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VOLUME 71, NUMBER 17
March 9, 2011
Suffolk stampede raises money and supplies
only remaining public school in the North End. The Elliot School, which opted to forfeit their supply budgets in the wake of recent funding cuts for Boston Public Schools, chose to forgo this money in order to save a teaching position. As a result, they have been forced to ask parents to fund their supply needs. Suffolk, fortunately, was able to lend many helping hands. The Alumni Association, along with current Suffolk students, organized the race asking for only one thing: donations as an entrance fee, with all proceeds going to the Elliot School. A major theme in the event was the importance of alumni aid and affiliation, and more importantly, community as a whole. “Everybody understands the tough environment we all face today,” said John McDonnell, class of 2010. “Unemployment is 8.9 percent. We need to interact with one another.” Running groups and individuals, some clad in ram costumes, Red Sox shirts, and even more with yellow and blue hair-dye ran around the perimeter of the Common-some of the runners were students, while some were small children and faculty of both schools. While the race was not so much a mad dash to the finish, it was more of a collective push for community, pride and generosity. “We’re all about community, we’re all about Boston, and we’re all about supporting education and children,” said President Barry Brown. “And by being out here today, you’re indicating that that spirit of Suffolk-- that ambition-- is on… This is the first of a tradition that I think is going to build and build. I think it’s a wonderful thing for us, and particularly the students of the Elliot School.” Freshman Lila Farino attributed her drive to cross the finish line mainly to the cause. “I feel so accomplished,” she said after the two-mile trek. “I’m trying to get back into running, and this motivated me even more to finish.” Suffolk’s revamped mascot, Rammy, was in attendance, amidst the pumping of music throughout the Common’s lengths. In addition, the beautifully breezy 55 degree weather kept spirits high, and hearts open. “The weather gods have all agreed that the SuffolkElliot partnership is the most important event that will happen this month-- other than MCAS,” said Traci Walker Griffith, principal of the Elliot School, amidst laughter from the audience. This partnership, present and past, does not go unnoticed. There have been many Suffolk students and classes who participate in programs at the Elliot School, including JumpStart, workstudy, and volunteering. “For a school like the Elliot… to have such a power
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mon Bandstand on Sunday afternoon for the inaugural Journal Staff Stampede into Spring Break Suffolk alumni, students, “Fun Run.” The two-mile faculty, and friends congre- run raised money and supgated to the Boston Com- plies for the Elliot School, the Sarina Tracy
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Legendary boxers on obstacles
The famous brothers from Lowell portrayed in the new, Academy Award-winning movie, The Fighter (Paramount Pictures, 2011) “Irish” Micky Ward and Dicky Eklund, came to the C. Walsh Theater last Thursday after returning home from the Oscars. Richard Farrel, who directed Eklund’s HBO documentary on crack addiction in 1995, interviewed the brothers about their careers and the obstacles they had to overcome. The brothers were both causal in their interview, wearing jeans and sneakers as they spoke to the audience as though they were talking to old friends. The first part of the interview touched on Eklund’s
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early career and crack cocaine addiction. He began boxing at the age of 12 and lied that he was 17 to get into a tournament. His very first fight was to a 26-year-old. “I was 16 going on 32,” said Eklund, who spent a lot of time being around much older people, was pressured a lot to succeed. The oldest of nine children, he was always looked up to and was the first to do anything in the family. All of these pressures lead to drugs and eventually his downfall. According to the inter- Soleil Barros view, after his famous loss Journal Staff against Sugar Ray Leonard in 1978, his life spiraled out of control. When asked when he knew he was great, Eklund responded, “when
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NECN: Suffolk in the City
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March 9, 2011
Business school encourages innovation via neutral thinking
