Category Archives: News

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.

CCSU Student Runs for Board of Education

by Humera Gul  

Maryam Khan, a Central Connecticut State University student majoring in special education, is running for the Board of Education in the November 2017 election.

Born in Pakistan, Khan moved to New York City when she was in fifth grade. Five years later, she moved to Windsor, Connecticut.

She attended Windsor High School and earned her associate degree in early childhood at Manchester Community College. From there, she went on to study at Eastern Connecticut State University, eventually earning her bachelor’s degree in child psychology.

“After completing my bachelor’s degree and taking a short break, I decided I wanted to complete my master’s in special education,” Khan said. “The special education program drew me to CCSU. I liked the course sequence and had heard great things about the faculty as well.”

Khan also shared details about her family background and personal life.

“My husband and I have three children, all of whom attend Windsor’s public elementary schools,” Khan said. “My husband works as an IT support technician in Wallingford and I work as a substitute teacher. We keep ourselves busy with family activities, trips to the library and community events.”

Khan spoke about her reasons as to why she is running for the Board of Education, saying that as a mother of three, she believes she knows how to best help Windsor’s schools.

According to the Windsor Democrats website, Khan has been teaching for more than eight years and has over two years of counseling experience.

“I bring my experience and expertise in education, as well as my experience as a previous student of Windsor public schools,” Khan said.

Aside from this, Khan also mentors high school students and is a youth coordinator at a Windsor mosque.   

Khan said that when it comes to managing her student, personal and political life, organization is key.

“It has its challenges. However, it helps to surround myself with positive people,” Khan said. “Sometimes, things happen and I come across hurdles that seem too new and too difficult. Having people in your corner during those times is key.”

“I try to find a balance and it’s definitely not easy,” Khan said. “I prioritize between assignments I have for school, kids’ activities, meetings and community events. I also allow myself time to relax and unwind every day.”

More than anything, Khan’s goal is to invest in the town of Windsor and see it “flourish,” according to the Windsor Democrats website.

“My passion is to advocate for all students and to help students succeed,” Khan said.

Manhattan Terror Attack Sparks Concern Among CCSU Students

by Kelly Langevin 

On Tuesday, Oct 31, 29-year-old Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov of Uzbekistan drove through a bike lane in a rented pickup truck in Manhattan, New York, killing eight people and injuring 12 others.

Saipov, who claimed to be part of the ISIS extremist group, then proceeded to run up and down the highway waving a pellet and paintball gun and shouting “Allahu akbar,” Arabic for “God is great,” according to The New York Times.

He was shot in the abdomen by a police officer and then brought to the hospital.

The incident sparked outrage and concern from many Central Connecticut State University students, including freshman Tyler Riccitelli.

“When I first read about it in the news it was one of those events that I couldn’t believe that I was reading. It just made me so mad that someone would actually do something so terrible like that,” Riccitelli said. “What made it even worse is that it was so close to home.”

Another CCSU freshman, Michael West, was also concerned by the attack, but not shocked that it took place.

“I wasn’t surprised at all. I’m used to it and that’s sad,” West said.

The act also prompted reactions from higher authorities, including New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.

“This was an act of terror, and a particularly cowardly act of terror, aimed at innocent civilians, aimed at people going about their lives who had no idea what was about to hit them,” Blasio said.

President Donald Trump criticized the American criminal justice system as “a joke” and a “laughingstock.”

Trump said he was open to trying Saipov in a military court at the American prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

FBI agents found 90 videos related to ISIS fighters who killed prisoners, along with several videos with instructions on how to make an explosive device.

Agents also found 3,800 ISIS-related images, many of Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, the leader of the extremist group.

Federal prosecutors have filed charges against Saipov, accusing him of carrying out a long-planned plot inspired by ISIS propaganda videos.

Officials say Saipov carefully planned the attack on Halloween due to the fact that more people would be on the streets. Authorities found a note claiming the attack was made in the name of ISIS.

Although Saipov has been taken into custody, the investigation is still ongoing.

Authorities are looking into whether Saipov had visited Uzbekistan since moving to the United States in 2010.

CNN terrorism analyst Paul Cruickshank also emphasized the idea that terrorism from foreign countries is becoming a greater threat to the American people.

“There has been a significant problem with jihadism in Uzbekistan,” Cruickshank said.

According to CNN, two large jihadi groups are located in the United States. One of them is the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, which is said to be associated with ISIS.

The U.S., however, is not alone in facing terrorism. Vehicles have also been used in terrorist attacks in Nice, France, and London, killing a combined total of 93 people.