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November 30, 2017
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Communication students campaign for DACA awareness

By Amy McKeever

 

A recent awareness survey by Stonehill communication students found that two thirds of students want to help DACA students, but don’t know how.

 

Students of COM311 are hosting an informative event Dec. 1 about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy [DACA] in Martin Auditorium at 5 p.m.

 

The event will allow students to learn more about the policies and is a part of a large campaign to increase awareness about the changes to DACA and how it affects DREAMers.

 

A large open door the class added on the quad lets students know that, “For some, the doors to an education may be closing”.

November 21, 2017
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Lampton presents at Center Maine Contemporary Art

By Lia Cariglia

 

Assistant Professor of Visual Arts Adam D. Lampton is going home – or at least his art is.

 

Lampton’s work will be part of a group exhibition, “Materiality: The Matter of Matter” at Center Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) from this month through February 11, 2018 .

 

Lampton, who commutes to Stonehill from South Portland, Maine, said he is excited to be featuring his work in his home state.

 

Lampton is the only photographer featured in the exhibition, which focuses on using everyday materials to create new forms. Most of the other work featured by other exhibitors is sculpture.

 

Lampton’s four large images and six smaller images, titled “Front Range,” were created on a table in his basement using materials such as plaster, tinfoil, and garbage bags.

 

“One image is actually 15 to 20 images, with multiple exposures that were then seamed together,” Lampton said.

 

One image in “Front Range features seven images of plaster to create what appears to be an aerial night landscape said Lampton.

 

Lampton said he was interested in landscape I was not in or had access to, a different range of Colorado where he went to college.

 

“I was thinking of it, trying to remember it, and mimic the elements of the landscape that resonate with me. ” he said.

 

More information about Lampton’s work can be found on the link,

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November 21, 2017
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Foltz, Jamiel finish strong at AIC

By Caroline Chaves

 

Stonehill quarterback Matt Foltz and wide receiver Andrew Jamiel broke numerous records in their 56-30 game win against Pace Nov. 4, setting the stage for their next win against AIC the following week.

 

Senior Matt Foltz completed the game against Pace having set the new record for career passing yards at 7,022 while simultaneously becoming the first player in program history to pass 7,000 yards.

 

Foltz started playing football when he was nine and has played every year since, the game against AIC on Saturday marked the end of his football career at Stonehill. He said countless coaches have had a major impact on his career and life as mentors, but most importantly, the support and dedication of his parents were always a strong and dependable motivation.

 

“My parents have not missed a single game over my entire football career” Foltz said. “They have traveled to every game I started in college.  That means a lot considering they travel from our home in Mount Joy, PA every weekend during the fall.”

 

Sophomore Andrew Jamiel made history during the football team’s game against Pace University with the single greatest performance by any wide receiver in NE-10 history, for which his was named offensive player of the week, his second time receiving the honor.

 

“It was a good game” said Jamiel, “I had a lot of my friends and my family come to that game, and I mean they’re a great motivation. I don’t know, Matt (Foltz) did a great job as well… throwing the ball. So, yeah, it was just one of those days, you know, everything was just clicking.”

 

Jamiel’s main feat and record breaker were his five touchdowns, however he also reached the second highest yards at 294 for Division 2 and matched his own program record with 18 receptions. He was recognized nationally as the co-offensive player of the week for Division II football.

 

“I’m a very competitive person and I want to be perfect. I had 18 catches in that game and I also had one drop, so it would have been 19 catches and that’s what I thought about the most,” Jamiel said.

 

Had he completed that 19th catch, Jamiel would have broken his own record for most receptions in one game, which he recorded last year in a game against New Haven, and tied in this game.

 

Jamiel was awarded the Golden Helmet, joining his teammate Brian Kearns who received the award two weeks ago. The award, given by the Jack Grinold Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation’s Division II/III, has also been awarded to Stonehill seniors Donovan Phanor and Foltz in 2015, and Foltz again in 2016.