Haven Orecchio The fifth Annual New Product Innovation Competition, held on March 5 in Sargent Hall, was established in 2006 by the Sawyer Business School to encourage innovation in students through invention. “The best way to be an innovator is to think neutral,” said Sushil Bhatia, Executive in Residence founder and host. “Being told to think positive all the time can be stressful, but thinking neutral leads to the best ideas," said Bhatia. During its founding year, there were only 27 entries, and this year there were over 300 entries evaluated by 72 judges. Delivering the keynote address was Jules Pieri, founder and CEO of the Daily Grommet, an online hub for consumer commerce. Each day at noon, the site launches and broadcasts one inventive product and its story. “We need to put an end to nameless face commerce,” said Pieri. The Grommet looks for ideas that are unique and have a story to tell. The products need to have a degree of success to be included on the site, but the Grommet enhances it through publicity. “I walked into the office one day and saw a pile of boring white socks,” she said. “I didn’t understand where it was going.” She later found out that Fort Payne, Alabama, known as the “Sock Capital of the along with the Urvashi Bhatia Green Product Award, and the Management 101 Award. “I still have a lot of thinking ahead of me since my product is in such a rough stage,” commented Emily Lingley, winner of the Green Product Award. Lingley’s winning innoZenner, has expanded the plan for Tater Ware, biodegradable food packaging and utensils made from potato starch. In the next three to five years, Tater Ware tooth brushes, straws, and other utensils will be included in the company’s production. Tater Ware is currently being sold in stores around the country. “We need the next couple of years to get situated,” said Zenner. “We are working on increasing production to keep up with all of the orders.” Second place winner Anthony Bababekov created Still Grips, an environmentally friendly adhesive that sticks to the soles of shoes and sneakers. Bababekov came up with the idea during a basketball game Photo by Haven Orecchio with his cousin, he invation is called the Water So- formed the crowd. He apprelutions Button. The device is ciated the grips on the bottom installed in the shower and al- of his sneakers, but disliked lows the consumer to turn off when they became worn out. the water with just a tap of a His product is designed to refinger. When he or she turns place the grip of a shoe withthe water back on, it will still out replacing the shoe itself. be at the same temperature. Winners will now take “Its saves wasting a lot of the next 90 days to orgawater by avoiding all the fid- nize a strategic plan to dling when trying to get the compete for a Seed Capitemperature right,” she added. tal Award of up to $50,000. Last year’s winner of the Green Product Award, Lexi
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United States,” had almost all their socks manufactured abroad. In hopes of saving a family company, one clever innovator decided to target the “green market” and create socks out of biodegradable organic material. This simple concept is “saving Fort Payne,” commented Pieri. Suffolk University innovators competed for first, second, and third place,
Distinguished visiting scholar brings political expertise
In last issue's article titled "Get to know SUNORMAL: Largest group on campus with major plans ahead" was wrong. It should be "SUNORML" and the Journal apologizes for our mistake.
Wednesday evening, students with interests ranging from international politics to Chinese culture overcrowded a round table discussion of China’s place and future in the 21st century’s international community. Suffolk’s Distinguished Visiting Scholars program brings in speakers to educate on their respective subjects, reaching out to students and cultivating excitement within their Dr. Emil Kirchner is currently visiting from the University of Essex in the UK. With an undeniable expertise on the European Union (EU) with a focus on security policy amongst the EU, his opinion was not taken
for granted during the talk on China. While correlating the EU to Chinese world involvement, he touched on points that could not have been more concise, relative and knowledgeable on issues that are filling the headlines of all major world newspapers. In his late 2010-published book titled, “National Security Cultures,” Kirchner finds himself at the forefront of issues posed in today’s tinder box of world affairs. In addition to students, Suffolk professors also attended the discussion. Professor Roberto Dominguez, adept to Chinese relations to Latin America, sympathized with the overbearing economic influence China imposes on Latin American countries. Government professor Sim-
one Chun, with an expertise in the Korean Peninsula as well as all of Asia’s interconnectedness, professed the role China plays in the area and the different options for their future involvement. Associate Dean Sebastian Royo and Professor Tukumbi Lumumba Kasango expressed their opinions from regions of their own proficiency including point of views from Africa, Spain and the United States. Throughout the discussion, one can only imagine the first-hand knowledge being endowed on the students studying this material. However enthused these listeners and speakers were, the outlook on China was considered questionable concerning their policies and the make-up of their rela-
tions with other countries. “Economic openness could be enhanced in China through foreign investment and exchange rate reform,” said Kirchner in hope of more amicable economic policy amongst all world leaders. “While China is becoming a leading world economy, I am not sure how they will be perceived on the international stage with so many acknowledged human rights violations,” said international affairs major Jennifer Graham. One can only hope China will follow such liberal policies in the future, but that may only be an idealized view from the Western powers. Each of the scholars expressed opinions worthy of recognition in political roundtables around the world.
