whether a severe drug policy at a university would affect your decision to attend that school. Then they will formally present the portfolio to the administration. “We think this will influence Suffolk [to reconsider our drug policy]. Our school, a classic rally, but we want to see where the numbers take us. If that doesn't work, then we will cause some good old-fashioned ruckus." The ever-growing group of cannabis enthusiasts is anything but a bunch of selfindulgent stoners discussing


March 2, 2011

Luncheon brings soul to Black History Month
Annual meal celebrates African American culture and heritage
Black Student Union (BSU). This historical importance is a testament to the immense cultural impact it has, not only on Suffolk University, but the world as a whole. The mood at the luncheon was that of relaxation and celebration as people gathered and socialized about numerous topics and issues. The aspects and contributions of black people to this country, holding a unique place in the calendar as the month where facts and stories are presented and repeated to emphasize the importance of African Americans in the growth and formation of the country. At the luncheon, this achievement was highversity Services. She emphasized the fact that black culture was “more than food,” and that the exploration of minority cultures should not stop at gastronomy. This was the main point, as not only food was available, but also opportunities for interaction and socializing. The Soul Food Luncheon encapsulated Louis Daplima

Journal Staff
In honor of Black History Month, Suffolk’s Black Student Union organized their annual Soul Food Luncheon, bringing together not only members of their association, but also people from other school groups. Faculty, staff, and members of student government along with many other campus-based organizations were in attendance. The Soul Food Luncheon featured foods like mashed-potatoes, cornbread and fried chicken, which were only a few of the assorted foods served. “The term Soul Food came from scraps of food that slaves would pick up after their masters were done eating and put them together,” explained Tabitha Cherilus, president of the

"The term Soul Food came from scraps of food that slaves would pick up after their masters were done eating and put them together."
luncheon culminated the festivities included in Black History Month, film-screenings, empowerment sessions for women of color, and a blackheritage trail. A multicultural summit held on February 26 was the last event sponsored by the BSU for Black History Month. February itself celebrated many of the positive lighted in terms of the progress that the United States has made in terms of unity amongst its diverse peoples. The event sought to celebrate the culture and heritage of African Americans while giving insight into other aspects of their culture. “It was a nice event,” said Jacinda Felix Haro, the director of Dimany of the changing scenes of Suffolk University, like the evolving atmosphere of a traditional commuter school to a more residential, campusbased school. With events like the Soul Food Luncheon, a pattern of growth and change is evident. “Yeah, it was a great event,” said junior Ricaphele Lima. It success-

fully modeled the continued efforts by the BSU to host and improve events on campus. The organization is also working to continue its efforts of hosting and promoting other programs on campus, not just during Black History Month. Such events highlight the continued efforts made by many campus organizations to diversify S u f f o l k ’s already-diverse culture. “Unity should be the main goal in order to keep these diversity events happening,” said Tabitha Cherilus, president of BSU. She also stressed the need for continued support of such organizations through the ongoing participation, attendance and recognition of the Suffolk community.

March 2, 2011

world BRIEFS
South America
LA PAZ, Bolivia – Thousands of people were left homeless after a “mega-mudslide” caused by uninterrupted downpours on Sunday left Bolivia at its knees. "Natural phenomena unfortunately are causing a lot of damage. Something is changing on the planet," Bolivian President Evo Morales said, according to a statement posted on the La Paz government website Monday. The homes of at least 4,000 people were destroyed, while Bolivia’s president pledged that his government would rebuild the destroyed houses. The mudslide’s destruction, extensive enough to crack the ground and split a cemetery in two, leaving bones exposed beside crucifixes and cracked headstones, keeps increasing with exploration.

Latin America recognizes Palestine
Harry Lam

Journal Staff
In December, Argentina and Brazil announced their recognition of a free and independent Palestinian State within the 1967 borders. Uruguay has also published intentions of doing the same. These latest actions have been part of an effort by the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to find international support in order to apply pressure to Israel to stop its settlement activity and restart the peace talks. Israel has responded by expressing its disappointment to Argentina and Brazil in their recent actions. A statement from the Israeli foreign ministry said that the government of Israel “expresses sadness and disappointment over the decision by the Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva a month before he steps down… Recognition of a Palestinian state is a breach of the interim agreement which was signed between Israel and the Palestinian Authority in 1995 which said that the issue of the status of the West Bank and Gaza Strip would be discussed and resolved through negotiations.” Both presidents of Argentina and Brazil had sent similar letters to Abbas stating

their support. Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s letter stated he and his government were “in line with Brazil’s historic willingness to contribute to peace between Israel and Palestine.” Uruguay’s public statement also mentions its intention to set up a diplomatic mission there in 2011. Argentina even stated in their announcement that all members of the Latin American MercoSur trade block have reached a general agreement on Palestine. Today, about 100 countries recognize an independent Palestinian state, which

The Palestinian territories are politically, geographically and ideologically divided.
includes most Arab countries, a large portion of African countries, China, India, South Africa, and Turkey Although these recent actions in Latin America could bring more recognition towards the Palestinian National Assembly it also has its drawbacks. This impedes Barack Obama’s effort to improve the image of the United States in the Middle East as his administration is trying to be more forceful towards Israel in freezing their settlement expansion in the West Bank. As Israel continues to feel more isolated and threatened, it will rely on its

COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- A Danish yacht carrying seven people – including three children – was seized by pirates on Thursday in the Indian Ocean. The family of five, including the children aged 12 to 16 as well as two crew members was on a two-year round-the-world trip due to end later in 2011. As the boat left the Maldives, the family wrote in their blog, “We have updated our disaster plan, made a pirate plan of who does what if we are attacked, and every day we send details of our position to the armed forces." Somali pirates warned Tuesday that any attempt to rescue the Danish family would result in their deaths, just like those of the Americans captives last week.

