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Greenebaum Speaks at ‘How to Be a Boss Without Being Bossy’ Event

by Samantha Bender

Sociology professor Jessica Greenebaum, provided advice to female student leaders aspiring to be trailblazers in their field, at a forum this past Thursday. The “How to Be a Boss Without Being Bossy” event was hosted by Central Connecticut State University’s organization, Leadership Experiences Aimed at Developing Students.

“Speak your truth. Be authentic. Be you. You’re great,” Greenebaum said.

CCSU L.E.A.D.S. is an organization formed by the division of student affairs. The forum was conducted in the Philbrick Room of the Student Center.

According to Professor Greenebaum’s “about me” page on the CCSU’s website, her interests lie in the fields of Human-Animal interaction, Critical Animal Studies, Sociology of Food, Veganism  and Gender and Feminism. Greenebaum teaches courses including: Sociology of Gender, Animals & Society, the Culture and Politics of Food, Feminist Theory and the Social Construction of Sexuality.

Greenebaum addressed several aspects of being in charge. While it is important to possess confidence, she recognized that often times exuding too much confidence can come across as “bossy” because “we’re [society] not used to women being confident.” The forum addressed the difficulties of being in charge.

To be a boss one must have good self-care. Some self-care strategies that were suggested included developing a fitness regimen and a strong support system, not only in the workplace, but at home as well.

“Women absolutely must mentor other women”, Greenebaum said. It is important to support female leaders and hopefully receive mutual support in return. Greenebaum continued to discuss how women must build each other up and help each other perform the best that they can.

Students were given the chance to express the internal and external barriers they feel make it difficult to take on leadership roles. Many in the room agreed that one of their biggest internal barriers is always whether or not they are making the right decision.

“Sometimes you’re going to make the wrong decision, that’s okay,” Greenebaum said. She assured those sitting in on the forum that no one is perfect and that they will fail. Failing is normal and acceptable. No one is expected to get it right the first time.

As for the external barriers associated with taking on leadership roles, it’s crucial how one shows their confidence. Greenebaum encouraged listeners that it’s all about putting your shoulders back and faking it.

“Confidence takes time for women leaders, built over a period of time”, Greenebaum said.

Junior Megan Nelson, was among those who sat in on the forum. At the end of the forum, she expressed her biggest takeaways from it. Nelson communicated how important it is to be confident.

“Always apply being assertive rather than aggressive,” Nelson said.

Greenebaum’s biggest hope for the forum was that people would “feel like they deserve to be leaders” and “for women to understand that their fears are gendered and they’re not alone.”

Navigating leadership roles successfully can be difficult. It was conveyed that young leaders should acknowledge their value and have confidence.

CCSU L.E.A.D.S. meets every Thursday at 12:15 p.m. in the Philbrick Room inside the Student Center.


Editors Choice Events

CCSU Fall Drag Ball 2017 – The Central Connecticut Sate University Pride Committee is hosting its annual Drag Ball on Thursday, Oct. 19. The event will take place from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. and feature Halloween themes drag performances by Summer Orlando, Kiki Lucia, Mia E Z’Lay and Trixie Payne. There will also be an amateur drag contest, games, prizes and food. Admission is free.

Puerto Rico, Capitalism, and the Hurricane – The Elmwood Community Center in West Hartford is hosting a forum to discuss current issues Puerto Rico is facing. Speakers include Jason Ortiz of the CT Puerto Rican Agenda; Milly Guzman, a Puerto Rican Activist who just returned from Cuba; and Alexis Rodriguez of the CT Puerto Rican Agenda. The forum will be held on Friday, Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m.

Pumpkin Lattes and Paint Class – The Artful Soul painting studio is hosting a pumpkin painting class inside Starbucks, located on Main St. in Newington. The event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 21 between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Admission includes a tall latte, a 10” craft pumpkin and painting supplies. Snacks will also be provided. The cost is $25 per person. Limited seats are available. To reserve your seat, stop by the Main St. Starbucks location to purchase your ticket.

