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G.I. Joe | 5 AQ awarded service honors Reporter Hillary Najor gets the scoop on a national community service honor that AQ was recently given. page 3 theSaint Wednesday, April 10, 2013 Volume 32, Issue 10 Two thumbs up. >>NEWS Dr. Anthony Burdick | 2 Reporter Paige Graham sits down with Dr. Burdick for a professor spotlight. Retrial in Italy| 3 The Saint has everything you need to know about the recent controversy with the Amanda Knox case. >>CULTURE OneRepublic | 6 Want to know if the band’s new album Native is worth a listen? Take a look inside. B.B. King | 6 The King of Blues makes an appearance in Mount Pleasant. Reporter Spencer Wilczewski checks it out. >>SPORTS March Madness | 7 After a month of shockers and upsets, the NCAA tournament comes to an end. Connor Sutton Women’s Lacrosse | 7 | 8 Reporter Sarah Parlette interviews the senior lacrosse captain as the season picks up. Who is Jane Doe? Aquinas students perform the fifth annual Jane Doe Project this Thursday By Stephanie Giluk Editor-in-Chief & Laura Farrell News Editor The Jane Doe Project will take place Thursday, April 11, at 8 p.m. in the Wege Ballroom. The project, a one night only performance, was created in 2009 by Cheyna Roczkowski, an Aquinas alum, to raise awareness about violence against women. Roczkowski sought out Aquinas women, students, faculty, and alumni alike, who had been abused sexually, mentally and physically. Roczkowski interviewed the women who stepped forward and wrote their anonymous stories into different monologues. When Roczkowski graduated, senior Abigail Koprowicz took over the project and since then, more monologues have been written by m o r e A q u i n a s wo m e n a n d m e n , Koprowicz and senior Erin Lodes, who joined the project in 2011. “These are true stories. They are powerful and show us that to fight this type of violence, we must be willing to acknowledge it and then take a collective stand against it as a city and as a nation,” said Lodes. This year, juniors Neal Steichen, Anastasia McRoberts, Kelsey Peavyhouse and Lindy Nawrocki, seniors Aimee Shemanski, Lodes, Robin Brown and Brianna Scott, and sophomore Erica Utter will all be performing monologues from Roczkowski’s original production and new monologues, all of which are based off real anonymous accounts from Aquinas faculty, staff, alumni, and students. When asked why she has participated in Jane Doe for the past Summer research at Aquinas Mohler-Thompson grants allow three AQ students to pursue studies By Carly Plank The Saint Reporter E a c h s u m m e r, a h a n d f u l o f ambitious students remain close to campus in order to collaborate with faculty mentors on intensive research projects and immerse themselves in a specific area of study. This year, Kendra Garcia, Jacquelyn Gipe, and Andrew Zahrt will take on projects in biology, mathematics, and chemistry, respectively. All three were recipients of Mohler-Thompson Summer Research Grants. Garcia, a junior biology major, will work with Dr. Rob Peters, associate professor of biology, on preliminary work in the development of a vaccine for the bacterium that causes kidney disease in salmon, which could aid the Great Lakes sport fishery. “We will be trying to knock out some of the virulence factors of Renibacterium salmoninarum , and an attenuated strain could then be used as a vaccine and would have a great ecological and economical impact on the Great Lakes,” said Garcia, who hopes to attend medical school to study immunology. Sophomore Jaquelyn Gipe will tackle a more theoretical problem in the field of hyperbolic geometry. Gipe, along with Mathematics Department Chair Dr. Michael McDaniel, will analyze the construction of segments of radical length. “The research is going to require a lot of trial by error, and looking at the problems and proofs from different perspectives. It should be a great learning experience,” Gipe said. Additionally, the two hope to take a closer look at hyperbolic knot theory. “Both of these topics are ones that have not been researched by many mathematicians before, so hopefully we’ll be able to come up with some helpful proofs to contribute to the field,” said Gipe, who is looking forward to exploring new areas in mathematics while also majoring in Spanish for education. Senior Chemistry Major Andrew Zahrt and Associate Professor of Chemistry Dr. Jonathan Fritz will complete general research involving direct arylation, “a process in which you join two aromatic rings directly. The goal is to get them to add together the same way the majority of the time,” explained Zahrt. The process is similar to one that earned a 2010 Nobel Prize in chemistry. “If it is possible to make direct arylation more efficient, it would cut down on boronated waste product.” Boron, a hazardous waste product, is