Marriott Residents Coming to Toussaint

By Anthony Santino

Co-Perspectives Editor

Over the past few months, Sacred Heart University has undergone many changes.

While the university has expanded greatly, the plans for new residence halls and the expansion of the Upper Quad are still underway.

The newest residence hall, Toussaint Hall, named after the first African American saint is set to open its doors following the imminent completion of its renovation.

It will be a modern, quad style residence hall within a short walking distance to the William H. Pitt Center, JP’s Diner and Linda’s.

It’s anticipated that students will be able to move into the new hall sometime in November or early December of 2017.

However, while waiting for these new dorms to be ready, a number of students have to stay at the Trumbull Marriott Merritt Parkway.

This has been a housing option for a number of years, but the influx of new students and incomplete status of Toussaint Hall has made it a more necessary living option than ever.

“I personally don’t enjoy the thought of having to move back and forth,” said senior Atene DiLuca. “By the time I have to move into Toussaint Hall, I will be comfortable with living at the hotel.”

Sophomore Fernando Gonzalez agrees with DiLuca’s sentiments, but still sees a benefit to his temporary living arrangement.

“Having to move midway through the year is an inconvenience, yet the privilege to have a new dorm is a solid added incentive,” said Gonzalez.

With most freshmen and some upperclassmen not having access to a car, shuttle service is one of their only options to get to campus.

“I often have to go early just to be on time for my classes,” said Gonzalez.

Even with any hassles related to being distant from campus Sacred Heart residents of the Marriott face, the completion of Toussaint Hall will significantly alleviate such obstacles.

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.

Sacred Heart University Holds Fresh Check Day

By Brendan Capuano

Staff Reporter

As finals week quickly approaches at colleges across the country, 27 graduate students in the Sacred Heart University physician’s assistant program have taken proactive measures to educate students about the importance of mental health at this stressful time of year.

“College students and people that were, or are currently in the military are at highest risk for taking their own lives, and it’s still a topic that is very much not discussed in mainstream, we get to people too late far too often. Our eyes aren’t open, our antennas aren’t out the way it needs to be,” said Dr. Dale Atkins.

At Atkins is a psychologist, author, motivational speaker, and frequent commentator on NBC’s Today Show and CNN’s Headline News programs on the topic of mental health and suicide.

Fresh Check Day is a national program run by the Jordan Porco Foundation to educate students about mental health awareness, as well as destress in the week leading up to finals.

“The Jordan Porco Foundation was founded in 2011 by Ernie and Marisa Porco after they lost their son, Jordan, to suicide when he was a freshman in college,” said the Jordan Porco Foundation (JPF) website.

The website also said that the Foundation is committed to preventing suicide in high school and colleges through awareness, education, and by challenging the stigmas around mental health.

Various booths were set up across the 63’s patio and were sponsored by various clubs and organizations.

The Wellness Center, Public Safety, the office of Campus Ministry, s.w.e.e.t. Peer Educators, therapy dogs, 100 Reasons to Live, and a rock wall sponsored by the Rise Up campaign against sexual assault, and more had a presence at the event.

Clinical Assistant Professor in the Health Science department, Dr. Deborah List, was instrumental in bringing this event to campus for its fifth year. “Certainty we need this event on campus to emphasize the importance of mental health awareness,” said List.

According to the JPF website one in ten college students contemplates suicide.

“That means nine out of ten students have an opportunity to help each one who is struggling,” said the JPF website.

“Nine out of Ten” is a program run by the JPF to give students the resources to identify a person in need of help. The nine out of ten website says that suicide is the second leading cause of death for college students

“Nine out of Ten” also sites the signs of someone at risk of committing suicide are isolation, trouble in school, change in mood/behavior, seeming depressed or anxious, risk-taking/recklessness/self-harm, taking about suicide, eating and sleeping issues, experiencing trauma, and giving away possessions.

“I was very honored to be asked to be here,” said Atkins “Something like this is a wonderful, fun, open, inclusive way of addressing the many different ways people can become aware of taking care of their own mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional health.”

“Fresh Check Day is a great way to take the pulse of our students while they’re out having fun. Our students’ mental health needs are every bit as important as their physical and educational needs, ” said President John J. Petillo on the Fresh Check Day website. “There’s no room for stigma when it comes to the well-being of our students.”

