Student Opinion: “The leadership of [Curry] must step up and educate all to be all-inclusive, accepting, and supporting.”

BY MIA GOMEZ // OCT. 18 2017 //

The very first time I went to Curry for Open House, I knew it was the college I wanted to attend. It felt like home. I prayed I would get accepted.

The day I received my letter of admission, I dance with joy. These days, and for the past couple of years, really, that joy has been killed.

As a Latina woman participating in the PAL program, I have been the target of several incidents of discrimination. I have also seen how friends of mine have been personally targeted for being members of the LGBTQ+ community.

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Mia Gomez, a junior sociology major, wants leaders at Curry to step up to end the bias on campus. //image credit: Mia Gomez

So many incidents of racial and gender discrimination have occurred on campus during the last couple of years. Curry no longer feels like the safe haven I first believed it to be.

What is most troublesome is the lack of corrective action from administration.

And while there are many faculty members that stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the students in trying to change the current culture, there are still some that do not offer a safe space in their classes or take the time to get to meet their students and their different needs to provide the appropriate support.

Could anyone explain why a transgender student is subjected to being called a derogatory term in a class, by a professor nonetheless, and have no recourse because Curry says it is too hard to discipline or remove that professor?

Why is it that a bi-racial student finds a note on her car’s windshield that says “Half-Breeds not welcome” and all Public Safety can do is to write an incident report?

Why do PAL students, such as myself, get little to no support from some professors who say it is not their job to offer extra help or accommodations?

Where is the accountability? Who looks after the students? Some professors do, but the administration certainly does not!

In the past couple of years I have been actively involved with other students and some faculty members in trying to bring about change to make campus feel safe again for EVERYONE. It has been a frustrating journey, but one that we are not willing to back away from.

All we are asking is that President Kenneth Quigley executes his job. For him to step up and be a leader.

Walking away and literally wishing us “good luck” while we were trying to present him our concerns during the “Hate Has No Home Here” forum certainly sent a message that he is leaving what should be his responsibilities to us.

We all pay good money for tuition here. Students and parents are scared due to the lack of safety. Why hasn’t some of that money been put to good use by installing more cameras around campus? Why is there not a system in place that helps follow through on incident reports to find the culprits? Why isn’t there more training — for staff, faculty, Public Safety, and students alike — so that racial and gender discrimination can become a thing of the past on our campus?

We are an institution of higher learning. Why isn’t higher teaching occurring in our midst?

If we are to be the future leaders of this country, then the leadership of this college must step up to the plate and educate all to be all-inclusive, accepting, and supporting. After all, that’s what we will eventually carry out into the “real” world.

President Quigley, please DO YOUR JOB! Us Colonels are counting on it.

Mia Gomez is a junior Sociology major.

Student Opinion: “When One Bleeds, We All Do.”

BY MICHELA FLOWERS // OCT. 17, 2017 //

Michela Flowers is a sophomore psychology major. Flowers recently came forward as one of the four students affected by the succession of bias incidents on campus. Here, Flowers expresses her opinions and concerns with the Curry College Administration as well as how they handle these incidences on campus.

The administration that runs Curry College is terrible.

They don’t care, except when the money flow is interrupted; but we know this.

They don’t take into account that their own students are hurting.

They ask us to speak up but when we do, we are only being heard, not listened to.

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Michela Flowers ’20, an Orientation Leader, still “bleeds purple” even though she is disappointed with lack of Administrative Action for students targeted with bias. // image credit: Curry College

But what amazes me is even though the administration is so far up their own butts, the real faces of Curry College are extraordinary people.

These are the people you see day to day.

These are the smiling Stu crew, your friends, the professors, and the faculty and staff.

These people are the reason why I love Curry.

I had to get real low to realize how supportive and caring this community really is. When one bleeds, we all do. We help and care for each other because that’s what family does.

I wanted to express my anger towards the school, but this school is more than the stuffy people wanting to fill their pockets. It’s about the pride of being a Colonel and in being part of a truly loving Curry Community.

To those who reached out to me, I owe a tremendous thank you. Because of this strong Curry family I BLEED PURP FOREVER.

Student Opinion: “Hate Unfortunately Does Have a Home Here at the Moment.”

BY HAYDEN LOMBARDOZZI // OCT. 16, 2017 //

My name is Hayden Lombardozzi.

I am a senior at Curry College. I’m a Criminal Justice major with a double minor in Sociology and Communication. I guess you could say I am your average college student. I work on campus, I love spending time with my friends, and I too am elated when I get the “class is canceled” email.

Everyone in this world has things about themselves that make them different. I happen to have one big thing about me that in a sense separates me from the crowd here at Curry: I am a transgender male.

