NH youth take a stand against pipeline project

October 6, 2015
MacKenzie and Josiah take the podium with their Kidz of the Pipeline Resistance fellows backing them up.

MacKenzie and Josiah take the podium with their Kidz of the Pipeline Resistance fellows backing them up.

By Alex Malm, Politics FitzU

On Tuesday, September 29th, the Franklin Pierce University Field House held an event unlike what usually takes place there.

Instead of dunking hoops in basketball or volleyball players spiking on the court, the home of the Ravens hosted the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) scoping meeting for a pipeline proposed to go through the region.

With over 600 people in attendance, many elected officials, town representatives, and of course residents, weighed in their opinion on the pipeline project. While many people spoke in length about the problems they would face with taxes, property, and the resistance to allowing this pipeline to be installed, a demographic many would not imagine to play a role in a scoping meeting made a stand. This group is the “Kidz of the Pipeline Resistance”, a group of children from New Ipswich, Rindge, Fitzwilliam, and surrounding towns.

Two eloquent speeches by children under the age of 12 with a fairly large group of children behind them spoke not as a property owners, not as taxpayers, but instead as the people who will be affected by the pipeline decision the longest as they are the future.

The speeches by the children even if it was just for a few moments gave the crowd a whole new perspective to think about in regards to the pipeline. The children didn’t speak about money, property, or government being too big. They instead talked about how this decision will affect them the future of New Hampshire and how many people, specifically FERC, are not considering them in the equation.

The speeches by the future of New Hampshire brought many different emotions from crowd members. People cried, people smiled, people laughed.  Asides from the emotional factors, and even the content of the speeches given, what the comments made by the children did was allow them a place at the adult table when it comes to decisions regarding the pipeline.

Supermoon Eclipse, September 27th

September 30, 2015
Photo by Allison Stairs

Photo by Allison Stairs

Students: take advantage of what you have around you!

September 30, 2015

Katie Davert

Welcome to Franklin Pierce University! Surely by now you are acclimated to the campus and all of your classes so you may have spare time. Not sure what to do with all that time on your hands? There is so much to do on campus as well as venturing out around Rindge, Jaffrey, Peterborough, and Keene.

There are dozens of different things to do around campus, starting with the clubs and organizations to get involved in. The clubs range from the Anthropology club to the Literary Club and we even have a Glassblowing Club for those interested in fine arts. There are also organizations/clubs like the Gay/Straight Alliance, with a mission to pursue equality as well promote understanding and acceptance in our community. Clubs are always looking for new members, so never be afraid to join! The meetings are held at different times and the times and days can easily be found on Campus Web or at the Info Desk in the Campus Center.

Apart from clubs there are other activities to do around campus. Of course there is hanging out with friends in the dorms, but there is more here than meets the eye! The campus is home of the Raven’s Nest, also known as “The Pub”, which is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They serve different types of food than what the dining hall offers like milkshakes and smoothies that are always freshly made. It’s a great place to hang out with friends over some delicious onion rings or pizza!

Farther down the road are our sports fields, where you can go and cheer on your fellow Ravens at one of their games. They love the support of any and all of their peers. Just across the road from Dr. Arthur and Martha Pappas Field is Pearly Pond. Here you can go fishing and swimming along with renting kayaks, canoes, paddle boards, and sailboats. There are also activities that will be coming back in the spring such as water polo, kayak polo, and oozeball, a game of volleyball played in a mud pit and afterwards the players jump in the pond for a swim.

Some freshmen don’t have cars on campus so if you don’t, don’t worry! There’s the shuttle that will drive to the Wal-Mart and Dunkin Donuts along with Market Basket and everything included in the Cheshire Marketplace plaza. Farther down, if you do have a way of transportation, is Jaffrey. In Jaffrey there is the Monadnock State Park, where you can get a great workout hiking the trails up the mountain! The school hosted a free climb in early September but it’s open to climb year round for a five-dollar fee for the day. Just beyond Jaffrey is Peterborough, which is home to churches, museums, state parks and other small stores, some of which can be found in the Peterborough Plaza.

Of course, there is Keene, one of the bigger cities in the Monadnock area. There are museums, shops and other outdoor trails to go hiking. When you first arrive in Keene there is the Central Square, where most of the fun lies. Along this road are shops, restaurants and even the Colonial Theatre. The Center Square was the home of the pumpkin festival but this year it is being held in Laconia instead on October 24th. Don’t miss out!

Discover Autumn in New England

September 30, 2015


Kimberly Perry

Wondering what New England has to offer during the Autumn months? Hope you fall in love with these ideas!

Look for the Beautiful New England Foliage

New England foliage is known for how beautiful it is during autumn, and it certainly is a favorite attraction among natives and those travelling. The outdoors are so beautiful during fall in New England, the occasional road trip to see the stunning views or just a walk in your backyard have the same effect in the fall. Nowhere compares to New England at this time of year, so you want to soak it all in while you can!