March 9, 2011
Suffolk reporters air on cable news
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Students of Suffolk University have been given the golden opportunity to report live from the streets of downtown Boston for New England Cable News (NECN). The new segment is titled "Suffolk in the City" and airs on the regional cable news network’s "Morning Show." The "Suffolk in the City" interviewers include Sarah Murphy, Andrew Rogers, and Paul Davis Lyons, all senior students at Suffolk. “While working at the Suffolk TV studio for the past 2 years, I saw that they were holding auditions to be the next NECN student reporter. I immediately applied. I auditioned and I guess they kind of liked me, so as soon as I got back from vacation I met with the producers and began working on the Suffolk in the City Morning Show,” says Andrew Rogers. NECN debuted the segments, which allow the university students to interview people as they pass by the Suffolk University/New England Cable News Downtown Boston Studio. The topics of the interviews relate to current, and at times, quirky matters. The segments are made up of live question-and-answer sessions with the "Morning Show" anchors and broadcast students. The on-the-street interview topics have ranged from pop culture to politics, and even something as simple as the Boston weather. “My personal favorite has been the Oscars prediction question, because it was the day we got the most answers and an incredible array of characters. Perhaps my favorite part so far has been all the creative and funny people we get on the street. No matter how early it is, we always manage to keep energy and enthusiasm up by getting all the characters on the street speaking their minds on camera,” explains Rogers. NECN considered numerous auditions before selecting three senior broadcast students as their morning reporters for the "Suffolk in the City" segment. Sarah Murphy, one of the three, is a broadcast journalism major. She also interns for radio’s Kiss 108 "Matty in the Morning Show” and "Dirty Water TV." Andrew Rogers, the second reporter, studies film and entrepreneurship. He is the host of a late-night Internet talk show known as “The Leche Show”. Rogers acknowledges the major benefits of being a Suffolk student while working with NECN, which include the academic and local recognition obtained by the show. Paul Davis Lyons, the third and final reporter, is majoring in communications with a concentration in film studies. The Boston native has developed a talk show program based on the comic book industry, featuring writers, artists, and collectors. Practice, experience, and exposure were also attributed as benefits to these young reporters and their new role on Tremont Street. “I have been working on productions ever since I got to Suffolk and have been expanding and experiencing different works every year,” says Rogers. “My work on camera has led me to this and set further goals as on-camera talent and visual performance.” The "Suffolk in the City" segments air Tuesdays and Thursdays on "The Morning Show" during the 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. and can also be found online at the New England Cable Network website.
Ward, Eklund for Unity Week
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it was too late.” Eventually, he went to jail and became clean after his release. “If he didn’t go away, he’d be dead right now,” said Ward. Eklund shrugged and asked, “How do you like me now?” Along with discussing Eklund’s life story, much of the interview revolved around The Fighter. Eklund said that after Christian Bale, who played him in the film and won best supporting actor, mentioned his name at the Academy Awards, both his website and Facebook crashed. Originally they wanted Matt Damon to play the role, but according to Eklund, “Matt Damon is from Cambridge, he doesn’t know.” Ward explained how Mark Wahlberg, his film counterpart, had always wanted to do a boxing movie. He really pushed for the movie to be made and without his help; the screenplay would still be sitting in a pile on a desk somewhere. A major theme in the movie was loyalty and the brothers explained how important it was to them throughout their fighting careers. They inherited this trait from their mother, said to be the backbone of the family standing by their sides and doing everything she could for them, as she is portrayed in the movie. Everything they did, and still do today surrounds around family loyalty. Ward still lives in Lowell. Both brothers own their own gyms and train new boxers regularly. Ward does a lot of charity for handicapped children and the Special Olympics.
'Fun run' reaches to community
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ful partnership with such a wonderful university as Suffolk, we are eternally grateful,” Griffith said. “I want you to know from the bottom of the Elliot School
heart that we are truly thankful not only for the supplies, but for the connections that you’re making to our students as models for their future as citizens [while] giving back to their community- which is what you’re doing today.”
