The Saint :: Issue 5
Aquinas College Student Newspaper
Captain Phillips| 6 AQ Faculty Exhibit Reporter Yashowanto Ghosh takes a look at the exhibit now on display in the AMC. page 6 theSaint Wednesday, November 6, 2013 Volume 33, Issue 5 >>NEWS LLC Spotlight | 2 Willowbrook turns its efforts toward maintaining a welcoming atmosphere on campus. Winona LaDuke | 2 Reporter Yasho Ghosh previews the sustainability speaker. >>CULTURE Carrie | 5 Ca n t he r e m a ke t op th e original? Sky Ferreira | 6 Staff Writer Carly Plank reviews the singer’s new album. >>SPORTS World Series | 7 Zoe Harmon reports in on the victorious Boston Red Sox. Cody Britton | 8 Sports Editor Alyssa Frese interviews the golfer about his experience at Aquinas. Men’s soccer | 7 The fox says “mmm no.” Marriage equality? New legislation in Michigan may allow for marriage equality in near future By Mayra Monroy Staff Writer A monumental decision is underway in the state of Michigan. Two Detroit women, seeking the o ve r t u r n o f a 2 0 0 4 a m e n d m e n t banning gay marriage, filed a lawsuit against the state. The women originally were only seeking the legal status of marriage to be able to legally adopt each other’s children. The Michigan Marriage Amendment Act that banned same sex marriage in the state of Michigan was passed in 2004 by 59 percent of voters. This act banned not only same-sex marriage but prohibited same-sex couples from legally adopt each other’s children. The two Detroit women, April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, challenged the state’s ban on same-sex adoption in January 2012. The couple sought the legal adoption of each other’s children in order to have a legal right to the children if one of the parents were to pass away. Recently, the couple decided to also challenge the ban on marriage in the state of Michigan. The couple argues that this ban on adoption and denial of marriage violates their rights under the Equal Protection Clause in the US Constitution and discriminates against same-sex couples in the state. In spite of hopes that a decision would be made soon, United States District Court Judge Bernard Friedman delayed the movement, deciding that the case will go to trial early next year. “[Plaintiffs] are Annual Fair Trade Sale c o m p l i a n t with fair trade standards, giving home artisans a fair wage for their work. According to their website, “The mission of Otavalito e m b r a c e s working directly with indigenous Ecuadoran artisans to insure fair prices for products, provide LAURA FARRELL / THE SAINT ongoing product Guatemala: Students visited markets in last spring’s service trip. d e v e l o p m e n t , promote sales and foster education and work projects By Nathan Gimby in the greater Otavalo community.” Staff Writer “It’s really a win-win for Campus Ministry and Service everyone,” Bridge said. “You can buy Learning’s annual Fair Trade Sale gifts for family for Christmas, but it’s is happening in two weeks from also good to know your dollars are November 19-21 in the Cook Carriage supporting something ethical.” House. Handcrafted items such as hats The sale itself is primarily staffed and gloves as well as fair trade coffee b y s t u d e n t v o l u n t e e r s . A q u i n a s will be available for purchase, and a senior Shelby Denhof helped recruit portion of the sales will go to Service volunteers, organize shifts, and make Learning programs here at Aquinas. general promotions for last year’s sale. However, fundraising isn’t the “Lots of different kinds of things only goal of the sale. According to Eric were there and all of it was very Bridge, Campus Ministry’s Service affordable. I spent a lot of time at the Learning coordinator, the Fair Trade sale myself and couldn’t help but pick Sale is meant to “promote the concepts out a few things that ended up being of fair trade, fair wages, and proper Christmas gifts for my family and treatment of workers in communities.” friends,” Denhof said. For several years, Service Learning But besides making a great has been partnering with Otavalito, a opportunity for holiday shopping, fair trade vendor from Saugatuck, MI, Denhof also stressed the ethical to make the sale happen. Otavalito importance of fair trade. works directly with artisans in the “Fair Trade is a system that values province of Imbabura, Ecuador to justice and the integrity of the workers bring their products to the U.S., who make the goods … Buying fairsupplying not only a market for their trade goods is a conscious choice that goods but suggestions on how to shows that you value community and make goods appealing to shoppers in human dignity,” Denhof said. the States. The Saugatuck vendor prices goods to be affordable but also LAURA FARRELL / THE SAINT Fighting for the right: DeBoer and Rowse have become the lead voice in the Michigan fight for marriage equality. entitled to their day in court and they will have it,” said Friedman. Gay rights supporters rallied at the Detroit courthouse, hoping to have a definite ruling in their favor and were disappointed when Judge Friedman held off a ruling. The judge believed that holding off on the trial and ruling will benefit the case and the plaintiffs. Fourteen out of the 50 states in America currently allow same-sex marriage. Many states are currently in a similar position to Michigan’s, with individuals challenging specific legislation like DeBoer and Rowse. U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman opted not to rule on the case on October 16, 2013. He has set the same-sex marriage case to go to trial in February. World news roundup By Cait Hilton Staff Writer SYRIAAmidst suffering from a two-and-a-half year civil war, the persecution of Christians in Syria is increasing as Islamic extremists gain influence over the country. During these gruesome times, it is reported that the war has caused over 100,000 deaths and forced over two million people to leave Syria’s b o rde rs . C hris tians , w ho make up 10 percent of the country’s 23 million count population, are victims of physical attacks and looting, their children are being kidnapped and their towns bombed. U .S . F O O D S TA M P S As of November 1, food-stamps offered to 48 million Americans will be slashed due to the expiration of Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program’s COURTESY CARLOS DELGADO recession-era boost. Each No jobs here: Spanish citizens protest on May 20, 2013, retaliating against high unemployment participant’s share of rates. assistance will be cut 13.6 percent, resulting in the loss of 26.6 percent and within the youth and Germany, some of the U.S.’s most hundreds of dollars per family a 56.5 percent. Greece is experiencing loyal allies. U.S. officials have refused year. The enrollment for food-stamp 27.6 percent unemployment, and to comment on the leaked document. benefits rose significantly from 2007- a n o v e r w h e l m i n g 5 7 . 3 p e r c e n t 2011, and now, anti-poverty groups concerning the youth. H E A LT H C A R E H AV O C are concerned that the slashing will When the health insurance result in the vulnerability of an NSAwebsite for the Affordable Care already unstable group in the U.S. National Security Agency whistle- Act went live, technical problems EUROPEUnemployment rates in Europe were at a record-breaking high of 1 2 . 2 p e r c e n t t h i s we e k , a n d t h e unemployment rates in both Spain and Greece are now skyrocketing a b o ve t h o s e e x p e r i e n c e d i n t h e U.S.’s Great Depression. In Spain, the unemployment rate stands at blower Edward Snowden, a former U.S. N.S.A. contractor, leaked a report from October of 2006 that holds more than 200 telephone numbers to be used by the N.S.A. Thirty-five of those on the list belong to unnamed foreign leaders and were allegedly “tasked” for monitoring. The revelation of this document raised tensions with many countries, including France and user overload quickly creating problems. Prior to the launch, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services were responsible for making sure the site was functional. A shift in management has been made, but with a rocky first few weeks of the live site, administration still fears that frustrated users will not return. news page 2 << THE SAINT | WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2013 Grand Rapids: GVSU to expand downtown Michigan: Rock 105.1 in Northern Michigan scares National: University to aid immigrant students World: Two French journalists killed in Mali Grand Valley State University has announced a $18 million plan to expand their health campus in Grand Rapids medical mile. The project would increase their medical campus by nearly 11 acres, a project that was instigated by high demand. The station broadcasted a Halloween evening fake story that detailed a somewhat believable scenario of leaky chemicals causing a zombie outbreak. Although it was broadcasted last year as well, concerned citizens called in an overflow of 911 calls. The station is being reviewed by the police to see if any FCC violations were committed. The University of California announced last week that $5 million would be set aside for the aid of students living in the country illegally. It was the university’s president Janet Napolitano, former United States Secretary of Homeland Defense’s first act. Radio France Internationale reporters Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon were kidnapped in killed in Mali, a region linked to Al Qaeda last week. French forces stationed in the area followed the suspects but were unable to save them. Their deaths bring journalist deaths to a total of 44 this year. Black November Terror at LAX laura farrell |news editor It all depends on your personal preference. Some people cannot get enough, and some people could do without it all together: the madness that is the Christmas “season.” As Michiganders, October through March, April, or heaven forbid, May, can look like the Christmas season. And apparently some stores and malls took note of the sparse October snowfalls and whipped out their Christmas decor. On Memorial Day weekend, a Hallmark store I ventured to already had every ornament you could ever want laid out perfectly atop garland and red and green sparkles. Two weeks ago, Kohl’s store on Alpine Ave. looked like a sad excuse for a Winter Wonderland, with red trees and tinsel on every corner of the store. The weekly ad for Meijer’s, that came out on November 1, already had Christmas candy on sale. It is no secret that as a society, we are obsessed with Christmas, or at least we are supposed to be. The second the temperature dips below 50 degrees, Christmas is on every company and store’s mind. It has undoubtedly gotten worse in recent years. If you poll friends and family, the opinions on a rushed Christmas season are wide in range. One of my friends proudly admitted that she has been listening to Christmas music for two weeks already. A coworker of mine is already crossing items off their Christmas shopping list. And then there are people who, understandably, cannot stand the early chaos. I hate shopping among the masses, battling for the best deal, all of the terrible Christmas commercials and the unnecessary stress and grumpiness that is associated with our expectations of Christmas. There is no way that I have the capacity to deal with any of that before Thanksgiving. Once Halloween ends, there are 55 days until Christmas. Fiftyfive! Do we really need two months to mull over a holiday? How many days require Christmas shopping before the bank runs out? For me, it would not be too many. Our