Merrimack Students Plain White T’d Off Over Lackluster Spring Concert Selection
Elizabeth Fitzgerald ’15, Staff Writer
Plain White T’s opening for A Great Big World as this years spring concert. Is this another disappointing concert for Merrimack? Most of us will agree that Spring Weekend is the most anticipated weekend of not only spring semester, but of the entire year. As the Spring Concert takes place the Friday of spring weekend, it is expected that the weekend of festivities should start off with a bang. For the past couple of years, Merrimack seemed to disappoint their student body with spring concerts that fell bellow the bar. The under-the- radar team Girl Talk and well known, but mellow group, The Band Perry seemed to do everything but get the campus excited for their weekend ahead.
On Friday, February 21, the big reveal for this spring’s concert was made following the men’s hockey game against the University of Vermont. Twitter feeds were flooding with the latest announcement, but by the looks of it, it seems it is another disappointing call by Merrimack. The band A Great Big World has recently hit radio stations with their song Say Something, featuring Christina Aguilera. But aside from that hit, are there any songs that people actually know of? The singers of Hey There Delilah, released their album All That We Needed in 2005, and it wasn’t until a few years later until the song actually became a hit. Now, nearly 10 years later the band is resurfacing before our very eyes, here at Merrimack..
Though this isn’t an ideal band to kick off spring weekend with, students at Merrimack seem to be pleased with the fact that this is a band they are actually familiar with (when compared to 2012’s concert; Girl Talk). Junior Brittany Hagopian said “I like them as a band, but not looking forward to them as a spring concert. I think their music is too boring. I want something that is more upbeat.” It seems to be the general consensus on campus, that this isn’t the right genre for a spring concert. Hagopian also said “I don’t remember being asked an opinion on what I would want as a spring concert or how much I would pay for tickets. I wouldn’t mind having to pay more for tickets knowing that it meant getting a better band. I will still probably go, and make the best of it. But, it would be looked forward to a lot more if a livelier group were performing.”
More optimistic than Hagopian, senior Marissa Depaolo is looking forward to the concert. “It is nice to have my last concert at Merrimack as a group that is well known with at least one song everyone can sing along to. I know that some people aren’t so excited about it, but the MPB worked hard on getting this for us, while having affordable ticket prices. Even though people may be complaining, everyone will definitely be having fun while we are there. It is a throwback to our younger years.”
This concert may be a blast from the past, but it seems that, as a whole, Merrimack students are a bit more pleased having this be a band that we all knew and loved at one point in our youth.
Mary Unis ‘14, Staff Writer
As the cold weather begins to subside and the snow slowly begins to melt, the Merrimack College baseball team is well underway in kicking off a successful season. After completing their first weekend on the road, coach Jim Martin and his players are confident that this season will be one for the books. Their recipe for success? A positive mental attitude coupled with an unmatched sense of camaraderie.
The Merrimack baseball team prides themselves in having a “blue collar” work ethic and attitude. What does this mean, exactly? Senior catcher CJ Flannery explains that the “blue collar” logic stems from their ability to never quit.
“We are relentless; we will never give up. Whether we’re down by one run or ten we will always compete,” Flannery said.
When the Merrimack baseball team wins a game, Martin appoints them with the “blue collar” award. This award is given to the player who provided the team with an outlet to see success.
Flannery was the recipient of the blue collar award during the Warriors’ final game of their opening weekend in South Carolina. With the game knotted at 3 in the top of the 10th, John Pastyrnak tripled with Flannery on deck. Despite a rough 0-3 start to his day, Flannery swallowed his pride and dropped down a perfect bunt on a suicide squeeze. Pastyrnak scored and Flannery legged out a base hit, giving Merrimack the 4-3 lead for good.
It was a microcosm of the weekend for the Warriors, who came back from the Ripken Experience baseball complex in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with a 4-1 start to the season. The team has already begun to embrace their teamwork and talent to the fullest.
Senior short stop and captain Eddie Newton feels confident in the upcoming season as he explains the brotherhood that is the Merrimack baseball team.
“We are the most positive group of people you’re going to meet,” says Newton. “We have great team chemistry, it’s just a great group of guys.”
Their success was helped to be made possible by senior closer Tyler Cuming. Cuming came up big in the clutch, saving three games during their weekend down south.
Merrimack has high hopes of returning to the NE-10 Championship this year, as they were chosen to finish third in the Northeast Division in the NE-10 Coaches Preseason Poll. After last year’s breakthrough season, Newton has high expectations for his team.
“We’re hoping to do very well this season. This weekend showed how much determination we have as a whole. We want to win for each other.”
As each game counts towards their overall record, Merrimack plans to take no days off in the process. In hopes of ending their season in North Carolina for the College World Series, the Merrimack baseball team is ready for any challenges they may face in the 2014 season.
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Who To Look Out For This Season:
Sophomore third baseman, Frank Crinella: After starting in 44 games last spring, Crinella was named All-Region and Northeast-10 Conference Rookie of the Year. With an impressive start to his collegiate career, Crinella is expected to exceed expectations this season. He concluded 2013 with 30 RBI’s, and a .317 batting average. He is a force at the plate as well in the field, manning the hot corner with ease.
