Cheerleading Team With High Expectations For Season: Pioneers Hope Talent Pays Off With Success

Sacred Heart's cheer team showing off their school spirit with Big Red at a football game. Photo courtesy of Sacred Heart University's cheer team.

Sacred Heart’s cheer team showing off their school spirit with Big Red at a football game. Photo courtesy of Sacred Heart University’s cheer team.

By Victoria Saporito

Contributing Writer

Sacred Heart University cheerleading squad will begin their season on Saturday, Dec. 10 against Nassau Community College in New York.

“I am most looking forward to the girls showcasing their routine,” said Head Coach CJ Sereno. “They’ve been working so hard and the talent on the team is extraordinary. It is the highest level of talent we have seen from SHU Cheer so far.”

This year’s team consists of 30 freshmen, nine sophomores, three juniors and four seniors. Being a team with so much young talent, they have been dedicated and committed to showing their competitive edge for years to come.

“There are so many expectations for the team because I see how talented and dedicated we are,” said junior captain Kristen Dallo. “Placing top five in nationals is our big goal and hitting our routine to the best of our ability is something that I expect from each and every girl and myself. I mainly just want to be the best captain possible.”

In 2014, the Pioneers claimed the program’s highest finish at the National Cheerleading Association National Championship in Daytona Beach, Fla. finishing in tenth place with the help of former head coach Aimee Piccin. In 2015 they took home another national title at the Universal Cheerleaders Association National Championship at Walt Disney World. They showed their improvement by finishing tied for sixth place.

“Our biggest competition is UCA Nationals in Orlando, Fla. This is the competition we have worked on for 10 months,” said Sereno. “This is one of the two largest competitions held for college cheerleading.”

Sereno is a former member of the Sacred Heart University cheerleading team, and served as the team captain during her senior year. Sereno competed in the UCA and NCA Nationals with Sacred Heart as a member of the competitive team, as well as Fairfield Warde High School before coming to Sacred Heart. Sereno is also currently working towards getting her Masters Degree.

“We had a lot of expectations at the start of our season in April,” said Sereno. “Fortunately for us, we have been able to meet those expectations thus far.”

This season, the upperclassmen and captains are very determined to set an example for their young team.

“Getting this position as a junior was such an honor, but also comes with a lot of nerves,” said Dallo. “You want to make sure you do everything right while being a leader and a teammate. I hope that I can succeed and I have high hopes that we can all complete our goals as a unit.”

The team is really looking forward to showcasing their talents and hard work.

“I am looking forward to showing everybody our routine. This year we have a lot of talent and I am very excited to show people what we have,” said senior captain Lauren Grieci.

Incorporating each individual’s talents will be the challenge for the team this coming year.

“We have such amazing girls this season that all bring something different to the mat so it will be exciting to see how we combine each girl’s talent in different ways,” said Dallo.

The team is excited for their start coming up.

“I expect my team to constantly put forth hard work, effort and dedication to the program on and off the mat,” said Sereno. “I expect them to display Sacred Heart Cheer in a positive way in anything they participate in.”

General Electric Purchase Student Reaction

“I think it’s a great opportunity for Sacred Heart to increase some of its smaller programs and will make it a contender with other larger universities in the future,” senior Cody Richard

“31.5 million dollars spent on that and yet we still have no parking,” senior Emily Paro

“I think it’s an awesome addition for SHU and will create more opportunities for students,” junior James Harnett

“As a growing university I think it’s a natural progression,” senior Samantha Haug

“With the purchase of GE I feel like SHU will become an economic powerhouse within Connecticut,” junior Samukh Sood

“I think this school is expanding so rapidly. It makes me proud to be a part of Sacred Heart. Ten years from now when I say that I went to SHU it will mean so much more,” junior Katherine Lindskog

“I think it’s a great investment. I’m just not excited about the tuition bill when it’s over and done with,” junior Wendy Estavien

“The purchase of GE is a great move for Sacred Heart. The outcome will be positive for the School of Computing that was recently developed. It should be great for some health and life science courses as well. An expansion like this is important when improving the higher education of the students at this campus,” junior Gabriel Martinez

Club Spotlight: Pioneer Magazine

Editor-in-Chief Carly Glowacky, working on the upcoming issue of Pioneer Magazine. Photo by Diana Hoffman/Spectrum.

Editor-in-Chief Carly Glowacky, working on the upcoming issue of Pioneer Magazine. Photo by Diana Hoffman/Spectrum.

