CCSU’s Spring Week Wraps Up With Spring Concert

by Matt Balogh
To top off a week full of fun events for Central Connecticut State University’s annual Spring Week, was this year’s spring concert that ended the week with a bang.

Catering to a music taste centering around hip-hop and trap, CCSU put on a show with headliners Lil’ Yachty and Tory Lanez. Both fairly small artists currently, they have each been gaining more and more popularity in the past few years.

Along with an opening set of local and underground rappers, the show was jam packed with non-stop pumping hip-hop, accompanied by multi-colored flashing lights.

The openers tried to get the crowd going, playing covers of popular songs in hip-hop and a heavy reliance on crowd interaction.

After about an hour, Lil Yachty took the stage: trademark beaded dreds and all. The 19-year-old rapper lit up the stage, hyping the crowd by singing bits and pieces of his various songs.

With the audience warmed up, Yachty went into a performance of his hit “Wanna Be Us,” to which jumping and singing erupted within the room.

Performing songs like “I Spy” and “Peek-A-Boo,” Yachty kept the excitement going throughout the night, filling gaps between songs by addressing the crowd individually and often calling out certain people in the crowd.

Going with the monotonous “lil boat!” tagline that his backing DJ repeated between songs, Yachty appropriately tossed both opened and closed water bottles into the crowd.

To complete his set, Lil Yachty ended with his hits “Minnesota” and “1 Night.” Being his two most popular songs, other than his feature on D.R.A.M.’s “Broccoli,” the crowd peaked with excitement, following with a thunderous sing-a-long that Yachty finished off with.

Tory Lanez came on to close the night after Yachty. CCSU students speculated a cancellation from Lanez, based off his recent arrest for a charge of possession of a concealed weapon without a license. This charge, however, was dropped and Lanez was able to perform.

Tory Lanez played fan favorites to please the crowd, including “Traphouse” early on in the set, getting intimate with the crowd during the break. Lanez explained that he never made it out of high school and honored the crowd by expressing that they are doing well by going to school.

“Alright f*** all this sad shit,” Lanez shouted into his mic, signaling a shift in his setlist in an attempt to get the hype to spike once more-which worked.

Prior to starting the next song, Lanez challenged the “fellas” and the “ladies” to a game of who can be the loudest. The apparent winner of the duel would get the dedication of the next song. The beats drop, the crowd roared and it was a good time to release some steam.

“I love the artists. All I can say it was fun and I enjoyed it,” said senior Latisha Baker.

“This was my first concert ever, actually,” said Daniel Duong, a freshman that looked to get involved more on campus throughout his first year at Central. “I was happy to see that they managed to get someone who is pretty popular now.”

“This concert was the best one in years since Kendrick Lamar,” said sophomore Media Studies major Brandon Callender. “It was jam-packed, with energy from start to finish.”

Thanks to Central Activities Network and the Student Government Association on campus, this event could be made possible.

“A total of 10 representatives, five from CAN, five from SGA discuss our budget and who we can get,” said Chris Cappiello, former SGA Vice President.

While negotiating with an outside company that presents the artists, CAN and SGA made a list of the artists that their budget could manage, and from there, the pick was selected by general consensus.

Considering that almost every university in Connecticut has a spring concert around the same time, if not the same day, the list of artists can be scarce.

Eastern Connecticut State University happened to have their spring concert the same night as CCSU, which Cappiello believed could have affected the tickets sales.

ESCU had hosted Mac Miller, a popular rapper that has been around for a lot longer, based on past events, it is likely that the choices could have driven some people away.

“We sold about 2000 out of 3000 tickets,” explained Cappiello, citing the turnout for this year.

“I thought Lil Yachty was very high energy and fun to watch. He got the crowd going and even stopped a fight that happened in the crowd,” said Ashley Nafis, a freshman Education major.

“Overall, I thought the concert was good, said Christine Perry, a freshman Criminology major. “I’m a big fan of Tory Lanez and it was amazing to see him live, but I didn’t like how everyone was pushing and moshing because someone could of really gotten hurt. I think at one point a fist fight broke out. Security should have been a little more tighter,” said Perry.