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March 9, 2011
You a re not a lone
was meant to help those who may be dealing with a difficult situation in their life. “My poster was created to inspire and remind anyone facing a difficult challenge, whatever it may be, that they’re not alone.” Originally from Greenwich, CT., Semmes drew upon his own experiences in life for inspiration. “My process started by trying to think of how I felt growing up and things that I had to deal with. There are many kinds of problems that an individual faces growing up and not all of them are similar,” Semmes said. Many of the experiences that Shawn drew upon from his own life stemmed from his involvement with a punk rock band in high school. “I was touring Art by Shawn Semmes during the summer and His poster, entitled “When not really following the same Life Feels Overwhelming, Re- path most people follow durmember You Are Not Alone,” ing and after high school.” and minoring in fine art, first got wind of the contest as part of an assignment for his Graphic Design 1 class with Marie-Anne Verougstraete. This helped to shape his main message of outreach for the poster. “There are times in my life I have felt alone and alienated from the world, just as I’m sure every teenager has. At times like those it helps every now and then to connect to someone in some way or another even if you don’t realize it right away.” With the main purpose of the competition being to inspire and educate young teens, it is possible that Shawn’s poster could have an effect beyond the craftsmanship. “If my poster has a real impact on even one person's life I'd feel that it was successful and I'd be happy.” Although not completely optimistic about this prospect, he wishes that his work would somehow connect with someone. “I’m not sure if it will be because I’ve never been where these kids have been in their lives. I can only hope we’ve got something in common and they are able connect and feel the same way that I do about it.” The contest consisted
NESAD student Shawn Semmes recently placed in the top 10 of the "Say Something Poster Project," a poster design competition and gallery meant to help motivate, inspire and educate young teens, sponsored by The Home for Little Wanderers, a non-profit dedicated to helping families. Design professionals and students from all over the country submitted entries to be judged. The top 10 had been narrowed down from 272 submissions. Shawn, a sophomore majoring in graphic design
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of three phases of judging and voting. The original 272 entries were narrowed down to 100 by 16,420 online votes from the public. A five-person judging panel, consisting of three design professionals, a representative from The Home, and an educational professional with a background in urban education were then brought in to narrow the entries down to 25 semifinalists. An event was then held in which the public was allowed to vote for the top 10, which included Shawn's poster. Made using mixed media, which included spray paint, acrylic and vector art, his work, along with the other nine finalist pieces can be seen at The Fourth Wall Gallery, located on 132 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA. And he doesn't seem to be done yet. “This process has definitely inspired me to take part in similar projects, possibly over the summer when classes are done. I would absolutely love to do something like this again.”
“We are the masters of our fate. As long as we have faith and unconquerable will power, salvation will not be denied.” Raekwon, legendary Wu-Tang member and hiphop artist, released Shaolin Vs Wu-Tang yesterday, an album that has been discussed for more than three years, notably missing production input from the RZA. The album was allegedly sparked back in 2007 after the 8 Diagrams controversy where Raekwon and Ghostface Killah disagreed with the RZA’s more experimental production of the album. Raekwon, however, clarified in an interview with Vibe that Shaolin Vs Wu-Tang was not about their past disagreements. "RZA doesn’t have to be on every album. I wanted to give some other pro-
ducers a chance. It’s not about beef," said Raekwon. Despite the rumors of it being a backhand to the RZA, Raekwon’s new addition to his solo albums is definitely one to pick up. Featuring other members of the Clan, Raekwon collaborated with Ghostface Killah and Method Man, who are featured on the album as well as artists such as Nas and Busta Rhymes. Their contributions are huge to the album and help add to the olden Wu-Tang feel of the classic album Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). It’s authenticity and grip to the classic feel of old school Wu is allegedly what sparked the album creation to begin with. There are countless samples from Shaolin and Wu Tang, the film that’s said to have helped start it all. Between the samples and simplistic, yet catchy beats, the album definitely
gives listeners an enjoyable blast-from-the-past feeling. Some notable tracks on the album include “Shaolin Vs Wu Tang,” “Every Soldier In The Hood (Ft. Method Man),” and “The Scroll.” The intro track “Shaolin Vs Wu Tang” starts off with a lengthy sample from the Wu-Tang movie, which prepares listeners for the classic Wu feel of the entire album. The song is strong, punchy and catchy. “The Hood (Ft. Method Man)” is another track that really hits home, with the Method Man truly ripping it up for a lengthy duration. “The Scroll” is definitely a song that represents Raekwon’s power as a solo artist. His flow is continuous and smooth, not just in the track, but throughout the album. Although Shaolin Vs WuTang is a strong and enjoyable album, it isn’t without its faults. It has the Wu-Tang sound, but lacks the Wu unity.
