Who The Heck is Beck?: Grammys Recap

The biggest night in music aired recently on Sunday, February 8th. The 57th Annual Grammy Awards had its usual treats – wacky fashions, touching tributes, Taylor Swift’s version of dancing, and Kanye’s rants – in honoring good music!

Starting off the show was the Australian rock band, AC/DC, performing favorites like “Highway to Hell.” LL Cool J, a Grammy winner himself, hosted the event for the fourth consecutive time as only he can. Everyone had their eyes on and fingers crossed for British singer-songwriter Sam Smith, who was nominated for six awards. He won only four, including “Best New Artist” and “Song of the Year” for “Stay With Me.” Very reminiscent of fellow Brit, Adele, it goes to show that being fucked over by a loved one does make for brilliant music as Smith thanks his ex- boyfriend during his acceptance speech.

What’s a night at the Grammy’s without the queen Bey winning something? She managed to snag three out of her six nominations, including “Best R&B Song” for “Drunk in Love,” making that a total of twenty Grammys on her mantle. No shocker. She also closed the three and a half hour show with a gospel number called, “Take My Hand Precious Lord,” for only Beyoncé can gyrate on stage one year and preach, looking like an angel in the other.

Delightful surprises, however, took place on the stage. Former Saturday Night Live member, Kristen Wiig, appeared during Sia’s performance of “Chandelier” donning a blonde wig similar to the singer’s. Talk about random. And a Beatle (Paul McCartney) graced the stage with Kanye West and Rihanna, performing the latter’s latest single “FourFiveSeconds.” Who knew that was even possible? Stevie Wonder was given a beautiful tribute by a host of artists led by Beyoncé, including Ed Sheeran, Usher, Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande. Mind blowing performances were definitely “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” and Stevie seemingly approved.

Prince, rocking an afro and dashiki, had one of the best quotes of the night when he said, “Albums still matter. Like books and black lives, albums still matter.” The biggest surprise of the night was Beck taking home the award for “Album of the Year,” an honor most would say belonged to Beyoncé, if not Sam Smith. In an interview shortly after, Kanye West ranted that the award should have been given to Beyoncé. Fortunately for the Oscars, West won’t be present.

In Terms of Racism

Roberto Caceres

Contributing Writer

 

In keeping with this issue’s theme of Black History Month, I would like to state my opinion on Black History Month as an idea. Black history is not something that should be celebrated in one month out of the year. To celebrate the history of any race or gender in a single month is not only unrealistic; it is wholly unfair to anyone pursuing a valid account of history. This idea that black history should be studied and taught as a focus only in the month of February is ridiculous.

As Morgan Freeman has said: “Black history is American history.”

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 By relegating all of black history to one month out of the year, the shortest and coldest of months, we as a society are saying that this part of history is an extra or an afterthought. In reality, black history had a major part in the history of our nation, and celebrating anything less than this at all times is simply unacceptable.

When asked how we would get rid of racism, Morgan Freeman replied, “Stop
talking about it. I’m going to stop calling you a white man. And I’m going to ask you to stop calling me a black man.”

Not only does Black History Month limit an educational understanding of history, but it is also segregation. Society is saying that black history gets to sit in one spot and only in that spot. Throughout time we have found that when you give a people only a fraction of what other people are given from birth nothing good can come from it. If all men are truly created equal why should anyones’s history be any different? Is the struggle of a black man any less educational or historically significant than the struggle of a white woman or Latino child? Furthermore, why are we qualifying human history in terms of race or any other factor that is not choice based? Every month should be about the history of all people, as there is
only one real race, the human race.

This is a large issue because it is a large contributer to the fact that racism is still so alive in this country. Continuing to talk about history in terms like “black history” causes a cultural divide. When we begin to speak about things as they occurred, and not in small parts that only pertain to a race or another class of people, we will begin to break down the walls that we have erected between people of different skin tones. When history is taught as human history every day people will stop seeing everyone as so different from themselves and realize that it took all people to contribute to our history.

Hockey in the Deep South, One Woman Finds a Chance to Change a Sport

Al Kessler
Sports Editor

The city of Columbus, Georgia is nestled on the border of Alabama and is home to some 200,000 people. This sweltering town is a far cry from the oft-frozen prairies of Edmonton Alberta where a young woman named Shannon Szabados calls home. You may have heard of Shannon, for those who follow the Winter Olympic religiously her name sticks out as the back to back gold medalist for Canada’s Women’s team. At 5’9” Szabados fits in well among the ranks of the top female hockey stars in the world, but her aspirations are set much higher. Her career has been breaking boundaries before she ever captured gold. In 2002 at the age of 16 Szabados became the first ever woman to play in the Western Hockey League, a junior league for players aged 15-20, when she started for the Tri-City Americans in an exhibition game. Because of this however Szabados was unable to compete in NCAA hockey, so Shannon turned north. She would suit up for the men’s team at Grant MacEwan College in Alberta where she played 3 seasons. 