U.S. ally for diplomatic aid. Some in the U.S. Congress have already been criticizing these recent actions by Brazil and Argentina. This is putting more pressure from the U.S. Congress on the Obama administration to come to Israel’s aid. Also, declaring a Palestinian state will create problems between the Palestinian National Assembly and its donors in Europe including U.S. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who met with Abbas on December 6, is believed to have told the Palestinian leader that such a move would be counterproductive and would make it appear as though the Palestinians are politically immature and unfit for negotiations. The Palestinian territories are also politically, geographically and ideologically divided. They currently lack convincing leaders and negotiators. The Islamist Hamascontrolled Gaza Strip and secular Fatah-controlled West bank are still at odds while Abbas himself has lost some respect from his own party after the leak of the Palestinian Papers. This division favors Israel. However, these gestures are unlikely to have any real or practical impact on the current intractability of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Jerusalem – In the West Bank on Monday and Tuesday night, Israeli settlers damaged cars and tried to burn down a house, in retaliation of settlements and outposts. Israeli police removed three illegal shacks Monday in the Jewish outpost of Havat Gilad. Civil administration and police were stoned by the settlers on the scene. Eight people were arrested in the incident. Israeli settlers blocked roads in Jerusalem, while burning tires and clashing with police. Several incidents of torching cars in villages around Hebron were reported on Monday night as well. "We call upon the international community not to remain silent ... the people call us on a daily basis to protect their lives because they are afraid (of) the settlers," said Ghassan Douglass, a Palestinian official in charge of the settlement activity north of the West Bank.

Visiting Actor Francis Hoster
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March 2, 2011

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In one of the greatest moments of Internet history, we received word that Charlie Sheen has created his very own Twitter account. At the Journal, with our intensive researching skills, we proudly attest to its existence and entertainment. Among all of the recent Charlie Sheenfiasco news, this Twitter feed hopefully will become the cream of the crop. His insanity has breached a new level that the public has taken up in a strong grip. At the Journal, we too have fallen victim to the Sheen Madness. I mean, the guy is ridiculous. Between his “goddesses” and his personal war with John Stamos, Sheen has strayed far from his father’s footsteps as America’s best fake (and probably real) president. Although his decline is sad and twisted, so is our enjoyment. Technically, we are watching the disintegration of a fellow human being, which is sort of animalistic if you think about it. Personally, the Journal feels pity for Mr. Sheen. We understand his selfishness is part of his madness, but the hindrance of Two and a Half Men (as awful of a show that it is) really is messing up peoples’ lives who work for it. Rude, Charlie. Rude. On the other hand, there’s a demented enjoyment that the general public gets while watching celebs self-destruct. We’ve watched countless: Britney shaving her head, Jaime Spears being pregnant (bet you forgot about her!) and Gary Busey… in general. His life is basically a train wreck. And we love it. Just like we love watching Charlie Sheen on TMZ in his backyard, crazy as ever. Between the Internet memes involving Sheen and the newly discovered Twitter account, the Journal is excited to see the next phase of Sheen’s life unfold. Or blow up. On the other hand, we’d also like to take the time to thank Mr. Sheen for giving us a laugh during a rather dreary and terribly standard week. Even if he will never live up to the forever powerful Martin Sheen. Viva la President Bartlet!

Wisconsin governor
Sarina Tracy

Journal Staff
For some, Valentine’s Day 2011 meant romantic displays of affection, and for others it meant downing a pint of Ben and Jerry’s while hating the world. For Wisconsin, however, it meant a lot more. Governor Scott Walker, a republican, proposed a legislation passed by the Wisconsin Assembly to remedy a projected $3.6 billion budget shortfall. In this bill, state employees would be required to contribute 5.8 percent of their salaries to cover pension costs, along with the major issue of stripping collective bargaining rights from most public employee union members. The backlash against this bill started on Feb. 14, with hundreds of “Valentines” being sent to the governor by University of WisconsinMadison staff in protest of the negative impact the bill would have on their university. Then, on Feb. 15, tens of thousands of people congregated to Wisconsin’s capital of Madison to partake in not only protests, but public hearings on the matter of collective bargaining, which lasted nearly 17 hours. On Feb. 26, that number of protesters skyrocketed to 100,000. These protests in Madison were matched by thousands of others at state capitals around the country, including one outside Suffolk’s next door neighbor, the Massachusetts State House. As tedious and unfair as unions can be, they are still necessary for our society. However, it is no secret that they have a sub-par system. Good work is not rewarded, and there is no reprimand for substandard performance. Everyone is on the same playing field, no matter how pro-

ficient or inefficient they are. That one horrible teacher we all had in high school (you know the one), who ruined various days and various subjects is a result of tenure, and by extension, the union system. Annoyance in its structure is understandable. Cutting collective bargaining, however, is not a smart next step in this struggle. Collective bargaining, by no means a stubborn disposition, is necessary. The ability for unions to come together in a democratic process, decide upon wages and benefits, then go to the higher authorities to find common ground is essential. It needs to happen. To take that ability away would be ludicrous, something that defeats the ideology of America’s backbone: the working people. What Wisconsin needs to realize is that the middle class, the people who are being hurt most in this economy, make up the unions. This decision, among others, can be tacked onto the long list of reasons why the middle class will soon disappear, and why hope is being lost in the government. Walker is barking up the wrong tree, while millions of people have a front row seat—and many a little too close for comfort. While some protesters jam into the state capitol, pounding on drums— waving flags and chanting songs so loudly that security guards must jam ear plugs into their ears—even more have dragged in air mattresses and curled up in blankets, ready to greet another day of strife with strength. Ironic signs are being made, poignant documentaries are being filmed, hopefully ending with Wisconsin’s perseverance reigning supreme.


March 2, 2011

Slap in the face for Planned Parenthood
Increasing far-right trend tries to cut funding, cites 'agenda of death'
Jason Kenosky

Journal Staff
Republican Mike Pence pushed a bill through the House of Representatives that would end federal funding for Planned Parenthood. The premise behind the bill, according to Pence, is that the organization has a “pattern of apparent fraud and abuse.” The Indiana representative did not need a lengthy proposal in order to convince the conservative-dominated House; yet, the real impetus for the bill is obvious. What Pence meant by “fraud and abuse” was that Planned Parenthood has duped the American public. According to some rightwingers, Planned Parenthood’s true mission is to provide abortion services as a form of birth control instead of their proclaimed mission of simply providing overall health services for women. Of course, this is a fallacy.