Although Ghost, Meth, and 36 Chambers justice. The inInspectah Deck are involved, volvement of Ghostface and it can’t Method m a k e Man were up for incredt h e ible too. If m e m taken as b e r s an album that are tribute to lacking. the past, It may I’d have to be unsay bravo. fair to If looked hold the at as a album slap in the to the 36 Courtesy of EMI Records face to the ChamRZA, howbers standards, but it doesn’t ever, it just makes the Clan’s even remotely amount to the split harder to deal with. classic. With the absence of Overall, Shaolin Vs WuRZA, and other members, it’s Tang is definitely worth a lishard to call this a Wu-Tang al- ten. It’s a mixture of smooth, bum. Granted, it was released classic beats and beautifully as a solo artist album un- weaving lyrics that work toder Raekwon’s name, but its gether to form an enjoyable old school feel leaves a want product. I tip my hat to you, for more Clan involvement. Raekwon, you have yet to let There’s no doubt that The me down. Now make amends Chef did a fantastic job and with the RZA and get the Clan created something that does back together. R.I.P. O.D.B.
A new add on for the Firefox and Chrome Internet browsers lets users see no mention whatsoever of Charlie Sheen while browsing the world wide web. Named “Tinted Sheen,” the add-on had been coded by Greg Leuch, creator of the also popular Justin Bieber blocker. As its website states: “Sorry Charlie, but it is time to leave the Internet and go back to your porn family. Let this be the hangover cure for the #winning buzz from which everyone is still recovering.” The blocker is available at fffff.at/tinted-sheen/
March 9, 2011
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March 9, 2011
St a f f Editoria l
Normally, we at the Journal would take this small block in our paper to talk about serious topics… except for perhaps our Charlie Sheen editorial last week. But putting that aside, we tend to take on issues affecting out country, our planet, our city or our school. But today we’re changing things up. I’m removing the idea of a staff editorial this week, and changing it to “Derek’s Editorial.” First and foremost, the Journal just took home second place nation-wide for “Best of Show for Small School Website” from the Associated Collegiate Press conference in Los Angeles last weekend! I could not be prouder of my staff and support and really want to take the time to recognize all the hard work they put into this organization. This award would not be remotely possible without all of them. My editors and writers really made this possible. They’re the heart and power of the Journal, providing solid content for both the paper product as well as online. The editors also burn the midnight oil and really put everything they have into producing something for the entire university to read. I’m proud to have every single one of them on the paper and feel privileged to work with them every week. The staff has truly felt like a family to me. I couldn’t ask for a better one. Bruce Butterfield deserves most of the thanks, however. Our fearless commander and inspiration, Bruce has been the light for when all else is dark. He has been a guide and a mentor to me as well as the rest of the staff. Not only does he teach great classes here at Suffolk, but also takes the time to help us and make sure the paper is up to par. Without Bruce, Suffolk would be without the Journal. I would love to thank Bruce for his endless dedication, advice and help to the newspaper, and I know this comes from all of the staff. Kate Bauer has also been a huge help to us all. The behind the scenes work, the help with budget and events, the link to university itself, Kate has been there to help the Journal continuous operate. From all of the staff, we thank you. Again, I couldn’t be prouder than all of my staff. Instead of this editorial being for the staffers’ voices, this week it’s dedicated to them, as well as our advisors. Thank you, guys. You’re the best. I couldn’t ask for a better team. Look out ACP 2012, here we come!
The end of NPR?
