CCSU Hosts Electric Car Show

By Amanda Webster

CCSU celebrated National Plug In Day on Sunday by hosting an electric car show in Welte parking lot.

CCSU’s Global Environmental Sustainability Action Coalition (GESAC) and New England Electric Auto Assn (NEEAA) worked together to put on the event. Different types of electrically charged vehicles were on display for the public to view along with panels and discussions to participate in hosted in Alumni Hall.

The panels were made up of different owners of electric vehicles and they answered questions concerning mileage, gas conversions, and costs of different cars. There was also a chart to compare electric cars with each other so potential consumers could see what the best deals are on the market.

Merrill Gay was among the group of individuals showing off their different vehicles. His vehicle, a Vela mobile, looks somewhat like a hybrid between a rocket ship and a bicycle.

“It’s peddle powered with an electric assist,” said Gay when asked how his vehicle worked. “If you’re going up a big hill it’s nice to get a little extra power.”

Gay said he loves to ride his Vela everywhere and takes every opportunity to show it off.

Everyone at the show agreed that an interest in electric cars was a very interesting hobby and many of the participants said they had been involved with electric sustainability since they were young.

Greg Robie said that his interest in electric cars started when he was little but had to be put off in order to pursue a career.

More than just a hobby, Robie explained that he enjoyed working with electric vehicles because he was able to educate others about the good they do for the environment.

“We have to get more people aware that they don’t need to be spending a ton of money every week on gasoline,” said Robie.

Robie explained that he was lucky enough to pursue this hobby after retirement. “It got to the point where I was able to ask myself, what do I want to do for fun?” Robie said. “And I realized it was this.”

 

 

 

Faculty Senate Addresses Transfer And Articulation Policy

By Amanda Webster

Concerns over the developing Transfer and Articulation Policy was discussed during the Faculty Senate meeting Monday afternoon.

The policy outline was presented to the Senate by Mark Jackson of the biology department. The framework for the policy was broken down into four sections that transfer students will need to meet in order to transfer in successfully. Tentatively, if students are able to complete the four sections of the policy they will be able to transfer in with a standing junior status.

The policy, which is intended to be completed by October 15 of this year, is supposed to ease the transition of students matriculating into Central from community colleges across the state. The key elements of the policy include a common lower division pre-major package that will encompass 30 transferable credits for general education requirements on top of an additional 30 credits that can be applied towards the student’s major.

The community college will decide what they can offer for general education requirements and the package of classes will be forwarded to CCSU.

“We will end up with possibly 13 combinations of this, the expectations is that most of them will be very similar,” Jackson said about the class packages.

Faculty members said they were skeptical with allowing outside schools to decide what classes would prepare students for their majors. There was also concern over whether certain classes would count one way for one student, but count as a different class for another student based on where that student went to school. Jackson said that the system will be based on competencies, not by departments.

“The idea is that this will make it easier to transfer here because it has more to do with the content of the course, not the particular department that offers the course,” Jackson said.

The first and second sections of the program that students would need to complete are referred to as “designated competencies.” These courses would ultimately make up about 30 transferable credits and count towards the gen-ed requirements. If any of the competency areas are not met from the first two sections then they would need to be embedded into the curriculum.

According to Jackson, these embedded credits can come from Central once the student is transferred in, allowing professors to ensure that students are learning the required material.

Jackson said that through compromise there should be no reason to expect that students transferring in through this system will be behind compared to students who spent all four years at CCSU.

“If you look at this framework with a little bit of compromise what we’re getting is a student with two written courses, two scientific knowledge courses, embedding of critical thinking throughout the curriculum, every area of competency met,” said Jackson. “Students will have every one of those things achieved before they have achieved 60 credits; ask yourself if that looks like a strong student or weak student.”

Cindy White of the Communication department expressed her concern over the process of deciding what classes meet the competency requirements.

According to Jackson, a system still needs to be set up in order to assess the level of quality that students are receiving inside classrooms that are outside of Central.

“There’s no guarantee that you give a faculty member a learning objective that that’s what he’ll talk about,” Jackson said. “It’s a difficult thing to do and there’s no guarantee but compared to what we have now, which is nothing.”

 

 

Editors Column: Exhibitions Are The World’s Biggest Attractions

By Kassondra Granata

This weekend, a group of good friends and I took a trip to the Big E. After discovering that I have never been to the Big E, and my appreciation of the season, the group believed that it was a must that I experienced it.

I was beyond excited the whole ride up, anticipating the new experience. I was told about the attractions at the Big E, and that it is nothing that I have been exposed to before. Needless to say I had high expectations.

The Big E, also known as The Eastern States Exhibition, began in 1917 and is deemed to be New England’s greatest state fair. Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont are the states represented in the exhibition. In each state house, one can view the vendors and exhibits that portray each state. The apple crisp in the Vermont house is to die for.

While I was walking around, I noticed that the framework of the grounds reminded me a lot about the Chicago World’s Fair. Over the summer, I read a book titled, “The Devil in the White City,” by Erik Larson.

In this novel, Larson intertwines two nonfictional stories of two very different characters into one narrative. Larson brings Chicago circa 1893 to life unfolding the story of the World’s Fair and recounting the two stories of Daniel Burnham, the architect behind the fair, and Dr. H. H. Holmes, a serial killer who used the fair as a ploy to bring in his victims.

The World’s Fair was one of the most admired events at that time, for the United States aimed to surpass the French Exhibition in Paris. They created the World’s Fair to commemorate Columbus and his discovery of the “new world.”

Chicago was chosen to hold the fair due to it’s developmental status. At the time, Chicago was known as one of the most industrialized states in the nation, and the team built up Jackson Park into the infamous fair.