Moving on from college Shannon would begin a stellar international career. In her two Winter Olympic appearances she has captured the gold twice, an excellent record by anyone’s standards. She has also competed in the International Ice Hockey Federation’s World Championships, along with the Air Canada Cup and the 4 Nations Cup(2 long standing Women’s tournaments). In 15 tournaments internationally Shannon has won 9 gold medals and 6 silver, and has never placed lower than silver medal. 

On March 7, 2014 Shannon would ink a deal with the Columbus Cottonmouths of the Southern Professional Hockey League, a single “A” level minor league which feeds players up the ranks of the minors with the eventual goal of making it to the National Hockey League. She would finish out the season with Columbus and become the first woman to play in the SPHL. She would only play in 2 games during the remainder of the season, losing both contests, but allowing only 7 goals on 59 shots in the 2 games. She would continue the next season as the backup goalie and on November 21st, 2014, Szabados would make 34 saves as her team defeated the Fayetteville Fireantz 5-4 in overtime to make her the first woman to win a game in the league. An interesting note in that game was that two women, Katie Guay and Erin Blair, were referees in the game. This was not the first time female officials have been used but it is something the league is considering continuing in the future. 

For Szabados, Guay, and Blair, they are talented, dedicated, and tough athletes and their knowledge and dedication to the sport have earned them a chance to prove themselves in what is traditionally, an exclusively male world. Ice hockey is a sport dominated by tradition and history, and to many purists the simple suggestion of changing the sport is met with hostility. As a professional hockey broadcaster I have experienced live in the minor leagues. 64 hours on a bus with no heat in the dead of January playing 4 games in 5 days in 3 different states. This is just a taste of life as a minor leaguer, not to mention the crude jokes, pranks, hazing, and general shenanigans that go along with a team filled with men in their 20s and 30s playing a game for a living. Putting aside the brash humor one can’t leave out the parties which put even the biggest and wildest fraternities to shame, and add in the smell of damp and drying gear which pervades almost every aspect of hockey life, one cannot imagine anyone wanting to live and play in such conditions. It is this which makes Shannon Szabados such a special player. She puts up with the travel and the wild teammates and most importantly she holds her own on the ice. In 19 games this season Shannon has a 10-8-1 record with a 3.16 Goals Against Average and a .906 save percentage. She even has assisted on a goal this season( a rare feat for goalies) and has earned her spot as a solid backup for her team. As the sport continues to grow we may see more like Shannon who throw themselves head first into men’s professional sports and come out proving that maybe in the future hockey isn’t just about the boys. 

Valentine’s Everyday

Roberto Caceres

Contributing Writer

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    Everyone seems to have an opinion on Valentine’s Day. Some believe that it has become a holiday that is purely commercial; something that some people celebrate because society has told them that they have to in order to prove their love to a significant other. Others believe that is a holiday only for those in a committed romantic relationship.

I believe that in today’s age we need more days like Valentine’s Day.

     Now I should probably start this off by saying that I have not been in a committed relationship with anything besides Netflix and cheesecake since late 2011. It’s not that I’m opposed to finding another person to share my life with, but at twenty-three years old, it just isn’t a priority. I don’t feel that I’m missing out on any great experience or that life is passing me by. Having said that, I just need to express to all of you reading this that are single at this age, you are only on the time table you set for yourself. It’s fine to be single at this age and there is no reason to rush into anything and try to settle down.

     I’m not sure why some people are so strongly against this holiday. Some people feel pressured to buy certain things or complete certain actions on Valentine’s Day, but I would say to these people that any pressure they may feel is a product of their relationship. If you feel the need to buy your significant other a dozen roses and a piece of expensive jewelry, then you should. But if that feeling comes from a place that you feel that they will be disappointed or there will be consequences if you do not do these things, then you should really take a step back and reevaluate where your relationship stands.

     This day should make you stop and really appreciate what you have, not fill you with a sense of dread. Further than that, if you aren’t looking to play a cliché role in the play that has become Valentine’s Day, do something special. Find some activity or gift that means something special to the person you’re trying to express your love to. Simply making time for a person is hard enough in the fast-paced world we live in, so just going out of your way to let a person know that you feel strongly for them is sometimes enough.