Spring week events had been getting a large amount of attendance year after year. From comedy acts such as Dulce Sloan and hypnotist Jim Spinnato, to student-hosted events such as the Mr. CCSU competition, the week offers a delightful escape from projects and schoolwork that usually stresses most people out before finals.

‘Into The Woods’ Concludes The Theater Season

Kyra Culup as the Baker’s Wife and Kyle Riedinger as the Baker

by Kayla Murphy

Once upon a time… a local college transformed a BlackBox theatre into a desolate and dreary woods from April 25 to April 29

For those familiar with the comical, fantasy tale of “Into the Woods,” one can recall it’s “Disney-fied” themes of pretty colors and whimsical material. Not this time!

Imagine a set inspired by machinery, technology and industrial revolutionizing fashion. Mix 19th Century British Victorian era with American “Wild West,” and add a dash of post-apocalyptic future, one has themselves a steam-punk dystopian take on classic fairy tales.

“I was really attracted to the desolate isolation feel of our version of the story instead of your typical fairytale,” said scenic and costume designer, Christopher Hoyt.

Mike Ruby as Jack

Costume pieces included brass goggles, flight helmets, pirate bandanas, steel-boning corsets, bell skirts, ruffles, lace, different types of cloaks and jackets, lace, beads, bangles and embroideries.

Freshman Psychology major, Sara Courtemanche, who played the role of Little Red Riding Hood, was elated that this was her first production at Central Connecticut State University.

“I auditioned for Into the Woods because I’ve always wanted to perform in a Sondheim Musical, and Into the Woods is one of my favorites! I was most excited about the dystopian steam punk idea behind our version of the show, and I was really excited to see it all come to life,” said Courtemanche.

In the show, Courtemanche was adorned in her well-known cape, as red as blood, that was decorated with different pins and buttons that created the steampunk look that the designers wanted.

“Steampunk has no rules,” said associate costume designer, Christine Quinones.

Kendra Garnett as the Witch

Quinones explained the hours of research she did to fully understand the concept of steam-punk. Having to build most of the costumes from scratch, “was a lot of fun to create. I learned not to limit myself with materials. The point of theatre is to create,” Quinones said.

“My favorite part of the show was figuring out the costume aesthetic,” said Hoyt. “Our goal was to visually have unified elements. The sound, lighting, set and costumes all came together. This show is really dark and funny, and we wanted to capture that conceptual look through our story telling.”

The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child, Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s Festival, and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk.

When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.

Director Mike Backes is no stranger to the stage or screen. Since 2001, he’s been acting professionally. It wasn’t until this past summer that Backes wanted to try his hand at directing. “Into the Woods” is one of Backe’s favorite Stephen Sondheim musicals.

Cecilia Gigliotti as Cinderella

“The ‘Woods’ to me symbolizes leaving what you know, trying to make your life better at all costs, and risking everything to get what you want,” Backes said. “True, it’s also saying ‘be careful what you wish for’, but I think it’s deeper than that. It suggests being careful what you do with your wish when you get it. Take care of it, whatever it may be.”

“Into the Woods” concludes CCSU’s Theatre Department 2016-2017 season. After summer break, check out www.ccsu.edu/theatre for updates on the latest CCSU Theatre news.

Disclosure: the author of this article took part in the production of the play and is enrolled in theatre classes

Baseball Inches Closer To Top Spot in Conference

by Dillon Meehan

After Central Connecticut (21-16, 12-5 NEC) dropped the first two games of their weekend series against Bryant (17-21, 10-4 NEC) 6-3 and 7-0, a weekend series sweep seemed likely.

“On Friday were going against James Karinchak, who when healthy is one of the ten best pitchers in the country. It’s deflating from that standpoint, but thats what the game is,” said Blue Devils head coach Charlie Hickey. “This team at times struggles with it’s confidence and gets deflated; that’s the danger of running into a hot pitcher. And sometimes that can get contagious and impact other games and kick yourself.”

However, during the second game of this past Saturday’s doubleheader, freshman pitcher Mike Delease threw a two-hit complete game shutout en route to an 8-0 win against the NEC’s best team.

The Blue Devils rode the momentum from Saturday’s win to hold onto a 9-7 win on Sunday to split the weekend series, and are inching closer to the top spot in the conference.

