Daily Archives: March 5, 2013

Recent storms affect senior off-campus housing

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Irene delayed move-in for the class of 2012.

Sandy halted beach life for the class of 2013.

For the class of 2014, a surge of acceptance letters this spring is the last anticipated beach life variable.

For this reason, Associate Director of Residence Life Charlie Sousa is “still waiting for the dust to settle.”

Almost all rising seniors who applied to forego Fairfield’s four-year housing guarantee have secured residency near the shore; however, some parties are still getting hammered through the process.

If the class of 2017’s acceptance rate is higher than currently estimated, more seniors will need to vacate space on campus for the incoming freshmen.

The admissions office has a goal of 925 to 950 students for the class of 2017. “Keep in mind, though, that despite all of our predictive modeling, we’re making guesses about the whims and desires of 17 and 18 year olds,” said Alison Hildenbrand, Associate Director of Admission.

“Ultimately, the class could be larger than our goal when our enrollment deadline comes.”

To wait out the spring admission process, a wait list has been created for rising seniors who missed the off-campus housing application process or simply did not get picked in the release lottery.

There are no unwritten criteria for release. As Sousa puts it, the off-campus housing lottery is “like every other lottery process – random.” Those who have not yet been released literally did not have paper strips labeled with their applicant groups selected from a hat.

RELEASE DELAY

This month’s blizzard – dubbed “Nemo” – prevented staff from picking those paper strips from a hat for two days.

This, in turn, pushed back the release announcement – an event that had been anticipated by applicants for months.

Junior Nicole Dougherty had been waiting for that Friday release announcement. “I was frustrated,” she said, “… I was frustrated because I was expecting a good weekend and I didn’t get it.”

Some juniors’ would-be landlords had demanded security deposits be transferred on beach houses on that Friday, Feb. 15.

DEPOSIT STRIFE

“[Our would-be landlord] really wanted the money as soon as possible … we obviously wanted to get released first so she couldn’t just take the cash and run with it,” Sean Dunphy ’14 told The Mirror.

His group’s parents had the deposit checks ready for the weekend, a meeting was scheduled to finalize the lease at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, but the landlord called that morning and told Dunphy’s group that they lost their house to a group of non-student renters.

Dunphy’s group has scrambled for new houses and should know where they will live next year by Friday, but the snow still stung. “I don’t think the storm should’ve affected [the lottery] because it delayed two days,” Dunphy said.

“I look at it as we’re a capitalist society,” Sousa said, “… I know some landlords having worked down at the beach and then there’s a group of landlords that will do what they will. They are more about the money than the students.

“… I hear a lot about landlords. I know there are some landlords that are not good landlords. But I know some that are very good landlords.”

Some who rent to students near the beach include Ignatian Residential College mentors and friends of Fairfield staff.

THE TIDE COMES IN

While so many trials have pulled at Fairfield’s beach students in recent school memory, the rising underclassmen can still anticipate that coveted coastland for the foreseeable future.

Sousa estimated the release every year to be “generally around 50 percent of the class,” adding, “If it’s a big class it can get more.”

Already, the traditional beach life mentality seems to creeping up in the rising seniors: “I was ultimately not bothered with the beach delay,” said Michael Greubel ’14, “I’m excited to live at the beach next year – cool.”

Fairfield’s selective payment method expands

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This would have been an article to make a map of the places in town, let me know if you want me to do this but it might be too late?

Author: Grace Tiezzi

If Fairfield University was Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, the StagCard would be the golden ticket. It opens every resource on campus to the holder.

While the uses of the StagCard are accessible to Fairfield students, StagBucks are a still source of confusion for many.

StagBucks are a debit account system available to Fairfield students, faculty, and staff. Funds can be deposited into the account online and can be used at a variety of places on and off campus.

According to StagCard System Administrator Michael Tortora, StagBucks are a convenient feature of the StagCard system. The debit system allows parents and students to easily deposit money into student accounts for use on and off campus. Parents know where the money is being used and students benefit from the extra funds.

StagBucks can be used on campus at the Stag Spirit Shop, the library, the mailroom, and the vending machines. It can also be used to purchase food at Angelo’s Pizza, the Stag, and Einstein Bros. Bagels.

