SGA Looking Forward to Productive Spring

Hi Seahawks!

As promised, I would like to follow up on my last article in the Point News, which covered the numerous accomplishments of the Student Government Association (SGA) in the first semester, in order to outline the goals Vice President Becky White and I have for this semester, our last at St. Mary’s.

Budget season is upon us and the financial pressures on our school are many. Tuition increases loom as our school struggles to keep pace with rising costs and the desire to deliver a strong academic program and residential experience, among other priorities. Given that tuition increases put additional stress on current students and threaten to discourage students from applying to this incredible institution, advocating for the College in Annapolis is a top priority. I have reached out to the University System of Maryland (USM) Student Council Chairman Zach Cohen to help create a groundbreaking joint venture between the USM and SMCM aimed at raising the profile of student voices in the discussion of affordability of higher education. Thanks to a great deal of work on his part, students from all Maryland public colleges and universities will descend on Annapolis on February 28th to urge the General Assembly to ensure the affordability of higher education into the future. Students will participate in a rally featuring high-profile political leaders and addresses from a few student leaders including myself. St. Mary’s students will then meet with key legislators who will ultimately decide whether we receive a tuition buy-down and support to go ahead with critical capital projects like the demolition and reconstruction of Anne Arundel.

The SGA is also working to make sure students have transportation to the February 22nd Board of Trustees meeting in Annapolis should they wish to voice their opinions regarding the proposed tuition increase for the next fiscal year. I have complete faith in Student Trustee Alex Walls’s ability to represent the students to the Board and I know it will only assist him in conveying the student position on tuition increases if more students travel to directly voice their thoughts. The Board of Trustees is genuinely interested in hearing students’ voices so I wholeheartedly encourage anyone interested to contact Student Trustee Walls or myself if you are interested in speaking.

Moving away from budget issues, Vice President White and I will make greater strides with regards to sustainability. We plan on exploring the scaling up and redesign of the reusable to-go box program and are looking to restructure the Green St. Mary’s Revolving Loan Fund (GSMRF) to better empower students to develop and launch energy-saving projects for the campus as part of our commitment to be carbon neutral by 2020. We also would like to re-engage the campus in dialogue over wireless printing. We are confident that a transition to a wireless printing system would address student printing concerns that have been repeatedly articulated through annual surveys completed by the Office of Residence Life and the Office of Information Technology in such a way that saves students money, expands access to printing across campus including at night, and saves ink and paper at the same time – a win-win-win! We fell short in conveying the urgency for and ease with which such reform can be accomplished and we will make a better case to students this semester.
In addition to sustainability, diversity issues are core to this administration’s efforts. We will advocate for the creation of a full-time Diversity Officer position to help coordinate diversity initiatives across offices. In doing so, we also endeavor to signal to potential applicants that we truly care about having a student body that reflects Maryland’s diverse population and that also attracts students from across the country and world to our beautiful school. Additionally, we will explore the possibility of creating more gender-neutral bathroom spaces on-campus given existing infrastructure as well as seek to pass a resolution aiming to incorporate gender-neutral bathrooms in all future campus construction plans.

Lastly, the SGA will be working to generate proposals to amend the SGA’s constitution, a document that has remained unedited since 2007 despite several failed attempts. Many operational realities of the SGA have changed and it is time for the constitution to reflect them. The Vice President and I will ensure that a thorough, transparent review of the constitution takes place and that each amendment is considered individually by the Senate instead of attempting to push a raft of reforms through the Senate en masse. The amendments that clear the Senate’s review will be put to the students alongside elections for President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Director of Campus Programming and the referendum on Meatless Mondays. We must see turnout above 1/3 of eligible voters for the amendments to be adopted. We are aiming to launch these elections on April 1st, as early as constitutionally possible, so that newly elected officials will have a month to shadow current SGA officers in their roles to facilitate a smooth transition into next school year’s administration.

There are certainly many other student issues that require attention and I promise to do my very best to learn about and act on them. I know I speak for Becky and myself when I say we are immensely grateful for the opportunity to serve this College. We hope to make the student body proud and empowered by all that we can accomplish together this semester.

Update from Student Trustee Alex Walls

Dear St. Mary’s Community,

As the Feb. 23 Board of Trustee Meeting quietly approaches, I would like to take the time to talk about what will be happening this weekend. Among other conversations regarding Master Planning and Strategic Planning, the Board will be setting tuition, room, and board rates for the next academic year. The scheduled rate increases that will be discussed and voted on are 4%, 3%, and 2% respectively.