 

Sacred Heart University to Host Walk to End Violence Against Women and Girls

By John Cerretani

Staff Reporter

On Sunday, April 30, Sacred Heart University will host a Walk to End Violence Against Women and Girls, in order to raise awareness for abuse and violence against females.

This event will be sponsored by The Center for Family Justice Inc. as well as Sacred Heart University’s Delta Tau Delta fraternity.

The walk will be held at the university’s new West Campus that has been recently acquired from General Electric. It will also be the university’s opening of this part of campus.

There will be many speakers in attendance including, President Dr. John J. Petillo, Title IX Coordinator Leonora Campbell, President and CEO of The Center for Family Justice Inc. Debra Greenwood, Fairfield Police Chief Gary MacNamara, as well as members of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity.

“This is an event that we really look forward to, as it is for such an important cause,“ said Delta Tau Delta member Greg Argenio.

The Delta Tau Delta fraternity is very involved on campus with their stance to end violence against women, and will be playing a very key part in this event.

Some members of Delta Tau Delta and other participants in the walk will be walking in high heels to represent their solidarity and support to all women.

Chapter President of Delta Tau Delta, Ryan Cannata will also be speaking at the event about the fraternity’s dedication to their philanthropy this year.

“Delta Tau Delta’s local philanthropy is what really made me want to get involved in Greek life, it is such an important issue and the fact that any organization made it their top priority really stood out to me,“ said Argenio.

The event will also recognize the Fairfield Police and other first responders for their efforts to aid Caitlin Nelson on March 30, 2017.

Debra Greenwood, who is also speaking at the event, is a Sacred Heart University alumna, and is also the President and CEO of The Center for Family Justice Inc.

Greenwood feels very strongly about the need for awareness of this problem, and the desire to preserve the rights of all women.

In a statement released by the university, Greenwood spoke about the event and Sacred Heart University’s involvement in it.

“I am very proud of the University for hosting its very own event this year. There is a strong chemistry among Sacred Heart’s community that I am very proud to be part of. We know the turnout for this event will be huge, and SHU’s community will come together to raise awareness of the number of sexual assaults that occur at universities across the country,” said Greenwood.

 

Hailey Hastings: First Female Mr. SHU Contestant

By Nicole Croteau

Staff Reporter

Mr. SHU is an annual competition that takes place at Sacred Heart University where 10 male students compete against one another in order to obtain the title of Mr. SHU.

However, for the first time ever, the Mr. SHU competition has its first female entry.

Hailey Hastings, a junior art and design major, decided to compete in this formally-known all male competition for the same reasons as the men.

“A lot of people think I am a part of Mr. SHU as some feminist movement, but really I’m in it for the same reasons all the other guys are,” said Hastings. “People are more similar than different. We often forget that because of how we are told to separate different groups, whether it be race or gender. I think I have opened the floodgates on this one. Either it will go back to being all guys, or it’ll be like the scene in ‘The Shining.’ Either way it will be interesting to see how the fate of the competition changes.”

The competition will feature nine male students and one female student competing against one another for the title of Mr. SHU.

Some students are interested in this new change and are supportive of Hastings’ entry.

“Mr. SHU has always been a friendly competition that brings the SHU community together in a funny way. I think that this year’s show will be great and I am excited for it,” said junior Louis Stober. “More power to Hailey for wanting to compete this year. I think it is very brave of her to break out of her comfort zone to try and earn the title of Mr. SHU. I know I personally won’t look at her any differently than my other competitors.”

Mr. SHU consists of three different parts that the contestants will have to partake in; swimsuit, formal attire and talent.

During each category, the contestant must come out and show off to the judges and demonstrate why they should be named Mr. SHU.

“I wanted to be a part of Mr. SHU because it was always such a fun and carefree event on campus. All the contestants were able to be their true selves and make people laugh,” said Hastings. “I think comedy and laughter are the two things I love most so if I got the chance to do so, that’s all I wanted. Being the first girl to compete sparks a lot of conversation though.”

Mr. SHU will take place on April 28 at 7 p.m. in the Edgerton Theater, free to all students and faculty.

“I think that it is great that Hailey wants to compete in Mr. SHU and good for her for straying against the norm of what has always been done,” said junior Alex Halloran. “It will be interesting to see if the university will make a Mrs. SHU going forward or if the school will decide to leave it combined with boys against girls, or back to all male again. It’s definitely different than what has been done in the past, but it is a good change.”

SCMA Initiates The Bridge Network

By Brendan Capuano

Staff Reporter

If you were to turn any TV to channel 3 on the Sacred Heart University campus, all you would see is color bars and a high-pitched tone.

