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Mission: Bleed Blue Jumpstarts Student Participation

By Jacqueline Stoughton

Central Connecticut State University is enacting a new initiative in an attempt to bring more awareness and participation to on-campus events that are sponsored by various organizations that exist at CCSU.  They’re calling this new initiative Mission: Bleed Blue.

“Mission: Bleed Blue is a new initiative we’re starting on campus where we’re sponsoring certain events throughout the semester,” said Brian Choplick, president of CCSU’s Student Government Association.  “If students go and swipe in at those events, they’ll earn a certain amount of points per event. Once they hit a certain amount of points they’ll be eligible for certain prizes.”

All students have to do to be in the running to win a variety of prizes is to swipe their Blue-Chip card at each event they attend.  The points earned will then be distributed through the collegiate links system.  Students are already registered within that system if they are actively involved with any club on campus.

“The point system is a little bit different than normal point systems.  It’s not like cash, where you give us points in exchange for something in return,” said Choplick.  “The first 200 people to hit ten points will win the first prize, which is a Mission: Bleed Blue t-shirt.  As people hit certain tiers in the point system, they’re eligible for the prizes.”

“The prizes get larger and cooler as you go up.  They’re apparel type items, but not the usual you would get,” said Michelle Zohlman, president of the Central Activities Network.  “We wanted to be different and make it stuff you couldn’t typically get at the bookstore.  It’s stuff you essentially don’t want to pay for.”

Although CCSU is enacting this new initiative to try and bring in more participation at campus events, lack of attendance and participation at such events was never a troubling concern, and certainly not the sole reason this initiative was created, according to the founders of the initiative.

“There’s never an amount of people that is too much. But, we should always be looking to improve the amount of people that attend events,” said Choplick.  “One of the things we’re attempting to address through this initiative is the completely false stigma that there’s nothing going on at Central.”

“The point of Mission: Bleed Blue is to reward students for being a part of the students activities programming on campus and to really show them that there are these things to do on campus and to tell them to keep supporting it because there’re these great programs that aren’t getting the support they should be,” said Zohlman.

Mission: Bleed Blue is defined as being it’s own entity.  It has no association with CAN, SGA or any other major organization on campus.  This is a new system that has been in the works since last November, and has just recently been announced this past August.

“I think that the Mission: Bleed Blue is a really good initiative to get students involved around campus and develop themselves as better leaders,” said CCSU student, Danielle McCormick.  “I have always gone to events and been involved on campus.  But, I definitely think that we need to get more people to come out and participate in more events.  This program is essentially the first step to making great leaders at CCSU.”

Mission: Bleed Blue has already begun, it’s first two events being the CAN Carnival and Family Day.  Its next event where students will be able to swipe in and earn points is at this weeks pep rally.

“From a CAN perspective, we’ve had the best attendance in events.  We’ve actually broken our record for events attendance,” said Zohlman.  “We’re interested to see how it’ll affect indoor events.”

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Administration Addresses Vance Hall Confusion

By Kassondra Granata

CCSU’s Vance Hall and eight Finance Committee recommendations were discussed at last week’s lengthy SGA meeting.

Dr. Laura Tordenti, the vice president of Student Affairs and Dr. Richard Bachoo, the chief administrative officer, spoke during the student affairs report about the recent decision to put the Vance renovations on hold.

“We just can’t afford to do the whole building this summer,” Tordenti said. “We don’t have the money. We would do the whole building if we could.”

There was concern expressed at last week’s Inter Residence Council (IRC) meeting from the Vance Executive Board. The hall said that they were disappointed and “misled” by the administration that their building would be finished this year. A member of the board said that the decision to put the renovations on hold would deter their return to live in Vance Hall in the fall.

Tordenti said that the new food service building will commence construction and a representative will be at the next IRC meeting to ask questions and suggestions of the general council. Sen. Simms Sonet asked Tordenti if the administration knew that the student body thought that Vance would be done by the summer.