obsession with the holidays only highlights our “gotta have it now” attitude, except in this situation we can bribe Father Time to delete some dates in November. We argue about our dog-eat-dog capitalist attitudes at Thanksgiving dinner only to be cut short, before pumpkin pie, to wait in line at Best Buy for an 80-inch flat screen. I cannot deny that I love Christmas and will not deny that I take part in Black Friday mayhem. There are countless parts of the holiday season that I do love. Although the general mood can seem crabby and insane, you can find many moments of true generosity and love. I decorate every square inch of my house with lights, Santas, and bows. I love having an excuse to bake eight different kinds of cookies. Holiday movies are the absolute best, yes, even the freaky puppet ones. Most of all though, even through the inevitable arguing and bickering; family time is the best part of Christmas. Even if it is just by parents and siblings, you cannot help but feel that the holiday season has a power unlike anything else to bring family together in some way, no matter your religious beliefs. I guess even writing this article in the first week of November shows that even I might have a slight obsession with the holidays, whether it is commercially derived or not. I am just scared for the day when it is solely commercially driven. When we think of buying presents only for the thrill of the deal on Thanksgiving, rather than thinking of the receiver. When we decorate our houses just to beat the neighbors get up rather than doing it with the purpose of a family activity or spreading good tidings. So before you run to Meijer’s to get your green and red M & M’s that are on sale for $2.50, or you map out your Black Friday shopping assault, just wait a few days. Enjoy our last few days of snowfree weather, and as corny as it sounds, ponder the real reason for the upcoming season (key word: upcoming). And if you absolutely must start listening to Christmas music, be discreet and use those headphones, folks. A gunman kills one and injures five in terminal shooting at Los Angeles Airport COURTESY FLORENCIO BRIONES Airport security: The recent shooting at Los Angeles International Airport raises questions about the effectiveness of airport security. By Laura Farrell News Editor On Friday November 1, around 9:30 a.m., a lone gunman fired shots in Terminal 3 at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The gunman began shooting in the s e cu r i t y l i ne s at Trans p o rtatio n S e cu r i t y Adminis tratio n age nts , killing one person and injuring several more. The initial shots caused immediate chaos, with travelers running out of the terminal seeking safety. Law enforcement quickly honed in on the shooter and was able to secure the area. Later that afternoon, it was confirmed that the shooter was taken into custody and had been identified as 23-year-old Paul Anthony Ciancia. The sole fatality was TSA agent Gerardo Hernandez. A behavior detection agent, Hernandez is the first TSA agent to be killed in the line of duty. Injuries included other TSA agents as well as LAX travelers. The shooting closed down all terminals in the airport for another twelve hours, causes mass displacement of travelers. Terminal 3, which hosts Virgin America and JetBlue among others, did not reopen until Saturday afternoon. On Saturday, November 2, authorities charged Ciancia with murder and committing violence at an international airport. Ciancia remains unresponsive at a Los Angeles hospital but could face life in prison or the death penalty. Information was also released that indicated Ciancia was carrying a handwritten note explaining his targeting of the TSA officers. It was also reported that the shooter was connected to antigovernment groups, and that his handwritten note indicated that his shooting was expected to be a suicide mission. Law enforcement said the gun Ciancia carried was legally obtained at an area store. With victims still being hospitalized, this tragedy puts airport security back in the spotlight. Honor the Earth Activist and environmentalist Winona LaDuke to speak on campus next week By Yashowanto Ghosh The Saint Reporter Winona LaDuke, American Indian activist and environmentalist, founder of Honor the Earth as well as of the White Earth L a n d R e c o ve r y P r o j e c t , is speaking at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 12, at the Wege Ballroom. The White Earth L a n d R e c o ve r y P r o j e c t , established in 1989, seeks to recover, preserve and conserve land for the Anishinaabeg, LaDuke’s tribe, on the White Earth Indian Reservation (at which she started living in COURTESY NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY 1982) in Minnesota. Honor t h e E a r t h , e s t a b l i s h e d Activist: Winona LaDuke will speak about i n 1 9 9 1 , i s a n a t i o n a l environmentalism in Native America on campus a d v o c a c y o r g a n i z a t i o n November 12 at 7 p.m. in the Wege Ballroom. for environmental justice. LaDuke has spoken at Aquinas environmental movement in general C o l l e g e b e f o r e . O n S a t u r d a y , in her lecture, and Pederson still M a r c h 2 , 2 0 0 2 , s h e w a s t h e remembers being impressed by her keynote speaker at the Resourceful passion for her cause, as well as by W o m e n C o n f e r e n c e s p o n s o r e d the courage that was evident from b y t h e J a n e H i b b a r d I d e m a LaDuke’s personal narrative. Women’s Studies Center, where Both Pederson and Haworthher lecture’s title was “Politics, Hoeppner remember the drummers: M o t h e r h o o d , a n d A c t i v i s m . ” At L a D u k e ’ s t r i b e s p e o p l e f r o m t h e the end of that lecture, she led the G r a n d R a p i d s a r e a p e r f o r m e d a workshop “Grassroots Community drum ceremony in her honor during Organizing, Environmental Justice, the 2002 event. Pederson said it and Developmental Issues,” and was a visceral and primal image, English professors Miriam Pederson in which LaDuke’s message about and Pamela Dail Whiting conducted preserving her culture and honoring “ W o r d s o f Wi t n e s s : A W r i t i n g its traditions was manifest. Workshop.” This time, LaDuke’s lecture’s Professor Susan Haworth- t i t l e i s “ F o o d S o v e r e i g n t y : Hoeppner, who was Director of the Environmental Justice in Native Jane Hibbar Idema Women’s Studies America.” The event, sponsored by Center at that time, remembers that the Center for Diversity & Inclusion, it was a weekend with a lot of snow, J a n e H i b b a r d I d e m a W o m e n ’ s and that a large number of people, S t u d i e s C e n t e r , t h e C e n t e r f o r including people from off campus, Sustainability, Grand River Bands came to the event in spite of the of Ottawa Indians, and the West snow. Michigan Environmental Action LaDuke wove the narrative of Council, is free and open to the her own activism and that of the public. Living Learning Community Spotlight: Willowbrook and refer you to someone who can,” said Trocinski. With several different majors in the house, there is always help that can Aquinas College is host to be offered to the students of a va r i e t y o f L i v i n g L e a r n i n g Aquinas in seek of academic help. Communities (LLCs), each Though there are several with its own mission within different personalities that exist the AQ community. One LLC in a confined house, a positive in particular has made it their dynamic exists between the mission to provide a welcoming housemates. “Whenever we sit atmosphere to those on campus. down and talk about ideas, it’s The Domus House, located in all positive. [We’re all] similar Willowbrook, houses a group of enough to get the task done determined young women who but different enough to have a seek to host several events that [variety] of ideas,” said Trocinski. will join together the campus and This consistent dynamic is provide a sense of community. responsible for the variety of “Domus, in Latin, means home. programs offered by the house, We want to foster a second home such as their recent event Tango for everyone on campus,” said Fiesta. More recently, the house sophomore Ashley Trocinski. put on a costume hide-and-seek “What we want to do is game with after party. With these h a ve a p l a c e f o r s t u d e n t s t o successful events, more are sure acclimate better to college,” to come and some are even in added Trocinski. Conveniently the works. located next to the library and COURTESY ANDRIS VISOCKIS “We’re thinking of something to fellow LLC K House, Willowbrook Domus: Found off Robinson Road, next to the K House, Willowbrook looks to foster a do with a cultural foods event. It’s was formerly a home for student welcoming and positive energy to campus. still in the works,” said Trocinski. ambassadors and, at one time, Students are encouraged to come the president of the college. It now These women, who were recently understanding, the Domus house h o u s e s 1 3 y o u n g w o m e n , 1 1 o f in the shoes of incoming freshmen hopes to extend help to those that to Domus’ free tutoring and future whom are sophomores who very j u s t l a s t y e a r , u n d e r s t a n d t h e need it. “We offer tutoring hours for events. much understand what it is like f e e l i n g o f s t r e s s f u l c l a s s e s a n d anyone. If we can’t help you, we’ll being stressed out freshman. b u s y s c h e d u l e s . T h r o u g h t h i s assist you the best way possible By Mayra Monroy Staff Writer News Editor Laura Farrell E-mail email@example.com Phone (616) 632-2975 Website www.aquinas.edu/thesaint 3 THE SAINT | WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2013 NEWS City in limbo Falling into autumn fun Detroit’s future hangs on mayor election and bankruptcy hearings Aquinas campus felt festive with plenty of events for Halloween psychological. Exorcism experiences are not very common any longer. “Names are extremely important in the religious world,” said Drongowski. “You can tell the demons to leave. They don’t have names so name them. By naming them someone can call them by Fall Fest took place at the Cook Carriage House during the day on Halloween. Many RSOs were set up Halloweekend was full of festive around the Carriage House, and each Halloween activities in various locations club had activities for students to across campus this year. Both campus life participate in and had sign ups so new and programming board collaborated members could join. with putting together this There were other weekend of excitement. activities such as a Marketing intern for donut eating contest. Campus Life Devon Klomp “It was something I’ve said, “I communicated n e ve r b e e n b e f o r e , with the registered something fun to student organizations do, and it was fun to (RSO) and departments embarrass myself in t h a t we r e p u t t i n g o n front of friends and events to put together the strangers” said junior marketing materials for all Chuck Hyde. There Halloweekend activities.” was free food available Programming board for students such as president Josh Weiland apple cider, caramel added, “My favorite part of apples, donuts and this week is always Fall Fest candy. because you get to see all St. Joseph Hall the RSOs coming together kept the tradition to provide programming with another spooky for AQ students.” Any haunted hall. This student, whether they year, the anticipated are a part of a registered COURTESY AQUINAS COLLEGE event was named The organization or not, can share Asylum. Faculty and event ideas with campus Autumn winds: A wind storm took down a large