Detroit finances| 3 Her Editor in chief Stephanie Giluk reviews Spike Jonze’s new movie. page 5 theSaint Wednesday, January 29, 2014 Volume 33, Issue 8 The polar vortex is coming at us like a dark horse. Full of spirit >>NEWS Professor Spotlight | 2 Culture Editor Paris Close shines the spotlight on English Professor Vicki McMillan. Bridgegate | 3 Reporter Yashowanto Ghosh takes a look at the Governor Chris Christie scandal. >>CULTURE Young the Giant | 5 Read the latest on the band’s new album, Mind Over Matter. August: Osage County | 6 Staff Writer Ian McNeil reviews the star-studded movie. >>SPORTS Aquinas basketball | 7 Sports Editor Alyssa Frese reports on the men’s and women’s teams. Women’s hockey | 8 Sports Editor Alyssa Frese has the scoop on the new team. Men’s hockey | 7 Saint Thomas Aquinas Week brings a little fun to a very snowy campus By Mayra Monroy Staff Writer The annual St. Thomas Aquinas week kicked off on January 24, 2014, for the Aquinas student body and staff. The annual celebration of St. Thomas Aquinas, the namesake behind the campus name, always brings campus organizations together to provide a week of activities that show the pride that the campus has behind its patron saint. “I think students enjoy the fact that this is a fun week with a variety of activities during a cold and cloudy month,”director of campus ministry Mary Clark-Kaiser said. “It is a great break from the cold weather and builds all of our spirits.” Student and campus organizations such as Campus Ministry, Campus Life, Residence Life, Catholic Studies, Diversity and Inclusion, Admissions, Athletics, Student Support Services, and clubs like AQ LIGHT, CAVA, SAC and Catholic Life, among several others, are sponsoring a variety of events that will prove to create a memorable and fun celebration of St. Thomas Aquinas. “I like that it is St. Thomas Aquinas that we are celebrating because he is a model for us at this college. He was a brilliant thinker, writer,teacher and philosopher, a Doctor of the Church. And at the same time he was a mystic, a man of deep prayer,” Kaiser added. Junior Saint’s Weekend kicked off the week, beginning on Friday, January 24 and lasting through Sunday. At 8 p.m., the Aquinas History club had the 13th annual showing of Monty Python and the Holy Grail with a themed party in the Donnelly Center. Taking place in Wege Ballroom on Saturday evening, Whitecaps stadium the Medieval Dinner Theater provided food and entertainment to students and family during Jr. Saints’ Weekend, provided by the Aquinas Theatre Program and Music Department Chamber Choir, Guitar Ensemble and Women’s Chorus. A signature event of St. Thomas Aquinas week is the birthday cake, sponsored b y s e ve r a l c a m p u s organizations. The location of cakes will vary by time but will be in the lower level of Wege, AB lobby, Cook Carriage House, Library Piazza, Albertus Hall, Hruby, AMC and Holmdene. COURTESY ANDRIS VISOCKIS Taking place from 4 p.m.-10 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, Spirited Saint: Aquinas mascot Nelson gets some high fives from a junior saint. the Chartres Labyrinth Walk took place in Wege Ballroom, social justice work. discuss the life and history of St. Francis a prayerful meditative walk upon a On Wednesday, the annual St. of Assisi. replicated floor labyrinth and helped Thomas Aquinas Patronal Mass will take “What I really enjoy about students experience an ancient form of place at St. Thomas the Apostle Church St. Thomas Aquinas Week is the prayer. located by St. Joseph the Worker hall. collaboration of so many...people from The Feast of St. Thomas took place On Thursday, the final day of St. across campus who are all sponsoring on Tuesday with a variety of events to Thomas Aquinas week, the St. Thomas different activities to make the week celebrate the patron saint. The annual Aquinas Birthday Dinner will take place fun and memorable,” said Kaiser. “It AQ Family Photo took place in the steps in Wege with the Dominican sisters builds community on campus and of AB at 12:10 p.m. The Jane Hibbard as guests. To end the week, Campus helps remind us that we are all a part of Idema Women’s Study Center lecture Ministry and the Catholic Studies something bigger than ourselves.” took place at 12:30 p.m., bringing in department are bringing Dominican Fr. The schedule of events will be speaker Barbara Hansen, who reflected Augustine Thompson, a historian and posted throughout campus. on her life as a Dominican Sister and professor of philosophy and theology, to Sochi time All eyes are on Russia as the Winter Olympics are set to begin By Yashowanto Ghosh The Saint Reporter COURTESY FLICKR Whitecaps: The stadium, seen here summers before the fire, is a popular summer spot. stadium functioning for opening day, By Cait Hilton April 8. Their goal is to have all repairs Staff Writer completely finished by June 17 for the Midwest League