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Bipolar Disorder Explained: Author Tells Her Story

By Matthew Kiernan / News Editor

Estimated to affect five million Americans, bipolar disorder is impacting many lives in many ways.

Lizzie Simon, author of “Detour- My Bipolar Trip in 4-D”, came to Torp Theatre last Wednesday to discuss her life growing up with bipolar disorder and advise people on how to treat it while promoting her book.

“If it’s left untreated, it can be really destructive,” said Simon. She said that the media misconstrues what bipolar disorder effects are and that the stigma of bipolar disorder lives within the individual.

The National Alliance of Mental Illness, which organized the event, was praised by Simon as being something all families and students could use as something to learn more about bipolar disorder as well as other disorders and find ways to treat them.

After treating a mental illness, Simon advised that people continue working with others to keep themselves positive and healthy. She said that if she could have it her way, she’d have it so that insurance companies provide insurance for mental therapy and said that it’s just as important as other aspects of a person’s health.

Simon had members of the audience come up onto the stage to read excerpts of her book “Detour”, which described times in her life when bipolar disorder had negative effects on how she functioned in what would seem to most people as normal aspects of life.

“I didn’t ever imagine that I’d be disabled,” she said.

She found that as she grew up, she became successful while attending Columbia University and later going on to work with MTV and HBO on shows about bipolar disorder. “I had been a powerless teenager and suddenly was consulting these major media organizations.”

She spoke about her life as a youth – suffering through bouts of mania and depression, going through high school, but believing that she hated it like every other normal student and ultimately pushing her mental illness aside to become successful while she attended college in New York City.

At 17 years old, Simon had been writing about suicide and was sent to a therapist by her family, even though she explained that they had been loving and very supportive. After lying to the therapist to avoid seeing them, she was taken to a doctor where she was misdiagnosed with depression and was given the wrong medicine.

Simon described her years surviving most of high school and a trip to Paris that followed. She explained how her disorder was interfering with her life as she detailed a night when she thought she was a cat and the Central Intelligence Agency was chasing after her.

Simon went to Paris to finish her senior year of high school where she thought she could put memories of suffering from bipolar disorder in the past.

She said that throughout her life she was in destructive relationships that weren’t healthy for her. To make up for suffering from bipolar disorder, she would achieve greatly in other areas in her life such as academics.

“Making the most of your mind is your life’s work,” said Simon.

NAMI has a support group at CCSU that meets every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the Blue and White room in the Student Center. The group meets to share stories with each other and have others to relate to who may have a mental illness or know someone who does.

As advice to families, Simon advised that families see therapists and said that she sees it as an important step in treating a family member with a mental disorder. She said that family members need therapy in dealing with mental disorders as well as the person suffering from it.

Professor Called Police After Student Presentation

For CCSU student John Wahlberg, a class presentation on campus violence turned into a confrontation with the campus police due to a complaint by the professor.

On October 3, 2008, Wahlberg and two other classmates prepared to give an oral presentation for a Communication 140 class that was required to discuss a “relevant issue in the media”. Wahlberg and his group chose to discuss school violence due to recent events such as the Virginia Tech shootings that occurred in 2007.

Shortly after his professor, Paula Anderson, filed a complaint with the CCSU Police against her student. During the presentation Wahlberg made the point that if students were permitted to conceal carry guns on campus, the violence could have been stopped earlier in many of these cases. He also touched on the controversial idea of free gun zones on college campuses.

That night at work, Wahlberg received a message stating that the campus police “requested his presence”. Upon entering the police station, the officers began to list off firearms that were registered under his name, and questioned him about where he kept them.

They told Wahlberg that they had received a complaint from his professor that his presentation was making students feel “scared and uncomfortable”.

“I was a bit nervous when I walked into the police station,” Wahlberg said, “but I felt a general sense of disbelief once the officer actually began to list the firearms registered in my name. I was never worried however, because as a law-abiding gun owner, I have a thorough understanding of state gun laws as well as unwavering safety practices.”

Professor Anderson refused to comment directly on the situation and deferred further comment.

“It is also my responsibility as a teacher to protect the well being of our students, and the campus community at all times,” she wrote in a statement submitted to The Recorder. “As such, when deemed necessary because of any perceived risks, I seek guidance and consultation from the Chair of my Department, the Dean and any relevant University officials.”

