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.
Follow @MC_WarriorsBsb for live tweets from the official twitter account for the Merrimack baseball team.
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.
Schuyler Watkins ’14, Associate Editor-in-Chief
The scene starts with uniformed children running into school, a Catholic school in the Italian and Irish part of the Bronx during the time of the Kennedy assassination. Like any other Catholic school at this time, nuns could be seen with black bonnets, priests were actively present with the parish and the school, and students made a ruckus — one in particular, John Patrick Shanley.
Some years later, Shanley used his knowledge of that very Catholic school in the Bronx and created a story that not only became widely successful on Broadway, but was later adapted for the silver screen.
“The nuns were based on nuns that I had, and the priest to some degree on a priest in that parish,” Shanley recalled.
The playwright attended a question and answer session with the Merrimack Onstagers, who presented Shanley’s Tony- and Pulitzer-winning “Doubt” at the Rogers Center Feb. 22 through 24. The main characters were portrayed by Kevin Welch as Father Flynn, Michaela Lonati as Sister Aloysius and Alexandrea Lynch as Sister James.
“Doubt” is Shanley’s parable, following the life of a priest, his questionable relationship with a student, and a nun’s effort to shed light on justice. Sister Aloysius, played by Meryl Streep in the 2008 film adaptation, attempts to prove Father Flynn (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) has been abusing a young student at St. Nicholas School. Sister James (Amy Adams) tries to help Sister Aloysius verify the priest’s wrongdoing; however, there is never concrete evidence proving him guilty.
Said Shanley: “The priest is seen through the eyes of the nuns in the film and on stage. You see the play from the nun’s point of view, which gives them an unfair advantage; there are two of them and there’s only the one priest and we never see inside his head.”
The story has sparked debates among viewers who try to determine Father Flynn’s fate.
After the question and answer session, Shanley participated in “Doubt, Certainty, and the Nature of Public Discourse in America,” a panel hosted by the director of the Merrimack performance, Father Richard Piatt. Joining Shanley and Father Rick were Father Ray Dlugos, professor Mark Allman of religious and theological studies, professor Christina Hardway of psychology and professor Marguerite Kane of political science. The panel discussed political issues, along with the play’s underlying plot of uncertainty.
Shanley created a story that does not allow viewers to be satisfied. “Doubt” draws the audience in with its mystery: forcing one person to believe one thing, while another viewer may have different visions. Asked about truth and whether it is set free in the end, the playwright fired back, “What’s the truth? How do you know where the truth is in that story to be set free? The story does not set you free, it doesn’t let you have that pleasure.”
The uneasiness that spreads through the audience makes for discomfort; therefore, searching for an answer from Shanley could have put some of that discomfort behind the audience. However, the questions are not answered, and Shanley was not about to put any doubts about the outcome to rest. “That’s for you. That belongs to you.”
Alexandria Kasper ’14, Staff Writer
Are you getting sick of the café food? Need a local eatery to try? Venture to downtown Andover and check out LaRosa’s, located on 7 Bnard Street, just across the street from Orange Leaf. LaRosa’s, founded by Paul LaRosa, prides itself on a combined 25 years of experience in the hospitality and food industry, allowing the small shop to add a creative twist on traditional lunch and dinner options.
This hidden gem features delicious items that can easily satisfy any food craving you may encounter during the day. The extensive menu features salads, pizza, pastas, sandwhiches, and other prepared Italian meals. Their signature sandwiches include a Chicken Caprese sandwich, Shrimp Alla Siciliana, and my favorite, The Angry Sicilian, which is made of Mortadella, Capicolla, Salami, Mozzarella, roasted red peppers, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, hot’s, and balsamic dressing squeezed between two pieces of toasted Scali bread. The mouthwatering sandwich is huge, but I promise you, you will not want to leave anything on your plate!
To leave you further impressed, everything on the menu comes out fast and under 10 dollars! Treat yourself to lunch and check out the place that has visitors “Coming back for more.”
Hours Monday-Friday 10a – 7p, Saturday 10a – 6p, Sunday Closed.
2/27/2014 12:14 am
Student reports money missing from his wallet
3/2/2014 1:44 am Monican
Student with face lacerations signed a waiver refusing treatment
2/22/2014 2:25 am Rodger Center
Three non students arrested for causing damage to a vehicle in Lot H
2/23/2014 12:53 am Apartments
Addressed student walking around apartments with open container
2/23/2014 1:40 am
Two male students arrested for disorderly conduct and a dangerous weapon on campus
2/23/2014 1:42 am Monican
Intoxicated female transported to LGH by ADF
Of course the dining hall is all fish because there’s no meat on holy days #CatholicCollegeProblems
— Alex Juliano (@A_Julzz) March 5, 2014
There is one million and one ways to sit on a school bus
— Mar (@Hey_MARcarena) March 2, 2014
Snowing again… #WheresSpringBreak
— BoneYard (@Steve_Carbone) March 5, 2014
If someone knows the whereabouts of my right boot after Friday night in the jungle that would be greatly appreciated.