All-Star game. They Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the are promising not only to rebuild, but West Michigan Whitecaps, an affiliate to rebuild better. of the Detroit Tigers, caught fire on “These are two ambitious but Jan. 3, which heavily damaged the first achievable goals,” Chamberlin and base line - destroying nearly 40 percent Baxter said at the West Michigan of the park. Whitecaps Winter Banquet held at The fire is said to have ignited the Devos Place on Jan. 23. To many via space heater, turned on and left in the area, Fifth Third Ballpark is the unattended by a crew working in the home of many memories. For the sake suites. When the crew returned, they community, the co-owners refuse to let found the stadium ablaze. No injuries those disappear. were inflicted, but the ballpark suffered Many of the Detroit Tiger coaching a loss of ten suites, the Whitecaps’ staff and players traveled to West clubhouse and the concourse structure Michigan for the banquet. along the first base line. The stadium Through the auction at the banquet, seats, however, were left undamaged. the Whitecaps were able to raise a record Response to the stadium fire $58,528 dollars for the YMCA Inner City was slowed due to the state of the Youth Baseball and Softball Program. environment. First, the sprinkler system Also, a Whitecaps pitcher, Jon Connolly, in the stadium was disengaged earlier who went 16-3 with a 1.41 Era in 25 on that day because of a false alarm, starts was inducted into the Whitecaps rendering the preemptive fire protection Hall of Fame. useless. Secondly, there was a lack of During the same event, Johnny hydrants outside the park available for Agar, a wheelchair bound athlete from response teams to make use of. Rockford, who was also recognized by Like the co-owners of the Whitecaps ESPN, was honored at the event and Lew Chamberlin and Denny Baxter also got to meet members of the Detroit say, “There is no crying in baseball.” Tigers beforehand. Chamberlin and Baxter quickly got back up on their feet, vowing to have the According to a 1986 Associated Press story about the International Olympic Committee’s decision to split the Summer Olympics and Winter Olympics after the 1992 Games, “IOC officials said it would in the future concentrate greater attention on the Winter Games, which, until (then), had been widely regarded as a lessimportant preliminary to the Summer Games.” That wish for more attention already came true in the very first Winter Olympics of the new cycle—eight years later in Lillehammer, Norway— with special thanks to figure skaters Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan. But Olympic records are made to be broken, and, if “greater attention on the Winter Games” is what the IOC wants, then the upcoming Winter COURTESY ERIC DRAPER Olympics in Sochi, Russia, are already exceeding the IOC’s Preparations: Russian President Vladimir Putin shows former U.S. President George W. w i l d e s t d r e a m s , w i t h t h e Bush Russia’s plans for the Winter Olympics. Putin-led government and terrorist threats as frontrunners for confrontation by enforcing Rule 50 of Putin himself went on record about the gold medal in controversy and the Olympic Charter on athletes. The the LGBT rights issue on Friday, sensation. rule in question states: “No kind of January 17, saying that gay visitors The human rights situation in demonstration or political, religious are welcome in Russia, but that they Russia had been bizarre all along— or racial propaganda is permitted in must “leave the children in peace.” take, for example, the Pussy Riot trial any Olympic sites, venues or other Two days after that, a video from 2012—but the country’s issues areas.” from an Islamist militant group with human rights became entangled The Russian government, for claimed responsibility for two recent with the Sochi Games when, last its part, has been working on its s u i c i d e b o m b i n g s i n V o l g o g r a d summer, its parliament, the Duma, image for the last two months, such (aka Stalingrad) and saying that a u n a n i m o u s l y p a s s e d a n e w l a w as releasing Pussy Riot members “surprise” is in store for Sochi. Next, banning gay “propaganda,” resulting Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Team USA received a threat by e-mail in calls from LGBT activists for Tolkonnikova from prison in mid- warning them to not attend the games; countries to boycott Sochi and wider December and dropping charges several other national delegations concern about the prudence of gay against the last of the 30-member crew received similar threats. athletes and/or spectators travelling of the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise Tune in when the Olympic torch to Russia. at the end of December (although reaches Sochi on Friday, February 7. T h e I O C h o p e s t o a v o i d they are still holding the ship itself).