Pat Bradley ’14 Sports Editor’s Farewell Letter

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Pat Bradley ’14, Sports Editor 

For a long time as a kid I thought I could play professional basketball. When I got cut from my high school’s freshman team, those dreams sort of shattered. While I still think a 5-11 white kid could make it in the NBA, over the last four years my beer belly has grown to be slightly larger than my free throw percentage, ultimately ending my hopes of being a basketball star. If I can’t play sports, watching the athletes every day and writing about them is the next best thing.

To me, writing is an outlet. I can stop everything I’m doing and engross myself in someone else’s world, someone else’s story and forget about life for a while. I can say in writing what my heart feels and what my brain tries to comprehend more legibly and eloquently than I could just standing around babbling. When frustrated, some people yelled into pillows as kids; I wrote love songs, poems, journals, and stories. There’s just something about the written word that accesses a unique place in our hearts and minds, and that’s special.

Sports are the same way. It’s not just a game. Sports provide things you don’t find almost anywhere else. There’s nothing like 40,000 fans cheering at once, blindly believing in the face of adversity that their team can push the winning run across. It’s the way time slows down as a ball sails towards a fence or a hoop. It’s the moments like when the entire TD Garden sang the national anthem before the Bruins’ first home game following the Marathon bombings last April, a scene both somber and full of healing at the same time. Sports are a journey, a lifestyle, and an escape full of love and passion, and that’s something special too.

Writing and sports intertwine at one of the deepest places of my being. Having the opportunity to write about sports is a blessing.

Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible form of magic, capable of both inflicting injury and remedying it.” – Albus Dumbledore

As one of my favorite quotes from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter describes perfectly above, words are magic. In the past two years, The Beacon has given me an outlet, an adventure, a place to heal, a place to share my thoughts and speak my mind. I’ve been blessed with the ability to let my passions bleed onto the pages you’ve read, and that’s something I can’t explain entirely in words what it means to me. This newspaper and its readers have given me someone to write for, an opportunity to do what I love, and, hopefully, the chance to put some magic into your lives, even if just for the five-minute escape you have while reading one of my stories.

To our faithful readers, my editors, adviser, writers, colleagues and friends, thank you. To the athletes, coaches, and administrators that let me ask you questions and tell your stories, thank you.

The final buzzer may have sounded on this chapter of my life, but I’ll always remember where I started.

Jess Raver ’15 Design Editor’s Goodbye Letter

Jessica Raver ’15, Design Editor
The past year has brought about a new life to The Beacon. This can be attributed by and large to the fresh new editorial staff. Schuyler, Pat, Kara, Ashley, and Alex have taken a good thing and made it great. In simply taking a glance at any one of the issues of this year’s Beacon, the change is evident. This is a staff that strives to put out a paper that any Merrimack student would want to pick up and read. In addition to that, they’ve made the newsroom a fun and lively place to be. It was incredible working with them, and I will miss them all come graduation. Good luck to our seniors, The Beacon will not be the same without you.


Spring Weekend Festivities

Lance Hill ’15, Staff Writer 

Kan Jam and Corn Hole. Football and Franks. Basketball and burgers, but most important, warm weather. That time of year has come again, Spring Weekend! This is the time of year where traditionally the campus comes together to celebrate our successes and look forward to the commencement of our fellow seniors. We also count down the days that get closer and closer to summer. Along with Spring Weekend, there are always events that are put together across the campus for everyone to enjoy. These events included: A Variety Act by the magician Mat Franco, a campus wide Cash Cab and movie night featuring “The Goonies”, and our big annual Spring Concert that hosted The Plain White T’s and A Great Big World. Along with these big events, we had many more things to do that include student creating teams to compete in the big annual softball tournament and a Throwback Party with great music and games, and much more! With the new additions to the campus, our student body wasted no time in utilizing the new spaces and having fun in the sun. You had students having fun in the Deegan-Ash Quad playing a lot of games, The New Residence Halls were packed with students enjoying the warm weather along with the Townhouse-Monican Quad where you had people grilling and playing music. Also, the apartments always have lots of people hanging out with one another.

Questions On The Quad

What are your plans for next year?

Judith Theriault ’14
I want to be an elementary school teacher.