Being transgender at Curry College is exhausting, and these past two years I have had to scurry around MY campus and look over my shoulder just to make sure someone was not following me home.

From being called “faggot” on repeat to having someone etch “Caitlyn Jenner lives here” into my door while I slept, it has been exhausting.

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Students Chris Landy ’19 and Hayden Lombardozzi 18′ hold signs at the “Hate Has No Home Here” Public Forum. // image credit: Christianna Casaletto ’18

When I heard about the “Hate Has No Home Here” forum that was being put on by upper administration and our president, Kenneth Quigley, I had a mix of emotions.

At first, I was slightly impressed. I remember thinking to myself, “Wow! Okay, this is good. Maybe people are going to start showing that they care.”

Then, as I sat reading the colorful email, an overwhelming sense of anger washed onto me.

I remember thinking, “Why now?”

Why not when I was a freshman and someone pushed me around and hit me in Hafer for being in the “wrong bathroom?”

Why not when I was a sophomore and was called a transvestite in front of my whole class?

Why not when I was a junior and I had to wake up to “I hope Donald Trump wipes out all of the tranny’s!” written on my bulletin board?

I sat there angrily clenching my fists wondering why all of a sudden it was so important for them to hold this campus-wide meeting when for years I had been suffering at the hands of people who shared the same “Colonel” name with me.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I understand the meaning behind the quote “better late than never.” In addition to that statement, let me add that I personally agree. I agree that it is better to show up somewhat than to be absent entirely.

However, I don’t agree with the idea that we should forget the damage that has been caused from so much silence.

I do not think the Curry Administration is doing the best job at acknowledging that they were extremely late to the game. A game that has caused myself and other students to fear walking out of our residential halls to simply attend the classes that WE pay for.

As far as the public forum goes, at which I was in attendance, I cannot help but feel steam-rolled.

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President Quigley addresses a group of students linked in solidarity at the “Hate Has No Home Here” Public Forum. //image credit: Christianna Casaletto ’18

A group of students and myself linked arms in the back of the assembly to show solidarity to the minority groups that have been affected, and at the end of the meeting President Quigley’s reaction showed me and other marginalized students his true colors.

Not only did our president, who mind you had just given a tearful speech about how he wanted the hate crimes to stop on campus, walk by us multiple times while ignoring our calls to him, but he managed to invalidate the struggles of those who had major concerns within the group.

I was holding a sign at the assembly that read, “President Quigley, I have been called a faggot and a tranny on this campus for two and a half years. Where have you been?”

Upon reading my sign, the president was quick to point his finger at me and say, “I’ve been here and you know I’ve been here.”

This made me, as a survivor of these transphobic attacks, feel nothing but muted. Within the years that I have been going through these hate crimes, this was the first time that I had ever heard from the president. This was the first time in all of my time at Curry College that I have even seen this man in person address the issue of hate on campus.

President Quigley left the chain of students after only about 5 minutes of discussion and departed while saying, “good luck to you guys.”

Well, Mr. President, I am going to need more than your “good luck.” I am going to need visible and tangible change on this campus, and until that is provided to the students who are seen as “different” at Curry, I will continue to speak up and speak out against the injustices that are being done to others and to myself in this community.

I understand the intent behind the slogan “Hate Has No Home Here,” but until we can say that with confidence, and until ALL of the administration is fully backing our marginalized and our targeted students, it’s just a slogan.

Hate, unfortunately, does have a home here at the moment — as much as you would like to believe that it doesn’t. Hate has made its home here, and it’s time for the administration to stand up and work harder to evict it.

There’s Still Time to Donate to The Movember Foundation

BY COLE McNANNA // Nov. 28, 2016 //

After all the turkey, all the desserts, all the awkward conversations with family or high school classmates you didn’t want to run into, it’s finally time to shift our focus to the end of the semester.

But not so fast! Swiper no swiping!

There’s still three whole days left in the month of Movember to give a donation or start a conversation about Men’s Health.

And on top of that, there’s three more days for me to fully focus on growing my beard back instead of just focusing on my mustache.

I’ve been going all month long with only a mustache that still has not grown to the same magnitude of my father’s (it’s okay because he’s got 30 years on me). But I’ve also been raising funds for Mental Health, Suicide Awareness and Testicular and Prostate Cancer.

I wanted to make a statement by ditching the beard I and everyone around me had grown so accustomed to over the past year and start fresh in mid-October by turning myself into a hairless cat.

I wanted to start talking about something that meant a lot to me in prostate cancer. I then teamed up with my barber who helped me make that hairless statement, and found causes that were just as crucial.