     There are all types of love, and we should celebrate all of them on Valentine’s Day, as well as every day. Instead of just buying flowers for you boyfriend/girlfriend, why not buy some for your parents or even a close friend? What I believe Valentine’s Day should represent is love in all forms. This can include but is not limited to romantic, familial, and friendly love. We live in a world where love is sometimes put on the back burner, but it should be forefront in everything we do. If we all just stopped to think about the level of love included in all of our actions I believe that the world would be in a much better state.

Now I know that some people will read this and say that they simply don’t have time to show love to everyone or that they can’t think about things like this all the time. My response to those people would be to at least try you best on Valentine’s Day to let the people who mean something to you know that they mean something to you. You at least have time for that

Bringing Brooklyn Hype to Danbury

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While you may have heard the sonic booming of his speaker- installed-backpack at various locations around campus, very few students know the truth about why WCSU student, Devante Escoffery, frequently plays soulful tunes from his backpack. In this in-depth interview, Devante answers questions dealing with those who appreciate the music and those who detest it as well as what he feels he has brought to Western’s campus community.

Why do you play music from your backpack and what do you seek to accomplish from playing music? 

One of the reasons why I do it is because I’m already starting my own organization and it’s called Team R.E.V. What R.E.V. stands for is Revolutionize East Vision. The purpose of team R.E.V. is to use the arts as a form of therapy for the masses. So there’s a lot of literature based about music therapy and dance therapy coming out of probably NYU and Northwestern right now. What I’m trying to get into is performance studies or stuff like that. So the reason why I play music is to make this a space to actualize that theory. The problem with theories is that–they’re just theoretical. They’re always just in the sky and never become concrete. So this is just a moment where I’m able to do that–you know what I’m saying? So that was my first reason.

Honestly, I’m from Brooklyn, New York. Just being on my block alone, it’s always live–you know what I’m saying? It’s always an energy. So coming here to Danbury, I didn’t feel the same. So I was like, “Why not bring that energy from Brooklyn to Danbury? To Westconn?” Because really, the thing about WestConn right now that’s really problematic is the school spirit. It lacks school spirit. Usually schools get school spirit from probably the sports, which I think is coming along in a sense. So the second reason why is because I don’t think we have school spirit. And music is innovative. It touches all souls, all shapes, all sizes, all colors. When I play music it’s so people can reminisce and they’ll be like “Oh wow, I haven’t heard that song in a long time!”

Do you think that, in a way, you are kind of doing this school a service?

Yeah. Of course it does have backlash but that’s inevitable. But I have a lot of people come up to me, especially the staff here [referring to Sodexo employees on the Westside Campus], and they’re like, “I like what you’re doing.” And that’s why they don’t complain. Those are the two main reasons why I do it. And they know me by first name. The manager calls me Mr. Devante.

Aside from the people that enjoy it, do you feel that you face a lot of opposition from people when you play music?

Well, the only place I did ever experience that was Yik Yak [anonymous social media app for college students]. No one came up to me personally and never said anything to me-which, to me, isn’t right because if you had a problem with it and you came up to me, it would be fine. One example where it did happen to me was on the Midtown campus, and these two old people that go to school here—they’re a married couple–and it’s Friday and I’m in the cafe playing music. Before that, I had conversations with them because the guy had a book about political cartoons and I’m really into that stuff and I’m reading his book and it’s great. So they come up to me and are like “I like your music, but can you please turn it down?” And the reason the guy said that is because they have hearing problems, so I was like, “Yeah, of course!” And then he came up to me and he was like “yeah, when we leave just turn it back up,” that’s it.

So if anything, I would definitely accommodate people! All you have to do is come up to me and say something. I am a human being!

Yeah, I think that people really get shut off from each other after their freshman year and aren’t really willing to interact with anyone outside of their social group.

Yeah that’s what I notice here too. I was raised differently. No good mornings or thank you’s? I get the same thing here. If someone came up to me and was like “Excuse me can you please turn it down?” or whatever reason I’ll turn it down. Especially in the sense where it’s two old people. Like– typically, not to be stereotypical, they’ll [old people] usually be like “Why are you playing loud music?” They came up to me in a respectful way saying “I like what you’re doing, but we have a hearing problem.”