“This is actually the first time hearing that students thought that,” Tordenti said.

Bachoo agreed with Tordenti and said that he was not aware that students expected that all renovations were to be completed.

“It is a huge project to think that it would be finished so quickly,” Bachoo said. Bachoo said that CCSU will be doing as many renovations as they can. He said that a goal is to complete two floors in Vance this summer.

“We are trying to get a floor done and by Christmastime we will get more work done,” Bachoo said. “We are not going to give you false hope. We can’t get all of it done this summer; it is impossible.”

According to Bachoo, University President Jack Miller said that CCSU will not shut down a residence hall until a new residence hall is built. Bachoo said that last week a team will be putting the new residence hall back online for selection through the summer into the fall.

During Committee Reports, the SGA allocated $250 for the Muslim Student Association to go toward their trip to North Carolina. The senate approved the PRIDE line-item change and approved the neuroscience base budget request for $200. The senate allocated Deuces Wild $400 for printing and refreshments and allocated the Biology Club $5000 for their conference trip.

The senate voted down on denying the Design Club’s contingency request and denied the Accounting Society’s contingency request.

An original motion to allocate $1750 to TGFI for a trip was changed by Sen. Ryan Baldassario to reduce the allocation to only $830, striking out the allocation of hotels. Sen. Bobby Berriault tried to amend the motion to give $300 to the group but that amendment failed. The motion to allocate TGFI $830 passed.

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UConn STEM Research Upsets CSU Schools

Malloy Proposes $1.5 Billion Initiative For UConn

By Kevin Jachimowicz

With the proposal to strengthen UConn STEM programs (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) moving forward, major financial support has led to excitement for some, but confusion for faculty and students at other state universities.

“It could have been coordinated a lot better so that all levels are used – the community colleges, us (state schools), and UConn,” said Sharon Braverman, assistant dean of the CCSU school of business.  “From the beginning it should have been all of us that were involved, not only one school, because it’s going to take all of us.”

Faced with a projected $1.2 billion budget deficit for next year and $63 billion in overall state debt – giving Connecticut the largest debt burden per capita in the nation – Gov. Malloy recently proposed a $1.5 billion initiative for UConn to augment the existing $2.3 billion “21st Century UConn’ program.”

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Malloy is not necessarily responsible for the nonchalance in a shallow percentage of funding going toward Connecticut’s other state schools and community colleges.  Phillip E. Austin, now the current interim president for the Conn. Board of Regents of Higher Education, which governs the seventeen Connecticut State Colleges and Universities, was also the thirteenth president of the University of Connecticut from October 1996 to September 2007, which raises suspicion for some.

“We’ve got somebody running our system whose prejudices are for a research one university like UConn,” says CCSU English Professor Candace Barrington.
He’s sees us only that we have a very limited role and that we are the lesser university serving the lesser students.”

She also says that because UConn had a plan ready and people in place to pursue it, it had an upper-hand.

“Right now the attitude [here] is like let’s hope they give us something…and UConn’s been out there like, “Heres our plan, this is what we want, this is what we’re willing to do.” They were able to talk the students into voting for a tuition increase,”  said Barrington.  “Nobody from CONSCU is up there saying this is what we need and why…I don’t blame it on Malloy at all.”

CONSCU is the seventeen Connecticut State Colleges and Universities governed by the Board of Regents. These schools vow to offer students an affordable, accessible option to further their education or career training.

The Board of Regents is essentially in the crosshairs of this issue, being that it governs the seventeen state schools in their entirety. The board is aware of the growing concern amongst faculty around the state. Public Affairs and Marketing Director Colleen Flanagan Johnson admits that “The Board of Regents and its administrative leadership understand several of the concerns raised by some faculty and staff members at our seventeen institutions,” but continued to say “we were grateful that the governor specifically identified the role the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities must play in the state’s economic expansion strategy and workforce development.”

