Women’s Basketball Falls In Home Opener

by Patrick Gustavson

A slow start doomed the Central Connecticut women’s basketball team in their home opener against Brown by a score of 78-55. The Bears started the game on an unprecedented 23-0 run, leaving the Blue Devils in a hole that couldn’t recover from.

Despite many open looks, the team was unable to convert, missing their first 14 shots from the field. The physical play of the Bears thwarted most opportunities in the paint in the first quarter.

Head coach Beryl Piper said of her team’s struggles: “We needed to be a little more aggressive getting to the rim, trying to put a little more pressure on them, instead of settling for jump shots when we weren’t making them. We also gave them a lot of offensive rebounds early in the game.”

On a lighter note, the fire alarm went off inside Detrick Gymnasium following the conclusion of the first quarter. No one was evacuated, and following a brief delay, play resumed. “I wish we could have had that happen when they were on a 20-0 run,” said Piper.

The Blue Devils play improved slightly in the second quarter, only being outscored by the Bears by two, but still only managed to muster up 11 points of their own.

Coming out of the half, it appeared the tide had turned in favor of the Blue Devils, who started the quarter on a 10-0 run, and even cut the lead to just eight points with just over five minutes remaining in the quarter.

However, the final quarter was all Bears, who shot an astounding 67 percent from the floor, and 50 percent from beyond the arc. “They started pressing us a little bit,” Piper said. “They made a lot of big baskets, and that really kills your momentum.”

Not all went poorly for the Blue Devils, though. Junior forward Andi Lydon scored 23 points while shooting 45 percent from the field. This comes after scoring just eight points in the first two games combined. In total, eight different Blue Devils put points on the board.

Reigning NEC Player of the Week Kiana Patterson tallied another strong performance, scoring eight points with two three-pointers.

Piper also praised the performance of freshmen Ashley Forker and Emma McCamus, and emphasized that her team, with six newcomers, are still learning and improving.

The Blue Devils started their season with two tough road games against twelfth ranked West Virginia and Virginia, games that saw them lose by a margin greater than 40. Things don’t get much easier, as they travel to Penn State on Monday, their third major conference opponent in four games.

Now at 0-3 on the season, Piper believes the message for her team is to stay positive, saying: “We just have to keep our heads high and keep on working. We have to realize that it’s a work in progress. We have to learn from our mistakes. We ask: ‘what did they do today that beat us?’ Then next game, we have to try and work on that adjustment.”

She continued: “We’re trying to figure out who are going to be our go-to kids. For us, it’s about getting better every game. We’ll keep working; we’ll watch some film, so the kids can see our mistakes, and we’ll get better. That’s what this is all about.”

SGA Bullets

by Sarah Willson

The Student Government Association meets every Wednesday at 3:05 p.m. in Bellin A and B in the Student Center.

  • The CCSU Central Activities Network (CAN) has decided to no longer work with the Student Government Association for Spring Concert due to time restrictions and communication issues between the SGA and CAN.
  • The SGA will no longer provide CAN with a check of $70,000 for the Spring Concert due to the decision to part ways after both parties collaborated together for over two months.
  • The motion to appoint Senator Dante Solanó as the alternate representative to the Student Advisory Committee has been approved. As a result of this, bylaws are being violated due to the fact that the SGA failed to recognize the SAC position on the spring ballot.
  • It has been requested in a public hearing that the SGA form a “joint committee” with Phi Delta Theta in order to sponsor their annual ALS Walk, which has raised  $20,000 in past years.
  • On Nov. 15  from 1 to 3 p.m., the Academic Affairs Committee will be hosting a coffee talk and issuing surveys on academic advising in an effort to encourage students to bein class sign-ups.
  • The motion to provide $2,733.84 for Travel and Equipment for the Winter Guard Club has been approved.
  • The motion to reconsider A Capella’s contingency request of $7,194 and $4,716 for Sing Strong and Boss has been approved.

Women Make History, Too

by Cindy Pena

The women’s right to vote amendment was passed and implemented almost 100 years ago. The fight to get this passed was definitely not an easy one. It required time, determination and most importantly, unity. Unity with all women to fight for what they deserved; it was a fight for political representation.  

However, until this day, women are still extremely underrepresented in politics. According to the Center for American Women and Politics, nationally, women make up 19.6 percent of the 535 seats in Congress: 21 percent of the 100 seats in the U.S. Senate and 19.3 percent of the 435 seats in the House.

In 2016, Connecticut was listed as one of the top states for women in politics with 28 percent of elected state officials being women and 53 of female elected officials in the state legislature, according to CT Post. InsideGov used information from the National Conference of State Legislatures and ranked Connecticut the fifteenth highest state of women in elected office. Although this is a good sign, there is still room for improvement.