concentrated in pesticides in certain medications, among other products, prompting the federal government to monitor levels in soil and groundwater. Zahrt plans to pursue a Ph.D. in organic chemistry after he completes a fifth year “victory lap” at Aquinas. Regardless of study topic, these three students continuing the tradition of scholarly research at Aquinas will gain indelible skills that will help them along the path to their career aspirations. three years, Scott said that Jane Doe “empowers g i r l s w h o h a ve been through the stuff I’ve been through, who are afraid to stand up for themselves or who think they don’t have to.” She also emphasized the importance of raising awareness about violence a g a i n s t wo m e n and ending the silence surrounding abuse. Peavyhouse, who is codirecting Jane Doe along Lodes, wanted to help with the p ro j e c t b e c aus e she thinks it is important for COURTESY NOTTHISGIRL.ORG women to “have t h e a w a r e n e s s Standing together: The Jane Doe cast from 2011 performs the final monologue together. Jane Doe aims that they’re not to increase awareness of all forms of abuse. Catch this year’s performance on Thursday, April 11, at 8 alone and [they] p.m. in the Wege Ballroom. don’t have to be the victim.” Jane Doe is important for everyone problems that society should not Different monologues include at Aquinas to see, Peavyhouse said, only be aware of, but also respond stories from perspectives of young “I started with the project because it to. “Domestic and sexual violence people and adults touch on abuse deals with problems that exist today. is a fact of life in Grand Rapids. Our i n a n u m b e r o f u n i q u e w a y s . Every women has an awareness, in intention is to empower people to T h e p e r f o r m a n c e i s n o t j u s t f o r the back of her mind, that something take action against it by ending the women, however. The production could happen, that abuse and rape silence that so often shrouds it,” said includes monologues from the male are serious problems in our society. Lodes. perspective and the cast includes Jane Doe brings awareness to these Be sure to support the Jane Doe male students. Project and the cast this Thursday. issues.” Whe n as ke d w hy s he thin ks Lodes stressed that these are Marriage debate Supreme Court takes up Proposal 8 By Mayra Monroy The Saint Reporter The Supreme Court has taken on a new controversial case. The justices are deliberating on Proposition 8, a policy existing in California that bans same-sex marriage. Proposition 8 was approved by the state of California in 2008, despite the ruling of the California Supreme Court stating that same-sex couples had a constitutional right to marry. The Supreme Court picked up the case, along with the Defense of Marriage Act, which is a law that denies benefits to same-sex couples. Both of these cases were argued in open court between the justices, seemingly torn down the middle. The Court’s liberal justices, Ruth Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, COURTESY TED EYTAR Sonia Sotomayor and Elena K a g a n , a l l b e l i e v e t h a t Hot topic: There has been a significant amount of public reaction to Proposal 8, both on the Proposition 8 should not have state and national levels. been passed and would not in having the support of political leaders deliberated in court. A sweeping trend today’s environment. such as Secretary of State Hillary in the matter began on Facebook, as O n t h e o p p o s i n g e n d , t h e Clinton, as well as Senators like Rob members everywhere changed their conservative justices Chief Justice Portman of Ohio, the movement profile picture to the Human Right John Roberts, Antonin Scalia, Samuel gained momentum when in May of Campaign symbol for equality, a red A l i t o , a n d C l a r e n c e T h o m a s a l l 2012, President Barack Obama stated equal sign. However, with support, believe that the proposition should in an interview that he believed that there will come opposition. Protesters stay in place. The final vote will same-sex couples should be able to take to the streets, voicing their views go to Justice Anthony Kennedy, an get married. Obama later stated in and opinions. undecided candidate willingly going another interview that he hopes that With heated debates in and outside into “uncharted waters.” the Supreme Court will rule same-sex of the courthouse, the final decision is With so much media influence, as couples the right to marry. yet to be made. The estimated date well as political influence, the general T h e g e n e r a l p u b l i c h a s a l s o of the decision is predicted to be in public has taken personal positions on taken a stance in the issue. Protests early July. the matt er. With same-sex marriage and parades ensued, as the case is

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