New Gen. Ed. Requirements on the Horizon



New Gen. Ed. Requirements on the Horizon
A Semester
Up and Away
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The Student Voice of Curry College
February 2011
New Gen. Ed.
on the Horizon
By Erin Powers
Facebook Fairy Tale
Fake student profile a mystery on campus
By Courtney Russo
For at least a year, a fake Curry student
profile has been lurking online. Actually, she
has been hiding in plain sight.
Cindy Edna, the mystery person’s alias,
currently has close to 800 friends, most being
past and present Curry students. None of the
students interviewed for this story actually
knows Edna; they said they either “friended”
her or accepted an invitation to connect because
they saw people in her network they knew.
However, Edna does not exist in Curry’s
e-mail system, either as a current student or
Rumors quickly began to spread around
campus that someone in Public Safety created
Edna’s faux profile to look at students’ photos
and read their posts to track potential threats and
inappropriate behavior. In December 2009, this
was the case at the University of Wisconsin-La
Crosse, where a local police officer admitted to
using a fake Facebook profile to catch underage
drinkers. According to a story in the LaCrosse
Tribune, the officer called cyber observation a
“necessity” and said “law enforcement has to
evolve with technology.”
Although most Curry students don’t know
A research study released in January showed that college
students are not learning how to think critically. According to the
study’s author, New York University sociology professor Richard
Arum, a large percentage of students complete four years of
college with little to no skills in complex reasoning and written
communication, which are widely regarded as the foundations of
collegiate education.
Long before the release of Arum’s study, Curry College had
been working on solidifying its foundation, by revamping the
entire general education curriculum.
John Hill, a professor of politics and history at Curry and the
chairman of the general education/central liberal arts curriculum
taskforce that has been charged with developing proposed
changes, said the process began nearly a year ago and involves
multiple stages with campus-wide faculty input through open
meetings, surveys and informal discussions. The general education
taskforce hopes to have a final model—rooted in three core
educational values: intellectual development/active learning;
meaningful communication; and personal, social, civic and global
responsibility—to present for approval in April or May of this year.
“Curry has long seen itself as a liberal arts college with a career
focus,” Hill said. “I hope that the result of all this is that the career
aspects and liberal arts aspects become one together.”
Once a model wins approval from the full faculty, a new
taskforce will be formed to plan the implementation of the new
curriculum, according to Dorria DiManno, a professor in the
communication department and one of the eight faculty members
on the current general education taskforce. Students admitted into
the college in 2008, 2009 and 2010 would graduate under the
requirements of their entry year’s curriculum catalog.
Housing Deposit Deadlines Loom Large in March
By Erika Kuzmicz
The month of March marks the beginning of spring.
Excitement is in the air with the prospect of warmer
weather, Division 1 college basketball playoffs, and wild
trips to the Caribbean.
But the month of March can also bring a dose of dread
and doom for students wishing to live on campus during
the next academic year. The long and stressful wait to
find out if you’re lucky enough to get into the residence
hall of your choice is enough to send even the most
steely-nerved student into the off-campus rental market.
Erik Muurisepp, director of residence life and
housing, says the most important part of Curry’s housing
application process is the deposit deadline. Due by March
25, deposits can now be made online through a credit
card—go to the finances tab on MyCurry and click on
“housing deposit”—or through the housing office, which
also accepts cash and checks.
Money aside, many students find the housing process
to be confusing. According to Muurisepp, students who
pay their deposits are broken into three separate classes:
freshmen, sophomores and juniors. Each class list is then
randomized, and the resulting ranking is the order in which
the lottery numbers are distributed, he says. Seniors get to
choose first, then juniors, followed by sophomores.
There are 800 on-campus housing slots for returning
Curry students. Last year, Muurisepp’s office received
831 on-time housing deposits, he says, meaning some
students were forced to rent off campus.
“I feel like the housing process is well organized up
until the actual night of selection, then it becomes chaos,”
says senior nursing major Kimberly DeCosta.
Some students say they elected to move off campus this
year rather than deal with the hassle of the housing process.
“You can really get screwed with a bad lottery number,”
says Michael Hibbard, a junior communication major.
Muurisepp says that residence staff are planning to
control traffic flow better during the nights of housing
selection this year by utilizing more of the Student
Center for waiting areas and sign-ins. Last year, a large
number of students waited around for hours to learn of
their housing fates. Students should make sure that they
arrive during their specific time slots to assure that they
are present when their number is called, he adds.
Muurisepp says a campus housing committee,
which consists of Karl Green, area coordinator for the
North Side, a few of the other residence directors and
the residence life staff are exploring a future meritbased lottery system that would be based on academic
standing, and transforming the entire process online for
more convenience.
For more information about on-campus housing,
contact [email protected] or visit the Residence Life
office on the second floor of the Student Center.
Campus Life
In Search of the
Missing Greeks
College cites lack of student motivation
for the absence of fraternities and sororities
By Victor Ng
There are no fraternities or sororities at Curry College.
Most students know that. What they may not know,
however, is that students could start one if they wanted
to, according to college officials.
Allison Coutts O’Connor, director of the Student
Center and student involvement, said she believes that a
“lack of student interest” is the reason behind the absence
of Greek organizations on campus. If they wanted to,
students could start an original fraternity or sorority on
campus, or look to bring a chapter of an existing national
organization to Curry.
For those who regularly complain that the campus is
dull and desolate during the weekends due to a lack of
activities and nightlife, starting up a Greek organization
could help improve the student culture at Curry.
William Drake, a senior information technology
major, said students likely haven’t tried to start Greek
organizations at the college because of the negative
connotations they sometimes invoke. “Most people think
fraternities and sororities have to do with negative things
like drinking and partying,” he said.
Despite the stereotype, not
all fraternities and sororities are
purely social based. Fraternities
such as Delta Psi at Brown
University, for example, are
dedicated to academics and
demand that members maintain
If Will Ferrell, Luke Wilson and Vince Vaughn could start a fraternity—in the movie “Old
a high GPA. Other fraternities School”—why can’t Curry students? According to the college, there is no formal policy that
are less focused on GPA but forbids fraternities or sororities on campus.
place higher emphasis on
University in Greencastle, Ind., for example, has
humanitarian activities, such
as providing food and community services around the 2,400 undergraduates and counts a total of 24 Greek
organizations on its campus. According to O’Connor,
university area.
