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February 8, 2012

McCarthy seeks 'access, excellence' for Suffolk
Derek Anderson

Journal Staff
With a full C. Walsh Theater and over 350 online viewers watching a live stream, Suffolk’s new president, James McCarthy, held little back during his first official “town hall” meeting yesterday. “I want to emphasize that this is the first town hall meeting. There will be regular meetings like this, it will be interesting to watch how the attendance waxes and wanes over time,” McCarthy said in his opening. He told the audience that the format will almost always be the same – he will talk for a while alone, and then open the floor for questions and discussion. Over the next hour and a
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U.S. appeals court shoots down Prop 8

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Proposition 8, a California voted-in ban on same-sex marriage was historically overturned yesterday.
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A letter from the editor
Our apologies for the headline controversy
Dear Journal readers, In last week’s issue, we accidentally ran a profane joke sub-headline in an article about the Student Leadership and Involvement Winter Involvement Fair. I want to sincerely apologize on behalf of the Journal staff and make it clear that we in no way harbor ill feelings toward SLI, nor any of the staff or students that work there. The subhead was put in as a joke that unfortunately slipped through our editing process. We were having trouble with that page earlier in the evening and believe that an older version made it into the paper, but there is still no excuse for what happened.

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Stargazers start new club
Soleil Barros

Journal Staff
The newly founded Suffolk University Dark Nights Club hosts a weekly meeting for students interested in astronomy. As members of the e-board returned from studying abroad in Spain with Raul and Carlos de la Fuente Marcos, they reminisced on the lectures on supermassive black holes, pulsars, quasars,

Uranus, and globular clusters. Although Suffolk does not offer any astronomy courses, as of last spring, students have received a recent break in the astrological community on campus. “We took astronomy courses while we were in Spain and wanted to take an astronomy course once we returned and couldn’t. We

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"S.O.U.L.S. discusses sex trafficking in Boston" pg. 2

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POLICE BLOTTER
Wednesday, February 1

11:25 p.m. 10 West Ally Thibault Report of an alcohol confiscation. Report Journal Staff filed. Judicial internal. 11:34 p.m. 10 Somerset Report of a smell of Marijuana. Report filed. Judicial internal.

S.O.U.L.S. discusses sex trafficking in Boston
S.O.U.L.S. hosted their monthly Food For Thought discussion on Wednesday, focused on sex and human trafficking in America and abroad. Featuring guest speakers Rebecca Merrill and Allison Duchcek, of the Boston Initiative to Advance Human Rights ( B I TA H R ) , the event aimed to raise awareness and advocacy for victims of human trafficking. The issue of trafficking has “a greater need for p u b l i c awareness,” Suffolk junior Alex Soto, a Campus Partnerships Scholar at S.O.U.L.S., said as she introduced the guests. Merrill, alumni of Suffolk University Law School and executive director of BITAHR, shared sobering statistics and horrifying stories of sex trafficking and explained how her organization tries to help. “Sex trafficking happens right here in Boston, in the U.S.” Merrill said. “It’s very tangible, it could be happening to someone you know,” Merrill said the average age of a sex trafficking victim in Massachusetts is only 12 years old, while nationally the average age is somewhere between 11 and 14 years old. Merrill described shocking stories of a teenage girl kidnapped at an MBTA stop who was then trapped into prostitution and a Northeastern freshman lured in by a seemingly caring older man who forced her to work the streets of Boston’s Theater District. Before BITAHR’s work, the laws concerning sex trafficking in Massachusetts placed equal blame on pimps and prostitutes, failing to realize the complexities of the issue and the horrors that young women are subjected to as sex slaves. BITAHR was instrumental in convincing the Massachusetts legislature to take action and establish an explicit, it meant adding another expenditure to the state budget. Merrill said the new law remains largely untested and that her organization “still has a lot of training to do on this law”. Allison Duchcek, a development associate at BITAHR and a Suffolk senior, Duchchcek described other ways in which BITAHR aims to help victims of sex trafficking. The organization provides business training for recovering victims in order to “empower women and rebuild their self-esteem" She also explained how BITAHR promotes public awareness by using the arts to get people engaged in the issue of sex trafficking victims. BITAHR works with musical artists to set up fundraiser concerts to promote the facts on sex trafficking while raising money for their new initiatives and campaigns. BITAHR also sponsors film forums, like the one at Suffolk’s Modern Theatre last weekend, showcasing the issue of sex along with human trafficking and feature panels including experts and survivors. The films are not intended to be sob stories that leave the audience depressed, but are instead focused on “empowering people and telling them how to get involved,” Merrill said. Through art, skills training, and legal advocacy, BITAHR hopes to change the language of society when it comes to dealing with the very real, local and global, issue of human and sex trafficking.

McCarthy ensures school's survival is not at stake
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half, McCarthy covered the full spectrum, explaining his goals, why he was at the institution, as well as answering questions from audience members. “I’ve now had four and a half days on the ground experience, so I can elaborate on some of the things I was going to find before I got here,” he said. “I will say so far so good, no major surprises, everything is as I expected it to be.” From there, McCarthy reiterated “history, mission, and location,” the major reasons why he chose Suffolk and why he was drawn to the institution. “[The] history of Suffolk is critical to where we’ve been, and I’d say it is critical to where we ought to go,” he said. Wrapped up into it is the mission. The mission is to provide access to professional, higher education, to people whom access had been denied.” I want to say very clearly,” McCarthy continued, “our history of providing access is the foundation upon which this university was built and it ought to be the foundation on which it is built going forward. There should be no backing away from commitment to access. Access and excellence go hand-in-hand. It’s not access or excellence, it’s both.” During his address to the crowd, McCarthy stated that many of the questions he was asked in his initial interviews were most likely the same questions everyone else had. Discussing his own life and goals, he brought a Latin phrase to the table to help explain his first steps as the new president: “Primum non nocere.” “Formal proper translation is: First, do no harm. It’s what every doctor is supposed to learn when she or he begins practicing medicine. You know there’s a different translation you might use for that: Don’t mess with a good thing. Don’t mess up things that are working. It’s as important to know what not to do as it is to know what to do.” With that, McCarthy acknowledged challenges were ahead for the university. First and foremost on the list was to cut the rising costs of tuition, he said. “The biggest challenges we have can be expressed as a series of balancing acts,” he said. “One the one hand, a huge challenge we face is the absolute need to keep tuition costs as low as possible… we have to keep costs in line.” On the other hand,” he continued, “we have to provide students, and faculty and staff, with the facilities and the resources, the financial aid they need to fully participate in the Suffolk education.” sues that confront all of higher education.” “We can rest assured, that we’re not in this alone,” he said to the full theater and online viewers. “We’re all in this together.” With that said, he mentioned anyone who wanted to contact him could do so by emailing at his Suffolk address. Moving onto the questions and discussions part of the “town hall” meeting, McCarthy asked the audience for is what’s in which category. But we’ll be talking about that a lot, particularly for the strategic plan,” said McCarthy. “What I will absolutely commit to, absolutely…” he stressed to the crowd, “there will be faculty, staff, student participation in the recruitment of all senior leadership at the university going forward,” he said, eliciting an eruption of applause from the audience. The school’s daunting debt was also brought up, and Valorie Epps, a professor at the law school, took the microphone and said, “First a comment, and I think we all feel this, it’s very easy to see why the board of trustees picked you. You’re obviously very good on your feet.” “I have to lean on a podium a bit, but yes,” McCarthy responded with a laugh. “…It’s also wonderful to see a leader who’s cheerful and upbeat, because I think it becomes a self-fulfilled proposition,” said Epps. The questions and discussions still stayed on the serious side, however, and the long-term survival of the university regarding the recent issues was mentioned. “I’m not worried about the long-term survival of Suffolk University because our history,” ensured McCarthy. “I’m not worried about that. Which isn’t to say that we don’t have hard choices to make, but I think it’s all manageable. I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t think that.” Students, staff, and faculty took to the new president well, providing cheerful and encouraging comments once the forum ended. “It’s great how open and honest he is,” said Sarah Fraenkel, a sophomore and SGA senator. “[It’ll] be exciting to see what he does to make this school better.” “It’s important that he made a strong commitment to involve the [Suffolk] community in decisions moving forward,” said Jarrett Wadbrook, a senior and SGA senator. McCarthy was also pleased with the turn out of the meeting. “I was impressed with how many people were here [and watching] online,” said McCarthy, adding that he was impressed that how quickly the first person asked a question. “People didn’t shy away from asking tough questions.” McCarthy closed the discussion with another reminder of his willingness to communicate with the Suffolk community, encouraging audience members to email him questions that time did not allow to be asked. “Remember, if you didn’t already remember, you have my email address,” he said. “It’s jmccarthy@suffolk.edu.”

Thursday, February 2

1:40 p.m. 150 Tremont Leak in the women's bathroom (4th floor). Report filed.

Friday, February 3

9:15 a.m. 150 Tremont Confiscation of false ID. Report filed.

Saturday, February 4

2:23 a.m. Law School Report of a violation of campus policy at 120 Tremont Street. Report filed.