Decorate for the Season

Since the fall not only brings beautiful foliage and weather, it’s always filled with huge holidays. Make sure to decorate for whatever you celebrate- Halloween, Thanksgiving and anything in-between. Also, by decorating your dorm/home with fall decorations as well (leaves, seasonal candles, warm colors) it will also get you in the best fall mood.

Go Apple & Pumpkin Picking

Apple & pumpkin picking is by far one of the most favorable fall activities. New England has beautiful farms to go apple and pumpkin picking, and it will be a day you won’t forget. By spending the day with the ones you care about doing such a fun fall activity, you will create great memories for years to come. My family has a tradition of going apple and pumpkin picking every year, and I have so many memories of it I cherish to this day. Definitely take advantage of this in New England- and don’t forget to decorate your pumpkin and make apple pie!

Go to Fall Themed Parks

Corn mazes, Spooky World, Witches Woods and so much more, there are endless parks/events New England has during fall. With so much to do and so much to see, fall in New England is something that just can’t be beat. So go out and have fun! Really, you’ll thank me for this.

Enjoy It!

Fall in New England is known to be beautiful and filled with fun. So go outside, play in the leaves, and spend it with the people you care about. Hope you have a fall-bulous autumn in New England!!

Epidemic of substance abuse arises, big talking points made at NH State Democratic Convention

September 25, 2015
Photo by Getty Images

Photo by Getty Images

Alex Malm
Pierce Arrow Political Analyst

Hillary Clinton took the podium on September 17, 2015 the New Hampshire Democratic State convention. She spoke on many issues that she feels the country is facing. One issue in particular that Senator Clinton raised awareness to was the epidemic of substance abuse in this country.

Clinton stated “I never realized substance abuse would be part of my campaign until I made a trip to Keene”.  It is shocking to think that a small town in New Hampshire would have a major impact on a presidential campaign, especially a town taken over by drug abuse; Clinton was not the only one who spoke about drugs in this country.

Governors Martin O’Malley and Lincoln Chaffee both have decriminalized small amounts of marijuana in their states of Maryland and Rhode Island, respectively. Both these Democratic candidates used their record on the issue as talking points on Saturday.

Senator Bernie Sanders, a candidate who has been very critical against the war on drugs over his career, also spoke Saturday on how the United States has too many people in prison and not nearly enough people educated. Sanders stated, “We have more people in jail than anyone else in the world”.  Instead of incarcerating our people, Sanders believes we should have the most educated population in the world.

As most of the candidates in the Democratic race have used the war on drugs as talking points, and three of the major candidates using debt free or college affordability as talking points, it is very interesting to see how some changes could help reduce the epidemic of substance abuse could also, help afford the major changes to college tuition suggested by the candidates.

Could the legalization and taxation of marijuana be used for education as it is in Colorado? Or could the elimination of imprisonment for drug use and implication of rehabilitation centers be used to help educate more adults who could instead spend years in prison and have felony records?  These are major issues that will be sorted out by the candidates this election season.

Music Review: Watching Movies With the Sound Off

June 15, 2013

Mac Miller’s sophomore album Watching Movies With the Sound Off will be coming out this Tuesday, but will it stack up against J. Cole’s and Kanye West’s Yeezus? In the first of three previews I will breakdown each album track by track.

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1. The Star Room
In the first track, The Star Room, Mac introduces us to what the album’s message will be. The lyrics of this track are a bit provocative and not like classic Mac. The beat though saves the track in my opinion, but this track wasn’t as memorable as previous intro’s he’s had in past mixtapes and his first album Blue Slide Park.
Rating: 2/5

2. Avian
The next track is a bit better than the first, but still doesn’t really have that Mac Miller feel. The hook is catchy with Mac describing a bird in the sky where the beat picks up is definitely the best part of the song. The piano and drum kick in the background is also a good touch to the beat.
Rating: 3/5

3. I’m Not Real (Featuring Earl Sweatshirt and Vinny Radio)
This is the track I was waiting for and it finally came. Three songs in, Mac starts to rap like his previous soundtracks. He morphs his voice to sound deeper but it works with the smooth beat. Earl Sweatshirt blends well for the hook with Mac in the background of the beat.
Rating: 4.5/5

4. S.D.S.
Somebody Do Something, Mac’s first single off the album, has been one of my favorites since it came out in late April. This song basically describes Mac’s journey as an artist, where he has come from since his first mixtape and a look towards what is coming for the 21-year-old. The beat and the hook are what makes this song so great and the verses between has a very good flair to go along with the message of the song.
Rating: 4/5

5. Bird Call
After two very good songs, Mac takes a step back with Bird Call. Not very impressed with this track, the beat is catchy but not a huge fan of the lyrics. Definitely a song to skip over.
Rating: 1/5

6. Matches (Featuring Ab-Soul)
After a disappointment in Bird Call, Mac gets back on track with Matches. Ab-Soul starts off the song with his verse and then it smoothly goes into Mac’s track. The lyrics remind me of old Mac the way that Mac flows with the incredible beat. Not a huge of the hook though.
Rating: 4/5