Patrick Williamson, a senior graphic design major, it would only take student interest and initiative to
said Curry’s relatively small size would likely make it establish a Greek presence at Curry.
Founding a new fraternity or sorority at Curry, she
hard for Greek life to take root. “Most schools that have
explained, requires submitting a proposal to Student
fraternities are usually big,” he said.
New York University, which has 21,638 Affairs that contains information on the name and
undergraduates, boasts 14 fraternities and 11 purpose of the organization, the names of students
sororities. Curry has approximately 2,000 traditional who would serve in executive leadership positions, and
undergrads. But that doesn’t mean starting a support from alumni. For more information, contact
fraternity or sorority at Curry is impossible. DePauw O’Connor at [email protected]
Alternative Education
Students prepare to give back during spring break
By Zachary Weiss
When most people think about spring
break they imagine partying or tanning on a
beach. But that’s not the case for all Curry
Next month, 13 undergrads will be divided
into two groups and travel to Georgetown,
Del., or Harrisburg, Pa. Cancun, those cities
are not, but that’s kind of the point. The Curry
students will spend their week off performing
various jobs through Habit for Humanity,
such as helping with the construction of
homes, landscaping, or delivering and
sorting food for local homeless shelters.
“We could be doing anything and
everything,” says Katie Bisson, a junior
communication major.
Organized through the student-run
organization Alternative Spring Break,
the service program aims to bring together
students who want to spend their spring
vacation helping people and communities in
need. This is the fifth year Curry has partnered
with Habitat for Humanity. Last spring,
Curry students worked in either Westchester,
N.Y.—and lived out of a church basement—
or Harrisburg, Pa. In prior years, the program
consisted of students performing community
service locally and on campus, working at
local parks or in retirement homes.
Millard and Linda Fuller founded Habitat
for Humanity in 1976. Based in Atlanta,
it’s currently a worldwide leader in poverty
reduction, helping thousands of low-income
families live in and own affordable homes.
To date, the organization has built 350,000
homes, which shelter more than 1.75 million
“No matter where you go, it’s a big eye
opener on what’s going on,” says Bisson,
who did Alternative Spring Break last year.
“With our country, every experience affects
you in some way when you come back.”
Greg Bresnahan, a senior management
major who’s also returning for his second
stint with Alternative Spring Break, says
the program has broadened his horizons. It’s
“being exposed to different environments in
different places, definitely a cultural shock,”
he says.
Each student will contribute a donation of
$150. The money will be used to buy supplies
and rent student housing. Curry’s Student
Activities office pays for the students’ meals.
In addition to giving back to society, ASB
is a great way to socialize and make new
friends, students say.
Curry currently doesn’t give students
academic credit for participating in
Alternative Spring Break. The students
interviewed for this story say they prefer it
that way. Caressa Kislus, a Curry alum and
the coordinator of student activities at Curry,
agrees, saying the cultural dynamics of the
program would change if academic credits
were awarded for giving back to society.
Students would no longer participate because
they actually believed in helping those less
fortunate, she adds.
“It comes from your heart,” Kislus says,
“because you want to do it.”
Ski & Snowboard Club
Offers Shuttle Service
Curry’s Ski & Snowboard Club
recently launched a new shuttle
service, bringing students to and
from the Blue Hills Ski Area on
Route 138 in Canton.
The shuttle will run every
Tuesday and Thursday, leaving
the Student Center at 2 p.m. and
4 p.m. It will return to Curry at
6 p.m. and 9 p.m. The shuttle
is large enough to transport
students’ skiing and snowboard
A season pass to the Ski Area
costs $99 with a Curry student
ID. However, for a much more
Mr. Curry Contest
Registration for the Mr. Curry
Talent Show competition is
Friday, March 4. The 10th annual
contest includes a talent portion,
swim and formal wear, and a
questionnaire to be answered by
each contestant. The contest will
be held April 8 in the Student
economical $18, students can
purchase night passes to use the
slopes from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
There is no cost to ride the
shuttle, but you must be a
member of the Ski & Snowboard
Club, which, according to
President Brian Gioia, means
attending at least one meeting.
The club meets every Monday
night at 7 in the Large Meeting
Room of the Student Center. For
more information, contact Gioia
at (603) 998-1999 or [email protected]
By Corey Theodore
Center. In year’s past, audience
reaction played a large role in
For more information, contact
the Student Entertainment &
Events group or the Student
Activities Office, both located in
the Student Center.
New Plays Festival
The 5th annual New Plays
Festival is on campus Saturday,
March 5 through Monday, March
7 in the Black Box theater in the
Academic Performance Center.
Each play is student written,
performed and directed.
Shows start at 7:30 p.m., with
an additional 4 p.m. showing on
Sunday, March 6. Tickets are $5
for students and faculty; $10 for
general admission. For more
information, call (617) 333-2259,
or go to
Knitting a Community
By Nick Ironside
Harlene Caroline always made time for her colleagues
and students. All it ever took was a simple request.
“I was teaching a course last fall that I had never
taught before,” says nursing professor Eileen O’Connell.
“I stopped Harlene in the hall and just said casually, ‘I’d
love to talk with you about how you run this course.’
She spent three hours with me, going over the syllabus,
going over the reading, going over the books she liked,
going over the various student assignments, and why
she felt they were important. She was very dedicated to
her job as a professor of nursing.”
A nursing professor at Curry since 1978, Caroline
passed away in mid-January. She lived in Jamaica Plain,
Caroline, who specialized in teaching about
psychology-mental health, received her B.S.N.
from Ohio State University and earned her M.S.
in psychiatric-mental health nursing from Boston
University. O’Connell says Caroline was very interested
in holistic care, and was a member of The American
Holistic Nurses Association.
“She was trained in Reiki, which is part of holistic
treatment,” O’Connell says. “It’s treatment through
energy sources.
“She was a real theorist. An incredibly smart woman,”
O’Connell adds. “She loved the abstract process.”
