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November 16, 2016
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Women’s soccer victorious in championship

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By Laura O’Malley

Claire O’Brien was not alive when the Stonehill women’s soccer team last won the NE-10 Championship.

Now, the 21-year-old captain of the team is celebrating this month’s win.

“It’s amazing for us seniors who were all born in 1995 to be a part of a team that won the championship exactly 21 years ago,” O’Brien said. “We feel like we were meant to be here and continue this season for as long as possible and I wouldn’t want to experience this with any other group of girls.”

Some of the seniors on the team said they were born for the championship.

Jose Gomes, a staff member at the Stonehill Sports Complex, was the coach of the women’s team in 1995 when they won the NE-10 Championship.

Nov. 6, he watched his daughter play on the newest winning team.

“Every team dreams of winning a championship like this. My favorite player on the team is my daughter Lindsay who I am lucky enough to watch every game, ” Gomes said, who was the head of the women’s soccer team from 1991 through 2001.

“This team started off ranked low but really strong. They hit a couple of speed bumps but now their off to the NCAA tournament with a Championship as well,” Gomes said.

Gomes said he was excited to watch his daughter play at home in the championship game and the team win another title.

His daughter said it was unforgettable.

“Winning the NE10s is something I will never forget. What made the moment so special for me, was that my father was there to watch. I like to think that he started the success of Stonehill College Women’s Soccer program and it is incredible to be on the team that no only carried on this legacy but also beat his teams previous records,” Lindsay Gomes, junior, said.

Julia Larson, another senior, said the end of the game was exciting.

“Once the buzzer went off, it felt like everything we had worked for this season and over the last few years had payed off. As a team we’ve had a whole lot of sweat, tears and a ton of laughter invested into our season. Never a dull moment with the crazy Skyhawks. I feel so proud to be apart of a team as special as this where all 30 of us have come together as a single unit allowing us to take anything that’s thrown our way,” Larson said.

Hosting a home championship playoff game is something that she will never forget, Larson said.

Junior Julia Galdorisi said the winning moment was amazing.

“Winning the NE10 Championship was an unforgettable moment and definitely the highlight of my entire soccer career. It was an incredible feeling to finally achieve our team goals and be recognized for all of our hard work this season on campus. I have never been more proud to be a part of the Stonehill Women’s Soccer team,” she said.

 

November 16, 2016
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Junior Foley teaches CPR on campus

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By Jackie Kioussis

For the past few months, junior Katie Foley has worked as an EMT in her home town after she passed the certification test.

Now she’s helping other students learn life-saving techniques.

“A lot of times when I’m working and we show up on scene to emergencies there are people here who are able bodied and easily could have helped. There’s people there who could’ve helped but didn’t, and I wanted to raise awareness of what to do in those situations,” she said.

Foley instructs three different levels of classes on different days of the week, and she posts the schedule on the Stonehill Facebook page every week.

Foley is an EMT so she already possessed her CPR certification. She took a class provided by the American Heart Association to become an instructor of CPR.

“There are definitely a lot of people who are interested, but they also say they will take it later in the year. There is a lot of interest from healthcare administrative majors and other science majors,” Foley said.

Foley said students seem to enjoy learning about CPR and noticed most of her students have taken a CPR course in high school, but they do not remember everything from it. She urges students to take CPR again, because it is good to refresh their memories.

“I like instructing for the top level of certification. I like to teach people how to give Narcan [the drug that reverses heroin overdose]. It’s a good skill for people to know. You can literally go to CVS and buy it. I think it is important for people to have this skill because you never know when you will need it,” Foley said.

November 10, 2016
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Stonehill’s policy on marijuana unchanged

By Amy McKeever

Massachusetts may have legalized the use of marijuana for those over the age of 21 Tuesday, but for Stonehill students policies regarding the drug have not changed.

Despite the change to state law, any use or possession of marijuana on campus is still against the College’s code of conduct, according to a Stonehill College announcement released on Wednesday.

The announcement, sent by General Council Thomas V. Flynn, stated that because Stonehill receives federal funding, the College must adhere to federal regulations. The regulations classify marijuana as an illegal narcotic

The College’s official statement on the use of marijuana says any student convicted of an offense involving the possession or sale of a marijuana during a period of school enrollment in which federal financial aid was received, is ineligible to receive federal student aid for specified periods of time, depending on the seriousness of the offense.

