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Sochi update | 3 Refresh Yourself Reporter Veronica Burns recaps the fun-filled night. page 6 theSaint Wednesday, February 26, 2014 Volume 33, Issue 10 >>NEWS Construction update | 2 News Editor Mayra Monroy has the scoop on construction progress on campus. World news | 3 Reporter Yashowanto Ghosh has everything you need to know about the big news worldwide. >>CULTURE Austentatious | 5 Staff Writer Cait Hilton reviews the Aquinas play. Oscar predictions | 6 Staff Writer Ian MacNeil fills you in on this year’s Oscar race. >>SPORTS Men’s hockey | 7 Reporter Veronica Burns has the latest on the men’s team. Zander Atwood | 8 Sports Editor Alyssa Frese interviews the senior bowler about his time at Aquinas. We’d clap our hands if we felt happy. The provost search The search for a new provost has delivered three strong candidates Student Senate elections kick into high gear with some fresh faces Student Senate begins elections the week of February 24. The candidates running for senate positions are strong contenders with a strong presence on campus. The candidates for senate chair, juniors Maddy Burns and Tyler Clark, are prime examples of successful campaigning. “Both have been on senate their entire 3 years here,” said junior Chuck Hyde, Academic Affairs director for Senate. “They’re both very active.” B o t h c a n d i d a t e s h a ve m a d e great use of the on campus resources and create an outreach to the Aquinas student body. Through digital signage, a strong social media presence and posters across campus, t h e c a n d i d a t e s h a ve m a d e t h e i r presence and intentions known. Both candidates also have prior experience of working on Student Senate Executive Board. Burns is the current Budget Director for her second year in a row, and Clark was Parliamentarian this past academic year. The candidates for vice chair, sophomores Hannah Acosta and Brooke Johnston, have also proved to students that they have what it takes to be vice chair. “They are both big on making sure that we use our office hours and utilize them very well, so that we may accomplish more,” said Hyde. “Both president of Grand Rapids Community College, during which time Aquinas’ current president Dr. Juan Olivarez was the provost for GRCC. This took place exactly eight months before Dr. Olivarez For an hour, all present asked Gedly a few questions, like, “Which of your strengths and talents best qualify you to fill this position?” Gedly answered, “I’m a systems thinker that sees and tries to Near the final five minutes of the hour, Gedly turned the tables on the audience questioning her by asking After reviewing over 40 applicants, them questions about how Student carefully narrowing the search down to Senate works on campus and how they, the top 10 and then narrowing further as individuals, identify with through a series of Skype Aquinas’ values and the four interviews, the Aquinas charisms. College Provost search is The other candidates, almost at an end. Three Wa n o u s a n d I n c a n d e l a , candidates have emerged to brought interesting be interviewed individually backgrounds and ideas to regarding the esteemed their interviews with faculty position. The three candidates and students. are Dr. Michael Wanous, Dr. Wanous, a professor Joseph Incandela and Dr. of biology at Augustana Gilda Gedly. College in Sioux Falls, South The candidates were Dakota, was named Associate selected due to their Academic Dean in 2010 at management abilities and Augustana. individual experiences which Incandela is a professor they brought to Aquinas on of religious studies at Saint their tour of the college. Each Mary’s College in Notre candidate was individually Dame, Indiana. His areas of interviewed by members of expertise include Catholic the faculty and student body. social teaching, bioethics and Gedly was interviewed on the Catholic Church. Friday, February 21, during The search for a new the 3:15 p.m. slot. provost has been a long and [Editors Note: Reporter arduous road, but the future Zach Balzer was only able to for Aquinas’ new provost is as attend the Gedly’s interview bright as ever. Each candidate due to time constraints, but brought several strong traits each of the other candidates were and important ideas to their interviewed by staff, faculty and interviews. students as well. The Saint staff Current Provost Dr. Chad COURTESY ANDRIS VISOCKIS wishes all the candidates luck as Gunnoe took over the position final deliberations commence.] Provost 101: Current Provost Chad Gunnoe, above, has held the position since 2008. The new provost will in 2008. Gunnoe taught history G e d l y wa s b o r n i n be chosen in March. courses during his time at Puerto Rico, and she came Aquinas and will be heading to hold the position of the director of came to Aquinas. “He left me,” said make connections and is quite flexible back to the classroom after the selection Languages Department at the University Gedly, joking at the president’s expense. with her strategic planning.” of a new provost. of Carolina. Later