Caroline was part of a meditation group outside of
Curry and believed deeply in self-reflection, according
to colleagues. She encouraged her students to begin
almost every class with a moment of silent meditation.
“Reflection was always a part of her teaching process,”
says O’Connell.
Although Curry was a constant in her life for more
than three decades, Caroline’s compassion for children
and animals was a central part of her personal identity.
“We had gone to every kennel and shelter looking for
the perfect dog and it just showed her heart, how she
was really looking for that dog that she could care for,”
says Curry nursing professor Ellie Nugent, recalling
Caroline’s search for a four-legged friend some 15 years
ago. “Ginger was the dog she finally got.
“That was a very important part of her life,” Nugent
adds. “She traveled with it, she brought it down to the
Cape. She always had it with her.”
Caroline was also an avid knitter, who spent
countless hours making hats and scarves. “Knitting was
a very big part of her life,” Nugent says. A member of
“Fiber Camp Boston,” Caroline would even bring her
hobby to work. According to a Curry newsletter from
April 2007, Caroline got students involved in knitting
to benefit teens. She started a Curry Charity Knitting
group for students, faculty and staff, who ended
up knitting and donating 90 chemo caps to Boston
Children’s Hospital.
“If you watched her at any meeting, she had great
sweaters knit, baby clothes. She was always knitting
stuff,” says Nugent.
It’s among the many ways President Ken Quigley
says he’ll remember Caroline. “I’ll miss seeing her
knitting in various meetings,” he says. “She was the first
person I saw knitting in meetings, and I think she started
a bit of a trend.”
But it was at Curry, through her work with students
and her interactions with colleagues over a span of
three decades, where Caroline’s legacy—and loss—
will likely be most acutely felt. O’Connell says that
Why the Beef?
By Andrew Blom
On Jan. 29, an on-campus assault reportedly occurred
at Green House. Milton police were called to Curry to
investigate, but no arrests were made.
It may not have been the most recent fight on campus—
although the college is required by law to report more
serious offenses, like assault with a weapon, it doesn’t
release data on the number of fist fights—and, if history is
any indication, it most likely won’t be the last this semester.
The numbers of fights between students tend to “fluctuate”
each year, according to Erica Humphrey, director of judicial
affairs at Curry, with incidents typically increasing in the fall
with the arrival of first-year students. Perhaps surprisingly,
many fights on campus involve friends or roommates,
people in some sort of relationship, rather than complete
strangers, she added.
“I do not think fighting is acceptable,” said Humphrey, who
typically oversees student disciplinary hearings. “Hurting
another person is unacceptable within a community.”
According to Humphrey, punishments are handed out
based on individual circumstances, with penalties ranging
from warnings and probation to suspension from the college.
The inability of students to deal with their emotions and
communicate effectively, along with a lack of concrete oncampus programs to deal with the issue, are seemingly at
the root of the problem. “It’s part of people growing up,”
Humphrey said. Fighting is the result of “people not having
the right ability to express what they are feeling.”
Junior communication major Lauren Hawkins, a resident
assistant who also works part time with Public Safety, said
the punishments for fighting are not harsh enough.
“You just get written up and go through the appeal
process,” said Hawkins. “Curry should wean out the kids
who fight. One fight and you are out.”
Humphrey said Residence Life works with first-year
students about communication and respect for their
community. However, there are no actual programs that
currently deal specifically with fighting prevention.
Courtesy Photo
Nursing professor Harlene Caroline leaves a legacy of care
Harlene Caroline, who taught at Curry since 1978, helped the
college’s department of nursing develop into one of the top
programs in the nation.
Caroline’s experience and knowledge of all things
Curry was most evident during faculty meetings. At the
time of her death, Caroline was chairwoman of Curry’s
“She remembered everything that had happened since
1978,” says O’Connell. “When the discussion came up
about the curriculum change, she could tell you what
part of the contract that was in, what the wording was.
She knew all of the policies in a way that very few
people did because she was there as they were being
“She was a leader.”
A memorial service for Caroline will be held in the
Hafer Parent’s Lounge on Sunday, March 6, at 3 p.m.
Money Never Sleeps
Student financial aid deadline quickly approaches
By Molly McCarthy
April 15 is approaching, and it’s a date that should
be marked on every Curry College student’s calendar.
It’s the college’s priority deadline for applying for
financial aid.
Seventy percent of Curry’s full-time undergraduates
receive some type of financial assistance, and students
must reapply annually. Financial aid can come in the
form of work-study, loans and scholarships.
For many students, filling out the financial aid forms
can be a confusing and daunting task, especially while
carrying a full-time course load. But applying is free
and the college offers a number of resources to help
guide students and their families through the process.
“Students are intimidated by filling out a FAFSA,
kind of like when they are intimidated by doing their
own taxes,” said Stephanny J. Elias, Curry’s director
of student financial services, noting that her office
largely exists to help students, and their parents, make
better sense of the process.
FAFSA, or the Free Application for Federal Student
Aid, is managed by the Office of Federal Student Aid
and is used to determine how much students and their
families could be expected to contribute toward the
cost of higher education. Any student interested in
receiving financial aid must complete the application.
Taryn Vigeant, a freshman nursing major, said
she doesn’t get directly involved in the financial
planning of her education, as her mother handles
the applications and paperwork. Conversely, James
Lynch, a senior communication major, said he takes
more of a hands-on approach.
“I fill it out with some help from my parents,”
Lynch said. “I am, however, fully aware of the loan
terms, conditions, and options for repayment, and
consolidation if you have multiple creditors.”
Elias said she encourages students to become more
engaged in the financial planning process, as the debt
load they incur is typically under their own names. “It
is crucial for students to understand the terms of their
financial aid, particularly if considering borrowing
loans,” said Elias. “The student owns their financial
Elias noted that the criteria for receiving needbased aid is not based solely on income, and that all
students should apply for financial aid, a process that
costs nothing but a little time.
Curry 2010-2011 tuition is $29,300. Room and
board cost $6,510 and $5,140, respectively. For
continuing education students at the Milton campus,
tuition is $380 per credit. It is $400 per credit for
nursing majors. According to the US News and World
Report’s 2011 Best Colleges report, 6.3 percent of
students who applied for need-based aid at Curry
had their requests fully met. The average need-based
scholarship or grant awarded by the college last year
was $12,332, according to the report.