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The McNannna Family; the men showing off their facial hair proudly. // IMAGE BY COLE McNANNA

As I may have mentioned before, my father had prostate cancer two winters ago which has since been fully eradicated. I’ve had the opportunity to make a few speeches about prostate cancer and found out a lot of information.

Like how your odds of getting the disease go up if you have several affected relatives (I have three) and how easy it really is to pass down prostate cancer when it’s been in a family for so long.

Yeah, researchers from the National Center of Biotechnology Information have found that, “In some families, the hereditary pattern is so strong as to mimic an autosomal dominance trait.” So basically the same as passing down blue eyes. But that conversation is a little easier to have.

The Movember Foundation isn’t only attacking Prostate Cancer. They’re also trying to improve mental health to help prevent men from dying too young.

According to their own statistics, on average, around the world, one man commits suicide every minute of every day. Too many men are ‘toughing it out’, keeping their feelings to themselves and struggling in silence.

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Andrew Perez, whose father also had prostate cancer, has raised over $10,000 in the eight years since he beat Prostate Cancer. // IMAGE BY MOBRO

Andrew Perez, whose father also had prostate cancer, has raised over $10,000 in the eight years since he beat Prostate Cancer. I couldn’t say it any better myself, but Andrew noted that, “Too many men in America and across the globe believe that they cannot show emotion, believe that they cannot show weakness, believe that they cannot ask for help.”

Like I’ve been telling my Public Speaking class, someone in our lives has been affected by one of these issues one way or another. Maybe you have, maybe your cousin has, maybe your best friend’s uncle’s son’s nephew has; who knows? Only you.

So maybe you don’t have money to give me, that’s completely fine, I understand. We’re all in college and it ain’t easy. In that case, I ask you to follow my social media and stimulate conversations about these causes.

Sometimes, those simple conversations make leaps and bounds to those affected. Any little effort to move forward does more than you’d think.

So give me a penny, give me one, two, 20 dollars it doesn’t matter. It’s not all about the money, it’s about the conversation.

Stop shaving, share the link, retweet me, like my selfie, do all of it, do none of it…Just don’t stop talking about Men’s Health. Help us stop men from dying too young.

Come see me at the Student Center tomorrow, Nov. 28th, from 4:30-7 and Wednesday from 1:30-4:30.

Follow me on Instagram @colemcnanna7 and Twitter @CMac217, and visit my cause at Mobro.co/colemcnanna

Donate to the Movember Foundation to Change the Face of Men’s Health

BY COLE MCNANNA // OCT. 28, 2016 //

There are plenty of good reasons to grow out your facial hair, most importantly to make you look like a stud. But this November, it also means you can also donate money to causes that affect men around the world…while looking like a stud.

In association with the Movember Foundation, I want to help change the face of Men’s Health.

I know I can’t get it done all on my own so I asked the man who has been shaping up my beard for the last year to help raise awareness for a cause during No Shave November.

Nic Alexander, of the Chop Shop in Milford, Massachusetts, and I connected with the Movember Foundation to help address “some of the biggest health issues faced by men: mental health, suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer.”

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You can donate to my mo space at mobro.co/colemcnanna // IMAGE CREDIT: COLE MCNANNA //

 

These are all important topics that need attention.

Nic is raising awareness of the Suicide rate around the world in men who are ‘toughing it out’ by keeping their feelings to themselves and struggling in silence.

I chose a topic closest to me; Prostate Cancer. For those of you who know me, you may know that my father had Prostate Cancer my freshman year but successfully had a surgery to remove it. For those of you who didn’t know, well, like Biggie said, “Now ya know…”

Together, Nic and I created team Metro-West Mythical Mustaches, and you can use the link to donate to either cause; or both! Every little bit helps, and no donation is too small.

The only way a donation can be too small is if you’re the only one talking about it. Share, invite friends, family or coworkers. Brag about your patchy facial hair and donate to help keep men from dying too young.

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// IMAGE CREDIT: COLE MCNANNA //

You can use the link to read more about our cause and donate right there, or you can come talk to me walking around campus showing off my mustache that will likely never be as glorious as my father’s. And be sure to keep your eyes out for my table at the Student Center in the coming weeks.

You can read more about the Movember Foundation right here and get started growing your facial hair. If you start to hate it, Nic can give you a trim at the Chop Shop, just off Route 495 in Milford. If Nic is booked, other barbers will be available to fix it up.

If that wasn’t enough to convince you to join the cause, my house is only ten minutes down the road, and as a special incentive, the top 3 donors will be invited to a traditional Italian meal, home-made by my beautiful mother.

Grow, Donate, Share, Talk, Donate some more, and keep men from dying too young. Together we can work to help some serious issues that men face.