“It was a good opportunity in the middle of our season to sort of access where we can play,” said Hickey. “Losing the first two of the series can be discouraging, but we get a good performance from Mike Delease yesterday and today was an old fashioned, gut wrenching win.”

Since Bryant has joined the NEC in 2008, the Bulldogs have only lost three series total in conference, with their last loss coming four seasons ago in 2013.

“The reality is, they beat us last year eight out of nine times, and they were the better team,” said Hickey in regards to the difficulties facing Bryant over the years.

It’s the first time since late-March that the Blue Devils lost consecutive games in conference play.

“There’s still a long way to go. We get an off week against Binghamton, an out of conference team next week, and then we finish with three series to go,” said Hickey on his team’s outlook for the rest of the season.

In the second game of the double header, Delease allowed a base hit to leadoff the game, but Bryant could only gather another two baserunners for the rest of the game.

The Blue Devils grabbed the lead in the third inning when junior Dean Lockery doubled down the right field line, with runners on second and third, to score the first two runs of the game. Later in the inning Lockery would score on a baulk etc make it 3-0.

In the fifth, the Blue Devils put the game out of reach. Freshman TT Bowens brought in two runs with a single to left field making it 5-0. On the next at-bat, junior Mitch Guilmette would launch a three run homerun to right field to make it a better 8-0.

On Sunday, Bryant jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first. However, in the bottom of the third, the Blue Devils would come back to take the lead when junior Nick Garland hit a solo homerun to left field to tie it. A few at-bats later, junior Ryan Costello would bring home his fellow classmate Nick Landell with a sacrafice fly to take a 2-1 lead.

The teams traded runs until the bottom of the eight inning, where the Blue Devils blew the game open. Up 5-4, Costello singled in Landell to make it 6-4. A ground ball by Guilmette would make it 7-4, with a single by senior Tyler Coleman that would bring home two more to give CCSU a 9-4 lead.

Bryant would attempt a comeback in the bottom of the ninth, having the first three batters reach base safely before scoring three runs.  However, Bryan’t comeback fell short and Blue Devils were able to walk out Sunday with a split series,

“The first game was where we didn’t realize compete as hard as we should of and were feeling sorry for ourselves. But to their credit to go out there and fight and get a win shows how mature they are,” said Hickey.

The Blue Devils will have a stretch of out of conference games away against Albany, Binghamton and Quinnipiac, before beginning a weekend series against Sacred Heart starting May 5.

Dom McLennon Has Every Reason To Be A Star, Without The Pressure To Become One

Don McLennon is a name to look out for on the local rap scene

by Andre Early

It’s around 3 o’clock in the afternoon, and in the passenger seat of my faded green 2001 Honda Accord is Dom McClennon.

He’s spending time in his hometown of East Hartford, Connecticut, visiting family and friends before he eventually needs to travel back to Los Angeles, where he’s recording music with his collective, or “boy band” as he prefers to call it, Brock Hampton.
While the ride was certainly awkward at moments, it was memorable, to say the least.

My faulty stereo could have been to blame, and because of this, the only sounds emitted throughout the entire 45-minute ride to and from a local recording studio came from sporadic segments of conversation, or the cell phone that sat in between us blaring out a variety of Chance The Rapper songs.

Still, accepting that as the source of the awkwardness would only be a partial truth.

McClennon is simply an awkward person. Not the type of awkward that stems from a social media addiction, but the type of awkward expect in a silent elevator with Donald Glover.
Unlike the many pseudo-intellectual individuals who regurgitate whatever has come across on their Facebook feed in the last twelve hours, McClennon is a guy who actually knows what he’s talking about, and is more than willing to share his world views.
“The biggest threat to the system would be if everyone were to just be like ‘F**k bipartisanship!’ Now that would really get you shot,” McClennon said, when speaking of Donald Trump and the 2016 election.
At around 3:45 p.m., we pull up to his friend Justin G, or “J.G.’s,” studio, which has become a musical hub for emerging local artists like McClennon and Lonny X, who achieved a considerable amount of recognition after headlining a set on the Boiler Room, a popular YouTube-based music platform.

Being inside the studio was an experience all-in-itself. Pink and Purple lights illuminated the room, as the energy was very mellow, woozy and intoxicating.