Sunday, February 5

5:40 a.m. Public Report of larceny in the North End. Report filed. 5:29 p.m. 150 Tremont Alcohol confiscation at 150 Tremont. Report filed. 2:54 p.m. Ridgeway Building Medical assist in Ridgeway building. Report filed.

comprehensive state law to ban sex trafficking since the federal law, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, has been ineffective. “It was a long road to change the minds of the legislature and the DA to see young women as victims and not criminals,” Merrill said. The new Massachusetts law lingered in the legislature for six years before being passed

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“There will be faculty, staff, student participation in the recruitment of all senior leadership at the university going forward”
All this lead back to the metaphor of a balance - one challenge affects the other, leaving the university to attempt to level itself out. McCarthy ended on a lighter note, however, expressing that the difficulties the university was currently experiencing were widely felt by other institutions across the country. “Let me assure you, we are not the only university that’s worried about containing tuition increases,” McCarthy said. “That we’re not the only ones struggling with balancing how to provide the needed resources and facilities for faculty and staff and students with the imperative of balancing our budget. These are, in large part, national global isany questions they may have for him. Without pulling any punches, the new president answered them as straight forward as possible, adding humor and lightheartedness to some. And the audience did not hold back the difficult questions. The first question was about the Pappas Consulting Group that was recently brought to university to analyze and recommend changes, both major and minor, for the administration to consider. “It’s quite likely we accept some of those recommendations and act on them, and equally likely that we will not accept some of those recommendations and not act on them. What I can’t tell you yet McCarthy did not hesitate to address it, along with the recent Boston Globe article titled “Ailing Suffolk University gets new president: Challenges await NYC educator; debt, academics among key issues.” “So as it turns out, yes, we have $300 million in debt,” McCarthy said. “[but we also have]615-but-who’s-countingmillions of dollars in assets… and as it has been pointed out, and from my days working on a college newspaper I know this, the people who write headlines are not the people who write stories. The process of writing a headline is often quite separate from the process of writing a story. Look, I knew those numbers before I read that article. It doesn’t bother me.”

Monday, February 6

2:24 p.m. Public Report of sexual assault off campus. Boston Police Department notified. Report filed. 9:40 a.m. Ridgeway Report of suspicious activity in the Ridgeway building. Report filed.

“Sex trafficking happens right here in Boston, in the U.S. It’s very tangible, it could be happening to someone you know.”
and put into effect in December 2011. And for what reason was a common sense bill meant to protect girls held up for— budget problems. “As soon as you qualify the girls as victims, [the state] needs to give them victim services,” Merrill explained. The legislature hesitated on passing the new law because

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SU Dark Nights make space moves
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wanted to have an amateur astronomy club where we could all gather together and talk about astronomy,” said president Hannah Stein. “It’s different when you’re in a dome and part of the architecture while in an observatory,” she added. Last spring, members of SU Dark Nights proposed the idea as a new organization to Suffolk’s Student Leadership and Involvement (SLI) Office, and were approved with enough time to plan ahead for the 2011-2012 school year. Students involved in the club attend public observatories each week, share different documentaries on space and discuss new breakthroughs in the astrological society. While in Spain, the students involved in the course traveled to the Canary Islands to view the second largest observatory in existence. “I’ve been twice. It’s actually one of the most incredible experiences I’ve ever had. I learned so much in a week’s time; professors Raul and Carlos de la Fuente Marcos really promote everyone learning,” said Vice President Natalie Favati. The SU Dark Nights meet every Tuesday during activity hour, when they host weekly lessons based on what sparks the interest of the members in attendance. Last week’s topic was focused on black holes. In the past, the club has presented guest speaker Jay Bernal, a student physics major to give a presentation on anti matter. “There isn’t a class here O’Brian is the only member of the club’s e-board who will be returning to the uni-

Suffolk shows interest in One Franklin
A.P. Blake

Journal Staff
On Thursday, it was announced that developer Millennium Partners had purchased a 50 percent stake in the One Franklin project in Boston’s Downtown Crossing neighborhood. One Franklin is the name of the project which resulted in the demolition of the historic Filene’s building and left a crater in the ground for years. It has since been considered one of the largest development blunders in the city’s history and has been Menino’s top development priority for getting back on track. In 2006, the Filene’s building was vacated following a merger between Filene’s and Macy’s, and the subsequent consolidation of stores. New York-based developer Vornado Realty proposed a $750 million, 500-foot tower on the site which was approved by the city. The project was to contain a mix of retail, offices, and residential units. The demolition process began and was completed in November 2008 when the project came to a halt amidst a global

“There isn’t a class here and we can’t envelop it in an academic way, through a class we decide to get together this way.”
and we can’t envelop it in an academic way, through a class we decide to get together this way,” says Stein. With much self-promotion, the club’s first meeting attracted 20-25 students. Presently there are 12-15 devoted members part of the star-loving club. “I hope to take charge next year and continue the club while recruiting more members. We are making space moves,” said Treasurer Pat O’ Brian. “I enjoy being able to work with people who are really interested in astrology, and make it more appealing to people who may have not known anything about astrology before.” versity next year. Members spend time together outside of the weekly meetings, especially at events. Past events have included board game ‘Challenge the Zodiac’, Astro Jepordy and snacking on Space Pizza. Future events the SU Dark Nights Club is planning to host include a rocket-building contest, a space party hosted at Harvard University and Boston University, an adventure to visit the Planetarium, and a star-gazing trip to Suffolk’s 75-acre lot in Maine. The group also shares “Astro facts” from their Facebook and Twitter account.

economic recession. Vornado Realty could not secure any loans to move forward with construction and claimed they did not have the funding on hand to proceed. The already troubled Downtown Crossing neighborhood was left wounded as vacancies became more common and crime rose. Steven Roth, chairman of Vornado Realty, then made comments at a public talk in New York which stated that a good tactic would be to let properties become a blight to a city in order to receive more financial incentives from local and federal agencies. Appalled by Roth’s statements, Menino quickly threatened to seize to the property through eminent domain. Eventually, the city revoked permitting for the site and ordered Vornado to put it up for sale. “Millennium Partners agreed to take a controlling stake in the development project at One Franklin -- the Filene’s site,” Menino said on Thursday, according to the Boston Herald. Millennium Partners is best known in Boston for their Millennium Place towers, completed in 2001

and host to the Ritz-Carlton hotel. The developer is also proceeding with construction of Hayward Place, across Washington Street from the Paramount Theatre. This statement comes a week after the Boston Herald said Suffolk was interested in Filene’s. The proposal under the direction of Millennium Partners still includes a vibrant mix of retail, offices, and residential, but is being proposed at 600 feet -- 100 feet taller than Vornado’s proposal. The firm is also envisioning the tower itself to be thinner, and has rehired Handel architects, designers of Hayward Place, Gary Handel, to design their new proposal. “The downtown is going to be transformed as this and other buildings open in the area,” an anonymous city official told the Boston Globe. Millennium Partners has 60 days to submit a revised development plan to the Boston Redevelopment Authority. The developer and city officials alike hope for construction to break ground within a year.

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Anonymous hacks Boston PD
Hacker group Anonymous protested the police brutality events involved with Occupy Boston by hacking the Boston Police Department (BPD) website (BPDNesa.com) last Friday. The website, typically listing police reports and news, was redesigned to embed KRS-ONE's "Sound of Da Police" music video over a black background with red text reminiscing the raiding of Occupy camps and kicking protesters off public parks. Three days later, the website is still down. Anonymous hacked the site back in October to revenge the hundreds of protester arrests in Dewey Square, resulting in the release of officer's private information and passwords. An article on BostonHerald.com suggests the hacker group is "likely to strike again."

February 8, 2012

Record number of dolphins wash up on Cape Cod shores
In just one month’s time, almost 130 dolphins have stranded themselves on the shores of Cape Cod, tripling the annual average. Katie Moore, a manager of marine mammal rescue and research for the International Fund for Animal Welfare, told the Boston Globe that the standings represent the largest single-species stranding on record for the northeastern United States. Out of the 129 dolphins stranded, the IFAW has been able to successfully release 37 of them, while 92 others have died. Rescuers of the mammals are unsure of the cause (or lack thereof) and the sheer numbers of dolphins stranding. Moore told the Globe that weather could be the root cause, saying “If we have different weather patterns, we could have a distribution of prey.” The IFAW research and rescue manager also went onto say that the hook shape of the Cape contributes to the danger for dolphins as well as other marine mammals.

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Suffolk students egg Sodexo on
Michelle Lim

Journal Staff
Most undergraduate students living on campus at Suffolk are probably aware of the scrambled eggs and omelets served at the 150 Tremont and Miller dining halls as an option for breakfast. But most aren’t aware that Sodexo, Suffolk’s dining service, obtains their eggs from caged chickens. The issue has not gone unnoticed, thanks to senior Kristin Alvarez and junior Caroline Mcheffey among others. These students have brought attention to the budding issue due to their actions. To consider the switch from battery cage eggs to using eggs from non-caged chickens, Sodexo demanded support from the students. First, they pitched a presentation concerning the inhumane practices the chickens undergo to the Student Government Association

(SGA). Alvarez and Mcheffy then collected 500 student signatures garnered to increase their stance—an amount of students no other group has paralleled to support a matter. In addition, Alvarez got groups such as Suffolk Free Radio and the Environmental Club to support their efforts. After drafting a bill that would later be proposed to Sodexo, senior and SGA senator-at-large Jarrett Wadbrook took hold of the preliminary statement written by SGA members including Senators William Cerullo, Vito Gallo, Natalie Breen and Riley Sweeney. It was Wadbrook who finalized the bill and sent it in to SGA for approval in November 2011. The bill was passed by the SGA and subsequently brought to Sodexo. “It will be better off for Sodexo to change over and shy away from battery-caged eggs because it’s good for a school to take in students’

opinions and not to support inhumane treatment of animals,” said Wadbrook. Being a vegetarian for a third year due to opposition of animal cruelty is the reason Wadbrook follows through with the completion of the bill. Involving taking action with The Humane League, a Philadelphia-based organization supporting animals’ rights has opened a Boston office, to support the idea against the purchase of battery cage eggs fully developing at Suffolk with the help of SGA. The Humane League eventually presented itself to the Sodexo team. While the jury is still out, it is hopeful that Sodexo will switch over to using eggs from non-caged chickens in the near future. Perhaps the largest obstacle to reaching a decision is the increase in tuition costs. While Sodexo is calculating exact costs, estimations range that

the meal plan will increase about $6 to $7. Meanwhile, on average, meal plans at select universities can increase up to $75 yearly for no particular reason. More importantly, health risks are highly associated with battery cage eggs. Mcheffey, also a vegetarian for over three years and passionate about animals, strongly attests to Sodexo discontinuing the purchase of battery cage eggs. “It’s a very small switch that changes quite a bit for not only animals, but human health, the environment, and worker conditions,” she said of the matter. Although there is no exact date set, students hope

that Sodexo agrees with the students who feel strongly against these practices and that the eggs for breakfast next year come from cage-free chickens.