“I am happy with the financial aid I have been
awarded,” said Lynch. “I would say, however, that
they could be more generous with grants, with needbased aid, especially to those students who are on
dean’s list.”
When filling out a FASFA—which can be done
online at—Curry students must
include the college’s code: 002143. Once the form
is completed, students need to submit additional
documents to the college’s Student Financial Services
Office. These include the Curry College Verification
Form for 2011-2012, their parents’ 2010 federal 1040
tax returns, their parents’ 2010 W-2 forms, and their
own 2010 federal 1040 tax returns and 2010 W-2
forms, if they worked last year.
The Student Financial Services office is located at
79 Atherton St., the gray building across from the
football field. Walk-ins are welcomed and encouraged.
A World-Class
By Erin Powers
The MV Explorer is not your typical
cruise ship. On board, one is likely to
find more books than beach chairs. But
Dennis Moriconi, a senior management
major at Curry, wasn’t looking for a
relaxing holiday. He was soul searching,
and believes he found himself halfway
across the world.
Moriconi returned to campus this
spring after spending the fall on a 600foot passenger ship as part of Semester
at Sea, a unique program that puts a
nautical twist on studying abroad. For
109 days in 11 countries, Moriconi
studied intercultural communication,
macroeconomics, leadership and global
His trip began in the Bahamas and
took him to countries such as South
Africa, Ghana, India and Vietnam. The
ship was in port for four to five days per
stop, where students would take land
excursions before returning to the ship for
four to five days of course work. “I just
wanted to see the world,” said Moriconi,
22, of Malden, Mass., “and Semester at
Sea did just that.”
According to Moriconi, the classes
were fast paced and “intensive.” One
class at sea might be the equivalent to
four in a traditional Curry semester, he
said, adding that his favorite course was
leadership. That class required students
to split into groups to raise
$100 for a charity, as well
as to perform 100 hours of
community service.
“My group chose an
orphanage in the northern
part of India,” he said. “I
learned how the facility
was run, and I was glad
because I’ve always been
curious about non-profit
organizations,” he explained.
The MV Explorer contains an
8,000-volume library, a computer lab,
multiple study areas, wireless Internet,
state-of-the art classrooms, and an
outdoor pool and gym. “It’s really a
floating campus,” explained Elizabeth
Deren, assistant director of Career
Services and Experiential Education at
Curry. Deren’s office was in charge of
helping Moriconi through the admission
process, which involved two separate
applications, one for Curry and one
for the program. According to Deren,
requirements for admission include
being at least a sophomore, having a
GPA of at least 2.75, and to be in good
academic and disciplinary standing with
the college.
“It is a fantastic option for students
who want to get out there and explore
the world,” said Deren. “It gives them an
opportunity to see multiple non-western
countries, rather
than committing to
just one.”
M o r i c o n i
said his most
nothing to do with
the ship. In Hawaii,
he overcame his
fear of heights by
skydiving, and in Over the course of his world travels, Dennis Moriconi got over his fear of
heights and had the chance to meet Nobel Peace Prize winner
Ghana, he found Desmond Tutu, a former archbishop in South Africa.
get to the United States.
by an act of
Inspired by his humbling experiences,
hospitality while taking a tour of former
slave castles. Moriconi said his group was Moriconi said he hopes to one day
running late for an activity and somewhat become part of the faculty for Semester
stuck in an unfamiliar place. The group’s at Sea. Before that, though, he plans on
local tour guide insisted on personally participating in a second voyage through
taking the students to safety. Moriconi a program called “Life Long Learners.”
Said Moriconi, “I would absolutely do
still keeps in touch with the guide and
said he would like to somehow help him it again.”
Courtesy Photos
Senior Dennis Moriconi returns
to Curry after a semester at sea
College Looks to Revamp
On-Campus Cable Offerings
the University of Wisconsin story,
there are a lot of suspicions pointed
toward Public Safety here. Chris
Costa, a senior at Curry who’s in
Edna’s network, even wondered it
out loud on Edna’s wall. “Is Cindy
a new public safety officer?” he
wrote in March 2010. “I feel like
u guys keep hiring better looking
“If it is true, I feel violated,”
said Sarah Naughton, a junior
Communication major at Curry.
“Where is the trust?”
Said Alex Lundie, also a junior
Com major, “It’s an intrusion of
my privacy.”
According to Public Safety
Chief Brian Greeley, the rumors
are “100 percent false.” He said
he would never allow any of his
staff to do such a thing. Public
safety officers who have a personal
Facebook account are not allowed
to use their work e-mail addresses,
Greeley added.
So, for now the mystery of
who created Edna—and why—
continues. But that doesn’t answer
the question of why so many
College students have many pastimes,
including relaxing and watching television.
But a number of students are stressed over the
quality of the experience.
The lack of high-definition programming in
residence halls is to blame for some students’
dissatisfaction. “It’s frustrating bringing my highdefinition TV here when the school doesn’t take
advantage of it,” said Johnny Bizon, a freshman
nursing major. “Everything looks terrible, and in
this day and age, it should be included.”
Curry currently works with Campus
Televideo, which is based out of Greenwich,
Conn. Campus Televideo is the cable provider
of more than 220 colleges and universities
across the country, and it offers many networks
and programs in high definition.
Curry is updating its television contract this
spring, the first time in two years, and one of
the top items on the agenda is upgrading some
networks to high definition, said Erik Muurisepp,
director of residence life and housing. “If we
are to make these improvements, we would start
with the basic lineup being in HD, and slowly
roll out everything into HD as students bring
bigger and better TVs,” he added.
Muurisepp said Curry has taken this long
to implement HD content because of the fees
associated with adding such features. Currently,
students pay a one-time fee for cable access. If
Fairy Tale
By Corey Theodore
The mystery surrounding Cindy Edna
remains unsolved, but it highlights
the willingness of many Facebook
users to connect with total strangers.
people have added someone they
don’t know to their network. Even
Communication Professor Kirk
Hazlett, who heads the public
relations concentration at Curry,
has Edna as a “friend.”
