Tyler Endee Named NFC Fencer of the Year

Sacred Heart junior, Tyler Endee, was named NFC fencer of the year. Photo by Sacred Heart Athletics.

By Kendall Clark

Staff Reporter

The Sacred Heart University co-ed Division I fencing team has completed another
successful season. They finished with a high ranking in tournaments, having fencers named to the all-conference team as well as having the conference fencer of the year, junior Tyler Endee, on the team.

“The achievement itself is fantastic, I’m extraordinarily happy with it. It’s something that I worked for this season very intently. I did the best that I could and I did it. So I’m very happy,” said Endee.

Though this is a prestigious accomplishment, Endee was more focused on giving back.

“What drives me? More so than anything, it’s to make others happy. I think I fence for my parents, my friends, my coach. So if I can fence and make them happy then that drives me,” said Endee.

No one is happier than the coach of the team, Yury Molchan.

“I was very proud of him because he showed how he can work together with his team. He is very brave; he can go from the beginning of the competition to the end of the competition. Not many people can do that and that’s why I’m very proud of him,” said Molchan.

Molchan’s motto is heart and integrity. He wants all of his fencers working hard but not taking any shortcuts. One can only achieve if he or she is willing to work for it.

“Yes, I would say that Tyler is a leader. Just based upon how he carries himself during practice and competitions, whether it’s leading in practice, or leading in tournaments. Tyler is always leading,” said Molchan.

Molchan had twelve of his fencers make the conference team and he wants more.

“Recruiting, recruiting, recruiting. The better recruiting, the more titles. This is key,” said Molchan.

Sophomore Dante Centeno also views Endee as a leader.

“He’s a great leader who shows hard work and dedication to the team. He gives us all a helping hand when we need it, he’s a great leader and role model for us to follow, which makes us work harder for the goal of becoming fencer of the year,” said Centeno.

Endee’s spirit is rubbing off on his teammates.

“From a competitive standpoint, I really am aiming to be the best I can be on the fencing team. Tyler exemplifies that by having a 29-1 record, which motivates me to work even harder next year and to make it a priority that I win about every time I go out to fence,” said Centeno.

With another year to go, Endee is hoping for a big senior season.

“If I could go 29-1 again that would be perfect, if I could win conference fencer of the year again that would be perfect, but if I made it to NCAA’s then that would be the perfect way to end my career at Sacred Heart,” said Endee.

Bobby Valentine Receives the Joe DiMaggio Award

Executive Athletic Director, Bobby Valentine, receives Joe DiMaggio award for his work as a community leader. Photo by Ryan Touhey/Spectrum.

By Ryan Touhey

Staff Reporter

For the past 16 years, the Joe DiMaggio Award has recognized community leaders who have helped other people who are less fortunate. This year’s recipient was Sacred Heart University’s Executive Athletic Director, Bobby Valentine.

Valentine was honored with the award at its annual dinner event on April 5 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. The purpose of the event was to raise scholarship dollars for underprivileged boys and girls of New York.

“It was one of the great honors of my life,” said Valentine.

The event was cosponsored by the Columbus Citizens Foundation and its affiliate, the Futures in Education.

According to its website, the Foundation is a non-profit New York City organization which works to assist Italian-American students through scholarships and grant programs. The foundation presents over $2 million in scholarships for students to go to high school each year. It also works events such as New York City’s Columbus Day Parade.

According to the Futures in Education website, the Joe DiMaggio Award was created in 1999. It was named in the ballplayer’s memory because of his support in the education for students with learning disabilities.

Being a former Major Leaguer and having Italian heritage like DiMaggio, Valentine feels that he can relate to the award.

“I knew Joe DiMaggio and he played during the same time as my father-in-law Ralph Branca,” said Valentine.

Branca was a Major League pitcher who pitched for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees. In the 1947 World Series, while he was with the Dodgers, he faced the Yankees and DiMaggio.

“Joe D. was 0 for 2 and that was always the start of the conversation when we were all together,” said Valentine.

According to the Futures in Education, broadcaster Bob Costas and former Yankees’ closer Mariano Rivera are other sports personalities who have received the award. Like Valentine, they were recognized for their community involvement.

According to the Sacred Heart website, Valentine’s worked as a philanthropist including serving as Student Council President of Rippowam High School in Stamford, Conn. He has also created scholarship funds of his own such as the Mickey Lione, Jr. Scholarship Fund.

According to the Fund’s website, the scholarship is given to student-athletes who give back to the community off of the field.