Those caught using or possessing the drug will be subject to disciplinary action by the College’s community standards.

November 4, 2016
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Stonehill teams sign athletes through Team IMPACT

By Jackie Kioussis

When the hockey team signed seven-year-old Ethan Simoes through Team Impact, Connor Tedesco did not realize the child would have an effect on his life.

“Having Ethan on board is a blast. He brings a lot of energy to the locker room and he always has a smile on his face no matter what,” Tedesco said.

Since 2011 Stonehill College has had nine teams participate in the Team Impact program, where students with disabilities or serious illnesses sign with college teams. The teams that have participated are Women’s Volleyball, Men’s Soccer, Football, Men’s Ice Hockey, Women’s Basketball, Baseball, Men’s Basketball, Field Hockey and Cheerleading.

Tedesco said Ethan seems to enjoy the program as much as the team enjoys having him on board.

“He was really shy at first, but after we coaxed him enough he came in and met the team on his official signing day. He was smiling ear to ear after becoming a part of the team, which was really special to see,” Tedesco said.

Ethan was diagnosed with mitochondrial disorder when he was only one year old. He signed with Stonehill to be an honorary Skyhawk Nov. 10, 2015. Tedesco considers the boy a younger brother.

“He is like a younger brother to all of the guys on the team. He’s fun to have around and we love cracking jokes with him. He even picks on some of the older guys on the team and it’s a blast having him come to different events,” Tedesco said.

Tedesco believes that he has grown as a person since meeting Ethan, and has learned the impact athletes can have when they give back to their community.

“There are a lot of kids out there who look up to collegiate athletes and it’s important to be good role models and it’s shown me that I have to a role model for Ethan,” Tedesco said.

Tedesco said he thinks that every team should participate in Team Impact because it is a great experience for both the kids and athletes.

“My favorite memory with Ethan is when I took him to a Bruins game because it was an awesome time watching the game and sharing in the experience together. He also met my puppy, Griffin, and he seemed to really enjoy playing with him. Watching Ethan with Griffin was another special memory for me…I hope to keep in touch with Ethan throughout the rest of our lives,” Tedesco said.

“Partnering with team impact has been a great experience. The organization does a great job of building a relationship between kids who have disabilities and collegiate athletes,” he said.

Stonehill Cheerleading signed twelve-year-old Leigha Hedtler on Dec. 15, 2015. Last January prior to signing into the Stonehill athletics family Leigha was diagnosed with stage four melanoma.

Junior Niamh Ryan, of the Stonehill Cheerleading team, believes that Team Impact makes being a collegiate athlete even more important and satisfying than it already is.

“It was fun having a signing day for her [Leigha] and being able to include her as part of our team throughout the season,” Ryan said.

Stonehill Baseball signed eleven-year-old Kyle Grenon back in April of 2013. Kyle suffered a stroke in 2012 that caused him to no longer possess control over the left side of this body.

“Team Impact is a good way to help those kids feel involved and apart of the team. It’s a good way to get their minds off of other things going on in their lives,” junior Alex Hurley, on the Stonehill Men’s baseball team, said.

November 4, 2016
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Alumni Council hosts roundtable election talk

By Jamie Fleming

Two Stonehill professors predicted a Clinton win in the upcoming presidential election at the Alumni Council Programming Committee’s sponsored roundtable discussion Oct. 24.

At 7 p.m., around 15 people gathered in Alumni Hall to listen to Communications Professor Anne Mattina and Political Science Professor William Ewell talk about how they see the election through their respective fields.

Ewell, who worked in the U.S. Senate as a Political Operative, gave a brief overview of the election.

He said there is a one in seven chance Donald Trump will make a comeback in the election and that both parties are bracing for a Clinton win.

“[Republicans] are starting to move their efforts and priorities to holding the house and the senate,” Ewell said.

“Whether it’s good or bad, everyone wants to talk about Trump so let’s talk about Trump for a moment… how did we get here?” Ewell said, accompanied by a laugh from the audience.

He raised the question of whether name recognition or Trump’s distinct message made it so the Republican party ideals did not matter in the primary election.

Ewell said that Trump would have a chance for a comeback if a Clinton scandal came out again with the emails and Wiki-leaks. If not, she would either win in an “Obama type win,” by less than 8 percent in both elections or a landslide win that would come from a lack of voters.

