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Awards season speculation Saint Reporter Ian MacNeil picks the winners out of this year’s Oscar race. page 5 Wednesday, February 6, 2013 Volume 32, Issue 7 Shocking sports scandals | 7 theSaint Yup, we’re still here. >>NEWS Equality bake sale | 2 The Saint has everything you need to know about the Jane Hibbard Idema Women’s Study center bake sale and where you can find some tasty treats. World News | 3 Staff writer Chuck Hyde brings you up to date on news in the world at large. >>CULTURE Film Festival | 6 This year’s Chiaroscuro International Film Festival features some eye-opening movies. There’s still time to catch a few before the festival is up. Heartthrob | 6 Saint Reporter Paris Close reviews Tegan and Sara’s latest album. >>SPORTS Basketball Women in combat | 3 | 7 The men’s and women’s basketball teams are going strong this season. AQ Bowling | 7 Aquinas’ bowling teams finish off their first ever seasons. Read how they did inside. Happy Birthday St. Thomas Events fill the week to honor our patron saint By Brian Kalchik and Laura Farrell The Saint Reporter and News Editor Nothing, not even the weather, could dampen the enthusiasm brought by Aquinas students this week during the feast of our patron Saint Thomas Aquinas. Many events on-campus were held with great turnouts. The week started off with a bang, with the traditional combination of cake and jazz. More than 12 cakes were located in various locations and the jazz band played in the Academic Building under the direction of Paul Brewer. The Chartres Labyrinth, in Wege Ballroom, proved to be a quiet escape from the festivities. Here, participants could take time out of their busy schedules to go on a mini-journey through a maze to meditate and pray. The Dominican Heritage Mass was accompanied by the Chamber Choir as everyone there honored and recognized two faculty members who have had 25 years with the college. These two were Randy MacGeorge and Associate Director of Financial Aid Mary Ellen Novakoski. The traditional AQ family photo was one of the seven signature series events, where participants had a chance to be entered into a drawing for a scholarship. Around 150-200 students crowded the front steps of the Academic Building, with some spelling out the word Aquinas. Notable guests in the picture included St. Thomas himself, Nelson the St. Bernard Mascot as well as President Olivarez, who was welcomed with a presidential introduction. A number of Aquinas students took time out of the busy week to volunteer at a local Kids Food Basket. The students made 2,741 sandwiches, which will be delivered to school lunch programs around the area. Junior Britney Houser said, “I really liked volunteering at Kid’s Food Basket because The state of The Saint By the Saint Staff Since The Saint began publishing shorter, black and white issues, we have been getting many questions about the reasons behind these changes. We want to take this opportunity, with our first issue of the spring semester, to give our readers a full picture of what state The Saint is in, how we got to our current situation, and what we plan to do this semester and in coming semesters to make sure The Saint stays functional and relevant to the Aquinas community. I n sp ri n g o f 2 0 1 2 , a b u dg e t request should have been submitted by our managing editor at the time. Unfortunately for everyone involved, that did not happen. The managing editor did not submit a budget request, and the Editor-in-Chief did not doublecheck to make sure that everything was submitted, as promised. The issue of budgeting was further overlooked towards the end of the spring semester as our managing editor graduated and new editors were brought in. This was the second time such an incident happened at The Saint: in 2011, a budget plan was also not submitted, but discussions with Student Senate representatives and the Editor-in-Chief during the summer averted any sudden swings in The Saint’s budget. Such options were not available to us this time. We assumed, naively, that there was a budget in place and that everyone had done their job. At the beginning of the fall semester, The Saint went ahead and started publishing new issues. We were first notified that we did not have a budget turned in on September 27, after two issues had already been published. On October 2, we were told that we could apply for additional budget allocations, and on October 5, we presented our budget to the Senate budget committee. We asked for $23,000, which would have covered our printing costs, editor stipends, writer and photographer pay, and reimbursements for writers who reviewed concerts, music, and other cultural events. This budget amount was actually the lowest amount per issue The Saint had requested in many years: A full eight-page issue in 2012 cost The Saint $1,663.93 to produce, compared to $2,133 in 2006. On October 17, a $10,000 budget was approved for The Saint for the 2012-2013 school year. With the four issues printed prior to that date, printing cost and stipends amounted to $6,280, leaving $3,720 for the rest of the school year. With half the semester left to cover, the editorial staff made the decision to move to a four-page black and white issue in order to cut costs. After that point in time, no writer or editor received any stipends for the rest of the semester. We printed our first four-page issue on October 31 and our last issue of the semester came out on December 12. After the six total issues of the fall semester, we were left with $2,750 for the rest of the year. We have enough funding this semester to complete six