For many, these annual increases are unacceptable. Every year, we pay more in tuition while we are promised that next year will be better. Yes, prices do increase. However, tuition has been increasing faster than inflation since I have started attending. And every year, it gets harder for our students and their families to pay the cost of attendance. How many students have missed out on experiencing St. Mary’s because of the ever increasing price tag? How many friends and peers have we lost because of their inability to pay to stay? I don’t know; no one does!

For the past four years, I have been vocal about my disdain for these increases. However, as Student Trustee, I will be voting “aye” on this issue at the next meeting. Why the change of heart? Currently in Annapolis, Senate Bill 828, also known as An Act Concerning St. Mary’s College of Maryland – Tuition Freeze and DeSousa-Brent Scholars Completion Grant, is poised to be voted on and approved by the General Assembly this session. This bill, among other things, would increase our state-funded block grant by an additional $800,000 each year for the next four years and mandate a tuition freeze on all in-state students. This freeze would be similar to the tuition freeze that the rest of the University System enjoyed a few years ago.

Even though this bill mandates a tuition freeze, the school will not know the outcome until April and after the budget process is completed. If it passes, the Board of Trustees will retroactively decrease the tuition for in-state students for next fall. But to demonstrate to the state that we need the funds, we must continue going through the motions of raising tuition. If we don’t, the College may miss out on the additional funding offered. Therefore, it would be advantageous for the Board to vote on raising tuition now and bringing it down later after we receive the appropriations from the state.

But mark my words, I will continue to advocate for the students of St. Mary’s. On Saturday, I will let the Board know that I am voting for the increase for the sole reason to demonstrate to the State that we need the buy down. I believe that the Board should vote to decrease tuition at the next Board meeting, even if we don’t receive the additional funds. We have suffered too many increases over the past few years and at some point we must say enough is enough. If we cannot control our costs, what does that say about our financial model or about the public-private relationship we have developed here? Should we continue on the path of becoming a high price, quasi-private liberal arts college hidden behind a public name?

The SGA and Office of Student Activities are organizing vans to take students to the meeting this Saturday in Annapolis. More details will be coming out as the week progresses so stay tuned. Also, if you want to talk to me about the Board meeting, please contact me at atwalls@smcm.edu.

St. Mary's Sports Recap

On Feb. 9th St. Mary’s Baseball lost its season opener against Randolph-Macon, but managed to split the double header the next day. The team won in the nightcap 4-0 while Randolph-Macon won the first half 4-3. The baseball team was supposed to play again on Saturday February 16, but was unable to due to weather conditions. They will play at home next Saturday, Feb. 23,  against Widener University in a non-conference double header.

Men’s Basketball won their fifth consecutive Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Regular-Season Title after their 89-80 against the University of Mary Washington. This along with Wesley College’s loss to Salisbury University means that St. Mary’s has the CAC title. The team will have a first round bye in the upcoming CAC Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament. Junior Brendan McFall commented, saying, “This is our fifth consecutive CAC regular title, so that’s pretty sweet. As long as we can do our best next Thursday and Saturday, hopefully we can bring back the CAC crown.”

The women’s Basketball team also finished out its season against Mary Washington University. Even though St. Mary’s finished the half seven points ahead, Mary Washington ended up winning 58-33. The Women’s team also will play in CAC Championships, beginning against Salisbury on Feb. 19. Junior Myeisha Wallace commented, saying, “I hope we end the season as conference champions. My expectations for the championships are that we prove how good we really are by maintaining a full 40 minutes at our best. We have shown the ability to compete with any team in our conference.”

Women’s Lacrosse was supposed to have their first contest against Washington and Lee University on February 20. Washington and Lee, However, was unable to field a team due to injuries, illnesses, and “violation of team expectations.” Because of this the Women’s Lacrosse team will open against Dickinson College on Saturday February 23.

Men’s Lacrosse won its season-opening game against Roanoke 13-12. Sophmore Nate Babcock and first year Conor Jordan both collected hat tricks. Men’s Tennis was less successful, losing to Mary Washington 8-1. More information about teams and games can be found at www.smcmathletics.com.