Off campus, StagBucks are accepted at the Fairfield University Bookstore, as well as dozens of restaurants and shops, including CVS, Village Bagel and Primo Pizza.

In order to become an establishment that accepts StagBucks, merchants must first inquire with the StagCard office. This usually takes the form of an email, said Tortora.

Then the StagCard office evaluates the business to decide whether or not they will make a good StagCard merchant. According to Tortora, established businesses with good reputations are usually accepted to the program quickly, while newer businesses generally have to wait.

Finally, Fairfield contacts a third party management system called Blackboard Transact, an offshoot of the course management system used by many professors. The company negotiates the contract between Fairfield and the potential merchant and then sets up the necessary equipment.

After it is completed, the merchant is ready to accept StagBucks.

“Merchants in town really like accepting StagBucks,” said Tortora. By accepting StagBucks, participating businesses have access to more potential earnings than operations not taking StagBucks, he added.

Fairfield businesses are certainly taking advantage of this opportunity because new merchants are being added all the time. Most recently, Whole Foods, Planet Pizza, and Italian Kitchen were added to the list.

Students from all classes frequently take advantage of the ability to use StagBucks off campus.

“I went to the Shake Shack last weekend with my roommate and used my StagBucks,” said Chelsea Picarazzi ’13. “It was so good and so convenient.”

Other students utilize their StagBucks at restaurants like Garden Catering, Chef’s Table and Firehouse Deli.

However, not all students use their StagBucks for off campus expenditures. Sophomore Andrea Butler reserves her StagBucks for on campus purchases at Einstein’s and the Stag and solely uses her debit card in town.

For many, the problem with StagBucks is the inability to remove money from your StagCard account.

This is because Fairfield University is not a bank and cannot facilitate cash withdrawals. Therefore, it is recommended to only transfer small amounts to the StagCard.

According to Tortora, the StagCard office wants to hear ideas and questions from students, as well as problems students are having with merchants. He added, feedback is always welcome.

The University should provide a shuttle to the beach

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Waiting for a cab home from the beach in the freezing cold is, to say the least, an unpleasant experience. As the parties wind down, or last call is announced at the Seagrape Cafe, it’s every man and woman for themselves to grab a cab back to campus. If you are one of those blessed partygoers to claim a cab, it’s in danger of being stolen unless you and all your friends get in it fast enough. However, if you are one of those unlucky few that can’t get a cab, the options seem grim. You could walk back to campus, pick the least drunk friend to drive you back, or catch a ride with those cute strangers you just met … but lets face it, none of those is very safe.

So wouldn’t it be great if Fairfield provided a University-approved shuttle to take students back to campus late on Friday and Saturday nights? I think it would be a smart new addition to campus, and I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t appreciate this … except the cab companies, of course. Having a campus shuttle run to and from the beach would provide a much-needed, safe way back to campus; however, not everyone agrees.

“The University ran a shuttle at one point and hit significant challenges concerning the safety of the passengers on the shuttle,” Fairfield’s Dean of Students, Karen Donoghue, said. “The shuttles were not driven by EMTs or Public Safety officers and situations occurred that required medical and safety attention, and the shuttles were not equipped to handle the situation.”

Basically, some silly Stag just couldn’t handle their liquor (shame on you!). However, I think a sufficient amount of time has passed and Fairfield should start responding to the needs of its students.

We can learn from past mistakes, and perhaps have an EMT or PubSafe officer traveling on the bus route. I’m not denying that there are potential insurance and legal hoops to jump through in order for this to be put into action, but I believe it is a change that can and should be made.

Donoghue summed up the main reason that Fairfield is unwilling to provide a bus shuttle to and from the beach.

“We have an expectation to treat students like adults. As adults, we expect students to be responsible in all of their social choices,” she said. “If they chose to drink, we expect students to drink responsibility and if they are not able to drive, to take a cab, sleep on a friend’s couch or call a sober friend for a ride home.”

But let’s face it, when we put on our beer goggles, we are definitely not in the mood to act like adults or make mature decisions. Instead we are more concerned about creating those memories, those Facebook muploads that will have you shaking your head in the morning, wondering what ever possessed you to do something like that. So, Fairfield … why not provide a safe, easy way back to campus for students? Specifically for those students who are slightly impaired from their weekend shenanigans; why put them in this potentially dangerous situation? Let’s follow the always-wise advice of Nicki Minaj, when she says “Lets go to the beach, beach” and not have to worry about how we’ll get back to campus.

