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Mangiamo La Pasta!

by Brennah Dallaire

Let’s eat pasta!

Mark your calendars for National Pasta Day on Tuesday, Oct. 17. Go out, stay in, cook with friends, but whatever you do celebrate this holiday will a delicious dish of your favorite pasta.

According to there are over 600 types of pasta. A few of the most famous types includes spaghetti, rigatoni, ravioli, penne, linguini and tortellini. In Italian, pasta is the word for dough and was adapted to describe what we know as the noodle course.

In Italy, pasta is eaten as a course of a meal but not the main entree as we typically eat it in the United States. Many pasta enthusiasts belief that pasta was invented by Marco Polo. However, reports that the earliest pasta recipe was found in the will of a man named Ponzio Bastone in 1279. According to this account, Bastone included a simple recipe of water and flour to create macaroni.

It wasn’t until Thomas Jefferson served as an ambassador in France in 1789, that he was served pasta and enjoyed it so much that he brought the first pasta machine to America. Americans didn’t know how much they were missing out.

Connecticut food blog,  ctfoodlovers has featured local restaurants gourmet pasta dishes including:

  • Fettuccini Alfredo from Fratelli’s, Southington,
  • Baked Penne Macaroni & Cheese from The Corner Pug, West Hartford
  • Fresh Bucatini Marinara with “Giant Meatballs” from Blue Plate Kitchen, West Hartford
  • Spaghetti & Meatballs from Joe Pizza, Simsbury
  • Rigatoni Bolognese from Carbone’s, Hartford.

If you’re looking for something close to campus, look no further than Tony’s Central Pizza. Tony’s offers a range of Italian dinners that all include pasta. Options include ravioli, manicotti, baked ziti, eggplant parmesan and more.

If you are interested in indulging your palate, take a trip to Alta Strada, located in the Fox Tower at Foxwoods Resort and Casino. The restaurant makes their pasta fresh daily. The prices per entree range from $19-$30. OpenTable and TripAdvisor reviews give Alta Strada four out of five stars, while Yelp reviews give the restaurant a modest three stars. According to the restaurant’s website, “Alta Strada is considered one of the best, most authentic Italian restaurants in CT.”

Celebrating National Pasta Day doesn’t have to mean eating out. Celebrate the holiday by cooking at home. You don’t necessarily need a pasta machine to enjoy your favorite dish. Below is a recipe for “Tagliatelle alla Bolognese” adapted from the Eataly recipe found at


1 pound dried or fresh Tagliatelle pasta

2 tbsp unsalted butter
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 small yellow onion, minced
1 small carrot, minced
1 celery stalk, minced
1 tbsp garlic, minced
4 ounces (1/4 lb) ground veal
4 ounces (1/4 lb) ground pork
4 ounces (1/4 lb) ground beef
1/4 cup tomato paste
1/4 cup white wine
1/4 cup chicken or beef stock
Fine sea salt, to taste


In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter with the olive oil. Add the onion, and cook, stirring frequently, until the onion is translucent (5 minutes). Add the carrot, celery and garlic, and cook, stirring frequently, until softened and fragrant, for about 2 minutes.

Combine the veal, pork and beef in the pot. Season with fine sea salt. Reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring frequently, until the meat has rendered most of its fat and has started to brown (5 minutes). Remove some of the rendered fat leaving just enough to cover the bottom of the pan (lean meats will render less).

Add the wine, and increase the heat to medium. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the wine has evaporated (6 minutes).

Decrease the heat to low, add the tomato paste, stir to combine and cook, stirring frequently (20 minutes). Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add the stock and adjust the heat to simmer until the stock has reduced but the sauce is still moist (about 45 minutes). Taste the sauce, adjust the seasoning if necessary and remove from the heat.

Remember the best way to eat pasta is to enjoy it with friends and family. Mangia e goditi! Eat and enjoy!

Women’s Soccer Blanked On The Road

by Kimberly Pena

CCSU at Fairleigh Dickinson

The Central Connecticut State University women’s soccer team was not able to manufacture an offensive tempo during their 1-0 lost against Fairleigh Dickinson University.

