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Bensko Earns Dean’s List at Berklee College of Music
Bradley Bensko of Gales Ferry is on the Dean’s List at Berklee College of Music, having done superior work for the summer semester of the 2012 academic year. The Berklee curriculum, focusing on practical career preparation for the music industry, was founded on the principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music was through the study and practice of contemporary music.

Lydia Rose Krause  of  Colchester Enrolls at Clemson University
Lydia Rose Krause of Colchester recently enrolled at Clemson University. Krause is majoring in Biological Sciences. Krause is among nearly 3,400 freshmen at Clemson for the fall semester.

Ledyard Resident  Amanda  Hutchinson Inducted into Honor Society at Ithaca College
Amanda Hutchinson, of Ledyard, was inducted into Ithaca College’s Oracle Honor Society in November. First-year students who maintain a GPA that puts them in the top 10% of all students in their school throughout their first full academic year are invited into the society. Hutchinson is majoring in Journalism in the college’s Park School of Communications.

ECSU Students Design Posters for Windham Hospital Auxiliary Gala
Ten Eastern Connecticut State University students recently participated in a poster project as part of Visual Arts Professor June Bisantz’s Eastern Design Group course. The students designed posters for the Windham Hospital Auxiliary’s 17th Annual Autumn Gala, which was held recently at the Marriott Hotel in Hartford.

Sean Duggan ‘13 of Norwich (Visual Arts), Robert Gaines ‘13 of Uncasville (Visual Arts), and Kaitlin Morris ‘13 of Waterford (Visual Arts) were three of the students who designed posters for the event.

The posters reflected a Veterans Day and World War II-era theme for the event, “Sentimental Journey,” which raised funds for a local women’s health center. Each student created two posters. The students’ posters can be viewed here.

Local Residents Selected to Serve as RAs at Saint Michael’s College
Cameron Gonzalez, son of Ms. Beverly A. Gonzalez of Groton, a sophomore psychology major who graduated from Robert E. Fitch Senior High School before coming to Saint Michael’s, was selected for the 2012-2013 academic year as a Resident Assistant for the Office of Student Life at Saint Michael’s College, a liberal arts residential Catholic college located in Burlington, Vermont, one of the top 10 college towns in the country.

Resident assistants are selected from the entire Saint Michael’s undergraduate student population on the basis of faculty and staff recommendations. They display excellent leadership abilities, maturity and likelihood of being good role models for their peers. As a resident assistant, he or she lives in a campus residence hall and is readily available to help students.

Pepe’s of New Haven Joins Mohegan Sun’s Project Horizon

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by Jessica Warzeniak

During a press conference on July 31, Mohegan Sun announced Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana of New Haven as one of the first tenants for Project Horizon. Known locally as Pepe’s of New Haven, the pizzeria is the oldest family owned and operated in the United States.

Pepe’s is known for originating the New Haven-style thin-crust pizza baked in coal-fired brick ovens, and better yet, for the innovation of its white pizza topped with freshly-shucked clams.

Don’t start drooling yet, the pizzeria is scheduled to open in the summer of 2010. Pepe’s will be in the Earth portion of Mohegan’s $92 million Project Horizon expansion, located in the eastern half of what is currently being known as the Earth Food Court. Design plans are underway to determine the exact layout of the 3,800-square-foot dine-in and take-out eatery. “The goal is to replicate the pizza in New Haven. It’s the exact same recipe, the same ovens, and the same menu,” said Ken Barry, spokesperson for Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana.

“Bringing in Pepe’s pizza is a great addition to the food offerings at Mohegan Sun,” said Chairman Bruce “Two Dogs” Bozsum. “It is two great families with tradition of taking care of their family and their customers. We share the same philosophies… We always look for the best of the best, and we got it again!”

Josh Blue’s Stand-Up at Mohegan Sun

by Taryn Alessandro

Josh Blue, winner of NBC’s Last Comic Standing during its fourth season, was responsible for my hurting cheeks after his performance at the Cabaret Theatre at Mohegan Sun on July 11th. Josh has cerebral palsy and many of his jokes are centered around living with his disability, giving him a unique comic routine that allows for gut-busting jokes we never heard before. “This is truly a cripple’s dream come true,” says Josh, “It’s like my own Make-a-Wish.”

An integral part of Josh’s routine is his role as striker for the U.S. Paralympic soccer team. He explains why he chose to endorse Nike, when being bombarded with sponsorship offers. “I had to pick Nike, look at me, I was born with a swoosh,” Josh says as he points out to the audience that his “crazy arm” naturally takes the shape of the Nike swoosh.

I have to admit, I was a little nervous before the show started. Is it OK to laugh at the expense of the handicapped? Josh stripped me of that guilty feeling as soon as he started. His charisma, energy and wildly entertaining routine make us feel like we’re laughing with him, not at him. It didn’t matter if you felt like it was OK to laugh or not, because you just couldn’t help roaring. The entire audience was hysterical; we were all in this together. After all, aren’t comedians getting paid to say the things we may think but would never say out loud?

Tantaquidgeon Museum Grand Re-Opening

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by Jessica Warzeniak

On June 18th, something special happened in Uncasville. The Mohegan Tribe held a ceremony and blessing to celebrate the re-opening and renovation of the Tantaquidgeon Museum – the oldest Native-run museum in the United States. The Museum provides a home for artifacts and objects of cultural significance for the Mohegans and other Native American tribes.

The ceremony began with John Henry Clark, Chairman, Council of Elders, greeting visitors, and Bruce “Two Dogs” Bozsum, Chairman, Mohegan Tribe, blessing the museum. “It is another great day at Mohegan,” said Bruce. “There are so many families at one place celebrating this moment. All of our hearts are in the same place.”

Chris “Painted Turtle” Harris plays the drums as vistors gather in a clearing next to the museum where a ceremonial fire is built. Visitors and Tribal members add tobacco to the fire and offer prayers for the muuem.

“This is an extraordinary day for the Mohegan Tribe, rechristening the oldest museum run by Natives,” said Melissa Tantaquidgeon Zobel, Mohegan Medicine Woman, “Everyone should tell their own history.”

At the height of the Great Depression, a Mohegan Indian, named John Tantaquidgeon decided to build a dream. Although blind in one eye and on crutches, he and his children, Gladys and Harold, found the Tantaquidgeon Indian Musuem on September 29, 1931.

“Father and brother Harold built the little stone original museum that was begun in 1930 and completed and opened in 1931,” said Dr. Gladys Iola Tantaquidgeon, Mohegan Medicine Woman. “The purpose of this little stone room was to house our collection of various artifacts that had been made and used by our people and were scattered about our living quarters here and there so that not only our own people could enjoy them but others as well.”

Throughout the 20th Century, Gladys and her brother Harold hosted groups from CT and all over the world who came to explore Mohegan history. Visitors came to experience the beauty of Native America. Generations of local school children learned about America’s First Peoples, firsthand. Featuring eastern woodland Indian artifacts, the museum’s mission is to showcase objects from an Indian perspective.

The museum, located at 1819 Norwich-New London Turnpike (Rt. 32), Uncasville, is open Wednesdays through Saturdays through October, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 860.848.0594 or visit www.mohegan.nsn.us.