Women’s Hoops Grab Win on Senior Night

BY JOHN CATALONI // Feb. 18, 2018 //

The Curry College women’s basketball team capped off their senior night with a 48-39 win over Eastern Nazarene in a low-scoring affair as both teams were jockeying for seeding position.

Curry took control of the game early when they received a huge lift from sophomore guard Samantha Bamford who came off the bench four minutes into the game. She had an instant impact by forcing turnovers and turning up the defensive pressure, adding four rebounds, four assists, and two steals in 29 minutes.

In addition to Bamford, junior guard Emily Irwin scored eight of her team-high 14 points in the first quarter to give the Colonels the 16-11 advantage at the end of the first.

The offense struggled in the second quarter as the team shot 4-of-14 from the field only managing 10 points but luckily their defense tightened up to hold the Lions to just four points, going up 11 at the half.

Adversity struck the Colonels late in the third when junior forward Molly Plunkett went down with an ankle injury that sidelines her for the fourth quarter, forcing reserves to step up.

Eastern Nazarene started the fourth on an 11-0 run, cutting the Colonels’ to just one.  Irwin derailed the run with a three of her own and the Lions wouldn’t score a point for the rest of the game.

For Curry it was a huge moment for both seniors Nicole Rice and Stephanie Rizzo who played their last home game for Curry on Saturday.

“It was a good way to finish my four years here,” said Rizzo who is usually a bench player but drew the start on her senior night.

Bamford, the usual starter, was happy to step into that bench role for her team on Saturday.

“There is no other way I’d want them to go out,” said Bamford. “They work really hard.”

Prior to the game the Colonels held a one game lead over both Eastern Nazarene and Gordon so it was crucial for Curry to secure the win and remain the sixth-seed in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) playoffs.

The Colonels will travel to third-seeded Endicott College on Tuesday for the first round of the tournament.  Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

  • Curry’s defense forced 25 turnovers while scoring 15 points off them en route to their win.
  • Eastern Nazarene’s Shelby Holmes scored a game high 17 points while earning a double-double.
  • The win officially secured the CCC scoring title for Irwin who led the conference with 18.2 points-per-game.

 

Women’s Hoops Drop Second Straight Game

BY MATT EVANS // Feb. 9, 2018 //

A poor shooting performance from the Colonels does them in on Thursday night as they fell to Western New England, 53-35.

The loss was the second straight for Curry, who remain securely in sixth place in the CCC.

From the tip, the Golden Bears led this one and didn’t relinquish the lead for the whole contest.  The Colonels could only muster five points for the entire first quarter.

Curry shot a measly 19.7% from the field on 61 shots while the Golden Bears were able to convert 39.6% of their 53 shots.   It didn’t help that Curry was out-rebounded 49-35 either.

The Golden Bears’ winning effort was led by Courtney Carlson who led the team with 18 points.

The loss didn’t come without positives for the Colonels, as they forced 20 turnovers on the night and scored a total of 16 points as a result of them.

Emily Irwin did everything she could to keep the home team in this one scoring 15 points and grabbing 7 boards but it wouldn’t be enough.

Molly Plunkett also pitched in with 13 points and 7 rebounds.

The Colonels will look to get back on track against conference leading Roger Williams University as they head to Bristol, Rhode Island on Saturday for a 1 p.m. tip-off.

Men’s Basketball Falls to Endicott, 72-62

BY JASON POMBO // Jan. 28, 2018 //

The Curry College men’s basketball team fell to the Endicott College on Saturday, 72-62, in a hard-fought battle where free throws proved to be the difference.

The Gulls came out flocking as they raced out to an early 11-2 run. Such an adversity perhaps would have caused previous Colonel teams to give up, this year’s bunch battled back in the first half, entering halftime only down by seven.

As the second half began, both teams went back-and- forth. The Colonels were able to tie the game at 45, with 9:30 remaining in the game. However, Endicott did not go away as they pulled away late to beat Curry with a final score of 72-62.

The game should have been a bit closer with the two teams shooting nearly identically from the field with the Colonels actually shooting 11% better from the arc, and with the Gulls being out-rebounded, 42-41.

But the game was decided at the free throw line.  The Gulls were sent to the line for 31 shots and converted 18 of those.  The Colonels were only able to muster 10 shots from the line and made eight of them.  The 10 point discrepancy in the free throws just so happened to be the amount the Colonels lost by.

Despite the result, Colonels coach Matt LeVangie was pleased with the team’s overall
performance.