Ewell said that this election would put Arizona, Texas and Georgia close to becoming blue states.

Mattina said the media has had a large impact on the election.

In response to Ewell’s theory that a scandal could cause Clinton to lose the election, Mattina said there was not enough time before the election for a large shift like that to happen.

Mattina theorized that main stream media gave Trump an advantage in getting the primary bid.

“People are frightened, they are frightened that he might win,” said Mattina.

The speakers then took questions from the audience regarding the two party system, social media and Russia’s influence on the election.

“I thought it was really informative and helpful in understanding the election as well as the possible long term effects of the election. I think that everyone should go to something like that so they can make an informed decision when they vote next week,” sophomore Macayla Walsh said.

“I thought the speakers were excellent and very well prepared. Professor Mattina’s interpretation of the media’s portrayal of Trump was very interesting and informative,” sophomore Megan Tryder said.

November 4, 2016
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Stonehill hires Title IX Investigator

By Sarah Crespo

An attorney with decades of civil rights experience will be the Stonehill’s first “Equity Coordinator/Title IX investigator” and will be tasked with developing a wide range of training programs to strengthen the school’s values of diversity, equity and inclusion, according to the college.

Anthony “Tony” Cruthird was recently named to the newly created position and will also help the College’s continuing compliance with federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination.

This new position will work with departments such Community Standards, Human Resources, Intercultural Affairs, the General Counsel and the Institutional Diversity Action Committee. They will work to develop, implement, coordinate and administer policies and procedures to make sure the college complies with the state and federal government’s wide ranging rules and regulations involving nondiscrimination, equal access and equal employment opportunity laws.

Communication and Media Relations Director Martin McGovern said Cruthird will have two major roles. He will work in the Stonehill community to increase training and education in areas of nondiscrimination while also ensuring that the college is acting within the Title IX state and federal laws.

“Tony Cruthird will assist in the development and implementation of a more comprehensive training program for all members of the Stonehill community in the areas of non-discrimination, including sexual violence and equal opportunity,” McGovern said.

With an increase in training, the College hopes to reflect a welcoming environment through the values of diversity, equity and inclusion, he said.

Title IX covers everything from equality in sports to sexual assault investigations to discrimination issues.

“Title IX refers to a federal civil rights law, which prohibits discrimination in education programs based on sex (gender),” McGovern said.

“A broad law, it covers many things such as equity in men’s and women’s sports and it ensures colleges work to prevent the occurrence of sexual violence on their campuses,” he said.

McGovern said that Cruthird will assist the College as a proactive measure to make sure it is acting within these regulations.

“He will assist with the College’s compliance with state and federal laws which prohibit discrimination on the basis of legally protected classes such as race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, disability and age,” McGovern said.

Legal Counsel Tom Flynn said that this new position will promote Stonehill policies that enforce a welcoming, fair and safe environment for everyone on campus.

“Stonehill has a deep commitment to ensuring the fair treatment and safety of everyone who studies or works on our campus” Flynn said in a prepared statement. “To that end, we have been working diligently to go beyond federal Title IX guidelines, which seek to prevent discrimination based on gender.”

Before taking on this new position at Stonehill, Cruthird worked as an Equity and Diversity Specialist at Brown University and spent 17 years as a Civil Rights Attorney and Team Leader for the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights.

Pauline Dobrowski, vice president for Student Affairs, and Flynn said in prepared statements that they were excited to welcome Cruthird to the Stonehill community.

“We look forward to working with Tony in our ongoing outreach and education efforts on issues of inclusion and diversity,” Dobrowski said. “As a civil rights attorney and as an equity and diversity specialist, he brings a wealth of experience to the College, and I know his cross-divisional collaboration will enhance the positive work we are doing on these crucial fronts.”

“Tony’s vast experience as a civil rights attorney and work at Brown University on educational equity meet the needs of the College and will bolster our existing work,” Flynn said. “We are proud to welcome Tony to the Stonehill community.”

 

 

October 19, 2016
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Stonehill students take a stand against dating violence

By Sarah Crespo

Ashley Bendiksen never thought that the title of “domestic violence survivor” would be given to her after her two-year relationship when she was in college.

“1 in 3 young adults ages 16-24 report at least one abusive relationship,” Bendiksen said.

The Stonehill community recognized the week of Oct. 3 as “The Week of Domestic Violence Prevention” in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

To begin the week, a domestic violence panel invited the Stonehill community to join the conversation against dating violence and bring awareness about available resources on and off campus.

