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The Most Dangerous Club on Campus

By Ashley Foy

At last September’s club fair, one group in particular stood out as new sign-up sheets continuously were being added to the table after students heard a brief description of planned activities.

“[SALD Associate Director] Sue Sweeney told us at the club fair that we are the most dangerous club on campus,” said Drew Blythe, the club’s vice president.

This popular and “dangerous” new club on campus is the outing club.

“Matt [Vekakis] and I came up with the idea of an adventure club during winter break 2010. When we found out, however, that there was formerly an outing club which had held the same mission as us, we decided to reactivate that,” explains Liz Braun president of the outing club. “Our club purpose is to enjoy nature in a respectful way, but we also throw in a relaxed sense of having fun and adventure. The main difference between us and the old outing club is the adventure we mix in.”

One would think a club that’s main goal is respecting and enjoying nature should seem like a relatively low-risk club, but that is clearly not the case for the outing club.

“We definitely throw a lot of adventure into the mix, with things like zip-lining and whale watching,” explained Vice President Drew Blythe.

While the club is working on insurance issues surrounding some of their planned activities, they are promising exciting events for their club members. With already around 50 members on Collegiate Link and a strong following of members at meetings and on their Facebook page, this club is quickly becoming a popular one around campus.

The club is currently in the process of getting gear for all of their active members, and then will be giving out extra reusable bags and carabiners with an outing club logo to promote the club and thank the members for their support. These will be given out at a table they will have in the Student Center in the fall semester and at an event they are planning for Earth Day in the spring.

Aside from their major whale watching trip during the spring semester, the club will have an overnight event this winter where members go rock climbing, sleep over, have pizza and hang out. The event will be held at Prime Climb in Wallingford, Conn. And before then, while Connecticut is still in its fall foliage stage, the club plans to go on a hike and will announce the time and place once they get the clearance from SALD.

Important to remember is that the club covers many different nature activities from all walks of life. There is no expertise required to partake in any of the events. Beginners and experts alike will be accommodated at each event to ensure that all students are truly welcome to join in and will have a good time.

Meetings for the outing club are every other Thursday. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Sprague Room in the Student Center.

Japanese American Cultural Club Hopes to Expand Focus

The Japanese American Cultural Club is planning on going in a new direction this semester that club president Raymond Feliciano hopes will illustrate the club’s commitment to a more comprehensive understanding of Japanese culture, history and society.

In the past, the club’s main focus has revolved around Japanese media, including anime, video games and other Japanese popular culture.

“We want to bring to light different aspects of Japanese culture. We’ve started straying away from just media culture,” said Feliciano.

Recently, the club has strived to present a more comprehensive look at Japanese culture through panel discussions, forums, Q&A sessions with Japanese students and educational trips. Feliciano and treasurer Chelsey McGovern hope that this new direction will also shed some light on CCSU’s East Asian Studies major and study abroad opportunities.

“We really want to make the East Asian Studies major more visible,” said McGovern, who recently returned from a year abroad at Kansai Gaidai, CCSU’s partner school in Japan.

Feliciano emphasized that while the focus of the club is Japanese culture,  the main goal is to promote a cross-cultural understanding.

“It’s open to all students,” said Feliciano. “The only thing you need is an open mind”.

The club’s first major event will be a Japanese game show night on Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. in Torp Theatere. The game show night is open to anyone who wishes to participate.

The Japanese American Cultural Club meets on Thursdays from 7 p.m to 10 p.m. in the Student Center in the Philbrick Camp Room.

For more information e-mail the club at jclubccsu@yahoo.com.

CCSU Hosts ASME East Human Powered Vehicle Challenge

CCSU hosted the event this year, bringing in 28 teams from around the world.

By Samantha Fournier

In thick jagged white writing the words “Devil’s Chariot” appeared on the side of the smooth black carbon fiber exterior of the Human Powered Vehicle Club’s vehicle as club members drove it around the Stafford Motor Speedway last weekend for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers East vehicle challenge.

This year, CCSU hosted the ASME East human powered vehicle challenge, bringing 28 teams from around the world. Some of these teams came from as far away as Venezuela and Canada to CCSU’s campus to race their human powered vehicles in this three day competition.

The event started off with a design presentation and safety check on May 7 around Copernicus Hall.

“Each vehicle had to be able turn within a 25 foot radius,” said CCSU’s Human Powered Vehicle club president Ben Haase, adding that each vehicle had to get up to 15 miles per hour at 100 feet and had to be able to stop within 20 feet.

The event then moved to the Stafford Motor Speedway on Saturday and Sunday for drag, utility, and endurance races. Overall CCSU’s three-wheel design came in 9th in the utility class.

Racers for this year were club participants Johnny Kassay, Joshua Treadwell, Charles Hart and Shayna Bartell. Over the past year these students, as well as Haase and other students have worked outside of class at nights, on the weekends, and some holidays to complete this vehicle for the ASME East HPV Challenge.

Since 2004 students have been building vehicles with club advisor and technology professor Dr. David Sianez. In 2008 the human powered hehicle group became an official club.

“Enough of us got involved that we wanted to help it grow,” said club president Haase of the club’s start.

“[The] purpose of the club is to apply what they learn in the classroom – application based learning. We try to expand the students’ experiences,” said Sianez of the club’s purpose.

Throughout the year students of all majors participate in the planning and building of the vehicle. They first apply their concept to a computer generated model and then use that to create the vehicle, which includes making a series of molds for the exterior and building the body. Altogether Sianez estimates students put in 1,200 to 1,500 hours worth of work on the vehicle.

