Ringling Bros. Circus Abolishes Use of Elephants

“How does a business be successful?” asks Kenneth Feld, President and CEO of Feld Entertainment, which owns Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. “By adapting,” he says. Under constant pressure from the general public, animal rights activist groups, and “anti-elephant” ordinances from cities in which they wish to perform, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has made the decision to discontinue the use of elephants in their performances by the year of 2018.
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Men’s Basketball Senior Night Loss: WCSU vs. ECSU

Andrew Cirino Contributing Writer The smell of the stadium, the roar of the crowd, everyone on their feet. That was the last time five seniors would get to experience this in a Western Connecticut State University uniform. It was senior night at the O’Neill Center and the stands were packed with the colonial faithful. This…

Whalers Stumble Into Playoffs

Al Kessler Sports Editor    The 5th season of the Federal Hockey League has come to a close and the hometown Danbury Whalers are in the playoffs once again. One of the inaugural FHL teams the Whalers have now made the playoffs every season, and have made it to the finals all but their first…

WCSU’s “You Can’t Take It With You”

Behind-the-scenes, the Wardrobe Crew of the WCSU Department of Theatre’s production of You Can’t Take It With You work diligently to help transport audiences into another time. You Can’t Take It With You premiered Wednesday, February 25, in the MainStage Theatre in VPAC on the Westside of campus.  You Can’t Take It With You would not be possible without the…

What’s Wrong With the Newest Truth Ad? Everything.

Kristin Ruopp Contributing Writer   About a half hour ago, I was doing some casual Facebook surfing. Suddenly, up pops up one of those pesky Facebook ad videos, uploaded and promoted by a group called “truth,” which, now I know, is a non-profit advocacy group dedicated to fighting smoking and tobacco usage. This campaign against…

Writing to Congressmen: Small Voices Can Make A Big Difference

Brian Sweeney Contributing Writer   Currently the world is going through changes, but do you think it is going through large enough ones to count? People today believe that their individual opinion will not matter when it comes down to the larger picture, and that’s a real problem. If people stop taking action and participating…

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Jordan A. Sprogis Editor-in-Chief Dakota Sarantos Managing Editor Leo Budnick News Editor ​Much talk has circulated among the Professional Writing majors of Western Connecticut State University as to whether the school will still offer a degree in their intended field of study by the beginning of this Fall. Junior Eric LaRocca is one such student…

No – kids don’t need all that homework

Jordan A. Sprogis Editor-in-Chief An elementary school in Manhattan, P.S. 116, has recently decided to abolish all traditional homework, such as math worksheets and at-home essays, encouraging children to spend more time with their families. Of course, this outrages the parents. Principal Jane Hsu sent out a letter to parents in February, some of which…

New and Improved Fitness Zone

 WCSU faculty and students alike gathered in Berkshire Hall to observe the Grand Opening of the newly revamped Colonial Fitness Zone on the Midtown Campus in full session on Tuesday February 24th.  The start of the Spring 2015 semester marked a new beginning for Midtown Recreational facilities as well as the Recreation Department as they changed locations from the “black box room,” a room no larger than a millionaire’s private fitness room, to a room that was previously occupied by the Theater Department prior to the opening of the Visual and Performing Arts building on the Westside Campus. 

Albino Abductions in Tanzania

     The brutally mutilated body of one-year-old Yohana Bahati was found on Tuesday, February 17th, a few miles from his homestead in The United Republic of Tanzania in East Africa. His limbs were “hacked off” according to local police Chief Joseph Konyo. Yohana was born with a congenital condition called albinism which causes an absence of pigmentation in an individual’s skin, hair, and eyes.