Daily Archives: September 24, 2003
It’s no secret that Fairfield women happen to be amongst the top collegiate fashionistas – our school is known for featuring A-list fashion to match our famously beautiful faces.
But however savvy we claim to be, there’s an invisible line that seems to be crossed again and again: the division between sexy and skanky.
Now don’t get me wrong, there’s a time for being skanky! Of course, that time is a crazy townhouse or beach party where the only objective is to attract a drunken brute with an eye for cleavage.
I’m neither condoning nor condemning this behavior. If you want to be a party skank, it’s fine with me (and all of my boyfriend’s housemates). Our society expects this at parties.
The problem arises when skanky clothes are worn during the day.
While tight jeans are sexy, a flabby beer gut hanging over the waistband is not. I’ve seen several girls exhibiting theirs with navel rings.
Seriously, girls, the point of jewelry is to accentuate what is already beautiful. Flaunt it if you’ve got it. Otherwise, spare the rest of us.
Also not sexy are the butt cleavage and colorful thongs. Think a guy will go crazy over seeing a thong peeking out? If he’s a Fairfield guy, chances are high that it’s not the first thong he’s ever seen, and it most definitely won’t be the last.
As for makeup, so many girls are dedicated to fake-baking, bleaching hair to within an inch of its life and drawing on eyebrows. Virtually everyone knows that tanning booths are cancerous, and death is something universally unattractive.
It’s not like guys enjoy seeing any of this.
One Fairfield senior remarked, “Look, I don’t wear muscle shirts because my muscles are limited to show off. Girls should follow my lead, especially the ones who wear clothes four sizes too small.”
Another added, “I love it when girls wear tight black pants, but not when their fat hangs over the edge!”
And you believe they find you attractive? It seems like it’s time for a change.
In the meantime, here are a few tips to deskankify yourself:
When buying pants, wrap the waistband around your neck. If it fits, they’ll fit you perfectly and no flab will hang over the edge.
If you MUST wear a miniskirt, top it off with a long-sleeved shirt, preferably one with a boat-neck and sleeves dangling over your hands. Keep the heels low and the hair up.
Overall, try to be classy. You’ll look much nicer and feel much better about yourself. When you’re self-confident, you immediately become more attractive to others. And wasn’t that your point in the first place?
Did your parents push you hard to compete in sports?
My parents never pushed me to play sports. It was always my decision to play, but they always supported me in whatever I wanted to do. They are the type of parents that everyone wanted to have. They were at every one of my games and were there for me through the good and the bad. They gave up a lot over the years to drive me all over the place. There were times when I was playing on three or four different teams and they never complained. I know without them I wouldn’t be where I am today.
How long have you been playing soccer competitively?
I started playing soccer when I was four or five. Ever since I was little it was my first love. I started to become real serious about it probably when I started playing on the Pennsylvania state team when I was 12 or 13. Did you play any other sports when you were younger? I used to swim and play basketball. I played basketball in high school. I also did gymnastics until I was five or six but quit because it was at the same time as soccer.
How did you become a goalkeeper instead of a striker or defensive player?
I use to play a half in the goal and a half on the field when I was younger. I was one of the few that volunteered to play in the goal. I think I liked it at first because I got to get dirty. Then I made the state team as a keeper and started to concentrate on it more. I still love playing on the field but playing keeper is my love. You can win or lose a game by making or not making a save and that’s what I love about the position.
Why did you choose to come to Fairfield? Fairfield had everything I was looking for in a school. Academically it was strong and they had a great soccer program. I knew I would be challenged in the classroom and on the soccer field. I fell in love with the school on my official visit. I really liked the soccer girls and how they were. After my visit I knew Fairfield was the right place for me.
How did you feel when you got the starting goalkeeping job your freshman year?
There really is no word to describe how I felt. I was excited and nervous all at the same time. I knew I had some big shoes to fill because there had been some great keepers before me. I wanted to live up to that level of play.
What are your goals for this year and for the next two?
I want a ring. (When you win MAAC championship you get a ring.) I want to help my team anyway possible to reach our ultimate goal to win the MAAC championship. All of us except the freshmen have been to a MAAC tournament and have left it with a bitter taste in our mouth. I want to help my team get back there and leave this time with a ring.
When was the last time you heard a Fairfield athlete turn down an alcoholic beverage? Chances are, not recently.
However, if you offered a drink to a Fairfield athlete 24 hours before a competition, the answer is most likely no thanks.
All athletes at Fairfield are required to abide by the 24-hour rule. According to the 2003-2004 Student-Athlete handbook, consuming alcohol 24 hours before any competition is prohibited. Consuming alcohol at any team related function before or after competition is also prohibited.
Violators of these policies are warned and can be suspended from games and practices. If the individual continues to violate these rules, extreme measures can be taken including suspension from varsity athletics, cancellations of grants and scholarships, and additional counseling.
Like other students here at Fairfield, athletes venture to the beach and townhouses. You can find them anywhere from townhouses parties, the naut or the Grape.