At last, McClennon  appeared to truly be in his comfort zone. The studio is his natural habitat; no tension, no fear, no anxiety.

In the midst of me setting up for our interview, he randomly decided to perform three unreleased songs, which were striking and left no choice but to pay attention and record them all.

The songs he performed were thought-provoking and detailed, but the second song he performed was personal and idiosyncratic.

“You can’t disturb the vibe. It’s on another level, this self-destructive time, I don’t think I can settle down anymore,” said McClennon. “By observing JG, I knew that his words served their purpose.”
McClennon is not just a rapper. He’s a painter who carefully strokes the surface of his canvas so delicately that there’s absolutely no room for error.

This is not a hobby to him. This is his profession, and he wanted to make sure that is understood.
“Everyone needs something, not only that they can focus their energy on, but something that they can focus their energy on that they’re passionate about,” McClennon said.
His passion, along with the passion of those in his “boy band” Brock Hampton, has reached the ears of celebrity DJ A-Trak, who has signed them to his record label “Fool’s Gold.” This label has respectably housed artist like Danny Brown, Chromeo, Kid Cudi and Run The Jewels.

Brock Hampton has had a number of notable accomplishments, including performing together at Fool’s Gold Day Off, acquiring a sponsorship from Ray-Ban and releasing their debut mixtape “All-American Trash” early in 2016.
“They’ve been there for me plenty of times when I literally had nothing… Those are the people who give me the least amount of anxiety more than anything else. At any point and time, I know I can pass an idea to them and they’ll give me their best, their honest opinion, and best feedback and I know they’ll have my best interest at heart when they say it,” McClennon said.
All the members of Brock Hampton have a unique sound, which is a part of what makes them so captivating, individually and as a whole.

The collective may be his biggest claim to fame, but McClennon has the potential to be huge on his own, especially in a day and age where anyone with a progressive agenda, strong work ethic, and a zany outlook on life seems to have some sort of lottery ticket into the world of viral stardom.

He has the talent, the audience, and just as much support as he wants. The world waits on him now.

Think Before Clicking That Link

by Kristina Vakhman

While cruising through ones Central Connecticut State University email and a message pops up titled ‘final warning’ in all uppercase letters, one would not hesitate to open and read the content.

Once the user opened the email, a message popped up saying their account was about to be shut down and that they must click the provided link to save it. Once the link was opened, the window asked the user to enter their email account’s username and password. That user then just became a victim of a phishing email.

Over 600 CCSU students fell for phishing emails since April 4. This incident is the biggest one that Amy Kullgren and Sean McNickle of the university’s Information Technology Department said they have seen thus far, beating out last summer’s situation where 400 students were affected.

“They got an email, they clicked on the link in the email and they put in their username and password,” McNickle said of the students. “So, it’s not just clicking on the link and opening up a page. The page actually asks for your username and password, and they entered it.”

“If I can get across one thing from IT’s point of view: we will never, ever, ask for a user’s password. That’s one of the keys. Most legitimate places will never ask you to enter in your password,” said McNickle.

Kullgren agreed, stating that anytime a link asks for an user’s password, it is a big indication to stop and immediately disregard and delete the email. Those who did not know of this red flag and gave the phishers their credentials, she said, should instantly change their password.

“If you change your email password, then the credentials you gave the spammer or phisher are gone,” said Kullgren.

She reminded students not to panic, as the phishing and scam emails are hard to spot if they are not looked out for, and to simply follow IT’s advice to recover their account.

“They’re getting more and more sophisticated. Sometimes they’ve actually had our CCSU logo in them. It looks like it’s coming from somebody that’s part of Central,” said Kullgren. “Unless you’re really reading them critically, it’s easy to fall victim.”

Protecting your account will not only keep you safe, but help IT. Though there are many security systems put into place that filter out third-party threats, compromised CCSU email accounts are more difficult to catch. Phishers use robots to send out thousands of messages through a victim’s account to other students who, seeing a fellow CCSU email, put their trust into the content and fall for the scam as well.

“They [phishers] have a script that goes out and starts sending a different email hundreds or thousands of times,” said McNickle. “Just one person compromised can send off five hundred emails and two more people get compromised and they send out another five hundred. It just goes [on and on]. That’s kind of what happened to us in a very short order.”