Congress and Obama extend Patriot Act, continue disregarding basic liberties
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Planned Parenthood offers many resources for women which include screenings for breast, cervical, and ovarian cancers; cancer prevention; menopause and menstruation services; female infertility; birth control; community outreach; education; and testing for sexuallytransmitted diseases (which is also available for men). Abortions are only a small part of w h a t t h e y do; not their raison d ’ê t r e . They are not pro-abortion. Planned Parenthood believes that it is ultimately up to the individual woman to decide what is right for her. Aside from facilitating abortions, they offer the utility of exploring other options as well, which include adoption and parenting. Opponents cite this is

an attack on women, and this bill has the potential to set women’s rights back 60 years. I would not take it that far. We are not going back to the Stone Age simply because a health care institution lost some funding. It is, however, a slap in the face. The good news is Planned Parenthood receives roughly 15 percent of its funding through the federal govern-

"...the proposal speaks of an increasing trend... bent on imposing an agenda of far-right conservatism."
ment. So in the event that the bill does pass the Senate, and Obama, regional locations of Planned Parenthood have already announced they will continue to operate, although in a reduced capacity. Of course, the likelyhood of this bill passing the Democrat-majority Senate and becoming law is slim-

to-none. But, the proposal speaks of an increasing trend in American society that is bent on imposing an agenda of far-right conservatism. One of the main crusaders against Planned Parenthood is Life Decisions International, a group whose purpose is to eradicate Planned Parenthood’s “agenda of death” outright. Even though LDI contends that violence perpetrated b y memb e r s of the P r o L i f e Movement is morally deplorable, they don’t exactly deny it. Instead, they simply state that anyone who disagrees with their moral standard is free to withhold contributing to LDI financially. Seeing as how Planned Parenthood is largely supported by private donations, LDI’s main task is to boycott

the businesses and individuals whose monetary contributions allow Planned Parenthood to continue. Many actors, musicians and major corporations offer support, yet through LDI’s efforts, some 270 corporations have ceased donations towards Planned Parenthood to the tune of $40 million. There are still many large corporations that back Planned Parenthood, so it is likely the organization will continue on, regardless of Title X status. The fact that Pro-Life organizations such as LDI describe Planned Parenthood as having a death-agenda is evidence that parts of our society are attempting to take a step backward. As mentioned, Planned Parenthood offers many services for woman, including options for parenthood and adoption. To assert that this is Planned Parenthood’s main focus is plain wrong and a disservice to the American people.

Journal Staff
The Senate and House of Representatives voted recently to extend the Patriot Act for another 10 months pending President Obama’s signature. This move will continue part of the controversial law’s provisions, which many feel is a way for government to violate personal liberties and freedoms. Congress—with an 86-12 vote in the Senate and a 279143 vote in the House—voted on two provisions in the law. The first is the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, which created a Director of National Intelligence, who is supposed make intelligence more cohesive by bringing different agencies together. The Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005, authorizes wiretaps in individuals for 30 days. The Patriot Act was passed in reaction to the terrorist acts of Sept. 11, 2001. The initial

intent was good, but parts of the law were simply created to sound the nightmare of “big brother” becoming a reality. There is a nationwide understanding that national security and measures to ensure it are of the utmost importance, but at what cost? Where is the line drawn between being safe and losing basic rights and freedoms? Some parts of the law, like strengthening enforcement against methamphetamine production, are understandable, but how is it balanced against allowing the FBI to wiretap citizens who may have been using certain words they deemed suspicious? This is the most disturbing part of the law, as it means that the government—yes the government—can simply listen to your conversation because you “seem” suspicious. While people who support such measures may argue that it is in the best interest of national security, the question of how basic rights protected under the

constitution are supposed to versions of the law. This unalienable rights as human become like a bartered com- should be disturbing to most beings. Many things in life modity on the altar of na- Americans who love and are trade-offs, but I cannot tional security still looms. cherish their civil liberties. believe that our civil liberties There is the understand- are part of those things. The Why can a judge and a few other people make a de- ing that yes, we live in differ- idea of an America in which cision to be on some techies’ ent world than that of Sept.10, information is no longer voltail and follow me because I 2001, but should that mean a untarily shared—but could may be Middle Eastern and different America? Should be taken covertly and semay have said something the fact that attacks that cretly—should scare people. This is not the America about some people who were mounted on American are suspected of terrorism? soil so compel us to give up that our founding fathers enThe permission that these something we export to the visioned, and we should work laws give the government is rest of the world as unalien- hard to protect those civil liblike a scene from the HBO able rights and freedoms? If erties before we begin to reseries The Wire. Although The we agree with our founding semble an Orwellian novel. Wire may be tame in compari- founders, we have certain son, the point is that there was some evidence before the wiretaps were Please remember: You must have a $0.00 balance m a d e . to participate in priority registration for the This may upcoming semesters. not be a You may securely pay online by visiting: strong requirechoose ‘Make a Payment’ located in the menu to the right ment in Office hours: Questions: the reauMon-Thurs 8:45 to 5:30 617.573.8407 thorized Friday 8:45 to 3:00

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St udents ba nd together
The Motivated Sequence, comprised of Suffolk students, rocks Boston
Soleil Barros

Journal Staff
Tuesday, February 24, The Motivated Sequence performed at Limelight along with Mindwalk Blvd., August Infinity, and the Andersons. Only forming recently over winter break, band members Zach Burt, Chrissy Tucciarone, Guy Zagami, Kento Takasashi, Bethany Kiuru, and Angela Degatis showcased their first performance at Union Street’s Hennessy’s. The Motivated Sequence began with members Tucciarone and Burt who met two years ago in Rhythm, Suffolk University's own contemporary music group, which is comprised of vocalists and instrumentalists that share a passion for music. Being one of the only bands emerging from the Suffolk community, the Motivated Sequence

has allowed these students to connect based solely on a shared love for music. “If I wasn’t involved, I wouldn’t have been able to meet these members. Af-

which allows us to combine ideas. Other band members have come up with ideas I would have never thought of,” said guitarist Zach Burt Burt explained the name

ter we started bonding, the members of the band were able to speak up. No one is on their toes anymore,