The Blue Devils on Friday could not push through FDU’s strong defense, only taking 11 shots throughout the game without producing a score.

FDU scored their first and only goal of the game approximately 36 minutes into the match on a head shot by Sofia Albertsson.

CCSU’s goalie Ashley Cavanaugh, recorded three saves in the match while permitting only the first-half goal.

The Blue Devils defense was able to hold on thereafter and not permit another score for the rest of the game.

CCSU came out aggressively during the second-half, only to walk away empty handed.

In the first 15 minutes of play in the opening of the half, the Blue Devils took five shots, all missing the goal.

Junior Kelly Halligan, led the offense with four shots and three on goal.

CCSU at Mount St. Mary University

The Blue Devils did not fare any better against St. Mary, after being held scoreless for a second consecutive game in another 1-0 loss.

Despite out-shooting St. Mary 24-12, including close goals, CCSU was not able to execute a score for their sixth shutout loss this season.

It was also the fourth time that Central lost a game 1-0.

CCSU had possession of the ball for most of the first half, taking 13 shots compared to Mount’s four. However, the Blue Devils were not able to execute any plays to get the ball past the goal.

CCSU’s defense was able to keep the Mountaineers off the board for the first half. Both teams struggled to put up a score for most of the game.

It was not until minute 64 of play where the Mountaineers were able to put up a score on a shot by Chloe Cain.

Cavanaugh recorded a season-high eight saves.

Charlotte Maurer led the offense with four shots. Meanwhile, Senior Jennifer Cafferky and freshman Jenna Rae Covello each recorded three shots. Halligan, Yo Tachibana and Danielle Pearse were three of the seven players who took a shot on goal.

CCSU fell to 4-7 overall and 0-2 in the North East Conference. The Blue Devils will complete their three-game road series next Sunday, Oct. 8 against Sacred Heart. The match is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. at Park Ave Field in Fairfield, CT.


CCSU Football Players Suspended For One Game

by Analisa Novak

Central Connecticut State University has suspended four football players from the upcoming Sunday game after they were arrested on Sept. 9.

“In line with University policies they have suspended the Blue Devil football players for one game, to be served on Sept. 16.  The players are required to perform 10 hours of community service and they are also required to complete one of the University’s alcohol awareness programs,” said University Spokesperson, Mark McLaughlin.

Luke Ocasio, 22, Jose Manuel Garcia,  21, Kenneth David Keen, 21,  and Randall Laguerre, 21 was arraigned on Monday in New Britain Superior Court, after being charged with Breach of Peace in the second-degree and permitting a minor to possess alcohol. If convicted, they may face up to six months to a year in jail and a fine of up to $2,000.

Chika Chukwu, 20, was also arraigned, but has been referred to adult probation. He plays wide receiver for the CCSU football team.

The arrests stem after the New Britain Police were called this Saturday to 64 Roxbury St., New Britain after neighbors complained of a party.

According to police records, when police arrived to the location there were many students who looked to be underage, along with a string of empty alcohol bottles and cans. Laguerre and Keen live in the building, according to the police report.

“There appeared to be students at the party that were not 21 years old and there were empty alcoholic beverages throughout the house. None of the tenants made any attempt to prohibit these persons from consuming alcohol,” the police report said.

All four were assigned a public defender on Monday and will be entering a plea on Wednesday, Oct. 17.

CCSU officials were made aware of the incident and maintain they remain committed to being a “good neighbor” to all who live in the New Britain surrounding area.

“CCSU takes its commitment to being a good neighbor seriously. We also believe it is our responsibility to educate our students about being good citizens, whether they are on or off campus,” said McLaughlin.


Letters To The Editor Are Fundamental To Journalism

by Lorenzo Burgio and Kimberly Pena

Letters to the editor have always been submitted to newspapers as a way to incorporate the public’s perspective.

“The letters to the editor section is the prime forum of democracy in a newspaper, the place where the little guy gets to have his say,” explained

The option to submit a letter to the editor serves as a bulletin board for the public to share opinions or information they feel is necessary for other members of the public to know.