Hartford Courant Travel Show: Fall & Winter Escapes – The Hartford Courant is hosting a travel show presented by Aer Lingus on Saturday, Oct. 21 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The expo will provide avid travelers with information and deals on fall and winter getaways, as well as onsite passport processing. The event will take place at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. Craft beer, wine and spirit tasting will take place in the Pavilion at an additional cost. General admission is $8, and Pavilion access is an additional $10. Tickets are available at Visit the Hartford Courant website, for a promo code to receive free tickets.

Yoga @ Alvarium Beer Company – Samatva Yogi will be teaching a one-hour yoga class at Alvarium Beer Company in New Britain on Sunday, Oct. 22. Yoga modifications will be taught to benefit students of all levels. The class will begin at 10:30 a.m. Tickets cost $15 and are available at Admission includes one pint of beer of your choosing. Don’t forget to bring your yoga mat and water!




Vinyl Music Sells At Hartford Record Riot

by Olivia Bayer

Once upon a time in 1948, the vinyl record was created by Hungarian engineer, Peter Carl Goldmark. Sixty-nine years later and we’re still jamming out to these classic records.

The Hartford Record Riot event took place at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Club in Hartford on Sunday. Over 40 vendors from the East Coast set up tables with crates full of records for vinyl lovers to browse through.

Many attendees at this event were local collectors and store owners from as far as Long Island. Each vendor brought a unique variety of records. From Led Zeppelin to The Yardbirds, progressive rock to heavy metal; each stand offered records for enthusiasts of any and every genre of music. Passersbies flipped through records and conversed with vendors on their search for new collectables.

Paul Wallen is a record vendor who has been listening and collecting records for 50 years and brought what he liked to call a bin of “oddballs and weird finds” which included a variety of unique and rare music.

“I get a lot of repeating customers coming back and looking for those,” Wallen said. “Those and people are buying the very common stuff like Fleetwood Mac and all the classic rock, that’ll always be a popular seller.”

Other vendors at the show agreed when it comes to a popular genre, that it’s classic rock. They also shared similar answers on the experience of listening to vinyl versus listening on your electronic device.

Vasyl Kochura, from Music Research Library in Providence, Rhode Island grew up buying CDs, and like vinyl enjoys the physical aspect that the two give off.

“I just really like holding the record and looking at all the artwork and having an actual collection to look through,” Kochura said.

“For records, it’s an artifact you are looking through like when you go to an old antique show and you find something that just
looks cool and it really resonates with you, it’s kind of like that with records,” Kochura continued.

Hobbyist and collector, Rick Dolan, agrees that “people want something in their hands.” He feels that listeners will always be collectors as well.

“You can’t get the same kind of art on a CD that comes on a vinyl,” Dolan said.

Giovanny Zuniga from Spin That Record in Springfield, Massachusetts, mentions how famous artists often times appear on the cover of vinyl records.

“A lot of times the covers are made by artists like Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, a lot of these artists did records so it’s really artwork plus music which a lot of people I think enjoy,” Zuniga said.

Record collector at Bad Kitty Music, John Gorlewski, takes a more technical standpoint.

“Frequency on a vinyl LP is wider than digital music. You can get lower lows and higher highs,” Gorlewski said.

“On a listening level especially if you’re going through the music of an era where vinyl is the dominant format, I think that it informed the creative process when the artist was making the music. Some thought was put into ‘what’s going to be the last song on side one’ and ‘what’s going to be the first song on side two’ and that’s the kind of stuff that gets lost on a CD or especially streaming,” Gorlewski continued.

It was evident by the Hartford Record Riot event that the vinyl record business is still alive and thriving. If you missed this event, no need to worry because the Danbury Record & CD Expo is being held on Sunday, Oct. 22. Or if you’re simply looking to just stop into a record shop, visit the Music Research Library over in Providence, Rhode Island, or for a shorter commute, Integrity’n Music in Wethersfield.