By Christina Dimauro

Staff Reporter

Pioneer Magazine is a student-run publication at Sacred Heart University that releases two publications a year, one at the end of each semester.

The staff is currently comprised of around 15 students who work together to create every aspect of the magazine.

“It takes a lot to create a magazine that is relevant, visually appealing and interesting. The biggest thing that contributes to the success of the magazine is the staff,” said
professor Juliana Brittis, faculty advisor for the magazine.

Students work on the magazine for an entire semester, writing their own articles and creating their own layouts.

“All of the articles are written by our staff, photos and photo spreads are shot and
modeled by our staff and friends and all article layouts are staff designed,” said Brittis. “All of our students have different strengths and weaknesses so it really takes a team to help with the various aspects of the magazine’s creation.”

Students involved in Pioneer are responsible for learning how to write an article in Associated Press style, learning the basics of designs for magazines and creating layouts with Adobe InDesign.

“Pioneer is quite different from Spectrum despite the fact that we share many of the same staff members,” said Brittis.

The magazine is about a 60 page glossy spread, divided into five different sections, which can cover an array of topics.

Students brainstorm alongside Brittis at the beginning of the year for concepts and suggestions for the magazine that semester. They then start the process of working individually to create the magazine.

“My favorite part about working on the magazine is having the freedom to create the layouts ourselves,” said senior Kyle Drago. “I love being creative and working on graphic layouts and having the freedom to write our article, then being able to do the graphics for it really brings the project full circle for me.”

The editors work the most on the magazine and ensure that there is flow from one page to the next.

“It’s difficult because it’s student work, and everyone has a different style, but you want the magazine to be a cohesive unit and not something that changes from page to page,” said senior Carly Glowacky, Editor-in-Chief of the Pioneer Magazine.

Before the magazine is printed the editors and Professor Brittis work very hard to make sure that it is in perfect condition.

“We have to make sure a lot of small but critical steps are completed before the magazine goes to print,” said Glowacky. “Like making sure photos are the correct file format, the correct color space, making sure all articles are in the same typeface and point size, making sure everything fits within the margins, etc.”

This semester’s publication will be out on stands the first week of December.

“After a lot of long hours and days in the office, there is no better feeling than when the magazine is printed and out on stands. There is no better feeling than seeing my students eagerly flip through the pages of the magazine and getting to see all their hard work finally completed,” said Brittis. “I am so proud of my staff and am so lucky to work with a group of students who inspire and impress me on a daily basis.”

Noel Sets All-Time Passing Yards Record

Fifth year quarterback RJ Noel proving that he still has what it takes to be a successful quarterback. Photo by Sacred Heart Athletics.

Fifth year quarterback RJ Noel proving that he still has what it takes to be successful. Photo by Sacred Heart Athletics.

By Heather Keller

Staff Reporter

Before fifth year quarterback RJ Noel even steps onto the field for pregame, he is focused and ready to go. His mindset does not waiver in the presence of an opponent even if he is on the brink of breaking a record.

“My mindset has completely stayed the same since I started here. Go out and help the team win, that’s what I try to do each game,” said Noel. “Everything that comes along with it just comes.”

The Pioneers traveled to New Britain, Conn. to face the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils on Saturday, Nov. 5. Despite falling to the Blue Devils 37-35, Noel was 20-for-32 on the day for 263 yards with three touchdowns and an interception, according to a press release from Sacred Heart Athletic Communications.

In the fourth quarter, Noel was able to secure yardage with a 12-yard pass to senior running back, Nate Chavious, in which Noel broke the Sacred Heart University all-time career passing yards record with 8,869 yards. The record was 8,803 yards, which was held by Dale Fink from 2007-2010.

During the game, Noel also became the second active Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) quarterback to have 100 total touchdowns. He now has 80 passing touchdowns and 22 rushing touchdowns.

“Setting a record at any level is kind of special, but at a collegiate level it’s tougher competition and means more than in high school,” said Noel.

In response to his individual record, Noel gave credit to the offense that supports him and their ability to execute.

“If you have good enough wide receivers like we do here, you can spread the ball out and get the ball in the playmakers hands so they can go to work,” said Noel.

“Chemistry and connection is apparent between the offensive players, which makes a difference in the game,” said fifth year senior Moses Webb. “As a receiver, once you and the quarterback get on the same page it all just goes uphill from there,” said Webb.