“I think we played really… we could have packed it in, but our guys held their own,” said
LeVangie.  “I take a lot of positives away from this game, I think we’re taking giant steps.”

Sophomore guard Jared Thorpe-Johnson led the Colonels with 15 points on 23 minutes.

But despite the Colonels’ defensive efforts, they couldn’t contain sophomore guard Keith Brown, who led the game in scoring with 21 points in 35 minutes while also contributing nine rebounds for the Gulls.

The loss marks their 17th consecutive loss and drops the Colonels to 1-18 on the year.  Next up is a trip to Nichols on Tuesday, Jan. 30.  Curry will have a lot of work to do as they take on the top-ranked Bison who enter Tuesday’s game with a 16-3 record.

Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. in Dudley, Mass.

Four-Goal Run Sparks Colonels to 6-3 Win over Johnson & Wales

BY STEVEN SOUSA // Dec. 3, 2017 //
The Colonels rode a four-goal run to capture a 6-3 victory over Johnson & Wales University in the fourth annual Teddy Bear Toss.

As a tradition, after the first Curry goal, fans throw teddy bears onto the ice that later get donated to children for Christmas.  The idea originated from Jake Heisinger, a recent Curry alumnus, who wanted to do something for the kids in hospitals around the holiday season.

This year, all of the teddy bears collected will be donated to Christmas In The City, which is a non-profit organization that helps give families near or below the poverty line a holiday that they deserve.

“What makes ours different from a lot of the ones that you see is that it’s completely organized by our players, they don’t just show up and play in the game,” said Colonels’ head coach TJ Manastersky on why the event is so unique.

Six minutes into the opening period, freshman Kasper Kjellkvist buried the puck in the back of the net and the bears finally went flying. The goal seemed to curtail some nerves as well after Curry had given up a goal just two minutes prior to Wildcat forward Ryan Sete.

However, that goal did more than just send teddy bears over the glass; it started a run that changed the game.

Adam Valadao got credit for an assist on Kjellkvist’s goal and did not stop there. He went on to assist Brandon Zajicek and Shane Tracy, who both capitalized on their chances at the end of the first period and five minutes into the second.

Lionel Mauron added an unassisted goal to open the scoring in the middle period and the Colonels held a 4-1 advantage immediately following the bears’ decent to the ice.

Manastersky felt that his team was probably the better team, which was displayed on the scoreboard, but one area they could improve on is their penalties.  Curry racked up 10 penalty minutes on five infractions while giving up a short-handed goal.

“I think it’s just the discipline in playing the way we want to play for a full 60 minutes,” said Manastersky.  “I think we played well in spurts, but if we want to be a good team night in and night out then we need to have more discipline in how we want to play.”

Part of that includes closing out the game.

As Mike Emrick always says, “The cursed goals come in the first minute, and the last,” and that was put on display following a mid-ice turnover. Alan Boozer raced into the Colonels’ zone and put one passed Frank Cundiff with only 45 seconds showing on the clock.

However, by that point, Kjellkvist and Tracy had already lit the lamp again to register a season-high six goals for Curry for the second time this year.

Tracy finished with a pair of goals and a pair of assists, sitting atop the box score with Valadao, who racked up four assists. Those co-captains have also helped the freshman Kjellkvist, their line-mate, ease into this transition and it clearly has been effective.

The trio has registered the most amounts of points on the season with Valadao’s 16 and Tracy’s 15 leading the way before Kjellkvist’s 7 earns him a four-way tie for third.

“He’s a smart, skilled, big offensive player, and he’s going to be a really good Division III player,” said Manastersky.

Saturday’s win secures the season sweep of Johnson & Wales as a 4-2 decision from Thursday in Providence brought the Colonels to .500 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference at 3-3.

Now Curry sits at 5-4-1 overall and 4-3-1 in the CCC and will not return to action until Friday, Dec. 8 when they start their home-and-home series with the Nichols Bison before a three-week long holiday break.

The puck is scheduled to drop at 6:50 p.m. at the Max Ulin Memorial Rink.

Curry Hear Our Voice: Student-Run Forum Held On Campus

BY CHRISTIANNA CASALETTO // Dec. 1, 2017 //

For the first time since bias incidents riddled campus, Curry College students were able to have their voices heard, clearly and uninterrupted, at the student-run public forum inside the Katz Gymnasium.

Although half the size, students, faculty, and staff alike filled the gym for the Curry Hear Our Voice Student-Centered and Student-Run Forum organized by Curry College Student Activists.