While the team wanted nothing more than their hard work to pay off at the challenge, the club interaction and personal progress is important.

“For me the idea of winning has nothing to do with it,” added Sianez. “The idea of performing to the best of your abilities has everything to do with it.”

The Human Powered Vehicle club is already planning for next year’s two-wheel chrome exterior vehicle to race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway next spring.

CT1 Media Trip Reveals Changing Industry

The broadcast area of the CT1 Media newsroom that includes both the Hartford Courant and Fox 61.

By Jason Cunningham

The Hartford Courant’s home on Broad Street has transformed from the one that earned America’s longest continuously published newspaper a Pulitzer Prize. The integration of Connecticut’s affiliate Fox 61 with the Courant has created a new kind of media beast.

Students from CCSU’s Society of Professional Journalists chapter who visited the paper’s newsroom on April 30 were greeted by the yellow smiling faces of dysfunction known as The Simpsons. The long-running Fox cartoon family sits in the building’s main entrance, an instant reminder that this house now provides for two.

“TV people are very noisy,” joked Douglas Stewart, Fox 61’s Operations Manager .

Stewart, who led the SPJ’s tour through the building, believes the combination of the newspaper and station provide the greatest extent of coverage possible for their news organizations.

“We’re all adjusting to each other,” Stewart said.

The group first got a look at the massive printing press used by the Courant. According to Stewart it’s referred to as the “Daily Miracle.”

On the third floor Stewart explained how Google Hot Trends is used as a journalistic tool for both media organizations. He also talked of how the Courant and Fox 61 have expanded upon each other’s work, especially for online content. Sharing staff is a common translation for sharing resources between the two.

“Our photography staff is fluent, they work within both worlds,” Stewart explained.

Working within multiple journalistic worlds is Stewart’s main advice for anyone considering a career in journalism. Advising the SPJ members to be trained in as many disciplines as possible, ranging from writing and photography to audio and film editing.

“Be a one man band,” Stewart said, “This is what it’s moving towards and you’ve got to be ahead of the game.”

Regardless of what different news philosophies the Courant and Fox 61 bring to the table, Stewart says the newspaper and station count on each other.

“At the end of the day, that’s a good thing,” Stewart said.

Jenifer Frank, the Courant’s Deputy Metro Editor, calls the convergence an “interesting experiment.”

The group had moved into a conference room next to the newsroom, briefly sitting with Stewart and Frank until Stewart exited, leaving Frank open to the SPJ’s questions.

“Convergence is tough,” Frank said. “What’s going to happen is all trial and error.”

The future of the news industry, print journalism in particular, has taken a dramatic shift with the consuming popularity of Internet-based news organizations.

Frank told the group that while training in the traditional print journalistic method is useful, it’s not enough to base a career of off in the transforming industry.

“If I were your age I wouldn’t go into journalism right now,” Frank said with a laugh. “It’s a whole different ball game.”

Members of the SPJ still seemed confident that jobs in journalism would be available to them after graduation.

“There’s always and interest in sports,” said Andrew Ragali, SPJ President. “Having ESPN in your backyard is encouraging.”

Culture Shock Claims Title as Event of the Year

ASO President Gigi Neama

By Jason Cunningham

Culture Shock, an event that features performances from across the African Diaspora, received Event of the Year at the Annual Club Recognition Dinner on Monday.

During Culture Shock, cultures with African roots represent themselves through performances, vendors and cultural foods to create a night of diverse entertainment. Culture Shock is the biggest event mainly sponsored by the Africana Students’ Organization.

“The night, all in all, went smoothly because we had a great team of workers to help who were organized and enthusiastic on making the show a memorable one,” said Gigi Neama, president of the ASO.

The Caribbean Orchestra, Karibe Mambo lead by Orlando Ortiz and Alisa from Alisa’s House of Salsa came together during the event to make Culture Shock an interactive performance.

“Just imagine 200 people learning to salsa dance and topping it off with a Conga and Limbo Line,” said Neama.

Culture Shock also featured a full buffet of Caribbean, African, Latin American, European and Indian food.

“In 2009 they needed the services of WFCS for DJing. We were a success so they brought us back,” said WFCS 107.7 DJ Earl B-EZ Nelson.

Nelson along with Michael DJ Fresh Jackson provided music and sound expertise for the evening.

“The reason why this is such a success is because it’s a cultural gathering of all cultures. There’s no superiority there, everyone is treated the same, on the same level,” said Nelson.

According to Neama, the fourth annual Culture Shock in 2009 was a crucial year for ASO. Prior to that Culture Shock had low attendance. The 4th annual Culture Shock was appealing because, like this year, the audience was integrated with the performers, engaging them in activities like salsa and belly dancing. Attendance jumped from 50 in 2008 to 200 in 2009, allowing the ASO a better opportunity to promote Culture Shock on a larger scale for this year.

Other cultural organizations on campus that are involved with Culture Shock include the Black Student Union, the United Caribbean Club, the Latin American Students Organization and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People amongst others. The President of NAACP, Martine Bernade, has acted as one of the emcees for Culture Shock for the past two years.

“A lot of the times cultural organizations have a stereotype that they are specific to a certain race or ethnicity of people and that hinder diversity within membership,” said Neama. “A common misconception among our cultural organizations on campus, Culture Shock counters that and opens up student’s minds to giving ASO a chance.”

ASO has already made plans to incorporate more events into their yearly calendar and hopes to be successful integrating fun and inviting events for the campus.