Valentine’s coworkers believe that his ability and determination to connect with others is what propelled him to winning the award.

“He continues to say, ‘What can I do for you?’” said Nicholas Wormley, Executive Director for University Advancement. “I think Bobby has people around him that are so engaged in different areas.”

Valentine has explored different areas outside of the United States. After his first year as Executive Athletic Director, Valentine and baseball head coach Nick Giaquinto traveled to Japan in August of 2014. The two of them went there as a part of a cultural community service project.

Giaquinto said that they were accompanied by a U14 All-Star baseball team from
Connecticut. The team participated in a baseball tournament against Japanese teams
and also participated in volunteer work. The work involved cleaning up debris on beaches that still remained from the 2011 Tōhoku tsunami.

“He [Valentine] gives so much of his time and he knows so much about so many things,” said Brad Hurlbut, Deputy Athletic Director. “There aren’t a lot of athletic directors out there who are as prominent as Bobby Valentine.”

The Rise and Fall of Aaron Hernandez Ends With Suicide

Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his cell on April 19. Photo by AP.

By Shawn Sailer & Alexandra Padalino

Co-Sports Editor

Former National Football League player Aaron Hernandez was found hanged in his prison cell at 3 a.m. on April 19 at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Mass. He was pronounced dead at University of Massachusetts Memorial-Health Alliance Hospital in Leominster about an hour later.

His death was ruled a suicide.

Hernandez, 27, hanged himself using a bed sheet attached to a cell window. This was the first reported suicide by hanging at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center, a
maximum security prison.

The ex-New England Patriots tight end was serving a life-sentence for a 2013 murder of ex-friend Odin Lloyd. He was acquitted of a double-murder charge on April 12 from a 2012 incident in Boston.

“I think it is very tragic what happened. It’s very sad to see what he did to himself. I feel bad for the Lloyd family because they won’t get the justice they deserve,” said sophomore Brandon Levesque.

Despite his greatness on the field, Hernandez had many off-the-field issues that led to his demise. His teenage years sparked the life of a violent criminal.

Hernandez was a football player with untapped potential. Below is a timeline of Hernandez’s triumphs and tragedies prior to his suicide:

— Jan. 6, 2006: Hernandez’s father died from complications from a surgery. Hernandez is a 16-year-old student at Bristol Central High School at the time. He later admitted he turned to drugs after his father’s death.

— September 2007: Hernandez attends the University of Florida after being named Connecticut’s Football Player of the Year as a high school senior.

— June 8, 2010: Hernandez, drafted in the fourth round, signs a four-year contract with the New England Patriots. At 20 years old, he’s the youngest player on active roster in the NFL that coming season.

— June 26, 2013: Hernandez is arrested on a murder charge in Lloyd’s slaying and taken from his home in handcuffs. He later pleads not guilty. The Patriots release him hours after his arrest.

— May 15, 2014: Hernandez is indicted on two counts of first-degree murder and other charges in connection with the shootings of de Abreu and Furtado. Prosecutors say Hernandez was angry because de Abreu accidentally bumped into him at a nightclub while dancing, spilling his drink.

— Jan. 9, 2015: Hernandez goes on trial for murder in Lloyd’s killing.

— April 15, 2015: Hernandez is convicted of first-degree murder, which carries a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment.

Hernandez, a member of the Patriots from 2010-2012 helped lead the Patriots to a Super Bowl XLVI in 2012, where the team lost to the New York Giants. He also won the BCS National Championship in 2009 with Florida. That year, Hernandez received the John Mackey Award, which is given to the best tight end in college football each year.

While it was originally reported that Hernandez did not leave any suicide notes, it
appears that three suicide notes and a bible were left in the prison cell. Hernandez also wrote a bible verse “John 3:16” on his forehead.

According to Fox News, the words were written with a red marker and a Bible was left open to the lines of the passage in the Bible. The verse reads, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

“I think that him using suicide to escape his life of punishment for his horrible actions is unfair to the people he hurt, and for people with mental health issues that contemplate suicide every day because of their pain,” said junior Rebecca Lee.

On the same day that Hernandez was found dead, his former team visited the White House following their Super Bowl LI victory.

“Some of the media is making a big deal out of it, making it sound like a sad story. It’s really not. He is a murderer. He messed up. He had everything and he threw it all away,” said sophomore Patriots fan Yanni Papadopoulous.

Boston University researchers will study Hernandez’s brain to determine if he suffered from the same degenerative brain disease as Hall of Famer Junior Seau and former Bears defensive back Dave Duerson, who also took their own lives. That brain disease is chronic traumatic encephalopathy, also known as CTE.