IT is working to detect compromised email accounts, as well as to educate students on how to spot and avoid phishing emails. If you receive an email asking you to click a link:

  • Check who the sender is by hovering over the address with your mouse. If it is an email outside of the CCSU network, there is a high chance that it is a phishing attempt.
  • Look out for typos and unusual phrasing; if the email addresses you as ‘Dear Customer,’ it is most likely a scam.
  • If the email is from the CCSU domain, you click on the link, and are asked for your username and password, DO NOT enter them. Delete the email.
  • If you do end up entering your username and password, IMMEDIATELY CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD.
  • NEVER GO BACK TO AN OLD PASSWORD. Returning to the password that has been given to the scammer will only return their access to your account.

For more information on how to protect yourself from phishing and scammers, visit the IT department in Henry Barnard Hall, Room 019, or look for the poster-guides on the walls of every CCSU building.

In addition, IT will be hosting an ice cream social about the topic on Thursday, April 27.

No Confidence: Faculty Senate Votes Agaisnt The BOR

by Analisa Novak

In a defying motion against Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System Board Of Regents, the faculty senate of Central Connecticut State University voted for the no confidence resolution during an emergency meeting this past Monday.

The no confidence vote was made during a secret ballot out of fear of retaliation, and passed in an overwhelming 39-10 vote. Although CCSU voted no confidence, it did vote to participate in the proposed implementation plan with 65 in favor and two opposed.

“CCSU will participate in the implementation of the plan in order to advocate for and assert that our rights as faculty [AAUP and SUOF-AFSCME,] the rights of students, and the institutional identity are respected and to offer the needed expertise of faculty on the CCSU campus, even though we oppose the proposed plan as unfounded, nontransparent and undemocratic, and consider the plan an assault on the integrity and autonomy of the institution of higher education forced to be part of CSCU,” said the faculty senate.

The faculty senate is openly resisting BOR President Mark Ojakian proposed Student First plan that is looking to remove student services for all four CSCU Universities and consolidate them to one central one.

“This will eliminate redundancies across our campuses, leverage the expertise of our talented staff and allow better coordination and consistency of non-student facing activities,” Ojakian said in a statement released on April 3.

The proposed measure would save an estimated $13 million in administrative cost. Another proposed action from the BOR under the Student First plan, would be to centralize all 12 community college operations into one. The measures are estimated to save an estimated $41 million, according to Ojakian.

The faculty senate felt as if this counterbalances the Student First title and would actually hurt students.

“Centralization of functions will remove needed staff from campuses, beginning with human resources, and potentially affecting other departments and even faculty in later phases, preventing them from working directly with students, faculty and campus administrators,” said the faculty senate.

“This isn’t Student First, this is putting the Governor first,” said David Blitz when opening the “no confidence” debate.

If the proposed Student First Plan passes, each CSCU university would lose student services such as human resources and information technology on their campuses, & would have to travel to a central location for administrative services.

CCSU faculty senate found out about these measures when the general public did earlier this month. The faculty senate was not offered an explanation or breakdown of how these savings would be applied, having to resort to a presentation that was attached to the statement to see how the BOR decided this plan.

“He has not told us how, he has told us to guess how these numbers will be reached,” said faculty senate member Dr. Sue Holt. “It was not even a written plan, the board did not even ask one question about a massive cut to the system.”

Although last week the support for the no confidence plan seemed unanimous, the conversation on whether or not to table the motion was raised.

Some faculty members argued to get support of other CSCU universities and to inform more students of how this proposed plan would affect them.

Faculty senate members said that voting no confidence would show the BOR that they are ready to fight on behalf of all that would be affected.

“We have been cut to the bone, look at the years and years where we have been funded less and have had students bear the burden,”said Holt when voting for the resolution.

CCSU is the first university in the BOR to stand against Ojakian.

“This vote here is about leadership,” said faculty senate member John O’Connor. “Someone has to take leadership and vote with conscious.”

Making A Difference At CCSU

by Lauren Lustgarten

The beginning of a mission to prove to children that a college degree is worth it and high school does not have to be the end was a success.