However, after spring break, the School of Communication and Media Arts (SCMA) introduced The Bridge Network, which would populate channel 3 on any Sacred Heart cable network and connect all the media clubs to
one another.

The Bridge Network is an initiative that will connect all of the pre-existing communication clubs and organizations and allow them to work together.

Professors met students in the Frank and Marisa Martire Business & Communication Center media theater on Tuesday, April 11 to announce the launch.

“The idea for Bridge Network is an aggregate idea from the faculty working professionally and wanting students at Sacred Heart to create multi modal media,” said Professor Gregory Golda. “The creation of media shouldn’t stop at the written word. It needs to be visual, be audial, and be disseminated.”

At present, students have many individual organizations that allow them to create media content.

The Pulse TV News Magazine, WHRT Student Radio, Pioneer Magazine, WHRT Multimedia Productions and The Spectrum all operate independently to each other. The Bridge Network will enable student organizations to create media for each other in a collaborative effort.

As an example, if The Spectrum runs a story on a new restaurant, students in Golda’s multimedia production class could create a video component for the story to run online and on channel 3.

The same will follow for each communication club and organization to feed off of and strengthen each other as media makers.

“We are programmers now,” said Professor Joe Alicastro, Coordinator of News & Broadcasting in the Master’s of Communication program. “We can create all of these programs just like you can at a real network.”

“I don’t know anyone else that’s trying to do anything like this,” said Professor Richard Falco, Coordinator of Multimedia Journalism.

Each professor involved in The Bridge Network agrees that the time is right for this to happen due to the equipment, faculty and students found in the school of Communications & Media Arts.

Before The Frank and Marisa Martire Business & Communications Center was erected, many of the facilities for communications students were scattered across campus. The radio station was located in the main academic building, channel 3 was in Curtis Hall, and the studio was in the administration building.

“Now since everything is centralized, its really time to make sure that all those interests, technologies, clubs and everything else get bridged,” said Golda.

The communications center was designed specifically so that the offices of clubs and organizations, like The Pulse and Spectrum, were directly across the hall from faculty offices. This allows for continuous collaboration between students and faculty.

“The most exciting thing to me is it creates a situation of both opportunities and potential to create things that could not be done before,” said Falco. “This is one of those things that’s going to give a broad spectrum of production skills, thinking skills, critical analysis—all of that stuff is going to come together.”

Golda is excited for the professional experiences and results students will be given the opportunity to utilize.

“Students will have yet another layer of real world experience while they are here,” said Golda.

However, The Bridge Network is still a work in progress.

“The time was right to go to the next level, and we need a lot of hands to keep lifting that weight and make good things happen,” said Golda.

Falco also emphasized the importance of these developments.

“Students should really look at this as an opportunity that should not be let go,” said Falco.

To get involved with The Bridge Network, reach out to any faculty member in the School of Communication or Professor Golda at goldag@sacredheart.edu.

Armenians Honor the Armenian Genocide

By Brendan Capuano

Staff Reporter

There are dark marks all throughout all of history that have been overlooked and undermined; things that people would like to pretend did not happen, regardless of the facts.

However, there is one event that has been forgotten for 102 years.

On April 24, Armenians across the globe remember and reflect on the darkest mark in their history.

The Armenian Genocide was the systematic killing and oppression of 1.5 million Armenians from 1915-1923 by members of a radical group called the Young Turks within the Turkish government, operating out of the Ottoman Empire.

Sacred Heart University associate professor of Theology and Religious Studies, Dr. June-Ann Greeley teaches a theology religious studies course titled “Religion, Violence, and Genocides.”

“I always begin with the Armenian genocide,” said Greeley. “The absolute brutality of it. You had thousands upon thousands of Armenians who were left to literally starve in the desert. These forced marches into Syrian deserts, where they weren’t even given a drop of water. Women, raped and assaulted repeatedly, children who were raped and killed, men who were taken and used as slaves or just tortured and killed.”

Local Armenians have gathered in the past few days to remember the genocide and those lost.

Reverend Father Untzag Nalbandian of Armenian Church of the Holy Ascension in Trumbull spoke about the importance of remembering the genocide.

“As an Armenian, as well as an Armenian priest, and a citizen of this country, and a citizen of the world. We should remember so these things don’t happen to anyone in any place,” said Untzag.