tree on campus last volunteers in charge life, programming board, week. had students line up or any student registered outside the resident organization. hall and then gather in Students were given many decorating name and tell the demon to go away and small groups. opportunities at the Pinterest Party that don’t ever underestimate the power of Small groups were guided through took place in the upper Cook Carriage your own faith.” the halls by faculty dressed up as creepy House on Tuesday, October 29. Coffee Students were able to ask Father doctors and patients. Screams filled mugs and mini pumpkins were available Drongowski any questions they had the dorm along with scared patients, to be painted. Students also had the and he answered every single one. A loud banging sounds,and darkness on opportunity to decorate a mini mason little advice he wants to give students, Halloween night. jar with leaves, glitter, paint and could “Respect the reality of evil but do not Aquinas showed its love for all things have a fake candle put inside. be afraid of it. The power of our faith fall and spooky with a variety of events C a m p u s p r i e s t F a t h e r S t a n is much stronger than the power of the this year. Drongowski had a discussion about devil and the power of God is much exorcisms at St. Joseph Hall Wednesday, stronger than the devil.” October 30. He explained an exorcism is Drongowski gave a lot of advice the evicting of a demon from a person. throughout the discussion. The possession is both physical and By Emily Elias The Saint Reporter COURTESY ANDREA_44 Waiting city: With the hearings on Detroit’s bankruptcy ongoing and the race for the city’s mayor, the status of the city remains questionable. By Laura Farrell News Editor With election day now over, the future of Detroit hangs in the balance. Along with the election, ongoing hearings on the validity of Detroit’s bankrupt status are heating up. On Tuesday, November 5, the city voted on a new mayor. With the previous mayor Kwame Kilpatrick serving a 28 year prison sentence for corruption and the appointed emergency manager running the city, Detroit citizens have been more that invested in this mayor race. Leading candidate Mike Duggan i s a f o r m e r h o s p i t a l e x e c u t i ve , credited with the booming status of Detroit Medical center. Duggan is running against Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon, who has notably gained community support. If elected, Duggan would be the first white mayor in over years. Napolean, however, has pointed out that Duggan is from the suburbs of Detroit and questions his business ties and goals. “The powers that be have anointed their candidate and decided that they can buy an election,” Napolean reported to The New York Times. The mayoral race is not the only thing looming over the city, however. Governor Rick Snyder is currently testifying in hearings on Detroit’s bankruptcy status. The State of Michigan deemed Detroit a city of distress last March and filed bankruptcy on July 19, 2013. When discussing the state of Detroit when he took office, Snyder blamed the rapid decline of urban areas. “I describe it as the largest issue in our country. This has been a large issue for 60 years,” said Snyder in his testimony. Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr took the stand last week as well. Overall, the city needs to prove their dire financial predicaments as well as a “good faith” effort to bring itself out of those problems. City owned art, property and other assets are also on the line. The judge has set a deadline on November 13 for the lawyers to file briefs and a decision could come soon after that. Open season Michigan adds grey wolves to the hunting list By Laura Farrell News Editor For the first time, Michigan will allow hunters with special licenses to hunt grey wolves this season. The hunt has been a hot topic for hunters, environmentalists and wolf activists for the past few months. As wolves were declared a “game species” this year, the State of Michigan had to decide its take on the hunting laws. 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News Editor Laura Farrell E-mail email@example.com The State of Michigan is selling 1,200 wolf hunting licenses for the hunt that will start on November 15 and last through December, or until 43 wolves are killed. The licenses cost $100 for Michigan residents and $500 for all non-Michigan residents. Hunting wolves will be constricted to three different areas in the Upper Peninsula. Once the limit of killed wolves is reached in each area, as hunters are required to report hunted wolves within 24 hours, that area will be closed. Hunters are expected to << The species was on the endangered list in 2012, but this year there are an estimated 358 wolves in the Upper Peninsula>> significantly. The species was on the endangered list in 2012, but currently there are an estimated 658 wolves living in the Upper Peninsula. The population has notably been on the rise,with a reported population of 200 wolves living in Michigan in 2000 and then 500 wolves in 2008. A l t h o u g h t h e r e h a ve b e e n n o reported attacks, reports of wolf threats to both humans and animals such as pets and livestock have been noted. The DNR came to the decision that 43 wolves would be hunted this season. Phone (616) 632-2975 Website www.aquinas.edu/thesaint call in each day to see what the count is at per unit. There are many people who think that the new hunt will be too detrimental to the species and will not serve a greater purpose. Over 250,000 signatures were gathered by the group Keep Michigan Wolves Protected in an attempt to stop this year’s hunt. With only a few days left before the hunt commences, only time will tell how this first attempt at the wolf hunt will play out. opinion >> FROM THE CROWD APPLAUSE TO... The Grand Rapids Public Museum, for having a super cool dinosaur exhibit; The Harry Potter class, for being back on our spring schedules; Our librarians, for always being willing to help with our research papers; Lorde, for continuing to reign as our queen; Kerry Washington, for being a good sport and fabulous performer; Neil Gaiman, for giving us more Sandman; Wolfgang’s serving sizes, for providing multiple meals to starving students; Autocorrect, for making our lives funnier and more awkward every day. HECKLES TO... Multiple Mileys and minions making their Halloween appearances; Final paper deadlines, for being closer than we thought; Movie theater ticket prices, for ruining our lives; Snapchat, for becoming increasingly more annoying; People who still like to call people on the phone; Daylight Savings Time, for not saving us any daylight; Paranormal Activity 5, for being a fifthquel no one wants; page THE SAINT | WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2013 A little satire never hurt anybody By Chuck Hyde Staff Writer Opinion pieces are a common occurrence in our media culture. Every newspaper and news magazine has them, bloggers write them for the internet to see and other, larger websites hire writers or offer spots to guest writers to voice their opinions. People write letters to the editor and voice their thoughts in a public forum, and people write for local or collegiate news sources (like I do). Most of these pieces are boring, infuriating, ignorant, or just plain unintelligent. People get so caught up in their opinions and they become inflammatory, shaming the other side of the argument and making everything seem as though it is black and white. Things are not that simple, and these pieces often do nothing to convince the other side that they are wrong. It merely cements the opinions of those on either side. Those 2013-2014 E D I T O R I A L B O A R D Editor-in-Chief News Editor Culture Editor Stephanie Giluk Laura Farrell Paris Close Sports Editor Managing Editor Alyssa Frese Michelle Szczap Adviser Dr. Dan Brooks *** Please note that the views expressed on this page are those of their respective author(s), and do not necessarily represent the views of The Saint as a whole. MISSION The Saint has worked diligently for the past 31 years to produce an informative, entertaining and journalistically-correct student publication. The Saint is distributed by students at Aquinas College and in the surrounding community. Our goal is to continue to provide an open forum for the ideas, views and concerns of the Aquinas community. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR All letters must include a signature, typed or handwritten, and include a phone number for the sole purpose of verification. The Saint reserves the right to edit letters to the editor based on content, punctuation, length and libel issues. Letters should not exceed 300 words. We will not print anonymous letters to the editor and will not accept letters to the editor over the phone. >> write us a letter! e-mail — firstname.lastname@example.org, or use the form on our website. physical copies – AB, Room 20 that support the issue will be reaffirmed and those that oppose it will simply be offended by generalizations and unfounded claims. Those in the middle will be alienated by the extreme take that both sides adopt, creating a culture of apathy. The source doesn’t help, either. Conservative pundits that voice opinions on their pro-life stance are tuned out, even if they have legitimately valid or different points. Same with a liberal and their opinions on war, or any group that is particularly known for an issue. Everyone assumes that they have heard the take before. These voices are often toned back anyway for fear of alienating those who already support them. For this reason, one of the best sources of editorials and opinion pieces is The Onion. Though many dismiss them as another humor website, they often hide true insight behind veils of humor and satire. They are one of the best (or at least most well-known) sources of satire in the country. The Onion refuses to let politicians, the media, or the American public get away with any ridiculous actions. One particular example that comes to mind is there article about the horrible shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary last year. They foretold the manner in which the event would be covered, and ended up at the conclusion that within a month the media would fail to mention it unless another event of the nature occurred again. Nothing would change, and everyone would allow the system to remain the same. I didn’t laugh once while reading the aforementioned article. That is not the “satire” of much of today’s humor. It is more along the lines of Voltaire or Swift, and the website says things through satire that everyone else is too afraid to say. This is what opinion pieces need to be like. How to deal with the Christmas season By Stephanie Giluk Editor-in-Chief Good friends and fellow students, as you may have noticed, as soon as the clock hit 12:00 a.m. on November the first, stores put sale stickers on all their Halloween merchandise and began stocking freshfrom-the-factory Christmas decorations, candy and gifts. Every year, this travesty occurs as soon as the last sugar-bloated trick-or-treaters have been tucked into bed. I say this has to stop. The Christmas season, or as it should be called, the Consumerism, Crappy Merchandise, and False Cheer season, puts the American populace in a frenzy that doesn’t let up until after the New Year. Ugly Christmas sweaters, outdoor decorations, indoor decorations, car decorations, special Christmas dinnerware, ugly Christmas sweaters for pets, countless presents and more abso- lutely must be