Merrimack Brings Awareness to Breast Cancer

ztaJohn Cerrotti ’17

Staff Writer 

October is officially here and although the means it is the start to fall, it also means it is the start of Breast Caner Awareness month. Throughout the whole month of October, awareness is brought to Breast Cancer by many different organizations throughout campus participating in fundraising events. Pink ducks were sold on Main Street this past week to students, teachers, and faculty members for $1 each or a legacy duck for $5. The ducks were being sold to raise money for finding a cure and are to be released in Mendel Pond on October 15 at 3 pm. This will be marked with a ceremony about Breast Cancer Awareness and the fight for a cure. This year will mark the 8th release of these ducks and these fundraising efforts. Senior Kelianna Bonn has supporting the cause since her freshman year at Merrimack. To her, “The pink ducks really symbolize Merrimack’s care and thought for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.” This is the same for many other students across campus.

Zeta Tau Alpha, one of the sororities on campus focuses on breast cancer throughout the year. Their philanthropy is Breast Cancer Awareness and as a group, they have participated in a number of events both on and off campus. Recently, the sorority traveled into Boston to participate in two walks to promote Breast Cancer Awareness. In the upcoming weeks, they will also sponsor the 5K happening during Parent’s Weekend, which will also focus on Breast Cancer Awareness. All of the proceeds for these events go to Susan G. Komen. Zeta Tau Alpha also recently went to the Patriots Game to hand out pink ribbons as a part of the Survivor Program. Sophomore and current member of the sorority, Madison Cornell, participated in these programs because breast cancer touched home to her. “I joined Zeta to raise awareness about Breast Cancer because my grandmother had it and it hits close to home. I think that everyone needs to be aware of what breast cancer is and help in finding a cure for it.”


To register for the 5K Think Pink Race, register online at: . If anyone needs any more information on how to help with this cause, please visit .


A Fight Against Campus Cockroaches

cockroachesBrooke Coupal ‘17

Associate Editor-in-Chief

No one ever expects to have to deal with bugs in their residence hall room, but unfortunately for some residents at Merrimack College, they had to do just that.

On Friday, Sept. 19, two separate residents contacted maintenance about having bugs in their rooms. On that day, it was determined that these bugs were German cockroaches, and were coming out of the microfridges rented from RackRaiser Inc.

Residence Life hired Waltham Pest Control Services to treat all rooms with a rented microfridge. Sally Bertolino, Assistant Director of Residence Life, stated that “each room will receive treatment as a precautionary measure.” The exterminators came to Merrimack College on Saturday, Sept. 20 to start this treatment. Each student who rented a microfridge received an e-mail letting them know that treatment would be happening to their room.

“It has been brought to our attention that two microfridge rental units have been reported to have bugs in them. We have treated the two units, and as a precautionary measure we would like to treat all microfridges on campus that were rented from Rack Raiser,” was written in an e-mail sent to the students from Residence Life.

On campus, there were 310 rooms that had rented microfridges from RackRaiser. As stated by Residence Life, it took one week for Waltham Services to inspect and bait all of these rooms. After this week, it was found that out of the 310 rooms, about 10% of them had a cockroach problem.

“We have never had any issues with bugs brought to our attention. When we received a call from the Office of Residence Life at Merrimack the issue was addressed at once,” a RackRaiser representative said.

Three weeks of school had passed before any incidents about bugs inside the microfridges were reported. According to the Waltham Services website, within a section entitled “German Cockroach Facts & Control in New England,” “the nocturnal insects spend most of the day well hidden in warm, dark, and damp areas.” This explains why the German cockroaches would stay within the microfridge, near the moisture that it would produce. According to Sally Bertolino, “there was no infestation. There were isolated rooms with issues.”

“We just felt really uncomfortable in the whole situation. We were shocked and scared at the same time… (Residential Life) was a big help,” stated Amanda Bruneau and Jordan Riley, two freshmen at Merrimack College affected by the microfridge issue. They went to Residence Life right away, resulting in the whole situation being resolved.

“We were lucky to identify the issue when we did, and be proactive with treatment,” said Sara Hicks, director of Residence Life.