“I think the Board of Regents has no idea what it’s doing,” said CCSU professor David Blitz. “The president and vice president were forced to resign because of the scandal over the unauthorized pay raises. There’s an acting president who doesn’t know very much about the community colleges [or the state universities]…He knows about higher education, but [only UConn],” Blitz continued.  “In attending their last board meeting, I was very unimpressed. They don’t know us, and they don’t understand what they are doing; and that’s a formula for potential disaster.”

Dubbed “Next Generation Connecticut,” the initiative plans to begin major expansion of UConn to potentially increase enrollment, bring in new faculty, and improve the infrastructure.

Many feel that having a world-class university in Connecticut is a worthy goal, as is expanding the number of graduating students who are trained for the jobs of tomorrow, but some also say the initiative should be a collaborative effort of universities state-wide.

“I think it’s a positive thing to bring more students into the state, to invest in a growth area that’s important to the population (STEM & genetic medicine).  I think more money to higher education is a good thing, whether it’s us or UConn; the ideal would be, of course, both,” said Blitz.

“We worked really hard for a long time to try to fix a lot of problems and the people that are being paid to fix those problems shut out the faculty; and it ends up being the solution that works best is the one that works best for those few at the top, and they’re not doing much to improve morale. My morale is pretty low, I can’t speak for anyone else,” Barrington said. “If you have a car, and you’re putting gas in it, and you’re doing your oil changes and you don’t abuse it, and it breaks after 30,000 miles, it’s not your fault, it’s the person who’s in charge of building it,” Barrington said metaphorically referring to the structure of higher education in Connecticut.

With so many students attending other Connecticut State Universities prior to their expenditures at UConn, Braverman finds it difficult to understand why the state would deny its students the proper funding and encouragement.

“There’s ways to work it out, and then UConn wouldn’t be the big beneficiary.  It’s going to take all of us; they don’t have enough anatomy and physiology labs to cover as many people as they need, so they’re going to have to come here too, and to the community colleges….we’re all going to need to work together,” said Braverman.

When confronted about continuing with increased borrowing, the governor responded, “Connecticut is not going to move forward doing the same things that we did unsuccessfully for 22 years,” Malloy said, according to an article in the Hartford Courant. “This is a big idea.”

Although the idea is massive, its primary focus is on one Connecticut university.  Major financial support for just one school has left both faculty and students at other state universities feeling as if they have been brushed under the rug.

“While I do see the state benefitting from obtaining a qualified in-state workforce, the education piece is only benefitting UCONN,” said CCSU Biochemistry professor Christa Cote. “I see a pitting of UCONN against other highly qualified state universities. Enrollment in UCONN will go up and down in other state universities.  If enrollment goes down elsewhere, employment at those universities can go down as a result.”

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CCSU Students Share Their Thoughts On Gun Control

By Kassondra Granata

On Dec. 14, 2012, 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Since this event, President Barack Obama as well as other leaders around the country have taken action implementing new gun laws in hopes to prevent this from happening again.

Obama, in his initiative to decrease gun violence, has been executing legislative proposals and executive orders. These proposals range from congressional actions such as requiring criminal background checks and limiting ammunition magazines to 10 rounds, to executive actions such as issuing a presidential memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system, to starting a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign.

On Feb. 21, Vice President Joe Biden spoke with others at Western Connecticut State University on gun control.

“We have to speak for those 20 beautiful children who died 69 days ago,” Biden said, according to an article in The New York Times. He also noted the six staff members who tried to save them. “There is a moral price to be paid for inaction.”

Also present at the debate, Conn. Gov. Dannel Malloy proposed tougher, stricter gun laws for the state. Malloy said he plans on closing loopholes and banning the weapons that are used to cause events such as Sandy Hook.

“Two months ago, our state became the center of a national debate after a tragedy we never imagined could happen here,” Malloy said in a New York Times article. “We have changed. And I believe it is now time for our laws to do the same.”