Men’s Basketball falls to Albany on Senior Day

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Senior Day: A time to celebrate the successes of the careers of seniors for a specific sport. For the Fairfield University Men’s Basketball team, they’ll wish their Senior Day game against University of Albany could have been a better representation of the impressive careers of the three senior Stags.

On Saturday, the Stags fell 58-50 to Albany, in a performance that wasn’t what was expected from the team who has been scoring high in their last several games.

As he has most of the season, Derek Needham ’13 had the most points for the team, ending the game with 15. It was nothing compared to his 31 points against Siena on February 14, but still was enough to get the Stags in the game.

Unfortunately for the Stags, their valiant efforts were not enough to get the wins in honor of their senior class.

Before the game, there was a ceremony for the senior class, which is comprised of Needham, Desmond Wade and Colin Nickerson.

The ceremony began by honoring Wade, who came to the Stags in the 2010-2011 season as a transfer from Houston.

While at Houston, he became the third person in team history to record consecutive 100-assist season. In 2009-2010 he ended his year with 167 assists to his name.

When Wade was finally able to play in the 2011-2012 season for the Stags, he was an integral part of the team, starting 30-32 games, and ending his season with 97 assists.

Wade’s final season with the Stags has been marred by injury, has not played since February 4 because of a knee injury. However, Head Coach, Sydney Johnson is hopeful that Wade will be back in the lineup for their next game.

“It’s been two weeks and four days. I’ve been saying it all along, two weeks, and he’ll be back with us on Monday, ” said Johnson.

So far this season, Nickerson has played his most pivotal role for the Stags in his four years with the team. He has started for the Stags 15 times this season and contributed 779 minutes to the cause.

In his freshman year, Nickerson lead the bench in scoring seven times during the season. He was one of the top contributors from the bench in throughout the season.

Sophomore year, Nickerson really developed a strong defensive standing in the conference; placing second in the MAAC for steals per game, averaging 1.9.

Finally, in his junior season, Nickerson finally got the chance to move to a starting role, beginning in the middle of February. In the games where he started, Nickerson shot 55% from the floor, and led the Stags with a .524 field goal percentage.

Needham has garnered national attention during his senior season, being placed on the Cousy Award Watch List, which is awarded to the top point-guard in the nation.

Needham was impressive right off the bat, as he had the most successful freshman campaign in school history. He earned a record for most points in a freshman season with 558 and most assists with 177, both of which lead the team.

He didn’t let up in his sophomore season, as he became the first Fairfield University student-athlete since Joe DeSantis (1975-76 and 1976-77) to lead the team in scoring in their first two years. He ended the season with a 14.1 scoring average and with a total of 73 three-point baskets made.

Before Needham’s injury late in his junior season, he was on track to have an equally successful third year. His season was highlighted by a career high 32-point effort against Niagara. By the end of the season Needham had 1,366 points to his name.

So far in the season, Needham has been the most vital player to the success of the Stags. He has 431 points to his name, bringing his total to 1,791 and is now first all-time for three-point baskets with 271.

These three seniors have been important and statistically impressive in their time at Fairfield University. The Stags are going to need their skills and experience to make a strong run in the MAAC Tournament.

Men’s lacrosse suffers two straight losses

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Since their last-second victory against Navy last Tuesday, the Fairfield men’s lacrosse team has suffered two straight tough losses, with yesterday’s loss coming in the form of a 9-2 drubbing at the hands of the Hofstra Pride at Alumni Field.

Hofstra opened up the scoring about three and a half minutes into the first quarter, and the Stags answered a minute and a half later with a man-up goal by Nick Guida ’15 set up by senior captain Sam Snow. After that goal, the Stags offense went about as cold as the weather was, going until 55 seconds left in the third quarter without a goal. Junior Jordan Greenfield scored off Snow’s second assist of the contest, bringing Fairfield back within three goals at 5-2.

Hofstra would score one more time in the third quarter to bring their lead back to four. In the fourth, Fairfield was kept off the board completely, and Hofstra was able to put the game out of reach with three more goals in the final five minutes.

