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Looking for entertainment? Eastown Guide Page 5 Learn about what Eastown and East Grand Rapids has to offer. Friday, August 24, 2012 Volume 32, Issue 1 |2 Droughts and intense heat have created crazy forecasts statewide, but what can we expect to see after the warm weather is gone? Saint Stock |2 Aquinas’ annual resource fair for student clubs and organizations is coming up soon. Stop by, get involved, and grab some free candy. >>A&E Homecoming’s coming | 5 Before you know it, Aquinas’ homecoming celebrations will be here. We’ve got a preview. Movie smackdown | 5 Katherine Mata and Paris Close go toe-to-toe over The Bourne Legacy: is it the hottest or movie of the summer, or a limp excuse for an action flick? >>SPORTS Whitecaps and Griffins theSaint Welcome Class of 2016! >>NEWS Summer weather orientation issue |6 Looking to have some Major League-level fun for not a lot of cash? Local teams are worth a look. The orientation update By Matt Kuczynski Editor-In-Chief As the boxes get unpacked and new friends are discovered, your orientation experiences are just getting started. Here’s the schedule for the rest of the weekend: Friday: 8:00 a.m.–Breakfast at Wege. Come grab some food and meet new people! 9:00 a.m. – Head to AB for classroom sessions. 11:30 a.m.–Lunch at Wege. 1:15 p.m.–Project Unite Kick-off at the Sturrus Sports and Fitness Center. Stop by so you can get the details on this annual community experience. 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. – Project Unite. Project unite is Aquinas’ annual community tradition where orientation leaders, faculty, staff, and students go out to help various community organizations in the area. Based around the Dominican charisms of service and community, Project Unite is more than just a service to the community–it’s a chance to learn more about fellow Freshmen and the staff and faculty you’ll be with at Aquinas. 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. – Busses leave for the West Michigan Whitecaps game from the Sturrus Sports and Fitness Center. Don’t miss this chance to hitch a ride to see Grand Rapids’ own baseball team take on the Fort Wayne TinCaps. 7:00 p.m. – The West Michigan Whitecaps play at Comstock Park 10:30 p.m. – Get your groove on at the Orientation Dance in the Wege Ballroom. Saturday: 8:00 a.m. –Continental breakfast in your residence hall’s lobby. 8:30 a.m. – The Insignis welcome brunch will take place in the Loutit Room at Wege. The UDM Nurses welcome brunch will take place in ANDRIS VISOCKIS / AQUINAS Movin’ on up: (L to R) Aquinas student volunteers Sarah Thompkins and Ben DeGarmo help freshmen to move in to St. Joseph the Worker Hall with College President Juan Olivarez (center) during Orientation 2011. Albertus Hall 119. 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. – Academic Success sessions and Exploring your Academic Majors sessions will take place in the classrooms of AB. 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.–Lunch at Wege. Walk your Class Schedule tours will also be available to students who want to find out where their classes will take place before Monday. 1:30 p.m. – The Dean’s Session skits will take place at the Sturrus Sports and Fitness Center. 2:15 p.m. – Catch the First Year Monologues performed at the Sturrus Sports and Fitness Center. New faces at AQ 3:15 p.m. – HOORAY! with Lonnie Scott will take place at the Sturrus Sports and Fitness Center. This interactive experience with one of the best young speakers in the U.S. is sure to engage. 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.– Dinner will be served at Wege. 7:00 p.m. – Head to AB to discuss the Common Read for this freshman class. 8:00 p.m. – Need some time just to take in all that has happened during these past few days? Head to Wege Pond for a reflection ceremony for a moment of peace and calm during this busy weekend. 8:00 p.m.– If you’ve got a craving for something sweet, we’ve got you covered. Make your way to the Cook Carriage House (also known as the Moose Cafe) for an ice cream social. 10:30 p.m. – Aquinas’ Comedy Showcase starts at the Sturrus Sports and Fitness Center. Nationally renowned comedian Eric O’Shea will be performing, along with Aquinas’ own improv troupe, In Case of Emergency. Sunday: 8:00 p.m. - The annual “welcome back” Mass will take place on campus at Bukowski Chapel. Fall sports preview: Several new professors to start at Aquinas this fall By Katherine Mata Managing Editor S e ve n d e p a r t m e n t s we l c o m e newly-hired professors onto the campus as summer comes to an end. Each professor brings rich experience in his or her field and excitement as they prepare their lessons for the returning and incoming students this fall. Here are a few new faces students will see around campus. The Accounting Department welcom e s Ke v i n C a n t l e y, C . P. A. Cantley has worked for 17 years in accounting at an Ann Arbor firm. “My goal as a professor is to do what I can to have successful s t u d e n t s , ” s h a r e s C a n t l e y, “ T h e friendly atmosphere and an emphasis on ethical behavior are two of the many appealing aspects of Aquinas.” With experience as a professor, Mr. Cantley will fit right into the Aquinas community. The Chemistry Department gladly received Jonathon Fritz a s a p r o f e s s o r. F r i t z ’s e x t e n s i ve experience in organic chemistry and previous teaching position stood out to the department. Elizabeth Jensen, Chair of the chemistry department at Aquinas, recognizes the need for a professor to relate to students, especially for the incoming class. Fritz is enthusiastic about this kind of interaction. “I am excited to explore some of my research ideas and help prepare students so that they can be successful should they choose to pursue chemistry research at the graduate level,” said Fritz. Chemistry students will be sure to welcome Fritz as he helps them be successful. With the start of the Fall semester, the Music Department recognizes Mary Hurd as a full-time Visiting Assistant Professor of Music. Hurd has been teaching at Aquinas for over 15 years. In her new position as a full-time professor, she looks forward to being more involved within the Aquinas community. “What appealed to me [about Aquinas] was the quality of students and of the education,” said Hurd. Additionally, the Psychology Department has added Benjamin Chihak to their faculty. Chihak holds a doctorate in cognitive psychology from the University of Minnesota. “I was looking for a smaller school where I could interact with the students on a more individual basis,” said Chihak. “My goals are to get students excited about conducting their own research and… [applying t h e m ] t o r e a l - wo r l d p r o b l e m s . ” Psychology students, returning and incoming are sure to find Dr. Chihak’s expertise and enthusiasm refreshing and welcoming. Finally, the Sustainable Business Department has announced that Krista Badiane will be joining the department as a professor. Matthew Tu e t h , c h a i r o f t h e s u s t a i n a b l e business department, is enthusiastic about Badiane, who has exceptional experience in her field. “Ms. Badiane has been working for Ford Motor Company for over four years as their sustainability reporting manager,” s a i d Tu e t h , “ [ a n d ] M s . B a d i a n e will be completing her Ph.D. in September from the University of Michigan.” As students return to campus, they are sure to see two more new faces: Amanda Lahikainen in the Art Department and L. Rob Peters for the Biology Department. Be sure to give these professors a warm welcome to the Aquinas community if you see them! ANDRIS VISOCKIS / AQUINAS Completed goals a sure bet: Aquinas’ women’s soccer team tears up the turf in their homecoming match last fall. Sports editor Alyssa Frese checks out all the teams that will be playing on and around campus this fall on Page 6. Read us anytime, anywhere at

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