Heather Hook ’14
Medical school

Stephan Lockwood ’14
Law enforcement

Jordan Heywood ’14
Hopefull playing professional Hockey

Kevin Regan ’14
Plan on being a probation officer or working for Philadelphia Rec. CENTER

Ana Veras ’14
I plan on work for an advertising company.

Schuyler Watkins ’14 Associate-Editor-in-Chief’s Farewell Letter

This past school year with The Beacon is memory I am happy to have. I have not only learned more about myself, but those who I worked with weekly. I owe a big thank you to the other editors,Jim, as well as staff writers and the readers. I have enjoyed my time with everyone and wish the next Beacon crew good luck!

-Schuyler Watkins


Karamarie Joyce ’15 Editor-in-Chief’s Goodbye Letter to 2013-2014 Editors

picKaramarie Joyce ‘15, Editor-in-Chief

Schuyler, Ashley, Pat, Jess, Alex, and Jim have made my first year as Editor-in-Chief of The Beacon unforgettable. We all entered this year clueless of how to handle to the huge responsibility of producing a newspaper, and came together as a team revamping The Beacon in its entirety. I am genuinely so sad all of you are moving on and wanted to thank you so much for making this year such a success and enjoyable experience overall. You are all such intelligent and amazing people, and I can’t wait to see what you all do with your lives, this is just the beginning of greatness for all of you. I am going to cherish the last two stressful yet hilarious semesters we shared together, and all the memories we made on Tuesday and Wednesday nights staying up until 2am editing articles and creating the layout of the paper.Congratulations to all of you, and I wish you the best of luck in the future!

Ashley Yenick ’14 Copy Editor’s Farewell Letter

Ashley Yenick ’14, Copy Editor 

Ever since I could remember, I wanted to be a writer. In elementary school, I would write creative short stories about anything—I just wanted to write something. When I had gotten to high school, English became my favorite subject and I immersed myself into the world of writing. I began to obsess on new information and new technology that I could find. Years later (and many short stories later), I decided to feed my passion further by becoming a staff writer for two different websites: University Chic and Sweet Lemon Magazine. However, I saw a window of opportunity last year when I received an email to join The Beacon. ashleyyenick1

After interviews were conducted for new positions on The Beacon, I received an email that I was chosen to become Copy Editor of The Beacon for the 2013-2014 school year. I can’t begin to describe the amazing experience and the amount of gratitude I have to have been able to serve as an editor this year. I learned so much about the world of writing, newspapers, and how much effort goes into making a successful newspaper. I’m eternally grateful for the opportunity to write and edit for The Beacon. I’ll never forget all of the memories that we made as an editorial team travelling to San Diego and Los Angeles to attend the Associated Collegiate Press National College Journalism Convention.

This quote by Ray Bradbury encapsulates everything that I love about reading and writing:

“You must write every single day of your life… You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads… may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.”–Ray Bradbury 

Bradbury’s quote describes what it means to be a writer. Writing everyday putting your nose to the grindstone investigating stories and fact-checking makes you appreciate every article that you write and edit even more. Being crazy for writing is a good kind of crazy. When I write, it’s like a rush of adrenaline—it’s like creating a new masterpiece that you get to showcase to an audience that they get to see/hear for the first time.

I’m incredibly grateful to have been able to write for The Beacon this year and to have been an editor. I’ll take this experience and insight that I’ve learned with me as I travel into the next stage of my career into the real world. Thank you to the editors, Jim Chiavelli our adjunct professor, writers, and readers of The Beacon for making the newspaper so awesome.

Warrior Spotlight: Jessica Fugazzotto

Mike Perdie ‘14, Staff Writer 

Jessica Fugazzotto (Newton, MA) is a senior left fielder that has played in 35 games this season for the Merrimack softball team. Fugazzotto has a batting average of .374 and an on base percentage of .406. Over the course of the season she has racked up 34 hits (4 doubles), 9 RBIs, 13 stolen bases, 38 total bases and has scored 20 runs.

Last season Fugazzotto was the team’s primary left fielder, appearing in 38 games. She ranked third on the squad with a .352 batting average, scored 18 runs and posted a .374 on-base percentage. She was also named to the Northeast-10 All-Conference First Team.

Over her career Fugazzotto has played in a total of 146 games, racked up 108 hits, scored 68 runs, batted in 24 runs and stole 32 bases. Her career batting average is .313 and she has a .341 on-base percentage.