7. I am Who I am (Featuring Niki Randa)
After listening through this whole album, this track is by far the best rap song Mac has on the album. The lyrics flow very well with Niki’s soft tone incorporated with the beat. Her hook is also a great addition for this up-incoming artist.
Rating: 5/5

8. Objects in the Mirror
A slower song of Mac’s are always the best. Mac follows I am Who I am with the beauty of a track. Back-to-back gems, Objects in the Mirror is my favorite song off WMWTSO. The Pharrel produced beat really brings a smooth and relaxing listen with Mac’s strong lyrics.
Rating: 5/5

9. Red Dot Music (Featuring Action Bronson)
The longest song off the album is also another gem. This one really reminded me off something that was off of Mac’s previous mixtape Macadelic. The song has a smooth beat with great lyrics, messaging things like a change in government and referencing the Addams Family’s Cousin Itt.
Rating: 4/5

10. Gees (Featuring Schoolboy Q)
The only thing I really like about this one is Q’s verse and the beat. Not a huge fan of the flow of the song and seems like Mac could have done better with his lyrics, also hate the hook.
Rating: 2/5

11. Watching Movies
The title track and second single of the album really brings the back half of the album to what Mac wants to portray. The succeeding songs are a lot slower but Watching Movies has one more classic song before he gets into some real deep lyrics with tracks 12-16. The beat of Watching Movies is great with Mac’s two verses.
Rating: 4/5

12. Suplexes Inside of Complexes and Duplexes
This self produced song by Mac is slow but picks up towards the middle of the song with Jay Electronic’a verse. Jay goes into the song with lyrics that are very good in my opinion but the song lacks something of a flow. Not one of my favorites.
Rating: 3/5

13. REMember
An ode to Reuben Mitrani a friend of Mac’s who passed away last year is a song that is very smooth and done very well lyrically. You can tell Mac went through a lot of feelings making this song with the song reminiscent of what could have happened if Reuben lived on and the hook a remembrance of what their life together was like.
Rating: 5/5

14. Someone Like You
Another self produced by Mac, Someone Like You was a song previously released off of Mac’s sound cloud but was remastered for the album. The addition of more bass in the beat makes the song flow a lot better than the original. I loved this song when it came out and I was very pleased to see that the remastered is so much better.
Rating: 4/5

15. Aquarium
The weakest song in the backhalf of the album, Aquarium was great but compared to the other 5 songs it doesn’t stand up. The beat is very chill and smooth but I don’t really understand what Mac is trying to say. The lyrics seem all over the place but they flow very well.
Rating: 3/5

16. Youphoria
The outro Youphoria, closes out the album very well. Hearing a version of this one on Mac’s reality show Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family, I was very much looking forward to this song. He ended up changing the sound and lyrics but I love both versions of the song. If you want to here the snippet of the other version you can check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0-VEFQTLXc
Rating: 4/5

Verdict: Watching Movies With the Sound Off was definitely a masterpiece in my opinion. I definitely suggest picking this one up on Tuesday June 18. As a long time Mac fan, I can see his progression as an artist and I really like the way that he has grown. The deluxe version also included three extra songs including Gossbumpz, O.K. featuring Tyler the Creator and Claymation. All three are good in their own way but if you’re not a huge fan the deluxe version isn’t necessary. Tomorrow I will be reviewing J. Cole’s Born Sinner so look out for it.

 Mike Husson


Senior Farewell: Morgan Miller

May 18, 2013

Kenneth Blanchard once said, “The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.” This quote is completely accurate in describing my experience having leadership role with the Pierce Arrow.

I can’t believe that graduation is just weeks away. It seems like just yesterday that I came to Franklin Pierce as an eager freshman hoping to get involved in journalism. My experiences in the past four years have absolutely made an impression on me for the rest of my life. Working with the Pierce Arrow has taught me the importance of leadership, communication and the power of student media.

I didn’t know what to expect when I took on the role of Editor-in-Chief of the newspaper. However, I quickly learned that without the support of a hard working staff, putting together this publication would not be possible. I was so lucky to have a large executive board and staff backing me throughout the process of sending each publication to print. I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every member of my executive board and staff. Without all of you, there would not be a single issue on stands. Each of you has extremely unique personalities and strengths that contributed in making each and every publication a successful one. I have learned so much from working with all of you and I can’t begin to thank you enough.

I would also like to thank Fitzwater Center Director, Dr. Kristen Nevious. Without Dr. Nevious, none of what goes on in the Fitzwater Center would be possible. She taught me so much about running a newspaper and learning from past mistakes in order to grow. The countless numbers of the newspaper that she edited and fact checking, phone calls at all hours of the day definitely did not go unnoticed. I am forever grateful for everything that she has taught me and contributed to make it a successful year for the Pierce Arrow.

Even though I am sad about graduating, I know it will open doors for new beginnings. I am extremely certain that under the new leadership of incoming Editor-in-Chief, Mike Husson, the Pierce Arrow will be successful. In closing, I can’t thank those of you enough who made contributions to the newspaper this year. I will miss everyone and am extremely grateful for all of the lessons I have learned along the way.

Morgan Miller


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