“I saw her with the Curry
network,” he explained.
Greeley suggested that anyone
connected to Edna should delete
her from their network.
On Edna’s profile, which is
completely open to anyone, she lists
the following as one of her favorite
quotations: “Just because you
determine your own fate, it doesn’t
mean you’re not responsible for the
effects (in general and effects on
others) that ensue.”
the college switched to a larger provider, such as
Verizon or Comcast, he added, students would
be required to sign individual cable contracts
and make monthly payments.
But it’s not just image quality that has some
students seeing red. Others say they are also
unhappy with the networks available to view.
Curry has purchased the rights to view 65
channels from Campus Televideo, ranging from
popular networks such as ABC, NBC and Fox, to
some less popular networks, such as MTVU. In
a recent survey of about 50 students, conducted
by Class of 2012 student officials, almost 85
percent said that they would favor adding more
channels to the current offering.
“I look at this and say, ‘Is it more channels
or is it the [program] lineup [on those channels]
that is not meeting their expectations?” said
The last time Curry made changes to its cable
package was in 2008, when a few channels
were swapped out for different ones. The same
thing will likely happen this year. The college is
looking into which channels students don’t like
or need, and which ones should be added.
Muurisepp said he is confident that the
college will deliver what the students want.
“With the product that Campus Televideo has,
we can work with that and tailor it to what we
need and make it as close to what our students
want as possible.”
Same Shuttle,
Different Times
Faneuil Hall off-campus shuttle
returns, but at a much earlier hour
By Ingmar Sterling
Curry’s shuttle service is designed to transport students both
on and off campus, as well as to serve some of the transportation
needs of those without a car. However, many students feel that
the service is in need of repair.
Toward the end of last semester, the college eliminated the
Saturday night off-campus shuttle to Faneuil Hall in Boston
after multiple fights broke out among students on the last
returning shuttle. The shuttle transported students from the
Student Center to the downtown district starting at 6 p.m., with
the last shuttle returning to Curry at 2:15 a.m.
The Saturday Faneuil Hall shuttle is back this semester, but
with a dramatically curbed schedule. The shuttle now starts at
5 p.m., with the last returning shuttle leaving Boston at 1 a.m.
This means students who want a safe and affordable ride back
to campus must leave Boston an hour-and-a-half before bars
“After evaluating the history of incidents, specifically on
the 2:15 shuttle, we decided the best option was to cancel
it out of concern for the safety of the students riding,” said
Allison Coutts O’Connor, director of student involvement, who
oversees shuttle service.
Beyond the scheduling changes, some students say they
are increasingly unhappy with the way they are treated on the
shuttles. On every Saturday shuttle, a Public Safety officer and
a Residence Life student ride along to keep the environment
safe. “They check your bags and pockets, and smell water
bottles. It’s really annoying,” said Michaela Powers, a junior.
“I took the shuttle once this semester, and I haven’t taken it
But not everyone is displeased with Public Safety’s
performance. “I think it’s pretty tough to keep everyone from
being rowdy on the late bus. Public Safety does a good job,”
said another junior, Carlos Cornejo.
The on-campus shuttle pickups have also been inconsistent,
a point of particular frustration as winter temperatures drop. In
addition, the shuttle service ends in the middle of dinnertime,
leaving students to trek across campus on dark and sometimes
icy walkways.
O’Connor said the administration is working to address those
issues. “We are always looking to improve the shuttles toward
the needs of students,” she said. “We just don’t get much
feedback from students, so it’s hard to know what they want.”
Say it Ain’t Snow!
As the snow piled up, some students got fed up
By Danielle Roy
When looking out the windows of a
residence hall or a classroom, it’s easy to see
that the Boston area has had a rough winter.
And it’s not even over yet. To date, Milton
has received 81.8 inches of snow this year,
according to the Blue Hill Observatory.
That’s 51 inches above the average amount
of snowfall for this time of year, and 20
inches above the annual average.
But it’s not just the snow that has piled up;
missed school days have piled up, too.
Curry’s Milton and Plymouth campuses
were closed four times in a three-week
period in late January and early February
due to snow days, which naturally caused
students to miss several classes. While the
idea of an unexpected day off might be
exciting to some students, it comes at a
hefty cost.
Based on Curry’s tuition figures for
traditional undergraduates, the cost of one
class session—for a course that meets
three times a week—is about $54.25. Few
students have just one class per day, making
the cost of school closures relatively
Tiffany Renert, a junior communication
major, said she quicly grew sick of the snow
after she began missing classes that would
only meet once a week. “It set us back a
lot. My teachers had to keep changing the
syllabus around,” Renert said, noting that
she now feels overloaded with work because
professors are trying to cram in material to
make up for lost time.
When asked if she thought Curry would
reimburse students for their missed class
costs, Renert replied, “That’ll be the day!”
According to Sally Buckley, assistant dean
of enrollment management and registrar,
students will not be reimbursed for cancelled
classes due to the weather. “Faculty are still
responsible for providing instruction based
on the expected learning outcomes in their
courses and students are expected to learn
the material regardless of the missed days,”
she wrote via e-mail, in response to questions
for this article. “So, there is no reduction in
the actual course work.
“Faculty are expected to make up missed
course work,” she added. “How that is
accomplished depends on the nature of the
course and how the faculty member believes
it is best to do so.”
Caitlin Maxwell, a junior nursing student,
said she wasn’t holding her breath for a
partial tuition reimbursement. But she would
have liked Curry to make a decision about
campus closures sooner rather than later.
As a commuter from Medway, Maxwell
said she typically has to give herself at least
two hours to get to Curry’s Milton campus
if the weather is bad. Yet, Curry seemed to
wait longer than many area school districts
and neighborhood colleges to decide about
cancellations, she said.
“It’s hard because since Curry closes so
late a lot of the time, I would be up and
checking, and then I’m getting ready to
leave and it cancels,” Maxwell said. “And
also, as a nursing student, I have to be at my
clinical placements at 7 or 8 in the morning,
and some are an hour away, so that’s always
difficult, too.” Clinicals aren’t usually
canceled until the campus of the college is
As for her workload, Maxwell said
she feels it’s a lot heavier now because
professors need to get through “two topics”
a class, and there isn’t as much time spent on
any given subject.