Pumpkin Spice, Everything Nice in Fall Activities

by Kayla Murphy

Fall, that wonderful time of year when you can get cozy in scarves and plaid, enjoy pumpkin spiced flavored everything and watch the leaves change color. Savor the season spending time with your special someone, friends or family, while enjoying these budget-friendly fall activities.

  1. Cookies and chill

Stop’n’Shop has our childhood favorite Pillsbury Halloween pre-cut cookies on sale, 2 for $5. Each packet comes with 24 cookies and  take about 12 minutes to bake.  After reaching golden perfection, relax with a scary movie. Horror movies including Hush, The Sixth Sense and Stephen King’s Children of the Corn will raise goosebumps! Bring back a feeling of nostalgia by watching Nightmare Before Christmas, The Addams Family or Hocus Pocus.

  1. Apple Picking

Less than a 15-minute drive from Central Connecticut State University is Rogers Orchards. Take in the scenery of Shuttle Meadow Reservoir and the fall foliage New England is famous for. Enjoy the rich history of the farm dating back to 1809. Visitors can pick a variety of apples on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Looking for a quick, budget-friendly snack? Try their apple cider, apple doughnuts, or delicious homemade fudge; all priced at $1.


  1. New Britain Museum of American Art

Local to the CCSU campus is the Museum of American Art. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday the museum is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free when CCSU students show their Blue Chip card. I recommend seeing the  Harry Everett Townsend: Illustrations of a World War I Artist exhibit. The upcoming exhibit, “Ghana Paints Hollywood” is a vibrant collection of over 50 hand-painted movie posters created by Ghanaian artists in the mid-1980s to the early 1990s. This exhibit will premiere Nov. 9 and continue through Feb. 19, 2018. Walnut Hill Park is nearby the museum and is perfect for walks. The park features a rose garden and many statues.

  1. Hiking

About a 25-minute drive from CCSU is Wadsworth Falls in Middletown. Enjoy hiking or biking the varied trails of the park, or spend some time enjoying the beautiful falls. Fall is a great time to explore outside, enjoy nature and watch the leaves change colors and fall to the ground. Pack a picnic and enjoy a day out in the autumn sun.

A 30-minute drive from campus is Sleeping Giant mountain in Hamden. Lace up your shoes and pack a nice picnic as you explore the legendary Sleeping Giant. The view at the top of the tower is like no other. If you’re a nature lover, you’ll be entranced by the fall beauty and wildlife of this area.

  1. Movie Theatres

If you’re looking for a classic movie date, try heading to AMC or Cinemark movie theatres. Both offers discounted tickets on Tuesdays. Adult admission is $5. They also offer student discounts on full priced tickets. Not sure what to watch? Top horror movies for the season are Stephen King’s It, Happy Death Day and the Snowman. Not in the mood to be scared? That’s ok! Check out action-packed movies including Blade Runner 2049 or Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

  1. Haunted Graveyards

There are two very popular haunted events near CCSU. Trail of Terror is located in Wallingford. The Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce is in Bristol. Admission to the Trail of Terror is $15 and all proceeds go to charity. The actors at Trail of Terror are hvolunteer and love performing as different creepy characters. Lake Compounce’s Haunted Graveyard is $35, but it includes access to 17 different rides. COUPON TIP: The Dunkin Doughnuts on Stanley Street has $3 off coupons for the Lake Compounce Haunted Graveyard.




Lift Like A Girl: A Women’s Guide to Weightlifting

by Christie Stelly

“Women shouldn’t lift weights.”

“Lifting weights makes women look manly.”

“Lifting weights will make a woman look bulky and unattractive.”

These statements are all completely false and borderline offensive. The common belief that women do not have a place in the world of weightlifting is one that has been disproven again and again.

