She Said: Change is Upon Us

By Giovanna Gatto

Managing Editor (Editorial)

Hello loyal Spectrum readers! First of all, I would like to welcome myself back to the She Said column. After a short international adventure, I have returned as an intermittent writer.

The He Said She Said column will now rotate! My voice as well the rest of the Spectrum staff will dive into some of the crucial topics of our world, or at least whatever grinds our gears.  

As some of you may have noticed there have also been some changes to our traditional newspaper format. Tada! And with all this revamping it only seems fitting to discuss the highs and lows of inevitable change.

As my counterpart of the week has mentioned, this is the beginning of the end for both of us as we enter our bittersweet senior year. While it will surely be filled with laughs and memories, it’s also the gateway to the rest of my life. Yikes.

As a college student, the topic of a career has always been in the back of my mind. While my pipe dream as a professional napper will always be the ultimate goal, the time has come for me to enjoy these final moments with my beloved university.

Change and myself  have a love-hate relationship. Last semester, I packed up and moved to Switzerland for four months. There were plenty of ups and downs during my travels, but it was a great learning experience. I learned about life and about myself. Leaving behind what I knew was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever experienced.

Yet creating a new life out there was something that I am still trying to understand. I saw things that I had only dreamed of before and I faced challenges that sometimes felt impossible. However, through personal reflection following my trip, I now see that my experiences helped me to better accept change. I learned that change is just a part of life. It’s inevitable.

While I would love to be a young undergraduate forever, my time has come. And so I welcome the class of 2021. You guys are truly lucky. The campus that you walk on now is nowhere near the same campus that I came to for my freshmen year way back when. Sacred Heart has always been a place of change, growth and movement.

As a respected elder in the university community, please take my advice and cherish your time here. The moment will come when you want to complain about parking and about not finding a seat at Linda’s, but do not let that taint your experience here.

Sacred Heart is one of the fastest-growing universities in the country. So grow with it–grow as a person. Before you know it you too will be entering your senior year just as jealous as I am right now.

With all of this change going on around me, I can’t help but use it as a way to prepare myself for the things to come.

While change is sometimes scary and may be as difficult as moving thousands of miles away, it can also be something positive that opens doors for new, greater opportunities.

So as my undergraduate career closes, the rest of my life begins.

He Said: Change is Upon Us

By Anthony Santino

Co-Perspectives Editor

It’s hard to believe, but my college days are almost over. Not a single cell in my body wants to believe it. That might sound dramatic of me, considering I’m only at the beginning of my senior year with about 200 days to go, but it’s true.

I’m going to miss being in college more than I could possibly describe. I can already see a 30-year-old version of myself commuting to work (hopefully to a job I love) and saying, “No matter how good (or bad) my life is right now, I wish I could just go out tonight with my buddies at school.”

But it’s not all about going out, of course. Aside from being social at Sacred Heart, I’ve learned so much in and out of the classroom that I could write a book on my experiences if I ever find the energy for it.

It’s such a bummer to think about how I’ll say goodbye to this university in May, but there’s a part of me that embraces leaving. It’s a weird confidence, but I think I’m ready for what’s next.

Change isn’t always easy, but it’s usually worth it in the long run. Right before my first relationship, I wasn’t sure if I was ready for it. When I accepted my first internship at a national news program, I wasn’t sure if I’d be competent. But when all was said and done, I enjoyed my relationship and I did my job well.

Even when I accepted my first position for the Spectrum editorial board as an Assistant Sports Editor, I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to handle it. Nearly three years later, I’m still writing and editing for the paper and I’m happy I decided to take that chance.

Even the newspaper itself has evolved with new, interested members each year as well as the new look it’s sporting this year.

Seeing how Spectrum has grown during the short time I’ve been around is just another example of why I feel change is good. It’s all growth, and that’s a good thing.

On the subject of change at Sacred Heart, what about the campus? Over the three years I’ve been here at least four new facilities have been built and SHU has grown exponentially. Who knows–by the year 2030, Sacred Heart might own a space station, or a lunar campus.

All of the advances the school has made in recent years clearly illustrates the benefits of change. Even for a university like Sacred Heart with an endowment of over $100 million, undertaking all of these projects is a risk. Things can go wrong and there’s a lot to rely on, but SHU does it anyway because the possibility of the best outcome—a stronger university—is worth taking those steps.

Whether for a university or an individual, change is often scary. We might find ourselves in comfort zones that keep us from seeing the best of what’s out there.

I’m still in the mindset that college will be the best time of my life, but who knows? Maybe I’ll make a life for myself that exceeds even my own expectations and hopes. After all, everyone has that potential.