It’s a way for citizens to express their concerns publicly and in their own words and has historically played this role.
“Letters to the editor can be effective in influencing public opinion and legislators’ views. The ‘Letter to the Editor’ section is one of the most widely read parts of most newspapers, offering a chance to reach a broad audience. Letters to the editor can provide readers with insights on issues with which they may be unfamiliar, and can also inspire readers to take action,” explained the National Education Association.
In the late 1700s into the early 1800s, lawyer and legislator John Dickinson wrote a series of essays titled “Letters from a farmer in Pennsylvania,” that were periodically published in various newspapers throughout the 13 colonies.

The essays argued that the colonies were sovereign in their internal affairs, and Dickinson argued that taxes were being paid by the colonies in order to raise revenue for Parliament, versus through regulated trade, which he felt was unconstitutional.

The twelve letters submitted by Dickinson helped unite the colonists against the British Empire and highlighted the importance of letters to the editor.

Something that seems to be overlooked in regards to letters to the editor, is the fact that is was written by someone who is not a member of the newspaper’s staff or editorial board.

The work submitted then does not constitute as an article, but a letter to the editor, and its content is not that of the newspaper, but of the public or person who submitted the article.

The purpose of letters to the editor are to tell the newspaper what they are doing wrong, filling holes in stories they published and for citizens to simply explain perception of certain issues to the public.

“In a letter to the editor or opinion piece, you can bring up information not addressed in a news article, and can create the impression of widespread support or opposition to an issue,” explained the National Council of Teachers of English.

Therefore it will be considered unethical for any staff member of the newspaper to change the writing and the meaning of the letters to the editor. Its purpose is to provide a perspective from outside of the newspaper organization that is untouched by the paper.

For a staff member to change the meaning of the piece, is committing an injustice to the public. It is not expressing the authentic meaning of the letter and it does not provide the most detailed insight of members of the community.

“There’s some value in providing readers with a notion of what people in their community are saying and thinking… We do our best to maintain a kind of a coarse filter and err on the side of publishing something rather than not publishing it.”

However, this does not obligate the paper to publish every letter sent to the editor, it is based on the editor’s discretion on what they think is for the best interest to the paper and its readership.


HIV & AIDS Information Session

CCSU Women’s Center partnered with AIDS Connecticut to provide free male and female condoms.

by Cyrus dos Santos

The Ruth Boyea Women’s Center and AIDS Connecticut (ACT) held an information session to encourage safe sex and disease prevention. The event, titled “No Glove No Love,” took place in the Women’s Center lounge on the second floor of the Student Center Monday evening.

“It’s completely free,” said Sharise V. Truman, coordinator for women’s health services at Central Connecticut State University. “We’ve partnered with AIDS Connecticut, and through them we’re able to get male and female condoms for individuals as well as lubricants.”

Along with free contraceptives, ACT provided literature as well as guest speaker LaToya Tyson, ACT’s prevention program manager.

“We work on improving the life of people that are infected and affected by HIV and AIDS,” said Tyson.

One of the main goals Tyson and her colleague, Norman Lebron, aim for is emphasizing personal risk awareness. According to Tyson, many individuals are simply unaware that they are at risk for contracting HIV and lack the knowledge necessary to eliminate that risk.

“I want to work myself out of a job,” said Tyson. “The only reason I have work, is because people are still getting infected. It’s a preventable infection. It’s something that you don’t have to get.”

ACT was formed in 2013 when the Connecticut AIDS Resource Coalition and Alliance for Public Health, two organizations that began in the 1980s, merged. They are federally funded through the Department of Public Health in Connecticut. Located in Hartford, the organization provides assistance to individuals dealing with employment discrimination issues, as well as a syringe service program. ACT also offers confidential HIV testing. Information can be found at their website,

This is the second information session hosted by the Women’s Center this semester. Truman spoke about the need for a continuing conversation on the importance of safe sex. “Because some individuals may be practicing un-safe sex and that puts them at risk for contracting HIV.”