According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the
first day of spring is March 20.
New Gen. Ed.
“This is both an exciting and
challenging time, as we have the
opportunity to help shape the future
of the college,” DiManno said of
the project. “Part of the challenge is
keeping our absolute commitment
to Curry’s liberal arts foundation,
and at the same time creating a
curriculum that is relevant for the
21st century college student.”
According to Hill, the goal
is to have a revamped general
education curriculum in place
by the fall of 2012. The college
is applying for reaccreditation
through the New England
Association of Schools and
Colleges, or NEASC, and hopes
to show the group how the new
curriculum will greatly improve
the learning experience of Curry’s
“You can have the best career
understanding,” Hill said, “but
without a solid liberal arts
grounding you are not prepared
for life.”
Gregory Cayo
Government for the Students, by the Students
Curry’s Student Government Association meets every Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room on the first floor of the
Student Center. The executive board, class officers and club representatives meet as a united body every other week to discuss
and act on a variety of campus issues. The meetings are open to all students. The full group meets again March 2 and March 23.
Vantage Points
Waking Up to the Weekends
The Student Government Association and
Residence Life at Curry need to work together
to figure out some solutions to the “weekend
problem.” Too often, too many students leave
campus on Fridays, returning to their hometowns
or to visit friends at other colleges with far better
social scenes than ours.
As a resident assistant at Curry, part of my job
is to make sure that students are making good
decisions. If they are making poor ones, I have
a responsibility to address the situation. I believe
this is a situation that needs addressing.
It’s not that SGA is doing a poor job of
providing activities, but they do need to provide
additional information and keep in more regular
contact with Residence Life so that students
can have more opportunities to make weekends
better, both on and around campus. A number of
fun activities are already available to students,
like going to Celtics games, attending on- and offcampus plays, and taking trips to New York City.
However, relatively few students take advantage
of these opportunities. Instead, they sit around
drinking, smoking and getting into trouble. If
students had more social options on weekends,
like concerts, talent shows and dances, they
would likely stick around and bring much needed
life to the campus.
By being active, students will learn to appreciate
Curry and realize that they can have fun without
having to turn to substances like cigarettes,
alcohol and marijuana. If SGA and Residence Life
worked together to fund and promote many more
programs, we could help shape the future culture,
a better culture, at the college we love.
Steven Hill, a sophomore education major, is a
first-year resident assistant at Curry.
In Appreciation of On-Campus Art
The Curry community is very fortunate to now
have the new Student Center. In addition to all of
the amenities the space offers, the Quiet Study
Lounge on the second floor exhibits art on an
ongoing basis.
Art exhibitions play a very important role
in the life of an active campus. It goes without
saying that their primary function is to educate
and enlighten, however, there are other reasons
they exist. For example, they also become vital
and integrated links with the community.
In addition to exhibiting student and faculty
work, exhibits that show professional art
bring important ideas from the outside world
to campus. Although we encourage students
to explore the cultural resources available to
them in the Boston area, and we take as many
field trips as possible, this can only reach a
small percentage of our population. Exhibits on
campus give our students the opportunity to see
artwork firsthand, as opposed to reproductions,
and may even expose students to “real” art for
the first time. Unlike a field trip, the on-campus
exhibit space can be a quiet and reflective
experience for the viewer, where the encounter
with the work may be more meaningful and
visits can be repeated.
Art on campus can also be used as an extension
of the classroom. Depending upon the exhibit at
any given time, students in art history, design
and studio classes can greatly benefit from ready
access to on-campus exhibits. Colleges and
universities with campuses in the city are often
just blocks away from the MFA, the Fogg Museum
or any number of other exhibition spaces. The
ability to have artwork on campus allows us to
not only experience the work aesthetically, but to
perceive the physical and material properties of
the work firsthand.
Although the focus should always be on the
aesthetic value of the work, the kind of work
that was exhibited in the Student Center last
semester—Science and Art—can tie into many
areas of the curriculum. In addition to those of
us who teach in the Fine and Applied Arts area,
professors who teach politics, history and courses
dealing with social issues, to mention a few, can
find artwork a wonderful resource. It might even
be used as a source of inspiration for the writer.
One of the strong differences between
exhibitions on a college campus and a commercial
gallery is the obvious fact that campus exhibits
are not dependant on the sale of work to survive,
and that they have the freedom to take risks and
show work where the primary focus is to educate
and to provoke thought.
Please visit the lobby outside the Keith
Auditorium, the Quiet Study Lounge in the
Student Center, and the Parents’ Lounge this
spring to enjoy ongoing exhibits by students,
faculty and professional artists from outside the
college. College life can be busy, but it’s never
too busy to savor these jewels in our midst.
Laurie Alpert is a professor of fine and applied
arts at Curry.
After graduating from Curry in 1991 with a degree in
management, David Littlefield went on to launch several
professional endeavors. Among them is The Sausage Guy, a
food concessions company that has become a Boston sports
landmark. Well known by celebrities—such as David Ortiz,
above, of the Red Sox—and foodies alike, the former Curry
football player discusses his college days, the importance of a
good work ethic, and the joys of grill-top scrapings.
CT: How did attending Curry impact your life?
Littlefield: It broadened my horizons…the interaction with
everyone, with teachers and students from other countries. A
lot of personal growth comes through that, just as much as the
academic part of it.
CT: Did you like your experience here?
Littlefield: Had a ball. A lot of my buddies and I played football.
We had a good time. I still have a core of five and we all keep in
touch and hang out.
CT: What’s your most memorable experience?
Littlefield: I can’t tell you all of those stories. I can say this: I
had a lot of fun. We did a have a party at the house one time
where these guys—we met them at the liquor store—[later] stole
a utility truck. It was there that night and the next morning it was
gone. Strange deal. Massive, a huge truck. It was pretty funny.
CT: How did you get into the sausage business?
Littlefield: The economy was much, much worse back then. I
did radio and sales and art, and [The Sausage Guy] came out of
the sidelines. We did Buffalo wings at first. Complete bust.