The Anticipation of Growing Up

He Said: Anthony Mattariello

So this is it. This is my last He Said.

Honestly, it feels good, knowing that I’ve given so many people insight to a better life.

I also can honestly say that I’m the first person in Spectrum history to go undefeated in the He Said, She Said debates.

For our last He Said, She Said we decided to do something a little more sentimental.

A lot of us on the Spectrum board are graduating, including me, so we’re going
to be talking about the anticipation of
growing up.

I know it’s not necessarily a debate but I figured I would save Kelsey from taking another loss.

So I’ve been at Sacred heart for the past four years and I got to tell you, I’ve gotten pretty comfortable here.

If there’s one thing I don’t exactly enjoy it’s change and if there’s one thing graduating college brings you, it’s change.

Probably one of the biggest parts of graduation is realizing that you have to grow up.

I mean, no more hanging out in the middle of the day with your best buds or having as much down time. You can kind of take for granted the time you have in between classes to go grab a sandwich or take a nap.

As for my personality, I don’t plan on changing all that much. I think I’ve matured a lot at college and I feel that if I mature any more I’ll become some dweeb.

Another big part of graduating is getting a job. I’ve been fortunate enough to put a halt on that process.

I’ve been lucky enough to get into grad school and also get a graduate assistant position to help pay for my schooling
at Sacred Heart.

So that means two more years of me on this campus and two more years of me enjoying this school.

To be honest I’m not looking forward to be getting out of school. Sure it is cool to think where I’ll end up and what type of job I have but like I said before, I’m very comfortable where I’m at and I’m not a fan of change.

However I know that I can’t be at school forever, I mean that would just be way to expensive, so I’m going to try to live these next couple of years to the fullest.

Just thinking about the increase in the amount of responsibility that I will have once I graduate makes me want to crawl into my bed and never leave.

Honestly people, who knows how to do taxes? Anyone? No? If you do then let me know cause I must’ve missed out on that lesson while I was writing about the human journey.

Not to mention I’m going to have to
worry about a rent check every month, really planning out my financial situation. I really rather not care about those things.

But we all must grow up. Let this be a lesson to all you underclassmen. College doesn’t go on forever so you should do what you really want and just be able to say that you loved it here after you’re done.

So pretty much when you come to the
decision of going to a darty or going to class, I think you know which one to pick.

She Said: Kelsey Hor 

The senior class of 2017 is about to graduate in a couple of weeks. Although I still have one more year to go, I am still taken back by the fact that in around 11 months or so, that will be me.

You start to ask yourself, am I really ready for the real world?

As a rising senior, I still have some time on my hands to be in college. When you can just be a kid for another year and have limited responsibilities.

Now when I mean limited responsibilities I can speak for most people in my year and can say not having the responsibility to pay for housing bills, your full financial education payments, and among other things varying from person to person.

Senior year is the last year to make the most of the memories you want to have in college. Are you going to make that change in yourself that you always wanted to before your time at school is up? It is time to do what you want with your friends while you still get to see each other on a daily basis. You get to cherish all the interesting memories you had with each other before you go out into the real world.

Now for the class of 2018, going into our senior year could be a lot to swallow. Do we need to take on more internships? Do we need to join more organizations or activities before it’s too late? How do we know what we do will make us happy?

In this time frame many of us in or senior year will probably be searching to try to figure out what we actually want to do with our lives and what we plan on doing for the new couple of years after graduation.

Although we can only plan so much and have unexpected things happen to us whether good or bad, we can’t help but wonder for our own sacks what are we going to become.

Will what we planned to be when we thought about our lives a few years back be a reality or will we completely loose ourselves and be somewhere we never though we could that will make us learn and make us stronger as individuals.

As for the class of 2017, deciding on whether to live with your parents, continue on your education and go to graduate school to higher your degree level, or go into the work force and be completely independent is totally up to you.

Now is your time to get that job that you want to later possible get you that dream job you always wanted.

Although you maybe scared chances are everyone in your age range and your competitors for your dream job are also fearful as well.

It’s human nature to feel scared for the unexpected and be skeptical to what is to come. All I can say is to live in the moment and try your best to succeed. Who knows you might be rewarded when you least expect it for you hard work.

You know what they say, “some of the best things that happen will surprise you when you least expect it.”

He Said She Said: Who Let The Dogs Out?


Dogs are probably one of the cutest animals you could have as a pet. Then again, animals are just adorable in
general. For the most part you can pet them, cuddle with them and they are great company.

Although my friend Anthony over there loves big dogs, I however love small dogs.

Yorkshire Terriers, Maltese, Poodles, Jack Russell Terrier, Chihuahua and
Corgis are all examples of amazing small dogs.

