Daily Archives: November 4, 2008

Halloween happenings:

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Normally Friday nights are busy enough for University Public Safety. However, when Halloween falls on a Friday, all bets are off. This past Halloween was a night of fights, intoxicated people and some unexpected happenings.

For the night, I rode along with Officer Duane Corey, Officer Brian Elliot and Officer Rebbeca Zwally. Before 10:15′ p.m. nothing of note occurred except for a non-student driving the wrong way in the Canisius parking lot, and the BCC building manager was unable to find University vans of which he had been given the keys.

However, at 10:15 when the evening was well under way, a call came in that a fight had occurred in the Quad.

Public Safety responded to find two students with ripped clothes. They were separated and Public Safety attempted to discern what happened from the intoxicated students. The story told by both parties was that the other one had started the fight.

Public Safety then told the students to have friends who were there for the fight to come and to corroborate the story.

A pack of students had congregated 30 yards away from the crowd of officers, RAs, and the AC. Daisy Duck and two other costumed students emerged from the crowd to gives statements to Public Safety. Students were told that the dean’s office would decide what had actually occurred. The more intoxicated student in the fight was then sent to the Health Center. Two hours later, that same student fled the Health Center. He was found roughly 30 minutes after fleeing and received a warning to remain in his room for the rest of the night; the student was not seen for the rest of the night.

At around 10:30, Public Safety learned of a Gypsy Cab Company Driver working on campus. The suspect was pulled over and all but one part of his registration was found to be in order; he was told not to come back onto campus until he had received the last part of the registration. Later that night, students were dropped off by the same driver outside the town house gate. Public Safety checked their Stag Cards and allowed them to continue on there way. At 11:21, extension 2241 was called in Public Safety responded and brought the student to the Health Center.

At 12:24 a.m., a student was found with a rock in his hand hitting the window of the north door of Claver as well as attempting to break the lock. By the time the Public Safety car had arrived to the front of Claver, the student was conversing with Public Safety saying that ‘his father paid their salary and that they worked for him.’

Public Safety continued to attempt to calm the student who was raising his voice and aggressively stepping towards every officer he talked to. Public safety told the student that they did not want to see the student for the rest of the night. He walked into the stairwell and exclaimed expletives, officers letting that go waited until he opened the second floor window and yelled more expletives out the window.

Public Safety then went to the second floor only to issue another warning to the student and asked him to remain in his room which he refused to comply. Then, they informed him they would call the Fairfield Police Department. FPD arrived to issue a warning to the student to remain in his room or he would be arrested for breach of peace. FPD was called back again for the same student 20 minutes later after he left his room; he was arrested for breach of peace. Public Safety, however, offered the student many opportunities to avoid this outcome. Warnings were offered and the student continued to ignore them.

While this incident occurred spanning over an hour and a half, other calls came into public safety including another fight in the Quad and an intoxicated student at checkpoint. The student had been dropped off and left by the driver at the entrance of Loyola drive. The Public Safety officer at the gate had the student wait student to be brought to the health center. He had scratches across his body. When asked about them, he informed Public Safety that he had slept in a prickly bush.

The night continued with students attempting to get into a Dominos car after the driver refused to drive them and girls getting rides across campus from the Dominos delivery guys and another student from Jogues sent to the Health Center. The night ended at 3:30 a.m. when a string maze was found in Town house block nine. The two officers had to cut the string down because it posed a threat to any one walking through the nine block.
As a sign of the debauchery of the night, these were only the events encountered by three public safety officers and one student.

Red and blues unite for Peace Now

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As Nov. 4 drew closer, students of Fairfield for Peace Now supported their red or blue vote more decisively: they continued their sometimes vicious political debates, they donned their comical T-shirts poking fun at Palin, McCain, or Obama, and they dedicated their Facebook statuses to their candidate of choice.

In an effort to reunite students and emphasized peaceful, patriotic peace, Fairfield for Peace Now organized a nonpartisan event on the front lawn of the BCC on Monday, Nov. 3.
At the event, members of Fairfield for Peace Now helped build and decorate a tarp shaped like a peace sign. Students who stopped by the event added a message to the peace sign using blue and red markers.

‘The goal is that during the day the peace sign will fill up similar to a color by number drawing with peoples’ words,’ said one student organizer Brittney Borruso ’10.

The peace sign decoration was followed by a discussion of what peace means to the student body.

There was also a presentation of facts about current situations in the world and what students could do to help promote peace.

Interview: Bacon Brothers plan to sizzle up the Quick Center this Saturday

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The Mirror: When you guys were younger and just playing around on instruments, did you hope it would develop into a band?

Michael Bacon: Yeah, I can’t really remember a time since Kevin was able to walk and just banging on a pot that we didn’t play music together and didn’t really enjoy playing music together. Whether I ever thought it would ever turn into what it has, probably hadn’t specifically thought of that, but I always hoped that we would have this bond together and enjoy making music together.

The Mirror: Michael, was it a little strange to play music with your younger brother with the nine-year age difference?

MB: Well, it’s still pretty strange. I never got over that. (Laughs) No, not really. One of the great things about the music industry now compared to when I first started out in the late-60s, it was ‘age 30, hang it up guy.’ Don’t trust anybody over the age of 30. What’s really happened in the next generation, people really appreciate no matter what age they are, music that came before them, so you see, our son is now 26, when he was 16, all he thought about was the grateful dead, guys that are older than I am. I think the music business changed in that sense. You have the Rolling Stones traveling all over the world, kind of the number one live performing band and they’re pretty old guys and so I think the whole age component in music has disappeared.