Wahlberg believes that her complaint was filed without good reason.

“I don’t think that Professor Anderson was justified in calling the CCSU police over a clearly nonthreatening matter. Although the topic of discussion may have made a few individuals uncomfortable, there was no need to label me as a threat,” Wahlberg said in response. “The actions of Professor Anderson made me so uncomfortable, that I didn’t attend several classes. The only appropriate action taken by the Professor was to excuse my absences.”

The university police were unavailable for comment.

“If you can’t talk about the Second Amendment, what happened to the First Amendment?” asked Sara Adler, president of the Riflery and Marksmanship club on campus. “After all, a university campus is a place for the free and open exchange of ideas.”


-Shauna Simeone, Asst. Opinion Editor

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Center for Student Success to Revamp Advising

Students’ potential for success is now the focus of a new center that will redesign advising in place and will be overseen by a committee of faculty and administrators to spearhead its creation.

The Center for Student Success, which is in the early stages of initiation by President Jack Miller and Provost Carl Lovitt, will combine with the current advising center to form a system in which freshmen and transfers will be able to speak to an advisor who can direct them to the right path for majors and courses.

“What they’re proposing is that every new student go there,” said Dr. Candace Barrington, of the English department and leading coordinator of the new advising center and a member of the ad-hoc committee of the Faculty Senate to oversee it.

What the university has found is that many students have said that they are unhappy with the current advising system because they have to go from one place to another to receive information on signing up for courses and majors.

Some faculty members are frustrated with the plans to create a new advising system because they wish they had greater input and the process had more open discussion.

“We don’t know what the problem is, [however,] we know that students aren’t happy with advising,” said Dr. David Spector, professor of biology and member of the Faculty Senate.

Other members of the faculty feel that there is not enough information at the moment to make a full decision on how they feel about the formation of the advising center.

“We’re gratified that the President is showing notice to advising,” said Elizabeth Hicks, associate director of the Advising Center.

The ad hoc committee formed to oversee the formation of the student success center will include nine current faculty members and a director position that will give one faculty member a new position as their full-time job.

“When students are well in their major, they will be transferred from the master advisor to a professional advisor familiar with academic programs and career planning in that chosen major,” Miller wrote in an email sent to all CCSU students.

The e-mail also discussed how the center will help students with disabilities, students looking to declare a major and provide transfer students with adequate orientation.

The center, slated to be installed for the Fall 2009 semester, doesn’t have an exact location specified yet.

“I think the March 10 Board of Trustees meeting will have to have some movement,” said Miller at the Feb. 18 Student Government Association meeting.

The center will have advisors who can answer student questions whenever they need with increased hours and more available advising. President Miller said 15 or 16 employees will work in the center.

“If I could have it my way,” Barrington said, “this committee will remain alive for a long time.”


-Matthew Kiernan, News Editor:

CCSU Author Presents Book on Postsocialist Romania

The inspiration for Kideckel’s book stems from an active role in cultural anthropological research in Eastern Europe for 30 years, focusing specifically on communism and its impacts on society.

Kideckel spent time in Romania in the Jui Valley and Fagaras region, comparing both the employed and unemployed workers, researching  the effects that the Postsocialist era has had upon people as individuals and within family units.

Throughout his time in Romania, Kideckel interacted with the societies, taking time to involve himself in the roles of the people of the Jui Valley and Fagaras region. He went to the extremes of working amongst those in the coal mines and the factories, whilst also socializing amongst the communities, playing backgammon, simply to see life from the point of view of those affected by post socialism.

Kideckel made many observations, not least that the workers, who had been the backbone of the socialist era, were suffering greatly during the Postsocialist era.

In researching for his book he interviewed many people from the Jui Valley and Fagaras, asking how they felt living in a Postsocialist environment.

“People found it very difficult to articulate how the felt, they simply felt stressed,” said Kideckel. He said that in 1997 there were 52,000 employed miners, yet by 1999 – following drastic layoffs – there were only 18,000 employed workers. A total of 34,000 jobs were lost in the mines. With no other jobs available the communities began to change.

Kideckel observed that the symbolic change was that the workers, formerly the backbone of the country were now, in the Postsocialist era, viewed as the “others” and considered outcasts.

Also explored in his book are ideas that heart disease increased, the divorce rate rose significantly as did family abandonment and rape and sexual abuse, all as a result of changes following a socialist era.

