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November 7, 2011 

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In the News


Worcester State Theatre presents
The Good Person of Setzuan

Filmmakers to Show Pedal-Powered
Documentary "Ciclovida: Lifecycle"

College Students and Senior Citizens
Need More Public Transportation
in Massachusetts

Men's Soccer Receives Nod to ECAC
Division III New England Tournament

Women's Soccer Tabbed As Top Seed in
ECAC Division III New England Tournament

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Steven H. Corey (Urban Studies) has just received the 2011 William Gilbert Award for the Best Article on Teaching History from the American Historical Association (AHA) for "Pedagogy and Place: Merging Urban and Environmental History with Active Learning," Journal of Urban History (January 2010). This article was part of the first edition of the Journal of Urban History specifically dedicated to best teaching practices. Worcester State's Lisa Krissoff Boehm (Urban Studies) served as guest editor of that volume.

Three members of the Worcester State faculty participated in the Fall conference of the New England Historical Association (NEHA), held on October 29, 2011 at Emmanuel College in Boston. Peter Holloran (currently serving as the organization's Secretary) chaired a panel titled "Marketing Identity." Bruce Cohen (who also serves as Treasurer of the organization) chaired and commented on a panel on the history of "Work and Labor." Tona Hangen chaired and commented on a panel, "Representation, Writing and the Historical Record."

Amaryllis Siniossoglou (Visual & Performing Arts) has been selected to exhibit her prints at the Melina Merkouri Athens Cultural Center in Greece. The exhibition is organized by the Greek Chamber of Fine Arts, the City of Athens and the Committee for International Solidarity. The show will be in view from November 10-27, 2011. For more info, visit

Correction: Noteworthy - In the Nov. 1 issue it was noted that an article John Goodchild (Chemistry) edited, "Therapeutic Oligonucleotides," was recently published by Humana Press. "Therapeutic Oligonucleotides" is a book and is part of the "Methods in Molecular Biology" series.

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History Department to Host
Screening of "The Conspirator"
and Guest Lecture

By Ene Idoko '11

As part of the U.S. Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration, the WSU History and Political Science Department will host a screening of the film "The Conspirator" on Wednesday, November 16 in the Eager Auditorium (Rm 146) in the Sullivan Building, from 2-4 p.m. and a guest lecture by a consultant to the film on Thursday November 17 in the Eager Auditorium (Rm 146) in the Sullivan Building from 2:30-5 p.m.

"The Conspirator" is a 2010 historical drama film directed by Robert Redford. The film tells the story of Mary Surratt, the only female co-conspirator charged in the Abraham Lincoln assassination and the first woman to be executed by the United States federal government.

Dr. Thomas Turner, a historian and professor at Bridgewater State University, will discuss his role as a historical consultant in the making of the film "The Conspirator." Dr. Turner is also editor-in-chief of the quarterly journal Lincoln Herald, the oldest continuously published journal devoted to the study of Abraham Lincoln. He also wrote "The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln," a researched analysis of the Civil War.

"Turner is considered one of the foremost authorities of the Lincoln assassination and is known for his encyclopedic knowledge on the subject," said The American Film Company.

The events are free and open to the public.

Brothers Talk About Their Life
on Screen and In the Ring

By Chelsea Tougas '12

Hundreds of Worcester State students and community members filled the Sullivan Auditorium Wednesday, Nov. 2 to see Micky Ward and Dicky Eklund interviewed by Richard Farrell, screenwriter of the film "The Fighter." The presentation began when Micky asked the audience to stand up and have everyone try a punch, cross-boxing combination. Dicky followed Micky's lead and called three students up on stage to "train" them how to do a one-two punch combination with boxing gloves on. The interview section began, when Richard Farrell started to explain Micky and Dicky's life story. Farrell went on to discuss how the brothers never gave up on their dreams. "To obtain your goals you need to put your mind to one thing and never quit until you get there," he said. This was what Micky and Dicky have done throughout their lives; they never give up on their dreams and ambitions.