The waging war between public broadcasting and Republicans has reached a peak, as networks such as PBS and NPR are fighting to stay afloat in the escalating budget debate. If funding was cut for public news media, not only would jobs be lost, but educational programs like Nova, Morning Edition, and This American Life, as well as childhood shows such as Sesame Street and Arthur, may also be eliminated – which begs the question of how to incorporate public broadcasting in an age where media is rapidly evolving. Although public media has always been a topic Republicans have seen as liberal and unnecessary, for the first time last month, the newly controlled House approved a bill that would cut all federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) beginning in 2013. So do we really need publicly funded networks, or is this just another battle Republicans are instigating because it’s something they don’t agree with? There are many aspects of this issue that make these questions more complicated than a yes or no answer. The issue of government funding for public media – in a time where our deficit is trillions of dollars – makes the problem of where to eliminate funds a complex matter. There is no doubt cuts need to be made in multiple areas, but how is Congress supposed to decide that the CPB should be the area taking the brunt of it? Just because cuts need to be made doesn’t mean the entirety of public media should be rid of. Balancing is what Congress is supposed to be doing; figuring out how to cut back on budgets without eradicating programs all together. Although media outlets in the CPB have tried to come off government funding little by little over the years, financial support has grown over the last 10 years from $340 million in 2001 to $420 million last year, and
now a proposed $451 million for the current fiscal year. Removing the entire budget from CPB funds would have varying impacts, but there is no doubt local and state networks would be impacted – anywhere from layoffs to going off air completely. NPR currently receives 10 percent of its support from federal funding, while PBS receives 15 percent of its funding from the CPB. Although it may not seem detrimental if funding was cut altogether, the quality of programming would no doubt suffer. However, maybe it’s time for public media to reinvent itself. Social media is taking over the world and because of that almost all other media outlets have been forced to adapt to changing standards, so why shouldn’t public broadcasting change too? Millions of dollars have recently been put toward hiring new journalists for investigative work – a start in revamping the public media outlets – but it might not be enough to keep them above water. The lack of hard news in today’s society is where public broadcasting remains fundamental. Outlets that dominate the news media today have become more biased and opinion-based instead of informational and investigative. This could mean that if public media is forced to rely on independent sources, it might develop into what we know as traditional news media, something even more detrimental than eliminating the shows we’ve come to know. Like everything we hear in the news today, the question of what to do regarding public news media has turned into an issue over rival parties, conservatives and liberals, and eliminations in the federal budget. But ultimately, cutting public broadcasting would have an effect on more than just these issues. Networks like PBS and NPR represent the last standing neutral media outlets, and losing them would change what we know as fundamental, educational programming.
March 9, 2011
Lady Rams bow out of ECAC; look toward next year
The women’s basketball team was looking to rebound from their GNAC finals loss to Emmanuel by making a run for the ECAC New England Division III Tournament. Unfortunately, the team’s quarterfinal match up proved to be too high of a mountain for the Lady Rams to climb this past Wednesday. Coach Leyden’s fifthseeded squad took to the court against the Engineers of WPI in Worcester last Wednesday night, and quickly found out they’d be tested early and often. The early portion of the first half would prove to be a stalemate between the two teams. The Engineers proceeded to go on a 29-8 run in the middle of the half, ultimately dashing any hopes Suffolk had in the ECAC tournament. The Lady Rams would battle resiliently, with Meghan Black and Andrea Salaices each contributing 10 points for the blue and gold, while Ruys would lead
Suffolk in scoring with 14 points. Ultimately, however, team Captain Melissa Kuhn and the Engineers’ offensive output would turn out
ing in the paint, where they scored 44 of their 77 total points. Worcester’s bench would also prove to be an important piece in their victory,
less-than-stellar defense, the Lady Rams played pretty consistently, much like their play during the regular season. However, it would be the
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to be too much for Suffolk to overcome on this night. When looking at the numbers, it’s easy to see what turned out to be the team’s undoing during the contest. The Engineers won this game primarily through dominat-
posting 29 points and outscoring Suffolk’s bench by 11. It also didn’t help that the Engineers as a team averaged 47 percent from the field during the game, while Suffolk averaged an underwhelming 33 percent. Other than the
uncharacteristic lack of defense and WPI’s potent offense that would send Suffolk home packing and back to Boston in the quarterfinal round of this prestigious tournament. Despite ending the season with two disappointing de-
feats, Coach Leyden and his team had nothing short of a phenomenal season this year. Looking back, the women finished second in the GNAC conference for the regular season, played well in the GNAC tournament, and qualified for the ECAC tournament, receiving the fifth seed. This was all accomplished by a team that did not have a single senior on the roster, with many of the team’s standout players being either freshmen or sophomores. Conceivably, this young team will only add to their talent and be even hungrier for that coveted GNAC crown next season. Although it eluded them this season, next year could be a different story. There are some elements of Suffolk’s game that need to be improved, but like any team in the conference, they’ll look to address these shortcomings in the offseason. With a more experienced, fully returning roster, there’s reason to believe that the Lady Rams will be among the list of favorites to win the GNAC next season.