While pursuing research for his book, Kideckel also produced a documentary, which defines the life, social and political circumstances of the Jui Valley miners – “Days of the Miners: Life and Death of a Working Class Culture”.

Adam Golaski from the English department will next be presenting at Central Authors Presents, with his latest book, “Worse Than Myself ”.


-Colette Gallacher, Copy Editor

College Demand Increases Despite Recession

While many businesses are losing customers thanks to the recession, Central Connecticut State University is seeing a spike in potential students.

“We’ve seen a 14 percent increase in undergraduate applications compared to this time last year,” said Lawrence Hall, director of recruitment and admissions at CCSU. “Some schools created waitlists for the first time this year due to the high demand.”

The surge in undergraduate applications continues a three-year upward trend, according to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment. In the fall of 2008, there were 6,061 full-time undergraduate applications compared to 5,668 in 2007. In the fall of 2006, there were 5,313 undergraduate full-time applicants.

Hall attributed the rise in undergraduate applications partly to the slowing economy and CCSU’s low cost of attendance, as cashstrapped families are looking for a decent education without the high price tag.

CCSU’s undergraduate tuition for the 2008 to 2009 academic year is $7,042, making CCSU the least costly university within the Connecticut State University system. In addition, more than half of the full-time undergraduate students who applied for need-based aid had their need satisfied.

CCSU’s affordable cost is what drove prospective freshman Jordan Bouchard to apply for admission.

“My first choice was always Plymouth State University,” said the Meriden, Conn. resident, “but they only wanted to give me $7,000 in financial aid when it costs almost $20, 000 to go there, not including room and board.”

When Bouchard’s parents couldn’t foot the bill, he was forced to work for a year in order to save money.

CCSU is just one of several Connecticut universities seeing a jump in demand. According to the State of Connecticut Department of Higher Education, Fall 2008 enrollment at state sponsored colleges and universities rose 3.5 percent or 3,884 students, thanks to the recession.

“Clearly, we’re experiencing great demand for college,” wrote Michael P. Meotti, Commissioner of Higher Education in Connecticut, in a press release. “As in past tough economic times, people are turning to college to improve their prospects.”

Regardless of the cause of the increase in applications, education officials can all agree that the demand for higher education is becoming a financial burden for the state and universities.

“I know first-hand from visits to campuses across the state that colleges are doing their best to meet surging demand, particularly our community colleges where enrollment growth is outstripping all other sectors,” stated the Commissioner.

“As for everyone, the challenge before us is the uncertain economy. On one hand, economic downturns tend to benefit higher education as more people seek retraining. On the other hand, financial pressures strain our capacity to serve more students and keep costs down,” Meotti wrote.

However, school officials are quick to add that the recession isn’t the only reason for the growth in applications. Hall also credited the boost to CCSU’s budding reputation, aggressive marketing campaign and academic offerings.

In 2007, the Princeton Review named CCSU one of the “best northeastern colleges” and the university continues to receive positive limelight. He also pointed to the method in which the Office of Recruitment and Admissions uses social networking sites, such as Facebook, to market the university. Recruitment officials are also targeting high school underclassmen as actively as they pursue high school seniors.

“When high school freshmen are ready to graduate, they have a lot of information about Central,” said Hall.


-Terence Stewart, Special to The Recorder

Diversity A Constant Work in Progress

Diversity and issues of prejudice still remain prevalent at Central Connecticut State University, despite the July publication of a recommendation report by the Blue Ribbon Commission on Diversity.

The commission, formed in direct response to two controversial publications by The Recorder, identified the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community on campus as the most marginalized group due to lack of counseling and support programs and prejudice by other students.

“We still need to make some changes in how we take care of students,” said Dr. Antonio Garcia- Lozada, university ombudsperson. “I believe [GLBT students] still feel isolated and disconnected here.” The One-In-Ten Committee, formed by members of the PRIDE club to work more closely with administration, published a goals andmission statement in September.

The list of goals includea floor specifically for GLBT students that include gender- neutral bathrooms.

“The past couple of years, we have really been fighting for a lot of things,” said Melissa Cordner, president of PRIDE. “We need a place to go and just be ourselves.”

