Cyrano hits Circle Theatre Staff Writer Chuck Hyde has all you need to know about this upcoming play featuring AQ students page 6 theSaint Wednesday, April 9, 2014 Volume 33, Issue 12 >>NEWS Xavier Lopez-Ayala | 2 AQ mourns the loss of prestigious alumi Xavier Lopez-Ayala with remembrance mass. Earth Day | 3 Staff Writer Cait Hilton has the scoop on this year’s Earth Day activities >>CULTURE The Winter Soldier | 5 News Editor Mayra Monroy tells you all you need to know about Marvel’s latest blockbuster. Anna Egres | 6 Staff Writer Chucky Blackmore talks talent with the junior and her upcoming recital. >>SPORTS Taylor Pawlanta Profile | 7 Sports Editor Alyssa Frese chats it up with the baseball star. Detroit Tigers | 8 Saint Reporter Zoe Harmon recaps the team’s season so far. James Franco instagrammed us too. AQ’s new provost Dr. Gilda Gely accepts provost and executive vice president position departments, and has a strong background in a variety of different educational settings. The search for Aquinas’ Dr. Gely would have been my new provost has come to an personal pick for provost given end. Aquinas College President how the search went, and so I Juan Olivarez announced on am glad that she was the one March 26, that candidate Dr. chosen.” Gilda Gely has accepted the The provost search began provost and Executive Vice as current provost, Dr. Charles President position and will be Gunnoe, a Professor of History, starting in late May. will be heading back to the Gely has been the provost classroom and focusing his time for Grand Rapids Community on research and teaching. College since 2007. Prior to “Gilda Gely brings a GRCC, Gely was the Academic tremendous amount of executive Dean at the University of Puerto leadership experience with her to Rico at Humacao and Vice the provost post,” said Gunnoe. Chancellor for Universidad “I am really looking forward del Este. Dr. Gely’s experience to working with Dr. Gely,” said includes 25 years of teaching Professor of English, Dr. Dan and administrative experience Brooks. “I was fortunate enough that made her qualified for the to take part in a couple of events position. When the provost she organized at GRCC and I was search began, the selection really impressed with how much committee, comprised of faculty, the faculty and administrators staff and students expanded the there held her in high regard. She COURTESY ANDRIS VISOCKIS search nationwide to find has great experience and knows a candidate that would be New additions: Dr. Gilda Gely, current provost of Grand Rapids Community College, will how to work with people.” a good fit for Aquinas. The bring her experience to Aquinas’ tight knit community. “When asked about her search was narrowed down to goals for Aquinas, [Gely] said Students who attended the three candidates, who were brought to and students desire. I feel she will be a she wanted to further whatever we were campus to interview in a public setting great fit for Aquinas, and I am looking interviewing process got the opportunity already doing, and not come in with her to sit down and talk with each candidate, with a variety of faculty, students and forward to working with her. “ own agenda,” said Collenburg. “She Gely also connected closely with which was an important aspect of getting staff. quickly learned our names in the short “[Dr. Gely] is a rare commodity: the students who interviewed her in to know the future provost. time we had and really sought to make “Dr. Gilda Gely was my favorite She has a depth of administrative the process. a personal connection. She seemed to out of many excellent candidates,” “She introduced herself to us, a experience and a passion for faculty and already sense and value the family of AQ program development that the College group of students, as Dr. Gilda, never as said junior Chuck Hyde. “She seems instead of view us as purely a business.” needs,” said current Provost Chad Dr. Gely or something more distancing,” to be the perfect fit for Aquinas in Dr. Gely will begin her new position Gunnoe. “She also has the humanity and said freshman Zoe Collenburg. “She terms of culture, mission, direction, in May. personal caring that our faculty, staff, was incredibly friendly, but still and personality. Not only that, but she was very open to student input, has professional.” By Mayra Monroy News Editor Spring Formal Aquinas’ annual Spring Formal goes wild at the Bissell Tree House By Emily Elias The Saint Reporter Spring formal was a wild event this year. The Aquinas College Programming Board has hosted spring formal every year and this year, the event was held at a very unique location. This year, formal took place at the Bissell Tree House in the John Ball Zoo on Saturday, March 29. This location brought upon a lot of excitement as the event sold out within the first week of sales. Students filled their cars and the bus to get a chance to experience a wild formal this year. The annual event was semi-formal and there was free transportation provided to and from the event. Food was provided with a menu including spring rolls and cheesecake among a variety of other items as well as a cash bar for students and guests 21 and over. AQPB member freshman Caleb Jenkins spoke about how he’d come up with the idea of where to have this year’s formal: “The [Bissell] Tree House is located at one of the highest elevations in the zoo,” said Jenkins. “A walk out on the front deck will present you with a spectacular view of downtown Grand Rapids. Constructed of natural materials such as wood and stone, the tree house fits right into