Junior pitcher, Joe Carnevale: A continued dominance on the mound, the 6-foot-3 fireballer shows promise for the upcoming season. Carnevale had 64 strikeouts in 2013, appearing in 11 total games on the season. He has proved to play a key role for the Warriors pitching staff. Flannery is appreciative of Carnevale’s relentless efforts, saying “he can throw any one of his pitches for a strike in any count. That’s what makes him a good pitcher.”
The Merrimack Women’s Lacrosse team opened their 2014 season at home last Sunday toping the University of Findlay 16-15 (3OT). Sophomore Danielle Riley (West Point, N.Y.) scored the game-winning goal with 2:13 left in the third overtime. With the win, Michael Daly picked up his first career win as the head coach for the Warriors.
The Warriors were lead by sophomore Aubrie Stouffer (Souderton, PA) who finished the game with 3 goals and 9 points. Kayla Breton (Windham, N.H.) and Riley also added 3 goals a piece in the victory. The Warriors had six players score at least 2 goals, showing they have a balanced attack.
Senior Goalkeeper Inna Hedden (Woodbine, MD) racked up 12 saves with 8 saves coming in the first half. Hedden made a number of key saves in overtime to help preserve the win for the Warriors.
Coach Daly has high expectations for this year’s team as they aim for an appearance in the Northeast-10 Conference championship game after finishing 5-11 last season. The Warriors are returning 11 players from last year, including 2 senior class members. With a young squad, the Warriors will rely on the leadership of tri-captains Hedden, Stouffer, and Guilia Palombo (Sandwich, MA) to make a run for the playoffs.
Inna Hedden will return to the Warriors’ lineup after starting 13 games last season with 166 saves for a .420 save percentage and a 14.91 GAA (Goals Against Average) including a season high 16 saves against Rollins. Stouffer is another key returner who posted 13 goals and 3 assists last season. Senior Dara Hayes (Calgary, Alberta) also returns as the workhorse for the Warriors’ midfield unit. There are high expectations for Hayes after tallying 2 goals, picked up 24 groundballs and had 14 caused turnovers.
There are also some new additions to the team that will play an immediate role this season. Freshman Claire Blomberg (Wading River, N.Y.) is expected to start on defense. While freshmen Megan Fero (East Manlius, N.Y.) and Jordan Sullivan (Malden, MA) will have an instant impact on the attack. Brittany Sullivan (Norwood, MA) and Michela Salvucci (Newton, MA) will also look to earn minutes for the Warriors.
At midfield, newcomers Charlotte Fitzgerald (Sudbury, MA) and Meghan Wiseman (Arlington, MA) hope to make an impact off the bench at the midfield position. They will be accompanied by veterans Christine Keenan (Byfield, MA) and Danielle Riley who were major contributors off the bench last season.
Colin Flannery ’14, Staff Writer
A husband and wife have four boys. The odd part of it is that the
older three have red hair, light skin, and are tall, while the
youngest son has black hair, dark eyes, and is short. The father
eventually takes ill and is lying on his deathbed when he turns to his
wife and says, “Honey, before I die, be completely honest with me. Is
our youngest son my child?” The wife replies, “I swear that he is your
son.” With that, the husband passes away. The wife then mutters,
“Thank goodness he didn’t ask about the other three.”
Vince Bellino ’15, Staff Writer
A corporate bond is a debt security that provides the issuing company with capital from investors as a means to finance various projects. In return, the investor receives a stream of cash flows called coupon payments plus their initial investment (principal) at maturity. Similar to how individuals are rated based on their FICO scores, a corporate bond is rated by agencies such as Moody’s, Fitch, or S&P to identify the credit worthiness of the company. Bonds are categorized in two ways: investment grade and high yield. An investment grade bond is one that has a good credit rating (AAA) and a low risk of default, which will therefore pay a lower interest rate or coupon. These are fundamentally sound companies that produce steady, reliable cash flows that exceed their interest payment requirements. A high yield bond also known as a “junk bond”, has a poor credit rating (D), with a relatively higher risk of bankruptcy. These are companies that are typically characterized as having less consistent cash flows or may be in more volatile industries such as telecommunication or energy.
So, how does one hedge their exposure to a high yield bond? Well, hedging is a way for an investor to reduce the risk of abnormal movements in one’s investment. Through financial engineering the market place has a structured derivative called a credit default swap. A credit default swap is essentially insurance on a company’s debt. It is a way to insure that an investor will not completely lose their investment in the corporate bond in the event of default. They trade in the over the counter market (OTC), which is a marketplace without a central location allowing market participants to trade with each other. The basic dynamic of this complex credit derivative is as follows: An investor in a corporate bond buys a CDS. The investor pays annual payments to the CDS seller. In the event that the company defaults, the investor receives a payout on an agreed amount, based on the investor’s loss. If the company does not default, then the investor continues to pay the annual payments until its expiration. So, a prudent investor who is less risk averse may buy a credit default swap to hedge their exposure to a high yielding corporate bond.