Prop 8 ruled unconstitutional
Jeff Fish

Journal Staff
California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage was ruled unconstitutional yesterday by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

woman, said the Gate. Gay rights supporters gathers in San Fransisco, among other areas, to celebrate the overturning of the result of the 2008 ballot initiative that made it illegal in California for homosexual

inferior to those of opposite sex couples," said Judge Stephen Reinhardt in the majority opinion, according to the Gate. Although the court ruled Proposition 8 unconstitutional, the ban in California re-

Komen for the Cure VP resigned
Karen Handel, Vice president to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure resigned Tuesday, saying the breast cancer charity should have stood by its politically explosive decision to cut funding for Planned Parenthood, according to the Globe. Handel opposed abortion as a candidate for Georgia governor, claiming she was actively engaged in efforts to cut the grants and said the charity’s reversal hurt the Cure’s mission according to reports by the Boston Globe. The grants, totaling $680,000 last year, went to breast-screening services offered by Planned Parenthood, which provides a range of women's health care services including abortions. Susan G. Komen for the Cure, reversed course after its decision ignited a three-day storm of criticism. According to an anonymous source, who spoke to the Globe on condition of anonymity for fear of repercussions, claimed a driving force behind the move was Handel, who was hired by Komen last year as vice president for public policy after losing a campaign for governor in Georgia.

"Proposition 8 serves no purpose, ... other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians ..."
in San Fransisco, according to an article from the San Fransisco Gate. The 2-1 ruling marked the first time a federal appellate court has overturned a state law defining marriage between one man and one couples to marry. "Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify relationships and families as mains in effect while the case makes its way to the Supreme Court., according to the Gate. Even if the Supreme Court does take the case, it could strike down Prop 8, but not rule on gay marriage as a whole, said the Gate.

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Violence spreads through Syria
By Matthew P. Bacon

Nigeria violates child labor laws in gold mining operation
Ivan Favelevic

Journal Staff
The civil unrest currently taking place in Syria has been widely discussed since it began last March. The Syrian people have been protesting against their President, Bashar al-Assad, who took power after his father, Hafez, died in 2000. Although the protests turned violent many months ago after Syrian forces fired on peaceful protestors, the violence has been escalating dramatically over the last couple of weeks. Over the weekend, a massacre took place in the Syrian city of Homs. As of Monday, it was reported that over 300 civilians had died in the city since Thursday. In total, it is estimated that over 7,000 people have died during the 11-month crisis. As war was raging in Homs, the U.N. Security Council was voting on a resolution against the Assad regime. The resolution ultimately failed due to vetoes by Russia and China. Both countries have trade relations with

Journal Staff
For the past two years, gold mining has caused Nigeria to have an up swell of optimism. However, the process of mining the gold has “caused one of the worst outbreaks of lead poisoning in modern history” reports Human Rights Watch. The Zamfara state in northwestern Nigeria has been the center of a major rise in homebrewed mining operations which, coupled with the high levels of lead on the ground, has caused an increased level of lead poisoning for the locals. The Human Rights Watch made a study in late 2011 which showed that children are exposed to lead dust by processing ore in the mines. In turn, the lead is attached to their clothing and is brought home, which then spreads to the compounds and villages. Several operations crush the deadly ore at home, making the level of lead in the air multiple times that of the allowed level. The water and food has also been contaminated, bringing the

number of children exposed to toxic levels of lead to 1500, according to Human Rights Watch. Infertility and miscarriages also affect the region. “Zamfara’s gold brought hope for prosperity, but resulted in death and backbreaking labor for its children” said Babatunde Oluboji, deputy program director at Human Rights Watch. Over 400 children have died since the amateur mining began and the death toll is consistently rising. “People living in Zamfara State should not have to trade their lives, or their children’s lives, for the chance to mine gold and make a living.” Doctors without Borders and the United States Centers for Disease Control has treated more than 1,500 children with acute lead poisoning, but the Human Rights Watch thinks this number is a mere estimate of the true amount. The problem is hard to control, considering that a mere cleaning will not deal with the lead spread around the children’s home or village. While lead poisoning is rarely fatal, it can cause severe cognitive and develop-

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mental damage, especially to children. Medical workers in Nigeria reported that the ore in the Zamfara state is so toxic that some villages face a 40 percent child mortality rate. Late last year, the Nigerian government put up a huge effort trying to clean up the largest and most contaminated village in the area, Bagega, which may have up to 2,000 children at risk. However,

without adequate funds, the cleanup effort is quickly becoming null. While the Nigerian government has ratified the International Labor Organization Convention No. 182 to prevent the worst forms of child labor Zamfara’s rogue mining sector is employing children as young as 8 in some areas, severely violating child labor laws, said the Human Rights

Watch. “By failing to address this epidemic,” said Olubogi “the Nigerian governments need to educate people about the risks of lead, put safer mining programs in place, end child labor in gold mining, and dramatically expand treatment and environmental cleanup programs.”

Syria, and Russia supplies the Syrian government with arms, along with operating a military base in the country. The vetoes were met with harsh criticism from Western nations, especially the U.S. and France. On Monday, the U.S. announced that it was closing its embassy in Syria and removing its remaining staff for their safety. In further condemnation of Syria and the Homs massacre, U.S. President Barack Obama has called on Assad to resign and for the country to hold democratic elections. From Dec. 26 through Jan. 28 the Arab League had a monitoring mission in the country. Unarmed observers wearing Arab League uniforms examined the situation inside the country in order to compile a report to give to the United Nations. The League withdrew their observers on Jan. 28, citing the “critical deterioration of the situation.” The report compiled was presented to the U.N. before they voted on an earlier resolution against Assad, which was also vetoed by China and Russia.

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The situation in Syria is delicate and hazy. Opposition groups claim that they are fighting a corrupt government that tramples on the rights of its people and attacks them when they protest about it. Assad’s government claims it is defending itself against armed terrorists that are attacking citizens and soldiers alike. They also claim that the

media has been manipulating the conflict to make the Syrian government look bad. It is very difficult for news agencies to confirm reports of what is happening in Syria because the government has heavily restricted journalist activity in the country. The rejection of the U.N. resolution leaves Syria’s future up in the air. Both Assad’s

government and opposition groups have shown no signs of backing down, each side growing bolder as the violence escalates. Although the international community is trying to diplomatically help the rebels, veto-wielding Russia and China are blocking all attempts. No one can say for sure what direction Syria is heading in.

'Baby Doc' Duvalier returns to Haiti
David A. Fredrick

Journal Contributor
From 1971 to 1986, Jean Claude 'Baby Doc' Duvalier ruled Hati as the successor to his dictator father Francois ‘Papa Doc’ after his death. He returned to Hati last year after living in exile in France for the past 25 years. By doing so, he has opened himself up to be prosecuted for many crimes against humanity including torture, disappearances, rape, and assassinations. He has allegedly embezzled somewhere between $300 million and $800 million dollars during his reign as the Haitian president. During the father and son

rule, thousands were murdered and tortured in the feared Fort Dimanche, crimes that he will not be put on trial for as he will be charged with only misappropriation of public funds for which Jean Claude could spend up to 5 years in prison. There has been no date for a trial set yet, but the ruling may be challenged by some of the alleged victims of Duvalier. Some of these people are victims of Duvalier’s armed forces and the National Security Volunteer Militia (also known as the Tonton Macoutes) but their charges were no included in the recommendations to the judge as they fell outside the statute of

limitations in Haiti’s constitution. During a news briefing on the Jan. 31 in Geneva, Rupert Colville responded saying “Very serious human rights violations including torture, rape and extrajudicial killings have been extensively documented by Haitian and international human rights organizations to have occurred in Haiti during the regime of Duvalier, Impunity for such serious crimes cannot be allowed to prevail and we urge the relevant authorities to ensure that justice is, albeit belatedly, delivered to the many victims of human rights abuses committed under the government of Mr. Duvalier.”

Duvalier’s lawyer, Reynold Georges said that Jean Claude would appeal any decision to put him on trial for financial crimes because the Supreme Court has already cleared him of such charges in the past. U.N. High Commissioner Navi Pillay said that “The thousands of Haitians who suffered under this regime deserve justice.” As the U.N. and many rights groups have urged Haiti to put Duvalier and his officials for crimes against humanity. The judge’s ruling will be challenged by lawyers who represent the victims of Haiti who only wish to bring justice and avenge those who have been wronged. Duvalier still

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Jean Claude Duvalier
lives a very comfortable life, frequently dining out and even having a few unauthorized trips outside the capital.