Q: When did you start playing softball?
A: I started playing softball when I was 5.

Q: What is your major?
A: I’m a double major in Psychology and Criminology.

Q: Do you have any pre-game rituals?
A: I don’t really have anything specific that I do before games besides getting my hair braided. But right before the game starts I get 10 gloves and make them into a cross, and then we all say a prayer circled around the cross.

Q: Did you play any other sports in high school?
A: I did indoor track my senior year.

Q: What made you want to come to Merrimack to play softball?
A: Well I was looking in the Northeast-10 Conference because I wanted to stay close to home and my summer coach said it was a competitive conference. His daughter was playing soccer at Merrimack at the time I was being recruited, so I visited a few times and stayed with her. I really liked it and Merrimack was offering the biggest scholarship so I committed.

Q: What type of music do you listen to before games?
A: I listen to country and pump up music when it gets closer to game time.

Q: What is your walkout song and why did you choose it?
A: We can’t stop remix by Miley Cyrus, Jay Z, and DJ Scooter Twerk. I like to choose songs that get me pumped up and not think at the plate.

Q: What other schools recruited you out of high school?
A: I was being recruited mainly by Saint Anselm and Merrimack, but I was also talking with the coaches from Assumption, Southern New Hampshire and Plymouth State.

Q: Who is your favorite professional athlete?
A: Caitlin Lowe. She played on the University of Arizona and then went on and played for the US Olympic team. She is a slapper and a center fielder and I have always envied her talent and I strive to emulate her skills.

Laxmen Roll Through Stretch Run

Chris Mason ’14, Staff Writer

After an up-and-down start to the men’s lacrosse season, the no. 8 ranked Warriors opened the month of April with five straight wins before a 12-10 senior day loss to the no. 1 team in the nation, Adelphi. The run has improved their record to 9-4 overall, and an impressive 8-2 in Northeast-10 action.

After winning their first two games to open the season, the Warriors dropped three of their next five and fell to 4-3. Since then they’ve rebounded nicely, rattling off four straight victories and showing the ability to win close games, as three of those wins have been in one-goal contests.

Offense has been a constant for the Warriors this season, especially during the most recent stretch of wins. They are averaging over 10 goals per contest, which is good for third in the conference. Merrimack is excelling at putting balls on net, as they’re outshooting opponents 244-172.

Perhaps what is most impressive is that their goals have come from all over the field this season. There are six different Warriors that have already notched at least 10 tallies through 11 games, though Merrimack doesn’t have a single player in the Northeast-10’s top 20 in scoring.

During their winning streak the Warriors have scored at least 11 goals three times, including in an important 11-10 win over no. 9 LIU Post. However, their most thrilling victory was an overtime thriller at Pace, another 11-10 score. Junior Andrew Vivan scored in sudden death to lift the Warriors to victory in that contest.

Merrimack has also benefited from exercising caution when they’ve had possession of the ball. Their 169 turnovers are the second fewest in the Northeast-10, and proof of a constant effort in regards to ball security. They’re also winning the ground ball battle, picking up 104 more than their competitors.

Sophomore Andrew Walsh has emerged as a standout at midfield. Walsh alone has scooped up 66 ground balls. He also sits fourth in the conference in faceoff wins, out-battling his opponent in 109 of his 173 draws thus far.

Another pleasant surprise this for the Warriors has been freshman Max Allen. The newfound fixture on the Warrior attack earned Northeast-10 Rookie of the Week honors, as he picked up six points in Merrimack’s two wins in the first week of April. Allen has picked up 14 goals in his first 11 collegiate contests.

Merrimack closes its 2014 regular season with a Saturday contest at Assumption before awaiting their NCAA destiny.

Club Golf Tees Off At Merrimack

Sean Talbot ‘15, Staff Writer 

New to the club sports scene at Merrimack Golf. It was started by two juniors, Brendan Martin and Sean Kelly. This semester the roster included twelve golfers but looks to expand next year.

When asked about the team and its first season Sean Kelly said,

The National Collegiate Club Golf Association (NCCGA) hosted two tournaments this semester, the first April 5th and 6th at The Meadow in Peabody, where the team placed 5th out of 10 in the program’s first ever competition. Two golfers placed in the top 20 individually: Michael Hanley ‘15 tied for 12th and Brett Romkey ‘16 finished tied for 19th out of the 68 golfers. The team competes in the Northern New England League.