The World’s Fair in Chicago introduced many different monumental products, such as Cracker Jacks, Juicy Fruit, the Ferris Wheel, and other events such as Columbus Day and the Pledge of Allegiance. Walt Disney’s father, Elias, also worked on the fair, and thus inspired Walt when he was constructing his own famous theme park.

At the end of October, a group of The Recorder staff and I will be visiting Chicago for the National College Media Convention. There, we will attend sessions to learn more about producing a high-quality publication and grow as journalists. I hope to have the opportunity to take a dive into history there and be able to visit Jackson Park and see where all of these events actually took place. It’s going to be a memorable trip.

The Big E was a beautiful sight. The different crowds, the delicious food, and the company made my experience unforgettable. It definitely started out my falltivities season with a bang.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Men’s Lacrosse Looks for Strong Start to Fall Season

By Matthew Aveni

The Central Connecticut men’s lacrosse team walked off the field last season losing in the PCLL Conference playoffs to Worcester Poly Tech.  This season the Blue Devils seek to build off of last year’s playoff run and start the season off with a strong fall season.

The Blue Devils are led by their head coach Philip Orzech and senior captain’s Brian Ricardi and Steve Monteiro.  Entering this season they are an experienced team with many returning starters and players who can fill up the starting lineup.

“We have great coaching.  Each practice Coach Orzech gets the best out of each and every one of us and his expectations are high for our team this year. If we listen to his coaching and fulfill his game plan we should put up a tough fight in all of our games,” said senior Captain Brian Ricardi.

There are two seasons for the lacrosse team in the fall and in the spring. The fall schedule is for preseason games and exhibition games where the Blue Devils hope to fill the few holes in their starting lineup.

“We have an experienced team coming into the fall.  It’s nice because we can work out many of the positions that need to be filled in the fall, so when spring regular season comes around we will hopefully have a feel of how we play together,” said Ricardi.

Since many schools in and around the state of Connecticut do not have the funding for lacrosse teams, many of the schools have club teams.  Central will play important games against the likes of UCONN, Stonehill, Southern Connecticut, University of New Haven and their rival The United States Coast Guard.

“We always get hyped up when we play UCONN because they always have a good team, but when we play The Coast Guard the team always seems a little bit more focused.  Year in and year out they always have a top team,” said Ricardi.

Last season the Blue Devils finished with a (4-6)(3-4 NEC) record.  The goal every year for the men’s lacrosse club team is to make the playoffs and with their division. This year the goal seems to be in reach with the experience they have and the new players they have joining the team.  The experience should benefit the team.  They have many leaders on and off the field that will represent our school proudly.

“Last year we had some success and we barely made the playoffs.  This season I hope to build on what we started last year except take it a step further and win the PCLL.  It will be hard but if we work hard enough and pay attention to detail we can get it done,” said Ricardi.

With the fall lacrosse season coming up quick the team is practicing three to five times a week and is getting ready for their first exhibition game against the University of Connecticut.

Controversial No-Call Spoils Blue Devil Men’s Soccer Win

By Corey Pollnow

CCSU welcomed the Stony Brook Men’s soccer team on Sunday afternoon. Despite the Blue Devil’s dismal 2-5 record prior to the game, Coach Green had his boys well prepared for the 6-2 Seawolves squad.

Stony Brook controlled the action early on with crisp passing. Midway through the first half the action leveled out as CCSU developed a smoother rhythm on the pitch.

As the game entered the waning seconds of the first half Eddy Bogle skipped a flawless pass from the far left side of the penalty box directly to Jesse Menzies feet at the top of the 16. Menzies dribbled to his right past a Stony Brook defender and with 5 seconds remaining in the first half, and scorched a shot past the Seawolves goalkeeper Stefan Manz. The ball was struck perfectly and wound up in right upper 90 of the netting.

“I heard the countdown going and it was like one of those slow motion things. I had to get off a shot,” said Menzies. “I had guys calling behind me for the pass back and instead I just let a shot go. It was a pretty cool way to end the first half.”

Entering the second half, the Blue Devils were up 1-0 and continued to play well early on. Bogle and Menzies continued to create scoring opportunities and it was evident from the player’s body language a second goal was imminent in the near future.

Unfortunately the second goal never came for CCSU. In the 87th minute CCSU made a defensive mistake when they were unable to clear the ball from their own penalty box. A scrum ensued and it surely appeared as though a Stony Brook player advanced the ball with his hand which should have resulted in a CCSU free kick. Referee Jose Gonzalez swallowed his whistle on the play and midfielder Leonardo Fernandes scored to tie the game at 1 apiece. The crowd was livid and a bit of heckling was aimed at the referee courtesy of the Blue Devils fan section.

“The referee’s make mistakes just like any human being. Through other people’s eyes it was a hand-ball, through his eyes it wasn’t, and he’s the one that counts. It looked like one, but you have to move on and accept the referee’s decision,” said Coach Green.

The game ended in a 1-1 after 30 minutes of overtime. CCSU’s record through seven games is 2-4-1.

“We played a great Stony Brook team who are arguably the best team in the American East who went to the NCAA tournament last year. A very good team who have already beat two of the top teams in our conference. I was very pleased and thought we were capable of winning the game this afternoon,” said Green. “It was a very close game. Defensively we did very well, and I thought maybe we had the slight edge performance wise. I was not ecstatic with a tie, but we’ll settle with a tie based on the fact that I thought we had a great performance today.”

The CCSU Men’s next game is Wednesday, September 26th at 7 p.m. in Piscataway, New Jersey vs Rutgers.