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January 24, 2015
by Summit

Feeling at home, on campus

By Delilah Goncalves

Quilted picture frames, carnival teddy bears, old birthday cards, favorite childhood movies, scented spray and old flowers from parents are among the things Jessica Ceneri, of Guilford, Connecticut brought with her to campus.

“I just lay in my bed look around and I immediately feel like I am home. I bring everything from my room at home that reminds me of my family and my wonderful childhood. It brings me back to a place of happiness when I am stressed out or sad from school,” Ceneri said.

College for many students is the beginning to living an independent lifestyle, away from parents. It is also a time for students to create a new home in the dorms.

Ninety percent of Stonehill College students live on campus. Many students, like Ceneri, want to create a home in dorms but that can come with a high price tag.

According to the National Retail Federation, students spend on average $907.22 to turn their dorm rooms into a home. The cost does not stop there. According to the National Center for Education Statistics the average cost for undergraduate tuition at a private not-for-profit institution is $37,800.

Victoria Clifford, 20, of Hurley, New York, said she worked hard to make her dorm room a home.

“The Way my room looks really makes a difference in my success on campus. It’s really a weird thing but when my room feels like home it makes me want to be here and work harder especially because I know it is so expensive,” Clifford said.

College students also look to build lasting friendships, find mentors and join clubs and organizations they are passionate about.

“Creating new friends and people to share your life with is one of the greatest gifts I have received from living on campus,” Morgan Riley, 20, of Sharon, Connecticut, said.

“They way I make campus feel like a home is by finding groups and clubs that I love and I join them. My friends and I have family dinners multiple times a week. I love this because it feels like I’m home with my family. Friends are a major part of why I feel campus is my second home,” Riley said.

Residence life officials work to set ground rules for students working towards independence.

Stonehill College Residence Life provides students with Residence Directors (RD) / Area Coordinators (AC) and Resident Assistants at their every need to help students create a home on campus. Allowing students to fen el safe and inclusive in the community is the first step in making college feel like home.

“Our job is to make sure students basic needs are met so they can succeed academically. We work to make students feel like they belong and matter. Our focus on making sure our RAs connect with each individual so they feel like they matter and to keep students physically safe and safe to be themselves,” Director of Residence Life Kristen Pierce said.

The Residence Life staff is available for students who are having trouble creating the connection between school and home. Students who are feeling home sick, stressed out, and in need of someone to talk to can turn to RDs and RAs for guidance along with other resources.

“I try to connect students who are feeling disconnected with like-minded individuals. I find what their interests and hobbies are and I try to find groups on campus that match those interest,” Residence Director Omar Rodriquez said.

Stonehill’s Ceneri said her first semester freshman year living situation was difficult and she initially did not believe Stonehill was the place she could spend her college career. Ceneri said after she connected with her RA she was able to build a meaningful connection and find that Stonehill was the place she belonged.

“Stonehill is my home,” Ceneri said.

January 24, 2015
by Summit

Monfils rallies from two sets down to advance past fellow Frenchman

By Olivia Schneider

Tennis followers are ready for the second round of the Australian Open following the usual series of first round upsets and comebacks.

The first round matchup of Gael Monfils against French wildcard Lucas Pouille was the talk of Twitter Monday night as Pouille made a powerful effort to quickly gain the first set off 17th seed Monfils in a tiebreak (7-6). Not only did Monfils struggle to maintain his rhythm, but he also appeared to struggle to an injury and Pouille took advantage, gaining the second set 6-3.

A sudden jolt of energy and support from the crowd sent Monfils into full action during the third set, taking advantage of two costly mistakes from Pouille—a missed volley and letting a shot by Monfils drop in—ultimately taking the last three sets 6-4 6-1 6-4. The comeback was just the second time in his career the 28-year-old came back from two sets down.

As for the women’s draw, 20-year-old Serbian Aleksandra Krunic upset then ranked 3rd seed Petra Kvitova, 27th seed Madison Keys and put up a fight against then 16th seed Victoria Azarenka during last year’s US Open, fell to the United States’ Lauren Davis, the 53rd seed in the first round Tuesday.

Since appearing in the US Open last year, Krunic has jumped from 145 to 77 in WTA ranking.

Davis will play fellow American Venus Williams, ranked 18th, in her second round matchup.

Fellow American and world No. 1 Serena Williams faced a small hiccup in her second set versus Belgian Alison van Uytvanck, but easily advances to the second round with a 6-0 6-4 win in 61 minutes.

No. 8 Caroline Wozniacki rallied past American Taylor Townsend 7-6 6-2 to advance to the second round where she will face No. 41 Azarenka.

January 24, 2015
by Summit

Facing dietary restrictions on campus

By Amy Szablak

For Stonehill students with dietary restrictions, eating in the dining hall can be difficult, even dangerous.