purchased if you are really going to do Christmas right. It’s almost as if Christmas is more about the buying of things than it is about the celebration of friends, family and that guy named Jesus’ birthday, even though the countless poorly acted made-for TV movies try to tell us otherwise. I say we should fight back against the endless flood of Christmas stuff by being in the anti-Christmas spirit this season. Knock over all the carefully made-up display shelves in your favorite store. Jump behind the counter of the candy store and lick all the Christmas cookies on display so no one can have them. Wear all black so no one can mistake you for being in high Christmas spirits. Burn all the elf hats you can find in effigy. See a jolly Santa at the mall asking kids what they want for Christmas? Cut everyone in line, rip his fake beard off, and run from security triumphantly as you scream, “IT’S ALL A LIE!” Chop all the Christmas trees you can find into firewood. Tune your radio to the black metal station instead of the jolly Christmas music station. Resist! This will take commitment and effort, but you can do it. Don’t become part of the vapid Christmas horde this season, mindlessly wandering from store to store, depleting your bank account in the name of Christmas sales and hiding greedily under your parents’ Christmas tree, awaiting the moment you can rip open your presents. Instead, be thrifty, feel free to be a little grouchy and always be on the alert for ways to stop the spread of Christmas cheer. Editor’s note: Before you get too angry at our Editor-in-Chief for being a heartless, soulless Grinch, please see Chuck Hyde’s opinion piece above or google the world “satire.” Letter to the Editor Construction, for making us late to classes. theSaint 4 Exploring the different definitions of feminism By Regan Levitte Guest Writer In the last issue of The Saint, Mr. Daniel Luckenbaugh asked, “Are American men hated?” among various other points. While I do not disagree with all of his points, I did find many fallacies and false assumptions within his article. Starting in the 1980’s, third-wave feminism has been the moniker of the ongoing movement for women’s rights to be equal to that of men’s. At this point in time, third-wave feminists have acknowledged that sexism still happens, but emphasize equality for all, between races, genders, sexualities, and so on. Furthermore, there are many different kinds of feminism, which can be further read and explored in literature such bell hooks’s Feminism is for Everybody. Some basic Management E-mail email@example.com Phone (616) 632-2975 categories are radical feminism, where feminists want to completely change the system, as opposed to liberal feminists, who want to work with the system (“the system” generally being the government). Mr. Luckenbaugh claims that “ignoring men except when saying rape or incest is radical feminism,” which is simply not true, as established previously. Assuming that radical feminists want to tear families apart and force women to abort their children is to date yourself by decades, harking back to the stereotypes associated with second wave feminism. The second wave, which refers to the movement primarily in the sixties and seventies, was based around equal pay, reproductive rights, fixing legal inequalities and also spearheaded issues such as pornography and creating positive views of women in the workplace. Website www.aquinas.edu/thesaint However, it is absolutely wrong to say that men are hated by feminists or by our governing powers, considering that only 17 out of the 100-person body of the 113th Congress are women. Any third-wave feminist worth his or her salt does not hate men; such a view is far beyond the point of feminism as a movement. I will not deny that there is a war on women, not only in America, where women have had to fight for the basic rights of citizenship, but in our global society, where some women fight for the basic right be considered human. Men can be discriminated against because of their gender, but thirdwave feminists also try to address this problem. I would even go so far to say that all of these issues are part of the same war, with many different battles going on. culture page 5 THE SAINT |WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2013 Movies: Thor sequel hits theatres this weekend Television: Josh Hutcherson and Lady Gaga to host SNL Fashion: Miley pays impressive homage to Lil Kim Like the throng of fans patiently waiting for the Avengers sequel, we’ve been craving more from Marvel. Answering our prayers just in time for the weekend is Thor: The Dark World, which is slated for release this Friday. Snag those tickets while they’re hot, ‘cause Thor is sure to be a smash at the box offices. The Hunge r G a me s ho ttie and A r tPo p princess are hosting SNL this month: Gaga, Nov. 16 and Hutcherson, Nov. 23. Although this pairing is pretty odd, it’s equally as awesome, as Gaga will also be the musical act of the night and the indie-trio Haim will perform on Hutcherson’s date. The singer paid a sick tribute to the legendary femcee, reviving the notorious lavender gown the Queen Bee wore at the VMAs back in 1999 (pasty included, of course). Love it or hate it, Cyrus does the queen right, rocking her Halloween costume flawlessly, purple wig and all. << IN THE SPOTLIGHT >>OMAROSA What’s worse than getting burned by your rival on your own talk show? Nearly nothing. That’s exactly what happened to Bethenny Frankel, who’s probably feeling more than bitter about Omarosa leaving $10,000 richer after losing a bet to the latter. Ouch! COURTESY GLENN FRANCIS Oh hey, New York paris close | culture editor I’ve got to hand it to Britney Spears for producing such a fitting anthem for my senior year. Although many of the long hours of reading and writing will be spent over at Barnes & Noble, Iced Green Tea Latte in hand, “Work B--ch” will be my main motivator. I have the mantra all written out and memorized for those moments when I have deliberately tricked myself into procrastination, and it goes a little something like this: “You wanna graduate, move outta state, make a lotta cake? You better work, b--ch!” Sounds good? Good. To be honest, I don’t want a Bugatti. To be even more frank, I cannot bring myself to say that I know what one actually looks like. And no, I will not “just Google it” because I have already set my sights on prizes much more rewarding. All I want out of life (or at least in the next five years) are three things: A cozy condo in New York City, preferably on the Upper East Side so that I may one day live like Chuck Bass, two Great Pyrenees puppies (a pair of adorable cats would suffice just as easily) and lastly, a position as a writer or correspondent for OK! Magazine or E! News (a.k.a. my dream job). That’s it: New York lifestyle, soft and cuddly animals and work as a professional gossiper. This is all I am asking of life… for now. I don’t even care if I start out at one of those really crappy publications. I’m talking about The Devil Wears Prada sort of crappy. Then again, all the unpleasant work Andrea does eventually leads to some pretty nice perks. That is not to say I will have that same luck but it is well worth the shot. Hell, I wouldn’t mind fetching lattes or transcribing interviews if it could afford me the opportunity to sit down with the likes of Jennifer Lawrence one day. Since Ms. Everdeen is already on the brain, I thought I should ask: Am I the only one here who hasn’t read The Hunger Games trilogy in its entirety yet? The first installment didn’t “do it” for me but it sufficed, nonetheless. Although I was not nearly as enthusiastic about reading the final last two novels before, these previews of Catching Fire are pretty sweet and have me interested all over again. I enjoyed the first film essentially for its battle scenes sans the Peeta/Katniss/Gale love triangle, which has become a monotonous staple motif since the days of Harry Potter and Twilight but now I am among the throng of fans cheering for Team Katniss (or whatever it’s called). Not only has Lawrence made a rather impressive mark on Hollywood, snagging an Oscar for her brilliant work in Silver Linings Playbook, the girl got one hell of a bonus for returning as the flaming archeress in the sequel with a $500,000 pay bump. The woman certainly earned her bragging rights, though. After being in the game for nearly a decade, she’s definitely worked her way from the bottom to “A-list” territory. Speaking of bragging rights, it is only necessary I end this session by addressing the lovely Lorde. For starters, I have listened to “Royals” and was less than moved. Surprisingly though, Americans thought it were actually good enough to climb the charts and radio stations, I disagree. Don’t get me wrong, because I like her other music. “Tennis Court” and “Ribs” are very clever tunes and her debut album Pure Heroine was amazing. What is not so amazing is that girl’s hubris attitude—it has got to go. She has been in the music industry for not even an entire year yet and she’s already taking jabs at Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift and quite harshly dismissed David Guetta’s collaboration proposal. Oh Lorde, get over yourself. I’d like to see where your slick tongue gets you before those 15 minutes of fame have run out. Carrie brings more blood than creativity By Nathan Gimby Staff Writer The original Carrie is a classic in the horror genre. If you’ve paid the remotest bit of attention to pop culture, you probably know how it ends, even if you’ve never seen it before. Just mentioning the film immediately evokes the image of Sissy Spacek, eyes wide and covered head to toe in pig’s blood. So how do you take an iconic horror film and make it fresh while keeping all the elements that made it genius in the first place? Hollywood’s latest remake has an answer to that question: it’s nearly impossible. Unlike the original, this version opens with Carrie’s birth, her mother (Julianne Moore) screaming in pain and convinced that the child insider her is literally some kind of cancer. It sets the tone for an even more disturbing and gruesome adaptation of Stephen King’s novel than the original, but this is just one of the film’s many mixed messages. Carrie ends up playing it so safe that it becomes less of a horror movie than an overlong anti-bullying PSA, in which all the bullies happen to get murdered at the end with telekinesis. But besides lacking the bold horror vibes of the original, even as it lifts dialogue right from the 1976 screenplay, the remake is plagued by miscasting, poor directing and subpar special effects. Chloë Grace Moretz, while a fine actress and no stranger to brutality and horror (Let Me In and Kickass), is fairly miscast as Carrie. Rather than frightened and uncertain, she tends to comes off as simply whiny. The domineering presence she displays so well in other roles is counterproductive here. Moretz has her moments but she is never quite convincing in Carrie’s shoes. The writers also take out quite a bit of the film’s demonic COURTESY SONY PICTURES mystique by giving Carrie Retire the remakes: Chloe Grace Moretz drops the ball as Stephen King’s titular teenage mystic. relative conUltimately, Carrie is an unnecestrol over her powers. This, in turn, a cringe-worthy triple replay from different camera angles. The film’s sary remake that fails to stand on its takes the indiscriminate, primal fury out of the (in)famous prom slaugh- one original and almost redeeming own as a good film, much less live ter climax. Sympathetic characters element is Julianne