“Lack of coordination has resulted in a series of activities and responses that are not sustainable and have no real way of impacting a longer term solution,” the Blue Ribbon Commission’s report stated. In an effort to coordinate a higher-profile activity, CCSU is discussing the prospect of a Lavender Graduation, a commencement reception specifically honoring GLBT graduates.

“Any constituent group that has an identity and wants to celebrate it is great,” said Dr. Laura Tordenti, Vice- President of Student Affairs. “They have worked really hard for this.” The issue of diversity on campus runs deeper than the GLBT community, however.

The Blue Ribbon Report also identified African- American and Latino isolation on campus, and recommended the Provost review allocation of all faculty assignments to ensure equity in race, ethnicity, and gender. The Commission also suggested that CCSU look for opportunities of community outreach to help extend the university to diverse surrounding areas, such as New Britain and Hartford.

About 6 percent of Central’s 9,700 undergraduates are Latino. In Diversity A Constant Work in Progress the surrounding city of New Britain, 27 percent of its 71,500 residents are Hispanic.

“This University needs to create a stronger connection with the outside community,” said Garcia- Lozada, “but I don’t think President Miller asked me to do this because I am Latino.”

In addition to bigotry from the student body, many students have faced discrimination from faculty as well.

One-In-Ten’s goal statement expressed the need for a GLBT Center, set to open soon, because the Counseling and Wellness Center does not have adequate information on sexuality and coming out. Cordner said the addition of the GLBT Center is a huge victory for PRIDE, who has been pushing for its creation for several years.

“To have that taken off our shoulders is huge,” she said. “We can actually just be students again.”

Chief Diversity Officer Dr. Moises Salinas, with cooperation from Garcia-Lozada, has created nine specific task forces to assess diversity and acceptance of different groups on campus. They are to publish their findings at the end of the spring semester.

Although Central has made some improvement toward acceptance and diversity, both Garcia- Lozada and Tordenti admit there is still a long way to go in order to be seen as a truly diversified campus.

“I’m not sure when we will know we have arrived,” said Tordenti. “It is something we need to continually work on.”




TONYA MALiNOwSKi Staff writer

Ned Lamont Discusses Financial Threats, War

In a discussion surrounding President Barack Obama’s first 30 days in office and ties between war and looming threats an economic depression, Ned Lamont examined these issue on a local scale.

Last Wednesday, Lamont, a lecturer at CCSU and a businessman who unsuccessfully ran against Joseph Lieberman for the U.S. Senate seat in 2006, spoke to a large crowd packed inside Marcus White Hall’s living room.

“We don’t want police and teachers laidoff,” said Lamont. Lamont expressed the importance of how people are being affected, especially those needed to maintain a structured society.

He also cautioned against a slippery slope, in which spending or cutting funds should be approached carefully and added that he was disappointed in Governor Jodi Rell’s announced budget plan. Lamont spoke about how Connecticut was once classified as a very wealthy state.

Although, the state may be suffering less than others, Lamont pointed out that there is a lack of new jobs. When asked why it is important for CCSU students to be aware of Obama’s administration, budget changes and their education, Lamont said that it will come back to CCSU students.

“It’s about how the budget will impact your tuition, how it will impact if your professor would be there or not next year,” he said. “It is important to know what is going on with the Obama administration,” said

Erika Dawson, 34, who is a CCSU senior and political science and social work major. As a proud Obama supporter, she feels the need to be aware of changes in the country and how it impacts her. Laid-off from work approximately two years ago, Dawson returned to school in hope of a better future.

“It’s hard – real hard,” added Dawson who is a mother of a 10- and 3-year-old. Dawson talked about cutbacks she has had to make in groceries and other expenses.

“You have to think twice before getting in that car and where you are going,” said Dawson. Lamont also discussed the foreign policy issue that President Obama has inherited and the hope to reduce violence in Iraq, while balancing America’s financial problems.

As an example of this hope, Lamont pointed out the peaceful election in which Iraqis voted for provincial councils and that they are taking part in the transformation. Lamont shared that Obama is sending 17,000 troops to Afghanistan, but raised the question of how to approach the U.S. mission in Afghanistan. He volunteered his opinion that Obama’s intentions are to protect Kabul and keep al Qaeda out.

“Obama is ready, committed to take on war,” said Lamont. “It will be his war, Obama’s war.