Hernandez is survived by his longtime fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins and their four year old daughter.

“I think it’s a story of someone who had so much more to give in life, but he could not escape his past connections even with the money and fame. It is sad for a daughter that will grow up without a father,” said senior Chris Butler.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

Men’s Golf Places Eighth at “Til Duty Is Done Collegiate Invitational”

Sacred Heart men’s golf team played Til Duty is Done collegiate invitational on April 14 and 15. Photo by Sacred Heart athletics.

By Mark Morales

Staff Reporter

The Sacred Heart University men’s golf team played in an invitational on April 14
and April 15 at the Mohegan Sun Golf Club in Baltic, Conn. The men came in eighth place.

The invitational was hosted by the University of Connecticut and was called “Til Duty Is Done Collegiate Invitational.”

The tournament is named in honor of the Til Duty Is Done organization. They are a non-profit company based in Connecticut. Their goal is to provide safe, secure and stable housing for returning veterans. Til Duty Is Done’s main aim is to reduce homelessness and unemployment with returning veterans.

“The tournament was great; it was a special tournament because the vets were involved.  The final round I got to play with someone from the air force. It was really cool to spend time with them because they didn’t get the chance to play college golf. We had questions for them, they had questions for us,” said sophomore Jacob Henny.

As for the course itself, there were some challenging aspects throughout the event.

“There was a stretch of holes, one through four, that were a pretty tough stretch of holes. They were a little bit longer with smaller greens so it made it a little bit tough but once you got through that stretch, you kind of got into a set of scoring holes,” said junior Matthew Shubley.

The only negative thing both men had to say about the tournament was that the wind played a huge factor throughout the event.

“Three of the rounds were pretty windy so it was hard to judge the wind especially because it was blowing across on some holes but it was definitely good to have those three rounds before conference just to know what we had to work on this week,” said Shubley.

The uncontrollable factors are what made the tournament difficult.

“The course itself wasn’t too difficult but the conditions, like the wind, made it tough,” said Henry.

Although both men enjoyed the tournament with the veterans, they both have some work to do before the postseason begins.

“I’ve been out from May until March with a series of injuries. So just getting back in the competitive setting again is something that I need to improve upon. This is only the second tournament I played in the past 10 months so I think I did okay around the green. Stroking was great, putting was good but ball striking was a little suspect,” said Henny.

With the postseason looming just a week away, it seems like confidence will be the biggest task for the team moving ahead.

“For the playoffs, team wise it’s going to come down to confidence and knowing that we can compete and win,” said Shubley.

The men’s golf team will begin their postseason on April 28.

“In my opinion, we should be favored going into conference,” said Henny.

Thank You Spectrum Mondays

By Natalie Cioffari

Editor-In-Chief

I think I may be one of the few college students that actually enjoys Monday.

Yes, that’s right. I like Mondays.

It all started three years ago when I accepted the position as assistant arts and entertainment editor. During this time I got into Professor Kabak’s News Writing & Reporting class.

This meant that Sundays and Mondays I would be editing and placing the paper, Tuesdays I would be in the class and the rest of the week I would be writing my article.

Then, the cycle would start all over again, and it would stay like this for the next three years.

It became such a routine that it was second nature to me. I loved being in the office so much that I would schedule my meals and my appointments around it.

Sundays would come and I would hear my roommates and my friends complaining about the starts of a new week and the dreaded Monday.

However, I would wake up feeling energizing, ready to take on the task of whatever Spectrum would bring me. It was something I looked forward to every single week, and I loved that my life became so involved with Spectrum. I really do not think I could imagine my life without Spectrum Mondays.

Does this make me crazy?

Let me answer that for you: maybe.

But really just means that I loved something so much that it gave me such great joy every single week, even if it was on Mondays. Journalism was my passion, and The Spectrum Newspaper brought that out by three hundred percent.

That love would only increase throughout my junior and senior year. I took the head arts and entertainment editor my junior year, and editor in chief my senior year.

My Spectrum Mondays became so much more hectic with the more responsibilities I had.

The anticipation of a new Spectrum Monday gave me so much excitement. Granted there were times where I dreaded coming in because I knew we had a lot of work to do with articles, but hey it’s all a learning experience right?

See, the thing I love about journalism is that it always changes. Your job is never going to stay the same and your task for each day is going to be different.

Spectrum Mondays gave me a sense of purpose. I didn’t care that I had to spend nearly 12 hours in once place, or that I would only eat one meal a day. I loved every second of it.

