Ordinance Well-Intended, But Has Its Flaws

College culture has long been coined as a juvenile, alcohol-filled lifestyle that is mostly made up of partying with the occasional class sprinkled in. In some cases these generalizations are accurate.

Anyone who believes otherwise is being far too naïve and foolishly optimistic about college students’ priorities. This conception about how students act has recently been the hot topic in the City of New Britain.

During a Town and Gown meeting in September, dozens of disgruntled New Britain residents voiced their concerns over the blight and noise problems that have been plaguing their Belvedere neighborhood for over a decade.

Some were elderly citizens, complaining that they would wake to find their property covered in beer bottles and other party related trash. Others were concerned that their kids couldn’t get a decent nights’ sleep on any given Wednesday or Thursday because of the commotions that came with the pack of students walking around at all hours of the night.

These problems would result in numerous calls to the New Britain police department, costing what is estimated to be thousands of dollars from New Britain’s budget.

On Tuesday, the City of New Britain’s Town Council voted to pass an ordinance that will create a “hot spot” fee to target owners of properties that emergency personnel are called to between five and nine times a year, depending on the type of dwelling. Violators will be fined around $500 for a typical call, in which just one police cruiser is dispatched. This fee is expected to generate about $1.1 million in revenue for the city, according to the New Britain Herald.

The idea behind this new ordinance is well-intended. College kids have a tendency to get out of control and disrespect the property owners around them. Students have to remember that CCSU is located within New Britain, not the other way around. We as a University have to abide by its rules; the city shouldn’t have to adjust to us. If students from CCSU are causing problems for local residents then it is the city’s responsibility to look into the issue and attempt to resolve it.

In theory, if you’re not causing trouble then this ordinance will not affect you. This issue can be avoided if off campus residents abide by the rules. As college students, it is expected that we act like adults, and it will not be a concern if you respect your neighborhood.

But one of the problems is that it is left entirely to up to the discretion of the police. This opens up the door for discrimination and other issues of biases. This could cause financial problems for students who are wrongly accused, who cannot afford to pay the fee.

Setbacks like this will also arise when residents will find a way to avoid paying the ordinance by using these outlets.

What many have not realized is that although the city’s intentions are good, there could be some serious side effects to this ordinance. If students feel singled out or discriminated against, this could push them to look for housing in surrounding towns like Newington and West Hartford.  Although some would surely be cheering if that was the end result, this would be bad news for New Britain’s economy.

The students of CCSU provide a constant source of revenue for landlords and local retailers. Many have said that CCSU is the gem of New Britain, and it would be a shame to drive away reasonably behaved student over a budgetary issue. What people need to remember is that not all CCSU students are the cause of this problem; rather it is a very small portion of our school population.

Editors Column: Baseball Is An American Tradition

By Kassondra Granata

Three, very large, brightly wrapped packages laid before me waiting to be unwrapped. It was my eighth birthday and I was anticipating receiving some spectacular present. My grandfather smiled and told me that he was very excited to see the look on my face when I opened these gifts.

In what seemed like three seconds, I stared at the piles of soccer equipment that sat before me. I had pink cleats, some athletic clothing, and a sparkly pink soccer ball. I gave my grandfather my million dollar smile as he told me he signed me up for soccer camp in the summer. There was not one ounce in my body that gave me any inclination to play soccer, but I went to the camp regardless.

I will openly admit that I have no athletic ability. I can throw a football and pass a soccer ball, but when it comes to any sort of physical exertion, my body repels it.
I lasted at soccer camp for two hours. I remember walking onto the field and getting a confused look from my gym teacher, who immediately knew that this was not something I signed up for.

At my elementary school, I was known as the abnormally short girl who would constantly sit out during sports activities. I would give the gym teachers attitude if I was told to run a lap around the track, for I already ran around the track last week. Seemed logical at the time, but now I completely understand why my gym teacher laughed when he called my name on the roster.

The only vivid memory I have from soccer camp, besides my encounter with my gym teacher, was the incredible amount of complaints I made to my teammates and coach. I was extremely dehydrated, and it was too hot for me to run around, so I needed to rest every 10 minutes. Like I said, I lasted two hours before I cracked and had to be picked up.

Although I am incompetent when it comes to actually participating in sports, I am a fully committed spectator, especially during baseball season. Baseball is by far one of my favorite sports. Some may argue that baseball is too slow paced, and requires no form of vigorous effort, but I disagree to the highest extent. Watching baseball is entertaining; I never find myself in a dull moment.