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Europe
LONDON, England – The last known WWI veteran, Florence Green, passed away yesterday at the age of 110in her home in England. While Green did not see combat first hand, she served in the Royal Air Force as a waitress in an Air Base in Northern England. She was officially declared a veteran after researchers found her records in 2010, reports the Huffington Post. “I met dozens of pilots and would go on dates,” she said in a 2008 interview. “I had the opportunity to go up in one of the planes but I was scared of flying…I had the time of my life.” Green was the 10th oldest person in England, dying just days prior to her 111th birthday. She will have a full Air Force funeral with a bugler and Union Jack. She is survived by two daughters, a son and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner announced yesterday that the country is to make a formal complaint to the United Nations about “militarization” in the Falkland Islands. According to the BBC the announcement comes days after the British government sent a high tech destroyer to the disputed South Atlantic islands in a move it called “routine.” Furthermore, Prince William is set to begin air training missions in the area. The Argentine government has managed gain support on the issue, gaining a backing from Brazil, Chile and Uruguay in blocking any ships or planes flying the island’s flag from their ports. In the speech, President Kirchner said that the islands are a “war trophy” for England after the two month armed conflict in 1982.

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Middle East
MIRANSHAH, Pakistan – The BBC reports that 10 suspected militants have been killed by an unmanned U.S. drone is Pakistan overnight. The attack took place six miles from Miranshah, North Waziristan near the Afghan border. Pakistan has previously stated that these attacks violate their ethical code. “Eight militants were killed and two wounded,” said a Pakistani official, “militants have surrounded the camp and are removing the bodies.” Attacks of this sort have killed hundreds over the years, with the U.S. claiming it is a necessity in the ongoing war on terror. This attack included senior al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders.

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Yes.Oui.Si presents 'The Salon'
Art gallery kicks off year with new showcase
Meagan Kennelly

Poets hype Poetry Center with readings
Ally Thibault

Journal Staff
Suffolk’s Poetry Center, located on the third floor of the Sawyer library, was packed with students and the general public last Thursday night. In addition to all seats being full before the 7 p.m. start time of the poetry reading event, attendees lined the walls and occupied carpet seating. As poets Melissa Green and Tom Sleigh drew such a crowd, Professor Fred Marchant expressed pure pleasure with the turnout. Marchant, director of Suffolk’s creative writing track in the English Department and director of the Poetry Center, introduced the two poets. Green passionately read poems filled with historical and mythical allusions. The Winthrop native’s style evoked a sense of grandeur and eloquence, using oldfashioned adjectives to painstakingly describe every detail in her poems. In her “Chrismaria” piece, Green puts a twist on the clichéd baptism metaphor as the narrator details watching the salty sea crash over granite and rock. The raw beauty and terrible awe of the scene are masterfully wrapped up in the last line: “I’ve forgotten every prayer I ever knew.” Green’s works center around creating a dialogue

with the past by interacting with the lives and ideas of historical figures. “Prophecy” is inspired by Virginia Woolf’s claim that she heard birds speak to her in ancient Greek as she was descending into madness. “First Snow” uses a Renaissance fresco and its many ornate layers of paint as a metaphor to de-

poems tell a story of Maude’s constant searching for her Tom as the two bounce back and forth from mental institutions to freedom. The story of Tom and Maude becomes a tragic love story of a crazy, mistreated woman who merely wants to be with her lover. Her madness and the abuse she suf-

poetry. Sleigh, a professor at Hunter College and resident of Brooklyn, has visited Suffolk in the past for a panel discussing the plight of Lebanon after its civil war. As a journalist in southern Lebanon, Sleigh used his observations and insight to compile his poetry book, “Army Cats.” Sleigh’s poetry features

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Green reads to a full room.
scribe the many layers of life and perception that exist in our world. The most elaborate of Green’s historical influences are found in her series of poems about Mad Maude. Looking back at the origin of mental asylums, Green pulls the characters Tom of Bedlam and Maude as the original mentally ill and heartsick. The fers from it at the asylum are cured by her love, as she claims, “my iron chains don’t itch when Tom is here.” Overwrought with symbols of oppression and squalor, Maude longs for Tom: “Waiting in Bedlam/Covered in piss and shame/I wait.” Next, Marchant introduced Sleigh and what he called his “Homeric” epic absurdist humor and biting sarcasm that had everyone cramped in the room laughing out loud. In “Army Cats,” Sleigh compares soldiers and tanks to lazy cats lounging in the sun. One cat is so revered by all that the audience finds the devotion to it ridiculous as Sleigh claims, “women lift up their skirts as she drifts down the Nile.”

In his next poem, Sleigh shifted from the far away war to his own childhood. “SelfPortrait with Shoulder Pads” details a fight he and his twin brother were forced to have during a high school football team practice. The audience burst with laughter as the poem depicted his old coach yelling, “Timmy hit Tommy/ Tommy hit Timmy.” “Spacesuit Set Adrift” uses an abandoned astronaut suit in outer space as a metaphor for growing old. Sleigh describes the suit being cast out from a rocket ship and its slow descent out to deep space. The suit goes through a life cycle as a human would. “How she loathes infinity,” the narrator says, as the space suit is destined to roam around space forever alone. “She dreams of a mothership, of gravity,” Sleigh says of the suit, but she never finds either to anchor her again. The poetry of Sleigh and Green, although stylistically different, was a hit with the audience as the room seemed to fill even more after the reading ended. Fans rose to meet the poets and look at some of their books for sale. The Poetry Center remained occupied for at least another hour before people cleared out to await the next reading.

Journal Contributor
With violin in the ear, wine on the pallet and art on the walls, Yes.Oui.Si celebrated the opening of a new art exhibition, “The Salon,” last Thursday night. The exhibit showcased the work of an allfemale cast of artists: Alexa Guariglia, Lena Gustafson,

college students and hipsters alike, one may have thought they took a wrong turn and landed at a college fraternity party. However, no flip-cup and Jay-Z was playing; instead, violin sounded in the background and conversation revolved around art. The first piece was a large, vibrantly painted buffalo skull hanging on the wall

Photo by Laura Jane Brubaker

Your Week: Top club nights
Angela Bray

Kira Leigh, ans Jordan Piantedo. The group of Bostonbased artists kicked off Yes. Oui.Si’s first exhibition of the year after being closed for the month of January to be used as a studio space. Located in the Fenway, Yes.Oui.Si is a quaint space rich with character and personality. Entering the crowded, low-lit space filled with

above an old-fashioned typewriter where on-lookers explained their interpretations of what the artist was trying to express. Browsing further, Piantedosi’s painted skulls were displayed in various shapes and sizes along with Gustafson’s interpretive quotations, Guariglia’s expressive figure paintings, Leigh’s intricate abstractions, and Terelak’s vibrant explosions

of color. The pieces were created of anything from gauche and ink to acrylic and nail polish. “I think it’s great,” explained Jacqueline Porter, 22, of Somerville. “I like the bright colors. A lot of the pieces give me a 60‘s, 70’s, psychedelic kind of vibe, but my favorite would have to be the art that uses words. I use quotes as pictures for my walls all the time, I like how everyone can interpret words and phrases differently.” Alessia Brugnara, a junior at UMass Boston, agreed. “This is my first time coming here and I think it’s a really cool place. The atmosphere is real relaxed and I like the idea of the group exhibition they did. You get to see a lot of different styles of artists come together and it makes for a great show.” Yes.Oui.Si. opened as a DIY, multi-sensory exhibition space just last year as a place for artists of all disciplines to come together. Anything from concerts to art shows to film screenings take place throughout the year. “We try to engage and connect people with the arts,” said Olivia Ives-Flores, founding partner and curator of the event. And it seems to be working. The space has gathered quite a following from the neighboring communities here in Boston. With its one-year anniversary on February 11, Yes.Oui. Si will be hosting a live concert with limited edition tees.

arts BRIEFS
Halftime show obscenities
Madonna may have owned the spotlight during her Super Bowl halftime show, but M.I.A stole the limelight. M.I.A flipped the bird to the audience during her appearance, sparking a mini-controversy in the world of live TV. While this scandal didn't incite the outrage that followed Janet Jackson's now infamous wardrobe malfunction during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show, the FCC still might take action. If NBC incurs fines from the incident, M.I.A will have to pay up according to a TMZ report. The FCC levied a $550,000 fine to CBS for Jackson's behavior in 2004, but a federal appeals court recently dismissed the fine. If the 2004 case serves as any precedent, it is unlikely that M.I.A would have to pay for her actions. Maybe next year we can have a halftime show without something stupid distracting from the performance — maybe.

Good-doer Kutcher
Ashton Kutcher turned 34 yesterday, and according to E! Online, he donated the day to fighting the exploitation of children. Kutcher posted a video to Causes.com in which he told fans he would match dollar for dollar all donations to his and Demi Moore's DNA Foundation. He said donations would specifically be used for technology tools for fighting child pornography and the sexual exploitation of children.

Chris Brown + dance music?
Chris Brown will officially be performing at the Grammys on Sunday, but not how one would expect. He will join deadmau5, Foo Fighters, David Guetta, and Lil Wayne for a first-time tribute to dance/electronica music. Lil Wayne and Chris Brown don't exactly do electronica and Foo Fighters aren't a representation of dance music. Watch out for outraged electronic dance music fans...