I am definitely going to miss Spectrum Mondays and having Jess be with my nearly every second of it. She not only became my right hand man in the paper, but my best friend. I am so happy to share a love of journalism with such an amazing human being. I can only wish that we could work together forever.

As I move onto graduation and my master’s degree, I believe that Spectrum Mondays will continue in some way. Yes, I will have moved onto another job within my field, but I will still get to be doing what I love.

If you have something that gives you so much job and happiness, who cares what day of the week you have to go into work? Spectrum Mondays will forever hold a place in my heart, and I hope that my next job will be able to live up to the expectation and greatness I had with Spectrum.

Until then, it’s been a pleasure being your editor in chief.

Good luck to the editorial board next year, you guys are going do great things for this university.

Dear Spectrum:

By Jessica Chaloux

Managing Editor

For the past three years Spectrum has been a focal point of my college career. Now it seems that it’s time to say goodbye.

I’m currently sitting at the one computer that doesn’t have a Mac keyboard as Natalie is yelling about what to headline her editorial even though she doesn’t know her topic yet. Tony is writing his He Said column last minute like every week and Christian is actually paying attention to copy editing.

It’s moments like these that I will really miss… except maybe this darn keyboard, Keith can we get a new one?

Mondays are commonly pinned as the most hated day of the week, but for myself I know I look forward to them. 22 of them to be exact, and as I look back to the beginning of the fall semester it’s amazing to see how much we have improved as writers and as a staff as a whole.

Through all of the rough issues, pun intended, we have all encountered this year, we got through them because of each other. Being a team is what makes Spectrum successful. Another part of the team is our faculty advisor Professor Joanne Kabak who has always been there for the board mentoring us with style and journalistic tips. Spectrum wouldn’t be as successful without you.

My sophomore year I registered for Sacred Heart’s News Writing & Reporting class and that’s where I started with the paper. Junior year I moved up into a copy editor position and now have spent my senior year as the managing editor.

We have had been challenged with the task to assign and write articles, put together your pages and edit every week. Although there had been some rough days, we always managed to pull through with a smile. Even if that smile was from being overtired, it still counts.

Some of the late nights that Natalie and I have pulled Monday into Tuesday are some of the most memorable. We’ve danced on the table tops, eaten countless pizzas and other junk food that I don’t want to mention because I’m already getting hungry just by typing pizza, sang at the top of our lungs very off key and just all around had fun even if we argued sometimes about missing an error.

Although I’ve known Natalie since our pre-fall program freshman year, being in Spectrum together gave me one of my best friends. I’m not sure what I would do without her, I know that sounds sappy, but sappy is my middle name. Heck, we even went to Alpha Delta Pi sorority formal together #BFFgoals (sorry Tony).

Spectrum has given me many friendships that I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to make otherwise. It’s so strange how SHU students walk amongst each other for years and end up becoming friends in their senior year. I wish I was able to make these friendships my freshman year to have more time with some of my favorite people.

So thank you Spectrum. Thank you for the friendships, learning experiences and solidifying that media and communications is something that I am looking to continue with after graduation in May.

To Alexa, Giovanna and Bryan who will be taking over as Editor-In-Chief and Managing Editors, we will be reading online next year. Can’t wait to see how you, along with the rest of the Spectrum staff, further the growth of this amazing paper.

All Summer ’17

Sacred Heart students are looking forward to the summer. Photo by Melissa O’Rourke/Spectrum.

By Daniel Diggins

Staff Reporter

From the Catamaran’s top deck, Freshman Devin Nealon could see nothing but blue skies and a calm ocean as he sailed through the US Virgin Islands.

Nealon visited the US Virgin Islands for the first time in the summer of 2015 and is planning on returning this summer for his second trip after his freshman year has officially ended.

“Summer is one of the best times of the year for me, especially to go on vacation with my family,” said Nealon.

Students at Sacred Heart University take time in the summer to do a variety of things. Some students either work in the summer, travel, relax, or even take classes.

“Once summer starts, you can find me working six to seven days a week. The amount of money needed to support my life in college is absurd, and summer is when I have to make that money, so there’s no other choice,” said sophomore Vinnie Tummarello.

Some students make their money in the summer from regular jobs while others make their money from internships.

“I have a paid internship this summer for the first time. The pay is significantly higher than my job I had last summer scooping ice cream,” said junior Connor Altamura.

Students can use paid internships as a way to make money and increase their experience working. However, not all internships are paid. Some are simply to gain experience.