 

 

 

 

In light of these recent laws, students at Central Connecticut University voice their views on gun laws and the Obama Administration’s efforts with gun control:

 

Pro-Gun:

  • “The new guns laws are not aiming to fix the problem, they are aiming to make things more difficult for the average law abiding citizen. To fix the problem we need to focus on the mental aspects and enforce the laws we have and go after the criminals. I’ve been shooting since I was three years old ive been shooting since I was five. I own my own gun business and have been part of gun club for three years now and I have been club president for two years. I have worked at a gun store and have worked in the gun industry before.” -Thomas Minutelli, president of the Rifle and Marksmanship Club at CCSU.
  • “The new guns laws are not aiming to fix the problem, they are aiming to make things more difficult for the average law abiding citizen. To fix the problem we need to focus on the mental aspects and enforce the laws we have and go after the criminals. I’ve been shooting since I was three years old ive been shooting since I was five. I own my own gun business and have been part of gun club for three years now and I have been club president for two years. I have worked at a gun store and have worked in the gun industry before.” -Thomas Minutelli, president of the Rifle and Marksmanship Club at CCSU.
  • “I am very pro gun. I just started shooting this year. I joined gun club because I wanted to learn how to protect myself just in case anything does happen mainly because I am living in New Britain right now. If someone is going to attack me I’d rather have as many bullets between them and me as possible.” -Brittany Levine, member of the Rifle and Marksmanship Club at CCSU.
  • “There are a constitutional right as opposed to an occupation that some people have. To some people that is just a hobby but for the vast majority of Americans it should be a right and is protected by the constitution.” -Jack Kelner, co-president of the Rifle and Marksmanship Club.
  • “I support stricter gun control, but I myself use guns for hunting and I have grown up with them my entire life. I support universal background checks; I do not support the assault weapons ban. I think there should be screening for mental health illness. With the assault weapon ban, I do not really support that because sometimes people do not know what an assault weapon is. People should be educated with them though, learn how to use them. I was always taught about the proper way to use guns.” -Matthew Denno, CCSU student.

 

Anti-Gun:

  • “I think we need more gun control. We have way too many guns out on the streets and we do not need military grade weapons. The Second Amendment is not interpreted correctly anymore. That was originally for a militia which we really do not need at the moment. Leaving the public with the access of so many different weapons is harmful.” -Kory Mills, SGA senator.
  • “I don’t think that people should be able to have them too much. Especially automatic weapons, large capacity magazines, even pistols to an extent. Having a shotgun or a hunting rifle isn’t too big of a deal, but other than that no one should really have them.” -Dan Mcallen, CCSU student.
  • “I definitely agree with the permits and the background checks. I think more security would help. I am definitely anti-gun, but I don’t see a problem with the permits that are going on now that are able to allow families to have guns. I am kind of neutral in that aspect.” -Nicole Pourier, CCSU student.

 

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  •  “I am not a fan of these guns laws. I agree that there should be mental health checks; there are too many people who are mentally ill and are not capable of understanding the responsibilities of owning a gun that own one.” -Brittany Levine, member of the Rifle and Marksmanship Club at CCSU.

 

  • “The laws that have been implemented in the past have shown that there is no evidence that it has changed anything. There are not many facts and statistics that they have done anything to stop crime. If they want to help anything and improve society then mental health is what we need to be addressing.” -Jack Kelner, co-president of the Rifle and Marksmanship Club.

 

  • I think Obama is doing a lot of talk, but I don’t think he is going to get anything concrete through.” -Matthew Denno, CCSU student.”If I was Obama I would tell the NRA to go away. I would get stricter gun control. He is definitely on the right path, but he needs to be a little bit harder on it. It is the beginning of his second term, but he will get more done as it comes to a close.” -Kory Mills, SGA senator.

