Daily Archives: November 11, 2008

Stonehenge, Central Park… Fairfield quad

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Every so often a project of magnificent proportions is executed perfectly. One such instance was the renovation of the Residential Quad. Its transition from a place filled with dead shrubs and burnt grass to an expression of what Fairfield University actually is and moreso what can be, cannot be matched.

But the renovation was still met with some hesitation.

Many will complain about the noisy mornings that the construction created, but those eventually tapered out. Others complained about how long it took to get the project done, but delays always happen in construction. Some hate the center of the Quad because they wanted to see an open field, but the dimensions and space are something that can now be appreciated. Then you will find another group that complains about the renovation running overtime, as if those first two weeks of the academic year were such a burden.

Some people were expecting a field to play Frisbee or football, but how many fields do we need? We have been caught in the state of wants and have forgotten the role that things of this nature play in our society. A Quad is a centerpiece and as a centerpiece it should be shown as a point of hope.

It has been my experience that these Quad naysayers will never truly be satisfied.
I know I am taking a side that not many will agree with, because to be honest, I didn’t understand it either with my first glance of the project. It was not until the topic of last Friday’s Quad ‘opening’ came up that I fully understood the execution of this project.

The Quad has become a great glance into the lenses of what Fairfield can become. If every building were to follow the lead of the quad, this campus would recreate itself, placing its physical beauty on top of its natural beauty.

With the tricky aspect of predicting enrollment and the ever-changing economy, to execute a high cost project, such as the quad, is somewhat impossible. But in creating something that looks like the Central Park of Fairfield University, it has become money well spent.

When asked by The Mirror what she thought of the project, one student said that it looked like Stonehenge. The ideological architecture will speak volumes of the character of this campus.

In the same article, a student spoke about the lack of communication that came with the project. This is the part that led me to disagree with the project at first. But the end result two months later has produced a great example of what is to be the starting block for the campus changes of years to come.

Take another look at the Quad. It may serve as one of many instances of Fairfield’s ambitious and thoughtful future.

When to put the flip flops away:

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Whether you’re representing the beloved state of our very own Fairfield University, or you’re from all the way out on the West Coast, you’ve learned by now that Connecticut isn’t always 70 degrees and sunny.

As you bring home your shorts and miniskirts over Thanksgiving break, you’ll need to know what to wear as the temperature drops and the leaves fall.

When to put away the flip flops: We all love showing off a new pedicure, but waking up for your 8 a.m. and seeing frost on the ground is usually a good indicator that open-toed shoes are not the most appropriate attire.

Girls, we all need to come to terms with the reality that summer can’t last forever. My rule is that once it hits 40 degrees at least twice, you have a good reason to stop spending $25 every two weeks on your pedicure. Shove your flip-flops to the back of your closet.

Don’t wait until there is three feet of snow on the ground.

Guys, we promise you that it doesn’t look good when you’re wearing your Fairfield sweatshirt underneath your North Face with sweatpants and J. Crew flip-flops. No one wants to see your pale feet in the middle of January.

Ugg Boots: Guys, we know you hate them, but we promise that we wouldn’t judge you if you invested in a pair for yourself. They are a godsend.

But girls, no one thinks it looks good when you show up at a party on a Friday night with your Abercrombie denim mini-skirt and a pair of tall black Uggs. We judge you then and we would much prefer it if you covered up your orange-y, tanned legs. Put away the miniskirt and stick to skinny jeans.


Keep warm:
Walking to your 8 a.m. in the Dolan School of Business with a puffy down jacket, a wool knit hat, and microfleece gloves in the beginning of February is really nothing to be ashamed of.

When classes don’t get cancelled and you have to trek halfway across campus in what can be consider the next great blizzard, it’s OK not to wear your new top. I’ll be the first person to break out the ski jacket and beanie when it hits 10 degrees and hail starts to come down.

So how to survive winters in the New England? Invest in some very fashionable scarves, find yourself a hottie to snuggle up with and know that it’s OK to bring a box of tissues to Religious Studies.’