“A lot of times I still feel limited to the salad bar and the deli,” said Nicole Gilcoine, a sophomore at Stonehill. “Cross contamination is too high in many areas of the commons.”

Gilcoine, 19, has had celiac disease since 2012. This means that she cannot eat any foods with gluten in them.

Gilcoine is one of many Stonehill students who have a dietary restriction.

“There is one-percent of the student population here at Stonehill that have some sort of allergy to food,” said Constance Bearden, Stonehill’s executive chef. “That is huge when you look at the general population.”

The amount of students who have food allergies is not unique to Stonehill, though.

According to Food Allergy Research and Education, also known as F.A.R.E., an estimated 15 million Americans have food allergies.

F.A.R.E. reports that someone is sent to the emergency department every three minutes with a food allergy reaction. This translates to more than 200,000 emergency department visits per year, according to F.A.R.E.

Because of this, Stonehill College is taking steps to create a safer dining experience for students with dietary restrictions.

One of these steps is the new “Simple Servings” station in the dining hall.

The goal of Simple Servings is to “create a resident dining platform to allow students with food allergies, celiac, or gluten intolerance to select safe meals in a convenient format, allowing them to maintain social interaction without being singled out,” according to

Simple Servings is going to a serve a variety of meals that are free of the top eight allergens in the United States, as well as gluten. These allergens are peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, wheat, soy, fish, and shellfish.

These allergens account for 90 percent of all food-allergy reactions, according to F.A.R.E.

Kim Pierce, the dietician at Stonehill, said that she is eager for the Simple Servings program to begin at Stonehill.

“I am most excited for there to be a consistent, comfortable place for many of the students with dietary restrictions to order their meals from,” she said. “The feedback so far has been all positive.”

Michael Ferrante, 19, of Rivier, Massachusetts, said the new station in the dining hall will be a plus for him.

Ferrante, a sophomore at Stonehill, is allergic to tree nuts, peanuts, raw fruit and raw veggies. He said that if he comes in contact with these foods, he experiences severe stomach pains and possible vomiting.

Ferrante said the Simple Servings station will help him eat better and safely.

“I will definitely have variety in my diet and being more confident that I am okay with what I’m eating,” he said.

Although the goal of Simple Servings is to provide safe and healthy food for students with dietary restrictions, it is not limited to those students.

“It will also be a great place for athletes to boost their energy intake,” Pierce said. “Additionally, as the dishes will be simple, picky eaters may feel comfortable eating there.”

Paige Doane, 19, a sophomore at Stonehill, said that she is conscious of eating healthy and finds it hard to get healthy options daily in the cafeteria.

“With Simple Servings, I’ll have a guaranteed healthy meal every day,” she said. “Eating healthy is important to me, and I think this station will allow me to eat healthier every day.”

The Simple Servings station is set to begin in January 2015 and will be where the vegetarian station currently is.

January 24, 2015
by Summit

Chapel choir journeys to Ireland

By Holly Cardoza

More than two-dozen current and former members of Stonehill’s Chapel Choir traveled to Ireland this month to sing at masses at Catholic parishes there.

The musical tour included three different parishes with their first stop being at St. Nicholas Collegiate Church on Jan. 6 at the 6 p.m. Mass. Other performances included ones at Aras Ronan, Kylemore Abbey, the Galway Cathedral and via special invitation, the Poor Clare Monastery where they were invited to tea afterwards. They performed some of their favorite and most popular pieces: “Siyahamba,” “Set Your Heart on the Higher Gifts” and “A Walking Prayer.”

When they weren’t performing, there was no shortage of sightseeing through guided tours led by World Cultural Tours.

For most, it was their first time in Europe and excitement was at an all-time high. “It was awesome that we got to witness the amazing power of nature and God,” said sophomore and choir Treasurer, Micah McGowan.

The group visited, among other places, Cliffs of Moher, Ft. Dunn, the 12 Pins of Connemara region and the Aran Islands.

“Everything looks different. Even the things we have here, looks different there. It’s a completely different feel,” said sophomore, Kevin Hotaling.

Members said a special moment of the trip took place at the only long-term care facility in Inishmore, one of the Aran Islands, where the Chapel Choir performed for a group of senior citizens.

“It was really nice to be able to spread music to people who haven’t heard music in a long time from a bunch of youthful faces,” said Matt Messier, student president of the choir.

Several months of planning and fundraising that went into the trip, starting during family weekend in October. Different parishes throughout Southeastern Massachusetts donated much of the money needed for the trip.

“They were gracious enough to donate funds to us to help us share our music in Ireland. We were very grateful for that,” Messier said.

This isn’t the Chapel Choir’s first trip to Ireland. The group traveled to the Emerald in 2006 as well as France and Italy in years past.