Survivors of the Armenian Genocide founded the Armenian Church of the Holy Ascension 86 years ago.

“I served them and I heard their stories,” said Untzag “I met people who survived the Armenian genocide, who told their stories.”

Untzag’s own parents were survivors of the Armenian Genocide.

Untzag has been at the Armenian Church of the Holy Ascension for 34 years. He said that no matter where Armenians have settled across the globe, they have remembered, preserved and cultivated their culture.

“The committee is organizing, coordinating, or otherwise supporting several events around the state to commemorate and build greater awareness of the Armenian Genocide, the first Genocide of the 20th century,” said The Armenian Genocide Commemoration Committee of Connecticut, which Untzag is a part of, on their Facebook about page.

April 22 the Committee hosted an event at the Connecticut State Capital to commemorate the 102 anniversary of the genocide.

The room was filled with people eager to listen to the keynote speaker former ambassador to Armenia, John M. Evans.

There was more attention to the Genocide than ever before with the April 21 release of The Promise, a movie which takes place during the Genocide. The movie stars Oscar Isaac, Christian Bale, and was written by Terry George who also wrote “Hotel Rwanda.”

“Now eventually it is coming to to your generation, yes that you have to carry the torch, but what torch? Well whatever is Armenian, our history and plus our faith, I think,” said Untzag. “We are the children, grand-children, and great-grandchildren of the survivors who started life in this country, in Europe, and Middle East. If we don’t speak, than who is going to speak about genocides?”

Some Armenian students are also aware of the importance of their culture and the hardships their ancestors faced.

“As the proud great granddaughter of Anahid Bogosian, an Armenian Genocide survivor, I am lucky to say I was able to meet her and hear the stories of her of survival,” said junior Faye Kenajian. “The role that my family takes on now is to pass down the strong traditions of our survival and her legacy in her honor.”

Pop-culture enthusiasts would know of the Genocide via the Kardashians, who are Armenian. Utilizing their audience, the Kardashians have been able to educate people on the genocide simply by having them watch their show “Keeping up with the Kardashians.”

“We must talk about it until it is recognized by our government because when we deny our past, we endanger our future,” said Kim Kardashian in a statement on kimkardashianwest.com.

Currently, Turkey still does not acknowledge the Armenian Genocide as an actual event in history.

“There have been some Turkish scholars, and other political activists who said at the very least Turkey has to apologize. The fact is the Armenians were driven out of Turkey, and a lot of people died. That’s a fact,” said Greeley.

The United States also does not formally acknowledge the Genocide, despite President Obama saying on the campaign trail in 2007 “that there was a genocide that did take place against the Armenian people.”

This is due to the United States and Turkey’s relations with each other.

“There is no reason for it not to be accepted as a genocide,” said Greeley.

Untzag also said that the number of Armenians who died could range from 1.5 to 1.7 million.

“I met people who survived the Armenian genocide, who told their stories,” said Untzag “What proof do you want, I don’t know. We were thrown out of our land, 2500 to 3000-year-old land. 2,300 churches and monasteries were lost. As an Armenian, as well as an Armenian priest, and a citizen of this country, and a citizen of the world. We should remember so these things don’t happen to anyone in any place.”

Today we remember both the Armenians and the Jewish people who lost their lives in their genocides. April 24 is also Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance day, where the world reflects on the upward six million Jews who died.

“April 24 should not just be a day to put a flower on a grave, but as a cause for action,” said Greeley.

Tell Us Your Story: Kevin Carman

Junior Kevin Carman owns his own hat company called Locals Only LI. Photo by Tessa Kielbasa/Spectrum.

By Dante Cabral

Staff Reporter

Junior Kevin Carman is a business major at Sacred Heart University, who recently started a hat company called Locals Only LI.

Carman was inspired to start the company when he bought a trucker hat in Montana with the outline of the state on it with locals only printed on the back.

“I said to myself, why don’t I take this concept and bring it to life in Long Island. And that’s where we are now,” said Carman, who is from Malverne, NY.

Although the company began in January, Carman had the intention of starting the company for a while.

“I just woke up over winter break and was like, yeah it’s time. I need something new and I need to do something exciting that I would want to do and here we are,” said Carman.

He doesn’t just run the company on his own.

Junior Ben Field is the operations manager who has helped him in many ways such as coming up with designs for the hats.

The large Long Island student population at Sacred Heart has helped his company take off.

“If it wasn’t for this school, I would not be where I am today,” said Carman.