Ashley Bendiksen, now a career coach, spoke to students about her struggle with relationship abuse in college and her journey to recovery.

Bendiksen said that while she was in her relationship, she didn’t realize she was a victim because of her lack of knowledge about domestic abuse.

“I was chasing security, love and jumping into relationships,” she said.

Domestic violence can be verbal, emotional, psychological, physical, or financial.

“Statistically, it takes a battered women 9 attempts to leave,” Bendiksen said.

Bendiksen said that although her abuse wasn’t always physical, domestic violence occurs with an imbalance of power and implication of fear.

Health and Wellness Coordinator Jessica Greene,said she chose Bendiksen’s story because of the age similarity with Stonehill students.

“We wanted to raise awareness that this does actually happen to people of all ages,” Greene said. “It can happen at a young age.”

The panel also included representatives from Counseling Services and The Family and Community Resources in Brockton.

Counseling Services is located in the Chapel of Mary and offers confidential counseling to students, Monday through Friday by appointment.

The Family and Community Resources in Brockton is also open to Stonehill students and offers a Batterers Intervention Program.

“Everyday at least three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends in the U.S.,” Bendiksen said, reading a 2013 domestic violence statistic.

Jessica Greene said that she organized the panel hoping to encourage those who may need help to seek it.

“Dating violence does affect our students,” Greene said. “We wanted to raise awareness, raise red flags, and connect those who need it with resources.”

“I was able to change my life and I never thought I could,” Bendiksen said. “We need to break the silence and talk about it.”

The Week of Domestic Violence Prevention also offered students the opportunity to participate in Bystander Intervention Training, One Love: Dating Violence Training and a Domestic Violence Resource Fair.

Students were also encouraged to take part in the Purple Tie Campaign and the White Ribbon Campaign to raise awareness and pledge to end domestic violence.

October 19, 2016
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Fundraiser brings Wetzel Fundraising Committee closer to goal

By Amy McKeever

Nearly $4,000 was raised by Stonehill students, faculty and alumni to help offset the medical and other expenses incurred by Professor Christopher Wetzel, who suffered serious injuries in an accident this summer.

More than 100 people gathered outside the Martin Institute Oct. 5 for the Chirs Wetzel Fundraising and Gathering Event hosted by The Wetzel Fundraising Committee.

“The turnout here is great,” junior Linsey Malia said. “There’s lots of faculty and students here having a good time.”

As people snacked on sandwiches, fruit and other items, Professor Corey Dolgen and Bridget Meigs, who runs the farm, entertained the group by strumming guitars and singing.

“Atmosphere,” Junior Madison McGlone said.

McGlone said she is very close to Wetzel. As his advisee, she had signed up to take two classes with him this semester.

“I was really looking forward to the classes with Professor Wetzel, but they have been taken over by alum, who are doing a great job,” she said.

Two months ago, Wetzel had to be airlifted off a mountain after receiving serious head injuries from a 50-foot fall.

Considering the turnout from every department, McGlone said the fundraiser really highlighted the fact that Wetzel makes connections inside and outside of the classroom.

“It shows that he is a person of the community as a whole,” she said.

Committee member Melissa Mardo ‘17 said the fundraiser was the first of many. In the future, they hope to reach out to alums in the Boston area to get at home care for Wetzel. As of Monday, the committee was within $386 of the goal of $25,000.

Mardo said she considers Wetzel to be one of her best friends.

“He is a visionary,” she said. “He’s always wanting to see a lot of change and support of student’s ideas.”

Malia said she decided to attend the fundraiser when she remembered first meeting Wetzel at orientation and through the Stonehill Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program.

“His vibe and enthusiasm stood out to me and I wanted to come out and support him,” she said.

Malia also had a message for Wetzel.

“I think I speak for Stonehill when I say that we are excited and ready to have him back on campus,” she said.

To donate to Professor Wetzel visit www.youcaring.com/chriswetzel.

October 19, 2016
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Stonehill College celebrates the first ever PRIDE week

By Sarah Crespo

Stonehill College celebrated the first ever Stonehill PRIDE Week Oct. 17- Oct. 21.

With LGBT History Month and National Coming Out Day in October, Assistant Director of Intercultural Affairs, Patrick Hale said he wanted to bring a PRIDE celebration to campus.