March 9, 2011
Softball team welcoming fresh start to season
Team begins season-long stretch March 14
The Suffolk women’s softball team comes into the 2011 season looking to improve upon their disappointing finish to last season. The team finished 7-17 last season in the GNAC conference and 9-31 overall. The team only returns five players from last season’s roster, and will have to rely heavily on their young players to get the job done. Senior catcher/infielder Clara Conklin, who led the team with six homeruns and 24 RBI last season, says the team has a lot to work on if they want to finish in the upper echelon of the GNAC this year. The changes start with defense for the Lady Rams. “I think that significant improvements can and need to be made in our defense,” Conklin said. “Last year we struggled on the field and could never seem to find a way to create a successful defensive team.” The Rams will count on Conklin, along with fellow seniors Monica Ciofi and Jacky Swift, to provide leadership for the rest of the team, and to
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Cali Loura (above) had four homeruns and 16 RBI last season for the Lady Rams. The team will look to improve upon their nine wins, and aim for a GNAC title.
be a guiding force for the many younger players they have. The Rams play a difficult schedule this season, as they have a doubleheader with every team they face, except for March 24, when they play Plattsburgh State at 5 p.m. Every other time the Rams play this season, it will be against the same team back-to-back, which means they can definitely pad their conference record and potentially pick up two GNAC conference wins in one day. Along with the seniors on the roster, the Rams will count on other players to play a significant role in their potential success this season. It may take a lot to climb to the top of the conference standings, but it seems they may have the group of players to do so. “Junior Cali Loura will continue to make significant contributions to the team this season”, Conklin explained. “Cali is continuously solid in both the infield and behind the plate." Sophomore Lindsey Rogers, who also plays basketball for the Lady Rams, will be counted on to play signifcant innings as she enters
her first season with the team. “Her speed, athleticism, and work ethic are going to allow both her and the rest of the team to improve,” Conklin added. With such a long season, the Rams must play every game with a sense of urgency, seeing as they will be trying to qualify for the GNAC postseason tournament and the NCAA tournament. Conklin says the team must go into every game with the mentality that they can win, no matter how good their opponent may be. If the Rams can get solid contributions all season long from their younger players, the team will have no trouble finding success. Moreover, they could potentially finish in the upper portion of the GNAC conference if everything goes according to plan. That will clearly be a goal all season long for this team. In the end, it may be too soon to look toward the conference tournament, but with the current team they have, it is not out of the realm of possibility. Now, they simply have to go out and play the games.
Baseball looks to replicate last year's success
The 2010 season for the men’s baseball team can certainly be qualified as a success. Posting a 22-16 overall record, the Rams went 13-1 in the GNAC conference, by far the best mark last year. In addition, the team earned a staggering 15 GNAC awards for their 2010 season. Those who received honors included Head Coach Carey McConnell, who earned his fifth GNAC Coach of the Year award. Freshman Jhonneris Mendez was named the GNAC Rookie of the Year after taking over at third base. Mendez went on to hit .389 with four home runs and knocked in 29 runs on the season. Mendez left Suffolk to play junior col-
lege baseball in Alabama, so that will be a sizable hole to fill at the hot corner. Catcher Bobby Barrett was one of four Rams named to the first-team AllConference roster by the GNAC. Barrett, who was the Rams’ leader in nearly every offensive category, has graduated, and the team now looks to a new wall behind the plate to run the show. Perhaps even more disappointing than the loss of valuable leaders and role models is how the season ended last year for the men’s team. The Rams were defeated in the GNAC championship game, 5-4, to St. Joseph’s College. After being invited to the ECAC tournament, the Rams made an early exit with a 10-5 loss to Framingham State. However, with last
year’s campaign in the rearview, Coach McConnell and his squad will look to continue the dominance they showed last year during the regular season and translate that into the playoffs. The team will look to start off the season on the right note. After a grueling offseason replete with rigorous workouts, the men will travel to
Florida to see just how much that hard work has helped. The team will actually be able to take a field instead of working in an indoor facility. With the men hitting .339 last year, and their best hitter having moved on, the Rams’ offensive unit will have to be prepared to live up to some expectations and provide run support
their starting rotation. Ultimately, as the season kicks off down south, it will be interesting to see if they can replicate the success they endured last year, and move farther in the ECAC tournament. They may have lost a few important pieces from last season, but a GNAC title is still possible for this group.
March 11-18 games will be played at various locations in Florida. March 23 at Babson, 3:30 p.m. March 24 at Bridgewater St., 3:30 p.m. March 26 at Rhode Island Col., 1:00 p.m. March 27 vs. Mass.-Boston, 1 p.m. March 28 vs. Eastern Conn. St., 3 p.m. March 30 at Brandeis, 3:00 p.m.
March 14-17 games will be played in Myrtle Beach, Florida. March 24 vs. Plattsburgh St., 5 p.m. March 26 vs. Lasell, 12, 2 p.m. March 27 vs. Simmons, 12, 2 p.m. March 30 at Becker, 3, 5 p.m.