was created while taking a CJN course and a book that inspired the band name. “We didn’t even read it,

perform at a venue. Fellow members of the group, including keyboardist Bethany Kiuru and violinist Angela Degatis, were invited to join the band and bring their talents together for the intended one-time gig. Thus, the Motivated Sequence was generated. “I like how everyone that was in the band was really into the music. Then the people that weren’t vocals were still singing along. It made it really easy for the audience to really get into it. It was very cool,” said senior Laura Beckford. This combination of different personalities and music interest that the members of the Motivated Sequence share makes for a unique sound that the band offers. Their mellow Photo courtesy of The Motivated Sequence tunes can be described us change it,” sayid Burt. as a combination of alternaA local promoter con- tive and mellow indie rock. tacted Burt in hopes that he, along with a full band, would see MOTIVATION page 11

but it was required. I liked the title so we used it as our band name. It is the original band name, I don’t think I’ll ever change it unless like maybe the author of the book makes

Angela Bray

A Pro on Be acon Hill
myself with limited equipment at home,” he said. “Then I needed better quality, so I jumped from studio to and networked with different people.” He now has a set studio in Providence, where he works with Larry Ohh (a rocker from Scared Don’t Fear) and Cake of Lowell. His first mixtape, Pain vs. Pleasure, was released in June of last year and features 13 tracks. Among the familiar stand “Haters Get Mad,” “Collision Course” and “Drip Photo courtesy of Nick Pro C h a m p a g n e . ” Pro perstudio, producer to producer, sonally feels collaborations make the best music. He is in the loop with well-known locals Passionate and Marty McFly, as well as Gia and Young Joe. “Potentially, I’d like to make a career out of this,” said Pro. “I’m constantly writing and always out to get the best quality.” There is, however, a misconception between hip-hop and rap. “I’m a hip-hop artist, although I do make some rap songs. Hip-hop to me is music people can get in to, it’s upbeat. My friend, Passionate, he’s rap, not hip-hop. If you have an ear for music, you can point out the difference.” He has also submitted his video, “Gorgeous,” to Royal Crew Apparel’s Battle of the Emcees contest, for

Journal Staff
From Providence to Boston, Nick Pro brings energy and passion to quality hip-hop. “I started listening to hip-hop when I was 10,” Pro told the Journal. “Before that, I listened to rock and pop. My good friend showed me hip-hop music. I first started listening to 50 Cent and Eminem.” Influenced by Big L, the Notorious B.I.G. and Nas, Pro took his hobby to paper at age 12 and began recording at 13. “I started off producing

which the winner will receive $350 worth of credit toward studio time and Royal Crew apparel for one year. According to Pro, the contest highlights hip-hop artists’ single tracks, and there are currently about 20 entries. Voters may cast their vote once per day via Facebook until the contest closes on March 15. “A lot of people were involved [with the video]. At times, it was a struggle because we get sidetracked. Overall, I am really happy with the way it came out,” said Pro. The Suffolk sophomore is known around campus for hosting a weekly show with Jordan Lazieh. Flava in Ya Ear airs on Suffolk Free Radio

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March 2, 2011

Predic t able...
Chelsea Szmania

The 83rd nnual Academy Awards
sitting in the audience, while Hathaway is criticized by her mother for her bad posture. Hathaway then livened things up with a performance of her interpretation of the song “On My Own,” which attacked Hugh Jackman for refusing to do a duet with

Journal Staff
The 83rd Annual Academy Awards created plenty of stir this year with 10 best picture nominees, including The King’s Speech and The Fighter. The Oscars became one of the most anticipated events for millions of viewers on Sunday. Kicking off the evening, stars dazzled the red carpet with their lavish gowns and suits tailored by well known designers around the world. Mila Kunis appeared in a light purple flowing dress, that was simple yet classy. Meanwhile, Helena Bonham Carter, up for best female actress in a supporting role for The King’s Speech, made headlines with her black gothic look, complete with a pair of her trademark sunglasses and wild undone hair. Other notable actresses included Scarlett Johansson in a form fitting deep red dress and Natalie Portman wearing a maroon colored gown. H o w e v e r, Christian Bale received the most attention on the Red Carpet that night with a beard that led some to dub him as “Jesus Bale”. The real entertainment began with an interesting opener made by hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco. They traveled through Alec Baldwin’s dreams which took them through all of the best picture nominees, Inception style. This included Franco dressed as a bear on horseback and a hilarious reference to the classic movie Back to the Future complete with a DeLorean. Eventually, they end up making it to the Oscars where Franco makes a shout out to his grandmother,

Film, and The King’s Speech won Best Original Screenplay to name a few. Christian Bale received the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role as Dicky Eklund in The Fighter, while he fought back the tears towards the end of his acceptance speech. However, the highlight of the night was old time actor Kirk Douglas, who was making jokes left and right before he actually got to naming Melissa Leo as the Best Actress in a supporting role. It wasn’t until she dropped the "fbomb" in the middle of her speech that things got really interesting. The most anticipated moment of the night however, were of course Best Actor and Actress. Photo by Flickr user Best Actress, was her. Franco rejoined her on presented by True Grit star Jeff the stage soon after, dressed Bridges as he announced Natin complete Marilyn Monroe alie Portman as the winner for drag. He then took the oppor- her portrayal in Black Swan. After making an emotional acceptance speech, Portman noted her role in Black Swan as the most important role of her life. Presented by Sandra Bullock, Colin Firth took home the trophy Photo by Flickr user for Best Actunity to take a stab at Char- tor in The King’s Speech. lie Sheen, “You got to wear a The Award Show closed tuxedo, so I wore this. Weird with a short montage of the part is, I just got a text mes- Best Picture nominees played sage from Charlie Sheen.” to the background of the faOther performances included mous speech, King George Celine Dion singing “Smile” VI makes as they enter World and Gwyneth Paltrow doing a War II in the film The King’s song from her movie Country Speech. As most had probStrong. Although not her best ably already expected, The live performance, Paltrow King’s Speech received the looked stunning as usual. prestigious Oscar for Best The night continued with Picture. Overall, the night wins, such as Toy Story 3 for was full of a few unexpected Original Song and Best Ani- surprises, and some even mated Feature Film. In a Bet- more predictable outcomes. ter World took home the Oscar for Best Foreign Language

What a girl wants? Booze.
Well it looks like a former Mickey Mouse Club kid is in the slammer. After her boyfriend was pulled to the side of the road, a bunch of cops randomly arrested Christina Aguilera and jailed her for public intoxication. After embarrassingly falling on the stage at the Grammy’s, it looks like Aguilera hasn’t stopped the party, as she’s gone from a pretty respectable recording artist to a Courtney Love-level drunk. Aguilera, who had just recently wrapped up a marriage, was a star during the turn of the century, as her songs such as “Beautiful” and “Genie in a Bottle” graced the backs of NOW! Greatest Hits CDs. Seriously Christina, put down the bottle, it’s rubbing you the wrong way.

