Silent Statements

BY CHRIS WILSON // DEC. 14, 2012 //

There’s a quiet movement on campus to give peace a chance, but it’s so quiet few people actually know about it.

There are two peace poles on Curry's campus; one near the tennis courts, and another (above) behind the registrar's office. // COURTESY PHOTO //
There are two peace poles on Curry’s campus; one near the tennis courts, and another (above) behind the registrar’s office. // COURTESY PHOTO //

In two separate locations, near the tennis courts and behind the registrar’s office, “peace poles” stand as mini monuments to the dream of world peace. The four-sided obelisks feature the words “May Peace Prevail on Earth,” with each side of the poles featuring a different language. The first pole has English, Spanish, Hebrew and Swahili, while the other has English, Spanish, French and Russian.

The World Peace Prayer Society, a group founded by Japanese spiritualist and humanitarian Masahisa Goi in 1955, created the concept of the peace pole. The poles were used to spread a message of peace following the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan by the United States during World War II. Since 1985, poles have been manufactured in the U.S., and buyers can customize the material and shape, as well as the languages featured on them.

But why are they at Curry and how did they get here?

The first peace pole, by the tennis courts, was purchased and placed two years ago by the student group R.A.G.E., which works to educate students about alcohol and substance abuse, among other issues. According to Therese Hofmann, director of spiritual life at Curry, the pole was in reaction to incidents of anti-Semitic graffiti on campus. The hope was to place a garden around the pole, but the students ended up running out of time.

A garden was successfully placed around the second peace pole. According to Mary Dunn, director of human resources, the idea for the pole came after the passing of longtime nursing professor Harlene Caroline in January 2011. Science Professor Marlene Samuelson, who was familiar with the peace poles and had worked with the RAGE students to purchase and install the first one on campus, led the charge. The pole and garden area were developed this past summer.

“We decided to centrally locate a meditative spot on campus in which those who have passed from the Curry community could be remembered,” Dunn explained. A tree to honor Caroline, as well as a plaque, will be installed during the spring semester, Dunn added.

Andrew Devine, a senior communication major who is seemingly among the few students on campus aware of the peace poles, said he believes they send the right message.

“It’s great that Curry is taking a more international view on peace,” he said, “and I think that we could use the peace poles to promote peace here on campus.”

An Archaeological Discovery

World famous anthropologist Margaret Mead gave a guest lecture at Curry in 1969.
World famous anthropologist Margaret Mead gave a guest lecture at Curry in 1969. // COURTESY PHOTO //

BY ALYSSA GALLO // DEC. 13, 2012 //

Margaret Mead was one of the world’s most famous anthropologists. But it was the discovery of her past presence here at Curry that has some people on campus very excited.

Professor Robert Keighton, a politics and history professor who has taught at Curry since 1966, found an audio recording of Mead’s guest lecture, in 1969, while cleaning his office this past summer. The talk was part of a series of lectures on campus about archaeology and the “fantastic goings-on under the sea.” Among the other guests to campus was Rep. Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American woman elected to Congress, in 1968. Chisholm went on to serve seven terms representing a district in New York.

“Mead was very interesting,” said Keighton. “Very carefree. She had an opinion about everything.” The last thing she said before the tape ran out was that “every student should leave here and try marijuana,” Keighton added.

Mead, who died in 1978, wrote more than 40 books and authored upward of a thousand articles. She sought to apply the values of anthropology and the social sciences to societal problems, such as world hunger, childhood education and mental health. Mead was also a women’s rights activist and a pioneer of the 1960s sexual revolution.

With the help of Communication Professor Rob MacDougall, who also serves as the director of Curry’s Faculty Center, there will be a public
airing of the tape next semester.The talk is about an hour long, and Mead offers up her opinions about education, war and politics.

“She was very free on the use of drugs and the idea of sex,” said Keighton.

According to MacDougall, Mead also spoke about using technology to enhance learning and how to make classroom time more useful for students.

Keighton recalled that Mead was a huge draw on campus. The talk was held in an auditorium, and when space ran out a speaker was wired up in what is now the Hafer Parents Lounge.

MacDougall, who is working to get Mead’s daughter to participate in the airing of the recording next semester, said the tape is a time capsule of wisdom that is just as relevant today as it was 43 years ago.

Building on Success

BY KEVIN DIFFILY // DEC. 13, 2012 //

“Getting into the tournament is nice, but that’s not enough,” says T.J. Manastersky.

The fact that Curry’s hockey team has reached the NCAA Division 3 Tournament four of the past eight years is an impressive feat, according to Manastersky, the college’s new hockey coach. But he is not satisfied with simply making the tournament, and he doesn’t want his players to be either.

Curry's new hockey coach T.J. Manastersky has his eyes set on a national championship. // COURTESY PHOTO //
Curry’s new hockey coach T.J. Manastersky has his eyes set on a national title. // COURTESY OF CURRY ATHLETICS //

He wants to win a national title.

“We want to win games,” he says. “We want to go to the Frozen Four. And then we want to win the whole thing. That’s the vision.”

Manastersky was hired last summer to replace longtime head coach Rob Davies, who resurrected a once proud program that fell into disarray. Davies coached from 1999 to 2012 and helped make Curry into a national powerhouse. With a record of 213-131-21, he is the program’s all-time win’s leader.

Vinnie Eruzione, Curry’s athletic director, declined to discuss why Davies was not retained after such a successful tenure, stating only that the college has “a policy of not discussing employment matters of former employees. [It does] appreciate Coach Davies’ many contributions over the years.”