Moore’s perfor- up to its predecessor. The genre is are spared outright while the rest are mance as Carrie’s mother. Moore of- in desperate need of new blood, and offed in a bland, cheesy CGI blood- fers a disturbing portrayal of bizarre Carrie only serves as a reminder that fest with Moretz floating around on religious fundamentalism and gives Hollywood should get its act togethstrings and directing the slaughter the character a complete overhaul er and stop feeding us 40-year-old from Piper Laurie’s Oscar nominat- ideas without adding anything more like she’s Jean Grey. Even the classic moment when ed performance in the role. Unfor- than fancy computerized effects and the blood drenches Carrie on the tunately the rest of the cast and the updated fashion sense. gymnasium stage loses all its bite to writing leave Moore’s performance feeling wasted and out of place. Artist Spotlight: ZZ Ward Love and insecurity clash on Fade Away but filled with emotions reminiscent of a scorned teenager, reminding you of Motion City Soundtrack. Unfortunately, the lyrics on this record are lacking in certain songs. The catchy choruses and quality emotional themes don’t COURTESYCLAIRETHOMSON quite make up for some of Chances blown: Fade Away isn’t the “best” of Best Coast. the almost lazy By Chuck Hyde wording in some of her verses. The Staff Writer eponymous track “Fade Away,” in particular, has verses that don’t seem Indie rockers Best Coast have re- quite completed, with repeating lyrleased an EP to follow up their sopho- ics, “Sick of you being mean,” a verse more outing The Only Place. Borrow- that sounds out of place and childing from surf rock and pop music ish in a song that has rather mature from the 60s, catchy choruses, fuzzy themes. These lyrics do work with guitars and simple drums in Fade their distorted low-fi sound, howAway are ever-present. ever, reflecting a more stripped down Frontwoman Bethany Cosen- style on the record. tino sings of love and all of its comThe album finishes out with two plications, and her song-writing is slower and more subdued songs: very simple and accessible. This is a “Baby I’m Crying” and “I Don’t strength rather than a downfall, al- How.” The first is a rather weak track, lowing the band’s songs to be very with a chorus of “baby I’m crying” relatable and haunting even. more grating than catchy and addicOn the opening tune, “This Lone- tive like the album’s other songs. The ly Morning,” she strikes emotional final song, however, is a good outro chords with her cries of “I can’t go to the EP. Despite its slow and conaway,” creating a sense of helpless- templative start, it picks up halfway ness masked by a bright vocal style. through. Complimenting the theme We’ve all experienced rough break- of bitterness, lyrics like “I’ve been ups and faced a crisis of confidence, through the summer/ Stuck around and this tune evokes such heavy emo- for the cold” are delivered with a tions. stinging resentment in the pair’s harThe album continues its theme of monic vocals. self-doubt and rejection with “I WanOverall, the record sounds like na Know.” Cosentino laments over a more polished version of their prethe hurt she feels from the man she is vious single “Boyfriend.” It has the in love with. She tries to put him be- same minimalist tone, subdued perhind her, singing, “it’s alarming how cussion, and smooth guitar riffs. The charming [he] can be.” Again we have one problem is that is sounds unfinsimilar themes, though the rougher ished. While it seems to be lacking garage sound is much more evident something, it is, after all, an EP. on this track than most of the others. I would recommend giving it One of the best tunes is the pep- a listen. When it is good, it is great. py “Who Have I Become?” The words Hopefully, the band will have proflow with simple guitar and drum duced a more consistent sound before patterns, giving it a cheery sound al- releasing their new album next year. though it addresses problems of selfhatred and conflicting feelings for a lover. Cliche lyrics like, “Sometimes I hate myself for loving you” are catchy, Culture Editor Paris Close E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org COURTESYFLICKR Funk: Ward’s music evokes the spirit and sound of blues legends. By Cait Hilton Staff Writer Artist: ZZ Ward Genre: Blues, Hip-hop Current Album: Til the Casket Drops Comparisons: Joss Stone, Adele & Duffy Popular Tracks: “Cryin Wolf” & “Put the Gun Down” The 1960s musicals pushing blues-rock and R&B would have loved singer/songwriter ZZ Ward, who plants her roots in both the sounds of the blues and the gripping stories of hip hop. After making her first appearance in early 2012, Ward storms stages across the globe, guitar and harmonica in hand. Ward began her career in Roseburg, Oregon, singing in her father’s blues band at the age of 12. The first song to leave her lips was “As the Years Go Passing By,” an Albert King track. The young musician grew up listening to the powerful voices of Big Mama Thornton, Etta James and Muddy Waters. Ward inherited her love and taste for hip hop courtesy of her brother, which also resonates in much of her contemporary music. He opened her eyes to artists like Nas and Jay-Z, both of whom she admired because of their ability to tell stories through song. Combining the sincerity of blues Phone (616) 632-2975 and hip hop narratives, Ward innovatively writes blood-pumping original songs. The New York Times, speaking highly of the fedora-friendly artist, writes, “[Ward’s] energy evokes Tina Turner’s, her chops Aretha Franklin’s, and her soul Etta James’s.” In comparison to more modernday artists, her voice resembles that of a spunky Adele. Her attitude shows in her first single, “Put the Gun Down,” taken from her debut album Til the Casket Drops (2012), where she fears losing her man to younger women with “crimson eyes” and a “screaming body.” Her second single, “365 Days,” arose from the same album, telling of an unfaithful man from the bench behind her piano. Ward channels her love for hip hop in her song “Cryin’ Wolf,” featuring Kendrick Lamar, an artist among her list of favorites. Ward sings, with the help of Lamar’s verses, about refusing to be brought down by a relentless, violent drunk. On her free mix-tape, Eleven Roses, her songs offer interpretations of recent works from Lamar, Childish Gambino and Tyler, the Creator, proving that Ward is far from one-dimensional. Look for information about Ward’s music and other news on her website: www.zzward.com Website www.aquinas.edu/thesaint 6 CULTURE THE SAINT |WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2013 Spotlighting Latin Sky Ferreira lights up the darkness American culture with Pulso: Art of the Americas By Cait Hilton Staff Writer Pulso: Arte de las Americas / Art of the Americas, an exhibit curated by Kendall College of Art and Design alumnus Salvador Jimenez Flores, highlights artists of Latin American heritage who are positioning themselves within the developments of contemporary art. Flores’ initial goal for Pulso was to tear down stereotypes of physical appearance, colonial labels and the artistic clichés that come with being a Latin American artist, opening the eyes of the public to the wide range of media and thematically bounds they are creating within. Pulso was sparked from the urge to educate, challenge and question contemporary art of the Americas. In relocating from a rural town in Mexico to a major metropolis in the United States, Flores developed a passion for his artwork, using it as not only a tool to cope with the move, but also to develop his sense of self. “My search for identity was frustrated by the fact that I couldn’t communicate effectively, due to my limited English, so art became my tool for self-expression,” Flores told the KCAD Clay Collective. From his personal experiences and observations with inequality, discrimination, and oppression going on in the world around him, Flores feels a sense of responsibility to address those issues, saying, “I’m an artist and an activist that believes in the power of art.” Located in the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, as part of Pulso: Arte de las Americas, is Gerardo Hacer’s work “Triptych.” The piece features three origami styled bears, minimalistically embodying the vision for introspection and the courage to take a chance to become anew. “As I shape my work, I reshape myself, lessening the past’s grip,” Hacer said in his artist statement about his work for Pulso. Hacer’s work stands among many others in the UICA, as well as those making their home in Kendall’s galleries—each with unique, cultural genius. Pulso will continue on through December 4, 2013 and will be featured at The Fed Galleries at Kendall College of Art and Design and Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts Gallery. COURTESYABBYGILLARDI Daring debuts: Ferreira’s debut proves she’s a musician to watch out for. By Carly Plank Staff Writer Sky Ferreira has plenty of critics who refuse to accept her as a serious musical artist. She made a name for herself as a model, and her name was recently splashed across headlines for a drug arrest in New York while driving with her boyfriend, model and indie rocker Zachary Cole Smith. But, as they say, haters are going to hate, and with her debut album Night Time, My Time, which was released on October 29, Ferreira has taken another step towards proving them wrong. The 21-year old, who is “always anxious,” as she revealed in an interview with Bullett magazine, crafts surprisingly self-assured electro-pop songs that are edgy but comfortably familiar and modern, like a brand new pair of distressed jeans. Although nothing on the album breaks new ground from a song-writing perspective, Night Time, My Time is an impressive effort from a singer who already knows the ropes of a music industry just as punishing as the modeling world. “You’re Not the One,” the first single, is a revelatory declaration of assertion at the end of a relationship. The album encompasses both lows and highs of relationships, and Ferreira has a way of making even her struggles sound triumphant and motivating. A breezy guitar loop soars above the dense synthesizer heartbeats on “You’re Not the One” and elevates the song above the likes of Lorde’s “Royals” and other hits from upcoming pop artists. Ferreira’s voice is urgent and powerful, capturing the essence of her night owl lifestyle. “24 Hours” begins with an alarm clock and explodes into a relaxed, churning groove immediately. Drums give wings to Ferreira’s longing as she sings, “for 24 hours, you’re still mine,” and “there’s no tomorrow without you.” Such lyrics could easily come across as overwrought or self-pitying, but Ferreira completely gives her voice to each word she sings, which lends the elegy undeniable honesty. “Nobody Asked Me” is another highlight that showcases Ferreira’s ability to make vulnerability empowering. Driven by refreshingly organic guitars, the song evolves into an alternative rocker with all the angst of early Avril Lavigne melded with the refined cool and smooth vocals of Blondie’s Debbie Harry. The throwback vibe on the live version of “Nobody” is enhanced by the fact that Ferreira is a Harry lookalike who could easily play her in a biopic. Ferreira never fails to drain all of the blood from her lyrics with the strength of her vocal control. The title track closes the album and serves as a window into a haunting darkness not evident anywhere else on the album. A dragging tempo, lethargic drum snaps, and an organbased melody culminate in a state of dissonant paranoia. The