Ashley Yenick ’14, Copy Editor
Relay For Life is a 12-hour overnight event that raises money towards cancer research that is sponsored by the American Cancer Society. The significance of Relay For Life is to reflect a cancer patient’s battle with cancer. When the sun sets on the night of Relay, this is supposed to signify a patient being diagnosed with cancer. As the night goes on and it gets darker, it symbolizes the height of their battle and undergoing surgery. When 3 a.m. hits and Relayers are exhausted, this is supposed to signify the cancer patient’s post-chemo treatment and how exhausted they are. When it’s 6 a.m. and the sun rises, Relay For Life is over, and this is the cancer patient going into remission and it’s no longer dark for them.
This year at Merrimack, Relay For Life will take place on April 4-5th, and doors open at 5 p.m. in the MPR. This year’s Relay For Life theme is the ‘90s. At Relay, there will be fun and games, as well as a Luminaria ceremony to remember cancer patients fighting cancer as well honoring those lost. Last year, Relay For Life at Merrimack raised $45,000 to go towards cancer research, and over 400 students and faculty participated. Legends of the Hidden Temple, a Mr. Relay competition, and a Photo Booth will be just some of the exciting activities at Relay this year. Bridget Gilroy, President of Live 2 Give says, “Relay is such an amazing event because we are all there for the same reason– to finish the fight against a disease that has taken so many incredible people and has tested countless others. Not only is it an extremely fun night, but while we are having fun we are also celebrating the survivors who have fought arduous battles and the researchers and doctors who are helping to find cures and treatments. We are remembering those who have fought and are currently fighting and throughout the whole night—we are fighting back against this horrible disease. It is an unfortunate truth that cancer has touched everyone’s lives in one way or another and to have us come together as a community to do our part to no longer have that truth be a reality, is truly phenomenal.”
Help Relay For Life finish the fight against cancer this year by helping them reach their goal of $50,000! Any money raised goes directly to the American Cancer Society to aid in cancer research, education, advocacy, and patient services. You can create a team, join a team, or join as a single participant by visiting Relayforlife.org/Merrimack.
Matthew Kent ‘15, Staff Writer
After 16 days of intense competition, upsets, and disappointments, the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia have come to a close. The U.S. came out second in the medal standings with a total of 28 medals, and fourth in the gold medal count with nine, not too far from Russia who topped the charts with 33 and 13, respectively. The U.S. added seven silver and 12 bronze medals as well.
The most notable of U.S. achievements in Sochi came in snowboarding, skiing, luge, and ice dancing. U.S. skiers and snowboarders took home a record-tying 17 medals. Sage Kostenburg took home the first medal of the Olympics and the first ever Gold medal in the new event of snowboarding slopestyle despite the Canadian team being a hard favorite. Jamie Anderson took home gold on the women’s side, leading to a U.S. sweep of the event. Americans also swept the podium in the first-ever Olympic men’s ski slopestyle competition, only the third time in history the U.S. have swept an event at the Winter Games. Bode Miller won his sixth Olympic medal taking home bronze in Alpine Skiing Super G, ranking him second on the all-time U.S. Winter Olympian medalist list.
Erin Hamlin – not to be confused with new Merrimack women’s hockey coach Erin Hamlen – became the first female in U.S. history to win a medal in female singles luge by taking home the bronze. More U.S. history was made in Ice Dancing where Charlie White and Meryl Davis became the first ever American Ice Dance duo to win gold. The pair also took home bronze in team figure skating, becoming the only two Americans to win multiple medals in Sochi. The U.S. Men’s hockey team took home a notable overtime win over Russia, but failed to medal after losing the semifinal to eventual gold medalist Canada and then the bronze medal game to Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask and Team Finland. The bronze medal loss ended a 13-day medal streak for America.
Merrimack alum Bobby Jay ’88 had a presence in the Olympics as well, serving as assistant coach of the U.S. women’s hockey team, leading them to a respectable silver medal. Jay played four years of hockey at Merrimack, serving as captain of the team going down as one of the top scoring defenseman in program history. Another local presence in the Olympics was Andover native Annalisa Drew, sister of Merrimack alum Nick Drew ‘13. Making her Olympic debut, she competed in Women’s Freestyle Half-pipe making it to the finals and finishing ninth.
All said and done the U.S. came out as the king of the bronze with 12 third place finishes. The team did not earn medals in individual figure skating for the first time since 1936, and no medals in speedskating for the first time since 1984. The three most notable winter Olympians – Shaun White, Lindsey Vonn (didn’t compete) and Shani Davis – all came up empty-handed. The women’s hockey team blew a 2-0 lead in the last four minutes of the gold medal game, collapsing and losing to Canada in overtime. The men failed to score a goal in their final two games of play. Even though some deemed the U.S. performance a disappointment, the Americans still finished second in the medal count and made history in many events.