Eruzione was more than happy to comment on Davies’ replacement, however.

“Coach Manastersky’s vision for the program and his passion for the sport and for student-athletes were major reasons why T.J. was the perfect fit for us,” says Eruzione. “Under T.J.’s leadership, I am confident that our program will continue to thrive.”

Manasterky came to the top job after serving only four years as an assistant coach, at SUNY Fredonia in New York, as well as Division I Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y. At just 26 years of age, he is likely one of the youngest—if not the youngest—head coaches in all of college hockey. But what he may lack in experience, Manastersky more than makes up for in passion.

Growing up in the Toronto area, Manastersky began playing hockey at the age of 5. In college, he played for SUNY Oswego, which is consistently one of the best teams in Division III. At Oswego, he was a member of the SUNYAC (State University of New York Athletic Conference) All-Academic Team and was a key member of the defense.

After college, he played for the Richmond Renegades of the Southern Professional Hockey League. In short, hockey runs in Manastersky’s blood.

“Hockey’s always been part of my life,” he says. “My dad is a hockey coach. He coached university hockey in Toronto. My grandfather won a Memorial Cup (the trophy awarded to the champion of the Canadian Hockey League) in 1949. He also played six games for the Montreal Canadiens….I’m just extremely fortunate to be able to stay in the game and have it as a career.”

Curry has gotten off to a decent start this season, with a 4-3-1 record (3-1-1 in the conference) as of Dec. 3. The solid, but unspectacular play so far can be attributed to a young team, as just 13 players returned from last season’s squad, which made it to the ECAC Northeast championship game before falling to Wentworth in overtime.

Seniors Ian DeLong (8 goals, 7 assists) and Connor Hendry (5 goals, 4 assists) and sophomore Jordan Reed (4 goals, 7 assists) have led the offense, while sophomore Derek Mohney and senior Joe Dawson have largely shared time in goal.

Assistant Captain Casey Brugman, a senior, says Manastersky has already brought change to a program that occasionally exhibited a “lack of maturity” last year. “Now, we have a professional-based culture in the locker room,” he says. “There’s not a lot of clowning around. Coach is a pretty straight-forward guy.”

Of course, winning alone won’t define this team. Manastersky says academic success and community service are integral parts of building a successful program, and both will play a role in the players’ overall success.

“Our hockey program is not about showing up at practice and games and playing. It’s more than that,” says Manastersky. “We have to be doing things the right way in all areas of life, not just when our skates our on. There’s a lot more that goes into a college hockey program than meets the eye.”

iPads for Rent

BY ALYSSA MCCANN // DEC. 12, 2012 //

If you plan to ask Santa for an iPad this Christmas, you may want to reconsider. The Levin Library has already purchased 10 of them, and will rent nine out to students, faculty and staff starting next semester.

The Levin Library will be renting out iPads to students, faculty and staff starting next semester. // COURTESY PHOTO //
The Levin Library will be renting out iPads to students, faculty and staff starting next semester. // COURTESY PHOTO //

According to Ed Tallent, director of the library, the rental program is something of a test, to see how students will use the devices and how the devices might support and facilitate learning.

“Students will want to use these for a variety of things, and that is perfectly acceptable,” said Tallent. “We want the user to tell us how they were used and what value they have.”

Each iPad can be rented for only one week, but users can personalize the device with apps of their choosing. There are very few limits, Tallent said. If a student wants to upload game apps or social media apps, so be it. The college’s goal, he reiterated, was to better understand how students use the devices.

Nicole Deltorto, a sophomore management major, said she is excited to give them a try. “I think the iPads in the library are a great asset to the college, especially for a student like me,” she said. “I could use the iPad for presentations in my management classes.”

Kerrin Thomas, a sophomore education major, similarly said he likes the idea of renting iPads, but believes more should be available. “More than nine students will want to rent at a time, and a week is not long enough to make the iPad personal,” she said.

Some colleges are far beyond the trial stage. Here in Massachusetts, for example, every full-time student and faculty member at Regis College in Weston, received an iPad this fall. Moreover, students are allowed to keep their iPads after they graduate. According to the college, it hopes to replace most hard-copy textbooks with digital versions that can be used through the iPads, both to save students money and to facilitate greater connections between faculty and students.

Each iPad cost Curry $499, plus an additional $99 for the Apple Care support package. The 10 iPads combined for a total cost of approximately $5,980, including the Apple Care support package. The library also had to purchase a storage and charging cabinet, carrying cases and additional items.

But according to Tallent, the hardest part of the trial process to date was figuring out how users can customize each iPad with apps of their liking. Typically, iPads or iPhones are registered individually through personal iTunes accounts, and users simply download apps from the iTunes Store, either for free or for a small charge. But given that the iPads will be shared, accessing and maintaining apps is a bit more involved. Tallent added that the library would budget some money to purchase apps, if users are interested in certain ones. Word processing apps such as Pages and Templates will be available on each iPad upon rental, he added.

To ensure the long-term success of the program, users will be liable for any damage to the device while it’s in their possession. Also, there is a late-return fee of $25. If an iPad is more than three days overdue, it will be considered lost or stolen and a full replacement charge will be assessed to the individual’s financial account, Tallent said.

At the end of the date, though, the point of the rental program is similar to all services the library offers. Said Tallent: “We want to connect with users, support their academic and leisure work, and deliver the collections and services in an effective, efficient and ubiquitous manner.”