“Brendan [Martin] and I did what we could in the very short amount of time we were given to put a respectable team together that could compete in the very challenging league we joined,” Kelly said.

The team was unable to compete in the second competition due to its small budget, but hopes to be able to compete in a full slate of tournaments both semesters next year.

“Our goal is to have try-outs early in September, the idea is to have golfers play a round on Saturday and invite those who qualify back on Sunday and go from there,” Martin said. “Hopefully members of our community play a lot of golf this summer and can come ready to compete in September. I am very excited about the future success of the team. We have already received three emails from incoming freshmen who are very interested so we expect to have a competitive team next semester.”
Martin also mentioned that no present golfer is guaranteed to the fall roster to encourage competition in making the roster.

If you have any questions about the team, league benefits, or golf in general, contact Martin ( or Kelly (

Baseball Eyes Solid End to Season

 Matt Galvao ’17, Staff Writer

The Merrimack baseball team has had an up and down 2014 campaign. They stand with a 17-16 overall record, and an 11-11 record in conference play. The Warriors sit 11th out of 16 teams in the NE-10 conference.

The season started off on a good note when the Warriors won four of five in the month of February before slipping in March winning just 8 of 14. So far this month, Merrimack has won 5 of 14 games. Even though the Warriors have not been able to win as many games as they would have liked to the offense has certainly been there. They have driven in 209 runs in the 33 total games played this season and have scored double digit runs in 9 games.

Head coach Jim Martin believes that his team has played well. There have been some positive and negative aspects but they are looking to the games ahead.
“We have played pretty well this year. Some positives and negatives but we are looking forward to playing a great team in Bentley,” said Martin.

There have been many young players that have stepped up this season for Merrimack. One of those players is sophomore Frank Crinella. Crinella has had a great year so far after winning NE-10 Conference Rookie of the Year last season. He leads the conference in RBI’s with 32 and is second in batting average (.418). He has been one Merrimack’s best players this season and has played a key role for the Warriors.

“Frank is a having a good year and we expect him to continue his production on defense and offensively,” Martin explained.

With a year that has been up and down the question is has there been an x-factor or player that has been a player that the team has relied on or has consistently contributed to the team. Martin says that the team doesn’t have an x-factor, but rather looks up and down the entire lineup for contributions to the team.

“We do not have an x-factor,” Martin said. “but we look for each guy to contribute to our program in their own distinctive way.”

For the remainder of the season Merrimack will play every remaining game against NE-10 rivals. This stretch will be especially important to the Warriors because of the battle of positioning in the NE-10 standings. With 9 games remaining, each game has added emphasis for playoff positioning.

“We have to stay focused each pitch and have a one pitch mentality. Our league is very competitive and we have to focus on each pitch of each game,” explained Martin.

Like any other team there are things that the team needs to improve on especially as playoff time is around the corner. Martin feels that his team has to play an all-around solid game in every aspect and control what they can.

“We just have to play solid in all 3 phases: pitching, defense, and have quality at bats, and control what we can control,” said Martin.

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Theft Reported in Merrimack Dorm Room

Ted Chen ’16, Staff Writer 

PengCheng Wan ’15 (also known as PC) who is an RA on campus, reported a theft that happened in his room earlier this month. A grand total of $2000  worth of  items were stolen while he was on duty.
On midnight of April 5, 2014, PC was fulfilling his duty as RA clearing out a party in the common area in the New Hall Building. The suspect went into PC’s room and took a lot of his valuable items including some expensive perfumes and sneakers. PC reported to the police services immediately and all stolen items were found by the security camera that was installed in the New Halls on Monday, April 7th.  The suspect of the theft has remained nameless
According to PC, he was just out of his room for about half hour. He didn’t notice anything was stolen until he tried to take some vitamins the following morning and could not find his bottle of vitamins. He then noticed a lot more valuable things were missing and he went to the police services immediately. “They didn’t take it very seriously at first but after I told them how many things were stolen they started the investigation right away. It took them only one day to find all of the stolen goods, it was very impressive,” Said PC. The suspect of the case is still remaining nameless, and the case was still under investigation.