The demand for the hats has been increasing. He is in the process of ordering more hats for his new 631 collection which does not have a release date yet.

Even though Carman is selling hats, he has no plans to stretch into the field of clothing.

“I want to sell lifestyles. I want the photographs and the fashion that goes with it,” said Carman.

Carman also didn’t start his business for the money, he started it purely for the aspect of art.

“We want it to be more than just a hat,” said Carman. “It’s not just a hat, it’s more than a hat. It’s connecting people together which is what I really want.”

One of his main goals for his company is to keep the hats at an affordable price.

“The goals of the company are to provide a product that is the best to my standards, but one that is affordable. We want to deliver something that is the best quality as possible and you’re like, wow that did not break the bank,” said Carman

The hats are currently selling at $18 to $20. He also tries to price his hats with his customers in his mind.

“I want them to wear it,” said Carman. “I want them to buy it. I want them to buy not just one, I want them to buy five because I want all their family to have one.”

Carman also plans to try and give back to the community through his hats.

“We have plans for the camo hat. Hopefully down the line we can be able to give back to the troops of Long Island. I have an idea for a breast cancer hat. We have a bunch of ideas for ways we can give back,” said Carman. “The only reason why we have made it this far is because everyone else has been so gracious in supporting our business. So why can’t we give back to them,” said Carman.

He also thought it would be an interesting idea to implement a pre-order button on his website so people can get their hands on the latest design before it even comes out.

One of the main reasons he thinks his hats are selling so rapidly is because he is going out and making a one on one presence with his customers.

Carman also tries to have a big presence on social media. Even though his company has Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat, he feels that Instagram is the best way for his company to grow.

“I love Instagram, I have a good following on it, Ben has a good following on it. We both like to take photographs. If you want to tell a story, you tell it in pictures,” said Carman.

The Locals Only LI Instagram page has only existed since April 3 and already has 408 followers.

Carman also has plans to start doing giveaways on Instagram as well.

For more information, you can go to @localsonlyli on Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat. They also have a website called https://www.localsonlyli.com/.

“It’s going to be a long journey ahead of us and we know that. I’m ready for the ride, I’m ready to lock it down. There is no stopping Locals Only LI,” said Carman.

Co-Copy Editor and Features Editor Gabriella Nutile contributed to this article.

Sacred Heart Hosts Its 28th Annual Discovery Gala

Sacred Heart University honored benefactors Frank and Marisa Martire at the 28th annual Discovery Gala April 21, 2017. The event, which raises funds for student scholarship programs, took place at SHU’s new West Campus, the former General Electric corporate headquarters, and included a special performance by baseball-great-turned-musician Bernie Williams. Photo by Tracy Deer-Mirek.

By Fallon Bevino

Staff Reporter

On Friday, April 21 Sacred Heart University held its 28th Annual Discovery Gala.

This year’s event was held at Sacred Heart’s new West Campus in the General Electric Guest House.

All of the proceeds and funds raised at the gala support the university-based academic scholarship programs. In its 28 years, the Discovery Gala has raised millions of dollars to help students obtain their degree in higher education.

“In my opinion, the best part about the gala is the fact that it supports university scholarship funds so that our passionate, dedicated students are able to achieve their dreams and beyond,” said Kylie Martin, staff member of the Advancement Department and Pioneer Club coordinator.

In honor of their generosity, involvement and dedication to Sacred Heart, the honorees of this year’s gala were Frank and Marisa Martire. The Martire’s have previously been honored by the Board of Trustee’s when they chose to name the new Business Building after the couple.

Frank Martire graduated from Sacred Heart with a degree in Economics in 1969. The couple has had a financial impact to the university with their time and effort.

The Martire’s are among the school’s biggest donors and supporters, and beyond that, Frank is a member of the Board of Trustee’s who actively works on the betterment and improvement of the university.

“Tonight was a great night for multiple reasons. It was a great celebration of the Martire’s and all they have done for this institution, while also introducing all of our guests to our brand new West Campus and its beautiful Guest House,” said Dr. Petillo.

In honoring the Martire’s and all they have done, the organizers of this gala hoped to show other guests how important and impactful donations and assistance can be and inspire them to follow in the footsteps of the Martire’s.

“This year’s Discovery Gala really brought new life to the West Campus and gave guests a true-feeling of Sacred Heart,” said Petillo.