“When I began to lift in the weight room I was more focused and more motivated to watch my form and concentrate more on my self-growth,” said CCSU student, Mary Sumislaski. No matter what a woman’s fitness goal may be, lifting weights can be a part of her regular routine. Surprisingly, according to Women’s Health Magazine, only about one out five females strength train two or more times a week.

“The first time I started lifting in the weight room, I was about 18. I was honestly tired of doing just cardio and wanted to actually work on my body all around,” Sumislaski said.

“I remember I would grab weights from the rack then move them to another area of the gym because I was intimidated that I wasn’t doing the correct form or how light the weights were, but it honestly didn’t push me to do better when I hid in the corner,” Sumislaski continued.

Due to insecurities, an unwelcoming feeling and a lack of support, women tend to stick to the cardio machines to get physical results.  Studies have proven that strength training is more beneficial for weight loss than cardio.

According to a study by Penn State researchers, weightlifters lost the most weight out of any other group. The study separated three groups of dieters; no exercise, aerobic exercise only, or aerobic exercise and weight training.

One of the reasons why weight training is preferred to cardio, is because you will actually burn more calories. When you lift weights, you are tearing apart your muscle fibers. Well, your muscles need energy in order to replace those fibers. Therefore, your metabolism will spike and you will burn more calories as a result.

All of the groups lost approximately 21 pounds, but the lifters shed six more pounds of fat than non-weightlifters. The other groups were found to have had not only fat loss but muscle loss as well. The group of lifters lost almost purely fat.

The American College of Sports Medicine recommends weightlifting for all adults at least twice a week.

Some argue that weightlifting is especially important to a woman’s health because they naturally have less muscle than men to begin with. With that information, we can debunk the following common statement.

“Women can become too manly from lifting.”  Women do not have the amount of testosterone that men have, which is why it is nearly impossible for them to achieve that “bulky manly” look through weightlifting alone. “I think as girls, we’re conditioned from a young age to think that woman is equivalent to weak,” NASM certified personal trainer, Sam Branum said.  “So many girls I talk to are scared to be strong because strength is masculine.  Strength isn’t just for men, it’s for whoever is willing to work for it,” she said.

“I think as girls, we’re conditioned from a young age to think that woman is equivalent to weak,” said Sam Branum, a National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Trainer.  “So many girls I talk to are scared to be strong because strength is masculine.  Strength isn’t just for men, it’s for whoever is willing to work for it.

A large majority of women are unhappy and uncomfortable with their bodies. Many want to “spot reduce” parts of their body with extra fat; usually on their abdomen or the inside of their thighs.

It’s vital to overall health and fitness for women to realize that there is no such thing as “spot reducing.” Cardio alone isn’t the answer to weight loss goals. Weight training allows individuals to work on specific areas of the body.

Women will be excited to hear that the more you strength train, the more muscle you build and the more you can eat. When you have more muscle mass on your body, your metabolism and body will overall run more efficiently.

“I learned so many new exercises and became fascinated with how I was able to change my body shape, that it became even more of a push to see what else I could do. Eventually, my form was getting better and my weights were getting heavier. I’m not where I want to be yet, but I’m getting closer every day,” said Sumislaski.

Women should remember that they don’t need the validation of others in the weight room. Go outside your comfort zone, consult with a trainer to develop a weight lifting routine and enjoy the health benefits.

Be aware, symptoms of weight lifting include weight loss, a positive attitude, a healthy mindset, and a sense of confidence and self-worth.

Three ways you can be more confident in the weights section:

  • Make a plan. Plan your workout ahead of time so that you know exactly what you are doing before you walk in. Online video tutorials may be helpful in planning a regimen. If you have a written plan, you will be less likely to aimlessly walk around and feel self-conscious.
  • Go with a friend. You will be less likely to feel uncomfortable if you have someone by your side. Do partner style workouts. It will be more fun and the company will motivate you to work harder.
  • Be consistent. Nobody feels strong and confident the first time they enter a weight room. If you continue to show up, day after day you will see that you become more comfortable. You will feel and see results sooner.