Campus Cube: Delivering Care Packages Near You

By Tessa Kielbasa

Staff Reporter

Campus Cube is an online service that allows family and friends to send college students care packages. It provides a way to stay in contact while students are away and attending school.

The company is based out of New York City and strives to provide fun and useful packages to its customers.

“I always run out of small items that I need. It can also let me know that someone is thinking about me,” said sophomore Helena Kizildag.

According to the Campus Cube website, the company was founded in 2016 in hopes of helping families “offer support and encouragement to students.”

It offers boxes full of snacks and small gadgets that can be useful for college students.

“Snacks, candy, something to distract me from my school work is always good,” said sophomore Bryana Caraballo.

The website states that the boxes come in themes including spring and winter semesters, but there is also an anytime cube option that can be sent.

The women’s Anytime Cube comes with a pillowcase, gourmet chocolate chip cookies, face wash and other gifts. The spring semester specific cube comes with chocolate covered pretzels, inflatable flamingo coaster, hair ties, as well as other gadgets and snacks.

“It’s a great way to receive items you’re actually going to use,” said senior Jessica Salvadore.

The men’s Campus Cube comes with similar snack items, but different gadgets designed for guys. The Anytime Cube comes with a water bottle, razor and a smartphone wallet. The spring semester cube contains foaming shaving gel, sunscreen lip balm and a variety of gourmet snacks.

The Anytime Cube is priced at $44.95 and the spring semester cube is listed at $39.95. The boxes ship for free via FedEx.

After the boxes are received by students they can be turned into dorm room storage to make living at school easier. The cubes can then be stacked and turned into cubbies.

“Instead of wasting the box and throwing it out, I can use it to store either school books, important papers and other miscellaneous items,” said Caraballo.

While not many Sacred Heart University students have received Campus Cubes, they think the packages are a good idea.

“I always run out of snacks for studying,” said Kizildag. “College students can never have enough.”

The cubes can come in a birthday themed box as well, containing an inflatable birthday crown, a personalized card, treats and other party goodies.

Past cube themes have been October, Back to School and Winter. The company also can put gluten-free snacks in their care packages.

The company website claims that students like getting care packages and their product is a convenient way to send students a gift.

“I was really homesick my freshman and sophomore year. It would be a good reminder of your family and friends back home,” said Salvadore.

Club Spotlight: “The Pulse”

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Members of last semeter’s “The Pulse” after an episode shot in Martire alongside Professor Alicastro. Photo courtesy of The Pulse.

By Natalie Cioffari

Editor-in-Chief

Did you know that Sacred Heart University has its own television and magazine show entirely run and produced by students?

“The Pulse” is one of the many media organizations the university offers.

It is taught by Professor Joseph Alicastro, Coordinator of News & Broadcasting in the Master’s of Communication program and 30 year veteran producer of NBC News.

Typically, a student starts out in CM-171, Broadcast News Reporting. There they learn the basics of how a professional show is run, basic video editing and interview skills and what makes a story on a news show.

From there, they can advance to the higher class levels of “The Pulse,” which are CM-271, TV News Magazine I and CM-371, TV News Magazine II.

“I enjoy working in production with ‘The Pulse’ because it helps me gain hands on experience that I will use in the work place,” said senior producer Nicole Granito. “From editing to directing, ‘The Pulse’ has helped me learn all different positions in the control room, assisting with pre-production, and helping with post-production.”

Although this is a class, any student is welcome to participate in “The Pulse.”

Since the organization has been established, “The Pulse” has created over 12 full shows and over 50 individual stories.

Stories range from topics of news, features or sports. Whether they are a student producer or reporter, everyone that participates in the organization has grown as a whole.

“Working with the class/team is awesome,” said senior producer Thomas Spierto. “You have to be on top of things 24/7, and that is only preparing you for the real world. Watching the other student’s videos progress from a script to a finished product for the show is a great thing to see.”

The club members and classmates can also agree that Alicastro has helped them fine tune their editing and video skills for their future careers.

“Going into CM-171, I was very timid because I did not know much about video editing,” said senior reporter Gabriella Nutile, co-copy and features editor of The Spectrum. “But because Professor Alicastro is such a great teacher and person in general, he has made myself and my peers turn into true story tellers.”

During class, Alicastro and the students critique each other’s work. This process normally takes about two weeks, which includes going out and shooting material and writing scripts. From there, the show is produced in Studio A and Control Room A.

The producers assign everyone a particular role in the studio and the control room, and everyone has the opportunity to try out different positions.

“I enjoy creating and planning the rundown of the show. What we are doing now gives me a sense of how an actual show is run, from creating graphics to writing the script,” said Spierto.

“The Pulse” is currently being produced in post- production, which means the edit they show and the stories separately. However, they are working towards becoming even more professional.

“In the future I hope we are able to go completely live with the show and have it broadcasted on the TVs around campus. It will give students a chance to see all of our hard work and what has been going on around campus,” said Granito.

You can watch the newest show on their website, http://thepulseshu.weebly.com.