“I have an unpaid internship this summer which I’m pretty excited about. The hours
aren’t very demanding at all and it is going to look great to put on a resume,” said freshman Danylo Yanovskiy. “Since my internship is unpaid, I need to have a paid job also. I’ll be working a couple days a week on my friend’s farm.”

While some students are busy working during the summer, others are busy taking summer courses. Some even manage to both work and take summer courses.

“I’m taking a few classes this summer, which only meet a few days a week. So luckily I’ll be able to work on the days that I don’t have classes,” said freshman Nico Di Lucia.

Others don’t have much time to work or take classes, especially if they are travelling for the summer.

“I’ll be going to Italy for the majority of the summer visiting extended family with some of my cousins. We’ll also just be travelling around Europe when we aren’t in Italy,” said sophomore Kristina Deleonardis.

Some of those who are graduating this May have different plans than those that are returning to the university.

“I’m going out this summer and looking for a real job to start my career, I’m definitely going to miss this school,” said senior Eric Bialczak.

Emojis Taking Over Snapchat

By Meagan Bonner

Staff Reporter

In June of 2017 you’ll find a few more icons on your keyboard that weren’t there
before. Yet, what do students at Sacred Heart University prefer? Emojis or Bitmojis?

“I love Bitmojis. I don’t have an iPhone, but I use a ton of Bitmojis on my Snapchat, way more than Emojis,” said senior Marcus Richer.

Bitmojis are a character that you can create with the Bitmoji app that can look like you, dress like you and act like you via text message and now on Snapchat as well. A Bitmoji is your own personal Emoji.

Bitmojis are updated more frequently than Emojis are. To get one all you have to do is download the app, create your own Bitmoji and access them onto your keyboard through your settings.

Both androids and iPhone’s can use the Bitmoji app.

“I use Emojis all the time. I do use Bitmojis a lot and I love my Bitmoji, but I use
Emojis in daily text and Bitmojis I use in some, specific moments,” said junior Alejandra Perez.

According to NBC Connecticut’s website, when the new Emojis come out this June they will feature ones like a mermaid, a merman, vampires, zombies, a brain, dinosaurs, a pretzel, a zebra, tomato soup can and a face with a monocle.

“I think Emojis are used more frequently because they’re easier to access and quicker to respond,” said junior Lauren Pelster. “Bitmojis are a lot more specialized and there are much more options compared to Emojis. Bitmojis feel more personal. I love both though.”

Now celebrities are creating their own Emojis for people to use. These Emojis look like the celebrities and have the same facial expressions just like the Emojis you love.

Celebs and star athletes like Kim Kardashian, Jimmy Fallon, Conor McGregor, Justin Bieber, Aly Raisman and Michael Phelps all have their own Emoji apps to name a few.

They Emojis also have clever names like “Kimojis,” which refer to Kim Kardashian.

“I actually have the Jimojis downloaded on my iPhone and keyboard,” said junior Dani Fitzpatrick. “I love Jimmy Fallon so I figured why not. They crack me up and they have faces that relate to skits that he does on his late night show.”

Disney now has their own Emoji’s and Emoji app as well. The Emoji’s include characters like Elsa, Simba, Wreck-It-Ralph, Ariel, Peter Pan, Tinker Bell and many more.

Not only does Disney have Emoji’s, but they also have an app that’s a game based off their Emoji’s called Emoji Blitz.

“I feel like they are mostly the same,” said senior Dylan Moore. “I like Bitmoji on Snapchat because it’s a way to keep the convo going. I just use Emojis for test and
Bitmojis for Snapchat.”

 

Pepsi Commerical Peaceful?

Students react to controversial Pepsi advertisement featuring Kendall Jenner. Photo by John Sullivan/Spectrum.

By Danielle Lapierre

Staff Reporter

Kendall Jenner and Pepsi joined forces for a new advertisement, which was supposed to depict a peaceful protest that Jenner eventually participates in. Many groups, including Sacred Heart University students, are seeing the advertisement as controversial.

In the commercial, which was originally posted on the Pepsi YouTube channel before being deleted, Jenner is originally being shown participating in a photo shoot and noticing a passing protest. The protesters were holding signs bearing phrases such as “peace” and “join the conversation.” Jenner then abandons her photo shoot and joins the protest.

In the final scene, when the protesters come across a barricade of police officers, Jenner offers one a Pepsi, and both groups celebrate, indicating the issue they were fighting about has been resolved.