 

OSA Begins Orientation 2013 Process

After the leaving of Coordinator of Orientation and Service Sola Ogundele and upcoming graduation of over 30 seniors who were 2012 Orientation Leaders, the Office of Student Activities has begun its work on the 2013 Orientation process.

That work includes hiring new Orientation Co-chairs sophomores Teresa Padgett and Bryan Pelkey, filling Ogundele’s vacancy, and accepting new and returning Orientation Leaders (OLs).

Being co-chairs of Orientation involves choosing OLs and staying at St. Mary’s from June 3 through the start of Orientation to plan OL training and other events surrounding the welcoming of the new students to campus.

Pelkey, a biochemistry major and economics minor from Mt. Airy, MD, mentioned that he applied for the job after his own OL, among others, suggested it to him. “It’s the third Orientation experience you can have as a student. First, you’re an orientee, then you can be an OL, then a co-chair.”

“It’s like seeing the process from a different perspective,” noted Padgett. “I love Orientation and I just want to make it an awesome experience for everyone.” Padgett is a public policy major and an environmental studies minor from Bedford, VA.

The new Coordinator of Orientation and Service will be Lisa Cote, a 2009 graduate of St. Mary’s. Cote was also an OL and a co-chair as a student, and is set to begin her new position on Mar. 11.

While returning OLs have already been chosen to lead next year’s incoming class, applications for new OLs are due to the Office of Student Activities on Mar. 7. New OLs will be selected by Padgett, Pelkey, and Cote after an interview process in late March.

“We’re really looking for students who embody the St. Mary’s spirit and who wants to make a difference for the first years,” said Padgett. Pelkey also noted that they are looking for students who are up for the challenge of being an OL.

Eligible students for the OL position are rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a minimum 2.5 GPA. Applicants are also encouraged to be involved on campus and be enthusiastic about welcoming new students to campus.

Swimming Breaks Records, Places Second

After three days of Capital Athletic Conference Swimming Championships, both the men and women’s teams finished a strong second behind Mary Washington.

Senior Joanna Purich Senior expressed her pride in the team saying, “It was a little hard this year because a lot of people got sick right before champs, but everyone really stepped up.” Senior Dirk Rousseau added, “It’s great that both teams are in a strong second place, and we’ve set a lot of records.”

Many St. Mary’s students set records during their events. On the first day Kelly Heyde won the 200 individual medley, an event she has won every year she has been swimming for St. Mary’s. Even though the men’s team, represented by junior Jimmy Forest, senior Billy Deboissiere, sophomore Bobby Witkop, and senior Cameron Hedquist, placed second in the 400 medley relay, the team broke their own record for 2.12 seconds. Purich commented, saying, “It was definitely an exciting match overall, and it wasn’t just our team who broke records. It was also exciting to see a full men’s team and one that was taking it to the next level. This was the first time the men’s team has outscored the women’s team.”

Heyde continued to swim strong on the second day, where she became the four-time champion of another event, the 400 individual medley. She then anchored the 8oo freestyle relay, where she swam with first-year Zoe McIlmail, first-year Cara Machlin, and junior Erin O’Connor. They posted second, but swam 1.66 seconds faster than the previous year’s records.

During Preliminaries, Hedquist beat his previous record for the 200 freestyle by 11-hundreths of a second. DeBoissiere also broke a personal record in the 100 backstroke. But junior and spectator Nathan Brocenos explained a different part about the second day that he liked the best, saying, “On the 200 medley, Mary Washington got what I think was a national record, but then they got disqualified and St. Mary’s came in first.”

On the last day the teams regularly followed behind Mary Washington in the events. Sophomore Brooke Raab placed second in the 200 Backstroke while Hedquist placed second in the 100 freestyle. Heyde again held her title in the 200 Butterfly. Rousseau was proud of the men’s team, saying, “All men who swam the mile were in the top ten.” He added, “I out-touched a guy on the mile, it was pretty epic.”

The end of the season also represents what will be a transition for the swimming team.

Sophomore Coleen Walls reflected the event, saying, “Personally I feel accomplished in that I made the podium this year, but my favorite part was seeing the seniors receive their gifts Sunday night. We have a lot of seniors graduating this year, so it will be interesting to see how many freshmen next year will be interested.”

Rousseau also commented, saying, “It was fun to go out with a bang. It’s been a good four years with the team, and I’m looking forward to the alumni meet next year.” For more information about championship results, the St. Mary’s athletic website has information on every meet.