Toy Story: Beyond 3
It looks like the toys are coming back to town—again. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the beloved characters of the Toy Story franchise will be back in an all-new short adventure, airing before Cars 2 (Disney-Pixar , 2011), which hits theaters on June 24. Toy Story: Hawaiian Vacation, will feature Barbie and Ken being reunited with Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz (Tim Allen), et al. A 30-second clip of the short shows Barbie and Ken getting out of a backpack, for some reason thinking they are in Hawaii until Woody tells them they are actually in Bonnie’s room. (For those few people who haven’t seen Toy Story 3, Bonnie is the little girl that Andy gives his toys to.) The short will premiere April 8 at the 14th annual, kid-friendly, Sprockets’ Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada. This will mark the first time a Disney-Pixar short opens the festival, which has generally “looked to broaden young film tastes beyond Pixar and Disney by featuring mostly European films,” said the Reporter. The viewing will be followed by a preview of Cars 2 and a presentation by a Pixar animator who worked on both films.


March 2, 2011

staff SOUNDS

Jone sin' for some Cot ton Jones
Jennifer Orr

Journal Staff
Cotton Jones’ set at a Feb. 22 Brighton Music Hall performance could only be summed up as truly stunning, leaving an unfortunately small aud i e n c e begging for more. The band, w h i c h formed in Cumberland, Md., opened for Nicole Atkins and the Black Sea, who also sang back up for on Conan recently. If you ask me, the roles s h o u l d have been reversed in both scenarios. I emphasized this while talking to frontman Michael Nau, perhaps too many times throughout the evening, but I was in truthful mood and really wasn’t really digging Nicole Atkins at all. Why Nicole Atkins and the Black Sea had a larger audience than Cotton Jones was easy for me to realize: two hot chicks and two dudes who look like Jesus. But enough resentment already, as Cotton Jones’ set could wipe away any negativity any soul could be feeling at any moment. If you haven’t guessed already, I am a big fan, but I wouldn’t even consider this article being biased. Everyone in attendance during the band’s performance – fan or newly introduced – really seemed perplexed and impressed by the beautiful sounds the band generated that night. Cotton Jones is led by Michael Nau and Whitney McGraw – both members of the late, great Page France – and features a rotating group of players, most of whom have played together for quite

some time – and it shows. The chemistry that bleeds through the veins of the band is alive and well, and with that chemistry comes some truly inventive music. Think a combination of folk, lounge, blues, and gospel –

ily influenced by the band’s seemingly eternal travels. “It’s always kind of different,” said Nau. “Some places are beautiful to look at for the scenery but it doesn’t mean it’s going to be a good show. So you find different

Built to Spill "Keep It Like A Secret" This album makes me forget that I've left my warm bed. - Julia Dawidowicz

Ronski Speed "Pure Devotion" Endless trance. -Angela Bray

The Beach Boys "Endless Summer" Getting myself pumped for LA by listening to songs about the cutest girls in the world. -Ethan Long

Bob Dylan "Blonde on Blonde" Because I forgot how much I loved Bobby D. -Jenn Orr

complete with Nau’s unique voice and McGraw’s angelic compliments (she also sings lead vocals on several tracks). “We [Nau and McGraw] met through friends and I played music and she sang and we ended up singing together just goofing around or whatever,” Nau said after Nicole Atkins and the Black Sea wrapped up their set. “I think it’s really important to have somebody who has the same vision and does things for the same reasons, you know? So like, if we worked together and we both had separate goals and different reasons for doing it, it wouldn’t work out. But we do, and it’s pretty sweet.” According to Cotton Jones’ Myspace page, “The music of Cotton Jones speaks of transition: the passage from one form, state of mind, style or place to another. Songs become doorways to the past, or windows that open on some unnamed future, where innocence can still exist and perfection is thrown to the wind.” I could not agree more, as the music is heav-

the day before they played in Allston. A couple of songs were played from the new EP, a few from 2009’s Paranoid Cocoon and a few from 2010’s Tall Hours in the Glowstream. The set list was fantastic, and my cheeks hurt from smiling so much in nearly one hour. But I didn’t care. As for Nau’s inspiration in writing lyrics, he had this to say: “I definitely can’t say there’s really any more beauty in moving around than being put and being at peace with what you’re doPhoto courtesy of Cotton Jones ing. We kind of move things in each town to relate around because it’s our job to and be amazed by and joy in a way, but I think what’s and without that it’d be really most important is like, trydifficult to be on the road.” ing in all of that to find peace I spoke with Michael Nau in our hearts some way, you several times while smok- know, because our bodies ing cigarettes outside (I’m might be moving around still not sure if he found this the country but the issues coincidental or creepy, but we have in our everyday life he is a genuinely kind per- remain the same. You can’t son and easy to talk to – like really get away from that." that really cool, calm, and Nau continued, "I used to collected friend with incred- think when we were on the ible insight that everyone de- road that what we were dosires – so I eventually had no ing was trying to escape some shame) and asked him for an reality that we didn’t want interview after the show. He to face, you know, but since agreed without question, and you realize that you don’t reI had never been so happy to ally escape anything, you just be a nicotine fiend in my life. kind of carry it all with you Back to the transitions wherever you go. I think evand travels. Cotton Jones erybody’s different, so by no does a whole lot of it, and the means would I say that my imagery dispersed through- life or my interests or my reaout the band’s music proves sons for moving from place to it (Nau writes the lyrics, the place makes anything easier band develops accompanying or is anymore worthwhile.” music). From 2007 to now, the Do you see what I mean band has released four EPs about this guy’s insight? and three albums, all of which Wait until you hear his lyrics are fantastic (seriously, check and Cotton Jones’ music. I’d them out), the latest being strongly recommend checkan EP titled “Sit Beside Your ing it out at” (Suicide Squeeze cottonjonesbasketride/music. Records), which dropped You’ll want more – trust me.