in her career, Gedly The interview with Gedly took Another question Gedly answered The new provost will be chosen was promoted to Vice Chancellor and place in the Donnelly Center at 10:45 discussed how she would help to foster sometime in March. helped to implement several masters a.m., and the atmosphere was nice and the Catholic Dominican identity of degree programs. relaxed as Gedly sat down with several the college by respecting others and Eventually, Gedly was hired as members of staff, faculty and students. working to find common ground. By Zach Balzer The Saint Reporter #AQVotes By Zach Balzer The Saint Reporter Griffins | 7 are really focused on getting stuff done in a very tangible way, which is good for a vice chair position.” Acosta and Johnston, both RAs (one in Regina Hall, the other i n B r o w n e C e n t e r ) h a ve s t r o n g presences on campus through several mediums, such as the utilization of Facebook and other social media outlets to spread their campaign. “Social media is an [important] campaign tool,” said Hyde. “It has worked well in the past.” Both candidates have Facebook events and pages to urge students to vote this week for student senate elections. Finally, the candidate for secretary stands solo but strong nonetheless. Freshman Zoe Collenburg, the single candidate for secretary brings a lot to the table in her effective campaign. “[Zoe] is very involved on campus, she’s part of the In Case of Emergency improv troupe and is also on the senate commuter committee,” said Hyde. “She is a commuter student and an out-of-state student which is a unique combination.” Collenburg’s senate passion is commuters and provides introspective to committee and will bring it with her to the secretary position, the overseer of the commuter committee. Voting for Student Senate begins February 24 and will last until March 4. Student Senator elections will begin after spring break and all are encouraged to apply. Dr. Andrew Jefchak By Mayra Monroy News Editor Aquinas lost one of its most prized professors on Wednesday, February 19. The passing of Dr. Andrew Jefchak affected every staff member, faculty and student who were able to experience the light that Dr. Jefchak brought to Aquinas. A strong presence on campus, Jefchak provided many changes and brought together a community. Jefchak was the chair of the English department and also launched film study courses at Aquinas in 1972, the first serious program in the field and in the nation at the time. “My dad and uncle had Dr. Jefchak when they attended Aquinas and I had the pleasure of taking his literature and motion picture class as a sophomore,” said Aquinas senior Laura Farrell. “His class was full of passion and wit, and it was incredibly apparent COURTESY ANDRIS VISOCKIS how deeply he loved cinema and teaching.” Legacy: Dr. Andrew Jefchak’s memorial service will be held Friday, February 28, at 3 p.m. Jefchak also taught literature in the Wege Ballroom. and writing courses for 34 years while working with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, or OLLI, analyzing the materials. He was into the Aquinas College Hall of Fame located in Browne Center. Outside humanistic about at the Gala in 2012. “Every moment spent with Andy of Aquinas, Jefchak loved films with absolute Renaissance man.” “He seemed to know everything Jefchak, first as his student and later a passion and reviewed films for the Grand Rapids Press, now, about every great film ever made and as a colleague, has enriched my life,” you could listen to him for hours,” said English professor Vicki McMillan, on a freelance basis. It was due to this passion that said Farrell. “He will be sorely missed a former student of Jefchak’s. “I am he began the film study program at by Aquinas and the Grand Rapids sad for the loss suffered by his family and friends, but when I think of him, I Aquinas to share this love of films with community.” During his time at Aquinas, see his delightful face and remember the students and faculty at Aquinas. His current class, a study in modern cinema, Jefchak’s positivity touched several his passionate love for the cinema. I’m is being taken over by close friend and faculty members and students: “This sure that he is on his way to the Great is a great loss. In addition to his many Celestial Premiere.” comrade, Dr. Roger Durham. “He saw perspectives that many of “I can honestly say that I learned accomplishments, Jef was a warm and more from him about both content affectionate man and teacher,” said us didn’t see,” said Durham. “We are and teaching than anybody else,” said close friend and professor of English really going to miss him.” A memorial service will be held for Durham, a political science professor. Dr. Daniel Brooks. “He was an early mentor—even a father figure for me Jefchak on Friday, February 28, at Wege “He loved teaching, he loved the Ballroom at 3 p.m. students. He loved the content and when I first came to Aquinas.” Dr. Jefchak was recently inducted he loved getting it right. He loved

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