final song is a reminder of Ferreira’s life in the limelight just on the sane side of madness. For the sake of all of her fans, I hope she stays that way. Katy Perry sparkles with PRISM AQ Faculty Exhibit By Veronica Burns The Saint Reporter Much like the name implies, Katy Perry shows just how multifaceted she is, sharing different sides of herself in her newest album PRISM. She not only makes this clear in her latest record, which is filled with potential hits, but with all the press leading up to its release, from burning her infamous blue wig to attending a funeral for a dress she wore during her Teenage Dream days. PRISM has a more mature feel, and reflects how fearless and unafraid Perry is of expressing her feelings on life and love. The success of her empowering song “Roar,” which quickly reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200, helped bring much of the attention to the album. With over 286,000 copies sold in its first week, PRISM is the largest debut album for a woman this year. Egyptian vibes are present in the track “Legendary Lovers,” which she sings about being someone’s Cleopatra. Bold rhythms and lyrics such as, “Take me down to the river, underneath the blood orange sun/ Say my name like a scripture,/ Keep my heart beating like a drum,” make the song a standout on the record. Juicy J is the only artist featured on the album, rapping over the sexy track “Dark Horse.” The spontaneous techno beats and darker tones make the song alluring and will have you interested, with the sleek lyrics, “Make me your Aphrodite, Make me your one and only/ Don’t make me your enemy, your enemy, your enemy.” By Yashowanto Ghosh The Saint Reporter COURTESY CAPITOL RECORDS Shimmer, shimmer: Perry makes shining bright look easy with PRISM. You’ll catch yourself singing along to songs like “Birthday” and “Walking on Air,” which are great dancing tunes to get any party turned up a notch. The provocative lyrics and throwback style of the songs definitely have a more classic Perry feel to them. From emotional ballads like the radio jam “Unconditionally,” dem- onstrating Perry’s incredible range, to the more upbeat tracks like, “This Is How We Do,” this record has something to offer everyone. Both old and new Perry fans will connect with the album, only making her more of a rising pop star powerhouse. As I stepped into the gallery, the first thing that caught my eye was Professor Emeritus Kurt Kaiser’s Halloween-themed Der orangefarbene Reiter. The orange-colored rider in question is a larger-than-life candy corn creature in Santa Claus shoes, riding a broom. A riddle of delicate balance (as are Dancer with Big A and Beaufort’s Gauge, Kaiser’s other pieces in the show), the Reiter features a green button that you can actually touch to make the piece see-saw. Beside it is adjunct professor Don Kerr’s oil painting Matrix, a cityscape composed of colored rectangles, makes the piece reminiscent of early low-resolution computer representations of paintings. Beach, one of adjunct associate professor Madeline Kaczmarczyk’s five stoneware pieces in the show, works with subtle gradations of color to evoke different responses. Between Beach and Gone is Gallery Director and associate professor Dana Freeman’s series of six digital prints Water and Sky, three featuring a male figure falling through the sky, the other three featuring a female figure falling into water, which is part of a progression of Freeman’s exploration of the human form in suspension and representing a boundary, as in her 2011 triptych Between the Poles of the Conscious and her 2012 ArtPrize piece Between the Conscious and the Unconscious (after Kabir). Next on the wall—just before the window—are Art Department Chair- person Steve Schousen’s prints Vestige of a Prairie Hike, Think and Think on a Remnant of a Dream and Floating World, all three featuring haunting layered images. On the other side of the window is The Plum in North Civita Light, the first of adjunct associate professor Sharon Sandberg’s five still life pieces in oil. The Plum and two others (Bud Vases on Model Stand and Hot Tea on Warped Lacquer Tray) are bodegóns and the other two (Time and Bob’s Stripped Clock) are memento mori images. Some of lecturer Nate Lareau’s pieces feature diverse media including videos Bemis Center in C Major and Urban Tumbleweed: Omaha NE, to name a few. Just beyond the entrance into the east wing is English professor Miriam and Professor Emeritus Ron Pederson’s collaborative piece Vane, featuring a steel sculpture by Ron and a poem by Miriam, in which the poem and the sculpture complement and, at some level, complete each other, as opposed to the poem explaining the sculpture and/or the sculpture representing the poem. Further down the hall is assistant professor Chris LaPorte’s untitled series of graphite portraits, which is sure to remind you of the faces in his 2010 ArtPrize-winning Cavalry—American Officers 1921. The 2013 Faculty Exhibition is currently showing at the Art & Music Center Gallery and will remain open through Friday, November 15. Tom Hanks is back in the Oscar race with his role as Captain Phillips By Ian MacNeil Staff Writer Brace yourselves: Johnny Depp’s eccentric Captain Jack Sparrow has been replaced by the calculating and seemingly indomitable real-life Somali pirates who favor AK-47s over flintlock pistols. From a dank and quiet New England home to the bustling shipping yards of Oman, Captain Richard Phillips (Tom Hanks) transforms from a nurturing patriarch to the robust, dependable captain of the Maersk Alabama, a 500-foot container ship bound for Mombasa. His journey to the sea is juxtaposed with the life of a Somali native named Abduwali Muse (brilliantly portrayed by Barkhad Abdi). Muse is a skinny boy often ridiculed for his lanky appearance and is forced by his money-hungry bosses to gather a crew to overtake a ship, shaking the audience awake to the graveness of Muse’s demeaned reality and cinematically justifying his struggle to survive. These two journeys quickly collide in a dramatic power shift when Muse and his crew hijack the Maersk Alabama, demanding control of the ship and its assets. After repeated attempts to foil the pirates and now reduced by circumstance, Phillips heroically offers himself as a bargaining chip to free his crew. Phillips and the pirates board a lifeboat and are set adrift in a gritty eeriness, embarking on a new shared journey that the pirates naively think will bring them fortune. Directed by Paul Greengrass (the Oscar-nominated director of United 93 and the director of the two latter Bourne films), Captain Phillips is a fast-paced action film that would not be as impressive without the talent of Tom Hanks in the title role. Hanks brings an innate regality to cinema that transforms a film, regardless of genre, from pure mediocrity to Best Picture contention. He has done just that with Captain Phillips, which may have been disregarded as another ostentatious continuation of the Bourne series. Echoing the talent of Spencer Tracy in The Old Man and the Sea (1958), Hanks, though besieged by pirates, seems to battle more with the isolation of the sea and feelings of dreaded hopelessness that a resoluCulture Editor Paris Close tion is unattainable. Though a twotime Oscar winner (for Philadelphia and Forrest Gump), Hanks has lately fallen from the Best Actor spotlight with his most recent box office stumbles (Larry Crowne and Cloud Atlas). However, as the courageous Phillips, Hanks is primed for his first Academy nomination since Cast Away (2000). No good film, however, is elevated without controversy. Captain Phillips, which is based COURTESY COLUMBIA PICTURES on the true story of Captain Richard Back to the silver screen: Hanks returns with yet another stunning Oscar-worthy performance in Phillips and the this tense new drama. hijacking of the Maersk Alabama, is freely adapted from Phillips’ 2010 piction of Phillips, who they claim forgettable and unpredictable expeautobiography of the ordeal. Some was reckless, stubborn and endan- dition to the sea. of the actual crew members view the gered their lives. Regardless, the film film as near fiction in its heroic de- tells the tale of Phillips and his un- E-mail email@example.com Phone (616) 632-2975 Website www.aquinas.edu/thesaint sports page Women’s soccer: The Saints finish regular season with 11-5-1 record Notre Dame: The Fighting Irish hold an impressive 7-2 record Saints Bowling: Men’s and women’s teams have rough start The Aquinas women’s soccer team has played a competitive season. With an outstanding freshman class combined with returning players, the Saints have played harder then ever and have the record to show it. The Saints will play in the quarterfinals on against Cornerstone tonight, The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have came back strong from losses against Michigan and Oklahoma this season, winning their most recent three games against USC Trojans (14-10), Air Force (45-10) and Navy (38-34). Although the Irish are not as successful as the previous season they aim to end strong. The Aquinas men’s and women’s bowling teams started their second season on October 12. Both teams have played in two tournaments, the men finishing seventh of seven teams and 16th of 21 teams while the women have finished sixth of seven teams and 11th of 12 teams. The Saints’ home meet is November 16. COURTESY ANDRIS VISOCKIS Run it: Junior Kay Kramer keeps a steady pace as she runs for the Aquinas women’s cross country during the fall 2013 season. Kramer and the Saints will compete at the conference championship on Saturday. At the final meet before the WHAC Conference Championships, the Aquinas cross country teams faced the largest field of the season at the Great Lakes Invitational at Riverside Park on October 26. The meet is an important benchmark for all of the teams involved because perfor- By Zoe Harmon The Saint Reporter mances at such a large meet late in the season can drastically affect national rankings. The men finished in third place with 108 points and the women took ninth with 224 points. For the first time this season, sophomore Zach Stepanovich led the team. Stepanovich finished in 13th place with a time of 25:25, ahead of sophomore Jacob Towne and junior Stephen Glinski, who finished in 25:36 and 25:40, respectively. The only two teams to defeat the Saints were St. Francis with 66 points and Olivet Nazarene with 69 points. St. Francis has maintained its seat atop the NAIA cross country rankings for the entire season, while Aquinas has been ranked as high as third. After the Great lakes Invitational, the Aquinas men are ranked seventh nationally. Junior Grant Gunneson and senior Kevin Mahar rounded out scoring for the men. The women’s team also had a new frontrunner at the invitational. Sophomore Carley Woolcott finished in 22nd place with a time of 18:40, running through the first half of the race with juniors Catie Rietsema and Rachael Steil by her side. Rietsema and Steil finished together in 19:04 and 19:05. “In the past we haven’t run very well as a team at Great Lakes but this time was a lot different,” said Woolcott. “We had some girls step up this meet and have breakthroughs with their times which was very exciting.” Senior Kelsey Carpenter improved upon her previous personal best with a time of 19:11. Sophomore Emily Hazelbach finished in 19:21 and was the final scorer for the Saints. Although the Aquinas women did not finish ahead of conference rivals Indiana Tech and Cornerstone, they still came away from the meet with positive emotions. “We are all very