Journal Staff
Re:Set is bringing Petrol in for this week’s party. James Gerard, Greg Teves and William John will be blowing The Phoenix Landing with strong disco, house and techno. [19+] WeNo has booked Richy Ahmed of Hot Creations to grace Felt Nightclub with British house music. Bostonbased Tamer Malki and Sergio Santos are lined up to play house and techno with the UK star. [21+] Berlin-based Deepchild will be playing a live set Thursday night at Middlesex Lounge. Known best for deep

house, tech house, minimal, progressive, and other styles alike, the Australian DJ/producer will mesmerize ears with his sounds. Make It New residents David Day and Alan Manzi will also hit the decks. [21+] The RAW:Boston “Activate” Indie Arts Showcase will be after-partying at Red Sky Lounge with beats provided by Batwings, DJ Cousin John and Danny Satori. [21+] GLOW Boston’s electro/ house/remixes dance party will be a night of white this week at Think Tank. White Rabbit DJs Jay K and Damien Paul will spin with residents Glowkids and Fuse, and

someone lucky will win tickets to Winter White Tour. [18+] ToUch Performance Art presents its first of two AcousticaElectronica shows on Friday, fusing classical and electronic dance music. The party, at Oberon, features music, art and dance. [18+] White Rabbit’s Wonderland at RISE is al all-EDM party. This week, East Coast rave legend and Columns of Knowledge founder DJ Knowledge will headline with DJs Damien Paul, Jay K and Mike Swells also lined up. House music icon Tommie Sunshine will headline after-hours until 6 a.m. [18+]

Orlando Voorn will flood Good Life’s downstairs with house, techno and hip-hop Saturday night, Locals Dark & Stormy and Mr. McNeil will handle opening duties. Upstairs, The Deck Bros will cover of hip-hop, reggae and classics. [21+]

Or, making rounds through downtown is always an option. Check out Estate Liquor Store and Gypsy Bar by the alley on Boylston. The cluster of Royale, Rumor, Venu, and Bijou is right down the street.

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staff Lot F exhibits 'Three' artists sounds
Soleil Barros

Griddler's grub: burgers, dogs, shakes to fancy
Michael Smith

Journal Contributor
At first glance when entering Griddler’s is the menu, scrawled neatly in chalk on the board above the servers. The variety is striking with specialty burgers, hot dogs and milkshakes. Burgers are available with a choice of 20 different toppings ranging from ketchup to sauerkraut.

Journal Staff
The first Friday of each month after the Financial District’s corporate buildings empty, art seekers make their way to the Lot F Gallery. Last week, the gallery hosted ‘Three,” an exhibit showcasing the work of three artists and their different styles of artwork. The Lot F Gallery is neatly tucked away on the top floor of a generic Boston building and can be easily overlooked by the average passer-by. Owner James Wormser and Co-owner Kate Ostreicher hosted “Three,” inviting friends and members of the public into their ultimate gallery, which also serves as the living room to their flawless home. “My friends lived here before it was a gallery,” said Wormser. “Friends used to have wild parties in this section of the apartment building. I wanted to make it more professional.” Wormser and Ostreicher have hosted 24 previous events over the past two years. “Our first show was with Todd Robertson. The title of the show was ‘Grandma’s House.’ Todd had collected stuff you would find in a grandmother’s home and spray painted monsters all over them,” explained Ostreicher. “People really liked his work.” This month’s exhibit featured local artists Sean Flood, Nick Ward and Josh Falk. A room full of visitors and friends gathered in the gallery space to view the pieces displayed, enjoy refreshments, and converse with one another. The friendly atmosphere welcomed an eclectic group of art-appreciating individuals. “It’s cool to see something like this happen in Boston. The scene has been kind of low, and it’s just really cool to see it rising,” said Nathan Mosquera, 26, of his first visit to Lot F Gallery. “Lot F is well put together, I like it.” Flood provided four different paintings of four wellknown alleyways in the city

of Boston. His collection included two paintings of Boston’s Clarendon St.: a viewpoint during the day and another during the evening. “I enjoy architecture. I like to capture deep space

ern day woman basking in the sun. Another one of Ward’s favorite pieces offered an understanding of one’s words encrypted into a large painting. The oil painting of a blonde woman was sur-

Laura Gibson "La Grande" Raw folk sounds from the Midwest. -Ally Thibault

The Beatles "Let It Be" An outstanding album. -Mike Giannattasio

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and perspective,” said Flood. Ward also provided four different paintings, including “Christine Sunbathing,” which was finished just in time for the event. The painting is a play on an old master’s painting of an old, dead Christ in a tomb with a bright yellow backdrop and a mod-

rounded by sentences written in bee’s wax. “All of the text is written by the woman posing. She wrote a diary about what being a 22-year old woman is all about and what it’s worth,” said Ward. “I have always been interested in people and what they are thinking; that’s

why I started painting people, that’s what I find most interesting.” Falk approaches art with a different medium, displaying eight photographs placed on wood panels. “Bed of Blades,” Falk’s favorite, features an enlarged “behind the glass feel” photo of grass blades from a unique point of view. The piece is a five-panel inkjet photographic print mounted on a wood laminate. The inspiration behind Falk’s work is derived from Boston’s urban environment and how, in certain areas, it often meets the woods’ natural life. Falk is also a member of Project Super Friends [projectsf.com], a collective of artists, designers and musicians solely founded on friendship and family. “Stay young, don’t get caught up in one road, try everything possible, work in every medium. Try everything if you really want to do. That’s how you find what you really like to do,” said Falk. “I like to work in many mediums: sculptures, wood, photos, anything I can get my hands on.” “You can’t judge artwork by looking at a photo of it on a flyer, you have to actually come in and see it to really appreciate it," said Wormser. "That’s why I print our event flyers in black and white.”

They can make a Reuben or Boston hot dog with baked beans, onion rings and barbeque sauce. All milkshakes are made with skim milk, two of which use “infused milk,” in which the milk soaks up the flavors of either Fruit Loops or Frosted Flakes. In homage to the East Coast, Griddler’s had made a chowder dog topped with clam chowder and the elu-

sive fried clam strips. Soon the clam strips evolved into a side of their own, though the original dog still exists. The restaurant is located at 204 Cambridge Street, almost connected to the Beacon Hill fire station. Formerly The Federal, Griddler’s is still under the same ownership, only with new management and a new team. The cooks come from culinary positions in

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fine dining, and the management is devoted to proficiency and professionalism. The staff is devoted to turning out hot food in five minutes, a system the manager calls a “symphony.” The order is sent from the front computer to each station where the cooks receive them. If it takes a burger three minutes to cook and the fried clam strips only fortyfive seconds, the clam strips will be put in after two minutes and fifteen seconds. Despite opposition from Beacon Hill residents, the establishment is attempting to gain the necessary licenses and permits to serve alcohol and stay open until 3 a.m. on weekends. They accept all types of credit cards and in about a month they will be on Grub Hub, so any eager patron can order and pay online for fresh pick-up. They even accept the RAM Account. The management is also planning to open another franchise by

the end of this year. Want something spicy? The Firehouse Griddler is filled with peppers to your heart’s content. Something a little southern? The Barbeque Griddler has barbeque sauce, onion rings and onions. There are veggie patties for vegetarians. General Manager Liam Lynch described the signature Griddler’s Sauce as a “mayonnaise-based sauce with chipotle peppers used not for their heat, but smokey component” seasoned with fresh lemon and herbs. Maybe you don’t want something so specific. Maybe you are starving and want something larger than your face, something that will finally satisfy cheese cravings. The Gooey Griddler, unofficially dubbed “The Monster Burger," is two patties filled and topped with with cheese. If that’s not enough, the Double Gooey Griddler holds four patties.

Film forum raises trafficking awareness
Alexa Barrios

Journal Staff
Globally, 27 million people are trapped in modern day slavery, according to the Boston Initiative to Advance Human Rights (BITAHR). Of those trafficked, 79 percent are sexually exploited. Suffolk’s Modern Theatre was a full house Saturday afternoon as Najibullah Quraishi’s film, Dancing Boys of Afghanistan, was featured as part of BITHAR’s 2012 Fighting Trafficking Through Film forum. BITHAR is a group committed to combating the commercial exploitation of people and helping women and children to attain protection and fulfillment of their human rights. Co-sponsored by Suffolk University Law School, Culture ID and The No Project, the forum featured eight fulllength documentaries over the course of three days last week. The other films included Whistleblower, Red Leaves Falling, Price of Sex, Fatal Promises, Very Young Girls, Sacrifice, and Call+Response. “People don’t want to talk about [sex trafficking],” said Ben Harel, assistant producer of the forum. “We’re trying to

deadmau5 "Get Scraped" Check "8bit." -Angela Bray

Various Artists "How to Make It in America mixtape" If you ever see me around the city and wonder what I'm listening to, this is probably it!" -Soleil Barros

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teach people what to do next and connect them with stories. If people connect, then they will act.” Dancing Boys of Afghanistan is about an uncommon form of sex trafficking called bacha bazi, or “boy play,” which is a current issue in Afghanistan. Boys in their early teens are taken off the streets or from poor families, dressed in women’s clothing and forced to dance in front of crowds of men who eventually bid on the boys and then take them home. "[The Bacha bazi] form of slavery was almost done away with and it’s come back worse than before,” said Jacqueline Zimowski, founder and executive director of the No Human Trafficking awarenessraising foundation. “There is obvious gender bias, and boys just don’t get enough press which makes it harder to get eradicated.” As stated on their website, the BITAHR film forum was established to address the need for greater public and academic awareness of the Commercial Sexual Exploitation and sex trafficking. The forum uses the power of film and holding a panel of survivors, filmmakers, activ-

ists, academics and members of the community in order to develop an understanding and spreading the word on sex trafficking. “The role of media, as seen, has become very important,” said Phillip Martin, a senior investigative reporter for WGBH Boston public radio, during the discussion panel following the film. “Human trafficking is happening in our midsts, and is

becoming even more popular than drug trafficking.” “Empathy is important, people need to relate to these stories,” said Stefanie Friedhoff, a special projects manager at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, on getting people involved. “The role of journalism is to create witnesses and providing larger audiences to get the word out.” After Friday’s showing of

The Whistleblower, a movie inspired by real events, Kathryn Bolkovac, the woman on whom the film was based, joined the panel discussion. “It was inspiring to hear her speak,” said Charmine Poh, a junior at Tufts University. “The movie was harrowing, and I think it’s great that Hollywood actually made a film of this nature.”

