20 Things Sophomore Year Has Taught Me

As the school year comes to an abrupt end, let’s take a look at everything life has thrown at us Sophomore year…

1) Just because you don’t have an 8 am class doesn’t mean you can stay in bed all day. And yes, 9:30 is also an early class.

2) Having friends with cars means one thing: Best Eds, Hillview, and Meritt whenever you want.

3) When life kicks you down, Meritt is always there to pick you back up.

4) You make so many new friends sophomore year. Meet people and get to know them!

5) Living off­ campus makes it easy to isolate yourself. Get out of your room and be with others.

6) Off of that, do NOT forget about the ones that were there for you from the start. My boys will always be my boys. Keep that in mind.

7) Don’t worry about “that girl.” You’ll forget about her as soon at the next mixer.

8) But if you can’t forget about the girl, don’t be dumb. Make her yours.

9) Drama is everywhere. Getting involved in people’s drama is easy, but it is also easy to avoid it.

10) Speaking of avoiding, it’s a small school. If you are trying to avoid that girl that you hooked up with, you’re gonna bump into her. Accept it.

11) Get involved. Freshman year was all about getting adjusted. Sophomore year is the time to get involved in clubs, Greek Life, and other campus involvement. You’ll thank me.

12) Get off to a hot start to start the semester. The longer the semester goes on, the less work you’re going to want to do. Get off to a good start with your grades, and build a nice cushion.

13) Get your work done ahead of time. There’s nothing worse than sitting in on a Sunday night because you remembered you had a lab report due at midnight.

14) Don’t give yourself unwanted stress. You know the pressures of school and friends will stress you out, so stay organized and scheduled so nothing unexpected stresses you.

15) Sometimes a night in with your closest friends is better than the wild party that may or may not be broken up by the cops.

16) But don’t be afraid to go out when you’re done with work. It is healthy to go to parties and mix with people. So get your work done on Wednesday this way you can go to the darty on Sunday.

17) R.I.P. G St.

18) As you get older, so do your upperclassmen friends. Remember to spend time with them. You’re gonna wish you did. Every day is another day closer to graduation. So make the memories now.

19) You’re almost halfway done with college. You can make it.

20) These are the years we will look back on. Live it up now and make the stories and memories that you can laugh about in 30 years. Work and internships and overall responsibilities only get harder junior and senior year, so cherish the sophomore days.

Always a wise fool

– M. Fritz

How To Spend St. Patty’s Day In Iowa

In such a dense Irish area that we call New England, there’s no better place to spend St. Patty’s day than…Des Moines, Iowa. Here’s how we did it.

Step 1: Leave SHU at 2 am Thursday morning for Newark Airport

Step 2: Depart from Newark to Midway Airport in Chicago at 6 am. At this point, you still think Iowa doesn’t have electricity, let alone an airport

Step 3: Grab your bags and instruments and get on a bus…for 6 hours

Step 4: Sleep for half the bus ride, wake up periodically to see only farm, then go back to sleep

Step 5: Stop at a truck stop for McDonald’s

Step 6: Then remember you gave up McDonald’s for lent. Damn it

Step 7A: Arrive in Des Moines. “Hey, look! It’s a building!”

Step 7B: Arrive at your hotel. Receive greetings from the women’s basketball team, since you’re probably the first people they’ve seen in days

Step 8: Grab your friends and head over to the only restaurant nearby

Step 9: Remember, you took Iona in your bracket, only to be surrounded by 50 gun­tokin’ Iowa State fans dressed in Cardinal, gold, and of course, camo

Step 10: It’s now 4 o’clock on St. Patty’s day, order a Guinness

Step 11: The waitress comes over, only to be bombarded with “ALRIGHT Y’ALL IMMA NEED TO SEE ALL Y’ALL ID’S!” Damn it

Step 12: Order a Seltzer instead of a Guinness

Step 13: Realize that no one in Iowa knows what “Seltzer” is, and ask “Do you want a soda water hun?” Shake my head

Step 14: Eat a delicious burger, since they got the beef 10 minutes ago down the road

Step 15: Look at snapchat from back home and realize a ridiculous darty is taking place. *cries on the inside*

Step 16: Head over to Drake University for the SHU vs Drake women’s game

Step 17: Heckle the other team the entire time (“Nice haircut number 20! Where’d you get it, the haircut store!?”)

Step 18: Lose the game, but glad you’re there to support your Pioneers

Step 19: grab some beer at the gas station and play a dangerously intense game of “never have I ever” which results in everyone getting offended and going to bed

Step 20: Wake up friday morning to go back to Chicago

Step 21: Stop at the “World’s Largest Truck Stop” Wow. Exhilarating. Was not ready for that. Cross that off the bucketlist you never knew you had

Step 22: Get to the airport at 5 for your 7 pm flight.