And they’re very nice people. I had a whole conversation with them and my friends were like, “Yo why are you talking to them?” and I’m like “They’re SMART!” and they have wisdom. You can learn from anyone. It doesn’t matter what your age or race is. I try to talk to everybody. But yeah, I’ve never had anyone come up to me in person which is crazy.

I look at Yik Yak sometimes and see those yaks about you. Some of them saying “We do confront him. He’s rude!”

NO! No, no one ever talked to me and was like “Yo can you turn it down?” In no manner what so ever since I’ve been here. Just come up to me and talk to me. Is it because I look a certain way? Those questions come into mind also. I don’t really look like a scary person. I have manners and I was raised in a Caribbean background. I’ll talk to you. But if you don’t talk to me in a certain way, of course you’re going to hear it.

So you think people are a little intimidated because of your race?

Yeah I think that’s what it is. I mean, it has to be something. Maybe the way I dress?  No one ever came up to me and was like “Can you please turn that down?” or “Why are you playing music?” but they can do it on an anonymous site?

How long have you been here?

This is my third year here. I’m somewhere between my sophomore and junior year. I got recruited to come here for the debate team and when I started, I was a part time student because I didn’t really like it here. Coming from Brooklyn I’m like “Wow! This is a whole different experience.”

But then it grew on me because, honestly, Westconn is a great school. Especially academically. Socially, yeah we do need help there in that department. But academically, for post-graduation, statistically it’s proven that people can get jobs. I read something in the paper the other day where it was like ranked the third in the nation. So post-graduation, you can get a job. It’s not that bad when you ride it through, you know?

Do you sometimes feel that playing music through your backpack speakers is almost a way of paying homage to the boom box phase of the 80s and 90s?

A lot of people don’t know Hip Hop history. But a lot of people that do said that I remind them of Radio Rahim. He used to walk around with speakers playing music and I was like “That’s CRAZY” and I felt honored.

For those who don’t know, who is Radio Rahim?

Yeah so basically, Radio Rahim typically did the same thing that I do now. Walked around with speakers. He’s a significant Hip Hop character in our history. And that era was during the beginning of Hip Hop. So it does feel like I’m paying homage.
And that’s the thing about Hip Hop. What people really don’t understand is that it touched so many cultures. Especially when you look at Hip Hop in terms of sampling. It samples from classical music, rock, and so many different areas and genres of music and that’s why I love Hip Hop. You get all those flavors in one pop.

Would you ever consider getting a ghetto blaster [boom box] to carry around campus when the weather is nicer?

I was thinking about that. A lot of people have had conversations with me that were like “I think you should take this to the next level” and I’m like “What do you mean by that?” They said “You should literally make this a statement” and I’m thinking I already have made this a statement. So where else should I go with it? This is my life, you know. This is what I want to do. I want to inspire. I want to invigorate spaces. I want to energize spaces. Is that hard? Hell yeah! Especially in a space like this where it is hostile and there is no communication or people just don’t know how to communicate.

For example, if you’re from the suburbs and your only experience with a black person is on TV, that communication may not look right because you already have these preconceptions of that person. And they might not meet those preconceptions at all which is probably what is happening here as well. That might make communication hard.

What would it take to make it happen for you to acquire a ghetto blaster?

I mean, I could invest into it. I could ask to get the money from the debate team. My friend Andre was like “Yo you should just do that!” That’s definitely a thought because, I’m usually at the Quad, somewhere where you can have a chill spot between classes to just chill and hang when it’s nice out. So when me and Andre had a conversation about it I was thinking “Yeah, I might do it.”

What’s the worst thing that someone has said about you via social media?

The worst thing they said on Yik Yak was when some guy said I was a “lowlife.” First of all, how can you determine that I’m a lowlife? The only way that you can determine that is, one: based off of how I look because you’ve never had any interactions with me. So I told him, “If I’m a lowlife, what is your definition of lowlife because one: I’m doing paneled discussions for this school. Like, WestConn is literally paying me and my friend Stephon to go to paneled discussions abroad and talk about why Hip Hop should be in a classroom.
So how am I a lowlife if I’m here in college? What does that mean? The only thing that defines me as a lowlife is how I look. So that means it was racial and that’s what really got me mad. I’m a debater so if you’re going to have a claim, have a warrant. I asked them to explain to me how I’m a lowlife and again he couldn’t do it. Or she because, again, it’s anonymous. That was the worst comment and I was really upset about that. But also get people that are like, “Why not?  I like when he plays music.” So you have both sides of it on Yik Yak.

How often do people express appreciation for what you do?