 

Jamiel cited his teammates as the main factor about Stonehill that has influenced his gameplay.

 

“In high school it’s different, a lot of kids don’t care about football as much but here in college everyone on the team loves football and playing football and they wouldn’t be here if they didn’t. So it’s just good that they’re always there for me and I’m always there for them. We play for each other,” he said.

 

However, it isn’t just Stonehill that makes Jamiel the player he is.

 

He named his father and two brothers as his greatest motivation and mentors in his football career so far.

 

“My dad has taught me how to be a disciplined, hardworking player and person. My older brother played WR [wide receiver] at Sacred Heart University and has taught me just about everything I know about playing the position. My little brother motivates me because I know he looks up to me, and I want to show him how to play the game the right away.”

 

And about his future football career goals Jamiel said he hopes to be the best player he can possibly be.

 

“Just never be satisfied, to come out to practice every day like I have something to prove,” he said.

 

As for the last game of the season, Jamiel said he predicted the win: “I’m confident. I think we’re gonna win,” he said before the game. We’ve never beaten AIC in program history, 0 in 20. So, we’re gonna make history this year, we’re gonna beat them. I promise. I promise.”

 

And Jamiel was right. While the win was a perfect end to the season, it marks a bittersweet day for the senior football players, including Foltz who ended his career after taking a knee for the clear win in the last few seconds of the game.

 

“Not everything always went as planned during my career here. However, it was great to go out on a high note. The win was what was important. Making history by beating AIC was just the cherry on top,” Foltz said.

November 21, 2017
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Seniors say goodbye: The final touchdown

By Caroline Chaves

 

Stonehill senior football players met a bittersweet end to their careers with a historic win on their backs, taking AIC for the first time ever, 38-27, on Saturday.

 

Defensive Back senior Donovan Phanor, who had an interception that covered 25 yards and led to a touchdown, reflected on the conclusion of his football career and the team that was there with him through it.

 

“When I look back at my four years of playing football here at Stonehill, what stands out to me isn’t the wins or losses. More importantly, the relationships with the people that I’ve come to know because of our commitment to this sport is what is most memorable. Throughout my life I’ve had two constants that I could lean on when times got tough: Family and Football. This game has truly been a blessing for me and a privilege to be a part of,” he said.

 

The football team will be graduating 19 seniors this Spring, including two of the three captains, Nick Bona and quarterback Matt Foltz.

 

Quarterback Matt Foltz finished the game 29 for 40 for 278 yards, as well as adding his 14th career rushing TD for his final game.

 

Foltz, a pivotal part of the football team who has broken numerous records over his career at Stonehill, has high hopes for the team that will continue the game without him.

 

“Thank you to all the coaches and players that have made it a special four years.  The football program is in a good place, and is moving in the right direction.  Keep working to take the next step,” he said.

 

Senior Jermel Wright said his four years playing football for Stonehill has been a wild ride.

 

“This game wears you out, but it’s all worth it in the end. I’ve given so much to this game in the last 11 years. To put it plain and simple, football changed my life. The lessons I’ve learned from this game will last a lifetime. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to go out with a win and becoming the first Stonehill football team to beat AIC. That was the icing on the cake,” Wright said.

 

The graduating seniors include, #2 Donovan Phanor , #5 Nick Bona, #11 Noma Okundaye, #12 Matt Foltz, #15 Kevin Dick, #20 Andy Steck, #23 Chris Traore, #28 Malachi Baugh, #29 Charlie Calenda, #35 Dylan Brown, #40 Ian Hill, #48 Chris Rosinski, #56 Jermel Wright, #68 Will Greenlish, #79 Tim Carbonneau, #92 Nick Dessalines, #97 Tom Pilat, #98 Ryan Bajjaly, and #99 Tomas Bernotas. They have won 22 games over their careers together, 17 of which were NE-10 play.