Step 23: Find out your flight is delayed an hour

Step 24: Cry inside

Step 25: Have McDonald’s again. Sorry

Step 26: Realize you’re not going to be back in time for the kegger that’s going down at school

Step 27: Actually cry

Step 28: Look down and see you phone is dead. Actually panic

Step 29: Arrive at Newark and head back to SHU

Step 30: Look around the bus and realize you wouldn’t do a spontaneous trip to Iowa with anyone else

Al a men

– M. Fritz

8 Ways to Survive the rest of the Semester

Midterms and spring break are over. Easter is coming up in a couple of weeks. It’s nearly impossible to keep your mind focused when it’s getting warmer out and the sun is still up at 7 pm. Darty season is getting ready to start up, and with 6 weeks of the semester left, here are 8 ways to survive it.

1) Get your work done early. You already earned how to cram for tests and get a 5 page paper done 2 hours before it’s due. But now more than ever, get work done before deadlines to avoid unwanted stress.

2) Enjoy the weather. Its finally not 10 degrees outside, and that means it’s finally getting nice outside. Get off your phones and go outside. Go golfing, play kanjam and cornhole, honestly, do anything but stay inside. It’s good for you.

3) Get some sleep. As college kids, we forget what sleep is. Between work and going out, we take sleep for granted. Do yourself a favor and sleep at a normal time for a decent remainder of the semester. You don’t want to wear yourself down and get mono after finals weeks (trust me, it is horrible).

4) DARTY! Darty season is upon us. There’s no better way to enjoy the warm weather than being outside with 100 other people celebrating the end of the spring semester like a native american rain dance. Yes, brews are welcome and encouraged.

5) Stay calm. You know work is going to pile up and bite you in the ass. Remind yourself­you’ve survived it before. You can get through it again. Persevere, and remember that one test does not define your entire life.

6) Start a countdown. You can almost taste the light at the end of the tunnel, but you still have a ways to go. Keep a countdown until your last final for that extra motivation to finish strong.

7) Music. Listen to it, hear it, write it. Use music to your advantage. Concert season is coming (Fetty, he’s coming). Blast your favorite tunes with the windows down while driving down Park Ave. Wagon Wheel will ALWAYS make you happy.

8) Appreciate the little things. You’re going to have friends that are graduating or transferring or studying abroad for next semester. Be spontaneous. Appreciate the time you still have with them here. Don’t be afraid to take an hour break of your essay to drive to the Merritt for unnecessary Mac n Cheese bites at 3 am to spend time with your boys. Don’t pass it up. These are the times we remember when we turn old and wrinkly. Enjoy the times we have no before they pass us by.

And remember, whatever you do in this life, it’s not legendary unless your friends are there to see it.

– M. Fritz

Are you not entertained???

(Photo via primesport.com)

The time has come. With Selection Sunday nothing but a memory, dawn today marked the beginning of the hype. I don’t know about you, but listening to ESPN every second of the day is what I live for this week. I want nothing more than a hundred analysts spending hours making picks, only to have a couple early upsets change it all. I mean name another week where it is acceptable to call in sick and crack a cold one at 11 am. I have a professor that straight up said, there’s no class this Friday, (savage of the week nominee).

This is the one week where everyone is an ESPN insider. Nothing is better than the few mid-major fans that come crawling out of the woodwork screaming ‘I told you so’ when their school wins a second round game for the first time in history. And how can I leave out the Monday morning quarterbacking. I can’t wait for Skip Bayless to get on my TV screen and tell me something I already know as if he’s a prophet from the sports gods. I love when he talks about something that already happened as if he is predicting the future.
 “Stephen A. Smith, MY [Insert irrelevant team here] got it done in the second round. I was watching the game and my wife said they would lose. (Hey everyone, I’m married! Someone can tolerate the bull crap spewing out of the hole in my face.) So then I stopped tweeting annoying things, because I didn’t want to jinx it too. SO I’m here, with you, Stephen A., on a cable television show, to say I told you so America. I know it was an obvious pick, but I’m so very rarely correct about anything, so please let me have my 15 minutes.”
The world’s reaction to Skip after any rant:

So with that being said, lets get consumed by the hype. Lets enjoy it like it’s three weeks straight of Super Bowls. Everyone get ready to make as many bold predictions as possible with the hopes of getting one right so you can tell everyone on Twitter you called it. Get ready for an unhealthy consumption of beer and oven pizzas combined with Cinderella stories and fallen giants. Get ready for the greatest month of sports.