Peer Health Educators Prep Students for Valentine's Day

Amidst the delicious candy grams, beautiful flower grams, and musical talents of the SMC-Men offered around Valentine’s Day, the Peer Health Educators had their own table set up for the “month of love.” While candy was among their offerings, the main idea was to offer free condoms and information with the hopes of helping students make wiser decisions around this amorous time. Sexual Wellness Advocate Meghan Root said, “Historically, the Peer Health Educators have done programming around Valentine’s Day” to assist students in making healthier sexual decisions.

In the days leading up to Cupid’s holiday, the Peer Health educators tabled outside the Great Room during lunch and dinner. They provided information on proper condom use, birth control options, and communication skills. One of the games a passerby could play was STI identification using plushies in the shape of the infection. Another game was a picture matching game with various sexual health related pictures.

At one table, Peer Health Educator and sophomore Ashton Engdahl had a station set up on proper condom use for both males and females. As students stopped by the table on their way to get dinner, Engdahl demonstrated how to apply a female condom using a plastic model. Engdahl’s main concern was to “both destigmatize sex and empower people through information about sexual health.”

She went on to add “that most people hurry past when we table, not even looking at what we’re trying to do.” While the Peer Health Educators try to disseminate information about sex, they make it clear that while they understand not everyone will be sexually active, they would prefer people to be aware of safe sexual practices.

There were many brochures on a multitude of topics, including consent and pregnancy prevention. According to senior and Peer Health Educator Katie Schreven,“The campus is receptive when we offer info and also programming. Hopefully our work helps to destigmatize sex and talk about it. It doesn’t mean we want you guys to go out and have a lot of sex, we just want to give out info.” So while it might be embarrassing to talk about sex, it is important to be informed and make wiser decisions in relation to your sexual health.

Celebrating Black History Month with the BSU

February, the “month of love,” is also Black History Month, in which we take a retrospective look at African American History and celebrate the African American identity within our society. The Black Student Union, the Dean’s Office, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs have collaborated this year to bring a whole host of Black History Month Events from films to guest speakers.

Senior and BSU Club President Brittany Sada Davis had this to say about this month’s celebration: “The Black Student Union really wants the campus community to join us in this celebration of blackness. Often times, people think you have to be black to celebrate this month. You don’t have to be black to celebrate Black History Month. So much of American pop culture is inspired by black culture (not excluding Blackness around the globe), this month is a time to celebrate the richness of black culture, and the legacy of those have come before us!”

On Tuesday Feb. 5, Hasani Pettiford gave a talk to St. Mary’s students on relationships and how to make them stronger. He emphasized the equality of the two individuals involved, and that each of them should have a strong sense of self-respect because of their unique worth. A girl should not (to paraphrase Mr. Pettiford) “engage in physical activities because she would like to attract a mate.”

If the person is brought in by sex, they will stay because of sex, and it is not likely to translate into love for a person’s intellect. For that, Hasani stressed the need for openness and devotion, to not cheat, to embody the ideals they would wish to see in their significant other. Audience participation was greatly encouraged, and on multiple occasions he would ask for audience opinions, and used two volunteers for a marriage scenario. Roughly 40 people were in attendance.

According to first-year Sui Boriang, “One of my favorite parts was when he was talking about the four seasons of a relationship. I think that it is very important to have that of kind of performance because some of us do not know what makes a healthy relationship.”

First-year Adeteniola Adebayo said, “I liked that he gave tips about relationships also… I feel like he’s really good at helping people with relationship problems.”

The next day, the 3rd Annual Black Inspirational Icons Panel was held in Cole Cinema, in which four current or former SMCM students shared their thoughts about black leaders whom they admire. One of the four panelists was first-year Kareem Adams. He talked about writer and civil rights promoter James Baldwin. According to Adams, “It felt good to share our inspirations with other students on campus.”

Other panelists included another first-year named Knakia Francis, Assistant Vice President of External Relations Keisha Reynolds, and sophomore Neneh Sillah. In the eyes of Knakia Francis, “the event could have been more well attended but the discussions were amazing . . . there’s a type of upliftment and power through the reflection of your history, though I feel the black community isn’t doing it enough.”