On April 17 at Central Connecticut State University, 400 students from the Consolidated School District of New Britain came to campus to get a taste of college. The event, “Love Wins: Finish the Race,” was organized by administrative assistant to the president Courtney McDavid in conjunction with Nelba Márquez-Greene and The Ana Grace Project.

Márquez-Greene, a former CCSU faculty member, founded The Ana Grace project in honor of her daughter, Ana, who was killed during the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012.

“Everything went so well. We were a little concerned with how we were going to handle going from the 80 kids that we had on campus last year to 400 kids this year,” said McDavid. “We also had eighth graders this year, while last year we only had fifth graders, so I was curious to see how it would work out because they were older, but they ended up having just as much fun as the fifth graders.”

The event has been in the works since September when they had their first planning committee meeting.

“A planning committee was something new this year. It was very helpful because it brought a lot of new ideas to this years event,” said McDavid.

There are about 20 people on the planning committee, which consists of a wide variety of people, including community members, administrators, faculty and administration.

“Planning committee member, Tina Rivera from the Information Technology Department, had a great idea to give these cards to each of the students. So, each of the students got a lanyard with a card in it that had their picture and their name and an inspirational message on the back,” said McDavid. “That is just one example of the ideas that were shared and how we were all able to work together as a team. It was really a team effort and we couldn’t have done it without all of the volunteers.”

They were made aware of a student from Chamberlain who was in a wheelchair, so Physical Education and Human Performance Chair Kimberly Kostelis worked with some of the members and students from the department and had everything planned out for the student so he would not feel excluded.

“In every picture I saw of the student, he was all smiles, so I was happy that it all worked out and really all the kids had such an amazing time,” said McDavid. “I’ve been hearing so many stories from people who had little things that stuck out throughout the day to them and I really think that not only did the children enjoy the day, but CCSU students and members who volunteered also had an amazing time.”

In addition to the planning committee, the presence of a small fundraising committee also made a significant difference.

“We started fundraising in January and went into full-drive in late February, early March,” said McDavid. “We ended up raising over $50,000 and it was announced at the event that we raised enough to create an endowed scholarship. We now have the Ana Grace Marquez-Greene Endowed Scholarship, which will be for a New Britain student.”

McDavid says they are going to work to increase funds so they can continue to make the event successful in the future. McDavid noted that much of this would not be possible without the help and generous donations from the owner of Fleet Feet in West Hartford, Stephanie Blozy.

“Fleet Feet is amazing. They went out into the schools and measured the children’s feet. They provided all the students with their own new pair of athletic shoes. She was here the day of the event with tons of other sizes and she set up a whole station,” said McDavid. “She also provided shoes for all the teachers as well and I think they felt really excited about that. We’re extremely lucky to be working with Stephanie.”

As McDavid hopes to make this an annual event at CCSU, discussion of plans for next year have already begun. They hope to include more schools in the event. After the event ended, the superintendent of New Britain schools said that next year, she hopes CCSU will be able to host about 700 students.

The four schools that attended this year, Chamberlain, Northend, Smith and DiLoreto, all have the “Love Wins” curriculum and that is how they were selected.

There will be a wrap-up meeting for the planning committee this week to discuss how the day went and things to change and add to the event in the years to come. At the meeting, McDavid hopes to identify dates for next year. Come the fall semester, planning will start up again.

“It went really well and I think anyone that you talk to on campus would agree,” said McDavid. “People were so excited about it and you could tell the children really appreciated it.”

Football Holds Annual Blue And White Spring Game

Pete Rossomando is confident his team will improve from a disappointing 2016 season.

by Dillon Meehan

After spending the past month and a half waking up early and preparing for the upcoming fall season, Central Connecticut’s football team held it’s annual Blue and White spring scrimmage, with the White team edging past the Blue team 10-0.

The White team, led by backup quarterback Tanner Kingsley and backup running back Drew Jean-Guillaume jumped out to an early 7-0 lead on their first drive of the game. Kinglsey scored  on a 25-yard run after keeping the ball on a read-option play.

On the next drive, another long run by Kinglsey set up a 25-yard field goal by Frankie Palmer, making it 10-0. That would be the final time either team had a chance to score.

The game excessively featured the current Blue Devils roster with first, second and third stringers drafted to each team.