– R. Ilardi

Sacred Heart’s Season Comes to a Close at Bentley

(Photo via sacredheartpioneers.com)

WATERTOWN, Mass­ – Playing in the 70 person travel band allowed me to watch one of the most entertaining hockey games in a long time. We turned the John A. Ryan Arena into a Sacred Heart home ice advantage. After dropping the first game 5-­4, SHU (13-­20-­4) picked up the victory in OT after a top shelf laser by Justin Danforth to forces a game 3 on Sunday.

We drove 3 hours to Ryan Arena to see the Pios take on Bentley for this playoff game. Bentley (13-­18-­6) capitalized first, with 14:33 remaining in the first, after Kyle Schmidt forced a turnover on the blue line and fed a clean pass to Max French down the middle to beat Brett Magnus blocker side for the first goal of the game.

The Falcons made it a 2-­0 game in the second when Tanner Jago ripped a one­-time clapper from Schmidt to the top right corner with 8:37 on the power-play. Sacred Heart answers soon after with a power play goal of their own. With 2:53 left the second period, Evan Jasper found Jordan Minello wide open above the right circle, who found a whole in Gabe Antoni to cut the lead to 2-­1.

The score stayed as is until late in the third period. Sacred Heart dominated play in the Bentley zone, until the Falcon’s forced a clear which resulted in a breakaway goal by Schmidt, who celebrated by jumping into the glass to flip off the band. Game ends 4-­1 after an empty netter by Schmidt.

Both teams had 28 shots a piece, with Bentley going 1/­3 on the power-plays as the Pioneers went 1/­2. Schmidt had four points on the night, coming with 2 goals and 2 assists.

It was a great series by both teams, with the Falcons coming out on top. Bentley will go on to play Robert Morris (21­-9-­4) next.

– M. Fritz

Videos: McGregor Humble and Classy after Upset


(Photo Via Sports Illustrated) 

It’s how you handle adversity that defines who you are…

Conor McGregor did just that after his shocking loss this weekend. He did not run and hide from the media. He took it head on and what he said can only make you respect him more as a person, not just as a fighter.

McGregor answered tough questions on his loss to Diaz, but never made an excuse. I love that he came in and answered every question and did it with class. The greatest part of the interview was when McGregor referenced some of his haters. He said he is going to have to go back down in weight and shut them up for celebrating another man’s victory.  Mark my words, McGregor will be back.


– R. Ilardi








Sacred Heart falls to LIU Brooklyn, But Cane Broome Rises

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Fairfield, CT -­ Wednesday night at the William H. Pitt Center, the Sacred Heart men’s basketball teams’ season came to a screeching halt after losing on the NEC Quarterfinal to LIU Brooklyn 84-­76. This game gave Sacred Heart their first loss at home in the playoffs in the program history, after going 3-0 the previous years. This loss left a similar bitter taste in my mouth, after last years double-­overtime buzzer-­beater heart break at Bryant in the semi’s.

I watched the whole game in the upper bleachers as part of the band. We wait all year for these games, when the entire student body finally comes out to support the team, unlike the regular season home games. The game started off slow, and continued the pace of LIU beating their own drum. But I know my team, I play at all their games with the same enthusiasm, win or loss. So when the team was down by 20 in the first half, I wasn’t worried. Ok I’m lying, I was worried. But, I know how much this team loves comebacks. With 13 minutes left in the second half, I look at my friend Frankie and said, “watch Cane, he’s gonna go off,” and he did.

Down by 17. Down by 13. Down by 9. Cane is going OFF. For the first time in a while, the crowd is explosive. And I’m gonna tell you, there is no better feeling than ripping 7-Nation Army in front of a packed college stadium losing their shit. We’re down by 7. Cane nails a 3. After a ‘You can’t guard him!” chant, Cane does the “Steph Curry-like” unthinkable, and hits a 3 from about 34 feet out. You can’t make this stuff up guys.

Cane Broome dropped 35 points last night. The team should not be kicking themselves. They were projected to finish last in the NEC this year, and found themselves in the quarterfinals in the playoffs. They also have the NEC player of the year in, you guessed it, Cane Broome. Broome leads the NEC and ranks 10th in the country (yes, 10th in the entire country for D1), averaging 22.7 points per game. The sophomore is the league’s active leading scorer with 1,122 career points, and his 24.4 points per game in conference play are 7.1 more than the next closest player.

I have high hopes for this team. The future is bright.

– M. Fritz