Merrimack Announces Faculty Promotions

Merrimack College President Christopher E. Hopey, Ph.D., recognized five faculty members who have been granted promotion or tenure at the recent Faculty Emeritus Reception, which was attended by many current faculty members and the college senior leadership team.

Three Professors Emeriti were recognized at the recent Professor Emeriti Reception held on campus:  Peter A. Ford, Ph.D., History; Curtis H. Martin, Ph.D., Political Science; and Steven A. Leone, Ph.D., Chemistry.

Three Professors Emeriti were recognized at the recent Professor Emeriti Reception held on campus: Peter A. Ford, Ph.D., History; Curtis H. Martin, Ph.D., Political Science; and Steven A. Leone, Ph.D., Chemistry.

Faculty emeriti were also present and recognized.

Christina Hardway, Ph.D., psychology, was promoted to associate professor with tenure. She began teaching at Merrimack in 2007. Hardway received her Ph.D. from University of Michigan. She was a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard. Hardway’s research focuses on helping individuals overcome anxiety or behavioral inhibitions to be production members of society.

Mark Veletzos, Ph.D., civil engineering, was promoted to associate professor with tenure. Veletzos came to Merrimack in 2008. He earned his Ph.D. at University of California – San Diego. He worked for more than 19 years as a licensed civil engineer in California, specializing in bridge engineering. Veletzos is currently working on national guidelines for the assessment of highway structures in emergency situations for the National Academy of Sciences.

Kerry Johnson, Ph.D., English, was promoted to full professor. An English professor at Merrimack since 1996, Johnson is the former president of Faculty Senate, and is presently serving her last year as associate dean of the School of Liberal Arts. Her Ph.D. was earned at the University of Iowa. Johnson is currently coordinating the Interdisciplinary Studies Group and chairing the Merrimack College Speakers Series. Most recently, Johnson co-edited “Rhys Matters: New Critical Perspectives,” a collection of essays on Caribbean modernist writer Jean Rhys, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2013.

Russell Mayer, Ph.D., political science, was promoted to full professor. He holds a Ph.D. from University of Michigan, followed by a fellowship at Harvard University. He started teaching at Merrimack in 1997. He served as Faculty Senate president, chair of the Institutional Review Board, and associate dean of the School of Liberal Arts, as well as advisor to the Political Science Honor Society and as department chair. Mayer’s book, “Drawing Dead: The Government Takedown of the Internet Gambling Industry,” was published by Lexington Books in 2014. Currently the vice president for planning, institutional research and assessment, Mayer was recently named an ACE Fellow.

Paul Vatalaro, Ph.D., English, was promoted to full professor. He was tenured in 1996, having taught at Merrimack College since 1991. He teaches courses that range from horror fiction to poetry and has served as department chair and on various school and college committees. Vatalaro received his Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

Faculty Emeriti Recognized

Peter Ford, Ph.D., professor emeritus, history; Stephen Leone, Ph.D., chemistry, and Curtis Martin, Ph.D., political science, were present and recognized by President Hopey during the reception. A special recognition went out to Dr. Martin, who retired last year with emeritus status, but was unable to attend last year’s ceremony. Dr. Martin began teaching at Merrimack College in 1974. He was named the Roddy Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 2007. Martin was a mentor to numerous students and served as faculty advisor to the Model United Nations Program for 30 years. He was also a frequent contributor to the Harvard Case Study Series in International Relations.

Joke of The Week

CJ Flannery ’14

Staff Writer

On this morning a woman and her baby were taking a bus. As she entered
the bus the driver says, “Wow that is one ugly baby.”

The woman deeply hurt just continued on the bus and found a seat next
to an elderly man. The man asks, “What’s wrong, you look mad?”

She replied, “I am. That bus driver just insulted me.”

“You shouldn’t take that from him,” the man replied. “He’s a public
worker and should give you respect. If I was you I would take down his
badge number and report him.”

“You’re right sir I think I will report him.”

The elderly man says, “You go on up there and get his badge number.
I’ll hold your monkey for you.”

Autumn Linteau ’14 Talks Her Merrimack Experiences

Lance Hill ’15, Staff Writer 

The phrase “competitive” is used by many, but is actually put to the test by few. Whether it is in the classroom, on the court, or on the field, senior Autumn Linteau is definitely part of that select few.