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The ground rules established before the forum started. // Image Credit: Christianna Casaletto ’18

Those who had questions for administrators were advised to sit at one of the round tables over the middle, although the general assembly around the rest of the court was still free to participate. A set of ground rules for the forum were placed on every seat and table, along with a QF code that students could use to submit questions and comments throughout the forum.

The event consisted of three parts: a small-group discussion, the public forum, and a question-and-answer session.

The small-group discussion was led with two prompts: What do you know about the bias incidents and how have they affected you?

These discussions led into the next portion, the public forum when students and faculty were allowed to take the stand, state their concerns, and make comments without interruption from the administration.

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Michela Flowers ’20 took the microphone first to kick things off // Image Credit: Christianna Casaletto ’18

The first student to take the mic was sophomore psychology major Michela Flowers, who was directly affected by the bias incidents this fall. Flowers recounted the incident and told the room how she thought nothing was being done to truly make a change and right the wrongs.

“I can’t listen to a speech about Diversity from someone who isn’t diverse at all,” said Flowers, referring to the “Hate Has No Home Here” Public Forum held by President Kenneth Quigley and Administration.

Kai Monk, a sophomore biology major who identifies as non-binary and has experienced hate because of it, reported their incidents but feels the College did not do much else.

“As far as I’m aware,” Monk stated, “an email wasn’t even sent out and the student body wasn’t informed.”

However, after those statements, the forum slowed down with silences permeating the crowd, anticipating who could be the next to build up the courage to stand up and speak.

Student facilitator Paulina Adams took the mic in an attempt to motivate the crowd saying, “This is a place where you can speak out…participate, because that’s the only way change is going to happen.”

Finally, students began to line up to take the mic and a number of anonymous online questions and comments were read.

Students told stories of times when they or a friend experienced discrimination, or when discrimination has just simply been prominent on campus, in the residence halls, and even in the classrooms. These stories called out Professors for profiling, student-athletes for hate and sexual misconducts, and administration for brushing off students’ concerns.

Some students were emotional. Other students were confused. Many more students were angered.

Student-body Vice President Rachel O’Donnell took the mic and reminded everyone that “it starts with us as students, how we treat each other and talk to each other…it’s important.”

O’Donnell continued simply, “We need to be kinder human beings.”

After nearly 90 minutes of comments and concerns flooded out, the forum moved into its question-and-answer session. This session allowed students and faculty to take the mic and directly ask any Administrator any question.

While a number of topics were discussed, such as security cameras on campus, the handling of sexual misconducts, and rhetoric, much of the Q&A revolved around the implementation of policies and what administration will do to improve these policies.

A question was brought up regarding what happens during the student-conduct process and why students who have been found guilty of hate crimes are eventually let back on campus.

Director of Student Conduct, Melissa DeGrandis, explained that students who commit these bias incidents should first have a chance to be educated rather than immediately removed from the school. DeGrandis also explained that assessments should be put in place to determine if these students will continue to be a concern and should, therefore, be permanently removed from campus.

Many students stood up and responded that hate cannot be educated. However, the consensus from administration was the same; that regardless of the process, what happens to these individuals is not public information to be shared with the student body.

Community Director Mia Fuller reiterated that although their actions are not excused, bigoted individuals should still be given the chance to be educated because the only way to help ignorance is with education.

As a follow-up, a question was asked about the establishment or reformulating of a No Hate Policy on campus. However, after the question was asked, no one from the administration stood up to respond.

As students began to uproar in frustration, Vice President of Student Affairs Maryellen Kiley took the mic asking for clarification and then stating that a No Hate Policy already exists on campus. She added that she is happy to sit with students to establish new codes for specific language

“Can we do better? Yes,” said Vice President Kiley. “What does that mean? I don’t know.”

At the end of the night, the overwhelming consensus from those in attendance is that the changing of these policies has taken far too long.

Multiple students brought up the idea of implementing mandatory diversity classes to Curry’s curriculum. Some Professors, like Julian Bryson of Fine and Applied Arts, told students that they would be more than happy to work with students in planning new courses.

Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, Carrie Coakley, additionally brought up the fact that the newly implemented General Education program requires 6 credits of Diversity courses for students.

The formal conversation ended just before 9:30 p.m., a half hour after the intended end time. However, students were encouraged to stay, talk, and send more information to the online form.

“We are just beginning the conversation,” said student facilitator Victoria Parks at the close of the forum.

Students have been encouraged to continue sending in their stories, questions, comments, and concerns, as administration will continue to read and respond.