– Ariana Valentin,  Asst. News

On Average, Residents Maintain Higher GPAs Than Commuters

The difference between a dorm full of friends and a comfortable home can alter CCSU students’ grade point averages drastically.

Braden Hosch, Director of Institutional Research and Assessment at CCSU, determined which group was responsible for recording higher GPAs on average between on-campus students and commuters.

With the most recent study of GPA comparisons, on-campus students excel on paper slightly more in terms of their average GPAs.

“Part-time students are excluded, since they’re not supposed to live in housing,” Hosch said. “And parttime students tend to be older (older students earn higher grades).”

First-year students with zero to 25 credits who lived on-campus in Fall 2008 had an average GPA of 2.73, where first-year commuters had an average GPA of 2.51.

The trend continues with upperclassmen as well, though, in contrast, seniors who lived on-campus averaged a 3.06 GPA, where commuters maintained a 3.08. A variable in this comparison lies in the ratio of residents to commuter. There were 2,037 students living on campus last semester and  5,248 students that lived offcampus.

“It is only possible to say that higher GPAs are associated with campus housing, not that the campus housing causes the higher grades,” Hosch said.

He explained that the cause of the higher GPAs for underclassmen residents could depend on the type of student.

“Students who live in campus housing tend to want a more traditional college experience… and students who live off-campus tend to work more hours,” he said.

Kara LaBissoniere, 19, and an elementary education major, commutes to CCSU. A second semester sophomore, she has worked throughout her entire college career so far, and has managed to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.7.

“Right now, I’m just a waitress at Rick’s on 5 in Wallingford; however, at one time I did have three jobs.” She doesn’t work every day at Rick’s, but when she had the three jobs as a second-semester freshman, she struggled to juggle her work hours with time for homework.

“I’m too close to school already; there’s no need to live at school if I only have to drive a few minutes to get here,” she replied, when asked if she would ever live on campus.

Katrina Joerg, 20 and an elementary education math major, is an on-campus student who enjoys living in her dorm.

“My parents told me I had to live on campus the first semester and if I didn’t like it, then I could commute. I’m glad I lived here,” she went on to say. With an average GPA of 2.9, she works every night on her homework.

“I had a rough first semester trying to get comfortable with the college setting,” Joerg said. Most first year students do have trouble when coping with being away from home, but she continued through it.

Joerg works at Lego in Enfield, Conn. on Sundays and sometimes gets extra hours from coworkers.

Hosch mentioned that “it is quite possible that when CCSU does build more housing, we will also see grades increase slightly.”


-Micahel Torelli, Special to The Recorder

Shepard’s Mother Encourages Awareness

Judy Shepard Advocates for Openness of Mind and Civil Rights

Judy Shepard of the Matthew Shepard Foundation gave a speech to discuss gay rights while relating it to the death of her son and advised people who aren’t sure how to open up about being gay.

The Alumni hall was packed with people who came to see Matthew Shepard’s mother tell her story, which was put on by CCSU along with President Miller and P.R.I.DE.

“You must tell your stories or else people will go back to the stereotypes,” Shepard warned. Shepard said that the word “gay” can be used as a derogatory word, yet people usually get away with it without repercussions.

“This is a civil rights issue, plain and simple,” said Shepard.

Matthew Shepard, who died at the age of 21, was tortured and beaten by Russell Henderson and Aaron McKinney, who both later received life sentences in prison. Shepard met the two one night in October, 1998 in
a bar in Laramie, Wyo. and was kidnapped. Shepard was beaten into a coma and tied to a fence to die. After he was discovered 18 hours later, he laid in a hospital bed for days where he died after receiving life support.

Judy Shepard described the sight of her son lying in a hospital bed with bandages all over him and tubes running throughout his body. She told of the hours spent by Matthew’s bedside and the pain that Matthew’s younger brother Logan was going through seeing his brother struggling to live.

Shepard encouraged the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer members of the audience to tell friends and family or they run the risk of outing by someone else. She said if she and her husband Dennis weretold Matthew was gay the day of the incident, it would have killed them because they would have known that Matthew didn’t feel he could open up to his family.

“That’s the way you make change, by educating people on what you don’t have,” said Shepard.

She encouraged each LGBTQ person to educate others and become a spokesperson for the LGBTQ community on every level – at home, school, or the office.

Shepard said that Matthew at first said he would have taken a pill so he didn’t have to be different, but later decided it wasn’t true and that he loved his life the way it was.