Farrell began to discuss the brothers' lives, growing up in Lowell and what they thought about the city. Both Micky and Dicky said they loved the city of Lowell; it was where they grew up, and they have many fond memories. Farrell then told the audience that earlier in the morning, Micky's father and Dicky's stepfather, George Ward, had passed away. Micky and Dicky still wanted to come to the lecture because "their dad would have wanted them there to tell their story and struggles." Family is a huge part of the brothers' lives. Farrell asked the pair to share good memories of their father to the audience, but both could only say they were speechless. Farrell began to reminisce about George Ward and how he was so good to all of his 9 children and stepchildren. He supported every one of their dreams and was the best father someone could have asked for.

The interview then shifted to focus on boxing and Dicky and Micky's life as boxing legends. Dicky started boxing when he was 12 years old in the streets of Lowell. Dicky began to fight older adults nearly twice his age. He kept getting better and finally made it big, fighting world renowned fighters like Sugar Ray Leonard. Unfortunately Dicky's fame got him into trouble with drugs, which began to slowly decline his boxing career. After being arrested and sentenced to prison for 10-15 years, he cleaned up.

Micky began boxing at the age of 7. Dicky trained Micky to become a great boxer. Micky made it to the big time, just as his brother Dicky had. He fought and trained in Las Vegas, and had fights all around the country. Everyone in the boxing world knew who Micky Ward was. Micky never gave up on his dream and said, "I'd rather die in the ring than quit." He was a great fighter and won hundreds of matches against other great boxers.

Farrell then brought up the movie "The Fighter," and showed the audience some clips from the film. Dicky and Micky were asked how they felt about the film, and working with Christian Bale and Mark Walberg. Micky responded that, "Mark was a tough kid" and could have made boxing a career if he wanted to. Dicky was very happy how the movie turned out, even though not all the scenes were completely accurate. When Farrell asked how they felt about not all the movie scenes being 100 percent true, Micky replied they added a "creative twist" to the movie, but 75 percent was based on true facts.

Farrell wrapped up the interviews by adding, "They refused to lose, they refused to quit. When you think about quitting, you think about Micky Ward." Farrell knows that Dicky and Micky never give up their dreams and desires, and he urged the audience to do the same. As the lecture came to a close, all three men were given a standing ovation by over 500 people in the auditorium.

This event was sponsored by the Student Events Committee. LVTV, the Student Activities Office and the Student Senate also supported this event. All admission proceeds will be donated to the 21st Annual SGA Auction to Benefit the Homeless & Children in Need. Proceeds will also be given to Abby's house, Sherry's House and the Mustard Seed.

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Dropbox Online Syncing Service

Dropbox is an online syncing service that allows users to store their non-business photos, documents, or videos online and access the files from any computer (Mac or PC), many mobile phones, or the Dropbox website, as long as the Dropbox software has been installed. Then, Dropbox "synchronizes" the files between computers and mobile devices to make them available after the user logs into his/her account on the Dropbox web site.

Two additional sessions to demonstrate basic features for storing files on the the Dropbox site have been scheduled. Pick the date that best fits your schedule and call Roberta Sibulkin at 508 929-8853(ext. 8853 when on campus) with your name, desired date and time, and phone extension or email address. You will be "confirmed" via phone when you call or WSU email.

Thursday, November 10th at 2:30 p.m.
Monday, November 14th at 2:30 p.m.

The sessions will be held in the LRC-319B, the Information Technologies Conference and Training Room.

Office of Diversity Workshop - November 17
The Office of Diversity/Affirmative Action and Compliance will be hosting a workshop on Thursday, November 17 at noon in the Student Center Fallon Room. The workshop, "Religion: Diversity & Accommodation," is designed to increase awareness regarding religious beliefs and reasonable accommodations in an academic setting. Bring your lunch, cookies and soft drinks will be provided. Please register for the workshop by calling

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Welcome to:

Hieuhanh Nguyen
Technical Assistant II

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Libyan fighter on mend

Telegram & Gazette 11/7/11
His English is excellent, mainly because of a year he spent in Worcester State University's Intensive English Language Institute during 2007-2008...