According to Noel’s biography on the Sacred Heart Athletics website, he came into college with athletic achievements and ability, having broken 14 school records during his time at Lowell High School in Massachusetts.

“We red-shirted him his freshman year so he could get used to the offense, he has matured as far as he knows the ins and outs of everything,” said head coach Mark Nofri. “He makes all of the checks at the line of scrimmage for the offensive line, he sets the protections, so I guess you could say he’s got the keys to the car.”

Webb and Noel have gone through the program together, which has given both of them the opportunity to watch each other grow and become consistent stand out players.

“Everything he [RJ] says, we listen to. Basically his leadership is the reason why we are here. It’s the reason why he has had success, and the reason why Sacred Heart as a program has had success too,” said Webb.

Nofri has pride in the dedication Noel has put into the program and to his own athletic growth in his time as a Pioneer.

“31-12 in his career, four consecutive winning seasons, he’s been to the playoffs twice, and won a Northeast Conference Championship twice,” said Nofri. “I’m just extremely proud of where he was as a freshman, where he is now and what he has done for our program.”

The Pioneers, led by Noel, will conclude their regular season against Bryant on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 12 p.m. at Campus Field.

Krufka Sets All-Time Kills Record

Senior, Sarah Krufka, who set the all-time kills record, serves the ball hoping to bring home a win. Photo by Sacred Heart Athletics.

Senior, Sarah Krufka, who set the all-time kills record, serves the ball hoping to bring home a win. Photo by Sacred Heart Athletics.

By William Callahan

Contributing Writer

It was only a matter of time for Sarah Krufka, a senior Division I volleyball captain and record breaker.

Krufka has eclipsed previous record holder Tricia Moore’s school record of 1,447 kills. Krufka now stands alone with 1,453 kills, and counting.

“I really didn’t think it was a possible goal until last year,” said Krufka. “My dad and I sat down and tallied up how many kills I got and we figured out how much I needed for this year, so it’s been in the back of my head all year long.”

Success and setting records are nothing new to Krufka, as she has emerged as one of the best players and leaders on the team.

“Sarah is a very dominant offensive player,” said head coach Rob Machan. “Other teams almost always focus their defense specifically on her but she still manages to put up incredible numbers.”

The opportunity to break records did not hinder the focus of Krufka.

“Even with all the attention on her this season in her pursuit to break the record, she continues to excel,” said Machan. “That also opens up other areas on the court for other players to make an impact.”

Krufka’s record chasing season has not slowed down the team as they have stormed to a 12-1 conference record, with their only loss occurring against Central Connecticut State. Overall, the team is 21-7 on the year so far.

“A lot of not only my success, but the team’s success, is due to everyone on the team,” said Krufka. “I wouldn’t be where I am today without the help of my teammates.”

Two of Krufka’s most important teammates who aided in her accomplishment are redshirt junior Kiki Robinson and senior Ana Gonzalez. Robinson plays setter and Gonzalez is the libero.

“Watching Sarah get the record was definitely cool for us to watch and be a part of,” said Robinson. “She’s worked extremely hard over the past four years to get to where she is.”

She’s going to be very important for us in order to win the NEC tournament this year for sure,” said Gonzalez.  “Each year she always puts us in a position to win.”

In her freshman campaign, Krufka was named NEC Rookie of the Year in 2013-14, as she finished with 323 kills in 31 matches, good for seventh in the conference.  She improved in her sophomore season finishing with 347 kills, good for third in the NEC.

Krufka’s junior season is her best one to date as she was last season’s NEC Player of the Year. She led the conference in kills with 466 and led the Pioneers to the NEC Tournament.

“There are so many reasons why Sarah is a great player,” said Machan. “She has a great attitude, she’s team-first and has tremendous foot speed for a right side hitter, along with great arm speed allowing her to hit the ball hard.”

With the record now intact, Krufka and the rest of the team are focused on winning the NEC tournament.

“It’s definitely a weight off my shoulders because now I can focus on playing my game,” said Krufka.

The women’s volleyball team’s last regular season game was on Nov. 13 in a rematch against Central Connecticut State. Sacred Heart won the match 3-2.

“I feel really confident in these next two weeks that we’re going to play really well,” said Gonzalez.

The women’s volleyball team will begin the first round of the NCAA tournament on Dec. 1.

Giaquinto To Step Down Following 2017 Season

By Victoria Saporito

Contributing Writer

Sacred Heart University’s head baseball coach Nick Giaquinto has announced that the 2017 season will be his last after 29 years.