close and have a sisterly type of bond, and that connection really pays off with tough meets like this one. I think we are all just excited to get out there in two weeks at conference and compete even harder,” added Woolcott. In order to guarantee trips to the NAIA national meet in Lawrence, Kansas, both teams must win the conference championship meets, which will be held at Riverside Park on November 9 at 11:30 a.m. << WHAT TO WATCH >> WOMEN’S BaSKETBALL The Aquinas women’s basketball team started their regular season on Tuesday, October 29, winning against Calumet College of St. Joseph 67-47. The Saints were victorious again against Huntington on November 2, with a final score of 64-48. The Saints will play next at Goshen College in Indiana tonight. Detroit Red Wings Aquinas stays competitive in conference championship By Carly Plank Staff Writer 7 THE SAINT | WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2013 By Taylor Hodges The Saint Reporter The Detroit Red Wings have played an impressive season so far. Having won their last two games, the Wings have an overall record of 8-4-2, which puts them fourth in the Eastern conference. In their recent game against the Calgary Flames, the Wings started off strong, with first period goals from captains Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk. The Flames would make a push in the second and tie it up 2-2 before Tomas Tatar and Justin Abdelkader put it in the back of the net. Flames player Curtis Glencross would add another goal to make it 4-3, but it wasn’t enough to deter the Wings’ defense. Leading the team in points so far is none other than Pavel Datsyuk. Datsyuk, who was the Wings 171st overall pick in the 1998 draft, has been impressive ever since he broke into the league in 2001. With three points in his last game, expect Datsyuk to continue the momentum and lead the charge for the Wings. Second on the scoresheet is Zetterberg who has 13 points in 14 games and leads the team in goals with seven. Zetterberg has always been a prolific player and been a goal scorer since breaking into the league during the 2002-03 season. He leads the team with 55 shots this year. Recent call up and Slovakia native Tomas Tatar has made great use of his time in Detroit. The 60th draft pick in the 2009 NHL draft has two goals so far in his six game stint with the Wings. While Detroit recalled him from the Griffins to replace an injured player, they may be forced to keep him due to his relentless offensive effort. Tatar has already played 33 games with Detroit in his three years of North American professional hockey, so look for him to make the full transition into the winged wheel next year. The Wings signed their second round pick, Zach Nastasiuk, of this past year’s draft to an entry-level contract. Nastasiuk is currently second on his team in scoring playing for the Owen Sound Attack of the Ontario Hockey League. While he will not see any action with the Wings this season, look for him to join the Grand Rapids Griffins after his junior season has ended. The Red Wings will play next on Thursday, November 7, against the Dallas Stars. Men’s soccer looks to win quarterfinals Boston wins the World Series The World Series has officially been won by the Boston Red Sox, and Major League Baseball has ended for the year. For fans, this is sad, as their favorite sport will not be aired again until opening day in March 2014. Fortunately, the post-season was an exciting one, with quality games throughout each series. In the American League Championship Series (ALCS), the Detroit Tigers lost to the Red Sox after playing six games. Four of the six games played were within one run, so it is safe to say the ALCS was exciting. Since the Red Sox came out on top, they moved on to play in the World Series versus the St. Louis Cardinals, who beat the Los Angeles Dodgers after playing six games as well. The World Series began in Boston, with the first game on Oct. 23. At their home field, the Red Sox proved that they were in the series to win it with an 8-1 defeat over the Cardinals. But the Cardinals answered back with a 4-2 win the following night. After the first two games in Boston, the action moved to St. Louis where the Cardinals took the first win at their home field, and the Red Sox took the next two. Following their time in St. Louis, both teams traveled back to Boston for game six. With strong bats and solid defense, the Red Sox became victorious and won the 2013 World Series. This win marked the first Red Sox World Series victory at Fenway Park since 1918 and the organiza- tion’s third World Series title in 10 years. Red Sox pitcher, John Lackey, shut the Cardinals down by not allowing any runs in the six and twothirds innings he pitched. Another key component to the win was Red Sox designated hitter, David Ortiz. As many fans expected, Ortiz was named Most Valuable Player of the series. He had an outstanding performance throughout the series, hitting two homeruns, knocking in six runs and scoring seven runs. His batting average for the series was an honorable .668, with an on-base percentage of .760. Overall, the Boston Red Sox played well the entire season and deserved the World Series title. College football update By Joe Foldenauer The Saint Reporter The Michigan State Spartans have experienced a phenomenal season so far. Following a 14-0 victory against Purdue, the Spartans played a solid game against the Illinois Fighting Illini with a win of 42-3. MSU has proved to be a tough team to play against, with one of the best defenses in the country. Connor Cook has improved as a quarterback this season, especially in this game, throwing for 93 percent completions 208 yards as well as three touchdowns and no interceptions. Jeremy Langford had 22 carries for 104 yards with two touchdowns. The following week featured the historic rivalry of Michigan State vs. University of Michigan. With the Spartans dominating the Wolverines 29-6, Michigan State gained control of this game, totaling 168 yards against Michigan. This made the largest margin of victory for these teams since 1967. Cook played well, throwing for 252 yards, and was 18 for 33 attempts and one touchdown. The MSU defense played a notable game, sacking Devin Gardner four times and not allowing any touchdowns making them the number one in the nation. The game was over for the Wolverines when young quarterback Gardner threw for interception in the fourth quarter to State’s Darqueze Dennard. The Spartans will continue to keep their 5-0 Big 10 reSports Editor Alyssa Frese cord at least until their next game in two weeks against the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The week before their game against State, the Wolverines had one of the highest scoring games witnessed in college football this season, winning 63-47. Gardner played a great game for any quarterback, throwing for 503 yards (which is a school record), two touchdowns passing and three rushing. Jeremy Gallon also had a great game, receiving 14 passes with 369 yards and two touchdowns. This was the second most receiving yards in FBS history. Michigan will try to pick themselves back up after their loss against State this coming weekend playing against the Nebraska Cornhuskers. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org COURTESY ANDRIS VISOCKIS Push forward: Sophomore Michael Weber defends the Saints’ win on the field. By Alyssa Frese Sports Editor The Aquinas men’s soccer team has had another impressive season. Ending the regular season with a record of 14-3-1, the Saints have played hard and have been victorious. Hopes are high and every practice counts as the quarterfinals will be here on Saturday. “We are doing okay and we are trying to get better every day. We aren’t going to have a cocky attitude, we are trying to improve ourselves individually and as a whole team,” said freshman AJ Broughton. The men finished off their regular season with a four game winstreak against U of M Dearborn (50), Indiana Tech (4-3), Marygrove (4-0) and Siena Heights (3-1). The Saints have practiced hard all season and are still looking for ways to up their game as every game is crucial at this point in the season. The success of the Saints is in part due to the chemistry of the team. Phone (616) 632-2975 Website www.aquinas.edu/thesaint The returning players have done a wonderful job showing the freshman the ropes. “I feel closer to this team than I have to any other team in my 12 years of playing,” said freshman Yianni Demo. With the combination of team chemistry and hard work, the Saints have a great shot of making it very far this year with a hopeful goal of Nationals. “We are playing in the quarterfinals on Saturday at home against U of M Dearborn, who we beat during the regular season 3-1. If we win that game we will move on to play Northwestern Ohio,” said freshman Zach Boensch. The Saints won against Northwestern Ohio during the regular season as well with a 2-1 victory. With practice, determination and a winning mindset, the Saints have a very good chance of making it to Nationals. 8 SPORTS Detroit Lions By Joe Foldenauer The Saint Reporter The Detroit Lions suffered a tough loss against the Cincinnati Bengals a few weeks ago, losing 27-24. Matthew Stafford threw for 357 yards with three touchdowns. Generally, this would qualify as great game winner statistics, but it was not enough. Calvin Johnson had a decent game, receiving for 155 yards with nine catches and two touchdowns. Reggie Bush also had 20 carries for 50 yards, but it was the Bengals’ special teams that helped them guarantee the win. Detroit then experienced one of the greatest NFL fourth quarter comebacks. The Lions played against the Dallas Cowboys, winning 31-30. The game was back and forth between the Lions and Cowboys, especially leading into the fourth quarter with Detroit down 13-7. Then, with six minutes left and the Lions being down 10 points, it looked like Detroit was done for the day. But, with an 80 yard drive ending with Reggie Bush in the end zone after a quick one yard pass and Matthew Stafford diving for the end zone with 12 seconds left, the Lions proved that they are not a team that will give up. Along with his last second touchdown Stafford also threw for 488 yards off of 33 for 48 attempts and one touchdown. Calvin Johnson also had a great game, with receiving an amazing 329 yards off of 14 passes and scoring one touchdown. His highlighted play of the game was in the first quarter, when Stafford made a short pass to Johnson from the Lions 10 yard line ending with Johnson at Dallas’s three yard line for a total of 87 yards. Besides his one touchdown, Reggie Bush also had 21 carries with a total of 92 yards rushing. This win puts the Lions record to 5-3, making them ranked second in the NFC just behind the Green Bay Packers. If Detroit continues to play as well as this Cowboys game, Detroit definitely can be looking forward to going to the playoffs. Detroit will play their second game against the Chicago Bears this Sunday. Bet on it alyssa frese |sports editor Over the past weekend, I traveled to Las Vegas for my 21st birthday. I knew casinos and gambling were prevalent, of course, but to my surprise what caught my attention the most was the Sports Book section of the casinos, which is where thousands of people gamble on their favorite sports teams. Of course there were sports like football, both college and the NFL, but there was horse racing and odd sports I never would have imagined people would bet on. I was completely obsessed with this part of the casino. On Saturday morning, when my beloved Iowa Hawkeyes