It was the most lopsided loss for Fairfield since the ECAC Championship, where they lost to eventual national champion Loyola, 14-7. The last time the Stags lost by seven or more goals in the regular season was back in 2010, when Fairfield lost at Maryland 17-4. It is the worst home loss for Fairfield since 2008 when they lost to Loyola 13-4, a season before current Head Coach Andy Copelan took over.

After the game, Copelan was seemingly at a loss for words at not only the performance of his team, but how well the visiting Hofstra team played as well.

“To be honest with you, and no disrespect to any of our other opponents, but Hofstra was the best team we’ve played to date. They were very good. I thought they played mistake free for the most part,” said Copelan. “They were really impressive defensively … they just outplayed us.”

Copelan commented on the state of the offense the team has been playing so far, saying that they are going to have to “fix some things.”

“I wish I could say that we’ve been playing good offense to date and today was just a little blip in the radar, but that hasn’t been the case,” said Copelan. “I’m not sure that we’ve really established a great rhythm offensively since the beginning of the year.”

One bright spot for the Stags from the game may have come from goalie Jack Murphy ‘14, who had 13 saves in the loss, marking his third straight game with 13 saves or more. Murphy won ECAC Defensive Player of the Week last week, the second consecutive week he has won that award.

“The last thing I said to the guys in the locker room was that we need our ‘better offensive players” to play like better offensive players, and they need to produce,” said Copelan, “because you’re not going to win very many ball games when you only score two goals.”

This performance came after a tough 10-9 loss at North Carolina, where Fairfield had at one point a four point lead. Snow led all Stags with three points, including two goals, but a five-goal performance from the Tar Heels’ Marcus Holman carried UNC to the come-from-behind victory in the fourth quarter.

From the two loses, Copelan said that he wants to improve the Stags’ half field offense in order to help them score more effectively, and is motivated knowing that his players are just as hungry for a win as he is.

“I feel like I know the guys that we got in this locker room right now, and I know that we’ll just tackle it the right way, and get back to work tomorrow, trying to continue improving,” said Copelan. “It’s a long season, and it’s not about how you start, it’s about how you finish.”
Fairfield’s next game is at home this Saturday at 1 p.m. against the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) Retrievers at Alumni Field.

The philosophy of fashion

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Fashion, similar to the difference between tipsy and drunk, is a concept generally left up to personal interpretation. Everyone has their own philosophy when it comes his or her wardrobe, or in some cases, no philosophy at all. I hardly consider myself a fashionista, but I do have my own style, which is something that I take a lot of pride in. My desire to accurately represent who I am via my clothes is a 24/7 thing, but it comes out in full force when the weekend rolls around.

Trying to figure out what to wear to a party is frustrating. You don’t want to look so provocative that you are harshly judged by your female peers, but you want to look hot enough that guys flirt with you. You want to look trendy and cute so your girlfriends tell you how much they love your clothes, but not so fashion-forward that the boys think you look weird (or maybe that’s all just me).

Herein lies the issue – men and women view clothing differently. I can’t tell you how frustrating it is, when I’m getting ready to go out and trying on my fourth outfit combination of the night, while any guy I’m going to see later is probably stressing way less than I (or any of my girlfriends) am.

Of course, the realm of outfit possibilities is substantially smaller when you have an extra appendage between your legs, and our society puts more value and emphasis on women’s appearances than men’s. But when it comes to men’s fashion, a little goes a long way. Boys, at least look like you tried, because I try hard to look good, and if you’re not going to even put in half the effort I am, what makes you think I’m going to want you? Perhaps choice of clothing does not hold the same weight for other girls as it does for me, but the way a guy dresses is one of the main criteria that dictates if I am going to be interested or not.

None of this is to say that the male population of Fairfield is style-incompetent. Stag Country here is full of lots of money and lots of vanity, a recipe for fabulous clothing choices. However, there is still no male equivalent to a bandage dress and heels, except maybe a well-tailored suit, but that’s not proper attire for a party where the only drink choices are probably either jungle juice or Keystone. Maybe I’m just bitter, because men look better in winter clothes than women do.

But regardless of all that, gentlemen, if you want to continue seeing our bare legs and low-cut tops even in the dead of winter, do us ladies a favor and show a little extra appreciation for all our hard work (and borderline frostbitten skin), and maybe put a little extra work into your appearance too. It’ll be worth your while. Promise.