While the game is mostly put on for students and fans to catch a glimpse of the team before the fall, it’s difficult to perform well when backups and starters are randomly mixed together.

“The hard part is you break up the offense, when you do that you have 11 guys that have been playing together for the whole spring, and when you break them up they just aren’t used to playing together,” said Blue Devils head coach Pete Rossomando.

After the initial first drives, the majority of starters were pulled in order to give backups reps and to protect themselves from being injured.

“We didn’t play Drew, Cam or KJ that much simply because we’re just trying to keep them healthy. We saw enough out of those guys all spring that we just needed to take them out,” said Rossomando on putting his team’s heath first. “We’ve got two guys out because of surgery and overall we’re just thin in numbers, so we’re just trying to keep everyone healthy.”

After a difficult 2-9 season, including going 1-5 in conference, the Blue Devils are looking to bounce back in 2017.

“We’ve looked good. I think we’ve done a nice job. Spring was really positive offensively with Jake and the other veteran group, our offensive line is coming together,” said Rossomando on his outlook for the team. “You couldn’t tell from today because we split them up, the communication just isn’t the same.”

Now heading into his second season as the full time starting quarterback, Jacob Dolegala is looking to add on to his record breaking 2016 season. The junior set the school record for most passing yards in school history with 2,934 yards, which was also good for second bets ever in the history of the NEC. On top of that, Dolegala completed 60 percent of his passes and threw 15 touchdowns to nine interceptions.

“He’s had a great spring, it’s just different when you have a guy back there that knows what he is doing. We’ve talked about synergy in the past and there is just so much synergy with him out there. He’s not just worried about what he’s doing, he’s lining every else up too,” said Rossomando on his starting quarterback.

The Blue Devils start their season on September 1. against Syracuse, with their first home game coming on September 9, against Fordham.

CCSU Community Stands In Solidarity With Student Immigrants

by Cindy Pena

President Donald Trump’s promise for immigration reform is becoming a reality. Its impact on Connecticut immigrants are grave, according to Joanne Lewis, managing attorney at Connecticut Legal Services.

“For the most part, the immigration orders have created a lot of fear and uncertainty, which is maybe part of what they were designed to do,” said Lewis. “A lot of people are starting to be afraid to leave their houses, a lot of kids are afraid to go to school because they don’t know if mommy and daddy are going to be there when they get home. They don’t know what to do because they are afraid that they are going to become targets.”

The new immigration orders have also impacted students at Central Connecticut State University, both directly and indirectly. Christopher Marinelli, chair of the Social Justice Committee of the Student Government Association, is witnessing the repercussions of it as he works with undocumented students.

“It definitely has a significant impact on the students. When you have this rhetoric coming from the president and the administration and then you actually see actual action take place. People are genuinely afraid to talk out about these issues,” said Marinelli. “It’s actually scary.”

The SJC strives to protect undocumented students on campus. Members of the SJC began a lobbying effort for the Afford to Dream Bill.

The House Bill 7000 and Senate Bill 17 make up the Afford to Dream Bill.  This state legislation would allow undocumented “dreamers” to use institutional aid that they already help finance by paying tuition. Undocumented students cannot use this aid because they do not have a social security number that is required to fill out the financial aid application.

Lewis, who has given legal advice to students, is an advocate for the bill.

“I think it’s basic fairness that these students pay into this pool and they are not, unlike other students, eligible for other assistance. So they should be eligible to get money out of this pool,” said Lewis.

Marinelli and other members of the SJC go to the capital building and meet with state legislatures to push for this Senate and House bill.

Shortly after Trump passed Executive Order 13767, “Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements,” the SJC organized a rally “to stand in solidarity with undocumented students, those protected by DACA and our fellow Muslim students.” The SJC mentioned the two bills in the rally that was held on Feb. 2.

“The rally was more to get passion and motivation and people charged up and aware,” said Marinelli. “So we had the rally and the objective was to present these two bills.”

Besides the SJC efforts, there are other events hosted at CCSU that educate and provide support for immigrants. The panel held on April 11 with Veronika Mendoza sparked conversations with the community and students on the impact of the Trump administration to Latin American immigrants.

