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Titanic II | 3 Vampires in the Lemon Grove Editor-in-Chief Stephanie Giluk reviews Karen Russell’s latest short story collection. page 6 theSaint Wednesday, March 20, 2013 Volume 32, Issue 9 Is it spring break yet? >>NEWS Pope Francis I | 2 The Saint has everything you need to know about the Pope Francis I and what the Catholic Church can expect. Budweiser sued | 3 Reporter Mayra Monroy has all the details about the claims that Budwesier has been selling watered down products. >>CULTURE Oz the not-so-great | 5 The latest in a line of Hollywood prequels fails to impress. Comic Book Men | 6 A reality show actually worth watching? See what Saint Reporter Spencer Wilczewski has to say about the TV show. >>SPORTS Aquinas tennis | 7 Both men and women’s teams start off on the right note. Lauren Ramey Aquinas Hockey | 7 | 8 The Saint Reporter Hannah Dugan interviews the junior tennis standout. A balancing act Students start petition to change the Controversial Speaker Policy By Chuck Hyde The Saint Reporter Aquinas College is a Catholic Dominican Liberal Arts college, and sometimes the balance between being open and being true to our values at the same time is difficult to keep. For those cases, the Controversial Speaker Policy is in place. The policy makes sure that any program that could be deemed divisive is put through a committee that examines their alignment with the policy and the college’s mission. The committee itself is comprised of representatives from Campus Ministry, Catholic Studies, Theology, Women’s Studies, the Dean of Student’s Office, the Provost’s Office, and two student representatives. When asked about the policy, Brandon Heritier, the chair of Student Senate, said that each member of the committee gives a “unique perspective” on whatever program is being vetted currently. Heritier is of the opinion that the policy is a necessary part of the college. He spoke about how openness and learning were both vital to the college, but how other factors have to be considered as well. Heritier said that most importantly the college must “hold true to the traditions of the Catholic Faith.” While Heritier is in support of the policy, not all students are entirely on board with the idea. Sara Ewing is president of the Gay Straight Alliance here on campus, and she has a few issues with the policy and its detail. Her main point of contention with the policy is that the large number of people on the body prevents an Fighting for a cause AQ club makes strides for cancer research on campus and in the GR community By Brian Kalchik The Saint Reporter The PennyBen group will be very busily concluding this semester. S o m e b i g e ve n t s a r e c o m i n g u p that will help promote the club and raise awareness for the issues they are fighting for. PennyBen, if you aren’t familiar with them, is a registered student organization that is “dedicated to the support of people living with cancer through partnerships with the Hope Lodges and the American Cancer Society.” “The Hope Lodges are places where patients with cancer can go to free of charge that provides all kinds of services, not only for the patient, but for the caregivers as well,”said PennyBen advisor David Weinandy. PennyBen “started originally as a club that raised money and awareness for the Lodges as well as various service projects associated with the Lodges,” Weinandy said. The events will be the first ever Relay for Life on campus and the annual Hockey for Hope partnership with the Grand Rapids Griffins. A c c o r d i n g t o We i n a n d y, t h e Hockey for Hope fundraiser is a big hit amongst the AQ campus. “We have been doing this for several years, and is a big hit with AQ. We are the beneficiaries of the Griffins jersey auction.” The event will take place on March 22. Anyone at Aquinas can get two tickets for themselves and a friend at the President’s Office. “This event has averaged $10,000 a year,” said Weinandy. “The support we have received for this event helps many people who are struggling with cancer.” The other event that Penny Ben will be running is on April 12 and it is the first time Relay for Life walk is on campus. “I am super excited to start this event for the first time at Aquinas,” said PennyBen President Marissa Peak. The fee for individuals, according to Peak, is $10 and as Peak says, “group participation is highly endorsed: it means more when you join a group that is reaching the same goal.” There is a Relay for Life Aquinas page that can bring awareness in regards to how you can get started with this event. Nick Anderson, the Promotions Coordinator of PennyBen, has done a lot to promote this first time event. “We have used Facebook and other forms of social media, we already have a lot of teams signed up and everyone is encouraged to come regardless if they are on a team or not.” For more information on how to get started if you are interested, v i s i t w w w. r e l a y f o r l i f e . o r g / aquinascollegemi or contact Marissa Peak at COURTESY SOPHIA WALLACE Controversy: Staceyann Chinn, a spoken word poet, was meant to appear on campus in 2011 but her performance was canceled due to complications arising within the controversial events committee. expedient timeline of review in some cases. In her words, this hinders clubs from making “major financial commitments,” sometimes slowing the process of putting on the event. She instead is proposing to the administration that the committee meet two times a semester at certain times, hoping that this will allow clubs more predictability as to when they can hold their events. She is putting a petition out, and is hoping to get support for the idea. Ewing is understanding of the policy, and simply hopes to make it more efficient. She acknowledges that there is no discrimination in the policy itself, but she feels that certain special interest clubs’ subject matter causes a “de facto bias” against their events. Ewing hopes that her idea will help resolve this issue, and make the events more accessible to students. Her ultimate goal is to simply make the policy easier to work with and “more conducive to student planning” for any groups involved. Giving back Aquinas students spend break completing service projects By Paris Close Culture Editor Spring break is a time to have fun and escape from the realities of morning classes, term papers and exams. While most of you were probably trying to make up for those sleepless nights of studying or partied all night long in Mexico, some individuals devoted their time off to giving back to communities. What better way is there to celebrate a break than having fun in the sun and helping out others? Some of Aquinas College’s very own students participated in the Service-Learning trips that took place over the course of spring break. The Dominican Republic, Louisiana, Christian Appalachian Project (CAP) in Eastern Kentucky as well as two newly added trips, Guatemala and Jerusalem Farm, were on the COURTESY EMILY BASS roster of journeys. Senior Lisa Murawski was Service learning: Seniors Alison Roberts and Casey Cohen (L to R) play with a toddler in among several other AQ students International Samaritan’s nursery in the dump community of Guatemala City. who traveled down to Kansas City, Missouri which follows a similar without technology, Murawski noted it getting better,” said McRoberts. She mentioned that the trip made her feel structure to both Nazareth and Bethlehem was a “worthwhile experience.” Taking her break overseas was so much more “humble,” and really Farm (fall semester programs). While there, Murawski shared details of the junior Anastasia McRoberts. While developed a relationship with the wonderful experience she had: “We were abroad, McRoberts and her group spent children she and her peers tended to. “Even though they didn’t have able to do home repair for low income most of their time in El Llano, which is the poorest part of the country, near much of anything, they were so happy individuals,” she said. the Haitian border. She and her fellow and full of joy and carefree. To me, that The group even got some culinary training, making homemade foods, students assisted Dr. Angel at a medical was true happiness felt from the heart and learned to acclimate to the farm’s clinic in the mountains, fostering the and not from a possession.” For more information regarding inner-city lifestyle. “While there, we needs of malnourished children. “It was hard to accept the reality of trip dates and schedules, be sure to visit were asked to turn off our cell phones, take off our make-up and only take how malnourished the children were, three showers for the week.” Despite the but I tried keeping the mind-set that challenges she and her peers faced being they’re here to get help and they’re

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