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The Place Beyond the Pines Reporter Paige Graham checks out the new flick starring Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper. New busing system | 3 page 5 theSaint Wednesday, April 24, 2013 Volume 32, Issue 11 ‘Til next year. Resilience >>NEWS Prof. Gary Robertson | 2 Reporter Paige Graham sits down with the economics professor for a spotlight. North Korea | 3 The Saint has everything you need to know about the volatile country and their current relations. >>CULTURE Fall Out Boy | 5 The band makes a long awaited appearance after five years with their new album, Save Rock and Roll. Hotel Cassiopeia | 6 Culture Editor Paris Close reviews the intriguing play that hit campus last weekend. >>SPORTS Aquinas softball | 7 With a string of games postponed for rain, the team looks to finish the season strong. Carlie Giarmo Men’s lacrosse | 8 | 8 Reporter Brian Kalchik interviews the senior softball standout. Americans rally after a week of tragic loss in Boston and Texas By Laura Farrell News Editor Senator John Kerry put it best when he said, “In the past few days, we’ve seen the best and we’ve seen the worst in human behavior.” Starting with the Boston Marathon on Monday morning, this past week began like any other week. Four hours into the popular race in downtown Boston, however, it only took twelve seconds to let the nation know this week would not be like any other. At approximately 2:50 p.m. on Monday afternoon, a bomb exploded near the finish line. A second bomb exploded seconds later about one hundred yards down Boylston Street. These bombs, reportedly created in pressure cookers, contains high amounts of shrapnel, hoping for mass causalities. Chaos ensued as spectators, runners and volunteers were critically injured and confused. Over 180 people were wounded and taken to area hospitals. Three people died from injuries sustained by the blasts. Rumors and speculations were flying as Boston police and the FBI quickly dealt with a large and complex crime scene. Immediately after the attack, volunteers, medics, and civilians rushed to the aide of the injured. It did not take long for the heroics of Boylston Street to be seen around the world. Moreover, hours after the horrific and unexplained act, the people of Boston began to show their resilient character even more as displaced runners found refuge in locals homes. As investigators poured over the intense crime seen and hundreds of images and video footage, the following days were tense. On Thursday, April 18, around 5 p.m., the FBI released images Sturrus Phase II still in progress Construction will continue when funding goals are met By Stephanie Giluk Editor-in-Chief Students at Aquinas have been able to enjoy the benefits provided by the first phase of construction for the Sturrus Sports and Fitness Center since its completion in November of 2010. The renovations included upgraded competition areas, three new academic classrooms, new locker rooms, an expanded Athletic Training facility with new offices and treatment areas and much more. Phase I of Sturrus’ construction was only the beginning. Phase II is still to be implemented and seems to have been stuck in relative limbo for some time now. According to the Phase II page on Aquinas’ website, the second phase, once completed, will bring “70,000 square feet of new space for the Aquinas College community” and will “offer a 200 meter track with all of the amenities for track and field events, but also additional wooden floor courts for basketball, volleyball, cheerleading, and dance.” There will also be new practice areas for various sports available and “an extensive curtaining system” which “will allow for multiple uses [of the space] simultaneously.” Alumnus Greg Alksnis and his wife Sally Alksnis donated $1.5 million dollars to get Phase II started, according to Aquinas’ press release for Phase II written in July of 2012. Phase II was originally projected to begin construction in the fall of 2012 and reach completion “within a year.” As summer and fall of 2013 loom closer, it’s clear that construction for Phase II is not nearing completion. Vice President of Advancement Greg Meyer confirmed that construction for Phase II “has been pushed back. The cost of the project went up about $1 million dollars so we had to continue fundraising.” The recent flooding that has impacted downtown Grand Rapids and even caused several buildings on campus to lose power has raised concerns about the location of some of the intended renovations and the electrical stations that power Sturrus. Meyer said, “We had some things that changed in the project. We have to do some work on the creek. We have to fix that for the city because it will control all the flooding downstream.” Meyer added, “Phase II has been split into two parts.” In addition to the renovations already in place, there will also be a “new entrance to the college” off of Fulton that will be a “more formalized entrance to the college,” Meyer said. There is no set timeline in place for Phase II renovations, as all the effort is now going toward raising the remaining funds in order to set Phase II back in motion. “It is our number one priority to get Phase II done,” Meyer said. “We are working feverishly to meet the million dollar mark.” and a video of two suspects who were later revealed to be Tamerlan and Dzhokar Tsarnaev, also known as Su s p e ct # 1 a n d Suspect #2. Hours later, a collection of tragic events began to unfold. The brothers reportedly shot down an MIT police officer, and preceded