A couple times. Once in the morning breakfast on Midtown a few girls were like “Hey come over here!”

and they were like “we just wanted to tell you that we appreciate that you’re playing music.” And my friends tell me this too. Now I’m not the only one playing music out loud any more

How long have you been on the debate team and what do you do for them?

I’ve been on it for two years. Basically we get a topic every year and the topic this year is about legalization of certain things like marijuana, prostitution, online gambling, or the sale of organs. Me and my partner Stephon got recruited here  because we do a different style of debate called “Hip Hop Debate” or “Movement Debate” where we literally dance in our debate rounds to articulate our argumentation. We did a lot of debate in high school and we were really successful with it so that’s why we got recruited here.

How do you get recruited for the debate team? Do they have scouts that they send out to specific competitions?

What happened with how we got to WestConn was our debate coach was at a camp at Columbia [University] where me and Stephon did workshop to explain our style of debate and he was like “Why not go to WestConn for debate?” At that time Stephon was at Buffalo State and he didn’t like it cause it was really cold up there and I was out of school. The coach was basically like “You should get back into it. We can get you scholarship money to go to WestConn.” Came to find out, this is what I’m subjected to (laughs). But I love debate. It’s an intellectual sport. So yeah, they usually have scouts and you could compare it to sports. It’s the same thing. We’re trying to recruit people from Danbury High School right now to debate.

People from the school came [to recruit] as well as my friend Taylor and his girlfriend—so they came to New York and just told us about WestConn. When I really think about it, I don’t regret it because I’ve got so many connections. A lot of great things have come out of WestConn.

Do you participate in anything outside of campus as well?

I’m a club host for Eclipse [club venue] and basically all the clubs around here except for Tuxedos—but I work with Plazma and Eclipse. We already have our own party promotion team and it’s called LITUATED. We’re [him and Stephon] involved in three different organizations and we didn’t even graduate college yet.

Words of wisdom?

Honestly—everyone—try to be yourself. And don’t really pay attention to what people think of you. At the end of the day you have to love yourself first. Of course people are gonna judge you but that’s inevitable in life. But you know—just like they say—never judge a book by its cover because you might like the pages that are in that book.

A Re-Introduction to S-Clive

Last spring, we presented a young up-and-coming WestConn performer known around the area as S-Clive. Inspired primarily by his family and the people around him, S-Clive has been diligently working towards creating and producing his own music. When we talked to him last spring, he was adamant about the fact that 2014 would be a pivotal year in terms of his music. Strides would be taken to push both him and his music to the next level. One year later, and we sat down with S-Clive again to discuss music, inspiration, and beginnings, as well as speculation as to what 2015 will bring.

On getting his start in music: “I got my start in music by family cuz basically where you learn stuff. My uncle would be listening to a lot of rap music…I got an interest in doing that. I would say my cousins and my mom also. Personally, I would watch TV and gain interest.”

On describing his music: “My music…I don’t know. I can’t really describe it. It’s like, I can’t describe in like a genre. I gotta describe as in ‘what are you listening to.’ Maybe it could be good music to you, it could be bad music to him.”

On where he finds his inspiration: “My inspiration…it’s really from the people I know.

You know, my mom, she’s my inspiration, and a lot of people that I know personally that their mostly my inspiration. I just do the people that rely on me, that count on me.”

On his plans for his music in 2015: “This year, I plan on getting on the radio more. I plan on making more videos, plan on being heard in the clubs more cuz last year, I just built a foundation- just a little base, something that I could work off of. A lot more things is gonna happen this year physically.”

On the message he wants to give to people who hear his music: “I wanna get a message across saying  don’t quit, don’t stop. Cuz at one time, my music was really questionable. The reason why I say don’t stop is because…I wasn’t really that good at the time. If you keep working at something you set your mind to, you could achieve anything.”

On future performances and shows: “There’s a Chocolate Lounge where people perform their music or whatever they do by the Black Student Alliance. I’m signed up for that- I think it’s on the 27th. That’s one performance that I look forward to doing cuz it’s a lot of people I know and people at WestConn really like my music. Besides that, I actually have something set up for the radio. I send music out to somebody. It’s played on an unsigned artist thing. I’m trying to really have it played more every day. I have a new song out called ‘God Damn.’ I released it on Christmas. I’m trying to do a video for that this semester and I feel that would be good cuz everybody can watch a video. People will like it.”

At the end of our interview, S-Clive asked to make a shout-out to some of the people in his life.