issues due to donations and funding we requested from Student Senate’s unallocated funds, if we change our page size and find a printer willing to accommodate our needs. We are looking into advertising revenue in order to give editors stipends. Although some might say it seems selfish of us to pay ourselves, without stipends, there would be no paper. Editors have received stipends for each issue produced since Aquinas founded its campus newspaper more than thirty years ago. Each editor puts in upwards of fifteen hours of work on each issue. We meet with editors and writers once a week at official meetings, and as many times as we need to outside of those meetings. We plan ahead what stories and events to cover each issue, combing through local news and national news sources and getting in touch with contacts in all sorts of organizations. See State of The Saint, page 2 I know that I am making a difference. I love that I volunteered during St. Thomas Aquinas week because Aquinas was built on a charism of service.” The always festive St. Thomas Birthday dinner was a hit in Wege once again this year. The Dominican Sisters were special guests on Thursday as students and faculty alike celebrated St. Thomas. As always, Junior Saints weekend brought younger siblings and family members to help celebrate the birthday weekend. Many events and activities were planned throughout campus to keep the Junior Saints busy. A Night in Nelson’s Doghouse allowed students and siblings to have fun with a variety of activities. Personalized dog tags, do-it-yourself wax hands, and a photo booth with Nelson were just some of the fun things available. Magician Mike Super wowed the audience with the “magic” touch, including his show stopping levitation performance. The Mascot Breakfast with Nelson in Wege had the mascot interacting with the students and at the same time, fans were getting their game faces on with facepainting by numerous AQ volunteers. This school spirit was brought to the men’s and women’s basketball games in Sturrus Sports and Fitness Center. The 12th Annual Monty Python and the Holy Grail Party sponsored by the History Club allowed Pythonites to watch this classic and be able to act out particular scenes of the movie. The In Case of Emergency Improv troup rounded out the Saturday Night festivities with laughter and fun for all. The 2013 St. Thomas Aquinas COURTESY THE SAINT ARCHIVES week proved to be another success and another grand celebration for the Aquinas Party Time: The hallways of building on campus were adorned in party decor last week. St. Thomas himself had birthday cheer. community. A second term President Obama sworn in as 44th president of the United States By Mayra Monroy The Saint Reporter Thousands gathered on the steps of the Capitol Building in Washington D.C., on Monday, January 21, to witness the 2013 Presidential Inauguration. President Barack Obama’s inaugural address was powerful in nature as he shared the day with Martin Luther King, Jr. President Obama, who won over former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney in the November 2012 election, stood before a crowd of almost 10,000 to deliver his second inaugural address. “My fellow Americans, we are made for this moment and we will seize it, so long as we seize it together,” he said. “We recall that what binds this nation together is not the colors of our skin or the tenets of our faith or the origins of our names. What makes us American is our allegiance to an idea articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago.” The inauguration took place on the 21 of the month this year, only because the traditional January 20 date fell on a Sunday. The president was sworn in on Sunday, but the ceremony and speech were planned for Monday. Po l i t i c i a n s p r e s e n t f o r t h e inauguration included former presidents George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, and George W. Bush, along with a handful of ambassadors and former vice president candidate Paul Ryan minus Mitt Romney. Among the crowd were celebrities like John Mayer, Katy Perry, Steve H a r ve y, a n d Eva Long or i a . The inauguration ceremony consisted of musical performances from Beyonce, The United States Marine Band and Kelly Clarkson as well as the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir and James Taylor as well as the main event: the inaugural address. The speech covered a variety of current issues such as education issues, equality, and climate change. COURTESY FLIKR Making history: Thousand gather at the National Mall for the Inauguration festivities. “We have always understood that when times change, so must we,” he said. “That fidelity to our founding principles requires new responses to new challenges [and] that preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action.” The promise of change and progress that the president accomplished during his last term will continue into his next. “It’s our generation’s task to carry on what those pioneers began,” the President went on, referring to the founding fathers. “Our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and our daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts. Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law, for if we are truly created equal, then sure the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.” This theme of equality was evident in the speech as he discussed the power behind equality, referring to the guidance of this principle in Seneca, Selma and Stonewall, all significant places in history for the fight against inequality.

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