Yoga-nna Love Chocolate Therapy

By: Leslie Pizzagalli Sitting in yoga class, you know my ears perked up once I heard Professor Lara Ward explain there was “chocolate therapy” available in Western’s Holistic Health Center. Whatever it was, I needed to know more. After further investigation, I discovered that the Holistic Health Studies Center is located in Berkshire Hall, room 119C….

First Annual Grit n’ Wit Lives up to Name

By: Trevor Lilly On Saturday, September 22, WCSU hosted its first annual Grit n’ Wit event. Students, faculty, and staff alike could compete in teams of up to 6 people in a mile-long obstacle course winding through most of the midtown campus. Keeping true to its name, the course featured both physical and mental challenges…

Get to Know the Aussie Lingo

By: Allee Feuerman Since Australia does not speak a foreign language like most countries across the world, you would think it would be easy to understand what they are saying. But honestly, sometimes I think it would be easier to understand these Aussie’s if they were speaking Mandarin. Australian slang is something you will get…

Marco DiNardo’s Hole-in-One

By: Bryan Brown WestConn Golf’s Marco DiNardo scored a hole-in-one in the final round of September’s Castleton Invitational and dedicated the play to his late grandfather. When the final round began, it was just another weekend playing golf for Marco DiNardo. He and the rest of the WestConn men’s golf team were at the Rutland…

Ned Lamont at WCSU: Candidate Addresses Questions, Reaffirms Campaign Platforms

By: Joseph Oliveri Democratic gubernatorial Candidate Ned Lamont visited Western Connecticut University on Thursday, September 24th to address questions from students and faculty concerning his platform. The forum was held on WCSU’s Westside Campus. Lamont, a former cable magnate and 2006 Senate Candidate faces the Republican candidate, former GE and UBS executive Bob Stefanowski and…

Western Day of Service: Another Year, Another Hit

By: Anna Simoes   Western Connecticut State University’s Western Day of Service came and went this past Friday, with hundreds of students and faculty from across the university’s departments showing up, ready to help. The Western Day of Service encourages the university’s faculty and students alike to volunteer and help dozens of not-for-profit organizations based…

Career Success Center Holds Fall Career Event

  By: Sophia Orejola   On Wednesday, September 12, the Career Success Center hosted their Career Event for the Fall semester, open to all WCSU students. The event was held at the Westside Campus Center ballroom from 12:30pm to 3:00pm, and attending students were advised to come as they are. Bringing resumes to the event…

Being a Tourist Disguised as a Local

By: Allee Feuerman     I’ve fallen pretty hard for Melbourne during my time studying abroad here, and it wasn’t until I travelled to Sydney that I realized how much I love it. There’s nothing wrong with Sydney of course, although if you ask a born and raised Melburnian I’m sure they’ll tell you otherwise….

WCSU to feature film screening and director Q&A: ’One Vote’

DANBURY, CONN. — Western Connecticut State University will host a screening of “One Vote” at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11, in Room 122 of White Hall on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White Street in Danbury. A question-and-answer session with director Christine Woodhouse will follow. The event is free and open to the public….

‘Meditation: Multicultural Perspectives,’ more at WCSU

DANBURY, CONN.— The Western Connecticut State University Institute for Holistic Health Studies (IHHS), the Center for Compassion, Creativity and Innovation and the Honors Students of Compassion will provide meditation workshops from 4 to 9:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11, in the Ballroom of the Campus Center on the WCSU Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension…

Rocky Start for Campus Systems at WCSU

By: Audrey Redpath Nielsen   The year is starting off slow for WestConn students adjusting to the new Monday-Friday class schedule, but the first week of classes was also a struggle for University systems welcoming students back across departments. From severe air conditioning outages on campus to prematurely posted drafts, it was an uneasy week…

Who Run the World? Squirrels.

by: Leslie Pizzagalli     There is a question that crosses my mind often while walking through Midtown to class: why are college squirrels so friendly? I have experienced several instances where the squirrels on Western’s campus approach my feet without hesitation. I have witnessed squirrels leap onto the tables outside the Student Center while…

ISEP (International Student Exchange Program) Catherine’s Advice #2

  by: Catherine McConkey Since my last post, I have experienced one of my greatest adventures so far, creating memories that will last a lifetime. During the month of November, I was lucky enough to travel to Canada for a few days and witness the magnificent Niagara Falls and explore the beautiful city of Toronto….