— Tad Castle (@Tad_Castle) March 3, 2014
i will never understand how you people wear jeans to class everyday
— Colin Hay (@50ShadesOf_CHAY) March 4, 2014
This issue’s Most Interesting Person is Mike Ryan. Mike graduated from Marshfield High School before making the decision to attend Merrimack as a Business major. He hopes to one day work in marketing or find a job in higher education, perhaps as an advisor for student involvement at another college.
Since coming to Merrimack, Mike has gotten involved in a variety of organizations on campus. He was a team member for orientation his sophomore year, an orientation leader his junior year, and is going to be one of the four orientation coordinators in his upcoming senior year. For his junior year he applied for, and received a position as a resident advisor for the new residence buildings. Aside from these contributions, Mike has also been a faithful member of the Merrimack Programming Board (MPB). Mike has made himself quite the recognizable face around campus, whether it be promoting MPB events, welcoming incoming students as a member of the orientation staff, or keeping the peace in his residential area. As someone who is so involved on campus, when asked what the best commitment he has made was, Mike stated, “Definitely orientation. You get the opportunity to meet so many new people and overall I think it is the most rewarding experience you can have.”
When questioned about why Mike decided to attend Merrimack College in particular, he responded, “I liked the feel of the small school and the community it provides. After coming here I honestly couldn’t picture myself anywhere else because this place just feels like home.” If you were to ask Mike what place on campus is most like home to him, he’d most likely tell you the third floor of the campus center because, “When you’re involved you’re up there the most, but it’s okay because everyone is super friendly.”
Mike’s advice to any incoming students is, “Get involved. At Merrimack you can really sense the community the students provide to each another, but getting involved improves that experience and gets it to feel like home.” Be on the lookout for Mike around campus whether he’s in between classes, promoting the latest MPB event, or heading up to the third floor of the Campus Center.
ChoiWing Kong ’15, Staff Writer
Thyme is a Japanese cuisine restaurant located in North Andover, 0.6 miles away from Merrimack College. Thyme was founded by a Chinese chef that has been trained for a long time in Japan. Thyme serves all different kinds of Asian appetizers (such as Tempura, edamame, seaweed salad and etc.), sushi, rolls, sashimi, hibachi, noodles and desserts. Thyme is adorned with elegant decorations with sofas, sushi mini bar and hibachi grill area. The waiters there are friendly, welcoming and always introduce the most valuable and tasty dishes for the customers.
The food at Thyme is relatively priced because it’s guaranteed that the qualities of their raw materials are always fresh. “We get up at 3 in the morning and arrive at the market at 4am in order to buy the freshest seafood for today like salmon, urchin, tuna shrimp and etc, “says the chef. Moreover, Thyme is not only cares about the taste, but also how the dishes look. The dishes at Thyme are always presented creatively.
For people who like hibachi, there are a lot of combinations to choose from, so you get the most food for your dollar. There are also plenty of hibachi options to choose from: steak, scallops, chicken, shrimp, and lobster. Customers can choose from up to four sides, and the combonation plate comes with either fried rice or fried noodles and veggies like cucumber and squash and miso soup.
For people who like sushi, they also offer combinations such as the “love boat”. It has more than five different kinds of sushi and sashimi such as the dragon roll, eel sushi, tuna, and salmon, which is also tasty and reasonably priced. There is Love Boat for 2, for 4 and for 6 so that people can have options to choose the boat size.
For people who like noddles, there’s fried noodles and noddle soup. In general, fried noodles are more popular and it tastes similar to hibachi. There’s chicken, beef, seafood, and vegetable fried noodles to choose from.
After the meal, they serve deserts too such as Toasted Almond Cake, Mousse, and Coppa pistachio. It is worth trying one, there has to be one you like!
Overall, Thyme is a really good taste and is an authentic Japanese-themed restaurant in North Andover. Thyme has a nice environment for dating and hanging out, because there is one separate room that good for holding parties. People will miss the food there after a while not going there.
The turmoil in Ukraine — precipitated by President Viktor Yanukovych’s snubbing of a European Union (EU) trade deal — exemplifies the still-fertile elements of nationalism and ideology in Eastern Europe.