 

  • “We need to go after the people. We need to deal with their issues other than worrying about the red tape. We need to deal with the mental handicapped. We need to help the people first, go after the criminals.” -Thomas Minutelli, president of the Rifle and Marksmanship Club at CCSU.

 

 

To hear more student feedback: http://centralrecorder.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Gun-Control-Sound.mp3

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Regents’ Subpar Strategy Will Ostracize Connecticut Residents

The Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education was scheduled to vote yesterday on whether or not to approve a 5.1 percent tuition increase for in-state students and a decrease for out-of-state students by 2.6 percent. When this publication went out for print (Monday), our editorial staff was not aware if this proposal was approved or not. Nonetheless, the fact that this was considered did not sit well with our staff.

The idea that in-state residents, who pay taxes to the state, will have to pay more to attend a state school is disappointing. Most students in high school in Connecticut have been in this state for most of their lives. Their parents have paid taxes year in and year out. A chunk of every paycheck that they earned was taken away before they ever got their hands on it. Part of that money went towards education and now it’s not going to benefit them at all.

Regardless of what happened at the Regents’ meeting Tuesday, state school tuition will still cost less for in-state residents, as it should, but decreasing the cost for those who don’t contribute to the state while increasing the price for those that do cannot be expected to be taken well.

Under this proposal, loyalty is the last thing that comes to mind. If the state is dealing with declining enrollment then the last thing it should do is ask its residents to pay more for a college education. In-state students are the CSU system’s bread and butter. Most people that attend state schools do so with the inkling that it costs less to do so.

Not only is the tuition cheaper than private schools, but a lot of students commute from home to save on room-and-board costs. The amount of money that students can save is the main reason why they stay in state. To be quite frank, there’s not much that draws students from other states into the CSU system.

But that is exactly what the board voted on; a second-rate strategy that attempts to lure students from out-of-state into Connecticut. The message that is being sent to prospective Connecticut college students doesn’t exhibit any allegiance whatsoever.

People should feel like their state is behind them, but this proposal throws Connecticut residents to the side for the potential market that is out-of-state students. It’s just like when a company offers new customers a slew of benefits while ignoring the faithful ones that have been with it through thick and thin.

If this proposal was approved Tuesday, as many expect it to be, it will do nothing more to the declining enrollment issue that the state faces than to blindly throw a lousy solution at one of the many problems that Connecticut must deal with in the future.

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Where Have All The Students Gone?

Administration Looks For Answers

By Amanda Webster

For the second year in a row enrollment at CCSU has declined, leaving faculty and administrators asking “why”?

According to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, enrollment is down by 3.1 percent. The Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education is projecting an annual one percent drop for higher education in the state until 2020.

Faculty Senate President James Mulrooney conducted a phone survey to contact students who did not finish their education with CCSU in an attempt to figure out a pattern that would explain why students leave Central.

“If you’re looking for the smoking gun, the main reason, there isn’t one,” said Mulrooney. “Everybody had a different reason,” he explained.

According to the survey, the reasons for students not returning to CCSU stemmed all the way from personal to financial reasons. Some students decided that college was not for them while others decided to take up a trade or enlist in the armed forces.

“There was a very small group who were not happy here,” said Mulrooney. The student unhappiness was again attributed to many different reasons.

According to Mulrooney, some students felt that Central did not offer what they were looking for in their education while others just wanted a different social experience.

The survey has been conducted three separate times, all during summer and winter months after the registration periods. The total number of students that were accounted for not registering for Spring 2012 was 398. Out of the 398 students, 152 were reached in the phone survey and gave a reason for not returning. According to Mulrooney, the Spring 2013 numbers were just about the same with about 45 percent of students that provided responses.

“Some went to community colleges but I suspect they’ll be back,” said Mulrooney.

Part of the problem with measuring retention is that the school measures in cohorts, meaning that if a student decides to leave CCSU to finish their general education requirements at a community college before returning to complete their major classes, they will still be counted as a loss and later counted as a transfer student.