The Black Student Union had their first meeting of the spring semester on Thursday Feb. 7, where they played icebreakers to get all the members to learn each other’s names and to introduce the club to new members. The BSU showed two films in Cole Cinema through the support of Programs Board and the Library on Feb.  12 and 19. The films shown were Life Support and For Colored Girls.

The last event was Soul Food Sunday, where BSU members made their favorite soul food dishes and shared them in Daugherty-Palmer Commons (DPC). While these events helped to disseminate information both about Black History Month and the feelings of the African American community within SMCM, BSU president Brittany Davis admitted it was “difficult to host these types of events on campus because multiculturalism is an option here. The majority of the people that come to Black History Month events are black.” She added on that “black culture is omnipresent in American popular culture, and yet people cannot take time to show respect to that culture.”

"The Vagina Monologues" Seeks to End Violence Against Women

This year’s annual production of Eve Ensler’s play The Vagina Monologues, hosted by FUSE (Feminists United for Sexual Equality), coincided with the global “One Billion Rising” campaign started by V-Day, the organization and holiday created by Ensler to raise awareness for violence against women.

On V-Day, which occurs every Feb. 14, colleges and organizations around the world stage productions of the play as fundraisers for organizations that support women in need. The proceeds from the St. Mary’s production went to Walden Sierra, a “private, nonprofit counseling organization offering substance abuse, domestic violence, and child abuse counseling to residents of southern Maryland,” according to the organization’s website. The “V” in “V-Day” stands for “victory,” “violence,” and of course, “vagina.”

Sophomores Allegra Garrett and Olabisi “Labs” Fraser directed the 2013 staging of the play, which was held in St. Mary’s Hall on the evenings of V-Day (Thursday, Feb. 14) and Sunday, Feb. 17. “I performed in [The Vagina Monologues] last year,” said Garrett, “and I just thought it would be really fun to direct when the time came for FUSE to start production this year. We have 23 girls participating this year, and they’re all fabulous. I love all of them so much!”

In past years, St. Mary’s productions of The Vagina Monologues have been staged as “a meeting in a coffeehouse, a women’s bathroom, and a rally. This year, the play was staged as a meeting of a women’s therapy support group. We put a few spins on some of the monologues this year that should make it fun,” said Fraser.

The play is a series of monologues based on Ensler’s interviews with women of all ages, sexual orientations, and ethnicities.  “The Vagina Monologues raises the awareness of the St. Mary’s campus community on issues like rape, sexism, female genital mutilation, war, homosexuality, and global feminist movements,” said sophomore Emma Kaufman, who performed a monologue on the nature of pubic hair. “This year’s production is so important—it is the 15th anniversary of the first performance of the monologues. In honor of celebrating this occasion, February 14 has been transformed into a day of activism, dancing, theater, and solidarity among all women who choose to participate.”

Sophomore Maggie Holzman performed one of the student-written spotlight monologues. “To go along with this year’s theme of ‘one billion rising,’ Allegra selected me and two other people to write and perform our own monologues with the theme ‘I am Rising.’ It’s very different, but I was honored to be asked [to perform the closing monologue].”

Erica Burns, a sophomore transwoman, provided an original perspective during her spotlight monologue. “Back in 2007, I first came upon the knowledge of the existence of The Vagina Monologues through coming upon an edition of it centered around transgender women, “she said. “And then, when I first came to St. Mary’s last spring as a transfer student and saw that this was a yearly thing here at this college, I realized it would soon enough be time for me to get involved.  I serve to give a fresh voice to The Vagina Monologues by showing that you don’t have to have a vagina to be a woman.”

Given the female-centric nature of the play, it must be noted that The Vagina Monologues is also accessible to men. Daniel Harris, a junior, said, “I enjoyed the play’s blend of humor and seriousness while exploring the female perspective on gender equality.”

After the performance, a three-minute video produced by the One Billion Rising campaign was shown. The video featured women from all over the world literally rising, standing and pointing to the air, before bursting into a global dance against the abuse of women. It left the audience with an inspiring image that exemplifies what The Vagina Monologues is all about: making women their strongest, happiest selves.

Introducing Sean Tallarico, SMCM's New Public Safety Director

As teased a few weeks ago, St. Mary’s College of Maryland has a new director of public safety. Sean Tallarico formally entered his position on Feb. 4 and has been running the Department of Public Safety ever since. Mr. Tallarico entered the St. Mary’s community after a brief retirement following his 25 year career at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA. At Moravian, Tallarico oversaw extensive developments in public safety. Upon his arrival, Moravian’s public safety department was little more than a neighborhood watch that lacked even a proper office from which to operate. By the time he left the school, he had developed the tiny program into a fully-fledged public safety unit.