“There has been overwhelming support and enthusiasm,” Hale said. “People are happy this conversation is happening. It speaks for the need of it.”

All members of the Stonehill community were asked to join together to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and their supporters.

The Office of Intercultural Affairs worked with the Student Government Association Diversity Committee and the Stonehill PRIDE Week Committee in order to celebrate and honor members of the Stonehill community who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and any other underrepresented sexuality and gender identity.

Patrick Hale said he hoped this week would affirm and recognize members of the LGBTQ+ community and provide a space for them to connect with allies.

The PRIDE celebration kicked off on Monday Oct. 17, with a rally on the quad encouraging students, faculty and staff to share remarks and celebrate with rainbow pins and flags.

The celebration continued on Monday and Tuesday night by featuring two films that help raise awareness and knowledge about the LGBTQ+ community.

The films, “Bullied: A Student, a School, and a Case that Made History” and “The Normal Heart,” were shown in order to create conversations about the treatment and support for these individuals at Stonehill.

Wednesday at 5 p.m. the college will offer a LGBTQ+ Faculty, Staff and Student Mixer open to the entire campus to help inform the community and connect with allies.

Thursday at 7 p.m., the Coming Out Stories Panel will feature faculty, staff and students who are members of the LGBT community telling their stories and answering questions.

Stonehill’s PRIDE week will conclude with a closing parade on Friday where students are encouraged to make signs and walk through campus celebrating PRIDE Week.

In addition to PRIDE Week, Stonehill also offered a Safe Zone Workshop on Tuesday to help educate members of the Stonehill community on the experiences of LGBTQ+ community in order to help them serve as allies.

Patrick Hale said he hopes that PRIDE Week will become a tradition on Stonehill’s campus.

“The Intercultural Affairs Office hopes to increase the support for the LGBTQ+ community by increasing online resources and sharing those resources with allies,” Hale said.

In addition to PRIDE Week, Oct. 27 the college will offer a Trans101 Workshop to give the community a better understanding of the language, history and data of trans students and those who choose to not identify as a gender.

October 19, 2016
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Stonehill sophomore releases first original album

By Tess Wilensky

Sophomore Lauren King released her first original album Oct. 9 as her first step into a professional music career.

The folk-pop album, titled “Don’t Look Her in the Eye,” illustrates a theme of endurance. It entails stories of being hurt and using that hurt to learn and grow stronger as an individual.

King said she chose the title to reflect the pain that people experience throughout their lives.

King gives credit to her hometown, Smithfield, RI for encouraging her interest in music. She started voice and guitar lessons at age nine and gained recognition over time. She was asked to be a part of recitals, which then turned into steady gigs at restaurants by the time she reached high school.

“A lot of times it’s my dad” King said. “We’ll chat about things going on in our lives and if I say something that makes him laugh or interested in what I’m saying, he’ll say ‘you need to write that down, great song idea.’”

King said it took her six months to put the album together, though she has been working on the songs themselves for years.

“I would constantly be trying to change the songs to make them better” King said. “It was easy to get lost in the clutter of my mind because I would be trying to make some songs, while also trying to move on to new ones.”

She said her favorite song on the album is “My Own Hero.” The latest track to make it on to the album, King knew it would add a great dynamic. She describes the song as “Mumford and Sons-y,” having more attitude and sass than other songs featured on the album.

“It represents who I am in many ways, more than just one angle of a story,” King said.

King, a double major in Music and Philosophy, received immense support from the Stonehill community. The track “Keep Marching On” features Stonehill sophomore Mackenzie Lachkey singing background vocals.

“Experiencing this with her made me so incredibly proud to call her one of my best friends,” Lachkey said.

Sophomore Ian Cornelius said supporting King was second nature.

“When I could see how passionate she was about this project from the beginning, she gained my immediate support,” Cornelius said.

Several copies of the album have already been sold, two of which were bought by Lachkey and Cornelius.

“I almost always have one of her songs stuck in my head” Lachkey says.

King’s manager, Steve Smith, has been with her since she was 13. She said he is a source of assurance whenever she feels anxious about the album.

King’s album is available in physical copies for $10 on www.CDbaby.com or through direct contact with Lauren King at lking@stonehill.students.edu.

The album was submitted to iTunes and Spotify on Oct. 10, and is in the process of being registered through those organizations. The album should be available online in coming weeks.