Russia’s dispatching of troops to, in the words of Ukraine ambassador Yuriy Sergeyev, “seize, block and control crucial governmental and military objects of Ukraine in Crimea,” runs the risk of embroiling Russia and Ukraine in war.
Ukraine rebuffed the EU courtship in favor of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s scheme for a Eurasian Union, comprising various Eastern European nations such as Belarus, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Russia. Street protests broke out not solely over the European Union rejection, but also over an autocratic crackdown on press freedoms, a poor economy, and government corruption. The New York Review of Books noted, “Tens of billions of dollars simply disappeared from the state budget. Yanukovych built for himself a series of extravagant homes, perhaps the ugliest in architectural history.”
The enormous expenditures necessitated a loan, with Yanukovych first gravitating toward the EU and then seeking a rapport with Putin. This spawned anti-government protests by Ukrainians favoring integration into the EU. Yanukovych’s response was typically callous. CNN reported: “Opposition medics said that 100 protesters died Thursday in clashes with police, when gunfire was unleashed” and “In video shot by Radio Free Europe, men wearing what appear to be government uniforms fired at unseen targets with automatic rifles and a sniper rifle with a telescopic sight”.
While the EU is not without significant flaws — such as its quixotic ideal of a Western and Central European entity that resembles the United States without taking into account the severe enmity between nation-states and the still virulent power of nationalism — the move toward the EU would have established a framework of law in the Ukraine, respecting the civil liberties of its citizens.
Subsuming Ukraine into the Russian comity would undoubtedly recapitulate policies based on the whim of the strongman. For example, it is illegal in Russia to distribute gay “propaganda” to minors, a law that has been construed, according to the Atlantic, to include “holding gay pride events, speaking in defense of gay rights, or equating gay and heterosexual relationships can now result in fines of up to $31,000.”
Homosexuals have been killed and subjected to brutal treatment at the hand of the state and citizens of Russia. However, a common misconception, mainly derived from Western ideologies focusing on the chimera of human progress, is to think that Putin carries out these policies without popular approval. This is far from the case, as only 16 percent of Russians think that homosexuality should be treated permissively by society. He is a master of social control, facilitating a sordid rapprochement between altar and throne, in this case, the Russian Orthodox Church, guiding Russians to a form of theocratic dogmatism. A move to the EU may eventually assist in blunting these trends in the region, but it certainly would be a difficult task.
Those calling for a vigorous response to Putin’s troop movement into the Crimea would have to account for a populace with significant swaths of pro-Russian opinion. Many in the eastern Ukrainian share the sentiments of Aleksandr Sorokin, a pensioner who said, “I would welcome (Russians) with flowers .. We do not want to spill blood, but we are willing to do so.” This sort of feeling speaks to the dissatisfaction some Ukrainians have with the protest movement.
The fall of the Berlin Wall has hastened great progress, but it is folly to think that the values of the Enlightenment will permeate the world. This creates a frightening situation for pro-Western Ukrainians, condemned to the power struggles of reactionary regimes.
Barack Obama, an arch-critic of thinking through what he has called the “cold war chessboard,” has said that “there will be costs” if the Russian government flouts Ukrainian sovereignty.
Much like the derided “red line” on Syria’s gassing of its own people, the president’s ultimatums smack more of dithering fatuity than principled statesmanship. Is the United States — which recently shrunk its military to pre-World War II levels, due primarily to budget considerations — really prepared to take a stand on the Crimea, a region openly sympathetic to Putinism?
Vacuous rhetoric has increasingly been the president’s mainstay in an incompetent and perfunctory handling of situations such as the health care rollout, exhibiting poor statesmanship (the naiveté regarding Iran’s further moves to obtain the bomb is one example among many).
With no obvious good options on the table, other than imposing sanctions, to express disapproval of Putin’s actions, Wittgenstein’s classic maxim “whereof one cannot speak, therefore one must be silent” would suggest a far more prudent approach for the Obama administration.
Furthermore, economic pressures Western countries have threatened — the principal threat being economic sanctions and prohibiting Russia from the G-8 summit, recall George W. Bush’s similar attempts to forestall Russia’s war against Georgia in 2008, which failed. The uselessness of the United Nations in resolving inflammatory issues is also on firm display, as Obama seeks cooperation with Russia over Iran’s nuclear program and preferred U.S. policies toward the war in Syria. Yet ultimatums are still being issued, as if the clout of the United States is omnipotent enough to resolve festering nationalistic divides within the Ukraine.