The underrepresentation of women in politics means laws pertaining to women’s rights, like paid family and medical leave, are created mostly by men. That needs to change. We need more women to enter the political arena to not only to represent womens issues, but also to inspire the younger generation to do so as well.

Mayor of New Britain Erin Stewart is one woman leader breaking that mold. Stewart is the 40th mayor of New Britain and is the youngest mayor in the United States. She went to New Britain High School and is a Central Connecticut State University alumna. She is also a role model to women and girls in New Britain who may have political aspirations.

Her impact in New Britain is tremendous. She has revitalized the New Britain area, improved the economic state of New Britain, and worked with community members, like CCSU, to better New Britain. She is just one local example of a woman flourishing in the political arena, and I know there are more around the U.S.

Ultimately, we need more women like Erin Stewart to not only motivate women, but create future political leaders. We have made substantial progress since 1920 when the 19th Amendment was passed, but unfortunately not enough. So go vote, talk to your congressperson, or even run for office; let your voice be heard.  

As Michelle Obama once stated, “You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have, because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.”

World News

by Sarah Willson

  • At least 26 people, with victims aged 18 months to 77 years old, are dead after a gunman opened fire on a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas on Sunday. According to CNN, about 20 others were wounded in the shooting. The shooter has been identified as Devin Kelley, who was shot by an “armed resident.”
  • Bowe Bergdahl, who abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was captured by the Taliban eight years ago, will receive a $10,000 fine and no jail time. His disappearance sparked a search party that left some of his fellow soldiers wounded.
  • President Donald Trump called for stricter United States immigration laws after last Tuesday’s attack carried by an Uzbekistan immigrant left eight people dead, speaking to abolish the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program Program, which was established by a bill back in 1990.
  • Trump departed over the weekend for a 13-day journey through Asia in an effort to address the North Korean nuclear threat.
  • House Republicans revealed a bill last Thursday that could create cuts for corporations, leaving some families to pay more in taxes, according to The New York Times.
  • Syria has seized control of the last major ISIS-held city in Syria. The recapture of Deir al-Zour was backed by Russian airstrikes and on-ground Iraqi troops.
  • Saudi Arabia is believed to have intercepted a ballistic missile over its capital of Riyadh Saturday night. According to CNN, the launch was carried out by Yemeni rebels in an effort to target a local airport.

What Is It Going To Take?

Just days after a van barreled through a New York City crowd, killing eight people, the country was rocked by yet another attack. This time, the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas was targeted.

The shooter was later identified as 26-year-old Devin Kelley. Kelley had previously been discharged from the Air Force for bad conduct, and was later denied a gun license by the state.

According to Gun Violence Archive, we have now had 307 mass shootings since Jan. 1. That averages out to be roughly one per day.

That statistic is going off the definition for a mass shooting as when the shooting kills four or more people and occurs around the same time and location.

The weapon: a Ruger AR-556, a variation of the AR-15, which notably is one of the weapons used in the Las Vegas shooting.

For the record, an AR-15 can be purchased without a waiting period or permit in Texas.

According to The Independent, the rifle Kelley used has a retail price of $849.

$849. That was the cost of the lives of 26 people who died Sunday afternoon, along with over 20 who were injured.

The saddest part is that this has become something we should be used to.

It seems as though we wake up every day to the news of another shooting, dating all the way back to Sandy Hook.

President Donald Trump has already come out and said that this is not a gun control issue.

“This isn’t a guns situation,” Trump said. “This is a mental health problem at the highest level. It’s a very, very sad event.”

You are right, it is a mental health issue. Obviously, there is something wrong with someone’s mental state when they are willing to go and kill over two dozen people; at a church, no less.

But at the end of the day, this was a man that was able to get a hold of an assault rifle, despite being denied by the state. That is a problem the president has yet to address in the days after the Texas shooting.

Something has to be done here. We have to find a way to restrict the sale of guns to prevent people like Kelley from carrying out these senseless acts.

I don’t care if the NRA is in your back pocket, funding your campaigns just so you can blindly worship the Second Amendment.

That is not to say we need to forget about the Second Amendment altogether. But we need to evaluate how advanced these weapons have become

We need to learn from Las Vegas. We need to learn from Texas. We need to learn from the countless other mass shootings that have taken place over the course of American history.

How many shooting — how many lives — is it going to take before we say “enough is enough?”

But something tells me there will not be any real change until we find a president and Congress that are willing and able to look past party lines and realize that this simply is not okay.