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A discussion panel following film screening.

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America needs to tread lightly with Syria
Matthew P. Bacon

Letter from the editor (continued)
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Journal Staff
One of the most talked about and debated issues of today is the raging civil strife in Syria. President Bashar al-Assad has been leading a brutal military crackdown against originally peaceful protestors who wish to see an end to his regime. Although the conflict is now eleven months old, the violence has been rapidly escalating over the last few weeks. The situation has become so dire that some now consider the conflict an all-out civil war. People are now beginning to whisper rumors of foreign intervention, despite the fact that Russia and China vetoed a U.N. resolution that would have demanded al-Assad to stop the violence. The Syrians themselves have been calling for international help, citing the NATO intervention in Libya. Intervening in Libya was a bad idea, and intervening in Syria is an even worse idea. For one thing, U.S. intervention in Libya cost us 2 billion

dollars. If we were to intervene in Syria, the cost would be at least that much again, but most likely more. The American taxpayer is tired of supporting military opera-

surely use it. For the last one hundred years or so, America has fancied herself the “world’s policeman.” This term was first used by the administration

" The only option we have now is to learn from the mistake we made and come out stronger."
The only option we have now is to learn from the mistake we made and come out stronger. Nothing will steer us away from our mission of providing the most accurate, It’s easy to miss mistakes in the wee hours of the morning, but having two people look at the pages will drastically reduce the chance of mistakes getting through. a more hard-working, dedicated group of journalists. On top of jobs and classes, we work tirelessly every week to produce a newspaper with our combined efforts so we can in-

Staff Editorial
Yesterday, President James McCarthy formally introduced himself to the Suffolk community in what we thought was a highly successful event. McCarthy answered his questions openly, honestly, and confidently, something we’re not used to seeing from the higher-ups in the administration. Since the fallout from David Sargent’s salary controversy and his subsequent retirement, Suffolk has been looking for a leader that will be transparent, visible on campus, and will work hard to include the input of students, faculty, and staff. Based on what we saw yesterday, Suffolk may have found that person. The full house at the C. Walsh Theatre (not to mention the over 350 watching online) was curious to see the new president and those that asked questions did not shy away from challenging him. McCarthy addressed every question headon and looked relaxed as he surveyed the crowd leaning casually against the podium. McCarthy made a number of promises that elicited claps from the audience. He pledged to include student, staff, and faculty input on every appointment to the senior administration and made it clear that he would continue to make the rounds on campus and meet with staff and faculty from the three schools as well as student organizations. The Journal has already spoken with him twice and he approached us about having a monthly meeting. This means that we have unprecedented access to the highest ranking official in the administration. He also announced that a strategic planning process would begin in early March and conclude by the end of the semester, a signal that Suffolk is truly moving forward into a new chapter. We were also impressed with his frankness regarding Suffolk's 300 million debt and we were equally impressed at his knowledge and passion of a school he has only worked at for a week. The honeymoon phase will end eventually and the Suffolk community will be looking for results, another truth that McCarthy acknowledged. So, President McCarthy, welcome to Suffolk. You have a lot of work ahead of you, but so far you have shown that you are prepared to meet those challenges.

Simplifying and increasing voter registration is a must
Ally Thibault

tions in countries that simply don’t mean much of anything to the average American. If anything, the U.S. should be concentrating on the cuts that President Obama proposed for our bloated military. We should be putting our money back into our country. We all know that our economy could

like Korea, Vietnam, and Iraq. Just like the American taxpayer is tired of sending his hard earned money to countries he has never even heard of, the American soldier is tired of fighting wars that are not his. Our constant poking in other countries' business has cost America thousands of lives over the century, and it is time to use our armed forces for the reason they were created: to protect our country, not invade others. Finally, the conflict in Syria is just too far gone for the U.S. to be of any help. Thousands are Photo courtesy of Flickr user Scalino already dead and of Theodore Roosevelt, who hundreds more die every day. smugly gave the title to Amer- The rebel leadership is unorica as a guise to cover up his ganized, with several defect imperialistic foreign policy. generals and citizens claimTo put it plainly, that may be ing to be the leader of the opthe stupidest policy to be in- position movement. Al-Assad stated by an American presi- has shown no signs of backdent. Yet for some reason that ing down, and will be brought policy remains with us today, out of his presidential palace dragging us into useless wars in a body bag before he gives

up his position of power. The addition of American or any other foreign armies would just make matters all the more confusing and unorganized. If America intervenes in this crisis, we could very well be looking at a third ten-year war—in only eleven years. Critics of those against intervention will argue that we don’t have a heart, that we are not true lovers of democracy, that we are content to sit back and watch thousands of people being slaughtered by their own government. These are just smoke and mirrors arguments that hold no weight. There are others ways to help the Syrians other than supplying them with weapons and money or sending them military aid. We can (and already have) place economic sanctions on Syria. We can provide diplomats to act as mediators between the warring factions. We can use the U.N. to put pressure on alAssad. But as far as military intervention goes, this battle is for the Syrian people to win, not the American people.

Journal Staff
Massachusetts voters could be seeing some progressive election law changes soon, as the state legislature’s Election Laws Committee deliberates on proposed reforms that aim to increase voter turnout. With measures like “preregistering” for sixteen and seventeen-year-olds, permitting seventeen-year-olds to participate in municipal elections, and making voter registration forms available in public libraries, new election laws would make voting more accessible, especially for young people (who currently have the lowest registration and voter turnout rates). If these aspects become part of the state’s election laws, they will be in stark contrast to measures currently being debated in other states. According to NPR, more than two dozen states are considering new Voter ID laws this year. These laws would require showing a picture ID at

the polls on Election Day, effectively turning away people without licenses, an original copy of a birth certificate, and most college students (as college IDs are not considered valid government IDs). Republicans claim these measures are necessary to protect against voter fraud;

rights group New Democracy Coalition, other possible changes include enhancing poll worker training, auditing election results and making polling places more accessible to people with disabilities. MassVote, another voter activist group, would like to see measures like the ability

"In our digital world, it seems strange that online registration isn't already happening."
Democrats claim that they unfairly target racial minorities and poor people. Massachusetts debate on voting laws seem to be less partisan (maybe because almost our entire legislature is comprised of democrats anyway) but nonetheless, seeks to include everyone in the registration and voting process regardless of age, race, or economic background. Advanced by the voting for voters to register online and Election Day registration to further facilitate increased registration and turnout. These plans would save citizens from wandering around the labyrinth that is Boston City Hall, or their hometown’s municipal offices, to find the correct form and wait in line sometime between nine and five on a weekday when they probably have somewhere else they’re

supposed to be. In our digital world, it seems strange that online voter registration isn’t already happening. While the website would need to be extremely secure to protect against voter fraud and hackers, there is no reason it can’t be done. Online registration would make registering to vote as easy as signing up for an account on Facebook— encouraging citizens who are confused or overwhelmed by the current out-of-date process to register. Election Day registration would allow people to register right at their polling place. While convenient for encouraging citizens to easily register and vote simultaneously, it could be a headache for election officials who then have to verify all the new registration information before being able to provide official election results. But, arguably the most drastic change is the proposal for automatic voter registra-

tion. The New Democracy Coalition claims that nearly 200,000 residents are unregistered and a disproportional amount of them come from minority racial groups and low-income earners. Automatically registering citizens to vote would obviously ensure that everyone in the state who is eligible to vote would be able to cast a ballot on Election Day without having to worry about paperwork or address changes within state lines. All citizens over 18 who want to vote could simply just do it without any other steps involved. Overall, the new proposals could pave the way for other states to ditch their new ideas that suppress voter turnout and instead follow Massachusetts’ footsteps in attempting to expand the pool to include everyone in our most important and vital civic duty.

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T expansion project overdue MBTA places
lowed and advocated for the project for a couple years, the Journal Staff news is certainly welcome for After years dragging their a number of reasons. For one, feet, state officials announced Somerville both needs and last week that the Green Line wants this project, and it will Extension project — or GLX as play a pivotal role in the Boston it has been dubbed — will be- area's growth and transportation needs for the 21st century. gin with Phase One this year. The GLX entails the re- The cities of Cambridge, Medplacement of Lechmere Station ford, and Arlington are also on and the construction of two board for this project and have been furious with the project's delays on the part of the state. Now that funding for Phase One is fully secured and construction on the verge of breaking Photo courtesy of Flickr user wallyg g r o u n d , there is certainly cause branches north of Lechmere, for celebration. However, it is clear the to Union Square in Somerville and College Ave in Medford. state's transportation officials The $20 million first phase in- are still maintaining their slugcludes the replacement and gish pace. Last year, the Massawidening of numerous com- chusetts Department of Transmuter rail bridges on the Fitch- portation was able to replace at burg and Lowell lines, which least one bridge every weekend the Green Line would parallel on Interstate 93 in Medford and through Cambridge, Somer- did so for ten weeks until fourville, and Medford. The phase teen bridges were replaced. is expected to last about eigh- And just three months ago, a teen months and the next phase railroad bridge in Dorchester may begin before the work is was completely swapped out and upgraded within 72 hours. completed. At this time, MBTA offiAs someone who has folA.P. Blake cials are claiming the soonest any Green Line trolleys would be rolling through Somerville is the end of 2018, but the latest would supposedly be mid2020. Considering the glacial pace at which this project has been moving, I'd say 2020 is optimistic at best. Planning for the GLX can be traced back at least as far as the 1950's, but was finally required by law as mitigation for Big Dig construction emissions. The state has continually failed the residents who have so strongly advocated for the Green Line Extension and there has been very little, if any, opposition which is outstanding considering the scope of this project. In the meantime, the state has continued to throw money down the drain on studies for a commuter rail project to Fall River and New Bedford which would cost twice as much in comparison and serve a fraction of the ridership that the GLX would carry. It is time for us to reign in such disastrous projects and tell the state the Green Line Project is important. Urban rapid transit should be taking precedent over other projects, especially where both economic and environmental benefits are at stake. The announcement that Phase One is set to commence does not signal an end to the fight for the people involved, but merely the beginning of holding officials' feet to this fire. Brent R. Kirsby \ Journal Staff Currently, the MBTA is having a lot of money problems and the state wants to raise the rates as much as fifty percent. Well, according to a Boston Globe article from November 2011, there was a record high of approximately 1,350,000 patrons who used all forms of transit the MBTA offers like the Bus Lines, Commuter Rail, Subway, Ferry, and Trolleybus per day. The citizens and students from Boston and the Greater Boston area rely heavily on all forms of the public transit systems. If the proposed fee increase passes, the regular ticket price of $2.00 would subsequently