Mulrooney said that doing the survey the second time around gave some students enough time to figure out their situation and they were able to re-enroll in the University.

Because there is no single answer to the enrollment issue, different multi-pronged approaches are being implemented around campus in order to improve some of the issues students gave as reasons for leaving, said Mulrooney.

Laura Tordenti of Student Affairs said that should enrollment continue to decline, the University will seek different marketing techniques. One of the biggest challenges faced by Connecticut colleges, however is that there are simply fewer students graduating high school than before.

“We’re certainly looking to increase our graduate student offerings,” said Tordenti as a possible alternative marketing source.

Tordenti said that the University is always looking for new ways to appeal to students and that as long as the school is seen as attractive then students will continue to invest in higher education here.

“This is a terrific institution, we have so much to offer,” said Tordenti. “I think we’re positioned very well.”

 

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CCSU Stands With Sandy Hook

by Amanda Webster

Hundreds of members of the CCSU community came together Tuesday night to honor and mourn the lives tragically taken in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday.

Twenty-six candles were lit at the front of Alumni Hall representing the teachers and children who were killed at the school and few dry eyes were seen as a video portraying the victims played.

Vice President for Academic Affairs Laura Tordenti said that the entire University has been deeply saddened by the events in Newtown for there were members of the Central community who were directly affected by the tragedy.

Principal of Sandy Hook, Dawn Hochsprung, was one of the victims and also a graduate of CCSU. Another victim, Ana Marquez-Greene, the six-year-old daughter of faculty member Nelba Marquez-Greene, was one of the 20 children killed in the violence Friday morning.

“We are all of us touched by this tragedy,” said Provost Carl Lovitt. “Connecticut is such a small state. Our collective grief is so much harder to bear because the events touch so close to everybody’s home.”

Survivors of the shooting Laura Swanson, Maryrose Kristopik, and Kathleen Reynolds are all teachers at Sandy Hook who graduated from CCSU.

“Tonight’s vigil is an opportunity for the community to come together to offer comfort and to really honor those who were killed and also to offer love and support to each other,” said Tordenti.

Tordenti welcomed students and faculty at the beginning of the vigil on behalf of President Miller who was not able to be on campus during the time of the ceremony.

“Our hearts ache for the family members and friends of those who died,” Tordenti expressed to the members of the crowd.

Outside of Alumni tables were set up for students and faculty to trace their hands and write a message of encouragement for the community of Newtown. Green and white ribbons were also passed out to those who attended the vigil in honor of the colors of Sandy Hook Elementary.

John Campbell of the CCSU Campus Ministry also spoke to those who attended the vigil.

“I don’t have any words to soften what happened at Sandy Hook,” Campbell said. “It was terrible and will have repercussions on those involved for the rest of their lives.”

Campbell said that though there were not words to make the events of Friday better, there are ways for members of the community to reach out and offer help to those suffering.

“We need to step up and be there for those who seek our help,” Campbell said. “Not only that, but we need to look for those who need our help.”

Lovitt said that it was important for everyone to take the time to listen to one another in an attempt to make sense of what has happened.

“We are those who care deeply about the pain of people we don’t even know because we can imagine their sorrow and their loss,” said Lovitt.

 

 

 

 

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Central Pushes LIU; Can’t Finish

By Derek Turner

Even in a loss to the Northeast Conference leading LIU Blackbirds Saturday afternoon, Central Connecticut Volleyball made a statement.

The teams traded set wins through the first four before Long Island completed the victory and stayed undefeated in the NEC with a 15-8 fifth set win.

“I think it was an exciting match,” said Head Coach Linda Sagnelli returning to the gym after talking to her team following the loss. “A lot of long volleys, there was good serving, there was some incredible defensive plays and then some incredible plays on both sides where stuff happened very quickly and the ball just stayed up.”

LIU jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first set off a couple CCSU errors, but the Blue Devils quickly turned things around and the two teams traded points throughout the set. Central took control of the set near the end when they scored seven of the final eight points en route to a 25-18 first set win.