CT: And now you’re a part of the Boston sports industry.
Littlefield: I started in Foxboro, and then in Boston. It took three
years to get a foothold in [Fenway], of calls and putting together
a deal. That was 15 years ago. It didn’t happen over night. I just
kept at it. That and working hard and working smart.
CT: Are there any perks?
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Littlefield: I work for myself. It’s a special, great place to be.
There is a tremendous value and benefit to working for myself.
But I never want my kids to do what I do. The industry is tough.
It’s 24/7, and I love it. But it’s hard to do it…it’s not a 9-to-5 thing.
CT: Do you have a best or craziest customer story?
Littlefield: I had a guy on Landsdown Street (outside Fenway),
but we had run out of sausages and he wanted the scrapings
from the grill. I gave it to him, and he ate it in front of me. It was
the grossest thing I had ever seen. There is nothing that would
taste good with that!
Written and condensed by Sebastian Humbert.
Triple Play
California natives follow their
former coach to Curry College
y Athleti
y of Curr
It’s 6:25 a.m. on a snowy New England day and a
booming voice echoes throughout Curry’s gymnasium.
Twenty-six baseball players are running “suicides,”
a conditioning drill that some coaches love and most
players hate.
“Get back on the line!” bellows Curry coach Jay
Of the 26 players, three are from Southern California’s
Mater Dei High School, the largest non-public high
school west of Chicago. Half of Mater Dei’s 2,100
students play sports and many go on to play in college.
The school consistently ranks among the top high
school sports programs in America and has developed
multiple future Heisman trophy winners, including NFL
quarterback Matt Leinart.
“When people say MD in Orange County, it isn’t the
[NHL] Mighty Ducks. It’s Mater Dei,” says Schnabel, a
former Mater Dei junior varsity baseball coach who’s in
his first year as head coach at Curry. “Every kid wants to
go to Mater Dei.”
A graduate of Suffolk University in Boston, Schnabel
joined Mater Dei as a substitute teacher and JV baseball
coach in 2001. He dove headfirst into the high school’s
year-round baseball culture and devoted himself to
helping his players, often staying as late as 11 p.m.
working under the lights. His passion for the game was
magnetic. So much so, in fact, that three of his former
players have traveled across the country to play for
Schnabel at Curry.
Brad Hawn, Carlos Cornejo and Joe Carrig, classmates
at Mater Dei, didn’t start a single varsity game at Mater
Dei. Each believes he wasn’t given a fair shot to earn
playing time. “Brad still has a chip on his shoulder
because of it,” says Schnabel, who has been an assistant
coach at Curry since 2006. But the three wanted to play
college baseball and, according to Cornejo, they trusted
So, without even seeing Curry’s campus, Cornejo and
Carrig followed their former coach to Milton in 2007.
Cornejo says he’s the first male in his family to graduate
from high school on time and the first to attend college.
By Tim McCarthy
Clockwise, from top left, Joe Carrig, Brad Hawn, Coach Jay Schnabel and Carlos Cornejo have rejoined forces at Curry
after spending years working together on the diamond at Mater Dei High School in California.
“Coming to Curry was the best thing I ever did in my
life,” he adds.
Hawn arrived at Curry in the spring of 2008 after
spending the first semester of his freshman year at Mt.
San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif. “I knew what I
was getting myself into with Coach Jay,” he says.
And Schnabel knew what he was getting, too. The
coach calls Cornejo, who hit .338 with 23 RBIs in 43
games last season, “the best shortstop in Division 3 New
England baseball.”
Schnabel says Hawn is the best hitter in the
conference, and perhaps the best Division 3 catcher in
New England. Hawn hit .423 with 40 RBIs in 42 games
last year, starring in the ECAC championship.
Carrig, a pitcher who Schnabel says has great
mechanics, will be vying for a rotation spot this year.
This year’s Colonels team is the defending ECAC
Northeast champions and features the Mater Dei trio and
Schnabel’s “get better” motto. He credits his advancement
to head coach partially on his ability to bring in players
like Hawn, Cornejo and Carrig. Says Schnabel, “Curry is
very lucky to have these guys here.”
Waiting for the
Smoke to Clear
Curry hockey team poisoned,
hospitalized prior to playoffs
Capping off an undefeated 10-game
span, the Curry hockey team had just
secured the No. 1 seed in the conference
playoffs. The Colonels were peaking and
spirits should have been riding high. No
one could have imagined what would
happen next.
Within hours after a Feb. 17 victory
over Johnson & Wales University at
the Rhode Island Sports Center in
Smithfield, R.I., a handful of Curry
players were admitted to Milton Hospital
for what turned out be nitrogen dioxide
Within days, all 28 players were
hospitalized, with some cases more severe
than others. Players felt nauseas and
lightheaded. Some were having trouble
breathing, while others were coughing
up blood. A hospital spokesman said tests
showed exposure to nitrogen dioxide.
said they noticed an
unusual amount of
smoke coming from
the propane-powered
Zamboni that cleaned
periods. The Zamboni
was parked near the
Members of the Curry hockey team were in good spirits at Milton Hospital while getting treated for nitrogen
visiting locker room. dioxide poisoning. The players had just learned that they earned the No. 1 seed in the conference playoffs.
Johnson and Wales’s
laws regulating the air quality of indoor Department of Health following the
players and coaches
ice skating arenas. Massachusetts and Curry game, Johnson & Wales officials
were reportedly not affected.
According to the Environmental Minnesota require air monitoring for have moved their hockey team’s
Protection Agency, nitrogen dioxide carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide, upcoming home playoff game to the
is a toxic gas that largely affects the while the Rhode Island Department Levy Rink in Marlborough, Mass. The
respiratory tract. Low-level exposure of Health requires air testing only for executive director of athletics at JWU
didn’t respond to a request for comments
can decrease lung function and increase carbon monoxide.
regarding the venue change.
the risk of infection. In larger doses, the
Island Sports Center reported that their
Curry’s hockey team opens its playoff
gas can be fatal.
Only three states—Massachusetts, rink was tested and deemed safe by run on Wednesday, March 2, at the Ulin
Minnesota and Rhode Island—have the local fire department and the state Rink in Milton.