In a statement given to The New York Times, Elle Hearns, a former organizer for Black Lives Matter, said that the commercial “plays down the sacrifices people have historically taken in utilizing protests. No one is finding joy from Pepsi in a protest,” said Hearns. “That’s just not the reality of our lives. That’s not what it looks like to take bold action.”

With the issues of police brutality and protesting, many saw this commercial as portraying this issues as simpler than they are.

“These issues are much more complicated and take a lot more than a supermodel handing over a Pepsi to be solved,” said sophomore Chrissie Wojciechowski. “I think Pepsi did the right thing in removing their ad. We should be discussing these issues and coming up with realistic ways to solve them.”

Though there have been many serious reactions to the Pepsi controversy, many have also been taking it and creating parodies and using humor to make light of the situation.

Late night hosts all took to their shows and later posted videos on their YouTube channels spoofing and making fun of Jenner and Pepsi. Some of the hosts included Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Trevor Noah and Seth Meyers.

Seth Meyers’s spoof included an alternate ending of the commercial which involved an African-American woman handing a Pepsi to an officer, and then having back up promptly called on her.

“I think Pepsi was just trying to get involved in the conversation and tried to send a social message but did it in the completely wrong way,” said senior Kyle Brady. “There were way better ways to do that than by undermining an entire movement that has been taking place in our country for a few years now.”

Amid the controversy, Pepsi has since pulled the advertisement from their YouTube channel, but not before multiple other accounts posted it on their personal channels, making it still viewable. A repost of the commercial on one account still has more than nine million views, with the number still rising every day.

“Pepsi was trying to project a global message of unity, peace and understanding. Clearly we missed the mark, and we apologize,” Pepsi said in a press release that was later reported by NBC News. “We did not intend to make light of any serious issue. We are removing the content and halting any further rollout. We also apologize for putting Kendall Jenner in this position.”

Jenner has been quiet regarding the incident with no statement released by her public relations team regarding either an apology or an acceptance of Pepsi’s apology to her.

“Regardless of anything, I hope other companies use what happened to Pepsi as a lesson,” said junior Kevin Dunn. “Don’t use social issues in order to sell a product, 99 percent of the time, it won’t end well.”

Say Goodbye To Coolattas

By Michael Marino

Staff Reporter

This summer, Dunkin Donuts will be dropping the Coffee Coolatta from their menu. The big question is, will “America still run on Dunkin?”

According to CNBC, Dunkin Donuts will be replacing the Coffee Coolatta with their new Frozen Coffee, which is said to have more of a coffee taste compared to its predecessor.

“This came as a complete shock to me,” said sophomore Matthew Falce. “Every morning I have an early class, I make sure I get up in time to rush over to Dunkin for a Coolatta. They should not have tried to complicate things by releasing a new product. I just don’t understand what they were thinking. They already had a drink that many people loved. It just doesn’t make sense that they felt the need to take away an original.”

On the other hand, some students are happy that Dunkin Donuts has made this decision.

“I was never really a big fan of the Coffee Coolatta anyway,” said sophomore Joseph Siegel. “I was always the kind of person who was happy with a regular hot coffee to wake me up in the morning. The few times I have tried the Coolatta I was not impressed. I always thought that it was too sweet and sugary.”

However, the sweet taste of some Dunkin Donut drinks like these are what many
students are looking for.

“I love many products that Dunkin has put out, especially the Coolatta,” said freshman Nathan Gervais. “Honestly, I was a little sad when I heard that they were taking it away, but I am optimistic about the Frozen Coffee.”

According to CNBC, Dunkin Donuts will allow their customers to select the flavor of their Frozen Coffee and pick their dairy mixer.

“I’m interested to try the Frozen Coffee,” said Gervais. “I really only drink these kind of things for the flavor, I don’t really need or care about the energy from coffee.”

However, some Sacred Heart students believe that Dunkin Donuts will lose a large amount of customers because of their decision.

“I know many people who love the Coffee Coolatta and are really upset that it’s going to be gone,” said Othman. “It was part of my daily routine whether I had to wake up early or not.”

According to CNBC, there has been an uproar of Coffee Coolatta fans on Twitter who are not pleased with Dunkin Donuts’ decision.

“The Coffee Coolatta was the only drink I actually got at Dunkin. It’s sad to say, but I most likely will be making the switch to Starbucks,” said freshman Anthony Othman.

Dunkin Donuts has been around since 1950 and has been a student favorite.

“Whether you are a Coolatta fan or not, Dunkin is going to keep coming out with new products that will eventually please everyone,” said Siegel.

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