For some, this particular trip to Ireland was a transformative experience.

The choir had only seven members a few years back and now has 40 plus members.

Under direction of Dan Davey of campus ministry who came on board in 2012, the Chapel Choir has made strides and gains over the past few years.

“This was kind of a comeback tour for us. My hope was that it would elevate our spirits and put us on the map,” said Dan Davey.

When will the Chapel Choir be back in Europe? “We’ll definitely be doing something every year. Something domestic next year, then Europe again after that. Maybe Notre Dame next year,” Davey said.

Stonehill’s Chapel Choir consists of approximately 40 people, of all different classes, who provide musical accompaniment to the 7 p.m. Sunday Masses every Sunday. They rehearse Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 6:15pm.



January 24, 2015
by Summit

Girls From The Hill to perform at Prov. Bruins game

By Erich Maynard

Members of the a cappella group, Girls from the Hill, are excited for what they are calling their biggest performance yet at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island.

Kathleen Jastrzebski, co- president of the club, said she was overjoyed when she received an email asking if the group would perform at half time during the Providence Bruins game at the Dunkin’ Donuts center January 23.

“When I got the email I jumped right on the opportunity, because any way to get our name out to a bigger venue is always awesome,” Jastrzebski said.

The all female group will sing as the jumbotron screen shines above for the audience to see.

“I have a feeling this is going to go really well, we’re going to be singing one of our more classic songs. We all know it, we all love it, its definitely a crowd pleaser its a more upbeat song that both young and old audiences will appreciate,” Jastrzebski said.

The girls will be singing “Turn the Beat Around,” originally sung by Gloria Estefan in 1996.

Rehearsals are full swing for January 23.

“I think that no one is nervous or anything in the slightest we’re all just really excited, I think the fact that its such a big audience, that its making everybody so excited to perform, I feel confident that we’re going to pull it off and have an amazing performance,” Jastrzebski said.

Tickets are $18 and available until the week of the game by contacting Kaleigh Richardson at 401-680-4749.

January 24, 2015
by Summit

A glance at this year’s Oscar picks

By Liam Dacko

LOS ANGELES — According to Patricia Arquette’s Twitter account, the morning of Jan. 15 was not a good one for the actress.

Not only had her children’s’ babysitter overslept, her car also got towed and she ended up being late for work.

However, the morning took a turn for the better after the actress learned she had been nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in a motion picture.

“If you bet me this was going to happen a year ago I would have bet real money that you were wrong. Amazed,” Arquette tweeted after learning about the nomination.

The actress is nominated for her work as single mother Olivia Evans in Boyhood, a film famous for having taken 12 years to make. Last Sunday, Arquette, who will star as FBI agent Avery Ryan in the upcoming CBS drama CSI: Cyber, won a Golden Globe Award for her work in the film.

 Boyhood received nominations in many other categories, including Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Film Editing. However, the coming-of-age movie did not lead the pack in terms of number of nominations. That distinction goes to Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel, each of which received 9 nominations.

Both Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel were nominated for Best Film alongside American Sniper, Boyhood, The Imitation Game, Selma, The Theory of Everything, and Whiplash.

Best Actor nominees include Steve Carell (Foxcatcher), Bradley Cooper (American Sniper), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game), Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything), and Michael Keaton (Birdman)

Keaton’s nomination for Best Actor comes after his Golden Globe win for Best Actor last week. He made waves at the ceremony with his impassioned and tearful acceptance speech. He used the speech as an opportunity to recognize his 31-year old son Sean, who could be seen in the audience.

“My best friend is kind, intelligent, funny, talented, considerate, thoughtful,” Keaton said. “Did I say kind? He also happens to be my son Sean. I love you with all my heart, buddy.”

Keaton went on to express his gratitude for receiving the Golden Globe.

“You have no idea what this means to me,” he said. “To come from the place where I come from, I’m proud of all my friends and family. Thank you very much.”

Best Actress nominees include Marion Cotillard (Two Days One Night), Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl), Reese Witherspoon (Wild), and Julianne Moore (Still Alice).

Julianne Moore is coming off a Golden Globes win for her part as an Alzheimer’s patient in Still Alice. This Oscar nomination is Moore’s fifth.

Moore took to Twitter after learning about the nomination. She wrote: “thank u everyone for the congratulations! i am so happy i can barely breathe #makingmyselfdizzy #AcademyAwards.”

Other stand-out nominations include those for Meryl Streep and Robert Duvall.

Streep received her 19th Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role as the Witch in the musical Into The Woods.

Duvall, 84, who received a nomination for his role in The Judge, is the oldest male actor to ever receive a nomination. That title was previously held by actor Hal Holbrook.