Long Island came back strong in the second set never trailing and coming out with a 25-16 win to tie the match at one set apiece.

After it seemed like Central conceded the second set towards the end, they came back and dominated the third with defense holding the Blackbirds to their worst set hitting percentage on the day at .108. The Blue Devils took the third set by a score of 25-18 and needed only one more set to defeat the top team in conference, but they couldn’t put the match away.

Just as in the first set, the fourth was extremely competitive and neither team could take a large lead early on. After 16 points the score was tied 8-8. LIU then scored four unanswered points and didn’t look back even after Central closed the gap to one at 12-11. Long Island scored 13 of the final 17 points and tied the match at two games each with a 25-15 win.

“It seemed like in the sets we won, everything worked better for us and in the sets they won they seemed to be more in sync,” said Sagnelli.

Tied at two sets each, LIU and Central were headed to a fifth set. The only other time LIU had played five sets in a conference match was September 22 against Sacred Heart; their first Northeast Conference match of the season. This would be the Blue Devils first five-setter of the conference schedule as both teams played very equal on Saturday.

“Overall the numbers match up very closely adding them all up and a few points separated the two teams today,” said Sagnelli.

As the Blue Devils came out of their huddle before the fifth set, libero Allyson Porter looked over to the “student section,” and motioned them to get loud. Everyone in the stands knew this was the biggest set of the season thus far and the Blue Devils needed everyone behind them, especially the three male students with their shirts off and chests painted blue and white.

Central held a slim 3-2 set lead, but a series of errors cost them the set and the match. As the teams switched sides, Long Island held an 8-4 lead and extended the lead to 11-4 before CCSU made a small run, but LIU quickly regained composure and finished off the Blue Devils scoring four of the final five sports and defeating Central three sets to two.

“We talk about competitive attitude and mental toughness all the time and I think Long Island was better at that today,” said Sagnelli. “We have a degree of mental toughness; we need to able to increase that and not be afraid to go out there and go for the win.”

Outside hitter Blaike King led CCSU with 17 kills on the day followed by Emily Cochran’s 15 with a majority of the attempts coming from passes off the hands of setter Makenna Lommori who finished the match with 38 assists. Porter contributed on the defensive end with 20 digs.

LIU-Brooklyn remained undefeated in conference play with this victory over CCSU and a 3-0 victory Sunday versus Bryant University. Through Nov. 4, LIU, Robert Morris University and CCSU had clinched berths in the NEC tournament which is played at the #1 seed’s home court on Nov. 17 and 18.

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CCSU Kaiser Bubble Bursted

By Irene Yukash

Kaiser Bubble is closed indefinitely due to vandalism that took place Thursday around 3 am when two CCSU students and a visitor made a 40-foot gash on the tennis court side of the structure.

According to CCSU Spokesman Mark McLaughlin, arrests will be made shortly.

“This is an incredibly stupid act of vandalism in their part, they themselves could’ve been injured,” said CCSU Spokesman Mark McLaughlin. McLaughlin said that the suspects used utility knives, scissors and other sharp objects to carve into the bubble.

Although damage costs are still being assessed, he says that they could be as high as $100,000. In addition to cost damages are consequences felt by those who use the bubble regularly. As of right now, club sports like Rugby, Frisbee and Lacrosse have lost their workout space for the winter. Also affected are the students and REC leagues that utilize the Bubble.

“I’m upset and a little bit angry, but my heart goes out to all the people that are going to be really affected by this,” said Eric Bergenn, President of the Student Government Association. Bergenn says that the recreation directors are currently seeking a new way for club sports to continue practicing.

Investigation is still underway by the police as well as the CCSU Student Conduct office.

“I think that we can all take this an opportunity to understand how much people need to respect each other within the community. This is home to a lot of people, this is kind of like family,” Bergenn says.