burden on local students
art, locomotives which cost over $3.1 million per locomotive, and expect to get twenty more by 2013 (WCVB-TV, February 2011). Spending sixtymillion dollars and already having a $5.2 billion in outstanding principal debt; what a twisted system. The MBTA needs to think about what they spend their money on more wisely, instead of raising the rates. I understand the trains are old and they want to get new ones, but they were getting a huge amount of money from the Massachusetts sales tax and the hefty $6.75 per one-way ticket. The two proposed systems of the MBTA are to raise the fees forty-three percent and cut the

Sports BRIEFS
Dodgers re-sign Cy Young winner
The Dodgers faithful haven’t had a whole lot to cheer about lately, but they can smile at least for today as the franchise was able to re-sign pitching star Clayton Kershaw. Los Angeles was scheduled to have a February 14th arbitration hearing if they were unable to sign the left-hander before that date. Kershaw and the Dodgers agreed on a two-year deal, worth $19 million. The team’s new general manager, Ned Colletti, said “It was a fulllength process. We had one-year discussions, two-year discussions and four-year discussions. There were a lot of different things in play at the time.” Colletti said in the same interview. Kershaw proved to be the most dominant pitcher in the National League in 2011, playing on a $500,000 salary last season.

Feb. 14 vs. Mount Ida, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18 at Anna Maria, 1:00 p.m.

Men's basketball

Women's basketball
Feb. 11 vs. Anna Maria, 1:00 p.m.

Feb. 8 at Nichols, 8:10 p.m. Feb 11 vs. Wentworth, 4:00 p.m.

Men's hockey

Ricky Williams retires from NFL
It’s been a long, strange road for running back Ricky Williams, but after 11 NFL seasons he’s calling it a career. Originally drafted by Mike Ditka’s New Orleans Saints in 1999, Williams had his best years with the Miami Dolphins, with three 1,000 yard seasons with the team. The 34-year-old rusher debated retiring after being suspended by the NFL for the 2006 season due violating the league’s substance abuse policy. The former Texas Longhorn went to the Canadian Football League that year, and then returned to the Dolphins the following year. Williams would rejoin the NFL in 2007 and just two seasons later posted his last career 1,000 yard season. He finished his career playing with the Baltimore Ravens in 2011, where he posted 444 yards in a contributing role to starting running back Ray Rice.

"The MBTA could have saved a lot of money if they weren't so wasteful for many years."
go to three dollars for a one way ticket. How many people would be able to afford that? That would come out to $15 a week, $150 a month, or $1,800 a year, which is ridiculous. The college students that live in this city would not be able to ride the T at all because we all know that college students do not have $1,800 sitting around in their bank accounts. They are placing the problem on the people that use public transportation. The MBTA could have saved a lot of money if they weren't so wasteful for many years. Recently, the MBCR branch of the MBTA, bought between five and ten new, state-of-thefollowing routes and systems: bus route reductions and hope to save twelve million, eliminate all Ferry routes, eliminate Commuter Rail service on the weekend and save $5.7 million, and eliminate the E branch and Mattapan Trolley service on the weekends. This proposal is going to affect 9.6 million people. The second proposal is to save 78 million and this proposal would affect almost 38.8 million passengers. The quest to save money would eventually hurt so many people, so what is the point of having a public transportation system in the first place?

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Sports editors Alex Mellion, Mike Giannattasio, and Alex Hall.

Jeremy Lim stepping up for Knicks
The New York Knicks might have found themselves a diamond in the rough, as second year point guard Jeremy Lin has recently blossomed into a star. After scoring just 32 points total in his first 22 games, Lin came off the bench against the Nets on Saturday and ended up scoring 25 points, while dishing out seven assists and grabbing five rebounds to boot. The Harvard grad then started Monday against the Jazz, and scored 28 points, to go along with eight assists and two rebounds. Originally undrafted, Lin bounced from summer league team to summer league team before signing with the Golden State Warriors in July 2010. After being waived by the team during the first week of training camp this season, Lin was signed by the Knicks in December. With Carmelo Anthony out for two weeks and point guard Baron Davis still recovering from injury, Lin is going to be counted on more and more in the coming weeks, and he definitely seems up to the challenge and pressure of playing home games at Madison Square Garden.

Bryant moves up on scoring list
Kobe Bryant recently moved into fifth place on the NBA all-time scoring list, passing longtime teammate Shaquille O’ Neal. Bryant scored 28 points Monday night in a losing effort against the Philadelphia 76ers, putting his career total at 28,601. Bryant is the all-time leading average scorer in terms of average PPG averaging 29.4 points per game. Bryant now stands behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain in terms of total career points.

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February 8, 2012

Super Bowl XLVI: deja vu all over again
Athanasios Armenis

Caitlin Lezell

Madonna rocks the Super Bowl halftime show
by disappearing into a cloud of smoke, while the field was lit up with the words "World Peace,” which was absolutely tacky, but still pretty darn cool. Madonna's other songs If that sounds ridiculous, it's because it was. But still, it was impossible to look away, as has been the case for most of her career. Other guest performers included Nicki Minaj, M.I.A., newer pop stars never took the attention away from the star that is Madonna. Her dancers were excellent. One had an incredibly impressive tightrope solo, while her marching band

Journal Staff
History does in fact repeat itself. It was déjà vu in the closing moments of Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday night as Eli Manning and the New York Giants constructed an 88-

New England and Tom Brady, who had a 17-15 lead with four minutes remaining, nearly converted on a second and long play to wide receiver Wes Welker as Brady spotted a small hole in the Giants secondary, throwing a perfect spiral which was dropped by this season’s NFL leader in re-

broken hailmary attempt to tight end, Rob Gronkowski, who had an uncharacteristic performance with only two receptions for 26 yards. Gronkowski, who broke the single season records for tight ends in both receiving yards and touchdowns during the regular season, ap-

against Baltimore, seemed to limit the Pro-bowl tight end. Manning was able to lead the Giants to another Vince Lombardi trophy as New

this season they entered the final game on a hot streak as they knocked off two of the NFL’s top three regular season teams in the playoffs, the

Journal Staff
The Super Bowl XLVI halftime show was provided by none other than Madonna. Patriots and Giants aside, Madonna had been getting just as much hype in the past few weeks, assuring viewers that it was going to be an entertaining performance, free of any wardrobe malfunctions. Skeptics were not sure if Madonna would be able to pull off such a show after a few years out of the spotlight, but she did indeed deliver. With an absolutely ridiculous performance, Madonna proved to the world that she most definitely is still the reigning Queen of Pop. From the lights to the costumes (with no mishaps, as promised) to the stage props, Madonna transformed the Lucas Oil Stadium into a spectacle that no one could have predicted. Let's cut to the chase: the best part of the performance, hands down, was the last song, Madonna's classic "Like a Prayer." She couldn't have ended with anything better. It was turned into a duet with Cee Lo Green, with both sporting beautiful though admittedly a tad over the top black robes and accompanied by a full choir. She concluded

the Queen of Pop has still got it. As long as one does not try to take the whole thing too seriously, Madonna nailed this halftime Show. It was elaborate, sexy, and fun,

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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady walks off the field after loss to the Giants in the Super Bowl on Sunday.
York won their fourth Super Bowl in franchise history and their second in just four years. “It's been a wild season,” said Manning during an ESPN interview. “We had a great, tough bunch of guys who never quit, and had faith in each other. I'm proud of these guys sticking together,” said Manning postgame. Everyone recalls the ending of the 2007 season, as the Giants knocked off the Patriots, 17-14, putting an end to New England’s “perfect” 18-0 record season. Four years Green Bay Packers and San Francisco Giants. Tom Coughlin, praised quarterback Eli Manning during his own ESPN interview, as he became the oldest head coach to win the Super Bowl at 65. “His performance, coming down the stretch, was outstanding,” said Coughlin.“He is the guy who has done it for us all year. He is the guy who put us in position to win all our games.” With the victory, Coughlin and Manning add yet another

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Madonna during her performance of "Like A Prayer" during the Super Bowl halftime show at Lucas Stadium.
were the hits "Vogue," "Music," and a new single "Give Me All Your Luvin'." Her costumes and the stage transformed from ancient Rome to the 1980s to a high school marching band performance, all within twelve minutes. who, for some reason, decided to cause a bit of a stir by flipping off the crowd, and LMFAO, definite crowd favorites. A few seconds of the LMFAO hits "Party Rock Anthem" and "Sexy and I Know It" were played, but these and her choir, though probably unnecessary, also did a great job. As for Madonna, a 53-year-old mother of four, she can still move. From riding the shoulders of one of the LMFAO guys to the suggestive cartwheels and leg splits, as the world should have known to expect. And it was a far more entertaining performance than the one provided by the Patriots, but that's another story.