played, we arrived at the casino at 9 a.m. I figured the casinos would be empty because it was Vegas and 9 a.m. is pretty early (to me at least). To my surprise, many of the rows of chairs were already full of people screaming for their teams, or, rather, for their cash. There were multiple televisions playing the college games that were already on. There was so much energy and tension at the same time in the room I could barely stand it. I watched in awe as people would cry when the games came to an end because some people wagered hundreds of dollars on these games. My dad had bet $50 on the MichiganMichigan State game and ended up winning which means he walked out of the casino with $100 instead of $50. I think that betting on sports is cool and I’m sure it’s a lot of fun, but I personally would be too chicken to do it. The outcome of a game is never certain. There are so many upsets that occur that even if betting on a certain game seems like a sure thing, it could end up blowing up in your face. For instance, during March Madness, a 12th ranked team beat a one seed. You just never know what will happen with sports and I think it is foolish that some people are just willing to throw their money away but if it’s entertaining than go for it, I suppose. Vegas is definitely a city that has a lot more gambling opportunities, but there is betting on sporting events everywhere. As a little kid, my brother and dad would bet $1 on football and baseball games, especially since my brother likes the Cubs and my dad likes the Cardinals. I just think that there are so many things that can go wrong when one is betting on a sporting event. You never know who might get injured, who will have an off day or who just ends up really lucky. THE SAINT |WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6,2013 On par Senior Cody Britton reflects on golf career COURTESY ANDRIS VISOCKIS Swinging: Senior Cody Britton has played golf at both Aquinas and GRCC. Britton is pursing a degree in Education and plans to move out east post-graduation. By Alyssa Frese Sports Editor Golf is a sport that takes a lot of practice and persistence. Discovering golf his freshman year of high school, senior Cody Britton played throughout high school and has continued to play during his collegiate career at both Aquinas and Grand Rapids Community College. “I decided to play golf my freshman year of high school because I had a couple friends who were playing and my dad had a spare set of clubs so I just kind of took them,” said Britton. One may be intimidated by the individual factor in golf. However the golfer competes is all on them personally. Instead of being concerned by this factor, Britton embraces it. “I love how you are totally by yourself. It’s a loner sport and you don’t have to rely on other people, which is really refreshing,” said Britton. Even though golfing is a solo sport, there have been people who have been influential in Britton’s golf career. “My boss at the golf course I used to work at has had a big impact on my career as a golfer. He has been a mentor to me and stuck with me all the way through my career as a golfer,” said Britton. Britton was so passionate about golf that he kept it a factor when looking into colleges. Knowing he was good enough to get a scholarship, Britton applied to many schools. He finally decided on Aquinas because of the atmosphere and the academics. “I really like the small school atmosphere at Aquinas. They have a really good education and I was able to play golf,” said Britton. Britton is pursuing a degree in Secondary Education with a Social Studies major and a History minor. He chose this degree because of his own personal experiences with a teacher growing up. “I really enjoy teaching, there was a teacher in high school that really impacted me and I knew it was something that I wanted to go into. I’m really good at social studies and history so that’s the field I chose to go into,” said Britton. Although Britton is from Michigan and has lived here for quite some time, it is not the place he wants to pursue a career. “I would love to teach anywhere on the East Coast. The weather is much nicer and the temperatures are mild. I get really sick of the cold weather here,” said Britton. Golf has been a large part of Britton’s life for many years. He plans to stay involved with the sport for fun once he graduates. “I want to stay casually involved with golf, nothing too competitive. Golf was highly competitive at GRCC but it is more laid back now and I plan to take that attitude with me once I graduate,” said Britton. Detroit Pistons The Pistons looks to improve significantly from their previous season By Carly Plank Staff Writer The man who earned the nickname “Mr. Big Shot” back in 2004 announced his return to Detroit in a resounding fashion with a 113-102 victory over the Washington Wizards in the Pistons season opener on Wednesday, October 30. At 37 years old, Chauncey Billups showed that he still has the ability to lead the team he made a name for himself on, scoring 16 points and handing out five assists. The point guard’s two three-pointers in the fourth quarter gave the Pistons the clutch shooting ability they have been missing during the five years of his absence. Aiding Billups in the backcourt was Will Bynum, who scored 19 points and contributed five assists while filling in for the injured Brandon Jennings, who was out with a hairline fracture in his jaw. Bynum was mentored by Billups before his initial departure from the team. But Billups is not the only offseason acquisition to bolster the Pistons roster. The free agent signing of former Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith Aquinas hockey continues to win Grand Rapids Griffins The Griffins hit a four game win streak and continue to dominate By Taylor Hodges The Saint Reporter The Grand Rapids Griffins have been making strides during the first few months of the season. Having played ten games and posting a record of 6-2-1-1, the Griffins are on a four game win streak and seated comfortably at spot number four in the Western Conference. In the recent game against the Lake Erie Monsters, the Griffins had a close game. Sparked by first period goals from Ryan Sproul and Calle Jarnkrok, the Griffins carried that momentum into the second and third with two goals from Tomas Jurco and goals by Luke Glendening along with Jeff Hoggan. The Griffins’ valiant effort gave them the 6-4 win. The Griffins are known for their dominance on offense. Leading the Griffins and placing fifth in AHL scoring is Sweden native and 2008 121st overall pick Gustav Nyquist. Nyquist, who spent his college years playing for the University of Maine Black bears, has 13 points in nine games. It seems as though the time spent with the Red Wings last year in the playoffs has helped in the development of Nyquist and not only does that show in Sports Editor Alyssa Frese his point totals but, also his accomplishment of winning a Calder Cup this past year. Second in team scoring is Slovakia native Tomas Jurco. Jurco, who was Detroit’s second round pick in the 2011 draft, has posted 12 points in 10 games so far. Jurco is also tied for first on the Griffins in shots on goal. Grand Rapids native and recent Red Wing call up Luke Glendening is having a great start to the year. After playing six games with the Wings due to injuries, the East Grand Rapids graduate learned the rigors of the NHL game and went pointless. However, he was excellent in the faceoff circle averaging 52.86 percent. Having played six games for the Griffins and posting four points, there is no question that one day he will wear the winged wheel. In the upcoming week the Griffins face the Rockford Ice Hogs in a home battle and then go on the road to face the Hamilton Bulldogs. E-mail email@example.com has proven effective early, as he was among the team’s top scorers on Wednesday with 19 points. The Pistons started the game strong behind Smith, center Andre Drummond and forward Greg Monroe. Monroe led his team in scoring with 24 points and in rebounding with 16. The Pistons frontcourt has been notoriously undersized since before the 2004 championship run, but with Monroe and Drummond measuring just shy of seven feet tall, size will not hold them back this season. Forward Trevor Ariza was a standout for the Wizards, knocking down six three-pointers and a total of 28 points. Other Wizards contributors included guards Bradley Beal and John Wall, who scored 17 and 20 points, respectively. An annual survey conducted by NBA.com revealed that 16.6 percent of general managers considered Detroit to be the most improved team in the league, but only time will tell whether the retrofitted team will live up to expectations. Next up for the Pistons are the Memphis Grizzlies, the Boston Celtics, and the Indiana Pacers. ALYSSA FRESE / THE SAINT Head in the game: Freshman goalkeeper Matt Glowacki stays focused on the opposing team during a home game this 2013 season at Griff’s Ice House. By Alyssa Frese Sports Editor The Aquinas men’s hockey team has started the season off right. With a record of 7-1-1, the Saints are winning more and more games. Starting the season off with a four game winning streak, the Saints has rough time against Notre Dame in the home opener, finally pulling the 4-3 victory in double overtime. The Saints then won their next three games, a doubleheader against University of Detroit Mercy where the Saints won 4-3 on the road and 9-6 at home. The Saints won one and lost one in back-to-back games against Xavier University at home. The Saints won the first game 6-5 and lost in overtime 3-2. The Saints lost their next game against Redeemer College 6-4. The Saints were not discouraged by the two losses and came back to win the next four games in a row. The Saints practice hard but there is a lot of team bonding and chemistry that comes into play as well. “People see our hockey team and they would never guess we are college athletes. When we put on our skates we become beasts,” said freshman goalie Matt Glowacki. With such a drive for success and a determination to win more games than in previous years, the Saints have set the pace for what looks to be a victorious season. In the last four games, the Saints have scored multiple goals each game. The first game Phone (616) 632-2975 Website www.aquinas.edu/thesaint was against Ball State University. The Saints came out with a 6-0 victory, with two goals scored by sophomore Doug Zelenka as well as by freshmen Charlie Crowley and Graham Gates, sophomore Lucas Nadrasik and junior Cody Edwards. The next two games were against Lansing Community College, where the Saints won on the road 5-3 and at home 6-2. Goals were scored by sophomores Brenden Giffel and Doug Zelenka, junior Cody Edwards and seniors Christian Potter, Hugh Ingalls and Brent Steele. The most recent game was played against University of Notre Dame at home, where the Saints pulled a 6-2 victory. Two goals were scored by freshman Corey Giffel as well as sophomores Doug Zelenka, Justen Caudill, and Kyle Jansens. Junior Cody Edwards scored as well. The Saints have been successful so far in the season, but they will not back down. They will need to practice harder and persist if they want to keep the winning streak going. “This season is going well. We have more depth than last season. We are training a lot harder and are conditioning a lot more. There is more effort put in by everyone,” said sophomore Will Adamson. The Saints will play their next two games on Friday, November 8, and Saturday, November 9, at the University of Louisville in Kentucky.