to car jack a Mercedes S.U.V. They reportedly told the car’s driver t h a t t h e y we r e involved with the Boston bombings but miraculously let the man go free. An intense police chase began after 11 p.m. COURTESY DENISE SANDERS with bombs and Taking action: President Obama is briefed about Boston updates with Lisa Monaco, the assistant to the grenades being President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism and Chief of Staff Dennis McDonough. thrown at the among the rubble for bodies. Fourteen police by the suspects. Tamerlan then throat injury. He was charged that afternoon with bodies were recovered and 60 people exited the car with a suicide bomb strapped to him, but was run over by two federal counts of using a weapon were still unaccounted for. of mass destruction to kill, injure, and Over 200 people were injured and his brother, shot by police and killed. over 50 homes and buildings had been Police continued to chase Dzhokar, cause widespread damage. In West, Texas, on Wednesday night, destroyed. Many of those among the who fled on foot. Friday, April 19, April 17, a fertilizer plant exploded and dead were first responders and in a town saw Boston and surrounding areas were essentially shut down as police left the town of 2,800 people devastated. so small, many of them were volunteer The cause of the fire and blast is still firefighters. continued their search. A we e k f i l l e d w i t h t r a g e d y It was not until 10 p.m. that the unknown but video footage of the suspect was found in Watertown and blast and the town after the explosion ultimately showcased the American apprehended. Dzhokar was taken to the detail the impact it had. The blast even spirit and camaraderie that is so easily overlooked in a time of crisis. Financial, registered a 2.1 on the Richter scale. hospital with injuries. The blast leveled area homes and logistic and emotional support were seen On Monday, April 22, Dzhokar was able to communicate with authorities caused damage to buildings miles away. both in Boston and Texas throughout the by writing down answers, as he has a The days following the blast left crews week. with the incredible task of looking Graduation information By Lianne Crouthers The Saint Reporter May 4 is going to be a big day for many Aquinas students. Commencement has been long awaited by many and culminates the collegiate educational experience. Before the big day, preparatory activities help secure a stress-free commencement for the Aquinas class of 2013, including RSVPs, ticket ordering and apparel pick-up. Graduation tickets can be picked up from the President’s office in Holmdene anytime from April 8-26 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Graduation apparel— cap, gown, honor cords—will be distributed in the bookstore starting April 23 and will continue through May 3. All graduation COURTESY ANDRIS VISOCKIS accoutrements are property of the graduates and will not need A new step: At last year’s commencement, students make their way to the Sturrus Sports to be returned to the bookstore and Fitness Center for the graduation ceremony. after commencement. Apparel can also Donnelly Center as well. Both events and guests with pink special seating tickets be picked up on the Holmdene lawn are complimentary and open-house will be seated. At 1:00 p.m., will call and during Grad Fest on Tuesday, April 23, style. Graduates are asked to RSVP for white ticket holders will be the next to find between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Grads themselves and their guests to Maureen their seating in Sturrus, while green ticket will also be able to purchase tickets for the Poirier:, 616-632- holders can enter the Wege Ballroom for commencement brunch and update their 2883. live feed viewing of the ceremony. Career Services information. There will be The commencement activities will Graduates must report to the an alumni gift for grads who update their begin on May 4 with a Baccalaureate Academic Building no later than 1:15 p.m. contact information with the Alumni Office Mass at 10:00 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Processional positions are determined and a photo booth available to all attendees. Andrew. Graduates are encouraged to alphabetically and by degree. Once the Any graduate interested in attending wear their caps and gowns, without their queue has been arranged, graduates the Commencement brunch should hoods. The assembling for this event begins are asked to remain where they are purchase their tickets—$9 apiece—at the at 9:30 a.m. with the academic procession placed; stepping out of line to mingle is President’s office or at Student Accounts beginning at 9:50 a.m. Aquinas will discouraged. in Hruby Hall between April 8-26. The academic procession begins at provide transportation from the college A reception for Graduate and to the event. 1:45 p.m. and the Commencement begins Continuing Education students is held on Commencement brunch will be held at 2:00 p.m. Following the ceremony, Thursday, May 2 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in the after the Baccalaureate Mass in the Wege graduates are official Aquinas College Donnelly Center. Traditional graduates Cafeteria between 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Alumni and a new, thrilling stage of life are invited to attend their reception on Beginning at 12:30 p.m., the doors of begins! Friday, May 3, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the Sturrus Sports and Fitness Center will open

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