“That’s the best thing you can do is be you,” said Shepard.

Shepard told the LGBTQ members of the audience that they needed to remind their families that they’re gay because friends and family may tend to forget. She told them to expose themselves for who they truly were to their friends and family and use that awareness to push for civil rights.

Matthew was a student at the University of Wyoming and majored in political science after having years of interest in current events and politics. Shepard’s mother said this started when he was a child and was described as a bright individual who was accepting of everyone.

“He knew that judging and stereotyping was a loss of an opportunity,” said Shepard.

“What makes us individuals is how we live our lives,” said Shepard.

Shepard also said that same-sex couples should have the right to get married and that it’s no different from any other marriage.

Shepard said that she didn’t blame Henderson and McKinney for the death of her son, but blamed society for making people think it was fine to commit such crimes.

-Matthew Kiernan, News Editor:

Finkelstein Discusses Israel’s Motives

The tragedies in Gaza have been impossible not to notice in the past few years.

Norman Finkelstein spoke in front of a full house in Founders Hall on the CCSU campus last Thursday about state terrorism in the Middle East, including the recent massacre in Gaza, as Finkelstein referred to the these events.

In addition to clarifying what happened during that “awful day”, the well-known American political scientist, who specializes in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, also detailed the history of the conflict and events leading up to where things are

“The Palestinians have a stronger case than Israel to resort to selfdefense,” Finkelstein said to an eager crowd in reference to Israel’s “self defense” explanation of their December attack in Gaza. “That’s common sense.”

Finkelstein, who is known for his anti-Israeli viewpoints, claimed that what happened to Gaza was the inevitable aftermath of what happened in Lebanon in 2006.

“It had nothing to do with elections,” Finkelstein said.

Finkelstein likened the recent conflict to something as unfair as “a Sherman tank rolling through a schoolyard and blowtorching the kids.”

When asked about what Israel’s end goal could be, Finkelstein offered up the difference between the Israeli’s ideal and practical solutions.

“Ideal is that the Arabs just vanish. Practical is probably, among several possibilities, to keep pounding them enough to abject submission,” said Finkelstein.

Other possibilities Finkelstein mentioned as Israel’s goals included making conditions intolerable enough that over time the Palestinians gradually leave.

Finkelstein didn’t hold back on criticism of other voices on the situation. He criticized columnist Thomas Friedman of the New York Times, who referred to Israel’s actions in 2006 as “educating Hamas”.

“That’s called terrorism,” said Finkelstein.

The controversial speaker wasn’t without his combatants. Dniety Schachar Siman-Tov, who claimed to be a former professor at the University of Haifa in Israel, spoke up during the early portions of Finkelstein’s lecture, raising the tensions in the room. When Siman-Tov received the chance to speak during the question and answer portion of the event, she was met with a restless crowd who eventually drowned her out.

Siman-Tov was upset with the way Finkelstein portrayed Israelis as “monsters”.

Finkelstein touched on issues closer to home when he brought up the new Obama administration. He said that the recent statements made by President Obama concerning the Israeli-Palestinian conflict were “very discouraging.” According to Finkelstein, President Obama says they will always defend Israel’s right to defend themselves against legitimate threats.

“Don’t Palestinians have the right to defend themselves from people who steal their land?” Finkelstein questioned. “Should we disarm Hamas so next time the kill/death ratio is 1,300 to 0?” asked Finkelstein.

Kaylin Brennan, a senior at Bacon Academy in Colchester, went to the lecture on her own after a teacher suggested the event to her class.

“I really feel uneducated sometimes,” Brennan said of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “I wanted to learn about what’s going on.”

Dr. Evelyn Newman Phillips, director of international studies and anthropology at CCSU, was one of the professors responsible for bringing Finkelstein to campus as part of the continuing state terrorism lecture series. Phillips cited Finkelstein’s experience and reputation as why they brought him here.

“His research is very in-depth and thorough,” said Phillips.

Author Mark Perry, foreign policy analyst and Co-Director of Conflicts Forum of Washington D.C. and Beirut, Lebanon, will be the next speaker to talk about the issue in Gaza with a program entitled “After Gaza: The Catastrophic Status of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict on Monday, February 23 at 4 p.m. in Founders Hall.

-Michael Walsh, Asst. Entertainment Editor