In addition to Waltham Services coming to bait and inspect all microfridges, they came back for a second week in order to perform an additional treatment on the rooms that had the German cockroaches inside them. According to Residence Life, the cockroach situation is now under control on campus.

Residence Life is continuing their precautionary measures as microfridges continue to enter campus. Microfridges coming from RackRaiser are now being checked more closely, with each one getting inspected by Waltham Services before they enter a room.

“Prior to this happening, we looked at other service providers [for microfridges],” Hicks said. Residence Life tries to stay updated on which service would be the best for the students to rent from. They stated that when looking at other services, they are going to ask very specific questions dealing with how the services clean, store, distribute, and use their microfridges in hopes that this incident never occurs again.

For any questions or concerns, please come down to the Residence Life Office located on the third floor of the Sakowich Center.



Cross Country returns to form

Mathew Galvao ’17, Sports Editor


Photo Credit: Merrimack Athletics

This season the Merrimack cross country team has been looking to build the program to it’s full potential and try to get to the top of their conference. The team this year looks a lot younger than teams of the past. The men’s side has seven new faces while the women’s side has 10 freshman. The shot of skillful youth maybe just what this team could use to get where they want to be. So far this season both teams have seen success early on this year. In fact, both the men and women have finished in at least the top five in every meet.

The women have enjoyed success but have also had to deal with nagging injuries to a few of their runners. These injuries have hurt the team results in a few different races.

“On the women’s side we haven’t had our full team run together,” said head coach Chris Cameron. “We’ve been battling some injuries which has hurt our team results.  If we can overcome this, I think we’ll be fine.”

The men have also seen the same success. With the men’s side the team has enjoyed the same success with the team finishing in the top three in every one of their races this year.

“For the men, we’ve had a nice start. 3 out of our top 7 have been freshman which bodes well for the future,” said Cameron.

There have been a few runners on each of the teams that have impacted the teams greatly this year. The underclassmen for the women have really fit in well and have really led this team to where they are this season.

“Right now Kristin Schmidt, Claire Aalerud, Kylie Reardon, and Randa Griffin have been the most consistent,” Cameron explained. “We’re still trying to get Kelsey Grimmer, Colleen Englert, and Kerry Phelan back at full strength.”

For the men it’s been a balance of upperclassmen and their younger runners that have really helped out and provide the balance to the team. Like the women’s team the freshman have also contributed nicely to the program.

“For the men it would be hard to pick one,” stated Cameron. “Evan Vadenais and Luis Cruz have really stepped up their game. James Wegman and Phil Harris have come along nicely and the freshman trio of Christian Gentile, Connor Murphy, and Keith Steinbrecher have been a pleasant surprise.”

Both teams have been injected with a great amount of youth. These freshman have stepped in nicely and have been a pleasant surprise to the Merrimack cross country program. The men have had three of their top seven runners are their freshman.

“Christian, Connor, and Keith have had nice starts and will definitely continue to help in the future,” Cameron explained.

The women’s team has also had three of their freshman run in their top seven, and have fit in well for Merrimack. “For the women, Randa Griffin, Kylie Reardon, and Katie Irwin have run in our top 7 which is a good sign,” stated Cameron.

One of the most successful races this year for both teams was the Kirsh Cup. The women’s team finished first while the men’s team took third losing to two highly ranked opponents.

“Both teams ran much better at the Kirsh Cup on 9/13.  The women won and the men finished third to two nationally ranked teams, losing to one by only 3 points,” said Cameron.

Heading into the ladder half of the season it’s all about getting healthy for both teams. It’s about the younger runners continuing to develop and get better and for the veterans to help lead the way.

“At this point it’s all about getting everyone healthy and training consistently,” Cameron explained. “If we can do this, I think we’ll have a good last month of the season.  We ran well in some of the earlier meets but I still feel there’s plenty of room for improvement.”

“It’s exciting to have such a large, young team on both sides,” Cameron explained.

As they approach the final month of the season the Warriors will next race in the New England Championships at Franklin Park in Boston this Saturday.