So why frame this contest with a Munichesque posture? Ukraine is not the Sudetenland. Opinion in the region shows antipathy to NATO and Putin is deeply committed to holding onto Ukraine. To put it mildly, the United States does not really have a large stake in the matter, nor a large ability to steer events in a pro-Western direction. While caveats admonishing Russia to respect the civil liberties and rights of liberal Ukrainians are to be commended, foreign policy realism and realpolitik requires that the United States eschew chest-beating.
Bridget Gilroy ’14, Staff Writer
You’ve seen it on Groupon and you’ve probably heard about it from a friend–Paint Bar is the new fad sweeping the nation. Paint Bar gives people the opportunity to be taught step-by-step how to paint a picture by an artist while enjoying a casual drink or two. The average cost to attend one of these events is between $30 and $40. On Saturday March 8, Augie’s will be hosting its very first Paint Bar for only $5!
The idea to host this event came from Catherine Bartolini, one of the co-advisors to the Augie’s Advisory Committee. “I thought of the idea for the Paint Bar after hearing that Merrimack brought students last year to a Paint Bar in the area,” Bartolini shared. The artist who will be sharing her talents with Merrimack students is a friend of Bartolini’s, Ashley Baron. Baron teaches painting classes for a living in North Hampton, New Hampshire. “I have taken a class with her before and thought it would be a fun activity to bring to campus,” Bartolini explained.
This event is open to students twenty-one and over and will begin at 6pm this Saturday March 8.
Ted Chen ’16, Staff Writer
This is the most remarkable romance movie from 2012. The movie makes you feel happy and full of energy after watching the movie. This movie is ideal to watch during a snowy or rainy day. The movie described the love story of two “crazy” people, Pat and Tiffany, portrayed by Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. Characters Pat and Tiffany had a very sad lives and they have emotional problems. Because of their personalities, people look at them with strangely. Between the two “Lunatic” roaring and arguing, there’s always humorous dialogue among it. The actors and actress portrayed their characters so amazingly that they were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor/Actress for Leading /supporting Role, Best Picture and Best Director in 2012.
Here’s how the story goes: Pat was in love with Tiffany the day he met her. When they are talking about anti-depression medicines at dinner when they first met, it was a “misery loves company” moment. Together, they understand and value each other after the pain they went through. After Pat went home that night, he was so restless and he tried so hard to find the wedding tape of him and his ex-wife to run away from the fact that he is in love with Tiffany.
Unlike most comedy romances with crappy acting, “Silver Lining’s Playbook” shows us an exact opposite example. From the scene when they finally have their first date in the dinner at Halloween, we see great acting from both Jennifer Lawrence (Tiffany) and Bradley Cooper (Pat). Tiffany thought that they are the same type of person after she told Pat about what she went through after her husband died. However, Pat thinks that she is way crazier than he is. Tiffany was heart broken and angry by the sense of alienation that Pat gave her. The way she laughs exaggeratedly was lovely and crazy. We can read the signs of disappointment on Tiffany’s face after not being understood by Pat. After Tiffany lied about Pat harassing her to the crowd, Pat was surrounded by bunch of people and he was panicking again. During this scene, Bradley Cooper was pitiful—he did not want to hurt anyone but yet he was misunderstood and helpless.
The dancing contest was when their feelings for each other began to brew and explode. The dance and music put their hearts together, but also a turning point for the movie. It was so beautiful; Pat and Tiffany became silent partners and every dance step they took and the way they look at each other thoroughly pronounce that their feelings for each other have been exploded.
At last when Pat finally professed his love to Tiffany out loud, it was the most touching part of the movie. Both of them find the sense of belonging by meeting each other and being in love eventually. “The only way that you could meet my crazy was by doing something crazy yourself,” is the motto of the movie that comes to mind. That’s a perfect summary for pat and Tiffany’s love story–Find your mate who is just as crazy as you are. Just say same thing as Pat did: Thank you, I love you.
With the conclusion of its regular season, the Merrimack men’s ice hockey team is slated for a trip to Maine on Saturday for the Opening Round of the Hockey East Playoffs. The No. 11 seeded Warriors are slated to take on the No. 6 seeded Black Bears at Alfond Arena for the third time this season, with puck drop coming at 7:07 pm.
Although the games will be televised locally on WBIN, the athletic department is offering a special package to see the game live. As has been the trend in recent seasons, Merrimack will provide transportation to and from the game. For $5, students get a bus ride to and from Maine, admission to the game, a free t-shirt, and a pregame party with food in Maine. The bus will return to Merrimack at the conclusion of the game.