Like most students at Fairfield, varsity soccer player Taylor Warwick ’07 enjoys going to the beach.
“The beach is a great positive environment for gathering and the occasional co-ed confrontation, and I sometimes go there with my friends,” he said.
The coaches at Fairfield have realistic expectations and policies that most athletes do not find difficult to follow.
“Our policies are very clear. Although cross-country does not have a dry season, the 24-hour rule is very strictly enforced. Any violators are kicked off the team,” said men’s and women’s cross-country coach Andrew Harrington.
Just two years ago, a female cross-country runner violated her team’s drinking policy and was kicked off the team. Last year on a team Spring Break trip, two men’s tennis players were stripped from their captainships because they were caught drinking.
Some teams, such as men’s golf and women’s volleyball, have a dry season.
“Our coach doesn’t think drinking is appropriate during season, and he is pretty strict about it,” said golf team member Dan Quatorcelli ’07.
Some coaches enforce a dry season while other like men’s lacrosse coach Ted Spencer strongly encourages his team not to drink at all during its spring season.
“I believe my players work so hard for 20 hours a week, and alcohol only inhibits maximum performance the players are capable of,” said Spencer.
Overall, most athletes seem to be compliant to the 24 hour rule.
“I’m sure some of the players go out before a game. I don’t because I personally think it effects my play,” said field hockey player Kiara Nickl ’04.
As the final seconds of Saturday night’s soccer game at Lessing Field ticked down, a sense of frustration seemed to travel from the field up into the stands.
The visiting Richmond Spiders scored to seal up a 2-0 victory over host Fairfield, dropping the Stags to 1-3-1 on the season, including a 0-3-0 mark at home. A cast of percussionists who had made drums out of empty buckets in an attempt to assist the Stags on home win number one headed silently back to their dorms. Another dissapointing loss to add to the record books.
The frustration of tallying only five goals in the first five games is accompanied by some optimism.
While head coach Carl Rees would like to see some more offense he is pleased with the large and talented freshmen class, especially offensive stars Mike Troy and Alex Cunliffe.
Troy, who played his high school soccer less than an hour down the road in Newtown, Connecticut, and Cunliffe, who last year spent time with England’s under 18-year-old national team, have combined for seven of the Stags’ nine points (goals and assists) .
Rees describes Troy as combing “cutting edge instinct with power and speed,” He has been a bright spot in an otherwise silent offense, and has scored four of the team’s five goals, three of which were assisted by Cunliffe, a fullback/midfielder who shares with Troy a close bond both on and off the field.
The two collegiate newcomers meshed right away during pre-season workouts, and decided to alter their housing plans so that they could live together. ” I was just getting along with him so well during the pre-season,” said Cunliffe. ” I just phoned the guy [that Troy was slated to live with] and asked him to switch.” They share a brotherly bond that not every set of cross-Atlantic college students has. And even for close friends, their on the field bond is something special.
“The thing about Alex is that he has such good field vision,” said Troy. “He’s so good at finding the open guy.” Speaking modestly about the aforementioned field vision, Cunliffe says he can find Troy easily because he is “a big lad [listed at 6'0" and a solid 200 lbs].” Cunliffe also added a statement that speaks volumes about Troy’s ability.
“He’s the main target,” Cuniffe said.
That, of course, is something that cannot be said about most rookies, and is one of the reasons Troy was named the MAAC rookie of the week, the very first week of his collegiate career. With the majority of the 2003 schedule yet to be played, the two are sure to both be amongst the candidates for the conference Rookie of the Year title.
During Saturday’s game, another pair of freshmen roommates stepped into the soccer spotlight. Robbie Gallina and Mike Calabrese each made their first collegiate starts. Calabrese got off two shots including a mid-second half header that very nearly tied the game at one.
Fellow freshman Taylor Warwick made his collegiate debut in the Stags’ 2-1 home loss to Boston University. He had missed the season’s first two games due to off-season knee surgery.
All three of this year’s losses have come at Lessing on Saturday nights. Fortunately, the Richmond game was the last Saturday home game of the season. The non-Saturday home schedule begins tomorrow night, when the Stags host MAAC rival Manhattan (at the time of publishing).
The women’s volleyball team may be off to a slow start this year in non-conference play, but the team’s record is no indication of how the team will fare in the MAAC.
So far this year, the team’s record is 2-10 but the team has not played one conference match yet. According to the players and coach Jeff Werneke, the record does not reflect the team’s talent and ability.
“I don’t look at success based on records, I base it on efforts physically and mentally. My expectations have always been to improve from week to week. This team has stepped up to the plate and will continue to develop its own identity,” said Werneke.
This year, coach Werneke scheduled tough matches with non-MAAC teams including University of Connecticut, Seton Hall, and Army in the beginning of the year to prepare the team for when conference matches begin. The Stags’ first conference match is on Oct. 8 at home against Marist.
According to players, playing teams that are stronger than them have helped them improve and start to prepare for conference matches.
“Our coach scheduled tough matches in the beginning of the season so we can prepare for the MAAC. When MAAC matches start, we will definitely be good to go,” said Kristen Anderson ’04.