Merrimack club golf taking flight

Liam Killeen ’15, Staff Writer


Merrimack is a school that is predominately based off of athletics. In fact about 25% of the students here are on some sort of athletics team. Other than varsity athletics Merrimack offers club sports that give students the opportunity to play a sport if they are not on a varsity squad. Merrimack offers 12 different club sports programs including men’s and women’s hockey, ultimate Frisbee, and the newest edition golf.

It started with two students with an idea for a new club sport. Sean Kelly and Brendan Martin spoke with club sports director Alex Gallant about bringing this sport to life. They were funded with $1,000 to launch their idea for the program. The students spread the word all over campus about the new idea looking for former golfers and people who just loved to golf.

At the time the club started it was just for playing for the fun of it but then quickly became something that the students involved started to take a little more seriously. They then started to compete against other schools club golf teams. The club golf team then competed in a tournament last spring semester. Since competing in the tournament club golf has seen continued growth to the program.

This season, the team was able to hold a tryout. The tryout took place at the Hill View Country Club,

“About 30 kids tried out, and I think only about 14 ended up making it” Kelly stated. Sean Kelly also added that there was a benefit to everyone that took place in the teams tryout, “Everybody who tried out got a Next Gen college golf pass. It gives you deals all over the country at numerous courses.”

The Merrimack Club Golf team has continued to grow this year and continues to receive good feedback from the school. When asked about the amount of money funded for this upcoming season Sean replied, “This year we’re starting at $1,500 and if we need more we can negotiate with the Director of Club Sports.”

The team is off to a great start and just recently participated in a tournament at Providence College which they were invited to. They are now a member of the NGCA (National Collegiate Club Golf Association) and are in the Northern New England Region. There are 12 teams in this region and Merrimack participated in the tournament and placed 7th. As you can see the Merrimack College club golf team has enjoyed instant success since it’s beginning last season. You can get more information about the club golf team through Alex Gallant, the director of club sports at Merrimack College.

Zime: “Bistro with a Twist”

IMG_9451Lawrence Williams ’15

Staff Writer 

Three years and three different names. This is how many times the dining facility located inside of the McQuade Library have gone through a name change.

The former name of the library’s dining area was Zebi and prior to that it was Zest. The name changes were caused by trademark issues and results from a brand refresh, as stated by Michael Newmark, the General Manager for Merrimack Dining. Market research survey results proved that Zime was a catchy name, and would work well for the McQuade Library dining facility.

“It was changed to connect with the customer base and stay hip”, said Julio Perez, Retails/Concessions Manager. The new refreshing Zime is open Monday through Thursday from 8:30am to 9:00pm and Fridays from 8:30am to 4:00pm, with extended hours during finals. Zime accepts cash, credit and debit cards, Mackbucks, and Den Dollars.

Along with the name change, this “Bistro with a Twist” is now offering new and fresh items on the menu. The dining area carries sustainable and organic products in efforts of going green. This is reflected in their newly adjusted menu, which now includes flatbread sandwiches, macaroni and cheese and more. These delicious items are fully cooked in a state-of-the-art oven. Michael Newmark stated, “The quality of the sandwich is improved.”

“A portion of the proceeds are donated to local charity The Lazarus House”, said Newmark. Last year Zime, previously known as Zebi, donated $753.45 to charity to help in the fight against hunger.

MC football’s top performers

Tim MacLean ’16, Staff Writer

MC Football

Photo Credit: Merrimack Athletics

Through the first five weeks of the 2014 season the Merrimack football team posted a record of 2-3, scoring 30.2 points per game while allowing 29.4 on defense. Although head coach Dan Curran would probably like to see his team with a win-loss record over .500, the Warriors have played solid football to this point. Now entering the second half of the season, the team will have to produce better as a unit if they want to creep over that .500 benchmark, and if the play of the following four individuals becomes a team wide trend, they should have no trouble doing just that.

Freshman quarterback Joe Capobianco has played exceptional football through five games. Standing at 5’11, Capobianco currently ranks second in the NE-10 in both passing yards per game and passing touchdowns per game at 305.8 and 11, respectively. His best start came in a week two win at Pace. The Oceanside, N.Y. native threw for 416 yards and six touchdowns all while completing 67.6% of his passes. If he keeps producing at his current rate, Capobianco will finish the year with 3,058 yards passing and 22 touchdowns – not bad for a true freshman.