March 2, 2011

Suf folk ba nd full of 'Mot ivat ion'
memorable experience in Tucciarone, and the band “We sound sort of half the students musical career. has also performed a cover way between Third Eye Blind The Motivated Sequence of Skinny Lines by Bon Iver. and Arcade Fire.” “Colors and Lines, said band member we always close the Burt. “When I was show with Colors and younger, I was into Lines. It’s really enera lot of acoustic getic, so we like to leave and more mellow on that note,” saidBurt. stuff. Whereas later “Stay motion I got into bands vated!” added bass like Radiohead. We player Takahasahi. all listen to a lot of The Motivated Sedifferent stuff. Our quence has recently vocalist Chrissy lisbeen reviewed by Bostens to One lic, drummer Guy and will be returnenjoys classic rock, ing to Copperfield and our bass player (21+, 9 p.m.) March Kento likes techno. 29, along with an upFriends and coming performance fans supported the at TT The Bears Place band during their in Cambridge (18+, 9 January 9 perforp.m.) March 20. Music mance at Copperfrom The Motivated field along with Sequence and links to Photo courtesy of The Motivated Sequence more The Andersons, resources can Hard No.9, and The Days has also performed cov- be found on their web page Weight, where the Motivated ers to songs such as Crazy Sequence was demanded an by Gnarls Barkley, which encore making for an early is sung by vocalist Chrissy

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every Tuesday night from 8 to 9 p.m. “We play old and new hip-hop and talk about different topics: sports, movies, music, anything and everything.” In terms of lyrical themes, the artist keeps it versatile. “There’s a song like ‘Gorgeous,’ then a song like ‘Therapy.’ I don’t like to have one thing to go by; I like to be open with my music, not classified as one thing. It’s all about the mood I’m feeling.” Pro has been seen holding down past performances at Destiny’s Tavern (Woonsocket, RI), Tommy’s Lounge (Pawtucket, RI) and Tazza Cafe (Providence). He dubs his next at Colosseum night club in Providence (March 14). “Probably my biggest show yet,” Pro said. To hear the hype, Nick Pro Music can be found on SoundCloud, Facebook, MySpace, and ReverbNation.

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Sports briefs
Perkins inks new deal with Thunder
For many, the trade that sent Celtics center Kendrick Perkins and guard Nate Robinson to the Thunder last week was a shocker. Many envisioned Perkins playing in the middle of the paint wearing Celtics green for the rest of his professional career. However, the deal did help the Celtics get more athletic, and with the likes of Miami and Chicago vying for the top spot in the Eastern Conference, that may be the missing ingredient to them winning a very tough road to the Finals. Perkins, for one, has not played a game yet with his new team, and likely won’t for another week. That didn’t stop his new team from signing him to a long-term extension Monday. According to Yahoo! Sports, Perkins’ new deal will be for four years at roughly $34.8 million. Perkins reportedly declined a contract offer from the Celtics earlier this year that was in the $20 million range. March 2 at WPI, 7:00 p.m. ECAC New England Quarterfinal

Women's basketball

Team standings
Men's basketball (ECAC) Northeast Final (GNAC)
1. Curry 10-2-2 2. Wentworth 10-3-1 3. Johnson & Wales (RI) 10-4 4. Becker 7-4-3 5. Nichols 6-8 6. Western New Eng. 5-9 7. Suffolk 4-10 8. Salve Regina 1-13 1. St. Joseph's (Me.) 15-3 2. Johnson & Wales (RI) 14-4 3. Albertus Magnus 14-4 4. Norwich 11-7 5. Rivier 7-11 6. Emerson 7-11 7. Mount Ida 6-12 8. Suffolk 6-12 9. Emmanuel 5-13 10. Lasell 5-13

Jets will bring back LT for 2011
With labor uncertainty still looming large over the NFL, many teams are still plugging away, reshaping and retooling their rosters in hope there is a next season. The Jets have made some important moves this past week, including cutting ties with three important veterans from a season ago: Jason Taylor, Kris Jenkins and Damien Woody. One player who the team plans on having next season is LaDainian Tomlinson, who is entering the final year of his twoseason pact with the team. Tomlinson rushed for a teamhigh 914 yards last season, but failed to crack the 50-yard mark in his last six regular season games. He did, however, play impressively in the team’s division round win over the Colts, compiling 82 yards and two touchdowns. What role he will play with the team is uncertain. Shonn Greene and Joe McKnight are two young backs that would seem to be a solid one-two punch in the future, so it will be interesting to see how many touches LT gets next season.

Men's hockey

Women's basketball
1. Emmanuel 12-0 2. Suffolk 10-2 3. St. Jospeh's (Me.) 9-3 4. St. Joseph (Conn.) 8-4 5. Norwich 8-4 6. Emerson 7-5 7. Mount Ida 5-7 8. Johnson & Wales (RI) 5-7 9. Rivier 5-7 10. Simmons 4-8 11. Pine Manor 3-9 12. Albertus Magnus 2-10 13. Lasell 0-12

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ESPN scribe arrested in Buckland, MA
Former Boston Herald sports columnist and current scribe Howard Bryant was arrested Saturday, Feb. 26 outside of a pizza shop in Buckland, MA. He was charged with domestic assault and battery, assault and battery on a police officer and resisting arrest. According to reports on The Huffington Post, five witnesses claim they saw him choke his wife, Veronique. His wife is denying these claims, and both are telling reporters that it was a normal disagreement and that it was blown out of proportion. Now, Bryant’s lawyer, Buz Eisenberg, is pulling out the race card, saying that it played a prominent role in his arrest. Bryant pleaded not guilty in Greenfield District court on Monday.