From their puppy dog eyes, adorable faces, their lovable affection, to their tiny little bodies, these dogs are sure to win over your hearts.

It’s adorable to see them waddle while they walk and look at you with their cute eyes like they worship you as their owner. I mean there is a reason why in “Legally Blonde’s” Elle Woods has a cute little pet Chihuahua in her purse almost at
all times.

Small dogs are great company, and have I mentioned they are so easy to carry if you have a bag with you.

Dogs like Maltese, Terriers and Corgis also can’t over power you if they get distracted and try to run away from you unlike most big dogs.

You don’t have to yank on their leash or even get pulled running after them because they are so small in size.

They are just so lightweight and easy to manage, who wouldn’t like to carry around a cute little puppy to kiss you.

In many cases can become a great accessory and perhaps even a great sidekick.

Now for the guys, there is a reason why girls love when guys have cute dogs with them. It shows people a different side of you that they normally do not get to see of you on a daily basis. It shows that you can be affectionate and sensitive which, to many females is a good quality.

Guys, if you have been trying to win over a girl this is the quality that might make females more attracted to you.

Even magazines like GQ and People are notorious for having male actors, models and artists pose with small dogs on their cover and spotlight stories. Photo editors from these magazines know what attracts people to read their publication.

If you also love to have a snuggle
buddy when you go to bed, small dogs will be the perfect size to wrap your arms around while you go to sleep.

They don’t take up your whole bed and will not fully wake you up if they roll around in the middle of the night. And if they do get into the wrong spot when you need to stretch out, you can just pick them up with one hand and move them.

They are a great pet to have when you are upset and need a little pick me up to get you through the tough times. They can see you cry when you want no one else to see you cry because you want to be alone.

Small dogs will not judge you, instead they will just cuddle and love you

Through times of breakups with your significant other, family troubles, stress from school or work, or from fights with your friends, they will always be there.

Whether you like small dogs or big dogs they will always keep you company no matter what.



For years people have been saying that dogs are a man’s best friends. I really like to say that a dog is anyone’s best friend.

Why dogs? Because they are so lovably awesome. My love for dogs started when I was a small child, probably somewhere around the age of five.

Like every other kid I wanted a dog to run around and play with. My mom was a big advocate for not having a dog and she made that very much known to me.

See, when my mom was a kid she had some bad luck with dogs. Throughout her being in elementary school and high school my mom went through eight dogs.

All of the dogs she had either died or ran away so for all the times I asked, the answer was no.

Naturally, all those times being told no just made me want dogs even more.

However I’m not writing here today to rant about my mother not loving me enough to get me a dog.

I’m here to talk about the different types of dogs, specifically, the sizes of dogs. Even though all dogs are cool, there are obviously some that are cooler than other.

For instance big dogs are so much more fun to have then small dogs. Actually now that I’m thinking about this, small dogs are the worst.

Tiny dogs such as Chihuahuas, Pomeranian’s, and Shih Tzus are pretty much useless to society.

First of all you can’t play with them cause their tiny and weird. Like one of my close family friends has a small Yorkshire Terrier and every time I went over there I had to be on high alert.

I literally had to walk while attentively watching the ground because I could easily crush this dog with my foot. I’m not going to lie, there were times when I didn’t pay attention and actually hit him. On accident of course, I did feel really bad after.

Sure I felt bad but like come on, this is just ridiculous. Not to mention smaller dogs need a lot more attention and care for.

I mean how can you even walk some of these tiny dogs. God forbid a hawk could very easily come down and scoop one up with ease.

Also, in my experience every tiny dog loves to bark at everything around it.

Probably because it’s so scared of everything since it’s so small.

Well I don’t know if you’ve ever heard a small dog bark but it is a high-pitched noise that is absolutely piercing to the ear.

Big dogs are a lot more fun to be around and you don’t necessarily need to care for them as much as small dogs.

I’m talking about breeds like Golden Retrievers, Bernese Mountain dogs, and Siberian Huskies. These dogs are bigger so they’re more likely to play a little rough, which is exactly what you should want.

My girlfriend has a Golden Retriever who weighs somewhere around 110 pounds. No lie, this dog is probably the top reason why I date her.

The dog is just so substantial compared to small dogs. He’s fun to run around with and just loves to play, which is something you don’t find in smaller dogs.

So there you have it folks. Get yourself a big dog and your life will be exponentially more amazing.

Favorite Cheesy Food: Mac and Cheese Bites

He Said: Anthony Mattariello

So we all know how much I love eating Mac and Cheese, especially with a spoon like a civilized human being.

This week, although involving Mac and Cheese, is way different. We’re talking macaroni and cheese bites.