Another guy who’s off to a terrific start this year is running back Armond McRae, a junior from Nashua, N.H. McRae has racked up 84.6 yards rushing per game as well as five total touchdowns over the course of the first half of the season. Those two numbers rank second and tied for fourth in the conference, respectively. Like Capobianco, McRae also enjoyed his best day at Pace, going off for 134 yards on the ground on just eight carries. He also scored two touchdowns.

Junior wide receiver Jere Brown has also been among the NE-10’s elite at his position. His average of 95.8 yards receiving per contest has been good enough to earn him the third spot in the conference rankings for that specific category. Although the Warriors ended up losing the game, Brown put up huge numbers at Stonehill. He hauled in 11 balls for a total of 165 yards and added a touchdown for good measure. Brown isn’t quite on pace to surpass the 1,186 receiving yards that he tallied during the 2013-14 season, but if he has a couple more games like the one he had at Stonehill he’ll be right back on track.

On the defensive side of things it’s been senior linebacker A.J. Roberto that has led the way for the Warriors. In addition to two sacks, Roberto has accumulated 37 tackles through the first five weeks of the season, putting him on pace to finish the year with 74. The Lynnfield, MA native has also been instrumental in securing turnovers, as his three fumble recoveries are good for first in the NE-10.

Merrimack will finish out the year at Bentley, versus Assumption, at New Haven, versus American International, and versus Southern Connecticut State. Curran and the rest of his staff just have to hope that the play of the aforementioned standouts will become infectious throughout the rest of the team. If that becomes the case, finishing the season with a winning record will become more and more of a reality.

Most Interesting Person: Gretchen Grosky

Connor McGowan ‘15 Staff Writer

This week’s edition of “Most Interesting Person” is focused on Merrimack’s own Gretchen Grosky. Grosky is the new advisor of The Beacon as well as the adjunct lecturer of newspaper and media productions. As advisor of “The Beacon”, Gretchen works with students involved with the newspaper program and helps them develop their skills as writers and journalists, providing useful information she’s learned through her career as a writer. When asked about her new role here at Merrimack Gretchen replied, “I have taught many young reporters in the newspaper business, but this is much different. I was very nervous at first, but I am really enjoying it. I work with a great bunch of students.”

Outside of her life at Merrimack Grosky seems to live a somewhat normal life. She is married and has three teenage kids, whom she stated “are all over the place, so its good when we can get all five of us together.” Just like most people Gretchen enjoys singing, even if she “can’t carry a note, which doesn’t stop me from belting out in the car.”

As for her professional life Grosky has been involved in some pretty impressive programs and companies. She currently owns a media relations business where she works with helping clients brand their message and get their messages out to the media. She also helps groups with media training with the knowledge and background she has developed over her career. Back in 2003 Grosky won a Pulitzer Prize for a breaking news article, an award that is admired by writers of all sorts. The article covered the tragic story of a special needs child that fell through the frozen Merrimack River. Six heroic children, ages ranging from 7-14, formed a human chain to try and save the boy. Unfortunately four out of the seven children involved lost their lives in the tragedy. Grosky said, “This was an amazing honor covering those courageous children and what they tried to do in the spirit of friendship.”

Although Gretchen Grosky is enjoying her time here at Merrimack along with her other work off campus, everything seems to come back to family when talking with Gretchen. She continued to go on about how much she enjoys spending time with her family and how amazing they can be. When asked if there was anything interesting people may not know about her she replied,  “My uncle works with Ryan Murphy Productions and I try once a year to get to one of the sets he is working on. He’s put me in a couple of things. I was the TV show “Glee” and in the HBO movie “A Normal Heart.” He’s working on “American Horror Story” now and I would love to be an extra on that show.” So next time your enjoying one of your favorite TV shows make sure to keep your eyes peeled for Merrimack’s own Gretchen Grosky.


Gretchen with members of the cast of Glee


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