Throughout his career at Sacred Heart, he lead the Pioneers to seven consecutive Northeast Conference (NEC) Championship Games winning it all in 2015 totaling four championships during his coaching career. He also took the team to the NCAA Regional Tournament three times, finishing eighth in the country at the College World Series in 1992.          

“I think having an experienced coach is valuable,” said senior catcher and captain Jake Friar. “But possibly the most important thing is having a coach that understands his players. And coach G [Giaquinto] had both.”

Giaquinto began coaching the Pioneers in 1988 after his football careers with the Miami Dolphins and Washington Redskins came to a close. Giaquinto graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1979. He was drafted to the Miami Dolphins after a solid career. He currently holds the school’s all-time single-game rushing record with 277 yards in 1976. Giaquinto would go on to compete in four NFL seasons and two Super Bowls in 1982 and 1993.

Being a Bridgeport native and a Stratford High School standout player, Giaquinto has marked his legacy in both professional football and college baseball.

“The player-coach relationship is unique, especially in baseball, but I think coach understands his players better than most,” said Friar.

Giaquinto has sent four of his players off to their journey to minor league baseball. Those players include former shortstop Zack Short, along with pitchers Kody Kerski, Troy Scribner and Jason Foley.

“One of coach G’s greatest lessons is about preparation,”said Friar. “That includes physical and mental preparation. Coach gave us the necessary reps at the plate and in the field. He also had a unique set of mental drills that helped us better embrace the adversity we face game in and game out. In many ways this has helped me as a baseball player and it has also taught me valuable lessons for life.”

The Pioneers are expecting to finish this season successfully as Giaquinto hands the torch over to the current assistant coach Nick Restaino.

Restaino has been with the organization for two seasons and has been a tremendous asset to the team. He served as the hitting coach for Southern Connecticut State University’s baseball team in 2014 after being the head coach at Fordham University for seven seasons.

Restaino led Fordham to the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament four times, with an overall count of 196 wins. During his coaching career, he has sent 13 of his players to the Majors and six more to sign professional contracts. He has coached 14 All-Conference players, seven Louisville Slugger All-Americans, and six ECAC All-Stars.

The Pioneers finished their season last year with a record of 30-28, consisting of 282 scored runs in 58 games with 23 home runs, an overall .265 batting average and .346 on base percentage.

The Pioneers hope to send coach Giaquinto off with another championship title while continuing to build their program legacy. After guiding the Pioneers to 608 wins and back-to-back ECAC Championships, Giaquinto will be a staple in the history of Pioneers baseball forever.

Giaquinto, Northeast Region and Northeast Conference Coach of the Year award winner, will tip his hat to Sacred Heart University’s baseball team one last time this year.

“Our expectations are the same as always,” said Friar. “One pitch at a time and compete as hard as we can. Coach wouldn’t want it any other way.”          

Rowing Tops Fairfield In SHU Scare Dual Meet

Sacred Heart rowing team dominates at their first meet last Saturday, coming in first place. Photo by Sacred Heart Athletics.

Sacred Heart rowing team dominates at their first meet last Saturday, coming in first place. Photo by Sacred Heart Athletics.

By Dan Marro

Staff Reporter

On Oct. 29 the women’s rowing team defeated Fairfield University in the SHU Scare Dual Meet.

“Winning any competition feels good, but this one had a different kind of meaning,” said Sacred Heart’s women’s rowing head coach Niceta Mantescu. “We’ve been chasing Fairfield for years and despite the fact that in small boats, we were able to win races against them. We never came close in the eights before.”

In fact, Mantescu went on to say that her girls recorded the fastest eight time for the program since 2013 finishing with the time of 7:10.30.

“I went into the meet feeling confident that we had a lot of strength and good technique training,” said senior captain Sarah Poirer. “It was just a matter of getting out there and seeing where we were in comparison to Fairfield.”

The Pioneers were able to defeat the Stags in four of the six events that were held including the Varsity 8 event, 4+ team twice and the novice 8.

Both Mantescu and Poirer credit the win over Fairfield to the hard work and dedication the team has been putting in all fall.

“We’ve been working hard all fall,” said Mantescu. “The hard work we put in and the strength of our freshmen class I believe has contributed to our success, not just in this particular race, but in all the fall races we’ve had thus far.”

The longer races proved to be a challenge for the Pioneers, but it was one they were able to overcome.