Extreme shopping on eBay

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Why are these absurd items posted on eBay? How can someone market something as incalculable as a life, as intangible as a soul, or as useless as a 10-year-old sandwich? Has the globalization of world economies rendered virtually anything a commodity – even a kick to the groin?

University of Missouri sophomore Micheal Linnerman posted an offer on eBay titled ‘Kick me in the nuts to help me pay for college.’ According to U-Wire, the offer allowed the buyer to kick him directly in the testicles while the incident is videotaped.

As if this offer does not sound ridiculous enough, he set the starting price at $80,000.
But, Linnerman wasn’t the first to post a bizarre offer on eBay.

According to BBC News, over the summer Ian Usher, 44, sold his ‘entire life’ on eBay for about $303,628.’

Usher included his house, his car, his job and his friends in the offer in an effort to make a new start after a difficult divorce. Although Usher said he did not regret selling his life, he had hoped for a higher bid.

Artist Gareth Malham, made a similar sale in 2002, when he sold his soul for $16.95, according to an article in BBC News.

The 26-year old from England, who had recently graduated from Sunderland University, promised to sign over his soul by writing a legal document in his own blood after receiving the check. Despite the warnings from local clergymen about the ‘dangerous’ nature of the transaction, he sold the soul to a man in Oklahoma.

And let’s not forget about the infamous ‘Virgin Mary Toast.’

The 10-year-old toasted cheese sandwich said to bear the image of the Virgin Mary sold for $28,000 on eBay in 2004, according to BBC News.

An Internet casino, goldenpalace.com, bought the sandwich, saying that it had become a part of ‘pop culture.’ They plan to take the sandwich on a world tour and donate the profits to charity. Diane Duyser, the seller from Florida, claims that the holy sandwich has not molded since she made it.

People post increasingly idiotic offers on eBay not because they are desperate for money, but because they are bored.

eBay has become an entertainment facility – sellers post random items at obscene prices and get a good laugh when someone actually buys it.

Usher was looking for something to distract him from his failed relationship and Malham just wanted to see if something as intangible as a soul could actually be sold.

Duyser wins the award for cleverest eBay auctioneer, by marketing her cheese sandwich as a religious relic- she rolled in almost 30 grand.

As for Linnerman, he doesn’t actually believe anyone is rich or sadistic enough to pay $80,000 to kick him in the groin. But he was trying to make a statement about the cost of secondary education. Today, college bills are metaphorically hitting thousands of American families where it hurts- and he’s right, something should be done about it.

Although Linnerman didn’t make $80,000 as he had hoped, I say kudos. It takes chutzpah to make an offer like that.

Editorial: A team to remember

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As the basketball season begins and the excitement grows about the men’s and women’s teams, both of which were selected second in the Metro Athletic Atlantic Conference (MAAC) pre-season poll, the fall sports may unfortunely be ignored.

But this weekend the women’s soccer team, along with their male counterparts and the women’s volleyball team, showed that although hoops may be upon us, it’s not yet time to wrap up the fall sports season.

The women’s soccer team made a thrilling run through the MAAC Tournament, defeating Siena in penalty kicks 5-4, after a 0-0 tie through regulation and two overtimes, and then knocking off No.1 Loyola in the championship game.

Meanwhile the men’s soccer team picked up two wins at home over Marist and Siena to earn a berth in the MAAC Tournament, a possibility that seemed unlikely two weeks ago. On campus, the volleyball team won two matches, including a major victory over rival Siena to take over sole possession of first place in the conference with a 14-2 record.

However, it is the women’s soccer team that will go down as one of the best varsity athletics teams in Fairfield’s history. The senior class is no stranger to winning championships, as they also did it in 2005 as freshmen. Ahna Johnson is ranked with the best players in Stags history and the younger players on the team have the opportunity to join her, if the past success of players like Nicole Cavallaro ’11 and Casey Frobey ’10 is any indication of how they will finish their careers.