After a few years of well-earned retirement, Tallarico decided that he wanted to return to his career in college security. He was eventually notified by a job aggregation site that SMCM was looking for a new director. To hear him tell it, Tallarico sounds much like a recently accepted student when describing what attracted him to St. Mary’s: “I wanted a small liberal arts school, which St. Mary’s certainly is. However, what really drew me in was the reputation and mission of the school.”

By mission, he mostly means the role that public safety programs and officers should play in a college community. His feelings on this question played a large part in the decisions that led to his hiring. As Dean Roberto Ifill put it, “President Urgo and I feel that every faculty member at St. Mary’s should have some sort of educational role to play. We liked Sean so much, in part, because of the way he wants to apply that role to Public Safety officers.”

This philosophical compatibility is important at a time when the College is trying to improve the effectiveness of its security nets. Many colleges deal with similar safety issues, but in a very different way. President Urgo talked to The Point News about the risks that come with trying to improve safety. “With college safety, you really have to resist the urge to policify your security,” he said. “If you want people to be safer, it’s easy to just make your security officers and administration more tough, more unforgiving, but that’s not what we want here at St. Mary’s.” As already stated, the President’s plan for improving security is based more on increasing student involvement and awareness rather than toughening safety enforcement itself.

For the time being, Sean Tallarico is still settling in to his new position. Most of his time is divided between meeting with campus administrators and reviewing safety protocols. Despite his busy schedule, he encourages anyone who has safety concerns or ideas to meet with him if they feel so inclined.

On another note, Dean Ifill wishes to extend his and the administration’s sincerest thanks to Mac McClintock for his service as the interim director of public safety.

Food Review: Nicolletti's Pizza

By Jeremy Piper

Once again, in search of good food at cheap prices, I ventured out from the comfortable bubble of St. Mary’s. At the intersection of Three Notch Road and Chancellor’s Run Road I found just the place: a little Italian place called Nicolletti’s: the perfect place to get some pizza, pasta, a calzone, or even a cheesesteak sub.

When first walking in to Nicolletti’s, you come face to face with a menu roughly the size of Rhode Island (it took me a few minutes just to read through the entire thing). Besides the veritable bevy of menu options, Nicolletti’s even offers a salad bar, just to complicate things further. Once you make your decision about what to eat, you pay a surprisingly small sum for the monstrous amount of food you get, and grab a seat. Nicolletti’s is a sit-down restaurant but you do not have a waiter or waitress; the food is brought to your table and that is the extent of interaction. Certainly a plus for those who are reclusive, shy, or are just plain tired of someone constantly bugging you throughout your dinner and conversation.

After much deliberation, I finally decided to opt for a cheesesteak sub. I chose this, not only because it is one of my favorite culinary companions, but also because it is a good test of a restaurant. There are several factors that can sway how it turns out, and after having bad subs in the past, I hoped for the best. What I ended up feasting on was a delicious medley of flavor that surprised even me. As many of you already know, a cheesesteak, once eaten, resembles something like a brick in your stomach. However, the Nicolletti’s cheesesteak was somehow light; extremely filling and satisfying, but not overwhelming. The bun had been broiled so it was crispy on the inside, the steak was perfectly cooked and not greasy, the lettuce was fresh and green, and the tomato was red and crisp. I can do nothing more than recommend it to you all (I have heard great things about their pizza too).

When I went, the place was pretty sleepy. Only a few people occupied the comfy booths and were talking quietly amongst themselves. However, the closer it gets to 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. the more crowded it becomes. Because of the cheap prices and hearty amount of food per serving, it is the target of parents for birthday parties and sports team meetings. It is a child-friendly environment so, depending on when you go, you may have to suffer a screaming 4-year-old in order to eat cheap. Don’t think of Nicolletti’s as the “coach” class of restaurants; if you plan your trip right you will have a lovely experience.

For taste, I gave Nicolletti’s 4 stars; for price, 4 stars; for atmosphere, 3 stars; and for service, 5 stars (they were extremely nice and wanted my business), for a total of 16/20 possible stars. Keep up the good work Nicolletti’s.