“Since we’re in our long distance season it was hard racing the shorter sprint races,” said Poirer. “We did workouts at higher intensities and shorter durations leading up to the race to prepare us.”

Although the confidence level is high, both Mantescu and Porier certainly see room for improvement heading into the final race of the fall.

“There is always room for improvement,” said Mantescu. “This win is a confidence booster, but we still have a long way to go if we want the winning streak to continue. We need to get to the point where we can say we have 24 rowers competitive enough to take on anyone in our conference.”

Both the coach and her rowers felt as though the team could continue to improve and build momentum for their final event that took place on Nov. 6. Prior to the race, Mantescu and her rowers voiced their thoughts.

“Although the win [against Fairfield] feels great, there is always more to work on,” said Poirer. “Whether that is better technique, more efficient rowing stroke or just getting stronger. It is a great feeling knowing that I’m that strong and I can get even stronger and get even faster with every practice as long as the motivation is there.”

The Pioneers concluded their fall season by competing at The Head Of The Hooch in Chattanooga, Tenn. Their excitement level was through the roof especially following their latest win.

“The Head of the Hooch is personally one of my favorite races of the fall season,” said Poirer.

The team is hoped to have as many rowers as possible take part in the event.

“Last year we only took five rowers there but they performed well,” said Mantescu.“We qualified for the events this year and now we doubled the squad that will participate. If we perform well and keep all the events qualified, next year we hope to go back with even more team members.”

Men’s and Women’s Hoops Gearing Up For Season: Basketball Teams Excited For The Road Ahead

Sacred Heart University women's basketball preparing for a very anticipated season. Photo by Sacred Heart Athletics.

Sacred Heart University women’s basketball preparing for a very anticipated season. Photo by Heather Keller/Spectrum.

By Carolyn Eckel

Staff Reporter

The Sacred Heart University’s men’s and women’s basketball teams are looking to start their 2016-17 season strong.

For the women’s team, head coach Jessica Mannetti has been with the women for four seasons now. The men’s coach, Anthony Latina, has been with the men’s basketball team as the head coach for four seasons, but has been with the team for a total of eight years.

Both the women’s and men’s basketball team claim that their biggest rival game coming up will be against Fairfield University.

“Obviously Fairfield is a rivalry because we open up with them, and they are down the street, familiar with one another,” said Anthony Latina. “Conference play I would say Central Connecticut, geographically they are our rival.”

With the 2016-17 season coming up, senior guard Adaysha Williams who has been with the women’s team since her freshman year is looking forward to showing the younger girls the ropes.

“From the older players, and those who have been here, it is important to just carry over from last season. I think we did a really good job making conference, being able to adjust to what is going on,” said Williams.

As for the men’s team, they have a lot of new players on the team. They are working together to be joined unit. Latina led the team in their progress from tenth place in the NEC, to fifth, to the most recent place of second.

“We hope that the next natural progression is to be first, once we get to first or remain in second, we hope to stay there for a little bit and build a consistent win, that’s always the goal,” said Latina.

As for the women, the upcoming season is crucial for their record, after their last
season, when the Pioneers lost in the conference finals by five points.

“My goal is to get back to the championship game to really be a presence in the NEC, obviously finish in the top of our conference, carry over winning potentially another regular season championship and getting that banner for the NEC tournament,” said Mannetti.

In order to get there, the women have set short term goals which include practicing and conditioning every day and to prepare for the tournament.

“We have a great group of young women and coaching staff, but I definitely hope to see more student participation at more games, for both the men’s and women’s team,” said Williams.

With the opener being less than a week away, both teams are practicing hard and working towards their goal.

“The goal for me as a coach here at a university that is a special place is to build the program that the university and the people will be proud of. That’s always been my biggest goal,” said Latina.

Both the men and women have their opening game at the Webster Bank Arena against Fairfield University on Nov. 11. The women’s game tips off at 5 p.m. with the men’s game scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

Club Spotlight: Hearts United

By Hannah O’Brien

Staff Reporter

Hearts United is a service club at Sacred Heart University formed to help the United States veterans and active duty military personnel.

The club’s members aid veterans by joining programs and activities catering to the their personal needs. Beyond this, Hearts United helps with providing services to active members stationed abroad. This club gives back to the men and women who have fought for our country.