Hitting new highs
Boston Herald 11/7/11
It was a record-setting week around New England as...
Worcester State coach Brien Cullen posted his 150th victory ...

Herald Heroes
Boston Herald 11/7/11
DEFENSE -- Cliff Oratokhai, Worcester State, S. Senior had two interceptions and blocked PAT to beat NEFC Bogan Division-winner Framingham State, 27-13.

News & Notes
St. 11/6/11
Since 1970, Paracer has been on the faculty of Worcester State University in Worcester, Mass., and is the co-author of "Symbiosis: An Introduction to Biological Associations."

College Town
Telegram & Gazette 11/6/11
The Worcester State University Hunger Awareness Day on Nov. 10 begins at 10 a.m. with a public forum in the Blue Lounge, Student Center. The "Empty Bowl," a fundraiser to benefit local food...

Worcester State Helps Cullen Capture 150th
Career Win in 27-13 Upset Over Framingham State 11/5/11
Senior Tony Tokarz (Holden, MA) amassed 284 yards of total offense with two passing scores and a 48-yard touchdown run to help lead Worcester State to a 27-13 triumph over Framingham State in New England...

Helping foster kids thrive
The Dedham Transcript 11/4/11
Michael Shavies is a sophomore at Worcester State University, an aspiring model and a participant in Youth Villages' transitional living program. ...

Report cites need for public transportation
Telegram & Gazette 11/3/11
Ethan Davis, a campus organizer with MassPIRG, and Jacqueline Cournoyer, a junior at Worcester State University and a MassPIRG intern, also hope to raise ...

Real fighters
Telegram & Gazette 11/2/11
As part of a Worcester State University lecture series, Micky Ward, right, and Dicky Eklund tell the story of their lives tonight as boxers. The two were made famous by the movie "The Fighter."

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Tues., Nov. 8

"Black in Latin
America" Film
Series: Brazil

Student Center,
One Lancer Place

5 p.m.

Wed., Nov. 9

Screening & Q&A
of "Ciclovida"

Sullivan Building,
Eager Aud.

2 p.m. & 6 p.m.

Thurs., Nov. 10

WSU Hunger
Awareness Day

Public Forum
Student Center,
Blue Lounge

10 a.m.

Empty Bowl

Student Center,
Exhibit Area

11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Fri., Nov. 11

Veterans Day:
No Classes,
University Closed


Tues., Nov. 15

Audition for Applied
Music Lessons,
Spring 2012

LRC 164
2:30-3:45 p.m.

"Black in Latin
America" Film
Series: Cuba

Student Center,
One Lancer Place

5 p.m.

Worcester National
Stuttering Assoc.

Science & Tech,
Room 122D

7 p.m.

Wed., Nov. 16

Worcester in the
World Wednesdays

Center for Teaching
and Learning
Science & Tech,
Room 210D

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Free Film:
The Conspirator

Sullivan, Eager Aud.
(Rm. 146)

2-4 p.m.

Thurs., Nov. 17

Diversity Workshop
Religion: Diversity
& Accommodation

Student Center,
Fallon Room


Making of the Film:
The Conspirator

Guest speaker:
Dr. Thomas Turner
Sullivan, Eager Aud.

2:30-5 p.m.

WSU Theatre
presents: The Good
Person of Setzuan

Fuller Theater
Admin. Building
(2nd Floor)

8 p.m.

Fri., Nov. 18

WSU Theatre
presents: The Good
Person of Setzuan

Fuller Theater
Admin. Building
(2nd Floor)

8 p.m.

Sat., Nov. 19

WSU Theatre
presents: The Good
Person of Setzuan

Fuller Theater
Admin. Building
(2nd Floor)

8 p.m.

Sun., Nov. 20

WSU Theatre
presents: The Good
Person of Setzuan

Fuller Theater
Admin. Building
(2nd Floor)

2 p.m.


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