For those of you that don’t know what they are, let me enlighten you. Essentially it’s a cluster of Mac and Cheese coated in flour, dipped in egg, rolled around in breadcrumbs and then fried in oil.

Mac and Cheese bites are something that is fairly new to me and I think they are fairly new in general. I was first introduced when I came to Sacred Heart, never hearing of them before.

Like most things in Connecticut I was bombarded with overly hyped accounts of people enjoying their Mac and Cheese bites.

So I took everyone’s advice and decided to eat some Mac and Cheese bites. I obviously went to Merritt Canteen. I really wouldn’t even know where else to get Mac and Cheese bites for that matter.

If you ever go to an event around school, they sometimes serve Mac and Cheese bites, or at least they serve a soggy piece of rubber that they like to call Mac and Cheese bites.

Well anyways, I walk into Merritt Canteen, say hello to the cashier and I get an order of Mac and Cheese bites. Along with a chili cheese dog…and a hot dog…and an order of fries…and a large root beer with no ice.

But by the way if you let places put ice in your soda then you’re the recipient of the biggest scam on earth.

Honestly, they put so much ice in your cup and the soda is cold anyway.

Sorry I keep going on these tangents, but I’ve been extra aggravated this week. I swear not to digress anymore.

Now back to the Mac and Cheese bites. I finally took a bite of one and I burnt my entire mouth so I had to let it air out for a while.

After taking a few gulps from the oodles of root beer I had, my mouth finally cooled down and I was able to go in for another bite and hopeful taste what everyone had been raving about.

I took a bite and this aura came over me. I felt enlightenment, deliverance, and a sense of calmness all at the same time.

As I chewed the Mac and Cheese bite I gained a certain knowledge. My mind was open to a new way of thinking.

I was thinking that Mac and Cheese bites are possibly the most overrated thing in the entire world.

I mean what is the big deal. It’s breaded Mac and Cheese that is a formula to burning your entire mouth.

Why wouldn’t you just eat regular Mac and Cheese? It’s way more delicious, easier to make and cheaper.

Literally when there was a shortage of Mac and Cheese bites I was the happiest I’ve ever been in my entire life.

Plus, of all the things that the Merritt Canteen has to offer, you get Mac and Cheese bites?

If you do, then do yourself a favor and rethink your decisions and maybe get an order of their wings because they are bomb.

She Said: Kelsey Hor

So earlier in the semester Anthony and I discussed the topic about what utensil would be easier to eat Mac and Cheese with, a fork or a spoon.

Now this week we will debate another form of the delicious food, Mac and Cheese bites.

Now I know what you’re thinking, there are so many fried treats to choose from. What I would normally consider carnival food is now being served in various different places such as the Merritt Canteen right by campus.

Menu’s at certain on-the-go food places offer different fried food such as fried Oreos which, if you ask me, are way too sweet. Fried pickles are a combination of sour, sweet and fried. There is funnel cake, which in my opinion is pure sugar. But Mac and Cheese bites stand out amongst the rest as the best possible choice of fried deliciousness.

I mean, Mac and Cheese bites are basically just a modified version of a favorite childhood food in bite size form.

What’s not to like?

When you’re on the go or in a rush this is a perfect treat for you.

These treats can usually be held without having to use a utensil which is more useful than you would think.

Since they are bite sized you can just pop one whole one into your mouth without judgment from others.

If you’re craving a delicious treat, you want Mac and Cheese, or you are on the go, Mac and Cheese bites will satisfy you on those times when you just need that extra cheesy good flavor.

Let’s say you’re doing something adventurous and you’re just craving something mouth-watering and satisfying.

Well, Mac and Cheese bites are a great option.

If you’re at a carnival with your friend or in a big city ready to go sightseeing, Mac and Cheese bites will most likely be somewhere nearby. So many restaurants have been adding these little treats to their menu because they’ve gotten so popular.

Also, who does not like fried food every once in a while?

Now I know it’s typically not good for you. If you’re on a health diet I can understand your struggle of trying to resist eating unhealthy, delicious treats but when it’s right in front of you, it’s hard not to be persuaded into just a tiny bite of that treat.

Mac and Cheese bites are just so good. They combine tasty flavors of cheesy delight and a fried food explosion in your mouth. It’s a mouth-watering sensation that is able to satisfy you throughout the entire day, maybe even the entire week.

Just think, to all of you who are on a health diet, if you take a couple of bites of that Mac and Cheese taste you’ll be satisfied enough that you might not even be craving another treat that will derail your diet until the following week.

If you like Mac and Cheese bites that’s great. If you don’t I hope you try it at least once. Who knows, you might actually find yourself enjoying it.

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