NFL CBA talks approach deadline
The NFL collective bargaining agreement is set to expire at midnight on Thursday this week, and there are no indications as to whether the two sides (owners and players) will come to an understanding. Giants owner John Mara joined the discussions on Tuesday, the first owner to do so since a federal mediator was brought in to help the league come to a decision. The rest of the league’s owners are set to meet in Chantilly, VA, on Thursday and Friday. “We want the fans to know that we’re trying. We’re trying. We understand our responsibility, and if we don’t get it done, we know that we’ll have let them down,” Jeff Pash, the league’s lead labor negotiator, told Yahoo! Sports. “And we take that very seriously. So do our owners.” If there is a work stoppage because of these meetings, it would be the first time since 1987.


March 2, 2011

Opinion: NBA trade deadline full of surprises
Mike Giannattasio

Journal Staff
The NBA trade deadline was full of surprising twists, leaving the feeling that almost every player in the league got traded. Many organizations added star players, while others tried to clear up salary cap space. First and foremost, let’s start with the Boston Celtics, who traded Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic. This was, without question, the most surprising trade in the NBA that left people wondering, "What on earth Danny Ainge was thinking?" Perkins had recently returned to the lineup after being out all season, and was looking to help bring the Celtics back to the NBA Finals. Robinson had been a decent bench player, a spark plug who brought high energy to each and every game. Now, the Celtics have Green, a player they drafted

No. 5 overall in 2007 before conference shouldn’t trade Renaldo Balkman, Anthony dealing him for Ray Allen. players unless it is guaran- Carter, and Corey Brewer. Green started in every game teed to help their club, and Anthony, Billups, and for Oklahoma City this sea- this trade definitely doesn’t Amare Stoudemire will now son, and averaged over 15 guarantee improvement. try to match up against the p o i n t s big three per game of the Now, he C e l t will be ics and coming off H e a t . the bench T h e as a Celtic, Knicks so it will already be interproved esting to t h a t see how t h e i r he adjusts. new big K r st i c t h r e e has been could an averdefeat age player the Heat his entire this past Photo courtesy of the Richard Giles/Wikicommons career, and weekwill be Carmelo Anthony (center) will join the likes of Dwyane Wade, e n d , expected and it LeBron James and Chris Bosh in the Eastern Conference. to carry w i l l the role and have the same Another team that made be great to see how Paul intensity that Perkins did. big moves days before the Piece, Kevin Garnett, and Time will tell whether trade deadline was the Ray Allen play against this was a good move for the New York Knicks, who ac- the Knicks on March 21. Celtics, but right now I’m quired Carmelo Anthony The Denver Nuggets not buying it. A team that and Chauncey Billups, and didn’t give up Anthony and holds the No. 1 spot in their also got Shelden Williams, their other players for free,

however, as they acquired Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Timofey Mozgov, Kosta Koufus, the Knicks’ first-round pick in 2014 or later, the Warriors’ second-round picks in 2012 and 2013, and $3 million. Anthony was a problem for the Nuggets, so it’s good to see they got rid of him and got competent pieces in return. The Utah Jazz traded Deron Williams to the New Jersey Nets for Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, one 2011 first-round pick, one 2012 first-round pick, and $3 million. This deal was great for the Jazz, as it will be help them build their team for the future. The Nets, on the other hand, got a selfcentered All-Star while giving up way too much in return. The trades that went down in the NBA are going to have huge outcomes in just a couple months. It’s going to be awesome to see the clubs that succeed with the new players and interesting to see if any general managers lose their jobs for giving up too much.

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Men's hockey wraps up tough 2010 season
CJ Haddad

Journal Staff
The season has officially come to an end for the Suffolk University men’s hockey team. The club finished with a record of 8-16 (4-10 in the GNAC). This season proved to be a disappointing one for Head Coach Glionna and his group of puck handlers. A sour taste will be left in the mouth of the Rams until the beginning of next season, as they dropped their final two games, including an overtime loss in the final match. Their second-to-last match of the season came against a struggling Becker College team, who managed an eye-opening 45 shots on net. Suffolk started things off on the right note when Robbie Donahue scored just three minutes and 23 seconds into the contest. Then, 10 minutes later, Becker struck back with a goal from Jarrod Clark. The Rams then failed to capitalize on a late power play and entered the first intermission tied at one. The second period was similar to the first, except this time Becker struck immediately. Eight minutes into the period, Dan Kane tallied his fourth goal of the season. Suffolk looked to pull back even, and did just that. Chris Boyd netted the equalizer five minutes later, scoring his third goal

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Jeff Rose (above) finished up a tremendous career at Suffolk this season, tallying an impressive .897 save percentage to go along with a 3.56 goals against average.
of the season. Once again, both teams entered the intermission knotted up, this time at two apiece. In the third period, Becker scored first and never looked back as Suffolk dropped a tough late-season match. Despite an incredible game from Captain Jeff Rose, the team’s lack of scoring came back to haunt them. In their last game of the season, the Rams could not dig deep in overtime to salvage their final bought. Facing a weak Western New England team, Suffolk was defeated, 3-2, in the extra frame. This game’s format was extremely similar to their previous match, as Suffolk and Western New England traded blows in the first period, and after the first 20 minutes the game was tied at one. After a scoreless second period, Western New England grabbed a 2-1 lead halfway through the third period. That left the Rams with 10 minutes to even the score, and they did just that. In the 18th minute, Robbie Donahue tallied his third goal of the year. When Western New England player Dan Monahan scored the decisive goal in overtime, it would be the last shot Jeff Rose would see in a Suffolk uniform, as the Rams’ season officially came to an end. Glionna, as always, is gleaning positive results from an otherwise tough season. “I thought the team worked very hard this year, we just did not get rewarded for our efforts in the form of wins,” he said. “We struggled to score goals all year and it ended up costing us a playoff spot. It is a good group of kids who had a lot of success [last season] and we see this as just a bump in the road." One player the coach will most certainly miss the most is his captain, Jeff Rose, who set

an example for the younger players all season long. Rose also had a tremendous career as a member of the Rams. "Jeff Rose was our best player almost every night,” said the coach. “He is the best goalie to ever play at Suffolk and he will be missed." This was a season of tough breaks for the team. They also struggled to score goals, which resulted in their defense having to help out on many occasions. When defensemen have to be relied on for offense, it takes away from their game. "They began the season playing very well against nationally-ranked teams, but could not get a win. That strong play against teams like Colby, Bowdoin, Babson, Tufts, Utica, did not translate to wins,” said Gliona. “We joked that we led the nation in hit posts this year. Putting this season and moving on is what is most important for this squad which is loaded with young talent and experience. "We are excited for next year. I am not sure we will ever have a team with so many returning players that have played so many career games. We have freshmen and sophomores that are very experienced. I think we need to improve our team strength. The goals will come, there is offensive talent on the roster we just need it to manifest itself next year."