November 21, 2017
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Freedom Agenda promoted on campus

*By Anastasia Pumphrey*

*correction from hard copy*

The Massachusetts American Civil Liberties chapter has come out with a body of bills called the Freedom Agenda to push back against the Trump administration on issues ranging from immigration, contraceptive access and privacy, a volunteer coordinator for the group told a group gathered at Stonehill College recently.

Olivia Santoro, the coordinator, said the goal of the Freedom Agenda is “to protect Massachusetts residents from the new threats of the Trump administration… and to make sure that we’re protecting immigrants, fixing our criminal justice system, advancing our privacy protections, and safeguarding contraceptive access.”

She said many local policies, such as requiring police to wear body cameras on their uniforms and towns needing approval to purchase security items like a “sting ray,” a device that can access any data from anyone’s phone or internet use, will be a result of the Freedom Agenda efforts.

Santoro said a large part of the Freedom Agenda’s goals centers around women’s access to reproductive healthcare, such as contraceptives and abortions.

She referenced a 2016 Massachusetts bill that allowed care such as STI testing or domestic abuse counselling to remain confidential, or not reported to the patient’s parents or spouse, no matter the age of the patient, to be as a contributing factor in moving the legislation towards what the ACLU has in mind.

She said that contraceptive access is a crucial part of healthcare and that it is the job of the ACLU to defend its accessibility.

“We at the ACLU believe that access to contraception should not be dependent on how much money you have. We should all be able to have access to that,” she said.

Santoro also said the ACLU will be doing anything it can to protect safe access to abortion under the Trump Administration by challenging efforts to restrict the procedure.

. She said some of these laws, particularly ones in southern states like Texas, Alabama, and Mississippi, are called TRAP Laws – or Targeted Regulation of Abortion Provider laws.

She said it “put unfair regulations on abortion providers, regulations that are not necessarily increasing safety or are not necessarily medically necessary.”

Santoro said the ACLU defends civil rights and civil liberties by taking cases to court and, when needed, moving to change legislature.

She said there is a chapter of the ACLU in all 50 states, but that Massachusetts is particularly well-endowed with its resources.

“We’re really fortunate here in Massachusetts specifically because a lot of the ACLU chapters…only have a small team of lawyers who are working in the courts. But we… have a really robust program here,” Santoro said.

She said that the ACLU handles political matters through the court system and through lobbying for changes in legislature, like they did in the famous 1973 women’s reproductive freedom case, Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortions on a national level.

Santoro said the ACLU takes about five to 10 percent of the cases that are brought to them “We want to take on cases we can use to set precedents for the future,” Santoro said. “We want to make the most change we can.”

November 21, 2017
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Updates on September off-campus attack

By Caitlin Mahoney

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Photos of alleged attackers provided to students by Campus Police.

 

It remains unclear who – if anyone – will be charged in the September off-campus attack which left a Stonehill student hospitalized in serious condition.

 

Repeated attempts to learn more information about the case from Brockton police and the Plymouth County District Attorney’s office were unsuccessful.

 

No information on whether the attackers were identified was released and no information on whether any charges will be lodged was released.

 

The Summit made repeated attempts to find information from both law enforcement agencies weekly in the past month to no avail.

 

A spokesman for the Plymouth County District Attorney’s office said last week she had no knowledge of the case when contacted.

 

The attack occurred in Brockton Sept. 15 outside of Owen O’Learys, a popular bar among students.

 

Nikolay Lisichenok, a senior at Stonehill, was assaulted and suffered severe injuries. He was hospitalized for nearly two weeks in a Boston hospital after suffering head trauma.

 

The Stonehill police department worked in conjunction with Brockton police on the case, and sent a campus-wide email to students with photos of suspects asking for students to reach out if they recognized anyone from the photos.

 

It was not known if Brockton police were able to identify the assailants. However, Stonehill students reportedly were very cooperative with authorities in the case.

 

Brockton Detective Michael Cesarini, in an interview with the Summit October 15, said Lisichenok had recovered and was back on campus.

November 21, 2017
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‘Almost, Maine’ takes the stage

By Amy McKeever

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Photos by Amy McKeever

 

Rich Trautwein wanted to try something new.