The 87th Academy Awards will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris on Feb. 22. The ceremony will air on ABC. For a complete list of this year’s nominees, visit




January 24, 2015
by Summit

20 going on 67: Thinking retirement in college

By Howell T. Conant

For most college students, planning for retirement is the last thing on their minds, but starting young is the key to living comfortably when you are older, experts say.

“It is important to start thinking about retirement when the opportunity presents itself. Employers often offer retirement plans such as 401k’s and will match a percentage of the money that you deposit into those retirement accounts,” Stonehill College Finance Professor Michael Mullen said.

Mullen said the most important investment a young adult can make is paying down debt, whether it’s student loans or credit card debt.

“If you can’t pay for it in cash, you can’t afford it, unless you are buying a car or a house. Those are the exceptions.” Mullen said. Paying for things on debt is only losing you money, he said.

But unfortunately, most college students don’t know the importance of saving for retirement early.

“I could tell you anything you wanted to know about Criminology, but I wouldn’t know how to do my taxes. As a [criminology] major, they don’t teach about retirement or personal finance,” sophomore Zach Bouchard said.

Bouchard and other students agreed that if there were a personal finance course offered at Stonehill, they would without a doubt take it.

“I would absolutely take an introductory personal finance class. I’m an accounting major so I know a bit about business, but not really what goes on behind the scenes. It would be nice to know how to manage the money I make so I am able to retire comfortably,” sophomore James Goldfuss said.

If a person just out of college saves up money when they first get their first job and puts $5,000 in an IRA account at 22 years of age, that money, compounding at an average 10 percent return rate, would be worth $301,200 by the time that person retires at age 65, according to’s IRA calculator. If that person did the same thing but didn’t start investing until they were well into their career at the age of 30, as opposed to 22, they would have $140,512 when they turned 65. If the same person managed to come up with $1000 each year after their initial investment and put that money into their IRA, it would be worth $952,841 if they started when they were 22 years old, and $438,639 if they started when they were 30 years old.

Say that person retires when they are 70 instead of 65. The 30-year-old investor would end up with $713,148 in their retirement account, while the 22 year old would end up with $1,541,276. Theoretically, by the time the 22 year old turned 70, he or she could easily live off of the interest their IRA was earning alone, which would be almost $150,000.

Of course, those calculations depend on a 10 percent return on investment annually, and this percentage is subject to fluctuate above or below 10 percent year to year due to where your money is invested and changing market conditions.

College students are interested in learning about personal finance and how to plan for retirement.

“I would rather learn how to manage my personal finances than take other electives like dance class,” student Chris Bouchard said. Bouchard said he wouldn’t have known anything about IRA’s or 401k’s if he hadn’t worked at a Cadillac dealership over the summer that offered to set up an IRA for him. He declined their offer because he was only going to be working at Cadillac part time.

“The best way to plan for retirement is through your employer,” Michael Hickey of Fidelity Investments said. Hickey agreed with Professor Mullen’s notion to start planning for retirement when you are employed.

“That way you can utilize the benefits your employer can offer you such as matching a percentage of what you contribute to your retirement account,” Hickey said.

Planning for retirement is important. According to experts students should pay down their debts as much as they can while in college, and once they are employed, start contributing to their retirement accounts.

January 24, 2015
by Summit

Full story: Navy SEAL ’07 passes

By Amy McKeever

Stonehill is in mourning after U.S. Navy SEAL William “Blake” Marston, who graduated in 2007, died in a training accident on Saturday.

Marston, 31, of Concord, New Hampshire, died in a military parachute exercise in DeLand, Florida on Saturday morning.

He played on the Stonehill baseball team for three years, most commonly at second base and majored in criminal justice.

Stonehill’s current men’s baseball coach Patrick Boen coached Marston.

“He was a dedicated students athlete, very hardworking, great work ethic and a good teammate,” Boen said.

Marston was never afraid to step up where necessary, such as when, in his senior year, the team needed a pitcher. He was first to volunteer.

“He wasn’t the star of the team but he showed up and worked harder than everyone else,” Boen said.

Christian Baglini, a senior on the Stonehill baseball team, never met Marston, but was saddened by the loss.

“He was young I know that… It really hits home,” Baglini said.

Petty Officer Marston served in the military for six years.

“Over the course of his career he always demonstrated an incredible commitment to his fellow servicemembers, the state of New Hampshire and our country,” New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen said in a prepared statement.

Witnesses say they saw something fly off Marston’s parachute during the exercise. He was later found on the ground unconscious with a broken leg and was then taken to the hospital and pronounced dead.

Marston’s interests other than baseball and serving our country included working out and art.

The funeral was held at the Bedford Presbyterian Church in Bedford NH Saturday, Jan. 17. Visiting hours were Friday, Jan. 16, at the Bennett Funeral Home.