Curry Continues to Invest in Ulin Rink

BY BRANDAN BLOM // OCT. 21, 2013 //

The more things change, the more they seem to stay the same—at least with the Max Ulin Memorial Ice Rink, that is. Curry College signed a new two-year contract in managing the rink for the town of Milton.

The college has managed the rink since 2010, when Milton signed a five-year lease with the state to take control of Ulin. However, town bylaws limit subcontracting deals to run for just three years, at the most. Curry’s contract with the town expired this summer, and the college signed a new two-year deal that runs until April 30, 2015. Curry was the only bidder for the new contract.

UlinAccording to Bill Clark, Milton director of planning and community development, both the college and the town would prefer a longer-term deal.

“We want the long-term lease because, financially, it is the only way to make money on the rink,” said Clark.

To date, Curry has only lost money on the rink, which is the home ice of the men’s hockey team. The college’s contracts with the town stipulate that any profits Curry earns on Ulin must be returned to the town. In 2013, the college has already spent approximately $22,000 in repairs, while it has spent nearly $300,000 on the rink since 2010. The initial contract required Curry to spend at least $145,000 in the first year of the deal on “capital improvements, repairs, replacements and renovations,” and $20,000 in both years two and three.

According to Richard Sullivan, the chief financial officer at Curry, the school agreed to manage the rink because it wanted to be a good member of the community.

“We recognized it as an important asset for both Milton and Curry,” Sullivan said. “We saw it as an opportunity to be a good citizen in the community. We also wanted to help out in terms of improving the asset for the college. It also benefits the hockey team and student activities directly. ”

Among the improvements Curry has made to the state-owned rink are: new insulation, which keeps the radiant heat that is generated on the roof from going down to the ice; the addition of ice temperature sensors and controls, which keeps the ice at a constant temperature; installing a permafrost system under the rink, which controls the temperature of the ground water to make sure it doesn’t freeze and damage the slab; and new batteries in the Zamboni.

Other interior improvements include new rubber floor matting, new fire alarms, and new hockey nets. Improvements were also made to the common locker rooms.

These improvements helped reduce operational losses by 20 percent, said Sullivan, who noted that all of the money Curry has put into Ulin has come from the college’s general fund, as opposed to loans or a special gift from alumni. In 2010 Curry was loosing approximately $121,000 on the rink, mainly due to energy costs. Last year, the college lost just $26,000 on the rink, Sullivan reported. In addition, the town is in talks with the state to increase the rates charged for ice rental times. Per the town’s contract with the state, rates are required to stay at 2009 levels.

“We want to get the rink so it is self-sustaining, with expenses and excessive revenues sufficient to allow continuous improvements to the rink,” Sullivan said.

The town is currently in negotiations with the state for a 25-year lease of Ulin that would begin April 2015. According to Sullivan, Curry will wait until its current contract is up before deciding on a long-term deal.

“We want to be able to make an informed decision,” Sullivan said. “Until we know what they (the town) want, we will see what develops and respond accordingly.”

You’re a Colonel, Not Colonel Sanders!

BY BRENDAN CRONIN // SEPT. 13, 2012 //

Let me just say that I understand how hard it can be to eat healthy.

The Fruit Center Marketplace in Milton is an easy way to get healthy food. // EASYSTOCKPHOTOS.COM

We college students don’t have a lot of money and are forced at times to take what we’re given. But you can still get a decent meal—both on and off campus—that will leave you feeling healthy, not bloated.

One of the best ways to eat healthy is to cook for yourself. Before you freak out about the possibilities of a kitchen disaster, know that it’s a lot easier than it might seem.

One of the best investments a college kid can make is to buy a George Foreman grill. This lean, mean, fat-grilling machine allows you to cook personal meals that are tasty and healthy at the same time. The grill comes in a variety of sizes depending on how many you need to feed. The fact that the smaller grills are fairly cheap, at about $20, is another credit to the greatness of this culinary wonder.

Unfortunately, students living on campus aren’t allowed to have Foreman grills in the residence halls, according to page 31 of the student handbook. If you’re off campus, though, this is a great way to create your own, healthy dinner.

Buy yourself some chicken breasts or an inexpensive steak and throw it on the Foreman. Season appropriately—salt and pepper are the bare minimum musts—and you will be blown away at what you’re able to cook up. From a health standpoint, it’s great because the Foreman knocks the fat right out of your meals…literally. There is a small dish that catches all the unwanted grease from your meats.

If money is an issue, head down to the Fruit Center Marketplace on 10 Bassett St. in Milton. If you can’t find good, healthy meals there, I will personally take you food shopping and the bill will be on me! South Shore Living Magazine recently voted the place the “Best Gourmet Food Shop” in the South Shore.

The fact that there are no Whole Foods in the area is not an excuse for purchasing unhealthy food. The Fruit Center Marketplace is a perfectly fine substitute that features local produce, fresh fish and pre-cooked tasty meals.

Heed this advice and I guarantee you’ll be feeling great in no time.

Town Health Inspector Called to Campus

BY NICK IRONSIDE // SEPT. 6, 2012 //

A WBZ reporter stands next to Public Safety chief Brian Greeley, while director of Residence Life, Erik Muurisepp, talks on his phone in front of Main House residence hall. // PHOTO BY NICK IRONSIDE

A Curry junior took some bold steps this afternoon to shine a light on his basement dorm room.

Peter Maxwell Jr., a communication major, called the town of Milton’s board of health department today to file a formal complaint about his living conditions. The town’s health and building inspectors came to Main House this afternoon, but reportedly found no code violations.

According to Maxwell, he has complained multiple times over the past two years to Residence Life about his living conditions on campus, yet his concerns have largely gone unresolved, he said. Despite the inspectors’ findings, Maxwell said he plans to run his own mold test, which he will “ship off to a laboratory.”

Dorm conditions do vary greatly at Curry. Some freshmen live in the warm and worn Mayflower Hall on the north side of campus, while select upperclassmen relax in the air-conditioned South Campus Residence Hall on the south side. Main House, located next to the PAL office building, is on the older side of Curry dorms.

“It’s disgusting how [Curry] is treating me,” said Maxwell. “I feel like I’m a prisoner in my own room.”

According to Erik Muurisepp, Curry’s director of residence life, his office is looking into the issues brought forward by Maxwell. Among the issues is poor ventilation—Maxwell lives in the basement of the building—and some interior water infiltration. Muurisepp declined to comment further.

To call even greater attention to his concerns, Maxwell contacted WBZ channel 4 and other media outlets. WBZ was on campus today, interviewing Maxwell as well as other students.