its wooded surroundings. The venue is so beautiful and unique in every way imaginable.” Many students were excited for the event, especially because it was at the zoo. It was very different than past venues because for the first time in years, tickets sold out in a record time. Tickets for this particular formal have never sold out in the school’s history. Programming Board members, sophomore Colette Chapp and senior Josh Weiland also helped with the planning as well: “I oversaw the committee that planned the event. I helped research the various possible venues, and when we decided on one that we liked I visited the site with [Campus Life Director] Heather Hall and our treasurer, sophomore Rachel Czuprenski,” said Chapp. She also helped with the sign ups and did the marketing for the event. The event was ultimately a success, leaving students with good vibes. COURTESY JOHN BALL ZOO Up in the Air: The Bissell Tree House was home of Spring Formal 2014 and was at the highest elevation at the zoo In Case of Emergency wraps up the season...Uncensored By Chucky Blackmore Staff Writer The Aquinas In Case of Emergency troupe hasn’t always filled up the room like students see now. There was a time in which half of the seats were filled in a show in the AMC, a rare sight for the season. Now, the troupe performs for a full house at almost every show since, filling the AMC to full capacity and overflowing in the Performing Arts Center for their most popular show. The troupe is set to perform their second uncensored and final show of the school year on April 22, in the PAC at Aquinas. ICE Improv is a staple of Aquinas student life, an uplifting gut buster that is guaranteed to lift the mood. Comprised of a variety of personalities, ICE has come a long way from just an improv troupe, they’re a family. “The comfortableness that we find in our group goes on stage very well,” said sophomore Paul DeAngelis. “I trust everyone in the group.” Not only have their games been passed down through the different generations of ICE, but the ability to make others laugh has as well. When tryouts kicked off in the fall semester, troupe captains, seniors Ian Macneil and Katie Glossop, wanted to find the perfect fit for the troupe. Through a variety of games and icebreakers, 2014 yielded five new members that contribute to the fun. Among the newcomers are freshmen Zoë Collenburg, Regan Rohrs, Ian Scheidel, Kenny Judge, and senior Sean Briggs. “This has been the highlight of my freshman year,” said Rohrs. “I feel like I made a lot of really good relationships with these people that I wouldn’t have otherwise and it’s really fun and empowering to get up on stage and just have [that] rush of adrenaline.” “I think at the beginning, everyone came together and put away our differences and tried to make each other laugh, so I feel like that was important being new,” said freshman Ian Scheidel. “Just coming in here, there was no judgement, we all try to do our best.” For Judge, who didn’t have a clue what an improv troupe was when he MARY WEBSTER/ THE SAINT ICE: In Case of Emergency wraps up a successful season with an uncensored show in the PAC, back by popular demand. auditioned, performing on stage in front of his peers has been a success. “I didn’t even feel scared at the first show,” said Judge. “I felt comfortable because of the way Ian [MacNeil] and Katie introduced it to us.” “The first show, I was horrified to get on stage. You walk up and you’re supposed to be funny on the spot and in your head you’re just thinking, ‘what if they don’t laugh at [me],’ and it was horrifying,” said Briggs. “Not worried now.” A native of Texas, Collenburg took to the improv routine right away. She admires Glossop and MacNeil’s approach at keeping the group such a tight-knit family. “I think Ian and Katie are miracle workers,” said Collenburg. “I love these people a lot, don’t get me wrong, but we are so different, and we all have different styles. We come together and something clicks and I don’t know what it is or how they knew it would happen, but it’s definitely incredible.” Each personality brought by the members comes into play with their games and characters, a fact that is evident through the variety of characters that we see in all of their shows. This group of performers release their creative ideas through improv--their real escape from reality. “It’s always been my escape from whatever else I’ve been doing on campus. It’s also bittersweet, it’s really sad to think that our last show is [April 22] and that’ll be my last show,” said MacNeil.“It’s been a great opportunity for me to get to meet people like this ‘cause I don’t have much interaction with them outside of this or wouldn’t have, so it’s great to have that opportunity. I’ve never laughed more.” MacNeil has been a significant role model to the other members of the group. His experience allows the others to feel included. Rehearsals are formal when they need to be, but for the most part, the troupe is just there to have fun. Practices and rehearsals consist of games and when the shows come rolling around, it’s, as DeAngelis put it, “games on games on games.” Returning member, sophomore Sarah Osborne, has always captivated fans with her theatrical emotion through characters. For her, it’s purely habit. “I think the best is when you don’t expect yourself to pull out a really funny character,” said Osborne. From special guests like Father Stan to ICE alumnus Chris Skurka, the troupe always have tricks up their sleeve. Expect new games and creative scenarios as ICE takes the stage at midnight.