The Mirror: How did you guys decided to start a band in the middle of your careers, Michael as a solo artist and Kevin, as an actor?

Kevin Bacon: We were just kind of playing and we had some stuff that we’d written for years. A friend of mine heard a demo of ours and he said, ‘Why don’t you guys come down and play a Bacon Brothers show.’ We hadn’t even thought of ourselves as the Bacon Brothers. And I turned to him and really thought about it. I mean, I’d always kind of dreamed of playing music live, but I hadn’t really thought about it in that capacity. But we said, ‘Sure why not, what’s the worst that could happen?’ We’ll go out for one gig. Mike said, ‘So you’re going to play guitar.’ And I said, ‘No, I’m not.’ And he said you’re going to have to play guitar so it’s not just me playing. Then we got a bass player who’s an old friend of Michael’s whose still playing with the band, and a percussionist. So we had a real kind of small, acoustic band. And we did the one gig. It was terrifying, but really fun and it just kind of turned into another and another one and another one. Then we just started to make records.

The Mirror: Growing up, what kind of music did you listen to? Did you share the same musical tastes?

MB: Since we are nine years apart, there was that nine-year lag. I was more exposed to folk music than my brother was. Rock-and-roll hadn’t caught on exactly the way it did by the time he was growing up more in the 60s and 70s. When the British invasion hit, I was completely smitten by it that when I really moved away from folk music and into more rock-and-roll kind of stuff. I played in a rock band during college and that’s th thing that turned me around. That being said though, Philly is a really eclectic music town and there’s lots to discuss music and lots of people started in Philly and made an impact in the music business.

The Mirror: How does your creative process work? Do you both write the songs? What inspires you?

KB: Writing comes from all different places. It’s hard to really say. I wouldn’t say it’s the type of thing where we sit down every day for two hours and try to write songs. It’s more kind of comes. Something hits you, you have some kind of experience, or some thought crosses your mind, or I don’t know, you read something in the paper, you just have some kind of feeling and a song just comes out of it. I think we both tend to write music and lyrics at the same time. It’s not like we have a whole a file of lyrics or a lyric book and we’re going to put music to it. We just tend to write both to come together.

The Mirror: Kevin, you’ve been pretty well-known as an actor, do you think that helps or hurts your band’s image and its popularity?

KB: Well, I would say for the most part it hasn’t. I wouldn’t say that it’s helped. A lot people have a lot of disdain for the idea that an actor would form a band, and a lot of distrust that it’s a joke. So that’s something that we are pretty much on an on-going basis confronting and trying to get past. But I always knew that that would be the deal just because I know when I hear about an actor that is forming a band; I do a little bit of eye-rolling myself. So, for whatever reason, that’s just the way people react to it. You can’t really do anything about that except to play as well as you can and keep the level of writing up and keep plugging away.

The Mirror: Joaquin Phoenix recently quit the film industry to focus on music. Kevin, do you see that as a possibility for yourself?

KB: You know, I still really love making movies. I love directing and I love producing. I love acting. So I don’t really see that as a possibility in my life. I read that from Joaquin today, I haven’t actually spoken to him about it, but it seems like it is as much out of frustration with the movie business as it was he wanted play music.

MB: I decided today I’m quitting music and going into acting full-time. (Laughs).

The Mirror: You have your sixth album about coming out, has you seen a progress in your music from your first album to this most recent one?

MB: Well, I do see that, but those things are hard to judge. It’s kind like these songs and CD’s are your children, so you can be all objective about it. But the thing that I see that gives me a lot of happiness is that if you look at the musicians that Kevin and I were when we were making our first record and where we are now, we’ve both, even though I’ve been involved in music a long time before that, we’re both better singers, better songwriters, better instrumentalists, better performers. We know our audiences better. Publicity and other kinds of things that go along with music. I take a lot of pride in that and if the music’s gotten better, that’s more for someone else to judge. At the same time, I feel really good about this new record and there are some songs that are kind of accessible enough that could possibly get in the public domain. We’re going to do everything we possibly can to get it out there. In the meantime, the band is so much farther and has gone so much longer than we ever expected it to. If you gauge success, I put a lot of value in what we’ve achieved in the last 13 years.

The Mirror: What genre would you consider classify yourselves as? Your music seems to be a blend of rock and country with some other things as well.

KB: Well, you know we had a joke our first record, it was called Forosoco. It stands for Folk, Rock, Soul, Country. It was a new category of music that we made up. It was basically because people reacted to our music the same way that you said, ‘It seems like a blend.’ And it is. We have a lot of different influences. We like a lot of different kinds of music. We try to write the song and then let the song take you musically where it’s trying to go. As opposed to trying to just having one specific sound and have the band sound in one specific way.

The Mirror: How did you come to play at Fairfield? Did Fairfield contact you?

KB: They contacted us.

MB: We have a booking agency out of Monterrey, California. And we’re on a list of acts that they circulate to pretty much every venue. Someone at Fairfield either heard about the band or knew the band well and decided to try to book us and it worked out great. We’re happy to be playing at Fairfield.

The Mirror: The concert is on a college campus. Is that something your looking forward to, do you expect a lot of students to come out?

KB: We don’t get the chance to play campuses all that much. But it is fun because it’s a different kind of vibe. We just played in upstate New York at Geneseo on campus, it was a fun gig, we had a good time. And we hope to get some students there.’