Men's, women's basketball nab All-Conference awards
Players recognized for impressive seasons

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Matt Pedpjonovic (above) was named as a GNAC 1st Team All-Conference selection.

Meghan Black (left) and Jennifer Ruys (right) were named as GNAC 3rd Team All-Conference selections.


March 2, 2011

Lady Rams fall in GNAC finals Men's team finishes up
Team looks to continue in ECAC tournament
The Monks would prove a challenge to Suffolk’s championship aspirations, with the Lady Rams winning by a narrow margin, 71-62, at the Regan Gymnasium on Feb. 24. Meghan Black would lead Suffolk with 15 points during an impressive performance, with Ruys contributing 12 and a

strong 2010 campaign
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The women’s basketball team entered the Great Northeast Athletic Conference playoffs playing extremely good basketball. The hope was they would make a run at a conference title, solidifying an impressive season with a strong finish against t h e i r toughest opponents. T h e team may have fallen short of their goal of winning the GNAC, b u t they now can look forward to the ECAC tournament, which starts March 3. On Tuesday Feb. 22, the Lady Rams started their postseason on a strong note, disposing of the Mount Ida Mustangs, 68-55, in the opening round. Suffolk jumped out to a 21-11 lead in the early part of the contest, never looking back, despite several rallies by the Mustangs throughout the contest. “We had a lot of energy, offensively we were pushing and attacking” said Coach Leyden of their opening round effort. On the shoulders of Jennifer Ruys, Meghan Black and Jacqueline Vienneau, Suffolk would hold off the resilient Mount Ida squad and move on to the GNAC semifinals where they would take on the Monks of St. Joe’s just two days after their first playoff victory.

their home court, and would go on to take the No. 1 seed in the tournament, in large part due to that important win. Suffolk would finish second in the conference, and came into this game looking to get revenge against the Saints. Coach Leyden’s squad fought admirably in the Fin a l s , shooting just under 45 percent f r o m the field and getting an important 14 points f r o m t h e i r

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The Suffolk University men’s basketball team wrapped up their 2010 season with a 96-63 loss to eventualGNAC conference champion Johnson & Wales. The Rams finished with an 8-18 record overall, which included a 6-12 conference record. The team qualified for the GNAC tournament for the first time since the 2006 season. In their quarterfinal matchup against Johnson & Wales, sophomore Colin Hal-

his scoring average from 9.3 points per game during the 2009 campaign, to 17.2 points per game this season, which led the team. He also averaged 6.3 rebounds per game, and he should continue to improve over the next two years and be counted on as a valuable asset to the team. Fellow sophomore Matt Pepdjonovic had another extremely impressive season, and improved both his rebounding totals and his scoring totals. His 17.0 points per game ranked second on the team (behind Halpin), and

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key basket with just two minutes left in the game to stop a deadly rally in its tracks. When asked who impressed him during their postseason stretch this year, Coach Leyden stressed team

bench. Turnovers would be the Lady Rams’ undoing, however, in this important Finals matchup. The team lost 30 possessions to Emmanuel, while only scoring 17 points off the 19 turnovers they caused t h e Saints d u r ing the match. Des p i t e coming s h o r t of the GNAC t i t l e , t h e r e is hope for this Photo courtesy of the Suffolk Ahtletics dept. young team concept. “Meghan Black, to not only match their 2010Lindsey Rogers and Jen 2011 season record, but imRuys have been really solid,” prove upon it come next said the coach. “The bench winter. With the amount of has been big for us, they’ve rising talent on this team— been really consistent.” from forward Jennifer Ruys, The Lady Rams came into to the returning leadership this past Saturday’s match up of Meghan Black, Andorra with a well-earned confidence, Salaices and Mary Garon— ending their regular season the team will be looking to slump and playing their best capture the title with a vetbasketball at the most impor- eran-laden team. next season tant of times. Emmanuel had rolls around. This is clearly beaten Suffolk earlier in the a team that will contend year by a score of 61-58 on for the next couple seasons.

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Colin Halpin (above) improved tremendously this season, averaging 17.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game for the season.
pin poured in 19 points and eight rebounds, while Matt Pepdjonovic added 13 points and 9 rebounds. Those contributions were not enough to stave off an impressive shooting performance from J&W, who shot 53.7 percent from the field en route to 96-63 shellacking. The starting five for J&W all scored in double digits, making it almost impossible for the men’s team to make a significant run. The team started out strong, with three wins in their first four games, including a nail-biting 85-84 overtime win against Lasell on Nov. 23. The team struggled, however, to keep up their early season momentum, going 5-17 in their final 22 games, finishing in eighth place out of 10 teams in the GNAC conference. Sophomore Colin Halpin showed the biggest improvement this season, upping his 13.3 rebounds per game led the entire GNAC conference, while also ranking third among all Division III teams. That is pretty impressive feat, seeing as he also has two more seasons to go at Suffolk. He also averaged 2.1 blocks per game and recorded 17 double doubles, which was 10th most in the nation. For his efforts, Pepdjonovic was chosen to the first-team All-Conference team by the GNAC. While the Rams graduate two seniors, Allan Ray (6.2 points per game) and Mike Fleming (7.0 points per game), the team will return 13 players next year who saw time this season, including both Halpin and Pepdjonovic. With such a young nucleus, featuring nine freshmen and sophomores, the Rams should continue to improve their win totals and potentially finish in the upper echelon of the GNAC next season.