This Biddeford, Maine native does it all. When it comes to intramurals at Merrimack, you can find her hitting bombs in softball, scoring goals in both indoor and outdoor soccer, and dodging everything in dodge ball. Linteau is an Environmental Studies major with a Biology and Business minor. She is also the Recycling Coordinator and the President of the Green team at Merrimack. On top of that, she is captain of the women’s rugby team.

Autumn chose Merrimack because of the rich athletic culture and because it was the perfect distance from her home in Maine. Her original plan when coming to Merrimack was to pursue field hockey. She soon decided that the sport was not for her so her plans changed.

“My freshman year, my RA at the time played rugby she was doing some heavy recruiting. She came around and made all the girls on our floor play,” Linteau said. “I decided to give it a shot and once I started to stick with it, I fell in love with it.”

Linteau noted that she is probably the most competitive person on the planet. Her work ethic and drive over the years has definitely shown. Her freshman year, she wanted the starting position and was going to do whatever it took to get the position. Her hard work and dedication got her to where she wanted to be.

“When I was a freshman I wanted nothing more but a starting position,” she said. “Sure enough I ended up starting in the first game. It took a lot of dedication but once I started I kept going with it.”

Linteau’s dedication towards her team and herself as a player never stopped. Her senior year, there were eight rugby teams in the conference. The Merrimack women’s rugby team received the All-Conference Team Award in the fall with Elizabeth Morrissette, and the All-Conference 7’s Team award in the spring with Candace Waldie. Out of all the women in the conference, Linteau received the Tournament MVP Award.

Linteau has definitely left a legacy here at Merrimack. She currently plays for the Boston Beantown women’s rugby team. She absolutely loves it because she gets to play with so many former USA Rugby players and coaches. With all of these great accomplishments that Linteau was a part of and received, is there anything left for her to accomplish in North Andover?

“No regrets,” Linteau said, “on the field, in the classroom, in anything. As long as you do anything to the fullest, you should be happy.”


Police Log


4/12/2014 4:28pm

Addressing students on the roof of the new houses as well as loud music

4/12/2014  5:52pm

Transported student in Custody to APD

4/12/2014 6:18pm

Confiscated 10 Bud Light Limes from a student


Intoxicated unregistered guest picked up from Campus by parents


AFD transported an intoxicated male to LGH

Senior Student Releases First Record

Hattan Shash, a senior at Merrimack, is an international student from Saudi Arabia. He came to America in 2010 to further his education; he is currently pursuing a double major in Business Management and Economics. He works very hard to earn good grades and spends much of his time doing homework; however any free time that he has is spent focusing on writing music.

Shash has a strong passion for music and has actually written and recorded over 40 songs, 25 of which are available online at Hattan started writing music when he was thirteen years old and recorded his first song at the age of seventeen. Shash is fluent in both English and Arabic and combines both languages when he writes the lyrics to his R&B songs. When asked about his musical style Shash said, “When I used to listen to rap it seemed like every artist had his story to tell. I just feel like I have my own story to share about where I come from.” He describes his music as “true, honest, and relevant.”

Hattan Shash

Hattan Shash

Shash recently released a music video for his song “Move Script,” a single from his upcoming album, “The Kingdom of Hiphop.” The song features a Myles, a female singer from New York City. This is not the first time these two artists have collaborated; they also worked together on a song titled “Who Can You Trust” a piece Shash calls “a classical revolutionary record.” Movie Script was produced by Andrew Chase, the video is now available on YouTube follow this link to check it out:

Shash plans to release his album, The Kingdom of Hip-hop, by the end of June. He chose the title because he thinks of his home of Saudi Arabia as a kingdom. Although he has other albums he considers this one to be his first official record. This is because in the past he would download beats and rap along to the rhythm. On this album, Shash was able to collaborate with a number of beat producers to create beats used specifically for his music. He believes this album is going to take him somewhere big- he is excited to release it and feels it is some of the greatest music that he has ever worked on. Shash is very optimistic about his work and believes coming to America was one of the best decisions he made. “Working with different people in the States gave me a whole new perspective on how to approach the music; I feel I’m only getting better!”

When asked who his inspiration was in the music world he said “My inspiration comes from too many people to name. The Hip-hop movement inspires me by the way it connects different types of people from all over the world in a unique form.” A few that have inspired his work are Black Thought from The Roots, Eminem, and KRS1.