Major League Baseball (MLB) is the oldest spectator team sport in the nation. History is made every season and a viewer is very likely to witness a player reaching a milestone in their career. With Baseball, there’s no time limit, which can be seen as an issue from those who deem the sport as too mundane. Because there is no time limit, the game is always unpredictable. Baseball players also aren’t always known for overstepping their boundaries if they make a great play or score. You usually don’t see an egotistical remark or gesture from the players. Sure, power and momentum is a big factor in the game of baseball, but the game is extremely egalitarian.

The New York Yankees have been my favorite team for as long as I can remember. Growing up with three uncles and my grandfather as Yankee fans, it was difficult not to find myself sitting in the living room watching a game. The Yankees are now playing in the post-season led by the Captain, shortstop Derek Jeter coming off from a 216-hit season, and powered by Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson, and newcomer Ichiro Suzuki. The Yankees took the opener, 7-2 with the help of Sabathia and their five run rally in the ninth inning.

Baseball certainly has the most devoted fans. Baseball enthusiasts will pick their team and stick with their team no matter how many times they are let down. Just look at the Red Sox.

Volleyball Defeats Sacred Heart in Four Sets

By Matthew Aveni

With the pressure of winning the Northeast Conference, CCSU’s volleyball team kept the momentum and defeated the Sacred Heart Pioneers in four sets. The Blue Devils were led by Seniors Emily Cochran and Jamie Rademacher. Makenna Lommori played one of her best games in her young career, making blocks and setting up the outside hitters.

The first set proved to be the hardest and one of the most crucial sets for the Blue Devils.  They took the set 25-21 with Blaike King and Rachel Dunlap being the main attackers.  With the Pioneers getting off to a quick start, the Blue Devils defense proved to be the best offense in the first set.  They recorded five blocks that swung the momentum their way.  With the momentum swaying towards Central they capitalized on a few Sacred Heart missed hits and won the first game.

“We fought really hard in the first game.  We knew coming in they are a great team and taking the first set would be important, but our defense, with Jamie and Makenna was amazing.  They really pulled the momentum towards us and we started to hammer the ball,” said Blue Devil Head Coach Linda Sagnelli.

The second set showed how great of a player Captain Emily Cochran is.  She led the team with five kills and also recorded four digs and two assists.  With the great play by Cochran, Central took the game 25-18.

“Emily is one of our best players. She plays hard and she usually makes the right decision out on the court.  She is an unbelievable hitter and most teams know that, but her defense and setting ability is what makes her one of the best,” explained Sagnelli.

In the third set the Pioneers seemed to grab some of their momentum back by winning it 25-18.  Dianis Mercado was the leader for the Pioneers by winning consecutive serves and forcing the Blue Devils to scramble for points.  With the Pioneers playing a good third set, it forced many errors by the Blue Devils and put pressure on them to take the fourth set and not allow the match to go to a fifth nbhwhere either team can win.

The Blue Devils did exactly what they had to and won a dramatic fourth set.  Lommori displayed the potential she holds at the setter position finished the game with a great final set.  For the match she recorded a .545 hitting percentage, 36 assists, six digs and she was also in on nine blocks.

“We are really starting to expect this all the time from Makenna.  She is a great player and shows us her versatility at her position and becoming a true leader out on the court,” said Sagnelli.

The game was very emotional and it was seen on every point by both teams.  It was a true team win where each game had a different player leading the Blue Devils to the victory.

“It was probably the most emotional game we have played all season.  Sacred Heart has been very good for the past few years and the girls really wanted this game.  They played extremely well and I am so proud of my team.  A coach couldn’t be more proud of their team after the way my team played,” said Sagnelli.

The Blue Devils keep up its goal of winning the Northeast Conference by extending its NEC record to 6-1 in the conference.  With many games left to play, the Blue Devils are pleased with how they have played but they will not be happy until they have won their conference.

CCSU Volleyball Dominates Quinnipiac

By Rachael Bentley

The Blue Devils defeated the Quinnipiac Bobcats in three sets this Sunday, making this its fourth straight win of the season and bringing its Northeast Conference play to 6-1.

The players struggled to hit their groove during the first five points of the first set, but after a strong comeback by their passing, they were able to take control of the court and defeat Quinnipiac 25-16.