“We’re trying to create a home field advantage,” Pat Spiegel, Director of Marketing and Ticketing told The Beacon. “At the end of the day the goal is to create a fun atmosphere. It’s all about making everything fun for the students. We’re not trying to break the bank and make it expensive for them, we just want it to be a fun experience. It’s all about the student experience and enhancing that. That’s what we’re all about.”
Student packages are continually available for purchase Tuesday and Wednesday on Main Street outside Sparky’s Place during lunch (11 am – 1 pm) and dinner (5pm – 7pm) hours, as well as in the Lawler Box Office from (10am-4pm). In order to guarantee a spot on the bus, students must buy their tickets by Wednesday.
Merrimack previously played Maine in both the 2011 and 2012 Hockey East Quarterfinals. The Warriors swept the Black Bears in 2011 en route to a Hockey East Tournament Final and an NCAA berth, while the Warriors lost in three games the following season. Merrimack was also swept out of the playoffs last season in the quarterfinals at Boston University. Should the Warriors pull out a difficult road win, they will advance to face No. 1 seeded and No. 2 nationally ranked Boston College for a three-game quarterfinal series.
Jiarui Zhang ’16, Staff Writer
The concert will be performed by Professors Hugh Hinton (piano) and Laura Moore Pruett (mezzo-soprano).
Hinton is the director of campus music activities, and Pruett is an experienced performer. She has performed with several professional-level Renaissance and Baroque vocal ensembles after earning her bachelor of arts with a concentration in vocal performance from Millsaps College.
Hinton and Pruett will perform solo piano and a vocal music about a wide diversity of historical time periods, and the music style is trying to connect with the sacred world.
The concert is open to the public.
UPDATE: It’s official – A Great Big World and Plain White T’s are coming to Merrimack College. Student tickets are currently on sale for $5 and will be $10 starting on Monday at the Lawler box office.
Rumors swirled about a third artist, though none has been announced. There may be another artist co-headlining or opening, but we aren’t sure. Our sources said “there’s a third artist, but no one knows who it is.” The source seemed to hint at it being a surprise. Either way, it’s sure to be a great show and a terrific value at just $10 for students.
The announcement was made following Merrimack’s 4-1 loss to #16 Vermont on the hockey rink.
UPDATE: Sources have told The Beacon that A Great Big World will be one of the headliners at Merrimack’s Spring Concert. The band currently has one of the hottest song’s in America – “Say Something” feat. Christina Aguilera.
The band’s website confirms the appearance. Our source says there are two headliners and an opener. We’ll have all the details in a few minutes when this is announced publicly.
Here’s a link to the song.
*end of update*
BREAKING – A source has told The Beacon that the Plain White T’s will be a part of Merrimack College’s annual Spring Concert on Friday, April 11th, 2014. According to the source, the band will be opening the show, though the headliner is still unclear.
The band’s website plainwhitets.com also confirms the band’s
appearance, and says they are scheduled to play from 6-7 p.m. that Friday evening. This is likely incorrect, as the concert typically starts later and the band could very plausibly have a set longer than an hour. There is no information who the band is playing with listed.
In an odd turn of events, Ticket Master’s website is blocked on all Merrimack internet connections Friday evening, though access to the band’s website is still available. Merrimack’s concert committee and school officials have confirmed this is purely a coincidence and that the tickets are not sold on Ticket Master.
The Plain White T’s are most popularly known for their No. 1 hit song “Hey There Delilah,” which was certified platinum in 2007 and earned two Grammy nominations. Other platinum hits include 2009′s “1,2,3,4″ and 2011′s “Rhythm of Love.” The band is also known for the song “Our Time Now” which became popular as the theme song for ABC Family’s show Greek.
The headliner will be announced publicly after tonight’s Merrimack vs #16 Vermont ice hockey game. Tickets will go on sale immediately after in the lobby, and discounted tickets for both students and the public will be on sale tonight only.
Stay tuned to The Beacon and our Twitter handle all night as we’ll bring you new information as it becomes available.
Check out “Hey There Delilah” below.
Funeral services will be held February 21 in Methuen for the businessman and inventor whose name graces Merrimack’s student center.
Anthony “Tony” Sakowich, who died on Valentine’s Day at age 95, was a successful entrepreneur who patented a process to mold laminated countertops and then manufactured them in North Andover, selling them nationally through Sears and other retailers.
He and his wife, Gladys, to whom he was married for 58 years, devoted much of their wealth to philanthropy, especially focused on young people. In addition to providing funds to Merrimack for the “Sak,” the Sakowiches supported the Boys and Girls Club in Laconia, N.H., near their summer home, and the Boys and Girls Club in Lawrence, and donated nine acres in Andover to the Andover Village Improvement Society for recreation space.