If you are interested in seeing him perform, Shash will be at the Open Mic Night on campus at 8pm Friday, April 25th at Auggie’s Pub. He hopes to connect with the Merrimack community through performing at this event and welcomes feedback from his peers.

Follow him on twitter @Shash966 to the latest updates and keep up with his journey to becoming a recognized artist in the music industry.

Charlie During His Merrimack Days

On April 2, 2014, Merrimack College announced that the Class of 2014 will be having the famous actor of It’s Always Sunny in Philedelphia and comedian Charlie Day as their upcoming Commencement speaker. Merrimack students expressed their excitement utilizing their favorite social networks with thankful tweets and Facebook posts.

Charlie Day's first head shot that Kevin Salemme took before Day hit it big in Hollywood. Day scribbled a little message to Kevin Salemme on the photo as a gift.  Photo credit to Kevin Salemme.

Charlie Day’s first head shot that Kevin Salemme took before Day hit it big in Hollywood. Day scribbled a little message to Kevin Salemme on the photo as a gift. Photo credit to Kevin Salemme.

His celebrity status isn’t the only thing that has the Merrimack students and faculty excited to hear Charlie Day speak at graduation. The anticipation stems from the connection the Merrimack community shares with the comedian–his Alma mater.

Kevin Salemme, Director of the Media Center at Merrimack remembers Charlie from his time spent as a student at MC. In an interview with Kevin, he reflects on Charlie’s days before his acting career truly took off. But how did Kevin get to know Charlie so well? “When he was a student here mid to late 90’s, he was in the Onstagers and he hung out with a group of kids that were also Fine Arts majors. He spent a lot of time in the media center and he was always joking around. I got to know him because we had a very similar sense of humor,” said Salemme.

Charlie’s natural born creativity and aspiration for the arts pushed him to move from North Andover to New York City to pursue his dreams of becoming an actor. But first, he needed Kev’s help in taking a decent head shot to send out to agencies: “I remember when I took his first head shot and he signed it for me. After that he got called back for his first audition to be featured in a Gap commercial,” said Salemme.

Kevin Salemme and the current class of 2014 is overjoyed by Charlie Day’s expected presence come mid-May. As he has built up his career from his time spent as a Fine Arts student at Merrimack years ago, to now starring and producing his own televison series, the soon to be

Merrimack alums share a sense of pride in that of Charlie Day.

Merrimack’s Cheerleading Team’s Success

Choiwing Kong ’16 & Jiarui Zhang ’16

The Cheerleading team at Merrimack College has 15 girls on their team from freshmen to seniors. The coach selects the team members through try-outs, and team members vote for the team captains. There is a try-out for next year (Fall 2014 and Spring 2015) on Saturday, April 26. There are some basic skills required but everyone at Merrimack can go to try-outs and have the chance to join the team. During compeitions, cheerleaders will show their skills to audiences such as stunts, jumps and dances etc to encourage our athletes and students. Except cheering for college, community service is a another significant part to cheerleaders. Every year, cheerleaders will be involved at least one community service project.

Nadine Holohan has been the cheerleading coach for the past 3 years. “She is experienced in coaching since she has over 20 years leading a cheer team,” said Nicole Mclver ‘14, who is a cheerleader on Merrimack’s cheerleading team. She has been a cheerleader since she was a freshman 4 years ago. They practice 4-6 hours, 3 days a week, either in the gym or off-campus. The cheerleading team is trying to build two teams–one team for games and another one for competitions. Cheerleaders on the team who are more talented can go to competitions and represent Merrimack.

This is the first year in Merrimack’s history that the cheerleading team went to a competition. On April 9th to 12th, they went to the NECA College competitions in Florida and won 4th place in the Challenger Cup. On March 1st, they got 2nd place in NECA competition in Connecticut and for the same competition, they got 1st place in Rhode Island on March 29th. Since they started attending more and more competitions for school, there are a lot of costs for them such as the uniform, trip fees and etc. However, school does not offer any scholarships for cheer team members but only gave little financial support for them because they have just started competing. “It would be good if school can support us more in the future,” said Nicole. The cheerleading team also goes to every home football game, and most of the home basketball games at Merrimack.


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