Relationships in College: A Survival Guide

by: Juliana Paschoalini Relationships in college can be hard, and they might not be right for everyone. I know we’ve all heard the same “relationships are a lot of responsibility” advice a million times, but they really are. A relationship is similar to buying a dog…the only difference being that dogs can’t cheat on you…

Get Inspired at VPAC Gallery’s Parallel Practices Exhibit

By: Emily Chauvin Already binged every TV show worth watching? Find your ticket to a new kind of visual delight at the VPAC Gallery! Not only is the current exhibition, Parallel Practices, absolutely stunning and silly, they are offering reduced admission to four local museums. Get out there before the show closes on March 4th!…

Choosing Love: WCSU Professor’s Effort to Bring Change through Compassion

by: Joseph Oliveri Social Sciences Professor Christopher Kukk’s experience as a counter-intelligence agent for the U.S. Army and advocating for nuclear non-proliferation in front of the United Nations hasn’t culminated in the firebrand intimidation such a resume might suggest. Measured grace and audacious enthusiasm is probably a more fitting description. Yet, there’s something that bothers…

Award-Winning Screenwriter Visits Scriptwriting Class

by: Sophia Pizzo (Donata Carelli, center, with Professor Louisa Burns-Bisogno, center right, and Burns-Bisogno’s screenwriting class) On October 4th, the students of Professor Louisa Burns-Bisogno’s COM242 course, “Script Writing,” welcomed a very special guest. Italian writer Donata Carelli presented her film, 2 Euros an Hour, which won the Bronze Zenith award at the 2016 Montreal…

Leaves Are Falling, I-84 is Crawling

by: Leslie Pizzagalli Being a commuter and a first-time transfer student is no simple task, and those of us who take four wheels to Western in the morning (or afternoon… or night…) can agree that I-84 is no joyride. Nevertheless, the vibrant walkway of leaves during the first few months of the fall semester make the…

Western Writing Students Share Internship Experiences and Advice

by Sophie Pizzo Professor Roche, left, with speakers Markus Elken, Michael Medeiros, and Victoria Arbour When it comes to internships, students often have a lot of questions. Internships can seem like mythical creatures, ever-elusive in today’s increasingly competitive job market. How do you find the internship that’s right for you? How do you even get…

Connecticut Illustrators Featured at VPAC Art Gallery

By Emily Chauvin People still walk in and say “Wow! I didn’t even know this was here!” The VPAC Art Gallery is one of the most valuable resources we have here at WCSU. Ideally, every student at Western should take a moment each semester to pop in and see the new exhibit. The current exhibit…

Sitting the Bench

by Charles Feltch While covering the Homecoming game for WCSU Football, a friend of mine in the stands who’s also a writing major asked me why there are so many players on the sidelines. I said there are more players and positions in football than most sports, and by extension there are more players who…

ISEP (International Student Exchange Program) Catherine’s Advice #1

by: Catherine McConkey   One of the most exciting things about being in college is having the opportunity and freedom to do something different. My name is Catherine, and I am an international exchange student from Ulster University, Northern Ireland. Through this student-run advice column, I want to help anyone who is considering studying abroad…

Nostalgic Homage to Homecoming Week

by: Leslie Pizzagalli Western Connecticut State University’s Homecoming Week Street Fair held on October 7th at the Westside Campus had passersby hopping — or should we say hooping, skipping, and jumping down to The Echo’s table for a good time. Not only was there an abundance of food trucks, booths filled with activities, and bouncy castles,…

The In-Cider Scoop: Apple Cider-making at Western

By Lauren Tango It’s that time of the year: pumpkin patches, hay rides, brisk air, and of course…apple cider! There is certainly something about this time of the year that brings communities together by enjoying traditional outdoor activities such as these. On Tuesday, October 17th, Dr. Thomas Philbrick and his Evolution & Natural History of…

Westconn Dominates & Stirs School Spirit at Homecoming Game

By Lawrence Perry The WCSU Homecoming game was surprisingly packed. The stadium was filled with supporters yelling like madmen and women. Maybe this is why our home team played so well. Playing against Worcester State, Westconn put up a very good performance. The first thing of note was a tackle by Mike Quinn. It was…

Safety First! (A Safe Sex Talk)

by: Stephani Narvaez       Students being sexually active in college is not likely a shock to anyone. Resident Assistant, Jordyn Wilson, a sophomore at Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) majoring in Criminal Justice with a focus on Correctional Law, organized a student event called “Got Consent?” on Tuesday, October 2nd, in residence housing,…

The Amazon at Westconn

by: The Students of Professor D’Aries’ WRT 377W-O1 Course of Fall 2017 NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: The following article consists of the “Literary Event” personal opinion reflections/reviews from the Fall 2017 students of Professor D’Aries’ WRT 377W-01 course, The Writing Life. The editor has elected to make the minimum amount of edits in the attempt…

Clarence, the Human Behind Humans of WCSU

by Briana Stiger “That’s another important thing to know in life; that people are here to support you regardless if you even know them or not.” – Clarence Pacete      “As a graduate,” Clarence Pacete mused, “I feel like I’ve grown a lot from freshmen to senior year.  Humans of WCSU changed who I am. I…