The 28th Discovery Gala was Speakeasy-themed. Speakeasy clubs were made famous in the 1920’s during the prohibition era, where it was illegal to sell and consume alcohol. What classified these bars as speakeasy was their hidden entrances and discrete locations, which allowed these places to remain a secret and stay open.

The five-floor Guest House is located in the very back of the West Campus and was built into a hill. The only visible aspect of the house is the lobby which has four elevators and took guests down to the very bottom floor where the ballroom was located. The speakeasy theme was chosen to show off Sacred Heart’s new hidden gem.

The night would be comprised of various food options throughout all three-courses, flapper-waitresses, and a club-like ambiance, including lights and booth-style seating. The event would conclude with a music performance.

The Gala began at 6 p.m. and the music performance went on at 8 p.m. This year’s performer was former professional athlete-turned-musician, Bernie Williams. Williams was a professional baseball player for the New York Yankee’s from 1991-2006 until retirement, when he then indulged in his other passion, music.

“We honored two truly philanthropic champions in Frank and Marisa Martire, most importantly to raise scholarship funds to help our students obtain a Sacred Heart degree,” said Anne Whitman, Special Events Coordinator in the department of University
Advancement.

Whitman said that with each coming year they exceed their rising fundraising goal.

“We surpassed our fundraising goal for a second year in a row, raising just under $900,000, all because of the generosity of so many university and community friends, corporate sponsors, alumni, parents, faculty, and staff,” said Whitman.

To learn more about the Discovery Gala, the impact it makes yearly, and honoring the Martire’s, visit: http://www.sacredheart.edu/officesservices/universityadvancement/discoverygala/.

Student Creates His Own App: Bar-Eeze

Junior Peter Siegel created an app called Bar-Eeze to help college students plan their night out. Photo by Joseph Durante/Spectrum.

By Anna Finn

Staff Reporter

Junior marketing major Peter Siegel’s idea to create an application all started after he took an introduction to business class his freshman year.

Siegel’s first idea was to make an app that would show how busy different locations on campus were to the students, such as if there were any seats open in the library or treadmills available in the gym.

“My friends and I were tired of paying for Uber’s to bars and realizing they were empty or too crowded,” said Siegel. “I remember thinking to myself, I wish I had a crystal ball to see how these places were before we left the house.”

He took his original idea and decided he wanted to apply it to bars and began to make his app Bar-Eeze.

“The app Waze inspired me since it is an app where the users helped one another to avoid traffic on the roads. This concept is similar to mine but with bars,” said Siegel.

To create Bar-Eeze, his first step was getting the money to develop it.

“I spoke to investors who loved the idea and wanted to help me make it happen,” said Siegel. “I didn’t have any coding experience so I knew I would have to hire a developer to do it for me.”

Siegel interviewed numerous different developers, determined to find who was the best fit for him.

“I was confident with a developer called BlueLabel Labs and contracts were signed and we started the design stage,” said Siegel.

He was responsible for the whole design of the app. He created wireframes, which are images that exhibit the functional elements of the app, to give the developer an idea of what he wanted.

“After the design came development and different builds of the app. We had 23 builds before we launched on the app Store,” said Siegel.

It took Siegel about two years to create the app, due to pausing the project for a few months to get more investors on board.

The now launched app Bar-Eeze is a social networking platform that helps its users view the current status of any bar.

It introduces Vibe Badges, which is a quick way to view or select the bar’s current atmosphere, such as the gender ratio, the line outside, wait time for a drink, and more.

“I advertise the app on social media mostly. But there is a lot more to come,” said Siegel.

With this app, you can invite your friends out and then they can instantly receive your message asking them to join you at your current check-in location, as long as they become a Bar-Eeze user.

In the live chat section, you can connect with other users at the same venue or see what others are saying at the bar they’re at by adding pictures to the chat or comments.

“So far I haven’t really marketed it fully yet. We have a huge update coming this summer that is going to make the app much more desirable,” said Siegel. “Once this update comes out I’m going to market the app like crazy.”

Siegel’s short-term goal for Bar-Eeze is to get college students all over America using his app to plan their nights out.

“My long term goal would be to be noticed by Google and possibly get an offer to buy my company,” said Siegel.

Siegel’s advice to those who would like to create an app as well is to think out your idea completely. He explains that it is important to play the devils advocate with yourself.

“There are a lot of little things you need to work out before even thinking about development,” said Siegel. “It is a lot of work, but seeing an idea come to life makes it all worth it.”

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