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New York Giants quarterback and Super Bowl XLVI MVP Eli Manning takes a celebratory ride with Mickey Mouse on Monday at Walt Disney World.
yard game winning drive, knocking off the New England Patriots, 21-17 for the second time in just four years. Manning, who captured his second Super Bowl MVP, went 30 for 40 with 296 yards as his one touchdown pass and zero interceptions were enough to lead the Giants to a come from behind victory. The game winning drive, which consisted of an amazing 38-yard sideline catch by wide receiver Mario Manningham and a puzzling six-yard touchdown run by halfback Ahmad Bradshaw was conducted effortlessly by Manning whose offensive line allowed him the time and protection he needed to pick apart New England’s young secondary. Manningham, who recorded five catches for 73 yards, was able to keep two feet in bounds, on a picture perfect pass from Manning, as he leaped over two defenders on the left sideline, giving the Giants a fresh set of downs deep in Patriots territory. ceptions. “Wes Welker makes that catch 100 times out of 100,”said play-by-play announcer Chris Collinsworth moments after the wide outs uncanny miscue. The dropped pass would have given New England a first down in the New York red zone, with the clock continuously ticking as the Giants were down to just one timeout left in the final quarter. Both Manning and Brady recorded Super Bowl history on Sunday as Manning opened the game, going 9 for 9, which put him as the first NFL quarterback to start off a game with that many consecutive completions. Brady also developed a similar rhythm as his streak of 16 consecutive passes during the second quarter carried into the second half, eclipsing the record of his childhood superstar, Joe Montana. Brady finished the game, 27 for 41 with 276 yards and two touchdowns but did have one costly interception on a peared to be a couple steps slower then usual during Sunday’s showdown against

Super Bowl ads fail to live up to expectations
grad’s parents intend on giving him a refrigerator for a graduation gift, but unfortunately for them, he thinks that the neighbor’s Camaro, sheer hilarity of the commercial. Another commercial that I found to be amusing was the Doritos ad featuring didn’t see nuthin," and when his wife asks the man if he’s seen the cat, the man plays dumb. That ad was the winner the contest each year in an attempt to create the next legendary commercial. My least favorite commercial, although I’m sure 99.9 percent of females will disagree, was the H & M spot featuring David Beckham, or more accurately, David Beckham’s body. While the ad made the girls I was watching the game with drool, it didn’t interest me, and I could have done without it. Though if you’re reading this David Beckham, I’d like to hire you to be my personal trainer, if you’re not too busy out in Los Angeles playing for the Galaxy. All in all, this year’s ads were above average at best. Some were instant classics, while others were instant duds. My wish for next year’s commercials? More dogs and less of David Beckham’s body.

Alex Mellion

Journal Staff
There’s a reason that 100 million people tune into the Super Bowl every year and it’s usually not to watch the game, but rather the commercials. This year’s ads failed to live up to lofty expectations however, as some companies decided to run 60 second ads instead of the standard 30 second ones. This decision led to loss of interest from plenty of viewers. Not all of the commercials were disappointing however, as there were definitely a few standout ads. My personal favorite commercial on Sunday was the Chevrolet Camaro ad, featuring a recent college graduate misinterpreting his graduation gift from his parents. Aspiring New York filmmaker Zach Borst won a contest sponsored by Chevy with this ad, in which the

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Hakeem Nicks (in white sweater) and the rest of the New Giants celebrate at the Giants parade in New York City on Tuesday.
the Giants as the high ankle sprain he received late in the AFC championship game ago, the Giants were a twotouchdown underdog entering the Super Bowl, while impressive championship to their dynamic head-coach, quarterback duo.

which is parked in front of his house, is his gift instead. Hilarity obviously ensues as the grad starts screaming and jumping around declaring that it is the “best day ever." He even manages to convince a passing woman to marry him, which adds to the

a seemingly homicidal, yet funny dog. The ad shows a dog burying what one would think to be a bone, until his owner sees a sign for a missing cat and puts two and two together. The dog bribes the man with a bag of Doritos, along with a note saying “you

of Doritos' yearly “Crash the Super Bowl” contest, and was reportedly created on a paltry budget of just $20. With the Doritos ads being the most consistently funny commercials year in and year out, it’s no wonder thousands and thousands of people enter

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Alex Hall

Women’s basketball looking to make noise in GNAC playoffs
Each year at Suffolk you can expect a few things to be consistent. You know the best place to catch second-hand smoke is outside Sawyer, there will usually be a high profile fall concert, and that the women’s basketball team is contending for the conference. During coach Ed Leyden’s time with the program, the Lady Rams have averaged 17 wins over the past decade and are marching ever closer to that mark with just three regular season games remaining. Suffolk has won seven of its past 11 games, and stand at 14-7 overall this season. Suffolk will need to continue controlling the game the way they’ve been able to most of the season, as they have just two more conference games left to move up from their current position as the fourth seed. “I hate to sound cliché, but we’re taking it one game at a time right now,” said Leyden. “We can’t control what other teams do, but we hope to be in the top four, knock out that first team at home and move onto the final four.” If the Lady Rams were to win out the remainder of their conference games, they could move into the second or third place spot, if Rivier and Saint place is very much attainable for this squad. Luckily for Leyden’s crew, their last three games will all be played at home, meaning they will at least have the Athletic Conference, currently boasting the top scoring defense and second best defensive rebounding in the GNAC. “We stress defensive reseason, averaging over six rebounds a game each. Three other players also find themselves averaging over four per game, showing that Leyden has himself a team who can execute his defensive outlook on the game. The Lady Rams may be defensively orientated, but they are also putting up a fair amount of points on the scoreboard, currently boasting the third best scoring margin in their conference. Sophomore forward Jennifer Ruys is following up her impressive first year at the college level leading the team in field goal percentage, proving to be one of the top producers on the offensive side of the ball. Leyden's team pulled off a crucial conference win against arch-rival Emerson College this past Tuesday. Junior Jacqueline Vienneau was a large part of the reason, leading the team with 25 points and seven assists. Suffolk’s next game will be at home against Anna Maria College in a crucial inner conference battle.

Journal Staff

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Junior guard Lindsey Rogers recorded a double-double scoring 14 pouints and 10 rebounds in Suffolk's 71-46 victory over Pine Manor College on Saturday.
Joseph’s of Maine were to end the year on a losing streak. While Suffolk will not be able to directly affect how those two teams finish, if Saint Joseph’s or Rivier loses their last few games third always important crowd advantage on their side en route to their playoff aspirations. Reflective of their head coach’s teachings, Suffolk has been one of the best defensive teams in the Great Northeast bounds and certainly put an emphasis on the defense,” Leyden explained. Senior Mary Garon and freshman Tori Brillaud have been leading the way in terms of rebounds on the squad this

Men's hockey looks to snap 18-game losing streak
CJ Haddad

Journal Staff
The first word that comes to mind when looking at the Suffolk men’s hockey team season this year is disappointing. After collecting two wins to start the season, it looked as if the loss of their number one former goaltender, Jeff Rose, wouldn’t be the factor that overshadowed the season. 18 games later and the Rams have not yet found the win column since a November 5 victory against Becker College. They are 2-18 overall with four games remaining on their schedule. Injuries have played a huge role in the results of this year’s roster, to the point where they have become a depleted team. “The biggest issue all year has been injuries,” said Head Coach Chris Glionna. “We have had six players

miss time due to concussions including two thirds of our first line. That does not include losing players to other injuries. “Trainer Jeff Stone and the MGH sports medicine staff have been very busy this year. Combining the injuries with one of the youngest teams in college hockey has made winning games in the Eastern College Athletic Conference tough.” With only four games left in the season, Coach Glionna will be watching his players carefully. “We will use the last four games to evaluate the players to determine who will be back next year,” said Glionna. Although sophomore goaltender Cam Kelly has had bright sports in the season, the numbers show for the most part, he has struggled in his first season as the starting net-minder. In 20 games played, Kelly has a save per-

centage of .852, and a goals against average of 5.23. In ten conference games, he has a

er conference teams returned their starting goalies this year. “That was a big advan-

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Sophomore forward Charlie McGinnis
save percentage of .840, and a grimacing GAA of 6.36. “Like the whole team, our goaltending has been inconsistent,” said Glionna. “I think the team understands that Cam, Brett (Roman), and Scott (Steele) are young. All three work very hard in practice and we think will continue to improve. All seven othtage for them. It is always tough to transition from one of the best goalies in the country in Jeff Rose, to a first-year starter. The team is confident that whoever starts next year will do a good job.” It seems as if the team has had a rough time with conference opponents, as they have not tallied a win in the

ECAC conference, posting a 0-10 record. The Rams have also scored nine power play goals against non-conference teams, while netting only five against those who belong to the ECAC. In the last four games, Suffolk has been outscored by a wide margin of 26-7, including being shut out by Becker College on January 28. There have been some achievements though, for his players who now get to see ice time due to injury. “Sophomores Charlie McGinnis and Jon Stauffer have been our best players almost every night,” said Glionna. “Tim Sprague, Chris Rettig, and Dan Mazzei have really showed promise as their ice time increased due to injuries to others.” The Rams play at Nichols College tonight at 8:10 p.m., before playing their last three games at home.

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