He had always enjoyed theatre and being an audience member of the Stonehill Theatre Company.

“I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone,” he said.

So he decided to join the Stonehill Theatre Company and was cast as East in the most recent play, “Almost, Maine.”

Whimsical staging and quirky characters captured the authenticity of the north east for “Almost, Maine” performed by Stonehill Theatre Company this past weekend.

The show captivated audiences with short paired vignettes to create an overall theme of the struggles found in romance.

Senior Danielle Walsh is the president of Stonehill Theatre Company (STC). She played Ginette in the performance, opening the show.

Walsh said she worked closely with Artistic Director of STC Matt Greene and Director Nick Wakely for the show.

“It has really been an honor to get the chance to work with Matt Greene and Nick Wakely. Nick directed this show, and he was one of the best directors I’ve had the pleasure of working with

Walsh said although it is hard to compare her past shows, but “Almost, Maine” did have a significant difference.

“’Almost,’ to me, is more blatantly relatable than some of the shows we have done in the past, and left our audiences feeling lighthearted and happy,” she said.

And Walsh admitted the show was hard work.

“A lot of things happen behind the scenes that not many people know about,” she said.

Each actor in the show must complete 10 “crew hours.” These are the hours actors dedicate to some production aspect of the show, such as working on costumes or the set.

Still Walsh said she enjoyed the hard work.

“’Almost, Maine’ was a fun show to work on. It was sweet, funny, romantic, and sad, all in one,” she said.

November 21, 2017
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Alum’s board game finds the antidote

By Tomas Bernotas

Stonehill Alum Tom Deschenes is coming out a winner with his first board game.

The game crafted by Deschenes, who graduated in 2005, hit the shelves this summer after being picked up by a major company.

“Quest for the Antidote” is a fantasy board game based upon finding the antidote for your poison. Gamers go about finding the ingredients for their antidote before the poison gets to them.

Deschenes said he had the idea for the game one night while reading “Dracula” for one of his graduate school classes at Harvard University in 2011.

The Stonehill English major and secondary education minor said he started writing down the ideas immediately, and in the span of a few minutes, he had the basics of the game on paper.

Armed with the basic ideas, Deschenes worked with artist Scott Sherman to design illustrations for the game before he felt confident enough to release the game this past summer.

The game was picked up by Upper Deck, a popular trading card company which also has a board game branch.

“Quest for the Antidote” made rounds this past summer at conventions such as the Origins Game Fair in Columbus, Ohio, San Diego, Comic Con and Gen Con in Indianapolis.

The game is also available in stores including Walmart, and online on Amazon, and directly through Upper Deck.

Deschenes said the game will be available in the next few months at other stories, such as Target, Toys-R-Us, and Barnes and Noble.

November 21, 2017
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Patrick Wroth: Stonehill’s best kept music secret

By Amanda Byrne

Patrick Wroth has a list of people he’s thankful for in his life. In order, that list includes: his parents, his sister, his friends, and the famous rapper T-Pain.

The 21-year-old amateur rapper first started creating music by using T-Pain’s “I Am T-Pain,” an app that allowed users to rap over one of his songs and auto-tune their voices.

Wroth was only in eighth grade when he made his first rap.

“We had to do a project on the Byzantine Empire,” he said. “My teacher told us we could come up with our own idea, so I asked to create a rap.”

Wroth had his idea approved instantly. He then went into a nearby study room with his friend, Casey McKenzie, and wrote the rap within a half an hour.

“We sampled ‘I’m On A Boat’ by The Lonely Island, but since they didn’t have boats during that time period, our project was called ‘I’m On A Carriage,’” he said, laughing at his own joke. “I got an A+ on it.”

Despite how much he enjoyed it, Wroth did not create another rap until his junior year of high school.

“That summer, I was sitting with my friend in Maine and he showed me ‘Murda Bizness’ by Iggy Azalea,” he said. “I was just like, ‘I need to write a rap to this.’”