“It’s important in the university and in the young generation that there is a reflection on this xenophobia that’s growing in the world and what this means for humanity,” said Mendoza, leader of the “Nuevo Peru” political party and the presidential candidate for Peru in 2016. “It’s a threat to human rights. We should move forward towards unity, not backwards.”

Her political movement, Nuevo Peru, strives to eradicate human rights violations and discrimination in the undocumented community in Latin America and the United States. Therefore, immigration policy is an important issue for her.

“Being Peruvian, being Latin American, I identify myself with them. I see them as my brothers and sisters. I am worried on what could happen to them so I want to listen and hear from them directly. I want to know what I can do from Peru and from Latin America to help them,” said Mendoza. “It’s important in these moments that not just in the United States, but also in Latin American communities that we stand together in solidarity and support immigrants.”

Eduardo Gonzalez, Consulate General from Peru, also emphasized this mission.

“We are doing all we can to stay in touch with the local authorities of every state and federal government in embassy at Washington D.C.,” said Gonzalez. “You are not alone, we are working very hard for you.”

Ultimately, these events and groups on campus’ main goal is to educate the students. Marinelli emphasized how education can create solidarity in diversity at CCSU.

“A big thing is misinformation. A lot of apathy for undocumented student comes with a lack of knowledge on what it means to be undocumented and to be under DACA. A lot of people don’t understand that there is not a pathway to citizenship for the students, unless you join the military,” said Marinelli. “By raising awareness and having these events, we can get the conversations going so people know the different complexities on this faction of the population.”

Facebook Murderer Found By Police Before He Committed Suicide

by Christie Stelly

Steve Stephens, the perpetrator of a disturbing murder committed in Cleveland, Ohio, killed himself after being pulled over by police last Tuesday afternoon.

On April 16, Stephens shot and killed 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr. The murder can be seen in a graphic video uploaded and shared on Facebook.

In the video, Stephens’ states, “Found me somebody I’m going to kill, this guy right here, this old dude.” Stephens then exited his car and began talking to Godwin before shooting him in the head.

The video, shared by millions of Facebook users, sparked a nationwide manhunt. There were billboards and photographs posted all over the country with a photograph of Stephens.

There is evidence on Stephens’ Facebook that may provide the motivation behind his anger. In a Facebook post, he blamed the murder on a woman, Joy Lane, who is believed to be his ex-girlfriend. His post read: “three years I spent with this b****… I wish we never met.”

In the disturbing video, he asks Godwin to say his ex-girlfriend’s name before pulling the trigger. “She’s the reason this is about to happen to you,” Stephens said in the chilling video.

Two days later, Pennsylvania police received a tip from a fast-food worker at a McDonalds restaurant, who recognized Stephens in the drive-thru lane. Stephens was told that he had to wait for his french fries, a tactic used by the employees to stall Stephens from leaving the parking lot while they called police.

Stephens was impatient and left the scene in a hurry. Soon after, police spotted him in a White Ford Fusion with temporary license plates and eventually cornered him on Buffalo Road. Once police walked over to the vehicle, Stephens shot himself.

“We’re grateful that this has ended,” Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said. “We would prefer that it had not ended this way because there are a lot of questions, I’m sure, that not only the family, but the city in general would have had for Steve.”

The graphic video remained on Facebook for approximately two hours before staff took it down. Facebook has been criticized for not removing the video quick enough.

“We have a lot of work and we will keep doing all we can to prevent tragedies like these from happening,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said.

In a Facebook post by Stephens, he claimed that he has killed 15 people in total. Police have yet to confirm any of the 14 other supposed murders.

According to the Associated Press, Godwin was killed while he was walking on Cleveland Street, collecting aluminum cans, which was something he did often. “Not because he needed the money, it was just something he did,” said Debbie Godwin, the victim’s daughter. “That’s all he was doing. He wasn’t harming anyone.”

Stephens was working at a behavioral health agency as a counselor for teenagers and young adults. According to sources at NBC News, Stephens’ friends described him as a “good guy.”

It is unclear why Stephens murdered an innocent man in cold blood, and the public and Godwin’s family may never get the answers that they want and need. Stephens is the only one that could have given an explanation for his cruel killing and since he is gone, the public will never know.