 “Shout out to Maui, to my boys from New York. I wanna shout out Dapper Don E, Flee Kappo, Aaron, Bxtch. All the producers. Shout out my boy from back home, the Cool Kid. He’s a producer that I started with, one of the first steps I made to [my] music career. To everybody who’s rocking with me. Shout out to all the haters, cuz I can’t do it without them, having people talk about me. “

 Be sure to check out S-Clive’s Twitter (@RealSclive) and Instagram (@CashMoneyJunior). All his music can be found on SoundCloud (https://soundcloud.com/maui-nation.) To get in contact with S-Clive, he can be reached at bookmauination@gmail.com.

Student Center Roof Construction and Troubleshooting

   Amidst a gradual buildup of loud and booming footsteps stomping above the second floor of the Midtown Student Center, many WCSU students can agree that it sounded like a ceiling collapse or two was inevitable. The WXCI Campus Radio office and the Student Center Gaming Room were two such locations that were unfortunate enough to have their ceilings collapse during the final weeks of the Fall 2014 semester (Thanksgiving week for WXCI and the first week of December for the Game Room). 

     For the past three months, the Beaulieu Roofing Company, based in Manchester, began the back-breaking task of replacing the roof of the Student Center. “We anticipated that this construction would take three to four months,” said Western’s Director of Facilities, Planning, and Engineering Peter Visentin. “We hired an architect to prepare the drawings and specifications on the new roof design. The drawings and specifications tell the contractors who bid on this that this is how we want this work done. This includes details on exactly how we want the roofing to be installed as well.” 

     Visentin’s role in the roof replacement project included numerous duties to fulfill. This involved overseeing the hiring of consultants, paying them, and making sure contractors and the architect work accordingly to specifications. “When I get the specifications and drawings from the consultants, I work with the purchasing department to make sure that it goes out to bid correctly.”

Visentin went on to explain how the contractors at Beaulieu Roofing Company received the job from campus. “The contractor is required to bid all of this through the Purchasing Department here at the university and the low bidder is brought in so we can ask a series of questions to make sure that he understands the scope of the work. After that is done, we issue him a contract which was $626,000.”

     The Director of Facilities, Planning, and Engineering further stated that the presence of the project’s architect is usually required at weekly meetings so he can inspect the work of the contractors to insure that everything is done correctly. The office of the State Building Inspector is also required to be present in order to approve the specifications before they go out to bid. “There’s a bunch of checks and balances to make sure that the money that the university is spending is being spent correctly and the work is being installed properly,” Visentin continued.

“A lot of people were upset that they couldn’t hang out in such a fun spot,” said student employee Naiesha Jean-Claude who was working in the Student Center’s Game Room on the day the ceiling tiles came down due to the construction above. “It happened the week before finals and it kind of had a negative effect on my pay roll.”

“It looked pretty messy with fluids dripping from the ceiling. It was a hazard for both students and staff members, but we didn’t have it as bad as the radio office. Maybe the school should have done the construction before school started in the summer or during winter break,” Jean-Claude further stated.

     Compared to the incident in the Game Room, the WXCI radio office dealt with a much more devastating blow when their ceiling tiles collapsed shortly before Thanksgiving. “One of our DJs, Darnell, came in for a show at 6 AM and the office had a few inches of water in it,” said Tom Zarecki, adjunct communications professor and faculty advisor to WXCI- 91.7 FM Radio.

According to Zarecki, ceiling tiles collapsed in all three rooms which included the Main Air Studio, a production room, and the main office for the radio station. “When Darnell came in, the station was already on the air. What some people don’t know is that WXCI runs for twenty-four hours a day and seven days a week. When you come in, you are taking over from the automatic pilot that’s on when there’s nobody here. 

     “The water that was coming in was spilling the tables that contained most of our equipment such as microphones and speakers,” Zarecki commented when speaking on the damage done to WXCI equipment. “The carpet also needs to be replaced because of all the water that spilled from the ceiling. There’s mold growing underneath us as we speak.” The WXCI faculty advisor also stated that the university is still dealing with insurance companies for equipment replacement at WXCI. “Fortunately for the station, the computer that plays back all of the songs and announcements that we do is elevated off the ground in a cabinet. Although there were a couple of inches of water in here, computer didn’t shut off because it was a couple of inches off the ground, so that managed to keep going,” said Zarecki. 

     When asked about the estimated finish date for the project, Visentin stated that Beaulieu Company would be finished around the first week of February, if not sooner. The Director also ensured that the new insulation being installed for the Student Center would meet current state standards for building insulation. “The roof won’t have to be replaced again for another thirty years after the construction is finished,” said Visentin.