Within 20 minutes, Wroth wrote his first rap in nearly three years.

“I want my lyrics to be brain teasers. I have a lot of metaphors in mind that people might not get if they don’t stop to think about them,” he said. “If my lyrics are ever overly explicit, it’s probably because I’m being lazy.”

Wroth put the song on hold until November of that same year. He and two of his friends spontaneously decided to go to a nearby studio to have the song professionally recorded.

“My dad had bought me three hours of studio time for Christmas and I just hadn’t had a reason to use it until then,” he said. “It was sick.”

It only took the trio—who chose to go by the stage name Pure Quality—one try to get it right. They were given a CD with their recording on it, which Wroth later uploaded to his YouTube channel and tweeted out the link.

To this day, it remains Wroth’s most watched video with over 1,100 views.

“I didn’t think it would blow up like that, but it did,” he said. “After I got all that attention, I didn’t want it to die off. I wanted to really capitalize on the buzz.”

Under the name Pure Quality, Wroth quickly began writing his next rap. The group’s second single was called ‘White Bois,’ and it turned out to be another hit.

“I started getting tweets from kids I had never even talked to before,” Wroth said.

Pure Quality was at their peak of popularity. Even still, the group did not release any new music until a couple of years later, which was their last time doing so.

Wroth, however, is still making music by himself. He has dozens of recordings saved to his computer, but he has no plans to post them online.

“I do it as a creative outlet to express my ideas. That’s it. I’m not trying to be serious or make a living off of it,” he said.

For now, Wroth is focused on other things like his family, friends and schoolwork.

He lives in Westfield, Massachusetts with his parents, Matt and Renée, his sister, Jillian, and his 15-year-old toy poodle, Niko.

He studies Marketing at Stonehill College, where he is in his final year. He currently has no plans to further pursue rapping as a career option.

“If I thought I was more talented and had a bigger following, maybe,” he said.

Wroth spent the spring of his junior year in Los Angeles where he interned at a public relations firm called Beck Media. As much as he enjoyed the company, his dream internship was to work for Ellen DeGeneres. He even wrote a rap in place of the traditional application.

“I submitted it 29 times and didn’t get it,” he said, laughing. “Maybe my creative spark is just burnt out.”

November 21, 2017
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Theatre Company gets new Artistic Director

By Amy McKeever

Growing out of his days of performing in the Blue Man Group, Matt Greene took on the new position of Artistic Director of the Stonehill Theatre Company this year.

Here, Greene hopes to continue his mission of growth.

“Growth is key and one of my top missions at Stonehill, but it must be grown sensibly, he said. “I am already speaking with other disciplines about how we can collaborate, share resources, and all grow together.”

Right away he saw an encouraging spirit of the Stonehill theatre encouraging members to challenge themselves.

“It speaks well to the role the theatre can play here,” he said.

The Theatre Company performed “Almost, Maine” Nov. 9, a show directed by one of Greene’s former students. He said he chose the show because it provided him with a lot of wiggle room.

“I didn’t know how many would come out to audition. The play can be performed by 4 people or 19,” Greene said.

He ended up having 30 audition and ended up with 19 actors cast for the show.

“The challenge is then to keep the intimacy that the play demands, which is something the production and design team have done masterfully,” he said. “Each scene is as if you are looking at a relationship under a microscope and you’re witnessing the moment when everything changes.”

As for Greene, next semester he will be directing the spring show, which he anticipates to be grittier than “Almost, Maine.” He said he intends to challenge audiences to reflect on their own motivations and actions, while sticking to contemporary shows.

“I always want to offer a variety of shows that we do here at Stonehill, while sticking with the notion that theatre is all about asking the difficult questions,” he said.

And Greene will be sticking to the theme of growth of his team, through relationships with other theatre companies, like London’s Frantic Assembly, American Idiot and Harry Potter.

“I truly believe that in order for us to create great theatre we need to be constantly growing together—myself included,” he said.