If you are interested in joining “The Pulse,” you can contact Alicastro at alicastroj@sacredheart.edu

Yale University Changes Name of Controversial College

By Nicole Croteau

Staff Reporter

On Feb. 11, Yale University announced that they will be renaming one of their residential colleges from Calhoun College to Grace Mary Hopper College.

Yale students and members of the community expressed their unrest for the original name due to former Vice President John C. Calhoun’s repuation for being a white supremecist and a supporter of slavery.

After many years of discussing the renaming of the college, the university decided that it was best to not have any negativity associated with the school.

Yale trustees said the Ivy League university is renaming Calhoun College after computer scientist Grace Murray Hopper, a mathematician who earned Yale degrees in the 1930s, invented a pioneering computer programming language and became a Navy rear admiral.

Some students approve of Yale’s choice to rename the college, due to the suspected negative connotation that preceeded the original name.

“I believe that the name change of Calhoun College is very appropriate, as Yale University realigns its mission and values with the student body, faculty and institution,” said junior Leah Ferriby. “I believe that this culturally and racially diverse population that makes up Yale should honor a more progressive leader such as Grace Murray Hopper who displayed a legacy to her country.”

The university’s president, Peter Salovey, made the decision to rename the university along with the board of trustees known as the Yale Corporation in August of 2016.

“The decision to change a college’s name is a very big decision that can reflect good or poorly on the university,” said junior Mary Garside. “The article explains that Calhoun’s legacy as a white supremacist no longer aligns with the university. I think that the renaming of the college is a good idea because our world is very different than it once was and it will look poorly on the university if they are advocating for a man that supported slavery.”

Some students argued that Calhoun left behind a tarnished legacy.

University officials said the school will not remove other dedications to Calhoun on campus. It also won’t discourage alumni if they want to continue associating with the Calhoun name instead of Grace Hopper College.

After teaching math at Vassar College in New York for nearly a decade, Hopper enlisted in the Navy and “used her mathematical knowledge to fight fascism during World War II,” said the university in a statement about Hopper’s legacy.

While there are still varying opinions about Yale’s decision to rename the college, some feel that this initial action is a step in the right direction.

“As Yale University looks towards the future, I strongly believe that changing Calhoun College’s name to honor Grace Murray Hopper would accurately reflect the university and student body’s identities as leaders that support and encourage service, innovation and fearlessness,” said Ferriby.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

The Struggle to Diet in College When Food is Life: A Memoir

By Natalie Cioffari

Editor-In-Chief

Every morning when I wake up, I am thinking about food. Every night before I go to sleep, I am thinking about food.

Sound familiar? If you’re anything like me, food is life.

Food is something that can make or break your day. When was the last time you finished a pizza unhappy? The answer is never. When was the last time you felt sad after indulging in ice cream? The answer is, again, never.

Unfortunately, however, all those pizza and ice cream trips can start to add up. Even though you might try to ignore the fact that your diet mainly consists of carbs, and that your favorite pants are starting to feel tight, you realize that maybe something has to change.

I used to be a competitive athlete in high school where I exercised six days a week and the only carb I ate was the occasionally pasta before the game. If you do not believe me, I am sure my mom will be happy to pull out the photo album.

Well, all that stopped when I got to college. I wasn’t playing competitively anymore, and I got really used to watching Netflix and ordering food to be delivered to my dorm. I mean, I had Chinese, pizza and burgers all at my finger tips – I mean, who can resist?

At first, it seemed disgusting to eat fast and fried food every week, but hey, I guess people change their mind when they do not have mom and dad controlling what’s for dinner.

What’s worse is that during the summer before my senior year I discovered Merritt Canteen, Jerry’s Pizza and Golden Empire Chinese. Yes, I know I am late to the game, but seriously though, how did I survive without those three restaurants?

Of course, eating all those kinds of foods can take a tole on your body and mind. You start feeling sad because the “freshman 15” becomes the “every year 15.”

Yet, I do not think I could ever give up pizza or Chinese food. That is like giving up breathing: you simply cannot survive without it.

Dieting, or should I say watching what you eat, in college is quite difficult. If you’re twenty one, you have Red’s Pub with cheap beer and great bar food. If you have access to a computer, you can order food online to be delievered your dorm or house. If you have a car, you can drive to any fast food place you want at anytime of day.

Seriously though, shout out to McDonalds, Burger King and Merritt being on the same strip. Like, am I really going to deny my boyfriend when he suggests a trip to Merritt or McDonalds? Boyfriend plus burgers equals double the happiness.

Believe me, I tried the whole “diet” thing and it only made me even more upset because I stopped eating the things I loved all together. However, during the process of it all, I found ways to eat my favorite things without binging a whole days worth of calories in one Chinese food order.

Look, I am no expert at any of this stuff, I’ll admit to that. Yet, I do firmly believe that making small changes in your life, whatever that may be, is a step in the right direction.

No one said I ever had to give up pizza, I just can’t have it two to three days out of the week. If anything, I made it to be a specialty food that I only eat when I go out with friends or family.

That one small change led to another small change that led to me taking an oath to only go to the drive-thru once a month.

For those of you out there struggling, I feel you. It’s hard, but remember, baby steps. You got this. We got this.

Now, who wants to go get some ice cream?

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