“I would like to see as many students as possible become involved because military personnel and our nation’s veterans need all the support they can get,” said professor Gary Rose, advisor for Hearts United. “By raising awareness of veterans issues and how difficult it can be for members of military to be deployed, then I’m sure the club will continue to thrive,”

As of 2014, U.S. News’s website reported there are 21.8 million veterans of the armed forces in the United States. Census.gov had a statistic proving 3.8 million veterans had disabilities connected with serving our country. These disabilities included injuries or diseases related to or brought upon during active military service.

“Vets have multiple needs that go far beyond those of most people who have never served in the military. Plus, helping veterans is the honorable thing for a country to do,” said Rose.

“The framework and vision I have for Hearts United is for our club members to introduce their own new idea to raise funds and volunteer for the assistance of veterans,” said junior and president of Hearts United Nick Cavallone.

In previous years, Hearts United has worked solely with the veterans side and post-service status of military personnel.

“One of our main goals was to connect with veterans here on campus and this year we were able to, under Nick Quinzi’s leadership as President of the SHU Vets Club. Working together with them have produced great results for both of our clubs, and we are so glad to be able to help these vets in our school community,” said Cavallone.

Hearts United started this past year sending care packages to active duty personnel. The club’s members are also in the process of sponsoring military reserve united when they deploy overseas.

This club, alongside the SHU Vets Club, a club established to educate students on life as a veteran as well as how to help out with student veterans, created a new program called SHU’s Own Deployed. The purpose of this program is to denote care packages to Sacred Heart’s own students and alumni deployed overseas.

“We just sent out our first set of boxes last week and we are looking forward to getting together more supplies and support to assist our deployed Pioneers,” said Cavallone.

The members continue to strive to complete various goals they have planned for the year as they honor their motto: united by love, divided by duty.

Pioneer Players’ Improv Showcase

By Jessica Andriani

Staff Reporter

Sacred Heart University’s Improv team is prepared and hopeful to make campus laugh again with their interactive improvisation show to be held on Nov. 10 at 10:10 p.m. in the Little Theatre.

Even though the university’s Theatre Arts Program, otherwise known as TAP, has helped become a part of campus life for at least four years, their name has gone through a variety of changes. The improv team has gone from Sacred Heart Improv Troup, to The Awkward Handshakes, to their current name of The Pioneer Players.

Since the start of this academic year, Pioneer Players has already put on two performances.

Rehearsals with the team are open for anyone to join and up to 12 students are chosen to perform in their monthly showcase.

“Currently there are about 22 regular members who perform at rehearsals, and that number grows every week,” said junior Edward Feeley, leader of The Pioneer Players.

The Pioneer Players’ showcases are focused on making up their humor as they go along, using a slew of jokes and games to keep the performance moving. The upcoming performance will consist of a series of games in which the student performers are put in humorous and out of the ordinary situations.

“People can expect a good time and a good laugh at the upcoming show. We know the games we’re playing, but we don’t know what’s going to happen on stage since that’ll be based on what the audience gives us,” said Feeley.

The Improv Team is confident in their acting skills and are ready to perform.pio

“They can definitely expect to laugh. Improv always ends up in a funny situation, especially because of the amount of creativity our team members possess,” said Nick Patino, President of the Theatre Arts Program.

Pioneer Players plays a variety of games during their shows to display their improvisation skills. Since nothing is fully rehearsed or scripted, the team is able to work on the fly to create something new each time for the audience. Working off of the audience’s reactions is what makes each performance unique and what makes for a different outcome every time.

“The improv games can vary on complexity, but they’re all very fun and entertaining. One of our mainstay games is Lazy Susan, it involves four performers rotating between four two-person scenes. One of the new ones we’re introducing in this show is Household Olympics, in which two performers are commentators to a competition between two other performers who are competing in a household chore,” said Feeley.

Improvers go on to explain other games that students expect to see on stage during their show.

“One game that I am frequently in is called Mood Swings. Two actors act out a scene, and throughout it the caller shouts out different moods given by the audience that the actors then adapt to. I find it very easy to play off emotion like this, and it usually works well with an audience,” said Patino.

Rehearsals for the improv team are every Tuesday and Wednesday from 8-9:30 p.m. and are open to everyone.

Overall the improv troupe knows that everyone involved always has one another’s back, on stage and off.

“I think the thing that makes our improv team unique are the people and the atmosphere. We have so many different people who come and rehearse each week, some TAP members and other non-TAP members. Each person brings their skills to the table and they really just show their stuff and we all support each other,” said junior Emily Shea.

 

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