Volleyball Coach Linda Sagnelli explained that the game was “a Central kind of game”.

“Today we wanted them to take control of the tempo of the match,” explained Sagnelli.  “After the first five points in the first set we got our rhythm going and then we took command of the match. Our passing started off all over the place, and Makenna (Lommori) couldn’t get in system, but once we got in system, I feel it was the offense that took over. But it was because of the first pass.”

On offense, Senior Blaike King led the team with eight kills, with Senior Jamie Rademacher close behind with seven kills. Emily Cochran and Rachel Dunlap each had six. The Blue Devils posted a team hitting percentage of .329 for the match.

Makenna Lommori  assisted on 29 of the team’s 33 kills in the match, which Sagnelli attributes to the team’s great passing.

“Passing is the name of the game,” said Sagnelli. “If you can’t pass, you can’t play. I think all of the passers did a great job of settling down, taking a deep breath and saying ‘okay, we got this, not let’s do it.’ As they settled down the offense started clicking and Makenna did her thing. It all just worked.”

According to Sagnelli, the team’s main focus during Sundays game was to work on tempo after a tough match against Bryant that made the Blue Devils work hard for their win.

“I think the team is doing a great job,” said Sagnelli.  “The team focus was great and the energy was phenomenal. It was a hard hitting and great defensive match but you could see we had that edge to us.”

The team has improved with each week, thanks to the small group work that they do every  Tuesday and Wednesday. When each player develops as a player it makes the team stronger, according to Sagnelli.

If the team continutes playing the way it did on Sunday, Sagnelli thinks their chances at winning the NEC championship are high. The team is scheduled to play division leader LIU Brooklyn away on Sunday.

                                                   Rachael Bentley-The Recorder

CCSU Blue Devils won its fourth straight game Sunday


Blue Devils Remain Positive

By Tommy Liljedahl

Despite a disappointing 0-5 start, the CCSU football team remains optimistic during a much needed bye week.

“Obviously, this is not the start we wanted,” said Head Coach Jeff Mcinerey. “But we knew this team was going to take some time to take shape, especially with the new quarterbacks.”

Andrew Clements, junior, and Nick Sangiacomo, freshman, have been splitting snaps at QB for the Blue Devils, both experiencing some successes along with failures. While Sangiacomo threw three touchdowns in a 34-21 loss to Sacred Heart last week, he also threw three interceptions, including a late one that was returned for a touchdown, breaking the game wide open. Since a solid performance in the home opener, Clements has experienced struggles of his own, throwing three picks in a 43-10 loss at New Hampshire on Sept 15.

Clements will start in CCSU’s homecoming game versus Duquesne this upcoming Saturday, Oct 13.

“They’re both talented kids, no doubt,” McInerney said. “The ups and downs are to be expected, they just need to keep improving and get hot. There are a lot of other issues we need to work on.”

These issues include giving up big plays, as well as a mediocre third down offense and defense. However, they managed to hold Sacred Heart to 3 of 11 on third down, while converting 9 of 20 on third down. They also held Sacred Heart to only 261 yards on offense. Thwarted by a missed extra point, a blocked punt, and three turnovers, CCSU was left with a lot to build on heading into their bye week.

“This team is getting better and will win games,” McInerney said confidently. “A defeated team doesn’t practice this hard. The bye week has already given us a chance to regroup and improve.”

Lorenzo Baker, senior captain and outside linebacker, echoed the coach’s sentiments.

“Character is what you are, record is what people think you are. We’ve been working as hard as ever, and a few plays could have had our games going either way,” said Baker.

As a senior, Baker hopes to make the most of his final six games here at CCSU, and expects the younger players to follow his lead.

As grim as their record looks, CCSU has faced a brutal schedule which has included Stony Brook, who beat Army; New Hampshire, who holds the longest run in the FCS Top 25 poll; and Lehigh, ranked 11th in the FCS.

The schedule is no excuse, however, according to Coach McInerney.

“It’s on me, the players have practiced and played extremely hard and will continue to compete with integrity. I have to do a better job,” McInerney said.

McInerney expressed gratitude towards the student body and their willingness to come out and support the Blue Devils.

“I really appreciate the crowds and support we’ve been getting, and hope we can provide the fans with our first win in the homecoming game against Duquesne,” said McInerney. “Sometimes you have to fail your way to success.”