Courtesy Photo
By Tim McCarthy
Sickened but
Still Skating
page 7
Standing Tall
Sophomore infielder Amanda Felzmann
bounces back from near-fatal fall
Courtesy of Curry Athletics/Brian Winchester
By Nick Ironside
Sophomore Amanda
Felzmann’s softball
career nearly came
to an end three years
ago after she fell off
a cliff in Maine.
Amanda Felzmann didn’t immediately
return home after a family vacation in Maine
nearly three years ago. Her next trip was to the
She says she doesn’t remember much of
what happened shortly after falling off a cliff
overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. In August 2008,
the summer before her senior year at Bellingham
(Mass.) High School, she remembers hearing
her friends’ countdown as she stood over “The
Point.” Her family was leaving the next day and
it was Felzmann’s turn to jump. As they neared
“one,” she lost her balance and fell.
“I remember waking up in wicked pain
with water coming over me, and my dad’s
friend was trying to get me into a kayak,” says
Felzmann, now a sophomore at Curry. “I just
kept screaming, ‘My leg’s broken!’ ”
It was a lot worse than a leg injury, though.
After an ambulance took her to the nearest
hospital, she was transferred to Maine Medical
Center in Portland. She stayed for seven days.
“I had a collapsed right lung, six broken ribs,
my feet got torn on the bottoms because the
rocks were sharp,” Felzmann explains. “I
gashed the back of my head open, and I had
been complaining that something was wrong
with my right leg.”
Shortly after being discharged, she learned
the reason behind her leg pain. Hospital
personnel didn’t notice that her leg had become
badly infected. Felzmann was soon transported
to her third hospital of the summer—UMass
Memorial Medical Center in Worcester—
where she had surgery on her right leg. After
a 10-day stay, Felzmann finally returned home,
but only for two days because the leg was still
hurting. After an ultrasound, doctors found a
blood clot that required another surgery to fix.
Despite losing 30 pounds in the hospital
and having to use a walker during parts of her
senior year of high school, Felzmann tried out
for a local travel softball team, the Central
Massachusetts Thunder. She had played on the
team before, but all players were required to
attend tryouts for fall ball. Felzmann says she
was nowhere near her best because of muscle
weakness, and she didn’t make the squad.
“She figured she wasn’t going to play
softball again,” says Amanda’s mother, Kelly
Felzmann. “Her father convinced her to go try
out for another team.”
Felzmann made another travel team, the Bay
State Cardinals, that same fall and managed to
impress at shortstop and second base. Curry
head softball coach Bruce Weckworth took note.
“She was a kid that I liked from the day
that I met her,” Weckworth says. “She’s a very
desirable kid” as a middle infielder and speedy
leadoff hitter.
But Felzmann almost didn’t come to Curry.
She verbally committed to attend Southern
Connecticut State University in New Haven,
which has a Division II softball program, but
changed her mind after visiting Curry during
an “Accepted Students Day.” As it turned
out, Felzmann’s tour guide that afternoon had
transferred to Curry from Southern Connecticut
State and talked about the many ways Curry
was a better school. Felzmann was convinced.
“I had to call the other coach back and tell
him I wasn’t going to come and play for him,”
she says. “He was wicked pissed, because he
had told other people that they couldn’t make
the team because I was on it.”
Felzmann, who started 38 of 40 games for
Curry last season, hit .294 as the team went
19-21 (13-11 in The Commonwealth Coast
Weckworth says he is hoping his Colonels
finish atop the conference standings this
spring, and believes this year’s pitching core
of Janelle Mayo, Amanda Peters, Jennifer
Lundstrom and Chelsey Munsey can lead the
way. “Pitching is such a key factor,” he says.
“If we give them a run or two to work with,
they can do the rest.”
As for Felzmann, she sees a bit of herself
in many of her teammates: they refuse to
give up. “You take one look at our team and
predominantly see a lineup of young faces,
eager to start and get on the field,” she says.
“Every single player has an intricate role
that will contribute to what I see as a hopeful
upcoming season for Curry softball.”
Winter Sports Season Comes to a Close
By Zachery Weiss
As the winter sports season winds down across the
nation, some of Curry’s teams are packing up while
others are hoping to play on.
The women’s basketball team had a good regular
season, particularly against non-conference teams. The
Lady Colonels finished with a 17-8 overall record (132 at home), but just 6-7 in The Commonwealth Coast
Conference. Curry would go on to lose in the conference
tournament quarterfinals, falling to Salve Regina
University, 66-44.
Among the leading performers this season were
sophomore Julia Scrubb, who averaged almost 11 points
per game, senior Danyel Cousins with 10 points per
game, and senior Cortney Robinson, who led the team in
rebounds with 8.6 per game.
The men’s basketball team’s season came to an end
on Feb. 19 versus Endicott College, an 85-75 loss. The
Colonels won just four games, going 4-21. The team
played well at the start of its conference schedule, winning
its first two games, but it would go on to lose its next and
final 12 contests.
Sophomore guard Sedale Jones led the team in scoring
and rebounding, with 19.2 points and 6.7 rebounds per
game. Junior Jarrell Jackson, who played only about
half the season, finished averaging 16.3 points per game.
Chris Bonadies, a senior, averaged nearly 4 rebounds per
game, second highest on the team.
The hockey team had a strong regular season, finishing
with a record of 14-8-3, 10-2-2 in conference play. The
Colonels earned the No. 1 seed in the Eastern College
Athletic Conference tournament and will open play on
Wednesday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m.
Senior Ryan Warsofsky led the team with 26 points
this season (9 goals, 17 assists), followed by junior
Christopher Atkinson with 25 points (10 goals, 15
assists). Junior captain Peyden Benning led the team with
13 goals, to go with 10 assists. Time in goal was largely
split between sophomore Robert Dawson (3.04 goalsagainst average) and freshman Travis Owens (2.89).
Coach Rob Davies was named the ECAC Northeast
Coach of the Year, while Warsofsky was selected as a
semifinalist for the Joe Concannon Award, given to the
nation’s best American-born Division 2 or 3 college
hockey player.