The win brings back memories from two years ago, when the men’s soccer team won the MAAC Championship and went on to the NCAA Tournament. Despite being a major underdog, the Stags knocked off in-state rival UConn in Storrs, Conn., the home of the Huskies. Now Oklahoma State stands in the way of the second NCAA’ Tournament victory in Fairfield athletics history. Johnson, head coach Jim O’Brien and the rest of the women’s soccer squad have written their names down in the history books for a second time in their careers. Now, a win in Piscataway, N.J. this weekend will make them a team that will be remembered forever.

The team has an undeniable chemistry, and the senior class has been through much in its four years at Fairfield. With the experience they gained in 2005, the Stags hope to secure a miraculous victory over Oklahoma State and return to Fairfield with yet another accomplishment.

Campus crime beat 11/13/08

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Tuesday, Nov. 4
11:11 p.m.
A harassment case was reported and was referred to judicial.

Wednesday, Nov. 5
1:03 p.m.
A recycling bin was reported stolen from Townhouse 7 block, there are currently no suspects.
11:32 p.m. Public Safety assisted the Fairfield Police Department concerning a hit-and-run on North Benson Road.

Friday, Nov. 7
2:18 a.m.
A criminal trespass warning was issued to a non-student for not complying when he refused to provide identification.
11:37 a.m. A recycling bin was stolen from the Townhouse 10 block. There are currently no suspects.

Satuday, Nov. 8
12:09 a.m.
An assault involving a student and two non-students occurred in the Townhouse 1 and 2 blocks. The non-students were escorted off campus and the student did not wish for police involvement.
1:52 a.m. A student reported a number of personal items stolen from The Levee. The incident is currently under investigation.
12:57 p.m. A non-student reported her purse being taken while at a townhouse.
2:59 p.m. A threatening case was reported involving two students. The incident is currently under investigation.

Sunday, Nov. 9
1:57 a.m.
Vandalism and graffiti was reported in Dolan Hall.
8:19 p.m. A narcotics case occurred in a residential hall. The Fairfield Police Department was notified and the student was referred to judicial.

Letter from the editor:

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The election of the President-elect Barack Obama is and will remain a historic moment in American history, as people who wanted change proved it by turning out to the polls. Two million more 18-25 year olds cast their ballots in last Tuesday’s election than in 2004.

Your independent student newspaper The Mirror also embarked on its own historic endeavor on election night: live online streaming video and blog coverage.

Through the interviewing prowess of Mirror editors Christopher Haliskoe ’10 and Keith Connors ’10, our Web site brought online users student commentary on the night’s events, including special guests FUSA President Jeff Seiser’ ’10, HAM Channel host Darryl Brackeen Jr. ’10 and Obama organizing fellow Spencer Thibodeau ’10.

Coupled with the excitement of the election already in the Barone Campus Center, the prime location of our office amidst student activities gave us an opportunity that could not be missed.

All registered online users received e-mails about the live video and blog posts that were to appear starting at 9:30 p.m. at Fairfieldmirror.com.

As soon as the polls closed and results came in, Blog Editor Melissa Mann ’10, posted blog updates on the status of each state and candidate.

With CNN commentator Wolf Blitzer reporting live via projection, Haliskoe and Connors interviewed prominent members of the campus community, including special guest callers. Such individuals included Amanda Parks ’10, who ran for, but lost, the Connecticut state representative office position, and former Mirror editor in chief Ben Doody.

Although this was our first time embarking on such a project, our online efforts received immediate feedback from online users.

Because of its success, we will be bringing this technology to other events, such as what Managing Editor Tom Cleary ’10 and Sports Editor Connors did on Thursday night for the men’s basketball exhibition at Harbor Yard. They were inundated with live blog comments and feedback, and they streamed live from the Bridgeport arena to capture pre-game, half-time and post-game commentary.

What do these changes mean for you?

The Mirror is rapidly becoming more than just a weekly print publication: It is becoming a place where readers, like you, can access and participate in user-friendly, interactive multimedia.

While the print edition is not going anywhere, online will only enhance your reading experience.

We hope you check out and enjoy the latest features of Fairfieldmirror.com. And, as always, we encourage and welcome you to provide input for your student newspaper.