This year the program was fortunate enough to return four out of the six players from last year. However, this year the team has suffered from many injuries which have forced people to play new positions.
“We have used four different line-ups already this season due to injuries,” said Coach Werneke. “The sacrifices these players have made individually is quite amazing as they have had to give up their individual positions. I am very proud of how these players have handled all of these obstacles so far this season.”
The players have also seen the challeges this year’s sqaud has been faced with.
“We are fighting different obstacles day in and day out, but I believe we will come out on top,” said Kelly Sorenson ’04.
“The obstacles only make us stronger. We are battling different injuries and constantly changing lineups,” she said.
Anderson also agreed that the team will be stronger once injured players can compete.
“So far this year, our team has been plagued with a lot of injuries,” Anderson said.
“I was out for seven games. Casey Machon was out with a broken finger, and Sorenson was out due to surgery. Because we had so many injuries, people had to play new positions. We will be better once players return,” she added.
This year, the team aims to win the program’s seventh MAAC Championship and receive an automatic bid to the NCAAs. Last year, the Stags shared the MAAC regular season title with a record of 8-1, but the team finished third in the MAAC Tournament.
Coach Werneke believes his team this year has a good chance of winning the MAAC.
“I have stated from day one that with this team I believe we can win the MAAC regular season and the MAAC Tournament,” he said.
“This particular team has the opportunity to become the first team in Fairfield history to win a NCAA Tournament competition,” he said.
Players this year have already received honors for their efforts and talents. Keri Kaiser ’07 was named MAAC Co-Rookie of the Week this past week, and Anderson was named to the Albany Challenge All-Tournament.
This weekend, the Stags will travel to California for the San Diego Tournament where they will be playing two top 25 teams.
“This weekend will be the toughest weekend of the year,” he said. “San Diego is ranked twenty-first in the nation and Loyola Marymont is ranked twenty-fourth in the nation.”
All views expressed in this article are for entertainment purposes only. The authors will be the first to admit that butt shorts are the best thing since free Domino’s!
15. Tucked-In Shirts: Fake ID not flying at Blackrock, guys? Since you don’t have feminine wiles to win over with the bouncers, try tucking your button down shirt into your pretty shorts. It’s sure to add a solid 30 years to your image.
14. Ribbons: Your inner-twelve year old is dying to break free. Release her out by tying a ribbon into your ponytail.
13. North Face Backpack: Don’t forget to pack your trail mix in your North Face for the extreme hiking conditions of Fairfield University.
12. Pleated Skirts: Sky-high pleated mini-skirts are not just for cheerleaders and saucy Catholic schoolgirls. Implant dirty thoughts into the minds of your “friends with benefits” by parading around in one of these.
11. LaCoste Shirt: The itty-bitty alligator logo on these shirts certainly takes a chomp out of your wallet. Golfers and prepsters of the 80′s are no longer the sole proprietors of this trend. Only available in extra small. 10. Sweat bands: Walking up the steps of the BCC too exhausting? Does your sweat rival that found on the cold-cuts in the dining hall? Stay dry with a sweatband. Bonus: sop up that unmentionable wrist sweat with matching wrist bands.
9. Trucker Hats: Only you and that middle aged overweight trucker for the John Deere Corporation could pull this look off. Make sure to tilt it to one side so there is no question that this hat is for fashion purposes only.
8. Vera Bradley Bag: Missing your grandma? Channel her by carrying a Vera Bradley bag at your side. Large enough to even tote your arthritis medication!
7. Red SOLO Cup: The ultimate party accessory, the red cup perfectly adorns any outfit. Feeling daring? Opt for neon blue.
6. Vivid pastels … for men: Nothing beats a brilliant salmon colored collared shirt. Pair your shirt with baby blue shorts, and you have one terrific, Technicolor combo!
5. Nalgene Water Bottle: Dropping 15 bucks on this water bottle is money well-spent. This bottle is durable enough to back your 18-wheeler over it (while sporting your John Deere hat of course). Guarenteed to still be cold!
4. Armani: Attention all male fashionistas of Mediterranean descent: if you look down at your ripped chest and don’t see the magical letters A-R-M-A-N-I, set yourself on fire immediately. Then extinguish the blaze in style, with an Armani fire blanket.
3. Fake Tan: What could possibly be more ravishing than day-glow orange skin in the dead of winter? Make sure you take to Hollywood Tans at least three times a week to maintain your apricot sheen. 2. Butt Shorts: Ooze sexiness with a pair of butt shorts valued at about $10 but retailed at $24. Mesh or cotton, proudly dress up your derrière with shorts featuring either STAGS or FAIRFIELD emblazoned on the backside. The best way to pull off this trend? Roll them up so high that neither word is recognizable; makes for a fun guessing game!
1. Collared Shirt: Fairfield students have given a new spin to an old classic: turn the collar up. Give off a mysterious allure while also hiding hickeys from embarrassing hookups. Hey, it’s the new turtleneck!